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Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a trekker's paradise. The very organic rhythm of foot travel is a
wonderful way to explore and make meaningful contact with the country. On average, trekking consists of walking daily 5 to 7 hours, 9 to 14 kilometers on a series of ascents and descents. The immense contrasts in altitude and climates found here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyle and wildlife. Nepal is a pioneer in the sport of trekking. Known as the Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal is dominated by eight of the world's fourteen highest mountains, including Everest. Each one is over 8000 meters (26,000ft). In all, there are 1,310 peaks of 5000 meters (16,900ft) or more. Annually, more than 200,000 tourists come here to trek. You will experience superb panoramic views of mountains, a diversity of landscape, flora and fauna, colorful cultures, friendly people and ancient history. Trekkers leave Nepal with grand tales to share with their family and friends.



Trekking Seasons

Autumn (Sept-Nov)
This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Winter (Dec-Feb)
This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower attitudes.

Spring (Mar-May)
Different varieties of wild flowers, especially rhododendrons make the hillsides above 5000 meters a scenic paradise in this season. The weather is mild with moderate temperature at lower elevations and at elevations over 4000 m. the mountain views are clear.

Summer (Jun-Aug)
Summer months, continuing up to mid-September, take travel wet and warm. The higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and bush vegetation. Insect repellent is recommended while trekking during summer months.

Everest Base Camp Trek


The Everest or Khumbu region is justifiably the most famous of all trekking and mountain regions. Populated by Sherpas, the attractions of this area are the majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, the isolated monasteries, and the local peoples. This area includes the highest mountain in the world, Everest at 8,848m, and many of the world's 8,000m peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. First climbed in 1953, Everest still holds a fascination for many, however the Everest region boasts many more spectacular and beautiful mountains, as well as some of the most rewarding trekking anywhere in the world.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic trek which follows in the footsteps of Hillary & Tenzing and ends with an ascent of Kala Pattar for superb views of Everest.
This trek starts with an exhilarating 45 minute mountain flight into the airstrip at Lukla. From here we trek slowly upwards to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river. It is not long before we glimpse our first view of Everest as it peeks above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this point it is still many days walk away, but with careful acclimatization it is not long before we find ourselves high up in the heart of the Khumbu region.
We visit Tengboche monastery en route before continuing on to our goal, an ascent of Kala Pattar, a rocky outcrop to the west of Everest. This vantage point gives fantastic views of the Ice Fall and South Col as well as the immense south-west face of Everest which was first climbed in 1975 by Chris Bonington's team. This is truly a classic trek, which undoubtedly gives one of the best mountain views in the world. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges.

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 01 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
After a very early start, and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage and hustle us off for tea. After a leisurely lunch we start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding where we spend the night.

Day 02 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley, staying 100m above the river on its west bank. The trail leads us to Jorsale (2810m) where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and submit our trekking permits for checking. From here we continue on an ever-steepening trail to Namche Bazaar (3440m), known simply as Namche. En route we cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse our first view of Everest, way off to the north-east. The trail to Namche is steep and long, but eventually we reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde (6187m).

Day 03 Acclimatization day in Namche
Acclimatization is important before trekking higher, and this is the first of two scheduled stops which allows us to gradually become used to the effects of altitude - the lower pressure and the thinner air.
We can spend the day by taking a side trip to Thame or Khumjung, by visiting the National Park Visitor Centre on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to 'hang out' and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers.

Day 04 Namche to Tengpoche
From Namche we trek north-east on a direct line to Everest, starting up the hill to the Visitor Centre and continuing on a reasonably flat easy trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Ahead of us we can see one of the most beautiful mountains in the Khumbu - Ama Dablam (6856m), as well as Everest still far off in the distance. We pass through the settlement of Sanasa before making our descent to the Dudh Kosi and the village of Phunki Thanga. Of course, 'what goes down must go up', and from here it is a steep long climb up the side of the hill to the saddle on which Tengpoche monastery is located at 3870m. As we enter the grounds of the monastery we are welcomed by the most magnificent mountain view in the world. The long climb seems well worth it as we gaze upon a panorama of Himalayan giants, including Everest as it peeks above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.


Day 05 Tengpoche to Dingboche
The trail initially descends through beautiful rhododendron forests and reaches a bridge across the Imja Khola where the river rushes through a narrow gorge, and from here it is a short walk to the settlement of Pangboche (3860m). After this point the trail and surroundings become distinctly alpine in appearance as we trek above the tree line. The trail is relatively easy, with a gentle climb towards Dingboche at 4410m.
Dingboche is a long thin settlement nestled below a ridge that separates it from it's neighbour Pheriche, at which there is a Himalayan Rescue Association medical centre. To the east we have fantastic views of Lhotse at 8501m, and the popular climbing peak of Island Peak at 6189m.

Day 06 Acclimatization day in Dingboche
This is the second of our acclimatisation days and it allows us to become adjusted to the thinning air and lessening pressure. Whilst by no means compulsory, a recommended aid to acclimatisation is a side trip to Chhukung at 4730m. This is a short hike eastwards up the Imja Khola valley and is rewarded with fantastic views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Alternatives are to climb the ridge above Dingboche, walk across to Pheriche, or walk ahead to Duglha (4620m), tomorrow's lunch spot.

Day 07 Dingboche – Lobuje
We start by slowly ascending to the ridge above Dingboche and continue northwards on a gentle sloping trail to the settlement of Duglha. At this point we reach the terminal moraine of the great Khumbu Glacier, and the trail and the surrounding terrain becomes more barren and harsh.
After a long rest we continue higher on the moraine up a steep slope to a small flat area where we see a collection of memorials to mountaineers who have died in the Khumbu. Moving on, we trek into the Khumbu valley proper, and as we turn to the north-east we are greeted by the incredible sight that is the head of the Khumbu valley. From the entrance to the valley we have a fantastic view of the mountains that form the border with Tibet as well as the giants that form part of the Everest massif. The trail follows the western side of the valley and eventually reaches the bleak settlement of Lobuje at 4930m. As we trek towards Lobuje the huge bulk of Nuptse (7879m) dominates, seeming to be the highest mountain in the area.

Day 08 Lobuje to Gorak Shep, and ascent of Kala Pattar
We start early from Lobuje and trek along the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley, through meadows and over scree slopes, as we continue beside the moraine of the huge creaking glacier. The trail is rough in parts and it is important to progress slowly as we are now above 5000m for the first time. Shortly the pyramid peak of Pumori (7145m) comes into view and underneath this, dwarfed by it's more exotic neighbour, we see the small black peak of Kala Pattar (5545m). This is the best vantage point for views of Everest and is our objective for the day. The trail then descends off the moraine and down to the small settlement of Gorak Shep (5160m) where we rest before our ascent of Kala Pattar. The ascent takes approx. 2 hours of steady walking, stopping occasionally to take in the view of the increasing bulk of Everest. From the summit it is possible to see many of the key features of this great mountain - the South Col from which Hillary and Tenzing made their first ascent in 1953 is clearly visible. After spending time taking photographs and experiencing the greatest mountain view in the world we descend back to Gorak Shep and then return to Lobuje.

Day 09 Lobuje to Tengpoche
We can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and easier going, as we descend back down the trail that we trekked up only a few days ago. There is sometimes a sense of anti-climax about the return trek, however it is a chance to relax now that the hard part is over, and concentrate on those aspects of mountain life that may have been overlooked on the way up. The walking now seems easier due to the fact that our bodies are acclimatised, but this only makes up for tired legs and creaking knees!

Day 10 Tengpoche to Namche Bazaar
This is a short walk back to Namche and we can take our time and relax and enjoy the views across to Kwangde ahead of us and to Thamserku (6808m) and Kantega (6685m) to our left. From Tengpoche the trail drops steeply to the river at Phunki Thanga, and then rises again to traverse high above the river on the winding trail that leads to Sanasa. From here we have an easy walk back to Namche where we can tell the newly arrived trekkers how easy it was over a cool beer !

Day 11 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
The final day of our trek, and a sense of relief for some and sadness for others as we retrace our steps along the trail above the Dudh Kosi. We start by descending steeply out of Namche and shortly before we cross the suspension bridge below Namche we get a last chance to see Everest before it is out of sight until the next time. We lunch at Phakding and then continue down the trail, before turning off the main Jiri route and rising up to Lukla to arrive by mid-afternoon.

Day 12 Fly to Katmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with a 45 minute flight back to the domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon.

Cost per person per day US$ 45
Camping/Organized trek cost per person perday US$ 75

Everest View Trek


Whilst for many a visit to the foot of Mount Everest is a personal goal, for some it is enough to visit the Everest or Khumbu region and experience the culture, the people, and the spectacular scenery. The Everest View trek is a shorter trek than the Base Camp trek with the famous Tengpoche monastery at 3870m being the high point.
It is designed for those who wish to experience this region without ascending to high altitude. Entry to the Khumbu is by air into the airstrip at Lukla, and from here we follow the route of the Base Camp trek to Tengpoche monastery. From here we obtain breathtaking views of Everest as it rises above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, as well as a superb view of one of Nepal's most beautiful mountains, Ama Dablam - the 'Matterhorn of the Khumbu'. From here we return to Lukla by a slightly different route via Khumjung.
This is a short but classic trek which allows access to the most spectacular mountain views in the world, in a shorter time frame. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Clients often extend this trip to two full weeks by taking a rafting trip or a visit to Chitwan National Park.


Detailed trek itinerary

Day 01 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
After a very early start, and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage and hustle us off for tea. After a leisurely lunch we start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding where we spend the night.

Day 02 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley, staying 100m above the river on it's west bank. The trail leads us to Jorsale (2810m) where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and submit our trekking permits for checking. From here we continue on an ever-steepening trail to Namche Bazaar (3440m), known simply as Namche. En route we cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse our first view of Everest, way off to the north-east. The trail to Namche is steep and long, but eventually we reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde (6187m).

Day 03 Acclimatisation day in Namche
Acclimatisation is important before trekking higher, and this scheduled stop is necessary to allow us to gradually become used to the effects of altitude - the lower pressure and the thinner air.
We can spend the day by taking a side trip to Thami, by visiting the National Park Visitor Centre on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to 'hang out' and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers.

Day 04 Namche to Tengpoche
From Namche we trek north-east on a direct line to Everest, starting up the hill to the Visitor Centre and continuing on a reasonably flat easy trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Ahead of us we can see one of the most beautiful mountains in the Khumbu - Ama Dablam (6856m), as well as Everest still far off in the distance. We pass through the settlement of Sanasa before making our descent to the Dudh Kosi and the village of Phunki Thanga. Of course, 'what goes down must go up', and from here it is a steep long climb up the side of the hill to the saddle on which Tengpoche Monastery is located at 3870m. As we enter the grounds of Monastery we will be welcomed by the most magnificent mountain view in the world. The long climb seems well worth it as we gaze upon a panorama of Himalayan giants, including Everest as it peeks above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.

Day 05 Tengpoche to Khumjung
From Tengpoche the trail drops steeply to the river at Phunki Thanga, and then raises again to traverse high above the river on the winding trail leading back to Namche Bazaar. Shortly after passing through Sanasa, we branch off to the right and take the trail leading gradually upwards to the extensive Sherpa settlement of Khumjung at 3790m.
Khumjung is the largest village in the Khumbu and contains many items of interest for the visitor - the Gompa possesses the supposed skull of a Yeti but this has been scientifically disproved. Also in Khumjung is the Hillary School, and further up the hill at the village of Khunde is the Khunde Hospital, built in 1966 and maintained by the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. This is well worth a visit, and all donations of money or medical supplies are most welcome.

Day 06 Khumjung to Jorsale
We complete our circular route by returning to Namche and from here continue on down the main Everest trail. This is a short day and hence we have time to browse the shops in Namche, before descending steeply to the river. The trail is easier now as we are losing altitude, and we can enjoy a gentle walk on the trail above the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale.

Day 07 Jorsale to Lukla
The final day of our trek - we retrace our steps along the trail above the Dudh Kosi before turning off the main Jiri route and rising up to Lukla, where we arrive by mid-afternoon.

Day 08 Fly to Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with a 45 minute flight back to the domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon.

Cost per person per day US$ 45
Camping/Organized trek cost per person perday US$ 75

Annapurna Sanctuary

Annapurna, at 8,091m, is the 10th highest mountain in the world and will be forever known as the first 8,000m peak to be climbed - by Herzog's French party in 1950. The climb was an epic of Himalayan climbing and has entered mountaineering folklore.
The trek into the area below the massive south face of Annapurna - known as the Annapurna Sanctuary - is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek begins in Pokhara and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge into the vast mountain ringed amphitheatre of the Sanctuary. As we trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests we have superb views of the Annapurna range. We eventually pass between the mountains of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli which guard the entrance to the Sanctuary, and after 6 days reach our goal, the high glacial basin that is the site of the Annapurna south face base camp. This is a classic trek which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable timeframe and with a maximum altitude of 4000m. This trek is a fully equipped camping trek with accommodation in two person tents and food being cooked by our kitchen staff. Transport to Pokhara is by private coach and the return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is by air.

Detailed trek itinerary
Day 01 Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka
We start by driving a short distance to Phedi where we begin the trek in earnest. Starting from an altitude of 1180m, we climb steeply to the ridge at Dhampus at 1750m and get our first views of the huge mountains that surround us. We continue on through a rhododendron forest to the village of Pothana, and eventually reach the small settlement of Deurali at the top of the hill at 2150m. From here we get superb views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From here we make a steep descent on forested slopes into a side canyon of the Modi Khola, passing through the settlement of Bheri Kharka. The trail then climbs gently and emerges into the main Modi Khola valley, and finally reaches Tolka, a small settlement, at 1810m where we spend the night.

Day 02 Tolka to Chhromrong
From Tolka the trail quickly reaches the flagstone streets of Landruk, a sizeable Gurung village at 1620m. From Landruk the trail descends and crosses the river at Shiuli at 1340m before climbing steeply up to Jhinu Danda at 1750m. After a long steep climb we reach Taglung at 2180m, where the trek joins the Ghandruk to Chhomrong route. Shortly after this we reach the Gurung village of Chhomrong at 2040m, where we spend the night. Chhromrong is a large village that is spread along a huge stone staircase which drops to the Chhromrong Khola. From Chhromrong there are tremendous views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Day 03 Chhromrong to Bamboo Lodge
Leaving Chhomrong the trail descends to cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs high above the Modi Khola on it's west bank. The trail then ascends through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa and finally reaches Kuldi at 2350m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forests and eventually we reach the small settlement of Bamboo Lodge at 2340m, which is a collection of small hotels - none of which are made of bamboo !

Day 04 Bamboo Lodge to Himalayan Hotel
The trail continues along the west bank of the Modi Khola valley through dense bamboo forest, occasionally dropping to cross tributary streams, but ascending continuously, and reaches the settlement of Doban at 2630m where there are several good lodges. The trail then continues high above the river to our resting place for the night, the small settlement of tea-houses known as Himalayan Hotel at 2900m.

Day 05 Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
From here it is an hour's walk to Hinko Cave at 3160m, and a further half hour to Deorali at 3230m where there are good hotels. Above Deorali the valley widens and becomes less steep and at last we feel as if we are getting close to our goal. We can now see the 'gates' to the Sanctuary. The trail continues into the Sanctuary to meet the Modi Khola and follows the river to Bagar, a meadow at 3310m.
From Bagar we continue to trek upwards and eventually reach the area known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3720m. This is a collection of tea-houses spread over a large area. From here the mountain views are fantastic and include Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m).

Day 06 Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
We start early and make the 2 hour trek to Annapurna Base Camp at 4095m. The trail continues upwards, on a good path, to the south of the moraine This is the highlight of the trip and affords us marvellous close up views of the mountains that make up this incredible natural amphitheatre. On arrival at ABC we get a superb view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the Sanctuary to the north-west and which was climbed in 1970 by Don Whillans and Dougal Haston on an expedition led by Chris Bonington. We arrive at ABC mid-morning which allows ample time to explore the surrounding area and take some stunning photographs.

Day 07 Annapurna Base Camp to Doban
From the Sanctuary we initially retrace our steps, and descend to Deorali, through Himalayan Hotel, and eventually to Doban where we spend the night. We cover the ground a lot quicker on the way down taking advantage of our acclimatisation and the reducing altitude.

Day 08 Doban to Chhromrong
From Doban we continue back down the trail, through Bamboo Lodge, and eventually to Chhromrong where we spend the night. This is a short day and allows us to spend some time relaxing in this fascinating village, which has some of the best mountain views in the world.


Day 09 Chhromrong to Ghandruk
Today we stop retracing our steps and trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. We initially walk west on the trail that leads to Ghorapani, but then descend to the village of Khumnu. We cross the Khumnu Khola and then ascend steeply to a collection of tea-houses at Uri at 2220m. From here we can see Ghandruk ahead, and it is a gentle walk to this amazing Gurung settlement at 1970m. Ghandruk is a maze of narrow alleyways but is an ideal place to spend an afternoon wandering the streets enjoying the local food or learning about the local handicrafts.

Day 10 Ghandruk to Birethanti
From Ghandruk it is a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1140m, but we are now down to the Modi Khola and from here it is an easy and pleasant walk along the riverbank to Birethanti at 1065m, where we spend our final night on the trek. Birethanti is a beautiful village situated in a fantastic spot on the Modi Khola river. This is a busy village with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks here, and there are many tea-houses and shops.

Day 11 Birethanti to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Our last day on the trail. We walk the short distance to the roadhead at Naya Pul, where we are picked up by our transport and driven back to Pokhara.
The journey by road takes approx. 2 hours and we arrive back in Pokhara by early afternoon, in time to refresh ourselves in the hotel before spending a night in Pokhara

Lodge/Tea house trek (Package tour) cost per person perday US$ 40
Camping/Organized trek cost per person perday US$ 70


Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna region is that north of Pokhara in Central Nepal, and includes some of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. These include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area boasts the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge.
This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a spectacular variety of people and landscapes, from lowland farming country to alpine meadows to the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya. We start in the foothills at Besi Sahar and rise after 6 days to the settlement of Manang at 3,500m where we acclimatise and enjoy the mountain views. We continue to ascend and on day 10 of the trek we cross the famous Thorung La, at 5,416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
From here we descend into the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side. En route back to Pokhara we pass through the many beautiful hill villages that populate this ancient trading route between Tibet and India. We also visit the hot springs at Tatopani, and climb up Poon Hill, above Ghorapani, to enjoy magnificent mountain views. This trek is a fully equipped camping trek with accommodation in two person tents and food being cooked by our kitchen staff. Transport to Besi Sahar is by private coach and the return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is by air.

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 01 Besi Sahar to Bahundanda
We start our trek at Besi Sahar (820m) and continue on to the Gurung village of Khudi at 790m where we cross the Khudi Khola. From here we follow the trail northwards up the Marsyangdi valley to Bhulbule where we stop for lunch. The trail then crosses the Marsyangdi on a long suspension bridge and continues up the east bank of the river. From here there are good views of Manaslu (8156m) to the northeast. The trail then leads up through the villages of Ngadi and Lampata before reaching Bahundanda (1310m) where we spend the night.

Day 02 Bahundanda to Chamje
From Bahundanda the trail drops to eventually cross a stream and then climbs to the settlement of Lili Bir. The trail continues high above the river eventually dropping to cross to the western side of the Marsyangdi at Syange (1190m). Beyond Syange the trail becomes steep in parts, reaching the ancient village of Jagat at 1250m. From Jagat the trail descends to the Marsyangdi, and follows the riverbank before climbing up through forests to Chamje at 1430m.

Day 03 Chamje to Bagarchhap
Today the trail continues northwards before eventually turning to the north west as it follows the Marsyangdi to Bagarchhap. The trail initially crosses the river to the east bank and climbs up to the large settlement of Tal at 1675m, where there are many shops and lodges. From Tal the trail crosses and then re-crosses the river as it makes it's way to Karte, and finally crosses again to the west bank before continuing through the village of Dharapani at 1920m, and on to Bagarchhap at 2160m. This was the scene of a landslide in November 1995 that destroyed much of the village, however it is steadily being rebuilt.

Day 04 Bagarchhap to Chame
From Bagarchhap the trail continues in a general westwards direction up the Manang valley, following the Marsyangdi river. Throughout today we obtain views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV to the west. Initially the trail climbs through forests to Dhanakyu at 2290m, and continues steadily to the settlement of Lattemarang at 2360m. The track then climbs over several forested ridges to reach the village of Kotho at 2590m, and from here it is an easy half-hour walk to Chame at 2630m, the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.

Day 05 Chame to Pisang
From Chame we cross to the northern side of the river and trek west on an easy trail to the village of Bhratang at 2840m. From here the valley is steep and narrow and leads through dense forests. The trail eventually crosses back to the south side of the river on a suspension bridge at 3040m and then continues on to our destination for the evening, the large village of Pisang at 3190m, where there are many lodges.

Day 06 Pisang to Manang
The trail continues on the south side of the river and makes a long climb over a ridge to reach approx. 3400m. It then descends to the valley floor and continues on to Hongde at 3325m where there is an airstrip, several lodges and a police checkpost. The feature of the village is a long mani wall. The trail crosses to the north bank of the river near Mungli and continues on to the stunning Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3475m, where there is an ancient gompa. From here it is only a short walk to Manang at 3500m. Manang is a very large and important village with numerous shops and lodges.

Day 07 Acclimatisation day at Manang
This is an acclimatisation day which will allow us to become adjusted to the thinning air and lessening pressure as we continue upwards towards the Thorung La. It is often useful to make use of this day by taking a gentle excursion to a number of the interesting areas near to Manang. However it is also useful to rest up and relax before we trek higher.

Day 08 Manang to Yak Kharka
Whilst it is possible to reach Thorung Phedi in one day from Manang we split the journey in two in order to aid acclimatization. From Manang we trek slowly up to Tengi at 3620m and continue steadily upwards to Gunsang at 3930m. The trail is now distinctly alpine in appearance, the vegetation consisting of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. The views en route across to the immense peaks of Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) are fantastic, as we continue up to Yak Kharka at 4090m. There are several lodges here and although it makes for a short day, it is a convenient place to stop before trekking higher.

Day 09 Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
From here we continue very slowly upwards reaching the small settlement of Letdar, at 4250m, after about one hour. The trail then continues to climb along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, making it's way steadily up to Thorung Phedi, a small collection of lodges, at 4420m. This is our last stop before crossing the Thorung La - 'phedi' means 'foot of the hill', and indeed this is the starting point for the long trek up to the pass at 5416m.
This is another short day, and allows us to rest and relax before ascending to the pass tomorrow. Lodges here are usually very crowded and there is an air of excitement and a lot of activity as most trekkers arrive here by lunchtime.

Day 10 Thorung Phedi to Muktinath, crossing Thorung La
We set off early, at about 6am, and begin the long climb up to the Thorung La ('la' means 'pass') 1000m above us. We trek slowly and steadily and aim to reach the pass in 4 hours from Phedi, although it can take less or more depending upon fitness and acclimatization. The trail has been used for centuries by local people and is well defined in the trekking seasons. Upon reaching the pass we see the traditional chorten, prayer flags, and cairn, and other trekkers resting before the descent to Muktinath 1600m below. The views from the pass can only be described as breathtaking, and take in a panorama of Himalayan giants, as well as providing our first view of the immense Kali Gandaki valley to the west. The reduction in altitude becomes obvious as soon as we leave the Thorung La and it is amazing how much difference this makes in only a few hundred meters.
As we descend, we obtain great views of Dhaulagiri to the southwest, and Tukuche Peak at 6920m. The descent is long and tiring but not difficult and we soon find ourselves down in Muktinath and Ranipauwa, although this does take about 3 hours. There are many lodges here and we spend the rest of the day relaxing and looking back with satisfaction on a great achievement - crossing the Thorung La.

Day 11 Muktinath to Marpha
We now begin the descent down the Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. As the trail continues towards Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow, hastening our way to Jomsom. The wind generally picks up after about midday, but will at least be blowing at our backs as we head up to Jomsom. After passing through stone-walled orchards, a stone gate marks the entrance to Marpha. White walled houses line both sides of the narrow paved street, under which flows a cleverly made drainage system. Marpha makes a good lunch stop and the courtyards of the many lodges make ideal resting and refreshment places. The local apple brandy is well-known! Over night stay at Lodge.

DAY 12 TREKS TO LETE [2470m]
Today we continue up the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki, passing mule trains travelling down from Tibet to Tukuche, a delightful village with a large gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung. Here, as in many of the villages in this area, narrow alleyways and tunnels connect houses with enclosed courtyards, providing protection against the winds blowing up the valley. We make our way through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, enjoying fine views of Annapurna I and Fang. We reach to Lete that lies just twenty minutes beyond Kalopani. Overmight stay at Lete.

DAY 13 TREKS TO TATOPANI [1160m]
Descending steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa and at the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. Continuing on we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the large peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani. Tatopani means ‘hot water’ and to plunge into the Geothermal water in the well-maintained pool near the river is worth after the days walk. Lodge at either the village or at the North end. Over night stay at Lodge.

Day 14 Acclimatisation day at Tatopani Hot spring (1160m)
It is also useful to rest up and relax at Hot spring.

DAY 15 TREK TO GHOREPANI [2775m]
A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Sikha and Chitre, we begin to climb through the forest to Deorali, a 2834m pass from which there are excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the teams of mules, which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom. [walk approx 4 hours]

DAY 16 TREK TO BIRETHANTI [1050m] & DRIVE TO POKHARA
Overlooking Ghorepani is Poon Hill [3193m], and an hour long pre-dawn ascent gives us the opportunity to see the classic view of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri at sunrise. After breakfast we begin the long descent to Birethanti through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. From the village of Ulleri, a long steep stone staircase seems to go on forever before eventually reaching Hille. A more gradual descent then brings us to Birethanti, from where it is a short distance to the road and our transport are waiting for us for the short drive back to Pokhara. [walk approx 6 hours] Dinner and overnight stay in Pokhara.

Lodge trek (Package tour) cost per person perday US$ 40
Camping trek cost per person per day US$ 70

Jomsom Trek

The Jomsom Trek is the classic tea-house trek which visits some of the best trekking lodges in Nepal. The trek follows the ancient trading route from India to Tibet up the Kali Gandaki valley starting from the roadhead near Pokhara and finishing at the pilgrimage site of Muktinath.
We experience a range of surroundings, from the culture of the lowland villages to the splendour of the high Himalaya. This trek gives many spectacular views of the two Himalayan giants, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, and gives a flavour of the Tibet-like country north of Jomsom. This is indeed a classic trek which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable timeframe and without ascending to extreme altitude. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges.

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 01 Drive to Naya Pul, and trek to Tikedhunga
We start by driving to the roadhead at Naya Pul where we begin the trek. From here it is a 20 minute walk along the bank of the Modi Khola to Birethanti (1065m), a large village which has many shops and tea-houses. From here the trail continues through the village and then follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m and shortly after reaches Tikedhunga at 1525m. This is a short, relatively easy day which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Day 02 Tikhedhunga to Ghorapani
After yesterday's gentle introduction, today is a hard day with a long climb up to Ghorapani at 2775m. However we take it slowly, rest often, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The trail continues upwards on a steep stone staircase to Ulleri at 2070m. From here the trail leads through thick forest to Banthanti at 2250m, and then continues through oak and rhododendron forest to Nangethanti at 2460m. The trail continues to rise and after approx. one hour reaches Ghorapani. We continue to the main concentration of tea-ouses at Deorali (2834m), a further 10 mins walk, where we obtain fantastic views of the surrounding peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri

Day 03 Ghorapani to Tatopani
After yesterday's ascent, today's walk is a lot easier as it is mainly downhill to Tatopani. However before we set off, we make an ascent of Poon Hill (3210m) to obtain magnificent, unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains.
The walk up to the top of Poon Hill takes approx. one hour but is well worth the effort. From Deorali, the trail descends through rhododendron and magnolia forest, to Chitre at 2390m, and continues down to Sikha at 1980m, and then Ghara at 1705m. From here it is a steep descent of 500m to the Ghar Khola, where the trail then climbs briefly before crossing the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge. It is then a short walk to Tatopani at 1180m. Tatopani is a large village with many well-appointed tea-houses and takes it's name, 'hot water', from the hot spring bathing pools on the banks of the river

Day 04 Tatopani to Kalopani
The trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is considered to be the deepest in the world, situated as it is between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently to reach Dana at 1400m, and on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550m, where there is a stunning waterfall. The trail then crosses to the eastern bank of the river to reach Kopchepani, but then crosses back to the western side on a suspension brudge at 1935m. From here it is a short climb to Ghasa at 2080m. We continue to ascend and pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m. From here we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east.

Day 05 Kalopani to Marpha
We start by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560m. We then continue on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with it's narrow alleyways. Our lunch spot is the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590m.From Tukuche we continue up the Kali Gandaki, with the terrain becoming much more barren and the breeze increasing as it passes through the gorge. On the way to Marpha we pass a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha at 2665m is a large Thakali village with many excellent tea houses, but it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings. There is also a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist gompa which can be visited.

Day 06 Marpha to Kagbeni
We leave Marpha and continue to climb along the side of the valley to reach Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement which is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp, and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank and continue onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. From here there is a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m. Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences.

Day 07 Kagbeni to Muktinath
From Kagbeni we make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley and join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200m. From here we continue on the trail high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500m. This village is well worth exploring and so we will stop here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath.
From Jharkot the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800m. We initially reach Ranipauwa where there are many tea houses and shops, and where we stay for the night. The actual religious site of Muktinath is a further 10 minutes walk up the hill and this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists alike, and the area includes a Buddhist gompa and a Hindu temple.

Day 08 Muktinath to Jomsom
We can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and easier going, as we descend back down the trail to Jomsom, from where we will fly out to Pokahara and then on to Kathmandu. We take the direct route back which misses out Kagbeni and descends the hill behind Eklai Bhatti, before returning to Jomsom on the west side of the Kali Gandaki.

Day 09 Fly to Pohara from Jomsom, and onto Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu by plane. Initially we take a short 30 minute flight back to Pokhara, where we change planes and continue onto Kathmandu domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon.

Lodge trek (Package) cost per person perday US$ 40
Camping trek cost per person perday US$ 70

Langtang / Gosainkund / Helambu Trek

The Langtang Valley is located only 19 miles North of Kathmandu and yet it has changed little since the opening of Nepal to the world. The area is strongly influenced by its proximity to the border of Tibet. The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7246m / 23,730ft), the highest peak in the area. This is a superb introduction to trekking, among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of Nepal. And for the climber, Yala Peak (5500m / 18,045ft) and Naya Kanga (5846m / 19,180ft) offer a wonderful introduction to mountaineering in the Himalaya.
From Kathmandu we have a 7 hour drive to the trailhead. Initially we trek through dense forest of oak, birch and pine before the valley opens out into alpine meadows. In the spring these high meadows are carpeted with a rich variety of alpine flowers, gentians, violets, edelweiss and primulas are just a few. The forests are also in full bloom with rare tree orchids to be found and the colourful rhododendron (Nepal's national flower).
Beyond Langtang village is the summer settlement of Kyangjin (3817m) with its small monastery and cheese factory. Our camp here is in a superb setting dominated by the fluted northwest face of Cangchempo, while Kyangjin Ri at 4708m, provides a spectacular viewpoint. From Kyangjin we move further up the valley to Yala, a small yersa [summer hamlet] at 4641m. Using this as our base we walk to the top of Tsergo Ri 5066m / 16,592ft the highest point on a broad flat plateau. The views from here are spectacular, a 360 degree panorama of snow capped Himal including Langtang Lirung, Pemthang Ri, Langshisha Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganchempo, Tilman's fluted peak.

We set up two camps in superb locations in the upper Langtang valley. The trekking is not difficult and there are many interesting possibilities for day walks from our base camps.
Descending from the upper Langtang Valley our route back to Kathmandu will be either: -

A - Return the way we came to complete a 10 day trek, or
B - Trek on through Gosainkund and Helambu for a total of 17 trekking days.

The second option takes us first to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund and over the Laurebina pass (4610m / 15,100ft) to the high ridges of Helambu. Providing a glimpse of different cultures and more superb panoramic views, from the Annapurna and Manaslu in the west, across to Mt. Everest in the east.

Detailed Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1450m / 4757ft) a typical roadhead.

Day 02: Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2480m / 8136ft). The first part of our trek to Upper Langtang is a fairly easy 6 hour day, including the stops. We follow the Langtang River, climbing though uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron alive with birds. Passing the single dwelling of Chongong we climb along a steep trail to our camp in the forest.

Days 03 & 04: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3480m / 11,417ft). As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung from within this beautiful forest. At Ghora Tabela the trail emerges into open ground and you can then look back to see what you have achieved. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has not permanently manned. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months.
There is a monastery that we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang. Langtang is the base for the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and neighbouring villages are of Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 05: Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3900m / 12,800ft). The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunchtime allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area.

Day 06: A day to rest or a day trip, whatever is needed for acclimatization. We can explore most of the area from this base. Near the village are a monastery (not always open) and a cheese factory that we could visit. A walk up the moraine northwards to see the spectacular sight of Langtang Lirung is well worth the effort, and is also helpful for acclimatize.

Day 07: Ascent of Tsergo Ri (4984m / 16,350ft). For those who have acclimatize sufficiently, the most rewarding day trip is an ascent of Tsergo Ri. Alternatively there is a pleasant walk to the lakes and forest south of Kyangjin.

Day 08: From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Chora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Changdam.

Day 09: Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi. Continue retracing our steps.

Day 10: Drive to Katmandu Or Alternative return route through Gosainkund & Helambu

Day 11: Syabru to Sing Gompa (3350m / 10,992ft). From Syabru (2200m.- not S. Bensi) it is a steep climb through forests of oak, firs and rhododendrons to gain a ridge. From here it is only a short descent to Sing Gompa. There is a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory here.

Day 12: Sing Gompa to Gosainkund 4385m / 14,346ft). From Sing Gompa we climb a ridge to gain the main Gosainkund trail. There are good views across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. To the West there are dramatic views of Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund, and the third, Gosainkund. Gosainkund lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. According to legend this lake was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after taking some poison.

Day 13: Gosainkund to Gopte. The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to Laurebina pass at (4600m / 15,100ft). We then descend steeply to our camp near Ghopte.

Day 14: Gopte to Mangan Kharka (3285m / 10,775ft). We continue descending along the ridge, through rhododendron and juniper forests and past herder's huts to a stream before climbing to Tharepati, a group of herder’s huts. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu.

Day 15: Mangan Kharka to Gul Bhanjyang (2125m / 6,972ft). From Mangan Kharka it is a short climb to cross a ridge before following a very easy trail, through forest with superb views. We then descend to the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. We camp just beyond Gul Bhanjyang, on a ridge with splendid views.

Day 16: Gul Bhanjyang to Chisopani (2194m / 7200ft). From our camp it is an easy climb to cross a pass at 2470m. before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a large Tamang village with a few shops and a police checkpoint. From here it is a 2 hour climb to Chisopani and our final nights camp.

Day 17: Chisopani to Kathmandu. Leaving Chisopani the trail passes through meadows and cultivated fields then climbs through oak and rhododendron forest to Buriang Bhanjyang. This ridge marks the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley and there are good views from here. We now begin descending, steeply through dense forest of oak. Pine and rhododendron to cross a dam, following large water pipe which supplies much of the water for Kathmandu. Soon we are down into Sundarijal where we pick up transport into Kathmandu.

Lodge/Tea house (Package tour) Trek cost per person perday US$ 35
Camping Trek cost per person perday US$ 65 FOR MIN GROUP OF 05 PERSONS


Above the cost included:

~ All land transfer as per itinerary
~ Trekking permit and National Park conservation entry permit fees
~ Accommodation and 3 meals a day while on the trek
~ Fully escorted trek with English speaking Guide & Porters
~ All program according to itineraries on full board.
~ Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs

Above the cost doesn't included:

· Nepal entry visa fee per person US$ 30 only
· Items of personal nature ie. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc.
· Travel Insurance (this is a mandatory condition of booking)
. Domestic Airfare
· Medical evacuation in case of emergency
· Personal spending money
· All bar bill,
· International Airport Tax

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING DURING THE TREK?

i/ Good and comfortable trekking boots.
ii/ Ruck-Sack
iii/ Some pairs of warm socks as well as light socks.
iv/ Warm clothes necessary for the morning and evening.
v/ Your toiletries and medical kit.
vi/ Couple of T-shirts and shorts for the day.
vii/ Hat.
viii/ Slippers/Down jackets
ix/ Sunglasses.
x/ Flash light etc

Many thanks and best wishes

Madhav Prasad Pandey
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