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ITINERARIES

For many of our treks, you can choose between camping and staying in Mountain lodges, which are locally run guesthouses, but standards vary enormously. In the popular areas, such as Annapurna, lodges are more like hotels, with hot water, Western food, and private rooms, in more remote areas; they are far simpler and more authentically Nepalese.

Mountain Lodge trekking is less expensive than camping, and is suitable for smaller groups. With larger groups, irrespective of the area, it is more practical to camp. We provide all the necessary camping equipment dining and toilet tents plus our guides, porters and cooks, you trek in comfort with Western food of a high standard.

Trek Grades:


Easy treks involve up to 6 hours of walking a day, on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. Altitudes generally do not exceed 3500 metres. Anyone who enjoys regular exercise and is in good physical condition should easily cope with these treks.

Moderate treks involve walking for 6 to 8 hours a day in more remote country, reaching altitudes of approximately 4500 metres. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be much ascent and descent with the occasional difficult day. A hill walking background is advisable.

Demanding treks are harder, suitable for regular hill walkers as they are generally more demanding and may involve 7 or 8 hour days, with altitudes up to 5500 metres. You should be physically fit and appropriate preparation is essential. Some days may involve crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking.
 
Trekking in Everest Region:

Kala Patar Trekking:


Lying at the end of the main trail in the Everest Region, Kala Patar is the chief destinatin for trekkers flying into Lukla. There's more to this trek than just a visit to the Everest base camp. A breakthrough to Everest is the Gokyo valley with its turquoise blue alpine lake and high vantage points that give sensational views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu - four of the Nepal's as well as world's eight highest peaks. From the Gokyo Valley, the trek crosses over the Cho La Pass, an adventurous approach to the upper Khumbu Valley and Everest Base Camp.

Another major attractions of this trek are visits to all the major Sherpa villages including Namche Bazaar, Thame, Khumjung, and beautiful Tengboche Monastery. The trek concludes with a very early morning climb of Kala Pattar, for one of the most awesome views as the sun rises on Everest, before returning via a different route to Lukla.

Alternative Trekking To Kala Patar:

The Jiri Trail is the traditional way to journey to Kala Patar. If you take up this trail, you'll be taking the route originally taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and his crew when they went to Everest. It's a much easier trek now, with trekking lodges for accommodation available on the route.

Trekking to Goyko:

Walking up the long valley towards Goyko and the lakes nearby is one of the outstanding treks in the Khumbu. You'll go past Yak pastures, gigantic glaciers, and the most magical and enchanting scenery in the Khumbu. Once at Goyko, the small village that thrives in the trekking trade, Goyko Ri rises next to the lake.
Other peaks situated above 8,000m that's ideal for trekking within the Everest region are:
» Lhotse
» Cho Oyu

The peaks above 6,000m in the Everest region that can also make good trekking choices in this area are Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori.

EBC and Kalapatar via Gokyo:

Commencing from the airstrip at Lukla the first three days are spent trekking the established trail to E.B.C. We traverse West for a gradual ascent to the beautiful five lakes of Gokyo,where we rest for some side treks including a climb of Gokyo Ri for some fantastic views. From Gokyo we trek over the Chola pass onwards to Gorak Shep on the main trail and Kala Pattar, fantastic views of Everest .A further five days are spent descending to Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu.

Max. Altitude: 5545 mtrs.
Grade: 'C'
Minimum group size: Any

Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly, Kathmandu / Lukla (a 45 minute flight) trek to Phakding (2610 m.)
Day 02: Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3446 m.)
Day 03: Namche Bazar Rest
Day 04: Namche Bazaar / Dole (4200 m.)
Day 05: Dole / Machchhermo (4470 m.)
Day 06: Machchhermo / Gokyo (4790 m.)
Day 07: Excursion to Gokyo Ri (5357 m.) trek to Thagnag Kharka (5025 m.)
Day 08: Cross Cho-La pass (5330 m.) descend to Dzongla (4830 m.)
Day 09: Dzongla / Lobuche (4930 m.)
Day 10: Lobuche / Gorak Shep (5140 m.)
Day 11: Excursion to Kalapatthar (5545 m.) return to Gorak Shep
Day 12: Gorak Shep / EBC /Back to Gorak shep and back Dingboche (4343 m.)
Day 13: Dingboche / Tyengboche (3867 m.)
Day 14: Tyengboche / Namche Bazaar (3446 m.)
Day 15: Namche Bazaar / Phakding (2652 m.)
Day 16: Phakding / Lukla (2840 m.)
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Commencing with an overland journey to Beshi Sahar, 130 km West of Kathmandu where we overnight. Our trek follows the gorge of Marshyangdi river through lush fields of paddy, innumerable tiny streams, waterfalls and beautiful villages, eventually emerging into high desert country at Manang (3597 m.). The trek gains in height fairly gently reducing the chances of altitude sickness, although, we do spend a day acclimatising before crossing the Thorang-La (5416 m.). From a high lodge camp we are up early for our crossing of the Thorang- La (tremendous high mountain feelings) before our decent to Muktinath in the lower Mustang region, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Buddhist and Hindu people in Nepal.

We continue through the dry arid landscape to Kagbeni, a fascinating historical fortress town. The trail back follows the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom (optional fly out here) beneath the shadow of immense Himalayan peaks and through the deepest canyon in the World. We descend to Tatopani before ascending to Ghorepani and Poon hill for some tremendous sunrise views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal. A further two days are spent trekking through beautiful Rhododendron bamboo and Oak forest before eventually reaching Nayapul for a short drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. This trek is considered to be the classic trek in Nepal to experience the vast bio diversity and cultural heritage Nepal is renowned for.

Max. Altitude: 5416 mtrs.
Grade: 'C+'
Minimum group size: Any

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive by bus to starting point of trekking Bensishar (5 hours 823 mtrs.) stay over night at same place or you can trek to Khudi (2/3 hours) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 02: Trek to Bahundanda (5/6 hours 1311 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 03: Trek to Tal (6/7 hours 2130 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 04: Trek to Brathang (4/5 hours 2540 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 05: Trek to Hunde (6/7 hours 3120 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp
Day 06: Trek to Manang village via Braga monastery (3/5 hours 3351 mtrs.)
over night in lodge/camp.
Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4/5 hours 4230 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 09: Trek to Thorong Phedi (3/4 hours 4860 mtrs.) Or you can continue your journey up to high camp it will depend on your health condition.
Day 10: Wake-up early morning walk up to top (3/4 hours 5416 mtrs.) and decent down to Muktinath (4/5 hours.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 11: Trek to Marpha (6 hours 2,620 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 12: Trek to Kalopani (6/7 hours 2,230 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani (6/7 hours 1,130 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 14: Rest day at Tatopani.
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (7/8 hours 2853 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 16: Wake-up early morning and walk-up Poon hill to see sun rise (1 hour 3210 mtrs.) after sun rise back to the lodge, take breakfast at same lodge after breakfast trek will continue to Tadapani (5 hours 2,630 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 17: Trek to Ghandruk (3 hours 1951 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp
Day 18: Trek to Jhinuwa (4 hours 1450 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 19: Trek to Pothana (6/7 hours 1640 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 20: Trek to Phedi (3 hours Pokhara by car) 915 mtrs. Over night in lodge/camp.
Day 21: Drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu (7 hours 202 km.)

Annapurna Base Camp:

Our trek commences from Nayapul, which is an hour scenic drive from Pokhara with some fabulous views of Annapurna (South) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) en route. From Nayapul, a half an hour walk brings us to Birethanti, situated at the confluence of Modi and Bhurung rivers, here the route divides. We take the West trail towards Ghorepani, a trading village situated at an elevation of 2750 m., where there is a tremendous vantage point (Poon hill - 3194 m.) to view both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal. The views at sunrise from Poon hill are simply stunning. From Ghorepani, the trail leads East to the hamlet of Tadapani and on towards Chhomrong, from where we commence our journey into the Annapurna Sanctuary and onwards to Annapurna Base Camp. The journey to base camp follows the valley in between the huge ramparts of Himchuli & Machhapuchhre, eventually emerging into an awesome Amphitheater, where a labyrinth of mountains and Annapurna I tower almost vertically above us.

Max. Altitude: 4130 mtrs.
Grade: 'B+'
Minimum group size: Any

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive by tourist bus to Pokhara (7 hours 202 km.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 02: Drive by car to Nayapul (1:20 hour 45 km.) trek to Tikhedhunga (3 hour 1577 mtrs.) Over night in lodge/camp.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (6 hours 2852 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 04: Wake-up early morning and walk-up Poon hill to see sun rise (5:45 am 1 hours walk 3210 mtrs.) after sun- rise view trek back to the lodge, take a breakfast and trek to Tadapani (5 hours 2630 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 05: Trek to Ghandruck (3 hours 1951 mtrs.) this is one of the biggest Gurung village in Nepal. Take a lunch after lunches explore the village, over night in the lodge/camp.
Day 06: Trek to Chhomorong (5 hours 2130 mtrs.) over night in the lodge/camp.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan (5/6 hours 2650 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (6/7 hours 3700 mtrs.)
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (3 hours 4230 mtrs.) take lunch at lodge after lunch visit up glacier or around.
Day 10: Wake-up early morning to see sun rise. Take a breakfast in same lodge after breakfast trek to Dobang (5 hours 2610 mtrs. over night in lodge/camp.
Day 11: Trek to Chhomorong (6 hours.)
Day 12: Trek to Jhinuwa hot spring (4 hours 1690 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 13: Trek to Pothana (4 hours) and drive by car to Pokhara over night in lodge/camp.
Day 14: Drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:

 
This trek known also as the small Annapurna Circuit is a very popular one in Nepal. The highest point of this trek (3200 mtrs) and for many the highlight is an early morning pilgrimage to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch as far as the eye can see North towards Tibet West towards the Dhaulagiri Himal and East with superb views of the Annapurna Himal. Not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. This trek is considered to be the best introduction to trekking with some spectacular views.

Max. Altitude: 3194 mtrs.
Grade: 'B'
Minimum group size: Any

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive by tourist bus to Pokhara (202 km. 7/8 hours) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 02: Drive to Sarangkot Around 5:30 AM (18 KM. 30 minutes drive) and trek to Sarankot top (40 minutes walk) take breakfast and trek to Nagdanda (2:30 minutes) and driver back to Pokhara.
Day 03: Drive to Pardi by car (20 minutes) and trek to World peace stupa and have panoramic view of Annapurna ranges and trek down to lake and cross-lake by boat and back to lodge/camp.
Day 04: Drive by private car to starting point of trek Nayapul (45 km. 1:30 hours.) and trek to Tikhedhunga (3/4 hours 1577 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (6/7 hours 2850 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 06: Weak up early morning, walk up to Poon hill to see sun rise (1 hours 3210 mtrs.) after sun rise view trek back to the lodge, take a breakfast and trek to Tadapani (5 hours 2630 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruck (3 hours 1951 mtrs.) explore village in the afternoon and over night in lodge/camp.
Day 08: Trek to Pothana (6/7 hours 1430 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
Day 09: Trek to Phedi (4 hours) drive by bus to Pokhara. “OR” trek to Pokhara via Sarangkot
Day 10: Drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu.

The forbiddden Kindom of Mustang:

Situated North of the Annapurna Himal on the Tibetan border, Mustang is a rugged mysterious arid and haunting wilderness region set amid a lunar landscape of wind eroded hills and cliffs.

A Kingdom within a Kingdom, Mustang's wealth was derived from its position on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route to Tibet, the region still retains its own King.

Forbidden to foreigners until 1992 Mustang remains a controlled region which very few people visit, a deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation. Our destination is the exotic walled city of Lo Manthang the seat of the King. The Kings Palace is surrounded by maize of gompas and private houses all enshrined within the city boundary walls. Unmolested Mustang is frozen in time it remains one of the ultimate journeys ever likely to be made in one lifetime. The trek allows us to visit all the major villages on route

The tour begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom via the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. We commence our trek in Jomosom (lower Mustang) passing along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River towards Kagbeni. On route to Lo Manthang in upper Mustang we pass through the extraordinary village of Tsarang. In this village (around 800 years old) a set of human hands, said to belong to the site’s master builder, still remain. According to legend, the king cut the builder’s hands off to prevent him from constructing any other place to rival it.

Max. Altitude: 4300 mtrs
Grade: 'B+'
Minimum group size: 2
Departures. Throughout the year.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Kathmadu, transfer Hotel.
Day 02: A full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley / Evening trek briefing.
Day 03: Fly Pokhara / overnight hotel
Day 04: Fly Jomsom
Day 05: Jomsom / Kagbeni (2810 m.)
Day 06: Kagbeni / Chhomnang (2920 m.)
Day 07: Chhomnang / Giling (3600 m.)
Day 08: Giling / Tsarang (3500 m.)
Day 09: Tsarang / Lo Mangthang (3700 m.)
Day 10: Lo Manthang
Day 11: Lo Mangtang / Tsarang (3500 m.)
Day 12: Tsarang / Tange
Day 13-15: Tange / Tentang
Day 16: Tentang / Muktinath
Day 17: Muktinath / Jomsom
Day 18: Fly Jomsom / Pokhara
Day 19: Pokhara at leisure
Day 20: Early morning flight to Kathmandu / p.m. at leisure
Day 21: Transfer Airport / for onward destination
 

Lantang Valley and Gosaikund pass:

Commence with an overland journey to Dunche, the main trading post of the area. From here we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley to Kyangjin where we rest for a day for some exploration of the high mountains and glacial systems. Track backs for three days before a journey to the Sacred lakes of Gossainkund a major pilgrimage sight for both Hindus and Buddhists. We cross the Laurebina pass (4600 mtrs) and drop into the lush Helambu region and different cultural experiences eventually finishing the trek an hours drive from Kathmandu. A very rewarding trek in a less frequented area.

Max. Altitude: 4600 mtrs.
Grade: 'C'
Minimum group size: Any

Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu to Dhunche by bus (8/9 hours 1950m)
Day 02: Trek to Syabru village (6 hours 2430 mtrs.)
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel (6/7 hours 2680m)
Day 04: Trek to Lang Tang (6/7 hours 3340 mtrs.)
Day 05: Rest for acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanging (3 hours 3800m) Climb up Kyangine Ri (4230 mtr.)
Day 07: Trek to Lama Hotel (7 hours)
Day 08: Trek to Syabru village (6/7 hours)
Day 09: Trek to Sing Gomba (5 hours 3850 mtrs.)
Day 10: Trek to Laurebinayak (3 hours 3930 mtr.)
Day 11: Trek to Gosaikund (4 hours 4380)
Day 12: Early morning cross pass 4670 mtrs. Trek to Ghopte (9/10 hours.3860 mtrs.)
Day 13: Trek to Kuthumsang (7/8 hours 2640 mtrs.)
Day 14: Trek to Chisapani (8 hours 2420 mtrs.)
Day 15: Trek to Sundarijal (4 hours) Drive by bus to Kathmandu (1 hour)

Kanchenjunga Trekking - 25 days:


Kanchenjunga straddles the border with Sikkim in the remote North East region of Nepal. The third highest mountain in the world it is one of the most inaccessible and formidable of the entire Himalayas. The trek in is a long and often an arduous one. Kanchenjunga's proximity deters all but the most avid mountain enthusiasts.

A journey, which takes you through scattered settlements of thatched farmhouses with colourful flower gardens, wild coniferous woodland and on to remote Buddhist settlements where people scratch a living from the barren land. The climax of this trek in both altitude and scenic splendor is undoubtedly the three days hike up the Kanchenjunga glacier where the views are quite simply overwhelming.

At 8598 m. Kanchanjunga, is the third highest peak in the world. It lies in a sensitive restricted area astride the Nepal/ Sikkim border, only a few miles from Tibet. Our trip will avoid the restricted area and head for the Yalung glacier immediately to the south of Kanchanjunga.

The journey starts with a trek over the Mahabharat Lekh range with majestic views of both the Everest and Kanchanjunga massifs with the Arun Valley between them. We trek through richly cultivated hillsides, Rhododendron forests and yak pastures that lye below the glacier. The return route heading west passes through some delightful villages of Taplejung. The panoramic views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchanjunga are magnificent on our descent to the road head.

Max. Altitude: 5400 mtrs.
Grade: 'C+ / D
Minimum group size: 4
Departures: October to May

Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly, Kthamandu to Birathagar / drive to Basantpur (2200m)
Day 02: Trek to Chauki (2700m)
Day 03: Chauki / Gupha Pokhari (2930m)
Day 04: Gupha Pokhari / Nisum (2000m)
Day 05: Nisum / Dovan (921m)
Day 06: Dovan / Chirwa (1270m)
Day 07: Chirwa / Sekhathum (1660m)
Day 08: Sekhathum / Amjilassa (2510m)
Day 09: Amjilassa / Kyapra (2730m)
Day 10: Kyapra / Ghunsa (3595m)
Day 11: Ghunsa rest
Day 12: Ghunsa / Khambachen (4040m)
Day 13: Khambachen / Lhonak (4785m)
Day 14: Day trip / Pangpema
Day 15: Pangpema / Khambachen
Day 16: Khambachen / Ghunsa
Day 17: Trek around Glacier (up to 5540m, if you want) / high camp
Day 18: High camp / Ramche
Day 19: Ramche / Tseram (3870m) back to Ramche
Day 20: Ramche / Amchekhola
Day 21: Amchekhola / Ponphe
Day 22: Ponphe / Kande Bhanjyang
Day 23: Kande Bhanjyang / Lal Kharka
Day 24: Lal Kharka / Taplejung
Day 25: Taplejung / fly Kathmandu /transfer hotel .

Adventure into Manaslu:

 
Opened in 1992, A trek to the base of Mt. Manaslu offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and a great diversity of flora/fauna. Beginning our trek at Gorkha, home of the celebrated Gorkha soldiers, we visit the ancient palace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah before commencing our trek.... soon all traces of modern civilisation fade as we travel through villages where the harmonious agricultural life has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

The trek begins to get more serious, with the start of the ascent of the Gandaki River Valley, fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, where trekkers often enjoy a swim in refreshing river pools.

In Samagoan (3450 m.), we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Sado, just 15 km. from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. More monasteries await in Larkya Bazzar, along with this trek’s biggest challenge-- crossing the Larkya la 5135m between snow covered peaks which reach over 6500 m.

From the top of the pass we descend through alpine forests alive with flowers, ferns, bamboo, pine, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes which are laced with cotton-white beaches.

This 3-week excursion should leave you somewhat fitter with a sense of peace and respect both the people of region and the majesty of the Nepal Himalaya.

Max. Altitude: 5135 mtrs.
Grade: C+
Minimum group size: 4
Departures: October to May

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu transfer hotel / tour briefing / introductory evening meal
Day 02: A full day sightseeing within the Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu / Gorkha
Day 04: Gorkha / Khanchok
Day 05: Khanchok / Arughat
Day 06: Arughat / Sati Khola
Day 07: Sati Khola / Labu Besi
Day 08: Labu Besi / Dovan
Day 09: Doban / Jagat
Day 10: Jagat / Serson
Day 11: Serson / Ghap
Day 12: Ghap / Cho
Day 13-15: Cho / Sama Gompa Explore Manaslu Base Camp and Sama Village
Day 16: Manasalu Base Camp / Yak Kharka
Day 17: Yak Kharka / Bimdakothi
Day 18: Bimdakothi / Tilje
Day 19: Tilje / Chamje
Day 20: Chamje / Naya Gaon
Day 21: Naya Gaon / Beshishar
Day 22: Beshishar / Kathmandu (Drive) transfer hotel
Day 23: Kathmandu at leisure
Day 24: Depart for onward destination.

Shivapuri Treks:
 
This trek has been designed for people with less time or for those not wishing to travel too far outside of the Kathmandu Valley. It's not always easy walking but generally so, however the treks are at low altitude compared to many other treks in Nepal. All of the treks mentioned provide an insight into Nepali village life as well as offering some wonderful vistas of the Himalayas including a distant view of Everest.

Shivapuri / Nargakot / Kathmandu - 4 days

Day 01: Drive Sunerijial / trek Chisopani / overnight lodge/camp.
Day 02: Chisopani trek Nargakot / over night hill resort hotel/camp.
Day 03: Nargakot trek Dhulikhel / overnight hill resort hotel.
Day 04: Dhulikhel drive Bhakatapur (sightseeing and lunch) drive Kathmandu.

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