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Introduction

An organization for adventurous and enjoyable activities in Nepal, dealing with, Hiking, Trekking, Climbing, Int’l / Domestic Air Ticketing, Hotel Reservation, Tibet Tour, Special Interest Tours, Sight Seeing, Jungle Adventure, White Water Rafting under one roof; fully aware of the potential our country has to offer the travelers in search of a new horizon. Another adventure, we endeavor to improve upon the rustic facilities of the remote without changing the pristine naturalness of the setting. We understand travelers and the country from our long experience in the tourism related field and the organization steered by a team of skilled managers and supported by competent and dedicated office personnel and mountain guides. We provide personalized service, delicious food during treks and the very high quality camping equipment.

As Nepal, being one of the mysterious kingdom of Sun & mist, of lush tropical forest, glistening peaks of snow covered mountains, green pattern of rice, paddies and ochre thatched huts in the world; always attracts hundreds of thousands of Tourists, Scholars, Researchers and Students every year. Looking upon the people of different interest on the past a group of well trained, well skilled and long experienced guides, group handlers, Sherpas, Cooks gathered themselves and decided to register this “Asia Journey Exclusive (P) Ltd.” on the Government. All the members of Asia Journey are trustworthy, loyal, friendly and helpful to guests whether walking about the Himalayan foothills, trekking on the mountains or scaling the mountain peaks, we take special care of these all. All the essential and sensible equipment for comfort like large tents, down sleeping bags/Jackets mattresses are always ready in stock to provide. The true Chef of the trail, our cook prepares up the wondrous buffet to enchant the hungry travelers. All of our guides assist the guests at every need during on the trail. All the travel and trekking related arrangements like Hotel Reservation, Sight Seeing Around the cities, Flight Tickets, Charter flights, Trekking, Peak Climbing, white water rafting, Adventure into the Jungle Safari are some of our highlighted activities. Beside these activities, we arrange special interest tour, Tibet Tour etc.

It will be our great pleasure to show this wonderful country and different region in a series of treks & tours, which have covered every inch by our staffs.

Our Services

Trekking
Hiking
Climbing
White Water Rafting
Jungle Adventure
Int’l / Domestic Air Ticketing
Sight Seeing
Tibet Tour
Hotel Reservation
Special Interest Tour etc.

As Nepal is a land of scenic grandeur and cultural diversity, trekking is the only way of knowing people and places intimately. A short trek will reveal picturesque hamlets surrounded by elaborate terraced fields and forested ridges. A longer trek may yield rich contrasts in people and culture from one elevation zone to another.

Trekking Region & Duration

Arun Valley (10 to 16 Days)
Gokya Valley (18 to 25 Days)
Everest Base Camp (14 to 28 Days)
Island Peak (16 to 20 Days)
Amadablam (16 to 26 Days)
Everest view trek (05 to 09 Days)
Ganesh Himal (14 to 16 Days)
Langtang (14 to 16 Days)
Gosaikunda (10 to 12 Days)
Langtang Valley (08 to 10 Days)
Helambu (06 to 08 Days)
Shivapuri (03 to 05 Days)
Annapurna Circuit (14 to 21 Days)
Annapurna Sanctuary (10 to 14 Days)
Jomsom / Muktinath (05 to 18 Days)
Ghorepani (Poon Hill) (06 to 08 Days)
Ghandrung Village (04 to 06 Days)

Specific Region

Upper Dolpo (22 to 28 Days)
Dolpo Circuit (25 to 30 Days)
Upper Mustang (14 to 18 Days)
Manaslu Circuit (20 to 25 Days)
Kanchanjungha (25 to 28 Days)

TREKKING EQUIPMENT’S

2 pairs of pants Gloves
2-3 T-shirts Sunglasses
Long sleeve shirts First aid kit (Hydrogen Peroxide, iodine, Band-Aids, tape, Aspirin, etc.)
Wool sweater Down sleeping bag
2-3 Pairs of socks Sunscreen, lip balm, etc.
2-3 Pairs of underwear Flashlight (extra batteries)
Sun hat Back pack
Jacket Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, toilet paper, etc.)
Woolen hat Pocket knife, compass etc.
Woolen socks Camera & film
Rain poncho (summer) Walk man (extra batteries), books, games (cards, etc.)
Down Jacket (winter) Water bottle, purifier (iodine tablets, etc.)
Trekking boots Walking sticks Extra money
Camping shoes (sandals, slippers, etc.) Thermal wear (winter)
Swimming suit

TREKKING PEAK EQUIPMENT’S

All above mentioned Crampons
Harness Ice axe (1 per person)
Jumer Gaiters, Rope (Minimum 50 meters)
Boots (Complex) Mess kit
Figure 8 Down pants (water proof)
Carbine’s (2 per person) Thermal Gloves/Mittens
Dome Tents Cooking gas
Extra food for 1 to 3 days Water proof down Jacket

INSURANCE

Insurance policy should cover for helicopter evacuation expenses in the eventuality of a serious illness or accident. The insurance should also cover for possible evacuation in case of one get stranded in any remote airfield due to bad weather conditions.

INCLUDED IN THE COST (CAMPING TREK)

Trekking permit, Transportation (land) to and from. Three meals a day on the trekking (cooking utensils), All the necessary equipment such as tents (twin sharing), down sleeping bag, down jacket, mattresses, water bottles, Rain poncho, Ice axe, and a guide, cook, kitchen boy and porters etc.

INCLUDED IN THE COST

(TEA HOUSE TREK)

Trekking permit, Transportation (land) to and from. Three meals a day on the trekking (cooking utensils), All the necessary equipment such as tents (twin sharing), down sleeping bag, down jacket, mattresses, water bottles, Rain poncho, Ice axe, and a guide, cook, kitchen boy and porters etc.

INCLUDED IN THE COST

(TEA HOUSE TREK)

Trekking permit, National Park permit fee, Transport by land to and from, Accommodation (In the lodges along the way), Food 3 meals (providing from the menu), A guide and necessary porters, most essential equipment, Sleeping bag, Jacket, Rain poncho, Water bottle, etc.

EXCLUDED IN THE COST OF BOTH TYPE OF TREKS

Emergency evacuation, personal expenses (drinks from local market, daypack, gloves, medical kits, etc.), airfare to any destination on the trekking, other royalties fixed by the Govt. on the specific region, Insurance, etc. (The company will not be liable to pay any extra expenses beyond the control, such as land slides, road blockage and other natural disaster).

TREKKING & NATIONAL PARK PERMIT

A trekking permit is required to trek in any part of Nepal, if trekking is planned in certain areas; two trekking permits are needed to trek in these areas. Each trekking permit details and outlines the trekking route and region and it is necessary that trekkers do not devote from the prescribed routes and regional boundaries.
The Department of Immigration located at Baneswor (Tel: 494267) issues trekking permit for the tourists and National Park permits will be issued from Tridevi Marg in Thamel, whoever will be intended to trek any part of the country. Trekking permit fees for specific region and National Park for different trekking areas have been fixed as follows:

TREKKING REGION TREKKING PERMIT NATIONAL PARK

    1. Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Rara etc. Equivalent to US$ 5.00 per person per week for the first four weeks and US$ 10.00 per week thereafter. It has been canceled for this fiscal year 2056/57.
      Annapurna & Rara region US$ 20.00 person to be entered.
      Everest & Langtang region US$ 15.00 person to be entered.
    2. Dolpa and Kanchanjungha Equivalent to US$ 10.00 per person per week for the first four weeks and US$ 20.00 per week thereafter. US$ 20.00 per person to be entered.
    3. Manaslu Royalty US$ 75.00 per person per week during off-season (December to September) and US$ 90.00 per person in October-November. US$ 20.00 per person to be entered.
      (A Liaison Officer from the govt. is essential to lead the group)
    4. Mustang (Lo Manthan) and Upper Dolpa Royalty US$ 700.00 per person for the first 10 days and US$ 70.00 per person per day thereafter. US$ 20.00 per person to be entered.
      (A Liaison Officer from the govt. is essential to lead the group)
  1. Humla (Yari) – Mt. Kailash Royalty US$ 90.00 for first week and US$ 15.00 per person per day there after. As well as Chinese Visa is needed. US$ 20.00 per person to be entered.
    (A Liaison Officer from the govt. is essential to lead the group

Introduction to Mountaineering Adventure

For the more adventurous traveler there are 18 minor peaks open alpine climbing under Nepal Mountaineering Association. The climbing of these peak is controlled under the rules and regulation formulated by this association. Detailed information and application for climbing permits are available from the Association’s office or contact your trekking agency in Kathmandu. It should be noted that in most cases the climbing of these minor peaks (Trekking Peaks) require snow and ice climbing experience. Trekking Agents provide qualified and trained climbing guides to take non-climbers for convenience, safety and expected successes. By Himalayan standards these are considered minor peaks, but in fact some of them provide relative challenging snow and ice climbing of high standard, and more so in winter. The royalty for these peaks ranges from U.S. $ 150.00 to U. S $ 300.00 depending on the particular peak for up to 10 member climbing team.
Peaks currently open for Trekking and other Groups are as Follows:

Name of the peaks

  • Mera Peak (Everest Region) 6,654m.
  • Chulu East (Everest Region) 6,584m.
  • Singu Chuli ” Fluted Peak” (Annapurna Region) 6,501m.
  • Hiunchuli (Annapurna Region) 6,441m.
  • Chulu West (Manang Region) 6,419m.
  • Kusum Kangru (Khumbu Region) 6,367m.
  • Parchemuche (Rolwaling Region) 6,187m.
  • Imja Tse ” Island Peak” (Everest Region) 6,160m.
  • Lobuje (Everest Region) 6119m.
  • Pisang (Annapurna Region) 6,091m.
  • Kwangde (Everest Region) 6,011m.
  • Ramdung (Rolwaling Region) 5,925m.
  • Paldor peak (Langtang Region) 5,896m.
  • Khongma Tse (Khumbu Region) 5,849m.
  • Ganjala Chuli (Lantang Region) 5,844m.
  • Pokhalde (Khumbu Region) 5,806m.
  • Tharpu chuli ” Tent Peak” (Annapurna Region) 5,663m.
  • Mardi Himal (Annapurna Region) 5,587m.

In October 1991, the Home Ministry announced the opening of the restricted areas in Nepal, a move was partly a political decision to remove a regulation that was inconsistent with the principles of Nepal’s new democratic constitution. Once the announcement was made, most of the attention was directed at upper Mustang, previously the most inaccessible and firmly area in Nepal.

Other trekking areas opened in 1991 were inner Dolpa and Nupri, the region north of the Manaslu.

The regulation for the restricted areas were designed primarily to protect the environment and culture of remote regions and to provide security, both for the safety of trekkers and the protection of Nepal’s northern border with China.

FORMALITIES OF THE RESTRICTED AREAS

A trek to a restricted area must be arranged as a fully equipped organized trek through a registered trekking agency using Tents staff, Cooks and Porters. The trekking agency arranges the permit through a series of applications, guarantees and letters – a process that requires about two weeks and can be started only 21 days before the arrival of the group. You may not trek alone, there must be at least two trekkers in each group. Some areas there is a limit to the number of trekkers. The trekker must apply at least one month before to obtain the special Permit.

Each group is assigned an “environmental officer” who will accompany it during the trek and who you must equip, insure and take on the trek. The liaison officer is supposed to handle all the formalities with police and government officer en route.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTED AREAS

The company that arranges your trek must agree to abide by the terms and conditions outlined below. The company must agree to be presented as per the laws of the Kingdom of Nepal if they flaunt these terms and conditions.

The terms and conditions under which a trekking company operates a trek in upper Mustang, upper Dolpa, Manaslu and Simikot- Taklakot start:

  1. You are obliged to operate only group.
  2. You will be responsible for arranging the entire trek from the start to the end of the trek.
  3. Unless His Majesty’s Government makes other provisions, you must compulsorily take a Liason Officer along with you in the newly opened areas.
  4. You will be responsible for organizing the security of the trekking group and if seek the help of the local police. Thus should you need the police’s help, you have to arrange meeting their personal expenses.
  5. You will arrange for medical care and other needs of the trekkers during the trek.
  6. You must compulsorily provide solar fuel, electricity, gas, kerosene or a similar alternative fuel to cook food for all the trekkers and all other accompanying them. Fuel wood cannot be used.
  7. Tin cans, bottles, etc. necessary for the trek should not be thrown away at random. They should be buried/destroyed at designated sites.
  8. You will arrange to ensure that the group travels only on authorized routes and does not break- up into separate groups.
  9. You will not allow distribution of money or gifts or charity to local residents and students. If trekkers wish to do so, small parcels can be donated through the chief District Officer(C.D.O.)
  10. Do not take foreigners into religious or cultural sites that are restricted to foreigners.
  11. You will not prepare or allow any acts that destroy religion, culture or the environment.
  12. You will insure all Nepalese staff on the trek. Moreover, you will insure or deposit a sum for emergency rescues.
  13. Trekking parties to Lo Manthang of the Mustang area must submit to the Tourist Information Service, Jomsom a copy of the goods and equipment must be taken with them. Upon returning, you should give them garbage to be dumped at the dumping site, get clearance and submit the same to the Ministry of Tourism.
  14. You will provide the Liaison officer with food, lodging and a trip expense of an amount of RS. 250 per day for the duration of the trek. You will also compulsorily provide the officer necessary items like a sleeping bag, jacket, clothes, boots etc, for the duration of the trek.
  15. Permission to trek in the Lo Manthang region of Mustang area must be obtained within 21 days recommendation by the ministry of Tourism.
  16. You must insure the Liaison Officer for Rs. 200,000/—(Two hundred thousand)
  17. You will arrange for the necessary medicines and medical care of the Liaison Officer.

MUSTANG TREK

In common usage, the name Mustang refers to the arid Tibet – Like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. The headquarter of the mustang district is Jomsom, the region of Tibetan influence. North of Kagbeni is generally referred to as upper Mustang. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions;(a) the southern region, with five villages inhabited by people related to the Manangis;and (b) the northern region where the language, culture and traditions are almost purely Tibetan. The capital of Lo is named Manthang, which translates from the Tibetan as the ‘plain of aspiration ‘ Mustang has a long, rich and complex history that makes it one of the most interesting places in Nepal. The early history of Lo is shrouded the legend, myth and mystery: but there are records of events in Lo as early as the 8th century.
During the 1960s, after the Dalai Lama had fled to India and the Chinese armies established control over Tibet, Mustang was a center for guerrilla operations against the Reds. The soldiers were the Khampas, Tibet’s most fearsome warriors.

The trek to Lo is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds usually howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Lo has much less rain than the rest in Nepal. During the monsoon the skies are cloudy and there is some rain. In the winter there is usually snow, sometimes as much as 30 or 40 cm. accumulates on the ground.

TREKKING SEASON

Because of the cold and snow, most of the population departs from Lo on trekking expeditions during the winter. The trekking season, therefore, is from late March until early November. The trek does not go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make the trek less pleasant than other treks in Nepal.

Because of the wind and the lack of water, you must always camp in a village. But these are not conveniently spaced. So some days are too short and others too long. There is little opportunity to vary the itinerary, as there is no most Nepal treks.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

The trek begins and ends in Jomsom with the connection flight to / from Pokhara. There are daily flights to Jomsom from Pokhara: flights are in the early morning, so you must spend a night in Pokhara on route to Jomsom. The cost of a trip to Mustang escalates severely if you fly in either direction. The airfare from Pokhara to Jomsom is reasonable (US $ 55 per head) considering you save five days of walking, but you still must calculate the expense of moving your gear to Jomsom. Your food stoves, tents and kerosene, all of which is required by law for a trek Mustang, must be carried from Pokhara. Once you add the cost of five or six days portage plus the salary of camp staff both to and from Jomsom, trek becomes quite expensive. If you have time, it is very worthwhile to walk from Pokhara, visit Lo Manthang, trek back to Jomsom and fly or walk back to Pokhara. If you do plan to fly, be aware that Jomsom can occasionally be bad in terms of flight delays due to weather conditions.

SPECIAL RULES

The rules require that you trek as member of a group, you will much happier if you travel as part of a small group. Come sites are small and a trekking group plus their staff and liaison officer can overpower a village.

PERMITS

The trekking permits costs u.s. $ 700 per person for 10 days. This is defined as 10 days, not night, starting and ending at Kagbeni. Extra days are u.s. $ 70 each. ACAP (Annapurna conservation Area Project) administers trekking under Mustang. According to the plan, ACAP is also responsible for channeling a portion of the Mustang trek royalties into development project in Mustang. Mustang is currently the only restricted area for which the permit fee goes into a special fund.
If you are trekking from Pokhara to Jomsom, you should get an additional normal u.s.$ 5 per week trekking permit: the u.s. $ 10 per day permit is required only from Kagbeni northwards. Because of possible delays In Jomsom flights, the entry date on the permit is supposed to have a three day leeway. Once you start from. Kagbeni you must return within the period of your trek permit, but you need not start on a precise date.

REGISTRATION

In Jomsom, you must register yourself with the police post and also with the tourist information office across from Om’s Home, just north of the airport. The tourist office will check your permit equipment’s, stoves, food and fuels. You should have several lists of group members and equipment available for this purpose. The physical presence of all group members is required at both the police post and the tourist office. Allow at least an hour in both Kagbeni and Jomsom for formalities.
At the conclusion of the trek, you are required to register again with the tourist office and hand over all your rubbish to them for disposal. If the tourist office is satisfied that you have followed all the rules, they will give your liaison officer a letter stating so. This letter is important ; any trekking company that does not follow the rules risks being from operating treks into restricted areas.

Your Liaison Officer can register the group with the other checkpoints on the trek.

The route of Mustang (Lo Manthang ) ( Restricted parts only)

Day 1: Kagbeni to Chele
Day 2: Chele to Geling
Day 3: Gelling to Charang
Day 4: Charang to Lo Manthang
Day 5 & 6: In Lo Manthang
Day 7: Lo Manthang to Ghami
Day 8: Ghami to Samer
Day 9: Samer to Kagbeni

Alternative Routs from Lo Manthang to kagbeni

To return to Kagbeni there is another route down the eastern side of the Mustang Khola Valley through Tange and Tetang to Muktinath. If you attempt this route, be prepared for at least 10-hours per day for 30 day. There is neither water nor vegetation between the few villages on the rarely traveled route.

HUMLA TO MT. KAILASH

Humla was once part of the great Malla Empire administered from Sinja near Jumla. Until 1787, this empire included Jumla and pursang, better known by its Nepalese name, Taklakot, and extended as far west as Googay, the ‘Lost’ village of Toling and Tsaparang located in a remote Tibetan Valley to the north of Nanda Devi and Kamet Himal.

In Humla the traditional salt grain trade with Tibet continues much as it has for centuries. This trade has vertically ceased in the rest of Nepal because of the import of Indian salt and because China has eliminated many boarders trading center that is short drive from both the Nepalese and India boarders. Trade via Taklakot is an important factor in the economy of Humla, which is about a 15-day walk from Surkhet.

Taklakot is an extraordinary melting pot of an Indian Tourist, Chinese and Tibetan traders, Muslim trader from Kashgar, Nepalese entrepreneurs trading wool, salt and Indian goods, Chinese government officials and a huge army contingent.

In may 1993 the governments of Nepal and China reached an accord that allowed the first treks across the boarder between the two countries. While it had been a route for Nepalese pilgrims for years, foreign trekkers were never allowed to trek from Nepal into Tibet. It has always been possible however, to bend or ignore the rules. Numerous individual trekkers managed to make their way from Tibet into Nepal each year.

Humla, Nepal’s highest, northern most and most remote district, is also culturally and scenicaly rewarding. The people of Limi in northern Humla are Bhotias whose roots are in Tibet and who still enjoy the freedom to graze their animals on the Tibetan plateau. The upper Humla Karnali Valley is also populated by Bhotias who trade extensively with Tibet in traditional ways that have totally vanished elsewhere. It is only near Simikot, the district headquarters, that you will encounter people of other ethnic group, mostly Thakuris and Chhetries.

A trip to Mt. Kailas has always been regarded as a pilgrimage. It satisfies the romantic in us that the pilgrimage to Kailas is a difficult one. Whether you drive for seven days or walk for six days, it is still not possible to make a quick, easy visit to Kailas and Mansarovar. You can not yet travel all the way to Kailas by helicopter or airplane. This is certainly as it should be.

TREKKING SEASON

This trek is possible only in the summer monsoon season from May to September. The entire region is snowbound in the winter; passes are closed and Taklakot itself is isolated until the snowplough arrives in late March.

SPECIAL RULES

The area is subject to the same relations as other restricted areas. You must trek as part of an organized group with a liaison officer. The trekking permit fee for the trek from Simikot to the boarder and back is US $ 90 for the first week and US $15 per day thereafter. The permit becomes complicated because there is a break in Nepal trek while you are in Tibet. The Immigration office may issue two trekking permits with dates 10 days apart, one for the trip to the border and other for the return.

You need Chinese Visa if you plan to cross the border. This will be arranged at the same time you organize transport within China. The rules for individual travel in China if you enter via Taklakot are still unclear. You will also need a re-entry permit for Nepal in order to avoid excessive visa fees. Your Liaison officer can stay behind in Nepal or at Taklakot while you go to Mt. Kailas, through you must continue provide food, accommodation and salary.

GETTING THERE & AWAY

Kathmandu to Nepalgunj then Simikot

There is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot. You must first fly 1and1/2 hours to Nepalgunj on the southern border of Nepal or drive more than 12 hours, spend the night and take an early – morning flight 50 minutes to Simikot.

Kathmandu to Surkhet then Simikot

Take a day drive to Surkhet then walk for about 15 days to Simikot. Be well aware of loosing the trail in the remote districts.

TRANSPORT TO TAKLAKOT & DARCHAN (TIBET)

If you are headed for Kailas, you should arrange in advance for a vehicle to transport you from the Nepalese border at Sher to Taklakot where Chinese Immigration and customs formalities are centered. You will also need to arrange transport for the 100km drive to Darchan at the foot of Mt. Kailash. A trekking / travel agent in Kathmandu that specializes in Tibet should be able to assist you with this at the same time they arrange your Chinese Visa.

The Tibetan plateau is harsh, windy and barren. It makes little sense to walk huge distances in such inhospitable country.

FOOD & FUEL

It is important to remember that there is a shortage of food in Simikot, so you should arrange to send it ahead by plane or porter. You must use Kerosene for cooking. Since this is usually not available in Simikot and can not be transported by plane, it requires advance planning. There is a reliable supply of kerosene in Taklakot, so you can arrange a porter caravan to bring Chinese kerosene from Taklakot and avoid the long haul from Surkhet.

INNER DOLPA

The northern part of Dolpa is usually called Inner Dolpa and has always had an area of mysticism about it, largely because of the metaphysical discussions of the region in Peter Mathiesen’s book THE SNOW LEOPARD. Inner Dolpa was closed to foreigners until 1992. One story the reason for closure as the large scale of statues theft from monasteries several years ago.

Despite the mysticism surrounding Shey Gompa and the ‘ crystal mountain’ this is not a popular trek by means. The harsh terrain, the physical conditioning necessary and the exorbitant fees for visiting this region have deterred most people.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

The restricted part of this trek starts from Ringmo village at the southern end of Phoksundo Lake. To visit Inner Dolpa you need to trek from Dolpa you need to trek from Dolpa airport in Juphal or make a longer trek from Jumla. The trek from Shey Gompa to Kagbeni in the Kaligandaki valley is not open for foreigners, but you can make a loop trip by travelling north from Phoksundo Lake to Shey and then returing via another route to join the Tarap trail between the Baga La and Numa La.

SPECIAL RULES

The premit for Inner Dolpa is as expensive as Mustang US$ 700.00 for the first 10 days and US$ 70.00 per day thereafter. It becomes especially expensive because the trek (restricted area) only takes five or six days to complete.

AROUND MANASLU

This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991. But mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. Manaslu (8,156m) was attempted by Japanese expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956, when the first ascent was made. Having become known as a Japanese Mountain, much of the information about the area was available only in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene on Manaslu until 1971.

A few trekkers managed to obtain trekking permits for the region, otherwise this trek has always been the domain of the mountaineering expedition.

GETTING THERE & AWAY

TRAILHEADS

You can begin this trek from Gorkha, Trisuli Bazaar or Dhading. All these routes converge at Arughat, two days from Gorkha, three days from Trisuli and one long day from the road above Dhading. A road from Dhading to Arughat is under construction.

GORKHA

Gorkha is the traditional starting point for treks up the Buri Gondaki. The bus ride from Kathmandu to Gorkha follows the Pokhara road as far as Abu Khaireni, then climbs 24 Km. To Gorkha. Gorkha is linked by buses from Narayanghat. Pokhara and Kathmandu.

DHADING

Dhading provides an excellent starting point for the Manaslu trek and saves a day of walking compared to the trek from Gorkha.

TRISULI BAZAAR

Trisuli Bazaar is an alternative starting point for around the Manaslu trek. Arughat is a four day walk form Trisuli along the old route from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

SPECIAL RULES

The rules for this trek are the same as those for Mustang and upper Dolpa. You must trek with a fully organized group, take liason (or environmental) officer; pack out all cans, bottles and Plastic papers; use only kerosene for cooking and pay a special fee.

For the manual trek the fee is lower than Mustang, US$ 90.00 per week during October and November and only US$ 75.00 per week during the year remain.

In October 1991, the home Ministry announced the opening of the restricted areas in Nepal, a move which was a political decision to remove a regulation that was inconsistent with the principles of Nepal’s new democratic constitution.

As Nepal is second richest country for water resources. There are several rivers for adventurous & exciting white water rafting.

The Trisuli, is the best introductory to wonderful rafting, one can take a trip for one to three days, The Sunkosi River of Gold is for the true white water enthusiasts lasting 10 days, The Tamakosi, River of Copper & The Kaligandaki the beautiful rivers, for 5 to 8 days are some of the best white water rafting in Nepal. The Arun, The Marshyangdi & The Seti rivers are perfect family expedition for 2 to 3 days, The Bheri & The Karnali rivers are fast flowing and deep, sparkling clean water, strong rapids, untouched and unspoiled rivers are for 10 to 15 days.

Nepal’s most famous Royal Chitwan National Park is located on the low lands of the inner Terai covering an area of 932 Sq. km, Royal Bardia National Park is another park, which is famous for different species of birds and animals.

There are 11 other National Parks in Nepal which are rich in wildlife, birds, such as the rare one horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, bear, leopard, dolphin, crocodile, tiger etc. are living in these parks in their natural habitat. The parks are very popular for Elephant Safari, Dugout Canoeing, Nature Walk, Bird Watching and Jungle Excursion with Jungle Naturalist.

Pokhara Valley lies 200 kms west of Kathmandu and is the home of famous Gorkha soldiers. It lies in the shadow of the mighty Annapurna mountains, in the warm tropical climate of its bare 3000″. And from its groves of bamboo and banana, rice paddies and poinsettia, you can enjoy such a view of the high snow peaks unparalleled in any other part of the world ! And of course boating on lake Fewa is an additional activity you can enjoy there.

Lumbini is a small town in the southern plains, Terai of Nepal, where the ruins of old city can still be seen. It is the birth place of Buddha and a religious site for the Buddhist all over the world. A large stone pillar erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth place of the Buddha. In the temple of Maya Devi there is a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch of tree. To the south of the temple is a pool where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath.

This area also houses ruins of ancient monasteries and the temple of Mayadevi – Lord Buddha’s mother. Other monuments here are the various monasteries constructed by other countries like Japan, Burma, Korea Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Kapilbastu is not far from Lumbini and was in 563 BC, the Kingdom which Gautam Buddha’s father ruled. Around here are many ruins which indicate the old forts and palaces of the time. Tilorakot, the capital of Kapilbastu where Siddhartha (Buddha) spent his days inside a palace as an apparent to the throne. It was here he came to know about the suffering of people and decided to choose the way of the Buddha.

Everest or Sagarmatha as the King of the Great Himalayas, the Everest Region is hard to beat for High Mountain scenery. Three of the world’s ten highest peaks guard this holy sanctuary. The Sherpas settled in the Khumbu highlands some 450 years ago bringing Tibetan Buddhism in the form of ornate monasteries, carved prayer Mani stones and a never-ending joy of life. Some moved lower to Solu, a land rich in resources and of temperate climate. The annual Mani Rimdu festival at Thyangboche during November and at other monasteries enact ritual dance dramas of good verses evil.

Khumbu treks fly in and out of Lukla to maximize your time on height but if you have time we encourage you to walk in or out through Solu or Salpa. Occassionally flights are delayed due to weather. It is strongly recommended that you plant least 2 extra ” cushion” days in Kathmandu after the trek.

The Everest region boasts of some the world’s highest mountains such as the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and beautiful mount Ama Dablam. It is also the home of the Sherpa people whose warm hospitality and skills as mountain guides and porters have made them famous. Its active and devout monasteries are the center of the Buddhist Lama culture and its festivals are many colorful. In this region you will be into the heart of these giant massifs passing through colorful and beautiful Sherpa villages that each have something unique to offer such as the Yeti’s skull and hands at Pangboche or the world’s highest Monasteries at Tenboche. And of course at every village you will be extended typical Sherpa hospitality. We are very careful to plan your trek days so that you have time to rest and take in the views as well as to acclimatize to the high altitudes. This is most important since altitude sickness can not only ruin your holidays but prove fatal as well. In this region, most of the treks commence with flight to Lukla (2800m.) which is a small (15000 feet runway length) STOL (short takeoff and landing) airstrip. The main trek routes in this region and an average trek days to and from Kathmandu are: Everest Base Camp 14-day, Gokyo 12-day, Island Peak 19-day, Mera peak 16-day, Hongu valley 25-day, from Arun to Everest 19-day, from Jiri to Everest Base Camp 20-day, Rolwaling 16-day or through Tashi Laptsa 23-day, Gaurishanker 22-easy days in Everest and several other trek routes.

This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal. The Southern slopes of Manaslu and, Annapurna ranges are heavily settled and farmed, except the higher regions which support thick forests of Rhododendron and fir, cost of the tribes inhabiting this area are Gurungs, Magars, Chehettris and Newars.

As turn on westwards into the Manang Valley and into the rain shadow of the Annapurna Ranges dramatic changes occur. Though, there are small fields supporting some crops of millet and wheat, and small flocks of sheep and goats, the Manang tribes are traditionally a trading race. They are also Tibetan by origin and Buddhist by religion, and their architecture and lifestyle is quite different to those tribs on the southern slopes.

Thakali and Mustang tribes control the busy trading and pilgrimage trail along the Kali Gandaki, until move through the gap between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna into the wetter zones, where one can meet Gurungs and Magars again.

On the whole trek there is not one day during which we do not have magnificent views of all the ranges.

Most treks in this region commence from Pokhara valley, which lies 200 km west of Kathmandu, the capital city, in the shadow of the lovely Annapurna Fishtail Mountains. Annapurna circuit trek begins at the middle-hills village of Besi Sahar on the Marshyangdi River and follows the river all the way from Brahmin-Chetri-Gurung settlement to that of the Tibetan Buddhistic region of Manang. The high point is the crossing of the Throng-La. at 5416 m into the Kali Gandaki Valley stopping at the famous shrine of Muktinath then continuing along the river to Tatopani through Thakali settlements, Magar and Gurung villages back into Pokhara. Or beginning in the tropical climate of Pokhara’s bare 900m and gradually ascending to the 5400m pass above Muktinath, and may be on to upper Mustang which was opened in October 1991 to a limited number of tourists. The main trail in the region and trek days from Pokhara are: easy hiking around Pokhara 1 to 6 days, Ghorepani circuit 6-days, Muktinath via Jomsom and flight back 8 to 12 days, Annapurna Sanctuary 11-days which although is considered moderate & the most beautiful trek in the world, Annapurna Circuit 19-days, Siklish 7-days, Lamjung 7-days, Gorkha 8-days from Kathmandu, Dhaulagiri Circuit 19 days, Manaslu Circuit trek 21-days, Legendary Mustang 13-days, peak climbs enroute and several other endless trails.

This region covers treks in the Kathmandu Valley, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu which are the most beautiful region of the kingdom. It ranges, the Langtang-Lirung, which are spectacular while its forests of fir and rhododendron delightful. The treks are an excursion from the Kathmandu Valley’s heavy Hindu dominance to the Buddhistic culture of the north. The land is dotted with stupas, mani walls, chortens and monasteries and the flutter of prayer flags. The treks are one days and routes of Kathmandu Valley treks day walk to 5-days, moderate Helambu 7-days, and difficult treks from Syabru through Gosaikunda into Helambu, Ganesh Himal 7-day and easy and couple of days treks on the rim of the Valley.

This trek has been considered as a young trek as it was opened for trekking enthusiasts not so long ago. This trek offers considerable spectacular views of mountains, meadows, forests, different wild animals, birds, glaciers and many more to feast the eyes of visitors. Cheese factories, monasteries, and other monuments are other specialties of this trek.

The Langtang valley is aptly called ” The Valley of Glacier”. Here the mountain – scape is spectacular. On either side of valley, mountains rise, soaring into the sky. The valley offers pine forest, slow moving rivers and swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild primulas. In the upper part of valley there are snow ridges spanning angry torrents, high passes enveloped in mist, tiny lakes with icebergs floating on them and water of crystalline brightness. There are also high mountains of solid ice.

About 72 kms northeast of Kathmandu lies Helambu. This place is famous for scenery and pleasant climate. Many Buddhist monasteries are situated amidst a rich and enchanting landscape. Sundarijal ( 11 kms away from Kathmandu) is the starting point for trekking to Helambu. It also can be reached via Panchkhaal.

Few people trek around the Kathmandu valley. Yet it offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion, together with the daily toil in the fields of its inhabitants. The valley rim lies around 1000/1800 m. and in the spring offers early flowering rhododendrons and through the autumn and winter, wonderful mountain vistas which are, from certain view-points, stretch from the Everest in the east to Annapurna in the west.

The Far Western region of Nepal is still unspoiled and untouched by foreigners. Time has stood still for centuries where the inhabitants, of Tibetan descent, continue to live as they did long ago. The Phoksindo National Park covers an area of 3555 sq. km. and is virgin. Forests harboring one of the world’s best habitats of snow leopard, blue sheep, ghoral, musk deer, wolf and other, wildlife. One of the prime spots for herb hunting place is the rigged valley of Jumla (2,370m) in Far Western Nepal known as.”Wild West’ because of its remoteness and the difficulty of life .on its arid, forested ridges. Most of the trek in this region commence from here and the fastest way to reach Jumla (short take off and landing airstrip) is by flight from Nepalgunj. Tourists are rare and any trip is certain to be an adventure. There is mixed culture and religion of Hinduism, and further up, immigrant Tibetan families. It known as the hidden valley of the crystal mountain. Rara Lake which is known as Queen Of Lakes is the most beautiful region of far west Nepal, scenic and covering different cultural influence. This area is named after pristine lake Rara which is the biggest lake in Nepal. Upper Dolpo was opened for a limited number of tourist in 1991. Lower Dolpo 20-day and Upper Dolpo 20-day to 40 days, both involving a visit to the mythical Phoksundo lake, Rara trek 12-day and Lower Dolpo through Pokhara 19-day are the main trails of the region. A trek to Mt. Kailash in Tibet also can be done from here.

This region offers an endless variety of culture and changing countryside as it proceeds from the hot rice-growing terraced fields, forests of birch, bamboo and rhododendron that eventually turn to stands of fir and hemlock as one climbs higher into the mountains. Himalayan bear, barking deer and the lesser panda are among the rich animal and birdlife that fill the area. Kanchejunga, Makalu and the spectacular Jannu are among the peaks at the outset of the trek. Passing through villages of Brahmins and Chhetris, you enter almost exclusive Rai territory with a scatter of Gurung and Sherpa settlements. The main trekking trails in the region are: Trek to Kanchenjunga 23-days, difficult trek to Makalu Base Camp 27-day and to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp 22-days.

Jomsom is the district head quarter of Musthang region. To many people, however, Mustnag implies the area of Nepal that extends like a thumb into Tibet. One can witness the walled capital city of Mustang, Lo Manthang. This is the most popular and fascinate trekking in Nepal. The H.M.G of Nepal opened the door to this area for Trekkers in October 1991 under strict control in obtaining a special permit for this region. The strictness is enforced to protect the tradition as well as the environment of this region.

The Government of Nepal has fixed certain number of trekkers as quota every year on this trekking route depending upon the season. The Government also has fixed special rules and regulations to obtain the permit for this region. This trek must be done as an organized one, not the tea house and one liaison officer from H.M.G. must be needed per group as the individual trekker can’t obtain the special permit for this region.

The people of this region is fully influenced by Tibetan culture and the trek to Lo Manthang have a different attraction. This route is an almost tree less barren Landscape, steep rocky trail up and down the hill and eye-catching panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and many other beautiful peaks make this trekking a memory for the life line.

Massive Kanchanjungha (8598m) lies on the border of Nepal and sikim (India). It is a rich area of Nepal for Musk deer, blue sheep and possibly YETI, the abominable snow man. It also offers excellent photographic views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchanjugha itself. It is inhabited by few scattered populations and is a real wilderness terrain of Nepal.

The Kanchanjunga region was forbidden to the trekkers before; the door to this region was opened in 1988. This mountain is situated on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, the state of India. So politically it is not possible to take a circuit of this mountain. It is suggested to visit the north and south side of the mountain from Nepal side, but should be equipped for a high crossing and requires enough time, i.e. 3 to 4 weeks.

A special Trekking permit is needed to trek in this region at the payment of US$ 10 per person per week.

Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung and trek to base camp at Pangpema and return to Taplejung by the same route; then fly back to Kathmnadu (19 days)
Alternatively bus drives to Basantpur and trek to the base camp; then back to Basantpur or Taplejung (25-28 days). Cross Lobsang La or Mirgin La. Spending a few more days gives an adventure for interested parties.

Trekking yearning for a bit of solitude and adventure will find it west of the Kali Gandaki where life goes on as it has for centuries. As flights in and out of Jumla are less reliable, plan several days in Kathmandu in case of delay.

Trekking into the long sequestered Dolpo region is challenging but immensely rewarding, devoid of any modern day luxuries. The trek begins and followes a northwesterly direction through Dhorpatan to Dunai. Crossing several passes enroute, it then turns north and meets sparkling Lake Phoksundo, (a setting of Shey Gompa and a day hike to a nearby ridge-top for views of the northern Himalayas). Here, only the stalwart Tibetan-like Bonpos (followers of the pre Buddhist religion) and their yaks can survive. Return to the ancient east-west trade route and hike another week through rugged terrains to Jumla. Return a fligh to Kathmandu from Jumla (27 days)
Dolpo is located inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park of Midwestern Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan Plateau. Cut off by a series of very high passes, closed by snow most of the year. Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and commerce the way they have done since tome immemorial. The finally preserved Eco-system encompasses a wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten.

This route of trekking was forbidden to the tourists upto 1991, later on when the Japanese Expedition team ascend the Manaslu Peak (8157 m.), it became known as “Japanese Mountain” after the Japanese Expedition Team made first ascent. This trek can begin from Gorkha, Trishuli Bazar or Dhading.

This trek was official opened to tourists in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. Manaslu (8156m) was attempted by Japanese expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as a ‘Japanese Mountain’, much of the information about the area was available only in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene on Manaslu until 1971.

A few trekkers managed to obtain trekking permits for the region. Otherwise this trek has always been the domain of the mountaineering expedition.

You can begin this trek from Gorkha, Trisuli Bazar or Dhading. All these routes converge at Arughat, two days from Gorkha, three days from Trisuli and one long day from the road above Dhanding. A road from Dhanding to Arughat is under construction.

For people wishing to climb trekking peaks (minor 18 peaks) which are open for Alpine climbing and Other high mountains for mountaineering also are open. We organize and arrange both kinds of mountain climbing in Nepal’s Himalaya with experienced Sherpa Mountain Guides. Eight among the 14 highest mountains in the world lie in Nepal, that include Mt. Everest, Kanchanjungha, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Manaslu, & Lhotse.