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Nepal treks (& India-Ladakh treks) are truly our passion and we set out to make each and every trek the adventure of a lifetime.
Nepal is our second home and we are true specialists, caring for every detail and running in some of the most logistically challenging areas to offer the best three week+ Nepal treks there are.
Back by popular request, we have a "Kanchen Gola Wild" trek of yesteryear.
We trek off the map up to explore the wild snow leopard areas around remote Yangma then pop over the scenic Nango La to Ghunsa where we say goodbye to our kitchen crew. Then we lodge trek up to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (still with porter support). Naturally we scramble a 6000m viewpoint and even sleep out under Jannu. From the middle hills to the remote alpine under the world's #3 peak, this is adventure+ in an area we know and love.
13 Oct-11 Nov, 30 days — hybrid expedition style & lodge trek — Jamie McGuinness — US$3980 — full
Double wild (includes south side too): 13 Oct-17 Nov, 36 days —$4280 — full
Remote Yangma, Lumbasamba and Makalu Base Camp; wahoo, another 42 day special. We explore "off the map" together the the Kanchenjunga Wild team, and when they turn to teahouses, we continue with the kitchen crew along the trek routes we pioneered all the way to Makalu Base camp. High and wild authentic adventure at the best time of the year.
Dolpo again and then we have two November options, what do you like?
Powerful beauty. Which is the best trek in Nepal? Our sublime Upper Dolpo trek to Mustang probably!
We explore the secrets of Nepal's Shangri-la, trekking where few dare (Bhijer and Mischa), through the culturally Tibetan villages and sacred monasteries, along meandering alpine valleys and over breathless mountain passes, and all a visual feast of gorgeous, never-ending trans-Himalayan panoramas.
29 Sept-28 Oct, 30 days — expedition style — Jamie McGuinness — US$5480
Dolpo Mugu GHT option - ask
Unspoilt and cultural, the Kanchenjunga region offers some of the best trekking in Nepal. We begin in the warm middle hills, whole hillsides of terraces and picturesque villages, and work our way up thru thick forests into the high alpine regions with valleys that just keep going and going. The sight of Kanchenjunga (#3 peak in the world), seen from Oktang and from Pangpema (the north base camp) is unforgettable, as is the north face of Jannu, a worthy destination itself. We continue to cross the Lumba Samba route that we pioneered all the way to the Arun River Valley.
22 Oct-23 Nov, 33 days — expedition style — Sangge Sherpa — US$3980?
Just why is the Ganesh Himal "magical and mysterious"? The few trekkers that have traversed it do rave; however I have yet to find one who didn't get lost. In the shadow of this large but little-known mountain range, we explore the middle hills, a mix of villages and wilderness and perhaps unlock a small mystery.
Jamie finishes his last section of the GHT. Please ask!
Nov?, 19-21 days — expedition style — Jamie McGuinness
We have some the best trek itineraries and best trek crews in the land, and now you can book them as private trips for your group of trek friends.
This is our delightful Everest Base Camp trip with a careful altitude-planned itinerary. We stay in comfortable local Sherpa lodges, our friends from more than 25 previous Everest treks. Of course we aim for Kala Pattar for that classic Everest view, and we also visit Everest Base Camp where Jamie also has many friends to catch up with. Join the fun!
April-May, 15 days — teahouse trekking
With a 2016-new trekking trail, suddenly the Makalu Base Camp trek becomes far more appealing, no more there and back along the same route and less risk of getting trapped. We follow the Makalu expeditions to base camp, rub noses with the fifth highest mountain on the planet, then trek out along the new Barun Khola trail to the mighty Arun River and some cultural village trekking to finish.
May / Oct-Nov Nov, 23 days — expedition style — Dawa 2
Climb high! Mera Peak is the most straightforward of Nepal's trekking peaks and we have carefully researched the best itinerary, increasing your chances of summitting.
Starting in the middle hills, we stay in local teahouses and traverse rough trekking trails through villages to the wild Inkhu Valley through remote forest to the alpine area, and then the mountaineering - and camping - starts. We use crampons and ice ax, then for summit day also use a rope for crevasse risk. What a summit panorama, and all in all, a wonderful peak adventure.
Mar-April / Oct-Nov, 21 days — teahouse trek, camping at high camp
Explore timeless Upper Dolpo including the oh-so-turquoise Phoksundo Lake, fabled Shey Gompa and picturesque Saldang. This Dolpo loop trek is a total cultural experience with wonderful, peaceful wilderness camping in the high Trans-Himalaya.
Bring your own group of friends and we will do the rest!
24 days — expedition style —Bali Lopchan — private group
A connoisseur's trek from fabled Upper to Phu in the Na-Phu valley via the challenging 6000m/19,700ft Saribung mountaineering pass and the 6328m/20,750ft peak beside.
Bring your own group of friends and we will work together to make it the trip of a lifetime!
Oct, ~28 days — expedition style --Bali Lopchan / Dawa 2 — private group
The best? Unlike all other western companies, the leader arranges the trek start to finish, managing every detail, including answering your questions. Other companies have office staff handling the questions and the western leader turns up to guide but without logistical control, or consistent staff.
Our prices remain competitive even though we spend more on our quality trek operation as we don't have a head office to support.
Nepal prices are ex-Kathmandu, i.e. you have to buy your international flight tickets to Kathmandu (airport code KTM); domestic flights as required for the trip are included.
Dates are the date you must arrive in Kathmandu and the date you are free to fly out of Kathmandu. You can of course arrive earlier or leave later and we book hotels to suit. If transiting via Delhi in particular, plan your times carefully.
Minimums For many trips the minimum number that we run the trip with is four trekkers. Normally all treks run.
Caring for our staff We have great staff and really care about them, as they care for us. Sirdars, guides and cooks have worked years with us. Our porters are fully kitted out for high altitude treks following the letter and spirit of the IPPG guidelines meaning we provide duvets, mattresses, warm tents for them, plus warm jacket and pants, hat, gloves, shoes.
Tipping our crew is usual and allow 5% of the trip cost as a guideline. The western guides don't take tips.
*Exploratory treks The golden age of exploration dead? Never! These are 'back of an envelope' treks that would warm Tilman's heart. There is nobody else on the planet who organizes treks quite like this, a positive attitude and smile required.
Expedition-style trekking means sleeping in tents. A cook and helpers cater for us with 3 course meals and post-trek snacks, and porters/yaks/ponies carry the group gear and your kitbag and is organized by a sirdar. You trek with a daypack. Couples share a roomy tent, everyone else gets a roomy tent to themselves.
Our service level is comparable to- indeed better than -World Expeditions and KE Adventure and similar.
Teahouse trekking means staying in local lodges and is on a twin share basis only. All trekking accommodation, all meals and hot drinks are included. Alcohol, mineral water, soft drinks, snacks and toilet paper not included. Porters/yaks/mules carry your personal gear leaving you with a daypack.
All treks include
+ local airport transfers
+ hotels and guesthouses
+ domestic flights/private buses
+ single supplements for some treks (!)
While expedition-style trekking (camping):
+ quality roomy single tent / 3 person tent for couples
+ solar charging for USB devices and cameras
+ French press coffee, herbal infusions
+ library of relevant maps
+ cozy dining tent
+ filtered water ... and more
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