Small - Friendly - Adventurous
Nepal trekking is truly our passion and lifestyle.
We run the best three week+ Nepal treks there are (seriously!), Kim in her unique boutique "Kamzang" style, while Jamie explores, opening up the wilder remote areas and guides Everest to the summit. Nepal is our second home, we are true specialists, caring for every detail and running in some of the most logistically challenging areas. Jamie wrote the guide book Trekking in the Everest Region.
Trip status: normally every trip runs, we only put a status if the trip is
nearly full or full or something else unusual applies. Most trekkers join as singles although couples are welcome.
Our trekkers are international but trips are priced in US dollars, convert using XE.com.
During the summer we are both in Ladakh...
During spring Jamie will be expeditioning...
A wild trek through the most far-flung reaches of Upper Mustang!
The Tibetan Buddhist kingdom of Mustang is home to the last Tibetan nomads of Nepal, a land of walled cities, fortresses, traditional villages, sculpted canyons, Neolithic caves, fossils, and Himalayan peaks soaring above the Kali Gandaki River gorge. Note our 18 days in Upper Mustang!
Kanchenjunga, tucked into the far east of the Nepal Himalaya, is one of Nepal's most remote and spectacular trekking regions. We'll take the wildest routes, including the north base camp and Olanchung Gola, as we explore this region of Limbus and Tibetans. One of the (many) highlights is the high Lumba Samba route to the Makalu Barun National Park, part of the epic Great Himalayan Trail.
While the popular trails are packed, we take you places where few trekkers dare.
We will be running a wonderful series of Ladakh-Zanskar treks over the summer ...
Wahoo, what an adventure! In 2012 we were the very first to complete the Saipal missing link, but over some heinous passes. This time we refine our route with kinder passes to truly open up this new section of the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail. It is authentic culture, a stunning variety of scenery and real exploration in four weeks.
4-31 Oct, 28 days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$4980 -- filling
Rara Lake end: 4 Oct-12 Nov, 40 days -- ask
Mugu exploration: 4 Oct-20 Nov, 48 days -- ask
Upper Dolpo, a Tibetan border region of hidden villages and monasteries tucked away in remote Himalayan valleys, is Nepal's Shangri-La. Join our explorations to the most far-flung of Dolpo's destinations - Shey, Phoksundo Lake, Panzang valley & the high route to Mustang.
Authentic as it gets, out west, we trek at moderate altitudes through delightful middle hills forests and timeless villages to Nepal's largest lake, Rara, ending with our special glorious, panoramic trail around it.
28 Oct-12 Nov, 16 days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness/ -- US$1980
More wonderful high route GHT exploration, we find an alternative high route from Simikot through to historic Mugu village. It is a remote route, through little-visited villages, peaceful high altitude yak grazing areas and with expansive mountain panoramas. And real exploration!
28 Oct-20 Nov, 24 days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness/ -- US$2980
The best of the Everest region! We cross the Cho La & Renjo La ( with Kongma La option), visit Everest Base Camp, explore the spectacular Gokyo lakes valley, climb Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar & Chhukhung Ri and trek the Chhukhung & Thame valleys, relaxing in Sherpa lodges en route.
Spend Christmas in Lhasa with us! We explore the Buddhist monasteries of central Tibet (Samye, Shigatse, Ganden & Lhasa), walk koras with Tibetan pilgrims and finish with a spectacular journey crossing the Himalayan range. Back in Nepal, we spend a night at the semi-tropical Last Resort followed by a New Year's celebration back in Kathmandu!
Dec-Jan, 14 days -- hotels -- Kim Bannister -- US$3280
More trek adventures coming sometime.
Join for GHT exploration adventures in a remote corner of Dolpo in the shadow of the huge Dhaulagiri range as we define an alternative trek route through Dolpo to Jomsom, exploring a 5700m/18,700ft pass and bag some straightforward 6000m peaks nearby. It is a trek of timeless villages, wild Dolpo landscapes and stunning peaks, what more can you ask for!
Oct- Nov, 24? days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$2980?
The best? Unlike all other western companies, Kim/Jamie arrange 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.
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 three trekkers. Normally all treks run.
Caring for our staff We have great staff, and we 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.
Tipping our crew is usual and allow approx 5% of the trip cost as a guideline. The western guides don't take tips.
Leaders All our treks are western-led with a good local guide as well.
*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.
*Introductory treks are suited to relatively fit trekking novices.
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 carry your personal gear leaving you with a daypack.
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.
All treks include
+ local airport transfers
+ Kathmandu sightseeing
+ hotels and guesthouses
+ single room in Kathmandu, shared in other places
+ domestic flights/private buses
While expedition-style trekking (camping):
+ roomy single tent
+ solar charging for iPods and cameras
+ French press coffee, herbal teas
+ compact Himalayan library
+ selection of relevant maps
+ cozy dining tent
+ filtered water ... and more