Our Nepal treks
Small - Friendly - Adventurous
An experience to savour. Nepal treks (& India-Ladakh treks) are truly our passion and we set out to make each and every trek your adventure of a lifetime. We skip the busy Everest BC trek (even though I wrote the guide book) and instead focus on exploring quiet but incredible regions, here is some photo inspiration.
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. We are happy with smaller groups, four to nine members only, and normally all trips run.
"I very much appreciated your loose "facilitator" style, (as opposed to "strong leader") which allows room for individual responsibility and decision making ... I can't imagine ever going on a heavily scripted and controlled, marching toe to heel, trip again."
- Bruce Utsey
Covid - the long haul
** Dec 2021: Nepal is now over-supplied with a mix of vaccines and is vaccinating relatively well. The country seems almost completely normal and covid levels seem stable, however, I have no indication of how omicron will work out, and only some vaccines will have any efficacy. Let's keep our fingers crossed for being able to trek relatively safely in 2022. **
With donations from our trekker community, we really cared our staff, a heartfelt thank you.
Relax with some Himalayan inspiration. Jamie's carefully selected photos of previous treks are organized into Flickr collections by region/topic and by albums. Our Previous treks pages cover every trip we ran too. Lose yourself!
2022 Nepal adventure treks
Will trekking be back to a new normal? Can we sneak in a May trek - get in touch if interested.
And Dolpo or Tsum-Manaslu as our main trek? I'm undecided and open to ideas - let's see!
We trek the Schaller Trail, a unique, pioneering route named after the noted naturalist who trekked with author of The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen. Our exploratory middle Dolpo route avoids the new high country roads and finishes with the Kagmara La, only repeating a day of our previous Dolpo treks!
Oct-Nov, 31 days — camping — Jamie McGuinness — US$3980
Tsum is a sacred beyul, a "hidden valley of happiness" and simply wonderful trekking. We'll explore to the head of the valley then, after more adventurous trails, continue around the scenic Manaslu circuit taking a few special detours.
Oct, 35 days — camping — Jamie McGuinness — US$3480?
Oct-Nov, 48 days with Annapurna extension
Unspoilt and cultural, the Kanchenjunga region offers some of the best trekking in Nepal. We can arrange both private trips and a group trek - what suits you?
Mid Oct-Nov, 24 days — lodges — Bire Tamang — US$2480?
?2023? Winter Pilgrimage
There is a frozen river in Nepal that locals trek - and we will be the very first foreigners to attempt it with them. Innovative and absolutely unique!
Please contact us for details.
Jan, 30 days — camping — Jamie McGuinness — US$4980
Nepal basics You can trek solo or go with a guide and porter and stay in busy lodges in Everest/Annapurna/Langtang. The alternative is a fully supported camping trek in remote areas without lodges.
Trekking basics trekking is walking, not climbing, and we very rarely walk in snow. You carry a day pack, the porters/horses carry your duffel/kitbag. Trails are rough, sometimes exposed and rarely signposted.
A typical day on the trail is 4-6 hours walking, we start a little after 8am and reach the destination 2-4pm, usually. Distances are 8-24kms with big hills and descents with rest days spaced during the trek.
Altitude acclimatization we take this seriously on every trip.
Fitness reasonable fitness required, trekking is physical.
Seasons spring treks are March, April into May then no trekking during the summer monsoon (go to Ladakh instead). The main post-monsoon trekking season is busy October and fine November into a fine but cold December.
Nepal prices are ex-Kathmandu, i.e. you must buy your international flight tickets to Kathmandu (airport code KTM); domestic flights as required for the trek 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 and our porters are appropriately kitted out for high altitude treks.
Camping trekking means sleeping in tents. A cook and helpers cater for us with 3 course meals and post-trek snacks, and porters/ponies carry the group gear and your kitbag. You trek with a daypack. Couples share a roomy tent, everyone else gets a roomy tent to themselves.
Lodge trekking means staying in local lodges and is on a twin share basis only. All trekking accommodation, all meals and some hot drinks are included. Alcohol, mineral water, soft drinks, snacks and toilet paper not included. Porters carry your kitbag/duffel leaving you with a daypack.
All treks include
+ local airport transfers
+ hotels and guesthouses
+ domestic flights/private buses
+ guide and porters/horses
+ single supplements for some treks (!)
Camping treks also include:
+ quality roomy single tent / 3 person tent for couples
+ French press coffee, herbal infusions
+ library of relevant maps
+ cozy dining tent
+ filtered water ... and more
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 who organizes exploration like this.
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