Duration : 20 Days
Group Size : Min 3-5 pax
|Trek to the hauntingly beautiful amphitheatre of base camp
This trek to south base camp of Mt Kanchanjunga (8586m) is unprecedented adventure to the inner sanctuary of truly wild and raw mountain which is the third highest after Mt. Everest. It used to be mostly visited by explorers and mountaineers only in the past when its access was difficult. Beginning with low mountain and hills passing though rich cultural belt of Limbu villages you travel gradually to the high rugged landscape into the Himalayan wilderness. Your travel through mountain trails that goes up and down several times offer panoramic and great views of the eastern Himalayan range, wildlife, and cultural experience throughout most part of the trek.
The walk from Taplejung that has an STOL airstrip to Yamphudin and to the south base camp of Kanchanjunga would give you amazing trek experience. At the end of this trek an overnight stay in Ilam where there are beautiful tea garden and rolling hills would make your trek even memorable.
Kanchanjunga (8600m) is the 3rd highest peak in the world. The whole area east of Arun valley offer remarkable experience in ethnic culture, landscape, scenic view, birds and flowers. As you travel through the land you will discover unspoiled and extraordinary culture of Limbu (Kiranti) in the middle hilly region and Bhotia (Tibetan) people in the higher elevation. You get to see awesome and magnificent view of Kanchanjunga range that extends from north to south.
First we fly to Biratnagar and travel to Taplejung. Then walk through several Limbu villages before descending to Kabeli Khola (river). Further on from Yamphudin we head to South base camp of Kanchanjunga. At Yalung glacier (4890m) you get to see magnificent view of Kanchanjunga that looms large in front of you. View of Jannu and other peaks are visible enroute. At the base camp you can get overwhelmed by the huge mountain that engulfs you. Several hills provide vantage points to view the mountain in its entirety. We Climb the trail back to Tseram (2770m), Chittre (3000m) and Yamphudin (2150m). The return lag of our journey pass through thick rhododendron forest, rough trail, several up and down winding path and, mountain ridges, huts, cultivated rice fields, streams and suspension bridge. Finally we descend through thick cultural belt of Limbu villages to the bridge at Kabeli Khola (river) and climb gradually to the ridge at Gopetar. Drive to Ilam through the beautiful ridge covered with tea garden. Drive further down to Biratnagar (190km) or Bhadrapur to take Flight back to Kathmandu.
Duration : 18 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Everest, the home of Sherpa community of Nepal is known as Solu-Khumbu. All famous mountaineers from Sherpa Tenging Norgey to 10th time summiter Ang Rita came from Thame in Khumbu region. Continue the journey to Phakding and enter into the home of Sherpa community perched in the nook and corner of the valleys known as Khumbu. After Phakding the trail gradually climb to Jorsale where you will stop for a while at the Park Office and take the steep but gradual walk to Namche Bazar. You spend two nights in Namche bazaar for Acclimatization. While at Namche Bazar visit the villages at Thame (3811m) and Khumjung. Thame village was the original home of the famous climber Tenging Norgey who reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the first time in human history with Sir Edmund Hillary. The extra days at 3400 meter allows you to acclimitize in the increasingly thin air as you go up higher. After Namche Bazar the trail drops down to Dudh Koshi River; cross the small hamlet of Punki Thanka and climb another steep trail that gradually takes you to the famous monastery at Thayngboche.
Thyangboche monastery is famous for Mani Rimdu festival that usually happens in October. On this festive day the monks perform special dance and the head lama does the prayer. Many trekkers gather on this day to watch the festival. The trail from Thyangboche gently drops down to Dudh Kosi river and follows it. You will reach the summer settlement of Dingboche. Next day walk down the valley of Chukung; It is a short walk. Exploring around the area. There are several high viewpoints to see the panoramic view of the region including the icefall at Amphulapcha. Very close by is the base camp of Island peak; it is one of the most popular trekking peak.
Another two days at 4300 meter around Dingboche also provides sufficient time to acclimitize your body. Lobouje is your last stop on the way to Kalapattar and base camp of Mt. Everest. Depending upon weather and logistical condition you may stop at Gorakshep for an overnight or you may go straight to climb Kalapattar to see the close up stunning view of Mt. Everest. If you are energetic and have time you may visit the base camp of Mt. Everest.
The high point in this trek is the majestic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding lofty Himalayan peaks in the back drop of deep blue sky. The grandeur of nature that you see would be one of the most memorable times in your life. After completion of your journey you follow same trail back to Lukla. The trek ends with flight to Kathmandu. Though the mountain is named Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolongma by the Tibetan (Chinese) yet the name of Sir George Everest after whom the name was given has become synonymous with the peak itself and the region. After the British Swiss made 2 serious attempt to reach the summit; in 1952 Raymond Lambert with Tenzing reached 8500 meter in their second attempt. As a result they prepared unwittingly Teng Sherpa for the British expedition to help them summit the peak of Everest in 1953 for the first time in the history of human being. Since then the attention on Everest have kept on increasing every year.
Duration : 21 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
The trek to the isolated Tarap valley over the high passes and deep blue alpine lake named Phoksindhu just before the “Crystal Mountain” is something very amazing. The walk through high mountain trail, remote villages habitat of original trans himalayan traders, Bon po practicing Buddhist and vast land where there is nothing except the high snow covered mountain and Himalayan ranges to the north is something very special that you would not find anywhere. The tough trek to these hidden valleys from a remote mountain airstrip in Jumla
Since the journey an adventure traveller Snellgrove took in 1956 and described in his book ‘Himalayan Pilgrimage’ The region north of Dhaulagiri range was a forgotten land, isolated from rest of the country. Dolpo is a hidden valley kept isolated by the huge Himalayan range in the south and, in the north there are mountain range of 5000 to 6000 meters high. It has many ridges, passes and peaks that expends to the Tibetan plateau. A movie titled "caravan" has shown part of the beauty of Dolpo. You get to see spectacular mountain-view, unique and unspoiled Bhotia people in their nomadic condition. Broadly speaking Kanjiroba himal range defines its western border and in the south is Barbung Khola (river). The enigmatic Shey-gompa lies in inner Dolpo behind the high pass that divides Tarap valley. Dolpo is among the very few places where Bon-po, a pre Buddhist, religion is in practice.
We fly to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. Our journey follow old migration route to the east and travel north to Oha-gaon and Ringmo. If weather is nice we plan to traverse Kagmara la to Phoksindhu-lake instead. There is beautiful view from the pass. Phoksindhu lake (3620m) is part of Shey Phoksundo National Park established in 1984. It is a beautiful alpine lake perched in the corner of the surrounding mountain range. Our second lag of the journey cross two high pass at Baga la (5090m) and Numa la (5190m) to reach Do Tarap valley on the eastern side. Do Tarap has two major Bon po gompas and Buddhist chorten (stupa). It is fairly large village with cultivated land. Most of the inhabitants are Magar, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal, but their dialect and culture is Bhote (Tibetan). We walk down to Tarakot through narrow valley made by Tarap-Khola (river) and continue the journey to Dunai and Juphal. Fly from Juphal to Nepaljung and to Kathmandu.
Duration : 22 Days
Group Size : 6-9 pax
High in the heart of the eastern Himalaya, lies the world's fifth highest peak , Mount Makalu at 8481 m at the summit. These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, treasure some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. Makalu Trek with Sherpeni Col trek start from the bottom of the Arun valley, at just 435 meter above sea level, the Himalaya rise to the snow-capped tip of Makalu- 8463m- within a 40 km distance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse pockets of plants and animals in Nepal, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation..
Nestled in the lower reaches of these valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area.For the naturalist, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and exotic plants. More than 3.000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48. Primroses and 25 of Nepal's 30 rhododendrons splash the hillsides with color. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan tahr and leopard. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.
Duration : 18 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Dhaulagiri trekking is one of the best high altitude treks over high passes, difficult weather and walking condition. The trek around the formidable 8167 meter Dhaulagiri ,one can meet your expectation of challenge and toughness. You don’t need a climbing experience but enough trek experience in high altitude to enable you to enjoy the adventure in the wilderness of this Himalayan mountain. In the beginning you go through low mountain and gradually cross a high pass known as French pass (5100m) and traverse across the unknown Hidden valley that has average elevation of 5300 meter. Finally cross Dhumpus pass to go over to Kaligandaki valley where you would come across vibrating culture. Before flying out of Jomsom visit upper Kalagandaki valley including Muktinath.
Mt. Dhaulagiri is one of the most formidable 8000 meter peak in the world. Among climbers it is known as Killer Mountain. Like Japanese mountaineers who have nostalgic feeling about Manaslu peak similarly Swiss have same feeling with Dhaulagiri. Swiss were first to climb Dhaulagiri. This peak gained popularity as it is the first 8000-meter peak successfully climbed by all women team from United States. Dhaulagiri also has a record of first-mountain of this magnitude where small one engine plane landed on its soldier by a Swiss pilot. It is the biggest and highest peak west of Kali Gandaki gorge.
We drive to Pokhara and further to Baglung. Our journey follows part of the trail towards Dhorpatan and turn north to the base camp of Dhaulagiri. Low hill with terraced rice field and villages gradually gives away to rugged mountain landscape. In about 7 days you reach base camp. The traverse from base camp to the ridge is steep and long. We cross the ridge at French pass and descend to Tukuche base camp and then continue to traverse in snow condition until we cross the pass. Because of the wind, altitude and snow the visibility is usually very low while crossing the main ridge to Tukuche. After crossing the pass you descend to a high pastureland (kharka) for overnight camp. Next day make further steep descend to Marpha. Instead of going to Beni we take the road to Jomsom and further to Muktinath. Next day return to Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom and take flight to Pokhara. The journey through this high mountain and rugged terrain is an unprecedented experience and unique adventure.
Duration : 14 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
|Experience the ancient Tibetan landscapes of mustang
The forbidden land of Mustang has been opened to limited number of foreign visitors. Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang, is located north of the main Himalayan chain between the snow-capped mountain on the east and west. It is part of Nepal that has jutted inside Tibet. We cross the dull, dusty, barren and high passes (average 4600m) on foot to reach the enigmatic land. The weather is generally dry throughout the year. Most of the historical sites and villages are located in the valley at the elevation of 3300 to 4000 meter.
We take you by flight to Jomsom, a remote airstrip in the mountain, and travel north. As you ascend to higher elevation you come across patches of green vegetation on the western side of Mustang and in places where small rivers flows down from Mustang himal. It is amazing to see the landscape that keeps changing with the light of the sun. The panoramic view of Nilgiri and Damodar himal are in the south and east and the dull and gray rolling hills spreads to Tibetan plateau.
At Lo-Manthang you will find the houses and monasteries enclosed in the fortress. We will also visit some of the major villages around Lo Manthang that has historic gompas and caves. At the monastery at Tsarang we can see valuable fresco painting on its walls. There are several caves used by people long time back. Historian and archeologist believe that human civilization of Mustang dates back to 800 BC. Indeed Mustang is totally another world.
People of Lo-Manthang are called Lobas. Their surname is same as that of Bista and Gurung ethnicity of middle hills but their way of life and cultural practice is typically of Tibetan. Many of them have two names – one is Hindu and other is Buddhist. The land and people can still mesmerized anyone like it did to Tony Hagen, a Swiss geologist, Giuseppe Tucci- an Italian scholar, and a French adventurer – Michael Peissel who traveled to Mustang in between 1952 to 1962. Little has changed since then. This kingdom was closed for foreigners for about 3 decades. It was opened for tourist only in 1991. Since then the government have allowed only limited visitors. This old salt trading route of the Trans Himalayan region is bound to change dramatically in due course of time when the road from the north and south eventually link the capital to Jomsom.
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