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The Langtang Trek

This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experience. With its stunning hills and mountains, a country like this makes a fantastic trekking or sightseeing destination for adventurers, travelers, and explorers. One of the short hiking routes in Nepal, the Langtang trek offers fantastic views from a lowland jungle with banana trees and monkeys to mountains and glaciers above the valley floor. However, Short doesn’t necessarily mean easy. The Trek starts off quite challenging, with many long and steep climbs that one would expect in a trek in Nepal. Despite that, the thrill and beauty of Nepal you get to experience during this Trek can rarely be matched by any other place in the world.

About Langtang Mountain Trek

Langtang is 120km north of Kathmandu, on the border with China; it runs through the areas of Nepal that were most affected by the earthquake. As you trek along Langtang’s ridge, you’ll pass through stunning forests, yak pastures, and alpine meadows. At the end of the Trek, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of vast valleys.

In the Langtang Valley, you will find the most breathtaking landscapes, authentic culture, and heartwarming hospitality that will make your trip a memorable one. The valley is only an hour or so from Kathmandu and is one of Nepal’s most lovely regions.

Although the Langtang Mountain trek is not the most popular Trek, like Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek, it provides travelers with a sense of adventure and thrill that these other treks may not provide. On top of that, Views of the Himalayas, Langtang valley, and beyond Tibet can be seen from Kyanjin Ri, a destination on the Trek.

Preparing For the Langtang Trek

The tallest peak on the Langtang Himalayan circuit is the Langtang Lirung peak at an altitude of 7,234 meters. However, the highest point on our Trek is on Kyanjin Gompa at an elevation of 3,800 meters. This might not be much for frequent trekkers, but it still is quite an elevation for newcomers. Therefore, people with lung diseases should avoid or take precautions before engaging in such activities due to the difficulty of adapting to such a high altitude. In addition, people might experience altitude sickness when they are at such elevated altitudes.

The Trek can be easy to moderately difficult depending upon your liking of hills and off-road paths. The best time to engage in these treks would be during the transitional seasons from March to June and September to November. However, the cold can be a big factor during the journey.

Necessary Permits

You’ll need a TIMS card for the Langtang trek, as well as a national park permit, which costs around NPR 5000 or around US$40 per person. TIMS cards can be obtained from the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu, located at Pradarshani Marg, Bhrikutimandap.

Accommodations and facilities

The trekkers have to spend nearly all of their time in small tea houses along the Langtang route. The services and facilities offered in such places are quite basic; however, the hospitality from the locals is excellent.

Itinerary and The Trek itself

Completing the whole Langtang Trek might take up to 5 days to 10 days, depending upon your pace during the Trek. Initially, you need to acquire a Nepali visa if you’re not from Nepal and get to Kathmandu. When in Kathmandu, you need to either book a private vehicle or ride the local bus that’ll take you to Syabrubesi. 

From Lama Hotel, the trail continues climbing through the forest with occasional glimpses of Mount Langtang Lirung between the trees on the trail. The path continues for five to six hours and passes through Ghoda Tabela, a small settlement with few livestock and remnants of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Finally, after reaching Mundu, you get to rest there for the night.

From Mundu, the trail ascends through yak pastures, and the views widen as the valley opens up further. Finally, after crossing small streams and moraines, it leads to the settlement of Kyangjin. At more than 3,800 meters, Kyangjin is the highest point of the Trek unless you decide to climb one of the peaks of Langtang. So, you need to take a rest day and enjoy and adapt to the elevation. 

On the fourth day, you can choose whether to rest and enjoy the Kyangjin hospitality or explore some more. The monastery and cheese factory are both worth visiting, as are the ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or the ascent of Kyangjin Ri right behind the village.

If you return to Kyangjin from the main trailhead, you will retrace the path you just took up the valley, following the Langtang Khola to Mundu village and on to Ghora Tabela. The return hike will be shorter than the ascent. After lunch, continue down the steep slope to Lama Hotel.

The hike back from Lama Hotel is fairly simple. While enjoying the quiet forests and hills, you can retract your steps back toward Syabru Besi. Although if you should take a detour from Rimche to Syabru Besi via Sherpa Gaon if you're feeling fit. The journey will take longer, but it'll surely be worth it.

If you have more time, you should consider adding the nearby Tamang Heritage Trail to the tour, which offers another 4-6 days of hiking and offers an inside look into the ethnic Tamang people. 

 

The difficulty of the Trek

Despite the Langtang trek being shorter than most trekking tours in Nepal, the difficulty is not a walk in the park. The steep path and cold weather can make it difficult for inexperienced travelers. If unsure, a trekking guide can be hired for a better experience. Additionally, getting traveling insurance before embarking on the Trek can be a good safety blanket.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, after the completion of the Trek, take good rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you experienced during the Trek while on your trip back home. This Trek is certainly deserving of its reputation for its rich cultural legacy, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to Langtang an unforgettable experience for you and your friends.

 

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Trek to the Pikey Peak 

The Pikey Peak Trek is a newly discovered trek in the Everest area, where you will find Sherpa settlements in beautiful settings. There is no better way to get panoramic views of Mount Everest or the neighboring peaks of the region than with the Pikey peak trek, also known as Dal Bhat Trek. Pikey Peak is one of the lesser-known trek routes in the Everest region. However, this location has gained popularity in recent years.

According to Sir Edmund Hillary, the view of the lower Everest region from Pikey Peak is arguably the best in all of Nepal. So, if he rates this area highly, you can trust that you’ll have an exceptional experience during the Trek. Furthermore, this Trek is ideal for anyone who wants to discover the spectacular view of Mount Everest, as well as some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, such as Dhaulagiri and Kanchanjunga. In addition, due to its distance from the large peaks, this short Trek has a much broader view of the Himalayan range from the trail.

About the Region

The trekking region of the Pikey Peak offers a sunrise or sunset over the giant peaks of the Himalayas that will become a lifetime memory for you. You can also explore unique geography and the life that is thriving within the area. In addition to offering an off-beat, solitary trekking experience, the Sherpa culture and hospitality of the people throughout the trekking trail are very charming.

You will get to experience the local culture while staying a night at a Sherpa home when you trek to Pikey Peak. This Trek takes you to the heart of the Sherpa homeland, which is the Lower Everest region at Solukhumbu. 

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

In order to trek near the Everest region, which includes Pikey Peak, the trekker would require an Everest National Park Permit along with the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card.

At the beginning of the trail, there are well-managed hotels. However, hotels with well-appointed facilities are hard to find as the trail progresses. Thus, homestays and small teahouses are the main accommodation options.

Preparing For the Pikey Peak Trek

In the Pikey Peak Trek, the highest point is at an altitude of 4,065 meters, which is not much elevation gain for an experienced hiker, but it represents a significant change for a newbie. Overall, the Trek requires many long days of walking. Therefore, people with lung diseases or breathing difficulties should stay away from these activities or take precautions before engaging in them since high altitudes have difficulty adjusting to them. Moreover, people with high altitudes may experience altitude sickness.

Itinerary For the Trek

The Trek to the Pikey Peak can last from five days to ten days depending upon you and your trekking group’s hiking pace. For Foreign explorers, you need to manage a Nepali Visa in order to get to Nepal. Then, fly to Kathmandu. After exploring the beautiful Kathmandu Valley for a day or two, we head towards the Paplu Junbesi in order to begin the Trek to Pikey Peak.

Today we trek for 6 hours, mostly downhill, through dense forests and streams. The trail passes through Tragdobuk at an elevation of 2830m, and we reach Junbesi. We also visit the Junbesi Tibetan monastery. We spend the second night at a lodge in Junbesi.

Our trek journey starts on a dusty trail on the third day and becomes an uphill path as we approach Bhulbhule. You turn right when you reach Bhulbhule, and shortly thereafter, you're on the path to Pikey Peak. Furthermore, we walk past some old yak herders' houses and cross a long mani stonewall. We marvel at the spectacular mountain views from the viewpoint as we leave early in the morning. A few hours later, we reach the small settlement of Lhamuje after ascending steeply through forests of rhododendrons and fir trees. Finally, we stayed at a lodge in Lhamuje.

The Trek leaves Lhamuje after a leisurely breakfast, with the route becoming wider and following a yak grazing pasture. We walk on rough terrain, passing through long Mani Walls along the way. Next, the trail contours the hillside below Taklung Danda and follows a gorgeous forested trail dotted with rhododendrons trees. We finally reach the stunning Pikey peak base camp after ascending the winding zig-zag road.

 The Pikey Peak View Point offers an outstanding view of Mt Everest, Thamserku, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Kantega, and other snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. We will stay at the Pikey Peak Base Camp overnight, where you can visit the Cheese Factory for some yak cheese tasting and observe the stunning scenery of the snow-capped mountains.

 

After breakfast today, we will take one last look at the mountain vista and capture it with our cameras before starting our descent back to pikey peak base camp. As we trek through the rocky terrain, we pass through rhododendron forests and the small settlement of Lhamuje. Finally, we arrive at the bumpy road to Jhapre. The trail can become taxing, particularly for new trekkers. We reach Jhapre at the end of the Trek. Then, we spend the night in Jhapre.

Our last day of the Trek is today. We start our Trek from Jhapre to Dhap after breakfast. We continue our hike on a bumpy road from Jhapre to Dhap. At certain vantage points along the trail, we stop to observe and take pictures of the majestic view of the mountains. After arriving at Sigane, the trail gets dusty and dry until we reach Dhap. We then stay the night at a homestay or a lodge in Dhap.

As we walk back home from the Trek via Kathmandu, remember, first and foremost, to cherish all the beautiful moments you experienced. The memories and the spectacular sceneries you experience along the Pikey peak Trek will always have a warm place in your heart.

 

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

 

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Sirubari Homestay Trek

Adventure seekers and hikers may find Nepal to be a treasure trove of lush green forests, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking mountain circuits. This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experience.

Therefore, a large fraction of the thousands of people are faced with choosing which trekking destination to explore in Nepal every year. Although it sounds strange, choosing your favorite Trek may actually be easier done in your home country than in the bustling trekking and tourist areas in Nepal, where dozens of trekking agencies are bound to give you different opinions about what Trek is the perfect one for you. And, if you, too, were in such a conundrum, we’ve got your back. 

Sirubari, located away from Pokhara (one of the greatest cities of Nepal), is a beautiful village in the Syangja district. It is inhabited by Gurungs and is at an elevation of 1760 meters; thus, there is no danger of altitude sickness. Additionally, it is a good substitute for the difficult and jagged mountain trekking popular in Nepal.

About

In this ethnic village, you will experience the friendly and cheerful manner of the inhabitants and a pleasant climate throughout the year that will make you feel at home away from home. You can spend your holidays here whenever you wish. The locals also exhibit great hospitality, and the Sirubari village has a grand view of the Himalayas, including Mount Manaslu, the Dhaulagiri range, Mount Macchapucchare, and the Annapurna range. Its evergreen hills and its beauty will make you feel like you are totally free in nature and will provide the best experience to collect with nature.

Overview of the Trip

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be offered a tour that allows you to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the city, including Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. As a way to get away from the hectic pace of city life, our 10-day Sirubari Trek begins with a seven-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We’ll enjoy the spectacular mountain views and the captivating Fewa Lake during our stay in Pokhara. The bus ride to Sirubari village from Pokhara takes about 6 hours, so if you do not mind spending more time on the road, you might prefer to hire a private vehicle.

In Sirubari village, we will have the opportunity to observe the exotic rural lifestyle of indigenous people who have traditionally and historically lived here for many years, preserving their cultural heritage. It’s an ideal trek for travelers who have a short amount of time to explore the culturally enriched trekking routes. You can trek to Sirubari village during any time of year, but we advise spring and autumn seasons are the best.

Sirubari Trek Itinerary

There are many monuments in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, showing the excellence of Nepalese art and culture from ancient times. These monuments include the famous Durbar, the Pashupatinath temple, and the Swayambhunath stupa. The number of places to see in Kathmandu is so great that you will not be able to see them all in one day. However, we'll make sure that you don't miss the most popular attractions.

Our departure from Kathmandu is scheduled for early in the morning today. We have two options to choose from, either take a 35-minute flight to Pokhara or take a drive. The drive from Kathmandu would take approximately 6-7 hours. While we recommend the flight, you could stop and sightsee at several beautiful locations during the drive.

Our time will be in our favor if we arrive early at our destination, so we will be able to wander through Pokhara, a paradise-like city. The Fewa Tal offers boaters a chance to enjoy the reflection of Mt. Macchapucchare on the water surface of its pristine waters.

 

In the early morning, we will have breakfast and drive from Pokhara to Arjunchaupari, where we will begin our short Trek into Sirubari village, which takes about 4 hours. From there, we will climb up to the Gurung settlement. After you arrive at Sirubari village, you will be assigned a home by the local community representatives. The local houses are all constructed of local raw materials, but they are extremely comfortable. The day can be spent with your host family (you can exchange cultures and lifestyles), and the evening can be spent enjoying the cultural programs of the community.

As we begin our second day in Sirubari Village, we will have a great chance to see the local area and the surrounding villages. After having a hearty breakfast, we will begin the day. In the afternoon, we will enjoy the cultural activities.

We will visit Dahare Hill, the highest point in Pokhara, on our third day at Sirubari village after we have breakfast. The highest point of this part of the Himalayas allows us to take pictures of the entire Himalayas, from the easternmost peak, Mt. Manaslu, to the westernmost peak, Mt. Macchapucchare, and between them, the Annapurna range.

After saying goodbye to our host family and returning to Pokhara, we will start our journey with a light breakfast. Once we arrive in Pokhara, we can tour the beautiful city or go on a boat tour in Fewa Lake. Fewa Lake is considered a beautiful lake with peaceful surroundings. On the next day, after we have breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu with the most beautiful memories of our Sirubari Village Homestay Trekking program. Hope to see you soon.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

After the completion of the Trek, take a rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you encountered during the Trek while on your trip back home. It is certainly deserving of its reputation for its rich culture, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to the Sirubari an unforgettable experience.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info is here for you. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

 

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Climbing the Island Peak Climb in Nepal

The Imja Tse, also known as Island Peak (6189m) in the world, lies in the East of Nepal. It derives its name from a mountain climber named Eric Shipton in 1951 because the hill appears to be an island surrounded by an ice field. Island Peak descends to the southern tip of Lhotse Shar, which was used by Sir Edmund Hilary as a training peak during his trek towards Mount Everest. The objective of this 14-day trek is to climb Island Peak, which was also used by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hilary as a training peak. There are challenging hikes in the Khumbu region that give you the best views in the world. Among them are the panoramic views of other peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and more.

Overview

From Kathmandu, we begin our Island peak journey by traversing into Lukla. The route then crosses Phakding, climbing and descending many uneven trails along the way. After crossing a number of high suspension bridges in the dense pine and cedar forest, we reach the heart of Khumbu, Namche Bazaar. As an acclimatization point, we walk to the famous Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for spectacular views of the Everest range, then hike up to the Everest View hotel.

Along our journey, we will encounter Sherpas in the region. Being part of their hospitality and having them serve us is another subtle but essential aspect of this trek. Visit the famous Sherpa settlements of Dingboche (Summer Valley) and get an idea of the way of life of other ethnicities in this part of the world.

Island Peak Climb Itinerary

From Kathmandu, we will fly to Lukla, situated 2804m above sea level. Once we reach Lukla, we will trek to Cheplung, where we will see the beautiful view of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred peak. After passing through lush surroundings and the breathtaking views of Kusum Kanguru, we will arrive at Phakding. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the overnight stay at the guesthouse.

After leaving Phakding, we will trek for approximately 6 hours to Namche Bazaar. The breathtaking views on our way will captivate anyone. Soon after entering Sagarmatha National Park, we will reach the Jorsale Village. Our trek will then take us on an uneven trail; through a forest of pines and cedars and over suspension bridges. After a challenging hike, we will arrive at Namche Bazaar, the major settlement in the Everest region, which is surrounded by snowy peaks and where the Sherpas live.

It will be a day of acclimatization in Namche Bazaar today. We can explore Namche Bazaar or hike to Everest View Hotel for views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Tawache, and more. Our tour will also include a visit to the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum while returning to Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night in a guesthouse and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

After descending into the Dudh Koshi valley from Namche, we will make our way up to Tengboche via the Dudh Koshi valley and the stunning Everest views. At 3860 meters, you can visit the famous Tengboche monastery and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, and many other peaks. Overnight at a guest house, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

The walk from Tengboche to Dingboche takes about five hours. From Dingboche, we will continue to Debuche and cross another suspension bridge over the Imja River. We will also climb to Pangboche, situated between massive Mani stones. We will depart Pangboche and make our way to the attractive Sherpa settlement of Dingboche, also known as 'the summer valley,' which offers stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak.

On this day, you would trek for about six hours to 5100m, the high point of your acclimatization. After breakfast, you would ascend Nagerjun (5100m), which is situated on the flanks of the Chhukung valley just above Dingboche. The main objective is to climb high and sleep low.

After Dingboche, it takes approximately six days to reach Island Peak Base Camp. We will follow the Imja Valley for the first few days, which will reward us with incredible views of Ama Dablam. Afterward, we will follow the moraines that rise up from Lhotse at 8501m until we reach Pareshaya Gyab, a smooth, flat area at 5240m. Finally, we will reach Island Peak Base Camp, situated at 5250m.

As well as learning peak climbing skills, you will also get expert instruction on how to use climbing equipment such as an ice axe, crampons, harness, etc. Having the guidance of our veteran guides will have a big impact on your confidence in reaching the summit.

 

It is the most important day of the trek because today, we will reach the peak of Island Peak, which stands at 6189m. We will start early in the morning since we will be walking for approximately 11 hours. Then we will climb up to the rocky gorge in order to reach an edge line that will bring us to the glacier's muzzle. Once at the top, we will be able to take in the amazing view. After that, we will return to base camp.

The weather is never guaranteed to be favorable on our planned summit day (day 13), so we plan to use this day as a contingency plan in case we cannot summit Island Peak on day 13 due to poor weather conditions. The summiting program will have to be postponed if the weather becomes unbearably unfavorable. In some cases, someone in the group may have trouble acclimatizing or may not be fit enough to make the ascent - but this spare day can still be used if the trip goes smoothly. If the trip goes smoothly, it is not necessary to use the spare day.

A member of the group may have difficulty acclimatizing as well or may not be able to handle the ascent; the spare day can still be used in that situation. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.

We trek along the Dudh Koshi River until we reach our destination, a small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where we catch our return flight to Kathmandu the next day. We stay overnight at the guesthouse, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day.

The views of the mountains will delight you for the last time during your 30-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel. Finally, the amazing tour comes to a conclusion.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook and Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

 

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Tharpu Chuli Peak Climbing Trip in Nepal

In the Annapurna region lays the Tharpu Chuli Peak, also known as the Tent Peak, due to its peculiar shape. It sits in the middle of the Annapurna Sanctuary amidst one of the most magnificent mountain ranges. Generally, Tharpu Chuli Peak is considered to be one of the easier climbs in Nepal; it is appropriate for beginners and those who wish to climb their first mountains.

Overview

This trip combines trekking to the base camp and visiting local villages like Ghorepani, Chhomrong, and Dovan. The trip offers superb views of mountains such as Mount Gangapurna (7455 m.), Machhapuchhre (6997 m.), and Hiunchuli (6331 m.), as well as the Annapurna massifs.

As you walk past the moraine fields, draped glaciers, and alpine Himalayan terrains of the Annapurna, the view, once you reach the summit of Tharpu Chuli Peak, is breathtaking. As the Annapurna Sanctuary is a habitat of abundant flora and fauna, you’ll be sure to see the natural wildlife of the area. We will also encounter the culture of the Gurung people, the abundance of botanical diversity, and the tranquility of the Modi Khola River.

Our hike to Poon Hill and the ABC, which can be challenging at times, is another highlight of this tour in addition to our summit. Hence, we recommend that all our travelers be in good health and train for a physically demanding trip.

Tharpu Chuli Peak Itinerary

Our second day is set aside to visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, and Pashupatinath Temple. We spend the night at the hotel, including breakfast.

We depart for Pokhara after breakfast. The road to Pokhara is picturesque, with a river, gorges, valleys, rice terraces, and rocky cliffs. After checking in to the hotel, we go boating on the scenic Fewa Lake in the evening. From the lake, you can see a reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range.

We will drive/taxi to Naya Pul (42km) after breakfast at 07:30 am via Lumle, a local village. We will then walk for about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large, prosperous town. A trail leads through bamboo forests and past a swimming hole and waterfall on Birethanti's main street.

As you ascend up the side of the valley, you reach the grassy pasture used by pony caravans. After lunch, the trail climbs gradually up the side of the valley until you reach Tikhe Dhunga.

 

Near the campsite, the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge. Next, the trail ascends to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m via a steep stone staircase. Above the village, the trail winds through the pastures and fields until it reaches the Tikhe Dhunga camp.

One hour's walk above Ulleri is a campsite and a water stop. The path crosses two sparkling streams before doing one last climb to Nangethanti, where we stop for lunch. Thanti means "rest house" in Nepali. In winter, there are snowshoes available to travel the trail.

Afterward, we will take a trek to Ghorepani (2850 m), where we can see the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), and Hiunchuli (6441 m). Dinner, breakfast, and overnight at the guesthouse included.

 

We will get up early this morning and hike to Poon Hill. From here, we will be able to see a splendid view of sunrise and the Himalayan range, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Fishtail. After exploring Poonhill, we will return to Ghorepani.

We start the day with a steep descent as we leave Tadapani, then descend steeply through forests until we reach Chhomrong, the Gurung village.

The trail descends to Chhomrong Khola today & we climb up to Khuldighar at 2380m, where there is an ACAP checkpoint. The hike is a continuous descent today.

After ascending through bamboo and rhododendron forests, we reach Dovan, then the Himalayan Hotel, and Hinko at 3020m. We stay in Deurali, which is located just above Hinko & is the most avalanche-prone area.

Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) is no longer a base camp since climbing the mountain is prohibited, and the trail carries on to the Annapurna Base Camp since mountain ranges surround the base camp. Alternatively, you can trek two hours to Annapurna Base Camp and view the mountain scenery there. You will get even better views there. This area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary.  

For those who don't want to climb, hiking from the camp can be quite pleasant and exciting. We struggle against the glaciated mountain pass on our way to Tent peak high camp/Tharpu Chuli base camp. Exotic ecosystems and jaw-dropping vistas of the Himalayan peaks of Nepal can also be enjoyed. Bed and breakfast are included, as are lunch and dinner.

Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and how to use climbing equipment such as ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, ascend, etc., as well as how to go up and down using ropes after lunch.

Although prior training experience is not necessary for peak climbing, we believe it will enhance your confidence and climbing skills, as well as your ability to reach the summit and thoroughly enjoy the experience.

 

A strenuous climb takes us to the summit of Tent Peak. From there, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Annapurna range. Once we've reached our goal, we return to Annapurna Base Camp.

The weather on the planned summit day (day 12) cannot be guaranteed to be quite favorable, so we plan to summit the peak on this day if weather conditions are not favorable on day 12 or other reasons prevent us from summiting the peak.

In the event of a very poor weather forecast, it might be wise to postpone summiting the peak. Sometimes the acclimatization process for someone may not be as good as it should be; in those conditions, an extra day may be useful.

 

The tour includes a hike to a hidden valley and a trek back to Bamboo. Overnight in a guesthouse with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

The evening can be spent in the hot springs. Overnight in a guesthouse with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After a trek to Matque, we return back to Pokhara.

After a thrilling and wonderful trip, we return back to Kathmandu. The next day is free for you to explore or rest in Kathmandu, depending on your inclination.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open on your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook and Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

 

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Climbing the Lobuche Peak in Nepal

The Lobuche peak is part of the Khumbu Glacier giants, which are located in Lobuche settlements (approximately). From its location at the tip of the Everest massif, it is one of Nepal’s most beautiful climbing peaks. This journey takes us to the east side of the mountain. Sitting right next to where the Everest Base Camp (EBC) is located, the Lobuche east is a popular destination for travelers.

This famous climbing peak is best explored between September-November and March-May. During these months, you can admire the monasteries and the majestic views of the Everest region. The delights of the good seasons are the hills that are lush in green at the base of the mountains and the snowy peaks in the Himalayas.

Overview

Our 15-day trip in the Khumbu region is considered one of the tougher ones due to more challenges than Island Peak and the fact that it requires more experience in climbing. You will experience one of the more challenging journeys in the area. This is one of the best ways to experience high-altitude mountaineering in the Everest region.

The expedition reaches Lobuche via the Khumbu valley using the regular Everest route and Lukla as our base. The Himalayan summit is a challenging excursion but one that is achievable for healthy individuals.

Lobuche Peak Itinerary

We visit the World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pasupatinath Temple. We stay at a hotel and have breakfast each morning.

Arrive early in the morning for a flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla itself is an experience of a lifetime as the airfield is highly awarded. The runway is only 60 meters apart at both ends, which is striking. Our trek to Phakding takes us through a green landscape and the stunning view of Kusum Kangraru. We will spend the night at a guesthouse, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Our journey follows the Dudh Koshi River as we ascend through the Himalayan pine and cedar forests towards the historic trading post of Namche Bazaar. Tibetan and Nepalese traders exchange salt, dried meat, and textiles here.

While Namche is an excellent place to shop for traditional crafts, it is also the main trading post for Himalayan and lowland merchants in the Khumbu region. While in Namche, you will acclimatize, visit a local market and spend time with your team. On the hike, you will catch your first glimpse of Everest and the neighboring peaks.

 

The day is specially designed to allow our bodies to acclimate. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), which is the highest airport in the world, and then climb to Everest View Hotel for sweeping views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc. In the afternoon, we visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum. In the evening, we stay at a guesthouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

The spiritual center of the Khumbu, Tengboche Monastery (3,860m), is located in the Dudh Koshi Valley, below the peak of Mount Everest. From here, we descend deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and then ascend the right flank towards Tengboche Stupa. The climb is long, but the views of Mount Amadablam and, on a clear day, Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are more than adequate compensation.

Trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m), descend through a beautiful forest, cross the Imja Khola, and summit Jigme Dorje (3900m). Today is perhaps the most interesting trekking day because you won't lose altitude like the previous days, and you'll get to see the peaks of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, & other high peaks; through pastures and forests, you'll eventually reach Dingboche, better known as the 'summer valley.'

After breakfast, you will ascent Nagerjun (5100m), which is situated on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. This will be your second acclimatization day, which will require approximately 6 hours of trekking.

Ascending the hill could take up to five hours at altitude. The goal is to climb high and sleep low. The footpath is steep at times, creating a physically challenging day. At this altitude, the views are stunning of Taboche Peak (6367 m), Thamserku (6608 m), Lobuche East (6119 m), Lobuche West (6145 m), Kangtega (6685 m), and Ama Dablam (6856 m). If the weather is clear, you can even see Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain, in addition to the Pheriche Valley.

Following a brief rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche, a two-hour walk at altitude. After lunch, take an extended rest, as temperatures may fall rapidly after sundown over the mountain tops.

Walk along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing a Trekkers' Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). The Trekkers' Aid Post is staffed by western volunteer doctors, while the Himalayan Rescue Association provides information, treatment, and consultation to trekkers. We ascend the valley and arrive at the yak pastures of Lobuche (4910m). We spend the night at a guesthouse, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

View the Khumbu glacier from the top of a short climb through meadows. You can also see the entire south face of Mt. Everest from Kalapattar, the best vantage point for viewing the surrounding peaks. Our journey to Everest base camp will begin when we reach Gorekshep, after which we will continue towards Everest.

Even though there is not much elevation gain, the path is filled with ups and downs, and the altitude makes this a tough trek - but the reward is worth it. Approximately three hours of hiking will take you to the base camp, where you will witness the magnificent Khumbu glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin.

 

After hiking to Kalapattar (5,545m), the best vantage point to see Mt. Everest and the Himalayan range, we trek back to Gorekshep for a hot breakfast and then descend to Lobuche Basecamp.

Immediately following lunch, our guides will provide you with tips on peak climbing techniques, teaching you how to use ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, and ascending and descending ropes. Although prior climbing experience is not required for Lobuche Peak Climbing, we recommend it to develop your climbing confidence and improve your climbing skills. This will help you increase your chances of scaling the summit and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

 

It takes ten hours to reach the summit of Lobuche peak, but the time depends on the weather. We start early in the morning to climb Lobuche peak. After a safe climb to the peak, we slowly make our way down to Pheriche. From the summit, we can see Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Cholatse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Changri, and other peaks.

Our planned summit day (day 12) cannot be guaranteed due to the weather, so we plan on using this day just in case we are unable to reach the summit due to bad weather or other reasons. In case of bad weather, we should postpone our climb to the peak. In some cases, your group members may have difficulty adjusting to the altitude. This extra day can be used if necessary. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this extra day. We spend overnight in the tent/guesthouse with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

We will take the Imja Khola, ascend to Tengboche, descend Pungki Thanka, finish the steep trail to Kyangjuma, and take the easier trail to Namche. Your accommodation will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As the trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River, you will arrive at the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, from where you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will stay in a guesthouse with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. . The next day is free for you to explore or rest in Kathmandu, depending on your inclination.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

 

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Panchase Trekking

Located in the same region as the popular Ghorepani Trek and Annapurna Circuit, Panchase Trek is one of Nepal’s hidden natural and cultural gems. Located just north of Pokhara Valley, Panchase hill (2500m) is one of Nepal’s top Himalayan sightseeing sites. Graceful adventure travel designed an easy and short trek to Panchase hill that takes you to some of the country’s most exotic natural and cultural landscapes.

One of Nepal’s easier treks, this four-day Trek is ideal for families, elderly travelers, or those who just wish to enjoy nature and the outdoors more steadily. We trek for only three or four hours each day, so you have enough time to stop and cherish the views, take photographs, and have a relaxing evening in a village to witness or even participate in-local village life at the end of the day.

On your Trek to Panchase, you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Annapurna Mountains, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and many more peaks. This fascinating hiking adventure will allow you to explore the paradise city of Nepal, along with hiking through the Annapurna region’s wilderness and enjoying the region’s cultural settlements. However, the most noteworthy features of this Trek are the beautiful forest through which you trek and the expansive views of the mountains.

About the Region

The woods in the Panchase area are very biodiverse, and a good portion of them is classified as protected forests. It has an incredibly large number of orchid species, with more than 100 varieties, so don’t miss seeing the beautiful flowers. Besides seeing the three mountains with heights greater than 8000 meters (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu) along the trail as well as from Panchase Peak, there are several other less high (but still impressive!) mountains like Machhapuchhare, Lamjung, and Annapurna that are visible.

Purchase and its surroundings have a population of about 70,000 people. These areas include Kalabang, Chitre, Bhadaure, Talibarang, Arthare, Deurali, and Shane villages. If you plan to stay in one of these villages, you must make a reservation in advance, and you need to arrive before sunset.

In addition to reaching the World Peace Pagoda, the route will take you through forests where you can observe and appreciate the flora and fauna of Nepal and through several villages where you can learn about the life of the locals. Finally, on the summit of Panchase Hill, you will reach an elevation of 2500m from where you can view a stunning sunrise over the Himalaya Giants if you’re awake early enough.

For spiritual tourists, you might be interested in knowing that in Hinduism, Panchase is a name given to the five female seats of the divine mother. Panch means five. It originates from the root word asana yoga (physical posture). There were five levels of existence in ancient yoga, which is represented by the number five.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

The Trek to Panchase village is relatively short and not very far from the city. Therefore, every trekking destination around Annapurna requires a TIMS card and an ACAP permit. But, they are not mandatory for Panchase Trek due to their location.

 Similarly, Accommodation on this route is more basic than other popular treks such as Ghorepani Poon Hill or Annapurna Circuit Trek. In villages such as Kalabang and Pumdi, locals offer homestay services. People who love experiencing local culture and don’t mind going through basic facilities have the chance to see the locals and their way of life up close. The food is usually rice, potatoes, noodles, eggs, momos, chapatis, etc., and tea and coffee are served for beverages at the tables.

Preparing for the Trek

From Pokhara to Panchase, the hikes are neither high altitude nor rural; furthermore, they are short and relaxing, with beautiful sceneries throughout the journey. So you should prepare accordingly.

These are a few things our group of friends took along with us when we made our first trip to the area. We recommend you do the same.

  • Energy drink and water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Walking stick
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and hiking shoes or boots
  • First aid kit
  • Sun Protection cream
  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags

Nonetheless, if you forget any of these items, you can easily find them in trek shops at the start of the Trek, near the lakeside.

The Panchase Trek Itinerary

You need to acquire a Nepalese visa for foreign explorers and get to Kathmandu. After a wonderful day exploring the beautiful Kathmandu valley, you need to get to Pokhara by bus or by flight. In Pokhara, our Trek begins.

The walk today will take us through a forest with occasional glimpses of the mountains. The peaks to keep an eye out for are Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Machhapucchare, and Manaslu. It is especially interesting to wander through the forests, where you'll see many species of birds, monkeys, orchids, and plants.

You might also see Nepal's national flower, the Rhododendron, in bloom during the spring. Finally, we end the day walking up to Panchase Bhanjyangandstaying there overnight.

This morning, climb the stone steps about 500 meters up to Panchase Peak early in the morning (the earlier, the better if you wish to see the gorgeous sunrise). At the highest point of the Trek, from here, you should be able to get a chance to see the mountains that have just peeked out at you all the way up to this point. After breakfast at the summit, continue gently descending to Bhadaure, where you'll spend the night.

We descend gently today, following a jeep trail most of the way. We pass several small villages before joining the road at Naudanda, where you will be able to get to Pokhara using a vehicle.

Alternative Trek Route

In addition to the Panchase Trek, you can continue to Sarangkot, about five hours away. From Sarangkot, you can walk back to the Lakeside in Pokhara, thus eliminating the need for a pickup at the end. In addition to being a popular day hike location from Pokhara, Sarangkot is also a popular paragliding launch site. From there, you can catch an impressive view of Phewa Tal and Pokhara and partake in the Paragliding activity.

Furthermore, if you wish to make this Trek a much longer one, it can be transformed into an eight-day trek by combining it with the Ghandruk trek. From Bhadaure, continue on to Bhirethanti, Ghandruk, and the Australian Camp.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

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Mera Peak Climbing in Nepal

Mera Peak, located approximately 6476 meters above sea level on the northern part of Lukla, is an exciting and one of Nepal’s most technically challenging peaks. It is located nearby the Khumbu region, making it one of the most popular climbing peaks in the world. Located on the southern side of Everest, this trail is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, and it can get complex, so it will undoubtedly be an exciting and challenging journey. Both the western and south routes offer challenging climbing in a mountaineering environment.

During the 17 days of our trip, we will explore the off-beaten paths of the Hinku valley. We will stay mostly in guesthouses during our stay and have specific days set aside for proper rest and acclimatizing to higher elevations. There are some of the tallest 8000 peaks on this trail, such as Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse. Other impressive mountains include Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu. The best time to join this trek is in the spring and autumn.

Overview

Mera Peak Climbing is not a technically demanding journey, but good health is still required for this course. You will be trekking for longer, so climbers must be very strong and have the stamina to overcome the challenges. Hence, prior climbing experience is not a prerequisite; however, we would advise some physical preparation before the expedition. We will provide you with short pre-climbing training while on the expedition.

Let us prepare the best arrangements for your incoming journey as we bring you closer to the mountains of the Earth with this physically challenging and exciting adventure. Join the Pokhara Info Team for your climbing adventure to Mera Peak.

Mera peak climbing is a true treat for those keen on embarking on an amazing mountaineering/climbing journey!

Mera Peak Itinerary

We visit the World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pasupatinath Temple. We stay at a hotel and have breakfast each morning.

Early in the morning, we head to the airport for our flight to Lukla. The flight itself is breathtaking, flying above a green landscape and the White Mountains. Our guide will introduce our porters and brief you on our trek to the Chutok La Pass (2945).

Leaving Chutenga, we ascend steeply to cross Zatrawala Pass (4610m) and proceed to Zatrabok (4704), where we enjoy the spectacular views of Numbur Himal, Kongdi Ri, Karyolang peak, and others. From there, we descend to Khartitang (3900m).

As we travel to Kothe today, we descend through juniper and rhododendron forests on a steep trail. We stay at a Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After lunch, we drive towards Tangnang (4350m), passing through the Hinku valley (Sabal Tsho-Lake). The trail gradually ascends, offering a picture-perfect view of Kusum Kanguru. Overnight stay in a Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

This day is set aside for acclimatization. We rest at Tangnang. We walk around the valley and find out about the culture. We enjoy the stunning views of peaks and glaciers. We stay at a Guesthouse for the night. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As we climb along the glacier's lateral moraine, we are provided with an interesting view of Mera Peak. We stay overnight at a Guesthouse and have breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Khare is our next rest day. We are preparing for the climb of Mera peak the following day. We spend the night at the Guesthouse, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As we continue on the icy glacier, we approach the pass. We spend the night in a tented camp, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Our hike today will take us to the high camp. From here, we will be able to admire the stunning panoramas of giant mountains above 7000 meters, such as Chamlang (7290m), Makalu (8475m) and Baruntse (7220m) in the east, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Nuptse in the north, and Ama Dablam, Cho Oyo (8153m) in the south and Kantega to the west.

Crew members wake up at around 1:30 to prepare for the day. Climbers need to get up at 2.30 for breakfast and put on their crampons and rope. We then begin the climb to the summit. The ascent to the summit of Mera takes about 4-6 hours. From the summit, one can see stunning views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Makalu (8,463m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Baruntse (7,129m), and Ama Dablam (6,812m). After returning to high camp and having some soup and tea, we proceed down to Khare for the night. We stay at a Guesthouse for the night with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

This day is only used in case the weather is inclement on the planned summit day (12), so we won't be able to summit Mera Peak on day 12 or for any other reason. If the weather turns unfavorable, we should put off scaling the peak. You or your group members may experience difficulties acclimatizing, so we may use this spare day if necessary. If the trip goes smoothly, we will not need this day.

As we depart the mountains, we descend to Tangnang before continuing on towards Khothey. We spend the night at a guesthouse, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trail back to Zatrabok offers spectacular views of alpine vegetation, including a rhododendron forest. Dinner, breakfast, and overnight stay at the Guesthouse.

We depart from Chutenga today. We ascend to the Zatrawala Pass before descending to Chutenga. Overnight stay in a guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As we descend the mountain, we will see forests of fir, rhododendrons, oaks, juniper, and local vegetation. We will also see Number Himal, Kongdi Ri, and Karyolang Peak. We will fly back to Kathmandu later this evening. The next day is free for you to explore or rest in Kathmandu, depending on your inclination.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trekk(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to the availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

 

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Trek to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp

Traveling to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp means that you are experiencing a completely new part of the world. Ganesh Himal Trekking will take travelers to the foothills of the breathtaking Ganesh Himal Range, located in the north-central region of Nepal.

Despite its close proximity to Kathmandu, the Ganesh Himal mountain range is rarely visited by trekkers. This is due to the lack of teahouse lodges, so camping is required. The range of mountains is named after an elephant-headed deity popular among Hindu people called Ganesh. The mountain summits the top 7,000m, and four of the peaks on the Ganesh Himal range are over 7,000m. Ganesh Himal is an area where you can become enchanted by the magnificent view of mountains, waterfalls, Saint George, dramatic landscape paintings, towering cliffs, and incredible rock formations.

About the Region and Trek

The Himalayan ranges in the Ganesh Himal Base camp area offer untouched natural beauty and wildlife and unparalleled views of various peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV), the Tibet range, Langtang, Mount Manasalu, and Annapurna. 

As part Ganesh Himal trek, we will start in Balche and end in Dhading Besi after traversing through alpine meadows and arriving at huge glaciers under snow-capped mountains.

Located between two of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations, Langtang to the east and Manaslu to the West, this is one of the least explored areas in the Himalayas, as mentioned earlier. However, the splendid hidden valley trek offers the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures and natural scenes.

The region offers spectacular scenery, and crisscrossed village paths connect deep canyons. The Trek traverses these lands from West to East, with the Sing La pass’s highest point offering spectacular views of the entire Nepalese Himalayas.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

It is necessary to have a trekking permit to enter Nepal’s Annapurna and Manaslu regions on the Ganesh Himal Trek. As the trail passes through both these regions, it is necessary to acquire a permit.

At the beginning of the Trek, the accommodation options consist of well-run hotels and lodges. However, as the Trek progresses, well-equipped hotels become more scarce. Thus, these paths mainly consist of small tea houses and homestays. While tents are not necessary, bringing them along would be highly advisable, so tent camps can be set up on the Trek.

Preparing For the Ganesh Himal Trek

On the Ganesh Himal trek, the highest point is at an altitude of more than 3,800 meters. Additionally, the Trek requires explorers to walk for several days. Due to the difficulty of adapting to such high altitudes, people with breathing problems or similar lung diseases should avoid these activities or take precautions before participating, as they may experience altitude sickness when at such high altitudes.

Our friends brought the following items to our first Trek to Ganesh Himal because of the cold at high altitudes. Thus, in order to prevent cold weather during your Trek, we recommend taking the following items with you.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Backpack
  • Portable Fire stoves
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

You can, however, easily purchase these items at the starting point of the Trek if you forgot any of them, though the price will likely be higher than usual.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

Ganesh Himal Trek begins in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you can spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed heritage sites of the city. In addition, you can use this day to prepare for your upcoming journey. You will be going to Arughat from Kathmandu in order to start the Trek.

As we leave Manabu, we traverse and ascend toward Dunchet village, where we may eat lunch. Duchess village has traditional stone houses and a village square where they meet and socialize. Next, the trail ascends on stone steps through the village to enter the forest. Next, we follow the trail towards Lamodungha, a large rock near which we will camp. From here, we can see Himalchuli's eastern face.

From camp, we ascend through bamboo, larch, and rhododendron forest. Finally, we cross several streams and come to a clearing called Nauban Kharka, where we camp for the night. Here, we can see Annapurna South and Annapurna 2, Fishtail, and Himalchuli.

Our next stop is Myangal Bhanjang. After descending through the forest, we enter Myangal Kharka. We can see the Ganesh Himal range to the East and Paldor to the West. Finally, we descend through forest, clearings, and stones to Khading village.

The route descends to the river and crosses over a suspension bridge on the other side of the valley. We then climb a short distance and contour along a path above the river, passing through Lapchet village. Finally, we descend to another river. Rachyet village is a short walk up the road after we cross the suspension bridge.

On this day, Rachel is the point of departure, and the trail ascends through the forest to Timla, crossing high above the river and passing through Tirigaon. The trail continues on a stone path along the steep mountainside as we trek north to Neber. It'd be great to stay at Neber to acclimatize and explore the area.

Our route from Neber descends to Tatopani, where you can take a dip in the hot springs. We cross the suspension bridge from Tikka Danda and continue up to Chalis, where we camp after a five-hour trek.

As the trail descends from Shertung on the ninth day, we cross Adho Khola, which we then ascend to Kamigaon. After passing through Tipling, we ascend to Laptung by taking stone steps through the forest and camping at Marmelung Kharka.

The trail leads through a beautiful forest. We reach the cheese factory after passing through a Kani stone entrance with several chortens, and then we reach the summit of Pangsang La, the highest point of our Trek. Several buildings are located at the pass, including a porter shelter. We will camp here in the morning and explore the area in the afternoon.

Pasang La offers panoramic views of Langtang in the east, Ganesh Himal to the north, and Annapurnas and Manaslu to the West during a clear day. The viewpoint is located about 150m above the pass and offers sweeping views. After returning to camp, we descend through the forest and reach Somdang.

As we move from Somdang to Gatlang, we will cross another pass called Kurphudanda at 3,710m. From here, we will descend via a trail and a jeep track.

From Gatling, it is a short walk to the roadhead at Chillime, and then we drive along to Syabru Besi. There, we stay in a lodge for the night. Here, our Trek concludes.

In the end, when we get back to Syabru Besi, we can follow our steps back home. First, do not forget to cherish all the beautiful moments you experienced during the Trek as you return home and even during the Trek itself.

 

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip as well. However, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

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The Mardi Himal Trek and Expedition

The enchanting beauty makes Nepal one of the top destinations for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. It allows visitors to experience heavenly experiences without having to visit heaven itself.

If you were to ask us for a thrilling yet short and beautiful trek within this gorgeous nation, I’d recommend you the Mardi Himal Trek. Known for its short, jovial Trek, the Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new endeavor in the Annapurna region of Nepal that displays some marvelous examples of Mother Nature in a clean and lively atmosphere. It has started to gain a lot of attention in just a few short years.

The Mardi Himal trek is one of the easiest and shortest in Nepal, but it’s no less stunning in terms of natural beauty than other treks in Annapurna. On top of that, the Trek is unspoiled and filled with surprises along the way. Unlike other treks, the Mardi Himal trekking trails circumnavigate the Mardi Himal so we do not have to repeat the same route.

About the Region

During the Mardi Himal trek, you’ll get a glimpse of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges, as well as Siding village, Australian Camp, Mardi Himal base camp, Pothana, and Lwang. In the past, the trails were used by shepherds to take their sheep and goats to graze. However, in 2012, the route to Mardi Himal became accessible to the general public. Tents and catering teams used to be the only thing that trekking groups brought to the region. Then teahouses were built along the way, and the number of trekkers continued to rise.

As an alternative to the relatively nearby Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is the best choice nowadays. The route to Mardi Himal is less crowded than Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, with recently opened lodgings along the way. In addition to interacting with locals, the trail is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about their cultures, festivals, lifestyles, customs, and practices. The locals are very friendly and provide the best hospitality on the trail.

Furthermore, the road is adorned with colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and stupas, all of which contribute to the positive aura of the journey. You can also notice the unique blend of the Buddhism religion on the way.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

Trekkers require two different permits in order to travel through the Mardi Himal Trekking trails. Mardi Himal Trekking requires trekkers to have a Trekkers Information Management System or TIMS card. Additionally, the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit is also another mandatory permit for the Trek. You can obtain all these required permits from Nepal Tourism Board, located around two kilometers from Thamel’s central area.

During the Trek’s beginning, there were several well-run hotels and lodges to stay in. However, as the Trek continues, well-equipped hotels are hard to find since these paths mainly consist of tea houses and homestays. However, you can bring tents and set up tented camps while trekking.

Preparing For the Mardi Himal Trek

In comparison with other trekking routes in Nepal, the Mardi Himal trek is quite short. The Mardi Himal trek reaches the highest point at 4500m. For experienced trekkers, this may not seem like much, but it is quite a change for first-time trekkers. Additionally, the Trek requires explorers to walk for multiple days. People with lung diseases should either stay away from such activities or take precautions prior to performing them since high altitudes are difficult to adjust to. Furthermore, these high altitudes may cause people to experience altitude sickness.

As a result of the cold conditions at high altitudes, we recommend that you bring the following items with you on your Trek. Our group takes the following items on our Trek to Mardi Himal.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Tents if you plan to camp by the shore of Rara Lake
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

For those who forget any of the items above, trek shops are available at the starting point of the Trek, though there they are likely to cost more than usual.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

If you and your group walk at a reasonable pace, the Mardi Himal Trek can take 5 to 9 days to complete. If you do not come from Nepal, you must obtain a visa for Nepal and then travel to Kathmandu. Now, if you are in Kathmandu or any other part of Nepal, your first stop will be Pokhara. From Pokhara, you and your group will then need to travel to Phedi by bus or private vehicle. From there, our Trek begins.

As you trek today, you'll leave tourists, other trekkers, and even villagers behind. You'll walk through an enchanted forest of birch, rhododendrons, oak trees, maples, and hemlocks. There will be breathtaking mountain views if the weather is clear. After 5 hours of Trek, we take a rest at Forest Camp for the night.

On the third day, we leave for high camp. We ascend along a forest trail and enjoy the lush views of rhododendrons and other trees covered with lichen and moss. We stop at Low Camp for lunch with a magnificent view of Mt. Macchapucchre right in front of us. After lunch, we hike up to High Camp and stay at the High Camp Lodge.

You need to leave early for Mardi Himal Base Camp on the fourth day. Depending on the conditions, you may be able to hike to the highest point on the Trek, where Machhapuchare can be seen on the other side of the Mardi Himal crest. After taking in the Mardi view, it's time to descend. After reaching Middle Camp, you can enjoy a hot drink and some warm food where you can rest for the night.

After a leisurely breakfast, you will descend through the shade of the forest to the upper Mardi Khola via a different route from the one you took before. The expedition course now follows the arm valley and past friendly villages into Kalimati, though it is still remote and off the beaten track.

For the final day, a journey from Kalimati follows the contour of the river valley, passing through Tamang and Gurung villages. Finally, you'll reach Lwang village, your destination for the night. Take your time exploring this village and savor an authentic homestay experience.

 From Lwang Village, you will meet your transportation back to Pokhara after walking along an outcrop and back to the road on the following day. After the Trek, you can take the path back home via Pokhara; however, don't forget to cherish all the beautiful scenery and memories you encountered during your Trek. We hope you enjoyed the week you spent on the Trek.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trekk(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to the availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.