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Nepal treks (& India-Ladakh treks) are truly our passion and we set out to make each and every trek the adventure of a lifetime.
Nepal is our second home and we are true specialists, caring for every detail and running in some of the most logistically challenging areas to offer the best three week+ Nepal treks there are.
Jamie is updating his guidebook Trekking in the Everest Region in spring, join in the fun for some adventurous small group trekking. In the autumn we trek Upper Dolpo with friends...
With a 2016-new trekking trail, suddenly the Makalu Base Camp trek becomes far more appealing, no more there and back along the same route and less risk of getting trapped. We follow the Makalu expeditions to base camp, rub noses with the fifth highest mountain on the planet, then trek out along the new Barun Khola trail to the mighty Arun River and some cultural village trekking to finish.
This could be a full service expedition-style trek or a lightweight, partly teahouse-based foray, let's talk!
Mar-Apr, 24? days -- teahouse & lightweight camping or expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$ask
Starting in the warm Arun River area, we cross passes through pleasant Rai and Sherpa villages and then take the adventurous Panch Pokhari (five lakes) route into Mera Peak. To exit; your choice, the quicker way to Lukla or the wild way over the Amphu Labtsa into the Khumbu...
Similar to the Makalu trek, this could be a expedition-style trek or a lightweight, partly teahouse-based foray.
Apr-May, 24-28 days -- teahouse & lightweight or expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$ask
Powerful beauty. Which is the best trek in Nepal? Our sublime Upper Dolpo trek to Mustang probably!
We explore the secrets of Nepal's Shangri-la, trekking where few dare, through the culturally Tibetan villages and sacred monasteries, along meandering alpine valleys and over breathless mountain passes, and all a visual feast of gorgeous, never-ending trans-Himalayan panoramas.
26 Sept-26 Oct, 31 days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$5280
Bespoke treks; we have some the best trek itineraries and best trek crews in the land, and now you can book them as private trips for your group of trek friends.
Explore timeless Upper Dolpo including the oh-so-turquoise Phoksundo Lake, fabled Shey Gompa and picturesque Saldang. This Dolpo loop trek is a total cultural experience with wonderful, peaceful wilderness camping in the high Trans-Himalaya.
Bring your own group of friends and we will do the rest!
Which is the best trek in Nepal? This journey across Upper Dolpo to Mustang probably!
Explore the secrets of Nepal's Shangri-la, through the culturally Tibetan villages and sacred monasteries, along meandering alpine valleys and over breathless mountain passes, and all a visual feast of gorgeous, never-ending trans-Himalayan panoramas.
Best for private groups of six or more.
2016: Sept-Oct, 31 days -- expedition style -- Dawa -- closed private group
With a brand new trekking trail, suddenly the Makalu Base Camp trek becomes far more appealing. We follow Makalu expeditions to base camp then trek out on the new trail.
We are running this trip for a small group of our previous, itinerant trekkers.
A connoisseur's trek from fabled Upper to Phu in the Na-Phu valley via the challenging 6000m/19,700ft Saribung mountaineering pass and the 6328m/20,750ft peak beside.
Bring your own group of friends and we will work together to make it the trip of a lifetime!
Oct, ~28 days -- expedition style --Bali Lopchan / Dawa 2 -- private group
Here is what we are planning.
The best middle hills to alpine trek there is, and of course with a few extras we make it better. We know and love the area, and have a long history with no less than 7x exploratory treks there. More to details to come.
Oct, 35? days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$3980?
This is journey from the plains of India through the rugged, monumental Himalaya to the colours and textures of the Tibetan Plateau and is simply glorious trekking with authentic villages untouched by tourism culture and remote wilderness with stunning panoramas. We pioneered this last section of the Nepal GHT, the Saipal missing link, which is the most logistically challenging and toughest trek in Nepal, a real Wild West Nepal adventure.
For this trek Jamie hands over the lead to Bali. Individual bookings and groups of friends welcome.
8 Oct-4 Nov, 28 days -- expedition style -- Bali Lopchan -- US$5980
The best? Unlike all other western companies, the leader arranges the trek start to finish, managing every detail, including answering your questions. Other companies have office staff handling the questions and the western leader turns up to guide but without logistical control, or consistent staff.
Our prices remain competitive even though we spend more on our quality trek operation as we don't have a head office to support.
Nepal prices are ex-Kathmandu, i.e. you have to buy your international flight tickets to Kathmandu (airport code KTM); domestic flights as required for the trip are included.
Dates are the date you must arrive in Kathmandu and the date you are free to fly out of Kathmandu. You can of course arrive earlier or leave later and we book hotels to suit. If transiting via Delhi in particular, plan your times carefully.
Minimums For many trips the minimum number that we run the trip with is four trekkers. Normally all treks run.
Caring for our staff We have great staff and really care about them, as they care for us. Sirdars, guides and cooks have worked years with us. Our porters are fully kitted out for high altitude treks following the letter and spirit of the IPPG guidelines meaning we provide duvets, mattresses, warm tents for them, plus warm jacket and pants, hat, gloves, shoes.
Tipping our crew is usual and allow 5% of the trip cost as a guideline. The western guides don't take tips.
*Exploratory treks The golden age of exploration dead? Never! These are 'back of an envelope' treks that would warm Tilman's heart. There is nobody else on the planet who organizes treks quite like this, a positive attitude and smile required.
Expedition-style trekking means sleeping in tents. A cook and helpers cater for us with 3 course meals and post-trek snacks, and porters/yaks/ponies carry the group gear and your kitbag and is organized by a sirdar. You trek with a daypack. Couples share a roomy tent, everyone else gets a roomy tent to themselves.
Our service level is comparable to- indeed better than -World Expeditions and KE Adventure and similar
Teahouse trekking means staying in local lodges and is on a twin share basis only. All trekking accommodation, all meals and hot drinks are included. Alcohol, mineral water, soft drinks, snacks and toilet paper not included. Porters/yaks/mules carry your personal gear leaving you with a daypack.
All treks include
+ local airport transfers
+ hotels and guesthouses
+ domestic flights/private buses
+ single supplements for some treks (!)
While expedition-style trekking (camping):
+ quality roomy single tent / 3 person tent for couples
+ solar charging for USB devices and cameras
+ French press coffee, herbal infusions
+ library of relevant maps
+ cozy dining tent
+ filtered water ... and more
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