For many of our treks, you can choose between staying in tea-houses
or camping. A tea-house is a locally run guest house, but
standards vary enormously. In popular areas such as Annapurna,
tea houses are more like small hotels, with hot water, Western
food and private rooms, whereas in more remote areas, they
are far simpler and more authentically Nepali. Tea-house trekking
is less expensive than camping, and is suitable for small
groups. With large groups, irrespective of the area, it is
more practical to camp. A team of guides, porters and cooks
mean you trek in comfort and provides international-style
food of a high standard.
The following Trekking Grades are designed to give you a clear
idea of what it is like up in the mountains. If you have any
questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.
For trekkers with no previous experience, we offer a diverse
range of easy treks. By easy, we mean that the trek involves
no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes, takes
usually no more than a week and is suitable for anyone. However,
you should not think that loss of height means loss of interest;
while our more challenging treks get you closer to a small
number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide
colourful panoramas of a whole series of ranges. High or low,
mountain villages reachable only by several days walk from
the road brim with character.
The Ghorepani and Jomsom treks follow well-trodden trails.
The tea-houses along these routes offer hot water and Western-style
food. Of course, these treks are not popular without reason
and you will find the terrain and views superb. If the idea
of tea-house trekking appeals to you, but you would prefer
to escape from the crowds, then the Helambu trek could be
your ideal choice. You trek to within sight of enormous snowy
mountains, and then wind at a leisurely pace through a spectacular
green valley. The tea-houses are simpler here, but you will
benefit from the peace of the unspoilt villages and the friendly
welcome of your hosts. To really get away from it all and
appreciate some of the world’s most amazing panoramas
then try the Siklis trek, Panchase tek or the Royal Trek.
A similar type of trek but more convenient to Kathmandu is
the equally stunning Shivapuri trek. Whilst you will still
pass through many remote villages, these regions are so unspoilt
as to have no tea-houses, and you will need to camp. Again,
the range of mountains you can view on these treks is superb.
Grade 2 treks are more challenging than Grade 1, and are suitable
for any walker looking for something a little more energetic.
They are longer (10-20 days,) involve more walking up and
down and climb to higher altitudes, where you will be rewarded
with close-up views of big mountains.
For a well-trodden route with good tea-house facilities, you
could choose the Annapurna Base Camp trek, which gets you
close to glaciers and affords spectacular mountain views.
Alternatively, you could wander through the lower valleys
of the Everest region, or climb to the summit of Pike Peak.
For something a little more remote try a trek in the beautiful
Langtang region. From the Langtang Base Camp, you have the
additional option of scaling a trekking peak (a Grade 4 trek).
For a moderate trek out in the wilds, Mustang would be
a good choice. With only 100 visitors a year to this region,
the local cultural traditions are still very much intact.
The Rara trek is similarly remote and is a good option for
the summer season as rainfall is low. As tourists are relatively
unknown in these last two regions, you need to camp.
Grade 3 treks should only be undertaken by those with some
previous mountain walking experience. They ascend to altitudes
of up to 5500m and involve some steep climbing, although it
is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he
arranged for periods of 7-21 days.
For a popular and spectacular trek, with the possibility of
staying in well-developed tea houses, the Annapurna Circuit
is a good choice. A gradual ascent through a green river valley
will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will
reach the altitude of 5416m. This trek will give you a close
insight into Tibetan culture. Another understandably popular
trek, with good tea house facilities, is the Everest Base
Camp. The goal of this trek speaks for itself, but in achieving
it, you cross a glacier, see Mt Everest and a whole variety
of soaring peaks and experience the rich Sherpa culture. To
escape from it all and really discover Nepal then both the
Salpa Pass and Rolwaling Himal treks offer a great wilderness
experience. For a real adventure in wild and restricted areas,
that see less than 300 visitors per year, you could trek in
Mustang or to Makalu Base Camp. The Makalu trek traverses
many high passes before reaching the Base Camp at 5000m. The
Tibetan plateau of Mustang is a wild, treeless desert.
Grade 4 treks are only for real adventurers. They involve
steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some
rope climbing. You’ll need stamina to complete one of
these treks, as it can take 20-28 days to journey to the heart
of the wildernesses that they cross. All are camping expeditions.
The exception is the Simikot trek, which is very remote with
a truly undeveloped culture (quite a shock). This can be accomplished
in a shorter time (7-14 days). However, you can also use the
little-visited Simikot as the starting point for a trip to
Mount Kailash (20 days.) A trek through the isolated Dolpo
region is one of the few good possibilities for the summer
months, as the area gets little rain. Manaslu, like Annapurna,
is a circuit trek and passes through Tibetan villages in a
little-visited, restricted area. A trip to Kanchenjunga, the
third highest mountain in the world, will take you into the
remote far east region of Nepal. Here, Sherpa, Rai and Limbu
cultures happily co-exist. If you want the ultimate challenge,
the Dhaulagiri trek is the most difficult of our featured
treks. This wild trek involves challenging trekking on rough
high terrain, perhaps with a ropes pitch or two. All of the
major Himalayan regions; Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and
Rolwaling also offer trekking peaks to climb or challenging
passes to cross. Please ask us for further information and