A Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna is a massive mountain range in the Himalayas in the north-central part of Nepal. Which includes numerous peaks with various heights. 

 One of the peaks of the Annapurna range towers over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft). Thirteen of the peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) and sixteen peaks over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft). The mountain range is 55 kilometers (34 mi) long and is bound by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west. The Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by the Pokhara Valley in the south. At the western end, the range encloses a high basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna I Main is the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8,091 meters (26,545 ft) above sea level.

sunrise in a mountain

The walk up to the Annapurna Base Camp is a classic trip right into the heart of the mountains. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is one of the most popular adventure treks in Nepal. It is a quite easy and shorter trek when compared with the other high altitude treks in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp trek promises to indulge you in an amazing walk through a diversified landscape. Complete with a scenic mountain view, amidst terrace farms, traditional Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna. And when you reach the base camp you will be surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks.

Furthermore, the route to Annapurna Base Camp takes us through a trip via the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (meaning ‘fishtail‘). So, you are able to visit two base camps in one trip! (How about that?) At times, you may even spot high cascading waterfalls on the way to the camp. Depending on the route you take, you might come across the Ghandruk museum. Here you can learn about the diverse culture of the Gurung community too. 

Another major highlight of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is hot water springs. Where you can relax and heal your aching muscles.

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A trek to the Annapurna Base Camp can be taken at any time of the year. But the monsoon may not be the right time to visit the location due to heavy rainfall. So you might miss out on the grandeur view of the surroundings and whats worse? Leeches and mosquitoes, and possibly landslides and definitely slippery roads might make your trek an unnerving experience. Despite the fact that the monsoon brings about much discomfort in your agenda, animals are actually very active during this time of the season. So, if you are a keen animal activist and looking to study the surrounding fauna, Monsoon may be the right time for you.

But for those looking for a peaceful trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, Autumn is the best time to take the journey. Autumn is a time of the dry season and clear skies with bearable weather conditions. Therefore it is very crowded during this time. December is also a good time to take the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It is likely to be quieter at this time.  Since it’s going to be chilly or even cold, appropriate packing is advised to suit the weather.

January may disrupt your trek due to avalanches while trekking along the route of Deuralli to Machhapuchhre base Camp. The area is prone to avalanches. Spring is another good season to go for an Annapurna Base Camp trek. But do understand the forecast for probable avalanches before you take the trip. In spring, the trail will witness with red and white rhododendrons blooming along the way. Many other exotic flowers are found in this region. Definitely, a good time to go for botanists.

annapurna base camp

The first day we have a briefing and sightseeing day in Kathmandu. We can make sure that your kit is what you need. And help you to get anything in the shops of bustling Thamel where our office is based. Then we’ll fly to the beautiful second city of Neal, Pokhara, and begin our trek’s itinerary. We pass through villages of several cultures as well as forests and rhododendron and picturesque Nepali agricultural villages. 

The trekking is on good trails, with some rockier stretches nearer to our destination. But nowhere is this climbing or even scrambling – there are good paths all of the way. You can expect to trek for 4 to 6 hours each day, with some days spent resting. And acclimatizing to ensure that we are all fit and healthy at altitude. This makes the trek suitable for any averagely fit walker. En route, accommodation is in Nepal’s famous tea houses. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and the friendly, hospitable Nepali people make your stay a memorable one.

How to get to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. There are very few treks featuring a combination of different types of landscapes. Which also brings you close to the Himalayas. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of those treks. The Annapurna trail takes you around rice paddy fields, dense Rhododendron forests, and high altitude landscapes.

All this while you get the best views of Annapurna range at a distance till you reach the base camp. Where finally you find yourself standing beneath the majestic peaks at Annapurna Base Camp. Stunning views of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre will greet you on this trek. In this context, we will learn how to get to Annapurna Base Camp, and is categorised in the following manner:

  • Pokhara briefing
  • Introduction to Annapurna Base Camp trek 
  • Places to stay on Annapurna Base Camp trek
  • Places to go on Annapurna Base Camp trek
  • When can you go for Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Pokhara briefing

Pokhara is one of Nepal’s best adventure and leisure tour destinations. Known as the tourism capital of Nepal, Pokhara is 200 km away from Kathmandu. You can experience boating, hiking, pony rides or paragliding in Pokhara. Else you can choose to chill and relax. While looking at the stunning view of the lake with Annapurna range in the backdrop. Pokhara will definitely indulge you with its natural beauty and picturesque landscapes. 

You can choose to walk on the shores of Phewa Lake, enjoying the greenery around you. Or venture to take a ride around the lake in one of those colorful boats. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can paraglide across the lake, while enjoying the magnificent view from above. Pokhara is also the gateway to the Annapurna Conservation site and headway for many treks to the Annapurna region. We will learn more about the trek as we go forward.

Introduction to Annapurna Base Camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular and sought out treks in the Annapurna region. The trek takes you on a wonderful journey across different landscapes. Furthermore, it brings you really close to the base of 7000 and 8000-meter mountain peaks. Annapurna Base camp trek takes 8-15 days to complete, depending on your itinerary and the pace of the traveling party. Apart from the magnificent landscapes, you will come across quaint villages inhabited by friendly people. Most of the people can speak English and are very helpful. 

Accommodation on the Annapurna Base Camp trek will be arranged in the famous tea houses. The tea houses are comfy cozy settlements specially built for the trekkers. There will be a few days kept aside for acclimatization too Acclimatization is a necessary process required while you are at such high altitudes. It becomes necessary to adapt to the environment to avoid illness and fatigue. At the same time, you can enjoy your trip to the fullest as well.

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Places to stay on Annapurna Base Camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to the heart of the mountain range through quaint, but pretty villages. Since you will be away from civilization once you start your trip, hotels are hard to find. Therefore, the only place where you will be allocated a hotel is on your arrival in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As you start your hike to the Annapurna region, the population is sparse, and very few settlements visible. Besides a few main centers in the region, the rest of the villages have very few settlements. 

However, the trail belongs to the popular trekking route. Therefore, the settlements you come across consist mainly of tea houses and few lodges. These settlements are best suited for trekkers. The hosts are amicable and are very helpful. The tea houses are smaller versions of a lodge, and they are very cozy indeed. The lodges, on the other hand, are smaller versions of a city hotel, and they are very comfortable as well. Needless to say, the hosts are well known for their hospitality. They will make sure your stay is a memorable one.

Places to go on Annapurna Base Camp trek

The first point of contact is in Kathmandu where our staff will be assigned. You will be taken to your hotel in Kathmandu to rest. The next day we will conduct a briefing about the Importance of Acclimatization in high altitudes. Thereafter sightseeing around Kathmandu is on the cards. We will visit the historical holy places in Kathmandu. For instance, we visit Boudha Stupa and the Pashupati Nath temple. You can indulge yourself in some Nepali cuisine. Then we rest at the hotel.

Day 3, we take a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. We take the drive via the national highway along a path with huge fields on both sides. The distant valley accompanying you on your journey. Once we reach Pokhara and at your hotel, you can choose to rest for the big day ahead. Or you can take a stroll around Pokhara and witness the nightlife there. Pokhara has active bars, pubs and cafes open till late at night. 

After breakfast, we take a drive to Nayapul which is a 1-hour journey. From Nayapul we start our actual trek. The first destination is the village of Ghandruk and it is a 6hours walk, approximately. The path is well maintained with a few flights of stone steps on the route.  We cross the Lower Ghandruk area to reach our destination. Ghandruk is a beautiful village filled with stone houses and scattered tea houses. We will take refuge in one of the tea houses there. They serve typical Nepali cuisines and the hosts are very hospitable as well. We rest at one of the tea houses. 

sunrise in a mountain

The next day, we take a hike through a muddy trail with houses on both sides. Till we reach Kimrong Khola after an hour of hiking.  Views of snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Macchapucchre, and Hiunchuli are visible from here. After a hearty lunch, we ascend 4-5 hours uphill till we reach the village of Chomrong. Chomrong is on a hilltop. Cute hilly settlements surrounded by green fields, Rhododendrons, ferns, etc. are spread out in the village. It is one of the gateways to Annapurna Sanctuary, and you can get permits to enter the area here. The view of Annapurna south is prominent here. You can check out the beauty of the sunset from a viewpoint in Chomrong. We find accommodation in one of the tea houses in the village and spend our night there.

Today we head towards the Bamboo camp. We begin with a descend using the 2500 stone steps leading to a bridge. The suspension bridge takes you across Chomrong Khola and toward a dense forest. The Sanctuary’s trail is surrounded with Rhododendron, Oak and Alpine trees, with beautiful birds and animals. Thus the trail becomes a delightful walk to cross. Then the trail takes a steep turn till we Sinwa village. We have our lunch here. The village includes numerous tea houses and restaurants. But we take another ascent to Kulidhar hill. Indulging ourselves to the view of Annapurna III, we head descend down to Bamboo camp. We halt for the night at a tea house there.

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After breakfast, we embark on a strenuous trek to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail shows distinct signs of changing vegetation. And the freshness will keep your mind and body invigorated. The altitude increase drastically here on, so you need to remain hydrated. We first reach the small village of Dovan after an hour of walking. You can see the tip of Macchapucchre from the village. We have our lunch here, then take a mixture of uphill and downhill muddy paths. A few clicks ahead, you come across an overhanging cave, Hinku. Then the trail takes us through a valley. We come across rocks and boulders on the path. The ever-flowing Modi Khola is also visible down the valley. 

Sightings of Macchapucchre and Gangapurna will become visible every once in a while. After reaching a set of rocky terrain we reach Bagar. Going across the village we also cross the Modi Khola using a suspension bridge. Thereafter, the trail becomes a bit rocky and after about 30mins trek, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The base camp is a great vantage point to peek at Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Gangapurna. Machhapuchhre Base Camp is also renowned for the mesmerising night sky. We set up tents to rest for the night at camp.

annapurna base camp

The next day will be a comparatively short trek as we make our way towards Annapurna Base Camp. The route takes us literally in the mountains. The route takes a 90-degree turn towards our primary destination. As you close in towards camp, the majestic Annapurna I come into view. The massif only becomes bigger and bigger as we come closer to the foot of the mountain. Being at Annapurna Base Camp is like being on an island surrounded by huge mountains. You get the perfect picture of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchhre from the Base Camp. We will have our lunch there amidst the mountain ranges. The rest of the day, you can stroll around the huge campsite, exploring the corners. We set up camp to rest for the day. 

We have a long trek ahead as we make our way to Bamboo again. After breakfast, we retrace our steps making our way back the same route. Though the walk back is a long on, it is all descent from here on. So it might be a comparatively easier walk provided you use the technique for downhill walking from the guides. We make our way back to MBC, crossing the Modi Khola to reach Dovan after passing the village of Bagar. Till we reach the village of Bamboo. We halt for the night here at a lodge.

In the morning, we retrace our steps back to Sinwa descending the steep slope towards the Chomrong Khola. Then we cross the suspension bridge crossing Chomrung Khola to reach Chomrong Village. We will have our lunch there. If there was any part of Chomrong you missed earlier can be compensated for this time. After a long rest, we make our way downhill and then up to the valley. This path takes us to Jhinu Danda village. You can enjoy the refreshing hot water springs of Jhinu. We halt for the night at one of the lodges here.

sheeps grazing on a meadow

Today is the last day of your trekking experience for Annapurna Base Camp. We head back the same muddy trail, amidst the pleasant scenery to the village of Nayapul. Then we have our lunch then take a cab back to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, you can choose to rest or go for a stroll around town. You can take a peaceful walk along the Phew Lake which is a splendid experience.

In the morning after breakfast, we say goodbye to Pokhara. Getting on a vehicle, we make our way to Kathmandu. If you are looking to buy some souvenirs, now is the chance. The Thamel area is bustling with shops where you can get almost everything. Indulge yourself in Nepali cuisine like momos, thukpas, sekwas, etc, to enrich your taste buds. We rest for the night at the hotel in Kathmandu. In the morning, depending on the time of your flight, our staff will take you to the airport.

When can you go for Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Whether is an unpredictable phenomenon. It is better to check the weather report before you embark on your trip. We gather information on the best season based on past expeditions. Therefore, we can conclude that the best time to take Annapurna Base Camp trek is during Spring and Autumn seasons. In Spring, the views are magnificent and the greenery is splendid. The trail is in good condition and it is not so cold as compared with the winter season. However, the rush of trekkers will be more during this time of the year. Thus booking might be a little hard to get. 

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In Autumn, the weather is clear and the rain clears the path as well. The view is unobstructed and everything around seems fresh and lively. The days are warmer but the nights can get chilly. So do pack your warmest clothing for the trip. Most of the mountain animals can be seen at this time of the year. Though this is also a rush season for the tourists. 

Summers and Winters are not advisable for your own safety. The rain makes it difficult to walk. And the views are also cloudy at almost all the points. There is a maximum chance of slipping and injuring yourself during Summers. In winter, the weather can get foggy, removing the visibility range to almost nil. This can cause many accidents. The weather is also cold and most of the lodges and tea houses remain closed during winters. There are maximum chances of pathways being blocked during winters too.

Trekking in Nepal for the beginners

Is trekking your passion! Yes, then Nepal the unique destination is waiting for you. When the time comes for trekking in Nepal it will be the biggest task for the adventurous souls and wanderers. 

Walking along the Himalayas sweating their way up steep ascents and over high altitude passes will make you a little tired. An easier way to trek for the beginners is to trek in the lower altitude, that offers the best trekking trails. With a guide, one can easily trek throughout Nepal. And still, experience stunning views of the Himalayas, snow-clad mountains. You also get the chance to communicate with the people. Get exposure to a rich culture, delve into the beauty of the great places like temples, Monastery and more. 

trekker is on the way

Nepal also offers lots of trekking trail for the beginner. With mesmerising views and glimpses of the local culture, it takes either a week or less to complete. If your main aim is only to trek while visiting Nepal. Then you must make sure the exact duration of trekking.

Best Month to go for trekking in Nepal for Beginners’ 

Well, October to November is easily the best time to visit Nepal. The monsoons season is finally over, and the heat seems to have receded as well. You get to enjoy the perfect temperature for a trek. And the receding cloud cover ensures crystal clear views from the trails.

April and March are also the best time to visit Nepal. In these months the weather is pleasant and the summer heat hasn’t observed the land yet. During these times trekking lovers can explore the natural beauty and the blooming spring flower in the forests. This will be a wonderful scenery on your trek.

Nepal lies in

Nepal is a unique tourist destination which lies in south Asia. And is one of the world’s most recent nations to become a republic. It is bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China. To the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. Covering an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq mi). A population of approximately 30 million. Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by landmass and the 41st most popular country. 

The birthplace of   Buddha Nepal is also highly diverse and rich in culture, tradition, and religion. Nepal itself is the natural gift presenting the highest peak, Mount Everest and their people call it Sagarmatha.

How can you reach Nepal 

The main capital Kathmandu is the largest metropolitan city of Nepal. Kathmandu connects through many airports, Railway station, One can easily reach Nepal via Air, Train, and road. After reaching your destination you will stay in Kathmandu Hotel in the evening. Here the luxury accommodation, delicious cuisine will make your evening and night more comfortable.

nepal tourism

So out of this topic let’s move forward to look closer to the trekking place in Nepal for beginners

And the places are like 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek will take you to a number of unique Himalayan peaks within a very short time. Though it has some steep climbs, it is not difficult and the views along the way are spectacular. 

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The Sanctuary Trek traverses a variety of terrain from lowland villages and rice fields. To glaciers and offers magnificent views of high mountains and Rhododendron fields. Soaring high Himalayan peaks surround you as you reach the base camp.

 Annapurna Circuit Trek 

This trek is a classic trip right around the huge massif of the mountain that makes up the Annapurna group. Walking through the mountains you can explore the heart touching view of the Himalayas, snow-clad mountains. The trek takes you over Thorung La with its traditional Chorten. Prayer flags and stone cairns at an elevation of 5,416m. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes.

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Everest Base Camp Trek 

Everest Base Camp trek is a world-famous trek, reaching a height of 5545 m at Kala Pattar. Kala Pattar offers the best views of Mount Everest from its summit.

A trek to Everest Base Camp will be the best trekking place for the trekker junkies, and the most common trek route that starts is from Lukla. In this circuit, you will be able to see magnifying views of the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Nuptse. 

mountain and prayer flag

Also, trekker should not miss a chance to see the stunning vistas of the Gokyo lakes, right before you reach the Khumbu Valley, where the base camp awaits you. This Nepal trekking for beginners will also allow you to enjoy traditional Sherpa culture.

Manaslu Trek 

Manaslu trek has been more popular for the tourist who wants to tread the road less taken. In 1991 the trek was officially opened for tourists, but mountain expeditions have long had access to the area.  

This trek will also take you to experience the Nepali diverse culture, and at the same time you can explore the mesmerising view of the Himalayas and the Larkya pass is one of the most interesting Himalayan pass crossings.

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The best time to visit Manaslu for trekking is in October to November, Gorkha which is the traditional starting point for treks up the Buri Gandaki. Dhading and Trisuli Bazar is the other option to start this trek. Though the Larkya la pass is not a difficult pass, the trek is harder than most in Nepal.

Langtang Trek 

Another wonderful trekking place for Beginners is Langtang Trek. Best to relax, easy to access without needing an internal flight. This trek takes you to the beautiful high remote Himalayas valley which is nevertheless within easy reach of Kathmandu.

The trekking is on good trails, with some rockier stretches nearer to our destination. But nowhere is this climbing or even scrambling there are good paths all of the way. You can expect to trek for 4 to 6 hours each day.

lake and a mountain

It is possible to make the trek back to Dhunche in three days. Kyanjin Gompa at 4,300m is the last point of this trek. Here from the moraine, there is a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung. There are also a few trekking peaks around this area if you are interested in combining more adventure with your trekking.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the best trekking options in Nepal for the beginner, this trek will give you to experience the iconic viewpoint at Poon Hill and the heritage village of Ghandruk which is originally known for its commanding views of Annapurna South and Fishtail as you hike through local villages you can also explore the rhododendron forest through the lower Annapurna region.

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Other then the heart touching and mesmerising view are the sunrises over the rugged Annapurna Himalaya range is thought to be one of the best in the world. The beauty and diversity of the scenery is the main draw factor of this trek.

I hope this all the above Trekking places will be helpful for beginners, and can easily feel and experience the trekking in the Himalayas and get touched by the pristine beauty of the Himalayas and the mesmerizing views on its trekking trails. 

So, what are you waiting to pack your bag and make your moment?

Where to go Trekking in Nepal

Are you looking for the perfect trekking destination? Well, look no further. Trekking in Nepal promises to be one of the best adventures for anyone and everyone. What is better than jostling up a hill, surrounded by valleys and a cool even chilly breeze. Trekking in Nepal has reached new heights and Nepal has taken many measures to make trekking a delight for everyone. Trekking is such a popular activity that hundreds of people are associated to make it a grand success. The trekking trail takes you through magnificent views of the mountains along with the surrounding hills. Accompanying them are rivers flowing endlessly and the green valleys add up to the scenery. Not to forget, we take you to the foothills of the mightiest mountains. 

You can come across birds singing as if to welcome you to the realms of the Himalayas. You come across some of the friendliest faces on earth while on your way to the mountains. Guides and experts are also well versed after many many years of trips to the mountainous region of the Himalayas. There are many such destinations in Nepal alone. From the mighty Everest to the best vantage points for the most spectacular views. Everything can be found if you go through this content. Each location is special in its own way. Nevertheless, we cannot determine which trek is the best, since all of them are equally exciting. The locations we will discuss here are categorized under the following sub-headings:

  • Nepal Tourism
  • Introduction on Trekking
  • Manaslu Trek
  • Langtang Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Nepal Tourism

Nepal is a small landlocked country in Asia. Though small, the country is rich in heritage and culture. Nepal is also famous for having most of the highest peaks in the world within its territory. That is one of the key factors that has made Nepal famous among tourists. Consequently, tourism has become the main industry for the economy of Nepal. Every year, thousands of tourists from all over the world, visit Nepal. Not just for the fun of it or for the thrill of it. But for all of the things that have taken Nepal tourism to such huge heights. 

trekkers on the way

Therefore it is safe to say that Nepal has a booming tourism industry. Due to the high demand of tourists, the Nepalese government has taken many initiatives for tourist sites. The trail leading to the mountains in the Himalayas are preserved in order to make your adventures fruitful. Not only this, but also the government takes action to see the lodges and tea houses are in good order. As a result, Nepal’s tourism has taken a monumental leap in providing the best traveling experience for the tourists.

Introduction on Trekking

Everyone thinking of venturing on one of the adventures has to assess their situation before confirming the trip. You can find the best treks suitable for you by looking at the features of the trek. The best trek for an individual depends on his/her physical ability. Along with with with the number of days one wants to spend, and the difficulty one can endure on the journey. Whether you are looking for a casual trek or a summit climb. Do make sure you are physically fit to take the venture.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to get close to the world’s highest mountain range. It has a number of stunning attractions including spectacular viewpoints, ancient monasteries, and Sherpas of the Himalayas. The trek begins from Lukla, a small airport village in the Mountain region. Our trips are a few days longer than most travel agencies. This is to allow full acclimatization by the trekkers in the group. Acclimatization is an important part of trekking in the Himalayas. It is to ensure your body is more or less adapted to the altitude. And also to ensure you don’t miss out on anything on the trip.

everest base camp

Not everyone is lucky or strong enough to reach the summit of the majestic peak. But trekking to the foot of Mount Everest is not an ordinary feat either. In this trek, you will tread on the same path taken formerly by the legendary Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. And of course hundreds of mountaineers after them. You will also come across beautiful high passes and the ever-flowing Dudh Koshi. The trekking trail also takes you through the Sherpa village of Namche, the Imja Tse valley and several Buddhist monasteries. 

Other details:

Elevation: 5364 m

Days for the trip: 17 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: TIMS

TIMS: Trekkers’ Information Management System

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic trip right into the heart of the mountains. Though the climb has some steep slopes the trek is relatively an easy one. You can get the most spectacular views of the mountain ranges as you take the trail leading to the base camp. The Sanctuary Trek traverses a variety of terrain from lowland villages and rice fields to glaciers and offers magnificent views of high mountains. When you reach the base camp you will be surrounded by the soaring Annapurna peaks. Yes, you are literally surrounded by mountains at the base camp.

annapurna base camp

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular must go trek for all adventure enthusiasts.  With awe-inspiring views of some of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains on the trail. The Annapurna trail leads us through quaint villages and picturesque valleys. Our treks are carefully organized to ensure you have plenty of time to acclimatize comfortably, making sure you can enjoy the trekking experience to the full. Acclimatization is an important requirement when you venture to the Himalayas.

Other details:

Elevation: 4130 m at Annapurna Base Camp

Days for the trip: 18 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses and Lodges

Permits required: ACAP

ACAP: Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trip right around the huge massif of mountains that make up the Annapurna range. Though it has some steep climbs, it is not difficult and the views along the way are spectacular. It takes a minimum of 18 days to trek around the entire Annapurna massif. Visiting a country (similar to Tibet’s terrain) on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and the dramatic Kali Gandaki gorge. The trek takes you over Thorung La with its traditional Chorten, prayer flags and stone cairns at an elevation of 5,416m. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes.

annapurna circuit trek

The Annapurna Circuit trekking trail provides ample viewpoints of the Annapurnas, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang mountains. The trail leads us through quaint villages with some of the friendliest people on earth. You also pass through the world’s deepest gorge. The trail is best for trekkers as you can travel through a variety of landscapes in the Himalayas. Ranging from dense green jungles to high alpines, lush green valleys and of course the massive mountain peaks. All of this and more can be experienced on the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Other details:

Elevation: 5416 m at Thorong La Pass

Days for the trip: 20 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: ACAP

Langtang Trek

Langtang valley is a beautiful high remote Himalayan valley that is within easy reach from Kathmandu. Unlike other trekking destinations in Nepal, Langtang Trek doesn’t need any internal flights to reach the starting point. However, you can still enjoy the stunning Himalayan views and experience a wonderful trekking journey. A trek to Langtang is a short trek, yet it contains all the ingredients necessary to make your trek a memorable one. 

langtang trek

The Langtang Trek begins after a drive to Syabrubesi village in Nepal. Regardless of the close proximity of Kathmandu from Langtang valley, the area is as robust and wild as any other Tibetan regions. The trail offers a great vantage point of Langtang Ri. It is also a great trail for wonderful views of the Annapurnas and Mount Makalu. Langtang Trek also provides some exposure to understand the Tamang culture. 

Other details:

Elevation: 3541 m

Days for the trip: 12 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: none

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek promises to be a short and easy, yet an exciting trek to the Himalayas. Poon Hill is located in the village called Ghorepani, literally meaning “water for horses”. In this short trek, you come across striking views of some of the most famous mountain ranges. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli are some of the ranges which can be seen while on this trek.

poon hill trek

Apart from the majestic ranges, we walk among lush green forest bustling with rhododendron trees. You may even be lucky to come across some mountain animals but birds you’ll see plenty. The trail you take is a popular trekking trail leading to the Annapurna Base camp. Therefore, there are plenty of quaint lodges and tea houses you come by during your trek. Poon Hill is also a place known for the beautiful views of the rising sun.

Other details:

Elevation: 3210 m

Days for the trip: 10 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: TIMS, ACAP

Manaslu Trek

The traditional starting point for the trek is Gorkha, Nepal. Dhading and Trisuli Bazar are the other 2 locations you can begin your trek from. This trek is harder than most treks in Nepal. The trek is in a remote area, but it proves to be geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The viewpoints to see the mountain ranges are magnificent. The Larkya Pass is one of the most fascinating and interesting Himalayan pass crossings. The locals of this region are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. This is a restricted area. So, one needs to attain a permit and follow the guidelines and rules while you are visiting. 

manaslu trek

The trekking trail takes you around the stunning Mount Manaslu, considered the 8th highest peak in the world. The trail takes you through a mixture of Hindu and Tibetan villages. And through several diverse cultural monasteries. The Manaslu Trek offers a wonderful experience for people looking for an adventurous journey.

Other details: 

Elevation: 5215 m at Larkya Pass

Days for the trip: 20 Days

Difficulty: Hard

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses and Lodges

Permits required: ACAP and MCAP

ACAP: Annapurna Conservation Area Project

MCAP: Manaslu Conservation Area Permit

How can we reach Nepal for Trekking

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. China borders Nepal in the north. India borders Nepal in the south, east, and west. And Sikkim separates Nepal from Bhutan. Even though Nepal is a small country it is rich in diversity and culture. Nepal has a diverse geography including fertile plains and hilly regions with 8 of the 10 tallest mountains within its territory. Including the mighty Mount Everest. Hence there are many factors affecting tourism in Nepal, and trekking holds the maximum authority over its activities.

Since Nepal is a landlocked country, there are no waterways available to reach the country. The country has a good network of roads connecting from India. However, the Himalayas obstruct the possibility of roads from China. But there are numerous passes connecting Nepal and China. Another possible entry is by air. Nepal has a good system for domestic and international flights operating every day. 

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The main headquarters for trekking in Nepal is Kathmandu and Pokhara, from which many expeditions are carried out. Here we will learn about the most famous trekking destinations in Nepal under the following heads:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Langtang Trek 
  • Manaslu Trek
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the foot of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. It is one of the most popular Treks in Nepal. Due to its popularity, the trail leading to the Everest Base Camp is well maintained. Everest Base Camp Trekking trail leads you through some of the most beautiful viewpoints for the surrounding peaks. And to reach most of these viewpoints you need to hike through ridges and trails. However, the best feature is that you can never get lost while on the trail. You can ask any person for directions to your checkpoint. Nevertheless, you will come across the friendliest people on earth in these areas.

The highlights of the trek include stunning viewpoints, spectacular views of few mountains, quaint villages, and the most friendly folks. Not to forget the green valleys and forests filled with Rhododendron trees and small animals. Preparation for the Everest Base Camp Trek should be adequate though the trip doesn’t require any scrambling or climbing. However, it is advised that trekkers should be physically fit to take the trek. The weather can get pretty chilly, so make sure you have warm clothes with you. The treks we organize will include days kept aside for acclimatization so that you don’t face any difficulty.

everest base camp

Additional Information:

Elevation: 5364 m

Days for the trip: 17 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: TIMS

TIMS: Trekkers’ Information Management System

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you on one of the most popular trails to witness the wonders of the Himalayas. It is one of the most difficult treks to the Himalayas, so you need to be physically fit for trekking. Though a difficult journey, you come across the most number of peak sightings on the trail. Even before you start the trek. You get good views of Macchapucchre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli Mountains in many different angles. You also come across sightings of Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna up close. The trail also leads towards dense forests filled with Rhododendron trees, fern and bamboo trees. 

annapurna base camp

Annapurna Base Camp Trek falls on the same trail as the Everest Base Camp route, though the trail separates at one point. In your journey, you will come across small villages with friendly people to serve you. There are ample opportunities to understand the Nepali culture during this trek. Consequently, you can interact with the staff and the hosts at the tea houses who can speak in English. You are also likely to come across other trekking parties at the tea houses where you will be staying. And since it is a difficult trek, acclimatization sessions are necessary to adapt to the high altitude.

Additional Information:

Elevation: 4130 m at Annapurna Base Camp

Days for the trip: 18 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses and Lodges

Permits required: ACAP

ACAP: Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you on a fascinating trip around the entire Annapurna massif.  Reaching the summit at Thorong La Pass (5416 m) is a wonderful experience indeed. The huge massif you circle makes up the Annapurna group. We cross the deep Kali Gandaki gorge, travel across beautiful valleys and witness the majestic Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. Though it has some steep climbs, it is not a difficult journey. The stretches along the trail sum up some of the best viewpoints in the region. You also tread through barren and dry landscapes similar to the Tibet landscape at some point. 

annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a comparatively difficult trek to the Himalayas and it requires you to be fit. But not super fit too. If you are capable of walking 5-6 hours with a rucksack on your back at a stretch then its enough. Though gaining some energy and strength before you embark on this trek is also not a bad option. The trekking days are manageable with the adequate resting time between treks and longer mealtimes. There will be acclimatization sessions conducted while you make the ascent. This is to ensure that you don’t get sick at such a high altitude.

Additional Information:

Elevation: 5416 m at Thorong La Pass

Days for the trip: 20 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: ACAP

ACAP: Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Langtang Trek

Langtang Trek is a pleasant trek to one of the most beautiful areas in the Himalayas within easy reach of Kathmandu. Unlike many other treks, you don’t need internal flights to reach the starting point. In spite of that, the Langtang trek promises to be a wonderful experience with some of the most stunning views. It is also one of the shortest treks in Nepal. You don’t need any training as such to take the trip, but basic fitness might be better. If you are able to walk with a rucksack for 4-5 hours every day, then you won’t face any difficulties. The massive Nepal earthquake of 2015 took many lives of inhabitants and tourists in Langtang. The trail is definitely repaired but the mark of the tragedy can still be seen in the village.

langtang trek

Nevertheless, the trek to Langtang is a great alternative to a much longer and more committing trek in Nepal. Still, it contains all the flavors and excitement necessary for a trek to the Himalayas. Langtang valley is characterized by steep jungle-covered valleys at lower elevations and wide barren alpine valleys towards Langtang Village. The trekking trail offers a wonderful vantage point to reach Langtang Ri. The trail is also well known for the wonderful views of the Annapurna range and Mount Makalu.

Additional Information:

Elevation: 3541 m

Days for the trip: 12 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses

Permits required: none

Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek is a trek featuring the world’s eighth highest peak, Mt Manaslu. It takes us around the mountain and the highest point (Larkya pass) to witness an unparalleled view of Manaslu mountain. This expedition promises to be a wonderful experience with incredible scenery all along the way. It also takes us through different landscapes. We pass the subtropical forests, river gorges, alpine forests, and the striking snowscapes. The Manaslu Trek is a similar experience to Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Everest Base Camp Treks.  

Manaslu Trek is challenging yet it has a sense of raw beauty of its own. The trekking trail has recently become popular and so the population is meager and villages less crowded along the route. You will come across magnificent views of Manaslu, Choe Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru. You also come across the sightings of Annapurna II. Chances of running into some mountain animals are also high on Manaslu Trek. For instance, Tahr (mountain goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika ( a small mammal) and Himalayan Marmots can be sighted. Snow leopards are also found in these areas but are rarely seen around the trail.

Additional Information: 

Elevation: 5215 m at Larkya Pass

Days for the trip: 20 Days

Difficulty: Hard

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea Houses and Lodges

Permits required: ACAP and MCAP

ACAP: Annapurna Conservation Area Project

MCAP: Manaslu Conservation Area Permit

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the shortest and easiest treks in the Khumbu region of Annapurna’s Sanctuary. It is a good route for beginners and for those looking to get a  quick taste of the Himalayas. The trek can be completed in 4-5 days, with plenty of time to enjoy and take in nature’s gift to mankind. The route is well marked and there are several tea houses and restaurants on the way. The people of the region are very friendly and helpful, plus they are well known for their hospitality. 

Poon hill Trek

Normally the trek begins from Nayapul near Pokhara. The route takes us through beautiful yet quaint villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk. The villages are inhabited mostly by Gurungs and Magars. And almost every corner of the trail is worthy enough to have a viewpoint built for trekkers and travelers. We travel through dense rhododendron forests filled with birds and vast green valleys. Poon Hill is located a few hours walk from Ghorepani village. The vantage point offers the best view of the surrounding mountains and the magic of sunrise. The mountains visible in this trek include Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak. You also come across sightings of Hiunchuli and Manaslu ranges during the trek.

 Additional Information:

Elevation: 3210 m

Days of the trip: 10 Days

Difficulty: Fairly Easy

Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn

Lodging provided: Tea houses

Permits required: TIMS, ACAP

How to get to Mustang in Nepal

A trip to the mountains is considered a great adventure that’s for sure. Camping at the foothills of the mountains is also exhilarating. However, to stay near the mountains amidst people who have lived there for almost all their lives is something else. You get to see the daily routine of the people and understand the difficulties they face at the location. Not only this, you can get to experience the way of life of the mountain people. At least for a few days or weeks. Here we will see how we can get to one of those places, close to the Himalayas. In particular, we will talk about the Mustang of Nepal, in the following subheads:

  • Pokhara briefing
  • Introduction to Mustang trek 
  • Places to stay on Mustang trek
  • Places to go on Mustang trek
  • When can you go for Mustang trek?

Pokhara briefing

Pokhara is one of the most visited tourist spots in Nepal, situated in the Gandaki Pradesh province of Nepal. It is the second-largest city in Nepal. The city is located 200 km west of Kathmandu. You can get a classic view of Mt. Machhapuchhre from Pokhara. The city of Pokhara is also an assembly point for trekkers and mountaineers coming to Nepal. It serves as a starting point for many adventure packages. For instance, people taking the Annapurna Base Camp trek, or Mustang trek needs to assemble here first. The Phewa lake is also a popular tourist destination in Pokhara. 

A trip to the mountains is considered a great adventure that’s for sure. Camping at the foothills of the mountains is also exhilarating. However, to stay near the mountains amidst people who have lived there for almost all their lives is something else.

Introduction to Mustang trek 

Mustang is one of the 77 districts of Nepal and is a very beautiful place amidst the Himalayas. Mustang region was once an independent isolated Tibetan kingdom but now is a part of Nepal. However, the terrain here is similar to that of Tibet. Mustang can be categorized into Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. The headquarters of Mustang-Jomsom is famous for Buddhist monasteries and the popular Muktinath Temple of the Hindus. Jomsom falls under Lower Mustang. A trek to Lower Mustang is a unique experience that will bring you closer to nature. However, this trek will need you to possess the Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP) and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). 

Upper Mustang is a restricted region and you will need a restricted area permit before you venture there. Apart from that, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well. Nonetheless, Upper Mustang poses an incredible journey to the mysterious land of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area. It is also known as the hidden kingdom of Nepal. You can either start your trek from Pokhara or Jomsom which has continuous flights coming in carrying trekkers from Pokhara. 

Places to stay on Mustang trek

Mustang trek can start either from Kathmandu or Pokhara. But for Climb HIgh, it starts from your arrival at Kathmandu. It will be your first halt at a hotel there.  After the necessary paperwork the next day we take a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. At Pokhara as well, your stay will be at a hotel there. As we make our way to higher grounds, the population decreases drastically. Likewise, the possibility of finding a hotel is the bare minimum. Actually its nil. But since Nepal has more focus on tourism you won’t find difficulty in finding a place to stay in. The places we will go through have settlements especially made for trekkers and mountaineers. These are in the form of lodges and tea houses. 

mustang

Your next stop is Kagbeni from Pokhara, and stay there will be at a cozy lodge. From Kagbeni we head towards Chele. The accommodation here will either be a lodge or a tea house. Next is Gelling on the schedule, and we will halt at a tea house there. After Gelling, we go up towards Dhakmar, where we will halt at a lodge. The next day we enter the Lower Mustang area. Here we will be staying at a tea house. Following which we pass through Thinggar and reach Garphu to spend the night at a tea house.

We head towards the upper Mustang area next and reach Dhi Gaon. Accommodation provided here and the rest of the places will be at one of the tea houses. Except when we reach Pokhara and Kathmandu, where you will be allocated in hotels. We then travel higher through Lori Gompa towards Surkhang. The next day we descend towards the village of Tangge. After Tangge, we go still lower down to Chusang valley. Then we trek towards the holy village of Muktinath. We then trek towards Jomsom, which brings us to the end of the trek.

After resting at Jomsom, we take a flight to Pokhara. We rest for another day here and depart from Pokhara to Kathmandu next. Thus Kathmandu is your last stop before you depart and go back to your normal routine.

places in mustang

Places to go on Mustang trek

Kathmandu is where your trek starts. You will be received by our staff at the airport and escorted to a 3-star hotel to rest. We have kept a day aside just for sightseeing around Kathmandu. You can visit the Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath temple, two of the iconic places in Kathmandu. We rest for the night. The next day, we will complete all the paperwork necessary for the trip. Please be advised, the immigration office is closed on weekends. 

On the 4th day, we take a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. It is a pleasant drive with few places being patched by the construction workers. On reaching Pokhara, you will be taken to your hotel. You can take a stroll around Pokhara, but make sure you have a good night’s sleep. We catch an early flight the next day from Pokhara to Jomsom. The view as you would expect is really wonderful from up there. You can see the surrounding hills supporting the massive Himalayas at a distance.

After we land at Jomsom, we take the trail leading to Kagbeni(2847m). The trek is through the scenic village of Marpha. Then the route takes us up the arid valley of the Kali Gandaki river to the village of Kagbeni. We can go for a walk around the area and visit a Buddhist monastery. Kagbeni is the border between Upper and Lower Mustang. Up to Kagbeni, you can visit without a permit, but beyond you will require a special permit to visit. Here we will halt for the night at a tea house. 

Our next destination is Chele(3050m). The journey towards the Upper Mustang region starts. We trek on the banks of the river of Kaliganda and go past Tangbe and Chusang villages. The pathway is made with mud and white painted narrow alleys. You will also pass through apple gardens and colorful buckwheat fields. Then we reach Chele where we turn in for the night.

After breakfast, we continue our journey the next day. We go past sparse vegetation around us with the windswept soil hills on each trail leading to our destination. That is Gelling (3570m). On the way we also pass numerous Tibetan prayer flags in certain locations, flapping in the wind. You also get splendid views of the highest lake in the world, Tilicho lake, the Damodar Peak and the southern part of Thorung La pass from the Chele pass. We drop a few notches to the village of Samar. After which we go through a paved pathway surrounded by a dusty terrain towards the village of Shyangmochen. We ascend Shyangmochen La Pass to reach the village of Gelling. We spend the night at a tea house at Gelling.

In the morning we visit the old Gelling Monastery and go through the Buddhist prayer wheels. You can check out the prayer wheels propelled with water power. After our monastery visit, we trek towards Ghami village, crossing the Ghami Khola. The trail leads further towards a long and interesting line of holy prayer stones on the roadside. Then after a couple of clicks till we reach the village of Dhamkar (3,810m). Here we stay in a tea house for the night.

Come morning, we start with a climb uphill towards Ghar Gomba. The trail towards the Gomba offers a great view of the district of Mustang. An area is an isolated place and folklore states the great guru Manjushree killed a monster here in ancient times. It is also known that he built the monastery to honor his conquest. We will have our lunch at the location and ascend to Marang La, which is at a height of 4230 meters. Then we descend down to the fortified city of Mustang(3750m). The weather can turn rather chilly as it turns night here. We settle in one of the tea houses.

In the morning you find yourself surrounded by stone walls. Beyond that, the landscape stretches to show us the hills and the mountains. As if it is just a few clicks away from where you stand. We have our breakfast and take a day’s trip to Garphu, via Thinggar. The trail leads us amidst rocky roads and dusty air till we reach a viewpoint. The view as you go along the trail is another splendid feature. But the main vantage point for the surrounding view is at Thinggar (4000m). It gives us great details of the surrounding hills. After reaching the hilltop, we head down towards the village of Garphu(3897m). We halt for the night in the village.

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We head back to Mustang via a different route. The trail is more or less the same as before, but it is a quicker route. You come very close to the mountains on this trail. You can relish the sight of green vegetation along the sloping valley, with birds singing their beautiful tunes. We finally make our way back to Mustang again after a lunch session on the way. You can loiter around the city and explore the various stone structures built a long time ago. We rest at our tea house in Mustang.

Early morning we prepare ourselves to head downhill. The sight as we approach the gorge of Kali Gandaki is spectacular before we head down to the village of Dhi (3360m). Across the valley, we can see the village of Yara. We descend further down the hill using the steep narrow path on the rocks. You can also see an old cave up the hill where a vulture resides. Our papers will be checked by the police at the village entrance in a once old gumba. Then we get to enter the village of Dhi. We spend our night at the lodge there.

 Next, we head on towards Surkhang (3400m). Early morning after breakfast we climb a slightly uphill trail with ample scenery. The trail is a bit rocky as we climb to a higher altitude. We first make our way to the Lori Gumba, an old monastery in the middle of a large field.  Then we reach Surkhang after a few hours trek through a scenic trail. Thus we halt for the night at a local tea house there. 

The next day we move towards Tangge (3240m). The walk is a peaceful one with views of the hills which are so thrilling. The downhill trail leads us through many rhododendron trees with beautiful flowers blooming. We reach Tangge after a small lunch on the way. You can rest or stroll around the village once we reach there. Because we halt for the night.

Chusang is next in the agenda. After a nice breakfast, we take the northern trail leading us towards Chusang(2980m). The trail goes through similar terrain, rocky with ample greenery around. As we round up a series of corners we descend to the bridges where we cross the Kali Gandaki. A long tedious walk on the coarse stone road leads us to Chusang. Ruins of the old town and monastery can be seen in a distance. We spend the night in the village.

Next we visit the holy village of Muktinath(3760m). We will need to walk uphill as it’s on higher grounds. It takes almost a four-hour trek to reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage place for the Hindus in the Himalayas. The Muktinath temple is famous for atoning a person’s sins if one takes a bath in the shower inside the temple. Hundreds of Hindus visit the holy place to make sure that they are free of sins hereafter. We halt at a tea house at Muktinath. 

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We near the end of our venture to Mustang. After breakfast, we huddle up and trek towards Jomsom the place we flew to before. Once at Jomsom, we have our lunch and then get on a flight to Pokhara. At Pokhara, we rest at the hotel. The next day you can rest and take a stroll around Pokhara. The city is famous for the Phewa lake so you might want to visit it. There are some religious caves in the outskirts of Pokhara you can get into. The next day we head back to Kathmandu, after which your Mustang journey comes to an end.

When can you go for Mustang trek?

This is one of the locations which has variable answers as to when can you go for Mustang Trek. The Himalayas are normally at their best during Spring and Autumn season. The sky is clear and the views are unobstructed, the birds even sing their prettiest songs. In Autumn once the dust clears leaving the pathway fresh for treading is also another option. But for Mustang, there is an additional season which is possible, the Monsoon Season. Since the Upper Mustang region is on the lee wind side beyond the Himalayas, it doesn’t rain much here. Even during Monsoons. This route is one of the few places in Nepal good enough to trek during the Monsoons.

Experiencing Mustang Trek

Experiencing the Mustang trek is one of the main highlights of Nepal’s Adventure treks. The ancient fortified city (also called Lo Manthang) claims to have the best trekking routes. A city belonging to Tibet once upon a time holds great historical significance. The city walls have their own stories to tell. That’s probably why the trek is considered to be a historical as well as a mystical adventure. Here we will look at some points about Mustang trek with the following points explained:

  • Nepal and Trekking
  • Where is Mustang located?
  • Places to visit in Mustang trek 
  • How can you reach Mustang?
  • Best time to take Mustang trek.

Nepal and Trekking

For hundreds of years, people from all over the world have visited Nepal for an adventure feat. Nepal is a small landlocked country rich in diversity and culture. Apart from that, it boasts the inclusion of many historical places and holy abodes of gods from different religions. However, the Himalayan range remains the main hot spot for tourists coming to the country. After Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled the Everest, mountaineering has evolved as the main objective for the travelers. Needless to say, Tourism holds the main source of income for the people of Nepal. Since climbing a mountain is not in the cards for everyone, trekking is also a pretty popular sport. The trail leading to the Himalayan ranges is well maintained. Plus hundreds of people are involved in making the trekkers journey a memorable one.

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Where is Mustang located?

Mustang is a district in Nepal. It is the ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal, above the Kali Gandaki river. The district is in the Dhaulagiri zone and a part of Gandaki Pradesh in northern Nepal. The headquarters of Mustang is Jomsom, which is a thriving town en route to the Himalayas. Mustang covers an area of 3573 km with a population of more than 13000 Nepalis and Tibetans. The inaccessibility and remoteness of Mustang have preserved the culture of the Tibetans for thousands of years.

 Mustang is divided into two sections, Upper and Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang consists of the main fortified city and beyond, where you can travel to the hidden kingdom of Nepal. The terrain is deserted and similar to the likes of Tibetan territories. Lower Mustang has more greenery and numerous holy places to visit. The scenery of the Himalayas is prominent from both the sections of Mustang.

Places to visit in Mustang trek

There are many routes via many villages one can take the trek to Mustang. So, each travel agency has its own itinerary for Mustang. Some may be similar while some may differ. You can let us know if you want to travel to Mustang using a different route than our itinerary. We will see to it that the schedule is adjusted as per your demands if found feasible. You can have a chat with our experts regarding the same.

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The first point of contact will be at Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. We spend 2 days here including the day of your arrival. A day will be utilized to go over and finalize the paperwork required for the trip. While the other day will be a leisure sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Then we take  6 hours to drive to Pokhara. At Pokhara, we halt for a night at a hotel. The next day we fly to Jomson and trek towards Kagbeni village. 

After Kagbeni, we trek towards Chele where we halt for the night. Syanboche village is next on the schedule. After the colorful village of Syanboche, we head towards Ghemi. The next day we leave for Charang, the old capital of Mustang before Lo Manthang. Charang is the 2nd largest village in Mustang. Then we head towards the fortified city of Mustang the next day. After spending an additional day at Lo Manthang, we continue our trek towards Dhamkar. 

Next, we head down and make our descent to Syanboche village again. Any area you missed can be covered on this visit. And the next day we move towards Chhusang village passing Samar village on the way. Chhusang is a beautiful village in the Mustang district. We visit Jomsom again after our halt at Chhusang. That is the end of your trekking feat. The next day we fly to Pokhara and rest at the hotel. We can go sightseeing around the beautiful city of Pokhara. The next day we drive back to Kathmandu and after a day of rest and a leisure stroll, your trip comes to an end. 

Like we advised earlier, there are many routes going towards Lo-Manthang. This is only one of the ways we can reach the fortified city. If you would like to take a different route, you can have a word with our trekking experts.

How can you reach Mustang?

Now we will iterate how you can reach Mustang, explaining a few of the things you will see en route. Your arrival at Kathmandu is where your journey starts. Once we receive you, our staff will take you to your hotel. You can opt to take a rest there or take a stroll around the city. In the evening, we will have a briefing about the trip. We rest for the night. 

The next day is kept aside for finalizing the necessary paperwork for the trip. After which we go sightseeing around the famous places in Kathmandu. It will be a guided tour. You will be taken to visit the most popular and the biggest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath temple. After this, we will visit the Boudha Stupa, a sacred place for Buddhists. If time permits, we will visit the Swayambhu Nath that sits atop a hill.  In the evening, you can take a leisurely stroll around Thamel. Here the shops are lined with everything you may need on this trip. 

After breakfast, we take a drive towards Pokhara, taking the Prithvi Highway. It is about 6 hours drive from the main city. The landscape is beautiful while on the highway. You can see the western Himalayas while you drive on before you reach the valley of Pokhara. On arrival, you can choose to rest or take a stroll around town. You can go boating at the beautiful Phewa Lake or visit the temple there. Pokhara also has an active nightlife with bars and cafes and live music. We rest at our hotel at Pokhara for the night.

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A short flight is on the cards today. We make our way to the airport after breakfast. Then take a 20minutes flight to Jomsom. During the flight, you can see the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range, which is quite spectacular. From Jomsom, we trek towards Kagbeni (2800m). It is a short 3 hours trek, and we trek uphill along Kali Gandaki to reach Kagbeni village. Kagbeni is a quaint yet scenic village, and it is your gateway to Upper Mustang. The view of the majestic Mount Nilgiri is spectacular from the south of Kagbeni. We halt for the night at a local lodge here.

We have our breakfast in the morning and continue towards the east of the Kali Gandaki river. On this day we travel towards Chele (3050m). The total duration of the trek is 7 hours. We trek through many ridges until we reach Tangbe. It is a picturesque village with a labyrinth of narrow alleys and whitewashed stone houses. The village also has many buckwheat fields and apple trees in the locality. We have our lunch there and continue towards Chhusang village. We cross the dwindling waters of Kali Gandaki and climb up the huge red conglomerate.  After crossing the Kali Gandaki valley we travel uphill to The Chele. Here we halt for the night.

Next, we trek towards Syanboche (3800m). The trek falls along with a steep barren land alongside the copper-red canyon. This is one of the elements that makes Mustang famous. As we make our way downhill, we reach the beautiful village of Samar. We have our lunch here surrounded by beautiful sceneries. While exiting the village of Samar, we pass by 4 colored Chortens. The trekking trail takes us up and downhill till we reach Syanboche. We pass a few beautiful and less populated villages before we reach our resting place. We spend the night at Syanboche. The total duration of the trek is around 5 hours. 

After breakfast, we head towards Ghemi (3500m). We trek through curving terrains crossing 2 passes. We start from Syanboche pass (3850m), from where the view of Upper Mustang is spectacular. After this view, we head downhill towards Gelling passing several chortens on the way. We then ascend and cross the Nyi La pass (4020m). Following your ascent to Nyi La pass, we descend and come to a junction. We continue our descent until we finally reach Ghemi. Then we halt for the night here. The total trek duration is 5 hours.

Charang (3560m) is next on the list. You will pass one of the longest mani walls of Mustang (1000 ft) as you make your way out of the village. Then we hike uphill over a pass at 3820m from where you can catch a glimpse of Mustang. Mustang looks like a desert with no vegetation and barren hills from here. You come across the palace and monastery of Tsarang, which is a delightful sight. Charang is the 2nd largest village of Mustang and was the capital of Mustang before Lo Manthang. We spend our night at one for the lodges here.

Today is the day we trek (for about 4 hours) towards Lo-Manthang(3840m). We start the trek from the lodge via the Tsering Thupten Monastery. Then we cross the Cherang river which separates Cherang from Lo. we need to cross the Lo Pass before we reach Lo-Manthang. Lo Manthang was the capital of the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. The palace of the King still stands impressive than ever and the descendants of the kings also living there. The biggest festival of Mustang, the ‘Tiji Festival’ takes place once every year in Lo-Manthang. We rest for the night here.

place in mustang

After breakfast, we have the whole day for sightseeing. The main attraction at Mustang is the Mustang King’s Palace. The five-story palace still houses the King of Mustang and his family. We can also visit the Namgyal Gumba, situated atop a hill. It serves as a rural courthouse for the people in the location. The Jampa Lhakhang is also a favored site and a house for a large Budha statue and wall paintings. We can also take the Chosar excursion where you can explore the Nyphu Cave Monastery and the Jhong Sky cave. The cave is 2500 years old and has more than 44 compartments. We rest for the night before we depart this historical place.

In the morning, we continue our journey towards Dhamkar (3820m). We take the upper highland trail which gives you splendid views of both Lo-Manthang and Charang Valley with mountains in the backdrop. You also come across Ghar Gumba, an old monastery. Further forward we cross the Dhi Pass (4100m) till we reach the village of Dhamkar. Here we halt for the night here. The total trekking duration is 7-8 hours.

After breakfast, we head back towards Syanboche (3800m). If there was any area you missed, you can cover for that on this trip. You can also visit the Rangchyung Chorten, one of the most sacred places in Mustang. Halt for the night here. The next day we head towards Chhusang (2980m). Here as well, you can cover for the places you could not make it on your first visit to Chhusang. We halt at Samar village for lunch again. Thereafter we descend to Tetang. This village that lies between two hills is well known for the strong fierce wind that blows in Kali Gandaki valley. And we spend the night at Chhusang after about 5hours trek.

We retrace our way back to Jomsom (2720m). Then we will follow the trail to Jharkot and explore the Jharkot monastery. On our way downhill, we come across splendid views of Nilgiri and the wide stretch of Kali Gandaki valley. We make our way back from the Upper Mustang area and reach Kagbeni. After lunch, we head towards the current capital of Mustang, Jomsom. The total trek duration is 6 hours. Tired we halt for the night here.

We have reached the end of the Mustang trek. First, we take an early flight to Pokhara, amidst the spectacular view we came across before. Once you reach Pokhara, you have the full day ahead to explore the city. Pokhara is the gateway to many beautiful places. You can choose from many options to spend the remaining part of the day at Pokhara. We halt for the night here. The next day we take the drive back to Kathmandu along the same highway we came from. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can stroll around the city so rich in culture. If you feel necessary, you can do some shopping as well. We will spend the night at the hotel in Kathmandu, thus it ends, your wonderful trip to Mustang.

Best time to take Mustang trek.

A trek to Mustang can be taken throughout the year. However, the best season to take the trip is still Spring and Autumn seasons. During these seasons the views are clear and the roads are dry. The weather also favors the trekkers at those seasons of the year. But if you are looking to avoid crowds during the two seasons, then summers is also not a bad choice. Unlike many parts of the Himalayan region, Upper Mustang is not prone to getting rainfall during summer. In fact, the climate is warm and dry during the summer. 

Winter is also a good time to visit Mustang. That is if you are accustomed to the cold and don’t mind camping in tents. The only concern is that many tea houses may remain closed due to the cold. Consequently, most passes in the region may also close during peak winters due to the extreme cold in the region.

Things to remember for Ama Dablam Expedition

A trip to the Himalayas is a journey many only dreams of taking. Many still try through their busy lives to at least get a hint of the majestic structures. Travelers who are lucky to get a chance to visit those places, however, need to know what to expect in their expedition. Here we iterate the things to know before you take the Ama Dablam Expedition. This study is divided into the following topics: 

  • Introduction to Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Overview of Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Initiation of Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Places to stay in Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Itinerary for Ama Dablam Expedition
  • The Best time to visit Ama Dablam 
Trekker in a Mount Ama Dablam

Introduction to Ama Dablam Expedition

 a trek to Mustang is one of the most renowned treks in Nepal. It is well known for its picturesque landscapes and beautiful valleys that conclude the trek. in the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal, conveniently located almost due south of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse in the Khumbu region. The literal meaning of the word ‘Ama Dablam’ is “Mother’s necklace”, which refers to the form the mountain takes as it stands majestically. It so happens that the long ridges of the peak extend on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the sloping glacier that hangs along the slope is referred to as a ‘Dablam’, a traditional double-pendant with pictures of the gods that is worn by sherpa women.

Even though the name has a soft ring to it, Ama Dablam packs a lot of rough terrain for trekkers and mountain climbers alike. The mountain is a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls and sharp exposed ridges. The main peak is 6812 meters and the lower western peak is 6170 meters. Ama Dablam is also known as the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas” due to its intense features and similarity in terrain with that of the Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland.

trekkers are on the way

Overview of Ama Dablam Expedition

Mount Ama Dablam is a beautiful mountain, located almost due south of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse in the Khumbu region. It is a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls and sharp, exposed ridges. Mount Ama Dablam forms a lasting impression on many trekkers in Nepal, as it is perhaps the most stunning mountain along the popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp. Despite the intensity of the path leading to Ama Dablam, it still stands out as one of the most famous and beautiful peaks in the world. 

mount ama dablam

Ama Dablam stands proudly, rising above the Dudh Koshi river valley and stands on the way to the Everest Base camp, Nepal.  However, it should be clear to everyone that, even with all the scenic beauty and gorgeous landscapes surrounding Ama Dablam, this expedition is a massive combination of a rough terrain trek as well as a strenuous climb. Therefore Ama Dablam expedition requires skilled rock climbing and ice climbing skills, with sufficient acclimatization at high altitudes and know-how of technical equipment. 

Initiation of Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge. Climbers normally set up three camps along the ridge while making their ascent to the Ama Dablam peak. Any ice that calves off the glacier typically goes left, away from the camp.  Our ascent will be made via the SW ridge route, a technical route with three camps above base camp. The climb is usually completed in less than four weeks. The climbing on the route involves pure rock climbing on exquisite granite followed by mixed snow and rock climbing. 

The last section to the summit involves ice climbing followed by a long steep snow slope up to the summit. Your expedition of Ama Dablam will be conducted in such a way that you get enough time to acclimatize to the weather and mountain environment so that you don’t face any difficulty at this altitude. The acclimatization session will be held at Namche Bazaar and you will be amongst the most friendly people on earth. Another rest and acclimatization session will be held at Dingboche which is near the Ama Dablam Base camp.

mt. Ama Dablam

Places to stay in Ama Dablam Expedition

The first pick up point for your expedition will be in Kathmandu, where you can have a last-minute check on your gears and supplies for the long trip. Since your trip will include some climbing through tough terrain, make sure your equipment is perfect for use. For 3 days we rest at a hotel in Kathmandu. On the fourth day, we take the flight to Lukla and make our way to Phakding. We spend the night there. 

Next, we trek to Namche along Dudh Koshi. We make out a stop at a lodge in Namche Bazaar. We stay for another day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. Next, we head towards Tengboche where we stall for the night at a tea house. In the morning, we trek towards Dingboche. Here we have another acclimatization session before proceeding. 

Namche Bazar

As we make our ascent, we head towards Ama Dablam Base camp. We make camp and halt for the night there. The next day will be spent on preparation. But the following day we begin our climbing period. We will keep the climbing period for 10 days and will be sleeping in tents.

From the Base Camp, we head towards Deboche and rest at a lodge. We continue our journey and then rest at Namche next. The final trek will be towards Lukla, after which we will fly towards Kathmandu. We rest at the hotel in Kathmandu where our expedition comes to an end.

Itinerary for Ama Dablam Expedition

Day 1: Your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel there.

On Day 2: Rest day with expedition briefing and equipment check.

Day 3: Rest day with expedition briefing and equipment check.

Then Day 4: Flight to Lukla airport. Then a trek towards Phakding.

Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar.

On Day 6: Acclimatization day at Namche and hike to Khumjung.

Day 7: Trek to Tengboche.

Then Day 8: Trek to Dingboche.

Day 9: Rest and acclimatization day Dingboche. Hike to Chukkung.

On Day 10: Trek to Ama Dablam Base camp.

Day 11: Preparation at Base Camp.

From Day 12- Day 21: Ama Dablam climbing period.

Day 22: Trek from Base camp to Deboche.

On Day 23: Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Day 24: Trek to Lukla and Flight to Kathmandu.

Finally Day 25: Rest day at Kathmandu.

Day 26: Departure from Kathmandu.

The Best time to visit Ama Dablam 

Weather is an unpredictable element of nature. And weather is subject to change without prior indications. That being said, we can only give the weather report based on what is likely to happen every year. If there are any exceptions then we will seek an alternative.

The expedition can be taken any time of the year except for monsoons and winter. Monsoons because of the rain and winter because of the cold. The expedition during monsoons can be very gruesome. The trail is muddy, and the views are blurry. And walking in the rain while walking uphill can be a dangerous task. Climbing is also risky during monsoons. 

Winter is another season we don’t recommend. At this altitude, there’s bound to be snow during winters. The views are fogged out and the trail can be very slippery. Not to forget the weather which reaches freezing point even during the daytime. The snow can make it unbearable to walk on the path too. There are chances that many lodges at higher altitudes to be closed due to snow.

Thus the best time we recommend is Spring and Autumn. Spring (March to May) may probably the best time for a trip to the mountains. The wind is warm and the views are spectacular. You can enjoy the greenery around you and the smell of freshness all around. The rhododendron forest will be bustling with beautiful flowers. Birds will make your trek a musical experience as well.

Autumn (September to November) is also another good time to take this expedition. The monsoon washes away all the dirt and dust and leaves a clean path. The views are clearer and the breeze might just be getting a bit cool as you make your way. There is a chance we can come across some animals in the mountains at this time. You may also need extra days for acclimatization but it will be a peaceful journey no doubt.

Everything to know about Ama Dablam Expedition

Trekking and Mountain climbing have become a very popular sport for adventurers. Every day more and more people gather and make their trip to the mountains. May be to find solace. Or just for the thrill of it. Maybe just for the fun of it. Mountain expeditions are becoming extremely popular. Likewise, the Ama Dablam Expedition has made its way to the bucket list of many adventurers. This expedition has turned a lot of adventure heads. Here we have Everything to know about Ama Dablam Expedition for your convenience. The information is classified as under: 

  • Nepal and Nepal tourism
  • History of Ama Dablam Expedition
  • A guide to Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Places to stay during Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Quotation for Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Best seasons to take Ama Dablam Expedition

Nepal and Nepal tourism

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country bordering China in the north and India in the south, east and west. The commonly used language of the people here is ‘Nepali’. Nepal is an underdeveloped country. Although it has embarked upon planned development for the last six decades, socio-economic transformations are yet to emerge in the country. However, Nepal is the home of the eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, including Everest. It is also the home of the famous Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. 

Nepal tourism is the largest industry in Nepal. Thus it proves to be the main source of revenue for the Nepalese. Having possession of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world has its perks. Nepal has become a hot spot destination for tourists and adventure enthusiasts alike. Consequently, mountaineering, hiking, trekking, and adventure tourism has become an important part of Nepal’s economy.

mt. ama dablam

History of Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition takes us back to 1961. On the 13th of March, 1961, Mike Gill and his associates first climbed Ama Dablam from the Southwest Ridge. They were a part of the expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary. 

Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalayan Range of eastern Nepal. The main peak is 6812 meters. In literal terms, Ama Dablam means “Mother’s necklace”. The long ridges on each side of the mountain look like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child. The hanging glacier is given the name ‘Dablam’. That is a traditional pendant worn by Sherpa women. 

Even though the name has a warm feeling to it, the terrain is not as friendly. It is one of the most difficult climbs in the Himalayas. Also known as the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas”. Probably because of its soaring ridges and steep faces. Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions.

A guide to Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition is on rough terrain. Therefore, technical and practical knowledge is advised. Our ascent will be made from the Southwest Ridge route. There are three base camps above the main base camp. The climb is usually completed within 4 weeks. However, unforeseen calamities may extend the trip. The climbing involves pure rock climbing on exquisite granite followed by mixed snow and rock climbing. The last section to the summit involves ice climbing followed by a long steep snow slope up to the summit.

mt. ama dablam

Climbers need to have good rock and ice climbing skills with technical knowledge to take the Ama Dablam Expedition. On many parts of the climbing route, there will be fixed ropes. However, all climbers should have good knowledge and practice of the skills of climbing on steep rock and hard compact ice. Also, this expedition is on a remote mountain trail. Moreover, travel in Nepal can be dangerous, risky and highly changeable. So please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than something absolute.  We will take every measure possible to stick to the schedule provided. For your own safety, we request you to be any flexibility that may be required.

Places to stay during Ama Dablam Expedition

 The accommodation you will be allocated during the Ama Dablam Expedition is mostly in small lodges and tea houses. During our ascent, no hotel can be found. As a result, your stay will be at a hotel only on your arrival to Kathmandu. Starting with a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, we will fly to Lukla airport. Your first halt after a brief trek will be at a lodge in Phakding. This takes place on day 4 of your visit. 

Your next trek will take you to Namche Bazaar where we halt for 2 days at a lodge. After an acclimatization session, we make our way to Tengboche. Here we will be staying at a tea house. Tea houses are smaller settlements, which are cozy and warm. Dingboche is our next stop, and here too we will halt at a nearby tea house. We stay for an additional day at Dingboche.

trekker is on the way

The next stop is our primary location at the Ama Dablam Base camp. We will set up tents to camp for our remaining days at the camp. The activity at the base camp leads us to change the cup thrice. All three campsite visits will have us set up tents to turn in for the night. After our climbing spree at the base camp, we head towards Dingboche. Here we rest at a tea house. Then we hike to Namche again to be allocated a lodge to settle in for the night. After our trek to Lukla, we fly to Kathmandu, where we have our halt at a 3-star hotel. 

The lodges and tea houses are built for trekkers coming through the trekking route. Rest assured the hosts of the buildings are friendly and hospitality is their specialty.

Quotation for Ama Dablam Expedition

We will have our first interaction at Kathmandu after your arrival. Our staff will conduct a briefing about the expedition once in your hotel. You can take a stroll in the local market. And experience the Nepalese culture before you turn in for the night. The next day we will conduct an equipment check to make sure there are no issues. If required we need to change gears as per the requirement. Also, do make sure you have packed warm clothes for your trip. The nights can be pretty cold even if it is hot by day.

On the 3rd day of your visit to Kathmandu, we take a 40 min flight to Lukla airport(2800m). Lukla airport is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. The landing is also one of the most dangerous landing strips for an aircraft. After we land, we will meet the rest of the staff accompanying us. Then we take our first trek to assist with acclimatization towards Phakding. Phakding (2652m) is a small hamlet on the banks of the Dudh Koshi river.  

There are several lodges and tea houses scattered along the main trekking trail. We will rest for the night before our long journey. After breakfast, we leave Phakding towards Namche Bazaar (3440m). We walk alongside Dudh Koshi and begin our ascent. We need to cross a few suspension bridges and go past juniper forests to reach Namche. Namche Bazaar is mostly inhabited by the Sherpas of Nepal. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu region and the main trading center of the Everest region. We spend our night in one of the lodges at Namche.

The next day is for an acclimatization session. It is recommended not to stay idle even during your rest day. So we will initiate a short trek to Khumjung village. It is a 5-6 hours trek to the village. We can opt to visit the Khumjung Monastery and the Edmund Hillary school at Khumjung. We head back towards Namche to rest for the night. On Saturdays, Namche Bazaar hosts a ‘haat’, where traders come and sell their wares. On this day, traders from Tibet are allowed to enter the town to trade their goods. It is definitely a colorful sight.

mountains

Our next stop will be at Deboche. After breakfast at Namche, we make our way further along the trekking route. We pass through beautiful villages and also cross the Dudh Koshi river. All this while we are amidst the splendid view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We also come across Tengboche Monastery at Tengboche, renowned for the monastery with a spectacular view. After paying respect and enjoying the viewpoint, we continue the trail until we reach Deboche and rest for the night.

The trail gets steeper as we leave Deboche, this time towards Pheriche (4300m). We first arrive at Pangboche, a village surrounded by Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga and Kongde range on all sides. The Imja Tse river also flows through the wide fertile valley. We leave engulfing ourselves on the wonderful sight and trek further up to reach Pheriche. Pheriche is another beautiful village with wonderful views of the mountain ranges. We halt for the night at a local lodge here.

We will conduct an acclimatization session here at Pheriche. The acclimatization process is just making sure you adapt to the altitude, rather than the cold. Therefore it is an important session to avoid ‘mountain sickness’. The acclimatization process takes us to the top of the hill at Pheriche. Here you can get a glorious view of the surroundings. We head back after reaching the top and then rest for the night. We are getting nearer to our primary destination.

trekker

The next day, we begin the ascent towards Ama Dablam Base camp (4570m). It is a 5-6 hour journey and we need to get back to Pangboche first. After crossing the Dudh Koshi river again, we ascend the trail leading to the Ama Dablam Base camp. This base camp is a large open grassland, with lots of ground to explore at the foot of Mt. Ama Dablam. We set up tents and rest at the base camp. 

As mentioned earlier, acclimatization is important to adjust to the altitude. And we will have a session here at the base camp. For a few days, we will be camped at the base camp, not necessarily at the main camp. On this day, our experts will give instructions and provide training on peak climbing techniques. You will also be taught the best ways to use certain tools should the need arise. The training will also include rope climbing and rope descending, to make us confident to make the climb. We rest for the night at the main camp itself.

From the main camp, we move further up towards camp 1 (5700 m). We spend a night at camp 1 before heading back to base camp for the final setup. In the next few days, we will be making our way to the 3 camps leading to the summit. The climb from base camp to camp 1 is technically challenging. From camp 1 we follow existing fixed lines and establish new ropes for ascent or descent, wherever necessary. The ascent from camp 2 to camp 3 is comprised of mixed rocks, snow, and ice. It might get risky as it is loose in some areas. But the climb from camp 3 to the summit is relatively less technical. After reaching the summit, we head back to base camp triumphantly.

After we summit the Ama Dablam Peak, we spend the returning day at the base camp. The next day we bid farewell to the base camp. We begin our descent and make our way again to Tengboche, Namche Bazaar and Phakding in the same order. Before finally reaching Lukla for our flight. We fly back to Kathmandu. Back to civilization. Where you will be transferred to your hotel there. You can go for local sightseeing once you are there. And with this, you end your Ama Dablam Expedition.

a group of trekker

Best seasons to take Ama Dablam Expedition

The monsoons and winter seasons are not good to take the Ama Dablam Expedition. The trail is muddy and views clouded during monsoons. Not to forget the rain during the season. During winters, the snow might make the trail slippery and the scenery might be foggy for viewings. The cold is also another factor why it might be difficult to travel during winters. Days, as well as the nights, are really cold during winters. Most of the lodgings remain closed for winter. 

Therefore Spring and Autumn season can be taken as the best time to visit the region. The sky is clear and the breeze cool. Lots of greenery around to be seen and the birds are also all out at this time. The forest is filled with rhododendron trees with flowers of different colors. Including the view, which supports the lush green and the freshness all around. Spring is definitely the busiest time with a lot of trekkers opting to come to visit the region.