Welcome to Nepal Trekking !
Welcome to my website. Thanks for dropping by. Despite last year’s horrible earthquake we continued to visit Nepal in Northern Autumn last year and again this Spring. It was wonderful. There has been widespread devastation BUT people are rebuilding their lives, with help from all over the world. Some of the regions we visited were hardly impacted at all. What can really help Nepal right now is ‘business as usual’. The beauty of the Himalayas and the warmth of the Nepali people remain unchanged. We were made to feel very welcome at every place we visited. Facilities for us were well up to scratch and transport and communication is as good as ever, which is to say ‘mostly ok’.
I have now been taking people to Nepal for nearly fifteen years. We’ve formed great bonds of friendship with the people who take care of us in Nepal, from guides and porters to jeep and bus drivers, travel agents and lodge owners. We are in good hands wherever we go. Our tried and tested itineraries have been honed to perfection, though when challenges arise we sometimes have great fun doing things a bit differently.
Nepal is still very much a developing country with all that this implies. The up-side is that the people are unspoiled and their traditional outlook and values can be a positive inspiration.
I’ve tried to make itineraries which are achievable for people of ordinary levels of fitness. Shorter days, longer lunches, lots of tea breaks. We each have our own porter; he carries just one rucksacks. He walks and talks with you during the day, lending a helping hand if the going gets a bit rough. You carry just a day-pack. We care about our ‘guys’. They are properly paid and insured. (On that score, feel free to top up your luggage allowance with op-shopping for kids or adults clothing for the staff and their families). I am involved with the Bright Future Community Centre in Kapan, in Kathmandu, the Dreamland Computer School, the Ketiko Sewing Group and the Patale Health Clinic in our Guide, Dorje’s home village. We always try to make time for visits. Some people even come early or stay late in order to do some volunteer work.
Does Slowtrekking sound like something you could do? Lots of older people (customers have ranged from 8 – 80) think they have left their run at trekking in Nepal a bit late. Not if you come ‘SLOWTREKKING’.
OK, back to specifics. I have just returned from Upper Mustang, again it was stupendously beautiful. Cloudless blue skies, chilly, star-spangled nights and captivating culture. Lizzie, Mazzi, Karen, Chloe, Ian and Sue… thanks for enjoying it with us. Lahar, Bir, Karma and Kancha, you guys are the best! Our plan is to return next October for something a bit easier but still with the option of continuing into Upper Mustang. Lower Mustang has plenty to offer without the expensive permit. Read the trek report soon (I am writing it as soon as I've done this website update). It is also a lot flatter and easier trekking. YOU CAN DO THIS!
The Cultural Safari was brilliant. Mary brought her family back to do it again; Deb, Lee and son Jesse. Jane (Louise’ sister) joined us and Russ and Julie rounded out the group. Despite fuel, shortages (which actually caused one of our more interesting detours), lack of gas and electricity outages, all caused by the border dispute, we managed to enjoy a great trip. I would like to run it again in early December. It is a great way to see Nepal without doing a serious trek. Any takers??? Itineraries available on the Upcoming Treks' page.
Our trip to Muktinath went really well. Frank and Rudy started from Pokhara. Tom, Jane, Julian, David, Mike, Lindsay and Colin visited Chitwan first and then battled the big hill to Ghandruk then Tadapani. The weather looked horrid, when Frank and Rudy joined us but it cleared rather beautifully half an hour later and was great for almost all the rest of the trek. Do read the Trek Report which I’ll put up REALLY SOON. I found the Ghandruk/Tadapani/Gorepani section ‘bloody hard’ and will revert to our usual Nyapul/Hille/Banthanti/Gorepani route for next season. The Muktinath Trek with its amazingly variable scenery, great lodges (mostly) and diverse cultures is hard to beat and is achievable for first-timers. I plan a much easier Muktinath Trek for late October 2017 so stay tuned for details. Jeeping over the foothills then trekking the somewhat flatter terrain of the Mustang Region. Optional extension to Upper Mustang.
I was joined by Peter, Lici, Judy and Al for a new trek to the Solu district in April. Peter and Lici are founding members of the Pattale Health Clinic, in Dorje’s village, so that was our first port of call. They were fêted by the local community which was well-deserved. Trekking was variable. Always ‘interesting’ some of the lodges were sub-par. It was a test run so we were on a steep learning curve. We now know how to do it much better and the area is well worth visiting. Fly in and jeep out next time, or vice versa? Pike Peak a definite option. No serious altitude issues here.Looking for expressions of interest for next March. April was just too hot. Trek Report soon.
Have a look at the photo pages to see more. Read some of our Trek Reports and then stay tuned for specific itineraries for October/November/December or get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am home for all of February in Melbourne if you’d like to meet for a chat.
YOU CAN DO THIS!
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TREKKING HOLIDAYS:
We trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Sargamartha National Park and the Langtang Conservation Area so we try to be mindful of environmental issues. We favour lodges with fuel stoves for cooking, solar hot water and we try not to use much plastic-bottled water. We dispose of rubbish thoughtfully and bring our batteries and other sensitive rubbish back out with us.
Your porter will carry your rucksack. This would be a maximum of about 16 – 18 kg. The Nepalis are well-paid and properly insured. You carry only your day-pack with a fleece jacket, sun, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, etc.
Have a look at the Photo Album to see some great pictures of the past treks dating back to 2003. Read the Trek Reports for descriptions of Anapurna Trekking, Langtang Trekking and, of course, Everest Trekking.
OUR NEXT MAJOR PUBLIC TREKS:
Muktinath was brilliant this year in March and I’ve just returned from an extensive trek from Nyapul to Lo Mantang. The Cultural Safari kicks off next week. So, NEXT YEAR??
I have now firmed up the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Trek. We will start on March 15 in Kathmandu. We plan to fly into Phaphlu, go to EBC first and then, if possible, cross the Cho La to the Gokyo Valley. This will take about 28 days. Quite a few bookings already so get on board if you are even thinking about it.
In October I hope to visit the Anapurna region once more but this time for something a little easier. Skipping the steep foothills, well, driving over them in a jeep, we will spend about ten days trekking in the Mustang region visiting all the small and large village. There will be an optional extension to Upper Mustang in November.
Cultural Safari definitely ON for December 2017 if the interest is there. Touring Nepal for two weeks , staying in better hotels with our own vehicle. A little trekking (optional), nature, culture and not a little shopping.
Itineraries for all these treks soon, promise.
YOU CAN DO THIS!
Flying into Kathmandu: I have found Singapore Airlines or Thai Airways to be the pick of the bunch if flying in from Australia. Malaysian is also good. China Southern is cheaper but sometimes unreliable. Book early for the best deals. If you are flying from Europe I would try Qatar, Etihad or Turkish Airlines. Lufthansa also fly into Kathmandu but can cost a little more.
Trekking in Nepal is a magical experience. Even slow trekking you will be tested at times. Meeting these demands can make you feel very good about yourself. The beauty of the landscapes and the nature of the people will touch your spirit. If you are open to it Nepal can be a very positive and enlightening experience. YOU CAN DO THIS!
Do have a look at the UPCOMING TREKS page for more details and then take a look around the PHOTO ALBUM to see the kind of people who have been trekking with us over the past ten years. You might notice that they are normal people, often of a ‘certain age’, with ordinary levels of fitness. People just like you in fact.
Now, have a look at the other pages for more specific information and lovely pictures.