Naar to Mustang

A classic trekking holiday in Nepal across the remote Teri La

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Trek through the remote Damodar Himal
  • A challenging walking holiday in the footsteps of Bill Tilman
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included
  • While in Kathmandu, stay at the prestigious Yak & Yeti Hotel

After an exciting overland journey and a pleasant first day's introductory hike to Koto on the north side of the Annapurnas, we leave the main 'circuit' trail and trek north to the isolated village of Naar. From here, we strike out on a route that follows the Labse Khola and leads beyond the Chulu peaks into the almost unknown Damodar Himal. We reach the high point of our route at the generally snow-bound Teri La (5560m), a pass 'discovered' by Bill Tilman in 1950. The core of this long and varied route is a brilliant week of trekking through a wild and uninhabited area, with camps at elevations of between 4000 and 5000 metres. We finally reach the upper Kali Gandaki Valley at the beautiful village of Tangge and have a further week to explore the 'forbidden kingdom' of Mustang, including a visit to the outrageous walled settlement of Lo Manthang. If you want to get off the beaten track - try this one!

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This challenging new and exploratory trip ascends to the remote village of Naar before crossing a high pass to Mustang in the Kali Gandaki Valley. This trek is considerably harder than the Annapurna Circuit and will involve some steep ascents and descents and some exposed sections of trail as we travel through the gorges of the Naar-Phu Kola. The crossing of the Teri La does not require mountaineering skills, but this pass will offer a considerable challenge on account of the long day (up to 10 hours) and variety of terrain involved, including snow at high altitude. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Drive towards Pokhara, before turning into the Marsyangdi Valley. Overnight at Dharapani (1860m).
  • Trek through a number of villages to Koto (2600m) with good views of Manaslu.
  • Leave the Annapurna Circuit and trek in the gorge of the Naar Phu Khola to Dharamsala (3230m).
  • Trek to the junction with the Naar Khola and make the long ascent to Naar Village (4110m).
  • A day of rest and exploration at the fascinating ‘Tibetan’ Buddhist village of Naar.
  • Descend into the valley of the Lapse Khola and trek up to a high grazing area (4375m).
  • Contour above the Lapse Khola to another unnamed riverside camping place (4400m).
  • Trek up to the head of the valley (4900m) and establish our high camp below the Teri La.
  • Cross the Teri La (5595m) with superb Himalayan views. Descend to the Pasphu Khola (4745m).
  • Generally descending, with several tributary valleys to cross. Overnight at Yakpa (4315m).
  • Trek out through wild country to the village of Tangge (3338m) in Upper Mustang.
  • A well earned rest day. A chance to explore the fascinating Mustangi village of Tangge.
  • Trek north on an undulating trail above the Kali Gandaki, to Yara (3605m).
  • Cross the Kali Gandaki and trek up to the walled ‘city’ of Lo-Manthang (3800m).
  • A day for exploring the alleyways, brightly painted houses and chortens of Lo Manthang.
  • Drive south to Benha, then trek up the old drovers inn at Samar, with views of the Annapurnas.
  • Trek down via the Chele La (3630m) to Chukksang, then drive along the river bed to Jomsom.
  • Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Free time in the afternoon and celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.
  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
2016
Sun 02 Oct - Sat 22 Oct Code NTM /02/16/ Adult$4,500 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Naar to Mustang
  • The departure reference for this tour is NTM /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 02 Oct and departs on Sat 22 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $165 - Includes group hotel nights in Kathmandu (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $300
2017
Sun 02 Apr - Sat 22 Apr Code NTM /01/17/ Adult$4,660 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Naar to Mustang
  • The departure reference for this tour is NTM /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 02 Apr and departs on Sat 22 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $165 - Includes group hotel nights in Kathmandu (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $300
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu on the dates shown above. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals d

  • Drive towards Pokhara, before turning into the Marsyangdi Valley. Overnight at Dharapani (1860m).

    We set off after breakfast for the drive westwards to the start of the trek accompanied by our trek crew. After 3 hours or so, we arrive at the town of Mugling and stop for an early lunch at a roadside restaurant. Soon after leaving Mugling, we reach the small town of Dumre, beside the Marsyangdi River. Here, we turn north on the road which is being slowly driven up the Marsyangdi. We drive to the town of Besisahar, where we switch vehicle from a bus to smaller 4WD 'jeeps' which are better suited to the road from this point on. The journey from Kathmandu to the road head will take around 9 or 10 hours with stops. Arriving at the village of Dharapani (1943m) at the confluence with the Dudh Khola (the Manaslu Circuit route meets the Annapurna Circuit trail at this point) we set up camp and have our first evening under canvas.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through a number of villages to Koto (2600m) with good views of Manaslu.

    This is our first day of trekking. The valley now turns towards the west, as we set off and hike to the interesting Buddhist village of Bagar Chap. Manaslu is now visible behind us and Annapurna 2 occasionally in sight on our left hand side, as we walk on the road at times and also find sections of village trail, passing through scattered pine forest and negotiating many stone steps. There are isolated lodges and hamlets en route to our overnight stopping place at Koto (2600m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 970m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Leave the Annapurna Circuit and trek in the gorge of the Naar Phu Khola to Dharamsala (3230m).

    There is a checkpoint in Koto where we have to present our permits. Beyond Koto we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail and head up the narrower and steeper gorge of the Naar Phu Khola. We start out on the left or western bank on a trail through beautiful woods and passing various temporary ‘villages’ used in the winter by the people of Naar and Phu. Soon the trail becomes quite rocky and we are forced to climb up and down to negotiate the spurs and cliffs of this steep sided valley. We continue up the valley crossing the river several times before a final climb to our campsite at Dharmasala (3230m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1025m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the junction with the Naar Khola and make the long ascent to Naar Village (4110m).

    Continuing up the valley we climb to Methang (3650m) where there are magnificent views of Kang Guru (6981m). From this high point we now drop down to a bridge across the river at Naar Phedi (3490m). The bridge spans a spectacular 80m deep gorge and once across we begin the long climb up to the village of Naar. (4110m), set among snow clad peaks and surrounded by fields of mustard and barley.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1350m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • A day of rest and exploration at the fascinating ‘Tibetan’ Buddhist village of Naar.

    A day for acclimatisation in Naar. We cannot go higher without a day to acclimatise to our new altitude and this gives a welcome opportunity to explore this highly picturesque place. The people of Naar make their living from spinning and weaving. The village also boasts several colourful gompas which are well worth a visit, or it is possible to climb to the line of prayer flags on the hill above the village for more spectacular views. We spend a second night in Naar.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Descend into the valley of the Lapse Khola and trek up to a high grazing area (4375m).

    Leaving Naar we first make a descent into the valley of the Lapse Khola and crossing the river, we then start to climb. Our trek begins to take on a remote feeling as we leave all habitation behind. The trail which is often very indistinct stays high above the valley. We may meet the women of Naar up in these high mountains as they collect Yak dung for winter fuel. We make our camp in a kharka (yak pasture) at around 4375 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • Contour above the Lapse Khola to another unnamed riverside camping place (4400m).

    The trail again follows the Lapse Khola staying high above the river keeping approximately to the 4500m. contour line. Towards the end of the day’s trek the trail meets the main river and we make a camp beside the river at around 4400 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 520m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to the head of the valley (4900m) and establish our high camp below the Teri La.

    We continue to follow the Lapse Khola and then climb steeply up a moraine into an open valley. Our high camp (c.4900m) below the pass is spectacularly located with a backdrop of snow capped peaks.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 620m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Teri La (5595m) with superb Himalayan views. Descend to the Pasphu Khola (4745m).

    A long hard day through a continuously spectacular landscape. It will take around 6 hours to climb to the Teri La (5595m). It is possible that we may encounter snow on the ascent and on the top of the pass. From the summit there are tremendous views over the Annapurna range and the nearby Chulu group of the Himalaya. Northwards lies the vast arid plateau of Tibet. Our location and situation here really feels like the off-the-beaten track adventure which is the essence of this trek. From the summit of the pass we make a steep descent at first and then follow a contour trail at around 5000m, crossing several spurs and ridges before a final steep descent to a stream which is crossed stepping stones. The camp is a further 20 - 30 minutes beside the Pasphu Khola (4745m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 10 hrs trekking

  • Generally descending, with several tributary valleys to cross. Overnight at Yakpa (4315m).

    Another rather long day and another great day of trekking. We start by contouring high above the valley. The trail not always obvious with sections of landslips to negotiate so it is important to stay together on this section. Eventually we begin to see signs of habitation with chortens and small herders' buildings. There is also more vegetation, mostly scrubby juniper trees and finally we reach we reach Yakpa (4315m) in the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley with its collection of old Tibetan houses.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 580m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 970m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek out through wild country to the village of Tangge (3338m) in Upper Mustang.

    Although this is a predominantly downhill day, it begins with an ascent which is quite steep an exposed in places. From the top of this climb there are great views back towards the Annapunas and Dhulagri and a wide open view across the high plateau area to the north. We now have a long descent as we loose 1000 metres of elevation to reach the small village of Tangge in Upper Mustang (3338m) where we set up our camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 670m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • A well earned rest day. A chance to explore the fascinating Mustangi village of Tangge.

    We enjoy a well-earned rest day. Tangge is a fascinating place and this is a great opportunity for an insight into local life in this trans-Himalayan village. This day may also be used at the leaders discretion as a contingency day in case of delays or for extra acclimatisation or camps prior to crossing the Teri La.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek north on an undulating trail above the Kali Gandaki, to Yara (3605m).

    After and initial climb out of Tangge into an open valley, we descend to the confines of the Puyung Khola where we take our lunch in the steep-sided gorge. Climbing out of the gorge, we finish the day with a gentle descent to our next overnight halt in the attractive village of Yara Gaon (3605m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 850m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Kali Gandaki and trek up to the walled ‘city’ of Lo-Manthang (3800m).

    We start the day with a steep climb up above the Kali Gandaki. Entering a narrow valley, we then follow an undulating trail to reach the road which is the main trekking route into Mustang. We follow the road fro approximately 1 hour to Mustang's capital, Lo-Manthang (3809m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • A day for exploring the alleyways, brightly painted houses and chortens of Lo Manthang.

    A day for looking around Lo-Manthang and the surrounding area. There is one main gate that gives access to the interior of the capital, and the best way to get a look at the town is to climb up onto the roof of one of the inns. From the narrow streets of the town it is difficult to get a clear impression of the layout. The raja's palace is a four-storey building of mud and timber construction. Just to the north of the town there is a prominent hill that is capped by a ruined fort. From the highest point of this hill it is possible to look across Lo-Manthang toward the Annapurnas - a fascinating perspective. Namgyal Monastery, which lies an hour's walk to the north-west of Lo-Manthang, is another option for those who want to stretch their legs.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Drive south to Benha, then trek up the old drovers inn at Samar, with views of the Annapurnas.

    A jeep road has recently been extended all the way to Lo Manthang (with a couple of sections not yet completed). To speed our descent to Jomsom (and to avoid walking on the road) we will use jeep transport as much as we can. Today, we will drive south through the heart of Mustang, passing colourful villages such as Charang, Ghami and Geling. At Benha, we are obliged to leave our vehicles and walk. It’s great to stretch our legs for the last hour or two, as we contour around to Samar at the crest of a rise overlooking the Annapurnas to the south. Samar was a major stopping place for the horse caravans of Tibetan traders and there are many caravanserai (inns) with stables here. We make our camp in the grounds of one of these old caravanserai.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek down via the Chele La (3630m) to Chukksang, then drive along the river bed to Jomsom.

    We start the day with a couple of hours of pleasant trekking, with great views of Nilgiri and the Annapurnas ahead. We cross the Chele La (3630m) and drop down to Chele on a trail that is cut into a yellow conglomerate cliff, Below Chele, we cross the upper Kali Gandaki on a metal bridge and, shortly thereafter, we reach Chukksang, where we meet our transport for the drive to Jomsom. Arriving at this busy airport town of Jomsom will be quite a culture shock for us after more than 2 weeks seeing few other trekkers and away from the tea-houses, shops and lodges of the circuit. We will no doubt make use of these facilities on our last night on trek. We overnight in a lodge near the airstrip.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Free time in the afternoon and celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

    We take an early morning flight from the small airstrip in Jomsom. A memorable flight of 40 minutes takes us to Nepal’s second city of Pokhara located. Here, we connect with the onward flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. As a part of the trip package we have included evening meals in Kathmandu and tonight we will no doubt want to enjoy dinner in one of the city’s excellent restaurants and to celebrate the completion of fantastic journey.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.

    A free day in Kathmandu, which can also be used as a contingency day in case the flight out of Jomsom is delayed. There is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of some of the city’s main attractions or alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which present a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines of both the Buddhist and Hindu religions. We will meet in the evening for a final celebratory meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Mustang Restricted Area Permit ($500)
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international, mostly purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel or in one of the excellent restaurants in the city.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to breakfast on Day 21.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay at the prestigious Yak & Yeti Hotel, situated in the heart of the city close to the former Royal Palace. Kathmandu's oldest and most famous hotel provides a touch of history combined with luxury and is an excellent place to relax pre and post trek. Whilst on trek there are 16 nights camping and 1 night in a basic lodge in Jomsom. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. It is not possible to arrange a single room for the night in the lodge at Jomsom. For the hotel nights in Kathmandu, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

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Shortly after first light one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the loads distributed. We will generally reach our lunch stop after 3 or 4 hours walking. The cook crew, having overtaken us on the trail, will already have the lunch preparations well under way. Lunch usually takes an hour or two and this is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. The afternoon’s walk is normally shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature soon falls and everyone will be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2015. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air and and Simrik Airlines. In addition to this both Tara Air and Yeti Airlines have fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) - a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft www.iata.org/whatwedo/safety/audit/issa/Pages/index.aspx. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your holiday internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. For trips that end with an internal flight out of the mountains with no alternative road access, we have included 2 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up from or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be accompanied by a professional, English-speaking Nepalese leader. There will also be a Sherpa crew, a cook and a team of porters.

Approximately £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £60 to £75 for porter and trek crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. It is possible to withdraw money from ATM's in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. If you prefer to bring your spending money with you, we recommend that you bring cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Nepali trek leader will give you help and advice on this. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £60 to £75 to these tips.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). For the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. This weight allowance is normally strictly enforced and excess baggage will be charged. Please be aware that you will have to pay for this at check-in. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. For all flights to STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Gaiters

  • Trainers or similar (for camp use)

  • Socks

  • Walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)

  • Spare laces

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal baselayer - shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Scarf or neck buff

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -15°C)*

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Trek towel

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Travel clothes

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)

  • Insect repellant – (DEET)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Equipment hire / rental

Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

Specialist Equipment

For this trip you will also need to bring EITHER a set of trekking poles or a ‘walking’ ice axe*. This is a safety measure only for the crossing of the Teri La, and you will not necessarily be required to use these. In certain conditions, the trip leader may issue ‘in-step’ crampons to group members for the pass crossing. These are small lightweight crampons, which can quickly and easily be attached to any kind of walking boot.
 
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides. We recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 or 8 hours each day with ascents and/or descents of up to 1000 metres on several days. The high altitude and dry conditions will also have an effect on physical performance and you should be prepared for this. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. This is a remote trek off the beaten trail - sometimes with no trail at all. Trails that form in one year can be washed out the next or landslip may force long detours. Equally important as your fitness for a trip of this nature is flexibility and a sense of adventure.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC / 77ºF in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC / 57ºF at 3000 metres, and approximately 3ºC / 37ºF at 5000 metres. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200m and at our highest camps night time temperatures may drop as low as –15ºC / +5ºF. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

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Naar Phu – ‘The Lost Valleys’ 1:60,000

The Naar Phu sheet covers the ground from Dharapani (day 5 of the trip) to the Teri La (day 12). It has a contour interval of 40m. and relief shading. It gives altitudes of peaks and passes, and various other spot heights. The maps have a reasonably accurate overlay of trails, villages, monasteries, airstrips etc

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.



Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Chitwan

From $1000 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Nagarkot and Bhaktaphur Tour

From $135 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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