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Everest & The Upper Khumba from The Panorama Hotel
Some people go to Nepal with a very limited timescale but still want to do a trek in the Khumba and see Everest – This tip is designed for trekkers with only nine days to trek in the Everest Region, This then leaves safety days and sightseeing days to enable the trek to be fit into a two week Nepal Visit.
1)Kathmandu to Lukla by flight then trek to Benkar (2750m)
2) Benkar to Namche (3450m)
3)Namche - Rest / Acclimatisation day
4)Namche - Thyanbosche (3867m)
5) Thyanbosche - Dingboche (3930m)
6) Dingboche – Phortse
7) Phortse to Namche
8) Namche to Lukla
9) Fly Kathmandu
Namche to Namche; you will be rewarded with great views of Everest and Ama Dablam and it will be a memorable trek :-)
Kalla Patar from Gorak Shep
1) Seeing Everest
2) Wonderful high altitude trek that can be trekked safely in as little as 2 weeks Lukla – Lukla or 3 weeks Jiri – EBC – Lukla or just under 4 weeks Jiri EBC – Lukla – Gokyo – Lukla or longer
Can be expensive if you fly to and from Lukla and risk of flight delays at Lukla
Trek Report from my own EBC Trek
Downloadable Trekking Map
AC (Annapurna Circuit)
1) Diverse trek starting off at low altitude passing through paddy fields. Then grain fields, pasture, forests and out above the tree line over Thorung La (5540m) then through the deepest valley I the word, The kali Gandaki
2) Easy road access to trailheads so no flights required
3) Can be trekked as the full circuit of fly out of Jomsom if time is tight
Con’s – Trek now somewhat marred by road building
Downloadable Guide to The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route avoiding the new roads
Downloadable Annapurna Trekking Map
ABC (Annapurna Sanctuary)
1) Relatively short trek of about 10 days but gets you right into the heart of the mountains
2) Can be extended to include Poon Hill if time permits
3) Easy road access to trailheads so no flights required
Few villages and none above Chomrong so a little lacking in culture and real Nepali life
Trek Report on Alternative Annapurna Trek
Langtang / Helambu
1) Least crowded of all the teahouse trekking routes
2) Can be combined with Helambu (You can then trek right back into the Kathmandu Valley and save a long arduous bus journey)
The bus ride from Kathmandu to Syapru Besi
Trek Report from my own Langtang Trek
Downloadable Langtang Trekking Map
Equipment: For this I use “Tang”, readily available in the supermarkets in Thamel
Sometimes it’s called by different names, but if you ask for Tang then the shopkeeper will understand what you are talking about. I used lemon flavour and it tastes good, i believe there are other varieties including orange.
TIP – Take along a plastic container from Home as “Tang” comes in a glass jar - a plastic container is both lighter and safer
Route just before Jhinu
When trekking ABC there are several alternative route to Chomrong, then after it’s one path up to ABC and then back down again to Chomrong.
The route below is one that tends not to be used by the large groups and in my opinion is now the best approach route, so you may find it useful
1) From Pokhara to Kande by bus of private car (The latter should be about 1000 NPR)
Then trek via Australian camp to Deurali (Up at first then fairly level – About 4 hours trekking)
2) Then the next day to Jhinu – Down in the morning and a little up in the afternoon – Jhinu has an excellent hot spring so don’t miss this
3) Jhinu to Sinua - about ¾ days trek, Steeply uphill and then downhill on steps, the steeply uphill to Real Sinua
4) Sinua to Himalaya – about ½ day, down at first to Bamboo, trough Dovan and then steadily up
5 Himalaya to Deurali -- ½ day steadily up
6) Deurali to MBC - -- ½ day steadily up
7) MBC – ABC – Dovan - Full day, up early, breakfast at ABC then return downhill all the way to Dovan picking your pack up at MBC when passing
8) Dovan to Chomrong -- ¾ day with one up and over and a pull up to Chomrong
9) Chomrong to Ghandruk – ¾ days trekking, first steeply down then up a bit, then more or less contouring – You pass through the old Garung Village of Ghandruk and come to the better lodges about 10 minutes later.
11) Only one hours walking downhill to the village of Chane where the road now ends – Negotiate a jeep to Pokhara (2013 this cost me 900NPR for myself and my guide) then 1 ¼ hours on a rough road to Naya Pul and a further hour on a better road back to Pokhara – In time for lunch !!
Helga and Rob on Poon Hill in 2004
If you only have a Very Short time to go trekking in Nepal then without doubt the best short trek is The Poon Hill Trek, This can be done in 3 days Pokhara to Pokhara, However it is quite a strenuous trek going continuously uphill for two days, the second day being on a Lot of steps – If you can squeeze an extra day you would be better of by far doing a circular route to Poon Hill by
1) Early Morning bus from Pokhara to Naya Pul and trek to Ghandruk (2013 update – You can now get a jeep / bus to Chane which is about an hours trekking below Ghandruk, so setting of from Pokhara around mid day is possible)
2) Ghandruk to Tadapani
3) Tadapani to Ghoropani
4) Early rise, Poon Hill, Breakfast at Ghoropani and trek back to Naya Pul and an evening bus back to Pokhara
However if you only have 3 days available then from Pokhara you would catch a bus to Naya Pul on day one and from there trek to Hile, Day 2 trek to Ghoropani, Day 3 This will be a long day, you would get up before the sun and do the short trek up to Poon Hill for the sunrise, then trek back down to Naya Pul (All downhill) and an evening bus back to Pokhara
Happy and Safe Trekking
Between Dhugla and Lobuje
Trekking EBC, ABC, AC, Langtang and Helambu are all “Teahouse Treks”, normally people tend to either do it entirely independently, Hire a Guide or Porter or join a group.
I will try and go through each option giving pro’s and con’s so you can decide which option suits you best
This is the least expensive way to trek and you have the most flexibility as you plan your own stops, if you are tired you simply stay an extra night somewhere or stop trekking earlier than you had originally planned, also if you are feeling fit then you can continue further than planned – as long as this doesn’t infringe on the very important rule for AMS, once reaching 10,000 feet take one full day to acclimatise and then only gain 1,000 in altitude per day
However with Teahouse trekking You have no support if things do go wrong
Hire a Guide Porter/Guide or Porter
If you don’t want to trek Entirely independently a much better solution is rather than joining an Organised Group to hire a Guide or Porter/Guide and maybe one porter between two trekkers (When I say Guide I mean a guide with a Government License – a Porter/Guide doesn’t usually hold one and is in effect a guide in training, his English might be a little limited but he will be keen, knowledgeable and he will carry a certain amount of your belongings and is cheaper than the government licensed guide, a porter is just that, no guiding experience, usually no English and just there to carry your belongings – 1 porter usually carries 2 trekkers belongings)
By hiring your own staff, you are entirely in charge of your schedule, you can either walk quicker, slower, stop and start when you want, eat when you want and pick your own accommodation and can learn some more about Nepal, Culture, Language and facts about the areas you are trekking through as well as providing some much needed employment to a local person.
To work out your prices you must factor in
1) Your transportation costs
2) Your staff transportation costs (Nepali nationals get a huge discount on flights)
a) The professional trekking guide with government license holder cost around US$.25.00 per day.
b) Porters cost around US$18 per day
c) The Porter/Guide cost around US$20.00 per day
Above cost includes insurance, food, accommodation, salary.
4) Your own food and accommodation costs – typically this will work out around $30 per person per day
If you work out how many days you wish to trek for, add in your flights and other costs then this will give you a really Good idea of not only how much your trek will cost you, but exactly where you money is being spent !!
Most agents now offer “Packaged” treks, these tend to cost about $65 per person per day and include either a Porter/Guide or a Government Licensed Guide and porter(s) for larger groups, all your food (3 meals per day with tea or coffee) and accommodation as well as your TIMS and National Park entrance fee, Sometimes road transport by local bus is also included but Not Flights, Fizzy drinks / Beer / Mineral water, Snacks and “Staff” tips
Personally I wouldn’t go for one of these “Packaged” treks as I like to keep my own costs separate from that of “Staff” – This enables me to stay where I want and eat where, when and what I want.
Join a group
The Most expensive option and the one with the least flexibility, you Must keep up with the group or get left behind, Most times the money you spend isn’t spent in the areas that you are trekking through, you tend to stay in tents but are well looked after, the food tends to be better than you get in the teahouses but you are really paying for that privilege !!
If you decide to go down this route then it is better to use a local company because at least by doing that the money stays in Nepal and it works out at a fraction of the price of paying for such a trek in your home country with no major reduction in service as Most of the international companies sub-contract the guiding and porters out to a local company in any case !!
Vintage AC - Helga in Tukshe
Rather than starting AC at the more traditional Besisahar / Bhulbhule catch a jeep as far as you can up the Marsiange valley – This was Chame last I heard – From there it will take about 3 or 4 days to reach Manang – One night to acclimatise there (Although some say that if you spend a night in Upper Pisang that this isn’t totally necessary) – Then a night in Letdar, a night in Thorung Phidi, a night in Muktinath (Although I think Jharkot is a better option) and then your final night in Jomsom – So allow about 9 days to trek.
You can then catch a flight from Jomsom – But if you don’t want to fly you can go by bus / jeep to Beni and catch a big bus from there to Pokhara, this can be done in 24 hours but an overnight in Beni offers a bit more comfort.
Good Luck and Happy Trekking
For a two-day trek without the need of permits, take a bus or car from Pokhara to Kande and walk up to Australian Camp. Take lunch there, then onto Pothana, don’t go through the ACAP checkpoint, stay in a lodge before it. Then the next day walk down to Dhampus, take a lunch there then onto Phedi where you can catch a bus or car back to Pokhara
Genuine Licence of a government trained guide
These days there are many people selling their services as “Guides” in Nepal – But many of these so called guides aren’t what they claim to be.
Real Guides are government registered and have to be fully trained before obtaining their licence – So before you hire a “Guide” check his credentials – Above is a photo of a Genuine Licence
Traffic on the new jeep road below Jharkot
Both treks have there own merits so it is difficult to say that one is better than the other, the AC is a longer and harder trek, it usually takes around 18 days to complete and involves walking up one valley (Marsyangdi), over a high pass (Thorung La), down another valley (Kali Gandaki), then over a high ridge (Poon Hill), The advantages of the AC trek are that you walk through a lot more diverse terrain, You see the changing landscapes and cultures, from paddy fields at Besisahar, passing through different crop belts as you gain altitude, then into forest and finally you trek above the tree-line and cross the pass. The culture also changes as you gain altitude from Nepali to Tibetan. However the AC is Slowly changing as road building progress up the valley towards Manang and there are now jeep roads all the way down from Muktinath to Beni in the valley of the Kali Gandaki, But you can avoid most of these and keep to the old trekking routes so don’t let that worry you to much, Maybe the time to do the AC is now before the road building is completed though !!??
Once you reach Manang you Must spend an extra night there to aid acclimatisation, otherwise you increase your risk of AMS. Then after Manang you should only gain 300m per day, so take 2 days to reach Thorung Phidi, Then it is a hard day crossing the pass to Muktinath !!
After Muktinath you have an easy few days following the Kali Gandaki down as far as Tatopani before “The Sting in the Tail” and the hike up to Ghorepani (Poon Hill). It is a good idea to visit the Hot Springs at Tatopani in the morning as they are a lot less crowded and a lot cleaner then, then set off up towards Ghorepani after lunch and take a day and a half to get there – you will find this a lot more pleasant than trying to get up there in one day !!. From Ghorepani trek down to Birethanti and spend a last night there before the short trek (maybe one hour) to the road head at Nayapool and the bus ride back to Pokhara.
ABC is a shorter trek, around 10 days setting off from Phidi, it is classed as an easier trek, but don’t be fooled into taking it lightly as it is still hard enough ;-) You start off by crossing a ridge from Phidi to Ladruk (Two days), cross the Modi Khola at New Bridge (No Bridge !!) and then follow the valley up to ABC – However the trek does involve a lot of ups and downs as the path takes in the villages of Chomrong and Sinuwa which are both high above the river, there is only one path after Chomrong so you have to return the same way but can divert after Chomrong and trek out via Tadopani and Ghorepani (Poon Hill) to extend your trek up to about 2 weeks. From Ghorepani you can either trek out as per the AC, or trek down to Tataopani in one day to take advantage of the hot springs, then either walk down to Beni or catch a jeep, From Beni you get a bus back to Pokhara.
The ABC is a lower trek so less risk of AMS, but you still have to take care and only gain the statutory 300m per day after Himalaya Lodge.
The views from Both treks are Awesome so not a lot to help you choose there.
So it all depends on how much time you want to go trekking for and what your own personal tastes are.
Whichever trek you choose, I am Sure that you will have an Excellent time – Just Enjoy
Equipment: There is now a new NATT Guide out (Link on the bottom of this page)
This helps you avoid the worst on the new jeep roads
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