Trekking in Nepal

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  • Plan your trek in Nepal with the high altitude trekking experts. We have been helping the young, old, fit and not so fit enjoy trekking in Nepal safely for over 10 years
  • We operate all our own treks in Nepal with our own hand picked and trained guides to ensure that you are always in safe hands
  • Our treks are all great value:100% private car or jeep transfers (no buses!), good hotels, fantastic guides and crew, a very high crew to client ratio and because you book direct with no middle man you get all this and great prices too.
  • Please do have a look at our reviews for a moment: they will tell you more about how hard we will work to ensure you have a great, safe experience trekking in Nepal than we ever can
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Our favourite routes

Classic trekking circuit that's great in the monsoon season

Annapurna Circuit

This classic circumnavigation of the Annapurna Massif offers an astonishing variety : high mountain passes, dramatic deep gorges, remote Buddhist temples, picturesque Nepalese farming villages and of course views of the Annapurna range itself. All year round trek, even in monsoon season.

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From £849
From $1316
From €1104
14 Days
From £1299
From $2013
From €1689
19 Days

Follow the route followed by all the Everest summiteers

Everest via the classic route

The famous modern route, starting with an exhilarating flight into the mountain airport at Lukla then taking you all the way up the Khumbu Valley to reach base camp itself. Stunning gorges, exciting swing bridges, fascinating culture- this classic Everest base camp trek has it all.

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From £849
From $1316
From €1104
14 Days

A really quiet, fabulous circular route

Everest via Gokyo Lakes

With a few extra days and a little extra challenge you can follow this fabulous circular route to base camp keeping away from the crowds on the main trail. Taking in the summit of Gokyo Ri and the tough Cho La Pass, this option for a base camp trek is really special.

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From £1149
From $1780
From €1494
17 Days

A fantastic trek into the heart of the Annapurna Massif

Annapurna Sanctuary

An amazing trek into the very heart of the Himalaya. into the natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary for awesome views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and whole Annapurna range.

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From £799
From $1238
From €1039
12 Days

Summit a real Himalayan peak after visiting base camp

Climb Island Peak

If you are really fit and have a good head for heights then adding on an expedition to climb Island Peak after you have trekked to base camp may be just the ticket for an adventure of a lifetime. No technical experience needed, one of our Everest summiteer guides will teach you everything you need to know.

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From £1749
From $2711
From €2274
20 Days

A fantastic short trek visiting Poon Hill for fabulous views

Annapurna Panorama

A fantastic starter trek taking you to the best viewpoint in Nepal to witness the Himalayan giants with your very own eyes. Great for the novice trekker or for those short on time wanting to get a real taste of the Himalaya.

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From £699
From $1084
From €909
7 days

A beautiful shorter route named after Prince Charles

Annapurna Royal trek

Ideal for the novice trekker. You start your journey with a short flight to Pokhara and then a slightly longer drive to the village of Bijaypur. The first day takes you up through farming villages to Kalikathan, where you will get your first clear views of Annapurna and Machhapuchre.

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From £849
From $1161
From €1103
6 Days

Our favourite introduction to trekking in Nepal

Everest Panorama

Short on time or uncertain about trekkking for two weeks? Our Everest Panorama takes you to the best view points on the Everest trek route with stunning views of Everest itself, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. And all in a 8 day trek that is perfect as an introduction to trekking in Nepal.

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From £799
From $1238
From €1039
10 Days

When is the best time for trekking in Nepal

February - May
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Dry & Quieter
June to August
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Monsoon Period
August - November
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Dry But Very Busy
December - January
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Quietest Time To Trek

If you want to trek to Everest or elsewhere in the Khumbu region then the critical issue in planning when to trek is the monsoon period which runs from June to August. Although you can still trek during this period you need to be ready for serious rain: generally this is confined to shorter storms in the afternoon but unless you are British and used to rain you might want to avoid this period.

The period around Christmas is cold but with good thermals this can be a great time to trek as the trails are much quieter. We do not however run peak climbs during this period as by the time you reach 6000m it is really, really cold.

During the monsoon period there is still great trekking in the Western mountains around Annapurna, Mustang and Manaslu as these largely lie in a rain shadow.

Everything you need to know about trekking in Nepal

Q1How fit do I need to be for trekking in Nepal?

The big challenge of trekking in the Himalaya compared to the other locations we visit is that the treks are generally much longer. And even with rest days, 12 days of walking puts a lot of pressure on the body.

On most ascent days the amount of hiking you can do will be limited by the speed at which you can ascend safely and this often means no more than 5-6 hours trekking. Days descending tend to be longer in terms of miles but of course by this stage you should be getting much stronger anyway.

So, with the exception of the climbs we operate,you do not need exceptional aerobic fitness to trek enjoyably in the Himalaya. You do need stamina and determination and be used to being on your feet for days at a time.

Q2Which routes do you recommend for trekking in Nepal?

Whichever route you choose to trek in the Himalaya the views are stunning and the whole experience is amazing so deciding between them is tough. For the base camp trek though we have two favourites: the route via Gokyo Lakes that avoids most of the crowds on the classic route and the Island Peak extension for the ambitious trekker looking to bag a real Himalayan summit.

If you are really short on time our heli-trek is a great option, you hike up to basecamp but then catch a helicopter back. It's a bit expensive for 2 people but not bad at all for 5.

In the west of Nepal the Annapurna region has some of the best trekking in Nepal and we love both the Annapurna circuit and the Manaslu circuit.

Q3When is the best time of year for trekking?

Nepal catches the Indian Monsoon and this makes it impossible to trek in the Khumbu region for the period from June to August. The autumn and spring shoulders are lovely with generally warm and dry weather. Winter months are still OK for trekking but you really need your thermals when you reach higher altitudes.

During the Monsoon season it is still great to trek the Annapurna circuit and the Manaslu circuit as most of the routes here are in a rain shadow and receive a lot less rainfall.

Q4What is the best way to get to Nepal?

You need to fly into Kathmandu international airport which is actually caled Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) . TIA has direct flights with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay, Doha and Calcutta.

For Europeans and Americans the best options are via the Middle East hubs of Dubai and Doha or through Honk Kong, Bangkok or Singapore.

Q5How much does it cost to trek in Nepal?

We offer open group treks to base camp from as little as £ 999 per person and that includes airport transfers, your internal flights and a hotel before and after the climb. Private treks start from £1099 per person.

Flights to Nepal vary in price during the year quite a lot but are generally around £600 from Europe. Our favourite airline for this trip is Qatar.

Q6How well do you care for your crew, the local community and the environment?

We care about our guides and porters, care about the Himalaya and care about Nepal. Payments and conditions for guides and porters are critical as the cheapest treks are only possible by paying very low wages. We are members of the International Porters Protection Group and work to their recommendations. We also follow the principles of the Leave no trace organisation ensuring the Himalaya will be left unspoilt for future trekkers.

Q7If we book with you is our money safe?

We are a fully bonded member of ABTA so all clients monies are protected by an insurance bond. As well as that we carry £5m of public liability insurance. We have never had to claim on this but the risk assessments our insurers require each year really keep us on out toes!

News and reviews

Our news and views

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Namaste to Christine and Paul who take on Himalaya with Guide Dawa!

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Jon and Mike trek Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes!

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Himalaya reviews

5 Star Review 19 10 2014 They even arranged the weather This was my first time to Nepal, and it wasn't at the best time for trekking because of the monsoon weather in August and September so I needed good advice... Paul Sheffield
5 Star Review 11 06 2014 Superb all round. I did Everest base camp and what great experience start to finish. The staff both in the UK and overseas are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and all round amazing people. Ewan Malone
5 Star Review 13 05 2014 A life changing experience! EVEREST BASE CAMP – AN EXPERIENCE. Starting a painting – a blank canvas staring at me – is a challenge for me. So, as I enjoy painting, I like challenges. John Tunstall
5 Star Review 06 05 2014 TWO BROTHERS SHARE AN OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE WITH PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS It was my brothers 60 th Birthday in February 2013 and after wondering what to get him for this epic event, i thought i will get him an epic event,... Peter Watts
5 Star Review 30 04 2014 Private Expeditions - surpassing expectations in every respect. The Howard Family (and two very welcome additions) trekked to EBC with Pimba and Chhessang over Easter 2014. Everything about the trek and Private Expeditions' organisation was superb. Mark Howard

Choose from three trekking styles for your adventure

Choose from our three Himalaya trekking styles: private treks, open group treks and charity challenges. Whichever you choose our experienced team will help you enjoy your adventure.

Private treks

Private treks are your own custom adventure, giving you all the flexibility you want. Just choose your date, route and any of our tailor-made options and we'll do the rest. And when you are on the trek, if you want to change your daily itinerary you can just agree this with your guide as you go along. Private trips provide the ultimate experience for trekking in Nepal.

A private trek is perfect for a group of friends or a charity group or a couple looking to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Upgrades to private treks start from £100 per person depending on the size of the group.

Small open group treks

If you want the company of others on your trek then one of our small open groups is perfect for you. Our open group treks run most weeks during the main trekking season. They are limited to a maximum of 12 trekkers and we work with a high guide to client ratio to make sure you get the best possible experience. You can see the availability we have on our open groups treks here.

Charity Everest  treks

If you are looking to trek to base camp for your favourite charity we an either arrange a private, tailor made trek for you and your friends or you can join an open group. In either case we will provide all the support you need to ensure your charity challenge is a success.

Book your Nepal trekking adventure with Private Expeditions

Whether you want to take on the classic challenges like the Everest trek and the Annapurna Circuit or trek elsewhere in Nepal we can help you arrange the trip of a lifetime. The options for trekking in Nepal are endless and if you want a route we don't mention let us know and we will tailor make an itinerary for you.

And when you have decided which route you want to hike and when you want to go we have all the information you need to get yourself ready for the trek. This covers flights, visas and vaccinations and lots of other practical things. Finally when you are all prepared for your Nepal adventure you can check out all the details about your trek including food, your lodges and your guides. So whether you want to go trekking in Nepal for charity, for a specific celebration or just because it's there, we can help.

We appreciate that trekking in Nepal is expensive but because we operate our own treks, we don't pay commission to any middle man and that makes us one of the most competitive operators. But if you find another operator, with a better price, offering everything that we do let us know and we will do our best to price match.


And most importantly, whereever you want to go we operate our own treks with our own guides who are hand-picked and trained by us to ensure they are amongst the most professional in Nepal. If you check this out you will find this is pretty unique. As we operate all our own treks and climbs we can give you all the information you need before you start trekking in the Himalayas to ensure you're fully informed about what will be happening and when.

It also means we can give you great first hand advice trekking in Nepal. We've got loads of useful information on our site, including advice on which are the best routes for trekking in Nepal and which are the best treks and climbs elsewhere in the Himalaya. There's also advice on when is the best time to trek in Nepal covering everything about the weather and how busy you will find the trails.

Finally when you have finished your trek there are lots of other great things to do in Nepal including cultural tours around Kathmandu and safaris in Chitwan. And If you have lots of energy left why not try whitewater rafting or mountain biking.

Whatever you would like just ask and we will arrange it.