Trekking in Nepal

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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!

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Our favourite routes

The route followed by all the Everest summiteers

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Classic Everest Base Camp trek

Up with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the ascent of Kilimanjaro, the classic Everest trek is one of the world's great iconic walks. If you love trekking this has to be on your bucket list and you can squeeze this into two weeks away from home.

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From £999
From $1698
From €1249
14 Days

A much quieter circular base camp route

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Gokyo Lakes and Everest base camp trek

If you have a few more days and are looking to get away from the main trekking route then the Gokyo Lakes trek is for you. All the best of the classic trail plus you get to visit the Emerald Gokyo Lakes, climb Gokyi Ri and traverse the fabulous Cho La Pass. Great for the ambitious trekker.

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From £1249
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From €1561
17 Days
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10 Days

Visit base camp and climb a real Himalayan summit

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Island Peak

This trek offers an excellent opportunity to climb, Island Peak, a real Himalayan summit at 6173 metres, after acclimatising with an exhilarating trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar

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From £1899
From $3228
From €2374
20 Days

Classic trekking circuit that's great in the monsoon season

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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 the views of the Annapurna range itself.And of course this trek can be done all year round even during the monsoon season

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From £1149
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From €1436
16 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. During this period the trails in this region becomes impassable and the lodges shut.

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.

During the monsoon period there is still great trekking in the Western mountains around Annapurna and Manaslu as these lie in the rain shadow of the Pakistan Himalaya.

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.