Api Himal Trekking

Nepal is the trekking haven for the trekking enthusiasts around the world. Among many high mountains that are situated in Nepal, Api Himal is the highest peak in the Yoka Pahar sections of Gurans Himal, which lies in the western part at the altitude of 7132m. Api Himal is off the beaten trekking route that invites only a few trekkers but allows special solitude and closeness to nature to those who visit.

Api Himal trek takes to Mt. Api that lies in the rustic area of western Nepal, Trekking in this area transverse through lovely forests, high passes, remote villages and amazing views Himalayas like Api Himal, Kappa Chuli peak, Nandadevi, Rajramba, etc. During this Trek, we can see the mixed communities of Chhetri, Mahara, Bohara, Brahmin, Jhakari, and Lohar.

These people's main occupation is Agriculture and they have their own language and cultural practices. During this trek, we will also pass through the holy lake of Kalidhunga which translates to Black Stone. All in all Api Himal is ultimate off the beaten trek which will transport you to the remote place of Western Nepal closer to nature and serenity.
Trip Code: AHT82
Starts: Gokuleshwor
Finishes: Gokuleshwor
Duration: 19 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 4200m/ 13779.5ft
Trip Views: 1056
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 18
Lunch: 15
Dinner: 15
Car
Jeep
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 13 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 1 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Api Himal lies in the far western part of Nepal between the Indian subcontinent and the frozen plains of the Tibetan plateau and has a height of 7,132m.
  • The name Api is coming from a Tibetan word, which means grandmother. We start our trek from Gokuleshwor and also end at Gokuleshwor.
  • Mode of Trek: Camping Trek only

Why this Trip

  • you can see the spectacular view of the snowcapped mountains. This trek is a good level of fitness and an amazing experience.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    It always has been a pleasure welcoming our clients at the airport. You will be escorted directly to the hotel for a good rest and the briefing session will take place at the dinner table.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    A visit to Boudhanath early in the morning and then to the city of devotees, Bhaktapur Durbar Square will purify your soul. Further exploration of the city will be carried out as per your preference. At the moment, our representatives will be doing the necessary preparation for the tour.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu sightseeing
    • Local Dishes
    • Private transportation for sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : FLY TO NEPALGUNJ, DRIVE TO GOKULESHWOR
    After the morning breakfast, today we leave Kathmandu for some weeks and fly to Nepalgunj.Brief 1 hour flight from Kathmandu takes us to Nepalgunj and from there we drive towards the Gokuleshwor. After 15 hours of the continuous drive towards the Gokuleshwor, we reach today's destination.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Flight to Nepalgunj
    • Private transportation o Gokuleshwor
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO KARKALE (950M)
    Today we began our first day of the trek from Gokuleshwor to Karkale. During the trek, we go by watching the amazing views of the mountain. Today trek will begin after lunch only as its shortest day of trek.During the trek, we go by watching the amazing views of the mountain. 2 hours walk from Gokuleshwor we reach Karkale.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO CHIURENI (1100M)
    Today we move towards the Chiureni village soon after the breakfast. It will take 6 and a half hour to reach the Chiureni village. Chiureni got its name from Chiuri which means butter tree in Nepali. We can see many butter tree in that village. Viewing the butter tree today we spent the night at Chiureni village camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO MAKARIGHAT (1800M)
    Today our destination is Makarighat. The trail goes through some narrow and straight paths, and follows the Chamliya Khola. It takes 6 to 7 hours from Chiureni to reach Markarighat.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO SETI (3000M)
    Today our trail leads us towards the city after ascending 1200m. By crossing the some disperse villages we reach Seti after 6 hours continuous walk.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO LAWATHI (3400M)
    Today is our last day trek in the Lawathi village. As many years ago trekkers came there and they called them Saheb Bagar so this place is also known as Saheb Bagara. During today's trek, we will go up and down hill. About in 4 hours, we reach Lawathi. Overnight at camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO SIMAR (3600M)
    Passing through the dense forest today we start our trek towards the Simar. During the summer time, we can find the Half plant and half insect name as Yarsagumba.The fascinating thing about Yarshaghumba is that it lives as plant during summer and insect in winter. it is believed to have medicinal properties by the Nepali people. After 6 to 7 hours walk we spent our night in Simar.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO DHAWALIWADAR (3800M)
    Today after breakfast, we go straight towards the Dhawaliwadar. In the past people stayed in the caves of Dhawaliwader. Walking through the forest by viewing the mountain scenery and crossing through the small stream we reach at the Dhawaliwadar in 4 to 5 hours walk

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO BASE CAMP (4000M)
    Walking about 2 hours from the Dhawaliwadar we reach at the Mt Api himal base camp. Over there we go to see the holy lake above the base camp, about 2 hours walk from the base camp we reach the holy lake Kalidhunga and return back

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO SAHEB BAGAR (2800M)
    Today we start returning from the trek and settle for Bagar. After morning breakfast head down from the base camp to reach the Saheb Bagar. It takes 6 hours to reach the Saheb beggar.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO MAKARIGHAT (1800M)
    After the Continuous walk of 6 to 7 hours, we reach the Makarighat from the Saheb Bagar.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO BITULE
    Today we move towards the Bitule from Makarighat, we need to walk for about 6 hours. After reaching there today we spent our night in Bitule.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO GOKULESHWOR (850M)
    Passing through the many villages we move towards the Gokuleshwor from Bitule it takes about 6 hours to reach there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : DRIVE TO DHANGADI
    Today we give our legs the rest they deserve and drive towards Dhangadi. It takes 14 hours to reach there by vehicle.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : FLY TO KATHMANDU
    Today we come back to the Kathmandu after many days by taking the memories from the Mt Api Himal trek. At Evening we will visit some important sights or you can opt for taking a deep rest too.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Flight to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 18 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    Today the whole day will be left for you, as you might get tried or you want to go for shopping.Swotah will arrange you the spa and trekkers' massage facility to soothe the muscle pains and relaxing the body.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Spa and Massage
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Cultural Dinner Program
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 19 : DEPARTURE
    Our representative will be escorting you to the airport after a short souvenir distribution program at the office. It will be our way of thanking you for the wonderful time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Souvenir
    • Farewell Lunch
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek.
    • All the camping tents and food, utensils required for camping.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • All necessary paperwork and
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek.
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Mt. Api Himal.
    • Occasional hot Shower at trek.
    • Sim card service(zero balance).
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videoes of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Dhangadi because of early arrival, late departure, due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

     

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/camping/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is this a popular trek ?
    Although not very famous among the trekkers Mt. Api still in itself is a gem, this trek boasts different Himalayan views and wild animals, birds which will definitely make an impression in your mind. With the right eye for the beauty, this trek can be very enjoyable and even gain popularity in near future.
  • 6. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 7. Is Travelling in Mt. Api Himal Trekking is safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. So, in general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
  • 8. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized guides/Sherpa's to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 9. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    During Camping, our expert Camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Nepalgunj we used car, Minibus or Van depending on the number of people. We do pick up and drop from the starting point to end of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking in Mt. Api Himal Trekking ?
    Spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to December) are the best time to do this trek, in winters it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant, and thermal inner wear t to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking you can make local and international calls from mobile provided by the guide after paying the price directly.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trekking you have to exchange the money in rupees before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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