Api Himal Trekking is off the beaten path trek situated at western part of Nepal. Mt Api Himal 7132m is the highest mountain it is quite remote and untouched dolpa trekking region. Stunning mountains landscape, cultural diversity, rapid rivers, holy lake Kalidhunga and pristine forests are the attractions of this trip, real wilderness of the Nature can be experienced during the trekking. Api Himal Trekking offers a panoramic view of the 7,817 meter Mt. Nandadevi, which lies in Uttar Pradesh of India, Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m.), Rajramba (6,537m.), Api Himal, Kappa chuli (Jethibahurani) peak and many snow capped peaks.
Api Himal Trekking is one of the famous mountains but still hidden in remote area, Api and saipal area of great geographical conditions with the elevation variable between 1524m, 7337m. Api saipal region is equally best for bird watching too. Api Himal Base camp Trekking offer lovely forests, high passes, remote villages and various cultures. Api Himal Base Camp trekking trail got it name after Mount Api Himal (7132 m). Local people are both Hindus and Buddhists have followed their antique cultures, traditions and lifestyle still intact by the modernity.
Api Himal trekking region is equally popular among those interested in bird watching and agriculture is the main occupation of the local people. The mixed community including the Bramin, Chhetri, Mahara, Bohora,Thakuri, Jhakri and Lohar (Iron smith). Normally, they have own language and unable to speak fluent Nepali language as well.
API Himal trekking route is off touristy trail where travelers explores and enjoy virgin spectacular the Himalayan scenery. Api and Saipal are controlled hiking area, group trekking only allowed and required special permit for trekking to base camp. Best season for Api himal base camp trek are September to November and March to May.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport (T.I.A.) and pick up by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)
Day 03: Drive to Mahendranagar drive by bus about 18 hrs. (B, L)
Day 04: Mahendranagar to Gokuleshwor drive by bus about 15 hrs.(B, L, D)
Day 05: Gokuleshwor to Karkale walk about 2 hrs (900m).(B, L, D)
Day 06: Karkale trek to Chiureni about 6-7hrs (1100m).(B, L, D)
Day 07: Chiureni trek to Makarighat about 6-7hrs (1800m)(B, L, D)
Day 08: Makarighat trek to Seti about 6-7hrs (2800m) O/N in Tent.(B, L, D)
Day 09: Seti trek to Lawathi about 4hrs (3000m) and (Last village).(B, L, D)
Day 10: Lawathi Trek to Simar about 5-6hrs (3300m).(B, L, D)
Day 11: Simar trek to Dhawaliwadar about 4-5hrs (3800m).(B, L, D)
Day 12: After breakfast ,Dhawalidwar trek to Base Camp to about 2hrs (4000m).(B, L, D)
Day 13: Base Camp trek to Saheb Bagar about 6hrs (2800m). (B, L, D)
Day 14: After breakfast ,Saheb Bagar trek to Makarighat about 6-7hrs (1800m).(B, L, D)
Day 15: Makarighat trek to Bitule about 5hrs (1200m). (B, L, D)
Day 16: Bitule trek to Gokuleshwor about 5-6 hrs (850m). (B, L, D)
Day 17: Gokuleshwor to Mahendranagar drive by bus about 15 hrs. (B)
Day 18: Mahendranagar to Kathmandu drive by bus about 18 hrs.(B)
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping (B)
Day 20: Final departure to the airport for your home country (B)
Where is Nepal?
Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.
Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.
Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.
As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly"modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.
Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.
Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.