Annapurna Circuit and Thorung La November 2020

Annapurna Circuit and Thorung La November 2020

The Annapurna circuit which was rated as one of the great treks in the world has now become truncated due to road construction on both sides. However, a visit to Manang, Ice Lake, Tilicho and the Grand Barriere and the crossing of Thorung la pass is still a worthwhile objective with stupendous views. Hence with a short itinerary it is still highly recommended.  The trek starts at around 2800 metres and goes as high as 5416 metres! The days are well planned to ensure that you walk shorter days for…
Mardi Himal Nepal November 2020

Mardi Himal Nepal November 2020

The Mardi Himal is a relatively new route in the foothills of Annapurna and has developed into a full scale trekking route in the last few years. It now has a series of lodges at different camps and for a short five day trek rivals the traditional Ghandrung-Poon Hill loop. It has great views reaching almost to the bottom of the Fishtail Mountain Macchapucchare along with Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Gangapurna.  Suitability: A good choice for most  walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.…
Annapurna Foothills Trek | December 2020

Annapurna Foothills Trek | December 2020

The Annapurna foothills provide tremendous trekking with delightful trails connecting villages and ridge tops.  This picturesque trek winds through enchanting villages with ochre thatched houses, terraced rice fields and rhododendron forests, which are spectacular in the spring when whole hillsides are cloaked in colourful flowers. The ridge top village of Ghandrung provides one of the finest viewpoints of the Annapurna Mountains with magnificent views of the four Annapurnas, and Machapuchare with…
Gurja Himal & Hidden Village | Nepal March 2021

Gurja Himal & Hidden Village | Nepal March 2021

This is new and unspoilt homestay route with basic facilities in the shadow of Dhaulagiri and Gurja Himal. A low altitude trek not exceeding 3250 metres it offers brilliant views, village homestays, unspoilt trails and forest walks in a 6 day route Pokhara to Pokhara. Though the facilities cannot compare with Everest or Annapurna regions nevertherless it is a rewarding walk away from the beaten track. Discover the isolated, hidden village of Gurja Khani nestling beneath Gurja Himal. The trek features…
The Gokyo Lakes and Ama Dablam Base Camp – May 2021

The Gokyo Lakes and Ama Dablam Base Camp – May 2021

For those trekkers who have either done the Everest Base Camp trek or prefer to be away from the crowds of Base Camp this is the trek for you. It covers the six emerald Gokyo Lakes, a Ramsar Heritage site and rounds up this visit to the Khumbu with the beautiful Ama Dablam Base Camp above Pangboche. From Gokyo to Pangboche the trail takes the beautiful unspoilt route via Phortse which sees few trekkers. Excellent lodges, good meals, great views every day, internet and phone connectivity makes this…
Bhutan | Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek – May 2021

Bhutan | Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek – May 2021

This is possibly one of the finest short treks in Bhutan which takes you into the heart of the mountains with superb views of Jhomolhari 7314 metres  (often called Chomolhari) and Jichu Drayke 6989 metres. This trek passes through the alpine grazing land with a large number of small and big lakes. It has scenic mountain views including views into Sikkim of Kangchenjunga the 3rd highest mountain in the world, surrounded by other great mountain ranges. This trail was an ancient trade route from Thimphu…
The Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh – August 2021

The Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh – August 2021

The Markha Valley is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh. It is relatively short, located close to Leh, the walking is mostly below 4000 metres with night stops around 3500 metres and has the best of Ladakh thrown in: Sculpted canyons and fantastic rock formations, medieval villages, Buddhist gompas and snow-peaks. When approached from Chilling  and Skiu there is only one pass to cross the Kongamaru La which comes on Day 6 of the trek by which time most trekkers are properly acclimatized. Who…
Shang to Rumbak  via Matho La/ Stok La – Ladakh August / September 2021

Shang to Rumbak via Matho La/ Stok La – Ladakh August / September 2021

If you are looking for a short trek in Ladakh and don’t want the crowds of Markha then the five day route from Shang Sumdo to Rumbak  is extremely attractive. The route walks in the shadow of the Matho Kangri and Stok Kangri peaks with typical rolling grasslands, fast flowing rivers, wildlife and nomadic settlements of sheep and yak. The trek approach is close to Leh making this an ideal  one week vacation.  Minimum group size is four for this trek Who should join this trek? A good choice…
Kilimanjaro | The Lemosho Northern Route Sept-Oct 2021

Kilimanjaro | The Lemosho Northern Route Sept-Oct 2021

Mount Kilimanjaro makes up one of the Seven Summits (i.e. highest mountains on each of the seven continents). There are seven routes to the summit and the climb can be done in as little as five days (with major altitude issues) upto 9 days.  We are planning to do a conservative eight day climb on the remote Lemosho Northern route with few other trekkers. The most popular routes are the Marangu and the Machame route which are very crowded and we will avoid them, The Lemosho Northern route is a variation…
Everest Base Camp (EBC) & Kala Pattar -On Request

Everest Base Camp (EBC) & Kala Pattar -On Request

The classic fourteen day Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar trek is a must for all mountain lovers! Best possible lodges en route, safe acclimatisation programme and rest days make this a memorable Everest experience with South Col, one of the most experienced Everest operators. Who should join this trek?A good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required. Prior trekking experience advisable.1) Walking times: average 5 to 8 hours walking per day (with some longer days Lobuche to…
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek – On Request

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek – On Request

The trek to the south base camp of Annapurna I is one of the classic “must do” trips in the Himalaya. The Annapurna Sanctuary has a 240 degree view of peaks all around including Annapurna I , Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Gangapurna, Machapuchare and many others. The time for the trek is now reduced due to road building in the Birethanti – Ghandrung – Landrung region. Who should join this trek? A good choice for regular hill walkers, moderate level of fitness required. Prior…
Tumlingtar to  Lukla | The Historic Arun Valley | Nepal

Tumlingtar to Lukla | The Historic Arun Valley | Nepal

This route beginning in the lowlands of Nepal around 500 metres was the approach to Everest pioneered by the famous explorers and climbers, Bill Tilman in 1950 and later Eric Shipton in 1951. Crossing three passes the trails joins the Jiri-Phaplu to Everest route near Puiyan. From here it is a day to Lukla or two days to Namche Bazar if you wish to continue on the Everest trek. Mostly unspoilt with a few trekkers a year and basic tea houses this approach to Everest through the middle hills of Nepal…