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Nepal Himalayas Trekking

Nepal is celebrated for it’s iconic and accessible trekking.  This is primarily due to it’s location in the Himalayas with 8 of the world’s 10 tallest mountains.  Nepal’s famous natural beauty, high peaks, sprawling valleys, centuries-old stupas and monasteries, and indigenous foot trails make it a fantastic destination for trekking adventures.

Adding to its inexplicable beauty, Nepal’s unique flora and fauna make the journey to this Himalayan country a bucket list trip.  Nepal’s high peaks are complemented by beautiful lakes and rivers, and with every step up into the mountains, the views get even better.

Operator Information

Himalayan Social Journey is a Kathmandu-based travel and tour company that has been offering unforgettable adventure trips for over 15 years.  They are a family-owned trekking company that provides experienced local guides and porters for over 150 adventure packages in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

Himalayan Social Journey is also committed to participating in social welfare activities. The company’s projects focus on uplifting the livelihood of the people and sustainable development in remote areas of Nepal, specifically the education of children.  When you book with Himalayan Social Journey, you help change lives for the people and children of Nepal.

Guided Trekking Trips

Nepal is the gateway to some of the world’s most iconic Himalayan hiking trails including the Annapurna Circuit, Langtang glaciers and Manaslu pilgrimage sites. Himalayan Social Journey offers treks that will lead you across the famous peaks and valleys of Nepal.  With treks ranging from 2 to 25 days, you can choose hikes and treks that fit your budget and schedule.

Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Trekking Trips Days Grade Walking per Day Price
2 Days 1 Night Australian Camp Trek 2 1 2-3 Hrs $135
Annapurna Basecamp Trek – 7 Day 7 3 4-6 Hrs $590
Nepal Trip with Chitwan Jungle Safari and Trishuli River Rafting 14 2 4-6 Hrs $679
Mardi Himal Trek with Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari 15 2 4-6 Hrs $699
Annapurna Basecamp Trek – 16 Day 16 3 6 – 7 Hrs $799
Annapurna Circuit Trekking 16 3 5 – 6 Hrs $899

Langtang Region

Langtang Trekking Trips Days Grade Walking Per Day Price
Langtang Valley Trek 11 2 4 – 6 Hours $549
Langtang, Gosainkunda – Helambu Trek 13 3 5 – 6 Hours $699
Tamang Heritage Trek 16 2 4 – 6 Hours $750

Manaslu Region

Manaslu Trekking Trips Days Grade Walking Per Day Price
Manaslu Larkya La Pass Trek 16 3 5 – 6 Hours $999
Tsum Valley & Ganesh Base Camp Trek 22 3 5 – 6 Hours $1,190

Looking for more outdoor adventure in the Himalayas?  Himalayan Social Journeys also offers rafting in Nepal, trekking in Ladakh India, and trekking in Bhutan!

Trail Info

Annapurna

Australian Camp Trek – 2 Days

The Australian Camp trek starts with a drive from Pokhara to Sarangkot (20 mins).  From there, you drive to Kande and hike to the Australian Camp (2-3 hrs), which is better known for the unimpeded views of the Himalayan Mountains of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu.   It involves the simplest trek in Nepal, no experience required, and no fast walking or snowy travel. It is only a stroll through the village to explore Nepal’s rural lifestyle and culture. You will take in panoramic mountain views, Nepalese village life, and enjoy a beautiful stroll along the jungle.  Trekking is easy and typically the elevation is 2500 m.  Overnight at Lake Star hotel in Pokhara.

Annapurna Basecamp Trek – 7 Days

Don’t let the lack of time become the excuse to not let you have an extraordinary journey to the Annapurna Base Camp. This 7 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a diverse trek that leads through rural Nepali ethnic villages and lush forests to one of Nepalese’s most popular trekking destinations.  This tour is great for people who have less time but still want to discover the beauty of Nepal’s peaks.

The tour begins in Pokhara (30 min flight from Kathmandu), where you drive 2.5 hours to Kimche and spend the next 7 days trekking through Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Doban, Annapurna Basecamp, Bamboo, and Jhinu Danda.  Discover Nepali villages, Buddhist monasteries, hot springs, and breathtaking views of the mighty Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Mahhapuchhare.

Nepal Trip with Chitwan Jungle Safari and Trishuli River Rafting – 14 Days

This trip will take you on a multi-activity adventure through the Himalayas – rafting, jungle safari and trekking in the hills of Annapurna.  The trek is Grade 1 – no experience needed.

After a full day sightseeing tour of the UNESECO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, HSJ transports you to Charaudi for the rafting starting point.  After a 4 hour white water rafting trip down the Trishuli River, you will be driven to Chitwan National Park (~4 hrs), the first National Park and World Heritage Site in Nepal.  You take a jungle safari in this spectacular National Park where you may encounter wild animals like one-horned rhino, royal Bengal tiger, musk deer, crocodile and many more. A trip to Chitwan will immerse you in the wild habitat of Nepal.  The tour then continues to Nayapul via Pokhara (6-7 hrs drive).  From there, you will trek over 7 days to Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Jhinu and Tolka enjoying Himalyan panoramas, mountain villages, and natural hot springs.  The tour ends with a drive back to Pokhara and then drive or flight to Kathmandu, where a 30-minute massage will greet you!

Mardi Himal Trek with Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari – 15 Days

The Mardi Himal Trek takes you to a less crowded trail in the Annapurna region that appeals to naturalists and wilderness lovers.  The highlight of the trek is the breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna Massif.  This hidden gem in the Annapurna region also lets you discover rural Nepalese cultures and their way of life. The picturesque villages, winding trails, cascading natural waterfalls and terraced fields are major highlights of this trek. The trek is spectacularly beautiful in March and April since the entire hills are blanketed with flowering rhododendron.

After a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, HSJ transports you to Charaudi (3 hour drive) for a 3-4 hour rafting adventure on the Trishuli River.  The next day you head to Pokhara (6-7 hrs drive) and then Pothana (2 hrs drive) where you start the trek.  Over the next 6 days, the trek goes through Forest Camp rich with wildlife, Badal Danda with views of Mardi Himal and finally to high camp of Mardi Himal.  From there the trek continues to Siding Village and then back to Pokhara.  You will trek 5-6 hours each day and stay at guesthouses each night.  After Pokhara, HSJ drives you to the spectacular Chitwan National Park (4 hrs) for a jungle safari where you may encounter wild animals like one-horned rhino, royal Bengal tiger, musk deer, crocodile and many more. A trip to Chitwan will immerse you in the wild habitat of Nepal.   The tour ends with a drive back to Kathmandu (4-5 hrs).

Annapurna Basecamp Trek – 16 Days

The nature lover’s ideal destination, Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to the heavenly land and landscapes surrounding the 10th tallest mountain in the world to experience the culture, nature and wilderness of the area.  This trek offers us astonishing views of mountain peaks including Annapurna massif, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Macchapuchhre and many other beautiful peaks.

After a day tour and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, HSJ will drive you to Pokhara (5-6 hours) for the start of the trek.  For the next 10 days, you will trek (hike) 4-5 hours per day through the cultural villages of Nayapul, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Chhomorong, Bamboo, Deurali, and Annapurna Base camp.  Along the way you will take in the breathtaking Birethanti waterfall, sunrise at Poonhill, the Chhomorong River, views of the Annapurna range from base camp, charming villages, Jhinu hot springs and the lush and wild Chitwan National Park (optional).  Tour includes transfers back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking – 16 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is popular as one of the adventurous trekking trails in Nepal. The trek bridges two distinct regions – Annapurna and Mustang – and offers holistic insights of both regions. Cross awe-inspiring landscapes, cascading waterfalls, Nepalese villages and Himalayan vistas to the arid kingdom of Manang and Mustang. Ascend one of the world’s highest passes, Thorang La Pass (5416m) which offers you astounding views of mountain giants including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.  Visit popular Hindu pilgrimage sites, and relax at the Tatopani hot springs.

This trek is Grade 3 – high altitude of 4000 m to 5550 m and some challenging hikes require previous trekking experience and a decent physical condition.

After a full day sightseeing tour of the UNESECO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, HSJ transports trekkers to Bhulbule for the start of the trek.  For the next 5 days you will trek 5-6 hours a day through Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang. You will explore the Kali Gandaki River, Tal waterfalls, and Tilicho Lake with views of paddies, snowcapped peaks and pine forests.  After a day of acclimatization in Manang, you will hike 4-7 hours for the next 4 days, crossing the Jarsang River through Yak pastures and climbing Thorang La Pass for astounding views of mountain giants including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.  The trek finishes with a visit to Muktinath pilgrimage site and finishes at Jomsom, where you will fly back to Pokhara and drive to finish back in Kathmandu.

Langtang

The Langtang region north of Kathmandu offers a multitude of trekking destinations, all accessible without flights.  Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south.   Langtang offers splendid varieties of natural and cultural diversity with spectacular Himalayan views. The major areas in the Langtang region are Langtang, Gosainkunda, Helambu, Panch Pokhari and Tamang heritage trail which can be combined in many different ways for treks lasting from seven to 16 days.

Langtang Valley Trek – 11 days

The Langtang Valley 11-day trek starts north of Kathmandu, near the Tibetan border. This mesmerizing grade 2 adventure includes 4-6 hours of trekking per day through unspoiled forests, past waterfalls, and along farmlands and sherpa villages.

Experience the Langtang Valley’s spectacular views of high Himalayan peaks and glaciers and explore villages that have seen few outsiders, as the trails are far less populated in this area. This region is also famous for its rare and abundant fauna and flora.  As you explore Langtang National Park, keep your eye out for our rare and interesting wildlife like the red panda, snow leopard, monkeys, deer, pike, hawks, raptors and the national bird of Nepal, the colorful danphe.

Langtang Gosainkunda – Helambu Trek – 13 Days

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek combines three major areas north of Kathmandu along the border of Tibet. This 13-day, grade 3 (strenuous) trek offers the opportunity to explore villages to climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation.  The region is less traveled and less expensive than the Everest and Annapurna region.

This trek will give you insights on the daily lifestyle of people living in high altitude areas and their culture, tradition and customs. Many sherpas reside in the Langtang region, and you can experience their authentic traditional culture. Also, you will visit the religiously important Lake Gosainkunda (4300m) where thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during the full moon festival in August. The lake is sacred to Buddhists followers as well.

The trek finishes off with an exploration of Helambu valley which is very famous for its natural beauty and wonderful climate with superb views of magnificent snow-covered mountains.

Tamang Heritage Trek – 16 Days

The Tamang Heritage Trek follows a trail that used to be a salt trade route between Tibet and Nepal, and offers beautiful vistas of snow-capped mountains, stunning landscapes, and charming Tamang villages. The tour will also introduce you to the interesting culture and lifestyle of the ethnic people of Tamang.

This trek takes you through beautiful forests home to stunning waterfalls and well-preserved flora and fauna. You’ll cross suspension bridges, and converse with local farmers along the way. The tour commences in Kathmandu Valley where you’ll get to learn more about the city’s history, art, and architecture.

This strenuous trek is graded 2, with 5-6 hours of walking with a light-day pack daily.

Manaslu

Mount Manaslu is located in the east of the Annapurna range. These treks offers unsurpassed beauty and a rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture and true adventure for visitors to Nepal. Here, you will find the mountains and valleys covered with diverse and pristine eco-systems. Fantastic mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure tantalize trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manasalu. 

Manaslu Larkya La Pass Trek – 16 Days

Highlights:

  • The smaller Himalayan passes topped by the high Larkey La (5160 m) and Kang La (5036 m) passes along the path.
  • Manaslu and Nar-Phu culture, tradition, religion, and lifestyle in the Himalayas
  • Spectacular view of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and the surrounding small and important mountainous regions.
  • Rare wildlife and vegetation, highlighting the lower Himalayas and subtropical climate regions.
  • Stunning Buddhist monasteries with spectacular architecture and art.
  • Wizardry sunrise and sunset views of the beautiful scenery of the Himalayas.
  • Genuine trek experience on the lesser trails discovering hill and mountain villages, culture and terraced agricultural lands of the Manaslu and Nar Phu areas

Tsum Valley and Ganesh Base Camp Trek – 22 Days

Highlights:

  • A picturesque journey from Kathmandu to Arughat
  • Exploring the Tibetan culture and way of life
  • Waterfalls, streams and caves on the way
  • Fairly easy trek without fear of altitude sickness
  • Wilderness animals such as the Blue Sheep and the Himalayan Thar
  • Several of the buddhist temples
  • Prayer flags and the walls of Mani along the road
  • Spectacular views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli
  • Wonderful forests of pine, juniper and rhododendron

 

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FAQs

Q Do I need a Visa for Nepal?

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish.

They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 4 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others."

Q How is payment handled?

Upon receipt of the booking request, Himalayan Social Journeys will contact you to finalize trip details and collect payment details.

Q What is your cancellation policy?

No refund will be made for the 20% deposit in case of cancellation of trip. HSJ is flexible to postpone your trip if needed. If you have paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but you will still be charged a 20% cancellation fee. Please provide written notification of your cancellation to cancel any trip.

Q Is there an Orientation program?

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm on the day of arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip breakfast.

Q What is the single supplement charge?

In holiday tours / trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to a client who does not share a room with another tour participant.

Q Where will I stay during the tour?

In Kathmandu, you will be staying at the Himalayan Suite Hotel or a hotel with the same quality. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels by Nepali standards.

In Pokhara, you will stay at Hotel Dandelion. These places come highly recommended but please don't expect a European standard of hotel. On the trekking days, you'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek, the bathrooms are outside the rooms and hot water is dependent on solar panels so don't count on many warm showers.

Q How large is each tour group?

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each trekking group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

Q How many people are in each room?

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".

Q Who will be leading the tours/treks?

HSJ's local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Government of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. With experienced, well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

Q How many porters will there be?

For the trek, there will be one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You will carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

Q Will I be able to charge a digital camera or other equipment on the trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges (US$ 3-$5). Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Guides can help you with it.

Q How much money should I bring for personal expenses?

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.

Q Is altitude sickness a problem?

The altitude sickness usually starts at the 3000-meter mark. Normally below three 3000 meters, you will not have altitude-related problems. If you have a health condition which might cause problems please consult a doctor on the advisability of doing the trek.

Q Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The trip hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your trek.

Q Is there any communication while we are trekking?

All guides carry local Sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client.

You may pass the number of your guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q Is there a Laundry facility on the trek?

There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu, and Pokhara but not while on the trek.

Q What clothes shall I bring?

Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for zero degree-weather. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for 4 to 6 degree-weather. Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant.

Q Do we need to bring a sleeping bag?

The sleeping bag is not necessary during the trekking days but you need a sleeping bag during winter. If you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring it. Otherwise, HSJ will provide you with the sleeping bag during the trek.

Q Should we bring a duffle bag?

For trekking days, HSJ will provide a duffle bag to keep your things if you do not have your own backpack and it will be carried by a porter.

Q Is there vegetarian food?

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. It is highly recommended that clients eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non-vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Q Do you provide travel insurance?

It is strongly advised that you get traveler's insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company.

Q How is Nepal's weather?

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December till February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes it is cold during the winter months.

Q Can we give tips?

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and US$ 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. HSJ suggests you allocate a minimum USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

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