We recently did (or attempted, rather) Everest Base Camp with Advanced Adventures. We would not recommend them, and agree there are many things wrong with this and the trekking industry in Nepal.
The general sentiment from Advanced Adventures is that they will pretend to be your friend until they see and can hold your USD in their hands. Once this happens, you're on your own. This is despite the fact that they earn an enormous premium from average USD$1200+ for an EBC trek. (Teahouses are $2-3 a night, maybe $5 max, and the most expensive meal was probably $8). For a 12 day trek, the amount that foreigners pay is ridiculous, particularly when the guides provided are unqualified yet lie about their experience and safety record.
Now - this money issue might not bother some people. Those who are happy to pay a premium are those who are also happy to leave rave reviews about Advanced Adventures, and ignore their moneymaking agenda.
But in our case, this consisted of an unnecessary helicopter evacuation, three unnecessary days in hospital when we had minor AMS and the hospital withholding our passports the entire time for "insurance purposes". Advanced Adventures and the hospital will earn a concurrent source of income from the payout from trekkers' insurers, so naturally guided are very willing in this climate to encourage helirescues for minor malaise.
So before you empty your wallets in Advanced Adventure's Thamel office, think about the inconveniences you may encounter with them. Be wise about AMS and the helicopter rescue scams, and spare a thought for insurance companies who are the big losers in this Nepalese scam. Advanced Adventures should be ashamed for their sub-par services and the dangerous consequences this may lead to.
I did a trekking to MANASLU around , which I have enjoyed with my friends its a right destination to be hidden of the Manaslu 8156 m. Towards the north of Gorkha, this new Himalayan itinerary, that is only open since some years, driven through enormous steep valleys, over snow-covered passes and the ebullient rivers. This treks is as alternative of Around Annapurn Trek , but frequented a lot less, this trek permits to cross regions populated again of Gurung and Tibetans preserved of the tourism; it is especially addresses to do with Maximum Altitude: 5212 m
OUR PLAN AS FOLLOWS
01 Katmandu 1400 m Bus Arughat 670 m
02 Arughat 670 m 6 h 30 Labu Besi 880 m
03 Labu Besi 880 m 4 h Khola Besi 950 m
04 Khola Besi 950 m 5 h Jagat 1410 m
05 Jagat 1410 m 6 h Ngyak 1530 m
06 Ngyak 1530 m 5 h Ghap 2040 m
07 Ghap 2040 m 5 h Lho 3100 m
08 Lho 3100 m 6 h Sama Gompa 3500 m
09 Sama Gompa 3500 m 5 h Samdo 3860 m
10 Samdo 3860 m 6 h Refuge de Larkya 4500 m
11 Refuge de Larkya 4500 m 5 h Larkya La, Bimtang 5212 m
12 Bimtang 3850 m 5 h 30 Tilije 2400 m
13 Tilije 2400 m 5 h Syamje 1350 m
14 Syamje 1350 m 5 h Bhulbule 1000 m
15 Bhulbule 1000 m 4 h Besi Sahar 750 m
16 Besi Sahar 750 m 8 h Katmandu (bus) 1400 m
How ever you can drive back from Syamje to Kathmandu also , to save the time
You should have no problem finding a group to join, since the majority of people to Nepal want to go to EBC or Annapurna.
Always ask the Agency as they have many people on their books who want to trek, The question is how many people do you want to trek with. I got luck with my tour as the people I joined where a hushband and wife who wanted just two extra people to join. but I saw many large tours about which I am glad I never joined.
So whatever agancy you go to ask how large the tour is before booking, don't forget if their is 16 people in the group then the tour will be double the size with the sherpa's added.
If you can gather a few travellers in Kathmandu who want do the trek then all go together and arrange a trek with an agency and work something out.
either way you will get on a trek somewhere.
Renowed as one of the World's best treks, The Annapurna Circuit provides up to 3 weeks of walking through the Himalayan ranges through a variety of scenery and cultures.
A series of small villages provide huge choice for how you can walk the circuit, doing short or longer days with any amount of side trips and detours. This is scenery not to be rushed.
Most trekkers will do the trip east to west starting at either Besi Sahar or Bhulbule, both of which can be got to by a days bus trip from Kathmandu. The high point of the circuit is the 5,416 metre Thorung La Pass and you need to acclimatise properly to ensure you can safely make it over. Many people now stop their trek in Jomsom which is around 12 days from the start of the trail. This is because a road was built on the Western side and brings with it bikes and jeeps and lots of dust, we saw very few walkers after Jomsom and exited ourselves on a local jeep. There are many highlights on the circuit, for me, the Upper route from Pisang to Manang really stood out, the views of the Annapurna peaks were just breathtaking.
See my Annapurna Circuit trip page.
Recently we returned from a four-day trek with a friend in the Annapurna Himalayan range. Boasting spectacular scenery, rugged terrain and extremely welcoming locals, I've never visited another place on earth like Annapurna.
Helping us get the most out of our trek was our friendly and knowledgeable guide Sanjib Adhikari, a specialist trekking guide and expedition organizer based in Thamel, the bustling heart of Kathmandu. He skillfully guided us across treacherous mountain passes, pointed out the rich variety of flora we passed and, in the evening after hiking, served our meals and played cards with us.
Knowing that there are quite a few other less capable and experienced guides than Sanjib, I'd certainly recommend him to other trekkers. His website is: www.nepalguideinfo.com
The company arrange treks for families, small groups of friends, School/collage groups and larger parties organized by clubs or travel agents. Treks are designed to meet the wishes of clients and thus may range in difficulty from easy low altitudes and pass crossings. Guided climbs and treks can be arranged to passes and peaks higher then 18, 000 ft. The trekking season runs from September to May. We can also arrange monsoon treks in Rain shadow area like Mustang, Dolpo, and Mt. Kailash from Simikot or Zhangmu. For more details visit http://www.nepalguidetreks.com
If you are really short of time, willing to miss out some of the cultural treasuresof Nepal, and have set your eyes on seeing the High Himalayas up close, these are your best options within a week:
1) Hang out in the Singh Gomba/Gosainkund area of Langtang (Beware of AMS)
2) From Pokhara you go to Ghandrung/Poon/Tamu Hill areas
3) From Pokhara walk the ridge to Mardi Himal (beware of AMS)
4) Fly to Lukla, walk to Namche Bazaar and hang out for a few days around there.
These are the way easiest ways of getting a good glimpse of the Himalayas in short time, in relative comfort and self-supported if you like.
Volunteers who would like to participate in some trekking while they are in Nepal can easily do that as a part of their program. We can organise guided treks in the Annapurna mountain ranges which include tea house accommodation, with warm showers and comfortable beds, and three meals of western or local food a day. Four day treks are challenging but suitable for most people at most levels of fitness. As a part of our program, we do not cover the cost of bottled water on the mountain (you can supply your own water purification tablets to save money) or the trekking permit that is required to do the trek (2000 NR). If you would like to do a longer trek through the Annapurna ranges or perhaps even Everest base camp, we can also arrange this, however, it is recommended that you have done some training or had experience walking before. The Everest base camp trek takes from 12- 14 days according to your speed and fitness. It includes flights to Lukla, which is where you will begin your trek. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide and your meals and accommodation will be included in the cost of the trek. Once again, bottled water is to be covered by you and it can cost up to 200 NR the higher up the mountain you go.
Whether you are a hardened mountaineer or a happy rambler this place has something for every one.
You can walk/trek/climb to every level, and you dont have to super hard to take in some of the biggest hills in the world (from the bottom).
There are many organized trips open to you as well as the pack it, find it and do it type of trip
you are able to travel through city,town, lush green on up into Alpin terrain and then for the more daring the mountain landscape - which in my opinion is the best in the world!
With good guides you can see some glaciers and even walk them (dont recommend this unless you know what your about, it can get messy!) And if all this sounds to much like hard work you can take a flight around Everest herself, the only effort here is to open your wallet.
This will be an unforgettable experience trekking in the highest places on earth. There are many treks ranging from short, easy ones to long, tough ones. Famous treks include the Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit, Jomoson trek, Langtang trek, Everest-Kala Pattar trek. Other more remote trek include Dhaulagiri trek, Manaslu trek, Kanchenjunga trek, Mustang trek and trekking to remote areas in western Nepal e.g. Rara lake and the Dolpo area..
Ten years ago when I crossed Thorung La I must have walked right passed this Temple in the dusk and didn't even know it was there !!! Then Helga told me about it whilst we were trekking up the kali Gandaki Valley ( Thank You Helga !! ) -- The " Fire on the Water Temple " and Yes you can actually see the fire on the top of the water in a hole in the temple !! Well Worth seeing -- This Temple is part Hindu and part Buddhist -- again something unusual !! Don't be like me and walk straight past it as it is quite an incredible sight !!!!
I am 100% Sure that the information in this tip is still as good now as when I wrote it in 2004 -- Happy Travels in Nepal -- Rob
There are so many treks in Nepal, i suggest staying away from the well trodden and heading into the areas less frequented. Some of my best times were walking back down through the Helambu Valley. For five days i didn't see another westerner, it's a far cry from the wealthy foreigners being choppered in for their 'mountain trek' and the people you meet are far more friendly.
Sure it's a little strange squatting on the toilet and then turning on the tap above your head for a cold stream of water to shower and flush at the same time, but it's what Nepal really is.