Api Peak Trekking

Api Peak Trekking

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Often referred to as Nepal’s Wild West, the Api Himal area lies in the extreme north-western corner of Nepal, close to the border with both Tibet and India.

Max. Elevation :  4250m Grade :  Moderate
Best season :  Spring and autumn Type of trek :  Camping/Teahouse
Duration :  28 days Starting point :  Nepalgunj
Ending point :  Nepalgunj Highlights :  Nature

 The trek derives its name from the virtually unknown peak of Api (7132m) which also marks the final upthrust of the Nepal Himalaya. From Kathmandu, we fly to Nepalgunj and drive to the frontier town of Baitadi, from where we begin our trek northward beside the Mahakali River which forms the border with India.  As we pass through the rustic villages, pristine forest and picturesque farmlands of this far –flung region, we can expect to see no other trekkers during the whole course this long and fascinating approach. Beyond the last settlement and above the tree-line, we reach the western basecamp for Api, located at around 4500 metres in a beautiful high valley. Exploring above this camp, we will climb to a high ridge for the best views of Api and of the impressive Indian peaks of Panch Chuli and Nanda Devi. This is very much an 'Explore More' trip into an area that is not on any trekkers map.

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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport (1300m/4264ft) and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: After breakfast we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley’s cultural, historical, religious and world heritage sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site.  The whole are of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home of Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition.  In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese culture shows.


Day 03: We take the dramatic flight across the Nepal Himalaya from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. We are met at the airport and make the transfer to our hotel in the city.


Day 04:  Full day's drive to Baithadi and then a short trek to the first camp. Elevation 1500 metres


Day 05:  Trek mostly downhill today passing several villages to a camp beyond Sera. 600m.


Day 06:  Trek through populated hill-country of rice terracing to Kurjery. 650m.


Day 07:  Trek through several Brahmin villages to Dattu. 790m.


Day 08:  Trek to district headquarters at Darchula. 925m.


Day 09:  We have views of the India Himalya today as we trek to Badugaon. 1300m.


Day 10: Trek to the pleasant village of Sunasera with its orchards of orange, lemon and groves of apricot and banana. Elevation at camp: 1815m.


Day 11: We continue along the Mahakali valley to Ranthalgaon. 1865m.


Day 12: Trek to Tambakhu where we gain a superb view of the Indian Himalaya. 1790m.


Day 13: Climb to Buddhi and camp beside the Mahakali River. 2620m.


Day 14: Leaving the Mahakali River, we follow the Api Khola to a high pasture where we get our first clear views of Api Himal. 3740m.


Day 15: Acclimatisation day at the camp.


Day 16: Trek to Api Himal Base camp. 4250m.


Day 17: Rest day and exploration at Api Himal Basecamp.


Day 18: Descend to the Mahakali River and trek to Buddhi.


Day 19: Trek to Duling.


Day 20: Trek to Sunsera.


Day 21: Trek to Sribagar.


Day 22: Trek to Dattu.


Day 23: Trek to Lali.


Day 24: Trek to Baitadi.


Day 25: Trek to Nepalgunj.


Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.


Day 27: After breakfast we will set out for a sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and Patan and return to our hotel at late afternoon


Day 28: Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home

Trip Cost Includes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and wherever stated
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights (wherever stated on the itinerary)
  • Trek leader, assistant trek leader) Sherpa porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bags, Trekking kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map and trekking Poles
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit or entrance fees etc)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Airport departure tax
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, showers etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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