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Api Himal Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Api Himal at 7,132 meters – Highest Mountain in Western Nepal.
  • Opportunity to explore the less visited and remote region of Nepal that offers views of beautiful mountain landscapes and pristine wilderness.
  • Excursion of Holy lake – Kali Dhunga (approximately 2 hrs walking distance from the Base Camp)
  • Gain climbing experience over 7000m altitude mountain

Trip Introduction;
Api Himal 7132 meters is the highest mountain in western Nepal. The attractive mountain rises between the Indian sub-continent and frozen plains of Tibetan Plateau in Humla District of Nepal. Api Himal Expedition is technically straightforward with several challenges before reaching the main summit. Hence, previous experience of technical peak climbing with good physical fitness is highly recommended for those wanting to conquer the summit of Api Himal with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.

The first successful ascent of Api Himal Expedition was made in 1960 by Doshisha Alpine Society of Japanese Expedition Team via Northwest route. Later on December 24, 1983 – Tadeusz Piotrowski and Andrzej Bielun from Poland made the first winter ascent of Api Himal. From the summit of Api Himal, stunning views of Mt Nandadevi 7817m that lies in Uttar Pradesh, India, Rajamba Peak 6537m, Kappa Chuli Peak 6850m and other surrounding peaks can be seen. Apart from the expedition experience, one gets to explore the less beaten and remote region of Nepal. The remoteness of the region is bejeweled with the cultural diversity, beautiful mountain landscapes, and serene wilderness.

Api Himal Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a couple of days at Kathmandu, sightseeing and making necessary preparations for the climb – we will take a flight from Kathmandu towards the airstrip of Dhangadi. From Dhangadi we will take a drive towards Baitadi and Gokuleshwor – the starting point of our trek. We start our trek from Gokuleshwor on a less visited trail that leads passing through remote villages with largely unexplored serene wilderness, passing through Karkale, Chiureni, Makarighat and Lwathi village – we trek towards Api Himal Base Camp. Once at the base camp our expedition Sherpa crew will make necessary preparations for setting up higher camps above base camp.

With proper acclimatization and guidance of our experienced climbing experts, we will spend several days and head towards the summit of Api Himal. The challenging climb to the summit is rewarded with panoramic views of Mt Nandadevi 7817 that rises beyond the Indian border in Uttar Pradesh, Rajamba Peak, Kappa Chuli Peak and other surrounding high peaks. After spending short quality time at the summit, we will descend following the same route and head back towards base camp. Having achieved our target summit of Api Himal, we will retrace our steps on the same trail and trek back to Gokuleshwor, Baitadi. The memorable and inspiring Api Himal Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a drive from Baitadi to Dhangadi and a sweeping flight from Dhangadi back to Kathmandu.

The above Package trip of Api Himal Expedition can be customized as per your preference and length of stay, please feel free to Contact our Team for more details.   

Find our day to day Itinerary of Api Himal Expedition through Google Map;

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will then be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will assist you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering information about the expedition. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Climbing Preparations.
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu 
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu valley. Most importantly we will complete all the necessary paper works and make other preparations required for Api Himal Expedition with NGT.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadi [210m/688ft] [1 hour Flight]
After breakfast, we pack our gears and get ready for an hours’ scenic flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip of Dhangadi. Dhangadi is the city in western Nepal near to Indian boarder. It is the main administrative centre and headquarter of Kailali District. After landing at Dhangadi, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest or explore around the crowdy market streets of Dhangadi. A huge number of people from every corner of the country gather here for trade purpose.
Accommodation: Guest House Lodge
Meals: BB Plan

Day 04: Drive to Baitadi- Gokuleshwor [6-7 hrs Drive]
Today we take a drive from Dhangadi and drive towards Baitadi and further towards Gokuleshwor which is the starting point of the trek. Our drive goes over Mahakali Highway for about six to seven hours passing through Baitadi we drive towards Gokuleshwor. During our drive journey we will have chance to see the drastic changes of the landscapes as we drive from the flat plains of Dhangadi all the way up to the hilly zigzag roads of Baitadi and Gokuleshwor.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Gokuleshwor to Karkale [968m/3175ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
The first day of our trek starts from Gokuleshwor, as we trek we are confronted with great views of surrounding mountains. It is a short day of trekking, so we will enjoy every moment of the amazing scenery and nature while trekking. Our trek continues until we reach at good campsite near Karkale.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Karkale to Chiureni [1120m/3673ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Karkale and follow an ascending trail that gradually climbs through terraced farmlands and beautiful villages. Local people are always happy to greet foreigners as the trail is off the beaten, less popular but offers true adventure for trekkers. Our trail crosses several suspension bridges and heads towards Chiureni. Chiureni is famous for its butter trees. We will camp along with butter trees surrounding us in the pristine vicinity.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Chiureni to Makarighat [1800m/5904ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Chiureni and follow the trail that goes along Chamliya Khola. Soon our trail goes along some of the narrowest part of the whole trek. Our trail ascends and descends for few hours through dense forest areas and passing along several villages. We continue our trek until we arrive at Makarighat where there is a good campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Makarighat to Seti [2980m/9774ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
All set to go, we leave our campsite at Makarighat and start trekking on the trail that is a steep uphill climb. Our trek passes through several small villages and with great views of snow capped mountains as we hear towards Seti for the overnight camping
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Seti to Bayaligad [3400m/11152ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite and trek on the trail that heads towards Lwathi -the last village settlement during the trek. After crossing Lwathi our trail climbs steeply through dense forest areas to reach Bayaligad which is also known and called as Saheb Bazaar. We make a stop here at Bayaligad and prepare for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Bayaligad to Simar [3680m/12070ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
We pack our gears and continue to follow our trail that is a gradual uphill trekking through dense forest areas. Our trek continues as we head towards Simar for the overnight camping. Around here, the exclusive and expensive natural herb known as Yarsagumba is found in plenty during summer. People from nearby villages leave their jobs and schools in search of the herb.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Simar to Dhaulo Odar [3860m/12660ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
From Simar we continue our trek on a rising trail that goes along additional forest and with great views of snow capped mountains. After few hours of trekking we will arrive at a good campsite near Dhaulo Odar. Odar in Nepali language means ‘Cave’. In the past people used to live here in the cave, there are scientific evidences of people’s existence in the cave. We will make a short excursion around the cave once we arrive at Dhaulo Odar for the overnight camping.
Accommodation:
Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek from Dhaulo Odar to Api Himal Base Camp [4190m/13743ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Today is a short day of trekking as we trek higher up to reach the Base camp. After breakfast, we leave our campsite at Dhaulo Odar and follow the trail that is a gradual uphill trekking all the way to a good campsite at 4190 meter. Our Sherpa crew will set up the base camp and make necessary preparations for setting up additional camps at higher altitudes and checking all the climbing gears before attempting the main summit of Api Himal. We can hike up to the Holy Lake – Kali Dhunga which takes about two hours from the base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14-29: Climbing Api Himal [7132m/23392ft] and descend back to base camp.
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices between the camps for best acclimatization. Taking weather conditions into consideration, we will follow the guidance and footsteps of our experienced climbing experts. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works of carrying and setting up camps, provide healthy meals and find accessible route to the summit. Overcoming several technical climbing sections we head towards the summit. Once at the top we are rewarded with stunning views of Mt Nandadevi that rises beyond the Indian border in Uttar Pradesh, Rajamba Peak, Kappa Chuli Peak and other surrounding high peaks. We will spend short quality time at the summit and then descend following the same route back to base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 28: Trek from Base Camp to Bayaligad [6-7 hrs Trek]
Having achieved our target – summit of Api Himal, we will make a relaxed start. After breakfast we engage in cleaning the base camp and then prepare for the return trekking. We start to retrace our steps back on the same trail that descends passing through Dhaulo Odar and heads back towards Simar. From there our trail descends passing through dense forest areas all the way to Bayaligad.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 29: Trek from Bayalighad to Makarighat [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Bayalighad and follow the trail that descends through dense forest areas to reach Lwathi. From there our trail passes through Seti as we head back to reach Makarighat for our overnight camping. Magnificent sceneries of picturesque villages with snow capped mountains on background truly adds flavor to our return trek today.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 30: Trek from Makarighat to Bitule Chaur [1200m/3936ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Makarighat we continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that passes through several villages with ups and downs. After some hours of trekking we will arrive at the plain grounds of Bitule Chaur – which offers good camping grounds for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 31: Trek from Bitule Chaur to Gokuleshwor [4-5 hrs Trek]
The last day of our trek starts from Bitule Chaur as we trek passing through several picturesque villages. Our trail is a fairly moderate trek all the way back to Gokuleshwor. We will celebrate the evening with our climbing crew and have some good time.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 32: Drive from Gokuleshwor to Dhangadi [5-6 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we take a drive from Gokuleshwor back to Dhangadi which takes approximately about 6 hours drive journey. Once we reach Dhangadi, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at the hotel or take an evening’s walk around the bust market streets of Dhangadi.
Accommodation: Guest House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 33: Fly to Kathmandu  & transfer to hotel
Today we will take a flight from Dhangadi and fly back to Kathmandu. After landing at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at Hotel or pay a visit to attraction destination (world heritage sites of UNESCO) sites that weren’t possible to visit on the second day of the trip. Walking around the busy streets of Thamel can be worth spending good time. We will celebrate the completion of Api Himal Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 34: Transfer to airport for  final departure
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

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Your Program Duration = 34 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Kathmandu – Dhangadi – Kathmandu flight
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for Api Himal Expedition
  • All essential Trekking permits and National Park fees
  • Tea House and Camping accommodation during Trekking and Climbing
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide Team
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipment – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for expedition
  • Liaison officer
  • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
  • All essential climbing gears
  • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
  • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
  • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Climbing gear
  • Your climbing insurance
  • Bar and Beverage bills
  • All personal nature expanses
  • TIPS & Summit Bonus for staffs
  • Refundable garbage deposit

Important Info

Essential Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness; It should be simple designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  • Crampons; It should be fit with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  • Ice Axe; used to cut off the ice during climbing should be versatile light.
  • Ascender; also known as Jamar, used for ascending on rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  • Head Lamp; multi led head lamp with spare batteries are essential.
  • Karabiners; requires minimum 2 locking carabineers (1 large & 1 small) and 4 regular.
  • Rappel Device; includes Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  • Ski Poles; Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings; requires one 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  • Masks, Hoses and Regulators; recommended good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter Watch;
  • Climbing Helmets; It is an essential gear to be safe from possible ice falls and rock falls, should be light and comfortable.

Clothing:

Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Hands:

  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)

Feet:

  • One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

  • Rucksacks and Travel Bags; One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Medical & Personal:

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Toiletry kits: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep you kit small)
  • First-aid kits: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor. (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful Baby wipes
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on you way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.

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Adventure Climbing @ Api Himal with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition

We were a group of 3 people from Hungary who went on Api Himal Expedition, with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. We had a great team and everything went smoothly. Top class arrangement and thumbs up !! for the whole team for extraordinary effort and support. Ang-dawa Sherpa, our climbing guide was man with patience and leadership. Without his guidance and inspiring climbing skills, our successful climb to the summit wouldn’t have been possible. We are already planning to go on other peak climbing with him and NGT in future. Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions !!! Strongly Recommended for outstanding climbing and other adventure related activities in Nepal.

Thanks once again to everyone in the NGT team 😀

With Love from Hungary,

Victor and Group

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