Api Base Camp Trekking – 15 Days
Api base camp is a gem hidden in far-western region of Nepal. The real adventure, amazing landscapes, cultural diversity, furiously galloping snow fed rivers, stunning mountains and pristine forest are most eye catching factors of this trek.
Our Api base camp trekking of 15 days begins with scenic flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi and forward scenic drive to Latinath passing Gokuleshwar behind. Ahead, developing steady walk by passing numerous of traditional villages holding stone houses, alpine forest, open grassland, pastures by enjoying magnificent surrounding views with stunning mountains leads towards open plateau surrounded by mountains (Api base camp). Surely, after steeping on high elevation rewarded views makes you feel the sense of real achievement. Countless additional attractions ahead and opportunity to inspect the way of surviving by western Nepalese peoples are encountered en route. Multiple experiences of camp stay, home stay and normal lodge stay make this trekking trip more unique and rewarding.
Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu
First day, monitoring your land off at Tribhuwan International Airport our company representatives will warmly welcome and shifts you towards nearby fine tourist standard inn. We also schedule for a brief meeting regarding our upcoming trek at our office and on evening hour, we recommend genuine Nepali food items in most popular Nepalese restaurant where you can enjoy ethnic cultural dance and music.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1,300 m) to Dhangadhi (109 m) 15 min flight
Second day after attending morning breakfast, soon private vehicle shifts us to airport for catching a short scheduled flight to Dhangadi. Finally after land off on Dhangadi airport, we will be straight transferred towards tourist standard hotel for freshen up along remaining hours will be set up for exploring throughout attractions including Aircraft museum, cycling up to Botanical Garden and many more others. On evening hours, we return back to hotel that we had left behind before for spending night.
Day 3: Dhangadhi (109 m) to Gokuleshwar (640 m) 8 hrs drive
Third day early morning leaving plains of Terai, we move ahead by following Mahakali highway towards hilly region to Gokuleshwar. Steady drive on uphill till Dadeldhura and continuing drive forward through high winding roads by inspecting beautiful views of Himalayas through windows of bus takes to Gokuleshwar. According to your desire, remaining hours can be spent by exploring nearby attractions or you can take a rest. This night will be spent at a lodge in Gokuleshwar.
Day 4: Gokuleshwar (640 m) to Latinath (1,004 m) 2 hrs drive and then Paribagar (1,770 m) 1 hrs trek
Fourth day after having breakfast, we follow the drive way along Chameliya River and pass biggest hydropower station in the far west Nepal to reach Latinath. Therefore, short ultimate uphill walk begins forward takes towards a beautiful village of Paribagar. Finally, leisure hours will be utilized by exploring the village along tonight’s dinner and accommodation will be arranged at the local host family’s house.
Day 5: Paribagar (1,770 m) to Makarigadi (1,470 m) 5 hrs trek
Fifth day, marching ahead by enjoying breakfast and leaving Paribagar behind along passing numerous of traditional villages holding stone houses and terraced fields on way leads towards tea house. Enjoying short moment in tea house and continuing walk forward by crossing pleasing forests holding verities of flora and fauna takes to beautiful settlement of Makrigaad. Tonight’s dinner and accommodation is arranged in a homestay.
Day 6: Makarigadi (1,470 m) to Siti (2,250 m) 8 hrs trek
Sixth day after enjoying breakfast, our day’s walk begins with a short steep climb towards the Chameliya River along after that continuing walk by climbing up the gorge with spectacular views by side, leads to Pato. Further walk from pato, gentle and steady climb takes to Siti by passing numerous of settlements along traditional attractions en route. This night we stay at local house of host family along enjoying unique dinner with them.
Day 7: Siti (2,250 m) to Domal (2,950 m) 7 hrs trek
Seventh day, initially following the downhill walk to the beautiful village located at the bank of river along forward steeping slow ascend takes to Dolma (sacred spot and junction point of two opposed rivers). This night will come to be different from other nights because tonight we plan to stay by setting up the camp far away from settlements.
Day 8: Domal (2,950 m) to Dhaulo Odar (3,545 m) 5 hrs trek
Eight day, we step forward after having morning breakfast at Domal by catching a steep climbing trail which leads at little top height. Initially, passing easy walk through forests and open pasture spots slides towards Dhaulo Odar (an open grassland surrounded by high towering mountains, pleasing forests and few compact caves) to set up a camp for spending our night there.
Day 9: Dhaulo Odar (3,545 m) to Api base camp (3,860 m) 3 hrs trek and back to Dhaulo Odar (3,545 m) 3 hrs trek
Ninth day targeting base camp of Mt. Api, we march forward following upward trail towards a massive open plateau surrounded by mountains. As, we reach plateau (base camp of Mt. Api) that greets breathtaking views of Mt. Api accomplished by Mt. Nampa(6,929 m) and Mt. Bobaye (6,808 m). After enjoying some moment there, we head towards the source of Chameliya River (Pikandaha) by passing compact temples. Finally after reaching Holy Lake, we spent few time and return to Dhaulo Odar for spending overnight.
Day 10: Trek from Dhaulo Odar (3,545 m) to Siti (2,255 m) 6 hrs trek
Tenth day splitting base camp of Mt. Api, we move backward till Siti. Morning downhill walk directly leads to unique settlement of Khayekot and forward passing agricultural terrace fields, alpine forest and eye catching green hills along following a steep climb ahead takes to beautiful village of Siti. Finally after stepping Siti, night will be spent in a home stay enjoying dinner prepared by members of host family.
Day 11: Siti (2,255 m) to Makrigaad (1,470 m) 6 hrs trek
Eleventh day, we develop walk catching an upward rigid above Siti passing forest, agricultural field and spare settlement along enjoying breathtaking views of white Himalayas before stepping Pato. Forward, steady downhill walk takes to settlement of Makarigaad and remaining hours will be spent by exploring the settlement throughout along night will be spent at house of local people by enjoying dinner prepared by them.
Day 12: Makrigaad (1,470 m) to Latinath (1,005 m) 4 hrs trek and Gokuleshwar (857 m) 2 hrs drive
Twelfth day, begins with morning downhill less demanding and very pleasant walk by exploring Hindu temple and passing numerous of attractive settlements on mid way before reaching Latinath. Ahead, catching a vehicle leads towards Gokuleshwar. Finally from the bus station, we will be transferred towards a basic lodge at Gokuleshwar for spending night.
Day 13: Gokuleshwar (857 m) to Dhangadi (109 m) 9 hrs drive
Thirteenth day after attending morning breakfast, we move forward to catch our tourist standard bus to bus station. Passing through roadside tea house, hamlets, beautiful green hills holding terraced fields and many more other attractions reaches Dhangadi. Finally, we will be shifted to fine hotel there for taking a relief shower and painless rest along tonight’s dinner and accommodation will be also managed at hotel.
Day 14: Dhangadi (109 m) to Kathmandu (1,300 m) 1 hr and 15 min flight
Fourteenth day, we move forward to airport to board a flight focusing our ticket time. Finally, landing off on Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu) after scenic flight our private vehicle picks up and escorts towards fine tourist standard hotel. Remaining hours can be spent by exploring nearby attractions or by taking a rest in hotel and this night will be spent at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Departure day
Fifteenth day (last day) focusing your flight schedule, you can step forward for strolling market to collect gift items for your friends, families or loving ones. We will be there to help in your necessary arrangements and packing along our private vehicle transfers you to the airport focusing your flight time. Heartily, our company members will be there to wish for your safe flight.
- Warm Clothes, windproof jackets, thermal wear, warm socks, scarf and woolen cap.
- Proper hiking boots, running comfortable shoes and a pair of flip-flops.
- T-shirts and hiking shorts
- Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
- Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries.
- A small light weight and quick drying towel.
- Water bottle and water purification tables
- Water purification tables or a water filter
- Sleeping bag and silk liner
- Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
Available departure dates
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All visitors are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport or Nepalese embassy abroad. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can also be secured at entry point at Nepalese borders. A valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photo (size: 1.5" x 1.5") will be required and you can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.
Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler and days are warm. Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.
Best time to travel
Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.
Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal. Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less. And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.
Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities) For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.
- Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
- You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
- Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
- Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
- Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
- Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
- Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
- Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
- Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.
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