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Api Himal Base Camp Trek

Trip Length: 15 Days
Highest Point: 3,861m (Api Base Camp)
Trek Difficulty: Strenuous
Accommodation: Teahouse/Tent
Region: Api Himal
Walking Time: Approx 6 hrs per day
Starting Point: Dhangadi
Ending Point: Dhangadi

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through subtropical to alpine forests, deep gorges, grasslands, pastures, lakes, waterfalls, and streams
  • Observe unique culture, tradition and lifestyle of local people
  • Walk past far-flung settlements and terraced fields
  • Enjoy view of Api, Nampa, Bobaye and several other peaks in the far-western reaches of Nepal
  • Enjoy authentic trekking experience in the off the beaten path trail
  • Know Masto - a cult of Hinduism - up close


Api Himal Base Camp Trek, the trek to the base camp of Api Himal – the tallest mountain of far-western Nepal – provides you the most authentic trekking experience in Nepal. You trek to the virgin region of the Nepal Himalaya where you meet virtually no one for majority of your trek. It is a camping trek as local hotels have only basic facilities. This is the perfect trek for you if you are looking to travel to area where there is no tourist crowd like the Everest and the Annapurna. The Api Himal lies in restricted area which means individual trekking is banned. The area falls under protected area of the government i.e. Api Nampa Conservation Area. Beautiful scenery, plenty of unnamed snowcapped peaks, vast grasslands, different species of flora and fauna, lakes related to religion and festivals of local people, and unique Mashto culture are some of the attractions of this trek. The trek begins with a flight to Dhangadhi – the main market area in far-western Nepal. A daylong drive will take you to Latinath – on the banks of Chamelia River. From there, a walk of five days will take you to Api Base Camp.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Arrival in Nepal

Beautiful mountains, hills and terraced land will greet you once your aircraft enters the Nepali airspace. Very soon, you will land in Kathmandu Valley. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, complete immigration formalities and meet your representative outside the arrival lounge. Get transferred to your hotel. In the evening, meet your guide and attend a trek briefing session.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Trek preparation and fly to Dhangadhi

After a leisurely breakfast, start packing for your trek. Your guide will escort you to the domestic airport for an hour-long flight to Dhangadhi. Dhangadhi is a small town lying on the lowlands of far-western Nepal. Upon arrival in Dhangadhi, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. You can take a stroll in your hotel neighborhood to experience the life in the far-western lowlands of Nepal.

O/N: Hotel
Day 3
Drive to Gokuleshwar – Approx 8 hrs

Today, you will drive to Gokuleshwar on the Mahakali Highway. The road is initially on the lowlands but makes a climb to Dadeldhura which is a popular hill station in far western Nepal. It provides magnificent views of mountains on the north. Continuing further, the road climbs up the Chamelia valley to Gokuleshwar – a small hilly town – where you will stop for the night.

Day 4
Drive to Latinath (1004m), trek to Paribagar (1170m)

Start driving after having breakfast. A drive of some two hours will take you to a place called Latinath. On the way, you can see far western Nepal’s biggest hydropower project on Chamelia River. At Latinath, meet your support staff who will carry your loads to Api Himal Base Camp and back. A walk of two hours will take you to your campsite at Paribagar. In the afternoon, you can explore the village.

O/N: Tent
Day 5
Trek to Makarigaad (1470m) – Approx 8 hrs

Your trek begins in earnest today. Today, you will be trekking to Makarigaad – a small village by the side of Makarigaad River. The trail passes through traditional villages, terraced land and stone-roofed houses. You will reach to your lunch place after a walk of some three hours. After lunch, a walk of about two and half hours through forests of fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron will take you to Makarigaad. You can also see ruins of a historic fortress near the village.

O/N: Tent
Day 6
Trek to Siti (2258 m) – Approx 7-8 hrsl

This is going to be a long day. So, resume the walk after having early breakfast at your camp. From Siti, the trail climbs up steeply through the gorge until you reach the village of Pato (2198 m). Pato is your lunch spot. After a sumptuous lunch, walk uphill until you reach to top of a ridge. From ridge, the trail is leveled till Siti where you will stop for the night.

O/N: Tent
Day 7
Trek to Domal (2950 m) – Approx 7 hrs

The trek is easy initially as it’s a downhill walk till the Khayekot (2036 m) where you will stop for the lunch. From Khayekot, the trail is more or less leveled with small ups and downs to Domal. Domal sits on the confluence of Chamelia and Rokap River. Your camp will be set up near the confluence.

O/N: Tent
Day 8
Trek to Dhaulo Odar (3548 m) – Approx 5-6 hrs

Today, you will trek to Lower Base Camp of Api Himal. The trail is steep and you will need to gain altitude from the river bank. Continue walking till you reach forests and grazing grounds. Dhaulo Odar, which serves as the lower Api base camp is an open grasslands with rhododendron forests topped by high mountains. As the name Dhaulo Odar suggests, ‘Odar’ means cave in Nepali, there are caves in the area. After lunch, you can explore the surrounding areas.

O/N: Tent
Day 9
Dhaulo Odar (3548 m) to Api Base Camp/ Pilkandah (3861m)

It takes about two and half hours to climb to the high camp. The high camp is an open space surrounded by mountains like Mount Api, Mount Nampa (6929m) and Mount Bobaye (6808m). Lunch will be served after you reach your campsite. After lunch, explore the base camp area. Visit Kalo Pokhari Lake. Going further, you can also visit the source of Chamelia River that you have been seeing by your side since the first day of your trek.

O/N: Tent
Day 10
Trek to Siti – Approx 7 hrs

After exploring the base camp, you begin your return journey today. The trip is downhill until you reach the Khayekot village. Your lunch will be served at this village. From Khayekot, it’s an uphill climb initially and lots of ups and downs of Siti where your camp will be set up.

O/N: Tent
Day 11
Siti to Makarigaad – Approx 6 hrs

It will be a relatively shorter day today. The journey will take around six hours. Gradually, you will come back into civilization. You will see villages, people toiling in field and children coming back home from school. After a walk of some three hours, you will come to a small settlement called Pato where your crew will prepare lunch for you. After lunch, it’s an easy walk to Makarigaad.

O/N: Tent
Day 12
Makarigaad to Latinath – Approx 4 hrs

Today will be another short day. After breakfast at the camp, make a gradual descent toward Latinath from where you started the trek. The trek to Latinath takes approximately four hours. You bid adieu to your amazing support staff today. After lunch, you can take rest in your camp and explore the village.

O/N: Tent
Day 13
Drive to Dhangadhi – Approx 8 hrs

After early breakfast at your camp, board a waiting car and start driving toward Dhangadhi. After a drive of some four hours, stop at Khanidanda – a small hill station -- for lunch. Resume driving toward the southern plains of Tarai. You will reach Dhangadhi late in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Dhangadhi, check into your hotel.

O/N: Hotel
Day 14
Fly to Kathmandu – Approx 1 hr

After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Watch the mountains one last time from hour aircraft seat. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. You can just laze around in your hotel room or step outside in the market to buy souvenirs for your friends and families back home. In the evening, we will organize a farewell dinner for you at a restaurant serving typical Nepali cuisines to celebrate the success of your trek.

O/N: Hotel
Day 15

Our representative will drive you to the airport for your return flight. While returning home, you reflect on the good memories that you had during your trek and plan your next holiday.

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