The fourteen trails
There are fourteen trails described in the guide. Many - indeed, most
- of these offer side trips and alternative ways of joining and leaving
the route. They interconnect, to create a web that spans almost the entire
country. It is simple to weave a unique trek that fits your needs, and our
interactive maps help you align the trek with the underlying social and
living environment, the demands on you and the like.
This list makes for rather dry reading, but the CD itself does not. Each
day is described in detail, and supported by many photographs.
- From Basantapur up the Milke danda to the Tamur river, to Taplejung
and then to Kanchenjunga. Exit via Doban, Chainpur and Tumlingtar airfield,
or from Sukhetar by air.
- Up the Arun river to Khandbari and Num, then to Makalu via the Barun
la and Baruntse. Exit from Tumlingtar airfield.
- From Jiri via the Lamjura pass through Solu Khumbu to Khumbu. From Namche
bazaar, trips to Gokyo, Sagamartha (Mount Everest) , Kalapatar and Everest
Base camp. Further side trips to Chhukung, Ama Dablan, Tengboche monastery
or gompa, Phortse and Pheriche. Exit via Lukla airfield, or walk
out to Tumlingtar via Hongu and Hinku.
- To the hidden Rolwaling valley from the Jiri road, exiting via a number
of alternative routes.
- By road from Kathmandu via Trisuli to Langtang, with an alternative
exit via Gosainkund and Helambu.
- From the Trisuli river to the Ganesh himal and the Pansan banyang
(pass), traversing two high ridges to Gorkha. Interesting and little visited
country, with good wild plants.
- A loop which passes from Ghorka along the Gorkha danda to Rupina
la, a high pass in the Manaslu-Himal Chuli massif. The trail drops
from this to the Buri gandaki (river) before looping back to Gorkha.
- A trail from Gorkha which runs under the Rupina la, but passes
South to Himal Chuli, before winding down to Phalensang on the Marsayangdi
river, where there is a road head. This is wild country with many birds.
- A further trail from Gorkha which goes completely around the Manaslu
complex, joining the Annapurna trail. Tibetan Buddist and Bon Po religious
- A complex set of treks which are based around the famous Annapurna circuit.
This visits the Marsayangdi river, Manang, the 5500m Thorung la pass,
Muktinath and then drops into the Kali gandaki valley, between the
8000m Dauligiri and Annapurna himals. We mildly discourage you from
taking the dry, troublesome Tilicho lake trail. The trail rises from this
to Pun hill, at Gorapani, or passes down the river to Beni. From Gorapani,
trails lead either to the Annapurna sanctuary under Macchapuchare, the famous
fishtail mountain, or else to a more direct exit to the regional capital
- A rather easy trip rises from Jomosom, behind Annapurna, and travels
up the Kali gandaki through sear alpine desert to Mustang. We offer
a range of day trips from Lo Manthang, the capital of this isolated desert
- An extremely taxing trail which rises from Beni, south of Pokhara, and
eventually passes around the high Dauligiri peaks, exiting in the Kali gandaki
valley, also near Jomosom.
- An arduous and lengthy trip starts from Jumla, in the far West of Nepal.
It visits Dolpo, Ringmo and Phoksumdo lake. The trail exits at Beni, after
passing through Dhorpatan and much very wild and bleak wild country. It
is possible to both fly in and out of Tarakot, considerably shortening this
- The last of the fourteen treks also starts from Jumla, but goes North
to Lake Rara before following the isolated Karnali river, which drains the
entire West of the country. This remote area offers extraordinary wildlife,
particularly birds. Jackals and peacocks serande your tent at dusk.
We hope that this whets your appetite. Please buy the Guide and start