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What makes Wild Nepal so special?

Mustang, Manaslu, Makalu, Kangchenjunga and Dolpo are just some of the evocative places that make up Wild Nepal; the regions beyond Everest and the Annapurnas that are less well-known but still offer fantastic opportunities for trekking in Nepal.

You don’t have to travel far from Kathmandu to discover some little-trekked trails. The region of Ganesh Himal is only a few hours’ drive from Kathmandu yet is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With classic Himalayan scenery of high snow-peaks and deep verdant valleys, together with numerous small villages populated by small ethnic groups, trekking in Ganesh Himal provides all the wow factor of the Himalaya but without the crowds.

The Manaslu Circuit retains its allure as one of the great treks of the world and makes a superb alternative circuit trek in Nepal. Close to the Tibetan border, Manaslu is a region of spectacular scenery dominated by the towering peak of Manaslu and dotted with attractive Tibetan-style villages. Trekking the Manaslu Circuit takes you from river valley to high pass and offers sublime views of the Greater Himalaya.

A trek to Kangchenjunga is a remote and challenging adventure in Wild Nepal. It is a region of striking contrasts and culturally interesting ethnic villages. After only a day on the trail of a Kangchenjunga trek you will enjoy spectacular views of Kangchenjunga and her satellite peaks. By trekking to both the north and south base camps of Kangchenjunga it’s possible to enjoy both awe-inspiring scenery and a real sense of achievement.

Mustang, in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, is one of the few places you can go trekking in Nepal during the summer months. It has a surreal desert landscape of multi-coloured rock strata, high barren cliffs peppered with caves, isolated villages and distant snow-capped peaks that provides a real contrast to the Himalayan scenery you see elsewhere in Nepal. No Mustang treks are complete without a visit to Lo Manthang , the ancient capital of the region and home to the fabulous Tiji Festival each spring.

Trek a little further than Mustang and you will reach neighbouring Dolpo. Equally wild and remote, trekking in Dolpo is a fantastic adventure where you can expect to have the beautiful trails and incredible Himalayan scenery all to yourself.

Wild Nepal Trekking Holidays

Wild Nepal Trekking Holidays

Remote trails, hidden villages and timeless Himalayan scenery, Wild Nepal offers a world of adventure for the keen trekker.

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9 Holidays

Ganesh Himal Trek

16 day Moderate / Vigorous Walking & Trekking

Ganesh Himal Trek
  • Climb airy stone staircases, and trek along exhilarating mountain ridges
  • Trek through verdant farmland and explore unspoilt forests
  • Marvel at the incredible mountain panoramas from the Sing La
  • Visit remote Gurung and Tamang villages
  • Relax after the trek in a four star hotel in Kathmandu

Flight inclusive from £2905, Land only from £1595

Five High Passes - Dolpo to Mustang Trek Adventure Special

23 day Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Five High Passes - Dolpo to Mustang Trek
  • Trek for 16 days through impressive high mountain scenery and isolated villages
  • Camp by the turquoise waters of Phuksundo Lake
  • Experience the ancient Tibetan culture of the region - little changed over time
  • Enjoy first rate camping and a four star hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek

Flight inclusive from £4835, Land only from £3685

Wild Mustang Trek Adventure Special

25 day Vigorous / Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Wild Mustang Trek
  • Trek to the remote villages, cave complexes and monasteries north of Lo Manthang and meet the local nomads.
  • Return down the wild eastern side of Mustang.
  • Stay in lodges in Mustang as well as enjoying a full camping experience in the ‘wild’ sections of this unique trek.
  • Join in the flamboyant celebrations of the Tiji Festival on the May departure.

Flight inclusive from £4885, Land only from £3935

Makalu Base Camp Trek Adventure Special

22 day Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trek Save £240 this autumn
  • Complete the spectacular trek to Makalu Base Camp where few others have ventured
  • Cross the Shipton La pass, and three other high passes, on a single day of sublime trekking
  • Enjoy a full day of exploration at Makalu Base Camp
  • Encounter varied scenery in different temperate zones as you progress from 700m to over 5,000m
  • Stay in tea houses on trek to experience remote village life and contribute directly to the local economy.

Flight inclusive from £3740, Land only from £2495

Snow Leopard Trek, Upper Dolpo

27 day Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Snow Leopard Trek, Upper Dolpo
  • Genuinely remote and culturally distinct, an area of Nepal where few westerners visit
  • Phuksundo Lake, Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain are just some of the spectacular scenic highlights
  • Spend time with the people of Dolpo who have retained their ancient traditions and beliefs
  • Excellent acclimatisation following Peter Matthiessenâs journey in search of the elusive snow leopard
  • Enjoy first rate camping facilities on trek and a four star hotel in Kathmandu

Flight inclusive from £5065, Land only from £3750

Langtang & the Laurebina La Adventure Special

20 day Vigorous / Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Langtang & the Laurebina La Save £130 this autumn
  • Towering Himalayan peaks, sacred lakes and deep hidden valleys - all within a day's drive from Kathmandu
  • A culturally rich trek into the home of the Tamang and the Yolmo Sherpa people
  • Traditional tea houses and a warm welcome on the trail
  • 4* hotel in Kathmandu at the start and end of the trek

Flight inclusive from £3040, Land only from £1850

Manaslu Circuit Great Treks of the world

18 day Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Manaslu Circuit
  • A distinctive and improved version of the classic Manaslu Circuit with spectacular scenery from start to finish
  • Excellent acclimatisation with rest days before crossing the Larkya La
  • Explore picturesque Tibetan villages full of cultural interest
  • Staying in tea houses on trek and a four star hotel in Kathmandu

Flight inclusive from £3020, Land only from £2025

Kangchenjunga North & South Base Camps Adventure Special

23 day Strenuous Walking & Trekking

Kangchenjunga North & South Base Camps
  • An opportunity to genuinely trek where few other westerners venture.
  • Spectacular Himalayan scenery with views of many 8,000m peaks.
  • Excellent acclimatisation and ample time to explore.
  • Highly experienced Nepali leader and trek crew.
  • Relax in a 4* hotel in Kathmandu.

Flight inclusive from £3950, Land only from £2955

Kingdom of Mustang Trek Festivals

19 day Vigorous Walking & Trekking

Kingdom of Mustang Trek
  • Visit a small Buddhist kingdom that until relatively recently was closed to the outside world.
  • Attractive Tibetan-style villages with a strong, well preserved Tibetan culture and intriguing long-abandoned cliff dwellings and ancient cave monasteries.
  • A dramatic desert landscape with incredible ‘organ-pipe’ cliffs, set against a backdrop of the mighty snow-capped Himalaya.
  • While on trek stay in charming teahouses, small hotels and lodges
  • 4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and a combination of tea houses and lodges on trek.

Flight inclusive from £4005, Land only from £3055

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Introduction

Whilst the attractive tea house trails of Everest and Annapurna are rightly popular, step off-the-beaten-track and you will discover another world altogether; pristine mountain scenery, little-visited villages and a culture still relatively untouched by tourism. Limiting access through special permits has helped preserve some of these far flung regions whilst others are ‘wild’ by their very remoteness.

Due to its proximity to the Tibetan border, Mustang has a dramatic desert landscape like no other in Nepal. It also remains culturally distinct with a strong Tibetan Buddhist influence in its customs, dress and festivities. A thorough exploration of this region is possible on our Kingdom of Mustang Trek or Wild Mustang Trek. By way of contrast, venture a little further into the wilds and you will discover the beautiful turquoise lakes and soaring snow-capped mountains of Dolpo. Explore both these stunning regions on our Five High Passes - Dolpo to Mustang Trek.

Tibetan culture is also evident in the attractive villages dotted around the trails of Manaslu. You can explore this wild and distant region, and circuit the world’s eighth highest mountain, on our classic Manaslu Circuit Trek. Another fine trek in the heart of Wild Nepal is that to the North and South Base Camps of Kangchenjunga. This spectacular and challenging trek transports you through wonderfully diverse landscapes into some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the whole of Nepal. The base camp of Makalu also offers a sublime trekking objective where few others have ventured.

If you’re looking for a true taste of adventure, amidst some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, then Wild Nepal is the place to go.

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Key Facts

  • Currency: Nepalese Rupee
  • Time difference: GMT +5.75 hours
  • Popular dishe/s: Dal bhat
  • Popular drink/s: Chai tea
  • Power supply: 220v/240v
  • Sockets: Typically 2-pin round
  • Official language: Nepali
  • Did you Know: The mustang region was a recognised kingdom until 2008 when the Nepalese government ended the official status of the monarcy. The last official king was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista who is still unofficially recognised by the people of the region.
  • Visa: British nationals require a visa to visit Nepal. This can be obtained in advance or on arrival
  • FCDO link: FCDO travel advice for Nepal


Climate

When is the best time to travel to Wild Nepal?

Our temperature and rainfall charts will give you a guide to the climate in Nepal.

Like the ever popular Annapurnas and Everest region, the spring and autumn months are considered the best time for trekking in many of the more remote areas of Nepal.

In spring, the start of the trekking season finds beautiful rhododendron and magnolia in full bloom along the trails. Whilst in autumn crisp, clear skies enhance the mountain views and the countryside is green and lush, following the summer monsoon. Ganesh Himal and Manaslu in northern central Nepal and Kangchenjunga in eastern Nepal are all excellent destinations for spring or autumn treks.

In summer, from June to August, much of Nepal experiences the monsoon rains. We consider that some destinations, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurnas are unsuitable for trekking during this time of the year; internal flight schedules can be affected and the mountain views are limited, even if the trails themselves are fine for trekking. However, Mustang and Dolpo lie in the rain shadow of the HImalaya making the summer months the perfect time for a trekking holiday in these spectacular and distinctive regions.

If you would like to discuss your group or Tailor Made holiday to Nepal with one of our destination experts, then please call us on 01453 844400.

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