Namaste! Welcome to Nepal Trekking Holidays

My name is Paul Darlow. Having spent more than 12 months trekking, walking and climbing in Nepal I have fallen in love with the country, its people and its landscapes.

I can think of no place I would rather go for a walking holiday than Nepal. Before each trip I spend weeks scouring the internet, reading books, pouring over maps and talking to people on forums to find inspiration for my next trip.

And what a rich source of inspiration the country of Nepal provides!

From the Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu region with the ever-popular trip up to Everest Base Camp and the stunning viewpoints of Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri, to the mighty mountain of Makalu in the Makalu-Barun national park, to the treks in the Annapurna region near the peaceful lakeside retreat of Pokhara. Nepal truly does offer a trek for everyone, whatever their level of fitness and aspirations.

I personally started off with a trip to Nepal organised by Exodus Travels. This first trip (to climb Mera Peak) was so inspiring that I have been back many times since, although most subsequent trips have been organised independently.

I have put this site together to help you to understand the options available for trekking in Nepal, so that you can spend less time scouring the internet for information and more time looking forward to what will undoubtedly be a remarkable trip.

This website is organised into several sections:

1) Nepal Trekking Routes – summaries of each of the main trekking routes in Nepal, with route descriptions, highlights, key facts and information, photos and videos. The website currently contains information on the treks to and around Everest Base Camp (including the ascents of Mera Peak and Island Peak), Langtang, Helambu, Gosainkunda, Makalu, Annapurna Base Camp and the Tamang Heritage Trail. Over the coming weeks I will be adding sections on the Annapurna Circuit, Kangchengjunga and other areas – please come back soon to check for new sections.

2) Nepal Trekking Photos – some of my favourite photos of Nepal (taken by me on my various trips).

3) Nepal Trekking FAQs – things you need to know before booking a trip to Nepal, useful information to help you prepare for your trip and FAQs about trekking in Nepal.

4) Nepali Trekking Language – a few key words and phrases of the Nepali language to help you to communicate with the locals.

5) Things to do before you go – a checklist of things to do before you go, to make sure you make the most of your trip.

I hope you enjoy browsing this website and that you decide to go trekking in Nepal. If you go on one of these trips – please let me know how you get on!

If you have any questions or comments, please use the comments box at the bottom of this page and I will try to reply as quickly as possible.

7 Responses to Namaste! Welcome to Nepal Trekking Holidays

  1. matthew cross says:

    hi paul,your a lucky man indeed..its a great website..i have been lucky enough to visit nepal 3 times now to trek annapuna circuit and abc..ebc and gokyo and all around langtang and helambu with side trips…im looking for another trip this januarybut i only have 14 days this year..i want to head up to lukla and from there im looking to do a new ish trek…possibly a peak would be great…i have basic crampon use ,,would i be able to get a guide at the airport…ive done my other treks alone..or if you can suggest a route for that time scale….any ideas i would be very grateful…..matt

  2. pauld339 says:

    Matt – thanks for your kind comments on my website – still a work in progress, but it’s getting there! With 14 days and a desire to climb a peak starting from Lukla I think it has to be Island Peak. You can see details of my trip on this website (Trekking Routes / Trekking in the Everest Region / Island Peak Climbing Trips) – but in summary you can head up to Chukkung independently, and then join up with an organised group just to do Island Peak – this might work for you if you normally like to trek independently but don’t have lots of climbing experience. A good company for the Island Peak section of this trip is called Equator Expeditions (jointly Nepali and Western run and owned – I have used them and think they’re very good, especially their main guide PK Sherpa). You need to be careful with your acclimatisation with only 14 days, but it should be do-able, especially if you are prepared to put in a couple of longs days to get back from Chukkung to Lukla. How about that? Any additional questions, just post another comment and I’ll get back to you. Best regards, Paul

  3. matthew cross says:

    thanks for your reply…my last question if you can help is makalu…..16 days… ? im fit and have had no problems with the altitude before…do you think there will be need for a tent in january or are there tee houses on the way…thanks again matt

  4. pauld339 says:

    Hi Matt. Doable yes, as long as you don’t get flight delays or have problems with altitude. Also be aware that there would be some long, tough days involved.

    My itinerary was:
    Day 1 – Fly KTM to Tumlingtar then walk to a small village whose name I have forgotten.
    Day 2 – Walk to Num
    Day 3 – Walk to Seduwa (a short day but hot and tiring)
    Day 4 – Walk to Tashi Gaon (a relatively short, easy day)
    Day 5 – Walk to Kongma
    Day 6 – Walk to Yangri Kharka (this day was long and tough!!)
    Day 7 – Walk to Shersong
    Day 8 – Walk to MBC
    Day 9 – Explore at MBC
    Day 10 – Explore around MBC
    Day 11 – Walk to Yangri Kharka (a tough day)
    Day 12 – Walk to Kongma (another tough day)
    Day 13 – Walk to Seduwa
    Day 14 – Walk back to the small village
    Day 15 – A very early start to get back to Tumlingtar for a flight to KTM

    The walking on days 1 and 2 of the above itinerary are uninspiring along hot, dusty tracks – I would suggest instead getting a jeep from Tumlingtar to Num, thereby giving you more time to enjoy the higher mountains.

    In season there are (small and very very basic) lodges the whole way – the only problem is if you can’t make it the whole way from Kongma to Yangri Kharka in one go – the lodge that’s situated half-way along isn’t always open. But it is run by the same people who run the one and only lodge in Kongma, so the man of the family is happy to walk with you to his lodge if you want it opened. I went in October BUT I got the impression from the lodge owners that most of them above Tashigaon would be shut in January and so you would want to take a tent and enough food for the section above Tashigaon.

  5. Sam W says:

    Hi Paul
    Your website has been a massive help to me as I plan my trip to Nepal and the photos are just amazing.
    I have a few questions I wanted to ask you.
    I get to Nepal mid November and want to trek in the Everest region with out a guide.
    What will the EBC & Three High Peek Trek be like that time of year?

    Also I understand by the end of December it will be getting colder and this leads on to my next question about the hire of decent kit. What is the kit like that is hired out? and do you know how much it costs to hire a good down coat and sleeping bag?
    Thanks for your time
    Keep up the good work

  6. pauld339 says:

    Hi Sam. Thanks very much!

    Mid November should be perfect for that trek – whilst the weather obviously is unpredictable, most days should be sunny and fairly cold – my experience is that the weather tends to improve once you get above Namche, so don’t worry if it’s cloudy between Lukla and Namche. There will still be quite a lot of people around but you will avoid a lot of them by taking the 3 Passes route. There will probably be some snow on the passes.

    End of December will indeed be very cold (minus 20 at night perhaps). The only equipment I know about is Shona’s in Thamel – their sleeping bags and down coats are perfectly adequate – they are very proud of the fact that their equipment has been used on many Everest summit climbs. As for the cost, I haven’t personally hired their gear for a few year so my memory is a little hazy, but I have found a report from a recent Everest expedition who hired their stuff from Shona’s – they say 100-150 rupees per day for a down jacket, and 100 – 300 rupees per day for a sleeping bag.

    Very happy to answer any more questions.


  7. Richard Woolsey says:

    Paul, while researching my trip to the Everest Region, I quite literally stumbled on to your website . . . and what good fortune was for me. Your first hand experience, remarkable pictures and shared knowledge has been exceptional and has aided me in my overall planning. Thanks for sharing this with fellow trekkers. Richard