Expedition at the apex of Mera Peak

Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190 ft) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. The mountain is in the Mahalangur section, Barun sub-section of the Himalayas, and located in Nepal’s Sagarmatha Zone, Solukhumbhu District.

It is an adventurous peak surrounded by a snowcapped Himalayan range, and scenic views including the world’s 8000-meter peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga.

Mera Peaks has three summits: Mera North, 6,476 meters (21,247 ft); Mera Central, 6,461 meters (21,198 ft); and Mera South, 6,065 meters (19,898 ft) as well as a smaller trekking summit which is visible from the south of Nepal.

Passing through the beautiful village and communities gives a glimpse of the rich culture of the locals. The route from the north involves the high altitude glacier walking.

Mera peak is an opportunity for all adventure seekers who are physically fit. The only qualification we need to ascend Mera peak is we need to be physically fit and have an extrovert sense of adventure.

And the west and south route is more difficult. Thus you must use the technical climbing.

The trekking to Mera Peak is technically straightforward ascents for experienced trekkers. That’s why Mera Peak is a very popular destination for trekking.

Upper Dolpo Traverse (GHT) 2020

Dolpo’s hidden mystery’s sheen luminously and endowed with rich culture, sweeping scenery, mysterious gorges, rare flora, fauna, cliffs, rivers, large cascades, and a turquoise lake. Horizons are glittering in the mountains and their glaciers and ice fields are stunning, spiritualize, and enriched.

According to the myth, it’s one of the “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche as a sanctuary for pious Buddhists in troubled times. The beautiful Dolpo valley is surrounded by soaring mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif, Kanijiruwa massif, and Tibetan plateau. The region hides at the high pass from the south and lies at the northwest of Dhaulagiri and Kali Gandaki Gorge.  Dolpo’s easiest access is from Tibet, where its people migrated from perhaps 1,000 years ago. Dolpo region is one of the few places in the globe not yet affected by globalization and modernization. Such things make this region remarkable and distinct. As the least explored region, Dolpo awaits the inquisitive explorer to cater to exceptionally worldly experiences.

Trekking to Upper Dolpo takes about  28 days to complete. During this trek, the maximum altitude is 4,530 m. to 5,115 m. It is one of the most strenuous treks in Nepal. The northern part of Dolpo is generally called upper Dolpo. The Upper Dolpo has always had a feeling of spirituality. The high valleys of Dolpo are some of the most incredible in the Himalayas with full of views extending to the arid Tibetan plateau.

This trek provides a real adventure and an opportunity to discover the hidden and pristine parts of Nepal that have remained largely undiscovered. Since it is a restricted area, only a few numbers of trekkers visit this region a year.  The almighty vistas and authentic hamlets here are just waiting to be out. This trek is trekking to an isolated and untamed part of the ancient Himalayan civilization of Tibetan society.

The Upper Dolpo region’s magnificence has been stated by author David Snelgrove in his book named, “Himalayan Pilgrimage”, Peter Matthiessen in his book named “The Snow Leopard” and George Schaller in his book “Stones of Silence”.

Langtang Via Tilman Pass (GHT) 2020

Langtang Tilman Pass is one of the less crowded trekking trails at the foot of the Himalayas. This trek offers an unparalleled combination of ecological, geographical, and cultural riches.

The trek incorporates an adventurous trek over a frosty pass encountering different ethnic groups on the way. Langtang is popularly entitled the “Valley of Glaciers”, as it is covered by frozen glaciers. This distinct and natural marvel of Langtang’s glaciation process makes this place one of the most beautiful trek places.  The snow-blanketed peaks of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Langshisa Ri, and Langtang Himal surrounded the Langtang Valley.

The region was once used as to trade hub with Tibet. Even today, the lifestyle of the Langtang region is influenced by the Tibetan lifestyle. As compared with any other trek, Langtang‘s is nearby Kathmandu valley but this is as remote and wild as it gets.

Tilman Pass

Tilman’s Pass (5,320 meters) was named after a pioneer British adventurer and explorer H. W. Tilman (1898 – 1977) who explored the Himalaya in the mid-20th century. It is a part of the Great Himalaya Trail and considered one of the challenging treks. This trekking trail is recently promoted; off-the-beaten, not frequent trekking route in Nepal.

Tilman pass trekking connects with two different Himalaya regions including the Langtang and Panch pokhari (Five holy lakes). Panch Pokhari is the 9th highest wetland in the world. Nestled in the Upper Langtang region, it is one of high elevation trek including its border to the Tibetan plateau.

Tilman pass trekking incorporates the wilderness trekking experience along with cultural exploration. The serene mountain pass is a vantage point. Here, trekker will enjoy and witness impressive Himalayan scenery of Langtang and Lirung, Langtang Himal, Naya Khanga, Yala Peak, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa, Gaurishanker, Dorjelakpa.

The region also offers the best view of Langsisha glacier, serene five holy lakes, and the remote Jugal Himal. It connects the Himalayas from Kanchenjunga in the East to Dhaulagiri in the West.

This wilderness trekking involves trekking through snow and crossing the high passes. This trek is one of the highly commended, secluded, and wilderness trekking in Nepal that provides an exhilarating experience to trekkers.

Similarly, this region is habitat to abundant highland wildlife comprising blue sheep and the red panda. The rocky and uneven trekking route of Tilman Pass cuts high into the cliff sides and passes picturesque villages that have changed little over the centuries.

Kynajin Gompa

Along the trail, you can see the yaks move down meadow on their way home. Also, the trekkers get to visit Kyanjin Gompa. Kynajin Gompa is the ancient Buddhist monastery of this region. Besides, the trekkers get an opportunity to visit a cheese factory. The cheese made from this factory is famous all over the nation.

Langtang Tilman Pass Trek is ideal for trekkers who have the ability to walk for 7-8 hours a day remote mountain landscapes. It takes about 19 days to complete this trip. The route involves uphill and downhill tracks on a high elevation. The nature of the mountainous landscape is challenging and a traversing of the Tilman Pass (5,308 m) is hard. There will be need of the crampons, ice axes, and rope.

The trekkers must possess a good level of fitness with sound health. It would be an asset if trekkers have prior trekking experience. In addition, before embarking on this trip, we advise you to check your medical condition.

The effort will be rewarded with the spectacular vistas from the past, and you can witness right into Tibet even though traversing of the Tilman pass is technical to a certain extent. Nepal Sanctuary Treks furnishes an experienced and expert trekking guide who will support and guide you to make your Tilman Pass trip safe and successful.

Upper Dolpa to Jomsom (GHT)

From the mystical lands of Dolpa, the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek take to a beautiful high-altitude landscape to Annapurna. Located in the magnificent Himalayas, it is what we call an area with the “rain shadow. It lies close to Tibet in the North, therefore, the inhabitants, local culture, dialect, and architecture resemble its northern counterpart. The Dolpo people have practiced trading salt through caravans for ages. Eric Valli, a renowned French filmmaker, made a movie based on the life of the people of Dolpo, named “Caravan.” It was nominated for Oscars in 1997.

The Upper Dolpa Trek is a challenging trek; you are likely to trek for 6-7 hours a day and cross steep hills and high passes. The trek passes through the Buddhist region where you will come across colorful prayer flags, Mani walls, and monasteries. The trekking route in this region is different from other routes. The route passes through a remote and isolated area where you will trek through more challenging and wilder trails. You start to trek from Juphal crossing a high Himalayan pass along with a trek to amazing Phoksundo Lake.  Finally, the trek concluded at the famous town of MustangJomsom.

This region is very prosperous in flora and fauna. You are likely to encounter herds of blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan foxes, marmots, eagles, langur monkeys, and mysterious snow leopards.  This region is rich in medicinal herbs such as Silvery Fil and Yarchagumpa. Furthermore, Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek gives you an insight into Tibetan culture with the unique rugged landscape, culture, and Buddhist religion.

Dolpa to Rara Trek (GHT)

The Dolpa to Rara trek is a challenging trek where you are likely to trek for 6-7 hours a day and cross steep hills and high passes. Dolpa region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri ranges.

The trek passes through Buddhist region where you will come across colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries. The trail passes through two beautiful lakes, Shey Phoksundo Lake and Rara Lake. Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal; it has been a popular trekking destination with a very rough route.

On the route, we trek via Shey Gompa, a spiritual heart of Dolpa region situated at the base of Crystal Mountain.

It is a divine place situated at the base of Crystal Mountain. Crystal Mountain is a place visited by thousands of pilgrims each year where they make a circuit around the mountain. We believe Dolpo is a kind of Mount Kailash.

Dolpa to Rara trek is a combination of unforgettable landscapes, rare view of preserved culture and beautiful scenery from the passes.

Our trekking route in this region is different from other routes as our route passes through the remote and isolated area where you will trek through more challenging and wilder trail.

Limi Valley Trek

Limi Valley is in Humla which is one of the most remote districts in Nepal. There are only a few tourists trekking this trail. Humla lies hidden in the far northwest. Limi Valley is located in the north part of the district and was only opened for trekkers in 2002 AD. This trek is one of the most beautiful treks passing through a remote pristine village yet to be discovered.

The major attractions of this Limi Valley trek are the scenery, landscape, and traditional Tibetan cultures that we come across. During this trek, you have the opportunity to encounter the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, jackals, hyenas, and musk deer.

Due to its isolated location, Humla is still  “off-the-beaten trek destination”.

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a famous trekking destination that lies in the area of Makalu Barun National Park and the Conservation Area in the center of Eastern Nepal. Mount Makalu (8,463 m) is the world’s fifth-highest peak whereas Chamlang Himal and Barun Valley are the key charms of this trekking region.

Makalu Base Camp presents a unique opportunity to explore high-elevation terrains, quiet trails, rare fauna and flora, vibrant terraced fields, and the ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. This trek is a strenuous and exceptional trek and a perfect choice for enthusiastic trekkers who seek serenity in the pristine unexplored area and those who wish to avoid mass tourists.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

One of the least trekked Great Himalaya trails in the eastern part of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek presents the perfect trekking experience for solitude lovers who enjoy the tranquility and the beaten paths. The journey leads trekkers deep into the isolated mountain arrays that border, Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet. Trekkers get an authentic and relatively unspoiled experience of nature and the opportunity to observe the cultural aspects in proximity.

The term Kanchenjunga is literally known as ‘Five Treasures of the Fabulous Snow’ as it comprises five peaks that made Kanchenjunga. They are Kanchenjunga I (8,586 m), Kanchenjunga West (8,505 m), Kanchenjunga South (8,494 m) and Kangbachen (7,903 m).

The treasures also denote the five repositories of God, gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and the Holy Scriptures. Particularly, the peak is prohibited to climb the topmost peak and the climbers should stop just a few meters ahead of the peak and have to descend back to Base Camp.

Kanchenjunga Trekking takes you to the vicinity of the Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the third topmost peak in the world. This trek is relatively challenging, with a couple of high mountain passes that require a good level of fitness and strong determination.

The trail winds through many demanding ascend and descend. You have to cross several high Himalayan passes, including Sele La (4,290 m), Miring-la (4,645 m) Sinlapche Pass (4,645 m).  The passes offer you spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, Tuplung, Kabaru, Rathong, Jannu, Nyukla Lachung, Dromo,Yalung Kang, Kirat Chuli and Kangbachen peaks. En-route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you will also witness the stunning Kanchenjunga Glacier and Yalung Glacier.

Also, the trekkers have to trek through winding trails and have to cross maximum altitudes at Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pangpema (5,143 m). Additionally, the trekkers need special permits and conservation entry permits. Since Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a restricted area, solo trekking is not possible. At least two people are needed to embark on this trek.

The trip to a full circuit of Mt Kanchenjunga, a challenging trek takes longer, offering a marvelous scenery of the Himalayan range, lush terraces, and subtropical forests of Rhododendron, Oaks, Pine, and chestnut, and picturesque hamlet into the secluded and isolated place of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek includes starts from a very low elevation and ascends to above 5,000 m altitude from sea level.

The tea houses are basic as, still, comparatively few trekkers visit this remote area. You can find the least variety range of meals with simple rooms available on the popular trekking routes, however, you will experience authentic Nepal in all its diversity of cultures and landscapes. The less trodden Kanchenjunga trek presents you with a unique insight into Nepali culture and the Nepali people’s lifestyle. Apart from this, the Kanchenjunga area is surrounded by abundant wildlife and natural heritage that will mesmerize you during the trek.

Trekking in Kanchenjunga is an enjoyable trail that offers incredible backdrops of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt, Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Jhanu Himal, Nepal peak, Tibetan monasteries, meadows, and grassland along with rhododendron forests and mixed culture.

The Kanchenjunga Trek is a less touristy trail, offering you a unique insight into Nepali culture and the Nepali people’s lifestyle. Apart from this, the Kanchenjunga area is surrounded by plenty of wildlife and natural heritage.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek (GHT)

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek in Nepal is a challenging and strenuous trek that ventures off the beaten track to the foot of the world’s seventh-tallest mountain. Dhaulagiri is one of the most popular 8,000 m/26,246 ft peaks for climbing in the Himalayas almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it upsurges to 7,000 m/22,965 ft over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the southeast in about 30 km of aerial distance.

It is a real adventure trek around Dhaulagiri via the French Pass and Hidden Valley. The route passes through rugged terrain with astonishing natural beauty that very few visitors have ever witnessed. The scenery is unforgettable and the challenging trek crosses several mountain passes. This trek is more challenging than in other regions but also worth trekking.

Tsum Valley Trek (GHT)

Tsum Valley Trek is a popular trek among travelers and nature lovers.

Tsum valley: the hidden treasure of Nepal is the valley of happiness that carries mystery, myth, and majestic beauty. The secret Tibetan Buddhist land is one of the world’s most remote Himalayan valleys. Trekking to such a valley is such a great idea to explore the culture and the natural surrounding that is entirely different from any part you have ever visited.

Trekking around the Tsum valley came into existence only after 2008. In comparison to other trekking regions in Nepal, the Tsum valley still falls on the list of very less-visited destinations in Nepal. The trek requires serious hardship. Only a few numbers of trekkers make it up to the mysterious valley, which initially used to be the trading link to Tibet.

Originally, the name of the valley came from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ which means vivid. The valley lies in northern Gorkha, to the east of Manaslu, bordering Tibet. Against the majestic Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, the valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The Shear Khola drains the Tsum valley, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and the east and southern glacier of Sringi Himal.

The Tsum valley is also said to be a Beyul; one of the hidden valleys which were blessed by the Padmasambhava as refuges to be discovered back when the world is inclined towards destruction and almost forgot about the spiritual values. In ancient times, the Tsum valley was a separate geographical area with the name “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, meaning the territory that was ruled by the thirteen provinces. The remote valley still has many of the remains of the Tsum Kingdom and is far untouched by the development and infrastructure. Thus, the indigenous culture of the valley is still intact and undisturbed.

The untouched and hidden Tsum valley is a preservation of ancient Buddhism. According to the stories, a Buddhist saint named ‘Milarepa’ meditated in the caves in the mountains. The local people have a great faith to worship and pray Gautam Buddha, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), and some other Bodhisattvas. The installment of the prayer flags, Khata, and burning of the butter lamps in the monasteries all reflect the devotion of the people towards Buddhism. The people also strongly believe in the reincarnation of the Lamas.

Several Buddhist monasteries are giving life to the Tibetan culture. The colorful flags and the Mani walls encourage the trekkers to further follow the trail with courage. Walking through the beautiful shaded forest of pine, juniper, and Rhododendron, the trek will amaze the trekkers with the splendid views of the Lamjung Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mount Manaslu (8,163 m).

Manaslu Circuit Trek (GHT)

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an off-beaten trail experience in the Himalayan Region. Manaslu is famous for its small tea houses along the Manaslu trek. The Manaslu trek exists 40 miles away from Kathmandu to the east of the Annapurna region. The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘the mountains of spirit. The word ‘Manaslu’ came from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ which means intellectual or soul.

Manaslu Trekking is geographically spectacular and fabulous. Manaslu region which is also termed the Manaslu Conservation Area comprises subtropical Himalaya foothills to arid trans-Himalaya high pastures border in Tibet. Starting from Arughat and extending into Larkya La Pass. The main highlight of this trek is Larke La Pass  (5,106 m), where trekkers get jaw-dropping views of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other mountain ranges.

Manaslu Trek offers the spectacular beauty of a perfect blend of nature, and the lifestyle of local people. Also, this trek is rewarded with stunning views of breathtaking mountain ranges in the Manaslu region. Every year, many foreigners accomplish Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trek leads you to Nubri and Tsum valley, which is the hidden treasure of Manaslu.

The trek also passes through the beautiful green forest, ancient architecture, and Buddhist Monastery where many children studied to be a monk. Manaslu shares much of the culture and history with its neighboring territory, Tibet. Manaslu has two ethnicities mainly inhabitant this region: Tsum and Nubri.

Lower Mustang Biking

Biking to Lower Mustang is an awe-inspiring trip for those who truly want to experience an overwhelming holiday and feel the real adventure in this amazing part of the world. The Jomsom Muktinath mountain biking tour is one of the most popular adventure tours in Nepal. Jomsom is in the heart of the Himalayas and provides some outstanding trails for mountain bikers.

It would be an entire transformation for riders coming from the lush, green valleys of Nepal to the relatively beautiful high-altitude desert encircled by a magnificent backdrop of the Himalayan peaks.

If you are family, friends, or solo travelers seeking a mountain biking holiday in Nepal, then Lower Mustang would be perfect for a cycling trip. It is a great opportunity to cover the thrill of cycling adventure as well as being close to nature and locals. The ride along to the Lower Mustang undertakes a lot of adventure and fun that will stay in your memory forever. Riding through unspoiled hamlets inhabited by diverse groups of native people, embraced by the soaring mountain, canyons, ancient fortress, unique culture, and authentic lifestyle is an amazing lifetime experience.

The journey starts by cycling from Gurje Bhanjyang all the way to Kopan. We then drive to Boudhanath, a famous Buddhist stupa (temple), and has been marked as a world heritage site. The next day we board onto the short and spectacular mountain flight of Pokhara. Once you arrive in the vicinity of Pokhara, you are greeted with superb views of the mountains. And you will be astounded by its sheer beauty and pristine charisma. Subsequently, we take another scenic flight to Jomsom. From there, we will start off our cycling journey following Kali Gandaki River Valley, the deepest gorge in the world.

Biking to Lower Mustang in an adventure route at the base of Thorong La Himalayan region. The ride reaches an altitude of 3,710 meters. This route is one of the most famous downhill from Muktinath (3,710 m) to Beni (900m).

The cycling starts from Jomsom (2,800 m). On the same day, we ride to Kagbeni, the border of the ancient valley of Upper Mustang. The next day, we explore Gyu La Pass, our trip’s high point to witness Upper Mustang. Then we ride back to Kagbeni for overnight.

Further, we ride off uphill to reach Muktinath which is a famous Hindu and Buddhist temple. The area hosts Lord Vishnu temple and a monastery nearby. Muktinath village is the base of a famous mountain pass, Thorong La (5,416 m) in Annapurna conservation area.

From here all the downhill way reach Beni through Kali Gandaki gorge, passing villages like Marpha, and Tatopani.

Mountain Biking Escapade: The Last Forbidden Kingdom

Mountain Biking to Upper Mustang provides an opportunity to explore the rich Tibetan culture tradition and lifestyle along with nature and rustic architectural heritage.

The adventurous mountain biking experience in Upper Mustang offers awe-inspiring biking adventures while taking pleasure in viewing charming valleys, magnificent soaring mountains, sacred ancient Buddhist monasteries, caves, Lo-Manthang royal palace, lush green fields of barley and mustard, beautiful varied landscapes, and secluded villages with quaint white washed houses.

Upper Mustang Mountain biking indeed gives you the infinite mountain biking adventure to those with true spirit and zeal for mountain biking in the Himalayas.

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