Nepal: Custom Treks and Climbs
We have years of experience leading treks and climbs in Nepal, and we can’t wait to take you on the adventure of your choice among the world’s grandest mountains. Nepal is simply a trekker’s paradise, with charming villages, soaring peaks and scenery that ranges from low-level jungle-like settings to immense forested slopes, raging rivers and high alpine gardens. And we can even help you climb one of these mountains!
Put your lungs (and hamstrings) to the test as the Himalayas unfold before your disbelieving eyes.
Discover remote Himalayan villages and embrace local cultures and customs staying in local tea houses.
Option to climb a 20,000-foot Himalayan peak with little or no mountaineering experience
Whether it’s the jungles of southern Nepal, where elephants and tigers roam, or the highest mountains in the world, Nepal calls to you, from the ancient past to its fascinating present. At Embark, we have the passion and experience to guide you on many adventures here.
For the trekker, we can take you on classic Himalayan adventures like the trek to Everest Base Camp or a visit to the rarely-visited Mustang Region, known for being “more Tibetan than Tibet.” Exploring a land of 1,400 square miles and barely 15,000 inhabitants, we’ll pass remote, medieval villages and some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist monasteries. We also go to Langtang National Park, where monkeys, pandas and bears roam among sacred lakes and majestic waterfalls along the Tibetan border.
If it’s a climb you seek, we go to two of the area’s most accessible climbs, Island Peak and Mera Peak. Island Peak, so called because early climbers saw it as an island of rock in a sea of ice, offers a challenging but safe summit in just five days, and has a reputation for attracting beginner and expert climbers alike as the more experienced warm up for the neighboring Himalayan giants, including Mt Everest. Mera Peak, with great views to the south of Everest, is a classic ridge climb that’s technically straightforward, with a final push for the summit from the Mera Glacier and up to the higher Western summit, and rewards with some of the most stunning views in Nepal.
Contact us today to design your own Nepalese trekking or climbing adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I travel with Embark?
We are a team that lives and breathes travel; we know what our clients want, and as such we see them as travelers, not tourists. We have organized hundreds of adventures around the world, focusing on destinations we know and understand. Ask us for some of our references.
Many companies provide region-standard trips; Embark goes above and beyond. We organize unique itineraries along the roads less traveled, designing adventures that allow our travelers to be pioneers and explore the depth of any given destination.
We focus on finding and training the best guides in the industry, with specialists who are prominent in several fields – mountain guides, historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and much more.
What is being on trek like?
Upon arrival in country, you will be met by an Embark representative at the airport exit and driven by private vehicle to your lodge or hotel.
On trek, each day you will be awakened by the porters, who will bring warm wash water and a hot drink to your tent. Breakfast is typically around 7 a.m., and you will hit the trail by 8 a.m. You will be given a pack lunch for the trail, and during the day the porters will pass you on the trail, then have camp waiting for you at the end of the day.
How hard is it?
While we believe that anyone in good physical condition can complete our treks, this trip is strenuous. While travel always entails some level of adventure and challenge, when we say “strenuous” we mean there will be long, difficult hikes; occasional significant physical barriers such as climbing; sleeping outside; and the chance of falling or some other injury. To complete this trip, especially with any enjoyment, one must be in good physical shape – in particular, able to handle strenuous hikes on several consecutive days.
What do we eat?
Tea house meals are basic, filling, and don’t vary much from place to place. Breakfast will typically be pancakes, porridge, eggs and bread. Lunch and dinner are also pretty consistent, although the spices and flavoring will vary. The main meal is daal baht: rice, vegetables (often spinach and potato), and lentil soup. This is usually all-you-can-eat.
There will be other options available at dinner, such as fried rice, soups, noodles, potatoes, and occasionally such extravagances as pizza, spring rolls or dumplings.
In Kathmandu, hotel meals will be much more standard tourist fare, particularly at breakfast. For dinner we will typically eat out as a group or on our own.
Not included are snacks such as bars, trail mix, and electrolyte drink mixes. If you like to those or other snacks, bring them!
Do I need a visa?
All US citizens entering Nepal do need a visa. You can get this ahead of time from a Nepali consulate or embassy, or you can attain one upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. We recommend the latter. Embark trips can be covered by a one-month multiple-entry visa, which is currently $40. (A three-month version, should you want to extend your journey, is $100).
An important note: Your passport must be valid for six months after your arrival date. Be sure it’s up to date!
For more information, check the Nepali USA Embassy website.
What is the sleeping arrangement?
While on trek, we will be staying in tea houses. These are family-run, very traditional places, featuring rooms with two twin beds, and sometimes a double. (You may have a private room if you wish). The room may have a shelf, coat hooks, a chair, or a small table. Each tea house also has a common area where meals are served.
What is included in the trip cost?
Your cost includes transportation, lodging, guide and porter fees, and most meals. While on the trek, all your meals are included, although you might want to bring some snacks that you like to have during the day. Before and after the trek you will have some time (and meals) on your own in town. Also not included in the cost is your airfare, souvenirs, and tips for the guides and porters.
How far ahead should I book this trip?
You want to commit to this trip at least six months ahead of time. It takes a lot of preparation, both logistical and physical. Beginning at this point, you should be booking your airplane tickets and planning your training regimen.
What is the best time of year for weather?
The main tourist season in the Himalayas is the fall, September and October. This is when the weather is clearest and most moderate, and the summer monsoons have washed away the dirt and dust and left snow on the mountains. There are also two major festivals during this time. Of course, this means that fall is also the most crowded and expensive time.
The next most popular time is spring, which here is from February to mid-April. This time is warmer than fall, with longer days, and the rhododendrons are blooming in the high country. It will be ever warmer during these months, and often a haze will obstruct the view of mountains from the low country. Most trekking routes are above this, however.
Summer, roughly June through September, is monsoon season, when the rain falls, fields come alive, flowers bloom … and bugs are out in force, roads get blocked by landslide, and often flights are cancelled due to weather.
Winter is a wonderful time to visit the lower elevations, but the higher regions are extremely cold (though clear), and much of the tourist infrastructure will be closed.
I just returned from a two-week Embark trip to the Everest region of Nepal. Having previously trekked with the company in Jordan and to the summit of Kilimanjaro, I had high expectations, and Embark exceeded them in every way.
This was my fourth Nepal trek but my first in that country with Embark. It was easily the most hassle free, well-organized experience I’ve had there. Our Kathmandu city tour guide was interesting and extremely informative (I’d been to places like Boudhanath and Pashupatinath many times before but found myself learning things at every stop this time around that I didn’t previously know). Our guides on the trek itself were Sherpas from the local area, which was a really nice touch that is provided by a lot fewer trekking companies than one might imagine. Throughout our time in the mountains, Embark’s representatives in Kathmandu checked in on us regularly and, when the weather in Lukla grounded all airplane landings at the end of our journey, they arranged helicopter transport back to Kathmandu, ensuring that everyone in our group was able to connect to our various flights back to the states.
Bottom line: Embark is a small and uniquely attentive boutique outfitter that just gets it and offers incredible value for your money. They provide their clients with the extra amenities you really want and need, without ever padding their trips with the sort of pointless over-the-top luxuries that actually end up detracting from an experience and just add cost.