Introduction to Api Himal Trek
Api Himal Trek, located in far western Nepal, is for hikers who want to visit remote and unexplored areas of Nepal. Fewer tourists visit this route compared to other trekking routes. This trek offers a good opportunity to explore the real wilderness of nature in western Nepal. This off-the-beaten trail also offers massive mountain views, beautiful forests, cultural diversity, rapid rivers, and mysterious culture. Api Himal Trek is also called Api Base Camp Trek.
During Api Himal Trek, you can also enjoy beautiful mountain views of Api Himal (7,132m), Saipal (7,031m), Mt. Nandadevi (7,817m), Rajamba (6,537m), and Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m). It is an adventure trek as well as popular among travelers interested in bird watching. There is a famous sacred Lake Kali Dhunga in this area. This lake is just a short distance from Api Base Camp.
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Api Himal is the highest mountain in the far western region of Nepal with a height of 7,132 meters and its main feature is the snowcapped spectacular view. The vast presence of rivers, flora, fauna, and endangered species of birds and animals in this area makes it one of the most diverse trekking destinations in Nepal.
An opportunity to learn about religion and tradition
Brahmin, Chhetri, Mahara, Bohora, Thekare, Jhakari, and Lohar communities live in this area and their main occupation is agriculture. Generally, they have their local language and culture so they are not able to speak Nepali fluently. Most of the people in this region are Buddhists and Hindus. Far from modern civilization, the people of this region are following and preserving the traditions and culture of their ancestors. You can observe the lifestyle of the nomadic people of this area who are known as Raute and used to live in caves.
Api Himal Trek is a moderate-level trek so it is necessary good physical fitness to complete the trek. Autumn and spring are the best time for the Trek. But we arrange trekking according to your wishes and holidays throughout the year. Api Himal Base Camp Trek can be great if the traveler wants to go to a place where there are no crowds and not many tourists.
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj – 1 hour.
Drive Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar – 4 to 5 hours.
Drive Mahendranagar to Gokuleshwor – 6 to 7 hours.
Gokuleshwor to Karkale (900 m) – 3 to 4 hours walk.
Karkale trek to Chiureni (1,100 m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Chiureni trek to Makarighat (1,800 m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Acclimatization at Makarighat.
Makarighat to Seti (2,800 m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Seti to Lawathi (3,000 m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Lawathi to Simar (3,300 m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Simar to Dhawaliwadar (3,800 m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Dhawalidwar to api Base Camp (4,100 m) – 2 to 3 hours walk.
Base Camp to Saheb Bagar (2,800 m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Saheb Bagar to Makarighat (1,800 m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Makarighat to Bitule (1,200 m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Bitule to Gokuleshwor (850 m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Drive Gokuleshwor to Mahendranagar – 6 to 7 hours.
Drive Mahendranagar to Nepalgunj – 4 to 5 hours.
Fly Nepalgunj to Kathmandu – 1 hour.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
Have just returned from my fourth trip to Nepal and as always Odyssey Treks organized everything superbly. We visited Makalu relatively late in the season and were rewarded with empty trails and amazing weather. Karma was as entertaining, friendly, and informative as ever along with Ang Dawa Sherpa who together made the three weeks perfect.
They also organized a few days to Helambu at short notice as I had some time spare, all done easily and professionally. Thanks for the company both and I will be back again. I cannot recommend Odyssey highly enough as a genuinely friendly, locally based company that provides not only unforgettable experiences but also great service at a very reasonable cost.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex