“We are planning a trip to Nepal for March 1 (visiting relatives) and were wondering if you had any recommendations on treks and if anything has been altered about your 6 days in Nepal trip due to the earthquake. It also would be great to learn more about your services. Thanks and look forward to connecting.”
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Given you only have a week, the Poon Hill trek would be a good one, but there are a couple other options depending on what you're looking for.
Regarding the 6-day Pikey Peak trek, nothing has been altered due to the earthquake. This is also a great new route, and can be done in 4-6 days, with great views of Everest.
What are your thoughts on the Kathmandu Valley Trek? Also - would Pikey Peak be a good one for in shape 30 year olds, but new to treking? Would Annapurna Base Camp in 6 days be way too aggressive?
Yeah, 6 days would be too little time for Annapurna Base Camp. Pikey peak would be no problem for you. Are all 6 people in your group around the same age/fitness level?
The Kathmandu Valley Trek is great, although it's more of a cultural tour as opposed to trekking. It has one day of trekking and then tours to the three ancient cities of the Valley.
yes 24-32 all x-athletes
Then nothing to worry about
currently running 3-5 miles 4x a week
The altitude is the main concern when trekking in Nepal, but you won't need to worry about that as much on a shorter trek.
yeah the girls are smaller so doctor said they should be fine (i got some altitude sickness meds)
- So ABC is way too aggressive right?
It is, yeah. And not point rushing your trip. Plus, it's a different kind of trek. You get deep into the basin and close to the Annapurna massifs, but you don't get the great views. I'd opt for a short trek with great views instead :)
A few more details on how our process works... Given that you're looking for a great short trek, I'll bring in one of our local experts who can help put the details together for you guys. If you're happy with the plan and the price, you'll be able to book it all through us. Does that work?
yeah that works for us
i got to run to a work thing, but I really appreciate the time - Send over so more info and I will be online tomorrow to talk
I'll likely get Raj or Ngima to join our thread. Both great local guys that can help with your plan.
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This is Raj from Nepal...
Both the treks - Pikey Peak or the Ghorepani Poon Hill treks are possible. I just need some clarification that you have seven days, but is that Kathmandu to Kathmadnu or does it include arrival and departure too...
Since you mentioned visiting relatives, I am assuming you will be settled in Kathmandu and will dedicate seven days Kathmandu to Kathmandu for the trek
Can we ascertain that first?
HI Raj - Sorry for the delay - We are arriving monday night and leaving sunday. So not much time.
arriving Monday the 29th at night and leaving March 6th
Raj is offline so just a quick update: sounds like you have 5 full days for trekking, including transport to/from the trek. That might be too rushed for Pikey Peak, but we'll wait to confirm with Raj. It could mean long days of hiking, at best.
There are some great short treks available in the lower foothills of the Annapurna Region, also with stunning views (Poon Hill trek, Khopra Danda trek). You would have to fly to/from Pohara, however, to save time. Raj will have some great suggestions, as well.
This is far too short for Pikey Peak. For you, with an option to fly into Pokhara, the Poon Hill Trek will be more feasible.
So on the Tuesday 01st, we could get you to fly early in the morning to Pokhara, and drive you to the trailhead in Nayapul, and start the 6 hour (approx) trek to Ghandruk. Or if we do it the other way around, to Tirkhedhunga
Wed 02 - Trek from Ghandruk to Ghorepani (about seven hours)
Thu 03 - early morning Poon Hill and after breakfast, down to Tirkhedhunga
Fri 04 - Trek to roadhead and back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
Sat 05 - Drive or fly to Kathmandu. Overnight Kathmandu
Sun 06 - Departure
Sounds good? You will reach 3250 m, and have amazing sights, if this weather patterns sustains... its briliant right now!
If you like, I could cost that out for you.
what about Kathmandu Valley?
Just a quick update that Raj is on a mountain biking trip this weekend around the Kathmandu Valley with his family and will get back to you as soon as possible.
What did you think of the trek based out of Pokhara? I've done most of the route before, and it has some great views.
Raj knows the Kathmandu Valley well, so he can better advise here, but my feeling is that the trails will be a little tame for you guys. It would better to get you closer to the mountains with some great views so you can appreciate being in the Himalaya. Another idea would be to do the initial section of the Everest base camp trek (to Namche Bazaar and back), but let's check with Raj. You'd need to fly in/out of Lukla.
Like Alex says, Kathmandu rim tours might be just too tame for you guys... The Namche trek is also possible, but involves two way flights in and out of Lukla, and for just a five day trek is not worth it, according to my view.
You could do the Chepang Hill Trail, south of Kathmandu - 3 and half days, highest altitude 1990m, and staying on homestays plus one day completely chilling at a village - and then add the Jungles of Chitwan for two nights or three nights at the end. This is possible and nearer if you like that.