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Api Base Camp Trek

Api Base Camp Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Far Western Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Camp trek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Api Base Camp (3,861m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Api Himal trek is a little-known trekking route located in western Nepal.  The trek will take you to the base camp of Api Himal. Api Himal (7,132 m) is the highest mountain in the Far- West region of Nepal in Darchula district. Trekking to Api is a moderate grade trek and provides spectacular views of Api Himal and it’s surrounding peaks. Api Himal is yet to be climbed though a climbing permit is provided by the Nepalese government.

The trek to Api Himal starts the next day after a flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi from a small town in Latinath. The trekking trail takes trekkers through remote villages, lush forests, and alpine meadows before reaching the base camp of Mt. Api at an altitude of around 5,100 meters. You will be captivated by the spectacular panoarama of Kap Chuli Peak (6680 m), Nampa(6611 m)-I,II & III, Bobaya Chuli (6808 m), Jethi- Bahurani (6850 m).

The trek is fit for anyone with a good level of fitness and get used to camping treks since no lodges are available on the trekking trail as yet. If so, then be prepared to explore the pristine and most isolated, and least developed locations of Nepal, far from the usual tourist crowds.

Api Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Trek through the off-the-beaten-trails leading to Api Himal Base Camp. 
  • Explore the wilderness trekking location of Nepal.
  • Experience the breathtaking vistas of Mt. Api (7,132 m) & other snow-capped summits, including Mt. Kapchuli (6,850 m), Mt. Rajama (6,537 m), & Mt. Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368 m), up close.
  • Witness local authentic culture, and traditions.
  • Explore the holy lake of Kali Dhunga.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi (109m/1 hr & 15 min flight)
Day 03: Drive from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwar (8 hrs drive)
Day 04: Drive from Gokuleshwar to Latinath (1,004m/2 hrs) & trek to Paribagar (1,770m/1 hr)
Day 05: Trek from Paribagar to Makarigaad (1,470m/ 5 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Makrigaad to Siti (2,254m/8 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Siti to Domal (2,950m/7 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Domal to Dhaulo Odar (Lower Api Base Camp) (3,548m/5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Daulo Odar to Api Base Camp/Pilkandah (3,861m) & back to Daulo Odar
Day 10: Trek from Daulo Odar to Siti (2,258m/6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Siti to Makarigaad (1,470m/6 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Makarigadi to Latinath (4 hour) & drive to Gokuleshwar (2 hrs)
Day 13: Drive from Gokuleshwar to Dhangadhi (9 hrs)
Day 14: Fly from Dhangadhi to Kathmandu (1,300m/1 hr & 15 min flight)
Day 15: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu, and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located, which is usually at Thamel, the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu, where every needs and facilities for tourists are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, department stores, trek gear shops, etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet-lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

We will have breakfast at the hotel before being driven to the airport to catch a flight to Dhangadhi.  The Kailali District's capital is Dhangadhi. From Kathmandu, it takes about one hour and fifteen minutes to go to Dhangadhi. If the sky is clear, you can take in a stunning aerial perspective of the ground below. You will be driven from the Dhangahi airport to the tourist-standard accommodation that has been reserved for you.  After checking in at the hotel, we will go to Jokhar Lake and Botanical Garden in Dhangadhi.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will drive from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwar today, leaving the Terai plains in the far western area of Nepal and heading toward the country's hilly terrain. We'll go on the Mahakali Highway from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwar in around 8 hours. We will travel 3–4 hours uphill to reach Dadeldhura, popularly known as the Queen of Hills, which is located in the far western part of Nepal.

The bus will proceed on a winding road through the highlands of far western Nepal after eating lunch in Dadeldhura. Along the way, you'll see stunning vistas of the Himalayas, the Chamelyia Valley, the river, and small, traditional communities of people. We shall arrive in in the late afternoon in Gokuleshwor. We'll spend the night in a very modest lodge in Gokuleshwar.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will travel to Latinath today after breakfast in Gokuleshwar. The hike to the Api Base Camp begins at Latinath. From Gokuleshwar, it takes about two hours to get to Latinath. The largest hydropower station in the far-western region of Nepal is located along the route to Latinath, which is located along the Chameliya River. Our long journey to Api's base camp starts at Latinath. However, today's journey would only take us from Latinath to Paribagar, a picturesque settlement at 1,770 meters above sea level. We must trek uphill for an hour to reach Paribagar. You can stroll around the village in the evening. In Paribagar, homestays will be arranged for dinner and lodging.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We left Paribagar after breakfast to travel to Makrigadi. We will walk via a traditional village in the mid-hills that features old agricultural terraces, traditional stone homes, and unspoiled countryside in Nepal's far-western area. After lunch, the hike to Makrigaad continues along the Chameliya River through subtropical forest, subalpine woodland, and oak, hemlock, and rhododendron woods. We will reach Markigadi, a stunning village, after roughly two hours of climbing.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The day's trekking begins with a brief, sharp ascent to the Chameliya River after breakfast in Makrigaad. After crossing the river, we will ascend the gorge and move on to the settlement of Pato while taking in the breathtaking scenery. From Pato on, the ascent is gradual but steady. After reaching the final hill, we'll continue on this steadily ascending trail until we reach the picturesque town of Siti, which is reached after a relatively short and straightforward descent. We don't get to our overnight location until after roughly eight hours of walking.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We left Siti for our destination today, Domal, after breakfast. The first part of the journey from Siti to the settlement of Khayekot is downhill. It's a stunning town situated beside the Chameliya River. The last permanent habitation in the Chameliya Valley is known to have been in Khayekot. At Khayekot, we will have a lunch stop. We will gradually rise to Domal after lunch. From Siti, it will take us around 7 hours to walk to Domal. Domal, where the rivers Chameliya and Rokap converge, is revered much in this area.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast at Domal, the hike for today begins with a challenging ascent. The trail is rather simple until you get to the summit and continue through woodland and open meadows. We will eventually arrive at an open grassland surrounded by steep mountains, a rhododendron forest, and a few small caves after about five hours of walking.  We set up camp here for the night in this magnificent location.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The most anticipated day of the entire trek is today. We arrive at Mount Api's base camp today. We won't leave for the Api Base Camp after breakfast without packing lunch. From Daulo Odar, a 2.5-hour ascent will bring us to a sizable open plateau ringed by mountains. The Api Base Camp is on this plateau. The biggest views of Mt. Api (7,132m), Mt. Nampa (6,929m), and Mt. Bobaye (6,808m) welcome hikers to Api Base Camp as we approach the plateau.

After taking in the captivating vista, we'll travel to the Chameliya River's source and stop by a nearby, modest temple constructed by the locals. After lunch, we'll visit the revered Lake Pilkandaha. We will now head back to Daulo Odar for the night after exploring the lake.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we started our drive back to Siti, bidding adieu to the stunning Mt. Api and the area around Daulo Odar. We will first arrive at Khayekot settlement after the downhill stroll. Following lunch at Khayekot, we will ascend a hard hill to settle Siti. We will pass lovely green hills and agricultural terraces along the route.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The day's trek starts with a climb to the ridge above Siti after breakfast in Siti. The trail now meanders around the ridge, passing through a forest, farmland, and a sparsely populated area. We'll also have an opportunity to take in the sights of the Himalayas along the route. After stopping for lunch in Pato, we'll continue walking steadily downward until we reach Makarigaad. You can spend the evening exploring Makrigaad's settlement if you have the time and desire.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will hike to Latinath after breakfast at Makarigadi. After passing Paribagar, a four-hour downhill hike will lead us to Latinath. The climb to Latinath is extremely enjoyable and not too strenuous. If time allows, we'll also take a quick trek up to the Hindu temple that's right above Latinath once we get there. If time doesn't allow, we'll take a bus to Gokuleshwar right away. We will arrive in Gokuleshwar after a lovely bus ride of roughly two hours. We will be taken from the bus station to a basic lodge in Gokuleshwar for the night.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We get going early today. After an early breakfast, catch a bus from Gokuleshwar to Dhangadhi. By lunchtime, the bus arrives in Dadeldhura after travelling through picturesque green hills with terrace farms, hamlets, and a small roadside teahouse. We'll have lunch at Dadeldhura, have a short break, and then go along the Mahakali Highway in the direction of Dhangadhi. After a leisurely 9-hour trip, we will arrive in Dhangadhi in time for dinner and an overnight stay. The night will be spent in a Dhangadhi hotel of tourist standard.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will be taken to the airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu after breakfast at Dhangadhi. After a leisurely, picturesque flight of around an hour and fifteen minutes, the aircraft lands at Kathmandu's airport. You will be driven from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. The remaining day can be used to relax at the hotel or explore Kathmandu.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

The trip concludes, and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true.

Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu – Dhangadhi –– Kathmandu round airfares.
  • Hotel accommodations in Dhangadhi & Gokuleshwar.
  • All surface transfers by a local bus or jeep.
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staffs and helpers wages for the trekking period.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)& Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Required Trekking Permit fee & TIMS Card.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Lunch & dinner In Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides, porters & crew (Tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

1. How difficult is the trek to Mount Api base camp?
This journey is among the most challenging because of its remote location and numerous steep climbs.

2. How is the accommodation in Api base camp trek?
You won't find such a lodging option in other trekking locations, so you'll need to be prepared with enough tents and supplies.

3. Is there electricity and Wi-Fi in the Api base camp trek?
Since it is the most isolated part of Nepal, there are no amenities like Wi-Fi there. However, you might locate the cell network up to day 6.

4. Why Api Base Camp Trek?
Api Base Camp Trek is a trekking route that leads to the base camp of Mount Api, which is the highest peak in the Api Himal range. This trek is chosen by adventurers and trekkers for several reasons, like remote and less Crowded, stunning scenery, cultural experience, challenging adventure, close to nature, unique destination etc.

5. Where is Mount Api Located in Nepal?
The Darchula district of far-western Nepal is home to Mount Api. The tallest peak in western Nepal is that one.

6. What is the height of Api Himal?
Mount Api is 7,132 meters above sea level.

7. What is the altitude of Api Base Camp?
3,860 meters above sea level is the altitude of Api Base Camp.

8. How remote is Api Base Camp Trek?
Throughout the days of the walk, there is no internet or electricity. Most often, mobile networks fail. There are a few tea houses with modest amenities, but no real hotels. The Api Base Camp trip is therefore quite distant.

9. What is the Best Time to do Api Base Camp Trek?
All seasons, except mid-monsoon and winter, are suitable for the Api Base Camp Trek. August to early November is the best time, March to April: Rhododendron Blooms; May to July: Yarsagumba (Caterpillar Fungus) Harvest; several Festivals

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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