At the end of the first day of trekking when we came over the top of the hill and our guide said that down below was our campsite and that the tents we could see (already pitched) would be where we would be sleeping, it was a total surprise to us. None of us had thought that somebody would be pitching tents for us or that we would have such elaborate and delicious meals.
Hannah Messerli, Friends in High Places guest
Under Icy peaks - Siklis and Rambrong Danda
10 Days Full Service Tented Trekking
(Siklis only in 5 days is an option)
From US $ 1590 per person, fully inclusive
Way, way off the beaten track but convenient to good transportation, this is the perfect trek for people with limited time but high aspirations.
This moderate ten-day trek goes generally northwest from a roadhead near Pokhara, to Siklis village high on the shoulder of Macchapuchhare Himal, up Rambrong Peak (13,600 feet), and ends at Besisahar, a boomtown set at a primitive roadhead. There are superb views of the great mountains and excellent opportunities to see a variety of villages and peoples largely untouched by the modern world. There will be few if any other westerners on this route.
Much of the way you will trace along the boundary between cultivation and wilderness, with great mountains to one side and terraced hillside farms and villages spreading away to the other. In this world manufactured goods are in use but travelers are rare, and the people go about their lives as they have for time immemorial.
Experience the real Nepal - far, far from the crowds.
10 days tented trek, including full camp, food, staff, & permits.
Sample itinerary in 10 days, Pokhara to Kathmandu or Pokhara
Day 1 Drive out of town to Lamachur and commence your trek. The trail climbs steadily to Galegaon and camp on the ridge above town.
Day 2 A beautiful day in the forest, with wonderful views of the mountains, especially Macchapuchhare, when you reach each crest. Camp amid Spanish moss in a forest clearing.
Day 3 A short walk to Parche, today's stop. In the afternoon, climb to the shrine of Ban Devi, the local forest Goddess. A little farther up the hill you get a view of Annapurna II, seemingly close enough to touch.
Day 4 Siklis is just a short walk, and you should stop for a bit to look at this interesting town and the market. Then descend to the Madi Khola and climb up the other side to Tangting, on the valley wall opposite Siklis.
Day 5 Climb today through rhododendron forest (beautiful even if not in bloom) and camp at almost 10,000 feet.
Day 6 Up again today, as the vegetation gets sparser and the views more spectacular! Tonight's camp is the highest of the trek, slightly less than 13,000 feet, in a saddle under the lip of Rambrong Peak.
Day 7 Up very early to climb Rambrong Peak (13,600), if you feel good. It's not a difficult ascent - no technical hazards - and the top can be reached in a couple of hours. Then down, down, down and back into forested country to a camp at Telbrung.
Day 8 Out of the forest and into open, cultivated country. Lunch in Ghanpokhara, a prosperous Gurung village with great views, then through more terraced farmland to Baglungpani to camp with views of Annapurna and Manaslu.
Day 9 Down to the roadhead at Besisahar, Overnight here in a plain but decent hotel.
Day 10 Head down to the main road and back to to Kathmandu (or Pokhara).
The facilities on trek include an English-speaking Sherpa guide with years of experience, and two or three additional English-speaking Sherpa staff, an excellent cook and kitchen staff; and first class equipment including large two-person sleeping tents (designed for two or four people), foam mattresses, dining tent with folding chairs and table, bathroom and bathing tents, gas lights, and a few extras. A crew of a dozen or more porters will carry the camp, supplies, and your gear. You need carry only a day pack with your water bottle, camera, and a sweater or jacket.
Special Option for this Program
Safari! 3 Days, from only $600 including airfare
Fly to The Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu for three days all inclusive jungle safari. Ride elephants, jeeps, and canoes to see the wildlife. Meals, Lodging, all activities included, along with trained naturalists guiding and assisting you full-time. A great nature adventure.
Extend Your Trip
India: 5 Days from only $875
Visit the Taj Mahal, ride camels in the desert, stay in a palace, and wander ancient bazaars.
Tibet: 8 Days from only $1200
Journey overland to Lhasa thru high Tibet. 3 days sightseeing in Lhasa, and fly back to Kathmandu.
Both Programs include hotels, transportation, sightseeing with English-speaking guide, all permits and entrance fees.