Api Himal 7132 meters is the highest mountain in western Nepal. The attractive mountain of Api Himal Expedition rises between the Indian sub-continent and frozen plains of Tibetan Plateau in Humla District of Nepal. Api Himal Expedition is technically straightforward with several challenges before reaching the main summit. Hence, previous experience of technical peak climbing with good physical fitness is highly recommended for those wanting to conquer the summit of Api Himal.
Doshisha Alpine Society of Japanese Expedition Team has made the first successful ascent of Api Himal Expedition in 1960. Through the Northwest route. Later on December 24, 1983 – Tadeusz Piotrowski and Andrzej Bielun from Poland made the first winter ascent of Api Himal. From the summit of Api Himal, we can see stunning views of Mt Nandadevi 7817m.
Mt. Nandadevi lies in Uttar Pradesh, India. we can also see the Rajamba Peak 6537m, Kappa Chuli Peak 6850m, and other surrounding peaks. Apart from the expedition experience, one gets to explore the less beaten and remote region of Nepal. The remoteness of the region is bejewelled with the cultural diversity, beautiful mountain landscapes, and serene wilderness.
Api Himal Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a couple of days at Kathmandu, sightseeing and making necessary preparations for the climb. Likewise, we will take a flight from Kathmandu towards the airstrip of Dhangadi. From Dhangadi, we will take a drive towards Baitadi and Gokuleshwor. The starting point of our trek.
We start our trek from Gokuleshwor on a less-visited trail that leads passing through remote villages. Largely unexplored serene wilderness, passing through Karkale, Chiureni, Makarighat and Lwathi village. Then we trek towards Api Himal Base Camp. Once at the base camp our expedition Sherpa crew will make necessary preparations for setting up higher camps above base camp.
With proper acclimatization and guidance of our experienced climbing experts, we will spend several days. Then head towards the summit of Api Himal. The challenging climb to the summit is rewarded with panoramic views of Mt Nandadevi 7817. That rises beyond the Indian border in Uttar Pradesh, Rajamba Peak, Kappa Chuli Peak, and other surrounding high peaks.
After spending short quality time at the summit, we will descend following the same route and head back towards base camp. Having achieved our target summit of Api Himal. Then we will retrace our steps on the same trail and trek back to Gokuleshwor, Baitadi. Finally, the memorable and inspiring Api Himal ends with a drive from Baitadi to Dhangadi and a sweeping flight from Dhangadi back to Kathmandu.
Equipment Needed During Climbing
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30 min Drive
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will then be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will assist you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT's office for gathering information about the expedition. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner
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Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu valley. Most importantly we will complete all the necessary paper works and make other preparations required for Api Himal Expedition with NGT.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for day sightseeing.
Meals: BB Plan
1 hour Flight
After breakfast, we pack our gears and get ready for an hours' scenic flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip of Dhangadi. Dhangadi is the city in western Nepal near to Indian border. It is the main administrative centre and headquarters of Kailali District. After landing at Dhangadi, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest or explore around the crowdy market streets of Dhangadi. A huge number of people from every corner of the country gather here for trade purpose.
6-7 hrs Drive
Today we take a drive from Dhangadi and drive towards Baitadi and further towards Gokuleshwor which is the starting point of the trek. Our drive goes over Mahakali Highway for about six to seven hours passing through Baitadi we drive towards Gokuleshwor. During our drive journey, we will have chance to see the drastic changes of the landscapes as we drive from the flat plains of Dhangadi all the way up to the hilly zigzag roads of Baitadi and Gokuleshwor.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
3-4 hrs Trek
The first day of our trek starts from Gokuleshwor, as we trek we are confronted with great views of surrounding mountains. It is a short day of trekking, so we will enjoy every moment of the amazing scenery and nature while trekking. Our trek continues until we reach a good campsite near Karkale.
5-6 hrs Trek
After breakfast, we leave our campsite at Karkale and follow an ascending trail that gradually climbs through terraced farmlands and beautiful villages. Local people are always happy to greet foreigners as the trail is off the beaten, less popular but offers true adventure for trekkers. Our trail crosses several suspension bridges and heads towards Chiureni. Chiureni is famous for its butter trees. We will camp along with butter trees surrounding us in the pristine vicinity.
6-7 hrs Trek
After breakfast, we leave Chiureni and follow the trail that goes along Chamliya Khola. Soon our trail goes along some of the narrowest parts of the whole trek. Our trail ascends and descends for a few hours through dense forest areas and passing along several villages. We continue our trek until we arrive at Makarighat where there is a good campsite.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
All set to go, we leave our campsite at Makarighat and start trekking on the trail that is a steep uphill climb. Our trek passes through several small villages and with great views of snow-capped mountains as we hear towards Seti for the overnight camping
After breakfast, we leave our campsite and trek on the trail that heads towards Lwathi -the last village settlement during the trek. After crossing Lwathi our trail climbs steeply through dense forest areas to reach Bayaligad which is also known and called as Saheb Bazaar. We make a stop here at Bayaligad and prepare for our overnight camping.
We pack our gears and continue to follow our trail that is gradual uphill trekking through dense forest areas. Our trek continues as we head towards Simar for the overnight camping. Around here, the exclusive and expensive natural herb known as Yarsagumba is found in plenty during summer. People from nearby villages leave their jobs and schools in search of the herb.
4-5 hrs Trek
From Simar, we continue our trek on a rising trail that goes along an additional forest and with great views of snow-capped mountains. After a few hours of trekking, we will arrive at a good campsite near Dhaulo Odar. Odar in the Nepali language means 'Cave'. In the past people used to live here in the cave, there is scientific evidence of people's existence in the cave. We will make a short excursion to the cave once we arrive at Dhaulo Odar for the overnight camping.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
3-4 hrs Trek
Today is a short day of trekking as we trek higher up to reach the Base camp. After breakfast, we leave our campsite at Dhaulo Odar and follow the trail that is gradual uphill trekking all the way to a good campsite at 4190 meters. Our Sherpa crew will set up the base camp and make necessary preparations for setting up additional camps at higher altitudes and checking all the climbing gears before attempting the main summit of Api Himal. We can hike up to the Holy Lake - Kali Dhunga which takes about two hours from the base camp.
16 days climbing toward Api Himal
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices between the camps for the best acclimatization. Taking weather conditions into consideration, we will follow the guidance and footsteps of our experienced climbing experts. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works of carrying and setting up camps, provide healthy meals and find an accessible route to the summit. Overcoming several technical climbing sections we head towards the summit. Once at the top we are rewarded with stunning views of Mt Nandadevi that rises beyond the Indian border in Uttar Pradesh, Rajamba Peak, Kappa Chuli Peak and other surrounding high peaks. We will spend short quality time at the summit and then descend following the same route back to base camp.
Having achieved our target - the summit of Api Himal, we will make a relaxed start. After breakfast, we engage in cleaning the base camp and then prepare for the return trekking. We start to retrace our steps back on the same trail that descends passing through Dhaulo Odar and heads back towards Simar. From there, our trail descends passing through dense forest areas all the way to Bayaligad.
After breakfast, we leave Bayalighad and follow the trail that descends through dense forest areas to reach Lwathi. From there, our trail passes through Seti as we head back to reach Makarighat for our overnight camping. Magnificent sceneries of picturesque villages with snow-capped mountains on background truly add flavour to our return trek today.
From Makarighat we continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that passes through several villages with ups and downs. After some hours of trekking, we will arrive at the plain grounds of Bitule Chaur - which offers good camping grounds for the overnight camping.
4-5 hrs Trek
The last day of our trek starts from Bitule Chaur as we trek passing through several picturesque villages. Our trail is a fairly moderate trek all the way back to Gokuleshwor. We will celebrate the evening with our climbing crew and have some good time.
5-6 hrs Drive
After breakfast, we take a drive from Gokuleshwor back to Dhangadi which takes approximately about 6 hours drive journey. Once we reach Dhangadi, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at the hotel or take an evening's walk around the bust market streets of Dhangadi.
Today we will take a flight from Dhangadi and fly back to Kathmandu. After landing at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at Hotel or pay a visit to attraction destination (world heritage sites of UNESCO) sites that weren’t possible to visit on the second day of the trip. Walking around the busy streets of Thamel can be worth spending a good time. We will celebrate the completion of API Himal Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.
On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you can apply for Nepal visa which you will get in approximately 30 minutes.
For South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, gratis visa for 30 days is available for the first visit in one visa year.
Indian Tourist does not require a visa to enter in Nepal. To know more about Visa Information visit: Nepal Immigration
Depending upon the steep hills, slopes and difficulties and high altitude of the trail one porter can carry 25 kilograms of weight. Usually, we provide one porter for one client. But, We will also provide porter according to the size of your group if needed.
Yes, there is a variety of communication facilities like internet, satellite phone etc. For communication, we have satellite phone through which you can communicate with your friends or relatives for which you have to pay USD $3 per minute. In case of an emergency, communication with our company will be free of cost. Due to remote sections, the mobile network is not available but you can use the internet above (5000 m).
If there is an emergency, our climbing guide will help you during difficult situations with safety care, medical treatment and communication services. Communication is also available as the internet and satellite phone, so a guide would help you if something critical situation occurs.
Api Himal at 7,132 meters doesn't require oxygen cylinder and other medical equipment. But sometimes due to high altitude in case of an emergency our company will provide all the necessary equipment.
Api Himal is one of the remote Himal in the western part of Nepal. It is shorter than other himal but it is difficult and challenging peak. Api Himal is technically straightforward with several challenges before reaching the main summit. We only recommended excellent climber who has previous experience of Nepali Himalaya well know.
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We were a group of 4 people from Hungary who went on Api Himal Expedition, with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. We had a great team and everything went smoothly. Top class arrangement and thumbs up !! for the whole team for extraordinary effort and support. Ang-Dawa Sherpa, our climbing guide was a man with patience and leadership. Without his guidance and inspiring climbing skills, our successful climb to the summit wouldn’t have been possible. We are already planning to go on other peak climbing with him and NGT in future. Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions !!! Strongly Recommended for outstanding climbing and other adventure related activities in Nepal.
Thanks once again to everyone in the NGT team?
With Love from Hungary,
Victor and Group
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