Api Base camp Trek

Trip Duration

14 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

4500m

Accommodation

Hotel, Tea House

Transportation

Plane, Bus

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

August, May

Api Base camp Trek Overview

Mount Api is the highest mountain peak in the Far western region of Nepal which stands at an elevation of 7132m. Api Base Camp Trek is located in the northwest corner of Nepal in the Humla district. It is a quite long and highly protected area. Api Nampa Conservation Area itself is a home to many endangered animals like red panda, musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep, and Himalayan Tahr along with lots of other flora and fauna. The Conservation Area is protecting the Api mountain.

Api Base camp Trek is much more than just mountain view. The trek also offers steep gorges, Mahakali valley, subtropical to alpine forest and vegetation, grasslands, waterfalls, lakes, Streams and so much more. This part of the trek also contributes to the beauty of this trekking. Here, you can also see different ethnic groups like Jhakari, Lohar, Thekare, Brahmins, and Chhetri.  They are still very traditional and proudly follow a traditional lifestyle. This is an isolated area and very few travelers have discovered this amazing piece of travel destination as of now. Api base camp is not much explored by people but is definitely a deserving place.

 

This route might take you around 17-18 days and cost you around 300- 350$.

Highlights of Api Base camp Trek

 

The Api Base Camp Trek is a challenging and strenuous trek that takes you through some of the most stunning and remote areas of the Himalayas in Nepal. Here are some highlights of this trek:

  • Stunning mountain views:
  • The Api Base Camp Trek offers breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. You will also get to see other impressive peaks such as Gauri Shankar, Melungtse, and Menlungtse.
  • Cultural experiences:
  • The trek takes you through traditional Tibetan Buddhist villages and offers the opportunity to interact with the local Sherpa people and learn about their way of life.
  • Off the beaten path:
  • The Api Base Camp Trek is less crowded than some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, making it a great option for those who prefer to experience the beauty of the region in a more peaceful and secluded setting.
  • High-altitude passes:
  • The trek involves crossing several high-altitude passes, including Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 meters) and Rolwaling La Pass (5,220 meters), which offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
  • Diverse landscape:
  • The trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, and high-altitude glaciers. You will also have the opportunity to visit holy lakes and monasteries along the way.
  • Unique flora and fauna:
  • The Api Himal massif is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna, including rare species of plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world.
  • Adventure and exploration:
  • The Api Base Camp Trek is a journey of adventure and exploration, as you venture into the high mountains and test your limits in a harsh and challenging environment. The highlight of the trek is the visit to the base camp of Api Peak, which is located at an elevation of 4,985 meters. From the base camp, you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape and get a glimpse of the challenges that await you on the climb to the summit of Api Peak.

Trip Map

Trekking Equipment List

Woolen t shirts/shirts/thick sweaters. Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down) Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit
Hiking shorts Power bank
Water proof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifier
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex Toiletries
Neck gaiter Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat Water bottles

Other requirements

Travel insurance– travel insurance is really very important part of trekking. You always need a travel insurance especially when you are traveling to this kind of risky, high places. If ever you need any medical emergencies your travel insurance will be bearing it for you. It is important to mention all the places and altitudes you will be reaching, to your insurance company so that you do not have any problem later.

Visa/ passport- it is mandatory for every foreigners to have visa and valid passport to enter Nepal. Only Indian citizen are not required to have visa
for visiting Nepal. You can get your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan International airport, Kathmandu.

Payment and Cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation:
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

Dates of Trip

PRICE
DEPARTURE DATE
TRIP STATUS
$800

$1200Save $400

14 days
November 10, 2022 - November 24, 2022
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Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Person
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
The average temperature in Api base camp during Mid October to December is around 25-30 degree Celsius at day time but can fall to zero or below zero degree Celsius at night time. In winter, the day time temperature is around 20 degree Celsius and can fall to -10 degree Celsius at night time or in higher altitudes. In post monsoon period the day time temperature can be around 25-30 degree Celsius, in lower altitudes. As you go above 3000m, the day time temperature can be around 10 -20 degree Celsius.
Best time to visit
Like in many parts of Nepal the best season to trek Api base camp is no other than Spring (March-May) and autumn September- November). This months have very fair temperature and doesn’t often experience rainfall. The trails are in best condition which provides clear and stunning views of mountains and reen forest. In monsoon the trails are slippery and muddy which increase the risk. In winter there is extreme cold and heavy snowfall which makes it very dfficult to travel. However it is still possible to trek in these seasons but you have to be very much careful throughout the way.
Accommodation and food
Accommodation - being one of the remote part of Nepal, the api base camp trail sadly doesn’t have much facilities to provide. You have to stay on small teahouses run by local people there. Sometimes when teahouses are not available and when you reach at very high altitudes you also have to do camping for overnight. Food- you will get very basic food in this route like traditional Nepali food Dal Bhat, vegetables and Dhido. However if you are planning a camping trek you need to carry all the stuff along with your food. Or if you belong to a travel agency they can hire a cook for you. The basic meal in teahouses cost you 200-250 NRS (2-3$). The tea, coffee, and boiled water can cost you around 100-150 NRS. (1-1.5$
Transportation
Bus- road transportation facility is nicely available to some point of Api base camp. You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Mahendranagar which will take 18-20 hours then again from Mahendranagar to Gokuleshwor which takes 14-15 hours’ drive. And this is your starting point for trekking. Airplane- the only flight available is from Kathmandu to Dhangadi. You need to again drive from Dhangadi to Gokuleshwor for around 8 hours.
Communication and electronics
Communication is not much of a problem in Api Himal base camp. People there use satellite phone through which you can communicate to your friends and families. Moreover, internet facility is provided in most of the teahouses. It might cost you some extra money for it and also free in some places. Mobile coverage is not really available but having internet facility even above 5000m will do the best. Electricity is available to charge your electronics again have to pay extra for it.
Guides/porter
Yes it is definitely very important to have a guide in this trek. Humla district being a very remote area of Nepal, they lack proper infrastructures, transportation and many other facilities. It might be quite difficult for trekkers to find their own way, accommodation and foods and information about the place. This is why having a guide with you is really important. They can charge you around 25-30$ (2500-3000 NRS). Porters are available to carry your stuff. But they must not exceed 25 kilos. They might charge you around 15- 25$ (1500-2000) per day. You can also share your porter if you don’t have much belonging
Safety/fitness
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) this permit cost you NRS 1000 (USD 9) per person if they are in a group and NRS 2000 (USD 18) per person if they are solo traveler. Api Nampa conservation area entry Permit- this permit is mandatory to everyone entering Api Nampa base camp. It cost 3000 NRS (30$) to everyone and have discount for SAARC countries that is 15 $. (1500 NRS). All the permits are provided in Nepal Tourism Board.

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