The 7,132-metre Api Himal is considered as the highest mountain of far-west Nepal. The trekking region is quite remote and untoched. Until now, very few tourists have visited the region. The real wilderness of the Nature can be experienced along this trail. Beautiful mountain landscape, cultural diversity, rapid rivers and pristine forests are the main attractions of this region. Apart from the scenic beauty, off-beaten trails and mysterious culture, the region offers a panoramic view of the 7,817-metre Mt. Nandadevi, which lies in Uttar Pradesh of India, Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368 m.), Api Himal, Rajamba (6,537 m.), Kapchuli and many other peaks. The 6,850-metre peak of Kapchuli is also known as Jethibahurani. There is also a lake called Kalidhunga, which is about one and half hours’ walk from Api Himal Base Camp. This is one of the holy lakes of this area.
The region is equally popular among those interested in bird watching. Agriculture is the main occupation of the local people. The mixed local community includes Chhetries, Mahara, Bohora, Thekare, Jhakari and Lohar (iron-smith).
A nomad community known as “Raute” is also found in the area. An estimated 22 people of this unique community are in the area. The people of this community have their own language; they do not speak Nepali. It is said that they used to live in Dhawaliwadar (cave) in the past. During winter, they descend to the Terai (hot region) and reach as far as Indian border. During summer, they ascend up to Api Himal Base Camp. They are said to keep goats. A leader of the community takes the goats to the market for sale.
Day 01: Kathamndu to Mahendranagar drive by bus (about 17 hours)
Day 02: Mahendranagar to Gokuleshwor-Karkale (950m.)drive by bus (about 14 hours)
From Gokuleshwor, we will have to pass through an area with scenic Mountain View and beautiful landscape. After having lunch, we will start our trek. We will have to make about 2 hours’ straight walk and reach Karkale, where we will stay overnight at camp.
Day 03: Trek from Karkale to Chiureni (1,100m.)
We will walk through beautiful villages and farmland. On the way, we will cross innumerable hanging bridges. Following six and a half hours’ walk, we will reach Chiureni. In Nepali, Chiuri means butter tree. We will see many butter trees around our campsite and stay overnight at camp.
Day 04: Chiureni to Makarighat (1,800m.)
Our trekking trail follows the Chamliya Khola. The trail goes to straight and some part narrow. 7 hours walk and stay over night at camp
Day 05: Makarighat trek to Seti (3,000m.)
Today we have to walk mostly up hill we have to ascend 1200m. On the way we will see some villages compare to others villages the settlement are very disperse. We can see nice Mountain View .about six hours walk and stay overnight at camp at local school.
Day 06: Seti trek to Bayaligad (34,00m.)
The trail goes to bit ascend and descend again while we walk 2 hours then we will reached at Lawathi this is the last village of this trek, this place is know as ‘Saheb Bagar’ many years ago trekkers were stay at that place so local people start to call Saheb Bagar. From here trail goes to up hill and walk through dense jungle. 5 hours walk and stay overnight at camp
Day 07: Bayaligad Trek to Simar (3600m.)
Walk through dense jungle, the trail goes to gently up hill. During the summer season there is a kind of plant can be see in this area the name of plant call Yarsagumba this is kind of Viagra 5 hours walk and stay overnight at camp.
Day 08: Simar trek to Dhawaliwadar (3800m.)
From here the trail is straight walk to Dhaliwadar it means cave as mention above in the passed days nomadic people were used to stay at this cave.today we will walk through greenery forest with mountain view and need to cross some small stream. About five hours walk and stay overnight at camp
Day 09: Dhawalidwar trek to Base Camp (4,000m.)
Two hours gently up waking we will be reached at Api Himal base camp. After having lunch go to holy lake and walking around the base camp and enjoy with beautiful mountain views. stay overnight at camp.
Day 10: Base Camp trek to Saheb Bagar (2,800m.)
After having breakfast heading down to Saheb Bagar follow the same trail. It takes six hours walk and stay overnight at camp.
Day 11: Saheb Bagar trek to Makarighat (1,800m.)
Six and half hours walk you will get Makarigad and stay overnight at camp.
Day 12: Makarighat trek to Bitulechaur (1,200m.)
Follow the same trail way back to Bitulechaur, six hours walk and stay overnight camp.
Day 13: Bitule trek to Gokuleshwor (8,50m.)
Walk through beautiful villages six hours walk and stay overnight at camp
Day 14: Gokuleshwor to Mahendranagar drive by bus about 14 hrs
Day 15: Mahendranagar to Kathmandu drive by bus about 17 hrs
Day 16: Arriving in Kathmandu early morning.
In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served at Bhojan Griha, the delights of Nepali cuisine.
Bhojan Griha is one of the exclusive Nepali restaurants in the valley which serves the very best of traditional, organic and ethnic cuisine of Nepal. The grand old building which was built almost 150 years ago has been renovated and converted into a fascinating restaurant with intricate décor, subtle setting and nostalgic atmosphere. Traditional folk music and dances are performed in full costume every evening over savory meals. No doubt, to dine at Bhojan Griha is a cultural rejuvenation.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
this is wonderful, experience trip