The Langtang trek is excellent if you are a little short on time or are nervous of starting on one of our longer, higher altitude expeditions. Despite being shorter, the Langtang trek captures all the best of Himalayan trekking with stunning scenery and fascinating culture.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is the adventure of a lifetime and if time is short this is the best Everest option. From the exhilarating flight into Lukla to standing on top of Kala Pattar looking over to Everest itself, this is a journey that you will always remember. Your trek follows in the footsteps of the first pioneers, Tenzing and Hillary, as you hike through spectacular scenery following the Khumbu Valley before finally arriving at Base Camp itself.
The full Annapurna Circuit is rightly considered one of the World’s greatest treks and even in Nepal it stands out for the incredible variety of scenery it offers. Starting in sub-tropical meadows near Besi Sahar it rises through ever more impressive alpine peaks before reaching the famous Thorung La pass. From there the descent into the Mustang region takes you through an arid semi-desert before you finally arrive in Jomsom for a spectacular mountain flight back to Pokhara.
The Druk Path trek is a six day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, crossing stunning natural landscapes through blue pine forests, dwarf rhododendrons, high ridges and crystal clear lakes. There are many opportunities to view ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and quiet unspoilt villages.
Manaslu sits immediately next to the Annapurna range within a closely managed conservation area. The Manaslu Circuit shares many of the great views and panoramas that you see trekking around Annapurna. The big difference is that while the Annapurna Circuit is in nearly every collection of great treks, Manaslu is relatively unknown so it is a lot quieter than its famous next door neighbour. And now that the latter part of the Annapurna trek has been spoiled by roads, this is a great alternative.
If you have a few extra days and some experience of trekking then taking the Gokyo Lakes route to Base Camp is a great option. This route offers all the best of the Classic route plus the attraction of a much quieter approach and a circular route that avoids backtracking. Add in the chance to climb Gokyo Ri for fantastic views of Cho Oyu and the dramatic crossing of the Cho La Pass and you have a really exceptional adventure.
One of the best shorter treks we operate, this trail starts by taking in one of the best view points in the Himalaya, Poon Hill above Ghorepani. From here the dawn view across the Annapurnas is breathtaking. From there the trek takes you into the heart of the Annapurna range with huge mountains towering above you on all sides forming the amphitheatre of the Sanctuary.
The Snowman trek goes to the remote Lunana district and is considered to be the most difficult trek in Bhutan. The attributes making it a tough trek are; distance, high altitudes, weather conditions and remoteness and should only be considered if you have experience and a good level of fitness. The trek is subject to closure because of snow and is almost impossible during winter. The recommended season for this trek is March-May and September to November.
This expedition combines the Classic Base Camp trek with the chance to climb Island Peak, a real Himalayan summit with one of the best close up views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The climb itself is physically demanding but requires no previous technical experience as you will be led by one of our fantastic Everest Summiteer guides to ensure you are in safe hands.
The Chomolhari trek is fantastic for trekkers looking for an off-the-beaten path, high altitude experience that isn't too long. And with Kandoo we make sure to build in enough time to soak in the cultural gems of the Tiger Monastery and the sites of Paro and the capital, Thimphu.
Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal and at 6476m is a huge Himalayan mountain. Not technically a Base Camp trek but the views of Everest and the whole region are second to none. Mera is approached via the quiet Arun Valley before ascending onto the long Mera glacier. As with the Island Peak climb, no previous technical experience is required.
The Annapurna Panorama is the perfect choice if you are a novice trekker or if you are really short on time. After a short flight into Pokhara you trek up to Ghorepani and from there onto the view point at Poon Hill from where there are breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurnas and Machhapuchchre (Fishtail). You return to Pokhara by a circular route avoiding the need to backtrack.
Our open group treks run to fixed dates and routes, and are great for solo trekkers, couples and those looking to meet and interact with fellow travellers. We operate 5-7 open groups per month during the trekking season in the Himalaya
Private treks can be arranged on any day and any route, ideal for couples, close friends and families who want the flexibility to do what they want, when they want. We offer great upgrade options on our private treks. Contact us to setup your private trekking adventure in the Himalaya
Experience all that an Everest Base Camp trek has to offer, whilst also raising money for a charity of your choosing. We frequently arrange charity treks for private groups or indeed have customers join our open groups to raise money for their chosen charity. Contact us to discuss your charity challenge
Our treks are designed for novice trekkers who are fit but have not necessarily trekked at high altitude before. Our treks to the Himalayas are anything between 8 and 18 days, and our schedules often incorporate acclimatisation days to ensure you adjust to the altitude. You need to be prepared to spend 5 -7 hours walking for one day after another. Stamina and determination are what you need most! The best way to prepare is to get out (on the hills if possible) and get yourself used to spending time on your feet. There’s useful information in our trip details about getting yourself physically prepared. We recommend Cardio training, build stamina such as running, cycling, Zumba, aerobics etc, strengthening legs such as squats and lunges and flexibility, stretching properly before and after exercising and hiking.
Any travel insurance you take out must cover you for trekking to 6000m, as well as the standard cover for medical evacuation and repatriation. Some policies include trekking to these altitudes as standard as long as you aren't using ropes or it may be an additional option under an extreme sport option. (On peak climbs cover must be up to 7000m using fixed ropes). It’s always worth checking if you already hold a travel insurance policy. Otherwise, we can recommend a few insurance companies that clients have been happy with in the past, and which we know will cover you for trekking to 6000m.
The two main trekking seasons for the Himalaya are Feb to May and September to November, which is either side of the monsoon season. The earlier trekking season is generally quieter, although more prone to brief showers but the weather in May is considerably warmer. April and May also have the added bonus of being the time of year that the summit teams are preparing their assaults on Everest, so Base Camp will actually be seen as a working camp. October and November are the peak trekking season and have traditionally been a time of stable weather with clear blue skies most days and the early part of September can be prone to the tail end of the monsoon. Generally dry days making trekking conditions easier. Cooler and chilly nights. June, July and August is monsoon season so none of the Everest region treks run. Trails can be unpassable and teahouses close. The Annapurna region lies partially in a rain shadow, so most of the area is protected from the worst of the monsoon. The Annapurna Sanctuary and the Panorama treks therefore will run during these months. December to January can be very, very cold. Some of the trails remain open but can be subject to short term closures due to snowfall. Island Peak, Mera Peak, Annapurna Circuit are closed mid Nov to mid-March, and Gokyo Lakes mid Jan to mid Feb.
NO – Most people who trek to in the Himalaya are not athletes or gym goers, or trained mountaineers and determination is the key. You will be walking 5-7 hours per day, every day of the trek. You can easily do a 6 mile trek here, but in the Himalayas it will take longer. Treks are measured not by distance, but by time, and you will be coming back to a basic bed with a thin mattress, not a bath and cosy pjs. The best way to prepare is to climb, trek or hike any hills or mountains near where you live and get used to putting the hours in.
YES - The big difference with trekking in the Himalayas compared to another high altitude trek, like Kilimanjaro, is that you take a lot longer to reach high altitude. For example, on Kilimanjaro most people summit after 5-6 days, whereas in the Himalaya it will generally take several more days before you reach this altitude, so you will have more chance to acclimatise. You will however be spending a longer period of time at higher altitudes. After summiting Kilimanjaro folks come straight back down again. In the Himalaya time at altitude is more sustained.
Kandoo treks include a team of porters who, amongst other things, will carry your main equipment bag each day between camps. You will not have access to this bag during the day, as the porters will leave after you in the morning as they have to pack everything away, will pass you on the trail during the day and will arrive at ahead of you to set up. You will need to have a day sack with you, to carry everything you do need access to during the day, such as waterproofs, drinking water, spare fleece, sun cream, etc. We would expect you to carry your day sack yourself, but the personal porter option on private treks only is for a porter to walk with you each day and carry your daysack for you. A 35 litre day sack would be adequate, and you will be carrying around 5-8 kg (but getting lighter as you drink your water!)
The only option you could consider in advance is to take Diamox. There has been a lot of research on Diamox (which you can find by googling) that shows it is reasonably well proven to be helpful in avoiding AMS – it’s what our team in the UK take when they are trekking at altitude. In the UK it is a prescription drug which must be prescribed by a doctor, but some doctors are reluctant to prescribe it. The concern is that by taking Diamox, people believe that they are immune from AMS and can ignore the symptoms. In reality, although Diamox can help prevent the symptoms, should symptoms still develop it means the drug isn't being effective and you have to take notice. Your guides will be carrying out twice daily health checks but you should always keep them informed of any changes to your health. Diamox is taken before you start trekking to prevent altitude sickness, not once you start trekking and symptoms have developed. Common side effects include numbness and tingling in the fingers and toes, and changes to your taste which makes fizzy drinks taste flat. You will also experience more frequent urinating, which will be exacerbated by the amount of water you will be drinking to help with acclimatisation.
Our company has been running for over a decade now. We started as Private Expeditions, but re-branded to Kandoo Adventures in 2015 to reflect our continued growth in small group open tours. We have refreshed our brand with an offer that now includes private and open group trekking experiences.
In many destinations, including Nepal, we do not outsource our treks to other companies, we have our own ground operation and employ all of our own guides so we can control every aspect of your trek.
All our guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and have many years experience trekking and climbing in the Himalayas. Both our climbing guides, Jyamchang and Pimba, have climbed Mount Everest twice and are qualified to the prestigious IMG standard.
We do insure our crews for emergency evacuation. However, we do not insure our clients. You need to make sure your insurance covers you for helicopter evacuation.