Monsoon Nepal

Grade 1 2 3 4 5
Grade 3 – Challenging
Fairly demanding treks, usually in the high Himalaya, going up to 13,000ft / 4,000m. Trails can be ill defined, narrow, steep, and rocky, and will usually take you into uninhabited or sparsely inhabited areas. Average walking is 6 - 7 hours a day.
Trek Difficulty Grading

Our treks vary from easy hikes in the foothills to challenging climbing adventures in the high Himalaya. More often than not, we use trails that have since ancient times been the only link between villages, settlements, and their inhabitants. The trails may take you through a well-inhabited area with many villages and tea-shops, or through a mountain wilderness without a single permanent settlement for days, but one thing is certain: there'll be lots of ups and downs as we walk from one Himalayan valley to another. Treks are graded on the basis of altitude, trails, walking hours per day, and length of trek.

Grade 1 – Easy
Treks in the foothills staying below 6,500ft / 2,000m. Trails are relatively gentle & wide, and average walking is 3 - 4 hours a day.
Grade 2 – Moderate
Treks in the foothills and the middle-hills going up to 10,000ft / 3,000m. Trails are mostly gentle and wide, but at times may involve more difficult stretches like a steep stone staircase. Average walking is 5 - 6 hours a day.
Grade 3 – Challenging
Fairly demanding treks, usually in the high Himalaya, going up to 13,000ft / 4,000m. Trails can be ill defined, narrow, steep, and rocky, and will usually take you into uninhabited or sparsely inhabited areas. Average walking is 6 - 7 hours a day.
Grade 4 – Demanding
These treks require participants to be in excellent health. They take you into the high Himalaya, altitudes ranging from 9,000ft / 2,800m to often in excess of 16,500ft / 5,000m. Trails venture into sparsely populated or uninhabited high-mountain wilderness, and are often ill defined, occasionally on glacial moraines. Average walking is 6 - 9 hours a day.
Note on altitudes
The altitude definitions indicate elevations through the major part of the trek. Treks usually involve side-trips into elevations exceeding the altitude ranges defined for their grades. Grade 3 and grade 4 trek itineraries are designed to allow proper acclimatization, with acclimatization days when we take side trips to higher elevations where necessary.


12 days - The best of Nepal in the Monsoon, including a 6-day trans-Himalayan trek
  • 6 days moderate trekking in the trans-Himalaya (max. elevation 3,800m / 12,460′)
  • Spectacular views of the Annapurna & Nilgiri Himal ranges
  • Trek through the arid, semi-desert trans-Himalayan region of lower Mustang
  • Muktinath, renowned pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus
  • Sightseeing and leisure in Kathmandu & Pokhara
jharkot-270x180Many areas and aspects of Nepal are best discovered in the Monsoon. Nature is at her most resplendent, rural activity is also at its peak; moreover, a myriad of Nepal’s traditional festivals falls in this season. Monsoon Nepal is our selection of the best trips in the rainy season, featuring the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara, a six-day moderate grade trek in the Nepal trans-Himalaya, and optional high water rafting and wildlife safari extensions.

Our trek takes us to the Tibet-like, semi-desert region of the Thak Khola canyon and the Jhong Khola valley; here the effect of the Monsoon is hardly felt. The trek begins and ends with the spectacular half-hour STOL flight from Pokhara to Jomsom up the Kali Gandaki gorge, cutting between the 8,000m / 26,000′ ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. The highlights are a two-night stay at the magnificent fortress town of Jharkot and the shrine at Muktinath, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims alike. Stops include the charming Thakali town of Marpha, and Kagbeni, a citadel at the confluence of the two rivers draining the region. We stay in simple, authentic lodges and savor the fare of the legendary Thakali innkeepers.

A splendid encounter with trans-Himalayan Nepal and its peoples.

Trip Itinerarymap_amn

Day 1  Arrive Kathmandu. Orientation.
Day 2  Morning tour of Swayambhunath stupa and old Kathmandu. Afternoon flight to Pokhara.
Day 3  Fly Pokhara (884m / 2,900′) – Jomsom (2,760m / 9,050′). Trek via Thinigaon and Dhumba Lake (2,830m / 9,280′) to Marpha (2,680m / 8,790′).
Days 4-6  Trek to Kagbeni (2,840m / 9,320′) and Jharkot (3,500m / 11,480′). Side trips to Muktinath (3,800m / 12,460′), Jhong (3,580m / 11,740′) and Purang (3,450m / 11,320′) from Jharkot.
Day 7  Trek to Jomsom via Lupra (3,000m / 9,840′).
Day 8  Fly Jomsom – Pokhara. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 9  Drive to Kathmandu. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 10  Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Patan.
Day 11  Morning tour of Bhaktapur. Afternoon tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Day 12  Depart for onward destination.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 30 - Aug 10
Aug 13 - Aug 24

Aug 28 - Sep 8
Sep 12 - Sep 23

  Standard Hotels
2 - 5 personsUS$ 899
7 - 12 personsUS$ 790
Single room supplement US$ 160
Airfare Kathmandu - Pokhara; Pokhara - Jomsom - PokharaUS$ 348
Cost Information
Cost Information

The trip cost quoted is the cost per person, and includes:

  • Hotels: Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin / triple room-sharing basis with breakfast.
  • Tours: Sightseeing tours indicated with a certified English-speaking guide.
  • Transfers: All land transfers by car (Toyota Corolla or similar) or van (Toyota Hiace or similar).
  • Trekking: Room-sharing accommodation in local lodges, all meals, services of trek crew (guide, sherpa(s), and porter(s) to carry all luggage & equipment), applicable trekking / ACAP permit / National Park entry fees.
  • Permits, Fees, & Taxes: All applicable permits, entry fees, and taxes.
  • Trek leader: We provide a trek leader on groups of six or more. A tour leader can be provided upon request for smaller groups, upon additional cost.

Not included in the cost are:

  • Meals other than indicated.
  • Flights: All internal flights are extra. Internal airfares indicated are subject to change without notice.
  • Personal clothing & equipment (upon confirmation you’ll receive a clothing & necessity checklist of items we recommend you bring, items you can hire / purchase locally are indicated).
  • Personal expenses, bottled / alcoholic beverages, and tips to crew.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all trip participants be covered by their own personal insurance that also covers emergency evacuation.
  • Other unforeseeable expenses that may arise due to factors beyond our control, like bad weather or flight cancellations.
  • Nepal visa fee.


  Standard Hotels
KathmanduNirvana Garden Hotel
PokharaHotel Trek-O-Tel
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