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Trek the Himalayas

n/a days
Grade 2

About the challenge

This magnificent trip, with the ultimate combination of spectacular scenery and fascinating culture, takes place in the Himalayan Annapurnas, home to some of the highest peaks in the world. As we trek among them, we feel dwarfed by the sheer size and proximity of their snow-clad peaks. Our challenge takes us from the frenetic, fascinating city of Kathmandu north to Pokhara and the start of our trek. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and mountainside villages, perched up above picturesque rice terraces, providing a real glimpse of local life.

We continue up out of the tree line over 3000m, where awe-inspiring views of the great peaks and glaciers of the Himalayas await us, including the famous ‘fish-tail’ mountain of Machupucchare. This will be a tough challenge, but one where our efforts reward you with some of the most magnificent mountain panoramas in the world!

The itinerary

Concise Itinerary

Days 1-2: Fly to Kathmandu

Days 3-4: Fly to Pokhara and trek through villages, crossing glacial rivers and farmed terraces

Days 5-6: Hilly trekking over wooded ridges to Tara Top (3056m) with spectacular vies

Days 7-8: Descend through forest and open pastures, back to Pokhara

Days 9-11: Time to explore sights of Kathmandu before flight home

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What it's really like

Wide range of scenery and terrain
Highest point - 3056m
Trek 5-8 hours each day
Some steep sections
Camp in stunning locations

Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

Detailed information

What's Included?

All accommodation is included as well as all flights and transfers; internal air tax; all meals except three as specified in the itinerary; camping equipment (except sleeping bag) and any permits and entry fees to any regions and sites visited as part of the itinerary. Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and doctor (depending on final group size) are also included, along with a local support crew of local guides, porters and cooks.

What's Excluded?

The tour cost does not include personal travel insurance, airline fuel supplement if charged by the airline, (capped at £225 by Discover Adventure), entry visa, three meals as specified or tips for local crew. It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites or attractions. Remember to allow extra for drinks, souvenirs and other personal expenses. You can buy drinks, snacks and personal items in the villages we trek through, but be warned that the further up the trail we are, the more expensive items become. Please note that costs may fluctuate and we have no control over any changes. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.

Flight Information

Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are most likely to fly with Jet Airways. However, we don’t always fly with the same airline so this is a guideline only. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost


Accommodation comprises of 5 nights camping & 3 nights in 2-3* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The hotels are comfortable with ensuite facilities and hot water. Please do not expect the same standards as you would of a tourist hotel in the UK!


All food is included except for three meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is great, will provide you with plenty of energy, and there is plenty of it.

Dietary Requirements

Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we will be in rural areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally when we are in towns or cities, when you are free to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit every budget.

Trip Support

Discover Adventure Crew

Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader.

All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

Local Support Crew

Our local support crew is made up of local guides, drivers, porters and cooks. Your local guide knows the local area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Drivers, cooks and porters do not always speak English but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! See ‘Costs in Nepal’ above for a guideline amount; your leader will let you know if there is any change to this guideline. Our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in Nepal is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.


Vehicles take us to the start of the trek and pick us up at the end. All luggage, food, water and camping equipment is carried by porters. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Your kitbag MUST NOT weigh more than 8kg on the actual trek. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate.  Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the challenge

Trekking Information


The terrain is very varied as the route passes through valleys, forest and bare mountain slopes above the tree line; paths on the whole are good but are very steep in places and with many steps to both walk up and down. Terrain can be slippery in wet conditions.
You should have a good level of fitness to enjoy the trek to the utmost. Although we do not trek higher than 3056m, some people may find they experience shortness of breath due to the altitude. Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain involved, rather than the actual distance!

Clothing & Equipment

We are travelling through remote mountains where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time sobe prepared for quickly changing conditions and temperatures. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.


Nepal’s rainy season, or monsoon, is from mid-June to September. Weather in spring and autumn is clear and dry. In the mountains temperature is influenced heavily by the altitude.

Fitness Levels

Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

Passport & Visa

A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from Nepal. There are visa requirements for UK citizens; currently all visas are obtained at the airport upon entry in Kathmandu and will require US$25 in notes; we also recommend you have at least two passport-sized photos with you. Other nationalities should check entry requirements.


We insist that you have had a tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. There is malaria in Nepal; you should not need prophylactics as it rarely occurs in elevations as high as Kathmandu, but it is always best to refer to your GP and travel clinic. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

Cultural Differences

For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you! Our experienced tour leaders and local crew will help bridge the cultural gap; take advantage of their knowledge so you can come away with an understanding of a new culture as well as the achievement of completing a challenging trek.

Worldwide Sustainable Tourism

Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through. 

Discover Adventure Projects

We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a children’s home in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up.

Carbon Offsetting

We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with TCV and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at or call 01302 388883.