What to Experience ?

Established in 2010 with the aim of conserving the natural beauty and eco-systems in the region, Api Nampa Conservation Area lies in one of the remotest far west areas of Nepal. A trip to this conservation area guarantees a spectacular experience through various beautiful sceneries that include: the great Mahakali Valley, steep gorges, waterfalls, different types of forests, high alpine pasture areas and the Himalayan mountains. This includes Mt. Api (7132m), which provides the highest peak in the Far–West Nepal. The cultural treasures experienced alongside these beautiful sceneries will make your journey a memorable one.
A trek through this landscape also leads to the sacred Chameliya River and to its source that lies underneath Mt. Api (7132m) before reaching the Mt. Api base camp.

Overview

An Advanced trek  may involve steep trails when overcom-ing the passes. It is a full-day trek, often in remote areas lasting up to 6 h. A good level of fitness and experience is required.

Itinerary
  • Day 1:

    We arrive from Kathmandu or Delhi to Dhangadhi. We explore the Terai (plains) of Far West Nepal and the town of Dhangadhi, experience an evening cycling to the Jakhor Lake then have Dinner and overnight stay in Dhangadhi.

  • Day 2:

    Early morning we start our journey to Gokuleshwar via Dadeldhura. We have breakfast on the road as we drive up the hills, past the plains. This 3-4 hours drive leads us to Dadeldhura, a town known as Queen of Hills, where we stop to have lunch . We continue our journey on the winding road through the hills, having amazing views of the Himalaya and Chamelyia valley. We reach Gokulswhar in the afternoon, have dinner and overnight stay in Gokuleshwar. (8hours drive)

  • Day 3:

    From Gokuleshwar we head to Latinath (1004m) where our trekking starts after about 2hours drive that takes us along the Chameliya river and through the biggest hydropower station in the Far-West Nepal. Our hike starts from Latinath to the beautiful village of Paribagar in about an hour. We have dinner and stay in the village with our hosts.

  • Day 4:

    The trek on this day leads through traditional villages located in the middle-hills, a land untouched by the hand of time. Hiking upwards we pass ancient agricultural terraces and traditional stone houses. After 2.5 h we rest in one of the teahouses along the trail. After lunch we continue hiking along the Chameliya river passing subtropical pine forest, subalpine fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron forests in the higher areas. Makarigaad is a lovely small settlement where we will stay overnight. (5hours trek)

  • Day 5:

    Today’s trek starts with a short steep climb before crossing the Chameliya River. After that we climb up the gorge towards the village of Pato (2189m) where we have our lunch. Though steep, the spectacular view is incomparable. We take a gentle but steady climb after Pato till the last ridge for the day then go gently down towards our overnight stay village, Siti where we also have dinner. (8hours trek)

  • Day 6:

    We start from Siti and go downhill to the village of Khayekot (2036m), the last permanent settlement in the Chamelyia valley, on the bank of the Chameliya River. Here we have our lunch and continue with our trek up to Domal, a sacred place where Chameliya river meets Rokap river. We set up our tents and have our dinner. (7hours trek)

  • Day 7:

    We start our journey from Domal by taking one steep climb shortly after our departure. From here the trail continues through forest and open pasture areas untill we finally reach Dhaulo Odar, or “lower Api base camp”. The open grassland area with Rhododendron forest on the sides and surrounded by high mountains forms our campsite area. A few small caves are found here (in Nepali language Odar means cave). We open campfire and share stories of deities to close our day. (5hours trek)

  • Day 8:

    It takes about 2.5 hours to climb from the “lower base camp” to Api base camp . The upper base camp is a big open plateau with mountain peaks surrounding it. Mt. Api (7132m) rises majestically at the north side, besides Mt. Nampa (6929m) and Mt. Bobaye (6808m) to the east. We can continue walking on the plateau and visit the source of the Chameliya River which you have been following since Gokuleshwar. Like everywhere else in Nepal mountains and rivers are sacred and presenting deities. Local people have built small temples to worship the deities and pray for protection and a good future. Packed lunch at upper base camp and overnight at Lower base camp. (5hours trek)

  • Day 9:

    We take our last look at Mt. Api and start walking slowly back to the village of Siti. We walk mostly downhill till Khayekot where we have lunch. From Khayekot we leave the Chameliya River and climb steeply up through agricultural terraces to the village of Siti where we stay overnight. (6hours trek)

  • Day 10:

    We take off from Siti along the ridge through forests, agricultural fields, and small settlements. Gradually, we walk back into civilization. We have a chance to take a glimpse at the Himalayas Range saying “goodbye”. We have lunch in Pato and walk steadily downhill we till Makarigaad where we have dinner and overnight stay (6hours trek)

  • Day 11:

    Today’s hike to Latinath is very pleasant and less strenuous (4hours trek). We take a vehicle at Latinath to Gokuleshwar (2 hours drive). If time allows we take a small trek to a famous Hindu temple just above the village of Latinath. We spend the night in Gokuleshwar.

  • Day 12:

    We start our early morning drive back to Dhangadhi to reach Dadeldhura at noon where we have our lunch and some rest. We get to Dhangadhi in the evening, have dinner and an overnight stay (9hours drive)

  • Day 13:

    We rest and then travel back to Kathmandu or Delhi.

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