You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
This morning we take a flight to Dhangadhi then drive around and then drive to Dadeldhura where we will stay in basic accommodation.
Today we drive to Lamabagar via Gokuleshwar which is where we will commence our trek from. Overnight Wilderness camp.
Our inaugural trip, led by Tim Macartney-Snape in 2016 undertook the following route; bear in mind this is a guide only and will almost certainly differ, given the exploratory nature of the trip.
Commence trek to just below Makarigadh at 1400m following the river then to near Thala, crossing the river and climbing high out of the gorge to camp on terraces high above the gorge at around 2000m. Continue to Khayekot, the last village then a high level traverse passing by the villages of Ghunsa and Siti and camp by the river immediately after crossing it at 2036m. Trek to Rokhab keeping close to the true left bank of river and continue all day through the forest, camping at 2990 m at the junction of the Chamalaya and Rokab Kholas. Possible side trip up the upper Chamalaya to camp below Thuda daya near Api for two nights at around 3765m and a day trip up to ridge opposite the south face of Api and Nampa, before returning to Rokhab. Trek up the Rokhab valley and camp in fold of the steep valley wall of Lamakhaye Dhar at 3800 before a steep climb and traverse up to high camp below pass at 4800m. We will then climb on steepening snow to unnamed pass at 5300m, before then descending on a lower angled neve down the other side to camp by lake at 4800m on side of Bayeli glacier. Crossing a glacial moraine, we'll descend an ablation valley to junction with the Salimor Khola at 4239m. An adventurous day follows, down the Salimor gorge, with two side-river crossings, steep traverses using fixed ropes and many tricky sections over steep ground. We will cross the river via snow-bridge half way between Kapchuli and Gaisar valleys and trek down to junction of Salimor and Seti rivers at Dahachaur. The old trade route to Tibet is joined here and in the summer there is a shepherds camp that sells basic foodstuffs - some of it brought over from Tibet via the Urai La. We will trek up the Seti gorge on well built track to Garaphu and up the Seti valley in more open country to Saipal chaur at around 3950m. Rest days are included, with a planned excursion to two lakes in the upper Rakse Urai valley. Our route then takes us towards the Urai la and then off main trail up to high camp below the 'Chaupha Tuppa" pass at around 4850m. There may (depending on conditions) be an optional climb to Thadodunga Tuppa 5638m on Tibetan border for fantastic views of Tibetan plateau to Taklakot, Gurla Mandata and upper Karnali valley. We'll head down the Thado Khola valley for four to five km before crossing the river (no bridge) then climbing very steeply up to 4500m to cross a spur (following small shepherds track) before dropping steeply into Syangbang Khola and then up again to junction with Phirankoph Khola. We will trek up the Syangbang Khola then east towards the Karang La, camping in the fold of the moraine around 2km below the pass.
We plan to cross over the Karang La at 5300m then trek diagonally left to find a track which descends very steeply down a spur to Karang Khola below north Saipal glacier. We may camp in a forest at Sumjung Khola after crossing the river on natural stone bridge. There is a long descent followed by a long hill up then down to near the village of Chala. Turning south, we cross a river on bridge then trek up towards the junction with Ghugure khola camping at a meadow at around 3700m. The main trail takes us east to a junction before turning east to cross the Chhote la 4700m, then descending northwards past Librang tal. We will descend past Choila tal to near Kholsi and camp on side stream before crossing the Karnali and joining the main trail towards Simikot.
Today is the final day, before returning to Kathmandu, of our magnificent traverse which has taken us on a journey through some of the most remote and untrodden trails in the Nepal Himalaya.
Fly to Kathmandu. On arrival to Kathmandu, we transfer to the Radisson Hotel for overnight accommodation.
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport.