Api Base Camp Trek


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Api Base Camp Trek

Api Base Camp Trek Summary

    1. Api Himal Trek length: 14 Days
    2. Api Base Camp Trek difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    3. Highest Elevation: 3,861m/12,667 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 14 People
    6. Foods on Trek route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner every day
    7. Best Time for Camping: March, April, May, October, November and December
    8. Trip Mode: Tent Trekking
    9. Transportation: Car/bus/Jeep


The Api Base Camp Trek takes you to the untouched sacred pilgrimage site with pristine lakes and beautiful landscapes. Mount Api Himal is 7,132 meters and is the highest mountain in the Far-Western territory of Nepal. Likewise, this wilderness journey to Api Himal base camp is located in the extreme northwest corner of Nepal.

Furthermore, this trek to Api base camp offers an extensive view of snowcapped mountains. Rajama (6,537m), Kapchuli (6,850m), Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m), Api Himal (7,132m), Nandadevi(7,817m) along with many other summits. Similarly, hikers will get to witness the famous Kali Dhunga holy Lake. However API and Saipal are controlled hiking area, thus group trekking is only allowed and requires a special permit for trekking to base camp.

Best time to visit Api Himal trek route is in the spring and autumn seasons. Tourists can hike to base camp with a tent trekking because lodges are still unavailable en route. It passes through some beautiful and interesting typical unexplored communities. And you might see some wild animals, particularly birds, and wildflowers along with the hikes.

Tent trek to Api Himal is tranquil immortality dotted by the colorful rhododendron forest, which is extremely spectacular in the spring season. September, October, November, March, April, and May are the best months to hike.

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How much does for Api Base Camp Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Api Base Camp Trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (a local trekking company in Nepal) ranges between US$ 1990 to 2480. But of course, this trip price varies as per group size you are camping with and the service you choose. Typically this figure price includes transportation, a guide/porters, hotels, food and accommodation, and hiking permit facilities.

However, we basically arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private hiking tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be a best option.

It’s a standard trip package price for 2 week’s trek to Api and saipal base camp in Nepal. If you are 2 people Api Himal base camp trek cost US$ 2175 for 14 days trek as per the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the price as per your wish. Here is the price list for API base camp trek.

Price Per Person for 14 days Api Base Camp Trekking

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 2480
2 PersonUS$ 2175
3 PersonUS$ 2150
4 to 6 personUS$ 2125
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 2050
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1990

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Api Base Camp Trek itinerary details

An impressive journey to Api Himal climbing route is a classical trek itinerary compared to most walks in this territory. As per written here is a particular route designed for globe trotters who wish to explore a far western Part of Nepal.

01 Day Arrival at Kathmandu international airport. Transfer to hotel

Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, you’ll be greeted with a private vehicle for a seamless transfer to your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Our dedicated representative will personally welcome you and provide a comprehensive briefing regarding the details and information about the Apil Himal hiking experience.

02 Day world heritage spots in Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Following breakfast, our day kicks off with a visit to the renowned world heritage sites nestled within Kathmandu city. The tour encompasses iconic landmarks such as the sacred Boudhanath Stupa, the revered Pashupati temple, the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the majestic Syambhunath Stupa. At the Pashupati Hindu temple, visitors have the opportunity to witness the solemn Hindu cremation ceremonies conducted along the banks of the Bagmati river.

03 Day Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi (109m/357 feet) 75 minutes

Following breakfast, embark on a guided drive to the airport for your flight to Dhangadhi airport. Serving as the capital of the Kailali District, Dhangadhi awaits a mere seventy-five-minute flight from Kathmandu, offering stunning views on clear days. Upon arrival, transfer to the pre-booked tourist-standard hotel in Dhangadhi via a private vehicle arranged for your comfort.

While in Dhangadhi, there’s ample opportunity to delve into the town’s charms, including visits to the vibrant Dhangadhi town itself. Serene Jokhar Lake and the intriguing Aircraft Museum, and the lush Botanical Garden are a prime things to see. To traverse these attractions, bicycles provide an excellent means of exploration. For those desiring a comprehensive tour of the town via a private car, an additional cost applies.

04 Day Drive from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwar, 8 hours

Today’s journey leads us from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwar via the Mahakali Highway, spanning approximately eight hours. Hence, an early morning departure is imperative to ensure arrival before nightfall. We opt for a light breakfast, reserving a heartier lunch for our midday stop during the drive.

After around four hours of traversing hills, our path leads us to Dadeldhura, nestled in Nepal’s far western region. Here, we pause for lunch before continuing our journey along winding roads snaking through the hills, ultimately arriving at the enchanting destination of Gokuleshwor. Trekkers are treated to breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, the picturesque Chamelyia Valley, and mesmerizing river gorges along the route.

Given that it’s the inaugural day of our drive, we settle in for the night at a local lodge in Gokuleshwar, embracing the comforts it offers after a day of scenic exploration.

05 Day Drive from Gokuleshwar to Latinath (1,004m/3,294 feet) 2 hours. Trek to Paribagar (1,770m/5,807 feet), 1 hour

Following breakfast, we start on a two-hour drive to Latinath, the initial juncture for commencing the API Himal climbing expedition. Our overland route to Latinath meanders alongside the picturesque Chameliya River, affording glimpses of the expansive landscape and passing by the region’s largest hydroelectric power plant in the Far West of Nepal.

Upon arrival at Latinath, our trek to the Api Base Camp commences. This journey leads us through fascinating scenery to Paribagar, a charming village adorned with quaint local houses. Here, we select a suitable campsite to establish our overnight stay, soaking in the tranquility of this beautiful location.

06 DayParibagar to Makarigadi Trekking (1,470m/4,823 feet) 5 hours,

Our trek to Makrigadi unveils a trail lined with traditional stone houses, ancient farm terraces, and the pristine vistas of Nepal’s Far West. Our journey persists along the banks of the Chameliya River, leading us through a progression of landscapes, from the subtropical forests to the enchanting realms of subalpine vegetation—comprising fir, oak, hemlock, and vibrant rhododendron forests—ultimately culminating in our arrival at Makrigadi.

07 Day Makrigaad to Siti Trekking (2,254m/7,395 feet), 8 hours

Our day commences with a brief yet steep ascent towards the Chameliya River, crossing its course before ascending the gorge, leading us onward to the Pato village. After a fulfilling lunch at Duck, our climb ahead remains moderate yet consistent. Progressing along this secluded, undulating path, we traverse the final mountain ridge. A swift descent follows, guiding us to the serene and picturesque destination of Siti.

08 DaySiti to Domal (2,950m/9,679 feet) 7 hours

Recheck all hiking gears and begin your journey to our current destination Domal. From Siti, it was initially a descent to the village of Khayekot. A beautiful village that has located on the banks of the river Chameliya. The settlement of Khayekot is also mentioned as the last permanent settlement in the Chameliya Valley. We’ll stop for lunch in Khayekot. After lunch, we slowly climbed to Domal. Domal is a crossroads of the Chameliya and Rokap rivers and is considered a very sacred place in the area.

09 Day Domal to Dhaulo Odar Trekking (Lower Api Base Camp) (3,548m/ 11,640 feet), 5 hours

Our journey today commences with a challenging steep ascent, rewarding us with breathtaking views at the summit. Once atop, the trail gains momentum, guiding us through enchanting forests and expansive meadows.

After approximately five hours of hiking, we arrive at a captivating open grassland nestled amidst towering mountains and vibrant rhododendron forests, adorned with several quaint caves. Embrace the awe-inspiring panorama surrounding us as we settle into our tent camp for the evening at Dhaulo Odar, relishing the beauty of this serene setting.

10 Day Api Himal Base Camp Trek / Pilkandaha Base Camp Hike (3,861m/ 12,667 feet) and back to Daulo Odar.

Today marked the pinnacle of anticipation throughout our camping expedition—the arrival at the base camp of Mount Fire. Following breakfast, we prepare our packed lunches and commence our hike towards the Api base camp. A trek lasting approximately two and a half hours leads us from Daulo Odar mountain to a vast, expansive plain enclosed by majestic mountains—recognized as the Api Himal Base Camp.

This location grants us an unparalleled view of Mt. Api (7,132 m), alongside the impressive peaks of Mt. Kapchuli (6,850m), Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m), and Nandadevi (7,817m). Our journey continues as we venture towards the origin of the Chameliya River, pausing to explore a nearby small temple erected by the local community.

Lunch awaits us before we proceed to visit the sacred Pilkandaha lake, concluding our expedition by returning to Daulo Odar. In terms of breathtaking landscapes and panoramic mountain vistas, the Api Himal base camp stands out as a peerless trekking experience amidst Nepal’s diverse offerings.

11 Day Daulo Odar to Siti trek (2,258m/7,408 feet), 5/6 hours.

Following an unforgettable sojourn at the Api Himal base camp, we make our way back to Siti village accompanied by our entire crew. En route, our path winds past picturesque agricultural terraces and verdant green hills, enhancing the scenic beauty of our return journey.

12 Day Siti to Makrigaad trek (1,470m/4,822 feet), 5/6 hours

Our trailhead leads us along Berm, traversing forests, agricultural fields, and quaint human settlements on our way to Makrigaad. Throughout the journey, travelers will relish glimpses of the majestic Himalayas. Our lunch break awaits us in Pato, and thereafter, a steady descent guides us onward to reach the charming village of Makrigaad.

13 Day Makarigadi to Latinath trek, 4 hours. And drive to Gokuleshwar, 2 hours

Begin our journey towards Latinath afetr breakfast. A downhill hike of approximately four hours guides us towards Latinath, passing through Paribagar along the way. Trailhead to Latinath is relatively gentle and boasts picturesque views, offering a serene walk amid nature’s beauty.

Upon reaching Latinath, if time permits, we’ll embark on a brief stroll to visit the Hindu temple situated above the area. However, if time is limited, we’ll opt for a two-hour bus ride directly to Gokuleshwar. Upon arrival, we’ll establish a camp in Gokuleshwar, where we’ll spend the night.

14 Day Gokuleshwar to Dhangadhi Drive (109m/357 feet), 8 hours

Grab a quick early morning breakfast before hopping on the regular bus departure. Pack up all the camping gear and head to the Gokuleshwar Bus Station to catch a bus bound for Dhangadhi town.

Bus Journey route winds through stunning green hills adorned with terraced farms, quaint villages, and inviting tea houses along the roadside. By afternoon, the bus reaches Dadeldhura, where we pause for lunch and take a brief rest before resuming our journey to Dhangadhi via the Mahakali Highway.

After an approximately 9-hour scenic drive filled with breathtaking vistas, we arrive at our hotel in Dhangadhi town. It’s here that we’ll spend the night, settling in after a long day of travel.

15 DayDhangadhi to Kathmandu air travel (1350m/4,429 feet) [75 minutes], Trip Finish.

We head to the airport to catch our scheduled flight to Kathmandu. This picturesque journey by air spans approximately 75 minutes before touching down at Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival, transfer to your designated hotel in Kathmandu. Campers have the opportunity for some last-minute shopping, selecting souvenirs for their families and loved ones before concluding this memorable trip.

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How much does Api Base Camp Trek Package Price?

Hike to Api Himal base camp climbing package price US$ 2175 per person is a standard trek price on double occupancy basis. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu and Dhangadi with breakfast. Likewise, a comfort jeep drives from Dhangadi to Latinath and returns to Dhangadi round trip. WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Api Base Camp Trek Package Price Includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private Car.
  • 2 nights’ double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu City.
  • 2 night’s double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Dhangadi Town
  • Guided sightseeing with a professional Tour Guide in Kathmandu valley with a private vehicle.
  • 14 breakfast, 12 lunch, and 12 Dinner serve with hot Tea/coffee on trek routes.
  • Tent camping accommodation while you are on trekking days
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Dhangadi airport and Return Kathmandu round trip airfare.
  • All grounded transportation with a local Bus as per the given tour itinerary.
  • Api Nampa Conservation Area entrance permits and their fees
  • Api and Saipal Rural Municipality entrance permits cost US$ 90 per person/ week.
  • Professional English-speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Experienced cook, and kitchen helper according to the group size.
  • Strong porters (2 guests: 1 porter basis) because each porter carries a maximum of 25 kilograms.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and trekking poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as deserts after dinner for Api Himal base camp trekking.
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and travel insurance for all Nepali crew.
  • Api Himal trek map and trek completion certificate – keep them as a souvenir.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check oxygen level and Pulse rate every day to save you from higher AMS risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Api Base Camp hiking package price excludes:-

  • Lunch and Dinner on your staying in Dhangadi and in Kathmandu town.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, etc.
  • Personal trekking gears and Clothing.
  • -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
  • Personal nature expenses, beverage drinks, and bar bills.
  • Travel insurance to cover Helicopter rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Donation and Kathmandu City Monuments entrance fees on your heritage sites tour.
  • Gratuities for camping crew [guide, cook, and porters] [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

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We can organize your private Api Base Camp hiking starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Do I need the experience to do the API Himal Trekking?.

Answer: No. But if you can walk about 3 hours each day with a lightweight daypack would be easier.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. If you provide us with your flight details and request us, our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.

Question: What kind of food and accommodation can I expect on the Api Himal trek?.

Answer: Our professional cook cooks a delicious range of vegetarian cuisine. Mainly he cooks Pasta, tuna bake, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables.

Likewise, tourists will have Tent camping accommodations along this hikes. However, we advise you to take your own sleeping bags if you have them with you otherwise, you can rent them in Kathmandu.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Api Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: As you are doing camping trekking, we provide you with a hot water bucket, and you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Api Base Camp Trek?.

Answer: We provide you aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: Very few chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities?.

Answer: You can get telephone services only some days.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: To prevent any misunderstandings, we advise booking your trip with us as early as possible. While we aim to accommodate last-minute bookings, a 25% advance deposit is necessary to secure your reservation. The remaining payment can be settled upon your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Api Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. However, the API Himal hike is a challenging trek so each of our porters can carry a maximum of 22 kg of your belongings. If you wish to hire an additional private porter, you will get it by paying an extra cost.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need trek poles on my hikes?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Magical Api Base Camp Trek highlights

  • Explore the far western off-the-beaten track in Nepal
  • Learn some of the tallest Mountains and colorful rhododendron timberland (Spring).
  • Hike through cultured fields, colorful Rhododendron, conifers, and oak forest.
  • Best view of Himalayan scenery including Api Himal (7,132m), and Nandadevi mountain summit (7,817m).
  • Experience the unexplored landscapes, traditional villages, and their lifestyles.

Notice for Api Himal Base Camp Trekkers

A trek to Api Himal base camp is a treasure in the Far-Western region of Nepal is protected by the Api Nampa Conservation Area. Peaceful route and is a super hike for wilderness trekkers. The hike to Api Base Camp itinerary is subject to change due to a condition out of our control. It’s a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical, and natural condition may change the above itineraries.

What makes Api Base Camp Trek special?

Solo touring isn’t always allowed in this location of Nepal, because of diverse protection issues. Therefore, all solo travelers can join our existing groups. If you join the group, you will be paired in a double bedroom or multi-share accommodation for the accommodation, during the stumble. This will save you a lot of money. Also, joining a group is a very good idea as it will keep you safe, during the entire camping climbing tour.

Opportunities for challenging trekking or popular camping hiking are scattered all over the planet Earth. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

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