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You are welcome to freely download the track notes and useful information about trekking in Nepal provided below.

Independent trekking in Nepal

The most enjoyable form of trekking is to go independently, carrying your own equipment and staying in village lodges, eating local food and directly benefitting local communities. But a recent government requirement to have a guide for each party (except in the Everest/Khumbu region) means that you will often need to pay for an extra person. Arrange to pay your lodging and meals directly to the householders and separately pay your guide and/or porter an agreed daily rate plus a tip at the end. Most of the track notes below are to remoter areas of Nepal and are only accessible with government-issued permits which require that you take a guide. You may also wish to take porters if necessary.

Howard's hints for happy trekking - find out how to avoid blisters, how not run out of money, to avoid the runs, acclimatize well, choose a guide and lots more…(December 2023)

                                     Dolpo             Mustang        Muktinath     Kangchenjunga-Makalu   Kangchenjunga

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                   Manaslu Tsum Valley   Shivalaya to Lukla high route   Khumbu Arun Valley

Kangchenjunga Trek track notes (lodge) - the Kangchenjunga area offers some superb but difficult trekking in remote northeastern Nepal, probably best lodge trekking left in Nepal in our opinion – permit and guide required (updating December 2023)

World Wildlife Fund plans luxury lodge in Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga to Makalu track notes (camping) - hard GHT trekking including Lumbasumba Pass, Lady's Lake and Makalu basecamp - permits and guides required. Our favourite camping trip. (December 2019)

Khumbu to Arun Valley track notes (lodge) - whether you walk into the Everest area or not, this is a great scenic and cultural exit route to Tumlingtar and a flight back to Kathmandu. (April 2010)

Shivalaya to Lukla high route track notes (camping) - 15 day camping trip, mostly above 4000m, joining together part of the Numbur Cheese Circuit with part of the Dudh Kund pilgrimage and then making an exciting exit direct to Lukla (October 2022)

Manaslu Tsum Valley track notes (lodge) - this is still a great trek but shortened by new roads – permit and  guide now required (updated November 2015)

Muktinath to Kagbeni walk - if you do trek around Annapurna, here’s a non-dusty non-jeep alternative down from Muktinath to get a glimpse of the mysterious Mustang culture and kingdom in just one day, and maybe even see blue sheep. (December 2010)

Upper Mustang in early winter track notes (lodge) - arid, high and empty, this might be the best scenic and cultural trek in Nepal at this time of year although there are now many roads – permit and guide required (December 2010)

Dolpo track notes (camping) - difficult to very difficult, very remote and culturally fascinating for the explosion of Buddhism there from 900-1400 AD - permit and guides now required for Dhorpatan and required with camping for Lower Dolpo, Upper Dolpo and GHT High Route from Jumla to Shey Gompa via Rara Lake. (updated February 2017)

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Two useful topographical maps sources: www.pahar.in/nepal-topo-maps/ and https://www.traveloutset.com/nepal/great-himalaya-trail-trekking-map/

How to get trekking permits for all areas www.traveloutset.com/nepal/where-to-get-trekking-permit/ - thanks to Pradeep!

300 Nepali words and phrases useful for trekking (pdf)

First aid kit for remoter areas of Nepal (pdf)

Gear kit for Nepal trekking (pdf)

Dalai Lama chanting Maha Mritunjaya Mantra (pdf and mp4 audio)

Here are some more photos taken by Lobsang.

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Larapinta trail backwards track notes (pdf)

Howard's page

Sue's page

Sandbox for testing new pages

LC references draft

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