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. If you want to take a guide and/or porter, then 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.
Kangchenjunga to Makalu track notes - hard GHT trekking including Lumbasumba Pass, Lady's Lake and Makalu basecamp - permits and guides required for some (December 2017)
Manaslu Tsum Valley track notes - this superb trek is probably the premier route left in Nepal now that roads have intruded into so far into the round Annapurna trek – permit and guide required. (updated November 2015) PDF
Muktinath to Kagbeni walk - if you do trek around Annapurna, here’s a non-dusty non-jeep way to get a glimpse of the mysterious Mustang culture and kingdom in just one day, and maybe even see blue sheep. (December 2010) PDF
Dolpo track notes - difficult to very difficult, very remote and culturally fascinating for the explosion of Buddhism there from 900-1400 AD - permit and guides not required for Dhorpatan but required with camping for Lower Dolpo, Upper Dolpo and GHT High Route from Jumla to Shey Gompa via Rara Lake. (updated February 2017) PDF
Visa form for airport arrival (1 copy and 1 passport photo required) (pdf)
Dalai Lama chanting Maha Mritunjaya Mantra (pdf and mp4 audio)
Children in the remote Tsum Valley have very poor access to educational materials so we have started fundraising to help them. Our Tsumba friend Lobsang says "Chhokangparo is one of biggest household in upper Tsum . Large number of childrens also and school is still in poor condition. We try to better education but still many lack of physical facility and mentally reading culture and value of education in own soil . If this project will success we also have the biggest satisfaction in life to do something for own community". Here are some photos taken by Lobsang.
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