The Himalaya and Karakoram range is one of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet and straddles five countries — Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. We run customised treks and expeditions catering for the first time beginner as well as the most experienced climbers seeking a new challenge.
We pride ourselves on having the most experienced Himalayan climbers in Australia on our guiding team, with more major Himalayan summits to their name than most commercial trekking companies. Our experienced and qualified staff enable you to have a safe and enjoyable adventure. Our logistics and organisation of all our treks is done with precision, so that you are well-catered for, even in the most demanding of environments.
Everest base camp (5364 m) is our most popular destination. We offer a two week version of our Everest Base Camp trek for those who are time poor. The shorter 11 day trek takes us into the Gokyo valley before crossing the Cho La into the Everest region. After reaching Everest Base Camp, we fly back to Lukla the next day in what can only be described as the most spectacular flight in the world. The longer 16 day trek is at a more leisurely pace, allowing time to immerse yourself in Sherpa culture and appreciate the dramatic landscape. A worthwhile 3 day extension for the longer trek is to climb Island Peak (6189 m).
Mera Peak (6476 m) is located in the Hinku Valley, east of Mt Everest, and is the highest “trekking” peak in Nepal. It is a great trek for first-time climbers and trekkers. The view from the Mera Peak summit is one of the most amazing vistas in the world, with four of the five highest mountains in the world in full view. We also offer a four day extension over the Amphu Lapcha Pass (5850 m) that returns us to Lukla via Island Peak and the Khumbu Valley. The Amphu Lapcha Pass is a serrated and knife edge pass that separates the Honku Valley to the south, and the Imja Galcier to the north and is an exhilarating way to exit from Mera Peak.
Chulu East (6429 m) in the Annapurna region provides another great trekking peak off the beaten track and gets us away from the crowds in the Everest region. This trek finishes in Jomsom where the soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a stunning backdrop. As the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial centre with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local residents of the region, known as Thakalis.
A less travelled trek is the 16 day Round Dhaulagiri trek that takes us in a clockwise direction around the seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri I (8167 m). A section of the trail passes through a narrow gorge under the massive west face of Dhaulagiri I before making our way to Dhaulagiri base camp. We then cross two alpine passes, French Col and Dhampus Pass before making a long descent into the Kali Gandaki valley. Our trek concludes at Jomsom. For those with limited time, we run a shorter 6 day trek along the Khopra Ridge just north of Pokhara. We are treated with a wonderful cultural experience as we walk through Chetri and Gurung villages along the old round Annapurna trek. Our high point is Khayer Lake at 4660 m and along the way we get stunning views of Dhaulagiri I.
A trek in the Dolpo region in western Nepal is another must-do trek. This remote region trek follows the footsteps of Peter Mathiessen, who trekked for 2 months in the 1970s in search of the Snow Leopard. We also visit remote monasteries and sacred lakes in this ancient landscape.
Trekking in Pakistan
Climbing and trekking in Pakistan offers a wilderness experience in some of the remote areas with breathtaking views of the Trango Towers and Gasherbrum 4, as you make your way to K2 base camp (K2 being second-highest mountain in the world). Our K2 base camp trek starts in Skardu and after visting base camp, we cross the Gondogoro La (5585 m) into the Hushe valley and finish in the small village of Hushe located next to the mighty Indus River.
For the more adventurous, we run mountaineering expeditions to Spantik Peak (7027 m) and Chogolisa (7668 m).