Camping Trekking in Nepal
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.
In this modern world, everybody is busy with many responsibilities, and even when we have some spare time, it is carried away by phone, laptop, and television. Life is so hectic that sometimes, we wish to be in magnificent nature, away from modernization in a calm and serene place.
Likewise, a Camping Trekking is organized into the Himalayan remote and authentic areas where civilization has not changed from centuries. Where the trails go deep into nature along the rivers and through the forests, across valleys and mountains. Camping Trekking is also the best way to experience the wonders of nature and its inhabitants. Just being away in nature for 2-3 weeks without connection to the outside world and having some time for oneself can drastically change us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
However, Camping Trekking in the Himalayas requires proper preparation, especially from the organizer’s side. An experienced local team with skilled guides. A reliable cook with its kitchen team. Strong porters with a good sense of responsibility. Last but not least, the best equipment for camping and dining. As Camping Trekking takes place in remote Himalayan regions, security features, such as communication means, weather reports, and electric charging devices, are essential for such an adventure. Finally, one of the excellent points of Camping Trekking is that it generates more work for the locals.
Let’s thus take a break and embark on the deep nature and understand everything better.
Discover some of our following camping trekking packages as suitable for you or do not hesitate to contact us for a customized Trip.
Difference with Lodge Trekking
Camping Trekking is organized in the Himalayan remote and authentic areas.Learn More
During a camping trekking the local staff is installing a campsite, whereas during a Lodge trekking, you stay in the night in a lodge – traditional Himalayan mountain guesthouse.
The facilities at the campsite consist of mainly the participants’ tents, as well as the dining, kitchen and toilet tents. Whereas in some of the lodges you can find all kind of facilities, and even in some places a heated bed and a warm shower in the room.
While the lodges propose usually a variety of menu, with mostly organic vegetables an delicious meals, the cook during the camping trekking, assisted by his kitchen boys, makes his best to prepare an assortment of delightful fresh meals.
Why we are different
The long-term experience and expertise of the co-founder, Norbu Sherpa, make definitely a difference when one knows the high altitude difficulties.Learn More
1. DISCOVER WHY/HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
- The same philosophy between WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal
Most foreign outdoor agencies have to collaborate with a local company based in Nepal to operate their travel and adventure trips. We have seen clashes between the foreign agency and the local company due to different price deals, philosophy, and mindset in numerous cases. This is especially problematic when it comes to last moment changes in logistics, services, or in emergencies, where rapid decisions are necessary.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal stand for the same company philosophy: Small Groups, High Quality, and Personalised Services. Last but not least, the well-being of our guests is always the primary objective of both companies. We thus appreciate any decision taken during the trip in favor of our guests!
- The expertise of the founders and the WILD YAK Team
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ founders Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann & Norbu Sherpa have climbed Mount Everest and numerous other 8000-meter peaks around the Himalayas. Besides climbing, they are active trekkers and have explored many parts of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Pakistan, and the Alps.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS thus reflects the perfect combination between Andrea’s Swiss quality focus and her husband Norbu’s 18 years of experience, as well as his numerous local contacts, to be part of the company’s most significant assets. Thanks to Norbu’s roots, and Andrea’s curiosity about the traditions and culture of the local populations, each journey is a unique experience in itself!
2. SMALL GROUPS
What is the experience like?
To be part of large groups can be fun, but also a big challenge not only for the tour operator but for the participants themselves. Imagine yourself in a group of more than 8 to 15 members in a challenging environment. Some days you have to struggle not only physically, but it might become a mental challenge too. There are enhanced risks of misunderstandings, which might make the dream journey turn into a nightmare.
How it should be:
We believe that a holiday has to be a holiday: no worries, no ego, no rush. Let’s live a unique experience. Dream, Explore, and Discover!
Throughout our extensive experience, organizing expeditions and treks, we found that the core of a successful trip lies in having small groups—our motto: 4 to 6 participants for better understanding, collaboration, and flexibility. You fully enjoy your holiday, and the local team feels more connected and devoted to the entire group. Real Team Spirit grows day-by-day among the participants and our WILD YAK Team.
3. GUIDANCE ON PREPARING YOUR TRIP
Instead of standard travel packages without proper advice or information, apart from general information about what is included in the package price, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will provide you with all the necessary information and sound advice for an optimal preparation of your stay.
For this reason, we believe that your journey begins with excellent preparation. We will cater to your needs based on our experience, providing you with regular advice and tips, including recommended training schedules. Whether by Skype or other means, Andrea and Norbu are happy to address personally all of your queries.
Besides, depending on the kind of customized trip, the group size, and your availabilities, Andrea and Norbu can set up workshops and pre-departure meetings (in Switzerland in person or remotely). We provide you with specific guidance about physical and technical training, taking into account your own experience and requirements. Once in Kathmandu, we meet for a final check of your equipment and a briefing.
4. EXPENSIVE MATERIAL FOR RENT
Every adventure in the Himalayas has hidden costs. Your dream is to climb at high altitude? The equipment necessary to do so is very particular, and the costs of acquisition can touch the sky. In reality, a significant amount of equipment is necessary for your personal gear and the cost of your journey. However, you might never again need or use some of this gear.
To minimize your Himalayan journey’s expenses, we offer such expensive equipment for rent to our guests at a very reasonable price. We offer expedition boots, down-suits, warm down jackets, and other climbing material, for example. Thanks to our expertise, we provide the renting of only high-quality equipment.
5. HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES, PRIVATE TRANSPORT, NO HIDDEN COSTS
Is the description of the Trip that you are interested in is complete? In particular, does the information about the accommodation, the local staff, and the on-site logistics correspond to the price details? Do you think that the information provided is clear enough to book your trip?
We are committed to our standards of high quality and fairness with the services we provide to you. We focus on superior services, private transportation, and of course, our skillful Guide and Sherpa Team. Last but not least, no hidden costs.
6. GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
After the death of 14 climbing Sherpas at Everest in 2014, Andrea and Norbu established the non-profit humanitarian organization “The Butterfly Help Project” (“BHP”) to support the climbing Sherpa community. Besides, Norbu and Andrea experienced the epicenter of the 2015-earthquake that massively affected some of Nepal’s regions. Through their organization, they started to build new schools. They could build two schools, Shree Janajyoti Secondary School and Shree Palep Primary School in Nepal, for more than 500 children. And the Third School is under construction in the south of Nepal.
Andrea and Norbu’s social responsibility is going further through BHP; they also support the schooling of five Sherpa Kids in the Everest Region, four in the Kanchenjunga region, and 2 in Kathmandu. BHP is also helping preserve the precious Sherpa culture of Ghunsa village by appointing a cultural teacher in the School. Finally, to encourage the kids and the aforementioned schools, Andrea and Norbu Sherpa are providing benches, school equipment, clothes, stationery, and cultural equipment.
The seeds of the next project with regards to an Apple Plantation in Norbu’s region.
7. OUR WILD YAK TEAM
The WILD YAK Team members are carefully selected according to their expertise in a particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, qualified, respectful, and supportive.
Personal equipment for Trekking
One of the first things to do before going on trekking to the Himalayas is to organize your personal equipmentLearn More
One of the first things to do before going on trekking to the Himalayas is to organize your personal equipment. This can be exciting to collect if you are familiar with them. And it can be a little stressful if you don’t know the high altitude trekking material requirements. There will be many questions while choosing the right equipment, brand, and sizes. To make it a little more comfortable for our clients, we have developed a booklet for materials with some tips, which we sent by email after the booking.
Finally, for the sake of convenience for our guests, we also rent personal trekking gear, such as down jackets and sleeping bag-ice spikes.
Frequently Asked Questions
* What is the difference between camping trekking and Lodge trekking? * Which infrastructure do you provide at the campsite / The campsite? * The transport of the collective material (Are they some porters foreseen?)Learn More
- What is the difference between lodge trekking?
Camping Trekking is organized into the Himalayan remote and authentic areas.
Whereas during a Lodge trekking, you stay in the night in a lodge – a traditional Himalayan mountain guesthouse, during a camping trekking, the local staff is installing a campsite.
Whereas in some of the lodges you can find all kinds of facilities, and even in some places a heated bed and a warm shower in the room, the facilities at the campsite consist of mainly the participants’ tents and the dining, kitchen and toilet tents.
While the lodges usually propose a variety of menus with delicious food, with mostly organic vegetables, the cook during the camping trekking, assisted by his kitchen boys,doess his best to prepare an assortment of delightful meals.
- Which infrastructure do you provide at the campsite / The campsite?
WILD YAK’s campsites are comfortable because we believe that our guests need to relax and refill energy for the next day.
The campsite is equipped with tents for the participants (in principle on a sharing basis), mattresses, a dining tent, a kitchen tent, sanitary tents.
- The transport of the collective material (Are they some porters foreseen?)
Yes, there are some porters foreseen for a camping trekking. They are responsible for carrying the team material from one place to the next one. Each participant is carrying his/her daily light backpack.
The Mustang Trek, also known as “Medieval age or Forbidden Kingdom trek”, in the old hidden Buddhist kingdom of Mustang (“Mun Tan” meaning literally in Tibetan “the fertile land”). The region of Mustang, officially opened to tourism in 1992, only allows a limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local traditions and its fragile environment. Mustang lies to the northwest of the Annapurna range and extends on to the Tibetan Plateau. Its mountain range forms a frontier basin to Tibet.
6,050 meters / 19,850 feets
Tibet International / Yak & Yeti / Glacier Hotel, Lodges in the Trek
Per Person Cost
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nar Phu Trek takes you to experience the authentic culture and traditions of the Manangba, Thakali and Gurung communities with their medieval stonewalled villages, surrounded by impressive giants of the Himalaya, like Manaslu, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak and Nilgiri Peak.
Hotel Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotel / Lodges during Trekking
Per Person Cost
The Dhaulagiri Trek, also known as “the white mountain trek in the valley of the Yetis”, is one of the most exotic and challenging trekking routes in Nepal, with stunning views of several of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, among others: Mount Dhaulagiri (8,617m/26,795ft).
5,240m / 17,192ft
Tibet International and Yak & Yeti Hotels / Lodges during Trekking
Per Person Cost
The Dolpo Trek, also known as “Crystal Peak or Junior Kailash” trekking in the valley linked with Tibet from centuries”, is one of the most Mystical, exotic, wild, remote, holistic and challenging trekking route in Nepal with its stunning views of several of the highest peaks in the Himalaya, among: the massif 8167 meters Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Kanjiroba and Putha Huinchuli and can be view Annapurna range too. The Tibetan tradition, their settlements, which are still living in medieval period with limited cultivation and keeping yaks, goat and sheep’s as basics will amaze you with excitement. Challenging Dolpo trek is situated in the western part of the Nepal, south of Tibetan plateau, which is also largest national park in Nepal. Dolpo was nicely highlighted in Eric Vallis famous movie “Caravan” which was nominated as best film in foreign language in Oscar.
5,545 meters / 18,193 FEETS
Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotels in KTM / Camps during Trekking
Per Person Cost