Diversity is the theme of this visit into relatively untrekked regions. Ranging from lush forested hillsides to mountain passes to remote mountain villages, this 20 day moderate trek offers a wide variety of Nepali culture, landscape and wildlife. From Beni (2700 feet) in western Nepal we leave the more developed villages, hiking through blooming rhododendron forest. We ascend through fern-laden, primrose-carpeted mountain forests alive with monkyes and birds, to the high passes of Deorali (10,200 feet) and Jaljala (11,200 feet) with commanding views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Crossing the broad jaljala, we descend gently along peaceful streams into the magical Dhorpatan Valley rich with wildlife and scenery. From this alpine setting, we follow various streams and rivers back to verdant farmland and many charming villages. Throughout there are glimpses of Newar, Magar, Gurung and Tibetan culture. A highlight of this trip is a side trip up to Darsinge Kharkha with its views of glacier-covered Gurja Himal (23,400 feet), Ghustang North (21,200 feet) and Ghustang South (21,000 feet).
This 20 day moderate trek is non-technical and suitable for anyone in reasonably good shape who likes to hike and enjoys camping out for extended periods. This is not a backpack trip and porters will be used to carry your gear and camp staff will prepare all meals. Spring comes early to Nepal and we will see many rhododendrons in bloom at this time of year. Rhododendrons are Nepal's National Flower and are not bushes but trees up to 60 feet high covered in red, pink and occasionally white flowers. These rhododendron forests are to be found at elevations between 6500 and 12,000 feet. We will be in an area seldom visited by westerners; thus we will see little evidence of the impact so obvious on more heavily traveled routes.