Trip Grade
Highest Elevation
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Tea House/Camping
Trek Duration
18 Days
Group Size Min
02 Climber
Best Time
Sept-December & February-May
Start/End Point
Jagat to Pokhara

Trip Overview

Chulu East Peak Climbing is the most searched destination peak in Nepal which is formidably exciting and wild with dazzling White Mountains, dense forest, and classic walking routes. It requires knowledge and trekking experience as well as good physical condition and stamina because the majority of the climbing is located in the north part of Yak Kharka. This is one of the most enthralling adventures that one can venture into which offers mesmerizing views of the Annapurna massif, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and many more peaks of this route. This peak climbing is one of the most demanding and highly rated expeditions which are one of the most gorgeous peaks in the whole Himalayan. this route combined Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake including Nar Valley and Chulu west Peak climbing.

While doing this peak climbing, you can experience one of the most wonderful mountaineering activities and it will be concerned with a rope walking through this route. It requires trekkers with previous experience to take on this challenge and it makes for a truly wonderful experience. This is one of the most popular areas in the world for trekkers and mountaineers which offers the most beautiful views of surrounding peaks. It will be able to enjoy the outlandish landscapes of Manang and its unique settlement. During the time of this peak climbing, you will have an opportunity to explore one of the beautiful villages and get a chance to see the natural beauty of this route.

Trip highlight

  • A scenic drive towards Jagat from Kathmandu valley
  • Offer the most beautiful views of surrounding peaks
  • Mesmerizing views of the mountain with natural beauty
  • Awesome views of Mt Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and other beautiful peaks
  • Visit a sacred temple for Hindus and Buddhists at Muktinath temple
  • Views of majestic green hills are unforgettable
  • Adventure and easy peak climbing in Nepal
  • Follows the Marsyangdi River through a wonderful variety of landscape
  • Get to know about the culture and traditions of the Gurung people who are the local tribes

Best time for Chulu East peak climbing

Chulu East Peak climbing is one of the most adventurous and challenging activities which can be done within the area of Nepal. While doing this peak climbing, you must know about the season for peak climbing. There are four seasons for trekking, tour, peak climbing, and other adventurous activities. But for peak climbing, the perfect season is autumn and spring season. It is because, in the autumn season, you will get crystal clear mountain views with natural beauty. And in the spring season, you will get a chance to visit and see the forest full of rhododendron with red, white, and pink colors. Not for peak climbing, but for all the adventurous activities in Nepal these two seasons are perfect. Autumn and spring seasons are the peak time to climb in the Himalayas as the weather stays more stable at that time.

If you are planning to trek in the winter and summer seasons then you will highly be recommended not the make plan in this season. It is because in the winter, there will be snow everywhere and the day of the winter is too short and night is too long and you will get a short time to explore. And in the summer or monsoon season, the road will be muddy and slippery. In this season, you will not get clear views because there will be fog everywhere but both seasons endure harsh weather with heavy snowfall and rain most of the time. However, you can trek in the monsoon season but you will not get a perfect view of mountains and great weather.

Equipment for Chulu East peak climbing

Nepal is a small landlocked country that offers many adventurous activities to do. Among many adventurous activities, peak climbing is one of them, and from them, Chulu east peak climbing is one the most adventurous and challenging peaks climbing in Nepal. If you are planning for peak climbing then you must know about the right gear before embarking on this route. Without the right gear, peak climbing is impossible and it is very much important to carry equipment before embarking on peak climbing. If you carry the right gear then it makes your journey easier and more comfortable. Without any equipment is next to impossible so before embarking on this peak climbing you must know about the importance of peak climbing equipment.

While peak climbing there is a huge chance of getting altitude sickness or you may feel sick for prevention you must carry a personal first aid kit. The equipment for peak climbing below is a general idea that provides some guidelines. Some of the equipment which is needed while doing this peak climbing is:

  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Ropes
  • Climbing helmet
  • Mountaineering boots, Trekking poles
  • Ascenders and Desender
  • Hand-warmer
  • Lock and unlock carabineers
  • Shovel, tape, and rappel device
  • Down jacket, windproof jacket, and trekking pants
  • Trekking shoes, thin socks, and woolen socks
  • Woolen cap, sun hat, fleece vest, and thermal underwear
  • Sunscreen, sleeping bag, water bottle, toilet paper, and headlight
  • Gloves, snow goggles, and lip balm
  • Portable solar charger
  • Diamox for altitude (first consult your doctor)
  • Antibiotic cream (in case you are bitten by an insect)
  • Paracetamol tablet
  • Blister kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dressing gauze

Does the trekker suffer from altitude sickness?

It is obvious that while trekking or peak climbing in the high Himalayan land altitude sickness is possible. While you trek at the height of 5000 meters from sea level and it is possible to have altitude sickness at this height. Chulu east peak climbing is located at a height of 6584 meters from sea level so while walking on this route there is a high risk of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness in the high Himalayan land is normal things and to avoid altitude sickness you have to drink lots of water, ginger tea, and garlic soup and totally have to avoid drinking alcohol.

Details Itinerary


After arriving in Kathmandu, a delegate from Everest Trekking Routes will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit the Everest Trekking Routes office. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner given by Everest Trekking Routes where you will be served Nepalese food which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.
Trek time: 20 Minutes drive to hotel
Accommodation: Hotel


In the morning time, after having breakfast we will drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar. After reach in Beshishar, we will move towards Syangee and at the time of trekking we will pass through the many beautiful villages, and landscapes and we will have our lunch on the way and takes some rest then after move towards our destination. After reaching Jagat, first of all, we will check out the hotel then we will go to explore all around Jagat where we will spend one night.
Trek time: 7/8 Hour Hour drive
Accommodation: Tea House


We slowly start trekking towards Dharapani after the wonderful night in Syangee. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time trekking, we will pass through many beautiful villages, and landscapes and we will walk on the way through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Dharapani. We approach the steeply-forested village of Kartemeandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge where we stay overnight in a lodge.
Trek time: 6/7 Hours trek
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 04: TREK TO CHAME (2660M, 6 HRS)

Whilst walking to Chame after having breakfast in Dharapani. During the time trekking, we get the opportunity to see amazing views of the Himalayas including LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang District. It will go through an unpaved road so you have to prepare yourself for the possible bumpy road. We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way, and this day will be an easy day. After reaching Chame we will explore all around the Chame village and we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
Trek time: 6-7 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Tea House


Today we trek to Upper Pisang after having breakfast early in the morning. This route will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. After passing this last bit of rock, the valleys open up with majestic vistas. During the time of trekking, the trails will pass through the left side of the valley and you will cross the suspension bridge. It takes almost 5 hours to trek here from Chame to reach Upper Pisang. From here we continue for a short time to Upper Pisang where we spend the night.
Trek time: 5/6 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Tea House


There are two routes that we can follow today upper and lower. The lower, easier route follows the river to Ghyaruwith a couple of hours up steps where it meets the upper route and continues to Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 meters higher than the lower trail. You will have great opportunities to witness high-altitude flora and fauna. This has very beautiful views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Chulu West, and Chulu East Pisang Peak. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will move towards Chulu Gaon where we will stay overnight at a lodge.
Trek time: 6/7 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Tea House


We will slowly start our trekking towards Chulu Far East Base Camp after spending the wonderful night in Chulu Gaon after having breakfast in the morning. During the time trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful village and landscapes of this region. We get an opportunity to see the wonderful views of the mountain of the Annapurna region. And we will spend one night in the camp.
Trek time: 4/5 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Camping


We trek towards High Camp today after having breakfast early in the morning. We follow a steep climbing trail through snow slopes. We climb uphill towards the straight north. Mountain travel today offers you the amazing vistas of Annapurna valley Himalayas, Chulu East, Chulu west, Pisang peak, and the Chulu Far East. We will descend all along the vertical Slopes to the high camp where we will spend one night.
Trek time: 4 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Camping


Early morning take a little light breakfast and leave around 1:00 PM to start Climbing. Our climbing Sherpa will fix the rope before we climb and take light lunch with Sherpa. Sherpa will care for all Members and take them to the summit. The important things are when we reach high then check weathers forecast. A lot’s of snow at that time very difficult to climb. And very hard and technical area compare to other peak climbing. After summit returns to base camp and stays overnight at Campsite.
Trek time: 09-10 Hour Summit Chulu Far East 6,060m.
Accommodation: Camping


Today we will trek to Chulu Khola after having breakfast early in the morning. During the time of trekking, the trails will pass through the left side of the valley and you will cross the suspension bridge. It takes almost 6 hours to reach Chulu Khola from Base Camp where we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
Trek time: 5-6 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Camping


After Chulu Khola we slowly walk to Manang which takes 6 hours. The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time trekking, we will pass through many beautiful villages, and landscapes and we will walk on the way through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Manang. It is the largest, oldest, and best-endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a short walk from Braga and we stay overnight at a lodge.
Trek time: 6/7 hour Trek
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 12: TREK TO LEDAR (4200M, 6 HRS)

Leaving Manang we slowly walk to Ledar. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4200m, there we see the vegetation become steadily more sparse with lots of domestic yaks and wild blue sheep. The trail goes through the dry terrain with growing altitudes it would be difficult to breathe so we will take a slow and steady pace to make it to our destination. It takes 6 hours from Manang with views of the beautiful Chulu West Peak and many other Annapurna Himalayan ranges. And we will stay overnight at a lodge in Ledar.
Trek time: 6/7 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Tea House


After leaving Ledar the trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m and then the High Camp at the elevation of 4600m, where we can find some good Guest houses that have been recently built. We will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. During the time trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, and landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards High Camp. It is 5 hours from Ledar to reach High Camp and we will spend one night at a lodge in High Camp.
Trek time: 5-6 Hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


Today is the harder day to Thorong La pass, we have to leave early morning and light breakfast climb to 600m to reach the top of the Thorong La pass 5416m. This is our main target which is a top and harder walk with Beautiful Himalayan scenery more than 20 Peaks can see on the path. You feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there, it takes 7/8 hours to reach Muktinath which is the main pilgrimage Hinduism and Buddhism 108 water tap secrete holy water. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Trek time: 7/8 Hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. After leaving Muktinath we slowly walk for Marpha. During the time trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then we continue our trekking towards Marpha. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal and after reaching Marpha we will go to explore all around the Marpha and return back to the hotel and we will stay overnight at Marpha.
Trek time: 6/7 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Lodge


We drive to Tatopani from Marpha. It is 1100m above sea level. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people and upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. During the time trekking, we will pass through many beautiful villages, and landscapes and we will walk on the way through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Tatopani. After reaching Tatopani we will explore all around Tatopani and we will spend one night in Tatopani.
Trek time: 4 hour drive
Accommodation: Lodge


After leaving Tatopani we slowly start our trip to Ghorepani which is 7 hours from Tatopani. It is 2800m above sea level. During the time trekking, we will pass through the beautiful Gurung village, Landscapes, and monasteries and get the chance to see the wonderful views of the mountain. We will have our Lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards Ghorepani. We will pass through the Lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. It takes 5-6 hours to reach Ghorepani where we stay overnight.
Trek time: 7/8 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Tea House


We will move towards Pokhara city after having breakfast early in the morning. The situate of poon hill 3210m established by Major Poon, now all trekkers make enjoy sunrise and sunset with Magnificent Himalayan scenery Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Machapuchhre, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Many others trekking peaks. After poon hill, we will return to Ghorepani and take a breakfast trek to Continue Pokhara. Around 6/7 hours walk and 1-hour drive to reach Pokhara stay overnight at hotel.
Trek time: 6 Hours trek
Accommodation: Hotel


In the morning time, around 7:00 am we will drive towards Kathmandu valley. We get the chance to see the wonderful scenery of Nepal. After reach in Kathmandu valley, First of all, we will check out our hotel first then we will explore all around the Thamel Bazaar and have a farewell dinner. And return back to the hotel and spend one night in this village.
Trek time: 7/8 Hour drive to Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel

Cost Include/Exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • 2* Category Hotel In Kathmandu: 2 Nights standard accommodation in Katmandu BB Plan
  • 1 Night hotel in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • Kathmandu to Beshisahar to Syange by Public Express bus and Jomsom to Pokhara Domestic Flight and Return Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a cup of tea or Coffee).
  • $ 250 Per Person Special Climbing Permit.
  • Trekking Permit as ACAP.
  • $ 300 Climbing Sherpa Per Person his climbing fee, insurance, equipment, food, accommodation etc.
  • $ 500 Garbage Deposit.
  • Climbing Gear as Harness, figure Eight, Rope, Snow bar
  • 4-night full board Campsite at Base Camp
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking Guide. His well- paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 peoples). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

Cost Includes

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra Porter $ 20 Per Days
  • Climbing Sherpa $ 350
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Private Car, Jeep, Van, or Helicopter
  • personal expenses (bar bills, beer, coke, a bottle of water, hot water, phone call, laundry service, Helicopter rescue, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

Trip Map


Fixed Departure Booking

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Recent Client Reviews

Liau Gii Hau


LangTang 8 days tour

I requested Mr. Rabin Gurung to have a guide/porter before starting my journey, and he sent a very experienced guide Mr. Phul to be my guide/porter. Mr. Phul has more than 25+ years of experience becoming a mountain guide. I had problems during the hike up to the mountain but Mr. Phul always gave me support all the way, he shared the newer things in the jungle with my brother along the trek.

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Yap Chun Sing


Wonderful Experience trekking in Manaslu

Had a wonderful time hiking at the Manaslu area with my tour guide Sushil Gurung and porter Madan Gurung. They helped us with our every need from last minute rental gear like sleeping bags to telling us more about Nepal and being knowledgeable about the area. Both of them are experienced and knowledgeable. Both of them are very observant about how you are coping with the pace and terrain and will change pace to suit your pace.

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Deon Poh


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Positive experience liaising with Everest Trekking for our Manaslu Circuit Trek.
The guide made adjustments to our plans based on our comfort/fitness level and the weather so that we managed to finish the trail.
Our guide helped us secure some last-minute stuff for us like our sleeping bag rentals.
Most importantly the hike itself was great as well thanks to our guide for his hospitality and our porter’s hard work.
Appreciate the apples cut for us every night during the hike carried by the guide and to the porter for pushing through even though his eyes hurt from the sun glare from the snow.
Thank you for this great experience.
Everest Trekking liaison: Rabin Gurung
Guide: Sushil Gurung
Porter: Madan Gurung

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Mook Kunnapat

Bangkok, Thailand

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ในช่วง 5 ปีที่ผ่านมาได้มีโอกาศไปเดิน Trek ที่เนปาลกับไกด์ Rabin มา 3 ครั้งแล้ว ประทับใจทุกครั้ง ทีมงานลูกหาบดีเรียบร้อยใส่ใจ บริการดี ไว้ใจได้ ราคาสมเหตุสมผล ใครจะไปเนปาลแนะนำเลยครับ!!

I’ve trekked in Nepal with Rabin 3 times in the past 5 years, and it’s been awesome!! Great team, reliable services, and reasonable price. Highly Recommended!!

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Mike Q


Manaslu basecamp and Circuit and Tsum Valley

I have just completed a trek of the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley with three other friends. The trip was magnificent, stunning mountain peaks, ancient forest, impressive rivers and waterfalls and interesting villages. During the trip we were very well looked after by our guide, Dhansingh Gurung who gently and efficiently took us through 21 days of trekking over diverse terrain and Sangam (Durga) our porter who was always helpful and cheerful. Both Dhansingh and Durga added considerably to the enjoyment of the experience with their friendliness and local knowledge. If I return to Nepal, I will definitely use our guide and porter again.

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Jasmin H


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The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

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Tuffy Kin Leung


Gokyo Lake — EBC

My wife and I had an amazing experience with both Dhansingh and Rabin Gurung. We took a 2 weeks trek with them from Lukla — Gokyo Lake — EBC . What a blessing we had them along the way , we will never forget and be grateful and thankful for the unquie, warm , genuine hospitality that we had , plus all the priceless encounters within the nature. Namaste!


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Toft Lars


Mera Peak Climbing Guided & Trip Operation by Everest Trekking Routes

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

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Soren Dorfhoff


Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain 😅

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes 👌

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Alex Lim


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This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.


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Mark Gamboa

Vancouver, British Columbia

Everest Base Camp Trek with Suk Bahadur Gurung

Searching for the perfect company to embark on the EBC trek was not easy when doing research on who to go with. I happen to have really lucked out by choosing to go with Everest Trekking Routes, because they were great, through and through.

I did the trek in November but started inquiring with them back in February. Rabin is the CEO of the company, and he has helped me in every way possible. He was prompt in answering my questions via email and meticulously arranged the EBC trek, which felt customized to all my needs. In person, he was kind and courteous. And my guide Suk was friendly and helpful throughout the hike. He had brought all the necessary medication for me and asked every day how I was feeling. Suk is also a very good card player and was grateful for his company on the 12-day hike/ Kathmandu City Hike.

I’m sure most of you reading this have gone with some tour company elsewhere in the world, and perhaps you might agree that most of them have treated you as simply a commodity in the assembly line. By going with Everest Trekking Routes, I never felt that. Rabin and Suk took care of me from beginning to end, and I sing all their praises for getting me to Everest Base Camp, which was a major deal for me and my friends and Family. Rabin and Suk became family to me. Thank you for everything, guys!

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin Gurung

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas


Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and capable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagerness to help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin Gurung quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an excellent companion on any trek! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to anyone who is making a trip to Nepal. He is is a wonderful person and a good friend.

Details Address: 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak with Rabin Gurung

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.

Island Peak Climbing

Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker


Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!


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