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Activities
  • 23 day trek
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotel
  • 26 nights wilderness camping
Meals
  • 26 Dinners
  • 26 Lunches
  • 29 Breakfasts

30 Days$8790USD

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Trip Code: GCH

Trip highlights


  • Venture into the huge amphitheatre of mountains in the Changla Himal
  • The lack of famous mountains does not translate to any lack of spectacular scenery. In fact the isolated region has all the hallmarks of a classic expeditionary trek, rugged and with deep gorges and a bewildering complex of glaciated peaks
  • Revel in the knowledge that in twenty-first century you can still trek and climb in virtually unexplored areas such as this
  • Meet village communities along the Tibetan borderlands
  • Possibly not see another trekker for the entire trek duration
  • Option to attempt the unclimbed Lachuma Chuli (6781m) on the Tibetan border
  • Adventure away from the known on a trek beyond the confines of the usual

After the very successful 2016 Api Himal Exploratory trek and 2019 Gorakh and Changla Himal expedition, Tim is returning to Nepal's far west for more exciting exploration. The area remains a treasure trove of unexplored trekking and climbing, in this early 2023 trip, he plans to explore the complex tangle of peaks to the north-east of Simikot. For those who have been everywhere else to those who just prefer to get well off the beaten path, this trek promises to offer one of the treks of a lifetime. Sub-tropical valleys, flowering rhododendron covered hillsides, alpine ridge traverses, high valleys below 7000m peaks, glaciated passes and cultures ranging from the Hindu aligned tribes of the foothills to Tibetan aligned Bhotias in the north, this trek offers all the diversity of the classical Himalayan trek - all over ground that has seldom or never seen a foreigner. The only pre-requisite for this trek is that you be reasonably fit and have a love for getting off the beaten track. Typically, as with most exploratory treks we will be following local paths everywhere up to the alpine zone where plants stop growing in profusion - from any such place upwards, the route will be on scree, moraine, snow and rock.

From Kathmandu we will fly to Nepalgunj in the Terai before taking a small aircraft to the far western outpost of Simikot, not far from the Tibetan border. Our first day involves dropping down into the gorge of the Karnali River, one of the great Trans-Himalayan rivers. Before reaching the river we turn eastwards and begin a gradual climb up one of its larger tributaries. Surprisingly quickly we leave the villages behind as the forested valley sides become steeper. After five days of trekking we find ourselves in the sub-alpine zone, the valley opens out and the spectacular peaks of the Gorakh and Changla Himals begin to show themselves. After about eight days trekking we will make the base of our first 5000m pass where views from the top promise to very spectacular. The next phase of this exploration may take us to the base of Lachuma Chuli (6781m) which is on the border with Tibet and for those interested; we will mount an expedition to climb it. You will need to let us know prior to departure if you’d like to be included in the climbing party so the appropriate permits can be arranged and extra climbing sherpas engaged. The optional semi-technical climb will naturally be dependent on conditions on the ground and those not wanting to attempt the peak will have the opportunity to explore a high pass on the border. Even if not climbing the peak, basic climbing gear such as crampons (and boots to take them), harness and ice axe will be needed on the trip for possible snowy pass crossings or should any easy smaller peak reveal itself. There may or may not be steep terrain to negotiate on a passes - if there is, rope will be fixed and the pass negotiated in an orderly and safe manner. Indeed we may be turned back at several points by an impasse but we will simply find another way around - there is always another way around, the trick is to find the most interesting one possible! After these explorations we begin making our way back towards Simikot via high passes of the West Changla Himal, in the knowledge that we have embarked something almost unheard of in the twenty-first century - a trekking and climbing expedition in a virtually unexplored area.

Meals included
in the price
Valued at USD$1250

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag, down/fibrefill jacket and climbing pack. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.

Meals:  Nil

This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

Meals:  B

This morning we take a flight to Nepalgunj which is situated on the Terai plains near the southern border with India. Being where it is, Nepalgunj is oppressively hot for much of the year, in stark contrast to our later forays into the mountains. Nepalgunj is a cultural melting pot, with Hinduism and Islam the main faiths. It is also home to Bageshwori Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our flight to Simikot is set to depart early and on arrival at the airport, which is situated at around 2900m, we will be transferred to the trailhead where we will meet the rest of our crew. We're now in the Karnali River Basin which lies between the mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri in Nepal and Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand, India. From its origins on the Tibetan plateau near Lake Mansarovar the Karnali River flows toward the Ganges, fed by an array of glaciers on the way. It is considered one of the great trans-himalayan rivers and its brilliant blue waters snaking through the mountains are a sight to behold. Our first trekking day involves dropping down into the gorge of the Karnali where we will set camp in the Humla district for the first time.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our route, though somewhat planned, is exploratory in nature. After five days of trekking we find ourselves in the sub-alpine zone, the valley opens out and the spectacular peaks of the Gorakh and Changla Himals begin to show themselves. After about eight days trekking we will make the base of our first 5000m pass. It is unknown if any trekking groups have ever crossed it but the views from the top promise to very spectacular. The next phase of this exploration will take us to the base of Lachuma Chuli (6781m) which is on the Tibet border and for those interested; we will mount an expedition to climb it. You will need to let us know prior to departure if you’d like to be included in the climbing party so the appropriate permits can be arranged and extra climbing sherpas engaged. The optional semi-technical climb will naturally be dependent on conditions on the ground and those not wanting to attempt the peak will have the opportunity to explore a high pass on the border. Even if not climbing the peak, basic climbing gear such as crampons (and boots to take them), harness and ice axe will be needed on the trip for possible snowy pass crossings or should any easy smaller peak reveal itself. There may or may not be steep terrain to negotiate on a passes - if there is, rope will be fixed and the pass negotiated in an orderly and safe manner. Indeed we may be turned back at several points by an impasse but we will simply find another way around - there is always another way around, the trick is to find the most interesting one possible! During our explorations, our support team of porters and crew will be on hand to keep things running smoothly, with our wilderness campsites set up, equipment carried and hearty meals provided, leaving us to revel in this truly magnificent place.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will return to Simikot via the high passes of the West Changla Himal. Today is the final day, before returning to Kathmandu, of our magnificent traverse which has taken us on a journey through some of the most remote and untrodden trails in the Nepal Himalaya. We will spend the night in Simikot.

Meals:  B,L,D

This mornings flight will take us back via Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. On arrival to Kathmandu, we transfer to the Radisson Hotel for overnight accommodation.

Meals:  B

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 29 breakfasts, 26 lunches and 26 dinners, including all meals on trek valued at US$1250
  • 4 star Radisson hotel in Kathmandu
  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • led by Tim Macartney-Snape, supported by an experienced local crew
  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 30 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu valued at US$770
  • private transportation
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • the use of a climbing pack including ice axe, crampons & harness (if required)
  • safety equipment including portable altitude chamber, group medical kit, satellite phone and oxygen cylinder for emergency use
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • restricted area permits
  • site entry fees
  • insurance, protective clothing, food and shelter for porters
  • sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • climb of Lachuma Chuli (this is optional and must be prebooked, ask us for costs before departure if you are interested)

About Your Leader

Tim is Australia's best known mountaineer and an inspiring World Expeditions leader. He has climbed Everest twice and many other peaks in the Himalaya including Ama Dablam and Gasherbrum 4. Tim's mountaineering success stems from his passion and talent for exploration. He combines this with his deep interest and knowledge of the natural history of the Himalaya and its people, to give participants on his treks the ultimate mountain travel experience.


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Total Priceper person from

$8790USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Meals valued at USD$1250
  • Internal flight valued at USD$770
  • Park Fees valued at USD$250
Options & Supplements*
  • Gorakh & Changla Hotel Only Single SupplementUSD$130
  • Gorakh & Changla Expedition Tent Only Single SuppUSD$300
  • Gorakh & Changla Expedition Single SupplementUSD$430
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Gorakh and Changla Himal Exploratory with Tim Macartney-Snape trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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