Api is the highest mountain in the Far-Western region of Nepal. Measuring 7,130 meters, it can well be seen from both India and China. The peak lies inside the Api Nampa Conservation Area. It’s a critical geographical region because it shares its border with both India and China, hence, the tourists are restricted from visiting the place. You are advised to obtain a special permit before entering the region.

Api Nampa Base Camp Trek is filled with wonders and surprises. Fewer tourists ever attempt this route, hence, most of the place remains unexplored. It is a mostly camping trip, and requires experienced guide and porters along. Apart from the attractions in the trail, the trekking also offers you to enjoy the local attractions of Dhangadhi; the Aircraft museum, Botanical Garden and Jokhar Lake.

The trip begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi, which may last 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Dhangadhi, you will drive to Latinath, and start the trek. You will walk all the way up to the base camp of Mt. Api through Pagibagar, Makarigaad, Siti, Domal and Dhaulo Odar. The trek ends at Latinath, from where you drive back to Dhangadi and catch your flight for Kathmandu.

Khaptad National Park lies near to Api Nampa Conservation Area, hence you can choose to extend your trip to Khaptad Trekking as well.

Note: This trip can also be arranged from India with arrival/departure from Delhi, instead of Kathmandu. From Delhi, you drive to Dhangadi and vice versa
Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Poses challenge for the amateurs. It may require fair level of fitness. Maximum altitude remains around 4000 m – 4500 m and the hike requires around 5-6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadi 1.15 hours
Day 3 Drive from Dhangadi to Gokuleshwor 8 hours
Day 4 Drive to Latinath & Trek to Paribagar 3hours
Day 5 Trek to Makarigaad 1,470 m (4,822 ft) 5 hours
Day 6 Trek to Siti 2,245 m (7,395 ft) 7-8 hours
Day 7 Trek to Domal 2,950 m (7,395 ft) 8 hours
Day 8 Trek to Dhaulo Odar (Lower Api Base Camp) 3,548 m (11,640 ft) 5 hours
Day 9 Trek to Api Base Camp 3,861 m (12,667 ft) & Back to Dhaulo Odar
Day 10 Trek to Siti 6 hours
Day 11 Trek to Makarigaad 6 hours
Day 12 Trek to Latinath & Drive  to Gokuleshwor 6 hours
Day 13 Drive  to Dhangadi 9 hours
Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16 Departure

  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • Dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • 2 Nights at ★★★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Entire land commute during the trip
  • Domestic flight fare, airport tax and domestic transfer.
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek
  • Meals (B,L,D) during the trek.
  • Camping tents, equipment and gears
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • Guide’s insurance, meals and other costs
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine)
  • Tea/Coffee p.meal basis
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping


I did Api Nampa trekking. It was beautiful. The weather was good. I suggest people to visit Api Nampa during March-May. Few of the parts were were difficult, however, the overall trip was great and fun. The fun of visiting restricted and remote place is greater. ~Philip & Diana Jones (NC, USA)

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The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu
    At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program
  2. Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi
    After breakfast, you will head to the airport and catch you flight to Dhangadi. Dhangadhi is the capital of the Kailali District. It takes about one hour and fifteen minutes to reach there. At Dhangadi, you will be transferred to your hotel in a private car. You can choose to go on a cycling trip to the Jokhar Lake and Botanical Garden, and along the way you can also visit the Aircraft Museum.
  3. Drive from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwor
    You will leave for Gokuleshwor. You will be driving upwards to the hilly region from the Terai (Plain landscape). It may take about 8 hour to Gokuleshwar. You will catch an early morning bus to Gokuleshwar from Dhangadi. The breakfast will be served on the way. After a brief lunch at Dadeldhura, the bus will continue on its way. You will reach Gokuleshwor in the noon.
  4. Drive from Gokuleshwar to Latinath
    After breakfast, you will drive to Latinath. From here, you will start your trek. It takes about 2 hours to reach Latinath from Gokuleshwar. The road to Latinath, which is along the Chameliya River also passes through the biggest hydropower station in the Far-West Nepal. Today, you will only hike Paribagar, a small village located just above Latinath. It may take no more than an hour to reach there.
  5. Trek from Paribagar to Makarigaad
    After breakfast, you willset off on your trek. The final stop of the day is at Makarigaad. You will make your way through the traditional villages, and may get to see local lifestyle, terrain landscapes and agriculture. After lunch, you will continue trekking along the Chameliya River and through the subtropical forests of the region. After two hours, you will reach Makarigaad.
  6. Trek from Makarigaad to Siti
    After breakfast, the trek beings with a short steep climb towards the Chameliya River. You need to climb up the gorge and continue towards the village called Pato. You will have your lunch at Pato. The climb further from Pato is gentle, but steady. After a gently climb, you will make a brief downward hike towards Siti. It may take a total of 8 hours to reach Siti.
  7. Trek from Siti to Domal
    After breakfast, you’ll start your trek towards Domal. Initially, there is a downhill walk towards the village of Khayekot. It’s a beautiful village located just beside the Chameliya River. After a brief lunch stop at Khayekot, you will continue your trek towards Domal. It may take around 7 hours to reach Domal. It lies in the junction of Chameliya and Rokap River and is considered the most sacred place in the entire region. You will camp on this day
  8. Trek from Domal to Dhaulo Odar (Lower Api Base Camp)
    After breakfast, you will make you way towards Dhaulo Odar or also known as Lower Api Nampa Base Camp. The trek begins with a steep climb and crosses through the forest and open pasture lands. After almost five hour en trail, you will reach an open grassland surrounded by high mountains and rhododendron forest. You will camp at this place.
  9. Trek to Api Base Camp & Back to Dhaulo Odar
    It is the most awaited day of the entire trek. Today, you will reach the Api Nampa Base Camp. After breakfast, you will hike further up towards the Base Camp. About 2 and a half hour of upward climb you will reach a big open plateau surrounded by mountains. This plateau is the Api Nampa Base Camp. From here, you get to see Api (7,132m) and Nampa (6,929m) peaks, along with Bobaye (6,808 m). After a brief layover, you willmake you way back to Dhaulo Odar. You will get to visit a small temple on the way back.
  10. Trek from Dhaulo Odar to Siti
    Today you will bid farewell to Api Nampa. You will trek back to Siti. The downhill trek will first bring you to Khayekot. After a brief lunch, you will make a steep climb towards Siti.
  11. Trek from Siti to Makarigaad
    Today, you will trek towards Makarigaad. The trail ascends and passes through forest, agricultural fields and small vilalges. After a brief layover and lunch at Pato, you will walk towards Makarigaad.
  12. Trek from Makarigaad to Latinath
    Today, you will hike towards Latinath. About 4 hours of downhill hike will bring you to Latinath. As you’d be walking down, it will be easier to cover more ground. If time permits, you will also get to visit the Hindu temple located just above the Latinath. You will take a bus to Gokuleshwar, which may last about 2 hours.
  13. Drive from Gokuleshwar to Dhangadhi
    Today you will drive back to Dhangadi from Gokuleshwor. You will have your lunch at Dadeldhura and head towards Gokuleshwor. The ride may last 8-9 hours.
  14. Fly from Dhangadhi to Kathmandu
    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board a flight back to Kathmandu. You will have a whole day at Kathmandu. You can choose to roam around the city or just relax.
  15. Depart from Kathmandu
    You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trips Details

Trip Length 15 days
Trek Length 09 days
Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 3,861 meters (12,667 ft)
Trek Style Tea-house (Lodges)/ Camping
Meal Full board on trek
★★★★★ Hotel ( Kathmandu)
Transportation Domestic Flight, Private & Local Vehicle
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Group Size 2-10 Persons
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