Nepal is a home of the giant Snow-capped mountains such as Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, and Api. The eight highest mountains above 8000m and many other sky-dominating peaks offer numerous adventurous trekking options in Nepal. Api Base Camp trek is one of the top trekking options in Nepal, that takes you to the lap of the majestic snow-capped Mountain Api (7,132m).
Api Himal is the highest mountain of the Far Western region, Nepal. Api Base Camp trek would be the best option for those who want to take an adventurous walk and explore the less-explored hidden treasure in the western-remote area of Nepal. The whole trek offers you the thrilling experiences and splendid views of the scenes.
Like people say “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”, the walk through the scary trail of the Api Base Camp proves it. This trek leads to the heavenly looks of Api Base Camp and other parts of this region.
Api Himal lies in the Northwestern part of Darchula district, Far Western Nepal.
By Road Transport
Kathmandu-Mahendralagar, which takes about an 18-20 hours ride.
Mahendranagar-Gokuleshwor, which takes around 14-15 hours ride.
Gokuleshwor is the starting point of the Api Base Camp trek, from where it takes around 6-days to reach Api Base Camp. After Base Camp, it takes four days to walk to Latinath, the last stop of this trek. From Latinath, you will drive to Gokuleshwor.
By Bus, it is too far from Kathmandu to Api trek region, but the roads offer the stunning views of landscapes, rivers, drastic, and altitude variation.
Kathmandu-Dhangadhi (By air)
You will drive from Dhangadhi to Gokuleshwor (Around 8 hours)
Duration: 11 Days
Average Daily Walk: 5-7 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate to Hard
Maximum Altitude: 3,861m, the altitude of Api Base Camp Trek
4100m, Kali Dhunga Lake
Accommodation: Tea houses, Tent/Camping
Autumn and Spring season offer the best weather, comfortable walking, and clear views, making them the best time for Api Base Camp Trek.
Api Base Camp trek takes you through the rough and scary trails. In the rainy season, the roads are slippery, hard for walking. In winter, the temperature becomes very low, and a large mass of snow will form, making the journey hard for walking and staying overnight.
Thus, in the rainy and winter season, this trek will be comparatively difficult than another season. However, you can trek with precautions, in large groups, and with guides.
Api Base Camp trek is a less explored trek in Nepal, which takes you through the virgin trail. The trail is less crowded, which makes it easy to walk and explore nature. This trek takes you through the stony trail, streams, rivers, bridges, remote settlements, gorges, valleys, lakes, pastures, subtropical to tropical forests, and grasslands which are worth watching. I assure you that the pristine nature of this Api Base Camp Trek, mesmerizing views of mountains, glaciers, and the adventurous trek are worth making Api Base Camp trek the best trekking region in Nepal. You will get to witness the horses, yaks, and mountain goats walking in the trail. On the way, you will get to explore the herbal plants, grasses, and unique colors of rhododendrons.
Api Base Camp trek passes through the Api Nampa Conservation. The conservation area is home to varieties of exotic floras and faunas. Extreme altitudinal variation in this region has contributed to climatic as well as species variation. The conservation area receives heavy rainfall and has heavy humidity. The northern part of it is snowy throughout the year. However, the southern part and valley side has a subtropical climate, and the mid-hill has a Temperate climate. As per the conservation data records, large numbers of plants, mammals, bird species are present.
The bird species like Danphe (Impeyan pheasant), Monal, Yellow-billed chough, red-billed chough, blood pheasant, and snowcock are common in Aapi Nampa protected area. Besides this, endangered mammal species like red pandas, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, and Musk Deer, other mammal species like the jackal, grey wolf, goral, Himalayan black bear, common langur.Api region is a home for famous rare medicinal plants like Yarsagumpa (Cordyceps sinensis), Panchaule (Dactylorhiza hatagirea), and jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) plants.
Api Nampa Conservation Area is also a getaway to the famous hill called Kailash Mansarovar, located in Tibet.
Api Base Camp trek rewards you with awe-inspiring views of small streams, glaciers, and valleys. Besides this, this trek offers you breathtaking mountain views like Api (7,132m), Nampa (6,929m), and Bobaye (6,808m). The splendid natural views from Api Base Camp will make you feel like you are roaming in heaven.
Api trekking regions comprise peoples of different ethnic groups like Jhakari, Lohar (Iron Smith), Bohora, Chhetri, Thekare, Mahara, and Brahmin. These peoples have been following old lifestyles that are still untouched by modern traditions. You can explore the old designs, houses, and equipment. People celebrate different festivals like Biswo Parba ( celebrates in the Nepali new year). The local potatoes taste so good.
Besides the old customs and traditions, people are so humble, kind, and resilient that they give you warm greetings and hospitality.
Klai Dhunga lake lies at an altitude of 4100m, is a holy lake in the Darchula district. It takes around 2 hours to walk to Kali Dhunga Lake from Api Base Camp. Kalii Dhunga Lake is a pristine lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and hills that offers worth watching views. This place is best for taking beautiful photographs.