Months: April-Nov Area: Lapchi Kang Special Focus: Trekking Remote Nepal
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Lapchi Kang and Milarepa Cave Trek. This 13 day Lapchi Kang and Milarepa Cave Trek allows a full experience of this visually extraordinary and geographically isolated area, hugely rich in flora, wildlife and folklore, yet almost never visited by tourists or scientists. Lapchi Kang is a small Himalayan range lying like a twisted backbone jammed between the road to Tibet and the huge himalayan valley of Rowaling Himal. It is restricted and tucked away enough to be ignored by the tourists and yet not high enough to entice mountaineers. Somewhere in this isolated wilderness, Milarepa-an ancient Tibetan magician, went into retreat, lived in a cave, ate stinging nettles and slowly turned green! The maze of twisted hills, rock spires and sheer cliffs that make the landscape from Ama Bamare Himal to Lapchi Karhka gives the snow leopard a perfect habitat for survival. This trek follows the Tama Khosi river from Jagat to Lamanabagar where we turn off the main trail and head up through dense bamboo and cloud forest to an isolated pocket of Lapchi Kang under the unclimbed rock spire of Ama Bamare and the awesome rock face of Kookur Raja Darra ( King Dog Ridge ). This Lapchi Kang and Milarepa Cave Trek is unique !

Gaurishankar Conservation Area


Remember if you have a group of 2 or more we can arrange this trip for you on your prefered date during any of the available months listed.

Day 1.

Kathmandu – Lamabagar (1950m)

Driving from Kathmandu by public Bus or private Jeep to Lamabagaar, which takes 8-10 hrs. by bus and 7-8 hrs by Jeep. Overnight camp on the river bank of Tamakoshi.

Ama Bamare, East Face, Lapchi Kang
Ama Bamare, East Face, Lapchi Kang

Day 2.

Lamabagar – Jum Khola – Lapchi Khola river (2400m) The trek takes us across the Lapchi Khola and up an incredibly steep path through the bamboo forest. The path twists through dense vegetation and steep stream gullies as we wander high up on one side of the gorge opposite the furious tributary of the Chandu Khola. We cross the Jum Khola by bridge on the Tibet border and then the Lapchi bridge and camp along the valley floor next to the river.

Day 3/4.

Lapchi Khola – Lapchi Village (3379m) We follow the fast flowing stream under the shadow of Gaurishankar (7134m) to Lapchi Village. You can visit Lapchi Monastery and about 14 houses. Yak herding is the main occupation.

Lapchi Kang Monastery Trek
Lapchi Kang Monastery, looking south (photo: Dominique van Eick)

Day 5/6.

Explore Lapchi – we can walk into the mountains and view Himalayan Thar (and Blue Sheep if we are lucky). Maximun altitude 4300m. At Lapchi Village the river splits into 2 – one comes down from Lapchi Chuwa where Milarepa died (it is now a Chinese military camp in Tibet), the other river on the right comes from Nyalam and is still the main supply road for the yak-caravans from Tibet-China. (Nyalam means road to hell !) There’s a very nice walk up Lapchi mountain, but we have to ask permission to go up, On the mountain slopes are the retreat houses for the 3-year retreats. There are 4 Gompa houses in total, the one down at the monastery is called Duedul Pug, Choera Gompa is the next, in the middle temple, Rechen Gompa, are the footprints of Milarepa on the ceiling. Blue Sheep live around this The highest temple, Ze Pug, where there is a water well – the water started flowing when Milarepa struck his staff to the rocks, and then he flew to Mt.Kailash. On the way up is a footprint of a Dakini, one of the Tseringma sisters, a long time cohort of Milarepa.

Day 7.

Lapchi Village – High Alpine Lakes (4900m) A steep hike up grassy slope where we find a series of small alpine lakes with fantastic views down the Lapchi valley towards Lamabagar. Surrounded by snowy mountain views and a small glacier, we camp the night.

Day 8.

High Alpine Lakes – Kharka ground (3424m) We back track for a while and turn into the vast forest under the rocky ice spires of Choba Bamarie and King Dog Mountain (Kukoor Raj), looking like a huge sitting dog with pointed ears !

Day 9.

Kharka ground – King Dog Kharka (2800m) across King Dog ridge (3386m) A steep forest walk to the top of a vertical face overlooking the Chandu Khola far below. There is actually a path that runs diagonally across the cliff face big enough to heard yaks down. We camp in a clearing in the forest across the river.

Gauri Sankar, West Face, Lapchi Kang
Gauri Sankar, West Face, Lapchi Kang

Day 10.

An exploration day. We can visit the towering east face of Ama Bamarie or visit a high alpine lake. This is spectacular remote Himalayan Landscape.

Ama Bamarie East Face, Lapchi Kang, Nepal
Ama Bamarie East Face

Day 11.

Continue forest walk to Samling, the ruin of mountain village – and hopefully see some Blue Sheep! Close view of King Dog (cliff and mountain) and west face of Mt. Gaurishankar.

King Dog Mountain, Lapchi Kang
King Dog Mountain, Lapchi Kang

Day 12.

Continue forest walk observing front view of Gaurishankar and steep down to Lama Bagaar.

Day 13.

Drive back Lamabagaar to Kathmandu by Bus or Private Jeep


Full Camping Trip – minimum 2 people.

Euro 1950 / person (during heavy monsoon, the riverside road is impassable, adding an extra two days of  trekking:  making this a 15 day trip @ Euro 2250 per person).

Includes: Bus transport to and from the trek ( KTM – KTM ), airport pick-up and drop, all food on trek ( three meals a day – healthy local cuisine ), porters and their food and equipment, tents, cook, guide, Lapchi permit, Tims card.

Does not include: International flight, visa, rescue insurance, sleeping bag and all your personal equipment trekking gear / clothing, camera, binoculars etc, hotel in KTM.

All outdoor gear including sleeping bags can be hired or bought in Kathmandu at prices significantly cheaper than Europe. We can arrange this for you.

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