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The Paths Less Trod Treks
Doug Scot was an advocatefor visitors to Nepal straying off the beaten track and exploring new areas. In the year that is both the 35th anniversary of Community Action Treks and the 50th anniversary of the 'Everest the Hard Way' expedition we're inviting you to join us on a special groups of treks - 'The Paths Less Trod Treks'.

Nepal Explorer

A combination of easy trekking, Nepal’s cultural sights and a chance to see some of Nepal’s wildlife, this varied trip is an ideal introduction to Nepal for people who want to trek a little, but not too much.


Flying into Kathmandu, we have time to discover this enthralling city before our 5-day trek in the Annapurna foothills. Our efforts on trek are richly rewarded with scenic views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill where we can see sunrise over the Annapurna range.

We return to the ever-popular Lakeside region of Pokhara before embarking on a tour of Chitwan National Park and Lumbini. Returning to Kathmandu we visit the timeless city of Bhaktapur; Nepal’s former capital, now a World Heritage site.

Around Manaslu

At 8163m, Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world and lies east of the Annapurnas, in central Nepal. The circuit around the mountain is compared to that of Annapurna in terms of its magnificent and extraordinarily varied scenery, but without the crowds!

From the sub-tropical Buri Gandaki Valley, the route winds through deep gorges to reach a remote desert-like region bordering Tibet. Here in a hidden valley, that until quite recently was out of bounds to trekkers, the people are Buddhists of Tibetan descent living in villages with names like Lihi, Lho and Sho.


Pagoda gates, prayer walls and gompas (monasteries) are among the architectural wonders we pass, set to a backdrop of breathtaking views of Manaslu. The 5135m pass of Larkya La brings further rewards as another dazzling array of peaks come into view. Descending to the hot springs of Darapani, the route joins the Marsyandi River, which leads back to the trail head at Besi Sahar.

Around Manaslu - Guided Trail Run

This is a guided trail run; however you will have the option of walking with the other group trekking this route on any day. On Day 13 when crossing the Larkya La pass both groups will walk for safety reasons.

EBC Via Gokyo

Our trip takes in the all the best parts of the Everest region: Kala Patar, Everest Base Camp, the Cho La Pass, the turquoise holy lakes at Gokyo and the sublime view of Everest and a host of other Khumbu peaks from the summit of Gokyo Ri across the Ngozumpa glacier. We spend time acclimatising on our ascent via the Gokyo

valley, which is much quieter than our descent down the Khumbu valley.


Our itinerary includes a contingency day for bad weather or extra acclimatisation as well as the usual acclimatisation days

Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp

Tsum Valley in North Gorkha only opened for trekking in 2008 and remains a restricted area. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact. The local people are of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The Buddhist Saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba.

The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak, where we enter and eventually leave the valley.



CAT specialises in providing standard and bespoke treks for groups, typically couples, parties of families and friends, and school, college and Scout parties. We are also happy to provide trips for clients travelling alone.


Simply select the dates that suit you within the trekking time windows indicated above. 


The prices and dates in this list are all LAND ONLY. They do not include international flights. We recommend you search for flights yourself to get the best value. If you have any queries, please contact us.


Our standard trip prices shown above are based on a team of 4 trekkers. Treks can be booked for larger and smaller parties, or individual trekkers. Please contact us directly for more information.


The single supplements apply if you request a single tent or single hotel room for your trip. Please contact us if you require more information and accurate pricing.

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