Around The Sun Nepal Journeys

Nepal Update

Visitors on our incredible Mustang pony treks need only to transit briefly through Kathmandu. Pokhara and Upper Mustang, where we actually stay and trek, were virtually unaffected by the 2015 earthquake.

The sooner visitors start to return, the sooner our Nepali friends can start to rebuild their faith in the future. If you do any trekking this year, you will make a vital contribution in many ways.

Please contact us so we can explain in detail why we are confident the Mustang trip is not only as safe today as it ever was, but also extremely important. To start, check out our blog: Is it safe to visit Nepal?

Richard Everist & Lucrezia Migliore

Around The Sun Nepal Journeys
Around The Sun is able to offer an extraordinary range of Nepal trips – thanks to the extraordinary operators with whom we partner.

Most of our itineraries can be run privately, or customised so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you.

If none of our guided small group trips meet your needs, please contact us so we can develop a customised, private itinerary that will deliver you a perfect holiday. See Create Your Own Journey.

The possibilities that might be incorporated in a private, customised journey include:

  • Rafting and canoeing from the mountains to the plains, through untouched gorges, and some of the most exciting white water on the planet
  • Luxury trips utilising a new breed of luxury mountain lodges, and plane and helicopter sightseeing
  • Taking meditation courses in thriving Buddhist monasteries
  • Exploring the remarkable architectural, artistic and religious heritage of the Kathmandu valley
  • Trekking through spectacular scenery and experiencing farming societies that are little changed, where the internal combustion engine is yet to reach
  • Elephant-back safaris in search of rhinos and tigers, based in luxury lodges and tented camps


Around The Sun steers clear of the iconic, but extremely crowded, Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit walks. Both these walks can now be undertaken by individual backpackers hiking between well-established tea-houses designed to meet western ‘needs’. Although the views are still great, the lack of cultural authenticity and the crowds are not.

There are increasing numbers of luxury lodges in Nepal, but on the whole Around The Sun strongly believes the best Nepal experiences are based around tent-based treks. These old-style expeditions take you off the beaten track and give you the opportunity to get to know the staff who are looking after you – and to interact with the villages and people you meet along the way.

Some westerners are uncomfortable with the notion of having a team of people dedicated to looking after them – but properly paid work on a trekking team is considered a high status job in Nepal – and the wages are more than welcome in a country that has enormous unemployment issues. Travelling with a team of competent, interesting, joyful Nepalis is a great experience in its own right. And that’s before you start thinking about the amazing places they take you to.

Obviously a certain amount of comfort is sacrificed in order to get off the beaten track – even with full-service treks - but ATS trekking crews make sure everyone is as safe, comfortable and well fed as is humanly possible. It is certainly a very different experience to camping as most westerners have experienced it.

Mustang (Nepal)
Malla Treks’ Stan Armington, the former author of Lonely Planet’s Nepal Trekking guide, runs an old-fashioned pony and camping trek (with more staff than you would imagine possible!) to Mustang, one of the last untouched corners of the Tibetan Plateau – a veritable Shangri La.

Dhaulagiri (Nepal)
Himalayan Mountain Guides, with Mick Chapman and Nima Lama, is one of the most experienced and respected trekking and mountaineering operators in Nepal.

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Nepal Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

Mustang & Tibetans

Mustang is a largely unchanged Tibetan/Nepali kingdom lying at the northern end of the world's deepest valley. The valley has, for thousands of years, been a link between Tibet (and China) and Nepal (and India). You'll meet Tibetan farmers, monks, refugees, nomads - and maybe even the King.

Luxury: Pony / Trek / Camp
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Pony Trek
Challenge: Medium
Cost: from $7000

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All ATS itineraries can be run for private groups or adapted to meet your interests.

Nepal Journeys & Suggested Itineraries


Planning a Holiday?

Congratulations on finding Around The Sun! We’d love to talk to you about your next holiday adventure.

Around The Sun trips are based on the expertise and knowledge of Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore – and the expertise and services of a select group of friends who operate the best tour companies in the world.

Around The Sun showcases a careful selection of small group trips (with guides and expert leaders), and we design customised private journeys (both guided and self-guided).

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised, so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently. See Create Your Own Journey.