15+ years of safe trekking, cycling and running trips in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar + the Himalaya!
The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years. It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies.
Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list. All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.
Browse our Kamzang Journeys website for profiles of our guides, comments from trekkers, links to photo galleries of regions and specific treks and browse the roster of our diverse treks & travels in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet, Mongolia & Pakistan. Join us for one of our unique treks, bicycle trips or cultural tours!
Kamzang Journeys is a unique Himalayan trekking company, running our treks, cycling trips and travels in a 'boutique' style, without sacrificing adventure, venturing into challenging and remote routes and focusing on immersion in the local cultures. Read about our philosophy, and look through some of our photos to get a feeling for our Kamzang style.
Note that traveling in style does NOT mean missing out on remote regions, challenge or altitude. It just means that you look forward to arriving at camp each evening, waking up to a cup of freshly brewed organic coffee with the sun streaming into the Kamzang dining tent in the morning, spending the afternoon browsing through our library, chatting with other trekkers and having a cup of chai or Kashmiri tea in the afternoons ...
Our food is absolutely top notch, our cooks having learned with us for the past 12+ years. We cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions, and our cuisine varies from Nepali, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian to Mexican, with as much fresh produce (much locally sourced) as we can carry with us.
Our sanitary practices are fine tuned after 15+ years in the Himalaya, and we make sure our clients stay as healthy, well fed and illness free as possible on our trips. Everyone has their own 2 person tents without a single supplement, and couples sleep in d 3 person tents.
Browse through the photo of our idyllic campsites and trips, and check out our Kamzang style!
Safety is #1 on our list of priorities. We carry a satellite phone, often two of them, a satellite messaging system (when allowed) a PAC bag (portable oxygen chamber), an oxygen canister and mask, a full medical kit and are extremely proactive when it comes to our acclimitization schedule. With more than a decade of experience leading groups through the Himalaya, we believe in eliminating risk at the start. Our sanitary standards are exemplary with the hope that you won't get sick during the trek.
But if something does happen and you need to be evacuated by helicopter, vehicle or animal, we have years of experience and good contacts to get you out. Kim & Lhakpa lead (almost) all of the 'Featured Treks', which is our list of 'best-of' treks and travels in the Himalaya, so you'll have the combined experience, expertise and knowledge of a Western guide and a Sherpa guide.
We want you back trekking, cycling and travelling with us again. And again!
Yes! We're not sure why some people associate a 'boutique' style, a few comforts, top of the line gear and tents and amazing food with an easy trek!? Our treks are some of the most adventurous, remote, challenging in the Himalaya, and we create routes that other companies copy in later years. We often use local staff (most who have worked with us previously) to make sure we find the most interesting, spectacular and challenging routes on our exploratory treks. And we're often THE only company which gets into regions when the weather (snow) makes it difficult. We love the outdoors, the mountains, a challenge and testing ourselves. Safely!
We spend lots of our time helping to put children into good schools, getting them medical help when they need it and giving back in many other ways. Read about what we do and get in touch if you would like to help!
We really do care about the environment, and instill in our staff a love of their countries and a desire to keep the pristine regions in which we trek clean. We use filtered water instead of bottled water, burn all of our waste, carry out all of our cans and leave the campsites as we found them. Or cleaner! Ask about our porter and staff incentives to clean up a dirty campsite!
We can arrange custom treks in all shapes and sizes. If you don't see your trek listed, email or call and ask us about making special arrangements for you. There are custom or private trek ideas under each country which you can use as they are or customize according to your abilities, schedule and ability. We're here to help you create or choose exactly the right trek or trip.
Or staff is like family. Many of our trekkers sponsor their kids, invite them to visit (for fun or medical reasons), keep in touch and look forward to seeing them year after year ... Read about the Kamzang Team, and see their happy faces!
On average, on one of our set-departure and Western-led treks, we trek an average of 4-8 hours per day. This seems like a wide range but we try to stagger the days so that a long pass day is followed by a shorter day, and we include several rest days within each itinerary. In the Himalaya we tend to measure length of a trekking day in terms of hours instead of kilometers/miles. An hour of trekking, on average, will be about 2 miles or 3 kilometers unless we are going over a pass.
We get this question alot, especially from Americans who have shorter vacation windows, and from people with kids who find it hard to get away for so long. In a nutshell, what makes us unique is that we offer 'real' trek, which explore remote region which most other trekking companies don't touch on. We feel that we're compromising on the experience if we stick to short itineraries. Short means other companies are doing it as well, that the trails are busy, that you don't go deep into the cultures, that any exploration is difficult.
Having said that, we do understand that most people just can't get away for a month, and we often have shorter 'exit' points on a trekking itinerary. We also run several shorter departures in certain regions which we feel aren't compromised by a 2-week itinerary. And we can customize a trek for you according to your dates and preferences.
We attract independent travelers of all ages and nationalities, from all over the globe. This gives our trekking groups a dynamic, international feel and aids in lively conversation in the evenings. Almost all of our trekkers have had previous (and often lots) of trekking experience in the Himalaya, but not all.
First, browse through our Featured Treks section. This page highlights what we consider to be our most exciting, scenically beautiful and culturally interesting treks, almost all led by Kim (& Lhakpa). You can open each itinerary to view many photos of the trek, and scroll through the day-to-day itinerary for a feel of what the trek will be like. And feel free to call or email with questions. We'll do the best we can to get right back to you ...
We try to field this sort of question before the trek, finding just the right trek for you. We don't rate our treks (yet) but can tell you which are the most difficult, have the most pass crossings, have river crossings or exposure, have the most village or cultural experiences or the most wilderness experience. Most people will be able to complete a trek even if they find it difficult; our staff are there to help carry day-packs, walk slowly with you, encourage you. We've found that more than half of completing a trek is psychological, so unless you get sick, if you have a positive attitude and are enjoying yourself, you should do fine ... In the case that you do fall ill and need a helicopter evacution, we have close contacts with helicopter evacuation companies, jeep, horsemen or who/whatever it takes to get you out.
Yes, as much as possible. We have thorough discussions with clients with allergies before the trek to make sure we'll have available whatever they need. We encourage people with food allergies to bring some of their own food supplies on the trek.
Yes & no. We encourage our trekkers to keep their duffel bags to 20 kg (44 pounds) but if you're a bit over, we're lenient. The airlines, however, are a different story. Now in Nepal most domestic flights only allow 15 kg per passenger. We'll discuss in detail before the trek.
This is why you want to trek with an experienced company. When we need to reroute because of trail or weather conditions, which is not uncommon, we do our best not to compromise the integrity of the trek. We have been trekking in the Himalaya for almost a decade and 1/2, and this experience means that we sort out new routes often, know many alternative routes, have the connections and language skills to inquire with locals. In short, we can almost always get you in and/or out of a region safely, and via a great route. Note: we do stress that we have the perogotive to change a route if we deem it necessary!
If a trek is cancelled because of a political situation, an airport closure or another unanticipated event, we always offer you an alternative trek which is similar in nature to the one for which you signed up.
We send you a trek dossier with all the information you'll need to book the trip, pay the deposit and balance and everything else you'll want to know ... There is an online form to fill out to make your Trip Booking & Sign the Waiver. The final payment is due 21 days before the start of the trek.
Absolutely! We're often on the trail, but whenever we're in Kathmandu or Leh we're happy to talk by phone, Skype (kamzangkim), Viber, We Chat or other applications ... And if you prefer to email, that is also fine.