About custom treks

We know that some folks want to design their own trek, and we’re cool with that. We applaud your initiative and are happy to help you put together your own trek dates and route. The only unavailable months are June, July, and August. (Summer is the monsoon season in Nepal.)

The first step is to choose your trek dates, decide where you want to go, and either give us a call (615-512-4221) or shoot us a message through the contact form below. We will take your information and pass it along to our Director of Nepali Operations, who will determine whether or not your trek will work. We will then get back in touch with you with a price. Once you’re all set, come back to this page and click the “Book a custom trek now” button below.

So what else is different about a custom trek? Not much of anything! You still get all of the “goodies” that come along with a scheduled trek — a welcome package, guides and porters, trek planners and emails, and everything. Yay, you!

About trip insurance

Trip insurance is vital when trekking overseas, especially in a place as remote as Nepal. For that reason, we require you to carry trip insurance to join one of our treks. Click this tab to open detailed information. Be sure to do this — it’s important.


OK, here’s where we get serious. Hobnail requires that all trekkers purchase trip/medical insurance that includes helicopter evacuation and covers you for trekking at high altitudes. Emergency medical (helicopter) evacuation coverage should be a minimum of $500,000. In addition, you should have coverage for repatriation of remains, trip cancellation (coverage at least as much as the total trek cost), medical, delayed/cancelled flights, and baggage coverage.

Should you have to cancel your trek because of illness, injury or death to you or an immediate family member, travel insurance may protect your deposits and payments for both air and trek costs. Hobnail Trekking recommends the EXPLORER policy through World Nomads. A link to this provider is below.

Whichever company you choose for insurance, you should ensure that the policy meets your individual needs. Hobnail Trekking will require that you provide a copy of the card (or whatever is provided in its place) approximately 75 days prior to departure. If you also have primary medical insurance through your (or a family member’s) employer, you will also be required to provide Hobnail a copy of that card 75 days prior to departure.

Hobnail recommends that you purchase insurance as soon as you place a deposit on a trek. You should review the policy details on any insurance carefully and determine whether it is sufficient to meet your trip and medical needs during the trek. Some providers cover pre-existing conditions if the policy is purchased within a few days of making a deposit on your trek. Policies vary, so read them carefully before selecting one. All make sense?

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To proceed with World Nomads insurance (if you choose), do this:

  1. Click the World Nomads logo (we’ve provided it on this page, too). You’ll be redirected to their site.
  2. Click the orange “Get a price” button in the top image.
  3. Fill out the short form that appears next. In the date form, choose two days before and after your trek dates, just to be safe.
  4. You will then be directed to the pricing page. Choose the EXPLORER option.
  5. Click the “Buy Now” button and proceed with your payment.
  6. We will be asking for your documentation no later than 75 days prior to your trek date.

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About Kathmandu sightseeing

If you want to take advantage of your time in Kathmandu after the trek, you may want to take part in one of our two optional sightseeing packages. Open them below.

Temples Tour

By 松岡明芳 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55056366

We will visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist temple, Pashupatinath, the Hindu temple where the famous cremations takes place daily, and Swaymbhunath a Hindu and Buddhist temple better known as the Monkey Temple. The price is $100 per trekker and includes transportation, an experienced city guide, and all entry fees and tickets. It does not include meals and tips. You can select this option at checkout when you book your trek.

Durbar Square Tour

By Suraj Belbase – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51389576

  1. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.
  2. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. There is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square built by the Newa People.
  3. Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25 April 2015. Durbar Square was surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The Royal Palace was originally at Dattaraya square and was later moved to the Durbar square. The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace.

Our tour is $110 per trekker and includes transportation, an experienced city guide, and all entry fees and tickets. It does not include meals or tips. You can select this option at checkout when you book your trek.

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