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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Highlight

  • Sightseeing tour of  Kathmandu valley
  • Scenic drive through Marshyangdi River valley.
  • Visit beautiful Manang village and explore Tibetan culture and their lifestyle.  
  • Crossing high pass Throng La over 5416mt
  • Walking through Kali Gandaki Valley 
  • Explore Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  • Visit Marpha, capital of apple.
  • Natural hot spring bath at Tatopani
  • Culture of different ethnic groups.
  • Trekking through Rhododendron forest.
  • Amazing Sunrise View from Poon Hill.

About Trip

This trail saw the light of day in 1977 and is an archetypal Himalayan trek. The Adventure Club itinerary is geared to give you the most of this unique trip; it completes the Circuit with a few new variations that will enhance this magnificent trek with more fulfillments & a sense of purpose. We ascend the Marsyangdi Valley before heading to the high country, windswept 5416m Thorong La (pass) and around the Annapurna massif. This trek offers baffling contrasts throughout the course of your venture. The trails start and gets wrapped up in the lush green foothills of the Annapurna range that are dotted with colorful Hindu villages & cows roaming around with vermilion on their foreheads…

This round Annapurna venture will take you around the Annapurna circuit as we hike along beautiful Gurung & Magar villages bubbling with life of the trekking trail. The Annapurna round is the kind of trek is rewarding in a sense where despite the fluctuating elevations & toughness of the trails, we don’t have to camp out in the cold, even though some areas are pretty remote; we enjoy the dining-room stoves and famed hospitality of the local people of the Annapurna region, whose warmth also keeps us warm in the winter. All our gear is carried by sturdy porters, and we have local guides to explain the various cultures, mountains and sights to us along the way…the going is tough, & if these are the rewards, the landscapes & the apple pies could warm your heart for 100 years.

The ‘Circuit’ also provides unequalled opportunities to explore the backdrops of both the northern and southern Himalaya where the amazing views just leave you gasping for breath. From thick fir and rhododendron forests to the harsh, thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau; the ethnic groups we come across along the way, lowland Hindus and highland Buddhists, are as varied as the mind blowing landscapes. From the staggering heights of the Thorung Pass at (5416m) with line upon lines of snow ridges just flow before you whilst below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge, a busy pilgrimage and trade route controlled by the Thakalis who inhabit the lowlands of Mustang.

As we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide there is a dramatic change as we enter the bleak landscape of the Tibetan Plateau where the culture is overwhelmingly Buddhist. We then head back down the great Kali Gandaki Valley, said to be one of the deepest gorges on earth with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri standing naked & towering some 7,000 metres above before we haul up to rest from this elating trek. Our route embraces the ancient trading link beside the Kaligandaki River. The location of the Kali Gandaki gorge between Tibet and India has made this area one of the most important passage ways through the Himalaya for thousands of years. It’s a never ending gorge that flows to oblivion from its origin, & as a tiny spring in Mustang, the river flows south to India carving its way between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri at (8172 m) and Annapurna (8091m). These two colossal peaks are only 35 km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their summits into a brain storming 6660m gorge - the deepest on Earth.

The trek finally concludes at the Kali Gandaki river valley. En route, you trot along paddy fields and subtropical forests, view the beautiful mountain scenery, several waterfalls and gargantuan cliffs with your camera on overdrive, and you can also stop over & experience interesting village life by striking up a conversation with the local folks as you come across some amazing cultural factors that can go into your notebooks. The entire trip is virtually enlivening & will keep you spellbound day after day.

This is a ‘must do’ venture that gives true value for money & may, perhaps, change your life for the better…for a long, long time to come.


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 02:KATHMANDU: Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1,100m) : 9-10 hours

Day 04:Trek Syange to Dharapani (1,960m) : 6 hours

Day 05:Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) : 5- 6 hours

Day 06:Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m) : 5-6 hours

Day 07:Trek Pisang to Manang (3,540m) : 5 hours

Day 08:Acclimatization rest day at Manang

Day 09:Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) : 3- 4 hours

Day 10:Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) : 3- 4 hours

Day 11:Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5,416m) : 7- 8 hours

Day 12:Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) : 6 hours

Day 13:Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2,530m) : 5 - 6 hours

Day 14:Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m) : 5 -6 hrs walk

Day 15:Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) : 6 -7 hours

Day 16:Early hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) then trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) : 5- 6 hours

Day 17:Trek Tikhedunga - Nayapul to Pokhara (910m) : 3 hours trek, one hour drive

Day 18:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m) : 6-7 hours

Day 19:Departure from Kathmandu


What is Included

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • 1 night accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a two-star hotel in Pokhara on B/B basis
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • 14 nights’ accommodation during the trek in a twin shared lodge (tea house)
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Besisahar by private vehicles and from Besisahar to Syange by local jeep
  • Surface transfer from Pokhara  to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, first aid kit and trekking map
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All Government and Local taxes

What is not Included

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

 

Important Note:

The above information is a guide and standard template of our services. Our trips can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.Overnight at Hotel.
Included Meals: Dinner .

Day 02KATHMANDU: Sightseeing and trek preparationThe exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast .

Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1,100m) : 9-10 hoursIt’s a long drive today. Right after the breakfast, we begin to drive, first through the bank of the Trishuli River, then through the Marshyangdi River valley. We reach to the Besisahar, the district center of Lamjung district. Then we drive further to Syange via Bhulbhule and Nadi. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 04Trek Syange to Dharapani (1,960m) : 6 hours The first day of the foothill excursion, we pass Jagat, Chamje, Karte and reach to Dharapani. This is also comparatively a long walk, but the fascinations of the way make us feel exciting and we forget the tiredness. Various waterfalls on the way entice us to head further with such breathtaking panoramas. At Tal, we check-in to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) counter.Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 05Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) : 5- 6 hours We begin the trek from Dharapani today with a destination of Chame. Here is a stone entrance chhorten, which is culturally touched with the Tibetan Buddhists. Then we reach to Bagarchhap, which is surrounded by the apple orchid and crops fields. Adcending to Tyanja, we walk enjoying the views of the waterfalls and pine forest that leads us to Kyupar and finally to Chame, the district center of Manang. The view of Annapurna II is spectacular. You will find the difference in daily lifestyle between the mixed communities and the community here in Chame. Overnight at Teahouse.
.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 06Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m) : 5-6 hours We begin the trek through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and cross a suspension bridge. Again, we need to cross another bridge over 3000 meters, at the bottom of Paungda hill that appears in front of us. Climbing through the steep trail, we reach to Pisang. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07Trek Pisang to Manang (3,540m) : 5 hours As we begin the trek today, we walk through the dry part of Manang district. As you walk further, there are two routes and they meet in Mugje. The southern route goes through the Humde airstrip and has less climbing up and down. In comparison to the south, the northern route via Ghyaru with a superb scenes. But it is quite challenging trail. Exploring the hidden valley known as Braka, we reach to Manang, which is a Tibetan influenced village. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 08Acclimatization rest day at Manang On our acclimatizing day at Manang, we set out for a hiking around the village. We have some choices to combine the trips that include a hike towards Gangapurna Lake and the surrounding territory and also an exploration hike around the Manang village. The monastery and Chhortens display the cultural richness of the people of Tibetan origins. The hike is a nice warm up excursion before heading towards the alpine altitude. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) : 3- 4 hours After acclimatization and rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by nearly 500m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) : 3- 4 hours After a two hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5,416m) : 7- 8 hours We have a grand walk today and it is our testament to prove ourselves as fit trekkers. We begin the trek early in the morning to avoid the unfavorable weather. If we walk quite late, there is also the risk of continual rock falling and the strong wind blow. About after five hours, we reach at the top of Thorong La (5416m). The eye-catching sceneries of the snowy peaks are outstanding. Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Yakwakang, Thorung Peak and the surrounding panoramas are awesome to view. Then we descend through the steep trail. After a couple of hours, we walk through the wide trail over barren hill side. Then we reach to Muktinath temple, which is one of the popular pilgrimage destinations of Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) : 6 hours We visit temple before heading to Marpha and continue our journey descending through Kaligandaki River to the ancient town to Kagbeni(2,800m) where we can visit thousand years of old monastery. We walk through gentle trail to the large town of Jomsom which is a head quarter of the mustang region with a tiny airstrip. After lunch at Jomsom we continue walk towards south east brings us at Marpha. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2,530m) : 5 - 6 hours From Marpha, we continue trek to Kalapani via Chokhopani village. Today we encounter some traditional villages of the Thakali people and get to see some beautiful apple gardens; this area is full of trees and vegetation with amazing panoramic view of the snowy mountains all round, they include, Niligri, Annapurna I in the east, and Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche peak (6920 m) on the west and among others. From Chokhopani we continue to Kokhethanti. After crossing a river, we meet come across the newly constructed road site at before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani. Overnight at Teahouse. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m) : 5 -6 hrs walk Today, we avoid the newly made roads and we will trek through new route to Tatopani from Kalopani. The trail is monthly descending till we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we trek to lower elevation, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. The journey is smoothly downhill to Rupse Chahara (Famous waterfall) via garpar to a bridge at Dana. Here we will see the local powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. The trail again descends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) : 6 -7 hours After spending wonderful day at hot spring we walk down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the trail leads us by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We diverts from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani..Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 16Early hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) then trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) : 5- 6 hours Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m - a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about an hour, then return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel then trek down to Tikhedunga (1,570m). We head off towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests of a large Magar village of Ulleri at 2,070m, finally reaching Tikhedhunga after a descent. Overnight at Teahouse.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 17Trek Tikhedunga - Nayapul to Pokhara (910m) : 3 hours trek, one hour drive After some light trekking, we reach Nayapul (1,010m). Then after 1 hr 30 mins drive, we will reach Pokhara, the serene valley with fabulous views of the Himalayan Mountains. Overnight at hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 18Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m) : 6-7 hours Early morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 19Departure from KathmanduAdventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Included Meals: Breakfast .

Departure Note

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights, if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule, if the schedule dates are not suitable for you please contact us and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs.If any individuals / group don't want to join our other group we can comply to your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Departure Details

Start Date End Date Status Cost  
18 December, 2017 05 January, 2018 Guaranteed 1359 Book Now
23 December, 2017 10 January, 2018 Guaranteed 1359 Book Now
30 December, 2017 17 January, 2018 Guaranteed 1359 Book Now

Trip Note

NOTE : Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Best Time to Trek to Annapurna Circuit 

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon season (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

FAQs

What are Trekking Trips?

Typically our trekking holidays involve 4–8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5000 meter in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back – not so! During the day group members often 'string out' and there will usually be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it. There will be always our trekking guide at the front and rear ensuring no-one gets lost.

How is the Trekking Day?

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekkers and staff positive attitude creates great company and many memorable events. The day begins early at around 6.30 in morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into duffle bag by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 a m and following a good morning's walk, we stop for lunch. About 1 - 2 hours lunch break that allows for the group meal, enjoy the surroundings, and catch up on your diary or reading. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized. You can opt to relax, read, write diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 p m.

Do you have airport transfer facilities?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Who are my guides? Are they trained and experienced?

Adventure Club Trek, being a professionally managed trekking company base in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who care the fragile environment, knows Nepal better and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc. to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have year's long trip leading experience and high dedication on rendering the qualitative services. Many of them have work experienced on international adventure travel companies.

How fit do I need to be?

It's important to be ready for your trip or trek. Our treks are not "races" and you will enjoy them as walking holidays. They are suitable for most ages, depending on your level of comfort in walking and altitude. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. First-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them in destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not walking competition, but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. Altitude acclimatization is important. And in order to prepare for the thinner air in Nepal try to walk or jog around an hour a day for a few weeks before coming to the Himalayan region. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, and jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hill.

How do I book a trek with you?

After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the form available here (http://www.adventureclubtrek.com/book-this-trip.html). A deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book. The next step is to book a plane ticket to Asia and then get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Are the staff is being taken care of? What about Insurance?

We are committed on the welfare of our staff from Trek Leaders / Guides to Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good wages, salary, provident fund, proper insurance to the equipment and clothing needed for all staff including porters. They are our kith and kin as well as the backbone of adventure industry in Nepal.

Can I use credit cards during the trekking?

Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.

Can I change the itinerary?

Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

What is the teahouse /guesthouse like?

We book clean and comfortable teahouse/guesthouse which we know very well. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded sharing accommodation. We can book private room for you if you like, at an additional cost as per your requirements.

Do the tea houses have electricity so I can charge my electronic devices?

Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

We provide the full board meals while on trekking and climbing. We offer the open and choice Menu in our tea house trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food. Most tea houses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables.

A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Plenty and healthy dinner comprises of soup, variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes etc as per your section and as available. Tea or coffee is also provided at all meals.

What currency should I bring to Nepal and for my trek?

It is impossible to buy Nepali Rupees outside of Nepal. You can change all major currencies in Kathmandu, and there are a lot of international ATMs. You should change/withdraw money before you start your trek as you will need Rupees everywhere outside Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

Do the porters and guides speak English?

All of our guides speak English some speak French and German. Most of the porters understand Basic English, but do not speak it.

Can we meet the guides and porters before we leave?

You can meet the guides before leaving, the porters are all local to the area of your trek (this helps us to give something back to the local community) so you will meet them upon your arrival to your trekking gateway.

What happens if or someone else in the group gets altitude sickness?

 If any problem occurs it will be dealt with as suits the group. If the group is in a hurry we will split the group and one English speaking guide will remain with (or descend with) the person while the rest of the group continues with the other English speaking guide. If the group is not in a hurry, they can wait for a day or 2 while the person acclimatizes. Our guides all carry a first aid kit which includes Diamox, the drug used to treat altitude sickness. If there is a case of severe altitude sickness or any other emergency, we will call for an emergency helicopter pickup (paid for by your insurance company) and the person can be taken to hospital in Kathmandu, usually accompanied by a friend, or if they're travelling alone, an English speaking guide.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

Yes, we provide you sleeping bags, down jackets, tents, mattresses and kitchen equipment, all of the highest quality. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipment is up to you. See our equipment list or email us for a specific list.

Is it cheaper to buy trekking gear in Nepal or in my home country?

Apart from shoes, you can pick up everything you need for a trek in Kathmandu for less than you'd pay at home.

Are any permits required for trekking?

Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What should I pack?

Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but over packing is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.

Will my mobile work while in Nepal?

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Check with your service provider before you go if they have a reciprocal agreement with the countries you are travelling to, and make sure you remember to get international roaming turned on. You can also get the local mobile sim card in Kathmandu.

What temperatures are like during the day and night?

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in Himalayas. Off course days are warm and nights are cold. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time. Between 1000 and 3500 meter the temperature could be as high as 20°C to 5°C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20°C to -10°C. During winter it is around 10°C colder. Good polarizing sunglasses (not trendy fashion one) for high altitude and large brimmed hat are really helpful. Expect the unexpected.

What communication options exist while trekking?

It varies. Mobile coverage is list expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Do you arrange private treks?

Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 50 at a time). Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

What about security during trekking?

Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping trek' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Can you give me a description of an average day of trekking?

Depending on the day ahead we might wake up at 6:30am, have breakfast at 7:00am and leave at 8:00am. However, for crossing difficult passes the day might start as early as 4:30am. If you are going on a teahouse trek, we would stop for lunch any time from 11am to 1pm depending on availability of lodges. In the camping trip the cooking team goes ahead of the rest of the group to get the lunch ready. After lunch we might walk for another couple of hours or if the morning's climb was steep and we have reached the desired altitude we might stop for the night. At around 6pm the dinner is served and in teahouse trek most lodge dining rooms close for the night between 8 and 9pm.

Start from   $1359 USD

  1. 19 Days
  2. Strenuous
  3. 1-12 People

Trip Code:ACT 55

Destination:Nepal

Best Month :March - May & Sept - Nov

Activites :Trekking, Sightseeing

Max.Elevation:5,416m/17,764ft at throng la pass

Trek Style:TH (Teahouse / Lodge)

Accommodation :Hotels in Kathmandu /Pokhara and Teahouses during the trek

Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek

Transportation:Private vehicle /Jeep/ Tourist coach

Activity Per Day:Approx 4-6 hours walking

Trip Start/ finish:Kathmandu

Permits:TIMS card, Annapurna Conservation park Permit

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