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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek & Tent Peak Expedition 18 Days

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Apart from being a fantastic climb Tharpu Chuli also offers one of the most outstanding viewpoints of the Annapurna massive. Tharpu Chuli mountain was nicknamed to Tent Peak by Jimmy Roberts in 1950s.

The Tent Peak climbing offer is valid for 2021 and 2022

Other walks in the Annapurna region are to the Annapurna sanctuary, the base camp of the southern face of Annapurna I. The Annapurna base camp trek offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, with fascinating glimpses of Nepalese life in mid-Hill. The prominent ethnic group in this region is Gurungs, who produce famous Gurkha soldiers who serve in the Nepal Army, British Army and India Gurkha Army. Witness the indigenous way of life and sample of Gurung’s hospitality in the many teahouses along the way.

The trekking trip is based on the arrival and departure to the Kathmandu International Airport. You will spend a full day in Kathmandu, both at the beginning and at the end of the trekking. This gives time for an informative meeting, orientation and sightseeing, and time for those who cannot resist souvenir shopping. This trekking trip between Kathmandu and the beginning of the trek is by a short internal flight or drive, both options take us quickly away from the city and towards the foothills. Then, the walks follow a well-established daily routine based on an early start, moderate daily distances and a stable and easy guided walking. This walking rhythm allows us much time to enjoy the views, talk to people and take essential pictures and even painting.

The trip itinerary also includes a full day at the Annapurna base camp itself so you can fully experience the greatness of the Annapurna sanctuary, one of the most magnificent places in the Himalayas. Stand at the foot of the impressive south face of Annapurna, one of the fourteen peaks of 8,000 metres in the world and the first to be conquered in 1950 in the history of mankind. Learn about the famous early climbs, triumphs and tragedies, and get close to Machhapuchhare, the fish-tailed mountain, one of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayas.

This itinerary also includes a 5,500 metres Tharpu Chuli peak climbing, just in the Annapurna Basecamp. Tharpu Chuli, also known as Tent Peak, with a height of 5,500 metres above the sea level, is situated in the heart of the Anapurna Sanctuary. It is a beautiful mountain, part of the ridgeline, south from the Glacier Dome that includes the Singu Chuli and acts as a central divider between the semi-circle of peak including the Annapurna Sanctuary. Apart from being a fantastic climb Tharpu Chuli also offers one of the most outstanding viewpoints of the Annapurna massive. Tharpu Chuli mountain was nicknamed to Tent Peak by Jimmy Roberts in 1950s. This mountain does not require permission but requires an experienced guide and three days additional days on the trekking programme.

The return route follows the Modi Khola gorge back to Chhomrong and climbs up to Ghorepani, one of the best lookouts of Annapurna region and one of the most preferred short trekking destinations in Nepal without seasonal barrier. The trek ends at Hile, the Ghorepani trek starting point for many, the road head and returns to Pokhara for a well-deserved lunch by the lake. Having returned to Kathmandu, at the end of the itinerary, optionally we may take a short early morning flight to see the Mount Everest, an appropriate way of rounding off this quintessential Himalayan trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna region is the first region in Nepal permitted for trekkers.
  • Annapurna is amongst the top ten destinations of trekkers in the World.
  • See the beauties of the first eight-thousand mountain to have been climbed by the human on the earth planet.
  • Enjoy the most beautiful mountain views of Annapurnas, Lamjung, and Dhaulagiri in a single shortest trek.
  • Experience a mountaineering in the Himalayas and a tented camp in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the fauna and flora into the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the unique and safe sanctuaries for many endangered mountain animals.
  • Enjoy one of the beautiful landscape full of rhododendrons, Magnolia, and orchids (April-May).
  • Experience the culture, life, and religion of multi-ethnic groups within the shortest of the period.
  • Admire the breathtaking sceneries standing at Annapurna Basecamp, On top of Tent Peak, on top of Poon Hill, and from many points throughout the trekking and tour.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 18 days from arrival to the day of departure.
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights/visiting UNESCO sites.
  • Trek starting point: Pokhara
  • Trek ending point: Pokhara.
  • Daily Walk: 3 to 6 hours.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu.
  • Highest elevation: 5,500 metres the Tent Peak.
  • People/Culture: The southwestern region of Annapurna mountain is the home of the Gurung and Magar community (Mongolian origin people) having a very ancient history and practicing both Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. The Kathmandu and Pokhara are major cities and homes of all caste and religion, dominated by Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
  • Accommodation: Star Hotels (Category selectable) with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Tea-house Lodge on full board basis on the trek, and tented camp on full board basis during Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) expedition

Short Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m. / DRIVE TO NAGARKOT 2,175m.

DAY 02: NAGARKOT – BHAKTAPUR – PASUPATINATH – BOUDHANATH – KATHMANDU

DAY 03: FLY KATHMANDU TO POKHARA (flight) AND TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP (2,070m)

DAY 04: TREK TO LANDRUK 1,640m.

DAY 05: TREK TO CHHOMRONG 2,242m.

DAY 06: TREK TO DOVAN 2,511m.

DAY 07: TREK TO HIMALAYA LODGE 2,847m. AND TO DEURALI 3,183m.

DAY 08: TREK TO MACHHAPUCHHARE BASE CAMP 3,722m.

DAY 09: TREK TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (ABC) 4,130m.

DAY 10: TREK TO THARPU CHULI (TENT PEAK) BASECAMP 4,250m., A 4-hours’ trek.

DAY 11: CLIMB TO HIGH CAMP 5,230m.

DAY 12: THARPU CHULI 5,500 METRES AND BACK TO BASECAMP

DAY 13: TREK BACK TO BAMBOO 2,324m. A 6-7-hours’ trek.

DAY 14: TREK BACK TO CHHOMRONG 2,242m.

DAY 15: TREK TO GANDRUK 1,900m. AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

DAY 16: VISIT POKHARA AND FLIGHT TO KATHMANDU

DAY 17: GUIDED TOUR OF SWAYAMBHU, PATAN AND BASANTAPUR

DAY 18: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m. / DRIVE TO NAGARKOT 2,175m.

Upon your arrival, you will be received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After meet and greet formalities we will drive to Nagarkot. The village of Nagarkot, the highest point in the Kathmandu Valley, 2,175 meters above the sea level, lays 30-Kilometers to the east of Kathmandu and north-east of Bhaktapur. Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination.

The village has a great panoramic view of the east Himalayas: Manaslu 8,156m., Langtang 7,246m., Choba Bhamre 6,016m. and even Everest 8,848m. The view is particularly memorable at the end of the day when the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon, and the mountains glow in the evening light.
  • Stay overnight in the hotel.

DAY 02: NAGARKOT – BHAKTAPUR – PASUPATINATH – BOUDHANATH – KATHMANDU

Most visitors to Nagarkot wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise, to enjoy the heavenly view of the first rays of the sun strikes the tops of the giant white peaks. You can witness the dramatically changing colour of the mountain range from grey to silver to gold. Both sunrise and sunset views are truly breathtaking. Sometimes the lower valley remains under a thick cloud, setting off the mountains high above them.

After breakfast we'll take a drive to Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (literally "City of Devotees") is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pasupati, the main square of Tanmadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Badhgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. The UNESCO recognizes Bhaktapur as a World Heritage Site. Take a hearty lunch in one of the restaurants housed in a medieval building.

After lunch we'll set off to Pasupatinath temple: Pasupatinath is considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pasupati has remained the presiding deity of all Hindu Nepalese royalty. The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates you'll have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the way, you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. These ghats (cremation group) along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley cremated.

In the evening the trip ends at Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath, located about 8 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, is one of the world's largest stupas. The base of the Stupa is composed of three successive mandalas, geometrical representations of the cosmos. The base itself represents the element earth, the dome on top of it symbolizes water, the cube represents fire, and the final represents air. Finally, the culminating flame symbolizes ether. This great Stupa is much like Swayambhunath except for its final. Also, it is much bigger and lies on the valley floor. This Stupa is said to been built in the 5th-century a.d. The site attracts great numbers of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region, and indeed the world.
  • Breakfast.
  • Stay overnight in the hotel

DAY 03: FLY KATHMANDU TO POKHARA (flight) AND TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP (2,070m)

In the morning, at around 9 o'clock, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board the domestic flight to Pokhara. It is a short, forty minutes, flight. Once we reach Pokhara, we could see the entire Annapurna range.

In continuity, we then drive to the trek starting point called Kande. We leave the vehicle and start walking to our first destination called Australian camp, which is about two hours walk, and this walk will give an idea of how the trekking is going to be for the next days. Weather permitting we will have magnificent views of mountain and surrounding.
  • Full board.
  • A 40 minutes’ flight, 1 hours’ drive and 2 hours' trek
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 04: TREK TO LANDRUK 1,640m.

Start our walk to Landruk, which is below Australia camp. Today we have a bit of uphill walking and the rest mostly downhill. We enjoy a beautiful walk for about 3 hours before lunch and then about 2 hours after lunch. We walk through scattered villages till we reach to Landruk. There is a good view of Annapurna South and Hiumchuli and the Gandruk village across the valley.
  • Full board.
  • A 5-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 05: TREK TO CHHOMRONG 2,242m.

The trail descends to the river. Crosses a bridge and the path now climb steeply, making us high above the river. We reach to Jhinu Danda for our lunch. There is also an option of going for a natural hot spring bath, which is 20 minutes down from the teahouse.

From here we make a short trek to Chhomrung, a village of Gurungs. Gurung is one of the ethnic groups of Nepal having their dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. From Chhomrung a fine views of Annapurna south and Hium-Chuli and its glacier can be seen. The people of here take herds to the Annapurna sanctuary in summer. Most of the men of this valley serve in the British army, and the rest depend on farming, animal herding, and lodge and restaurant business.
  • Full board.
  • A 4-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 06: TREK TO DOVAN 2,511m.

Start trek to Dovan. Just after leaving Chhomrung, the mountain views disappear, and the trail climbs high above Modi River, passing through a tiny settlement to Sinuwa. Then we'll enter the forest of Bamboo, rhododendron, pine, and Spruce up to Khuldighar and descend to Bamboo. Bamboo is the name of a hotel and of course because of its bamboo forest, but no hotels are made of Bamboo. From Bamboo, there are no scenarios of mountain and surrounding hill because it locates in a deep valley basin.

Then the trail climbs through bamboo and rhododendron forest till a place called Dovan where spend our overnight stop.
  • Full board.
  • A 6-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 07: TREK TO HIMALAYA LODGE 2,847m. AND TO DEURALI 3,183m.

The morning initiates through a peaceful jungle till Himalaya Lodge. The sceneries get limited around the narrow valley because of the deep Modi Khola gorge and 7000 thousand metre peaks guarding both sides of the valley. We can see also some beautiful waterfalls. We stop at Himalaya for a good lunch and rest and in the afternoon take an easy one hour walk to Deurali. The trail from Himalaya climb up to Hinku Cave and traverses to Deurali.
  • Full board.
  • A 4-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 08: TREK TO MACHHAPUCHHARE BASE CAMP 3,722m.

Start trek to Macchapuchhare base camp. From Deurali one will enjoy an easy trail in this altitude with fine panorama of the Annapurna Mountains. The trail mostly leads the Modi River to MBC.
  • Full board.
  • A 3-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 09: TREK TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (ABC) 4,130m.

Today we enjoy short and scenic trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp, our dream destination. Once we are at the Annapurna Basecamp, a heavenly view surrounds us in all direction. We'll have half day's rest at camp. Upon our choice, we can climb to some higher parts for the better view and acclimatization, if time and weather permits. We get to enjoy an accumulation of the mountain masses.
  • Full board.
  • A 2-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 10: TREK TO THARPU CHULI (TENT PEAK) BASECAMP 4,250m., A 4-hours’ trek.

We walk alongside the Annapurna glacier, crossing over moraines and a bridge, to Tent Peak base camp.
  • Full board.
  • A 4-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tented Camp.

DAY 11: CLIMB TO HIGH CAMP 5,230m.

Ascend on a steep grassy trail to the Tharpu Chuli High Camp. Depending on the snow or trail condition, one may require to use rope walking. We cross a steeper section of about 55-degree slope on the glacier and gradual up to high camp. The views are Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Machapuchhre. We arrive at high campo for lunch. We set up our tents while crews prepare a hot lunch. The remaining afternoon is free to explore around and find the best views with the changing of evening sun striking on the surrounding mountain summits.
  • Full board.
  • A 3-hours.
  • Accommodation in Tented Camp.

DAY 12: THARPU CHULI 5,500 METRES AND BACK TO BASECAMP

The climbing to the summit starts early in the morning, at around 3:30 a.m. There is a rocky section for about 2-hours' and on snow for approximately an hour. Rope fixing will require for the summit section if the members have not experienced ones.

Tharpu Chuli, also known as Tent Peak, with a height of 5,500 metres above the sea level, is situated in the heart of the Anapurna Sanctuary. It is a beautiful mountain, part of the ridgeline, south from the Glacier Dome that includes the Singu Chuli and acts as a central divider between the semi-circle of peak including the Annapurna Sanctuary. Apart from being a fantastic climb Tharpu Chuli also offers one of the most outstanding viewpoints of the Annapurna massive. Tharpu Chuli mountain was nicknamed to Tent Peak by Jimmy Roberts in the 1950s. This mountain does not require permission but requires an experienced guide and three days additional days on the trekking program. The view of Annapurnas and Singu Chuli is impressive. After achieving the summit we descend back down to basecamp. The crews will be awaiting us with hot drinks and cookies.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in Tented Camp.

DAY 13: TREK BACK TO BAMBOO 2,324m. A 6-7-hours’ trek.

From ABC we'll continue trekking down towards Bamboo. While walking down, one will feel like trekking in the "European" altitudes. We continue to descend crossing again those villages, which we passed while going up. From Chhomrong we change the trail and trek towards the Ghorepani.
  • Full board.
  • A 6-7-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 14: TREK BACK TO CHHOMRONG 2,242m.

We take the same trail till Chhomrong but with a different perspective of views and natural setting.
  • Full board.
  • A 5-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 15: TREK TO GANDRUK 1,900m. AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

The trail continues with entirely new sights along the way. The trail descends to a valley and climbs until the top of a ridge from where the old Gandruk village is visible. We probably make a lunch stop in this place and take an easy descend to Gandruk.

Gandruk is village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, who has their own dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. Gandruk is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful mountain views and easy access from Pokhara or Kathmandu. We will stop at Gandruk for a tea or late lunch.

We then descend another 20 minutes and ride to Pokhara in a Jeep, which will take about 2 hours. The drive from Naudanda, northwest of Pokhara, to Pokhara is scenic with views of Phewa Lake and Pokhara city.

Arrive at Pokhara and get checked into your room. The rest of the time is free to stroll around the famous Lake Side.

The City of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has several beautiful lakes and on the far horizon a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail, and Lamjung mountains.
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • A 5-hour’s trek and 2-hours’ drive
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

DAY 16: VISIT POKHARA AND FLIGHT TO KATHMANDU

The guide will come to pick up us from the hotel and transfer to Phewa Lake. Cross the lake by boating (45 minutes). Then start walking uphill to world Peace Stupa, from where one gets bird eye view of Lake Phewa and Annapurna and Lamjung mountains, on a clear day. From this point, we walk down to David's fall and drive back to the hotel.

A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire Peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) peace pagodas built since World War II have been build under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.

Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in Japanese cities including Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of who were civilian, at the end of World War II. By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Then we continue to the International Mountain Museum, which is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Inside you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology, and flora and fauna of the Himalaya.

After visiting all the interesting points of this small town, we drive to the Lakeside to enjoy a hearty lunch and continue driving to the Airport to board a short domestic flight to Kathmandu.

Arrive at Kathmandu and drive to the hotel. The rest of the time is free.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

DAY 17: GUIDED TOUR OF SWAYAMBHU, PATAN AND BASANTAPUR

After breakfast, we'll drive to the Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This Buddhist shrine is said to been built around 250 b.c. Its main feature, the white dome, is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, and it is crowned with a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The Stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced years ago from the lake that originally filled the Kathmandu Valley.

From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the valley. A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the Stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go.

Then we'll head on to Patan. Patan was once an independent Buddhist city-state, and a rival of Kathmandu, from which the Bagmati River separates it. It is also called Lalitpur ("City of the Arts"). The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square. We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art have been made from every piece of wood, stone, and metal in it. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple, and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites.

In the evening we’ll visit the Basantapur, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the old palace complex (Durbar means "palace"). There admire the multitude of temples and palaces, including the Gaddi Baithak Durbar (a palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908), Basantapur Durbar (the main building of the old royal palace), Kumari Chowk (the residence of the Living Goddess), and Kumari Bahal (where her family resides). All these are located in Basantapur.

Some two hundred years ago, a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. One particularly fascinating part of this palace complex is the towering Nautale Durbar (Nine Storey Palace) overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square, where King Prithivi Narayan Shah built a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the valley in 1768 A.D. This building complex is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts, and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

DAY 18: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU

Breakfast and free time till the time limit to departure for Airport. In the indicated time our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the Airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Person 2900$ 3044$ 3148$
2 - 3 Persons 2300$ 2444$ 2548$
4 - 5 Persons 2044$ 2184$ 2288$
6 - 7 Persons 1933$ 2077$ 2181$
8- 9 Persons 1845$ 1989$ 2093$
10- 12 Persons 1781$ 1925$ 2029$
13- 15 Persons 1711$ 1855$ 1959$
Single room supplement 215$ 304$ 413$

What is included

  • Airport to hotel and hotel to airport transportations as per itinerary
  • All ground transports, while in the city, in a comfortable tourist vehicle fully air-conditioned
  • Hotel accommodation in, Nagarkot, Kathmandu and in Pokhara, breakfast included
  • Trekking period accommodation in best available lodges on a full board basis
  • One trekking guide in the group and one porter, between every two-member, for Trekking period.
  • Climbing Sherpa guides for Tharpu Chuli Expedition.
  • Pokhara to Naudanda and Hile to Pokhara in a local jeep reserved.
  • Tents, mattress, Kitchen tent, cooking sets, and all required food and drinks for Tharpu Chuli climbing period.
  • A Trekking Map in the group.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if one requires).
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if one requires).
  • A trekking duffel bag to each member (if one requires).
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff (guide and porters).
  • Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and in Pokhara as per itinerary.
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permit.
  • TIMS permit and all monument entry permits.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Kathmandu airfare including guide (all tax included).
  • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • A satellite telephone with enough recharge for emergency use.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Please cover emergency evacuation and cancellations).
  • International air tickets to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visas ($25) http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment
  • Personal expenses such as mineral water, bar bills, and bottled drinks, laundry etc.)
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to the mid-June and from the last week of September to the end of November. However.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At while in Tent Peak Expedition, we sleep in two-men-domed-tents on a sharing basis. You get a single tent if you have signed for a single occupancy basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of climbing equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there is a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during trekking and climbing?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue, and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes up to 5,500 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket.

The main kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at Chulu West Expedition?
Our mobile cook and kitchen boys prepare a rich set of a detailed meal with lots of energy-filled quantity food for climbing period + unlimited tea/coffee, hot chocolates, hot milk, and other supplementary drinks. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while in a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce/Mini Bus) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Gahndruk to Pokhara we use a Jeep, reserved. Between Kathmandu and Pokhara, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft, both way.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. We use the guides trained and recognised by Nepal mountaineering Association and having climbed the peak several times before. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution.

The document required after your arrival is a copy of your insurance, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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