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Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking 18 Days

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The return route retraces 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

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 the 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.

The return route retraces 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.
  • She the beauties of the first eight-thousand mountain to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet .
  • Enjoy the most beautiful mountain views of Annapurnas, Lamjung, and Dhaulagiri in a single shortest trek.
  • 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
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  • Admire the breathtaking sceneries standing at Annapurna Basecamp, 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: 4,130 Annapurna Basecamp
  • 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 and Tea-house Lodge on full board basis on the trek.
  • Meals: A open menu in each meal and in each tea-house lodge to choose from clients.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Best season to trek: from the third week of March to May and from the first week of October to November.

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 AND TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP (2,070m)

DAY 04: TREK TO LANDRUK 1,640m.

DAY 05: TREK TO CHHOMRUNG 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 BACK TO BAMBOO 2,324m.

DAY 11: TREK BACK TO CHHOMRUNG 2,242m.

DAY 12: TREK TO TAADA PAANI 2,709m.

DAY 13: TREK TO GHOREPANI 2,932m.

DAY 14: EXCURSION TO POON HILL 3,210m. AND TREK TO ULLERI

DAY 15: TREK TO HILE AND DRIVE TO POKHARA 820m.

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 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 CHHOMRUNG 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 BACK TO BAMBOO 2,324m.

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 Chhomrung we change the trail and trek towards the Ghorepani.

  • Full board.
  • A 6-7-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 11: TREK BACK TO CHHOMRUNG 2,242m.

We take the same trail till Chhomrung but with a different perspective of views and natural setting.

  • Full board.
  • A 5-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 12: TREK TO TAADA PAANI 2,709m.

The trail continues with entirely new sights along the way. Bridges, valleys, and small villages with rice fields on the hill slopes with bird songs and rushing rivers making it more natural. Then it continues further steep jungle climb between Ghurjung and Taada Paani, a small village at the top of the mountain with several teahouses. There are tall Rhododendron and Magnolia forests until Ghorepani. There are fine views of Annapurna and Fishtail Mountains all the way.

  • Full board.
  • A 6-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 13: TREK TO GHOREPANI 2,932m.

The trail drops down to a small stream and then traverses through a vast forest to Banthanti, which is usually a lunch place for the trekking coming from Ghorepani. A warm place formed under a cliff. One probably may want to have a tea-stop here. The trail again takes a steep and continuous climbing until we reach a hill saddle called Deurali a perfect place for lunch or a recharging tea-stop. From here, the trail traverses to the west through tall rhododendron and pine forest. The views toward the northwest open wider. As we near the Ghorepani, the views of Dhaulagiri, Tukche, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Fishtail, and the southwestern horizon are amazing.

  • Full board.
  • A 6-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 14: EXCURSION TO POON HILL 3,210m. AND TREK TO ULLERI

Early in the morning, before breakfast, take a short sunrise hike to the Poon Hill lookout. It is worth the lost sleep. We'll begin around 4 or 5 a.m., as the eastern horizon slowly brightens and the stars begin to disappear against the background of the dazzling Annapurnas. It is about a 45-minute walk to the lookout. The view from the Poon Hill lookout is indescribable. We spend about 30 minutes enjoying the sceneries, taking essential photographs, admiring the setting of nature with a hot cup of coffee or chocolate, and descend back to Ghorepani to continue the rest of the day.

At Ghorepani, we enjoy a hearty breakfast and trek to Ulleri. The trail descends till Ulleri through a lovely rhododendron forest with occasional teahouses. From some point, one can view the summit of Fishtail Mountain. And finally, we arrive at Ulleri village, one of the major villages of the Magar people. From here, the views of the lower valley and Annapurna south is open.

  • Full board.
  • A 5-hours’ trek.
  • Accommodation in Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 15: TREK TO HILE AND DRIVE TO POKHARA 820m.

Thirty minutes of steep descend brings us to Tikhe Dunga and another 20 minutes to Hile and get ended with our walk. From this point, we take a local Jeep drive to Pokhara, which is another 52 kilometres. 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.
  • A 1-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. 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 2544$ 2699$ 31482803$
    2 - 3 Persons 1955$ 2099$ 2203$
    4 - 5 Persons 1780$ 1924$ 2028$
    6 - 7 Persons 1708$ 1848$ 1952$
    8- 9 Persons 1646$ 1790$ 1894$
    10- 12 Persons 1594$ 1738$ 1842$
    13- 15 Persons 1548$ 1692$ 1796$
    Single room supplement 185$ 274$ 383$

    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.
    • Pokhara to Naudanda and Hile to Pokhara in a local jeep reserved.
    • A Trekking Map in the group.
    • A good sleeping bag to each member (if required).
    • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if required).
    • A trekking duffel bag to each member (if required).
    • 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 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 traveling 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 the 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 end of June and from the last week of September to the mid of November. However, this area can be trekked during the summer season and find the area in a very beautiful setting of nature.


    Spring season:
    March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with a 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 the 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 May, people traveling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourists and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy traveling 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, characterized by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most traveled season in Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. The 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 the night sky remains 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 fewer tourists. The temperature is still much more favorable than in 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.

    FAQ

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

    What Equipment do I need?
    You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

    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 a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

    Do we join a group during trekking?
    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?
    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 trek 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 trekking to altitudes above 4000 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. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which 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.

    Will I be affected by altitude?
    Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatization and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 3500 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. The days after Deurali to Macchapuchhre Basecamp and to Annapurna Basecamp is altitude gaining day and unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath but you will get acclimatised quickly and feel more adjusted to the altitudes. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover. The itinerary is very carefully designed and none of our clients has experienced the need to come down.

    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.

    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. Hile 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 guide?
    We provide government-certified local guides in any major international language you require. The guides are not only fluent in the respective language, but also have a good experience of the local culture and geography.

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

    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 $200 or 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 200$ 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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