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Annapurna and Tilicho Lake Trek 18 Days

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The Annapurna and Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the very little done Trekking in the Annapurna Region. The majority of Annapurna Circuit Trekkers do not reach Tilicho Lake, which requires a two-day extension from Manang Village.

The famous Annapurna region is undoubtedly one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The main attraction is the Annapurna range including its highest peak, the Annapurna I 8,091 metres, the first of the 8,000-Metre Peaks to have been climbed in human history (by a French team in 1950). Many other mountains such as Annapurna II 7,937 metres, Annapurna III 7,575 metres, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri 8,167 metres remains in scene endlessly.

Forty miles away to the east of Mount Annapurna stands the dominating peak of Mount Manaslu 8,156 metres and to the west stands the Dhaulagiri Mountain 8,167 metres, 7000 meters vertically over the Kali Gandaki gorge, in about 30-kilometres of horizontal distance. Between Annapurna I and the Dhaulagiri Himal range, the Kaligandaki River flows through the deepest gorge on earth, giving a unique example of two eight-thousanders facing each other over a deep valley.

Annapurna and Tilicho Lake Trekking Package for 2022 and 2023

The entire region of Annapurna falls into the Annapurna Conservation Area. To the east of Mount Annapurna is the area of Mount Manaslu and Manaslu Conservation Area making it a unique and safe sanctuary for many endangered mountain animals.

This region is well known for its beautiful landscape, its forests full of rhododendrons (April-May), its villages full of charm, and the simpleness of the people. Since the opening of Nepal, in 1950, the Annapurna region has been the top ten destinations of trekkers in the World.

Tourism is the backbone of the people of this area, still, the distribution of the economy and the benefit of tourist movement is not equal. So the changes were demanded by the people; roads are under construction from both valleys of Annapurna, there is already electricity in many villages, telecommunication is available everywhere with internet access, but it is still heaven to trek. The road access has created opportunities to spend more days in the upper section of the Annapurna region, which is in the most beautiful setting of nature.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna is the first region permitted for trekkers
    • Top ten destinations of trekkers from all over the World.
    • See the beauties of the first eight-thousand to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet
    • Enjoy the most beautiful mountain views of Manaslu, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri in a shortest trek.
    • Walkthrough the ancient trans-Himalayan trails and the World’s deepest gorge on earth, the Kaligandaki.
    • Enjoy the fauna and flora into the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the unique and safe sanctuaries for many endangered mountain animal.
    • Enjoy one of the beautiful landscape full of rhododendrons, Magnolia and orchids (April-May).
    • See the beauty of Mount Tilicho, the great barriers, from its nearest point.
    • Enjoy the beauty of Tilicho Lake, called the highest lake for its size in the World. Also referred to be
    • the sacred lake described in the seventh chapter of the Ramayana, the holy Hindus epic, namely Kak Busundi Sarovar.
    • Experience the culture, life and religion of multi-ethnic groups within the shortest of the period

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 / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van
  • Trek starting point: Beshisahar
  • Trek ending point: Jomsom
  • A domestic flight out: Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,416 metres Thorang-La
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous
  • Best season to trek: From the end of February to the end of November.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m

DAY 2: KATHMANDU/BESI SAHAR (823m.)/BULBULE 780m./NGADI 880m. An 8-hours' drive.

DAY 3: NGADI / JAGAT 1,342m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 4: JAGAT / DHARAPANI 1,943m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 5: DHARAPANI / CHAME 2,713m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 6: CHAME / BRATHANG / PISANG 3,200m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 7: PISANG / GYARU 3,670m A 5 hours trek

DAY 8: GYARU/NGAWAL 3,657m/BRAGA 3,450m/MANANG 3,540m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 9: MANANG

DAY 10: MANANG / KHANGSAR / TILICHO BASE CAMP 4140m. A 6 hours trek

DAY 11: TILICHO B.C./TILICHO LAKE 4,949m/TILICHO BC. A 4 hours trek

DAY 12: TILICHO BC. / KHANGSAR / THORANG PHEDI 4,216m. A 7 hours trek

DAY 13: THORANG PHEDI / MUKTINATH 3,800m. A 7 hours trek

DAY 14: MUKTINATH / JOMSOM 2,660m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 15: FLY TO POKHARA. 22-minutes panoramic flight

DAY 16: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT / KATHMANDU. By air

DAY 17: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 18: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either visiting nearby shrines or rest back in your room.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU/BESI SAHAR (823m.)/BULBULE 780m./NGADI 880m. An 8-hours' drive.

After early morning breakfast, we start the day with a long drive. The first phases of the journey take us out of Kathmandu valley, which crosses the busiest section of Thankot pass, the main entry and exit toward the south. Just after crossing Thankot, there is a fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, the Manaslu Range and even the Annapurnas on a clear day. From here the road drops to the valley bottom and follows the Trishuli River enjoying a thrilling highway drive to Pokhara. The beautiful scenery along the way includes terraced fields, vast river valleys and villages and on a clear day, sights of the snowy mountains. Eventually, we turn off from the main highway to Pokhara and head north to Besisahar, where we will leave our vehicle from Kathmandu and ride a local Jeep for the rest of the trail till Ngadi.

Besi Sahar is the administrative centre of the Lamjung district. This region was one of the strongest parts of the Twenty-four domains from the 15th to 18th centuries when there were two confederations of kingdoms, twenty-four to the west and twenty-two to the east. In 1782 the domain of Gorkha absorbed its neighbouring domain of Lamjung. Looking southwest from Besi Sahar, one can see the remains of Lamjung Palace on a hilltop, and beyond it mount Lamjung.

The area is the farmlands of the lower Middle Hills, predominantly inhabited by a majority of Hindu caste. The trail leads through Khudi Khola village, Bulbule village and on to Ngadi. Ngadi is a small village of people from Manang which grew up as a winter settlement. There is an electricity powerhouse just below the village in the Marshyangdi River.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 3: NGADI / JAGAT 1,342m. A 5 hours trek

This day's trek starts with a gradual climb to Bahundanda (Brahmans' Hill), going through the forest and across rice fields. Bahun Danda village is on the saddle of a ridge at an altitude of 1,311m, and between two Gurung hillside communities. From Bahun Danda, the trail descends and crosses the Marshyangdi River and several mountain streams. After crossing the Marshyangdi River, the valley begins to narrow and pass through a cliff where the trail gets carved into the rock face. Finally, amidst a jumble of rock and isolated trees, we come upon the village of Jagat. Its name derived from the customs office that was once levied there on the salt trade with Tibet.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 4: JAGAT / DHARAPANI 1,943m. A 5 hours trek

The trail passes a series of charming waterfalls with temperate climate through a narrow valley drilled by River Marshyangdi. From Chamche we climb to a hilltop and traverse to Taal Village. This section of the geography divides the Lamjung and Manag District. Long ago this place, the Taal village, at an elevation of 1,707 meters, was a Lake (Taal) created by a landslide blocking the river. Only its flatbed remains today, along with a magnificent waterfall and several teahouses. This point marks the boundary to the district of Manang. The river valley narrows again as we approach Dharapani. The people there are mostly Tibetans and Manangis. The main village, including a monastery and school, lies five minutes from the main trekking trail.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 5: DHARAPANI / CHAME 2,713m. A 5 hours trek

A half-hour walk from Dharapani brings us to Bagarchap, a village primarily inhabited by butchers, at 2,100 metres. As you approach the town, there is the view of Annapurna II and will feel like you have entered another ecological zone, feeling colder, the air is drier, which means we are in the rain shadow of Annapurna. Then the trail continues to Lattamarang, 2,454 metres, and Chame, the administrative centre of Manang district. From some parts of this town, there is a beautiful view of Mount Lamjung. The village forms under a sheer cliff face on the bank of the Marshyangdi River.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 6: CHAME / BRATHANG / PISANG 3,200m. A 5 hours trek

We have breakfast and try for an early start because the morning is better for walking to higher altitudes. Today we pass through pine forests, enjoying the views of the beautiful upper Marsyangdi valley and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. For a tea break or merely rest, we'll stop at Brathang village, a village and one-time used by Tibetan Khampas (warriors). The village is still prosperous and has rows of large mani-walls, prayer-wheels, and main entrance and exit gateways at the ends of the village and fields full of apple trees.

After leaving the Brathang village, we'll cross the Marshyangdi River and begin a gentle climb through a lovely forest. The beginning point just after the bridge is also known as Swargadwari in Nepali and Paungi Dandi in the local Gurung language, which means Gateway to Heaven. It means the entrance into the valley of Manang, which is locally known as Nye-Shyang, formed with six main villages: Pisang (3,200m) (lower), 3,300m (upper), Gyaru (3,670m), Ngawal (3,657m), Braga (3,450m), Manang (3,540m) and Khangsar (3,800m).

Continuing, we arrive at Upper Pisang village, which is all the more interesting, for still being untouched by modernity. You will have an excellent chance to experience its medieval atmosphere, including a monastery above the village that watches over all devotees. The people here are called Gurungs, but their character and way of life are more reminiscent of Tibetan people; they wear Tibetan dress and are browner and tougher than the Gurungs of Gurkha to the further south.

Women wear long wrap-around dresses (called Chubus) and necklaces of turquoise and coral. Older men may have a piece of turquoise dangling from an ear. The endpoints of the village are marked with gateways of Chortens (stupa type Buddhist monuments). There are also stone walls mounted with spinning prayer-wheels and the sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hail to the jewel in the lotus) carved repeatedly on stone slabs everywhere into the valley of Manang/Nye-Shyang.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 7: PISANG / GYARU 3,670m A 5 hours trek

After breakfast at Pisang, we'll head off toward Gyaru village. The trail climbs gradually along the Marshyangdi valley through scattered pines and a beautiful clear aqua lake. After three hours of zigzagging up the slope with some stops for rest and at the same time enjoying breath-taking views of the Annapurna peaks and the lower valley that we traversed yesterday, we arrive at the village of Gyaru. Gyaru is another big medieval village with stone houses above the Marshyangdi valley, overlooking the Annapurna mountain range. We will visit its monastery and around the village and spend the night at the height of 3,670 metres above sea level.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 8: GYARU/NGAWAL 3,657m/BRAGA 3,450m/MANANG 3,540m. A 5 hours trek

Wake up early before the sunray strikes the peaks of Annapurna. If the weather is good, the evening and morning are beautiful. Have breakfast and set out toward Manang village via Ngawal and Braga villages over a winding trail with breathtaking views all day. The climb from Pisang to Gyaru gets compensated with magnificent panoramas and a smooth flat trail to Manang. We'll make our lunch stop at Ngawal, another medieval village with a monastery and mani-walls, and with prayer flags fluttering on each house. Gyaru and Ngawal villages are said to have been the seat of the Ghale kings, from where they ruled the Nye-Shyang territory 300 years ago.

From Ngawal village, the trail descends to Humde and takes an easy-going route up to Manang village. On the way, visit a 600-years-old monastery of Braga. Another 40-minutes of walking brings us to Manang. Across the river, there is a fantastic view of Annapurnas II, IV and III, Mt. Gangapurna, the glacier and its lake below, and the formidable north face of Mt. Tilicho.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

    DAY 9: MANANG

    Rest and the acclimatizing day before we approach continue further high elevation. Side trips above the village are recommendable for chances of seeing something different or relax on your teahouse rooftop.

    A two-day extension to Tilicho Lake
    From Manang, we’ll take a two-day extended trip to Tilicho Lake, discovered by the French climber Maurice Herzog and his team. It was in search of an approach to Annapurna that they came over it descending to Manang. They were surprised and gave the name of ‘Great Barrier’ to the Tilicho range. Even if Maurice Herzog and his team rediscovered the route and lake, the latter believed to be the sacred lake described in the seventh chapter of the Ramayana, the holy Hindus epic, namely the Kak Busundi Sarovar. A mythical belief that the site is where a crow recited the Ramayana to Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu. There are no scientific proofs, but the Ramayana does say that the lake lies to the north of Nilgiri Mountain in the Annapurna range.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

    DAY 10: MANANG / KHANGSAR / TILICHO BASE CAMP 4140m. A 6 hours trek

    We’ll take an early morning breakfast and start trekking toward Lake Tilicho. The landscape is drier, with windswept barren hills overlooking a deep valley crowned by Mount Tilicho. On the way, we’ll cross through Khangsar village, where we may stop for tea. The trail goes through some windswept hilly valley. This region is the pastureland of the Manangis for their Yak, Horse and Sheep. This part of the trail is lush with several streams with grazing areas and one can see wildlife and birds. The views toward Mount Tilicho and Manang are particularly luring. The trekking trail to Tilicho, in the problematic section, has been repaired and fixed with railing in recent days.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

    DAY 11: TILICHO B.C./TILICHO LAKE 4,949m/TILICHO BC. A 4 hours trek

    Today we’ll visit Lake Tilicho, which besides being a sacred lake is famous for being the highest lake in the world. After taking in all the views around, we’ll descend back to Tilicho Base Camp, lunch there and rest of the time is free for rest. Those willing to spend more time around the lake may take a packed lunch from Tilicho BC Lodge.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

    DAY 12: TILICHO BC. / KHANGSAR / THORANG PHEDI 4,216m. A 7 hours trek

    After breakfast, we’ll start trekking down to Khangsar village, where we'll make our lunch stop. After lunch, we will continue gradually up toward Yak Kharka and then to Thorang Phedi. The entire trail is scenic with views of Tilicho, Chulu West, Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Rock Noel, Thorang Peak, Yak Kawa Kang.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

    DAY 13: THORANG PHEDI / MUKTINATH 3,800m. A 7 hours trek

    The trek starts early in the morning, to avoid the wind at the pass, and also to have some spare time, in case of delay, to cross Thorang La 5,416 metres so as to arrive in Muktinath 3,802 metres before dusk. The Thorang Pass, and indeed the entire route, offers fine new views of the preceding day's peaks.

    We arrive in Muktinath, tired but with a sense of accomplishment.Muktinath, the Lord of Salvation, is a holy place both for Buddhist and Hindu, which attracts thousands of devotees from Nepal, India, and Tibet every year. The Muktinath region, facing Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the south-east, Dhaulagiri to the south-west and Thorang Peak and Yak Kawa Kang to the north, is a living museum of old villages, such as Dzar, Dzong, Khingga and Purang.

    Muktinath, also known by Chumig Gyatsa (One Hundred Springs) is situated some 18 kilometres north-east of Jomsom. The Muktinath temple was constructed in 1815 A.D. by Queen Subarna Prabha, the wife of Rana Bahadur Saha, king of Nepal after she had a dream. The main temple is built in a Tibetan pagoda style containing a huge brass image of Vishnu or Chenrezig (in Buddhist) as Tibetan Buddhists call him.

    Nearby is another temple, where gushes out of rock considered very holy. There is also a Buddhist monastery (Salamebar Dolamebar monastery) in the eastern corner of the Muktinath precinct; dedicated to Jwala Mai, the goddess of fire, shielded by curtains, are burning eternal flames. Hindus believe the flame, to be Agni, the god of fire.

    There are two other sites of worship within a single structure nearby; the Shiva-Parvati temple and a Narsingha gonpa (Monastery). The lower story is the gompa, while the upper floor is the temple. At the back of the temple are 108-waterspouts, Chu-Mig-Gya-Tsa, fashioned in the shape of boars' heads, the boar is one of the ten incarnations of Chenrezig (Buddhist) / Vishnu (in Hindu). This water is channelled from a spring above the temple.

    For Hindus, the importance of Muktinath, besides its holy water, lies in the belief that Lord Vishnu takes the form of saligrams. Saligrams are fossils found in the Kali Gandaki River, just a few hours' walking down from Muktinath. The traditional caretakers of Muktinath are Tibetan Buddhist nuns.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

    DAY 14: MUKTINATH / JOMSOM 2,660m. A 5 hours trek

    The descent to Kagbeni takes one and a half hours. Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang, is situated at an altitude of 2,807m. It has been one of Nepal's important trading centres for centuries. The village is believed to settle around the 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet, and a checkpoint still stands to control all groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang. There are a monastery, a police check-post and an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office.

    After looking around, we'll continue the trek to Jomsom along the Kali Gandaki River. You can search for saligrams along the way. We'll arrive at Jomsom for lunch. The rest of the time is free.

    In Jomsom, we spend our last night on the trek or in the Annapurna region. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a 24-hour bus ride to Kathmandu.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Tea-house/Lodge.

    DAY 15: FLY TO POKHARA. 22-minutes panoramic flight

    In the morning, we will board in a small aircraft (Twin Otter / Dornier or similar types). The flight offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range of mountains on both sides of the flight route.

    A great mountain scenery lasts till it touches at beautiful Pokhara city airport. Once we get out of the plane, the panorama to the northeast of Pokhara, filled with high mountain rows, greet us back. Transfer to Pokhara Lakeside and get distributed into rooms. The rest of the day is free for rest and refreshment. In the evening, we will stroll around the lake of Pokhara while choosing one of its best restaurants for a hearty dinner.
    • Full board
    • Accommodation in the Hotel

    DAY 16: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT / KATHMANDU. By air

    Early in the morning, a short excursion to the Sharangkot viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views and the incredible mountain panorama. Return to your hotel and breakfast.

    After breakfast, we will go to visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of the mountain and mountaineering in the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and natural habitat where we will also know a bit of the different ethnicities of Nepal.

    After lunch, we take a short drive to Pokhara airport to board out domestic flight Kathmandu, a short and beautiful flight of 40 minutes put you back to Kathmandu. We are back in the colourful city of Kathmandu. Arrive at your hotel and get checked into your rooms – dinner and overnight in the hotel.
    • Breakfast
    • Accommodation in Hotel.

    DAY 17: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

    A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • Breakfast
    • Accommodation in the Hotel.

    DAY 18: DEPARTURE

    Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. At the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), you will go through the immigration formalities and departure.
    • Breakfast

    Cost

    COSTS PER PERSON
    NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
    1 Person 2218$ 2380$
    2 - 3 Persons 1643$ 1763$
    4 - 5 Persons 1539$ 1659$
    6 - 7 Persons 1494$ 1614$
    8- 10 Persons 1357$ 1577$
    Single room supplement 185$ 305$

    What is included

    • Airport pick-up and departure services as per itinerary
    • 3-nights of hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
    • 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for entire trekking period
    • Insurance and expenses of all local staff
    • Trekking Map in group
    • A good sleeping bag for each member (if required)
    • A pair of a trekking pole for each member
    • A trekking map (in group) and a trekking and duffel bag for each member (if required)
    • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency.
    • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
    • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar transportation by private vehicle
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and TIMS permit
    • Trek with all meals and accommodations in teahouse lodges.
    • Airfare Jomsom to Pokhara (tax and airport transfer included)
    • Sightseeing tour of Sarangkot and International Mountain Museum in Pokhara with transport and monument entry fee
    • 1-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
    • Airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu (tax and airport transfer included)

    What is not included

    • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
    • International air tickets
    • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Personal expenses
    • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
    • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
    • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

    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 end of June and from the last week of September to the mid of November. However, this region 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 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.

    FAQ

    Where do we sleep?
    In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-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. 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 schemes 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 US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and 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 in 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 be packed 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?
    In Nepal altitudes ranging from 3000 to 4000 metres are taken as normal altitude, where we find permanent villages and vegetation. In the Annapurna region, there are permanent settlements above the 3,500-metre elevation such as Gyaru at 3,700 metres and Manang 3,600 metres above sea level. Tilicho Lake is at 4,950 metres and there are lodges that run all around the year. This trek itinerary mostly takes place at altitudes around 3,600 metres where you are unlikely to notice mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that do not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover, or take a helicopter flight to Kathmandu. But such a possibility is very rare if we follow the itinerary and walking rhythm set by our guide.

    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.

    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 and Pokhara, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and a 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 on a trip.

    What kind of transport are we going to get?
    A comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce/Sutlej Bus) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. For Pokhara to Ulleri is provided with a Landcruiser/Jeep

    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 consulting 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 for 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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