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Around Annapurna & Tilicho Lake Trekking – 18 Days

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Trekkers’ & Climbers’ Paradise

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

Forty miles away to the east of Mount Annapurna stands the dominating peak of Mount Manaslu (8,156m.) and to the west stands the Dhaulagiri Mountain (8,167m.) 7000 meters vertically over the Kali Gandaki gorge in about 30 kilometres of horizontal distance. Between Annapurna I and 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.

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 animal.

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

Tourism is the back bone of the people of this area though the distribution of economy and benefit of tourist movement is not equal. So changes is the requirement and requirement changes many thing; roads are being constructed from the both valley of Annapurna, there are already electricity in many villages, telecommunication is available everywhere with internet access but it is still a heaven to trek.

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. A 5-hour drive/3-hour trek

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 to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU/BESI SAHAR (823m.)/BULBULE 780m./NGADI 880m. A 5-hour drive/3-hour trek

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 follow the Trishuli River enjoying a thrilling high way 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 Besi Sahar, where we will leave our vehicle from Kathmandu and ride a local Jeep for the rest of the trail till Dharapani, where our driving ends or our trekking starting point. Besi Sahar is the administrative centre of 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. We'll leave our vehicle and make a 3-hours trek to Ngadi. We begin our trek in 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. Ngadi is located on a riverbank allowing us bath and washings.

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

This day's trek starts with a gradual climb to Bahun Danda (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 Marshayngdi 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.

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 arise 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 teahouse. 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.

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, will feel colder and the air is drier, which mean 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 part 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.

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

We breakfast and try for an early start because the morning is better for steadily climbing to higher altitudes. Today we'll see pine forests and the beautiful upper Marshyangdi valley and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. For a tea break or merely rest, we'll stop at Brathang, a village and one-time used by Tibetan Khampas (warriors). The village is still prosperous with rows of large mani-walls, prayer-wheels, and main entrance and exit gateways at the ends of the village and field full of apple trees. After leaving Brathang, 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 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 harder 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 villages are marked, by 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.

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 major medieval town of stone houses above the Marshyangdi valley, overlooking the Annapurna mountain range. We will visit its monastery and the village and spend overnight at the height of 3,670 metres above sea level.

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

We'll try to wake up early before the sunray strikes the peaks of Annapurna. If the weather is good evening and morning are truly beautiful. We breakfast and set out toward Manang village via Ngawal and Braga villages over a winding trail with breath-taking 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 we descend to Humde and take an easy trail up to Manang village. On the way, we will visit the village and 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.

DAY 9: MANANG

Rest and the acclimatizing day before we approach continue further high elevation. Side trips, above the village, are recommended for chances of seeing something different or relax in your teahouse rooftop. A two-day extension to Tilicho Lake From Manang, we’ll take a two-day extended trip to Tilicho Lake, which was 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 is believed to be the sacred lake described in the seventh chapter of the Ramayana, the holy Hindus epic, namely Kak Busundi Sarovar. 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 locates to the north of Nilgiri Mountain in the Annapurna range.

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 wind-swept barren hills overlooking deep valley crowned by Mount Tilicho. On the way, we’ll cross through Khangsar village, where we may stop for tea. On the way back we’ll make a lunch stop in this village.

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.

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.

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

The walk of the day starts early in the morning to avoid the wind at the Thorang La (5,416m). Thorang-La, the saddle is beautifully located between 2 small peaks of Thorang Peak and Yak Kawa Peak. The Thorang pass is marked, with bulk stones offered by the travellers, and on this, there are Buddhist praying flags. There are exceptional views toward the Chhulu, the Thorang Peak, Yak Kawa Peak, and then the views take us toward the Kaligandaki gorge and across. As we walk further down toward Muktinath, the sceneries get wider and provide an excellent panorama of Dhampus Peak, Dhaulagiri and Tilicho Peaks. You'll 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 storey 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 under the abbacy of the Gyelhaki Dung.

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.

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

In the morning, we 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 plane. A great mountain scenery last 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 you back. Transfer to Pokhara Lakeside and get distributed your room. The rest of the day is free for rest and refreshment. In the evening, we stroll around the lake of Pokhara while choosing one of its best restaurants for a hearty dinner.

DAY 16: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT / KATHMANDU. By air

Early in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its exceptional panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, mount Lamjung, mount Dhaulagiri, mount Fishtail and the views of Pokhara city and its Lake. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara, on the way back to the hotel we also visit the Bindhyavashini temple, which is also the mini Pasupatinath for the people of Pokhara. Most of the people of Pokhara City visit this temple on their main occasions to worship. Return to hotel, breakfast and tour of International Mountain Museum. We then proceed for a hearty lunch in one of its best restaurants before driving to the airport for our short flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu and departure to your hotel the rest of the day is to enjoy free time.

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

A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 18: DEPARTURE

DEPARTURE

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 to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member/ A trekking map and duffel bag
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call) / A small Medial kit box for first add 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 / 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
  • 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.

Best 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 time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy 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 these 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 rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to 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.).

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 are 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 degrees (after sunset and 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 country 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 end of February to the end of November.

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. 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.

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 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 does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get 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 for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

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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