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Round Manaslu Trek Offer 2021/2022

The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres, skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna.

The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. However, mountaineering expeditions have had access to the area for a long time before 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Buri Gandaki River. En route, ten peaks over 6,500 metres are visible, including a few over 7,000 meters. The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya Pass at an elevation of 5,100 metres. The views of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvellous and close. Besides Manaslu, the most prominent of the peaks are Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli, both of which can be seen from many vantage points between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The entire region declared as Manaslu Conservation Area makes this valley a sanctuary to endangered Snow Leopards, Pandas, grey wolf and musk deer. Blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar are seen everywhere. Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and three reptiles have recorded.

This part of Nepal sees relatively fewer trekkers, comparing to Annapurna and Everest, which makes a visit here all the more unique. There are only a few established trekking routes, but the opportunity for exploration is great. The area in question is bordered by two major river systems: to the east the Budi Gandaki River and to the west the Marshyangdi River. The trails are rough and steep.

This area is more remote and spectacular and culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’). In the itinerary, we make a few days’ extension and trek through the Tsum Valley, a newly opened area, and experience the beauty and secret of this hidden land.

Our trek continues over the highest point of our journey at Larkye La 5106 metres. From the top of the pass, it is almost down-hill through the serene alpine forests and meadows till we come to the drain trail of the Annapurna circuit, after being on the main track for a few days our journey continues towards Kathmandu through the traditional mid hills villages.

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful views of dramatic landscapes and high peaks of Manaslu range
  • Adventure filled cultural trek to far northern areas of Gorkha district and Mid-Western Himalaya.
  • Enjoy glamorous scenery from the start to an end of this beautiful walks.
  • Traverse from high Manaslu valley to scenic Manang Marshyangdi via Larke-la pass.
  • Explore the impressive cultural villages with Buddhist and Hindus.
  • Experience a marvel filled trek from low, warm area to cooler hills and arctic zone of ice and glaciers.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 18 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Daily walk: 4 to 8 hours a days
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 3-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Trek starting pointSoti Khola
  • Trek ending point: Dharapani
  • Mode of land transport: Comfortable tourist vehicles
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,106 metres Larke-La
  • Accommodation: Categorized hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Lodge accommodation on full board basis on the trek.
  • Meals: A menu to choose by clients
  • Trip grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Best season to trek: The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to the end of June and from mid-September to November

Short Itinerary

Day 1. ARRIVE TO KATHMANDU

Day 2. KATHMANDU TO ARUGHAT 750m. / SOTI KHOLA 860M. A 6-7 hours' drive.

Day 3: SOTIKHOLA TO MACHHA KHOLA 890M. A 5-hours' trek.

Day 4: MACHHA KHOLA TO JAGAT 1,350M. A 6-7 hours’ trek

Day 5: JAGAT TO LOKWA 2,240M. A 6-hours' trek

Day 6. LOKWA TO BHI PHEDI. A 6-7 hours trek.

Day 7: BHI TO NAMRUNG. A 5-6 hours trek

Day 8: NAMRUNG TO LHO 3180m. A 4 hours trek

Day 09. LHO TO SAMGAON 3,500m. A 4 hours trek

DAY 10. REST AT SAMAGAON

Day 11. SAMGAON TO SAMDO 3860m. A 4 hours trek.

Day 12. SAMDO TO DHARMASALA 4,480m. (Larkye Glacier). A 4 hours trek.

Day 13: DHARMASALA - LARKYE PASS 5,135m. - BIMTHANG 3720m. A 9 hours trek.

Day 14: BHIMTHANG / GOH. A 5 hours trek.

DAY 15: GOH TO DHARAPANI. A 4 hours trek.

Day 16: DRIVE TO KATHMANDU. A 9 hours drive.

Day 17. A FREE DAY OR OPTIONALLY TAKE A GUIDED CITY TOUR

Day 18. DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. ARRIVE TO KATHMANDU

Upon your arrival, you will be received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed about the necessary formalities and the upcoming programme. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 2. KATHMANDU TO ARUGHAT 750m. / SOTI KHOLA 860M. A 6-7 hours' drive.

In the morning, we drive from Kathmandu toward Gorkha on the scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years, making it an enjoyable 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu. The drive passes through many rural villages and towns, with occasional view of snow-capped peaks of Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu and as far as Annapurna. We pass many farm villages to the warmer sub-tropical area of Arughat, clustered on both sides of the River Burhi-Gandaki linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley, and it is also a junction to various places. The path from here across the river leads to Dhading & Trisuli Bazaar, and the other west trail leads towards Pokhara, our route from here leads north.

From here onwards, we follow the Buri-Gandaki river upstream. The passes through rural farm villages and terraced fields with numerous streams, and scattered villages of Mordar, Simre and then to Arket and to Soti Khola.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 3: SOTIKHOLA TO MACHHA KHOLA 890M. A 5-hours' trek.

The path from here at times cuts into the steep valley, which is densely forested, passing through several small villages tucked into the hillside, till we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki River. The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper villages of Lapbesi. From here our path descends to the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side. The trail climbs up once again on a track to Machha Khola where we will set our overnight camp just outside the village, which has several teashops.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 4: MACHHA KHOLA TO JAGAT 1,350M. A 6-7 hours’ trek

The trail from here leads to more interesting farm villages and the vegetation changes slowly. Our morning walk crosses the stream that gives its name Machha Khola (Fish Stream) and heading upstream to the tiny village of Kholabensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. From here the valley sides become steeper and impassable, and the route switches left bank of the river through a suspension bridge. After a short section of forest trail, we come to some teahouses at Doban. Above Dobhan the Burigandaki River flows down with an impressive torrent rapid. Beyond this steep section, the river becomes calmer, meandering across a broad gravel bed. On reaching Lauri, we cross the river on a suspension bridge and climb on a steep path and then descending into an open valley at a place known as Yara Khola, with good camping spots. Our journey continues for another hour to the village of Jagat.

Jagat is a big village after Arughat; the people around here are of mixed race Magar, Chettris, Brahaman, Bhotias (Tibetan looking tribes) and some Newars merchant and shopkeepers. Before joining the main trail of Annapurna, this is the only last big village where most of the merchandise is available from soaps, candy to flashlights batteries etc. We set our overnight camp near the village of Jagat.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 5: JAGAT TO LOKWA 2,240M. A 6-hours' trek

The trail from Jagat descends to a long series of stone steps to the river. From here the path climbs a terraced hillside to Saguleri with overlooking distance view of Sringi Himal 7,187m. Then the walk follows ups and downs trail as we reach the bridge over Buri-Gandaki. After crossing the bridge from Ghata-Khola, the path rounds up towards Philim. After 1hr climbing from Philim enters the increasingly misnamed Ekle Bhatti (1600m; ‘lonely teashop’) with at least six Bhatti, then traverse high above a spectacular gorge, entering a largely uninhabited area of pine trees. Eventually, drop to a trail junction going left to Nyak and right to the Tsum Valley.

Climb on a well-graded but exposed track through pines and rhododendrons, looking down on the other trail across the river. Climb on zigzag steps, increasingly exposed, and gain your first glimpses of the narrow lower Tsum Valley, very steep across the Shiar Khola which drains from the very top of the valley. Across the Buri Gandaki is Himalchuli (7893m) above a sheer cliff. We walk through a peaceful and temperate forest into Lokwa 2,240 metres surrounded by barley fields with a comfortable lodge.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 6. LOKWA TO BHI PHEDI. A 6-7 hours trek.

Continue from Lokwa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. Turn right, cross the Buri Gandaki on a solid bridge and traverse to a welcome bhatti just around the corner for tea and a last look up the Tsum Valley. Enter a very narrow gorge with loose tracks, up and down. Cross to the east bank (true left) at one point and then back again to the west bank on a sloping suspension bridge. Enter Nupri (‘the western mountains’) through bamboo forests to Deng (1800m), where we will take our lunch. Deng is inhabited by Gurungs who practise Buddhism. There is a good lodge hereafter the mani-wall. Just beyond Deng recross to the east bank and climb to Rana at 1,980 metres and pass the trail up to Bhi/Bihi 2130m. The river roars below except one place where a rock-fall has created a huge dam. We stay at Bhi Phedi in a Lodge.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 7: BHI TO NAMRUNG. A 5-6 hours trek

Continue in and out of canyons, cross the Serang Khola coming from the north and climb steeply again before finally circling into Ghap (2,160m; Tsak). The mani walls here and onwards as far as Bimtang often display intricate quality carvings of various Buddhas in meditation, incised in the hard local stone by a family of carvers from Bhi.

Enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a suspension bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a second bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs, but a shortcut to the right just after the bridge and along the riverbank is far quicker and through superb pine forest. Arrive in the neat village of Namrung (2,660m) after about 1.5hrs from Ghap, with shops, a restaurant and a lodge across the flagstoned square.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 8: NAMRUNG TO LHO 3180m. A 4 hours trek

It is worth wandering around the village, where carvings from Bhi have been painted in colours above a gateway. The architecture characteristic of upper Nupri starts here: several houses gathered together about a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor, with heavy wooden shingle roofs and logged stairs to dark verandahs. Pass mani walls, fields, and houses and enter the fir, rhododendron, and oak forest before climbing to Li/Lihiu/Ligaun at 2,900 metres in 45mins, then onto Sho/Syogoan 2,950 metres where there is a bhatti. The platforms in the fields are where people keep overnight watches to chase bears from their crops. Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas like dressing gowns, asking for shim-shim (Tibetan for sweet/candy). There are some particularly beautiful paintings in the kani (gate arches) that you pass under before Sho. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lo/Lho/Logoan/Lhogaun at 3180 metres.

Enjoy excellent views of Manaslu, 8,163 metres., Manaslu North, 7,157 metres, from the mani-wall at the far end of the village and from the gompa on the hill to the west, worth the walk up. We will make this distance for Lunch Camp and enjoy a half-day of resting.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 09. LHO TO SAMGAON 3,500m. A 4 hours trek

On leaving the Lho village, the trek continues following the river on the right bank with a view of Peak 29. After about two hours of climbing through the forest, the trail leads to the village of Shala, which offers excellent views of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli.

A couple of hours further lead us to Samagaon village with a superb view of Mt. Manaslu. Samagaon is one of the biggest villages of this region, the villagers are mostly farmers growing what they could in this harsh terrains and cold climate, but the main corps are buckwheat, barley, potatoes, and few varieties of vegetables. The border to Tibet is a day walk for the locals. It is one of the old salt trade routes between Nepal and Tibet.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 10. REST AT SAMAGAON

We visit the village and surroundings leisurely. From here is just half-hour walk up to Sama Gompa Visit the Sama Gompa (Monastery) one of the significant Nyingmapa (red hat sect) Monastery of this region.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 11. SAMGAON TO SAMDO 3860m. A 4 hours trek.

Another short day because of the altitude, with time to go via the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal (3450m) under the Manaslu Glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop down to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani-walls, marmots in all directions are standing on their burrows.

Finally leave the tree line behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climbs to a ridge, and drops to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes some time to reach the white kani above but immediately behind is Samdo (3860m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding, so much so that there are more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Side valleys and Samdo Peak call out for afternoon wandering but take a jacket as cold wind can come up at any time.

You can see the main track for Tibet over the Lajyang La at 5098 metres sloping up the right-hand valley. The Larkya La trail is ahead and left. The path to Tibet is closed, but stocks of timber carrying by yak to Tibet and good exchange still continue. The nearest Tibetan town is only one day away, and Chinese and Tibetan beer and food get for sale in Samdo.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 12. SAMDO TO DHARMASALA 4,480m. (Larkye Glacier). A 4 hours trek.

Descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the much-reduced Buri Gandaki at 3850m. Pass another trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani-wall, traversing through juniper with many marmots. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks. There is no Larke Bazar despite what many maps assert; at one time traders from Namche Bazar came through Tibet to trade in this area and maybe some of the scattered stone shelters you will pass were part of that market. Dharamsala (4480m; Larke Phedi, Larkya Resthouse) is a stone hut with three rooms and an almost intact roof, but the lack of doors means that it can fill up with snow and remain full of ice for months.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 13: DHARMASALA - LARKYE PASS 5,135m. - BIMTHANG 3720m. A 9 hours trek.

The walk from Larkya Phedi towards the top of Larkya-la 5,135 metres, the highest pass on this trek, is a gradual winding climb. We start the day early morning with magnificent views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya peak. Finally, we come across the moraines of the glacier and after a gradual ascent, we reach to the top of the pass. From the pass, outstanding views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II can be seen so we will surely want to have some precious moment at this pass.

After a wonderful moment on the highest spot, a long descend over snow and scree brings us to Tambuche at 3,900 metres and then a short walk to our planned camp at Bhimthang, a lovely place on a broad and level valley with several mani walls. We'll surely arrive tired in the Lodge after a long and hardly satisfying day, but with a sense of accomplishment.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 14: BHIMTHANG / GOH. A 5 hours trek.

The trek from here to Dharapani goes through a pleasant forest of pines, rhododendron, and summer pastures with occasional view of the nearby snowy peaks. From Bhimthang, after passing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola and reach to the area of the base camp of the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend and follow a trail through a narrow valley and enter into serene forest and finally arrive at forest camp with some tea-house. From here the trail leads downhill through the forest passing some small summer settlement at Goh where we will make our overnight stop.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 15: GOH TO DHARAPANI. A 4 hours trek.

After an hour or more of a gradual walk, we climb through terraced fields to the Karche-La. We can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley dropping down to the Marsyangdi River. In continuity, we come to the village of Tilje following the Dudh (milky) river downstream. We pass several villages, including Onje where there is a permit checking point.

From Onje an hour of climb brings us across the bridge and then joins the main trail of Annapurna circuit at Dharapani village. Lunch - rest and overnight stop.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 16: DRIVE TO KATHMANDU. A 9 hours drive.

A morning drive takes us down through vast gorges, rural farm villages and substantial paddy fields, and then reaching the main Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway at Dumre. We drive continuously on Prithivi Highway along the River Trisuli passing through several charming villages. Finally, we arrive at Naubise and ascend to the Kathmandu Valley. Arrival at the hotel and rest of the time is free to refresh and rest. A long day drive!
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 17. A FREE DAY OR OPTIONALLY TAKE A GUIDED CITY TOUR

Those willing may join one of our guided city tours of the medieval city of Pasupaati, Bhaktapur and Boudhanath or Soyambunath, Kirtipur and Patan.

In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 18. DEPARTURE

Well before the check-out time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to take you to Tribhuvan International Airport, where we'll see you off. END OF OUR SERVICES.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 2067$ 2187$
2 - 3 Persons 1830$ 1920$
4 - 5 Persons 1705$ 1695$
6 - 7 Persons 1635$ 1725$
8- 10 Persons 1565$ 1655$
Single room supplement 160$ 250$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
KATHMANDU Marshyangdi/Yellow Pagoda Hotel Shankar or Malla
TREKKING In teahouse Lodges In teahouse Lodges

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
  • 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)
  • A Trekking Map in group
  • Kathmandu to Soti-Khola transportation by 4x4.
  • Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit.
  • Manaslu Special permit and TIMS permit.
  • Trek with all meals and accommodations in teahouse lodges.
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff
  • A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
  • Transportation Dharapani to Besisahar in Jeep and Besisahar to Kathmandu in a private tourist vehicle.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)i
  • 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 the 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 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 second week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to the mid of November. However, this area can be trekked in summer season and find the region in a 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, 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.

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 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, 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, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while in a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
A comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. And Jeep or Bus between Kathmandu to Aeughat and Dharapani to Kathmandu

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 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 $400 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 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

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

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

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

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