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Mount Dhaulagiri is the first eight-thousand mountain measured in height in 1808 and recognized as the world’s tallest mountain with an altitude of 8,172 metres above the sea level and remained as the world’s tallest mountain for the next 30 year, until 1948.

Mount Dhaulagiri of 8,167 metres above the sea level with two faces (south and west) and five ridges is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It forms the eastern anchor of the Dhaulagiri mountain range, a sub-range of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. It lies northwest of Pokhara City, a famous regional town and one of the most beautiful tourist centres. Across the River Kaligandaki gorge, to the east of Dhaulagiri, rises the Annapurna mountain range, home to Annapurna I, the first eight-thousand mountain climbed in human history by a French Mountaineering team in 1950.

In terms of rising above local terrain, Mount Dhaulagiri is, in fact, almost unparalleled in the world. For example, it rises 7,000 metres above the Kaligandaki Gorge and 30 kilometres horizontal distance in the southeast. The Kali Gandaki is especially dramatic since Dhaulagiri and Annapurna both stand above the valley, making its body base in the river, giving a unique example of two eight-thousanders facing each other over a deep valley. The west and south faces of Dhaulagiri rise over 4,000 meters from its base, and each have been the routes of epic climbs.

The first ascent of Mount Dhaulagiri was achieved, by Kurt Diemberger a Swiss/Austrian expedition under the leadership of Max Eiselin, on 13 May 1960, through its Northeast Ridge route. Most of the ascents to date have been via the first ascent route, which is the “Normal Route” on the mountain. However, Dhaulagiri has been climbed from almost every direction. The standard camps practised above the basecamp are 5,850 metres, 6,400 metres, and 7,400 metres.

Mount Dhaulagiri is the first eight-thousand mountain measured in height in 1808 and recognized as the world’s tallest mountain with an altitude of 8,172 metres above the sea level and remained as the world’s tallest mountain for the next 30 year, until 1948.

Trip Highlights

Trip Profile

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 820m. A 5 hours’ drive.

Day 04: Drive to Darbang village 1,230m. via Beni town 900m. A 5 hours’ drive.

Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,700m. A 4 hours trek.

Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,110m. A 5 hours trek.

Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,745m. A 5 hours trek.

Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Basecamp 4,750m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 11 to Day 43: Climbing Period (Basecamp – Dhaulagiri Summit (8,167m) – Basecamp).

Day 44: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,890m. via French Pass 5,357m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 45: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,890m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 46: Trek to Marpha 2, 675m. A 5 hours trek.

Day 47: Fly to Pokhara 22 mins and transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa.

Day 48: Fly to Pokhara.

Day 49: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration.

Day 50: Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Upon your arrival, you get received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking into the hotel, you get briefed about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide, climbing Sherpa.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu 1,350m.

A completely free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. The mountaineering team leader needs to visit the department of the ministry of tourism to sign the document related to the mountaineering permit and other related documents.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 820m. A 5 hours’ drive.

After early morning breakfast, we start the day with a scenic 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 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. Arrive at our hotel and get distributed to the rooms. In the evening we stroll around the lake to enjoy the evening atmosphere and at the same time choosing one of its best restaurants for dinner – Overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Darbang village 1,230m. via Beni town 900m. A 5 hours’ drive.

Breakfast and take a drive to Darbang, our trek starting point. The first part of the ride takes through over the Pokhara city which offers us a complete and beautiful view of Pokhara city and the entire Himalaya range that decor to Pokhara. Then the road goes down through a beautiful valley full of scattered villages and farmland to Beni, the headquarter town of Myagdi district within the Dhaulagiri region.

The drive further continues west to reach a farm village called Darbang, located around low and warm areas, which lies on the trail to Dhaulagiri basecamp. We will arrive earlier with time to explore the village around and to prepare our trek from the next day. Darbang is home to Magar people, one of the dominant tribes of mid-hills of Nepal and one of the colourful ethnic groups.

Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,700m. A 4 hours trek.

Start the walk following the river upstream past farm villages and terraces by the bank of Myagdi River through a cool shade of the forest and into the gorge till we approach our camping site for an overnight stop by the Riverside, with a small farm village and paddy field.

Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m. A 6 hours trek.

From here the trail takes us along an upstream to reach an isolated small farm village at Juge Pani (Meaning - leech water), where we will stop for lunch. The afternoon walk leads with a steep climb to reach a ridge top, and then on downhill through a cool forest until we arrive at Bagar, the last village on our trek for until we reach at Marpha, on the main circuit of Annapurna.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m. A 6 hours trek.

The morning trek goes into a forest area for an hour and begins with a climb through bamboo, oaks, and rhododendron forest. The trail again drops down-hill to Dovan, a lovely forest area with a temporary teahouse and shop.

Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,110m. A 5 hours trek.

Cross over a small bridge at the confluence of Myagdi River and continue into forested path until at Chartare, also called Bhainsi Kharka, situated amid a dense forest, a rich grazing area for local herders.

Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,745m. A 5 hours trek.

The morning walk starts through complete wilderness. We slowly come over the tree lines and arrive at the south-west of Mount Dhaulagiri massive. This point also knows by the Italian camp. The views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi, and Dhaulagiri south flank are impressive. After good hours of walking within the glacier moraine and then climb over a rocky ridge to reach Pakhaban or the Japanese camp. From our campsite, there are excellent views of Dhaulagiri South-West Face, Manapathi, Puttha Hiunchuli, and the massive ice wall of Tsaurabong Peak towering above the Myagdi Khola.

Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Basecamp 4,750m. A 6 hours trek.

The trek continues over moraine, glaciers, and boulders of the iceberg at some sections on the faint trail, where the trail follows over the glaciated area. After a tough walk over the glacier, we reach a rocky open space, the Dhaulagiri basecamp. We have some of the closest views of Mount Dhaulagiri-I towering above us, its icefalls, glacier and Tukuche peak, the Western mountains of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.), and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 m.), one of the greatest mass of peaks just in your hand reaching distance.

Day 11 to Day 43: Climbing Period (Basecamp – Dhaulagiri Summit (8,167m) – Basecamp).

Climbing period.

Day 44: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,890m. via French Pass 5,357m. A 6 hours trek.

Today we cross the fame filled French pass, at above 5,357 metres. Just after the crossing, the downhill brings us to a wide grassy field of best known by the hidden valley, where we will camp overnight. The views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang 5,386 meters, Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri-I, are awe-inspiring and in their full majesty.

Day 45: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,890m. A 6 hours trek.

The morning walk starts with a gradual going up for a few hours until we approach the last high pass of the circuit, the Thapa or Dhampus pass, at above 5,250 metres above sea level. Crossing over with great views of Annapurna Himal, Nilgiri peaks, and then descend to Yak Kharka, an open place for Yak Shade, we are back into green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry, and rhododendron bushes

Day 46: Trek to Marpha 2, 675m. A 5 hours trek.

An exciting day for all members to end the trek. The trail is a long downhill. The views of the Kaligandaki valley and across are breath-taking. The trail again enters into the bushes and forest of firs, pines, and rhododendron and to the charming village at Marpha, on the ancient salt trade route to Tibet in the bank of famously known Kaligandaki River.

Marpha is one of the villages located around the Kaligandaki river bank of lower Mustang district and is among one of the ancient villages of the area. A limited region of Kaligandaki river also known by Thak Khola (river of Thakalis) is also known as the apple pie route. Several apple gardens are enabling them to fame with apple pie, apple cider, apple brandy, juice, dry apples, and apricot fruits. Enjoy the afternoon in the comfort of a lovely lodge and get relaxed for a memorable accomplishment around Dhaulagiri Trek.

Day 47: Fly to Pokhara 22 mins and transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa.

In the morning, we take a short drive to Jomsom airport and then board in a small aircraft (Twin Otter / Dornier or similar types). The flight offers fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna range of mountains on both sides of the plane.

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 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 48: Fly to Pokhara.

A lately wake up and a hearty breakfast at your hotel. At around 10 am we drive to Pokhara airport to board a domestic flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu at around 10:45 a.m. Arrive at the hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing, and all-day free.

Day 49: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration.

The team leader requires to visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and to sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities. The evening gets celebrated with a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.

Day 50: Departure.

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

Cost

USD 18,500 (2-3 members)
USD 17,500 (4-6 members)

OTHER COSTS:

Additional Oxygen:
Each team member will have five bottles of oxygen for their summit push, which is more than enough and has a safety margin built-in. If some climbers like to have an additional bottle, then one must order at the time of booking. They cost $600 each.

Health Issue:
Personal health is the most important factor for success and life safety. We suggest making body check-ups and consult with a regular physician. We don't recommend climbing mountains to those who are suffering from Asthma, or their Asthma is not in their control, persons with allergy with cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past, and to them who has the tonsil problems. We suggest taking several days of rest and medication, if the symptom of the common cold on the way to Kathmandu, or while in Kathmandu, before heading to the mountain.

Emergency Evacuation:
All the emergency evacuation is only possible by Helicopter because there is no roads-access. In case of needing an emergency evacuation, from basecamp to the nearest hospital or Kathmandu, the clients are responsible to pay directly to the helicopter company. Your insurance company will cover most costs; however, if the insurance company does not guarantee the payment, then it will fall on your responsibility. Chartering a Helicopter costs 2000$ per hour and each flight to and from BC cost is a minimum of 4,700$. The price may rise in case of bad weather, requiring the Helicopter several landing on the way to basecamp or while flying back to Kathmandu.

Equipment:
We suggest equipping oneself with comfortable and reliable equipment for personal comfort and safety in the mountains. A lightweight and warm climbing boot, a down sleeping bag to use above the basecamp, and one extra at basecamp. And a down jacket and down suite, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers' energy and confidence, which are the key factors of success. All the materials are available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us.

Baggage allowance:>
Each climbing member baggage allowance is 60-kilos per person. We request to prepare two baggage containing each 30-kilos.

What is included

  • Cargo clearance
  • All related Airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a B&B basis (4-star category)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Darbang ground transport service
  • All necessary expedition material transport by mules/porters
  • 1 climbing Sherpa to 1 climbing member ratio with equipment, and basecamp cook and kitchen staff
  • All-mountain tents provided are Big-Single Tent at BC and two people to a three-men tent above BC
  • Dining tent with gas heater, dining Tables, chairs and sola/generator power for recharging and light.
  • Climbing Permit, all necessary regional permit and garbage deposits
  • Radio walkie-talkie set for climbers and Sherpas, including permit charges
  • EPI Gas with burner and cooking pot set
  • High altitude food with a personal pack
  • 5 cylinders of oxygen per member & 3 cylinders per Sherpa guides with mask and regulator set
  • A first aid medical box with 2 cylinders of oxygen with mask and regulator set.
  • Liaison Officer charges including airfare and insurance
  • Airfare for Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Transportation for staff and equipment Kathmandu to Darbang and Marpha to Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu on full board service except meals in Pokhara
  • Shower tent and toilet tent
  • Satellite telephone

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation charges as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visas
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Expenses of personal natures
  • Tips (should allow $1000 minimum for Dhaulagiri summiteers + 300 basecamp staff) per person.

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 the 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.

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

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

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,500 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

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

While on the trek, we sleep in a comfortable camping tent (Ozark/Mountain hardware) with a hard and soft mattress for each. While in camping treks there will be a dining tent with tables and chairs where you can sit and take meals. A kitchen tent gets set in every camp to prepare food.

At Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we sleep in a single tent (big enough for 3-man). At Camp I, and above, we will use 3-man tents on a sharing basis.

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

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

Do we join a group during climbing?
Yes, especially if you are alone or two, we need to join a group to form a minimum number of persons in the group, which also helps to minimize the climbing costs (sharing some expenses). However, during climbing, each climber will be climbing alongside with a climbing guide assigned for one. Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 8000 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 $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

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, which you do not need during the trek to base camp, needs to pack into a large duffle bag which gets transported directly to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

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

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at C1, C3, C4?
It is dried food where you only need to add water in the bag and eat directly. It saves your time and hassles to cook and carry cooking sets and plates. We serve very healthily and lots of energy-filled quantity food at Basecamp and accordingly the dried food for Camp I, II and III to promote your endurance in the altitude. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

Can my friend/families accompany me to base camp?
Yes, can take the same itinerary until basecamp and continue the circuit after spending a few nights at Dhaulagiri Basecamp. Please, contact at annatreks@gmail.com for any further detail you want to.

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

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the Everest Expedition 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 and bottled drinks during the trek (Coke/Beer/Juice). In general, please, allow about 2,000$ per person, including the summit bonus and tips, which should be sufficient and + + if you have the plan to buy any mountaineering gears in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, fully air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Kathmandu and Durbang, we use a comfortable bus. For return, Jomsom to Pokhara we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft. Between Pokhara and Kathmandu, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. UIAGM certified Nepali Sherpa guides includes in this mountaineering quotation. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him/her.

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

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

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution, a health certificate from your doctor certifying that you are fit to undertake any mountaineering activities above 8,000 metres, Bio-Data of Team Leader/Member, and a copy of insurance.

Additional information required is a list of all mountaineering or similar activities you completed, list of mountaineering courses you completed (if any).

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

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

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

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

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

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 600$ 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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