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Ghorepani and Khopra Trek 15 days

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Ghorepani and Khopra Trek is the shortest and loveliest trekking destinations to the northwest of Pokhara City. The Khopra Trek or also known as the Khayer Lekh Trek, is a trekking area filled with 360-degree panoramas from starting to the end. The views from starting at Pokhara to back to Pokhara are beyond description; superb views everywhere with several viewpoints enabling one to take short excursions to enjoy sunset and sunrise views. You will find yourselves above the clouds and in the shades of giant mountains just in a few days’ walk.

Our trip begins with a warm welcome to Kathmandu airport. Nepal is a country with unique geographical and natural resources, attracting all lovers of nature and mountains who want to walk the mountain ranges of the Himalayas or climb some of its highest peaks. The country also offers a fascinating cultural and mystical richness. People of different religions, ethnic groups, and castes coexist excellently.

Ghorepani and Khopra Trek Package 2022/2023

In the Kathmandu Valley, we will find medieval architecture, temples, monasteries, pagodas and historical relics declared World Heritage by UNESCO, places like Patán, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur

In the south of the country and far from the mountains, Nepal hides jungle regions with wildlife such as tigers, elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, and hundreds of birds in protected areas.

The itinerary continues with a scenic flight/drive to Pokhara to the west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is Nepal’s one of the most preferred tourist destinations due to its natural beauty.

From Pokhara, take a short drive to its Trekking starting point to Ghorepani at Hile; the road has reached Hile in recent years. This part of the trek gives us access to Nepal’s classic viewpoints of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The trail to Ghorepani is also the ancient trail that leads to Tibet via Jomsom and Mustang. Our Trekking areas, Ghorepani, Khopra Danda, Tadapani, Ghandruk, and Potana, are well known for viewpoints all around the year and rhododendron and magnolia in the Spring season. From Ghorepani, our trail dips down into the valley before climbing back up again to a ridge, Khopra Danda, north of Poon Hill.

The views from starting at Pokhara to back to Pokhara are beyond description; superb views everywhere with several viewpoints enabling one to take short excursions to enjoy sunset and sunrise views. You will find yourselves above the clouds when the deep lower valley fills with clouds below us, with Dhaulagiri and Annapurna towering majestically above in its full scale. One will have many opportunities to interact and experience the local life and culture and see and experience the diverse fauna and flora in its shortest distance. Khopra and Khayer are pasturelands for domestic Yak, Buffalo and Sheep, and one may find around in graze on the slopes just around us.

The itinerary brings us back through Tadapani, Ghandruk, Landruk, Dhampus and to Pokhara via Sarangkot, which provides an opportunity to enjoy its natural beauties from every angle and aspect. From Ghandruk to Pokhara, we will be passing through several villages and terraced fields enabling us to insight the local life and culture different from every small valley to another. Finally, the trek ends at Sarangkot, one of the most beautiful lookouts standing above Pokhara.

On the way back to Kathmandu, stop at Bandipur for a hearty lunch. Bandipur is a charming hill town situated approximately midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Situated 8 kilometres above the Dumre Bazaar at an altitude of 1005 meters, this ancient trading post lies cradled in the saddle of some of the country’s peculiar-shaped hills. Bandipur town offers an ultra-wide panorama of mountains, including the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal ranges. High Himalaya, the cascading Marshyangdi River, and lush terraced fields all around offer a never-ending blissful experience. Those lacking time may end the Trek at Ghandruk or exclude part of the Khopra trek or consult for a tailor-made itinerary and package with us.

Trip Highlights

  • See some of the best medieval architecture, temples, monasteries, pagodas, World Heritage sites by UNESCO.
  • Visit Nepal's one of the most preferred tourist destinations, Pokhara.
  • Enjoy the lush mid-hill nature of the Annapurna region.
  • Experience the cultural diversities in the shortest period.
  • Experience the indigenous way of life and sample of Magar and Gurung hospitality.
  • Admire the most incredible panorama of the Lamjung, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range.
  • Enjoy sunset and sunrise views from several famed lookouts.
  • Stand above the clouds and enjoy the magnificent panoramas of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
  • Interact and experience local life and culture.
  • Experience the diverse fauna and flora in its shortest distance.
  • Spend a splendour overnight at Sarangkot enjoy the magnificent sceneries of Pokhara and the entire mountain range.
  • Relax and enjoy the comfort and beauty of Pokhara city

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 15 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: Hile
  • Trek ending point: Sarangkot
  • A domestic flight out: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Mode of ground transport: Private tourist vehicles
  • Highest elevation achievement: 3,210 metres Poon Hill
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Teahouse (Lodge) on a full board basis on the trek
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to choose from by clients.
  • Trip Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • : from the first week of March to the end of June and from the last week of September to the mid of December.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

Day 02: KATHMANDU / POKHARA (flight) / HILE / ULLERI (1951m). A 2 hours Trek

Day 03: ULLERI TO GHOREPANI. A 5 hours trek

Day 04: EXCURSION TO POOHILL 3,210M. & TREK TO SWANTA 2,270M. A 5 hours trek.

Day 05: TREK TO UPPER CHISTIBUNG 2,980M. A 3-4 hours trek.

Day 06: TREK TO KHOPRA RIDGE 3,650M. A 4 hours trek.

Day 07: EXCURSION TO KHAYER LAKE 4,660M. A 7-8 hours trek

Day 08: TREK TO DOBATO 3,460M. A 5 hours trek.

Day 09: TREK TO TADAPANI 2630M. A 4 hours de trek.

Day 10: TREK TO GHANDRUK AND LANDRUK 1640M. A 5 hours trek.

Day 11: TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP 2070M. A 5 hours trek.

Day 12: AUSTRALIAN CAMP – NAUDANDA – SARANGKOT. A 5 hours trek.

Day 13: EXCURSION AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

Day 14: POKHARA – BANDIPUR – KATHMANDU

Day 15: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

THE 15-DAYS GHOREPANI, KHOPRA, KHAYER, GHANDRUK & DHAMPUS TREK

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

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

Day 02: KATHMANDU / POKHARA (flight) / HILE / ULLERI (1951m). A 2 hours Trek

Early in the morning, drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board the domestic flight to Pokhara. It is a short forty minutes' flight. Arrive at Pokhara and then drive to Birethanti, the trekking starting point. Birethanti is 42-kilometres out of Pokhara. Birethanti is a small hamlet formed for business since there was salt trading between Nepal Tibet via the route of Mustang (At the time, this route was one of the principal caravan routes of the traders). It also has a beautiful view of Mount Fishtail. Unfortunately, there has been a hydropower project under construction in recent days. And a road has crossed this village to Hile and Ghandruk, undermining the charm and importance of this village.

Until recent years, all trekking above this valley started and ended here. But today we drive one hour more to Hile, a small village. The road mostly goes up until Hile through a pleasant narrow valley, proving natural sceneries of village life that give an insight into most Nepalese living in rural parts of the country.

We leave our vehicle, and after walking about 25 minutes, we stop for lunch at Tikhe Dunga, a pleasant place where most of the trekkers from or to Ghorepani take a rest. After around two hours of relaxation and a hearty lunch, we make the second phase of the walk, which is merely 40 minutes hard walking up to Ulleri village. It is a village of Poon Magar, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. Mount Annapurna south and Hium Chuli are again in a scene from Ulleri.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 03: ULLERI TO GHOREPANI. A 5 hours trek

After breakfast, we'll begin the walk of the second day through a forest full of rhododendrons and pine and with a beautiful view of Mount Machhapuchhre (Fish-tailed Mountain). Ghorepani village lies on a hill saddle at an elevation of 2874m. It is one of the famous destinations of short trekkers for its exceptional Panorama of all the Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Fishtail, Nilgiri and many other small peaks ranging along with the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Stay in a guest house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 04: EXCURSION TO POOHILL 3,210M. & TREK TO SWANTA 2,270M. A 5 hours trek.

Today we go to the Poon Hill viewpoint. Before breakfast, early in the morning, take a short walk to the Poon Hill lookout to enjoy the sunrise. The excursion starts around 5 in the morning to reach the viewpoint before the sunrise, about 45 minutes. It's worth the lost sleep. While walking up, the eastern horizon lightens, and the stars begin to disappear behind the dazzling Annapurna range. The views from there are indescribable.

Then back to the Lodge for breakfast and begin the trek a day ahead. The walk from Ghorepani goes down through the rhododendron forest with beautiful views of Dhaulagiri, Tukche, and Hium Chuli. The first three hours are a downhill path and then an hour straight to traverse through scattered villages and forests to the Swanta village. The green valley of Swanta lies in the lap of the mountains of Annapurna South and Nilgiri, a perfect place to spend a night before climbing up to Khopra.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 05: TREK TO UPPER CHISTIBUNG 2,980M. A 3-4 hours trek.

The trail from the village of Swanta to Chistibung (in some trekking map, it is named Dhankharka) initially levels with some descent section; however, a steep walk requires at the final steps at Chistibung. These areas are pastures of the local population of Ghandruk, Tadapani, Chitre, Tatopani and its surrounding villages. In this area, we could also see beautiful flights of the colourful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, and tahr of the Himalayas, on the grassy ridges, at high points, around our trail. Arrive at Chistibung for lunch and enjoy a half-day rest.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 06: TREK TO KHOPRA RIDGE 3,650M. A 4 hours trek.

After breakfast, we start the day again by constantly climbing meadows and alpine pastures to Khopra. As we approach Khopra Ridge, weather permitting, there is a view of the top of Annapurna South. The area offers breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. After lunch, optionally, you can take a short excursion to Khopra Ridge, where a viewpoint overlooks the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 07: EXCURSION TO KHAYER LAKE 4,660M. A 7-8 hours trek

We start early in the morning, around six, towards Khayer Lake, where we can enjoy excellent views of the Annapurna Fang and the surrounding mountains. Considered a sacred lake by Hindus, they believe that bathing in the lake will purify themselves and help achieve Nirvana. As Hinduism and Buddhism coexist in Nepal, we can see several Hindu and Buddhist sanctuaries on the lakesides. However, the Buddhists believe bathing in the lake is a sin, infuriates the nagas, the serpent deities, which can cause an imbalance in the wholesome environment of the area.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 08: TREK TO DOBATO 3,460M. A 5 hours trek.

Then return on to Chistibung. The views of Dhaulagiri are always excellent. We descend through a beautiful forest to the Lower Chistibung, a lovely open meadow. Then we climb gradually through the rhododendron forest to Dobato (meaning junction). The excellent view of Annapurna South dominates Dobato.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 09: TREK TO TADAPANI 2630M. A 4 hours de trek.

Optionally, you can take a 30-minute excursion to enjoy the sunrise view from the Muldai viewpoint at an elevation of 3,637m. The trip should start early in the morning, before tea/coffee and breakfast. There are excellent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, and Gangapurna.

Then gradually descend towards Tadapani. The trail is relatively easy, with beautiful Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South views. This day we will see the diversity of flora and fauna of the region. The area is dense with forests and more like a rain forest. When we face the southeast, the view of Dhaulagiri disappears, and you will have a more dominant view of Annapurna South, Hium Chuli and the Fishtail Mountains.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 10: TREK TO GHANDRUK AND LANDRUK 1640M. A 5 hours trek.

Tadapani to Ghandruk is two hours walk. From Tadapani, the trail goes down continuously to Ghandruk with views of Mount Fishtail and Annapurna South. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, which has its dialect, culture, dresses, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful view of the mountains and easy access from Kathmandu and Pokhara. For many, this village is the starting point of Khopra, Ghorepani or the Annapurna sanctuary Trek and, consequently, the trek ending point, as there is a road to Pokhara.

Lunch and start of the trek to Landruk. The trail descends to Modi River and then ascends to the village of Landruk, another principal village of the Gurung people. The villages of Ghandruk, Annapurna south and Hium Chuli are seen again in their full stretch.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 11: TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP 2070M. A 5 hours trek.

We will continue the day towards Potana. An easy trail leads through scattered villages with beautiful landscapes of the Modi River valley and then climbs up to Deurali. From here, you can see the valley that extends towards Pokhara. After 40 minutes of a pleasant walk from a beautiful hill, we arrive at Potana, located on the top of a hill, which offers excellent panoramas of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and the peaks of Mount Manaslu behind the Annapurna II and the whole valley that surrounds Pokhara. From Potana, it is a pleasant walk to the Australian camp. If the weather permits, we will have great views of the mountain and its surroundings.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 12: AUSTRALIAN CAMP – NAUDANDA – SARANGKOT. A 5 hours trek.

Continue descending through the forest to Nau Danda (meaning nine hills), once a famous place for an overnight stop for trekkers when the trek started from Bagar in Pokhara. From Nau Danda, the views towards Annapurna and Lamjung are beautiful.

The path from here goes along the ridge of the hill of Nau Danda to Sarangkot. Sarangkot offers spectacular mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Phewa lake, the stupa of peace, and the stunning views of the rolling hills towards the horizon, and beautiful views of the city of Pokhara. We spend a night in this magical viewpoint to enjoy the sunset view, the night view of the city of Pokhara and the sunrise for which most tourists to Nepal come here.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 13: EXCURSION AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

Early in the morning, a short excursion to the Sarangkot viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views. Return to your hotel. Breakfast and transfer to Pokhara. In about 20 minutes, we arrive at our hotel and get distributed rooms and free time until lunchtime.

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

Return to Pokhara and a short walk along the Fewa lake to enjoy the sunset atmosphere and a hearty dinner at one of its best restaurants.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 14: POKHARA – BANDIPUR – KATHMANDU

In the morning, at around 08:30, we head to Kathmandu. The 200 km is covered in approximately 6 hours by private car. A beautiful trip from Pokhara passes through several small towns and farmland and brings us to Dumre. From the Dumre bazaar, we leave the main highway to Kathmandu and go up to the village of Bandipur for our lunch.

An old trading post, Bandipur, is situated on a hill halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. This medieval town is located 8 kilometres above the village of Dumre Bazar. Bandipur offers panoramas of Mount Annapurna, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. High mountains, the valley of the Marshyangdi River and lush terraces provide an experience of happiness that never ends. After lunch, continue to Kathmandu.

Arrive and get distributed to the rooms. The rest of the evening is free to rest and refresh—dinner and overnight in the hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 15: DEPARTURE

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

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 1750$ 1871$
2 - 3 Persons 1296$ 1386$
4 - 5 Persons 1215$ 1305$
6 - 7 Persons 1177$ 1267$
8- 10 Persons 1148$ 1238$
Single room supplement 150$ 240$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 2 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Airfare (Tax included)
  • Two-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Trekking period on a full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter between every two members for the entire trek
  • National Park entry fee and TIMS permit
  • Pokhara to Ulleri Jeep transportation
  • A trekking map in group.
  • A trekking duffel bag for each member
  • A good sleeping bag for each member
  • A pair of trekking poles for each member
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff (guide and porters).
  • A medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation in a private vehicle per group size

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation, medical and trip cancellation/interruption 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 bottled beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of the internet, telephone, and laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those not mentioned in the above price include section.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
Nepal has the most extensive altitude range of any country on Earth, from 65 meters in the Terai to 8848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude and vast valley have its weather problems. The weather is often stable in the spring and fall, and even the high passes may be free of snow. We can trek up to Everest Basecamp with simple running shoes with good weather. But one needs to be sufficiently prepared for any sudden weather changes. On a sunny and calm day, the temperature remains normal, 8 to 23 degrees, but if cloudy and windy, the temperature may drop to freezing in no time.

The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or mid-February to May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its affluence. 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 months, Japanese tourists and tourists from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, come to vista 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 experience floods and travel is hot, and temperature may, at times, reach around 38 degrees. Still, Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands during this season. During the winter months, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for flora and fauna in the mountains and Terai. During this season, one may find ample rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather predominantly 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 under snow cover. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During the day, the temperature rises around 5 to 11 degrees and more if sundrenched. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature is much better than in some European countries, America and Canada, even during the full winter. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

Weather in Autumn:
September to November is generally the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. The Autumn season is the best time to travel to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal clear mountain sceneries. Autumn is also a prosperous time; the country collects all its crops and falls several important national festivals such as Dhasain and Tihar, and several Buddhist mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu mask dance festival in Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Weather in Winter:
December to February is generally the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 22 degrees in Kathmandu to – 17 to -30 degrees at Everest Base Camp with a short daylight period. Above 2000 metres, the day remains sunny, and the night sky remains crystal clear, enabling to count stars. The country's southern belt, known as Terai, and the deep valley remain under a misty cloud until mid-day. From the end of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 3,000 metres and deep mountain valleys. It is still an ideal time to visit Nepal because the mountain sceneries are wider. The famous destinations such as Everest and Annapurnas have fewer tourists, and the temperature is still much more favourable than many western countries. The temperature remains -17 (Everest BC) to 0 to 22 degrees (Kathmandu).

Weather in Spring:
Spring – March to May is Nepal's second-best trekking season, with a long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 2000 to 3000 metres is generally beautiful with many 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, Bardia and Suklaphanta. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach Everest BC targeting Everest's summit. Clear days remain hazy, and may expect some thunder and light rains in the low land and light hailing above 1,300 metres above sea level. The temperature remains 11 to 21 degrees.

Weather in Summer:
June to August is the monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomenon to recharge the mountains, hills and terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and water. The preceding rainy months are July and August, and we may expect daily rains after the late afternoon with heavy rains at night. In the summer season, the forest turns to lush rain forests, and rivers get swelled to their full destructive strength. The country's southern belt, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces will be attractive with crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, people travelling to Tibet, including Mount Kailash, from Nepal, flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourists and others living in the hot lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive these months to see rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. The summer. is also the best time to trek in Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Nar Phu and Upper Mustang regions and falls several festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Indra Jatra etc. The temperature remains 13 to 38 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms. While on the trek, we stay at Nepalese lodges, which offers welcoming but straightforward accommodation and traditional hospitality. The 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, 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 there will be time to obtain anything necessary if anything is missing.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is let us know the number of nights you need.

Do we join a group during trekking?
We do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance schemes so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone 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 recommend that you undertake some form of simple training before the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before starting the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry most of our equipment, and you need only take a very light day pack that 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 to give to a porter each morning. The porter will carry the kit bag each day and deliver it 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?
This trek is one of the most accessible treks with a maximum altitude of 3650 metres, the Khopra ridge, where we need to spend overnight. Above the Khopra, a day excursion takes us up to 4,660 metres, which is not a problem. The Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,900m.) is altitude gaining day and unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath but get acclimatised quickly and feel more adjusted to the altitudes. Most of the trek in this itinerary takes place at an altitude level of 2800 metres.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
The best is to have Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after arrival in Kathmandu. You can bring in euros or dollars or any convertible foreign currencies.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses include in the trekking package; please, check the cost includes and excludes section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses of meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and a hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 350$ per person, which should be sufficient. And some more or less depending on personal habit while on a trip.

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

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

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

How do I sign up?
All bookings must be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. To secure your place, we will require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum of US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

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

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

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

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 200$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

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

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

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

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