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Himlung Expedition 29 Days

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Annapurna Treks & Expeditions offers the Himlung Expedition as one of the most preferred 7,000 metres peaks in the Manaslu Region. Himlung Expedition is undertaken by the climbers who are looking for an acclimatizing peak for Everest Climbing preparatory climb. The Himlung Expedition is also combined with Manaslu Expedition as an acclimatizing climb and continues on Manaslu with a 30 minutes helicopter flight to Mount Manaslu Base Camp.  

Introduction
Himlung Himal (mountain) is one of the most preferred 7,000 metres mountaineering peaks in the Manaslu Region, northeast of the Annapurna range, with an altitude of 7126m., permitted to climb from the year 1992. The approach to Himlung Base Camp is via the famously known “Around Annapurna Circuit” trail till Dharapani and enters Nar Phu valley, a restricted or special trekking permit required area.

The Himlung mountain lies above the Nar Phu valley, to the northeast, and the Tibet border is just a distance of a day’s walk from its base camp. Naar Phu is unique both for nature and centuries of untouched beauty and accordingly culture making it one of the authentic villages in the Himalayas. This narrow valley guarded by lovely forests, high passes and mountain peaks with huge glaciers and narrow canyons was permitted to foreigners only very recently. 

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is the largest protected biodiversity areas in Nepal, and the Naar Phu/Himlung area lies in the centre of these two massive conservation areas.

Himlung Climbing Offer for 2022 and 2023

The Himlung Base Camp is approached with a 4 hours’ walk from Phu village, and the base camp is set at an altitude of 3,950 metres above sea level, on a grassy slope with magnificent views. The permanent Base Camp, actually the Advanced Camp, gets set at an altitude of  4,980 metres above sea level, across the Pangri Glacier, with our kitchen staff.

Above the base camp, usually, two higher camps are required, but three camps could be decided by the climbing members, depending on the situation they feel, once they are on the climb. The standard camps above the base camp are, at 5,450 metres, at 6,000 metres and 6,350 metres respectively.

We have presented two itineraries, choosable by mountaineering members, to approach Himlung Base Camp. These two itineraries are designed to well acclimatize every mountaineering member to the local atmosphere and altitude before reaching Himlung Base camp.

Trip Highlights

  • most preferred 7,000 metres mountaineering peaks in the Manaslu Region.
  • A Newly permitted mountain, permitted only from 1992.
  • Expedition combines with a beautiful trek to Naar-Phu, a restricted or special trekking permit required zone.
  • Experience the indigenous way of life and sample of Magar and Gurung hospitality.
  • Enjoy lovely forests, mountain peaks with huge glaciers and narrow canyons.
  • A most enjoyable and safe mountain to experience a climbing in the Himalayas.
  • Take as Everest climbing training expedition or any other 8000 metres.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 29 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Expedition starting point: Koto Qupar
  • Expedition ending point: Koto Qupar
  • Mode of ground transport: Private tourist vehicles
  • Daily Walk: 2 to 5 hours
  • Highest elevation: 7,126 metres, the summit of Mount Himlung
  • People/Culture: Kathmandu is the home multy ethnic group, Besisahar is home to Chettries and Brahmins of Hindu belief with other minorities such as Gurung, Tamang and Mangis. Koto Qupar and above is the home of Tibetan origin people having a very ancient history and practising Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, teahouse Lodge for Besisahar to Phu and tented camps on full board basis on the expedition period.
  • Meals: An open menu to choose by guest during teahouse trek + nutritional supplements from the organisation and a wide variety of complete meal, prepared and served by our cook and kitchen staff, during expedition.
  • Trip Grade:  strenuous
  • Best season: Spring season, March to May, and, autumn season, September to November

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu, well come and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Permit day – Free in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Besishahar and stay at Besishahar

Day 04: Drive Besishahar to Koto Qupar 2,625m

Day 05: Trek to (Before) Dharmasala 3,230m. 6-7 hours walk

Day 06: Dharmasala to Meta 3,569m. – 1.2 hours walk

Day 07: Meta to Kyang 3860m. – 04 hours trek

Day 08: Kyang to Phu 4,080m. – 04 hours trek

Day 09-10: Acclimatization

Day 11: Phu to Kari Kobler’s base camp 3,950m. - 4 hours trek

Day 12: Kari Kobler Base Camp to French Camp 4,980m.

Day 13-23: Mount Himlung climbing period

Day 24: Kari Kobler base camp

Day 25-26: Trek to Koto Kupar

Day 27: Drive to Besisahar and Kathmandu – 11 hours.

Day 28: Briefing at Ministry and free day

Day 29: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu, well come and transfer to Hotel.

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: Permit day – Free in Kathmandu

A completely free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide, climbing Sherpa.
  • Breakfast + Welcome dinner.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Besishahar and stay at Besishahar

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

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

Day 04: Drive Besishahar to Koto Qupar 2,625m

In the morning we take a jeep drive to Koto through a rough road, which will take a minimum of four hours or more depending on the road condition of the time. The road leads through the River Marshyangdi gorge and provides fine views of the valley and several villages. The Part Besisahar to Dharapani is the first part of the classic Annapurna circuit, and most trekkers love walking in these sections filled with the terraced field, villages, occasional mountain scenery, and lots of beautiful waterfalls. We cross and see all of them but in a jeep ride.

The village of Koto is our base for the trek up to Nar Phu, from where the classic Annapurna Trek leads toward Manang. We can look straight up at Annapurna II - a stunning sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan Mountains! The inhabitants here are mostly from Nar and Phu, and this is the gateway to their region.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to (Before) Dharmasala 3,230m. 6-7 hours walk

The first day of the trek starts! The trail past the check post, descends to the river and crosses the river leading to the Nar Phu and hike up through beautiful forests above the Phu Khola (Phu river). The route takes us through the beautiful forest and past several small shelters (caves) and a pilgrims' hut (Dharmasala). When we emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from which point the tree line becomes much thinner, and the views open broader, a stunning start for the Nar Phu trek! The night is spent at Dharmsala, also with a lovely campsite.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 06: Dharmasala to Meta 3,569m. – 1.2 hours walk

The trail from Dharmasala is an easy traverse along the flanks of Mount Kangguru Himal, one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. There is an impressive view of Pisang Peak, to the west, and of the hill ridge leading to the village of Naar. Meta is a small settlement and first of some ex-Khampa camps on the way but with plenty of terraced fields probably owned by various families from Nar and it is still a temporary winter settlement of people from Naar. For the kitchen crew the water is not so close and needs to collect from the side stream that flows from the slopes of Mount Kang Guru 6,981 meters, the summit is not visible. Meta also offers superb views of Lamjung Himal and Swargadwari to the South. If we trek the Annapurna Circuit, then the Swargadwari (gate to heaven) or entrance to Nyesyang (local name to the entire Manang region) is the impressive bare rock barrier to the southeast of Manang. After lunch, we will have enough time to stroll around and enjoy the environment. The caravan to basecamp will continue with the Sherpas and reach Himlung base camp three days earlier than our reach.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 07: Meta to Kyang 3860m. – 04 hours trek

We follow the Phu Khola (Phu River), on a level trail through a juniper forest. An hour past Meta we reach Junam, the second semi-permanent settlement, and another ex-Khampas camp. After the Junam the path descends steeply to a side valley with two streams. To the right, above Junam, looms a massive glacier that falls jaggedly down to the high pastures above us. The view of Pisang Peak to the West is still impressive. We continue following an impressive hill ridge, locally named Chhomchomo La or (Dancing Ridge), probably named after being impressed by the strata of rock that undulate in its flanks. The village of Kyang, with many houses in ruin, seems abandoned for some reason. We make the distance for lunch and camp, so in the evening, those willing can take spectacular hiking toward Chombi Peak that towers over the end of the valley. Until here we have gained only 1200 metres in three days, so it is a perfect rhythm to let our body adapt to the local atmosphere.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 08: Kyang to Phu 4,080m. – 04 hours trek

Dropping steeply down to the river through a path built into the cliff but wide enough. After meandering a while near the river along the riverbank and past the submarine rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way, and narrows at a huge rock wall from where the path ascends steeply out of the river bed to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. Today we get to see some of the unique, colourful Chortens (small stupas) for which Nar and Phu are justly famous. Beyond this ancient stone Gate, we get to see mani-walls, the first view of the Phu village, and the impressive ruins of forts perched on ridges. The Phu village consists of 30 stone houses in the Tibetan style. At the top of the village is a fortress built in the early 1970 to protect the village from the threats of Khampa warriors.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 09-10: Acclimatization

We spend another two days here and enjoy visiting the village, meeting residents, and acclimatizing ourselves to the local atmosphere before reaching the Himlung base camp. Tibet is a distance of only two days walk though it is a bit far, we may choose a hike up the valley to the summer grazing settlement (kharka) at Ngoru, a three hours’ walk past the Gonpa (monastery). Phu village itself is an incredibly interesting village.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 11: Phu to Kari Kobler’s base camp 3,950m. - 4 hours trek

Today we will make a short half-day trek to base camp. The name of the base camp, where we set our base camp, is named Kari Kobler base camp. We stay here for acclimatization, and the site is quite beautiful for an overnight stop. The water for this camp is quite far, but we spend here only overnight, and our kitchen staff receives us happily. This camp is our permanent base camp though it only serves as a deposit camp with other members required to work between base camp and advance base camp. We set our permanent camp at French Base Camp across the Pangri glacier, which helps to save our climbing time and energy without requiring us to cross the glacier each time.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 12: Kari Kobler Base Camp to French Camp 4,980m.

We have enjoyed a well acclimatizing trek to reach the Himlung base camp so are moving continuously to French Base Camp across the Pangri glacier and set the camp for our adventure on Mount Himlung. The French base camp is our advanced base camp with all our kitchen staff.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 13-23: Mount Himlung climbing period

Day 13-23: Mount Himlung climbing period.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 24: Kari Kobler base camp

A full day gets dedicated to packing and cleaning the base campsite. Porters/mules arrive in base camp on this day.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 25-26: Trek to Koto Kupar

The adventure on Mount Himlung is over and there remains another three long days' journey to Kathmandu. The Kitchen staff and Sherpas cover the porters/mules, and the members trek down with a guide and some porters that carry the member's luggage. The return trekking distance gets decided by the guide and members at the time, and meals and accommodation are in the lodge.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 27: Drive to Besisahar and Kathmandu – 11 hours.

A long drive starts early in the morning in the local Jeep reserved till Besisahar, where a tourist vehicle from Kathmandu awaits our arrival. We stop for a hearty lunch and continue the drive which is another 5 hours journey but on a. comparatively better road. Arrive in Kathmandu and get distributed into the rooms with your duffel bags. Refreshment, dinner, and overnight rest.
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 28: Briefing at Ministry and free day

The expedition leader is required to visit the department of Expedition at the Tourism Board to brief the expedition. The rest of the group members are free on their own so as not to miss the last days' todos. In the evening, get welcome for a farewell dinner to celebrate the expedition. The evening gets celebrated with a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 29: Departure

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

Cost

Himlung
NUMBER IN GROUP COSTS PER PERSON
2 - 3 Persons 6,500$
4 - 5 Persons 6,000$
6+ Persons 5,600$
Single room supplement 318$
Other costs:

What is included

  • Airport arrival and departure services.
  • Mount Himlung climbing permit. Annapurna conservation area permit.
  • 6-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included (category 4-Star).
  • Trekking period from Kathmandu to Himlung BC and BC to Kathmandu on a full board basis in tea house/Lodge accommodation.
  • Insurance of climbing Sherpa and BC staff and all their expenses.
  • Liaison officer and all the expenses related to him/her.
  • Kathmandu to Koto and Koto to Kathmandu transport.
  • One porter for every two members while in trekking, only for Kathmandu to Himlung basecamp sector, (the expedition duffel bag will go directly to Himlung basecamp).
  • 1 Sirdar, one cook, two Kitchen boys and porters or mules to transport the expedition logistics to Himlung Basecamp.
  • One climbing Sherpa for every two members.
  • Member tent at basecamp in single-use basis, one dining tent with heater, one store tent, one kitchen tent, one shower tent, one toilet tent, and dining tables, Chairs and all kitchen utensils for everyday use.
  • High altitude tent and high altitude food in an individual pack.
  • Fix rope, climbing rope, snow bars, ice screw etc. for group use on Himlung expedition.
  • Solar Panel or generator at Himlung BC for light and charging facilities.
  • Three bottles of Oxygen with mask and regulator set (one bottle at basecamp, one at camp 1, and one get placed at the last camp).
  • Satellite phone for emergency use with enough recharge for emergency use (personal use will be on pay call basis).
  • Ratio walkie-talkie set for each member, each climbing Sherpa and to basecamp Sirdar.
  • A basic medical kit box for first aid purpose at basecamp .
  • Equipment charges, load ferry charges, daily wages and insurance of local staff including climbing Sherpas.
  • Transportation of the porters.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Expenses of emergency evacuations.
  • Summit bonus for Sherpas (please allow minimum 500$ per Sherpa per time summit).
  • Tips to the basecamp staff and those, not mentioned in above cost includes 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, 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.

The Altitude Weather in Autumn:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather, even in deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the first week of September while it is still part of the 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 Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres, one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of September and start stable and cold weather after that. A polar Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour, which may delay the summit several days back but normally it is the good time with low moisture. in October of 2014 a strong cyclone moved from the Bay of Bengal and resulted in heavy snowstorm in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region but it is not a common occurrence. For Everest climbing, after the end of the monsoon, the autumn season is regarded as more dangerous because there is a lot of new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter, and the temperature starts dropping from the end of September. This new snow and temperature phenomenon also benefits skiing, snowboarding and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature in the mountain may reach 18 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition this season may get the sheer joy of climbing a virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also the only best mountaineering season in the Himalayas. Ama Dablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli etc., are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in autumn. 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, categorised as trekking peaks, in this season.

The Altitude Weather in Spring:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and the first best season for mountaineering activities, and especially for Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial due to their long daylight period. In terms of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In the pre-monsoon time, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valleys remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain in the low land, hailing above 1,300 metres and snowing mountains. From mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in the Bay of Bengal, with several minor to significant cyclones affecting the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring, a hurricane named "Fani" developed in the Bay of Bengal, which got predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday, but the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours, 12 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 the India-Bangladesh border, killing at least 84. It resulted in massive damage to the property and life base while the World was suffering from the Covid-19 virus, and fortunately/unfortunately, all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between them, a kind of local weather get developed and could affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. A Jet stream with intense wind speed could affect climbing above 6,800 metres in the entire Himalayas. Around the end of April to mid-May, the polar jet shifts north and starts to weaken the subtropical jet. Any major cyclonic activities far to the Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas, and the timing of such effect is uncertain. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from their origin. Still, the sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role in disrupting a part of such cyclonic movement, resulting in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

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, from Besisahar to Phu village, we stay at Nepalese lodges, run by locals of each village, offering 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 toilets, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Himlung Basecamp, 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 the 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 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 peak climbing, there is a range of options. 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, which also helps to minimize the climbing costs (sharing some expenses). However, each climber will be climbing alongside a climbing guide assigned for one during climbing. The base camp stay is always in an individual tent, and the dining tent, at base camp, the high-altitude camp such as camp-I, camp-II and camp-III require to share but still, you will have your tent.

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 up to 7000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance schemes, so it requires managing independently.

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 $50 for up to 30 days visa. 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 most of our equipment, so daily, 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 you do not need during the trek to base camp needs to pack into a large duffle bag that gets transported directly to Himlung Basecamp.

A smaller kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given 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.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at C1, C2?
It is dried food where you only need to add water to 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 and above to promote your endurance in the altitude. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps achieve your goal without much problem.

Can my friend/families accompany me to base camp?
Yes, you can trek together until basecamp, and your friends/families can spend several nights at basecamp. The Naar-Phu regio is one of the most preferred trekking areas combined with the Annapurna circuit. From Naar village, we cross the Kang La pass and enter Manang valley and continue the trek to Jomsom or further to Pokhara. Please, indicate to us your and your friends/families requirement at annatreks@gmail.com for any further detail you want.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best to have 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 restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accept US Dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars, 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 expedition package; please check included and 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 summit bonus and tips. In general, please, allow about 1,200$ per person, including the summit bonus and tips, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy mountaineering gears or other items in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the number of persons travelling together. Between Kathmandu and Besisahar, we use Car/Van/HiAce and a Jeep for Besisahar to Dharapani. If we are required to fly out of Himlung Basecamp, the only option is to use a helicopter service.

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 them.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gear, and some branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware are only for sale. One can find or order such as Down Jackets, Down Suites, Down Sleeping bag, climbing boot and all kinds of technical gear. 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 consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable to 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, Bio-Data of Team Leader/Member, and a copy of insurance.

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.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS TO NOTE

Health Issue:
Personal health is the most critical factor for success and life safety. We suggest doing body check-ups and consulting 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 allergies to cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past and those who have tonsil problems. And we suggest taking several days of rest and medication, if the symptom of the common cold is on the way to Kathmandu or while in Kathmandu, before heading to 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, it will fall on your responsibility. Chartering a Helicopter costs 2000$ per hour, and each flight to and from BC costs a minimum of 3,200$. 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 suit, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers’ energy and confidence, the key factors for success. All the materials are available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us.

Group Split:
If some member leaves the expedition or splits from the group, whatever may be the reason, there will be an extra cost of USD 450 per person to return to Kathmandu. They will get the service of transportation, a Sherpa/Porter till Kathmandu and provide full board service.

Baggage allowance:
Each climbing member’s baggage allowance is 40-kilos per person. We request to prepare two baggage containing 20-kilos in each.

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 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 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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