Annapurna Treks & Expeditions presents an excellent adventure trek to “Humla and Limi Valley”, the hidden corners of far-western parts of Nepal, on an old Trans Himalaya Salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Humla and Limi Valley truly capture your imagination and dreams of real Himalayan Shangri-la, as the country around Humla and Limi valley remains undisturbed and unspoiled by modernization.
Humla-Limi Valley Trekking is an adventure on the border trails of Nepal and Tibet within the complete wilderness
Humla-Limi Valley Trekking is an adventure on the border trails of Nepal and Tibet within the complete wilderness
Besides scenic views, colourful culture and ancient civilization are equally captivating when walking through impressive villages of Kermi, Yalbang, Muchu, Yari, Mane Peme, Halji and Jang, visiting the ancient Buddhist monasteries of great historical and religious significance.
The Humla and Limi Valley trekking starts by taking a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, warm low areas of Nepal and then connecting with another connecting flight to reach Simikot town, the trek starting and ending point.
From Simikot, our trek begins to the far end of Nepal, close to the Tibet border, countering an interesting circuit through the beautiful Limi valley. The trail ends at Simikot with a fascinating trek through many villages, valleys and scenic mountain passes.
- Enjoy trekking on high trails of ancient Himalayan Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.
- Enjoy walking in the complete wilderness of high eroded hills and snow-capped mountain ranges.
- Enjoy trekking on the beaten tracks of Nepali and Tibetan trans-Himalayan traders.
- Enjoy to see and explore the remotest and isolated country to the far western borderline of Nepal.
- Explore the hidden culture of Limi villages a Shangri-la enclosed within high peaks.
- Experience the beauty of high passes and hidden valleys.
- Experience and observe both Hindu and Buddhist culture.
- The total length of the trip: 21 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 3 or 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Trek starting point: Simikot
- Trek ending point: Simikot
- Daily Walk: 4 to 7 hours.
- A domestic flight in: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot
- A domestic flight out: Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
- Highest elevation achievement: 4,950 metres Nyalu-La
- People/Culture: Humla and Limi are home of Tibetan origin people having a very ancient history and practising Tibetan Buddhism. The lower region is inhabited by Malla, Thakuri, Roka, Chettries and Brahmins of Hindu belief. Both groups have their own ancient traditional living culture.
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, hotel on full board Nepalgunj, and tented camps on full board basis on the trek
- Meals: Each day a wide variety of complete meal will be prepared and served by our mobile cook and kitchen staff.
- Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous
- Best season to trek: from the first week of March to mid-June and the mid-September to end of November
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Rest and visit UNESCO sites
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (50 mins by air) and transfer to hotel
Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,370m (40 mins) and transfer into a local lodge
Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri 2,300m
Day 06: Trek to Kermi 2,670m
Day 07: Trek to Yalbang 3,020m
Day 08: Trek to Muchu 3,120m. , 4 hours or Tumkot 3,380m
Day 09: Trek to Yari 3,700m. Or Thado Dunga 3,750m
Day 10: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m. via crossing Nara-La 4,620m
Day 11: Trek to Mane Peme 3,990m
Day 12: Trek to Til 4,000m
Day 13: Trek to Halji 3,660m
Day 14: Trek to Jang 3,930m
Day 15: Trek to Talung 4,370m
Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma 3,620m. via Nyalu La 4,940m
Day 17: Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi 2,670 metres
Day 18: Trek to Simikot 2,950m
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel
Day 20: A contingency day
Day 21: Departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotelOur 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 circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.
Day 02: Rest and visit UNESCO sitesFree day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek, or one can join in our tour around Kathmandu at places of interest as Kathmandu city and the valley steeped with world Heritage Sites.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (50 mins by air) and transfer to hotelWe take the flight to Nepalgunj in the far west of Nepal. This one hour's flight is quite remarkable since it traverses the entire length of the Nepal Himalayan west of Kathmandu, with superb views of Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and finally to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is close to the Indian border and quite warm compared to Kathmandu. We check into the hotel, and the rest of the time is free. Nepalgunj city lies on the plain of Terai Belt of Nepal, to the southern border with India, to the north of India's Uttar Pradesh state.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,370m (40 mins) and transfer into a local lodgeBreakfast at the hotel and take a short connecting flight to reach Simikot. Mount Api and Saipal mountains, with other high western Himalaya ranges, are beautifully seen during the flight. Upon reaching Simikot, transfer to a lodge at Simikot, a hill town and headquarter of Humla district within Karnali Zone. In the afternoon, walk around Simikot market and observe and see the daily life of western Nepal.
Simikot and Mugu areas are inhabited by Thakuris, one of the caste groups, but they are Hindu practitioners in lower Land and Buddhist practitioners in the higher land and accordingly the Aryan faces to the lowland and Mongolian faces on higher elevation we go. The area is on the trade route with Tibet, and our trekking route falls on the same old Himalayan trade route following the trail along Humla-Karnali close to the border of Tibet at Hilsa (the borderland to the Nepal side).
Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri 2,300mA 4 hours trek.
The trek begins with a short climb for an hour to a small pass at 3,000 metres, then downhill to reach Dharmapuri. The trail leads above Karnali River into pine forest past farm villages, encountering native Humla carrying loads up the steep trail. Walk through beautiful farm fields and terraces to reach our overnight stop at Dharapuri, a small farming village.
Day 06: Trek to Kermi 2,670mA 4 hours trek.
The trail follows the Karnali River through the riverside. Pass a narrow gorge past high rocky slopes, heading along with the fields of barley, buckwheat, rice, potatoes to reach Kermi in the afternoon. As the elevation gains, we see the changes of cast and cultural groups to Buddhist influences. At Kermi, those willing to visit monasteries can visit Laikyo Gompa, about 45 minutes walk and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, 30 mins to reach.
Day 07: Trek to Yalbang 3,020mA 5 hours trek
The trek starts with a gradual climb through fields of barley and buckwheat. After a few hours of walking, the trail crosses a small pass and descends to a suspension bridge over the Sali River. Next, the walk leads into a cool pine forest facing views of Karnali River to reach Yalbang for overnight camp.
At Yalbang a visit to Namkha Khyung Dzong is interesting. The Dzong is the biggest monastery in the region, with about 130 monks. The monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa lineage, the oldest Buddhist sect founded by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), an important tantric Guru of the 7th century. Inside the monastery is a giant statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. There is also a school and a clinic.
Day 08: Trek to Muchu 3,120m. , 4 hours or Tumkot 3,380mA 5 hours trek.
Leaving Yalbang, walk leads high above Karnali River, passing the small village of Yangar, continue to walk on a beautiful path carved out of rocks, as the trail takes you on the three-sided tunnel.
As the walk progresses, one can witness a dramatic change in the environment as the area gets rockier, tall pine trees fade for smaller bushes, and then cross Karnali River over a suspension bridge. Our trail climbs above Karnali River along with the upper side of a deep gorge, along the walk coming across herds of sheep carrying salt, on this old trade route of Nepal with Tibet that still exists. Around the trail, there are many temporary restaurants and shops refreshing stops for tea, noodle soup, or to refill your stock of snacks, like coconut biscuits. Finally, after a few hours of pleasant walking, we are at Muchu village for an overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Yari 3,700m. Or Thado Dunga 3,750mA 5 hours trek
From Muchu, a short walk reaches Tumkot and then climbs a hill leaving Tumkot, observing a change of landscape as it gets rocky and desolate. You can witness only low juniper bushes as the walk leads over a dirt trail, which is under construction at present, as the trail leads past a small village of Pani Palwang with a couple of teahouses along the road. Then, with a few pleasant stops and then a few hours walk, it leads to Yari or Thado Dunga, just after Yari for an overnight camp.
Day 10: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m. via crossing Nara-La 4,620mA 6 hours trek.
Today's walk leads to a high Nara La pass at 4,620 metres; a long climb compensates you with grand views of the surrounding landscapes and mountains of both Nepal and Tibet. Our route climbs into deserted terrain where vegetation fades completely. The country looks more like Tibetan dry terrain, coming across big caravans of mules, dzopke or impressive big yaks.
We walk past a few teahouses at Thado Dunga and continue on a steeper trail over Nara La. The views ahead are of Tibet side and back towards Yari, far below, on the other side of the pass where areas are similar to Tibetan landscape surrounded by windswept mountains of brown, copper, ash and dark yellow colours. From the pass, long descent to Hilsa, close to the border of Tibet for an overnight stop.
Day 11: Trek to Mane Peme 3,990mA 5 hours trek.
After Hilsa town/village, cross a big iron bridge to the other side of the river that connects to a broader trail high above on a slope, as walk follows Karnali River towards east till Mane Peme village reached for an overnight camp.
Day 12: Trek to Til 4,000mA 6 hours trek.
Morning walk leads to climbing as it winds up through high and steep rocks, after a few hours reaching a small path near a levelled ground for a while and then walking to an interesting meditation cave called Ya Yip Phuk. The site is a meditation cave of Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures, where his activities were crucial to the revival of cultural exchange between Tibet and India, paving the way for the so-called second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. The path is surprisingly green at some parts, with few juniper trees and bushes among the bare rock, as the walk climbs for an hour to cross Lamka-La, a pass of above 4,300 metres, after the pass downhill to Til in about two hours). Upon reaching the village, you can find chörtens (stupas) with a white building attached on a high slope, a place with a monastery of Til.
Stones build houses at Til village blends with the surrounding environment where some areas are much greener. The village is surrounded by birch and willow trees with terraced barley fields with views of snow-capped mountains.
Til is an authentic Tibetan village like all villages around Limi Valley, where you can observe villagers in original Tibetan costumes.
Day 13: Trek to Halji 3,660mA 4 hours trek.
An easy day to Halji allows time to explore villages and visit the monasteries. The walk starts following the Limi River upstream on relatively flat trails. Along the way, there will be chances of spotting some mountain goats and blue sheep! Rarely spotted but existing in the area is also the snow leopard. Enter the village, passing a gate with chörten and a large mani wall with many stones carved with holy mantras and Buddhist deities on them. There is a monastery, Rinchenling Gonpa at Halji, built in the 14th century and belongs to the Kagyupa lineage. The main Gonpa (monastery of Limi Valley) serves as the religious centre of the area. It has been beautifully restored (with the help of Nepal Trust) and has many exciting parts of visiting.
Day 14: Trek to Jang 3,930mA 4 hours trek.
Walk on the moderate trail for some hour from Halji to reach Jang, following the Limi Khola (Limi river); Jang is the third and last village within Limi Valley with other tiny villages. It's exceptional to be in such a secluded place where Tibetan culture remains relatively untouched from the modern world; surely soon, it might not be the same.
Day 15: Trek to Talung 4,370mA 7 hours trek.
On leaving Limi Valley and authentic Tibetan villages, the walk leads through complete desolate landscapes, climbing slowly but steadily to reach overnight camp at Talung.
Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma 3,620m. via Nyalu La 4,940mAn 8 hours trek.
The morning trail, a steep climb, brings us to the most scenic pass of the trek at Nyalu La, above 4,940 metres. In some sections of the trail, we may encounter some snow, making the climb more challenging and vivid. From the pass, a breath-taking 360° panorama of Humla with Tibetan landscapes including the holy Mt. Kailash of 6,714 metres and Mount Saipal. After the essential photographing stop, we take a steep descend to the Selma Tso (lake) at 4,630 metres. Finally, the trail continues following Salli River to a campsite at Shinjungma with the view of grand Mount Saipal.
Day 17: Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi 2,670 metresA 7 hours trek.
Today's walking brings us back to Kermi village. The trail drops below 3,000 metres for the first time after ten days! We enjoy a pleasant walk into the pine and birch forest along Salli Khola (stream), with sheer cliffs towering on both sides of the trail. Finally, the walk meets Karnali River and then heads east towards Kermi village for an overnight stop with time to relax your body in the natural hot spring.
Day 18: Trek to Simikot 2,950mA 6 hours trek.
The last day of the trek is a long walk to reach Simikot. The trail retraces the Dharapuri and Maj-Gaon and then, on a nice path, take us over a pass at above 3,000 metres elevation. From the top, walk downhill to reach Simikot, where our trekking to Humla and Limi valley ends. After many days in the tented camp, the last day of the trek is spent in a lodge.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotelEarly morning, after breakfast, we walk to the airport for check-in formalities and take a short flight to Nepalgunj and a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. Finally, arrive at Kathmandu airport, where a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival and get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax or if you wish, you could stroll around the high street of Kathmandu or spend time doing things of your choice, or you can also go shopping for your friends and family as a souvenir from Nepal.
Day 20: A contingency dayHave 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.
Day 21: DepartureHave 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.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|2 - 3 Persons||3055$||3210$|
|4 - 5 Persons||2895$||3045$|
|6 - 7 Persons||2735$||2885$|
|8- 10 Persons||2575$||2725$|
|Single room supplement||300$||450$|
|HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS|
|CITIES||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|KATHMANDU||Marshyangdi or similar||Hotel Shanke or Malla|
|NEPALGUNJ||Hotel Siddhartha||Hotel Siddhartha|
|DURING TREK||Tented camp||Tented camp|
What is included
- Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
- 4-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
- Kathmandu to Nepalgunj / Simiko / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu airfare (Tax included)
- 1 Night Hotel in Nepalgunj on full board and day-use room while flying back to Kathmandu on a full board basis
- Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa helpers and the necessary number of porters/mules for entire trekking
- All camping equipment such as a two-men domed tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, toilet tent, hard and soft mattresses for each member and kitchen equipment for common use.
- All necessary food and beverages for trekking
- A good sleeping bag for each member (if one requires)
- A pair of a trekking poles for each member (if one requires).
- A trekking duffel bag for each member (if one requires)
- All applicable trekking permits
- A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency
- A medical kit box for first aid medical purpose.
- Insurance and expenses of all local staff.
What is not included
- Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
- International air tickets.
- Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport).
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses.
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages during the trek.
- Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
- Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those not mentioned in the above price includes section.
Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November
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.
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, temperature ranging minimum 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 thunders 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.
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable, and in Nepalgunj, we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on the trek, we sleep in a comfortable camping tent (Ozark/Mountain hardware) with a hard and soft mattress for each. While 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.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu, so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so 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 tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need, and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, suppose you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek. In that case, there is a range of options to choose from, including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park or maybe white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers, such as the Sun Kosi. Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites, and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.
Do we join a group during trekking?
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/Tent?
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 the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone 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, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is ideal.
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 needs to pack into a large duffle bag and 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?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes, where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. Suppose you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away. In that case, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover, where you should soon recover, or take a helicopter flight to Kathmandu. But such a possibility is rare if we follow the itinerary and walking rhythm set by our guide.
What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best 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.
How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package; please check the cost includes and excludes section. Still, you will need extra money to bear the expenses, such as meals in Kathmandu and bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice). In general, allow about 400$ per person, which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while on a trip.
What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we use a comfortable, fully air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) required by the number of persons travelling together. Between Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft, and Nepalgunj to Simikot, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, and Pokhara to Kathmandu,
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, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., and to secure your place, we will require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum of US $400 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months 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.
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
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.