A Week Below Annapurna Poonhill Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trip duration: 10 Days
  • Grade: Soft adventure
  • Activity: Trekking & Cultural Tour
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Trek type: TH (Teahouse/ Lodge)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Teahouse
  • Transportation: Flights/ Private Cars or Tourist Bus
  • Max Altitude: 3210m

A soft adventure trek in Nepal’s middle hills, with the awesome backdrop of the Annapurna Range

 A Week Below Annapurna Poonhill Trek is well suited for the beginners or for those who have limited time but still want a real Himalayan experience. The trek starts from Nayapul, a couple of hours drive from Pokhara. The trail passes through dense rhododendron forest of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and fascinating traditional villages dominated by the families of brave Gurkha warriors, the Gurungs – a nice opportunity to witness the culture and tradition of Nepali countryside indeed. Along the way, there are spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the Annapurna Ranges and the varied views of Mount Fishtail.

A Week Below Annapurna Poonhill Trek is an easy trek winding through highland settlements including Tadapani and Ghorepani that cap off at Poonhill. Poonhill is a pre-dawn trekking destination, popular for the unforgettable mountain panorama and breathtaking sunrise view. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek can also be combined as an extension trip to cultural tours of Kathmandu & Pokhara. The trip can be done throughout the year except during monsoon (July & August).

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
  • Day 3 Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul & Trek to Birethanti[1075m]
  • Day 4 Drive to Nayapul and local drive to Shyauli Bazaar - 3 hours; Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 3/4 hours
  • Day 5 Trek to Chomrong (2540m) – 5/6 hours
  • Day 6 Trek to Tadapani (2540) - 6 hours
  • Day 7 Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) – 5/6 hours
  • Day 8 Trek to Hille - 5 hours, local transfer to Nayapul - 1.5 hours; Drive to Pokhara - 1.5 hours
  • Day 9 Fly to Kathmandu - 25 minutes; Evening Free
  • Day 10 Depart Kathmandu

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation during trek available everyday en-route (local lodge)
  • All meals during trek in Local Lodge
  • English speaking local expert guide
  • Local porters during trek (ratio:- 1 porter : 2 member)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare with domestic airport departure tax
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara (3 star) on twin/double sharing with breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with inclusive of monuments entry fees.
  • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All applicable government tax

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 15 days - USD 25 Details in Visa Page
  • International flight
  • Lunch & dinner during Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel stay
  • Extra baggage charges (All together only 15 kg is allow by domestic airline)
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking
  • Any other tours, transfer and service other than mentioned above
  • Your insurance and medical Expenses

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. .

  • Day 2

    Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square) and transfer to hotel

    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, we will delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square. .

  • Day 3

    Fly to Pokhara, Rest day - explore around on own

    We take a thirty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, we get to savor the most mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. After reaching Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel in Pokhara. Rest of the day you can explore around Pokhara Bazaar on your own, do shopping or boating in Phewa Lake. .

  • Day 4

    Drive to Nayapul and local drive to Shyauli Bazaar - 3 hours; Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 3/4 hours

    We take a one and a half hour leisure drive to Nayapul along the graceful Modi Khola Valley. Then after we continue to Syauli Bazaar in a local vehicle. On reaching our destination, we begin our highly panoramic Annapurna trek. We trail along terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. On passing a succession of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Several hotels and teahouses at the village welcome us with warmth and sincere hospitality while catering to the requirements of all trekkers’ who hit the trail through this village. .

  • Day 5

    Trek to Chomrong (2540m) – 5/6 hours

    From Ghandruk, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. We continue a steep climb till to Chhomrong crossing a Binocular hill known as Salaphu. Upon arrival at Chhomrong which is a very famous Gurung Village (known for tradition Nepalese Folk Melody as a messenger before 1990's), We encounter with the Mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (known as the holy Mountain Machhapuchhre) facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. .

  • Day 6

    Trek to Tadapani (2540) - 6 hours

    We descend further along the trail showcasing rich rhododendron forests, gloriously cascading sparkling mountain streams and other mystical vistas of nature. After continuously walking for 3 hours, we step on the territory of Tadapani at an altitude of 2540 meters. Tadapani offers the most magnificent mountain views of the overpowering peaks of Annapurna South. .

  • Day 7

    Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) – 5/6 hours

    From Tadapani, you proceed further along steep trails. Nature spreads exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before you. We climb through rhododendron forest to Deorali (3100m) and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. Continue walking for 3 hours and finally we find ourselves in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers. .

  • Day 8

    Trek to Hille - 5 hours, local transfer to Nayapul - 1.5 hours; Drive to Pokhara - 1.5 hours

    Overlooking Ghorepani is Poon Hill (3210m). An hour-long pre-dawn ascent gives us the opportunity to see the fascinating views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun. After breakfast, we begin the long descent through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. From the village of Ulleri, a long steep stone staircase seems to go on forever before eventually reaching Hille. From this point, we take a local transfer to Nayapul and continue to Pokhara in a private vehicle. .

  • Day 9

    Fly to Kathmandu- 25 minutes; Evening Free

    From Pokhara we fly to Kathmandu. Rest of the day in Kathmandu is free. You will have enough time to spend on your own. Wander in Thamel to find an ideal souvenir of Nepal, revisit or visit the place of your choice or stay in your hotel, choice is yours.! .

  • Day 10

    Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, and mountain biking, etc. – please ask us). .

Climate, Flora & Fauna

The climate in the Annapurna region varies from subtropical to alpine. The southern slopes of the area
has the highest rainfall rate in the country- 3000mm per year, whereas the northern slopes lying in the
rain shadow has the lowest rate – less than 300mm per year. The difference in the climatic conditions in
this region is responsible for its varied flora and fauna.
The Annapurna region possesses a variety of flora and fauna. It stretches from the subtropical lowlands
and the high temperate rhododendron forest in the south, to a dry alpine steppe environment in the
North. The Southern lowlands are lush with subtropical forests consisting of chirpine and alder. In the
Northern highlands temperate forests of oaks, rhododendron, fir, and blue pine are found. The wet
regions yield a variety of bamboo species. The higher altitude further North give rise to forests of birch,
blue pine and juniper trees, which are replaced by juniper and rhododendron in the far North. In the
semi-desert rain shadow region, behind the Himalayas, bushes of caragana and juniper species are
evident. It has several species of wildlife. There are around four hundred and seventy-four species of
birds, and around a hundred species of mammals. The Annapurna region serves as an excellent habitat

for rare and endangered mammals like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and many of
Nepal’s brilliantly plumaged pheasants.

Annapurna peaks

The Annapurna massif 

It contains six major peaks over 7,200 m: Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II
(7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Annapurna South
(7219m). Annapurna I, standing at a height of 8,091 m, is the tenth highest summit in the world. It is
located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it
from the Dhaulagiri massif.
Annapurna was the first 8000m peak scaled by a climber. Till 1948, Nepal was closed to all foreigners.
It was in the year 1949 that the kingdom opened its doors to mountaineers. In that year two foreign
teams received permission to enter the country, one Swiss and another American. In 1950, a French
mountaineering team led by Maurice Herzog succeeded in climbing Annapurna, an 8000m peak. They
had no information about the peak they would climb. With little or no information, they decided to take
on the Annapurna. On 3rd June, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenel reached the summit of Annapurna
I, after climbing for eight hours.  They had to suffer from severe frostbite which cost Maurice Herzog
his toes and fingers. Herzog has written about the climb in his book The Conquest of Annapurna
1950.
Annapurna II, the eastern anchor of the range, was first climbed in 1960 by a British/Indian/Nepali
team led by Jimmy Roberts, via the West Ridge, approached from the north. Annapurna III was first
climbed in 1961 by an Indian expedition team led by Mohan Kohli. The summit party comprised
Mohan Kohli, Sonam Gyatso, and Sonam Girmi. They climbed from the Northeast Face.

Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak)

Tharphu Chuli (Tent Peak) shaped like a tent, at 5663m is an ideal peak for a short expedition. Lying
across the Annapurna glacier, the peak offers excellent views of its neighbouring peaks from its
summit.

Pisang Peak (6091m) 

Pisang Peak (6091m) forms part of Manang Himal. Towering above the Marshyangdi valley, this peak
was first ascended by J.Wellenkamp, a German climber, in 1955.The start of the ascent to this peak
starts at a village which shares its name: Pisang.

Machhapuchhre (6997m)

Machhapuchhre lies in the center of the Annapurna Himal. Machhapuchhre
possesses the rare beauty that makes it one of the world's most photographed peaks. In 1957 Wilfred
Noyce and David Cox climbed Machhapuchhre (6997m) up to about 6947m, within 50m of its summit.
After this attempt, the government prohibited further climbing the mountain on the ground of it being
sacred to locals. So, technically Machhapuchhre is unclimbed.

Poon Hill(3193m)

Poon Hill(3193m)is the westernmost crest of a spur that juts into the Kali Gandaki. The hill is named
after the Magars called Poon, who live in that area. To watch the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and
Annapurna Himal from this hill is an experience of a lifetime.

People & Places

The Gurungs form the largest group in the Annapurna region. They come from Tibeto Burmese stock.
Although essentially Buddhists some Gurungs have converted to Hinduism. They inhabit the higher
northern slopes of the Annapurna, Lamjung,Chuli and hills around Ganesh Himal. A large number
of Gurung men serve in the British and Indian armies.
The immediate vicinity of Pokhara is largely populated by Chettris and Bahuns (Brahmins).They also
live around the historic site of the old Gorkha kingdom. The Magars inhabit the lower trail between
Baglung and Dana. They live high on the steep ridges along the tributaries of the Kali Gandaki.
Another ethnic group of this region is the Thakalis. Known throughout the country as accomplished
hoteliers and skilled traders, they are noted for their aggressive trading spirit. They make up one of the
few richer groups of people in Nepal. The Jomsom trek passes through Thak Khola, the Thakali
homeland.
In the valley of the Muktinath live the Baragaun Bhotiya. Their lifestyle is similar to that of the
Tibetans. Another group of people who share a close affinity to the Tibetans are the Lopa people of
Mustang, north of Kagbeni. Some of them practice the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Bon which is
infused with animistic and shamanic belief and ritual. The people living in the upper Marshyandi valley
are generally known as Mananges. The Nyeshang area, under which fall the villages of Manang, Braga
and Ngawal. The people are of Tibetan origin. But their language Nyeshang is not a Tibetan dialect.
This area is popularly known by the name of its largest village Manang.

Pokhara [827m]

Pokhara is the main town in central Nepal. It is the starting point of most of the major treks in the
Annapurna region. Situated at an altitude of 827m, it is warmer and more humid than Kathmandu. This
town is known for its picturesque spots like the Phewa Tal (lake), on whose clear water you can see the
reflection of the Mt. Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Himal. Pokhara is one of the major travel
destinations in Nepal.

Muktinath [3710m]

Muktinath, a sacred place both for Hindus as well as Buddhists, is located at an altitude of 3710 m at
the foot of the Thorong La  pass in Mustang district. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra, which
means the "the place of salvation", while the Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, Tibetan for 'Hundred
Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists Chumig Gyatsa is a place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers.
Jwala Mai Temple, Vishnu Temple, Marme Lhakhang and Gompa Sarwa are some of the religious
shrines to visit. The springs from the Gandaki River spurts out of the 108 waterspouts near the Vishnu
temple, from where the Hindu pilgrims take ritual bathe. One item that is unique to this place is the
Saligrams (Ammonite fossils). These are black stones that when broken open, reveal the fossilized
remains of prehistoric ammonites formed about 130 million years ago. The old specks that appear on
many saligrams are pyrite (fool's gold). Hindus believe that the saligrams represent Lord Vishnu.

Jomsom [2713m]

Jomsom serves as the centre for Mustang valley. It lies on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. There is an airstrip with scheduled service to Kathmandu. The increase in the frequency of flights has brought more tourists to this area. Jomsom has a bank, post office, telecom office, a hospital and numerous hotels and lodges.

Manang [3520m]

The Manang area was only recently opened to trekkers .The dry and arid region of Manang called Nyeshang lies at an altitude of 3520m. There is an abundance of large chortens and mani walls .The people of Nyeshang were granted special trading privileges by the King of Nepal hundred years ago. The businessmen from these parts are reputed to be both keen and astute. The tall peaks of the Himalaya - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m) are visible from this place. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit.

Kagbeni[2810m]

Kagbeni is the northernmost village in this region that foreigners may visit on a normal trekking permit.
The police check post at the northern end of the village fastidiously prevents tourists from proceeding
towards Lo-Manthang, the walled city of Mustang without the proper documentation. A green oasis at
the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki river, Kagbeni looks like a town out of the
medieval past, with closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleyways, imposing chortens and a
large, ochre-colored gompa perched above the town.

Chomrong[2100m]

This is the highest permanent settlement in the valley. Chomrong is divided into New Chomrong and
Old Chomrong. New Chomrong at 2040m is the upper part. It has resort hotels, a school and a
helicopter pad. Old Chomrong at 2060m is the main part of the village with shops offices and lodges.
There is a tremendous view of Annapurna South, which seems to tower above the village. There are
good views of Machhapuchhare, the fish tail mountain across the valley. Beyond Chomrong, camping
is restricted to certain ACAP- designated camp sites and hotel construction is strictly prohibited.

Ghandruk [1940m]

Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village is a cluster of slate-roofed houses. It is the second largest
Gurung settlement in Nepal after Siklis. Its actual Gurung name is Kond. Surrounded by neatly terraced
fields, the village has electricity and an extensive water supply.  There are many hotels and lodges to
cater to the many trekkers and tourists that pass that way. The headquarter of the Annapurna
Conservation Area Poject is here. Over here one gets to witness the unique culture, tradition and
custom of the Gurung community. Ghandruk offers excellent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna,
Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP)

ACAP was established in 1986 under the guidance of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The project encompasses more than 7600 sq km. of the Annapurna range. As an innovative approach towards environmental protection, this area was declared a "conservation area" instead of a national park. In an effort to avoid any conflicts of interest, ACAP has sought the involvement of local people and has emphasized environmental education. ACAP projects include the training of lodge owners, with an emphasis on sanitation, deforestation and cultural pride. They have trained trekking lodge operators and encouraged hoteliers to charge a fair price for food and accommodation. ACAP encourages the use of kerosene for cooking and made its use compulsoryabove Chhomrong in the Annapurna Sanctuary and on the route between Ghandruk and Ghorapani.
ACAP is supported by a "conservation fee" of Rs 650 that is collected from all trekkers who obtain
trekking permits for the Annapurna region.

The Major Treks

Arround Annapurna Trek:

This is a magnificent trek stretching across two different river valleys. It encircles the Annapurna massif and goes through the Thorong La (5416 m), the highest pass on this trek. The trek begins at Besisahar in the Marsyangdi river valley and finally concludes at Kali Gandaki river valley. This is a moderate to challenging trek which sometime requires a walk up the steep mountain path. This trek can be done anytime of the year except during monsoon and winter.

Ghorepani Trek:

This trek is well suited for beginners or for those who have limited time. The trek
starts from Phedi. The trail passes through rhododendron forest and traditional Gurung villages. A
comparatively easy trek, it takes you up to an elevation of 2775 m at Ghorepani. The trip can be done
anytime of the year except during monsoon.

Pokhara -Jomsom –Muktinath:

Beginning from Nayapul, the trail passes over the Ghorepani pass and descends down to Kali Gandaki valley. Watching the dawn breaking over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks from Ghorepani is one spectacular scene that you get to witness on this trek. Once you reach Jomsom you can either continue trekking to Muktinath or explore the villages around Jomsom. This is an easy trek that can be done any time of the year except during monsoon.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

The route to the original Annapurna Base Camp was discovered by Maurice Herzog and his team in 1950. The Annapurna Base Camp trek leads to a natural amphitheater that is used as the base camp from which climbers start on their way to conquer the Annapurna peak. The peak reaches 8091 meters above sea level, and the base camp's altitude is 4130 meters above sea level. The trek into the area below the massive south face of Annapurna, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek begins in Pokhara and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge into the vast mountain ringed amphitheatre of the Sanctuary. The trail passes through bamboo and rhododendron forests with superb views of the Annapurna range. The high glacial basin is the site of the Annapurna south face base camp. This is a classic trek, which allowsaccess to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable time frame. This trip can be done
anytime of the year except during monsoon.

Annapurna Circuit Trek: 

It is a picturesque valley, first discovered in 1957 by Jimmy Roberts. Ten peaks of 600-800m rises from it. Machhapuchhare looks breathtaking from this viewpoint as also the south face of Annapurna. The Sanctuary falls within the area managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The Annapurna Circuit is the popular name for a 300 km trek in the Annapurna mountain range. The trek reaches an altitude of 5416m at Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the fabled Tibetan plateau. The magnificent mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes Annapurna, Dhauligiri, and Machhupuchhare. This is a moderate to challenging trek which sometime requires ascending and descending the steep mountain path. This trek can be done anytime of the year except during monsoon and winter when the Thorong pass gets blocked by snow.

TRIP GRADE: Moderate/Soft Adventure
This trek lasts for about 5 days and doesn't go above 3210 meter. Each day, you can expect to be walking for around 5/6 hours. It is a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. The activity level is moderate but don't expect it to be all easy going, there will still be some big hills to climb as well as the well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in hilly terrain.


TREKKING TYPES
We offer several options regarding the organization of your trek:
1) Guide, Accommodation and Porter trek (GAP trek)
Includes: Accommodation, guide and porters
Excludes: Food
This option of the trek is for those who want basic support from us. This is the most economic way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters. Trekkers pay for meals directly to the local lodge owner. Expect to spend around $20-$25 a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.
2) Camping trek
On camping trek you will be sleeping and eating on tents. A trekking crew contains one Sirdar, one cook and the numbers of kitchen crew, Sherpa assistants and porters depending on the size of the group. Under the leadership of the Sirdar (the local trek leader) the crew will ensure you take the right path. The kitchen crew will keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals. The porters shall transport the gear from camp to camp. Our main aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. Sirdar and his assistants speak basic English, good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.
Includes: Guide, Porters, Cook, All meals and tents


ACCOMMODATION
Trekking in the Annapurna region does not need tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. You stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. All lodges have spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance).
Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is cheaper
to stay in lodge rather than organizing a camping trek. On camping trek, you sleep in tents either ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’. We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with 3 Star categories which we provide to clients
in connection to this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.


FOOD
Lodge Trek:
Meals are included in our price and are taken in lodges available along the trail. You can find a considerable variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).
Camping Trek:
Meals are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with drinks.
GAP Trek:
You will have to make your own eating arrangements in the lodges available along the trail. Expect to spend around $20-$25 a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.


WATER
On camping trek, our staff will boil or filter water and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On GAP trek and Lodge trek, you will be able to buy bottled water in tea houses. We recommend you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from stream is safe if away from settlements.


LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter or yaks. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.


GROUP LEADER AND CREW
We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:
1) Western leader
2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)
3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)

The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. On camping trek, there will be 2/3 porters for each members while on GAP and Lodge trek 1 porter for 2 members.


JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP
Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our ‘2020 departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor your trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to meet your needs.


GROUP SIZE ON FIXED DEPARTURE TRIP
If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 2 the maximum is 12 people.


PERSONAL EXPENSES
Personal expenses depend largely on the type of trek, duration and the trekking region. If you are on Camping or Tea house trek all meals will be provided. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places). If you are on ‘GAP’ trek style you need to pay for all your meals. $20-$25 a day should be enough to cover your meals. We pay for your accommodation at mountain hut (tea house) along the trail and bear all the expenses of staff assigned by us. Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 5 - 10% of the total tour cost as tips.


FLIGHT AND LAND TRANSFERS
You can choose any mode of transport to commute from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Kathmandu, you can take a 30 minutes’ scenic flight to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul or we drive for 6/7 hours from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. On your return, our car/bus shall pick you from Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. You can choose between flying or driving back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will also arrange the transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu).


COMMUNICATION
There are a plenty of telephone facilities in the Annapurna region. Cell phones work fine throughout the trek in the region. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a sim card or rental satellite phones if necessary.


TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENT
Trekking: You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.


TYPICAL DAY ON TREK
Lodge/ Tea House Trek, GAP Trek & Camping Trek
Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. After
walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter
and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
However, on a camping trek, you begin your day with a hot cup of tea which will be served to you in the tent at 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. Other day activities are the same as mentioned above.


MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU
You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass the Customs desk and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland.


ITINERARY CHANGES
The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.


TREK DURATION
We ensure liability as indicated in itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.


TRIP EXTENSIONS
In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you..


VISA

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. You can also get “On Arrival Visa” at entry
points. Some countries’ nationals need to get visa prior their arrival. Please check
http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa for detailed information.
Visa can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Children under 10
years need not pay any visa fee.

VISA APPLICATION FORM
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency
Tourist Visa Extension
* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 45 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 3 per day
* In case of delay, (less than 150 days), additional US $ 5 per day as late fine. HEALTH ISSUES AND


VACCINATIONS
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months
prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may
experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping,
but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills
called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in
Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate.
If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly
recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before
booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold,
diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those
who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions


FIRST AID KIT
We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual.
Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would
request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own
medicine kit and not depend on what we have.


RESCUE / EVACUATIONS
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to
transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in
evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared
to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu


INSURANCE
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation,
medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation.


CLIMATE AND BEST TIME TO GO
The best seasons to trek in the Annapurna region are Autumn (from mid-September till November end)
and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you
trek higher every day. The nights are cold (between -20C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot
(between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon,
disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon is not recommended, as the visibility during
monsoon is limited. Trekking in the winter is possible; however, it is much colder than Autumn and
Spring.
March, April, October and November are the most popular and favored months for traveling. Please
choose the date that is convenient for you.



RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Environmental Responsibility
Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population
density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are
extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.
As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use
kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-
fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a
far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn
with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our
garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect
and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

Social Responsibility
Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this
motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) has been conceived to empower
underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.
Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education,
health, community development, forest conservation, agriculture and culture preservation. Explore
Himalaya encourages its clients to contribute for the development of Nepal.

Care for Porters and Staff
We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions are provided with
adequate clothing and equipment. We are the first ever company to supply high-altitude porters with
crampons. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group
(IPPG - www.ippg.net).

For more details on our responsible initiatives, please visit https://www.explorehimalaya.com/csr/


BOOKING CONDITIONS
1) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of USD 300 and the signed
copy of booking form and contract.
The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months
prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.
2) If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 300)
29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

DISCLAIMER
It is fundamental to acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day
to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by
International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In
such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual
agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall only be responsible for refunds
after deducting the expenses already incurred.
If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us
at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: 977-1-4418100. We answer all enquiries
within 24 hours.TRIP GRADE: Moderate/Soft Adventure
This trek lasts for about 5 days and doesn't go above 3210 meter. Each day, you can expect to be
walking for around 5/6 hours. It is a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. The activity level is
moderate but don't expect it to be all easy going, there will still be some big hills to climb as well as the
well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down. No previous experience is required, you
should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in hilly terrain.

Testimonials

“The meeting and handling was excellent and so were the guides and support staff. I would have liked another few days!” Caroline Biggs

“It has been an amazing trip – Nepal is beautiful and all of the tour guides were excellent and made the trip really enjoyable. Kumari, Maya & Chunu were all really supportive and helpful. They were wonderful!” Dawn Leonard

“The guide and support staff were all very good, knowledgeable & caring. Hotel in Kathmandu was of good standard and service in lodges during the trek was perfectly acceptable. Keep up the high standards of customer service!” John Daly

“The meeting & handling went fine..luggage arrived with us and transfer vans were there. The guides and support staff did everything to make the trip run ok. The sherpas were excellent!” Lynn Abbey

“The meeting & handling went smoothly. The guides and support staff were excellent!” Stephen Owen

“The guides and support staff were excellent! I would recommend an explanation to the group of the day’s trekking each morning.” Victoria Marsh

“Guides and porters were excellent and made the trip very enjoyable. The meals during the trek were mostly good except when western style food was served. Preferred Nepalese food to western! Alex Halligan

“The guides were excellent and transportation was very good. Strongly recommend the trip…”Graham Hill

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