Annapurna Circuit Treking

Trip Facts

  • Trip duration: 14 Days
  • Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging
  • Activity: Trekking & Cultural Tour
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Trek type: TH/GAP
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge (teahouse)
  • Transportation: Flight, Private Vehicle
  • Max Altitude: 5416m

Traverse through the incredible Annapurna region, awe at the richness of Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki Valleys and witness the breathtaking display of Himalayan beauty at its best!

This globally popular trekking adventure, Annapurna Circuit Trekking is also well known as RAT, Round Annapurna Trek. This is a magnificent trek in Annapurna region that follows Marshyangdi River from the subtropical lowlands to the Manang basin and then crosses the Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest navigable pass in the world, before descending down to the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki. Trekkers’ first pick Annapurna Circuit Trekking surpasses any trek in terms of landscapes diversity – from the lush green rice paddies of the Marshyangdi Valley to the arid high altitude Himalayan interior. The common pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhist, Muktinath Temple is the sacred highlight of the latter half of the trek. As you hike along the way, the sights of beautiful mountain sceneries and fascinating village life keep you enthralled, day after day. Throughout the trek, you can see the breath taking majestic views of some of the world’s gigantic mountains including Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Dhaulagiri (8176 m). You pass across four regions i.e. Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations whereas Lamjung and Myagdi are of lower elevations with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming. All in all, the ecological and cultural diversity of Annapurna Circuit Trekking provides you a complete experience of trekking in Nepal that is sure to leave you with some unforgettable memories.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
  • Day 3 Drive to Chame (Approx. 2650m) via Besisahar- 10/11
  • Day 4 Trek to Upper Pisang (Approx. 3300m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 5 Trek to Ngawal (Approx. 3650m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 6 Trek to Manang (Approx. 3519m) -5hrs
  • Day 7 Acclimatization day in Manang (Approx. 3519m) - 4 hrs
  • Day 8 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (Approx. 4200m) -4 hrs
  • Day 9 Trek to Tilicho Lake and back to Sri Kharka (Approx. 4080m) - 8 hrs
  • Day 10 Trek to Yak Kharka (Approx. 4018m) - 5 hrs
  • Day 11 Trek to Thorong Phedi (Approx. 4533m) - 5 hrs
  • Day 12 Cross Thorong la (5416 m) and trek to Muktinath and drive to Jomsom (Approx. 2743m) - 9 hrs, drive 1 hr
  • Day 13 Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara (Approx. an hour in total)
  • Day 14 Depart Kathmandu

Please send an email to sales@explorehimalaya.com for price.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation during the Annapurna 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 members)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare with domestic airport departure tax
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including monuments entry fees.
  • All road transfers as per the itinerary
  • 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
  • International flight
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight)
  • Lunch & dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks during the Annapurna trek
  • Any other tours, transfer and service other than mentioned above
  • Your insurance and medical Expenses

For more information, please contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com

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 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

    Drive to Chame (Approx. 2650m) via Besisahar - 10/11 hours (4 -5 hrs black topped road and 5 hrs off road)

    Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, you pass through the low-lying sub tropical forests and rice paddies. After 6 hours’ long drive, we reach Besi Sahar, the headquarter of Lamjung District. From there, you continue our journey passing through small local settlements that jut out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley to reach the beautiful Gurung village situated on the base of the hill, Chame which is also the largest settlement in Manang District. Not a very densely populated place, Chame offers warm greetings and great hospitality from local people. You can see the magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m) on the way to Chame..

  • Day 4

    Trek to Upper Pisang (Approx. 3300m) – 5/6 hrs

    The trial begins across the steep narrow path and goes through a deep gorge and then passes through the great sweeping slope of Paungi Danda. En route, you can capture the splendid landscapes of Annapurna II (7937 m), Mt. Lamjung (6983 m) rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak (6091 m) on the north-east. The trial is mostly gradually flat with the pine tree forest and passes through the huge Manang Apple farm in Bhratang. Once in Upper Pisang, saunter through the woods, explore the village, with its Tibetan-inscribed mani stones, gompas and enjoy the beautiful view of Pisang. .

  • Day 5

    Trek to Ngawal (Approx. 3650m) – 5/6 hrs

    The trip follows hard climb in the further interior of Marshyangi Valley and uphill path towards Ghyaru which continues to Ngawal, known as a little jewel of the region. The panorama over the Himalayan giants standing over 6,000 metres tall - Annapurna II (7937 m), Pisang Peak (6091 m) is breathtaking! You can witness the Tibetan style stone houses and Tibetan style Gumbas in the traditional village of Ghyaru and Ngawal. Ngawal village is a beautiful Tibetan style settlement and a perfect place to witness the spectacular landscape views..

  • Day 6

    Trek to Manang (Approx. 3519m) - 5 hrs

    As you continue further afield from Ngawal, you head along a steep ridge savoring beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above 7132 meters. You descend down a steep trail straight down to a valley floor and follow the northern trail towards Manang. As you go further, you notice a contrast in vegetation and landscapes. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the stunning mountains including Annapurna (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m) and Annapurna IV (7525 m). En-route, you can also see Barge monastery, the largest monastery in Manang made in beautiful Bhutanese style..

  • Day 7

    Acclimatization day in Manang (Approx. 3519m) - 4 hrs

    Take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization at a height of 4230 meter around Gangapurna Lake. Spend a day here to acclimatize by doing some hike to the viewpoint from where exclusive view of Gangapurna Lake and Manang village can be seen. You can see the tremendous ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks or go watch the beautiful Tibetan style stone houses village of Manang. The astonishing views of mountains such as Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Tilicho (7134 m), Chulu range and Pisang (6091 m) seen from this place is difficult to forget!.

  • Day 8

    Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (Approx. 4200m) - 4 hrs

    Trek continues in a newly constructed path after passing a monastery up towards a high ridge that goes through Manang Marshyangdi Valley and continues from Khangsar, a local traditional village. On the way, you can see the long narrow path traversing through the steep debris slopes which is also known as landslide zone. The trial to Tilicho Base Camp is almost uphill with sandy track in some places. Beautiful landscapes of mountains such as Gangapurna (7455 m), Annapurna (8091 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m) can be seen along with some faunas such as Himalayan Thar, Yaks, Himalayan birds on the way. Except Khangsar, other en-route villages are settled for commercial propose with shops and mainly lodges..

  • Day 9

    Trek to Tilicho Lake and back to Sri Kharka (Approx. 4080m) - 8 hrs

    Today’s trek is a bit strenuous that begins with hike through high alpine landscapes with plenty of snow covered rocks. The trail is totally uphill and follows a blue-and-white trail signs that points the way to Tilicho Lake which takes around 3.5 hours. This amazing lake is one of the most magnificent highest altitude lakes situated at the height of 4919 meters. The view of spectacular landscapes with Mount Tilicho (7134 m) in front of Tilicho Lake, Gangapurna (7455 m) and Annapurna IV (7525 m) is stunning! After exploring Tilicho Lake, you continue to Sri Kharka for the overnight. .

  • Day 10

    Trek to Yak Kharka (Approx. 4018m) - 5 hrs

    A yak territory, Yak Kharka is an alpine pasture. Trek to Yak Kharka starts from steadily uphill climb with the trail following the valley northward, through few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry. Enjoying a true experience of Himalayan trekking with the beautiful backdrop of Annapurna (8091 m) and Gangapurna (7455 m) and scenic view of buckwheat fields and yaks grazing, you reach Yak Kharka. .

  • Day 11

    Trek to Thorong Phedi (Approx. 4533m) - 5 hrs

    The trail from Yak kharka passes through a slender track that moves transversely to an uneven hill followed by an ascent to Thorong Phedi which takes around 4 hours. Thorong Phedi is also known as base of the Thorong La. Himalayan Thar, Horses and yaks can be seen grazing in the meadows along the way. You still follow the beautiful landscapes of kaleidoscopic mountains such as Gangapurna (7455 m), Annapurna III (7555 m) and Annapurna (8091 m)..

  • Day 12

    Cross Thorong la (5416 m) and trek to Muktinath and drive to Jomsom (Approx. 2743m) - 9 hrs, drive 1 hr

    You have an early start today for the crossing of Thorong La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving your teahouse, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the Pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, you will be presented with a dramatic tableau at the top of the Pass. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more than makes up for the tiring journey. Not just the astonishing mountain views, in today’s trek you can also have wildlife encounter with Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Birds and if lucky then Snow Leopard as well. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, where your adventurous Annapurna Trek comes to an end. From Muktinath, an hour drive through the Kali Gandaki valley will take you to Jomsom, a large town sprawled along both banks of Kali Gandaki River. .

  • Day 13

    Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara

    You take an early morning flight to Pokhara (20/25 minutes). It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. You then catch a further connecting flight back to Kathmandu (25 minutes)..

  • Day 14

    Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc.- please ask us..

TRIP GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and over the Thorong La pass (5416m), the highest point on this trek. Physically quite tiring, it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

TREKKING TYPES

Trekking in Nepal is categorized in three different types based on their way of organization (Camping Trek, Tea House Trek and GAP Trek). Annapurna Circuit Trek is organized in two ways (Tea House Trek and GAP Trek) due to the abundance of accommodation facilities available in the region.

  1. Tea House Trek: This trek includes services like guide, food, accommodation in local Tea Houses and porters.
  2. GAP Trek: This trek includes services like Guide (G), Accommodation (A) in the Tea Houses, and Porters (P). Food bills are to be paid directly by the client.

ACCOMMODATION

Annapurna trekking doesn’t need tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail.

You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in comfortable local lodge each day. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

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 (rice, curry & lentil, momo, noodles, chapatis etc.) and Western food (pizza, pasta, sandwich, chips, porridge, toast, pancake, soup etc) as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). The Guide suggests you the best option as per the availability.

GAP Trek:

You will have to make your own eating arrangements in the lodges available along the trail. Expect to spend around $25-$30 a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.

WATER

On GAP trek and Lodge trek, you will be provided filtered water about 3-4 liters per person per day. The good thing about such water is it doesn’t smell chlorine. We normally use Sawyer Filters. However, you can also buy bottled water in tea houses. You can also bring water purification pills in case you want to drink water from local taps.

PERSONAL EXPENSES – MONEY TO TAKE ON TREK

Money requirement depends largely on type of trek style, duration and trekking region.
For a two-week Annapurna trek, you can take about $200-300, more if you intend to get more table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas), souvenirs, battery charge, internet, hot shower (available in some places) etc. If you are on ‘GAP’ trek style you need to pay for all your meals. Approximately $25-30 a day should be enough to cover your meals. We pay for your accommodation at mountain hut (teahouse) along the trail and bear all the expenses of staffs assigned by us, plus extra bar bills, snacks, hot shower, battery charge, internet etc.

CHANGING MONEY

You can change money at a bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs in Everest and Annapurna regions like Namche, Lukla, Ghorepani and Jomsom. These days, there is availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu, Pokhara and some major trekking hubs.

TIPS

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

GROUP SIZE ON FIXED DEPARTURE

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 15 people.

For a Private Booking, any number size from 1 Pax to 20 is acceptable and can be comfortably organized. We go for special planning for handling group size bigger than 20 Pax.

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. We provide 1 porter for 2 members.

COMMUNICATION

There are a plenty of telephone facilities in the Annapurna region You can also use Ncell and NTC network (both for internet and mobile network) but they don’t work properly in some places as you go higher. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

FLIGHT / LAND TRANSFERS

The starting point of the trek is Chame, which is connected by a 10/11 hours’ drive from Kathmandu. On your return, you will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. You can choose between flying and driving back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will arrange the transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu). Please check with us for price difference between flying and driving back to Kathmandu.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING

During Annapurna trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for flight safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a daypack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

Lodge/ Tea House Trek, GAP Trek

A typical day while trekking in Nepal consists of about 7-8 hours of activity. 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.

TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENT

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.

GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU

There are numerous suppliers of trekking gears in Kathmandu supplying genuine branded items or imitations depending on your choice and price. You can get anything from down jackets and sleeping bags to socks or thermal wears that you need for your trek. They might not be the best but good enough for the trek considering the price.

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY COMPANY

We provide company duffle bag (80L) to use on the trek. You can store your bag in your hotel and use it after the trek. 

TREK SECURITY

Security of our clients is our foremost priority. All our guides are licensed by Nepal Government. Our guides and support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They will ensure your safety and security throughout your trip.

During the Annapurna trek, you will be sleeping in local teahouses. You have to take precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

MEETING AND GREETING AT AIRPORT

 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.

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.

CLIMATE AND BEST TIME TO GO

The best seasons for trekking in Nepal 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 -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended, as the visibility during monsoon is limited, upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow in winter.

March, April, October and November are the most favored months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

ITINERARY CHANGES

The itinerary for this Annapurna trek is a standard itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation while on trek, 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.

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 during Annapurna Trekking 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 to 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.

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. For doing Annapurna Trek, you can come with a 30 day visa which costs US $ 50. You should have a passport size photo to get it at airport upon arrival. Some countries’ nationals need to get visa prior their arrival. Please check http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visafor detailed information.

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 Annapurna Trek please check our ‘2021/22 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 20 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.

RESCUE / EVACUATIONS

We take your safety and security very seriously, and make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

INSURANCE

Before joining this short Annapurna Trekking, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

We are among the few companies in Nepal to receive Travelife Certificate Award https://www.travelife.infofor our long-term efforts in sustainable practices.

1. Care for porters and staffs

We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions during Annapurna treks are provided with adequate clothing and equipment.All our porters carry less than 30 kg and underage porters are strictly prohibited in our operations. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net)

2. 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 LPG gas or kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We don’t use plastic bottles. 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. Our staff carry garbage bag with them all the time and collect our garbage and other litters they find on trail, and dispose them on the designated area. We also volunteer to bring garbage down to Lukla while returning back. 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, agro practices and culture preservation. A certain amount of your trip money goes to these projects. For more details on our CSR initiatives, please visit https://www.explorehimalaya.com/csr/

BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this Annapurna Circuit Trek will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:
  1. 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 300)
  2. 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  3. 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  4. Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

TRIP EXTENSIONS

In addition to your Annapurna Trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan etc. 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 or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you.

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that Annapurna Trekking 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 will be decided upon mutual agreement.

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.

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