Explore the hidden valley of Annapurna Narphu Valley Trek along the “off the beaten path” crossing through challenging high passes of Kang La (5280m)
Annapurna Narphu Valley Trek is a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. A rough and wild trek, takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepali Tibetans, have retained their age-old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming.
The trek that covers major portion of the trials of famous Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri and Tilicho peak. As the trekking route is frequented by few trekkers, you can look ahead for a ‘just the mountains, nature & us’ experience.
Day 1 Arriving in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 2 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan)
Day 3 Drive to Dharapani (1860m) – approx. 7hrs
Day 4 Trek to Koto (2600m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Day 5 Trek to Meta (3570m) – approx. 7/8 hrs
Day 6 Trek to Kang Phu Village (3840m) – approx. 6/7 hrs
Day 7 Acclimatization day
Day 8 Trek to Nar Village (4110m) - 3 hrs
Day 9 Trek to Ngawal (3660m) via Kang La Pass (5320m) – approx. 6 /7 hrs
Day 10 Trek to Pisang (3250m) – approx. 4 hrs
Day 11 Trek to Timang village (2710m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Day 12 Trek to Dharapani (1860m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Day 13 Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14 Depart Kathmandu
Fully Catered Camping Trek (FOT)
National park fees
All domestic airfare
Airport transfers and escort
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with entry fees.
3 nights accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast
Transfers as per the itinerary in private vehicle
International flight & departure tax
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance
Arriving in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. 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.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square (Documentation day)
After breakfast, we move to heritage sites in Kathmandu. 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. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.
Drive to Dharapani (1860m) – approx. 7hrs
We take a drive of about 7 hours to Dharapani via Besishahar. Meandering through the windy roads and compensating views of Nepali countryside, lush greenery and breathtaking mountain vistas at the backdrop, we reach Dharapani. Be prepared for some bumpy ride on the last leg of today’s journey.
Trek to Koto (2600m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Our trek starts from today. As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Koto (2600 m) from where we can look straight up at the magnificent Annapurna II. This is also where we leave the Annapurna Circuit, we cross the Marshyangdi river and enter the Narphu valley.
Trek to Meta (3570m) – approx. 7/8 hrs
From the bank of Narphu Khola we start climbing. Most of this first day in the NarPhu valley, we walk on small jungle paths, which is quite a change from the bigger trail around Annapurna. The first part is up and down and then we have a short steep ascent to Choto (2840m). We then have lots of steep ups and downs and the path is quite exposed above the Nar Phu Khola. At the altitude of 3090m we cross a suspension bridge, here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot-springs. The rock carved path now becomes very exciting, both because of danger, and also because there are some big waterfalls. We climb to reach Sinhenge Dharamsala, from where we then continue uphill through forests towards Meta village.
Trek to Kang Phu Village (3840m) – approx. 6/7 hrs
We begin the day by crossing river and pastures. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru BC. The path to the next village Junan is easy and flat, Junan is also abandoned. From here we continue to have an easy walk to Lower Chaku village, which has about 15 houses. We continue on a steep trail to the abandoned Kyan village, where there is a nice long mani wall. We continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river, and then decend to the riverbed. We follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chortens, then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door (Phuohi Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance, we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses, which are home to 100-150 people.
We explore the village, and observe the lifestyles and culture of the locals. The village also has one of the oldest monasteries- Tashi Lakhang Monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. The monastery is enlisted as one out of 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. Apart from the cultural insights, this hidden village also offers some great views of Himlung Himal and other neighboring peaks.
Trek to Nar Village (4110m) - 3 hrs
To get to Naar we have to go back down the valley. After passing several streams and suspension bridges including an 80m high over Lapche river gorge, we move towards Nar village. While approaching the village, we take an uphill walk passing through Buddhist stupas en route. Upon reaching the village, we get the wonderful views of Pisang and other nearby peaks.
Trek to Ngawal (3660m) via Kang La Pass (5320m) – approx. 6 /7 hrs
Today we have a strenuous walk as we are going to cross Kang-La pass, the highest point of the trek. However, it’s a rewarding experience. From Nar village, we continue on a long but gentle ascent through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, on a nice path. At Kang La Phedi the trail steeply ascends passing different landslide areas and a small lake to Kang-La Pass at the height of 5320m. Now you have a superb view of the Annapurna Range and other peaks. Then we descend steeply for an hour and walk through grassy plains till Ngawal village which takes about 3 hours from the top.
Trek to Pisang (3250m) – approx. 4 hrs
Today, we start the trek after breakfast and descend more than 2000m from the pass. As we move ahead, we pass through wider path along greener vegetation, of course being followed by the all-encompassing mountains ranges all the time. After walking for about 4/5 hours, we reach our destination just past a beautiful lake.
Trek to Timang village (2710m) – approx. 5/6 hours
With the decrease in altitude, the trail is easy going passing through the pine and rhododendron forests; however, there are occasional downhills but not very steep. Finally a trek of 5/6 hours brings us to the village of Timang. Beautifully tucked among the hills, the village offers mesmerizing views of Manaslu and Annapurna range.
Trek to Dharapani (1860m) – approx. 5/6 hours
Continuing along the forested area through Marshyangdi River valley, we walk downhill through Danakyu and Bagarchhap. Then we keep walking along the river until we reach Dharapani, where we finally finish our trek of about 8 days. Dharapani, situated as the confluence of Mashyangdi and Dudh Khola, is also the exit point where we show our ACAP permits.
Drive to Kathmandu – 7 hours
Today we return by the same route we have taken earlier via Besi Sahar. Driving along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli; and enjoying the distant mountains, villages and farming terraces, we reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your respective hotel.
Our office representative will take you to the airport. With all the wonderful memories of Nar Phu trek, you will fly back to your home. Have a nice journey!
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
The Annapurna massif 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/Nepalese 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), 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) forms part of the 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.
Machhapuchhare (6007m) Machhapuchre 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) to within 50m
of its summit. After this attempt, the government prohibited further climbing on the mountain.
So technically Machhapuchre remains unclimbed.
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
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, 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 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.
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 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
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, 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 compulsory above 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
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 allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya
within a reasonable time frame. This trip can be done anytime of the year except during
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 to fairly challenging
This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and the Annapurna South Base Camp (4130m). 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.
We offer several options regarding the organization of your trek:
1) Guide, Accommodation and Porter trek (GAP trek)
Includes: Accommodation, guide and porters
This is an abbreviation of Guide Accommodation and Porters (GAP). 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 2000-2500 Rupees 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
3) Lodge or tea house trek
Although simple, the teahouses or lodges do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. The lodge or tea house treks are less expensive than camping trek and are largely suitable for small groups.
Includes: Accommodation in Lodge, guide, porters and all meals
YOUR TREK CAN BE ORGANIZED IN ALL THE 3 WAYS AS MENTIONED ABOVE.
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. We 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. Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘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 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.
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).
Meals are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with drinks.
You will have to make your own eating arrangements in the Lodges available along the trail. Expect to spend around 2000-2500 Rupees a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.
On camping trek, our staff will boil 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.
LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING
During trek your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kgs, excess weight is chargeable at about USD 1.5 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
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 ‘2018 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 a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.
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 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. NPR 2000-2500 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 Nayapool 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).
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
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 gears will be provided once you book your trip or check CLOTHING
AND EQUIPMENT LIST LINK.
GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU
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
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. Post-lunch 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 on the Customs 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.
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 -20 C 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.
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.
We ensure liability as per indicated 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 extra for hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
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. Since the trek ends in Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, it would be nice and relaxing for you to spend a day or two taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic city
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download form from the link below (visa form) and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point.
VISA APPLICATION FORM
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Tourist Visa Extension
* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa
extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January -
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.
FIRST AID KIT
We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors. 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. 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 be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.
The trail on Annapurna Base Camp does not go too high i.e. not above 4130m, so chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are very low. Though Altitude Sickness has the potential to affect all travelers from 2500m and higher, our itinerary is planned in such a way that you make very gradual ascent, spending some days at a low elevation to build necessary acclimatization before walking up to Annapurna South Base Camp at 4130m (the highest point on this trek). 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.
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.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation.
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.
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, culture preservation and fund raising. 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/
1) It is fundamental you 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
2) 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.
3) 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
If you still have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can e-mail us at email@example.com or contact us directly by phone: 977-1-4418100.