Transportation: Flights/ Private Cars or Tourist Coaches
Max Altitude: 5416m
The classic Around Annapurna Circuit trek traverses through Marshyangdi River Valley, over the Thorung La (5416m) Pass & descends to the Kali Gandaki Valley
300 km Around Annapurna Circuit Trek reaches an altitude of 5416m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the fabled Tibetan plateau. The trek is a magnificent plan, covering two different river valleys. It encircles the Annapurna Massif, crossing Thorung, the highest pass on this trek. The magnificent mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m). The trek begins at Besi Sahar and concludes at Kali Gandaki river valley. En route, you pass along paddy fields and subtropical forests, view the beautiful mountain scenery, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and experience fascinating village life. The entire trip is so exhilarating that you will be kept enthralled, day after day. It’s a moderate to challenging trek and sometime requires climbing up and down steep mountain paths. The trek can be done anytime of the year except during monsoon and winter, when the Thorung La Pass gets blocked by snow.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Day 3 Drive to Jagat (1290m) via Besi Sahar (820m) – 7/8 hours
Day 4 Trek to Khudi (790m) - 6 hours
Day 5 Trek to Bahundanda (1310m) – 6/7 hours
Day 6 Trek to Jagat (1290m) - 6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Dharapani (1920m) – 6/7 hours
Day 8 Trek to Chame (2630m) - 6 hours
Day 9 Trek to Pisang (3190m) - 6 hours
Day 10 Trek to Manang (3520m) - 5 hours
Day 11 Rest day in Manang (3520m)
Day 12 Trek to Letdar (4250m) - 5 hours
Day 13 Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500m) – 4/5 hours
Day 14 Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La (5416m) - 8/9 hours
Day 15 Trek to Marpha (2665m) - 7 hours
Day 16 Trek to Lete (2470m) - 6 hours
Day 17 Trek to Tatopani (1160m) - 6 hours
Day 18 Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) - 7 hours
Day 19 Trek to Birethanti (1050m) - 6 hours & drive to Pokhara – 2/3 hours
Day 20 Flight to Kathmandu - 25 minutes
Day 21 Depart Kathmandu
Accommodation during trek in Local lodge available everyday en-route
All meals during trek in Local Lodge
English speaking local expert Guide and Porters
Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees
Trekkers' Information Management System fees
Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare with domestic airport departure tax
Kathmandu to Besi Sahar transfer by private transportation
3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
1 night accommodation in Pokhara (3 star) on twin sharing with breakfast
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with monument entry fees.
Airport transfers with an escort by Office Representative
Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
Insurance for all staff & porters
All applicable government tax
Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40 Details in Visa Page
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
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..
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..
Drive to Jagat (1290m) via Besi Sahar (820m) – 7/8 hours
With high level of physical fitness, adequate acclimatization and good logistic support, we begin
our Annapurna trekking. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then
following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours’ long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District. From there, we continue our 3 hour journey to Jagat, a village that juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley..
Trek to Khudi (790m) - 6 hours
From Besi Sahar, we trek along the trail turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. On crossing the stream, we ascend towards
the village of Denauti where we get to see Nepali village life at close quarters. The route further leads to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical
forests. As the trail nears the Khudi Khola, we approach the Gurung village of Khudi..
Trek to Bahundanda (1310m) – 6/7 hours
As we walk northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley, away from Khudi, we get to see the
magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail winds through a suspension bridge and
follows terraced rice fields offering breathtaking view of Manaslu and cascading waterfalls.
Further, as the trail goes uphill, we spot several shops and teahouses at Ngadi village. On leaving
Ngadi after a brief rest, we skirt through the challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda
literally means "Brahmin hill" and as the name suggests Bahundanda is largely inhabited by
Brahmins. Here we conclude our trekking journey for the day..
Trek to Jagat (1290m) - 6 hours
A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the
bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river
before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape.
We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some
distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m
above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf,
which juts out into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley..
Trek to Dharapani (1920m) – 6/7 hours
The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest.
Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into
picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a
suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to
Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank
that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we
approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally
reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge..
Trek to Chame (2630m) - 6 hours
We skirt through a narrow field from the village. The Dudh Khola, which originates from the
south face of Manaslu and then Marshyangdi veers to the left. Sinuous trails of the. Annapurna II
becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering
in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through
Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi river enters a
gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while and take in the splendor
of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent
rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine
forest. We then enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, from where we can capture the most
enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a
corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of
Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office,
police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of
Trek to Pisang (3190m) - 6 hours
After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal (6893m) in the morning, we head off
for Pisang. En route, we cross a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi and approach houses
and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field
leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave undulating mountain passes, we enter fascinating
apple orchard and near a bridge at 2840 meters. On crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of
Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial
of a Japanese climber has been built in this place. After leaving the forested village, the valley
changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape. Before us, the Annapurna mountain range rears up.
Further on, we continue our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension
bridge at 3040 meters. At this vantage point on the bridge, we get to view Paungda Danda rock
rising more than 1500 meters from the river. En route, we get to capture splendid views of
Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak on the north-east. We cross a bridge and
enter the village of Pisang..
Trek to Manang (3520m) - 6/7 hours
As we continue with our trek, further afield from Pisang we head along a steep ridge savoring
beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above 7132 meters. As we
descend through Manang's airstrip, we come to Hongde lying beneath the gigantic Annapurna III
on the north-east face. The route further leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley from
where we get the majestic view of Annapurna IV (7525m). Further on, we cross a wooden
bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us. We enter the beautiful village of Mungji. We
continue treading along the cultivated fields and after a while we arrive at the village of Bryaga
with a splendid monastery. On trekking down to Manang, we enjoy the majestic views of the
Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and
Tilicho Peak (7134m)..
Rest day in Manang (3520m)
After reaching Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before
crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day strolling down the river to see the tremendous
ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks or by simply take in the panoramic
beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. A short visit to Himalayan
Rescue Association (HRA) aid post makes for an interesting visit..
Trek to Letdar (4250m) - 5 hours
Thoroughly acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La. On the way, we cross a stream,
climb to Tengi, 120 meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning
north-west up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amid the spectacular vistas of Annapurna
mountain range, we trek beyond the lush vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach
the small village of Gunsang. Gunsang is a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail at 3960
meters. Along the route, we see several lodges. As we approach picturesque meadows and rich
forests of barberry, juniper etc, we encounter horses and yaks grazing. The trail takes us further
along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture at
Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500m) – 4/5 hours
Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the
Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain
path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend
to Thorung Phedi..
Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La (5416m) – 8/9 hours
We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La (5416m). The trail becomes steep
immediately on leaving camp, 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, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m
trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more than makes up for the tiring journey.
Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola
Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple..
Trek to Marpha (2665m) - 7 hours
We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through
Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most
of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here
we get fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali
village, with a well-planned drainage system. It’s narrow alleys and passageways provide
welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Marpha is particularly well
known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi..
Trek to Lete (2470m) - 6 hours
We continue descending the Kali Gandaki Gorge to Tukuche, a Thakali village with a large
gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung.
Here, as in many of the villages in this area, narrow alleyways and tunnels connect houses with
enclosed courtyards, providing protection against the wind blowing up the valley. We make our
way through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, enjoying fine views of Annapurna I
and Fang. We then reach Lete, which lies just twenty minutes beyond Kalopani..
Trek to Tatopani (1160m) - 6 hours
Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-
most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly
after Ghasa. At the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail.
Continuing on, we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the massive peak of Annapurna
South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where we can have apple
pie and bathe in the hot springs..
Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) - 7 hours
A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and
leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Sikha and Chitre, we climb
through the forest to Deorali, a 2834m pass from where we can get excellent views of
Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the
pass is the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome
watering spot for the packs of mules, which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom..
Trek to Birethanti (1050m) - 6 hours & drive to Pokhara – 2/3 hours
Overlooking Ghorepani is Poon Hill (3193m). 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 to Birethanti 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. A more gradual descent then brings us to Birethanti,
from where it is a short distance to the road and our transport that takes us to Pokhara..
Flight to Kathmandu - 25 minutes
We drive or fly to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free to explore around on your own..
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 fairly challenging
This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and over the Thorung La pass (5416m), the highest pass 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.
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
The starting point of the trek is Jagat, which is connected by a 7/8 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.
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 - December).
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 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 to 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 traveling to this area 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
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