An enlightening Pokhara Jomsom Muktinath Trek along the Kali Gandaki to Muktinath on the border of Mustang
The trek takes you along the Kali Gandaki to Muktinath on the border of Mustang, which is popularly known as the Himalayan Shangri-la. As you hike through the Kali Gandaki Valley, passing through the deepest gorge in the world; the trek finally emerges into the wide valley of Jomsom, a Himalayan Shangri-la. Beginning the trek from Nayapul after a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara, the trail passes over the Ghorepani pass and descends down to Kali Gandaki valley. The views from the first rays of the sun at the break of dawn grace the pinnacles of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Ghorepani, creating a landscape that is absolutely magnificent to behold. Fascinating traditional villages of Gurung, Magar & Thakali will keep you enthralled day after day as you hike along the way. Once you reach Jomsom, you can either trek to the famous Muktinath temple at 3710 meters or explore the fascinating villages around Jomsom.
Pokhara Jomsom & Muktinath Trek is an easy trek that can be done any time of the year except during the monsoons (July & August).
Day 1 Arrival Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara, drive to Birethati (1100m) - approx. 2 hrs, and trek to Ulleri (2000m) via Birethanti - 5/6 hours
Day 4 Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) - 4 hours
Day 5 Trek to Tatopani (1190) - 5/6 hours
Day 6 Trek to Ghasa (2000m) – 5/6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Larjung (2560m) – 4/5 hours
Day 8 Trek to Jomsom (2713m) - 4/5 hours
Day 9 Trek to Muktinath (3710m) - 5/6 hours
Day 10 Trek to Jomsom (2713m) - 5/6 hours
Day 11 Flight to Pokhara- 25 minutes and fly/drive to Kathmandu - 25 minutes/7 hours
Day 12 Depart Kathmandu
All meals during trek (except for GAP trek)
Accommodation during trek (tent on camping trek, lodge on GAP and lodge trek)
Pokhara/Nayapul transfer charge
English speaking local guide, porters
Annapurna Conservation Area permit
Trekkers' Information Management System fees
3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort
Equipment and clothing for porter and staff
Insurance for all staff and porters
Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 15 days - USD 25
Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
Meals during GAP trek
Extra baggage charges
Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking
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. Overnight at Hotel.
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. Overnight at Hotel.
Fly Pokhara(25 minutes) and drive to Nayapul(1 hour drive) and then to Birethanti. Trek to Ulleri [2000m]5-6 hours
It takes around 25 minutes to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While flying to Pokhara, you can enjoy the fantastic views of shimmering mountain ranges and spectacular landscapes below you. You will be met at Pokhara airport by your trekking crew. A short drive of about an hour brings you to a trailhead at Birethanti, a busy village of lodges, shops and houses. You commence your trek with a gradual ascent along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. You then leave the river and follow a trail along the upper edge of terraced fields through Hille to Tikedungha. Thereafter, you cross a stream beyond the village and then drop down to the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola. Then you climb a long, steep and seemingly endless stone staircase, which eventually leads you to the village of Ulleri. From this village, there are fine views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli..
Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) - 4 hours
As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, you arrive at the village of Nangathanti. Another few hours of trekking through the forest, you reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a popular watering spot for mules, which ply this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. A ten minutes’ walk takes you to a small pass and further to the village of Deorali. For proper acclimatization, you rest at Ghorepani.
Trek to Tatopani (1190m) - 5/6 hours
You can catch an amazing view of the sunrise from an ideal vantage point of Poon Hill. After breakfast, you descend to Tatopani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. As you near Chitre, you get an awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri range. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue descending, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the hot springs near the river below the village.
Trek to Ghasa (2000m) – 5/6 hours
You have to follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. En route, you come across local people selling baskets of oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village. You can see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses in Ghasa.
Trek to Larjung (2560m) – 4/5 hours
After breakfast you trek from Ghasa towards Larjung. Few hours of descents soon follow other rock-strewn ascents through forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you reach Larjung, you cannot help but marvel at the architectural grandeur of this small town; tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style presents an interesting sight.
Trek to Jomsom (2713m) – 4/5 hours
You begin to trek along the trail that follows the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Yet again, you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail further meanders through stonewalled orchards. Soon you come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. After lunch in Marpha, you continue trekking towards Jomsom. As you approach your destination Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of brown, yellow and grey contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri.
Trek to Muktinath (3710m) – 5/6 hours
After breakfast you resume your trekking along the path up to the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki. You come across a stream and verdant vegetation. On crossing a small ridge to Chhancha Lhumba at 2730 meters, you continue heading towards Muktinath. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri dominate the view as you ascend to Khingar (3200m). More meadows, streams and lush vegetation can be seen along the trail as it paves to Jharkot (3500m). You encounter the ruins of the Dzong and pristine villages of Purang and Changur. As you trek past mule stables and steep barren hillside, you enter Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa for years has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travelers. On trekking further, you enter Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Pilgrims flock to the Buddhist gompa and pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Trek to Jomsom (2713m) – 5/6 hours
Heading away from Muktinath, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking on the magnificent view of Nilgiri. You stay overnight in Jomsom. In the evening you celebrate the completion of your trek with the crew, whom you have come to know so well over the last 9 days.
Flight to Pokhara - 25 minutes and fly/drive to Kathmandu - 25 minutes/7 hours
You board an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu. The flight takes around 30 minutes and the drive takes around 6-7 hours.
You can indulge in souvenir shopping, sightseeing or other personal activities until your departure. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. .
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: Soft Adventure trek
The treks on this grade last for about a week to 10 days. It generally doesn't go above 4000 meter and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 – 5 hours. It is a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. The activity level is fairly easy but don't expect it to be all easy going, there will still be some big hills to climb as well as the well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down.
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 Annapurna region doesn’t need tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you
will find plenty of clean and friendly Lodges along the trail.
You stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic,
normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. All lodges have spacious dining room-lounge. We
will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of
us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always 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’.
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
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 many 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. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic
airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable about USD 1.5 or more per Kilo depending on
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
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 your trip to suit
your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip 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
FLIGHT / LAND TRANSFERS
You can choose any mode of transport to commute from Kathmandu to Pokhara/Bijayapur. From
Kathmandu, you can take a 30 minutes’ scenic flight to Pokhara and drive to Bijaypur or we drive
for 6/7 hours from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway to Bijaypur, the starting point of the trek.
On your return, our car/bus shall pick you from Begnas. You can choose between flying or driving
back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will also arrange the transportation from your hotel to the
There are a plenty of telephone facilities in the Annapurna region. Cell phones work fine throughout
the trek in the region. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can
provide you a sim card or rental satellite phones if necessary.
TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENT
Trekking: You will need walking boots, sleeping bag, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket,
warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack.
Comprehensive list of equipments 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. The afternoon's walk is generally
shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the
afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good
book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be
free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures,
before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
However, on a camping trek, you begin your day with a hot cup of tea which will be served to you in
the tent at 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. Other day activities are the same as
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.
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 -
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 problem of altitude sickness will not occur in this trek.
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
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
We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG -
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 incurred.
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.
The meeting and handling was excellent. The support team showed great flexibility while improvising the itinerary. Hotel Dwarikas was excellent (service, food and accommodation) while Shangri-La was good (the food was not as varied as Dwarikas).
We find it very important that our travelling contributes to the preservation of Nepal’s fragile and beautiful nature. We encourage Kipling Travels and Explore Himalaya to start working with different tea-houses / lodges and hotels on sustainability initiatives- like waste recycling, solar heating etc. Many tourists would be willing to pay more to be sure that accommodation and transport do not harm the environment or add to global warming.