Royal Trek in Annapurna Region amidst the awesome background of the Annapurnas prepares you for the challenging treks to come.
This short trek follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara Valley. The Royal Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage explored this route in the early eighties. Starting from Kalikasthan ridge, about 25 km from scenic Pokhara, the trek passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. As you hike the terraced farmlands your eyes behold the magnificent Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (fishtail peak) and Langtang that give you a view of nature’s beauty at its best. The trip finally ends at the scenic Begnas Lake which is about 30 km west of Pokhara City.
Royal Trek in Annapurna Region is basically recommended for beginners or those who have very limited time but yet looking for an opportunity to squeeze in an experience of a trekking holiday in the Himalaya. The entire trek is rather easy with occasional up and downhill hikes along the ridges and valleys without having to worry about altitude and acclimatization as the maximum ascent on this trek is Syaglung at 1730m. However, there is also an option to extend a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan by combining Royal Trek to get the thrills of Nepal’s diverse ecological beauty.
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara - 25 minutes, drive to Bijaypur - 40 minutes & trek to Kalikasthan (1370m) – 3 hrs
Day 4 Trek to Patle – 3/4 hrs
Day 5 Trek to Syaklung (1730m) – 3/4 hrs
Day 6 Trek to Begnas (650m) – 5/6 hrs & drive down to Pokhara - 30 minutes
Day 7 Tour of Pokhara City, sightseeing and boating; PM: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 8 Depart Kathmandu.
Fully Catered Camping Trek (FOT).
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.
1 night’s accommodation in at 3 star resort in Pokhara with breakfast on twin sharing.
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort.
Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
Insurance for all staff & porters.
Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 15 days - USD 25
Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara
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
Arrival at Kathmandu
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 tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
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 Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.
Fly to Pokhara - 25 minutes, drive to Bijaypur - 40 minutes & trek to Kalikasthan (1370m) – 3 hrs
From Kathmandu we take a half an hour scenic flight to Pokhara and drive to Bijaypur (or we drive along the Prithivi Highway to Bijaypur for about 6 hrs). We will then make a short trek up to Kalikastan. We climb through the terraced cultivated fields of Kandane, following the steep stone steps, and eventually reaching a level path under the shade of evergreen trees. The path is steep but the background vista is incredible, vast stretches of flat farmland covers the valley. We will take a short rest in the shade of a huge Banyan tree, close to the scenic village of Archale. Now we head to Kalikastan. The view from Kalikastan is incredible, as the peaks of the Annapurnas and the Machhapuchhre (fish tail) are clearly visible from here.
Trek to Patle – 3/4 hrs
We start on a level path and after a short while descend through the tranquil evergreen forest of Okhare to the village of Mastan Saurani. From here, the path ascends, winding up to the village of Sundergaon, and then goes straight down to reach the village of Patle.
Trek to Syaklung (1730m) – 3/4 hrs
The route follows through a vast green forest on the right. On the way the path takes an undulating descent to the village of Ozangaun. We stop for a brief rest at the school at Ramche, and then steeply descend to the village of Lipyani, where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we start ascending the typical stone steps to Syaglung danda through an enchanting rhododendron forest. The trail is so peaceful that you can only hear the sound of your own footsteps. After a hard climb, we eventually enter the village of Syaglung, a typical Gurung settlement. From the village we can glimpse the entire Lumjung Himal – a breathtaking sight!
Trek to Begnas (650m) – 5/6 hrs & drive down to Pokhara - 30 minutes
Today we retrace our way back to Lipyani. The path is steep, descending on stone steps, with the Doban Khola on the right and contoured rice and wheat fields on the left. We come to a wooden bridge over Doban Khola, and then climb up the hill through a forest and arrive at the Lapsi danda. Here we take a short rest. Now the path becomes easier as we enter the village of Lapsidanda. We make a short descent to the motor road and follow the track to the village of Begnas, where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we make a short trek along the dirt road, to our bus pick-up point at Begnas where we finally end our trek. We reach Pokhara after a short bus ride and stay overnight in a hotel.
Tour of Pokhara City, sightseeing and boating; PM: Fly to Kathmandu.
Today you go for a half-day sightseeing tour around the beautiful city of Pokhara and boating in Phewa Lake. Later in the afternoon we fly back to Kathmandu.
After checking out of the hotel, 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: 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,
Meals are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with
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
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
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
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.
Environmental Responsibility Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative. Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.
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 -
For more details on our responsible initiatives, please visit
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
BOOKING PROCEDURE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us directly by phone: 977-1-4418100.
All the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. They accommodated all requests to the best of their ability. The trek was a good level of difficulty for our students. Meals have been excellent, especially on the trek. Porters were extremely polite and helpful. Service was very good. Barahi Hotel in Pokhara was very nice and in a convenient location. Royal Singi in Kathmandu was nice but location was not convenient. The itinerary was generally good.
- Robert Dacho, Canadian International School, Honk Kong