Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA):
Upon your arrival, a representative from all Nepal Hiking will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our representative will transfer you to your hotel and will explain you about the trek in brief. You may ask our guides if you’ve any query regarding the trek. Our staffs will also assist you for the trek preparation. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1340m):
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most cultural attraction in Kathmandu including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Durbar Square, Pashupati temple, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Boudhanath Stupa. You will also meet your trek leader for a briefing about the trek beginning from the next day. After the briefing, there will be a short question and answer session about your trip in which you may ask anything regarding the trek. We all finalize our preparation for the trek. In the evening enjoy the nightlife in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu (1340m) - Besisahar (760m) – Jagat (1300m): hrs
After having breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, morning drive to Besisahar along the banks of Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers. You’ll see rural villages, green mountains, and snow-capped mountains including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and the Annapurnas on the way. We change vehicle at Besisahar, and take another jeep to Jagat. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani (1860m): hrs
Trek toward Chamje and cross the Marsyangdi river. Gradually trek to Sattalle and Taal(1700 m). Taal is a beautyful spot for taking rest and lunch, the beautiful Marsyandi River is wider here. The slow motion of the river makes a lake (called Taal in Nepali). You’ll see several waterfalls on the eastern hillside. We continue to trek to Dharapani. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 5: Dharapani to Chame (2670 m):
Among Nepal’s 75 districts, there are two districts which are beyond the Himalayas. They are - Manag and Mustang. While doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we trek in both these districts. Chame is the headauarters of Manang and Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang District. Chame is a big town with many government offices, grocery, guest houses, local restaurants, souvenir shops etc. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 6: Chame to Pisang (3240 m):
Trek to Pisang is an easy walk almost flat, therefore it’ll be short day today. Walk through the pine forests and villages like Bharatang and Dhukur Pokhari. You’ll see yaks grazing in the forest. Another attraction of the area are the apple gardens. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 7: Pisang to Manang(3540 m):
You can choose one out of two routes to get to Manang. The usual lower route follows the Marsyandi Valley via Hungde. Another strenuous upper route takes extra three extra hours, but it offers the magnificent views of Annapurna II and Annpauran III, charming Villages of Gheru and Nawaal. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 8: Manang: Acclimatizing day
Today we’ll make our excursion around the Mannag Valley which would also help in acclimatization. Manang Village is a wide valley, and district of Manang is named after this beautiful village. There are several activities you can do today. You may climb to the Praken Gomba, where you’ll have an audience with the “100 rupee Lama”. You may also trek to the other side of the Valley to Gangapurna Lake, and climb the right ridge to Chongar View Point. The viewpoint is decorated with prayer flags. If interested, you may even go further high up to see the Gangapurna glacier and yaks shelters. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka (4018 m):
The trail goes gently up to Gunsang village and then it becomes almost flat to Yak Kharka. After having lunch, we can have day trip around Yak Kharka. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450 m):
Ascending from Yak Kharka, gradually uphill, through the ridge of mountain desert, we descend to the Marsyangdi River and cross the wooden bridge. A narrow and stone falling trail appears, so we carefully walk through the narrow trail for 20 mins and reach Thorang Phedi. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 11: Thorang Phedi -Thorang la (5416 m) – Muktinath (3780 m):
Early morning get up to prepare for Thorang La pass. In the first hour, we walk vertically up to High Camp. Then the climb becomes more gradual with magnificent views of the Himalayas and the Marsyandi Valley. Colorful Mustang and Kaligandaki Valleys can be seen from the top. We descend to Jhong River to Muktinath, visit the Muktinath Temple and some other monuments around the valley. The main attractions of Muktinath include 108 running taps, Natural Gas flame, monasteries and nunneries. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 12: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800 m):
After a long day trekking over the Thorang La, we may leave for Kagbeni a bit late, as it’s not that far. Kagbeni is old and antique town in the entire Annapurna region with monasteries and chortens, which are very old too. Kagbeni is the gateway of Upper Mustang and also the gateway of salt trading route in old ages. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 13: Kagbeni to Marpha (2670 m):
Trek along the windy Valley of Kaligandaki which is very interesting. You will see two ranges of big mountains in both hand sides; close up views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, and other picturesque mountain tops. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and Marpha is popular as the Capital of Apple. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 14: Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m):
Trek through Thakali Villages of Marpha,Tukchhe, Kobang, larjung along the Kaligandaki river . Kalopani is a wonderful spot to see Dhaulagiri Ice Fall, Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Annapurna I. Both mountains are above 8000 meters. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 15: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m):
Descend from Kalopani to Lete River and to Ghasa. Now you can see different vegetation, and feel the lowland. After Ghasa, we cross Kaligandaki River. Now you are in the deepest gorge in the world made by two giant mountains Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. You will be at the bottom of Ruchhe Waterfall, which is the biggest waterfall in the entire Annapurna Trekking route. There are hot springs in Tatopani. After checking in the guesthouse, you can jump into the hot spring ponds, which is on the banks of Kaligandaki River. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 16: Taopani to Ghorepani (2860 m):
Today you will have the last crossing of Kaligandaki River. We trek uphill to Durbindanda and can see the Ghara Shikha villages and Rhododendron forest near Ghorepani. While walking through nice villages, the locals will smile at you. The Dhaulagiri views are amazing and Annapurna ranges in the south are very close. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 17: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660 m):
Our crew will knock your door to wake you up in the early morning so that we can reach Poon Hill for the Sunrise View. Poon Hill is famous for the breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayas. We walk for 50 mins in the dark with sounds of chirping birds in the pine and Rhododendron forests. Get ready to capture the colorful mountains in your camera. From Poon Hill, we descend to Ghorepani after having heavy breakfast. After early trek to Poon Hills, you will trek to Deurali and Banthati through the forest. Trekking to Tadapani would be a bit difficult if the trail is covered with snow, and may take more hrs. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 18: Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940 m):
You can enjoy the beautiful sunrise views from your dining table at Tadapani. If you happened to be in the Spring, you’ll find Tadapani to be surrounded by the colorful Rhododendrons. We walk dawn to Bhaisi Kharka through the Rhododendron forests. Upto the top of Ghandruk is a forest. Ghandruk is a beautiful Village famous for its hospitality. There’s also an ACAP office, museum, and a monastery in Ghandruk. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 19: Ghadruk to Pothana (1890 m):
First part of the trail is steeply down till the Modi River. Look at the beehives on the cliff by the river. After crossing the river we ascend to Landruk and the trail is flat till the bottom of Tolka. Villages like Landruk and Tolka are very much rich in Gurung culture. Trek over to Deurali and descend to Pothana - another attraction of Gurung Heritages. Enjoy the great views of Fishtail mountain and Pokhara valley. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB
Day 20: Pothana to Pokhara (820 m):
Descend gradually to Dhamphus Village, another beautiful Village of full greenery paddy fields. Community forest is another attraction. There are also graveled roads and schools in Dhampus. We continue descending to Dhamphus Phedi and catch our vehicle. A drive of 30 minute takes us to Pokhara. Arriving Pokhara, we can enjoy many sorts of activities like boating, fishing etc. Overnight in a hotel. FB
Day 21: If interested, you can make some sightseeing tour around Pokhara. Otherwise, drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 22: The departure day. If you have evening flight, we’ll take you around some cultural places in the day. Then our representative will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward flight.
Accommodation during trekking
In Everest, Annapurna and Langtang trekking region we offer you accommodation in tea house (local lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also have hot water for shower. But you will by charge by hotel owner using hot water shower.
Meals during trekking
In Tea House trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants
Safe Drinking Water in Trekking
We suggest you to drink boiled filter water. For boiled water ask to lodge people which might cost little during whole period of trekking or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters as well. Although mineral water is available in most places which is better choice and there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, but we encourage the guests to do what they can protect the environment.
Trekking Team (Guide, Porter)
We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for two trekkers.
We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. Please remember that during trekking your luggage will be carried out by porter. One porter carries luggage of two people. So if you are more than one, he will carry 12 to 15 kg of your stuff.
- Hand sanitizing lotion
- Reading/writing material
- Camera & Binoculars
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
- Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
- Spare Boot Laces
- Sleeping Bag
- Light weight Towel
- Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
- Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre
- Gloves - wool or fleeced
- Sewing Kit
- Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
- Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Running shoes or sandals for evening
- Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight
- Down jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- T Shirts 2 or 3 - Long Sleeved
- Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit
- Extra warm clothing/ thermals
- Medicine (Prescription drugs if you are taking daily, lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)
Note: If you don't have good equipment and are not available in home country, it can be bought or rented from trekking shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The equipment is often top quality. Although daily rental charges are reasonable, a large deposit may be required.
Weather & climate
Weather and climate varies as per season in Nepal.
Autumn (mid-September to end-November)
Autumn is the most popular time to trek. During this time, the weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. However, in the higher altitude, the nights drop into freezing temperature. In this season, the mountains views are clear.
Winter (end-November through March)
It is also possible to trek during winter, from December until the end of February. Daytime temperatures will be cooler; however, the nights will often be very cold. The days are generally clear but occasional winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m. Early October through late November is also the busiest period for trekking. But in mid-winter (January through March), trekking is more challenging in the high altitudes with semi-regular snowfall followed by more winter storms, which break the long fine periods. The mid-December to mid-February is the coldest time.
Spring and early summer (mid-March through May)
During this period the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are mix up with warm and rain, which displays wildflowers like rhododendrons. The whole country is lush and an abundant green at this season. This period instigate the second most popular and pleasant trekking season as this is rice-planting time. Late-march into April is especially beautiful. It is also a good time for climbing as the high passes are usually snow free and the mountain views are still clear in April. Up to May, the weather becomes hazy and disturbed with the clouds.
The monsoon (June to mid-September)
From June to early September, is the monsoon season. Generally the morning is cloudy and cloud wisps form on random ridges and peaks. Trekking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud. During April and May, there is an expectation of thunderstorm, hail shower and strong winds among the fine periods. There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in the trans-Himalayan regions of mustang, Dolpo and Tibet. These regions lie in a rain-shadow and therefore receive significantly less precipitation than the more southerly areas.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Tea house Trekking
Most lodges provide hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water only but availability of hot water can ask to your trekking guide. For ecological reasons please try to limit your use of hot water unless if you are provide solar - heated water. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is rare chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your batteries with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 – 240 volt 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay small amount fee/hour for recharging facilities.
Risk & Liabilities
We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly and seriously to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. The entire programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of the country’s own policies.
All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, and flood and other natural calamities, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident. Any extra cost due to those reasons incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the sports.
Walking in a day
During trekking you do walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal the maximum altitude of most of the trekking is within range of 3500m to 5000m.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese national. We advise you when you come to Nepal; please bring your insurance documents.
Health & Veccinations
For trekking Nepal you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey. We advise you to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information before departure. We recommend you to carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. We advise you to carry sufficient drugs which you are taking daily for specific health problems.
Passport and Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests they take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. To get Nepalese visa you should bring valid passport and two passport size photos. The validity and visa fee is as follows:
Visa Valid Fee
15 days US$ 25
30 days US$ 40
90 days US$ 100
High Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally over exertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics. Click here for more information about altitudes sickness (Add link of Altitude sickness of left banner)
Accommodation in Kathmandu
We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.