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Annapurna Circuit Trek: 20 Days

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a must-do adventure in Nepal's majestic Annapurna region, which is known not only for its natural beauty but also for its diverse cultural heritage. The "Annapurna Round Trek," also known as the "Annapurna Trek," is popular because of the breathtaking views it offers and the kaleidoscope of landscapes and immersive cultural encounters it promises. This unforgettable adventure circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif, offering a profound and transformative journey through some of the world's most breathtaking scenery.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a renowned trekking adventure that takes travelers through four distinct regions: Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Myagdi. The trail starts in Lamjung, where emerald subtropical valleys surround quaint villages and terraced farms. The vibrant Hindu culture seamlessly blends with the lush surroundings, creating a vivid scene of spiritual reverence. The trail then enters Manang and Mustang, where the rocky terrain and towering peaks sharply contrast with the tranquility of traditional villages. As the journey continues into Myagdi, the landscape gradually changes, revealing a rich tapestry of biodiversity. Despite the rugged terrain and snow-capped peaks, the abundance of flora and fauna adds color to the breathtaking scenery. The Annapurna Circuit Trek provides a profound immersion into Nepal's natural and cultural heritage, leaving an indelible mark on the spirits of all who travel its legendary trail.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek starts in Tal and goes counterclockwise to Pothana, passing through stunning natural landscapes and cultural sites. The trek begins at the challenging Thorong La Pass, standing at 5,416 meters and offering breathtaking views of towering peaks and lush valleys. The trail also goes through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Kali Gandaki Canyon, known for its immense size. Along the way, there are picturesque villages, verdant forests, ancient monasteries, stunning waterfalls, and glacial lakes to explore. Every step unveils new aspects of Nepal's natural beauty and cultural heritage, creating a lasting impression. The Annapurna Circuit trek is not just about physical challenge; it encompasses natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal growth. It's a journey that resonates long after the final footsteps fade, reflecting the enduring allure of the Himalayas and the human spirit's thirst for exploration and discovery.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is an exhilarating journey that takes trekkers to Poon Hill, a magnificent peak 3,210 meters above sea level. The vista offers a breathtaking view of the Annapurna Range's snow-capped summits, including the imposing figures of Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri, all of which reflect the Himalayas' timeless allure. The trek also instills a strong connection to nature's sublime beauty, reminding trekkers of their place in the universe.

Furthermore, the Annapurna Circuit tells a richer story about cultural immersion and interpersonal relationships. Trekkers walk along historic roads, passing through quaint towns that seem to have frozen in time. Residents of the area, whose lives are inextricably linked to the region's fabric, welcome them warmly and extend their hospitality. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is fundamentally a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment, a testament to the mountains' eternal allure as well as the perennial appeal of human effort. Trekkers' perspectives on the world are forever altered as they travel the region's legendary trails and towering peaks. They are inspired by the incredible depth of the human soul as well as the profound beauty of nature.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek: Highlights and Attractions

Region

Annapurna

Duration

20 Days

Starting Price

USD 2,300

Group Size

6 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Private Overland

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge and Guesthouse

Meal Plan

AP

Trip Grade

Moderate - Strenous

Max. Altitude

5,416m

Best Season

Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 Hours

Competency

Physically Fit


Trip Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will warmly greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. It is at the hotel that you will have the pleasure of meeting our team. In the evening, around 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we will organize a pre-trek briefing. This gathering provides an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delightful dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine accompanied by captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02

    Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03

    By Jeep: Kathmandu to Tal (1,700m)

    We begin our day with an early-morning private bus ride to Dumre and Besisahar, passing through villages and lively bazaars. After Besisahar, the road becomes a bit bumpy but offers scenic views of rice fields and traditional Nepalese villages—perfect for capturing Nepal's authenticity in your first photos. We then switch to 4x4s. Keep in mind that a few landslides might cause delays or require changing vehicles a couple of times. It's wise to embrace the Nepalese spirit by maintaining a smile and good humor during these daily adventures. The track takes us up into the gorges of the Marsyangdi Khola, where we might see the majestic Manaslu massif (8,163m), promising extraordinary panoramas. Finally, we reach the Tal plateau and settle into a lodge between a waterfall and river for a well-deserved night's rest.

    Transfer: 236km, 8-9 Hours |  Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04

    Tal to Timang (2,750m)

    From the Tal, our journey takes us across a bridge over the Marsyangdi River, following a zigzag trail with occasional views of the Kang Guru pyramid at 6,981 m in clear weather. Passing through a narrow gorge, we reach the town of Dharapani, a significant village where the Manaslu and Annapurna massifs converge, with Lamjung Himal (6,993 m) visible. Transitioning into the forest, Nepalese buildings shift to Tibetan architecture with long mani walls (prayer walls), and we find lodging in the charming village of Timang. Continuing through the heart of the Marsyangdi gorges, we notice a change in vegetation, encountering conifers like chir pine with its long silver needles. The path leads us to Dharapani (1,965m), a sizable town at the crossroads of valleys, and then to Bagarchap, marking the bend in the Marsyangdi's course. Bagarchap signals the boundary between the humid southern valleys and the drier Upper Marsyangdi. The shift in vegetation is evident, transitioning from subtropical forest to expansive blue pines, spruces, and oaks as we head towards the village of Timang.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1130 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05

    Timang to Dhukhur Pokhari (3060m)

    Our trek progresses along the Marsyangdi River, leading us to the village of Koto, where we enjoy a lovely view of the Manaslu massif behind us. In the town of Chame, characterized by Tibetan architecture, we encounter long prayer walls, confirming our entry into a Buddhist country. The trail meanders between the river and rocky bars, gradually ascending into a beautiful pine forest. As we exit the forest, the valley opens up into the Manang region, featuring vast plateaus with Tibetan villages and stunning views of glaciers and peaks. We reach the hamlet of Dukhure Pokhari under Annapurna II, where we overnight in a lodge. Continuing our ascent in the Marsyangdi valley, we reach Koto, a crucial point for routes leading to the isolated valleys of Naar and Phu. Annapurna II (7937m) comes into view, while Manaslu (8163m) dominates the landscape behind us. The journey continues to Chame, the capital of the Manang district, and the valley widens before reaching Dhukure Pokhari.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +810 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -280 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06

    Dhukhur Pokhari to Ngawal (3,660m)

    From Dukhure Pokhari, the trail leads through one of the final wooded areas to Pisang, an ancient Tibetan-style village. Ascending steeply to Gyaru at 3700 meters, this village offers a stunning view of Annapurna II's entire north face. The trek then follows a picturesque balcony path, highlighting the journey. Upon reaching Ngawal, a less-explored Tibetan hamlet, we enjoy a break amidst Nepal's enduring customs, occasionally spotting large Himalayan griffins. Spending the night in this tranquil village provides a serene experience amid an exceptional panorama. The shift to Tibetan-style architecture in Manangi country is marked after crossing Pisang and the last wooded landscapes. A short, steep climb (approximately 500m elevation gain) brings us to Gyaru (3670m), revealing an outstanding panorama of Annapurnas II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), and Gangapurna (7455m). Following a balcony path, we reach Ngawal (3660m), where we spend the night.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07

    Ngawal to Manang (3,540m)

    The trail extends for approximately 45 minutes, winding through a sparsely populated and arid forest adorned with diminutive pine trees and thorny shrubs. As you ascend slightly, you will come across a vibrant and sizable chorten. Following a narrow pathway, you will encounter several houses in the Braka village, offering a splendid panorama of the main village and the renowned Gompa of Braka. Departing from Braka, simply follow the wide dirt road trail. Stay on the designated path, and eventually, you will reach your destination, the captivating town of Manang.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +240 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -360 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08

    Hike to Kicho Lake or Ice Lake

    After a relaxed day of hiking, we continue to explore the massif and take in breathtaking views of the world's highest peaks. This day is essential for acclimatization before heading to Thorong Pass. After a 45-minute walk from the village of Braga, which we visited the day before, we start a climb to Lake Kicho Tal, also known as Ice Lake. Ascending 1100 meters, the landscape becomes stunning: a lake with clear waters reflects the snow-capped peaks, rewarding our efforts to reach 4600 meters. We descend the same way and spend a second night in Manang.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09

    Manang to Ledar (4,250m)

    From the picturesque town of Manang, our trail takes us on a breathtaking adventure as we embark on a remarkable ascent of approximately 1,200 meters towards the famous Thorong La pass. We make our way steadily through the captivating region of Tenki, gradually bidding farewell to the mesmerizing beauty of the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing our trek along the enchanting Jarsang Khola Valley, we are rewarded with awe-inspiring views and a sense of wonder. Finally, we reach the charming village of Ledar, nestled at an impressive altitude of 4,250 meters. The transition in vegetation here welcomes us with a more sparse but equally captivating landscape, which serves as a reminder of the immense beauty and difficulties that lie ahead on our remarkable journey.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +840 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -180 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10

    Ledar to Thorong La Phedi (4,450m)

    The trail ahead presents a series of ups and downs, offering diverse terrain to traverse. As you make your way, you will come across a sturdy suspension bridge, allowing you to cross over a flowing river. Along the path, you'll encounter two small teashops, providing a welcome opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. Approximately 20 minutes after passing the teahouses, you will encounter a challenging stretch where you must navigate a landside and stone fall area. Take caution and proceed with care during this 15-minute section. Following the landslide stretch, the trail continues at a similar level for approximately 15 minutes, leading you to the two lodges of Thorong Phedi, situated at an elevation of 4,550 meters. These lodges offer a well-deserved respite and serve as a base for further adventures on your journey.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +470 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -170 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11

    Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Trek to Muktinath (3,760m)

    It is highly recommended to commence the climb early in the morning, as this day holds immense significance and excitement for your Nepal trip. The pinnacle of our journey awaits us at the majestic Thorong La Pass, towering at an impressive altitude of 5,416 meters, marking the highest point of our entire expedition. As we reach this summit, we are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views that make this moment truly unforgettable.

    Muktinath, a sacred place renowned in both Hinduism and Buddhism, takes its name from the Hindu god, symbolizing the "God of Salvation." In Buddhism, it carries the profound meaning of "Nirvana." The Sep-Oct festival period brings a vibrant energy, making it a particularly fascinating and bustling time to visit. Moreover, Muktinath serves as a remarkable testament to the coexistence and harmonious relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism, showcasing the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region.

    Walking duration: 8-9 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +910 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1740 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12

    By Local Jeep Muktinath to Tatopani (1,190m)

    The jeep drive from Muktinath to Tatopani takes you on a scenic journey in Nepal. Starting at the sacred site of Muktinath, known for its religious significance, the drive descends through charming Kagbeni along the Kali Gandaki River. Passing through Jomsom, Marpha, and Kalopani, you'll experience various landscapes, from dry areas to lush orchards and picturesque villages, with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The drive takes you through diverse terrain, including Marpha's famous apple orchards, following the Kali Gandaki River downstream until you reach Tatopani. This town, named "hot water" in Nepali, is famous for its natural hot springs, providing a relaxing end to the journey. Overall, the jeep drive combines cultural exploration, scenic beauty, and diverse landscapes, offering a memorable adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.

    Transfer: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -2,770 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13

    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,865m)

    After crossing the Kali Gandaki and Ghar Khola, the trek involves a challenging climb along steep ridges for an hour. Passing through Ghara (1768m) and Sikha (1920m), where we have lunch, we continue the ascent for 2 hours through terraced crops to Chitre (2316m). The path continues upward through a rhododendron forest, reaching the destination of Ghorepani at 2,865m. The journey includes a demanding climb of 1,670m, with suspension bridges facilitating river crossings. Considerations for alternative overnight stays in Chitre are suggested for a more gradual ascent. The captivating rhododendron forests enhance the trek's beauty, particularly during the blooming period in March and April.

    Walking Duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,830 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14

    Hike to Poonhill (3,210m). Trek to Tadapani (2,590m)

    We will rise early in the morning and embark on a hike to Poon Hill (3,210m), which offers a breathtaking spectacle. This vantage point provides an uninterrupted view of the sunrise casting its golden glow over the towering Himalayan peaks. After spending approximately one hour taking in the awe-inspiring scenery, we will return to Ghorepani. Following a satisfying breakfast, we will begin our journey towards Tadapani. The trail from Ghorepani ascends along ridges, traversing through picturesque pine and rhododendron forests until we reach Deurali (2,960m). We then descend to reach Banthanti before continuing our way to Tadapani.

    Walking Duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +560 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -745 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15

    Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,945m)

    Today, the trekking trail takes us on a steep descent through vibrant rhododendron forests until we reach Baise Kharka. Along the way, you may have the delightful opportunity to encounter playful monkeys and a diverse array of bird species. As the trail splits, the right-hand path descends briefly and steeply among rocky terrain, leading to a stream crossing. From there, it continues along a ridge that ultimately leads to the captivating village of Ghandruk. Known as the second-largest Gurung village in Nepal, Ghandruk invites exploration with its labyrinthine streets and bustling Gurung community. While here, you can relish the splendid mountain vistas of Annapurna South and Fishtail. Spend a restful overnight stay at one of the guest houses, soaking in the charm of this enchanting village.

    Walking Duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,280 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16

    Ghandruk to Pothana (1900m)

    As we descend from Kimrong danda, we will find ourselves on a path that leads to a bridge over Kyuri Khola, nestled at an elevation of 2010m. During our trek in Ghandruk, we will be enchanted by captivating rhododendron forests and picturesque terraces that adorn the entire trail. Continuing our expedition alongside the magnificent Modi Khola, we will have the pleasure of exploring the charming Gurung villages of Landruk and Tolkha before reaching our final destination of Pothana. From there, a truly awe-inspiring sight awaits us—a close-up view of the majestic Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchre). Interestingly, from this particular angle, it bears a striking resemblance to the renowned Matterhorn rather than a fishtail, as its name suggests.

    Walking Duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +300 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17

    Pothana to Pokhara (820m)

    On our final day of trekking, we will encounter a trail that alternates between ascending and descending, taking us through serene pine forests and leading us across a series of charming villages, such as Dhampus (1600m) and Phedi (1130m). As we make our way from Phedi, we will conclude our trekking adventure and transition to a comfortable drive back to Pokhara.

    Walking Duration: 2-3 Hours    | Transfer: 1-1.5 Hours    | Altitude Gain: +0 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -800 meters | Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 18

    By Private Transportation: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Following a satisfying breakfast, we bid farewell to the stunning lakeside city of Pokhara and embark on a scenic drive towards the bustling capital, Kathmandu. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, the remainder of the day is at our leisure. We can choose to unwind and relax or take the opportunity to indulge in some souvenir shopping, explore the vibrant markets, and select mementos of our incredible journey.

    Transfer: 6-7 Hours    | Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 19

    Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 20

    Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport pick-up and drop service on private vehicles.
  • Hotel: 4 nights in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara in a twin-sharing room on BB plan.
  • Full-day guided tour in Kathmandu with an English-speaking Tour guide.
  • Land transportation on a private vehicle: Kathmandu to Tal, Muktinath to Tatopani, Phedi to Pokhara, and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Completely lodges treks which include Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking period.
  • Trekking Permit: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIM Card entrance fees.
  • First aid and medical kits.
  • Trekking staff: English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, and Porters.
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Agency service charge.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after Trek.
  • International air ticket.
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Extra supporting staff, laundry, battery charge, and communication expenses.
  • Personal expenses like tea, coffee, bar bill, drinking water, beverage, snacks, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation/natural disaster, or personal reasons.
  • In any case of natural calamities, mishaps, or anything beyond our control.
  • Tips and gratitude for the members of the trekking or the tour.

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Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal is a renowned and demanding trekking route, renowned for its popularity among adventure seekers. This route encompasses the magnificent Annapurna massif, which stands as one of the world's tallest mountain ranges. Along the journey, trekkers are treated to breathtaking vistas of majestic mountains, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural experiences with local communities.

The duration and distance of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on the specific route chosen and any additional side trips taken. Typically, this trek takes approximately 15 to 20 days to complete, covering a distance of around 160 to 230 kilometers (100 to 145 miles). However, it's important to note that individual itineraries may differ, and factors such as weather conditions and personal pacing can also affect the overall duration of the trek.

The optimal time to embark on the Annapurna Circuit trek is during the spring season, which spans from March to May, as well as the autumn season, which occurs from September to November. During these months, trekkers can expect stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, creating an ideal environment for an enjoyable trekking experience. It's worth noting that the trek can be undertaken throughout the year, but it's important to consider that the winter months, from December to February, tend to be colder, and some sections of the trail may be closed due to heavy snowfall and hazardous conditions. Therefore, while it's possible to trek during winter or other times of the year, spring and autumn offer the most favorable conditions for a successful and comfortable Annapurna Circuit trek.

Annapurna Circuit trek is widely regarded as a moderately challenging trek that requires certain preparations. It entails long days of hiking, involving both steep ascents and descents, as well as significant altitudes. As a result, it is advisable to have prior trekking experience and a reasonable level of physical fitness before undertaking this adventure. Adequate acclimatization is crucial due to the risk of altitude sickness, which can occur at higher elevations. Taking time to adjust to the increasing altitude and following recommended guidelines for acclimatization are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. It is also advisable to consult with a medical professional before embarking on the trek to ensure you are in good health and physically prepared for the challenges it presents.

Absolutely, permits are indeed required for the Annapurna Circuit trek. There are two main permits that trekkers need to obtain: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is issued by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Its purpose is to support the conservation and sustainable management of the Annapurna region. The permit fees contribute to the preservation of the natural environment, cultural heritage, and local communities.

Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card is a registration card that helps to ensure the safety and security of trekkers. It provides essential details about trekkers, including their trekking routes, emergency contacts, and other relevant information. The TIMS card also helps in collecting data for trekking statistics and contributes to the overall management and promotion of trekking in Nepal.

Both the ACAP and TIMS card can be obtained in either Kathmandu or Pokhara, the major starting points for the Annapurna Circuit trek. You will need to submit the necessary documents, such as your passport, passport-sized photographs, and the required fees to obtain these permits. It's important to carry these permits with you throughout the trek, as they may be checked at various checkpoints along the route.

During the Annapurna Circuit trek, there are numerous teahouse lodges available along the route, offering accommodation for trekkers. These teahouses serve as convenient rest stops and provide basic facilities to cater to the needs of trekkers. The facilities in teahouse lodges typically include a bed or a dormitory-style sleeping arrangement, a common dining area where meals are served, and shared bathroom facilities. The standard of accommodation can vary from basic to more comfortable, depending on the location and elevation. In more popular areas, such as Manang and Jomsom, you may find teahouses with slightly better amenities, such as attached bathrooms and heated dining areas.

While the teahouses provide meals, the options might be limited, and the menus are often focused on providing nourishment for trekkers. You can expect a variety of Nepali and international dishes, including dal bhat (a traditional Nepali meal of lentil soup and rice), noodles, soups, and some snacks. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag, especially for higher elevations, as the temperatures can drop significantly during the night. A good quality sleeping bag will help ensure a comfortable and warm night's sleep. Additionally, it's a good idea to bring some extra snacks or energy bars in case you have specific dietary preferences or require additional sustenance along the trek.

Overall, while the teahouse lodges may offer basic facilities, they provide trekkers with a convenient and comfortable option for accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit trek.

Trekking in the protected areas of Nepal now requires a licensed trekking guide and a trekking agency-issued TIMS Card, as per the Revised TIMS Provision effective from March 31, 2023. This rule applies to specific Protected Areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory for trekkers to be accompanied by a guide. This regulation is in place for safety purposes and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Annapurna CircuitTrek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: Annapurna region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing the high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Annapurna region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Annapurna region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

For the Annapurna Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Annapurna Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Annapurna Circuit. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety.Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Annapurna Circuit.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Sirdar (Sardar): The Sirdar is in charge of the whole team. Starting as a porter and moving up to roles like kitchen assistant or even cook, the team holds a deep respect for Sirdar's leadership.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: In Nepal's mountainous terrain, the tradition of human porterage has endured over time. Some porters working with agencies request heavier loads for higher pay, exceeding 20 kg. We ensure extra payment for every kilogram beyond 20 kg. To avoid excessive strain, particularly loads over 25/30 kg, we kindly ask you to consider the weight of your belongings. We provide a 2:1 porter-to-client allocation.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

In Nepal, the traditional national dish is "Dal Bhat," which is lentil rice, served with white rice, lentil soup (dal), and accompanied by spicy vegetables and meat. We offer food services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with occasional tea breaks. The meals are intentionally simple to cater to your preferences and ensure satisfaction. Before leaving Kathmandu, consider bringing 'trail munchies' for extra snacks during your journey. Nepal has a diverse range of foods, and our goal is to provide an authentic culinary experience while considering local limitations. Your guide will work with the kitchen teams or local cooks to create menus that allow you to explore various dishes at different prices. We recommend trying Dal Bhat to savor the traditional Nepali flavor and make the most of your culinary journey.

  • Breakfast: Begin your day with the customary "morning tea" complemented by Tibetan bread, toast, chapati, pancakes, and various egg preparations. Occasionally, muesli or porridge may be served.
  • Lunch: Depending on the trail's progress, enjoy a cold (picnic-style) or hot meal. The main course includes options like stir-fried rice with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, curry, and assorted vegetables. Tea or coffee is also available.
  • Afternoon Snack: Upon reaching your daily destination around 4-5 pm, a snack comprising cookies and tea awaits.
  • Dinner: Served typically in the early evening (around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), dinner features a soup or starter, a warm dish (dal bhat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and a dessert. Tea or coffee accompanies the meal.
  • Beverages: During each meal, two cups of tea or coffee per person are provided. Additional cups and other beverages are at your discretion. Drinking water during trekking days and extra meals is an additional cost.
  • Special Circumstances: For particularly arduous treks or when crossing challenging passes, breakfasts may be streamlined due to early departures. In such cases, energy-rich supplements become crucial. You're encouraged to bring energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate from your home country or obtain them in Kathmandu.
  • Dietary Considerations: Should you have specific dietary preferences, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us during the trip booking process. Our field teams will strive to accommodate your needs, though certain local limitations might affect the range of alternative menus. For high-energy expenditure journeys, planning extra supplies (such as energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates) is advisable to ensure adequate caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private minibus: Kathmandu to Khudi, Phedi to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Trekking in the Annapurna region offers a variety of lodge accommodations, from basic to luxurious, blending comfort with nature. These lodges provide an authentic experience, different from modern options elsewhere. Accommodations vary, offering different services and amenities. Basic sanitary facilities are available, with showers for a fee, usually with lukewarm solar-heated water. At higher altitudes, lodges offer hot water basins on request to save energy. Electricity availability varies; some lodges lack it. Lodges with electricity charge for battery charging and limited Wi-Fi. If lodges are full near the pass, rustic tent stays without showers are an option. As single room reservations are rare, flexibility is key. Adequate preparation, like a sleeping bag and light sandals, enhances the trekking experience in the captivating Annapurna region.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Annapurna region's climate varies greatly with altitude, resulting in distinct temperature and weather changes at different elevations. Here's an overview of the climate at different altitudes:

  • 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,280 to 6,560 feet): In this range, including trekking starting points like Nayapul, the climate turns temperate. The averages are 10°C to 30°C. It's pleasantly mild, making it great for trekking.
  • 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,280 to 6,560 feet): As you ascend higher to areas like Ghorepani, the climate gets cooler and alpine. Averages range from 5°C to 25°C. Nights are chilly.
  • 2,000 to 3,000 meters (6,560 to 9,840 feet): This range, including places like Manang, is colder, especially at night. Averages are 0°C to 20°C (32°F to 50°F). Days are trek-friendly, but warmer clothes are needed at night.
  • 3,000 to 4,000 meters (9,840 to 13,120 feet): This range, including places like Manang, is colder, especially at night. The averages are 0°C to 20°C. Days are trek-friendly, but warmer clothes are needed at night.
  • Above 4,000 meters (13,120 feet): Climbing even higher to places like Thorong La Pass and Annapurna Base Camp, the climate turns significantly colder. Averages drop below freezing, ranging from -10°C to 15°C. Expect snow, especially in winter.
  • Keep in mind that these are approximations and can change based on location, season, and weather. Altitude effects are stronger as you go higher, making altitude sickness a concern. Be ready for changing weather and have proper clothing and gear for your Annapurna trekking adventure.

    The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

    Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

    After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

    To secure your booking for Nepal Trips, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

    For trekking, tours, climbing, expeditions, or any other trips in Nepal, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

    We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

    Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

    • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
    • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
    • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
    • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
    • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
    • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

    We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

    If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

    Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

    The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

    • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
    • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
    • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
    • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
    • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

    Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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