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Annapurna Circuit Trek (15 Days)

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Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 5416m
Duration: : 15 Days
Walking Days: : 10 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying at Hotel Royal singi Hotel Manaslu or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu : and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Discovery Mountain Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

MEALS

All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

PHYSICAL CONDITION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Annapurna Circuit Trek- 15 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Discovery Mountai Trek before booking the trek.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

The best time to trek to the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Spring (February to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

LEADER(S) & STAFF ARRANGEMENTS

The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Discovery Mountain leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

PORTER CARE

We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

ACCLIMATIZATION

This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

EQUIPMENTS & PACKING LIST

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport,
  • hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

HEAD

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

LOWER BODY

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products

PERSONAL HYGIENE

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.
All bookings are made with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions P. Limited, Registered Company Number 161822/073/074 (hereinafter referred to as The Company) whose registered office is The Kapan 14, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Head of The Company is Ang Chhiri Sherpa.

  1. To secure place, 10% (Non- Refundable) down payment from Total Trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed Name lists of Participants( same as passport), Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue/ Expiry dates & profession ( you need to send us passport copy by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.
  2. Rest of the payment should clear on arrival day (this will apply for most of Nepal treks, tours, expeditions). However, we can request you to make full payment before your arrival if this is necessary). Be mindful, we also reserve the right to cancel your trip provided full amount is not paid in requested time or on arrival day.
  3. Any trip booking Payment procedures is very easy with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions. We accept your last minute booking also, but full payment of total tour cost should be made in advance if necessary or can pay full payment on arrival day.

Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Chabahil Branch
Kathmandu, Nepal
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Swift: NBOCNPKA
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.

  1. On our holidays tour / trek packages, rooms are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not have another tour participant to share room.
  2. No refund will be made to clients who drop out from the journey regardless of whatever portions remain unused in the itinerary. In case of the journey broken of early return upon client’s own wish or
  3. causes, Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients have to pay for the hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary.
  4. It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We can not be hold responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural
  5. casualties etc. In such cases, Discovery Mountain Company shall be responsible for providing suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.
  6. If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.
  7. The tours will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances (force majored), such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us, i.e. excluding the deposit. We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).
  8. The trek information sheets and the dossier give information and conditions relating to the tour and are deemed to be part of the contract and so you should be fully aware of their contents. However the itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but not a contractual obligation- Changes may be made because of exceptional weather, flight cancellations, sickness or other unforeseeable circumstances- No refunds are given for unused services or unrealized dreams. We do give sympathy though.
  9. All information and advice provided (vaccinations, climate, trekking equipment, visas etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility by us.
  10. I reserve the right to revise pricing rate declearded, under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declearded forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed & booked by deposit.
  11. A tour / trek guide who represents Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit any unlawful act, you are compelled to leave the tour. No refund will be made in such case.
  12. We put our every effort to ensure comfortable traveling of yours, but it is must to understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impact on your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm and proper preparation before head is must to venture into journey.
  13. You must purchase comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident etc. This is strongly suggested to all of you my dear clients.
  14. To make alterations of any trek / tour itinerary, prior notice is requested. You’re advised to stay in touch with us thus. But occasionally, you may be obliged to do so en route under certain circumstance for instance bad weather etc.
  15. All necessary documents should be presented in sequence for example to issue visa, necessary permits etc. We’re not accountable in case of any trip formality not completed in time before the trip departs on the absent of essential papers and documents.
  16. You understand that during the course of the trip certain events may occur, including, but not limited to, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, political instability and the forces of nature. You agree to assume all risks associated with the journey to the maximum extent permitted by Nepalese law.
  17. You acknowledge that Discovery Mountain Trek contracts with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals, to assist in the running of its tours, treks, walking, holidays & expeditions. To the best of Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behavior of these third parties.
  18. Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveler who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited.
  19. Participants must be in good health and physical condition. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these know to Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that you consult your doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for your trip before you depart
  20. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Jomsom, phaplu, Simikot, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal. In the adventure of delayed domestic flights, Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition will meet departing city accommodation costs prior to your trip, if the cost of accommodation is possible to cover by the Budget of that day. Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions reserves the right to reroute treks or use road transport for extended delays but this changes may impact on the trip cost, which you have to bear. Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flight connection but will assist to make alternative arrangements where possible with extra costs.
  21. Trekking in the remote areas or in as described above, especially during odd season, you’re highly advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays to avoid frustrating consequence.

RISK & RESPONSIBILITY

Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.Please note that often the Jomsom to Pokhara flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Discovery Mountain upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc. In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

THE TREKKING GROUP

For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
And I big hope you will have very good trek with enjoyment and run smoothly in advance.
Thank you!

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP and TIMS)
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight (Jomsom – Pokhara)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
  • Assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Equipment and insurance for all Nepali staff
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • Medical kit (carried by your trekking assistant guide)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Duffle Bag should be 12kg and 3kg back pack, Total 15 kg per person.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure,
  • And early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower
Date of departure Date of return
19/02/2019 05/03/2019
15/03/2019 29/03/2019
05/04/2019 19/04/2019
11/04/2019 25/04/2019
19/04/2019 03/05/2019
05/05/2019 19/05/2019
05/09/2019 19/09/2019
05/10/2019 19/10/2019
15/10/2019 29/10/2019
03/11/2019 17/11/2019
03/12/2019 17/12/2019
Details

    This trek from Discovery Mountain takes you on a circuit-navigation of the Annapurna massif in central Nepal. In this trek we will cross Thorong-La Pass at 5,416 meters, one of the highest mountain passes in the world. We will also come close to the world’s deepest gorge – the Kali-Gandaki Gorge. We will enjoy the desert-like landscape of the Manang Valley, visit the temple of Muktinath, and walk along ever-changing landscapes of the Annapurna region.

  The diversity and richness of the Annapurna Region is quite exciting. Culturally and naturally, this region garners international attention every year as one of the best places to trek in the world. Culturally speaking, there are are the ethnic Gurung, Magar, and Thakali people with traditions of their own but share the village with people of not just other casts but of other ethnicity too! So it’s like a mosaic of people – one household is significantly different from the other household in terms of food, lifestyle and even the dialect. Along the route you will see Buddhist mani walls and chortens hemmed with depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses – rarely in the world do you find such a harmony!

  On the natural side of things, this trek is at par with similar other treks in Nepal. While the trails are mostly uphill and downhill, it’s the turns and passes that make things interesting – you never know which peak the next right-turn might bring into view! You will come across natural hot spring, waterfalls, frozen lakes, alpine forests, and indeed a high-mountain pass in this Himalayan journey. Spread over several topographical and climatic zones, this region is the natural habit of a number of flora and fauna not found elsewhere in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area protects the rich biodiversity including its numerous flora and fauna.

  The best time to tour the Annapurna Circuit is in autumn and the second best time is in spring. Discovery Mountain highly recommends this trip for people of all age groups and all fitness levels.

Itinerary

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL(1365M)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can have the rest of the day to yourself. Later, you’ll be given a brief about the trip ahead.

DAY 2 : DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO BESISAHAR TO JAGAT (1300M) 9/10H DRIVE

We begin by driving from Kathmandu via a scenic route to Mugling. After a brief stop there, take the route to Pokhara. Before arriving Pokhara, the road forks north to Besisahar. With a second stop at Besisahar, we take the route to Jagat.

DAY 3 : TREK FROM JAGAT TO DHARAPANI (1965M) 6/7H TREK

It’s a seven hour trek today. Starting after breakfast, we descend to the river and cross it. The terrain gets more and more beautiful as we head north until reaching Tal. At this point the giant peaks of Annapurna have already come into view. Take a rough trail from Tal, cross a dense forest to arrive at the village of Karte, and reach Dharapani in the Manang Valley where we will stay for the night.

DAY 4 : TREK FROM DHARAPANI TO CHAME (2715M) 5/6H TREK

After breakfast, head along a forest and several ridges. The trail is rough today but the views are really great. Several high peaks of the Annapurna Range will be visible today. Take out your cameras and take some snaps, but pay attention to the trail as well. We will have plenty of stopovers, and the total walking duration is around five to six hours before we arrive at the village of Chame located at an altitude of 2,710 meters.

DAY 5 : TREK FROM CHAME TO PISANG (3150M) 5/6H TREK

Starting early, we will trek along a steep path. It’s lined by pine forests on either side. The landscape is dramatic, as we cross the rocks and suddenly arrive at a valley on the other side. The views from this point is nothing short of breathless. This is the road to Chame – with views of the mighty Himalayan peaks.

DAY 6 : TREK FROM PISANG TO MANANG (3550M) 7/8H TREK

Start early as we will be trekking around six to seven hours in high altitude today. We will be heading towards the beautiful and unspoiled Manang Valley at an altitude of 3,550 meters. Leaving behind Pisang, we will pass through Upper Pisang with splendid views of Mt. Annapurna and other peaks in the range. Take some stops along the way and gradually arrive at the Valley of Manang for the night stay.

DAY 7 : DAY OF ACCLIMATIZATION IN MANANG

Today we take a day of rest for the purpose of acclimatization and let our bodies adapt to the altitude. On this day, we take short hikes around, so that we can have excellent views of the mountains ahead. Discovery Mountain recommends that you hike to the lake of Gangapurna for excellent views of a glacial lake.

DAY 8 : TREK FROM MANANG TO YAK KHARKA (4095M) 4/5H TREK

After breakfast, leave Manang Village, cross a glacial stream and take the route coming out of the Marshyangdi Valley. From there our route turns north crossing a grassland, some juniper woods prior to arriving at Ghunsa hamlet. From Ghunsa, we cross yet another pasture, cross a river and come to an ancient mani wall. Have a brief stop here, take some pictures and trek a little further to arrive at the village of Yak Kharka at 4,110 meters. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

DAY 9 : TREK FROM YAK KHARKA TO THORANG PHEDI (4550M) 3/4H TREK

Thorang Phedi is actually the base of the popular Thorang-La Pass. “Phedi” literally means “base”. After breakfast, we leave Yak Kharka and trek uphill, cross a river to Ledar village where we make a stop. Rest for some time, then trek trough cliffs and arrive at Thorang Phedi. Here we will be staying for the night.

DAY 10 :TREK FROM THORONG PHEDI TO THORONG-LA (5416M) TO MUKTINATH (3790M) 8/9H TREK

In the morning you will see how wonderful the views of the mountains are. Drinking your coffee or tea, you might want to identify the mountains one by one – but these are lesser known mountains with legends of their own. Pack your bags, for it’s a long day with nearly nine hours of walking. First, trek to Thorang-La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Enjoy the feeling, take some photos, and move on. Next, we will be trekking to the Valley of Muktinath on the other side of the pass. It’s mostly a similar kind of terrain today once you head towards Muktinath, where you will stay for the night.

DAY 11 : TREK FROM MUKTINATH TO KAGBENI TO JOMSOM (2740M) 6/7H TREK

Leaving behind the pilgrimage site of Muktinath, we head towards Kagbeni immediately after breakfast. Further, the windy village of Jomsom past Kagbeni, used to be a trading town when business was flourishing between Tibet and Nepal in the middle ages. Today, it is a quiet village at the foot of the mountains. Once here, you can visit the Ecological Museum frequented by trekkers. Enjoy your stay at Jomsom tonight in the vicinity of the mountains before heading back to Pokhara tomorrow.

DAY 12 : FLY FROM JOMSOM TO POKHARA (875M) 18M

Catch an early-morning flight from Jomsom as later in the day flights are not operated due to high winds. It can get so windy in Jomsom that the locals have stories about flying boulders and sweeping stones! In Pokhara, you can enjoy the rest of day sipping beer by the lake or, if you feel like it, resting in the hotel room. In the evening though, do not miss the “Thakali” daal-bhaat in Pokhara.

DAY 13 : DRIVE OR FLIGHT FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU (6/7H DRIVE

Depending upon the schedule, you can drive or fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.

DAY 15 : DEPARTURE AND TRANSFER

According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.

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Frank Abagnale

Solo Traveller

I began the trek from Jagat with my guide Lakpa and I found the lodges and teahouses quite luxurious compared to my experience of trekking in my home country of New Zealand where camping or very basic huts are the norm. But after a day of trekking (4-5 hours so as not to ascend too quickly) I was very happy to have a shower, bed and home cooked meal (dal bhat!).
Thanks to chhiri his team to very good organization

October 17, 2017

Marie-Anne

Solo Traveller

The views, type of terrain and wildlife varies greatly over the trek. The 1st few days we followed the river up the valley surrounded by green vegetation, waterfalls, farms, wild strawberries, ponies, goats, butterflies and the occasional monkey. As the altitude increased the vegetation reduced to low scrub and then disappeared altogether, but by then there were views of the beautiful snowy peaks! The best views of the mountain ranges were from Manang (3500m) where we stopped for 2 nights to acclimatise (I recommend this). A little way up the hill is a tiny monastery Praken Gompa where only one monk lives. It is worth a visit and also gives some more amazing views of the mountains and the glacier (and lake) on the opposite side of the valley.

Thanks to Ang Chhiri and his team.

April 11, 2015