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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS
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.
Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.
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
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.