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The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).
The Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days happens to be one of the best trekking trips in the world. Starting from the tropical valley Besishar, it takes you to the world’s largest pass, the Thorong La Pass. Through this trek you can witness various climatic zones of the region and also know about the indigenous tribes living there for centuries, their customs and history. You will also get to see few magnificent Himalayan peaks, frozen lakes, pine forests and old temple in Muktinath.
Providing an unforgettable memory of trekking you will be smitten by the beauty of the Himalayan range through this Annapurna circuit trek. From Besishar, you will drive to Chame which happens to be in the Manang district- having the least population in Nepal. The view of the mighty Annapurna II from Chame right above your head is something that you will remember throughout your life. In these 10 days of trekking you are going to witness different scenic beauty each day. The villages present on the Annapurna valley like Chame, Pisang and Manag will blow your mind through their amazing beauty.
As we cross the largest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass, you will enter the holy place of both the Hindus and Buddists called Muktinath. This place has a temple in which there happens to be a monastery which is a home to many Buddhist nuns. Beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna will keep you engaged as you trek through the trail.
Annapurna circuit trek provides you with scenery which is a result of the confluence of Buddhist culture and incomparable natural beauty. Experience the view of the beautiful peaks and drives through this 10 days trek through the beautiful Nepal.
This is a short trek for travellers seeking to get across the Annapurna massif. However, it’s perfect for hikers who prefer a longer trek along the same path which is Annapurna Circuit Trek-18 Days. We also have the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days for trekkers wishing to get to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
The trekking group meets at the airport where our trek representative picks you up. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Besishar (820m)
Our trip starts as we drive to Besishar along the beautiful scenic view of the mountains. Overnight at Besishar.
Day 03: Drive to Chame (2670m) (Not in Monsoon time)
As we start the third day we drive to Chame witnessing the beautiful coniferous forest. Drive to Chame is mostly avoided during the monsoons.
Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m) 6 hrs
We start trekking towards Pisang from Chame post breakfast. As we cross various Buddhist settlements we reach the Manang valley. We reach Pisang after rounghly 6 hours of trek and call it a day.
Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m) 7 hrs
Trekking through the amazing pine forest is something memorable as you can see the magnificent snowy mountain peaks. Stunning views of the Tilicho peak can be seen after reaching Humde. Once we reach Manang we stop for the day and spend the night there.
Day 06: Acclimatization in Manang
It is extremely essential to acclimatize to the thin air up in the high altitude in Manang. It is a beautiful place where you can stroll in the afternoon to get a picturesque view of the mountain peaks. A short hike to the Gangapurna Glacier lake is alo done.
Day 07: Trek from Manang to yak kharka (4000m)
Trekking p to the Thorung La pass we leave the Manang village back as we move forward to the Jarangkhole valley. As we reach Yak Kharka we stop for the day and spend the rest of the day there
Day 08: Trek from yak kharka to thorongPhedi(4400m) 6hrs
Trekking towards Thorong Phedi we get the smitten by the beautiful view of the mountain ranges along the river. Overnigh at Thorong phedi.
Day 09: Trek from thorong Phedi to muktinath (3800m) via thorong la pass (5416) 8 hrs
We trek further the next morning up to the steep hill to climb the Thorong La Pass. Gradually we reach Muktinath. It is famous for the Muktinath temple dedicated to the God of Salvation. There are several fountain waters to see in Muktinath
Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m)
Our trekking route descends down to the flat land of Jomson. We call it a day as we reach Jomson and spend the night in there.
Day 11: Fly to Pokhara and Free for the day. 20min, Overnight stay in pokhara
We leave for Pokhara early morning. We reach Pokhara after a 20 minute flight. The rest of the day is spent exploring Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu
Coming to the end of the trip we fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 13: Departure to Your Destination
Bidding farewell to the trekking team, you go on your own way as the trip ends here.
What permits and fees are needed for Annapurna circuit Treks?
The permits needed are – Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System fee).
What happens if someone from our group gets sick while trekking in the mountains?
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on the account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
What kind of overland transportation facilities do you provide during the trip/tour?
We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.
How many tips should I give to the guide, porter, and driver?
Although tipping isn’t compulsory, it’s a sweet way to show gratitude to the people who helped you enhance your travel experiences. It all relies on how happy and satisfied you are about their services. There’s no fixed amount, but many of our customers offer as tips from a minimum of USD 50 to a maximum of USD 100.
On average how long will we be walking each day?
Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by the weather, geographical, and physical condition of the individual participants.
How are the teahouses in the Annapurna Region?
The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattresses, pillows, blankets, and bedsheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community-run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cozy feel to them.
Do you provide trekking gear and equipment for this trek?
We provide a sleeping bag and down jacket on rent but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.
What about drinking water during the trek? Is it safe to drink?
Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle and fill it up with drinking water.
Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.
What can one expect on a ‘Teahouse Trek’?
Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old-style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer basic services – small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area, and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one. But in popular trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail one can expect luxury standard accommodations too.
Where can I store my extra luggage while trekking?
You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.
Can I get single supplement services in cities and during trekking?
Yes, a single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is a high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However, if you are traveling during the off-season a single room can be arranged at all places at an extra price.
Can you provide more information about your trekking guides?
Most of the guides in our adventure company come from mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills, and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
Do I need to bring additional medicine for trekking?
We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox for AMS.
How do you avoid altitude sickness?
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate an adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk-up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
What kind of insurance do I need for trekking in Nepal? Can I get insurance there?
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury, while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies makes special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Mountain Hike Nepal does not arrange or sell insurance.
What happens if I need to leave the trekking beforehand?
If you have to leave the trekking due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do keep in mind that refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the trekking beforehand, we are committed to paying the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.
How do I deal with the slow walkers in the team?
Besides, your group leader will appoint you with your group’s assistant guides, and your leader will take complete responsibility for the group’s slow walkers. He will work out regularly identifying each of his assistants in the team while taking responsibility for the people behind him, making it completely non-strenuous for everyone involved. Your leader, however, must set up grounds for everyone in the group to remain together and walk as a group.
You have to follow the mentioned terms and conditions before you should confirm your booking with our Mountain Hike Nepal team. You should read them in a careful way to stay aware with respective rights as well as obligations.
Note: For Bhutan and Tibet tours, if you intend to travel directly to those countries, you will pay the balance sum 20 days before your departure date. We reserve the right to cancel your trip if you cannot pay within our agreed period.
We also consider last-minute reservations. You can book a trip to Nepal 7 days before departure. However, last-minute bookings may not be eligible for Bhutan or Tibet.
A written letter will be submitted to us, for whatever cause, you cannot travel on the assigned days.
If the Nepal tour is postponed, a minimum of US$ 100.00 is compensated as a cancelation fee, and hence the remaining balance is allocated for the postponed trip.
You have to cancel your confirmed trek/tour booking with our Mountain Hike Nepal team in writing minimum 2 weeks before your scheduled trip. You may provide this in writing document or email.
However, even though you may cancel your trip, your down payment amount i.e. 20% of the total price is non-refundable.
But if you have paid more than just the deposit, we would then 20% deduction from the sum and the remainder will be refunded from the initial payment system.
And this policy is valid right after registering your reservation with us. If you intend to cancel your travel within 30 days or fewer than 30 days within your departure date, 20 % deposit is non-refundable.
The Total deposit you made for every Bhutan and Tibet tour would be called cancelation charge. We cannot postpone any trip to Bhutan and Tibet after booked for particular dates.
We are not responsible for any refunds for any incomplete trip, trek or expedition, whatever the reasons from customer’s side.
If your tour is canceled due to unexpected events such as natural disasters, battle or adverse climatic conditions, we will arrange another tour. And that even if your trip isn’t your preference, your money won’t go in waste.
We reserve our right to change prices under various situations. While our actions must be appropriate, just like in situations such as dramatic exchange rate fluctuations, inflation or government acts, we are not liable to answer for our actions.
To attend all of our trips, all our customers should have a full travel insurance policy. Insurance must cover all medical costs, personal injuries, emergency evacuations, travel cancellations, loss of gears and natural calamity, luggage theft or injury and personal belongings.
Flight delays and cancellations are likely to occur frequently in remote areas, especially in the Everest region, jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and Jumla. Therefore, in case of delays, it is best to bring some extra money to purchase food and lodging. Mountain Hike Nepal won’t be responsible for any extra expenses. Please, prepare accordingly.
If you perform any illegal act during your trip and you are forced to leave Nepal, Mountain Hike Nepal is not responsible for any refunds.
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