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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is taken as a classic trek in Nepal. It is popularly known as Annapurna Round Trekking. Manang, which is at a height of 3500 m, is unique among the villages in Annapurna Region with strong Tibetan culture. This trek has been accessible only since 1980 when the area of Manang was recognized as the open area for trekking.

Annapurna Circuit Trek brings you to the world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with Annapurna I rising 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri rising to 8167m to the west. You will observe the spectacular views from the Poon Hill. You will go to Jomsom, Mustang, and Manang which gets us acquainted with the diverse Nepali practices and rituals.


  • Trekking Days:  20 Days
  • Type of Trek:    Teahouse
  • Max. Altitude:    5416m
  • Grade of Trek:   Easy
  • Main Attraction: Magnificent view of high mountains

Travel Highlights

Scenic mountains panorama and Trans Himalayan Region of Nepal
Beautiful lasdscapes and Local people and their lifestyles.
Himalayan Heritages and experienced of some wild animals
Breathtaking Thorong-La(5416 m) pass


Full itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1360 m), welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, overnight at a Hotel.

On the first day,a reliable and safe staff of us will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport to B.B. Hotel.In the evening ,you will have a delightful dinner in a cultural hotel of Kathmandu .There will be delicious Nepalese food  which will get you to know about Nepalese food culture.Overnight at B.B. Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek

You start a  tour to several of the most historical and cultural destinations in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. You  visit  Kathmandu Durbar Square,  sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath, which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.Then,you will go for light shoppings in the local bazaars.You will be checked everything in the evening by a representative of Nature Himalaya Adventure.

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

You  start your journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way you will witness  terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching  at Mugling, we move  towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours

You wil be  crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across  emerald rice fields  and a charming dense forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.

Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

We leave Sirung for Jagat on a comparatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

Gradually,you will begin your trek . The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest.  You will reach Chyamje among the beautiful Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, you  climb steeply towards the  highly risky trail  to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As you  walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then you  approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, you  finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. You will stay in Dharapani that night.

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

Today you walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek you  can adore amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek you also come across small hot springs  . Overnight in Chame.

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. You  trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.

Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

There are two routes to Manang but you  follow the trail that takes you  to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  You  begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much worse  environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail goes  near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

After walking for some time you  will  cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. You  ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip you will see one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. 

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ulleri-Tikhedhunga-Nayapul: 6 - 7 hours trek, 1.5 hour drive to Pokhara.

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nature Himalaya Adventure representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Note:The above itinerary is a usual outline of what we offer and how it organized as per our experience of two decades. This itinerary can be Personalized as your specific interests, time limit and budget. If you can’t make yet an exact decision, allow us to assist you to plan a trip as you desired.

What's Included

  • Airport pickup & drops by private or traveler vehicle.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara for three nights with breakfast.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean accommodation in Teahouse during the trek.
  • All your standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All land transportations as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance & monument fees and all applicable taxes and service charge as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking and government licensed an experience and friendly trek guide and porter to carry your baggage (1 porter for two trekkers); along with their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • Trek permits/fee and Trekker’s information management system (TIMS).
  • Four seasons down Jacket, duffle bag, sleeping bag and walking pole to use during the trek(to be returned after trip completion).
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by you or your insurance company
  • First aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).

What's not Included

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like any bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, battery recharge, additional porters, bottle or boiled water or shower, etc;
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, early come from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary and late departure.
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance.
  • Any loss arising due to unexpected circumstances that's out of our company control.
  • Tips for guides, porters and/or driver.
  • Visa for Nepal.
  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Date & Price

Following start dates are your arrival day in Nepal and End dates are return day from Nepal. The designed dates and quoted costs given below are mainly focusing on travelers who want to join the group; however, the private group trips are available on any date of your choice throughout the year.  Listed costs are for per person including domestic flights and excluding international flights.

If any listed date is not preferable for you, please contact us we cheerily support to make a personalize adventure on your appropriate date.

Start Date End Date Trip Price Status Book This Trip
03 Oct 2019 16 Oct 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now
12 Oct 2019 25 Oct 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now
20 Oct 2019 02 Nov 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now
06 Nov 2019 19 Nov 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now
13 Nov 2019 26 Nov 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now
18 Nov 2019 01 Dec 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now
27 Nov 2019 10 Dec 2019 USD 1299 Booking Open Book Now

Note: Autumn (Sep.-Nov) and Spring Season are the high tourist season in Nepal. The trip price may rise. We suggest to all our customers to book your travel trip as earlier as possible to avoid increased price and to get best deal. Please do contact us for any query.

Upcoming Departures Status

Available:  Minimum size of the group on the listed dates is reached, the trip is ready to run.

Booking Open:  The following start date is available for booking. Any single or groups who traveling is welcome to join in this trip.

Join a Group:  One or some traveler(s) have already booked as following given date. Any traveler welcomes to join in this group.

Limited Space:  As many travelers have booked already on given date, now very limited spaces are available, so we suggest you to make your booking faster as possible.

Sold Out: The size of the group is full on a given date; let us know if you still want to make your adventure on this specific date, we can consider it upon your request. So, please contact us as quickly as possible.


Extend Your Adventure

You don't ever want your holiday to end while you're having the adventure of a lifetime. Why not extend your holiday and make the journey last?

You may have many choices to extend your adventure as per your interests, time length and budget before and after trip or throughout your adventure, please inform to our travel expert’s team regarding the program that you might want to add from some activities given below.

Helicopter Tour, Bunjee Jumping, Skydiving over Mt.Everest, River Rafting, Day Hiking, Temple visit, Paragliding, Zip flyer in Pokhara, Wildlife safari, City Tours, Biking Tour, Canyoning in Nepal, Nepal Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking Tour Nepal, Ultralight Mountain Flight etc.


Meal

19 breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners during the trek, fairwell and welcome dinner in Kathmanu.

Nature Himalaya will serve you breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek. Breakfast and dinner will be served within the same lodge wherever you stay at night and lunch on the way to the next destination. Most tea house/lodges in the mountain region, currently serving a large choice of meal with western friendly cuisines like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Before your final departure, we will serve you a farewell dinner in Kathmandu where we will get enjoy an authentic and typical Nepalese food.


Accommodation

3 nights Kathmandu and one night Pokhara at a 3 star level hotel and 16 nights at the mountain lodge during the trek.

You will stay in a standard (deluxe) hotel in Kathmandu and tea house lodge during the trek in the mountain. All the accommodations you will get twin sharing basic and also single supplement will be available on request with extra price in Kathmandu and lower elevations in the mountain. However sometime in the higher elevation may be difficult to get a single room. Normally our company can arrange you a accommodation with attached bathroom/toilet, however, some places in the mountain, you might share your bathroom and toilet as a common.


Acclimatization

Walking up to the higher altitudes too fast causes a serious medical condition enough to result in death. As you go up higher altitude, there is less oxygen in the air. Your body needs more time or days to adapt to such an environment. We advise you to consult with your doctor about your heart, lungs or blood diseases before traveling. If you got a light headache, loss of appetite, stomach disorders or fever are the symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

During your trekking in the Himalaya we suggest you that increased altitude gradually, drinks lots of liquids and Garlic soup but avoid alcohol, smoking and using sleeping tablets and overexertion, use preventive medicines, don’t walk alone, don’t climb higher if you get even mild symptoms of altitude sickness and descend immediately if your AMS get worse, never leave anybody alone with signs of AMS and dress warmly when trekking.


Important Note

Traveler's safety is the most supreme concern while traveling with Nature Himalaya, so your guide has the authority to change or cancel any part of the itinerary if necessary due to safety concerns. Your guide might be compulsive to do it all due to a bad weather, the worse health condition of a group member or any natural circumstance. Your guide attempt to ensure that the trip runs as per itinerary plan however please be ready to be flexible if needed.

A couple of Rules

Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and especially the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Also Illegal drugs are not allowed. Using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Similarly, the flying of drones is prohibited in Nepal. Your guide has the right to eject any member of the group if these illegal activities are found.


Best Time to Travel

Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be organized even in winter season for those travelers who are physically fit on such a coldest temperature.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required in to join on any of our adventures. When choosing a travel insurance policy please tolerate in mind that every client should have medical coverage for repatriation and emergency rescues like helicopter, treatment and the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, and loss of baggage and private effects. If you have Credit card insurance we need the proof of purchase of the trip with a Credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their collaborating insurance firm, the extent of coverage and emergency contact phone number. Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.


Feedback

After your travel, Nature Himalaya wants to hear from you and would follow what you have to say. We’d observe carefully for your any suggestion, comment, testimony and requirement which will be important summary for us to maintain and enhance our service across the world including Nepal. Therefore, let us awareness using the form below regarding comments, statement or matter what you experienced during our services. As you completing your feedback online within one month, 5% off the price of next trip will be offered to you. Our company will be mailed you an evaluation of your trip on 24 hrs after finish your trip.


Physical Condition & Experience

It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is needed to adopt this trip. This is a moderate adventure that suitable for most of the travelers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours daily with a light backpack without the help of another person. In some days we'd need to climb up or down even for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher elevations is more physically harder than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive perspective and strong determination, we can complete the adventure successfully. Existing hiking experience would be an advantage; however, no technical expertise is needed for this journey.

Travelers with a pre-existing medical condition like heart, lung, and blood diseases shall inform to Nature Himalaya before booking your journey and additionally we advise that you simply consult your doctor(s) before the trip.


Trip Leader & Staffs

Every trip we organize is accompanied by a professional and experienced guide who is always tending to make your trip an unforgettable and the best trip without any hassle as possible. We also use local guides and porters where we expect more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.

Our guide will give an information about the historical, cultural, religious, peoples, social features, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.


What to Pack

The following checklist is an instruction to help you pack for your trip. As we moving most of the time, we suggest you pack only what is necessary as possible. Your travel bags will be carried by the porter. The maximum porters are allowed to carry is 20 Kg/44pounds and we suggest you carry a day-pack with your valuables or anything important on your own. Some of your luggage can be left in Kathmandu, but you will need to take all your trekking gear with you. Please note that you will be sharing the duffel with a fellow trekker from the group during the trek and also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trip length.

Please read the following checklist what you need to bring for this trip.

Required Documents and Items:

Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets)
Insurance info with photocopies
Passport with photocopies and 2 extra passport size photos
Visas with photocopies,( visa can be easily obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport))
Vouchers and pre-departure information
Cash (in Dollars, pounds or Euros) for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying restaurants and hotels bills and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Sleeping gears

Down Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
Sleeping bag and liner, 4 seasons (available for purchasing or renting)
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Body-wears (from head to foot)
A warm hat that covers your ears
Hat normal (optional)
SunglassesThermal base /Warm Layers
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal with extra batteries and bulbs)
Shawl or scarf (also useful for dusty conditions and temple visits)  
Modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees (Long pants, long skirts, shirts)
Fleece top/sweater,
Windproof rain gear, rain jacket
Down jacket, Sleepwear
 Moneybelt, Warm gloves, Waterproof gloves

Hiking Gears

Hiking trousers, fleece or woolen trousers, waterproof shell pants
Sandals for wearing around camp in the evenings,
Boots with spare laces, running shoes or sandals,  Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only- optional
Thin, lightweight inner socks and heavy poly or wool socks(2 pairs each)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/ or 1 large duffel bag
A medium sized day packs to carry the things that you will need during the day.
Locks for bags and duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) and Personal Hygiene
small quick drying towel, Multi-purpose soap, Deodorants, Nail clippers, Face and body moisturizer, Female hygiene products, Small mirror, Personal Hygiene, Tissue /toilet roll, Anti-bacterial hand wash

More Essentials

Binoculars (optional), Watch and alarm clock,
Ear plugs, Reading book, guidebook, etc,
Trail/route map
Paper, magazine, and pen. etc
Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
iPod,  Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Any playing goods for passing our leisure time while we are in teahouses and or camps

First-aid kits

Lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen,  Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band-aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, extra prescription medicines you may be taking.

Practical Items

Repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit,  1 compass or GPS(optional), 2 water bottle minimum 1 liter (Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best), 1 small folding knife, 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish bags.


Travel Tips

Joining Instructions

On your arrival time at the Kathmandu airport, Nature Himalaya representative will be waiting to welcome you with a card with your name. You will be now greeted with a garland made from fresh flower and smile. Then you will transfer to the hotel in our private car. If there will be any changes to the flight schedule, in missing of affiliation flight you are requested to inform us by calling or sending text or writing email or if any reason you are not met at the airport by our representative, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi that available for about 700-800 NPR in front of arrival terminal. Please be aware of people wanting to assist you with your luggage as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi.

After some refreshments, you will be invited to visit our company where our representative can organize a short meeting soon, right through that you will meet other trip participants and will be brief you about specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel with all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, we will leave you a message mentioning what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Arrival Complications

We expect that all our travelers can able to begin their trip as scheduled, however, if you are unable to start your trip as scheduled by any reason, please inform us and also your booked hotel or refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we suggest that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, following the joining directions and you may apply to our counter on your return for a refund of the transfer price if this occurs.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Nepal Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport. you need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25: single entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100. Visa arrangement is on your responsibility before you travel

Trip Notes

Trekking in Nepal is really a marvelous accomplishment, from the Himalayan landscapes to the rich cultural ethos, visit beautiful ethnic Himalayan settlements and villages, the journey to destinations at the beautiful river valleys harboring unique terrains, walk on winding trails passing through heavenly alpine forests and green pastures that are undeniably awe-inspiring!

Trekking can be difficult in some parts, with a lot of uphill and downhill climbing, however, walk at your own pace – slow and steady is the way to go – being fit or unfit isn't the primary control here, it is how you deal with altitude. Do not rush! The only reward for trying to prove something by being first is a splitting headache, vomiting, and nausea! Climb slowly on at a steady pace, pause, standing to rest, don’t sit too much, usually, it's harder to get going again. Don’t care about whether others are ahead! The path is obvious, your guides keep track of where you are. There is plenty of time to walk at your pace regardless of how far behind you'll assume you are.

Bear in mind the sun is strong, wear sunscreen and sunglasses. It is colder than you think, especially in the wind, if you taking off layers while walking make sure to place them on again as soon as you stop or are in the shade, don’t wait to get cold.

Spending Money

Money requirements will vary for every person as per his/her habits spending money. Some travelers may drink more than others ‘whereas other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing drinks, shopping, and tipping.

Money Exchange

Currency exchange rates in Nepal is 1 USD = 110Nepalese Rupees (NPR), however, it may differ every day as per the market demand. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and MasterCard; however, you can find it rarely in mountain regions. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they will charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Tipping

Tipping is expected (however not compulsory) in every hospitality. Tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service and an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides, porters or drivers we use. You may do this on your own, or your guide will offer to gather the money and tip as a group. Tipping range is depending on the standard and length of the service (you may ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture). Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your Nature Himalaya guide did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated.

Trip Specific Safety

We suggest the use of a money belt or neck wallet while traveling, for the safekeeping of your air tickets, passport, travelers' Cheques, cash, and different precious items and we suggest you leave your valuable jewelry in the reception of the hotel while traveling. Most of the hotels we use have a safety safe-deposit which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your baggage. When traveling in a group, please note that your guide has the authority to switch any a part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

During your trip, you will have some free time to follow your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own superior decision when choosing an activity in your free time. If you're doing any water-based activity we suggest only participating when accompanied by your guide. We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water-based activities has a balanced approach to safety.

Local Dress and restrictions variance

In Nepal, you may see some variance at a few young generations about their dress up and feelings However for your own comfort, we suggest modest clothing, covering shoulders; loose, lightweight, long clothing is respectful. When visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites and make sure you wear long pants and open your shoes and keep quiet before coming into the monasteries. When packing try and choose loose, lightweight, long covering which will keep you cool within the typically hot and wet climate in summers.

Emergency Fund

We suggest you have access to at least an additional USD $700 (or equivalent) cash as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when any the potential unexpected situation requires a modification to our planned route. This includes the USD $500 cash emergency helicopter funds that are mentioned in the Important Notes.

Minimum Age

For this trip, you must be eighteen to travel alone and for minors’ travelers with a guardian over twenty-one years old, the minimum age is twelve.

International Flights

We suggest that for much up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline and check in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport. Arrival times and baggage restrictions are going to take issue by airline and may modification at any time.

Porter Carefully

Porters play a very important role in most of the industries, and similarly, their requirements are more special in travel and trekking industry as well. Only the porters carry all the things to the remote regions where are no motorway facilities.  We are firmly dedicated to porter rights. We make sure that all our porter's staffs are well paid well treated and provide the quality level of shelter, clothing, and footwear as per brutal environments demand. Every porter shall be treated in the case of sickness or sudden circumstance injuries with the same care and attention as other team members. As we are dedicating to improve their working conditions, our resources are available to aid them.

Group Size: Max 15, average 12

Nature Himalaya operates all trips for groups of any size as per our clients' request as possible but as per our many years’ experiences we realized a maximum of fifteen peoples and in average twelve is the most favorable size for a successful trip. On this trip, we arrange a guide, assistant guide (4 travelers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) for carrying luggage.

The Trekking Group

This trip will be organized by one guide, assistant guide (5 trekkers: one assistant) and porters for carrying baggage. This arrangement ensures that even if anybody among the group gets sick the trip can still go ahead as planned.  As we've got many years of experience and feelings, a maximum of fifteen and on an average of twelve travelers in a group are going to prefer size for a successful trip. However, we are flexible to arrange this trip on any size even with a smaller or larger group as per the client’s interest and needs.

Solo Travelers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the price of your trip unless noted. Internal flight tickets are issued domestically and can be given to you before the flight departure.

Laundry

Most of the hotels offer laundry facilities with a certain charge. If you want your own laundry, we suggest you bring non-polluting soap.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher to Nature Himalaya Account, or contact us.


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