Arrival at Kathmandu. Meet our company representative and transfer to the hotel which is closer to the multitude of shopping center and restaurants. (Free afternoon, wander around the city).
Does the word ‘trek’ send you lingering visions of the scenic mountains, the snow-clad slopes, the emerald forests, and the clear blue sky? Well, take your vision a little bit higher, to the Annapurna Circuit trek – the region that is home to some of the world’s highest peaks, the deepest gorges, and the highest lakes.
Annapurna region is one of the most happening trekking destinations for all travel enthusiasts, the trek entails crossing the wild Thorong La pass and into the Trans Himalayan region, often encountered by high passes, rugged landscape, lush green foothills, and mountains and holy pilgrimage sites in between.
The journey takes you through an amazing circuit route that is 128-mile horseshoe shaped and circles around the heaven-high Annapurna range, offering travelers with spectacular views that are simply breath-taking.
The Annapurna circuit trek has been hailed as the holy grail of trekking by all mountain lovers. For trekkers planning to head off to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, this season, get set to experience the distinct regional scenery of flora, fauna, rivers and above all – the rugged mountains.
The entire journey will start with jungle, but soon trekkers will find themselves taken through the terraced rice fields, carved out of the greenery. Next, they will discover walking through a narrow canyon, which is so deep that the sunrays can only get to penetrate at noon.
But darkness will not always prevail in your journey, for soon there will be dense forests with tall pines to greet you. Finally but slowly, you will get to sneak out glimpses of the magnificent Himalayan ranges in all its tantalizing vistas. And when you have just started to wonder about the mountains, you will soon find yourself facing the Thorong La – which is the highest point of the circuit and is about 5416M high.
You will find yourself amidst a choppy sea of 6000m peaks and once you reach the top, beware to get your breath taken away by a 360-degree panoramic view. Upon descending from the path, you will be greeted by the colorful landscape of the Mustang Region – home to numerous Buddhist and Tibetan Buddhist people.
The route will wind you up in the Kali Gandaki River Gorge – the deepest gorge on earth that is guarded by some of the mightiest peaks known, namely - Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 meters) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters).
Capture the beauty of the place in your camera lens - of the apple and the wheat farming areas when passing by and share some light moments with the local Thakali tribes. This is one of the few expeditions that you would like to set foot.
Arrival at Kathmandu. Meet our company representative and transfer to the hotel which is closer to the multitude of shopping center and restaurants. (Free afternoon, wander around the city).
Drive by private vehicles to Besisahar following the Prithvi Highway towards west until Dumre and then it turns northern direction following wild hairpin bends to reach Besisahar. After Besisahar drive by local Jeep to Chamje. Overnight in lodge/Guesthouse.
The trail goes around the mountain and descent to the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River on the left bank, then begin the climb to Sattare on a steep path. The path passing by several houses continues an up and down mountain trail, and when a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the mainstream covered with huge boulders that hide the water.
Climb the zigzag path to the top where you can see the Tal village with many teahouses. Stop there for lunch and then continue to walk to the riverbed and arrive at Dharapani. Overnight in Guest House.
The trail now leads to gently climbing through Bagarchhap and Danaque villages. After crossing the river it gets steep climb to Timang village; from where we can see the Manaslu mountain ranges to the eastern valley above.
Then the trail is normally flat to Chame where the view of splendid backdrop of Annapurna II appearing occasionally. Chame is the big town which is the center of the Manang district with many government offices, Shopping centers, and restaurants. Overnight in Lodge/Guesthouse.
Walking by the side of the river through pine forests about 2 hours cross the suspension bridge and climb up to Dukurpokhari, stop there for lunch. The Manang valley getting wider and the path is flat to Pisang. Overnight in Lodge.
After walking one and half hour through trails and broad forested valley floor we reach at Humde village a small airstrip and a village of about 100 houses. Crossing the wooden bridge over Marsyangdi river, continue to Braga village; Tibetan style picturesque Braga village at the foot of the hill, stop here for lunch and visit the very old monastery. Walk another hour to reach Manang. Overnight in Lodge.
A necessary day to rest for acclimatization. Explore Manang, the village of about 500 flat-roofed houses. Short hike to the Monastery below the mountain or hike up to Gangapurna Glacier lake. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and Chulu East to the north can be well viewed from here.
Pass through Manang and climb to the next village Tenki Manang. The trail gradually climbs up to Gunsang with few teahouses. Then the trail goes in level crossing a suspension bridge and close view of the Chulu peak on the northern side. Continue to walk to Yak Kharka and stay overnight at lodge.
Today we climb into quiet distinct alpine areas. Crossing the Jarsang Khola we climb to a small grassy valley and level trail passing a landslide area. Overnight in Guesthouse at Thorong Phedi.
This is the day when you will cross the most difficult part of this route. There is the possibility of the strong wind at the pass so we start to climb very early in the morning passing the moraines slowly reach the top of Thorong Pass (5416m) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery both side of the valley.
There are hanging Prayer flags at the pass and also a small teashop for hot tea or Coffee. Soon as we reach the pass we descend to the western valley enjoying the view of the Mukut Himal and Mustang Himal to the west. We descend more than 1600m and reach Muktinath village. Overnight in Lodge.
In the morning we can visit the temple and monasteries at the Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most important Pilgrimage sights for both Hindu and Buddhist religion and monasteries from two denominations exist peacefully side by side. Miraculously a fire burns in water, rock, and soil under the monastery which is staffed by nuns. After breakfast proceeds to Kagbeni, stop there for lunch and continue trek to Jomsom. Overnight in Lodge.
Early morning fly back to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel near the lakeside. Afternoon free time and wander around the city. Overnight in Lodge.
After breafast drive to Pokhara airport and fly back to Kathmandu which takes 25 minutes and transfer to the Hotel. Free day in Kathmandu.
Today is the last day of your trip in Himalaya, as we will transfer you to the international airport.We trust that you will cherish this inspiring experience and the deep, newly formed friendships in the years to come.
Nepal Entry Visa Procedures
Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to a passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.
You can obtain the Nepal visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. And you can apply for the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visas. We suggest you take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied for the online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.
Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.
Nepal Trekking Season’s
The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months, flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be a bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon. Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year.
It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid-June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.
A Typical Day of the Trekking
The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight.
We reach the teahouse/camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for dinner around 7 PM and sleep.
Geography of Nepal
Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800 km from east to west and 90 to 230 km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region.
Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 meters. Nepal is divided into seven states and seventy-seven districts. Where the high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000 m to above 8,848 m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Cho You (8201 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Makalu (8463 m), Manaslu (8163 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m).
Currency in Nepal
Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.
Credit Cards: All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.
Effects of Global Warming & Climate Change
Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address the impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice.
With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields.
The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood-prone in the world. Currently, Nepal's Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters.
Nepal's potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers is sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.
Clothing in Nepal
From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and lightweight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night, it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance with Nepali weather, you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.
Health Issues Regarding Altitude Sickness
Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.
Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involve high altitude and can be strenuous. A simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously.
The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end. As altitude increases, especially above 3,000 meters, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength, and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness. To minimize its threat, we recommend following this advice:
01. Drink adequate fluids. At 4,300 meters, for example, the body requires 3 to 4 liters of liquid a day. At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 liter a day.
02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.
03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body. The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate. If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying Best Nepal Trekking facilitators immediately.
05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.
People and Religions of Nepal
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here.
Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicate that the Nepali population of around 35 million includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.
History of Nepal
Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in molding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Karin's ruled Nepal from 9th century BC to 1st century AD Later Lichchhavis took over Karin from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty.
Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Jung Bahadur Rana back seated the power of the monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy.
A coalition government comprising the Nepali Congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahindra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system,' by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities.
People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency, corruptions and downfall in the national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left the whole world in complete shock. Gyanendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination.
With the advent of 2006, all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally, Gyanendra Shah handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal. Then Maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.
Shopping in Nepal
In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well-resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sportswear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along with their goods.
But in the case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, New-road, and Durbar-Marg are the most popular Shopping centers.
What Foods You Will Expect In Nepal
Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers. Besides Nepali food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican, Thai etc to continental at the remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/non-vegetable curries.
Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Pokhara also has numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains (trekking routes) also fresh, hygienic and delicious.
Travel Insurance For Traveling in Nepal
Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Hotels in Nepal
Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-priced guesthouses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you high-quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.
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