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Trekking and Riding a bike in high rocky Himalayan is definitely in the bucket list of many adventurists. Annapurna Circuit trek with classic cycling trip is to explore the beauty of the Himalayas. The spectacular view of gigantic mountains like the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6443m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m), and many other Himalayas accompany the riders as they ride past traditional villages on the tough trails of the Annapurna Circuit.
The trek continues with a drive to Besisahar, which is the starting point of the trek. Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Trip features the alluring panorama of the high mountains and Himalayan valleys. The trip starts from Marsayangdi Valley and ends at Kali Gandaki Valley via the Gurung town of Manang, the highest pass of Nepal—Thorung-La pass, and the holy temple of Muktinath. The bikers will come across beautiful landscapes highlighting lush Himalayan forests, waterfalls, natural hot springs, monasteries, temples, Mani walls, Chortens, Himalayan villages, and more. Apart from the fascinating panorama of the mountains and landscapes, Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Trip also gives a chance to learn and understand the culture of different ethnic groups residing in this region. The trip also comes across communities of the Gurung, Manangi, Chemjong, and Thakali people giving the riders a chance to experience the culture of these communities from up close.
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 02: Preparation for trek,meeting with guide and full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath - Hotel
DAY 03: Scenic drive to Besisahar to Jagat (1290m/ 4232ft) via Khudi, 9 hrs drive
DAY 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/ 6,430ft), 6 hrs
DAY 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6 hrs
DAY 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft), 6 hrs
DAY 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3519m/ 11545ft), 5-6 hrs
DAY 08: Rest day at Manang an acclimatization period
DAY 09: Trek from Manang to Yak-Kharka, (4018m/ 13183ft), 4 hrs
DAY 10: Trek from Yak-Kharka to Phedi, (4450m/ 14600ft), 5 hrs
DAY 11: Trek from Phedi to Muktinath(3,800m/ 12465ft) 8 hrs
DAY 12: Mukthinath to Jomsom/Tukuche –32 km Riding Distance Altitude 2560 meters, 5 hrs
DAY 13: Tukuche to Tatopani –36 km Riding Distance. Altitude 1190 meters, 6 hrs
DAY 14: Drive from Tatopani to Beni and to Pokhara in a share bus, 6 hrs
DAY 15: Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7 hrs drive
DAY 16: Departure
Arrival in KathmanduUpon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Apex Himalaya Treks (AHT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with Apex Himalaya Treks display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel nearby Thamel as per your requirement. Thamel has great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel. Includes: Accommodation, Transportation
Preparation for trek,meeting with guide and full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath - Hotel lanAfter breakfast, your day will start for sightseeing of three Popular UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley with your professional tour guide. Our first destination for sightseeing will be at Buddhanath (the biggest & Largest Buddhist Stupa in the World). Stupa of Bouddhanath epitomizes Buddhism. In this Area, you will visit a Buddhist Monastery and stop for a lunch. If the weather is clear you will get glimpses of the mountain ranges close to Kathmandu, particularly Mt Ganesh Himal from the restaurant location. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After Lunch, we will visit Hindus temple Pasupatinath, one of the holiest temple for Hindu religion people. After this you will visit Living goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar square. Locally, this old royal palace area is called Basantapur Area or Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square. It normally takes 5 hours tour to visit all these 3 monuments within Kathmandu city. - Entrance fee for these UNESCO site should be paid in Nepali currency. We suggest you to carry some Nepali money while sightseeing. - Please cover your shoulders and while sightseeing - To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It seen as a gesture of respect. - Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples) - Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place. Meeting time at 3 pm in your hotel with our office representative and he/she will help you to meet with your trekking guide. Your trekking guide will help you for shopping and collecting remaining equipment for the trek. Includes: Breakfast, Transportation ,Accommodation
Scenic drive to Besisahar to Jagat (1290m/ 4232ft) via Khudi, 9 hrs driveFrom Kathmandu we drive to Besisahar through the Prithivi Highway. It takes 9hours to reach to Jagat. You follow the Trishuli river up to Mugling and then Marsyangdi river. On the way you can enjoy the massif Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. As we continue the drive from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (NgadiChuli). We pass through Bhulbhule, Ngadi and Syange village. Then we head to Jagat passing which offers the terraces farming, Bamboo forest as well as Jagat village is Buddhist populated by the ethnic groups Gurung, Magar and Tamang. Includes:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Accommodation, Transportation
Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/ 6,430ft), 6 hrsFrom Jagat we ascend through forest to Chyamjevillage. Then we continue to walk in the flank of the mountain. The landscape is very mineral and the gorge is narrow, we can hear the sound of the Marsyangdi River below. We cross many suspension bridges up to Dharapani, a big village. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6 hrsToday we climb the gradually ascending path to Bagarchap, which is another Tibetan village. From there see impressive view of high mountains like Manaslu, Ngadichuli, Lamjung, Annapurna 2. From there we continue our journey through the ascending path in the coniferous forest. The glaciers are closer and the temperature rapidly falls in the night. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft), 6 hrsThis day we continue our walking towards Brathangwhich is the last village before we arrive in the Manang Valley.. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring PaungdaDanda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m and3300m. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3519m/ 11545ft), 5-6 hrsToday at first we climb to higher Pisang where we visit the Buddhist monastery. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga to nearby Manang at 3500m. Includes:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Accommodation
Rest day at Manang [an acclimatization period]Today is the rest day. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over-viewing the magnificent views around the village.We can walk to the 4000/ 4500 m above Manang valley in order to acclimatize. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Manang to Yak-Kharka, (4018m/ 13183ft), 4 hrsToday we leave Manang and we ascend to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Yak-kharka at 4050m, there we see the vegetation steadily more sparse. ( Acclimatize for 1 hrs ) Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Yak-Kharka to Phedi, (4450m/ 14600ft), 5 hrsIts 4 hrs walk to the Phedi from Yak-Kharka along the river. Today walk will be easy as we ascend up to the Phedi very slowly. When you reached at Phedi then you will feel like you are surrounded by big mountains. Includes:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Accommodation
Trek from Phedi to Muktinath(3,800m/ 12465ft) 8 hrsWe begin our journey from Phedi (foot of the hill)and make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Nilgiris and the massif of Dhaulagiri (8167m). In Muktinath We could see the pilgrims purifying themselves in the 108 sacred water fountains. Includes:Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner,Accommodation
Mukthinath to Jomsom/Tukuche –32 km Riding Distance Altitude 2560 meters, 5 hrsOur day starts with the rapid fun downhill through the dirt jeep tracks. Because of the wind which starts from 11 am making our riding a bit more challenging we have to start early. View on the way are awesomely beautiful which bring few single track for experienced riders. Savor the moment as you whizz past trekkers, the Himalayan wind in your face and miles of downhill before your wheels. Once in the river Valley it’s a 6km flat stretch to Jomsom followed by undulating trails along the river to Marpha. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. Take lunch in the beautiful and ancient town of Marpha famous for growing apples and making apple brandy! The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on the river side. We will take some time to explore the narrow interesting lane and peer the Thakali culture. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Tukuche to Tatopani –36 km Riding Distance. Altitude 1190 meters, 6 hrsAfter breakfast with we will hit the road. Fist we will start with downhill and then he trail starts out gentle and flat and winds in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. There are the excellent view s of snow capped peaks following the Kali Gandaki river. On the way we will stop at Rupse Chhahara, most beautiful waterfall of Nepal for lunch. The speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. After arriving in Tatopani, we can have Hot Springs bath and may be local massage or cold beer. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Drive from Tatopani to Beni and to Pokhara in a share bus, 6 hrsA ride of around 22 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. From Beni we transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well-earned rest and perhaps a beer! We have the option to ride down to Pokhara from Naudhada. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7 hrs driveAfter breakfast, we leave for tourist bus station at 7 am from hotel. It is smooth ride for 7 hour to Kathmandu. Upon your arrive, you will be transferred to hotel. Free time is for shopping and other individual sightseeing in Kathmandu, specifically Thamel. - If you want fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 30 mins flight then we can upgrade upon to your request. Includes: Breakfast, Accommodati on, Transportation
DepartureOur team will ensure that you are transferred on time to the airport for your flights if you are departing Nepal. Includes: Breakfast, Transportation
Although we do our best to follow the schedule above; on such adventurous trip, itinerary is subject to change due to weather, route conditions, local politics, transport or and other factors beyond our control. Apex Himalaya Treks and Expedition guide/leader would decide the best alternatives considering the best concern of the whole group.
01. Three Meals normal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) without tea/coffee expect breakfast during the trek.
02. Fruits every evening after dinner as a desserts
– Domestic bus station picks up & drops by private vehicle.
– Kathmandu to Besishaharto Jagat in a share bus/jeep (starting point of trek)
– Hydraulic bike (Trek bike or similar) from Muktinath with helmet and necessary gear
– Transport luggage to next destination during cycling trip
– Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara in share bus
– Tourist bus fare from Pokhara to Kathmandu
– International pick-up and drop in a private vehicle
– Tourist bus station pick-up and drop
– Clean tea-house accommodation during the whole trek.
– One night accommodation in Pokhara in a decent hotel @City Inn or @ Hotel Orchild
– Accommodation during whole trek will be in clean tea-houses, twin-share rooms beds with normal foam mattress and pillows included but shared bathroom and toilet.
– One government license holder English speaking guide and his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportations.
– Porter in the ratio of 2 client:1 porter and their accommodation, transportations and salary(A porter will carry max load 20-25 kg). Water proof duffle will be provided for you to put your luggage from us.
– Mechanic if need during cycling trip
– Exchange mountain bike in case of accident
06. Permits and official arrangement
– Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP)
– Trekker’s information management system(TIMS) card fee.
– Travel & Rescue arrangements.
– All our government taxes, VAT and official expenses.
– Trekking Poles
– Water proof duffle bag of 80 liter for your trekking equipment (which meant to be carried by porters)
– Trekking T-shirt
– Gaiter for high passes or during winter (December to February)
– Spikes for high passes or during winter (December to February)
01. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
02. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,
03. All beverages and bar bills.
04. Local permit, donations personal equipment.
05. Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5545 meters).
06. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
07. Entrance fee while doing sightseeing around Kathmandu
08. Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Apex Himalaya control.
09. Tips for guide and porter at the end of the trek
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. You can apply for a Nepalese visa from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country.Alternatively, can also obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival.On arrival visa program takes more than 1:30 hours because of queue for visa and luggage.
You may need following information while filling the visa form:-
Office name: Apex Himalaya Treks & Expedition
Location: Thahity Chowk, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone number of office : +977 1-4257635
House number of office: 135/13
Hotel name: _____________
Location of hotel: ___________
Phone number of hotel: _____________
Zip code: 44601
(Please note: we will send you the actual hotel detail near to date of travel.
Contact person in Nepal: Bimal Karki
Contact person number in Nepal: +977-9841037700
A valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; two passport size photo and the visa fee in USD cash only.
New Visa Valid Fees provision from 17th July 2019
15 days US$ 30
30 days US$ 50
90 days US$ 125
Many travelers will experience culture shock upon arrival in a new country and is a common experience whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or long term settlement. Nepal is no different, as it is unique in terms of its customs, food and language.
Gathering information and being completely prepared for the unexpected will ensure you can adjust quickly to Nepal upon arrival.
The following list provides some key facts to assist in your arrival and enable easy adjustment.
Food / Water
• People eat their food with the right hand. Take care to wash your hands. Importantly, it is suggested your left hand remains below the table if you choose to eat with your hands. In most restaurants you will be provided the option of using either a spoon, fork or chopsticks.
• Nepalese food is not too spicy, though if you wish to ensure that the dish you are ordering is suitable to your tastes, it is wise to ask.
• Whilst trekking at altitude it pays to eat simple foods whilst you become accustomed to the change in oxygen levels. The general recommendations is to eat non fried foods. The traditional meal of Dahl Bhatwhich is rice, vegetable and dahl is a staple.
• Public display of affection (kissing and hugging) is considered offensive.
• When removing shoes, sandals or slippers place them the right way up. Placing them upside down is considered to bring bad luck. Inside a home or temple is it is common place to remove shoes, seek advice from your host or temple guide to clarify and direct you.
• Physical disciplining such as hitting or spanking a child by a parent is not considered improper in Nepal, though there are varying views and ideas. You will observe this at times throughout Nepal. We suggest that you don’t try and intervene. In the event that someone disciplines a child or minor in an in-appropriate manner you can be assured that another Nepali person will step in. They understand the cultural norms and nuances.
• Animals may be sacrificed during Hindu festivals and in other religious and non-religious activities such as a visit to a witch doctor. We suggest that you don’t try and intervene. This is likely to cause offence. Make enquiries with regard to what is to happen at a festival or religious event if you wish to avoid such a situation.
• In general, Nepali people are highly uncomfortable with nudity and immodest clothing. To avoid this, men should wear a top, even when it is hot. Women should cover shoulders and wear skirt/shorts at least to the knee. This is the case both in urban, rural settings and when trekking.
• If you decide to wear Nepali traditional clothing (kurta or sari for women, daurasuruwal and dhakatopi cap for men) this is usually welcomed as a sign that you respect Nepali culture.
• Nepali people take pride in their appearance and whilst it is not necessary to be too particular, having a clean and tidy appearance shows respect for yourself and for those around you – so keeping your clothing, hair and facial hair tidy will be appreciated.
On the street / General
• Be attentive on the street, assume that a vehicle may be on the opposite side that you expect it to approach. On a busy street without lights or an obvious crossing point, you may wish to cross the road with other Nepali people. A simple smile of recognition of the situation and you will find they will provide assistance.
• Buses stop even in places there aren’t bus stops. Just wave. They will stop.
• When in Nepal, don’t expect things to go on time. You will face delays almost in all activities. There is even a phrase “Nepali Time” which is used sarcastically to point out delay in activities.
• Throughout Nepal electricity outages and load shedding plays havoc with people’s lives. This can generally be avoided by staying in a reputable hotel. It is worth asking the hotel management if they have a back-up power supply and whether it is operational.
• The Nepali term for a strikeis “bandha” in Nepali. Although they are no longer common place, you may find yourself travelling in Nepal when a strike occurs. If there is a general and complete strike, buses may not operate and shops can be closed. Seek advice from your hotel manager, guide or local people if a strike is to occur. There is good information on the internet via a simple search.
Whilst Nepal is a very busy tourist destination, culturally the country continues to welcome visitors. There is an understanding by everyone of the importance of tourism economically.
Whether you are trekking in the mountains or touring the Kathmandu valley we suggest you that you treat the land its people with care & respect.
Below are some tips on how you can keep the environment clean and show appreciation for age-old culture and traditional religious beliefs. Nepal's Culture might be astonishing and surprising for newcomers therefore these tips are sometimes necessary.
• To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It seen as a gesture of respect.
• Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples)
• Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
• Among Hindus, avoid touching women and holy men. People, especially women, do not normally shakes hands when they greet one another, but instead press palms together in a prayer-like gesture known as "Namaste" greeting is preferable.
• Don't eat with your left hand. The left hand is for toileting only.
• Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
• Try not to step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth.
R smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings. Remember, some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
• It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, especially if you are non-Hindu.
• Don't offer food to a Nepalese after tasting it, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
• The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon.
• Do walk around monastery or temple clockwise, so that the outer walls are always on your right. If you encounter a stone wall covered with Tibetan inscriptions, do the same: Walk past with the wall on your right (and don't take any of the stones).
• Don't lose your control. Raising your voice or shouting is seen as extremely bad manners in Nepal too and will only make any problem worse.
• Do get a receipt of inauthenticity when purchasing an antique replica?otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country. And don't buy ivory or fur from endangered species?Your purchases encourage the trade in such illegal goods, and you won't be allowed to bring them back home anyway.
• Don't give in to children who ask for just one rupee. Although a rupee is a small amount that anyone can spare, successful begging leads young children to drop out of school and take up panhandling as their trade. If you want to help, give to a trustworthy charity or a school.
• Don't take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless consent has been provided.
Most treks pass through villages with very simple ablution facilities and farm lands. There is always villages above the trail, all water should be boiled or treated before consumption. Even clean spring water may contain biological or chemical contamination due to local minerals and be totally harmless to locals but may not be tolerated by tourists. It is wise to avoid non-boiled or untreated water. If it is available, bottled mineral water at the tea houses and lodges are provided at a reasonable cost. Consider your impact on the environment and bring water treatment methods to Nepal which ensure you don’t have to purchase bottled water or boiled water.
Internet is available in particular locations along the Everest and Annapurna treks. You can also purchase wireless modems such as NCELL, NTC for your notebook and you will be able to use them. Do not expect internet in the remote areas of trekking and climbing.
Yes. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close.
The best season to visit Nepal is after the monsoons that end in August until mid-December, before the winter sets in. Also, from mid-February to early June are the most preferred months by visitors. During these two periods, the rains wash the dusty tracks and the valley looks magnificent with blooming flowers. Mountain views are clear most of the time.
It is best to visit hilly areas in summer that is, the months of May and June. The average temperature at that time is around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Nights are a bit chilly in the lower Himalayan region but are comfortable. Mountainous areas are extremely unsafe during the monsoon season, which are very common. The persistent rains make the hilly tracts slippery.
In winter, most of the hilly areas become threats due to very heavy snowfall and avalanches, but if you are fond of snowfall then you can opt for the lower Himalayan regions that look beautiful covered in blankets of snow.
You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots. If you are extending your stay in Nepal you may need anti-malarial protection.
You can exchange in Nepal, primarily in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It really depends on your budget and what you want to do and for how long but approximately $500-$1700 in either travelers’ cheques or cash for your trip would be sufficient. ATM cards and credit cards can be used in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities if additional cash needed. You will need $30 for the tourist visa fee (can receive visa upon entry) at the Kathmandu International Airport. You must pay only in cash in U.S. dollars or Euros. It is advisable to exchange your money either on your first day or the day after while you are in Kathmandu at a reliable money exchange counter.
If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find trekking suits you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. It is important to remember, however, that trekking requires an adequate level of physical conditioning. To prepare yourself for a trek, especially a difficult one that lasts two weeks or more, some moderate physical exercise is recommended before you embark on your journey such as walking, running swimming, or hiking. It is also worth remembering you can choose the pace and direction of your trek.
The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which each client has. Generally speaking, treks can range from 2-3 days to a month’s time or sometimes longer periods if trekkers’ wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.
You will mostly be on well-maintained trekking routes that consist of dirt trails. The terrain on some of these trails may be long, steep climbs or descents as well as rocky, dusty paths and forest tracks. There are also a lot of big stone steps and staircases especially on the Annapurna circuit. In some cases, treks include mountain passes so the trail can be narrow in places. You will feel a moderate altitude effect starting at around 3,000m upwards.
Most of what you need during a trek is available in Kathmandu, and you can buy them or rent them once you are there. Most books on trekking will list them; check one out before you embark on your trek. If you do not have a book yet and plan to get one only once you are in Nepal, there are some things you may want to bring from home. Bring ear-plugs to help you sleep in spite of barking dogs. A battery operated short-wave radio can be helpful to listen to weather reports or the news. Also bring along a pocket knife, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, photographic equipment, binoculars, a compass, a good watch with possibly an altimeter, and a day pack. Others, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu for reasonable price.
Generally your hotel or lodge will let you store your luggage with them for some nominal or no fee. As long as you lock up your bags, they are normally safe. If you want then we can also store your luggage at our office store room in free of cost.
The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. However, at night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. If it is raining at the base of the mountain, it will be snowing at the top of its peak. There will be heavy snowfall during the months of December and February. It is important that you stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Temperatures could be as high as 20 degrees C and as low as -10 degrees C.
Along the trekking routes, tea-houses and lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to be returned after your trip) but it is a good idea to have your own sleeping equipment if possible. Accommodations have private rooms with twin beds that may be used for double or single occupancy. Tea-houses have an adjoining dining room around a fire burning stove. You may take a hot shower but need to ask them to boil the water.
In general, yes. But, it's always good to take sensible precautions in order to avoid any health problems. No matter how tempting and it can get very tempting after a long trek- avoid drinking any other water than bottled water.Do not eat roadside food that is exposed in the open air. Avoid buying and eating raw and unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Other than that, it is fine to have boiled, fried or properly packaged food items.
Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. One shouldn't ignore these early symptoms as these symptoms may lead to more serious warnings and cause death sometimes within few hours. Medicine is no substitute for descent. If a doctor is available, he may give medicine and oxygen. However, the patient must go down to lower altitude even if treatment is given.
First of all, your trekking guide will provide you with First Aid. If the case becomes more serious, you will be transferred to a health post where you can consult with a doctor. For acute sickness, at your request, you will be immediately taken down by helicopter or airplane to Kathmandu for treatment and rest. It is strongly recommended to descend from the mountain if you are suffering severely from altitude sickness.
You should bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash and traveler’s checks (keep numbers and proof of purchase separately); flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of T/C’s, banks, insurance and family members and any medications.
If you want to make modifications to your customized itinerary (Not applicable for fixed departures) even after you confirmed your booking, it is possible. We provide free alterations one time. However, after this, we charge a US $30 dollar surcharge for every new modification but this must be made 15 days prior to your trip so that we can adjust our schedule to your new trip itinerary.
Cancellation of the trip is not possible and you will lose your 10% deposit amount. We won’t charge the amount if the trip is postponed (only once) with valid reason. Postponing notice is required a minimum of 30 days prior to trip departure. If you fail to give proper notice within 30 days prior to your trip departure or do not show up at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice, you will forfeit 100% of the total cost of your trip.
Note: Changes may be possible, but are not guaranteed.