Inhabitant of two ethnicities mainly in Nubri and Tsum Valley of Manaslu trekking the beautiful gentle rivers at Chhikur divides these two ethnic domains. Manaslu (8156 meters) also known as Kutang in local language means "Mountain of the spirit "stands with its own uniqueness which was permitted since 1991 for foreign trekkers in Nepal. Considered as Japanese Mountain - Manasa ("intellect" or "soul".) was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi from Japan with the grand help of Nepalese expert Mr. GyalzenNorbu in the year 1956. A 177 Kilometers long trekking journey can be commenced from Gorkha in a few hours road Journey through Prithivi Highway from Kathmandu. The mountain's lengthy ridges and valley glaciers offer reasonable approaches from all directions, and conclude in a peak that towers abruptly above its surrounding countryside, and is a dominant feature when viewed from in the distance. While the trekking trial follows the ancient salt – trading route along the BudhiGandaki River, en route different ethnic groups such as Gurungs, the main ethnic groups who join the Gurkha army in the large numbers, closer to Tibet, the Bhutias ( bhotes), akin Sherpa group villages can be seen from their flat roofed houses, and they are distinctly Buddhists. The amazing dotted region with austere monasteries, maniwalls, chortens and few other Hindu religious landmarks from the first week are unquestionably more attraction of the trekking.
Min of 2 - 3 weeks Manaslu circuit trekking now usually starts in ArughatBazzar – Gorkha district which follows the pine - forested Syala village & valley consists largely of trekking through cultivated land but the George becomes steadily more rugged and narrow until it closer right in above Jagat . Requires fully camping support but the building of tea houses means the trek can be completed using local accommodation which offers very basic facilities. The trek requires a special permit of US$ 50 a week however depending on the season and you need min of 2 passports to apply for special permit through a registered agency like Splendid Holidays Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. While trekking through the Manaslu ten peaks of over 6500 meters in height including peaks of over 7000 meters elevation & village called Samagaun ( Same) are dotted .Samdo the highest village in the BudhiGandaki Valley and is inhabited by Bhotias, further trekking leads along a major secondary to the Larkha La with a backdrop of the Tibetan border. Along this route, CheoHimal, HimlungHimal and Kang Guru are visible, along with the occasional views of the Annapurna great Himalayan ranges. To see Manaslu clearly, Bimtang(Bimdakhoti) situated at 1500 meters is also a right place. Larkya pass is one of the easier of the high passes in Nepal but heavy snow can make the route difficult especially on the western side where deep snow drifts are possible to be found.
Since there are two popular routes, one can trek through DhudhKhola(a tributary of Marshyangdi river – source is Tilicho Lake), cris-crosses Marshyangdi River before reaching Bhulbhule, TarukhaGhat, cross the ChepeKhola and DorandiKhola before returning to Gorkha or alternatively, one is the Annapurna Circuit trail join at Dharapani from where you can trek down or drive back to Kathmandu via Besishar (once a starting point of Annapurna circuit) or to Pokhara. Continue Annapurna Circuit or crossing via the highest lake Tilicho to Jomsom and fly out to Pokhara are an ideal extension. Tsum valley and surroundings which was once restricted for foreigners for a long time, is now the key center of attraction for intrepid trekkers which is possible to travel in a group in order to retain its pristine culture and sustain its delicate ecosystem, the Tsum valley Welfare Committee has been involved directly in the development of responsible tourism in the area. Let us trek to contribute Arughat Village, Lapubeshi, Tatopani, Jagat, Ekle Bhatti, BihiPhedi, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, Dharamshala (LarkyaPhedi), Bhimtang, Gowa areas through Conservation Area Project or directly to achieve conservation and sustainable management of the surrounded area, which keeps Manaslu ever emerald and smiling.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING OF KATHMANDU VALLEY
Kathmandu People Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in town BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.
DAY 03: DRIVES TO ARUGHAT BAZAAR
We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; we turn of towards to the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough but we will reach our destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately seven hours from Kathmandu.
DAY 04: TREKS TO SUNDI KHOLA
On our first day on the trail we head north, following the BuriGandaki. In the low country rice paddies and picturesque hamlets surround us. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, we descend once again to the river and our campsite at the confluence with the tributary of SundiKhola. It is a nice first day not too long, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.
DAY 05: MACHHA KHOLA
The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the BuriGandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi . We descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to MachhaKhola. We camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops.
DAY 06: JAGAT
Trekking we cross the Machha Khola - Fish Stream - and head upstream to the tiny village of KholaBensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the BuriGandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we recross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp.
DAY 07: DENG
After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive SringiHimal, 7187m. Crossing the river again, at GataKhola, the path splits, with the right - hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng (four houses), where we camp. Today is a longer day of around 7 hours trekking.
DAY 08: GHAP
The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive. We cross to the village of Lana, and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a the high country Buddhist regions. After only about four hours we reach our camping place at the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan areas and the cultural change is obvious, and the climate change is also obvious the trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain the altitude.
DAY 09: LHO VILLAGES
Nepal We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing climb gently now, and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, and reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m. We get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 metres where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible. We camp just outside the village.
DAY 10: SAWA GAON
Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We camp at SamaGompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border.
DAY 11: REST DAY
Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a rest day to acclimatise and relax. It is a good time to catch up on that book or wash clothes.
DAY 12: LARKYA LODGE (DHARAMSALA)
The once large Buri Gandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. Everywhere you look is mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. After crossing to the East bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet, and there are the ruins of another village here known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade that is now much diminished. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built to serve the travellers crossing the Larkya La.
DAY 13: TANGBUCHE
After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of HimlungHimal, CheoHimal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail to LarciaKharka. A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m in pleasant forest.
DAY 14: EXPLORING FROM TANGBUCHE
The valley system here is huge and well worth exploring - or perhaps you want a rest day?
DAY 15: KARCHE
Nepal trekking Village Below us is Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 metres, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the DudhKhola, we descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters.
DAY 16: DHARAPANI
We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La (Pass), and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi river. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marsyandi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hoards of trekkers. We stay at or near Dharapani.
DAY 17: JAGAT
An initially tight gorge briefly opens to Tal, which means lake. The area here as formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind. The lake has long gone and now the village of Tal sits on the river flats. Over the next day and a half we are passing through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range, no wonder it is a steep-sided valley.
DAY 18: BAHUNDADA
Down from Jagat is Syange, where we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marsyandi Khola and onto easier terrain. We have a short but stiff climb to Bahundanda. Then a beautiful descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. We are back into rice paddy country again.
DAY 19: BHULEBHULE
Today we have a beautiful descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. We are back into rice paddy country again.
DAY 20: TREK TO BESISHAHAR
With barely a hill in the way, this is an easy day’s walk. We might take the little-known east bank route from Bhulebhule to Besi Sahar.
DAY 21 DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
It is approximately seven hours drive to Kathmandu and to a wonderful hot shower. We will have lunch at a good roadside restaurant.
DAY 22: FLY POKHARA / KATHMANDU
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a further flight back to Kathmandu.
DAY 23: DEPART KATHMANDU
Our The Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
Starting From: $1999
- Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
- Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
- A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
- Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
- 03 nights 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel on twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
- Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary to/from Trekking starting point.
- One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by an experienced Sherpa guide.
- 3 course of meals (tea/coffee, B/F, lunch & dinner) during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
- Twin sharing camping or Lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
- Crews including local Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, helper including equipments including
- Two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc.
- Kathmandu to Lukla and vice varsa air tickets
- Fooding, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance & other expenses of travel crews
- First aid kit box for entire trekking.
- 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter (but you must be insured well)
- Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
- Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show) including to/from transfers.
- Dep. txf from the hotel to KTM international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- All Govt. taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees. US$ 25 / 40 for a month stay
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
- Extra porters if asked by the group.
- Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
- Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
NEPAL ( HIMALAYA )
We offer the finest and the most complete adventure package in Nepal. Our programs allow you to experience all aspects of this truly wonderful country and we make sure that you get the most from your trip. The following travel information has been prepared to ensure your hassle-free trip to Nepal:
All travelers to Nepal must hold a valid passport except Indian ID holders. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. As of Now, US$ 25 for 15 Days and US$ 40 for 30 Days on arrival.
An entry visa for Nepal can be obtained either in advance from your local embassy or upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport.
Temperatures could vary from cool mornings and evenings to heated-up middays due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes.
Mid-October/November- Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings.
December/January/February- Clear skies, warm afternoons but cold nights.
March/April/May- Clear mornings, hazy skies in the afternoon, hot during the day and cool evenings.
June/July/August- This is Nepal's rainy season, fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.
We strongly recommend you pack in a soft-sided bag in order to keep the weight down. Departing from Nepal, the weight limit is 42 pounds (20 Kg.). Only two check-in bags and one hand carry bag are allowed. Excess baggage is charged up to US $ 15 per Kg. Make sure you have locks/padlocks for the bags.
Unless you plan to attend a special party, ceremony or an official function, dress casually. In middle-to-higher priced establishments, men wear slacks and a sports shirt; women wear a casual dress, or a skirt or slacks outfit. Conservative outfits are always appropriate and recommended. Both in the cities and along trekking trails, tight revealing clothing and shirtless men may offend the modest norm. However, outside of Kathmandu loose-fitting shorts with decent length are acceptable for both men and women.
Comfortable clothes made of breathable fabrics are essential. Shorts and a loose shirt of lightweight cotton are ideal during the day, since it is always warm. Comfortable trousers would also be appropriate. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures drop considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.
The most important item you will require while trekking is suitable footwear. Lightweight walking boots with ankle support and rubber soles with thick tread are the best. Unless you're trekking during the rainy season, they needn't be waterproof. It is important that your walking boots are comfortable and broken-in; uncomfortable shoes can ruin the entire trek. Your boots should be worn with thick natural-fiber socks.
For your convenience, Exotic Himalayas Nepal will provide each traveler with a day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, walking stick, cotton scarf and sun hat. Down jackets, wool gloves and hats can be purchased in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in Lukla.
All travelers should bring a supply of personal toiletries. Sometimes, trekkers do suffer from blisters, colds, coughs and minor stomach upsets. Therefore, we recommend every traveler to bring a basic medical kit containing nail scissors, moleskin, Band-Aids, sunscreen, diarrhea tablets, aspirin and a remedy for colds and coughs. Taking Acidophilus tablets a few weeks before travel can help prevent bacterial diarrhea abroad.
There are limitations on the export of Nepalese antiques and items of archaeological or historical value. If you purchase any such item, ask the shopkeeper to assist you in obtaining an export license from the Department of Archaeology; reputable dealers are usually willing to assist. Antique carpets, brass metal statues, and Thankas (finely detailed paintings depicting Buddhist themes) are among the items in this category. Remember, it is illegal to import any items made from any endangered species of wildlife into most countries.
To assist you in planning your trip, we have prepared a suggested packing list. It is meant as a guideline only. Always take your own preferences into account when determining what to bring.
Please refer to our Equipment Check List.
If you're willing to do a white water rafting, add a pair of rubber sandals and a pair of quick drying shorts. We will provide life jackets, helmets and waterproof drums for your equipment.
If you're visiting Chitwan National Park, some of your clothing should be in neutral colors, like khaki. White and bright colored clothes may disturb the wildlife.
If you're trekking during the off-season, heavier (waterproof) boots and outerwear will be required.
Electricity is mainly available in the Kathmandu Valley with few hours of power cut. The current is 220 V/50 Cycles. Sockets have either three round pins or two thick round pins. An extra battery is important due to periodic power supply.
Money Exchangers or Banks will easily exchange your currency into Nepalese Rupees. Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted by most local hotels, but only accepted in some restaurants and shops. Master and Visa Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards.
It is not an obligatory culture to tip any where you travel within Nepal. However, since, the total suggested amount does not exceed US $ 70 for a two week program and US $ 35 dollars for a trek; you may choose to tip with some extra cash to show your appreciation for the service provided. 10% of the total amount is appropriate.
Banks are open for money exchange and other transactions from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, throughout the week except for Saturdays and other public holidays.
Even though trekking is not so physically demanding, you still have to be in good health, as medical facilities are only sparsely available in the trekking areas. Kathmandu’s altitude is 4500 feet and we trek between n 3500 to 7000 feet, so altitude sickness should not affect you at these heights. However, almost everyone experiences shortness of breath in some uphill climbs. Those with breathing difficulties should consult a physician prior to the trip to determine their fitness for travel.
Only boiled water is safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a flask of purified drinking water in each room: when in doubt, stick to bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, however you can still treat your water with purifying tablets. Remember, even ice should be avoided when you don’t want to risk your health.
During emergency situations in trekking without road access, a helicopter is chartered. You will then be air lifted with your guide to Kathmandu where you will be received by our office staff and taken to an international hospital. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Apart from the inaccessible areas of the trek, you will be rescued by road to Kathmandu where the same procedure will take place. You have to ensure that your insurance policy covers all the expenses for any unforeseen and unpleasant incident. Medical evacuation by helicopter has to be paid for by clients prior to the departure from Kathmandu.
Thefts do occasionally occur in Nepal. Therefore, your valuables should be protected. Always carry your passport, airline tickets, and other valuables with you, or lock them in the hotel’s safety box. We recommend leaving valuable jewelry at home, and using lockable baggage.
Each morning, after an early breakfast we set out at around 8:30 a.m. We will stop mid-morning for tea and continue trekking until lunch break around midday. The trails are winding and well worn, but are generally in good condition. Along the way, there will be ample time to stop and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop, and to explore the countryside. After lunch, we continue until our overnight accommodations, where we arrive around 4:00 PM. During the day, we walk 6 to 8 miles per day.
We urge our guests to purchase adequate trip cancellation, medical and baggage protection. Please ask for additional information.
While Nepal is generally a tranquil and informal country, there are a few norms visitors should be aware of. While entering temples, you must always take your shoes off and the customary practice implies while entering a Nepali house. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather clothes or accessories. Other temples such as Pashupatinath, devotees besides Hindus are strictly forbidden to enter. These customs are well marked around the temple premises, generally with signs in English and we strongly recommend you to respect such practices.
We discourage giving anything to beggars, particularly to children. If you wish to help, it is more fruitful to give contribution to your tour leader who will fairly distribute the donation to the local schools. Exceptions can be made for physically handicapped and to wandering religious mendicants called “Sadhus.”
Splendid Holidays strongly supports the conservation and preservation of the nature and historical places by opting for lodges over camps during the treks. By doing so, make minimal use of the valuable firewood and make least impact in the nature, which is our chief goal.
A Ncell Sim Card for mobile phones are easily available at NPR 100, approximately 1.5 $ upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport just on the right side of the arrival Terminal. Be sure, you can produce them a copy of your Passport and one Passport size (1.5”X1.5”) picture. This Ncell Mobile Phone is well connected to almost in major towns and tourist hubs in Nepal except for some trekking routes.
The national language is Nepali, with multiple distinct dialects spoken in different parts of Nepal. All of our guides speak English, also the porters, however at a more basic level. In touristic places like Thamel, Lake Side and Sauraha, Chitwan English is widely spoken.
Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time; 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
We recommend bringing all the camera equipment and film you'll need for your trip. Most people find Nepal more photographable things in here than anticipated, so it is a good idea to bring more films than you think you'll actually need. However 100, 200 and 400 ASA films are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and are relatively inexpensive.
Kathmandu has a surprising wide variety of restaurants serving many types of international cuisine. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nepal has a laid back and relaxed culture and service can be relatively slower than what the Westerners are used to. Outside of the cities, the food is primarily a combination of Nepalese (which has a large Indian influence), and Tibetan. Rice, lentils and vegetables are staples, with a variety of meats used somewhat sparingly. Tasty soups, fresh breads and steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables stuffing are among the local favorites.
Taxis: Metered taxis are easily available. However, they generally do not use their meters for Westerners. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting in or insist on having the meters on.
Rickshaws: These two-seater tricycles are a fun way to see the city. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting on.
Bicycles and Motorcycles: Bicycles can be rented from bike shops or hotels on per hour or day basis. Motorcycles can also be rented, however,a driving license is required.
Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!
Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.
The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.
A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.
For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.
Is trekking for everyone?
Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.
We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.
Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.
Types of Trekking
Tea House (Lodge) Trekking
Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.
Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.
Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers. Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.
Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.
Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.
Autumn: September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.
Winter: December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.
Spring: March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.
Summer: June to August - Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.
Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries
We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.
Causes of Accident
Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.
Lip Salve (Chap Stick, blister or glacier cream)
Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
Moleskin or other blister pads
Elastic (Ace) bandage
Throat lozenges or cough drops
Iodine-small bottle for water purification
Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
Antibiotic eye drop
Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)
Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
Recommended Vaccines & Immunization
Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)
Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)
Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.
The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.
Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.
The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.
TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS
NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.
Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.
TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.
Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt.Ltd: Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.
Documents required for different Permits
To obtain TIMS Card
Two (2) Passport-size Photographs
Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa
Special Permits for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Etc-US$ 500 for 10 Days.
Original Passport with two working days:
Mountaineering / Climbing Permits
4 Passport size Photographs & PP Copies
Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays: 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)
10 AM – 4 PM (from mid November to mid February
Nepal, APA, APA Publishers
Nepal, Nelles, Nelles
Trekking in Nepal, Bezruchka, Mountaineers
Lonely Planet Nepal
Recommended Restaurants: You may find many international standard Restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
"Have a good trip and "Namaste."
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