Besides the Everest region, the area around the Annapurna massif is perhaps the best known trekking visitors it is certainly the most popular. As the title suggests, the centre piece of this part of Nepal is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8000 meter peaks to be climbed. Also included in this general area is another 8000 meter giant, Dhaulagiri, which is located to the west of Annapurna I. Between these two mountains runs the valley of the Kali Gandaki river, the deepest gorge on the earth. Combine this with lush, fertile farming land, stands of undisturbed natural forest and a mixture of different ethnic inhabitants and you have a diverse range of experiences that makes this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal. The fact that the main Himalayan range runs south of the border with Tibet means that the northern
PERMITS AND FEES- For most of the Annapurna trekking area, no trekking permits are required. The exception is Upper Mustang where a fee of US$ 500 per person is levied for a ten-day visit. Additional restrictions relating to Mustang will be outlined later.
Most of the area discussed in the trek descriptions is within the area controlled by Annapurna Conversation Area Project. Entry to this area controlled and an entry permit has to be purchased ( see attachment for current costs). The permit must be purchased before starting the trek and can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara. (see useful address list for locations). The proceeds of these fees are largely used for local community development within the project area.
GETTING THERE- Regardless of the trek chosen it is most likely that Pokhara will be either the starting or ending point of your trek. Pokhara is located 200 km. west of Kathmandu and can be reached in road by five to six hours or by air in thirty minutes from the capital. For road travel there are a number of tourist buses available daily both from Kathmandu and Chitwan.
There is no shortage of tourist facilities to be found in around Pokhara. The main centre for tourists is at the side of the larghest of the three lakes in the area, Phewa Tal. The suburbs of Lakeside and Damside both provide a wide range of accommodation and restraints along with the usual variety of trekking and travel agencies and supplires, of souvenirs and trekking equipment. For those trekking in the eastern side of the Annapurna massif the most likely starting point will be Besishahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Buses from Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Terai arrive a depart here on a regular daily basis. The bus trip from Kathmandu to Besishahar takes around four to five hours but, at this time , there are no tourist bus services available.Most treks starting or ending in Pokhara will require the use of buses or hired cars to reach the trailheads. Specific details appear in the trek descriptions.
FLORA AND FAUNA- As can be imagined, the range of geographical and climatic regions has led to a diverse variety of flora fauna within the Annapurna region. Both Pokhara and Besishahar are below 1000 meter elevation and their climate is quite tropical. These parts of the area are heavely cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields or most of the year. The area is also famous for the winter crops of oranges, which can be purchased fresh from the tree along the trails in the foothills. As you progress higher up into the hills the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. Tiese finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately juniper just below the tree line. In the rain shadow, to the north of the mountains, the landscape is quite barren being an extension south of the Tibetan Plateau. Here ther are only stunted bushes and shrubs except for close to the rivers where irrigated cropping is possible.
Native animals to be see include many birds the most obvious being the pika, blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr.
TREKKING STYLES- Most of the trekking routes in the Annapurna region are well serviced by teahouses fro most of their length. This is particularly true for the most of the treks, the Annapurna Base Camp treks.Trekkers should be aware, however, that there ia always the risk of being stranded by bad weather or injury/sickness between teahouses, particularly in the more remote parts of the trek itineraries. A good example is on the Annapurna Circuit where there is one very long day when the high pass of Thorong La has to be crossed. There is little or no shelter available for most of this day and some trekkers have been caught unprepared by bad weather and altitude problems.The trek in less developed areas, particularly the Dhaulagiri Circuit and the treks east of Lumung, definitely require trekkers to be self sufficient in food and shelter.
PEOPLE AND CULTURE- The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, the Thakali and the Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely distributed being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far west as Plpa. Their heartland, however, is centred on the hills and valleys between the Marshyangdi River and the Kali Gandaki. The Thakali come from the upper Kali Gandaki valley around Jomsom where their traditional farming has been supplemented by trade and, in particular, hotel and restaurant businesses. The Manangba are found in the upper reaches of the Marshyangdi River and are many ways similar to the Gurung to whom they are possible related. They are skilled traders and trace their roots back to Tibet. Religiously, the Manangba and the Gurungs of the upper hills are Buddhist with traces of their ancient, Shamanistic faith still apparent. The communities that live further south are predominatly Hindu.All of the communities, but particularly the Gurungs are famed for their cultural performances, which are easily seen while trekking in the region. Many villages along the trails will arrange performances for trekking during the main seasons.
WHEN TO VISIT? As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. At these times the weather is generally mild and there is little rainfall. Unlike other parts of Nepal, the monsoon, from June to September, is the ideal time to visit parts of the region that falls in the rain shadow. In particular Upper Mustang is the perfect destination during the rainy season. The winter months provide the good trekkings conditions throughout the foothills but some of the higher passes will be closed due to snow.
HIRING Staff- If you have not travelled from Kathmandu with your staff then you will able to make all of the necessary arrangements in Pokhara through one of the many trekking agencies that have offices in lakeside. This is generally the only place where such arrangements can be reliably made although porters will often be found at centres such as Besishahar at the start of the Annapurna Circuit.
LOOKING AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT - Follow the advice listed in conversation matters at the beginning of this booklet but in particular look for the ACAP sponsored safe drinking water depots that have been established in the project area.
Day 01: IN Kathmandu (1345 METERS).
One of our airport Rep.is on Duty in Kathmandu Int`l Airport who will display your name card just infront of Arrival Terminal. This airport has only one arrival terminal which is the only Exit Point So you will find our Rep. easily. If emergency, you may call us to our given Cell ( Mobile ) no to reach us as soon as you arrive here
Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour
Breakfast 7-10 AM ) Today, One of our administrative Staff will come to meet you in Breakfast time to collect your passport copies and PP size Picures ( 2 or more as required) to apply necessary Permits. Secondly, We will assit you to arrange a day sightseeing trips according to your intrest and time. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist Coach & 30 Minutes by Air. Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1010 M) & Trek to TIKHEDUNGA (1570 Meters) 3 HOURS.
We begin our trek at Nayapul after 1 hour driving by private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1015 meters) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village followed by the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola.Finally; We reach Tikhedhunga at 1570 meters.Overnight at guesthouse Lunch and Dinner is served with hot drinks.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2840 meters) 5 hours. Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri is a large Magar village situated at an elevation of 2070 meters. The trail then continues to ascend more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250 meters. After an two hrs walk we arrive at Ghorepani at 2840 meters. Overnight at guesthouse, after having delicious Dinner. Lunch is served alongthe way of the trial in any nice restaurant as per the decision of the trekkers.
Day 06: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210 meters) by early morning to see sunrise and magnificent Himalayan views from east to west including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna etc. and return trek to Tadapani (2610 meters) via Ghorepani. Breakfast is served after returning back from Poonhill. Before starting towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960 meters). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at Guest House or Hotel.
Day 07: Trek to Chommrong (2140 meters) 5 hours. The day starts with steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung`s, with an easy walk to Chommrong at elevation of 2140 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse or Hotel as per availability
Day 08:Trek to Dovan (2500 meters) 5.30 hours. Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380 meters till Dovan. Overnight at Guesthouse or Hotel
Day 09: Trek to Deurali (3200 meters) 4 hours. A short walking day today because of altitude and risk of snow avalanches in the area that we need to cross by the next morning. We walk through bamboo & rhododendron forests to Himalayan Hotel and to Hinko cave. We will spend one night at Deurali, on the ridge above Hinko is the stretch of trail that is most subject to avalanche. Overnight at Guesthouse or Hotel.
Day 10: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m.) takes about four hours. Here onward, the valley widens and becomes less steep and is the gateway of sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascent until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m.). Here you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.). From here, you can see the views of numerous peaks at 360 degree.
Day 11: Trek back to Bamboo (2345 meters) 6 hours. We follow the same trail down today by the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2345 meters where there are few teahouse/lodges available. Overnight at Guesthouse or Hotel.
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1780 meters). As we have to follow the same trail till Chommrong ,Khuldighar you will have a chance to see an experimental sheep Farm then continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can take bath. Overnight at Guesthouse or Hotel as per availability
Day 13: Trek to Nayapul (1010 meters) and drive to Pokhara. From Jhinu hot spring we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for approx 5 hrs to Birethanti which is considered as one of the relaxing part of walking during this trek. We reach Nayapul and then an hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel at Lakeside
Day 14: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu (1345 Meters). Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu
Starting from: $699
- Warm welcome with garlands by our guest relation officer on arrival of Tribhuvan INT`l airport, KTM.
- Transfer from international airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- Luggage van extra for large size group.( above 10 Pax) otherwise we Manage in roof of our Coach.
- A Cell Phone Sim is provided on arrival.( Pls drop with Guide at the time of Final Departure)
- Welcome drink (tea/coffee/juice) on arrival at Hotel.
- 03 nights’ KTM accommodation with bed & breakfast in 4 star deluxe hotels on twin sharing basis.
- Ground transfers according to the trekking itinerary.
- Day City tour in Kathmandu guided by experienced tour guide.
- TIMS & Annapurna Conservation Permits.( 3 Photos PP size required)
- 3 course of hygienic meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability throughout the trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)- ( Pls inform us at the time of Booking)
- Seasonal Fresh fruits as per availability in Trekking.
- Twin sharing lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size consist 10+ one additional Sherpa on top of the entire Crews.
- Well trained & decades long Experienced local Travel crews include; Sherpa Guide & Normally 1 Porter= 2 Trekkers.
- Food, accommodation, equipments, transfers, insurance and all necessary expenses of travel crews.
- First aid kit box & Maps
- Emergency rescue services by Chopper on trekkers expenses. (Insurance is Mandatory prior trekking)
- Trek memorial souvenir in Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show).
- Dep. transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport.
- All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change) & No any Hidden Cost.
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.( US$ 25 =15 Days and 49 US$ for 30 Days)
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.( approx US$ 50-60)
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities, expenses of Hotel and Food in case flight delayed / cancelled .
- Extra porters if required.( approx US$ 20 a day with his entire expenses)
- Expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural disastar, road blockade, political disturbance, 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:
PASSPORT & VISA
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.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
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.
TOILETRIES AND MEDICAL ITEMS
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.
TREKKING CONDITIONS AND PREPARATION
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.”
MINIMIZING YOUR IMPACT
Getaway 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.
FOOD AND DRINK
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
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.
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