ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Duration

16 Days

Tour Type

Annapurna Region

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with optional Chitwan Jungle Safari trip program is specially designed to quench the thirst of witnessing snow-fed mountain peaks in Annapurna region together with that experience the different varieties of exciting activities in Chitwan. The nature lover's ideal destination, Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to the heavenly blessed land and landscapes where one can have an insight of cultural, ethical, natural and wilderness significance. Moreover, this trek offers us astonishing views of mountain peaks including Annapurna massif, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Macchapuchhre and many other beautiful peaks.

In addition, the trip includes the exceptionally beautiful trip to Chitwan. Participate in the various activities such as jungle safari, jungle walking, elephant safari, Canoeing, bird watching and Tharu Cultural shows. Get accustomed to the Tharu culture of Nepal and enjoy their delicacies while being in the close proximity of natural beauty. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Chitwan jungle Safari trek is a great opportunity to enjoy the glorious views of the Himalayas and the experience the natural beauty of Nepal. Himalayan Social Journey primarily emphasizes safety and luxury where you can relish both natural cultural beauty of Nepal. 

Journey

The excursion begins from Kathmandu where you will go through a day investigating it's religious and cultural sites, which are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. They all are recorded on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 

We at that point take a vacationer transport to Pokhara. This city of lakes is a trekker's centre. Following day, the Annapurna base camp trek in Nepal begins from Nayapul to Poon Hill. This perspective offers the best perspectives on the forceful Annapurna Range. We shall then move towards the Annapurna Base Camp, getting a charge out of the marvellous mountainscape and the enormous Himalayas. When we reach there and go through the night, we will return back through similar trails. A stop at Jhinu enables us to wash up at regular underground aquifers. 

When we return back to Pokhara, we will appreciate sailing in perfect Fewa Lake and go through a day touring in the city's attractions. On the day we return back to Kathmandu, there will be a goodbye supper in a conventional Nepali way.

Trip Grade
Altitude-4,130 m: Grade 3
Grade 3 trek is a high altitude of 4000 m to 5550 m. The best of Nepal's trekking is in trekking grade 3. You need previous trekking experience and you should have a decent physical condition. Climbing and ascending are very common experiences for this form of the trek and you may also have to ride across tiny glaciers. This kind of trekking offers you a lifetime experience, a beautiful stroll around the mountains. There are many settlements with very various landscapes in Nepal over 4000 m. At this elevation, Yaks normally graze.

Outline Itinerary ( 16 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival Day

    You will arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport and meet your Himalayan Social Joureny's Guide. Arrival in Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight at Himalayan suite hotel. (B)

  • 2

    Day tour of Kathmandu Valley

    Kathmandu sightseeing (Swoyambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square). Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)

  • 3

    Drive to Pokhara

    After early breakfast, you will take an early bus to Pokhara. The drive is scenic and about 5-6 hours. Overnight at Hotel Dandelion in Pokhara. (B)

  • 4

    Trek to Tikhedhunga via Nayapul

    After an early breakfast, you will continue your journey towards Tikhedhunga passing through Nayapul. You will traverse through beautiful settlements of people in Nayapul. Overnight at guest house. (B)

  • 5

    Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani.

    Today, after a warm breakfast, you will head towards Ghorepani. Wlaking along the terraced fields, meeting people along the way eventually you will reach beautiful village of Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani. (B)

  • 6

    Hike to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani

    Early morning hiking to Poonhill to see Sunrise and Mountain View on a clear day, panoramic view of 10 different peaks. Trek back to the guest house. After breakfast trek down to Tadapani. Overnight at guest house. (B)

  • 7

    Tadapani to Chhomrong

    Today, after breakfast you will head towards Chhomrong. Chhomorong is a beautiful village with great view of Annapurna range. Overnight at Chhomrong. (B)

  • 8

    Chhomrong to Bamboo

    Today, we leave Chhomrong behind and follow trail to Bamboo. The trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the chhomrong River. You will pass the village of Sinuwa and then descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep Bamboo. Overnight at Bamboo. (B)

  • 9

    Bamboo to Deurali

    You trek gently & ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and campsites. Now you pass through the muddy trail which traverses high above the river. It takes approximately 3 and half hours to reach Deurali (3230m.) from Dovan. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • 10

    Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

    This is the day, you will finally reach the base camp. From here, you can enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (7229m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhare or Fish tail (6997m). Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)

  • 11

    Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

    Early in the morning after a warm breakfast, we can see mesmerizing sunrise views and return back to Bamboo from Annapurna Base Camp and do an overnight at our lodge.

  • 12

    Bamboo to Jhinu (hot spring to have the natural hot bath)

    The path is descending up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until we reach Sinuwa. We trek gradually descending to the Chomrong Khola and we go up a stone staircase which you think will never end for almost an hour till we reach Chomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town, you walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can unwind yourself at the hot springs & pamper your body with a hot bath. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • 13

    Jhinu to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

    Today after breakfast, we will hike up to Nayapul and then take a bus ride to reach Pokhara. The trek to Nayapul is a lovely hike as you can enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes along the trail back. We will haul up for lunch on the way. In about 4-5 hours, we reach Nayapul and stop for some rest before we get onto our vehicle up to Pokhara. Nayapul to Pokhara is about a one hour drive. Overnight at our hotel inclusive bed and breakfast.

  • 14

    Guided Pokhara sightseeing and boating at Phewa Lake.

    Today, we will spend our full day touring around Pokhara. Visit the different attractions of Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel Dandelion. (B)

  • 15

    Drive Back to Kathmandu

    After breakfast drive or fly back to Kathmandu (flight is optional). Evening farewell dinner with cultural program. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)

  • 16

    Departure Day

    After breakfast transfer to airport for Departure!

Include

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya) and Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion or similar category), Chitwan (Hotel Sevenstar) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of the trekking crew (guide and porters) two people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide
  • Simple accommodation with breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu- Pokhara -Chitwan- Kathmandu
  • Private transportation Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara
  • Trekking permit and TIMS
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicles
  • Necessary equipment during the trek (Sleeping bag, duffle bag if necessary)
  • All meals with the program in Chitwan
  • All Government taxes, VAT, and service charge.

Exclude

  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu (US$ 110pp one way) Chitwan- Kathmandu (US$115pp)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking days. (Meal costs about $4 - $7 dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (entrance fee Rs 200+400+1000 in each place)
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)

Departures Dates

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13 Jan, 2021 - 29 Jan, 2019
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23 Jan, 2021 - 07 Feb, 2021
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13 Jan, 2022 - 29 Jan, 2022
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23 Jan, 2022 - 08 Feb, 2022
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Important Information

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Breathtaking view of Birethanti waterfall

Beautiful view of Sunrise from Ghorepani- Poonhill

Magnificent view of Annapurna range from Annapurna Base Camp

Visit charming village of Chhomrong Village

Jhinu Hot Spring

Panoramic view of the Annapurna Range

Sightseeing tour of cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley

Explore the lush and wild Chitwan national park (optional)

Best Time for ABC trek

The best time to go on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is in the spring (from March until May) and autumn (from September to mid-December). The trail, visibility, and weather conditions of these seasons are extremely supportive. 

The path gets slippery during Monsoon season and clouds obstruct the views. In winter, however, the cold and snowfall are harder.

Quick Facts about Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna base camp is in the lap of the 10th highest mountain Mount Annapurna (8,091 m above the sea level).

Annapurna Base Camp is inside the Annapurna conservation area (7,629 sq. km).

Annapurna base camp is situated at the altitude of the 4,130 m from the sea level.

There are tea houses at Annapurna base camp surrounded by snow caped mountains.

More than 20 thousand trekker trek to the Annapurna base camp

Trekking difficulty during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This is one of Nepal's easiest base camp walks. In comparison with other hiking destinations, the potential for altitude sickness is also very low. You have to walk 6-7 hours a day, which means good health and strong will. It will definitely help you a lot, though, if you have a previous trekk or walking experience. In the event of bad weather, the trek may be difficult for you.

Food and Lodging in Trek

It is a teahouse trek like most of Nepal's treks. In general, tea houses provide a single room with twin beds. In the common room, you can charge your phones at a certain discount. Hot showers usually cost about USD 1 in teahouses.In addition, the meals provided in the teahouses are simple and you'll get the Nepalese "Dal Bhat" meal served in most teahouses.

The food menu will certainly be restricted by trekking to this extreme region. There is, however, an opportunity to get healthy food varieties. The food is served on the Trek according to the menu of the tea house. Pancakes, chapati, bread, french toasts, egg, tea , coffee, butter tea, milk are expected to be served for breakfast. Dinner will include items such as dal bhaat, curries, chapatis, momo, noodle, thupka, dhindo, etc. and lunch and dinner will include.

Bottled water can still be purchased from the start of the walk to the end. You are, however, asked to carry with you and SteriPen a reusable water bottle. This will help the region to be preserved.

Electricity and Connectivity while on trek

You will be staying Overnight in the tea houses during your trek. These are small lodges with a common area and a cabin. You can have your food or charge electronics in the community, sometimes use wireless internet and chat with walkers.

Hot water and electricity do not occur in every tea houses. Showering is a luxury and shouldn't usually be done anymore at an altitude of 3,500 m, because warming will be hard when you take a shower again. 

You would need to pay additional for all the above items (dusches, hot water , electricity and wifi).To improve your connectivity, carry your phone to the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Villages above 4000 m tend to be the latter. Tea houses can have the potential to charge you either from solar sources or from a battery bank.but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.

Obtaining Trekking Permits

You will need to arrange both the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Annapurna National Park Permit (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). HSJ will arrange for your trekking permits.

As of 2019, the permits will refund a minimum of USD $50: the APC Permit is USD $30 / NPR 3,000 per person, while the TIMS Permit is USD $20 / NPR 2,000 per person.
These will need to be checked at different checkpoints along the trek.

Make sure you also bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for your trekking permit!

Packing list for this trek

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

Insuring your safety

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.

Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Carrying Extra money

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You would also have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi and charging. 

As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one

Luggage per one person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

Drinking water during the trek

Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains.

Guide and leader for the trek

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Government of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association, and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. With experience, well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

Single Supplementary

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 200. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.