ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Region

Annapurna Region

Duration

16 Days

Max Altitude

4,130m

Best Season

Spring/ autumn

Activity Per Day

6-7 hours

Transportation

Land/Air

Grade

3 (strenuous)

Min Group Size

2 people

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.

A high glaciation basin 40 km north of Pokhara lies in the Annapurna shrine. At over 4 000 meters above sea level, this triangular plateau is surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range, most 7000 meters high. The Sanctuary was not reached by outside citizens until 1956 with just a small valley reaching the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare where glacier run-offs flow to Modi Khola river. The Annapurna sanctuary gets only 7 hours of sunshine a day in high summer because of high mountains on both sides of the river.

On a 5-7 day trek into the Sanctuary of Annapurna, the rare combination of height and depths establish an unprecedented array of habitats. The slopes to the South are surrounded by dense tropical jungles of bamboo and rhododendron and in the rainy shade of the North are more cold and drier than the Tibetan Plateau nearby.

The Gurung People held the whole sanctuary as a sacred place, one of the many native people to be found in this area. They considered that the Gold and various treasures were laid down by the Nāgas and the serpent gods known in India. The sanctuary was thought to be home to several gods: Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as ancient animist gods. The Gurung people in the region were forbidden to bring eggs or meat to the Annapurna Sanctuary until recently, and women and non-touchables were also forbidden.

The number of trekkers to the shrine has grown significantly in recent years, in part as the shrine is a basis for one of the main routes to the summits of the range of Annapurna. The Annapurna Sanctuary now forms part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Scheme, which sets restrictions on the amount of foreign visitors, firewood harvest and domestic livestock pastures.

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-capped mountains.
  • More than 20 thousand trekker treks to the Annapurna base camp every year.

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)

 

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)

    Accomodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Hotel Holy Himalaya
    Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

  • 2

    Day tour of Kathmandu Valley

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

    Accomodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Hotel Holy Himalaya
    Walking Hours: 1/2 hours
    Meals: Breakfast

  • 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 or Hotel Lake Star in Pokhara. (B)

    Accomodation: Hotel Dandelion or Hotel Lake Star
    Driving Hours: 5-6 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 1400 M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 1480 M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 2874 M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 3200 M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 5-6 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 2600M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 2310 M

  • 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.

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 3230 M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Guest House
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 4310M

  • 11

    Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

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

    Accomodation:  Lodge
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 3230 M

  • 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.

    Accomodation:  Lodge
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 2600M

  • 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.

    Accomodation:  Hotel Dandelion or Hotel Lake Star
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 1400M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Hotel Dandelion or Hotel Lake Star
    Meals: Breakfast
    Max Altitude: 1400M

  • 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)

    Accomodation:  Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Holy Himalaya
    Driving Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast

  • 16

    Departure Day

    After breakfast transfer to airport for Departure!

    Accomodation:  Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Holy Himalaya
    Walking Hours: 4-5 hours hours
    Meals: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel) and Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion or Hotel Lake Star), 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 programs 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 monuments entrance fee in Kathmandu (entrance fee Rs 200+400+1000 in each place)
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Thirty minute massage at Himalayan Suite Spa

Route Map

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

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13 Jan, 2021 - 29 Jan, 2019
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Here's how your ABC trek will commence.

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 center. Following day, the Annapurna base camp trek in

Festival

Nepal has various cultures. Nepal. There live in harmony numerous ethnic groups and individuals with different religion. This is why Nepal loves various festivals all year round.

Festivals offer you the chance to explore and to indulge the local people's culture and lifestyles.

You will taste the full beauty of local culture. The locals come with their best clothing and jewels. Songs, prayers, drama and dance are celebrated in the festivals.

The color festivals 'Holi' can be seen in the bright and beautiful spring season. The New Year will also be held in Nepal during this season.

During the summer there are colorful and pleasant festivals such as Gai Jatra, Janai Purnima or Teej.

• In commemoration of the loved ones lost in the year, Gai Jatra is celebrated. In current days, parades of the LGBT community in Nepal are still observed.

• Teej's a women's festival. For one day, they dance and quickly. You are also praying for blessings to Lord Shiva. Person women pray for an acceptable match.

The fall is the season of Nepal's biggest and most important festivals. Most Hindus celebrate their most important festivals of the year in the lower part of the Dashain, Tihar.

Tihar is the lights' festival. In colorful lights you can see the whole nation.

In winter, in some of the remote parts of Nepal, you can enjoy a snowy Christmas and New Year.

Tamu Loshar, Gyalpo Losar, Easter and Mageshangrati are also observed by the people of Annapurna. Losar in the local dialect means New Year.

Tamu Loshar is celebrated by the local Gurung community in various areas of Nepal. Big regions such as Jomsom, Mustang, Manang celebrate Gyalpo Losar. Gyalpo Losar. The locals in their traditional clothes can be seen. They visit monasteries and enjoy group sites in their homes.

Travel and Transportation Modes during ABC trek

There are two ways to get from Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp.

By Bus: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By air: Transportation by plane is available to fly from Kathmandu- Pokhara (flight is optional and cost is USD 110PP- One way) and back at the end of the trip. If you want to experience helicopter ride to Annapurna Base Camp and no trek, then you can have a look at our program https://hsj.com.np/trip/explore-nepal-with-everest-scenic-flight-and-annapurna-base-camp-heli-tour

ABC trekking with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable 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, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

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.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow a different routes? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Equipment and Packaging list for Annapurna Base Camp 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
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cameras
  • Batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Solar Chargers
  • Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Permits

ABC Trekking Grade

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 trek or walking experience. In the event of bad weather, the trek may be difficult for you.

Accommodation and Meals

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 Sterpin a reusable water bottle. This will help the region to be preserved.

Electricity and connectivity

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.

ABC 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!

Travel Insurance 

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.

Extra Expenses during the Trek

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. 

ABC Trek for Solo Traveler

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.

Best Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The best months of trekking are Spring March, April and May, as the weather is bright and calm in these months and you can see high mountains, with mountains full of snow. Spring and May are the best months. Rhododendron is ideal for the spring season; all the rhododendrons turn into a wonderful garden and you can see them. Autumn is another strong season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The perfect months for trekking after monsoon in Nepal are September, October and November. During these months you have a beautiful view of the Himalayas and their people, because you can be part of Nepal's biggest festivals in the fall.

Last-minute ABC trek booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

When is the best time to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Best time to do Annapurna Base Camp trek is during spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). HSJ can however organize the trek at any time of the year with absolute saftey while still availing you to have memorable experience. 

A broad glacial lake located 40 km north of Pokhara is a sanctuary at Annapurna region. At an altitude of over 4000 feet, this oval shaped base camp is located. It is now part of Annapurna Conservation Area Project that protects this area from over  tourism, population and other domestic exploitation.

This package of Annapurna Base Camp is 16 Days long. The number of days can vary depending on the routes and transportation modes, offers and packages you choose. You can also choose from our 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek program here, if you have short time in Nepal but still want to do this trek. 

It is considered to be one of easy trekking trails of Nepal. While it is also  most popular, it is also one of the easiest trekking destination. With little to no trekking experience, people have been able to successfully complete this trek. However we grade it as strenous trekking experience as it consists of dramatic ascends and descends through steep stone stairs. Decent physical fitness and prior trekking experience can be an asset while no technical skills are necessary.

While it is possible to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek independantly, the need of guide is misunderstood often. Guide is more than just someone that helps you with navigation, guide with knowledge of locality, way of life and also being responsible to attend to your other needs like finding you comfortable accommodation. Having a porter will help you carry your gears and belongings and you can travel at your pace while enjoying your trek. A guide can arrange for permits and TIMS for you and dealing with all other technical aspects of trekking.

Annapurna Base Camp is easy and safe trek that people can do this trek independently. Indeed, it is secure and not risky trek. While there is always the possibility of avalanche because it is in mountainous areas, this is usually not dangerous. It's not a complex walk, the pitch is not rough, no tough moves, no sharp hits. That said, accidents can occur on any walk, so caution is of course required. A responsive acclimatization is important.

You will have working network connectivity in most parts of the trails. However at the higher altitude, the network may become sluggish and unreliable. The stops at the tea houses will have working connection and most of them would have wifi connectivity too. You may have to pay some extra charge for wifi connection and electricity at the higher altitude. 

Global passengers will be protected by insurance when treking in Nepal. Although Nepal is normally very secure, trekking at high altitudes is physically difficult and often risky. Altitude sickness is common during hiking tours in Nepal, particularly among foreign hikers who may not have taken the right time to acclimatize. Such rescue and related emergency procedures are costly and passengers are forced to pay for these services out of their pockets, unless they are covered by insurance plans.

The break during the trek depends upon the travelers and guide. Needless to say frequent breaks are needed while ascending. Only one break is taken for the lunch. Usually travelers carry their dry snacks which they can eat while on the trek and in between the breaks. There will be break to refill the water on the way. 

Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Annapurna Base Camp. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip. 

Supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip. You will also have the option to share the room with another solo traveler depending on your and their consent and interest. Even if you pay supplementary charge for the single room, it is possible that during peak seasons you will end up sharing rooms due to lack of availability of the room. 

In the average, you will be walking for 5-6 hours each day during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured. 

Yes, children are allowed to do the trek, however it is safe to not bring children under the age of 12 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well. 

No, there is no age limit to do the trek. If the person is healthy and physically fit, they can do the trek. We have had elderly people over 75 d0 this trek with us and hence we can vouch that older people can do this trek as long as they do not have significant health issues. 

You will have teahouse or guest house accomodation while on the trek. Tea houses can be multi-story concrete buildings with private rooms in lower elevations. The higher you step up, the more simple the accommodation is. Accommodation will involve a single dorm space in the base camp. Guide will arrange for the adequate, clean and hygeinic place for you to spend overnight and you will eat at the same place you will stay in. Most of the places shall have attached bathroom and hotshower however over the higher altitude, it is liekly that you may have to pay extra sum for the same. 

Liquid uses are about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatique and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, ginger tea and garlic soup. 

The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. 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 last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended.

It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

You may have to apply and obtain necessary TIMS and Permits yourself if you are trekking solo or independently. If you are hiring trekking agency or guide, this will be taken care for you. 

No, the company does not provide trekking poles, you will have to manage it on your own or our guide can help you buy it when you are in Nepal. The pair of trekking poles cost from $10-$15. 

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

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.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. 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.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.