Annapurna Circuit Trek

Region

Annapurna Region

Duration

16 Days

Max Altitude

5416

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

5-6hrs Walking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight (optional)

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is popular as one of the adventurous trekking trails in Nepal. Also being a classical trek in Nepal, it bridges two distinct regions, Annapurna and Mustang and offers holistic insights of both regions.This is an ideal trek who love thrills of adventure along with vegetated landscaped to the arid kingdom of Manang and Mustang. One of the world’s highest passes, Thorang La Pass (5416m) offers us real ecstasy of the adventurous trek. Stepping into awe-inspiring landscapes, cascading waterfalls, ethnic settlements and most important, dry and rugged landscapes in the lap of Himalayas are strikingly amazing to experience during this trial.

Facts  About Annapurna Circuit

Location | Central Nepal

Trek length | Generally 16-20 days- This Trek with Himalayan Social Journey is planned for 16 Days. 

Distance | this varies depending on route and whether you take optional side treks, but generally between 170km - 230km

Height of Annapurna 1 Main (the highest mountain in the Annapurna Massif) | 8091m

Highest point of the trek | Thorong La Pass - 5416m (17,769ft)

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Breathtaking view of Annapurna Range
  • Crossing the high pass Throng La ( 5416m) 
  • Explore the different Nepalese culture
  • Visit religiously important Hindu Temple Muktinath
  • Tibetan Plateau 
  • Guided tour of UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • Lush jungles and terraced fields on the way 

Journey Route to Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit trekking commences from Besisahar. The trail then ascends along Kaligandaki Valley. We will also experience the deepest gorge, Kaligandaki Gorge. Gradually, the trail takes you to Thorang La Pass which offers you astounding views of mountain giants including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif. Then, the trails pass via arid valleys Manang and Mustang. Tatopani is one of the striking highlights of this trekking where we can dip our body into a natural hot spring. The experience will be, of course pleasing.

Muktinath is a prominent site to visit on this trek. It is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. 108 water spouts and a natural flame which never goes out are prime attractions of Muktinath. The trek ends with our flight to Pokhara from Jomsom followed by a drive or flight to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary ( 16 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival Day

    Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to hotel. At evening welcome dinner. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (D)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activities: Welcome dinner and Orientation

  • 2

    Full Day Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley

    Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple or Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Shwoyambhu, and Patan Durbar square). Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

  • 3

    Drive to Bhulbhule

    After warm breakfast, we will head towards Bhulbhule. The drive is about 7 -8 hours and is full of the beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers and lush jungles. After reaching, Bhulbule, you will continue your journey to Nadi. Overnight at Guest House (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Drive 7-8hrs

  • 4

    Trek to Jagat

    Today, after enjoying the warm breakfast, we head towards Jagat. We pass through paddy and muddy fields witnessing the green hills, snowcapped mountains and beautiful waterfalls on the way. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek 5 Hrs
    Altitude: 1300m

  • 5

    Jagat to Dharapani (1995m)

    Today, we will follow the trail to Dharapani. You will descend down through steep cliffs. Most of the trail follows through the banks of Kali Gandaki River. After a few hours of walking, you will reach plain land known as Tal where you can enjoy majestic waterfalls and eventually reach the small village of Karte beyond Tal. We will cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani which is an entrance to Dharapani (1960m). Overnight at Dharapani. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek 5 Hrs
    Altitude: 1860m

  • 6

    Dharapani to Chame (2670m)

    Leaving Dharapani, behind we head towards, Chame headquarter of Manag. Before reaching Chame, you will pass through Danaque and ascend a steep path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Chame. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek 6 Hrs
    Altitude: 2610m

  • 7

    Chame to Pisang

    Today, after a warm breakfast, we will head towards Pisang. We pass through a fir and pine forest, climb a high and rocky area. We will follow a trail to steep trail to Bhratang. After walking for a few hours, we will come up to a beautiful valley with a great view of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak. Overnight at Pisang. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek 6 Hrs
    Altitude: 3115m

  • 8

    Pisang to Manang (3540m)

    Again today we will be climbing a steep ridge to Manang valley. From the ridge, you will get to see a wonderful Manag Valley and Tilicho lake. We will descend down to Manag's airstrip at Hungde, you come across a surface area from where you can get a breathtaking view of Annapurna III, and from the wide plains of Sabje Khola, you will get a beautiful view of Annapurna IV. Overnight at Manang. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek 6 Hrs
    Altitude: 3540m

  • 9

    Acclimatization Day in Manang

    Acclimatization day. Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village. And the daytime is best to gain altitude. Overnight at Guest House.(B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Acclimatize
    Altitude: 3540m

  • 10

    Manang to Ledar (4200m)

    Today, we will ascend a steep trail through Tenki Manang and leave Marshyandi valley. We will cross along the Jarsang River eventually reach Yak kharkha which is pasture land for grazing Yaks and then reach Ledar. Overnight at Ledar (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: 4-5hrs trekking
    Altitude: 4200m

  • 11

    Ledar to High camp

    Today, we will leave behind Ledar and head towards High Camp. The trail is rough as we will be crossing through the narrow path over Kali Gandaki River. The trail is tough way straight up and down in few places. Overnight at High Camp. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek 
    Altitude: 3580m

  • 12

    High Camp to Muktinath (3760m) via Throng La pass, (5416m)

    Today, is a little tough day, as we will be crossing Thorang La Pass. We will follow the trail to Muktinath. Overnight at Muktinath. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities:Trek 6-7hrs
    Altitude: 5416m

  • 13

    Muktinath to Jomsom(2720m)

    Today, we will visit the Muktinath for few hours and continue our trek to Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Trek to Jomsom
    Altitude: 3760m

  • 14

    Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) by flight and sightseeing tour in Pokhara

    We will take an early flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. Get freshened up in Pokhara and visit the Pokhara city or  helicopter tour in Annapurna Basecamp.Helicopter tour is an optional. Overnight at Hotel Dandelion or Hotel Lake Star in Pokhara. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Fly to Pokhara
    Altitude: 820m

  • 15

    After a warm breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. The drive is about 6-7 hours. Or you may take flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel (B)

    We will take an early drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight (flight is an optional). After your arrival in hotel thirty  minute massage and evening dinner. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel (B.D)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activities: Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • 16

    Departure Day

    After an early breakfast, our representative will drive you to the airport for your flight to your country. Or you may join your next trip. (B)

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Transportation by bus from Kathmandu-Beshishar- Bhulbhule and Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Three-star category hotel in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel) and Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion or Hotel Lake Star) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation in lodges with breakfast during the trekking
  • Meals, accommodation, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • TIMS and necessary permit for trekking
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bag and duffle bag if necessary) during the trek
  • Welcome dinner with the cultural program on Day One
  • Thirty minute massage after the trek in Himalayan Suite Spa
  • Flight fare (Jomsom- Pokhara)
  • All government taxes and office expenses

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner during the trip (Meal cost about 4$ - 7$ dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing entry fees (NRs 200+ 400+ 1000)
  • Flight ticket PKR-KTM (US$ 110 PP)
  • Personal expenses

Route Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Departures Dates

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09 Jan, 2021 - 25 Jan, 2021
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Best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit

Trekking to the circuit of Annapurna is possible at any time of year. The best time for Annapurna Circuit trekking is during autumn (September, October and November). The time between mid-September and mid-November is the perfect time to go. Spring is the second best time after autumn. Spring is a season of colours. During these times, the weather and temperature conditions in the Annapurna region will remain perfectly stable.

Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

You need to have a minimal level of fitness to complete your trek. A tough trek requires an average of 6-8 hours of walking per day. In addition, you will have an altitude of about 600 m and a distance of 15-20 km.
As the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a high altitude trek, proper acclimatization and daily hydration is important. Altitude sickness is a significant threat, because even the most seasoned hikers fall victim to this disease.
The fitness program will consist of aerobic events such as running, swimming, cycling, etc. Trekkers should also eat a balanced and nutritious diet with high levels of carbohydrate and protein intake.

Accommodations And Meals In The Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek 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. WiFi is available at a lower elevation, but you don't expect these facilities as you move up the trails.
In addition, the meals provided in the teahouses are simple and you'll get the Nepalese "Dal Bhat" meal served in most teahouses. In addition, you can also enjoy a limited variety of World cuisine including pizza , pasta, burgers, etc. You need to book these reservations early, particularly in the offseason, in order to be free from any problems.

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.

Connecting with your loved ones back at home while on trek

Free WiFi and charge is generally available (with some exceptions) you can find free WiFi and charge, most places charge a modest fee (e.g. Rs100-400) to use WiFi or charge; WiFi is available at Thorung Phedi and High Camp for Rs200. WiFi can be unreliable, sluggish or unusable. Be prepared to be out of touch with the world for up to a week at high altitudes.
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!

List of Equipments you will need for 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

Ensuring 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 12-15 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.

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 250. 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.

Travel and Transportation Modes 

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 Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek. Please check includes and excludes option for your transportation options included and excluded from the price.

This Tour 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 services we offer 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 different route? 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.

Last minute 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

Best time to do Annapurna Circuit 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.

This package of Annapurna circuit trek is 16 Days long. The number of days can vary depending on the routes and transportation modes, offers and packages you choose. We can also customize this trek for you to finish in lesser days if you are short in time.

Altitude: 5416m This trek requires you to walk 5-6 hours per day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a difficult trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required. It is slightly challenging, uphill and downhill, walking close to mountain views and walking through the beautiful mountainous forests.

While it is possible to do Annapurna Circuit Trek independently, 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.

It 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 Wi-Fi connectivity too. You may have to pay some extra charge for Wi-Fi 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 Circuit 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 15 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well. The altitude is also high as they may have risk of altitude sickness.

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 60 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 accommodation while on the trek. Tea houses can be multi-story concrete buildings with private rooms in lower elevations. The higher you step up, the simpler the accommodation is. Accommodation will involve a single dorm space in the base camp. Guide will arrange for the adequate, clean and hygienic 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 hot shower however over the higher altitude, it is likely that you may have to pay extra sum for the same.

Liquid need of body while trekking is 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 fatigue and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, and 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.

People generally describe it as - An unforgettable trek and experience to see mountain scenery, ever-changing landscapes, breathtaking picturesque nature and memories of mankind.

With consideration to altitude and route even though Annapurna Base Camp is considered easy, people find both Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, fairly same with consideration to the grade.

On the lower regions of the Annapurna Circuit trek, the weather is generally warm. The days have an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. The nights are slightly colder at 7-8 degrees Celsius. The higher altitudes are colder.

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.