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Annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Spectacular trekking with high mountain pass

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:19 Days
  • Max Altitude:5,416m/17,770ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse / Lodge
  • Activity:Trekking
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Min. Age:16
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Challenging
All inclusive cost$ 1,730.00
Based on 4 Review(s)

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind; avoiding motor roads, side excursion to the old villages, proper acclimatization and carefully planned itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. We have achieved over 95 % success rate on Thorung La Pass without the use of high altitude medicines with our well-devised itinerary.     

Trip Overview

  • One of the famous trekking trail in the world
  • Traverse Thorong la Pass at 5416m
  • High mountain range, beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures
  • Famous hill station (Poonhill)

Gear up for classic Annapurna Circuit Trek in which you shall cover 128-mile horseshoe-shaped route that encircles the mighty Annapurna Mountain Range. Listed on the world’s best trekking trails in the world, Annapurna circuit trekking offers splendid Himalayan views, diverse landscapes and cultures. Opened to foreigners only since 1980s, the chances of witnessing more than ten different cultures of ethnic locals and going through the wide variation in vegetation and geographical terrain ranging from world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge to the world’s highest mountain pass of Thorung La at 5416m soon made the Round Annapurna Trek the Holy Grail among trekkers.

Embark your journey through sprawling rhododendron forest. Enjoy the close-up looks of Annapurna ranges. Cross the challenging yet rewarding Thorong La Pass(5416m) and seek for salvation at sacred Muktinath Temple. Begin your trek from lowland of Jagat and continue walking through the valleys that cut through the mountains into the other side of Annapurna. 

Acknowledging your love for nature and solitude, we have handpicked the Annapurna Circuit Itinerary that allows us to avoid the road construction sites as far as possible, well-acclimatized itinerary and overnight at Phedi instead of high camp. Annapurna Thorong La Trek is a bit challenging yet rewarding experience. Crossing Thorong La is the most difficult part of this trek. Be prepared to walk for 6 to 7 hours a day.

What makes our Annapurna Circuit Unique?

1. Well-paced itinerary with proper acclimatization and rest days
2. Side excursion to Ghyaru and Ngawal, the views are simply amazing on this route
3. Acclimatization walk to Ice Lake or Milarepa Cave 
4. Overnight at Thorung Phedi instead of Thorung High Camp
5. Visit Poonhill, a famous hill station for panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and etc6. Fully guided trek with a high staff to client ratio

Is this trek for you?

  Grade   Challenging
  Physical Rating   5-6
  Total Duration   18N/19 Days
  Trekking Duration   13N/14 Days
  Maximum Elevation   5,416m/17,770ft at Kalapathar

Longer treks reaching up to an elevation of 5500m where some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps are located and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5000m for a few days. Physically challenging, involving daily trekking of approximately   6 – 8 hours. No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Drive to Jagat. [1,290m/4,233ft]

    After early morning breakfast, we will head west and follow the Prithvi Highway along Trishuli River to the homeland of Central Himalaya including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The road offers an opportunity to have a view of rustic Nepal that comprises green hills, river, villages and snow-clad mountains at the backdrop. We will part our ways with the Highway at Dumre and choose the branched off route to Besisahar and continue to Jagat where we will stay overnight at a lodge.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 8-9 hrs drive
  • Day 03 - Trek to Dharapani [1,860m/6,103ft]

    Our first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. Brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Chame [2,715m/8,908ft]

    Leaving Dharapani, we will head west through the rugged trail to arrive at Marsyangdi River. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with mesmerizing views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV Mountains. Trade with Tibetans is the chief occupation of locals in this region. Following the old trade route, we will climb uphill through the forested ridge of oak and maple to Dhanakyu (2290m). Moving further through the rock strewn path, we will reach Latemarang village (2360m). Passing through the forested ridges, we will reach Kotho (2590m). Descending trail from Kotho will take us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. We will be greeted with views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II Mountain and Annapurna IV Mountain at Chame. Stay overnight at Chame.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Pisang [3,185m/10,450ft]

    Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be change in terrain from this point.
    We will follow the rock-strewn path through tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. We will visit local gompa and stay overnight in a teahouse.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Manang [3,350m/10,991ft] via Ghyaru and Ngawal

    From Pisang, we will move along the north edge of the river uphill to the ridge via Ghyaru (3,670m/12,038ft) and Ngawal (3,660m/12,005ft) to Manang . This is going to be a long and slow climb as we cross the mark of 3600m height today for a part of our acclimatization. The climb is rewarding as we get breathtaking views of surrounding mountains of Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Gangapura. We will lower down to the valley before continuing towards Hongde (3325m) village. Small airstrip is located at this village. Walking along the mani wall, we will reach Mungli from where we need to cross river. Walking along the northern shore, we will reach Braga (3475m). Lifestyle in this village is heavily influenced by neighboring Tibetans. Braga also boasts of housing the largest gompa in the district. The gompa preserves collection of ancient Tibetan thankas that are more than 500yrs old. Brief walk from Braga will take us to Manang village that comprises of about 500 homes, mani walls and chortens. Chortens are supposed to ward evil spirit away.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 07 - Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m/15,090ft) for acclimatization and free evening

    Today we hike up to Ice Lake to reach the mark of 4,600 meter as this will help us for our journey ahead to Thorung La Pass (5,416m/17,765ft). It takes 3-4 hrs of steep climb to reach the top and we will descend after having our packed lunch on top. We have achieved over 95% success rate on Annapurna Circuit Trek combined our itinerary with hike to Ice Lake.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Yak Kharka [4,130m/13,550ft]

    After morning tea, we will follow the narrow path to Tengi village (3620m) that locates above Manang. Taking brief ascend, we will head northwest up the valley of Jarsang River. We will head north and pass through trail lined with juniper trees to reach Gunsang (3930m). We will walk through the alpine meadow. We get to see Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) Mountains from most of the point. We will descend to Yak Kharka where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Thorung Phedi. [4,400m/14,436ft]

    We will leave Yak Kharka and follow the rugged trail to Letdar (4250m). From Letdar, we will follow the ascending trail to Jarsang River. Walking along the eastern edge of Jarsang river, we will ascend to Thorong Phedi (4450m). This small settlement got its name from its geographical position which translates as Base of Thorong Hill. We will stay overnight in Thorung Phedi.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5
  • Day 10 - Traverse Thorung-la [5,416m/17,770ft] and trek to Muktinath [3,800m/12,478ft]

    This is going to be the challenging day. We will begin the long climb to the top of Thorong La. Following the cattle trail through moraine and snow, we will reach to the summit in about 4hrs depending upon the weather condition and strength of climbers. The summit is festooned with prayer flags. We will rejoice the views of Kali Gandaki Valley to the west while we can get view of Yakgawa Kang Peak (6481m) to the north.
    Sharp descend from Thorong La will take us to Muktinath temple. The journey is rewarding with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). Walk through the moraine path and grassy slopes to Jhong Valley. Walking further, we will reach Muktinath where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 8-9
  • Day 11 - Trek to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]

    Muktinath holds religious significance among Hindu and Buddhist devotees. We will visit Vishnu temple and a Monastery. Later, we will descend to Ranipauwa village. The trail lowers down through barren hillside to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we will move through Jomsom to Marpha. We need to traverse world’s deepest Kaligandaki Gorge. Along with religious significance, the region is also popular for availability of ammonites (shaligrams) which is taken as one among many other forms of Lord Narayan. Marpha village is known for its apple production. We can take the taste of different dishes made from apple including apple brandy in Marpha.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6 - 7
  • Day 12 - Trek to Lete, [2,480m/8,137ft]

    We will leave Marpha and folow new route avoiding road to Chokhopani village. We will walk through Tibetan Refugee Camp at Chairo to Tukuche. Walking past Tukuche, we will pass through small settlements of Sauru, Kobang and Larjung to Lete. The path rewards us with views of Dhaulagari Mountain, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Mountain and Annapurna I Mountain. We will stay overnight at Lete.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 13 - Trek to Tatopani [1,190m/3,905ft]

    We will take a new route to Tatopani. We will follow the edge of river to Ghasa where we will cross the bridge. The trail takes sharp descend through sprawling forest to the waterfall of Rupse Chhahara. We will lower down to Kopchepani and arrive at bridge in Dana. Moving further, we will reach Narchyang Besi. Powerhouse in Narchyang Besi supplies electricity to the area. Moving further, we will reach Tatopani where we will stay overnight. The village got its name from its hot spring.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 14 - Trek to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,023ft]

    From Tatopani, we will take the sharp climb through forest to Shikha settlement. Majority of people living in Shikha has adopted agriculture as their chief occupation. We will enjoy the views of Kali Gandaki Valley and stunning Dhaulagiri Mountain Range before walking through the terraced farmlands of Shikha to Ghorepani. We need to cross Phalate and Chitre and proceed through colorful forest of rhododendron and magnolia towards Ghorepani where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4 - 5
  • Day 15 - Early morning hike up to Poonhill [3,210m/10,532ft] and trek to Tirkhedunga

    After wake up call, we will leave our hotel and hike upto Poon hill. This is the best hill station in Pokhara for sunrise view. We will enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna1, Annapurna South Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri mountains. We will return to hotel in Ghorepani for breakfast and lower down to Tirkhedunga through colorful rhododendron forest.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs trek
  • Day 16 - Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara[827m/2,714ft]

    Our last day on trek as we leave Tirkhedunga and trek to Nayapul. It's 2 hours trek to Nayapul from where we will drive to Pokhara, also known as City of Lakes and the Gateway to Annapurna Region. Tropical climate can be experienced in Pokhara. This is a peaceful city existing at the backdrop of Annapurna. Explore the market area in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a luxurious lakeside hotel.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 2 hrs trek
  • Day 17 - Drive to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    We will return to Kathmandu on this day. Kathmandu is separated from Pokhara by 200km. Prithvi Highway links Pokhara with Kathmandu. It takes 5hrs to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by bus. You will be transferred to the hotel where you will have a pleasant stay.

    • Meal: B, L
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 18 - Free day at leisure in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 19 - Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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06 Oct, 2019 24 Oct, 2019 USD 1730 Available Book Now
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03 Nov, 2019 21 Nov, 2019 USD 1730 Available Book Now
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25 Oct, 2020 12 Nov, 2020 USD 1730 Available Book Now
08 Nov, 2020 26 Nov, 2020 USD 1730 Available Book Now
22 Nov, 2020 10 Dec, 2020 USD 1730 Available Book Now

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Dandelion or similar category for 1 night
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • All required permits for trek (ACAP & TIMS Card)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high altitude medicines
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

Weather

The best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek are Autumn (latter half of September till December) and Spring (latter half of March until mid-May). On both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain etc.)

Autumn/Fall:
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing best mountain views, days are warmer and night time will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The temperature during Autumn varies from lowest -5 degree Celsius at Thorung Phedi to warmest 20 degree Celsius at lower places. 

Spring:
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days. The temperature during Autumn varies from lowest -0 degree Celsius at Thorung Phedi to warmest 25 degree Celsius at lower places. 

Read more about the best time: https://highlandexpeditions.com/best-time-to-visit-nepal/

Accommodation

Hotel: 4 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 14 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

Pokhara:
Our Address in Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion), with a spacious and comfortable room this hotel is a good place to chill and relax. The hotel is equipped with modern facilities and a swimming pool. Your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price

On Trek:
For accommodation on the trek, there are clean and friendly teahouses/lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets but with a wonderful view from your window. Due to the limited teahouses/lodges on this area, during the peak season time, even dining rooms are occupied for the sleeping purpose. Your accommodation on the trek will be on a twin sharing basis. All the teahouses/lodges have a spacious warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. Blankets are generally provided by the teahouse but we will provide a warm sleeping bag to everyone. Bathrooms are mostly shared and toilets are squat type in most places. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Single supplement: 
Single supplement will be charged if someone wishes to have their own room in Kathmandu. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of the same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of a single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement. Please note that on the trek, a single supplement is not available due to limited rooms

Meals

All meals are included during the trekking period (Day 02 to Day 17). We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek and in Pokhara. The menus in the teahouses are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat, Momo (Dumpling) to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. Despite the fact that meat is available in the teahouses, we prompt against eating it on the trek. The meat has frequently been conveyed in the warmth from lower elevations for a few days before arriving at the teahouses and can cause stomach upsets or disease.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you to bring extra foods especially for breakfast as your options for the breakfast will be limited. Meals worth USD500-550 are included on this trip. In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Difficulty

Grading: 5-6 (Challenging)

Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered challenging due to high altitudes and longer duration trek. The trail is relatively easier following good paths but due to the increasing altitude, it's graded challenging. Please be prepared to walk for 6-7 hrs every day on average carrying your backpack, which will consist of your valuable items, water, extra fleece, snacks etc. Longer treks reaching up to an elevation of 5500m. 

Prerequisities

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not a must to participate for this trip. All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. We strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip at least 3 months prior to your trip date by doing regular exercises, going on hiking, running or gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience of trekking. All our trip itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind and allows ample time for acclimatization

Approach

Our route to Annapurna Circuit/Thorung La Pass follows a careful approach with ample time for acclimatization and breathtaking sceneries along the way. Our itinerary involves side excursion to Gyaru and Ngawal. We also have kept an acclimatization day at Manang.  The maximum elevation you will gain on this trip is 5,416m/17,770ft and the maximum overnight elevation is 4,400m/14,436ft. With over 30 years of experience in trekking and climbing in the Himalayas, we have carefully tailored each of our itineraries. We put a lot of care into all the details when it comes to executing any of your ventures. Safety is always a priority while travelling with Highland Expeditions and we have applied this strictly on our approach.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.

Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided a night before during the briefing time. The time table for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Guide and Staff

We possess a deep passion for alpine adventure & the outdoors, and with the small professional group we have on board, we’ve notched up experience that spans almost 3 decades on some of the most isolated trails and highest peaks. We take great pride in calling ourselves a ‘high-altitude adventure specialist’ and all this is due to our diverse and qualified team of guides. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in.

Your trip will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter to every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide to every 4 participants. 

Private Trip/Group Joining

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our departures section for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people. If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for this kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

- Long-sleeved shirts
- T-Shirts
- Trousers
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Thermal
- Inner wears
- Undergarments
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) litre
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Padlock
- Binoculars
- Reading materials, notebooks and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of the trek.

- Down Jacket
- Sleeping bag 
- Duffel/Kit Bag

Additional Information

Other information such as (Insurance, Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport etc) required for the trip will be provided after your trip confirmation. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

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Graham Sowerbutts May 02, 2017

A brilliant trek expertly guided by Passang and his team at Highland Expeditions. I can’t speak highly enough about the way we were looked after and would highly recommend Highland Expeditions to anyone who is looking to book a trekking or climbing holiday.

Jill Sowerbutts May 02, 2017

The trip was excellent from start to finish. Very helpful and attentive staff who could not do enough for you. Very informative and very helpful when i got a bit sick.
Thank you Passang, your team and Highland Expeditions for a thoroughly enjoyable trek and memories that i will treasure for a lifetime.

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