ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

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  • DURATION20 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELStrenuous
  • GROUP SIZE1-14

Highlights

  • Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule
  • Visit Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier
  • Pass over the Thorong la at 5416 M
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the holy place
  • You trek through Kali Gandaki Valley and the deepest gorge
  • Visit of Marpha village, capital of apple
  • Visit Natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Trek through the Rhododendron and pine forest
  • Sunrise View from Poon Hill over the Himalayas
  • Visit The city of Lakes- Pokhara

Trip Overview

Annapurna circuit is one of the best circuit treks in the world. The Annapurna circuit trek goes from typical Nepalese countryside to the dry and windswept villages of Pisang and Manang. People still follow the Tibetan culture of Yore in Manang, cross the Thorung La pass, the circuit trek envelops an experience so varied and rich that certainly leave you spellbound for a long time.

Annapurna circuit trek route is probably the world’s best trekking destination and offers a wide range of spectacular sceneries of the mountain. The Annapurna circuit trekking takes to the high mountain pass, arid Manang valley, cultural mix of varied ethnic groups, traditional stonewalled and thatched houses, and the village itself is worth to explore, besides the Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries, Mani and Chorten.

Annapurna circuit trek takes around the entire Annapurna massif and offers Great trans-Himalayan scenery, which is found alongside the trail while crossing the new detour.

The Annapurna circuit trek commences in the lush rice paddies and climbs through the deep gorges of the Marshyandi. It continues to Marshyandi Valley, then you swing to the west into the arid Manang region, and the trail climbs up to the Thorong la then descends into the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley. Throughout the Trail, you are enfolded with the Awesome views of the north side of Mt. Annapurna, The blend of culture of Gurung, Manangi, Thakali, Brahmin, Chettri, and others, and they are traditional stonewalled and thatched houses on the Annapurna circuit trek.

Annapurna circuit trek starts with a day drive to Bhulbhule. The real trekking begins from Bhulebhule to Chamje, Dharapani and then continue walking to Chame, and enter into Manang valley. You have a day rest in Manang to explore all around the arid cultural mix of varied ethnic groups and acclimatization.

The Annapurna circuit trek continues the next day to Yak Kharka, Throng Phedi, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Marpha, Tatopani to reach Ghorepani. A short hike to Poon hill, the best viewpoint in north-western Nepal to have spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas and the sunrise views, after excursion and exploration trek down to Hille, Nayapul and finally get down to Pokhara and retrace back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

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Our escort meets you at the airport on your arrival and transfers to the hotel, and he also helps you check into your designated hotel.

You will be brief about your daily program of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and the rest of the day is free.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel, you go for a tour of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and western influence in the valley.

The tour includes a visit to the famous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, the Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and the Kathmandu Durbar Squire and these historical sites you visit are UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites.

Our tour guide drops you back at the hotel after the tour, and you then have time to shop trekking gear if you need it.

  • Hotel
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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Our guide comes to pick you up at your hotel around 7 AM. You then drive to Bus pack to take a bus drive to Bhulbhule.

The driving goes along the Kathmandu - Pokhara highway to Dumre, then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar and Bhulbule.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 870
  • Bhulbhule

After having breakfast at the hotel, you start the trek. It is about 6 hours trek to Chamje today. The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply up, and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed.

Eventually, you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.), which is situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1410
  • Chamje

The trek today starts by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge. You then begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that looks one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley.

You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. You climb a meandering path to the top of the hill, and you then see the level plain of Tal (1700m.).

Beyond Tal, the valley narrows, and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.). There is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and cross another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani.

  • Guest House
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  • 1960
  • Dharapani

The trek starts after breakfast at the lodge. The trekking today goes through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and Annapurna II becomes visible ahead. You arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around the Buddhist monastery.

The trek continues to climb through forests of pine and oak, and you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge that makes you follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village, which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level to Chame village.

  • Guest House
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  • 2675
  • Chame

The walking starts after breakfast at the lodge. You see the Lamjung Himal (6893m) glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting you warmly in the face, and you set off for Pisang.

The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley by passing a huge apple orchard. You continue the trek through fir and pine forest and climb to a high and rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path before crossing back to the right bank again.

You now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3100
  • Pisang

The hiking today starts with a climb to a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above you.

From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji.

Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path, and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens, Mani walls abound, and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before you. A short steep climb brings you to Manang village.

  • Guest House
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  • Manang

This day gives your lungs a breather while you rest weary bones a bit till you do some short hikes to get used to the thin air as you slowly go to the higher elevations.

Today, you hang around town, and this is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous Icefall, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang valley.

There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in Manang, which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover, you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

  • Guest House
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  • 3440
  • Manang

The trek starts after hot breakfast at the hotel, and today, the trail ascends gently unto Yak Kharka by passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. You see panoramic views all day on the way, and it seems it is short hiking. However, you feel a bit fatigued as you are going higher and into less oxygen air.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4350
  • Yak Kharka

The trek starts with a breakfast at the lodge. The trekking goes with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi.

After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope. Then descend to Thorung Phedi, or if you still have some energy left, then you can continue trek to high camp after stopping at Phedi for lunch, which will be much helpful to pass the Thorong la the next morning.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4420
  • Thorung Phedi

Today, you start the trek early in the morning to cross the Thorung La (5416m.). And, The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving the camp, and the trail is used by local people for many years. So, we can find the trail easily.

You reach the Chorten and prayer flags of the Thorong La pass after 4-5 hours of trek. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang.

You then descent to Muktinath, which is a knee pounding 1600m, but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines.

  • Guest House
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  • 5416
  • Muktinath

This morning, you go to visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge to have a hot breakfast. You then begin trekking descent the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow a path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures, and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang, and you stop here to have lunch.

After lunch at Kagbeni, you continue the trek to Jomsom.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2720
  • Jomaom

After having breakfast at the lodge, you start trek to Kalopani through the Kali Gandaki River valley, the trail today is stretched at an almost flat level up to Kalopani, and it is easy trekking compare to previous trekking days.

  • Guest House
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  • 2100
  • Kalopani

The trek starts after breakfast at the lodge. The trail today descends steeply to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall), which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in the west-facing each other near Rupse Waterfall.

Now, the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements. There are natural hot springs here on the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, and you go in these hot springs to take a natural hot bath. It is believed that all the skin diseases (if we have any) will be recovered, after taking a bath in this hot spring.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1190
  • Tatopani

The trek starts after breakfast at the lodge. The trekking today goes by passing through a flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural lands that show this village is pretty well off.

The trail then ascends gently to Ghorepani by passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre, and so on. You pass through rhododendron forests and come across wildlife such as monkeys and birds of various species on the route.

  • Guest House
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  • 2860
  • Ghorepani

Today, you start the trek early in the morning to hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over the Himalayas. The views from Poon Hill includes Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks.

You then return to the lodge to have breakfast and start trek to Hile by following a gradually descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks.

Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where you can enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. From here, the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending by passing through terraces and some robust villages. Another 30-minute trek brings you to Hile to have last overnight stay in the mountain of your long and adventure Annapurna circuit trek.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1430
  • Hile

After having breakfast at the lodge, you start the trek for today and today is the last day of your long Annapurna circuit trek. It is a pretty easy day today. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) to Birethanti before to cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge to reach Nayapul.

We have a vehicle waiting to drive to Pokhara. Check in to the hotel in Pokhara, and evening is free to explore yourself.

  • Hotel
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  • 830
  • Pokhara

You have early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the bus station to drive to Kathmandu. The Tourist bus at 7:00 AM to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along with many satellite towns on the way. And you can see healthy settlements, Rivers, terraces, and landscapes.

You reach Kathmandu after 6-7 hours (depends on traffic) of drive, check into the lodge, and you can go for last-minute shopping around Thamel.

We arrange farewell dinner in the evening, and we talk about your trek and stay last overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

We transfer you to Kathmandu airport to take your return flight home. We feel honored to have met you & served you.

We know you’ve enjoyed your vacation & we hope the relationships built up over the weeks will translate into a warm & mutual friendship in the years ahead. Please do remember us.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights’ hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit
  • 1-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule - Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus
  • A guide and porter (1 porter for two people) and a porter carry about 20-22 kg from 2 trekkers
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (need to be returned after the trek)

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory) and entrance fees on the Kathmandu tour
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie, etc...
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses, not mentioned in including section

Check Available Dates

  • We have set a date to depart the Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If the preferred date is not listed, then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your date as the trekking is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people, then please contact us for the group price and process to book the trek.
  • The private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date19 Feb, 2021End Date10 Mar, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1000

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Annapurna circuit trek

The extra night hotel in Kathmandu for pre or post the trek is available, and we can book this extra night when you need it. The extra night costs the US $55.00 per night with breakfast and airport transfers.

Let us know if you arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates of the Annapurna circuit trek and need extra nights.

Transportation provided on Annapurna Circuit Trek

We provide a private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing and local bus transport from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and tourist bus transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end.

However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep to Bhulbhule and from Pokhara to Kathmandu or take a short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara on return.

Please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport to private or flight.

Electricity and battery charge facility on Annapurna circuit trek

There is electricity available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and most of the villages of Annapurna circuit trek. And, you can charge your camera/mobile batteries, and you may have to pay some fee to recharge. However, we suggest you have spare batteries to use in case of not availability.

Guide and Crew on Annapurna circuit trek

We provide a tourist guide for a tour in Kathmandu on day two and a trained trekking guide for the rest of the trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trekking.

We also provide a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are eight or more members in the group. We provide porters to carry your main luggage, and there is one porter for every two members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22KG, which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

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FAQs

Yes, You need to have some trekking permits to do the Annapurna circuit trek. The permits are Annapurna conservation entry and TIMS, and We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the trek with us.

It’s possible to do the Annapurna circuit trek in most of the months of the year. The autumn (Sep-Nov) offers clear skies, plus the bugs and dust have been washed away by the rains so, the autumn is the best time to do the Annapurna circuit trek.

Spring (Feb-mid end of May) offers warmer temperature, longer days, and rhododendrons bloom so, the forests are colorful so, the spring is another best time for the Annapurna circuit trek.

You have to be physically fit with a moderate level of fitness to do the Annapurna circuit trek with daily walking/trekking between 3 to 9 hours on mountain trails. You reach an altitude of 5416m above sea level at Thorong La pass. You better have previous trekking experience and need to have good health and strong desire and stamina.

We provide hotel accommodation for five nights (3 nights in Kathmandu &1 night in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 14 nights on the Annapurna circuit trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on the trekking lodge. A few have electric lights, and all have a spacious dining room – lounge and some of them very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

The hotel we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek- Simple Mountain lodge: 14 nights

Note:

  • Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).
  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5-star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • We provide another similar category of hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara if these mentioned are not available.

A total of 51 meals (19 breakfast, 16 lunch, and 16 dinners) are provided in Annapurna circuit trek and the meals are taken in lodges. You will have breakfast/dinner at the lodge, where we stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

There is a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals, and drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer are also available and note that drinks are not included in the cost.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna circuit trek. You get normal water for free so, you can use the medicine and drink, or you can also buy bottled/boiled/safe drink water.

No, we provide a porter to carry your luggage, your main luggage will be carried by porter on Annapurna circuit trek. You simply carry a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. as a small load allows full enjoyment of the trek.

Yes, However, the tip for all services provided on the Annapurna circuit trek is always a matter of personal discretion. However, please be aware that the tip is considered to be a part of the remuneration, and they may approach you for payment.

To give you an idea, US $5 from each member for the tour guide and the US $3 from each member for the driver on day two. And, a total of about the US $150.00 from each member for the trekking part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling. So, our trek guide will give you a clearer idea when the trek is ending).

Yes, you need to have some extra money for your expenses, and the personal expenses depend largely on your habit. Most of the meals are included on the Annapurna circuit trek. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), souvenirs, a hot shower (you have to pay in some places), etc.

If you do not drink alcohol & do not do sopping, then about the US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, You need travel insurance while coming for the Annapurna circuit trek, and there is always some risk while doing the high mountain Trek, and in case of any sickness or injury then, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.

Yes, you can join one of our fixed departure Annapurna circuit treks. Our group trek group of light-minded people, the fixed dates are opened to join, and our group will be from 1-14 people. You may have to share a room on the trekking with same-gender trekkers on group trek.

If you are single trekkers, then you are welcome to join our Annapurna circuit group trek and ask us if you need any further info to join our group trek.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness while on the Annapurna circuit trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a high mountain trek. So, we have to be careful about it.

Our guide will provide you information to avoid AMS. However, if in case if you or any member of the group get AMS, then we do everything to bring you back safely.
And, it depends on the situation and the place people getting sick. As such, if someone gets AMS and still able to walk, then we take a day rest (while others continue the trek) with one of the porter/guides. And, we see how the situation and to continue trekking from the next day if the situation gets better.

Or if there is not any improvement or even worse. We do not have other options rather than return the same trail as descending is the only way to avoid AMS, or if the situation gets worse and can not walk, we then rescue/evacuate to bring you back to Kathmandu to visit a doctor.

The cost of evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal, and it is almost impossible to pay by the people. So, we strongly suggest you buy an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

Yes, we can shorten the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We have 16 days trek included in our 20 days package. However, if you have limited days and want to shorten it, we can customize the trekking and make it shorter.

The given itinerary is for the fixed departure group trek, and when we shorten the trekking, then you have to do private trekking to the Annapurna circuit. Let us know if you need a short version of the Annapurna circuit trek.

Yes, it is possible to add Tilicho Lake on our Annapurna circuit trek, and it needs another three days on our itinerary. If you want to add the Tilicho lake, then you should do private trekking. As our fixed itinerary does not include Tilicho Lake. So, let us know, then we make another itinerary of the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake.

Yes, we have included the trek from Bhulbhule to Nayapul. However, if you want to extend the trekking to Annapurna base camp, then we can extend it to base camp from Ghorepani. Let us know if you need to add ABC, and we send you another itinerary with Annapurna base camp.

Equipment is very important to have a comfortable and successful Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and pack only the things that you need and not anything that you no need for the trek.

To help you to pack your gear for the Nepal student tour, we have given some list that you should not miss while you are packing.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if you do not have).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things, such as a camera, water, and things that you need for the day.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the trek, and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara and get a return after the trekking.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies), these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.