ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

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

Highlights

  • UNESCO heritage sites tour in Kathmandu
  • Adventurous trail and scenic views
  • Explore beautiful Manang village
  • Observe the daily lifestyle and culture of locals
  • Cross Thorong La Pass
  • Visit Muktinath Temple & Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Enjoy natural hot spring in Tatopani Village
  • Spend a night in picturesque Ghorepani village and hike to Poon Hill

Trip Overview

"Escape into high Himalayan Mountains and remote picturesque villages, unwinding in a serene surrounding and enjoying the warm hospitality of the locals."

Annapurna Circuit Trek explores the beautiful Annapurna region and takes you to the top of Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) that offers a spectacular mountain landscape. It is one of the most famous treks in the Himalayas because of its perfect balance of adventure, occasional off-the-beaten tracks, and rich cultural experience. The trail goes through lush green forests, home to diverse species of floras and faunas.

The Annapurna Circuit trail is resided by people of different communities. However, You will see a good harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism along the way. The trail includes hundreds of years old monasteries and temples. You will visit the Barga monastery, Milarepa Cave, and Muktinath Temple. The trail, then gradually descends through lovely apple orchards and beautiful narrow alleyways to Tatopani, which is famous for its natural hot springs. Then spend a night in the famous Ghorepani village and witness gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill.

Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Lamjung Himal (6,972 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), and many others will accompany you throughout the trek. We have designed our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary, adding ample rest days and ideal night stops to make sure that you get to have the best of the Annapurna region and nothing left behind. We also have short 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek if you have shorter holidays for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Major Attractions of Annapurna Circiut Trek

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We have added a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in our Annapurna Circuit Trek package. The tour is supervised by a professional and experienced tour guide. The tour includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You may get a few extra hours on your last day in Kathmandu to visit other tourist sites as well.

Adventurous trail and scenic views

The trail you will be following during the Annapurna Circuit Trek is packed with adventures and thrills. Trekking through remote mountain villages, dense forests, and pastures, you will be crossing numerous suspension bridges over surging rivers. Not only that, there are many steeps, and rugged paths as well throughout the trail include pass, gorge, and narrow alleyways.

Explore beautiful Manang village

Manang is one of the famous villages in Nepal that offers breathtaking views and some crazy outdoor activities. You can visit ancient monasteries like Paraken Gompa (3,945 m) or around 600 years old Braga Gompa. Likewise, you can also visit the Milarepa Cave or follow a picturesque trail to the beautiful Khangsar village.

There are also stunning lakes like the Ice Lake (4,620 m) and Gangapurna Lake around Manang village, where you can go on a short excursion. Besides these excursions, Manang village has got a museum, cinema hall, and several shops to explore. Horse riding is among some of the sports you can do here.

Observe the daily lifestyle and culture of locals

People from several different communities reside in Manang. They speak different languages and practice different values. During your stay here, you can observe and get to live their simple but satisfying lifestyle. You can see the culture and traditions of these people. Moreover, while visiting the monasteries, you will come across centuries-old statues, murals, inscriptions, and paintings.

Cross Thorong La Pass

Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) is the highest and most challenging pass in the Himalayas to cross. The trail is very dangerous and requires steep climbing. You have to use fixed ropes and other gears to cross the pass. From the top of the pass, the views of the surrounding mountains are phenomenal.

Visit Muktinath Temple & Kali Gandaki Gorge

Muktinath Temple is situated at 3,800 meters, making it one of the highest temples in the world. This temple has significant religious values to both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple dates back to 10th CE (Common Era - means after 0 years) as per Sri Vaishnava literature and 568 BCE (Before Common Era - Before 0 year) as per Buddhism. From Muktinath, the trail goes along the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world.

Enjoy natural hot spring in Tatopani Village

Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs. Travelers take a break here to enjoy the hot spring. You have to pay a few bucks to take the service. The hot springs are believed to cure skin disease in sore muscles after long treks.

Spend a night in picturesque Ghorepani village and hike to Poon Hill

Surrounded by rhododendron forests and snow-capped mountains, Ghorepani is one of the most famous villages in the Annapurna region. Resided by people from different communities, you will get an opportunity to spend some quality time amidst locals. Before leaving the Village, you hike to Poon Hill viewpoint (3,210 m) that offers gorgeous sunrise and stunning views of the western Himalayan Mountains.

Itinerary

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There is nothing much planned on your arrival day. You will meet with our representative at the airport. With a warm welcome, you get escorted to the hotel that we have booked in advance for your stay. As per your flight landing time, you will get a few hours to stroll down the bustling streets of Thamel and dine as per your desire.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Today is a leisure day in Kathmandu that you will spend visiting monuments and preparing for the trek. The tour begins after a delicious breakfast. You will be guided by our professional English-speaking guide. During the tour, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the famous Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, etc.

Later in the day, join a small briefing session by your trek guide and get to know the crew. He will inform you about the trail, views, and the challenges you may have to face during the trek.

  • Hotel
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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Wake up early and get ready to begin the adventurous Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will meet with the team at your hotel lobby, all set to drive towards the starting point of the trek, Bhulbhule. Following the beautiful Trishuli River, you will head north towards Besisahar. Further, the drive continues to Bhulbhule. On the way, you can see views of Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) and Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m) along with the gorgeous landscape.

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

It is the first day of the trek. The route to Chamje begins with a gradual ascent to BahunDanda, a Brahmin village. From here, the trail descends across terraced fields and lovely streams. The trail further rejoins the Marshyangdi River and passes by a few waterfalls. Crossing many suspension bridges over the Marshyangdi River, you reach Jagat. A short walk from this Village will take you to Chamje.

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

Have a filling breakfast in Chamje before leaving it. The trail moves upwards along the rushing Marshyangdi River and takes you to beautiful Tal village (1,710 m). The route that leads to Tal involves steep ascending and crossing of a suspension bridge. From Tal, you continue climbing on a stone staircase. There will be numerous ascents & descents before reaching Dharapani. Today, you also enter the Manang district. The views along the way will help you relieve your tiredness.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1960
  • Dharapani

Follow an uphill trail to Bagarchhap, a typical Nepali village with stone houses and flat roofs. From here, you will slowly move towards Tyanja and trek through a lush forest. Trekking along a river, reach Kopar (2,590 m) and move towards headquarter of Manang, Chame. You will get welcome with stunning views of Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), and Lamjung Himal (6,972 m).

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2675
  • Chame

The trail today takes you to beautiful Pisang village. Cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi River and trek until you reach Baratang. You will pass by the narrow Marshyangdi river valley and lush forests of pine & hemlock. Along the way, you can see views of beautiful meadows and snow-capped mountains. The route from Bhartang ascends through dense forests and passes by Dhukur Pokhari. Further, enjoying the glimpse of the bowl-shaped Paungda Danda rock face, you will continue towards Pisang.

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

To witness glorious sunrise along with a view of Mt. Annapurna II and other surrounding mountains, wake up early. The trail goes through lush forests, where you get to see a diverse range of flora and fauna. You will be following the route in the north which is a bit longer and difficult to reach Manang. Besides the challenges, you can see breathtaking mountain scenery along this route. On the way, the trail passes by small villages and stupas. You reach Barga village, where a 900 years old monastery is situated. From here, walk for another hour to reach Manang.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Manang

Spend a rest day in Manang before leaving towards Yak Kharka. It will help you in acclimatization and lowers the risk of altitude sickness. Manang is a beautiful village where you can do numerous things. Go on a short excursion to Khangsar, from where an excellent view of Tilicho Peak (7,134 m) is visible. Likewise, visit the Milarepa Cave and Gangapurna Lake. Later, in the late evening, you can walk around the village and observe the daily lifestyle & culture of locals.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Manang

Today, the trail takes you to Yak Kharka. Crossing a stream, ascend to Tenki village and head out of the Marsyangdi valley and join the Jarsang Khola valley. You will gradually ascend and pass by a few pastures and juniper trees. Further, you walk by Gunsan village and cross a wooden bridge to reach Yak Kharka. The views from this place are fantastic.

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  • B, L, D
  • 4350
  • Yak Kharka

Have a warm breakfast and begin the day following a steep route that leads to the Thorung Phedi. From Yak Kharka, you ascend to a ridge and descend to the Marsyangdi River. Cross the river on a wooden bridge and climb up following a narrow trail. The trail then descends to Thorug Phedi, where you will be spending the night.

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

It is going to be a difficult day today, and you will reach the highest point of the trek, Thorong La Pass. To cross the pass, you have to begin the day early in the morning to avoid strong wind and unstable weather that might occur in the way. The trail will be steep and rugged, filled with numerous loose boulders. The air will get thinner and cold as you will approach the top of the pass. Upon reaching the pass, you can see the outstanding landscape and Himalayan Mountains.

After soaking the views, follow a downhill route that leads to the holy Muktinath temple. It is a significant temple for Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this sacred place from all over the world every year.

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  • B, L, D
  • 5416
  • Muktinath

Wake up early and visit the temple before leaving for Jomsom. The trail descends to Jharkot through the ruins of a palace that belonged to the king of Mustang. Further, you will walk along the Kali Gandaki River and reach Kagbeni. Trekking through beautiful apple orchards and narrow alleyways, you will pass by Pandha Khola valley to reach Jomsom.

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

From Jomsom, the trail drops down to Marpha and continues descending towards Kali Gandaki. You will reach the old Thakali trading center of Tukuche. Further, walking by small settlement areas and coniferous forests to reach Kalopani, from where you can see superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m).

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2100
  • Kalopani

After having breakfast, you begin descending through dense forests. The trail follows a river through a narrow gorge and descends to a waterfall. Crossing a bridge here, you will walk on a winding route that takes to Tatopani. It is a famous village for natural hot springs. Spend some time in the hot spring, which will help you relax your muscles and also effective for treating skin diseases.

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  • B, L, D
  • 1190
  • Tatopani

The trail today goes through dense forests of rhododendron and picturesque villages. You will follow a downhill path that passes by villages like Ghar Khola, Ghara, Shikha, Phalante, and Chitre before taking to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful village mostly resided by Gurungs and Magars. You can see tempting views of the snow-capped mountains from here.

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  • B, L, D
  • 2860
  • Ghorepani

Today, you will go on a hike to Poon Hill early in the morning to witness gorgeous sunrise and western Himalayan Mountains in the distance. Later, descend to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and begin trekking towards Hile. The trail slowly descends through remote villages and lush forests.

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

The trail from Hile descends through dense forests, crossing streams to Birethanti. From here, you will continue dropping towards Nayapul, the ending point of the trek. Take an hour and a half drive from this place to Pokhara. Today, you will spend the night in the city of lakes. Explore around the vibrant Lakeside Market. You can also boat on serene Phewa Lake or dine in one of the restaurants, enjoying a calming sunset.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. You will be following the same route as before. The view along the drive will be fantastic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to the hotel. Rest and enjoy the rest of the day shopping and exploring around the city. In the evening, you will meet the team for the last time at a farewell dinner organized by the company.

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  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Time to say goodbye to each other. With memories that will stay with you for a lifetime, you will depart for your home country. Our airport representative will wait for you at the hotel lobby as per your flight departure time to escort you to the international airport.

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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 Date03 Sep, 2021End Date22 Sep, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1000
Start Date19 Sep, 2021End Date08 Oct, 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 four 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: 1 nights
  • Hotel on Trek- Simple Mountain lodge: 15 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 Annapurna Circuit Trek, 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.