Nar Phu valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Public Jeep and Tourist Bus
  • Activity City Tour, Trekking and walking
  • Best Season March- may and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size 1 to 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Trekking in the restricted Nar and Phu Valley in the Manang District and numerous villages with authentic Tibetan culture.
  • Visit ancient monasteries including Tashi Lakhang Monastery, one of the world’s 108 great Buddhist monasteries.
  • Trek to the unexplored surroundings of the Annapurna region
  • Trek through the rugged and wild trails to the enthralling valley of Nar Phu
  • Enjoy the dramatic mountain views of the high snow peaks and ancient villages
  • Observe the medieval Tibetan culture in the hidden mountain valley
  • Ruined forts of the Khampa settlement
  • Crossing Kang La (pass) at 5,322m
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416m
  • The holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath

Nar Phu valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Nar Phu valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek take you to the unexplored region that’s well hidden in the rain shadow zone of Nepal is the kind of adventure that ignites your imaginations for the better things to come. Located to the north of the Annapurna, this venture is ideal for those lovers of the wild who want to discover the Annapurna Circuit and wade into an unknown zone concealed by spiraling curls of mountain mist almost touching the clouds ahead of us; less frequented by only a few backpackers, this particular area of the Annapurna region displays an ancient Tibetan culture in its original form, with sublime mountain views and breathtaking alpine scenery within a typical Tibet-like scenario. As we hike the trails above the timberline, our sturdy mountain ponies lugging our camping equipment every few steps of the way, their glistening sweat-soaked bodies heaving up the heights, our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree-line on the upper limits of cultivated tracks, in the deep north of Manang district.

A pretty tough & wild trek, this outing is for the real adventurers seeking the hidden Shangri-La and will go all the way in crossing through the Challenging high passes of Kangla at (5200m) & the Thorung La at {5416m}. The Kangla Pass is connected to Nar with Manang and several Bhutia villages in the Neyshang valley. We explore the interesting Nar Phu valley which has about 350 Nepalese Tibetans who depend on livestock and farming, and till today yak herding is the fundamental basis for their overall survival in these remote parts of the Annapurna region where lifestyles are totally untouched by the synchronized and contemporary times we live in today. The trading styles of these people changed overnight when the Chinese government closed the borders with Nepal but the common folks of Nar and Phu valley were the least affected because they never did depend much on Tibet for survival due to the most difficult routes that went into Tibet during the salt trade period. Yak herding has been the rock-stone of their existence and it’s reckoned they won’t give up this profession.

This trek also gives us jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri range, and Tilicho peak. Our trek concludes at Jomsom, a crucial junction in this region where we hop a flight to Pokhara, and probably spend a night here in this lovely lake city to rest our bones & chill out before heading back to Kathmandu. Since this is an off-the-normal-track path that doesn’t see many trekkers, at least for now, you can revel in the joy of the ‘the mountains, nature and us only' experience.

Itinerary

+ Expand All- Collapse All

Welcome to Nepal. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

It is a long drive to Jagat, so we start early in the morning. After breakfast, we board a bus to Besisahar. The countryside sceneries rich with lush green forest, rivers and mountain vistas is quite pleasant. Upon reaching Besisahar we board another vehicle that will take us to Jagat. It is a bumpy ride on the dusty, rough roads. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,410m/4,626ft

Put on your trekking boots as today marks the start of our actual trek. After a filling breakfast, we get going to Dharapani. The trail starts with a descent towards the Marsyangdi River followed by a walk through a dense forest. We continue on the trail towards Chamje with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. We cross a suspension bridge after Chamje heading towards Sattale(7 storeyed). The next village en route is Tal (Lake) where we arrive after towards the grassy riverbanks Marsyangdi River. The trail goes constantly up and down and eventually takes on a steep forested path towards Karte. We pass by a few small waterfalls and streams and cross a suspension bridge to get to Dharapani. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,960m/6,431ft

Our destination for the day is Koto. First, we trek towards Bagarchhap, walking through pine and fir forests. While at Bagrachhap, we explore the local monastery. After an hour’s trek, we arrive at Danaque followed by a steep climb towards Timing with marvelous views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Again, the trail passes through the pine forest towards Latmarang, and along the way, we catch a glimpse of Annapurna II. A short walk from Latamarang will take us to Koto. Overnight in  Koto.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,610m/8,563ft

After leaving the village of Koto, we will enter the restricted area, so our permit will be checked. After passing through the check post, we continue on our trek to Meta. The path to Meta starts with a trek along the Soti Khola banks which continues through a lush pine forest. Along the way, we pass by many small streams and have to cross a number of suspension bridges and the village of Dharmasala. As we near Meta, we have to overcome a steep climb through another forest. Magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal keep us enthralled. Overnight in Meta.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,560m/11,680ft

Today’s trail starts with a descent to Jhuman followed by a gradual climb towards Khyang. Here we can see the ruins of the Khampa settlements (Khampa are refugees from Tibet) and also spectacular views of Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Gyaji Kang among others. The path is rocky from here onwards. We cross the Phu Khola to reach Phu Gaon. Overnight in Phu Gaon. Overnight in Phu Gaon.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,250m/13,944ft

Acclimatization plays a key role in a successful trek. Today is set aside to adjust to thinning air at high altitudes. Few activities are planned for the day to blend better with the changing condition. Firstly, we go around the village to better understand the culture and the daily lives of the locals. This village is diverse in culture as people of different ethnic groups live here including Gurung, Ghale, and Lama. Further, we explore Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. It is also one of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. Besides all the cultural diversities, another attraction of this village is the breathtaking views of the Himlung Himal. Overnight in Phu Gaon.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,250m/13,944ft

We descend and ascend, pass by many streams and cross a few suspension bridges to finally reach Nar. The day starts with a downhill drop till Mahendra Pul after which we cross an 80 m high suspension bridge over the Lapche River. The trail then climbs up to Nar, passing many stupas and chortens on the way. We can explore many monasteries at Nar and also enjoy the fantastic views of Pisang Peak and other surrounding peaks. Overnight in Nar.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,110m/13,485ft

This is another acclimatization day to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness when crossing the Kang La Pass at 5,322m the next day. Today, we go on a short hike around the village and also explore the local culture and tradition. However, make sure not to overwork yourself as you’ll need to be fully rested to overcome the high pass tomorrow. Overnight in Nar.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,110m/13,485ft

Today will be a bit challenging as we cross Kang La Pass at (5,322m). The key to avoiding AMS at high altitudes is to walk at a slow but steady pace. We start early in the morning with the target of crossing the Kang La Pass before noon to avoid the strong winds which can make it impossible to overcome the past. From the top of the pass, we can enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurna Massif. We then head down to Ngawal for a good night’s sleep. Overnight in  Ngawal.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,660m

Our destination for the day is Manang. Our trail starts with a descent towards Braga village through a pine forest. While at Braga we also visit the monastery there. The trail then climbs up towards Manang accompanied by the views of the Annapurna range and Tilicho Peak. Overnight in Manang.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,519m/11,546ft

We ascend from Manang to a village just above called Tenki and follow an uphill trail out of the Marshyangdi Valley towards the Valley Jarsang Khola. The trail then gradually climbs up through pastures and juniper trees. En route to Yak Kharka, we pass a small village of Ghunsa followed by pastures where horses and yak graze. We cross a small river via a wooden bridge to finally arrive at Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,110m/13,485ft

Today, we are headed to Thorong Phedi, the last settlement before crossing the Thorong La Pass. This small settlement is also called the base camp of Thorong La Pass. Today’s trek mostly consists of an uphill climb beginning with an ascent towards Ledar Village. We climb further up to reach Thorong Phedi enjoying spectacular views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Katungkulan, and Thorung Peak among others along the way. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.  

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,600m/15,090ft

Today we overcome another high pass but it is going to be much more challenging than the previous one. Our target is to cross the Throng La pass (5,416m/17,770ft) before 9- 10 am so we can avoid the strong winds at noon which makes it practically impossible to cross the pass. Hence, we start our ascent, which will take about 4 hours at 4 am. We don’t spend a lot of time at the top and make a quick descent towards the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus as it consists of many stupas and temples. The 108 watersports here and the eternal flame, besides the temple itself, are the main attractions here. Overnight in Muktinath.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,800m

Early in the morning we go around and explore the temples and monasteries. Then, we get packing for Jomsom, a town popular for apple and apple products. The trail starts with a descent towards the Kali Gandaki Valley following the Kali Gandaki River on a rocky path with many ups and downs. The views of Tukuche, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri accompany us throughout the day. Once at Jomsom, you can try out the famous apple brandy. Overnight in Jomsom.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,700m/8,859ft

We board an early morning flight to Pokhara. We reach Pokhara in half an hour at most. After checking into our hotel room, we visit some of the popular places in the City of Lakes including Phewa Lake, Gupteshwor Cave, Davis Fall, and Peace Pagoda among others. Overnight in Pokhara.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude827m/2,713ft

After breakfast in Pokhara, we board a tourist bus that will take us back to the capital city. It will take around 6 hours to reach Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. Once in Kathmandu, you can enjoy the last days of the trek roaming around the city, buying some souvenirs or you can just opt to rest in your hotel room. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Adventure Club Trek to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our Nar Phu valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Days ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home. Included Meals: Breakfast.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safariRafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note:Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Nar Phu valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara; breakfast included. as per the Itinerary 
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation while trekking.
  • Full board meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure tax
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu with world heritage entry permit fees and private vehicle.
  • Experienced, government licensed, English-speaking guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porters).
  • Assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Staff costs include their Salary, meals, transportation, insurance, domestic airfare, and medicines.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, First Aid Kid and trekking map
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks, laundry, phone call).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SundayJune 26, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayJuly 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1389
Start DateStart: ThursdayJune 30, 2022End DateEnd: MondayJuly 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1389

If one of our set trips doesn’t fit your timing or you want to experience a trek you’ve designed, let us help you craft the trip of a lifetime. We’ll give you a complete quote based on your requirements, from itinerary, travel dates, group size, number of support staff, and of course, crafted to fit in your budget. We can also make our set trips be your private trip if you have at least a couple or more who want to go. These would be perfect for your group or family trip.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and for purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

Ask a Question

Sign up for our newsletter

Drop Us a Message