Annapurna Circuit Trekking-21 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is world's best trekking trail, suitable to those hikers who want to experience the whole Annapurna Circuit on foot. The Annapurna circuit known as Thorong La pass trek begins from Kathmandu to Besisahar-Chame-Manang-Manang-Thorong La Pass-Muktinath-Poon Hill-Nayapul-Pokhara. The Annapurna round trek is famous for its incredible mountain scenery and cultural diversity. The entire Annapurna trek is about 200 km in distance, crossing Thorong La pass at 5416m. Annapurna circuit is a teahouse trek which provides best photographs opportunity as we walk through high mountain passes, beautiful lakes and villages. We offer Annapurna circuit trekking package cost and dates 2021/22/23/24/25.
Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trek Duration: 21 Days
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Season: Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May
Trek Altitude: 850m- 4300m
Trek Cost: USD 720-USD 1550
Group Size: 1 - 12 people.
Trek Package: Private/Group Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep Sharing
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Annapurna Circuit Trek 21 days known as Thorong La pass trek is the world's adventure trekking destinations.
21 days Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the entire Annapurna massif and cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769 ft). We will walk on the Annapurna trail through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Mt. Annapurna I rising to 8,091m (26,545 ft) to the east and Mt. Dhaulagiri hovering at 8,167 m (26,795 ft) to the west. We will enjoy the fabulous mountain views from Poon Hill and discover the diverse Annapurna region. Furthermore, Annapurna Circuit Trek 21 days itinerary also takes you to Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath region that allow to get acquainted with the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture.
This is a long trek for travelers wishing to circle the Annapurna massif. However, for trekkers who prefer a shorter trek in the same route, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek-14 days is ideal. We also have Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 11 days package for trekkers wishing to reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna.
The highlights of 21 days Annapurna circuit trek is to trek along the captivating Annapurna circuit trail, reach the zenith of the trail at Thorong La Pass, traverse through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, enjoy the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture and enjoy the splendid views of the Himalayan peaks throughout the trail.
During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian. Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the teahouse lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be provided during 21 days Annapurna circuit trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
We will be accommodated in standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 370. We 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, Pokhara and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
After arriving in Kathmandu, your guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest and visit our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation (1,350m/4,429ft
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss about trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (7-8 hrs, 800m/2,625ft)
We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour’s drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung(2,200m/7,218ft, 6-7 hrs)
Our first day’s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat1(410m/4,626ft 6-7 hrs)
We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching J
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani1(960m/6,431ft, 7-8 hrs)
After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame(2,710m/8,892ft, 5-6 hrs)
Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang(3,300m/10,827ft, 5-6 hrs)
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang(3,519m/11,546ft, 6-7 hrs)
There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day(3,519m/11,546ft)
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka(4,110m/13,485ft, 3-4 hrs)
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi(4,600m/15,093ft, 3-4 hrs)
It is an uphill walk to Thorong Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La pass(5,416m/17,770ft, 7-8 hrs)
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha(2,670m/8,760ft, 4-5 hrs)
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani(2,530m/8,301ft, 5-6 hrs)
From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani(1,200m/3,937ft, 6-7 hrs)
Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani(2,850m/9,351ft, 7-8 hrs)
We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani(2,700m/8,859ft, 6-7 hrs)
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk(827m/2,713ft, 5-6 hrs, Driving: 1 hour)
From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1,350m/4,429ft, 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Kathmandu Airport
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today. Your guide will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Further Answer Question Section
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You can enter into Nepal both by land and flight. Several Airlines have direct flights to Kathmandu from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa and Varanasi.
All foreign nationals except Indian require a visa to enter Nepal. Please, keep in mind that all countries
The Immigration department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the tourist visa. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In City like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot we do
provide star hotel as per your request and during the trekking, we will provide
tea house accommodation. A Tea House is the combination of guest house,
restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea
Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The
lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little
additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are
shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. Most of the
Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available
for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on day’s weather. But we
discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in
most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. It is advisable to carry
wet wipes as an alternative
There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Most tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.
All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.
Yes, most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek. It costs US$ 2-3 per hour for charging while you are doing Trek in Everest region.
Yes, it is ok and they really get a kick out of seeing themselves in print. So if you take photographs, please take copies and post them back that will make sure they get delivered back to the people on one of your treks. But it is better to take permission from them before taking photographs. Sometimes they may angry in taking photos without asking them.
Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers you use. Recommendations for tipping guides/porter would range from 5 -7 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service.
We provide one porter for every two travelers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10 Kg per passenger. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla only allows for a personal weight limit of 5 Kg for hand luggage. Some of your luggage can be left in Kathmandu
Definitely not. If you can afford a personal porter it is highly recommended. It gives wages to the people who earn a living for trekking. This is the terrain where they grew up. Hence they make walking up and down mountain look easy.
You don’t to be a marathon runner or training for the Olympics. But you do have to be healthy fit and mentally prepared for trekking in Nepal. Depending on your walking/trekking speeds, you may have to trek for 5 to 7 hours per day on a trek, and no mountaineering skills needed for Nepal trekking.
You will have trek briefing, and meeting with fellow travelers before departure of Trek.
You can book trekking with us from anywhere in the world. Booking can easily be made online using our secure booking engine accessed from each tour page on this website. You can contact our office by phone, fax or by email. Please email us for further information if you are unsure how to book with us.
Mission Eco Trek has been the clear "Mission and Vision" on eco tourism and green tourism since decade long. Through green tourism, we have the experience and the commitment to provide you with the trip of lifetime. We can offer you a quality holiday at an affordable price and we will show you places you could not see while traveling alone.
No, there is any age restriction. We can design trek for children/teenager/ pensioner. For children and pensioner, we offer short and easy trek around Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. For adult and teenager, we offer moderate to hard trek to Everest Base Camp/ Manaslu/ Dolpo/ Mustang/ Annapurna/ Langtang etc.
Don't worry, we make it easy! Most of our first time clients actually grow to love sleeping in the great outdoors. You will sleep in good quality, two men tent which you share with only one other trekkers of same sex. We provide all Trekkers with a thermal sleeping mat. For those who want added comfort, you can bring your own mattress. On lodge/Teahouse Trek, normally single trekkers share rooms with only one other of same sex.
Of course, we arrange all domestic and international flight tickets.
Yes. Insurance is compulsory on all trek regions for your safety. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We have listed a few essentials that you will
have to bring along and when you make your booking we will send you out a full
list of essentials. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance,
air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 1)
Pocket hand warmers (for winters)
Hand sanitizing lotion
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking, Chlorine Dioxide (water purification tablet for water sterilization).
Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased at Kathmandu.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Health requirements arranged
Money: cash/credit card
Swiss army knife
Whistle to attract attention in the event of an emergency.
Spare Boot Laces
Sleeping Bag/Sleep sheet - Four season bag is recommended for high altitude trekking in summers and -20 degrees sleeping bag in winters. Sleeping Bags can be rented in Kathmandu at reasonable rate.
Light weight Towel
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
Ear plugs & eye mask can assist light sleepers
Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best
Nepali phrase book
Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore tex
Sarong a multitude of uses
Bag Liners to waterproof your bags
Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
Running shoes or sandals for evening
Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter. Down jackets can be hired in Kathmandu.
T Shirts 2 or 3
Shirt - Long Sleeved
Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
Thermals upper and lower
Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.
08.30 Start Walking
11.00 Tea/Coffee Break
01.00 Lunch Break
04.00 Reach to Guesthouse.
07.00 Evening Meal.
08.00 Briefing for the Next Day
The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early Dec, then March to mid June, even though you can trek all round the year. June/August is better to do trek in rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpa in Nepal and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
There are telephone and internet in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. We inform daily trekking report to your relatives to home.
other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit Nepal, must hold a valid
passport prior to apply for a Nepal visa. The passport must have six months
validity from the date of arrival. Travelers can obtain a Nepalese visa upon
arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration office. One recent
copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for Tourist Visa to
Nepal. The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on arrival at
any border are as follows:
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40 payable only in USD dollars
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable only in USD dollars
use a mixture of local buses and taxis, private mini buses or cars for city
sightseeing and airport pickups and sometimes land cruisers for journeys into
the mountains, to and from trekking points. The choice of vehicle will also
depend on the size of your group. See the “Price Includes” section for your
trek’s options. All vehicles are maneuverable and flexible enabling us to take
you through the narrow roads of Nepal. We carefully omit to talk about the
crazy, exciting, heart thumping driving that whips you from place to place. Should
you have special transport requests, please contact us.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and while trekking?
We use standard rooms, as per our “Price Includes” section, in Kathmandu. We serve you lodge double room available in the route in sharing basis with other fellow travelers of same se. This service provide as per trekking plan you purchased with us. Lodges are mostly in village which allows you to buy sweets and drinks that we do not carry with us. For Tea House (lodge) trekking you will get a double room, on shared basis, as per your trekking plan.
Most treks are suitable for anyone who is moderately fit. No previous experience is required. To make fit for trekking in Nepal, some physical fitness programs such as regular walking, running, swimming, and hiking are recommended before your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering a trek. Whilst on a trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before you become fully acclimatized to altitude.
Lunch & Dinner each day as per itinerary is included. If you have any
special dietary requirements please inform us beforehand.
Are there any opportunities to shower on trekking in Himalaya?
Hot showers will be available in some lodges at your own expense.
Electricity will not always be available, especially in more remote areas. Carry a second set of charged batteries with you – and don’t forget your adapters! Your guide will know where you will be able to charge your batteries next. But most of the places in Langtang, Annapurna and Everest Trek, you can charge battery but need to pay extra cost.
There are telephones in a few villages along the routes from which you can make international calls. Cell phone reception is not reliable on in the mountains and in many regions not at all. If required, we can supply a satellite phone service. Please inform us if you need this service, which must be at your expense.
In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave the cities behind, you can only use cash. Make sure that you take sufficient Nepalese rupees for your needs in small denominations. In some places, Dollars, Euros and Pounds will be accepted.
It all depends on your spending habits. 15 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, souvenir shopping of local crafts when available and a few drinks. You can buy these things only in certain villages.
Tips are always expected. It is good to tip trekking staff at the end of a trek. The standard recommendation for tipping is for each person in a group of 10 or more persons, tip to the guide US$ 10 per day and each porter US$ 3 per day. For groups of one or two persons and above USD$ 12 per day for guide and USD$ 5 per day for porter is recommended.
Please bring a water bottle to fill with purified water. We will provide you with purified water to each day. So you don’t need anything unless you want to bring your own water purifier (If so, please inform us beforehand). You can also buy mineral water in some villages along the trail.
All stuff what you have, not necessary to take to trekking as this makes your porter extra heavy and things can be lost and damaged during the trek. You can leave such stuff at your Hotel in Kathmandu or our office store. Luggage storage facility is absolutely free of cost.
We plan each trek to depart at our customer’s convenience. Usually, a day or two after you fly into Kathmandu; spend a day or two in the capital, meeting the team, checking on all the gear and then departing after breakfast on the pre-arranged day.
must be valid for at least 6 months after you return from your tour. It needs
to contain few blank pages. Bring minimum five copies of passport size photos
to issue your Nepal visa on arrival which is payable only on USD cash and
trekking permit. Travel insurance; keep a separate photocopy with Mountain Mart
Trek and into your main baggage, Cash, Flight tickets, Emergency contact
numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts, Passport photos: One Nepal
visa at the airport and four for your trekking permit and more photos for a
multiple entry visa for onward trips to your next port.
Visa fees are: US$ 25/40/100 for 15 days/30 days/90 days multiple entry that is payable only in USD cash. Maximum number of days should be included in the section about extending a trek. Departure taxes are included in flight tickets to any destination since 2005.
Yes, our company insures all our trekking staff: guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters.
On a trekking, our porters will take care of your luggage as per the “Price Includes” section. Your porter may carry a maximum of 12kg of luggage per person in a soft bag. A porter carries two trekkers’ bags (25kg). All you need to carry is your small day bag with important personal belongings like camera, water, sun cream, sufficient warm and rain clothing for the day.
Weather in the Himalayas is difficult to predict: expect the unexpected. Nights are generally much cooler than the day. In winter (December to February) nights can be cold when the sun is out while days are beautiful and warm. Snow can fall at any time of the year. Temperatures can range from 15°C to 25°C above 5000m. It is important to stay warm and dry in any conditions – so carry sufficient gear in your pack each day.
providing your group size meets tour agreed minimum, we include a free place
for a leader, company representative and teacher.
16 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for one leader.
25 participants in a group – get free trekking package for two persons.
40 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for three persons.
safety and well-being of our clients is our first priority. Acknowledging that
there are inherent risks in all travel that can never be totally eliminated, we
endeavor to minimize any risks or dangers that have the potential to lead to
any more than reasonable level of physical or emotional distress for our
clients, staff and partners. We aim to do this by:
Ensuring the chosen itinerary is appropriate for your group.
Seeking medical assurance from you that medical advisor prior to trekking departure to ensure all travelers are suitable for the challenge ahead.
Ensuring that our guides are all first aid trained, carries a comprehensive first-aid kit and are fully competent in handling emergency evacuation procedures.
Ensuring that our guides carry mobile or satellite phones: Mobile or satellite phone communication is available on most trekking routes which provide direct access to our company.
Providing a doctor to escort all school trekking groups and on request for charity challenges. Insisting that a complete risk assessment be provided prior travel and trek.
Requiring each client to complete and sign our risk assessment form prior to departure for a trek. Insisting that travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers and trekkers. Insurance documentation to be provided prior to any trek.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along the route we can add days at your request at additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if given sufficient time to make the arrangements.
there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your
main trek. Please browse our trip extension on home page and the following
suggestions offer a few possibilities. Everest Flight: A one hour early
morning flight to see Mt Everest and its surrounding peaks. A ticket includes
the flight plus transfers to and from the airport weather permitting. Trisuli River Rafting: A one or two
day package, including return road transport.
Chitwan Jungle Safari Package:
2 nights 3 days. Longer trips are also available, Kathmandu City Tour, Meditation Tour- 2/3 days, Tibet Tour, Bhutan Tour, India Tour, Volunteering at a School in a Village.
Our cultural tour guides are pretty proficient. The trekking guide (Sirdar) and his assistants speak a reasonable amount of English are good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes or is of interest to you.
We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventurous experience, and this is an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our trek programs. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply
All our trekking programs are classified into three different categories according to the level of altitude & terrain of the trek. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to walk for around 4 - 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. It's definitely not for beginners. Basically, any trek can be challenging. You need to know your body & probably take a medical examination before doing any trek above 5000 meters and/or before doing strenuous treks.
Security of our clients is of foremost & vital importance for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping treks' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in a local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Prevention is always the best kind of cure.
On all our Camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, a dining tent and toilet tent; and all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks, there is no necessity to provide any equipment.
In the event of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we surely believe will not happen; you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the event of your having to be evacuated; please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or u must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform our office about the requirements of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send a name of the sick person and always give the exact location from where the helicopter can airlift you. Our guides will help you on this; do not leave your stationed point even if you are getting better once you have called in the helicopter.
Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than a decade. We enjoy our work.
Yes, we do. If you prefer to travel independently, or with your friends, families and colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe suiting your convenience. The number could range from a group of people that could be minimum 1 and maximum 100 at a time. Costs for private trips can be fixed on the basis of group size, trek area; duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange Trek for single women if required. However, if none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you; you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a solo trip. We can assign a local professional guide, porters etc whom you could trust with your life.
This is an abbreviation for 'Guide Accommodation and Porters' (GAP). This trek option is for those who only want basic support services from us. This is the most economical way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters and trekkers who pay for their meals directly to the local lodge owner. This option works only on certain routes in the Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions where trekking routes are served by the local folks in their tea house or lodges. You pay for your own meals. We take care of all the expenses of our staff.
camping trek we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with
a variety of local and western dishes. Your first meal of the day starts with a
king size breakfast that consists of a choice of porridge, muesli or a cereal
followed by eggs done to your style; it can be an omelet, fried or scrambled
eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked
vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course
meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes
and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is also
provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special
diets are regularly catered for. The cooking crew leaders are able to maintain
very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to
general cleanliness and food preparation. The head cook makes sure that all
food is prepared with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked
and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is
served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are
provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.
On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner. Tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help you with the menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
On camping treks, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium or iodine. On GAP treks, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend that you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.
In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that range from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek, accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are deciding for a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the tea houses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually during peak or busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to sleep in a dormitory; however, the feel of adventure is always there.
You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions. Living up to a physical challenge is always good for you, no matter what. Trekking once a year is always the best regimen for your body's needs; as per recommendations from most health journals throughout the world.
The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.
Yes, you can definitely change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking it over with your guide, provided there are other lodges with good rooms in the vicinity.
We accommodate trekking groups in local lodges available on the trail. As it is not possible to book the rooms days in advance, we send a porter few hours ahead of the group each day to book the rooms.
Our airport representative and a vehicle will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport; in his hand will be a plaque board holding your name clearly written on the board or paper. You can’t lose us.
Obtaining a Nepalese visa on arrival is easier except that you may have to spend some precious time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue. Also, don’t forget to bring cash as ATMs are not available at the airport. Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to arrange a visa for 30 days.
You can get your money exchanged at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you can get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu, visit us for further information.
The weight limit for the trek is 15 kg per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended which we provide. The lighter you are the better for the trails.
You can keep your luggage and valuable items in a locker at the hotel in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Most of the tea houses have electricity facilities during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices on the trail.
You will only have to carry a daypack, which should be a reasonable size to carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, etc. Your other packs are carried by porters. Again we stress on the wisdom of always ‘travel light’.
You can get hot shower services throughout the trip. However, the higher you climb the less pleasant it will be. It’s better to be on the safe side of things.
Altitude mountain sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in the Khumbu region. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! When trekking, its vital to realize that you must always hike at a pace that is convenient to your body…& not to anyone else’s, make sure you feel comfortable when trekking and listen to your body…always. These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
My guide was very kind and had a positive view on everything. He was helpful and knew a lot about the local people and the trekking areas. I highly recommend taking a trekking trip with Mission Eco Trek.