Annapurna Sanctuary Heli Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Heli Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Heli Trek

Moderate
12 Days 11 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Annapurna
  • Type:
    Heli Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
    4150m
  • Activity:
    Heli Treks
  • Group size:
    9-8
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  • Annapurna Sanctuary Heli Trek takes us through the different villages towards the southern face of Annapurna base camp. Trekking along the Modi Khola gorge leads you to the panorama of vast mountains. The diverse culture in this region makes this 12 days trek all the more interesting as you pass by the gorgeous Himalayas including Annapurna 1, Gangapurna and Fishtail looking straight at you as you head towards the highest altitude at the Annapurna Base Camp at 4179m.

    The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 20 minutes through the scenic views of the Himalayas so we would suggest picking the seats on the right side for the better views of the Himalayas. The trek follows the traditional route from Birenthati to where you will drive after arriving at the Pokhara airport.

    Trip Highlights

    • 10 days trek that approaches the high Himalayan peaks.
    • The spectacular atmosphere of the glacial circus of the Annapurnas sanctuary.
    • Exciting 20 minutes Heli flight back to Pokhara.

    What is included

    • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
    • 4 Nights hotel Kathmandu in Gokarna Resort  on BB Twin Room
    • 2 nights Ker & Downey Comfort Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • 5 nights Normal Local Lodge on FB Twin Room.
    • Flight: KTM-Pokhara-KTM with Airport Tax .
    • Heli Flight : Annapurna Base Camp-Pokhara.
    • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee.
    • 1 English speaking Leader.
    • 1 porter-every two members.
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages & food.
    • Farewell Dinner in KTM.

    What is not included

    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
    • Any personal nature expenses.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required.
    • Tips for Staffs.
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Evening time can be spent taking a tour in busy Thamel Street or just enjoying your beer in the hotel garden.
      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 2

      Free Day in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      Your free day in Kathmandu today can be used relaxing in the hotel or taking an optional day sightseeing to the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu.
      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 3

      Fly to Pokhara

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: Sanctuary Lodge
      After breakfast and depending on your booked flight timing, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal for the scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes providing spectacular views of Langtang, Manasalu and Annapurna ranges. Once in Pokhara, our crew along with private vehicle will meet you at the airport. From here you will drive to Birenthati which is about 2-hour drive where we spend overnight in the comfortable Ker and Downey Lodge. (1025m).
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: Sanctuary Lodge
    • Day 4

      Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek

      Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge
      Breakfast will be ready at the dining room. After breakfast, you will leave the lodge to start the trek through the scattered small farms. Following the Modi Khola and with constant view of Mt. Machhapuchhre ahead, you will soon climb the valley towards the mountains. Passing through the rice fields and forest, you will arrive at the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk early afternoon to a hot lunch that is served on arrival as you enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Massif.
      Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge
    • Day 5

      Trek to Chhomrong ((2170m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      The trail climbs through a forest up to a clearing on top of a hill. Then it makes a steep descent through forests into a huge canyon before climbing again through forests with nice terraced fields. Then it switchbacks before climbing uphill till Taglung (2000m). The trail becomes wider from here before finally dropping down to Chomrong.

      Overnight in local lodge.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 6

      Trek to Dovan (2500m) – 5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast the trek starts with the trail descending on a stone staircase and crossing the Chomrong Khola then climbs through deep rhododendron and bamboo forests reaching Dovan, a small village with scattered lodges.

      Overnight in local lodge.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 7

      Trek to Deurali (3200m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      The muddy trail goes up along the Modi Khola then on a rocky trail through forests to reach a cave at Hinku. A steep climb up through the forest brings us to Hinku Cave from where the trails goes down towards the river and finally brining us back to Deurali. Take a moment to enjoy the magical views of the valley along the sparse vegetation along with the majestic waterfalls dropping off the rock-face cliff.

      Overnight in local lodge.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 8

      Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      The route climbs alongside a moraine up to a knoll over the mountain side. There are tremendous views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna I that towers above the sanctuary. As we head further towards the Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base camp, the vegetation gets lesser and the mountains get closer.

      Overnight in local lodge.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 9

      Excursion Day in Annapurna Base Camp (4150m)

      We spend one more day in Annapurna Base Camp to enjoy the views of the mountains and make and excursion to the nearby glaciers and return to our lodge for overnight.
    • Day 10

      Heli Flight to Pokhara and Conneting Flight to Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      We take an early morning spectacular Heli flight to Pokhara and catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu.

      Overnight in Hotel.
      Meals: B
    • Day 11

      Free Day in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      You can spend your free day in Kathmandu relaxing at the garden of the hotel sipping chilled beer or enjoying the spa or just swimming in the heated swimming pool of the hotel.
      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 12

      Final Departure

      Meals: B
      Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport checks in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

      Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
      Meals: B
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body

    • Selection T-shirts and long sleeved shirts
    • Thermal shirts for cold area
    • Warm shirts possibility fleece for cold areas
    • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
    • Wind/water proof jacket
    • Down Jacket for 5000m altitude
    • Inner Vests
    • Under wears
    • Raincoat

    Foot Wear

    • 1 Pair walking boots (Trekking Shoes)
    • Trainer or casual shoes for trekking/travelling
    • Warm socks for colder areas
    • Gaiters in case of rain or snow

    Log wear

    • Loose casual trouser for trekking
    • Thermal leggings for cold area
    • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
    • Water proof trousers

    Wash Kit

    • 1 Wash bag with zipped
    • 2 Toothpaste
    • 1 Toothbrush
    • 1 Face washes soap in box antibacterial
    • Cotton bud
    • 1 Razor
    • 1 Nail clippers

    Miscellaneous

    • 1 Sun lotion
    • 1 Lip balm
    • 1 Head lamp
    • 1 Diry book for personal memoranda
    • 2 Pen or pencil
    • 1 Water bottle 1 ltr.
    • 1 small knife
    • 1 head light

    Pack

    • 1- Small Day pack (Rucksack)
    • 1-Duffel bag

    Others

    • Your choice of Camera
    • Binocular
    • Swimming Custom for Kathmandu
    • Extra clothes for Kathmandu

    Recommended for Mountaineering Equipment list for TREKKING PEAKS

    • Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots
    • Gaitors & crampons
    • Fleece trouser or salopettes
    • Climbing gloves
    • Ice axe, ski pole, Harness, Karabiners , ropes, crampons
    • Snow googols, Desender/abseil device, Asender , Tapes

    Head/Hand wear

    • 1 Fleece or woollen hat
    • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
    • 1 Sun glasses or goggles
    • Warm gloves
  • Accommodation

    This tour spends three nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and six nights on the trek in lodges (tea houses).

    In Kathmandu, we normally use a 3-star hotel located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in tea houses for the most part. The tea houses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.

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  • Overview

    Annapurna Sanctuary Heli Trek takes us through the different villages towards the southern face of Annapurna base camp. Trekking along the Modi Khola gorge leads you to the panorama of vast mountains. The diverse culture in this region makes this 12 days trek all the more interesting as you pass by the gorgeous Himalayas including Annapurna 1, Gangapurna and Fishtail looking straight at you as you head towards the highest altitude at the Annapurna Base Camp at 4179m.

    The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 20 minutes through the scenic views of the Himalayas so we would suggest picking the seats on the right side for the better views of the Himalayas. The trek follows the traditional route from Birenthati to where you will drive after arriving at the Pokhara airport.

    Trip Highlights

    • 10 days trek that approaches the high Himalayan peaks.
    • The spectacular atmosphere of the glacial circus of the Annapurnas sanctuary.
    • Exciting 20 minutes Heli flight back to Pokhara.

    What is included

    • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
    • 4 Nights hotel Kathmandu in Gokarna Resort  on BB Twin Room
    • 2 nights Ker & Downey Comfort Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • 5 nights Normal Local Lodge on FB Twin Room.
    • Flight: KTM-Pokhara-KTM with Airport Tax .
    • Heli Flight : Annapurna Base Camp-Pokhara.
    • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee.
    • 1 English speaking Leader.
    • 1 porter-every two members.
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages & food.
    • Farewell Dinner in KTM.

    What is not included

    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
    • Any personal nature expenses.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required.
    • Tips for Staffs.
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Evening time can be spent taking a tour in busy Thamel Street or just enjoying your beer in the hotel garden.
    Meals: B
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 2 : Free Day in Kathmandu

    Your free day in Kathmandu today can be used relaxing in the hotel or taking an optional day sightseeing to the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu.
    Meals: B
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 3 : Fly to Pokhara

    After breakfast and depending on your booked flight timing, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal for the scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes providing spectacular views of Langtang, Manasalu and Annapurna ranges. Once in Pokhara, our crew along with private vehicle will meet you at the airport. From here you will drive to Birenthati which is about 2-hour drive where we spend overnight in the comfortable Ker and Downey Lodge. (1025m).
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: Sanctuary Lodge

    Day 4 : Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek

    Breakfast will be ready at the dining room. After breakfast, you will leave the lodge to start the trek through the scattered small farms. Following the Modi Khola and with constant view of Mt. Machhapuchhre ahead, you will soon climb the valley towards the mountains. Passing through the rice fields and forest, you will arrive at the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk early afternoon to a hot lunch that is served on arrival as you enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Massif.
    Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge

    Day 5 : Trek to Chhomrong ((2170m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek

    The trail climbs through a forest up to a clearing on top of a hill. Then it makes a steep descent through forests into a huge canyon before climbing again through forests with nice terraced fields. Then it switchbacks before climbing uphill till Taglung (2000m). The trail becomes wider from here before finally dropping down to Chomrong.

    Overnight in local lodge.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 6 : Trek to Dovan (2500m) – 5 Hrs Trek

    After breakfast the trek starts with the trail descending on a stone staircase and crossing the Chomrong Khola then climbs through deep rhododendron and bamboo forests reaching Dovan, a small village with scattered lodges.

    Overnight in local lodge.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 7 : Trek to Deurali (3200m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek

    The muddy trail goes up along the Modi Khola then on a rocky trail through forests to reach a cave at Hinku. A steep climb up through the forest brings us to Hinku Cave from where the trails goes down towards the river and finally brining us back to Deurali. Take a moment to enjoy the magical views of the valley along the sparse vegetation along with the majestic waterfalls dropping off the rock-face cliff.

    Overnight in local lodge.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 8 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek

    The route climbs alongside a moraine up to a knoll over the mountain side. There are tremendous views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna I that towers above the sanctuary. As we head further towards the Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base camp, the vegetation gets lesser and the mountains get closer.

    Overnight in local lodge.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 9 : Excursion Day in Annapurna Base Camp (4150m)

    We spend one more day in Annapurna Base Camp to enjoy the views of the mountains and make and excursion to the nearby glaciers and return to our lodge for overnight.

    Day 10 : Heli Flight to Pokhara and Conneting Flight to Kathmandu

    We take an early morning spectacular Heli flight to Pokhara and catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu.

    Overnight in Hotel.
    Meals: B

    Day 11 : Free Day in Kathmandu

    You can spend your free day in Kathmandu relaxing at the garden of the hotel sipping chilled beer or enjoying the spa or just swimming in the heated swimming pool of the hotel.
    Meals: B
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 12 : Final Departure

    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport checks in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

    Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
    Meals: B
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

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    Equipment Checklist

    Body

    • Selection T-shirts and long sleeved shirts
    • Thermal shirts for cold area
    • Warm shirts possibility fleece for cold areas
    • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
    • Wind/water proof jacket
    • Down Jacket for 5000m altitude
    • Inner Vests
    • Under wears
    • Raincoat

    Foot Wear

    • 1 Pair walking boots (Trekking Shoes)
    • Trainer or casual shoes for trekking/travelling
    • Warm socks for colder areas
    • Gaiters in case of rain or snow

    Log wear

    • Loose casual trouser for trekking
    • Thermal leggings for cold area
    • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
    • Water proof trousers

    Wash Kit

    • 1 Wash bag with zipped
    • 2 Toothpaste
    • 1 Toothbrush
    • 1 Face washes soap in box antibacterial
    • Cotton bud
    • 1 Razor
    • 1 Nail clippers

    Miscellaneous

    • 1 Sun lotion
    • 1 Lip balm
    • 1 Head lamp
    • 1 Diry book for personal memoranda
    • 2 Pen or pencil
    • 1 Water bottle 1 ltr.
    • 1 small knife
    • 1 head light

    Pack

    • 1- Small Day pack (Rucksack)
    • 1-Duffel bag

    Others

    • Your choice of Camera
    • Binocular
    • Swimming Custom for Kathmandu
    • Extra clothes for Kathmandu

    Recommended for Mountaineering Equipment list for TREKKING PEAKS

    • Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots
    • Gaitors & crampons
    • Fleece trouser or salopettes
    • Climbing gloves
    • Ice axe, ski pole, Harness, Karabiners , ropes, crampons
    • Snow googols, Desender/abseil device, Asender , Tapes

    Head/Hand wear

    • 1 Fleece or woollen hat
    • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
    • 1 Sun glasses or goggles
    • Warm gloves
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This tour spends three nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and six nights on the trek in lodges (tea houses).

    In Kathmandu, we normally use a 3-star hotel located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in tea houses for the most part. The tea houses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.


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