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Tips For Trip

  • 1 pair strong, comfortable hiking boots
  • 1 Medium/Large rucksack/ backpack 
  • (max weight when loaded & carried by porter- 15 kg.)
  • 1 sleeping bag- down-filling to zero cent or lower depending on trip altitude
  • 1 day pack: +/- 10 litters
  • 1Down jacket or all –weather Anorak-long(not short) with hood
  • 1 Warm wooly hat
  • Gloves- quality and warmth subject to altitude and season
  • Sun-glasses-essential above snow –line
  • Sun-block/ Sun –Screen lotion(30-50 SPF) –essential for light-skinned people
  • 1 Fleece or warm sweater
  • 1 Sweat –shirt/light sweater
  • Towel-cotton, medium
  • Torch/flash-light-with additional batteries
  • Shirts- long-sleeved, cotton and/ or thermal  Tshirts
  • Trousers-2 pairs( warm or light –weight depending on trek altitude)
  • Short- 1 pair, cotton ( easy-dry)
  • Socks-2 pairs thick wool, 2 pair thin cotton
  • Underwear- various (& pracal)
  • Wind/water – proof zip-up jacket( nearly knee-length with hood)
  • Sport –shoes/sandals- light-weight
  • Personal toiletries/washing kit-item bio-degrade where possible
  • Basis band –Aid / moleskin/ blister kit
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Toilet paper ( for day-time- use)

Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu?Arrive Kathmandu, Our tour leader will be at the airport with our company’s logo. Once you will met the leader you will be warmly welcomed and will be transferred via chartered vehicle to the hotel in Kathmandu which will require approx. half an hour’s drive through roads and intricate streets. And after check-in at the hotel and refreshing, you will be briefed regarding your hotel, its surrounding areas and your wonderful tour itself. Included accommodation: Guest house in Thamel
    Included meal: No
    Mode of transport: Chartered vehicle
  • Day 02:  Drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur ?We leave Kathmandu and head for Bandipur, first by local bus and then by Jeep; stopping along the way at Dumre (approx.5 hrs). Located high on a ridge (1,000 m) above the road to Pokhara lies this little-known Newari trading village.
    At the eastern part of the town is the pagoda-roofed Bindabasini temple which acts as the abode of the goddess Durga, Bandipur's guardian deity. The rich wooden carvings and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu Valley.
    Bandipur is still not in many travellers 'to visit' list, so the likelihood of meeting fellow travellers is still very minimal. The views are stupendous, as is the warm local welcome. There is a terrace opposite the hotel in the main street from where you can view the other side of the valley and watch the goings on of the village - a great place to enjoy an afternoon drink. In front of the guesthouse is a café and bar serving simple, delicious meals from locally sourced organic ingredients. Be prepared for simple lodgings and food, but more importantly the genuine friendliness of the locals and the simply stunning views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges - the hallmark of this region. Bandipur is a basic village but the surrounding countryside makes for great walks and all the locals will want to talk to you and guide you on your way.
    Our accommodation for the night is a restored village mansion in the heart of the old bazaar. The rooms here are simple but cosy in traditional style with dim lighting, old wooden doors and thick brick walls. The timber and red brick building with carved beams and staircases has pleasant twin and double rooms in traditional style with separate shared facilities (towels provided, separate ladies'/gents' blocks)
  • Day 03:  Drive from Bandipur to besi Sahar and take local jeep to Bhulbhule and start trek to Bahundanda (1310m) Walking time approx 6 hours?We immerse ourselves in the spectacular mountain wilderness that encompasses the Annapurna region. At 8,091 m, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing, creating magnificent panoramas from any viewpoint. Throughout the trek we come across isolated mountain communities, each with different ancestral customs and traditions, resulting in not only a visually superb expedition but also a culturally rich one. We meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on the grassy pastures and visit their monasteries and temples. We pass waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, walk along broad plains and hike up high mountain passes. Our accommodation along the way is at local lodges, better known as teahouses, where accommodation is comfortable without being luxurious, toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary, and the food is plain and filling. In a teahouse, we are provided with small private rooms with twin beds, mattresses and pillows. At times, in high seasons, and in places where there are a limited number of teahouses, we may have some nights in dormitories. In some places, teahouses don't have access to electricity and depend on solar powered lighting. In remoter regions, teahouses don't have running water and toilets can mean just a hole in the ground. 
    Hot shower facilities are available in the majority of the teahouses for a price although in most of the places, a hot shower means a bucket of hot water!We will Drive to Besisahar (1.5hrs approx). Immediately on the the trail that takes you through Besisahar bazaar leading downstream, followed by the climb up the rocky steps. There are several ups and downs as the trail makes its way through sub-tropical forests and rice paddies of Sera. Further along, traverse a long saggy suspension bridge across Khudi Khola and arrive at Bhulbule. Resume on the trail that traverses the Marshyangdi River on a long, feeble suspension bridge as Bhulbule is left behind. Once the Ngadi River is crossed, the trail gently leads upwards through scrub forests and across landslides for a short distance, which then leads to few teashops and cold-drink stalls located opposite the rice paddies of Lampata, eventually leading to Bahundanda (hill of the Brahmins), an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge . Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No
  • Day 04:   trek from Bahundanda to Chamje  (1430m)Walking time approx 6 hour?Chamje is our destination for day 3 and our walking time will be approximately
    6 – 7 hours (altitude: 1430m )Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No.
  • Day 05:trek from chamje  to Chame(2100m)Walking  time approx 7 hour?Marking the end of the great Marsyangdi gorge, make a steep climb to Timang, then the trail settles into gentler slopes as the vegetation transforms from dense pine forests to drier slopes. The district headquarters of Manang, Chame, is the largest settlement after Besisahar.Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No.
  • Day 06:trek from chame to pisang(2710m)walking time approx 6 hour? There are two Pisangs; one upper and one lower Pisang. We will be staying at lower Pisang and we pay a visit to upper Pisang. From upper Pisang you can explore the mountain on upper Pisang. The village is very old. It takes 40 minutes to reach upper Pisang from low Pisang. We will be walking for approximately 5 hours altitude: 3200m. )Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No.
  • Day 07: trek from pisang to manang(3200m)walking time approx 5 hour? Trek the northern trail , an area renowned for its spectacular views. It is now drier and you are sure to come across local farmers herding yaks. .Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No.
  • Day 08: In manang(3540m)- Acclimatiztion Day walking time approx 3 hour?Manang is a compact collection of flat-roofted house separated by narrow alleyways. There are many ways for both easy and strenuous day excursions from Manang.It is possible to climb the ridge to the north of the village to Ice Lake with the superb view of Annapurnas.
    Surroundings Manang is very arid but enough facilities for everything, water supply, hot shower, electricity,The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a post here,with a doctor in attendance throughout trekking season. Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No
  • Day 09: trek from Manang to yak kharka (4018m)walking time approx around 5 hour?Yak Kharke. Our walking time will be approximately 5 hours. This will be our rest point and you will have free time to explore (altitude: 4018m .Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No.
  • Day 10: trek from yak kharka to phedi (4450m)walking time approx. 5  hour?Due to the altitude, we'll take the next section of the climb at a leisurely pace, which means we'll have time to admire the magnificent views from this part of the route. Once at Phedi, there will be plenty of time to rest and acclimatise to the higher elevations ready for the next part of the climb where we will encounter the Thorung La Pass. Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No
  • Day 11: trek from phedi to muktinath (3800m)walking time approx. 8-9 hour?Throng-La Pass. This will be our last day, reaching the magnificent Throng-La Pass. We will be staying on the other side of Throng-La Pass at Muktinath (altitude: 3760m). Congratulations! We have now reached the world’s highest pass (5416 m in height). Muktinath is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus.Many people go to pay homage at Muktinath,every year .Included accommodation: Tea house.
    Included meal: No.
  • Day 12: trek from muktinath to jomsom (2800m) walking time approx. 7 hour?Veer off the main trekking trail to make a side trip to an ancient village of Purang. Further up from the village, continue to take the less frequented route going past another village with a medieval feel to it, Jhong. From Jhong, descend to the Jhing Khola (river) following the course which we emerge on to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we rejoin the Annapurna circuit route to make a gradual descent through scenic, desert-like terrain, past charming villages and following the windy riverbed to Jomsom.
  • Day 13: fly from jomsom to pokhara (820m)?Early morning flight to Pokhara (20mins).
    We toast our achievement over a celebratory dinner in the character-filled Nepalese town of Pokhara (820 m). Pokhara is a peaceful lakeside location which rests beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range. Sip on a cold brew and gaze up at the dramatic pass that you have just conquered. There are plenty of lakeside cafes where you can enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs.
    Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. Take time to wander around the town and get to know its friendly residents.
    Our simple hotel in Pokhara is set 100m back from Fewa Lake and with a back-drop of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail mountain) rising beyond. It has twin-bedded rooms with attached bath and a hot shower facility.Included accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
    Included meal: No
    Mode of transport: Chartered vehicle
  • Day 14:Drive from  pokhara to Kathmandu(1350m)?We return to Kathmandu by tourist bus (approx. 7 hours including stops) for further sightseeing or for some last minute shopping for friends and family at home. The options are plentiful - Kathmandu has many markets where Nepali specialties include clothes, embroidery, carpets and ceramics. On arrival in Kathmandu we'll check back into the Kathmandu Guest House. Included accommodation: Guest House in KathmanduIncluded meal: No
    Mode of transport: Tourist Bus.
  • Day 15 :Kathmandu final departure?You will be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

 

Includes

airport pick up and drop,welcome dinner,accomodation in 3 star 2 nights(kathmandu),all ground trasportation as per the itinerary,all nnecessary staff with experienced english speaking leader (guide)assistant and sherpa porter to carry luggage including their salary insurance food and lodging during trekking,all necessary paper works:trekking permits conservation permits,all govermment and local taxes

Excludes

nepal visa fee,foods and drinks,international airfare,extra night accommodation in kathmandu because of early arrival late departure early return from mountain(due to any reason)than the scheduled itinarary,travel insurance and rescue,personal expenses(phone cal laundry bar bill extra porter),tips for guides and porter

Trip Notes

Nepalese Visa

All foreigners must  have  a  visa. Nepali  embassies and consulates overseas  issue  visas without any difficulties. You can also get on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Kathmandu’s International Airport or at road borders:Nepaljung,Birjung ,raxaul,Sunali ,Kodari .

You will need a passport photo to get visa in Kathmandu Airport or other border places.It costs $25 for a 15 days and $ 40 for a  30 days visa even USD 100 for 90 days. If you’ll be in Nepal more than 15 days you are better off getting a 30 day visa on arrival.

It’s really a good idea to keep a number of passport photos with your passport so they are immediately handy for trekking permits,visa applications and other official documents.

Travel insurance & Emergency Funds

Emergency Fund during your travel, please make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $ 300 or equivalent , as an “Emergency” fund to be used when circumstances outside your control (ex, a natural disaster ) require a change to our planned route also and this is a rare occurrence during the trips.

Travel insurance : Travel insurance is compulsory in order to  participate on any ExGuides Treks Trips. When you travelling with us , you will not to be permitted to join the tour until confirmation of travel insurance has been sighed by ExGuides Tour Guide /Leader, who will take Note of your insurance details. Please when you selecting a travel insurance policy please keep in mind that all  your medical and accident rescue coverage and that we suggest a minimum coverage of USD $ 200,000 for repatriation and emergency ( this is only if you do trekking , peak climbing and expeditions, but if you do  ExGuide tours we require travel insurance only ) we strongly rcommend that the policy also covers personal liability , cancellation , curtailment and loss of your luggage and personal effects.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the your trip (receipt of credit card statement) with credit card in your Name. please do contact your bank for details of their participating insurer the level of  coverage and emergency contact telephone Number.

Exchange money

Exchange money : the official currency of Nepal is Nepali Rupees (NPR). If would like take a ATMs can only be found in kathmandu specially in thamel many ATMs place, pokhara  and bhaktpur. the money exchange facilities are available in kathmandu (thamel , patan mostly tourist place) pokhara (around lake side) , bhaktapur and chitwan( only ourside the park). The  nepal’s government banned the import and export and use of 500 and 1000 indina Ruppe Note in Nepal . While traveller’s cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a long process  and commission can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas On weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring traveller’s cheques please make sure they are a major brand and major currency.

Spending money: all traveller are different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some one travellers may drinks more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than participating in optional activities and tipping.

Health and physical condition

Physical condition : trekking has been since long established in Nepal and providing beautiful views in a natural landscape. When you trekking , can be difficult in parts with a lot of uphill and downhill even climbing. But within the capabilities of any healthy person with an established level of walking and fitness. Often stubbornness helps. Walking at your own pace-slow and steady is the way to go being fit or unfit is not the main control here , it is how you deal with mountain altitude. Please never do not RUSH! Go slowly –plod on at a steady pace , pause , sadnting to resting also do not sit too aften it’s harder to get going again and again. Even please don’t care about whether others are ahead ! the walking path is clear , your Guides keep track of where you are . there is plently of times so walk at your pace regardless of how far behind you may think you are. Always remember the sun is intense wear sunscreen and sunglasses it is colder than you think , especially in the wind if you take off layers whilst during walking make sure to put them on again as soon as you stop or are in the shade so , don’t wait to get cold.

If you have any doubts of you are not sure if a trekking is suitable for you please do not hesitate to ask us for advice before you take your final trips booking decision.

Health and safety (Acute mountain sickness AMS)

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) : Though All ExGuides Treks itineraries are designed to allow adepuate enough acclimatization during your trekking in Himalayas , you are likey to feel the effect of altitude sickness (AMS) and oxygen deprivation whlist on the trekking. If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority or people to notice the effect of being at high altltude and while most will only feel discomfort , it is not uncommon for small number of people to need extra care  which will we provided by our Guides and local staff. All our ExGuides trips that spend time at high altitude follow our standered altitude safety measures.

A number of medical conditions or medications are can also reduce your body’s ability to acclimatize and thus will affect your performance at high altitude himalayas and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are so worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g heart problem) or unsure of your physical ability , you have to seek medical advice  prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as diamox that may help aid acclimatization during your trekking. Please Note that while we  try to assist all our valueable clients in achieving their Goal even Dream. But  there are maybe times your Guides makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms on trekking health and safety is most important. All our trips are Running and leading by an experienced , (Expert of tours , trekking and climbing ) English Speaking Local Guides and assistants who will help with the daily logistics.

How to prevent AMS

It’s always good to know that best way to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually . above an altitude of 3,000 meter (10,000 ft) you should not ascend more than 500 meter  in a day. If due to the itinerary this not possible a rest day to acclimatize recommended by ExGuide Treks.keep in mind please that different people will acclimatize at different rates. Acclimatization of often accompanied by fluid loss , so you always need to lots drinks of fluid to remain properly hydrated (at least 3-4 quarts per day. Also urine output should be copious and clear like water. Please take it easy , don’t  over –exert yourself when you first get up to altitude in Himalayas. Light activity during day is better than sleeping because respiration decrease during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms. Always avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs including  tranquilizer and sleeping pills . there are depressants futher decrease the respiratory drive during sleeping resulting in a worsening of the symptoms. Please eat well foods and eat a high carbohydrate diet ( more than 70% of your calories from carbohydrates) when you while at altitude. If begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude illness , please do not go higher until symtoms decrease of symptoms are increase , you should go down , down, down!

Preventive Medication

Diamox : Diamox allow you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen , thereby minimizing the symptoms casue by poor oxygenation. This Diamox is especially helpful to start at night when respiratory drive is decrease. Since takes while for Diamox to have an effect. It’s a advisable to start taking it 24 hrs before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days higher altitude, and this is recommendation of the Himalayan rescue association medical clinic is 125 mg. twice a day one in the morning and one at night.diamox started dose  is 250 mg  , when you take Diamox you may get possible side effects include tingling of the lips and finger tips , blurring of vision and alteration of taste. Please never , and never try to take more than 250 mg Diamox in once. After taking Diamox please drink lots and lots water it does help a lot.

First aid kit

We would like to basic list to cover the more common ailment that affect trekkers. climbing group , expeditions and all trekkers going to isolated areas will need a more  comprehensive kit.

  • Plaster /band-aids
  • Lodine or water filter (optional)
  • Moleskin/second skin for blister
  • Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  • Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptis)
  • Aspirin
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Antibiotic for guardia of similar microbe
  • Diamox 250 mg(for altitude sickness)
  • Sterile syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  • Gel and cleaner

(For more AMS information please visit our site at health and safety)

General health Advice : it is always good to consult with your doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure for your trip. When you selecting you trip please carefully read the itinerary ans assess your ability to handle with our style of travel.

Climate /weather

If you are looking for when to trekking in Nepal or which month is best ? please visit our website at “when to trekking in Nepal”

Food and accommodation        

Eating is a big part of traveling. When travelling with ExGuides you experience the local food . while arrival ,we always provide you WELCOME DINNER. While trekking we are usually satying in  so call tea house. A tea houses are the combination of guest houses , restaurant and social hang out. Private rooms (twin basis) are available in most tea houses , except for high altitudes onces where it will be just dormitories. The tea houses are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided from tea houses. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. It depend on trekking region and trekking place.most of tea houses have running water facility and many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on the weather. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge , warmed by the Bukhara stove  and tea house normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. Most tea houses got solar lighting in dining.

Tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances –mobile phone and cameras and there maybe a small charge amount for this.

During a tea houses trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the tea houses where you stayed and lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side resturants. Every tea houses serves the traditional nepali meals Dal Bhat (rice and lentils) as well as a varity of different food item such as rice , vegetable , noodles , patatos and soup.also different varity food items such as a pizza , pasta and French fries. For soft drink, snacksand beer are available in most of the tea houses and trails side resturants. And of course always milk tea is served everywhere in tea houses trekking. for the food budget on the trek Per person approx USD 350 (this amount  it can be exchange in nepali currency for the food and drink during trekking

Tipping

Tipping at the end of your trip : if you are happy with the services provided a tip- though not compulsory –is appropritate. While it may not be customary to you. it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your trips and inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destination. We recommend that tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group , rather than collected ans passed on by group leader. We suggest following amount are based on local considerations and feedback from our past traveller, hotel porter :NPR 50-100 is adequate for porters that assist you with bags to your room. Restaurant : please check the bill if there’s an addition of 10% service charge , no requirement ofr tipping , otherwise 5-10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.

Your Trip leader/ Guide: throughout your trip you may at times have a local Guide in addition to your Trip leader. We suggest USD 3-5 per person , per day for your trip Leader /Guide (including city tour Guide , jungle Guide , rafting Guide , and your Trip leader/ Guide).

Assistance Guide : throughout your trip you may at times have a local Guide in addition to your assistance Guide. We suggest , per head client , per day , Per assistance Guide USD 2-3

Porter : throughout your trip you may at times have a porter in addition to your porter. We suggest ,per head client,  per day Per porter Usd 2-3. ( normally two client luggage one porter will carry. ) , but make sure that your trip leader /Guide should get more tips than porter. If you need any advice please you can always free to ask your trip leader /Guide.

Some general rules

Respect Culture : ExGuide philosophy of travel is one of respect toward everyone we encounter , and in particul our local people who make the world special place it is.

Disclaimer

All our trips are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other factors outside of ExGuides’s control. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the years. Something changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation route. Ths is can be happen with little noice so please be prepared for more modification to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from timing to timing.