Annapurna Base Camp and Tent Peak – 20 Days
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Annapurna Base Camp and Tent Peak – 20 Days

Tent Peak known as Tarphu Chuli is situated in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary at an elevation of 5,850 meters. The perfect opportunity for those who want to summit a Himalayan peak on a smaller
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  • Trip Code: ATH3281
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Beginners
    For this grade no prior climbing experience is required. Climbers should be in good physical & mental condition and it is highly recommended that they have some backpacking experience. But trekking experience up to the base camp level of any famous peak is the best recommendation. Island Peak, Mera Peak, Tent peak, Yala Peak are the suitable for beginner climbers.
  • Max Altitude: 5,850 m /19188 ft
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghorepani - Chomrong -Annapurna Base Camp -Tent Peak- Ghandruk - Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November

Trip Highlights

  • City tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Impressive Sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill
  • Typical Gurung village along the trekking route
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) Base Camp
  • Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp
  • Summit Tent peak

Trip Information

Tent Peak known as Tarphu Chuli is situated in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary at an elevation of 5,850 meters. The perfect opportunity for those who want to summit a Himalayan peak on a smaller scale than all the other peaks.

Along the local trails, through forests, villages and terraced farmland treating you to unparalleled mountain scenery, giving you an inside experience into the Nepalese life and culture. An interesting climb combining glacier views, face climbing and tip toeing on knife ridges, this mountain offers an unparalleled view of the entire Annapurna Sanctuary. A breathtaking circle of hanging glaciers surrounded by some of the highest peaks on earth. The normal route follows the North-West Ridge to the summit although the mountain has been climbed via the South-East Ridge as well as South-West Face.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 – Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) 7 hours by Tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04 – Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570meters) 3 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Dovan (2,500 m) 5.30 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Deurali (3,200 m). 4 hours Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Trek to Tent peak Base Camp (4,400 m) 5 hours. Overnight at Tented camp.
  • Day 12 – Trek to High Camp (approx 5,000 m). Overnight at Tented camp.
  • Day 13 – Summit (5,850 m) and return to Base Camp. Overnight at Tented camp.
  • Day 14 – Trek to Deurali (3,200 m). 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m). 6 hours Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Trek to Ghandruk(1,950 m) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 17 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) 5 hours and drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 18 – Pokhara City tour. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 19 – Drive to Kathmandu (1,345 m) by Tourist Bus. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 20 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8:00 AM, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa, we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a

After Boudhnath Stupa, we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 3 - Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus- 7 hrs.

Trekking staff will arrive at the hotel at 6:30 a.m. to pick you up for a 7 hour bus trip, which leaves around 7:30 a.m. for Pokhara (900 m).

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 4 - Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) - 3 hrs.

After an hour driving, we begin the trek from Nayapul (1,010m). After a fifteen minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there the trail continues through the village, following the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. It continues steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1,495 m). A short climb brings us to Tikhedunga. Today’s walk provides a short and relatively easy day and the journey familiarizes climbers with the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m)- 6 hrs.

Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at 2,070 meters. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2,250m). We then trek toward Nangethanti (2,460 m). After an hour’s walk, we arrive at Ghorepani.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 6 - Hike up Poon Hill (3,210 m) & trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) - 6 hrs .

Very early in the morning, we begin an hour’s hike to Poon Hill, a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. We’ll spend about an hour here before returning to Ghorepani. After a hot breakfast at the hotel, we trek to Tadapani. Before starting towards Tadapani, we climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). After that, we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7 - Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) - 5 hrs.

The day starts with a steep downhill trail cutting through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through forests until trail eases as we near Gurjung, the village of Gurung people. After this, Chomrong is an easy walk away.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 8 - Trek to Dovan (2,500 m)- 5 hrs.

Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola as we continue the climb to Khuldighar (2,380 m). Here used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) Check Post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, after which the route leads steeply down a bank of rock. It then levels out, running through bamboo thickets on the bottom of the gorge along the west side of the river. We reach Dovan after five and a half hours of walking.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 9 - Trek to Deurali (3,200 m) -4 hrs.

Today only holds four hours of walking because of the high altitude and the risk of snow avalanches in the area, we will be crossing in the next morning. Our day begins with a climb through bamboo and then rhododendron forests, on to Himalayan Hotel and then Hinko Cave. Deurali is located on a ridge above Hinko, through the stretch of trail most subject to avalanches.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10 - Trek to Annapurna base camp (4,130 m) - 5 hrs.

Today the 5 hours trek takes us past the Machhapuchhare base camp. This base is not used to ascend the mountain, as climbing the Machhapuchhare is forbidden. Because it is completely surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. A 2 hours trek from Machhapuchhare takes us to the Annapurna base camp (ABC) at an elevation of 4130 m. There you can view unobstructed sights of spectacular mountain scenery.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11 - Trek to Tent Peak base camp (4,400 m) - 4hrs.

Today we have a 4 hours walk, the slow pace allowing us to acclimatize sufficiently to climb Annapurna. The guide will give important and useful information about climbing Tent Peak  and the next day’s activities. Starting today the accommodation will be tented camps for the next two days, with meals cooked by our professional chef.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12 - Trek to high camp (5,000 m) - 3 hrs.

A day spent acclimatizing and adjusting to the thin air, we take a short trek around the high camp (5,000 m) and prepare for our next morning’s adventure.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13 – Trek to Tent Peak summit (5,850 m) & return to base camp - about 8 to 10 hrs.

Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll make an early morning start up Tent Peak (5,850 m). After a safe trip to the summit, we’ll make our way down and then back to the base camp.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14 - Trek to Deurali (3,200 m)-5 hrs .

We return along the same trail for six hours, dropping down to the bank of Modi Khola and then the small town of Deurali.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15 - Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) - 6 hours.

We follow the same trail for another 6 hours until we reach Chomrong. After Khuldighar we pass an experimental sheep farm, with the trail continuing through rhododendron and bamboo fields.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 16 - Trek to Ghandruk (1,950 m) - 5hrs.

Today’s 5 hours walk begins on flat ground and gradually slopes downhill for an hour. We begin to descend steeply through forests, reaching a field that leads to Kumrong Khola. From here the trail climbs upward, taking us to the Kumrong Danda. From here, a gentle 45 minutes walk leads down to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk is the village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. The Gurung have their own dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. This village is possibly Nepal’s most popular tourist destination, offering beautiful mountain views and easily connected to Pokhara and Kathmandu. We’ll have time for a bit of sightseeing at the village, as well.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 17 - Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) & an hour drive to Pokhara (900 m).

From Ghandruk we walk along the right bank of Modi Khola for 5 hours until we reach Birethanti, considered the most relaxing and enjoyable section of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul (1,010 m) and then an hour drive takes us back to Pokhara.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast and Lunch Included

Day 18 - Sightseeing in Pokhara.

The sightseeing trip will begin at 9 a.m. after breakfast. We’ll visit Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Devi’s Waterfall, a museum, a Tibetan refugee settlement, and Gupteshower Cave. The afternoon will be spent relaxing.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 19- Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m) by Tourist Bus and Farewell Dinner.

We return to the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing your exploration, Kathmandu offers much to see and do, including Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour, and Scenic Everest Flight.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 20 - Transfer to airport for flight departure.

The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included

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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and Camping (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Twin sharing Tea Houses / Lodges, Guesthouses and Tented accommodation during the trek .We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents etc.

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.

  • Climbing Sherpa from Base camp to the summit and back to the base camp.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Tent peak climbing permit.

  • Garbage deposit fee.

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus). Private jeep from Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, somw bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

Climbing gear

The Climbing equipment are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments  at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The Following equipments are essential for climbing Island peak.

  • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum).
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness.
  • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Climbing helmet (optional)

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This trip is not really a technical but you need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb this peak without any previous climbing experience and skills of using climbing equipment but knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, and crampons.

To prepare for a strenuous trip you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency and for multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.

For the night spending in Tent Peak Base Camp and high camp, share tented accommodation is provided (Two Person at each tent). You can book private tent by paying additional cost of USD 200 for the nights you spend in base camp and high camp at Tent peak.

The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

Heating facilities are not available during the camping.

Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

During the night stay in tented camp, our team would provide the very basic tented toilet facility.

All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. During the camping, we will provide you with it. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, USD 45 Per Room Per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

You can book private tent by paying additional cost of USD 200 for the nights you spend during camping.

Most teahouses (lodges) in this trail cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Three meals a day that is breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in this trip during trekking and camping. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
At Tented camp stay while in Tent Peak Base Camp and high camp, our professional cook/ guide will provide you the best veg-delights according to your advice, which is all, included in your trip price.

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses till Chhomrong, which you can buy at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per liter.

Above Chhomrong you have to purify water or buy purified bottle water as the plastics are banned by Annapurna Conservation area therefore they don’t sell plastic bottled mineral water.

During the camping, our professional cook/ guide will provide boiled and purified water during the camping, which is included in the package.

If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with proper running shower, which is not possible at Machhapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp so in these places, water in the bucket will be provided for the shower at the cost of USD 2 to USD 4 per bucket (Roughly one bucket is enough to shower for one person).

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. Also USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are traveling in cooler areas.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)

You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
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Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November are the best time to do this trek.

One of the most unpredictable elements of the Mountains is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk.

Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom, Ncell and Satellite phones in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.

We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.

Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom, NCell and Satellite phones in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

Yes, we do have PAC but it is not necessarily required for the trek, which is around 5,000 m level. If someone requires oxygen cylinder or PAC Bag then it can be hired from our company with extra cost.

It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.

If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.

If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. They carry the Nepal Telecom, Ncell Sim as well as Satellite phone that has good network coverage. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the call back or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too through Ncell and Nepal Telecome when there is network coverage.

Using the Satellite phone would be very expensive. Our guide’s only uses satellite phone to call in our Kathmandu office during the emergency.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

At higher elevation our guides carries portable solar panel, which can be used to charge your phone or camera during the daytime when it’s sunny.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara does provide the free storage services. So, you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly.

If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible where as if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org