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Annapurna in Luxury – 9 Days

Annapurna in Luxury – 9 Days

Be a part of the beautiful Himalayas, explore the typical Nepali villages of Annapurna Region in comfort and style with our trek Annapurna in Luxury.
  • Trip Code: ATH15917
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Demanding
    Between Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
  • Max Altitude: 1,940 m/6,364 ft
  • Activity: Sight-seeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu-Pokhara-Ghandruk-Pokhara-Kathmandu

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

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Scenic flight to Pokhara
  • Sightseeing and exploration at Pokhara
  • Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk village
  • Walking through colorful rhododendron forests
  • Magnificent views of the mighty Annapurnas
  • Explore the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara
  • Stay at the finest accommodation

Trip Information

Annapurna in luxury suits the best for all those willing to travel through the beautiful Himalayas in comfort. This trek is of moderate level and does not demand any stress throughout. The accommodation is easy, comfortable and lavish in five star hotels at Kathmandu and Pokhara and the most luxurious guesthouses in the trekking regions. Unlike other trips, this Annapurna in luxury trek considers the comfort and convenience of all our clients.

The second day is spent in Kathmandu valley, sightseeing at famous cities of Patan and Kathmandu. The visit of the UNESCO world heritage sites will be a good starter. On the third day the trip takes you to Pokhara and finally the trek begins. The treks through the rhododendron forests, oak and maple trees and the Himalayas that accompanies all around are truly exciting. The guesthouses at the trails will be of utmost comfort and provides all the facilities possible.

The variation in landscapes, flora, fauna, culture and the ethnic communities is easily noticeable and is beautiful. The villages, terraced farmland, the Himalayan ranges from Ghandruk, Landruk are extremely pleasing and the rhododendron forests rich and luscious. The Annapurna in luxury trip is therefore a dream come true for the trekkers seeking for the opportunity to walk to the mountains of the Annapurna Region as well as the comfort the hotels and the guesthouses can offer.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 –  Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,345 m) and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 – Whole day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hyatt hotel or similar class in Kathmandu.
  • Day 03 – Fly to Pokhara (Altitude: 827m, 35 Mins flight) in the morning. Trek to Majgaon (1,400 m) – 1.5 hours. Overnight at Gurung / Mala Lodge or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Landruk (1,620 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at La Bee Lodge or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at Himalaya Lodge or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Birethanti (1,039 m) – 4 hours. Drive back to Pokhara – 1 hour. Overnight at Shangri La Village Resort or similar class Hotel.
  • Day 07 – Full day guided sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at Shangri La Village Resort (Pokhara) or similar class Hotel.
  • Day 08 –  Morning Flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hyatt hotel or similar class in Kathmandu.
  • Day 09 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.
Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,345 m) and transfer to your hotel

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

Note: Either on Day 01 or 02 depending upon you arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and 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. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class in Kathmandu. No meals included.

Day 02 – Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

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

Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class in Kathmandu. No meals included.

Day 03 – Morning flight to Pokhara (Altitude: 827m, 30 Mins flight). Trek to Majgaon (1,400 m) – 1.5 hours.

The morning flight of 30 minutes takes you to the beautiful city of lakes and the second popular tourist destination of Nepal, Pokhara. The flight offers magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges and the snowcapped peaks. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be taken to Lumle, the starting point of the trek. The drive will be of an hour and you will be taken in a private vehicle. After walking for around 45 minutes, we reach the beautiful Chandrakot village. You can take a glance and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan ranges, the Fishtail and the Annapurna South and rest form few minutes. The walk further continues towards the Gurung village called as Majgaon. Only walking for another 45 minutes we reach the luxurious Guesthouse where our night is to be spent.

The rest of the time at this village can be spent either relaxing and resting or exploring.

Overnight at Gurung / Mala Lodge or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04 - Trek to Landruk (1,620 m) – 4 hours.

After the morning breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful village and head back to the trail. Today’s trail takes us through the lustrous and green rhododendron forests, the small Gurung villages that arrives every few hours and the giant Himalayan ranges that accompanies time and again. After walking for 4 hours we reach the beautiful village of Landruk.

We have our lunch, rest for few hours and get the exploration of the villages done.

Overnight at La Bee Lodge or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 05 – Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 4 hours.

The morning breakfast prepares us to head back on the trail to reach Ghandruk village, one of the most popular villages in Annapurna trail. The trail descends towards Modi Khola and then ascend steeply to reach Ghandruk.

Upon reaching Ghandruk and after the lunch, you can explore the beautiful village of one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. They have their own dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous trekking destination as it is known for its beautiful mountain views of mountains like Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. We can also visit Annapurna Conservation Office, Gurung museums and explore the village.

Overnight at Himalaya Lodge or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06 – Trek to Birethanti (1,039 m) – 4 hours. Drive back to Pokhara – 1 hour.

We bid farewell to the beautiful place and descend down towards Birethanti. The walk will be of 4 hours. Along with bidding farewell to the village, we also do the same to the giant mountains. Upon the descent towards Birethanti, the mountains seem farther away. We stop for lunch at Birethanti and rest for some time. We drive back to Pokhara which takes around 1 hour and transfer back into the hotel.

Overnight at Shangri La Village Resort (Pokhara) or similar class Hotel. Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 07 - Full day guided sightseeing in Pokhara.

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

Bindhabasini Temple:

The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis fall:

Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave:

The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Seti River Gorges:

Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps:

The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

World Peace Pagoda:

World Peace Pagoda, also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa, is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the shrine built as a symbol of peace. The spot is situated at the height of 2,100 meters on the Ananda Hill. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world i.e. Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.

Overnight at Shangri La Village Resort (Pokhara) or similar class Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 08 – Morning Flight to Kathmandu.

After early morning breakfast, the 30 minutes flight from Pokhara brings us back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day can be spent strolling around Thamel, buying gifts and souvenirs or grabbing a nice preferred lunch.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner included.

Day 09 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included.

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  • The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged.
    Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal whereas the End dates are the returning date from Nepal.
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  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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Price Includes

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

  • Twin or double sharing accommodation in a five star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included. (If you need a single room, it can be arranged at an additional cost).

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

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).

  • Luxurious Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and equipment during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

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

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

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

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Pokhara airport.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat.

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.

  • 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 high-altitude 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 and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.

  • 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 trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

The weight limit for Pokhara-Kathmandu flights is 20 kg or 44 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (For winter- December, January and February; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer (For winter- December, January and February)

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves (For winter- December, January and February)

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Good Goretex pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon-July, August, September and winter-December, January, February only)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized 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
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-Aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

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 equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

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 suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.

The ascents and descents are not too steep and the walk is relatively easier. Thus much effort and exercise is not required. As mentioned earlier, moderately fit person can easily finish the trek.

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 the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

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 twin or double bed rooms at five star hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara with breakfast included. The hotels provide the rooms according to the preference. During the trek, your stay will be at the guesthouses and lodges that are best known for the comfort and luxury they provide. The guesthouses provide you either king sized bed or twin beds accommodation. The accommodation will thus be comfortable and convenient throughout your trip.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails 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.

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.

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, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 3 to higher elevation per liter.

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.

Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing attached toilet.

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.

All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

Most of the guesthouses provide proper running (both hot and cold water) shower and attached toilet facility.

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. 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 and on the trekking trails, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go for the trek.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation. 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 or alternatively 4WD jeep, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas. For flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu, we use Budhha air, Yeti air, Simrik air and Summit air; all the popular airlines for domestic flights in Nepal.

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. The winter seasons of December, January and February are also good for this trek as this is a low altitude trek and poses no risks. Thus, January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.

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.

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain 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 Annapurna 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 -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours even in the season of winter. 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 Annapurna region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. 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 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 1500 meters.

July / August through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. 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 this time, the average temperature is 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 15 degrees C (59 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 1500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn in this 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 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 1500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February

Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.

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 -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 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.

Yes, they have all received a 45-days 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.

These facilities will be available only in few towns by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! Please bring the spare batteries.

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. 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.

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 is appreciable. 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.

 

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

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.

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.

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.

No vaccinations are compulsory for travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

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 and NCell 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.

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 needs 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.

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

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

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