Himalayan Highlights - 13 Days - Ace the Himalaya
Himalayan Highlights – 13 Days

Himalayan Highlights – 13 Days

Himalayan Highlights accommodates the sightseeing at the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. It also has adventure sports like Rafting, Canoeing and trek to the beautiful Himalayas.
  • Trip Code: ATH14916
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Paths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,800m.
  • Max Altitude: 3,210 m/10,531.5 ft
  • Activity: Sight-seeing, Trekking, Rafting, Jungle safari
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu-Charaudi-Chitwan-Pokhara-Nayapul-Ghandruk-Tadapani-Ghorepani-Ulleri-Pokhara-Kathmandu

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

Trip Highlights

  • Budget friendly itinerary.
  • Explore the culturally rich World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Scenic and panoramic views of the mountains from Poonhill and Ghandruk.
  • White water rafting at Trishuli.
  • Experience jungle safari, canoeing, bird watching etc. at Chitwan National Park.
  • Beautiful trekking experience to Ghandruk, the authentic Gurung village.
  • Walk up the Poonhill to encounter the beautiful Himalaya ranges.
  • Spend quality time at Pokhara.

Trip Information

Himalaya Highlights is a budget-friendly trip that accommodates the sightseeing at the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, adventure sports like Rafting, Canoeing, trek to the beautiful Himalayas and Jungle safari in the rich luscious forest and national park of Nepal. This package includes most of the must-do in Nepal within a short period of time.

You start your trip from Kathmandu with sightseeing around the beautiful World Heritage Sites situated here and experience the hustle and bustle of the capital of Nepal. The next day you go for white water rafting at the raging Trishuli River; a river with impressive gorges, a few exciting rapids, with beautiful scenery and a relatively peaceful environment. You then head off to Chitwan National Park for jungle safari, bird watching, Tharu dance and cultural show, canoeing etc. From Chitwan, you will head to Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal also known as a city of lakes. The trek to Himalaya starts from few hours’ drive from here. The first stop will be Ghandruk, the beautiful Gurung village followed by Tadapani, a small village with magnificent view and head off to Ghorepani, the main highlight of the trek. Hiking up to Poonhill gives you the look of the magnificent giant Himalayan ranges surrounding you. The view will be to die for. After Poonhill, you descend down and come back to Pokhara only to experience the beauty of nature, the beautiful lakes, the beautiful city, the nightlife etc. The next day you head back to Kathmandu where your trip ends.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Morning Yoga & Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive to Charaudi for 2½-Hour Rafting at the Trishuli River – 2 Hours. Head Over to Chitwan – 3 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 04 – Activities in Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 05 – Drive to Pokhara – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 06 – Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul – 1 Hour. Trek to Ghandruk (2200 m)-4 Hour. Overnight at a Guest House.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Tadapani (2700 m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Ghorepani (2800 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Early Morning Hike to Poonhill and Trek Down to Ulleri – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guest House.
  • Day 10 – Trek Down to Nayapul – 4 Hours. Drive Back to Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 11 – Sightseeing at Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 12 – Drive Back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 13 – Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuwan 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 a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Morning Yoga & Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

On the early morning you will have a yoga class at Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa, Thamel. Mandala yoga is a place dedicated to the enjoyment created by positive, fun and thoughtful exercises. This piece of yoga session will give enough relaxation and positivity for the days ahead. Post yoga, you will be taken back to your hotel to freshen up and for breakfast.

After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:30 am in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We take you to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you will be able to observe Buddhist monks praying 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 you will be able to 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.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Drive to Charaudi for 2½-Hour Rafting at the Trishuli River – 2 Hours. Head Over to Chitwan - 3 Hours.

In the morning, soon after breakfast, we head out to Charaudi. It takes around 2 hours on drive from Kathmandu. The total distance is 85 KM. At Charaudi you will be taken for rafting at Nepal’s one of the most popular white rafting river Trishuli. Trishuli has impressive gorges, few rapids and moderately white water. The rafting will continue for around 2½ hours. After rafting we will depart for Chitwan in a private tourist vehicle. During your drive in the highway you will come across picturesque Hills and Rivers. The drive takes around three hours from Kurintar.

Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Activities in Chitwan National Park.

After the Breakfast we move ahead for morning tour which will provide you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with Jeep Safari/Jungle Walk.
Then after the lunch we would go for canoe ride. We will take local boats to watch crocodiles along the banks and also visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. Late afternoon you would be entertained with the Tharu Cultural Program. Overnight at Resort.

Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Drive to Pokhara - 5 Hours

After having breakfast we head to Pokhara, the beautiful city of Himalayas and Lakes in a private tourist vehicle. The drive to Pokhara takes approximately 5 hours from Chitwan. It is a scenic drive where you get to witness rural settlements and inspiring Himalayan scenery. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and prepare for the trek for the next day.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 06 - Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (2,200 m) - 5 Hours

We begin our trek at Nayapul after an hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. This will be the point of start of your trek. You trek upwards from Nayapul to reach this beautiful Gurung village located at Western Pokhara which will take approximately 4-5 hours. 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 a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Tadapani (2,700 m) - 5 Hours

After breakfast at the morning, we will head out for Tadapani. This will be a trek up the hill to a higher elevation. You will be able to see the rhododendron trees, white monkeys running around and the extravagant Himalayas right in front of you as you walk up the stairs and the trails. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach Tadapani.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Ghorepani (2800m) - 6 Hours.

From Tadapani it takes almost 5-6 hours to reach Ghorepani. The trail runs upwards with countless stairs and few muddy paths amidst the dark lustrous forests. You will be able to witness few water falls, tall trees in the dense forest along the walk.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Early Morning Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and Trek Down to Ulleri (2070 m) – 5 Hours

This day it is necessary to reach Poonhill early in the morning to witness the sunrise, the beautiful sky reflecting its color into the majestic Himalayan ranges all around. The stairs takes you around an hour to reach Poonhill, the highest altitude of the trek which is 3210 meters. The main highlight of the trek is the breathtaking view of the Himalayas all around. You can see the panoramic view of the peaks such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli etc. After descending down to the Guesthouse, we take breakfast and walk down the beautiful village of Ghorepani. If its spring, you will walk down along the rhododendron trees, the sounds of flowing streams, birds chirping and light blue clear sky and the ravishing view of mountains. Ulleri is a beautiful village where you will be residing for the night which arrives after walking for fairly 5hours down the hill.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek Down to Nayapul (1010m). Drive Back to Pokhara – 5 Hours

Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can have a relaxing afternoon and take some stroll around the lake side.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 11 - Sightseeing at Pokhara.

Wake up early to catch the sunrise from Sarangkot Hill. A drive of 45 minutes with 25 minutes hike brings us to the view point of Sarangkot. It is the best spot in Pokhara to view the Himalayas. Get mesmerized with the magical sight of the golden sun rising over white spires of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapucchre (Fishtail Peak), including views of the beautiful Pokhara Valley and Fewa lake. It takes about 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes’ drive to the hotel in Pokhara.

Return to hotel for breakfast.

Later in the day we visit these sites,

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

Davis Fall
Located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, Davis Fall is locally known as ‘Patale Chhango’. Here the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This site is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from 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.

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Enjoy boating on the beautiful Fewa Lake. Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in Nepal. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Fewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Seti River Gorge
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, 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 Camp
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.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 12 - Drive Back to Kathmandu (1400m) – 7 Hours.

Enjoying the final glimpse of the beautiful mountains, the raging Trishuli River, you drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus (you can opt to fly back to Kathmandu on additional cost; confirm during bookings). On arrival in Kathmandu, you are met and transferred back to your starting hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore Kathmandu on your own. Stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. At the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 13 - Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

  • 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.
    • eleven − six =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • 7 + two =

Price Includes

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

  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included (3 nights).

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • Guided city tour at Pokhara, Chitwan and city to city trip by private tourist vehicle.

  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in a resort in Chitwan. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included (2 nights).

  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included (3 nights).

  • One day rafting in Trishuli River, including all meals, equipments, guide and permit.

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.

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

  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (4 nights only).

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

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

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

  • All trekking permits, TIMS and national park fee

  • Travel expense from Pokhara – Kathmandu in a tourist bus

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

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show (on the second last day).

  • 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.

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • • 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 Equipment.

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

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

There is no any requirement of special equipment or clothing on the tour. However, for your ease, the following list gives you a general idea about the items needed for this trip. The most important factor to be considered while packing for this trip is the time of the year you are traveling.

Clothing

  • Suitcase (We will also provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag for you to keep)
  • Daypack (with rain cover)
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears (If you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • Sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
  • Sunhat (We will also provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya cap)
  • Neck warmer/scarf (If you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • Warm gloves (If you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • Fleece jacket (If you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • T-shirts
  • Waterproof shell jacket and pants (If you are traveling in the rainy season i.e. June to September)
  • Pants (Loose jeans/khakis/cotton)
  • Lightweight thermal tops and bottoms (If you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • Liner socks
  • Shoes or sneakers
  • Sandals

Adventure Activities Equipment

  • Wind-stopper jacket
  • Trek duffel bag (We will supply you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya trek duffel bag)
  • Down jacket (If you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • Headlamp
  • Warm gloves
  • Trekking shoes
  • Adjustable trekking poles (Optional)
  • 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.)
  • Water bottle/bladder

Medicines and First Aid Kit

It will be better if your personalized first-aid kit includes these:

  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
  • Hand sanitizer

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Credit cards and cash

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 trek 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. In rare cases some may experience discomfort upon the thinning of the air during the trek.

Since this is a mildly strenuous trek, trainings prior to the trek is not a compulsion. However as a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would help you be physically fit. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents as the trails go likewise.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by 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 double or twin sharing rooms at three-star hotels and resort in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/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 tea houses, 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.

Most of the tea houses have western style flushing toilet (common toilet and bathroom).

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. You must bring a hand sanitizer and a towel on 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, Chitwan and Pokhara, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara but not in the trekking routes especially during the peak time.

The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However, as it gets colder above 2,500m, 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.

There are whole lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara where you can find any delight of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu, please note that this package doesn’t include any meals except for breakfast.

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 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 guesthouses provide proper running common shower and 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, Chitwan 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 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 traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we 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, 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. 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 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 3000 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 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 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 (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 3000 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 -10 degrees C (14 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.

You will have the facilities of hot water shower at almost all the places.

For the showers up at Ghandruk, Tadapai, Ghorepani, Ulleri it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.

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.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
  •   Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
  •  Flight tickets
  •  Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

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 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.

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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