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.
- 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.
Himalaya Highlights is a budget-friendly trip that consists of sightseeing in the cities like Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara. Perhaps it is the complete package of adventure sports like Rafting, Canoeing, and trekking in the beautiful Himalayas. It also includes the Jungle safari in the oldest national park of Nepal.
This Himalayan highlights trip starts from Kathmandu with sightseeing around the beautiful World Heritage Sites around the valley. You will also experience the hustle and bustle of the capital of Nepal. Likewise, on the next day, you’ll go white water rafting at the raging Trishuli River. The Trishuli River features spectacular gorges, a few thrilling rapids, a stunning landscape, and a generally calm atmosphere.
After that, you travel to Chitwan National Park where you go on a jungle safari, watch Tharu dance, experience canoeing, etc.
You will now travel to Pokhara from Chitwan, one of Nepal’s most picturesque towns and a city of lakes. From here, it takes a few hours of driving to reach the Himalayas. The Primary attractions on this trek are Ghandruk, Tadapani, Ghorepani, and the stunning Gurung Settlement. Likewise, hiking up to Poonhill surrounds you with the spectacular vistas of the Himalayan ranges.
After Poonhill, you descend back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you’ll now tour the beautiful lakes, city, and nightlife of the most touristic destination in Nepal. The next day you head back to Kathmandu where your trip ends.
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to hotel.
Morning Yoga & Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
Drive to Charaudi (492 m) for – 2 to 3 hour Rafting at the Trishuli River – 2 to 3 hours. Head Over to Chitwan (415 m) – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
Activities in Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Hotel.
Drive to Pokhara (900 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1,070 m)– 1 to 2 hour. Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 4 to 5 hour. Overnight at a Guest House.
Trek to Tadapani (2,630 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Early Morning Hike to Poonhill (3,193 m) and Trek Down to Ulleri (1,960 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guest House.
Trek Down to Nayapul (1,070 m)– 4 to 5 hours. Drive Back to Pokhara – 2 to 3 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
Sightseeing at Pokhara (900 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) – 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Our standard itinerary might differ slightly due to unpredictable happenings and events out of our control. Factors such as flight cancellation/delay, unfavorable weather, natural calamities, newly implemented government rules, political affairs, trekkers’ health conditions, etc., are possible. Evaluating the situation’s possible solutions allow the trekking to resume as much as possible based on the best alternatives. In these times, we look for your cooperation and flexibility.
It is advised you arrive a day before the trip starts date so you can rest and it also gives you time to buy clothing equipment and gear required for the trek. Also, it is best if you book your international flights with spare days in Nepal before and after your trek in case of any flight delays or cancellations due to technical reasons. Moreover, you have options to customize this trip where you can add on a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Pokhara, other adventure sports or day trips around the country before or after the trek.
Departures & Availability
Our groups are small with maximum 14 people. We create groups of independent travelers, friends and families which maintains close interpersonal connection, engage more and get into depth of the journey. Choose a date from the calendar to reserve your spot.
Looking for personalized experience? We organize privately guided journey which is mainly designed to fit your taste and interest. Please fill out the form below to get started.
- All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara 3 nights each including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle
Twin-sharing or dormitory guesthouse accommodation during the trek in the Annapurna region for 4 nights
Double or twin sharing accommodation in a resort in Chitwan for 2 nights including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
One day rafting in Trishuli River, including all meals, equipments, guide and permit
- All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including seasonal fruits
- Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Ace the Himalaya's trekking guide
- Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
- Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
All ground transport by tourist vehicle
Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara
- Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
- 1 Ace the Himalaya’s duffel/kit bag, trekking map, sun hat, and trip completion certificate
- A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
- All administrative expenses and government taxes
- Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- International flight fare and airport departure tax
- Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
- Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
- Tips to trekking staff and driver
- Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
- Personal Trekking gear and equipment
- Any expenses other than the Price Include section
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
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.
Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office.
During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 03: Drive to Charaudi for Rafting at the Trishuli River. Head Over to Chitwan
In the morning, soon after breakfast, we head out to Charaudi. It takes around 2 to 3 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 2 to 3 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.
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.
Day 05: Drive to Pokhara
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 to 6 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.
Day 06: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk
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.
Day 07: Trek to Tadapani
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 to 6 hours to reach Tadapani.
Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani
From Tadapani it takes almost 6 to 7 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.
Day 09: Early Morning Hike to Poonhill and Trek Down to Ulleri
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.
Day 10: Trek Down to Nayapul & Drive Back to Pokhara
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.
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,
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.
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.
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 camp Tashi Ling, which is behind Gupteshwor Cave, is 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.
Day 12: Drive Back to Kathmandu
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.
In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
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.
Gears and Equipment
Here is a list of what you might want to pack for the hike. Please take this as a starting point. You’ll need layers of warmer clothing during the winter. We provide a 75 liter duffel bag for you to use for the trek. It will be given to you during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffle bag is yours to keep. Also, you can rent sleeping bag and down jacket with us at the additional fee of USD 25 for each once you are in Kathmandu.
- Puffy down jacket (We have rental jackets available for an additional USD 25)
- Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover
- Sleeping bag liner
- Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a free Ace the Himalaya baseball cap.)
- Knitted hat
- Scarf or neck gaiter
- Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
- Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
- Waterproof, windproof shell
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
- Hiking pants (2)
- Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
- Waterproof/windproof outer shell pants
- Hiking shorts
- Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
- Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)
- Wool or technical fabric warm socks
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks (optional such as silk)
- Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
- Ice Cleats /Micro Spikes (For trekking from November to March, it's recommended to include Ice Cleats/ Micro Spikes to prevent slipping on icy or wet surfaces.)
- Casual shoes
- Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)
Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each participant.
- Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear (opportunities to launder during the trip)
- Sports bras (women)
- Pajamas or sleeping clothes
First Aid Kits and Medications
- (Note: Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
- Lip balm
- Extra copies of passport-sized photos
- Reusable water bottle
- Toiletry kits
- Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
- Hydration bladder
- Toilet paper (2 rolls)
- High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
- Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
- Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)
Once in Nepal, if you have the time, you can purchase supplies and gear for hiking. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub, is home to many shops where you can get a variety of reasonably priced trekking equipment.
- Power bank or extra batteries
- Cameras and mobile phone
- Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
- Trekking poles
- Thermos for hot water
- We give you a free duffel bag and baseball cap during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
- For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk.
- To carry your daily necessities like cash, crucial papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc., you must have your own daypack (with a waterproof cover).
- You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu.
- Down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m to keep warm. You can rent a down jacket for USD 25. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.
- You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 25. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.
Note: Some clothing, especially form-fitting, figure-hugging items made of elastic material (like yoga pants), may offend locals. Therefore, if you choose to wear these clothes for comfort, please make sure to wear something over them.
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FAQs for Himalayan Highlights
Why trek with Ace the Himalaya?
Ace has a reputation for successfully leading treks with knowledgeable leaders and staff taking care of all your travel needs. We are a certified sustainable travel company that also endorses the idea of giving back to the community by participating in various philanthropic activities. Here are 17 reasons why you should choose Ace the Himalaya for your next adventure!
Is Nepal open to travelers following the Covid-19 pandemic?
Indeed, Nepal is entirely open. Travelers are welcome in Nepal without any restrictions. Arriving travelers can obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu airport as well.
What are the conditions to travel to Nepal post Covid-19?
Traveling to Nepal is now hassle-free. You don’t need a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test, but check with your airlines and transit countries for any specific requirements.
We suggest you look at the Nepal immigration site https://www.immigration.gov.np for the most up-to-date information.
What additional documents do I need?
- Two passport-sized photos (2×2 inch) to give to our office staff
- A copy of your international flight ticket to give to our office staff
- A copy of travel insurance to give to our office staff
Do we book our own international flights to and from 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.
Is hiring a guide necessary even if I have trekking experience?
You can hike without a guide. A guide is there to assist you in going forward and making alternative plans and arrangements when unanticipated occurrences happen or when things get difficult. Our hiking leaders are qualified experts. When talking about their trip, our guests frequently remark on how much fun they had and how crucial their guide was to make it successful.
Can the guide speak English?
Our guides are fluent in English. All the guides that we assign speak and understand English. They’ll share with you the fascinating stories, traditions, and folklore of the mountains. The guides will also help you communicate with the locals since many shopkeepers and hosts of teahouses don’t speak English.
Weather and Temperature
What is the best season for this trek?
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 is the best time to do this trek.
What kind of weather and temperature can I expect while trekking?
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. That is why, 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 2500 meters.
July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. However, there are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months. 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 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 2500 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 temperature mentioned above is based on the outdoor temperature of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus an additional blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we rent to trekkers is about -10°C (14°F). Also, our guides can obtain extra blankets if needed at the teahouses.
Arrival and Visas
Is it possible to obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?
Yes, you can obtain a Nepal visa upon your arrival at the airport. There are kiosks in the arrival hall that you use to complete the necessary forms. The cost is USD 30 for a 15-day tourist visa, including numerous entries, or USD 50 and USD 125 for a 30-day or 90-day tourist visa including numerous entries respectively. You should carry cash (USD) with you to pay your visa fees quickly and easily, as digital payments are frequently unavailable.
Who will come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Our staff will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal with our signboard (Ace the Himalaya). You will be accompanied to a hotel in a private tourist vehicle.
Payments and Extra Costs
How much additional money do I need per day?
Typically, USD 15 to 20 per person per day will be sufficient. This is to purchase water, tea/espresso, snacks, and hot showers in the mountains and for lunch or dinner in Kathmandu. Additionally, if you want to buy souvenirs or native Nepali goods, you can bring extra cash with you.
Is it possible to use credit cards in the places I visit during the trek?
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 to local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.
Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later, or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?
When you book, you must pay a 30% deposit to secure your itinerary. The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival at Kathmandu or before arrival. US Dollars cash and credit cards (Visa, Master, and American Express) are accepted once in Nepal. Please note a 4% transaction fee will be added for all credit card transactions.
How are the ATM and money exchange facilities in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara?
There are ATM and money exchange facilities almost every few meters in Thamel, where you will be staying in Kathmandu. So, you can easily use your cards to cash out the limited sum of money to which a minimum charge is deducted by the ATM facility itself. You can easily exchange your foreign currencies in currency exchange centers for an exact rate.
likewise, you can also find ATM services every few km at Pokhara and Chitwan as well.
How do I pay the remainder of my balance upon arrival in Kathmandu? US Dollars cash or credit card?
You can make payments via US Dollars cash or credit card (Visa, Master, and American Express). A 4% transaction fee is added if paying with a credit card. Thus, we encourage you to pay with USD cash if you are planning to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
We prefer you pay with larger bills (USD 50 or 100). Please note that the cash should not be older than 2009 and in good condition, as banks do not accept worn, torn, or crumpled bills.
Who Can Trek?
Do I need prior trekking experience?
Previous trekking experience is not required if you are physically healthy and have enough enthusiasm for the trek.
Are there any age requirements for the mountain trekking?
Our treks have no age restrictions if members are healthy and willing. We have had families with kids as young as 5 years do the mountain trekking, and our oldest adventurers have been in their late 70s.
Is trekking to mountain regions safe for solo female travelers?
It is safe for a female to trek alone in Nepal. Nepal is usually regarded as a safe nation for female visitors traveling alone. It is entirely safe for a solo woman to trek with Ace the Himalaya on any of our treks.
What kind of physical training is necessary for trek preparation?
For trekking, you must prepare your body to walk over uneven, hilly landscapes while carrying a backpack. Walking at an incline, jogging, cycling, and going for long-distance hikes are all good ways to exercise. You should work out for at least one hour four to five times a week for at least two months before trekking.
What are the physical standards that I need for the trek?
Participants in good physical condition should be able to complete this trek. If you are not physically active, we advise starting an exercise regimen two months before the trek that includes at least an hour of walking at an incline, running, or biking four to five times a week.
Incorporating hiking into your workouts is ideal. It is advised to speak with a doctor before making travel arrangements if you have any health conditions that could affect your ability to complete the trek.
Trek Preparation and Packing
What are the procedures after I make my deposit?
After making the deposit, one of our staff will email you for further information. We will require a copy of your passport photo page and your arrival/departure flight details. We will also provide you with additional trip information.
What sort of insurance do I need? How can I obtain a policy?
Travel insurance is mandatory for our hiking itineraries. We require your policy have medical evacuation coverage for the maximum elevation of your itinerary. Insurance may also cover additional costs in the event of a flight delay or cancellation caused by bad weather, medical costs, theft, loss, and damage to your items while traveling.
Travel insurance can be obtained online by one of several travel insurance companies. Please note that insurance obtained from an airline at the time of booking your flight may not cover medical evacuation coverage.
What are the necessary items that I should pack for my trip?
You can find the necessary items to pack for the trek here on the Equipment section. Gear and equipment can be bought or rented upon your arrival in Kathmandu. If you plan on buying or renting gear in Kathmandu, please allow extra time.
Do you provide sleeping bags or down jacket for rent?
Yes, we do provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rental costs of USD 25 each. Do let us know before initiating the trek and we shall provide items.
What type of bag will the porters carry?
We provide you with a free duffel bag of 70 to 80-liter capacity that our porters will carry. The maximum weight that porters can safely carry is 30kg, and each porter is assigned to two people.
What type of daypack should I bring?
We suggest a 30 to 40-liter capacity daypack. Wider straps and hip belts are recommended to assist you in carrying weight evenly and reduce pain.
Do you use porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
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.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
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.
What about my passport, medications, and belongings?
Bring copies of your passport, insurance papers, and other essential items in your carry-on during your flight. If you need to take medications daily, keep them in your daypack with your other essential possessions. You can store other non-trekking essentials in the office of Ace the Himalaya or at the hotel in Kathmandu.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara?
In Kathmandu, and Pokhara, we use three-star hotels and resorts including breakfast. Likewise in chitwan we use similar class resorts including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We use Hotel Thamel House, Gaju Suite Hotel, Hotel Jampa, or comparable-class lodging in Kathmandu. Teahouses with clean rooms are used during the trek. For further information see Teahouses in Annapurna region.
What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
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.
Is it possible to have private rooms while trekking or while in Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara?
A private room in the teahouses cannot be guaranteed during peak season. During the non-peak season, the teahouses may provide a private room without any additional cost. The accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing rooms and occasionally dormitory rooms for our trekkers.
We can arrange for a private room while in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara for an additional cost of USD 35 per room per night.
Is it necessary to bring toilet paper for the trek?
You can buy toilet paper in the guesthouses during the trek, but it can be expensive, so we suggest you bring some with you. You also need to bring personal items such as towels, soap, hand sanitizers, and so on.
Where do we go to toilet along the trail?
There are toilet facilities in the teahouses/lodges during the trek. Trekkers can also find private areas along the trail for emergencies.
What sort of food can I expect in trekking?
Multiple food choices are available in the guesthouses. Options include daal bhat (rice and lentil), bread, eggs, potatoes, noodles, soup, pasta, and pastries. We suggest eating vegetarian during the trip. You will find a great deal of garlic on the menu since it helps with acclimatization. Each meal includes one hot drink. Hot drinks include coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks. You can purchase an additional hot drink or sometimes soda at your own expense. You can also purchase candy or cookies (crisps) at your own expense.
I'm a vegetarian. Is that a problem?
Most of the teahouses in the mountains offer vegetarian meals. So, being a vegetarian is not a problem. Vegetarian meals are preferable to avoid food poisoning and indigestion.
Is the food in the mountains prepared to international standards in terms of safety?
Indeed, the guesthouses follow international guidelines while setting up the food and serve you clean, protected, and warm meals.
What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 at higher elevations per liter.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during the trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablet or drop is a must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
On the other hand, water filling stations are pretty common in the Annapurna region. On the trails, they have been designated at various locations where it is safe to consume the water.
Can we get hot or boiled drinking water? Does it cost extra?
Yes, teahouses do provide hot boiled water for an extra charge of USD 2 to 5 per liter. The cost varies and increases at higher altitudes.
Can I shower/bathe during the trek?
Yes, most of the guesthouses provide proper running common shower and toilet facility.
Can I charge my electronic equipment during the trek?
Yes, you can charge your equipment during the trek for an additional cost. The cost will vary but is around USD 1-5 per charge. Two pins (type C) and three pins (type D) adaptors are highly recommended. Bring these adaptors or purchase them while you are in Kathmandu.
Health and Safety
Do your guides have the trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitudes?
We provide licensed trekking guides with fluent English. Our guides are certified by the Hotel Management and Tourism Center after receiving 45 days of training. Similarly, the guides receive high-altitude training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).
What are safety measures in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry on the trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
Our guides are well trained and certified in first aid. Throughout the journey, our guides will evaluate your condition and your oxygen level using an oximeter. Our head office receives continuous updates on your condition and location through the guides. In places without a phone signal, your situation will be updated through a satellite phone during emergencies.
How do you allocate guides and porters in a group?
We allocate one guide for groups of up to 8 participants. For groups of over 8 participants, we allot an associate guide. As per the size of the group, we may add more guides or divide them into sub-groups.
We provide one porter for every two clients. Two clients’ duffel bags will be carried by one porter. The weight limit is 30kg or 15kg for each client. For an additional cost, we can arrange for one porter to carry one participant’s duffel.
Is Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters. Please browse through our legal docment page to view insurance details.
What vaccinations will I need?
- COVID-19 vaccination (Negative PCR report in case of unvaccinated travelers.)
- Typhoid vaccination is recommended but not required
We suggest you have a dental checkup before your trip and know your blood type. It is helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.
What is necessary for sun protection during the trek?
Even when the sun isn’t shining, sun protection is essential. UV rays are reflected by the snow and the harshness of the sun will damage your skin before you notice it at high elevations. Therefore, proper clothing and sunblock are necessary. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothes, etc. are vital for sun protection.
What if I am very sick in the mountain?
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.
What kind of trekking boot would be best for the trek?
An important piece of equipment is your trekking boots. Invest in a durable and comfortable pair, preferably with water-proof lining. Boots that provide ankle support on rough ground and have stiff soles are recommended.
Do you guys have a PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber)?
Yes, we have access to a portable altitude chamber in case of an emergency. It is not essential to carry during the trek. Though, we can use arrange it upon request for an extra cost of USD 200.
What is your cancellation policy?
Notice should be provided 20 days before the trip start date in case of cancellation. The trip can be canceled for justifiable reasons. Once the trip is canceled, a fee of 30% of the trip cost is retained for administrative costs.
However, the trip amount is entirely non-refundable if the cancellation is not made before the 20 days as per our terms and conditions. For submitting a claim to your insurance company after the cancellation, we can assist with documentation such as a receipt of monies paid. Refund will not be provided for unused accommodation in case of trip cancellation caused by personal reasons/sickness/weather.
More information about our cancellation policy can be found here in Terms and Conditions page.
Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?
Tipping is expected and appreciated. You can tip your trekking guides and porters based on your satisfaction and enjoyment. We suggest you spend at least 10% of your total trek cost for tipping staff. You’ll learn more about how much to tip your group’s guides and porters during our pre-trip briefing in Kathmandu.
Is there any communication while we are trekking?
Yes. The guides carry local cell phones, so you can use their cell phones if necessary and reimburse them. Assuming you have brought your cell phone, you can obtain a local SIM card and use it. Our guides or representatives can help you get a local SIM card after your arrival. There is the availability of Wi-Fi at most teahouses for an additional cost. We utilize satellite telephones for emergencies.
Does it cost an extra amount if I am a solo traveler?
If you are a solo traveler and book one of our published dates, there is no additional fee. If you sign up for a private trip or change the trip date from one of our published dates, you will be charged an additional fee.
Is there a provision for a refund policy if I don't accomplish the trek?
Trekkers occasionally fail to complete the journey for medical or personal reasons. In this situation, be aware that we do not issue any refunds for products purchased or unused trek days. We must pay our administration staffs, guides, and porters, purchase trekking permits, and all other booked accommodations in advance, so our expenses remain the same.
Who else will be joining my trip?
If there are any, you will be allocated to a group. The details of the personal data of your group members cannot be disclosed. However, feel free to contact us if you have queries about other travelers in the group and we shall give you a general idea of the ages, nationalities, and sex of your group members. Chances are you will be trekking with others unless you have booked a private trip.
Can I add extra days to my trip?
You can extend your trekking trip for an additional cost. Potential arrangements will be made if we get a request from your guide. This is applicable for private or solo trips as the itinerary can be easily adjusted. The addition of extra days is bound by the time when you are in a group. Therefore, discuss with your group and guide, what changes can possibly be made.
I want to extend my holiday, any recommendations?
Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our Day trips pages.
Transportation and Flights
Do I need to book my international flights for the travel to Nepal?
Yes, you must book your international flights. We are a local agency and do not make international flight arrangements. You can easily browse through flight tickets in airlines sites to book ones most feasible for you.
What form of transportation do you utilize?
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/Chitwan/Pokhara. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are traveling in cooler areas.
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What makes this trip different ?
Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal
- Ace the Himalaya believes in giving back to the communities that surround and support tourism in Nepal. Ace provides logistical support and, if needed, cash donations to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (a local NGO).
- Sambhav Nepal and Ace work together to plan volunteer programs that will bring in foreign volunteers and make use of their enthusiasm, time, and talents in a variety of projects.
Sustainability and Responsible Tourism
- Of the few Travelife Partners in Nepal, Ace the Himalaya is one. We respect the procedures for sustainable tourism. Our excursions are socially and environmentally conscious, leaving the lowest possible impact in the Himalayas.
- About 80% of Ace the Himalaya’s staff members are natives of the regions where our trips are organized. It is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to help local communities, support small businesses, and promote regional culture and way of life.