Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 19 Days - Ace the Himalaya
Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit Trek – 19 Days

Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit Trek – 19 Days

Trek through the restricted Nar-Phu valley, explore the remote Manang region, witness the Buddhist Chortens and embrace the Himalayan ranges through the Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trek.
  • Trip Code: ATH17028
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Strenuous
    Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 4,000 to 5,600m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
  • Max Altitude: 5,416 m (17,769 ft.)
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Jagat - Meta – Phu Gaon – Nar – Kongla Pass – Manang – Thorong La Pass - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Explore Kali Gandaki River valley
  • Explore the Phu Gaon and Nar
  • Witness the colorful monasteries throughout the trek
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • Trek through the famous Kangla Pass and Thorong La Pass
  • Visit the beautiful Muktinath temple

Trip Information

Nar Phu valley trek is one of the rare and privileged trek in the restricted region of Nar-Phu valley. Lying on the most remote side of Manang, the access to this beautiful place is provided only with a purchased permit. During the winter season these areas are completely filled with snow thus the trek and exploration is only possible during the other seasons. The two valleys of Nar and Phu are the main highlights along with the canyons, the dense deep forests, the waterfalls, suspension bridges, the two famous passes Kangla Pass and Thorong La Pass and none other than the Himalayan ranges.

The trip begins with the exploration and sightseeing around the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The trek starts on the third day from Jagat. The trails are rough, rugged, winding yet the sceneries captivate the trekker throughout the journey. The Buddhist monasteries, chortens, the prayer flags along the trail makes one feel like traveling through the Tibetan region. The trek also takes us to the Muktinath temple. It is believed that a person gets salvation upon visiting the temple. The final scenic flight to Pokhara allows one to enjoy the view of the Himalayan ranges and the beautiful Pokhara valley. The last day at Pokhara can be utilized by sightseeing around the various lakes and used to rest and relax. Since the normal Annapurna Circuit has been easily accessed by motorable roads, Nar Phu Valley trek can be a good replaceable trail to enjoy the trek along the countryside of Nepal.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive to Jagat (1100 m) by Jeep– 8-9 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960 m) – 7-8 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) – 5-6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 m) – 7-8 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4,080 m) – 7-8 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Acclimatization day at Phu Gaon. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110 m) – 6-7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Acclimatization day at Nar. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass (5,306 m) to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 7-8 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 12 – Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,540 m) – 4-5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018 m) – 3-4 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 14 – Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 3-4 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416 m) to Muktinath (3,802 m) – 7-8 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m) – 5-6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 17 – Morning flight to Pokhara (827 m) and guided sightseeing– 30 minutes. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 18 – Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m) – 7 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 19 – Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,400 m).

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 a Hotel. 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 a Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Drive to Jagat (1100 m) by 4WD Jeep – 8-9 hours.

The early morning drive from Kathmandu takes us through the luscious green beauty of the forests, the river flowing by, the hills and the mountains throughout the highway. One can witness the typical countryside when on drive. The road till Besisahar is smooth whereas from Besisahar to Jagat is quite bumpy. After driving for around 8 to 9 hours, we finally reach Jagat.

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

Day 04 - Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960 m) – 7-8 Hours.

After the morning breakfast, we start our trek descending towards the river. We go through series of ups and downs through beautiful tropical forests until we reach Chamje. After another steep ascent and a walk for some time, we reach the scenic village of Tal. We walk across the rugged and windy trail passing through the waterfalls and cliffs, finally arriving at Dharapani.

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

Day 05 - Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) - 5-6 Hours.

We start our trek walking towards Bagarchap, a Buddhist village from where we can see the first view of Annapurna II. The rough trail then takes an ascent to Timang village situated at the altitude of 2,460 m. From Timang we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu. Continuing the trek, we walk through the pine forests up to Chame and lastly to the Koto village. The trek will be of around 5 to 6 hours this day.

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

Day 06 - Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 m) – 7-8 Hours.

The distance to cover this day is quite longer so we start our trek early today. The trekking route today passes through the restricted area of Narphu valley, dense pine forests, cave shelters and pilgrims resting places, waterfalls here and there and rough steep ascents. After walking for 7 to 8 hours, we finally reach the destination for the day, Meta. From here, the sceneries of Himalayan ranges can be seen clearly and

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

Day 07 - Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4,080 m) – 7-8 Hours.

Bidding farewell to Meta, some unique, colorful Chortens that the Nar-Phu is popular for begin to appear in sight. We cross many suspension bridges crossing many streams throughout the trail. We can find no residential houses along the way but only the remnants of the fort of Khampa settlement (the place where the Tibetans lived illegally). Following the rocky trail we walk past Phu Khola witnessing the line of wonderful chortens along the way to Phu Gaon.

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

Day 08 - Acclimatization day at Phu Gaon.

The day is utilized acclimatizing to the thinning of the air and also to rest and explore the Phu village. A very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang monastery also listed among the 108 world’s greatest monasteries lies at a short distance in Phu Gaon. We can also hike up to the Himlung Base Camp and enjoy the breath taking views.

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

Day 09 - Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110 m) - 6-7 Hours.

The trail initially descends down crossing plenty of streams, crossing suspension bridges until we reach Mahendra Pul after almost 4 hours. We also cross the high suspension bridge 80 m over Lapche river gorge. From Mahendra Pul, the trail ascends and we can witness Buddhist Stupas until we finally reach Nar valley. There are plenty of Monasteries to visit at Nar and the view of the Pisang peak can also be enjoyed.

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

Day 10 - Acclimatization day at Nar.

This day can be utilized to explore around the Nar valley. Nar is more energetic than the Phu valley. One can encounter people printing flags, spinning wool, the echoing sound of drums, prayers in the monasteries, the monks spinning the prayer wheels and many more. The rest of the day can be used to rest and relax in the beautiful village.

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

Day 11 - Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass (5,306 m) to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 7-8 Hours.

The trek today will be very long therefore we start early before sunrise today towards Kang La Pass. The pass is not difficult but the effect of altitude can be easily felt. From the top of the pass, brilliant view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak can be witnessed. The trail from the pass goes steep down towards Ngawal. The village of Ngawal is very different from the villages recently visited as there are nice guesthouses with Wi-Fi and better phone signals here.

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

Day 12 - Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,540 m) – 4-5 Hours.

We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek.

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

Day 13 - Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018 m) – 3-4 Hours.

After acclimatization and rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetation’s appear to thin out.

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

Day 14 - Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 3-4 Hours.

After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

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

Day 15 - Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416 m) to Muktinath (3,802 m) – 7-8 Hours.

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath.

Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

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

Day 16 - Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m) – 5-6 Hours.

We head along the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is a large town with many facilities. It is also the headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present.

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

Day 17 - Morning flight to Pokhara (827 m) – 30 minutes and sightseeing day in Pokhara.

Today a 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to a hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Davis waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 18 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m) – 7 Hours.

We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

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

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 19 - Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final 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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    See Group Booking Discount

    No. of people Price per person
    1-1 USD 2,580
    2-2 USD 2,060
    3-6 USD 1,865
    7-12 USD 1,760
    13-18 USD 1,680
    19-24 USD 1,640
    25-30 USD 1,600
    Check Availabile Dates:
    Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person)
    Sat, 14 Sep - Wed, 2 Oct USD 2,580
    Sat, 21 Sep - Wed, 9 Oct USD 2,580
    Sat, 28 Sep - Wed, 16 Oct USD 2,580
    Sat, 5 Oct - Wed, 23 Oct USD 2,580
    Sat, 12 Oct - Wed, 30 Oct USD 2,580
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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.
    • 7 plus seven =
  • 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.
    • seven − four =

Price Includes

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

  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.

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

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.

  • Local Ace the English speaking trekking guide.

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

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

  • Jomsom to Pokhara airfare including airport departure tax.

  • 4 WD Jeep drive from Kathmandu to Jagat and tourist bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

  • All special trekking permits & fees.

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

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

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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

  • All our government taxes, Tourist service charge and Vat.

  • Official expense.

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 Tribhuvan 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.

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. For an odd numbered client group, we provide an extra 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. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

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 (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; 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

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • 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
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(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 ticket (Please makes a copy and leaves one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • 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

  • 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 is the strenuous trek in the Himalayas. You need good stamina for a long day effort while crossing the Thorong La Pass and Kang La Pass in this trek. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

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

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya 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 accommodations at three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included.

Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provides basic single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At Nar and Phu valleys, the lodge provides accommodation in dormitory styled rooms and can be very basic.

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

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

The guest houses at lower elevations sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself but in the restricted area, the toilet papers may not be found thus we recommend carrying one from the lower elevation. 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 and Pokhara USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not in the 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 heating the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person might be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

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

The guesthouses at the lower elevations may cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) are available. Whereas, at the restricted areas of Nar-Phu valleys, there aren’t the facility of varied food items but serve only dal (lentils) – bhat (rice) along with vegetable curries. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day.

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 6 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.

At the lower altitude villages, the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower.

And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower.

For all above showers, it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and 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, 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 to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. 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.

We provide a 4WD jeep for the drive to Jagat from Kathmandu and a tourist bus transfer service from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We book the flight through Tara, Summit and Sita Air for the flight from Jomsom – Pokhara.

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, October, November are the best time to do this trek.

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 this 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 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 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. 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 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 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.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

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 lower altitude. As the altitude increases, facility of charging digital cameras or any other equipment’s is not possible. While charging your equipment’s in lower altitude you will have to pay 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 phones. 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 phones in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client.  Our guides will update us regarding any difficult situation through their mobile phones. If you want to make an international call, you can do so from the guide’s mobile phone upon payment of 5 USD per minute directly to the guide. Upon emergencies, 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 needs to be hospitalized.

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

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

If you are 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 provides 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.

The trail of Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit route at few places (Jagat, Dharapani, Koto, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom) are facilitated with motorable road. The roads are not as busy but the trail passes through them time and again. This is to notify that the sceneries are the same and also the guides will try their best to escape the motorable roads throughout the trail.

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.


Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

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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