AED 3,999
Price
16 days
Duration
12, April
Dates
8/10
Physicality
4 nights in 3 stars hotels – 11 nights in Camps
Accommodation
11 Dinner, 11 Lunch, 15 Breakfast
Meals

Annapurna base camp Trek 2019

On this incredible trekking adventure Annapurna base camp Trek, spend 14 challenging days traversing rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains Annapurna while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few ever experience.

Included:
Airport to hotel pick and drop by private vehicle
Two night hotel in Kathmandu at three star categories in BB plan
Two night hotel in Pokhara at three star categories in BB plan
 Accommodation in Mountain lodge run by local people during trek
Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a cup of tea / coffee in each meals during trekking trek
One highly experienced mountain Guide and Porter(One porter for two people)
Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and Porter
Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation area entry permit
TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
All additional government tax
All ground transportation by private vehicle.
Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus.
Pokhara to Nayapul transportation by private car .
Phedi to Pokhara transportation by private car .

Excluded:
Other ground transportation
 Nepal entry visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days/ USD 40 for 30 days from date of issue) (You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
International air fare
Travelers insurance
Cold drinks (Alcohol and cold drinks)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Boiled water, Hot shower, Mineral water, Batteries charge and hot drinks (in pot)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Approx. 10-12 USD)
Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
Tips to guide and porter
All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. Personal illness, strike etc.
Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking
We don’t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.

 

Additional information

Monthapr, October

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Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, you will be welcomed by our officer. He will assist you to transfer the hotel. At hotel he gives you orientation of the overall trip. Meet your trekking guide. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu

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Day 2:

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Wake up early in the morning. Have a breakfast at the hotel. Walk to Tourist bus station with your trekking guide. Tourist bus departs for Pokhara at 7 o’clock. Enjoy seven our scenic drive. The bus stops half an hour nearby highway restaurants on the way for lunch. You will be reached at Pokhara around 2 o’clock. Check in at Pokhara hotel. The rest of the day is free. O/n at hotel in Pokhara

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Day 3:

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Trek to Ulleri

After breakfast, take one hour drive to Nayapul. After you reach Nayapul, you will start your trekking slowly. After 20-minutes walking along the Modi stream, you will reach at Birethanti – a beautiful village that has plenty of tea shops and guest houses. Then follow the left route through the village. Your trek continue heading to Ulleri following the bank of the Burungdi stream. You will climb slightly up to the valley of Hile (1495 meters) and Tikhedhunga (1525 meters). The trail leads steep up to Ulleri (2073 meters), a large beautiful Magar village. Ulleri is stopping point for today. O/ n at mountain lodge

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Day 4:

Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani

After breakfast you start your walking. Today the trail leads you to the Ghorepani, one of the popular destinations of Annapurna region situated at an altitude of 2856 meters. You should gently ascend up to Banthanti (2250 meters) through Oak and rhododendron forest. Then continue trek towards Ghorepani through Nangeythanti (2460 meters). Today you will walk approximately 5 hours. O/ n at mountain lodge

5

Day 5:

Morning hiking to Poonhill then trek to Tadapani

Early in the morning climb up to Poon Hill (3210 meters) to see the panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himalayan ranges as well as exciting sunrise view over the Himalayas. After experiencing the great views of Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill, you descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, continue downhill trek to Tadapani (2625meter). The trail goes a long the ridges of rhododendron and pine forest till the Tadapani. O/ n at mountain lodge

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Day 6:

Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong

Today’s trail descends to Kimrong stream through the forest of rhododendron. You then walk towards Chhomrong crossing through the Gurjung village. Chhomrong offers you close views of Mt. Annapurna south and Himchuli and the virgin peak, Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre). O/ n at mountain lodge

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Day 7:

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan

Today you descend to Chhomrong stream and again climb up to Dovan (2505m) crossing through silent rhododendron forest. O/ n at mountain lodge

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Day 8:

Trek from Dovan to Deurali

Today, we climb to Deurali (3200m) through the rhododendron and bamboo forest. The place located on the ridge of Hinko Cave and it is the trail most stretch subject to avalanche. O/ n at mountain lodge

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Day 9:

Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

The day begins with climb to Machhapuchhre base camp (3900 meters) and then to Annapurna base camp (4131m). The area is surrounded by the mountains and is known as Annapurna Sanctuary. This place gives you an spectacular view of Himalayas including Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Barah Shikhar. Annapurana Base Camp is the final destination of your trekking. O/n at mountain lodge

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Day 10:

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan

After visiting Annapurna Base Camp you trek back to Dovan (2505m) with exciting memory of Annapurna South and other giant Himalayan peaks. It takes around 8 hours of walking. O/n at mountain lodge

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Day 11:

Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong

Today you descend to Chhomrong village (2340m) following the previous route. Normally it takes around 5 hours of walking. O/n at mountain lodge

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Day 12:

Trek from Chhomrong to Landrung

Today you walk to Landrung Village (1940m).. In the trail you still have you great views of Mt. Annapurna South and Himchuli. It is also 5 hour of walking. O/n at mountain lodge

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Day 13:

 Trek from Landrung to Dhampus

After breakfast first of all you move towards Tolka, another beautiful village of Annapurna region. Then you climb steps through the forest until Deurali. Deurali gives you nice views of Pokhara valley in the south and the Annapurna range in the north. Then you will descend to Dhampus (1830m), another beautiful Gurung village. O/n at mountain lodge

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Day 14:

Trek from Dhampus to Phedi. Drive to Pokhara

Finally you finish your trekking after descending to Phedi. From Phedi you take half an hour drive to Pokhara. Our vehicle picks up you there. Check in hotel at the Pokhara hotel. Have a rest at the hotel. O/n at hotel in Pokhara

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Day 15:

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast walk to tourist bus station with trekking guide. Then set for Kathmandu. After reach in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel at Kathmandu. Have a rest. In evening you can stroll around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu

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Day 16:

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey

Today is your the last day in Nepal. Our officer will come to meet you at the hotel to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight to home.

What to bring for trekking ?

We suggest you to pack your luggage as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travelers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in duffel that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 25. Some of your luggage can be left in Kathmandu (the hotel may charge a storage fee), but you will need to take all your trekking gear with you. Please read the ‘Checklist’ section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip.

Checklist

  • Hand sanitizing lotion
  • Reading/writing material
  • Camera & Binoculars
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking, Chlorine Dioxide for water sterilization).
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
  • Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
  • Spare Boot Laces
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Light weight Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Litre Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Hat
  • Gloves – wool or fleeced
  • Scarf
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt – Long Sleeved
  • Pants – lightweight long trouser (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing – thermals.

Trekking Team Description

All our trekking trips are accompanied by one experienced local trekking guide and porters. We provide one porter for carrying luggage of two trekkers. Trekking guide will provide information on the places you are trekking through, offer suggestions for things to do and see. Actually he is the leader of your trekking.

Visas
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport. If getting the visa at the airport is prepared for standing in queue. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25: Single Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100.

Arrival Complications
We don’t expect any problems to traveler in the airport. Travelers are met just outside the arrival lounge of the Kathmandu International airport by our representative. Our representative can be identified easily. They are standing with the traveler’s play card displaying the name of the group (individual in case of one). After meeting you are taken to our private vehicle and then to the hotel. Our officer also helps you in the hotel check in formalities.

Fitness for Trekking
In fact you don’t need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.

Health
Please consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. We advise you to carry sufficient drugs which you are taking daily for specific health problems.

Spending Money
Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange
A currency exchange rate fluctuates daily in Nepal. We suggest you to visit our central bank website: www.nrb.org.np for day by day exchange rates. As of December 28th exchange rate was 1 USD = 72 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master Card but these are limited to major cities. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Emergency Fund
We advise to carry at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster, flight cancellation) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Walking hours
Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m.

Local Flights
All local flights are included in your package cost in both silver and gold if there is domestic flight in the itinerary. It is important that we need your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Single Traveler
If you are a single traveler, you can do any trekking tour. We provide you single room and offer one guide and porter. Since you occupy single room, single car you have to pay single supplement charge but that charge will be reasonable. We do not quote high price for single traveler.

Emergency Contact
We assign one of our tour executives to look after you, who constantly stays in touch with you during your stay in and they keep informing/briefing you about your itinerary including sightseeing and every other information. After you arrive in Kathmandu we introduce you with him and also give his mobile number. We also give you our office number. During a situation of dire need during trekking you can contact to our tour executive or to our office. Then he will do proper initiation according to your situation.

Tipping
Tipping is expected – though not compulsory. It shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping guides would range from $5-$10 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service, for porters during the trekking portion of your trip, the recommended amount is 300-500Rs (4-7USD) per day. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as the above amount is only guideline for you.

Laundry
Laundry facilities are available in Kathmandu. In trekking trail very few hotels/ tea houses in certain places offer these facilities. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Feedback
After your travels, we want to hear from you. Your feedback information is so important to us that will help us to evaluate and improve our services. At the end of any trip we give you feed back form, please write your opinions in it and give to us.

Typical Lodge Trek
A typical trekking day means hiking from morning to afternoon only. Each morning after packing bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. We will recommend  you to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle,sun cream, hat, raincoat, camera and warm jumper just case. Rest of your materials the porters will carry. The walk will be 3-4 hours in the morning until for lunch in midday. We stop one hour for simple lunch on the way to destination in tea house at small village. Here you can rest (readbooks, write your diary) or you can explore the village

After lunch you will hike 3 to 4 hours in the afternoon. You will usuallyreach Tea house /lodge around three to four PM. Our guide will provide you best accommodation (Tea house) in village. On some days we reach our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After tea and coffee remaining period you can be spent by exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book.

The dinner will serve evening around 6 to 7 P.M. the dining room (Restaurant) is inside the tea house. For dinner the tea house owner will request you to order dinner before one hour.After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures or writing diary if you habitual of it before heading off to bed for well-earned sleep.

Annapurna Region is another most popular trekking region for Nepal travelers. Trekking in this area offers good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages. This region has also been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails according to survey by Modern Maturity (USA). As the name suggests, the centre piece of this place is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8000m peaks to be climbed. Also included in this region is another 8000m giant, Dhaulagiri, which is located west of Annapurna I. Between these two mountains lies the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. Views of lush, fertile farmland and stands of undisturbed natural forest, snow covered mountains and encounters with a mixture of many ethnic communities all add up to a diverse range of experiences that makes this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal.The popular trekking routes of this region are Annapurna Circuit,? Jomsom, and Annapurna Base Camp, Sikles, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Upper Mustang and around Pokhara. The best time to visit is during spring and autumn.

The another fact of this region is Annapurna chain of mountains lies inland which causes a large chunk of land to fall in the rain shadow area. Hence these parts are considerably drier than the southern slopes of the mountains. This leads to unusually diverse landscapes and the possibility of trekking even during the monsoon season.

Getting There
Regardless of the trek chosen it is most likely that Pokhara will be either the starting or ending point of your trek. Pokhara is located 200 km. west of Kathmandu and can be reached by road in five to six hour or by air in 30 minutes from the capital. For road travel there are a number of tourist buses available daily from Kathmandu, Bhairawa and from Chitwan.

There is no scarcity of tourist facilities in and around Pokhara. The tourist area here is beside Phewa Lake the largest of the three lakes in this area. The suburbs of Lakeside as it is known and Damside both provide a wide range of accommodation and restaurants along with the usual variety of trekking and travel agencies and suppliers of souvenirs and trekking equipment. If you are trekking in the eastern side of the Annapurna massif, the most likely starting point will be Besishahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district. However, roads are reaching further up into the trek routes making it possible to start the trek from either Khudi or Bulbule. Buses from Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Tarai arrive here on a daily basis. The bus trip from Kathmandu to Besishahar takes around five to six hours but. Most treks starting or ending in Pokhara will require the use of buses or hired cars to reach the trailheads.

Permits and Fees
Most of the Annapurna trekkings are within the area of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). So to trek in this region permit is required. The permit must be purchased before starting the trek. We assist you to purchase that permit. The proceeds of these fees are largely used for local community development within the project area.? In the case of Upper Mustang Trek along with ACAP Permit, another special permit and fee is levied depending on length of visit. Visitors must also carry a TIMS (Trekking Information Manual System) card to do any trek in this region. We also issue that card to our clients

People and Culture
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are Gurung, Thakali and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely distributed and are found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far west as Palpa. Their heartland lies on the hills and valleys between the Marsyandi River and the Kali Gandaki. The Thakali come from the upper Kali Gandaki valley around Jomsom where their traditional farming has being supplemented by trade and, in particular, hotel and restaurant businesses. The Manangba are found in the upper reaches of the Marsyandi River and are in many ways similar to the Gurungs to whom they are possibly related. They are skilled traders and trace their roots back to Tibet. The Manangba and Gurungs of the upper hills are followers of the Buddhist faith with traces of their ancient, shamanism still apparent. The communities that live further south are predominantly Hindu. All of the communities around here, particularly the Gurungs are known for their cultural performances, which are routinely seen while trekking in the region. Many villages along the trails will arrange cultural performances for trekkers during the main seasons.

Flora and Fauna
As can be imagined, the range of geographical and climatic regions has led to a diverse flora and fauna within the Annapurna region. Both Pokhara and Besishahar are below 1000 m in altitude and their climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. The area is also famous for its winter crops of oranges, which can be purchased fresh from the trees along the trails in the foothills. As you progress higher up into the hills the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line. In the rain shadow, to the north of the mountains, the landscape being an extension of the Tibetan plateau is quite barren. Only stunted bushes and shrubs grow around here, the exception being the area close to the rivers where irrigated cropping is possible. Wildlife seen here includes a variety of birds like the pika and among animals: blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr.

Trekking Styles
Most of the trekking routes in the Annapurna region are well serviced by teahouses along almost the entire length of the trek. This is particularly true for the more popular treks like the Jomsom trek, the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp treks. Trekkers should be aware, however that there is always the risk of being stranded by bad weather or injury/sickness between teahouses, particularly in the more remote parts of the trek itineraries. A good example is on the Annapurna Circuit where there is one very long day when the high pass of Thorong La has to be crossed. There is little or no shelter available for most of this day and some trekkers have been caught unprepared by bad weather and altitude problems. The treks in less developed areas, particularly the Dhaulagiri Circuit and the trek east of Lamjung, definitely require trekkers to be self sufficient in food and shelter.

When to visit
As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons to blossom while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. At these times the weather is generally mild and there is little rainfall. Unlike other parts of Nepal, the monsoon, from June to September, is the ideal time to visit this region that falls in the rain shadow. In particular, upper Mustang is the perfect destination during the rainy season. The winter months provide good trekking conditions throughout the foothills but some of the higher passes will be closed due to heavy snow fall.

High Altitude Sickness

High altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action.

Our expert and trained guides will advise you about any health requirements and also altitude sickness while you are trekking, so you should not worry about it, we do however recommend you get advice from you travel doctor or health advisor before you leave. The following information gives you an idea about high altitude sickness and how to minimize the affects

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.

1. Normal AMS Symptoms – Should expect but not worry
Following are the normal altitude symptoms that you should expect but not be worried about. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

  • Periods of sleeplessness.
  • Occasional loss of appetite.
  • Periodic breathing.
  • The need to rest/catch your breath frequently while trekking, especially above 3500 meters.
  • Runny nose.
  • Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign)

2. Mild AMS Symptoms: Don’t go higher
Many trekkers in the high valleys of the Himalaya get mild AMS, admit or acknowledge that you are having symptoms. You need have only one of the following symptoms to be getting altitude sickness.

  • Mild headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dry Raspy cough
  • Fatigue/Tired
  • Loss of appetite
  • Runny nose
  • Hard to breath

What to do if a mild symptom doesn’t go way?
If mild symptoms developing while walking, stop, have rest, drink plenty of water and take 125-250mg Diamox. Diamox generally takes one to four hours to begin alleviating symptoms.

If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying, it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.

If mild symptoms continue getting worse try descending for a few hours which may be more beneficial than staying at the same altitude. Going higher will definitely make it worse.

3. Serious AMS Symptoms: Immediate descent

  • Persistent, severe headache.
  • Persistent vomiting.
  • Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk)
  • Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions)
  • Mental confusion or hallucinations.
  • Liquid sounds in the lungs.
  • Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
  • Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign).
  • Severe lethargy/fatigue.
  • Marked blueness of face and lips.
  • High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute)
  • Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  • Dangerous cases of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

Dangerous Cases of AMS

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
This is a build-up of fluid around the brain. It In most cases the first five symptoms on the mild and severe lists previously. Coma from HACE can lead to unconsciousness are death within 12 hours from the onset of symptoms, but normally takes 1-2 days to develop. At the first sign of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and descent. Usually 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first does, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. Descent is necessary but a PAC (portable altitude chamber) bag will often be used first if available.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
This is an accumulation of fluid in the lungs and is very serious. It is responsible for all the other mild and serious symptoms and it is often accompanied by a mild fever. By far the treatment is oxygen at 4 liters a minute but using PAC (portable altitude chamber) bag treatment is a good substitute. If there is no PAC bag or oxygen then descent will be life saving. HAPE can lead to unconsciousness are death very quick.

Tips of prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

  • Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  • Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  • No Alcohol, Sleeping pills and Smoking.
  • Drink more fluid 3-4 Liters a day, clean water-boiled or treated / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
  • Climb high and sleep low.
  • Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  • Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  • Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  • Never leave or descent sick person along.
  • Avoid getting cold.
  • Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer.

First Aid Kit
This is the basic list to cover the more common ailments that affect trekkers. Climbing groups, expeditions and trekkers going to isolated areas will need a more comprehensive kit.

  • Bandage for sprains
  • Plasters/Band-aids
  • Iodine or water filter (optional)
  • Moleskin/Second skin – for blisters
  • Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  • Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol – general painkiller
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
  • Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)
  • Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
  • Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  • Gel hand cleaner.

Trekking Essential

Accomodation During Trekking

In Everest, Annapurna and Langtang trekking region we offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also avail hot water for shower. But you will by charge by hotel owner using hot water shower.

Meals During Trekking

In Tea House trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants

Safe Drinking Water In Trekking

We suggest you to drink Euro-guard filters water now several guest houses have this system or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. Also boiled filter water is available in tea house they are using gas or electric boiler. For water ask to lodge people which might cost little during whole period of trekking. Although mineral water is available in most places which is better choice and there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, but we encourage the guests to do what they can protect the environment

Trekking Team (Guide, Porter)

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for two trekkers.

Equipments

We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. Please remember that during trekking your luggage will be carried out by porter. One porter carries luggage of two people. So if you are more than one, he will carry 12 to 15 kg of your stuff.

Checklist

  • Hand sanitizing lotion
  • Reading/writing material
  • Camera & Binoculars
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
  • Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
  • Spare Boot Laces
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Light weight Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Litre
  • Hat
  • Gloves – wool or fleeced
  • Scarf
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
  • Comfortable trekking shoes
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • T Shirts 2 or 3 – Long Sleeved
  • Pants – lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit
  • Extra warm clothing/ thermals
  • Medicine (Prescription drugs if you are taking daily, lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)

Note: If you don’t have good equipment and are not available in home country, it can be bought or rented from trekking shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The equipment is often top quality. Although daily rental charges are reasonable, a large deposit may be required.

Weather & Climate

Weather and climate varies as per season in Nepal.

Autumn (mid-September to end-November)
Autumn is the most popular time to trek. During this time, the weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. However, in the higher altitude, the nights drop into freezing temperature. In this season, the mountains views are clear.

Winter (end-November through March)
It is also possible to trek during winter, from December until the end of February. Daytime temperatures will be cooler; however, the nights will often be very cold. The days are generally clear but occasional winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m. Early October through late November is also the busiest period for trekking. But in mid-winter (January through March), trekking is more challenging in the high altitudes with semi-regular snowfall followed by more winter storms, which break the long fine periods. The mid-December to mid-February is the coldest time.

Spring and early summer (mid-March through May)
During this period the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are mix up with warm and rain, which displays wildflowers like rhododendrons. The whole country is lush and an abundant green at this season. This period instigate the second most popular and pleasant trekking season as this is rice-planting time. Late-march into April is especially beautiful. It is also a good time for climbing as the high passes are usually snow free and the mountain views are still clear in April. Up to May, the weather becomes hazy and disturbed with the clouds.

The monsoon (June to mid-September)
From June to early September, is the monsoon season. Generally the morning is cloudy and cloud wisps form on random ridges and peaks. Trekking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud. During April and May, there is an expectation of thunderstorm, hail shower and strong winds among the fine periods. There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in the trans-Himalayan regions of mustang, Dolpo and Tibet. These regions lie in a rain-shadow and therefore receive significantly less precipitation than the more southerly areas.

Washing And Toilet Facilities For Tea House Trekking

Most lodges provide hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water only but availability of hot water can ask to your trekking guide. For ecological reasons please try to limit your use of hot water unless if you are provide solar – heated water.  Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is rare chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.

Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Re-Charging Batteries Of Electronic Items On The Trek

You can recharge your batteries with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 – 240 volt 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay small amount fee/hour for recharging facilities.

Risk & Liabilities

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly and seriously to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. The entire programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of the country’s own policies.

Adrenaline Travel, Himalayan Smile Trek and Adventures Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, and flood and other natural calamities, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident. Any extra cost due to those reasons incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the sports.

Walking In A Day

During trekking you do walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal the maximum altitude of most of the trekking is within range of 3500m to 5000m.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese national. We advise you when you come to Nepal; please bring your insurance documents.

Health & Veccinations

For trekking Nepal you don’t need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey. We advise you to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information before departure. We recommend you to carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. We advise you to carry sufficient drugs which you are taking daily for specific health problems.

Passport And Visa

All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests they take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. To get Nepalese visa you should bring valid passport and two passport size photos. The validity and visa fee is as follows:

Visa Valid             Fee
15 days                  US$ 25
30 days                  US$ 40
90 days                  US$ 100

High Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally over exertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics. Click here for more information about altitudes sickness (Add link of Altitude sickness of left banner)

Accommodation In Kathmandu

We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.

Safety & Security

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Protests and Demonstrations- Sometime mostly in city area protests and demonstrations may happen. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities like swimming have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide. It is always at your own risk.

Travel Insurance

We advise travel insurance to all travelers are interested of trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking in the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas health treatment facilities are not standard. There are less available of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he should bring to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you have already travel insurance, your money will be saved.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese citizens. So we advise you do your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.

If in case the insurance company in your place do not have such insurance police you may contact Ihi Bupa, the Insurance Company based in Denmark. They sell such insurance policy to foreigners. You may visit their website:http://global.ihi.com and contact them online. You can buy their policy online.

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October 31, 2018

Just Epic, we didnt feel the acsend and we had the best experience ever, totally life changing, thanks adrenaline team for organizing the trip, cant wait to joing Kilimanjaro trek

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