Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit Trek 23 Days


Accommodation   : We will be staying at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and

Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.

Meal                          : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common

International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.

Duration                  :  23 Days
Arrival                      :  In Kathmandu
Departure               :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to go     :   March to May & Sept to Nov
Max. Altitude         :   5,416 m
Group Size              :   3-13 people
Transportation     :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

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Annapurna Circuit Trek 23 Days trail is one of the world greatest treks in the world. This trails opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit has become renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas Mountain and winds between the hundreds of icy peaks of Annapurna MassifThis trail  starts right from Besisahar which goes along with the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. The Annapurna circuit has the entire accommodation infrastructure required for one of the world’s greatest walking adventurous treks.  Annapurna Circuit Trek leads you to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the Himalayas. Continuing to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 23 Days have a point of Thorung La pass (5416 m) is the tallest peak in this trail of the Annapurna Circuit. Due to some fallacy of crossing the pass, the Nepal Trekking circuit is usually walked in a counterclockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day. The west at Muktinath, from the pass we start to the barren Tibetan like Kali Gandaki Village the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. In Annapurna Circuit Trek after you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara but in reverse. This is by far the best and most popular itinerary for trekking the famous Annapurna trail.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,300 m).

Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. (B)

Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (700 m)  by Public Bus (BLD)

Day 04 –  Besisahar to Bahundanda treks  (1,310 m) – 5-6 hrs.(BLD).

Day 05 – Bahundanda to Chamje (1,400m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD)

Day 06 – Chamje to Bagarchhap (2,160m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD).

Day 07 – Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD).

Day 08 – Chame to Pisang (3300 meters) 5-6 hrs.(BLD).

Day 09 – Pisang to Manang (3,540m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD).

Day 10 – Acclimatization day at Manang village. (BLD).

Day 11 – Manag to Yak Kharka (4,000m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD).

Day 12 – Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) – 5-6 hrs.(BLD).

Day 13 –  Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m) – 8-9 hrs.(BLD).

Day 14 – Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) – 6-7 hrs.(BLD) .

Day 15 – Marpha to Ghasa (2,010m) – 6-7 hrs. (BLD)

Day 16 – Ghasa to Tatopani (1,190 m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD).

Day 17 – Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani.(BLD).

Day 18 – Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,810m) – 7-8 hrs.(BLD).

Day 19 – Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 5-6 hrs. (BLD)

Day 20 – Poon Hill to Nayapul (1,010m) – 3-4 hrs. Drive to Pokhara – 1hrs. (BL)

Day 21 – Pokhara city tour. (B)

Day 22– Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m) and farewell dinner. (BLD).

Day 23 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.(B)

 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1300m)
Well Come to Nepal at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Global Treks Nepal who will reception and drop us off at our hotel.  When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office Global Treks Nepal where you will be formally introduced to your Trekking Guide. We will go through your entire trek itinerary and arrangements with you ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast, we will conduct a guided tour and introduction to our rich culture and fascinating history. You will visit with our guide of these places Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar square.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is Monkey temple which is approximately 2600 years old Buddhist Stupas, overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath- literally ‘self-existent god’, is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the thousands of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, memorials of monks and local people, ancient sculptures, the temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Moreover, you can throw bird-eye-view to all the monument sites of the Kathmandu tour since this is the highest point inside the valley.

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath temple which is In We literally- the god of animal lives. As one of the must-visit legendary Hindu temple in the subcontinent, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair and ash-applied body

Boudhanath: Boudhanath stupas is the god of wisdom. It is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world. Constructed back in the 4th century, this Stupa is the must-visit site for the Tibetans. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries and the exiles. Besides this, there are a number of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal.

 Kathmandu Durbar square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is Etymological, ‘Kumari’ stands for a virgin girl- the living goddess and ‘Baha’ is a monastery in the local tongue. Designed in Vihara architecture, Kumari Baha houses the living goddess. As a living reincarnation of Hindu goddess Taleju, a young girl is selected from a Buddhist family maintaining religious harmony and co-existence. The girl gets retired when she reaches puberty.

Day 03 –Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (830m) by Public Bus/private transportation – 7-8 hrs
We will collect you from your hotel bright and early to start our journey. The drive will wind through the many hills of the Trishuli river valley.After a 7-6 hours drive (185 km) from Kathmandu, we reach Besishar. Upon arrival at Besisahar you will witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BD)

Day 04 – Besisahar to Bahundanda Trek (1,310 m) – 5-6 hrs
Today the treks starts at Besishahar to Bahundanda, from where the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m,  with  slopes terraced in to Thousands of beautiful rice field nearly aligned on the valley sides then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). The walk continues past waterfalls, rice paddies, tiny farming communities and through wonderful forests. As we continue from Khudi,  the Manaslu mountains get a little closer as we walk higher and fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m, then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1,135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1,310m. A brilliant start to the culture of Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 05 – Trek Bhundanda to Chamje (1,400m) – 5-6 hrs
We continue trail drops steeply to Syange at 1,070m from Bahundanda the walk steeper and the rice terraces even more impossible to contract and farm. On the way, you can see a large waterfall (season permitting). Trail continue and after crossing the Marsyangdi River valley on a suspension bridge, we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chyamje at 1,400m . we trek through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces along a steep vertical cliff forest and some culturally intriguing villages. We gain altitude and reach range (1100m) altitude and continue up to Jagat (1300m). the trail then gets getting a little steeper again as we end a fantastic day a valley walking at Chame. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 06 – Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m) – 5-6 hrs
The walk will test your muscles again as we  head higher up the valley with the rocky trail we head higher up the valley to following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal (1,675m) the first village in the Manang district. We pass many and more farming communities that now subsist off their crops of corn, barley, and potatoes and then through the forest of bamboo and rhododendrons. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani (1,890 m). A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap (2,160 m) the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans can be seen along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 07 – Trek to Chame (2,630m) – 5-6 hrs
Today we “turn the corner” the trail climbs to Syanja (2,360m), then continuing through forest, but near the river to Kopar( 2,590m).the trail becomes more challenging as we cross some steep and forested ridges and negotiate sites of the old and more recent landslide that cut across the trail. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna IV (7525m) as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community of which the residents are said to have migrated from Tibet centuries ago, noticeable by their distinct physical features and lifestyle as well as architecture and livelihood unique to Tibet. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 08 – Trek to Pisang (3,300m) – 5-6 hrs
The day starts through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley is a fantastic day of challenging walking and spectacular mountain and valley scenery to crosses a river on a long bridge( 2,910m). We then cross another bridge( 3,040m) from where the view of the soaring Paungda Danda’s rock face really begins to appear.when we reach Bratang we turn northward again and head through a very narrow section of the valley with huge cliffs and landslide scree slopes. This is dramatic place to trek as you look down in to the valley and then high up to the Annapurna Massif Peaks above. This treks in Nepal at its very best. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m and 3,300meters. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(B LD)

Day 09 – Trek to Manang (3,540m) – 5-6 hrs
The trail has  many branches and options today but they all take the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. The higher up the valley under the towering peak of (7555m) Annapurna III to the south. Their region people herd the yaks and raise crops for a part of the year. The alternate trails form the north and the south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji next place. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip(3,325m), involves climbing down than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. This is now the more harsh, cold and dry climate of the high plateau of Tibet. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga(3,475m) to the nearby Manang(3,540m) have a chance to glimpse the life of the Buddhist monks who live here throughout the year. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 10 – Acclimatization day at Manang village
Today we let the heart, lungs, and muscles recover and give our boots a quick clean too in Manang for acclimatization day. Each day we have been gaining altitude, but we must do this in careful measured stages to ensure proper acclimatization for the higher altitudes and high passes ahead. So today we just do some short walks to explore the region around Manang. Bhojo Gompa or a short walk across the valley floor to  Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon where we will be at a village’s monastery. Most importantly today we must continue to acclimatize for the challenging days ahead.
(BLD)

Day 11 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) – 5-6 hrs
Today we gain over 600m in altitude and by the time we reach Yak Kharka  at 4,110 m we will have just 62% of sea level oxygen available with every breath. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out. The trail heads north as we ascend a side valley out of the main Marshyangdi Valley we have been trekking , the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. We pass through high meadows where sheep, cattle, yaks and even horses graze. We pass a number of small communities and often meet shepherds with flocks and finally reach the little village of Yak Kharka.

(BLD)

Day 12 – Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) – 5-6 hrs
We ascend another 500M today After a two-hour ascent the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We walk up increasingly steep trails as we head high up the valley. The walking becomes a little harder with each hour and so we must take our time rest often and continue to properly manage our altitude acclimatization. We make our way to the foot of the pass Throng Phedi. Throng Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tried trekkers and climbers. The Thorung Phedi Exists to support trekkers and expedition climbers. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi (4,450m )where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 13 – Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m) – 8-9 hrs
Today we face the greatest challenge of the treks as we attempt to cross the throng la pass. Your guide will keep a careful eye on the weather condition and the condition of every member of your trekking group.This is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). the throng la pass will take us to 5416m or 17764 ft altitude where each breath brings in just 52% of the oxygen available respect.We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take you 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 you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, Which is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trail will wind up the valley well to the lowest crossing point possible in this part of the Himalaya Ranges. 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.
(BLD)

Day 14 – Trek to Marpha (2,670m) – 6 -7hrs
This day is our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley or side of Kali Gandaki River to Marpha trail, it is very nice and beautiful view home to the legendary apple orchids. You will be able to taste the apples and the myriad apple products like pies and wine verity of Apple. Apple Brandy is another local speciality that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 15 – Trek to Ghasa (2,010m) – 6-7 hrs
Today Trail walking to Ghasa we descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. From there place very nice and beautiful views of rock and forests through the Kali Gandaki Valley.  We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 16 – Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) – 5 -6hrs
This day trail We  walk through the world’s deepest gorge is in Kopchepani in Kali Gandaki river. We walk continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs, bathe  where it gets its name (tato – hot; pani – water). This is the best place to relax your body after a long day’s trek. We will spend another day relaxing at this spot. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 17 – Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani.
Today we let the heart, lungs, and muscles recover and give our boots a quick clean take by hot springs water in TatoPane. So today is a relaxing day. Each day we have been gaining altitude, but we must do this in carefully measured stages to ensure proper acclimatization for the higher altitudes and high passes ahead. So today we just do take a rest and  Bathe is natural Hot spring at Tatopani. And around the small village of Tatopani area to looks of mountain views. Overnight stay at the guest house.
(BLD)

Day 18 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,810m) – 7-8 hrs
Today We move on towards the steep climb to Ghorepani trail. This is a big day, it takes about 7 to 8 hours from Tatopani to Ghorepani. While the winter this trail will be covered with snow fine forests of oak and rhododendrons from the place. We climb about 1650 meters up. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung village on the track. While we will arrive at Ghorepani take introduce and enjoy with  Magar and Gurung society. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 19 – Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 5-6 hrs
Today early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m – a brilliant spectacle. Experience of sunrise as well as the sensational views of the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri Range to Ganesh Himal range. There we spend about 1 hour to views of mountains, then return to Ghorepani where we take a hot and sweet breakfast at the hotel then trek down to Tikhedunga (1,570m). We head off towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests of a large Magar village of Ulleri at 2,070m, finally reaching Tikhedhunga after a descent. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(BLD)

Day 20 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) – 3 hrs. Drive to Pokhara – 1hr
Today we walk to move on towards climb down to the steep After some short and light trekking, we reach Nayapul (1,010m). Then after an hour drive, we reach a nice and peaceful city of Pokhara, the serene valley which boasts fabulous views of the Himalayan mountains. Overnight at a hotel.
(BLD)

Day 21 – Pokhara city tour
Today your sightseeing trip starts at 9 am in the morning after breakfast. The places we visit are Fewa Lake, Boating on Phewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, Gupteshower cave , museums, and Tibetan refugee settlement. You will have a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 22- Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) by Tourist Bus and farewell dinner
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure in Trisuli river, or  Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. If you will go to Kathmandu In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany with you.) Overnight back at a hotel in Kathmandu.
(BD)

Day 23 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
The trip concludes. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
(B)

Included Cost

  • Airport / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 3 N Kathmandu Hotel accommodation sharing bases with B/B( Bed & Breakfast)
  • 2 N Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B( Bed & Breakfast)
  • All your standard mentions Meals during the trek (B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches, D- Dinners).
  • Lodges/Guesthouses accommodation during the 17 Days trek
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Private transportation entire this trek. ( Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance and medicine for all staff.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses.

 

 

Excluded Cost

  • Lunch /Dinner whilst in Pokhara & Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’ section.

Equipment Description

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items of your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note: We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer of other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
3/4 pairs heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches.
Brufen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with a drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for a woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please 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.

Above This list is only a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please 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.

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