Nepal – The best of Annapurna Trek – the Essentials
The tour of Annapurnas is one of the nicest of Nepal.
The trail passes through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer; ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet.
You will take the Annapurna tour track, from where you will admire height peaks above 8000m high! You will get superb views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri and the chance to cross the formidable Thorong La Pass (5416m) it’s no wonder this remains one of Nepal’s classic treks.
This trek will also get to Tilicho lake (5025 m) , a fantastic addition to the classic Annapurna Circuit.
This trek is designed so you will get the best acclimatisation possible before you get to the highest point of the trek, the Thorang Pass (5416 meters).
A demanding yet excellent introduction to walking in the Himalaya!
Airport: Fly to Kathmandu airport.
Hotels: The hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are standard hotels used by all trek companies. All rooms are en-suite.
– B&B hotels in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) based on two people sharing.
– Full Board during the trek in lodge (11 nights) 2 to 4 people sharing for most night, some nights multisharing.
– 11 guided walking days, with France Outdoors guide and local guide (up to 3 local guides).
– Excursion to Sarangkot view point on Day 14 in Pokhara.
– Porters to carry your belongings during the trek.
– Weight carried by each porter limited at 12 kg per person!
– Transports during the trip including local flights (Jomson – Pokhara day 13 and Pokhara – Kathmandu day 15).
– Trek right of access fees (different than visa fees).
– Transfer from and to Kathmandu airport.
– Flight to and from Kathmandu
– Visa fees
– Single room Supplement in Kathmandu & Pokhara (around €15/night payable on site).
– 4 lunches and 5 dinners,
– In Pokara and Kathmandu, cost for a meal is between €15 and €30 exc. drinks.
– Individual travel insurance.
– Tips (around €80/pers for the week for the team).
Deposit to be paid as early as possible
Balance to be paid one month before departure.
Entry requirements to Nepal :
COVID entry requirements to be communicated one month before the trip.
At arrival at the airport, you will need to get a visa (also possible to purchase before your departure but easier to purchase at your arrival at Kathmandu airport).
For the visa you need the following:
– Your passport should be valid 6 months after the trip finishes with at least 3 blank pages with 2 pages face to face blank.
– Photocopy of your passport identity page
– Negative Covid test result 72hours prior to departure certificate.
– Covid full vaccination certificate.
– 5 passport photos: 4 for the trek and one for your visa at the airport on day1.
– Proof of insurance including medical fees covering at least €5000.
See VHI Multitrip insurance for medical and trip cancellation and Austrian Alpine club for repatriation, medical and helicopter rescue cover (compulsory for the trek).
– Nepalese passenger locator form.
– Trek booking cert we will provide.
– Cash for the Nepalese Visa: current price: 15 days: 30US$, 30 days: 50US$, 90 days: 125US$
Other vaccines for the trek (beside Covid). We strongly advice you talk to your GP for further advice.
– This website gives a lot of infos: https://www.tmb.ie/destinations/vaccinations-for-nepal
– No vaccination is required to enter Nepal (in addition to Covid).
– Strongly recommended: Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food and water borne disease) and Hepatitis A (food and water borne disease).
– Malaria is generally non recommended in altitude and outside the Terai region.
– Hepatitis B (recommended for long stay) , Rabies (if you be careful especially in Kathmandu there should be no need for it), Japanese B (non recommended for treks) and Meningitis (Not usually recommended).
Equipment for the Trek (think of multi layers strategy !)
– Maximum 15kg for internal flights and 12kg per porter !
– Walking boots. Leather or equivalent, semi rigid, good ankle protection.
– 4 season Sleeping bags. Liner may be desirable for cold night.
You can rent a -15 °C sleeping bag for about 20 to 30 € for the trek in Kathmandu.
– A sleeping bag linen or / and a a bivvy bag can make you gain up to 8°C to your existing sleeping. This can be a good option.
– Water proof jacket and trousers.
– Runners for the evening / or duvet sleepers.
– Warm hat and buff.
– Warm gloves.
– Several pairs of walking socks.
– Micro fleeces (on the skin).
– Intermediate fleece layer.
– Light trouser.
– Shorts or long skirt for women (recommended).
– Shirts / tee-shirts.
– Sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, lip salve with sun protection.
– Rucksack 30 / 45 litres for your day pack.
– Expedition bag can be handy for you main bag (like North Face). You can buy a north face bag in Kathmandu for good value.
– Please not that luggage not required for the trek can be left in Kathmandu.
– Head torch.
– Water bottle, camel back (1,5 litres).
– Hand washing gel.
– Plastic bags.
– Biodegradable soap / shampoo.
– Toilet paper.
– Small person first aid kit.
– Walking sticks.
– Wipes to wash during the trek.
– Water purification tablets
– Face mask (covid-19) – Gel