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Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking - 9 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Annapurna Treks
Accomodation selected hotel in Pokhara and tea house during the trek
Duration 9 Days
Region Annapurna Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Goup size 2 - 35
MAX. ALTITUDE 4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp
MEALS INCLUDED Breakfast in,pokhara and all meals during the trek
TRIP CODE dwt 17
NATURE OF TREK Tea House Trekking
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
GRADE Moderate
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

9 days trek to Annapurna sanctuary is a spectacular short trek, leads from the bank of the scenic Phewa lake, upstream along the Modi Khola to the heart of the Sanctuary and around the central part of the Annapurna Himal, entails walking through a huge variety of terrain, from terraced rice fields to glacial moraine. This is certainly one of the most extra ordinary and highly praised trekking destinations in the world for outstanding high mountain views, dramatic landscapes and shimmering lakes.

Highlights

  • Reach annapurna base camp(4130m)
  • Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu danda
  • Amazing View of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I ,Khangsar Kang,Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare.
  • Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu danda.
  • Get a taste of rural Nepalese life.
Benefits
  • Airport  arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

Overview

This wonderful trek through Gurung villages and climb through Modi George into Annapurna Sanctuary in the heart of amphitheatre of huge Himalayan Annapurna encircled by mind-blowing views of the majestic snow-capped mountain vistas, awe-inspiring glaciers, and dramatic Himalayan landscapes, walk through the banks of pristine rivers originating from Himalaya, dip into natural hot springs and encounter mule trains transporting supplies to remote villages, relax and refresh in cozy mountains teahouses and interact with friendly locals along the way, the days explored in Annapurna sanctuary trekking is truly an adventure traverse with insight into unparallel Nepali’s some of the greatest varieties culture, nature and tradition. The best mountains view unfolds with the rising sun on the towering giants of  Annapurna’s I to IV, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchre or Fish Tail Mountain from Machhapuchre base camp and Annapurna base camp are just marvellous and spectacular.

The Annapurna sanctuary trek to base camp of Mount Annapurna (9091m) - the tenth highest mountain in the world, is the great introduction to one of the easier adventurous Himalayan trekking routes on the most popular trekking destination of Nepal after Everest. Trail in the journey is relatively moderate with well-known routes, suitable for beginners and even experienced trekkers meet equally the adventure satisfaction that offers close-up mountain views without the acclimatization problem.

9 days trekking itinerary in the foothills of Annapurna starts at Phedi after scenic drive from Kathmandu, then reach culturally enriching Gurung village of Dhampus on the top hill and Landruk village which is famous to enjoy sunset view on the peaks, en route from Doven to Deurali, we meet with troops of monkey in the dense forest. Passing through thundering rivers, forest of Rhododendron and oak to high alpine and glacial basin over 4000m in the heart of Annapurna sanctuary, following Modi Khola valley up to  Machhapuchare base camp and eventually, spending overnight at the base camp of Annapurna is certainly a rewarding experience while observing nearby surrounded peaks to the south , Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,647m) to the northwest, Fang (7,647m), Annapurna I (8,091m) to the north, Fluted peak (6,499m), Tent peak (5,663m), partly concealing Glacial Dome (7,202m) and Gangapurna (7,455m) to the northeast, the peak of Annapurna III(7,555m) to the east, Gandharva Chuli (6,248m) and finally southwards, Machhapuchare (6,993m)- trip of once in a lifetime experience. After several days of hiking in the high remote places, reaching at Jhino Danda is the best place to soak our tired muscle on riverside natural hot springs. Trek returns at Pokhara, the city of the lake, with a transportation ride from Nayapul, to mark completion of our trekking package.

This high mountain trek into the base camp of the mighty Annapurna is naturally and culturally blessed along with the backdrop of the towering Himalayan ranges making up one of the most dramatic sceneries in the world.

Its Notice to all our valuable clients who are joining Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking with us that our journey begins with 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx 200 km)which is included in package, however, if you want to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (20 mins approx) and also from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we can provide that with an additional flight cost which is not included in package. Discovery world Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we departed and start our Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The Reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey so that if you have forgotten something then we'll provide you with that ASAP.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) 200 km west of the Kathmandu Valley - approximately 6 to7 hrs, then drive to Phedi (45 minutes) and trek to Dhampus (1650m) about 1 and half hour

We start our scenic drive after an early morning breakfast, traveling by tourist bus out of the valley and along the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. The beautiful scenery along the way includes the majestically flowing rivers, terraced fields, villages and sights of the snowy mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travelers. Drive to Phedi which is 45 minutes driving distance from Pokhara. We drive past lovely farmland and villages to reach Phedi, from then we climb through beautiful forest and countryside for the next about 3hrs and reach the hill top, pleasant Gurung village of Dhampus that offers the mountains view in a very close and spectacular such as Annapurna South Peaks, the Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. We relax in the beautiful hill, explore the village and enjoy the sunset on the Himalayas.

  • Overnight stay Lodge at Dhampus.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 2
Trek from Dhampus to landruk (1565m) - approximately 5 hrs

After having had breakfast, we set off our day hiking, the trial goes to Pothana through rhododendron, national flower of Nepal and orchid hung forest which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. From Pothana, the view of Machhapuchhare is splendid. Passing through Potana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deurali , a small pass at 2150m where there are views of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli. At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, then Descent path following through forest alive with birds, ferns and orchid brings into a huge side canyons of the Modi Khola and finally we will reach in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk which offers outstanding views of Machhapuchhare (6920m), Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m).

  • Overnight lodge at Landruk.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 3
Trek from Landruk to Chhomrong (2165m)-approximately 5 hrs

We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at New Bridge. Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is served at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda. Those who are energetic can take the path 20 mins down to bath in the hot springs here next to the river after lunch. After Jhino Danda, the trail goes steep ascent up to Chhomrung village. The trail joins the main route from Ghandruk so the trail becomes wider. This Gurung village has evolved in to three distinct parts: upper, lower and middle spread out over 200m of elevation difference. Chhomrong is built on the steep hillside and has a few shops and several tea-houses, wooden lodges and the whole village has stunning, prominent views towards Macchappuchare (Fish-Tail Peak). Window of the lodges offers spectacular closer views of the mountains we have already become familiar with. Hot solar showers are available.

  • Overnight Lodge at Chhomrong.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 4
Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (2920m)( – approximately 6 hrs

We make our way down through the spread out, picturesque village as we descend to a river crossing before climbing again and making heading north up the valley of the Modi River. We cross the suspension bridge then trek to sinuwa Danda. Trial becomes somewhat wider passing through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. We descend a long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Bamboo. After gentle climb of walking, finally we reach at Himalaya.

  • Overnight Lodge at Dovan.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 5
Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Climb gently through bank of the Modi Khola upstream, through the rugged path, then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The walking from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks.

  • Overnight lodge at Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Included meals (B, L, D).
day 6
Trek to Bamboo (2,350 m / 7,700ft)- 6hrs

After savoring another sunrise on the Himalaya from our otherworldly viewpoint, we will enjoy a breakfast. Then we will have continued views as we make our way out of the ‘sanctuary’ and retrace our steps out the Modi River valley. We eventually make it to our serene stopover point name Bamboo.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 7
Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m / 6,393 ft) and nearby natural hot springs-3-4hrs

We continue our way down river, passing through the serene forests of rhododendron, bamboo and oak that we came through on the ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. We then ascend to Chomrong village before dropping down to the small, peaceful settlement of Jhinu Danda. This village has a near by, riverside hot springs where we can soak our tired muscles and cares away.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 8
Trek to Nayapul (1,050 m/3,445 ft) – 6-7 hrs, and drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) - 1½ hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today we make a pleasant hike along the Modi River as we head down the beautiful valley. We gradually descend through fertile landscape to an ACAP checkpoint and cross the river to Nayapul. We then say goodbye to the trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Pokhara.

  • Accommodation at hotel near the lake.
  • Included Meals (B, L,).
day 9
Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) - 6-7hrs

Today is an early start as we depart by tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. The 200 km route follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli Rive offering a good look at the natural scenery and farmland. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation at your own selected Hotel in Kathmandu

What is Included?

  • Both way transportation service between Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus.
  • Private transport from Pokhara’s bus station to Phedi, from Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • One night’s accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Tea House/ Lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (12 or Above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Catering extra dietary requirements.
  • All Government and Local Taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner.

What is Excluded?

  • International Flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

Route Map

route map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment list for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

It is recommended to consider following list of clothing and accessories equipments while packing for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. These are just a reminder and essential to have list of these equipment items prepared by focusing on comfort, convenience and enjoyable of your holiday. We understand that you may have your own personal preference for clothing which may be equally as suitable. We never recommend to our clients to bring over equipments which are unnecessary for the trek. Porter help carrying luggage has weight limit and not allow over 20 kg in trek. These equipments are also available in Kathmandu for buying or hiring.

Head
  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face
  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

Hands
  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body
  • Hiking shirts

  • Long sleeved shirt

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear
  • Hiking Boots

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)

Toiletries
  •  Medium size drying towel
  •  Tooth brush
  •  Toothpaste
  •  Deodorant/ floss
  •  Bio degradable bar soap
  •  Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
Personal accessories
  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items
  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Accommodation

Accommodation in Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking package includes one nights hotel in Pokhara and 7 nights at mountain local lodges popularly known as tea houses (eating and sleeping at same place) during the trekking. Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, there will be private attached bathrooms, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facilities.Tea houses on the trek are fairly basic, simple but perfectly comfortable. Some of the places, toilets and washing facilities need to be shared; but will be a homely environment with warmth hospitality of local people. The bed rooms are almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in Annapurna region; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation.

Meals

Meals in Pokhara, we provide only breakfast at hotel as you will have the chance to taste vast array of wonderful delicious Nepalese and international cuisine at dinner and lunch with your own choice and budget. But the reason to include the breakfast in the package is to have good service bright and early morning and no need to go outside. Three meal items during the trekking are included in the package. The foods are given more emphasis on fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious with the best selective menu available on tea house or lodge. The menu are the blend of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc at high altitude for health benefit.

Best season

The different season has different exceptional attractions and advantages offer for trekking in Annapurna region. In high mountain region, temperature considerably depends upon altitude range – higher the altitude lowers the temperature. The best trekking season with most suitable weather conditions, trek in Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking extends from September to November (autumn season) and from February to June (spring season). During the autumn season, the environment is clean and lowlands are lush after the recent rains. Within this season, the weather is usually more stable from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach 20c in the high altitude, with clear sky and superb view of mountains. The nights are colds with temperatures may go down around 5c. The greatest festivals occasion of Dashain and Tihar in Nepal also falls at this time. Within the spring season, the later you leave, the warmer the days will be. The weather is favorable with sunny and cooler in days. The trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarding with different blossom flowers. Trek from December to January (winter season) is good to trek Annapurna. Despite colder climate conditions, skies are usually very clear, mountains views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures drop around minus 5c at high altitude and there will be snow on the ground. But days are pleasant and sunny. The trials are also much less busy at this time. June to August (summer or monsoon) is the rainy season. The nights are comparatively colder than the days ranging its temperatures (between 5c to 10 c during the nights) and (between 10c to 25c during the day). The morning is usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing at night. Weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.

Acclimatization

Our 9 days Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking package spends just a night over 3500m above the sea level, where there is somehow at the risk of being affected by altitude sickness also called acute mountain sickness. Altitude sickness is preventable however if the symptom, causes and remedies of altitude sickness are left ignored, it can be very serious and even life -threatening. This trip allows ascending slowly but consistently. All Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to communicate with your group leader and guide to monitor effectively yourself the symptoms, we guarantee your health with utmost safety and security. Your trek leader or guide suggests that the precautionary way of getting rid from altitude sickness is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. After being severely affected, the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition if symptoms persist. It is essential to keep in mind some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

9 days Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is a moderate grade trek in Annapurna region. The hiking is generally 3 to 5 hrs a day, taking regular breaks to capture the stunning mountain views. Trek routes on Annapurna are fairly ascent, descent and straightforward following a well-established trials but this is high mountain journey have to walk along the remote trials in the Himalaya. To accomplish trek, past hiking experience would be additional advantage although no technical experience and skill is necessary. Trekkers who are preferably able to hike 3 to 5 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack can take part in our short Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. Even some days require walking longer hours too. So you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long days. Trekking in higher altitude is physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitudes.
To join our 9 days Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, all participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

Free transfer

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. We do your special welcome as it is our first meeting and greeting in Nepal with our team, it does not matter which flight you take to arrive in Nepal, the smiling representative crew from Discovery World Trekking awaits your arrival at airport and you will be greeted warmly with a traditional offering of a Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then free hassle transferred to hotel. For taking advantage of free airport transfer opportunity, the full flight details of arrival and departure is requested to submit in advance by mail.

Trekking group /single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of ten and above will be accompanied by a leader, who will be supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna with your own holiday timeframe and this will be lead by one of our highly competent and well experienced guide.

A typical day in Trek

Every day will be rewarding with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7AM to 8AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places.Dinner is served around 6PM to 7PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

During Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, there is mobile phone coverage almost on the lower parts of the routes. There will be limited data signal but it relies on which network you use. Upon your request, we provide you separate local SIM card for good access to chatting up, talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. In the mountains, there is only one mobile operator’s coverage however foreigner operator cannot support for inter-national roaming.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Most of the tea houses and lodges on Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking have hydroelectricity and some of high altitude places have solar power. You can charge your personal electronic devices. Some of lodges will charge for this because of limited electricity. For drinking water, we suggest you to take a water purification pills and use on filling local boiled water instead of packed mineral water. Boiling water on local lodges may take some charge.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discover World Trekking believes flexibility in packages without hiding any information and cost for trip. We provide possible extra personal expenses that are excluded in the package. All meals, transfer and accommodation required for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking are included except lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Trekkers need to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs for visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, snacks while trekking (to buy from local shops along the trail), tips to Discover World Trekking crew members (a member who involves in your trip such as guide and porters), souvenirs, hot shower, mobile and battery charge, mineral water. The Nepalese Rupee is a closed currency, which means you cannot bring the currency in or out of the country. We recommend bringing cash (dollar), which can be exchanged for Rupees in Kathmandu, or bringing a cash card you can use to withdraw from an ATM (bear in mind your bank may charge for this service).

Travel insurance

This trip grade is ranked the moderately difficult as it entails risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.
Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Annapurna sanctuary trek. All the members of trekking the must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don't directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please insure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival spot at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at some borders land crossings into Nepal (including boarders with India and Tibet). In addition, Visa can be extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport at least six months of validity, one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US$40 for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. The visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, intended stay in Nepal. We also recommend the list of entry few days before, and date of exit a few days after in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice.
Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa.These countries are not entitled to get a visa on arrival spots such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan cannot receive visas on arrival. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage ,Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials,You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Discovery World Trekking store for free.

Responsible Travel

We take strongly and seriously our commitment to environmental sustainability for protecting fragile ecosystems, on where we visit. Without any doubt, positive contribution of tourism to the community has brought many advantages in terms of wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, health care and education etc. With an increase of tourists' arrival, negative impact has noticeable on the community and the environment. We highlight the positive aspect of tourism with minimization of negative impact.
Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Annapuna Sanctuary Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travelers’ discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience.

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking

Most of the client book Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking in advance, it will not be messy, and provide sufficient time to be prepared for them. Clients who are delay in booking Trek due to many reasons, however, they are eager to confirm booking trips within a short span of time. Discovery World Trekking has offered special provision of last minute booking with regard to Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. Under this condition, the last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We are always ready to operate trek possible anytime. For last minute booking, it is advised that the company always tries the best but not responsible for external factors causing delayed beyond the control of company management. For this, you could contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip Extension

After complete of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking trekking, With an extra days in Nepal, you will free time to explore and visit for a tour of Kathmandu valley sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek and much more!

Feedback

After complete of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking trekking, there will be farewell dinner hosted by Discovery World Trekking, and company provides company t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with key ring. We expect nothing in return but comment and complaint about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we give much more consideration on about our overall performance that is ever significant for us to evaluate. Your feedback helps us to execute plan in the field with the better way by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feeling and experience through the popular social networking sites on trip advisor.

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Trip Reviews

“Annapurna Santcury trekking”
McMastey
5 - Excellent
06/02/2014

We did a 9 day trek to Annapurna Santcury Trekking with Discovery World Trekking. It was a great trek, Karanis a excellent guide and I highly recommend DWT Team, to any one thinking of doing Adventure in Nepal. Karan was constantly making sure our needs were met, that we were happy and providing a fantastic service. He is a very knowledgable guide with a great attitude and sense of humor. Thanks Karan for making our trek such a memorable experience!

“Mount Everest Basecamp Trek”
Maggie Rice
5 - Excellent
08/18/2014

Discovery World Trekking exceeded far beyond my expectations for the EBC trek. Right from the beginning Paul made us feel very comfortable with having everything for our trek lined up and ready to go. Dil and Dol, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful on the trek. Anything you could ever need was already taken care of before you even knew you needed it. Dil and Dol were also so much fun to talk with and get to know. I felt as though we were all one big family by the end of the trek. Between teaching us card games as well as how to speak Nepali, they were far more than just trekking guides. I would recommend Discovery World Trekking and the EBC trek to EVERYONE!

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Alex
5 - Excellent
04/14/2018

We had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. Paul, the owner, was very helpful and responsive in answering our many questions via email before our trek and checked in with us after arriving back in Pokhara. The best part was working with our highly professional guide Simbir and porter Umess. Simbir was able to provide trail knowledge and advice along the way, and most importantly, he was able to book accommodations along the way that we would not have been able to on our own. After a certain point in the ABC trek, it is required to call ahead for sleeping arrangements. Simbir is well known in the area, and his connections & expertise allowed us to stay at comfortable housing all the way up to base camp. His positive attitude and good sense of our needs helped a really difficult trek feel easy. He even brought fresh fruit that we could enjoy every night after dinner. The Simbir/Umess team was truly full service and they helped us from every interaction - ordering food, collecting safe water, and attending to minor medical needs like sore knees. We felt that the whole trekking process was flexible, and easily tailored to our needs due to Simbir’s expertise. We were lucky to have such an experienced and engaged guide, and would recommend Simbir and Umess to anyone trekking in the region. I thought the ABC trek was going to be a huge trial, but Discovery World Trekking made it simple. I would recommend their services to anyone looking to experience the Himalayas.

Amazing trip with Discovery!
Aylin O
5 - Excellent
08/26/2018

100%! My boyfriend and I did the 9-day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and had a blast thanks to Discovery! Paul, the founder, is very professional and responsive. He answered all of my questions before the trip and made me feel very taken care of. He also set us up with an AMAZING guide, Simbir, and a fantastic porter, Umess. They were a perfect duo for taking us through the mountains - they were knowledge, friendly, and always positive (even during the tough parts of the trek!). We saw many guides along the way, and I truly think we lucked out with Simbir. He is so nice, his English was great, he knew everything about the mountains and terrain, and he was thoughtful and checked in with us throughout the trek to make sure we were doing ok. I can’t recommend Discovery enough - go through them for all of your trekking adventures!!

“Annapurna Santcury trekking”
McMastey
5 - Excellent
06/02/2014

We did a 9 day trek to Annapurna Santcury Trekking with Discovery World Trekking. It was a great trek, Karanis a excellent guide and I highly recommend DWT Team, to any one thinking of doing Adventure in Nepal. Karan was constantly making sure our needs were met, that we were happy and providing a fantastic service. He is a very knowledgable guide with a great attitude and sense of humor. Thanks Karan for making our trek such a memorable experience!

Amazing trip with Discovery!
Aylin O
5 - Excellent
08/26/2018

100%! My boyfriend and I did the 9-day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and had a blast thanks to Discovery! Paul, the founder, is very professional and responsive. He answered all of my questions before the trip and made me feel very taken care of. He also set us up with an AMAZING guide, Simbir, and a fantastic porter, Umess. They were a perfect duo for taking us through the mountains - they were knowledge, friendly, and always positive (even during the tough parts of the trek!). We saw many guides along the way, and I truly think we lucked out with Simbir. He is so nice, his English was great, he knew everything about the mountains and terrain, and he was thoughtful and checked in with us throughout the trek to make sure we were doing ok. I can’t recommend Discovery enough - go through them for all of your trekking adventures!!

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Alex
5 - Excellent
04/14/2018

We had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. Paul, the owner, was very helpful and responsive in answering our many questions via email before our trek and checked in with us after arriving back in Pokhara. The best part was working with our highly professional guide Simbir and porter Umess. Simbir was able to provide trail knowledge and advice along the way, and most importantly, he was able to book accommodations along the way that we would not have been able to on our own. After a certain point in the ABC trek, it is required to call ahead for sleeping arrangements. Simbir is well known in the area, and his connections & expertise allowed us to stay at comfortable housing all the way up to base camp. His positive attitude and good sense of our needs helped a really difficult trek feel easy. He even brought fresh fruit that we could enjoy every night after dinner. The Simbir/Umess team was truly full service and they helped us from every interaction - ordering food, collecting safe water, and attending to minor medical needs like sore knees. We felt that the whole trekking process was flexible, and easily tailored to our needs due to Simbir’s expertise. We were lucky to have such an experienced and engaged guide, and would recommend Simbir and Umess to anyone trekking in the region. I thought the ABC trek was going to be a huge trial, but Discovery World Trekking made it simple. I would recommend their services to anyone looking to experience the Himalayas.

Incredible experience with Discovery World Trekking
Chtistina
5 - Excellent
11/09/2018

Discovery World Trekking has been by far one of the best companies I have ever experienced worldwide. Our itinerary was personalized, and our questions were answered almost immediately when originally emailing back and forth about initial information about certain treks, etc. Once we arrived in Kathmandu, we were greeted by our guide and another member of Discovery World Trekking at the airport. Everything was incredibly organized, and we were made to feel like the company’s top priority. Once on the trek (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek- roughly 7/8 days long), we had the best, most informative, patient, attentive guide - his name was Milan. I have never met a kinder, nicer person who genuinely loves his job as much as Milan. Without him, I do not think we would have made it to ABC. Our porter Amrit was super helpful, and always had a smile on his face. We will definitely be back Trekking with this company again. Highly recommend.

“Mount Everest Basecamp Trek”
Maggie Rice
5 - Excellent
08/18/2014

Discovery World Trekking exceeded far beyond my expectations for the EBC trek. Right from the beginning Paul made us feel very comfortable with having everything for our trek lined up and ready to go. Dil and Dol, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful on the trek. Anything you could ever need was already taken care of before you even knew you needed it. Dil and Dol were also so much fun to talk with and get to know. I felt as though we were all one big family by the end of the trek. Between teaching us card games as well as how to speak Nepali, they were far more than just trekking guides. I would recommend Discovery World Trekking and the EBC trek to EVERYONE!

FAQ’s

Trip Grading

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. Trekking in Nepal can easily be achieved by the all levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from the diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with doctor before deciding to do trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is difficult task to determine the trip grade preciously due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek.
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • Total duration of trek and average walking per day in trek.
  • Backpacking level.
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day.
  • General level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of service.

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health, physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hrs per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek , Sarankot trek and Langtang trek .

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hrs capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hrs daily at cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevation. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Gokyo via Everest base camp trek, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

In this type of trekking at least 6-7 hrs per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time therefore high level of both mentally and physically fitness as well as stamina is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with extreme weather condition and snow covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, Makalu trek, Kanchanjunga trek etc.

Grade:  challenging

Altitude remains around 6000m at this level of trekking. Trek might be longer enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hrs with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to small peak. Trekkers therefore require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World Trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

What Exactly is Trekking

Trekking is an adventurous way of traveling through the hills and mountains and in Nepal, trekking often includes world-famous views of the Himalaya and scenic surroundings. Trekking is a favorite activity for tourists to Nepal and is a great way to get to know the land and its residents. It involves getting up close and personal with nature while hiking for multiple days through hills and valleys to areas that are often far away from vehicle travel.

As an adventure activity, trekking is mostly done for entertainment, excitement, cultural interaction and education – getting to know a country and its people, culture, landscape and scenery among other highlights. For mountain climbing expeditions, trekking is often the first part of the journey where the mountaineers get used to the increasing altitude as well as the climate and landscape. Nepal’s renowned trekking regions include the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang with many more areas that have been developed and that are up and coming including the whole rest of the hills up to the Himalaya!

Routes take trekkers travel through picturesque farmland and villages, remote hills, forests and valleys with Himalayan fed streams and rivers. Visitors can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth while trekking in Nepal. Facilities along trekking trails are usually more basic than facilities in urban areas and overnight accommodation is in lodges, teahouses and tents and sometimes a combination depending on location and availability of facilities. Now a days, accommodation and meals can be arranged along most trails at lodges and teahouses, especially on the popular routes. In the not so distant past, travelers and porters traveled together with sufficient tents, food and equipment because of a lack of facilities and accommodation, especially in the more remote, uninhabited areas. Our teahouse treks are organized with accommodation and meals along entire routes.

The government regulates most of the areas where trekking is done and permits are required for entering Nepal’s extensive range of national parks and conservation areas. Discovery World Trekking takes care of everything, including arranging permits, allowing you to savor every moment on the enchanting trails!

Discovery World Trekking offers the whole range of trekking packages for Nepal. We look forward to sharing with you the magnificence of the Himalaya and its world famous attractions along with the legendary kindness of the people that populate the hills and mountainous regions.

Rural life in Nepal follows a natural pace depending on season and weather. While trekking, you can travel at your own pace along the scenic trails that link each day’s way points. Many of the trekking routes are in fact ancient trade routes that link Tibet, Nepal and India! The trails often pass through groves of rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower and grazing areas for cows, sheep, water buffalo and even yaks! The mountain panoramas will be unforgettable as well the scenic villages along the way graced with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. These settlements will allow trekkers an insight into the traditional ways of life cultural heritage of Nepal along with the wide range of biodiversity of the landscape.

An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometers. Along the way you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering the local flora.
Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

Trekking with Children and Family

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children can be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well-being as the highest priority.  We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honored to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when traveling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird-watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

Needed Essential Documents

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

  • A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.


Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

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