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Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5,416 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

10 Days

Trip Grade:

Moderately to Strenuous

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel/Lodge

Group Size:

1+

Destination:

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a shorter version of the classic Annapurna Circuit trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.  Annapurna Circuit Short Trek 10 day’s itinerary is carefully designed by our experienced trekking guide.  It brings you to Thorong-La Pass (5416 meters) from the low elevations, so it provides a taste of the high altitude trekking experience  and cultural diversity in a short  timeframe.

High Pass Adventure Trekking  planned this Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary making it shorter. Shorter itinerary doesn’t mean skipping major highlights or places.  You will have specifically the same experience as the regular Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, this option is the best for those people who have limited time to explore without a long itinerary in Nepal. That's why the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Days Itinerary is one of the best ways to explore and mountain circle trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days is one of the best and most different spectacular tea-house treks in Nepal Himalayas that offers you the unbelievable views of 8000-meter peaks including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Mustang Valley, Manang Valley and many more others mountain because the region is a capital in the Himalayas.  Beside the mountain views, the region is rich with religion and culture, wildlife and flora. There are Tibetans Buddhist religions and cultures. You will visit the oldest Braga Monastery at Manang and the popular temple in  Muktinath village. Muktinath is a popular place for Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage because it is the only place worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees together.

We start this Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days from Dharapani after a drive from Kathmandu and end at Pokhara where you can enjoy the luxury after completing the trek. The trekking trail passes through Chame, Pasang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Thorong La pass and Muktinath. Those places make this trip an extraordinary trip of your lifetime. After arriving in Pokhara, you will visit beautiful Pokhara city and Fewa Lake and your way back to Kathmandu to end the nice and exciting trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights 

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) – Worthy about huge variety of landscapes, green and sub-tropical forest, valley, hills and wildlife  
  • Magnificent view of Annapurna Mountain Range includes Annapurna I (8,091m) - 10th highest mountains in the world and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m)
  • Thorong-La Pass (5,416 m) - highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Tilicho Lake (4,918m) side trip required - highest lake in the world
  • Muktinath Temple – popular shrines of Hindus and Buddhist in one compound
  • Beautiful ethnic group settlements – Gurung, Managis and Thakali, etc.

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days? 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best Trekking routes in Annapurna Region of Nepal. This 10 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is referring for those who have previous high altitude trekking experience and short in time observe the unique mountains vista, wonderful landscape, rivers, streams, beautiful terrace rice field, green forest, wildlife, local village with their lifestyle and religion, popular old monasteries, Glacier, glacial Lake. The Annapurna Circuit Treks starts from Syange and leads to you circle the Massif Mountains Including Mt. Annapurna ‘I’ (8091 m) and others snow-capped peaks and ends the Jomsom. This short Annapurna Circuit trek is a bit different from classic Annapurna Circuit Trek because you miss some wonderful places after Jomsom. Anyway, this short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trip but the mental power of success to complete the trip even the most experienced trekkers with outstanding memories. 

How difficult is Short Annapurna Circuit Trek?

This Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderate/ challenging trek level where you have to walk 6/7 hrs a day with gradually high altitude and down from top of the Throng-La (5416 m). If you are planning to first trek in Nepal, this is a perfect trek for you but get physically and mentally fit to get 5416 meter heights.  A beginner of this trek altitude is 1150 at Syange, where you will spend the first night of the trek and get 5416 meters at Throng-La top. The trekking to the Annapurna Circuit is circle the Annapurna Mountain ranges including 10th highest mountain (Annapurna “I” 8091m) of world so it is positively not easy but some parts of the trekking trails are moderately tougher with narrow slopes and rocky path through the varied landscape from lot of local villages and agriculture farmland to different subtropical forest, waterfalls, green forest with rich of flora and fauna.  However, glorious the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty and you will feel at ease after reaching the Thorong-La top. Anyway, Annapurna Circuit Trek can be comfortably completed by every level of trekkers but you have to just need strong courage and willing power to complete this trek.

Why with us? 

Trekking in Nepal with High Pass Adventure means a lot. It means friendship, fun, convenience, adventure and above all the security and safety we bring. Our long experience in Nepal and true dedication guarantees your vacation is well thought out and planned to make the most beautiful journey of your lifetime. We are flexible in creating a suitable itinerary and offer such a great combination of quality hotel, small group size trip, family tour, solo trekking, honeymoon trip, group trekking.  Also, our guides have general knowledge about first aid kits and long years' experience in the trekking fields and hire strong porters for support by carrying the luggage.  

Important Note:

There are times when difficulties like bad weather, regional politics, transportation, or other circumstances are beyond our control. It could include a change to our schedule. It is extremely unlikely that the schedule would vary significantly, though. The Guide and Trekking leader will choose the finest modifications if they are required. You can confer and decide to consider the group's overall satisfaction. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to reduce its impact, but we cannot be held accountable for the outcomes of modifications or delays. Our trekking staff members are knowledgeable and courteous, and they make every effort to address any issues that may arise.

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt.Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a public or private vehicle to Besisahar via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery until Dumre and turn right to Besisahar along the Marsyangdi river through beautiful terrace rice field. From there we will change another jeep to Dharapani.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1900

Today is a beautiful trekking day to get Chame. You are hiking gently up to Danaqu and ascending through pine and rhododendron forest towards Timang. Timang is the best viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu. After crossing Timang, Thanchok, and Koto you reached the Chame.  Chame is Headquarter of Manang District and there are many shopping centers and banks as well as roads connected from Besisahar.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2710

After breakfast, we will head to Pisang through Brathand and Dukur Pokhari in a green forest of pine. This day is a chance to see Lamjung Himal along with the rays of sun over the peak, Annapurna II, Pisang Peak and others snow peaks and hills as well as cross some suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea house
Elevation
3200

Today there are two options to get to Manang one is the lower trail, and another is the upper trail. Lower trail is already road constructed so your guide leads to the upper trail. Upper trail is more fascinating for the panoramic view of mountains and Tibetan lifestyle culture. So, you will ascend up to Ghyaru village from Pisang and the trail continues heading to Manang through Ngawal.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

Today is a rest day to acclimatize at Manang because you are above 3500 meters. It is necessary for all trekkers before climbing further. There are many places to visit such as ice lake, Gangapurna lake, few caves etc.  You can make a short hike around the village or hike up to an ice lake to increase altitude to cross Thorong la pass. From Manang, you will see splendid views of Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and other mountains. 

Today is quite a short day but you feel difficulty due to high altitude. The trekking trail is ascending up to Ghunsang through Tengi Village. We left the Marsyangdi valley and turned right north to Jharsang Khola Valley. You hike further up to reach Yak Kharka. You will have amazing views of the mountain and chance to see wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmot etc. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4050

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass, and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual and walking is easy, slow and takes a rest along the way. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges and a great view of mountains before reaching Thorong Phedi. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4450

Today is an exciting, long and difficult day as well as crossing the Thorong la Pass (5416 m), highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will have to wake up early and have breakfast because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before the weather bad. Trail is continuing ascending until Thorong La top; it takes about 3 to 5 hours. From the top, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain View, Capture the moment in your camera and explore the area and walk   down the other side and make your way into the Mustang district. After a long descent, we get the first teahouse in the Chabarbu after the pass and trekkers will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
5416

Drive all the way to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to the hotel and take a rest day off. You can explore Pokhara City and Fewa Lake if you have time while you're there. The walk finishes in the lovely city of Pokhara, where you may take a shower, eat delicious food, and relax. Hotel stay overnight.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. 

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops (domestic / International)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar by bus/Jeep
  • Jomsom-Pokhara by flight
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above
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FAQs

The 8-10 days is the shortest time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek for experience and fit trekkers.  The Annapurna Circuit usually takes around 12 to 18 days to complete, depending on various factors such as your pace, acclimatization needs, and the specific route taken.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Mardi Himal Trek and Ghandruk Village Treks are easier treks in the Annapurna region. It typically takes around 4-6 days to complete and doesn't involve significant altitude gains. The trail offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges without requiring extensive trekking experience or a long duration. The trek passes through beautiful rhododendron forests, traditional villages, and culminates at Poon Hill, providing a breathtaking sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayas.
 

The 6-7 days is the shortest trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) but it depends on the starting point and the pace of the trekker. One common shorter route is to start walking from Jhinu Dada to ABC and back the same way. This route offers a condensed but still rewarding experience of the Annapurna region, taking trekkers through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary with its stunning mountain views at ABC.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal is a challenging trek for beginners because of high altitude terrain. With proper preparation, physical fitness, and determination, beginner trekkers can tackle this trek. However, it's essential to be aware of the altitude and the physical demands of the journey. Anyways, many beginners successfully complete the Annapurna Circuit trek every year.
 

The Annapurna Circuit is considered a moderately difficult trek. It's a challenging but incredibly rewarding trek that usually takes around 10-18 days to complete. The difficulty can vary depending on factors like your fitness level, altitude acclimatization, weather conditions, and the specific route you take. The high altitude and changes in elevation along the route can present challenges, but with proper preparation, acclimatization, and a moderate level of fitness, many trekkers successfully complete the Annapurna circuit and enjoy its stunning scenery and cultural experiences.

The short version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Dharapani and ends at Muktinath.  The Annapurna Circuit Trek normally takes around 8 to 14 days to complete and focuses on crossing Thorong-La Pass (5416m), offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes in a shorter time frame compared to the full Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's the best trekking for those with limited time but still seeking a rewarding trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

The cost of a Short Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary based on several factors, including the trekking agency or guide you choose, the duration of the trek, the services included (such as accommodation, meals, permits, transportation), and whether you're hiring porters or not. On average, a Short Annapurna Circuit Trek lasting around 8-12 days could range from $700 to $1500 USD per person. This estimate typically covers permits, guide services, accommodation, meals, and some basic amenities. However, the cost can change depending on the specific inclusions and the level of comfort or luxury you seek during the trek.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive to Dharapani
Day 3: Trek to Chame
Day 4: Trek to Upper Pisang
Day 5: Trek to Manang
Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Day 7: Trek to Throng Phedi
Day 8: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Day 9: Drive to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu
 

Traveller Useful Information

Information of Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) is largest conservation area of Nepal and located in north center in Nepal.  It has 7629 square Km and established in 2049 B.S. (1992 A.D.). It is bounded by the mustang in the north, Kali Gandaki River in the west, Marsyandi valley in the east and Pokhara valley is the south border. 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non- government organization and donate by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and local people community from local area. The head quarter of this ACAP is Ghandruk. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek situated in Annapurna Conversation Area, so you need to buy entrance fee of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Both of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Annapurna Region except Nar Phu Valley Trek and Upper Mustang Trek. Those two permits can buy ether from registered trekking company or Tourism Board (Bhrikuti Mandap). Those two permits, you have to take yourself during the whole trek and have to show on the every check post along the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. If you are going there without these trekking permits, you have to buy from there with double charge (penalty) or you may have turn back.

  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) is compulsory for everyone to trek in Annapurna Circuit.
  • It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits 
  • It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek
  • Our government has instilling these two permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Food and Accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region is second popular trekking destination in Nepal next to Everest Region Trek. There are many trekking routes and Annapurna Circuit Trek is best one of them for nature and culture with different landscaped. Annapurna Circuit trekking trail is well managed and managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area project and local community. 

There are lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail because every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. So, you can have easy to finding comfortable accommodation in the Annapurna region. Almost all tea-houses are tried to give you best service for all traveler. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom but if you need luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges, so you can choose best on your budget.

Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Annapurna Circuit trek and all trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are two main trekking season for Trekking in Nepal. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, beginning of September to end of May are the very good times for the Annapurna circuit Trek. The weather is perfect sunny and warm with wonderful mountains views clean air and not rain and snow compare with other trekking season. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad.  In the summer season (June to August) is raining but best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your Vacations time.

Communication in the Annapurna Region 

Annapurna region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services and internet services in the whole Annapurna region trekking area but not few places such as Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Saribung Pass trekking.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leave the trekking. 

Acclimatization:

High altitude sickness is common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go as higher elevation. It is appears very quickly but symptoms are   preventable. If you have previous high altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek in above three thousand meters high you need to prevention of the high altitude sickness.  You need a extra suitable acclimatization days to complete the trip and Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep low elevation as well as spend 2 nights on every 500 meters  above than 3500 meters heights are prevent the altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you basic medicine to support for emergency rescue, if situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will response to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting trip in Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents: 

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 
  • Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)
  • 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 if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others: 

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash
  • Others (optional) 
  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain an on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening
  • High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

  • Climb the mountain gradually. 
  • Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Client Reviews

David and friends

David and friends

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Best Trekking Company and Guide

18th June, 2023

We just finished Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days in November 2017. High Pass Adventure service was nothing but outstanding. Sunder was professional Guide helpful friendly and answering all my questions during the trek. I enjoyed his many interesting stories about Nepal and this area and his trekking experiences. Our porter subhas and Tika were both supper friendly and funny. We learn lots of Nepali word from them. I highly recommended this trekking company and again I will come with them for do next adventure in Nepal.


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