Panchpokhari Valley, located at an altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, is an attractive yet less-traveled destination in Nepal. Panchpokhari, which literally means five pounds, is one of the important tourist destinations as well as religious sites in Sindhupalchowk district, which lies north-east of Kathmandu. Sitting on the lap of Dorje Lakpa Himal, the lake complex is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is also regarded as the sister of Gosainkunda – the high altitude lake in Rasuwa district.
Panchpokhari is a mountain valley. It is one of the nine most important high altitude wetlands and can be visited from April through September. The area remains covered by snow for the rest of the year. This cluster of the freshwater lake is the originating point of Indravati River – one of the important tributaries of the mighty Saptakoshi River.
The place is also rich in terms of flora and fauna. About 250 species of wildlife, including the endangered Red Panda, and 350 species of flora have been recorded in this area. Similarly, the culture and lifestyle of Hyolmo and Tamang people are the other attractions of the area. Rainfalls are common during the month of May to September. Varieties of colorful flowers can be seen at large plains, or Patan, of this mountain valley, which adds to the charmer of this place.
Apart from the pristine lakes, the area is also famous for mountain views. The place offers magnificent views of mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal, Yangri Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar, among others. The place will be festive look during the Janai Purnima festival when hundreds of pilgrims reach this holy area to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
Five lakes — Bhairab Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, Surya Kunda, Nag Kunda – form the Panchpokhari Lake system. Local people name these lakes as Jethi, Mahili, Sahili, Kahili, and Kanchi Kunda — or literally the five siblings, eldest to youngest. The largest of them, the Jethi Kunda, is the most valued one. Pilgrims circumambulate the lake, offering prayers to deities. The second point, Maili Kunda, is regarded as the home of evil spirits. This is why shamans, or Jhankris, who make a pilgrimage to the site in large numbers, do not circumambulate it. Panchpokhari Development Committee – a local agency overseeing the preservation of this site – has built a trail around the pond for the ease of pilgrims and visitors.
According to an inscription on the lake premises, the temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, there was built around 2335 years ago by a hunter named Bumba Ruwa Waiba. The inscription also tells the story behind the establishment of the temple. As per the inscription, one day, the hunter Waiba spotted some unusual sightings in the area. He saw few people planting rice seedlings at such a high altitude. Curious, he reached the plantation site and saw Lord Shiva himself planting saplings. But as the hunter moved closer, everyone there vanished. So, with a strong belief of having spotted Lord Shiva, he took off a bell from his dog’s collar, he built a temple there. Recently, locals have built a stupa on the hilltop from where the hunter is believed to have spotted people planting rice.
The temple at Panchpokhari is highly regarded by people in surrounding areas, especially the farmers. Farmers offer fresh crops and milk at the temple and pray for better harvests. Cow herders also seek blessing for better production of milk and better health of their livestock. Those who do not have a child also reach the temple with the belief that they conceive after worshipping at the temple.
Jugal Himal, the closest mountain from Kathmandu, lies just above Panchpokhari. The place bears festive looks during the Janai Poornima festival, and it is also one of the prime destinations for shamans to hone their skills. During the festival, aspirant shamans can be seen practicing along with their masters without even wearing slippers and dancing to the tunes of their drums or Dhyangro. People of the Hyolmo and Tamang community are especially seen fond of the practice. People from the Brahmin and Chhetri community also reach the place to remember their deceased family members.
Trek to Panchpokhari begins from Chautara — the district headquarters of Panchpokhari – as well as Melamchi. If you don’t want to walk much, you can use a bus to travel to Bhotang – the last settlement before Panchpokhari. However, you can find yak sheds along the trail which offer boiled noodles, tea as well as boiled potatoes.
The trail lacks basic infrastructures. It, however, is pleasing as it passes through dense forests, crossing several rivers and rivulets on the way. The trekking trail goes along the banks of the Indravati River. The river becomes smaller, and the water becomes whiter as the trail climbs higher. Before reaching Panchpokhari, you will come across a heap of sticks. It is a place called Lauribina Hill, and it is customary to leave your walking sticks here.
The environment and natural beauty of Panchpokhari are sure to take your breath away. The combination of the chilly mountain breeze, hills and mountains, greenery all around, and the cluster of five ponds make the place a must-visit place in the Himalayas. On clear days, blue sky and clouds can be seen reflected in all the ponds. A short hike of around half an hour takes you to a nearby hill which offers mesmerizing views of the ponds and mountains all around.
Even though the place holds huge potential for tourism development, lack of infrastructure, communication, and other facilities are making things difficult. Camping is the only option to reach the place. It takes around 8-10 days to complete the trek from Kathmandu. As most of the trekking trails are getting shortened, the government and trekking companies can divert trekkers to this area by building necessary infrastructures like lodges and communication facilities.
Who wouldn’t want to travel to Everest Base Camp described by many travel magazines as one of the most beautiful places to visit before you die? I had started preparation to fulfill my yearlong dream of traveling to Everest Base Camp and utilize my Dashain holidays since a month back.
To make the journey more adventurous, I decided to do the Three Passes Trek (Renjo La Pass – Chola Pass and Kongma La Pass).
Though I had bought the ticket to Lukla for October 8, flights could not be possible because of bad weather. I could fly to Lukla three days later only.
My trek began after I landed at Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport (2840 meters), described by many as the most dangerous airstrip in the world. The walk progressed through the Dudh Koshi River, turning Mani wheels, overpass hanging bridges, and talking with partner trekkers and trekking staff.
Namche Bazaar was covered by a thick mist when I reached this popular stopover on the Everest Base Camp trail evening, passing through beautiful villages like Cheplung, Phakding, Monjo, and Jorsalle. I booked a room for myself and took a short stroll through the village. The village has coffee shops, bakery outlets, restaurants, disco clubs, and pool houses, among others. “Bro, this village is no less compared to Thamel. There is nothing you can’t have here if you have money,” the owner of my lodge shared with me.
I began the second day’s walk after having breakfast at my lodge. Trekkers have a choice here. Some select the vintage route to the base camp via Tengboche; others prefer the trail via Gokyo Lake while the daredevils select the three passes trek. I caught the trail to Thame as I was attempting the Three Passes Trek.
Thame is the village of well-renowned mountaineers. Mountaineering legends like Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Apa Sherpa, and Ang Rita Sherpa were born in this village. I checked into famed mountaineer Apa Sherpa’s lodge for my lunch. I could see Apa’s summit photographs and certificates hung on the lodge’s wall. After lunch, I continued my walk toward Lungden.
I talked cordially with many foreign trekkers that I met on the trail. This is the beauty of traveling alone. These strangers are very important to my trek; they energize me. I listen to their stories and share my experiences with them. Then I reached Lungden in the evening, sharing light moments with two Japanese trekkers. I spent the evening planning for tomorrow’s crossing of Renjo La Pass.
I began the walk at 5 in the morning. It was a very difficult walk full of a steep climb and rocky trail. A trekking guide told me that the condition of the trail has worsened after the 2015 earthquakes. Tired like a log, I was taking one step at a time. Finally, I reached the top. The view from the top made me forget my tiredness. I felt more energized and I spent about an hour at the top, clicking pictures of the mountains around me. I keenly watched peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu and started my descent.
After crossing the Renjo La Pass, I reached Gokyo – my stopover for the night. I could see the turquoise green water of Gokyo and the glittering snow-capped mountains right before me. Is this heaven? I wondered.
Gokyo is one of the most popular attractions of the Everest Base Camp trek. Many trekkers end their trek after visiting Gokyo and climbing the Gokyo Ri. Some reach Everest Base Camp after crossing the Chola Pass.
Gokyo Ri (5357 meters) is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Gokyo Valley. It offers a magnificent view of Gokyo lake. I started the walk at around 5 in the morning to fulfill my wish of enjoying the sunrise from Gokyo Ri. I finally reached the top after a steep climb of about three hours. After spending about an hour at the top, I descended to the valley, took a short stroll in the village, and continued my walk after lunch. The trail went along the Gozumba glacier. I reached Thaknak in the evening.
The next day, I started my walk, with my headlight on, early in the morning toward Chola Pass. Chola Pass is regarded as the toughest among the three passes. Though I was apprehensive of the walk initially, I continued my walk and crossed the pass rather easily. After crossing the pass, I descended to Jongla, which sits on the lap of Cholatse Himal.
Though most of the trekkers spend their night here after crossing Chola Pass, I continued my trek. The trail progressed along the banks of Chola Tso glacial lake. Then I crossed pastureland and reached Lobuche. I didn’t stop there, as well. It was already evening when I reached Gorakshep. “You are a man or a horse?” wondered a lady when I shared with her that I crossed Chola Pass this morning only.
Gorakshep is the final human settlement on the Everest Base Camp trek. There are many good hotels and lodges in this village situated at an altitude of 5,140 meters above sea level. Trekkers get almost everything that they want in the Everest region. Lodge owners serve sumptuous meals even though they have to carry everything using porters from Lukla. Trails to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp separate from Gorak Shep. Most of the trekkers climb Kalapatthar early in the morning to enjoy sunrise and trek to Everest Base Camp the next day.
The next day, I climbed Kalapatthar to enjoy the sunrise. From there, I could catch magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam, Mera Peak, and Thamserku, among other mountains. Kalapatthar (5550 meters) is the highest point on the Everest Base Camp trail, and it offers 360-degree views of mountains.
I descended to Gorakshep, had lunch, and started my trek toward the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp wore a deserted look as it was not the climbing season. But there were many trekkers. I could see their faces glow with pride as they complete their dream of reaching the Everest Base Camp.
I returned to Gorakshep, committing to stand on the summit of Mt Everest someday. From there, I descended to Lobuche, which sits on the banks of Dudhkoshi River, for my night halt. As all the lodges were full, I had to share a room with four porters. It was a different experience altogether.
I started my trek after having breakfast at 5:30 am the next day. Today, I had to cross Kongma La Pass – the third pass of my trek. The trail was very difficult; there was no one who I could talk to. At one time, I regretted my decision to do the Three Passes Trek alone. But I tried to console myself that everything will be alright.
I was tired, maybe because I was approaching the final destination of my trek. Despite all these, I managed to complete my Three Passes Trek. It took me four hours to cross the 5535-meter pass. Once I stood on the top, my tiredness had gone. I felt rejuvenated.
After capturing beautiful mountains in my camera, I started descent toward Chhukung village, which is seated on the lap of Amadablam.
Chhukung gets view visitors as only a few trekkers headed to the Everest Base Camp use this trail. After having my lunch here, I trekked through Orsho, Shomare, Pangboche, and Dingboche before reaching Tengboche, where I stayed for the night.
After breakfast, I left Tengboche and reached Namche in two hours. I took some pictures of this beautiful village and went to the famed Everest View Hotel. Many trekkers, who cannot travel to Everest Base Camp, return after enjoying mountain views from this hotel.
I resumed my walk through Jorsalle, Monjo, Phakding, and finally, to Lukla and I had completed the trek, which would generally take 15-16 days, in just eight days!
I boarded a flight to Kathmandu at around noon the next day, recalling my adventurous trek.
Moreover, the second phase of lockdown is implemented from August 19 mid-night until September 2 mid-night.
Amidst the Corona crisis and second phase lockdown, Civil Aviation Authority Nepal released a notice regarding the resumption of long-distance flights from 1st of September. After plenty of long meetings and discussions, the Government has finally lifted the international flights suspension and granted permission for eight countries. The flight schedule has been finalized via press-release. Keeping the crisis on focal point the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has implemented emergency flight resumption from 1st of September for a month.
According to the notice, two Nepalese airlines company have been granted permission for conducting 29 international flights. Nepal Airlines will conduct a total of 17 flights and Himalaya Airlines will conduct 12 flights. Having said that, a total of 32 flights are granted for International airlines.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation selected eight different countries to be connected with Nepal directly via flights. The designated domestic and international flights will be flying to and from China, Hongkong, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Qatar and Turkey.
International flights from China were the first prohibition in Nepal as Corona pandemic hauled from there. Now, Tribhuwan International Airport will be opened for Chinese airlines from three cities. Chongqing, Guangzhou and Chhendu are the cities with less Corona cases. Respected cities will be connected with Nepal via China Southern and Air China.
Meanwhile, Catha Dragon from Hongkong, Korean Air from South Korea, MalaysiaAirlines from Kuala Lumpur got permission for flights to Nepal. Etihad and Fly Dubai from Abu Dhabi and Dubai and Turkish Air from Istanbul will connect to Nepal.
Besides International flights, Nepal Government has given permission for 27 Nepalese chartered flights throughout the September. The main objective for domestic chartered flights is to rescue Nepalese nationals stranded in those eight countries. The flights are scheduled for three cities in Saudi Arabia; Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah. Also, Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines will travel to the Maldives, Japan, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar in September.
Who can come?
Keeping the emergency step on implementation, the government has banned on-arrival visas. Now, one has to obtain visas from the embassy of Nepal of their respected countries. The Government has allowed the following people to entry Nepal according to the situation demands.
Employees of Diplomatic Missions
Employees of Development Partnership Administration
Representatives of International Organization invites by Nepal Government
What are the protocols to be followed?
As Corona cases are increasing rapidly, people entering from foreign countries can be dangerous to the present scenario. However, the Government has published vital protocols to be followed mandatorily by every incoming people.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test negative report obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport is required.
14 days quarantine is mandatory after arrival in Kathmandu.
People must stay 7 days quarantine in designated hotels in Kathmandu and rest 7 days can be quarantined in the outside valley.
Nepal is the Himalayan country that offers diverse varieties of the trekking route to the trekkers around the world. Trekking in Nepal rewards the trekkers with enticing views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, rich biodiversity and gives insights on the diverse culture and traditions of the locals. Amongst many treks in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal.
Hiking around the Annapurna Circuit is a lifetime experience in the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region. Considered as the best long-distance trek in the world, Annapurna Circuit is a moderate level trek that fits well for trekkers with any skill levels.
However, preparing for the trek is a very crucial part of any trekking journey. Most of my clients bombard me with many inquiries about “what if”s and “but what about”s regarding the Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, in this article, I’ll try to answer all the questions as well as describe how to prepare and plan for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Read the detailed description below on how to prepare for Annapurna Circuit Trek for a lifetime trekking adventure!
Major Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
One of the famous trek in the world that covers a large number of Himalayan Ranges.
Explore the varieties of communities, vegetation, landscapes, rivers, food, culture, etc of Annapurna Region.
Crossing Thorong La Pass (5416m), one of the highest pass of the world, which is an achievement in itself.
Opportunity to socialize and share experiences with travelers from all over the world as it is a very famous trekking package.
Experience a remote life of people living in the Annapurna Region from a close distance.
Relax your body at the hot spring in Tatopani.
Witness the breathtaking sunrise view over the Annapurna Massif from Poonhill.
How long does it take to hike the Annapurna Circuit?
The Annapurna Circuit Trek usually takes from 18 to 20 days to complete. But the duration of the trek depends on the physical ability of the trekker along with the trekking experience. If you are a new hiker or of average fitness, 18 to 20 days sounds about right. For experienced trekkers, they tend to complete the trek much quicker.
Furthermore, the duration also depends on the acclimatization days you take during the trek. If you are short in time and want to complete the trek quicker then it is also possible. Due to the recent road construction, jeep roads are passing through many of the villages along the trekking trail. So, you can directly take the jeep up as far as Manang Village. After crossing the legendary Thorong La Pass, you can get the jeep as soon as you reach Muktinath or even hike down to Jomson to catch a bus. Although you can complete the trek in a shorter time, you will miss a lot of good stuff and not acclimatize well.
Brief Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
Day 02: Drive to Chamje
Day 03: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani
Day 04: Trek to Chame
Day 05: Trek to Pisang
Day 06: Trek to Mangng via Ghyaru
Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 09: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4650m) or High Camp (4800)
Day 10: High camp to Muktinath via Thorang pass (5416m)
Day 11: Jeep driving to Tatopani (1100 m)
Day 12: Trek all the way to Ghorepani (2800m)
Day 13: Early morning hike to Poon hill, descend to Tikhedhunga and drive to Pokhara
When is the Best Time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Hiking through the Annapurna Circuit is doable throughout the year. However, to get the best of the Annapurna Circuit, autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best time to trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Spring season (March-May)
Spring offers clear blue skies that rewards the trekkers with unobstructed views of the mountain peak. Vegetations are at full blossom during the spring season. Thus, the hills are covered with colorful wildflowers blossoms including the rhododendron flower, which is the national flower of Nepal.
The temperature is moderate which are perfect for trekking in the daytime but the nighttime temperature drops pretty low but it is bearable. There are no heavy rainfalls during spring and the sky remains mostly clear.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Autumn (September to December)
The months of September to December are the autumn months in Nepal. The Annapurna region looks beautiful in the autumn season. Moreover, the post-monsoon period means that the clouds are clear and you can observe unobstructed views of the mountains.
Furthermore, the higher elevation zone is colder whereas the lower elevation zone remains warmer in Autumn. The festive atmosphere around the region is also the major attraction of the trek as major festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Holi fall in the autumn season. The lively culture exploration during the trek will make you fall in love with the place.
Besides these, the offseason treks are also possible in the Annapurna region. In these seasons, the risk of landslides and avalanches in the monsoon season and the freezing conditions in the winters also pose a threat. However, with proper preparation, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is doable all round the year.
How Much Does Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost?
While planning for the trek, you must find estimate the budget that you will be spending during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. There are lots of factors that determines the Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost such as duration of the trek, means of transportation you take, trekking permits which we will discuss below, whether you are hiring a guide or porters, and many other factors. Depending up these factors, you can get a rough idea about the budget you will require for the trek.
Usually, if you hire a local trekking agency then, it can cost you around USD 1000 to USD 1500 for 15 days trekking in Annapurna Circuit. However, if you book the trek from international travel agencies then, it will be much expensive. Generally, it can cost you form USD 1500 to USD 4500. Thus, it is better to choose local agency in compared to international agencies, as it will be much cheaper and also helps to grow the local economy.
However, if you don’t want to hire any trekking agencies then here is the general cost of each services and facilities that you will be spending during the trek. This will help you plan the Annapurna Circuit Trek as per your budget.
Visa Cost: USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days and USD125 for 90 days
Transportation Cost: USD 6 to 7 via local bus (one way), USD 120 to 150 if you hire private jeep (One way)
Food Cost: USD 5 to 10 per meal depending up on the altitude
Accommodation Cost: USD 1 to 3 per night
Travel Insurance: USD 150, on average (based on 30 days cover)
Cost of Guides and Porters: USD 30 to 35 per day for guide and for a porter USD 18 to 20 per day
Cost of Trekking gears: Depends on you. If you are low on money then, you can easily hire them from thamel or Pokhara for USD 1 to 5 for each item per day.
Trekking Permits: we will discuss in the following topic.
Required Permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek
You will require two permits to trek in the Annapurna region. You will have to show these permit at a various checkpoint along the trail. The Annapurna Circuit Trek permits and its costs are as follows:
Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS)
SAARC personals: NPR 600, about $6 for individual trekker and NPR 300, about $3 for groups.
All other personals: NPR 2,000, about $20 for individual trekker and NPR 1000, about $10 for groups.
Annapurna Conservation Area or ACAP
SAARC personals: NPR 200, about $2
ALL other personals: NPR 3,000, about $30
Note: You can get these permits at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu. Take your passport along with you.
The cheapest way to travel to the starting point of this trek i.e. Besi Sahar is to take a local bus from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can also ride further till Bahundanda. It will take around 7 to 8 hours to reach the trailhead which will cost you around $10.
You should get the bus ticket a day before you will leave as the bus will leave very early in the morning. This will also give you the time to know from where the bus leaves and at what time.
If you are in Kathmandu, then you can get the ticket from Gongabu Bus Station, also known as New Bus Park. And if you are in Pokhara, ask for the local bus station because the tourist buses leave from a different location.
During trekking in Nepal, you will be trekking in the remote areas of Nepal where there won’t be any ATM facilities. Thus, you won’t find any ATMs in the Annapurna Circuit Trail except in Jomsom. However, the ATM in Jomsom is not reliable so, don’t get fully depended on it.
The last reliable ATM you will find while going for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is at Pokhara. So, take out all the money you will need for the entire hike. Since ATMs are not dependable in Nepal and VISA cards are also not accepted during the remote trek, you must have all your money in cash. You will require about $25 to $30 per day. So, take the money according to the duration of your trek.
Do I need to hire Guides and Porters for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Hiring guides and porters for the trek entirely depends on you. The Annapurna Circuit trail is quite busy in most time of the year so, you will find many fellow trekkers along the trail. Since the Annapurna region is filled with friendly local, there won’t be any problems even if you are trekking Annapurna Circuit solo.
However, hiring guides and porters is pretty common for Annapurna Circuit Trek, especially for the beginners. Hiring a guide will help in many ways such as finding accommodation, navigating through the trail during the trek, especially in emergencies. Whereas, a porter will help you carry your luggage so that you can have a comfortable walk.
If you have money then you should definitely hire the guides and porter as it helps in the local economy. But if you don’t, it really doesn’t matter as the local are very friendly and you won’t have a problem to find people who speak English.
How Fit do I Need to be for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
You will require an average level of physical as well as mental fitness for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. During the trek, you will be walking for around 6 – 8 hours a day on average, gaining around 600m of altitude. Moreover, you will be covering the walking distance of 15 to 20 KM per day and you will also have to carry your backpack.
This may seem pretty challenging task which it is but with right determination and training you can complete the trek. One thing you have to understand is that this is not a race. So, you should not push yourself too hard. Also, since Annapurna Circuit is a high altitude trek, you need to take proper acclimatization during the trek to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Along with that, you need to keep your body hydrated.
So, start a training routine at least two weeks before the trek. The training should include cardiovascular activities like hiking, swimming, cycling, etc. Besides that, eat a balanced and nutritious diet with high carbohydrate and protein intake.
Preparation and Training for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
You can start the physical training process by physically evaluating yourself or visiting the family specialist for a professional evaluation. You can then set up a training routine and activity schedule for the preparation of this Annapurna Circuit Trek. You must start this process around three to four months before the trek if not earlier.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a 266 km journey with a maximum elevation of 17,000 feet. This taxing journey in the foothills of the Himalayas is not a walk in the park. Your leg muscles including calves, quads, and hamstrings are under extensive pressure over three weeks.
The exercises you need to concentrate on are squats, deadlifts, thrusts, back exercises, and crunches. These strength training exercises can get scheduled on every alternate day or at least three times a week.
The Annapurna Circuit Trail is full of ups and downs. Thus, aerobics or cardiovascular activities like strolling, hiking, cycling, swimming, etc should get included in your training routine. These aerobic exercises are essential at least 5 times each week for an hour.
You should also perform some climbing exercises with your climbing boots and a backpack. The backpack must have similar weights to the one you plan on carrying to the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
However, you can start with minimal weight and gradually increase the weight over time. This way your body gets used to the trek. Also, these climbing boots will get enough time to break in for the actual trekking adventure.
Accommodations And Meals In The Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular teahouse treks in Nepal. Thus, you will find many teahouses along the trail. The cost of the accommodation ranges from $1 to $3 depending upon the altitude. If you are trekking in offseason then, you can get free accommodation if you have the food from the same teahouse.
The teahouses are pretty basic that provide basic rooms on twin sharing basic. You will have a bed with a pillow, a mattress and a blanket. There won’t be an electric socket in the rooms as the major source of electricity is from solar power. Thus, if you want to charge your phones, then you have to charge them in the common area at a certain cost. Hot showers generally cost around $1 in the teahouses. WiFi is available at lower elevation but you do not expect these facilities as you move up the trails.
Furthermore, the foods offered by the teahouse are pretty basic as well and you will get served the Nepalese meal of “Dal Bhat” on most teahouses. Besides that, they also offer other varieties of food such as pizza, pasta, spaghetti, and so on. You need to book these accommodations early especially in the offseason to be safe from any hassle.
The Final Say
Annapurna Circuit Trek offers an incredible trekking experience with its magnificent natural and cultural beauty. That is why this trek is famous among the trekkers from all around the world. Anyone with a basic level of fitness can complete this exciting trek.
Many trekkers are not sure about how to prepare for Annapurna Circuit Trek. I hope this blog will help you prepare and plan the trek in advance. Furthermore, if you have any more questions or queries please feel free to contact us.
Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem of the Annapurna region, which has been recently famous among trekkers. This Mardi Himal Trek blog tries to give some fact about this trek.
As we know prevention is better than cure, you should always make a list of things that can give hand to make your trip enjoyable and easier. You must carry maps, torch, etc.
As modern technology is developing day by day, you may download maps in your device/smartphones, which makes the navigation routes easy for you.
Synopsis of Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate level trek and situated on the eastern side of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which is a new trekking route in the Annapurna region. These trials were opened in 2012 for the trekkers. Then after, trekkers’ choose this trekking to escape the crowd of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This 10 days trekking but it can amend as per our requirements. We can finish this trek within 5 days too.
Mardi Himal Trek is a 10 days package that takes you through thrilling voyages and ventures in a short period.
Day 1 –As you land in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in the Kathmandu, the particular person will drop you at your hotel and help you check-in at the reception. You can spend the rest of the day by roaming the local markets or stay in your hotel room.
Day 2 –On this day you can explore the Kathmandu city by visiting many eye-catching scenarios situated at different places.
Day 3 -This day you will travel to Pokhara via tourist bus. You may reach there quite early so you can visit different eye-catching places like Phewa Lake and many attractive places for the rest of the day.
Day 4 –This the day when your excitement level goes up. Yes, it’s the trekking day. On this day, the trekking journey starts. You wake up early in the morning and travel to Kande and you trek towards Deurali passing Annapurna Base Camp. You’ve to spend that night in Deurali.
Day 5 –Leaving behind Deurali you further move towards forest camp and walk through dense forests occupied with innumerable species of flora and fauna. You reach Low camp after walking the paths and spend your night there.
Day 6 –This day you will move towards High camp walking through the lush green forests. You will see the mesmerizing view of the beautiful mountain peaks, along the way. You will spend the night there watching the beautiful views.
Day 7-This is the day when you will head towards the climax of this trip i.e. Mardi Himal Base Camp. The seventh day is the most important day of the trek. You’ll reach there by walking through rough trails.
As soon as you reach the Base Camp you stay there for some time and start trekking towards Sidhing. You’ll spend your night in one of the tea houses in Sidhing because on that day you’d walked a lot.
Day 8 –On this day, you’ll drive back to Pokhara after having a delicious breakfast. That night you’ll spend in Pokhara.
Day 9 –This day you’ll head back to Kathmandu. This will be your final day so you can roam in the local markets and enjoy the night view of Thamel.
Day 10 –Last day in Nepal and you will return to your land after this exciting trek.
Mardi Himal Trek Cost
The trekking cost totally depends on our spending habit, group size, and trekking season. Generally, the Mardi Himal Trekking Cost starts from USD 800 and this cost includes your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, meals during the trekking, Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu bus, Pokhara to the trekking start point and trekking ending point to Pokhara taxi, Permit fees, TIMS cost, Guide cum porter fees, tea house accommodation during the trek etc. You need to pay separately for Nepal visa fee, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara, international flight fare, travel insurance and trekking equipment.
Essential Trekking Equipment for Mardi Himal Trekking
This is a moderate level trekking so you do not need to pack more things. The trekking equipment totally depends on the trekking season. For winter you need to carry warmer clothes and for the rainy season, you need to carry water resistance trekking equipment.
For head, you must carry one pair ear covering cap, sunglasses, and suns cream. For the upper body, warm jacket, few pairs of t-shirts, a fleece jacket, etc and trousers, half paint, good shoes, warm shocks etc for the lower body.
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Overview on Nepal and Bhutan Trip
The Nepal- Bhutan Trip Package starts in the capital city of Nepal. Nepal is a small landlocked country. It is sandwich state in between two large countries, India and China. However, Nepal is always magical and undisturbed. From the lush forest to the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, Nepal never stops amusing its visitors. During your stay in Nepal, you will explore the capital city Kathmandu. Kathmandu is famous as city of Temples. Then, you will fly over to highest peak cross the national park situated there. After two most important part of Nepal, it is the time to pamper you with rest day. On this day we will reach the city of lakes, Pokhara. The weather and ambiance of Pokhara is just incomparable with any other cities. You can walk around and explore the city and enjoy.
Further, we will take you to the first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park. Leaving behind the temples, mountains, lakes, now you are on the land rich in wild flora and faunas. Without any doubt, you will encounter endangered wild animals and birds which are endemic to Nepal. Ascending to next destination of the trip, Nepal will fill your heart with joyous experience whereas, Bhutan awaits to welcome with an open arm.
As the second destination of our Nepal- Bhutan Trip Package, we reach the secret country of Asia, Bhutan. Bhutan is an exquisite country, rich in both natural and cultural aspects. Bhutan opened its isolated doors to tourists and created a strategy to maintain sustainability in tourism. The Government only allows limited tourists to retain the high standard and low impact of tourist on the land. Considering yourself a valued and wealthy tourist being able to visit Bhutan, you will gain experiences accordingly. Landing on western Bhutan, Paro, we will then head towards the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu. Thimpu and its surrounding areas have major attractions for tourists.
After exploring the significant cultural sites, it will surprise you, that those attractions are not listed in World heritage Sites. However, Bhutanese people and their tradition will fill your soul with delight as gross national happiness is the goal of Bhutan Government. Bhutan is the country where gross national happiness is most essential than gross national product.
Nepal and Bhutan Tour Highlights
Visit Thimpu, Paro, Punakha Valley
Visit Heritage historical center, Traditional School of Arts and Crafts, Punakha National Park, JigmeDorji, and National Library
Visit old Tibetan Buddhist culture
Appreciate the grand excellence of the nation and watch the nearby way of life
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square)
City of paradise — Pokhara sightseeing and sunrise view from Sarangkot
Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park (Jeep Safari 3-4 hours, canoeing at Rapti River, Tharu Cultural Dance Show
Nepal and Bhutan Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Mountain Flight to Mount Everest and Kathmandu return
Day 3: Flight/Drive to Pokhara
Day 4: Pokhara: Exploration day
Day 5: Drive to Chitwan National Park
Day 6: Jungle Activities in Chitwan National Park
Day 7: Return to Kathmandu
Day 8: Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu
Day 09: Exploring Thimphu
Day 10: Drive to Punakha
Day 11: Exploring Punakha
Day 12: Return to Paro
Day 13: Tiger’s Nest Monastery: Challenging but worth taking trail.
Day 14: Farewell from Paro
Essential Information Regrading Nepal Bhutan Trip Package
Requirements for Entry:
Minimun six months validity of the passport is necessary at the time of entry.
One blank page for a visa should be available for a visa in passport (not endorsement page)
Entrance is allowed generally by Nepalese authorities on an emergency passport printed overseas.
Visa should be appropriate for travel.
Regular Tourist Visas:
Those who arrive by air; visa should either be applied at The Nepalese Embassy or consulate before entry or purchase directly upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Note: Obtaining permission upon arrival may take time.
You can also apply for a visa via online at https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
Those who arrive by land; both the visa obtaining and necessary immigration formalities should be completed.
During the entrance of Foreign citizens by land into Nepal via Belahia Indian border, one should pay The Nepalese visa fee in U.S dollar. The original bill no older than 2003, in good condition, should be shown at checkpoints before entering Nepal. Twenty-four hours services are provided at the border to individuals on foot.
Entry to Nepal without a visa and proper entry stamp from an immigration officer is restricted, resulting in additional consequences.
These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid – recommended, normally 2 weeks before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Hepatitis A – recommended, normally 2 weeks before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Cholera – recommended, normally 2 weeks before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Tuberculosis – recommended, normally 3 months before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Hepatitis B – recommended, normally 2 months before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Meningococcal meningitis – recommended, normally 1 week before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Japanese B encephalitis – recommended, normally 4 weeks before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Rabies – recommended, normally 4 weeks before travel to Nepal and Bhutan
Are you planning to trek Annapurna Circuit in Nepal?
Before going for the Annapurna Circuit trek, few things that you need to know including trekking permits, going single or in a group, items required to pack, time to trek, and other financial matters. Hiking the Annapurna Circuit could be on the bucket list of your diary. The trek is amazingly beautiful as well as it gives you a life-changing experience. I am pretty sure that the trek would capture your attention from the very beginning of your trek.
Travelling through most of the world’s tallest mountains and in diverse climatic zones from tropical alpine to freezing alpine elevations is always challenging. Moreover, you need to vigorously walk on your foot, enjoying the natural beauty, and the hospitality of the Nepalese people, learning their culture and traditions. After spending 16 days on the trek going through the most challenging trails, the departure from such a place can make you overwhelming. And arrival at the Pokhara makes you feel rewarded.
Apart from that, it is super luring to book a flight, pull up your shock, lacing up your boots, and then heading into huge lushes. In brief, it would take transit you into a different world. Frankly, this is not the regular walk in the park. Nevertheless, before you even take a few steps, preparing for your permits and accommodation, high altitude sickness; there require vast knowledge and planning. Earlier, even you should go in a group or solo? What time of the year should we go for vivid visibility? Will there be snacks on the route?
From the people who successfully trekked Annapurna circuit may they share few tips before you jump into the trek without any knowledge? Here is significant knowledge before you tackle the epic, long-distance and amazing Annapurna circuit trek.
22 Things to Know Before Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna Circuit Fast fact
Before jumping into the nitty-gritty, the things you need to know about the Annapurna Circuit. And here are some fast facts about the trek.
The Annapurna circuit trek is situated in central Nepal, generally takes about 16 to 20 days for the complete round; the total Annapurna Circuit Trek distance is about 170-230 km. The height of Annapurna 1(highest Mountain in Annapurna Massif) is 8091m. Whereas, the highest point of the trek is Thorong La pass- 5416m (17,769ft)
Time to trek The Annapurna circuit
The Annapurna trekking isn’t the trek that you can hike up as per your interest. The change in weather has a significant impact on how what and where you can walk. The best time for trekking the Annapurna Circuit is in September, October, and November which is an Autumn season. Whereas March, April, May is also a suitable season as you can. More the weather is neither hot nor cold. Adding on, this is also the time for the expedition. June, July, August is the rainy season which benefits you can get to see the significant stream, more greenery, less crowd, in clear weather you can experience the stunning view. December, January and February is the winter season, you can also trek at this time too as there will be less traffic of people. More importantly, We provide you with a sleeping blanket that withstands negative 30-degree Celsius.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is an Anti- Clockwise
Since 1997 most of the trekkers started following the anti-clockwise circuit that begins in Besisahar and over the Thorong La pass and down to Jomsom valley. The Annapurna Trek going clockwise is completely hazardous because of the steep mountains; it’s challenging to gain altitude.
Furthermore, the foremost reason for this is acclimatization. If you go clockwise, you only get two days to acclimatize more, 1700m+ incline would become challenging. Whereas, preferring anti-clockwise provides you with almost two whole weeks of acclimatization plus leg training!
As a result of going clockwise, you would encounter very few tea houses; speaking of which if you are low immune then altitude sickness will catch you. Which means you would struggle for help.
Trekking Annapurna Circuit with group
If you are a solo traveller and you have to trek in a group, then even the thought of going along with the group and your pre-planned list would be daunting. But, going alone means you can go according to your plans.
Whereas travelling in a group has more safety and security. There is always a cheerful squad, a local well-trained guide also shares up-to-date info and sometimes cracks jokes to make the trip fun. In brief, both have their benefits in their way.
The pros of trekking Annapurna Circuit with a group
All the arrangements including permits, teahouse accommodations are well ordered by the trekking company. You can bring some snacks and chocolate bars and some money for tips/ meals.
Travelling with a prestigious company also prefers that your guides and porters; are exceptionally highly experienced in local knowledge, first aid, quick reaction to the emergency.
Your porter will carry your heavier luggage, so you have to keep you one step in front of others with your regular daypack.
Having a local guide is always on hand to share expert and beneficial knowledge.
A local is always helpful to gain expert knowledge
There will be other people to support you, which can enhance your journey a long way when you are thoroughly tired and out of breath.
The cons of trekking Annapurna Circuit with a group
If you are an independent traveler, then being with a group and going through their itineraries could be surprising to you.
It could be a little bit more expensive than going alone; however, you will feel its worth in the very instance.
Trekking the Annapurna circuit solo
It’s not infrequent to see people self-navigating the Annapurna Circuit. Given that the trek is one of the notable routes, where you will encounter many trekkers following the same path. So, you can walk with them or go solo again but get together at the same teahouses for the cards later that night.
The pros of Trekking the Annapurna circuit solo
Get the privilege to do what you want, when you want and go wherever you want.
It is less expensive than booking a company.
You will find the better of the two-dimension; solo trekking at day and group atmosphere at night in the teahouse.
The Cons of Trekking the Annapurna circuit solo
Solely responsible for your gear, finding accommodations, carrying your heavy bags on you back, organizing your permits, itinerary and etcetera.
Moreover, when you arrive at the tea house, you have to arrange everything by yourself, and for the worse, you need to have backup plans in the busy days.
In the absence of a trained guide to help and protect you from the hazardous areas, symptoms of altitude sickness or to monitor your speed becomes difficult.
It’s worth bearing in mind that safety comes first, whereas trekking alone can seriously put you in huge trouble.
Lastly, for the female trekkers, we would recommend trusting the culture and tradition of Nepal, where women are hugely respected.
You have to have fitness but not super fitness for trekking
You don’t have to gain the fitness level of the runner to complete the Annapurna Circuit trekking. However, it’s still notable going to the gym, giving you a hard time. Even a small hike is worth it before you go trekking.
The few days of the trek are adjustable like 5 to 6 hours of walking and covering 10 to 15 km of distance walking with enough rest, elongated lunch breaks and fewer rest days.
Whereas, you have to walk for 16 hours at high elevations for some days. Sometimes over 20 km too but that’s normal as you have already digested the high altitude after walking for many days. Finally, there comes the day from Muktinath to Jomsom, which upholds the magnificent beauty for the trekkers.
For further information, we recommend you to have general cardio which is best for your cardiovascular activities — also, a few successive days of walking for long distances.
Adding on, get used to wearing boots every day and walking for long hours. If you wish to try altitude training before leaving. In any case, you will thank yourself fifth day in a row when the time comes to lace up those boots again.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek requires a permit.
You need to organize the permit from both Trekking Information Management System (TIMS), and an Annapurna National Permit, also known as Annapurna conservation area entry permit, if you are trekking the Annapurna Circuit.
According to the law of 2019, the TIMS permit is $20 (NPR 2000) per person, whereas the APC permit is $30 (NPR 3000) per person. And this permit is checked at different checkpoints. As we have talked earlier; if you are travelling in a group, a guide is likely to manage it all for you. While if you are trekking solo, then you have to manage it all by yourself, at Nepal tourism office based in Kathmandu or Pokhara, which is a little discomfort. Note: bring a minimum of 4 passport size photo for trekking permit as well.
“It is always further than it looks. It is always taller than it looks. And it is always harder than it looks.”
Above quote is “the three rules of mountaineering”. We don’t know who came up with this quote, but they were exact, but it is entirely worth it.
The Annapurna trek is long, tiring and challenging for which you need to have both physical and mental condition in good health. Depending on the route of the trek, it takes more than 13 days to arrive back to the capital. The days on the trek would become exciting and fun, while some days are physically tiresome and energy draining. As you have taken things with you is very limited soon you will be out of stock.
Now there are safe drinking water stations on various checkpoints and villages. These days there is internet access everywhere, but after Manang, until you cross Thorong la pass, there is no wifi accessible. It sounds daunting but believes in yourself, standing in the peaks which you have never imagined, grouping with your friends for a cup of tea and lunch at teahouses is a different story. Moreover, when you celebrate after crossing the challenging Thorong La pass you wonder how you were even able to do it at first place and on the second hand, you wonder why you left that place and came down.
You understand this feeling when you see a beautiful girl at the party for the first time, right? Your hair stands up from the back of your neck, your heart starts pumping like a piston, and you start feeling a crisis of your existential being small in this universe. How even in this world this amazingness can exist.
Well, these magical moments happen every single day in the Annapurna region. With every footstep, the scenarios of the region changes and the mountains always have something new for you to offer. The breathtaking terrain, the rolling clouds, the wooden suspension bridge, the towering mountains or the simple smile of the local people everything is magnificent up there.
With every footstep, the scenario in front of you changes and the mountains reveal something; passing clouds, the breathtaking landscape, the tall mountains or the smiling face locals. Those mountains are the definition of beauty with the awe-inspiring moment.
The altitude sickness is not a joke
You may have gained a super fitness level. Gymnasium, a Marathon runner, won the triathlon but it’s of no use when it comes to altitude sickness. It can affect anyone which includes the fittest athletes. Therefore, equip yourself with all the necessary precautions after 3000m. This means, taking Diamox, staying hydrated, taking adequate rest and don’t miss your meals. If you sense the symptoms, then inform your guide and take immediate action.
Tea houses and lodges on the Annapurna circuit more than a decade
There is a complete guide to accommodation in Nepal so if you are expecting to stay at a 5-star hotel then you are going to disappoint yourself as you can imagine it for yourself that it’s a remote place away from the touch of the roads. You will be satisfied with the necessary accommodations provided with at that altitude.
Generally, the tea houses and guest houses are spotted everywhere along the trek from Besisahar to Jomsom valley. And these houses are made up of stone and wood which provides you with relief in the long trekking days. Most of the tea houses are generally twin share, enough space to open out.
Furthermore, as the elevation increases, the accommodation turns up into more basic. Soon you will be ok with any form of bedding as you start gaining altitude. All the tea houses are inbuilt with the furnace in the dining hall. Moreover, it is where you spend most of your time, and you can also meet other fellow travelers talking, eating and sharing their experience.
The tea houses make their living by selling food and snacks. It is likely to be a little more expensive than the capital. You can buy snacks, food and drinks at a tea house to support them. Doing this firstly you will lighten your bag packs, and second, it offers a required flow of money which helps to sustain their livelihood.
As the flow of dollars supports their livelihood, you spend up there, which means your bargain can disturb their financial situation. However, anyone travelling up there we request to pay fairly for both food and accommodation as people on the trail entirely rely on the dollar you spent for the survival.
Most of the tea houses have the necessary facilities. Until you reach Manang you will find a hot shower; you don’t have to pay for it. You can also charge your electronic devices for a small cost. For the alternatives, you can carry a solar charger to keep your device active all the time.
Take a few mandatory things
There are legendary people in Nepal who are super active and go up and down the mountains carrying your heavy luggage on their back, and we call them Porters. They do this so that you can focus on your journey without any discomfort. While they possess superhuman strength, they are quiet and shy in nature with real muscles.
By the way, you can help them out by bringing what is needed around 10 to 15 kg. Avoid all you make up kits, extra pair of jeans and other auxiliary things which leads to an increase in the weight of your bags.
Having a well equipped medical equipment for an unanticipated situation
Imagine this, you are enjoying your meal sitting near the fire, and you also played a few rounds of cards with your friend that night before going back to your bed. Suddenly, at midnight you suffer from diarrhea, and need to fetch a toilet every 2 minutes. So, if you haven’t carried Pepto-Bismol with you, then the possibility of continuing with your trek would become rare.
Likewise, you may suffer from cold, fever, headache, stomachache, and so on. If only you didn’t have a medical kit, then you have to discontinue your trekking. At higher elevation, the chances for getting altitude sickness are very high, so you need to carry Acetazolamide with you.
Walking with those boots for long hours may cause blisters that you need to carry band-aids, blister plasters. You may also need water purification tablets as well. Antibacterial cream is also essential for scratches and cuts. Antihistamine tablets for allergic reactions. Anti-nausea tablets for motion sickness, Paracetamol or ibuprofen for fever and pain relief. Finally, taking some toilet paper with you will come in handy, which later you thank yourself for carrying it along. So, for precaution, you need to carry a fully equipped medical kit which has everything that supports to give first aid during an emergency.
Four seasons in one trek
Going through the pleasant weather in the first early days, you probably doubt using those warm clothes. As the altitude increases, then you would realize why you pack those clothes above 3000m. You will face various kinds of weather as the Annapurna circuit trek covers all the climatic zones from alpine to tropical. For some days you will trek in shorts and t-shirt whereas other days you will cover your whole body as it is mercilessly cold at a higher level.
At Annapurna, the range of climatic zones is terrific, which surely gives you some grand view. That is why be ready then ask your guide; what kind of picture to expect, and what type of temperature to face.
Best quality and approachable price
While lumbering through the snow on the way to Thorong La pass, you might wonder how the food would be. But, your thoughts end when you get to see the food menu. You would still be confused after seeing the food you ordered on your table. All kinds of food including Italian, Chinese, Continental, Indian cuisine and of course famous Nepali dal bhat is available everywhere you stay.
You don’t need to fret about your taste buds as the cuisine found in the Annapurna region is amazingly superb. As the altitude increases the pricing of the food increases, so the price of the food is around 35 to 40 dollar per day. Conversely, the cost of the food decreases with a decrease in elevation. At the height of 3000m in Manang, you can treat yourself with the famous Yak Burger as well. In Nepal, the Dhal bhat is more popular than any other meal as the saying goes by “Dal Bhat power 24 hours”.
The Annapurna circuit trekking is cost-effective.
You may break your leg while trekking, it surely shouldn’t break your bank balance. As we have talked earlier, all your expenses including breakfast, meal dinner and permits are included in the amount which you paid more first. If you are trekking solo, then think of paying around 1300 USD which will cover your permits, food and lodgings.
On the matter of food, the expenditure around $40 per person in a day is sufficient to experience everything which includes your breakfast, lunch and dinner. We suggest you stock up on huge snacks, drinks and chocolate on your haversack for long walking days.
Furthermore, you won’t find any ATMs on the trail until you reach Jomsom. Therefore, stock up on Nepalese currency before you start the trekking. To keep the money safely, hide it in your kit bag and keep it with you all the time.
All over in Nepal, tipping is not mandatory, but when it comes to porters and guides, it’s reasonable to expect tips. Most of the trekking agencies here are set up depending upon the tips they gain from carrying our heavy luggage and leading groups. Generally for your leader, you should separate $10-15 per person in a day accordingly, for your porters $7 per traveler in a day.
Add about USD$200 in cash to your cost, and make sure to put it separately from the rest of your amount. In the case, if you spend everything in flow and forget about the tips.
Unambiguously require 100% travel insurance
After reading this blog for a while, you might have noticed already that we do nothing without travel insurance when you are trekking at a high altitude in the Annapurna Circuit. Likewise, either it is altitude sickness, sprained ankle or a natural disaster (2015 Nepal earthquake) the unanticipated can occur at any time. Thus, it is always better to prepare yourself.
Esteem the local culture
For most people, trekking is all about finding yourself, acknowledging yourself and breaking through your limit. But, the Annapurna circuit is not only filled with natural beauties as well as enriched with culture and tradition. The trail is upheld with the magnificent culture and sacred path by the Nepalese. Therefore, as a visitor, it is important to act accordingly and show respect to their learning along the way. In which, proper dressing, not littering and no criticizing are essential. Further, take some time to talk with locals and try to understand their beliefs and way of their life. In conclusion, the foremost part of travelling is to engulf you into another culture.
Dare not to pollute the Annapurna Circuit region
As we all know, the Annapurna region is remote, and due to its altitude reason, most of the villagers don’t have enough method for getting rid of waste materials. Alternatively, they have to carry it off the mountain region themselves, which is not absolute. And burning waste materials is not the best possible thought.
In the busy season, more than a thousand trekkers cross over the routes of the Annapurna Circuit. However, if you pause for a while to think about the effect that many people across the world come to visit the Annapurna region unmistakably bring waste products with them. And the waste (plastic bottles, sunscreen bottles, food wrappers etcetera.) materials left behind are for sure to burn or stay there on the other side.
You must be a responsible traveler on the Annapurna Circuit. Thus, you can reduce the trail from pollution using reusable products. And not littering plus taking all the trash out of the National parks along with you.
There will be enough spare time in the evening
After you arrive at your teahouse, there is plenty of free time in which you can do things which satisfy you. Moreover, you can prepare yourself for the coming day. The evening becomes dearest as you get to catch with your group, spend good time with them. There is WiFi connection as well; you can talk at your home and share them with your whole day experience. For the most part, you can chat with the locals who know about their livelihood. If you are a book lover then reading books which introduce you about the places you are travelling; night is the perfect time to explore in your fantasy about the travel.
Celebratory summit chocolate means a lot
Day to day, our group has always talked about the experience of the celebratory summit chocolate. So, when we reach the top Thorong La Pass (5416m), it seems mandatory to have a jollification of your success.
The celebration is the ultimate because reaching the highest point of your trek in good condition is not less than winning a war. It seems like kid stuff but enjoying a victory at the top is incomparable.
Annapurna Circuit is one of the best trek to witness the nature and culture of Nepal. Considered as the best long distance trek of the world by many, Annapurna Circuit is a bucket-list trek in the Himalayas of Nepal for most of adrenaline junkies. Before going to the trek, you must know about the ins and outs of the trek. Thus, I hope this blog on “Essential Things to know before Annapurna Circuit Trek” will help you plan your trek better and make your trip a successful one.
Furthermore, if you have any more question or want to book this trek with us then please feel free to contact us. To explore more trekking in Nepal, you can visit Nepal Trekking Packages.
Langtang region is located in the north part of the capital city, Kathmandu, and bordering Tibet, is protected as Langtang National Park. Langtang Region Trekking is the moderate level trekking destination in Nepal. You can witness the high peaks, including Langtang Lirung, and the ultimate goal of this region is Cross Lauribinayak Pass. If you visit Langtang Valley Trek 7 Days, you will be blessed to see the major Himalayas of Nepal, ranging from Makalu in the east and Annapurna in the west. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal can also be seens from this region. After the Annapurna region and Everest region, Langtang is the most preferred trekking destination for all tourists.
Langtang Valley Trek 7 days is one of the short trekking in the Langtang, where we can explore Kyanjin Gompa And Langtang valley. We offer 7 days of Langtang Valley trekking package at a clear and cheap cost. This is a 7 days trekking, but you will spend 5 days in Langtang valley where 2 days includes traveling. This is one of the named and popular trekking areas to be near glacier, valley, alpine, and grazing yaks in the pasture.
Langtang valley short trek is the most diverse trek near Kathmandu offers you the majestic sights of bamboo forest, waterfall, and variety of rhododendron. As Nepal, Langtang valley trek does not have the same level of infrastructure as Annapurna and Everest region, but it delivers more spectacular views in a short time
Langtang Trek is known as the top 5 best treks in Nepal, strongly recommended for those trekkers who want to experience the majestic views natural scenery of Nepal and want to be away from the crowd in a short time. For this trek, you need not have previous experiences.
Langtang is full of variation of beautiful places with both natural and religious tenets. We can explore different nature of landscapes like from holy lakes of Gosaikunda to natural hot spring. Trekkers will enjoy the company, love, and affection of Sherpa; also, they can more explore the culture and lifestyle of them. People are earning here by tourism and yak farming.therew is belives that in this region, any people are from the Tibetian family. Hence we can experience the cross-cultural diversities of Tibetian and Nepali ethnic groups. Hindus and Buddhists devotees visit this region with religious faith.
The attraction of this place Langtang village excursion, Yak cheese factory, Langtang glacier sights, exclusive Kyangin Gompa view, Langtang Lirung expedition, views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, cross Lauribinayak pass, Gosainkunda, Sherpa culture at Helambu.
Starting of the Langtang Valley Trek Journey
As our Langtang valley, seven days trek will begin with a day’s bus ride from Kathmandu to Syaprubesi. The first day we will walk to the Syaprubesi. Then we will walk towards Lama Hotel and to Langtang Village. We will enjoy staying at the tea house. After exploring the Langtang valley, we will back to Kathmandu.
Major highlights of 7 Days Langtang Valley Trek
No need to book a flight, we can drive this trek within7& 8 hours
Trekking through Langtang Valley is also known as the trekking through the glaciers.
Be amazed by the panoramic views of mountains such as Langtang Himal, Langtang Ri, and Ganjala Peak.
Diverse flora fauna
You can delve into Tibetian-influenced culture
One of the world’s best valley
Varied Vegetation nad landscapes.
Stay in charming teahouses along the route.
Detailed Itinerary for 7 Days Langtang Trek
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
You should let us know about the time of arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative will be there to pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport to Hotel, but our package will start only from the second day of your arrival.
Early in the morning, our representative will p be at your door at 6:30 in the hotel. After having a light breakfast, we will start our journey with the fantastic drive of around 6-7 hours through the meandering road, lush green forest, high hills, and gracefully flowering riverside.
We will enjoy the delightful views of Himalayan and marvel; at the unique lifestyle through the terraced fields and rural towns. We will enjoy our lunch at Trishul before proceeding to Dhunche. From beautiful place DHunche, we will more towards Syabrubesi.
Altitude: Syabrubesi (1,550 m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 2: Trek to Lama Hotel
Today is our first day of trekking. First, we will cross Bhote Khosi following the Langtang river; then we will enter in Langtang National Park. We are trekking to the rising sun by making our journey pass through the Langtang Khola, thick woodlands, cross a few suspension bridges. The trails seem to difficult, but it is not.
Trekking Duration: 5 hours
Altitude: Lama Hotel ( 2380 m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 3: Trek to Langtang Valley
Today after breakfast, we will start our trekking towards the MUndu via Langtang Valley. Our trail will full of dense forests. We will leave the tree line behind after doing a steady climb up through the valley. We will also enjoy the Marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. We will pass through the water factories, watch chortens, and see stunning hills. And we will back in the previous place.
Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
Altitude: Langtang Valley (3430 m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 4: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
After breakfast, we will escape the town and pass through the yak pastures. Also, we will cross the biggest Mani divider in Nepal. We are leaving the forest behind as we climb above the tree line to see the majestic vies of Langtang Range. From up, we will see the lush green valley. The land is an inhabitant of Sherpa, who known as the children of Himalayans. You can so go out and leisurely walk around Kanjin Gompa appreciating the ice-sheets, yaks, icefalls, and perspectives.
Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
Altitude: Kanjin Gompa (3870 m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Trek to Kyanjin Ri
We will wake up early in the morning and start our trekking to see the stunning views of the sunrise in Kyanjin Ri. After breakfast, we again continue our trekking to Lama Hotel. Because it havers a downhill, it will take about 4 or 5 hours stroll from kanji gompa to get the lama hotel. In the way, we can see and explore the Tamang religious and traditional, which seems the same as the Tibetans.
Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
Altitude: Kyanjin Ri (4800 m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 6: Trek over to Syabrubesi
Now it is the last day of our’s in the trekkin=g area. Today we will walk down to Syabrubensi. We will enjoy the simple downhill trail full of lush green vegetation. After arriving in Syabrubesi, we will take lunch.
If we have free time, we can enjoy the stunning views of Bizzare hill-town.
Trekking Duration: 4 hours
Altitude: Syabrubesi (1,550 m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 7: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will drive towards Kathmandu; it takes about 6-7 hours. After arriving in Kathmandu, our staff will be there to receive you. If you want to spend more time in Kathmandu, please consult with us. We can recommend you the best place to visit. And also today we will enjoy our beautiful trek farewell.
Even though, as I already mention that Langtang valley trek is a moderate level trek. But still, there is some complication and factors you should take a look.
Anyone can suffer from Altitude sickness at higher altitudes. Specifically, you are going to gain some altitude once you start trekking in Nepal. But, Langtang valley 7 days trek does not take you to extreme height as the Everest region does.
But there are chances of suffering from altitude sickness so you should maintain proper acclimatization.
The symptoms of Altitude sickness would be nausea, vomiting, difficult to breathe, and many more, if you faced this symptom while trekking then don’t hesitate to share with your guides and friends.
Once you reach in friendly altitude, then take rest till you don’t feel secure. Please consult with your doctor about the altitude sickness. It’s better to know your body before taking any medicines. Diamax is one of the best cure for altitude sickness.
Langtang valley is known as one of the remote places near Kathmandu. You will not see the proper roads and modes of transportation.
There are small tracks which are surrounded by hills and mountains. The remoteness of any places means that thee is unavailability and improper accessibility.youmay be sick or injured. At the same time, trekking, then it takes more than a day to reach a proper hospital. The quickest way is to fly to the nearest hospital and medical, which will increase the amount of money.
As we already know that Langtang valley is known as the remote place with minimal facilities. There is no proper transportation means rather than flying or carrying goods.
Food would be more expensive as you go higher altitude, and also water. It cost so high only for a liter of water.
A hot shower and charging your devices will cost some amount. These little things add to the difficulty of this trek.
If you are planning to visit Langtang valley near Kathmandu. The Langtang region has different weather conditions in the varying seasons of winter, monsoon, autumn, and spring. But the best time to visit in Langtang is Autumn and Spring season.
These seasons have a good whether and bearable temperature. During this season, you will get a chance to walk on the sunny warm day in the dry trail. As all know, the morning and night would be cold as comparing today.
During this season, you would get a chance to walk through the oaks and rhododendrons along with diverse vegetation. Theses seasons offer the crisp views of the chain of Himalayas under the blue sky.
Langtang trek During Autumn (September to November)
Autumn is the best season to trek in Langtang. From September to November, the weather will remain useful and the temperature is stable. If you trek in this season, then you will get an opportunity to walk under the blue skies, fresh air, and dry trail.
You may feel cold during the morning and night, but the temperature of the day will be okay. In this temperature and pleasant environment will collect the fondest trekking memories.
Also, in the Autumn season, there is sharp light of the sun so you can see unobstructed views of all mountains and valley. In this season, you have not to face the fog problem.
Langtang Valley Trek During Spring (March to May)
It is also known as the second-best season to visit the Langtang region.in this season; you will have along nad warm day.there will be moderate temperature.
The trail will be beautiful and memorable because the lush forest will full of rhododendron. You will see the wildflowers along the way. Because the warm sun and soft mountains breezes, the trek becomes more exhausting.
We can see the unobstructed views of mountains in this season, also can walk with beautiful forests.
Langtang Valley Trek During Summer/Monsoon (June to August)
Langtang Reagan faces the summer season in June, July, and August. As there will be a high temperature, there will be heat at the lower temperature. But while we are going up at higher altitude, than there will b cold temperature.
The rainfall may make the trail slippery with bugs, parasites, and slippery with beetles, leeches and earthworms. But on the lighter side, you will get to enjoy the rainwashed surrounding with greenery everywhere. Summer region in the Langtang valley is a blissful time for all nature lovers.
Sometime the dense forest may hie all attractive beauties of nature, but the heavy rainfall will make it rid. It will offer more precise and exciting views of the mountainscape and the surrounding landscapes. As these are the season of planting, so you will have a fantastic time looking at the terraced farms and the working locals in their typical ways.
Langtang Valley Trek During Winter (December to February)
The winter season starts in December and ends in February in Langtang valley. As the day is moderately cold but the morning and nights are freezing.
In winter, you will get a chance to explore snow- blanket Langtang under the blue skies as these are the mountain region. There will frequently change in temperature and weather.
Since fewer trekkers prefer the winter season to trek, but if you don’t want any crowd and enjoy Langtang valley trek freely, then please hit your mind with this season.
Share us about the choices regarding the trek. We will plan the best itinerary for Langtang valley trek. For more info, please check our blog on “Best Time For Langtang Valley Trek”
7 Days Langtang Trek Costs
Trekking Cost plays an vital role in your Langtang Valley Trek 7 days. With an amount of $700-$900, you can cover all the Langtang trekking costs. In this total cost, you will be paying for the cost of your food, accommodation, permits, transportation, and so on.
Packing list for 7 Days Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang 7 days trek is one of the most magnificent and jaw-dropping Himalayan experience in Nepal. You will walk through one of the inspiring and challenging routes during this trek.
There are climatic alternations in the Langtang valley trek. So you need to prepare your packing according to your trekking in season.
We have listed some information about packing for your exceptional trek on the Langtang Valley trek. The following are the clothing and gears you need during the trek.
Langtang Valley Trek Backpacks
On your Langtang valley trek, a packing satchel helps you to carry your goods and equipments. It also helps you to classify clothes, cables, and electronics.
A Big Rucksack
Big Rucksack helps you to carry the luggage for solo trekkers.
You need to have a favorable day pack throughout the trek. This day pack will help you to carry essential hiking snacks, down jacket, waterproof trousers, rain jacket, camera, and also because it’s plenty of space for sunscreen, a hat, and other personal items for your trek.
Waterproof Dry Bag
A waterproof dry bag will help you to protect your essential things from rain. Furthermore, it has plenty of space for a warm jacket, snacks, and rain gear.
Layering is an essential concept for clothing during your Langtang Valley trek. Proper attire will help you to stay away from all the winds on this trek. The trekking clothes and other essential things are made of various fabrics like cotton, wool, and denim to absorb moisture.
At least four pairs of quick-drying and breathable underwear for your whole trek.
Thermal wear is comfortable and warm. Thermal wears help to keep you warm.
The artificial are made upper layer is ideal for Langtang Valley short trek. They are light, and they are easier to wash, and they tend to dry quickly.
During this trek to be away from sunburn, you can use long-sleeved shirts. Short-sleeved shirts help to trek during summer.
Lower body layer
For Langtang Valley trek quick-drying, convertible hiking and semi-waterproof are comfortable.
Also, you can use wool trousers to keep you warm and cozy at higher altitudes. Also, you can use waterproof trousers.
List of extra clothing
Light thermal tops
Non-cotton underwear briefs
Waterproof shell-pants, breathable fabric
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
Fleece or wool trousers
Gloves help to keep your hands hot and warm during the trek and also helps to prevent your hands from frostbite at a higher altitude region. So you need to pack outer and inner gloves which help you to protect your Hand from wind and water.
Gloves or hand wears
Lightweight poly-liner gloves
Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
Blisters are a significant concern during your trek on the Langtang Valley trek .consequetly you need to have a reliable pair of trekking boots and socks to comfort your ankles and sole during the long hike.
The hiking boot should be lightweight, comfortable, and durable, which will help you to walk through the diverse geography during the trek. You need to walk through all plain lands, wet snow, muddy ground, and grainy riverbank, so you need to pack a reliable pair of hiking boots to ease your trek.
Pair of sandals/flip-flops
A couple of shoes are useful in lodges and hotels. These sandals or flip-flops are also helpful while taking a shower or use the bathroom.
List of footwear
Trainers or running shoes
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Cotton socks Gaiters
Hiking boots with extra laces
Sleeping bags are the centre of your wrapping list for this trek. Most of the lodges indeed provide you with blankets. A sleeping bag will help you to stay warm during cold nights.
Both Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner will be useful
List of sleeping accessories
Sleeping Bag Liner
You should pack a good pair of headwear like a beanie or a headband during the Langtang Valley trek. It will help your head to be warm and protect from rain, snow, and excessive sunlight rays.
Sunglasses are useful to assists in protecting your eyes from harsh sunlight at higher altitudes and also in absorbing the stress from the eyes. It also helps you to protect your eyes from the wind.
Hat or fleece hat
The sun hat will help the skin of your face during the trekking in summer, especially at a lower altitude. A fleece that will protect your head from snow, the river at higher altitude.
List of head wears
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
A warm hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Bandana or headscarf
In this journey, you may suffer from altitude sickness at higher altitudes. You might be suffering from a common clod due to variation in temperature. So you need to pack proper first aid kits.
To avoid the risk of high altitude sickness, you should carry Diamox and Paracetamol, and Imodium can be useful in case of unpleasant diarrhoea and sudden fever.
List of Medication :
Chlorine Dioxide Tablets/ Water Purification Tablets
Small Bandages and plasters
Diamox/ Altitude Sickness tablet
Tissue /toilet roll
Journal and pen
Important documents and items
Proof of insurance
2 extra passport size photos
Separate photocopies of passport
Dollars, Euros or pounds in cash for purchasing goods or paying for them
Langtang is a region in the Himalayans to the north of the capital city, Kathmandu valley, and bordering Tibet. Langtang valley located 61.8 km away from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we can take a drive of about 4-5 hours, and then we will reach in Langtang valley. Our path will full of stunning views of mountains.
Where to start Langtang valley trek?
As in first, Our drive will start by Kathmandu valley, but our trekking journey is strat from Syabrubesi, from where we visit Lama hotel and move towards Kyanjin Gompa. The trail combines beautiful alpine and rhododendron forest, glaciers, rivers, extended pastures, and breathtaking peaks bordering Tibet.
How challenging is Langtang valley trek?
Langtang valley is known as the moderate trek. There is a proper and right place for comfort food and accommodation. There is no doubt to say that it is one of the best trekking destinations. There are 360-degree panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. There are no confusing trails and tough terrains.
Do you need a guide for Langtang valley trek?
Langtang valley trek means trekking over the Langtang valley. Throughout the journey, you will pass through the uncivilized villages. It is not easy to travel in Langtang valley without a guide. So we recommend you to take a guide and porter to enjoy your short trek in Langtang valley. All guides will be there to care about your neediness. Also, they have to use safety measures in high elevation. They take care of your acclimatization and itinerary. They will give you information about many essential things of places, culture and tradition, lifestyle and many meanings of festivals, education, occupation and about many more things. They would be there to save from the wrong decision, direction, etc. Trekkers need not worry about there lodging and food facilities; guides will be there to care. At the checkpoint, trekkers will take rest while guides will show all of your passports and visa documents. Langtang valley will full by Sherpa people; guides will communicate with them and try to provide you with all the small facilities you need. While you have a guide with you, then all you need to do is walking forward.
Who can trek to Langtang valley?
Langtang valley trek is perfect for all those trekkers who want to see the real beauties of nature. And it is also ideal for both experienced and unexperienced trekkers too.people with a sound mind, healthy body; good stamina can adapt it quickly and can enjoy all journeys. But if you have less strength, then you should eat diet food and do some exercise and cardio then immediately you can join this trek. Because it is a trek in another country for a specific time, you should have a health checkup and consult with your doctor or physiology to be sure typo join this trek. All we recommend you to take care of your health by minimizing your walking speed, making plenty of water during the trek. Our trek guides will take care of all caution and safety measures.
How much do permit and time take to Langtang valley trek?
Before you go for the Langtang Valley trek, you should care about the two different Langtang Trek permits.
TIMS stands for Trekker Information Management System. There is a total of 3 types of cards. They are green, blue and pink. For individual trekkers, green tickets cost $20. Blue card for organizes group trekker, which costs $10, and if you are from SAARC national, you will get a pink tag that costs $6.
Langtang National Park Entry Permit
For any of the trekking routes of the Langtang national park, you must be pass through Langtang national park. And to take a drive in this region, you must behave a special Langtang national park entry card, which costs $30, excluding 13% vat.
What to bring/pack on Langtang valley trek?
Clothes and gears play a vital role in making your journey best. So it is critical to pack your bag with needed stuff. After deciding on visiting Langtang National park in which season. According to that season, you need to pack your bags. For the winter season, you need to bring warm gear; for monsoon, you need to carry rain gear, and for spring or autumn, you have to give lightweight cotton clothes. Also if you wear full-sleeved light clothes, it will prevent from suntan. At monsoon, rains occur frequently. The atmosphere seems to be humid. In the winter season, it is cold. You have to wear warm clothes in layers to maintain your body temperature. The significant goods you need to carry during treks are a pair of good quality trekking shoes, thermals, hiking underwear, gloves, a sun hat, sunglasses, anti-leech socks, wind stopper jacket, woolen cap, woolen scarf, etc. You can check out the above packing list for more information.
How far is Langtang valley from Kathmandu?
Langtang valley located 61.8 km away from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we can take a drive about 4-5 hours, and then we will reach in Langtang valley.
How long to fly from Kathmandu to Langtang?
There are no facilities of flying from Kathmandu to Langtang. So you need to via car or bus in Langtang.
Where is the Langtang region of Nepal?
Langtang region is located in the north-central Himalayas of the Bagmati province of Nepal. It is situated 51 Kilometers north of the Kathmandu valley. Langtang region is renowned for hosting the Langtang National park, which eventually constitutes the border with the Tibet autonomous region of China.
How to reach Langtang from Kathmandu?
The cheapest way to go Langtang fro Kathmandu is to the bus, which costs $5 and takes 6 hours. So we want to recommend you to take a bus.
How high is Langtang village?
Our journey will start from an altitude of 1500 m beside the road at Syabru Besi. From here, the trail goes up a narrow, forest gorge. After ascending to the Kyanjin Gompa, we will be at 3850 m altitude; it gradually widens.
The Nepal Government suspended international and domestic flights in Nepal since March 22 and March 24 respectively. The country imposed a nationwide lockdown since that day to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus.
Nepal is looking forward to opening domestic and international flights from August 17. A Cabinet meeting was held at Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s residence on Monday, July 20, 2020. With the decrease of COVID-19 cases in Nepal, a major decision to resume domestic and international flights in Nepal from August 17 was taken at the meeting.
According to MoHP media briefing (22/7/2020, 16:15), 100 new cases have been registered today with 18,094 number of confirmed cases. In the last 24 hours, 3779 RT PCR test was done. The good news is with 207 patients discharged; the total number of recoveries is 12,684 (70.1% of total confirmed cases). However, 2 deaths recorded today takes the number of the death toll to 42.
Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane said, “There are still some countries that are imposing entry restrictions. We will prepare reports on the countries where international flights are not restricted and allow them to enter the country accordingly. We will develop protocols and other required measures for the incoming flights to Nepal.” Besides, he also stated that health and safety protocols have already been developed for domestic flights.
Tourism is the key to the foreign currency earning sector in Nepal. With four months of complete lockdown, tourism is about to collapse. Even with the decision to resume national and international flights in Nepal from August 17, we can hardly say the state will be prepared enough to welcome foreigners.
The Government initially planned to reopen flight service from 22nd July which was postponed to 5th of August. With the latest news, the new date for resumption of international and domestic flights in Nepal is confirmed. Yet, we are not sure how effective will this decision be when the time comes.
Preparation and hefty exercise shall be done by the officials and ministers to maintain the new normal. As the airport is opening, there are major chances of entering a higher number of corona virus infected people.
For example, Bahamas reopened its border to tourist on July 1 turns out to be a regretful decision as there was an abrupt increase of corona cases with incoming travellers.
There has always been pros and cons in every situation. Opening borders may provide a positive opportunity to Nepal and its citizen but taking an immediate decision without setting fixed protocols might lag the country down.
We hope in three weeks, the Government comes strong enough with good problem handling system. But what if the system fails? Can the country afford to face another phase of lockdown? Can we sustain tourism in Nepal?
Nepal is a beautiful country, sanctified with nature’s attraction. The state also boasts of extraordinary historical and cultural charm like temples and monuments, which converse volumes about the rich antiquity and culture of the place. The picturesque beauty adds a perfect background to these popular visitor places in Nepal, and the weather makes it favourable for the travellers to visit and explore. Here are the best places to travel in Nepal after COVID.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is situated in north-east Nepal and encircled by the mighty Everest also as other lofty peaks, deep ravines, and, therefore, the Himalayan glaciers. The Sagarmatha park is among the first visually appealing masterpieces on earth. Located 135 km far away from Kathmandu, this nature reserve happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is taken into account as sacred.
In Sagarmatha National park, you will get diverse flora and fauna taking shelter amid spectacular landscapes. Also, you will find every aspect of nature’s charm preserved here in Sagarmatha.
If you’re planning a visit to the present Himalayan wonder, don’t forget to stay a lookout for the variety of wildlife that this place is legendary for, including Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Ghoral, snow leopards, wolves, lynx, and weasels. Aside from the variety of animal species, Sagarmatha park is additionally home to over thousand rare to endangered bird species like Himalayan Monal, Snowcock, Yellow-billed Chough, Blood Pheasant, and, therefore, the Red-billed Chough. A visit to the present paradise will tell you why it’s one of Nepal’s most straightforward tourist attractions and mentioned as a crucial Bird Area by BirdLife International.
These are the popular trekking packages inside Sagarmatha National Park. This is one of the best places in Nepal to travel after COVID-19.
Annapurna Region is a tremendous diverse landscape and culture complete with vibrant mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages, and a right sort of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna (8091meters) of Nepal is that the 10th highest mountain within the world, and therefore when you reach in the Annapurna Base camp, you will be in the height of 4130m/13549ft which is one among the four more popular walks on the earth. Furthermore, we reach our destination via Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), which is honoured by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. Additionally, because of the well-groomed itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package, it’s a well-liked choice among diverse outdoor enthusiasts.
In the Annapurna Region, we can do these trekking:
If you would like to ascertain some more wildlife in Nepal, then visit Langtang National park, which is known as one of the purest and beautiful places to go to within the city. The park offers not only abundant wildlife but also the chance to hike and be awestruck! For those that love adventure, also like nature, this is often considered to be amongst the first amazing Nepal tourist places. If you’re a wildlife lover or an experienced freak, you will surely want to head to the present stunning wildlife sanctuary.
We can do trekking inside the Langtang National Park. We recommend you to Nepal travel to these places after COVID 19.
Get to ascertain Nepal’s side in Chitwan National park, one among the UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Chitwan National Park is a natural abode of wildlife. The tropical monsoon climate makes it an ideal place for wildlife viewing and jungle safari and also known as the simplest places to go to Nepal. Chitwan National park is often the first park that was inbuilt in the country of Nepal. Chitwan National Park was established within the year 1973 B.S. This park is made over a neighbourhood of the 952.63-kilometre square. This park is fundamentally located within the south-central part of the country and is one of Nepal’s most natural tourist attractions.
The nearest city to the present park in Bharatpur. This park is now governed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. Since the 19th century, this park has been considerably popular and named the Jungle’s guts. Once upon a time, this place was used for hunting, but afterwards, the government decided to form it a park so that all the animals are ready to stay comfortably.
Tourist Attractions: The park may be home to rhinoceros, sloth bears, Royal Bengal Tiger, and lots of more.
The gem of Nepal tourism, Pokhara Valley, is snuggled amidst the Annapurna Himalayan Range and other mountain ranges. Pokhara is the second-largest valley and is one of the simplest places to go to in Nepal. Among all numerous famous tourist attractions, the Pokhara Valley beckons an outsized number of tourists who like to admire nature’s marvels. This place is understood as the second-largest Valley within Nepal and one among the simplest tourist places in Nepal. Pokhara is one of the favoured locations for all tourists in Nepal who want to explore the natural beauty. In Pokhara, poon hill is one of the places to go to Nepal near the Bihar border.
People generally visit this valley so that they’re ready to have a transparent view of the Himalayan ranges. This place is additionally considerably famous for having things like boating, rafting, trekking in Nepal, and other extreme sports. Consistent with the tourism board of Nepal, the number of tourists in Nepal is increasing day by day during a very rapid manner.
How to succeed in: The tourist bus ride takes about 7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.
Rara Lake – The best place in Nepal to travel after COVID
Rara Lake Trekking is handily one of the first beautiful treks that take you to Rara Lake in Nepal. It’s one of the essential lakes in Nepal. Per annum, thousands of tourists visit the lake from everywhere on the planet. Rara Lake lies at an elevation of two thousand nine hundred ninety meters with a neighbourhood of 10.8 km square. Green hills beautifully surround it, and Rara park makes it an honest trekking destination. Also, the view of snow-clad Himalayan peaks enhances the sweetness of Rara Lake.
Surprisingly, Rara Lake is the bluest water within the world yet the lake shows three different colours in a day, and therefore the background of the lake also keeps changing. The Rara Lake Trekking route is a small amount crowded and much off the beaten trail. So, it’s an outstanding choice for those that are seeking isolation and communion with nature. Throughout the trekking journey, you’ll experience very different and unique cultures and panorama, which are different from the remainder of Nepal. This stunning lake within the high altitude is surrounded by forests of pine, alpine meadows, juniper, and spruce. At the same time, within the background, one can outlook the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. In winter, there’s often snow on the ridges surrounding the lake, which provides the lake with a heavenly look.
The light of Asia is in Nepal. So, this is also one of the best places in Nepal to travel After COVID. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, also it is the famous Nepal tourist spot. The peaceful ambience of the town located within the Kapilavastu region is ideal for meditation. The temples and monuments built under Buddhist architecture are highly admired. Lord Shiva is understood to have been born within the year 623 BC in Lumbini, which is primarily within the southern part of Nepal. Tons of individuals visit Nepal only to ascertain Lumbini. It’s said that Lumbini is one of the famous holiest places all over the planet for the people that follow Buddhism.
This place is now protected by the traditional Monument Preservation Act, which was passed in 1956. Lumbini features an immense historical significance for tons of individuals. All the people that follow Buddhism have a goal to go to Lumbini, where Buddha was born. Lumbini’s identification is increasing day by day because a variety of individuals are converting into Buddhism and getting to visit here. There have been tons of hotels found out around Lumbini so that the tourists are ready to enjoy the Nepal excursion.
Main tourist Attractions: Ashokan Pillar, Buddhist temples, the Japan Peace Stupa, Bodhi Tree, the Lumbini Museum, and Lumbini International Research Institute.
Bhaktapur Nepal Travel After COVID
Bhaktapur is one of the best among the Nepal tourist attractions for buying terracotta and handicraft products. Souvenirs and clothes are also available when we go back to history in the 8th century of Bhaktapur. As the capital of Nepal from the 12th century to about the 15th century. Within the 18th century, this place became rustic on its own with boundary walls and gates to the town. The citizens of Bhaktapur are mostly peasants, handicraft manufacturers, public employees, or people in the business.
Main tourist Attractions: lotus, Terracotta products, and pretty handicrafts, and colourful masks
Last but not least, Nagarkot is also another best place to travel in Nepal after COVID. The popular area Nagarkot is located on the brink of the Kathmandu Valley. It is often just one hours drive from Kathmandu city and maybe a perfect place to go to when visiting Nepal in October.
Nagarkot is the place where tourists will be ready to enjoy the magnificent natural thing about all the different mountain ranges. If you’re visiting sites in Nepal, enjoying the sunset from this beautiful place is extremely special. We recommend you to enjoy the sunrise and sunset from here once you are visiting Nepal. This place features a 4-hour vehicle tour, which can help the tourist get an obvious idea about the situation with the assistance of a knowledgeable guide. The main highlights of this trip are the car will come to select up the tourist at 4 am within the morning then they’re going to drive for about 1-hour half-hour to succeed in the destination. It is often amongst the best places to travel after COVID tourist places in Nepal.
Main tourist Attractions: Trekking, stunning views of the Himalayas, mountain biking, and dense pine forests.
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