Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Public Vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Namum La Pass (5560m)

Highlights

  • All three passes - Namun Bhanjyang (5560m), Kang la pass (5306m), and Mesokanto la pass (5330m)
  • Visit Tilico base camp and Jomsom.
  • A cultural exploration of beautiful Gurung villages.
  • Distinct landscape and lifestyle.
  • Various rivers, monasteries, temples, etc.
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna II (7937m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Lamjung Himal (6988m).

Description

Annapurna Three Passes Trek takes you through an unforgettable journey towards the Himalayas. It is one of the adventurous and demanding trekking trails of the Annapurna region. Annapurna mountain is also known as the goddess of harvests. The whole Annapurna conservation area is a paradise for trekking lovers.

Annapurna three passes trek comes under Annapurna Conservation Area. Annapurna Conservation Area is the largest conservation area of Nepal. You will experience the scenic hidden valley of Manaslu, Nar and Phu. This journey will take you to the Tibetan border. The three passes that you will cover are Namun Bhanjyang (5560m), Kang la pass (5306m), and Mesokanto la pass (5330m).

If you want to go even higher than this then there are few other options. You can choose the route via Namun la pass to Teri la pass (5595m), and Saribung la pass (6042m). The tourism infrastructure throughout this region is basic. You will experience ancient Tibetan culture, magnificent Himalayas, and many more. You may encounter some rare wild animals. You understand the real sense of wilderness.  

It is better to start this journey from Pokhara itself. The trails are full of Rhododendron forests. You will hike through different uphills. The majestic mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls are all around you throughout this journey.   

Itinerary

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After your stay in Kathmandu, today is ride day for Pokhara. Pokhara is the tourist capital of Nepal. Lake city Pokhara is waiting for your arrival.

The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara would take to 5-6 hours. A Well-facilitated Tourist bus will be your traveling vehicle. You will travel along the Trisuli River. The view of the Trisuli River is captivating. You may also see people having rafting over there.

On one side you see Trisuli River whereas on the other side you see hills. There are human settlements on these hills. Traditional houses made up of mud and stone. It feels like you are seeing the beautiful painting. It is a downward journey.

Roads are under construction. There may be few disturbances. Malekhu is famous for the local fish. You can taste local fish from the Trisuli River. You can also buy some fresh fruit. After an hour, you will cross the bridge of Trisuli River. This place is Muglin. You may have your lunch here. You will continue your journey ascending upwards following Prithivi Highway.

After a few hours, you will reach your destination. You will rest in Pokhara. Pokhara is about Machhapuchhre and lakes. Nightlife is a specialty of Pokhara. You will enjoy it here tonight. You will also stay here today. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

After having a delicious breakfast, you will head towards Siklesh. You will leave Pokhara for Sikles. It can be on a local bus or jeep.

Sikles is a Gurung village. It is in the north-east direction of Pokhara. This village is in the shadow of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Annapurna Conservation Area established this village as a model trekking village. It was part of their project.

The route is off-road so get ready to have a bumpy ride. A local bus may take more time, so it is better to take a jeep. The scenery from the window is outstanding. You crave this landscape and atmosphere.

This village offers you ancient water running flour mills. You will enjoy seeing the local lifestyle and handicraft production. You will stay here. You can enjoy folk songs and dances by local Gurung people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Siklesh
  • Altitude: 2000m

In the journey of Annapurna 3 pass trek, today is your first trek. You will reach Tasa Kharka and stay there.

The mesmerizing view of Madi Khola is all over your eyes. You will pass through the beautiful Rhododendron forest. Tasa Kharka is at the height of 2400m. It will take you 4-5 hours to reach Tasa Kharka from Sikles.

You can see a few mountains and rivers. Your stay will be at a mountain ridge. From here you will see the majestic Annapurna region.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tasa Kharka
  • Altitude: 2400m

After having breakfast, you will start your trek to Dharamsala. It is at the height of 3540m. It is a beautiful journey altogether.

You will gain height. Walking through beautiful Rhododendron forest. This is a beautiful place. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharamsala
  • Altitude: 3540m

You will rest here at Dharamsala. It is necessary to adjust your body with a changing environment. Oxygen level and air pressure continue to decrease.

This is the first day for acclimatization. It is important for the journey. Altitude goes on increasing. If you want to complete this Annapurna 3 pass trek, acclimatization day at Dharamsala is very important.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharamsala
  • Altitude: 3540m

Boksi Taal adds beauty to this trek. Freshwater of this lake will make you peaceful. After having breakfast, you will start your trek.

This trek will lead you to beautiful landscapes and the Rhododendron forest. Following the green trials, you will reach Boksi Taal that is Thulo Taal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Boksi Taal (Thulo Taal)

After having a proper breakfast, you will start your trek to Thorju. It is at the height of 4200m. It is a beautiful place having few houses.

The view of Majestic Manaslu is astounding. You can share your tiredness with Manasalu. Manaslu will share its happiness with you. It would be a companion for today. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Thorju
  • Altitude: 4200m

Today is the second day for acclimatization. Thorju is the place to stay. You need to adjust your body with a changing environment because at the height of 4200m.

There are a few houses. You can enjoy local tastes and cultures. The sky is clear. Stars are all above you. This beautiful scenery is unexplainable. You want to touch the stars. It feels so close to you. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Thorju
  • Altitude: 4200m

After having breakfast, you walk towards Namun La Phedi. It is a downhill journey for some time.

It is the base of the Namun La Pass. Your tired legs will get some rest through this downward journey. Your body feels light. It is an easy trek to Namun La Phedi. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namun La Phedi

Today you will reach the first pass of your Annapurna 3 pass trek. Trek to Timang via Namun la pass is the journey for today.

Namun la pass is at the height of 5560m. To reach Namun la pass, you have to cross the river. As soon as you cross this river, you will ascend your journey. It will take you more than 4 hours to reach the top. The walk to the top is difficult but the view is worth the walk. You will see majestic Manasalu, Hiunchuli, peak 29, and many more.

Timang is a beautiful valley. The landscape is extraordinary. From Namun la pass, you will continue the downward journey.    

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Timang

Trek to Koto is an interesting journey. After having a proper breakfast in Timang valley, you will head towards Koto.

Koto is also a starting point of Nar Phu valley trek. Marshyangdi River follows you as you move towards Koto. Looking Marshyangdi river flowing at its best speed, you also increase your speed.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Koto
  • Altitude: 2610m

Today is a day of rest. Your tired legs need some rest. Re-energize yourself. There has been too much trek.

Koto is a beautiful place. You will explore this place today. You have to trek upwards from tomorrow. Gain stamina, recharge your body and be ready to start the Annapurna 3 pass trek from tomorrow again.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Koto
  • Altitude: 2610m

Meta is your destination for today. It is now an upward journey. Your breakfast at Koto should be able to hold you through this journey.

You cross the river which leads you to Nar Phu valley. You will continue to hike through the beautiful Juniper forests above Phu Khola and you rest there. You will pass through small caves. Before Dharamsala, you will pass through a wide waterfall.

The Himalayas become wider whereas forests become thinner. It may take you 5 to 6 hours to reach Meta from Koto. Meta village is smaller than Koto village. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Meta
  • Altitude: 3230m

You will follow the riverside to continue this journey. The route is full of cliffs, desert areas, forest areas, and many more.

There are a few traditional villages. Chyakhu and Kyang are among them. To reach Phu from Kyang it will take you 4 hours. People from Phu village migrate to Kyang in the winter season. This village is old. It is also traditional in its lifestyle. You will stay here tonight.   

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phu Village
  • Altitude: 4000m

It is a small and traditional village. It does not take you a long time to explore this village. Here are a few historical monasteries.

You can visit these places. Today you have rest and explore this beautiful village. You can have a conversation with local villagers. Understand their lifestyle.

Yak and sheep are everywhere. Without them, the living conditions here can be worst. Merchants all over the market. The sound of bells on the neck of yak and sheep feels organic music.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phu Village
  • Altitude: 4000m

Nar village lies in the Manang district. The trail follows steep hills, rough roads, bank of the river, and many more. It is a beautiful small village.

The view of mountains is perfect from this route. This village is bigger than Phu. Beautiful landscapes and forests cover this area. Old traditional stone houses are here in most numbers. The architecture of the houses is almost the same. People are friendly here. It is a more social and active village than Phu. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nar Village
  • Altitude: 4110m

Now again you will gain height. Kangla Pass is another pass in Annapurna 3 pass trek. This hike is not difficult.

It may be difficult if there is snow in the way. Kangla Pass 5320m is a beautiful pass. From here you can see Annapurna II, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna, and many more. You can also see the airport in Hongde. You will move downwards from here.

Nagwal is an upper route of the Annapurna Circuit. It takes 2 hours to reach there. Trek is easy and views as outstanding. Chortens and prayers flags are all over here. You feel spiritual in this place.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nagwal
  • Altitude: 3360m

Today you will walk alongside Marshyangdi River. By following this route you will reach to Manang.

You will cross different pine forests. On the way, you reach Braga village and see the farming terraces. You will enjoy the view of the Annapurna mountain range. You will also side trip to Gangapurna glacier. You will see various small monasteries. You will also visit Braka Gompa. It is 900 years old. Can you believe? Yes, 900 years old.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3500m

Today is your day to be at Tilicho Base Camp. It is a lake that lies in one of the world's highest altitudes.

It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Tilicho from Tilicho Base Camp. There are a few teahouses and hotels. You will not get any of these in Tilicho Lake. This is the place where you rest, have a drink and food. Prayers flag are all over. Everyone seems excited to reach Tilicho lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tilicho Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4200m

Have your breakfast and start the trek. Today is the day in this Annapurna 3 pass trek, you will reach Tilicho lake. It takes you 4 to 5 hours from Base Camp to reach Tilicho lake camp.

This route is full of crowds. Prayer flags all around. This is a beautiful trek. Tilicho lake is a lake in the highest altitude. It ascends higher. After walking for 2 hours, you will see a board saying Tilicho lake 30 minutes. You will reach Tilicho in few minutes. Relax and enjoy the Tilicho lake. It will take you 1 hour to explore Tilicho.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tilicho Lake Camp
  • Altitude: 5030m

Tilicho is the main source of the Marshyangdi River. You will follow the trail of Marshyangdi River. You will trek for some time.

Mesokanto is a beautiful pass. After enjoying the view, you will continue to climb Mesokanto la pass. It is also called the Tilicho pass. After crossing this pass you will reach Kharka. You will see more of alpine vegetation here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Kharka

You will trek to Jomsom today. You will trek downwards. Jomsom is a beautiful town. It has an airport also.

It is not a hard trek to follow. The panoramic view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and many more. It is a town in the Mustang district. It is famous for organic apples. It is famous for Marpha. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2700m

Pokhara is your destination today. Pokhara is the tourist hub of Nepal. Drive from Jomson to Pokhara is an exciting journey.

Along the side of the Kaligandaki River, roads are small. Majestic Kaligandaki seems to follow you. You will see Hindu and Buddhist culture throughout this journey. You will see a few waterfalls during this ride. You will see Beni Bazar. You may have your lunch here. It is a big town on the bank of Kaligandaki River. You will enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara. This evening you will enjoy it here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

Annapurna 3 pass trek ends here. After having breakfast, you will ride to Kathmandu. The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is beautiful.

You will see beautiful settlements. It is about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. You will cross Damauli, Muglin, and many other places to reach Kathmandu. Throughout this journey, you will see beautiful mountains, rice fields, vegetable fields, etc. After Naubise you will reach Thankot. It is the gateway to Kathmandu. In a few minutes, you will be in Kathmandu.

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop 
  • Camping accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Local Jeep (Pokhara to Sikles)
  • Local Bus (Jomsom to Pokhara)
  • 2 Night Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast (Twin Sharing)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Porter, Cook, Helper with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (Nar Phu Special Permit, ACAP and TIMS Card)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Meals in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, & Shower)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Useful Information

Best Time to Visit Annapurna 3 Passes Trek

 September to November is the best season to visit Nepal. All trekking routes are full of national and international trekkers. The weather is beautiful this season. It is the beginning of the winter season in Nepal. Everything is beautiful this season. 

Another popular season for this Annapurna three pass trek is from March to May. This spring season offers you beautiful scenery all around. Everything is blooming this season. Rhododendron makes everything colorful. Everything seems fresh and precious. The trails are dust-free. Monsoon has cleared the air and sky.   

How Difficult is Annapurna 3 Passes Trek

You should prepare yourself physically and mentally for this trek. These three passes exceed the height of 5000m. It may be difficult for you.  

You may not face difficulties in the lower altitude. But, at higher altitudes, you may face a problem. You have to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. You have to have good strength and stamina. This 24 days journey is amazing. There are various high hills and low hills. 

If you are a beginner then it would be difficult for you. This is a long trek. You should have time and budget for this Annapurna three high passes trek. Nothing is permanent at this altitude. Temperature and weather change every hour.  

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Yes, a training regime at least two weeks before the Everest base camp trek is ideal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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