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Annapurna Circuit Trek -

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Fact

Price: USD 1299
Activities: 1 Day Kathmandu Sightseeing and 13 Days Trekking
Duration: 18 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu and 14 Days in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Service Level:Comfort
Maximum Altitude:5,416m (17,770ft) at Thorung La
Trek Grading:4

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Departure Dates
  • Trip Details

Unlike many other Himalayan ranges, the 55km/35 mile Annapurna Himal is entirely within Nepal and with a relatively easy trail that goes all around it called Annapurna Circuit. It is a trail that is among the most fascinating and popular trekking routes in the entire world, taking one through an amazing diversity of terrain and culture: from lush green foothills with pretty terraces and picturesque Gurkha villages to barren, Tibet-like landscape; through deep forested gorges and the high Thorung-La pass. Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive destination in Nepal. This trekking has been wildly recognized as paradise for nature lovers.

This three weeks trek starts right from Besi Sahar and goes along the Marsyangdi River, with great view of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. It leads to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups offering spectacular and majestic view of white Himalayas such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail.

The wide variety of flora and fauna, the ever changing views of the mountains and of course the trekker- friendly climate all makes this a truly memorable experience.

Day 1         Arrive in KATHMANDU (1300m/4265 ft)

Day 2         Drive to BESI SAHAR (800m/2625ft)

Day 3         Start trek to NGADI (900m/2953ft)

Day 4-15    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Day 16       Trek down to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)

Day 17       Fly back to KATHMANDU

Day 18       Fly back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city.

Day 2 Drive to BESI SAHAR (800m/2625ft)

It takes around six hours and we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway.  Besi Sahar, the headquarters of Lamjung, has long been the starting point for the Annapurna circuit trek.

Day 3 Trek to NGADI (900m/2953ft)

We walk towards Bhulbule.  Beyond Bhulbule, the trail travels up the east bank of the river, past an impressive 60m waterfall that is surrounded by tropical trees called pandanus, or screw pine.We can watch for langur monkeys playing in the treetops. The path wander through extensive rice terraces with continuing views of Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli.  Ngadi is some 3.5km/2.2 miles from bhulbule.

Day 4 Trek to JAGAT (1330m/4364ft)

Ahead of Ngadi, some 6km/3.5miles away, we reach Bahundanda, which is a large settlement of hindu upper caste. Soon we reach the village of Ghermu, which is 5.5km/3.4 miles from Bahundanda. The trail crosses over to the west bank of Marsyangdi soon after Ghermu. We continue our journey passing villages like Syanje and Srichaur.  From here, begins a long , steep 150m/500 ft climb up a stone paved stairway. The slope now falls back and soon gets very sheer; the trail is protected by rails here. We now can see the village of Jagat away in the distance, perched on a low hill. The path ultimately drops down to the village which is 1300m/4290ft away from Ghermu and has only a collection of some 50 houses.

Day 5 Trek to DHARAPANI (1960m/6431ft)

After walking half an hour from Jagat, we reach Chamje. Crossing the village, the path rounds a bend and passing by a large rock shelter, comes the cluster of thatched huts of Sattale village. The trail descends to a beautiful broad valley with the Marsyangdi winding lazily through it. The village of Tal can be seen in the distance, on  the river's bank which is 15 minutes away. After walking about 7.3km/4.5 miles from Tal, we reach Dharapani which means water tap, it is where travelers in the olden days stopped to collect water for the journey ahead. Opposite Dharapani, on the east bank, thunders an awesome waterfall, bringing the waters of the Dana Khola , fed by the Tulagi glacier of the Manaslu range, to the Marsyangdi river.

Day 6 Trek to CHAME (2710m/8892ft)

The trail continues along the right bank of Marsyangdi as we leave Dharapani.  A stairway soon leads us up to the kani, or village gateway of Bagarchhap. Half an hour away, up a forested slope is Danaque, from where, the planet’s eighth highest peak is clearly visible on the east while Lamjung Himal peers in the west. Further more, we encounter with villages of Timang, Thanchok and Koto Qupar. Koto Qupar offers  great views of Manaslu to the east, and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to the southeast.  We continue heading towards Chame, we can see the impressive rock formations on the opposite bank of Naar river. Soon we reach to Chame which is the largest settlement after Besi Sahar. Here, in Chame, we can see a long, roofed mani wall surmounted by a series of prayer wheels divides the road.  As for the peaks on view from Chame, Lamjung Himal looms large on the south while Manaslu is seen in the east.

Day 7 Trek to PISANG (3310m/10860ft)

A mani wall just beyond the gompa indicates the end of Chame. There is a bend after about 1km and the village of Talekhu appears where we can see some apple orchards.The path beyond is pleasant walk through pine forests.  As we descend, we pass by a mani and a distance further is the Bharatang village. As we continue, we pass by Dhukure Pokhari, which is a pretty little place amidst the woods, with a lake nearby. There is a second lovely lake some 15 minutes away where the forest begins thinning here. Beyond the lake, the trail passes by a helipad as we approach Pisang. Up on the hill, beyond the river, are the grey-brown houses of Upper Pisang, like clusters of bird nests.  And overlooking the settlement is the towering snow-capped Pisang Peak (609m/19985ft) and to the south rises Annapurna II (7937m/26041ft), the world’s 16th highest peak. Pisang village is just 15 minutes from the gateway. The path to Upper Pisang is clearly visible fro Pisang as it ascends the slope after crossing the bridge across Marsyangdi River.

Day 8 Trek to MANANG (3540m/11615ft)

The trail eventually climbs to the saddle, that divides the valley of Pisang from that of Manang. High on the mountains gap between jagged cliffs, can be spotted the village of Ngawal and its famous yellow roofed gompa. The path runs wide and straight through the village and we reach Humde. Humde has spectacular mountain views.  We get the best view of pyramidal Pisang Peak while Annapurna III towers imposingly between two hills on the southwest.  Pisang Peak is among the “trekking peaks” of the Annapurna Circuit.  After 1km from here cross the Marsyangdi over a wooden bridge, soon reaching the village of Mungji.  A little over 2km is a sign showing the way, south , to Milarepa’s cave. Just ahead is the gateway to Braga where Braga gompa is a must-see, which will take us the better part of an hour to visit the monastery. Just about 1.5km/0.9 mile from Braga is Manang. On a clear day, it is a panorama we cannot have enough of.  And even the days are not clear; Manang has so much to offer. Temperature here falls below freezing in early spring and autumn.  

Day 9 EXPLORE MANANG

This is the day for acclimatization in Manang.  We spend this day by doing some fine day walks and we can overview magnificent views around the village and day time is the perfect for gaining altitude. Climbing high during day can speed up acclimatization. Here, we can witness the spectacular scenery of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m), and Chulu East to the north.

Day 10 Trek to YAK KHARKA (4020m/13190ft)

The trial continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi valley, then turns northwest of the valley of the Jarsang khola , losing sight of the Manang valley behind. The route enters pastures and miniature forests of juniper, rose and barberry. Beyond is Yak-Kharka which means yak  pastures. From here, we can see the excellent views of Annapurna III. There are several excursion options from Manang, the most popular of which are the walks to the Bodzo Gompa to the east or to the Gangapurna Lake, and the Chongkar viewpoint above.

 Day 11 Trek to THORUNG HIGH CAMP (4850m/15913ft)

An hour further from Yak kharka is Letdar, the penultimate shelter before the pass. From Letdar, the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jarsang khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. The route then follows a narrow trail across an exposed slope and climbs to Thorung Phedi. An hour above Thorung Phedi is the Thorung High View camp popularly known as Thorung High Camp.

Day 12 Trek to THORUNG LA (5416m/17770ft); Trek to MUKTINATH (3800m /12468ft)

It takes 3-5 hours to climb from Thorang Phedi to the Thorung La which is the world’s biggest pass. The views from the trail and the top itself are outstanding. We can see the long great barrier ridge, which separates the drier, Tibet-like region of Manang from the rest of Nepal. We continue our trek and the trail crosses down meadows, drops into a deep ravine that marks the start of the Jhong khola, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath and its large walled temple complex. There is plenty to explore in Muktinath; so it’s a good place to rest after today’s exertions.

Day 13 Trek to JOMSOM (2760m/9056ft)

From Muktinath, we trek to Jomsom.

Day 14 Trek to TATOPANI (1190m/3904ft)

We pass through different gravel paths and we have the pleasure of excellent views to our left of the Annapurna range. After descending and passing a collection of bhattis,  we now reach at Tatopani. It has long been a favorite stop of  weary trekkers due to the hot springs in this area.

Day 15 Trek to GHOREPANI (2750m/9023ft)

From Tatopani, most trekkers climb to Ghorepani but if we are out of time, we can make a quick exit through Beni.  Whichever route we choose, we have to cross two successive suspension bridges, the first across Kali Gandaki and the next Ghar Khola.  As we plod our way up the steps from Ghar Khola. 1700m/5610ft away from Tatopani is Ghara which is a quiet place and doesn’t feel touristy. It is a nice walk as we leave Ghara and its farmlands, the trail contouring the basin.  Sikha is somewhat 1940m/6402ft from Ghara with sprawling terraced fields.  All along the trail, there are tea houses where we can stop for a drink and relish the valley’s pastoral ambience and splendid scenery.  As we gain height, the mountain views only get better and ahead lies Phalate and Chitre respectively. Beyond Chitre, there is virtually no habitation until we reach Ghorepani. It is a steep, quiet climb through forests of rhododendron, birch and magnolia, with occasional meadows from where the peaks look wonderful.

Day 16  Trek to POONHILL (3210m/10532ft);Trek down to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)

The name Ghore-pani means ‘water for horses’; it is from the water troughs here that the horses are watered. This is the final day of our Annapurna Classic Trek but before we leave this Himalayan theatre,  the mountains will make a last bow, a last curtain call. It takes almost an hour to make it from Ghorepani and it is not an easy climb in the frosty half light, up a fairly steep path. The Poon Hill presents breathtaking panorama. Looking south, we can see the plains far in the distance, while from the northwest to the northeast stretches the stunning panorama of peaks, extending from Dhaulagiri to Manaslu.  From Poon Hill, we can actually see three of the earth’s ten tallest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th highest), Manaslu and Annapurna (10th). From here we head towards Pokhara for the night stay. 

Day 17 Fly back to KATHMANDU

From Pokhara we fly back to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip.

Day 18 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.

 

Trip Cost Includes
01. All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
02. 3 Nights in Hotel Peak Point in Kathmandu including breakfast
03. 12 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
04. An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
05. Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter
06. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trek.
07. Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
08. National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
09. Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
10. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
11. ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you

Trip Cost Excludes
01. Nepal entry visa fees.
02. International airfare and departure tax.
03. Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
04. Travel insurance including evacuation.
05. 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
06. Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.

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IMPORTANT NOTE
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Trip Highlights
Temples and Stupas sightseeing around Kathmandu, HIMALAYAN Mountain flight while flying in and out from Luka, 8000m mountains including Mt. Everest, Khumbu valley and unique Sherpa culture, Tengboche monastery, SLOW and STEADY walking.

Trip style
This trip follows through the classical route to the Everest Base Camp where we can expect lots of lodges and guest houses. We will be staying at night in these lodges and guesthouses all in the way to our trek and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.

Service level
This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Dossier Disclaimer
The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes to know
This trip operates at altitudes over 2780m (max altitude 5545m). In this itinerary we dont have much acclimatizing days, so you may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar, 3420m. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one's tolerance especially on going high to Namche.

Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms little or no running water) but at places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Lobuche and Dingboche there are upgraded accommodation (standard with attached shower & toilet) too. This trip includes basic rooms with two people share only. In case you want to UPGRADE YOUR ROOM, please feel free to let us know while you book the trip.

Group Leader Description
All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Group Size Notes
Max 14 & Min 2

Your Fellow Travelers
When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Meals
Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. Foods are provided on in a tea house or guest house in the mountain, there are variety of choice of local meal as well as continental even PIZZA and Sizzler. We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. While trekking in remote regions food will be served plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

Transport
Private Bus, Car and Van

Local Flights
All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Single Travelers
We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation
Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses in the mountain
My Own Room Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.
Joining Hotel
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057

Joining information Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.

Arrival Information
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact
Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts
Personal
Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support Sherpa while in the mountains and also some of our trips have non support Sherpa porter. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.

Checklist
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers cheques
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and Travel dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Tampons
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear (optional)
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Money belt
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Long trousers
Hiking pants/track pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.
Camera and film
Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Laundry
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. While trekking in the mountain there will be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas
CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.

The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.

NEPAL - All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25:
Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40
And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100
Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.
Destination Travel Guide
For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.

Extra Spending Money
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.

Money Exchange
American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Local payment if any
There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.

Departure Tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.

Tipping Custom
Tips are expected but not compulsory. It is good to understand that it is customary in Asia to tip the service providers such as waiters at approximately 10% depending on the service.

Tips while travelling
Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for Sherpa porter 50-75 USD from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for Sherpa porter 75-100 USD from a group

Must have Good Health
You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.

Safety and Security
Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice
We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. Travelers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.

Must Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Responsible Travel
Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike. We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by "Take a photograph & leave zero foot print" and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.

We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.

-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.

-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.

Associated Children Education Project
Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.

How you can help?
There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.

Respect Local Dress
In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Feedback
We are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to be sure that you get the best of what you have paid for and expect. After your travel, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is important to us. Please help us to help your friends and families for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback

We Want Your Photos
Every travelers have fun in taking great photos while travelling, we always expect the great photos from your Alpine Club Travel. Please post them online in our photos collection! We will give you copywriter on your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection

THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

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