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Details of the Himalayan Trip
Our Annapurna Circuit trek, graded "C takes you partly over the original trail and partly on tracks through more remote, less trekked areas. The stunning climatic, cultural, geographical and vegetation variety and sheer scenic grandeur of the "Circuit" has made it into perhaps the best know trek in Nepal. Our route allows you to experience the pleasure of both Middle hills and Highland walking on one trip. During the trek, you will walk over the Thorung La (Pass) that, at 5,416 metres, is one of the highest walkable passes on Earth.
Dhaulargiri and Annapurna I, stands sentinel over the Laki Gandaki River that flows between these two giants forming the deepest river valley on earth. You will be walking in one of the highest regions in the world.
Grade & Qualifications
Although this is probably still the most rewarding trek in Nepal, and there is little in the itinerary which could not be accomplished by anyone who enjoys walking and is in good physical condition, it does involve continuous walking for 18 days. For this reason it is graded "C+." The walk-in starts at Beshisar 823m thus allowing several days for the necessary process of acclimatisation. The most exacting - and outstanding - part of the trek is the crossing of the Thorung La (pass) that we take a sensible two days to accomplish. (Crossing the pass and descending to Muktinath is a long walking day).
Weather in the world's highest mountain range is never totally predictable but we would expect clear and settled conditions. In the early stages the days will be warm, around 70 F/20 C. As altitude is gained, though the days will still be pleasantly warm, it will be chilly early morning and nighttime temperatures down to freezing point can be expected. Occasionally, bad weather on the Thorung La may mean we have to re-route to Pokhara via a lower route.
The Trekking Day
A typical day begins just after 6 a.m. with an early morning mug of tea served through the tent flap. After a hot breakfast, during which the camp will be struck and the porters loaded, we begin our walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is around 11 a.m. or so. This mid-day break usually lasts about an hour or so. After walking for three hours or so in the afternoon, we will aim to pitch camp around 4 p.m. You will have an hour or so to relax and reflect before the day is rounded off with a hot three-course meal. However, there may be the opportunity of visiting a nearby village to have contact with the local people.
Equipment & Clothing
All general equipment and cooking equipment is provided. A detailed list of other recommended clothing and equipment will be sent with confirmation of booking.
Return flights London Heathrow/Kathmandu using the scheduled services of Gulfair. All ground transport as specified in the itinerary, bed and breakfast accommodation in Kathmandu, half day excursion of Kathmandu and valley, all food and accommodation on trek, English-speaking Sherpa guide, trek crew and porters, tents, cooking equipment, trek permits. Kathmandu airport transfers.
Passport, visa, insurance, immunization fees, meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu (budget £15 per meal without drinks).
A medical kit will accompany the trek. We do, however, recommend that each person carry a small personal first aid kit. A suggested list of contents will be sent to all members, as well as more general information on health matters.
A visa is required for Nepal and you must have a valid passport. Visas for Nepal if applying directly with the Nepal Embassy will cost £20 for a single entry. For those who wish to use our visa service where your passports will be handled personally by our courier company, the cost will be £45 (which includes the £20 visa cost).
Books & Maps
For information on the sights of the Kathmandu valley, its history and culture, we suggest Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal pub. Lonely Planet travel guides. A good general guidebook is the Insight Guides series Nepal. There are many books on Trekking in Nepal. Perhaps the most well known are those by Stephen Bezruchka or Stan Armington. A usefully realistic account of what happens on trek is found in Mike Hardings's Footloose in the Himalayas and up to date l997 is Andrew Stevenson's Annapurna Circuit: A Himalayan Journey.
Link to Himalayan Outline Itinerary
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