Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a moderate 13-days trek that ventures into deep valleys of Jomsom, Muktinath, and even Annapurna trail itself.
The trail follows the ancient routes of high Himalayas through numerous attractive villages and trading bazaars and the naïve yet honest locals. This path was the main trade route for Tibetan traders and the locals for their business.
The ancient footpath connects local communities, pass through blooming rhododendron forests, and diverse fauna species. Narrow and abrupt gorges along the bank of Kali Gandaki River is totally awestruck. Thus, this uphill and downhill adventure is a perfect excursion to experience the real wilderness.
Through this Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you get the clear view of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Himal, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri Himal, Tilicho peak, and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Along with the massive picturesque of various mountain ranges, you get to soak into culture and ethnicity of Gurung, Magar, and Thakalis. The trek explains about their cultural, historical, and religious background and its importance.
The shrines of Jomsom, Muktinath, Marpha, are the pilgrimage sites of both Hinduism and Buddhism significance. They prove the peaceful harmony between our diverse religion and practices.
Being the rain shaded area of Annapurna region, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek has an advantage. You can trek even in monsoon season when other trekking regions are heavily affected.
The combo of mount vistas, unique landscape, unchanged ancient cultures with many temples and monasteries along the windy valleys is something to carve for!
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Highlights
- Venture to the unique, narrow and ancient trails of Jomsom-Muktinath region.
- Explore the unexplored yet stunning upper valleys like Marpha, Kagbeni, Ghasa, Tatopani, and many rural trails on the way.
- As this region is a rain-shaded area of Annapurna Region, you can trek even in Monsoon season.
- Have the calm and clear view of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Himal, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri Himal, Tilicho peak, and Dhaulagiri ranges.
- Experience the tradition, culture, and rural lifestyle of the local Gurungs and Thakalis.
- Visit old and ancient pilgrimage sites like Muktinath, surrounding monasteries, chaityas, gompas, and other religious shrines.
- Realize the peaceful harmony between diverse religion and culture within the same homeland.
|Day||Detailed itinerary||Max. Altitude||Time|
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu. Welcome!||1338m||-|
|Day 02||Trek preparation and Kathmandu Exploration||1338m||-|
|Day 03||Drive to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga||910m (Pokhara),
|6-7 hours drive to Pokara, 1-1.5 hours drive to Nayapul, and 2-3 hours of trek|
|Day 04||Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani||2850m||6-7 hours|
|Day 05||Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tatopani||1190m||5-6 hours|
|Day 06||Tatopani to Ghasa||2110m||5-6 hours|
|Day 07||Ghasa to Marpha||2680m||4-5 hours|
|Day 08||Marpha to Kagbeni||2810m||4-5 hours|
|Day 09||Kagbeni to Muktinath||3710m||5-6 hours|
|Day 10||Muktinath to Jomsom||2715m||5-6 hours|
|Day 11||Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom||910m||30-40 minutes|
|Day 12||Drive back to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening||1338m||6-7 hours of drive|
|Day 13||Final Departure!||-||-|
Welcome to the city of temples!
Our representatives will be there to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Then, they will take you to your hotel and briefly explain our plans and detailed route for the trek. You will also meet with your guides and other traveling fellows.
Make sure you carry your important documents like passports, photos, travel insurance paper. You need these documents for the permits and a TIMS card.
After finishing this program, you are free to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.
This day is for the last minute shopping and getting to know Kathmandu better. There are famous shopping hubs at Kathmandu, Thamel. Here, you can get any gear products for the trek. So, even if you forget something or if you don’t want to carry heavy stuff, there is an option.
After shopping, the next thing is Kathmandu tour. We tour the famous world heritage sites like Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. Each of them has their typical and identical origin, significance, and architecture.
The Durbar Square reveals the ancient royal life, their practices, and followed traditions. Whereas Swayambhunath and Boudhanath are two significant stupas representing Buddhism. And Pashupatinath temple is the biggest pilgrimage for Hindus, located in the serene and natural environment.
This day will surely gladden you for the more exciting days to come. Better to keep your camera and layers ready!
Travel hour: 6-7 hours drive to Pokhara, 1-1.5 hours drive to Nayapul
Trek duration: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 1552m, Tikhedhunga
As the starting point of our trek is at Pokhara, we will take an early drive to Pokhara. Driving along the banks of Trishuli and Marshyangdi river you will enjoy the views from the tourist bus. High above the sky, you will enjoy the amazing views of the valleys, hills, and mountains. From Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapul. This is about an hour to 1-1.5 hours of drive.
Nayapul is the starting point of the trek. On the way to Nayapul, you will get the scenic view of paddy fields, terraced lands, and beautiful green hills. We will ascend through lush subtropical forests and other cliffs.
Then we cross various villages like Birethanti and also bounce over a suspension bridge over the Modi Khola. After about 2-3 hours, we reach Tikhedhunga, a small village between the high hills and beyond the Himalayas.
Tikhedhunga is a good and refreshing spot to take rest. Here are few teahouses which offer a variety of services on food and lodging.
We will spend the night at a teahouse in Tikhedhunga.
Trek duration: 6-7 hours
Max Altitude: 2850m, Ghorepani
This day is one of the difficult days within the trek. We will face ascending trails dominantly. Crossing Tikhedhunga, the trail proceeds to a steep uphill stone staircase to Ulleri. There are about 3200 steps to cross. Then, we will encounter many small settlements of Gurung and Magar on the way. We will have lunch on one of the lodge/teahouses.
This day you also come across many wooden bridges, waterfalls, rivers, and rivulets. You might encounter various species of birds and animals. For faunas, you see the vibrant colored rhododendrons never seen before. Also, there are oak, bamboo, and colored fern plants.
After 6-7 hours of tiresome ascend a long steep trail, we reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani has two distinct villages as Upper Ghorepani and Lower Ghorepani. As it will be easier to trek from Upper Ghorepani next day, we will stay overnight in a teahouse there. You will have the greatest view of the surrounding mountains, calm cold breeze, and typical Gurung locals. The combination gives the awesome taste!
Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3120m (Poon Hill), 1190m (Tatopani)
This day is quite a hectic day too as you have to get up at 4 am in the morning. We will trek to a Poon Hill (3210m). Poon Hill is widely renowned for its beautiful sunrise and a full panoramic scene of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This spot is also a “photographer’s paradise” as the scene is darn and stunning.
After the fruitful morning, we descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and begin the next walk for today’s destination. On the way, we enjoy the glistening views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Then, we descend to Sikha village and continue to Ghar Khola village. We cross a few rivers through suspension bridges and climb up to reach Tatopani.
Tatopani means ‘hot water’ in Nepali. As per the name, here you can enjoy hot spring water and soothe your tired body. It is seriously an aspiring moment!
Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2110m
After the refreshing day, you will even have more refreshing morning in Tatopani. The calm environment will re-energize you a lot. So, later having breakfast, we begin our uphill climb where we ascend gradually. The sizzling view and sound of Kali Gandaki river will be right next to us. Such a thrilling experience you feel!
We cross a suspension bridge and continue the journey. Next, the trail passes through a beautiful waterfall, Rupse Chhahara. Rupse falls has tremendous beauty around it as the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki gorge and river lies nearby.
Then, we move up to Ghasa, the ultimate point for the trek. At Ghasa, there is an ACAP checkpost where you will need to show your permits. This is because you are moving from one administrative region to another.
Ghasa is the first Thakali village at the border side of Tibet in the valley at the lower part of the Kali Gandaki valley. Rich in greenery, the village is warm and full of ethnic people. Their lifestyle will surely have some impact.
The village is also popular for bird-watching as many species of rare birds like a red down-curved bill, fly here. You will have an exciting day for sure!
Trek duration: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 2810m
Like other days, on this day we face steep trail through dense forests by the side of the Lete Khola. The route welcomes you with awestrucking views of the layered ridge of the river, hills, mountains, and calm sky beyond. It is a long day journey which continues to the east of Kali Gandaki and reaches Larjung village. Then, we reach the final point of Marpha- the village of Apple Orchards.
The ethnic group named Thakali (after Kali Gandaki) inhabits this region. It is a pretty stone lined village full of monasteries (Chhairo Monastery), chortens, gumbas, and ritual sites.
The apple capital in the nation produces Marpha brandy and jams from the local fruits. As the apple is the mainstay of the region, the Jomsom trek is often referred as “The Apple Pie Trek”. And the marpha brandy will help to provide trekkers with sound sleep on the cold nights along the trails!
Here, along with apple orchards and vegetable farms, the narrow lanes, unique paths with local settlement will amaze you totally. From a point at Chimang, you get the combo view of the deepest Kali Gandaki gorge and highest Mt. Dhaulagiri. Further, you cannot ignore the sensational bridges, innocent locals, and surrounding flora & fauna.
The arrangement of night stay will be more than satisfactory here. Some lodges have fully facilitated serving like a 3-star hotel in the mountain.
Trek duration: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 2810m
From Marpha, we trek on the trail that leads to a big dry valley. The path still follows tricky ascends on the ridges. Then we reach Jomsom valley. From there, we trek north towards Kagbeni, above the Kali Gandaki river. The spot is also the deepest gorge in the world. As it gets windy after the noon, it is significant to walk carefully at your own pace.
Here, we pass through Eklebatti village before striking Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the gateway to the Upper Mustang of the high Himalayas in Nepal. This northern-central Nepal is unlike any other place in the country. With barren, windswept humps of mountain desert earth, you see the pink, purple, brown, and gray hues of the landscape.
Kagbeni is also popular for series of cave ruins of prehistoric times. The abandoned settlements and irrigation fields are unique and elegant. The culture, language, and tradition of the Thakali people are worth experiencing. The view of the valley and dry hills give the sense of peaceful wilderness.
From Kagbeni, we also get the enticing views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche peaks. The lodges are cozy and comfortable with good facilities and services. We will stay at a comfortable lodge here.
Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3710m, Muktinath
This day there will be a special permit check at the check-post in Kagbeni. We will hike after breakfast. This day, we follow the riverside of Kali Gandaki upstream.
During this hiking, you venture across scenic picturesque views of the stunning Himalayas, beautiful landscapes, and vivid cultural luxuries. You can’t stop standing by and admiring them.
From Kagbeni, the path steeply rejoins the trail of Khingar at 3200m. Then, the trail is a desert landscape until Jharkot village. Further, we climb some steep paths to Muktinath.
Muktinath is the pilgrimage of non-stop glowing fire, 108 water taps, and 2 holy ponds nearby. It is a famous holy place for Hindus and Buddhists for salvation (Mukti). This place even carries a great significance in Eastern philosophy. There are also some monasteries and Gumba worth visiting.
This day fully proves the diversity of nature, landscapes, and culture of Nepal. Overnight at a lodge in Muktinath.
Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2,715m, Jomsom
Muktinath is an important place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. This holy place intricates these two religions in an adorable way. This day, we visit the main temple in the morning and also tour its surroundings. We will also visit monasteries, gumbas, and holy lakes/spouts around.
After the religious morning tour, we retrace our steps back to Jomsom enjoying the same spectacular views of the previous day. We climb up and down to Thakali areas like Lubra Danda. It is one of the picturesque Thakali villages of the route. The wide and flat trail continues to the district-headquarter of Mustang- Jomsom.
We will stay at Jomsom. The view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri is awesome from here. The windy breeze of Kali Gandaki gives you peace and calmness.
Travel duration: 35-30 minutes
Max Altitude: 910m, Pokhara
We will take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The experience of the airplane will be delightful as it passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
After arriving Pokhara the beautiful ‘city of lakes’, you can fully spend the time chilling and relaxing. There are so much to do. You can even go for paragliding, zip flyer, kayaking, cycling, and many more. There are even cafe, pubs, clubs, and restaurants of various taste. You can enjoy as per your choice!
This day, we leave Pokhara and be back to Kathmandu. You will drive back on tourist bus/private vehicle.
After reaching Kathmandu, if you will have some spare time you can relax. You can shop for endeavors or even go on spa or other relaxations.
In the evening, you will join our farewell dinner where you will be sharing your trekking experiences.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trek comes to an end today! As per your flight schedule, our team will drop you at the airport. We definitely hope you to see in the days to come!
Also not to forget our company is totally comfortable with customizing the above itinerary as per your preference. If you have any query regarding this trek or any other, do contact us.
We feel delighted to help you out!
- Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
- All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu half day sightseeing
- Tour-guides for sightseeing
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
- A professional English speaking guide
- All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
- First aid kit box
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- International Airfare
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal gear for trekking
- Extra baggage charges
- Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Gratitudes to the guide and porter
Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Annapurna region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.
Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgment to decide on what to take.
Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look:
- Valid Passport
- Airline Tickets
- Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
- Travel Insurance
- Enough Cash
- Sun Protection Hat
- Woolen Hat
- Beanie or Headband
- Balaclava or Buff
- Bandana Scarf
- Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Lightweight Thermal Tops
- Down Vest
- Sports Bra
- Insulated Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Wind Jacket
- Waterproof Jacket
- Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
- Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Fleece Pants
- Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
- Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)
- Hiking Boots (waterproof)
- Camp Sandals
- Hiking Socks
- Thermal Socks
- Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Duffel Bag
- Small Lock for Duffel Bag
- Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
- Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Air mattress
- Pillow (small)
- Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
- Flashlight/ Torch
- Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Medical and First-Aid Kit
- First-aid kit
- Wound and healing ointment
- Pain relief gel
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Insect repellent spray
- Water purification tablets
Personal Gear and Toiletries
- Trekking Towel
- Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
- Small Locks
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Lip balm with sun protection
- Facial moisturizer
- Hand lotion
- Deodorant and Soap
- Dry shampoo
- Wet wipes
- Disinfectant tissues
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sleeping mask
- Cotton buds
- Toiletries bag
- Notebook and Pen
- Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
- Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
- Plug Adapter
- Swim Suit
- Portable Solar Charger
Q1. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or do I need to apply online?
You have the option of both. You can get on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can obtain it at the airport. It is also available at the nearest Nepal Embassy.
You will need $25 for 15 days of tourist visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for 90 days. You might also need two photos.
You can apply online visa at http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ .
Q2. Do I need travel insurance for trekking in the Annapurna region?
Of course Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance. Make sure your travel insurance covers trip cancellation, travel delay, loss/damage of baggage, medical emergencies, and medical evacuation as well. In case of any confusion, please contact us.
Q3. What are the extra documents I should carry?
Beside the visa, for trekking here in Nepal you can bring a copy of your insurance, your passport, and copies of photos (passport size) for the permits. Talking about the requirement of permits for trekking in Annapurna region, as this place has no as such restricted region, you will just need a TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). We will be dealing with all the process regarding the permits and card. You don’t have to worry at all!
Q4. Is trekking in Annapurna Region safe?
After the devastating earthquake in 2015 April, many tourists and trekkers have this big question in their mind. Though the earthquake heavily affected the trails, now it is completely fine. Despite the news of accidents, freak weather events, and occasions hazards are common.
All in all, Nepal is safe for trekking and so is Annapurna Region.
Q5. Is it economic to trek in Annapurna region?
As Nepal is fully set up well for trekking, there are abundant of affordable lodges and tea houses providing good fooding and lodging. Trekking in Nepal is cheap as they charge lower amount compared to other countries.
Similarly, trekking in Annapurna region is economical. The rough estimation for the normal expenses are as follows:
- For the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 20
- For TIMS (Trekkers’ Informational Management System) card: USD 10-20
- For food and accommodation per day: USD 15-20
- Trekking Guide per day cost: USD 25-30
- Porter Charge per cost: USD 15-18
Q6. Do I need a guide to trek this region or can I go on my own?
Both of them are advantageous in their own ways. But hiring guide and porter is more enjoyable as you will have to bear less worries and heavy bags. With them you won’t have risk of getting lost and they will even help you in the case of any emergencies.
Q7. How long can trekking in Annapurna Region be?
This totally depends on the route you want to take, and the level of adventure you want to experience.
Some trek with the Annapurna region are as long as 20+ days whereas the short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Royal trek completes within 3-4 days. Both have their own gig and enjoyment. It will completely depend upon your choice regarding time, finances, fitness, and interests.
As the Annapurna Region is fully functioning, the possibilities are almost endless. Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are two most popular routes with numerous trails around.
Q8. How difficult is it to trek in Annapurna Region?
This is quite difficult to answer exactly as trek in higher altitude can be hard even for physically fit people. But if you are fully prepared both mentally and physically then the journey will get easier.
Also, there are various level of trekking grade here in Annapurna. You have the option of easy treks like Royal trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to strenuous trek like Annapurna Circuit Trek. So depending on your stamina, confidence, and experience, you can make your choice. This will make your trip more fruitful and enjoyable.
Also to mention, the itinerary you follow will determine the easiness of your trek. Design your trek in such a way that you walk a comfortable distance each day and have enough power to endure next day.
Q9. When should I go trekking in Annapurna Region?
Among 14 highest peaks (> 8000m) in the world, Nepal homes eight of them. And, about half of them lies here in Annapurna region. So, the stunning views of high massifs are for sure.
As Annapurna Region itself have many trekking options, different region lie in various geographical conditions. But as Annapurna region belongs to rain shaded area, most of its trekking options like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be done all over the year.
But if you wish more lush views and want to avoid unnecessary obstacles, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best season to prefer.
Q10. What is the condition of temperature and weather in the region?
Weather in high mountains is always hard to predict. This totally depends on the location, altitude, and time of year. Generally, the days are warm and nights are a bit cool.
Moreover, due to the Annapurna’s location, weather here is significantly different than other regions. Thus, the trekking region has variable climatic changes.
As the large portion of Annapurna is rain-shadow area, trekking is possible throughout the year.
The region takes you through sub-tropical region to the alpine peak section. Thus, you experience the every level of geographical and climatic zones.
The temperature drops as the altitude increases.
Being the busiest trekking season, the weather is calm and cool. The average day temperature is 14-17 degree Celsius and that of night is above freezing. With the crystal clear view, the chances of rainfall is very low.
The coldest weather period in the region is comparatively less preferable season climatewise. The day temperature is very cold and the nights are totally freezing. In this winter period, the days are even cloudy, dull, and dry.
Rain is not frequent but snowfall or avalanches are highly possible.
As this lies in the spring season, the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius and nights are below 1 or 2 degrees.
It could be hot at lower sections and even arid in some regions.
This is the monsoon period characterized by heavy downpours, huge mudslides, and crawling leeches. Though the rain does not really affect the region as most of them are rain-protected. The lower regions may receive 800mm of rain whereas the rate is 50mm at Jomsom and Marpha region.
Q11. What are the possibilities of getting altitude sickness?
The chances of having altitude sickness doesn’t relates with how fit you are. Though the effects of altitude sickness are mostly likely to come on when you’re above 3000 meters. It would be wise if you don’t ascend 300-400 meters per day after that altitude. This means short walk within couple of hours.
Always remember not to ascend too high or too quick. Also, good health, proper care, and drinking plenty of water are the obvious prevention ideas.
Moreover to be familiar with the heights, we have prepared itinerary focusing proper acclimatization. If you get any symptoms on the trail, then we will immediately descend to lower altitude. In the case of emergency, our professionals also provide medical support. Helicopter rescue is also available.
Q12. Where will I stay?
At Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will arrange a three-star hotel with breakfast included. Whilst on the trekking routes, for night stay, there are options of lodges, tea houses, or even camping. Amongst, the tea house is the most popular one. The accommodation will be simple, comfortable, and clean. They generally provide basic facilities with a mattress and a quilt/blanket. The rooms are either single or double bedded.
Here, in seasonal month, you may even have to share your room or sleep in the dining hall. Thus, it is better to carry a sleeping bar fulfilling your own sleeping requirement.
Talking about the latrine service in the teahouse, toilets are always outside the room with basic facilities. Most tea houses have western flushing toilet but in higher region the simple squat toilets are available.
Q13. What will I eat?
We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Kathmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.
While there are many options and menus on fooding list too. From basic dal bhat to there are pasta, momo, curries, pizza, pancakes, porridge, eggs, and potatoes.
The foods are freshly cooked in the kitchen. There are different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The local, daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetables is the best choice. Also, the garlic soup will help you with acclimatization.
To go vegetarian in the mountains is an excellent idea in every aspect.
Talking about drinks, you will find all common types of drinks like coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, green tea, ginger tea, soft as well as hard drinks.
Good to veg all over the trek. Choose vegetarian dal bhat for lunch, a combination of rice, dal, and vegetables. They are real worth and healthy from all aspect.
Q14. What about drinking water on the trail of the Annapurna region?
You need to carry the means to purify water like iodine or a fine ceramic filters as the streams could be contaminated. You also have the option of bottled water but the disposal of plastic bottles is the problem.
We recommend the mineral water but boiled water is as always much preferable. That doesn’t make any harm to your digestive system.
Q15. What is the mode of communication while we are trekking?
For communicating, there are telephone in some village along the routes. They can even make international calls. Moreover, our guildes will carry the local mobiles. As the Nepali communication lines like Nepal Telecom and Ncell has good network coverage, you can have national as well as international call directly and easily.
Q16. What is the condition of charging electronic device on the trail?
As Nepal is a developing country, electricity on several trekking cities can be scare. Even in the trekking areas with electricity resource, you may face load shedding. Due to which you may have to pay 100-800 Nrs per hour to charge your gadgets and others. Same is the case in Annapurna Base Camp.
So, it is better to carry extra necessary electronic gadgets like power bank, batteries, torches, solar panels etc with you.
Q17. What to wear while trekking in Annapurna region?
This depends on where and which season you trek as not all treks are of higher altitude. But independent of your location, always remember to carry warm clothes like down jackets, thermals, and warmers. This is the preparation for unseasonable cold and unpredictable weather on your route. The above list on clothing and equipments will surely help you.
Q18. What type of preparation should I do for trekking in Annapurna Region?
Trekking regions are of various range. Trek like Royal trek are short and easy, whereas Annapurna Base Camp is of moderate range and Annapurna Circuit trek is comparatively hard.
Thus, an average people with moderate fitness is able to trek this region. No previous experience is even necessary. Though short hikes and walks are highly recommended. Also, some physical fitness programs targeting cardiovascular and strength training will make your journey more sophisticated.
You can go from normal swimming to stair training, pull ups, sit-ups, crunches, and even light weightlifting. The thing to remember is always listen to your body and don’t train over the limit.
Similarly, for mental conditioning, keep yourself healthy by following healthy habits. Keep yourself properly hydrated, have healthy intake like food rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals.
Moreover, you can do some yogas and meditations to bring optimism and sooth your mind. It would be also useful to have conversations with trekkers who have already trekked the region. Also, keep on digging informations on your trekking region as much as you can.
Q19. What are the options and preparations regarding safety and security?
The foremost concern while trekking on higher altitude should always be safety and security. From the day of your arrival to the date of your departure, we are always there to help you by all means.
Regarding safety, we have remedial services like first aid kit, oxygen bag, etc. With trained staffs, you also can get remedy for in case physical loss or altitude sickness. Not to worry, we have full planned itinerary focusing on acclimatization to avoid unnecessary obstacles.
Helicopter service for emergency rescue is also available.
Q20. Are there tailor-made trips/program for trekking in Annapurna Region?
Yes, there is! Though we have pre-planned itineraries for all treks in the Annapurna Region, you are free to create your own. If you have any specific ideas on some regions or multiple treks or want to combine trips, we can surely arrange. So, send us your probable plans and we will work out on it.
Just contact us. We will be more than happy to help you in any way!