Annapurna Trekking info. FAQs

                Important Info and Common questions for the Nepal Tour and trek
 This info. is more related to the Annapurna trek Poon hill area but can be useful for other trek and tour also in Nepal. 

 

When and Where should you arrive in Nepal?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Tribhubhan International airport ( TIA) which is also known as Kathmandu international airport in Nepal.  When you arrive Nepal then the the tour  or trek starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends with a yoga class on the last morning of the tour. If you don’t plan on taking advantage of extra excursions (click) while in Nepal you can plan on arriving either the day before the tour or at least by 1 pm on the day of the tour. 

You will be met outside the Kathmandu Tribhuvan international ( TIA) airport  terminal by a driver holding a EARTHBOUND EXPEDITIONS play card and he will escort you to the Hotel. 

Important! :  Please do not give your luggage to the person holding the placard or to anyone else. There are a group of touts who offer assistance then harass newly arrived tourists for big “tips”. Please just bring your own luggage to the car to avoid this inconvenience.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you  make extra hotel arrangements by contacting thamelecoresort@gmail.com  to arrange your extra accommodation. You can mention that you are with the Earthbound Expeditions Tours group.
  
After you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details.

If I would like to spend extra time in Nepal what is there for me to do?
 For a full list of additional excursions please click here. You can book the trip in advance payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal. The deposit is non-refundable. For larger side trips such as Tibet, Bhutan, Golden Triangle please contact us for details.

Booking your international flight
If you don’t have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites. 
makemytrip.com   www.kayak.com     www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer I would recommend trying to purchase the same flight from a local travel agent. That way there is more flexibility with flight cancellation/change of flight.
 
How many people in each room?
There will be two people accommodated  in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation please let us know in advance.  If you want private accommodation the last day to register for it is 2 months prior to your tour date and is still subject to availability.  Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won’t have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for 2-3 days of the trek.

Who will be leading the tours/treks?
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency’s association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Enviromental Educational project. With over 15 years of experience, 26 well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured  of a wonderfully memorable experience. 

Luggage, backpacks and porters in Nepal 
Extra luggage that is not required for your trek can be stored for free in our Kathmandu or Pokhara hotel. For the trek you will be required to have a backpack (preferred) or duffle bag with good straps. You can give your backpack with up to 10kgs for the 10 day and 12 day trek to your porter. The allowance for the 16 day EBC and 16 day Annapurna trek is 14kgs. In addition to this you can carry a day pack with water, camera, toiletries, snacks etc…
 
Vouchers
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 3 months ahead of the start of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots so please book your place asap. Also please send your redemption code and voucher number.

Trekking in Nepal 
The 10 and 12 day trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Annapurna region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 10-14 kms per day. One day we trek 16 kms (about 7 hours). It is recommended that you prepare for the trek by suitable training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek.  If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people in to their early 60’s. This trek is the most popular  trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks. The highest altitude we reach is 3200 meters at Poon Hill which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World’s greatest peaks. It is stunning!  Please have two passport photos with you for your trekking permit. These can be given to us at the orientation meeting on day 1.

What type of plug and what is the voltage used in Nepal? 
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Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?  
Some major currencies (USD,AUD,EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM’s in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Is Altitude sickness a problem on trek?
The maximum altitude we gradually reach on the 10 day trek is 3200 meters (Poon Hill) which is not usually a problem for altitude related problems for people with stable health. If you are joining the 16 day Annapurna Circuit Trek we reach an altitude of over 5,400 meters which can cause altitude related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems please consult a doctor on the advisability of doing the trek.

About Drinking Water on trek?
There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek in Nepal. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated “pure water” stations along the trek. As a last alternative you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended.
It is very important that you drink  at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek. 

Vaccinations
Please consult your doctor/local travel clinic for the latest recommendations regarding vaccines in Nepal. These websites give some  recommendations for maintaining good health in Nepal.
 http://www.visitnepal.com/travelers_guide/medical_matters.htm   
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/nepal.htm

Is there Laundry facility on the trek?
There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not while on the trek. 

What Clothes shall I bring for Nepal holiday?
Depending on when you plan to travel it’s important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for zero degrees Celcious. Although it’s often sunny and pleasant during the day, the trek to Poon Hill (3200 meters) in early morning will be cold. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for 4 to 6 degrees celcius, again mainly for the Poon Hill part. Otherwise the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant. 

Better to be on the safe side in preparation. The porters are available to carry the bulk of your items. Kathmandhu and Pokhara are filled with stores selling discounted trekking clothes. You can easily and cheaply purchase your jackets, hats, daypacks, backpacks etc..  BUT, bring your hiking shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not good quality.

Sleeping Bag
For the 10 day and 12 day tours between mid-October and mid-April a sleeping bag is required.  If you don’t mind renting a used one they are available for about $1/day. If you are very sensitive to using the blankets provided by the lodges we recommend you bring a sleeping bag. 
For the Annapurna Circuit trek it’s required to bring a sleeping bag. 
 
Visa for Nepal 
You can get a visa in Kathmandhu airport upon arrival for $25 USD  (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 day visa or $40 USD for a 30 day visa. Please bring a photo for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the que for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. 

Is there an Orientation program?
 Yes, the orientation will be at the Kathmandhu hotel  after your arrival and before starting trekking. The orientation meeting is scheduled for evening on
the  first of the tour. Generally the orientation meeting will be at 5 or 6 pm and this will be posted upon your arrival at the hotel.
 
How large is each tour group?
For each tour date there will be several separate groups. Each trekking group will have a  maximum of 15 people with it’s own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage. Certain activities such as travelling, farewell dinner, and yoga might be done in larger groups.

Where will I stay during the tour?
In Kathmandhu we will be staying at the Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu Eco Hotel or a similar quality 3 star hotel. These places come highly recommended but please don’t expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are a good quality by Nepali standards. In Pokhara we stay at Pokhara Eco Resort or similar quality depending on availability.  On the trek we’ll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek the bathrooms are outside the rooms and hot water is dependent on solar panels so don’t count on many warm showers.

What do we eat?
During the trek  you can have mostly vegetarian meals daily (veg curry, Dal soup, noodles, pasta, tea, etc..) In Kathmandu and Pokhara you are free to choose as these places have plenty of Tourist standard restaurants to dine.  Your guide will be happy to advise you on good places to eat. Each meals will cost from $3 to 10$ depending on meal items and restaurant category.

Will we see Everest?
Everest Himalaya is in the east mountain Range. If you do Annapurna trek you will be going west so won’t see Everest.
 If  you want to get right up close with Everest and the Mightiest Himalayan peaks we can arrange an Everest plane tour

Nepal Travel Insurance?
It is strongly advised that you get traveler’s insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company. 
 Insure and Go (click)  or World Nomads (click) are two possible insurance companies. Travel insurance is compulsory for all clients taking any tours organized by Earthbound Expeditions. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.


What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December till February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes it is cold during the winter months. 

How much money for my personal expenses while in Nepal?
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much  you want to spend  for shopping and where and what meals (lunch& dinner) you want to eat in city. It is advised that you change at least $100 – $300 USD in to Nepali rupees to bring with you for the trek. Only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek

Porters arrangements on Nepal trek 
For the trek we’ll have a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage. The weight limit for the trek  is 8-10 kgs per person. If you want to bring more than that (camera equipment etc.) you’ll need a private porter for an additional cost of $127 USD. Before the trek we will store all our excess baggage in our Pokhara hotel and only take what we require on the trek.

Tips in Nepal 
Tips to the Nepali drivers, porters and  guides are appreciated and appropriate. It is standard practice to offer a total of $8 – 15 per day in tips.  Please tip according to your means and inspiration. The tip can be offered at the end of  the trek.

What should I bring while travelling in Nepal ?

For Trekking  and travel in Nepal 
. Day pack (rucksack)
.Back pack (porter will carry it) Recommended size: Sufficient to carry about 10 kgs of clothes and supplies for shorter treks and up to 14 kgs for EBC and ACT trek. If you are travelling with a friend you can share one large pack between the two of you for one of the shorter treks. A soft duffle bag with good straps is also OK.
. Well worn Hiking boots or shoes
. A pair of sandals
 . Sleeping Bag ( If you want to go to Trekking in winter which is from Mid October – Middle of March) – You can buy and hire them in Nepal too if you wish 
. Yoga mat (we provide used mats)
. 2 passport photos for trekking permit and 1 photo for visa on arrival
. A one – liter hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
. Warm  jacket for zero celcius (during winter months)
. Jacket for poon hill trek {3200 meters}    (be ready for possible 4-6 degrees celcius during non winter season and down to zero during the winter months) – You can buy and hire them in Nepal too if you wish 
. Light-weight cotton clothing 
. Water proof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
. Light sweater
. Bath towel
. Sun hat
.Sunglasses
. Mosquito repellent
. Sun cream
. Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
. Trekking poles – You can buy  them in Nepal too if you wish 
. Chap stick
. Water purification tablets or some other technique for purifying water 
. Small First-aid-kit ( Earthbound Expeditions will also provide one)
. Headlamp (preferrable) or Flashlight (torch)
. Swiss Army Knife
. Camera
. Loose stomach and nausea medicine
. Toiletries for trek (toilet paper, soap,shampoo etc…), can buy in Nepal too 
. Optional: School supplies (pens, notebooks, colored pencils etc..). These gifts can be directly turned over to our Nepali tour coordinator who will arrange for them to be distributed through the proper channels. 
  
Much of your trekking clothes and supplies can be easily purchased in Kathmandhu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones  good but are not highly recommended.

Risk & Liabilities:
We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies.

Therefore Earthbound Expeditions and its related organization shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident, Any extra cost incurring there of shall be born by the clients on the spot.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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