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Best Time of Year: October - April
Trek Annapurna and Kathmandu Valley
This is a fantastic compact and intense trip absorbing some of Nepal's fantastic High Mountain scenery, amongst 8000m peaks, but also with time to savour the cultural splendour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan - the ancient capitals of this incredible land.
A compact twelve day itinerary (excluding travel time) which includes a seven day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and time to soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Lakeside Pokhara. The trek starts at approximately 1000m above sea level and remains in warm and welcoming surroundings for the first couple of days before climbing into the higher more rarified air of the Sanctuary itself. We shall trek high into the sanctuary on day 5, before descending back down more quickly to warmer altitudes. After the trek you will have one night in Pokhara, and then time back in the Kathmandu Valley to explore a little more of the fascinating cities and culture of this amazing country. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan are all world heritage designated sites - and the Kathmandu Valley boasts a further 4 UNESCO Sites within its stunning natural surroundings. So a couple of extra days here are certainly time well spent!
- Depart London
- Arrive Kathmandu
- Internal flight to Pokhara - transfer and start directly on trek.
- On Trek
- On Trek
- On Trek
- Reach Macchapuchre Base Camp - and witness the fantastic fishtail mountain
- On Trek
- On Trek- returning via Ghandrung Village - a working village high in the mountains
- On Trek - finishing at Naya Pul for return transfer to Pokhara
- Internal Flight to Kathmandu, afternoon sightseeing
- Day of Exploration of the Kathmandu Valley
- Free time in morning - depart early afternoon to UK
- Arrive London
This itinerary is weighted more towards trekking, however, it does allow time to absorb and experience some of the other highlights of a trip to the Himalayan Kingdom.
Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintains the integrity of the original itinerary, you will be advised as soon as possible to this effect. Nepal is an exciting, vibrant, developing country, but itineraries do not always run exactly as originally planned. If this happens, Adventure Café will ensure that the very best is done to get the most out of the arising situation!
In Kathmandu, for this trip, you will be accommodated in upgraded accommodation (local 4 star standard) and in Pokhara you will be accommodated in simple but clean accommodation. There are many great restaurants and cafes for breakfast, lunch and dinner in these places. Eating out is a fun part of any trip to Nepal! Whilst on trek you will be staying in simple lodges along the trail. These are an essential part of the trekking experience in the Himalayas, as you will be staying with other fellow trekkers from around the world, sharing stories and maybe a few games of cards in the evenings. These lodges are of an excellent standard on the lower part of the trail - but slightly simpler on the top 2 nights of the trek.
A specially provided toilet tent will be carried on this trek!
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Airport transfers in Nepal, domestic flights, internal road journies, all accommodation, food on trek, guide, porter. Local Nepali Guide whilst in Kathmandu.
Excluded From Trip
International Airfares - please ask if you require assistance with flights and we should be able to offer well priced flights with good connections. Excludes transfers in UK to airport (Lift share may be available – expect to share costs on parking at Air
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Vaseline
Rehydration Salts, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Immodium
Anti-Malarial Medication, Hand Disinfectant Lotion (optional)
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 4 season rated to -15°C comfort rating
Sleeping Mat (thick Karrimat/Thermarest style)
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Big Rucksack (to carry all your overnight gear)
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods for time in trek - esp. items that you may crave on the trail
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Heavyweight Fleece
Duvet Jacket, Lightweight Gloves, Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece Hat, Balaclava
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, Thermal Underwear
1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues
Diary, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, Visa's (if applicable - in most of our long haul countries you may pay for your visa on arrival)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash (local currency - please note on long haul treks it may not be possible to get currency before you travel)
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Water Purification Kit, Sewing Kit
Non-Caffeinated Drinks - i.e fruit powdered drink / green tea / herbal tea
US Dollars are the most convenient and convertible form of currency in many distant corners of the world - recommended!
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. On a trek in a developing country the main areas to be aware of and to guard against are stomach bugs picked up from dirty water / food, altitude sickness, sunburn, and dehydration. If you are careful, and cautious - you will get much more from your trip! Your joining instructions will contain more information about these issues. This itinerary subject to a minimum of 10 persons will include an experienced UK Mountain Leader.
One of the most fascinating things about Nepal is that in the space of a hundred miles you can go from the coldest and most bitter conditions on earth to the sweltering heat of the North Indian Plain. In general it’s best to plan for temperate conditions ranging to around freezing on most trekking itineraries. Temperatures in the daytime range from +5—+20 degrees Celsius, with evenings being 8 to 10 degrees cooler. The best times of the year by far are the spring and the autumn. Whilst it is possible to trek during winter—it’s a little cold for most people. The monsoon is not fun—as paths are washed out, it’s exceptionally humid, and you’ll spend a lot of time wet through! Most people are surprised to find that Nepal is actually the same latitude as Florida or Egypt, the extremes in temperature and climate are all due to altitude variations.
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