Chulu West Peak Climbing

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you in our remarkable and fascinating adventure to Chulu West Peak climbing, one of the toughest trekking peaks of Nepal and the altitude listed as by NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Associations) trek and climb around the most picturesque and cultural Annapurna Circuit route, where one can experience an adventure of a life time, listed as world’s 10th top scenic travel destinations by Lonely Planet with outstanding views and walking through friendly traditional hill villages in the land of legendry Gurung, Manang and Thakali peoples.

Chulu West Peak climbing and trek offers magnificent grandeur close up vista of Chulu West 6,419 m-21,060 ft, Chulu East 6,584 m-21,601 ft, and of Chulu Far East with Damodar Himal range, Pisang peak 6,091m-19,984 ft, Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,684ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,459 ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) Lamjung Himal 6,931 m and towards east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m-26,781 ft with massive range of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m-26,795 ft with adjoining Nilgiris, Tukuche peaks and Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang with
Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m-22,956 ft.

Chulu West climbing, starts from Lamjung and Manang area and then concluding this fabulous trek at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district, from here taking a super sweeping flight to picturesque Pokhara valley one of the main touristic spot in all Himalaya, where the mountains reflects on its tranquil Phewa and Begnas lakes. On this journey walk leads to high mid green mid hills villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar tribes, and as the walk progress heading closer to mountainous and in the alpine zone with pretty scenic villages of Dharapani and Chame town the main headquarter of Manang district.

On reaching picturesque windswept dry terrain of Manang villages and its valley, after a walk from Pisang with an altitude of above 3,350 meters high, around Manang and Mustang area onwards dominated with Buddhist religion of strong Tibetan influence in culture, tradition, and in daily life as well.

At Manang village, where the tree lines declines for dry arctic terrain, this will be the last permanent village before the climb of Chulu West and to Thorang-la, in Manang with rest day to acclimatize before heading higher for the climb of Chulu West Peak.

Trexmount Ventures reserved the day in Manang village for rest and necessary acclimatization before heading higher area beyond Manang valley for the classic climb of Chulu West Peak at
6,419 meters high, offers stunning panorama of whole of Annapurna, Gangapurna Himalaya, including Damdor Himal, hidden beyond Chulu’s range of peaks with Tilicho peak around Mustang area.

Adventure begins from Manang village, leading towards complete isolation in the harmony of surrounding high mountains with only the sound of winds, on reaching the high ridge above Manang valley, to set up base camp / high camps above 5,000 meters, in order to make the climb to Chulu West Peak safe and possible.

At this camp our expert climbing guide will make necessary arrangement, briefing regarding the climbing technique use of ice axe, crampons and fix and main ropes, although the climb is AD which is straight forward with difficult technical sections on climb, this grading listed from French and Swiss alpine system recommended and in use world over.

Starting early morning with enough acclimatization with free afternoon at base / high camp for preparations, our guide will lead and support you all the way to the summit of Chulu West Peak, standing high at 6,419 meters on top of Nepal’s toughest trekking peaks, after a successful and safe climb, marvel the breathe taking panorama with great life time experience and endurance.

This awesome adventure leads towards high pass of Thorang-la at 5,416 meters, after a fantastic climb of over the high ridge of Thorang-la with captivating views; walk descends to holy Muktinath area, regarded as holy since ancient times with 108 spout flowing pure natural spring.

Muktinath meaning Liberation, pilgrims visits to offer prayer and to liberate from the sin of a life time, walk leads on the dry windy valley of Kaligandaki river to Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip, where the people are from the Thakali tribes, a traders for many years on this Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route, at present running hotels and lodges with appealing food menu.

Jomsom and Mustang area famous for apple orchard and its products, after a marvelous trip taking a scenic flight to amazing Pokhara with super views along the short flight, on reaching at Pokhara, enjoy relaxing the beauty of snow capped peaks and take a boat ride on serene Phewa lake, and then back to the hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu after a wonderful and great adventure to Chulu West Peak Climbing with great service of Trexmount Ventures with its friendly expert staff and guides.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu received by our Representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu free day for trek preparations or Sightseeing tour on your interest, pay locally for sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Chamje 1,560 m-5,118 ft via Beshishar 823m – 08 hrs journey.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,860m-6,102 ft – 05hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,715m-8,907 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,185m-10,449 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang 3,350m-10,990 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and hike.
Day 09: Trek to Ledar 4,200 m-13,780 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,700 m-15,420 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek and climb to set High Camp at 5,100 m-16,732 ft – 03 hrs.
Day 12: Climbing days and return to base camp.
Day 13: Reserve and contingency spare days in case of bad weather on climb.
Day 14: Trek to Thorung High Camp 4,600m-15,092 ft – 04hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m-12,467 ft via Thorang-la 5,415m-17,766 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom 2,715m-8,907 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara 860m-2,821 ft with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
Day 19: Transfer to airport for departing from Nepal.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will covers trip related information’s & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).

Day 02:   Kathmandu: Free day or City Sightseeing (pay Locally for sightseeing)
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.

Day 03:   Drive to Chamje 1,560 m-5,118 ft via Beshishar 823m-2,700 ft – 08 hrs journeys.
As time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards Chamje via Beshishar, drive leads through Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Dumre town, and leaving the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway towards Beshishar a large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, from here driving on the newly built dirt road leading to Chamje via Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues passing rice terraces and villages and then uphill on leaving the Marsyangdi River to reach at Chamje for overnight stop via Jagat village, Chamje a small farm village with many lodges and the people from here are Manang of Tibetan origin.

Day 04:   Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m-6,299 ft – 05 hours.
After a first night in local lodge with homely hospitality service, morning starts walking back to Marsyangdi River crossing and in the alpine woodlands, with super views of Annapurna, Lamjung and on the back Manaslu mountain ranges, walk leads on the wide trail to a nice village of Tal Besi, after having a break a few hours walk brings to Dharapani village for overnight halt, located on the mid way of around Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek.

Day 05:   Trek to Chame 2,670 m-8,759 ft – 05 hours.
From Dharapani on wards temperature gets cooler with alpine temperature climate walk leads on the winding wide trail through serene rhododendron, pine woodland through small villages of Bagachap, Danque, and then climbing higher to Timang village with super views of snow capped peaks towards North, from this village onwards in the land of Buddhist tradition and culture, an hour walk reaches to Koto and then towards Chame a large town and the district headquarter of Manang area, here with time to browse around the streets of Chame with wonderful views of AII and Lamjung Himal.

Day 06:   Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m-10,597 ft – 05 hrs.
From here onwards feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dhukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop, afternoon at leisure and rest as the high altitude starts from here onwards.

Day 07:   Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m-11,319 ft – 05 hrs.
Morning with wonderful views of snow capped peaks with close look of A II North Face, heading towards a hill through nice pine woodland where one can catch awesome views of Manang valley with surrounding high snow capped mountains, from this view point heading downhill towards Manang valley reaching Hongde village with a small airstrip, (flight to and from Pokhara is only twice a week and unpredictable), from here onwards tree lines disappears into arid and barren landscapes with cold, dry climate temperature, however gets enough sunshine during the day with strong UV in this thin air altitude. From here with constant views of snow capped peaks reaching at Braga close to Manang village, visit the old Braga monastery treasures old Buddhist artifacts, relics and stature with ancient amazing wall Thanka painting ( Buddhist religious painting) and frescos, from here breathtaking views of Annapurna range with Chulu’s and as far to Manaslu towards east, after a nice time here a slow and steady walk brings you at Manang village for lunch and overnight stop with alluring views of Gangapurna, A II and Tilicho peak and turquoise Manang lake nearby. From Pisang and at Manang houses are built in traditional Tibetan style as people of Manang practice rich Buddhism religion, culture and traditions.

Day 08:   Free and rest day at Manang for acclimatization. A complete free and rest at Manang an ideal place for acclimatization which is essential at this altitude above 3,000 meters and to head more higher towards Thorang –la pass, Manang offers various optional short hike to Gangapurna glacier and Manang lake. (Ice Lake takes more than 5 hours both ways we do not recommend unless people are very eager or fit to trek on this rest day)

Day 09:   Trek to Ledar after Yak Kharka 4,110 m-13,484 ft – 04 hours.
After a nice break and stop for two nights at Manang, morning walks is easier on the gradual path passing the last village of Manang at Tenke and then in complete wilderness with gentle uphill walk to Ghunsang village with great views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu West peaks, then slowly reaching at Yak Kharka a small settlement with full lodges and guest house with close views of Tilicho and Gangapurna peaks, after a short break walk continues just for 30 minutes to reach Ledar for overnight and lunch, this will be the last night in lodge for few days with camping facilities during climbing period with separate unit of kitchen with cook and kitchen crews.

Day 10:   Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,700m-15,420 ft – 04 hrs.
Today a short day but tough due to high altitude, morning walk follows on a faint path where few trekkers, climbers and Yak herders have seldom used. Route to base camp continues over rocks and gravel, ice and glacier to reach beneath the towering Chulu West Peak base camp is set for the climb, afternoon just relax and enjoy the view.

Day 11:   Trek and climb to set High Camp at 5,100m-16,732 ft – 03 hrs.
Morning walk leads by a small glacial stream past Yak herder’s shades leading to a ridge, into a hidden valley with a good site for high camp at some 5,100 m after 4 hours of good hard walk and climb. Afternoon our guide will scout the area for safe and possible route to the summit and fixing ropes and making ice ledges where necessary.

Day 12:    Climbing days and return to base camp.
A Big Day! Our main target and destination starting before the crack of dawn as the climb leads over moraine and rubble of ice falls, following the route set by our lead guide reaching high above on an ill defined ridge towards last snow slope, most of the climb involves walking roped together, including the glacial crossings. As everyone should be fit and have good experience on this tough technical route to the summit, after a climb quite steeply with some difficulty with some technical sections on route to Chulu West summit, after a final big haul with great help and support of our expert guide. On reaching the summit take a rest and admire the beautiful panorama of whole Annapurna Mountains and towards north and west Chulu range with Damodar peaks as well beyond Chulu peaks, view of Manaslu towards east horizon. After being in the highest spot of this adventure descent by same route to base camp, as time permits and possible with physical strength after the climb descend all the way to base camp or to Ledar.

Day 13:   Reserve and contingency day in case of bad weather condition
Trexmount Ventures allows a spare as contingency / reserve day in case of bad unusual weather situations, if all goes well as per the designated itinerary days our guide will make the decision after informing all, how and where this spare can be used before or after Thorang-la on route Jomsom.

Day 14:   Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m-15,092 ft – 04 hrs.
Slowly and steady journey gets closer to another highlights and highest elevation of the trek at Thorang-la pass, walk is pleasant except for the altitude the trail follows crossing a bridge after Ledar and then a short steep climb after the river reaching at Jarjung around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Mountain Goats or the rare and elusive Snow Leopard if lucky. Walk then reaches at Thorang Phedi (base of Thorang-la), after a break here walk on the scree zig zag slope path which is quite steep for an hour till High Camp is reached for lunch and overnight stop.A great place with super views of Gangapurna, Damodar and Bhirkuti Himal and range of snow capped peaks.

Day 15:   Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m- 17,770 ft and to Muktinath 3,800 m-12,467 ft – 07 hrs.
Starting quite early after breakfast to reach the top of the pass earlier before the cold wind catches with chill factors, the walk is gradual with ups and even trail most of the way and then slowly with a climb reaching the highest point of this trip and one of the highlights at 5,416 m / 17,770 ft high, the pass is festooned with hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags and with sign board ‘Thorang-la’ and its heights, this place with awesome views of snow capped mountains looking over West at Dhaulagiri, Mustang Himal as well. After a great success, with great moment descend a long way to reach the bottom with few teahouses to refresh and for lunch before setting towards Muktinath for overnight after a long hard but interesting and adventurous day. The walk to Muktinath is pleasant for few hours, on reaching at Muktinath check into respective nice lodges for overnight stop and nice rest. This place is a holy for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 16:   Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m-8,907 ft – 04 hours.
After a long walk of previous day, today the last day of trekking leading on a pleasant trek on the downhill path passing Jharkot village with a drop of 1,200 meters to Kaligandaki river bed, on reaching the wide Kaligandaki River valley at a small place of Ekale bhatti, continue walk on the flat wide valley for few hours reaching at Jomsom, head quarter of Mustang area. Jomsom with an airstrip above Kaligandaki River (operates daily morning schedule flight to and from Pokhara). At Jomsom enjoy the afternoon exploring the town and having the best of apple products as Mustang area is famous apples.

Day 17:  Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860m.
Today the last day in the high hills and mountains, morning transfer to Jomsom airport for the sweeping flight to Pokhara with alluring views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, Annapurna and Machhapuchhre, this wonderful flight taking less than half hour to reach at Pokhara for overnight stop by the pristine Lake Phewa, time in the afternoon to browse around the lake side stores and shops and relax in this beautiful setting.

Day 18:   Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
With great time up in the high hill, villages and at scenic Pokhara morning transfer for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Annapurna, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

(For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).

Day 19:   Departure
Breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departing from Nepal.

Includes and Excludes

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:                   Hotels & Lodge and camping on climb
Trek grade:                                       Moderate to Adventurous
Climbing grade:                              AD (French / Swiss alpine system)
Trek / Climb duration:                 14 / 15 days till Jomsom / Pokhara
Total Trip:                                        18 / 19 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                                           From April to mid June and August to Mid November.

Trip Highlights

Full of excitement throughout this trip from villages, green hills, forest, landscapes and mountains, climb of Nepal toughest trekking peak Chulu West at 6,419 meters, are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, beneath world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m and 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, trekking beneath Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive mountain range, dramatic variation from sub-tropic – Mediterranean, alpine to arctic climate temperature and landscapes, daily amazing panorama views with views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung, Manang & Thakali tribe villages, super mountain panorama with a visit of holy Muktinath area.

Trip Information's

Nepal the Land of Eight Thousander:
Nepal a unique country due to its different topography in just mere miles away from the low lands of tropical Terai, to the mid hills meditarrean climate of Churia to the alpine mid hills and arctic zone of High mountains, all these fascinating weather, sceneries varied tribes with different ancient culture only to be found in this Himalaya country Nepal.
Nepal captures 8th of the 14th Eight Thousander Mountains from Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586 m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Mt. Makalu 8,463 m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8,201 m, Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, Mt. Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m and world 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 meters high, all these great massive mountains are the life line of Nepal and beyond South East Asia which is the strong river source.
All the picturesque scenery makes Nepal one of the most sought destinations for any types of leisure holidays to extreme adventure, as Nepal is rich in culture, historical places and its old traditions in daily life.
Information for travelers while in Nepal with Trexmount Ventures:
While on booking with us we will provide with much essential information as per the trip chosen.

Arriving in Nepal & Transfers:  Before you depart for Nepal please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our staff and representative will have a sign-board with “Trexmount Ventures”, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal. Please note our phone numbers if in-case of flight delay and change in time & schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and don’t give any money who ever asks for it. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Passport: Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements: You can either processed tourist visas from any Nepalese Embassy or via the web or you upon arrival in Nepal. Please note that once the visa is issued, it may not be amended or re-validated and visa fees will not be refunded. USD cash or Visa and Master Card credit cards are accepted for visa fees. Visitors who wanted to get tourist visa at arrival, they can obtain into following arrival points in Nepal:
Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu| Kodari| Kakarbhitta| Birgunj| Belhiya Bhairahawa | Nepalgunj |Dhangadi | Mahendranagar.

REQUIREMENTS for Visa is as following:
Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form.
Visa fees easier to be paid in cash.
Visa fees at arrival points in Nepal: Visa for 15 days = $25, For 30 days = $40, For 90 days = $100.
Please also note that: Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points of Nepal.

Note: Nigeria | Ghana | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Cameroon | Somalia | Liberia| Ethiopia| Iraq| Palestine and Afghanistan’s Travel Document holders (Passport holder) should apply for a tourist visa at the Nepalese Embassy. Entry validity: The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Nepal which is Six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension: A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than cumulative 150 days.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS.
Country entry regulations can be changed, Unique Path Travels does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Currency: The official currency in Nepal is Rupee. The most commonly use symbol for Rupee is NPR or Rs. One Rupee is made up of 100 Paisa, a smaller unit.  There are coins  for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Nepal.

Money Exchange: Nepal Rastra Bank (National Bank)  sets the exchange rate and lists rate in daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity.  The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Kathmandu, Pokhara and so on. Where you can get cash (only Nepalese Rupee) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 30,000 NPR a day from your Card.

Accommodations: In Nepal most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Nepal trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Travel / Medical Insurance: Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trexmount Ventures .

Vaccinations: Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical center for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note: Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend: A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies: In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items: Band Aids / bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur if one does not acclimatize well while trekking in the high Himalayan region. Usually the symptom of AMS can be felt above 3,000 m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness:

  1.  AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness: 
    The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.
  2. HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
    This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.
  3. Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
    The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by heli-copter or by other possible arrangements.

Decision Making: All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation and in helicopter.

  1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise. 
  2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.

Prevention is better than cure. A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

  • Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 
  • Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
    Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 
  • Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
    Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment: The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent, the best way of recovering. However, there are few medicine which maybe helpful when suffering: Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important: Go up slowly with take your own pace. Do not let your body get cold. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day). Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Nepal is not mandatory. It is now a traditional way, asset by earlier visitors, to tip guides, porters and Tour Driver, who now expect a tip. Any gratuity for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is part of Nepalese culture, especially in markets when hiring the local vehicles, buying the jewelery and local clothing.

Travel Tip: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Safe Travel:

  • Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
  • Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.
  • Pickpockets are not common in Nepal but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.
  • Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket.

Time Zone: Nepal Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:45 Hours).

Climate: Nowhere in the world is the climate so distinct and poles apart. The long stretch of the northern frontier, which is mostly rugged terrain, towered by the mighty Himalayas experiences arctic type of climate and a few hours down south at the fringes of the Indian borderlands the landscape and climate changes dramatically as the elevation decreases. With lush green tropical forests and vast stretches of plains one can encounter hot humid climate.

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal – winter, spring, monsoon and autumn.
The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Himalayan region climate varies as per the altitude wise from the low southern land of Gangetic plains of Terai at 60meters above sea level to the mid hills-valleys at 9,00m, 1500-200m and to the high mountain settlement at 3000-4000m and above. From over 40oC warm sub-tropic, to the arctic climate of -0oC to -20oC conditions exists. Here’s our Climate Guide that can help you with your selection of treks in the Himalayan region and Good Luck! Nepal and its Himalayan range have a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time in Nepal and around the Himalaya. As the Himalayan regions have low precipitations, the snow fall is limited depending upon the region, season and elevation. The main trekking area of Annapurna Region will be as follows.

From 800m-1200m quite subtropical climate with hot and humidity in summer and at end of spring till starting of autumn, however in winter the temperature drops down almost 0 degree Celsius with mild sunshine of 15-18 degree Celsius.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.

Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

From 3000m-4000m. minimum of 0-5 degree Celsius and maximum of 15-18 degree Celsius. Above 5000m it can snow even summer, while it rains below but the snow melts quickly as it reaches the ground at this time of the year in summer and monsoon. (The wind chill factor above 3000m-4000m can be quite freezing bringing the temperatures down. In the Everest Region and as at other High Himalayan region the temperatures are as follows from 2000m on-wards.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.
Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.
Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

In winter Dec to mid Feb this place can be very cold at sometimes in places like Loboche on-wards with minimum of -15-20 degree Celsius and maximum of 12-15 degree Celsius.

Above 3000m on-wards the afternoon sun will be brilliant with much glare and  strong UV (Ultra Violet Ray) while in the sun, however the temperatures drops down dramatically while in the shade.

Temperatures Chart

(In Celsius)  

                    1,330m                  850m                     200-300m (above sea level)

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan

                    max min                max min                max min

Jan               19     2                   20     8                    24   7
Feb              20      4                  21     8                    26   8                  
Mar              25      8                  27   11                   33   12       
Apr              30     11                 33   12                   35   18
May             30     16                 30   19                   35   20
Jun               30     20                 30   20                  35   23
Jul                29      21                30   21                   33   24
Aug              29      20                30   21                   33   24
Sep              27     19                29   20                   32   22
Oct               23      15                27   18                   31   18
Nov             23      4                 23     11                  29   12
Dec              20       2                  20     8                   24     8                           

Rainfall Chart (in mm.)                                 

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan                

Jan               25                         15                          10

Feb              25                         15                          10

Mar              75                         30                          10

Apr              50                         50                          15

May             100                         300                         200

Jun               225                         575                         300

Jul                375                         800                         500

Aug              360                         700                         450

Sep              175                         575                         400

Oct               50                         220                         100

Nov             10                         20                           5   

Dec              10                            5                            5                                

Climate Chart:   Kathmandu. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

95%   91%   93%   85%   74%   54%   33%   37%   62%   88%   98%   99%

5:54    5:39    7:37    9:30    5:43    4:54    2:37    2:23    3:18    5:12    5:12    5:06

Pokhara. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

94%   94%   89%   80%   53%   5%     3%     3%     7%     64%   96%   99%

5:49    6:23    7:19    8:59    5:17    4:02    2:04    1:34    1:44    4:30    4:51    5:12

Voltage:  Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy: Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water:  You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Photography: Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offense by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

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We will be able to organize operate this tour one month prior to the tour start. Please write to us for further informations: contact@nepalholidayinfo.com

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