Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Namaste Adventure. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
This trek offers a more challenging alternative to the traditional trek to Everest Base Camp- there is an ascent of both Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri along with crossings of the Cho La (5330m) and Renjo La (5340m) passes. The trek has been carefully planned to ensure there is adequate time for the necessary acclimatisation.The route starts by following the classic Everest Base Camp trekbut rather than retracing your steps back to Namche you trek over the Cho La pass to enter the quieter Gokyo valley. This valley has a string of glacial lakes and Gokyo Ri peak. We climb this in the morning for some of the best views of the Everest massif. Our last pass is the Renjo La from where we descend into the Thame valley, one of the main trading routes with Tibet.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Guided sight seeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5: Rest and acclimatision day in Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4350m)
Day 8: Rest and acclimatisation day in Dingboche (4350m)
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4931m)
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5200m), afternoon to Everest Base Camp
Day 11: Trek to Kala Patar (5545m) and return to Lobuche
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla (4830m)
Day 13: Cross the Cho La (5420m) and walk to Dragnag (4700m)
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 15: Day trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m), back to Gokyo
Day 16: Cross the Renjo La (5345m) & trek to Langden in the Thame valley
Day 17: Return to Namche Bazaar (3445m)
Day 18: Spare day
Day 19: Return to Lukla
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21: Free time in Kathmandu
Day 22: Fly back home
While packing for Trek certain equipments are essential. Please Click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.
Insurance is must for our treks and trekking peak expeditions in Nepal you need insurance that includes "hiking" to 6000m/7000m AND helicopter evacuation. In Tibet there is no possibility of helicopter rescue. For trekking peaks, do get the correct policy, even if we are only climbing for a day or two. Note "winter sports" is skiing; not needed for a trek. Do read the fine print to ensure you are covered. First talk with your household insurer, your medical insurer (especially if you live in the USA or Canada) or your travel agent. Your household insurer or your medical insurer should be able to offer a cheaper policy than a travel agent, however ensure it covers the specific activities, such as hiking or guided+roped mountaineering.
It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etc. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you.
Spring (March to mid May) and Autumn (mid Sept to Dec) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views. But the nights are cold and can fall to freezing point in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Circuit trek. Only issue is cold (obviously) and might be problem due to obstructed high pass due to ice or snow. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.
In a tea house trek you can expect to get mostly continental and local foods and can choose it from the a la carte menus. You can also get some Tibetan, Chinese, Nepalese and even Indian and Italian dishes on the tea houses. The food is good and well enjoyed by the trekkers. In higher altitudes near the base camps, you get less varieties than in the lower altitudes. Wherever possible we try to offer you fresh vegetables from local areas, fresh fruits etc. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each persons as cooking so many dishes takes a long time. Some lodges do not have many ovens and may be they have only one cook. Making a combined order saves time, specially in lunch. You can buy bottled water during trekking route but we suggest you to bring water purifiers to avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains.
Your trekking day starts at around 6 am with a cup of tea or coffee at your tent /l odge. You wash your face with warm water and prepare yourself for breakfast at around 7.30 . The trek starts after breakfast, you walk at your own pace, frequently stopping to enjoy good views and take photos. You carry only a day pack containing your personal goods that you need during the day. The porters or Yaks will carry the rest . After a walk of about 3 to 5 hours we stop for lunch. It lasts for about 1 hr. After lunch walk for another 3 to 4 hours to get to next destination. You might meet other people at Tea houses and share the day's experience and make new friends.
Namaste Adventure's itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. The higher the altitude the lesser will be the oxygen in the air. Our body need some days to adapt to this less-oxygen environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Himalayan Glacier advises specially the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before trekking. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff. Himalayan Glacier's itinerareies are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible, but it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff.
The most significant thing that makes our trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of our trekking and Climbing leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. Trekking leaders of Namaste Adventure are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, and English language etc: Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training To meet our team, check out the Team Page
Though often overlooked, it is no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the basis of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipments and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it is very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, Namaste Adventure is firmly committed to porter rights. We ensures all our porters are insured, well treated, well paid, well sheltered, well clothed and should have good footwear that these harsh environments demand. And for the porter's sake, Namaste Adventure request to all the trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 25kgs/.
The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Namaste Adventure employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, enforces number of do's and don'ts. Namaste Adventure's experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.