Covid-19 updates and safety precaution for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The mighty massif Mt Annapurna lies in Central Nepal, it’s base camp is roughly 50 km from Pokhara. Annapurna base camp is one of the most iconic places to visit, in 2019 National Geography added Annapurna as a “once in a lifetime experience destination of the world”. The popularity of Annapurna Base camp is really overwhelming but a question might arise how to travel Nepal on post-covid-19 to make up to ABC, how can we be sure of safety? We got you! Here are the things which make Annapurna safer than most of the destination in the world:
To make up to Annapurna Base camp is a moderate level of trekking which means, it relatively easier to hike for this route, the ideal route is to go from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive or you can also choose to take flight) and makeup to Ghorepani where technically our real trek starts. While making up to Ghorepani, apart from Pokhara our route consists of a population of hardly 2000 people till Ghorepani which means it’s totally aloft place where social distancing is the law of Nature and after Ghorepani, it’s all trails with very few Lodges and hotels which makes Annapurna the most aloft destination of Nepal to travel on Post Covid-19 Travel.
Apart from Geographical safety, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have taken precaution in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!
- Our guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness First Aid
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
- We'll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the KTAN team assisting you.
- Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks.
- Food & Accommodation in the mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.
The beginning of the journey towards Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The first day is your arrival day in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport-TIA), Nepal. The second day, we drive to Pokhara by Tourist bus for 6 to 7 hrs that departures around 7 a.m. every day from Kathmandu, then 2hrs Taxi/Jeep drive takes to Dhampus for overnight stay.
Both way Tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara is included in the package. The flight/private transportation is provided at an extra cost.
Don't worry, we'll pick you!
We offer a complimentary Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick up and drop off service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on company pamphlet) by our representative member from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal, then transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.
9 Days Annapurna Sanctuary trek includes Eight nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain and a night in Pokhara hotel where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in trekking. We provide Four nights twin sharing room with private attached bathroom at Dhampus, Landruk, chomrong and Jhino Danda, Three nights twin sharing standard accommodation at Himalaya, Annapurna Base Camp and Bamboo.
We spend a night hotel in Pokhara, accommodation with attached bathroom, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility.
For solo trekker -a single private room with attached bathroom in the available lodge, single private accommodation in other places of the itinerary.
Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.
Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.
Our trek is all over high elevations near one of world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.
There will be 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunch and 8 Dinners will be provided in the trek.
Some of the popular menu items are -
Nine breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)
Eight lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)
Eight dinners - ( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu during the trek.
The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.
Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.
Note:- Lunch and Dinner at Pokhara shall not be provided by the company.
All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.
Best season to Trek
The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary cause no one is beyond nature. People trek throughout the year up to Annapurna base camp trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fade. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, Trek during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.
Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. In brief, below are the detailed information about the climatic condition of every quarter months.
March-May - Spring
Destination towards Annapurna Sanctuary in Spring (March-May) is a season in which mountains lovers and travel enthusiasts come to Annapurna Base Camp in a very large number. In this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is quite low and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the Annapurna base camp is between 8 to 0 degree C. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer making it pleasant for any nature lover.
Trekking season begins after March in the spring. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarded with different full blossom rhododendron of red, pink and white even at an elevation of over 3,000 metres. The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.
June - August - Summer
If you are coming to trek Annapurna base camp in between July to August, you are signing up for summer. Summer season falls in the month of June, July and August. Summer is the month of the hottest temperature and therefore has the most pleasant trekking conditions compare to other months. But the monsoon that coincides with the summer means that you have to be more careful with your preparation as the trekking trails might be wet and slippery.
It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23! and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Though the rain may cause some problems. various plants bloom during this season, the valleys will be a green and totally different view than during other seasons.
September - November - Autumn
Autumn (September, October, November), like Spring, is a season that invites travellers around the world to trek in the Annapurna Base Camp. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions.
This is a favourite among tourists with the most favourable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines brightly the skies are clear you get a superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for the daytime trek. You can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20c in high altitudes, the nights are colder with temperatures may go down around 5c. the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripening in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during these seasons. It is also a busy season, the clearest month, with the crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights.
December - February - Winter
Winter (December - February) treks in the Annapurna region are as popular as the Spring or Autumn treks. The places along the Annapurna Base Camp trek can be cold during the winter but that's what excites most trekkers. The temperature of Annapurna Base Camp itself can be as low as -10 degree C which tempts trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions.
The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February, climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures to get cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. Daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. With snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time. It may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.
The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.
Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
9 Days Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a moderate grade trek that takes us to 4130m at Base Camp of Annapurna, the highest point of the trip. Hiking duration per day ranges 4 to 7 hrs, with regular breaks to take in the stunning mountain views. The routes that involve long ascents, steep descents and straightforward path following a good trial. As per day to day itinerary, we trek more hours in low land and fewer hours in the high mountain, because trekking in higher altitude is physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitude. To accomplish trek, past hiking experience would be an added advantage although no technical experience and skills are necessary. Novice trekkers can join in this trek but should be able to hike 5 to 6 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack. Some days require longer waking hours, so you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long days. the fitter we are, the more enjoyable experience we will have during the trekking. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our stamina.
Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya, we use oximeter to monitor your oxygen level and help in early detection of the symptoms. We guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. All participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes at your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.
A typical day on Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.
Communication on Trek
On the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.
We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.
Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.
Electricity, battery recharge and water on Trek
Throughout the lodges at Annapurna Sanctuary, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.
You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.
Extra personal expenses on Trek
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal try to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request.
All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover the costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu and lunch and dinner in Pokhara, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) that can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek as only Nepalese currency is accepted.
This trip grade is ranked moderate. There is less risk of potential high altitude sickness. However, this mountain journey is not for a usual visit, and other unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide or sudden climate changes etc may face. Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don't directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.
Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.
Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival spot at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at some borders land crossings into Nepal (including borders with India and Tibet). In addition, Visa can be extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport at least six months of validity, one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US$40 for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. The visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, intended to stay in Nepal. We also recommend the list of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice.
Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get free visa. These countries are not entitled to get a visa on arrival spots such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan cannot receive visas on arrival. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The weight limit for your luggage, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. But a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials, you can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free.
We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.
We take strongly and seriously our commitment to environmental sustainability for protecting fragile ecosystems, on where we visit. Without any doubt, the positive contribution of tourism to the community has brought many advantages in terms of wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, health care and education etc. With an increase in tourists' arrival, the negative impact has noticeable on the community and the environment. We highlight the positive aspect of tourism with minimization of negative impact.
Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team
During the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide for a group of 12 or above members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.
- Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
- Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Rock climbing
Most importantly, tipping is at travellers’ discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience.
Booking and Payment Process
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 per cent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.
Most of the client book Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking in advance, it will not be messy and provide sufficient time to be prepared for them. Clients who are delay in booking Trek due to many reasons, however, they are eager to confirm booking trips within a short span of time. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have offered the special provision of last-minute booking with regard to Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. Under this condition, the last minute booking with 100% per cent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We are always ready to operate trek possible anytime. For last-minute booking, it is advised that the company always tries the best but not responsible for external factors causing delayed beyond the control of company management. For this, you could contact us for more information at 977- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.
After complete of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, With an extra day in Nepal, you will free time to explore and visit for a tour of Kathmandu valley sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek and much more!
After complete of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, there will be farewell dinner hosted by Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will provide you with a company digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. We expect nothing in return but comment and complaint about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we give much more consideration on our overall performance that is ever significant for us to evaluate. Your feedback helps us to execute a plan in the field with a better way by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feeling and experience through popular social networking sites on TripAdvisor.