Upon arrival at Kathmandu international airport, at the immigration department, there is a kiosk/computer where you need to fill out the form for your visit visa to Nepal. Once you have completed filling up form, there is another counter that you will have to pay $40 (forty dollar) for a month visa. As you exit the international airport’s building, outside our representative from Mountain Culture Tours will be waiting for your welcoming to Nepal and then will transfer to your hotel in Thamel for the n
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley places like, (Hindus and Buddhist temple) As Katmandu is the temple of the city. We take you famous sightseeing places like Boudhanath, Soyambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath temple is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotees around the world and the UNESCO site.
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world, is located on the East in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime directions, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success.
King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogging had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.
After your breakfast at hotel drive to Karki Gaun through the small city and villages. The first part of the driver to Trisuli is black and nice road even though a lot of turning and corner. After three hours of driving, we will arrive in Trisuli bazaar. Trisuli Bazaar is the biggest city in that area of Nuwakot district. Once we pass Trisuli Bazaar, we will be driving through rugged/bumpy roads till Karki for 1 1/2 hours.
Please keep in mind that, route to Karki is rugged/bumpy road so, we will not be able to address if you would like comfortable driving or smooth road. It is hard for us to address your concern if things that are not in our control.
Day 04 through Day 8: Karki Gaun
Early morning drive to Pokhara by private mini van, approximately 4 hours of driving to Pokhara, and rest of the day explore Pokhara city. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Morning after breakfast at your hotel, drive to Dhampus Phedi and trek to Pritam Deurali (2,100m/6,867 ft) hill, 5 hours. The trek ascends all the way up to Dhampus with several stone stairs passing through terraced cultivated fields, settlements, and forests. Dhampus village offers an excellent view of Annapurna range inclusive Mt. Fishtail. An hour of an easy walk through the rhododendron and oak forest you will arrive in Deurali hill station. The hill station offers an outstanding view of Annapurna south and Hiun Chuli to the North, Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the Southeast. Stay overnight in lodge.
Deurali hill station to Forest camp trek (2,500m/8,175 ft), 6 hours
From Deurali, early morning, you will have a great views of Mountains and as well as Pokhara City. On the way from Deurali to Forest camp, you will have easy through the Pine Forest trail which is again steep ascend hills. The Forest is covered with the most unique flower with lovely plan and vegetation combined with colorful Rhododendron forest. You will have to pack a lunch today as there aren’t any tea houses or restaurants available on the way to Forest camp in the community-based lodge.
Forest Camp to High Camp trek (3,550m/11,609 ft), 6 hours
trek to a low camp where you can see the most amazing and magnificent view of Mt. Fishtail. Between journey of Low camp and the High Camp, there is a place called “Hill station” to view the views of the Annapurna range including Annapurna south, Hinn Chuli, Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village, Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna region, flora and fauna. After the view we ascend upwards again to High Camp where you will be staying overnight.
Rest Day in High Camp just to acclimate before we explore around the Mardi Base camp.
After breakfast, We will pack your lunch for the day to have lunch in Mardi Base Camp (4,500 m). An almost whole day you will be a hike
around to discover passing through a series of steep, rocky climbing but we will take easy walk through lush green hills and High Mountain. Surely will be enjoying lunch with excellent view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna-I, South Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Ten Peak, Gangapurna and Gandarbhachuli, Mt.Fishtail. Once we fully viewed of Himalayan range, we will return to high camp and stay overnight.
Drive back to Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu to do shopping to buy gifts for your friends.
Departure day from Kathmandu international airport to your home destination. Wish you your wonderful journey home.
After breakfast, trek down to Siding village(1,700m/5,559 ft), 6 hours. While we are having breakfast at High camp, we will have most beautiful Sunrise if the weather permits. Now you had your breakfast in High Camp, it is time for us again start descending through beautiful red Rhododendron forest. Stay overnight in Siding village.
After breakfast at your hotel in Siding village trek to Lumre village trek (about2 hrs), and then drive back to Pokhara. Rest of the day free your own to explore the town of Lake side, Pokhara.
Trip costs are $2700.
Included in the cost:
Four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu (includes breakfast at the hotel) two nights at the start of the trip and two nights and the end of the trip.
Two nights in a hotel in Pokhara
9-days trekking with three meals daily
Twin shared teahouse/ lodge accommodations
Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu with professional tour guide in private vehicle
Pick up and drop off service from the airport to hotel
Government licensed trekking guide (trained in wilderness, first aid and altitude sickness), porters (one porter for two trekkers) includes porter’s food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
Annapurna National Park trekking permit
TIMS (trekking Information Management System) card for Annapurna trekking
Transportation from Kathmandu to Karki Gaun (village) and then to Pokhara (trekking starts) and back to Kathmandu
Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government taxes
What is not included:
International and domestic airfares
Lunch and dinners and your private transportations during the stay in Kathmandu.
Hot showers during the trek
Personal trekking equipment
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, beverages, sweets and battery charging
Gratuities to the guides, porters and drivers
Mountain Culture Tours is based in Mill Valley, California. While bringing together over fifteen years of experience in organizing trekking and tour trips in Nepal, we believe that we have the unique idea of creating full-service, dream trips with the purpose of taking care of all the details every step of the way. Our objective is to give you the best possible service by pairing our knowledge and experience to allow you to relax and enjoy every aspect of the trip. We are committed to providing superior service in trekking, rafting, safari and sightseeing tours throughout Nepal.
Our personal attention to each tour member and their complete satisfaction is the foundation of our success. Our main goal is to introduce you to the diverse world we live in, and partnering with you in benefiting underprivileged children and adults, and serving schools in the remote areas of Nepal.
Visit your doctor before embarking on a trek in the mountains. Make sure you don’t have any lingering illnesses or undiscovered ailments that may hinder your success up high. Most importantly, be prepared to turn around if you’re not feeling well. An annoying headache or minor chest pain could be the symptom of something much worse, and you don’t want to test your body’s ability to self-preserve when you’re miles far
and meters high away from safety. But, despite how fit you may be, there is no guarantee that you won’t fall victim of altitude sickness.
MILD SYMPTOM OF ALTITUDE:
shortness of breath
faster heart rate
not feeling well overall
loss of appetite
Severe symptoms include:
more intense versions of the mild symptoms
feeling out of breath, even when you’re resting
coughing that won’t stop
tightness in the chest
congestion in the chest
skin color changing to gray, blue, or paler than normal
If you develop mild altitude sickness, you should stop climbing any higher and return to a lower elevation level. These symptoms go away on their own when you move to a lower altitude, and as long as they’re gone you can start the trip again after a couple days of rest.
If you notice any of these, get to lower altitude as soon as possible, and seek medical attention. Severe altitude sickness can cause fluid in the lungs and brain, which can be deadly if left untreated.
It’s hard to predict exactly how your body will react to high altitudes because everyone is different. Your best defense against altitude sickness is not to climb too high too fast and to be prepared by practicing the tips above.
If you have any existing medical conditions, like heart problems, trouble breathing, or diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before traveling to high altitude. These conditions may lead to additional complications if you get altitude sickness.
6 STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A HIGH ALTITUDE HIKE
1. TAKE YOUR TIME
Don’t rush your way out of a successful trip. Your body will naturally feel slower at high altitude, so go along with it. Nothing can truly prepare your body for the thin mountain air other than actually being there — so when you do get your chance take your time and enjoy the adventure
2. FUEL YOURSELF
It may be difficult to remind yourself, but you’ll need to be prepared to eat and drink well than usual at high altitude. Your muscles are burning energy more quickly, and your body will need more calories and H2O to properly function. This is no environment for diets. Load your pack up with sugar and carbohydrate-loaded snacks like jerky, chocolate, hard candies, and other high-calorie treats. Water will help you to reduce the altitude sickness symptoms.
3. DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL
As we just mentioned it’s very important to hydrate your body. Drinking alcohol will only dehydrate it. I’m sure you can wait till next weekend to open that bottle of red wine.
4. BRING WARM CLOTHES
Usually, the higher you hike, the colder it gets, and this drop in temperature can dramatically affect your physical condition. Weather can change rapidly so always bring some extra layers like pants, gloves, hats, etc.
5. WEAR SUNSCREEN
You are getting closer to the sun each step you take and the atmosphere doesn’t protect you the same way at high altitude. Don’t forget to use high SPF sunblock.
6. HAVE A GOOD TIME
Now that you are ready, just enjoy the next hike that will surely offer you amazing experiences!
Please keep in mind that if any reason your trekking is uncompleted/or returned earlier than you proposed itinerary, your money will not be refunded once you signed up for the trip.
Important travel Insurance:
-We are not responsible for your personal insurance of any medical, injury, death, belongings lost, stolen, damages or emergency evacuation. It is important that you are fully insured to cover everything you need for your trip.
Keep in mind that many of our trips visit remote areas where the nearest medical facility might be some distance away.-
Once you read all the information about your trip, if it is a right trip for you, please let me know as soon as you can so that I can move forward to make necessary bookings for your trip.
Once you finalize your trip, we require a deposit of $1000.00 per person. You can cancel your trip before 90 days, we will refund 50%. If you cancel your trip within 60 days of your departure, you will not be refunded your deposit. Please read and make sure you understand our policy before you sign the paper.
Thank you and I am looking forward to this great trip.
Founder of Mountain Culture Tours and trekking guide
Founder of Nepal Freed serving underprivileged children in Nepal
& Katrin Hintermeier
Founder and visionary of Nepal Empowered