Himalayan Highlights

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Hotel and Teahouses

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3,210 m / 10,531 ft

Trip Highlights

  • Pay a visit to four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal: Boudhanath Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Chitwan National Park.
  • Experience the white water rafting adventure at Trishuli river.
  • Explore the One horned rhinoceros , Royal Bengal Tiger and various species of birds by jeep safari inside the jungle.
  • Cruise on a dugout canoe in the Rapti river and spot Gharial and Magar crocodiles.
  • Pay a visit to Elephant Breeding Farm.
  • Enjoy the traditional cultural dance performance of native Tharu people of Chitwan.
  • Trek to Ghorepani Poonhill along the foothills of Annapurna region.
  • Catch the sunrise views over the magnificent Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and associated peaks from Poonhill.
  • Gain insight into unique culture and lifestyle of Gurung and Magar people living in Annapurna region.
  • Revel in the natural beauty of lush forests and picturesque mountain views of Annapurna massif during the trek.
  • Boating in Phewa Lake and visiting Barahi Temple.
  • Go to see Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Seti River Gorges, and Tibetan Refugee Camp at Pokhara.
  • Rejoice in the overland journey on the comfort of tourist bus along the highways of Nepal.

Trip Overview

Himalayan Highlights, as the name suggests, constitute all the must do activities in naturally and culturally rich country, Nepal over a short duration. Our Himalayan Highlights 13 days Trip takes you on a journey along the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, white water rafting at Trishuli river, luxury jungle safaris and canoeing at Chitwan National Park, travelling to beautiful Lake city Pokhara and trekking to Ghorepani Poonhill along the Annapurna region for awe inspiring views of the Himalayan Peaks.

The Himalayan Highlights trip commences in Kathmandu as you venture into three religiously and culturally rich UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

After sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, you will travel to Chitwan National Park, the oldest National Park of Nepal, for viewing wildlife. Chitwan National Park is home to the endangered wildlife species such as One horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, sloth bear, leopard, various species of deer, and more than 500 species of birds. En route, you will take part in white water rafting adventure at the turbulent Trishuli river.

You will take an adventurous trip inside the Chitwan jungle on the comfort of 4WD jeep where you can see and photograph the diverse wildlife, birds and vegetation. In the morning, you enjoy the canoeing ride on the Rapti river where you can spot Gharial, Magar crocodiles, various species of birds and animals. Next, you will visit an elephant breeding farm and enjoy the cultural dance performance of the local Tharu community in the evening.

From Chitwan, you take a scenic trip to Pokhara, the starting point of Annapurna trekking region. You embark on a trekking journey along the quaint villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani and Ghandruk on the foothills of the Himalayas. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek provides you a unique opportunity to get close to magnificent Annapurna range along with experiencing the natural and cultural diversity of Annapurna region. Next, we return back to Pokhara where you have a chance to visit waterfalls, caves, temples, gorges, Tibetan refugee camp and boating in Phewa lake.

For these reasons and more, Himalayan Highlights is a perfect blend trip package for experiencing the diversity of Nepal. “Trekking to Nepal” has put together a special Himalayan Highlights 13 days trip where you can visit Nepal’s major sights from luxury jeep safaris to trekking in the Annapurna region. More than that, our dedicated and experienced trekking crews will help in every step of your journey to make it a pleasant one.

Come and be a part of this adventure with us.

  • Detail Itinerary
  • Price & Departures
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Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Namaste. Welcome to Nepal. Upon exiting the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu; look for a “Trekking to Nepal” sign and meet our airport representative there. He will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. Take some rest and recover from your jetlag.

    In the evening, we’ll have an important group meeting in our office at Thamel. If you arrive after 4 pm, our trekking guide will meet you and introduce you to the trip. Otherwise, you can arrive earlier than 4 pm, and meet with our travel consultant for a pre trek briefing. Do not hesitate to ask any questions about trek during the meeting. 

    Note: Please bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy for the meeting. Also, you need to clear the due balance, if any, and make sure you sign a legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02

    Morning Yoga & Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

    Devote the day to a guided yoga session in the early morning at Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa, Thamel. It’s the perfect way to start your day by practicing traditional hatha yoga sessions. You will experience positive energy, and create harmony between mind and body. After yoga classes, you will have breakfast at your hotel.

    Get ready for a guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Today, we pay a visit to three major religious cultural sites of this 2000 years old vibrant city- Boudhanath Stupa, Pasupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

    Around 8:30 am, we get to Boudhanath Stupa, the famed Buddhist pilgrimage site all around the world. Boudhanath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site witnesses a phenomenal stupa style architectural work built on shape of Mandala. Turn the prayer wheels as you go in circles around Stupa and experience the powerful white dome buzzing with positive vibration.

    Then, we go to Pasupatinath Temple, the most important pilgrimage sites of Hindus all around the world. Here, you will meet Sadhus, ascetics who renounced their life on the path of enlightenment. Behold the sights of rituals of cremations on the holy Bagmati river. Stroll around the temple, explore the shrines of Lord Shiva and get insight into vibrant spiritual and cultural rituals on this religious sites.

    Next, we take a tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square located in Bhaktapur, the best preserved medieval city of Kathmandu valley. There are temples and shrines built on Pagoda and Shikar style dedicated to Gods and Goddesses comprising some of the finest architecture in Nepal. Explore the renowned art works on woodcarving, metals and sculpture by visiting temples and museums of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03

    Drive to Charaudi for Rafting at the Trishuli River and then headed to Sauraha, Chitwan.

    Duration: 3 hours

    In the morning, we headed to Chitwan National Park for viewing unique wildlife and vegetation. From Kathmandu, we drive to Charaudi, in transit to Chitwan National Park where we will enjoy the white water rafting adventure at Trishuli river. Enjoy a day rafting for 2.5 hours surrounded by spectacular scenery and peaceful environment. 

    Then, we headed to Sauraha, the home of magnificent Chitwan National Park. Along the highway, you will enjoy the scenery of hills, woods and rushing Narayani river. After 3 hours drive from Kurintar, we will reach Sauraha, Chitwan for our overnight stay.

    Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04

    Activities in Chitwan National Park, Sauraha.

    Another day in paradise. Get ready for Jeep safari and Jungle walk inside National Park in the morning. You will drive deep in the jungle which is the best possible way to explore the wildlife and birds. Look for One horned rhinoceros, Royal bengal tigers, Deer, Gharial crocodile and much more. 

    Next, we take lunch and go canoeing at Rapti river. Along the journey, you will behold the sights of Gharial and Magar crocodiles sunbathing in the river bank, along with various species of birds and wild animals.

    Then, we will visit Elephant Breeding Center where you will get a close insight of nature and habitat of elephants. Observe the elephant with their calves and collect more information about the efforts made to preserve elephants at Chitwan.

    In the late afternoon, we visit Tharu Cultural House to watch cultural performances of native Tharu people. The live performance includes popular stick dance to the beat of drums, peacock dance and fire dance that shows the rich culture and lifestyle of those ethnic communities.

    Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05

    Drive to Pokhara

    Duration: 5 Hours

    Today, we headed to Pokhara out of Sauraha, Chitwan. Pokara can be reached within a 5 hour drive from Chitwan. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery of villages, towns, local people, hills, rivers, mountains along the highway.

    Pokhara is popular for the starting point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and well facilitated tourist destination of Nepal. Pokhara is renowned for its stunning beauty, magnificent views of the Himalayas, lakes, caves and adventurous activities like paragliding and canoeing. 

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 06

    Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,570 m)

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    After driving an hour from Pokhara, we will reach Nayapul from where we will start our Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Today’s trek will be relatively short and easy on  a beautiful trail.

    From Nayapul, the trek begins to rise gently up along the Modi Khola, crosses rhododendron forests and then headed to Birethanti village. The views of Machhapuchhre along with cultivable farmland is spectacular during the trek. Next, we walk past the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola, climb uphill to Hille (1,495 m), and continue until we reach our next stopping point Tikhedhunga (1,570 m). 

    Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07

    Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m)

    Duration: 5-6 hour

    Leaving Tikhedhunga, we will hike to a higher elevation at Ghorepani, a beautiful village with astonishing mountain views. The trek starts with a steep climb to Ulleri (2070 m), passes by Banthati village and then crosses the river along the route. From there, the trail rises up through cultivated fields and pastures. En route you come across many Chautaras, a stone resting place for travelers along the trail.

    As we go higher, we walk past several streams and walk along the lush forests filled with birch, rhododendron and bamboo. We continue our hike along the trail enjoying surrounding views and reach our destination Ghorepani. Enjoy the closest view of magnificent Annapurna South, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli and neighbouring peaks.

    Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08

    Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)

    Duration: 7-8 hours

    Wake up early and get yourself ready before sunrise. Early in the morning, we hike for an hour to get to Poonhill for a stunning sunrise view over the Annapurna massif. Poonhill is a popular vantage point for the closest 360 view of Annapurna range that includes several peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Ganesh, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche. 

    From here, we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, we continue our trekking to Tadapani. The trek starts with a climb to the Deurali walking past the rhododendron forests along the route. From Deurali, you will catch the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trail makes a steep descent along the lush forests to Tadapani, where we spend the night there. 

    Accomodation at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09

    Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m)

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    Another awesome day of hiking. We start with a gentle stroll out of Tadapani, and descend steeply through rhododendron forest. Upon reaching Bhaisi Kharka, we follow the trail, crossing streams and walking past the ridges along the journey towards Ghandruk.

    Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung settlement, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. This beautiful village witnesses diverse natural and cultural beauty of Annapurna region. The awe inspiring views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South from this viewpoint is truly breathtaking. In the afternoon, we pay a visit to the Annapurna Conservation Office and museum there.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10

    Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Drive to Pokhara

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    The last leg of the journey of our trek in Annapurna region. Today, we hike to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara. From Ghandruk, the route then turns to face terraced fields and lush forests. The trail follows the Modi Khola, passes by Birethati and run along the stream. Soon we reach Nayapul, from where we drive back to Pokhara. You can spend your evening time strolling around Fewa Lake enjoying a night life around there.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Day 11

    Sightseeing at Pokhara.

    Enjoy a free day to explore Pokhara. Wake up early in the morning  and get ready for incredible sunrise views over the stunning Annapurna range from Sarangkot hill. This vantage point offers amazing views of Pokhara valley, Fewa lake along with the closest 360 view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and associated peaks. Watch in wonder as the first rays of sun kisses the snow capped peaks. From here, we return back to the hotel for breakfast. There are plenty of beautiful destinations and activities to do in Pokhara. 

    Bindabasini Temple

    Bindabasini is a hindu goddess Bhagwati temple built on a white pagoda style. The majestic views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range from the temple premises is truly breathtaking. Enjoy the surrounding views and rituals on the temple.

    Davis Fall

    Davis Fall is a popular waterfall that surges down underground into the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. You will witness the stream water of Pardi Khola vanishes magically through underground rocks. Besides, there are local souvenir shops in the surrounding area where you can buy traditional Nepali decorative items.

    Gupteshwor Cave

    Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is a popular spot in Pokhara located close to Davis Falls. Inside the cave, you will see stalagmites on the walls along with Shiva Lingam and idols of Hindu deities. Explore the colorful walls, illuminating objects, and the water vanishes from Davis Falls appearing inside the cave.

    Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple

    Phewa Lake is undoubtedly the focal point of Pokhara. Enjoy boating trip at Phewa lake beholding the spectacular views of Machhapuchhre and associated peaks. The reflection of mountain range on the Phewa lake is astonishing. While boating, we visit Barahi temple, a popular Hindu goddess shrine lies on the island of Phewa lake. Catch the sights of fish, rituals at temples along with surrounding views of Paragliding, ultralight, Shanti stupa and lush forests around the edge of the lake.

    Seti River Gorge

    Explore the Seti Gandaki river gorge flowing through the middle of Pokhara city. It’s wondrous to watch the Seti river flowing through narrow deep gorges, vanish underground and reappear along the way. There are several viewpoints to watch the Seti gorge that includes K.I Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithvi Highway bridge nearby bus park.

    Tibetan Refugee Camp

    Visiting to Tibetan Refugee Camp is a unique opportunity to explore the history and culture of Tibetan people residing in Nepal. In the 1950's due to religious persecution by the Chinese government invasion policy, thousands of Tibetans were exiled to Nepal and several other countries. We will pay a visit to Tashiling Tibetan Camp settlement, located nearby Gupteswor cave.  

    Get an insight into Tibetan culture as well as experience the prayer session at the monastery.  Also, you can buy handicrafts, woolen carpets and enjoy tibetan dishes while visiting camp.

    Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 12

    Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Duration: 7-8 hours

    After having early morning breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu today. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner with cultural performances in a traditional Nepali restaurant. Enjoy and have a good time with your trekking crews before you go home.

    There are endless opportunities to explore in Nepal. If you are further interested in extending the trip, there are several options such as Bardia National Park, Mountain biking, trekking, climbing activities and many more. for more information, please visit our website.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 13

    Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure

    The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will transfer you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu for your flight departure. Thanks for travelling with us. We hope to see more of you in the near future. Namaste, and have a safe journey.

    Breakfast included.

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The price of this trip per person for the Small Group Journey is listed below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey which can be suitable for you, your family and friends. Discounts is also available which is directly subjected to the increase with the number of people in your group. Hence, bigger the group, better the discount. Therefore, group bookings are highly encouraged.

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Price Includes
  • Accommodation at a three star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Pokhara (3 nights) on a twin sharing basis. Breakfast is provided during your stay in hotel.
  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in a resort in Chitwan. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included (2 nights).
  • Guesthouse accommodation for 4 nights standard or dormitory style rooms on twin sharing basis during the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara in a private tourist vehicle.
  • One day rafting in Trishuli River, including all meals, equipment, guide and permit.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara.
  • Surface transfer in private vehicle from Kathmandu - Chitwan – Pokhara and tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • Airport and Hotel pick up and drop off with our private vehicle.
  • A dedicated, experienced, licensed English-speaking trekking guide to manage the entire trek.
  • Porter services to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter= 2 guests).
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments and medicines.
  • Trekking to Nepal’s duffel/kit bag and sun hat are yours to take.
  • All local and government taxes.
  • Official expenses.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking
Price Doesn't Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa. (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15/30/90 days can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab).
  • Tips/gratuity for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section


    Arrival and Visas

    • Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

      Yes, our airport representative will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal, displaying “Trekking to Nepal” signboard. After meeting up, you will be taken to your respective hotel in our private vehicle.

    • How do I get Visas to Nepal?

      You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are electronic registration machines in Kathmandu airport which read your passport, take your photo and print out visa form for immigration purposes. Further, we suggest you bring 2 copies of passport size photos (not necessary at Kathmandu airport), but it might be needed for documentation.

      You can also apply online within 15 days of your date of arrival in Nepal. For that, you require a valid passport, your hotel address and a recent digital version of passport size photo (size 1.5”x 1.5”). You can print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the Immigration officer along with visa fee in Kathmandu airport.

      A 15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please read this link about Tourist Visa.

      Also, you can follow this link- Department of Immigration to fill up online Tourist Visa form.

    • Do I need special travel insurance for trekking in Nepal?

      Yes. Our company only covers insurance for our team members. We recommend you buy a travel insurance in your country. Make sure your travel insurance covers adventure activities over a certain altitude (4000 m) and covers emergency medical as well as helicopter rescue and evacuation.

      Most importantly, if you are trekking in the mountainous region of Nepal, then you should plan ahead about possible challenges, especially altitude sickness, ill related health issues, accidents, flight delays etc. In such cases, the only possible way out of the mountains is helicopter rescue. So, we recommend you to have a travel insurance policy that covers the helicopter evacuation cost and medical services in hospitals while trekking in Nepal.

    • Do I need any extra documents?

      All you need is a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 2 passport size photos while travelling in Nepal. You are required to bring photos for trek permits.

    Expenditure and Travel

    • How much spending money do I need for Himalayan Highlights Trek?

      Well, our Himalayan Highlights Trek 13 days cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses. (see price includes and excludes for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. In general, you can spend USD 10-15 per person for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the journey.

    • Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?

      You are required to pay 30% deposit at the time of booking and rest of the amount prior to the trip departure date. For this trip, you need to complete an online booking form along with 30% non-refundable deposit. You can pay the remaining amount in cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card) upon your arrival in Kathmandu, at our office in Thamel. Note that a 3.5% levy will be added as card processing fee by banks. (We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee).

      Read more details in “terms and conditions”.

    • What is your Cancellation Policy?

      Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as cancelled and a cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

      If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for unused accommodations.

      Moreover, you can postpone or transfer your booking to another person, if you have genuine reasons for not taking the trip. For instance: serious illness, death of a close relative or friend etc. In such cases, if all the requirements are met, you can postpone or change on another date, but an extra fee of $200 is required.

      For more details please read “terms and conditions”.

    • Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in Trekking?

      Most places in trekking route doesn’t accept credit cards. So, we highly recommend you to convert currencies into Nepalese Rupees or withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu or Pokhara before going to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Also, note that money exchange does not accept credit cards in Nepal. Besides, few shops in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara accept credit cards for your purchases.

    Preparation and Fitness Level

    • What type of shape do I need to be in? Is this trip suitable for me?

      Himalayan Highlights trip is ideal for travelers who want to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal in a short period of time. This trip includes several adventurous activities like white water rafting and trekking in the foothills of Annapurna region. You need to hike for 5-6 hours along the Ghorepani Poonhill trail. Besides, the trip is accompanied by an experienced guide to visit Chitwan National Park, sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and Pokhara. Certainly, you need to have a good fitness level to enjoy the whole trip. If you are in good physical shape or do some sort of physical activities like running, swimming or cycling on a daily basis, then you will get the most out of your journey. On the other side, if you have pre-existing medical conditions or using medicines, we recommend you to inform us when booking the trip or consult with a doctor before the trip.

    Accommodation and Communication

    • Is camping allowed in the trek?

      No. There is no need for camping as we can find many tea houses for food and lodging in the trek.

    • What kind of accommodation can I expect on this trip?

      We use three star hotel accommodations during your stay in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. You will be accommodated in a standard room on a twin sharing basis. Enroute Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, we use tea houses/lodges for our meals and overnight stay. Usually, tea houses are managed by local families. The accommodation can be very basic, and functional. The rooms are clean, either twin sharing or a dormitory style that include mattress, quilt or blanket for your convenient stay. Furthermore, if you need to stay extra nights in the hotel or need upgraded to 4 star and 5 star Hotel accommodation, we can arrange it as you wish for an additional cost.

    • What type of toilet/bathroom facilities are available in the teahouses/guesthouses?

      You can find western style flushing toilets as well as adjacent squat toilets in the teahouses/guesthouses. Mostly, the bathrooms are not attached to the individual rooms and are shared.

    • Where do we go toilet along the trail?

      You can use the toilet facilities provided by guest houses along the trail. Otherwise, if you arrive in places without guesthouses or public toilet in those regions during the trek, then you need to find some privacy and experience outdoor toilet adventure.

    • Are there any means of communication and internet access while trekking to Annapurna region?

      Yes. There are telephone services and 3G coverage available in the Annapurna region. Most trekking routes have been equipped with internet access and telephone services. However, being a remote mountainous region, there may be poor internet connection and uninterrupted coverage cannot be guaranteed. Likewise, our trekking guide has a cell phone from which you can make a phone call. Also, we recommend you to buy a local sim card, Ncell in Kathmandu and use it for communication and internet access during the trek.

    Foods and Drinking Water

    • What kind of food can I expect on the trip?

      We provide standard meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner during Himalayan Highlights Trip. Usually, we provide typical Nepali food: dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (vegetable curry). Besides, other typical meals include delicious vegetarian foods such as pasta, noodles, French fries, boiled eggs, pancakes, omelets, toast, momo, garlic soup and many more dishes. Also, you can find meat dishes on the menu at guesthouses. Most importantly, it is mandatory for all trekkers to take breakfast and dinner at the tea house where you stay overnight in the Annapurna region. In addition, lunch will be served at tea houses en route where you can order food as per your choice. Likewise, you can have a cup of hot drinks like tea, coffee; hot lemon included in all 3 meals during the trek.

    • Is the food in the mountain region prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

      Yes. The food provided at tea houses during the trek are very safe and hygienic. We recommend you to eat local food, vegetarian meal and avoid meat for your health reasons. Please follow the suggestions of our trekking guide when ordering food in the tea houses.

    • Is it safe to drink water in the trekking region?

      For health concerns, it is unsafe to drink all types of natural sources of water in the trekking region of Nepal. So, we suggest you drink bottled mineral water, boiled water, and use purification tablets or iodine for tap water. Another possible option is using SteriPEN for water purification.

      You can purchase bottled water and boiled water at the tea houses in the trek region. As you sweat a lot when hiking to higher elevation, you must drink plenty (4-5 liters) of drinking water, hot drinks and soups each day. So, make sure you are hydrated well to avoid altitude sickness and muscle cramps in the trek.

    • Is there any problem regarding foods for vegetarian during the trek?

      This is not a problem at all because mostly the mountain teahouses serve vegetarian meals. In addition, all the meals we serve during the trek include vegetarian dishes. Moreover, we highly suggest our trekkers to avoid meat dishes as the local meat is not hygienic and refrigerated properly.

      Note: Please inform us if you have any diet restriction prior to the trek start.


    • Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

      Yes. You should book your own international flights to and from Nepal.

    • What mode of transportation do you use?

      For Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off, we use our own private vehicle. Moreover, it depends on group size,and we mostly use cars, minibus, vans or 4WD SUV as means of transportation for reaching domestic airport and city sightseeing tours. In addition, we use tourist bus for travelling to and from Kathmandu to Chitwan, and Pokhara. Similarly, we use private vehicles for driving from Pokhara to Nayapul (the starting point of Ghorepani Poonhill trek) and while returning to Pokhara.

    • Do you use yak/porter on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

      During the trek, we provide 1 porter for 2 people each. The weight limit of a porter is 15 kg/33 lbs for each person. During the trek, our porter will carry your duffel bag. Similarly, you need a backpack for carrying your personal belongings like cameras, water bottles, sun cream and other daily essential items. So, we suggest you pack your equipment carefully without exceeding the weight limit.

    Season, Weather and Temperatures

    • What is the best time to do Himalayan Highlights Trip?

      You can do Himalayan Highlights trip in all 4 seasons of a year.

    • What is the weather and temperature like when trekking in the Annapurna region?

      One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
      Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Annapurna region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 C (77 F), only to dip down as low as -5 C (23 F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

      Spring – March / April / May / June

      Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.
      During springtime, the average temperature is 20 C (68 F), with a maximum of 25 C (77 F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

      July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

      This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.
      During this time, the average temperature is 25 C (77 F), with a maximum of 30 C (86 F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 C (41 F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

      Autumn – End of September / October / November

      Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 20 C (68 F), with a maximum temp of 25 C (77 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 C (23 F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

      Winter- December/ January/ February

      Winter start from mid December till mid February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.
      The average temperature during the winter is 10 C (50 F), with a maximum temp of 17 C (62.6 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 C (14 F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

      The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

    Health and Safety

    • What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

      Our trekking guides are highly experienced, professional and well trained for higher altitude first aid training and related problems. They can measure your oxygen level in blood using oximeters and provide first aid if needed. Our guide carries medicine and a first aid kit during the trek. Besides, our guides carry a cell phone and keep on updating about the trek in our head office Kathmandu every day. If you deal with sickness or accidents, our guide will accompany you throughout the trek and ensure your safety and wellness. In case of emergency, our guide will manage helicopter rescue for your medical treatment in Kathmandu. However, the cost of helicopter charter is solely borne by trekkers.

      Make sure that your insurance policy covered medical expenses and emergency helicopter rescue in high altitude regions above 4,000 m; otherwise the cost is expensive in the mountain region. Only if you have purchased a valid travel insurance policy that covers helicopter charter and medical evacuation, then you can claim for reimbursement with your travel insurance company. In that case, we can help you with providing money receipts for your claim.

    • What immunizations will I need?

      Vaccinations are not mandatory for this trip. Still, we recommend you are vaccinated against diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus for your safety. We suggest a dental check up prior to the trek and be aware of your blood group type. Likewise, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions we recommend you to inform us while booking the trip.

    • If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

      Well, it depends on your sickness level. You should talk with your guide about your health and take necessary measures. If you get sick at a higher altitude, you need to descend at a lower altitude and take rest (3-7 days) for recovery. Depending upon your situation, our guide will put you in the next trekking group coming up in the trek. Your health matters, so you can take a rest until recovery and catch up with the next group.

    Trekking Guides

    Trip Departure and Extension

    • All your departure is guaranteed to run?

      Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants. Also, we make arrangements for one person and a private trip as well. You can make inquiries while booking the trip.

    • I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

      Yes. There are so many options and choices available to extend your holiday before or after the trek. Please visit our website for more information about treks and tours in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

    • Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

      Certainly, you can add extra days during the trek. You need to pay an extra cost that includes additional cost to cover food, accommodation, guides and porters.

      This option is more convenient and feasible for a private trip. On the other hand, if you are in a group trek, this option is often limited and should be arranged properly. So we highly encourage you to ask us in advance or talk with your guide or trekking group member so that we do our best to manage it accordingly.

Equipment Lists

The following gives you a general idea of trekking equipment and clothing that you should bring for the Himalayan Highlights Trip. 

Packing suggestions:

  • The weight limit for porter services is 15 kg/33 pounds for each person. So we suggest you pack carefully without exceeding weight limit. 
  • The duffel bag is carried by porter where you can keep your heavy items. 1 porter will carry 2 people bags.
  • A complimentary “Trekking to Nepal” duffel bag is provided that you can keep yourself. You can leave the rest of your luggage in the locker facility available at the hotel in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest you to pack your clothes in ziplock bags to protect them from rain and moisture. Ensure that you have a waterproof cover in your backpack that you use to carry essential items such as money, cameras, toiletries just to name a few.
  • A 4-season sleeping bag is available for renting on a returnable basis. 
  • Down jacket is a must to wear at all times above 4,000 m elevation. Down Jackets are available for renting on a returnable basis.

We advise you to pack the following items for Himalayan Highlights Trip.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer


  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants


  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

Please Note: Our guide will bring the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring personal medical kit.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)


  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman.

Terms and Conditions

Trekking to Nepal is owned and operated by Ace the Himalaya, a reputed trekking and tour company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

These booking terms and conditions mentioned here establish a legally binding contract between Ace the Himalaya and you (Client) for our services. Please read our terms and conditions carefully prior to booking a trip with us.

Bookings (Nepal and India Trips)

You can process a booking via our website, our third-party websites or email us at [email protected].

Our trip prices are in USD. If you are booking the trip with us and making payment in your local currency, then the same day exchange rate set by Nepal’s Central Bank is applicable when converting your local currency into USD.

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 30% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • For Nepal trips, the remaining amount can be paid in USD/Credit card on your arrival day or pre-trip meeting at our office or hotel.
  • While for an India trip, the remaining balance should be paid in USD by bank transfer or Credit card at least 20 days prior to the trip departure date.

Bookings (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 50% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • The remaining balance should be paid in USD/Credit card a minimum of 20 days before the trip departure date.

Last Minute Booking

  • For Nepal and India trips, we accept the last minute booking 10 days prior to the trip departure date, only if we have space available for the trip and full payment is then required.
  • For Bhutan and Tibet trips, we will accept your last minute booking 20 days prior to the tour departure date; full payment is then required.

Payment Method (Applicable for all trips)

You can pay via wire transfer or credit card payment.

Swift/ Wire Transfer in USD
Account number:  01901576560029
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Swift/ Wire Transfer in NPR
Account number:  01901576560018
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Note: We are not liable for the bank transaction fee and should be paid by the customer.

Credit Card Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card, and a 3.5% levy will be added as a card processing fee. We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee and is not affiliated with the total cost of the trip.

For secure and quick payment by credit card, you can fill up our direct payment form.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Nepal and India Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 20 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 20 days prior to the trip departure date, then 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 20 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 30 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 30 days prior to the trip departure date, then 50% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 30 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Reschedule the Trip (Nepal, India and Bhutan)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 20 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 20 days prior to your new departure date.

Reschedule the Trip (Tibet)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 30 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 30 days prior to your new departure date.



Passport and Visas (Nepal and India)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • A Nepalese visa can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visa costs are the sole responsibility of clients. For more details, please read this link about Nepalese Tourist Visa.
  • You can fill in the Nepalese Tourist Visa form online. Here is a link- Department of Immigration. The online form will be valid for 15 days, which means you must fill it in less than 15 days before your arrival date. You will receive a receipt by your email after filling in the form. You should print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to produce it before the immigration authority.
  • For Indian visas and cost, please contact the Indian embassy in your home/resident country. There is no on arrival visa facility for Indian visas.

Passport and Visas (Bhutan and Tibet)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • As you are unable to obtain visas to Bhutan and Tibet directly, Bhutan as well as Tibet permit and visa will be organized by Ace the Himalaya. This cost is all included in the trip price.
  • To facilitate this, you need to send a clear, color scanned copy of your passport to us via email at the time of booking.



Travel Insurance

Having Travel Insurance is compulsory for all clients while traveling with us. The travel insurance must cover weather delays, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance, trip cancellations, natural disasters, theft of baggage, loss of gear and equipment etc.

Domestic flight delay/Cancellation

Generally, due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility, flight delays or cancellation are likely to happen in mountain countries/regions. In such a case, we are not liable for any extra expenses or inconveniences. Since the weather of the mountain region is quite unpredictable, we suggest you arrange a minimum of 1 or 2 extra days (especially Everest region treks) so that you won’t miss your International flight. Further, we suggest you bring some extra cash to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Changes to your trip and price due to natural disasters, flight delay etc.

In the event of cancellations/changes of the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, flight delay etc., we will arrange another trip for you of the same price value. Also, you are free to reschedule the trip. While rescheduling the trip of either the same price value or higher value, you need to pay the amount of used services from your previously booked trip. Similarly, if the price increases for the rescheduled departure, you will pay the difference between new prices and old prices.

Most of our trip packages are based on twin-sharing accommodation. Furthermore, a single-room supplement charge will be imposed on the clients who don’t have another tour participant to share accommodation with.

Likewise, we reserve the right to revise pricing rates posted in our marketing material under any circumstances or on the pressure of various external factors like changes in exchange rate, government action, etc. which are far from our control.

Health and Fitness

You should be physically and mentally fit when trekking in high altitude regions. Therefore, we suggest you undergo a medical examination with a general practitioner (GP) regarding your health and fitness before traveling with us. If you have any preexisting medical conditions or disabilities, please notify us at the time of booking.


A legal guardian/parent must accompany the participant below the age of sixteen.


Ace the Himalaya is concerned to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. No private or personal information that you provided to us when booking will be disclosed for any other purposes.




Should you have a complaint about the trip, make it known to our staff at the earliest opportunity, so that s/he may take appropriate actions to resolve it. Your satisfaction is our top-notch priority.

Acceptance of Terms

These terms and conditions are valid only if you book the trip with us directly. If you book our trip through a third party or any agents, you are liable to their terms and conditions as well as our terms and conditions.

Applicable Law and Choice of Forum

Ace the Himalaya main office is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Nepal. Any dispute arising out of these terms and conditions shall be resolved exclusively by the District Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no case in a foreign country, and the parties agree that the court of Nepal is the appropriate forum for any claim or proceeding commenced in relation to these terms and conditions.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking to Nepal is an online booking platform of Ace the Himalaya. Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of non-profit organization Sambhav Nepal.

Ace the Himalaya covers the administration cost of Sambhav Nepal as the staff working at Ace also help in admin work of Shambav Nepal. For instance: making proposals, collecting information for the related projects, visiting the project sites, coordinating the local governments/authorities etc. That’s why, Sambhav Nepal doesn't have their admin cost in the project it runs.

Furthermore, Sambhav Nepal  provides support to people with needs such as education and health in villages of Gorkha through the children sponsorship program. We sponsor children for school which are conducted successfully in full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Why Trekking to Nepal?

  • Client-friendly trips
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable trekking
  • Experienced guides and porters
  • Safety and comfort a priority
  • Young, innovative team

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