This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will suggest to add some other necessary equipments at the place where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03:Kathmandu – Kalika (1170 m) 6-7 hours drive
Seats will be booked on the comfortable, air-conditioned Tourist Bus that runs from Kathmandu to Pokhara on the Prithvi Highway. A distance of 200km, it takes generally 6 hours including rest and meal stops. On the way there are views of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna, as well as the Trishuli River Valley. In the more rugged areas of the Valley there are rapids with kayaking/rafting to be seen. Before Pokhara, we leave the main road and turn into a narrow mountain road that leads to Kalika. Here we have our camp with a view of the Annapurna Range. In the evening, your Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will give a briefing about the next day’s trek.
Now we are walking through the trails where the landslides take place especially in the monsoon. The Trail is often steep and you must be careful. Here is the one where you feel quite adventurous. We cross the cliffs where
Day 04: Kalika – Chansu( 800m)4-5 hours
We start our trek from Kalika. After walking through beautiful villages, we reach the Madi River. Crossing a bridge, we walk uphill to Sobi.
with Namaste and smile.
Day 05: Chansu – Siklis(
A really exciting and adventurous day for you. Bee hives hang and the honey hunters are about. In the afternoon, we camp near the Gurung village of Siklis, with Lamjung Himal in full view.
Day 06: Siklis – Taza ( 2375 m) 4-5 hours
From Siklis, we walk through a jungle to an altitude of 1450m and a river. The camp is at an altitude of about 2400 m in an open area in the forest.
Day 07: Taza- Taiza ( 3560 m) 4-5hours
The trekking route gradually ascends. There are summer shepherds camps and sheep grazing in pastures along the way.
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Taiza (3560m)
We spend the whole day either having full rest or visiting nearby places. It is up to you. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will make arrangements.
Day 09: Taiza – Thulo Thalne (4050 m) 5-6 hours
We ascend. We cross the pass called Namuna Bhanjyang that lies at the altitude of 4940m. We camp near a mountain lake where, however, the water is too cold for bathing.
Day 10: Thulo Thalne to Namun Phedi (4100 m) 3-4 hours
First heading towards the Marsyandi Valley, we walk past vast gorges and beautiful grassy meadows with spectacular mountain views to both the left and right. We end the day in the village of Namun Phedi, which lies in a wide bowl with a winding stream between vertical walls. From here, we can see the pass, Namun Banjyang, one of the goals of our trekking.
Day 11: Namuna Phedi-Namun Bhanjyang (5560 m to 4542m) – Thanchok Kharka 5-6 hours
We descend gradually. Today we must cross a glacier and the trail may be snowy. So we take care as it is sometimes steep. We see the glaciers of Lamjung Himal as well as Manaslu, Kang Guru, Pisang Peak and Chulu, peaks that mark the border with Tibet.
Day 12: Thanchok Kharka – Koto( 2600 m)4-5 hours
We come to wide views of Tibet. The high trails are not permanent, being often affected by the monsoon, so sometimes newer trails must be found. Descending, we leave the high barren areas for greener lands with barley cultivation. Barley is the staple food for the high Himalayan people. We head to Koto, a beautiful village of Tibetan culture. In Koto, we join the main Annapurna Circuit route and we camp.
Day 13: Koto Rest Day (2600m)
We have a rest day in Koto. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide may arrange visits to places that may interest you. Explore Koto and its people or shop in the nearby town of Chame, where internet is available. Annapurna II and Manaslu I, both near 8,000 meters high, are viewed clearly from here.
Day 14: Koto – Meta (3560 m)4-5 hours
Our trail goes downhill. For most of the day, we walk through a deserted narrow gorge along a roaring river. The forests are beautiful with huge Himalayan trees and thick bamboo. We cross suspension bridges. In Dharmasala, in an inn built by local people, we rest. We camp nearby in Meta.
Day 15: Meta- Kyang (3820 m) 4-5 hours
We go above the tree line. We are on the Tibetan plateau. A view of a valley to the north is a scene with weird mountains and a desert with peaks and ditches. To the south, we see a bridge over a chasm in the route to the village of Nar. Human settlement is rare in this region. In the summer there are many yak, sheep, and in the pastures. We camp near Kyang, a village of about 30 houses. A wall of holy Mani Stones welcomes us at the entrance of the village.
Day 16: Kyang – Phu (4080 m)4-5 hours
The trail to Phu runs along a river. After a 2 ½ hour walk through what seems like Death Valley, the trail follows the river through a very narrow gorge. Afterwards, by lunchtime, we climb up and enter a valley through the village portal of Phu. Here we will take time to visit this medieval village. Phu is a remote and traditional high-altitude Buddhist village. Chortens and Mani walls abound. The village itself sits on top of a rock so that more farmland will be available. It feels as if we are in Tibet, but according to the Phu residents, it takes about 1½ days to walk to the Tibetan border.
Day 17: Phu- Kyang ( 3820 m)4-5 hours
We trek back to Kyang, but since it is only a two and a half hour walk, we get to hang out in Phu. We might be invited to a family home for tea, or we may wish to go to the upper Gompa (Buddhist monastery) with its many stupas. If we meet the lamas and/or nuns, we can ask if they’ll perform a group Puja (a blessing ceremony) with us. A Puja in the Gompa is impressive and unforgettable.
Day 18; Kyang – Nar (4110 m) 4-5 hours
We descend through the juniper jungle to Jester. Jester is a small and compact village in the mountain. The houses are built together in block form for maximum protection against the windy climate that prevails here in summer and winter. Our destination is Nar, the big village of the region with a health post.
Day 19 :Nar – Kang La Bhanjyang (5306m )– Ngawal ( 3657m) 5-6 hours
We head for Kang La Pass. For the first three hours, we walk gradually uphill through a wide valley. Left and right are cliffs, sometimes with blue sheep grazing above. After lunch we head up to the pass, which lies at the altitude of 5306 meters. Kang La is the final goal of our trek. At the top, we can see the entire Annapurna Range, the trail to Tilicho Lake, Chulus, and nearby a stunning water fall. Far below, too, we see the beautiful, traditional village of Ngawal. Our camp is on a meadow near the village.
Day 20: Ngawal -Braga (3439m) 3-4 hours
We walk to Braga. This village has a 500 years old Gompa. By lunch time, we reach the village. The afternoon is yours to do as you wish. You can relax in Braga and visit the beautifully built Baga Gompa. Or,you can choose to walk down to Manang. It is about a 45 minute walk. Manang is the main town of this district, and of the Annapurna Circuit. Trekkers often stay here for several nights to acclimatize. There are shops and internet cafes. The village has an excellent medical center.
Day 21: Braga -Thare Gompa (3734 m)3-4 hours
We lunch in Manang. Heading towards the large village of Khangsar, and then Tilicho Lake, we trek along the stony bed of the Upper Marsyandi. Here our trek follows the Annapurna Circuit route. At the ancient monastery of Thare, we make camp.
Day 22: Thare Gompa – Tilicho BC( 4150 m) 3-4 hours
Today we have a choice of routes. The higher route is bit difficult with a danger of landslides. It is often closed. If open and we choose it, there are unique inspiring views. Either way, we may see herds of the rare blue sheep. On the trail behind us are views back to the Annapurna Massif, to Kang La, and to La Thorung.
Day 23: Tilicho base camp – Tilicho Khola( 4920 m) 4-5 hours
We head to the world’s highest Lake Tilicho. In spring, summer, and autumn, the lake is without ice and the color is deep blue. We camp where the shore is comparatively flat and the view across the lake is superb.
Day 24: Tilicho Khola – Mandala La (5330 m) –Chauri Kharka ( 4,200m) 5-6 hours
Today the route has a lot of “ups and downs”. The route ascends until we reach Kali La, which is the final goal of our trek. From Kali La, we see the Gandaki River Valley and Mustang. Also, we view Dhaulagiri I, the top of Tukuche, and Thapa from here. In Kharka (pasture) we set up camp near Yak pastures.
Day 25: Chauri Kharka – Jomosom (2720 m) 4-5 hours
Descending, we reach the Kali Gandaki Valley and cross the bridge over the river, on the way to Jomsom. Jomson is a small city and has an airport with regular service.
Day 26: Jomosom – Pokhara (827m )19 munutes flight
We have a choice again. We can either fly to Pokhara or travel by jeep/bus. If we go by jeep, the road is slow and sometimes rough, but we get to spend the night at Tatopani. Tatopani is a favorite as there are hot springs for bathing. The hot natural mineral baths are restorative to our bodies, which by this time no doubt are weary from the long trek. If we go by air, we reach Pokhara within 30 minutes.
Day 27: Pokhara (827 m) resting or Sightseeing
Time to relax in Pokhara. The ambiance is pleasant, the weather mild. In Lakeside, we can enjoy boating, cafes, shops, and the restaurants along the Lake with their tasty international cuisines. For the more energetic, we can visit the famous Peace Stupa, the Tibetan Settlement.
Day 28: Pokhara-Kathmandu ( 6-7 hours travel by tourist bus)
We take the pleasant and comfortable Tourist Bus back to Kathmandu. Arriving about 4pm, a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff member will meet us and drive us to our hotel. The rest of the day is unscheduled and you are free to spend it as you like.
Day 29: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 30: Departure from Kathmandu(1337m)
A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.