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 Swayambhunath 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 to Soti Khola (700m) 6-7 hours drive bus /jeep
About 8-9 hour’s drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains, takes us to Sotikhola through Prithvi Highway upto Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. From here we turn to the road to Arughat. Through the rough road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills we reach Arughat, which is a major town in the region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them. Then we drive to Sotikhola and spend the night here.
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m) 4-5 hours
We cross the bridge and walk through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above the huge and rapidly flowing Budhi Gandaki River. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, We pass two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and pass a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki strolls among wide gravel bars. We drop to the sandy river bed and walk along stepping on the rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Then we head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village where we stay for the night.
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m) 4-5 hours
In the beginning of our walking today,the narrow path makes some slight ups and downs and finally we cross the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, and then reach Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani, hot spring. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki through a suspension bridge. We climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then walk across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the path head to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. We cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, and walk along the river and finally climb towards the village of Jagat.
Day 06: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m) 4-5 hours
Before we start trekking today we visit to the check post of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We continue walking upstream to a long and simple suspension bridge. We slowly climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. Philim is well known for Japanese made school and police station. We walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and we reach Chisopani.
Day 07: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m) 5-6 hours
After Ekle Bhatti we cross the gorge and walk for half an hour then in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall. Then we enter the pine tree forests. The path slowly descends down to the path going to the Tsum Valley. We climb through pine and rhododendron forests. We enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. After Lokpa, the path descends for half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jig jagged difficult path further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons forest we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally we arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. We visit the old Chumling gompa, and enjoy walking on the stone paved streets of the village.
Day0 8: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m) 4-5 hours
Today we cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. We enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. We walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continuous 2 hours’ climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. From here we can again enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7893 meters) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). We spend the night here.
Day 09: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m) 4-5 hours
Since we are walking in the high altitude we need to be careful of altitude sickness while climbing above Chokhangparo. We walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Siyar Khola. We continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. We pass old historic Stupa of Buddha on the way to the village of Chhule. Now we climb upstream and cross the bridge and finally arrive at Nile. If we wish we can make our visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top place of the area. We spend the night Nile.
Day 10: Nile to Mu Goenpa (3700m) 2-3 hours
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. We walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. We slowly climb up to the Mu Gompa. Mu means sky in Tibetan. Hence Mu Gompa means the monastery that lies in the highest altitude. We look round the grand monastery, Mu Gompa first. Then, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa, the nunnery monastery. We visit rest of the interesting places tomorrow. We spend the night inside Gompa here since the accommodation facility is available for the tourists too.
Day 11: Mu Gompa Rest/Sightseeing (3245m) visit Mu goenpa and Ani gereng goenpa
Since it is an open and spacious area in the high altitude, today we have rest here and make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region in the leadership of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide. Also this is destination of this trek. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, we may also think about getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m) or we may go for hiking to Bhajyo, a pass from where the views all around are really panoramic. While hiking to Bhajyo we see very big pastures for the Yaks on the way.
Day 12: Mu Goenpa to Lamagaun (3302m) 4-5 hours
Today we trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Siyar Khola. Finally we arrive at Lamagaun, a village of Buddhist priests. We may climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave (piren phu) which is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal. We spend the night in Lamagaun.
Day 13: Lamagaun -Chumling (2,386m) 4-5 hours
We continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From there we continuously walk down to Gho, a small village. Monastery and stupas are seen here too. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes us again to Chumling where we will spend the night again.
Day 14: Chumling to Philim (1,570m) ) 6-7hours
The path continues down to Lokpa where we had spent the night previously. After lunch we move ahead to south on a flat trail. We enjoy the splendid view of gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally we arrive at Philim, a beautiful Gurung village, after 6 or 7 hours long walk. A trail passes through this village that leads the passersby to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. There is a small cinema hall where films are shown. Hence the village got the name Philim. We spend the night here. Ama Samuha, a group of mothers in the village, will make our evening joyful with their cultural show.
Day 15: Philim to dhoman (855m) 5-6 hours
Our trek starts today from Philim to Jagat and Tatopani. We walk down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant, a very big farm land. The dry Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. We continue trekking to Dobhan where the two rivers meet. Finally we arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. Then again we continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day. We spend the night here.
Day 16: dhoman to labhu besi 5-6 hours
Day 17:labhu besi Soti Khola (700m) 2-3 hours
The trail we walk toady crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. We head down again to the river and walk to Machha Khola village. We walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. We pass the two beautiful waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. We walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, we cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola. We spend the night here.
Day 18: Soti Khola to Kathmandu (600m)6-7 hours bus
The rough motor abale road runs from Soti Khola to Arughat. We may reserve a vehicle that takes us Soti Khola to Kathmandu via Arught. Or we may ride on the jeep that locally runs from Soti Khola to Arughat and from Arughat we may catch a bus to Kathmandu that runs on the Prithvi Highway along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. Now we are in the well facilitated capital city where we spend the night in a facilitated hotel after a number of days trek.
Day 19: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Sightseeing and Bhaktapur (1401m) 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 20: 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.