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.
Day0 2: 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-Pokhara (827m) by bus 6-7 hours/air 35 minutes
This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after you left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Pokhara – Tikhedhunga (1540 m) 4-5 hours
We set off early in the morning by bus or a taxi to go to the starting point of trek. The road winds sometimes hairpins up to a point where the villages called Naudanda, Khare and Lumle lie. Breathtaking view of Annapurna range can be seen clearly. The driving takes about an hour. After that we have descended steps to walk to the new bridge over the Modi Khola. Then begins our fast walk. First we follow the path to the big village called Birethati. The path runs through the rice fields slowly up to the few houses of Tikhedhungha. The Total trekking duration is 4-5 hours.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani (2860m) 4-5 hours
After the 400m uphill climb over the well-known stairs Ulleri begins. The steps are uneven and that makes us quite tiring. The path winds up through several steps. Above Ulleri there is thin habitation of people. Hence, it is quite and calm. We can see very few people working in cultivation. Often there are ancient tattered huts as shelters. We walk through oak and rhododendron forest, growing along the river that leaps down in waterfalls. Especially in the spring, it is a fairy tale with the beautiful flowers wealth of rhododendrons. Ghorepani literally means “horse water”. It lies atop a pass and traditionally the horses which are the caravans to Mustang are drenched here. It is in the altitude of 900 meters. The duration of trekking is about 4 ½ hours.
Day 06: Ghorepani (Poon Hill) -Tadapani (2630m)4-5 hours
We have to wake up before the dawn to watch the sunrise. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will lead us to the view point. It takes about 45 minutes to climb the hill. Before the breakfast we we can enjoy the most beautiful views of the central Himalayas from Poon Hill. We back to Ghorepani and after breakfast we slowly climb heading to Tadapani. The sunlight keeps on changing the color of snowy peaks dark grey to light grey. We can see the last foothills of the Dhaulagiri-chain including Churen Himal, the right of the dark deep crevice of the Kali Gandaki valley, the peaks of Annapurna, the Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Macchapucchare (the “fish tail mountain”) and then further to the right the peaks of Manaslu. After we enjoy the breathtaking views we descend to the lodge for breakfast. At a gentle pace we go down through incredible rainforest with many rhododendrons. After having been a few hours in nature we find a few lodges in the wasteland. This is Tadapani (“far away water”).
Day 07: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)4-5 hours
Today we walk flat in the beginning then the path goes gradually downhill through the jungle. We cross a stream called Ghatte Khola through a small wooden bridge. Ghatte Khola means the stream with traditional stone mill which is operated by the force of water. After the stream the path still goes downhill to Ghandruk. On the way there are many view points for the mountains Hiuchuli, Annapurna and Machhapuchchhre. Finally we reach to Ghandruk, a big and beautiful Gurung village in the mountain region. We stay here for the night. Ghandruk is the village with the headquarter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and a Museum regarding the Gurung Culture. A small hydro electricity power station also lies here. Telephone, mobile and internet service is available here.
Day 08: Ghandruk to Pokhara: 3-4 hours and 45 minutes pokhara drive
The path goes downhill though the stair cases in many places. We walk through the terraced fields. Several tea houses welcome us on the way. We walk enjoying the beauty of nature and human settlements (villages) up to Naya Pul through Birethati, a small village at the bank of Modi Khola. From Naya Pul we catch a local bus or private vehicle to Pokhara. The drive takes about an hour to Pokhara. On the way we still can enjoy the beauty of nature: the mountains, jungles and beautiful villages through the window of the bus. The road to Pokhara is pitched and winding. We stay in a well facilitated hotel in the beautiful city of Pokhara for the night.
Day 09: Pokhara Sightseeing (827m)
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 10: Pokhara to Chitwan (350m) 4-5 hours
Today we drive to Chitwan by tourist bus or private vehicle. The distance is 150 km from Pokhara and road is winding. So, we drive slowly enjoying the views around us. The road goes through the terraced fields and small cities of Gagan Gauda, Dule Gauda, Damauli, Dumre and Abu Khaireni on the way. In some sections of the road we can enjoy the greenery of jungles and rivers since we drive along the Marsyangdi River and Naryani River. Marsyangdi Hydro Power Station lies on the way. From Muglin, where Marsyangdi and Trisuli River meet, we cross a big bridge and turn to the south for Chitwan along the Narayani River. We stay in a lodge in Chitwan amidst the jungle and bank of Rapti River.
Chitwan tour will be a kind of package tour
Day 11: Chitwan: 2 Nights 3 days Package tour (815m)
Chitwan is best known for its culture and wildlife activities. Chitwan means “heart of the jungle”, because of its dense forests and wild animals. Chitwan national park is located in central south of Nepal, just 165 km far from Kathmandu and 150 km from Pokhara, which offers us many jungle as well as cultural activities. Such as Elephant back safari, canoeing trip, jungle walk, visit to ethnic local people house, culture dance perform by local tribe people, visit to sunset point and so on. The people who have at least 2 nights and 3 days time to visit Chitwan national park, we can have quiet relax and luxuries program, which will allow us to know about Chitwan national park, jungle activities and local people, their daily life.
Day 12: Chitwan to Kathmandu (1337m)
Today we drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus or private vehicle. The distance is just 165 km but the road is winding. So we drive slowly through the jungle along the Narayani River in the beginning. Then from Muglin we drive along the Trisuli River through the jungle, terraced fields and small cities on the way. At the place called Kuringhat, we witness Nepal’s only cable car service: Manakamana Cable Car. The cable cars fly above the Trisuli River, several green hills and villages to the famous Manakamana GoddessTemple of Gorkha District. The term “Manakamana” means the “Wish of our Spirit”. The pilgrims to Manakamana Goddess Temple believe that the Goddess will make their wish fulfilled. We sometimes see the rafters in the Trisuli River through the window of the bus.
Day 13: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Sightseeing in Bhaktapur 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 14: 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.