Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

If you are dreaming to go for ABC trekking, it is obvious to know about Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty.

Annapurna Circuit vs Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek hears similar but in reality, are two different trekking trails. They lead two different areas of the Annapurna Mountain region. Annapurna Circuit trek is often called Round Annapurna trekking. It is a long journey with a challenging hike. It crosses the altitude of  5,420m/ 17,782 feet over Thorong-La pass. The trail circumambulates the Annapurna massive from Northersied making a circuit. It is one of the most popular hiking trails in the world.

However, the Annapurna Base Camp trek reaches at 4,131m/ 13,553 feet as the only highest point of the trek. Both trail offer wonderful experiences to take on. The trail to Annapurna Base Camp is similarly scenic and most of its section lies relatively under lower altitude. Very few trekkers experience the altitude sickness related issues during the ABC trek.

Both of the trail require a good preparedness physically and mentally.

How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Get the proper physical preparations

Annapurna Base Camp trek is an adventure high altitude trek. It requires a good physical condition to enjoy the hiking. Since from the beginning, the trail includes stone stairs. Continuously climbing up and down the stairs gives exertion on your knees and foot muscles. Proper training to walk on a similar terrain helps to complete the trail without strains. The trail has thousands of steps special en-route to Ghorepani and Poon Hill. Most of the part of the entire trail to Annapurna Base Camp is rocky with frequent ups and downs. It is a moderate trekking trail. However requires training yourself before your trekking days.  Our guides

Train on Stairs

Besides, jogging and running you need to train on steps up and down to prepare yourself for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The terrain of the Annapurna region is steep and filled with steps. Furthermore, you should train yourself by carrying a small backpack for proper practice. Carrying your weighted backpack on while on the training for up and downstairs, will help to tighten your thigh muscles and knee joints.

How Difficult is it to Trek Annapurna Base Camp

The adventure journey to Annapurna Base Camp is a stunning hike. It goes around some of the worlds highest peaks. The trekking trails lead you through the famous Annapurna Sanctuary. Hiking the trail gives you a world-class mountain trek with an amazing mountain view within a relatively lower altitude.

You will spend most of your time below the 3,000m/ 10,000 feet from sea level. The terrain is challenging offering the view of terrace fields. You will be walking continuously for hours through the stone-paved stairs.

Is it tough for me? Will I be able to make it successful?

You can make it happen. The trek surely demands a good preparedness. But many hikers with physical disabilities have completed the trek in past.  The requirement is to go through a proper training. You can develop your excellent leg strength, and balance by walking up and down long sets of stairs with a backpack on. Go through the training on a stair master with a weighted backpack at least four days a week. Incorporate a longer day hike with your weighted backpack to built your confidence. You must go for a couple of such hikes at least once a week before the trek. You should be ready for your adventure trip to Annapurna Base Camp.

You can leave a quick inquiry for any type of suggestion and guidelines. We will be happy to provide you the free necessary trek information.

Getting the entry permits

ACAP entry permit and TIMS Card

You require to issue two types of permit to trek the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Since the entire trekking trail falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area, you should get your first entry permit from ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) counter in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Pay NRs 3000 per person for the permit. Similarly, get your TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System Card from the TAAN counter in Kathmandu or Pokhara beforehand the trek commencement. You can get your TIMS care for NRs 1000 (Packaged Trekker) and NRs 2000 (FIT). Packaged or Group trekkers are the hikers who buy a trekking package from an authorized trekking company of Nepal. Both the permits are valid for a single exit. Once you exit the check post, you should issue another for the next entry. The same entry permits work for all the trekking trails of the Annapurna Region. You should follow the same procedure to issue the permits for Ghandruk Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trekking,

What can I get to eat there? – Meal Options

Similar to the Mardi Himal Trekking route and surrounding trails of the Annapurna Region, Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a variety of meal options in the Menue. The Annapurna conservation area projects and local management committee jointly monitors the food menus of the region. The lodges of the trail have a distinct menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A trekking can choose to order as per the menu. Generally, it contains the items of bread, potato, eggs, and seasonal vegetables. Most of the domestic tourist prefer to eat Dal-Bhat, local Nepali dish twice a day. Since the Dal-Bhat is served with seasonable vegetable curry and pickle, it is a heavy diet for hard workers. Trekking guides and porters prefer to eat Dal-Bhat instead of other meals.

Breakfast during Mardi Himal Trekking
Breakfast during Mardi Himal Trekking

Best season to trek Annapurna Base Camp

March-June and September-December is the perfect time to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Some people prefer to visit the region around the year.

Maximum altitude I will get while on Annapurna Base camp trek

We reach 4,130m altitude in Annapurna base camp trekking.

What happens when it’s a fast group and I am the slow plodder of this trek?

Generally, 5/6 hours of walking is the average walking of each day during the trek. If the trekker could not pace for average walking, Oriental Journeys will provide a separate guide. And even you can customize the itinerary as per your physical condition, comfort level, and time availability.

Annapurna circuit  Vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

No. Annapurna Circuit is different than the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Annapurna Circuit rounds Annapurna Massif and needs to cross Thorang La Pass (5416m) since Annapurna Base camp ends at 4130m elevation.

Risk – Is it dangerous to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

No, Annapurna Base Camp trek is not dangerous. However, trekking and adventure tour is all about physical fitness and preparedness (logistic, physical and mental). Therefore, the trek can be easily done by the people aged from 10 to 75 years. Since the trekking trail does not have straightly up and straightly down the path, it can be done by the first time traveler.

Is it a long and hard walk?

The Annapurna Base camp trek can be done from 10 to 12 days depending on the itinerary and pace of your walking. The total distance of the Annapurna base camp trek is 115 km from Kathmandu. You will be walking from 10 to 20 km each day for this trek. During trekking, 5 to 7 hours of walking are the average day’s walking. However, above 3500m elevation the times will be the same but you will only cover 8 to 9 km. However, all our itineraries can be customized as per the geographical and physical condition of the individual participant.

Charging your electric gazets

The charging facilities will be available in some hotel receptions, however; we have to pay for this service. Please do not forget to bring two or three-pin travel adapters with you while coming in trekking.

Does this package include a guide?

A package trip to Annapurna Base Camp trek includes the guides throughout the trip. A well-experienced guide will accompany you throughout the trek. He will help you in every situation. Typically, there are 5-8 people in a group. But once you book, the trip is guaranteed to depart. Besides a guide, a package trip includes porters to carry your luggage.

Team: Your guide for ABC Trek

Oriental Journeys will provide you with a government licensed holder local English speaking guide. We can also provide guides who speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German, and any other if you prefer. But for them,  you have to pay extra cost. His/Her English might not be fluent but good for communication. Expect information regarding the trail, local culture, lifestyle, and terrain from him/her.  They are local people and frequently travel to the area. Take help from guides to try any new things on the trail.

Cost: additional expenses

Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost depends on your interests and spending habits. While you stay in Kathmandu, you can allocate per person $50 to &70 for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. You can allocate approximately $ 300 to 350 per person to buy meals and drinks during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Besides, your expenses, you require to issue Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System Card to trek the Annapurna Region. For an Annapurna Base Camp package trek, your handling company (operator) manages to your permits. Whereas a Free Individual traveler needs to pay US$40 equivalent Nepalese rupees for the permits. On top of it tipping your guide and porter is expected.

You can leave a quick inquiry for any type of suggestion and guidelines. We will be happy to provide you the free necessary trek information.

Post COVID-19 trips to Nepal

Are you planning your Post COVID-19 trips to Nepal?

The modality of Post COVID-19 trips to Nepal is a major concern to the traveler planning to visit Nepal. The current pandemic of COVID-19 has created the situation of lockdown. The situation has forced people to remain at their place. Despite the current lockdown, we still can dream and plan our travel programs for the next year. This blog tries to answer your questions regarding your plan to travel Nepal in the Post Coronavirus situation. We are hopeful to help you plan your future vacation for tour and trekking in Nepal.

Nepal government announces some modifications with lifting in lockdown policy after more than 80 days of Lockdown. The government offices resume their regular schedules and people have partially returned to their workstation in the private sector too. However, the government is yet to decide to regulate the public vehicle. It has implemented odd and even number plate policy for private vehicles and cabs. They can run alternatively. It helps to minimize traffic and crowd in the market. It has also eased to follow the instruction of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Likewise, the VISA service has assumed from 15 June 2020.

Concerned about the flights?

The government of Nepal, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation publishes its official notice regarding the suspension of flights. It states that until 22 July 2020, the government decides to suspend all domestic, international flights and public transportation. The Nepal government will make another decision regarding the flight operation and inform with the next notice.

Present COVID-19 pandemic and situation of Nepal

Many travelers are curious about the current situation of Nepal. It is obvious because of their future travel plan and postpone trips to Nepal. The general public have resumed their activities with precaution. The social distancing instruction, maintaining hygiene, and using sanitizers are the major practice while conducting the activities. Most of the people remain at home or work from home to avoid maximum movement.

Despite the precaution, we have increasing cases of infection of approximately 10,000 plus and 24 death cases. However, 1224 people returned home after successful treatment. It shows that Nepal has got less impact on societies compared to other nations. Still, Nepal has a big challenge to take maximum citizens under the test.

How to postpone the trip after Coronavirus?

Oriental Journeys has introduced a “book with flexibility” option to book its holiday packages. A traveler can book the trip for a particular date. Traveler can postpone the trip for another future date without paying an extra amount. This will be a lifetime flexibility option. They can choose another departure date based on their convenience.  Oriental Journeys will make the necessary arrangements accordingly. However, a special trip postpone condition applies for the post-COVID-19.

Are you open for booking of your trips?

Travelers can book our trips for the year 2021 and Autumn of 2020. However, we can manage to postpone the trip in case the situation remains unchanged. There won’t be any extra cost for the change in departure dates.

Will you operate the confirmed trips for 2020?

Yes, we have all the booked trips scheduled. Most of the trips for the coming seasons are to be postponed for the future dates. However, the trips that are not yet postponed are in the departure schedule. Oriental Journeys is writing its clients with updates about the present situation. We are hopeful to operate the scheduled tours, when there are regular international flights. We have received the national guidelines from the Nepal Tourism Board to follow during tour operations.

Shall we start making plans for the treks?

Yes, you should start making plans for trekking trips to Nepal. We have been receiving inquiries regarding the revival of tourism activities in Nepal. Our advice to travelers is to dream now and travel later. We hope to start operating our tours by the end of 2020 and completely resume for spring 2021.

How will you operate Post COVID-19 trips to Nepal?

After the current pandemic of COVID-19, we are designed to operate the trips in either single or a family in a group. We will avoid traveling in groups at least anti corona vaccine develops for general use. Since, the trekking is an activity of interactive nature, we will use proper disinfection methods at the lodges. Sanitizing ourselves at every point will be our strong guidelines. We are planning to orient our staff for maintaining proper social distance with other traveler and service providers. Similar methods will be used to sanitize the rooms, vehicles, and other related things that you encounter during your trip.

We advise travelers to bring their gears. Hiring gears will not be a problem after COVID-19 because we will be using proper disinfection techniques for its safe use. However, the sleeping bags, you can take your own. The trekking trails will be affected by the virus things. The potential areas and sites will have a sanitization system.

What preventive measure will you follow for post-COVID-19 tours?

You can present your COVID test certificates while entering the Nepal border. We discourage travelers with a weak immune system and respiratory health condition to come for Nepal trips. We suggest the following preventive measures while traveling in Nepal.

  • Mandatory use of facemasks for travelers in public areas
  • Ensure the supporting staff use face masks in public areas
  • Ensure that the face masks and sanitizer required for drivers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Ensure the proper sanitization of gear and stuffs sanitized between use
  • Vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Trekking staffs, as well as travelers, are required to regularly wash hands

Currently, we are following another phase of lockdown which is softer than the previous one. We do not have the choice to return to a normal lifestyle. For this, we have to develop the safety guidelines and need to adopt the global practices to return to normal. We will keep on updating the new announcement of the government and tourism sector to the travelers.

We wish our dear travelers to remain safe, plan your trip and visit in the future. Hope to see you soon.

Everest Base Camp Trekking FAQs

Everest Base Camp Trekking FAQs

We try to include some expert ideas to help in planning your Everest Base Camp Trekking FAQs. The list of frequently asked questions tries to answer your queries to ease your expedition to the base camp.

Average walk per day during Everest base camp tour

Normally, the trek completes within 12 days. It takes 8 days to get to base camp and four days to get back down. However, based on the pace of the walk, time availability, and physical fitness, the itinerary can be customized.

 Everest Base Camp Trekking difficulty level

The total length of the Everest Base Camp trek is approx. 130km (round trip). However the trek seems quite long, but to consider it in a typical guided trek one has to walk the 9-10 days out of the 15 days. On average the distance one covers in a day is around 14 km per day. In the sense, Everest Base Camp Trek is not a much difficult walk.

Health Problem and High Altitude sickness

You are accompanied by well-trained guides who are trained in first aid and altitude problems. Furthermore, the guide will carry the first aid kit during the trek. However, it would be better if you bring your first aid kit along with you. Our guide will care for you in your meal plan which protects you from altitude sickness problems. Furthermore, our guides also carry local mobile phones and SAT phones in case of an emergency.

Charging the electric gazets

The charging facilities will be available in some hotel receptions, however; we have to pay for this service. Please do not forget to bring two or three-pin travel adapters with you while coming in trekking.

Additional expenses / Per day cost for Everest Base Camp Trekking

It depends on your interests and spending habits. While you stay in Kathmandu, you can allocate per person $50 to 70 for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. You can allocate approximately $ 300 to 350 per person to buy meals and drinks during the trek.

Guide and Porter

Oriental Journeys will provide you a government licensed holder local English speaking guide. We can also provide guides who speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German, and any other if you prefer. But for them,  you have to pay extra cost.

Hot showers during the trek

The major places like Namche Bazaar and Lukla in the Everest region have a guesthouse with a hot shower. Otherwise, hotel water in a bucket will be provided for the shower. But for this, you have to pay an extra USD 3-4 per shower.

Best time for Everest Base Camp Trekking

The best trekking season starts from mid-September to mid-December in Nepal. The best months to trek to the Everest region are pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and the post-monsoon (Late September, October, November, and December), especially in Everest Base camp.

Weather & Temperature

During January, the temperatures in Everest Base Camp is comparatively cold. The temperature ranges between max 4°C during the day and min -17°C at night. Generally, temperatures during the nights and in the early mornings get below freezing point. Whereas, it is a bit less cold during the month of March-April.

Necessary gears & equipment for Everest Base Camp Trekking

trekking gears equipment checklist

GENERAL Equipment Checklist

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag: (Oriental Journeys Team will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Day pack: (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
  • Down Jacket: (Your Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Oriental Journeys also supply complimentary down which need to be returned after the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ Sleeping bag: (Your sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Oriental Journeys also supply complimentary sleeping bags that need to be returned after the trek)

HEAD

  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal)

LOWER BODY

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

UPPER BODY

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

FEET

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Equipment Checklist for ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • A small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
  • Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, etc)
  • Ear Plug (to save your ear from snoring roommates)

TOILETRIES

  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene:
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hands wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Places to visit in Chitwan

Places to visit in Chitwan – Popular Tourist Destination

Are you seeking for the most popular places to visit in Chitwan? Chitwan is one of the popular tourist destinations in Nepal and it is always famous for nature lovers. Chitwan has been ranked as the third most visited tourist destination in Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara.  It lies at 150km west of Kathmandu valley, the capital city of Nepal. The study has shown that every year, 200,000 visitors visit Chitwan from around the world. Chitwan National Park is the crown jewel of the region and it is the main attraction of the area. Besides Park, Chitwan is rich in cultural diversity and history as well. Therefore, Chitwan is the best place to explore nature, culture, and history at the same time.

Here is a list of places one should not miss while visiting Chitwan:

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is the main jewel of Chitwan. It is the first National Park which is established in 2030 BS. The park covers a big area and its total area is 932 sq/km. Chitwan National Park is listed in the World Heritage site therefore, it has been the targeted place to visit in Nepal. Elephant breeding centers, vulture, and gharial conservation areas are some of the attractions of the park. Besides this, the park also has no. of temples including Bikram Baba, Lami Taal, and Tamor Taal.

In addition to this, Sauraha is another place which is a good place to visit in Chitwan. It has lots of resorts and you can enjoy in resorts in Sauraha. Elephant riding and exploring the community forest are popular activities in Sauraha. Furthermore, many people go to Sauraha to enjoy culture, lifestyle, and rituals in Chitwan. In addition to this, you will have a chance to explore the local ethnic group of Chitwan that is Tharu, Bote, and Majhi.

Ranipokhari

Ranipokhari is the new destination in Chitwan and it covers four Bigaha in Bharatpur. This has also been developed into an open-air sculpture museum and also famous for a picnic. Visitors have an opportunity to boating in Ranipokhari.

Bishazari Taal ( 20 Thousand Lake)

Bishazari Tal (Beeshazar Taal)

This 20 Thousand Lake is famous in Nepal situated in the Chitwan district of Nepal. It locates in the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park. This area is also called a wetland area. Since the lake locates near the Chitwan National Park, this is the best place for the excellent bird watching. This is a home of many birds who migrate from Siberia. In addition to this, this is a home of many wild animals including deer, tiger, and rhino. It is a very accessible location. It is near to the district headquarters of Bharatpur and the perfect place to visit those who have limited time to spend in Chitwan.

Jalbire Waterfall

Besides Lake, Waterfall is another attraction while visiting Nepal. Jalbire waterfall locates at a twenty minutes walking distance from Jalbire Tempel. Jalbire Temple locates at the Narayangadh-Muglin road section. Jalbire waterfall locates ar Chandibhanjyang VDC -9 of Chitwan. Stepping 100 m down, we will see the popular destination for those in the Bharatpur area. Here, you can enjoy swimming as well. Furthermore, this is a popular destination for the people who are looking for canoe and participate in homestays with the Gurung, the local people.

Shiraichuli Hill among the wonderful places to visit in Chitwan

Shiraichuli Hill is another popular destination of Chitwan. It locates above 946m height and it has become popular destinations for the people who are looking for the place to watch the best sunrise view. People who are wishing to witness the sunrise will have to spend overnight at Hattibang first. From there, we have to walk half an hour for the popular lookout location where one can look out upon a beautiful, unfolding mountain range.

Mardi Himal Trekking: Wonderful hiking destination

Mardi Himal Trekking: Wonderful hiking destination

The popularity of Mardi Himal Trekking is rising every year. The amazing mountain views, surrounding hills, and passing through the local settlements make the trail most alluring. The adventure in Nepal is the best sense of accomplishment that comes after days of trekking in mountains. A single close view of the splendid natural beauty overcomes all the efforts to reach there. For decades, Nepal has been the top trekking destination attracting adventurous souls with its mesmerizing Himalayan beauty.

Mardi Himal Trekking
Mardi Himal Trekking Photo : Machhindra Acharya

Nepal’s cultural tours to the trek in the Himalayan range offers various travel trips. As a land of mountains, Nepal is garnering a count of massive visitors from around the world. It completes only a few years after Mardi Himal Base Camp trekking is being promoted by the government as a new trekking destination. The trails are getting increasing popularity as one of the short trek in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal is a small mountain lying on the lap of Mt. Machhapuchhre. The remarkable beauty of the peak leaves the visitor spellbound with a dominating view of Mt. Fishtail. One feels its mystical aura being in the region.

Relatively, the Mardi Himal Trek is much easier than Annapurna Base Camp trek with a more fantastic view. The destination is new and less crowded. Trekkers can feel a taste of perfect natural senses while being in the trail.

Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is a relatively unexplored destination and the perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of the modern lifestyle.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is a New Destination

Very limited people knew about the route before 2011. It was popular among the campers. Trekkers have to set up the camps for accommodation. In 2011, the trail was made public and accessible for all types of visitors. New lodges were established at Forest Camp, Low camp, Badal Danda, and High camp. The initiative contributed to develop the trail as a teahouse lodge trek. Now, it is a brand trail for a shorter and easy hiking experience. The outlying trekking trail lets you experience unspoiled alpine pastures into the endless wilderness. Additionally, the vibrant walk alongside the verdant forests and rugged landscapes allows trekkers to blend in the rhododendron forests. The ethnic settlement of Dhampus is an attractive Gurung settlement showcasing the local ethnic culture.

The view of Mt. Machhapurchhere is a central attraction throughout the trail. After reaching the altitude of 3500m, trekkers get overwhelmed with panoramic views of the Himalayan giants. The shining view of the breathtaking Annapurna range keeps trekkers hooked on to their determination of reaching the destination. Alternatively, the trial also offers the best option to make a small circuit ceasing visitors from backtracking over the same terrain. Furthermore, it also allows trekkers to record a remarkable local experience. Mardi Himal Base Camp trekking could perhaps be an amazing adventure in Nepal for all avid trekkers.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Route

Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map

The extraordinary journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is full of glorious sunrise and sunset views above the clouds. The trek officially begins from Dhampus or Kande which is a 1-hour drive from Pokhara. It leads across the terraced fields of Dhampus village through the stone-paved stairs. It takes a hike of 4-5 hours hike to reach Deurali, 2100m. With a gradual ascent, the trail from Deurali heads towards the Forest camp hustling the way through the lush jungles. Subsequently, the pass through the Forest Camp to Low Camp is 5-6 hours.

The trail then head towards the High Camp reaching up to a height of 3,540m. It is a thrilling hike along the narrow ridge brings hikers to the upper viewpoint. Always keep ready with your camera to grab the overwhelming view of the Himalayas. Hike back the same route till low camp and following a pleasing trail through mixed forest to Siding Valley. It is a short drive to Pokhara. Check out our detailed Mardi Himal Trekking

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek – Know the season

Wonderful Mardi HImal Trekking
A light snowfall covers the trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Photo: Oriental Journeys

As all of us are aware that the weather in the mountains is ever-changing. It vaguely varies depending on all four seasons. However, there are preferred seasons for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek; spring and autumn. The September to November and March to May presents the splendid views. The days of spring comes in with a clear blue sky and wonderful mountain views. Similarly, autumn is the perfect time for soaking up in stunning sunrises.

The autumn preserves enough greenery and the sun lights the mountains with grace. A trekker can choose monsoon for monsoon trek but might have to face with leeches and heavy rainfall. The dark clouds hover on the mountains obstructing the panoramic views during the monsoon. Winter obstruct the view with frequent snowfall. However,  trekkers visit the trail till the second week of January to capture wonderful mountain views. The temperature in winter may fall up to -5 degrees Celsius. The early morning and nights are cold but the days may be warm in the sunlight.

Food And Accommodation during Mardi Himal Trekking – how much to carry?

Breakfast during Mardi Himal Trekking
Breakfast during Mardi Himal Trekking

The travel cost of trekking in Nepal depends widely on the trip destination and season of travel. Generally, trekking in Nepal is an adventure. It could price a heavy if not planned well beforehand.  The cost for Mardi Himal Trekking can vary as per the member in your group or the days of trekking. You meal choice, drinking habits and luxury affect the budget rance. It is a combined form of lodge and homestay accommodations. The choice for meals and stays decreases as the trail ascends to the higher altitudes. Similar, trekkers might even have to share a room with other trekkers during the peak season. There are much broader options for meals. Local “Dal Bhat” is common that is balanced, filling, and healthy. Nevertheless,  the menu serves a wide variety of meals including pasta, noodles, breads, etc. You can make a quick inquiry for details and offers group discounts.

Things to keep in mind

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is one of the most popular treks in High altitude. It is the best option to spending holidays walking into the wilderness. Trekkers may experience the trek as easy to moderate based on their fitness. It is a short distance trek with a gradual gains in the altitude. The trail reaches up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp i.e up to the altitude of  4500m which may trigger altitude sickness in some. However, consuming adequate liquids and updating your health condition to the team leader may reduce the chances of it.

A careful group walk down from the Base Camp to High Camp in a steep descent prevent the risk factors. We suggest using a knee cap to aid one from the knee problems. Besides that, it is always wise to hire a licensed professional trekking guide from an authorized trekking operation to ensure all safety measures. The mountain guide leads the way and avoid trekkers from getting lost in the trails.

Consult wit your operation to issue the necessary permit before setting off the trek. It requires two permits; Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card. Proceed for early booking to ensure your accommodation to avoid being stranded on the trail. Mardi Himal Trekking is the perfect destination for all adventure enthusiasts. It is a perfect holiday to skip the monotonous lifestyle.

Some Facts about Gosaikunda Trek

Know some Facts before setting off the Gosaikunda Trek

A traveler should know and be aware of the some Facts about Gosaikunda Trek before setting up for the trip. Nepal offers varied destinations to enjoy the trekking. Gosainkunda trekking is among the most liked trekking destinations.

Gosaikunda Trekking

Gosainkunda trekking is a short, easy, and scenic trek starting from Kathmandu to Gosaikunda. It takes six to seven days to complete the trek. One can either start the trek from Dhunche and complete at Sundarijal or vice versa. To start from Sundarijal, an hour of drive from Kathmandu takes you to the trailhead.

How about Gosaikunda Trek difficulty?

The Gosaikunda (4380mtrs) is the ultimate destination of the Gosainkunda Lake trek. The trail falls under the moderate level trek. However, its level of difficulty depends on various external factors. The traveling season affects the hiking program to Gosaikunda trek. Besides that the mode of transportation, your route and itinerary also affect the trekking. The trek is suitable for beginners. A good number of aged pilgrims and religious tourists visit the destination. Trekking the trail does not require any kinds of mountaineering and technical skills.  Local licensed guides help traveler to reach the destination with much ease. Following the standard walking time with a gradual altitude gain is highly recommended for the best experience. You can customize your itinerary for acclimatization.

What are the major highlights of Gosaikunda trek?

The major highlight of the trek is the 108 lakes, the religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Besides that the trail offers a breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges in another side. The Himalayan panorama includes. Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang mountain range, and border mountains. You can see a beautiful sunset from the edge of Gosaikunda. The Pilgrimage to Gosainkunda is an amazing experience in regards to the wonderful hiking. The Cheese factory at Chandanbari produces a tasty Yak cheese. It is the best souvenir to take home.

Some Facts about Gosaikunda Trek
Chandan Bari (Sing Gumba) – Gosaikunda Trek

What are the meal options during Gosaikunda Trek?

Whenever we travel to new places, the first thing that comes into our mind is food. It is the main concern in any type of travel. While traveling the new places, especially in remote areas, we have a limited choice for meal options. However, you can enjoy a  delightful cuisine of typical Nepali food, continental food, Italian food, Chinese food, and different international cuisine in the Gosainkunda Area. You can take advice from your guide to choose the food during your trip.

Always consider the place, altitude, and your physical state while selecting the meal. We highly recommend not to order much food and waste it. It takes hard labor to take the foods up in the high altitude. A package trip includes your three meals a day. You will have your dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight. You will have your breakfast at the route side local tea shops/restaurants.

Can we easily get the drinking water while trekking?

A trekker can purchase the bottled water during the trek. The better option is to carry a reusable water bottle with you. Buying a water bottle every time you drink will be a big burden to the environment. You can get bottled water and mineral water at an additional cost. You can get hot water at the tea shops. Alternatively, take the tap water and use a water purifier to make it drinkable.

Do we get proper accommodations while trekking to Gosaikunda Lake?

Similar to other popular trekking destinations of Nepal, Gosaikunda Lake trail has got local teahouse lodges for accommodation. They have basic facilities with common toilets/bathrooms. hence, the Gosaikunda trek is also called lodge trek. A tea house lodge is a combined form of lodge and restaurant. They prepare breakfast and dinner for the trekkers staying with them. They charge a minimum for the lodging. The rooms have very little furniture. Generally, they have twin sharing beds in each room. They provide the bed with a mattress, pillow, and blanket. You can carry your sleeping bags to ensure extra warmth during the night.   The teahouse generally has warm and relatively bigger dining halls. The dining halls are heated by the Bukhara stove. Some teahouse are equipped with solar electricity. So, most of the tea houses have electricity for camera and mobile charging, these days.

Does it require special training to trek Gosaikunda Lake trail?

You do not require any special climbing or mountaineering skill to trek the Gosaikunda Lake trail. It is a moderate trek. To enjoy your comfortable walk, you can practice jogging and walking exercises to keep muscles fit. It helps you to stretch your body for a couple of days of high altitude hiking.

Do it require any special Health condition to go for Gosaikunda trek?

You will be walking 5-7 hours each day to complete the trip. It requires good health, average physical fitness, passion, confidence, determination, and a positive attitude. If you have hiking experience or exercising habits, it gives you more confidence. It gives a better trekking experience. The person with pre-existing joint problems, lung, heart, and other diseases should consult the doctor before going the trek.

How about Gosaikunda Weather and Temperature?

The weather around the surrounding of Gosaikunda keeps on changing due to its Alpine nature. It is generally humid and misty during the afternoon with frequent rain during the late spring. The winter is dry, sunny with clear skies. You should better check the weather forecast before proceeding with the trek. Also it is highly recommended to check for the smart packing.

What is the Best Time to Trek to Gosaikunda

Since the trek to Gosaikunda is highly affected by the weather condition, get the necessary update. Generally, the Autumn (Sept-Nov) and spring (March-May) are the best seasons for trekking the Gosaikunda. The pre-monsoon and monsoon may affect the trek during Jun – August. Trek during the winter to avoid much traffic in the route but might have to cold weather but clear skies. Monsoon trek is best for photography. It is good for botanical keens to see the colorful flowers of alpine pastures.

Can I combine Gosainkunda with Langtang Valley trek?

Adding more days in the existing itinerary of Gosaikunda trek lets you visit Langtang Valley. You can add 5 extra days to complete the Langtang Valley trek. Start from Syabrubensi and follow the trail to the valley through Lama hotel. The beautiful Langtang Valley and Kyanging village are the major settlement on the way. Traceback the same route up to Pahiro and ascend to the Thulo Syabru. The trail from Thulo Syabru links with Dhunche to Gosaikunda Lake trail nearby the Chandanbari.

Chitwan Facts

Chitwan Facts – Know before confirming your Jungle Safari in Nepal

Chitwan Jungle Safari is a popular activity in the Chitwan National park of southern Nepal. It falls within the tropical forest of lower plains bordering with India. There are several queries as Chitwan Facts in the list. The general queries try to address the common question of travelers to know before visiting the park. Most of the travelers visiting Nepal choose the Chitwan as an extended tour with other Nepal Trips. Generally, it is a part of the Nepal Cultural tour and Nepal Heritage tour. Besides that it is a relaxing destination after long or short trek in Nepal Himalayas.

How long does it take to get to Chitwan National Park?

The easiest way to reach Chitwan National Park is by tourist bus/AC bus from Kathmandu with a drive of approximately 6-7 hours. Buses leave the Nayabazar, near Thamel in Kathmandu at around 7 am. From Pokhara, tourist buses will take 7 hours and depart from the tourist bus stand at 6.30 am.

How far is Chitwan from Pokhara?

The approximate distance between Pokhara and Chitwan is 147 km and can be reached in a 5 to 6-hour drive. You can either join the Chitwan Jungle Safari after or before your trekking trip in Annapurna Region. It will be a good decision to relax with wildlife Safari either with a short trek like Ghorepani Poon Hill or a long trek like Annapurna Circuit hiking.

Is there any discount for a Child?

You will have a child discount offer. The child below four years are freely allowed to enter whereas below 10, need to pay 70% of the Adult Price. The child above 10 years has to pay the full fee.

How long will it take the bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan? Is it the same time from Chitwan to Pokhara?

The exact time for a drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan is just 5 hours but due to highway traffic it will take approximately 6-7 hours. In normal condition, the Tourist Bus from Pokhara will take you to Chitwan in around 5-6 hours.

Is there an internet facility with free WI-FI in the Lodge?

Most of the lodges/resort/hotel we use, have internet facility with FREE Wi-Fi.

Is it safe to travel by Road?

Traveling by road in Nepal is safe, especially by tourist coach is completely safe. However, we suggest that you take a Private Vehicle for a more reliable and convenient journey.

Do you provide a pick-up from Bus Station?

We do have a pickup service for the traveler traveling by bus. One of a representative from Oriental Journeys comes to pick-up at Sauraha Bus Station for FREE. The same way, we have dropped off the facility up to the Bus station at Sauraha.

How far are the Chitwan and Sauraha?

Chitwan National Park is located in the Chitwan district. Sauraha is a small village and tourist hub near the national Park where most of the hotels/resorts are located. The Bus from Pokhara and Kathmandu drop travelers in the Sauraha bus stand.

Chitwan Facts: Activities

Can everyone enjoy Elephant Bath?

Especially, the travelers visiting Chitwan National Park during the months of Summer can see and enjoy Elephant Bath. However, during monsoon and winter, you can not participate due to cold water and a high level of water in the river.

Are all safari activities carried inside the National Park?

The activities other than the Elephant back Safari, are carried inside the Chitwan National Park. Elephant Back Safari is done in Community Forest near Sauraha.

Is it possible to enjoy the Jeep Safari throughout the year?

The best way of enjoying the wildlife of Chitwan National Park is through Jeep Safari. The Jeep Safaris in Chitwan National Park are conducted from the 1st week of October till the end of June. However, Jeep Safari in Bishajari Taal (20,000 Lake) is possible throughout a year.

What about Chitwan Facts regarding accommodation? What standards of hotels can I expect during Wildlife Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park?

Depending upon your budget, the different standards of Hotels and resorts are available in Sauraha area of Chitwan National Park. However, Oriental Journeys provides its travelers with a Tourist standard accommodation. The accommodations have A/C and will provide you all the meals in a packaged trip.

What are the foods that I can expect during Chitwan Jungle Safari?

Normally, the lodge provides meals in a buffet with a variety. If there are minimum guests they have to serve then you can choose from the menu also. The menu has always a choice of American, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Nepali food.

Chitwan Facts: Facilities

What is the best season to go for Chitwan Jungle Safari?

People visit Chitwan throughout the year. However, February to Mid June and September to December are the best time to go for Chitwan Jungle Safari. Compared to Kathmandu and Pokhara, Chitwan lies at a lower altitude with a warm temperature during the wintertime.

Is it hot in Chitwan? What temperature can we expect in Chitwan National Park?

Since the national park lies at a lower elevation, it is a bit warmer than Kathmandu and Pokhara. But, the region is colder during the winter months (December – February). It is generally misty with much humid air.

What about the electricity? Can I charge my phone, iPod, digital camera, or batteries?

The lodges in Sauraha and Chitwan area are equipped with electricity facilities. You can easily get them recharged. We advise to bring a charger and adapter with. You can easily buy one in local shops to fit your gadgets.

Can I buy a Local Sim card? How about the telephone Calls?

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you can get Nepali Sim card or you can easily get from shops near your hotel at Thamel and Sauraha, Chitwan. Two telecommunication companies distributing sim cards for tourists are Nepal Telecom and NCell. You need to present a copy of your passport and a passport size photo to get a shim card. You can use a volume-based internet with a sim card and make calls. It will charge normal call charges. Additionally, you can use telephones from your hotel you will be staying in.

How much money should I carry as an additional?

Regarding Chitwan Wildlife Jungle Safari trip three accommodation and meals in a day are included during your stay in Chitwan. However, you may need extra money for your expenses and the drinks depending upon your drinking and spending habits. Generally, USD 10 to 15 will be sufficient for a day.

How will we get the drinking water during Chitwan Jungle Safari? Is it safe to drink tap water? Shall I have to bring water purifying tablets/filter?

The tap water is not recommended to drink freely. The bus on the way to Chitwan and Kathmandu will serve you with a bottle of sealed drinking water. The hotel will serve you with bottled water per day per person. Additionally, you can buy a bottle of water  You can buy a bottle of water with a cost of NPR 30 per bottle.

What about the extra night stay in Chitwan? Can I add an extra day to the packaged trip on your website?

Yes, you can stay an extra day by paying additional costs on top of the package cost. The extra cost should cover the salary for guides, accommodation, and food. Besides the set activities, we can add extra activities of the additional day.

Why to trek Langtang Valley

Why to trek Langtang Valley?

To receive clear information Why to trek Langtang Valley, you should check some facts about the trekking destination. Langtang, “The Valley of Glacier” is a standout amongst the most well-known natural heavens of Nepal. The valley is among the top third best trekking terminus of Nepal.

Engulfed within the Langtang National Park territory, it is the home to different extraordinary fledglings and untamed life. The region preserves valuable wildlife like Red Panda and musk dears, among the Panthers, Jackals, mountain Thar, Himalayan dark beer, and numerous animals including sub-alpine and alpine vegetation.

The sacred lake of Gosaikunda is the jewel of the region which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrimage each year. Alongside the spectacular mountain views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Dorji Lakpa, Langshisha Ri, Gangchhenpo, Yala peak, and Naya Kanga dominated by Langtang Ri persuade every trekker. Due to its diverse attractions many tourist fly the valley from Kathmandu with a Langtang Helicopter tour.

Reasons to choose the trail

Experience the Off the beaten path trek

Despite its popularity and diverse attractions, the Langtang region receives less than twenty thousand trekkers a year. As a result, it preserves its vegetation and organic nature is the original state. There is more to offer the visitor is its organic form. Trekkers enjoy the local hospitality in a less crowded zone of Langtang National Park and within a peaceful journey. Trekker who loves to walk on a natural trail experiencing the rural lifestyle, diverse culture, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Budget Destination

Compared to other destinations, Langtang Valley is in easy access from the capital city of Kathmandu.  Travelers can enjoy the wonderful hiking in the Langtang region in a cheaper budget than the Everest and Annapurna region. One can access the trailhead easily by a car or bus within 6-7 hours of a comfortable drive.

Highly affected by the Mega Earthquake of 2020

The region was highly affected during the mega earthquake in 2015. It has completed the restoration but still need more tourist to grow the business. It will help them to revive completely. So, visiting the region helps them to heal. The entire Langtang village buried under the deposit from Avalance just at the time of mega-earthquake. It killed around 310 people including the big number of tourists.

Langtang Village

Low-Risk Factors

Trekking on the higher altitude Himalayan region consists of severe risk and possesses high threats to one’s life. The trail of the trekking to the higher altitude region has the slippery trail and narrow paths due to which a trekker may endure several unseen and unexpected hindrances. Trekking in the Langtang Region is relatively much safer despite being less adventurous and with a lower elevation hike than Annapurna and Everest Region. The trail path of this trekking is wide and is much safer than higher altitude trekking because there is no risk of getting hit by a falling rock along the path and also the path is dry. Moreover, there is no chance of getting AMS (Acuate Mountain Sickness), as most of the trekking path passes around the tree line area and the destination itself is in low altitude.

Culturally rich

The trekking trail to the Langtang Valley crosses various local villages en route. The villages give us the chance to experience the rural life of Nepalese people. You will be overpowered with social execution of Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo indigenous neighborhood, their warm neighborliness, special lifestyles, customs, customary houses thatched, and stone roof. The ethnic and typical village of Langtang valley offers a differing social and cultural flavor with various ceremonies and conventions based on Buddhism. The culture these people practice is ancient and has been transferred from generation to generation and is still intact despite the influence of the modern phenomenon of globalization. The incredible Himalayan landscape, magnificent sceneries,  rich greenery are the essence of the trek. Besides that the local custom, tradition, and culture, as well as the living style of the people living in this region, are things to experience here.

Alluring Views of Mountains

As the Valle is the least popular trekking destination region, it still has more to offer than generally expected. The Langtang Region is one of the most wonderful valleys. The valley is rich in impressive and magnificent snowcap mountain vistas. Significant fascination of Langtang Trekking is the surrounding Himalayan perspective of snow-topped mountains, such as Langtang Lirung, Tibet Himalayas, Gang Chhenpo, Naya Kanga, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa as well as Gaurisankar Himal.

Gosaikunda Lake and Kyanjin Gompa

The religious significance of the Gosaikunda lake in the southern part and Kyanjin Gompa in the eastern end have made the region as pilgrimage valley. Gosainkunda also known as a solidified lake, is a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus and has a beautiful sight to behold. The Gosaikunda area is a cluster of several lakes in which holy Gosainkunda – the third one amongst them, has more significance. This lake is situated at a height of 4,380m from the sea level. The other attraction of Langtang valley is Kyanjin Gompa- a monastery of Buddhists, who is supposed to be 400 years old. Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most important spiritual sites in the Langtang region. These sites are worth exploring.

Warm Accommodation

The entire route of Langtang valley has basic teahouse lodges for trekker’s accommodation. They have warm rooms with twin sharing warm beds. Some of the have attached bathrooms.

Hospitable people

Similar to other trekking destinations the locals run the lodges and shops in the region. The people are hospitals and let feel you a warm and safe environment.