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ITINERARY Day 1 – Kathmandu (1360m)
You will be greeted at Kathmandu airport and
beautiful part of the walk, as your trail crosses over
transferred to your well located hotel. After checking
streams and passes small waterfalls under the
into your room there will be some free time before
canopy of the forest. There are a few teahouses at
your trek leader gives a detailed briefing on the
Baisi Kharkha providing welcome drinks and a place
programme ahead. In the evening your trek leader
to rest. There are stupendous views of Annapurna II
will make some restaurant suggestions for dinner.
(7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV
Day 2 – Kathmandu (1360m)
Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu today. Visit
(6931m) along the way and you reach your
Bodhnath Stupa - the main Buddhist temple in the
overnight objective at Tadapani. The village is
city. Then head to the Hindu temple complex at
perfactly situated to catch some wonderful sunset
Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy
Bagmati River. The afternoon is free for further
sightseeing or maybe some shopping in Thamel, the
Day 6: Deurali (2980m)
main tourist area of the city. Late this afternoon you
After enjoying the sunrise you initially descend to a
will be provided with your sleeping bag, high altitude
small stream and then begin a series of ascents and
trek jacket and kitbag for use on trek. Your leader
descents through rhododendron forest that is
will also update you with plans for the following day.
particularly spectacular during March and April when
the trees are in flower. You will reach Bhantanti, a
Day 3 – Shyauli Bazaar (1340m)
group of small hotels, for an early lunch before
Transfer to the airtport and fly to Pokhara, with a
crossing a series of small streams and continuing to
flight time of about 30 minutes. There are
climb through forest to reach the open ridges at
spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to
Deurali (2980m). Here you halt for the day, enjoying
the north during. After arriving in Pokhara you are
fantastic panoramic views of the Annapurna and
transferred by road (private bus) to the starting
Dhaulagiri ranges if conditions are clear. You should
point of the trek at Naya Phul, which you should
not miss the opportunity to see the spectacular
reach in the early afternoon. The first day’s walk is
sunset and sunrise views from the hill behind our
quite easy, following sub-tropical terrain along the
lodge. This is a highlight of the trip and it is really
Modi Khola through Birethanti to your lodge at
worthwhile making the effort of going in both the
Shyauli Bazaar with super views of Machhapuchhare
evening and morning as both times offer a different
perspective. If you do ascend for the sunset, do
Day 4 – Upper Ghandruk (1990m)
From Shyauli you begin your ascent to Ghandruk.
Day 7 – Ulleri (1960m)
The trail steepens and continues to climb passing
From Deurali we ascend onto a ridgeline, where
through terraced fields and small settlements to
there are great views of the Dhaulagiri massif,
Kimche. From here the trail again climbs steadily
before descending to Ghorepani. Here we begin our
then traverses up the valley to the village of
descent through beautiful rhododendron forest to
Ghandruk, which you reach in the mid afternoon.
Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. In the
Ghandruk is home to the ethnic Gurung group. From
afternoon you continue trekking through the forest
your lodge at Upper Ghandruk you have spectacular
to arrive at Ulleri a few hours later. After settling into
views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli
the lodge there is plenty of time to explore this
Day 5 – Tadapani (2450m) Day 8 – Pokhara (850m)
We leave the village of Ghandruk behind to enter
You make an early start to get the most out of the
oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly
day. From the lodge at Ulleri there is a very steep
descent of over 500 metres on a stone staircase to
Day 10 – Kathmandu (1360m)
the Bhurungdi Khola River where you cross a small
After breakfast you are transferred out to Pokhara
suspension bridge to reach the village of Tirkedunga.
airport for the 30 minute return flight to Kathmandu.
You continue on a more gentle gradient to the village
The views are awesome as you fly past the 8000m
of Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. Here
peak of Manaslu. You are met at the airport and
you stop for lunch before crossing the new bridge to
transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for
the east bank. You then follow the river back to Naya
shopping or further sightseeing. Enjoy a final
Phul. After saying farewell to your porter/s you are
evening out tonight. Your guide can give you some
transferred by private vehicle back to your hotel in
Pokhara. The remainder of the day is free to relax in
Day 11 – Kathmandu (1360m)
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for
Day 9 - Free day in Pokhara (850m)
your onward flight. Room checkout time is 11.00am.
There is much to see and do in Pokhara. A popular
If you wish, or need, to stay longer we can arrange
activity is to hire a canoe and go for a paddle on the
an extra night’s accommodation at the time of
still waters of Phewa Lake. If it's a clear day, the
views from the mirror-like surface of the lake, north
towards the main Annapurna Range are superb.
Another popular activity is to take a short boat ride
Experienced trek leader and porter/s. Hotel
across the lake and walk up to the large Pagoda that
accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and
overlooks the town, also offering spectactular views.
lodge accommodation on trek. Trek Permits.
The Mountaineering Musuem is worth a look and
Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Meals as indicated.
your guide will be able to give you directions to get
there. Otherwise, relax in the cafes, catch up on the
your emails in the internet cafes that are dotted
Other meals in Kathmandu. Meals on trek, lunch and
dinner in Chitwan. Crew tips (allow approx. $5 per
trekking day). Items of a personal nature, such as
TREKKING LODGES – WHAT TO EXPECT
The lodges on this trek provide comfortable accommodation in twin-share rooms. Toilet facilities are shared and most have asian style squat toilets. All lodges can provide hot showers and a battery charging service for a
small extra fee. All lodges have a comfortable dining room with heaters. Meals are nutritious with plenty of
choice but the availability of fresh meat and fruit is variable.
Every day varies, according to the route that has been planned and the terrain you will be walking through. Typically, you can expect to leave around 0800, although some days may require an earlier start; your private
guide will keep you fully informed so that you know what is happening each day. The lunch break is generally
around midday; this allows time to rest as well as giving the staff time for a break. The afternoon walk generally finishes around 1600-1630, so there’s time to explore the village in which you are staying.
Breakfast is included in Kathmandu. While trekking we offer you the option of having meals included. If not, there are plenty of places where you can buy food along the way. Some people prefer an ‘all-inclusive’ price;
others prefer the flexibility of buying their own meals. At the time of booking you will have made this choice. If
you have bought the ‘no meals’ package, only breakfast in Kathmandu is included. If you have bought the meal package, all meals are inclued on trek.
Annapurna Ghorepani – Information Dossier We have prepared this information dossier to help you prepare for your trip in Nepal. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME Visa Information All nationalities require a visa for Nepal. These can be purchased upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport for $US40 and will be valid for 30 days. It is better to have $US cash to the exact amount and one passport photo. Insurance You must have comprehensive travel insurance that will include mountaineering with ropes and ice axe, crampons and rescue by helicopter, if required. Please bring along a copy of your policy so that the Tour Leader can record your insurance details. In the event of helicopter evacuation you will be billed for the cost and required to pay prior to departing Kathmandu. – We will supply all necessary supporting documentation etc to enable you to make a claim on your insurance policy but the primary obligation for payment rests with the passenger.
GENERAL INFORMATION Electricity The electricity supply in Nepal is rated at 220 volts, and appliances requiring 240 volts will work normally. If you bring electrical appliances you should also bring an international adaptor. Round two-pin plugs are the most common types in the region. Adaptors should be purchased prior to departure. Telephone Telephone calls, especially international ones, can be very expensive when made from a hotel. We suggest you check the price first. If you have a mobile phone it should be a relatively simple procedure to arrange ‘global roaming’ with your service provider; however, charges are generally very high so be sure to reseacrh this option thoroughly. Phone calls made from public telephone offices are generally your cheapest option. MEDICAL MATTERS We strongly recommend you visit your doctor or Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre Clinic (TMVC) to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow your self plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended. Personal Medical Kit Our Nepalese trekking partners provide a comprehensive First-Aid Kit on the trek. However, we recommend that you carry a small personal medical kit for managing common minor ailments such as colds, diarrhoea, blisters, sore throats etc. Travellers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply. Your doctor can also advise you on pills and medications to take with you - antibiotics such as Bactrim, Amoxil or Neosprin for cuts, etc. Consider the following items: Foot Powder
Anti-spasmodics Sinutabs Foot Powder Not just talc powder; look for specialised powders with anti-fungal properties. Blister packs, “moleskin” or similar Wear dressing strips as a preventative for blisters. Put them on any "hot spots" that you feel developing, or where you've had trouble in the past. Band-aids A few band-aids and a few inches of medium-width elastoplast-type dressing strip. Eye Wash/Drops It is often dusty, especially but limited to the Everest region. Eye drops, and Brolene antibiotic cream for conjunctivitis are also worth considering. Cold And Flu Tablets It is not that uncommon to get a cold; the effect of travelling, airline flights, changes in climate, changes in temperature and altitude all contribute. Throat Lozenges A useful item particularly at high altitudes. Can be handy if you develop a cough, or if it's dusty. (On high altitude treks above 4,000m you should avoid taking cough mixtures/syrups as these may affect respiration rates and mask symptoms of altitude sickness.) Sinutabs Sinus infections are not uncommon. Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets Often, with mild symptoms the answer is to let nature take its course without taking any medications. A reduced food intake for 24 hours is usually enough to solve the problem. Your doctor may suggest "Immodium" for traveller's diarrhoea. Antibiotic Tablets For the treatment of throat and chest infections etc. Please discuss with your doctor. Indigestion Tablets Eating foods - especially more spicy types - to which you are not accustomed may sometimes cause indigestion. A few Mylanta tablets or Quick-Eze can be helpful. Laxatives Sometimes travel, unaccustomed exertion on trek, or different foods will slow the system down. Pain Relievers A mild pain reliever such as Panadol/Disprin. A stronger preparation such as Panadeine or Aspalgin may be considered for any more significant problems. However, please note that any of these stronger pain killers should only be considered after full consultation with you trek leader as there is a danger that they may mask symptoms of altitude sickness at heights greater than 3,000m/10,000ft. In addition,
sleeping pills, tranquillisers and narcotic-based pain relievers can cause considerable problems at high altitudes because they can decrease the breathing rate. Small Scissors Useful for cutting moleskin, fingernails, etc. If taking a pen-knife, get one with small scissors attached. Always pack these in your check in luggage, and not your ‘carry on’ bags prior to your flight. Antiseptic Cream Neosprin, Betadine for broken blisters, cuts, scratches, etc. Medi-cream or Savlon etc. for rashes, itches, small burns. Eurax or Stingo for itches, stinging nettles. Motion Sickness Tablets A straight section of road in any of the areas leading to or from our treks is a rarity. If you are prone to motion sickness, bring travel sickness tablets. Over the counter Travelcalm works well we have found. We have also had good reports about the efficacy of "Sea-Band" wristbands in reducing/preventing motion sickness. They can be purchased at most chemists and airports. Domestic flights are usually fairly smooth, but turbulence is sometimes encountered. Knee Support Some people find it helpful to bring a knee support and anti-inflammatory ointment in case of strains. This is particularly important if you have a history of minor knee problems. Diarrhoea Stomach upsets are not uncommon (usually a 24 - 48 hour 'bug') and this may cause diarrhoea, leading to dehydration. Should you develop a stomach upset you should eat only in moderation and drink plenty of fluids. It is a good idea to carry a couple of sachets of rehydrants with you (such as Gastrolite). We also suggest that you carry one of the common anti-diarrhoea tablets such as Imodium. Water We highly recommend that you drink bottled water or boiled water. Do not clean your teeth with tap water. Bottled water is widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and boiled water is readily available at the lodges along the trail. MONEY AND EXPENSES Currency The currency unit of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NR). Approximate exchange rates: US$1 = 85 Rupees – at February 2013. You will not be able to exchange Nepalese rupees outside of Nepal, so you should aim to take as little with you as possible on departure. Travellers Cheques and Credit Cards Money should be carried in cash and bring your debit/credit cards. For ease of exchange, these should be in either Australian or US Dollars. Credit Cards Major credit cards are accepted in many larger shops and businesses in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, it is best to pay restaurants and shops in cash rupees. Automatic Teller Machines There are a number of ATM’s in Kathmandu. Exchange Facilities Hotels and exchange centres are the best place to change money. Retain your Exchange Receipt from every transaction, as you are allowed to convert Nepalese Rupees back into foreign currency - usually $US - when you leave Nepal, up to a maximum of 15% of the total amount you have changed into Rupees. Cash We recommend you carry your cash in AUD or US dollars. This is the most widely accepted currency. Bring a variety of denominations, including some smaller bills and ensure that all notes are in good condition. Notes that are tattered or torn are sometimes not accepted. Payment for goods or services is required in Nepalese rupees; some shops may accept hard currency notes, but will provide change in rupees. How Much Money? Your essential expenses are relatively small, as the majority of costs are included in the tour price. It is better to come with more than you would expect to spend, and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than to be caught short. Kathmandu Expenses You will need money to cover those meals not included in the itinerary (a good meal, excluding drinks, will cost anything from US$8 to US$15), drinks, perhaps the occasional taxi fare, plus small purchases such as soft drinks, mineral water, sweets, beer, snacks, chocolate. You should also allow for tips to the hotel staff, plus souvenirs, and emergency funds in case of unforeseen circumstances. Trekking Expenses On trek, all payments meals, for snacks, drinks, chocolates, biscuits, souvenirs, showers and tipping will need to be made in rupees - try to carry denomination notes of 5 to 500 rupees for this purpose. Your leader will advise on actual amounts to carry at the group briefing but do always take a little extra in case of emergencies. GETTING EQUIPPED FOR YOUR TREK Points to consider when making your selection:
1. The Annapurna Ghorepani trek operates in cool mid altitudes and a multi-layer system of clothing is appropriate for this trip. 2. You have a strict weight restriction of 20 kgs on international flights and a maximum of 15 kgs on domestic flights and are limited to one kitbag (supplied by our Nepalese trekking partners) whilst trekking. Be aware that your sleeping bag and duvet jacket have to fit in your kit bag. 3. Your hotel has a storage facility for luggage not required on trek. Leave any items not required on trek in your suitcase/travel bag which can be safely stored in the hotel. 4. You may wish to leave old clothing (t-shirts, socks, old jumpers, running shoes etc.) in Nepal at the end of the trek. Consider donating these items to your porters. TREKKING GEAR PROVIDED BY OUR NEPALESE TREKKING PARTNERS We supply a kitbag, down jacket, high quality sleeping bag and sheet liner. Please indicate before departure if you are extra large or extra small size. The gear is supplied to you in Kathmandu, one day prior to your trek departure, for the duration of the trek only. Sleeping Bag: We provide a high quality a sleeping bag in the lodges as only a mattress and pillow are provided in the rooms. Sheet Liner: An inner sheet for the sleeping bag for extra warmth and your personal hygiene. We ask that you always use the sleeping liner. Down Jacket: The jacket will mainly be worn around your lodge in the evenings rather than whilst walking during the day. It is not waterproof therefore ensure you wear a waterproof jacket over the duvet jacket during any rain or snow. Kitbag: A full-length zippered bag for easy stowing of personal gear and for easy carrying by porters. All your clothing and equipment taken on trek should be kept in this bag, other than those required during the trekking day, which you carry in your daypack. You will be required to pay, in Kathmandu, for any lost or damaged equipment. PERSONAL CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT The following notes are a guideline for your selection. We suggest you visit one of the specialist outdoor shops and discuss requirements for your trip. We have indicated in red items that can be bought in Kathmandu quiet easily. Some things such as trekking poles and snow gaiters etc. are best bought in Kathmandu if you are unlikely to use them again. Suitcase or Travel Bag/Pack For taking your clothing and equipment to the overseas joining point: your bag should be strong and practical. Your suitcase/travel bag is also used to store clothing and personal items not required whilst you are away trekking. This will be put in the hotel storeroom until your return. Remember to mark your surname clearly on all luggage. Small Padlocks We suggest you bring two small padlocks to secure your kitbag whilst trekking and for luggage left in the hotel. Money Belt It is important to keep your money, passport, airline tickets and the like in a safe place when you are travelling. On arrival in Nepal you will be able to place most of these items in safe-deposit boxes at the hotel. Otherwise, a pouch hung round your neck or a money belt is recommended. It is also a good idea to photocopy the first few pages of your passport and keep them in a money belt. Pens Bring a few pens. They are required for filling in airport documentation and permit applications, and are useful on trek for marking your trekking map and writing a diary. Trekking Boots Essential. Remember it is your feet that will be doing all the work. Your boots will be the most important item of your trekking equipment. We recommend a good quality boot with a cleated sole. Boots should be sturdy enough to tackle rough terrain. A lightweight leather and/or Goretex/Cordura styles are excellent.
Footwear – after the trekking day A pair of running shoes or crocs etc, can be will be very useful for wearing around the lodge. During the day, boots and feet may get damp from perspiration, and it is a good idea, when you arrive at your overnight stop, to take off your boots and damp socks, dry your feet and put on dry socks and other shoes. If you don't do this at the higher altitudes, your feet can very quickly become uncomfortably cold. Socks We recommend you bring along 3 or 4 pairs of thick trekking socks. Change and wash them frequently (lunch stops at lower altitudes are a good time). Carry talc or foot powder, and use it liberally. Many people find that wearing two pairs of socks increases foot comfort – a thin inner sock, and thicker outer sock. Experiment yourself during your "training" walks. T-Shirts – Can be bought in Kathmandu For lower altitudes and on warm days a baggy cotton T-shirt or cotton shirt is fine but the latest style of man made fibre trekking T-shirts are best as they dry very quickly. Thermal Underwear – Can be bought in Kathmandu On this trek synthetic polypropylene long johns are only required during the months of December, January and February. However they are also useful for night wear. A long sleeved top is essential.
Synthetic thermal garments are designed to transfer chilling perspiration away from the skin and will keep you warmer and more comfortable than wool or, especially, cotton clothing. Many people prefer the comfort of thermals made from Merino wool. These items cost a little more but are more comfortable next to the skin, wick away the moisture and have a natural anti-microbial barrier – so they stay fresher, for longer. You can go days trekking without laundering merino base layers. PolarTec Shirts and Jackets A combination of a lightweight 'mid-layer' is the best option. Consider a PolarTec 100 or a light woollen shirt worn under a PolarTec 200 or 300 jacket with a full-length zip. It is best to work on a layer system, so avoid thick, heavy wool shirts and sweaters that will also be difficult to dry out if they get wet. Shorts/Lightweight Trousers/ Windproof Trousers – Can be bought in Kathmandu Shorts will be a good option for a few days at lower altitudes. Lightweight trekking pants are all that is required for most of the year. However, during the months of Dec, Jan and Feb specialist trekking trousers in a stretch and windproof material are the best option and when used with thermal underwear will keep you warm at higher altitudes. Take one pair of each. Waterproof/Windproof Jacket Can be bought in Kathmandu A good quality waterproof jacket is essential and your first line of defence against the elements (wind, rain and snow). A Gore-Tex style jacket with hood is required. Ensure that it has a full-length zip. Waterproof/Windproof Over Trousers. Can be bought in Kathmandu Essential for protection from wind and rain. Ski Hat Also essential A large amount of body heat is lost through your head and ears. Hats are available in a variety of materials from wool, wool/synthetic mix and Polar Tec. Sun Hat It is very important to protect the face, ears and neck, as sunburn can be a problem at all altitudes. This risk can still be considerable even on cloudy days. A wide-brimmed sunhat with chin-strap (it may get windy) or a "foreign legion" style peak cap are recommended. Ordinary, baseball-style, peak caps provide no protection for the ears or neck, but when used with a large cotton scarf make an ideal combination for wind, sun and dust protection. Neck Scarf/Buff The tubular neck/headscarf’s sold as Buff’s are perfect. A thin, cotton neck scarf serves the dual purpose of protecting the exposed neck from the sun, and when soaked in water, cools the warm walker. For higher altitudes, a PolarTec/woollen scarf can be useful. Gloves A pair of lightweight thermal gloves is recommended. Daypack/Rucksack You will need a day pack/rucksack to carry your daily trekking requirements. Ensure it will be sufficiently large enough for your daily needs, for you will not usually have access to your main kit bag and its contents during the day. At times you will need to carry your rain jacket and over-trousers, warm clothing, water bottle, camera equipment, and other personal effects. You should consider a daypack of at least 30 or 40 litre capacity. Headtorch A headtorch is a useful item. Water Bottle This is essential - for carrying drinking water, (and it can be most useful as a hot water bottle at night!). A sturdy bottle with a good seal is most important. The best available water bottles are the Sigg aluminium and the Nalgene brand names. We recommend you bring a one-litre capacity bottle. Walking Poles -– Can be bought in Kathmandu Purpose-built walking poles are a very useful addition to your equipment list. They are particularly useful for assistance in going up and down hill and take considerable weight off your legs and knees, in particular.
Sun Protection Block-out cream and lip-salve are recommended, particularly at higher altitudes. Waterproof Bags Pack your clothes, sleeping bag, down jacket, etc. in waterproof bags inside your kitbag/day pack. Trekking shops sell bags in various sizes designed for outdoor use. Packing cells These are small, ussually square shaped bags and are very useful for sorting out your clothing and other pieces of equipment. These are available at all good gear shops and come in a range of sizes. The use of these makes accessing and organising your clothing and personal items a breeze.
Plastic Containers For keeping squashable items, such as toothpaste or containers of shampoo! Penknife Can be useful sometimes, especially ones with small scissors and tweezers. Remember not to carry in your cabin luggage on planes. Other Useful Items Ear plugs, these are highly recommended in case your room mate snores, or a village dog barks all night! Personal Clothing and Other Items - Kathmandu For Kathmandu informal clothing is all that is required. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. Clothing and Equipment Check-list The items mentioned in this check-list are for your guidance only. Be aware that some Trip Notes, especially for climbing and high altitude trips, contain some specific additional requirements. Supplied by our Nepalese Trekking Partners Kit bag High quality sleeping bag Inner sheet Duvet Jacket To get there Sturdy suitcase or frameless pack Small padlocks Money-and-document pouch Pens Clothing for cities Trousers/jeans/shirts Casual shoes Socks/underwear Pullover or light jacket Documentation Document pouch Passport Airline Tickets Cash
Vaccination book Passport photos x 6 – one is required for visa upon arrival. Insurance policy (Good idea to make several photocopy sets of passport, airline ticket, insurance policy etc) Or scan these documents and send to your Hotmail/Gmail address – so they can be accessed if originals are lost). Toiletries Block-out sun screen/ and lip salve Small trekking style towel Biodegradable soap/soap box Biodegradable shampoo - small Shaving kit Moisturiser Toothbrush/container/paste Comb/brush Biodegradable laundry soap Toilet paper - Can be bought in Kathmandu Lighter/matches to burn toilet paper Clothing and Personal Effects for the trek Walking boots Spare laces/waterproofing Socks Jogging shoes / Crocs/Thongs for use in the lodge. Thermal underwear- Can be bought in Kathmandu T-shirts or light cotton shirts- Can be bought in Kathmandu
Shirts Underwear Shorts PolarTec jacket Walking trousers Sun hat and neck scarf Can be bought in Kathmandu Gloves or mittens PolarTec mid-wear top/shirt or wool shirt Polartec ski hat Wind-proof/water-proof over trousers Can be bought in Kathmandu Plastic container(s) for "squashables" Equipment on trek Rucksack/daypack 30 to 40 litre size Thermarest (optional for extra comfort) Torch/Headtorch/batteries Sun glasses, with neck strap Water bottle (1 litre minimum) Penknife Waterproof bags - of varying sizes. Worth considering Small binoculars Sewing kit Glucose-based sweets/nuts/chocolates, etc. Scarf or dust mask Diary & reading material A small travel alarm clock for cities Small pillow or pillow cover Ear plugs Walking sticks - Can be bought in Kathmandu Photographic Equipment Camera, lens, cleaners, memory cards and charger (with adapter – two round pin, ‘European’ style) Spare batteries – many lodges will allow you to charge camera batteries overnight for a small fee. THE TREKKING TEAM The Trek Leader A trek leader will accompany you on trek and will be on hand in Kathmandu. His main function is to look after your welfare. Our leaders are all experienced trekkers chosen not only for their knowledge of the Himalaya, but perhaps more importantly, for their "people skills". They are there to ensure you have a safe, informed and enjoyable trek. All our current leaders hold internationally recognised first-aid certificates. Porters Our porters have enjoyed many years working with our trekking guests. Locally based near the starting point of our treks, they are responsible for the carrying your trek packs and any additional equipment and food. This is a tough job but one always done with a smile. All our porters are supplied with additional equipment and clothing by our Nepalese Trekking partners to ensure they are adequately protected on our treks. HELICOPTER EVACUATION Helicopter evacuations have occasionally been required in an emergency. It is re-assuring to know that this back-up is available. As previously indicated, such evacuations are at the cost of the passenger evacuated. The cost is typically US3,000 to $5,000 depending on location, including service charges. It is for this reason that adequate insurance must be held by all participants on our treks. If an evacuation is effected, you will be invoiced and payment must be effected before departure, either by credit card or by reimbursement through your insurance company.
We will supply to the passenger all necessary copy invoices and supporting statements and documentation to permit the passenger to lodge their claim with their insurance company. CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS Courtesy Remember you are a guest in Nepal. Please show the normal manners you would expect from someone visiting your home. Do not pat people on the head, or point your feet at anyone. Language Misunderstandings may occur due to language problems. Do not get agitated. Remember that most Himalayan peoples will probably speak more English than you do their language. Your leader and guides are there to help you. Lonely Planet produce a very useful language phrase-book. Learn a few words and make communication fun. Photography Ask first if you wish to take someone's photo. You are unlikely to be refused, but in some cases, you may be. In which case, accept the situation. In the main tourist centres, sadhus (holymen), snake charmers and the like may require payment of a few rupees in return for a photo opportunity. Entering Households and Monasteries Commonsense is the rule. If you wish to enter, ask politely first. In nearly every case you will be invited in. In a monastery you may be asked to make a donation. You should always remove your footwear before going into a temple or monastery. Donations It is not uncommon to be asked to help support a local school through a small group donation. This method of lending a helping hand is often the most constructive way of doing so. THE ENVIRONMENT Think carefully about what you bring to the Himalaya Remember that most packaging, can be disposed of prior to your departure from home. Please take back home used batteries and any other rubbish that you generate on the trek. Try and cut down on items that may eventually end up as waste. For instance, do not bring disposable towels on trek unless you are prepared to carry them back home for disposal. PERSONAL PREPARATION Physical Condition Participants who have a good outdoor background or previous Himalayan trekking experience will enjoy the Annapurna Sanctuary treki. For those who have not been to the Himalaya before, we suggest a programme of day walks or weekend walks for a month or so before you depart. This is particularly important if you are buying new boots. TIPPING PRACTICES Tipping can cause all manner of confusion and embarrassment. We have included a few guidelines here for your reference. Remember tipping is optional. Tipping, while not expected, has become an accepted part of tourism in the Himalaya. In Kathmandu The bellboys at hotels will appreciate a small tip (100rps) for carrying your bags. A service charge is levied in most restaurants so there is no need to tip. There is also no need to tip Taxi drivers. Your Trekking Crew We suggest you allow a minimum of US$5 per day as a tip for the trekking crew. At the end of the trek the trek leader will collect and distribute monies to all members of the trekking team. At the same time if you have any items of clothing, pens, etc. that you do not wish to take home, your guides and porters will be very happy to receive such items. GENERAL INFORMATION Time Zone Nepal is 4-5 hours hours behind east coast Australia (depending on daylight saving time in Australia) Language English is widely spoken throughout Nepal. The official language of Nepal is Nepali. It is similar to Hindi, which is spoken widely in India. Religion 80% of the population are Hindu; the remainder are mainly Buddhist. Travellers to Nepal should dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious areas. Local Holidays Apart from the numerous public holidays, Saturday is the only day of the week when government offices and banks close. Most tourist shops and restaurants are open on Saturdays. Hours of opening vary but some shops stay open as late as 10 pm. Festivals In Nepal festivals occur almost daily! It would be rare to visit Kathmandu without there being a festival of some description. The Nepalese New Year occurs on April 13 every year and is associated with celebrations, particularly in Kathmandu. Nepalese festivals are always colourful and fascinating events.
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