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        AnnApurnA CirCuit trek
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  Annapurna region



The Annapurna region is that north of Pokhara in Central Nepal, and includes                      Annapurna Circuit
some of the world‘s highest and most beautiful mountains. These include the                       Trek Summary
Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail mountain
that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area boasts the Kali                   Duration: 22 days
Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge.
                                                                                                  Trek days: 16 days
This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a
spectacular variety of people and landscapes, from lowland farming country to                     Hotel:
alpine meadows to the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya.                  4 nights in Kathmandu
We start in the foothills at Besi Sahar and rise after 6 days to the settlement of                1 night in Pokhara
Manang at 3500m where we acclimatise and enjoy the mountain views. We continue
to ascend and on day 10 of the trek we cross the famous Thorung La, at 5416m,                     Maximum altitude:
to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.                              5416m

From here we descend into the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri                         Price: $1,350
towering on either side. En route back to Pokhara we pass through the many
beautiful hill villages that populate this ancient trading route between Tibet and
India. We also visit the hot springs at Tatopani, and climb up Poon Hill, above
Ghorapani, to enjoy magnificent mountain views. Accommodation and food is
provided in the local lodges. Transport to Besi Sahar is by private coach and the
return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is by air.



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                                                                                                                                                                                             Kagbeni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thorungste
                                                                                                                              Dhampus Dhampus                                           Khingar               Ranipauwa (6482m)
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                                                                                                                                 Pass ▲ Peak                          Eklai Bhatti                Jharkot                         Thorung La
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                                                                                                                   Tukuche Peak                      Marpha                                                              (6484m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chulu West                                                                                           Himlung Himal
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (6419m)▲ Chulu East
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                                                                                                               ▲                   Khobang                              ▲                                                  Letdar
                                                                                                                                                          Nilgiri                          Tilicho                                  Gunsang                                                                       Kang Guru
                                                                                                                                   Larjung              (6940m) ▲                  ▲                                                              9, 10                                                                                                                                  Rest House
                                                                                                                                                                                             Tal                    Khangsar Tengi Manang                                                                          (6981m)
                                                                                                                                                                              Tilicho Peak                                                                             Pisang Peak                                      ▲                                                           Larkya La
                                                                                                                                                                                (7134m)                                                               Ngawal
                                                                                                                                           Kokhethati        Nilgiri South                                                          Bryaga                               (6091m)                                                                                                     (5100m)
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                                                                                                                              Kalopani
                                                                                                                                                           ▲ (6839m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mungji                    Ghyaru ▲
                                                                                                                                           Lete                                                                                                         Hongde                                                                                                                  Larkya Peak            Samdo
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                                                                                                                                                                                         (7585m) Tarke Kang Gangapurna                                              Pisang                                                                                                                         Naike Peak
                                                                                                                                                                              Annapurna I ▲ ▲(7193m)               (7454m)                                                                                                                                                   Manalsu North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ▲ (5515m)
                                                                                                                                                  Ghasa                                  ▲                            ▲        Annapurna III                        8                                                                                  Gho
                                                                                                                                                                                (8091m)                                        ▲ (7555m)
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                                                                                                                                            Kabre      Kopchepani                    (7647m) (6501m) ▲                                                                                                                                                                                       Glac      Samagaon
                                                                                                                                          Rupse                                                             Tharpu Chuli                                                                           Telekhu                                                                      Manalsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Annapurna IV                                  Kotho                Tilje                           Phungi
                                                                                                                                         Chhahara                                          Annapurna       ▲ (5663m)                                                                                                                                                            (8156m)▲
                                                                                                                                                     Dana                                                                                                     (7525m) Annapurna II                       7     Thanchok                                       (6398m)▲
                                                                                                                                                                                           Base Camp            Machhapuchhare                                  ▲                               Chame                  Bagarchhap 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Base Camp                                              ▲ (7937m)                  Lattemarang
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                                                                                                                                                        Tatopani16                 (7273m)              (6441m)             ▲ (6997m)                                                                                 Dharapani Karte                                              Ngadi Chuli Glacie
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                                                                                                                                                    Pani                                Himalayan Hotel                  Mardi Himal                                                        Lamjung                                              Tal
                                                                                                                                               Birkati                                 Bamboo Lodge         Doban       ▲ (5587m)                                                             Himal                                                                                                         nda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (6986m)                                                                                                     Lida cier
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                                                                                                                                                        Chitre             Tadapani Khummu             Chhomrong
                                                                                                                                  Baisari                Deorali
                                                                                                       To Dhorpatan                                                                                       Naya Pul
                                                                                                          & Dolpo                                                     Ghorapani17    Uri                                                                                                                                                     Jagat
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                                                                                                                                                               Tikhedungha                               Pothana
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                                                                                                                                      Pharse                                             Naya Pul                               Lhachok          Cave                                                                                                  Bhulbule
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                                                                                                                                Baglung          Maldhunga                                                                      Hyangja
                                                                                                                                                                                     Badaure                          Sarangkot                                                                              Pasgaon
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AnnApurnA CirCuit trek itinerAry
Day 1    Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel

Day 2    At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek

Day 3    Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar

Day 4 Besi Sahar to Bahundanda
We start our trek at Besi Sahar (820m) and continue
on to the Gurung village of Khudi at 790m where we
cross the Khudi Khola. From here we follow the trail
northwards up the Marsyangdi valley to Bhulbule
where we stop for lunch. The trail then crosses the
Marsyangdi on a long suspension bridge and continues
up the east bank of the river. From here there are
good views of Manaslu (8156m) to the north-east. The
trail then leads up through the villages of Ngadi and
Lampata before reaching Bahundanda (1310m) where
we spend the night.                                               Annapurna range

Day 5 Bahundanda to Chamje
From Bahundanda the trail drops to eventually cross a stream and then climbs to the settlement of Lili Bir. The trail
continues high above the river eventually dropping to cross to the western side of the Marsyangdi at Syange (1190m).
Beyond Syange the trail becomes steep in parts, reaching the ancient village of Jagat at 1250m. From Jagat the trail
descends to the Marsyangdi, and follows the riverbank before climbing up through forests to Chamje at 1430m.

Day 6 Chamje to Bagarchhap
Today the trail continues northwards before eventually turning to the north west as it follows the Marsyangdi
to Bagarchhap. The trail initially crosses the river to the east bank and climbs up to the large settlement of Tal at
1675m, where there are many shops and lodges. From Tal the trail crosses and then re-crosses the river as it makes
its way to Karte, and finally crosses again to the west bank before continuing through the village of Dharapani at
1920m, and on to Bagarchhap at 2160m.

Day 7 Bagarchhap to Chame
From Bagarchhap the trail continues in a general westwards direction up the Manang valley, following the
Marsyangdi river. Throughout today we obtain views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV to the west.
Initially the trail climbs through forests to Dhanakyu at 2290m, and continues steadily to the settlement of
Lattemarang at 2360m. The track then climbs over several forested ridges to reach the village of Kotho at 2590m,
and from here it is an easy half-hour walk to Chame at 2630m, the administrative headquarters for the Manang
district.

Day 8 Chame to Pisang
From Chame we cross to the northern side of the river and trek west on an easy trail to the village of Bhratang at
2840m. From here the valley is steep and narrow and leads through dense forests. The trail eventually crosses back
to the south side of the river on a suspension bridge at 3040m and then continues on to our destination for the
evening, the large village of Pisang at 3190m, where there are many lodges.

Day 9 Pisang to Manang
The trail continues on the south side of the river and makes a long climb over a ridge to reach approx 3400m. It
then descends to the valley floor and continues on to Hongde at 3325m where there is an airstrip, several lodges
and a police checkpost. The feature of the village is a long mani wall. The trail crosses to the north bank of the river
near Mungli and continues on to the stunning Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3475m, where there is an ancient


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gompa. From here it is only a short walk to Manang at 3500m. Manang is a very large and important village with
numerous shops and lodges.

Day 10 Acclimatisation day at Manang
This is an acclimatisation day which will allow us to become adjusted to the thinning air and lessening pressure as
we continue upwards towards the Thorung La. It is often useful to make use of this day by taking a gentle excursion
to a number of the interesting areas near to Manang. However it is also useful to rest up and relax before we trek
higher.

Day 11 Manang to Yak Kharka
Whilst it is possible to reach Thorung Phedi in one day from Manang we split the journey in two in order to aid
acclimatisation. From Manang we trek slowly up to Tengi at 3620m and continue steadily upwards to Gunsang
at 3930m. The trail is now distinctly alpine in appearance, the vegetation consisting of scrub juniper and alpine
grasses. The views en route across to the immense peaks of Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) are
fantastic, as we continue up to Yak Kharka at 4090m. There are several lodges here and although it makes for a
short day, it is a convenient place to stop before trekking higher.

Day 12 Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
From here we continue very slowly upwards reaching the small settlement of Letdar, at 4250m, after about one
hour. The trail then continues to climb along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, making its way steadily up to
Thorung Phedi, a small collection of lodges, at 4420m. This is our last stop before crossing the Thorung La –
“phedi” means “foot of the hill”, and indeed this is the starting point for the long trek up to the pass at 5416m. This
is another short day, and allows us to rest and relax before ascending to the pass tomorrow. Lodges here are usually
very crowded and there is an air of excitement and a lot of activity as most trekkers arrive here by lunchtime.

Day 13 Trek to Muktinath, crossing Thorung La
We set off early, at about 6am, and begin the long climb up to the Thorung La (“la” means “pass”) 1000m above
us. We trek slowly and steadily and aim to reach the pass in 4 hours from Phedi, although it can take less or more
depending upon fitness and acclimatisation. The trail has been used for centuries by local people and is well
defined in the trekking seasons. Upon reaching the pass we see the traditional chorten, prayer flags, and cairn, and
other trekkers resting before the descent to Muktinath 1600m below. The views from the pass can only be described
as breathtaking, and take in a panorama of Himalayan giants, as well as providing our first view of the immense
Kali Gandaki valley to the west. The reduction in altitude becomes obvious as soon as we leave the Thorung La and
it is amazing how much difference this makes in only a few hundred metres. As we descend, we obtain great views
of Dhaulagiri to the south-west, and Tukuche Peak at 6920m. The descent is long and tiring but not difficult and
we soon find ourselves down in Muktinath and Ranipauwa, although this does take about 3 hours. There are many
lodges here and we spend the rest of the day relaxing and looking back with satisfaction on a great achievement
- crossing the Thorung La.

Day 14 Muktinath to Jomsom
We can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and
easier going, as we descend down the trail to Jomsom.
From Muktinath we descend to Jharkot (3500m), a
picturesque village with many interesting features and
from here continue down to Khingar at 3200m, and
eventually Kagbeni at 2801m. Kagbeni is at the junction
of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the
northernmost village that can be visited in this region
                                                              Thorung La
with a normal trekking permit. North from here, the
trail to Mustang begins and trekkers must have the correct documentation if they wish to trek there. It is worth
spending some time to look around Kagbeni; at the narrow alley ways and the large gompa. From here we follow
the river down to Eklai Bhatti (2730m), where we join the alternative and more direct route from Muktinath. From
here it is an easy walk to Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of the region, at 2713m.


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Day 15 Jomsom to Kalopani
From Jomsom we continue to descend the Kali Gandaki valley, passing through the substantial settlement of
Marpha at 2665m with many hotels and a large Gompa, and then down to Tukuche at 2590m. On the route we
notice a distinct change in the surroundings from barren, dry country to greener, more welcoming pine and
conifer forests. Tukuche is a beautiful Thakali village and it is worth resting here to take in the atmosphere of
this famous trading town where Tibetan traders from the north met with those coming up from the south. From
Tukuche we continue along the trail through the villages of Khobang (2560m) and Larjung (2560m) and eventually
reach Kalopani at 2560m. We have fantastic views of the big mountains in this area all through the afternoon,
especially Dhaulagiri at 8167m and Nilgiri at 7061m.

Day 16 Kalopani to Tatopani
Today we trek back into the more subtropical part of Nepal and the trip takes on a different feel. We continue along
the river passing through Lete at 2470m and Ghasa at 2080m. A highlight of the day is the small village of Rupse
Chhahara at 1550m. Here there is a beautiful waterfall, after which the village is named. The trail crosses the river
numerous times during the day and we lose a lot of height, as the altitude of Tatopani is only 1180m. Tatopani,
means “Hot water” in Nepali and it is named after the hot springs near the village. Tatopani is a large village with
an amazing selection of high quality hotels, many with garden restaurants and access to the riverside springs.

Day 17 Tatopani to Ghorapani
Today is another hard day, but by now we should be fit and acclimatised. After losing height during the last few
days we now climb back up to the pass at Deorali at 2834m where there are many hotels. Ghorapani is a few
minutes past here at 2775m. The trail is upwards for all of the day passing through many settlements on the way,
such as Ghara at 1705m, Sikha at 1980m and Chitre at 2390m where we trek through rhododendron and magnolia
forests. The hard work is worth it as the view from Deorali, of a panorama of peaks, is absolutely stunning.

Day 18 Ghorapani to Tikhedhunga
Many trekkers will take the opportunity of an early
morning trip up Poon Hill (3210m) for the best view
of the peaks in the region. The walk up takes about one
hour and is certainly worth it, with many making a
special effort to get there for the sunrise over the 8000m
peaks. After the side trip to Poon Hill and a well-earned
breakfast we lose height again as we trek downwards
to Tikhedhunga at 1525m. The trail today is a reverse
of yesterday, easy on the lungs but hard on the knees.
We pass through Nangathanti (2460m) and Banthanti
(2250m) and eventually reach Ulleri at 2070m. From
here it is a long desecent on a stone staircase before we
                                                                 Tukuche Peak
reach the Bhurungdi Khola at 1410m - from here it is a
short walk to Tikhedhunga.

Day 19 Tikhedhunga to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Our last day on the trail. We continue down the trail to Birethanti, and from here walk the short distance to the
roadhead at Naya Pul, where we are picked up by our transport and driven back to Pokhara. The journey by road
takes approx. 2 hours and we arrive back in Pokhara by early afternoon, in time to refresh ourselves in the hotel
before spending a night in Pokhara.

Day 20 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 21 At leisure in Kathmandu

Day 22 Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home




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Life on the trek
Trekking staff                             provide well-boiled, purified drinking      supervision of the trekking staff.
Whilst on the trek, the Nepali guides      water. On lodge treks, food is              4. We use tea-houses that we know
and porters will ensure that you are       provided in the lodge and this ranges       have strict hygiene standards and
well looked after. Every trek has an       from delicious local specialities to        provide a broad menu.
English speaking guide, known as           common western dishes. If necessary,
                                           bottled water can be purchased from         High Altitude
the sirdar, who is in overall charge.
                                           the lodges for a small fee, although        Anyone can be affected by Altitude
It is his responsibility to organise
                                           many trekkers prefer to use fresh           Sickness. However, our itineraries
the trek en route and manage the
                                           water with the added precaution of a        are specifically designed to minimise
guides and porters and deal with
                                           purifying agent.                            the risks associated with trekking
the local peoples. The sirdars are
                                                                                       to high altitudes by building in
very experienced men, some being
                                           A typical trekking day                      acclimatisation and rest days. In
previous Everest mountaineers, and
                                           A typical day revolves around the           the event of any symptoms we will
they are experts in trek organisation,
                                           Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather            ensure that the individual descends
as well as being able to discuss the
                                           than any Western time schedule.             to a lower altitude to gain a quick
local culture, religion, and landscape.
                                           The day starts with an early wake-          recovery.
In addition there will be other guides,
                                           up call. You then pack up your gear
sometimes referred to by the generic
                                           and enjoy a rousing breakfast before
term Sherpa, who will be your
                                           starting your morning’s walk. The
walking companions on the trek and
                                           sirdar will already be organised and
will assist the sirdar in organising the
                                           have assigned loads to porters and/or
logistics of the trek.
                                           animals, and your group will then
On camping treks there will be a full      set off on the trail at a leisurely pace,
kitchen crew who are responsible for       enjoying the view and stopping to
all aspects of catering. And finally       take photographs. After 2-3 hours                And finally ...
there will be porters who are the          walk you stop for lunch. This lasts              it must be stressed that
transportation system of the Nepali        for about 90 minutes which gives                 whilst trekking in the Nepal
mountains. They will carry the             you time to relax, or explore the local          Himalaya is challenging and
duffle bags and other equipment as         village. The afternoon’s walk is usually
                                                                                            rewarding, you must be
necessary.                                 shorter and we arrive at the campsite
                                                                                            prepared for the occasional
                                           or tea-house in plenty of time to
Accommodation                                                                               inconvenience or discomfort.
                                           relax and savour the surroundings.
1. Fully equipped Camping treks            Later in the evening dinner is served,           The correct mental attitude
- accommodation is provided in             giving you an opportunity to sample              to trekking is as important as
spacious 2 person tents. We use this       the delicious food, talk over the day’s          being physically prepared.
method for our climbing trips and          events, and look forward to another
some treks where lodges are less           special day on the trails of Nepal.
frequent.
                                           Health and Safety on the trek
2. Lodge treks - accommodation is          General
provided in the local Nepali lodges,       1. A comprehensive first aid kit is
sometimes known as tea-houses. It is       carried on the trek. However we
usually necessary to share a double        advise that you also carry your that
room. We use this method for our           you also carry your personal first
treks in the Annapurna and Everest
                                           aid kit which includes specific items
regions.
                                           of preference.
Food                                       2. We will, in an emergency, arrange
It is not necessary to take any            for helicopter evacuation. (Note that
additional food on the trek. On            you are required to hold insurance for
camping treks, all food is prepared by     this unlikely eventuality).
the trek cook - an expert in preparing     3. All meals on our camping trips are
delicious camp food. And most              prepared to strict hygiene standards
importantly, special care is taken to      specifically for our groups, under the

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prepAring for the trek
Immigration Requirements                   to consult your doctor about the            In order to help you budget for
A visa is required to enter Nepal.         need to take malaria pills. Trekkers        additional expenses that are not
This can be obtained by application        who plan to do rafting and jungle           included in the trip price, the
to the Nepalese Embassy in your own        excursions are advised to take the          following list gives an indication of
country. Alternatively a visa can be       necessary medication to protect             what is required:
obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu         against malaria.
International Airport. You will need                                                   • Visa - as already mentioned US$30
US$30 in cash and one passport sized       Money                                         is required for the Nepalese Visa, if
photograph. Please ensure that you         The unit of currency in Nepal is the          gained upon entry.
have enough cash in denominations          rupee. In June 2007 the exchange rate       • Meals in Kathmandu -
of 10s and 5s since the Immigration        was                                           accommodation at the hotel is
Officers require the exact money.          • 1 US Dollar = 65 rupees                     bed and breakfast. Allow a total of
                                                                                         US$20 per day for meals whilst in
                                           • 1 UK Pound = 128 rupees                     Kathmandu.
Insurance
We INSIST that an appropriate              • 1 Euro = 87 rupees                        • Sightseeing and transport in
insurance policy is taken out                                                            Kathmandu - an allowance of a
which covers travel in isolated and        Foreign currency can be exchanged             further $10 per day will certainly
mountainous areas, and which               in most hotels, banks and at money            cover transport costs in and
also includes helicopter rescue.           changing stalls, and all major                around Kathmandu.
We recommend that you consult a            currencies are accepted. Credit cards       • Personal expenses on the trek -
reputable travel agent or insurance        are also accepted in most tourist             again $10 per day will cover items
specialist.                                shops (at a 3-5% surcharge). Joint            such as bottled water or alcoholic
                                           venture banks - Nepal Grindlays               drinks and chocolate bars etc.
Health Issues                              Bank, Nepal Arab Bank, and
We recommend that all clients                                                          • Gifts - many visitors to Nepal
                                           Himalayan Bank - will advance cash
consult their doctor to discuss the                                                      like to take home gifts. Many
                                           against credit cards. The ATM in
health issues associated with their                                                      wonderful momentoes can be
                                           The Kathmandu Guest House also
trek. We also recommend that clients                                                     purchased cheaply and usually
                                           advances local currency against a
bring their own personal first aid kit                                                   paid for by credit card.
                                           credit card.
to supplement the comprehensive                                                        • Tips - this is entirely optional, but
first aid kit carried by the Trek          We recommend that all trekkers carry          most clients will want to tip the
Leader.                                    some rupees, in small denominations,          local team of porters and other
                                           with them on the trek to cover their          staff. The amount is a purely
Vaccinations Required                      personal expenses. However the                personal decision but on average
Please ensure that you allow at least      preferred currency in Nepal is the            is around $2.50 per trekker per
1 month to complete a course of            US dollar and this can be used to             trekking day. Note that there is
vaccinations. Whilst your personal         pay for personal expenses on most             usually a slighter higher tip given
doctor will be the final authority, we     of the popular trekking trails. We            for a succesful ascent to the sherpa
recommend the following :                  recommend that you bring this                 climbing guides.
• Poliomyelitis                            currency in small denominations.            • Kathmandu Departure Tax - on
• Typhoid                                                                                flying out of Nepal there is an
                                                                                         airport departure tax of R1695.
• Tetanus
• Rabies
• Meningococcal
• Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A)

Malaria
Nepal is listed as a country for which
malaria prophylaxis is advised. We
will not be visiting any malarial areas
on the treks, however you may wish


             For more information or reservations: Sobek Nepal Treks, PO Box 8975, EPC 2789, Kathmandu, Nepal
                          Phone number +977-1-5523631, www.treknepal.biz, info@treknepal.biz

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                                  Sobek Nepal Treks – Specialists in trekking and climbing in Nepal



CLothing And equipment CheCkList
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All equipment and food, and your own personal backpacks are carried by the porters or
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pack animals. It is only necessary to carry a camera or small daypack ! On camping treks all
necessary camp equipment is provided - this includes dining tent, dining table & chairs, toilet
tent, foam mattresses, and all cooking equipment. The only kit that you will need to bring is your
own personal equipment and clothing.



Recommended Trekking Kit                                             Other items
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we re-       q Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
commend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a          q Day sack to be carried personally
comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended
                                                                      q Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear
to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for      inside your main bag
your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you
may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may         q One litre water bottle
be equally as suitable.                                               q Personal first aid kit to include essential items
                                                                      q Sleeping bag, 4 season
Footwear                                                              q Torch, ideally head torch
 q Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have                q Camera and film ! - for those not to be forgotten
    been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof            shots of the Himalaya
 q Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for travelling        q Toilet items and towel
 q Warm socks for colder areas                                        q Large handerchief/bandana for neck
 q Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
                                                                     Optional items
Legwear                                                               q Binoculars
 q Loose, casual trousers for trekking                                q Books (see Recommended Reading)
 q Thermal leggings for colder areas                                  q Altimeter
 q Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers                 q Compass
 q Waterproof trousers                                                q Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
Body
                                                                     Recommended Mountaineering Kit
 q Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts,                   In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the
   preferably not cotton
                                                                     following is a list of the additional specialist items which are
 q Thermal shirt for colder areas                                    required for the trekking peaks.
 q Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
 q Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper                                  q Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with
 q Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for                          gaitors & crampons that have been tested for a good fit
   higher altitudes                                                   q   Fleece trousers or salopettes
 q Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings;                  q   Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
   can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)                                     Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axe can be hired
                                                                      q
                                                                          in Kathmandu)
Head/Hands                                                                Climbing harness
                                                                      q
 q Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava                                   q   2 x tape slings
 q Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking                       q   2 x screwgate karabiners
 q Sunglasses or goggles                                              q   Descender/abseil device
 q Sunscreen lotion and lip balm                                      q   Ascender
 q Warm gloves




              For more information or reservations: Sobek Nepal Treks, PO Box 8975, EPC 2789, Kathmandu, Nepal
                           Phone number +977-1-5523631, www.treknepal.biz, info@treknepal.biz

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