Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - Trekking in Nepal

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      AnnApurnA SAnctuAry trek
                                                                                                   TREK NEPAL
                                                                                                   trekking & climbing in nepal

  Annapurna region

Annapurna, at 8091m, is the 10th highest mountain in the world and will be forever                Annapurna Sanctuary
known as the first 8000m peak to be climbed - by Herzog’s French party in 1950. The               Trek Summary
climb was an epic of Himalayan climbing and has entered mountaineering folklore.
                                                                                                  Duration: 17 days
The trek into the area below the massive south face of Annapurna - known as the
                                                                                                  Trek days: 11 days
Annapurna Sanctuary - is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek begins
in Pokhara and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge into the vast
mountain ringed amphitheatre of the Sanctuary. As we trek through bamboo and                      4 nights in Kathmandu
rhododendron forests we have superb views of the Annapurna range. We eventually                   2 nights in Pokhara
pass between the mountains of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli which guard the
entrance to the Sanctuary, and after 6 days reach our goal, the high glacial basin that           Maximum altitude:
is the site of the Annapurna south face base camp.                                                4095m

This is a classic trek which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya                  Price: $1,250
within a reasonable timeframe and with a maximum altitude of 4000m.
Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Transport to and from
Pokhara is by air.

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                                                                                                                              Dhampus Dhampus                                          Khingar              Ranipauwa (6482m)
                                                                                                                                 Pass ▲ Peak                          Eklai Bhatti               Jharkot                      Thorung La
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Map Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
                                                                                                                                      (6012m)                                                              Muktinath
                                                                                                                      French Col                                                                                    Dodan      (5416m)

                                                                                                                                                             Shyang                                                       ▲
                                                                                                                                                                          Thini                                      Yak Gawa
                                                                                                                   Tukuche Peak                      Marpha                                                           (6484m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chulu West                                                                                     Himlung Himal
                                                                                                                     (6920m) ▲                                                                                                                                                                                                    (7126m) ▲
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (6419m)▲ Chulu East
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cro                                       ▲(6584m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thorung Phedi                                                                                                                            Cheo Himal
                                                                                                                                          Tukuche                  Nilgiri North                      oun
                                                                                                                                                                                                          try                    Yak Kharka                                                                                                             (6820m)▲
                                                                                                            (8167m)                                                   (7061m)                                              Letdar
                                                                                                               ▲                    Khobang                              ▲                                                          Gunsang
                                                                                                                                                           Nilgiri                          Tilicho                                                                                                          Kang Guru
                                                                                                                                    Larjung              (6940m) ▲                  ▲                                                                                                                                                                                              Rest House
                                                                                                                                                                                              Tal                   Khangsar Tengi       Manang                                                               (6981m)
                                                                                                                                                                               Tilicho Peak                                                                        Pisang Peak                                     ▲                                                          Larkya La
                                                                                                                                                                                 (7134m)                                                           Ngawal
                                                                                                                                            Kokhethati        Nilgiri South                                                         Bryaga                           (6091m)                                                                                                   (5100m)
                                                                                                                                                            ▲ (6839m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mungji                  Ghyaru ▲
                                                                                                                                Kalopani Lete                                                                                                         Hongde                                                                                                              Larkya Peak            Samdo
                                                                                                                                                                                          Roc Noir                                                               Upper                                                                                                     (6249m)▲

                                                                                                                                                                                          (7585m) Tarke Kang Gangapurna                                          Pisang                                                                                                                      Naike Peak
                                                                                                                                                                               Annapurna I ▲ ▲(7193m)              (7454m)                                                                                                                                             Manalsu North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ▲ (5515m)
                                                                                                                                                   Ghasa                                                               ▲       Annapurna III                                                                                                     Gho
                                                                                                                                                                                 (8091m) ▲                                     ▲ (7555m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pisang                                                                                                         (7154m) ▲
                                                                                                                                                                                       Fang ▲ Singu Chuli                                                                                                                                                                                  slu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bhratang                                                                               Mana ier
                                                                                                                                            Kabre      Kopchepani                    (7647m) (6501m) ▲                                                                                                                                                                                 Glac Samagaon
                                                                                                                                          Rupse                                                          Tharpu Chuli                                                                              Telekhu                                                                Manalsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Annapurna IV                                      Kotho                 Tilje                    Phungi
                                                                                                                                         Chhahara                                        Annapurna 9 ▲ (5663m)                                                                                                                                          (6398m)▲          (8156m)▲
                                                                                                                                                     Dana                                                   Machhapuchhare8                               (7525m) Annapurna II                    Chame         Thanchok
                                                                                                                                                                                         Base Camp                                                          ▲        ▲ (7937m)                                          Bagarchhap
                                                                                                                                                                                Annapurna ▲                    Base Camp                                                                             Lattemarang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thonje                                                             g y en
                                                                                                                                                                                   South          ▲Hiunchuli           Machhapuchhare                                                                            Dhanakyu                                                                  Pung r
                                                                                                                                                        Tatopani                 (7273m)             (6441m)            ▲ (6997m)                                                                                      Dharapani Karte                                       Ngadi Chuli Glacie
                                                                                                                                                   Rato                                                                                                                                        ▲                                                                              (7879m) ▲
                                                                                                                                                                                                       7                                                                                    Lamjung                                        Tal
                                                                                                                                                   Pani                               Himalayan Hotel                 Mardi Himal
                                                                                                                                               Birkati                               Bamboo Lodge 6 Doban
                                                                                                                                                                                                               10 ▲ (5587m)                                                                   Himal                                                                                                    nda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (6986m)                                                                                                Lida cier

                                                                                                                                         Tiplyang       Ghara                                  Kuldi                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gla
                                                                                                                                                     Sikha                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Himalchuli▲
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5, 11                                                                                                        Chamje                                                         (7893m)
                                                                                                                                                        Chitre            Tadapani Khummu Chhomrong
                                                                                                                                  Baisari                Deorali
                                                                                                       To Dhorpatan                                                                            Naya Pul
                                                                                                          & Dolpo                                                    Ghorapani         Uri                                                                                                                                             Jagat
                                                                                                                                                                        Nangathanti                                                                                                                                                   Syange
                                                                                                                           Galeshor                                                         12 Landruk
                                                                                                                                                                        Banthanti Ghandruk                                                                           Siklis                                                                            Lili Bir
                                                                                                                                                                           Ulleri                                  Nayagaun
                                                                                                                               Beni                                                             Tolka 4                                                                                                                                                Bahundanda
                                                                                                                                                                   Tikhedungha Hille               Pothana
                                                                                                                           Ratne Chaur                                              13
                                                                                                                                                                         Birethanti     Chandrakot         Dhampus                         Mahendra                                                                                                 Ngadi
                                                                                                                                      Pharse                                            Naya Pul                              Lhachok        Cave                                                                                                Bhulbule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Phedi                                        Thak
                                                                                                                                                 Khaniya Ghat                                                         Suikhet                                                                                                                        Usta
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Khare        Naudanda                                                                                                       Khudi
                                                                                                                                Baglung          Maldhunga                                                                    Hyangja
                                                                                                                                                                                     Badaure                        Sarangkot                                                                          Pasgaon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3, 14                                                                                 Baragaon
                                                                                                                                                                Kusma                                                                       Pokhara                                  Rabidanda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Taksar                 Besi
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                                                                                                                                                  Baglung                                                                                                              Thulokot             Gorje             Baglung Pani
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deorali                                         Paundi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from                                             Kunchha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1, 2, 15, 16, 17
                                                                                                                                                         Walking Trek                                             Highway                      Pass                                 Ridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trek Route                           0             5               10 km
                                                                                                                                                         Cross-Country Trail                                      Drive                        Cave                           ▲     Mountain or Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overnight Stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Temple                         f     Airfield
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AnnApurnA SAnctuAry trek itinerAry
Day 1    Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel

Day 2    At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek

Day 3    Fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel

Day 4 Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka
We start by driving a short distance to Phedi where we begin the trek in earnest. Starting from an altitude of 1180m,
we climb steeply to the ridge at Dhampus at 1750m and get our first views of the huge mountains that surround us.
We continue on through a rhododendron forest to the village of Pothana, and eventually reach the small settlement
of Deurali at the top of the hill at 2150m. From here we get superb views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
From here we make a steep descent on forested slopes into a side canyon of the Modi Khola, passing through the
settlement of Bheri Kharka. The trail then climbs gently and emerges into the main Modi Khola valley, and finally
reaches Tolka, a small settlement, at 1810m where we spend the night.

Day 5 Tolka to Chhromrong
From Tolka the trail quickly reaches the flagstone
streets of Landruk, a sizeable Gurung village at 1620m.
From Landruk the trail descends and crosses the river
at Shiuli at 1340m before climbing steeply up to Jhinu
Danda at 1750m. After a long steep climb we reach
Taglung at 2180m, where the trek joins the Ghandruk
to Chhomrong route. Shortly after this we reach the
Gurung village of Chhomrong at 2040m, where we
spend the night. Chhromrong is a large village that
is spread along a huge stone staircase, which drops
to the Chhromrong Khola. From Chhromrong
there are tremendous views of Annapurna South and
                                                                 Chhromrong tea-house

Day 6 Chhromrong to Bamboo Lodge
Leaving Chhomrong the trail descends to cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs high
above the Modi Khola on its west bank. The trail then ascends through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa and finally
reaches Kuldi at 2350m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron
forests and eventually we reach the small settlement of Bamboo Lodge at 2340m, which is a collection of small
hotels - none of which are made of bamboo!

Day 7 Bamboo Lodge to Himalayan Hotel
The trail continues along the west bank of the Modi Khola valley through dense bamboo forest, occasionally
dropping to cross tributary streams, but ascending continuously, and reaches the settlement of Doban at 2630m
where there are several good lodges. The trail then continues high above the river to our resting place for the night,
the small settlement of tea-houses known as Himalayan Hotel at 2900m.

Day 8 Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
From here it is an hour’s walk to Hinko Cave at 3160m, and a further half hour to Deorali at 3230m where there
are good hotels. Above Deorali the valley widens and becomes less steep and at last we feel as if we are getting close
to our goal. We can now see the “gates” to the Sanctuary. The trail continues into the Sanctuary to meet the Modi
Khola and follows the river to Bagar, a meadow at 3310m.From Bagar we continue to trek upwards and eventually
reach the area known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3720m. This is a collection of tea-houses spread over a large
area. From here the mountain views are fantastic and include Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna
(7454m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m).

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Day 9 Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
We start early and make the 2 hour trek to Annapurna
Base Camp at 4095m. The trail continues upwards, on
a good path, to the south of the moraine. This is the
highlight of the trip and affords us marvellous close up
views of the mountains that make up this incredible
natural amphitheatre. On arrival at ABC we get a superb
view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna that
towers above the Sanctuary to the north-west and which
was climbed in 1970 by Don Whillans and Dougal
Haston on an expedition led by Chris Bonington. We
arrive at ABC mid-morning which allows ample time to
explore the surrounding area and take some stunning

Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp to Doban
From the Sanctuary we initially retrace our steps, and descend to Deorali, through Himalayan Hotel, and
eventually to Doban where we spend the night. We cover the ground a lot quicker on the way down taking
advantage of our acclimatisation and the reducing altitude.

Day 11 Doban to Chhromrong
From Doban we continue back down the trail, through Bamboo Lodge, and eventually to Chhromrong where we
spend the night. This is a short day and allows us to spend some time relaxing in this fascinating village which has
some of the best mountain views in the world.

Day 12 Chhromrong to Ghandruk
Today we stop retracing our steps and trek to the
Gurung village of Ghandruk. We initially walk west on
the trail that leads to Ghorapani, but then descend to
the village of Khumnu. We cross the Khumnu Khola
and then ascend steeply to a collection of tea-houses
at Uri at 2220m. From here we can see Ghandruk
ahead, and it is a gentle walk to this amazing Gurung
settlement at 1970m. Ghandruk is a maze of narrow
                                                             Walking back towards Chhromrong
alleyways but is an ideal place to spend an afternoon
wandering the streets enjoying the local food or learning about the local handicrafts.

Day 13 Ghandruk to Birethanti
From Ghandruk it is a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1140m, but we are now down to the Modi
Khola and from here it is an easy and pleasant walk along the river bank to Birethanti at 1065m, where we spend
our final night on the trek. Birethanti is a beautiful village situated in a fantastic spot on the Modi Khola river.
This is a busy village with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks here, and there are many tea-houses and

Day 14 Birethanti to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Our last day on the trail. We 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 15 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16 At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 17 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                inconvenience or discomfort.
Accommodation                              relax and savour the surroundings.
                                                                                            The correct mental attitude
1. Fully equipped Camping treks            Later in the evening dinner is served,
- accommodation is provided in                                                              to trekking is as important as
                                           giving you an opportunity to sample
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.
                                           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
                                           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.
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)

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

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cLothing And equipment checkLiSt
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All equipment and food, and your own personal backpacks are carried by the porters or

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
                                                                     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
                                                                          in Kathmandu)
Head/Hands                                                                Climbing harness
 q   Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava                                     2 x tape slings
 q   Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking                     q   2 x screwgate karabiners
 q   Sunglasses or goggles                                                Descender/abseil device
 q   Sunscreen lotion and lip balm                                        Ascender
 q   Warm gloves

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                           Phone number +977-1-5523631,,