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Small Group Explorations:
A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:
A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to reserve your preferred day.

 

Annapurna Round Trek 13 Days

The Annapurna circuit trek is an extraordinary trek, still one of the world’s best in terms of culture and environmental diversity. Even though the roads are being construting Annapurna Circuit trek provides you dramatic changes in landscape, culture and climate. Following a careful acclimatization program, we head north-west over the 5400 meter Thorung La (pass) and descend steeply down to the sacred shrine of Muktinath in the Mustang district. The trek ends with your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Description
Trip length:
13 Day(s) 12 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● Experience one of the highest passes of 5416 m
● Be amazed with diversification of landscape from greenery to the dry rain shadow
● Get to know the Semi-Tibetan Buddhist culture
● Stunning mountain views.
Locations Visited:
● Manang
● Thorang La pass
● Jomsom
● Muktinath
Start City:
Kathmandu
End City:
Pokhara
Physical rate:
Type of transportation:
Budget: Local Bus, walking, Flight Tickets
Type of Accommodation:
Budget: Local Tea-House Stay with Shared Bathroom
Tour departure day(s):
Every day (except on 12-13-14-15 October and 05 November 2013
Participants:
Small Group Exploration - Maximum 16 persons
Children Policy:
This tour is not recommended for Children
Included in Price:
● 12 nights in tea house/Lodge while on trek,
● 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners,
● Local Bus Transfer to Beshisahar
● Trekking crew, guide and porter/s and their foods, accommodation, equipments.
● Domestic Flight tickets and Airport taxes
Excluded From Price:
● International flights and departure tax (if applicable; see below)
● Nepal Visa
● Client's personal expenses (such as laundry, phone calls, cigarettes, bar bills/soft/Hot drinks /mineral water, extra snacks on the way etc)
● Clients personal items such as medications, clothing and equipment (other than sleeping bag and down jacket which could be rented in Kathmandu
● Hot showers and attached bathrooms; should these be available in the teahouses and should the lodge owner charges extra for these
● Comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation from remote mountain locations as well as the standard cover like trip cancellation, lost baggage etc.
● Tipping – it is good manners to tip the guide / driver / restaurants etc (see recommendations)
● Pre and post tour accommodation outside that detailed above
● Optional excursions - Please note on this tour there will not be much time for optional excursions, if you choose to do so, please note that it is not covered in the tour cost.
● Any unforeseen expenses due to delays or diversions due to events outside the operators control, for example landslides or strikes
Travel season:
Essential to bring:
Warm sweater, Jackets, Trousers, sunscreen and good walking boots

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange
You leave in the morning for about 8 hours scenic bus drive to Syange'. Its a black topped and bumpy road which takes us to syange. You might need to change the bus at Besisahar depending on the road condition Driving time: approx. 7-8 hours Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Syange 1100m Overnight: In teahouse
Please make extra table lines if more days are needed!

Day 2: Syange to Tal
After breakfast we continue our trek following the dusty road for about 2 hours to chamje and after crossing over the bridge we head up hill walking following the trekking trail to Tal. Enjoy the natural water fall and stay overnight in tal. Trekking time: approx.4-5 hours Heights: Tal 1700m Overnight in tea house.

Day 3: Tal to Thanchok
We continue our trekking trail after breakfast for about an hour and we hit the dusty road again for about two hours to Danaque. On the way we could see view of Mt. Manaslu. After Danque we avoid the dusty road and walk steep up hill through forest to Timang for about 1 hrs from where we could have nice view over mountain. After having lunch we follow the road again to Thanchok. Thanchok is a big Gurung village and we could also see nice mountain view from here. Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hours Heights: Thanchok2500m Overnight in tea house.

Day 4: Thanchok to Pisang
We follow the road again throw the pine trees all the way to Chame. Chame, the administrative centre of the Manang district. It is a large village packed with small shops and tea-houses, an army post and a large school. From here we follow the marshyangdi river all the way to pisang from where you could have nice view of Mountain.You could enjoy the Buddhist cultural here.
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours Heights: Pisang3200m Overnight in tea house.

Day 5: Pisang to Nawal
After breakfast we head up hill to upper pisang where you could see nice monastery and super
view of Mt. Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, Lamjunghimal and others. After here we continue our trek throw pipe forest and climb steep up hill for about an hour to gharu and level walk from here takes us to Nawal. Nawal is a big village with lots of mane wall. Nice view of mountain could be seen from here as well. Trekking time: approx.4- 5 hours Heights: Nawal 3600m Overnight in tea house.

Day 6: Nawal to Manang
Your day start with down hill walk for about an hour and level walk through pine forest and pasture field which takes us to Braga where we meet the road again and follow the road all the way to manang where you see colourfulchortens ,monastery, Tibetan style house,culture and landscape. Perfect mountain view could been seen from here. Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours Heights: Manang 3540m Overnight in tea house.

Day7: Manang rest day
Today is an acclimatization day, to rest and let your body adjust. If you feel good you have many options for exploring - a visit to the 'Hundred Ruppee Lama' at the cave gompa above Manang, a short hike to Milarepa's cave across the river from Braga, the HRA talk, or a tour of Manang's many bakeries.

Day 8. Manang to Khangsar
After exploring manangits the time to explore khangsar. We head after breakfast crossing the river up hill and then level walk passing mane walls toKhangsar. Khangsar is also a Tibetan style village with old monastery. You could enjoy the nice mountain view from here as well. Trekking time: approx. 3-4 hours Heights: Khangsar 3700m overnight in teahouse

Day 9: Khangsar to Yak Kharka
Start your day with up hill walk for about one and half hour looking over mountains specially, Mt. Tilicho which could be seen very closer and chances to see lots of blue sheeps. We cross over the river again and follow toward Yak Kharka. Nice mountain view could been seen from here as well. Trekking time: approx. 4 -5 hours Heights: Yak Kharka 4018m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Phedi

Today you have an easy two or three hour walk up to the lodge at ThorungPhedi where you will have lunch and stay overnight there getting to bed early for your early morning start the next day; the big pass day. Trekking time: approx. 3 hours Heights: ThorungPhedi 4450m Overnight in tea house.

Day 11: Thorangphedi- Thorung La - Muktinath
Today you hit the trail early for about 5 hour walk to the top of the Thorung La at 5416m. From where you could see surrounding peaks as well as some part of Mustang. The descent is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass, with a steep rough trail down to Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, sacred for its auspicious combination of earth, fire and water. Trekking time: approx. 10-11 hours Heights: Thorung La 5416m, Muktinath 3760m Overnight in tea house.

Day 12: Muktinath trek to Jomsom
This morning you have an easy walkfollowing the road down to the Kali Gandaki riverbed, which you follow down to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley gets very windy in the afternoons so it's a good idea to keep moving on the trail and get into Jomsom in time for lunch if possible. Trekking time: approx. 6 hours Heights: Jomsom 2670m Overnight in tea house.

Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara
In the early morning you have an amazing 25 minute flight down the Kali Gandaki River Valley toPokhara.

General Information

NEED TO KNOW

Acting Responsible - Arrival Information - Child Explorers - Emergency Contact - Expect the Unexpected - Feedback - Guides - Health and Fitness - Luggage Storage - Optional Activities - Running Late? - Safety and Security - The Law and "the Man"- Travel Documents and Visas - Travel Insurance - Weather

NICE TO KNOW

Additional Expenditures - Departure Tax - Keeping in Touch - Meals - Money - Respectful Dress - Share your Explorations… - Tipping - What to bring

Need to know

Acting Responsible

Travelling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will have a better trip for it.

Arrival Information

If you have booked an arrival package you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you at the airport, train- or bus station with a Visit Beyond sign and your name. In emergency cases please call Mr. Sumit on +977-9851167070. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays. Should your plane be delayed, please contact us immediately. Any additional cost you may incur to get to your destination is at your own expense.

Child Explorers

Visit Beyond welcomes travellers of all ages but some tours are more suitable for children than others. Please make yourself aware of children rules under each tour and determine if a given trip is suitable for your family. An adult must accompany children and young people under the age of 18. An adult is defined as anyone aged 18 or above. All enquiries with respect to children are subject to review and approval by Visit Beyond. Visit Beyond reserves the right to restrict the number of travellers under the age of 18 on tours to secure optimal operation.

Please note, that the above refers to child travellers only and not to child prices. These may be seen under each individual tour, if applicable.

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s Nepal office can be reached on Tel: +977-014700563/4700066. For further contact details please use the following page: http://visitbeyond.com/contact-us

Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out there, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader immediately. They are best suited to help however way they can. If this does not suffice, your guide will contact our manager. Note also that Visit Beyond trips are likely to offer circumstances that involve risks and by booking a tour with Visit Beyond, you acknowledge and accept any and all risk associated herewith.

This said, please expect and appreciate the unexpected. We try to bring you closer to local life and here English may not always be spoken and despite a global world, cultural differences still greatly exists. You will get a much better experience if you bring an open mind, a great smile, patience and willingness to meet the locals at eyelevel.

Feedback

How do you find your Visit Beyond experience? We would love to hear from you and always welcome constructive feedback. Please contact us on the following addresses: http://visitbeyond.com/contact-us

In the event of discrepancies or dissatisfaction, please file the complaint to your guide as soon as it arises. Doing so, we have a better chance of meeting your needs instantly and ensure you get a good experience. Note that you waive any complaints if you cannot reasonably demonstrate that the complaint was made immediately.

If you, contrary to expectation, remain unsatisfied then please file a written complaint to your travel consultant through which you have booked the service. This must be done within 15 days of the end of the service. Visit Beyond will not accept any liability for claims received after this period.

Guides

Visit Beyond provides experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. We encourage you to ask all the questions you may have.

Health and Fitness

For all tours, please closely read the itinerary and note the physical rating to decide if you are fit to participate. As a general rule of thumb and to get the most out of your trip, we recommend a good physical health and if in doubt, consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require.

If you suffer from any conditions, physical, mental or otherwise, you are obligated to notify Visit Beyond in writing prior to booking. Visit Beyond reserves the right to decline a booking if said conditions pose a danger. Likewise, failure to notify Visit Beyond of any such condition may result in your denial of travel. Similarly, travellers should be aware that Asian countries have medical standards and facilities that may vary greatly from what you are used to in your home country. Women who are or think they may be pregnant must consult a physician before engaging in any activity with Visit Beyond or before booking any trips. Any person who is concerned about their ability to travel should contact Visit Beyond and will then be recommended a trip suitable for these specific needs (if available).

Special Health & Fitness for diving:

Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer, or have suffered, from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving may cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned diseases.

Luggage Storage

Visit Beyond provides luggage storage at all of our service offices, both for the day and if you go on a tour for several days. When going on a tour and you come back to our office, we recommend that you only bring what is needed for the tour and leave larger bags behind. Not only will this make it more convenient for you, but also allow for better and easier commuting.

Optional Activities

On some of our tours, there may be free time and/or options for additional activities. These are not included in the tour and do not form a contract. Visit Beyond is not responsible for anything that may arise from a traveller taking part in optional activities. Optional activities are undertaken at the cost of the traveller.

Running Late?

Please always respect the departure times when stated in itinerary. These are carefully considered to ensure you the most comfortable journey and to ensure you make opening times where applicable. In case you, contrary to expectations, are running late for a tour departure, please use the contact details on the front of your voucher to alert Visit Beyond. If we do not hear from you the tour will depart at latest 15 minutes after stated departure time and no refund will be given in case you miss the departure.

Safety and Security

Most national governments provide updated advice services on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you stay updated on your government's advice for the latest travel information – before departure and while on the road.

Visit Beyond endeavours to conduct its operations safely and your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. However, Visit Beyond is not liable to you in the event of injury, death, financial loss or any other damages incurred as a result of Force Majeure, e.g., political turmoil, riots, war, landslides, flooding, etc. Visit Beyond requires you to carry insurance that covers such unforeseeable circumstances.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking and water based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving inherently holds an element of danger and excitement. While we take every precaution to ensure these are carried out in agreement with operating standards, please have a balanced approach to safety and note that participation will always be at your own risk.

The Law and "the Man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. This goes even though it may be common among certain communities we visit. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by life imprisonment in Nepal. Visit Beyond and guides reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

Travel Documents and Visas

Note that most nationalities are required to obtain visas for travelling to certain countries in Asia. You are yourself responsible for obtaining valid visa to enter Nepal if needed. Consult your embassy’s website in the destination country or the destination’s embassy website in their country for the latest visa requirements. If you are in doubt of who to contact, please feel free to send us an email: nepal@visitbeyond.com Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions in regards to visa rules.

Travel Insurance

Valid personal travel insurance is a prerequisite to participate in any activity or tour organised by Visit Beyond. It should as a minimum, but not exclusively, cover medical expenses, personal injury, repatriation and evacuation. Further amendments to your policy, such as trip cancellation, and loss of luggage and personal effect are not required, but strongly encouraged. Visit Beyond will not be held liable for lost or stolen luggage and reserves the right to deny participation in any activity or tour if you do not hold valid travel insurance. You must be able to provide proof of insurance if requested by Visit Beyond or any of its representatives.

Weather

Visit Beyond operates trips in Nepal throughout the year—including the rainy season—and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our travellers.

Nice to know

Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. Are meals included? How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs do you intend to bring home? Remember to include tips in your calculations and we also recommend keeping an emergency fund for unforeseen circumstances beyond our and your control.

Departure Tax:

There is no departure tax at Tribhuvan International Airport at present time; however we recommend that you always recheck before leaving for the airport. This due to said information being subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.

Keeping in Touch

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.

Meals

Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Nepali food. When meals are not included, your guide will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. Your guide will normally order a variety of dishes to sample. Notify your tour leader of allergies or dietary restrictions.

Money

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout Nepal. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank – not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. You might also consider bringing a spare card in case one gets stolen. Remember to keep them separated. We recommend you bring some spare cash in USD in case of emergency.

Respectful Dress

Remember that dressing is generally conservative throughout Asia – especially outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants that cover the legs in temples and religious sites.

Share your Explorations…

…With your loved ones and fellow travellers. Had a beyond ordinary experience? Challenged your personal boundaries or just shared a beautiful moment despite cultural differences?

Post pictures and impressions on Facebook.com/VisitBeyond and/or share with the hashtag #VisitBeyond

Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping is expected but not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Most of the restaurants often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. Additional tipping is at your discretion

What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen:

Tea House trek – CLICK HERE

Camping trek – CLICK HERE

Mera Peak – CLICK HERE

Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities and we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack.

What you plan to bring we will leave up to you, but generally remember all your travel documents and keep a copy of your passport as well as your travel insurance card on you at all times. Give priority to lightweight and fast drying clothes just as long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended for trekking and chilly evenings. If you are travelling in the rainy season, remember umbrella or waterproof shield. Lastly respect local culture and bring appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. You might also find it useful to bring a phrase book – just a couple of words in the local language will give you tremendous credit.

Validity:

The above has been written in good faith and every effort has been made to accurately reflect Visit Beyond’s policies. It should be seen as general guidelines and information provided as a service to the traveller. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may appear in this document or on its website. The Client solely bares the responsibility for staying updated on travel requirements, rules and regulations at any time. Updated 24th Jun 2014.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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