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FAQs for Annapurna & Mustang

  1. How long does it take to complete Annapurna Base Camp Trek? Are there any treks that we can accomplish in short time frame?

  • A standard package for Annapurna Base Camp Trek is of 14 days. However, you can deduct two days by deducting a day’s sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and opting out for a flight to Pokhara and going on trek the same day instead of driving to Pokhara and starting the trek from next day. If you are in constraint of time, you have other short packages to trek to Annapurna region. Annapurna Short Trek can be accomplished just in 5 days but you will be able to rejoice every magnificent aspect of Annapurna region.
  1. How hard is it to trek in the Annapurna region?

  • Trekking in Annapurna region is comparatively easy than trekking to any other regions of Nepal. Owning to its easy accessibility and natural magnificence, Annapurna region is one of the most cherished and most frequented regions in Nepal. While trekking to Annapurna region, the elevation gain in Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill is not so high therefore, there is almost no risk of altitude sickness. However, Annapurna Circuit Trek can be quite strenuous because you will have to walk for six to seven hours each day for longer period of time. Also going up to the Thorong La pass can be troublesome if your endurance capacity is not up to the mark. Otherwise, all other treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Royal Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Khopra Hill Trek are amongst the easy to moderate level treks in Annapurna Region of Nepal.
  1. Are the tea houses and lodges easily available in the trekking trail? How comfortable are they?

  • The teahouses and lodges are easily available at the stop points in the trekking route to Annapurna region. There are plenty of guest houses, lodges and tea houses in the Annapurna region to cater your need for food and accommodation. The guest houses/ lodges / tea houses are easy and comfortable. Generally, the rooms are available at twin sharing basis. The rooms are clean and tidy. The mattress, blankets and pillows are available and are quite comfortable. Even the toilets are clean and hygienic. There are electricity and Wi-Fi services available in the guesthouses/ lodges / teahouses. Even the hot water and laundry services are available but you may have to pay extra for the laundry and hot water bath services.
  1. What kind of food is available in the guesthouses and lodges of Annapurna region?

  • The food available at the guesthouses and lodges in Annapurna region of Nepal are healthy and hygienic. Generally, you can choose the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner but within the fixed menu. The menu and availability of varieties depends upon the season and route you are travelling to. Generally choice for breakfast can be Oatmeal, French toast with jam/ butter or honey, hash browns, eggs, omelet, pancakes, muesli and local cheeses. For lunch you have options like bread with jam and soup, steaks, sandwiches, Mo: mo, macaroni, spaghetti, pizza, etc. for dinner you can enjoy traditional Nepal main course – dal, bhat, curry or pancakes, mo:mo, pancakes, steaks or oatmeal.
  1. Is trekking permit required?

  • Yes, trekking permit is required to enter into the Annapurna Conservation Area and trek.
  1. Is tip to guides and porters compulsory?

  • No, offering tip to guides and porters is not compulsory. But it can be an obligation after such a long day travel companionship that they had with you.
  1. What is the best time to visit Annapurna region of Nepal?

  • For trekking in Annapurna region of Nepal, September to November and March to May can be the best season. Core winter and core monsoon is not recommended for trekking in Annapurna region of Nepal. However, for short trip and day tours, any time of the year is recommended for travelling to Annapurna region of Nepal.
  1. Which are the popular treks in Annapurna region of Nepal?

  • The most popular treks in Annapurna region of Nepal are Ghorepani PoonHill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek and Mardi Himal Trek.
  1. Is trekking dangerous in Annapurna region of Nepal?

  • If you acclimatize well with the rising elevation, trekking to Annapurna region is not a problem. But if you could not adapt yourself with the rising elevation. And suffer from altitude sickness then trekking can be dangerous in Annapurna region of Nepal. However, preventive measures may make such worse condition less likely to happen.
  1. Is there any age limit for trekking to Annapurna region of Nepal?

  • No, there is no any age limit for trekking. However, children below age of 18 can trek only under a parental guidance.
  1. Can I trek without prior experience?

  • Yes, you can trek without prior experience. But you need to make sure that you can walk continuously for six to seven hours a day for a week.
  1. How long should we walk on the trekking days?

  • Trekking day walk can vary from four to six/seven hours a day.
  1. Can I get visa to Nepal on arrival?

  • Yes, you can get visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport if you are entering into Nepal via flight or else you can obtain Nepalese visa at the offices at border if you are entering into Nepal via neighboring countries – India and China. The visa duration can be of 15 days, 30 days or 90 days hence, visa charges may vary accordingly. The visa charges are USD25 for 15 days, USD40 for 30 days and USD100 for 90 days. Thus, visa charges can be paid in USD or equivalent Nepalese currency.
  1. Is flight delays and cancellation too often?

  • The flight delays and cancellation is often during winter and monsoon season due to thick fog and bad weather conditions. However, if you book your trip to Nepal during the peak seasons i.e. from February to May and September to October, you will not have to face the problem of flight delays and cancellation.
  1. Is travel insurance necessary?

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended for travel to Everest. We do not know what might happen during our travel to high altitude region. Therefore, it is always better to get insured to overcome the unforeseen risks that may come through during the journey.