Annapurna Circuit Trek, A Complete Guide

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of, if not the best, trekking routes on the face of this planet. Nepal Annapurna circuit trek is adventurous, mesmerizing and promises to make memories to cherish for lifelong. Thousands of trekkers set their foot on the mountainous northern side here in Nepal, and here are numbers of trekking regions for you to choose from. So, it is entirely upon you to set the best trekking journey on one of these popular hiking routes in Nepal. In this post, we are highlighting some important information on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Trip FactsAnnapurna Circuit Trek Guide
Duration15-20 Days
Distance 170-230 Km (Depends on itinerary)
Starts InBesisahar/Syange/Jagat/Chame/Manang
Ends InMuktinath/Jomsom/Nayapul
Permits RequiredTIMS and ACAP
Highest Altitude5416m/17769ft (Thorong La Pass Trek)
Difficulty LevelMedium to Difficult
AccommodationGuest House, Tea House, Lodge
 Best SeasonSpring (March-May) and Autumn(September-November)

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Mind-settling view of Mt. Dhaulagiri(8167m), Nilgiri(7600m), Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South(7219m), Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Gurja Peak, Thapa Peak and other stunning peaks around. Highlighting all the height is a holy mountain, the Fishtail @ 6953m, is a virgin mountain.
  • Wholesome view of Chulu east and west with the perfect accompaniment of desert landscapes of Manang where you see Yak and Blue sheep grazing.
  • Superb clear view of Mt.Annapurna II (7940m), Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang and marvelous Tilicho Lake.
  • Satisfy your senses and soul by visiting one of the holy temples, the Muktinath temple, where Lord Vishnu is paid homage
  • The rich, deep, green Marshyangdi river valley allows one to enjoy high hills and green bushes until Dharapani.
  • One of the adventurous hikes to Tilicho Lake, the only highest lake in the world at 4980m above sea level.
  • Encounter and observe green hills, beautiful landscapes, and rice terrace fields until you reach Jagat.
  • Indulge and participate in locals’ culture, customs, traditions and unique lifestyle.
  • Mind settling view of Mt Manaslu (8153m) and Ngadi Chuli (7800m).
  • The fantastic colour play of nature with green fields and desert land.
  • A pleasant drive experience from Kathmandu to Besisahar
  • Natural hot spring bath at Chame

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one long trekking trail. As you explore different facets during this Annapurna round trek, you will have casual encounters with peculiar villages, forest areas, staggering snow-capped mountains and greener hills. Usually, hiking the Annapurna circuit is possible within 15-20 days, but the total depends on various factors. Firstly, unpredictable weather, so weather halts increase your total trek duration. Secondly, the number of days changes as the itinerary changes. You should engage in this Annapurna round trek taking the sweet time of yours, reducing AMS symptoms and making memories with mountains. Difficult Rugged terrain, moderately high altitude and weather unpredictability make the trip challenging. Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal for those looking and planning a long natural romantic holiday where you can be playful with master nature’s creation. 

Annapurna Circuit route renders experience not to be forgotten ever. The sensation of cultural, natural richness in the Annapurna Circuit trek is not your everyday feeling. 

Circuit Trek of Annapurna is one arduous trek with a total trek distance coverage of 170 and 210km. Yes, trekking is not so easy, but what matters is the journey, story, and of course, eye-widening sceneries magically crafted by nature. 

This blog gives you information on the best routes for the Annapurna circuit, the best season for the trek, and other details. Please go thr\ough all the information here in this blog of Raconteur Adventure. The more you gain the necessary information, the better is your preparation. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Where to start?

Annapurna circuit trek became public in the year 1977 for all travelling communities in the world. The trend shows that most trekkers’ preferred start point for the Trek is Besisahar, Lamjung district. Bulbule is, of course, another sweet spot to commence the Annapurna trek. Bulbule is 7km ahead of Besisahar. You can take the local route bus from Kathmandu to reach here. It depends on you for starting point to take. Some even go to Manang and begin to trek from here. As the remote country is seeing its fair share of development, roads condition are getting better, and you can even drive to Manang. Some popular commencing point for hiking the Annapurna circuit is given below:

Besisahar: The most popular and oldest starting place is Besisahar. However, as road networks are being built to reach other destinations, it is being utilized as a starting point less frequently these days.

Bhulbhule: Located 7 kilometres ahead of Besisahar, Bhulbhule is still a popular starting location. From Kathmandu, you can take the bus or a car provided by your trekking service to Bhulbhule.

Syange: Located 22 kilometres north of Besisahar, Syange is a popular starting place for hikers. Accessible by Jeep, and you may stay the night here before beginning your trek the next day.

Jagat: Jagat is located 30 kilometres north of Besisahar and may be accessible by Jeep. If you begin your Trek at Bhulbhule, you will arrive in Jagat on your second day.

Chame: Chame is 70 kilometres ahead of Besisahar and has a greater height, and some trekkers begin their journey here. Because you’ll be going from 700m to 2600m above sea level, it’s a good idea to ensure you’re not experiencing any signs of altitude sickness.

Manang: Since the construction of road networks in recent years, getting to Manang has been more. Many hikers decide to begin their journey at Manang.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit

Necessary permits are a must for any trekking here in Nepal. You will require two separate permits for the Annapurna circuit trek. You can get all the permits before you set foot in the rugged terrains of Annapurna. If you are trekking solo, Nepal Tourism Board at Pradashini Marga is from where you can fill up a form and get your Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP). Moreover, if you are doing the Annapurna circuit guided trek, the agency will handle these permits. Annapurna Circuit is in Annapurna Conservation Area, needing TIMS(Trekking Information Manual System) permit card as well. Concerned will check both these trekking permits during the trek at checkpoints. On the other hand, the ACAP counter in Besisahar is also the office for getting ACAP permits. Permits will cost you as follows:

  • ACAP (Foreigner) – USD 30 – USD 35
  • ACAP (SAARC nationals) – NRS 2500
  • TIMS Fee – NRS 2500

Trekking Grade and Trek Preparation

Yes, the Annapurna trek is challenging, but it doesn’t mean you need to have prior high altitude trek experience. However, the rule of thumb implies that your body is more fit, and there are fewer hassles during the hike. 

All trekkers are advised to do some physical and even mind exercise before leaving one’s homeland so that adaption to rough terrains and weather becomes easy. 

During this Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary, the average daily hike is of 5 hours, covering 10-12 km. Please remember that walks are full of ascends, descends and plain walking. And on some days, the moderate trek reaches 7-8 hours of the hike; preparing yourself mentally and physically is crucial. 

But nothing to worry about as simple cardio, swimming, cycling, and gym exercise will help you get desired stamina and fitness waiting to be tested in the foothill of the Himalayas. 

Food during the Annapurna Circuit Trek Package

Annapurna region, in comparison to Everest,t still might fall short when it comes to food choice. But it does not mean we won’t take care of your food luxury.  

The guest house has a menu for three meals of the day. But most guest house offers the same menu for dinner and lunch. Guest house on operation here in Annapurna serves a variety of food, famous as Dal and Bhat; daily food is eaten twice daily here in Nepal. The tiresome journey takes rest as you relax in a guest house overlooking majestic mountains, sipping a hot cup of tea.

Baked items, coffee, and tea are almost everywhere in tea houses. Then there are soup options made up of noodles, veggies, garlic, tomato, chicken, and other ingredients. The weather chills as you trek to higher elevations, and your craving for hot food increases naturally. 

During your hike, you will have the chance to treat your taste buds to popular western foods. These mainly include pizzas, burgers and even hot dogs. In the end, the most important thing up in the mountains is enough energy for better production of blood oxygen. So, our go t recommendation on food is, of course, Dal, Bhat and Tarkari (Boiled Rice, Pulse Soup and Mix Veggies/Non-Veggies). A famous saying praising Nepali food goes, “Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour”. You can even add more rice and dal during your meal in these family-run guest houses. If you are travelling on a budget, go for Dal, Bhat.

Lodging during the Annapurna trek

Regarding accommodation here in Annapurna circuit trek, there are different guest houses and lodges, offering even attached bathroom facilities during the tour. Lodge, guest houses and tea houses are expected during the trek. Every of these tea houses offers twin rooms(2 Single Beds). Rooms are spacious enough for you to chill, sit back and relax. The tea house has electricity, a hot shower and Wi-Fi, but not all of them have all three amenities. Charging your device to keep running is merely a problem during this Annapurna circuit trek.

Guest house renders the same kind of service. However, as you spend overnight in higher altitudes, Wi-Fi signals break, and you may even realize facilities are missing. But, you don’t need to run outside of the guest house for bathroom breaks as you get to use the attached bathroom. Allocating 30-35 USD per day for three meals, overnight and other minor expenses is normal during Nepal Annapurna Trek. 

How is the Internet Connection during the Trek?

Internet availability is not a problem during this Trek of Annapurna Circuit. Most of the stopover or lunch spot has internet connections. Guest house here charges $2-3 for Wi-Fi usage. If you are doing Annapurna circuit guided trek, then all the management of these usually are well managed by travel/trek agency. In this case, Raconteur Adventure takes care of all the necessary logistics. In this hike experience of 

yours, you won’t have an internet connection in the Thorong High Camp and will charge more if up and running. 

Best time for trekking the Annapurna Circuit

Trekking in Nepal is most suitable during Spring and Autumn. Annapurna Circuit Trek is best in the month between March-May and September – November. October is usually the busiest time for trekking in Nepal generally. The month of June is not the ideal time, as the monsoon ruins the view, making the road more slippery and trekking trains more difficult. 

Heavy snowfall during winter (December- February) adds more complication to an already strenuous trek. And during winter, high altitude tea houses and lodges remain closed. 

Trek commences at a low altitude of 750m and reaches a high altitude of 5400m above sea level. So, altitude sickness might create problems. But our guide and other helpers ensure you are safe and comfortable even in extreme situations. 

To reduce any chance of Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS), we add two extra acclimatization days so your body can adapt well to higher elevations. 

Altitude Sickness: How to avoid?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one diverse trek, taking all adventure travellers from 750m to 5400m above sea level. So, you should avoid any unhealthy altitude gain per day. Altitude sickness affects everyone differently: your body size and strength matter but not to altitude sickness. Drinking less water, smoking, and not enough acclimatization adds complication to this Annapurna circuit route trek. Symptoms of altitude sickness are felt as you gain an altitude of 2500m, but this again depends on you and your physical and mental preparation level. 

Some common symptoms of altitude sickness are:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mental fog

If any of these symptoms appear, be calm and don’t panic. You must perform some fundamental exercises to maintain your fitness.

If you don’t want to suffer altitude sickness, make sure you:

  • Rather than taking a jeep or bus, walk/trek the journey to allow your body to acclimate and have more time to adjust.
  • While climbing upward, take a day to relax and acclimate.
  • Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • While trekking, make sure to drink enough water.
  • If you experience altitude sickness, stop trekking, inform your partner, and rest. However, if the symptoms last more than 24 hours, you should seek medical help.

You may take the water pill and Acetazolamide as basic first aid kits from pharmacies, such as Acetazolamide, some pain reliever tablets and an inhaler.

What to Pack for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Please remember that Kathmandu, particularly Thamel, is your go-to place for getting needed items for the trek. Thamel is full of shops selling different items. Please shop around, fill up your bag pack, and be aware of counterfeit items. You even have the choice of shopping in Pokhara, but we don’t encourage shopping in Pokhara as choice shrinks, and there remains a rigid bargaining margin. 

Please check the listed items down:

  • Camera, Power Bank, Smartphone, Torch, and Whistle
  • Toothbrush, Sunscreen, Shampoo, Shower Gel
  • Towel, toilet paper, gadgets, slippers
  • Lightweight and fast-drying T-shirts
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Snickers and other energy bars
  • Backpack with 15kg capacity
  • Pair of easy drying trousers
  • Pair of waterproof trousers
  • Route Map of Annapurna
  • Cash in local currency
  • Hat and set of Glove
  • Two sets of underwear
  • A fleece jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Down Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat

How much money do I need to carry for this Annapurna circuit trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek won’t break your bank account as this trek is moderately costly. The average cost of the Annapurna round trek is anywhere between $1200- $1400 per person. The price includes three meals and overnight in the mountains, with three hot beverages daily, a guide, a porter, road transfers, and permits. The price mentioned above is based on total 14 days tour from and to Kathmandu. Extra cost incurs if you wish to extend or get to another destination.

Similarly, it would help if you had extra cash for tipping, soda, and alcoholic drinks. Plus, it is good to have that much needed hard currency for all shopping for souvenirs. Please keep in mind that the more you may, the more the standard service depends on availability.

Withdraw money, Annapurna Circuit Trek

Carrying all that cash from Kathmandu can be troublesome. So, you have all the options for withdrawing money in Pokhara. Upon leaving Pokhara( Please remember, you might not go to Pokhara in the early stage of the tour, if it is the case, it is okay to carry cash from Kathmandu). Besisahar is the last spot where you find ATM booths during the Trek. Manang also has ATMs, but the question remains whether these ATMs accept all cards or not. There are 2-3 ATMs as the circuit trek ends at Nayapul. If you are in dire need of cash, you can make the transfer to hotels and, in return, receive some local money, but hotel owners charge for the service given to you. 

International Travel Insurance is required for the round trek of Annapurna.

Although you may never be questioned about it during the journey, travel insurance is required for the Annapurna Circuit trek. While filling out the permit application form, you must include the information from your insurance provider. You can acquire your insurance from a firm with prior outdoor sports expertise. Nepal has several trekking destinations, and many people travel each year to do trekking. As a result, having travel insurance is prudent and safe, as this trek is known to get people sick. World Nomads offers one of the most versatile travel insurance policies; you can get a quote on their website.  

Itinerary, the Annapurna Circuit

The itinerary of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your chosen plan. But, whichever route you prefer, you will set foot in many common destinations. Please check out our Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary down below:

  01 Kathmandu Arrival and transfer to hotel

  02 Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek briefing

  03 Drive to Syange/Jagat (1,100m)

  04 Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)

  05 Trek from Dharapani to Chame(2710m)

  06 Trek from Chame to Pisang(3,300m)

  07 Trek from Pisang to Manang(3500m)

  08 Rest Day at Manang

  09 Trek from Manang from to Yak Kharka(4,110m)

  10 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi(4,600m)

  11 Trek from Thorang Phedi- Thorang La (5416m)

  12 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom(2750m)

  13 Fly to Pokhara and Pokhara Stay

  14 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

The itinerary shown above is for the trek’s shorter version. From the Muktinath temple, you may continue trekking to Jomsom and then to Nayapul. From Nayapul, bus and jeep connections to Pokhara and eventually Kathmandu are available. In the section below, we’ll go over some of the essential areas you’ll come across on your journey to Annapurna Circuit, as well as its significant highlights:

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map

Pisang, Manang, and Thorong La Pass Acclimatization

Pisang is a beautiful village before Chame. When you are in Pisang, you can choose the hotels, lodge or tea house for overnight stay. But, when you are in Manang, please take some time to find some nice looking guest houses. From Chame, Pisang is an uphill trek taking around 06 hours. As you gain more here in the mountains, altitude sickness takes a toll on you. Pisang lies 3250m above sea level. 

A beautiful hill station at 3540m is Manang. Behold stunning majestic Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho while you trek up from Geru. Hardship during this Trek just sways away as the mesmerizing view of mountains unfolds in front of you. There is a century-old monastery here; pray and seek salvation here.

Annapurna circuit route trek is wholesome as you are served a perfect and serene blend of Tibetan culture, community settlement and mind–settling mountains. While in Manang, please make sure you acclimate to high altitude. For better preparing yourself for high elevation trek ahead, hike around Manang valley for the day. This will help you easily overcome complications that you might need to face in the coming days.

Muktinath via Thorong La Pass, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka, Thorong High Camp, and Tilicho Lake

An old Tibetan settlement with many Yak is what you get to see in Yak Kharka. Kharka in English is pasture land. It lies at an altitude of 4200m above sea level and is just 4-5 hours of Trek from Manang. 

The next day and another 05 hours of the trek along the bank of the Jorsang river take you to Thorong Phedi (Thorong High Camp). Thorong Phedi is where you stay overnight and another day to acclimate for trekking the Thorong La Pass. High Camp in Thorong is at 4525m above sea level. Reaching Thorong demands you to travel passing a narrow trail through a landslide area. 

Soul-satisfying 360⁰view is visible and keeps you motivated even during your challenging journey. Thorong La Pass is at 5416m above sea level. As you reach Thorong La Pass, a spectacular panoramic view welcomes you. The best part of this pass is a fantastic view, and you only descend from here, making the journey ahead relatively easy. It takes 04 hours to reach Thorong La Pass from Thorong High Camp, and remember to create memories here in the world’s highest pass. On the very same day of meeting Thorong La Pass, we descend to reach Jomsom Muktinath for an overnight stay. Most end this Annapurna Circuit Trek right here in Muktinath. 

Circuit To Be Completed By Jomson, Tatopani, And Nayapul

Out of many trekkers, only a few manage to gather the guts and energy to continue trekking to another famous destination of Jomsom. Jomsom receives a large number of visitors each year, and this is because the Muktinath temple lies nearby. People even get to Jomsom to experience rich snowfall. From Jomsom, you can get back to Pokhara taking a bus and even a Jeep. 

Jeep service is available from Muktinath. This gives the option to all who end their trek here and want to drive back to Pokhara. But if you have energy left, it is best to trek to Jomsom and return to Pokhara by bus or Jeep. 

There are two ways to get to Tatopani: take a bus from Muktinath or Jomsom or hike the trip. If you want to go by bus, the cost from Jomsom is around 900 NPR. Depending on your time constraints, you can conclude your trek anywhere in Muktinath, Jomson, Tatopani, or Nayapul. In addition, you may visit the nearby hot springs, which are the source of Tatopani’s name. As you continue your journey to Ghorepani, you will notice some trekkers coming from the opposite direction. This is because it runs concurrently with another famous Poon Hill trekking path.

Several hikers may be seen between Ghorepani and Nayapul towards the end of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What’s best, Self, Guided or Booked tour with the company?

One frequent question is what is the best way to do this trek. Every option has its advantage. If you are thinking of going solo to hit the rough terrains of the Annapurna circuit, then we highly recommend you have some prior trek experience. Remember that this is not an easy trek as you reach the high altitude of 5416m above sea level. Going solo can prove fatal, especially when you are trekking in high altitudes, as you might risk your health, and there won’t be any to help you. The next complication the solo traveller faces is a hotel room shortage. In fact, during the peak season, guest houses are fully booked, creating a lack of rooms and more for solo travellers. It is not recommended for you to travel solo. If you still wish to go solo, please gather as much information as possible and plan accordingly.

The disadvantage of a self-planned expedition is that you must manage everything independently. Your bags, lodging, permits, schedule, and anything else you’ll need on the trek must all be organized by you. During difficult moments, you will miss your guide’s skilled assistance. However, this will be a chance for you to learn as well.

 Annapurna Circuit Trek with Raconteur Adventure

Tourism is a luxury industry. So, you just sit back, relax and let the team of Raconteur handle all the logistics required for the Annapurna circuit trek. Yes, the price increase is visible, but the amount you pay can’t be compared to all views you get to see and the memories you make during the trek. Our company will guide you from the very beginning with all your dietary requirements, accommodation, itinerary, permits, porters, guide and amenities, directly and indirectly, to make your journey safe, comfortable and hassle less. 

The only negative, as previously said, is that the amount to be spent may be excessive. Similarly, you must adhere to their ideas and schedule. You may benefit from expert instruction and gain a deeper understanding of the areas while walking with an experienced guide.

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Food and Accommodation in Everest Region

Food and Accommodation in Everest Region

Food Everest Base Camp Trek

Food and Accommodation in Everest Region choices shrink once you leave glittering and resourceful cities to trek into the mountains. But that does not mean that your comfort won’t be taken care of during different level trekking in Nepal. The stays, teahouse, or lodges are okay, nothing fancy, but it is comfortable and warm. It is well facilitated with the basic facilities. Rooms you get in mountainous regions are twin sharing rooms, and you need to use a shared bathroom. Some lodge during the trek has attached bathroom, and upgrade will cost you extra.

Beds come with mattresses and pillows, and blankets to use. Mainly, these lodges highlight a large standard dining cum living room heated during mealtime with a pot stove. The most exciting thing to look forward to in these lodges is your chance of socialising with travellers worldwide. You can read books that you carry, charge your devices and do some talking. When trekkers usually stop for rest and sleepovers, they prefer a hot shower, and hot showers in these mountains are usually gas heated and will cost you extra bucks, but they are not super expensive.

While doing Everest Trek, the Khumbu region has access to WIFI with decent speed, and you need to acquire an Everest WIFI card for a smooth internet experience. So, do make sure that background processes are turned off so that you can save that valuable MB quota in the mountains of Nepal. As you gain more altitude during the trek, a WIFI network is available between villages where you can refill your MB quota and continue with your journey. You do need to charge your devices, and charging your devices up in the mountains will cost you extra and are usually paid hourly. It is very advisable to carry a power bank. If you have opted for a more extended trekking experience, you can charge your devices with a solar panel.

Let us inform you that there are no fancy offerings here in the lodge, so television is out of the question. So, please entertain yourselves with books, mobile, kindle readers, or you can even carry board games if you are travelling in groups. You can watch movies, listen to podcasts, and do more on mobile devices.

While you are on a trek, the available time for breakfast is 8 am. To carry your load, you need to pace up for porters, so have everything packed and ready before sitting for breakfast. Lunch is usually served en route to today’s destination. Throughout the trek, depending on trekking areas, the most common food includes Dal Bhat Tarkari, Pulses, Veg curry and Boiled Rice combination. Dinner time during the tour is usually 7 pm.

Different lodge during the trek offers snacks that are averagely priced  and boiled water is charged per litre.

Please look at the following table to get a simple idea of the pricing of different amenities available in other areas of Everest. Snacks here refers to a regular snickers bar.

Trekking Chart of Everest

WhereSnacksWiFiHot ShowerBoiled WaterCharging Per hourSoft Drinks
Namche Bazaar200500500150250300
Tengboche200Everest Link600200300400
Dingboche150Everest Link500250600300
Pheriche200Everest Link500200350450
Lobuche300Everest Link700300600400
Gorakh Step500Everest Link700400500400


The only payment method is cash in Nepalese Rupees during your trek, and some even accept dollars and euros. Foreign currency exchange is possible in Namche Bazaar and Lukla.

Room choice-Single Room or upgrade

If you are looking for a room with an attached bathroom, it is very natural for you to spend extra bucks for the upgrade. And if you are not in the mood to share the room with any, please inform of your preferences to your guide in the early morning.  Porter will move early for confirming your booking in the lodge of the day.  As a nice gesture, you can pay the porter and you enjoying solo room ultimately depends on availability at last.  In Namche Bazaar, upgrading the room may cost you an extra Rs. 750, and a single room upgrade would cost you additional 1000 rupees.

 What about toilets on the trekking trail?

During your trek in lower elevation, you will find clean western-style commode toilets, but as you gain altitude, long drop toilets get more common, which are holes in the ground to take a dump. Toilet Paper comes in handy here in these toilets. Plus, while trekking, it is okay to use restrooms in the human settlement area to reach the day’s destination.  Don’t hide into the bushes to do your thing. Toilets have buckets to keep toilet papers that are usually burnt.

What about rubbish management on the trek?

Recycling in the mountains is not an option yet; hence heaps of garbage pollute the hills. But in the Everest region, there is a recycling unit in Namche Bazaar. Around 20,000 travelers go to Everest Base Camp each year, creating mass waste. Some are more responsible and collect the waste and dispose of them in lodges, and some don’t care and leave it on the trail.

In the tours we organize, we discourage littering on the track.  We organize socially responsible tours and treks and encourage you to carry waste and dispose of it in an appropriate place or take it back to Kathmandu. On average, one person generates less than 1 Kg of waste from wrappers and other materials during the trek. So, it is not tedious to carry the waste back to the city and dispose of it.

Food choice during the tour in Nepal

In Nepal, what is expected are the fresh food you get during the trek. An essential staple here of every Nepalese is Dal, Bhat and Tarkari, which is lentil soup, stewed veggies, mostly potatoes or meat and boiled rice. You can have chilli sauce and even order the Sherpa Stew, which is made of beef, potatoes and vegetables in a rich sauce and served with rice. Every lodge has this important Dal Bhat meal with a choice of western meals.

Expect the following items in your meal;

Breakfast – Omelets, toasted bread, Tibetan bread, Eggs both fried and boiled, pancakes, muesli, porridge, tea, coffee, chocolates.

Lunch/Dinner- Soups (garlic, mushroom, tomato, vegetable etc.), Fried rice (veg), Dal Bhat, Curry with or without rice, noodles available with mix fried, veg, egg and cheese, Veg or Meat MO: MO(fried or boiled chopper pasties), pizza of different types, chips, water buffalo and sometimes yak steak, and some even some Italian delicacies such as Lasagna.

You also get some choice in the dessert section of the menu, and the items we will see in the menu in Everest region trekking is rice pudding, apple pie, snickers pie, chocolate cake and even fruit cocktail.

Raconteur Adventure will provide three meals a day with the food served as your choice and one hot drink per meal. And if you want to add more, the average price is Rs 150 per cup of tea, coffee, hot lemon and will cost you Nrs. 1500 for a flask of hot drinks. If you wish to have a beer, one can is 600- 800 Rs.

But in Kathmandu, the food is more expensive as Overhead and choice increase.

Nrs. 600 – Breakfast in Hotel at Thamel

A meal in town – Nrs 1200/-

Mineral water, 1 Litre-  Nrs 150 in hotels and Nrs 25 in local shops

Soft drinks/beer – Nrs 350 or more in the hotels.

Drinking water facility during the trek in Nepal

In cities, normal mineral water is Nrs 25, but up in the mountains, as everything has to be carried, the cost of all amenities goes up.

While you are in the mountainous region in the trek, you can fill up the boiled water or even tap water. River water is a no as it is full of glacial silt and could  be contaminated with animal urine and even toilet waste.

On the other hand, tap water in lodges is piped from high up rivers and clean glaciers, making it safe to drink with little treatment.

You can purify the water with the following methods:

Iodine drops, 03  per litre, available in Kathmandu, locally known as Lugols solution

Flavour- Tang Powder

Chlorine-based tablets

Steripen, which uses UV  to kill the bacteria but is fragile to carry

Aqyaprove is a water purification tablet that is light and has no aftertaste.

Everest Base Camp Temperature.

Other trekking regions in Nepal

Nepal is the home of trekking paradise. The Himalayan range on the northern side speaks tall and the highest mountains in the world. There are more than five trekking regions in Nepal, out of which Everest is more heard.  Everest Base Camp Trek is in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Nepal’s other most popular trekking region, the Annapurna Circuit, like Everest Base Camp Trek, is facilitated with friendly lodges. The waste management system is not that advanced as rubbish is kept in large pits and burnt.

In the Annapurna region, you can do more remote treks like Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Upper Mustang Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek. In these treks, you will see far fewer people, and the facilities get more basic with long-drop toilets in the lodge.

Most importantly, the environment you are visiting is fragile and needs longing protection works. So, please minimize the rubbish and carry possible garbage in your bag.

For trekking experiences near Kathmandu, Langtang Valley Trek, Ama Yangri Trek are some famous trekking here in the Langtang region. Food and accommodation during the trek in the Langtang region are also essential, with no waste management system.

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek

Raconteur Adventure tries giving as much information on different trekking trails, food and accommodation of varying trekking regions of Nepal. This blog provides detailed information on nutrition, waste management, drinking water and accommodation, mainly of the Everest region.

Mountains in Nepal

Mountains in Nepal

Nepal is located in the heart of South Asia, dominated by the vast Rocky Mountains covered with Snow and Ice of Himalayan Ranges that covers about 230000 square miles (595,000 sq km). Nepal is the 93rd largest country in the World. The range occupies most of Nepal and extends into the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and some states of India like Sikkim and Darjeeling. Mountains in Nepal is of upscale adventure offering you all an andreline while trekking and doing expeditions. The Himalaya features several World’s Highest Peak the World:

  • Everest 8848m
  • Lhotse 8516m
  • Makalu 8463m
  • Cho oyu 8201
  • Dhaulagiri 8167m
  • Manaslu 8163m
  • Annapurna 8091m

These mountains are always covered with snow river flows downwards and form a deep glacier Bodies white snow-covered mountains. Nepal was opened for foreigners for mountaineering for peak climbing in 1949 by the joint venture of the Department of mountaineering and the Nepal Tourism Board. Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay was the first person to climb the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

Mount Everest/ Sagarmatha:

Elevation 8848/29,029ft

Mt. Everest is the Highest Peak in the World, with an Elevation of 8848m. It was surveyed by the Chinese in 1975. Everest commercial climbing routes south and north. Everest has the highest number of summiteers, more than 8000m peaks in the World. Apart from mountaineering in this region, Trekking is also famous yearly. Thousands of Trekkers Visit this region for Trekking. This trek leads you to the World’s highest mountain base camp. There are passes in these regions, which is impressive for Trekking which are;

  1. Renjo la pass:
  2. Chola pass:
  3. Kongmala pass:

1) Renjo la pass 5360m

Renjo la pass provides a lifetime experience with a panoramic view of Everest and other Himalayan ranges. This route leads you to the Gokyo valley where Ngozumpa Glacier is located, one of the Largest glaciers of the Himalayan range of this region.

2) Chola pass

Chola pass is the cross path up to Mount Everest and Kala Patthar for the best view of Mount Everest or to see Khumbu icefall.

3) Kongmala pass:

Kongmala pass is the Highest passes among these passes. The view from here is impressive. Also, these leads to the trail that descends towards Dingboche and Tengboche.


Elevation 8586m/28769ft

Kanchanjunga is the second-highest mountain in Nepal and the Third Highest Mountain in the World, which lies in the easternmost part of Nepal, bordering India. Once thought it was the highest mountain in the World.


Elevation: 8516m/27940

Lhotse is the third highest mountain in Nepal. This mountain shares the same climbing route as mount Everest up to camp 3. Mount Lhotse Comprises of two peaks, Lhotse middle and Lhotse Shar.

Makalu, Mountains in Nepal


Makalu is the fourth highest mountain in Nepal and fifth-highest Mountain in the World. It is also the most challenging mountain to climb due to its steep pitches and knife-like edge and ridges. Nag Chepal was the first person to climb the summit of this mountain in 1955, May 15.

Cho Oyu

Elevation: 8201m/26906

Mount Cho yu is the 6th highest mountain in the World and the 5th highest mountain in Nepal. It is known as the easiest among 8000m peaks. It is located at the border of Tibet and Nepal, and it shares the base camp from both sides of China and India.


Dhaulagiri is the sixth Highest Mountain in Nepal and the 7th Highest Mountain in the World. The Dhaulagiri lies in the western region of Nepal.


Elevation: 8156m/26759ft

Mount Manaslu has become the preliminary mountain and has gained popularity for climbing 8000m peaks.

Mount Manaslu first summit was recorded by the Japanese and Sherpa Climber in 1956, May 9 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu.



Mount Annapurna was the first peak to be climbed by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950 on June 3. Mt Annapurna is one of the most dangerous mountains among the heights of 8000m peak. Due to the high chances of avalanches and Steep ridges, it makes climbers challenging to climb. Also, it is the deadliest among mountains above 8000m.

Mardi Himal Trek Route

Trek to Mardi Himal

Mardi Himal trek route is one of the popular and equally amazing trekking routes of Nepal. Mardi Himal is pure beauty rendering a spectacular view of Macchapucchre Mountain. At the base of Mardi Himal, one can enjoy the stunning beauty of the Annapurna range. Once you set your foot in Mardi Himal, there lie many stories unfolding here. Mardi Himal lies at an altitude of 3,300m above sea level. As you trek to Mardi, you will be experiencing beautiful changing landscapes. You will pass winding paths, beautiful rhododendron forest, and reach amazing Mardi-Himal. A mind-settling view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli is all promised with the Mardi Himal Trekking package of Raconteur Adventure.

Mardi Himal trek commences from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara. Pokhara is happening and most beautiful city in Nepal. You can either drive or fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The whole Mardi Himal Trek is all doable within 5-7 days of the trek. Raconteur Adventure has perfectly designed Mardi Himal Trek to meet the expectations of all trekkers.

Mardi Himal Trek route- Itinerary Overview

On the first day of our trek, we will drive or fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. After reaching Pokhara, we will drive to Kande, and Kande is the commencing point of the trek. Then on the second day of our trek, we will reach Forest Camp (2700m) and stay overnight. Then our trek continues to Badal Danda Camp (3300m) from Forest Camp. Badal Danda camp offers a splendid view of glittering snowed mountains with sweeping valleys in the foreground. Then on day four of the trek, we will trek back to High Camp. The fourth day also rewards you with a glamorous view of the Himalayas and greenery. As our trekking journey continues on the fifth day, we have a more demanding trekking trail ahead. On this very day, we will see and experience Mount Fish Tail and Mardi Himal up close.

On day fifth we will trek 1000m. The trail follows back to Badal Danda on the same day. The sixth day of the trekking is descending trail to reach Deurali. We will reach Deurali and stay overnight. On day seven of our trek, we will trek to Dhampus Phedi, from where we will drive you to Pokhara. There is certainly a suitable time to do this trek.

Mardi Himal Trekking Package, Raconteur Adventure

Best Season

Mardi Himal shines bright with a clear sky during September, October, and November. Spring season is the best time to do this trek. March and May is other right time to participate in Mardi Himal Trek. In the winter, Mardi Himal Trek is doable but with the added hassle of snow and cold climate. May and June is the ideal time to see hills and forest full of rhododendron forest. The time from June to mid-September is not the ideal time to do this trek. If you are non-Nepali, we will need special permits to do Mardi Himal Trekking.

Necessary Permits;

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP) from Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) from the TAAN office at Thamel, Kathmandu, or Pokhara.

The climate here gets cold and you require to carry jackets that are warm and will help you get through the cool climate. You don’t need to worry about logistics, as Raconteur Adventure assure all the safety and comfort throughout the tour. In this amazing journey to Mardi Himal, you will experience birds that are colorful and makes you spell-bound with the soulful lullaby of birds. Adding more to the trekking experience is the mind-settling view of the sky-touching mountains with the forest of blooming rhododendron in the foreground to allure you more.

Raconteur Adventure is your complete one-stop solution for any kind of trekking package and the Mardi Himal Trek route is one of the best itineraries of Raconteur Adventure. Send us a message @ [email protected] to book yours now.

Image credit; Mr. Salil Phuyal.

Manang Trek

Manang Trek

Manang is one of the isolated places of the Himalayan nation, Nepal. This beautiful site is near Tibet and lies in the eastern part of the Annapurna Circuit at an altitude of 4900m above sea level. Manang is rich in its history offering and people still trade yak and salts with Tibet. This site once was a vital trade site of East Asia. Manang has many stories to be told. It is one of the most restrained areas of Nepal is now open for trekkers and travelers from the 70s. Manang stands proud with its appearance showcasing pristine mountains, beautiful climate, and mind-settling landscapes. You need to be physically fit to do this trek and Raconteur Adventure has the best Manang Trek Itinerary with all logistics. 

Manang is the place to be if you want to see Pisang Peak, Chulu range, Gangapurna, Kangaru Peak, Throng Peak Tilicho Peak.The journey here is sense-satisfying to the ultimate and all this is possible as you set your foot and give your heart to this place with us. We will travel in the mountains where you will have some wonderful experiences. Snow-capped mountains, the local lifestyle, amazing landscapes, and of course the journey itself. Trekking is your most satisfying way to explore the beauty of Manang.


Special Manang

In your journey to Manang, you will set your foot in 13 districts of Nepal. Manang has two areas, Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Both areas offer a sensational view of amazing barren panorama, and glittering mountains shining in the background. As river Marshyangdi flows along 13 districts here, you will also get a satisfying view of greenery, flora, and fauna. 

Manang is a mind-boggling desert-like structure, which is more beautiful in winters. Manang still has more in its sleeves. The customs, rituals, festivals, lifestyle, and emotions make you feel at home. The warm hospitality is all praiseworthy here. And the cherry on the top is the glittering mountainous view. There is a cave just one day away from Manang. Old Buddhist monasteries here take you more close to reality and show you the way of enlightenment. As you will be traveling to one of the most remote sites in Nepal, you need a nice bed and delicious food. So, for all your tours, Raconteur Adventure promises the best service in the locality. 


Our Promise

Raconteur Adventure believes in sustainable practices. So, we want to assure you, we offer the best of service, from guides to food. We want to grow with you. Please allow us to make stories and you be the raconteur. A pleasant environment, comfortable bed, and hygienic food are all here on our tour. Besides these, we have all documents signed for helicopter rescue, doctors and nurses, insurance, Gear Company, and other stakeholders. You can book any hotel but we are operating this tour with three-star category hotels. The best time to do this Manang Valley Trek is in autumn and spring.


Best Season

Autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May) is the best season for trekking in Nepal and mountain expedition. In this time, the sky clears and unravels glittering mountains for your total experience. In spring, hills are happier as they are full of beautiful flowers. Summer (June-August) is a time of heavy rainfall and is more exciting as Mustang, Dolpo and Nar-Phu valley are rain shadow areas. But before you set up your foot here in Manang, it is better to do some short hikes in your homeland. This will help you with the trekking waiting ahead. But, you don’t need experience to trek here. Raconteur has a perfectly designed Manang Valley Trek 11 day itinerary. 


Itinerary Overview, Manang Trek

After we welcome you on the first day of the trek, we will do sightseeing on our second day. On day third, we will drive Chame and trek to Pisang on the fourth day of the trek. We will trek to Manang from Pisang on the fifth day of the trek. On day six, you will enjoy Manang. Then, on the sixth day, we will trek to Ganga Purna Lake and the journey to the lake is full of rich villages. The seventh day takes us to Tilcho Base Camp via Siri Kharka. The 8th day of the trek is the day to celebrate as you will reach Tilicho Lake, the world’s highest lake. From Tilicho, our trek traces the same route. We trek back to Siri Kharka on the ninth day and trek back to Manang on the 10th. We will reach Besisahar from Manang via Jeep on the 11th day of our trek and day 12, we drive to Kathmandu. On this very last day, Raconteur Adventure will host a farewell dinner so that we can hear your comments and suggestions. 

Raconteur Adventure; Manang Valley Trek

Manang Trek requires a special permit. Please check the official link of the government of Nepal. 

Manang/Restricted Region Trekking

The Shangrila of Nepal, Manang is all ready to make you smile and happy. In this amazing journey, you will be enjoying variation from the art, the architecture of Kathmandu to the beauty of Tilicho Lake. We assure you of the fullest satisfaction and amazing experience. So, allow us to handle your logistics and let us be your raconteur. 

Journey of Manang Trek allows you to enjoy variation from the art, the architecture of Kathmandu to the beauty of Tilicho Lake.

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