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Annapurna Circuit Trek

21 Days, 20 Nights

£ 1,150.00

Deposit:   10%

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21 Days, 20 Nights

£ 1,150.00

Per Person
All Tour Prices Are Discounted When Booking with 2 Or More Registered GoKo Travellers!

About the tour

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most outstanding trekking circuits in the world. The Annapurna Circuit Trek generally takes 15-20 days depending on fitness and experience. The route ranges between 160 -240 km long, depending upon the transportation facilities available.
So where does it all begin?

All trekkers must cross the Thorang-La pass which is situated at an altitude of 5416m. Due to the high altitude, strong fitness is required. The Annapurna circuit trek touches Base of Tibetan Plateau at Manang valley after passing through the river valley of Marshyangdi. The view of more than 10 mountain peaks ranging above 6000m can be observed, making it a truly once in a lifetime experience.

The favourable seasons for this trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During the autumn and spring season the weather is warm and panoramic views of Mt Annapurna are visible. Other than these two seasons, winter (December, January and February) is very cold, causing for a somewhat more challenging hike, even for experienced trekkers. During these months, expect very harsh weather conditions, including snowstorms. What's more,  during summer and monsoon season (June to August), there are high risks of landslides, falls and unfavourable weather encounters.

Annapurna circuit trek is undoubtedly a world-class trekking experience and offers a magical, in-depth, insight into the Himalayan trail circuits and culture - offering panoramic views of flora, fauna, glacier rivers, dramatic waterfalls, natural hot springs and more...

Tour Summary: The Need-To-Knows

Starting Location: kathmandu
Finishing Location: kathmandu
21 Days Accommodation
All Meals Included
All Transport Included
Tour suitable for - 18+ (age range)
Physical rating = 7/10
Best suited for - Traveller type or above
Starting Location: kathmandu
Finishing Location: kathmandu
21 Days Accommodation
All Meals Included
All Transport Included
Tour suitable for - 18+ (age range)
Physical rating = 7/10
Best suited for - Traveller type or above
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Tour Itinerary

We welcome you to the great Himalayan Kingdom: Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our GoKo representative will welcome you and assist in transferring you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

After you spend a few hours relaxing and a getting refreshed, you will be invited to a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu city. Here a quick briefing about your trip will take place before you return to your prearranged hotel for the night
Today, your tour manager will come to meet you at the hotel at 10.00 AM.  They will brief you again about the trip in detail, introduce you to your guide and provide you with all the correct documents.

You will be free in the afternoon and have time to manage your trek preparation. Our guide will meet you at your hotel at six o'clock in the evening then take you for a welcome dinner which will consist of a traditional Nepali culture show. After having dinner, we will drop you at the hotel where you will spend your second night.
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. You will be driven by local bus to Beshishahar, passing the beautiful Nepalese countryside.

Beshishahar is a big town and district headquarter of the Lamjung District. Here you have the afternoon to explore the surrounding area and overnight at the hotel.
Today, we begin our trek from Beshishahar which offers a fine view of Hiunchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli).

The trek begins by crossing the local bamboo bridges that connect you with Bhulbhule. From Bhulbhule you will continue to Ngadi village for lunch - passing through waterfalls, river banks and mountain views. Finally, after a solid 5/6 hours hiking, you will reach Bahundanda for an overnight stay.

This is a beautiful village on the top of a mountain and if the sun is still up, you may have a chance to explore the local village and schools depending on time.
After breakfast, the trek descends to Syange village. A short downhill walk brings you to Syange village after crossing a long suspension bridge.

From here, the trek continues gradually uphill for the rest of the afternoon. Once you have crossed the river and made your way up the last steep hill, you will arrive in Jagat for a lunch stop. After lunch, you will have about another hour walk on a rocky path which offers long scenic waterfall views and mountain peaks.

After crossing the river again, you finally reach Chamje for an overnight stop.
From Chamje, a short walk brings to a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river. After crossing the bridge, you embark on another steep climb for another 2-3 hours until you reach Tal. Tal village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with beautiful waterfalls & a sandy spread river.

As we continue the trek, we move upstream towards Dharapani, conquering rocky trails, crossing suspension bridges and passing small hamlets and teashops, before eventually arriving at Dharapani.
We continue our trek further to Chame. From here you will notice the vegetation, people and landscapes change as the air gets cooler.

The trail then climbs through pine forests to Bagarchhap - the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we enter the alpine region - passing through farms, orchards and beautiful pine forests. With views of towering peaks including Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river of Marshyangdi upstream, passing the villages of Latamanang and Koto before arriving at your destination; Chame - The headquarters of the Manang district.
The trail leads from the one side of the river on the northern bank and passes through pine woods and small communities until you reach the orchard village of Bhartang (famed for its apple gardens).

Continuing on the gradual path, you cross the bridge and instantly into a short steep climb through more pine forests until you reach the top of the ridge in Dhukur Pokhari for lunch. After walking out of the tree line, a great view of Pisang peak and Chulu peak can be seen.

After an hour of gentle descent, you arrive at the windswept village of Pisang for the night. While you are resting here you can visit some of the  Tibetan style houses and a monastery with panoramic views of the Annapurna range and valley. below
The trek starts with a pleasant walk through pine forests. The walk climbs gently up for half an hour and once you reach the top, you get your first view of the Manang valley. This grand spot offers spectacular views of multiple valleys, Humde villages air-strips and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, Chulu East and Pisang Peak.

The walk forward to Humde is pleasant and joins with the Tibetan village;  Braga. Here the monastery boasts a fantastic range of statues, Thanka paintings and the religious manuscripts.

From here it is only an hour walk to Manang.
Today its time to rest and to acclimatize to your surroundings.

The village consists of about 500 flat-roofed houses, which offers a picturesque setting amongst the spectacular backdrop of -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters), Tilicho (7,132 meters),  Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters).

After exploring and relaxing in Manang, you are encouraged to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and go to a movie showing.
After a wonderful time in Manang, the trail climbs slowly to Tenki Manang. The track winds up offering spectacular views and you get the chance to see the beautiful juniper bushes for the first time - the only surviving vegetation around this region.

2 hours of extra walking will bring you to Yak-Kharka.
We start our trek with a slow-paced walk to Phedi. We still have the same amazing landscape views, so soak it in.

After an hours walk, you reach Ledar and continue to climb the east bank of Jorsang Khola, before descending across the stream to a small tea shop. Here you stop for a tea break.

After a short rest, you follow a narrow path across a high, somewhat unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the night. Phedi, which means ‘foot of the hill’, is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb.
Today is the longest and hardest day of the whole trip.

We start our walk early in the morning with a packed lunch. Here the trail becomes very steep before reaching the high camp. Walk at your own pace as the views are out of this world. You continue to walk up for another 3-4 hrs in order to reach the top of Throng La.

A short break surrounded by a picturesque scenery is interrupted by the downwards hike to the Mustang part of the mountain and into Kaligandaki valley below to the West.

Finally, after 7-8 hours, you will reach Muktinath.
We visit the temple in the morning and continuing our journey descending over the Kaligandaki River.

After a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti (translated as lonely teahouse), you embark on a very windy path for two hours until you reach the large town of Jomsom - another headquarter of the Mustang region.

After lunch at Jomsom,  another two hours of easy walking towards the south-east brings us at Marpha for an overnight stop. Marpha is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well-kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and apple pie.
Today, the walk is very enjoyable.

Following the Kaligandaki river downstream, you reach another charming village called Tukuche. Boasting spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri’s and the massive ice-falls which tumble from Dhaualgiri’s east face, you push forward for another hour into Kalolpani Village for lunch. Views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri are all visible.

After another 2 hours of easy downhill, walking brings you to the long-settled Thakali village for an overnight stay at a lonely little lodge.
The route dramatically changes a from dry, arid desert to a pine and conifer forests full of vegetation, as you pass between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s.

From Ghasa to Tatopani, you will meet the Thakali people for the first time, meaning the architectural style changing quite dramatically. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into a warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani. Here you will pass the famous and beautiful waterfalls of Rupse. Coming down through Dana village (the deepest gorge of the world), you will have another couple of hours until you reach the natural hot spring baths.

Overnight stay in Tatopani.
After spending a wonderful morning into the hot springs, you cross the suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river and follow the path to Beni. From Beni, there is a very steep climb to the top, which continues past farms and villages and into dense rhododendron forests before reaching Ghorepani.

This is a great place for mountain scenery.
An early morning start will take you to Poon Hill (3210m/10530ft).

This route offers a glimpse into the pleasant rhododendron forests and boasts mind-blowing viewpoints that provide you with a stunning sunrise over the high Himalayas. The panoramic scenery shows off views of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and the route to Manaslu. After sunrise, you head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trekking to Tadapani where you stay the night.
This is the last day of trekking. The track leads you through scenic landscapes and local villages before you find yourself descending dramatically until you get to Ghandrung village for lunch. This is a heavily settled Gurung village, which has now been turned into a modern village (for Nepal standards).

Another easy path arrives you in Birethanthi for lunch. After another half an hour flat walk, you will reach Nayapul. Your trek ends here and we will drive you back to Pokhara for the night. Here you're free to explore the lakeside and simply relax in the heart of Town.
An early morning drive will take you back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will transfer you to the hotel where you can rest. Our manager will meet you in the evening then take you for the farewell dinner.
Departure for home. Today our driver will drop you at the International Airport for the final departure if you wish. 

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Inclusions & Exclusions

  • All Ground transportation.
  • Three nights accommodation between Kathmandu and Pokhara - twin sharing tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorised by the government and the necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation and meals.
  • welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit etc.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.
  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.
Tour Details
Essential tour information


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Where does it all begin?:

All trekkers must cross the Thorang-La pass which is situated at an altitude of 5416m. Because of the high altitude, strong fitness is required. The Annapurna circuit trek touches Base of Tibetan Plateau at Manang valley after passing through the river valley of Marshyangdi. The view of more than 10 mountain peaks ranging above 6000m can be observed, making it a truly once in a lifetime experience. Due to the presence of road, Mountain biking is also possible on this route. 

The favourable seasons for this trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During the autumn and spring season the weather is warm and panoramic views of Mt Annapurna are visible. Other than these two seasons, winter (December, January and February) is very cold, causing for a somewhat more challenging hike, even for experienced trekkers. During these months, expect very harsh weather conditions, including snowstorms. Whatsmore,  during summer and monsoon season (June to August), there are high risks of landslides, falls and unfavourable weather encounters.

Annapurna circuit trek is undoubtedly a world-class trekking experience and offers a magical, in-depth, insight into the Himalayan trail circuits and culture - offering panoramic views of flora, fauna, glacier rivers, dramatic waterfalls, natural hot springs and more...


About the region:

Peaks such as Annapurna I, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, can be observed from closer ranges if you wish to see them. The Annapurna circuit trek provides you with a real taste of rural Nepali lifestyles, and if you so wish, you can really find yourself diving into the unique culture, traditional foods and local communities.

The trek starts from Khudi, which is an 8-9 hour drive from the capital city Kathmandu. Since many of the villages and trekking route have been connected to the road network facility, many homestays are available.

Note: Some areas of the trek become very dusty due to the transportation of goods. Please be aware that you may find this middle section difficult at times. 


Fitness and other recommendations:

For those wanting to complete the highly popular Annapurna Circuit Trek, trekkers need above average physical fitness, strong mental endurance and ability to trek for around 5-6 hours on rough terrain. With a carefully designed itinerary, professional and quality service, it is without a doubt this will be an experience of a lifetime.


Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4160 ft)

Day 02:  Trek preparation (1,300m/4,160 ft)

Day 03: Drive to Beshishahar (760m/ft), 6,2432 7 hrs drive

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m/4192ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1,430m/4,576ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1860m/5252ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 07: Trek to Chame (2,670m/5344ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,240ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,328ft), 4-5 hrs walk

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,540m/11,328ft)

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m/12857ft), 3-4 hours walk

Day 12: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,450m/14240ft), 3-4 hrs walk

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,760m /15232ft) via Throng La (5,416m/17331 ft), 7-8 hrs walk

Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,670m/8544ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 15: Trek to Ghasa (2010m/6432ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,190m/3808ft), 4-5 hrs walk

Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m/9,152ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 18: Pun hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,416ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 19: Trek to Pokhara (820m/2,624ft), 5-6 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu


Other Essentials

>Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
> Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
>Passport (required) (With photocopies)
> Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
> Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency to purchase extra meals and drinks during the trek. There are no ATM's so make sure you have enough and try to change all your  NPR1000 notes into smaller notes before the trek begins.

Conservative Dress:
> Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
> Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Final Notes: 
The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.



Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly and your designated tour leader may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly. Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. For more information please read the "what to take" section of this trip notes. 

While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatization you are likely to feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation whilst on this trek. Please be aware that your tour leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude.

In the Himalayas weather can cancel or delay the scheduled flight(s) to/from Lukla airport. To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make this flight by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the travellers, and not something covered by GoKo Travels. Please keep approximately USD 500 (one way) accessible in case this situation presents itself. This suggested amount is in addition to the emergency fund suggested below. 

Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed. This is especially true if the delays are prior to the trek, as the original trek may no longer be feasible. Your Tour Leader will be there to help with this process.


Please note that drones and the flying of drones are prohibited in Nepal. If you violate these regulations the police may take you into custody.


Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact GoKo Travels or your Tour leader on the numbers provided in the contact selection of this document (bottom).
If you are unable to get in touch with GoKo, please refer to our emergency contact details. 

You do not need to pre-booked an airport transfer, as your tour leader will collect you from outside the airport and will take you to your Starting Point hotel.



Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. 

All foreign nationals (except Indian passport holders) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, land borders (including borders with India & Tibet) and on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport. Getting a visa at the airport or land borders can take time due to long queues. There have been instances when travellers are asked to show proof of exit from the country, ie flight tickets- although this is uncommon. You will also need to provide one passport photo and payment should be made in US dollars (Other currencies are also accepted but rates will differ). 

Please check with the relevant visa office before departure to make sure there has been no change:

** Note: Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

The following costs here correct at time of writing:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25:
Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40  
Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

Please Note: Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit the country. GoKo recommends that you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. 



GoKo Travels doesn't currently have the facilities to book your external/international flights. Therefore, you will have to prearrange your own flights to the required destination. We are always looking to improve our services, therefore, are planning to implement this solution as soon as possible.  

Travel insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.



Money Exchange:

As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates:  There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard but these are limited to Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. USD are also widely accepted in Nepal. ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Bhaktapur. Make sure you carry sufficient cash to cover your needs when travelling outside of these cities. 

The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.

Contingency Funds:

Make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't.
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved.



Hotels  (3 nights), teahouse lodges (12 nights).

About Accommodation
A tea house is the combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic and the rooms are small with twin beds. Blankets are generally provided, while most bathrooms are shared and toilets will either be squat or western style. 
The majority of tea houses only have cold showers, however, a few may have hot water available at an additional cost. Nonetheless, we discourage groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. 
There is a large dining room / communal-lounge, warmed by the Bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). You will spend most your evenings in here.

There is normally no electric lighting in the bedrooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. 
Some tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.


Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with GoKo you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, 3 meals a day is included in all of our trekking prices. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though and you will still have your own choice from the menus provided.

During a tea house stay, you will be given breakfast and dinner, while lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every tea house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have a Nepali version of western food such as pizza, pasta and french fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the tea houses and trail side restaurants. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for all tastes and budgets.


Alcohol and trekking don't mix. We highly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption in Kathmandu prior to your trip. Celebrate your achievements after your trek. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration. Limit your intake of both when hiking at high altitudes.



Plane, taxi, private vehicle and walking.

Local Flights
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are often delayed due to poor weather and there have been occasions when groups have had to have their treks rescheduled. Your local leader will give you the most up to date information regarding delays to flights. Domestic flights in Nepal have strict weight limits - 10kg of check-in luggage and 5kg of carry-on hand luggage per person is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.

Nepal's only international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, has a single runway that services both domestic and international flights. Cancellations and delays are frequent, especially during peak tourist seasons or in poor weather. Travellers have on occasion missed international connections as a result of this, particularly if flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are delayed. Ensure you have adequate travel insurance and contact numbers for your airlines before departure



Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.


Demonstrations and protests are common in Nepal, with strikes regularly occurring that may result in curfews or roadblocks being enforced at short notice. At these times, businesses may close and vehicles may not be allowed on the roads. You should avoid any demonstrations or political gatherings and follow local advice, including that of your leader in the event of any disruptions. 

Although crime is relatively low, pickpocketing and other petty theft are common, especially in places where tourists or foreigners frequent. Avoid walking on your own and don’t carry large sums of cash. Keep valuables in a hotel safe if possible. Bars and restaurants now close at midnight as part of a government crackdown on illegal activities. Police have increased their presence in Thamel and Durbar, Marg, popular tourist districts in Kathmandu, in an effort to reduce crime in these areas. You should seek out police if you have been robbed or affected by any crime.


Travelling in Nepal during Holi Festival (1-2 March 2018, 20-21 March 2019, 9-10 March 2020), can at times be dangerous due to large consumption of intoxicating substances.  Although this is a once in a lifetime festival, it is often associated with physical violence and danger in some parts of the city. Your guides will advise you and your group on what places to avoid on this day.

Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (7 November 2018, 27 October 2019, 14 November 2020) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately.  Ask your guide about safety options here and if you feel uncomfortable we can alter your itinerary too best suit your needs.



Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally, so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. 

All GoKo travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our tour leader / local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GoKo Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Information should be gathered round necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure.
We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.



The Definition of Altitude Sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness):
It is an illness that ranges from a mild headache and weariness to a life-threatening build-up of fluid in the lungs or brain at high altitudes. Acute altitude sickness is the mildest and most common form.

High Altitude: 1500 – 3500 m (5000 – 11500 ft)
Very High Altitude: 3500 – 5500 m (11500 – 18000 ft)
Extreme Altitude: above 5500 m (18000 ft)

Altitude sickness causes:

Altitude sickness symptoms occur when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes is too quickly that the body doesn’t get time to acclimatise. Altitude sickness generally develops at elevations higher than 8,000 feet (about 2,400 meters) above sea level and when the rate of ascent exceeds 1,000 feet (300 meters) per day.

The following actions can trigger altitude sickness:

  • Ascending too quickly (rapidly)

  • Overexertion within 24 hours of ascent

  • Inadequate fluid intake

  • Hypothermia

  • Consumption of alcohol or another sedative

One way to avoid altitude sickness is allowing the body to get used to the altitude slowly (Acclimatisation). Acclimatisation is the process by which the body adjusts to high altitudes. The goal of acclimatisation is to increase ventilation (breathing) to compensate for lower oxygen content in the air. To compensate for this extra ventilation, blood needs to have a lower pH. In response, the kidneys excrete bicarbonate into the urine, which in turn lowers the body’s pH to accommodate this extra respiratory effort.

Altitude sickness symptoms:

Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Insomnia

  • Shortness of breath during exertion

  • Nausea

  • Decreased appetite

  • Swelling of extremities

  • Social withdrawal

People with acute altitude sickness often attribute their symptoms to other causes such as an uncomfortable bed, bad food, or a hangover. However, it is important to recognize that these symptoms may indicate a high altitude illness which is High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and High altitude cerebral edema (HACE).

High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) fluid build up in the lungs. An advanced form of acute altitude sickness causes the following progression of symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath at rest

  • Gurgling respirations

  • Wet cough with frothy sputum

  • Possible fever

  • Respiratory failure

  • Onset of HAPE can be gradual or sudden.

  • HAPE typically occurs after more than one day spent at high altitude

  • High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) is fluid build up in the brain. It can begin with confusion.

  • A person developing HACE begins having trouble keeping up with the group.-

  • Next, walking and coordination become impaired.

  • As the brain continues to swell, lethargy and then coma will develop.

  • If left untreated, HACE will ultimately result in death.

  • Both HAPE and HACE are potentially fatal but are thankfully extremely rare during a well-planned climb.

Altitude sickness treatment: 

  • Delay further ascent until symptoms improve.

  • Rest and stay warm.

  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headache. ( Ask your doctor for subscription )

  • Do not use sleeping pills or other central nervous system depressants to treat insomnia because they can suppress breathing.

If symptoms continue, do not travel any higher.



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