Annapurna Circuit Trek

 Annapurna Circuit Trek: One of the most Rewarding Trek in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek, also known as Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek, is the longest and most rewarding trek to the Annapurna region of Nepal. Immerse in the captivating beauty of Annapurna massif and get a detailed knowledge of every aspect of nature and culture.

The moment of being on the world’s highest and most challenging pass – Thorong La pass, would be a trophy for all the obstacles you have gone through during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from the foothills of Annapurna. It takes you to the world’s highest pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters. This drastic change in the altitude during the trek allows you to explore the diversity in terms of altitude, vegetation, wildlife, people, culture, and lifestyle.

How to explore the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Nepal Intrepid Treks escorts you to the Annapurna region of Nepal and lets you witness the beauty that lies in lush forests, hills, waterfalls, rivers, quaint villages, and terraced farmland. Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Jagat via Besisahar in the Marsyangdi river valley. Then it ends up in the deepest gorge in the world – Kaligandaki Gorge.

As we encircle the Annapurna range, we cross two beautiful river valleys. In addition, we walk along the beautiful paddy fields, and sub-tropical forests, and pass several villages. Along the way, we catch a few glimpses of waterfalls and colossal cliffs.

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View of beautiful range of mountains from Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek

Annapurna Circuit trek takes you to the beautiful valley of Manang. Additionally, the wilderness of Manang and Pisang Valley as you walk through the yak kharkas and pine forests in the valley is intoxicating. Furthermore, the views of Pisang Peak as it rises just above the Pisang Valley are superb. Moreover, the view of Gangapurna from Manang Valley! Moving ahead with the trek, we reach Thorong La Phedi and ascend up to the Thorong La Pass. In addition, the pass offers some majestic views of mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, etc. Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims is another attraction of this journey.

Muktinath is not just famous for the religious importance it possesses. In addition, it is renowned for the splendid views of the Himalayas that this place offers. Descending down from Muktinath, we pass some beautiful villages like Marpha, Ghasa, and Tadapani to Ghorepani. The Poonhill too offers some excellent views of mountains in Annapurna ranges. The sunrise and sunset views from Poonhill can be the most captivating experience of our journey.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat by jeep (1100m/1300m) – 6/7 hours
  • Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) – 5 hours
  • Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2630m) – 6 hours
  • Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3200m) – 5 hours
  • Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3500) – 4/5 hours
  • Day 08: Acclimatization in Manang
  • Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m) – 5 hours
  • Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m) – 4/5 hours
  • Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) – 8 hours
  • Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m) – 6 hours
  • Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Leisure Day
  • Day 16: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Annapurna Circuit Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

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Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus.  At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

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Today, we drive towards Besisahar. After around 6 hours’ drive along Trishuli river, we reach Besisahar. We take lunch on the way and take a local jeep or bus from Besisahar to Syange. We enter into Annapurna Conservation where your guide will take our permits and entry tickets. Then we head towards Jagat. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jagat.(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We descend down through a rocky trail and climb up through forest to Chamje. We cross Marsyangdi Khola and continue walking along the valley. We then climb up steadily until we reach Tal. Tal is the first village in Manang district. We take lunch and continue walking through the valley. We continue ascending up in a stone paved stairway up to some point and continue descending until we cross Marsyandiriver. We pass Karte and walk until we reach Dharapani. We stay at a guesthouse in Dharapani for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Leaving Dharapani, we steeply climb up for around three hours to reach Timang village. We then have our lunch on the way and start walking on a flat terrain along pine, fir and rhododendron forests to Chame. It takes another three hours to reach Chame. As you approach near Chame, you will be rewarded with the spectacular view of Annapurna II. Chame is the headquarter of the Manang district therefore you will find this place more populated that rest of the region. You can see many guesthouse and lodges ready to cater their customers. You can also find internet cafes, banks and shops that provides trekking gears. We stay at a guesthouse in Chame for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Our walk for the day is comparatively easy as we walk through flat trail that winds up through dense forest in the valley. We re-cross the southern bank of Marsyangdiriver and walk to Dhikur Pokhari. We take lunch on the way and continue ahead. We will get a glimpse of rock face of Paungda Danda at Dhikur Pokhari. From here, we climb up steadily and gradually until we reach Pisang. The views of mountains like Pisang Peak, Chulu West, Chlu east, LamjungHimal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV from Pisang is magnificent. We stay at a guesthouse in Pisang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We continue our journey and walk towards the upper drier part of Manang district. On the way, we pass through the pine forests. The walk for the day winds up to the dry upper part of the Manang district through pine forests. There are actually two routes that take us to Manang. We take the upper route to Manang i.e. Ghyaru to Ngawal to Mungji. We pass a village of Bragha Gompa where we visit the gompa and move ahead to Manang. As you arrive in Manang, you will be blessed with the fascinating views of Gangapurna and other peaks in Annapurna region. We stay at a guesthouse in Manang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We spend the day in Manang exploring the beauty of wild and secluded landscape. This day is important to acclimatize ourselves with the gaining altitude. Today, we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and explore the local villages. We also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. In the evening, we come back to the guesthouse in Manang. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we start ascending up to Yak Kharka. We climb up steadily to Tenki village and continue our climb up until we leave Marsyandi valley. As we ascend up, we can notice the change in vegetation that gets sparser. Leaving the valley, we turn northwest to the valley to JarsangKhola. We walk ahead until we reach the meadows where the yaks and other herds can gaze. We then cross a wooden bridge over a stream and pass mani walls to reach Yak Kharka.We stay at a guesthouse in Yak Kharka for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Our walking hours for the day is comparatively short. We continue walking along the trail until we reach Thorong Phedi. You can find Thorong Phedi as a busy settlement because it offers the service of accommodation and food to the trekkers and climbers. It is a climbing point for the climbers who would like to summit the peaks in Annapurna region. Today, we relax and sit back to get rid of all the tiredness and recover our energy back. The rest can also be helpful to adapt ourselves with the gaining altitude and wild atmosphere. We stay at a guesthouse in Thorong Phedi for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today is a long but rewarding day of our entire journey. We cross the Thorong La pass today which is quite challenging. Therefore, we start our climb early in the morning to avoid the bad weather in the afternoon. At around 3 a.m. in the morning, we take our breakfast and climb up steep to reach the Thorong La pass. The pass is marked by the chortens and prayer flags and we can find few tea houses on the way. As we climb up, we will be rewarded with astounding views of towering peaks in Annapurna region. Not to forget, the deepest gorge of Kali gandaki valley will add up to the awesomeness. As we cross the pass, we descend down a slippery path to Muktinath. Overnight at a guesthouse in Muktinath.(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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In the morning, we pay our visit to the famous religious hub – Muktinath temple. Muktinath is a popular religious destination amongst Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. A Buddhist gompa, a Vishnu temple and the Jwalamai (Goddess of Fire) Temple is the major attraction of this place. This temple has a spring and natural gas that provides Muktinath a famous eternal flame. Muktinath is also famous for its fascinating views of Annapurna ranges. After beholding the beauty of the mountains, we descend down to the isolated and wild landscape of Jomsom. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jomsom (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Leaving Jomson, we take a flight back to Pokhara. Upon our arrival, we check in to the hotel and wander around the city for utilizing the remaining time. We visit the lakeside, opt for boating and pay our visit to Barahi temple, a temple in between the Fewa Lake. The views of the mountains from the lake are awesome. What is more fascinating is the reflection of mountains in the undisturbed water of the lake. After enjoying the boating in Fewa Lake, we visit other touristic destination in Pokhara like David’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev and International mountaineering museum. Spend your night at a hotel in Pokhara. (Breakfast included)

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After exploring the glory of Pokhara and Annapurna region of Nepal, we drive back to Kathmandu with the scenery of country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself.

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Spend this day at your leisure in or around Kathmandu. You can take one of our optional day trips, relax or roam around Kathmandu city. Perhaps go for a massage – you deserve it – or do some last-minute shopping. Take a leisurely lunch in one of the many tea gardens or dine on one of the rooftop terraces. Overnight stay at the hotel (breakfast included).

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After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • 4 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast in 3 star categories hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast in 3 star categories hotel
  • All ground transportation
  • Flight Jomsom-Pokhara including departure taxes
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) & accommodation during the trek.
  • Medical supplies [First Aid medical kit will be available].
  • Trekking Information Management System [TIMS], New Trekking permit to keep a record of tourist [This is for your safety].
  • Food, lodging,salary,insurance and other expenses of staffs.
  • All necessary paperwork.
  • Guided sightseeing tour including all entry fees.
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking guide, Porter( 2 pax for 1 porter) & (also a personal Sherpa on request).
  • T – shirt, Duffle bag, trekking map
  • Trip achievement certificate.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  • We provide such service with extra charge.
    (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: – Clients them have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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Best value and Best Service 

We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
 
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
Best value and service trekking company
Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

Unforgettable solo trek in Nepal

I did the Mardi Himal trek with Nepal Intrepid Treks as a solo hiker in November 2019. I learned that I would be traveling in the region on business only a few weeks in advance, and after some research I reached out to Lal for help in customizing an add-on personal trip that worked for my tight schedule and my desire to do a beautiful and challenging trek in the iconic Annapurna region. Mardi Himal was the perfect trek:
- It offered epic views of Annapurna South and Fishtail nearly the entire time, getting closer and closer each day until High Camp and Base Camp when you’re right in between them and it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
- It offered a good balance of physically demanding sections and relatively easy sections, as well as spots to catch your breath, have some masala tea and take in the scenery.
- It offered great elevation gains, so that you can experience firsthand the way the environment, weather, and level of exertion changes as you climb higher and higher.
- The trekking camps were comfortable and the meals were very good. The people who ran the camps as well as the other guides and trekkers were lovely.

Lal put together my entire itinerary, including a couple nights in nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a yoga class at a beautiful retreat outside Pokhara. He ensured that every detail was covered during my stay, and he was in touch throughout to make sure everything was going smoothly. As an experienced hiker and marathon runner we were able to shorten the trek to 5 days by combining some days for greater distance each day; this was great for me both for the level of difficulty I was seeking as well as my tight schedule. My guide Nisan and my porter Prabin were skilled, knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful and attentive, and fun to be around (not to mention they were great sports about the fast pace).

I’m beyond thrilled with the experience and the service level of Nepal Intrepid Treks. I will definitely come back for a longer trek, and I recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Thank you Lal, Nisan, Prabin, and the entire Intrepid team for being excellent guides in every sense of the word, going above and beyond to make my unique solo trip a success and a truly life-changing experience.

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dietrich325,
New York City, New York

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