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Nepal - 18 Day Annapurna Circuit Adventure
|Event Location:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Date(s) & Time:||Mon, Oct 2 2017 12:00 pm >> Thu, Oct 19 2017 1:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sat, Apr 15 2017 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Apr 15 2017 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||17 Days 1 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D6: Advanced (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Chris L|
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|Member Cost:||$1,830.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||8|
|Minimum Group Size:||6|
|Number Registered So Far:||13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit
Join me for a once in a life time adventure on the Annapurna Circuit. The 128 mile horseshoe shaped circuit circles Nepal's Annapurna range. The route starts in a jungle, winds through lush rice paddy tiered valleys, crosses suspension bridges over roaring rivers, travels into Tibetan and Buddhist villages, beside large buckwheat fields, past Hindu temples, and climbs high across the 17,768 foot high Thorung La Pass. At the Thorung pass on a clear day you can see four of the world's 10 highest summits.
Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be at 3 star hotels. During the trek all accommodations will be in Teahouses. Teahouses are essentially small hotels found in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Teahouses in the Annapurna region are nice and many boast of western style flush toilets, hot water showers, a selection of beverages including beer and a wide range of menu items. Most have a restaurant area where you can meet other trekkers and enjoy a little warmth from the stove while you eat or enjoy a beer in the evening before sleeping. The most common meal in the Teahouses is dhal bhatt (rice and lentils) and is usually all you can eat. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. You will use your sleeping bag but blankets are also available upon request but might not live up to your expectation of cleanliness. The Teahouse are not considered plush accommodations. If you are looking for resort accommodations, this is not the trip for you. There will be nights where the only shower available is a cold-water shower.
The cost of this trip includes one porter per person. The porter will carry up to 35 lbs. of gear. If you have more than 35 lbs, you will have to carry the additional items in your day pack.
A note regarding the Difficulty Ratings: The information on the number hours of trekking each day is provided by the outfitter. I have added the miles per day on as many of the trekking days as my research allowed. I tried to give as accurate a difficulty rating as possible for each trekking day. I took into account trekking in higher elevations. There are a few days where I was not able to calculate the mileage. This event is rated a D6 due to hiking in high elevation and the number of days hiking.
DAY 1 - October 2nd - KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft - No Trekking
DAY 2 - October 3rd - KATHMANDU TO BESISAHAR
Besisahar 820m/2700ft Driving (7 hours) - No Trekking
DAY 3 - October 4th - BESISAHAR TO SYANGE, CHAMJE
Chamje 1385m/4540ft Trekking (4 hours) D3
DAY 4 - October 5th - CHAMJE TO BAGARCHHAP
Bagarchap 2160m Trekking 9.3 miles (5.5 hours) D4
DAY 5 - October 6th - BAGARCHHAP TO CHAME
Chame 2710m/7090ft Trekking 8.6 miles (6 hours) D4
DAY 6 - October 7th - CHAME TO PISANG
Pisang 3250m/10660ft Trekking 8.7 miles (4 hours) D4
DAY 7 - October 8th - PISANG TO MANANG
Manang 3540m/11600ft Trekking 7.5 miles (4 hours) D4
DAY 8 - October 9th - MANANG: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Manang 3540m/11600ft Rest Day No Trekking
DAY 9 - October10th - MANANG TO YAK KHARKA
Yak Kharka 4050m/13290ft Trekking 5.6 Miles (3 hours) D4
DAY 10 - October 11th - YAK KHARKA TO THORONG PHEDI
Thorung Phedi 4450m/14600ft Trekking 5.5 miles (3.5 hours) D4
DAY 11 - October 12th - THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH VIA THORUNG LA PASS
Muktinath 3800m/12460ft via Thorung Pass 5416m/17800ft Trekking 8 miles (6.5 hours) D5
DAY 12 - October 13th - MUKTINATH TO MARPHA
Marpha 2670m/8760ft Trekking (6 hours) D4
DAY 13 - October 14th - MARPHA TO GHASA
Ghasa 2010m/6600ft Trekking (6 hours) D4
DAY 14 - October 15th - GHASA TO TATOPONI
Tatopani 1200m/3940ft Trekking (5 hours) D4
DAY 15 - October 16th - TATOPONI TO GHOREPANI
Ghorepani 2870m/9410ft Trekking 9.5 miles (6 hours) D4
DAY 16 - October 17th - GHOREPANI TO POON HILL, POKHARA
Poon Hill 3200m/10500ft Trekking 5 miles (6 hours) D3
DAY 17 - October 18th - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
Pokhara 1000m/3280ft Flight (1 hour) No Trekking
DAY 18 - October 19th - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY
All registrants will initially be put on the wait list. If I have not hiked with you in the past, I will contact trip leaders you have hiked with to make sure you are a good fit for this event in both fitness ability and your ability to get along well with others and not create drama on the trip. Physical fitness and social awareness are extremely important on a trek of this intensity. I will also have to consider the male to female ratio. Our accommodations are twin shared rooms. The group must work out for 4 shared rooms so that the group does not incur single room supplement charges.
I set the group size up for the maximum number for this event as 8 and the minimum group size of 6. This is the maximum and minimum group size that the outfitter allows for a private trek. If there are enough AOC members that are interested in the event and meet the qualification to join the event, I can increase the group size to 12. The group would trek together during the day but be split into two groups for lodging at the Teahouses. If the group size is less than 6 people, the outfitter will open the group up to outsiders. As long as we have an even number of people no one from our group will share lodging with someone from outside the group.
Once you are moved from the wait list to the event I will give you my address to mail a check or my PayPal account information to send the $600.00 deposit. The deposit must be received within 5 days or you will be moved back to the wait list. The balance of $1230.00 will be due by June 1st.
Insurance with helicopter evacuation up to 6000 meters is required for this trek. I have included the cost of the insurance in the trip cost. The World Nomads Explorer insurance policy will be purchased for each participant. The policy covers accident and sickness medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, trip cancellation. trip interruption, trip delay, baggage and personal effects, baggage delay, collision, accidental death and non-medical emergency evacuation services. I will purchase the policy in your name once you have purchased your airfare and I have the exact dates of your travel plans.Each participant will receive a copy of the full policy.
Note: The World Nomads Insurance will only sell a policy to people under 70. If you are 70 or above, I will have to find an alternative policy. The cost of this event includes $161 for the purchase of the World Nomads policy. Additional cost above $161 will be added to your trip cost.
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Spending money - $20 a day recommended for extra cost:
Schedule of Payments: Once you are moved from the wait list to the event I will give you my address to mail a check or my PayPal account information to send the $600.00 deposit. The deposit must be received within 5 days or you will be moved back to the wait list. The balance of $1230.00 will be due by June 1st.
|Make a Payment:||Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.|
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
Please note that once you have signed up for this trip and paid your $600.00 deposit by the deadline, you are committed to going on this trip and your deposit is non-refundable.
Full payment of the balance of $1230.00 is required by June 1st. You may pay earlier if you wish.
Should you withdraw from the trip for any reason after your deposit is paid you will either need to ensure that there is someone on the wait list who can and will take your place, or you will be held responsible for the full amount of the trip. If a member is available to fill you spot in the group, your deposit will be refunded minus the AOC user fee.
Once the outfitter has acquired trekking permits and plan tickets for the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu there are no refunds for cancellations.
If the AOC event is cancelled, $348.50 of the initial deposits is non- refundable but any additional payments will be fully refundable. The initial deposit is used to pay the trek deposit, of which $150 per person is non refundable, the payment processing fee for the deposit and to purchase the travel insurance. If the AOC event is canceled, you will have the option of joining the outfitter on their open group on the same dates. If you choose to do this, your deposit would transfer and you would not be out any money for the trip.
Partial participation of the trek is not available. However, during the trek, if you must leave the group, the cost of transportation back to Kathmandu will be your responsibility. The tour company will not give partial refunds if the trek is not completed.