Annapurna Family Trekking

Annapurna Family Trekking with Chitwan National Park

Annapurna Family Trekking
Annapurna Family Trekking is a tour that touches on everything the Himalayan spirit offers and can be accomplished by anyone. It caters to the person who would like to see the Himalayas in a short trekking. It provides an opportunity to get a feel for trekking on a small scale to experience the Himalayan world. Also have some experiences about the wildlife in Nepal.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipments
  • Useful Info

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu [1,330 m]: Upon your arrival, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): After breakfast in the Hotel we have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu vally which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square - The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century.
PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Drive To Pokhara [970 m] - (B): Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal's lake city. Our bus follows a winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the Trisuli River. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and passing terrace fields before reaching our destination. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. (Option tour Rafting at Trisuli river if age above 12 years and minimum 04 pax).

Day 04: Drive to Hyangja - Trek To Dhampus [1,550 m] - (B/L/D): After breakfast, we’ll take a 30-minute drive to Hyangja and begin walking towards Milan Chock. We will climb the ridge above the Yangri Khola Valley. We’ll pass through Hyengjakot and Dhital, completing about 4.5 hours of trekking. Here, the 1,750 m elevation ensures you will enjoy incredible mountain views as you relax. Overnight at Tea House (05-06 hrs Trek).

Day 05: Dhampus - Trek to Sarangkot [1,540 m] - (B/L/D): Early in the morning you may watch view of Annapurna Fish tail And Dhaulagiri Mountain and many more peaks with Sunshine (golden view) and then after breakfast Hike from Dhampus to Sarangkot via Naudanda. Overnight at Tea House (05-06 hrs Trek).

Day 06: Sarangkot - Trek to Pokhara [970 m] - (B,L): In the early morning we head for a short hike up the hill to observe the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. After a hearty breakfast, Hike down to pokhara this takes approximately three hours.

Day 07: In Pokhara [970 m] Free day- (B):

Day 08: Pokhara Drive to Chitwan National Park [850 m] - (B/L/D): After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to Chitwan, Arrive Chitwan National Park. Transfer to the lodge followed by refreshments and a briefing about the Programme
13.00 hrs: Arrival/Briefing/Lunch.
15.30 hrs: Culture tour to Tharu village.
17.00 hrs: Museum tour & sunset viewing over the Rapti River.
19.00 hrs: Dinner.
20.00 hrs: Tharu stick Dance.

Day 09: In Chitwan National Park [850 m] - (B/L/D):
06.00 hrs: Wake-up Call
06.30 hrs: Breakfast
07.15 hrs: Dog-out canoeing (Buddi Rapti) / Shoret Jungle Walk. Visit elephant Breeding Centre
12.30 hrs: Lunch
13.15 hrs: Elephant Bathing
15.00 hrs: Elephant Back Safari
19.00 hrs: Free time for refreshment
20.30 hrs: Dinner

Day 10: Breakfast at Hotel Fly to Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B):
06.00 hrs: Wake-up Call
06.30 hrs: Tea/Coffee
07.00 hrs: Bird Watching.
08.30 hrs: Breakfast
09.15 hrs: Departure. Fly to Kathmandu.
After breakfast in Chitwan, we drive to bharatpur Airport fly back to Kathmandu. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): There are plenty of interesting sites to visit in the Kathmandu valley like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple or you may wonder down town Thamel to shop for souvenirs and sample the various restaurants of Kathmandu. We are happy to offer you some recommendations.

Day 12: Fly back home (1,330m) - (B): We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures.

Trip Cost Includes:

* Arrival & Departure Transfers by private (Non A/C Car) on both domestic / international flights.
* Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
* Accommodation in Chitwan Full board.
* Trekking Duffle Bag.
* Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
* Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
* Pokhara-Hemja by Car.
* Kathmandu -Pokhara by car.
* Pokhara Chitwan by car.
* All jungle activities in Chitwan.
* Drive to Bharatpur airport.
* Bharatpur Kathmandu by flight.
* Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
* Trekking Guide with insurance.
* Annapurna Family Trekking Region map.
* TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees.
* All Government taxes.
* Office service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

* International Airfare.
* Your travel insurance of any kind
* Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
* Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
* Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period:In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

Footwear

Water-resistant hiking boots (should be reasonably broken in)

  • Asolo Mens TPS 520 GV Hiking Chestnut Man-Made Boot
  • Asolo Women’s TPS 520 GV Hiking Chestnut Man-MadeBoot

2-4 pairs of Woolen socks

  • SMARTWOOL Expedition Trekking Socks

2-4 pairs of thin Liner socks

  • Smartwool Hiking Liner Crew Sock

Gaiters (optional but helpful for descent)

  • Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters

Comfortable shoes/sandals – for wearing in the evenings around camp


Clothing

2 pairs of Thermal Base Layer – Wool is the best as you can wear for weekswithout washing

  • Men’s: Minus33 Bottoms and Minus33 Top
  • Woman’s: Minus33 Bottoms and Minus33 Expedition Top

Balaclava

  • Minus33 100% Merino Wool Base Layer 740 Expedition Balaclava Black One Size

2-3 pairs of Hiking Pants (No Jeans)

  • Men’s: Mammut Bask Pants
  • Woman’s: Mammut Women’s Nimba Pants

1-2 pairs of Shorts

  • Mne’s: The North Face Paramount Cargo Short
  • Woman’s: The North Face Women’s Paramount Raven Shorts

Down Jacket for higher altitudes

  • Men’s: Marmot Men’s Zeus Jacket
  • Woman’: Marmot Womens Ama Dablam Jacket

Waterproof Outer Layer Jacket (Goretex or other breathable fabric)

  • Men’s: Marmot Men’s Spire Jacket
  • Woman’s: Marmot Women’s Spire Jacket

Waterproof over Pants

  • Men’s: Marmot Men’s Precip Full Zip
  • Woman’s: Marmot Women’s Precip Full Zip Pant

T-shirts/Underwear (Breathable, lightweight, odor resistant andlong-wearing)

  • Men’s: ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Tee and ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief
  • Woman’s: Exofficio Go-to Women’s Sleeveless Tank and ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Full Cut Brief

Thin Fleece Jacket/Top

  • Men’s: Marmot Men’s Front Range Jacket
  • Woman’s: Marmot Women’s Power Stretch Half Zip

Heavy gloves

  • Marmot Men’s U-notch Glove or Marmot Big Mountain Mitt

Winter hat (anything warm)

Climbing Equipment

Cold weather sleeping bag (at least sub-zerocelsius)

  • Marmot Lithium MemBrain Down Sleeping Bag

Sleeping pad

  • Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro Mattress

Daypack that can carry extra layers/lunch (roughly 750to 1500 cubic inches)

  • Recommended to get a daypack with water storage like the Camelbak Products Ante Hydration Packs

Larger pack for all of your clothing, etc. to becarried by one of your porters

  • Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack

Walking stick/ski pole (optional but handy for thedescent)

  • Black Diamond Trail Back Trek Poles

Headlamp (with extra set of batteries)

  • Black Diamond Equipment Storm Headlamp

Water bottles (Nalgene®) and/or aCamelbak®)

  • NALGENE Tritan 1-Pint Narrow Mouth BPA-Free WaterBottle

Physically prepare yourself

It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself

Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews orsuggestions please send us an email.

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM:
This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS
1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good
a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)
a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)
Severe symptoms of altitude sickness
a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING
1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION
1. Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs, 10 - 12 Kilograms is ok.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Over 3000m, 300m. Ascent a day.
8. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT
1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

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