Tent Peak

A fortnight`s `alpine` climbing holiday in the heart of Annapurna





From $3,300 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Western leader & Sherpa climbing guides at 1 guide to 3 clients.
  • Hike the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trail to Tent Peak base camp
  • Magical close-up views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail)
  • Relax at the end of the expedition on Lakeside in Pokhara

This superb short Nepal climbing holiday climbs the spectacularly located Tent Peak or 'Tharpu Chuli' (5633m), situated at the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary and surrounded by Himalayan giants. Our picturesque week-long trek to Tent Peak follows the route of the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trek. From the lodges at Annapurna Basecamp, we cross the jumbled moraine of the Annapurna South Glacier to establish a high camp below the north-west ridge of Tent Peak. A steep ascent, followed by an unforgettable summit ridge leads to a fabulous viewpoint, surrounded by peaks such as Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna I and the magical 'Fish Tail' - Machhapuchhre. In little more than 2 weeks, this excellent short adventure holiday can put you on top of a Himalayan summit.

For some fantastic ideas to extend your holiday in Nepal, from riding elephants in Chitwan to tours in Bhutan or Tibet - check out extensions

Is this holiday for you?

This climbing holiday treks the classic route of the Annapurna Sanctuary and then ascends Tent Peak also known as 'Tharpu Chuli' (5633m). During the trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary we mostly follow good trails, providing straightforward walking conditions. Crossing the glacier to our base camp and the ascent to high camp involves more difficult terrain, including loose scree and steep grass slopes. However, as this trip is primarily aimed at mountaineers, the difficulty of the trekking itself will not be a major consideration. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes of up to and over 5000 metres is of itself demanding.

Climbing difficulty:

The term ‘Trekking Peak' was coined in the seventies when trekking was a relatively new phenomenon. Few of the trekking peaks can be simply ‘trekked' up, and perhaps ‘Alpine' peak would have been the better term. For these peaks, experience in the use of crampons and familiarity with the techniques of roped climbing is recommended. The climbing on Tent Peak is reasonably straightforward and the approximate Alpine climbing grade is F+/PD. The climb is mostly on snow slopes of around 40 - 45 degrees and with some exposed ridge climbing. Fixed lines are used to protect any exposed sections. If you are in any doubt as to your capability for any of these climbs, please give our office a call.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
  • Fly to Pokhara, drive to the roadhead and trek to Dhampus (1700
  • Trek to over a low pass to Landrung (1620m).
  • Cross the river at New Bridge and trek to Chomrong (2210m).
  • Trek via the villages of 'Bamboo' and Dovan to 'Himalayan Hotel' (2840m).
  • Trek beside the Modi Khola (river) to Macchapuchare Basecamp (3700m).
  • Morning trek to Annapurna Basecamp area (4130m). Afternoon free to explore.
  • Acclimatisation walk to a viewpoint for the South Face of Annapurna I
  • Trek across the Annapurna Glacier to Tent Peak Base Camp (4450m).
  • Trek to Tent Peak High Camp (5000m).
  • Climb Tent Peak (5663m). Return to High Camp (5000m) or Base Camp (4450m).
  • Trek down to to Annapurna Basecamp area (4130m). .
  • Trek down beside the Modi Khola to Doban (2540m).
  • Trek to Chomrong and then by a different trail to Gandrung (1990m).
  • Morning trek to Birenthanti and drive to Pokhara. Afternoon free in Pokhara.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. Optional city tour.
  • Departure day. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
Fri 29 Apr - Sun 15 May Code TPK /01/16/ Adult$3,300 Status Available Book now
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • peaks
  • trip direction
  • airport
  • trek
  • transfer

Holiday Itinerary

  • Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Fly to Pokhara, drive to the roadhead and trek to Dhampus (1700

    After breakfast in the hotel we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 45 minute flight to Pokhara. It is a most interesting flight, with the peaks of the Greater Himalaya clearly visible through the right-hand window as we travel westwards. Particularly prominent are Manaslu and the Annapurna group as we approach the airport at Pokhara. Getting off the plane into the heat of Pokhara is impressive, as is the sight of the snow peaks of the Annapurna Himal which form the skyline to the north. We set off immediately by bus for the roadhead at Phedi (which means bottom of the hill). To get us into the swing of things, we have scheduled a couple of hours' walking, principally uphill, on a long flight of stone steps, to the straggling village of Dhampus (altitude 1700 metres), our first camp of the trip. There are numerous lodges and tea-houses in almost all of the villages through which we pass en route to the Sanctuary. The exact place that we camp each night may differ from the itinerary outlined in this dossier, depending on the decision of the leaders and the trek sirdar.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Trek to over a low pass to Landrung (1620m).

    Beyond Dhampus we get our first clear views of the mountains ahead, as we ascend through forest on a trail which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deorali (pass). At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river which flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From Deorali we descend steeply down through forest then contour around through villages and terraced fields to camp in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung, which affords spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Cross the river at New Bridge and trek to Chomrong (2210m).

    We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at "New Bridge." Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda and those who are energetic can go down to bath in the hot springs here while awaiting lunch. From Jhinu Danda we have a hot climb to reach the crest of the ridge which we then contour around and finally descend to Chomrong, our camping place. There are many chalet-style, wooden lodges at Chomrong, which look out towards the prominent Macchapuchare (Fish-Tail Peak) and after setting up camp we are welcome to enjoy the facilities with a drink on one of the inviting lodge terraces.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Trek via the villages of 'Bamboo' and Dovan to 'Himalayan Hotel' (2840m).

    After dropping steeply down to the Chomrong Khola on stone steps, the trail climbs again through terraced fields and then through forest of bamboo and rhododendron to the ridge at Sediwa. here we are treated to more views of the Annapurnas and of Macchapuchare. At this point, our objective, Tent Peak lies hidden - deep within the encircling peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Contouring around through forest we reach Kuldi and a descent through more forest leads to the collection of lodges known as Bamboo (2310m). From Bamboo we continue upwards through yet more attractive forest, past the lodges of Dovan to our next camp at ‘Himalayan Hotel’ (2840m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek beside the Modi Khola (river) to Macchapuchare Basecamp (3700m).

    Climbing steeply we reach a fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave. From here we can see the lodges of Deorali and beyond, the valley narrows even more as we enter the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. We cross the young Modi Khola to the east side for a while before returning to the west to climb up to the area which is called Macchapuchare Basecamp, a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges. In the afternoon we can go up to the ridge behind camp to look down onto the glacier and the distant view of Annapurna 1, 11, Gangapurna and the nearby ‘Fishtail. (Altitude 3700m. 3 to 4 hours walking).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Morning trek to Annapurna Basecamp area (4130m). Afternoon free to explore.

    Another short day today, as it is a fairly gentle ascent from our camp to Annapurna South Basecamp, and a distance of only about 4 kilometres or 2½ miles. Increasingly impressive views reward us for our efforts as we climb the last steep section before reaching the basecamp area. here we get the first view of our peak which is officially named Tharpu Chuli. In Nepali language, 'tharpu' is a tent and 'chuli' means peak. The afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation walk to a viewpoint for the South Face of Annapurna I

    A day for acclimatisation and preparation ready for our climb. There are plenty of options for walks and exploration in the area including a trip to gaze up at the huge South Face of Annapurna I.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek across the Annapurna Glacier to Tent Peak Base Camp (4450m).

    Leaving the busy area of ‘Annapurna Basecamp’ we are soon in a quiet and much wilder landscape as we descend the moraine and start to cross the churned up rubble of the glacier. For anyone who has not been on a big Himalayan glacier this will be quite an experience. On a glacier like this we are more likely to be walking over boulders and rocks than ice and reaching the other side it is often necessary to scramble up over loose earth and rock to reach the bank. Once in the ablation valley on the far side of the glacier we set up our base camp (4450m.) and we spend the remainder of the day making the final preparations for our ascent.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Tent Peak High Camp (5000m).

    We have a steep climb up slopes of grass and scree below Tent Peak to a high camp in a glacial bowl at approximately 5000 metres. Today’s ascent is mainly on a trail with the odd section of scree and we will not require any of our climbing gear unless there has been recent snowfall. It should take us around 2 – 3 hours to reach high camp and we spend the remainder of the day practicing our snow skills on the nearby glacier.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Climb Tent Peak (5663m). Return to High Camp (5000m) or Base Camp (4450m).

    An early start is required to get ourselves ready for the climb. We set off before dawn in the light of our head-lamps. Soon after leaving camp we must rope up to cross the snow-covered glacier which leads to the base of several snow ridges which descend from a high plateau. Our guides and Sherpas will put fixed ropes here and using jumars we slowly ascend the 40 - 45 degree snow slopes on the fixed lines to reach the plateau. The final summit ridge is sensational as it climbs in steps to the perfect pointed summit of Tent Peak (5663m). Situated in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary and right beside Macchapuchare, the views are nothing less than spectacular. Having had our fill of breathtaking scenery and flushed with the success of climbing a Himalayan Peak, we begin the descent retracing our route to our high camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 10 - 12 hrs trekking/climbing

  • Trek down to to Annapurna Basecamp area (4130m). .

    After yesterday this will be a relatively easy day but it is still a long way down to the site of our base camp. From here we re-cross the Annapurna South Glacier to the lodges at ‘Annapurna Base Camp’. We should arrive here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free for relaxing in this exceptional spot.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek down beside the Modi Khola to Doban (2540m).

    We will return to Pokhara by a different route but there is only one way in or out of the Sanctuary and today we retrace our steps down the Modi khola as far as Doban (2540m.).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Chomrong and then by a different trail to Gandrung (1990m).

    Descending to Chomrong we leave the trail we used on the walk-in and head south crossing the Khumnu Vally and over a pass (2260m) at Komrong. A descent and final climb then brings us to the village of Gandrung (1990m.). 7 – 8 hours.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Morning trek to Birenthanti and drive to Pokhara. Afternoon free in Pokhara.

    We end the trek with a descent to the roadhead near Birenthanti and drive to Pokhara for lunch and check into the group hotel. The afternoon is free to enjoy the special ambiance of 'Lakeside'.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Fly to Kathmandu. Optional city tour.

    We take a morning flight to Kathmandu flying along the Himalayas. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. As a part of the trip package we have included a guided sightseeing tour of several of Kathmandu’s most famous monuments and locations. Tonight we will want to celebrate our success in one of the city’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional KE climbing leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel, and 1 night in a tourist class hotel in the 'Lakeside' area of Pokhara. Whilst on trek there are 12 nights spent camping . All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek (except when above base camp) for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 2 hotel nights in Kathmandu and the night in Pokhara, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 17.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international, mostly purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. While staying in hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we take our meals in one of these city’s excellent restaurants.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Full joining instructions together with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Shortly after first light one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the porters given their loads. We will generally reach our lunch stop after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch usually takes an hour or even two and is normally a cooked meal. This is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the Sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp as we set off for the afternoon walk which is usually shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. During the walk-in to base camp we often camp close to a lodge or tea house and there is nothing to stop you using the local facilities, perhaps enjoying the view from the terrace with a beer. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent or in a local tea house. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags

The group will be accompanied by an experienced KE climbing leader throughout the trip, and on trek will have the services of a full Nepalese trek crew, including local guides, sirdar, cook, camp staff and porters. During the climb on Tent Peak, the leader will be assisted by experienced climbing Sherpas at the guide:client ratio of 1:3.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including tips for local staff. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek to base camp it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on several days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £75 (or equivalent) changed into Nepali rupees, to these tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trek leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). Note: this does not include your mountaineering equipment which will be carried in a separate communal bag. This equipment will be collected from you after any internal flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Kathmandu.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please make sure you have read the section on baggage allowance in the trip notes. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Mountaineering boots - see notes
  • Snow gaiters
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Windproof and waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Fleece trousers
  • Shorts
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts or similar
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat and thermal balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves or mittens
  • Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack minimum 40 litres
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Towel
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • 5 season sleeping bag (rated to – 25ºC)*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Ice axe *
  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings and ant-ball plates)*
  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*
  • Karabiners (2 x screwgate)*
  • Descender (rappelling device) *
  • Climbing helmet*
  • Sling (120cm. / 3ft.)*
  • Prussik loops X 2 (5m. / 16ft. of 6mm cord makes 2)*

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use
  • Spare laces
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Pee bottle
  • Ski goggles
  • Travel clothes


  • The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

    Equipment hire: Items marked * can be hired from KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. All equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items (note that on trek your mountaineering equipment including boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags once the trek starts).

  • Mountaineering boots: Alpine mountaineering boots are really not suitable for conditions at high altitude. Double boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT, La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm in at altitude. These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. This combination insulated double boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a trekking peak climb. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for extremely low temperatures

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

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  • Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

    • Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.
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    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Nepal

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

    For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

    For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

    These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

    Transit via India

    If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

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    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is a challenging climbing holiday and although not particularly 'technical' you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day. The best preparation for this trip is regular hiking in mountain or hill country. If this is not possible, we suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime and gradually increase your work rate as you get nearer to departure. Running, tennis and swimming are all good for developing better stamina. Whatever your preparation, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. For this holiday it is also essential that you gain some experience walking on moderately angled snow slopes wearing crampons. No previous technical mountaineering experience is required and clients will be instructed in the basic techniques of glacier walking and the use of fixed lines for protection prior to the ascent. However, you will need to be comfortable with a fair amount of exposure while using these fixed lines.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking and climbing in the Himalaya. Pre-monsoon is the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately 3ºC at 5000m. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day under the sun even on snow will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200 metres and at the high camp on Tent Peak, the night time temperatures may drop as low as –25ºC. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur. It is very important that you are equipped and prepared for these extremely low temperatures.

    Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti. Annapurna. Maurice Herzog A History of Nepal. John Whelpton

    Annapurna Base Camp. 1:50,000. Nepa Maps.

    The map covers the trekking route to Annapurna Base Camp in the Sanctuary, and also the climbing route on Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak). Also shown is our return trekking route via Gandrung. Contours are at 40m intervals, with bold relief shading and vegetation colouring. The index lists villages, peaks and passes. Margin ticks give latitude and longitude at 5’ intervals. Also included is a profile of the Annapurna Sanctuary approach route and a table showing the route in stages with altitudes in metres and feet, plus trekking times.

    Extend Your Holiday

    Chitwan Jungle Extension

    The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

    Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

    From $980 per person

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    Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

    The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of the day's tour include the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s temples and traditional buildings, and Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise.

    Kathmandu Valley Tour - Nargakot and Bhaktapur

    From $125 per person

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    Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

    From $138 per room per night

    Shanker Hotel

    From $100 per room per night

    Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

    Shangri La

    From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

    Dwarikas Hotel

    From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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