Annapurna Trek

Nepal

Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of Nepal’s Annapurna foothills as you follow narrow paths between terraced rice fields and majestic snow-capped mountains.

Trip duration:
11 days

Challenge duration:
6 days

Challenge grade:
4/5

Departure months:
March to May, September to November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star hotels and basic teahouses

Hiking the Annapurna

Offering everything from spectacular Himalayan views and traditional teahouses to tiny hamlets, vibrant prayer flags and soothing hot springs, the Annapurna region is a true feast for the senses and among the best trekking destinations in the world.

Beginning in Kathmandu, you will soak up the sights, sounds, smells and artistic treasures of Nepal’s colourful and charming capital city. Swapping building shadows for open horizons, you will trek through terraced rice fields, across pristine rivers and into dense rhododendron forest. You will follow narrow paths surrounded by majestic, snow-capped mountains and witness the surreal sunrise from the popular viewpoint of Poon Hill. As nightfall descends, you will sleep in traditional teahouses, enjoying meals and sharing stories with your team, crew and locals.

Smiling local woman with a basket in front of the Annapurna mountains

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience the majesty of the Himalayas by day and sleep in traditional mountain villages at night
  • Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of Nepal’s Annapurna foothills as you follow narrow paths between terraced rice fields and majestic snow-capped mountains
  • Discover the history and culture of Nepal’s colourful and chaotic capital city and explore some of the incredible sites on our city tour

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as you arrive in Kathmandu. The flight into Nepal’s capital city is breathtaking as the Himalayas open out before you. On arrival, make your own way to our hotel. Tonight we meet for our first team briefing. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to explore or relax.

Meals: None

Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

Today we will set off to discover Nepal’s capital city on a full day guided tour. Many of Kathmandu’s main attractions are World Heritage-listed in recognition of their cultural and historical significance. Unfortunately, after the devastating Nepal earthquake, many of these unique attractions were ruined and it is impossible to restore them to their original state. It may be a confronting experience, but it is also completely eye-opening. 

Despite being affected by the earthquake, we first visit Durbar Square, the beating heart of the city and home to monuments dating back to the 12th century including the Kumari Bahal, residence of the living goddess. On a wooded hill to the west of the city stands the incredible golden-topped stupa of Swayambhunath, the most sacred of the Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, dating back to the 5th century. We will also visit Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world. The Nepal earthquake-affected Boudhanath, however, you may still visit it. Many Tibetan Buddhists congregate here throughout the day, spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Tonight, we gather for our welcome dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

This morning, after breakfast, we transfer by private vehicle to Pokhara. As we move beyond the city limits, take time to enjoy the ever-changing views as the hustle and bustle makes way for steep rice terraces and rising mountains. On arrival, we check in to our accommodation before joining together for dinner.

Transfer Time: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri

We enjoy breakfast before beginning our trek from Nayapul to Ulleri. With approximately 3,767 steps, this is one of the hardest sections of our trek, however, we are constantly rewarded with spectacular views as the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. As we climb, pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak and rhododendron. From here, we climb a steep stone staircase to the Magar village of Ulleri. After a challenging yet rewarding day, we relax at a local tea lodge set among the mountains.

Transfer Time: 1.5-2 hours

Trekking Distance: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ulleri to Ghorepani

This morning we rise early to begin our trek to Ghorepani. As we trek, we are constantly humbled and inspired by the majesty of our surroundings. In the afternoon, we reach Ghorepani, with time to rest and relax before dinner.

Trekking Distance: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Poon Hill to Tadapani

This morning we rise early and hike up Poon Hill to watch the sun rise, with our high position providing a spectacular, unobstructed view of some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas. We then return to our teahouse for breakfast. Following breakfast, we head off on our day’s trek and reach Tadapani in the afternoon, before joining for a group meal.

Trekking Distance: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tadapani to Landruk

This morning we begin the downhill trek to Ghandruk, a Gurung settlement of charming slate-roofed houses surrounded by terraced fields. The Gurung are known for their distinctive dialect, costume and culture. This town is a popular starting point for treks in the Annapurna region, and we take the time to survey the exquisite views of Machapuchare (Fishtail) and other equally impressive mountains. After a well-deserved lunch break in Ghandruk with amazing views of the valley we are about to cross, we continue on to Landruk. It will be a challenging last part of the day, with a steep descent and ascent. We arrive in Landruk by late afternoon, keen to rest our weary legs. We will enjoy a delicious dinner together before retiring for the night.

Trekking Distance: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Landruk to Pothana

Today, you see signs of civilisation as we follow a hilly, windy road through villages and fields. The snow-capped Machapuchare and Annapurna South mountains frame the area, so there will be plenty of opportunities to take beautiful photographs.

Trekking Distance: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek to Phedi, and then to Pokhara

Today we embark on our final day of trekking in Nepal. The trek to Phedi is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all we have achieved individually, and as a team, and to truly embrace the majesty of the Annapurna. On arrival, we rest our legs with a private vehicle transfer to Pokhara. The afternoon is free to rest and relax after our amazing Annapurna trek before we gather for dinner in the evening.

Trekking Distance: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

After a relaxing morning, we take a private vehicle transfer to the airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. The day is free at leisure in Nepal’s bustling capital city before we gather for our farewell group dinner to celebrate a successful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

Today we say goodbye to Kathmandu and our amazing adventure. You will make your own way to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as you arrive in Kathmandu. The flight into Nepal’s capital city is breathtaking as the Himalayas open out before you. On arrival, make your own way to our hotel. Tonight we meet for our first team briefing. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to explore or relax.

Meals: None

Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

Today we will set off to discover Nepal’s capital city on a full day guided tour. Many of Kathmandu’s main attractions are World Heritage-listed in recognition of their cultural and historical significance. Unfortunately, after the devastating Nepal earthquake, many of these unique attractions were ruined and it is impossible to restore them to their original state. It may be a confronting experience, but it is also completely eye-opening. 

Despite being affected by the earthquake, we first visit Durbar Square, the beating heart of the city and home to monuments dating back to the 12th century including the Kumari Bahal, residence of the living goddess. On a wooded hill to the west of the city stands the incredible golden-topped stupa of Swayambhunath, the most sacred of the Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, dating back to the 5th century. We will also visit Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world. The Nepal earthquake affected Boudhanath, however, you may still visit it. Many Tibetan Buddhists congregate here throughout the day, spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Tonight, we gather for our welcome dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

This morning, after breakfast, we transfer by private vehicle to Pokhara. As we move beyond the city limits, take time to enjoy the ever-changing views as the hustle and bustle makes way for steep rice terraces and rising mountains. On arrival, we check in to our accommodation before joining together for dinner.

Transfer Time: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri

We enjoy breakfast before beginning our trek from Nayapul to Ulleri. With approximately 3,767 steps, this is one of the hardest sections of our trek, however we are constantly rewarded with spectacular views as the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. As we climb, pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak and rhododendron. From here, we climb a step stone staircase to the Magar village of Ulleri. After a challenging yet rewarding day, we relax at a local tea lodge set among the mountains.

Transfer Time: 1.5-2 hours

Trekking Distance: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ulleri to Ghorepani

This morning we rise early to begin our trek to Ghorepani. As we trek, we are constantly humbled and inspired by the majesty of our surroundings. In the afternoon, we reach Ghorepani, with time to rest and relax before dinner.

Trekking Distance: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Poon Hill to Tadapani

This morning we rise early and hike up Poon Hill to watch the sun rise, with our high position providing a spectacular, unobstructed view of some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas. We then return to our teahouse for breakfast. Following breakfast, we head off on our day’s trek and reach Tadapani in the afternoon, before joining for a group meal.

Trekking Distance: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tadapani to Landruk

This morning we begin the downhill trek to Ghandruk, a Gurung settlement of charming slate-roofed houses surrounded by terraced fields. The Gurung are known for their distinctive dialect, costume and culture. This town is a popular starting point for treks in the Annapurna region, and we take the time to survey the exquisite views of Machapuchare (Fishtail) and other equally impressive mountains. After a well-deserved lunch break in Ghandruk with amazing views of the valley we are about to cross, we continue on to Landruk. It will be a challenging last part of the day, with a steep descent and ascent. We arrive in Landruk by late afternoon, keen to rest our weary legs. We will enjoy a delicious dinner together before retiring for the night.

Trekking Distance: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Landruk to Pothana

Today, you see signs of civilisation as we follow a hilly, windy road through villages and fields. The snow capped Machapuchare and Annapurna South mountains frame the area, so there will be plenty of opportunities to take beautiful photographs.

Trekking Distance: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek to Phedi and then to Pokhara

Today we embark on our final day of trekking in Nepal. The trek to Phedi is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all we have achieved individually, and as a team, and to truly embrace the majesty of the Annapurna. On arrival, we rest our legs with a private vehicle transfer to Pokhara. The afternoon is free to rest and relax after our amazing Annapurna trek before we gather for dinner in the evening.

Trekking Distance: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

After a relaxing morning, we take a private vehicle transfer to the airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. The day is free at leisure in Nepal’s bustling capital city before we gather for our farewell group dinner to celebrate a successful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

Today we say goodbye to Kathmandu and our amazing adventure. You will make your own way to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Annapurna trek is ranked 4/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, it is a physical adventure and the better prepared you are the more you will enjoy it. This adventure involves trekking in remote areas for up to eight hours a day (possibly more, subject to weather conditions and altitude). This adventure will exceed 3,000 metres above sea level. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again comfortably the following day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour leader with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures Tour Leader to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the minimum age/general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and Training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on the trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day's hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal. We also recommend stair climbs, walking up- and downhill as much as possible.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and teahouses. You’ll be in a hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Accommodation while trekking will be in local teahouses which are basic but comfortable: single beds, twin share, shared bathrooms. Be sure to bring your thermals, fleece, beanie, gloves and sleeping bag to stay warm during the night. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms can be requested at an additional cost (subject to availability). Please note, on this adventure single rooms are only available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

While trekking and at most teahouses, toilets are likely to be basic squat-style with no toilet paper provided. When using toilet paper, it should not be flushed and instead be placed in the bins provided or in a recyclable brown paper bag or zip-lock bag to be disposed of later. In hotels and most restaurants, toilets are of western standard.

Are showers available? 

Yes, there are showers available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Hot showers are available at most teahouses for a small charge (approx. Rs 200 per shower). Some teahouses only have cold showers.

What is the food like? 

You can expect a selection of cooked and continental breakfast options each day. During the trek, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served at local teahouses on the trail. Daal bhaat power, 24 hour! This delicious local dish is also what the crew will be eating at lunch, and they know what's good. It's the best source of energy and will keep you going for the rest of the day. But don't worry, there will be other options to choose from, too. Dinners include a variety of cooked foods such as fried rice or noodles, pizza, momos, vegetables and more daal bhaat, and some other western dishes.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. 

Mobile phone reception will be limited during the trek, but generally fine in Pokhara and Kathmandu. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the hotels, and some teahouses will offer it for a small fee. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Nepal uses two round or three round pin power plugs (outlet types C, D and M), 220V/50Hz. 

Power outages are a reality of life in Kathmandu. Most hotels post a schedule of planned electricity cuts, which can last up to 16 hours a day, however, they generally have generators which they use during these outages.

While trekking, you will have less access to electricity and may incur a small fee to charge your devices. We recommend a power bank (portable charger), which you can charge before embarking on the trek.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Transfers in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels and basic teahouses based on twin share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • Local English-speaking guide(s)
  • Porters (1x porter for every 2x passengers)
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow Rs 4,000 (approximately AU$50) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping in Nepal is expected, though not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. Your Team Leader will give you advice on customary tipping amounts and coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process. Usually around Rs 12,000 (approx. AUD$150) per person for the entire adventure.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our international adventures. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Nepal. We advise you to obtain your visa prior to departing Australia or New Zealand. For further information, please contact the relevant consulate. Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa.

About Nepal

Is it safe to travel to Nepal?

While in Nepal, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe. These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.

Can I drink the water in Nepal?

Do not drink the tap water. Tap water is safe to drink only after it is boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities and at teahouses along the trail, and is generally quite cheap. Before you purchase a bottle of water, check that the seal on the cap is not broken.

What weather can I expect?

The weather in Kathmandu is very pleasant, ranging from 20-28°C during the day most of the year. The lower regions of Annapurna have an average daytime temperature of 10-20°C, dropping at night to about 5-8°C. As you reach higher altitudes, temperatures can drop below freezing in the evening, night and early mornings. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Nepal?

Nepalese rupees (Rs) are not available for exchange in other countries. Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand (NZD) can be easily exchanged in Kathmandu on arrival, and credit cards are accepted in most major hotels. It is best you carry local currency in small denominations with you while on the trek.

Access to ATMs is limited and only available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, so we advise that you withdraw sufficient funds for the duration of the trek prior to departing the city. 

Do I require any vaccinations to travel to Nepal? 

Approximately two months prior to departure, you should visit your GP to begin your vaccinations. The most common vaccinations for Nepal include:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus

Cholera is considered a medium risk in Nepal. Please consult your GP regarding protection against this disease.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Annapurna trek is ranked 4/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, it is a physical adventure and the better prepared you are the more you will enjoy it. This adventure involves trekking in remote areas for up to eight hours a day (possibly more, subject to weather conditions and altitude). This adventure will exceed 3,000 metres above sea level. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again comfortably the following day. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the minimum age/general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and Training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on the trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day's hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal. We also recommend stair climbs, walking up- and downhill as much as possible.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and teahouses. You’ll be in a hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Accommodation while trekking will be in local teahouses which are basic but comfortable: single beds, twin share, shared bathrooms. Be sure to bring your thermals, fleece, beanie, gloves and sleeping bag to stay warm during the night. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms can be requested at an additional cost (subject to availability). Please note, on this adventure single rooms are only available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

While trekking and at most teahouses, toilets are likely to be basic squat-style with no toilet paper provided. When using toilet paper, it should not be flushed and instead be placed in the bins provided or in a recyclable brown paper bag or zip-lock bag to be disposed of later. In hotels and most restaurants, toilets are of western standard.

Are showers available? 

Yes, there are showers available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Hot showers are available at most teahouses for a small charge (approx. Rs 200 per shower). Some teahouses only have cold showers.

What is the food like? 

You can expect a selection of cooked and continental breakfast options each day. During the trek, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served at local teahouses on the trail. Daal bhaat power, 24 hour! This delicious local dish is also what the crew will be eating at lunch, and they know what's good. It's the best source of energy and will keep you going for the rest of the day. But don't worry, there will be other options to choose from, too. Dinners include a variety of cooked foods such as fried rice or noodles, pizza, momos, vegetables and more daal bhaat, and some other western dishes.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. 

Mobile phone reception will be limited during the trek, but generally fine in Pokhara and Kathmandu. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the hotels, and some teahouses will offer it for a small fee. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Nepal uses two round or three round pin power plugs (outlet types C, D and M), 220V/50Hz. 

Power outages are a reality of life in Kathmandu. Most hotels post a schedule of planned electricity cuts, which can last up to 16 hours a day, however, they generally have generators which they use during these outages.

While trekking, you will have less access to electricity and may incur a small fee to charge your devices. We recommend a power bank (portable charger), which you can charge before embarking on the trek.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider. 

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Transfers in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels and basic teahouses based on twin share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • Local English-speaking guide(s)
  • Porters (1x porter for every 2x passengers)
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow Rs 4,000 (approximately AU$50) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping in Nepal is expected, though not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. Your Team Leader will give you advice on customary tipping amounts and coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process. Usually around Rs 12,000 (approx. AUD$150) per person for the entire adventure.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our international adventures. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Nepal. We advise you to obtain your visa prior to departing Australia or New Zealand. For further information, please contact the relevant consulate. Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa.

About Nepal

Is it safe to travel to Nepal?

While in Nepal, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe. These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.

Can I drink the water in Nepal?

Do not drink the tap water. Tap water is safe to drink only after it is boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities and at teahouses along the trail, and is generally quite cheap. Before you purchase a bottle of water, check that the seal on the cap is not broken.

What weather can I expect?

The weather in Kathmandu is very pleasant, ranging from 20-28°C during the day most of the year. The lower regions of Annapurna have an average daytime temperature of 10-20°C, dropping at night to about 5-8°C. As you reach higher altitudes, temperatures can drop below freezing in the evening, night and early mornings. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Nepal?

Nepalese rupees (Rs) are not available for exchange in other countries. Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand (NZD) can be easily exchanged in Kathmandu on arrival, and credit cards are accepted in most major hotels. It is best you carry local currency in small denominations with you while on the trek.

Access to ATMs is limited and only available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, so we advise that you withdraw sufficient funds for the duration of the trek prior to departing the city. 

Do I require any vaccinations to travel to Nepal? 

Approximately two months prior to departure, you should visit your GP to begin your vaccinations. The most common vaccinations for Nepal include:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus

Cholera is considered a medium risk in Nepal. Please consult your GP regarding protection against this disease.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience on the Annapurna Trek as 4.69 out of 5

★★★★★


"My Inspired Adventure to Nepal warmed my heart, filled me up with plenty of dal bhat and absolutely exhausted my poor legs - it was a wonderful immersion into an incredible, magical land."

Victoria Marriott

UN Women NC Australia's Trek for Rights 2018

★★★★★


"This trip was better than I ever could have imagined. The amazing scenery and beautiful people have left me in awe."

Dale Taylor

Oxfam Australia's Journey to Nepal 2017
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe Travel and Flexible Bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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