Destination
Nepal
Region
Annapurna
Trip Grade
Moderate/Adventure
Highest Elevation
4130m.
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation
Tea-House / Lodge Basis
Trek Duration
07 Days
Group Size Min
02 Trekkers
Best Time
Sept-December & February-May
Start/End Point
Pokhara to Pokhara

Trip Overview

7 Days in the Heart of the Himalayas: Discovering Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days are the ideal trekking destination in the Annapurna region which can be done within a short period of time. This trek is popular among foreigners and Nepalese trekkers too. On this trek, we get a chance to see a stunning view of a snow-capped mountain with natural beauty. It is one of the most renowned and leading tourist destinations located on the very lap of the Annapurna Himalayas. While trekking on this route, we get a chance to know about the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Gurung People who are the local tribe and are known as Brave all over the world.

Trip Highlight

  • Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Machhapuchhre Base Camp is located at an altitude of 3,700m, and it offers stunning views of the Machhapuchhre Peak (also known as Fishtail). The trail to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is challenging, but it is worth the effort.

  • Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp is the highlight of the trek. It is located at an altitude of 4,130m, and it offers panoramic views of the Annapurna massif. You will also get to see the Annapurna Glacier and the Gangapurna Glacier.

  • Hot Springs

Jhinu Danda is famous for its natural hot springs, which are perfect for relaxing after a long trek. The hot springs are located near the Modi Khola River, and they are open to the public.

These are just some of the many highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Annapurna region, making it a must-visit destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Best time to travel

Autumn and spring season is the perfect season for trekking at the Annapurna Base Camp. In this season, the weather and climate are warm and dry which is very reasonable and it is very unique and marvelous because trekkers get a chance to see a mesmerizing view of the mountain. During the autumn and spring season, the weather is clear, dry, and stable which is very much best for trekking. In the spring season, the weather is warm and sunny with blooming rhododendron forests in red, white, and pink colors. And in the autumn season, the sky is crystal clear with perfect views of the snow-capped mountain with natural beauty. These seasons are the busiest time for trekking in the high Himalayan land of Nepal.

If you want to trek during the off-season month you have to prepare for more challenging weather conditions. You can trek during monsoon season but in the winter the trek will become challenging because there will be snow everywhere. While trekking in the Monsoon, the road will become slippery and muddy and it will become a little bit challenging. And in the monsoon season, there will be rain a lot and the sky is cloudy, and very less chance to see the mountain.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days Physical requirement

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate to strenuous trek that requires a good level of physical fitness. It is important to prepare yourself physically and mentally before embarking on this trek.

Here are some of the physical requirements for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

  1. Cardiovascular endurance: You will need to have good cardiovascular endurance to cope with the high altitude and steep climbs. You can build your endurance by doing cardio exercises such as running, cycling, and swimming.
  2. Strength training: Strength training is also important, especially for your leg muscles, as you will be trekking uphill and downhill for several days. You can do exercises like squats, lunges, and leg presses to strengthen your leg muscles.
  3. Flexibility: You will need to have good flexibility to prevent injuries and cope with the long trekking hours. Stretching exercises such as yoga and Pilates can help improve your flexibility.
  4. Mental endurance: The trek can be mentally challenging, so it is important to have mental endurance to push through any discomfort or fatigue. You can improve your mental endurance by practicing mindfulness, meditation, and visualization techniques.

It is always a good idea to consult with a doctor before undertaking a trek of this nature, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, it is recommended to go on shorter treks to acclimatize to the altitude and build up your endurance before attempting the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Accommodation and food during the trek

The accommodation during the trek is basic but comfortable. You will be staying in tea houses, which are small lodges that offer rooms with basic amenities such as a bed, a blanket, and a pillow. The food is also basic but delicious. You will get to taste the local cuisine, such as dal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup). It is recommended that you carry some energy bars and snacks for the long hikes.

  1. The 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package is USD 399 Per Person (Pokhmandu to Pokhara) Group size is a minimum of 2+ Trekkers
  2. The 9 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package is USD 620 Per Person (Kathmandu to Kathmandu) Group size is a minimum of 2+ Trekkers
  3. The 7 to 9 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package is USD 550 to  760 Per Person for Single Trekker 

Why do you select Everest Trekking Routes?

In the context of Nepal, there are almost thousand of thousand trekking companies that organized trekking, peak climbing, expedition, tour hiking, and many adventure activities in the high Himalayan land. Among thousands of trekking companies, Everest Trekking Routes is one of them that organized trekking. We have at least 25 Years of experience as mountain guides and trip organizers in the high Himalayans of Nepal. Most of the guides of this company are well-trained, professional, and licensed proven by the Nepal Government tourism board.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1950m.) 1 hour drive and 4-5 hour trek.

After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul by car or van and it takes one and half hours to get to Nayapul. This is 1050m far from Pokhara. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the beautiful Rhododendron forest and we will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards Ghandruk. From Birethanti we have followed the beautiful water forest and rice flew Gurung village between Nayapul to Ghandruk, Then trek to Ghandruk which takes almost 4 hours to reach Ghandruk from Pokhara where we will stay overnight at lodge.
Trek time: 1 hours drive and 4-5 Hours walking
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Guest House

Day 02: Trek to Sinuwa (2340m.) 5-6 hour

After breakfast, we trek to the Chhomrong crossing through the Gurung village. While climbing up. we can take the view of the mighty peak of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the Himchuli Peak above the village and the view of Machhapuchhre facing across the valley which is really impressive, and the Chhomorong highly populated by the Gurung people which are one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. It’s your great chance to experience the perfect hospitality of Gurung people it takes about 6-7 hours of walking to reach the Edge of Kumrong Khola and Stay Overnight at Lodge.
Trek time: 5-6 Hours drive
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Guest House

Day 03: Trek to Deurali (3230m.) 6-7 hour

We climb on Deurali through the thick Rhododendron and Bamboo forest to reach Deurali, this takes nearly 5-6 hours. After reaching Deurali, the views of Mt.Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail are really touchable. Annapurna I is the tenth-highest peak in the world. We will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendrons, pine, and oak. During the time trekking, we will cross many beautiful tea Houses, and landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards Deurali. It takes almost 6 hours to reach Deurali and spend one night in this village.
Trek time: 6-7 Hours trek
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Guest House

Day 04: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.)5-6 hour

After the breakfast and climb to Machhapurchre Base Camp takes under 3 hours. take a lunch break and another 2 hour Climb up Annapurna Base Camp. You descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360 degrees panorama. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest and move towards our destination. After reaching Annapurna base camp we will explore all around the ABC and we will spend one night at Annapurna Base Camp.
Trek time: 5-6 Hour trek
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Guest House

Day 05: Trek to Bamboo (2310m.) 6 hour

From the Annapurna base camp, we return our steps to Bamboo, and today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. During the time trekking, we will pass through the beautiful Gurung village, the lush forest of rhododendron, pine, and oak, and get the chance to see the wonderful views of the mountain. And by the way, we will have our lunch then after we will take some rest and we move towards Bamboo. After reach in Bamboo, first of all, we check out the hotel then after we will explore all around the Bamboo and return back to the hotel and we will stay overnight at Bamboo.
Trek time: 5-6 Hour Trek
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Guest House

Day 06: Trek to Jhunu Danda Hot Spring (1780M) 5 hour

The trail then descends to JhinuDanda, where we will rest for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which are just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from JhinuDanda to soothe our aching bodies. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo field. The major attractions are the hot spring the tourist can take a dip in the hot water spring. You can also enjoy the views of the soaring mountain from Jhinu Danda. It takes almost 5 hours to reach Jhinu Danda and we will explore all around Jhinu Danda and come back to the hotel where we will spend one night.
Trek time: 5-6 Hours Trek
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Guest House

Day 07: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara 5 hours

After breakfast, we trek to Nayapul via Birethanti takes about 4-5 hours. then we drive to Pokhara by private car or van, after reaching Pokhara city we will go to explore all around the Pokhara city which is also known as the city of the lake and we will stay one night in Pokhara.
Trek time: 5 Hour Trek and 1 hrs drive
Accommodation: Stay Overnight at Hotel

Cost Include/Exclude

Cost Includes

  • Pokhara to Nayapul and Back to Pokhara by Private Car or Van
  • Your Meal During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a cup of tea or Coffee).
  • All Trekking Permit and Paperwork as Annapurna conservation entry permits (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: Government License holder Trekking An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • Trekking porter ( one porter for two members) No Porter for Solo Trekkers
  • After the successful trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide an Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and Services are charged.

Cost Excludes

  • All Meals & Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (If you need we arrange you)
  • Kathmandu Pokhara and Return to Kathmandu transportation (If you need we arrange for you)
  • Internal & Domestic Flight fare
  • Personal Expenses (Hot Shower, bar bills, beer, coke, a bottle of water, hot water, phone call, laundry service, Helicopter rescue, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

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Recent Client Reviews

Liau Gii Hau

Malaysia

LangTang 8 days tour

I requested Mr. Rabin Gurung to have a guide/porter before starting my journey, and he sent a very experienced guide Mr. Phul to be my guide/porter. Mr. Phul has more than 25+ years of experience becoming a mountain guide. I had problems during the hike up to the mountain but Mr. Phul always gave me support all the way, he shared the newer things in the jungle with my brother along the trek.

Source by: TripAdvisor

Yap Chun Sing

Singapore

Wonderful Experience trekking in Manaslu

Had a wonderful time hiking at the Manaslu area with my tour guide Sushil Gurung and porter Madan Gurung. They helped us with our every need from last minute rental gear like sleeping bags to telling us more about Nepal and being knowledgeable about the area. Both of them are experienced and knowledgeable. Both of them are very observant about how you are coping with the pace and terrain and will change pace to suit your pace.

Source by: TripAdvisor

Deon Poh

Singapore

Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Positive experience liaising with Everest Trekking for our Manaslu Circuit Trek.
The guide made adjustments to our plans based on our comfort/fitness level and the weather so that we managed to finish the trail.
Our guide helped us secure some last-minute stuff for us like our sleeping bag rentals.
Most importantly the hike itself was great as well thanks to our guide for his hospitality and our porter’s hard work.
Appreciate the apples cut for us every night during the hike carried by the guide and to the porter for pushing through even though his eyes hurt from the sun glare from the snow.
Thank you for this great experience.
Everest Trekking liaison: Rabin Gurung
Guide: Sushil Gurung
Porter: Madan Gurung

Source by: TripAdvisor

Mook Kunnapat

Bangkok, Thailand

Annapurna Base Camp trekking

ในช่วง 5 ปีที่ผ่านมาได้มีโอกาศไปเดิน Trek ที่เนปาลกับไกด์ Rabin มา 3 ครั้งแล้ว ประทับใจทุกครั้ง ทีมงานลูกหาบดีเรียบร้อยใส่ใจ บริการดี ไว้ใจได้ ราคาสมเหตุสมผล ใครจะไปเนปาลแนะนำเลยครับ!!

I’ve trekked in Nepal with Rabin 3 times in the past 5 years, and it’s been awesome!! Great team, reliable services, and reasonable price. Highly Recommended!!

Source by: TripAdvisor

Mike Q

Austral

Manaslu basecamp and Circuit and Tsum Valley

I have just completed a trek of the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley with three other friends. The trip was magnificent, stunning mountain peaks, ancient forest, impressive rivers and waterfalls and interesting villages. During the trip we were very well looked after by our guide, Dhansingh Gurung who gently and efficiently took us through 21 days of trekking over diverse terrain and Sangam (Durga) our porter who was always helpful and cheerful. Both Dhansingh and Durga added considerably to the enjoyment of the experience with their friendliness and local knowledge. If I return to Nepal, I will definitely use our guide and porter again.

Sorce on: TripAdvisor

Jasmin H

Germany

Gokyo Lakes with Gokyo Ri

The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

Source from: TripAdvisor

Tuffy Kin Leung

USA

Gokyo Lake — EBC

My wife and I had an amazing experience with both Dhansingh and Rabin Gurung. We took a 2 weeks trek with them from Lukla — Gokyo Lake — EBC . What a blessing we had them along the way , we will never forget and be grateful and thankful for the unquie, warm , genuine hospitality that we had , plus all the priceless encounters within the nature. Namaste!

Email: tuffyl@yahoo.com

Sources from: TripAdvisor

Toft Lars

Denmark

Mera Peak Climbing Guided & Trip Operation by Everest Trekking Routes

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

Source: TripAdvisor

Soren Dorfhoff

Denmark

Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain 😅

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes 👌

Source: Tripadvisor

Family Tour in Nepal

Alex Lim

Singapore

Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.

Singapore

Sources from: TripAdvisor

Family Tour in Nepal

Mark Gamboa

Vancouver, British Columbia

Everest Base Camp Trek with Suk Bahadur Gurung

Searching for the perfect company to embark on the EBC trek was not easy when doing research on who to go with. I happen to have really lucked out by choosing to go with Everest Trekking Routes, because they were great, through and through.

I did the trek in November but started inquiring with them back in February. Rabin is the CEO of the company, and he has helped me in every way possible. He was prompt in answering my questions via email and meticulously arranged the EBC trek, which felt customized to all my needs. In person, he was kind and courteous. And my guide Suk was friendly and helpful throughout the hike. He had brought all the necessary medication for me and asked every day how I was feeling. Suk is also a very good card player and was grateful for his company on the 12-day hike/ Kathmandu City Hike.

I’m sure most of you reading this have gone with some tour company elsewhere in the world, and perhaps you might agree that most of them have treated you as simply a commodity in the assembly line. By going with Everest Trekking Routes, I never felt that. Rabin and Suk took care of me from beginning to end, and I sing all their praises for getting me to Everest Base Camp, which was a major deal for me and my friends and Family. Rabin and Suk became family to me. Thank you for everything, guys!

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin Gurung

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas

Canada

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and capable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagerness to help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin Gurung quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an excellent companion on any trek! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to anyone who is making a trip to Nepal. He is is a wonderful person and a good friend.

Email: helen.karrandjas@maclaren.com
Details Address: 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak with Rabin Gurung

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.
Email: cliffhanger_08@yahoo.com

Island Peak Climbing

Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker

USA

Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!

Email: jefftckr@s8.dion.ne.jp

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