Everest and Annapurna Private Journey

Lodge-Based Trekking in Nepal’s Extraordinary Mountains

Trip Level

This trip is rated 4+, or Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Most of the hiking is at altitudes between 5,000 and 12,500 feet, but there is a good bit of up-and down, including sections of steep, stone staircases on moderate to steep trails. The Annapurna foothills are criss-crossed by an ancient network of handbuilt steps that lead up and down between villages. In the Everest region, there is a good bit of up-and-down (often 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day).

Your guide hikes along with you to make sure that you find the way and to share his knowledge of the local culture. There is ample opportunity for exploring the villages and beautiful surroundings near the lodges, and, of course, for photography. You carry only a daypack on the hikes. You might want to bring a hiking pole, if you like to use one. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.
    
The Everest and Annapurna regions provide a truly ideal Himalayan trekking experience, relatively short yet intensely scenic. Incredible mountain panoramas and easy access make them Nepal’s two most popular trekking areas, so please note that during the spring and autumn (the ideal hiking seasons), the trails can be busy and bustling with hikers and local people alike.

Weather

Nepal has four seasons: spring (March to May), summer (June to August—monsoon season), winter (December and February) and fall (late September through November). The most popular trekking seasons are spring and fall.

Nepal lies at the same latitude as Florida, but altitude is the main factor governing temperatures. In the semitropical lowlands of Kathmandu (altitude 4,000 feet), daytime temperatures can be quite warm, in the 70s and 80s, with cool, misty nights. It rarely snows below 7,000 feet.

At altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, daytime temperatures can be in the 50s and 60s for fall trips and 60s and 70s for spring trips. Nights are cool to cold, often in the 40s. Skies are generally clear, although the spring has more precipitation (but Nepal’s famous rhododendron forests are in full bloom in the spring). Clouds often form in the afternoons, disappearing at night to reveal brilliantly starry skies.

At altitudes over 10,000 feet, weather is unpredictable and the wind chill factor comes into play. Daytime temperatures at these heights can be in the 60Fs, but also as low as the 30s and 40s, especially if it is windy. Temperatures drop very quickly when the sun goes down, and evening/nighttime temperatures at high altitudes often drop to around 15F and sometimes lower. Snow is not uncommon at higher elevations, and rain is always a possibility.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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