Annapurna Circuit trekking description
Around Annapurna trekking known as Annapurna Circuit trekking, Annapurna Thorong Pass is one of the famous trekking tours in Nepal, 1980s opened for the trekkers, since then the Annapurna circuit was possible for the adventure travelers. The region no doubt is rich in scenery apart from the diverse culture and flora and faunas. Annapurna circuit trekking is the most popular trekking because of its panoramic scenery of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041 m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchre (6993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986 m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134 m). Furthermore, there are the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetan Sherpa, Thakali, Magar, Tamang, and Gurung. Subsequently, it is the trail which is rich in wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. Around Annapurna - circuit is one of the classic treks in the world. The circuit takes one around the Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two mighty rivers--Marsyandi in the east and the Kali Gandaki in the west. Kali Gandaki is the world's deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. The flora, geography and culture also change dramatically around the Annapurna circuit trekking.
Annapurna Circuit trekking highlights
Classic trekking on ancient trade routes using NATT Trail just to avoid roads - Ascending the Marshyangdi valley - Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli - Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga - Explore beautiful Manag village - Crossing the Thorong - La (Widest pass in the world about 5416 m) - The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhaulagiri Ice fall, - The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley - Natural Hot spring at Tatopani - Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.
Annapurna Circuit trek grading
Annapurna circuit trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for little bit adventure. The maximum height of Annapurna circuit 5416 m on Annapurna circuit. It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you leave from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Annapurna Circuit trekking covers
Kathmandu - Besishar - Manang - Throung La pass - Muktinath - Tatopani( natural hotspring) - Ghorepani Poonhill - Ghaundrung village - Pokhara.
Best time to explore Annapurna Circuit trekking
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Annapurna Circuit Outline Itinerary
- Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
- Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Day 03:Drive to Beshisahar (820m) 6 hrs
- Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1310m) 5 to 5 ½ hours
- Day 05: Trek to Chyamje (1430m) 6 to 6 ½ hours
- Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 to 7 hours
- Day 07: Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hours
- Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours
- Day 09: Trek to Manang (3500m) 5 hours (Lower Route) or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route)
- Day 10: Rest Day for Acclimatization
- Day 11: Trek Manang to Letdar (4200m) - 4 to 5 hours
- Day 12: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 4 hours
- Day 13: Trek form Thorong Phedi – Thorong la (5416m)- Muktinath (3800m) 7 hours
- Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2665m) 7 to 8 hours
- Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m) 6 hrs
- Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 7 hrs
- Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Shikha (1935m) 5 hrs
- Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2853m) 5 hrs
- Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Hile(1320m) 5 hrs
- Day 20: Trek to Nayapool and Pokhara (900m)
- Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu or Drive Back to Kathmandu
- Day 22: Final departure to the international airport
NOTE OF ABOVE ITINERARY:
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
SHORT DESCRIPTION MODE OF PACKAGE :
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary in details
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.
Drive to Beshisahar (820m) 6 hrs
In the morning guide will come to meet you in the hotel loby at 6 AM. After picking you up, you will be transfered to the local bus park to leave for Besi Sahar (185km). It takes around 6 hours to reach besisahar via scenic drive. Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rafting rivers, and villages. And overnight at the Guest house.
Trek to Bahundanda (1310m) 5 :30 hours
This our first day’s trek introduces us to the varied cultural of Nepal, pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings (Namaste) on the way. The trail goes to through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m) then Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60m high waterfall, views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we com closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge then the trail gently ascent to Bahundanda and overnight in lodge.
Trek to Chyamje (1430m) 6 :30 hours
Today, we will be leaving the lush rice paddies and the sub-tropical jungle, as we begin our ascent towards the village of Tal, nestled on a plateau. Taal means lake, but no lake can be found here, just the imprint it has left. The nights are already cooler and the vegetation begins to change. Due to the density of small villages in the area, we will have ample opportunity to meet the Nepalese at work and at play.
Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 hours
While hiking to Bagarchhap we will pass the old village and its ruins, which were completely destroyed by a massive landslide less than ten years ago. A series of bridges allow us to cross the roaring Marshyangdi River, using the well-trodden paths of the porters and locals. Today’s hike is not for the faint hearted as several sections of the path allow for some rather impressive views down to the river. Bagarchhap is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind.
Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hours
The hiking today is a little rougher than the previous days with quite a bit of up and down, crossing the river several times on good bridges. Reaching the town of Chame, one of the larger settlements of the area will allow us to have a hot shower. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang area and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture.
Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours
Today, we will have a shorter hiking day ahead of us. The landscape between Chame and Pisang changes notably, and soon we will be walking through sub- alpine terrain which is Alpine interface. The early part of today’s walk will take us through large forests and past the massive, 1500-meter rock face called Paungda Danda. Pisang proper is a cluster of homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields.
Trek to Manang (3500m) 5 hours (Lower Route) or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route)
A half-day of walking will get us to Manang. The climate here is very similar to the high Tibetan plateau, with little precipitation and large fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures. The inhabitants of Manang use horses for nearly everything, and the jingling of bells will announce the arrival of a horseman and his stead. Manang has a local airport, and many good bakeries and several internet cafés. We will be staying here for three nights, allowing us to acclimatize properly before taking on Thorang-La. Day hikes will be planned but are not mandatory.
The High route
You have to cross the river out of Pisang village and then take a reasonably level path through scrubland, passing a small picturesque lake on your right. You will then pass long ‘Mani walls’ and descend to cross a stream and begin a strenuous zigzagging climb up to the village of Ghyaru (3,673m) offers Annapurna II and Annapurna IV very stunning view. From Ghyaru you will continue up the valley on a wonderful high-level trail. Here, passing through the ruins of a castle, we will arrive on a promontory, with views both ways up and down the valley. Then, we will arrive at the village of Ngawal (3,650m) where there is a large newly built Gompa up to the right. You will leave the village near a long Mani wall. Finally, you will descend back to the valley floor and rejoin the main trail to continue to Braga and Manang.
Rest day for acclimatization
It is essential to spend time for acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours you can try to climb as high as possible above the village. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village, or to a viewpoint above the lake opposite Manang Village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visits the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talks about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.
Trek Manang to Letdar (4200m) - 4 to 5 hours
After hot breakfast, we will walk through the farm terrace to Tanki Manang then gradually goes to high alpine to the Gunsang; offering panoramic mountains scenery and we will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. Nearby Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. Arrive in Letdar and stay overnight in guest house.
Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420 m) 4 hours
The trail for today, relatively easy to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. From yak Kharka we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this area. Or if you are sure for, we can continue our trek to the High camp another an hour after lunch.
Trek form Thorong Phedi – Thorong la (5416m)- Muktinath (3800m) 7 hours
Our journey begins before sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5416 meters. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours. Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trek to Thorung pass summit. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the views of border Himalayas and Dhaulagiri family are simply amazing. Muktinath is a large village, rambling settlement with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult day
Trek to Marpha (2665m) 7 to 8 hours
Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) begins through several village and Kali Gandaki river bank, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach Rakshi.
Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m) 6 hrs
The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).
Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 7 hrs
After breakfast we will begin our trek to Tatopani and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is deepest gorge in the world and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Our trail takes us through the villages of Dana. Our evening’s accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).
Trek from Tatopani to Shikhavillage (1935m) 5 hrs
After leaving the village of Tatopani a fork in the trail takes us away from the Kaligandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. Scenery changes once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production. Stay overnight at Shikha village.
Trek to Ghorepani village (2853m) 5 hrs
Today, we will be another uphill day. From Chitre we will be climbing many, many steps, until we finally see the blue roofs of Ghorepani right above us. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere. This is a difficult day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them. If you are interested, hike about 50 meter up towards Punhill to explore sunset view.
Trek from Ghorepani to Hile village (1320m) 5 hrs
Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill to see the panoramic views of Himalayan range with sunrise. This would be spectacular and crystallize mountains surrounded to you with including Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6915m) and many more.. We return back to lodge and take breakfast and start to go down to Hile with stone steps in downhill and overnight in lodge.
Trek to Nayapool and Pokhara (900m)
Today is our last day during the whole trekking. So we will trek about 3 hours to Nayapool and take private car to Pokhara about 1 hour and your trekking crew will salute with your work and last night celebration with together and transfer to hotel.
Fly to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu 18 min scenic enjoyable flights and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu or in Nepal Bhaktapur with breakfast plan.
Final departure to the international airport
Drop you to the international Airport kathmandu for your onward destination
- Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu / in Bhaktapur within BB Plan
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara B/B plan
- Fluent English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide
- All land transportation as per itinerary.
- Meals on full board Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Annapurna circuit Trekking
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Pokhara- Kathmandu flights with airport taxes.
- A special gift from our company.
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need experience for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers / walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Around Annapurna trekking tours or Annapurna Circuit trekking - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna Circuit Trekking ?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Annapurna Circuit Trek?
All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for incase. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
We recommend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.