Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days Trip Difficulty: Moderate

  • Trip Duration 20 Days

  • Destination Nepal

  • Group Size 2-12 People

  • Accomodation Hotel and Tea house

  • Altitude5416

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • One of the most classic and oldest treks of Nepal
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, the center of historical art and architecture with seven UNESCO recognized heritage sites.
  • Thorang la pass, the highest navigable pass (5416m) in the world
  • Muktinath, a holy temple and a proof of religious harmony between Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage.
  • Marsyangdi River Valley, Kaligandaki Valley, Jomsom valley, with its antique vibe and strong winds
  • Descend into one of the deepest gorge’s in the world – the Kali Gandhaki
  • Marpha with its apple orchards, apple candy, pie, and brandy
  • Poon Hill Sunrise and Sunset 360-degree panoramic views of world’s highest mountains i.e. Mt. Dhauulagir (7th), Manaslu-(8th) , Annapurna I-(10th)
  • Natural hot spring of Tatopani
  • Traditional Gurung, Tibetan and other ethnic villages with warm hospitality of the people

Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most preferred routes in the world providing as much varieties in terms of the diverse natural vegetation to the diverse cultural beliefs to the diverse landscape to the altitude to the trail to the pristine little settlements to the culturally prosperous tribal groups to the diverse religious groups that you will experience nowhere except the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. The 230km long circuit trek that goes through 4 districts (Lamjung, Myagdi, Manag and Mustang) and two zones (Dhawalagiri and Gandaki) is included as one of the top 10 classic trekking routes in the world and is proved as most of the trekkers from around the world enjoy their way to this trek.

Some of the major highlights of the Annapurna circuit trek are the diversity in climate that ranges from tropic 600m to the arctic 5416m, deepest Kaligandaki Gorge, tropical forest to the barren land to the everlasting snow line, religious diversity consisting of Hindu, Buddhist, Tibetan Buddhist and Bonpo, tribal groups of Gurung, Thakali and Managi. Some of the places on the trekking route are quite famous among the trekkers and they are Gandaki and Marshyangdi river valleys, the highest lake in the world-Tilicho (4920m), the highest pass in Nepal-Thorong-La (5416m), the holy Muktinath temple and the Braga monastery, natural hot spring bath and the sunrise view from the Poon Hill to name a few. Among the highest and beautiful Himalayas as you head on the snowy trails, a superb thrilling vista of the Annapurna Massif, the Dhaulagiri Massif, Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Machhapuchchhre with many others surely make you feel saturated heavenly.

Annapurna circuit trek begins 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu to Besishar and then to start in a well established mountain trail that follows the famous Marsyangdi River valley and passes through the beautiful cultural villages, rice paddy fields and forests beneath the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges which brings us to the Manang village. We will take of the bit hike to explore the highest altitude Lake-Tilicho which is tough but more satisfying. As we gain the altitude, the landscape and the vegetation also changes and rugged alpine comes in to appearance. The trail then soon enters the Trans Himalayan region settled by the people from Tibetan origin. Next challenge ahead is to cross the highest pass Thorong La (5416m) that links the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi valley. Splendid snow caped Himalayas views from the peak of the Thorong La pass is just amazing and beyond the expectation. Then we follow the trail to Muktinath temple-the god of salvation and the windy Jomsom and just ahead we pass through the deepest gorge along the Kaligandaki River between Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri that follows ahead the famous Gurung village of Ghorepani. The famous Poon Hill view point is just ahead of Ghorepani that offers you the best 360-degree panorama eye-catching views of the towering snowcapped mountains. From there the trail heads to the beautiful lake city Pokhara ending the 20 days Annapurna Circuit trek.

Accommodations:

A three star hotel facility is provided while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara where as tea house/Lodge facility is provided during the trek days. All the accommodations are provided on twin-shared basis with attached washrooms but on higher elevation, you may use the shared washrooms. Single accommodation is provided upon your request with additional cost. Single rooms are easily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara where as supplement while in the trek days depend on the availability.

Meals:

Normally, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the trek days that consist of typical Nepalese foods as well as some of the common international foods (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian etc) and only breakfast is provide while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We will provide you the hygienic and best available food as per the availability. Breakfast and dinner is provided from the lodge where you stay for night where as lunch is provided during your trek to next destination on midway.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements:

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate trek suitable for all trek lovers who have ability to walk around 6-7 hours a day with a light backpack. Walking in the rough trails in the ridge with high altitude is more physically demanding than walking on lower elevations. Although, if you are in excellent health condition with average physical fitness with positive attitude to accomplish the trek, self-confidence and highly motivated, you can make this trek accomplished. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not compulsory but suggest you to follow some of the stamina growing physical activities 2-3 months prior to your trek date. Participants with lung disease, blood diseases and ankle problems should consult to their doctor and should inform to us before booking the trek date.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1360m)
Day 02: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley (Altitude: 1360m)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (Altitude: 760m )
Day 04: Trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda (Altitude: 1400m )
Day 05: Trek from Bahundada to Chamje (Altitude: 1410m)
Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (Altitude: 2080m)
Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (Altitude: 2720m)
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (Altitude: 3200m)
Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (Altitude: 3500m)
Day 10: Acclimatization Day
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (Altitude: 4230m)
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (Altitude: 4450m)
Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La Pass (Altitude: 3760m)
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (Altitude: 3500m)
Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (Altitude: 2010m)
Day 16: Trek From Ghasa to Tatopani (Altitude: 1190m)
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (Altitude: 3200m)
Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Pokhara (Altitude: 890m)
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1360m)
Day 20: Final Departure

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1360m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to the Himalayan Land. It is your first day in Nepal therefore we send one of our office members at the airport to welcome you. He will escort you to the hotel. We will have a small gathering in the evening in any one of Nepali typical hotel for the welcome dinner and the trekking briefing.

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Day 02: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley (Altitude: 1360m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

The Kathmandu valley is itself a huge treasure in terms of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Today, we will visit some of the ancient and divine attractions in Kathmandu. It is recognized as the Cultural Heritage Center by the UNESCO and these are illustrated by the seven world heritage monuments (Pashupatinath and Changunarayan temples, Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath stupas, Kathmandu, Bhaktpur and Patan Durbar Square) which reveal the outstanding range of historic and artistic engineering achievements of ancient wood-carving and crafting, stone masonry, metal works and many more. The Pashupatinath is considered as the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva and Hindu people around the world visit this place while Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world. These all give you an insight of Nepali culture.

Your second day starts at the late morning after the breakfast. A guide is appointed who will take you in these historical places and gives you information. After the completion of the sightseeing, you will be driven back to your hotel and will be briefed about the next day activities.

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Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar (Altitude: )

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive: 6-7 Hours

After having quick breakfast, we will leave our hotel to board in the tourist coach to Besishahar over the curvy but comfortable highway that follows the famous rivers -Trishuli and Marsyangdi and connects us to the country side villages, farming lands, waterfalls, terrace fields, different vegetation and the scenic beauty alongside the road. Stay tonight at Beshishar.

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Day 04: Trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda (Altitude: 1400m )

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

After having the breakfast, we will start our day towards Bahundanda. The trail follows the dusty roads, sub-tropical forest and green layer of paddy fields that brings us Khudi at first and then Bhulbhule from where you will relish the beautiful first views of the Mt. Manaslu II, Mt. Himchuli and Nagdi Chuli in the north with an astonishing view of 60m long natural waterfall. The trekking route then heads towards small Nagdi town which lies on the banks of a brook crossing over long suspension bridge over the Nagdi river later the trail widens and an ascend brings us to the Bahundanda before that we will pass through several Tamang and Gurung villages. If the weather is clear, you can behold spectacular views northward. The night will be at Bahundada.

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Day 05: Trek from Bahundada to Chamje (Altitude: 1410m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

Second day of the trek starts with steep descending down to Syange. You will experience the best view of the waterfall. The trail ahead is much tougher. You will pass through the gorge which narrows along with the crest and trough of the trail and the overhanging rocks on the way. After crossing the Marsyangdi River over the suspension bridge, we head towards Jagat village located in a ridge. This place has significant importance of being the custom post for trading salt with Tibet. The route then follows a vertical ascend through some more crest and troughs and few overhanging rocks to lead us to a small community of Chamje whose culture resembles that of Tibetan. Stay overnight at Chamje.

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Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (Altitude: 2080m)

Accommodation:  Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

We start our trek just after the breakfast towards Bagarchhap. The trail descends towards the Marsyangdi River that we cross via suspension bridge and continue our trek through bamboo forest and take a steep climb that leads us to the Tal-the opening village situated at the base of a huge waterfall of Manang district. We then move forward through a classic chorten entrance door that is influenced by the Tibetan culture and then passing some houses and crossing a suspension bridge, we will arrive at Dharapani village (Tap water) via Khotro and a few up and downhill walking brings us to the Bagarchhap. The day is special as you will witness some waterfalls, rhododendron and bamboo forest, apple orchards, Tibetan influenced villages with flat roof stone houses decorated by prayer flags, farming lands etc. Tonight at Bagarchhap.

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Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (Altitude: 2720m)

Accommodation: Logde

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

We will start our trek after the breakfast towards Chame. The trail heads toward a rain-shadow territory and continues to through the narrow valley with relishing the rhododendrons alongside the trail. The trail then ascends up to Danaque and follows the upper route that offers the magnificent views of the Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II and IV then passes through the Tyanga village. The trail then becomes rough and needs many up and downhill walking through the pine forest crossing river several times to reach the largest settlement, biggest market place and headquarter of Manang district-Chame. The entrance of Chame is decorated by Chorten and some elements from the Hindu religion that shows a significant proof of religious tolerance among the different religions. Chame is inhabited by the people who had migrated from Tibet centuries ago. You can take a natural hot spring bath that helps to refresh yourself and relax your muscles. Night will be spent at Chame.

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Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (Altitude: 3200m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

Just after the breakfast, we follow the trail of Marsyangdi to Brathang from where we will have a splendid close view of Annapurna II (7937m). Then the trail follows a steep climb that brings us to the dense forest full of oak, firs, pine, hemlock and maple forest with an amazing view of Paungda Danda rock face that is escalated more than 1500m from the river. We then cross a suspension bridge, ascend for some time and descend to the valley floor followed by a dry grazing land and reach Dhukur Pokahari. After walking half an hour, we will reach at the Pisang. We will make a hike to a higher elevation to upper Pisang for the purpose of the acclimatization. You will enjoy with the views of Annapurna range and the Pisang peak (6091m). Stay tonight at Pisang.

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Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (Altitude: 3500m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours:  6-7 Hours

The day starts on the trail of dry land of the Nyesyang region-the rain shadow area that starts from the upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. We will have options to select the trails among two of which the harder one goes via Ghyaru to the north and the easier second via Hongde to the south but the both trails eventually meet up at Mungji. The harder trail obviously reward you more than the easier one. The clustered houses of the Ghayaru villages are attractively built with stone and are enclosed by meadow of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes and beans. The trail then heads towards high cross with great landscape view followed by Ngawal-an amazing village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail then gently descends down to meet up with the left trail at Mungji from where we head towards the renowned Thakali village of Manang. Stay overnight at Manang and enjoy the view of Annapurna range.

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Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today is the acclimatization day for our body to cope with the gaining altitude and avoid any kind of high altitude sickness. We will take a higher elevation hike either to the ridge nearby Gangapurna glacier or walk up to the cave above Manag village. We will visit the village, native people and take an insight on their life style and culture in our rest time. Night at Manang.

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Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (Altitude: 4230m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

The day starts with an ascend up to Tengi which is the last permanent settlement below the pass. We will walk upward till we reach Ghunsang. The trail then turns northwest towards Jarsang Khola valley where you may encounter with the blue sheep. We walk on a scrub juniper and alpine grass followed by few meadows which brings us to Yak Kharka. Stay tonight at Yak Kharka.

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Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (Altitude: 4450m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

After having the breakfast, we move towards the Thorang Phedi. We walk for about an hour and reach Ledtar. The trail thereafter is easy that descends down to the river and crosses the river over the wooden bridge built by Khampas in the past. The trail then becomes challenging as you will climb upstream of Jarseng Khola on the ridge of cliff and finally reach Thorang Phedi. Stay overnight at Phedi.

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Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La Pass (Altitude: 3760m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 7-8 Hours

Today, we will walk through the highest point of the entire trek. We will head towards the Thorang-La Pass early in the morning to avoid the windy afternoon. The trail is steep and narrow but easy uphill walk for about 4 hours takes us to the top of the Thorang-La Pass (5416m). We spend some time here and enjoy the views of Annapurna range to the south, Dhaulagir and Mt. Mukut (6473m) that borders Dolpo to the west. The moment is quite adorable and even the chortens and the colorful prayer flags seem to be enjoying your triumph over 5000m hiking. After some snapshots of the gorgeous scenery, you will start descending over glacial moraine that gives way to lush fields before we reach to the Muktinath in Mustang district. Stay in lodge in Muktinath.

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Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (Altitude: 3500m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

 Muktinath temple has the religious and artistic significance. The shrine meaning “Place of Salvation” and there is a belief among devotees that if one takes bath himself in the cold water coming out of the 108 taps, he/she will be awarded with salvation for his/her all misdeeds”. Muktinath temple is also a symbol of religious harmony between the Hindu and Buddhist followers as both of them have the same significance and regards on Muktinath temple.

Most of the trail now on follows descending hence the walking ahead will be easier. We follow the trail to Marpha following the Kaligandaki valley through the bank of the Kaligandaki River. The route first descends down to Jharkot where you can see the ruins of the original palace of the Mustang King. There are some chortens and gompas around the Jharkot. Continuous walking down crossing over the Czong Khola takes us to the Kagbeni village. The trail then follows a dry, dusty and rocky to reach the capital of Mustang district-Jomsom where you will approve your permit and should get stamped. Most of the trekkers end their trek at Jomsom either taking a flight to Pokhara or taking a jeep-ride service on a dusty road to Beni and then to Pokhara. However, there is still an option for the trekking lovers to follow a route to the east bank. The trail then heads towards Marpha, a little south from Jomsom. Marpha is famous for the apple orchards and apple brandy production. Stay tonight at Marpha.

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Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (Altitude: 2010m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours:  6 Hours

We will leave Marpha with a gentle walking. The route continues to follow flat and broad river valley having views of the surrounding mountains and reach Tukuche village inhabited by Thakalis and the Tibetan influence in their life style is strong.  Heading down the valley, you will arrive at the riverside villages of Kobang and Larjung from and just ahead is the fabulous Dhaulagiri range. The trail then curves round and goes closely beside the Annapurna range taking you to the Kalopani village from where a spectacular view of the Mt. Annapurna I can be enjoyed rising above the valley. From here, the valley narrows and the trail descend steeply and you will arrive at your destination village Ghasa, a narrow strip of a village surrounded by green hills and fields of crops and vegetables.

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Day 16: Trek From Ghasa to Tatopani (Altitude: 1190m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours:  4-5 Hours

Today we will head towards Tatopani (Hot Water). The trail follows the downward walking from the Ghasa village. The trail then goes through the biggest waterfall-Rupse of the entire Annapurna Circuit Trek after crossing a suspension bridge and then the trail leads us to the claimed deepest gorge of the world-Kopchepani Gorge at Dana where Nepalese government used to collect tax till 1930 AD  from the salt traders and finally to Tataopani. You can enjoy the wonderful view of the Rupse waterfall, the deepest gorge of the world and can dip in the natural hot spring to relax your tired muscles. Stay tonight at Tatopani.

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Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (Altitude: 3200m)

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 7-8 Hours

Today is long day walking all the way to Ghorepani. After continuous descending for some days, you will take a climb today. The trail first crosses the bridge over Kaligandaki River that leads us to the junction following the trail either to Beni or to Ghorepani. We will follow the trail as our destination is Ghorepani and the uphill climbing from here is comparatively difficult as the trail demands steep stone steps to climb. After crossing two bridges and soaring up a hill, a wide view of a river valley comes into sight. Along with the Thakalis you will find other inhabitants as well during your trek today via Phalante and rhododendron forest. Ghorepani being a popular destination for both the national and international tourists offers spectacular views of Dhaulagir and Manaslu Himalayas and to hike the most famous view point of the entire Annapurna Region-Poon Hill. Stay overnight at Ghorepni.

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Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Pokhara (Altitude: 1890m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

Today is the last day of trek. We will move towards Poon Hill early in the morning before dawn to have the magnificent 360-degree panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with the splendid landscape view. This photographer’s paradise glows with the first ray of the sunlight in the summit of the snowcapped mountains and the feeling is heavenly. After spending some time on the hill top and enjoying the fabulous moments and keeping the lifetime memory, we will retrace back to the lodge at Ghorepani. After having the breakfast, we will head towards Nayapul which brings the end of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We will take a vehicle service from here to reach Pokhara where you can hang around the lakeside area to enjoy your evening.

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Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1360m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive: 6-7 Hours

We will take an early breakfast to board in our tourist coach at 7 am. The 128 miles long drive is full of joy that follows the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River banks with various changing natural sceneries of rivers, hills, paddy fields, villages and small market places. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. You can hang around Thamel- the popular tourist spot in Kathmandu and make your last minute shopping. In the evening, we will have small gathering focusing on the valuable feedback of the trek from your side and a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful accomplishment of the trek from our side.

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Day 20: Final Departure

Today, our trek finishes officially as per the itinerary. If you are planning to stay some extra days in Nepal, you can consult us and we are always ready to serve our client as per their demand or if you are leaving our country, one of our staffs will drop you at the airport before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Important Note: Your safety is our prominent concern and duty. The scheduled itinerary is subject to change. The changes on itinerary may occur due to the change in weather, trekking members’ health problem, sudden natural disaster etc or any other emergency situation.  Trekking leader has the right to take immediate action if such situation arises. However, every effort will be made to cope with the above itinerary. We request you all to separate some additional days to balance for such emergency situations.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop with an escort
  • Local transportation with private service
  • Kathmandu – Beshisahar by bus
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, ) during trek,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB plan
  • City tour guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking with license  Holder Trekking guide
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • All government tax
  • First aid kid

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee US 30 (Duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • Your personal nature expenses such as bar bill, laundry, beverages
  • Bar Bill (Beer , whisky, cola, mineral water and tea, coffee )
  • Tipping for guide ,Porter and driver
  • Doesn’t mention service included.

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