Trekking Agency : We did Annapurna Base Camp trek with Bharal Adventures (https://bharaladventure.com/) . Trekking agency must be a certified and registered Trekking and Tours Agency with Department of Tourism and Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal(TAAN).
Registration can be checked @ https://www.taan.org.np/members?l=b
1 INR = 1.6 NPR
Indian rupees up to 500 denomination is accepted at main towns viz., Kathmandu and Pokhara . However, in the outskirts ,such as small villages along the trail , only Nepalese rupees are accepted. Therefore, it is prudent to withdraw sufficient amount of Nepali Rupees from the ATM @ Kathmandu or Pokhara ,before venturing into mountains.
Though ,for some unknown reasons, my ICICI international debit card didn't work ,but my colleague's SBI debit card spewed Nepalese currencies effortlessly, much to our relief, from the ATM of Nepal Bank Limited @ Kathmandu International Airport precincts.
Important Points to Remember : (Before Finalizing Itinerary)
* Rescheduling of Regional Flights of Nepal (like Kathmandu to Pokhra) is very common ,courtesy to unpredictable weather conditions at high himalayas. Flight may get delayed and /or cancelled . Therefore , having booking in the 1 st flight increases the chance of flying out .
* Regional flights are of small capacity (25 pax) and limited in numbers .Therefore ,it is highly likely that tickets may get sold out .
* Pokhara ,nestled at the base of the mountains, receives sizable amount of rainfall. Morning is the best time to fly in/out of Pokhara.
* Keep 2 nos. of buffer day to have the leeway to accommodate flight cancellations , and /or to beguile sometime in the quaint little town of Pokhara .
* As most of the flights to Kathmandu from India are afternoon flights , it is better not to plan for Pokhra on the same day .Use the evening hours to amble around the city streets ,withdraw currency , and meet your trek operator (if there is ) and collect the permits .
* Road from Kathmandu to Pokhra is in shambles . Weighing between time ,safety and money , it is prudent to take the flight . (Yeti Airlines, Tara and Buddha).Pokhara may not seem far from Kathmandu (the cities are only 126 miles / 204 km apart), but the Nepali terrain and road quality make for a very long drive.
Best time to do the trail :
Summer : 2nd week of April to May (In Summer months , possibility of clouds/haze obscuring the mountain view is higher). We were lucky enough to get a crystal view of mountains .In early april , you will witness rhododendron bloom.
Autumn : Oct and Nov (Just before winter sets in , its better to venture out in the trail to get a clear view of mountains . Absence of Clouds and Haze makes it a perfect time )
Please bear in mind , getting a view of mountains is all about luck .Weather patterns can be indicative ,but not conclusive ,more so in the high himalayas.
Stay option along the trail :
Most treks in Nepal are 'teahouse' treks, which means every night you end up at a simple lodge with basic rooms and a meal. The best thing about teahouse trekking - you only have to carry very minimal gear. Teahouses vary slightly from region to region, but most are simple stone and wooden buildings or huts that have a kitchen, a community eating hall and bathroom area, and a number of basic bedrooms that usually have two single beds and a table. Most teahouses are built specifically for trekkers, but some, in the more remote regions of Nepal, may double as the family's home.