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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Trip Notes

  • Ways to Travel: Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Programmes: Walking & Trekking
  • Activity Level:

    4 out of 7 - Moderate / Challenging

  • 16 Days: Flight Inclusive
  • 15 Days: Land Only
  • Ages: 16+
  • Trip Code: TNS
  • Carbon Footprint: 164.8kg CO2e

Trip Overview

This classic trek in the Annapurna is one of the best for acclimatisation in Nepal

Discover the Annapurna range, a vast Himalayan massif where several peaks top 7,000m (22,965ft). It’s home to a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, formed by mountain giants including Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and Machhapuchhare. Our trek starts through forested hills before arriving into the Sanctuary, where we enjoy panoramic views of the colossal Annapurna peaks. We have a day to explore this breath-taking mountain arena before returning to Pokhara via a different route.

At a Glance

  • Four nights in standard hotels and 10 nights in teahouses
  • 11 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and local staff. Minimum age: 16
  • Altitude maximum: 13,550ft (4,130m); average: 8,005ft (2,440m)
  • Travel by private bus and one internal flight
  • Between five and eight hours of walking per day
  • Numerous stone steps


  • Stay overnight at Annapurna Base Camp surrounded by mountains
  • Explore the Annapurna Sanctuary, a huge amphitheatre formed by glistening peaks
  • Enjoy sunrise views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare and the Annapurnas from Poon Hill
  • Trek through magnificent forests, terraced fields and pretty villages
  • Spend time in historic Kathmandu and lakeside Pokhara

Is This Trip for You?

This trek has been graded Activity Level 4 (Moderate/Challenging). It comprises 11 days point-to-point walking with full porterage throughout. Please read our Activity Levels guidelines, found on our website.

Altitude: The maximum altitude is 13,550ft (4,130m) and the average is 8,005ft (2,440m) – we ask you to refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes. This is one of the best-paced trekking routes in Nepal for acclimatisation. The ascent is gradual; most nights are spent at low to medium altitudes (below 9,840ft/3,000m) with only two nights at high altitude (over 11,480ft/3,500m).

Fitness and ability: This is an ideal trek for those confident of their physical fitness; most of the more challenging walking is on the last approach to the Sanctuary itself. Some previous trekking experience and physical preparation, such as hill walking, is recommended.

On most days, we walk for approximately five to seven hours, although there are some shorter and longer days. There are numerous stone staircases to climb and descend and we would not recommend this trek to anyone with weak knees. There are prolonged ascents and descents on some days (more than 3,280ft/1,000m). We highly recommend using trekking poles.

This trek is at the more difficult end of an Activity Level 4 (Moderate/Challenging) trip due to the ascents and descents and the stone staircases. However, it is graded Activity Level 4 and therefore is a lower Activity Level than our Everest Base Camp Trek (as it does not go above 16,400ft/5,000m).

Heights: The trail crosses approximately five modern suspension bridges; all have mesh sides, and none are particularly long or high; however, anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.

Leech socks: After rain, especially in spring, leeches may be present on short parts of the trek, particularly on the Day 11 optional walk to the thermal springs. You may wish to bring leech socks or wear long socks to prevent bites.

Walking hours: Those stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

To help you better prepare for your Nepal holiday, please also see our Nepal Destination Guide.

Why Trek with Exodus?

  • More than 30 years’ experience organising treks in Nepal
  • ‘Ask an expert’ – talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves
  • Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness
  • One of the highest staff-to-client ratios on trek: one staff for every four clients
  • All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage
  • Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first-aid kit
  • Self-assessment acute mountain sickness (AMS) cards used to monitor every client at high altitude

Nepal flight safety

Many of our treks in Nepal use domestic flights to reach the trekking areas. The mountainous Nepalese terrain is subject to changeable weather, which makes flying conditions complex and challenging, and unfortunately there are significantly more incidents here than in other countries, including fatalities. The EU highlighted the poor safety record in Nepal in 2013 by including all Nepalese-registered airlines on the EU banned list, which prevents them from flying in EU airspace. While no Nepalese-registered airlines currently fly within the EU, the EU instigated this ban to highlight the risk of flying in Nepal to EU citizens. These airlines are unlikely to be members of any internationally recognised safety audit systems and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of Western nations.

Flying within Nepal is therefore a known risk, and we strongly encourage you to consider this carefully before booking. We suggest you refer to the following sources:

In response to concerns over this safety record, Exodus arranges for independent air-safety auditors to visit Nepal annually to assess the suitability of the available carriers. We then restrict our use to only those approved as part of this audit. In emergency situations, we will need to use helicopters, so we also have a list of approved helicopter carriers. Should concerns arise regarding the safety of an airline on our approved list, we will remove the carrier from the list immediately, and it would only be reinstated once our air-safety auditors are confident the airline meets acceptable safety standards.

We appreciate that you may have concerns about flying within Nepal, so we ask that you please consider all the information above when deciding to book this trip.


The group is generally between four and 16 people.

We have representatives in Kathmandu who will look after your transfers to and from the airport and will be available to answer other questions you may have about your trek. There is an Exodus desk and noticeboard in the Royal Singi Hotel in Kathmandu. The desk is manned morning and evening.

All departures will have an English-speaking Nepali tour leader throughout the trip who will be assisted by Nepali trekking guides. All Exodus leaders are highly experienced and have undertaken Exodus leader training courses wilderness first-aid training. The trekking guides are licensed by the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and receive additional training through Exodus.

On all our Nepal treks, there is one member of trek staff for every four clients – this ratio may change if a guide must stay behind with a group member. The leaders are assisted by additional guides and as many porters as necessary to carry the kitbags. All your main gear is carried for you and you only need to carry whatever you require for that day’s trek. Porters carry two client kitbags each – kitbags should be restricted to 22lb (10kg). Porters are given porter clothing for treks above 14,765ft (4,500m) – windproof jacket and trousers (pants), boots, socks, gloves, hats and sunglasses. All the trekking staff are insured by our local partner in Nepal.

Adult min age: 16

Min group size: 4

Max group size: 16


Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Land Only

  • Start City: Kathmandu
  • End City: Kathmandu

Land Only Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu

The adventure begins in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. There are free arrival transfers available for any flight, provided you have supplied your sales representative with your flight details in advance and have requested one.

Your local leader will meet you at the hotel (a time is provided on arrival) for the full trek briefing this evening.

Accommodation: Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)

Day 2
Fly to Pokhara and on to Naya Pul; short walk to Birethanthi

Late morning we head to the airport and fly west to Pokhara, the 20-minute flight offers views of the Himalaya range to the north (on a clear day).

Pokhara is set in a beautiful valley overlooked by the Annapurnas and the fishtail-shaped Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks. We transfer from Pokhara to Naya Pul and then have a 30-minute (1.2mi/2km) walk to Birethanthi, a village at the confluence of the Modi and Burungdi rivers, where we stay overnight.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Distance covered: 1mi (2km)

Activity hours: 0.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3
Climb to lower Banthanti

We start our trek by following the Burungdi upstream. After a lunchstop in Tirkhedunga (renowned for its variety of local beer called chang), we start the long, steep climb up a stone staircase through the neatly terraced hillsides to the top of Ulleri. Continuing through Ulleri we stop tonight at lower Banthanti.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 7,350ft/2,240m)

Distance covered: 7mi (11km)

Activity hours: 6-6.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4
Ascend through rhododendron forests to Upper Ghorepani

The trail winds onwards and enters rhododendron forest, which is ablaze with colour in spring. Trains of mules provide vibrant, noisy interludes to the continuous ascent today (there are many stone staircases).

Finally, we emerge from the forests at Ghorepani and suddenly a splendid mountain vista appears before us – Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and other Himalayan giants. We continue up through Ghorepani to our lodge in Upper Ghorepani (9,515ft/2,900m), usually arriving by lunchtime.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 9,515ft/2,900m)

Distance covered: 4mi (7km)

Activity hours: 4-4.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5
Optional early morning ascent of Poon Hill for incredible views of the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri at sunrise. After breakfast, we head through rhododendron forests to Chuili

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (10,530ft/3,210m, about an hour’s walk uphill) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. As the sun emerges from behind the mountains, the sky glows red and pink.

We head east after breakfast, following a ridge to cross a pass at 10,335ft (3,150m). We cut through more forest and past teahouses and then the descent becomes steeper as we take stone steps through jungle to a few lodges in a clearing called Banthanti at 9,055ft (2,760m), where we have lunch. Descending further to a small stream, we cross a bridge and climb back up to 8,825ft (2,690m) at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. From here, we descend for a short while to our lodge at Chuili, where we have great views of the mountains from the lovely garden.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 7,515ft/2,290m)

Distance covered: 9mi (15km)

Activity hours: 7

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6
Descend to the Kyumnu river and climb up into the Modi River valley to Chhomrong

The trail descends steeply through the forest to the Kyumnu river, a tributary of the Modi River. A steep ascent then brings us to Chhomrong (7,285ft/2,220m) another Gurung village and the last permanent settlement in the valley. Beyond here we see yersas, the summer shelters used by herdsmen. From Chhomrong, we have good views again of Annapurna South and from this point onwards the twin-peaks of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) that give the mountain its name.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 7,285ft/2,220m)

Distance covered: 4mi (7km)

Activity hours: 4.5-5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7
Trek up the Modi River valley towards the Annapurna Sanctuary; overnight in Dobhan

The trail from Chhomrong descends first on a stone staircase to cross the Chhomrong River and then climbs steeply on another stone staircase out of this side valley to Sinuwa, where we enter the main Modi River valley. From Sinuwa, the trail descends on stone steps through dense jungle and then undulates to lunch at Bamboo, a cluster of lodges in a clearing surrounded by bamboo thickets. These are cut extensively to make dokos, the carrying baskets used by our porters, and woven mats for floors and roofs. Undulating further through the bamboo forest we reach Dobhan at 8,200ft (2,500m), another small forest clearing with several teahouses.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 8,200ft/2,500m)

Distance covered: 7mi (11km)

Activity hours: 6

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8
Continue up the valley to Machhapuchhare Base Camp

It’s a tough day today as we walk above 9,845ft (3,000m). The trail continues up through the forest, passing the lodges at Himalaya Hotel. The trail gets steeper and rockier from here as we climb up past Hinko Cave, where the first expeditions to the basecamp used to spend the night. Crossing a ravine, the trail continues to climb steeply among boulders, leaving the trees behind us. We have lunch at Deurali and from here the valley broadens and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary.

From Deurali, there are two trails. The one on the left side of the valley is the main trail but when there is a lot of snow (especially in spring) it is not used and an alternative trail on the right side of the valley is used. Your leader will decide which to take. Both meet for the last 1hr 30min climb up between the heights of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,140ft/3,700m), where we spend the night. The views are stupendous and the panorama includes Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 12,140ft/3,700m)

Distance covered: 6mi (9km)

Activity hours: 7-7.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9
Explore the high alpine wilderness of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Stay at Annapurna Base Camp

In the early morning, we walk for two hours up to Annapurna Base Camp (13,550ft/4,130m), surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare all encircle us with unbroken soaring ramparts but for the route by which we entered. The sunset and sunrise are truly magnificent in this mountain arena.

We spend the day in this special place with a chance to watch sunrise tomorrow. There should be time to make an excursion to the ridge overlooking the basecamp from which Sir Chris Bonington led the ascent of Annapurna’s South Face. (Occasionally there is too much snow to stay at Annapurna Base Camp. In this case, we walk back down to Machhapuchhare Base Camp in the late afternoon).

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 13,550ft/4,130m)

Distance covered: 2mi (4km)

Activity hours: 2-2.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10
Descend back down the valley to Bamboo

It’s a long and mostly downhill day as we leave the Sanctuary. We follow the same trail back to Machhapuchhare Base Camp and further down to Deurali. Entering the forest, we descend slowly and carefully on a rocky trail through Himalaya and Dobhan back to the lodge at Bamboo.

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 7,645ft/2,330m)

Distance covered: 9mi (15km)

Activity hours: 8.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11
Ascend and descend stone steps to Chhomrong. Descend steeply through terraces to Jhinnudanda

We have a rollercoaster walk today with lots of ups and downs. We start with a climb up to Sinuwa, then we descend to the river and climb back up the stone steps to Chomro. A final steep descent on stone steps brings us to Jhinnudanda. There are nearby hot springs you can visit if you wish; getting there involves descending for 20 minutes or so down to the river, and the climb back up takes a little longer (around 30 minutes).

Accommodation: Teahouse (sleeping altitude: 5,610ft/1,710m)

Distance covered: 6mi (10km)

Activity hours: 5.5

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12
Trek to Sinwai; transfer from Naya Pul to Pokhara

The trail today undulates down the Modi River valley. We follow the valley down to the road head at Sinwai. If the road is in good condition, we pick up our transport here (sometimes our vehicle cannot get to here) and drive back to Pokhara. If we have to walk to Birethanthi this will add an additional three hours (6mi/10km).

Accommodation: Hotel Dahlia (or similar)

Distance covered: 5mi (8km)

Activity hours: 4

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13
Free day in Pokhara

Enjoy a full day to relax in Pokhara. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the lakeshore where you can watch paragliders in flight. You may wish to take a rowing boat across Lake Phewa and walk up to the hilltop World Peace Pagoda for fantastic views of the lake. There are also plenty of shops and a traditional bazaar where you can pick up souvenirs. Alternatively, there are several museums to visit, including the International Mountain Museum and the Gurkha Museum.

Accommodation: Hotel Dahlia (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14
Fly to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu. If the weather plays nicely, we can have good views of the western end of Nepal on this flight.

The afternoon is free for sightseeing. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world at Boudhanath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath.

Accommodation: Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15
End Kathmandu

The trip ends after breakfast today. Say your goodbyes and begin your return journey home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Altitude warning

This trip includes one or more nights over 11,480ft (3,500m) above sea level, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by acute mountain sickness (AMS). If left untreated, AMS can be life-threatening. We expect most clients to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, shortness of breath while walking or sleeplessness. Our leaders are trained to identify symptoms of severe AMS and if a client requires extra care, arrangements such as rapid descent, will be made immediately.

On some days, this trip climbs faster than commonly published ascent-rate recommendations. Based upon an assessment by our external safety and medical advisors and our risk-assessment process, we consider the ascent rate acceptable due to the additional safety measures in place for our customers. All our trips operating at high altitude meet our internal altitude-safety standards, which minimise the risk of serious incidents occurring while travelling at altitude.

Several medical conditions or medications can reduce your body’s ability to acclimatise. This may affect your performance and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing conditions, such as heart conditions, or your overall physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. The drug Diamox (also known as acetazolamide and normally only available on prescription) has been shown to aid acclimatisation in some individuals, and therefore may reduce the risk of AMS. Clients considering using Diamox should speak to their doctor about the drug, its side-effects and a prescription. While we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition or the onset of AMS.

Please note, while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition or the onset of AMS.

If you are not taking out Exodus Travel Insurance, make sure your policy covers you up to the maximum altitude on this trip (if trekking in the Himalaya your policy should also cover the use of a helicopter for emergency medical evacuation).

Please note: It is possible the order of the itinerary listed above will be changed to ensure the best possible conditions for each activity during the trip. All listed activities and services will be included. Your leader will inform you of any changes locally after assessing conditions.

Ascents, descents and distances

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders, in many cases with satellite-based mapping software. Please note, different GPS measuring devices can give differing results, particularly on winding paths or in mountainous terrain. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter. Timings stated will vary depending on the pace of your group.


Hotels, Lodges, and Teahouses

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

This tour spends two nights in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, two nights in a hotel in Pokhara and 10 nights on trek in lodges (teahouses).

The hotels used may vary by departure date. In Kathmandu, we usually stay at the Royal Singi Hotel within walking distance of the Thamel district. In Pokhara, we use Hotel Dahlia.

The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on) and some teahouses above 9,845ft (3,000m) may not be heated due to local environmental restrictions. Occasionally, kerosene burners can be used to heat common areas if requested. We recommend against using these due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (your leader will not offer this to you).

Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all have electricity, but it is not wholly reliable, and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approximately 150-350 Nepalese rupees per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power, so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have wifi – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

The bedrooms are almost all twin-share, except for nights 7 to 10, above Chhomrong. Above Chhomrong, the lodges are controlled by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and, for conservation reasons, there is a limit to the number of lodges that can be built and the number of rooms per lodge. This means the rooms have more than two beds, often three to five beds in a small room. Due to the limited accommodation available, the lodges will not allow us to book twin rooms on these nights, even if we pay a higher price. Your leader will try their best to sort the rooms out fairly but please be aware that you will be in multi-bedded rooms in close quarters for some nights. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night, so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually squat style, although many lodges have now installed seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have hot ‘showers’ (charged at approximately 250-500 rupees per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary, especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand-sanitiser gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and mealtimes.

As a rule, the higher altitude you go, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

Extra accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your sales representative.

Single accommodation

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara only (subject to availability). While in the teahouses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed so these have not been included in the single supplement price paid in advance. However, if a single room is available on arrival to a teahouse, you can pay locally on a day-by-day basis.

Single supplement from £ 170

Food & Drink

Breakfast is included throughout the trip.

The breakfasts on trek are fixed set menus, usually porridge or muesli with either toast, chapatti or pancake, plus an egg or omelette and a cup of tea/coffee. You may also be able to supplement your included breakfast with additional items on the teahouse menu should you wish. Items not included should be ordered and paid for separately.

Please note, some more remote teahouses/lodges are unable to provide an extensive menu due to irregular delivery schedules and during periods of bad weather or a high volume of trekkers, there may be a more limited menu choice. Also, the higher altitude the more expenses the menus and extras generally are.

We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat. Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route – sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group’s order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it).

The menus in the lodges are almost identical to one another but offer a varied choice, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises curried lentils and meat or vegetables, rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos, a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed and filled with meat or vegetables.

Meat is available in the teahouses but we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money – we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you have a gluten-free diet, we strongly recommend you bring extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available to you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are from powder/packets and contain gluten.

If you buy imported food and drink on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 100floz to 135floz (three litres to four litres) per person per day.

However, we strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in the trekking areas of Nepal.

A few villages along the Annapurna Sanctuary route have safe drinking water stations selling UV-treated water for about 50 rupees (US$0.40) per litre but these are not always open.

The teahouses also sell boiled water for approximately 150-300 rupees (US$1.15-US$2.30) per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot-water bottle.

Alternatively, all teahouses provide free cold water. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend you bring a reusable bottle (or two) and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available that are more effective than traditional purification tablets – we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time. Make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions).

Exodus has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates more than 99.99 percent of all microbiological contaminants from any non-saltwater source – visit Water-to-Go for more information. Exodus customers can claim 15 percent off their first order and, better still, 15 percent of the purchase value will be donated to the Exodus Travels Foundation. Please note, if the water freezes it will clog up the filter. In this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes.


For transfers, we mostly use a private minibus except when travelling from Sinwai to Naya Pul at the end of the trek. The road conditions are generally reasonable, but be prepared for a few rough sections.

If we drive from Sinwai to Naya Pul (Birethanti), this section of road (6mi/10km) is rough and, due to the conditions, we are unable to use private vehicles. As such, we use locally hired public transport, Jeeps (up to five people in a group) or public minibus (six people and above). Please note, most public transport does not provide seatbelts.

For the flight to/from Pokhara, we use the scheduled services of one of the airlines operating within Nepal. If you wish to transfer by road on the return journey, please let us know at the time of booking as this may require an additional day at the start of your trip. Please note, due to significant ongoing road construction with delays and detours, the journey between Kathmandu and Pokhara can take between 12-14 hours.

This point-to-point trekking holiday requires you to walk between each overnight stay under their own steam. Other forms of transport may be available along the route (horses, 4x4s etc) but Exodus is not able to take responsibility for the safety or the cost of any transport that customers choose to take even if provided with the assistance of our leader or staff.

Nepal flight safety

Many of our treks in Nepal use domestic flights to reach the trekking areas. The mountainous Nepalese terrain is subject to changeable weather, which makes flying conditions complex and challenging, and unfortunately there are significantly more incidents here than in other countries, including fatalities. The EU highlighted the poor safety record in Nepal in 2013 by including all Nepalese-registered airlines on the EU banned list, which prevents them from flying in EU airspace. While no Nepalese-registered airlines currently fly within the EU, the EU instigated this ban to highlight the risk of flying in Nepal to EU citizens. These airlines are unlikely to be members of any internationally recognised safety audit systems and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of Western nations.

Flying within Nepal is therefore a known risk, and we strongly encourage you to consider this carefully before booking. We suggest you refer to the following sources:

In response to concerns over this safety record, Exodus arranges for independent air-safety auditors to visit Nepal annually to assess the suitability of the available carriers. We then restrict our use to only those approved as part of this audit. In emergency situations, we will need to use helicopters, so we also have a list of approved helicopter carriers. Should concerns arise regarding the safety of an airline on our approved list, we will remove the carrier from the list immediately, and it would only be reinstated once our air-safety auditors are confident the airline meets acceptable safety standards.

We appreciate that you may have concerns about flying within Nepal, so we ask that you please consider all the information above when deciding to book this trip.

Weather & Seasonality

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time, and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15C to 30C (59F to 86F) in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10C (50F) at 11,800ft (3,600m) and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking. There can be snow in Annapurna Base Camp at any time of year.

Post monsoon/autumn (Mid-September to November): This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are typically above 20C (68F). Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as -5C (23F) at higher altitudes.

Winter (December to end of February): An ideal time to trek in Nepal, despite the colder conditions. Skies are usually very clear, especially in December, and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to -10C (14F) at Annapurna Base Camp, but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures are 19C (66F).

Pre-monsoon/spring (March to May): Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general, but haze will often build up in the afternoons and there can be rain. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 30C (86F) in Kathmandu. Flowers, particularly rhododendrons, bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring. Expect snow on the way to and at basecamp.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable, and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Joining Instructions

Key information

Start hotel: Royal Singi Hotel, Lal Durbar, Kamaladi, Kathmandu
Phone: +977 144 24190
Recommended arrival time: You can arrive at any time today. There will be a welcome briefing in the evening, but if you miss it the leader will update you separately
Airport: Kathmandu Airport (KTM)

Getting to the start hotel

The start hotel is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. Exodus provides free arrival transfers to the start hotel from the airport for all customers.

If you would like further information on joining this trip, please speak to your sales representative.

Catching your return flight

Exodus provides free departure transfers for all customers to Kathmandu Airport (KTM) from the end hotel.

Please note, unless specified otherwise, the transfers will be to the start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers should be booked with your sales representative at least two weeks before the tour starts.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start: Kathmandu
Location end: Kathmandu

Free Transfers

Exodus offers free airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance.

What To Take

Essential Equipment

All luggage for the trek should be packed in the Exodus kitbag provided or in a similar soft duffel bag. Many people find it easiest to pack the Exodus kitbag inside a wheelie case which can be left at the Kathmandu hotel free of charge with anything not needed for the trek, while the kitbag will be carried by your porter on the trek.

When packing, please consider the quantities/volume of the items you bring. Decant larger toiletries into small reusable bottles, take a lightweight travel towel etc. Each porter carries two kitbags, therefore, please limit your kitbag to 22lb (10kg) per person. Your Leader will weigh each bag before departing Kathmandu and may ask you to remove non-essential items and leave them in Kathmandu if your kitbag is too heavy.

The weight allowance on the domestic flight to/from Pokhara to Kathmandu is 22lb (10kg) checked-in baggage and 11lb (5kg) for hand baggage – any excess is chargeable.

Please note, many Nepalis wear traditional clothing, so we suggest you dress conservatively. T-shirts are preferable to sleeveless tops and it is not advisable to wear tight or revealing clothing. Although long shorts (knee length) are acceptable, we recommend a skirt for women rather than shorts for the trek.

  • Two passport photos for your trekking permit (plus another one if getting your visa on arrival in case the electronic machines are not working)
  • Three-to-four-season sleeping bag (four-season for November/December departures)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Three-to-four-season jacket (four-season for November/December departures)
  • Two large water bottles
  • Water purification treatment
  • Waterproof walking boots (worn in)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (pants)
  • Gaiters for winter and spring departures
  • Trainers (sneakers)/sandals for the evening
  • Warm hat
  • Scarf/buff (which can be pulled over your nose and mouth to protect against fine mountain dust)
  • Gloves
  • Several pairs of walking socks
  • Thermals
  • Warm mid-layer (fleece)
  • Light/mid-weight trousers (pants) (warmer for winter)
  • Walking shorts or a skirt for women
  • Shirts/T-shirts or base layers
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip salve with sun protection
  • Mosquito repellent (see advice on dengue in the vaccination section)
  • Backpack
  • Small personal first-aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Hand-washing gel
  • Biodegradable mini toiletries for the trek (please do not bring full-size items and limit to essentials)
  • Biodegradable plastic bags (so as not to leave a trace if nature calls between teahouses)
  • Headtorch (head lamp)
  • Plastic bags (bin liners) to line backpack and for packing clothing in the kitbag
  • Plug adaptor
  • Solar charger/spare batteries/powerbank
  • Refillable water bottle/water bladder (also known as a hydration pack/CamelBak, which are useful for rehydrating on the go)

Optional Equipment

  • Leech socks – particularly for the thermal spring optional walk on Day 11
  • Trekking pole(s) – highly recommended due to the numbers of steps encountered on this trek
  • Yaktrax or mini crampons

Annapurna Base Camp is mostly clear of snow and ice in autumn and winter but there can be snow on spring departures. The snow can make trails slippery. If you are unsure of your footing you may like to carry a pair of Microspikes, Yaktrax or similar with you just in case on winter/spring departures. If there is unseasonal snowfall, your leader will advise you to carry a pair of Yaktrax. It is possible to buy these in Kathmandu.

There are many equipment shops in Kathmandu where you can buy much of the above clothing. The quality does vary and cannot be guaranteed. You should choose carefully.

Equipment hire

The following equipment can be hired through Exodus – the equipment is good quality and will keep you warm but it is bulky and you should take this into account when packing due to the porterage weight limit. Hire equipment should be requested and paid for in advance of travel but will be provided locally in Kathmandu.

Approximate hire prices are:

  • Down jacket (approximately 1.8kg): from £54
  • Four-season sleeping bag (approximately 2.3kg): from £72
  • Package including a down jacket and a four-season sleeping bag: from £90

Donations for porters and schools

If, while packing, you have spare space in your bag please note we have a Porter Clothing Bank in Kathmandu. If you have any old walking gear you no longer need, bring it with you and give to your leader or leave at the Exodus desk in Kathmandu.

We also support local school children. If you have room for any of the following items they would be appreciated: children’s books for five to 18-year-olds; magazines such as Wanderlust, National Geographic, science magazines; notebooks; pens; crayons; boys and girls socks or underwear; shampoo; conditioner; toothpaste and toothbrushes; children’s hats and gloves; baby clothes; lightweight wooden games such as chess and solitaire. The above items can be taken to the Ambassador Garden Home in Thamel and given to Prakash Lammichanne. Contact: +977 1 4700724.

Exodus kitbag

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in while on trek. Once you have booked, you will be sent instructions on how to claim your free bag (they are not sent automatically). Please note, if you book less than three weeks before the departure date, we cannot guarantee your kitbag will arrive before your trip starts. If this is the case, please contact us on (or if you’re based in the US or Canada). See for full T&Cs.

Practical Information


Your passport must be valid for at least six months when you submit your application for a visa. You should also ensure your passport is up to date, is valid for the entire length of your stay and that you have completed the emergency contact details page inside your passport.



Travellers from the UK, US and EU normally need a visa to enter Nepal. Visa requirements often change and it is your responsibility to obtain any required visas for this trip. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the nearest embassy or consulate of your chosen destination(s), including any countries you may be transiting or transferring through.

Some local governments provide guidance on what visas their citizens need. To help, we’ve gathered a selection of useful links below.

You can obtain your visa in advance or on entry. If possible, apply in advance as queues on arrival can be very long. Please note, the Immigration Department of Nepal has suspended visas on arrival for certain nationalities – please check if this applies to you with your nearest embassy or consulate .

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, there will be three lines. If you have already secured you visa, go straight to the Immigration line. If not:

  1. Fill in a tourist visa form at the electronic kiosks. After inserting your passport, the machine will automatically fill out an application form, take an electronic photograph of you and print a paper slip. If the machine won’t read your passport, complete the details manually using the touchscreen. We recommend taking a passport photo with you just in case.
  2. Proceed to the visa fees collection counter and pay the visa fee (in cash, if possible). Make sure to keep the receipt.
  3. Go to the relevant immigration desk and present your tourist visa form, payment receipt and passport to obtain your 15-, 30- or 90-day visa stamp. Please check you have been given the correct visa duration.

Vaccinations and Health


There are no required vaccinations. However, recommended vaccinations include tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and tuberculosis. You will also need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you’re arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or transiting for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Some travellers may also need proof of a polio vaccination. Please confirm with your doctor or travel clinic.

There is little to no risk of malaria in Nepal; therefore, antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain high-risk groups. You may wish to consult your doctor or travel clinic for further advice.

Additionally, dengue fever, a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, is a known risk in Nepal with an outbreak in September 2022. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis, so take extra precautions (such as wearing full-length trousers, long sleeves and applying insect repellent during the day, dawn and dusk) to prevent being bitten.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Ticks are known to be present in this region and can carry lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis and other diseases. Please take care to protect yourself. You can read more about ticks here.

Local Time

Nepal's time zone: Asia/Kathmandu (UTC +05:45)


Nepal's electricity: Plug types C (two round pins, European standard), D (three round pins) and M (three round pins) – 230V, 50Hz Mains electric 'load shedding' (planned temporary power cuts) occur regularly throughout towns and cities in Nepal. On teahouse treks, the majority of lodges now have electricity and charging facilities in the communal areas for batteries, for a fee. Battery life can be affected by cold; lithium batteries are best.


Nepal's currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR) It is illegal to import or export rupees, but foreign currency is not limited, provided it is declared on arrival. Keep your change receipts, as you will need them if you want to change rupees back into hard currency at Kathmandu airport.

ATM Availability

There are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Please do not rely wholly on cash machines as many are broken or have run out of money and all have a limit (typically 10,000 to 30,000 rupees) that you can take out at one time. If you are on the group flight, you only have one night in Kathmandu before leaving for trek and it is difficult to withdraw all the money you need for the trek through ATMs. We recommend you bring most of your money for the trek in cash and change it on arrival at the airport. Credit cards are also accepted in many of the larger shops and restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend taking your personal spending money in cash (US dollars, British pounds or euros can all be changed easily). Please note that any marked, torn or damaged notes may not be accepted. Please remember, £50 notes, Scottish or Irish currency cannot be changed in Nepal. Cash can be changed easily at the airport on arrival in Kathmandu or at money changers in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Hotels in Nepal can also change up to US$300 per person. Please note, travellers cheques can NOT be exchanged in Nepal. Our staff will advise you about how much money to take with you on the trek.

You need to withdraw/exchange enough money in Kathmandu to last the duration of your trek – to cover meals, drinks, tipping and other incidentals. It is a good idea to carry spare cash on the trek in case of an emergency. Carrying a large amount of cash is unavoidable so we suggest splitting it up into a few different places – but remember to keep track of how much you have stashed where.

Prices of food and amenities in teahouses generally become more expensive the higher altitude/more remote you are and access to ATMs/money changes are extremely limited. Please allow 4,000 – 5,400 rupees (US$30-US40) per day for lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, showers, toilet roll and charging on trek, and for meals not included in Kathmandu or Pokhara. This amount is given as a rough guideline only.

Your expenditure will be towards the top end if you buy boiled water rather than treating cold water, and depending on how many hot showers you take, if you pay to charge electrical devices, drink alcohol, use wifi on the trek and so on.

Optional excursions

A few optional tours and activities are available from Kathmandu.

Prices for a half-day sightseeing tour start from 5,300 rupees (approximately US$40) per person, based on a group of six and above. For all trips, return transport and a qualified sightseeing guide are included. The price does not include lunch or entry fees. Please enquire with your leader in Kathmandu, who can provide further information.

An optional Everest sightseeing flight is available (again, please book this locally through your leader in Kathmandu). Anyone taking an internal sightseeing flight in Nepal should pay attention to the Flying in Nepal statement.


Tipping is customary in Nepal and usually expected. Tipping can often be an awkward affair, especially when in an unfamiliar country where you are not sure when or how much to tip. As such, your tour leader will usually offer to arrange and look after a group tipping kitty which will be used to tip hotel porters, local guides, assistant guides, porters, and the drivers. Your leader will suggest how much to contribute, depending on group size, but a rough guideline is provided below.

A tip for the leader is at your discretion and separate to the amount he will suggest for the other staff. We suggest you send an envelope around the group at the end of the trip and you can put in what you like and give to the leader on the last evening.

The following are guideline amounts received by each staff member from the group as a whole.

  • Tour Leader: 31,500-36,000 rupees (usually tipped on the last night in Kathmandu)

Your trekking crew (tips are usually given on the last evening of the trek in Birethanthi)

  • Head trekking guide and assistant guides: 21,000-26,000 rupees for each guide
  • Trek porters: 12,000 rupees for each porter

General tipping guidelines:

  • Drivers:
    • Kathmandu to Besisahar (full day): 1,100 rupees in total from the group
    • Nayapul to Pokhara (half day): 550 rupees in total from the group
  • Hotel porters: 105 rupees each time for each room
  • Teahouses and lunch stops on trek: it’s customary to round your bill up to the nearest 55 rupees or 105 rupees
  • Restaurants: 10% of the bill if good service

To help budget for the tips, generally there will be one member of trek staff (guide/assistant) for every four clients. You will also have one porter for every two clients to carry your luggage. If you are unsure on how much to personally budget, you can check with your leader when you arrive in Kathmandu. Please try to give all tips in local currency.

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips that improve life for the people and places we visit and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local leader and trekking support staff (guides, porters/yak herders) means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural-social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally owned hotels, teahouses and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food, and supporting other local enterprises.
  • Following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Exodus has supported Karma, our local partner’s Food Package Project in Nepal, which has distributed food parcels to those in need on the streets of Kathmandu at a time when lockdowns and a lack of tourism left many without an income.
  • It was not until 2005 that the ancient tradition of chhaupadi (banishing menstruating women and girls to huts or sheds during their period) was made illegal in Nepal. In rural parts of the country, menstruation is still a taboo subject. Since 2018, Exodus has supported the Freedom Kitbag Project, providing reusable sanitary wear and education in reproductive health to many hundreds of women and to their wider communities.
  • Exodus has had a deep connection with Nepal since the 1980s and over the years has supported, and continues to support, many Himalayan Community Projects, including an elderly person’s home, the High Altitude Workers Welfare Association, providing solar cookers, smokeless stoves and running medical camps in hard-to-reach communities, to name a few.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group and on foot, for the most part, led by a local leader, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • We buy our trekking permits and pay our Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, the income from which helps to preserve the region.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead recommending that you refill your own reusable bottles with boiled water on the trek or that you treat tap water. Bottled water is technically banned in the Annapurna region.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • In Kathmandu, we stay at a family-run Nepali-owned hotel, rather than using a large international hotel chain, and during the trek we stay in small locally owned teahouses, which helps reduce the carbon footprint of this trip.
  • Few crops grow nor do animals graze at these altitudes, and as there are no roads to the more remote villages, food is often carried along the trails by porters or yaks/mules, making its transportation footprint inherently low carbon.
  • A vegetarian diet is common in Nepal, especially in the mountains where eating meat is not generally recommended due to hygiene concerns and a lack of refrigeration facilities.
  • Exodus established the Braga Tree Nursery Initiative, in the Upper Annapurna Region of Nepal, in the 1980s to play a part in tackling the deforestation problem at the time, and to this day, the tree nursery sustains itself.
  • The provision of solar cookers to many villages along the popular trekking routes in Nepal has helped prevent further deforestation in the pursuit of wood used for cooking.
  • There is no mains electricity in the mountains and many of the teahouses use solar power for hot showers or lighting.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you. When trekking, biodegradable soap, shampoo, and toilet paper are recommended. Keep to paths to reduce damage to plants and disturbances to wildlife.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Avoid using plastic bottles or buying mineral water and instead use refillable water bottles wherever possible. Buy boiled water or carry water purification treatment.
  • Try to buy locally made handicrafts but be wary of items made from wild animals eg shahtoosh shawls made from endangered Tibetan antelope.
  • If, while packing, you find a spare bit of space in your bag then you may be interested in donating to one of our projects. Exodus supports a Porter Clothing Bank in Kathmandu and also distributes clothing to villages and schools.

 Cultural respect:

  • The Nepalese greeting is namaste, with hands held in front of the face, the higher they are held, the more respect it exudes. Men will shake hands with men but not with women.
  • Walk in a clockwise direction around temples or monuments. Ask permission before entering places of worship and remove your shoes. Leave leather behind before entering Hindu temples.
  • Pointing your feet (the least sacred body part) at people or religious places or pointing or beckoning with a single finger is considered impolite.
  • Displays of affection should be kept at bay, and loose-fitting clothing that covers legs and shoulders is advisable, especially when visiting homes, monasteries or temples.
  • Do it like the locals! The left hand is associated with toilet duties, so eat, wipe your mouth, pass food, give and receive with your right hand. Only handle your own food and drink.
  • Ask before you capture people on camera. Exchanging a few words or gestures beforehand can go a long way. Offering (and actually sending) a copy via post is a great way to benefit both parties.

Important Information

Optional activities and excursions

If you would like to join an optional activity or excursion outside those listed in the itinerary, your leader may be able to assist with selecting a provider. However, Exodus has not assessed the safety standards of activities or excursions that are not listed in the Trip Notes. All optional activities or excursions are undertaken at your own risk.

Important Information

Your safe participation 

When booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability, please call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary. 

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely take part in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. 

By booking this trip you agree to our Booking Conditions which clearly state that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these rare instances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred. 

How to Book

  1. Check availability: Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.
  2. Secure your place: You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.
  3. Complete your booking and payment

When you’re ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque.

After booking

You will receive your booking confirmation letter and invoice, which includes extra information and guidance about your travel arrangements.

Full joining instructions, including local emergency numbers and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately two to three weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

Trip Note validity

These Trip Notes are valid from the “Current as” date on page one. They will occasionally be updated after booking and before departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary, customers will be written to separately. They will also receive a link to the most up-to-date Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions before travelling.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best-possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.


Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582, issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA – The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all money paid to us for your trip is fully protected.