Annapurna Circuit Trek-17 Days with IFMGA Mountain Guide

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Activity type: Trekking
Activity level: Easy/ Moderate
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2 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020

2 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020 - 20 Nov 2020

Duration: 17 Day(s) / Tour with fixed start dates
Price: from $1590

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's classic and the most diverse trekking route. The journey to Annapurna circuit trekking follows ancient Nepal Tibet trade route, which has facilitated the flow of culture and religions. Tibetan Mahayana, Buddhism, Hinduism and the mysterious Bon – Po religion still co-exist and interpenetrate one another. The sheer diversity of the mountain-scape, the exhilaration of crossing a high mountain passes and the unsurpassed views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges are the hallmarks of this Annapurna circuit trip. Together with the ever-changing landscape you will be exposed to a variety of ethnic cultures from lowland Thakali villages to high Buddhist settlements near the boarder of Tibet and visit to the deepest gorge in the world.

Your adventure to Annapurna circuit trek begins through terraced farmland, temperate forest and alpine meadows, before entering the high valleys with the glacier-dolloped Annapurnas towering almost 5000m above you. The views from the Thorong la pass is truly spectacular, spreads from the northwest Once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang to incredible mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the south. Descend towards Kaligandiki valley from the pass is challenging but rewarding as we trek to the shrine of Muktinath enjoying and exploring the arid beauty of Tibetan plateau. We take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara to avoid the newly made motor road while trekking down from Jomsom to Tadapani.

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Price includes

  • Arrival /Departure transfers
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share B&B basis
  • Full board meals while on Annapurna circuit
  • Responsible trekking (2 trekker: 1porter)
  • Lodge or Teahouse on Annapurna circuit trek
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax
  • Transport to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking guides and other support staff
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Presents (T-shirt / other gifts)
  • Annapurna circuit Trekking permit, Annapurna conservation entry fees

Not included in price

  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and main meals in cities
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry

Guide

Mulal Gurung IFMGA Guide

 Mulal Gurung IFMGA Guide 

49 years, Nepal

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Name: Mulal Gurung

Date of birth: 17-04-1971

Father's Name: Sukpal Gurung

Nationality: Nepali

Sex: Male

Marital status: Married

Language known: French,English, Nepali, Hindi & Gurung

Permanent Address: Laprak-3, Gorkha, Nepal.

Temporary Address: Raniban, Kathmandu

Mobile No. : +977 9851089096

Language: Nepali, French, English, Gurung (Mother Tongue) and Hindi

Training Under Taken:

Date Training Institution

12 May-15 June 1995 Basic Mountaineering Training Course (Manang) NMA

05 June-10 July 1998 Advanced Mountaineering Training (Langtang) NMA

16 Dec-29 Jan 1998 Trekking Guide NATHM

26 July-28 Aug 1999 Ecole National De Ski et d’Alpinisme France

26 July-6 Aug 1999 Inter Nation d’Initiateur d’Alpinisme France

14-21 January 2000 Ski Alpin Carnet De Capacites Niveau Intertanational France

1st Feb-8th March 2007 Aspirant Guide Course 2007 (Langtang) NMIA & NNMGA

24th – 28th June 2007 Snow and Avalanche Theoretical Course NNMGA & IFMGA

5th -21th January 2009 Aspirant Guide Course 2009 (Annapurna Region) NMIA & NNMGA

4th -3rd February 2008 Aspirant Guide Course 2010 ( Rolwaling Region) NMIA & NNMGA

10th February 2010 Mountain Guide NNMGA, IFMGA & NMA

Experience:

Year Name Of Mountains Result

21-06-1991 Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) Ascension Up to 8000m

20-09-1992 Mt. Everest (8,848m) Ascension Up to 8,100m

14-10-1993 Island Peak (6,187m) Summit with French Group

07-11-1993 Mera Peak (6,445m) Summit with French Group

04-04-1994 Lobuche Peak (6,130m) Summit with French Group

12-05-1994 Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201m) Ascension Up to 7,800m

15-10-1994 Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m) Ascension Up to 6,850m

16-06-1995 Mt. Ladak Nunkun (India) (7,150m) Ascension Up to 6,850m)

10-10-1995 Pisang Peak (6,091m) Summit with French Group

07-11-1995 Chulu West Peak (6,630m) Summit with French Group

10-05-1996 Mt. Ladak Nunkun (7,150m) Ascension Up to 7,050m)

05-10-1996 Island Peak (6,250m) Summit with French Group

04-11-1996 Pisang Peak (6,091m) Summit with French Group

06-04-1997 Naya Kangh (5,945m) Summit with French Group

12-10-1997 Island Peak (6,250m) Summit with French Group

10-11-1997 Chulu West Peak (6,630m) Summit with French Group

08-10-1998 Paldor Peak (5,928m) Summit with Belgium Group

20-11-1998 Chulu West Peak (6,630m) Summit with French Group

15-10-1999 Paldor Peak (5,928m) Summit with Belgium Group

10-11-1999 Island Peak (6,187m) Summit with French Group

08-09-2000 Mt. Tilicho (7,134m) Summit with French Group

29-10-2000 Pisang Peak (6,091m) Summit with French Group

28-04-2001 Mt. Himlung Himal (7,126m) Summit with French Group

2002 Island Peak (6,187m) Summit with French Group

2003 Lobuche Peak (6,130m) Summit with French Group

16-10-2004 Mt. Himlung (7,126m) Ascension Up to 6,800m

20-11-2005 Mera Peak (6,445m) Summit with French Group

15-04-2006 Mt. Everest (8,848m) Ascension Up to 8,000m

20-04-2007 Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m) Summit with French Group

19-10-2008 Lobuche East Peak (6,090m) Summit with French Group

24-10-2008 Island Peak (6,160m) Summit with French Group

03-11-2008 Pangpema Peak (6,300m) Summit with French Group

21-05-2009 Mount Everst (8,848m) Summit with Taiwan Group

17-01-2010 Yalung Ri Peak (5,650m) Summit with Training Group

2011 Saribung peak (6335m) Summit with French Group

2012 Thapa Peak (6036m) Summit with French Group

2012 Gyajinkang Peak (7074m) Up to camp III (6500m) with Swiss Group

2012-10-28 Himlung himal (7134m) Summit with French Group

2013-04-20 Thapa Peak (6036m) Summit with French Group

2014-11-05 Himlung Himal (7134m) Summit with French Group

2016-10-22 Himlung Himal (7134m) Summit with French Group

2016-07-25 Tobsar Peak (6,100m) Summit with Nepali Group

2017-04-10 Thapa Peak (6,036m) Summit with French & Swiss Group

2017-10-25 Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m) Summit with French Group

2018-04-28 Saribung Peak (6335m) Summit with French Group

2018-09-25 Himlung Himal (7134m) Summit with French Group

2019-07-19 Stok Kangri Peak (6,153m) (India) Summit with French Group

2019-09-15 Nemjung Himal (7,140m) Explore the route up to camp II (6,150m) with Italian IFMGA Guide

2019-10-28 Mera Peak (6,476m) Summit with French Group

2019 -11-04 Island Peak (6,160m) Summit with French Group

• Rescue Experience:-

 Since 2005 actively involve very much all the rescue in Nepal on Mountain.

 Rescue in Kanguru Himal in 2005

 Helicopter crash in Taplejung Area on 23rd Sep 2006.

 Since 2008 full-time rescue stain by in Nepal with the helicopter.

 Since 2011 Rescue in Mt.Everest.

 Rescue in Mt.Everest avalanche in 2015.

• Teaching Experience:-

 Since 2008 to actively involve in Basic Mountaineering Training and Advance Mountaineering Training by NMA.

 Since 2009 to involved in Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).

 Since 2009 to involved in Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association (NMIA).

 Since 2009 to involved in Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)

Introduction:

I was born on 17th April 1971 in Gorkha which stands at an elevation of 2100m from sea level and it is situated in the west-central part of Nepal. My village is in the shadow of Mt. Manaslu (8156 M.), also known as Kutang is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas.

With many years of experience, I've become an experienced Trekking and Mountaineering Professional Guide. I've used my experiences and Acknowledge to guide various adventure groups and assisted them to successfully complete many expeditions in Himalayas of Nepal and other countries. Because of high interested in outdoor activities, I've been focused on acquiring pieces of training and courses related to hillwalking, climbing and mountaineering. 30 years of experience in guiding industry has taken me all over the Himalaya, Europe, Tibet, India and Alps for work and play.

In the past, I've worked the position of Training Director at Nepal Mountaineering Instructor’s Association (NMIA), Technical Commission of Active Member & Guide Teacher at Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA), Training Committee Active Member & Instructor at Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and professionally I'm working as a Mountain Guide at Churen Himal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Sometimes working as a freelance mountain Guide also. And actively doing as Instructor for indoor/outdoor rock climbing, winter ice, alpine climbing and mountaineering training in Nepal.

Mulal Gurung

IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide & Instructor

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Nepal, Muktinath, Western Development Region, Dhawalagiri

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