What are in the checklist?


  • Detailed itinerary for standart 17-Days hike;
  • Essential gear list with examples of needed equipment and advice from Everest guide;
  • Tips and know-hows for advanced climbers and novices (mountain sickness treatment, food and drinking water, cellular network, money change, porters, physical conditions, and etc.);
  • Links to verified GPS-track (.gpx, .kml, .kmz - files) and points according to detailed itinerary;
  • Exclusive route’s description for Annapurna Circuit Trek;
  • Lodges and Huts advice (value for money in terms of price and comfort);
  • Essential basics for traveling in Nepal and all forms needed for your journey (visa application form for Nepal, Entry Permit Application Form for Annapurna Conservation Are, Registration Form for Trekkers' Information Management System);
  • Brief description of Nepal Visa application procedure;
  • Print-friendly pdf-file checklist.

This checklist is for you if...

  • you are a «first-time-in-Nepal» traveler;
  • this is your first trip to Himalayas;
  • this is your first technical ascent above 4000 meters;
  • you are looking for an independent expert advice;
  • you don’t trust a retail store consultants;
  • there are any further ascents or treks planed for future;

You don’t need it if...

  • you are a savvy professional mountaineer or guide;
  • your done Everest Base Сamp trek (or any other treck with the same elevation);
  • you’ve done over three ascents above 4000 meters;
  • your guide is trustworthy and you relay on his/her recommendations;
  • you are Mr. James Bond or don’t really care about your health and safety;
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This checklist is designed by...

Sergey Kofanov — Everest guide and renowned mountaineer with more than 25 years experience of hiking and high-altitude accents. Winner of the prestigious American Golden Piton and European Grolla d’Or awards. 

Sergey Kofanov in the Himalayas

The list will help you to

  • minimise the cost of purchasing extra equipment;
  • increase your chances to perform successful and safe accent;
  • compare your agency/guide recommendations with Mountain Planet’s expert opinion;
  • reduce the gap between expectations and reality;
  • avoid unpleasant surprises in everyday life;
  • learn about the gear choice of global known mountain guides;
  • succresfully complete one of the most famouse Himalayan treks;