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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Kathmandu

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    Glacier climbing from Annapurna Base Camp

Overview

As you trek through the southern slopes of the 10th tallest mountain, Annapurna (8091m), be prepared to feel lost in this paradise, as an amazingly beautiful optical gallery of nature unfolds before you. The trail is lined with deep green valleys, beautiful flora and fauna and dramatic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre ('Fishtail' mountain), Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Lamjung, and Nilgiri Himal. As you cross through small villages and settlements, experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the ethnic people living there; enjoy the natural hot spring at Jhinudanda; be one with vistas of dense rhododendron and oak forests, peaceful terraced pastures, and gurgling streams. Once you reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m), wake up early and enjoy the sunrise and later, walk to the glacier. One the final day of your trek, soak yourself in rich Nepali tradition at Pokhara, explore Nepali culture. And take back memories and stories for a generation to tell. 

Why to go

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is counted among the best for its breathtaking natural landscape ranging from greenery of the lower Himalayas to the high glaciers 
  • Experience the unique lifestyle and culture of Tamang, Thakali, Magar and Gurung People as you trek through the villages
  • Not as rough as treks get. You get to stay in basic but comfortable lodges, some of them even provide hot water, Wi-Fi and charging points (at an extra cost)
  • The trek includes 2 nights stay in Kathmandu where you get to explore the rich heritage of this ancient city and a 1-night stay in Pokhara, which is famous for its lake and scenic beauty.
  • Safety and enjoyment are guaranteed with experienced guides, a well-structured trek, and like-minded trek enthusiasts on the trip

What to know

  • Trek level is moderate to strenuous. Anyone with average fitness level and some amount of previous trekking experience can book this trek 
  • Mobile Network is patchy for most parts of the trek. Buying a local SIM card while you are in major towns helps
  • The 9 Day Trek goes through glaciers and ice fields, needless to say, carry appropriate winter wear for your journey
  • Try and limit what you bring for the trek. The porters will carry 12 kg of luggage per person

Ideal for :
Bachelors, Couple, Groups, Students
Difficulty Level :
Difficult

About Annapurna Base camp trek

Annapurna Trek is a myriad of trails which commonly starts from Phedi to the main village Chomrong. From here, there is only one trail that leads up to the Annapurna Base Camp. Unimaginable views of dense forests, farmlands, streams, waterfalls, glaciers, ice fields, and high mountains await you at the Annapurna trek. Stay is arranged in a number of lodges along the way. The lodges are basic, but comfortable so that you enjoy the rustic experience without straining yourself too much. Appropriate winter wear is a must if traveling during the winters, and do go through the itinerary to be thoroughly prepared. 

What to do

  • Ghandruk and Chhomrong villages are rich in Nepali culture, interact with the locals and learn local languages, revel with their community and enjoy the locals’ warm hospitality
  • Reach Pokhara, explore the beautiful city and celebrate with Nepali songs & ethnic dance
  • Explore Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) and observe the rare flora and faunas of the region.
  • Rejuvenate your body and soul with a refreshing dip in the hot water springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Explore the colorful Kathmandu city and create memories that will last a lifetime

Details

Annapurna Base Camp
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Meet your guide at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Soak in medieval views of Kathmandu Darbar Square and take first impressions of the beautiful town. Discuss the itinerary, explore Thamel’s tourist area with various restaurants, shops, and bakeries, enjoy a welcome dinner with introductions and complete other formalities and check all equipment
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Discover the beautiful Kathmandu Valley’s. Uncover a world of mysticism with a visit to Pashupatinath on the bank of the Bagmatiriver where the most Hindu temples and burning ghats of Nepal are situated. We proceed to Boudhanath, where, together with Nepali and Buddhist pilgrims, we circumambulate the whitewashed Buddha Stupa. The sightseeing concludes in the mesmerizing city of Patan- the City of Beauty, a city of fine art and well preserved Buddhist and Hindu culture.
Day 3: Bus Drive to Phedi and Trek to Dhampus
After breakfast, we board a comfortable tourist bus and in about 5 hours reach Phedi (1130 m), from where we start our trek. After a 45 minute steep ascend on a stone stairs, we walk on a moderate trail for  1½ hour to Dhampus (1700 m). Rewarding mountain views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Lamjung await you as you continue on the ridgeline. The astounding Mt. Macchapucchare (6882 m) or “Fish Tail” peak will dominate the skyline for the next few days. Brahmans, Chettris, and Gurungs inhabit the Dhampus area and you will get to experience ethnic Nepal at its best. 
Day 4: Trek to Tolka
The trail traverses through a rhododendron forest and we reach the village of Pothana (1990 m). Here, trekkers have to show their trekking permit the ACA (Annapurna Conservation Ara). We then descend to the pass of Deurali, where we enjoy a well-earned meal and a rewarding view of the Annapurna South (7219 m) and Hinuchili (6434 m). We continue our descent through a forest towards the canyon of the Modi Khola and we later ascend back up through flagstone steps. After 6 hours, we arrive at Tolka (1790 m), a pleasant Gurung village with a wondrous vista of the Annapurna South.
Day 5: Trek Chomrong
The trail descends to the Tiger Khola river and climbs up again through forests onto a ridge. After the ridge, a pleasant walk awaits, as you pass through rice terraces, fields, and streams. The path further leads to Landruk (1620 m), the hot springs of Jhinu Danda (1750 m) and Chomrong (2210 m). Chormrong is the common point for all trails leading to the Annapurna peak and is the last permanent village in the upper Moda Khola river valley. Enjoy a rustic yet enchanting stay in Chomrong, with majestic views of Annapurna South and Hinuchili.
Day 6: Rest Day in Chomrong
Chomrong village has a lot to explore and it’s only fair to stay back a day to rest your muscles. The village is beautiful, with Gurung roots, of the famed Gorkha regiments. All the Gurung villages are located on the ridge tops, with majestic views of the Annapurna South. This village has a typical construction style with slate-roofed neat houses making a complex network of terraces. Eagles and vultures circle the villages as they gain altitude in the afternoon thermals.
Day 7: Trek to Dovan
After Chomrong, the trail descends over a stone staircase and crosses the Chomrong river. We cross the small settlement of Tilche and climb out the side valley. This trail is beautiful with dense forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Lunch is served in Sinuwa (2340 m) and after lunch an ascent begins for about an hour. This ascent is through a bamboo and rhododendron forest. We now enter the upper Modi valley and can see the lodges of Bamboo and Dovan below. We stay overnight at Dovan (2500m)
Day 8- Trek to Deurali
Today we climb along across a landslide and through a forest for about 2 hours to reach Himalaya Hotel, which is located in a deep gorge. After tea at Himalaya, we climb a steep ascent to Hinku Cave (3100 m) – named so, as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. After 4 hours of trekking, we reach Deurali for our overnight stay. 
Day 9: Trek to Annapurna Basecamp
Above Deurali, the valley widens and it isn’t as steep anymore. We climb through bamboo and birch forest to avoid a dangerous avalanche area, and you can now see the gates to the Annapurna Sanctuary as the mountains start to kick in. We then arrive at Mount Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700 m). From here you have a ring side view of majestic mountain vistas of Hunichuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7454 m) and Machhapuchhare. After lunch, we continue to climb for the next 2 hours to reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m). We stay in one of the tea-houses at the Base Camp. In the evening, view the spectacular sunset at Machhapuchhare.
Day 10 – Trek to Bamboo
Wake up early in the morning around 5:45 AM to view the sunrise on Annapurna I and walk to the glaciers. Enjoy amazing views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary and the peaks and glaciers of the Annapurna Himal  including Annapurna I (8 091 m), Annapurna South (7 219 m) and Macchapucchare.  After breakfast, we begin an easy descent to Bamboo and arrive in about 4 hours.
Day 11- Trek to Gangdruk
Today is slightly grueling with a long steep climb back to Chomrong. Although, the scenic backdrop is the ultimate reward for your effort. Astounding views of the Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, and Hinuchili greet you throughout the trek. We then descend through a steep stone staircase to Jhinudhanda (1780m) where all your aches and pains can be wiped off with a rejuvenating dip in the hot water springs. We then climb for 3.5 hours to reach the Gurung village of Ghandruk (1 939 m), perched on a ridge above the Moda Khola river. Gandruk has an interesting Gurung Traditional Museum. From here you have spectacular views over Annapurna South, Hinuchili, and Macchapucchare.
Day 12- Drive Back to Pokhara
We descend to the bus stop (45 min from our lodge) and drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, we will have a porters’ party where we enjoy Nepali songs and dance with our staff.
Day 13- Bus Drive to Kathmandu
The trip is concluded with a bus drive to Kathmandu. Take back only happy memories, that fighting spirit and positivity.
Day 14- Fly out to Kathmandu
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport and we hope you had a memorable stay and made lots of like-minded new friends.

** This is not a tour where everything can be planned in advance to run like clockwork. You probably won't experience exactly what is written in the daily itinerary as things can go wrong and often adjustments need to be made while on the trail

Tariff
Per Person : Rs.52000
Please Note: Minimum 2 Pax needed to run the trek on Scheduled Date
Rs 44720
Duration:14 Day(s)

Inclusions

  • All Airport Transfers
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation in a Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation in Lodges during the Trek 
  • 3 Meals + 3 Tea/ Coffee each day during the Trek
  • Bus Ticket for Kathmandu – Pokhara - Phedi - Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee and TIMS Card
  • Trekking Guide, One Porter for two Trekkers (Maximum 12kg duffel bag per trekker will be carried)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Guide, Vehicle and Entry Fees to World Heritage Centres

Exclusions

  • Tips for Guides and Porters or Staff 
  • Travelling/ Emergency Rescue Insurance (this is will cost approx INR 9000)
  • International Flight Ticket, Airport Fees for Nepal, etc
  • Expenses of Personal Nature (laundry, communication, shopping, etc), Personal Items, and Travel Insurance
  • Trekking Gear including Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Walking Stick, etc (these can be hired on a per day basis in Kathmandu)
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara, except Welcome Dinner in an ethnic Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Bottled Beverages (Soft Drinks, Alcoholic Drinks, etc), Bottled/ Boiled Water during the Trek, in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Food and Cuisines

Type: Veg

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 15 days before the tour starts, 75% of the cost will be refunded.
  • Thereafter no refund would be provided.

Checklist

Attire:
  • Wear layered clothing so that you add or remove a layer as you trek 
  • Heavy duty Trekking Shoes and another pair of light shoes/ floaters
  • Full sleeves T-Shirts and Dry Fits ( 3 to 4) each
  • Windproof Track Pants (at least 3) 
  • Fleece jacket or woolen sweater and outer windproof shell
  • Thermal inners (3 pairs), cotton and woolen socks (keep as many pairs as the  number of days of trek)
  • Snow proof gloves, neck warmer and poncho
  • Broad brimmed hat or cap, bandana, balaclava / monkey cap.
  • Heavy fleece or down jacket (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Fleece/ woolen sleepwear (at least 2 pairs)
Important items
  • Water Bottle. (Stainless Steel or Grade One Plastic Bottle)
  • Sunglasses - 100% UV protected (Mandatory)
  • Trekking Poles (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag - for -20 to -25) (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Head Torch with extra batteries
  • Sun Block (50 SPF), Lip Balm and Cold cream
  • Toiletries, Toilet Paper (2 rolls), Sanitizer, Anti-Fungal Powder and a light Towel
  • Battery Charger or Spare Batteries Pa
  • ssport (Original + Photocopies), Passport size photographs ( 4 to 5)
  • Personal Medication, Diamox, Pain Relievers, Anti Cold. Your Medical history note (if any) and Emergency numbers
  • Credit Card/ Debit Card / Spare Cash for emergencies
  • Chocolates and Protein Bars  
Avoid:
  • Wearing gold and other ornaments
  • Carrying unnecessary items. This will make your rucksack heavy.
Preparation:
You can pick and choose your kind of routine. Here are some suggestions to prep you.
  • Work out 30 days prior to the trek (45 to 60-minute walk 3 times a week)
  • Go on half-day or daylong treks (2 to 3 times a month)
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Stretching and free hand exercises before all exercising (10 to 15 mins)
  • Free hand exercises (Push ups, Pull ups and abs)
  • Increase salad, fruits, and wholesome food in your diet and reduce junk food intake 
  • Indulge in cycling instead of driving to increase your stamina

FAQs

1. Is there an age limit?
- Anyone from 15 to 60 years can do this trek.
3. How difficult is the climb?
- Moderate to Difficult. A program of cardiovascular conditioning such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is essential, but try to supplement your exercise with hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be. 
4. Do I need to be experienced mountaineer?
- No.
5. How fit do I need to be?
- Normal.
6. What about the weather condition in the mountain?
- It is usually sunny during the day but at night, temperatures could drop to as much as -15 degree.
7. What if my pace differs from other climbers?
- No problem, our assistant guide will stay with you and you can join us at the campsite.
8. Can I leave my luggage behind?
- Yes, because we will be coming back by the same route.
9. What if a member of the group wants to turn back?
- One of our staff will keep you company.
10. Is a rescue service available in case of an emergency?
- Yes. Emergency Rescue Insurance costs approx INR 9000 and it is advisable to buy it before the trek
11. What type of meal is provided during the trek?
- You can choose from an available limited menu.
12. Is drinking water safe?
- Yes, we provide water purification drops to make the water safe to drink. However, it is advisable to buy and drink boiled water during the trek. It usually costs NR 100 to 300 per litre.
13. How much luggage should I carry during the trek?
- 4 to 5 kilos and not more, ideally.
14. How much luggage will the porter carry?
- 12 kilos per person.
15. What is the best time to climb?
- Mostly morning (winter, autumn and spring season).
16. How qualified are the guides?
- They are certified by the Nepal Government and the Nepal Tourism Board and have years of guiding experience.
17. If I am a solo (single) traveler, how can I join your tour?
- You can join by paying the single supplementary charge. 
18. What if I have dietary restrictions?
- You could stick to plain or boiled vegetables.
19. How will I know if I am suffering from AMS (acute mountain sickness)?
- You will feel uneasy, have slight headaches, will be tired, have trouble sleeping, feel nauseous, etc. Should anyone have altitude problems at ABC (4200 m), it will be possible to drop down to either Duerali (3200 m) or Himalaya (2900 m) with one of our staff member 
20. How much should I tip?
- Approx NR 2500 for a 9 day trek. But, check with your Trek Lead on this.
21. Do you provide equipment on rental basis?
- Basic equipment like Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag can be hired at Kathmandu for approx  NR 150 per day
22. Can I get hot water to shower?
- Yes, Lodges in main settlements have hot water showers. It costs approx NR 300 to 500
23. What about charging my mobile and other devices?
- Charging mobile phones usually costs NR 200 to 400 in Lodges. It is far better to carry a spare charger and batteries.
24. How can I get connected with my friends and families during the climb?
- You can buy a local SIM card at Katmandu. Cell phone and the internet is available until Chomrung village).     
25. Will the effects of the sun be stronger on the mountains?
- Yes. Please wear 100% UV Sunglasses during the trek.
26. Which currency do we need to carry?
- INR or USD. But it is better to carry Nepalese Rupees during the trek.
27. Who will be leading the group?
- One of our senior trekking guides
28. Do I require a visa to visit Nepal?
- No
29. Can you arrange flight bookings on our behalf?
- No, we do not provide it.

Map & Direction

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Where

Kathmandu

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Drive Time

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Getting There

Air : Nearest Airport-Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

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