Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration 14 Nights/15 Days
Trip Code NAP-ABC-103
Trip Cost USD 1015 per passenger
Trip Grade Easy to Moderate
Best Time Sept – Nov/March - April

Overview

Annapurna base camp trekking is most popular trekking route in Annapurna region, where you will enjoy with different excellent Himalayan scenery including the Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna first (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m) and Himchuli (6441m) and much more. You also have chance to observe mixed culture such as Gurung and Magar. The Annapurna base camp trek is more different than any other trekking by its variety of people, rich culture, beautiful landscapes and natural scenery.

Recognized as one of the best trekking destination, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking is done on the hills of Annpurna South. This trek leads you through rhododendron forests and over the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. This trek is specially designed for those trekkers who love to enjoy the variety of hilly flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Himalayan range including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan ranges. This is a classic trek, which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable timeframe and takes you to maximum altitude of 4000m.

The trek begins in Pokhara and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge into the vast mountain ringed amphitheatre. Trek passes through bamboo and rhododendron forests with superb views of the Annapurna range, pass between the mountains of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli, guard the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary, and after 6 days reach the goal, the high glacial basin that is the site of the Annapurna south face base camp. Although the trek has several ascents and descents, it is not much difficult and you can get many alternative routes to the sanctuary all that meet at Chhomrung. This trekking route is A significant trekking route with avalanche danger, so you can get problems of snow and avalanches in winter and early spring. You need to take plenty of local information before doing this trek.

Trip Description: Your journey of Annapurna Base Trek starts from Nayapul and passing through beautiful villages, rivers, fields, you will reach Tirkhedhunga. Passing through a Magar village of Ulleri and magnificent oak and rhododendron forests and via Nanggethati going more uphill, you will reach Ghorepani and have your nights’ rest. From Ghorepani, early in the morning you will climb about one hour to reach Poon Hill to witness magnificent views of snow-capped mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchchhre. Being back to the hotel in Ghorepani, you go ahead to Tadapani for next night’s rest. Further the trial descends through dense forests and crossing an old suspension bridge over Khumbu Khola the trail start climbing and reaches Ghurjung (2010m) and then to Dhiklyo Danda (2180m). Climbing about one hour to Taglung and a short walk later you will reach Chomrong from where the trail descends on a stone staircase. Through bamboo and rhododendron forests, various streams, and temples you will reach your hotel for night’s rest at Dovan. Next day, walking for an hour, you will reach Hinku and then Deurali. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola and follows it to Bagar (3270m). From Bagar climbing through a sparse birch forest you will reach to Machhapuchare Base Camp from where you have views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machhapuchchhre. Through streams, moraines, sheep grazing meadows, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp and get tremendous views of the South face of Annapurna. If you walk west passing the porters shelter and volleyball court you will have a spectacular view of the monument of the well-known climber Anatoli Boukreev. You have the panoramic view of several peaks-Tharpu Chuli (5663m), Singu Chuli (6501m), Hiunchuli, you can also observe a few birds, Thar, Himalayan weasels and pika. From here you start to trek back through Bamboo, Chomrong, Ghandrung and finally drive back to Pokhara from Nayapul.

Highlights

  • Outstanding cultural heritage sights of Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley
  • Beautiful Lake valley of Pokhara
  • Dramatic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchare, and Dhaulagiri massifs
  • The highest 8 thousander mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri (8168m) and Mt. Annapurna I (8091m)
  • Vast range of bio-diversity on the trail
  • Mid hills’ cultural area inhabited by several ethnic groups like Gurung, Magar, Brahmin and Kshetri
  • The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung
  • Set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda.

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Easy to Moderate
Trip Duration 14 Nights/15 Days
Trip code NAP-ABC-103
Trip Start/Ends Pokhara/Nayapul, Dhampus Phedi - Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Annapurna Base Camp (4200m)
Trip Cost USD 1015 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity 7 hours drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
The Route Maximum altitude Annapurna Base Camp (4200m) 5-7-hrs gentle walking per day, moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain.

Itinerary

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Adventure Point who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or we may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping.

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swoyambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Nepal Adventure Point briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. 

Our Leader/guide pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive approximately 6/7 hours to Pokhara (200km) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O’clock and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explores the surrounding lakeside areas. From the Pokhara valley you can see one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes

After breakfast from Pokhara, we drive to Nayapul and start the trek. We walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon.

After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs. As we are ascending we admire the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view.  We pass waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. The village has small shops that sell local products such as handbags and crafts. 

We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and enjoy the sunrise from these majestic mountains. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of coffee, we trek back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here then walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani. 

The trail starts off with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our destination for today, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive. 

We leave Chhomrong and walk on quite a number of stone steps before reaching the Chhomrong Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and begin an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar. From here we embark on an easy descent to Bamboo.

We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail which is sometimes steep.  It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We notice that the vegetation has become sparse allowing magical views of the valley, the river below and cliffs adorned with waterfalls

We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchre Base Camp. From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way into this area is through the gorge we just hiked. 

From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult.

We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda, we can spend the rest of the afternoon taking a rest and relaxing. 

We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Dhampus Phedi. We have lunch on the way. The actual trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary and back ends today. We board our vehicle to Pokhara.

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell meeting in the evening.

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal Adventure Point representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Included

  • Fee: ACAP entrance permit & TIMS card
  • Activities: Hiking, trekking as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation: 3 night hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara and 9 night’s teahouse lodge in mountain on twin share or multi – share bedroom.
  • Food: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Staffs: Leader/Guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transfer, food and lodging
  • Transportation: Kathmandu valley sightseeing by private transport, Kathmandu to Pokhara and return Kathmandu by tourist bus, Pokhara to Nayapul and Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by private transportation.
  • Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment and road transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and local flights
  • Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel and trekking equipments
  • Lunch and Dinner while in city
  • Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Temple and monastery entrance fees
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
  • Optional activities
  • Unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please call us at +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs. From the airport Thamel is 6-kms far but it takes almost half an hour to reach by cab.

Pre-meeting & trip briefing: Traveller’s are extremely important to attend on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip Briefing. On this trek, we give a short brief about Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-meeting & trip briefing covered the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-meeting & trip briefing is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Important Stuffs: All the entire documents for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip are required, such a Annapurna Conservation Project Area entrance permit and TIMS card. Please carry along 2 passport size photo, copies of your passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), Name of your insurance company, insurance policy and also have contact numbers of next to kin.

Accommodation: During the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking part we accommodate on teahouse/lodges and have chosen according their Eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. Most lodges now have twin-bedded rooms, but you should still be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms. The lodges are fairly basic. We will be accommodated tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender for the duration of the trip

Food and Drinks: The meals are includes on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. The trekking lodges offer some good value meals and drinks. The meals are in teahouse similar to the camping trekking; the meals are prepared to a similar hygiene and may be repeated several times during the trek but are always hot, tasty and filling. With your breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea will also be included. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…

Your leader/guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best standard of meals in best value possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. In general, a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are offered for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks, and locally grown fresh fruits are available in some places. You can bottle mineral water from local teahouse or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills. Local Nepali can directly eat tap water and digest it. Normally purifying drop need thirty minutes to purify water, so make sure you have stock water.

Money: Credit cards are not acceptable on mountain. Some teahouses/lodge accept the foreign currency, best idea is to carry local money. You can take the denomination of Rs.50, 100, 500 and 1000. ATM facilities are available   Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Supporter: On Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip are accompanied by one of our local group leaders, assistant guide will provide above 7 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Besides your leader and assistant guide the trek will be accompanied by one Sherpa porter/pack animal for every two people; your trekking gear will be carried by them. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10kgs/22Ibs per trekkers in tea-house and 30kgs/66Ibs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. You can be left the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Safety and Security on Trek: Safety and security of our clients is the foremost important things for us. All our guides are licensed by Nepal Government. They are absolutely honest who you can trust your life with; they will ensure that you do not have any feeling of insecurity throughout your trip. On Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip you will be sleeping in local mountain lodge. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Crime against tourists is very low indeed.  However, anything of value should be either locked up or kept secure on your personal. Such things as passports, airline tickets, credit cards, traveller’s Cheque or cash are safe with us.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements: This is an easy trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for around 5-6 hours a day with a light day-pack. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few weeks prior to the trip is good idea to enhance strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Equipments & Packing List: This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure trip. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trekking duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Head Items

Bandana or head scarf Wooled or synthetic warm hat
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs Sunglasses

Upper Body and Hands Items

Polypropylene shirts (1 Half and 2 long sleeves) Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover Waterproof shell jacket
Down Jacket Gore-Tex jacket with hood
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves. 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

 Lower Body Items

1 pair of Hiking shorts 1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers

Feet Items

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots 1 pair of running shoes and  sandals

Sleeping and Travel Bags

1 Sleeping bag (-10 degrees C, 14 degrees F) Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
1 Large Duffel bag Small daypack

Basic first aid supplies

Personal first aid kit bag Aspirin Skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills Anti-headache pills Throat lozenges or cough drops
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin Water purification tablets
Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream Bandaids (plasters) and tape Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy

Toiletries

Medium sized towel Toothbrush and Paste Multipurpose soap
Deodorants Nail clippers Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products Small mirror Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes Tissue paper toilet paper roll Anti-bacterial hand wash

Mountain Rescue/Emergency Evacuation: In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.  Ask your Leader/guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send name of the sick person and give exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered Helicopter.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. The minimum cover required is USD 30,000 such a medical, hospital, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip, we can arrange trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try River Rafting or go on a Jungle Safari tours in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a historical, cultural tours or you may take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: Nepal has recently introduced a 10% ‘service charge’ on hotel & restaurant accounts however; a modest, friendly tip is more or less expected by drivers. For Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip staffs, who have been so involved in your welfare over several days; for them tipping has as much to do with a sense of recognition as it do with actual money.  Some people want to be particularly generous but, because clients often ask, a rough guideline is US$ 3-4 per group member per day for guide and US$ 2-4 per group member per day for a porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Additional Information: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contacts us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-98510-50327

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