Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

OVERVIEW

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Duration

16 Days

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Activity

Hiking and Trekking

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Best Season

March, April, May, September, October and November

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Difficulty

Challenging

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Group Size

2-100

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Transportation

Flight/ Private vehicle

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Meals

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Accomodation

Tea Houses

Annapurna Base Camp is also known as ABC trek or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek which is situated inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project as one of the beautiful, short and easy trek of Nepal. The trekking trail of Annapurna Base Came offers majestic view of Annapurna range, local ethnic Gurung settlement, lush green forest of rhododendron and bamboo, uphill and downhill path, glacier moraine, waterfall, Rivers, hot spring and attractive greenery landscape of Annapurna region. 

The view from Annapurna Base Came is unique and breathtaking with an elevation of 4130 meters. After trekkers enter inside sanctuary, can have huge Himalayan sights enclosed by a solid wall of silver peaks such as Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchare (6,993m) Gangapurna (7,485m) Tent Peak (5,663m) with Annapurna glacier and more mountain views. The trek route of ABC also presents diverse flora and fauna, topography and wildlife. The sunset and sunrise view of Base Camp is amazing which changes Himalayan peaks into golden color and it will be great opportunity to take photograph. 

Though, in the beginning part of the trek routes have 3 options to enter inside Annapurna region, we choose longer way to reach ABC, after having 1:30 hrs drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and hike to Ulleri Village via Hile and Tikhedhunga.  Later, we follow the uphill Path of Ghorepani and downhill path to Tadapani village and hike to Chomrong, Dovan, Himalaya, Deurali, MBC, ABC having descending way to Hot Spring of Jhinu Danda and drive to Pokhara. Last day of the trek, trekkers can have relaxing and healing for aching muscles in hot spring. Trekkers feel life time unforgettable experience after vising ABC due to its virgin beauty, overwhelming nature, peaceful environment of trek route and welcoming local Himalayan people.  
 

Highlights 

  • Majestic view of Annapurna Himalaya
  • Explore local Gurung settlement and their life style
  • Lush Green forest of Bamboo, Rhododendron, waterfall and Annapurna glacier
  • Beautiful village of Ghandruk and Chomrong 
  • Encounter beautiful Annapurna Base Camp 
     

 

Itineraries

Your adventure and cultural trip to Nepal begins after your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. After you will land, get your hand bag and go to immigration office where you can get your Nepal visa. There must be many people; need fill form before apply for visa and get down to 1st floor where you will wait your suitcase. After getting suitcase, go outside where our office member shows your Name in white paper sheet and transfer to Hotel. We have booked your hotel in Thamel which is the touristic hub of Nepal.

After breakfast, your cultural tour begins where our Guide will brief to you about whole Nepal including history, culture, people, religion, geography and living standard of People. You will visit popular world Heritage sites of Nepal such as Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) - Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Patan Durbar Square – Old King Palace with Beautiful Temples and Houses, Pashupatinath Temple - popular Hindu temple of South Asia and Boudhanath Stupa – biggest Buddhist stupa with monastery around. It is full day guided city tour where you will learn most important historical and cultural things of Nepal. After you will return back to Hotel from sightseeing, meet with your Trekking Guide and brief about trekking program.

We recommend you to drive by Private Transport to Pokhara. It takes 5-6 hrs to drive from Kathmandu with views of local villages, Rivers, Forests, Hills and Snowcapped Himalayan Peaks. The road drive goes along with Prithivi Highway with scenery of Trishuli River through Muglin, Khaireni, Dumre, Damauli and finally reach Pokhara. In the evening, you can have beautiful walk near Phewa Lake.

Today is the first day of your trekking in Annapurna region. Your trekking guide and porter will be with you till at the end of the trip. After breakfast in the hotel, we have 1:30 hrs drive to Nayapul from Pokhara and hike through local Gurung settlement with terrace field by following the River. Till we reach Tikhedunga, we have relax and comfortable walk and last destination of your trekking is completely climbing part. We can have first Mountain View from lower and we sleep in local tea house of upper Ulleri.

You will have Jungle walk today with silence atmosphere. If you are trekking in spring, will have an amazing picture of blooming Rhododendron which makes whole Hill red. You will walk through Oak, Pine, Rhododendron and bamboo trek to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is the Good Place to see Annapurna Panoramic view. Even you meet other trekkers who come after crossing Annapurna Circuit Trek of Thorong-La Pass (5416m). Enjoy the sunset view from Ghorepani.

Early morning awakes up and hikes to Poon Hill to see the sunrise and Himalayan view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. After breakfast in Ghorepani, your trekking trail goes to Tadapani via Gurung Hill and Deurali. Today also a great opportunity to see a panoramic view of Annapurna during the walk. Tadapani is a small Gurung settlement having few local Tea Houses.

First part of the trekking trail goes all the way to down to River after crossing the bridge we have ascending path through local villages and Rice field and finally straight trail to Chhomrong where we sleep there. Today, we can see beautiful view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare. Even we hike through local forest of Oak and rhododendron today while make ascending from Tadapani in the beginning.

Morning, you have a great view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchare like Mirror. All mountains are in front of you with Mountain View breakfast. We walk to Bamboo with ascending and descending Hills through crossing suspension bridge. You will also have Jungle walk through Pine, Bamboo and Rhododendron forests and reach to Dovan.

Today is quite adventure day due to more than 1000m hike up to M.B.C. You have forest walk till Himalaya and hike to Deurali via Cave and Landslide Areas. From Deurali, there is no any Jungle walk, it is totally mountain area. In the evening, overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Today is the final walk to your last destination in high altitude. It takes 3 hours to walk from MBC to ABC. There is a nice view of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Glacier Dom, and Hiunchuli. Overnight at Tea House of ABC. Enjoy the nice sunset from here. Near your Lodge, there is big Annapurna Glacier; be aware when you walk around.

Morning, enjoy the sunrise and golden color of mountain peaks. Take photographs which will be lifetime unforgettable. After breakfast, walk down to Bamboo via MBC, Deurali, Himalaya, and Donovan. It takes 6-7 hrs to walk down to Bamboo. Overnight at Tea House of Bamboo.

As usual, after breakfast walk to Jhinu Danda via Sinuwa and Chhomrong village. Today you will have great Hot Spring bath in Jhinu Danda. After Lunch in Jhinu, walk downhill to Modi Khola to have a bath in Hot Spring. It will be really like water massage after a long walk to ABC. Overnight at Jhinu Danda Lodge.

Today is the last day of your trekking to ABC. You walk 3 hours walk down to Kyumi and drive to Pokhara. Tell Goodbye to your Guide and Porter who really help you to success your trip to Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at 3* standard nice hotel in Pokhara. Today is the last day of your trekking to ABC. You walk 3 hours walk down to Kyumi and drive to Pokhara. Tell Goodbye to your Guide and Porter who really help you to success your trip to Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at 3* standard nice hotel in Pokhara.

Fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara because you had already driven to Pokhara before from Kathmandu. Now we recommend you to fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

After completing, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, you are free in Kathmandu or you can have shopping as gift of Nepal to your family and friends. You must be very tired after trekking, can also have good body massage in Spa center. You will feel free and explore local markets and also enjoy your time in good restaurant in Thamel.

Our staff help your departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your respective destination. Hopefully, we will wait your recommendation and suggestion and also review about your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Our Guide and Porters can wait for your next adventure journey to Nepal Himalaya. See you again and good bye.

INCLUSION

    • Airport Pickup and drop in Private Transport 
    • Kathmandu Sightseeing with Cultural Tour Guide, Entrance Fees of Hindu/Buddhist Temple
    • 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Twin Share including breakfast only 
    • Pokhara to Nayapul drive (Before Trek) and Nayapul to Pokhara drive (after Trek)
    • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu  
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by private Transport 
    • English Speaking Trekking Guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation 
    • Strong Trekking Porter including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation
    • Twin share Tea House Accommodation with Breakfast only during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 
    • Annapurna Conversation Area Project Permit, TIMS and all Documents for Annapurna Trekking
    • Nepal Government Taxes and Office Service Charge 
       

EXCLUSION

    • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • Lunch & Dinner during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
    • Nepal Visa Fee (30$ for 15 Days and 50$ for 30 Days) 
    • International Flight Ticket
    • Personal Trekking /Travel Insurance 
    • Personal Trekking equipment and Clothes 
    • Hot Shower, Wi-Fi in mountain, Battery Charge and all personal expenses during Trekking 
    • Tips for Guide & Porter
    • Any other things not mentioned 
       

Additional Information

Jomsom – Pokhara Flight 


Jomsom airport is one of the most exciting airport in the world where in peak seasons, the airport becomes very busy with many flights from Pokhara. Sometime due to unexpected weather the flight can be delay and cancellation of the flight is common here.  Due to wind, on the route sometime the weather change immediately. The Hindu pilgrimage from Nepal and India fly to Jomsom from Pokhara for visiting Muktinath Temple. If there will be uncertainty Pokhara flight from Jomsom due to weather, we also have alternative Jeep drive to Pokhara from Jomsom, takes 9- 10 hour drive. But we wish best weather and have good flight to Pokhara. 
 

Trekking Difficulty 


Is it difficult to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?  You do not need to be a good Football player or Olympic athlete to success ABC trek. We have most experience of people success to reach Annapurna Base Camp. So, anyone who is mentally and physically fit can easily completer the journey to Annapurna Base Camp. Walking slowly, drink plenty of water, enjoying nature, avoiding cold, eating a balanced died and mentally daring to reach ABC with happy mood are the hallmarks of your successful journey to destination. Though, ABC is moderate trekking trail having steep hills with ascending and descending path, sometime with ice, if snow but there will be no need any technical equipment or skill. We have 100% clients became success to reach ABC. 


High Altitude Sickness     


If the trekkers have symptoms of headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, rapid pulse with sleeping problem, he/she is suffered by high altitude sickness.  The other factors such as changing weather, cold, sun, wind, low oxygen and bad foods are the key component of high altitude sickness. So trekkers need to warm while trekking ABC with proper clothes and equipment. It can affect people of any age, sex and physical conditions. So, we suggest our clients, do not drink alcohol and smoke, drink plenty of water while hiking to ABC, train your body and strength up before trekking, eat energy food, and mentally be happy during your journey. The most common medicine for preventing high altitude sickness is Diamox or Acetazolamide. Even our guide takes Diamox on the route which is easily purchased in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Ascending down is the solution to avoid high altitude as the altitude sickness affects people from the elevation of 2600 meters above sea level. For normal high altitude sickness our guide helps to control by providing medicine and good food and he takes to medication center where available. If the trekkers feel bad, we send private helicopter for rescue, which is covered by your personal travel insurance. So, individual insurance is necessary while trekking to Everest Base Camp.  But we do not experience till today, the clients feed altitude sickness during the trek to ABC till today. 


Best Time to Go 


If you are looking trek to Annapurna Base Camp, must know the best time to visit such as weather and circumstances with other factors that affects in your trip. The best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp is March – May and Sep – Nov due to clear sky and pleasant temperature.  Spring and autumn is considered as the best season to trek Everest Base Camp. In spring, the days are warmer and longer whereas the autumn has short days. October and April is the peak touristic months having more crowd but the weather is fantastic and amazing. 

Pre-monsoon is called spring season that covers the month of March, April and May whereas rhododendron and flower blooms with warm temperature. In higher route, there will be more chance of problematic snowfall with sunny weather but it is very rare. If trekkers go to ABC trek, during spring season, he or she is very luck to walk through the forest of rhododendron. The whole hill becomes red and the panoramic view of Annapurna makes your trip life time unforgettable. 


Post-monsoon is called autumn season that covers the month of September, October and November whereas the Himalaya is full of blue sky, pleasant atmosphere, moderate temperature with less chance of problematic snowfall. As for the climate, it is neither warmer at day or not freezing cold at night. The Tea houses, cafes are full of tourist and visitors in autumn season. 


Accommodation 


During the trekking trail to Annapurna Base Camp, trekkers sleep and eat in Tea houses. Tea houses provide tea and food which is the best possible accommodation available on the route. Tea houses offer very basic accommodation facilities having bed and blanket inside the room and some places attached bathroom too. The tea houses looks very basic and normal but it is neat and clean. Though, tea houses provide us the blanket but it is not enough to reduce cold. That is why, we suggest to bring sleeping bag own self to make warm and safety night. Till chhomrong Village, we provide you attached Room but onwards till to ABC, there will be very simple room with beds but it is neat and clean. 


Food and water 


Food and water is very important things during the trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. Tea houses provide breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/coffee. Trekkers can choose the food from Menu list what they like to eat such as Nepali food (Dal Bhat), soups, snakcs, momos, fried Rice, continental and American breakfast, porridge, Bread with Jam and honey, Eggs, noodles, spaghetti, spring roll, fried potatoes, and steak. We recommend to have vegetarian food after Chomrong Village due to no refrigerator that may cause stomach problem. Even, after Chomrong, meat is not allowed to eat due to Buddhist culture and respect to Himalaya. Therefore, we would highly recommend to avoid meat dishes on the route with exception of tinned fish and preserved items. So, no need to carry food except chocolates, such as Diary milk, Snickers, Mars and so on. 


Do not drink water from river or water fall; local people can easily drink the running water that is not fit for foreigners as they do not have habit before. So, we recommend to drink bottle water or boiled water for good health that keeps our body safe. Even, trekkers keep purification tablet inside water, kills 99.9% of bacteria, virus and protozoa. Because of the altitude, it is recommend to drink 2-3 liters per day. But, during the trek to ABC, you cannot buy bottle water rather Tea houses will provide filtered water but you must carry bottle to fill.  


Hire a Guide 


A person having license from Nepal government, who guides visitor, interprets the cultural and nature, leads the right track to the Himalaya having responsible work recognized by the appropriate authority is known as trekking guide. Guide not only led the way rather he is the ambassador of country explaining People, history, geography, religion and make successful attempt for visitors. 


Trekking guide is also knows as Trek Leader who makes easy access in Himalayan region to book Tea houses, order food for visitors, manage porters, and lead the right trail to destination. During trekking, Guide is a good friend, makes entertainment with fun and laughter too. So, Trekking guides has very important role who not only make enjoyable trip but also educate the visitors through interpretation and contribute sustainability of local environment. The trekking agency should choose appropriate guide by providing suitable training time and again though they are government license holder. Guides expected to work to a high level of customer service keeping good reputation of the company and clients. 


That is why our Guide has good communication skill, immediately solve the problem, decision making with self-motivation having physically strong and fit. Either the visitor go to Everest region trek, Annapurna region trek, Upper Mustang trek or other trekking trail, our guide makes successful effort to complete the trip. 


Hire a Porter 


Trekking porters are those people who carry the gear of trekkers from one place to other, lives in village especially from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung and Rai, community. They are very innocent, kind, pleasant and smiling having broken English will be together from beginning to the end of the trip. Even in Annapurna region, the Brahmin and Chhetri people are working as trekking porters nowadays. A trekking porter carries 25 kg to 30 kg of gears who are very fit from mountain altitude. Porters are the transport of the visitors so must be good relationship with Guide and trekkers. During the end of the trek at Pokhara, we suggest for visitor to have TIP to porters for their support and cooperation.  


Telephone and Internet 


The internet, telephone and mobile phone is available all the way to Annapurna Base Camp. There are multiple option for Internet, mobile network such as NTC and NCELL. Sometimes internet becomes poor during the time of bad weather or snow. NCELL and NTC are cheaper that works during trekking trail as well as Kathmandu too. Even trekkers can purchase WIFI in local tea houses which is chargeable. 


Due to the exciting geography and sometime bad weather conditions the mobile network has not access in all parts of the trial but the network such as NCELL and NTC works most of the places. The both NTC and NCELL Sim Cards can purchase at Tribhuvan Interantional Airport, Kathmandu or in the street of touristic town Thamel. 


Toilet and Shower 


Wherever travel in the Himalaya, must know the circumstances of toilet and shower before depart to the destination. During the trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, in higher route, toilet should be shared by all trekkers due to common Tea houses only with normal beds in the room. Till Chomrong village, trekkers can have shower and toilet inside Room but after chomrong, both should be shared and it is public. But during peak season, sometime due to over flow of tourist, we could not find attached bathroom even low altitude places.


Trek Insurance 


Trek insurance is very important component during the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We suggest trekkers to make plan to be covered up to 4,400 meters. Due to unexpected event or emergency evacuation, if the trekkers feel uncomfortable to walk in Himalaya, Helicopter rescue is necessary along with administration in hospital. So, need insurance for your safety and protection. There are so many insurance companies, you may find in internet and make strong insurance for your security. There may occur so many causes such as altitude sickness, accidents, physical illness, flight cancellation, that is why need to make insurance before you fly to Nepal for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 


Trek Permit 


Annapurna Base Camp is situated inside the territory of Annapurna Conservation Area which is the first conservation area of Nepal. Foreign Trekkers are required to obtain permit to entry Annapurna Base Camp such as ACAP Permit and TIMS. 


ACAP is known as Annapurna Conservation Area permit which cost 30$ per person where is 10$ for TIMS (Trekking Information Management System). Permits and TIMS can be purchased in Nepal Tourism Board by our company. During trek, need to show Permit in checking points from our trekking guide and provide permit to you after finish the trek in Pokhara. Our company need your passport copy and 2 copy of passport size Photos to make permit at Kathmandu. 


Trek Equipment List 


While trekking to Everest Base Camp, need to sufficient trekking gears for your protection and safety. Trekking gears not only make protection for your body, it makes successful trip to Annapurna Camp. The trekking gears also have benefit to remove high altitude sickness and make easy access to destination. The following gears are mandatory towards Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

  • Sleeping Bag (-20) 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Waterproof hiking boot
  • Water proof warm Gloves
  • Sport shoes     
  • Waterproof hiking Pant
  • Fleece pant
  •  Comfortable underwear 
  • Warm and thin socks 
  • Duffel Bag, 90L
  • Hand carry bag 
  • Water bottle 
  • Hiking Shorts 
  • Down Jacket
  • Warm Cap & Sun Cap 
  • Sun Glass
  • Sun Cream
  • Lip care 
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Neck Gaiter  
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain coat 
  • Travel Towel 
  • Camera
  • Personal first Aid Kit (Though our guide also have First Aid Kit)
     
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