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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Outfitter Nepal - 11 days

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • 11 days / 10 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Outfitter Nepal
FAQ
How To Book

Overview

> Sunrise from Ghorepani Poonhill
> Panoramic views on the mountains peaks
> Beautiful villages and farmland at Ghandrunk
> Visit the Gurung villages of Chomrong

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a world-renowned trek, located in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas. Unforgettable views of the surrounding peaks will greet you. Furthermore, the trek starts with lush lowlands and goes to higher altitude amphitheater at the foot of the Annapurna Himalayas. You will never forget the feeling of being on the heart of the Himalayas on our Annapurna base camp trek.

You will have thrilling views of Annapurna I and many other mountains, The Annapurna I is the first peak above 8000 meters to have been climbed in the history of mountain expedition in Nepal. A feat accomplished by a French team in 1950. This Base Camp Trek offers non-stop natural diversity with lovely mountain views and Himalayan landscape. Furthermore, terraced fields of rhododendron and bamboo with a wide range of flora and fauna are the main attraction of the trek.

The Annapurna base camp takes place in the Annapurna Conservation Area and most popular trekking trail in the region. Furthermore, it passes through many villages of different ethnic communities having different culture and lifestyle. The sub-tropical forests come alive with an immense variety of bird life and waterfall. Likewise, thunder down from steep cliff sides and monkeys chatter from the tree-tops. The terraced fields and tropical fruit trees around the trail is an extra attraction of the trek. The white-washed Gurung villages the eye to vistas dominated by some of the Himalayas on Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Itinerary

What's the plan?

  • Day 01 – Travel to Pokhara – 7 hours

We start our drive straight after breakfast and the drive goes along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara. It’s a pretty good drive as we go by the beautiful river which is also good for rafting; we view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well. Pokhara is a tourist paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes. We will arrive here after six hours.

Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Lunch, dinner

  • Day 02 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga

After having breakfast at the hotel, we start to drive to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours, we then start the first part of our trek to Tikhedunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m.) this is a pretty easy flat out hike as we pass through several small lively villages and settlements. After some time, we will ascend gently to the final destination of the day.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 03 – Trek to Ghorepani

After having had hot breakfast at the teahouse, we start to ascend steeply for the first 2 hours then ascend gently passing through the Ulleri (2070m) and Banthanti villages. This path gives breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and the grand Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Our trekking trail now gets quite easy going as we pass through rhododendron and shadowy forests amidst the cackling of birds which gives us good feelings till we ascend gently up to the final camp to the Ghorepani.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 04 – Hike up Poonhill for sunrise and trek to Tadapani (2.610m) – 6 hours

Today, we hike to Poonhill (3232m) to enjoy the sunrise views over Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow-capped mountains in the morning. Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region then we will return down to Ghorepani and have a hot breakfast at our lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650m). Most part of the trail we trek is through blooming rhododendron forest; the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom.

Accommodation: Lodge
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 05 – Trek to Chhomrong (2.340m) – 7 hours

After having breakfast at the lodge, we start the trek and enjoy our hike by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We hear the chirping of different kinds of birds on the way to Kimrung Khola. We then straightaway ascend steeply and walk at a flat level for 45 minutes with gentle steep paths in-between and flat all the way to Chomrong which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp., check into the Lodge and overnight at lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 06 – Trek to Himalaya – 7 hours

After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek; the trekking trail descends on a stone stairway for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak, then we climb further on a rocky path, we will reach Sinuwa, at 2350m and then we trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk on gently up towards Dovan and Himalaya where will check into a lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 07 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4.130m) – 7 hours

After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek. The valley widens and becomes less steep and we will see the gates to the sanctuary from here as the trail continues into the sanctum, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek, we will be at Bagar, a green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascending until Machhapuchare Base Camp Which is one place where we enjoy some of the best landscapes in the venture; we will enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhare or the Fish Tail. The path follows through alpine meadows and after some distance, our trails go gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp. Congratulations on reaching Annapurna Base Camp, the destination of your holiday.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 08 – Trek to Dovan – 7 hours

We will have great views of the Himalayas at sunrise in Annapurna Base Camp then we will have breakfast and ready to return trekking to Dove that takes about five hours and much easier as we go down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp in a single day, however; we have chosen this route as some trekkers may have a problem on going down due to shaking or wobbling legs that could be fatigued.

Accommodation: Lodge
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 09 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (1.760m)

After breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek to Jhinu Dada, descending till Bamboo village. We will be passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants then, after Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up an hour and the trail is quite flat until Sinuwa. We trek gradually descending to the Chhumrong Khola and we have to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour before we reach Chhumrong village. The last part of the trail is a steep way down to Jhinudanda. We check into our rooms at the teahouse then we could go to the Hot Springs to take a refreshing bath in the warm salt waters.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 10 – Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara- 6 hours

After having breakfast at the tea house in Jhinu, we start our trekking. The first part of the trek is a gentle descent then flat level trail until Birethati along with the bank of the river, we will stop at Birethati for lunch and after walking for about 30 minutes to Nayapul, there will be our car/van waiting for us to take us back to the civilization, Pokhara the city of lakes and natural wonders, overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: hotel
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 11 – Drive back to Kathmandu – 6 hours

You will have early breakfast at hotel in Pokhara and tourist bus leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu.

Food: Breakfast

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Bus to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
The bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back is included in the total price of this trekking. You are likely to meet more trekkers who do one of the routes in the Annapurna Region.

√  Two hotel nights in Pokhara
During the first and last night of your trekking, a hotel stay in Pokhara is arranged. Breakfast is included.

√  Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

√  English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two walkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√  Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√  Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√  Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√  Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to trek in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√  Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at an extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases, it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is, therefore, best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Nepal.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.


Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way to Annapurna Base Camp you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required visiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in healthcare, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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