Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 11 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Pokhara
  • Highest Altitude : 4130 m
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
  • Season : Mar-May, Mid Sep- Dec
  • Activity : Trekking
  • Trip Grade : 5


Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Annapurna Region with the heights of 4200 meters. The Annapurna Base camp trek offers you magnificent views of the Annapurna range and a mixed culture of Gurung and Magars.

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The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the amzaing trek in Nepal. The trek offers you magnificent view of Annapuran range including some of over eight thousand meters high himalayas. You pass through beautiful cultural villages, dense forests and at the end be comfortable at the natural hot spring pool. The trip begins in Kathmandu and ends at Pokhara which is one of the most popular touristic cities filled with natural beauties and serene lakes. If you need more adventure the city provides lots of adventure activities such as paragliding, kayaking, white water rafting and many more, we would love to help you out with the necessary arrangements.

Day 01 : Drive to Pokhara (Approx: 820M)
Day 02 : Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga (Approx: 1540M)
Day 03 : Trek to Ghorepani (Approx:2750M)
Day 04 : Poon Hill (Approx: 3210M) sunrise, trek to Tadapani (Approx:2710M)
Day 05 : Tadapani trek to Chhomrong (Approx:2100M)
Day 06 : Trek to Dovan (Approx:2430M)
Day 07 : Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (Approx:3700M)
Day 08 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)(Approx: 4130M)
Day 09 : Trek to Bamboo (Approx: 2300M)
Day 10 : Trek to Jhinu Danda (Appro: 1700M)
Day 11 : Trek back to Nayapul - drive to Pokhara

Day 01 : Drive to Pokhara

We leave early in the morning from Kathmandu and make our way along river valleys, past terraced fields to Pokhara which takes 6-7 hours drive. 

 

Day 02 : Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga
After breakfast you drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1035m). The drive is around 1 ½ hours by bus (around 46 kms). After the drive you cross the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola river and ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages up from the river valley to Tikhedhunga.

Driving time: approx. 1 ½ hours
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
Heights: Tikhedhunga 1540m

 

Day 03 : Trek to Ghorepani
You have a steep ascent to get you going and then a more gradual uphill walk takes you to your lodge at Ghorepani. You will pass through some delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at these altitudes. If the weather is clear you will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it!
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Heights: Ghorepani 2750m 

 

Day 04 : Poon Hill sunrise, trek to Tadapani
You get up early to hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise; Approx. 1 ½ hour hike; Distance approx. 2 Kms. After breakfast back in Ghorepani you trek onwards to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. If you are lucky you will see some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the trees. There are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare from Tadapani.
Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours to Tadapani
Heights: Poon Hill 3210m, Tadapani 2710m

 

Day 05 : Tadapani trek to Chhomrong
A short distance after Tadapani, the trail veers northwards and comes out into a small clearing before dropping sharply to Chiukle, where there are a few lodges. A maze of small paths leads down through terraced fields to a large suspension bridge over the Kimring Khola. After the bridge, we climb up past a school and along the terraces to the small village of Klisigo Chiukle. After a while we will see a succession of waterfalls. From here the trail climbs a little, continuing along the terraces to join the main Ghandrung - Chomrong route. Chomrong itself is a beautiful village, typically Gurung in style, situated in the lap of the great Annapurna massif. Chomrong has evolved into two separate settlements, new Chomrong at the top (2040m) and old Chomrong below (1950m), the main part of the village. Chomrong is the highest permanent settlement in the valley.
Trekking time: approx. 4 - 5 hours
Heights: Chhomrong 2100m 

 

Day 06 : Trek to Dovan
The trail descends from Chhomrong to cross Chhomrong Khola before climbing steeply through a rhododendron and bamboo forest, up the west bank of the Modi Khola. Immediately after leaving, you reach the small settlement of Khuldi Ghat before another steep descent into the valley. The trial follows the river through another tiny settlement known as Bamboo which has some tea houses and crosses three streams before arriving at Dovan (2430m) and overnight rest.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Dovan 2430m

 

Day 07 : Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700M)
This morning you start a long climb through intermittent bamboo forest. The valley becomes increasingly hemmed in by ever steeper slopes and there are regular streams crossing on the trial. You can also have some rest at Himalaya Hotel (2873m) before climbing to Hinko(3139m), a short path to Deurali(3231m) and on through Bagar to reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp.
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Machhapuchhare Base Camp 3700m 

 

Day 08 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4130M)
This is a short a hike of around two hours following the left hand tributary of the Modi khola to reach the destination of the famous ABC.
Trekking time: approx. 2 hours
Heights: ABC 4130m

 

Day 09 : Trek to Bamboo

We retrace our way, mostly down hill walk for about 7 hrs to reach Bamboo for overnight.

Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Heights: Bamboo 2300m 

 

Day 10 : Trek to Jhinu Danda
Look forward to 5-6 hours up and down hill walk mostly through forest and village to Jhinu Danda.You can even go visit the natural hot spring and relax at hot pool.

Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Jhinu Danda 1700m

 

Day 11 : Trek back to Nayapul drive to Pokhara
We can enjoy a final down hill walk through forest and villages for about 5 hours to Nayapul. From here we drive for about 1 hour back to Pokhara where our trek ends and we can enjoy a shower and relax on this stunning lakeside town enjoying the memories!
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Driving time: approx 1 ½ hours

 

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Visa for Nepal

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.

You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.

1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.

2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.

3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.

4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.


Please Note:
The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate. 


Introduction:

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!

Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you.  Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.


What to bring:

As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round.  You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.


Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:


Check list:


BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     

 
FOOT WEAR

  •  Warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable and warm trekking boots
  • Gaiters ( if snows)


ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle `      boiling/hot water
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)


Note:
These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.


THE TRAILS

Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!


ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.


TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.

Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.


CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT

While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.

There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:

- Pick up any litter along the trail

- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water  Source

- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source

- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests

- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled

- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora

- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)