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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration 11 days
Max-Altitude 4130m/13546ft
Transportation Flight/private car
Grade Moderate
Accommodation 3 * Category hotel in kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouse During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Best Season March - May, September - November
Group Size Any

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is the most legendary and classical trek in the world. This trek offers a stunning Mountain View and allows experiencing the typical Nepali village, local people, and their way of traditional lifestyle in the Himalayas of Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is an unforgettable walk through diverse landscapes and cultures. Rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages, and a wide variety of flora and fauna fill this trek. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is also the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna Base Camp package is a famous choice for solo travelers as well as adventure enthusiasts all around the world.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival(1,300m/4,264 ft), transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing(4 – 6hr)

Day 03: Flight to Pokhara(823m/2,700ft)Drive from Pokhara to jhinu 3hr and trek to Sinuwa(2340 m)4 – 5hr

Day 04: Trek from Sinuwa(2340 m/7,677 ft) to Himalayan (2920m)5 – 7 hrs

Day 05: Himalayan to Annapurna base camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m)5-7 hrs

Day 06: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2319m) 5 – 7 hours

Day 07: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Day 08: Jhinu Danda to Tolkha Via Landruk (5 -7 hours)

Day 09: Trek to Naudanda Phedi then drive to Pokhara, a 3-5 hours trek, a 20min drive

Day 10: Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu(30 min)

Day 11: Departure Day

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our representative will welcome you after you arrive in Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel. Stay overnight at your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing (4-6hr)

You will visit the major world heritage sites and beautiful attractions around the valley throughout today. Some of these might be:-

  • Durbar Squares Three durbar squares in the valley representing the major cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur (Patan) here resemble the rich history, art, and culture of the Kathmandu Valley. Among them, you will visit Patan Durbar Square.
  • Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is a fascinating combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards, and graceful pagoda temples. The Krishna Mandir (Temple) from the 17th century is a major attraction. The Patan museum contains bronze statues and other religious objects which has great significance. Durbar Square has both religious and cultural importance and the surroundings are artistically beautiful.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples in Asia with over 500 small and big shrines, Lingams, and temples in the temple complex.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: The largest stupa and center of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu valley. One of the best places to relax and take a hint of Buddhist culture is in Kathmandu. After the Sightseeing, we will drive you back to the hotel.
  • Swayambhunath Temple: Also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’, this is one of the oldest heritage sites in Nepal. From the top viewpoint, you will have an amazing view of the capital city “Kathmandu”.

 

Day 03: Flight to Pokhara – Drive from Pokhara to jhinu for 3 hours and trek to Sinuwa(2340 m/7,677 ft) 

After an exciting scenic flight to Pokhara, you will rest and have your breakfast in a hotel. We will drive for about 2 hours by taxi/bus/jeep to reach Siwai. We will hike to Jhinu Danda to reach sinuwa from there via Chhomrong . which is a beautiful Gurung village having its own culture, tradition, and lifestyle. We will cross one of the longest suspension bridges of this trek before reaching Jhinu Danda. The stunning vistas of Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail and terrains upon arriving at Chhomrong. Spend a night there at a teahouse.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 04: Trek from Sinuwa(2340 m/7,677 ft) to Himalayan (2920m) 5 – 7 hrs

We will wake up with beautiful vistas of the White Mountain from our lodge in perfect weather or else enjoy the morning with a delicious breakfast and a cup of tea/coffee. We will climb on stone steps for an hour to reach Sinwa Danda after crossing the suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola. Enjoying and walking through the forests of bamboo, and rhododendron, we will ascent to Dovan and then another ascent to reach our destination Himalayas. Stay overnight at the teahouse.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 05: Trek from Himalayan to Annapurna base camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m) 5 – 7 hrs

We will reach our destination Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) today after having our breakfast. Our journey will be exciting as our 4-6 hour trek on the off-beat trail to the MBC by climbing small hills from Deurali. The stunning views of majestic mountains en route from MBC to reach Annapurna Base Camp are magical. Upon reaching ABC after a 2-hour trek from MBC, the panoramic views of Annapurna and other surrounding peaks are truly photogenic and breathtaking. Spend a night there.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 06: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m) 5 – 7 hours

From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya, and Dovan, and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it is easy.

Stay overnight in Bamboo. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 07: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Today we will trek to Jhinu Danda from Bamboo. We will stop for lunch at Chhomrong. We will descend to reach Jhinu Danda after stepping on stones and crossing Chhomrong through Modi Khola Valley. Enjoy walking through rainforests and farms before reaching Jhinu. Stay overnight at Jhinu Danda.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 08: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Tolkha (1400mtr) Via Landruk (5 -7 hours)

We will start our trek to Tolkha village via Landruk after our breakfast. You will feel in love with the stunning views of mountains, cultivated farms, and the culture and tradition of the people living there. Spend a night there and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 09: Trek to Naudanda Phedi then drive to Pokhara (3 – 5 hr Trek, 20min Drive)

We will bid farewell to Tolkha village, enjoy the magnificent views, and trek forward to Naudanda Phedi. We will drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 10: Flight back to Kathmandu

You will take a short flight from Pokhara. You will be transferred to the hotel after you arrive in Kathmandu. Rest and relax at your hotel in Thamel. Explore the local market or buy souvenir goods. Enjoy the nightlife in Thamel.

Included Meal: Breakfast

 

Day 11: Departure Day  

You will be departed to the Tribhuvan International Airport by our driver. We hope you had a great time here trekking and making some good memories. We believe you will visit here again.

Included Meal: Breakfast

Price Included

  • Pick-ups and drops from Airport.
  • 3-star Category hotels Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast.
  • Teahouses/Lodge Accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch,  and Dinner during the trek.
  • Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • Trekking starting and ending  point  Private Transport
  • Farewell dinner at the end of Trek.
  • Bothway Flight (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu)
  • An experienced English-speaking Trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment,  food, and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Entrance Fee and Tour Guide for Sightseeing
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the Trekking(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, Hot and Cold Drinks, Tea, Coffee, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Hot shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Features of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Popular  trek
  • First Summited Mountain
  • Renowned as ‘Photographer’s Paradise’
  • Charming ethnic villages, local people, culture, and lifestyle
  • Sunrise view and Breathtaking snow-capped peaks
  • Awesome views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges

Accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lodges or teahouses with basic facilities such as beds, blankets, and pillows are accommodation types during the Annapurna Base Camp  Trek. The availability of attached bathrooms is there in the lower regions only.  As you go higher, the bathrooms are outside the teahouses. The additional facilities like using Wi-Fi, charging electronic devices, laundry, hot shower, etc. Need to pay an extra.

Meals during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The 3-course full-board meals are provided during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Meal options are limited. Dal-Bhat is the primary option with some options like soup, eggs, noodles, hot tea, etc. available.

Drinking Water during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

No mineral are allowed from Chommrong there will be Bottled water, Tap water, and boiled water are drinking water options during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Pay an extra cost for boiled water at teahouses or lodges or buy bottled water as a preference. For safe drinking water, carry water purification kits and a water bottle for ease.

Internet and Phone Networks during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Internet and Phone networks during the Annapurna Base Camp Treks are stable mostly in the lower regions. In the higher regions, networks are unstable. For the use of Wi-Fi, pay an additional cost at teahouses.

Best Season for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit with Nar Phu Trek. The clear weather, stable temperatures, awesome panoramic vistas, and comfortable trekking trails make these seasons ideal for this trek. The rainy (Jun-Aug) and winter (Dec-Feb) seasons are not ideal due to unpredictable and unstable weather and temperature. The trekking trails are slippery, muddy, or snowy, and the availability of accommodations is limited. But the Nar Phu trek is doable in these seasons with proper planning and preparation.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The highest elevation during Annapurna Circuit with Nar Phu Trek is Kang La Pass which lies at 5322 m. Annapurna Circuit with Nar Phu Trek is difficult considering its ascends and descends, high elevations, daily long hours of walking, rough trails, and limited availability of teahouses or lodges. Also, the chances of getting altitude sickness are common. Thus, acclimatization rest is essential. With proper preparation, this trek is possible.

Altitude Sickness and Preventions during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Altitude Sickness is common in the Annapurna Base Camp  Trek. To prevent it, acclimatization rest is essential. Thus, utilize rest days properly to adapt to the surroundings.

Symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, nausea, and breathing issues. Inform your guides if you experience any symptoms during the trek.

Preventive measures for Altitude Sickness are:

  • Stretch and warm up before trekking.
  • Stay hydrated with regular water intake.
  • Ascend gradually and rest well.
  • Avoid salt, alcohol, and smoking.
  • Urinate frequently.
  • Descend if feeling unwell.
  • Consult guides for medicine

Fitness Level during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is demanding due to its challenging terrain, daily long hours of walking, high elevations, several ups and downs, and rugged trails. Thus, a strong fitness level is a key factor for this trek. Therefore, we recommend trekkers participate in physical exercises and short hikes for a few months, and necessary physical check-ups before commencing this trek.

Travel Insurance during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Travel Insurance is a safety tool for trekking in the mountains. It should cover all emergencies including medical costs, loss of goods, flight delays, evacuation, and high elevations above 5000 m. For a worry-free and smooth Annapurna base Camp Trek, getting travel insurance is beneficial.

Guides and Porters during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp  Trek compulsory requires a guide. Porters are optional but for a comfortable trekking experience hiring a porter is the ideal decision. Our guides and porters are professional and have lots of experience in the mountains. Our team ensures trekkers’ safety as it is the top priority.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permits

The required permits for Annapurna Base Camp Treks are as follows:

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

USD 30/person (Foreigners)
NPR 1000/person (SAARC)

This equipment list is only a guideline. You need to bring the listed items, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise.  You can also shop the below equipment and clothing at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or synthetic hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other Essential 

  • Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and, batteries)

Fitness Level: This Trip Requires you to be in Good Health with Physically Fitness. Skills: Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

  1. What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me? Annapurna base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, and hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
  2. Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I Have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation? Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and a 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.
  3. Will somebody come to pick me up from the airport upon my arrival? Yes, our airport representative from Himalayan sanctuary adventure will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying your name outside the arrival terminal then you will be transferred to your hotel overnight.
  4. What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking ? We use standard rooms at 2-star Category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We recommend you have sleeping bags, it is a good idea to always have your sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire.
  5. Are the guesthouses heated? The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have the facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.
  6. Where do we go to the toilet along the trail? Wherever possible we utilize the toilet facilities provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail. However, in case of emergency trekkers are recommended to find a private, scenic spot!
  7. What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse? Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however tea houses at higher elevations you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or a few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside.
  8. What is the best season for this trekking? Our trekking season extends from mid-September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, and cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, and December is the best time to do Annapurna base camp Trek.
  9. Is the food in the mountain prepared to international standards in terms of safety? Yes, the food is very safe during the trekking but we recommend you eat vegetarian and local food.
  10. Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available? Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 at higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.
  11. Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost? Normally the lodges have twin-sharing and dormitory-styled rooms. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when available. In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountains especially during the peak time.
  12. What immunizations will I need? No vaccinations are compulsory in the Himalayas, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus. We also recommend: · A dental check-up before traveling. That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
  13. What if I am very sick in the mountain? Our guides are 24 hours available for services during the trek. They are trained to use the first aid kit and have the knowledge to use Oximeter. They are very much aware that the higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or need extra precautions to continue. Guides carry local sim cards both for Nepal Telecom and Ncell to update the whereabouts and the situation of every client.
  14. Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport? Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, a Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.
  15. How much additional money do I need per day? It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and dinner. USD 20 to USD 30 per person a day will be enough to buy meals, bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.
  16. Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking? In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency to local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.
  17. What mode of transportation do you use? We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours, and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibusses, vans, and tourist buses to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara.
  18. Is water provided and is there water for drink available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 to USD 3  per litter. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.
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