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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Nepal Eco Adventure - 12 days

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

Overview

> Annapurna sanctuary
> Panoramic views on the mountains peaks
> Beautiful villages and farmland at Ghandrunk
> Natural hot springs at Jhinudanda

During this incredible expedition, you’ll be able to see thirteen peaks above 8000m. To add to that, you will see another sixteen peaks above 7000m. The majestic views of Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Hiunchuli (6,641m), and Annapurna make this trek extremely gratifying. Mounting up through the Modi Khola valley towards the Annapurna conservation area, we are driven and inspired by the views of soaring summits and extremely tall rocky walls with waterfalls roaring down into the dwindling river below. As the valley broadens, we rise to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m) on the glacial deposit of Annapurna South Glacier.

The sturdy hike up to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) divulges the full grandeur of the fastest growing mountains of the world! On reaching our destination, we will be overwhelmed by the grand mountains guarding in all directions. We will walk along an altered trail to our destination and relish the views of Annapurna I from a different angle. There will be a short diversion up to the beautiful Poonhill (3,210m) before exiting the Annapurna Conservation Area, which will offer us a chance to view the absolutely regal Himalayan peak Dhaulagiri (8,167m). This is the absolute classic ABC Trek. What are you waiting for?

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Travel to Pokhara –  7 hours

Early morning after breakfast, we will travel to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. The scenic bus ride will be around 6-7 hours long. We can see the western Himalayas on our way. A beautiful but tiring bus ride to the beautiful valley of Pokhara, our gateway to the mountains. We can explore this beautiful lake city in the night or go for boating in the grand Phewa Lake. We will spend the night at the hotel in Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 02 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile (1430m)

After breakfast at our hotel in Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapul to start the actual trek. Driving from Pokhara to Nayapul takes around 1.5 hours. We will hike to Hile from there the view of beautiful villages, hills and mountains will be gratifying and refreshing. Hike to Hile will take around 3 hours. We will walk around the bank of the Modi Khola. Upon reaching Modi Khola, we hike around the village. We will have dinner and spend the night at a local teahouse.

Accommodation: teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 03 – Trek to Ghorepani (2.840m)

After breakfast, early morning we will hike to reach Ghorepani. We will hike through Tikhedhunga (1,577m) and Ulleri (2,070m). At Ulleri, you will be able to witness the exquisite culture of the Magar people. We will walk through the beautiful oak and rhododendron forests to reach the small village called Banthanti (2,250m). After walking for a few hours uphill from there, we reach picturesque Ghorepani (2,840m) where we will spend the night at a tea-house.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

Very early in the morning, we will hike to reach the beautiful Poonhill (3,210m). Poonhill is famous for being the best viewpoint of the grand Annapurna region. The sunrise from here is truly magical. The view of sunlight pouring into the panoramic mountains such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri truly is heaven on earth. After spending an hour or two at Poonhill, we will hike down to Ghorepani. After a nourishing breakfast there, we will continue our climb along the ridges through pine and rhododendron forests. It will bring us to Deurali (2,690m). A short incline from there will bring us to our destination for today, Tadapani (2,610m). We will spend the night in a teahouse after dinner.

Accommodation: teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

The trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,340m) will take around 6-7 hours. Walking down the beautiful rhododendron forests, we will reach a traditional Gurung village. Here, you will be able to see the lifestyle and culture of the Gurungs. From here, the trail becomes relatively easy. Then we will continue our trek to Chhomrung (2,140m). After having lunch we continue hiking to Sinuwa for a night stop. We will spend the night at a local teahouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 06 – Trek to the Himalayan hotel (2.900m) – 6 hours

In the morning, we will continue our trek to our next destination, the beautiful settlement of Himalayan Hotel. It will take us around 5-6 hours to reach there. Our trail first drops down the river Chhomrung Khola and then elevates through Khuldighar. Here, in the past, there used to be the Annapurna Conservation Area Check Post. We will walk through the forest for a while and then follow the trail steeply downhill towards the bottom of the gorge, to Dovan. Then another 1.5 walking to Himalaya hotel (2900m) through the lush green forest. We will be staying at a local guesthouse for the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 07 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4.130m) – 6 hours

After breakfast, we will start trekking to our final destination Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). After a short break and Lunch at Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), we will continue our trek to reach the camp (4,131m). It will take a total of five to six hours to reach our destination. We will walk along the Machhapuchhre Base Camp to reach there. Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, this place is guarded by mountains in all directions. Annapurna Base Camp is a two-hour walk from there. Upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp, you will be granted a truly overwhelming view of the Himalayas. After witnessing a superb sunset in the Himalayas, we will spend the night at a local guesthouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 08 –  Trek to Bamboo (2.345m) – 6 hours

After spending some unforgettable hours in the mountains, we will hike down to beautiful Bamboo. This is a walk of about 6 hours. We will return following the same trail. Our trail descends around 1,700m along the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m. Upon reaching Bamboo, we can go for a short exploration of the place. We will again spend the night in a local teahouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

In the morning we will hike to reach Jhinu Danda. We will make a steep ascent to Kuldi Ghar. From there to Sinuwa, and following the stone steps to Lower Chomrong. Then we will climb up a thousand stone steps to reach Upper Chhomrong. Then, we will descend over the steep trail leading to Jhinu Danda. You can enjoy yourself in the natural hot springs 20 minutes away from Jhinu Danda.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 10 – Trek to Pothana (1990m) – 6 hours

Pothana lies at an altitude of 2,100m. Pothana boasts views of spellbinding mountains and hills. It will take us around 6 hours to reach this scenic village of Pothana. Upon reaching Pothana we can go for a short exploration. We can explore the traditional villages or watch the sunset in the mountains. We will spend the night at a local guesthouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 11 Descent to Phedi (1.500m) and back to Pokhara.

Today we hike down to Phedi. Phedi lies at an altitude of around 1,500m on average. We will now leave the snow-capped mountains in the background as we hike down to Phedi. After reaching our destination, we will take a short refreshing break and drive back to Pokhara. Here we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse

  • Day 12 – Drive back to Kathmandu – 7 hours

After breakfast, we will travel back to the capital via the Prithvi Highway. Once again the scenic bus ride will keep you refreshed throughout the journey. On reaching Kathmandu, you can enjoy roaming around this vibrant city and buy gifts and souvenirs to take back home.

Food: Breakfast

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking companies able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in 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.

√ 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 trekkers. 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 pull 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.

√ Cap, T-Shirt & Roadmap
We also have a cap, t-shirt, and a roadmap for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

√ Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People
If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

√ 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

Accomodation

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 extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

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

Nepal Eco Adventure

Nepal Eco Adventure

Nepal Eco Adventure has office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s most touristic city. Nepal Eco Adventure makes everything possible for its customer satisfaction. Nepal Eco Adventure is a team of experts with the greatest possible amount of experience.

Nepal Eco Adventure serves its customers by offering various attractions in Nepal and thus also provides them with more information about Nepal and its culture. Our manager is also a trekking guide in Nepal, so the whole company exudes the culture of trekking.

We build on experience and invaluable local expertise in the Nepalese Himalayas. Our thorough knowledge of trekking, experienced hikers and tour guides, the ties with TAAN, Nepal Tourism Board, RastraBank Nepal and Company Registration Centre Nepal are the most important points that make your trip perfect, safe and enjoyable.

Review

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Salpratchelt, United Kingdom, 27.01.2018

“We originally chose Nepal Eco Adventure from the great reviews on Trip Advisor but then also had a personal recommendation from a friend. We were VERY happy with our choice as Chhatra was as responsive and communicative as we could have possibly hoped and also very flexible when we wanted to change our plans at the end to go to Chitwan directly from Pokhara. We’d also been recommended a guide Phinju and were delighted when he was available to take us on our amazing trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Phinju was so great, he made it really good fun and we felt totally safe and well looked after the whole time. Our two lovely, strong porters Sila and Lakpu were always so cheerful (despite their heavy loads!) that we felt we had a fantastic team supporting us and were able to enjoy the magnificent scenery at our own pace. Thank you so much!!!”

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 vsiting 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 health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

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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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