Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$1187.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Annapurna Region, Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
4,130M
Total Duration:
15 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 1 pax
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is probably the most alluring trekking route of Nepal. Bharal Adventure is reliable trekking agency to take you for the best trekking holiday. Experience the ecstasy of traversing through Lapland of the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) accompanied by diverse cultural traditions, delectable cuisines, lush rhododendron forests, terraced farmlands, mystifying hamlets, serene lakes and tranquil mountains only with Annapurna Base Camp Trek offered to you by Bharal Adventure.

One of the most popular treks on earth, the expedition to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) takes to you a majestic land filled with lush green and red forests, white mountain ranges, diverse Himalayan wildlife and ethnic culture and practices. The trek begins in Pokhara, known readily as ‘Lake City’ given the charisma of seven lakes nestled in this naturally prosperous city. The walking starts from the Nayapool after the 1.5 hrs drive from Pokhara. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek often considered as the worthwhile trekking in Nepal trail as it takes you to the Machhapuchre Base Camp as well.

The view of sunrise and sunset from Poonhill on the way to the base camp is enigmatic and serene. If you don’t have longer holidays then Poon Hill Trekking is one of the best short trekking routes of Nepal. The travelers never feel lonely during this 15 days journey in the company of the constantly changing diverse landscape offering sundry and marvelous sight throughout with musical resonance created by the Himalayan birds, rivers and forests adding to its charisma as they ascends to the glorious mountains and descends into the deep valleys. The natural hot water springs that trekkers can find on the way back near the Jhinu Danda often give trekkers the joy to revitalize the mind and body. The cultural program organized by the Bharal Adventure team on the last day of the trekking will give you the sights of the Nepalese culture. You can enjoy the camaraderie with the trekking crew members upon successful completion of the trekking.

Book the diversified and vibrant trekking in Nepal package of Annapurna Base Camp Trek put forwarded  by the Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. We have specialized team of the trekking crew for the Annapurna region which will make your trip an awesome adventure.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara [910m/2,985 ft]: 6 hrs
  • Day 04: Pokhara – Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhe Dhunga [1,495m/4,905 ft]: 4 hrs
  • Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,348 ft]: 7 hrs
  • Day 06: Hiking -Poonhill [3,180m/10,430 ft], trek to Tadapani [2,500m/8,200 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong [2,020m/6625 ft]: 5 hrs
  • Day 08: Chhomrong – Dovan [2,600m/8,528 ft]: 5 hrs
  • Day 09: Dovan – Deurali [3,200m/10,500 ft]: 4 hrs
  • Day 10: Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp [4,210m/13,810 ft]: 5 hrs
  • Day 11: ABC – Bamboo [2,310m/7,575 ft]: 7 hrs
  • Day 12: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) [1,780m/5,840 ft]: 6 hrs
  • Day 13: Jhinu Danda – Pokhara [910m/2,985 ft]: 5 hours walk and 1 hour drive
  • Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu: 6hrs
  • Day 15: Farewell
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The Trekking Group

For this trek, there will be one leader, 1 assistant leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage  (2 trekkers:1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our experience has led us to believe that a maximum of 12 people is an optimum number to fully enjoy a trip. However, if a traveler is interested in larger groups then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations

We will be staying at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, 3 star hotel in Pokhara and tea-houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 250. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes our Annapurna Base Camp Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trek will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Bharal Adventure's trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Bharal Adventure only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region/s. The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders).

Porter Care

Bharal Adventure is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, Bharal Adventure also provides the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company's expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns

The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Bharal Adventure employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Bharal Adventure, therefore, enforces a number of do's and don'ts. Bharal Adventure's experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment. To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events, Bharal Adventure works with KEEP.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Bharal Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization

All of Bharal Adventure’s treks are planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. We understand that for a safe trek, it is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Bharal Adventure's itineraries are designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers with the ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Bharal Adventure about the medical condition before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

A representative from Bharal Adventure will greet and accompany the guest from the airport to their hotel. The guests are briefly explained about the program they will be participating on.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

One of our guides will accompany the guests for their sightseeing excursion in Kathmandu where they will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, all of them declared as the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara [910m/2,985 ft]: 6 hrs

Soon after breakfast, the group will set off on a long scenic drive to Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. After checking in to the hotel and taking rest, leisure boating on the picturesque Fewa Lake will be arranged for making the evening pleasant.

Day 04: Pokhara – Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhe Dhunga [1,495m/4,905 ft]: 4 hrs

After a quick breakfast, we will take a 42km drive to Naya Pul via Lumle village from where a walk of about 20 minutes will proceed up to Birethanti. From here, the trail traversing through bamboo forests, large waterfall and swimming hole takes us to Ramghai where lunch will be served. After the relaxing lunch, a gradual climb along the trail up on the side of the valley is followed which takes us to Tikhe Dhunga.

Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,348 ft]: 7 hrs

Crossing a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site, we walk from Tikhe Dhunga ascending a steep stone staircase of about 3300 steps to a large Magar village of Ulleri at 2,080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields taking us to a camp site for rest and water stop after an hour’s walk. The trail crosses two sparkling streams before making a short final climb to Nangethati where we will be stopping for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word for “rest house”. From here, we will climb to Ghorepani at 2,850m where we will be welcomed by the picturesque sight of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6,940m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Tarke Kang (7,193m).

Day 06: Hiking -Poonhill [3,180m/10,430 ft], trek to Tadapani [2,500m/8,200 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

We will hike to Poonhill early in the morning to catch the captivating view of sunrise radiant over the Annapurna Himalayan Range. After enjoying the sunrise, we will descend to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast before carrying on our trek to Tadapani.

Day 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong [2,020m/6625 ft]: 5 hrs

A steep downhill descent through the forests takes us to Gurung, a Gurung village named after the ethnic group living there. The trail from here takes us to Chhomrong where we will stay for the night at the finest guesthouse in the place.

Day 08: Chhomrong – Dovan [2,600m/8,528 ft]: 5 hrs

From here, the trail goes down to the Chhomrong Khola from where ascend begin up to Khuldighar at 2,380m which accommodates an ACAP Check Post. Hereby begins the climb towards Dovan where we will be staying for the night.

Day 09: Dovan – Deurali [3,200m/10,500 ft]: 4 hrs

The climb through Bamboo marks the beginning of the day at Dovan from where we surpass Himalayan Hotel as we advance towards Hinko at 3,020m. The accommodation for the night will be made available at Deurali on the ridge above Hinko.

Day 10: Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp [4,210m/13,810 ft]: 5 hrs

Climbing the trail past the base area of the virgin mountain Machhapuchhre (3,700m), we will ascend towards the Annapurna Base Camp. No one is allowed to scale Machhapuchhre which is why it could still be called a virgin mountain. The area in which this magnificent mountain is nestled on is known as Annapurna Sanctuary. The day’s trek could either be ended here or further two hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp could be continued from where the backdrop looks mesmerizing. The night is spent at the base camp.

Day 11: ABC – Bamboo [2,310m/7,575 ft]: 7 hrs

From here, we will be retracing our trail of the day before as we descend down to Bamboo. The trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola on the way to Bamboo where few teahouses and lodges are available for overnight stay.

Day 12: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) [1,780m/5,840 ft]: 6 hrs

Today we will be descending down to Chommrong following the same trail that we took to ascend to ABC. As we pass Khuldighar, we will move towards experimental sheep farm tracing the trail through rhododendron and bamboo forests that descends to Jhinu hot spring where we will relieve all the stress and exhaustion of the journey. The bath at natural hot spring in Jhinu is the best way to beat the anxiety of the expedition.

Day 13: Jhinu Danda – Pokhara [910m/2,985 ft]: 5 hours walk and 1 hour drive

Following the trail along the right side of Modi Khola for five hours from Jhinu, we will arrive at Birethanti. This walk is one of the most relaxing of the entire trek. From here, twenty minutes walk will take us back to Naya Pul from where we drive for an hour to get back to Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu: 6hrs

A scenic drive from Pokhara will bring the team back to Kathmandu where the evening is spend either relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner will be organized to commemorate the closer of the exciting journey.

Day 15: Farewell

A representative from Bharal Adventure will take the guests to the airport approximately three hours before their scheduled flight.

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The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

HANDS

  • Gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops ina private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Pokhara – Nayapul – Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Tourists Bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German speaking trained and experienced local tour guide which one is your necessary and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes 

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Cost and Dates

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Availability Book
10th February, 2018 24th February, 2018 US$1187.00 Limited Book Now
2nd March, 2018 16th March, 2018 US$1187.00 Available Book Now
5th March, 2018 19th March, 2018 US$1187.00 Available Book Now

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I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

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