Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Difficulty circle Moderate
  • Accomodation Hotel/Teahouses/Lodges
  • Transportation Car/hiace/bus and flight
  • Style Trekking
  • Destination Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Trekking
  • Max Elevation: 4130 m
  • Group Size: 1-above
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Annapurna base camp Trek is regarded to be one of the classic trekking in the Annapurna region. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m height, is one of the most popular walks on earth.

 

 

 

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About Trip

Trekking Annapurna Base Camp is a lifetime experience that provides us immaculate sceneries of a region known for its stunning peaks above 6000m on a trip for just 2 weeks. Added to this are the warm welcoming local mountain folks that simply take your heart above their soaring mountains & this is exactly what makes this region a top priority for many trekkers heading to Nepal over the years. The trails wind through colorful villages with unique cultures and eco environments; where we see the locals humming their favorite songs while going about their agriculture chores and we also see cows patched with vermilion on their foreheads while some backpackers swear they’ve seen ‘cows smiling’ with all the pampering they get hereabouts [cows are worshipped in Nepal]. This region has an abundance of rhododendron forests and amazing landscapes that are so beautiful to watch, especially in Nepal’s early autumn & spring seasons. The vistas we observe during the trek leaves us awe-struck.

Commencing from the incredible lake city, Pokhara, our route initially winds through picturesque villages and lush terraced rice fields before hiking up into rhododendron, oak and then bamboo forest. The Annapurna Base Camp is situated at 4130m with some startling peaks of Annapurna 1 at 8091m, Annapurna South at 7219m, Machhapuchhre at 6993m & Hiunchuli at 6441m placed on its lap.

This can also be a family trek with children above 10 years. The wonderful trek ends via Jhinu Danda where we can chill out in the lovely hot springs and give our body a good rest after the tiring hikes, all the while reminiscing on the beautiful memories we enjoyed during the wonderful trip. We can also explore and socialize with the Gurung communities and learn about their unique culture and traditions on our way. Your guide can interpret your conversations.

The teahouse lodges in Annapurna Base Camp are well facilitated and come a long way from what it was. You have the option of sleeping out in luxury mountain lodges and where these lodges are not available on the higher reaches, you bunk out in clean, warm teahouses with some lovely extras like soft pillows and hot water bottles to give you a comfortable night’s sleep on those chilly heights. The region now has updated menus with variety cuisines that include organic Nepalese meals, to pizzas and spaghettis and the famous ‘apple pies’ for dessert; so much tastier than the ones you find in the tourist hub of Thamel.

Trekking Annapurna Base Camp can be done all through the year. However, in winter, the Base Camp is sometimes closed due to heavy snowfall. Overall, this trip is the kind that warms the soul with great chocolate box scenery, marvelous places to explore and a backpack full of memories to take back home and cherish for a lifetime. It really is a lifetime experience that everyone should enjoy at least once in a lifetime on a visit to Nepal for trekking.

Trip Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Trek to fantastic Annapurna Base Camp for close up views of some famous big time peaks
  • We sleep the night out in luxurious Himalayan lodges, and comfortable cosy teahouses higher up the trail with several added delightful services included
  • An epic Himalayan outing through classic high mountain scenery to enter the heart of the Annapurna
  • Whirlwind Heritage tour in Kathmandu and two nights in luxurious 4-5* hotels
  • Rhododendron forest and moderate stone step trail
  • Remarkable hospitality
  • Departures are available from all other UK airports at surcharge
  • Valid for selected flights and dates only
  • Travel regulation protection against insolvency
  • Trips fully protected by ATOL (under agency of Brightsun Travel 3853)

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: : Full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Patan city
  • Day 03: Kathmandu flight to Pokhara
  • Day 04: Pokhara to Nayapul (drive) and to Tikhedhunga (trek)
  • Day 05: Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
  • Day 06: Climb to Poonhill and Tadapani [2590m]
  • Day 07: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong – approx hiking 4 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Chhomrong to Dovan – approx hiking 5 hrs
  • Day 09: Trek Dovan to Deurali
  • Day 10: Trek Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp [ABC – 4130m] – approx 4-5 hrs
  • Day 11: Trek ABC to Bamboo [2510m]
  • Day 12: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu Danda
  • Day 13: Jhinu to Pokhara via Nayapool
  • Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’

Detail Itinerary

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Just Adventure office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities.
The rest of your time is free to move around the neighbourhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world.
After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty b/fast, we proceed for our tour of Basantapur Durbar Square. Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. within this square we will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself; from here we head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the largest in the world) and a major centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).
We next drive down to Swayambhunath {popularly known as Monkey Temple} “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal. Hereabouts we see a cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the simple Nepalese people who live within the country.

We then wrap up our Heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and art that displays scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, this includes the Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples. We return back to our hotel, refresh, and head down to the airport for our short flight to the city of lakes - Pokhara. Breakfast
After breakfast, we hop a thirty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport.
During the flight, the views from your window seat give you mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. We reach our hotel, refresh & get familiar with our surroundings. We can go for a stroll down the Fewa Lake & also do some boating. We could also visit David’s fall and visit the peace stupa. The city of lakes – Pokhara is a wonderful city to explore around. We also have the options to drive down should we choose to. Overnight at your hotel - Breakfast
Drive from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes approximately one and half hours. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. We bunk out overnight at our lodge with all meals inclusive
Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675m.) takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way you can view the Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail peak at (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) south. Stay overnight at our lodge with all meals inclusive
Today is a wonderful day because we get onto Poon Hill - an emblem of Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill at (3200mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with fantastic views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by superb waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for an overnight with all meals inclusive
As we plod upwards along the forested ridge residing in the vicinity of chains of cloud-clustered hills, a grass-covered slope opens up leading to a course descending across a rock-strewn area to the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest river gorge of great bio-geographical significance regarded as demarcating Eastern and Western avifauna. The trail up the Modi Khola passes through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo across Annapurna mountain range. After trekking for 5 hours, we reach Chomrong. From Chomrong we can get outstanding and gripping views of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges at Chomrong which provide accommodation and food…& for dessert its apple pie…we bunk out for the night down here.
Stone stepping through the Chomrong Khola, we continue hiking along steep stone steps. On our trails, we bypass rhododendron-covered ridge paths, mountainous terrains and forests of bamboo. As we savor awe-inspiring views of Annapurna mountain ranges and Machhapuchhare, we gather more energy and enthusiasm to explore further. During our Five-hour walking, we cross Modi Khola, pass through Khuldigar, Bamboo and Dovan and finally reach Himalaya Hotel where we wrap up our trip for the day with all meals inclusive
From Dovan, only a trek of about 4 to 4.5 hours will be enough for us to reach Deurali, but is very risky as snow avalanches and altitude gets a bit nervy for many trekkers. The trail begins following the forest of bamboo and rhododendron to the Hinko cave. The trail then leads us to Deurali at 3200m. We crash out for the night at Deurali with all meals inclusive
As we hike the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, we descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread green terraced fields displaying serene meadows and lush abundant farming land.
As we reach Annapurna South Base Camp, we begin to eyewitness awe-inspiring pictorial landscapes, grandiose panoramic views of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. This dazzling display of sweet nature is something we’ll never forget. After this wonderful experience, we head down to our lodge for some piping hot soup and coffee with all meals inclusive
At the break of dawn, we delight in the awesome sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. After our breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchre Base Camp, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. We will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We further pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight at Bamboo with all meals inclusive
The path descends to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar where the trail turns quite flat until we reach Sinuwa. We then gradually descend to the Chumrong Khola, where we follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chumrong. The last part of the trail goes steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town we walk down for 20 minutes to reach the hot spring where we can take a dip to rejuvenate our weary body by the banks of the Modi Khola. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals inclusive
From Jhinu, after enjoying lifetime experiences of this trip and a hot natural spring water bath, we inspire ourselves further with a drive back to Nayapul. On reaching Nayapul it will be fine to haul up for our lunch and a break. We will have our lunch at Nayapul and then take the short drive to Pokhara. We spend our night at our hotel just by the banks of the exciting Fewa lakes - Pokhara. Breakfast and lunch
After breakfast, we hang around for some time before our flight, and in this spare time we can do some shopping. We then get into our vehicle and head down to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu. On touching Kathmandu, our day is free to do our own things. For suggestions, you can do some valley shopping, or enjoy a thrilling scenic Everest mountain flight, or even mountain biking, there are a whole lot of other activities if you feel like it. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance by the local belles. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at your hotel – Breakfast
After breakfast, our representative and office vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your connecting flight home.
Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Just Adventure Limited will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting our amazing country Nepal. This homely trek in the remarkable Annapurna region will give you lifetime memories of a vacation worth its weight in gold. Adios friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast

Departure Dates

Departures can be made to suit your availability.

A deposit of £100 is payable to secure your place on the trip and the balance will be due in 35 days before the start of the tour. A monthly payment plans can be set up on request. If you book less than 35 days before the start of the trip than the full amount will be due immediately. 

If you need any assistant at any time please call 01252416333

Cost Includes

  • Return economy flight from London Heathrow
  • Arrival and departure transfers by private tourist vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast in 3 star or similar hotels
  • Accommodation during trekking in teahouse/lodge (basic accommodation) with full board (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Pokhara by tourist vehicle as per itinerary
  • Trekking Guide / Porter during the trek (carry only maximum 20 Kg. for 2 people)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance and equipment for trekking staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Area trek Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by flight

 

Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners while in kathmandu
  • Applicable & Airport tax domestic
  • Sightseeing Monument/Temples entrance fees
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Tips for trekking staff
  • Any kind of personal expense / Laundry / Helicopter rescue/ Emergency evacuation
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Our Service Include section

Packing List

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST:

  • Trekking Boots
  • Gaiters (for winter departures)
  • Back Pack 45L-65L
  • Trekking poles
  • Head Torch (spare batteries)
  • Light to mid-weight synthetic top
  • Mid-Weight synthetic bottoms
  • Extra synthetic top lightweight
  • Down jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood or equivalent
  • Gore-Tex pants or equivalent
  • Hiking/Trekking pants
  • Synthetic Liner socks (2-3 pairs) optional
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Wool/pile hat
  • Sunhat, sunglasses
  • Light weight towel
  • Gloves – Waterproof and warm
  • Several pairs of good quality socks
  • T-Shirts - Highly recommended are synthetic t-shirt styles that wick away moisture
  • Thermal Underwear / layers
  • Washing shaving kit
  • Personal first aid kit: Antibiotics-Cipro-for food poisoning/lower body infections, Amoxicillin-for upper body/respiratory infections, Aspirin-helps in acclimatization, Diamox-helps in acclimatization.
  • The weight limit per person is 10kg each. This includes your sleeping bag,down jacket and other warm clothing you pack.
  • Our team of experienced porters are limited to carrying 25kg max on trek. Each porter will carry two travellers packs as well as a small backpack for themselves.

MOST OF THE EQUIPMENTS CAN BE PURCHASED OR HIRED IN KATHMANDU