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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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Annapurna base camp trek highlights

  • Discover Pokhara - a paradise on Earth, A beautiful Fewa lake with a panorama of Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Walking through cultivated fields, Excellent views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail & more.
  • Natural hot spring and nice waterfalls along the trek routes
  • Experience the Gurung and other ethnic groups and thier life styles.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking is known as Annapurna Sanctuary trekking located in the lap of Annapurna Himalayan range. It is a moderate grade nature treks that conducted after an hours scenic drive from phewa lake side Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi. Mt. Annapurna 1st, 8th tallest mountains on earth is one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. The trail takes you through fascinating traditional Gurung ethnic group and their villages who will greet you with warm hospitality. After Phedi trek leads through the dense rhododendron forest with towering snowy peaks in the background. On the way back, trekking is even more interesting as the trek winds around different ridges towards Ghorepani, where you witness breathtaking views of an early morning sunrise where a red halo seeps through glistening gaps over the snow capped peaks of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountains. The sceneries seen throughout this trek grace the landscape of the Himalayas where imagination defines the beauty of nature as an experience that can never be forgotten.

The Annapurna Base Camp trekking will be even more interesting in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers. Annapurna base camp or sanctuary trekking can be done any time through out the year.

If this annapurna base camp trek itinerary is not suitable for you, we design another tailor made itinerary as per your desire and duration of holidays in Nepal. Annapurna base camp trekking / tours can be arranged any time in season as per your requirement, so please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Dhampus Phedi, then trek to Dhampus hill station (1650m).
  • Day 04: Trek from Dhampus hill to Tolka village (1700m), 5hrs
  • Day 05: Trek from Tolka to Jhinu Hot Spring (1780m) 5hrs
  • Day 06: Trek from Jhinu hot spring to Dovan (2600m), 7 hours
  • Day 07: Trek from Dovan to Machhauchhare base camp (3700m), 8 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek from MBC to Annapurna base camp (4130m) and descend to Dovan (2600m), 8 hours
  • Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrung village (2170m), 5 hours
  • Day 10: Trek from Chhomrung to Ghandruk (1990m), 5hrs
  • Day 11: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul then to Pokhara, 6hrs
  • Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Trip finish
  • Day 13: Final departure

Cost Include

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Domestic flight: domestic flight from Kathamndu to Pokhara airfare.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • All land transportation as per written onn above itinerary.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu transfer by Tourist Bus
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Annapurna base camp trek detail itinerary


Day 01 : Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1350 m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02 : Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.

Day 03 : Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Dhampus Phedi. Trek to dhampus hill ( 1650m).

At the morning, we come to pick you up in your hotel then we transfer to domestic airport of kathmandu. Fly to Pokhara which takes about 25 minute but offers an ample opportunity to experience the stunning view of Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Nilgiri, Mount Annapurna family and as well as Mount Manaslu. Then drive to Dhampus Phedi which takes about 1 hour from Pokhara airport. We will start to ascend steeply for an hour and then less steep walk up through the Rhododendron forest with following a stone staircase until reaching on the top of ridge which takes about 1 hour. We continue again another 30 minutes further arrive in Dhampus hill station. We will have our lunch there and afternoon free for resting. From this place, one can experience all the Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre and as well as Dhaulagiri I. Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 04 : Trek from Dhampus Village to Tolka (1700m), 5hrs

In the morning after breakfast, we will gently climb up through the rhododendron and oak forest until reaching Pothana which takes about 1 and half hour. We can see the excellent view of Machhapuchhre. The trail takes another 1 hour climbs through the rhododendron forest to a pass with views of the Mardi Khola far below and the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli to the north, and Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the southeast when we will reach Deurali. Then, we will make a steep descent through the forests into a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola and arrive at Bheri Kharka, a superb of the large Gurung village of Bichok, far below after a 1 hour climbing down. We will make our lunch there and after lunch, we will descend to the head of the valley on the upper trail cross a stream over the suspension bridge. Then we climb gently out of the side canyon on flagstone steps until reaching Tolka which takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 05 : Trek from Tolka to Jhinu Hot Spring (1780m), 6 Hours

In the morning after breakfast, we will descend a long knee-crunching stone staircase to a suspension bridge across the small stream, then climbs through forests to a ridge an easy walk past stream, fields until reaching a Gurung settlement of Landruk village which takes about 1:30 hrs. We can see a second largest Gurung village of Ghandruk high above us on the opposite side of the river. Then, we will leave the village and choose the right trail; walk on the thick jungle trail descends through ferns to fine view of Annapurna South. Crossing the several bridges with lovely waterfall near the Himal pani, we cross again by a long narrow suspension bridge over the Modi Khola until reaching New Bridge. lunch will be serve here. And after lunch, we than continue to steep climbs and then cross over the stream. Then 30 minutes walk ascend bring us to Jhinu hill where the local guest houses are located. There is a natural hot spring with cement bathing pools about 25 minutes downhill. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 06: Trek from hot sparing to Dovan (2600m), 6 hours

After morning breakfast in hot spring, the trail slightly goes uphill to Chhomrung village. ABC or Annapurna base camp trail goes uphill to Chomrong hill station. Chhomrung village at 2210m last permanent settlement in the valley and the trail drops down a set of stone steps to Chhomrung Khola and than uphill to Sinuwa hill top and on through rhododendron forest to Kuldi (2470m). The trek now enters the upper modikhola valley. The section of the trail is a bottleneck and only five lodges located here in Bamboo. In the winter it is very common find snow from this point. From here walking about 1: 15 hours, we reach Dovan village where we stay overnight.

Day 07 : Trek from Dovan to Machhauchhare base camp (3700m), 7 hrs

From Dovan, we walk all the way up to Himalaya hotel and again takes 1 hour at least to reach Hinko (3100m) cave. From Hinko cave to Deurali hill reconize to be one of the most dangerious part because of snow avalance. Deurali offers some nice lodges. At the Machhauchhare base camp isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted and there is decent accommodation available. Some time altitude sickness will start from here to heading uphill to Annapurna base camp.

Day 08: Trek from MBC to Annapurna base camp (4130m) and trek back to Dovan (2600m), 8 hrs

The trail leads you uphill to Annapurna base camp at 4130m and it will take 3 hours and better to do early in the day before clouds roll in. If there is snow trail is difficult to follow. The lodge you can get here very crowded at high of the trekking season. The frozen dawn is best observed from the glacier moraine from your lodge and trek downhill to Dovan via Machhauchhare base camp, Deurali, Himalaya Hotel and arrive Dovan overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrung (2170m), 5 hrs

After breakfast, the trail leads you to Sinuwa passing over the bamboo village which takes about 3 hour walking from Dovan through Rhododendron forest and Himalayan Bamboo? Small tea/coffee or cold drinks breaks in Sinuwa the trail directly goes downhill to Chhomrung Khola, cross Chhomrung Khola and trail directly goes uphill to Chhomrung village with the set of stone steps.

Day 10: Trek from Chhomrung to Ghandruk (1990m), 5:30 hrs

After breakfast, saying good bye to upper modi river valley, the trail leads right direction to Kim rung Khola. First part of the trail take through rural mountain village and directly drops you to Kim rung Khola and trail goes directly uphill to Kim rung hill through rhododendron forest. Short break in Kim rung hill trail slightly turn to beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk village decorated with Buddhist monasteries, Chorten and prayer flag. Celebrate your trekking with Gurung culture and traditions.

Day 11: Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara (900m), 7 hrs

From Ghandruk village the trail leads you downhill for about four hours over the rice terrace to reach Birethanti bazzar. Birethanti Bazzar is very beautiful because of orange farming and as well as domestic honey hunting. Annapurna check post is also located here. Nepali dal bhat with local Fish curry is very popular of Birethanti. Further more walking of around 1 hour we reach Nayapool where our private car is waiting for us. Then we drive to pokhara passing several beautiful scenearies of Annapurnas.
Check in the hotel then if you are interested, we conduct the light sightseeing to discover Pokhara. Davi's Falls, Gupteswore Cave are the most highlighted for that day to visit. You will stay overnight at hotel. In the very next day after breakfast you will return to Kathmandu.

Day 12 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel Kathmandu.

Day 13 : Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!

Best time to Discover

The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are March to May in Spring season and mid September to mid December is in Autumn season.


Experience and Fitness

There are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy trek with Nepali support (guide / porterguide / porter) and teahouse accomodation is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. Longer treks, crossing high passes and into remote regions demand a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks, i.e. summitting a mountain of 5650-6500m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience


Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather information


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.


Question: Do I need experience for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: Annapurna sanctuary trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For this trekking - yes, you need to have experience in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in annapurna base camp trek?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for shower along Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for incase. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.

Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city tours / city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our each porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing

Martin Breunig


Wormser Str. 1268519
Viernheim, NA 68519
Deutschland

I would like to recommend you a wonderful trekking guide. I met Ammar by chance during dinner. He was very reserved and it took a long time until I found out, that he is leading people over the mountains. After eating and talking I decided to hire him as a trekking guide, and it was the right decision. Ammar and I spend twelve fantastic days together. We went to the Annapurna Base Camp and to Poon Hill. Ammar is an excellent, honest and reliable guide. He is independent and well educated as a government guide with license.

He speaks fluently English & German language, so that it was great to listen to him when he was telling me about his various knowledge about Nepal, the culture, the people and especially about the stories of the different places we where passing by.

He always find best places to stay and we had close contact to the local people. His timing and organization of the single day was so good. During the trek he was watching with eagle eyes for my safety. He was so sensitive and careful throughout the day and his smile and humor was a great companion.

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Trip Price: USD 690 Per Person
    1. Trip Duration: 12 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 4190m
    4. Best Time: Oct -May
    5. Trip Mode: Tea House
    6. Group-Size: 2-12 People
    7. Transportaion: Car/Plane/bus
    8. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Trek Hour: 6 Hrs
    10. Cancelation Fees: No Charge

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