- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 4237 meters
- Throughout the area are the fascinating Gurung people
- The most rewarding trekking experiences
- Discover the incredible beauty of the amazing Annapurna Mountains
- Annapurna Base Camp is surrounded by snowcapped peaks
The Annapurna Sanctuary is a small area brimming with mountains that has been set aside by the Government of Nepal because of its uniqueness.The highest mountain here, Mount Annapurna I, is the 10th highest mountain in the world, rising to an elevation of 8,091 m/26545 ft. It is surrounded by several other snowcapped peaks.
The trek starts out at a sub-tropical level near the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara. As the trek rises in elevation, the flora and fauna significantly change as you make your way to Annapurna Base Camp.
Throughout the area are the fascinating Gurung people. These people were the backbone of the Gurkha soldiers of the British and Indian armies. Their bravery is legendary, yet in their villages, they are some of the most friendly people you’ll ever meet.
We have developed one of the finest treks to Annapurna Base Camp in the industry. Our years of trekking experience make this journey one of the most coveted treks in the Himalayas. Once you have seen the awe-inspiring Annapurna Mountains, you’ll understand why the Annapurna/Pokhara area is everyone’s favorite place to visit again and again.
Day 1: Travel to Pokhara (elev. 827 m/2,713 ft.)
Day 2: Travel to Birethanti, trek to Tikhedhunga (1475m)
Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750 m/9,022 ft.)
Day 4: Trek to Tadapani (2590 m/8,497 ft)
Day 5: Trek to Chhomrong (2170 m/7,119 ft.)
Day 6: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2680 m/8792 ft.)
Day 7: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4237 m/13,901 ft.)
Day 8: Trek to Bamboo Lodge (2310 m/7579 ft.)
Day 9: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780 m/5,840 ft.)
Day 10: Trek to Pothana (1899 m/6,230 ft.)
Day 11: Return to Pokhara
Day 12: Return to Kathmandu
- Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Transportation by taxi/car Pokhara – Birethanti – Pokhara
- 2 nights accommodation in a standard hotel in Pokhara (breakfast included)
- 9 nights accommodation in basic teahouses during trekking
- Meals during trekking: breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee
- Professional English speaking trekking guide
- Trekking porter/s: 1 porter for 2 trekkers
- Equipment: sleeping bags and down jacket
- Trekking permit (TIMS, ACAP entry permit)
- Insurance for Nepali staff (guides and porters)
- Hotel in Kathmandu
- Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
- Hotel accommodation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner during stay Pokhara
- Personal clothing and other equipment
- Personal insurance that covers helicopter rescue evacuation
- Personal expenses such as laundry, hot water for showers, etc.
- Any unseen expenses produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters
- Tips for guide, porters and other staff
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationA TYPICAL TREKKING DAY A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather than any Western time schedule. The day starts with an early wakeup call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning’s walk. The sirdar will already be organized and have assigned loads to porters and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon’s walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savor the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day’s events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal. HEALTH ISSUES We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader. VACCINATIONS REQUIRED Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, we recommend the following : • Poliomyelitis • Typhoid • Tetanus • Rabies • Meningococcal • Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) MALARIA Nepal is listed as a country for which malaria prophylaxis is advised. We will not be visiting any malarial areas on the treks, however you may wish to consult your doctor about the need to take malaria pills. Trekkers who plan to do rafting and jungle excursions are advised to take the necessary medication to protect against malaria. ALTITUDE SICKNESS Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you need to give your body time to acclimatise. If you ascend faster than your body can acclimatise you will start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). A headache being the most common symptom, others are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances. The best way to acclimatise is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common wisdom is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m – If flying in to above this height remember to take extra acclimatisation days (for example flying into Lukla). Once above 3000m, you should sleep no more than around 300m above your last nights altitude, and take a rest day every 3 days (or 1000m). At times it can be difficult to stick exactly to this schedule, as villages aren't always conveniently placed for acclimatising, so you should think of the 300m as an average. During the day it is okay to trek higher as long as you descend to sleep. Remember the mountaineer’s saying "Climb High, Sleep Low". If at any time you get symptoms of AMS you should not climb higher until they are gone. If they persist then you should descend to below the height where they first started. Only start to climb again when they have gone. All of our itineraries allow for a proper acclimatisation schedule, and of course on our private departures you have the freedom to go slower if you are finding it tough - everyone acclimatises at a different rate. Please also consider your guide and porters and watch for signs of AMS in them. They are not immune to AMS. You will find a graph below detailing the acclimatisation schedule. It shows the ideal acclimatisation schedule against suggested itinerary. We always aim to get as close to the ideal as possible taking account of such things as available accommodation and camping spots with water etc. INSURANCE We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist. RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT Footwear: Trekking Boots, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes. Clothing: Down or fibre Jacket, filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, warm cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit. Other Equipment: Sleeping bag (4 seasons), down jacket, daypack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters. Optional: Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.