Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Explore around Gurung village
  • The lush forest of Rhododendrons and oaks
  • Suspension bridges and rivers
  • Amazing views of Mt. Machhapuchre and Annapurna range

The Refreshing Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic journey in the beautiful Annapurna region. You can enjoy all the best features and aspects of the region in a pleasant manner. The trek begins with a pleasant journey from Kathmandu to the popular lake-side city of Pokhara. Then you traverse through many ethnic villages of Magar and Gurung people. Enjoy the many spectacular sights of the Annapurna Mountains along with the breath-taking scenery. You can also experience the unique traditions of the people. It is really is a grand adventure blended together with natural beauty and cultural riches.

Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing walk through a diverse landscape and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m/13549ft height, is one of the most popular walks on earth.

Moreover, we reach our destination via Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail) which is revered by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. Furthermore, thanks to the well-groomed itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package, it is a popular choice among diverse outdoor enthusiasts, from a solo female traveler to hikers traveling in groups to Nepal.

You can enjoy the sights of prominent mountain peaks like the Machhapuchhre, the Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and the many peaks of the Annapurna while trekking. You can also enjoy the lively ambiance of the Pokhara city. As you continue further with the trek, you can also the tranquillity of the landscape. Rhododendron and alpine woods mark the terrain in green carpets.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek through beautiful villages

Occasional Himalayan Rivers also cut across the land. Moreover, small chortens line the trekking trail like omnipotent reminders of people’s unique traditions. This Trek is as much a naturally rich trek as it is a culturally enlightening one.

This region is geologically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau. Its valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations and cliffs. Behind them stand the Himalayan peaks, awe-strikingly beautiful and snow-topped.

A part of Mustang’s beauty lies in the fact that this region is visited only by the limited number of tourists, which leaves it one of the few places on the planet where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture. Moreover, Mustang is well known among the people not only as a place with unique landscapes that will take your breath away but also for its good cuisine and the production of a tasty apple liqueur.

For the brave trekkers and the ones keen on experimenting, the tasting of the local butter tea is an unforgettable experience and a chance to near oneself to the lifestyle of the local population. Make your way up the Kali Gandaki river’s banks, witnessing the beauty of its unreal blue waters; desert surroundings to the ancient kingdom of Mustang – a place where culture meets nature and forms an eternal bond.


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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Pokhara
  • Max-Altitude 4,210m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 1Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
TREKKING MAP
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

You may arrive at Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, North Nepal representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport. He will take you to the hotel (Near Thamel). He will explain further plans and programs & short brief about the Trek. you may check into your hotel and relax or spend your time as per your preference. Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

We will depart from Kathmandu enjoying a scenic drive to Pokhara by tourist coach, which take approximately 7 hours. The tourist coach stops for breakfast and lunch on the way. On the way to Pokhara, you will get to see cultivated terraced fields, rocky hills, rivers, green valley and typical rustic life of Nepal. Pokhara is popular as a natural paradise will present a stunning view of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri(8,167m), Manaslu(8,163m) & Annapurna(8,091m). Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara by Jeep/Car takes 90 minutes to get to Nayapul and further Jeep ride along the rough and bumpy road to Mokthe another 90 minutes. After that, we will start our trekking following perpendicular descend towards the Kimron Khola. We have an easy walk for an hour; we will then follow the rising terrain once more to reach the Chhomrong village. While ascending, we will walk upon the striking peak of the Annapurna South over the community and the sight of the Fishtail Mountain seen from there is quite captivating. Chhomrong is a striking village embraced by giant Annapurna Himalayas. From Chhomrong, the trail descends until the Chhomrong Khola. Then we will begin a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day at Sinuwa. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Sinuwa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

From Sinuwa, we will proceed to Himalaya. It is about five and a half hours walking distance away. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from where the route goes very steeply down the bank of rocks and levels out. We will then hike through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We pass through some popular places likes; Bamboo and Dovan. Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Himalaya. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today, we will climb on past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp from Himalaya towards the base camp of Annapurna. Above Deurali the valley becomes less steep. After walking some stone staircase we reached highly risk place of an avalanche. As you walk further, more beautiful snow-capped mountains are seen and close. This area is also called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains and is under protection. From here, it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base Camp, which offers spectacular views of the mountains and the natural surroundings of the region. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Annapurna Base Camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

We will follow the same trail down today towards Bamboo. The trail drops by 1,700 meters to the banks of the Modi Khola. Bamboo is situated at an altitude of 2,345 meters, where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Bamboo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Today, we will follow the same trail until Chhomrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar, we will find that there is an experimental sheep farm here. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields until Chhomrong. From the village, the trail then descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in the natural hot spring. Jhinu is said to have natural properties of healing due to the minerals in the naturally sprouting water. It is said to soothe the nerves and aching muscles. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jhinu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwai. (2~3 Hrs walking) from Siwai, drive to Pokhara via Nayapul takes 3 Hours to get to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.

After Breakfast, we will take a Tourist bus or take a flight as per guest request(*Condition apply). to get back to Kathmandu.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Most ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc..
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking sticks  (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Other any transportation except Included in the section.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • International flights.
  • 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).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape,  bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. Then the next day, at early morning we drive for approximately 7 hours to the Pokhara and drive to Mokthe the starting point of our trek.

The package includes accommodations throughout the trek, as well as two night in Pokhara Accommodation during the trek, there are tea houses which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot shower at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blanket and pillows. Some will have an en-suite bathroom but most have shared a bathroom with squat toilet. You will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them Discovery World Trekking have good public relation with local service providers in Annapurna trek; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation. At Pokhara, the accommodation is more luxurious. we stay at hotels with a single room and attached bathrooms, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility. The accommodation for your stay in Kathmandu is also Luxurious.

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. March-May Trekking season begins after March. Trekking in the spring between mid-March and mid-April means that you will get to see the incredible displays of Rhododendrons that flower in the forests around Ghorepani. Temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May.  Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains. June-August It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23?  and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Because of the rainfall  Rhododendron forests around Ghorepani will be rife with leeches .However, the northern sections around the Mustang Region doesn’t get as affected by the monsoon as it lies within a rainshadow area Though the rain may cause some problems .Various plants bloom during this season , the valleys will be green and totally different view than during other seasons.Please note that rain clouds may boack views and mudslides are  common around the entire circuit. September-October This is a favourite among tourists with the most favorable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines bright the skies are clear you get a  superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for daytime trek. you can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach upto 20c in high altitudes,the nights are cold,temperatures may go down around 5c.the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripen in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during this season.this is the busiest period on the Annapurna Circuit and lodges  book up quickly, we recommend booking with Discovery world Trekking as soon as possible for this season. November November is a busy season, the clearest month, with the crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions, the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights. December-February The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February, climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures to get extremely cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. At over 5,000 metres, Thorung La Pass is often deluged with snow and will close for days on end when this happens. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. With snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time.it may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem. Do keep in mind that late February- early March is also the period in the Annapurna Region when avalanches are most common. Please Note: Weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get a free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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