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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek to world’s 10th highest mountain’s base provides you unexpected moments of your life, exploring the marvelous views of many stunning mountains like: Annapurna South (7219m\23684ft.), Annapurna III (7555m\24786ft.), Gangapurna (7454m\24457ft.) and Machhapuchhre (6993m\22942ft.) and amazing wild lifelike: leopards, musk deer, spotted deer, pikas etc. in beautiful pine and bamboo forest. Trek offers you a great chance to explore Mongolian culture like: Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Tamang etc of this region along with their distinct traditions, living styles, customs, languages and rituals. Trekking in Annapurna region is the best combination of natural and historical contents as during trekking you can observe many beautiful lakes and amazing caves as well.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek  “ABC” Trek 4130 meters (13541 feet) height trekking magnificent and famous trek in the world. ABC is 10 to 14 days package program to worlds’ 10th highest mountain’s base with the opportunity to surround oneself with major Himalayan peaks without having to contend with extreme altitudes. Enjoy the amazing landscapes unique culture of Gurung, Magar, Thakali villages and different flora and Fauna with spectacular mountain views are the main attraction of the trail. The trail goes northwest from Pokhara and along the Modi Khola directly north right into a natural amphitheater of high mountains with 360-degree views of Annapurna South (7219m 23684 ft) Annapurna II (7937 m 26040 ft) 23684 ft, Annapurna III (7555m 24787ft), Gangapurna (7455m, 247457 ft) and Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) (6993m 22943 ft).

However, within a short duration, this trek provides an interesting variety of climates, vegetation, and terrain – from lowland subtropical villages growing rice to alpine vegetation closer to the pass and into the sanctuary where access could be difficult in mid-winter because of snow. Those panoramic views of beautiful mountain attract the traveler from all other the world. The lodges in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali “Dal Bhat” (rice with lentils) to pizza and Chau-Min. Hot showers are readily available as well. If you are planning to trek in the winter months please consult with travel agencies to confirm which lodges are open. Between Himalayan Hotel and Machhapuchhre Base Camp, there is a risk of avalanches so make sure you have the latest information on trail conditions before setting off or hire a knowledgeable guide. We will customize trip plan as your time and budget. So please for the group you will have a special price.

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you to hotel for the further briefing about the upcoming trip. In the evening, a small meeting shall be held to discuss and prepare for the trek. And after meeting you can roam around Thamel to get familiar with environment and location.

Day 2
Day 02: Drive form Kathmandu to Pokhara and Nayapul (2 hrs) - trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) or Ulleri (1940m) 4-5 hrs

Early morning we will drive to Pokhara and again we take a jeep to Tikhedunga enjoy the scenic views with mountain vistas with beautiful countryside. After reaching Pokhara, we drive about 2 hour and reach either Tikhedhunga . We trail along the Modi River and Burungdi River to reach Tikhedhunga – a small charming village full of lodges. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 3
Day 03: Tikhedhunga (1570m) - Ghorepani (2750m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we initiate our trip to Ulleri & Banthati village to continue our trek to Ghorepani. Trekking around 2 hrs leads to Ulleri (after stepping around 3000 stone steps) and from there we take the trail that climbs gradually to Ghorepani through the forest. Along the way we get to see breathtaking views of Machhapuchre (6997m), Hiuchuli (6441m) and grand Annapurna (7219m). Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 4
Day 04: Ghorepani (2750m) - Poon Hill (3210m) - Tadapani (2650m) 6 hrs

Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill and enjoy amazing sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other mountain giants and then return back. For the rest of the day, we trek through the forest of rhododendron (mostly in spring) ultimately reaching Tadapani. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 5
Day 05: Tadapani (2650m) - Chomrong (2170m)- 5 hrs

We can see the beautiful view of Annapurna South and Fishtail Mountain. From here we climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at Ghurjung River. Climb gradually along the mountainside to Chhomrong which is perched high up on the mountain ridge. It is a large Gurung village at the corridor of Annapurna Sanctuary. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 6
Day 06: Chomrong (2170m) - Dovan (2600m) 6-7 hrs

We trek down to Chhomrong Khola (river) and climb up to Sinwa. From here we enter into the steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at the little hamlet of 'Bamboo' and then climb gradually to Dovan (2,400m). Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 7
Day 07: Dovan (2600m) - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 7-8 hrs

Initiating our trek through the intermittent bamboo forest, the valley is very edgy with steep slopes and many travelers witness periodic avalanches here. You take rest in Hotel Himalaya (2873m) and again start trek through Bagar to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 8
Day 08: Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) - Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 3 hrs (1/2 day hike to glacier at higher elevation optional)

Observing the best landscape from the nicest spot, we enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhre (6997m.). We start trekking through alpine meadows and after a while, our trail goes gently up. Trekking short distance from there, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp at (4170m.). Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 9
Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) - Bamboo (2310m) 7-8 hrs

After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurna’s, we head down slowly to Bamboo. The first part of the trail might be steep and slippery but trail begins to get better after some time. Bamboo is a clean settlement on the bank of the river. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 10
Day 10: Bamboo (2310m) - Jhinu Danda (1780m) via Chomrong; visit hot springs 7 hrs

We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steeply on the stone steps down to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half an hour to natural hot spring pool on the Shore of Modi River. Enjoy the natural hot spring. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 11
We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steeply on the stone steps down to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half an hour to natural hot spring pool on the Shore of Modi River. Enjoy the natural hot spring.

Once we have breakfast in Jhinu, we set up our trek to Nayapul. The trek passes by the bank of the river and the trail is until Birethati. From there we trek about half an hour to Nayapul and be escorted to Pokhara (city life). Pokhara is the city of lakes with many adventures to choose from. Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 12
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu Drive

Pokhara to Kathmandu drive takes around 5/7 hours. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. After your arrival in Kathmandu, in the evening, you are treated to a special cultural dinner program as a complimentary commencement of Sunrise Adventure Trek. Meals included – Breakfast, and Dinner and finally overnight stay hotel

Day 13
Day 13: Farewell/Departure

After the victorious ending of our trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home! Meals included – Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick up and departure
  • All transportation two flight ticket -fly Kathmandu to Lukla & Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu ,A/C car, tourist deluxe bus during trips
  • Three star category hotel in the city in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & standard trekking lodge during trekking
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Whole accommodations during trips
  • Some necessary equivalents as we can provide
  • Full meals during trekking as mention in the itinerary (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner )
  • First aid medicine item
  • Trekking permit & TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Necessary staff, guide & porters their salary, accommodation, meals and their insurance, two professional guide (for two guest one Sherpa porters to carry baggage)
  • One especial cultural show and farewell dinner program
  • Our government tax official expenses

Cost Excludes

  • All your personal expenses any types of drinks
  • Tour entrance fee in the city, your extra meals in the Kathmandu, bar bills etc,
  • Clients international air ticket
  • Clients travel insurance & tips for the trekking crew

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Everest region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Annapurna sanctuary trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however, our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Annapurna base camp. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide traveling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the traveling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during Annapurna base camp trekking. They can enjoy the wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel/lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, the set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges/hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physical fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly especially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Annapurna base camp trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers to need to give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason, you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T-shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long lightweight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants/nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat/woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge of culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek an enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porter's rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, footwear, and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If a needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of the severing condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (mid-Sept. – mid-Dec.). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against the blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February. Annapurna base camp trekking can be done even during the monsoon season but not recommended. There a few avalanches prone area in this trekking route which makes it dangerous for trekking in the winter season.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Annapurna Base Camp and how can we prepare?

    Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is very challenging and life changing experience can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. As altitude is one of the main reasons of sickness, people with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs will not be appropriate for such trekking. It’s not just like a walk around the park; there are numerous ups and downs during trekking. So, you should be well prepared for trekking.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Annapurna Base Camp trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Annapurna Base Camp trek?

    Trek to Everest Base Camp with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are a solo traveler, you have a private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from the hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking , Hiking, Sightseeing, Nature and Culture
  • Nepal
  • 4130m / 13550ft
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Moderate to Difficult
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 4-6 Hours each day
  • March – May, Mid Sept. – December
  • Flight, Bus, Tourist & private vehicle
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best medium range treks starting from 800m. altitude to over 4000m. within a short span of time. A magnificent journey to renowned Annapurna base camp well known as nature amphitheatre along with unparallel views of snow capped mountains.