“Surrounded by Mt. Annapurna South (7219 m), Mt. Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Mt. Hiunchuli (6441 m) ,beneath the scary gigantic rock on the lap of Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m) lie an enclosed glacier snowfield also referred as Annapurna Sanctuary or Annapurna Base camp. Celebrity among all treks in Nepal recommended by World’s popular travel magazines, websites and trekked by millions from across the globe”
Trekking to Annapurna Base camp begins from the steep terraced farmlands one and half hour of drive from the beautiful city of Pokhara quite popular for scenic mountain views, Lakes, Stupas , temples. And ends leading to the most astonishing and dramatic icy landscapes on the earth at an elevation of 4,140m. In-between, trail passes through colorful bamboo and reddish rhododendron forests, amazing waterfalls, scary suspension bridges , cute tea houses (local lodges ) and friendly villages inhabited by diversified ethnics group of locals; offer an ample opportunity to learn about ancient Himalayan lifestyle, religion and culture. Natural hot water springs and stunning sunrise and sunset view from the popular tower Poonhill acts as a refreshment relieving tiredness and fatigue.
As the altitude increases, the settlements of locals get thinner and remoteness of the path intensifies. Steep climbs and downs can be challenging and physical but the reward is worthy. Reaching at a higher altitude, magnificent view of panoramic white Himalayas and glaciers at a touching distance offers a welcome shades taking it to the whole new level of wilderness adventure. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is unquestionably the finest and quickest way to enjoy the beauty of Himalayas, an ideal way to escape from cities and hectic schedules.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02 - Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
At around 7am you’ll leave Kathmandu to reach Pokhara through green valley, Trisuli River along side and scattered villages. It takes 6-7 to reach Pokhara. You check-in at your hotel, freshen up and have lunch. Walking along the Lakeside would be a good idea for the evening. You are advised to get some good sleep to begin trekking next day. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 03 - Pokhara to Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1577m)
We’ll take a bus to reach Nayapul (1050 m), the starting point of this Annapurna trek. After this 2-hours drive, you will walk for about an hour to reach Birethanti, a village of diverse ethnicities. Then you will go uphill to arrive at Tikhedhunga (1,577 m), where you will spend the night at a local teahouse. O/N Lodge(BLD)
Day 04 - Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m)
After breakfast, you begin ascending the terraced path all the way to Ulleri, from where you can see Annapurna South, Machhapucchre and Himchuli peaks. Take a short break and resume the walk to Banthanti, from where the path routes through a thick forest. After having walked for about 7-8 hours, you will reach Ghorepani (2875 m), known to be a major settlement of Pun ethnic people. If the weather is fine, you will be able to a greater part of Annapurna Range from your room and the setting sun paints the scenery leaving an artistic effect on the horizon. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 05 – Visit Poonhill (3200m), Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660m)
Waking early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill along steep trail. This place is famous tocatch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains.Then we return to lodge to take breakfast then resume walking. In an 5-6 hours, arrive at Tadapani (2660 m), your stopover for the day. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 06 - Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300m)
Your next segment, Tadapani to Sinuwa (2660 m-2300 m) will take about 6-7 hours, the first 2 hours being a downhill trek. After you cross a bridge, you will pass a Gurung village and stop at Chhomrung for lunch. Later, you will walk to Sinuwa and spend the night in a local teahouse. O/N Lodge / teahouse (BLD)
Day 07 - Sinuwa to Deurali (3100m)
The total duration of today’s trek will be nearly 7-8 hours and is a bit tougher. The trail goes mostly through forests and on the way passes Bamboo, Dovan and Himalaya Hotel. The final portion of the trek involves some steep uphill climbs as you head to Deurali (3,100 m), where you will stop for the night. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 08 - Deurali to Annapurna BC (4140m) via Machhapuchre BC (3700m)
Today you will trek for about 6 hours, the first stopover being Machhapuchre Base Camp where you will stop for lunch and acclimatization for a few hours. In the afternoon you will walk up to Annapurna Base Camp, see the beautiful sunset and take a walk in the vicinity. You can also explore the nearby glacier. O/N teahouse (BLD)
Day 09 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2460m)
To trek down to Bamboo (2460 m) you will have to walk for about 6-7 hours. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 10 - Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1800m)
From Bamboo, a 5-hour walk will take you to Hot Spring (1800 m) and on your way you will cross the Chhomrung Village, have lunch and walk down to Modi river. A bath in the natural hot water spring will help you release your fatigue and feel relaxed. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 11 - Jhinu Danda to Ghandruk (1950m)
Starting trek at an early hour, you will arrive at Ghandruk (1950 m) in about 7 hours. After having lunch and a short break, you can visit the old Gurung Museum and Monastery. Spend some time with the local Gurungs to learn more about their past and present. It is very likely that you will get to know some of them who have served in the British Gurkha forces. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 12 - Ghandruk to Nyapul to Pokhara
This is the last day of the trek and you will walk all the way to Nayapul via Syaule Bazar, which normally takes about 4-5 hours. From Nayapul, you will be transferred back to Pokhara in 2 hours. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 13 – Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
It takes 7hrs long drive along Trisuli river and various settlements to get back to Kathmandu.
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 14 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal. The passport must be at least 6 months valid from return date. Nepalese visas can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or directly upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport.
You will need two passport photo and following fees
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.