Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal

  Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

This is a very accessible trek leading you from the beautiful lush green terraces of the Pokhara valley, through some really charming village communities up to Poon Hill which offers exceptional views of the Kali Ghandaki Gorge and Dhaulagiri, you will drop into the pretty valleys home to many Gurung villages before climbing up to one of the most dramatic 360 panoramas around.

The Base Camp, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary is a moderate level trek meaning it is failry strenuous, a relative level of fitness is required. The tea house accommodation is of a relatively high standard. Each day is well planned allowing sufficient acclimatisation and a chance for you to enjoy the dramatic scenery as it unfolds.

Duration: 15 days
Trekking: Teahouse / Lodge
Max. Altitude: 4130m
Accommodations: 3nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara & 9 nights in trekking lodges
Cost Per Person:USD $799

Day1 : Kathmandu arrival (1300m) .Overnight in Hotel 
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days.  We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.

Day 02  Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people.  In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Durbar Square: –This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.
Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock,
this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (960m / 6hrs or ½ hr) .Overnight in Hotel B
Drive or fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is situated on the side of Lake Fewa, it is a beautiful area with Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchhare) rising not far behind within the Annapurna range.  Only 200km from Kathmandu it can take 6/8 hours by road depending on the season

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri(2070m)Overnight in Trekking Lodge BLD
After breakfast, fly to Pokhara & continue drive to Birethanti & begin your trek to Ulleri(2070m) which takes about five  and half hours. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. Then you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.)

Day 05: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2750m): 4-5 hrs trek. Overnight in Trekking Lodge  s BLD
We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. This day we begin our trek ascending to Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) South. Now your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop.

Day 06: Hiking to Poon Hill (3200m) & trek to Tadapani(2700m).Overnight in Trekking Lodges BLD
Today is a special day because we conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and having some coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani .

Day 07:  Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges BLD

Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley.  The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We pass the village of Chhomrong which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. From Chhomrong the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola then trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day – Sinuwa. 5:30 hours. Overnight.

Day 08:  Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges BLD

We proceed to Kuldi Ghar about 2 ½ to 3 hrs walking. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We pass by the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to Himalaya hotel at the campsite where we will overnight. 5:30 hours.

Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4090m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges BLD

Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular views. 5 hours. Overnight.

Day 10:Annapurna Base Camp –Dovan (2630 m). Overni  ght in Trekking Lodges BLD
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) which takes about five hours. It’s much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan.

Day 11 :Dovan –Chhomrong (2040m). Overnight in Trekking Lodges BLD
Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong (2040 m.) and it takes about four hours.The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong.

Day 12:          Chhomrung –Ghandruk(1940 m). Overnight in Trekking Lodges BLD
Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk (1940m.) which takes almost four hours. The trail stretches at flat level for early an hour passing through rhododendron forests, terraces and green scenarios. At this point, you have to go gradually down till Kimrung Khola ( Kimrung stream). Now the trail keeps on ascending steeply before you reach Kimrung Hill. Here the path goes gently descent all the way to Ghandruk village. This part is full of  green scenarios, streams, terraces and so on. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum.

Day 13: Ghandruk  to Nyapool & Drive to Pokhara . Overnight  in hotel
Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti which takes abour 4 hours.You begin your trail following gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces upto Seuli Bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. En route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Birethanti is a small town with few lodges, shops and human settlements. Now you walk for almost twenty minutes through flat path upto Nayapul (New Bridge).  From Nayapul you will take 1 & half hr drive to Pokhara

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel  BD
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu .While driving to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, , Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You are then directly taken to the hotel.

Afternoon is free day. You can enjoy this day for shopping & rickshaw rides around Thamel.

In the evening we will take you to a fare well dinner with ethnic dances and food.

Day 15: International Departure B
Morning you can do shopping and all too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted, with this amazing Himalayan adventure

Cost Includes:
# Airport picks up & Drop off transportation
# Twin Sharing accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara in 2 stars hotel with Breakfast as per itinerary
# Kathmandu Pokhara  Kathmandu Deluxe tourist bus as per itinerary
# Pokhara Nayapul Pokhara private transportation
# Annapurna Conservation area fees
# Tims for Annapurna Region
# Accommodations in trekking lodges during trekking
# 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on Trek
#  trekking map for group 
#  English speaking Government license holder guide
# 1 porter for between wash two people
# Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation and insurance for guide and porter
# Travel and rescue arrangement
# all government taxes
# First aid kit
# International tkt reconfirmation
# Fare well Dinner

Cost Excludes:
# International airfare
# Kathmandu Pokhara flight fare USD 98 per Person
# Airport Departure taxes/excess baggage charges
# Travel Insurance, Personal Clothing & Medical evacuation in case of emergency
# Lunch & dinner in Pokhara & Kathmandu
# Items of a personal nature i.e. Telephone, Laundry, Soft/hard drinks, Clients Insurance
# Tips for staff
# Tea /Coffee/Juice at lunch & Dinner during trek
# Water
# Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
# Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra fees will be charged based on actual cost

Mode of Payment
– We accept cash, travel cheque, credit card and wire transfer

Booking Conditions
– A non – refundable deposit of 10 percent must be paid at time of booking and booking form must be completed.
– Final payment is upon arrival in Kathmandu
– Travel insurance with unlimited medical cover is compulsory for all trips to Nepal.
– A visa for Nepal is to be obtained prior to departure from your home country or can obtain in Kathmandu airport, please note your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return and 2 passport size picture needed.

Cancellation Policy
– If cancellation in writing is received by Clear Sky Treks & Expd (P)LTD more than 45 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will be retained (maximum 10% of total land price) plus any air cancellation fees that may apply
– If cancellation is received within 30 days of departure, the following per person cancellation fees will apply:
– 15 – 45 days prior to departure: 25% of total price
– 7 – 14 days prior to departure: 35% of total price
– Less than 7 days prior to departure: 50% of total price (except for the total cost of government fees)
– On departure day or later: 100% of total price.

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours in a day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and the walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally the trail is a good track, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.

Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in teahouses while on the trek. These are simple, local-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Sleeping bag and Down Jacket

Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes – these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.

Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

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