ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 10 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 4,130m
group size 2-15
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All Season

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

“The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is the tranquil and best scenic base camp trek in the Himalayan world.”

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4,130m)  is commonly known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This trek rewards you with a fine close-up view of mountains without the acclimatization problems. Although it has some long steps ascents and descents, the trekking trail to spectacular ABC completes in one week. Following the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route gradually uphill, we get to enjoy extensive views of Hiunchuli, Machhapurchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South peaks.
                 
The Annapurna Base Camp trek offers you outstanding 360-degree panoramic views of the Annapurna ranges. The trek is going to be more pleasing in the spring season as Gurans (Rhododendron flower) will make the whole forest colorful with red, pink and white. Nevertheless, it is possible to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek all year round.
                 
In Annapurna Base Camp there are tremendous views of the close-vertical south face of Annapurna I (world 10th highest mountain- 8,091m) standing above the sanctuary to the northwest. The ascent of this face in 1970 by an expedition led by Chris Bonington remains one of the most remarkable climbs of 8000 meters peak. Generally, the morning is the best time for the views of the mountains. Mountains seen from ABC are Tharpu Chuli (tent peak 5663m), Singu Chuli peak; 6501m, Hiunchuli; 6441m and South Annapurna; 7219m. On our way, we can observe the memorial Chorten (Buddhist stone monument) build in memory for well-known climber Anatoli Boukrev from Kazakh who died in 1997 by an avalanche. That is the main view where you will see prayer flags with different countries flags attached to them. On the left side of the way to Chorten, you will see shepherds' hut. Next, to that, you will see a flock of sheep in the evening. When you follow few minutes ahead of shepherds' hut you will see another stoned Chortens which are built for the memory of three Korean climbers; Park Young Seok, Shin Dong-Min and Kang Ki- Seok who lost their contact with the base camp team on 18th October 2011. Three minutes beyond the Korean memorial Chorten, you have a wonderful sight of Annapurna glacier view.

Key Features of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • 360-degree view of the Annapurna ranges in including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhere, Gangapurna, etc.
  • Experiencing the typical cultural Gurung village of Ghandruk and scenic with a close-up view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail.
  • The trekking trail goes through rich flora and fauna forests.

ITINERARY

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One night.
3-star Hotel

Our office staff will pick you up from the Hotel and escort you to the tourist bus station. You will drive to Pokhara around 6/7hrs which is 200km from Kathmandu. A captivating valley set on the bank of Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (Fishtail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu which provides the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at the Hotel with BB.

6 to 7 hours.
Guest House

Your ABC trek start from today after 3 hours drive from Pokhara to Kimche via Nayapul and Birethandi, a tourist check post. When you reach to Kimche, you have to walk about 2 hrs to reach the typical Gurung village, Ghandruk. Overnight at the teahouse.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

After the breakfast, you will start your second-day trek to Chomrong village which is the last settlement to the gateway of Annapurna base camp trek. The trek starts by descending down from the Ghandruk village to the Kyuri Khola and then following the trail which leads to Kumrong Danda. On the way, you will pass through the terrace farm and bypassing another hill will take you to Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chomrong at an elevation of 2,170 m. Overnight at a guesthouse.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar- 2,380m, where ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post used to be. As you go higher, you will notice the decreasing of the forest, from where the route travels steeply down to a rocky bank and then running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We walk through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel (2920m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

Today the trail climbs up to the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted). Since this trek is totally surrounded by mountains and known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at an elevation of 4,120m. There you will have unobstructed 360-degree views of the mountain, which is very spectacular and Pleasant. This is the last point of the ABC or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Overnight at a guesthouse.

5 to 6 hours
Guest house

We follow the same trail down which drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay. Overnight stay at the teahouse.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu Danda. You will enjoy the natural hot spring which is also the treatment of different diseases related to skin. Overnight stay at a teahouse.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

Our trek start from the right side of Modi Khola about 4.5 hrs to Birethanti which can be considered as one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We will reach to Nayapul and after an hour of the drive will take us back to Pokhara. In the evening, you will have a boating program on the Fewa lake and visit the Hindu Temple of Tal Bharai which is situated on the small island of Fewa Lake. Overnight at the Hotel with BB

6 to 7 hours
3-star hotel

After breakfast, you will return back to Kathmandu which is of 6/7 hours drive. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking, and other activities. Breakfast included Overnight at the Hotel with BB

25 minutes
None

The trip concludes here. Our Sherpa Expedition and Trekking airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. Breakfast included.

SERVICES

Included:

  • All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
  • Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Bus transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back Kathmandu.
  • An arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • trekking route maps
  • All necessary government taxes and service charges
  • Porter (For two-person)

Excluded:

  • Your Nepal visa fees and 2 passport size photos
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Food and accommodations in case of early arrivals from the trek or late departures from the airport
  • Your extra personal expenses during trek such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter, etc)
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control

EQUIPMENTS

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodations

You will be staying at the 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek, we provide you comfortable accommodation lodges run by local families. You may find some teahouses standard but most of the time you see a basic room normally has two beds, a mattress, and a pillow. The lodges during the trek generally have attached washroom, at a higher elevation, you must use a shared washroom. All accommodation is on twin sharing basis except in the high altitude where you have to adjust in dormitories. 

Meals and drinks during the trek

You will be served a BB plan on Kathmandu, Pokhara and authentic Nepalese food during the trek. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) included. You may not have a cuisine as per your desire but a teahouse of this trail offers you International cuisine as well (Tibetan, Indian, continental, etc.). After Sinuwa you will not be served any meat items and you are also not allowed to carry any meat items. We recommend you to use water purifying pills as you get to have stream water or else you can buy mineral water, remember that it cost 5 times expensive than in Kathmandu.

Best time to travel

ABC trek is done throughout the year, however, mid-September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are considered best seasons. During this season, it rewards grand spectacles of blooming rhododendron flowers. This trek offers you great opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region within a short period of time

Physical fitness

Doing a trek for 7 days straight inevitably is tiring and it certainly benefits to be fit, this does not mean you will end up being wonderfully mountain fit. So, do train beforehand, make sure you do regular exercise, but don’t overdo it. This will help you a lot even if you haven’t done any kind of hiking or trekking activities.

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FAQS

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Yes, you can. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphill, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Annapurna Base Camp into reality.
The pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December) are considered the best for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
No, there is no age limit for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.
During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
A teahouse trekking accommodation will be made for you for the Annapurna Base Camp trekking whereby you will be able to stay at tea house (Local lodge) and have wholesome food and neat and clean comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can trek at your own pace and enjoy the Annapurna panorama on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local people.
Most of the teahouses on the Annapurna Base camp trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing foreign mountaineers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Hot shower facilities are available. The most common type is a bucket shower, usual buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs from US$ 2 to 5 per use and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the ABC trek.
What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Annapurna Base Camp trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.
During the Annapurna Base Camp trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.
If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.
Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.
Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.
Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Annapurna Base Camp trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.
The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.
It takes 4 to 11 days to reach Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.
We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.
You can either trek on foot or by a helicopter. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offer exciting and reasonable Helicopter trek to Annapurna Base Camp for 5 days and 10 days. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.
The flights are usually regular between September and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking tourist bus will be arranged.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Annapurna region, basically to Pokhara is a total of 20 kgs including hand bag and you need to pay an extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking pays up to 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 20 kgs with your hand bag.
Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.
Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.
Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge. it cost USD$5 per day.
ATM services are available only in Pokhaa. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you carry a small amount of money to buy snacks, etc during the trekking.
Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 5 USD per hour.

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2 Pax USD 630
3 Pax USD 620
4 - 6 Pax USD 580
7 - 12 Pax USD 560
13 - 18 Pax USD 540
19 - 24 Pax USD 500
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Thanks so much, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking company, his director provided me a very experienced guide Wangchu Sherpa for my trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp. He was very serious and had lots of knowledge about mountains, Nepalese culture and he taught me so much useful information about local people's lives. He always tried his best to provide me good service, he organized everything from Kathmandu to the end of my trek, perfect services. Wangchu Sherpa is a very responsible and friendly guide with whom you will feel confident. I highly recommended Wangchu Sherpa as a guide if you plan to come to Nepal.

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