Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp is one of the most popular treks on earth. Like any other trip in the Annapurna region, our trek also begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City’ and passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna Mountain. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most scenic and beautiful trails available for trekkers, who would like to experience nature at its best. A different panoramic view of the Annapurna mountain range constantly greets you as you turn each corner while the evenings are spent in quaint Tea Houses. In this region, you get an opportunity to experience a different side of Nepal, interacting with people mainly from the Manang District and experience their customs and life style. The ideal time of the year to do this trek is the Pre monsoon season from March to May. Though this is technically a high altitude trek, the highest altitude a trekker will experience is 4130 m above sea level, thus ensuring that the trail does not leave you breathless.
Best Time : March to May (Pre-monsoon season); September to November (Post-monsoon season)
Duration : 13 Days (10 Days of Trekking)
Max. Altitude : 4130 m
Commences At : Pokhara
Ends At : Pokhara
This trek into the Annapurna National Park is strenuous but does not require any previous trekking, mountaineering or technical climbing experience; only that you be in good physical conditioning. The trek requires you to be able to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack for 10 days. Good cardio-vascular conditioning and exercises for muscles that are used to hiking will make your trip much more enjoyable. You will climb to a maximum height of 4160 m, where the impact of cold and thin air can definitely be felt.
You make your arrival to the city of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. We receive you at the International Airport at kathmandu, spend the day and then take a bus/car from Kathmandu to Nayapul from where we start trekking. We trek through the Annapurna National Park, making our way past incredible mountains, to finally finish the trek and arrive at the city of Pokhra. After spending a day in Pokhara, we fly back to Kathmandu.
In Kathmandu we will be staying in a 3/4 star Hotel or Guest House in Thamel, Katmandu often referred to as a trekker’s paradise. On the trek we will be staying in a combination of clean and friendly Sherpa Lodges /Tea Houses. This is popularly referred to as a Tea House trek, as opposed to a camping expedition.
No, as the trek does not involve any technical climbs, no special climbing equipment is required. A rucksack (60-70 lts), good pair of Climbing shoes, a warm jacket and a pair of thermals are good enough. Also we will be sending you a comprehensive mail on the list of Items to be carried which will help you pack Rucksack better.
There are different ways to be in touch with your Family. You can purchase a local Prepaid SIM Card at the International airport. If you have a Mobile with International Roaming on it, your Phone will work through most of the trek so you can easily be in touch with your Family. Post which, most of the tea Houses we stay in have the facility of an ISD Phone and the Internet. You can call your family every day or E-mail them during the course of the trek. Although the prices for these facilities may vary from a minimum of 100 Nepali rupees to 500 Nepali rupees per minute.
The Meals are freshly prepared in the Tea Houses that we stay in. Typical Days Meals – • Breakfast – Porridge, Two eggs, toast with jam or Butter and Hot tea/coffee/ Chocolate. • Lunch – Rice with Lentils & Vegetables commonly known as Dal Bhat Tarkari, Choice of Fried Rice or Noodles. • Dinner – Choice of Soup, Mashed potatoes, Choice of Noodles/fried Rice and Hot Drinks.
Yes there are hot water showers available on most of these tea houses that we would be staying in. You can avail of these facilities at an average rate of 300 Nepali rupees for a 10 minute shower. But usually after the 3rd/4th Day, you yourself would want to avoid it because of dropping temperatures and biting cold outside.
Adventure Pulse requires each of its clients to provide a medical fitness document before joining the group. Our crew is well qualified for any First-Aid procedures if required on the way. In addition a comprehensive Medical & first Aid kit is carried at all times. There are Medical stations available en-route in case of an emergency and also Helicopter evacuation procedures are available on actuals. When we ascend above 2500 meters our bodies have to acclimatise to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. To allow our bodies to adjust and to avoid any such situations, we have added acclimatization and rest days in the itinerary. Personal Adventure Travel Insurance can also be purchased, which includes helicopter evacuation in case of a medical emergency.
You will be woken in the morning by 5:45 to 6:00 am. Breakfast and hot beverage would usually be served in the dining room of the tea house by 6:30 am. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your duffel bags or rucksacks which are then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until the next teahouse that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00 am and 7.30 am to avoid the heat of the noon and to reach our destination by lunch time. Following a good morning's walk, we stop for tea at around 11 am. This is usually a 30 – 60 minute break to allow for the trekkers to relax and catch their breath. The subsequent walk is generally a little shorter and next destination is usually reached by around 2 pm to 3 pm. Once we have our next destination, tea is served. Washing water is available to wash at the end of the trek day, but it will be cold. Until dinner, there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. Dinner is usually served around 6 pm to 7 pm. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people, it is always a special time.
Extreme temperature variations, high altitude, snow glare & proximity to sun are certain factors which necessitate the need to for proper mountaineering equipment. In order to enjoy your experience in the mountains, we have recommended that you carry the following with you.
Note: If you are unable to procure any of the above mentioned items, then suitable arrangements will be made so that the same can be either bought or rented in Kathmandu based upon actuals.
Even though trekking in Nepal can be steep & strenuous at some places, it does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience neither does it require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical conditioning and be able to hike at a comfortable pace for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Good cardio-vascular conditioning and exercises for muscles that are used to hiking will make your trip much more enjoyable. You should be comfortable with walking on a wide range of terrain from dusty trails, to rocky moraine. You will spend 12 days in a land where life is simple, trails are steep and the air is thin. We recommend the following schedule to the participants: