ADVENTURE-PULSE
(The Adventure Management Consultants)

Nepal
Annpurna Base Camp Trek

Overview

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.

Quick Facts

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

  • Arrival in Kathmandu (Hotel)
  • Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1525 m) (Tea House)
  • Trek to Ghorepani (2834 m) (Tea House)
  • Morning trek to Poon hill. Descend down after sunrise and onward trek to Tadapani (2540 m) (Tea House)
  • Trek to Chhomrong (2040 m) (Tea House)
  • Trek to Dovan (2630 m) (Tea House)
  • Trek to Deurali (3230 m) (Tea House)
  • Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (Tea House)
  • Trek down to Bamboo (Tea House)
  • Trek to Jhinu Khola hot spring (Tea House)
  • Trek to Nayapul/Siwai and drive to Pokhara (Hotel)
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu (Hotel)
  • Departure from Kathmandu

Contact

Our team will receive you at Kathmandu airport and assist in transferring you to the hotel. Today is considered a rest day giving you the chance to explore Thamel at your leisure. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
We begin our trek at Naya Pool. After 20 minutes of walking along the Modi stream, we reach Birethanti, a beautiful village that has plenty of tea shops and guest houses. We then follow the left route through the village. Our trek will continue heading to Ulleri following the bank of the Burungdi stream. We climb slightly, up to the valley of Hile (1495 meter) and Tikhedhunga (1525 meter). The steep trail leads up to Ulleri (2073 meter), a large beautiful Magar village. This is our destination for the today, with an overnight stay arranged in a local guesthouse.
Today, the trail leads us to Ghorepani, one of the most popular destinations in the Annapurna region situated at an altitude of 2856 meter. The trail gently ascends up to Banthanti (2250 meter) through Oak and rhododendron forests. We then continue the trek towards Ghorepani through Nangeythanti (2460 meter).
We climb up to Poon Hill (3210 meter) early in the morning to see the panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himalayan ranges at day break to witness sunrise over the Himalayas. After experiencing an incredible view of the Himalayan Mountains from Poon Hill, we descend to Ghorepani. Post breakfast, we continue our downhill trek to Tadapani (2625 meter). The trail goes along the ridges of rhododendron and pine forest till the Tadapani, where we will spend the night.
Today's trail descends to Kimrong stream through the forest of rhododendron. We then walk towards Chhomrong (2020 meter) crossing through the Gurjung village. Chhomrong offers you close views of Mt. Annapurna south, Hiunchuli Peak and Machapuchare (The never been climbed, Holy peak of the region).
Today’s trail takes us through beautiful himalayan trails starting with a descend down to Chhomrong stream and again a climb up to Dovan crossing through silent rhododendron forests. The views of Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli whilst trekking are breathtaking.
Today, we climb to Deurali (3200 meter) or Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 meter) through the rhododendron and bamboo forest.
The day begins with a climb to Annapurna base camp (4131 meter). The area is surrounded by the mountains and is known as Annapurna Sanctuary. This place gives you a spectacular view of the Nepal Himalayas including Annapurna I (8091 meter), Annapurna South (7219 meter), Barah Shikhar (7800 meter), and the most distinct mountain in this region by virtue of its shape, Machhapuchhre - Fishtail (6997 meter / 6993 meter), to name a few.
Finally, we trek back to Bamboo with the remembrance of massive Annapurna ranges and its surrounding.
Today we, move ahead from Bamboo and trek back to Chhomrong with the view of Annapurna south and the gigantic Himalayan peaks. We then descend to Jhinu Hill where you can enjoy swimming and soaking in the natural hot water spring found in this region. This experience of the natural hot spring is incredible, especially after your journey to Annapurna Base Camp, giving you a fitting finish to a fantastic adventure.
We move ahead from Jhinu. Our day begins with descending down to the New bridge crossing at Kimrong Khola River once again. The trail continues its descend until Siwai where our transportation takes us to Pokhara. From this point you can still witness the splendor of Annapurna South and Machapuchare during the walk. We spend the night at Pokhra, celebrating the successful completion of the trek.
Fly back to Kathmandu.
We transfer you from your hotel in Kathmandu to the International airport in time for your flight.

Package Details

TRIP COST INCLUDES

  1. All accommodation on double sharing basis. (Individual occupancy can be arranged at an extra charge.)
  2. Ground Transport: Airport pickup and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (International and domestic both).
  3. Hotel Accommodation: 02 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  4. Trekking Accommodation: 09 night’s guesthouse accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek on full board service.
  5. Staff: 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide, porter to carry your personal luggage.
  6. Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner and with tea/coffee).
  7. In case of any medical emergencies, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  8. All necessary trekking permits: Annapurna Conservation Area and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
  9. Tourist Bus Kathmandu – Pokhara. (Option of flight available), Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  10. All transportation: Pokhara – Trekking – Pokhara.
  11. First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  12. All organizational requirements.

TRIP COST EXCLUDES

  1. Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  2. Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst trekking).
  3. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  4. Any additional expenses – Snacks, Hot water, Cold Drinks etc.
  5. Bar and beverage bills.
  6. Tips for guide, porter.

1. What kind of Physical shape do I need to be in to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp?

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.

2. What are the Entry & Exit Points for the trek?

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.

3. What are the accommodations like in Kathmandu and while trekking?

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.

4. Do I need any special Equipment or climbing gear during this trek?

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.

5. What is the Communication system available on the way?

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.

6. Can you give an example of a typical Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the way?

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.

7. Will I be able to take showers/bath on the course of the trek?

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.

8. What is the medical / emergency precautions taken en-route?

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.

9. What would be a typical day like?

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.

Apparels

  1. Trekking Boots/Shoes (Preferably up to ankle length & water resistant)
  2. Multiple pairs of Cotton and woolen socks (At least 5-6 pairs of each)
  3. Track Pants for comfortable trekking, Denims to be avoided. (At least 3-4)
  4. Thermal inners and sweater/warm sweat shirt (1 each)
  5. Cotton T-shirts (5 to 6 minimum)
  6. Water proof Jacket/wind cheater
  7. Warm thermal jacket
  8. 1 Peak Cap + at least 1 Woolen Cap
  9. 2 pair of warm gloves (Liners and outer)
  10. One pair of floaters

Accessories

  1. Air bag/Duffel bag/Rucksack (No Suitcases during the trek)
  2. Day Back Pack + Drinking Water Bottle 1 Litre
  3. Torch + Batteries
  4. Sleeping Bag (-10 Degree C)
  5. Knee/Ankle/Wrist Guards (If required)
  6. Nail Cutter/Pocket/Pen Knife
  7. Cold cream
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Chap-stick/Vaseline
  10. Personal toiletries (Tooth Paste, Toilet Paper, Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes etc.)
  11. Medical kit (With basic medicines for headache, upset stomach, sour throat, water purification tablets/drops, band aids, painkillers & Moov/Iodex, Vics Vaporub,D-Cold etc).
  12. Any personal medication (Individual specific)
  13. High energy snacks like Dry fruits, Bars of chocolate, Tang, Glucose etc.
  14. Good quality Sun shades.
  15. Sun block (SPF40+)

 

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:
We recommend the following schedule to the participants
  1. Week One: Participants should develop a habit of being able to get up in the morning and run/brisk walk for a minimum of 3-4 Km at least 3-4 days a week. This would represent at least 20-25 minutes of cardio exercise. Though difficult at first, keep at it. You can stop and take breaks as well. During the day, you should get into the habit of avoiding elevators and taking the steps. You should be able to climb at least 4/5 flights of steps daily. (Avoid going down steps too fast as this could result in some knee injuries). If you don’t enjoy running and are into some other sport like cycling or swimming, spend about 45 mins cycling or about 600 – 800 mts of swimming for at least 4 days a week.
  2. Week Two: Assuming you have successfully survived week one and are consistent with your exercise, you can take up the pace a notch. Increase your distance to 5/6 kms per day and 5 times a week, you can additionally go to a gym. Avoid heavy weight training. Focus more on a core workout. These are your muscle groups that run along the length of your body and helps maintain your posture and sustains you during your long hours of working.
  3. Week Three: In addition to the week Two exercise, one additional feature you should add in Week Three is walking for half an hour during the evenings with a backpack on carrying 3-4 kgs. This could be 2lts of water, some snacks, a jacket etc. This will help strengthen your back and shoulders thus preparing you for the long hours of trekking. If you don’t want to just simply walk, also try increasing your time on climbing flight of steps. As compared to week One, you should aim to be able to climb 10-12 flight of stairs comfortably.
  4. Week Four: Sustenance. Keep up the tempo, sustain the workout. Try avoiding doing anything very rigorous but be consistent with morning and evening walks/runs and climbing flight of stairs.
  5. Week Five: Sustain the workout. Increase only if you feel comfortable. Start doing an additional 10-15 mins of climbing stairs in the morning/evening with a daypack of 2-3 kg; about 20-25 floors once a day should help increase the stamina and endurance considerably.

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