Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime experience and puts you up close and personal with Himalayan peaks standing above 7000 and 8000 meters.
Start: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish: Kathmandu, Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime experience and puts you up close and personal with Himalayan peaks standing above 7000 and 8000 meters.
Although the Annapurna Base Camp trek isn't overly strenuous but requires strong physical fitness. The trail itself, is decorated with luscious green rolling hills, lively villages, scaling valleys and rhododendron forests. What's more, you are also rewarded with panoramic views of giant Himalayan peaks including Annapurna massifs, Fishtail Peak and Dhaulagiri.
During Annapurna Base Camp Trek, trekkers get the opportunity to traverse through the villages inhabited by different communities such as Gurung and Magar, pass beautiful waterfalls, terraced farmlands, suspension bridges clad with prayer flags, witness romantic sunrises/ sunsets and majestic glaciers all before reaching Annapurna base camp.
Diversity in landscape, vegetation, culture, traditions and religion, all complement each other to make this trek one of the most popular in the world.
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft):
Welcome to the great country of the Himalayan Kingdom: Nepal.
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the GoKo team will welcome you and assists in transferring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. After you spend a few hours relaxing and a getting refreshed, you will be invited to a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu city.
Here the trip briefing will also take place.
You then will spend the night at your prearranged hotel.
Today, our tour leader will come to meet you at the hotel at 10.00 AM.
Here you get a full briefing about the trip ahead and will be introduced to your guide, who will provide you with all the correct documents needed the trip. In the afternoon, you will be free to relax and grab any last bits of equipment you may have forgotten.
Our guide will meet you at your hotel at six o'clock in the evening then take you for a welcome dinner which will consist of a traditional Nepali culture show. After having dinner, we will drop you at the hotel where you will spend your second night.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara:
Today you are heading to Pokhara. One of the most beautiful cities in Nepal and known for its touristy vibes. Our guide will come to pick up you at your hotel in Kathmandu, then take you to the tourist bus station. The bus journey about six to seven hours, and includes breakfast and lunch break.
Once you arrived in Pokhara, our guide will drop you to the hotel before giving you a plan for the next day trip. Today you are free to have dinner on your own and do whatever you feel like doing.
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul then trek to Tekhedhunga:
Today is our first day of trekking. You will start about at eight o clock in the morning. Our guide will come to meet you at the hotel after breakfast.
Once ready and excited to go, you will get picked up and dropped off at Nayapul by private car (one and half hour drive). Nayapul is our trekking starting point.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS.
After half an hour walk, you will reach Birethanti. Here officials will check your trekking permits and the TIMS card (this will have already been done for you by our guides)
Today is an easy day compared to the days to come. It takes just about three hours to reach Tekhedhunga and you will pass several local villages and farmland.
Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani:
Today is a bit more difficult than the first day, as you ascend over 1300m.
The first big climb consists of hiking up big steps to reach the top of the Ulleri. This is the most difficult part of today, but 100% worth the incredible mountain views of Annapurna South (7219m) at the top. From here-on-out, the trail becomes much easier and before you know it, you will have reached Banthanti.
Finally, after about six hours of walking, you will reach Ghoprepani where you will spend the night.
Trek from Ghorepani to Chuile:
Today is your most important day on this trip as you get to see the sunrise view from the Poon Hill at 3200m.
Today we will set off before light, with the aim of capturing the magnificent spectacle of the sun rising over the mountain-tops. Poon Hill boasts one of the best views in the world, with views of the whole Annapurna region, including Dhaulagiri (8367m).
After enjoying the views from the Poon Hill, you will drop down to the hotel, have your breakfast, then trek to Tadapani. It takes approximately five hours and then another hour to reach Chuile - which is yet another stunning Gurung village boasting spectacular views.
Trek from Chuile to Sinuwa:
Today is onwards and upwards to Sinuwa.
Sinuwa is a very nice place surrounded by luscious green hills. The day will begin with us dropping down to the Chmorong Khola, crossing a suspension bridge, and ascending for about an hour to reach Gurjung village.
From Gurjung, we marsh (slowly) forward to Chhomrong Village - the biggest village in the Annapurna Base Camp circuit and acting as a gateway to your final destination.
Another two hours will pass before we lower into Sinuwa.
Overnight at Sinuwa.
Trek from Sinuwa to Himalaya:
Today you will trek to either Himalay or Deurali - It all depends on your pace.
If you feel strong and your body is adjusting to the altitude, you will be encouraged to continue through to Deurali. If not, you can stay at Himalay - no problem.
After Sinuwa the trail narrows, so it's important to remain careful while you walk. Today you will pass a number of famous towns including Bamboo and Dovan.
The walk to Himalay is about 6 hours, with an extra 1/2 on top if you wish to continue to Deurali.
Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp:
Today we will start a little bit earlier than usual, as the weather conditions tend to change after 10-11am. The mountain weather in the morning is always better so it will be easier to reach the Annapurna Base Camp earlier. Plus that way you can enjoy the mountain views of Annapurna One (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Fishtail / Machhapuchre (6993m) before the clouds roll in.
Today is the day you have all need waiting for - you have achieved your goals.
TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!
Tonight will be spent at Base Camp (4130m).
Trek back from ABC to Bamboo:
Rising early, we will capture the beautiful sunrise while eating breakfast.
Once satisfied, we will descend back down to Bamboo for the night.
This journey takes about five hours in total.
Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu (Hot Spring):
Today is your last full night on the mountain.
After having your breakfast we will start oud trek back towards Chhomrong. Another hour will pass before reaching Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda is very popular and is famed for its natural hot springs.
In the evening our guide will take us to the hot springs where we can enjoy a warm, relaxing bath.
Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Trek from Jhinu to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara:
This is your last day of trekking.
It takes about five, six-hour to reach Nayapul - so soak up the beautiful river views and country hills one last time.
Once you arrive at Nayapul you will jump in a car back to Pokhara.
This evening will get the chance to enjoy this incredible little city by yourself (and we will recommend the best bars for you have a celebratory drink in).
Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Drive back to Kathmandu via tourist bus with your guide.
Upon arrival, our manager will come to meet you at the hotel, where take will be taken out for the farewell dinner at a nice restaurant.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Departure for home. Today our driver will drop you at the International Airport for the final departure if you wish.
- All Ground transportation
- Two-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu - twin shared at tourist standard (Bed and Breakfast)
- Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek, including tea & coffee (served in a cup)
- English speaking trekking guide who has been authorised by the government and the necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation and meals
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
- All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit etc
- Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary
- First Aid kit
- Trekking Route map
- Insurance of Guide and Porters
- All required local and government tax
- Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
- Meals except for Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
- Personal clothing and gears.
- Tips to guide and porters.
- Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
- Monument entrance fees.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Guide:
This article give you a full, in-depth insight into the Annapurna region as a whole; touching on the climate, culture and traditions, travel dates, training advice, altitude sickness, a full route breakdown and much more.
What is Altitude Sickness & Will I Get It?
Altitude sickness symptoms occur when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes is too quickly that the body doesn’t get time to acclimatise. Altitude sickness generally develops at elevations higher than 2,400 meters above sea level. The most common cause of altitude sickness is ascending too quickly, therefore, the main way to avoid altitude sickness is allowing the body to get used to the altitude slowly (Acclimatisation). Remember, this is not a race - look up and smell the roses!
Our professional guides will be monitoring you constantly throughout the trip, therefore, symptom checks will be a regular occurrence. It is important to be aware of the normal altitude symptoms that you may encounter, so please familiarise yourself with signs and symptoms before you depart and be very vocal about your own health during your trek. We will send you a full need to knows list at the time of booking!
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy or experience other symptoms, please be sure to let your local guide know immediately so that we can monitor your condition.
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How Fit Do I Need To Be & Do I Need To Train?
The short answer is: a basic level of fitness and good health is needed and training is highly recommended. However, you do not need to be a professional athlete or a marathon runner. What is going to get you to the end of your challenge is a mental and emotional commitment to the cause. As long as you set time aside to prepare for the challenge ahead, success will be on your side!
Hotels (3 nights), teahouse lodges (12 nights).
A tea house is the combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic and the rooms are small with twin beds. Blankets are generally provided, while most bathrooms are shared and toilets will either be squat or western style.
The majority of tea houses only have cold showers, however, a few may have hot water available at an additional cost. Nonetheless, we discourage groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.
There is a large dining room / communal-lounge, warmed by the Bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). You will spend most your evenings in here socialising with other trekkers from around the world!
There is normally no electric lighting in the bedrooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. Some tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly and your designated tour leader may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly. Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions.
While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatization you are likely to feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation whilst on this trek. Please be aware that your tour leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude.
Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed. This is especially true if the delays are prior to the trek, as the original trek may no longer be feasible. Your Tour Leader will be there to help with this process.
All foreign nationals (except Indian passport holders) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, land borders (including borders with India & Tibet) and on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport. Getting a visa at the airport or land borders can take time due to long queues. There have been instances when travellers are asked to show proof of exit from the country, ie flight tickets- although this is uncommon. You will also need to provide one passport photo and payment should be made in US dollars (Other currencies are also accepted but rates will differ).
Please check with the relevant visa office before departure to make sure there has been no change: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
The following costs here correct at time of writing:
- Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25:
- Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40
- Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100
Please Note: Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit the country. GoKo recommends that you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route.
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