Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 17 Days

Overview

Trip Overview

Annapurna 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. The Poon Hill vantage point offers exceptional views of the entire Annapurna Massif range, the Kali Ghandaki Gorge and Dhaulagiri summit. From there your trek will drop into the pretty valleys that are home to many Gurung villages. 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.This trek also begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City’.The Annapurna Base Camp is located in the heart of the beautiful and protected wilderness of the Annapurna Sanctuary..The trek route is graded as 2-Moderate, meaning it is fairly strenuous and a good level of fitness is required. The tea house accommodation is of a relatively high standard. Each day is well planned allowing sufficient acclimatization and a chance for you to enjoy the dramatic scenery as it unfolds. The 17days Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary is designed for the trekkers who would like to treak to the base camp of Annupurna by passing through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas. The South Face is a logical route/way to the summit of Mt. Annapurna. The best season for this Annapurna Base Camp Trek is autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March to May). In summer and Monsoon season by doing trekking many problems may arise like having a sunburn and may have obstacle like slippery way.

Over Views

Duration :    14Days
Arrival :    In Kathmandu
Departure :    From Kathmandu
Accommodation :    3 * Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouse entire you’re the treks.
Meals :    Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals entire your trips
Best Time to go :    March to May, September to November
Trekking :    Guest house
Max. Altitude :    4,130m
Group Size :    3-13 people
Transportation :    Private vehicle/Tourist bus/Domestic Flight

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival (1300m) (B)
Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing (BD)
Day 03 : Kathmandu – Pokhara (960m / 6-7hrs or ½ hr) (BD)
Day 04 : Pokhara – Birethanti – Ulleri (drive 2 hrs and trek 4-5 hrs 2070m) . (BLD)
Day 05 : Ulleri – Ghorepani (2850m / 5-6 hrs). (BLD)
Day 06 : Ghorepani – Poon hill – Tadapani (2660m / 6-7 hrs). (BLD)
Day 07 : Tadapani – Chhomrung (2030m / 5-6hrs). (BLD)
Day 08 : Chhomrung – Himalayan Hotel (2920m / 7-8hrs). (BLD)
Day 09 : Himalaya – Machhapuchchhre Base camp (3720m / 4-5hrs). (BLD)
Day 10 : Machhapuchchhre – Annapurna base camp (4130m / 3-4hrs). (BLD)
Day 11 : Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2300m / 7-8hrs). (BLD)
Day 12 : Bamboo – Jhinuwa or Hot spring (1400m / 6-7hrs). (BLD)
Day 13 : Jhinuwa- Ghandruk (1900m / 7-8hrs). (BLD)
Day 14 : Ghandruk – Nayapul(1050m) & Drive to Pokhara 2-3hrs walk & 1 hrs drive. (BLD)
Day 15 : Pokhara – Kathmandu drive or fly. (1300m / 6-7 hrs or ½ hrs). (BD)
Day 16 : Kathmandu free Day of your own. (BD)
Day 17 : Final Departure. (B)

Itinerary

Itinerary Details

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival (1300m)

Firstly,arrive at airport our WORLD FAVOUR TRAVEL & TOURS REPRESENTATIVE will Meet&greet you.Then you will transfer to hotel.After getting refreshed you will have lunch and have a short walk to Kathmandu Durbar square at day untill dusk and at evening in Thamel street.Dinner at same hotel.( This day plan will depend on what time you arrive at here).Then We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

After breakfast, you start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. We will arrange a guide of your chosen language to give you a tour and introduction to our rich culture amongst our ancient and fascinating history and religion. In our sightseeing tour you go to (Monkey temple) Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath ,Kathmandu Durbar square and Patan Durbar square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is the generic name used to describe plazas and areas opposite the old royal palaces in Nepal. Locally also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square-an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty.It consists of temples, idols, open courts, water fountains and more. Before the Unification of Nepal, Nepal consisted of small kingdoms, and Durbar Squares are most prominent remnants of those old kingdoms in Nepal. In particular, three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, belonging to the three Newar kingdoms situated there before unification, are most famous: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. All three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This particular area best known as Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of this city.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath or more commonly known as monkey Temple.The place has a lot of monkeys. This temple complex offers spectacular views of the entire Kathmandu Valley. It was founded by the great-grandfather of King Manadeva at the beginning of the 5th century. Swayambhunath is not exactly a temple but rather a religious complex with an imposing stupas, smaller temples, monuments and images of deities. 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. It is a pleasant walk from the Thamel area, which takes near about 2 hours but tourist goes there by a rented bike.

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath,or Pashupati,is a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. It is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. The
temple is barred to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple can be had from the opposite bank of the river. This is the most important Hindu Temple site in Nepal and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara tourist bus/ by flight.

In morning Drive(6 hours) or fly(25 minutes) to Pokhara which is 206km of classic Middle Hills countryside that you will pass through. Pokhara is situated on the side of Lake Fewa, it is a beautiful area with Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchchhre) rising not far behind within the Annapurna range. With the magnificent Annapurna range
forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas . Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation.

Day 04: Pokhara – Nayapul Trek to Ulleri drive 2 hrs and trek 4 hrs 2070m

You will begin with a 90 minute drive to Nayapul where you will begin you walk through the lush, green Modi khola then you reach Birethanti (1015m) past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. As you leave Pokhara the journey to Nayapul will be gorgeous but quite scary. From there the trail continues through the village and fallows the north bank of the bhurungdi kola and climb in altitude the winding, bumpy roads through local villages had steep drop offs into the valleys way below rocky, uphill, gravel road to the hillside village of Hills. The route from Birethanti unfortunatley the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to hill (1495m) after short climp we reach ikhedhunga(1570m). You will reach Ulleri where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below and the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 05: Nayapul – Ghorepani (2850m / 4 -5 hrs)

We move on towards the steep climb to ulleri a large Magar village(2070m). The trail ascends more gently through 0pastures and cultivated fields from this point. While winter this trial will be covered with snow fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards From Nangethanti (2460m). After an hour walks to Ghorepani (2840m).We will arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass mainly called as ‘Deurali’ stay overnight there.

Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon hill – Tadapani (2660m / 6 -7hrs)

Today, Very early this morning we start and hour climb up to Poon hill an elevation (3210m) for experience of sun rise as well as the sensational views of the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri range to Ganesh Himal range.After viewing about 45 minutes on those beautiful senses. A brilliant Mountain Range spectacle this vantage point
provides an unobstructed of sunrise over the high himalays.We will head back to the hotel have a hot breakfast and start walking to Tadapani from Ghorepani climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (3210m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way toTadapani (2660m). Overnight at guest
house.

Day 07: Tadapani – Chhomrung (2030m / 5-6hrs)

The day starts with downhill through rhododendron forests.The trail to Ghandruk is a fairly easy descent through dense forests and takes about three hours .The trek descends steeply to the Kimrong stream and through a rhododendron forest with the pleasant lovely views of the upper Modi valley. We then trek to Chomrong, crossing through the Gurjung which is the village of Giring people. Chomrong offers you up-close views of Mount Annapurna South, HiuChuli, and the Virgin Peak of Fishtail and walk to Chommrong at an elevation (2140m). overnight at guesthouse.

Day 08: Chhomrong – Himalayan Hotel (2920m / 7-8hrs)

This day The trail passes terraced villages and fields as we descend and drops down to the Chhomrong Khola again we continue climbing to khuldighar (2380m). where there used to be ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area) checkpost. In there is a clearing in the forest a little further on from which route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out. Treks through thickets of bamboo tree it is mainly uphill through Rhododendron forests to Doban village, which is surrounded by a bamboo forest. Himalaya Hotel is a small place with 2-3 lodges just to cater the need of the trekkers. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 09: Himalaya – Machhapuchhre Base camp (3720m / 4-5hrs)

Today the trail After Dovan climbs on past the Hinko cave , Deurali and the Machhapuchhare base camp. Which is not really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since is is surrounded by mountains known as Annapurna Sanctuary in this area. Treks around two hours from Machhapuchhare Base camp takes yo to the ABC
at elevation ( 4130m). treks to the cool shade of the forest on the gradual up path most of the way following the river Modi upstream, the trail continues with few ups and down as you reach Himalaya Hotel near Hinko cave, which lies straight at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak. Deurali has about 3-4 teahouses where we can have different kinds of herbs and shurbs. We can have views of unobstructed, spectacular, panorama of mountains from the base camp of Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Machhapuchchhre – Annapurna base camp (4130m / 3-4hrs)

The trek leads us into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary and through Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). The trail follows uphill for few hours, on the snowy grassy path, depending upon the season; the trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent view of an array of snow peaks all around us with Annapurna
I, a great wall of a mountain from this North West face. Annapurna Base Camp has 2-3 teahouses, with the superb panorama. We will be surrounded by mountains and spectacular views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Barah Shikhar on every side. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2300m / 7-8hrs)

Today we follow the same trail down today trail drops by 1700m to the bank of Modi Khola to bamboo (2345m). whwere is a few tea house and lodge available to stay at. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 12: Bamboo – Jhinuwa or Hot spring (1780m / 6-7hrs)

Today we follow the same trail until Chomrong. We across Khuldighar there is very nice an Exprimental sheep farm, the treks continues bamboo and rhododendron Forest. Trek from Chomrong thae trail descends very steeply Bamboo to Jhinuwa hot spring where you can bathe in natural hot springs there is walking for 6 hours. The hot springs down below by the river Modi from Jhinu danda. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 13: Jhinuwa – Ghandruk Pothana (1900m / 7-8hrs)

Today the trail downs hills to route of Ghandruk, After an easy descent to the river you then have a steep climb to the Gurjung which is village of Gurung people in Ghadnruk. It is a famous Gurung Village for this trail. On the way to this trail we looks gurung society and culture of their own. At stay night over there we test of gurung food and looks gurung Culture. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 14: Ghandruk – Nayapul (1050m) & Drive to Pokhara 2hrs walk & 1 hrs drive

Today from this trail walk around two hours from Ghandruk can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire. We reach nayapul then an hour drive will be takes us back to pokhara. After checking in to hotel we will walk around lake side and fewa lake for boating trip to Batahi temple and then back to hotel. In the evening time walk around the lake side to see different culture and program on the street and test the food. At night overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu drive or fly. (1300m / 6 -7hrs or ½ hr)

After having breakfast you have option to extande your trip to continue on to next destination on to chitwan for Jungle safari, Rafting advantur in Trisuli river , Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest Flight, Mountain biking, and other activities. Or you will move to Kathmandu by surface/flight. Overnight at the Thamel hotel.

Day 16: Kathmandu free day of your own

If You can go to the mountain flight at the morning.At day time feel free and get refreshed and In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances with (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany with you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final Departure

The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Hope you had a great Journey with us. Best regards from WFTT.

Inclusive & Exclusive

Cost includes and exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 night)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard mention Meals during the trek .(B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches ,D- Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek .(Pokhara to Pokhara trail)
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Global Treks. (Which need to be returned after finish the trek).
  • Transportation from Kathmandu – Kathmandu – Pokhara-Nayapul to Kathmandu. if you want to by flight pokhara to Kathmandu it’s you have to pay flight tickets.
  • Surface transfer from Airport and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on before your departure at your final destination. (On Day).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax .
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Price & Date

Price and Date

Equipment

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.
(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
  • Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people .

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2/3)
  • Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Buprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Documents

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.(Optional)
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note:

Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

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