Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary) trek is well-liked moderate Plus (Reasonably demanding trekking at altitude up to 4,500 meters with trip to higher elevation and could include treks away from Villages on ill-defined mountain trails) and passable nature trek through diverse landscape and prosperous culture with pleasing sunrise and sunset from Poonhill (3,210m), great Himalaya views, terraced fields, charming Gurung, Poon Magar, Thakali villages (with their great hospitality), natural hot spring, waterfalls and a broad variation of flora and fauna. The trail leads you to the Annapurna Base Camp 4,130m/13,549ft, which is one of the most famous trekking routes in Annapurna region. This trek offers you to witness 3 mountains above 8,000m. Annapurna Base Camp trekking offers you the lavish views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Nilgiri North (7,061m), Nilgiri Centre (6,940m), Nilgiri South (6,839m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Fishtail (6,993m Machhapuchhre), Gangapurna, Tent Peak, Annapurna South (7,647m), Hiunchuli, Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,988m), Manaslu (8,156m) and many other trekking peaks along with beautiful sunset and sunrise.

Adventure Treks Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary) Trekking begins from Kathmandu upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. The Capital city of Nepal, also known as the city of Temples, Stupas, Monasteries as well as rich Culture and old history. After having good rest in Kathmandu we start our trip to Annapurna Base Camp with Himalayan flight (25 minute) to Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp, during the flight you will see the great view of the Himalayas (from right side of the airplane), lakes, villages and terrace fields or drive 6-8 hrs along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi River. Pokhara is best known for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. If we drive normally we arrive by mid afternoon so you have time to explore or relax as you prepare for the journey ahead.

After having good time in Pokhara we then take a scenic drive to Nayapul which takes about 1hour and 30 minute. From Nayapul we start our trekking through Birethanti (a small village set at the foot of the Modi Khola and Burungdi Khola at around 1,130m) where we check our Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) permit and continue our trekking. While trekking through the trail we pass Sudami, Hille (1,520m), Ulleri, Banthanti, Ghorepani, (2,810m) (A beautiful village inhabited by the Poon Magar community, that used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (Pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghora in Nepali) ).

Very early in the morning we head to Poonhill (3,210 m) (from where will see breathtaking view of some of the most famous Himalayas peaks in the world including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu and many more.) to see beautiful sunrise with great mountain views. We continue our trek to Deurali, Banthanti, Tadapani, chule.

The trekking continues as we pass through Chhomrong (2,170 m.) a beautiful gurung village. We trek down to the Chhomrong River along the Modi Khola (River), and we walk uphill to Sinuwa then Kuldighar at 2,350m from where the trek goes to Dovan via Bamboo while we see different types Rhododendron and Bamboo forest. Further trek to Himalaya Hotel 2,900m, Hinko Cave and Deurali 3,200m from where the view changes to sharp arid landscape. We gradually ascend to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130 m (our destination) via Bagar and Machapuchere Base Camp (3,700 m.) above the sea level. We observe the magnificent view of the majestic Fishtail (Tail of the Fish, Machhapuchhre) Mountain along with other broad mountains such as Annapurna-I, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and many other peaks. Also good view of sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas.

After the accomplishment of our goal of reaching Annapurna Base Camp we trek back to Chomrong (same way). The climax of the trek allows you to enjoy the relaxing bath at the natural hot spring in Jhinudanda. The journey continues as we trek to Phedi via New Bridge, Himalpani, Landruk, Tolka, Bheri Kharka, Deurali, Potana, Dhampus from where we take a drive (30 m) to Pokhara where we spend a night. In Pokhara you enjoy your time like boating in Phewa Lake, walking around the market (Shopping) or go to the bar (Restaurants) just before you fly back to Kathmandu.

After the memorable time in the Himalayas (Annapurna Base Camp Trekking), you enjoy your last Night in Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the airport according to your flight time. You will fly back home with lots of good memories that last lifetime. "Namaste" !

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Additionally, the highlights of this trek are Ghorepani Poonhill and Chhomrong villages, Annapurna Basecamp (4130m) and Jhinu (Natural hot spring); along with terraced fields and tropical fruit tree along the trails. Despite great height and surrounding peaks and ice walls, the valley floor between 12,000 and 14,000 ft. provide comfortable camping in good weather. The memories of being on the heart of the Himalayan thrilling views of Annapurna; will last forever on Annapurna Basecamp Trek.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Useful Info

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m] Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara [970 m].
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul /Trek to Banthanti [2,240 m].
Day 04:
Trek to Ghorepani [2,810 m].
Day 05: (Sunrise trip to Punhill) Trek to Chule [2,675 m].
Day 06: Trek To Chhomrong [2,170 m].
Day 07: Trek to Deurali [3,200 m].
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base camp [4,130 m].
Day 09: Trek to Bambo or Sinuwa [2,340 m].
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Hot spring. [1,645 m].
Day 11:
Trek to Tolka. [1,645 m].
Day 12: Tolka to Pokhara [970 m] via Phedi.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu [1,338m].
Day 14: Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. 


Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m] Transfer to the Hotel. (Car).
Day 02:
Drive to Pokhara [970 m]. "B". (Car).
Day 03:
Drive to Nayapul /Trek to Banthanti [2,240 m]. "B,L,D". (Car+Trek).
Day 04:
Trek to Ghorepani [2,810 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 05:
(Sunrise trip to Punhill) Trek to Chule [2,675 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 06:
Trek To Chhomrong [2,170 m]. "B,L,D" (Trek).
Day 07:
Trek to Deurali [3,200 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 08:
Trek to Annapurna Base camp [4,130 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 09:
Trek to Bambo or Sinuwa [2,340 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 10:
Trek to Jhinu Hot spring. [1,645 m]. "B,L,D" (Trek).
Day 11:
Trek to Tolka. [1,645 m]. "B,L,D" (Trek).
Day 12:
Tolka to Pokhara [970 m] Via Phedi. "B,L,". (Trek+ Car).
Day 13:
Fly to Kathmandu [1,338m]. "B". (Car+Flight+Car).
Day 14:
Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. "B".

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival and Departure Transport.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Duffel Bag.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Kathmandu Pokhara drive.
  • Pokhara Nayapul and Phedi Pokhara drive.
  • Pokhara Kathmandu flights with airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking Region map.
  • TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees.
  • All Government taxes.
  • Office service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

 

Weather information

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period:In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival & Departure Transfers by private Car on both domestic / international flights.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Trekking Duffle Bag.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking. (Above Chomrong Dormitery)
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara drive.
  • Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara by Car.
  • Pokhara -Kathmandu flights with airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking Region map.
  • TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees.
  • All Government taxes.
  • Office service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

 

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM: This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS

1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS

1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good

a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)

a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)

Severe symptoms of altitude sickness

a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING

1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION

1. Acclimatization: After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT

1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4 ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.


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