Annapunra Basecamp Trekking

Annapunra Basecamp Trekking 14 days

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary) Trekking is a moderate nature trek that starts at Nayapul, an hour drive from Pokhara, which takes you to the foot [Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m] of Mt. Annapurna, one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. The trail takes you through fascinating traditional villages of Nepal ’s ethnic communities of the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali who will greet you very warmly if you cared to stop for a conversation. The hike continues through dense rhododendron forest with towering snowy peaks in the background.

The trekking is even more interesting interesting as the trek winds around different ridges towards Ghorepani, where you witness breathtaking views of an early morning sunrise where a red halo seeps through glistening gaps over the snow capped peaks of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountains. The sceneries seen throughout this trek grace the landscape of the Himalayas where imagination defines the beauty of nature as an experience that can never be forgotten.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipments
  • Useful Info
  • Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m] Transfer to the Hotel. (Car).
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara [970 m]. "B". (Car). Flight can be arranged on request.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi / Trek to Tolka [1,645 m] "B,L,D". (Car+Trek).
Day 04: Trek To Chhomrong [2,170 m]. "B,L,D" (Trek).
Day 05: Trek to Dovan [2,610 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 06: Trek to Deurali [3,200 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 07: Trek to Annapurna Base camp [4,130 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 08: Trek to Sinuwa [2,340 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 09: Trek to Tadapani [2,675 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani [2,810 m] "B,L,D". (Trek).
Day 11: (Sunrise trip to Punhill) Trek to Trikhedunga. [1,545 m]. "B,L,D" (Trek).
Day 12: Trikhedhunga to Pokhara [970 m] Via Nayapul. "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".

Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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.

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.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

* Lightweight Trekking (walking) (Waterproof) boots and spare laces. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
* A pair of track shoes for evening and walk around campsite.
* Warm Jackets (Fiber fill or down) down should be adequate.
* A rainproof jacket with hood or ponchos (Get guaranteed Waterproof)
* Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
* A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks.
* Thermal underwear.
* A tracksuit.
* 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
* Few pairs of cotton T-shirts.
* At least 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sun born.
* A woolen hat for morning and evening and Sun cap (Hat) during the day and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck..
* A pair of gloves.
* A pair of sandals to shower and campsite.
* Few pair of thin and thick woolen socks.
* Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume.
* Sleeping bags for night. (At least -20 Celsius)

Equipment and Accessories

* Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gears while trekking. (We provide)
* Daypack to carry personal day requirements. (25-30 Ltr) This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day
* Water bottle.
* Snow glasses and sunglasses.
* 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some small plastic bags for garbage.
* Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
* Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins.
* Headlamp or torch light with spare batteries and bulbs.Candles or lighter to burn toilet paper and to lit on.
* Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.
* Walking poles. (If you like to have).
* Camera with spare batteries and films
* Reading materials, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph
* First aid kit with enough Personal medicine.

Physically prepare yourself

It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself

Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

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

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu - [1,338 m]: Upon your arrival, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. (Car).

Day 02: Drive To Pokhara - [1,338 m] (B): Early in the morning we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal's lake city. Our bus follows a winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the Trisuli River. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and passing terrace fields before reaching our destination.
Pokhara is best known for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Normally, we arrive by mid afternoon so you have time to explore or relax as you prepare for the journey ahead. (Driving 6-7 hours). (Car).

Day 03: Drive to Phedi / Trek To Tolka [1,645 m] (B,L,D): After breakfast (in your Hotel) at The Hotel we pick up and head for our trekking of the Base camp. We start our trek by driving a short distance to Phedi (18km). We climb steeply to the ridge at Dhampus at 1,650m. Passing through a rhododendron forest we move forward to the village of Pothana , from here we reach to the small settlement of Deurali. Making a steep descent on forested slopes and then into a side canyon of the Modi Khola, passing through the settlement of Bheri Kharka, we then climb gently and emerge into the main Modi Khola valley, and finally reach to Tolka where we are going to spend night. (Drive 30 Minute and walking hours 5-6 hours). (Car+Trek).

Day 04: Tolka Trek to Chhomrong [2,170 m] (B,L,D): To continue with our trek after breakfast we start moving ahead from Tolka to Landruk, a Gurung village. Ten minutes below the Landruk village, the trail to the sanctuary leads away to the right which shows the sign pointing the way north to Chhomrong. We cross the river at Shiuli at 1,340m before climbing the Jhinu Danda at 1,750m (Natural hot spring 20 minute from jhinu). We reach Taglung at 2,180m. After a short distance from Taglung, the trail rounds a bend and enters the upper part of Chhomrong, a gurung village, (one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal) where we spend the night. Chhromrong is a large village that is spread along a huge stone staircase, which drops to the Chhromrong Khola. (Walking hours 5-6 hours). (Trek).

Day 05: Chhomrong Trek to Dovan [2,610 m] - (B,L,D): Leaving Chhomrong after Breakfast the trail descends to cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs high above the Modi Khola on it's west bank. The trail then ascends through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa and finally reaches Kuldi at 2,350m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forests and eventually we reach the small settlement of Bamboo Lodge at 2,340m. After lunch at bamboo The trail continues along the west bank of the Modi Khola valley through dense bamboo forest, occasionally dropping to cross tributary streams, but ascending continuously, and reaches the settlement of Doban at 2,670 where there are several lodges. We are going to stay overnight at Dovan (If time and your Legs permitted you may continue to Himalaya Hotel or Deurali). (Walking time 5-7 hours). (Trek).

Day 06: Dovan Trek to Deurali [3,200 m] - (B,L,D): After breakfast, we have a steady ascent of about three to four hours from Doban to Deurali. The bushy forest is home to troops of Langur Monkeys and it is likely you will have plenty of closes up views of these playful primates. Once we reach Deurali, the forest disappears and the valley opens up, with the mountains now appearing very close by. Deurali is at the foot of the Modi Himal and Machhapuchhare, one of the most famous mountains in the Himalayas. (Walking time 3-4 hours). (Trek).

Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp [4,130 m] via Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3,700 m] - (B,L,D): Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Walking hour 5-6 hours. (Trek).

Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Simuwa [2,340 m] - (B,L,D): From the Sanctuary (Base Camp) we initially retrace our steps, and descend to Deurali, through Himalayan Hotel, and eventually to Doban where we will have a lunch. We cover the ground a lot quicker on the way down taking advantage of our acclimatization and the reducing altitude. After Lunch we will be continue to Sinuwa where we spend night. Walking hour 8-9 hours. (Trek).

Day 09: Sinuwa to Tadapani [2,675 m] - (B,L,D): After breakfast at our Tea House we start our Trekking to Tadapani. A Small Gurung Village. We initially walk west on the trail that leads to Tadapani. We cross the Khumnu Khola and then ascend steeply to a collection of tea-houses Ghurjung/Siprung and Chule where we will have a Lunch. After Lunch we will be continue to Tadapani through the beautiful Rododendren Forest.
Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II, etc. Walking hour 5-6 hours. (Trek).

Day 10: Tadapani to Ghorepani [2,810 m] - (B,L,D): Continue our way down and up along the trail making sure we are always on the inside of the path when passing through the narrow but natural beauty trail pass. Occasional views of the peaks give way to a narrower valley; we pass through Rhododendron forest and eventually reach Ghorepani. When we get in Ghorepani we will be around the mountain views and the beautiful village, and dream for next day's view of sunrise from Poonhill. If we are up early enough to walk half an hour up to Poon Hill we get to see the sunrise and the spectacular views of Machapuchhre, the Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and lush greeneries. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the teams of mules, which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom. Walking hour 5-6 hours. (Trek).

Day 11: (Sunrise trip to Punhill) Trek to Trikhedunga [1,545 m] - (B,L,D): During the night, your guide will check for clear weather to make the one-hour climb up to the Poonhill viewpoint at 3,210m. It’s usually misty when you start off and arrive, then at sunrise the clouds part to reveal one of the most majestic sunrises in the world; Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Mountain are all viewable from here. We then head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before trekking down to Trikhedhunga. After breakfast we start walking down to Trikhedunga. This is Another part of excitement is passing through colorful villages inhabited by different ethnic groups who being so different from each other still lives in close harmony. This gives plenty of opportunity to understand their culture and way of life. One the way down we pass the Village called Banthanti & Nangethanti. Trikhedunga is a tiny village for an overnight where you have another chance to mix with Nepalese people. Walking hour 5-6 hours. (Trek).

Day 12: Trikhedhunga to Pokhara via Nayapul. [970 m] - (B,L,D): Another change in the landscape, today you walk mostly along the bank of Bhurungdi River where you have chance to cross suspension bridge which adds your excitement more. We follow the theory what goes up must come down, that is today's walk. After a nice walk passing through villages you get to Nayapul (literally means New Bridge). Then we drive to Pokhara [970 m] and drop to your Hotel. Walking hour 3-4 hours (Drive 1:30 to 02 hours). (Trek+Car).

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): After breakfast in Pokhara, we have a mountain flight to Kathmandu; it is a thrilling exciting flight over forests, fields and villages with the Himalayas at the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Car+Flight+Car).

Day 14: Departure - (B): Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. (Car).
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