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Annapurna Base Camp Trek [11 DAYS]

Peregrine Treks and Tours Annapurna Base Camp, Ghandruk, Nepal

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK – 11 DAYS

 Trip Duration: 11 days
 Trip Level: Easy/Moderate
 Group Size: Min. 2-16 Max.
 Min. Age: 8
 Altitude : 4130 m
 Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
 Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

OVERVIEW

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to one of Nepal’s oldest and most popular trekking trails. The first trekkers to Nepal had trodden on these paths. Take the same trail taken by the pioneers. Visit settlements of the valiant Gurkha warriors and set foot on Annapurna Base Camp. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp leads you from the verdant hills to a wondrous world of snow and ice. Step on a glacial sanctuary fortified by the spectacular Annapurna Massif. Celebrate the incomparable beauty of the Himalayas at ABC. You lie in a frozen ring of 7000 and 8000-meter peaks including Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world.
Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Kimchi village. From the first day’s trek to the last, our seasoned trek leader will be there to lend support and guidance. Hike past traditional Gurung villages and green terraced fields neatly sculpted on mountainsides. The forked summit of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) looms over the trail. Annapurna Region has seen major development in the past few years, yet the trail to Annapurna Base Camp remains untouched. It is a joy to walk beneath soaring Himalayan peaks and trees laden with flowers. During spring the trail bursts into a profusion of pink, red and white rhododendron blooms. In addition, on the last leg of your trek, enjoy a relaxing dip at Jhinu Danda’s hot springs. Finally in Pokhara, get nostalgic at Phewa Lake. Gaze at the reflection of peaks under whose shadows you had walked.
If you are reasonably fit and looking for a high altitude walk lasting for just over a week, then this short Annapurna trek is just right for you. Within a short duration of eleven days, you will be able to reach an elevation of 4310m, cross two base camps (ABC and Machhapuchhre Base Camp) and stand at a natural amphitheater, close to some of the world’s highest peaks. But if you are looking for something challenging, then we have our Annapurna Circuit Trek which involves a crossing of a high mountain pass, Thorung La, at 5,460m. Covering the circuit will let you experience the unique Bhotia culture and dramatic landscapes. If you have fitness issues but still want an Annapurna experience, then our Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is ideal for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

  Follow a classic route to Annapurna Base Camp in the Annapurna Region
  Visit the spectacular
  Annapurna Sanctuary
  Stand beneath the Annapurna Massif, including Annapurna I (8091m) Walk through mountain villages of the brave Gurkha soldiers
  Sample Gurung hospitality
  Enjoy a relaxing soak at Jhinu Danda’s natural hot spring

 

Is this trip suitable for you?
You can do this trek if you are reasonably fit and are used to walking on hilly terrain. Beginners can also do this trek.
ABC Trek is easier and shorter than other high altitude treks.
The highest point reached during the trek is the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m. You will have to trek for 8 days on an uphill and downhill trail.
Each day you will have to walk for 5 to 6 hours. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse. At the end of the day you stop at a comfortable teahouse/mountain lodge where your guide has booked room for you.
The route crosses a typical Nepalese countryside (terraced fields, mountainside villages), rhododendron forests, two base camps and a hot spring.
You get to enjoy phenomenal views of Annapurna Massif without technical climbing.
MEALS
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast is complimentary at the hotel you will be staying in. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided on the trail. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse you will be staying at. While trekking you will be stopping for lunch at a teahouse en route. Food on the trail consists of local (rice, lentils, curry, momo, chapatis) and international dishes (pancakes, pizza, mac & cheese, toast, noodles etc.) high on nutrition and carbohydrate. Enjoy complimentary welcome and farewell dinners at a traditional Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu.
BEST TIMES
Spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November) are the ideal seasons for Annapurna Base Camp trekking. The daytime temperature is just perfect during this time. It is neither too hot nor too cold during these times. While an autumn trek promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas, a Spring trek will let you experience the first blooms of the season. Walk on a trail filled with colorful rhododendron trees. Nights on the mountains are usually cold. Above 4,000 meters, you can expect nighttime temperatures to drop as low as -10 degrees
ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If traveling alone, you will share the room with a fellow traveler of the same sex. A single room will be available at an extra cost. Please choose the ‘single supplement’ option at the time of booking. Though single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations, while trekking at higher elevations, it is next to impossible to get a single room.
STANDARD PACKAGE:
Stay for 2 nights in Kathmandu at Samsara Resort and 1 night at Hotel View Point Pokhara. Located in the tourist hub of Thamel, Samsara Resort have good garden lying adjacent to the beautiful ‘Garden of Dreams’ (a landscaped garden dating back to the Rana period). The classy Pokhara Batika lies just a couple of steps away from the tranquil Phewa Lake and offers great views of the Himalayan peaks. Both the hotels feature free wi-fi, clean air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, coffee shop and a bar. In addition, enjoy free buffet breakfast in the morning at the hotels’ restaurant. The properties lie at a comfortable distance from all major tourist attractions and international airport.
While trekking, 7 nights’ accommodation at standard teahouses or mountain lodges with en-suite bathrooms. Please remember that at higher elevations teahouses are few and far between and may feature shared washroom facilities. These are generally clean and have basic facilities.
Deluxe Package: 2 nights at Yatri Suites in Kathmandu and 1 night at Kuti Resort in Pokhara. Yatri Suites is situated in Thamel district of Kathmandu. Kuti Resort in Pokhara is located close to Phewa Lake and most of the sightseeing places in the city. The resort features two-storied individual cottages built in the traditional style. Both hotels are luxurious four-star deluxe boutique hotels featuring well-appointed rooms, spa, fitness center, swimming pool, restaurants, bar, café etc. In addition, at Temple Tree, each room comes with a private balcony that opens out to a lush garden.
While trekking, 7 nights’ accommodation at teahouses or mountain lodges. On the trail, lodges usually have basic facilities. We will try to accommodate you at the best available lodges.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1400M/4,593FT) & TRIP PREPARATION
Welcome to Kathmandu! Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Meet the other team members and trek leader at the pre-trip meeting held later in the day. A briefing by your trek leader on your Annapurna adventure will follow. Listen carefully as your trek leader describes in detail the trail and what to expect during the trek. Further check your gears for the final time. If you have forgotten any item you can buy or hire it from any of the shops selling trekking gear. Get suggestions from your trek leader. Later head to the lively tourist hub of Thamel. We recommend you to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during the day, so as to enable you to attend the group briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 2: FLY TO POKHARA (800M/2625FT.)- DRIVE TO KIMCHI – TREK TO GHANDRUK (1940M/6365FT.)
Get up early and prepare to leave Kathmandu. From the domestic airport in Kathmandu take a scenic flight to Pokhara, a pretty lakeside town. On reaching Pokhara, board a vehicle and drive to Kimchi. A two and a half hours drive brings you to this small settlement from where your trek begins. Climb on well-laid stone steps all the way to Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village and home to brave Gurkha soldiers. Explore the village.
There are many interesting places you can head to, like the Gurung Museum for instance. There’s also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Immerse yourself in the local mountain culture while interacting with the villagers. Enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna Himal. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 3: TREK GHANDRUK TO CHHOMRONG (2170M/7119FT)
Walk past terraced fields, and follow a winding route down to Kimrong Khola, occasionally passing through cascading waterfalls. From time to time stop for awhile to take in the views. Cross a bridge and thereafter take a steep ascent via a stone staircase to Chhomrong, another Gurung village. As soon as you reach the village head towards a teahouse and rest your aching muscles. From Chhomrong, the snowy walls of Annapurna South and Machhapucchre (Fishtail Peak) seem very close. Take pictures and simply let the majestic beauty of the mountains work its magic on you. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 4: TREK CHHOMRONG TO BAMBOO (2310M/7579FT)
Today’s trek involves more steep descents and ascents on stone staircases. Walk down a flight of steps to Chhomrong Khola and cross the metal suspension bridge. An uphill hike through a wooded trail filled with oak, bamboo and rhododendron trees brings you to Khuldighar. From here take an easy descent down to Bamboo, your stop for the night. Bamboo is made up of a cluster of teahouses catering to trekkers on the Annapurna trail.
Overnight in Bamboo.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 5: TREK BAMBOO TO DEURALI (3230M/10,597FT)
Hike through a track shaded by thickets of bamboo. The path opens up after Himalaya Hotel offering delightful views of the glacial river flowing down the valley. Your itinerary involves a steep ascent to the historic Hinku Cave that served as an overnight camp for the first group of climbers daring to ascend Annapurna I. Follow an undulating path till you reach Deurali, a small settlement with few blue-roofed stone huts. As you gain altitude the temperature begins to dip and you begin to feel the cold, especially at night. Overnight in Deurali.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 6: TREK DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4,130M/13,550FT) VIA MACHHAPUCHHRE BASE CAMP (3700M/12139FT)
Leave Deurali behind and make a quick descent down to a glacial river. In order to reach ABC you need to first cross Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Enter the Machhapuchhre Base Camp through a narrow valley flanked by steep mountainsides. The walk through the ‘natural gateway’ to Annapurna Sanctuary (abode of the gods according to local folklore) is an unforgettable experience; one that you will remember long after your trek is over. As you get higher the tree line disappears and the vegetation gets sparser. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp enjoy glorious views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail peak), Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. Though the area is known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp, climbing on the peak is strictly forbidden. The mountain is a guardian deity of the locals. Ascend higher till you reach Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp lies in a valley surrounded by glaciers and the grand peaks of the Annapurna Massif. The awe inspiring sight will be enough to melt away all your aches and pains! Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 7: TREK ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4,130M/13,550FT) TO BAMBOO (2310M/7579FT)
First thing you do is get up early to catch the sun rising over the snowy peaks. Secondly head down to the Annapurna Sanctuary to witness this phenomenal sight. Watch the spectacular display of light and colour, as the first rays of the sun touch the frozen peaks making them seem like a ring of melted gold. Capture this moment in your mind and your camera to be treasured forever. Explore the glacial bowl and stand beneath the icy circle formed by the peaks of Annapurna Himal, including Annapurna South, Tharpu Chuli, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III & IV and Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world. Later on take a long descent down to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 8: TREK BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA (1760M/5774 FT)
From Bamboo head to Jhinu Danda, a beautiful settlement famous for its natural hot springs. Follow an up and down trail past a verdant trail. Hike through Chhomrong before you make a final descent to the ridge-top settlement of Jhinu Danda, your overnight stop. After checking into the teahouse, immediately walk down to the riverside and relax your tired muscles with a dip in the naturally heated pool. Later head to a teahouse and celebrate the completion of your trek with the crew and team members. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 9: TREK JHINU DANDA TO SIWAI (1340M/4396FT) AND DRIVE TO POKHARA
The last leg of your trek takes you to Siwai. Walk past terraced fields and traditional farms till you reach Siwai. As soon as you reach there, board a vehicle and head to Pokhara. Once you arrive in Pokhara check into your hotel. The lakeside city is frequently visited by international as well as domestic tourists. The rest of the day is for you to spend it on your own. Take a well deserved rest or stroll around the lakeside area. Sit by the serene Phewa Lake gazing at Machhpuchhre’s reflection and colourful boats. If you want to see more of Pokhara you can book a half-day guided sightseeing tour at an extra cost. Overnight in Pokhara.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 10: DRIVE POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
You finally leave Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu. It is a pleasant ride filled with refreshing mountain views and village scenes. You drive beside the Trishuli River. Watch people in bright rafting gear paddling down the river. Midway there will be stops for refreshments. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel. Take rest for as long as you like. Later on, go souvenir shopping or visit some places of interest. Celebrate the conclusion of your Nepal Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a complimentary farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Meal Included : | Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 11: FINAL DEPARTURE
You will be driven to the airport in due time to catch your flight (three hours prior to the scheduled departure). If you want you can extend your trip and explore more of the country. Choose from our vast range of itineraries or allow us to customize a tour for you. Bid goodbye to Nepal !
Meal Included : | Breakfast

PRICE INCLUDES

 Airport pick up & drop off service for international and domestic flights
 All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
 Airfare for domestic flights as per the itinerary
 [Standard package] Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara at a 3 star hotel on twin-sharing basis, with breakfast
 [Deluxe Package] Luxurious accommodation at a 5 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara Accommodation at luxury resorts wherever available while trekking for deluxe package. At other places the best available accommodation
 Teahouse accommodation during the trek on twin-sharing and sometimes dormitory-style clean and comfortable rooms for standard package
 Three daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
 Professional, English-speaking, government-licensed, well-trained in wilderness first-aid Trek Leader (Guide), Assistant Trekking Guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, flight fare, equipment, food and accommodation. National Park Entry Fee, TIMS and Trekking permit
 Complimentary  Welcome and Farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant
 All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
 First Aid kit and essential medicines(paracetamol, diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
 Peregrine Treks’ T-shirt, Duffel bag and trekking map

PRICE EXCLUDES

 Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
 Travel and medical insurance
 Personal expenses (laundry, drinks, beverages, snacks, private calls, souvenirs, hot showers etc.) International flights
 Nepal Visa fee
 Excess baggage fee
 Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure
 Personal trekking gear and equipment. Down jacket and sleeping bag(available on hire) Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
 Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control (natural calamities, strike etc.) Expenses not listed in the ‘Price Includes’ section

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Passport & Visa for Nepal
All foreigners except Indians need to have a visa to enter Nepal. Unlike other countries, Nepali consulates and embassies overseas issue visas without much fuss. Visas are also issued on the spot at Tribhuvan International Airport or at the border checkpoints. It can easily be obtained at the Nepal/China border as well. When you arrive at the airport you must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph. A single entry visa is valid for 15, 30 or 90 days and it costs $25,40 or 100 respectively. At the airport, you can pay this amount in
any major currency but some land crossings insist on payment in USD. Children under 10 are required to have a visa but are not charged for the same. If you are planning to visit India, Tibet and Bhutan you could apply for a multiple entry visa. You can change your single entry visa to multiple entry visa at Kathmandu’s Central Immigration Office. Keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when you submit your visa application. For further information, you can easily contact the Embassy of Nepal.
All foreign nationals entering Nepal are required to arrange a visa either on arrival or beforehand. A Nepalese visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport. Please note that nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon Arrival. Nepalese visa can also be secured at entry points at Nepalese borders.
Climate in Nepal
Europe and Nepal share pretty much the same weather, completely opposite of the Australian seasons. January is the coldest month and July is the hottest. We can say that the climate of Nepal is moderate which means that winters are dry and summers are hot. The important thing to note is because of the huge range in altitude and landscape, climate in Nepal differs significantly. Monsoon lasts from around the end of June to the end of August. About 80 percent of the rainfall occurs during this period throughout the country but the remainder of the year is dry. March to May is spring and September to November is autumn and they are also the most pleasant seasons. During winters (December, January and February) temperatures drop down with a high level of snowfall especially in the high mountain areas.
Banking and Forex in Nepal
Payment in hotels, travel agencies and airlines can be made in foreign exchange. Credit card payments are accepted at most business establishments. There are plenty of cash machines or ATMs in cities and most will accept cards issued by any of the major international banking networks (Plus, Cirrus, etc). The maximum withdrawal amount is Rs 10,000 in majority of ATM’s ( you can definitely make repeated withdrawals). Most credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, JCB and American Express are readily accepted at most tourist class hotels, restaurants, airlines and major tourist merchants. There is however a transaction fee for processing the cards (please note that this charge is enforced by the banks and not the merchants so it’s useless asking for a discount to remove this). The surcharge is usually around 4% or higher.
Custom Formalities-Nepal
On arrival in Nepal, your baggage should be cleared by the customs at the entry point. You are allowed to bring a personal laptop, camera, movie or video camera, 15 film rolls etc. apart from your personal belongings. If you purchase an antique in Nepal and want to take it home with you, the item will have to be certified by the Department of Archeology. In Nepal, it is illegal to take outside the country objects that are 100 years and older.
Emergency Contact Information
Please do not forget to provide your emergency contact information while filling out the form to book this trip. You can give the contact details of a family member or someone close to you.
Safety and Security – Nepal
Nepal is one of the safest and hospitable countries in the world for travelers (for groups as well as solo travelers). Nepalese are very warm and friendly towards tourists and most of them go out of their way to help visitors visiting their country. Having said that, to be on the safe side one should always take care of one’s belongings. Keep your cash, jewelry and expensive gadgets and accessories in a safe place. Try not to venture out alone during nighttime, especially at places where there are less people.
Electricity – Nepal
In Nepal the standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50 HZ. While in cities most hotels have multi- adapter style sockets but in the mountains the teahouses may have two pronged or three pronged outlets. It would be handy to bring along a worldwide adaptor with you to charge your devices. Some teahouses along the trail utilize solar polar.
Vaccinations – Nepal
We advise you to visit a physician specializing in travel related illnesses six months before your trip’s departure. Take the required boosters and vaccinations. Some of the vaccinations require six months for a complete course and it is advisable to take the full course before embarking on an adventure to a foreign country. You may not have to worry about tropical illnesses if you are trekking in the mountains.
Baggage – Nepal (Porter and Domestic Flight)
On the trail while your heavy luggage is carried by a porter, you will be carrying a light daypack filled with your important belongings and accessories. Please note your baggage (carried by the porter) should not weigh more than 15 kg. One porter will carry the baggage of two clients.
The baggage allowance for domestic flights is 15 kg. You will have to pay for extra baggage if your total baggage weight exceeds 15kg.
Physical Condition & Experience
Walking in higher altitudes is always more physically demanding than walking in the lower reaches. If you are in good health; have average physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, you can definitely complete the trek successfully. We would recommend exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip. This will help you enhance your strength and stability. Past trekking and hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants who have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before participating in this trip. We also advise you to inform Peregrine Treks if you have any medical condition before booking the trek.
Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization
At higher altitudes (2000 metres and above) the air gets thin and the oxygen level decreases. To let the body get used to thin air one should acclimatize properly before going higher. Going too high too fast will result in acute mountain sickness or AMS. The symptoms include difficulty in breathing, nausea, headache, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, vomiting etc. If left untreated it will affect the brain (known as HACE or High Altitude cerebral Oedema (swelling of the brain)) and the lungs (HAPE or High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema(fluid in the lungs) ) and will result in death within an hour or two.
All our itineraries allow sufficient time for acclimatization. One or two rest days have been assigned at lower elevations before you venture into the higher reaches (3500 to 4000 metres and above). This will give your body enough time to get used to rarefied air. Additionally our guides carry a first aid kit with medicines like diamox
(a pill that prevents and reduces the symptoms of altitude sickness) and antibiotics. On the trail, keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids as dehydration doubles the risk of AMS. To be on the safe side we advise you to consult your physician before booking a trek.
Equipments & Packing List – Nepal Trekking
The list give below is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. We also want you to understand that the items listed below will vary according to season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We would also suggest you to pack only what is important.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, very useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves or lightweight wool or fleece gloves.
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts and 1 pair of hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers/ waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric.
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks and 2 pairs of havy poly or wool socks and cotton socks(optional)
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant. Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries large Ziplocs
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable) Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer Female hygiene products Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes) Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
Group Size
If you join a fixed departure trip, you will be traveling with a group of people from different countries and backgrounds and of varying ages. It is a great way to meet new people and make friends. For all our fixed departure trips the minimum group size is 2 and the maximum is 16 people.
Guide, Trek Leader & Support Staff
The trekking group is led by a professional trek leader. He is a licensed trekking guide with years of experience guiding trekking groups in the mountains. He is a local and has in-depth knowledge of the region you will be trekking to. Assistant guides and Sherpa crew assist the trek leader.
Arrival & Departure (Kathmandu)
We offer airport pick up and drop off services. On arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel. On the last day of your trip you will be transferred to the international airport well in time (3 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure) to catch your flight.
Travel Insurance for Nepal
It is always a good idea to have a travel insurance policy while travelling to Nepal. Nepal is an adventure destination and most of the tourists who visit Nepal come to see the high Himalayan Peaks and experience different adventure sports. You will reach above 4000m in most of the treks in Nepal and it is best to have a policy that covers medical and emergency rescues. Helicopter rescues and emergency evacuation is common in Nepal so you have to choose insurance wisely. It’s a wise decision to have insurance policy that pays directly to the hospital rather than you having to pay for it at the spot.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of weather can we expect while trekking? How cold does it get?
Mountain weather is very difficult to predict. During winter (November to February) it will be a bit colder than the other months but the days during winter can be beautiful and warm if the sun is out. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (late September to early November) are the best time to trek in the Annapurna region. During the rainy season (June to early September) there is usually torrential rain in the mountain regions and trekking is not advisable. But in hindsight, no one can predict the weather conditions in the mountains. One can only expect the unexpected in the mountains
What can one expect on a ‘Teahouse Trek’?
Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer very basic services – small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one
On an average how long will we be walking each day?
Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach
3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants

Annapurna Base Camp, Ghandruk, Nepal

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