ABC Trek with Heli Flyback - 11 Days


  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude: 4130m/13549ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 4 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Helicopter/Land Transportation

There are few treks that combine so many different landscapes and brings you so close to the base of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks in such a short period of time as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC). ABC helicopter trekking, one way walking all the way to ABC and helicopter fly back to Pokhara provides you to close up Annapurna Himalaya view of world biggest mountains including beautiful Himalayan villages. You will be trekking alongside the terraced rice paddies, lush Rhododendron forests and majestic view of Annapurna Range most of the times. Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m is unique and incredibly spectacular, from where you can view majestic peaks of Annapurna Himal, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna ll, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre arranged in a circle surrounding you. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264 ft)

Day 2: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu City, Swoyambhunath and Patan City

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km/-6 hrs)

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m/5003ft, 3 hrs)

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 6: Hike to Poon Hill (3245m/10646ft) and trek to Tadapani (2523m/8277ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 7: Trek from Tadapani to Chomrong (2170m/7120ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 8: Trek from Chomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 9: Bamboo to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m/12135ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu by Helicopter

Day 11: Departure

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Great Nepal Representative will pick you up from the airport. You will then be transferred to Hotel nearby Thamel as per your request or similar category hotel. The tour leader attends a formal briefing about your package. We can either visit Great Nepal’s office or take rest at our hotel room. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you move to hotel for check in process. Visit Fewa Lake for boating and visit Tal Barahi Temple on own in the evening. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul (1 hour) which is the starting point for our trek. This is a relatively easy day of hiking as we follow the bank of the Modi Khola (River) passing through picturesque farmland and rice terraces. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Fuel yourself up very well with this span morning because today you will begin the real trekking. The day starts with a steep climb to Ulleri, ascending a steep stone staircase which has about 3300 steps and these first two hours will be challenging. Later, the path becomes more level although slightly uphill. Along the trail you will experience beautiful views, rhododendron forest, flora and fauna and the scenic hillside. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Today we start with a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3245m/10646ft) . It is a steep climb up stairs that takes about 1 hour. From here we will watch the sunrise from this stunning viewpoint where we can see both the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views. In spring the hillside of the surrounding areas is a stunning palette of red rhododendrons that blanket the hillside. This photogenic location is one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, we continue on with a fairly easy walk to Tadapani through dense forest alive with greenery and wildlife. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

From Tadapani to Chomrong, it is a steep descent through the dense forest to a beautiful village located in the lap of Annapurna. On the way we follow the west bank of Modi Khola (River) before arriving at Chomrong that is located below the towering peaks of, Annapurna south and Mt. Machhapuchre (Fishtail). Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

The day starts with an easy walk through forest and a climb up to Dovan before descending through the valley to Bamboo. The challenge for the day is that you will be climbing uphill after the initial descent from Chomrong to reach Chomrong Khola. After this it is a steep climb to Khuldighar (2380 m. / 7808 ft). Although the path itself is fairly easy, the continual rise in altitude makes this day fairly challenging. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Today the trail climbs up through the valley to get to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp. It is a walk with gradual altitude gains up the valley. As you emerge from the valley to MBC the vista opens up and you are greeted with the stunning panorama of mountains in the Annapurna Sanctuary. On the trail to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp the vegetation disappears as we walk through grassland and boulders along the small streams into the sanctuary. As the path widens you will see the 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. The Annapurna Sanctuary boasts stunning close up views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and other peaks. Annapurna Base Camp being the epicenter of the sanctuary. It is a very easy gradual incline today made only slightly harder by the moderate altitude. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

We will view the stunning sunrise and the scenic mountain panorama of Annapurna I 8,091m, Annapurna South 7,219m, Gangapurna 7,455m and Annapurna III 7,555m from Annapurna Base Camp. Capture these wonderful moments in the camera to step back to the memories of ABC. Later we will return to Kathmandu with a fascinating scenic Helicopter fly arranged by Great Nepal Treks and Expedition. It is an opportunity to watch the stunning mountains and high landscape with a close range that makes you feel WOW and perfect ending memory of your trip. After you land at Kathmandu Airport, you will be given free time to enjoy and complete your last minute shopping. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • Accommodation in the best available Guesthouses Lodges during the trek (on twin share/ Dormitory basis)
  • All Meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  • A local English speaking trekking guide and required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during (01 Porter for 2 PAX/ 20 Kg Max)
  • Accommodation, food, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and porters
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna Conservation Area Project Fee (ACAP)
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
  • Helicopter Flight from ABC to Pokhara with domestic Airport charge
  • Service charge and all additional government tax (Currently 13% VAT)
     

Exclusion

  • Your Travel insurance (Compulsory) 
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control and Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking
  • Bar bills, Telephone bills, personal expenses like laundry, Wi-Fi access fees, Charging Mobile Fees, Hot Shower fees in lodges while trekking
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section
     

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • Stunning views of Annapurna Range, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiuchuli, Mardi and many other mountains
  • Ghorepani- Poonhill (Sunrise & mountain views)
  • Typical Gurung Village of Chomrong
  • Spectacular Helicopter Flight over mountains and high landscape
     

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