Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

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  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude: 4130m/13549ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the most popular trekking in Nepal as it offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature and culture of the central mountains of Nepal and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal. The trail starts in the lowland villages, where rice terraces cut through the mountainsides. It continues into the Annapurna Himal, where you will see colorful villages, green forests, bamboo jungles, rivers and cascades rich with birds and animal life. Prominent is the South face of Mt. Annapurna South (7219m) as well as Mt. Machhapuchhare (6993m).

This is one of the most beautiful treks that combine easy walking with the majestic scenery at an easy to handle altitude as you gradually climb uphill. The peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and Rhododendron. The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Annapurna Sanctuary from where you are presented with an undeniably beautiful and unimaginable 360-degree view of the Annapurna mountain ranges including Annapurna I (8091m) which is the 10th highest in the world.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 200 km 6 hrs

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

Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6-7 hrs)

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

Day 6: Trek to Chomrong (2170m/7120ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 7: Trek to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 9: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft, 6 hrs)

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 11: Trek to Sihuwai and Drive to Pokhara (4-5 hours trek, 1-2 hour drive)

Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive back (200kms/ 6-7 hrs)

Day 13: Full day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu city

Day 14: Departure from TIA

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay in hotel.

After breakfast you will board a vehicle. On your way to Pokhara you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the country side of Nepal with green hills, rivers, farms etc. In Pokhara you can enjoy great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and many others. Overnight stay at Hotel.

(Optional Trishuli River Rafting can be added on request)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

At dawn, you have the opportunity to view the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, and Dovan until you finally reach Bamboo (2310m/7575ft). As the mornings are quite clear you will likely experience panoramic views along this section and often a dusting of snow as you walk through the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from glaciers to the rocks below. This should be a fairly easy mostly downhill walk today. Overnight stay at Local Guest House.

From Bamboo, there is a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa followed by stone steps that lead to Lower Chhomrong. Then, you ascend the thousand stone steps taking you to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, it’s a steep but easy descent to Jhinu Danda. The highlight of the day is an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs just 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight stay at Local Guest House.

An easy day today trekking through hillside villages and farmland along the river before we board our vehicle back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Today we return to Kathmandu by a tourist bus. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel where you have the opportunity to have a rest or do some sightseeing or souveneir 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.

The day begins with the breakfast in your hotel; today you will be exploring the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Our first stop is the very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple, it lies 6 Km from central Kathmandu. One of the holiest Hindu temples it is dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River; the main temple is built in pagoda style, has a golden roof and beautifully carved silver doors. Then you will visit the famous Boudhanath Stupa. This stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and also has a strong Tibetan influence and community. Then after we finally visit Swayambhunath Temple also known as Monkey Temple, from there we return to your hotel. Tonight there is a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with Authentic Nepalese cuisine and cultural show. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

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

  • All transportation as per the itinerary including airport transfers. (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Remaining transfers by private vehicle)
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu and 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara on Twin Sharing Basis with Breakfast (BB).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trekking days on Twin Sharing/Dormitory room.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffie while on trekking days.
  • Guided sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu City (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Swoyambhunath) with Monument Entrance Fees.
  • Government licensed holder local English speaking Guide throughout the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation for office staffs.
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • All services charge and Government Taxes.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Each item costs about $4 - $7 dollars depending on place where you eat.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have a currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • 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.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Include section.
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Apr 19, 2018 May 02, 2018 US$ 850 Available Book
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Jun 05, 2018 Jun 18, 2018 US$ 850 Available Book
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Sep 19, 2018 Oct 02, 2018 US$ 850 Available Book
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Dec 05, 2018 Dec 17, 2018 US$ 850 Available Book
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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.

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine).
  • Sunblock SPF 30+.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters.
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets.
  • Water treatment tablets.
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS) 
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. 
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS? 
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
•    Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
•    Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 
•    Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
•    Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
•    Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
•    Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
•    Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
•    Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
•    Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
•    Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
•    Chest tightness or congestion
•    Confusion
•    Coughing up blood
•    Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
•    Grey or pale complexion
•    Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
•    Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    Breathlessness
•    A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
•    Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
•    Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
•    Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
•    Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
•    Nausea/vomiting
•    Loss of balance or coordination
•    Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

HOW TO PREVENT? 
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
•    Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
•    Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
•    Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
•    Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
•    Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
•    Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
•    Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? 
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.

Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
•    Don’t ascent up rapidly.
•    Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
•    Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
•    Climb high and sleep low.
•    Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
•    Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
•    Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
•    Never leave or descent sick person along.
•    Avoid getting cold.
•    Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
•    Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 
 

Why is Tipping 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 same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be 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, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiuchuli, Mardi and many other mountains
  • Mesmerizing sunrise & mountain views from Poonhill
  • Explore Annapurna Sanctuary 
  • Typical Gurung Village of Chhumrung
  • Zhinu Hot Spring at Jhinu

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  • Social Responsibility
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