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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Fantastic journey to a famous and very traditional Base Camp situation in a true snow and ice amphitheatre.

Highlights

  • Amazing setting in a traditional Base Camp
  • Amphitheatre of snow and ice surrounded by 7000m white capped peaks
  • Route includes Poon Hill
  • Down time in Kathmandu and Pokhara

This 17 day trip combines some fantastic trekking in the rural lower Annapurna region, the snow capped peaks environment of the spectacular and traditional Annapurna Base Camp with some time in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The early part of the route meanders its way through rural villages before entering the Annapurna Sanctuary and a 3 day ascent up the gully to base camp. It can be demanding at times but well worth it to experience this amphitheatre of snow and ice that forms the camp. You are now in the heart of the Annapurnas with some of the world’s highest peaks surrounding you.

Having descended out of the Sanctuary, you will trek to Ghorepani and another superb opportunity to experience the sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill (3200m). This photographic hotspot lies between two of the world’s biggest mountain ranges (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) as well as overlooking the world’s deepest river gorge (Kali Ghandaki).

At the end of the trek, it takes just 90 mins by road Pokhara. It’s time to relax in your well appointed 4* hotel (with a pool), just minutes from the centre of town. There are lots of adventure activities available (paragliding, microliting, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake) or you can simply relax and enjoy the shops, restaurants and pool.

A domestic flight back to Kathmandu, an overnight stay before your final departure.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1990
Land Only, from £1250
Trip Duration 17 Days Uk - UK
Trek Length 12 Days
Max Altitude 4130m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All melas on trek, b'fasts hotels

Fantastic journey to a famous and very traditional Base Camp situation in a true snow and ice amphitheatre.

Highlights

  • Amazing setting in a traditional Base Camp
  • Amphitheatre of snow and ice surrounded by 7000m white capped peaks
  • Route includes Poon Hill
  • Down time in Kathmandu and Pokhara

This 17 day trip combines the beautiful rural lower Annapurna region with the spectacular snow and ice amphitheatre that surrounds the small collection of buildings that form Annapurna Base Camp.

Experience these working villages before entering the Annapurna Sanctuary and a 3 day ascent up the gully to base camp. It can be demanding at times but well worth it. Having returned to lower altitude, it doesn’t end there! Our route takes you to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, a superb photographic that lies between two of the world’s biggest mountain ranges (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) as well as overlooking the world’s deepest river gorge (Kali Ghandaki).

At the end of it all, it’s time to relax in your well appointed 4* hotel (with a pool), just minutes from the centre of town. Lots of adventure activities available before your domestic flight back to Kathmandu.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1990
Land Only, from £1250
Trip Duration 17 Days Uk - UK
Trek Length 12 Days
Max Altitude 4130m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All melas on trek, b'fasts hotels

Annapurna Base Camp
Truly stunning amphitheatre of snow and ice.
Traditional Base Camp

No Compulsory Single Supplement

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1 – Depart UK

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, settle in

Day 3 – Free Day

Day 4 – Drive to Pokhara and then Phedi, trek to Pothana

Day 5 – Trek Pothana – Jinhu

Day 6 – Trek Jinhu – Sinuwa

Days 7, 8, 9 – Trek Bamboo – Duerali – ABC (4130m)

Days 10, 11 – Trek Doban – Chommrung

Day 12 – Trek Chommrung – Tadapani (2600m)

Day 13 – Trek Tadapani – Ghorepani (2900m)

Days 14,15 – Trek Ghorepani – Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul, road to Pokhara

Day 16 – Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 17 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel.

Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in.

Day 3 – Free Day
Meet your trekking Guide at 0900hrs for a trekking brief and timings for tomorrow. Final preparations for trek. Optional pre-arranged cultural tour of Kathmandu with exclusive transport/Guide or choose to roam as you please. B

Day 4 – Drive to Pokhara and then Phedi, trek to Pothana
An early start to get you into Pokhara and then onto the start of the trek in a reasonable time. This is mainly ascending, steep at times but take your time to work into the trekking. You will easily make Damphus and possible Pothana today. BD

Day 5 – Trek Pothana – Jinhu
A much easier trek today, initially ascending to Deurali before a big descent to clear the forest. Once clear of the forest, you catch your first sight of the Modi Khola river. It is the very deep valley that eventually leads up to Annapurna Base Camp. You will pass through many villages as you contour the hillside and end up at Landruk for lunch. The final destination of Jinhu is a few hours away, trekking down to the valley floor before a short sharp ascent up to the village. 6 – 7 hrs, BLD

Day 6 – Trek Jinhu – Sinuwa
Day 6 begins with a steep 2hr ascent up to the village of Chommrung before an equal descent back down to the river. Chommrung is the point at which you enter the ‘Annapurna Sanctuary’. No plastic bottles are allowed for drinking water. Another ascent gets you to Sinuwa and the beginning of the gully up to ABC. BLD

Days 7, 8, 9 – Trek Bamboo – Duerali – ABC (4130m)
There are a number of combinations of villages that you can stay at en route to ABC but ultimately you will end up in ABC on the 3rd night of ascent (day 9). The gully is long and can be quite demanding at times. It is also quite deep and remains out of the sunshine for much of the day. You will pass MBC about 2 hrs prior to reaching ABC and is preferred by some trekkers for the overnight stay (lower altitude), choosing to get up before dawn and make the 2hr trek to ABC for sunrise. There is much to savour at ABC itself both on the day you arrive as well as for sunrise. It is a lovely place to stay and allows you to take in your beautiful surroundingsfor so much longer. High recommended. BLD

Days 10, 11 – Trek Doban – Chommrung
Be sure to get up to see the sunrise hit the mountain tops. It will be cold first thing but wrap up warm, it’ll be worth it. There are numerous places around that you can choose to sit and watch it. Enjoy your breakfast before you begin the descent initially to Doban (overnight) and then all the way down to Chommrung. The descent is so much faster of course and after the higher altitude, it will feel much warmer down here. BLD

Day 12 – Trek Chommrung – Tadapani (2600m)
The next two days is in complete contrast to ABC. A lovely meandering 3hr trek in failry open country will take you down to a bridge that crosses the river before you face a 2hr ascent up to Tadapani. The ascent is fairly steep and as it progresses, you enter the thick rhododendron forest. Watch out for the colonies of monkeys as you go through the forest. You will suddenly pop out at the village, which has a small traditional Tibetan market. BLD.

Day 13 – Trek Tadapani – Ghorepani (2900m)
There is a small deep gully that has to be crossed as you leave Tadapani; it takes about an hour.  From the other side, it ascends slowly for several hours to a couple of small hamlets for a break. It’s then up onto the ridge and as you break free of the forest you will see the blue tops of the houses in Ghorepani. You will also be able to see Poon Hill. A final 40 min descent takes you to the village. Ghorepani is at the junction of several trekking routes and is subsequently larger and livelier than the other villages seen so far. BLD

Days 14,15 – Trek Ghorepani – Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul, road to Pokhara
Day 14 is an excellent day beginning with a pre-dawn start to get you up to Poon Hill (3200m) for the sunrise. It takes about 45 mins to get up to the top. It is a fabulous photographic opportunity as both the Annapurna and Dhaulagari ranges are in full view. After you have returned to Ghorepani for breakfast, you will begin the descent towards Ulleri and finally to your overnight stop at Tikhedhunga. It is mainly descending. Your final day’s trek (Day 15) will be fairly short to Naya Pul followed by a 90 min road transfer to Pokhara. It’s time to relax, throw off those trekking clothes, have a good shower in our 4* hotel and generally unwind, perhaps by the lovely pool. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. The centre of town is just a few minutes away (literally) so you can stroll and eat/drink at leisure within easy walking distance of your home. B

Day 16 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After breakfast, we transfer you to the local airport for your domestic flight back to Kathmandu.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free. B

Day 17 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
29 Mar - 14 Apr 2018 £1990 £1250
3 - 19 May 2018 £1990 £1250
27 Sep - 13 Oct 2018 £1990 £1250
25 Oct - 10 Nov 2018 £1990 £1250

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

The above prices are for overall group sizes of 4. We can tailor make a group size of 2 or 3 pax for an additional fee of £40 pp.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

Included in the price:

  • Return international flights London – Kathmandu
  • Return international airport transfers
  • One way domestic flight Pokhara – Kathmandu (including taxes) and all land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation Kathmandu, total 3 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation Pokhara, 1 night, twin share, B&B basis
  • All meals on trek, breakfasts in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall
  • Free route map
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek

Not included in the price:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • lunch & dinners in Kathmandu/Pokhara (see full list of meals included in the full itinerary)
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

Included in the price:

  • Return international airport transfers
  • One way domestic flight Pokhara – Kathmandu (including taxes) and all land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation Kathmandu, total 3 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation Pokhara, 1 night, twin share, B&B basis
  • All meals on trek, breakfasts in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall
  • Free route map
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek

Not included in the price:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • lunch & dinners in Kathmandu/Pokhara (see full list of meals included in the full itinerary)
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £120.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu
1 hotel night in Pokhara

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary. Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to at least single figures and certainly below zero at Annapurna Base Camp and the higher elevations.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is perfectly achievable. The 3 day gully ascent from Chomrung to the Base Camp itself can be demanding at times. The maximum altitude is 4130m (Annapurna Base Camp) and you will sleep there for 1 night. We would recommend an reasonable level of fitness.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

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Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip is a one way domestic flight from Pokhara (POK) to Kathmandu (KTM) after your trek has been completed.
The flight takes approx 25- 30 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 30 – 40 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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