Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Mt. Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world is one of the famous and popular trekking and tourist destination of our country. This is one of the most demanding and popular trekking destinations of our country and offers visitors the magnificent views of some of the highest mountain ranges of the world. This trek is the perfect combination of trekking in the Himalayas along with the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges and also the sightseeing of the unique lifestyle of people living in this region for many years.

Annapurna Base Camp trek offers the visitors with the great panoramic views of Himalayan ranges including some of the highest mountain ranges of the world such as Everest (Highest mountain of the world), Annapurna I, II, III & Iv, Dhaulagiri I, II, III & Iv, Manaslu, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Amadablam and other many mountain ranges. You will also do the sightseeing of some of the rare species of animals and birds which are only found in the Annapurna region of our country such as Himalayan bear, Snow Leopard, etc. One should need good physical stamina and good trekking experience to reach the base camp of Annapurna.

Annapurna Base Camp trek starts with the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. We will then take a scenic drive to Phedi from Kathmandu. Trekking ahead from ancient villages and local settlements will take us to Pathana. After reaching to Chhomrong Gurung village, we will follow the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge and pass through stands of rhododendron and bamboo. Trekking ahead will take us to the ridges of Hiunchuli and then a bit ahead is the destination of our trip i.e. Machhapuchhare Base Camp.

Outline itinerary

  • Day 01  Arrival at Kathmandu:
  • Day 02  Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
  • Day 03  Departure from Kathmandu to Pokhara through Tourist bus:
  • Day 04  Short ride from Pokhara to Phedi (in bus or taxi) and trek to Pathana:
  • Day 05  Trek from Pathana(1346m) to Landruk:
  • Day 06  Trek from Landruk(1646m) to Chhomrong:
  • Day 07  Trek from Landruk(1646m) to Chhomrong:
  • Day 08  Trek from Doban(3048m) to Deurali:
  • Day 09  Trek from Deurali(3700m) to Machhapuchhare Base Camp:
  • Day 10  Trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp(4631m) to Deurali:
  • Day 11   Trek from Deurali(2388m) to Sinuwa (1712m):
  • Day 12  Trek from Sinuwa(1712m) to Gandruk(1951m):
  • Day 13  Trek from Gandruk(1951m) to Birethant  and a short ride from Birethanti for Pokhara:
  • Day 14  Departure from Pokhara to Kathmandu through tourist bus:
  • Day 15  Rest Day at Kathmandu:
  • Day 16  Departure from Nepal:

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu:

    After arrival at Tribhuvan International airpot you will be warmly welcomed by our assistant and you will be transferrred to hotel via Taxi or Van according to Group size

  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

    After an early morning breakfast, you will do the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu valley such as Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, Bouddanath Stupa and other many famous places of Kathmandu. At evening, you will meet your fellow trekking mates and then we will have a short briefing about the journey in our office.Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 03

    Departure from Kathmandu to Pokhara through Tourist bus:

    Early in the morning, we will drive for Pokhara.It is also known as city of lake. Pokhara is best known for its amazing atmosphere and clean and beautiful surrounding. Overnight at Hotel:

  • Day 04

    Short ride from Pokhara to Phedi (in bus or taxi) and trek to Pathana(1346m):

    After a early breakfast at bank of fewa lake, we’ll continue our journey with a short drive through beautiful landscape on the way to Birethanti. We will start our trek from here. Wewill go through the fertile jungle and terraced fields along a rushing river. After walking for 4-5 hours we will reach our desination Pathana. Overnight at hotel or lodge:

  • Day 05

    Trek from Pathana(1346m) to Landruk (1646m):

    After early breakfast in the morning we will departure for our nextdestination that is Landruk.  We will cross through the forest targeting to cross the suspension bridges. Landruk is popularly known as village of the Gurung people living in the Annapurna region of Nepal. When we reach Landruk, we will spend some time for exploring the village. Overnight at landruk.

  • Day 06

    Trek from Landruk(1646m) to Chhomrong (2177m):

    We’ll enjoy an early morning panorama from Landruk as the peaks light up. After a healthy breakfast early morning while viewing the sunrise in Tadapani, we’ll hike though Ghandruk and a steep descent to Kimron River, and up to Chhomrong, on our way, we will see the great view of Annapurna and Machapuchhere Mountain. Overnight at hotel or lodge:

  • Day 07

    Trek from Chhomrong(2177m) to Doban (3048m):

    After early breakfast in the morning, we will now start walking towards downhill and cross the suspension bridge that swings and cross the rocky path. After walking downward for hours we will reach our destination Doban. Overnight at Doban

  • Day 08

    Trek from Doban(3048m) to Deurali (3700m):

    Crossing through thickets of bamboo and rhododendron woods and flowers we will reach to our another destination Deurali. Deurali lies above the ridges of Hinko. Overnight at Lodge or hotel in deurali:

    4 hours
  • Day 09

    Trek from Deurali(3700m) to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (4631m):

    Today the trail jumps on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and afterward Machapuchare Base Camp, which isn’t generally a base camp since climbing Mt Machapuchare isn’t allowed. Since it is completely encompassed by mountains, this zone is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight at hotel:

  • Day 10

    Trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp(4631m) to Deurali (2388m):

    After completing the exploration and exursion of Machapuchhare Base Camp we will return back to Deurali. Overnight at hotel or lodge:

  • Day 11

    Trek from Deurali(2388m) to Sinuwa (1712m):

    After early breakfast, we will climb steep uphill to reach Chere Danda. From Chere Danda, an easy walk will lead us to Chhomrong villaege. From Chhomrong, we will descend down to Chhomrong River. Climb through stony staircase will take us to Sinuwa ending the trek for the day. Overnight in Guest House.

  • Day 12

    Trek from Sinuwa(1712m) to Gandruk(1951m):

    We will today trek to one of the famous places of Annapurna region which is the Ghandruk village. We will trek about 4hrs and drop down to Ghandruk. This village is one of the most fascinating inborn Gurung town in Nepal and is likewise well known for giving Gorkha fighters. Overnight at Ghandruk:

  • Day 13

    Trek from Gandruk(1951m) to Birethanti(1121m) and short ride from Birethanti for Pokhara:

    After breakfast, we will trek upto Birethanti and then we will take our bus at Birethanti and have a short ride for Pokhara by tourist bus. Overnight at Pokhara:

  • Day 14

    Departure from Pokhara to Kathmandu through tourist bus:

    We will drive back to Kathmandu toward the beginning of the day. On the off chance that you are occupied with broadening the trek, there are numerous choices, for example, Chitwan wilderness safari, stream boating experience, Kathmandu shopping visit, mountain biking and different exercises. Overnight at a hotel:

  • Day 15

    Rest Day at Kathmandu:

    This is free day so, one can explore some of the place if they want and can do shopping inside Kathmandu valley:

  • Day 16

    Departure from Nepal:

    You will be transfer to airpot, 3 hours before your flight by our assistant. There will be small farewell by our assitant at airpot before departure :

Include

  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Exclude

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

 

Usefull Info

Important Note and Optional Activities: We, at Pikey Paradise trek are always concerned about the safety of our clients while travelling with us. Just be sure that your trek leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of itinerary if it is necessary for the safety concerns. We will work and put every effort to keep the above itinerary as it is but as we are travelling in the remote and isolated areas od mountainous region, we can’t guarantee it! Some of the major factors of changing the itinerary are the health of clients and also the extreme weather conditions. Our trek leader will try to do their best as to run according to the plan on the trip but we personally recommend to be prepared for the changes in itinerary if necessary. You will be informed if there will be changes in the itinerary by your trek leader. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. We recommend to use your own judgements when choosing any optional activities in your free time.

Acclimatization:

Trekking itinerary of Pikey Paradise is designed with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We won’t be going to the higher altitudes too fast as it causes a serious medical condition which may lead to death. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in air. On the height above 5000m in mountain ranges, oxygen level drops low at more than 50%. Human body need to adapt at this attitude so we will take acclimatization and rest days on some of the points of our trek. We recommend to the clients who are suffering from heart and lung disease to consult with their doctor before being a part of the journey. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek leader and Staff Arrangements:

We, at Pikey Paradise firmly believe that if you want to get the most of the output from your staffs, you must treat them well. We also believe that a happy staff is a hard-working staff. We extremely believe in these things and also try our best to maintain a good relationship with our staffs.

Most of the emphasis are given to the local leaders and local guides as we believe working with the staffs of local communities is ore fruitful. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

At, Pikey Peak, we guarantee our clients that they are working and coping with the best professionals of the country who are friendlier and also much experienced on their respective field. All of our guides are fluent in speaking English and if you want, we are ready to provide you guides who are good at speaking other languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian. We only select professionals who are experienced, have leadership skills, are friendly in nature and also have a good personal ability. All these years, we have learnt that one of the major needed things in the trip is the leadership quality that a guide should have so that the trip will be safe, enjoyable and successful.

You will also be glad to know that most of our guides are actually from the mountainous region of our country and have spent half of their whole life in the most isolated and remote areas of our country. Mountainous region is the home for them and walking through these challenging paths is in their blood. They’re not ‘familiar’ with local communities, they’re a part of them. They don’t ‘know’ local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care

One of the most underrated professionals of our country are the porters who are a major part in the trekking and expedition journeys at the Himalayas. No doubt, the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of these hard-working porters. We must be blessed with the effort of the porters as their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipment and baggage makes the journey to the Himalayan region successful. So, its kind of unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We assure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we also provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We totally support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns:

Most of the areas of the Himalayan region is stunningly beautiful but at the same hand it’s to risky as well. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Trekking to the base camp of the mountain of our country is not an easy task and one should be in a good health and physical condition. Most of the days have four to five hours of walking and some of the days are up to seven hours as well. Although less but these walks are very much tiring and difficult. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

We recommend to let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as it might be difficult above 5000m if you get sick. Also, before coming to Nepal it’s important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns that the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility

A typical day on the trail:

You will be waked up early in the morning with a bucket of hot water to wash in. You will then have your breakfast and then pack your bag to head for the trek. We will trek through forests, hills, mountains and local villages all about 3hours. We will then stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot and have our lunch. We will then again start our trek and trek about another 3hours to reach the destination where we will stay for overnight. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

Evenings are quite interesting and fun as we will be chatting and doing entertainment stuffs with our fellow trek mates. Finally, it’s off to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest before you start it all again.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Our trek journey starts with a pre-trip meeting at Kathmandu at our office. We will be usually doing the pree-trip meeting on the second day of our trekking journey and then you will be introduced to your fellow trek mates. You will also be introduced with your trek leader and then you can ask the important questions to your trek leaders in the pre-trip meeting.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.

Accommodations:

The cost of the accommodations in this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities – On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places are beyond your expectation and you should be satisfied with a local toilet.

Meals during Trek:

All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the cost spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will also be provided by our company and at the same cost.

 

 

 

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