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Pritha Majumdar

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If you wanna go for this one, do your homework properly. A pretty long one and also the temperature might be serious at times. Most importantly, you mu...

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Mayur Vyas

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Beauty and the beast will be the perfect way to describe this exhilarating trek. While the captivating beauty of the several peaks from the Annapurna B...

Overview

Departure Dates:

Sep: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Oct: 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov: 3, 10, 17, 24

About the Destination:  

The host to not one, not two but six massive peaks of the Himalayas – The Annapurna Massif lies in the northern region of Nepal and Annapurna Base Camp trek is a stunning opportunity to relish the giant. While the peaks themselves stretch over 55km, the Annapurna base camp trek brings you within breath-taking distance of the 7,000m high ranges after a trek of few days from Pokhara. Few mountains can boast of the raw beauty that the base camp of Annapurna possesses! It brings you through oak, pine, rhododendron and merrily dancing rice fields to a silvery carpet of snow and capricious slopes of lush valleys. Annapurna range satiates your thirst for adventure with the unending peaks of the mountains right from Pokhara and before the start of the trek itself, you will be able to gain the picturesque beauty of all the mountain peaks. When you reach Ghandruk, the distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other peaks will be possibly seen.

Machapuchare, an important peak in the range is also known as the fish-tailed mountain and protected highly and tourists arrive here in plenty for its exquisite beauty. Natives believe that it is an abode of Lord Shiva. From the base camp of Machapuchare, one can capture the views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Moreover, the Annapurna Base Camp is considered to hold a small cluster of lodges that offer the mystical sights of the Annapurna Glacier situated on the opposite side alongside the towering glaciers called Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare.

On Annapurna Base Camp trek, you have a wide range of landscapes to be covered and the tricky, long trails that go through the variety of forests filled with rhododendron, fern and bamboo trees. After Sinuwa, while you enter Annapurna Sanctuary, nature becomes dense with seamless forests and greenery. There, oak trees become dominant. The forests coming your way until you reach the Machapuchare Base Camp will have tall grass and tall trees along with some flowering ones as well to make your trails filled with happy smiles.

About the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

The trail that progresses towards the Annapurna Base Camp is bedecked with scenery and sights of every kind imaginable. Steady and gradual climbs through its dense forests and fertile terrace fields bring us to be amazed by the majestic and upright peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Nayapul, Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Deurali and the base camp are the spots you will stay overnight during the trek.

Traversing the scenic vistas, over course of nine days you will be engaging yourselves trekking through carpeted ridges and ravines to arrive at Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m) and finally towards the destination of this epic journey, Annapurna Base Camp, and then back to Pokhara.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights:

- Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is classified as a classic tea house trekking expedition since you will be staying in lodges that can accommodate around 25 people and are run by locals.

- This trek is a great opportunity to interact with the local people and know the Buddhist culture prevailing in the villages and taste the local dishes.

- Since the trekking happens around a vast area of Annapurna Conservation Area, you will be able to spot much rare flora and fauna as it is home to 1226 species of plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 22 amphibians and so on.

- This is a trek attempted by hundreds of foreigners as well as natives and when it is October, the views become outstanding and the roads will be filled with so many people from all over the world. Experience diversities gets unified by this amazing trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather Conditions:

Most routes leading to the base camp have little danger by the snow cover but you must be cautious in the spring. At the lower elevations, spring brings joy with multiple flowers but at the top, it will be filled with snow. It is a great time to do trekking during the months of the spring season. Also, since it is located at a great height, weather conditions are really fluctuating but autumn season experience quite a steady weather. Hence it is considered to be the most suitable time to do trekking.

At Pokhara, the day temperature will be between 15°C to20°C in October. Night temperatures will be 0 to 5°C. It will fall to 0°C at Machapuchare Basecamp and Annapurna Base camp. Snow cover will not be there to hinder you in October but if you choose April, then you will likely witness snow near to Machapuchare Base Camp and near ABC.


Quick Facts:

Duration of the Tour:  9D/8N

Temperature: Day: 15°C to 20 °C and Night: 0°C to 5°C

Maximum Altitude: 13,550 ft

Meal Types: Veg Meals

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Pokhara.

ATM: Pokhara

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

    On the first day, you will have to arrive in Pokhara, where our representative will meet you and take you to the accommodation.

    Overnight at Pokhara for acclimatization.

    Meals included- None

  • Day 2 - Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6,364ft) 6-7 hour

    Marking the first day of the trek, you will start with a short bus to Nayapul where the trekking begins.

    You will first trek downhill to Birethanti by crossing the suspension bridge built over the Bhurungdi River. This small village is where you will be signing formalities with the authorities.

    Following this, the trek starts to climb upwards towards Ghandruk via Chane. The trek to Ghandruk is initially flat along the Modi River, before winding till Kimche and rising till Ghandruk.

    Spend the evening at leisure in the village and sleep overnight at a lodge in Ghandruk.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 6-7 hour

    This morning, we will leave the village of Ghandruk behind as we begin the trek towards Sinuwa.

    The 6 to 7 hours long trek first goes along the Modi River, before diverting away and climbing towards the destination. You will be crossing several boulders before coming across a bridge on the Kimrong River.

    The trail then becomes steep till you reach Gurung Village, in Chhomrong by crossing Jhinu Danda. At Chhomrong, we will cross a bridge over the Chhomrong River.

    As we hike to Sinuwa from here, the views of forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests will be really mesmerizing.

    Overnight at a lodge in Sinuwa

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) 6-7 hours

    The trek today starts from Sinuwa on a very easy note till we reach Kuldhigar.

    At this point, a steep stone staircase will lead you Dobhan through a suspension bridge crossing. The trek for the day is lined by bamboo, rhododendron and Oak forest.

    After hiking through the valley to Himalaya and Hinku Cave, you will be reaching at Deurali, which is the destination for the day.

    Overnight at a lodge in Deurali.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft) 6-7 hours

    This day is going to be the most winderful as we begin on the final stretch towards the Annapurna Base Camp.

    A simple walk along the River Modi will bring us to Bagar. Bagar is the starting point of the trek to Machhapuchare base camp (3,700m).

    After an hour of rest at Machhapuchare and spending some time looking at some of the most majestic peaks towering above 7000-8000m, we will begin the trek that leads us to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

    After hiking a little more, we will arrive at the base camp of the South Annapurna. Spend some time looking at the 360 degree veiws of some of the highest mountains in the world around you.

    Overnight at a lodge in the Annapurna Base Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) 6-7 hours

    After spending some more time in the sanctuary, you will be retracing your steps to reach Bamboo via Bagar, Deurali and Dobhan.

    You will pass many waterfalls, caves, temples, and forests of rhodendron, oak, and bamboo.

    Overnight at a lodge in Bamboo

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) 6-7 hours

    The morning begins with a hike from Bamboo to Kuldhigar to visit the office of ACAP.

    From here, you will hike down to a bridge over the Chhomrong River after passing Sinuwa. Crossing the bridge brings you in Gurung Village.

    A steep hike downhill will bring you in Jhinu Danda, where you can relax and unwind in the hot springs after a long day of trekking

    Overnight at a lodge in Jhinu Danda.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 - Trek from Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours

    You will begin the day's trek by crossing the bridge on Modi River. You will pass many forests and village settlements before arriving at Syauli Bazaar.

    Syauli Bazaar marks that point of the trek where the terrain becomes flat till Nayapul. A small hike from here will take you to the offices where you can perform the check-out formalities with the authorities.

    After this, you will be crossing the suspension bridge on Bhurungdi River to arrive at Nayapul, from where the bus will take you back to Pokhara.

    Spend the evening at leisure, exploring Pokhara.

    Overnight at Pokhara accommodation

  • Day 9 - Departure

    This morning, you will check out of the accommodation and bring the experience to an end.

    You can then move onto you onward journey

Stay

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  • All accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house) included
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  • 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara

Meal

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  • Three Meals a day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek

Activity

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  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

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  • Annapurna trekking permits and Tims (Trekkers Security Card) permits
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  • Tea/Coffee (served in a cup)
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  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
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  • A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
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  • All required local tax and Gov tax.

Things To Carry

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  • Comfortable clothes
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  • Good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks
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  • Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers
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  • Water bottles, trendy backpack and energy bars/snacks
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  • A pair of sunglasses and camera
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  • Caps or hats
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  • Personal toiletries and basic medication (if any)
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  • Flash light (with spare batteries)
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  • Insect repellent and emergency medical kit

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
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  • Avoid treking during the nights.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
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  • Budget at least Rs. 250 per person per day on bottled water.
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  • The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • While visiting the temples, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Pritha Majumdar

     Rated : 5.0

    If you wanna go for this one, do your homework properly. A pretty long one and also the temperature might be serious at times. Most importantly, you must have prior trekking experience. the team was great. they took care of us so well!! it was really a worth the trek. i wll suggest if you have a prior experience then go for the trek you will just have a better time

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    Story by Mayur Vyas

     Rated : 5.0

    Beauty and the beast will be the perfect way to describe this exhilarating trek. While the captivating beauty of the several peaks from the Annapurna Base Camp made us feel ecstatic, the challenges on the way gave us the dose of excitement we were looking after. It was just too good to explain.

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    Story by Navneet Singh

     Rated : 5.0

    A beginner might fins this trek quite hard, but trust me it is not as what others think. Every trekker must try this at least once. Nice gradients, at time get steeper and fragile, but its all fun and thrill.

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    Story by Kshitij Kasthiya

     Rated : 5.0

    It is difficult Trek but the experience that you will get at Annapurna you can’t just have it anywhere else.

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    Story by Neha Jain

     Rated : 5.0

    Guys get ready to walk as it is a difficult journey…but other than that don’t worry about anything as Thrillophillia manages everything for you.

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    Story by Sourav jain

     Rated : 5.0

    For a moment I believed when my friends told me that if you jump you can actually touch the sky… I was like so damn close to the clouds. Wish I could rewind my trip.

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    Story by Anwar Hussain

     Rated : 5.0

    It was a bit long trek to complete, but every second or minute of it were fantastic. If you want to enjoy the fascinating beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal, you must go for this one specifically.

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    Story by Abhishek Sharma

     Rated : 5.0

    Wow, I just can’t get over my trek and can’t just put myself back to work. It just sooo beautiful, forget about all second thoughts just go!!!

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    Story by Shaswat Goyal

     Rated : 5.0

    Clouds, hills, greenery everywhere. What else you want when you can get everything I just one trek. Annapurna is simply beautiful.

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    Story by Karim Ali

     Rated : 5.0

    This trip is not a chil’d play..but if your are ready for challenges and a nature lover you can’t miss this place.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

      September to October and April to June are the best months for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp since these months provide good climatic conditions and nice trekking trails without many hindrances made by snow or avalanche. There will be a lot of flowers bloomed during April-May and in October, the weather will be moderately colder but snow cover will be absent.

    2. What is the difficulty level of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

      ABC trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek as different topographies are included in this trek. Moving from a lower elevation to the highest at 13550 feet will be a tough task and the routes are going through dense forest, steep climbs and unwinding, rustic pathways through villages. Each day, you will trek for an average of 6 hours and it can easily make you tired by the end of the day.

    3. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      You will need a better physical fitness, not which of athletes but still with proper cardio vascular power and flexibility to muscles. You need to have great strength to conquer the forest trails, steps, steep ascents and descents easily. The high altitudes will have a problem of low oxygen level too. Hence your lungs should be working very well. Strength to carry the backpack and climb the ascents is also needed. Jogging, stretching exercises, squats, swimming and skipping can help you build a physically fit body to ABC trek.

    4. How is Annapurna Base Camp Trek weather?

      Mostly, a colder weather can be experience at Annapurna Base Camp since the wide thickets and snow covered peaks are there everywhere. During the on-season for the trek, the temperature level will be higher than in winter and monsoon and it will give sunny days. In spring and autumn, the day temperature may vary from 10-20 degree Celsius and night temperature from 0-5 degree Celsius.

    5. What are the clothing and equipment which I should carry from my end?

      Trekking shoes, Backpack (40-60 litres), Three warm layers, Three trek pants, Three collared t-shirts, Thermals, Sunglasses, Synthetic hand gloves, Socks (2 pairs), Headlamp/LED torch, Trekking pole, Daypack (20 litres), Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, Two water bottles, Plastic covers and medicine kit with some of the following medicines: Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS), Dexamethasone – one strip, Nifedipine – 5 tablets, Crocin – 6 tablets (fever), Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness), Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies), Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea), Band aid – 10 strips, Cotton – 1 small roll, ORS – 10 packets, Moov spray and betadine.

    6. Which type of shoes should I carry for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

      It is advised to carry only trekking shoes instead of sports shoes for ABC Trek. Shoes with good soles that have a greater grip on the rough terrains and a strong ankle support can be used. Avoid buying new shoes because it can cause blisters. Try walking wearing the trekking shoes before you come for the activity. Forclaz 100, 500 and 600 are some of the good trekking shoes that can be used for this trek.

    7. When will there be snow on this trek?

      If you are selecting the spring season, there will be snow near the base camp only and at Machapuchare base also. But in October, there will be likely no snow cover. In winter, there will be really thick snow sheets everywhere en route to the summit.

    8. What will we do if it rains?

      While on the trek, if it rains, you will be continuing as per the itinerary along the same trail. Use the poncho to protect your from the rain. The plastic covers with you can protect your backpack. If the rain is heavy and not able to proceed with the trek, the trek leader will ask you take a halt at a nearby place and in this case, you can take a buffer day to complete the trek.

    9. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol on Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

      Consuming alcohol while you trek to the high altitudes and in cold climatic conditions will be dangerous to your body. Also, consuming alcohol will make you dehydrate fast since it makes your pores in the body open and get the cold inside. It is always better to avoid drinking alcohol while trekking and most of the travel agencies prohibit the consumption of alcohol.

    10. Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?

      Yes. There are millions of chances for you to feel altitude sickness since all of a sudden you experience a change in altitude and climate. To escape from the uneasiness happened due to acute mountain sickness, you should have Diamox handy and drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated.

    11. What are the clothing and equipment that need to be purchased from our end?

      Carry jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as clothing essentials to prevent the spine chilling cold weather at Kuari Pass. Comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, personal toiletries, comfortable backpack bag, waterproof covers or bags etc can be the essential equipment you can carry from your side.

    12. Is Diamox is advisable?

      Yes, to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or simply altitude sickness, Diamox is a must medicine you should have handy. You will be reaching a height of about 13550 feet after staying at a lower elevation in the beginning of the trek and it will be great if you have 10-12 diamox tablets with you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness. How do I get in shape?

    13. How do I get in shape?

      ABC trek considered to be a moderate to difficult trek and there is no other way except getting really prepared for the trek to avoid problems en route. Start with cardio vascular exercises and jogging is the best to increase your lungs capacity. Make sure you are jogging every day and increase the distance and speed combination each day. Also do some normal exercises like squats, skipping, swimming that would strengthen your muscles and make you flexible. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.

    14. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

      There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. Room freshner will also be provided.

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