WHY Trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world. It was the first 8000 metre peak ever summitted, in June 1950 by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog. Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail) which is revered by the Nepalese for its spiritual significance and is yet still to be summitted.
- From great Himalayan views to plenty of cultural insights of local ethnic groups, the amazing tea houses and village life that is a true reflection of the traditional life of the Himalayan people
- Nanga Parbat means “Naked Mountain” in Urdu, but it’s also called sometimes Diamir, which means “The King Mountain”. It’s the ninth highest mountain on Earth, and considered by many to be the hardest, because to the south Nanga Parbat boasts what is the highest mountain face in the world. Climbers also called affectionately the Man Eater.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project is specifically meant to conserve natural habitats, floras and faunas at Annapurna region. During this ABC trek, you get an wonderful opportunity to make your way through diversified vegetation, striking waterfalls, river streams and most importantly blossoming rhododendron trees during spring season. Only during couple of days at base camp, you will see snow, otherwise the greenery and surrounding atmosphere will enchant you from every corner.
Map of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
WHERE: Annapurna Region
WHEN: October & November, 2020, 2021
COST: $2750 (AUD) P/P
POKHARA: Things to do in a and around the City.
The Lake, boat rides, visit temple in lake – 2 hours
Paragliding- 2-3 hours total time
Ultra Light – 2-3 hours total time
Sarangkhot Views/Village ride.) 3 hours round trip with viewing.
Devis Falls/ Gupta Caves, Bat caves, 1-2 hours round trip,
Canoeing/rafting 3-5 hours
Zip line and bungy, 2-3 hours
Bouddha Stupa, hike/row the boat over.
Massage/healing/spa etc.. The Ayurvedic Health Home
Volunteer: 1 day-3 day programs (Optional)
Note: ITINERARY is subject to change due to environmental factors and or accessibility.
ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Transfer from airport and stay in the Pilgrims guesthouse in Thamel.
Free time to sight see around Thamel at your leisure.
Take in the local sights and try some local food. Immerse yourself in the Nepalese culture, shop or rest up before the trek. Our local guide on the ground will help you get around.
Check out the Dream garden, nearby temples such as the Monkey Temple, Bouddha Stupa, Bhaktapur (the original Kathmandu) and Durbar Square.
We suggest dinner in the evening at OR2K restaurant in Thamel at own expense. Accommodation and transport from airport and bus to Pokhara included.
7.30am Bus to Pokhara.
7 hours to take in the amazing sights and check out Nepali countryside. It is the best way to get an introduction to Nepali life out in the villages and lowlands.
Bus is a Coach, safe and comfortable. Stopping for food and toilet breaks along the way. Food is not included.
Arrive in Pokhara around 3pm.
Check into local Tibet Peace guesthouse and spend the afternoon exploring the lakeside.
Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri.
Pokhara Breakfast at 6:30am -7 at own expense. Take jeep at 7:30am …. We will make a stop for photos of Annapurna mountain range Naudanda. On the way to Nayapul we will pass through the rainiest place in Nepal, Lumle. It is fascinating to feel the temperature plummet here. This is a good opportunity to feel what it is like to be surrounded by huge mountains.
After we reach Nayapul, we start to trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 5 hours include lunch. It is 9 km walk. The first day is just gradual incline. We will walk along some off-road tracks, however there is beautiful river, where you can swim while we make a stop for lunch. Arrive Tikhedhunga Guesthouse, we will have dinner here, it is family run, so we have to be patient. It is a nice opportunity to learn about Nepali family life. Things slow down rapidly at this point.
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
Trek from Tikhedhunga(1570m) to Ghorepani (2,840 m).
It is 10 km walk, it will take 7/8 hours with lunch. Breakfast at 7:00 am and leave hotel at 8:00am.
At the beginning we cross the suspension bridge then up hill for 1-2 hours to Ulleri (1940 m). Today is challenging you will walk up 2500 stairs at a reasonable altitude. Ulleri is a beautiful we can see the beautiful mountain view of Annapurna South (7214 m) and Himchuli (6443 m).
After Ulleri there is beautiful Rhododendron forest. They blossom in late February to till April. Rhododendron is the National flower of Nepal.
Arrive in Ghorepani (2840m) it is a beautiful village in the Dhaulagiri mountain range (8163 m), Nilgiri (7000 m) and Annapurna mountain range. There is heavy snow in the winter.
Here in Nepal we have more than 100 ethnic groups, each of them have their own language. The people from Ghorepani are Poon. They are Buddhist. They have their own language, tradition and custom. That’s why the small hill where we go to see the sunrise is called Poon Hill (3210 m). “Ghode” means horse and “Pani” means water in Nepali language. That means Horse water. While people walk through they make a stop to provide the water to the horse. Many years before it was a famous trade route of Nepal and Tibet. That time local people go to Tibet to bring Salt.
There is pool table and some book shops.
We will order the breakfast before the bed same as the day before.
Ghorepani to Poon Hill in the early morning and trek to Tadapani.
We will leave our bag pack in the hotel. We need to wake early in the morning at 4:45 to go to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise. And leave at 5:00. It is 45 minutes steep up to the top. We need a head lamp. There will be many people sometime. All the trekkers stayed in Ghorepani they like to go to Poon Hill. some time there will be big traffic. Normally everybody goes slow because after 2500/2800m altitude starts. Because of altitude everyone is breathing hard.
We will take a lots of pictures of Dhaulagiri, Manasulu and , Annapurna mountain range 3 over 8000m mountain, Nilgiri and Fishtail. Fishtail mountain is one of the beautiful mountain. Nobody climb that mountain. It is a holy mountain. After 30/40 minutes stay in Poon Hill we will start head to the hotel and we will have breakfast. 9.30am head for Tadapani(2660m). It is 8km from Ghorepani, about 6/7 hours walk with the lunch. Today we walk through open grass land and deep forest with the moss covered trees will reach Ghorepani around 2:30. We will see the same view as Poon Hill except sunrise. Tadapani, “Tada” means Far and “Pani” means water in Nepali language. Before there was trekking in this area, people were shepherds of buffaloes, yak and sheep. In the winter it is very cold and heavy snow so they bring them down to Tadapani. Tadapani is beautiful view point of Annapurna south, Himchuli, Gandarva Chuli and Fishtail. You can see beautiful sunset and sunrise from there.
Overnight at a Guesthouse.
We will order the breakfast before go to bed
Tadapani to Chhomrong
In the morning, the first rays of sun hit the mountain. The mountain becomes red and Golden. Breakfast at 7:30 and start walking at 8:00 from Tadapani (2670m) to Chomrong (2,140 m). Beautiful day of walking through villages. It is 8.5 km takes 5/6 hours with lunch. “Chhom” means far and “rong” means Rice Fields in Gurung language.
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Chhomrong to Bamboo.
From Chhomrong (2140 m) to trek to Bamboo (2340 m). It is 7.5 km takes 6 hours walk with lunch. We will see the beautiful mountain view of Annapurna south, and fishtail very close. We will have break fast at 7:30 and leave at 8:00 in the morning. After we cross the suspension bridge we go uphill to Upper Sinuwa it takes 2/2:30hours from the bridge. We will have lunch at the top with Fishtail mountain view. A couple more hours walking and we reach Bamboo, it is the same height as Upper Sinuwa. We might see the Langur monkey, which is very big and unique to this area.
Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Bamboo to Deurali
From Bamboo (2340 m) to Deurali (3200 m). It is 6.8 km take 5/6 hours walk with lunch. In monsoon season you can have pickle, and curry made out of Bamboo shoots. They are very delicious. Many locals make mushroom curry too. From Bamboo we start on an easy hours walk to Dovan (2500 m). Then on to Himalaya (2800 m). Lunch at the top. Afterwards on to Hinku cave. Where the Shepard used to live with their herd of Yak and Sheep. The cave has a beautiful ceiling. The ceiling looks still black because the shepherd use to cook their food. Afterwards we head 15 mins walk to cross the bridge on the small stream to Deurali for the night in guest house.
Deurali to Annapurna base camp
From Deurali (3200 m) to Annapurna base camp (4130 m) it is 6.5 km, 5/6 hours walk including lunch time. Our trail today is amazing and truly the highlight of the trek. From Deurali we can see Gangapurna (7545m) and Galcier Dom (7000m). We can see the water fall and sketch of Buddha on the rock.
(Side note: Everest sits in the East as part of this Himalaya Mountain range and it is 8800m).We don’t think you can really tell that much difference when your looking at these magnificent beasts at 7500m, and it is much cleaner and less touristy in the West. We go here to spread the tourism dollars into other regions and it is absolutely amazing!!!)
We can see the Blue sheep, Himalayan pheasants and if you are lucky enough you can see the Snow leopard and Black bear.
We walk through the beautiful valley into Machhapuchhre base camp. From here we will see the beautiful view of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna south, Annapurna 3 and Gangapurna. Sleep well tonight after a big day.
Annapurna base camp to trek back down to Bamboo.
We will wake early at 5:30 am and see the sunrise. Go to see the glacier and take a beautiful photos. We will have breakfast at 7:00 and retrace our steps, we will return along the only route to Bamboo (2340 m) 13 km will take 7/8 hours with lunch. It is 1700m down hill from the base camp so you should be prepared for a hard day on your Keens and your knees.
TBA – the way we come down at this point is dependent on your time frame. Please call or email to discuss and we can plan out these last few days accordingly.
FLY Out Kathmandu
COST and REGISTER
What will it Cost me?
- EARLY BIRD, pay by Dec, 2019, $2300pp
- $2750 pp, Twin share
- Deposit $300
Payment plans available
Pre tour information
Once you have committed to this trek by filling in the participation form and depositing the $300 per person we add you to our special facebook group. This is where we chat about the upcoming trek. Upload videos on packing, provide handy hints and tips, essential information you need to know before you go.
Here you may ask many questions and the entire group can connect before the trip…
$2750 per person twin share (basic room sharing with another person on the trek with private facilities / own bathroom)
Please add on $250 for single supplement for your own room (only pre and post trek accommodation totally 5 nights).
Please note guesthouses along the trekking route can vary in comfort. Most rooms are dorm style with own bathrooms for up to 2-6 people. Think 2 star. Think rustic. Think authentic local Nepalese Village. Where possible we try to accommodate twin share however may have 3 or 4 of you to a room
Please remember you are traveling in an underdeveloped country and whilst the service is slow it is nothing but respectful with good intention. Whilst the accommodation simple and basic, it is clean dry and comfortable.
Accommodation in Kathmandu can be a bit tired but always clean and comfortable. Around 3 star.
Accommodation in Pokhara is nice and equivalent to 4 star
Participation Registration Form
If you’d like help booking your international flight email Renae Martin from Lifestyle Travel ([email protected]) or contact your local Travel Agent.
Otherwise suggested airlines are:
- Southern China
- Malaysian Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Thai Airways
- Air Asia ( budget airline) I’ve used this one many times.
- Singapore Airlines
Terms and Conditions – Further General Information
Backpacks should not weigh more than 10-12kgs… If you are having trouble please talk to us and we can help you pack more efficiently to ensure you will be able to manage this weight. Carrying extra weight can cause unnecessary stress on your ligaments and joints.
Most essentials you can purchase along the way…
Challenging yourself to minimalism can be liberating. Lighten your load. You can leave some non-essential items in Pokhara safely under lock and key as this is the set off and return point
We will supply you with a recommended packing list closer to the departure date.
Money exchange offices are everywhere and we can assist you on arrival with that.– Exchange rate usually hovers around .75
Spending money required for the trip is approx. $350 – $750 dependent on how you like to spend…
Visa cards, cash cards or any type of modern travel currency is virtually useless in Nepal. Best to bring a small amount of cash to exchange, or send yourself a western union deposit, which you can pick up at any branch in Nepal… this is what I do.
Average water cost is $1-$2 in this area of Nepal. Coffee is approx. 60cents – $2. If you refill your water bottle with mountain water it is free.
Please ensure we are aware of any pre-existing medical condition so we can be best equipped to support you. A mandatory medical form is required to be completed prior to final payment.
We must also have a copy please of your full comprehensive travel insurance and copy of passport. Please ensure your travel insurance covers this type of trip. Eg: paragliding, off road etc.
Basic medical is available in Nepal and we do carry a basic 1st AID KIT with basic 1st AID training however managing medical conditions are your responsibility.
We require you to have a moderate level of fitness to be able to walk up to 25 kilometres per day and to have the best chance to cope well with any altitude sickness.
We suggest preparing and training for this trek to get the ‘most out’ of this experience and maximise your enjoyment levels. By aiming to walk 2-3 hours in one go whilst maintaining a conversation.
Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal with a fee of $60 AUD Cash only…….This is truly the easiest and most efficient way to get a visa in Nepal.
Alternatively Visas can be obtained before you depart
You must be able to show a return airline ticket
Please ensure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport from date of return to be able to entre back into Australia
Meals and refreshments
Please note that alcohol and bottled water is not included throughout the trek/tour. Water is provided at mealtimes only.
All other drinks are at your own expense. You can refill your water easily with mountain water as it is safe to drink and in the guest houses there are often filtered water to fill from.
At mealtimes, one meal is included per person only.
If you require extra that’s fine. However you will have to cover this.
Exception in Dhal Bhat you can eat as much as you wish as they will keep refilling your plate for no extra cost.
We are a family organisation and we will look after you like family, so you feel confident you will be in great hands with local on the ground knowledge.
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