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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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3rd May-2019 – 12th May-2019

Starting from INR 65,600/- per person

The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. Over 2500 trekkers visit the Annapurna Sanctuary region yearly. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900m/22,563 ft. below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 10th highest) & Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.

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All about the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ideal first trek in the Nepal Himalayas.
  • Mesmerizing views of Annapurna Himal.
  • Sunrise view of Annapurna amphitheater from Base Camp.

 

FACT FILE:

  • Type of Tour : Treks and Walks
  • Grade : Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 4131m/13,554ft.
  • Tour Duration : 10 Nights
  • Trek Duration : 07 Nights/08 Days
  • Tour Dates : 03-May-2019 to 12-May-2019
  • Ex-Destination : Kathmandu
  • Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 02; Guesthouse – 07
  • Requisite group size : 12 Pax
  • Food Plan : Kathmandu & Pokhara – Bed & Breakfast basis; On the Trek – All meals included.
  • Travel & Transport : Trek transfers in small vehicles/coach; KTM – Pokhara – KTM flight fare quoted
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m/4387 ft.)

    Upon arrival in Katmandu’s hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation aboutthe trek. Post the briefing you can walk through the small lanes and by-lanes of Thamel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

     

  2. Day 2 Fly to Pokhara (884m/2900 ft; ½ hr); Drive to Kande (1000m/3281 ft.; 1 hr); Trek to Tolka (1700m/5578 ft.; 6 hrs)

    After an early breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport to board the 25 min flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokahra meet waiting vehicle and drive to Kande, where you will meet your trekking crew.

    After short preparation start gentle climb to Austrian Camp for lunch. After lunch continue on the trail going down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (1890m) after an hour, with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2080m) located at thecrest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly but gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1700m). Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Tolkha.

  3. Day 3 Tolka - Chhomrong (2210m/7251 ft.; 6 hrs)

    Am: After breakfast trek to Kyumrong Danda. This area offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machapuchhare dominate the mountain views through glimpses further East to Lamjung Himal and Manaslu range are also possible. After short break in Kyumrong Danda descent down to Kyumrong Khola for lunch.

    Pm: After lunch cross Kyumrong Khola and start climb to Chhomrong Village village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapucchhare mountains. Chhomrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight stay at a guesthouse in Chhomrong.

  4. Day 4 Chhomrong - Doban (2600m/8531 ft.; 6 hrs)

    After breakfast start trek to Doban initially go down until the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chhomrong Khola, and then climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes till you reach the hamlet of Banuwa. Carry on for another thirty minutes until you reach Sunawa (about 2400m) where you will find at least two lodge-restaurants. Here the path leaves cultivated fields to enter the beautiful tropical forest. You can follow the ridge of the hill, about 2500 meters high, but unfortunately the mountain is drained by several small streams and the trekkers are forced to take several ascents and descents. It takes about an hour to reach the locality of Khuldighar (2477m). From here the path suddenly descends until it reaches the hamlet of Bamboo (2300m) with four or five lodges and is a good place to make a lunch break. As the name suggest, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which leads, after about an hour of walking, to Tiptop (2571m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Doban.

  5. Day 5 Doban - Machhapucchhare Base Camp (3700m/12,140 ft.; 6 hrs)

    Am:  Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of JodeYehm, where near the waterfall on the east bank of Modi khola, you will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. A sign indicates the name of the place and reminds the travelers not to lean over. One assumes it is better not to disturb the Gods. From Doban, it will take an hour to reach Himalayan Hotel (2873m). The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow ofthe rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3139m). It will take about half an hour to reach Deaurali (3230m) for lunch.

    Pm: After lunch it is about 2 hours to reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp or “fishtail”, has been thus named because its twin summits resemble a twitched fishtail. After having walked along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes through several naves. If it has snowed recently, this part of the route will be quite difficult, though the use of crampons in not necessary, a stick should suffice.Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Machhapucchhare Base Camp.

  6. Day 6 Machhapucchhare Base Camp- Annapurna Base Camp (4131m/13,554 ft.; 3.5 km, 2 hrs)

    After breakfast trek to Annapurna Base Camp, except for a few hills, the route is flat and thereforequite easy. Also, the spectacular views of Annapurna south in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. At the end of the route (4130m), there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill, which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Annapurna Base Camp.

  7. Day 7 Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo (2300m/7546 ft.; 7 hrs)

    After enjoying magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary, start back track to Bamboo. En-route we will stop in Himalayan Hotel for heartily lunch. After lunch continue to Bamboo for overnight. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Bamboo.

     

  8. Day 8 Bamboo– Jhinu Danda (1770m/5807 ft.; 7 hrs)

    Am: After breakfast back track to Chhomrong for lunch. After lunch start descent down to Jhinu Danda, this has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to Trekkers.

    Pm: Walk to hot spring which is about 20 minutes steep descent to enjoy the natural hot spring bath. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Jhinu Danda.

  9. Day 9 Jhinu Danda – Naya Pul via Kimche Khola (7 hrs); Drive to Pokhara (1½ hrs)

    After breakfast, start trek to New Bridge via Khimrong khola and meet the waiting vehicle and drive 1 and half hour to Pokhara.

    Evening: Free time for Rest and Relaxation. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.

  10. Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu; Final departure

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly from Pokhara – Kathmandu. At Kathmandu Airport we walk over to the International Terminal section to catch a flight for our onward journey.

     

Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 02; Guesthouse – 07

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  1. Accommodation & Food:
  • Kathmandu & Pokhara: In a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • On the Trek: In guesthouse on twin sharing basis; All meals included.
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner.

 

  1. Travel: Trek and other internal transfers in small vehicles/coach.

 

  1. Others:
  • Experience Countryside Tour Leader throughout the trip.
  • Complimentary Duffel Bag, Sack & Cap.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
  • Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
  • Necessary porterage for the trek.
  • Local guide on the trek.
  • Goods & Service Tax at 05%
  • Travel to & from Kathmandu.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Pokhara & back (quoted separately).
  • Airport tax on arrivals and departures.
  • Visa Fees for Foreign Nationals.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Tips to porters, Sherpa team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary, because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
  • Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.

We can customize a similar tour to suit your requirements or if you are an independent traveller you can check our Countryside Fixed Departures.

 

  • Children 15 years and above can be considered if accompanied by any other adult above 18 years of age.
  • Medical Certificate is required from all age groups.

 

Dispersal Time & Venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time of dispersal at a particular venue is stated. Dispersal time in the itinerary should be considered as an expected time of dispersal and you should take into consideration delays due to traffic, breakdowns, etc. Further your return travel arrangements should take into account the flight reporting time.

This trek is graded as ‘Moderate’. These treks are ideal for adults and children above minimum age of 15. This trek involves walking on well-defined trails for 08 days with daily average walking duration of 6-7 hrs. Net height gain on most of the days would be less than 600m, with the maximum altitude not exceeding 5000m. These tours are physically challenging. Physical fitness is essential & previous walking experience in the outdoors will be helpful.

Pokhara – Kathmandu flights are scheduled in the morning, so you are advised to book your return international flight from Kathmandu after 14:00 hrs.

Cancellation of Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu Flights

Flights in Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu sector are subject to weather condition, so it is advised that you should book your return international flight (refundable ticket) 1 day after your final departure date as per itinerary.

In case of extension of the trip due to above you would have to reschedule your return international flights.

To arrange for International Airport transfers we need a written intimation by mail on info@countrysideindia.com alongwith your arrival / departure flight details such as Flight No., Airline Name, Arrival Time and Trip Name, should reach us atleast 10 days prior to the date of reporting.

 

For most of the treks in Nepal, especially the Everest and Annapurna region accommodation is in guesthouses. Most of the guesthouses are basic and on twin sharing basis with small neat and clean rooms and common toilets. The toilets may be either inside the lodge or located outside the lodge and at times the cleanliness standards may be lower than those you normally expect. Food is provided from the kitchen of the same guesthouse. Hot (drinking) potable water is not included in our trip cost. At higher altitudes the quality of these guesthouses is not good and the choice of food is limited.

 *Guest having any specific dietary requirements should inform us in writing by email info@countrysideindia.com and confirm with us that we can arrange for the same.

 

This trek involves walking for 7 hours daily at an average pace, but we recommended this trek for people with an extremely good level of physical fitness. The highest altitude that we attain on this trek is 4131m/13,554 ft. We do not recommend this trek to people with chronic problems like epilepsy and those related to blood pressure or heart or Diabetes.

It is mandatory that all participants carry 02 passport size photographs for issuance of permits.

 

  • Baggage allowance of 15 kg is permissible on Kathmandu – Pokhara sector flights.
  • On treks, porters or mules will carry all personal luggage up to a maximum of 15 kg. Guests are expected to carry only a small rucksack while walking to carry all the essentials such as water bottle, extra jackets, camera, pack lunch, etc.
  • The personal luggage along with sleeping bag, Feather jacket should be packed in a duffel bag.
  • If the client wishes to hire a porter so that he can walk along with the client, then an extra porter can be arranged on written request in advance, for which the client must make an extra payment. The cost for an extra porter will be INR 1000/- per day. This porter will carry only your daypack (not weighing more than 10 kg) from camp to camp. After reaching the camp he will be free. The request should be made in writing info@countrysideindia.comatleast 10 days prior to the trek date.

On this trek professional medical help is not be available. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are physically fit and able to complete the itinerary of your chosen trek, prior to booking the trek. It would be advisable to speak to your physician if you are unsure of your fitness levels. It would be advisable to speak to the trek leader or representatives from our organisations, who have done the trek earlier. In case you have an existing medical condition or disability you must inform us at the time of booking, in the Personal Information Form and also to the ‘Trek Leader’ at the beginning of the trek. If in our opinion, the selected trek is not suitable for your medical condition, we reserve the right to refuse a booking.

We carry a comprehensive first aid kit as suggested by doctors. In case of any health problems that you may face on the trek, it would be advisable to speak to your Trek Leader / local guides / local representatives. Please note that all these treks are not accompanied by a medical doctor.

These treks are on high altitude where you would be staying at altitudes above 2500m; extra precaution is needed before you acclimatize to these altitudes. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes. However, you should be aware that you may still be affected by altitude. If you have any pre-existing medical condition or are unsure about your own physical ability we recommend that you seek medical advice prior to booking. Please find attached herewith a note on high altitude. Also, please discuss your concerns, if any, with our office staff and with the trek leader on the trek. If you are on any personal medication please keep the trek leader informed on the dosage and medication.

Any medical and evacuation expenses incurred for the client will have to be borne by that person only. (All the participants have to keep some contingency amount as a backup at home for this kind of emergency).

Day temperatures average between 15ºC – 27ºC and night temperatures can drop to subzero. However the temperatures would vary a lot depending on the season and altitude.

It is important to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy against illness, hospitalization, flight delays, loss of luggage, cancellations and amendments due to weather conditions, political disturbances or natural calamities as well as emergency helicopter evacuation, etc.

The World Nomads Travel Insurance Policy is available. Please find the link www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/

The Trawell Tag Insurance Policy is available. This policy is not cashless. Clients will have to bear the cost initially and later claim the amount from the insurance company. Please find the link www.karvatgroup.in

In case you decide to buy any other insurance policy in your home country, please ensure that the policy covers cashless evacuation and covers you for Adventure activities and/or trekking activity above 4000 meters.

This trek is a high altitude trek and the maximum height reached will be approx. 4131m. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be caused due to high altitudes. The AMS may be avoided by taking precautions given in the document attached on high altitudes, please read the document carefully. The high altitude can cause Acute Mountain Sickness and may lead to serious critical medical conditions such as cerebral or pulmonary edema.

The weather can change dramatically causing rain, thunder storm, flash floods, cloud burst, snow fall and severe drop in temperatures, causing severe physical hardships.

The local staff such as the guides, porters, etc.; work extremely hard all through the trek. On the trek there are no working hours; they would travel, walk, climb or go through bad weather along with us and still be happy to serve us at any time of the day. So it is expected of the group to contribute a modest amount towards tips and the staff would expect this at the end of their services. We suggest you to contribute INR 2000/- (US$35) per person as a token of gratitude and appreciation. This may be collected by one of the group members and presented to the staff.

Sleeping bag and Feather jackets can be hired on written request, at info@countrysideindia.com, atleast 10 days prior to date of reporting. The same will be provided on arrival at reporting hotel. Rentals for Sleeping Bag & Feather Jacket is INR 100/- per day each plus INR 100/- each for laundry.

Itinerary: The itinerary and information herein should be viewed as a guideline. Weather conditions, road blocks, local political conditions, flight cancellations, mechanical breakdown or other such unforeseeable circumstances can lead to change in itinerary or the means of transport. Where such a delay or change does occur we will take every effort to minimize the effects, but we will not be held responsible for such delays or changes which are out of our control. The information provided in the itinerary is to the best of our knowledge; marginal variance in the actual distances and altitudes is possible. Maps and photographs are for general information and may not reflect the actual routings and maps may not be to the scale.

Declaration: This trek takes you to remote areas where, the day-to-day lifestyle is very different and events much less predictable. Hygiene, safety and operational standards particularly of hotels/guesthouses, medical facilities, road transport, airlines flying remote sectors and other infrastructure may, at times, not match or be lower than those you normally expect. Though we take every effort to ensure your safety, comfort and wellbeing, we are at the mercy of the unexpected on such treks. Your participation on this trek is based on the understanding that you realize the hazards including injury, sickness, loss or damage to property, inconvenience and discomfort and the organisers do not make themselves responsible for the same.

 

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