The Annapurna Base Camp Trek                           

Trekking Nepal’s Annapurna Base Camp trek, (also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek) is arguably the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. From the Annapurna Base Camp the towering peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), and Machhapuchhare (6997m) bathed in snow set the scene as one of the most spectacular mountain settings in the Himalayas. En route to the base camp we visit Poon Hill for its world famous mountain panorama which includes three of the worlds highest mountain ranges: Manaslu, the Annapurnas and Dhauligiri. Whatever you forget – don’t forget the camera!

This is a tea house trek, basic but the best hospitality you will find anywhere!

Spring 2018 – Arrives Kathmandu 1st April 2017 & departs 14th April 

Outline Itinerary

Day

Activity

1

Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfers to our hotel. 

2

Bus to Pokhara and final pre-trek preparation.

3

Commence our trek.


4 – 10

On trek. Leaving Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill. Initially our route leads us through rhododendron forests which then give way to bamboo groves before emerging into fantastic alpine tundra overlooked by the world’s highest mountains. Passing through the Machhapuchare and Annapurna Base Camp directly below the dramatic Fishtail peak, our destination is the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary where we are ringed by glistening peaks towering above us ready for a dusk and dawn photo-call. Heading back down we make sure we pay a visit to the natural hot springs at Jinudanda on our final night together of the trek. 

11

Finish trek, bus ride to Pokhara.

12

Day resting in the beautiful lake-side town of Pokhara.

13

Return bus to Kathmandu.

14

A chance to have a final look around old Thamel before flying home.

Note: one or two extra nights in Kathmandu can easily be arranged upon request and will cost around £25 per person per night – and are well recommended!

Timing
Spring and autumn are the best times of year for a walking holiday in Nepal. In turn visibility should be great with some excellent sunrise views in particular. In spring, at the higher altitudes you can expect to walk within the snowline but in turn it can rain in the afternoons. Also you should note that spring is the season for the Rhododendrons – wonderful for all the senses! Autumn is typically dryer but without the snow and Rhododendrons: though there will be plenty of Marigolds.

Equipment
The kit list specifically required for this trekking expedition will be posted to you once booking is received. But in the meantime consider buying some good walking boots and start wearing them in . . . now. No technical kit is required, though a good 3 season plus sleeping bag will be much appreciated at the higher altitudes.

Level of Fitness
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a nine day trek taking us to 4130m. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and neither does it require any technical skills. Experienced walkers and trekkers will manage this easily within their stride. Days will on average involve six hours walking time including a lot of height gain, though some may be shorter or longer according to weather conditions. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy yourself on the trek. If you don’t normally get out much it is never too soon to start. Exercise regularly each week to develop your cardiovascular system and stamina. At weekends, go and explore some countryside, maybe take a pack and do some camping. As a rule of thumb, if you can comfortably walk 10 miles (16km) in hilly countryside then you should be fine on this trip. Finally, take some tips from here to get trek fit!

Roughing It
All our trips involve a degree of ‘roughing it’. On trek, showers are available for example – but they won’t necessarily be hot. However, the facilities are generally good, and in our experience hygiene is of a high order in the tea houses in which we visit. Back in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the hotels we use are friendly, clean and comfortable and great places to relax, though not ostentatious.

Price (excluding flights) : £1025 (GBP)

Maximum number of places on this trip :
The number of places available on this trip is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) people.

Price includes :

  • Qualified British mountain leader
  • Local specialist guide
  • Fully supported trek with porters
  • All accommodation
  • All in-country transport
  • Meals on trek
  • Park permits
  • TIMS insurance for guide and porters
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel and back on the itinerary dates

Not included :
It will not cover your meals when not on trek, such as when you are in Kathmandu, nor will it cover any individual sightseeing undertaken. Other items not included: travel insurance, passports, visas, inoculations, excess baggage, tips, and items of personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry. Hot showers are sometimes extra when on trek. We recommend bringing another £20 per day to cover meals not provided and snacks etc. This should easily cover it.

Why book this trip with us?
It’s true that we’re not the cheapest to book with – but we do believe that we offer a great holiday at the best value. So why should you book this mountaineering adventure with us?

  1. Many of our competitors won’t send a British or western leader as standard – we do. Our teams are led by a western qualified mountain leader and expedition trained first aider/medic as well as a local Nepali guide. This is critical for a continual risk assessment, ensuring safety, medical support (more than just first aid) and quality control throughout your holiday. Quality control also extends to maintaining safe and fair working conditions for our porters.
  2. Our teams are small. Our competitors will tell you their teams are small too – but ours will not exceed 12 in number. In our experience a good team dynamic is lost when teams number more than 12.
  3. We don’t force a fast or slow pace. Because our teams are supported with two leaders and a team of porters who walk with us, individuals can go at their own pace – fast or slow. Many other teams will be kept together unnecessarily meaning faster walkers are frustrated and slower walkers are under pressure. We let you walk at the pace that is right for you.
  4. Our pricing is transparent. We make it clear here and now what you need to pay for this trek and what that includes – there are no extra “local payments” to cover feeding for example.
  5. We take care of our local staff. The guide and porters are insured when they work for us, we pay fair wages and we don’t allow our porters to be overly laden.
  6. And as if all that wasn’t enough to convince you that we’re the best – come and meet us free of charge on one of our Free Walking Weekends and then decide. And again – this is not something you’ll see offered by our competitors …

Flights
For best prices we would recommend checking prices with www.travelbag.co.uk, www.travelsupermarket.com, www.lastminute.com.

Be sure to reconfirm all flights prior to departure. Also, if you can stay a while longer – we’d well recommend it – there’s plenty more adventures to try- we can help you arrange:

  • Sight-seeing in Kathmandu
  • Sight seeing flights to Everest
  • White water rafting
  • A visit to the Royal Chitwan Safari Park

– you won’t regret an extra day or two spent in this fine region!

How about carbon offsetting your flight here? Climate Care allows you to offset your flight’s emissions by funding sustainable energy projects. From £3 for return flights to Morocco to £47 for flights to NZ – this trip needn’t cost the Earth. Thanks.

Travel Insurance
There are many travel insurers out there, and you are free to choose who you use for this trip. You must ensure that you are covered for trekking to 4700m and that your cover includes full repatriation. Two options that you might consider are:

Booking
Please refer to our booking conditions.

This trek is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) people. To gain a definite place a payment of UK£200 is required.

All payments should come with the following reference: NEPABC2018

This trek is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) people. To gain a definite place a payment of UK£200 is required.

Private bookings can be taken for this adventure holiday. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

Trek preparation handbook