Trip Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek is the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. Journey to the Annapurna Base Camp also very popularly known as Annapurna Sanctuary is certainly very divine that delivers so much within a short period of time. It is indeed one of the popular destinations where thousands of trekkers both local and international come to visit every year. This short 13 days TEAHOUSE trek takes you to the magical Annapurna Base camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill, the most popular highlighted trekking destination which is highly recommended. The Annapurna range is a vast massif with several peaks, which lies between the Kali Gandaki, and Marsyandi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. Within its span of 40 miles, it encompasses dozen of peaks that are higher than 7000m and numerous others over 6000m.

The Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek profile:

After enjoying overnight in Kathmandu with a glorious Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepali Restaurant we leave for Pokhara (820m). The drive to Pokhara, the most beautiful lake city is certainly very fascinating. Leaving Pokhara we further drive to the trekking starting point and then head up to the town of Ghorepani. The very stunning local town which in reality is a 'High Pass' with lush forest. We hike up to wonderful Poon Hill for the most spectacular view. Leaving this heaven-like town now we start on our second goal of culminating the Annapurna Base camp. We walk the undulating terrain through the very cultured GURUNG villages and terraced fields of Millet with the view of Machhapuchare (The Holy Fishtail mountain) dominating the valley. Gradually we get to Chomrong, a beautiful prosperous local settlement and it is also believed that mountain Fishtail got its name MACHHAPUCHARE (6997m) from this town. From Chomrong we enter into the Sanctuary, the very holy place for locals who have deep beliefs over the dwelling of Goddess Barahi. Eventually walking through the most divine forested trail we finally get to the alpine region of Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Sanctuary. After the Base Camp, we retrace our trail back to Chomrong and take a different valley to the Natural hot spring of Jhinu Danda (1780m). Lastly, we drive back to Pokhara where we have ample options for more exciting activities. 

Poon Hill - 3193m / 10,475 feet:

Leaving Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we drive further west climbing the beautiful hill of Naudanda (1440m) that presents you the breathtaking view of the Annapurna range and the Holy Fishtail. We descend further down to the town of Nayapul at 1078m and meet up with our local crew. Soon we enter into the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) zone that protects and regulates the largest protected zone of our country. Following Bhurungdi Khola (river) we further drive to Ulleri (1960m). As you drive to Ulleri the view that it has to deliver is phenomenal. The landscapes, the gorge, the very typical rustic life and culture, the traditional style villages, and the ancient farming terraces cut in the hills like in Vietnam unfolds before you which looks like a natural theatre. From Ulleri we walk a little further for lunch to the small town of Banthanti with the view of Holy Fishtail. After lunch, a few hours walk into the lush woodland of Rhododendron and Maple we get to the very fascinating town of Ghorepani. Ghorepani means Horse-Water, it assumed this unusual name coz Ghoepani, this beautiful Pass (ridge) actually served as a meetup junction for the Nepali and Tibetan traders during the Salt Trade Era. This beautiful town was certainly a heavenly place for the traders to feed their horses and mules with water and deal with their barter system. The next morning we climb the POON HILL for the sunrise view and witness one of the most exceptional mountain vistas. Poon Hill delivers the most stunning view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Tukuche (6920m), Dhampus (6012m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (7454m), and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6993m).

Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m /13,459 ft):

Our second phase of the trip is Annapurna Base Camp which is at the height of (4,130 m /13,459 ft). Leaving Ghorepani we walk the very delightful trail through the rhododendron forests towards Tadapani. This section of the trail turns out more than Heaven if you are trekking during the Spring season when Rhododendron blooms. Trekkers from around the world have given the trail that takes you to ABC from Ghorepani as "Lord of the Rings Trail" due to its dramatic setting, some say its a "Wedding Trail" as the colorful Rhodos when it falls on the trail makes it look so and some say its a "Hobbit Playground". Gradually we cruise into the deep holy region where God dwells. There is a small town by the name Bamboo 2310m, from this point onwards people are forbidden to carry any live meats. You would come across a sign that informs of things you are not allowed to take from that point onwards. It's a sanctuary where locals have so much belief. There are several legends and you might most probably have a chance to listen to. Gradually we passing through the Machhapuchare Base Camp which is directly below the dramatic fishtail peak. We walk further to our destination, Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m /13,459 ft) which is the vast natural amphitheater with a 360° view where we are completely enclosed by towering peaks. The panoramic views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Barah Shikar (7647m - Annapurna Fang), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak), and Tharpu Peak (Tent peak). 

Soon we head back to Jhinu Danda, a town with a natural hot spring to relax your tired muscles. We drive back to Pokhara and celebrate our accomplishments.

"Classic Annapurna Trekking to the Hidden alpine amphitheater of Annapurnas Base Camp along with POON HILL exploration"

Highlights

  • Being in Kathmandu, the city of Living Heritage and the Capital City of Nepal.
  • Welcome dinner at the Traditional Nepali Restaurant with Royal Nepal Cuisine. 
  • Fascinating drive to Pokhara in a Tourist Bus through Nepal's winding highway which is exceptional.
  • Along the way, you are delivered with a picturesque view of beautiful landscape, farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.
  • Being at Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the city of beauty. 
  • The beauty of Pokhara surpasses all the weariness of your long 7 hours drive.
  • A short walk to the elegant Phewa Lake with the magnificence of the Annapurna and Machhapuchare (Fishtail) dominating the horizon. 
  • All these create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
  • The next day’s drive to Ulleri is adventurous.
  • Drive to Ulleri presents beautiful cultured GURUNG villages with the extensive view of unique framing terraces which appears very dramatic.
  • Walk to Ghorepani, the world’s largest Rhododendron growing forest area.
  • Morning excursion to Poon Hill for the exceptional sunrise view is heavenly endowed with spectacular panoramic mountains view along with the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Stunning view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Tukuche (6920m), Dhampus (6012m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (7454m), and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6993m).
  • Walking into the deep valley through the forested trail of maple, oak, rhododendron, birch, and ample floras is remarkable and very thrilling.
  • Despite the risk of avalanches on the way to Annapurna base camp, the surrounding is incredibly spectacular with a panoramic 360-degree angle mountain view.

Itinerary

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The itinerary and walking hours must be seen as a guideline only. Your group leader with your consent has every right to alter the itinerary under any circumstances of weather, trail conditions, or other reason.

you will be received by one of our representative at Kathmandu international airport and he will transfer you to the hotel where pre-trek briefing and other information will be given. Arrangements are made today for the distribution of trekking equipment like duffel bag, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc. The evening will be highlighted by a traditional Royal Nepali cuisine as a perfect end of your very arrival day in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Welcome Dinner

Since Tourist Bus to Pokhara leaves pretty early in the morning around 7 am, we leave hotel the earliest to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara the most beautiful city and Nepal's second-largest lake city is simply phenomenal. As we leave the capital city, our bus follows the winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the valley where the Trisuli River follows The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages passing terraces fields and we soon catch glimpses of the high eye-catching mountain ranges of Ganesh, Manasula, and Annapurna. Normally, we arrive at Pokhara by mid-afternoon so you have time to explore this pretty lake city. You can even hire a boat to visit the Island of Barahi temple and get some great photos from the middle of Phewa Lake. We will stay at the hotel at Pokhara.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast

After breakfast leaving the beautiful lake city of Pokhara we climb the most amazing terrain of Naudanda with the most amazing view of Annapurna and Fishtail. We gradually descend down to the town of Nayapul, (literally means New Bridge), the regular trek starting point. Here we meet up with our Nepalese staff and will be introduced. Soon we head out into the valley with the view of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchare. We further drive towards the west countryside terrain through the valley of Bhurungdi Khola (river) and soon climb to the ancient village of Ulleri.  The view of the landscape and especially the ancient farming terraces with all the vegetation looks interestingly exceptional. Expect to see lots of villagers who will greet you with warm Namaste (Nepalese Tradition way of Greeting). The trekkers do not only use this trail but also by villages as a traditional route, which gives an ample opportunity to understand their customs and tradition. As we get to the village of Ulleri depending on our time schedule we walk a little further and have Lunch

After lunch, we walk through the forested trail of the Rhododendron, Bamboo, Oak, and Maple. There are some small settlements and teahouses on the way, which are ready to serve your every thirst. Another part of the excitement is passing through colorful villages inhabited by different ethnic groups who are so different from each other yet still live in close harmony. This gives plenty of opportunities to understand their culture and way of life. Ghorepani is actually a pass with steep climbs on either side and has the most stunning view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the range of Annapurnas, and its adjoining mountains, which stands like a wall in front. Here we observe the local people and their lively market, which is very fascinating. The afternoon is free to explore the village.

  • Accommodation Tea-house
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 5 - 6 Hours Total

We start our walk with a gradual uphill morning excursion to Poon Hill, which takes us to the world's top destination to have the 180' panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manasalu ranges. After visiting the vantage point we head Tadapani, a clearing in the mid of forest, through the years-long forest of rhododendron and magnolia and we pass small ferns and delicate plants as we pass lots of waterfalls. In the afternoon we observe the local people and their market, which is very fascinating.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included

The trail drops down from Tadapani, through the dense rhododendron forest taking you into the valley of the Modi Khola (river). Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South (7219m) with the Fishtail (6993m) locally Machhapuchare facing it across the valley. Gradually, we descend down to the beautiful settlement of Chuile. We further descend to the village of Gorjung for lunch. After lunch we ascend gradually up the ridgeline and walk another gradual trail with an awesome view of ample ancient terraced fields and get to the incredible settlement of Chhomrong. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included

After breakfast today we start descending with the interminable staircase of steps through Chomrong to reach a suspension bridge below. This crosses the Chomrong Khola and beyond it, the trail begins a long twisting climbs up and around the hillside spur, which divides the two valleys and progressively reaches the small village of Sinuwa. The walk from Sinuwa and onwards is more spiritual as we now enter into the sanctity of the locals. For the locals, this area and further is a holy place where spirits, Gods, and Goddesses dwell. At one section, you will encounter the shrine, dedicated to Goddess Barahi. Furthermore, from the village of Bamboo taking any live meat is strictly forbidden as it may disturb the holy serenity of the place and may cause mishaps. 

Despite the modest linear distance quoted above for this stage, it is very strenuous day's walking with a trail making a constant switch-back through the gorge of the Modi Khola. Passing through small settlements and walking into the woodland of bamboo, maple, rhododendron and oak we finally get to Bamboo where you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or reading books and get ready for tomorrow.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 5 Hours

After breakfast, we leave Bamboo and set off into the forest trail of bamboo, rhododendron, and maple to Dovan with the gorgeous view of series of waterfalls. Hike through this forested trail is simply dramatic. The view of mountains including the holy fishtail is unbelievable. From Dovan we further walk the beaten trail and reach Hinku Cave, the overhanging rock that provides protection against rain to the passing trekkers, especially porters. After walking a little further we get to yet another small settlement of Deurali.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 5 - 6 Hours

Walking into the more alpine terrain we get the Machchapuchare Base Camp (Fishtail Base Camp) where we will stop for a short break. Don't miss looking back to catch a sight of a different face of Mt. Fishtail which is incredible. At this point, we get to the valley which is sacredly guarded by soaring peaks from all around. Today we reach our final destination to Annapurna Base Camp. The trek to the Base Camp ascends at a steady gradient, never very steeply, but the altitude is likely to have a tiring effect. Do not hurry, but ascend slowly and enjoy the expanding panorama. It should be noted that this Base Camp was used by Chris Bonington's 1970 expedition. The panorama out here is nothing short of spectacular where you get a chance to have lunch outside enjoying the view. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 4 hours

Today we wake up early in the morning for the incredible sunrise view and to take a morning good pictures, as it is the most memorable of all and also to involve you in some poetic thoughts. After breakfast, we retrace our trail back to Bamboo, or we may walk few hours further to the village of Sinuwa which is another opportunity for you to stay in a different village. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 6 - 8 Hours

Today we walk the undulating trail of steps to get to Chhomrong and after the short break to steeply descend down to the beautiful town of Jhinu Danda. The opportunity here is that most of us get a chance to dip your body in a hot spring, a minimal entrance fee is levied by the locals for using the Hot Spring. Today's walk provides different aspects of views with the mountains now in distance. 

  • Accommodation Tea - House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 4 Hours

Once we leave Jhinu Dada we cross one of the longest Bridge in Nepal. As said what goes up must come down! This applies to our trek today as we descend a couple of hundred meters to Seuli Bazaar. After all that steady climbing and high mountain views it is quite a change to be dropped down low and into warmer climbs. The best way to tackle this is 'slowly, slowly' having plenty of rest to admire the view. We end up our trekking with a short hike to the taxi point and drive for 1 and half hours to Pokhara where you can spend your afternoon time by boating on the Phewa Lake or exploring the Lakeside market.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Meals Not Included

We take early morning Tourist Bus to get to the Capital City of Kathmandu

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 7 Hours

Transportation is provided to the International airport for your departure. Your Group Leader will accompany you to the airport. 

  • Time 25 minutes
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Trip inclusion

  • All Essential permits.
  • Airport pickups and drops facility.
  • Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • Welcome dinner at Typical Nepali Restaurant.
  • All Government and Local tax.
  • TOURIST BUS FROM KATHMANDU/POKHARA AND POKHARA/ KATHMANDU.
  • Fundamental trekking gears like a sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner, etc.
  • Teahouse accommodation on twin bed-sharing.
  • An accomplished trekking Group Leader.
  • All Ground Staff – Their Allowances and Insurance.
  • Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
  • Take away Himalayan Dynasty duffle bag, T-shirt and trekking Map and Buff (multi-functional head-wear)
  • Fee levied on a Nepali visa.
  • All FOOD and DRINKS.
  • All personal expenses including laundry, battery charges, shower, etc.
  • International flight fares.
  • A medical examination or emergency rescues.
  • Donations.
  • Staff Tipping.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or late departure.
  • Travel or medical insurance.
  • Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Dates & Availability

Departure DatePriceStatus 
Start: 13 Apr, 2021End: 25 Apr, 2021US$ 765Save US$ 250Available

Useful Information


Himalayan Dynasty welcomes you to Nepal, and hope that your stay here will be a pleasant one. The following information has been compiled to give you an idea of what to expect as per the package you signed up for. However, your Group Leader will cover all the crucial details during his trek briefing. You may keep this for touring later after you are more settled.    

IN KATHMANDU

All of our treks in Nepal start with at least one day in Kathmandu. On arrival, you should proceed through Customs / Immigration.  Once you have passed through Immigration please collect your baggage and proceed through the exit point where you will meet HIMALAYAN DYNASTY representative with the company’s’ CLIP / SIGN BOARD to welcome and transfer you to the designated hotel in Kathmandu.

The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara would be on a twin bed sharing room in a 3-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Trek briefing will be organized in Kathmandu by your Group leader making sure all of the trekkers have proper gears and are prepared for their long-awaited adventure holiday. Should you have any queries feel free to ask your group leader or the hotel reception who are always pleased to assist you. Single supplements would be provided as per the requirement on a trivial additional cost. The evening will be highlighted by a traditional Royal Nepali food in a typical Nepal restaurant which would be a perfect event to get along with your group and break the silence. 

Since we don’t consider drinking water straight from the tap to be safe, we request you to use boiled water or the mineral water provided in your rooms. 

CULTURAL CONSIDERATION

Since Nepal has only been open to the outside world since 1951 and despite in the midst of great social transformation, Nepal still thrives as a very spiritual and conventional country. Though Nepali people consider foreigners as special guest yet they are expected to respect and respond to the Nepalese customs, social norms, and beliefs sensitively. Nudity and presenting of an intimate relationship are totally unacceptable. Typically, they greet with a ‘Namaste’ "Nah-mah-stay", it’s a gesture of greeting which is performed by placing our hands together to our heart and slightly bow our head. Namaste literally means "I bow to the divine in you".

Respect holy places – preserve what you have come to see, never touch or remove religious objects. When entering any Nepalese home, temples, and monasteries, always remove your shoes. When taking photographs, respect privacy – ask for permission and use restraint. Many Hindu temples may not be open to non-Hindus. Always ask permission before entering.

While giving or taking anything Nepalese use two hands which is a symbol of respect rather than doing it with just one hand. However, offering things to the begging children is highly discouraged because it only encourages begging. If you would like to donate to any school or charity organization, your group leader will always be there to guide you to do it in an appropriate method.

MONEY EXCHANGE:

As for exchanging the foreign currency, you can either do it from the Banks or from any of the registered Money Exchange counters that we have in the Thamel area. However, we don’t persuade carrying too much cash due to the high probability of it being lost or stolen. Withdrawing money from the ATM is very preferable though the cash you receive from the ATM is always Nepali Rupees. ATMs can be the most convenient way to get at your money, again the downside is - they are not always a good value. There might be a certain amount of transaction fees you may have to face when using an ATM in Nepal.

Under the new provision, a person can withdraw only Rs. 20,000 (equivalent to $200) from the ATM in a single transaction. Similarly, the central bank has also slashed the maximum single-day withdrawal limit to only Rs. 40,000. 

There are normally no exchange facilities on the trek so your trek leader will be giving you necessary guidelines as to how much approximately you are to carry. 

PERSONAL EXPENSES:

The equivalent of US$ 35 per day per trekker for daily MEAL and DRINKS + the additional USD$ 200 extra will generally be enough for the duration of your trek, although for longer treks you could carry as much as US$ 300 / 400 as an Emergency backup.  The amount required in Kathmandu for meals, short exploration and transport would normally be covered by about US$ 40 per day. Shopping will vary greatly from person to person.

TRANSPORTATION IN KATHMANDU

TAXIS: 

All Taxis running in Kathmandu have signs on their roofs and all have black and white number plates. Taxis are abundant in Kathmandu and they have price meters. We request you to insist upon the driver using the meters or you may simply ask the hotel or your leader regarding the approximate taxi fare to get to the destination you are planning to visit. All Taxis running during the night have slightly higher rates than the day prices which is specified by law.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION:

There are public Buses, mini-buses, or micro vans that ply fixed routes at regular intervals. The public transportation service is fairly frequent and they are super cheap compared to the taxis. But due to their regular stops for the passengers they don’t make in a good time. They are fairly express though. So if you are in a tight schedule public transportation won’t be a good idea. Always ask the locals before you board any public vehicles as different vehicles run to different destinations. 

RICKSHAWS:

Rickshaws are a fun way to get around Kathmandu. They are basically meant for short trips within the city areas. We recommend you to negotiate with the fares in advance. However, to rickshaw ride around the Thamel area would be an awesome experience – it’s not expensive though. 

TWO WHEELERS:

Cycles and Motorbikes can always be hired for a day or as per your requirements. However, we don’t really recommend two-wheelers self-riding in Kathmandu as our traffic is somewhat different and chaotic compared to what you have in your country. It isn’t safe unless you are conditioned to driving in a similar traffic scenario. And without a doubt, Kathmandu is not a place to learn two-wheelers driving. 

SIGHTSEEING IF NEEDED:

Your free time in Kathmandu will normally be spent on exploration or Shopping or last-minute purchases and getting organized for the trek. However, if you are looking for additional sightseeing before or after your trek, feel free to contact us or your group leader for touring suggestions. We can very easily arrange a guided tour including transportation which will be an ideal way to see the city. 

You also may like to consider an Everest Mountain Flight for one of these days in Kathmandu that offers you the magnificent mountain vistas and the aerial view of the deep canyons, contact our staff. 

YOUR VALUABLE SAFETY: STORAGE:

While in Kathmandu please do not leave your room unlocked. If you are out on a short stroll or on any appointments, make sure to accommodate and secure your valuables – that can either be in your locked luggage or hotel safety deposit box. 

Before we depart for our incredible adventure your leader will organize a safety store facility for your left luggage and the safety deposit box for your valuables that you wish to leave behind. However, please follow the hotel safety guideline over the loss of key to your deposit box.  While trekking never leave your valuables unattained. It’s always safe to carry them on your daypack. Make sure to lock your Tea-House rooms while going out even if it’s for a short time period.  In case of loss or theft please report it to the nearest police check post where you need to obtain a written report. In any such situation, your group leader would be the best person to talk to.  

DRIVING IN A TOURIST BUS:

Driving in a Tourist Bus is one of the most remarkable experiences that you would perform while doing Annapurna treks with us in Nepal. Tourist bus typically leaves Kathmandu around 7:30 am from its driving point which would be around 5 minutes’ drive from your hotel. Transportation to the Driving Point will be provided. You Group leader along will be accompanying on this sensational drive to the most beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Unlike Local or Public buses in Nepal, Tourist buses have Green number plates and have the luxury of much space, cozy seats, and typically well maintained. They don’t have any specific requirements for full passengers – they run on their scheduled time routine. The Tourist vehicle operators are to abide by the strict government provisions in regards to the service and safety of the passengers. 

Besides international Tourists, you will as well encounter abundant Locals who essentially enjoy the comfy and conveniency of the Tourist bus. However, these buses have the specified number limitation of transporting the passengers and cannot overload the specified capacity. Besides they have precise stations for breaks and lunch stops. Most significantly they are EXPRESS. So to say it’s very safe and reliable to take the Tourist bus in Nepal.

WEIGHT LIMITATION FOR YOUR TRIP:

20 Kilograms / 40 Pounds is the weight limitation for your Annapurna Trekking that includes your overall baggage weight (daypack and your luggage). You may bring more than specified extra luggage which can always be left behind at the Hotel safety store in Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, it doesn’t sincerely require to be an exact figure, 1 or 2 Kg extras per person wouldn’t make a much difference. Significantly, the porter luggage weight limitation is 30 kg / 66 pounds as one porter will be dealing with 2 duffel bags. So it’s always best to minimize your weight limitations. However, regarding what you need to bring carry with you is given in detail at our Trip Information page.

HEALTH 

Health is certainly significant when you are traveling to any parts of the world. To enter Nepal, there are no mandatory vaccinations. However, we suggest you consult a doctor before you leave your country for any necessary vaccination they so choose its obligatory. We recommend you not drink water straight from the tap. You can always drink boiled and cooled water provided by your staff or you may buy boiled and filtered water from any teahouses on the way at minimal costs. 

While on your trek your leader provides you with the necessary guidelines on food to get away with food poisoning or any stomach related ailments due to new diets. However, we follow strict hygiene guidelines so all the foods in the Annapurna region tea-houses are hygienically prepared under your Group leaders survey. As you all know that ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’ is the body’s natural reaction to new diets and new water with different mineral content. So stick to something healthy till you get acclimatized to all the new diets. Make sure you avoid too much oily food and especially meat that comes all the way from the lowland. 

In case of any health issues, you can always talk to your group leader who is medically trained and counsel you with necessary precautions or medication to treat any mountain ailments that he has been trained for.  You do not need to carry an extensive medical kit as your Trekking Group Leader carries a comprehensive first aid kit for the group and staff. However, we do advise you to carry your personal prescribed medicine.

PHYSICAL PREPARATION

The level of fitness is indeed required for your Annapurna Trekking as it is exclusively physical. Here we are not asking for something hard-core as we don’t consider trekking to be a contest to demonstrate your level of fitness. We believe trekking to be your ultimate holiday rather than a competition to prove how fit and strong we are. We keep a convenient pace so that your holiday is challenging but not very exhausting. You can set up your own pace and time to enjoy the most fascinating surroundings rather-than being bothered about keeping up. 

We have a MANTRA of THREE ‘S’ while trekking with us in any part of our country and that is “SLOWLY, STEADILY, but SURELY”. Trekking is indeed a holiday being with nature, the local environment and in the wilderness, yet few weeks of physical homework is required to support you while enjoying your freedom. The best physical preparation is to walk and be conditioned with your physical strength carrying your day-pack and wearing the boots you plan to wear on the trek. 3 – 4 weeks of basic physical preparation prior to your arrival to Kathmandu will be much as necessary. Alongside, Jogging, swimming, gym workouts would add further assistance in your health fitness.

A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY

All our trekking itineraries are designed so that the walking is both challenging and enjoyable. The companionship of other trekkers of a similar frame of mind, plus the barely contained excitement and positive attitude of the Nepalese staff create a great company and many happy moments. 

Each day has its different attraction which is mostly controlled by a number of factors from the availability of suitable teahouse, trail conditions, and general walking pace of the group. Exact time schedule may not be always followed, as it would in fact destroy the free and easy stroll along the trails that you have come to enjoy and experience the difference. So the following schedule is just guideline. 

The day begins early at around 6.00 to 6.30 am with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into a duffle bag by keeping some essential items like camera, rain jackets, water bottles, sunscreen, toilet roll, appropriate warm clothes, sunglasses, etc. in your day pack since you will not have access to your duffel bag until you arrive to our next destination. Your duffel bag will be loaded into one of the porters' loads along with the other members of the group gear and will head off along the trail while you have your breakfast.

NOTE: Please don’t pack any fragile items in the duffel bag unless you inform about it to your guide or local staff.

After breakfast, we are usually on the trail around 7.30 to 8.00 am, and following a morning walk, we stop for lunch at around 11 to 12 o'clock. About 1 ½ hour lunch break allows you to enjoy the surroundings, so relax, catch up on your diary or reading. We usually reach our destination by 3 – 4 pm, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized by the trekking group leader/guide or you can opt to relax, read, write a diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff or local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.30 pm. Every evening your trekking Group Leader/guide will brief you about the next day program. Chatting and fun activities with your staff generally fill the evenings. Most trekkers remember these evenings as one of the highlights of their trip.

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation at Annapurna Trekking is essentially in the tea-house that will be basic on twin bed sharing room with common toilets. Rooms with attached toilets and the single supplement will be provided depending on the availability as not all destinations in the Annapurna region offer a single supplement due to the limitation of tea-houses over the restrictions and obligations of National park rules and regulations.

FOOD:

In Kathmandu breakfast is included beside the welcome dinner in a Typical Nepali restaurant that would serve Traditional Royal Nepal Food. Since food is not included in your package, travelers are to shoulder the cost of all their food and drinks. In the Annapurna region, you have the option to choose your breakfast, lunch, and dinner with hot beverages from the menu that has multiple selections. However, your leader would recommend food variation depending on the availability as much as possible that is good for your health in the mountains, nutritious, plentiful, and tasty. In our entire trip, we will eat all the meals in the local Tea-houses including our lunch and our staff will make sure that your food is prepared with hygiene. We can also cater for specific dietary needs if you advise in advance besides our delicious mixture of Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and continental food. 

TRAIL:

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking involves a great amount of undulating walking. Furthermore, it includes remarkable walking into a series of rocky steps, forested trail, and terraced fields. However, trekking in Annapurna doesn’t actually require a technical experience other than being slow and taking pleasure. But despite all these, the beautiful panoramic views of the mountains, traditional Gurung Villages, and the beautiful religious blend between Hinduism and Buddism eventually gives you an amazing impression of why trekking in the region of Annapurna is the ultimate holiday.  We believe that your adventure trek is a holiday of a lifetime and we try our best to pay attention to everyday detail so you enjoy as much as possible. Our field staff will assist you while trekking by carrying your daypack or helping over more difficult sections as required.

DIFFICULTY 

We usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch. We normally start early so that we could reach our destination at the given time which in return contributes to more space to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place. To make every day more memorable and relaxed we set up a convenient pace for everyone giving you ample time to enjoy and acclimate.

This epic trip to Annapurna Base camp is a moderate trek offering anyone a great trekking experience with panoramic mountain views. This moderate ABC trek is moderate and doesn't go very high in terms of Altitude like Everest Base Camp. There is less probability of getting AMS while doing Annapurna Sanctuary and there have been absolutely no or zero cases of altitude till date. It is attainable for anyone with sound fitness. We start from subtropical through a very established trail gradually walking into the alpine terrain on a beaten track but mostly undulating – which means certain walking experience into the wild is necessary. 

Anybody of any age group can join as our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than exhausting nonetheless, we recommend pre-physical training and your doctors’ consent in regards to personal ailments, weak ankle/knee, blood pressure, heart problem, etc.

WEATHER / BEST TIME TO TREK

The temperate climate in Nepal is affected by monsoon, which sweeps up from the Bay of Bengal every summer making mid-June to mid-September wet and humid. During the monsoon time, the Nepal Himalayan region is not ideal for trekking with an exception of a few remote valleys in high terrain. We operate delightful trips into the forbidden kingdom and the restricted province of Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo in Monsoon season. The following three distinct seasons, all of which are suitable for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking having their own advantages.

Spring (March to Early June): By March the cold and dry season begins to give way to milder, moister spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear giving enough time to comprehend and photograph these entire magic fold mountains; occasionally cloud build-up brings afternoon rainstorms with the gradual increase of daytime temperature. This season has clear weather at the higher altitude with the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other flowers.

Autumn (Mid-September to December): is usually considered as the best and most popular time for trekking in Nepal. During this season generally, the clear sky and mild to warm days / cool nights enhance your stay in all these fascinating mountains, as the countryside gets lush and green. Gradually it gets cooler later in this season, as the winter approaches.

Winter (January to February): Though not an appropriate time to trek to in Nepal due to extreme coldness. However, winter is considered an ideal time to visit Nepal by a large number of experienced trekkers despite the colder conditions. It usually provides a clear sky delivering magnificent views despite the low temperature. Though days are cooler and nights are extremely cold however, it offers the tremendous advantage of being less crowded trails. However, January and February aren’t ideal for trekking to Annapurna Base camp due to the high chill factor and the probability of most lodges being closed as all water supplies will be frozen. 

MOTIVATION (MENTAL/PHYSICAL):

The most significant factor while doing any extreme adventure sports which is overlooked quite often is ‘MOTIVATION’. Mental preparation is inseparable from physical, it’s your mind and not your body that determines what you are capable of doing providing you with goal-oriented behavior. If you want to succeed and make your freedom of trekking the most pleasant of all then inspiration to know your potential and significantly believing in yourself is important. While doing ABC Trek, simply providing you with our best professionals isn’t enough to guarantee you a safe passage, in fact, it’s you and your positive outlook that makes the whole thing go exactly the way you want.

CAPTURE MEMORIES:

The beautiful region of Annapurna offers you ample opportunity for photography which has so much to present you with its stunning and spectacular scenery and its respectful GURUNG people.  Annapurna much like Everest has never failed to lure the professionals and has actually served as a platform for emerging photographers. Taking away the pictures of innocent faces of Nepali people is an excellent opportunity but some are with religious belief against being photographed so it is always polite to ask for permission first. Nonetheless, batteries die very soon at higher altitudes if you are trekking in the winter-time due to cold temperature environment so it is always sensible to carry extras though you have charging facility in almost every stop at a minimal fee.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS

Himalayan Dynasty being an environmentally friendly trekking company, preservation, and conservation of the fragile environment is our topmost concern and we try our best to minimize all the negative impacts of our presence in the areas we visit. While doing Annapurna base camp mineral water and use of wood as fuel is strictly forbidden once you enter the main ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Projects) area, so all travelers are to buy water from the safe drinking water station or from one of the Tea-House water filter can. For environmental concern we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas so with no additional cost all through the trip our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended.

We at the most prefer to stay in the tea-house where they prepare the meals using Kerosene or alternative energy. Moreover, we discourage our valued guests to use hot showers if the water is heated on firewood in teahouses along the trail. 

We organize Eco trekking Workshop every year, which trains our staff in regards to conserving the environment and give our best to commit ourselves to fully establish an environmentally friendly trekking company. We hope you appreciate the need for our guidelines – following them will help to protect and preserve this beautiful region for future visitors.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

Trip extensions can always be worked out while booking your trip or after you are done with your trip. Along with the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, depending on your schedule and requirements we can always arrange the best trip extensions that would correspond to your need. However, exploring Kathmandu, Tour to the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Short hike to Nagarkot for the best sunrise and sunset view, trip to Chitwan National Park, trip to Pokhara, paragliding, rafting, etc. are the some of the most phenomenal extensions illustrations. 

TIPPING GUIDANCE

Tipping is an entirely personal matter. - It is also an indication of your satisfaction with the service delivered by our local trekking crew. As they work really hard to make your holiday the most memorable one, tipping is more like a token of gratitude for saying THANK YOU to your local crew. As a guideline, average tipping is around 10% of your trip cost per trekker. Many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who would very warmly receive these items. Your Group Leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution of your gratitude and the used items (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. We recommend you to make separate tipping for your trekking Group Leader.

AIRPORT PORTER

NOTE: We highly suggest you to separate US$ 1 OR 2 only to pay the bell boy in the Hotel. We strongly suggest NOT TO TIP OR GIVE AWAY ANY OF YOUR BAGS to any of the AIRPORT PORTERS on your arrival in the Kathmandu Airport other than the Himalayan Dynasty Representative. Do check your bags while loading into the provided car/van for the hotel.

FEEDBACKS / RECOMMENDATION / WORD OF MOUTH

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As a typical Local company, the Himalayan Dynasty is trying its best to stand out among ample international companies and local companies with Overseas Agents.  After the completion of your trip, considering our service if you could kindly spare your precious little time to evaluate us through positive reviews – it will be very motivating for us to rise in the years to come. Your one excellent review will unquestionably mean a world to us and it does really count a lot making a huge difference. Your generous support, feedback, and recommending Himalayan Dynasty to your acquaintances will be very influencing and will surely inspire us to stand out with a difference.

FAQs

The epic trip to Annapurna Base camp is phenomenal offering anyone a great trekking experience with panoramic mountain views, fabulous forested trails into the settlements of the dominant ethnic tribes called Gurungs. ABC is a moderate trek and is achievable for anyone with sound fitness. Though a moderate trek, some pre-physical training certainly helps. Besides, our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than building any grounds for energy draining.

With us, you have every right to modify the itinerary as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness of the group. 

While doing Annapurna Base camp we usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch.  However, we don't recommend any competitive behaviour while walking these mountain trails. You usually have an Assistant Guide who sets a convenient pace for everyone so that it's more relaxing than exhausting. We typically start at an appropriate time so that we could reach the destination on time leaving you enough time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

Depending on the size of the group we provide trekkers a Leader and multiple Assistant Guides. Usually, your group leader sets up a ground for everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team. However, most of the time your group leader assigns a job for his assistant guides to cater the specific number of people in the group, which basically means - no one will be left alone by himself/herself. Your Leader typically stays at the back with the slow walking people. But in no way people lose their charm of free strolling, everyone reserves the right to take his/her time and maintain their own pace.

March till May during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp when the view of the world's 10th highest peak and its neighboring mountain is at its best state.

Annapurna Base Camp is feasible even during winter (December till February) however, in case of heavy snowfall due to the probability of avalanche there might be alteration in the usual trekking trails leading to ABC. Though the winter offers great weather yet the chances of the temperature getting down below the freezing point are probable. One should be well equipped with winter gear and be well organized mentally to challenge the worst of chill weather circumstances.

Annapurna base is a moderate trek suitable for any average people with sound fitness. Though trekking involves a tremendous amount of up and down walking with gain or loss in the altitude yet no previous wide-ranging experience is needed for Annapurna Sanctuary trek. However, we suggest that it is not appropriate for someone with very weak ankles, knee, heart, or lung problems, and for all these the necessary pre-check-up and consent from your doctor is mandatory. We recommend some pre-physical training prior to your arrival in Nepal.  The recommendation for the best preparation would be everyday undulating walking with the amount of weight you are thinking of carrying while on your trek which will certainly add up to your self-reliance.

Annapurna Base Camp has very limited tea houses due to the environmental restrictions from the  ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) due to which during the peak season there are chances of these tea houses being full. Single supplement is not viable and sharing a room with someone or dormitory accommodation is a very common situation in Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Lodges are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. You have a variety of choices for the food and so far there have been no complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided at Annapurna Base Camp trek by Himalayan Dynasty.

We provide you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood. We also provide you with a duffle bag to fit all your gears in, plastic bag to separate your clean clothes with the dirty ones. Furthermore, you get a company's T-shirt, Duffel bag, and trekking map for free.

The highest sleeping elevation while doing Annapurna sanctuary is 4130 m / 13,459 ft and we proceed very gradually supplying enough time to acclimate. Besides other mild mountain ailments like food poisoning or diarrhea, there has been no record of altitude sickness issues in the ABC trek. However, we provide medically trained Group leaders with medications and oxygen cylinders to deal with any altitude sickness if they arise. 

Plastic Mineral water in the ABC trek is banned, it's forbidden for environmental concern and we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. While trekking to Annapurna Base Camp few places have the Safe Drinking Water Station where you can buy UV filtered drinking water at minimal costs - and almost all lodges have water filter can where you can always refill your bottles with boiled, cooled and filtered water at little costs. 

 

Annapurna Base Camp is very strictly observed by the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and the government authorities in terms of deforestation, and the wood-chimney system is outlawed. In winter, however, the tea houses collect 100/200 Nepali currency and provide a basic heating system from Kerosene heater to their guests.  To obtain this facility there has to be a minimum of 5+ number of people and so the heater is provided under the so request.

The charging privilege is possible only in a few settlements because not every settlement has the privilege of hydroelectricity and whoever has it is only reliable during the post-monsoon season when the water level is high. Most have the solar charging facility that will provide you charging at a minimal cost. However, it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quickly in the cold. 

Most lodges provide you with Wi-Fi over some charges but not always reliable. 

We strongly suggest you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life-threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your back up for just in any case.

Reputed companies Himlayana Dynasty and professional leaders as we provide on all our trips are the two significant factors to deliver you quality service and to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Furthermore, doing so saves a lot of time from all the hassles in terms of issuing permits, booking hotels, flights, transportation, etc and someone is always there to ensure your wellbeing and cater you since the time of your arrival till your departure. Experienced Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailment or any weather mayhem. Moreover, we are prompt in our actions.