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Annapurna Foothills: Trekking in Style
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Our Annapurna Base Camp trek package offers an excellent introduction to Nepal and the Himalayas. After a day spent exploring the capital, fly west to Pokhara and enjoy its quieter atmosphere along Lake Phewa.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek begins at Nayapul: a 1½hr drive north of the city. The trail gradually ascends the glacial Modi Khola Valley, carrying melt water from the ring of peaks above. Forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo line the route. Friendly villages on terraced slopes high above the river will welcome you.

The climax is reached in the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheatre where the Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) Base Camp, is followed by ABC (4,130m/13,550ft). Here you are surrounded by an immense wall of rock and ice reaching heights of 4,000m/13,100ft above the glacier’s U-shaped valley. The scene at sunrise is breathtaking.

The downward journey requires 3 nights; one at a hot spring. Then a short trek to Phedi and a half hour drive back to your hotel: and a relaxing afternoon in Pokhara. The drive back to Kathmandu is through scenic Middle Hill agricultural and forestry lands below the Himalayan range to the north.

Our Annapurna Base Camp trek package offers an excellent introduction to Nepal and the Himalayas. After a day spent exploring the capital, fly west to Pokhara and enjoy its quieter atmosphere along Lake Phewa.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek begins at Nayapul: a 1½hr drive north of the city. The trail gradually ascends the glacial Modi Khola Valley, carrying melt water from the ring of peaks above. Forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo line the route. Friendly villages on terraced slopes high above the river will welcome you.

The climax is reached in the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheatre where the Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) Base Camp, is followed by ABC (4,130m/13,550ft). Here you are surrounded by an immense wall of rock and ice reaching heights of 4,000m/13,100ft above the glacier’s U-shaped valley. The scene at sunrise is breathtaking.

The downward journey requires 3 nights; one at a hot spring. Then a short trek to Phedi and a half hour drive back to your hotel: and a relaxing afternoon in Pokhara. The drive back to Kathmandu is through scenic Middle Hill agricultural and forestry lands below the Himalayan range to the north.

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly.

Day 2
Free day in Kathmandu or self sight seeing around valley

Swayambunath Temple(Monkey Temple)

The famous Swayambunath Temple is perched on a hill outside Kathmandu and has a square golden stupa rising from a lovely white dome. Monkeys play on the steps up to this temple. Swayambhunath is said to be more than 2000 years old and is a very holy place for Buddhists as well as Hindus. You have a wonderful view over Kathmandu from here.

Boudhanath stupa

Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet . It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha , on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu .

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara(850m)(by tourist Bus)

The Bus journey will take 6 to 7 hours.Pokhara is set in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare so you get spectacular views of the mountains from all parts of the town. It is quite different then Kathmandu, it has plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. Here is some interesting short walks or bicycle rides in Pokhara, you can swim and canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene felt about it.

Day 4
Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft), 1½hr drive, ~10km, 5-6 hrs trek

After breakfast, travel the zigzag route over the middle hills to Nayapul (trail foot) to meet your porters and begin the trek to Birethanti, a prosperous riverside village on the Modi Khola (which carries the melt water from the Annapurna South Glacier to the Ganges). Walk upstream through terraced paddy fields to Syauli Bazaar, then cross the suspension bridge and ascend, with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare (Fish tail), Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Long stone staircases bypass a huge landslide and climb to the beautiful village of Ghandruk: with great views of the valley gorge – and tomorrow’s trail.

Overnight at Lodge in Ghandruk

Day 5
Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249ft), ~10km, 5-6 hrs

The path heads north of the village on an exposed trail past pastures to a ridge, before descending into a green valley and a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. After lunch, the trail climbs out of the valley through stands of rhododendron and oak forest, winding around the hillsides to Chhomrong: with closer views of the giant peaks above.

Overnight at Lodge in Chhomrong

Day 6
Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft), ~12km, 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the charming village of Sinuwa. Thereafter the trail enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of cane, rhododendron and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the banks of the river: a prefect lunch spot. After lunch, continue up through uninhabited forest to Dobhan, later crossing several avalanche chutes before reaching the small village of Himalaya Hotel.

Overnight at Lodge in Himalaya Hotel

Day 7
Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft), ~10km, 6-7 hrs

As the altitude increases, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. The valley walls steepen with the river raging far below. Explore the cave at Hinku before crossing a ravine and major avalanche track prior to reaching Deorali (3,230m/10,598ft). Breathtaking views into the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail heads over a ridge and climbs to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft). Another two hours slow walk up grassy slopes leads to the Annapurna Base Camp hotels on the Annapurna South glacial moraine: some 3,900m/12,800ft beneath the peaks crowning the surrounding ice walls.

Overnight at Lodge in ABC

Day 8
Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (2,360m/7,740ft), ~15km, 6-7 hrs

A pre-dawn wakeup call promises unforgettable views and photo opportunities from the rim of the glacier. A circle of peaks from Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to the vast ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft) and Khangsar Kang towering above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare. Below, in its U-shaped valley the glacier grinds relentlessly. After breakfast, retrace your steps slowly down to Sinuwa for a more comfortable night.

Overnight at Lodge in Sinuwa

Day 9
Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft), ~12km, 6-7 hrs,

Today’s route descends to the Chhomrong Khola before climbing the stairs back to Chhomrong. It then descends steeply to Jhinu Danda for lunch and a dip in the hot springs at the river below the village. Later, cross the Modi Khola at New Bridge and climb steeply to Landruk, with good views behind you.

Overnight at Lodge in Landruk

Day 10
Landruk – Phedi – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km, 22km, 40 min drive

The trail continues through scattered trees and bushes to the village of Tolka before beginning a steep and attractive two hour ascent to Deorali. This bustling hilltop village looks back towards the high peaks with an extended view of the Annapurnas from Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft: the highest peak in western Nepal) across to its right flank. It also offers scintillating views over the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake to the south.

The trail then descends, over slippery red clays when wet, through forests and farmland to Pothana and on down to the large village of Dhampus. A further short downward walk leads to Phedi and the Pokhara-Baglung Highway. A car will return you to your hotel in Pokhara – and a free afternoon.

Day 11
Day 11: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs), 220km

After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet north east of Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00pm.

Day 12
Final Departure

Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick and Drop via Private Transport
  • One night stay at the hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast with twin sharing basic.
  • One night stay at the hotel in Pokhara including breakfast with twin sharing basic.
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via Tourist Bus
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus
  • Transport Pokhara to Nayapul
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food and accommodation).
  • 09 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 09 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • 07 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking Ending Point to Pokhara
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • PNT service charge and government taxes.

Price Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara city and on trek.
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara city
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Launtry/WIFI on trek/phone call/hot shower/batteries charge
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Services not mentioned herein
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Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get arrival tourist visa at Nepal’s one only international airport Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people have easy time during visa apply for Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and $100USD for 90 days tourist visa. And you also need two pp. size photos for the process. For the online visa apply you can visit linked web site from 1st of March (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np./).

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Best time to visit Nepal is during the seasons of spring and autumn which also favorable for trekking. But it depends on the will of the trekker which can be managed. As for the trekking at the high altitude which should be done during the summer time or September. But for the low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The trekking is happens to considered as the most interesting things to do by the most of the visitor to Nepal. The trekking will provide visitors of Nepal to visit different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will be for about 5 to 7 hours per day but the toughness of the trekking is depends upon its grade as There are grading for trekking like easy, medium, challenging and demanding. And these grades normally covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters. Trekking expedition is challenging but it has its own fun and beauty.

How fit do we need to be for trekking?

It depends on individual, if you’re happens to be fit and also enjoy walking the uphill and downhill then trekking is certainly is for you. Individual can choose the trekking route which is suitable for individual’s fitness level. And off course shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer treks requires a better standard of fitness. If you are planning for the longer treks then you should try some longer day hikes for practice but for shorter treks it is not needed.

How long will be the trekking?

The trekking different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are various trekking destination in Nepal and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking for shorter routes will be short but for the longer treks like, trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long. many political upps and downs. But since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) refill the peace in country which make the all the trekking routes. Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Beside you need to take usual precautions like as traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in from your own country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.

Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call and popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there are good coverage of cell phones. For internet there are also internet café and also some lodges do provide Wi-Fi service.

What do I need to carry on trek?

A porter are easily available which will carry your luggage and belonging. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek. But Each trekker will carry minimum small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets seriously ill, then those will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals. You do not need any specific vaccine to come to Nepal. But however recommended to check if your mandatory vaccines are up to date and talk to your doctor before traveling for your wellbeings.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. But however for accommodation we do LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserve the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications that you prescribed.

How much extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There are few things you may need your for like, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise for the things like, hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woolen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and ornaments etc. You can only buy through Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

Is Nepal Nepal Trekking in Himalayas guides/porters insured?

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpa’s all of them are insured. We have bought insurance for all our staff from Siddhartha Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of the wages of guides, porters and other trekking crews. But it depends upon the individual’s choice as it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

There are two types of trekking commonly famous in Nepal, teahouse trekking and the camping trekking. In the teahouses trekking, the trekking done by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. And it is comfortable than the camping trekking as the trekkers don’t have to take any burden regarding the accommodation and foods. Whereas camping trekking will be based on the trekking and camping by setting up camps side on any convenient trekking trails. And food should be by self which make camping trekking a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

The trekking meals are differs to the types of trekking, as for the teahouse trekking food will be served by tea houses which provide good and hygiene foods. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. As for the camping trekking the trekker can enjoy the food they have prepared by the trekkers but also the can enjoy the local cuisine and as well as continental which are mostly vegetarian diet. But in Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your country which cost 360$. But the domestic flight ticket will be included in our package which 180$. If you like have hotel that cost $20 to 40$ USD per night for two person, for the airport Pick up $15 USD and airport drop $15 USD. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is must mandatory for everyone. Because of the lack of your knowledge about the country and place may lead you to miss guide and you may also lost your way. But the professional guide help you to make your trip lot more informative and memorable. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have knowledge about different places of Nepal s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can help you to about the different information about the places and help you to solve the problems that arouse during the period of trekking which way be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve it.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many staffs are by overseas personnel.

What currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. Most of the time major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars. And once you arrive to country you should change them in to Nepalese currency. All your spending money should be in Nepalese rupees all over the country.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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Trip Facts

  • Tourist Bus and Jeep
  • 2 Minimum - 10 Maximum
  • 4130M./13549ft.
  • Moderate to Strenuous