Annapurna basecamp trek starts from Dampus Phedi after 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and 45 Min Drive from Pokhara to Dampus Phedi.This trip is moderate trek suit for all people because of easy trail and not that much altitude will be gain. There are many routes to get to Annapurna basecamp.Khumbu Alpine Travel prefers to take route through Dampus phedi.Our trail follows the rhododendron forest through Landrung following Modi Khola(River). Our trip can not be head up without having amazing natural hot spring shower and follows the trail through chomrong big gurung village with exploring jungles, and beautiful mountains around.It is amazing walk through diverse landscape and wide variety of flora and fauna.After get to Annapurna basecamp , would get chance to explore the Annapurna 1, Machhapuchre, Tent Peaks, Singu Chuli, Gangapurna from very near.After having explore of beautiful mountains around , will be following down same way till chomrong and going to enter to Popular Gurung village named Gandruk.Our reserved Jeep will standby near gandruk, within 2 hours we will get to Pokhara. Pokhara is the place where there are many activities such as Paragliding, ultralight flying, bunjee Jumping,Zip flyer, sightseeing around city,Boating as per your interest. Next morning early in the morning departure for Kathmandu.
hot springs in jinu danda
Various types of himalayan flora and fauna
Histories, cultures, tradition and life style of himalayan people
Annapurna basecamp ( Where lodges are very close to mountains)
Beautiful himalayan scenery of Mount Annapurna , Machapuchre, Ten peak and so on
Flight From Pokhara with beautiful scenery
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1400 Mtr/4592 Ft)
Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airort, Our airport representative will be there with name board and drop us in hotel. After check in we may roaming out in Thamel,tourist hub in Kathmandu for some shoping of clothes or gears. . There will be a full trek briefing this evening .After that We will host the welcome dinner in excellent nepali restaurant.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for Trek
After the breakfast our city tour guide with luxury vehicle will come to pick you up for the city sightseeing of some UNESCO world heritage sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of PashupatiNath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world for half day.After that your free time for leisure and gear preparation for the trek.( Exchanging the money,shopping, gear check etc)
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara , and trek Dampus(1650Mtr/5412 Ft)
Duration: 6 hours drive to Pokhara and 1 hour drive to Phedi then 2 hours trek Walking Dis: 3 KM Elevation gain : 850 Mtr Our Journey begins today to western side of Nepal by drive in luxury vehicle to Pokhara, It takes about 6-7 hours.After get to Pokhara we head to northward via Vehicle for 1 more hour till Dampus phedi. We stop there for while ,Our treks begins from Dampus Phedi and begin to steep climb up in forest. There is also motorable road, we follow all the motorable road until Dampus.Dampus is a pleasant Gurung village from where spectacular views of Himchuli,Annapurna South and Fishtail mountains can be explore. We going to stay in Dampus tonight.
Day 4: Trek Tolka (1700Mtr/5576 Ft)
Duration: 3 hours trek Walking Dis: 5 KM Elevation gain: 50 Mtr After the breakfast , we move forward in cool air,our trails moves up all the way through Pothana village with beautiful scene of Mount Annapurna South,Mt Dhaulagiri.Then our paths descent down to Baisikharka through thick forest then ascents up to Tolkha from where outstanding scenery of Annapurna Himalayan range can be explored. We stay overnight in Tolkha.
Day 5: Trek to Jhinu Danda(1450 Mtr/4756 Ft)
Duration: 4 hours trek Walking Dis: 7.5 KM Elevation Loss: 250 Mtr After the breakfast, We start to descent down to Landruk through terraced field and forest.From Landrung trails goes gradually down in thick forest until we cross the suspension bridge.After crossing the over the river, our trail goes steep up with zigzag up to Jhinu Danda. Jhinu danda is located in a small ridge in thick forest,where there is hot spring 15 minutes descent down from Jhinu in the bank of Modi river.. After we have lunch we go down to take hot path hot spring. We stay overnight in Jhinu danda.
Day 6: Trek to Sinuwa (2340Mtr/7675 Ft)
Duration: 3 hours trek Walking Dis: 5 KM Elevation Loss: 890 Mtr After the breakfast our day starts with steep climb for the first two hours. Then we arrive in big town located in down hill, which is one of the big gurung village called chomrong. This is the last permanent settlementin the valley.From Chomrong we have good views of Annapurna south .Then we descent down by stone staircase all the way to chomrong khola ( river) where we cross it by suspension bridge. After crossed the bridge , again we climb steeply up with zigzag till to lower sinuwa where we spend the night.
Day 7: Trek to Deurali(3300 Mtr/10824 Ft)
Duration: 5hours trek Walking Dis: 9 KM Elevation gain: 960 Mtr From lowe sinuwa the trail ascends steep up to Upper Sinuwa, then descends on stone steps through dense forest.The forest around us is full of bamboo thickets. These bamboos are used to make "Doko" which use to carry the grass, luggage,whatever carries in back. The trail continues up through the forest, passing the lodges at place named Himalaya Hotel. From here the trail gets steeper and rockier crossing a ravine, the trail continues to climb steeply among boulders, leaving the trees behind us ,we reach in Deurali where we spend the night.
Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Basecamp(4130 Mtr/13546 Ft)
Duration: 4.5 hours Trek Walking Dis: 8.2 KM Elevation Gain: 900 Mtr Going to be bit tougher days ahead because of the altitude. The trail continuely goes through some forest with steeper and rockier for first hour.From Deurali there are two trails. We use the trails with seeing condition of the trails. Both trails finally meet In Machapuchre basecamp. After one hour trail goes on flat lands along the river until we have steep climb up to Machapuchere basecamp. We turn to left side with climbing gradual up on grassland all the way to Annapurna basecamp for the night stay.This is the highest point where we sleep in this trip. The sunset and sunrise are truly magnificent in this mountain arena.
Day 9: Trek to Dovan(2500Mtr/8200 Ft)
Duration: 6 hours trek Walking Dis: 7.5 KM Elevation Loss: 1630 Mtr We wake up quite early in the morning to take a picture of sunrise of panoramic views of Mount Annapurna, Gangapurna, Machapuchre, Ten peak and so one. The main attraction of the Annapurna basecamp trek is to explore the views of mountain very closely. After exploration and taking photos we have breakfast then we retrace our steps towards down valley , Entering the forest, we descend slowly and carefully on a rocky trail through Himalaya and Dobhan where we spend the night.
Day 10: Trek to Chomrong(1950 Mtr/6396 Ft)
Duration: 4 hours trek Walking Dis: 7.5 KM Elevation Loss: 550 Mtr Our walks begins with lots of up and down, climb up to Sinuwa then steep descent down until the river to cross suspension bridge, again climb back up the stone steps to Chomrong where we spend the night.
Day 11: Trek to Gandruk(1940Mtr/6363 Ft)
Duration: 5 hours trek Walking Dis: 10 KM Elevation Loss: 10 Mtr Our day start with descending down Jhinu Danda where we spent the night on the way up. From Jhinu we descent down for an 30 minutes then we take trail of right side of gradual straight up to Gandruk , where we spend the night. Gandruk is the one of the beautiful Gurung village.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
We still have go down till Nayapul, sometimes get chance to ride the Jeep from Gandruk as well. From there we directly go to Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the beautiful city of nepal , having lots of beautiful natural features as well as many kinds of adventure activities such as ultra light flying,boating, paragliding, bunjee jumping, Zip flying and so on. We can roam out for these varieties of activities in pokhara.
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
After the breakfast, we will be again transfer to airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Trip is over now, you can take your own time for shoppinp,sightseeing and relaxing in Kathmandu.Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day.We will have the farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with nepali cultural music and dances to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Day 14: Final Departure
You will be transfer to airport for final departure.
All airport/hotel pick ups and drops within Nepal
Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
All trekking permits , TIMS card,Government and local taxes for the trek
All Meals (Breakfast , Lunch and DInner ) During the trek
3 Star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itenerary
An experienced English speaking and government licensed trekking guide
Porter Services(2 Trekkers : 1 Porter)
Medical kit incase of Emergency
Insurance for Nepali Staffs
Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket for the trek
Welcome and farewell dinner
Staffs Cost including their Salary, food , accomodation and equipments
What's not included
Nepal Visa Fee
Personal Trekking gears
International Flight fare
Lunch and Dinner in the city , extra night accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival or late departure and early return from the trek due to any reason than the scheduled itenerary
Any rescue cost
Tips for Guide and Staffs
Personal Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses as phone calls, laundry , Bar, Battery charge, extra porter, shower and bottled or boiled water
Helicopter charter flight
Excess baggage charges ( can be carried only 15 Kg including in Airfare)
Good to Know
1) Physical Fitness One should be physically fit before to do the any trekking and mountaineering. It is long hike so without any training the first two/three days will tough for you. So some basic physical fitness like squat, Mountain climbers ( which can be done in home),running,biking , stair climbing,and swiming will help lot to do trekking in the mountains, so it is highly recommanded 2/3 months prior to your departure for the trekking or mountaineering.
(2)Foods and Drinks While in the mountain, it is highly recommanded you to drink plenty of fluids like water,soups, teas as well as foods. We will provide the sufficient and hygiene food as per your choice in whole trek.However some private snacks as chocolates bars, cookies are also highly recommanded which you can take from kathmandu or you can buy on the way in lodges or in shops.
(3)Drinking water One should drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day in order to get hydrated the body which helps lot to be away from altitude sickness.Although bottled waters are not highly recommanded as well as we are environmentally sensitive. But in Annapurna region the bottled mineral water is not in. We highly recommend you to carry the reusable water bottle and buy boiled water in lodges/teahouse which also makes your sleeping bag very warm while going to bed, to use sterpin or take chlorine or iodine tablets to purify the drinking water and there is facility of filtered water on the way for Rs 50 Per litre( equivalent to 50 Cents).
(4)Best time to Travel Spring ( Mar-May)and Autumn ( Sep- Nov) are known as best months to trek in Nepal becuase of the stable clear dry skies which permits to enjoy the spectacular mountain views but mostly lodges, hotels and trails are busy and crowded. Spring season is pleasant and suitable with warm tempreture for trekking and climbing the big mountains as well. At this time in every mountain there will be groups to climbing and conquering the summits. Untill end of october, the tempreture will be mild cold. Weather will be stable with clear blue sky, dry at the same time you will get the chance to experience the many hidus festivals like dashain and Tihar. In spring the rhododendron forest covering the whole area in Annapurna basecamp and Gorepani area.Winter and summer are also good if you would prefer less crowdy, and ready to face the some challanges like snow, cold, and rain.Even in winter weather will always be clear but the these three months are coldest month of the year and sometimes snow falls. In Summer, It is very good to do trekking, tempreture will be warm, those who are keen to botanist, summer is the best but the due to unstable weather the views of mountains are very rare.
5) Altitude Sickness Trekking in Annapurna basecamp is one of the popular trekking in world.In high altitude , the mass of oxygen will be less, so everyone feels difficult to breath as well as mild headache, dizziness etc.This is one of the biggest challanges in mountain.In the altitude, there are many rules to make our body adaptable to the altitude. Acclimatization is one of the important factor to adjust our body get used to the altitude. All our itineries are designed with proper acclimatization.The most important rules that we have to follow in altitude is walk slowly, keep drinking plenty of fluids as water , soups etc to make our body hydrated, and keep our body warm. Our staffs and guide will always do their best as they can, eventhough incase of any sickness,injury one should avoid their rest trip and should come down.
(6)Travel Insurance It is compulsory to buy the proper travel insurance policy with genuine insurance company, it should cover the emergency helicopter evacuation as well as medical treatment incase of severe injury or sickness and Policy should include coverage at the altitudes up to 5000 Mtr if you are doing just trekking and if you are doing mountaineering should be 6500 Mtr.
(7)Bag pack and duffel bag Our duffel bag should be maximum 15kg including hand bag. Only the neccesary things should be packed and the stuffs which are not neccesary on trek will be stored in hotel in Kathmandu.One porter will carry max 30 Kg,among two clients one porter will be provided.
(8)Internet Connectivity and cell phone Signal As per your arrival in Kathmandu airport, there you can buy nepalese Sim card ncell or you can buy anywhere around city. In Annapurna region Ncell signal works for phone call as well as internet connectivity in some part of places.But there is well facility of internet wifi in every teahouses or lodges so You can enjoy with social media or connects with your family, friends or loved one.
(9)Flight/ Road to Pokhara Pokhara is entry gateway to trekking to Annapurna basecamp region.There is regular fligt to Pokhara from Kathmandu daily which is much more comfortable and easy . It takes only 35 minutes to get to Pokhara.In other way there is highway connected between kathmandu and pokhara, it is pleasant but takes min 6-7 hours to get to pokhara from kathmandu.
(10)Sanitation In mostly places toilet are common and need to use the same toilet using by everyone else. Mostly place there may not be available of hand washing water, so highly recommend to take hand sanitizer by yourself and most importantly toilet papers or wet tissue paper should always be in your day bag.
(11)TIMS and Conservation Area permit To enter in Annapurna region you have to buy Annapurna conservation Area project (ACAP) entry permit and TIMS permit,the cost will be included in trip cost.Your guide will manage everything. For that you have to provide 2 passport sized photos.
(12)Guiding and staffing In Annapurna region average walk per day is 6-7 hours. Leisurely and pleasant guiding will definitely take you to destination. More you gaining altitude more hard to walk. Your experieced guide and porter will always be there to help you in every moment.Guide is the key factor for the every challanging in mountain so one should follow the instruction of guide pleasantly.Every day after dinner your guide will do brief about the next days trip.
(13) Budgeting Budegeting depends upon many factors specially in Kathmandu where there are too many choices.Hotels in Kathmandu include in trip cost on basis of BB plan. So average expenses per day in Kathmandu will be Rs 2000 for lunch and Dinner, if you prefer some other activities as drinks, to do massage, or to go in bar/pub Rs 5000 ( equivalent to USD 50 ) is enough. On the trek, all the meals and hot drinks will be provided by company, Extra expeses as Hot shower, battery charging, wifi, boiled water for bottle, extra snacks bars, Soft drinks and hard drinks should borne by oneself,In average Rs 2000(eqivalent to 20 USD) is enough on the trek. Finally few tipping is highly recomended and compulsory in the last day to your guide and porter as per your budgeting.
Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr) Small Day Pack Personal Medical Kit Chapstick/Sunscreen Water bottle Large Duffel bag Trekking Pole Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light Hand Towel Head lamp with extra Batteries Sun Glasses with UV protection Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed items for trek)
1)Why to go trekking in Annapurna Basecamp trek ?
Annapurna region in nepal is popular destination of trekkers and climbers from all over the world. Every year thousands of trekkers and climbers come to Annapurna region to explore the beautiful himalayan range as well as wonder natural beauties. Altitude wise it is not that high,thie highest point of this trek is only 4130 Mtr, from where you can view the giant Annapurna mountain from very near. Normal people can do easily this trek.
2)What is the best seasons to trekking in Annapurna basecamp ?
In Nepal, there are four different seasons such as Spring, Summer, Autumn and winter. Spring and Autumn are most popular for trekking in Nepal.But the best season of your travel might be differ as per your purpose and your suitable time for travelling in Nepal. You can read more about the most favorable seasons in our link below http://www.khumbualpinetravel.com/nepal-travel-guide.html
3)What permit do I need for the Annapurna basecamp trek?
To enter in Annapurna area, we have to take several permits as follows. 1) Annapurna conservation area project permit 2) Trekking information and Management services (TIMS)
4)How safe is Annapurna Basecamp trek?
Safety is our first concern. As we provide the experienced guides and leaders for the particular trip who are well trained about the high altitude sickness, first aid ,friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and important instructions. All our itineraries are designed with proper acclimatization days in order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. In every group we provide the first aid kit bag incase of any injury and emergency.We make the proper decision according the regular updated weather report, if there is any chances of big snow falls or stroms, we decide and do the action as per the situation.
5)How is the lodging and fooding facilities in Annapurna sanctuary?
Along the trail to Annapurna basecamp and Gorepani , there are well facilited lodges are available with various types of foods. We provide you three meals a day with your own choice. We always provide the seasonal fruits as well. We always book in lodges with well management and facilities. if you buy single supplementory package you will get single room. But in high season, especially in Annapurna basecamp side, above chomrong, number of lodges are limited, single rooms are very hard to get, sometimes we should share with another person/group.
6)Is there any internet wifi and phone call facility on the way?
After your arrival in Kathmandu airport, we recommand to buy One ncell sim card. In Annapurna region, Ncell works in some parts, but internet services is available in every lodges.
7)Can I use the forieng currency and Credit cards on the way in any shop or Lodge?
You can pay by oriegn currency as well, but the exchange rate will not be same as Kathmandu, so we recommand you to exchage the money in kathmandu and take a nepalese Rupees. In annapurna region credit cards are accepted only in some place.
8)What is the normal tempreture in spring and Autumn season?
Spring season starts from March, but until third week of march tempreture will still be cold even in day time. But actually tempreture depends on weather, if weatheris mild tempreture ranges from 10-15 Degree Centigrate.If the weather is clear, days will be warm.After the April it will be warm with sunny weather. Especially in Morning and Evening time will be little cold. Autumn season starts from September, September will still be warm even the weather is not good. From october normally in morning and everning will be cold.