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Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal - 10 Days
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is a tremendous mix of spectacular mountain vistas, traditional mountain village life and thick rhododendron and bamboo forest ecosystems.

We begin in the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara and head to Tikkhedunga, Ghorepani and beyond through lush forests and farmland to narrow gorges overlooked by the mighty Hiunchuli and Machhapuchru. (Fishtail Mountain.)
This route will introduce you to the Gurung and Magar cultures and their warm and welcoming personalities. You will see local people living a simple life where Buddhism influences each and every action.

En route to Annapurna base camp, many species of birds and wildlife can be seen, happily living in this lush environment, whilst you enjoy breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains of the Annapurna Range. Our destination is ABC where we will be encapsulated by a mountainous wonderland, being surrounded by the icy peaks of some of the word’s highest and most beautiful mountains. You cannot help to fall in love with this region and be blown away by its crisp serenity.

The ABC route visits Poon Hill, giving unparalleled mountain vistas and some perfect photo opportunities. There are certainly some challenging days to reach the altitude of 4130 meters, including rocky trails and an ascent of 3300 stone steps to Ulleri, but your efforts will be rewarded by the majestic mountains, all the way to ABC over an array of different and exciting landscapes. To finish off the trip nicely, on the way back down to Pokhara, we stop at Jhinu where you can replenish your tired muscles in the natural hot baths. An amazing journey into an infamous region of Nepal, what more could you ask for?

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!
Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.
Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.
Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2: Meeting with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trek and Kathmandu sightseeing.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.
Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3 : Ride a bus to Pokhara.

Highlights: Exploring this beautiful lakeside town and enjoying the views of the Annapurnas.
Accommodation: Pokhara 3 star hotel.

Day 4: An hour drive to Nayapul then trek to Tikhedunga.

Hours of walking: 4.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Elevation reached: 1540m.
Terrain: Gentle inclines, well defined paths, riverbank trails.
Views on offer: The towering, snow-capped Annapurna range.
Highlights: Tasting the sweet, local oranges, walking alongside the Bhurungdi Khola.
What’s to see: Orange groves and rice fields.
Accomodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 5: Ghorepani.

Hours walking: 6.5.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 2810m
Terrain: Stone staircase, steep inclines.
Views on offer: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), Gandharba Chuli and Annapurana II and III.
Highlights: Conquering the 3300 steps to Ulleri to enjoy magnificent views.
What’s to see: Rhododendron and oak forests, langur monkeys and musk deer.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 6: Poon Hill and Tadhapani.

Hours of walking: 6.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 3210m at Poon Hill and 2700 at Tadhapani.
Terrain: Steep, hilly descents and jungle paths.
Views on offer: Panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Highlights: Reaching the top of Poon Hill for amazing, panoramic views.
What’s to see: The village of Durali and lots of langur monkeys.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 7: Chomrong.

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 2170m.
Terrain: Steep descents, forest trails.
Views on offer: Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South.
Highlights: The warm welcome of the Gurung people in the traditional villages.
What’s to see: Farmland and local Gurung villages.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 8: Dovan.

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 2580.
Terrain: Steep descents, dirt and forest tracks.
Views on offer: The Annapurna range.
Highlights: Crossing the Chomrong Khola on an impressive suspension bridge.
What’s to see: Rhododendron and walnut trees, wild bamboo.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Hours of walking: 6.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 3700m.
Terrain: Gentle descents followed by some steep ascents, stone steps and rocky paths.
Views on offer: Machhapuchhre and many snow-capped peaks.
Highlights: Reaching base camp and enjoying the views.
What’s to see: Lophorous birds, the national bird of Nepal.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp.

Hours of walking: 2.5.
Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous.
Elevation reached: 4110m.
Terrain: Steep inclines, rocky tracks, there may be snow depending on the time of year.
Views on offer: Once you reach base camp, you will be encapsulated by snowy mountains as far as the eye can see.
Highlights: The Annapurna sanctuary, an area of pristine natural beauty.
What’s to see: The Annapurna Glacier.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 11: Bamboo.

Hours of walking: 6.5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 2340m.
Terrain: Steep descents, rocky tracks, forest and riverbank trails.
Views on offer: The Annapurna Range.
Highlights: Watching the sunrise bathe the Annapurna sanctuary before we begin our descent.
What’s to see: The Annapurna glacier and the Modi Khola river as we descend.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 12: Jhinu.

Hours of Walking: 5.5.
Difficulty: Easy to difficult.
Elevation reached: 1780m.
Terrain: A hilly ascent to Sinuwa then well defined tracks, descending to Jhinu.
Views on offer: The River Valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance.
Highlights: Bathing in the natural hot springs at Jhinu.
What’s to see: Chomrong Khola, thick forests, the village of Chomrong and natural hot springs.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 13: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

Hours of walking: 7.5. (1.5 hour drive.)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Elevation reached: 1070m at Nayapul and 850m at Pokhara.
Terrain: Gentle descents, riverbank trails.
Views on offer: Distant snow capped peaks and mountains
Highlights: Last day of walking in the Annapurna region, time to relax! Congratulations on completing your trek.
What’s to see: The Modi Khola River, last glimpses of the mountains.
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14: Flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights: A ride in a small aircraft with marvelous mountain views.
Accomodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

A member of the Mosaic Adventure Team will transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.

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Frequently Asked Question(s)

How fit do I have to be?
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be a moderate trekking route in Nepal. It has some long days and steep inclines. You do not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. It is not required that you have any technical experience, only that you be in good physical condition and are able to walk for four to six hours per day over hilly terrain with a light bag pack. If you are not an experienced trekker or do not exercise regularly, we recommend that you embark on a training program well in advance of commencing this trip. You will be given plenty of time to rest throughout the trek and the pace will be slow to help you acclimatize safely to the increasing elevation.

What is the level of accommodation like?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, your hotel accommodation will usually include an attached bathroom and have facilities such as air conditioning, reception and dining services. The level of accommodation is generally Nepalese 3 star and is comfortable and clean. If you require an upgrade of accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara, there are many 4 star and 5 star options at an extra cost. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require an upgrade.
Once you start your trek, you will be staying in “Teahouses.” Accommodation is limited, especially the higher you get, so your room may vary from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Bed mattresses are usually firm, not sprung mattresses that you may be used to at home. The accommodation is very basic and there will usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. There is a communal dining hall in all teahouses offering limited meal choices. Although basic, the teahouses are clean and are a welcome, friendly and warm resting place after a day trekking.

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our daypack?
We ask that all our customers bring water purification tablets and a water bottle with them. (They can be bought in Kathmandu/Pokhara if forgotten.) Mosaic supports responsible tourism so we do not encourage trekkers to buy bottled water when in the Himalayan region, although it is be available, there is no proper disposal system for plastic bottles and we would like to keep our mountains clean and trash free. There will be plenty of water available along the way to fill your bottles and most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink your water. We recommend that you drink a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day whilst on your trek.

Where can I keep my luggage?
Any luggage that you will not require during your trek can be kept securely in the hotel in Kathmandu or in the storeroom of our office.

Do I need to take walking poles?
Walking poles are not essential but can be useful especially on the way down. Poles help you balance on the way down and take the strain off of your legs (quad muscles) on some of the steep climbs. You can buy or hire poles in Kathmandu and they easily collapse so you can attach them to your back pack when they are not needed.

Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
There are plenty of trekking shops in Kathmandu selling equipment inexpensively compared to the prices you would normally pay at home, although, the quality of these products cannot always be guaranteed. If you do not want to take the risk, we recommend you buy major items such as trekking shoes, before you arrive in Nepal. It is also recommended you buy your shoes well in advance of your trek so you can “break them in” and avoid blisters during your trip.

Can I recharge my iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes, you can, in the teahouses. Please remember that plugs might be different than at home so don’t forget to bring adapters with you or buy them in Kathmandu before the trip. You may need to pay for the use of the electricity to recharge your electrical items in some teahouses, usually at a cost of $2-3 US per hour.

Is it recommended to get Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
Most people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries where a visa will need to be obtained prior to traveling (you can find a list of these countries at www.immi.gov.np)
If you want to avoid the sometimes-lengthy queues at the airport, you can obtain a visa from the Nepali embassy in you home country before you travel. Please visit the appropriate websites in your country for details.
If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to fill in a landing card, (most airlines provide these before landing in Kathmandu, if not, they will be available in the airport) pay a fee (cost differs depending on your length of stay) and provide a passport photo so don’t forget to bring one in your hand luggage to present to the immigration officers. Visa fees are as follows:

US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
(information from the department of immigration, Nepal)

We would advise you to bring US dollars to pay for your visa, most major currencies are usually accepted also. Although there is a currency exchange in the airport (if they will not accept your currency), you may not get the best exchange rate; therefore it is always a safe bet to bring US dollars.

Can we take showers during the trek?
Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person. The higher you are, the colder it gets and you may find that you do not want to shower as often so you can wait just a few days until your descent.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
You will need to carry a reasonable sized daypack, big enough to carry personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. The porters will carry the bigger packs with your clothes etc…. They will carry packs up to 20kg. (10kg per person)

How do I get from the airport to my Hotel?
We will arrange a pickup service free of charge at anytime of the day or night to transfer you from the airport to your hotel. You will be met by a Mosaic representative on arrival. If you have booked a trip with us but have arranged to arrive in Kathmandu earlier and do your own thing until the trip starts, we will still pick you up at the airport, you just need to let us know your arrival date and time so we can come and meet you. Kindly look for signage showing the Mosaic  Adventure logo or your name. Please note; We recommend that you deal with your own bags at the airport and carry them yourselves. There are people who will offer to carry your bags and will expect payment. You are not obliged to pay these people and it is not advisable to get out your wallet in front of them.  Just tell them ‘No, thank you!’ if someone approaches you and walk away.

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the nature of the sickness. Usually, if you become sick, you will descend to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide and porters. If you are seriously ill, we will arrange an emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Please ensure you arrange travel insurance that covers you for an evacuation service and trekking at high altitudes.
*Altitude sickness can affect everyone whilst trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in higher altitudes.  If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! Please familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness before your trek. Do not ignore even the mildest of symptoms, inform your guide immediately. Our guides carry basic medicine and first aid equipment including simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle ache and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting.

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

Package Inclusion/Exclusion.

Cost Include(s)
01. Arrival/departure transfers.
02. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
03. Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee.
04. All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
05. Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
06. English speaking guide during the trek and required number of Porters (1 for 2 people basis) to carry your luggage during the trek; their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
07. Pokhara – Kathmandu flight ticket.
08. Required trekking area entry permits.
9. Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag to use during the trek (on request).
10. Government imposed taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)
01. Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
02. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc..
03. All kind of beverages (tea/coffee, coke, etc).
04. Travel Insurance (Essential).
05. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
06. Tipping (expected by guides and porters but not mandatory).
07. Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.

Highlights

Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Watch the impressive sunrise from Poon hill
View of mountain and natural landscape
Natural hotspring at Jhinu

Packing

Note: Below list is for trekking portion only.  List doesn’t include clothes that is suitable as per your preference when you stay in Kathmandu city.

Backpack/duffel bag – This is to carry gear/trekking equipment, cloths etc. Duffel bag can be provided by Mosaic Adventure (maximum weight limit 9-10 kilogram per person).

Day-pack – You will require a small day pack which should be sufficient to carry your important personal stuff and small equipment for the day, water, fleece jacket, gloves, hat, First Aid Kit etc….

Shoes – a good pair of trekking shoes / lightweight boots. Waterproof footwear is preferable as you may be walking through some streams. They should be “worn in” and bring a pair of spare laces.

Flip flops or sandals – for wearing around the teahouses.

Socks – 3-4 pairs. Bring a bottle of body/foot powder and squeeze a generous amount into your socks before you wear them to keep your feet dry and comfy.

Fleece Jacket – although during the day temperatures will (hopefully) be very pleasant the mornings and evenings can be chilly.

Down Jacket / Sleeping bag (upon request).

A sweater or sweat-shirt

Waterproof / windproof jacket

Long johns or thermal underwear

T shirts – combination of half and long sleeves.

Trousers – Lightweight trousers for lower altitudes, a heavier pair for higher altitudes. Trousers with cargo

pockets at the sides and extra pockets are useful.

Waterproof over trousers

Gloves – waterproof, thermal. (thickness depending on your trek)

Warm hat, and sun hat / cap, Lip Balm, factor 50 sun screen/block.

Sunglasses – UV resistant, better if covered at the sides (extension from the rims of the specs to the face), if possible, get a case that you can easily hang on your backpack or body.

Head-torch – LED are longer lasting and more white, and spare batteries. Electricity is erratic in Nepal and you may have to use a torch when you’re at the tea houses – lighting is not always guaranteed in bedrooms.

Water Bottle – 1 litre water bottle with a clip: boiled water (paid) can be topped up at tea houses. Or you can use purifying tablets.

Basic First Aid kit – plasters, wound dressings, diarrhoea pills (‘Immodium’, ‘Arret’ or similar) if you can persuade your doctor to prescribe a course of Cyproxin do so – it’s a broad-antibiotic, particularly effective for stomach upsets that have not succumbed to other remedies, painkillers, crepe bandage (for sprains and strains), ‘Deep Heat’ or similar muscle-relaxant cream, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, water purification pills

A small plastic bottle of antiseptic hand-wash: careful personal hygiene will avoid most stomach disorders.

Sewing kit – fixes your clothes but will be invaluable if your haversack or daypack tears.

Toiletries – shampoo, shower gell and wet-wipes. Toilet paper can be bought at most of the tea houses, medium size towel.

Things that you might want to consider
Walking poles – helps with long climbs and descents

Waist Pouch – good for cameras and extras that you can access while walking.

Scarf – good to have when the weather is cool, windy but too hot for a fleece jacket.

Note book and pens / pencils

A pack of card

Fitness Program Guide

If you are not a keen exerciser or trekker, it is important that you begin an exercise program well in advance of your trek. We have offered some suggestions below.

At least 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 4-5 times per week; swimming, jogging, stepping, cycling, rowing etc….

Go for a hike at least once a week, start with an hour and build up to a 6-8 hour hike over varying terrain (make sure you include plenty of uphill!) and carry a weighted (10kg) backpack.

Join a local aerobics/exercise class once a week, this can be one of your cardiovascular workouts for the week.

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your body and teach you good breathing techniques that come in handy whilst trekking.

Climb the stairs! Put on a weighted backpack and climb up and down the stairs to strengthen your leg muscles.

Start to exercise at least 3 months before your trek so you will get maximum enjoyment out of your time in the Annapurna region.

Rated 5/5 based on 15 reviews

Reviews

adam parker
rating Review date : 04 Apr, 2015

My partner and I highly recommend Mosaic Adventure to anyone looking to trek in Nepal. We emailed them ahead of our trip and were extremely pleased by how helpful Madhav was in planning our itinerary. You should just email Mosaic to find out about the amazing services they offer! Our trek to Annapurna base camp was truly awe-inspiring and we hugely enjoyed all aspects of it - the sunrise at Poon Hill, the blooming rhododendron, huge bamboo forests, lovely Gurung villages, the Annapurna sanctuary, the hot springs in Jhinu and so much more! Our group consisted of 4 tourists, 1 guide and 2 porters and we all got on really well, playing cards together after trekking and talking about our different home countries. Our guide and porters were very flexible which allowed us to each walk at our own pace and to adapt the itinerary when needed. We think it is much bettet to have a guide and porters in Nepal as we learned so much about Nepali culture from them. They always arranged for us to get the best rooms in the lodges and made sure we would get good food after trekking. It is also much safer as they know all the routes and know where there is danger of avalanches coming down. Finally, it was not much more expensive than doing it all yourself, but so much more enjoyable. Thanks again to Madhav, Rudra, Sushil and Purna for an unforgettable experience!!



face man
rating Review date : 02 Feb, 2015

It was our first visit to Nepal. We didn't have detailed plan of our journey and the only thing we new - we want to see Everest. After reading of several reports we decided to buy fly tickets and to book the hotel for two days in Kathmandu. Trough the book service i booked Great Wall. My choice was accidantal. I just wanted to secure our staying in Kathmandu for the short time and in case we wouldn't like the hotel we were ready to change it. The first pleasant surprise was when i received the e-mail from Madhav offering the pick up service from the airport. Later i understood how important was it. The hotel locates in Tamel - district in Kathmandu, actually it's old part, close to Freek Street and to many of historical objects. There are no exact addresses and we had the problems with taxi drivers in finding the right way to the hotel. Anyway Madhav send the car to the airport and we were successfully driven to the hotel. As we understood the hotel is under management of Mosaic Adventure. This circumstance was very helpful for us. So Mosaic arranged our trekking to Everest inside of an hour: all permissions, fly tickets to Lukla, guide, porters, equipment, accommodation, transfers and so on. Unfortunately we had bad luck and on the day when we had to fly Lukla was closed due to bad wetter. We were short of time and decided to rearrange our rout and instead of Everest to go to Annapurna. Many thanks to Madhav - he re-booked and rearranged everything very fast and next day we landed in Pockara and started our trekking to Pon Hill. Now after the trekking I'm sure it was the right decision and only the highest professionalism of Mosaic and especially of Madhav helped us to spend the great time in Nepal. Every country is introduced by the people and such guys like those who are working with Mosaic adventures make Nepal very attractive for visiting and traveling. Herewith i would like to express my personal gratitude to Madhav and very friendly stuff from the hotel Great Wall. They did everything to make our staying in Nepal comfortable, interesting and unforgettable.



face women
rating Review date : 10 Oct, 2014

We really enjoyed our trekking in Nepal to the Annapurna Base Camp. Everything was well organized and we felt comfortable every single day. Our guide was very friendly and experienced..Simply the best!!! We would like to thank Mosaic Adventures for the great time...and hopefully we will have the chance to trek to EBC next time. Greetings from the 2 Swiss girls.



face women
rating Review date : 09 Sep, 2009

I did the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Everything was as promised and well taken care off. I truly recommend Mosaic Adventure if you’d like to get family treatment and a fair price. Our guide Raj was a great instructor to Nepali life, what else could you ask for. Please don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Nepal with the services offered by Mosaic! If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me @ [email protected]



face man
rating Review date : 08 Aug, 2009

Me llamo Jordi Cases, soy de Barcelona y con Mosaic he ido al Annapurna Base camp con un buen guio llammodo Namaraj y su porter. Estoy muy contento de haber vivido  este experiencio y espero volver para lr el Everest.



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