Annapurna Base Camp short Trek 11 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flight
  • Activity Trekking, Hiking
  • Best Season Feb- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 to Maxi 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 4130m/13810ft

Highlights

  • Trek to the foothills of the 10th highest peak in the world- Annapurna (8091m)
  • Explore Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Pokhara, a beautiful lake city
  • Stunning landscapes and lush vegetations, flora, and fauna
  • cultural aspects — Gurung and Magar ethnics
  • Trek to the key destinations like Tikhe Dhunga, Sinuwa, Jhinu Dhanda and Ghorepani.
  • Rhododendron, bamboo forests amazing pasturelands, and terrace farms.
  • View of the entire Mount Annapurna massif from Poon Hill.
  • Two base camps — Annapurna and Machapuchhre
  • Natural hot tub bath at Jhinu, hot spring at Jhinu Danda
  • Alluring sunrise, sunset views over the Annapurna ranges
  • Panoramic views of around 10 peaks above 6000 meters in height

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Overview 

 Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is one of the most exciting journeys to the base camp of the world's 10th highest mountain. The trek route goes through a diverse landscape that offers stunning views of mountains. The Gurung and Thakali villages and terraced fields along with a wide variety of flora and faunas add joy to the journey to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (8091m). The Annapurna Base Camp lies at the height of 4130m/13549ft.

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trekking route passes as much closer to Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail). This trek is equally popular among outdoor adventurers as well as solo travelers. The Annapurna Base Camp Short Journey engages travelers walking along the trail through the diverse terrain for eight days. The Adventure Club Trek has designed this package for travelers who have less than two weeks to hike in the Himalayas.

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a wonderful journey with a scenic view around some of the world’s highest peaks. The trek route leads through the famous ABC Helicopter Tour giving a world-class mountain viewing trek, from relatively lower altitudes. The range of mountains including Annapurna I is at the center and yet there is another 8,000m giant, Dhaulagiri, located in the west of Annapurna I. Kaligandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world lies between these two mountains. Annapurna Base Camp Short Journey includes a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The trails lying on the southern face of Annapurna Mountain (8,091 meters/ 26,545 feet) pass through the rhododendron woods, keeping the view of mountains and glaciers.

In Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, you will explore the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the mountains, and lifestyle of the locals in perfect harmony with nature. This trek provides an excellent opportunity to experience a fascinating glimpse of the rich culture, and typical Nepali lifestyle in the Himalayas. Trekkers encounter interesting Thakali people in this region. These natives are renowned for being good in business ventures. Generally, travelers relish their home cooking and local cuisines.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking tour takes you to the heart of the mountains and provides you with a 360-degree vista of peaks. This trek also includes the scenic view of the Machapuchhre Himal from Phewa Lake in addition to the view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain range. The route of Annapurna Base Camp passes through Jhinu Danda famous for its natural hot spring where one can benefit by taking bath in a pool, famous for its medicinal value.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara also called the city of a beautiful lake. The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara offers great views of the Himalayas, especially, from the right side of the airplane. After landing at the Pokhara airport, we will be driving to Kimche through Nayapul and Syauli Bazaar. The real trekking starts from Kimche and ends at Ghandruk. On the path, you will see incredible mountain terrain, terraced farms, humongous mountains, and subtropical forests. Ghandruk village contains numerous Buddhist monasteries and is rich in traditional customs and lifestyles. We will not miss our chance to explore Gurung Museum.  From Ghandruk, we can see the spectacular views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Hiunchuli mountains. 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,940m/6,365ft

On this day, we hike from Ghandruk to Chhomrong. The hiking warms up with an ascent for about an hour till we reach Kimrung Danda. The trail from Ghandruk to Kimrung Danda offers fantastic views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machapuchhre), and Gangapurna. From Kimrung danda we descend to the Kimrong Khola, a river, and make another steep ascent from to Chere Danda. We may take a rest on the way before preparing to descend a little and take a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village situated on the lap of Annapurna's massive

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,170m/7,120ft

In the morning we start our trek descending along with stone steps and crossing a bridge above Chhomrong Khola. Further, we climb uphill to Sinuwa. Here, we will enjoy hiking through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar from where we continue an easy downhill walk to Bamboo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,310m/7,579ft

The trail passes through a cold and damp bamboo forest. We hit the trail ascending steadily with a few steep sections. As we reach Himalaya Hotel, the forest opens up and we are exposed to the sun again. Here, we can enjoy the marvelous views of the glacial river below. We move forward and take a steep climb through a dry forest until we reach Hinku Cave. The trail takes us closer to the river as we descend. Further, we make an ascent to Deurali. The Deurali section offers amazing scenery, say the best panorama of the day. The sparser vegetation together with magnificent views of the valley, the river below, and the cliffs above with ribbons of waterfalls.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,230m/10,598ft

On this day we set off on the journey to Annapurna Base Camp via Machapuchhre. The trek starts with a gradual ascent through a river bed and then over a steep trail over the mountainside. It takes a little more effort and energy on the hike from Bagar to Machapuchhre Base Camp. The base camp offers rewards with the fantastic views of the Machapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. Further, we cross the tree line as we enter Annapurna Sanctuary on our way to Annapurna Base Camp. The views of the south face of Annapurna appear towering above us. The sanctuary offers a dynamic view without anything hindering the 360-degree panorama. When we reach Annapurna Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the stupendous view of Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Homunculi among other peaks.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,130m/13,551ft

From the Annapurna Base Camp, we go back to Bamboo following the same trail we hiked along. Most of the time we will be descending on today’s trek. The beautiful landscapes continue stunning by offering delightful panoramas till we reach Bamboo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,310m/7,579ft

We take ascending trail from Bamboo till Kuldighar and descend to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb stone steps to Chhomrong and descend to Jhinu Danda, the place which is famous for hot springs. We go on a descending trail for about 15 to 20-minutes from Jhinu Danda to take a hot bath. The hot spring bath relieves all kinds of muscular strains and aches.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,760m/5,775ft

From Jhinu Danda we take a trail through an amazing hill landscape to Naya Pul. on the way we take lunch before Annapurna Base Camp Trek ends at Naya Pul. We go on a drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. As the government has been developing a road network in the Annapurna region, it could be possible to drive from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara in near future.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Lunch.
  • Max. Altitude827m/2,713ft

You will have enough time to relax in Pokhara as we take an afternoon flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel. You will have leisure time for shopping or exploring any landmarks that have been missed during your first day in Kathmandu. The Adventure Club Trek will host a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey in the evening. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our  Annapurna Base Camp short Trek ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safariRafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note:Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara with breakfast as per the Itinerary. 
  • Best available twin sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Round Trip domestic flight (Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed; English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covers all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All Government and Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 15, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 21, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 20, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 23, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $878

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals 

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek 

Accommodations 

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Please note that since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses/guesthouse will be pretty basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High Altitude Sickness 

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines. A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  •  A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  •  Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  •  Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  •  The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  •  Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List 

This is the list of guidelines to help you pack what is needed to bring in on the trip. The packing list may vary depending on the season you set off on the journey. Please take note that a trekker's luggage should not exceed the limit of 11kg as there will be one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers. Apart from the luggage, each trekker will have to carry a day-pack including valuables or what is important. It will be better if you pack only the items that are necessary for you.

  • The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s, and duffle bags.
  • Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents And Items 

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  • non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  •  2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  •  Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  •  pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES 

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  •  Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  •  Deodorants
  •  Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  •  Female hygiene products
  •  Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  •  Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  •  Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING 

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  •  Rucksack and Travel Bags
  •  medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  •  large duffel bag *
  •  A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  •  Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  •  Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  •  Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  •  Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  •  Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Visa And Entry Procedure 

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 15kgs/33lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Experience Required 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is suitable for all adventurers who can walk for at least 5-6 hours a day. At some points, you may have to walk for 7 -8 hours. The trek is moderate, but it is to take note that walking in higher altitudes can be more physically demanding than in the lowland. If you wish to make the Annapurna Base Camp Trek you do not have to be an expert in mountaineering. It only requires good mental health and physique. With the leadership of our experienced guide qualified in first aid, you will be able to complete the trek efficiently.

Best Time to Travel 

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Travel Insurance 

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, And Battery Recharge 

During the Annapurna base camp trek, electricity is available at all the teahouses where you will spend the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels by paying a nominal charge. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

Communication 

On the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach higher altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly be in touch with you for the help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card to better the network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size And Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 14 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

  • Zoltan
    ZoltanHungaryDate: December 10, 2018

    Great guides, excellet trip

    I trekked with them to Annapurna Sanctuary - a well-organized tour, with helpful guides who made our trip a great experience by explaining a lot about local culture and our environment. Would definitely recommend them!

  • Per-Niklas H
    Per-Niklas HSwedenDate: March 12, 2016

    Trekking the ABC- camp in Himalaya with Sonam was the best experience ever:)

    I was doing the trekking to Annapurna basecamp in February 2015. Thanks to my guide Sonam it turned out to be the best hiking in my life so far. He took so well care of the group and I felt very safe all the time. He showed us the nature and had really good knowledge about the area. I will highly recommend everyone that who is thinking of hiking in Nepal go with the adventure club and expedition.
    Thanks for everything and good luck in the future.
    Best regards
    Niklas

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