Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 Days

Stunning View of Mt. Annapurna Soth
Witnessing of Annapurna Soth from ABC

Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Toursit Bus and Domestic flight
  • Activity Trekking and Walking
  • Best Season Feb- May and Sept - Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 to Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 4130m/13810ft

Highlights

  • The city of temples and Stupas- Kathmandu
  • Naturally blessed town of Pokhara- Lakes, Caves, River gorge
  • Ethnic settlements in the Annapurna region like Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Chhomrong
  • The outstanding Himalayan viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210 meters)
  • Magnificent trail dotted by the rhododendron and oak woods
  • Trekking trail above the Modi Khola River
  • Machapuchhre (Fishtail) Base Camp and the alpine delights of the Annapurna region
  • Marvelous surroundings of the snowy pyramid peaks of Mount Annapurna, Fishtail, and the neighboring peaks
  • Exploration of the picturesque setting of the ABC at 4130 meters
  • The natural hot spring at Jhinu

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 14 Days is a gratifying trip through a magnificent trekking trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is moderately challenging, which offers a delightful experience of heading through the thick woods of oak and rhododendron, Himalayan ethnic settlements along with getting eye-catching Himalayan vistas of the Annapurna Himalayan chain. Among the impressive locations on the trek, Poon Hill (3210 meters) and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC-4130 meters) are exclusively noteworthy. Poon Hill offers a wide range of views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail range, whereas ABC offers incredible Annapurna summits from a closer point, being surrounded by the giant Himalayan walls from three directions. The 14 Days ABC treks itinerary allows you ample time for a steady walk, rest, and explore the surroundings. Nayapul is the gateway of ABC Trekking, which is about a 1.5-hour drive by private transportation from Pokhara. It is a mild adventure, which does not require any specific preparation. One of the best advantages of the Annapurna Base Camp Trip is, that you can enjoy the trek in all other seasons of the year except the monsoon. The clean and cozy accommodation on the ABC trekking tour makes the journey comfortable.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Comprehensive Guide

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking has been the most popular trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters) is synonymously renowned as the Annapurna Sanctuary, which is surrounded by the dramatic peaks of Annapurna from three sides that take the form of a natural amphitheater. The incredible excursion to Annapurna base camp has a lot of switchback routes along with steep ascending and descending. The moderate journey in the Annapurna Conservation Area begins from Nayapul, which is located at about a 1.5-hour driving distance from Pokhara in the western region of Nepal. The path through the sloppy hillside eventually goes through the lush woods to Ghorepani.

Poon Hill, on this itinerary, is 3210m and is the best viewpoint of the giant Himalayan sceneries of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Machapuchhre, and the adjacent snowy summits. Trekkers enjoy Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking in lower Annapurna, which looks for a shorter itinerary. With some of the sections steep up and down the route, the trail further leads through the lush forest of rhododendron and the ethnic populated settlements like Tadapani, Chhomrong, Deurali, and Machapuchhre base camp. The alpine section from MBC is pretty much challenging with the low level of oxygen in the air, which requires mild acclimatization.

14 DayAnnapurna Base Camp Journey gives a unique impression of the giant Himalayan peaks that people can't stop praising the God-gifted beauty of nature. The sheer size of pyramid peaks- Annapurna, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and the neighboring vistas surround the valley of ABC, which is the ultimate destination of the trek. During the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you can experience ethnic hospitality and their typical lifestyles. ABC is a spectacular destination that is a real epitome of heaven mixed up with the cultural beauties with the picturesque nature. While retracing, trekkers can enjoy the natural hot spring at Jhinu.

Adventure Club Trek arranges this trek with the management of required paperwork, experienced guides, and field services. If you lack time, then we have a Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking-12 Days which reduces a long itinerary from Pokhara. To explore the charm of Annapurna Base Camp a few hours from Pokhara, ABC Helicopter Tour is best for those who would prefer the luxury option and enjoy the journey to the Himalayas.

How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trip?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging trip in the northwest part of Nepal. From 850 meters altitude, the trek escorts you to the picturesque setting of the 4130 meters altitude; the trek requires moderate physical fitness. With a steady walk and exploration, the trekkers can enjoy the switchback route with various sections of stone staircases.

When is the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Except for the monsoon, Annapurna Base Camp trekking can be done throughout the year. However, each season has got some special features, which the trekkers can prioritize.

Spring: Springtime (March-May) is a paradise of floral blooming. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route is dotted by the rhododendron woods and the spring season looks incredible with various species of wildflowers. The days are warmer and tolerable cold at the night. The views of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscape can be seen as great.

Autumn: Autumn (September-November) is regarded as the best preferable season to trek on the Annapurna base camp trekking. Autumn is comparatively colder than spring, but the days hold favorable weather to explore the surrounding views. Autumn is also a festival season in Nepal and you probably get an opportunity to experience the cultural side of Nepal.

Winter: Winter (December-February) allows an outstanding trekking experience for those who look for the less crowded trail and get sublime scenery around the ABC trekking trail. Undoubtedly, the Himalayan setting of Mt. Annapurna and the surroundings look dramatic with the snowfall. Even the trekking trail remains snowy in the alpine territory, which brings freezing temperatures. Therefore, bring sufficient warm stuff along to stay warm.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your hotel in a private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner.
  • 1,300m/4,264ft

Early in the morning, we start our 200 km road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara. While driving west through the switchback road, the sceneries on the Prithvi Highway roadside offer an impression of the lifestyles of the people living nearby along with an opportunity to explore the Riverside valley. We stop a couple of times for the refreshment and to have lunch. The road trip takes about 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara and transfer to the hotel

Note: Covering an extra cost, you can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is about half an hour flight. This idea allows you a great time to explore the city of Lakes- Pokhara and its surrounding vistas like caves, waterfalls and visit the World peace pagoda. Overnight in Pokhara

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • 910m/2985ft

Having breakfast at the hotel, we kick off another road trip for an hour to Nayapul. It is a gateway to the Annapurna trekking. After walking about half an hour, we get check-in at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and proceed through the gentle trail above the Bhurungdi Khola. The scenery of the terraced hillside and the rice fields offer a great experience. Passing Hile, we reach Tikhedhunga and take a rest. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 1495m/4905ft

We have breakfast at the hotel/lodge and get ready for an impressive hike. We begin the trek through a picturesque trail and cross the suspension bridge. The steep uphill route begins thereafter, which takes you through the impressive communities like Ulleri and Banthanti. We stop for the lunch at Banthanti and we get a miraculous glimpse of Mt. Annapurna. Walking through the isolated trail dotted by the oak and rhododendron woods with a glimpse of the waterfall, we move ahead to our destination- Ghorepani. It is a beautiful town populated by the ethnic Magar people. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 2850m/9348ft

Early in the morning, we climb up through the stone staircases all the way to Poon Hill, which takes about 40 minutes, based on how fast you can walk. Poon Hill is located at 3210 meters altitude, and weather permitting, it offers incredible Himalayan sceneries of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, and the surrounding peaks. Hiking down to Ghorepani, we have our breakfast and proceed on our main route of trekking. The trail is mixed up with steep up and down routes. We pass Deurali, hike down, and walk gradually to Banthanti, where we stop for the lunch. Then we have a couple of steep up and down routes before we make a final ascent to Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 2,700m/8,859ft

Weather permitting, the magnificent scenery of the Annapurna Himalayas greets us in the morning. With a wonderful breakfast, we pack our stuff and prepare to leave Tadapani. The initial trial is downhill, which goes through the thick rhododendron forest and crosses the Kimrong Khola (stream). Heading further, we cross the Chhomrong Pass and reach Chhomrong. It is an ethnic Gurung village, nestled right in the valley with a stunning view of Mt. Fishtail at the backdrop. Overnight in  Chhomrong.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 2020m/6625ft

We commence the hike today after having breakfast at Chhomrong. First, we walk downhill and walk steadily, cross a suspension bridge and go up through Upper Sinuwa. Moving ahead, we stop for the lunch at Bamboo. A short downhill walk takes us to the stream and we cross it. After a couple of hour's further hike, we reach Dovan. We have a grueling yet entirely stunning trek. Overnight in Dovan.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 2600m/8528ft

We depart from Dovan, we walk ahead through the rugged trail and in some parts, and the route is quite damp. The green hill surroundings look awesome and the river sound motivates us to hike further. We reach Himalaya, where we see a few lodges that serve amazing meals for the trekkers. Then the trail formation is steep uphill and rocky section. From the top ridge, we descend to the Riverside, passing through the landslide area. The impressive waterfall entices us. Walking above the Riverside, we reach Deurali. Hinku Cave is located nearby there. Overnight in Deurali.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 3200m/10500ft

After having breakfast at Deurali, we follow the trail above the river, which is a gradual uphill. Because of the waterfall on the way, some of the sections might be moderately challenging, but the impressive view of the corridor energizes us. The trail further is gentle, but the altitude keeps on increasing and the cool breeze starts to hit us. Walking steadily, we reach Machapuchhre Base Camp and have lunch. After a couple of hours more climbing steep hillside, we reach Annapurna Base Camp, which is a place surrounded by snowy peaks. Overnight in ABC.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 4230m/13810ft

Good morning, Annapurna Base Camp. This is the ultimate destination of this trek. So, we don't have to climb further, but we walk around to explore and for the photography of the outstanding sunrise view above the Annapurna Himalayan peaks- Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and the surrounding peak. As this landscape has been surrounded by the giant Himalayan boulders, it is aptly called the natural amphitheater. Exploring the majestic landscape, we have breakfast and start trekking downhill, all the way to Bamboo via MBC and Deurali. Overnight in Bamboo.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 2310m/7575ft

Heading downhill is easy with the altitude but the legs keep trembling for which we start a steady descent after breakfast at Bamboo. The known route, wild setting with dense rhododendron and oak forest, streams, and rugged trail, we move further downhill experiencing these entire scenarios. We pass Sinuwa, Chhomrong, and reach Jhinu Danda, which is our destination today. A mystery there is the natural hot spring nearby. It is believed that various skin diseases will be cured after having a hot spring bath. Then we back to Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

  • GUesthouse/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • 1780m/5840ft

Our usual itinerary is to trek from Jhinu Danda right after breakfast. The trail is almost downhill with lots of staircases. Then it crosses the Modi Khola and makes a gradual walk all the way to Nayapul, check-out from the ACAP checkpoint, and drive to Pokhara for an hour Overnight in Pokhara.

Note: With the extension of the motor road, after a short walk from Jhinu, we can make a road trip all the way to Pokhara if we escape trekking. In case you feel you want to drive, let's do it.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • 885m

We take a half an hour picturesque flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Weather permitting; we get exclusive sights of the terraced hillside and winding Rivers. Then you transfer to the hotel and take a rest. The flight allows you time to explore the local market and buy souvenirs for your loved ones, in the evening you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure club Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and farewell Dinner.
  • 1,350m/4,429ft

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 Days 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 safari, Rafting,Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • Breakfast.

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.

Trip Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 Days map

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 Teahouse or lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Surface transfer between Pokhara and Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Domestic flight (Pokhara -Kathmandu)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (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 walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include 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.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for the trekking.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • 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)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: TuesdayMay 24, 2022End DateEnd: MondayJune 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1049
Start DateStart: SaturdayMay 28, 2022End DateEnd: FridayJune 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1049

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 

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* 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 highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conversation, first-aid, and emergency evacuation. They are all very professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about the field of tourism. They are local guides and their English is sometimes limited to trek-related topics. They know how to facilitate running a smooth and safe trip whilst appreciating the beauty of the Himalayan world.

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. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (July 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.

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