Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 12 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flight
  • Activity Trekking, walking
  • Best Season Feb-May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 4130m/13810ft

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • A lower altitude trek through the terraced hillside
  • The dense forest of oak and rhododendron flower
  • Ethnic settlements such as Ghorepani and Ghandruk
  • Most delighting viewpoint- Poon Hill (3210 meters) - Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri
  • Frequently repeating switchback trail
  • Ethnic hospitality of Magar and Gurung people
  • Millet and rice field along the trail

Annapurna Base Camp Trek  Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek-12 Days takes you to the dramatic setting of the Annapurna region, surrounded by the giant Himalayan walls at 4130 meters altitude. The itinerary of 12 days fits your compacted schedule of exploring the dynamic vistas of the Annapurna Himalayas and the surrounding sceneries, including Ghorepani village and Poon Hill (3210 meters). To customize the itinerary, you fly to Pokhara right on the following day of your arrival and begin the trek. Although you have an average walk of 6-7 hours through the rhododendron forest and enticing ethnic villages, if you have moderate physical fitness, this is the right trekking for you. Besides the natural aura, the cultural blend of the ethnic communities like that of Gurung and Magar people is brilliant with an experience of astounding hospitality on ABC Short Trekking.

Except for the monsoon, the rests of the seasons of the year are suitable for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Due to its moderate adventure form, it is even suitable for the trekking group with kids and senior citizens. The astonishing views of Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and the surrounding peaks can be explored on the trek, which energizes the trekkers. You need an entry permit to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) which is home to evergreen forests, Himalayas, waterfalls, and gorges.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking tour 12 Days is the best option for the trekkers with a short span of time who still want to explore the most exciting trekking in Nepal. It is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking in the northwest region of Nepal, covered by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Skipping the lengthy itinerary, the trek directly takes you on the journey and passes through the enchanting landscape and the ethnic settlements of the Annapurna region. The magnificent setting of the ABC (4130 meters) is just incredible.

A short and rewarding flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara navigates the route to Nayapul, where the foothill excursion embarks. With some alternative trails like following the trail to Ghandruk and deducting the walking days, our ABC Treks follows the route via Ghorepani Poon Hill, which most of the trekkers would prefer. You head through the impressive villages like Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Ghorepani which are impressive and populated by ethnic people.

Exploration of the Annapurna massifs from Poon Hill (3210 meters), you get a remarkable experience with the dazzling Annapurna summits after the sunrise. For this reason, people who would prefer a few day's treks enjoy Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. The trek with a switchback route goes through the evergreen forest of rhododendron and oak trees, including some of the rocky chain and landslide areas. Following the Modi Khola River, the trek escorts you gradually to the dramatic setting of ABC via Chhomrong, Bamboo, Deurali, and Machapuchhre Base Camp.

The early morning exploration of the Annapurna Base Camp Journey with strolling around is a divine experience. The snowy Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna range can be seen blazing after sunrise. You will be surrounded by the dramatic peaks as in the amphitheater. While returning downhill, you follow the same route till Chhomrong and divert towards Jhinu Danda, where you enjoy natural healing by the natural hot spring.

with the Short Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp, you will experience the charisma of the Annapurna region. The mesmerizing hospitality of the local people allows you to recall the journey in the future. To customize the itinerary based on your schedule, Adventure Club Trek professionally operates the trek with experienced field staff. We also offer Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 14 Days for those trekkers who are quite flexible about the schedule. Our  Annapurna Base Camp Trek-12 Days have been designed in a short time frame. However, if you are looking for a steady walking itinerary, we have Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking 15 Day. Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is another form of the marvelous trip that you can enjoy in a single day if you are limited with time.

When is the Best time for the  Annapurna Base Camp Trip? 

March, April, and May in spring, September, October, and November in autumn/fall, and February in late winter are the best months to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek. That said  Annapurna Base Camp Trek is possible throughout the year. Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp in winter might not be as popular as during spring or autumn/ fall, but it is just as mesmerizing as other seasons. The temperature in Winter can get below freezing point at night and in the early mornings. Other than the cold temperature, there are no real challenges in trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in winter.

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Tour?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a relatively easy trek.  Unlike other high-altitude treks like Manaslu or Everest, this one doesn’t need any particular physical fitness level. Of course, being fit makes it easier! But, you don’t mandatorily need any previous trekking experience. Anyone with a stable health condition and determination can be a part of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek-14 Days with Adventure Club Trek.

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 respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s 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.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Having breakfast at the hotel, we transfer you to the domestic airport to fly to Pokhara. It's about half an hour rewarding flight, which deducts about 7 hour's road drive. Reaching Pokhara, our private vehicle drives you to Nayapul, which takes about 1.5 hours. The magnificent surroundings of the hillside territory along with the Himalayas in the north can be seen dramatically. We begin the trek from Nayapul and check-in at the ACAP counter. We have lunch here; take a rest for a while. Then we embark on the gentle lower hillside trail through the rice fields. We pass Hile and reach our destination today, which is Tikhe Dhunga. It's a picturesque town populated by the Gurung people.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1495m/4905ft:

The fresh countryside environment offers a fresh mood in the morning. First, we have breakfast and prepare to leave. We cross a suspension bridge and climb all the way Ulleri through the steep stone staircases. This can be a bit more demanding, but the views energize you. There are hotels and restaurants at Ulleri but we head ahead to Banthanti, where we stop for lunch, witnessing the miraculous view of Mt. Annapurna. Taking a rest for a while, we kick off the hike through the dense woods of oak and rhododendron, enjoying the scene of waterfalls. It's an amazing walk that seems to be a hide-and-seek game. A continuous walk takes us to Ghorepani, which is a town populated by the Magar ethnic people.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,850m/9,351ft

Good morning. We set off to Poon Hill early in the morning, which is a steep uphill walk for about 40 minutes. Reaching the top, we get a stunning view of the sunrise over the Himalayas, which include Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri summits. Then we retrace down to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and pack the stuff. The journey further is quite mixed up with uphill and downhill routes. We move through the meadows and woods to Deurali. Descending to the stream, we follow it till Banthanti, where we stop for the lunch. The trail further after the lunch stop includes a steep descends and equally ascends to reach Tadapani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,700m/8,859ft

Today you trek on a stone trail and descend through the forest, walking through the many walls and praying flags around the trails, passing the Gurung village to the foot of the valley by the river. After crossing the suspension bridges the trek continues with an easy walk to get to the Chhomrong with the more nice view of the many high mountains. Overnight in Chhomrong.

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

We pass through a bamboo forest that is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail that is sometimes steep.  It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to Himalaya. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We notice that the vegetation has become sparse allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and cliffs adorned with waterfalls. Overnight in Himalaya.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2820m/8828ft

Today we are hiking to the ultimate destination of the trek- Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We embark on the journey right after breakfast at Himalaya. We follow a gradual uphill route enjoying a side attraction of the cascading waterfalls. The landscape goes on seen just incredible; however, the soaring altitude slows down the walk. We reach Machapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), have lunch, and adapt to the thin air region. Then we begin our trek steadily for a couple of hours to the Annapurna Base Camp, which is surrounded by the giant Himalayan walls from three sides. Overnight in Annapurna base camp.

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

The Himalayan setting of ABC is breathtaking at 4130 meters. Early in the morning, the scenario at the Annapurna Base Camp looks dramatic. The sunrise view over the Annapurna Himalayan summits offers a pleasant memory of Mt Annapurna, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, and the surroundings. After exploring and taking group pictures, we have breakfast at the hotel. Then we gradually hike downhill via Machapuchhre Base Camp. We hike Deurali and have lunch. After a short rest, we hike further to Bamboo. Although the trek is almost downhill and pretty much a long walk, the decreasing altitude makes the trek quite easy.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2310m/7575ft

The downhill trekking continues right after having breakfast at Bamboo. The forest of oak and rhododendron are amazing and we head through the rugged trail passing Sinuwa, we stop for the lunch at Chhomrong. Taking a rest for a while, we descend further to the Jhinu Danda (hill). Checking in at the hotel, we move to the natural hot spring center with a short downhill hike. Taking a natural hot spring bath is also regarded as a medication for various skin diseases, which relaxes tired muscles of your body. Then we back to the hotel and rested.

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

Spending a great time at Jhinu Danda along with a refreshing natural hot spring, it's time for us to trek downhill after breakfast. Heading continuously, we reach the Riverside, cross it, and hike continually to Nayapul, where we check out from the ACAP counter. Then, it's a 1.5 hour driving to Pokhara and transfers to the hotel.

Note: Leaving the usual itinerary, the extension of the motor road has made it possible to drive directly from Matkyu, which is nearby Jhinu Danda. It takes about 2 hours to drive Pokhara.

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

Driving back from Kathmandu is a trip of about 7 hours through the Prithvi Highway. The tourist bus stops in a couple of places for refreshment, breakfast, and lunch. Arriving in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.

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

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 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.

Trip Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 12 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  guesthouse 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 07, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 10, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 21, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 13, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 15, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 21, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 01, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 25, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 28, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $959

\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)
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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. 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.

  • Imola
    ImolaHungaryDate: November 17, 2018

    Great ABC Trek

    We've spent around 2 weeks in Nepal and the main highlights of our stay were the ABC trek, followed by a few days in Chitwan NP. We had an amazing trek: the tour guides and the porters have been very nice and professional, and the trek was very well organized. Unexpected situations (some of us became sick) have been handled very well, everyone was taken care of and the others could go on without facing any issues.
    I highly recommend Birendra and his team to anyone who is going to Nepal!

  • 751annika
    751annikaUnited StatesDate: June 08, 2018

    Amazing, transformative trek!

    I had an amazing experience trekking through the Himalayas to ABC with Adventure Club Treks and 180 Retreats. Birendra and Sonam immediately felt like family. Both were very knowledgeable about the trail, very trustworthy, and we were there to support us the whole way. We had porters to help carry our stuff with the exception of what we wanted to keep in our day pack. With their seasoned experience with ABC, they found us the best of the best tea houses to stay at with beautiful views and wholesome filling food. Birendra and Sonam really took care of all of us on the trek, checking in with us on how we were feeling our doing, giving us support or encouragement when needed. They always had a smile on their face or laughed, their love for the mountains and people really shines through. I wouldn't trust anyone more with my safety than Adventure Club Treks, I can't recommend them enough. I will be back for Everest Base Camp in a year and possibly more excursions with these guys. Met as strangers, left as friends.

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