Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 12 Days

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Trip Facts

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

About the Trip

Our 12-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary was designed to avoid the dusty two-day walking between Birethanti and Ulleri. Instead, we transfer by jeep to Ulerri, as mentioned in our day-to-day itinerary. It is carefully designed to take into account the newly established road as well as our firsthand insight from interacting with and observing trekkers. This carefully curated itinerary offers a complete experience that covers the entire trek, from Kathmandu to Kathmandu in just 12 days, without missing any of the highlights found in the traditional 14-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights.

  • Scenic Drive from Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • A dense forest of oak trees, Rhododendron flowers
  • Ethnic settlements like Ghorepani, Ghandruk
  • Amazing viewpoint- Poon Hill (3210m) - Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri
  • A trail with a frequent switchback
  • Magar and Gurung hospitality
  • Rice and millet fields along the trail
  • Witnissing Hiunchuli, Machapuchare (fishtail),and Gangapurna.
  • Ghandruk is a typical Gurung village with an amazing view of Annapurna South.
  • This trail runs through a forest rich in flora and fauna.
  • Enjoying the therapeutic natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda just beside the river

12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Price& Cost  2024/2025

Annapurna Base Camp Trek -12- Day Trek takes you to the amazing Annapurna region, surrounded by huge Himalayan walls at an altitude of 4130 meters. This itinerary is designed for those with a busy schedule who want to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna Himalayas and nearby areas, including Ghorepani village and Poon Hill (3210 meters). The trek involves walking for about 6-7 hours each day through rhododendron forests and charming ethnic villages. If you have moderate physical fitness, this trek is suitable for you. In addition to the natural beauty, you'll experience the rich culture of ethnic communities like the Gurung and Magar people, enjoying their incredible hospitality during the ABC Short Trek.

The 12-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a great choice for people who want to explore the best trekking in Nepal but have limited time. It's also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It takes place in the northwest part of Nepal within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. This trek cuts out unnecessary detours and takes you directly to the beautiful landscapes and ethnic settlements of the Annapurna region. The highlight is reaching the magnificent Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 meters.

The journey to Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with an exciting bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then, you'll take a bus to Nayapul and head to Ulerri to start your trek in the foothills. There are different paths to choose from, and our ABC Treks usually take the route through Ghorepani Poon Hill, which is a popular choice among many trekkers. During the trek, you'll pass through interesting villages such as Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Ghorepani, where people from various ethnic backgrounds live.

During your journey to Annapurna Base Camp, you'll pass through places like Ulerri, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Deurali, and MBC. After leaving the Modi River Valley, you'll reach a peaceful spot called Bamboo to spend the night. The next day, you'll leave the Annapurna Sanctuary and head to Jhinu Danda. At Jhinu Danda, there are natural hot springs to relax your muscles. From there, you'll walk to Siwai and then take a jeep to Pokhara. The 12-day trek ends when you fly back to Kathmandu.

The Annapurna Short Trek 12-Day is designed for time-constrained hikers who want a relaxing journey to the Annapurna camp. The itinerary includes Poon Hill and World Heritage Sites. The Annapurna Circular Trek 14 Days is a better option for guests who have more than two weeks.

When is the best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek is in March, April, May (spring), September, October, and November (autumn/fall), and late Winter in February. But you can trek to the Annapurna Base Camp at any time of the year. Winter trekking may not be as popular as in spring or autumn, but it's still beautiful. In Winter, it can get really cold at night and in the early mornings, with temperatures dropping below freezing. Despite the cold, there aren't many difficulties in trekking to Annapurna Base Camp during Winter.

How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is relatively easier than the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is because the hike to Annapurna base camp involves shorter trekking days, a maximum elevation of 4,130m/13.550 feet, and a minimum of days at higher elevations. Annapurna has a higher oxygen content in the air due to the lush forests at low altitudes. Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins at 800m/2.625" altitude, allowing for sufficient time to acclimatize. The fitness required for both treks is the same, even though the Annapurna Base Camp Trek may be easier. The trek does not require any technical skills or mountaineering and rock climbing expertise as it is a long walk on the low elevations of the southern flank of the Annapurna Massif. It is only difficult because the trek lasts 9 days and includes lots of uphill and downward walks. (11 days, including arrival and departure). If you have limited time, it is possible to complete the trek in 7 days by taking the shorter route.

Meals on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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 care for our guests, we ensure you get 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.

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

Accommodations on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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. Since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses/guesthouse will be basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.

Drinking Water on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or 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 may cost up to $4, so the cost can add up.

Electricity, WIFI, And Battery Recharge in Annapurna Region 

During the Annapurna base camp trek, electricity is available at all the teahouses where you will spend the night. You can recharge your phones, laptops, 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. Every Teahouse offers paid Wi-Fi services hourly, but don't expect high-speed connectivity on the trekking trails.
 

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 customs formalities (visa process), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.

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

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

 

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

After breakfast, we'll ride a Jeep to Nayapul village and Birethanti. Then, we'll drive through farm villages and beautiful waterfalls until we reach Hile and Tikhedhunga. Our journey goes uphill through the mountain road by Jeep to Ulleri Village, where you can enjoy views of Annapurna and Machapuchare Mountain (Fish Tail). Once we reach Ulleri village, we'll walk through Bhanthanti village and enter a beautiful forest filled with tall rhododendrons, magnolia, oak, pine, and fir trees. The trek gradually goes uphill, leading us to Ghorepani village, where we'll stay overnight. Ghorepani, situated below the viewpoint of Poon Hill, is home to the Poon tribe of the Magar community. Overnight at Ghorepani.

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

After breakfast, We set off to Poon Hill (3210m/10531ft) early in the morning, 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 needs to be clarified 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 lunch. The trail further after the lunch stop includes a steep descent and equally ascends to reach Tadapani. Overnight at 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 tracks, 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 congenial view of the many high mountains. Overnight in Chhomrong.

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

The trail begins with a steep descent down a series of stairs leading us to the Chhomrong Khola River. We will cross the suspension bridge at 1,900m before climbing again on a set stairway towards Sinewa at 2,340m. We will stop for tea to refresh and take in the scenery. The trail will continue with a gradual climb, taking us to Khuldighar. After navigating through this varied landscape bamboo forest, we will reach Bamboo at 2,300m and have a delicious lunch. We bid farewell to the dense forest and start a steep descent, leading you to Dovan at 2,505m. The night will be spent in a cozy lodge where we can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the mountains. Overnight at Dovan.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2500m/8202ft

As you begin the hike, you will be amazed by the vibrant rhododendrons and bamboo trees that are in full bloom. We walk through a damp, cold bamboo forest. The trail is steep at times. After reaching the Himalayan hotel, the forest opens, and we can enjoy the stunning views of the glacial rivers below. The climb is steep through a much dryer forest to reach Hinku Cave. Our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. We can see the surrounding mountains and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We can see that the vegetation is sparse, allowing us to enjoy the magical views of the valley below the river and the cliffs with waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3200m/10498ft

After breakfast, we climb steadily up the valley trail. The trail is often steep and sticks to the rocky cliff. After a short walk, we ascend to the Machhapuchchhre Base Camp. We have a great view of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna mountains. Then, we turn left to begin a gentle ascent toward the Annapurna base camp. We get to enjoy spectacular Himalayan views as we ascend. We continue walking to reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna. The gorge is the only access to this magnificent area. Majestic peaks surround us. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

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

Wake up early to witness a beautiful sunrise over the massif Annapurna mountains range. This place is famous for its stunning beauty. It gives you incredible views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Glacier Dome, Tent Peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and the cool Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) Peak. The changing light makes the mountains and ice look amazing. After enjoying the mountain views, we'll pack up, have breakfast, and start walking from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Bamboo, which is 2,300m high. Today's walk will be longer, around 6 hours, as we follow the same path back. We'll go down 1,830m along the Modi Khola River until we reach Bamboo. Overnight at Bamboo.

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

We trek back through the same route to Chhomrong, where we stop for lunch. The descent from Chhomrong to Modi Khola Valley is steep. The stone steps from Chhomrong to the valley are just as difficult as before. The trail descends until we reach Jhinu Danda, where we will spend the night. We enjoy the walk-through farms and rainforests. We can relax and rest in the afternoon after reaching Jhinu Danda. Overnight at Jhinu Danda.

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

After breakfast, we start our last day of trekking. If you want to take a dip in the springs before starting the trek, that is possible. The route to the trek from Jhinu Danda to Samrung is about 1km and takes 20 minutes to cover the distance. We drive to Pokhara in a Jeep after reaching Samrung. The scenic drives take us nearly 2 hours. Enjoy the views on your way to Pokhara. Seti River Along the way. Before exiting, your permit is also checked at the checkpoint in Birethanti. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

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

Today is the last day of your trek. You can choose between two ways to go back to Kathmandu. The better choice is to take a flight, which allows you to spend more time exploring Pokhara. The package includes a tourist bus, but you can upgrade to a flight for an additional USD 125 per person if you'd like. Don't forget to buy souvenirs such as paintings, artifacts, and unique ornaments. Once you reach Kathmandu, you can either rest or go walking around. in the evening you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure club Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary. However, 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 injury. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally have to change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and 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 ( 2 Nights),
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara ( 2 Nights),
  • The best available twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Comfortable Private Jee/ Van /Bus transportation between Pokhara to Pokhara.
  • Surface transfer between Pokhara and Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Farewell dinner at Nepali Typical Restaurant. 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with a Cup of Tea/Coffee 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( IF the group size is bigger)
  • 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 permits for trekking.
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Trip 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 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: TuesdayMay 28, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayJune 08, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayJune 11, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If you need a different date than the scheduled dates, we will happily 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

Note:

Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary. However, 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 injury. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding. 

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 regular AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines. A person suffering from severe AMS shows heightened symptoms, including shortness of breath, even while taking rest. The trekker with severe symptoms can barely walk, and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker with severe AMS must be taken to a 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 produces pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are 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 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 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. Suppose your trek is longer or shorter than that. In that case, appropriate adjustments can be made to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. Adventure Club Trek will provide the items marked with an asterisk (*) at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many 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 our porters will carry your pack, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you still need to send me a list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our leading 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 buying your 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 is also helpful in 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 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 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 consisting 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 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/guidebook
  • 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 a visa for 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 have yet to be issued a visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. After 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 an online visa within 15 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. 

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

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 in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, 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 expeditions 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 how 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. After your trek, you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 15kgs/33lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a total commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of severe 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.

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. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal, such as trekking and climbing. Suppose you are injured and unable to travel. In that case, you can only ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area if you have definite proof that 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 need help to settle a claim.

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. However, as we reach higher altitudes, 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 ensure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly contact you for the help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the 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 form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share 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 does not apply. We always strive to form a team, ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping: 

Tipping is optional in Nepal, as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to tip drivers and hotel staff. People usually welcome such generosity. When listing 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 to show appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

  • David G
    David GUnited StatesDate: May 22, 2023

    Amazing Trekking Experience!

    I lead groups all over the world on adventures and meditation retreats and I always take my groups with Birendra/Adventure Club in Nepal. He’s been doing it for almost 20 years and has it all dialed in. He’s a great guide, honest and has the best sherpas. If you want to make sure you have a safe, exceptional hike in the Himalayas, contact him and he will set it you up for success.

  • 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!

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