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Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 Days - from $1390

Scenic Trek in the Annapurna Himalayan Mountain Range. Villages, glaciers and forests.

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Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most spectacular treks in the world. By choosing this trek, you will see the Nepalese people going about their daily lives, as you walk through small villages, forests and glaciers. This 11-day trek will place you up close with the Annapurna Himalayan Mountain Range. It’s one of the most popular treks in Nepal and suits all tastes, leaving participants in awe of the natural beauty and people that you encounter, along the way. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek tour price includes most meals (as detailed in the itinerary), accommodation, domestic transport, welcome and farewell dinners.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu
  • Gurung Villages
  • Himalayan Mountains
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Bamboo Forests
  • Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day
  • Day 2: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 3: Naya Pul to Ghandruk
  • Day 4: Ghandruk to Chhomrong
  • Day 5: Chhomrong to Dovan
  • Day 6: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp
  • Day 7: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp And Back
  • Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Dovan
  • Day 9: Dovan to Jhinu Danda
  • Day 10 : Jhinu Danda  to Naya Pul then Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day
  • Day 2: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 3: Naya Pul to Ghandruk
  • Day 4: Ghandruk to Chhomrong
  • Day 5: Chhomrong to Dovan
  • Day 6: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp
  • Day 7: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp And Back
  • Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Dovan
  • Day 9: Dovan to Jhinu Danda
  • Day 10 : Jhinu Danda  to Naya Pul then Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day

Elevation: 1,400 m

Distance: 0 km

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Take On Nepal staff members will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. Your guide will help you settle into your accommodation and will offer any assistance required, as well as informing you of the plans for the following day.

[Evening meal included]

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

Elevation: 820 m

Distance: 8 Hour Bus Journey

You will depart Kathmandu early in the morning and arrive in Pokhara at approximately 3pm. It’s an interesting drive, with a stop along the way for lunch. Your hotel in Pokhara will be close to the Lakeside.

[Breakfast included]

Day 3: Naya Pul to Ghandruk

Day 3: Naya Pul to Ghandruk

Elevation: 1,940 m

Distance: 11 km

You will begin your trek after a 90-minute drive to our starting point, Naya Pul. You will trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk and if you arrive with time to spare, a visit to the Gurung museum in Ghandruk is recommended.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 4: Ghandruk to Chhomrong

Day 4: Ghandruk to Chhomrong

Elevation: 2,140 m

Distance: 11 km

Today you will enjoy incredible views of the Himalayan mountains. You will see the infamous Fishtail mountain, Annapurna South and Himchuli. It’s a challenging day, with much uphill walking, but ends with an easy downhill walk into Chhomrong. Chhomrong is located in the foothills of the mighty Annapurna Massive.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 5: Chhomrong to Dovan

Day 5: Chhomrong to Dovan

Elevation: 2,170 m

Distance: 8.5 km

Your day of trekking begins with a steep downhill walk, until you cross a river spanned by a suspension bridge. You will walk uphill and through forest, until you begin a pleasant downhill walk into the village of Bamboo.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 6: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp

Day 6: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp

Elevation: 3,200 m

Distance: 10.5 km

It will be chilly this morning as we go through bamboo forest. You will exit the deep forest after reaching the Himalaya Hotel. Once exiting the forest you will enjoy spectacular views of a river and the landscape it flows through. You will then begin an uphill walk to Deurali.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 7: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp And Back

Day 7: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp And Back

Elevation: 3,700 m

Distance: 6.5 km total walking

It will be a challenging trek today, but it will be balanced by the spectacular views you’ll enjoy along the way. Once you leave the vegetation and enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, you’ll feel very ‘small’ with the mighty Annapurna South towering over you. The Annapurna Sanctuary provides you with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Dovan

Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Dovan

Elevation: 2,170 m

Distance: 10.5 km

Today you will be walking on familiar territory back to Bamboo, it’s not a difficult day as it’s mostly downhill. You will be in awe of the mountains during your walk today.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 9: Dovan to Jhinu Danda

Day 9: Dovan to Jhinu Danda

Elevation: 1,570 m

Distance: 11.5 km

There will be quite a bit of uphill walking this morning, which will be balanced out by a nice downhill descent into Chhomrong Khola. You will have hot springs (a 15-minute walk from Jhinu Danda) to look forward to at the end of the day.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 10 : Jhinu Danda  to Naya Pul then Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 : Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then Drive to Pokhara

Elevation: 8,20 m

Distance: 16 km

Today will be your final day of trekking. After arriving at Naya Pul, a vehicle will pick you up and take you to Pokhara.

[Breakfast & lunch included]

Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Elevation: 1,400 m

Distance: 8 Hours Bus Journey

You will catch the early morning tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, stopping for lunch on the way.

[Breakfast included]

Dates

DatesAvailableCost (AUD)
8 September 2019 - 18 September 2019 Available$1390
13 October 2019 - 23 October 2019 Available$1390
3 November 2019 - 13 November 2019 Available$1390
1 December 2019 - 11 December 2019 Available$1390

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Domestic transport (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • Trekking permits
  • All accommodation
  • All government and local taxes
  • Most meals (see detailed itinerary)
  • A comprehensive medical kit

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works!  If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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8 September 2019 - 18 September 2019
13 October 2019 - 23 October 2019

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Testimonials

Our time in Nepal has been truly special. Teaming up with Take on Nepal was invaluable as Mane and Prem guided us through so many aspects of this country, of which we have only just scratched the surface! We trekked to Annapurna Base Camp sharing many stories, laughs and songs along the way. Mane and Prem were awesome throughout, including when we needed to change some plans due to illness, and even helped us to fit in a visit to Chitwan National Park in our already tight itinerary, which was incredible! We came to Nepal wanting to trek with a company that provides opportunities to locals – they know their environment and culture best after all. We are so pleased to have experienced this adventure under the wing of Take and Nepal and support all the work they do.

Jessie Anne McMath and Grace Elizabeth Manners Wood

My experience volunteering and trekking with Take on Nepal has exceeded all of my expectations and been extremely incredible, this would of course not have been possible without my amazing guide Mane and all of the take on nepal team! I have now come to feel that Nepal is like a second home to me and the friendships I’ve made will last a life time. I can’t recommend Take on Nepal more and can’t wait to return in the near future.

Sophie Regan - (Australia January 2018)

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