Annapurna Base Camp Trek probably one of the world’s most inspiring adventures one can have on two legs. Opened in 1977, the ABC has become one of Nepal most famous expeditions, second only to the Everest Base Camp trek. The Smiling Buddha trek takes you through a diverse variety of landscapes and cultures. We trek from the sub-tropical lower Marsyangdi Valley, where Hindu (Gurung and Thakali) settlements dominate, to the predominately Buddhist areas of the northern arid, semi-desert Tibetan Plateau. The contrast could not be more dramatic or diverse.

Along the Marsyangdi Khola, on easy trails and suspension bridges, through rice terraces and forests, you will slowly gain altitude and acclimatize in preparation for the ascent towards the arid semi-desert with stunning and extremely close-up views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurnas II, III and IV. This remote region lies in a rain shadow formed by the Annapurnas and the landscape supports little in the way of forests apart from pine, juniper and scrub rhododendron. This, however, allows for the possibility of year-round trekking. The crossing of the Thorung La Pass at 5,416m is one of the highlights of this trek, where we are rewarded with breathtaking scenery.

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TRIP FACTS

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE
DURATION: 13 DAYS
DESTINATIONS: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
ACTIVITIES: TREKKING, CULTURAL TOURS
BEST SEASONS: AUTUMN AND SPRING
HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 823M TO 4,130M
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
You are greeting by one of our staff at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) 1300m, Transfer to Hotel. Enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine. Rest and shower. 

Day 02: Sightseeing and Preparation
Experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Monkey Temple (Swyambhunath Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square and Buddhist Shrine Great Boudhanath Stupa. Orientation consists of a pre-trip group discussion followed by trek preparation. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft)
Duration: 6hr Drive, 200km
An early morning drive to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, will provide great views of the Himalayas. Enjoy a lakeside stroll in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul (1.5 hours) and begin our trek Ghandruk via Birethanti. Ghandruk a beautiful, Gurung village offering many cultural insights. Should time permit, we will visit a Gurung museum. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Day 05: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,120ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
After our breakfast, we climb 1.5 hours to Kimrung Danda with it’s great views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail, Ganggapurna and so on. After incredible views of the Himalayas, Rivers, Jungle, villages trek we arrive at Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a large, beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna Himalayas. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 06: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,578ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we descend 2,500 stone steps and cross a suspension bridge over the Chhomrong Khola River. Afterwards, we climb uphill to Sinuwa and finally, we bask in the beauty of the rich forest landscapes on the way to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 07: Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours
This day, we immerse ourselves into the Bamboo forest via Dovan and Himalayan. We decend to Deurali with it’s magical views. And we walk through the forest with its canopy shading out the sun, but suddenly we arrive in Dovan and Hotel Himalayan which is a great opening and the sun appears again. During the trail we will enjoy glacial rivers and Hinku Vave beside the Himalayas. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 08: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/1,3545ft)
Duration: 5-6hour
This day is the apex of this adventure. Make sure your cameras are ready for this feast of the soul. Before Base Camp we will visit Machhapuchhre Base Camp. For at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we experience excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre as well as Mt. Hinchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna  I Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli and Gangapurna. The vegetation to Annapurna Base Camp disappears and we trek to Annapurna sanctuary. From Annapurna Base Camp we have a dynamic view of 360-degree panorama. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
Duration: 7-8 hours
We descend from Base Camp to Bamboo trail. Take the opportunity to experience the magical landscape once again as we retrace our steps back down to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,770ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Spending some quality time in Jhinu Danda is the great opportunity to rest and enjoy the hot springs which are just a 15-20 minutes downhill walk from the town. Ovenight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Duration: 6 hour trek, 1 hour drive
The trek from Jhinu Dana to Nayapul offers amazing hillside vistas and small, rustic villages. We combine driving and trekking to move between the two destinations and there are options along the way. If needed, an off-road jeep can drive is to Nayapul. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu
An opportunity to rest, recoup and fit in any visits are gift shopping. we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Saying Farewell… But Only For Now!
Homeward bound. Your adventure comes  to an end on this day and a team member will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

INCLUDES
All Treks Include:

– Arrival: Airport pick up and drop by car / Hotel. Departure: Hotel / Return to Airport
– 2 guests share a room in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included
– Guided city tour in Kathmandu in private vehicle
– All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– Private rooms double occupancy
– Licensed, professional English-speaking guide
– Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (One porter for every two guests)
– Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
– Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking
– Down jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (To be returned upon completion of trek)
– Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees for Kathmandu
– Farewell dinner in Nepali Restaurant with cultural show on second to last day
– All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
– Official expenses

Treks Do Not Include:

– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
– Additional night(s) in Katmandu (necessary for the Annapurna Trek)
– Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation
– International airfare and airport departure tax
– Nepal Entry Visa
– Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, soft drinks)
– Personal trekking equipment (See the trekking equipment section)
– Tips for guides, porters and drivers (Tipping is expected)
– International airfare to/from Kathmandu
– Additional nights in Kathmandu, and any expenses of a purely personal nature
– Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
– Sightseeing and entrance fees in Kathmandu to any temples or monasteries
– Alcoholic beverages
– Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘All Treks Includes’ section

PACKING LIST

To make your trek as safe, enjoyable and comfortable as possible, we recommend that you bring the following list of supplies:

HIKING SUPPLIES:

– Info bracelet (Road ID)
– Credit card / USD cash
– Compass
– Appropriate light pack
– Rain cover for pack
– Puffy down jacket
– Rain gear – Jacket & pants
– Sun hat
– Sunglasses (UV Protection)
– Camera with full battery (plus extra battery/memory)
– Camera case
– Gloves – 2 pairs (light cycling gloves for poles & warm/waterproof)
– Warm ski-type beanie
– Hiking poles
– Space blanket
– Lip balm
– Throat Lozenges
– Sunscreen
– Insect Repellent
– Ibuprophen
– Hand sanitizer or towelettes
– Emergency TP
– Water bladder – 3 litre
– Water filtration pump
– Clip to attach camera to pack
– Head light – plus extra batteries
– First aid kit – plus Mole skin
– Small face towel with clip for pack (sweat)
– Whistle
– Food / snacks (Nutrition Bars 2 per day)

Optional

– Spot GPS
– GPS with maps
– Topo maps

AND DON’T FORGET:

– Passport
– Hiking pants with detachable legs
– Underwear (2 for 6 day trek or 4 for 15 day trek)
– T-shirts: 2-4
– Casual pants for after hike
– Warm thermal top and bottom
– Ear plugs for sleeping with group
– iPod with ear buds/Optional
– Phone with movies / ibooks (optional)
– Toiletry bag with tooth brush and basics
– Eye drops
– Sleeping bag ( Good to -15º)
– Inflatable pillow (Suggest Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow – large)
– Comfortable shoes
– Flip flops for showers
– Electrolyte tabs (Camelback elixir – raspberry lime)
– Charging cables – phone, ipod, camera
– Adapter for electrical sockets
– Micro pikers

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