Annapurna base camp 13 daysBook
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is globally popular trekking trail offering the sensational views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchre (fishtail), Annapurna South , Mt. Himchuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and the mesmerizing mountain panorama of almost 360 degree. Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail starts from the lowland villages with diverse cultural variation and passes through the colorful forest, picturesque waterfalls, farmlands and ethnic settlement communities.Trekking in the annapurna base camp is more interesting in spring as whole forest along the trails turns red and white with rhododendron flowers.Annapurna Base camp trek fits for the trekkers loving to have adventure, nature and cultural experience in on trek.
The trek to annapurna base camp commence from Nayapul and follows up stream of Modi River passes through the blazing rhododendron and oak forest, picturesque waterfalls, gurungs settlements and farmlands. Like the other treks of Annapuran Region, Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides the splendid views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Gurung, Magar and Thakali have one of the most unique culture and offer their ethnic hospitality to the guest.
The Annapurna Base Camp 13 days trek is designed for the trekkers eager to have Annapurna Region in the shortest possible time. If you are interested to explore annapurna base camp in-depth view our Annapurna sanctuary trek 17 days. If your are searching for easy adventure in Annapurna Region Royal trek 9 days , Poonhill sunrise trek 11 days and Siklis trek 13 days would be ideal. Looking to corss Thorang La , challenging Annapurna circuit trek 23 days would meet your need.
Our Annapurna Base Camp 13 days itinenary is designed by the team of experts working in himalayan adventure field for more than decade. Annapurna circuit itinenary is planned with the high degree of awareness against altitudes hazard. This itinenary provide enough time for the acclimitization and exploration of the himalayan beauty with out putting your health on risk.
Day 1 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing and preparation
We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked. Included: Breakfast
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu – Pokhara and trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
Early morning you will be transfer to airport for the flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise, full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist and Hindu temples and majestic views of the mountains. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. After taking a rest for some time we drove to Naya pul and start our journey to annapurna base camp. From Naya Pul we trek uphill to Ghandruk via Birethanthi. En- route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Ghandruk us the culturally rich village inhabited by Gurung People provide stunningly views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountain
Trek Time : 6 hrs Included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 : Trek Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2340m)
At the beginning of the day, we ascend gently for an hour to Ghandruk kot (2100m.) and then descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Chhumrung is a beautiful village located on the lap of Annapurna and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major Ethnic groups of Nepal.
Trek Time : 5 hrs Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 : Trek Chhomrong – Dovan (2630m)
Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends into the Modi Khola leaving the inhabited village behind.We cross the suspension bridge over the khola and then ascent fo Sinuwa Danda from where we descend through the deep forest of rhododendron and bamboo. Finally we end our day at Dovan.
Trek Time : 5 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 : Trek Dovan – Deurali (3230m)
We trek gently through deep bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. Passing through the Himalayan Hotel, the trail steeply ascends to Hinko Cave (3160m). Climbing further arrive at Deurali where we will stay for overnight.
Trek Time : 5 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 : Trek Deurali –MBC (3700m)
We start our trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). Leaving Deurali we take a gentle climb up to Bagar. The hike to MBC from Bagar is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. Enjoy the views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhare itself.
Trek Time : 4 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 : Trek MBC- ABC (4130m)
From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and we can see the gates to the sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley through alpine meadow and after some distance goes gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.). Annapurna Base Camp offers the sensational views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchre (fishtail), Annapurna South , Mt. Himchuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and the mesmerizing mountain panorama of almost 360 degree.
Trek Time : 2 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 : Trek ABC – Bamboo (2345m)
After breakfast, we start descending to Dovan tracking back the MBC, Deurali and finally to Dovan.It's much easier going down. We pass through the waterfalls, forests with great views of Machhapuchre (fishtail) and Mt. Himchuli.
Trek Time : 6 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 : Trek Bamboo – Jhinu Hot Springs (1780m)
The path descends to Bamboo, passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar where it becomes quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. From here, it gradually descends to the Chhumrong Khola where you will follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is a steep descent to Jhinudanda. From Jhinu Danda we walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Springs at the bank of the Modi Khola to enjoy the hot bath in natural hot spring.
Trek Time : 6 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 : Trek Jhinu – Nayapul (1010m) and drive to Pokhara
The trail gradually descends all the way to Birethanti along the bank of Modi Khola. En- route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Birethanti is a small town with a few lodges, shops and human settlements. Now, you walk for almost twenty minutes over a flat path up to Nayapul (New Bridge) From Naya pul we a local board vehicle to drive back to Pokhara. Enjoy evening walk along the Phewa Lake and also take a boat around the lake.
Trek Time : 6 hrs Drive Time : 1 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 :Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu (1345m)
After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu.While on the drive you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment and in evening you will pick up for the cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Drive Time : 6 hrs Included:Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Activities: Explore Ason (Old Market) , Ride on Rickshaw
Day 13 : Farewell
Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek 13 days has come end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast
Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.
- Airport Pick up and drop.
- Delux accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
- All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking.
- Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
- Tea House Acomodation during trekking.
- Registered and trained Guide.
- Required number of insured Porter.
- Annapurna Conservation Area fees.
- All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
- Staff insurances.
- Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
- Attractive First Aid Kits.
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.
This package doesnot cover following cost and should be personally paid by the traveller.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Beverages and other hard drinks cost
- Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
- Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
- Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
- Personal trekking equipments
Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.
Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.
Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot showers and Laundry facilities are available in some places for a small charge.
Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period. Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses menu while on trek. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
For annapurna base camp trek, there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter(2 trekkers:1 porter).As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can run annapurna base camp for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.
Group Leader and Support Staffs
All our trips are accompanied out by one of our local group Leaders. The aim of the group leader is make your annapurna base camp trek successsful, enjoyable, memorable and hassle free. Our leader will provide informationa on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.
All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.
Our annapurna base camp 13 days trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate hiker. Walking in the higher altitude with a day pack is physically demanding than in a lower elevation, however if you are physically fit, self confidence and have stronger determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully.
No previous experience required, you should be physically fit and enjoy walking in high altitudes.
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking at very high altitudes with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend you to undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.
Autumn (September - December) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the annapurna base camp trekking. The weather is excellent and offers tantalizing mountain views, but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec - Feb) is also good for annapurna base camp, only issue is cold and might be problem in the snow at higher elevation. Monsoon (June -August) can be the perfect time to capture the beauty of flowers and lush vegetation in higher valleys. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy the best of nature.
Weather and Climate
The Himalaya makes its own weather, which varies significantly over a few kilometers. There can be sudden storms and high winds and usually clouds in the afternoon. Annapurna base camp is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cold, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.
We have decade long of experience in operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a gradual ascent at the higher altitude with the shorter walking hours with the time to acclimitise in the afternoon. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.
The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )
Extra Pocket Money
While trekking with wild Stone adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost . You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.
Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.
When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.
Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.
You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):
- Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not buy antiques.
- Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
- Do not step over persons.
- Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
- Do not use your left hand (dirty)
- Receive and give with two hands.
- Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
- Discourage begging, pay fair price
- Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
- Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
- Avoid touching monks / lamas.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteriesand other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your ownlaundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.
While packing for “ Annapurna base camp” it essential to considered weather condition and time of year you are travelling.
Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.
Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.
Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.
- Leave no Trace
- Discourage deforestation
- Keep Water Source Clean
- Plant Saplings
- Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
- Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
- Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
- Use local tea house and home stay
- Consume local food
- Reduce, Reuse and Recyle
Suggested reading for the Annapuran Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna – Maurice Herzog
- Annapurna, A women's place- Arlene Blum
- Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
- Trekking in Annapurna Region -Bryn Thomas
- Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
- Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
- Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
- Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly
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