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Annapurna Base Camp on a Budget

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All specific information regarding this trip will be provided upon booking. This includes:

  • hotel details in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • a full kit list of gear required for this trip
  • a full and detailed itinerary

Why this tour?

Our favourite trek in Nepal takes you to the “Cathedral of Ice”. An awesome trek through stunning scenery brings you to the very centre of the World’s highest mountains. Annapurna Base Camp offers you a perfect horseshoe view of Himalayan peaks up close and personal. An experience un-matched anywhere in the Himalayas. In addition, you'll meet the famous Gurung people. A group of very friendly and hospitable locals who will ensure that your stay is special. If you decide to go hiking in Nepal make it this trip

Highlights

  • Trek to Annapurna Base Camp to see incredible mountains up close and personal
  • Fly through the Himalayan foothills
  • See the World's most dangerous mountain, Annapurna 1
  • Meet the friendly Gurung people of Nepal
  • Bathe in hot springs
  • Hang out in Pokhara, enjoying the relaxing vibe

Included

  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Rama Inn and Hotel Iceland or equivalent. Breakfast included
  • Accommodations on the trek. Teahouses in a twin share basis
  • Airport / Hotel pick up and drop off service by private vehicle
  • All meals during the trek (1 menu item and 1 drink per meal)
  • Fully qualified guides to lead the group
  • Porters to carry group personal equipment during the trek
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Extensive first aid kit for all clients
  • Domestic flight to and from Pokhara
  • Free water throughout the trek from our advanced water filters (MSR Guardian)

Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Meals in Kathmandu (allow USD 10-15 per meal)
  • Carbonated and alcoholic drinks
  • Bottled water along the trek
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Travel and medical Insurance (covering rescues)
  • Rescue and early departure from the trek – Personal gear

Itinerary

Day One – Fly to Kathmandu

We will meet you in Kathmandu International Airport upon your arrival to Nepal and accompany you to your hotel. If you arrive early enough there will be some time for you to explore the city, relax in a cafe or restaurant, or see one or more of the seven World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, once all group members have arrived, we'll have a trip briefing in the hotel. It will give everyone a chance to meet each other as well.

Day Two – Kathmandu to Pokhara

We’ll leave the hotel after breakfast today, taking the tourist bus to Pokhara. The journey will take about 7 hours, with multiple stops along the way for snacks, meals and breaks. We’ll arrive in Pokhara in the late afternoon, when you can have some time to yourself exploring the beautiful lakeside area, or relaxing at the hotel.

Day Three – Drive to Naya Pul, trek to Ghandruk

After an early breakfast we will take a 1 hour private minibus ride to the trailhead for our trek – Naya Pul. From here your trek begins! You will descend into the village of Birethanti where you can stop for lunch, before moving on to Ghandruk (2012m) to spend the night

Day Four – Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m): 6 hours

You’ll wake up in Ghandruk to a beautiful sunrise over Machhepuchhare Mountain (6997m) and Annapurna South summit and wow, what a view! After eating and getting ready we will trek through the rolling hills of the Himalaya before descending steeply to the Kimron Khola for lunch. After a rest we’ll head up the other side on another steep ascent to reach Chhomrong by the end of the day. Here we’ll see spectacular views of Annapurna South (7,229m).

Day Five – Chhomrong to Doban (2,580m): 6 hours

From Chhomrong we’ll start with a steep descent before climbing up to Sinuwa Danda for lunch. The hard work is now over and we’ll trek through beautiful Rhododendron forests to Doban where we’ll spend the night.

Day SIx – Doban to Deurali (3,100m): 5 hours

A pleasant day starts with a gentle climb through bamboo forests, passing by the “Himalayan Hotel” village and through pristine, quiet foothills. We really are in nature now. We’ll continue our way along the trail until we get to Deurali, which sits at the mouth of the Annapurna Santuary; our final goal!

Day Seven – Deurali to Macchapuchare Base Camp (3,700m): 4 hours

We’re going to punch through the altitude barrier by trekking to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (these days it is forbidden to climb this sacred mountain though). The valley widens and flattens before we'll trek through avalanche prone areas (we consult the local lodge owners to ensure it's safe) until we reach the lodges at Machhapuchhare Base Camp. The views here are almost unbelievable, and we will probably spend a few moments in silence trying to take it all in.

Day Eight – MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m): 2 hours

A short day today, but a steep one, that takes you up to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) in about 2 hours. It’s cold and windy here and often with plenty of snow. We’ll spend the day taking things in and exploring the base camp area. This is the start point for climbing one of the World’s most dangerous mountains, and the nearby memorial to Anatoli Boukreev (famous Russian/Kazakh mountaineer) is testament to that.

Day Nine – ABC to Bamboo: 6 hours

We’ll head back down to the Himalayan Hotel. A relatively easy day compared to the previous ones on the trek so far. We’ll stay here for the night

Day Ten – Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1,760m): 6 hours

From the Bamboo we'll trek down to Chhomrong, which actually ends with a steep climb up to the village. We’ll take an extended rest before heading steeply down to Jhinu Dada. This is an awesome village to spend the night. If you have the energy, we can even take you to the nearby hot springs.

Day Eleven – Trek to Naya Pul and onwards to Pokhara

Today we'll trek back to Naya Pul and then drive onto Pokhara, where we'll sleep and celebrate our trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We'll check into our hotel and get a well-deserved shower and freshen-up, before wandering the relaxing streets of the lakeside area.

Day Twelve – Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast we’ll be back on the tourist bus heading to Kathmandu, retracing our steps from day 2. Once back in the city you will have time to relax at the hotel, or explore the city.

Day Thirteen – Sightseeing and Fly back home

Today the day is yours to do what you wish. We will accompany you to the international airport for your flight home. It's been a pleasure hosting you

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