Nepal: Trek to Classic Annapurna Base Camp RQ02

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Annapurna area is the most popular trekking region in Nepal, every year visited by 70 percent of trekkers, and for good reason. The scenery is superb mix of lush vegetation, mountain peaks and an endlessly changing procession of people.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: Tea houses and lodges
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers (must be relatively fit)

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of TAAN, NMA, Nepal Tourism Board, JATA, Nepal Ministry of Tourism
Years In Business: 18

Annapurna area is the most popular trekking region in Nepal, every year visited by 70 percent of trekkers, and for good reason. the deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrains, from subtropical jungle to a geographic extension of high, dry , Tibetan Plateau. The scenery is superb mix of lush vegetation, mountain peaks and an endlessly changing procession of people.

Flora and Fauna - The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to a diverse variety of flora and fauna with in the Annapurna region. these parts of area are heavily cultivated and the landscape is terraced paddy fields for most of the year.the higher up in the hills the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron.

Trekking styles - Most of the trekking routes in the Annapurna region are well serviced by teahouses for most of their length. This is particularly true for most popular treks-the Jomsom trek, the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna base camp treks. Trekkers should be aware, however that there is always the risk of being stranded by bad weather or injury/sickness between teahouses, particularly in the more remote parts of the trek itineraries. a good example is on the Annapurna circuit where there is one very long day when the high pass of Thorong La has to be crossed. There is little or no shelter available for most of this day and some trekkers have been caught unprepared by bad weather and altitude problems. The treks in less developed areas, particularly the Dhaulagiri circuit and the trek east of Lamjung, definitely require trekkers to be self sufficient in food and shelter.

People and culture - The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurung, the Thakali and the Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely distributed being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far west as Palpa. There heartland, however, is centered on the hills and valleys between the Marsyandi river and the kali Gandaki. The Thakali come from the upper kali Gandaki valley around Jomsom where their traditional farming has being supplemented by trade and, in particular, hotel and restaurant businesses. The Manangba are found in the upper reaches of the Marsyandi River and are in many ways similar to the Gurungs to whom they are possibly related. They are skilled traders and trace their roots back to Tibet. Religiously, the Manangba and the Gurungs of the upper hills is Buddhist with traces of their ancient, shamanistic faith still apparent. The communities live further south are predominantly Hindu.
All of the communities, particularly the Gurungs are famed for their cultural performances, which are easily seen while trekking in the region. Many villages along the trails will arrange performances for trekkers during the main seasons.

When to visit?
As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. At these times the weather is generally mild and there is little rainfall. Unlike other parts of Nepal, the monsoon, from June to September, is the ideal time to visit pats of the region that falls in the rain shadow. In particular, upper mustang is the perfect destination during the rainy season. The winter months provide good trekking conditions throughout the foothills but some of the higher passes will be closed due to snow.

The other classic trek in the Annapurna region is to the so called Annapurna sanctuary, the site of the base camp used by expeditions attempting the massive south face of Annapurna I. a short trek, it can be completed in as little as eight days from Pokhara. The trek to Annapurna base camp combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalis. The best time to visit the sanctuary is during the main trekking season of spring and autumn but since the route is not a circuit, the trial, and the teahouses, can become crowded at these times. Winter trek are possible but at any time trekkers must beware of snowfall and avalanches that can block the narrow entrance to the sanctuary.
This trek is usually started and ended in Pokhara but it can also be made a part of the Annapurna circuit or the Jomsom trek by trekking from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and joining the main sanctuary trial at Chomrong. For maximum enjoyment, allow twelve or fourteen days for the trek, which allows time for exploration inside the sanctuary and also the chance to extend the route on to Ghorepani and Poon hill. Trekkers traveling this route must obtain an ACAP entry permit either from Kathmandu or Pokhara before commencing the trek.
To start the trek at Pokhara there are a number of choices of route. Perhaps the best is to take a taxi or bus to Naudanda Phedi where the trial up to Dhampus will be found. The route passes through a number of Gurung settlements including Dhampus, Pothana and Landrung. At Landrung the choice is to cross to Ghandrung, a descent and subsequent climb involving several hundred meters of elevation change, or to continue on up the Modi khola through Naya Pul. Both trials join at Chomrong at the foot of the gorge leading to the sanctuary. An additional attraction on the Naya Pul trial is a very welcome hot spring half way to Chomrong.
From Chomrong there is only one trial, which follows the ever-narrowing most khola to finally enter the sanctuary. Due to the altitude gain, two nights must be spent between Chomrong and the sanctuary in order to avoid the risk of AMS. There are a number of settlements in the valley, providing ample accommodation. However, during winter it is wide to check at Chomrong in case the teahouse up the valley has closed for the off season.
The trial up the Modi khola passes through dense stands of rhododendron and bamboo for the first day. By the time the large rock overhang, known as Hinku cave, is reached the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide. Steep, snow-clad ridges falling from Himchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right from the entrance to the sanctuary. as you pass through the "gateā€� and enter the sanctuary you will find yourself in a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow capped peaks which include Annapurna I, II, III and IV plus the fish tailed spire of the Machhapuchhre. Teahouses are available at Machhapuchhre base camp, just inside the sanctuary, or at Annapurna base camp, a further two hours beyond.
Spend at least one full day inside the sanctuary. Side trips across the south Annapurna glacier, north from Annapurna base camp allow for an even better appreciation of this unique place.
Return by the same route to Chomrong where you can choose to retrace your outward steps or deviate through either Ghandrung or Ghorepani.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Airport Pickup and Drop by private Transport
- All the ground Transportation by tourist bus ( Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan national park to Kathmandu)
-All the Trekking transfer by private transport( to Trekking starting point, Trekking ending point to Pokhara
- 4 night hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
-3 night hotel in Pokhara at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast ( Centrally located, attach bath room, Hot and cold shower)
- 10 nights 11 days trekking in lodges with Bed and Breakfast (Lodges are Simple but clean enough and has a hot and cold shower)
- Annapurna National Park Permit and TIMS card ( We need two photograph each for permit)
- An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), one porter between every 2 clients and their meals/accomodation/transportation/salary/insurance and their equipments are included in price
- 3 nights accomodation at chitwan national park in tourist standard hotel( centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
- All the meals while at chitwan national park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- All the activities at chitwan national park such as (Elephant Back Ride, Canoe Trip in Rapti River, Jungle Walk, Bird Watching Tour, Culture Dance, Elephant Wash, visiting Elephant breeding center, Jeep drive and Nature Guide).
- All the entrance fees at chitwan national park.
- Trekking map for Annapurna

Excludes
- Personal bar bill
- travel insurance
- International airfare
-Domestic airfare
- Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc
-Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
- Sight seeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
- Lunch and Dinner while at Kathmandu and pokhara ( Allow Rs 1500.00 per person per day for your meals and drinks)

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02. Free day in kathmandu or self sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03. By bus to Pokhara. Bus journey will take 6 to 7 hrs. Over night in hotel (850m)
Day 04. Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga(1577m)
Day 05. Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani(2800m)
Day 06. 1Ghorepani/ Poon hill to Tadapani(2650m)
Day 07. Tadapani to Chomorong(2110m)
Day 08. Chomorong to Dobang
Day 09. Dobang to Machhapuchhare B.Camp (3700m)
Day 10. Machhapuchhare base camp to Annapurna base camp (4130m)
Day 11. Annapurna b.c. to Bamboo
Day 12. Bamboo to Zhinu Danda
Day 13. Zhinudanda to Deurali or Potana
Day 14. Deurali/ Phedi to Pokhara
Day 15. Free day in Pokhara or ( self Sightseeing in Pokhara)
Day 16. Pokhara to Royal chitwan National park by tourist bus. the bus journey will take 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 17. Excursion in Chitwan( Elephant back ride, jungle walk,canoe trip, tharu stick dance and elephant wash)
Day 18. Excursion at Chitwan national park
Day 19. Excursion at Chitwan national park
Day 20. Free day in kathmandu or self visiting to Bhaktapur city
Day 21. Depart