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Annapurna Base Camp

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The Annapurna Base camp! This trek has it all. As you wind through the tranquil landscapes of the Himalaya, you’ll come across enchanting views of the valley, forests, villagers walking to and fro from their fields and homes, their cattle, arid lanscapes and of course, the snow capped peaks beyond.
And here is the best part - right from Pokhara, the start point of this trek, you start catching glimpses of those snow-capped peaks and be mezmerised.
You do cover a distance of around 82 km, making this trek slightly challenging, with an average of about 10 km a day but right from day five, you can see not only Annapurana but its entire family of eight! You will cross all sorts of terrain on this trek, from light jungle paths with rhododendron, fern, and bamboo to dense forest and tall grass and finally ending in alpine terrain with boulders which are sparsely vegetated.
You will also come across the mystic and magical peaks of Machapuchare, the ‘fish-tailed mountain’, which is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. It has never been officially summitted which is sure to make you look at it in awe and be amazed!

Since it is a little less tougher than its sister EBC, this trial does get its share of traffic. Tea houses become convenient areas to meet and greet strangers who could be from anywhere. This kind of diversity is not often seen on high altitude mountains, so be sure to make the best use of it!
As an added bonus, on the last day of the trek, you get to experience the magic of nature by visiting a hot spring where you can get into the hot water in the high Himalayan landscape and enjoy its warmth and relax. You deserve it after all!




Itinerary


Day 1: Pokhara. As the base camp for the entire Annapurana Conservation Area, Pokhara is a bustling town. With lakes, snowcapped peaks & stupas, this town is one of the most happening towns in Nepal.
Day 2: Pokhara to Kimchey - 7 Kms. A three-hour drive to Gandruk will get you to the starting point of the trek. From there, it’s a hike through the village into the jungle. Oak, rhododendron trees, bridges form the landscape for this day. Day 3: Kimchey to Chhomorong - 7 Kms. This day will give you your first glimpse of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From there you descend down to the river Modi. Then it is an uphill task untill lunch point after which it is a flat walk until Chhomorong. Perfect day to birdwatch.
Day 4: Chhomorong to Dovan - 10.5 Kms. This day will be one of the toughest of the trek. Initially, you will have to descend down stairs and then ascend back up until you reach upper Sinua followed by a jungle trail to Dovan.
Day 5: Dovan to MBC - 10 Kms. This will not only be one of the longest days of the trek where we cover 12km. but will also be the most scenic days. As the sun sets behind Annapurna South and Hiunchuli the view from the tea house at MBC becomes magical. Day 6: MBC to Annapurna Base camp - 3.5 Kms. The shortest day of the trek! This is the day to click those photos, take your time, admire the views and reach ABC. At ABC, if the sky is clear, not only will you witness a picturesque sunset but get to star gaze to your hearts content.
Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo - 15 Kms. This day is all about descending back to Bamboo. You will be trekking back on the same trail so it’s the perfect opportunity to take all those photos you missed or lend a hand in.
Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu - 10 Kms. As you walk back to Chhomorong you can treat yourself at the German bakery for a trek well done. After which you proceed towards Jhinu, your last tea house and immerse yourself in the hot water spring there. Make sure you take a dip at the hot spring, it isn’t something you get to experience often!
Day 9: Jhinu to Pokhara - 6 Kms. The last day is a three-hour trek downhill to Sevai. From Sevai you will get a vehicle to Pokhara. Now you can experince the best part of Pokhara!




Inclusions


Accommodation: Stay starts from hotel in Pokhara on Day 1 till Pokhara on Day 9. You will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek.
*The rooms in the hotel and tea houses can vary from single, double, or triple
Transport: Transport from the hotel at Pokhara to Gandruk on Day 1 and back from Sevai to Pokhara on Day 9 will be covered by us. Meals: Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and evening tea will be provided by us on all trek days. Included meals start with dinner at Pohkara on Day 1 and end with lunch at Sevai on Day 9.*At tea houses, you get to choose anything from the menu during all your trekking days.(Except alcoholic drinks) Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinder, oximeter will be carried by the trip leader. Trip Leader: Experienced outdoor leader with Wilderness medical knowledge/Wilderness First Responder certified. Certified Local Guide: A licensed guide with ample experience as a Himalayan Guide & with good communication skills will be a part of the team. Porter: You can opt to offload one backpack weighing not more than 10 kgs. TIMS and Permit: Trekkers information Management System and Permit for trekking in Nepal will be taken care of.




Exclusions


  • Rescue: Travel Insurance is not included. Rescue expenses incurred by helicopter, horse, mule or any other means are not included.
  • Transport: Flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, to and fro.
    *Since Beyond The Wall as an organization has good ties with the local travel agencies there, we can help you book your tickets if needed. The fare will be added to the cost price of the trek while booking if you choose to let us book for you.
  • Phone, WiFi, and other battery charging costs – Tea houses in Nepal generally have an additional cost for extra electricity provided.
  • Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg.
  • Hot Water for shower/bathing- Tea houses charge extra money for a bucket of hot water.
  • Packaged drinking water is not included except in Gorakshep where you will be provided with 2L packaged drinking water.
  • Any tip to porters or guides.
  • Anything apart from Inclusion.
  • Personal expenses of any kind.




Cancellation Policy


We as an organization put in our hundred percent to make sure that you get the best experience throughout the trek with us. To do so we personally book tea houses for each of our treks prior to the trek date and ensure good quality and service. However we do understand that due to unforseen circumstance you might have to cancel your trek. We will process the refund as below-

Upto 30 days before the start of the trek or due to natural calamities- 4% cancellation fee

15 days - 30 days before start of trek – 15% cancellation fee

14 days - start of trek – No refund can be provided.


The money will be transferred to the bank accounts from where the payment was made within a week.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1) Will the tea house room have Blankets/Quilts?
Yes, they will all provide warm blankets and beds. But as an added precaution we will also provide personal fleece liners to every trekker from the company.

2) Will I need Gaiters and Microspikes on the trek?
If it is required, we will provide them when necessary.
3) Do I have a weight limit for my porter bag?
Yes, we would like you to respect the mountains and their people and limit your weight to 10kgs.
4) Do I need to get insurance coverage?
Yes, in case of medical emergencies or evacuations, helicopter charges will be covered by the insurance only if you have one.
5) Travel (Adventure Travel) Insurance
Travel Insurance is mandatory for everyone traveling outside their country. Your insurance must include adventure travel and sports, and should cover emergency rescue operations or helicopter lift-off when needed. Along with adventure travel insurance, it must also cover personal accidents, medical expenses, and personal liability.
We will be asking for the insurance for the Permits.
6) Emergency Rescue & Health Care
Emergency rescue is conducted throughout the Himalaya in case of any accidents or sudden health deterioration. Helicopter rescue missions in such cases are covered by the insurance. However, you must check with your medical insurance before signing off on the documents. If not please make sure you get one before your trek.
7) Can I order anything from the menu and will that be covered by Beyond The Wall?
Yes, you can order anything from the menu at the time of the meal in tea houses during the trek and we will pay for it.
8) Food & Accommodation
Rice and Lentil, popularly known as Dal Bhaat, is the staple diet of most Nepalese. Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, Dal Bhaat can be eaten anytime during the day. Along with many other authentic dishes, Nepal hosts the finest array of international cuisines; American, Thai, Chinese, and Continental, etc, along with fast food which is commonly found in base camp and tea houses. Oats, Muesli, Roast, Pizza, Pancakes, and sandwiches are commonly found in almost every trek trail.
9) Trek Permits
A permit required to trek in Nepal will be provided by Beyond The Wall.
10) Cellular Connectivity Since you are traveling to a different country you can buy a local sim card or update your SIM for international travel. But it is not mandatory as Nepal is a wifi-enabled country with every hotel, cafe, and even tea house throughout the trek having wifi connectivity.
If you still want to buy a sim you can buy it from the airport in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy a SIM from the operator called Namaste. To buy a sim you will need your Passport / any form of ID, a passport size photo, and around 1200/- Nepali rupees, ie. about 750/ INR. 11) Use of Electrical Devices and Connectivity
Electrical appliances use 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ of power to operate in Nepal (Some countries use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs.) If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter to the plugin. These adapters help fit your appliances in any socket.
12) Local Currency and Payments
Most of your stay and food will be taken care of by us once you reach Kathmandu. For stay at Kathmandu, it is better if you exchange currency at the airport. Although many places in Kathmandu do accept Indian Rupees, it would be ideal if you exchange your currency here. There are many licensed money exchangers in the city. Make sure you carry enough Nepali Rupees for the trek if you want extra facilities like Wifi, hot water, packaged drinking water, etc.
There are ATMs in Kathmandu where you can withdraw money using your debit/credit cards, but they will charge a nominal fee for each transaction.
Please check with your bank that your debit/credit card can do transactions in Nepal. Keeping some spare US Dollars is a good idea.
Also, If you are coming to a different country then obviously you will have to buy and shop for your love once ;)
13) Batch size
We as an organization believe in giving the best of the experience that comes with the outdoors. We also understand that nature is something that is better experienced without much disturbance around and in calm solitude so, on the basis of keeping it a truly uplifting experience, we keep our group size limited to 10 trekkers per batch.
14) Tipping custom for guides and porters
It is a part of the trekking culture to tip your porters and guides.​