The classic trek to Annapurna Base Camp under the south face of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world,  which was first climbed by Bonnington’s team in the 1970s.

 This trek starts in the foothills close to Pokhara and climbs to 4130 metres covering brilliant views of the Annapurna group, Macchapuchare,  Gangapurna and many other Himalayan giants.

 The  fourteen day day trek from Kathmandu has been carefully designed to provide proper acclimatization and includes the iconic viewpoint of Poon Hill.

• The trek passes through villages then climbs through forests into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is an impressive valley surrounded by high Himalayan peaks around Annapurna Base Camp.
• There are superb views of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli among others.
• A great opportunity to get into the mountains without the altitude problems associated with some of the other treks (highest altitude reached is 4,130m at Base Camp).
• During the Spring departures especially in March the rhododendrons around Poon Hill are spectacular

Suitability: a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.
1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day  with some  half days  included.
2) Altitude: up to 4130m.
3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent on steps. 
4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city. 

This trek will be led by an experienced Nepali South Col guide and a team of porters in support.  


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DAY 01 - KATHMANDU

Land in Kathmandu.

DAY 02 – KTM TO POKHARA BY FLIGHT  TO KANDE BY ROAD AND THEN TREK TO TOLKA (1810m) 7 to 8 hours
The next morning  we fly to Pokhara and then drive for an hour to Kande. We will start climbing to a ridge for around 90 minutes  by traversing fields and forest and following a stone staircase and then a short climb which will take us to Australian Camp.  After a short break, we trek through the rhododendron forest  and reach  Pothana village (2000 m) in thirty inutes.  Lunch at Pothana. After lunch, the path slowly ascends until we reach Bhichowk Deorali (2149 m) from here we can see the view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We then take a steep descent to Modi Khola and gently climb to a ridge and then take short descent to the village of Tolka (1810 m), our night stop. 

DAY 03 – TOLKA TO CHOMRONG (2170 metres) 6 to 7 hours
 The trail drops from Tolka and reaches Land rung in about an hour. We now descend and take a north route to Chomrong traversing alongside rice terraces, then through forests and follow the river bed leads us to New Bridge. The trail crosses on a suspension bridge and a stiff climb to Jhinu Danda (1760 m). There is a hot natural spring which takes 15 minutes downhill. Again trail climbs a long and steeps atop treeless ridge and the trail rounds a bend and enters the famous market village of Chomrong. The village controls the entry to the sanctuary and offers the first clear view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail). 
 
DAY 04 – CHOMRONG TO DOVAN (2505 metres) 6 to 7 hours
From Upper Chomrong we make a descent in about forty minutes along stone steps to the river. The trail from the river climbs uphill to Bhanuwa in an hour. From Bhanuwa it is about an hour to Upper Sinuwa. From Upper Sinuwa we proceed along the forest track to Khuldi. Thirty minutes on a steep downhill from Khuldi is our lunch stop at Bamboo. After a leisurely lunch at Bamboo we walk the last hour and a half to Doban for our night stop.

DAY 05 – DOBAN TO DEORALI (3140 metres) 4 hours
From Dovan walk through the forest for about an hour to Himalaya (2940 m). About fifty minutes from Himalaya is a huge cave, Hinko where in 1971 Don Whillans claims to have seen the yeti! Deorali is about forty minutes away and we reach in time for lunch.
 
DAY 06 – DEORALI TO MACHHAPUCHHRE BASE CAMP (3720 M) - 4-5 HRS
The trail remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp from which can be seen a spectacular panorama of Annapurna Mountains.
 
DAY 07- MBC - ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4130 m) 2 hours
After early breakfast, easy walking excursions to Annapurna Base Camp (2-3 hrs) - our final destination of the trip. The day is easy and explores the incredible views of near vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above us to the north-west   and several other big peaks and trekking peaks. After exploring the highest mountains view and surrounding panorama, afternoon return to Machhapuchhre base camp.
 
DAY 08 – ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO HIMALAYA 5 to 6 hours
Follow the same route downhill all the way to Himalaya

DAY 09 – HIMALAYA TO UPPER CHOMRONG 5 hours
As usual, after breakfast we will trek back to Chomrong village again for overnight stop

DAY 10 – UPPER CHOMRONG TO TADAPANI 5 -6 hours
We leave Chomrong and start on our route to Poon Hill heading towards Tadapani which has a dress circle view of Annapurna South and Macchapuchare.

DAY 11 TADAPANI TO GHOREPANI 6 to 7 hours
We pass through Banthanti and Deorali where we stop for lunch and then enjoy the ridge walk to Ghorepani from where we get our first view of Dhaulagiri.

DAY 12 GHOREPANI TO TIRKHEDHUNGA OR HILLAY 6 to 7 hours
We visit Poon Hill for sunrise and then after breakfast make the long way down to Tirkedhunga via Banthanti and Ulleri.

DAY 13 TIRKEDHUNGA/HILLAY  TO POKHARA 3 to 4 hours
It is a level three  hour walk down to Nayapul from where we get a transport which takes us back to Pokhara by lunch time. 

DAY 14 POKHARA TO KATHMANDU AND ONWARDS TO HOME DESTINATIONS 
We take a morning flight from Pokhara and reach Kathmandu airport. We can also connect to any afternoon flight out of Kathmandu and reach home.

March 27th  2016  (arrival in Kathmandu) to April 9th 2016 (departure from Kathmandu)

USD 995 (meals excluded ) – please budget an extra USD 350 for meals, hot water flasks, battery charging, wifi, solar showers etc  for 14 days

The cost is per person for Kathmandu to Kathmandu (14 days ) as per the itinerary given. Service Tax @ 3.50% is included as per Govt rules.
Costs given above are at current rates and may change without notice. Changes if any will be notified 2 months before the trek.
Costs include:
Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight and and return air fare from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Conservation Area permit and and TIMS permit for trekking in the Annapurna region.
All accommodation on the trek on twin sharing basis.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu one night on the way in and two nights accomodation in Pokhara is covered.
Cost of porters/guides for the trek. Please note that porters will carry one duffel bag or backpack not exceeding 12 kgs in weight for each trekker comprising of personal items, clothing, sleeping bag etc.
Costs not included
Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Breakfast lunch and dinner on the trek is not included. Desserts, drinks, and exotic items listed in the lodge menus are not included. Alcohol, cold drinks (coca cola, sprite, beer), juices, ice cream etc on the trek. Bottled drinks; boiled, filtered or bottled water; alcohol; snacks etc
Client travel and medical insurance of any kind. Emergency evacuation costs if needed.
Hot showers (Rs 300 per shower); Battery charging, excess airline baggage charges. Other taxi fares like airport to hotel and back in Kathmandu, local taxis is Kathmandu and Pokhara etc.

Personal clothing and equipment; sleeping bag; down/ goretek jacket, medicines for personal use etc.
Air fare from residence country to Nepal and back
Tips to porters and guide at the end of trek estimated at USD 50 per trekker contribution to the common pool.

 ITEMS REMARKS
 Duffle BagAll the equipment listed below other than what you need for the day should be packed into a duffle bag, locked and handed over to the ponies in the morning.  The duffle bag should not weight more than 12 kgs! 
1Sleeping BagWarm sleeping bag is needed at least three season rated to 15F
2Daypack or Hipbelt To carry water, one jacket some nuts, chocolates, cap, camera to keep with you in the day, maybe gloves and cap as well, hiking poles etc. - 25 to 30 litre size should be sufficient
3Boots or  Trekking Shoesone pair  
4Slippers or Sandals for camplightweight to wear in the evenings
5warm Socks2 pairs to carry  and one pair to wear
6Glovesone pair 
7Underwear1 to wear and 2 to carry
8Warm Capone- Wool or fleece is usually good
9Heavy jacket the warmest you can get as nights and early mornings are cold - down is usually preferred otherwise a warm synthetic filled jacket.
10Thermal Underwear ( top and bottom) - long johnsinner layer to wear at night and early morning ;  
11Mid LayerUsually a jacket of fleece or wool which can be worn over a thermal layer or by itself while walking 
12T shirts for walkingone to wear and 2 to carry - if the sun is hot you can walk in a T shirt
13Trousers /tights etcone to wear and one to carry light weight preferred
14One Rain Jacket /Wind Jacket/Soft Shell jacket / Rain Ponchouseful in case of wind ... you may need it in light rain though we would usually take shelter and wait for the rain to stop. Ladakh is in the rain shadow so we do not expect heavy rain.  
15Torch or headlampone small needed  carry one set spare batteries Petzl is one of the best
16Sun blocone small tube should be ok spf  50
17some essential medicinesvitamins, headache,  fever,  pain killers, diamox for altitude, your own specific medicines  etc
18Hiking polesif you have bad knees then this is recommended especially on the down hills!!
19Water bottle one no 500 ml  or 1 litre is ok you can use the 500 or 600 ml empty coke or pepis bottles
20Sun glassesthe sun is strong in the day
21Cap for the sunditto!
22small towelfor baths and wash up in case you can use the hot shower
23toothbrush, paste, soap, shampoo, vaseline, comband any other toilet items you may need!
24wet tissues - wet ones for bathroomcalled wet ones in India
25some washing powder surf etc smallto wash clothes en route if needed
26Nuts, raisins etc all mixed upcan be divided into small packets for daily use
27Chocolates /Energy Bars/Amul cheese slices/tea bagsCarry some chocolates or energy bars to have on the way. Amul cheese slices are very useful and can be had as snacks when you are tired of sweets!
28Sweetsfor energy
29Volini  gel/ Bengay etc for aches and  painsor any other equivalent
30Iodine or chlorine tablets  for water purificationPotable Aqua is one of the available brands fr iodine
31Electral or any other rehydating saltsCarry a few small packets  of electrolyte - useful to have mixed with water if dehydrated
32some spare plastic bags to pack  wet stuff, dirty clothes etc  
33Book in case you want to read on the way and IPOd for music optional!
34Two  small locks one for your duffle bag and one as backup
35Clothes line with hooks on either side in case you want to hang up your wet clothes to dry outside!!
36Super Glue To patch up boots that may give way!
37Face mask For dust, cold winds etc available in kathmandu
38Extra shoe laces one pair
39Small mug for tea coffee hot chocolateIn case you want to use your own mug for this and not the trekking supply!
40Binoculars optional 

Sujoy Das

sujoyrdas@gmail.com

India: +919831054569; Nepal: +977 9818037020

Lok Silwal

info@nepaltravellink.com

Nepal: +977 9851022984

CANCELLATION CHARGES

All trek payments are subject to the following cancellation charges:

0-7 days before the start of the trek =75% 

8 -15 days before the start of the trek = 50%

16-30 days before the start of the trek = 35%

31-45 days before the start of the trek = 25%

46 days and above = 15%