Annapurna base camp trekking

Annapurna Sanctuary Comfort Trekking

Luxury Annapurna Base Camp trekking is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek, one of the most famous high glacial basin lying north of mystical Pokhara city, situated below a ring of eleven of Nepal's major peaks, it has spectacular views of each of these giants. comfort Annapurna base camp trekking combines with several easy walking trails with majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other trekking tours in Nepal. Our Luxury  Annapurna trekking trail begins from lowland villages of rice terraces and green landscapes to the rocky and snow capped mountain trails. As you gradually ascend uphill, the peaks of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give a way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. This magnificent Himalayan trail is called a ‘sanctuary’ not because of laws that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. We then finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Machhapuchre (Fish Tail we call in Nepali) Base Camp and Annapurna Sanctuary (13,550' / 4100m) from where you will see unbelievable and unimaginable beautiful 360 degree panorama of the whole Annapurna family. To make your comfort journey to ABC  or Annapurna Sanctuary, your trip will be guided by our own trained staff.

 

Comfort Annapurna Sanctuary trekking highlights

The terraced farmland above Pokhara - Visit the inner sanctuary of Annapurna panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m, surrounded by a ring of impressive Annapurna family including Annapurna I (8091m, 26540ft.) - The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks - Natural hotspring at Jhinu danda.

 

Annapurna Sanctuary trekking grading

Luxury Annapurna base camp trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for easy walking. The maximum height of Annapurna trekking 4250 m. on Annapurna base camp. It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is recommended before you leave your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

 

Annapurna Base Camp trek covers:

Historical city Kathmandu and mystical Pokhara city, Gurung heritages of Ghandruk and Chhomrong, Machharpurche base camp, Annapurna sanctuary

 

Best season to explore Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

February, March, April, May, June  and September, October , November and early December.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport (4430 ft / 1350m). Transfer to hotel. 
  • Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (4430 ft / 1350m). 
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (3080' / 940m). Trek to Birethanti (3750 ft/1150 m)
  • Day 04: Ghandruk village (6,600' / 2000m) , Comfort Guest House
  • Day 05: Chomrong/Sanctuary "Gates" (7,120' / 2170m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 06: Hike to Dovan 8580 ft / 2600 m, Comfort Guest House
  • Day 07: Trek to Deurali over Hinko Cave (10,597 ft / 3230 m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 09: Descend to Himalaya (9580 ft /2920 m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 10: Trek to Chomrong village(7120 ft / 2170 m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 11: Trek to Lhandruk village. (5415ft/1565m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 12: Trek to Majgaun village (4620ft/1,400m), Comfort Guest House
  • Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu (4430 ft / 1350m), 20 minutes,
  • Day 14: Final departure

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more thanitinerary as we described above days, you can do city tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 / 4 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and also 1 night 3 / 4 Star Category hotel accommodation in Pokhara on BB plan basis. Full board Meals and comfort accommodation / lodges along the trekking trails, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Annapurna Sanctuary trekking itinerary in details

Day 01
Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (4430 ft / 1350m))

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. After welcome drinks, Our representative will give you information about further programs regarding your comfort holidays in Annapurna.

Day 02
Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.

Day 03
Fly to Pokhara (3080' / 940m). Trek to Birethanti (3750 ft/1150 m)

As soon as you finish your breakfast in your hotel, Your guide will be there. Then you will be proceed to drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu. You will fly together to pokhara (takes about 25 minute) with your guide. As soon as you are landing in pokhara airport, our guide will arrange a private car to transfer to you Lake Phewa lake side. There will you meet your porter ! Then drive further to Nayapool. Then trek ascend over the ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Modi river. Walking around 1 or 1:30 hours, you wil be reached to our comfort lodge called Sanctuary Lodge which is located at 3470' /1060 m. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and not climbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the nearby village of Birethanti or the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding river valley

Day 04
Ghandruk village (6,600' / 2000m) , Comfort Guest House

In the morning, leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon you begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. Arrive in the afternoon at comfort lodge in Ghandruk village (Trek time 5 hours). Ghandruk offers an excellent view of Annapurna south (7219 m), Hiunchuli 6441 m and Fish Tail (6998 m) in very close distance. Overnight at comfort lodge

Day 05
Chomrong/Sanctuary "Gates" (7,120' / 2170m), Comfort Guest House

Our trail heads steeply downhill to the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we climb to a ridgeline on the west bank of the Modi Khola, gaining a spectacular view of the Matterhorn-like spire of 23,000' Machhapuchhare. We continue along to Chomrong village, the last permanent village below the Annapurna Sanctuary, set at the base of Hiunchuli (20,782' / 6300m). Overnight at comfort lodge.

Day 06
Hike to Dovan 8580 ft / 2600 m, Comfort Guest House

Hiking through lush rhododendron forest festooned with ferns and orchids, we reach Kuldi Ghar, a small settlement perched on the steep-sided valley. We descend quickly across rock slabs into a bamboo forest. The trail continues through a dense bamboo forest, often over a tangle of roots and fallen bamboo that can be slippery when wet. From Bamboo village, we continue up for another hour or so until reaching Dovan village. Overnight at comfort lodge

Day 07
Trek to Deurali over Hinko Cave (10,597 ft / 3230 m), Comfort Guest House

Following the trail uphill then downhill through bamboo forest, we climb gradually but steadily until we emerge into the open spaces above treeline. After hiking across a grassy pasture at Tomo (8,400' / 2545m), we reach the narrowest point in the canyon, Panchenin Barha, the natural “gate” to the sanctuary, with its small trail side shrine. Before 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed beyond this shrine into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight at comfort lodge

Day 08
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m), Comfort Guest House

The gorge widens as we finally we feast our eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Ahead of us lies the lateral moraine of South Annapurna Glacier, with the Modi Khola flowing to our right. We pass through the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,150' / 3680m), site of a 1957 British Expedition to Machhapuchhare that climbed to within 200' of the summit. Because the peak is sacred to the Gurung people and considered the home of a Gurung goddess, Nepal's government subsequently declared it off limits to climbers and it has remained not climbed since.
The trail then continues to Annapurna Base Camp and contours the broad, grassy, and sometimes snow-covered valley. When we reach base camp we are surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of incredible Himalayan peaks: Hiunchuli 6441m, Annapurna South 7219 m, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09
Descend to Himalaya (9580 ft /2920 m), Comfort Guest House

TAfter we enjoy our last views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, we head out the “gate” and begin our descent to the Modi Khola Valley. Overnight at lodge..

Day 10
Trek to Chomrong village(7120 ft / 2170 m), Comfort Guest House.

We have a number of steep ascents and descents today, retracing our steps to Chromong, passing through spectacular Rhododendron and Bamboo forests.

Day 11
Trek to Lhandruk village. (5415ft/1565m), Comfort Guest House

We continue about one 1 hours downhill to Jhinu village. We go down to Modi River to visit Natural hotspring which is commonly we call "Tato Pani". If you wish, you can have a natural bath there. We’ll order lunch and while it’s cooking, have a chance to take a dip in the hot springs. To reach the hot springs, we trek down through the forest for about 25 minutes. Bring a bathing suit if you’d like to take a dip! There are changing rooms at the bottom. After lunch, we continue our trek to Lhandruk, which is about 2 hours to walk further.

Day 12
Trek to Majgaun village (4620ft/1,400m), Comfort Guest House

After breakfast, we trek along the side of the hill, with small ups and downs, passing through villages and farmland. There are a choice of routes: the main jeep track which is easier. Or the “nature trail” through rice fields and villages. Although somewhat more challenging, please let your guide know you prefer this route as the rewards are worth it. Trek time to the Lodge is about 4 hours. You’ll reach the Gurung Lodge in time for a late lunch.

Day 13
Fly to Kathmandu (4430 ft / 1350m), 20 minutes.

We walk down to the road head at Lumle, passing through the village of Chandrakot. Once we reach Lumle hill, we continue by private vehicle to Pokhara. Once back in Pokhara, we bid farewell to our trekking staff and return to Kathmandu by air, then we transfer to the hotel. If you would like to hike a little bit, then we take you around Thamel to see evening markets.

Day 14
Final departure

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in luxury hotel in Kathmandu
  • Fluent English speaking license holder trekking guide.
  • Experience and strong porter (2 guest : 1 porter basis) carry maximum 25 kg of your luggage to transfer.
  • All land transportation as per itinerary.
  • Meals as a Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while you are on trekking days
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permits and TIMS permits for Annapurna Trekking
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Domestic flight : Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flights with required airport taxes.
  • All taxes and our company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar / beverage bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking 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 cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 1 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Do I need experience for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?

This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 / 5 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Annapurna sanctuary trekking or Annapurna Base camp trekking - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?

We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.

What kind of food can I expect in Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

All the comfort guest houses/lodges along teh routes they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh organic vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

How do I get drinking water on Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?

During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

During the confort guest houses / house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for incase. Remember to bring your adapters ! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.

Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

In this trekking route you can get telephone services most of the places and as well as internet services.

Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards works city area only.

When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.

Who will carry my luggage on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

We provide porters they will carry your luggage.

Is there any communication while we are on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

How much distance do I walk each day?

When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Do I need walking polls for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

We recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.

How much additional money do I need per day?

You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.




Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

Luxury Annapurna trekking fact

  • Starts Nayapool
  • Ends Pokhara
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Grade Easy-Moderate
  • Highest point 4250m at Annapurna Base Camp
  • Culture Encounter Gurung, Braman, chetri,Sherpa, Thakali and the Magar
  • Trek type Tea house
  • Himalayan view Annapurna Himalayan Range, Dhaulagiri
  • Attraction close Mountain View, Villages
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner served with desert and hot drinks
  • Transportation private transport and flight
  • Accommodation Luxurious accommodation
  • Group size 1-6
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Customized on your request

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