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Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara 5 Days

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara 5 Days

Duration :   5 Days 4 Nights
The Price :   $499.00
Max People :    35
Start Location:   Pokhara
Age Range :   10-75
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara is a 5 days quick return trip to Annapurna I (8091 m). For those unaware, Annapurna I (8091 m / 26545 ft) is the tenth highest mountain in the world above sea level. Moreover, the base camp falls inside Annapurna Sanctuary, a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. The package is thus especially tailored for thrill seeking adventurers with a very short span of time.

 

Furthermore, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters . It is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 meters. However, the only entrance here is a narrow valley between the peaks of Himchuli and Macchapucchre. The Sanctuary was thus not penetrated by outsiders until 1956.

 

Annapurna Sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer.  The unique combination of heights and depths inside the sanctuary thus gives an insight into an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. Furthermore, the south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo. While the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate.

 

Nonetheless, the panoramic view of the sanctuary from the Annapurna Base Camp is breathtaking and never experienced like before. Due to the same, the number of trekkers to the Sanctuary has increased substantially. Additionally, it is because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This therefore adds restrictions on the number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing.

 

Moreover, during your journey you will also be experiencing a diverse range of flora and fauna. Additionally the travelers will also be exploring the ethnic Gurung cultures and their hospitality while visiting the famous Ghandruk village.

 

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Annapurna Base Camp

 

Additional Information on Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara:

 

Booking your 5-Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the ACAP region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a booking amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 499 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the booking, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc.

 

Packing for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhara. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The complete trip from Day 1 to Day 5 consists of trekking distance. The travelers begin their trip on Day 1 with a short drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk. Here you will begin your trek towards Annapurna Base Camp and back to Pokhara with overnight stays in places like Sinuwa, Deurali, ABC & Bamboo.

 

Each day’s trek will begin around 07:00 AM and conclude in the late afternoon with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy dinner and breakfast at the same place, while lunch is en route. Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Accommodation during the trekking days:

During the trek, your accommodation options are mostly at teahouses. Although basic, these tea houses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trekking trail.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the trekking experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 80-100 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside USD 80-120 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

Your porter is limited to carrying a maximum of 25 kgs for every two travelers. However if you are a solo traveler or want to pay extra for a private porter you may utilize the complete 25 kgs. Else, if you have items that you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at your Pokhara hotel for storage at no extra cost. But remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

As said earlier, every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. Therefore, the baggage must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Additionally, both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara:

 

1. Trek inside ACAP

2. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

3. Explore traditional Magar & Gurung hospitality

4. Pass via lush green forests & scenic trails

5. Overnight stay in the very famous village of Ghandruk

6. Suitable for people with basic experience in trekking

7. End the trip with a relaxing natural hot spring bath

Places You’ll See :

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4130 m / 13550 ft) of the Annapurna I (8091 m / 26545 ft), the tenth highest mountain in the world above sea level falls inside Annapurna Sanctuary, a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara.

1Annapurna Base Camp

Jhinu Hot Spring is a natural hot spring.

2Jhinu Hot Spring

Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Province of Nepal.

3Ghandruk

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Travel from Pokhara to Ghandruk and Trek to Sinuwa (Max Altitude: 2340 m / 7677 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be traveling early in the morning for a scenic drive (2-3 hours) from Pokhara to Ghandruk via Birethanti on a private vehicle. Ghandruk will be the starting point of your Trek.

 

You will then be trekking (5-6 hours) towards the beautiful village of Sinuwa via Chomrong village. The village provides you with an insight of the traditional Gurung cultures, their hospitality. On your journey, you will be passing through various scenic trails including waterfalls, spectacular views of the mountain range including Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli among others. You will be staying in Sinuwa for your night halt.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House 

 

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 : Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (Max Altitude: 3230 m / 10597 ft)

On day two you will be taking a 6-7 hours hike from Sinuwa to Deurali via Himalaya, a small settlement with tea houses. Today you will be yet again passing through a dense forest while exploring many waterfalls on the way. Deurali Guest House will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (Max Altitude: 4130 m / 13549 ft)

On day three you will be arriving at your destination, the ‘Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)’ via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). On your journey you will be passing through MBC valley, an experience like never before. The journey from Deurali to ABC takes you 5-6 hours. Tea Houses at Annapurna Base Camp itself will be your night halt for the day. The place is famous for its mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Mountain Range with an amazing view of the sunset towards west.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek back to Bamboo / Sinuwa (Min Altitude: 2340 m / 7677 ft)

On day four, you will be witnessing a spectacular view of sunrise and a delicious breakfast in the early morning. You will then be trekking down towards Bamboo / Sinuwa via Deurali, Himalaya and Dobhan. A guest house in Bamboo / Sinuwa will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Simrung and travel back to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On day five, you will be hiking down towards Jhinu Danda / Hot Spring (3 hours) via Chomrong. You will then take a half hour hike down to Simrung and travel (2-3 hours drive) back to Pokhara. In the evening you will be celebrating the successful completion of your trip to Annapurna Base Camp. Here you will be also bidding a farewell to your trekking crew.

 

Optional: You might as well book any other new trip with us.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles

 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

F.A.Q

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 200).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.

 

During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.

 

For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is a moderately challenging trek package as it includes high altitude (4130m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 

 

Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Pokhara / Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Pokhara / Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1. Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.

 

2. A Daypack (25-30 liters)

 

3. Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

4. Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

5. Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

6. A Camelbak or a water bottle

 

7. A sunscreen 

 

8. A sunglass

 

9. A headlamp for night use

 

10.  Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and ACAP) required for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

What's Included

  • Company T-shirt
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Pick Up and Drop
  • Private Vehicle
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Hiking

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Why Book With Us?

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