Annapurna is one of the most popular treks done in Nepal by numerous trekkers around the world. Considered as one of the best view points in the world, Annapurna base Camp has an alluring and tranquil environment along with its beautiful northern settlements. The Annapurna massif is a 55 kms long range consists of peaks up to 8000mts. If you choose to tackle the routes of Annapurna base Camp you will be choosing to walk along the lowland pastures, bamboo and rhododendron forest, alpine scrub and the culturally and artistically rich hillside villages will give you a life changing experience.
The 11 day Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from your arrival to Nepal and taking the bus to Pokhara. From Pokhara we take the bus again to Nayapul from where the trek officially begins. We will head north east towards Ghandruk, ascending to Sinuwa, Deurali and finally Annapurna Base Camp. While descending we will stop at the Jhinu hot springs to relax after the trek. Desire Adventures has come up with the Annapurna Base Camp Package for anyone who wants to experience the celebrated Himalayas in a decent amount of time. Although the package covers one of the best itineraries, we will be happy to customize your own itinerary according to time and preference. Short trips around Annapurna such as Gorepani-Poonhill Trek are also worth and equally fulfilling if your eyes are craving for the snowy peak and the mountains ranges.
Let us know if your birthday falls during this trip so that we will do our best to celebrate it amidst the mountains and make it a memorable day.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
- 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara
- Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
- Annapurna trekking permits (ACAP) and Tims permits
- Bus transportation (Tourist Coach) to Pokhara and return from Pokhara (Flight or Private Car an option with extra charge)
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Three meals a day (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast) during the trek
- Accommodation on a trek (Lodge/Tea House)
- Safe drinking water (Medicated safe and proof) during the trek
- Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local tax and Gov tax
- Down jackets and sleeping bags
- T- Shirt
- Duffel Bag
- Trekking route map
- Nepal arrival visa
- Meals in the city (Kathmandu & Pokhara) except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
- Wi-Fi, hot showers, battery charging on a trek only
- Your personal expenses
- Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
- Tips (As an appreciation) and any other extending trips and accommodation.
On your first day of arrival, our team representative will pick you up at the airport and drop you to your hotel. If your flight is in the morning you can explore the city of Kathmandu and also visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the evening, you will be invited at our office for a short meeting regarding your expectations and our explanations on the trek. Later, we will invite you for a welcome dinner at a Nepali Restaurant serving Local Cuisine.
Highlights: View from the Airplane before landing to Nepal, exploring the city, introduction to the country with food and its culture.
The very next day we will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The tourist bus leaves from Kantipath (near Thamel) everyday at 6:30am. The journey is 7-8 hours with comfortable seating, A/C and frequent breaks. Along the way, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the hilly region as we move from the central to the western development region. You can enjoy the amazing landscape, get a hint on the local and rural livings of the area and also get your view of the mountains and rivers. Upon arriving at Pokhara, we will get to our hotel and get freshened up. In the evening we can either enjoy the nightlife at Pokhara or rest for our adventurous trek ahead.
Highlights: Beautiful view from the bus to Pokhara including the Trishuli River, magnificent mountains, hills, settlements and vegetations. Experience Pokhara: Lakeside, Fewa Lake, varieties of restaurants and cafes.
On our third day we will have our breakfast and then drive towards the west to Nayapul. The 2 hour drive will stop at the station where our porters will manage your luggage. From Nayapul we set out for Ghandruk which will be a 11kms walk. From Nayapul it is a short and easy walk to Birethani. From here, we follow the Modi Khola and head North towards Ghandruk with a spectacular view of the Annapurna range accompanying us along the trail. Ghandrunk is a small community with local settlements and scenic beauty of the Himalayan Ranges. Overnight at Ghandruk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: View of the Annapurna Range, Modi Khola, beautiful and ornate village of Ghandruk
On the 4th day of the trek, we will leave Ghandruk after Breakfast and walk towards Sinuwa. The trail is uphill and at Kotdanda leads towards the east until the suspension bridge at Samrung. The steep trail next will lead us to Chhomrong where we will have our lunch. From here we head eastwards where the trail leads us downhill at first and then uphill from the valley basin to reach the valley of Sinuwa. Overnight at Sinuwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Rhododendron forest, terraced fields, waterfalls, Chhomrong Village- a beautiful Gurung village with authentic lifestyle
Today is the fifth day of the trek and our destination is Deurali. We start with an easy walk from Sinuwa that continues passing settlements like Bamboo and Kuldhigar. Then a long steep stone staircase will talk us to Dobhan crossing a suspension bridge. The trail is accompanied by Rhododendron and Oak forest. Then a steep climb continues through the valley towards Himalaya and Hinku cave and finally we reach Deurali. The night will spent in Deurali.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Rhododendron forest, Oak forest, 24 different waterfalls, the beauty of Annapurna surrounding us, Hinku Cave: a landmark for many of the earlier Annapurna I expeditions which used it as an overnight spot and often as a supply depot.
On the 6th day of our trek we will finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp on a 5 hour walk from Deurali. We will start our walk after breakfast. Crossing Bagar along the Modi River in the east, hike up a strenuous walk until the Macchapuchchhre Base Camp. Here we will rest for a while enjoying the brilliant view surrounding us. Leaving the Base Camp we now walk along the snow capped peaks towering 7000-8000 meter. We finally reach the South Annapurna Base Camp with the most brilliant view of the snow peaked mountains. The night will be spent at a lodge in Annapurna Base Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Aerial view of snow capped peaks: Machhapuchhre, Gandharwa Chuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Patal Hiun Chuli, Annapurna South Glacier
After enjoying the alluring beauty, we head down from the Base Camp and follow the route we took to ascend, heading down to Deurali, Dobhan and finally to Bamboo. Along the way we will pass various waterfalls, temples, forestry and of course will be surrounded by beautiful scenario of the hills and peaks. Upon reaching Bamboo we will check in to our lodge and spend the night there.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Bamboo, Rhododendron and Oak forest, waterfall, temples, Hinku Cave and extraordinary landscape while descending from Annapurna Base Camp
From bamboo we will descend further towards the Jhinu Hot Spring. Jhinu has a natural Hot spring where you can soak up and relax after the trek. From Bamboo there is a suspension bridge crossing the long steep staircase descending towards Chhomorong and finally the steep downhill trail leading to the Hot Spring. Overnight at a lodge in Jhinu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Long steep downhill trail accompanied by rhododendron and pine trees, natural hot spring in Jhinu.
In the 9th day of the trek we will trek for 7 hours from Jhinu back to Nayapul. From Jhinu we walk downhill towards Nayapul crossing various bridges and leaving behind the Modi River. From Jhinu we take the trail towards the south and cross the suspension bridge which will lead us towards Himalpani, Landruk, Tolka and eventually Nayapul. From here, we drive back to Pokhara on a 2 hours long local bus. You can take a private transportation on an extra charge from here to Pokhara. Upon arriving at Pokhara, we will check in to our hotel and we can either rest or stroll around the streets of Lakeside.
Highlights: White washed houses, various settlements and landscape along the way Scenic view on the drive back to Pokhara
We will catch the tourist bus to Kathmandu today. The bus leaves from the tourist bus park at 7:30 every day from Pokhara and takes 7-8 hours to reach Kathmandu. Along the way, we can have our final refreshment of the rural life and the village areas of Nepal. The bus ride also offers view of beautiful landscape, hills, rivers and settlements. Upon arriving, you will be taken back to your hotel where you can freshen up or go souvenir shopping. Later in the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where we can talk about the trip and also get recommendations.
Highlights: Splendid view from the bus back to Kathmandu, arrival at the capital city, farewell dinner
Our team representative will drop you off in the airport. Thankyou for choosing Desire Adventures and have a safe journey. Namaste!
The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Area: 1,47,181 sq kms
Elevation: 60m to 8,848m above the sea level
Natural divisions: Terai region (Plains), Elevated Flatlands/Hills and Mountain region
Population: 28.9 million (more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different languages)
Language: Nepali (native as well as official) and English
Currency: Rupees (Rs.)
Popular tourist destinations: Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Janakpur, and Gorkha
Destinations listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.
Mountains: 8 out of world’s 10 tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. 240 peaks over 20,000ft
Climate and Geography
The climate of Nepal varies according to the elevation. The humid, tropical Terai receives the most monsoonal rain and records the country’s highest temperature. The lower hills (900-2,700meters), including Kathmandu Valley are sub-tropical, with hot summer and moderate winters with only the occasional frost. The higher hills (2,700-4,000 meters) are temperate as the hills get plenty of rain, fog and frost. Above 4,000meters, the mountains have cooler, drier alpine climate and daily temperatures vary wildly depending on sunshine, wind and altitude.
Best travel seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be travelled any time of the year.
Annapurna Region Trekking
Altitude sickness is a physical condition that occurs in higher elevation due to change in air pressure causing nausea, diarrhea, fever and loss of appetite or even fatal death. Ahthough Annapurna Base Camp lies at an altiutde of 5,380m, some might still anticipate problems of altitude sickness. In such cases, your team leader will make the arrangements for you to hike down, instead of continuing further. We request you to be flexible and follow the instruction of the team leader. It is also good to have physical and mental preparation before opting for the trek. No technical skill is required to plan Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal. However, prior hiking or camping experiences will definitely be considered as a plus point. Also, a few weeks of regular exercises like jogging, running, swimming, cycling, uphill climbing is highly recommended to build the required stamina, before the trip.
Trekking permits are required to any trekking in Nepal. Therefore, kindly coordinate us with so that we can get the permits ready for you. We require:
I) A scanned color passport copy
II) A scanned color copy of two passport sized photographs
Why Trek with us?
We value our customers’ safety and preference first. Thus, Desire Adventures Annapurna base Camp package can fully be customized in order to meet the individual needs and interest of each traveler. We also partner with local Sherpa and Leaders to help you get the maximum out of the trip. We are highly dedicated and offer years of experience to plan an outstanding adventure trip for you. Despite all these facilities, our best packages are offered at a very competitive rate.
What’s included in Annapurna Base Camp Deluxe Trek package?
Bed and Breakfast is included in Kathmandu and Pokhara along with a welcome dinner on the day of arrival and farewell dinner on the day of departure. All meals are provided during the trek. There is a private transportation facility available for pickup and drop off. While traveling from Pokhara to Nayapul and vice versa, we will use local bus since tourist bus doesn’t use this route. But you can hire your private transportation in extra cost.
When should I plan this trek?
Though Nepal can be visited any time of the year, the best season to plan the trek is Spring and Autumn.
Spring – Mid- March , April, and May , are the perfect months. These months support us with warm weather, clear skies, good temperature and the best visibility.
Autumn – Mid-September, October, November, are the perfect months to plan the Everest Luxury Lodge Trek. These months are also favorable in terms of better visibility, warm weather, clear blue skies and excellent trail.
Winter – December, January and February, are not good months to plan the Annapurna Trek since the area gets dense with snow and the trails also close due to extreme conditions.
Summer - Mid June, July and August are not the best months to trek as the monsoon rain affects the trail and the visibility; however, on request the trek can be arranged at this time of the year.
Laundry service during the trip
The hotels booked for you in Kathmandu and Pokhara will offer laundry service but at extra cost. However, if you want to do your own laundry, we request you bring biodegradable soap.
Extra Money for Personal Expenditure
We suggest you to bring some extra money for extra expenses like drinks, shopping and tipping, as the trip cost does not include the cost of extra expenses.
We also request you to set aside USD 200 (or an amount equivalent to USD 200) as an emergency fund. This fund is kept as security money during the trek and will be utilized in the case of any changes in the itinerary caused by unforeseen natural disaster.
Tipping during the trek
You can tip your service providers to show your gratitude and satisfaction. You can tip your service providers like guides, porters, drivers and waiters. The tip amount entirely depends upon your wish. However, there is a custom of tipping 10% of the total trip cost in the ratio of 60:40 (60% of the total tip amount to the guide and 40% to the porter) to the guide and porter.
Health, Medication and Medical Facilities during the trek
The treks demand excellent stamina, and the best health conditions as most of the days require 6-8 hours walk. Therefore, we suggest you get a physical examination at east 4-6 weeks prior to the trek and seek advice, medication as well as the permission from your doctor, before the trip. We also recommend you take expert guidance from your local General Practitioner with expertise in altitude illness and travel medicines. Please get screened for hypertension, diabetes mellitus, anemia, ulcer disease, cardiovascular disease and lung related problems. Any person with a strong family history or over the age of 40 should make cardiovascular risk assessment. Getting a good dental checkup and identifying medicines that you are allergic to are a must. Make sure you are immunized and vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, Hemophilus influenza type b infection, Hepatitis A and B Typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal disease and encephalitis. In the absence of GP, please seek advice from travel clinics.
Please carry your regular personal medicines along with a First Aid kit. Also add blister kit, sunscreen, bandages, insect repellent containing DEET, topical antibiotic cream, iodine tablets and /or water filter, Diamox or Acetazolamide, Acetaminophen or Tylenol for analgesia, Ibuprofen or Advil for analgesia and as an anti-inflammatory agent, Immodium or Lomotil for diarrhea, Afrin-a nasal decongestant, Pepcid or Zantac for heartburn, an antibiotic, especially a Quinolone such as Ciprofloxacin or Leavaquin, pain medicine such as Tylenol with codeine or Hydrocodone and if you are prone to exercise-induced Asthma or Asthma associated with bronchitis or upper respiratory infections, bring Asthma inhaler. Kindly inform us regarding your present health condition, medical situation, preceding illness and the medicines you are taking, so that we can get prepared for emergencies.
Most of the general hospitals and private clinics are available in Kathmandu, therefore, finding a good medical facility isn’t difficult in the capital. However, the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu) managed by expatriate physicians, during the peak trekking seasons. With an aim to reduce the deaths among trekkers, it provides free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of the trekking routes.
Safety and Security during the trek
Your safety is our priority. Therefore, the team leader is given a full authority to amend or cancel the itinerary in the case of unforeseen circumstances, like sudden weather changes, natural disaster, and bad health of a group member or any kind of violent protest or demonstrations.
For the security of your belongings, like passport, air tickets, traveler checks, cash, and other valuable items, it is highly recommended that you bring a neck wallet or a money belt to carry these items. Try not to bring any valuable belongings like jewelry. Even if you bring, we recommend you to safely store in the deposit boxes in the hotel in Kathmandu. Also bring a lock to secure your luggage.
Remember! Neither the team leader nor the company will be responsible for the security involved during any extra activities not included in the itinerary.
Getting travel insurance is a must, if you are looking for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Your travel insurance should cover all the additional expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue or other treatment cost). Your insurance policy should also cover all extra activities that you are planning to during your stay in Nepal. Moreover, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (hospital charges, medicine charges and the doctor’s fee) as well as the repatriation cost. This trek takes you over the 4000m, therefore, make sure that you get an insurance policy that covers the treks that go over 4000m.
Visas to enter Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians and Chinese) require a visa to enter Nepal. Therefore, we request you arrange visas before you travel. Visas can either be obtained from the nearest Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport sized photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. For the convenience of foreign nationals, visas are also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 00977-1-00977-1 422199 / 4433934 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868.
What should I bring?
Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below is the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek.
Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm
Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included)
Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters.
Accessories - Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs, fanny bags for your valuables.
Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel
Extras - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod, water purification tools or tablets.
Please leave your extra luggage in the hotel in Kathmandu (free storage is available) and pack as lightly as possible.
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio