Annapurna B.C. Trek

This is easy, short and mild trek for the trekkers. At the beginning of this trek, we can explore the culture and life styles of Magar ethnic people in Ulleri and Gorepani Poon Hill side and at the ending Gurung ethnic people and their tradition in Chhomrong Ghandruk side. ART has been offering combine Ghorepani Poon Hill trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek in same time. You can enjoy with the amazing views of north Annapurna range, Nilgiri peaks, beautiful landscapes of Kaligandaki valley and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. This is the right trek to reach in the heart of Annapurna Himalayan range at Base Camp of Annapurna at 4000 m in few days.

This trek is known as sanctuary Annapurna too. The sanctuary is a hidden pocket of meadow, moraine glacier, raised by magnificent peaks from 6,000 m to 8,000 m such as Himchuli peak, South Annapurna peak, Fang Himal peak, Tent peak, Singuchuli peak,Glacier dome,Gandarba Chuli peak, Gangapurna peak, Gandarba Chuli peak, Machhapuchhare(Fish Tail) peak, Annapurna III, Annapurna I etc. This trek requires ten to fourteen days, begins from Pokhara, passing through lowland villages and rice terraces to mountain glaciers. The  trail to Annapurna base Camp is frequently humid and slippery, danger of avalanches in few places. You should be accompanied by an experience field staffs for your security trek.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 4000 m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trek Duration: 15 Days.
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trek.
Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate.
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people.

Outline Itinerary: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrival in airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star in Thamel touristic city of Kathmandu. Bed & breakfast include.
Day 02: Kathmandu 1300 m to Pokhara 900 m 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight in comfort hotel, near the beautiful Fewa Lake. Bed & breakfast include. Visit possible around Pokhara in the afternoon.
Day 03: Pokhara to Nayapul 3 hours by taxi and trek to Tikhedhunga 1520 m 4 hours walking. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 2860m 6 hours walking. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani 2630m  after visit of Poon Hill 3200 m early in the morning to see spectacular views of Dhaulagiri & Annapurna Himalayan ranges including two peaks more than 8000 m. 6 hours walking. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong 2170 m 5 hours walking. This is the biggest Gurung ethnic village in this region. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan 2520m. 6 hours walking.Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Dovan to MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp) 3700m. 5 hours walking. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 09: Trek from MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp) 3700 m- ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) 4000 m. 2 hours walking. Splendid views of South Annapurna,Fang Himal,HIimchuli peak,Annapurna I,Tent Peak, Singuchuli peak, Glacier Dome,Ganga Purna,Annapurna III,Gandharba Chuli peak & Machhapuchhre peak. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp 4000 m trek down to Bamboo 2310m. 6 hours walking. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Bamboo to Chhomrong 2170 m 5 hours walking.Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Chhomrong  to Ghandruk 1940 m. Visit two typical and ancient ethnic Gurung museums and a Buddhist monastery. The approach views of South Annapurna,Himchuli peak,Machhapuchhhre peak, Gandharba chuli peak and Annapurna III. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Ghandruk to Birethati 1025 m 4 hours walking and Nayapul to Pokhara 3 hours by taxi. Hotel comfort with bed and breakfast include.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast include.
Day 15: Transfer to airport from hotel & international departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-2 nights hotel comfort with bed and breakfast in Pokhara.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge twin basis and hygienic food with hot drinks during the trekking.
-Salary, insurance, bus tickets, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Pokhara round trip tourist bus tickets & Pokhara to Nayapul round trip taxi as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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