North ABC Trek

We have been designed this original and off the beaten route to avoid the dusty road built in the Kali Gandaki valley. This circuit fits naturally as a result of Annapurna's Balcony has set a goal to go through the valley on a path with balcony, culminating in exploration return to the foot of the faces of north Annapurna I to base camp which left in 1950 Herzog and Lachenal other brave climbers to make the first ascent of 8000m in the World.

Main attractions of this trip.
– The rural foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri,
– The lifestyle of the Gurung ethnic group who lives here,
– Dense Rhododendron forests with blooming flowers,
– The exceptional views of the Dhaulagiri massif,
– An excursion into mountainous environment with round trip North Annapurna BC.

Initially, trek follows the the Annapurna Balcony trails, surely it will be the best and easy trip to go to the discovery of Nepal, it helps to try to enter a world of mountain much less touristy and test its acclimatization capacity (it will cross paths twice a pass at 4400m), knowing that we other hikers. Europeans have difficulty in practice walking trail beyond 3000m. Once back of base camp, we continue North Annapurna Base camp to Jomsom. It can be organized in one day jeep excursion to the villages Kagbeni, the gateway to the Upper Mustang and Jharkot, there is enlarged views to the north, on the former kingdom of Mustang.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: North ABC Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 4200m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 18 Days
Mode of Operation: Lodge and Camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept,Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: North ABC Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART staff and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Kathmandu free day . Overnight hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara (900m) by tourist bus 6 hours. Overnight hotel comfort bed and breakfast.
Day 04: Pokhara - Beni - Tatopani (1200m) 4 hours by local bus. Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Tatopani - Gadpar - Kalte danda Camp No. 1 ( 2200m) 5 hours 30mn / + 1000m / -100m. Smooth start on the track before the start Gadpar find the steep trail that goes through the fields. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Kalte danda Camp No. 1 - Kalte danda Camp No. 2 (3400m) 4 hours / + 1200m / -0m. Ascent of the ridge with exceptional views of high mountains (Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, etc). Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Kalte danda Camp No. 2 - Thulobugin - Hum khola Camp (4200m) 5 hours 30mn / + 1000m / -100m.Crossing the pass that leads to the North Annapurna Glacier Valley. Atmosphere a little austere for the camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Camp Hum khola - North Annapurna BC (4200m) 5 hours / + 400m / -400m. The horizon widens the glacial basin. It is exceptional beauty. Overnight in tents.
Day 09: North Annapurna BC - Hum khola Camp (4200m) 4 hours / + 400m / -400m. Still acclimatization phase. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Camp khola Hum - The Thulobugin - Shepherd's kharka (3260m) 5 hours / + 150m / -1000m. A little effort to move up the neck and presto! towards the valley on the right. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Shepherd's kharka - Chhyo - Kunjo (2600m) 5 hours / + 200m / -800m. There is the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki. Not long since we leave away from the track the night in a village at the foot of the Nilgiri Kunjo. Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Kunjo - Titi Tal - Kokhethanti - Chimanggaon (2800m) 5 hours / + 500m / -300m. One finds the campaign for a quiet morning during which happen to a lake. Overnight in tents.
Day 13: Chimanggaon - Marfa - Jomsom (2700m). 4 hours / + 200m / -100m. Crossing of the Kali Gandaki and visit Marpha. Overnight in lodge.
Day 14: Jomsom (2700m) 4 hours / + 200m / -200m. Safety day. Rest or visit Tinigaon. Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara 20mn by plane and transfer to hotel comfort bed and breakfast.
Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 17: Kathmandu free day hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 18: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-International and domestic airport transfers by private car or tourist bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-2 nights hotel comfort bed and breakfast in Pokhara.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tented camping space for 2 clients in one tent with foam mattress.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks: coffee, tea, milk, lemon, juice etc.) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping tents, mattress, utensils etc.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food, accommodation etc. for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu -Pokhara, Pokhara-Tatopani, Pokhara-Kathmandu bus bus Kathmandu
-Jomsom -Pokhara by plane and domestic airport taxes.
-Pokhara to Beni by car or jeep, Beni to Tatopani by local bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax & 10 % income tax.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon 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 in Kathmandu from trip than the scheduled itinerary.
-Insurance helicopter rescue coverage in case of accident and acute mountain sickness.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in lodge.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook 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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