15 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Annapurna Region
Location
September-May
Dates
Minimum 2 travelers
Group Size

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a spectacular journey on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I – a classic walk through the diverse Nepalese landscape and its culture. This popular trek ascends through picturesque villages to the center of the Annapurna range offering dramatic mountain scenery. Standing in the middle of the Sanctuary, surrounded by towering snowy peaks ranging between 6000-8000m, is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The Sanctuary trek is perhaps one of the more challenging of the teahouse treks. If you allow the time to ascend at your own pace this trek is open to the moderately fit A minimum of 10 days from Pokhara should be allowed to complete this trek with extra days for exploring the Base Camp and for alternative routes down, for example via the Hot Springs of Tatopani.

On your 15-day journey you will reach the base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain, Annapurna (8,091m); visit some UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, relaxing in the beauty of Pokhara, enjoy breathtaking Himalayan vistas during the trek and experience the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

The real journey in Nepal begins from today. A representative of SISNE will be waiting for us at the airport. He will then drop us off at our hotel where we can take a rest. Welcome drink will be served. Over night in Kathmandu.

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Day 02:Kathmandu - Trek preparation and Free Time

On your first day in Kathmandu, we take rest after a long flight from your home country. After breakfast, you can visit around Thamel (where your hotel will be located) and shop few items that you have missed to bring with you. We can add Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour on your request. We can have a tour to UNESCO World heritage sites – Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:  Breakfast

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Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

We take early morning bus to Pokara – The Paradise City. As soon as we reach Pokhara, we notice the spectacular Himalayan vista the city is adorned with. We can see Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Meet with the guide and check the final preparation for the trek. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals:  Breakfast

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Day 04: Trek to Ulleri (2050 m): 6 hrs

From Pokhara, we drive an hour to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola (river) before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 05: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m): 4 - 5 hrs

After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs. As we are ascending we admire the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view.  We pass waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. The village has small shops that sell local products such as handbags and crafts. The village also has good wi-fi. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 06: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210m): 6 - 7 hours

We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and enjoy the sunrise from these majestic mountains. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of coffee, we descend back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here then walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m): 6 hrs

The trail starts off with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our destination for today, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 08: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m): 4 - 5 hours

We leave Chhomrong and walk down on quite a number of stone steps before reaching the Chhomrong Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and begin an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar. From here we embark on an easy descent to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 09: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m): 4-5 hrs

We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail which is sometimes steep.  It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astonishing views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We notice that the vegetation has become sparse allowing magical views of the valley, the river below and cliffs ornamented with waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 10: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via MBC : 5- 6 hrs

We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchhre Base Camp (3700m). From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way into this area is through the gorge we just hiked. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 - 8 hrs

Our trail rapidly descends passing the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Overnight in Bamboo.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 12: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m): 5 - 6 hrs

We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda, we can spend the rest of the afternoon taking a rest and relaxing on natural hot spring. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 13: Trek to Siuli and drive to Pokhara via Nayapul : 5-6 hrs

We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Nayapul . The trail from Jhinu descend to Siuli .The we take jeep to Nayapul where our vehicle is waiting for Pokhara.

We mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Sisne Rover where we can share our experiences of the trek before leaving Pokhara. The dinner will be accompanied by Live Nepalese Cultural show with Dance and Songs of Nepal.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu: 6-7 hrs

We take a tourist bus in the morning for the scenic drive to Kathmandu (200km.) which takes approx. 6-7 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the company’s representative will meet you at the station and drop off at our hotel in the city. We can spend the day taking the much needed rest or catch up on some last minute shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Day 15: Final departure

Our trip to Nepal ends today. We will be dropped off at the airport by a company representative 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

Included meals: Breakfast

Additional Information

We can customize this trip as per your schedule, budget and preferences. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

TRIP FACTS

Trip Duration 15 days
Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking, cultural tours
Maximum Altitude 4130m
Trek Starts In Pokhara
Trek Ends In Pokhara
Trek Type Tea House/Lodge
Accommodations Hotels/Tea Houses
Transportation Flight/Private car or Tourist Bus
INCLUDED IN THE COST
Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast. eg. Hotel Karuna
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
 Complimentary farewell dinner with Nepalese Live Cultural Show
All ground transportation as per the itinerary
Tourist Bus (Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu)
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
Sleeping bag if needed (to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trekking guide)
All government and local taxes
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Other any transportation except  Included in the section
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Important Note: 
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Accommodations

We will be staying in hotel in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.

Meals

All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be a farewell dinner for guests. The most common cuisines in most menus will be Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes this trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trek will be led by the best and professional leaders. All of Sisne Rover Trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne  only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region/s.

Porter Care

Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, Sisne Rover also provides the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company’s expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns

The Annapurna Region is strikingly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Sisne Rover employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Sisne Rover’s experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.

Acclimatization

Like all Sisne Rover’s itineraries, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is also planned to curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high altitude environment. Trekkers with known heart, lung or blood diseases are required to consult their doctors before booking the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light backpack. No technical skill is required. Anyone who is physically fit with good health can participate in this trek. However, it is always best to start jogging and exercising regularly at least a month before the actual trek. Also, trekkers who have had experiences with high altitude trekking will find this trek relatively easier than others.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) could also be an option.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

What to bring

Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

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

  • 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

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 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
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking trousers
  • lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • fleece or woolen trousers
  • waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
  • , ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Running shoes and/or sandals
  • Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/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

  • Compass or GPS(optional)
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • Water bottles
  • Small folding knife
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 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
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 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 teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Green note:

 Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.

Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp - 14 Days Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp - 14 Days Trekking

Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
August 24, 2017

Best trekking experience that we had in long time. Went to ABC with my husband. We have been trekking in Nepal since 2010 with Sisne. Dambar is the most friendly and honest person you will ever meet. His experience and knowledge in Tourism industry for more than 2 decades, can be seen in the service he provides. Staff members are very informative and fluent in English. In this itinerary, you get to visit important sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara along with Annapurna and Machhapuchre. My husband was so excited that he plans to do EBC in couple of years later. Can’t wait to go back to Nepal.

November 20, 2017

My overall experience with Sisne is positive. I am a solo traveler going to Annapurna Base Camp. I found them in lonely planet and contacted them. The response was quick and very professional. The trekking started on time, which was impressive considering I’d only made the appointment couple of days back. My guide Krishna was really helpful and knowledgeable. Being a solo female traveler, I was little worried but thanks to Dambar and his staff, they helped me in every way possible. Kudos to Sisne team for their hard work. I will come back again for my future trekking plans.

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