Annapurna is the name of the Himalayan ranges which lise in the western part of the Nepal. Annapurna region trekking is not only popular in the Nepal, this regional trekking route is listed in the top ten most popular trekking trail in the world too. It's not hard to see why. Spectacular scenery, diverse cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most scenic areas for novice or experienced trekkers. The Annapurnas were the first mountains over 8000m to be climbed. The accommodation is mostly of a high standard in teahouses, and you can trek in relative style and comfort. The Annapurnas are Nepal's most popular trekking area and it's not hard to see why.When you reach Annapurna Base Camp, sometimes referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary in the centre of the Annapurna Range you will be reward with 360 degree views of awesome soaring peaks and glaciers.

Trip Highlights:

  • Annapurna, Macchapuchare and Dhaulagiri's massifs.
  • Extensive flora and fauna year round.
  • Unique hill cultures to explore.
  • Restful hot springs to soak in.
  • Trekking peaks to climb.
  • Connecting treks to remote areas.

Trip Facts:

  • Grade :Moderate
  • Trip Duration:15 days
  • Max. Altitude:4230m
  • Season:Aug- May
  • Trekking:Teahouse
  • Accommodation :2 Night's hotel in Kathmandu, 3 night's hotel in Pokhara & 10 nights in trekking.
  • Transportation:Tourist bus or private vehicle or Flight
  • Option: Flight on extra cost of $ 99 for one way to and from Pokhara
  • Jungle safari extension (2 nights 3 days) available @ $ 199.00

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu: A Himalayan Experience representative will meet and welcome you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Day 03: Pokhara - Birethanti - Ulleri 2070m (Approx. 6 hours walking)

Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani/Deurali 2900m (Approx. 5- 6 hours walking)

Day 05: Deurali - Tadapani 2540M (Approx. 6 hours walking)

Day 06: Tadapani - Chhomrung 2040m (Approx. 5 hours walking)

Day 07: Chhomrung – Doban 2505m (Approx. 4- 5 hours walking)

Day 08: Doban – Rest Acclimatization Day

Day 09: Doban to Machhapuchhare Base camp (Approx. 5 hours walking)

Day 10: Visit Annapurna Base Camp 4130m – Doban 2505m (Approx. 6-7 hours walking)

Day 11: Doban - Chomrong 2040m (Approx. 4- 5 hours walking)

Day 12: Chomrong Syauli Bazar 1940m (Approx 3-4 hours walking)

Day 13: Syauli – Pokhara (Approx 5 hours walking)

Day 14: Pokhara – to Kathmandu. End of the trip. Or Chitwan national park.

General Information

Accommodation on the trek:

Accommodation will be simple twin or triple share rooms in lodges, and toilets and showers will be of varying standards.

 

Food:

Mostly rice, pasta, potato dishes, soups and pizzas for lunch or dinner. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.

 

Guides:

There will be different guides for different activities: As per our package, city sightseeing, rafting, trekking and safari guides are generally English speaking. However, you also have a choice of your own language guide with extra cost. All our guides are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed in their respective field. Tour guide usually guides you in the cities only and are employed locally through our regional offices in all the major cities of tourist interest. Multilingual guides are not available outside Kathmandu City. If English is not your preferred language we can always be able to arrange a guide or an interpreter who speaks your language to accompany you throughout your trip. However, this will incur extra cost.

 

Safety precautions:

We always regard safety of our guests as utmost priority. Prior to venturing into a rafting trip, rafters are thoroughly briefed about the safety measures and rafting guidelines. Our river guides have absolute expertise on white water rafting, swift water rescue and emergency wilderness first aid. Rafts are of high quality and can survive wildest of rapids. Only after wearing helmets, life jackets and river-friendly clothes rafters will be allowed to take a rafting trip. Company provides comprehensive first-aid kits during trek.

 

FOR TREKKING & TOURING:

Trekking:

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -10C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen and day pack.

Gears available in Kathmandu and Pokhara: It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

 

Typical day on trek:

Each morning after packing our bags and a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

 

Itinerary changes:

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

 

Trek duration:

We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

 

Luggage while trekking:

During trek your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

 

Vaccinations:

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

 

First aid Kit:

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

 

Altitude:

The trail does not go too high i.e. not above 3195m, so chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are very low. Though, Altitude Sickness has the potential to affect all travelers from 2500m and higher our itinerary is planned in such a way that you make very gradual ascend, spending some days at a low elevation to build necessary acclimatization before walking up to the highest point on this trek. When you are at high altitude, your body needs time to adjust to smaller quantities of oxygen in the air at 5500m/18,044ft; the air pressure is approximately half that of sea level, i.e. there is half the amount of oxygen.

 

Rescue/evacuation:

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

 

Company provides:

Accommodation in lodges with all meals during trekking & rafting, raft with all safety devices, first aid medical supplies (to be used on your own risk), domestic flights, private local transfers, Guides and arrange necessary permits.

 

Best Season:

The best seasons to visit Nepal for these multi activity trips are autumn, from early September until early December and spring, from the beginning of March until the end of May. During autumn, the weather is generally clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. In the spring, the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are warm and the displays of wildflowers, such as rhododendrons, are spectacular at this time of year. Summer in Nepal, from June to September, is the monsoon season. Trekking/Rafting/Biking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. Rivers become high, the trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud.

 

Meeting/airport transfers:

In all our packaged trips featured in this site, airport pick up and drop are included. You have to mention your flight detail (Airlines name and arrival time in Kathmandu) while booking any trip with us. One of our tour officers and driver meet and greet you at the airport; escort you to your hotel and brief you about your further activities in detail, collect your flight tickets for reconfirmation and deliver back them later. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

 

Visa:

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.

 

Insurance:

Your insurance is not included in our cost. We insure all our staff. Please ensure that you arrange your own insurance for emergency evacuation, personal effects, personal accident, medical travel expenses, baggage, cancellation etc.

 

Changing Money: Your Hotel’s reception changes money at reasonable rates. Also, in Thamel (main tourist hangout place in Kathmandu) there are many money changers as well. You need to produce your passport or its copy while changing money. Kathmandu now has some ATM machines which accept VISA, Master cards and Switch cards.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu

A local Himalayan Holidays’ representative will meet and welcome you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel a pre-trek briefing will be held. The rest of the day is yours to explore the local area. o/n at hotel.

 

Day 02 Kathmandu – Pokhara (Approx 6 hrs)

Today you will take an interesting drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Nestled on the Phewa Lake Pokhara is a thriving township where you can spend your time doing any last minute shopping for your trek at one of the many equipment stores or enjoy a drink at one of the lakeside restaurants. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect starting point for our trek. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 03 Pokhara -Uleri 2070m (Approx 6 hrs walking)

Drive to Newbridge then commence your walk to the small town of Uleri before walking on through the lush, green Modi river valley and past waterfalls with plunge pools where you are welcome to swim. You will pass through several villages and see farmers at work with their buffalos in the fields. O/n at lodge

 

Day 04 Uleri – Ghorepani 2900m (Approx 5-6 hrs walking)

Here you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below and the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Then it is a gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields. As the trail climbs higher, you walk up beside a cascading river through cool oak and rhododendron forest to Ghorepani where you take the track a little further on to your resting place for the night and a perfect kick off point for those wishing to walk up to Poon Hill in the morning O/n at lodge.

 

Day 05 Ghorepani - Tadapani 2540m (Approx 6 hrs walking)

For early risers, a 1 hour climb up to Poon Hill at 3210m offers you an awesome 360 deg view of all the Annapurna Range. Your guide will point out the peaks of Annapurna South (7272m) Annapurna I (8091m) Hiunchuli (6441m) and you will have imposing views of the Dhaulagiri Range to the West. From the Deurali pass the trail continues along a plateau before descending steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with birdlife, to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. o/n at lodge.

 

Day 06 Tadapani - Chhomrung 2040m (Approx 5 hours walking)

The trail drops down from Tadapani, through dense rhododendron forest. From Ghandrung there are good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola, and continues up to the village of Chhomrung (2040m.) Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Machhapuchhare (the Fishtail) facing it across the valley. o/n at lodge

 

Day 07 Chhomrung – Doban 2505m (Approx 4- 5 hours walking)

You walk through the forest to Kuldi Ghar, before the route goes steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through riverside bamboo thickets along the base of the gorge. Then the track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. o/n at lodge.

 

Day 08 Doban – Rest Acclimatization Day

Depending on how the group is travelling, weather conditions etc, the rest day may be taken at any point on the trek. If not required, you simply arrive back at Pokhara 1 day earlier which will give your further opportunity for sightseeing, relaxing etc. Should you choose to stay at Doban, short acclimatization walks will be taken during the day. o/n at lodge.

 

Day 09 Doban to Machhapuchhare Base camp (Approx 5 hours walking)

The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhare base camp (3480m) from which can be seen a spectacular panorama of mountains. o/n at lodge.

 

Day 10 Visit Annapurna Base Camp 4130m – Doban 2505m (Approx 6-7 hours walking)

An early morning start for our one and a half to two hour climb to reach Annapurna Base Camp by sunrise. The sun rising overthe 360 degree panorama of snow capped mountain is an experience you will never forget. After many photos of happy trekkers have been taken, you can enjoy a hot well earned breakfast at one of the lodges at Annapurna Base Camp before retracing our steps down to Doban where you spend the night. o/n at lodge.

 

Day 11 Doban - Chomrong 2040m (Approx 4- 5 hours walking)

The trail passes the small village of Khuldi Bikas, before continuing through rhododendron and bamboo fields and returning to the Alpine-style village of Chhomrung. o/n at lodge.

 

Day 12 Chomrong – Syauli Bazar 1940m (Approx 3-4 hours walking)

Chhomrung is a Gurung Village, and the highest permanent settlement in the valley. Trek downhill through villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar.

 

Day 13 Syauli – Pokhara (Approx 5 hours walking)

Today is your last day on the trek, and as you make your way back the sound of the donkey bells fade and the sounds of traffic become clearer as you near the road which takes you back to Pokhara. This is usually the time to farewell your trekking crew and many people like to treat their porters to a farewell dinner in one of the many restaurants in Pokhara, which will seem like a teeming metropolis after the serenity of the hill trails. o/n at hotel.

 

Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today you will be transferred by tourist bus to Kathmandu o/n at hotel. End of the trip.

Trek Cost Details:

COST : US$ 2100

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English speaking local expert guide, porters
  • Annapurna Conservation area fee and Trek Permit (TIMS)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary
  • 10 nights accommodation at local lodges during the trek
  • All required surface transfers on private vehicle and tourist buses
  • Airport transfer and escort
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All government taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight and any airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • No meals during the trek.
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation due to any reason

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Frequently Asked Questions

Time Zone: 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

Dialling Code: +977

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

 

Trip Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging: This is one of the most popular and goes right into high mountain country and Annapurna Base Camp (4200m). Physically quite tiring, it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking some days and along the rocky ridges. No previous experience is required; you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking ups and down hills and possibly some snow, depends on the weather.

 

Itinerary changes: The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of the trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, your guide or we will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

 

Documents:

  • All trekking members should provide a scanned copy of their passport to Himalayan Experience at least two weeks prior to departure. Passport details should be provided as soon as booking is confirmed. We will need to passport details to organize local flights, permits and various types of bookings.
  • Tour terms and conditions must be signed and sent to Himalayan Experience at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • Copy of insurance must be provided 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • Postal address: PO Box 101, Stepney SA 5069

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport should be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal and if you are planning to visit Tibet and Bhuatn, good to have one year validity.

Note: Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland,Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you can visit www.nepal-consulate.net.au and also email at adelaide@nepal-consulate.net.au or contact immigration of Nepal. Please do not rely (100%) on the website information for visa rules as the website may not have been updated recently.

Nepalese consulates issue visa in Australia (approx: AU$ 65 for 15 days, 85.00 for 30 days or $ 175 for 90 days) or at entry point's immigration offices provide various duration’s visa on request upon the presentation of a one year valid passport, one passport size photo.

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land: • Kakarvitta, Jhapa • Birganj ,Parsa • Kodari ,Sindhupalchowk • Belahia, Bhairahawa • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj • Mohana, Dhangadhi  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar.

Further details can be obtained on request.

 

Duty Free:

Import:Apart from your used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring binoculars, movie or video camera, still cameras, laptop computer and portable music devices.

Export: The export of antiques requires a special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old such as sacred paintings and manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons.

Currency: Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 85 to 90.00 (as AUD is a fluctuating currency) Nepalese Rupees (Currency conversion subject to change). Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Please retain your cash receipts and for changing local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at the Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge. Banks in  Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday except government holidays. Out of Kathmandu valley banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sundays through Fridays.

ATM: ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital and Pokhara. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available, lots of time black out and it does not operate without electricity. If in case you forget password and have one card or anything wrong and taken away by the machine, you could be sort of money. So alternative backup plans are recommended.

Note: Travellers cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

 

What is the currency in my destination?

While traveling in Nepal: Australian $ or US$ both currency are accepted by banks or hotels in Kathmandu. When you travel out of Kathmandu or Pokhara, please take local currency. When you travel to India, Tibet and Bhutan US$ is widely accepted.

Insurance: A comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment and evacuation and $ 200,000 personal liability is recommended. Insurance is must to participate in the tour. It can be purchased through this link www.himalayan-experience.net and click the cover more insurance Or https://secure.covermore.com.au/agent/home.aspx?AlphaCode=AAN0660 Or http://www.1cover.com.au/?affID=10004

Tipping: Tipping is becoming fairly common in Nepal. Hotels and restaurants already added 10% service charge as tips. So good to save your tipping money to the trekking staffs who would be carrying your bags, looking after you for several days at extreme weather or up or down hill.

 

Can I bargain?: Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but recommended to treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

Health Guide: The golden rule is not to drink tap water or other water from open sources. Bottled water or soft drinks are available widely. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drinks and snacks from reputable sources are usually safe. Try to avoid insect bites by covering bare skin with insect repellent and wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek.

Medical Services: Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. The Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on a western standard.

Immunization: Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Hepatitis A should be considered, however it may be a good idea to get a complete check-up with a travel doctor or your GP before departure. A useful article to read at: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEChandouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdf

Clothing: Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended from May through October for Kathmandu and Pokhara. Warm clothes are needed for winter. An umbrella or a raincoat is a necessity for the monsoons.

Climate: Nepal has a typical monsoonal two-season year. There's the dry season from October to May while wet season of the monsoons last from June to September.

 

Are airport transfers included in the trip price?: Airport transfers are generally included in the price for everyone who arrives on the tour start date and departs on last day of the tour. Himalayan Experience is able to arrange transfers for you at an additional cost for early arrival and late departure . Arrival and departure transfers as well as pre and post accommodation can be organized on request. Alternatively, if you take a taxi on your own, it will cost you approx: $ 10 - 15 to the city.

What time can I check in and out at my accommodation?: Generally check-in and out is 12:00 Noon. However some time room may not be ready to check in if they have group check out at 12:00 noon. It will take some time for them to make your room ready.

Are there western toilets available?: Accommodation in Kathmandu is very modern and they have western toilets. However some lodges have regular access to western toilets while others don't. The more remote the place the less likely you are to find western toilet facilities. Some lodges you will be staying at will have private bathrooms.

 

Are flights included? : The prices are quoted 'land only'. You may be starting your trip from any part of the world. You may also have different airline preferences and affiliations. Some of you may choose to book your international flight with your local travel agent, directly with an airline or via an online site. We also offer the option to purchase international air tickets on competitive price. Most of the time we offer less than internet. Some itineraries have domestic flight included. Please check with us if it is included or not!

 

Is airport tax included in the price?: Yes it is included in the price.

 

Why are your prices so low and who will be my guide/leader?: Himalayan Experience’s Director is from the Himalayan region of Nepal, with 25 years of local tour organising experience. Dipak Dhamala also knows most of the suppliers very well. Our local travel agent uses well experience local tour leaders and these trips are also run on a twin share basis. So single travelers do not have to pay a single supplement. We know the best of what to see and do, so we save you money by using your time efficiently. Also designed to support the local economy to create the local jobs. Himalayan Experience Group Adventures are led by experienced local leaders, who have enough experience and know their own country intimately. So Himalayan Experience could offer a very competitive price.

 

Is it possible to make any changes to the itinerary?: No. It is not possible to make any changes to our group trip itineraries, unless it is a private trip and suitable to change at the time. However, it will be changed according to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

What is included in the trip price?

  • All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast  and tea house accommodation the trek
  • All transport transfer listed in the itinerary. Please check with us for more info.
  • Local flight is not included. Can be arranged on request.
  • All permits and national park fees for the trek
  • Lodge accommodation on the trek
  • Guide
  • Porter
  • Duffle bag

 

The land price of your trip does not include:

  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities and sightseeing and all personal expenses

 

What happens if a local flight gets cancelled from Kathmandu?:

If the local flight get cancelled due to the bad weather, Himalayan Experience’s local representative will book the available flight. Also they will book an accommodation on your own expenses. But Can’t guarantee the standard of accommodation as it is last minute arrangements. “0” Excess insurance could be handy in this kind of situation if your insurance covers this kind of costs.

 

What happens if I can’t continue the trek all the way to base camp?:

There will be some support staff for guide. One Support staff will be allocated for every 4-5 trekking member. Some time you may be walking back with the porter and wait for other members to arrive.

 

What are the challenges:

  • Flight could get cancelled due to bad weather and you may have to wait to catch the next available flight or take helicopter or make alternative arrange of the transport by land. Last minute cost can be higher and you may need to claim insurance or pay yourself.
  • There could be heavy snow falls. You may have stay in one place until it is possible and safe enough to walk to the next place.
  • There are chances of getting high altitude sickness. If possible, will be taken to the nearest health post and also use of altitude chamber. Most of the time walking down hill might help. But if it is acute then, helicopter rescue may be required. Useful article to read for altitude sickness: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEChandouts/Altitude_Illness.pdf
  • There could arise some other unforeseen challenges.

 

Can I book a single room?: You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis however throughout your Himalayan Experience trip, rooming is organised on a twin share basis. 

 

Safety Information: Himalayan Experience runs trips in keeping with a basic travel safety policy. Should our local travel operator on the ground deem an area unsafe, trips will be cancelled so as to minimise risks to our groups. Please keep up to date with www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/checklist.html or other reliable sources as well.

 

What is the best time of year to travel? September to December and March to early May considered as good season. 

 

What is the weather expected to be like in my chosen destination at the time I want to travel?:

The Himalayan Experience pre-departure information provides guidelines about the trip. The best information can be obtained talking to Mr. Dhamala on the phone at 0430 488 222 or 02 800 375 44. If you need to look at the current or next few days weather from Kathmandu, please visit www.himalayan-experience.net and click the climate watch box.

 

Can I take a suitcase?: Yes you can bring the suitcase to Kathmandu and Chitwan. But there is weight limit for Kathmandu – Pokhara flight. You are allowed to bring on 25 Kilos including hand carry. (5kg hand carry and 20 kg carry luggage).

Himalayan Experience will provide a none waterproof free duffle bag at the time of briefing. You may like to take some plastic bags or waterproof cover to protect your personal clothing if you like to use it. We would still recommend that you bring a backpack or soft bag. Porters are not always available to carry your luggage for you.

Can I store excess luggage at the starting point hotel?: Yes. Starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you at your own risk. Sometimes a nominal fee is charged for this service.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?: Please refer to the packing 'checklist' on your Trip Notes. But if you are going to Nepal, it can be hired easily in Kathmandu @ $ 1 to 3 per day.

Is Himalayan Experience financially secure?: Yes. Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) is a legislated body governing the licensing and operation of travel agents in Australia except Northern Territory. Himalayan Experience  as substantialfinancial reserves a requirement set down by Travel Compensation Fund [TCF]. Himalayan Experience’s Client Trust Account is audited and monitored yearly in accordance with TCF standards.

 

If we haven't answered yet?

Please contact us at

Himalayan Experience: Tel: 02 800 375 44

Dipak Dhamala: Hot line: 0430 488 222

E-mail: info@himalayan-experience.net

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Overview of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

You begin your trek in the Annapurna region north of Pokhara. You will climb gradually along the ridges that are the foothills of the Annapurnas. Passing through many villages you will have ample time to take photographs and chat with the local people. There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, the Gurungs, Magar and Chetrie people the predominant being the Gurungs, better known as Gurkhas, soldiers in the British Army. Along the trail the scenery is magnificent, and you will see Himalayan giants such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Machapuchare (6993m). The terrain varies from sub-tropical valleys with banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges clad in thick rhododendron forest. In January and February these may well be covered in snow, while during March and April they will be a blaze of red rhododendron flowers.

Altitude

Altitude on this trek varies from 915m at Pokhara to 4130m at Annapurna Base Camp, and the majority of people do not experience any major symptoms of “Altitude Sickness” at these levels. However if you are feeling unwell due to the altitude, you may discuss with your guide, the option of staying and resting in lodge accommodation at a lower point of altitude eg. Chomrong as your companions will retrace their steps via Chomrong after reaching Annapurna Base Camp.

Physical Fitness

There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required, as some days you may be required to walk up to 8 hours, please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the fitness of the group and the weather conditions.

Trip Dates: 

21 September                to                03 October

26 September                to                09 October

13 October                    to                26 October

19th October                 to                01 November

02nd November             to                15th November

15th November              to                28th November

12th December              to                25th December

21st December              to                03rd January

02nd January                to                15th January

28th March                    to                11th April

05th April                      to                18th April

18th April                      to                1st May

02 May                          to                15th May

18th June                      to                01 July

06th July                       to                18th July

Recommended equipment/packing list

Footwear:

  • Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow
  •  thick socks
  • light socks
  • camp shoes / slippers

Clothing:

  • Down or fibre filled waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sweater or fleece jacket
  • underwear
  • warm and cotton trousers or jeans
  • shirts and T-shirts
  • thermals
  • wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit
  • Track suit

Other equipment:

  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons)
  • Trekking holdhall or stash sack with lock (keep approx 10kg – weight restriction at the domestic flight)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Small alarm clock
  • 5 small clothes pegs
  • head torch / flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
  • gaiters (optional, for walking through snow)
  • walking poles (optional, helps on icy path)

Other items:

  • Insect repellent
  • toilet articles
  • wet wipes (very handy)
  • small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • lip salve
  • plasters
  • personal medical kit
  • diamox / altitude sickness tablets
  • water purification tablets
  • toilet roll
  • laundry soap
  • laundry bag
  • pocket knife
  • small towel
  • sewing kit
  • binoculars
  • camera
  • cards
  • diary
  • Polar / cotton Liner for sleeping bag
  • Pillow Case

Admin:

  • Approx: $20-30 cash for your meal. If you go to high classes restaurants, will cost more.
  • 4 x passport size photos (2 for Nepal entry visa, 2 for trekking registration)
  • Lightweight gifts - pens & pencils etc.
  • Photocopy of visa, passport & insurance
  • Money for tipping guides & porters (withdraw before start of trek, as no access to ATM on the trek)

Notes:It is much cheaper (& better for the Nepali economy) to gear up in Kathmandu. You can buy anything you
need including down jackets, gaiters, walking poles, power adaptors ($3), stash sacks ($10), diamox &
water purification tablets. Jackets & sleeping bags can also be hired. ($3 ea. per day) Quality is not up to
Australian standards, but will do, most of the time.