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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you to hotel for further briefing about the upcoming trip. In the evening, a small meeting shall be held to discuss and prepare for the trek. And after meeting you can roam around Thamel to get familiar with environment and location.

 

Day 02:Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - drive to Nayapul (1 1/2 hrs) - trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) or Ulleri (1940m) 4-5 hrs

We take morning flight to Pokhara. This is scenic flight with mountain vistas in background. After reaching Pokhara, we drive about an hour and a half to reach either Tikhedhunga or Ulleri. We trail along the Modi River and Burungdi River to reach Tikhedhunga – a small charming village full of lodges.

 

Day 03:Tikhedhunga (1570m) or Ulleri (1940m) - Ghorepani (2750m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we initiate our trip to Ulleri & Banthati village to continue our trek to Ghorepani. Trekking around 2 hrs leads to Ulleri (after stepping around 3000 stone steps) and from there we take trail that climbs gradually to Ghorepani through forest. Along the way we get to see breathtaking views of Machhapuchre (6997m), Hiuchuli (6441m) and grand Annapurna (7219m).

 

Day 04:Ghorepani (2750m) - Poon Hill (3210m) - Tadapani (2650m) 6 hrs

Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill and enjoy amazing sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other mountain giants and then return back. For the rest of the day we trek through the forest of rhododendron (mostly in spring) ultimately reaching Tadapani.

 

Day 05:Tadapani (2650m) - Chomrong (2170m)- 5 hrs

We can see beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail Mountain. From here we climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at Ghurjung River. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong which is perched high up on the mountain ridge. It is a large Gurung village at the corridor of Annapurna Sanctuary.

 

Day 06:Chomrong (2170m) - Dovan (2600m) 6-7 hrs

We trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and climb up to Sinwa. From here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at the little hamlet of 'Bamboo' and then climb gradually to Dovan (2,400m).

 

Day 07:Dovan (2600m) - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 7-8 hrs

Initiating our trek through intermittent bamboo forest, the valley is very edgy with steep slopes and many travelers witness periodic avalanches here. You take rest in Hotel Himalaya (2873m) and again start trek through Bagar to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

 

Day 08:Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) - Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 3 hrs (1/2 day hike to glacier at higher elevation optional)

Observing the best landscape from nicest spot, we enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhre (6997m.). We start trekking through alpine meadows and after a while our trail goes gently up. Trekking short distance from there, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp at (4170m.).

 

Day 09:Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) - Bamboo (2310m) 7-8 hrs

After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurna’s, we head down slowly to Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery but trail begin to get better after sometime. Bamboo is a clean settlement on the bank of the river.

 

Day 10:Bamboo (2310m) - Jhinu Danda (1780m) via Chomrong; visit hot springs 7 hrs

We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steeply on the stone steps down to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half an hour to natural hot spring pool in the Shore of Modi River. Enjoy the natural hot spring.

 

Day 11:Jhinu Danda (1780m) – Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Once we have breakfast in Jhinu, we set up our trek to Nayapul. The trek passes by the bank of river and the trail is till Birethati. From there we trek about half an hour to Nayapul and be escorted to Pokhara (city life). Pokhara is city of lakes with many adventures to choose from.  

 

Day 12:Pokhara to Kathmandu Drive

Pokhara to Kathmandu drive takes around 5/7 hours. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. After your arrival in Kathmandu, in the evening, you are treated with a special cultural dinner program as a complimentary commencement of Sunrise Adventure Trek.

 

Day 13:Farewell/Departure

After victorious ending of our trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home!

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.   

Experience and Health Requirements

Annapurna sanctuary trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Annapurna base camp. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the  trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Annapurna base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to  all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the  trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Annapurna base camp trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

-    T – shirts
-    Hiking shorts
-    Undergarments
-    Full sleeves shirts
-    Long light weight cotton pants
-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-    Fleece jacket or pullover
-    Waterproof shell jacket
-    Down jacket
-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
-    Sun hat
-    Lightweight gloves.
-    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear

-    Hiking boots
-    Light and comfortable camp shoes
-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories

-    Down Sleeping bag
-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
-    Water bottle
-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
-    Trekking poles
-    Personal medicine box
-    Sunglasses with UV protection.
-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

-    Quick drying small towel
-    Toothbrush / paste
-    Soap
-    Face and body moisturizer
-    Sun block for lips
-    Tissues / toilet rolls
-    Wet wipes
-    Feminine hygiene products
-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek  a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips.  Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February. Annapurna base camp trekking can be done even during the monsoon season but not recommended. There a few avalanches prone area in this trekking route which makes it dangerous for trekking in winter season.

Cost Includes

-    International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
-    Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
-    Domestic flight fare as per the itinerary including airport tax
-    All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
-    Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
-    All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
-    An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
-    First aid medical kit
-    All government and local taxes
-     Farewell dinner


Cost Excludes

-  International airfare to and from Kathmandu
-    Nepal visa fee
-    Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
-    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
-    Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
-    Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
-    Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
-    Gratuity for the trekking staffs



Trips Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • 4130m.
  • 13
  • Moderate
  • March – May, Mid Sept. – December
  • Lodge Trek
  • one of the best medium range treks starting from 800m. altitude to over 4000m. within a short span of time. A magnificent journey to renowned Annapurna base camp well known as nature amphitheatre along with unparallel views of snow capped mountains.

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