Annapurna base camp trek, Nepal

“From Himalayan peaks and terraced paddy fields to rhododendron forests and sub-tropical valleys, there is no better way to explore Nepal’s diverse landscapes than on foot. ”

Highlights

Kathmandu (full day valley sightseeing) | Patan city | Pokhara (lakeside hotel) | Nayapul – Ghandruk trek (5-6 hours) | Ghandruk – Chhomrong (5-6 hrs) | Chhomrong – Dovan ( 6-7 hours) | Sinuwa village – bamboo village (lunch) | Dovan - Annapurna Base Camp 6-7 hours) | Annapurna Sanctuary | Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (6-7 hours) | Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (6-7 hours) | Sinuwa - Jhinu Danda – Landruk (6-7 hours) | Landruk - Phedi – Pokhara (5 – 6 hours) | Modi Khola valley | Dhampus village

Description of Annapurna base camp trek, Nepal

For the serious hiker this challenging 12-day Annapurna base camp trek will reward your effort with some of the most spectacular views in Nepal.

Starting in Kathmandu, you will be eased in with a full day tour of the valley introducing you to the craft, culture and customs of Nepal before you head to Pokhara for a good night’s sleep at a lakeside hotel to set you up for the adventure ahead.

Hitting the trail at Nayapool, you will trek for an average of 6 hours a day, allowing you to acclimatise to the increasing altitudes slowly, reaching a max of 4130m. Knowledgeable guides and porters will be at your side every step of the way to help navigate you through the breathtaking Annapurna sanctuary so you can relax, enjoy the walk and get your camera ready to capture the spectacular mountain scenery - you'll be passing 10 peaks in the space of just 6000 m.

Over the next few days you will hike past terraced farms and ricefields, beautiful mountain and riverside villages, and through rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests, staying in lodges and tea houses along the way. There are spectacular views of Mount Annapurna south, Hiun Chuli and Mount Fishtail to soak in as you press onwards and upwards to the Annapurna base camp.

Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the views here are worth taking time over and are particularly stunning at sunrise, when we take our breakfast. Luckily you have the next four days to enjoy them as you slowly make your way through the sanctuary, and back to Kathmandu.

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Environment
We have always believed in tourism that aims to have a low impact on the natural environment and local culture, generating income and employment for local people and promoting the conservation of local ecosystems. This is responsible tourism which is both ecologically and culturally sensitive. The locals have major roles to play in sustainable tourism, participating actively and taking responsibility in the industry. We encourage locals to sell local handicrafts or simply talk with tourists to give them an authentic image of the local culture.

Our guide will provide information on how to protect the environment e.g. do not drop litter, dispose of garbage in proper places like garbage boxes, establish fire point in camping treks/tours, if possible give food wastage to domestic animals. Pay a small extra amount to porters to bring back non-disposable items by duffel. Avoid bathing or washing clothes in streams etc. We take only small groups with a maximum of 16 people help to minimise our impact on the environment.

During this trek, trekkers will have the opportunity to give donations to the Annapurna conservation project which plays a vital role in environmental protection and community development in the Annapurna Area. The Annapurna Conservation Area supports high diversity of flora and fauna species. The area harbours rare and endangered wildlife species such as the Snow leopard, Musk deer, Tibetan argali, Impeyan pheasant and Tragopan pheasant. Annapurna conservation project (ACA) provides a large protected area with the entire habitat gradient from sub tropical Sal forests to perennial snow in which to maintain the biodiversity and integrity of the central Himalayas.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We try to maximise our contribution to the local community by hiring local familiar guide and porters with knowledge about local culture. We encourage all our clients to hire porters to give local people employment, this is a great way of directing money straight back into the local economy. Our porters are not allowed to carry more than 25kg. In this trek we stay at local lodges/teahouses operated by local people. All lodges/teahouses minimise the impact on the environment by using kerosene/gas fuel instead of fire wood.

We are in partnership with registered charity organisation “Chhahari Group Nepal”, The organisation has been serving in Nepalese society since 2001. Most projects funded by them directly benefit the local community that has been affected by natural or political issues. Many other projects directly or indirectly benefit our citizens, e.g. orphanage home, community school, health camp, scholarship program etc. A current project involves helping to run a free community school for very poor families' children who can’t afford to send their kids to school.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The kindness of the Nepalese people and my guide, the blue of the mountains sitting on top of the green grass...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go early september! Its too hot and the leeches are not amazing. Late september is when the good festivals and weather are.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes! So much. I got really int supporting the local economy in Nepal - everyone is so gracious an happy to have you visiting so it was nice to return the favor
how I could.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I will go back every year from now on - it was perfect.

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