Nepal – Annapurna Base Camp

31 Mar 17

Nepal – Annapurna Base Camp

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Annapurna region in the north central of Nepal covers a series of thirteen 8000m peaks  and sixteen 7000m peaks, including the 10th highest peak in the world Annapurna I (8091m). The entire Annapurna region, the first and largest conversation area of Nepal, is protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Its snow-capped peaks and tourist-friendly tea houses' facilities has attracted many trekkers and climbers every year.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. Located at 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp is set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) and offers an incredibly spectacular panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas' peaks.

About The Climb

The Annapurna Base Camp trek can start from either Nayapul or Dhampus, of which starting from Nayapul is the more popular option.

We start our trek from Nayapul (1070m) through the scenic Gurung villages of Ghandruk of the Annapurna foothill to Ghorepani (2850m). At Ghorepani, we'll do a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise view. This hike to Poon Hill allows for acclimation before we ascend higher towards the Annapurna Base Camp. From Ghorepani onwards, the climb will take us to Chomrong, Dovan and Machapuchare Base Camp, along the narrow gorge of Modi Kola, before arriving at Annapurna Base Camp. We descend via the same route to Chomrong and head to Jhinu Danda hot springs area. If time and weather permit, we can spend sometime for a relaxing soak in the hot springs before ending the trek at Phedi.

Trekking Seasons

There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts

Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.

Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.

Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers  paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.

Experience Required

You should have some trekking background. You will be required to trek above 3000m on most of the days; having trekked above 3000m is an advantage.

Equipment and Gear

You'll need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and a water/wind proof outershell jacket for the trek.  When at the teahouse, after sundown and as you ascend higher, down jacket will be required. A good down sleeping bag is also needed.

A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Down jacket, sleeping bag, fleece liner and duffel bag are provided during the trek. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb.

We also organize these treks in the Annapurna Region

TrekOpen International Group Price
17 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek$2230 per person
24 Days Annapurna Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek$3380 per person
27 Days Annapurna Circuit with Base Camp Trek$3080 per person

You can form a private group or join an international open group for these treks. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Available DatesPriceQty*
31 Mar - 14 April 2017 (Open International Group)$1,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
30 Sep - 14 Oct 2017 (Open International Group)$0.00 (SGD)  / person  
7-21 Oct 2017 (Open International Group)$1,780.00 (SGD)  / person  
25 Nov - 9 Dec 2017 (Open International Group)$0.00 (SGD)  / person  
3-17 Dec 2017 with a Trip Leader (FULL)$1,980.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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  • Group size: 6 - 12 people
  • All our Nepal treks are a part of our charity initiative More Than A Trek. More Than A Trek aims to give back to the local communities we travel to. $100 of the package fee will be contributed to D2N's Nepal Scholarship's fund. Education is free in Nepal, but many children cannot afford school supplies, uniforms, backpacks or even adequate shoes and a winter coat. The scholarship fund preferentially selects women of lower castes.  As long as the kids are attending school and progressing, their scholarship will be renewed annually.
  • Trip with a *Trip Leader* is accompanied by an experienced  trek leader from Singapore. The group size for this trip is minimum 6 people.
  • You can also form a private group or join an international open group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu.-/-/-1330m
Day 2Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.B/-/D1330m
Day 3Drive to Pokhara.B/L/-827m
Day 4-5Drive to Nayapul (1080m) . Start trek to GhorepaniB/L/D2850m
Day 6Pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m). Trek to TadapaniB/L/D2600m
Day 7-10Trek to Annapurna Base Camp though Chomrong (2100m), Dovan (2520m) and Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m)B/L/DABC - 4130m
Day 11-13Trek down to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara on Day 13.B/L/D. Exclude dinner on Day 13827m
Day 14Drive back to Kathmandu.B/L/-1330m
Day 15Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

Inclusions

  1. Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
  2. All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  3. Half day city tour in Kathmandu
  4. Meals as indicated in itinerary
  5. Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in teahouse during trek
  6. Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
  7. Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and porters (1 porter to 2 trekkers)
  8. Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
  9. Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; National Park entry fee
  10. Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.
  11. $100 contribution to D2N's Nepal Scholarship

Exclusions

  1. International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  2. Visa Fee (Visa On Arrival: USD25 for 15 days visa / USD40 for 30 days visa).
  3. Single Supplement
  4. Meals not indicated in itinerary
  5. All tipping (Budget around 10 to 15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
  6. Personal porters
  7. Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover trekking up to 5000m)
  8. Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  9. Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
  10. Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  11. Extension of stay after the trek
  12. Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  13. Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in the Everest and other regions in Nepal, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.

 

Grading: 2B+

Good cardio-vascular fitness is necessary. There will be step stone steps at below 3000m and undulating, narrow and sometimes snow terrain to negotiate at closed to 4000m elevation. You should have the ability to trek with personal backpack load of 5-6kg for up to 12 days.

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.