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14 Days, 13 Nights
Availability : January to May and October to December
Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Trek Summary

Annapurna Base Camp Trek combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, providing a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal.

This Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a unique trek along local trails, through forests, villages and terraced farmland treats you to unparalleled mountain scenery, surrounded by enormous glaciers giving you an inside experience into the Nepalese life and culture.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek follows the Modi River and passes through dense stands of rhododendron and bamboo. By the time you reach the large rock over hanging, known as Hinku Cave, you will have noticed that the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide. Steep snow-clad ridges falling from Hiunchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right from the entrance to the Sanctuary. As we pass through the “gate” and enter to the Sanctuary, you find yourself in a huge amphitheatre enclosed by a solid wall of snow capped peaks.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts and ends in Pokhara or it can be tailored as part of the Annapurna Circuit or the Jomsom / Miktinath trek, by trekking from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and joining the main Sanctuary trails at Chommrong.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included. (2 nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (8 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Day 2 and 12).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (Day 13).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FREE!

  • Adventure School Treks quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Adventure School Treks Certificate of Completion
What to Expect
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Impressive Sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill
  • Typical Gurung village along the trekking route
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) Base Camp
  • Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp
  • Natural Bath in hot spring at Jhinu
Curriculum Benefits

Cross Curriculum Priorities

  • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

General Capabilities

  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Identify issues and develop strategies to assist with preparation and the experience itself, including fitness, teamwork & group dynamic. cultural expectations etc.
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Appreciation and respect of a different culture and recognition of evolution of cultural groups and identities.
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Exploring concepts including sustainable living.
  • Personal & Social Capability
  • Managing a range of emotions resulting from physical & mental load, developing empathy for others, building relationships, developing self-worth and self-awareness

Subject based

  • Geography
  • Environmental change and management
  • Geographies of human wellbeing
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Food & Nutrition (FN)Health Benefits of Physical Activity (HBPA)
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing (MH)Safety (S)Challenge & Adventure Activities (CA)
  • Language – Hindi
  • In country experience
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • The key features and values of Australia’s system of government compared with at least ONE other system of government in the Asia region
  • The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the sustainability of rural Nepali communities, including the impact of environmental change
  • Inter-cultural appreciation through meeting local people in various communities
  • Concepts of human wellbeing from within a Nepali context.
  • Participation in physical activity to a high level, and the impacts on physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Transferrable skills supporting development into active and informed citizens.
  • Increase in confidence through meeting challenges, team work and group work activities.
  • Global awareness and appreciation of social responsibility in the context of living in a first world nation.
Itinerary

Pre-TrekArrival in Kathmandu airport (1400 metres).

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Transfer by private tourist vehicle to hotel.

Day 1Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.

Sightseeing trip in private vehicle with professional tour guide:

Pashupatinath Temple – one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Boudhanath Stupa – one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square – Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

Day 2Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in Private Vehicle – 7 hours.

Start approx 7:30 am for full day drive to Pokhara, a beautiful village, much smaller than Kathmandu, set on banks of Phewa Lake. Pokhara has panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east.

Day 4Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 4 hours.

Transfer by road 1 hour to Nayapul and commence trek. Short 15-minute walk along banks of Modi Khola, to Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. Continue along trail through village, following north bank of Bhurungdi Khola. Climb steadily to Hille at 1,495 m and Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m.

Day 5Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours.

A steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village altitude 2,070 m. Trail ascends more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti 2,250 m. Continue towards Nangethanti 2,460 m. After an hour walk arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).

Day 6Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) – 7 hours.

An early start climbing Poon Hill elevation 3,210 m for sunrise. The vantage point provides a brilliant mountain range spectacle with unobstructed views over the high Himalayas. Return to Ghorepani, enjoy a hot breakfast before climbing along ridges through pine and rhododendron forests towards Deurali (2,960 m). Descend to Banthanti, turn off to Tadapani.

Day 7Trek to Chommrong (2,140m) – 5 hours.

The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, descend through forests, trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, followed by an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m.

Day 8Trek to Himalayan Hotel (2,950m) – 6 hours.

Trek starts with descent to the Chhomrong Khola, before climbing to Khuldighar (2,380m) previously site of an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. Another steep descent down a rock bank before levelling out through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of gorge. Trek through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel.

Day 9Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) – 7 hours.

Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. A two hour trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4,130m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular.

Day 10Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) – 6 hours.

We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at.

Day 11Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1,780m) – 5 hours.

We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot spring.

Day 12Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 4.5 hours. Drive to Pokhara – 1 hour. Same day guided tour of Barahi Temple and Boating in Fewa Lake.

From Jhinu hot springs we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hours to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara. After we check in to hotel we will then walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple and than back to hotel.

Day 13Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner.

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Day 14Transfer for your final flight departure.

Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu for flight departure from Nepal.

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