Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

This trek combines the cultural sightseeing of Nepal’s two must-visit cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara, and high-altitude trekking in the famed Annapurna region.
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  • Trip Code: ATH3259
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Paths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,000m.
  • Max Altitude: 4,130 M
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Chomrong - Dovan - Deurali - Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo - Jhinu - Nayapul - Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara that includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Impressive sunrise and mountain view from Poon Hill.
  • Typical Gurung villages along the trekking route.
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) Base Camp.
  • Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Natural Bath in hot springs at Jhinu.

Trip Information

This Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 16 days, combines the cultural sightseeing of two must visit cities of Nepal and high-altitude trekking in the famous Annapurna Region. The trip starts from Kathmandu where you will spend a day exploring its heritage sites, which are the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudnath Stupa and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. They all are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
You then take a tourist bus to Pokhara. This city of Lakes is a trekker’s hub. Next day, you will drive to Nayapul from where your real trekking starts. First, you will trek to Poon Hill. This viewpoint offers the best views of the mighty Annapurna Range. Then, progress towards the Annapurna Base Camp, enjoying the spectacular mountainscape and the massive Himalayas. Once you reach there and spending a night, return back through the same trails. A stop at Jhinu allows you to take bath at natural hot springs.
Once you return back to Pokhara, enjoy boating in pristine Fewa Lake and spend a day sightseeing in the city’s attractions. On the day you return back to Kathmandu, we will give you farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural dance program.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Pre-Trek Meeting and Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by Tourist Bus – 7 hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 1 hr and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 3 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 07: Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2,600 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09: Trek to Deurali (3,200 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11: Trek Back to Bamboo (2345 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Hot Springs (1,780 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 13: Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 4.5 hrs, Drive to Pokhara – 1 hrs and Visit to Barahi Temple and Boating in Fewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 14: Full Day Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 15: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) and Farewell Dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you arrive after 4:00 PM you will be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to your hotel and then the pre-trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4:00 PM your pre-trip meeting will take place on that very day either at our office or at your hotel lobby as per your convenience. During your pre-trip meeting, we will introduce you to your leader/guide once you are back from the sightseeing. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara. No meals included.

Day 02 - Pre-Trek Meeting and Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley

After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private tourist vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today, you will visit some UNESCO heritage listed below:

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in 5th century and rebuild in 2016 (after 2015 earthquake) with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the 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.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast Included

Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus - 7 hrs

Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:00 AM. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less crowded than Kathmandu. Hence, it is the trekking hub for trekkers.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast Included

Day 04 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) - 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) - 3 hrs

We begin our trek at Nayapul after an hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495 m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) - 5 hrs

We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070 m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250 m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460 m. After an hour walk, we will reach Ghorepani (2,840 m).

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)

Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about an hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). After that, we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) - 5 hrs

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

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Dovan (2,600 m) - 6 hrs

Today the trail drops down to the Chomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2,380 m where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We walk through bamboo, climbing up the steep staircases to Dovan.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to Deurali (3,200 m)-4 hrs

Today, we trek up through the rhododendron forest alongside Modi Khola to Himalaya Hotel (2,920 m). Taking a lunch break on the way, the team moves ahead to Hinku Cave which used to be a landmark for the earlier Annapurna I expeditions as it was used as a camp and a supply depot. We walk uphill through the jungle trail to reach Deurali (3,200 m).

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) - 7 hrs

Today, the trail climbs on past Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at the elevation of 4,130 m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek back to Bamboo (2,345 m) - 6 hrs

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

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Trek to Jhinu Hot Springs (1,780 m) - 5 hrs

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

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) - 4.5 hrs, Drive to Pokhara - 1 hr and Visit to Barahi Temple and Boating in Fewa Lake

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

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 14 - Full Day Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

Bindhabasini Temple: The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis Fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave: The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Seti River Gorges: Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps: The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

World Peace Pagoda: World Peace Pagoda also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the shrine built as symbol of peace. The spot is situated at the height of 2100 meters on the Ananda Hill. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world i.e. Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 15 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) 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.

After drive back to Kathmandu, in the evening, we will have farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance program.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 16 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

The trip concludes today. Our Airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

  • The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. Group discounts from 10% to 25% are available for booking of two or more than two persons. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount rate. There are also the options of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
     
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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast.

  • City tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara with an authorized English-speaking guide in a private tourist vehicle.

  • All standard meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.

  • Lodges/guesthouses accommodation during the trek on a twin-share basis and occasionally in a dormitory-style rooms.

  • Local Ace the Himalaya English-speaking trekking 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 Area Permits and TIMS card for trekking.

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Ground Transportation (Tourist Bus) from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu.

  • Private Tourist Vehicles from Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara.

  • Private Tourist vehicle for sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara .

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day .

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • 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 (See the trekking equipment page).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep).
  • Yours daypack, which you have to carry.
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the strong rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

 

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Annapurna base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We use standard rooms at two or three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara  with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, bus more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -10 deg C low.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, water in the bucket will be provided for the shower.

Our company insure all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to traveling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency< If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org