Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 13 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3224
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 13 Days
- Trip Level: DemandingBetween Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
- Max Altitude: 4,130 m/13,550 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel - Machapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo - Nayapul - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
- Impressive sunrise views from Poon Hill
- Views of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th) and Annapurna I (10th)
- Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp
- Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp
- Natural bath in hot springs at Jhinu
Annapurna Base Camp shows you the whole mountain ranges that are magnificent, colossal, and snow-capped that are against the blue sky. Here, the air is pure and a trekker thrives in front of this awe-inspiring mountain ranges. At the base camp, such a unique condition is created by the mountains that you are intimately connected to them. You only see panoramic and picturesque view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Annapurna South. Their beauty is indescribable, they draw your attention, and the only thing that you can do is to take their photos with your camera as much as you like and as far as you can reach to the corners of the base camp.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins from Tikhedunga a starting point, and from here, you cover a large distance of stone steps up to Ulleri. Sweating, blowing out air and absorbing the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region from mountains to hills to villages to lush forest to waterfalls, you head off to Annapurna Base Camp. Walking further leads to the emergence of region which is made of uphill trail, steel suspension bridges, less vegetation areas, dense forested areas, beautiful oak forest, and frequent bamboo forest, including the largest rhododendron forest of Nepal. In addition to these, after a descent hike from Ghorepani, you will reach Poonhill, which affords brilliant, amazing, and beautiful view of both Dhaulagiri Ranges and Annapurna Ranges. You will also see Fishtail Mountain, as well as, the mountain ranges bathing in sunlight.
Off all the villages that the trail of Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to, Sinuwa village is calm, peaceful, and scenic. Its background mountains include Fishtail and Gangapurna. We know trekking is tiring, and we also know that trekking offers breathtaking views; therefore, we all want you to rest overnight at Jhinu Danda, By walking 20 mins down hill from Jhinu Danda, you will reach Jhinu Hot Spring , which will boost your tired body for the last trekking day of Annapurna Base Camp.
- Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 02 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 03 – Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 04 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 05 – Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 06 – Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 07 – Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,950 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 08 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 09 – Trek to Bamboo (2345 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 10 – Trek to Jhinu (1,780 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 11 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m), Drive to Pokhara – 5.5 hours and Guided Tour of Barahi Temple and Fewa Lake. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 12 – Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 13 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and 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 happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. 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 a hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours
Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its 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. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) - 4 hours
We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 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. 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 a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 04 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) - 5 hours
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 arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).
Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 05 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) - 7 hours
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 1 hour and returning to Ghorepani, we take a hot breakfast. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests, towards Deurali (2,960 m). After that, we descend to the Banthanti, then turn off to Tadapani.
Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 06 - Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) - 5 hours
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. From here it is an easy walk to Chomrong at an elevation of 2,140 m.
Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 07 - Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,950 m) - 6 hours
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, 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 and rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel.
Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 08 - Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) - 7 hours
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machapuchare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing Mt Machapuchare is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machapuchare Base Camp takes us to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4,130 m. There, we will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular.
Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 09 - Trek to Bamboo (2345 m) - 6 hours
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 a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 10 - Trek to Jhinu (1,780 m) - 5 hours
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 fields. From Chomrong, the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu, where we can bath in natural hot springs.
Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.
Day 11 - Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m), Drive to Pokhara - 5.5 hours and Guided Tour of Barahi Temple and 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. Then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara.
After we check into the hotel, we will then walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple.
Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.
Day 12 - Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.
If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 13 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure
The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
- 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! Check Availabile Dates:
Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person) Sat, 8 Sep - Thu, 20 Sep USD 1,199 Sat, 15 Sep - Thu, 27 Sep USD 1,199 Sat, 22 Sep - Thu, 4 Oct USD 1,199 Sat, 29 Sep - Thu, 11 Oct USD 1,199 Sat, 6 Oct - Thu, 18 Oct USD 1,199 Sat, 13 Oct - Thu, 25 Oct USD 1,199 Sat, 20 Oct - Thu, 1 Nov USD 1,199 Sat, 27 Oct - Thu, 8 Nov USD 1,199 Sat, 3 Nov - Thu, 15 Nov USD 1,199 Sat, 10 Nov - Thu, 22 Nov USD 1,199 Sat, 17 Nov - Thu, 29 Nov USD 1,199 Sat, 24 Nov - Thu, 6 Dec USD 1,199 Sat, 1 Dec - Thu, 13 Dec USD 1,199 Sat, 8 Dec - Thu, 20 Dec USD 1,199 Sat, 15 Dec - Thu, 27 Dec USD 1,199 Sat, 22 Dec - Thu, 3 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 22 Dec - Thu, 3 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 29 Dec - Thu, 10 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 29 Dec - Thu, 10 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 5 Jan - Thu, 17 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 12 Jan - Thu, 24 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 19 Jan - Thu, 31 Jan USD 1,199 Sat, 26 Jan - Thu, 7 Feb USD 1,199 Sat, 2 Feb - Thu, 14 Feb USD 1,199 Sat, 9 Feb - Thu, 21 Feb USD 1,199 Sat, 16 Feb - Thu, 28 Feb USD 1,199 Sat, 23 Feb - Thu, 7 Mar USD 1,199 Sat, 2 Mar - 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- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well.Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) including breakfast
Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in twin-share and dormitory-style rooms ( 8 nights only)
Local Ace the Himalaya licensed 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 permit for trekking
Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and private tourist vehicle between Pokhara and Nayapul
Boating fee at Fewa Lake and entrance fee to Barahi Temple
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
Price Does not Include
All your meals during the trek (roughly USD 180 to 250 per person)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude 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 the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section
The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.
This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized 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
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman
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 equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
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 signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency and for multiple Entry of 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
We use standard rooms at 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 teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.
The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.
During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, USD 45 Per Room Per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.
Most teahouses (lodges) 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 for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
Please note that meals are not included in this trip. You need to allocate USD 20 to USD 30 Per Person Per day for the breakfast, lunch and dinner while in the mountain during the trekking days.
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges 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.
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses till Chhomrong, which you can buy at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per liter.
Above Chhomrong you have to purify water or buy purified bottle water as the plastics are banned by Annapurna Conservation area therefore they don’t sell plastic bottled mineral water.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
In major places, we arrange guesthouse with proper running shower, which is not possible at Machhapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp so in these places, water in the bucket will be provided for the shower at the cost of USD 2 to USD 4 per bucket (Roughly one bucket is enough to shower for one person).
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 20 to USD 30 per person a day will be enough to buy meals, bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.
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.
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, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are traveling in cooler areas.
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.
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.
Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
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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.
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Annapurna region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.
During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.
July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.
During this time, the average temperature is 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.
Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.
The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.
Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.
The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.
The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.
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.
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk.
Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· 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.
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.
Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and NCell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
Yes, we do have PAC but it is not necessarily required for the trek, which is around 4,000 m level.
If one needs PAC we will surely provide one if required and extra charge would be applicable for it.
It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.
If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.
If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.
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. They carry the Nepal Telecom and Ncell Sim that has good network coverage. 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.
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! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
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.
The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
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. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly.
If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible where as if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.
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.
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.
YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.