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13 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 01    Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel [Altitude 1336 m]
Day 02    Drive to Pokkhara [Altitude 915 m] [205 km -5-6 hr]
Day 03    Drive to Phedi and Trek to Dhampus [Altitude 1650 m] [1 hr drive and 2-3 hr trek]
Day 04    Trek to Landruk [Altitude 1620 m] [5-6 hr trek]
Day 05    Trek to Chhomrong [Altitude 2210 m] [5-6 hr trek]
Day 06    Trek to Dovan [Altitude 2600 m] [6-7 hr trek]
Day 07    Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp [Altitude 3700 m] [6-7 hr trek]
Day 08    Trek to Annapurna Base Camp [Altitude 4130 m] [2-3 hr trek]
Day 09    Trek to Bamboo [Altitude 2400 m] [5-6 hr trek]
Day 10    Trek to Jhinu Danda [Altitude 1760 m] [5-6 hr trek]
Day 11    Trek to Jhinu Danda to Nara Pul and drive to Pokhara [Altitude 915 m] [5-6 hr trek & 1 hr drive]
Day 12    Drive to Kathmandu 
Day 13    Depart Kathmandu

Facts of the Trek
Grade:                    Moderate  
Best season:          February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Per day walking:     5-6 hours in average
Type of trek:           Teahouse
General Duration:   9 days
Maximum Altitude:   4130m base camp
 
Trekking Highlights
Annapurna, Macchapucchare, and Dhaulagiri massifs
Blooming flora and fauna
Unique hill cultures
Restful hot springs to soak in
Numerous snow peaks to climb
Connecting treks to remote areas

Day 01.    Arrival at the Kathmandu[Altitude 1336m]
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Welcome by officer of Destination Nepal 
Transfer to the hotel &      briefing about program
Overnight at the hotel
Day 02.    Kathmandu-Pokhara[Altitude 915 m) 
Drive to Pokhara [210km-5-6hr] [Optional: 30 min flight]
Evening: free time to self explore around Phewa Lake
Overnight at the hotel
Day 03.    Pokhara- Phedi-Dhampus[Altitude 1650 m) 
After breakfast, we take a leisurely approx 1 hour drive to Phedi (1130m) along the graceful Modi Khola Valley. On reaching our destination, we begin our highly panoramic Annapurna trek. The route skirts through lush forest and countryside to the hill top village of Dhampus. The mountains we see from Dhampus include Annapurna South, the Fishtail, Hiunchuli and Lamjung. We spend our first night in Dhampus
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 04.    Dhampus- Landruk [Altitude 1620 m) 
Trek from Dhampus to Landruk -About 5-6 hrs trek 
Beyond Dhampus we get our first clear views of the mountains ahead, as we ascend through forest on a trail which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deurali (pass). At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river which flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From Deurali we descend steeply down through forest then contour around through villages and terraced fields to camp in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk, which affords spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 05.    Landruk-Chhomrong [Altitude 2210 m) 
Trek from Landruk to Chhomrong-About 6 hrs trek) 
We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at New Bridge. Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is served at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda. Those who are energetic can take the path 20 mins down to bath in the hot springs here next to the river after lunch. From Jhinu Danda it's a hot climb to reach the crest of the ridge and then around to Chhomrong, our overnight place for tonight. Chhomrong is built on the steep hillside and has a few shops and several tea-houses, wooden lodges and the whole village has stunning, prominent views towards Macchappuchare (Fish-Tail Peak)
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 06.    Chhomrong-Dovan [Altitude 2600 m) 
Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan-About 7 hours trek
We leave Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend a long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Bamboo. After gentle climb of 1 ½ hrs walking, finally we reach our destination at Dovan for overnight
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 07.    Dovan- Machhapurchhre Base Camp[Altitude 3700 m) 
Trek from Dovan to Macchappuchare Base Camp [MBC] (About 7 hrs trek) 
Climbing steeply we reach a fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave. From here we will reach at Deurali. Leaving Deurali the valley narrows even more as we enter the gateway to the Sanctuary. We climb up to the area which is called Macchappuchare Base camp, a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges. In the afternoon we can go up to the ridge behind camp to look down onto the glacier and absorb the distant view of Annapurna 1 & 3, Gangapurna and by straining your neck upwards…the now nearby Fishtail.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 08.    MBC- Annapurna Base Camp[Altitude 4130 m) 
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, Sanctuary [ABC] (About 2 ½ hrs trek) 
Another short day today, as it is a fairly gentle ascent from our camp to Annapurna South Base Camp, and a distance of only about 4 kilometers or 2½ miles. Increasingly impressive views reward us for our efforts as we climb the last steep section before reaching the base camp area. The afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya. Optionally, if conditions and route permit there's a chance to walk out towards the Annapurna Base Camp. (4130m).
Dinner and overnight at the local lodge (Teahouse)
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 09.    ABC-Bamboo [Altitude 2400 m) 
Trek from ABC to Bamboo (About 6 hrs trek) 
Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from ABC. After taking breakfast, we start descending from ABC to Bamboo back through MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 10.    Bamboo- Jhinu Danda [Altitude 1760 m) 
Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda–About 6 hrs trek 
From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Lower Chhomrong. Then we ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. We today get opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 20-min walk from Jhinu Danda.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 11.    Jhinu Danda-Napa Pul [Altitude 1070 m)-Pokhara
Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul–About 6hrs trek
Trek from Jhinu Danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch, we trek to Syauli bazaar and then down to Birethanti. After about an hour trek from Birethanti, and we arrive at Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul.
You will be picked you up at Nayapul and approx one hour drive takes you to Pokhara. We check in to our hotel late afternoon. Rest of the day free to wonder around.
Overnight at the hotel 
Day 12.    Pokhara-Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu [Optional: 35 min flight]
Evening: Nepali dinner with a live cultural show at the Nepali restaurant [Complement]
Overnight at the hotel
Day 13.    Depart from Kathmandu
Today is your last day in the highest country on earth. 
Free time until departure
Transfer to the international airport for final departure (Or stay longer for short tours - ask us)
We hope you had a magical experience in the Himalayas and we hope to see you again soon.
 

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PRICE: in US$ [subject to availability at the time of confirmation]

A-2-13 DAYS-ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK
Package Categories Group size SRS
2 Person 3 to 5 6 to 13 14 to 19 above 20
Luxury 1130 1125 1015 925 885 255
Comfort 940 935 825 735 700 145
Standard  895 890 780 690 650 105
Budget 845 540 730 640 605 70

Notes: 
•    The above rates are net inclusive all taxes & per person on twin/double sharing basis. 
•    SRS: Single room supplement 
•    The timing of sightseeing points shall be fixing by local operator due to traffic & weather conditions 
•    Non-refundable for any cancellation that made by clients after tour start  
•    Following language guide are available on the supplementary charge: "Spanish, Germany, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese & Korean etc as per your requirement"

PRICE INCLUDES:
01.    All tours & transfer as per the given itinerary by comfortable private air-conditional vehicle 
02.    All sightseeing tours with an English speaking local guide as per itinerary
03.    All applicable monument entrance fees
04.    TIMS Card & permit fees
05.    Trekking guide & porter 
06.    Free Trekking Kit Bag
07.    All activities which are mention in above itinerary 
08.    Daily buffet breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara 
09.    Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner during the trekking time 
10.    All accommodation in the mention hotel 

Category Hotel Details
Luxury 2 Nights Yak & Yeti or similar in Kathmandu
2 Nights Fish Tail Lodge or similar in Pokhara
8 Nights at best available lodge during the Trekking
Comfort 2 Nights Hotel Royal Singi or similar in Kathmandu
2 Nights Hotel Barahi or similar in Pokhara
8 Nights at best available lodge during the Trekking
Standard  2 Nights Yellow Pagoda or similar in Kathmandu
2 Nights Hotel Landmark or similar in Pokhara
8 Nights at best available lodge during the Trekking
Budget 2 Nights Hotel Pilgrims or similar in Kathmandu
2 Nights Hotel Tulisi Pokhara or similar in Pokhara
8 Nights at best available lodge during the Trekking

PRICE EXCLUDES:
01.    Nepal Visa fees  
02.    Meals in Kathmandu [Lunch & dinner: US$ 10-20 per lunch/dinner]
03.    Air-conditional vehicle for budget package
04.    Necessary trekking equipment and things as per check list 
05.    Tips for driver, guide &  porter 
06.    Airfare 
07.    Personal expenses such as insurance, medical charges, laundry, shopping, liquor etc 
08.    Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation
09.    Any transportation cost outside of the regular itinerary
10.    Camera Fees at certain entrances
11.    Cost arising by flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control

USEFUL INFORMATION
SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable. You can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu.
All equipment and other items are carried by the porters and should have weight limitation of approximately 12-15 kg. It is only necessary you to carry a camera or small daypack!
Head:
    Sun hat or scarf
    Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    Sunglasses with UV protection


Upper Body:
    T-shirts
    Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    Fleece jacket or pullover
    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    Down vest and/or jacket
Hands:
    Lightweight gloves
    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Lower Body:
    Under Garments
    Hiking shorts
    Lightweight cotton long pants
    Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
    Thin, lightweight inner socks
    Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    Hiking boots with spare laces
    Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Accessories:
    Sleeping bag rated to -20 Degree Celsius
    Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
    Basic First Aid Kit
    Large plastic bags for keeping items dry inside trek bag
    Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    Trekking Poles/Water bottle
    Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
    Toiletries
    1 medium sized quick drying towel
    Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    Deodorants
    Nail clippers
    Face and body moisturizer
    Feminine hygiene products
    Small mirror
    Personal Hygiene
    Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    Tissue /toilet roll
    Anti bacterial hands wash
    Extras/Luxuries
    Binoculars/Reading book
    Trail Map/Guide book/Journal & Pen>
    IPod

WALKING GRADES AND FITNESS
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is graded as Moderate Trek and suitable for all walkers who have the capability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Some days, you may even need to walk more than above. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in a good health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can achieve the 12-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is a good idea to improve your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an advantage but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Destination Nepal Tours & Travels before booking the trek.

LODGES/TEAHOUSES IN TREKKING
Our accommodation whilst on trek on twin room sharing basis in a simple locally run lodges, known as teahouses and it's a great pleasure to support these small local businesses. Rooms are simply furnished with just a bed and occasionally a small table. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. Please note, normally washing and toilet facilities are shared and may be in a separate part of the teahouse or outside. It's great to enjoy the company of your fellow travelers and share a tale with other trekkers in the evening in the dining area.
If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying extra as indicated on cost section. But, you need to understand that in teahouses/lodges of higher elevation area single room is not always possible. We guarantee single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara only. During your trek single room is not possible

MEALS & DRINKING WATER
On this trek we provide standard breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water (extra cost to be paid) and treat with water purification pills.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 kg. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping. You may also leave your extra things at your hotel which is not required for your trek in your main luggage. Please note that we will provide complimentary kit bag for you before your trek starts so that you can pack all your necessary things.

TREKKING CREW
On tea house trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as comfortable and enjoyable as much possible. The crew consists of a trek guide/leader and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers.
The most important thing that makes your Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek guide and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by experienced trek guide. All of our trekking guides/leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
On this trek breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided during your trek. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK
Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU
You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a 'meeting and greeting' service at the Kathmandu Airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your baggage where you will see our representative /guide standing with a placard that states Destination Nepal Tours and Travels' with your own name.

CLIMATE & BEST TIME TO GO
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature. However, please note, there may be snowfall / avalanches during the winter.

ITINERARY CHANGES
Depending on the prevailing situation, itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your trek guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

RESCUE/EVACUATIONS
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE
It is recommended of joining any of Destination Nepal Tours & Travels trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange insurance. Please note that your insurance should be covered 5600m

NEPAL VISA 
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download form from the link below (visa form) and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point. Only People of these countries do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Palestine, Afghanistan. For more and updated information: Click here

VISA FEES
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Tourist Visa Extension
* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).

Information for Indian Citizens: 
Visa is not require for an Indian citizens For updated information: Click here
To allow Indian citizens to make travel on the basis of the following document:
a.    Passport, or
b.    Driving license with photograph, or
c.    Identity card with photograph issued by a governmental body, or
d.    Ration card with photograph, or
e.    Voter identity card with photograph, or
f.    Registration certificate issued by the Indian embassy to the Indian citizen staying in Nepal, or
g.    Ad hoc/temporary identity card issued by the Indian embassy to the Indian citizen in the event of exigency, or
h.    Document with photograph and setting out identity, issued by the sub-divisional magistrate or authority there above. 
i.    Once again, welcome to Nepal, we wish you a memorable holiday in this country, thank you.

Note: Please note that visa fees and rules are subject to change. 

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
The beautiful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. At Destination Nepal Tours & Travels, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact on the environment as much as possible.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Destination Nepal Tours & Travels works with the motto 'Development through Tourism'. Keeping in line with this motto, DNTT encourages its clients who besides trekking and climbing the Himalayas are also interested in contributing for the development of Nepal.

CARE FOR PORTERS AND STAFFS
We ensure that all porters and all other staff climbing in high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We ensure that the porters we hire are insured. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG- www.ippg.net).

PRE-TRIP MEETING
On the second day of the itinerary, we host a Pre-Trip short Meeting at the hotel by your trek guide, the primary purpose of the meeting is to provide brief information on your trek and equipments hiring if needed.
Please bring the following thing on the meeting-
    Passport
    Two copies of Passport size photos each.
    Travel Insurance Policy.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs, including advice re: the legality of and local attitudes towards same-sex relationships.

TIPS
Tipping is the accepted way of saying 'thank you' for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Your booking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 40% of total trip cost & the balance 60% of total trip cost after on arrival in Kathmandu. 

CANCELATION 
In case of cancellation by the Traveller, the Agency has the right to charge a percentage cancellation fee according to the following scale:
•    Up to 30 days before the “Trip Start Day” a fee of 20% 
•    15-29 days before the “Trip Start Day” a fee of 30% 
•    7-14 days before the “Trip Start Day” a fee of 60% 
•    6 or less days until the “Trip Start Day” and in the event of non-appearance a fees of 90% 

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