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Annapurna Base Camp Trek with optional Chitwan Jungle Safari

Annapurna Base Camp
16
Days

Trekking in Annapurna provides you with unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of snowy peaks, and the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek combines some of the most fantastic mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese. The trail takes us through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and lowland local villages to the glacier. It offers a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan peaks and to witness the glacier basin of Annapurna Sanctuary formed by Annapurna, Machhapucchre (Fishtail, Himchuli, and Manaslu). This used to be a complicated trek due to problems with food and lodging. However, there are now many facilities between Ghandruk and Annapurna Base Camp along this trail only used by trekkers. Annapurna Base Camp can be approached by at least three different routes. Here we have described one of three options.

Trip Highlights

  • Birethanti waterfall
  • Ghorepani- Poonhill (Sunrise & mountain view)
  • Annapurna Base Camp Chhumrung Village
  • Zhinu Hot Spring
  • Panaromic view of Annapurna Range
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

 Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing (Swoyambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square). Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara 5-6 hour by bus. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara. (B.B) 
Day 04: Pokhara - Nayapul one and half hour by drive and trek to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 5-6 hrs. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Early morning hiking to Poonhill to see Sunrise and Mountain View on a clear day, panoramic view of 10 different peaks. Trek back to guest house.  After breakfast trek down to Tadapani. Overnight at guest house. 
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong  4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08: Chhomrong to Bamboo 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09: Bamboo to Deurali 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 5- 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12: Bamboo to Jhinu (hot spring to have the natural hot bath) 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house. 
Day 13: Jhinu to Nayapul 6 -7 hours and drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14: Guided Pokhara sightseeing and boating at Phewa lake. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: After breakfast drive or fly back to Kathmandu (flight is optional). Overnight at Hotel. Evening farewell dinner with cultural program.
Day 16: After breakfast transfer to airport for Departure!

Optional Chitwan tour  US$ 1900+ 140$ per person ( 3* category accommodation)

Day 15: After breakfast and drive to Chitwan approx 4 hours by tourist bus, transfer to hotel, welcome drinks, lunch, and Elephant Back Safari, evening walk, bird watching, Dinner and Tharu Cultural show. (B.L.D) 
Day 16: After breakfast, Canoeing, Jungle walk, Visit Elephant breeding center, Lunch, and Elephant Safari or Jungle Drive, evening walk, dinner. (B.L.D)
Day 17: Chitwan to Kathmandu 4-5 hours drive. (Flight is optional.) (B)
Day 18: After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure. (B)

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya) and Pokhara (Hotel Splendid view or similar category), Chitwan (Hotel Sevenstar) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of trekking crew (guide and porters) two people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide
  • Simple accommodation with breakfast during the trek 
  • Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu -Pokhara- Kathmandu and private transportation Pokhara- Nayapul- Pokhara
  • Trekking permit and TIMS
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicles 
  • Necessary equipment during the trek (Sleeping bag, duffle bag if necessary) 
  • All meals with program in Chitwan 
  • Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu- Pokhara -Chitwan- Kathmandu
  • All Government taxes, VAT, and service charge.

Excluded in the price

  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu (US$ 120 one way) Chitwan-Kathmandu (US$114)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and trekking days. ( Meal cost about $3 - $6 dollar per item depending on place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (entrance fee Rs 250+400+1000 in each place) 
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)

 How should we make payment?

1. Down Payment

To secure place, minimum 20% down payment is required to make in advance for the confirmation as per the company policy.

2. How to pay your deposit?

   You can choose two different ways making payment:

  a. Online payment by credit card and the  link to settle payment:http://www.nepalsocial.com.np/payment.html  

   b. Bank Transfer:

 Account Holder's Name: Himalayan Social Journey Travel (P).Ltd
 Account No.:  01-2643197-51
 Bank's Name: Standard Chartered Bank
 Bank's Address: Lazimpat Kathmandu, Nepal.
 SWIFT CODE: SCBLNPKA

Note: Please do not transfer your amount to any other bank account then the above mentioned details. Even in case if you receive any mails that request you to transfer to any other bank account. Please immediately contact us!!

3. Payment of the rest Balance

Rest amount can be paid in our office after your arrival. If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. 

 When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends with a yoga class on the last morning of the tour.

You will be met outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by a driver holding a Himalayan Social Journey placard and he will escort you to the Hotel. 

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting reservation@nepalsocial.com.np
After you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details.

 Booking your international flight
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites. 
makemytrip.com   www.kayak.com     www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer I would recommend trying to purchase the same flight from a local travel agent. That way there is more flexibility with flight cancellation/change of flight.

How many people in each room?
There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".  Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

 Who will be leading the tours/treks?
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. With over 7 years of experience,  well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured of a wonderfully memorable experience. 

Vouchers
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 1 month ahead of the start of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots so please book your place asap. Also please send your redemption code and voucher number.

Trekking
Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Annapurna region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 08-12 kms per day. It is recommended that you prepare for the trek by suitable training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek.  If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people into their early 60's. This trek is the most popular trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks.
   If you have health issues please consult your doctor about the advisability of going on the trek. The highest altitude we reach is 4130 meters at Annapurna base camp which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World's greatest peaks. It is stunning!  Any trekking equipment such as walking poles, jackets, water bottles, rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our office.  Important! Please bring 4 photos for your trekking permit and other.

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Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?  Some major currencies (USD, AUD, EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Altitude sickness a problem?
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems please consult a doctor on the advisability of doing the trek

Drinking Water on trek?
There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As a last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended.
It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek. 

Is there Laundry facility on the trek?
There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not while on the trek. 

What Clothes shall I bring?

Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for zero degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant. 

Sleeping Bag
we will provide you sleeping bag during trekking days. If you want to use your own you can bring it with you.


Visa
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15-day visa or $40 USD for a 30-day visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. 

Is there an Orientation program?
 Yes, the orientation will be at the Kathmandu hotel after your arrival and before starting trekking. The orientation meeting is scheduled for the evening on the first of the tour. Generally, the orientation meeting will be at 5 or 6 pm and this will be posted upon your arrival at the hotel.
 
How large is each tour group?
For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each trekking group will have a maximum of 10 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage. Certain activities such as traveling, farewell dinner might be done in larger groups.

Where will I stay during the tour?
In Kathmandu, we will be staying at the Hotel Holy Himalaya or a similar quality hotel. These places come highly recommended but please don't expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are a good quality by Nepali standards. In Pokhara, we stay at Hotel Splendid view or similar in Chitwan Hotel Sevenstar or similar. On the trek, we'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek, the bathrooms are outside the rooms and hot water is dependent on solar panels so don't count on many warm showers.

What do we eat?
The lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Trekking days are not covered by the tour and will cost from $3 to $6 depending on meal items and restaurant category.

Will we see Everest?
 If you want to get right up close with Everest and the Mightiest Himalayan peaks we can arrange mountain flight. You can contact reservation@nepalsocial.com.np to book. To know more about it, click here

Travel Insurance?

It is strongly advised that you get traveler's insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company.  Dynamiq Assistance click or Covermore Insurance click is possible insurance companies. Travel insurance is compulsory for all clients taking the Everest base camp trek. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, summer, autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December till February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months. 

How much money for my personal expenses?
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much  you want to spend  for shopping and where and what meals (lunch& dinner) you want to eat . Only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek

Porters
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people. The weight limit for the trek is 10-13 kgs per person. Before the trek, we will store all our excess baggage in our Pokhara hotel and only take what we require on the trek.

Tips
A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD25 for guide per traveler and USD 25 for porter between two traveler if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you to allocate minimum US$ 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

What should I bring

·    Daypack (rucksack)

·    Backpack (porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-liter capacity (8-10 kgs per person) If you are traveling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.

·    Well worn Hiking boots or shoes

·    A pair of sandals

·    Sleeping Bag ( If you want to go to Trekking in winter which is from Mid October - Middle of March)

.    A one - liter hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail

·    Warm  jacket

·    Light-weight cotton clothing 

·    Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)

·    Light sweater

·    Bath towel

·    Sun hat

·    Sunglasses

·    Sun cream

·    Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)

·    Trekking pole

·    Water purification(Himalayan Social Journey will provide sterpin which kills 99% germs of water)

·    Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)

·    Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)

·    Camera

·    Loose stomach and nausea medicine

·    Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, shampoo etc...)


      Optional: School supplies (pens, notebooks, colored pencils etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our Company when you arrive in Kathmandu .and we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels. 
  
Much of your trekking clothes and supplies can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended.

Risk & Liabilities: We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact us.


Departures Dates

Date Trip Status Price
Fri 08 Sep 2017 - Sat 23 Sep 2017 OPENED $1950.00 Book Now
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The cost of each trip differs as per the size of group, choice of hotel, client's interest of service and correction in our itinerary.

Supplementary Cost: USD 250.00 PP

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