Grade

Moderate

Type

Adventure

Trip Code

AN-232

Trip Days

9

Trip Nights

8

Accommodation

Hotel, Tea Lodges

Transportation

Bus, Jeep

Max Altitude

4023 m

Average Altitude

3000 m

Category:
Trip Overview
  • Type
    Adventure
  • Trip Code
    AN-232
  • Trip Days
    9
  • Trip Nights
    8
  • Accommodation
    Hotel, Tea Lodges
  • Transportation
    Bus, Jeep
  • Max Altitude
    4023 m
  • Average Altitude
    3000 m
  • Location

The Himalayas are the most iconic mountain ranges of the world and they have given birth to the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest. However, Everest’s famous trek is not the only option as the Annapurna massif has a lot to offer as it contains several stunning mountain peaks– named Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and gives incredible views of other peaks rising above 7000 to 8000 meters including that of Mount Everest.

Annapurna Base Camp trek has always been a very popular choice of most of the adventure trekkers in the world. A walk, all the way up to the altitude of 4,243meter not just greets trekkers with mesmerizing view of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Gandharwa Chuli , Patal Hiun Chuli and other peaks rising above 7000 and 8000meter, but also with a stunning  landscape that present the glimpses of heaven on  earth. Moreover, the area is extremely prettified with the beautiful settlement of people en route to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna.

8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary by FunExpedia is designed for those trekkers, who want to complete the trek in a very short period of time and also want to get the most out of trekking in the Himalayan Mountains without any compromises. This short Annapurna Base Camp trekking package includes full board (food and accommodation) during the trek, transportation cost from Kathmandu-Pokhara- Nayapul and back to Pokhara from Nayapul.  Trekkers can also a free map. The package can be further tailored to your requirements with a special group discount and 100% guarantee on departure dates. The major attractions of this trek include Pokhara, the village of Ghandruk and the base camp of Annapurna itself.

Annapurna Base Camp hike is considered as a moderate hike; therefore, any physically fit person having sound health can plan this trek. Moreover it is considered to be a trek which is more beautiful than Everest Base Camp trek. Annapurna range attracts more than 70,000 trekkers in an year, double the number of trekkers who do Everest Base Camp Trek.   Any time between March- May and September to December is the right time to plan this trek as every aspect of the trek, that is, trail, weather, temperature and visibility are very supportive during this time of the year.

Moreover, if you are looking to explore more areas of this region, we suggest you to try our 15 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek.  This package includes additional attractions like Ghorepani, Poonhill and the some of the World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. If you choose this package, ChalKabira will be completely assisting you in everything you require (accommodation, restaurants, airport transfers, day trips and other extra activities) through your stay in Nepal as we will be there right from day you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport till the time departure time.

We always help you to make an informed decision. We can help you plan your trek any way you want. Enjoy!

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hour

Today we will take the private cab to the city of Pokhara which is gateway to the Annapurna circuit. The  bus will move along  the western side of the Kathmandu valley through windy highway along the Trishuli River. The on our way we will get beautiful views  of waterfalls, rivers and jungles as we go higher up on the hills. We will stop for breakfast or lunch on the 200kms long journey through the valleys. After 6 to 7 hours of our departure we will reach Pokhara and get shifted to hotels. The evening can be spend exploring the city, its lakes and enjoy the night life of Pokhara.

 

 

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6,364ft) 6-7 hour

The first day of the trek begins with the destination being Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village. We start from Pokhara in a bus ride of about 2 hours to Nayapul. On reaching, the trail descends to Birethanti, crossing the bridge over the Bhurungdi River The beautiful village of Birethanti is the place where trekkers fulfill the necessary check in formalities at the office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). From there, the walk begins upwards, towards the village of Ghandruk. Initially the trail surrounds the awe-inspiring Modi river which is flat till Syauli Bazaar continuing till Kimche. From Kimche, crossing Chane, the trail ascends towards Ghandruk. The evening can be spent exploring the village its culture, lifestyle, tradition, temple and mane. On request, we can also make the arrangements for a cultural show in the evening. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghandruk.

 

 

Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 6-7 hour

Leaving Ghandruk behind, it’s now time to hike up towards Sinuwa, the destination of the trek. Ascending the bank of the Modi river, walking past the huge boulders, we cross the bridge over the Kimrong River and climb a steep trail, crossing Jhinu Danda, to reach Chhomrong. Crossing the bridge across the Chhomrong river, the spectacular view of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest can be enjoyed while hiking up to Sinuwa.  The night will be spent at a lodge in Sinuwa.

 

 

Day 04: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) 6-7 hours

Starting with an easy walk from Sinuwa which continues till bamboo passing Kuldhigar, a steep stone staircase takes us to Dobhan. The trail accompanied by bamboo, rhododendron and Oak forest continues from Dobhan to a steep climb through the valley towards Himalayas and the Hinku Cave to reach Deurali. The night will be spent at a lodge in Deurali.

 

 

Day 05: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft) 6-7 hours

From Deurali, a gentle climb on a trail along with Modi river persists till Bagar and from there, a strenuous hike will take us to the base camp of Machhapuchhre (3,700m). After resting and enjoying the view of Machhapuchhre along with other snow capped peaks towering above 7000-8000 meter, for about an hour; we follow a wide trail that leads us to the Annapurna Sanctuary, further reaching the South Annapurna Base Camp. The night will be spent at a lodge in the Annapurna Base Camp.

 

 

Day 06: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) 6-7 hours

We descend today following the same trail we used to get up to reach Bamboo through the villages of Bagar, Deurali and Dobhan after enjoying the scenic views of mighty Annapurna Sanctuary. Throughout the trail we pass through forests lush with Rhododendrons, Oak and  Bamboos. We also come across waterfalls, caves and small temples on the way down. After walking for around 6 hours we finally reach our destination, that is, Bamboo and spend the night at a teahouse there.

 

 

 

Day 07: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) 6-7 hours

Our trail today is full of up and down walk through rhododendron, bamboo and oak forests.  First we ascend up to Kuldhigar and then descend to reach a bridge to cross River Chhomrong passing the village of Sinuwa. As soon as we cross the bridge, we enter the beautiful settlement of Gurung people at Chhomrong. From here we hike further down through a steep trail to reach Jhinu Danda. You can offload your luggage at a lodge here and hike down for 20 minutes to reach the famous Jhinu hot water springs to relax your muscles after all the ups and downs of past several days and take a well deserved break.  We again hike up to Jhinu Danda and stay the night there.

 

 

 

Day 08: Trek from Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours

Today is the final day of our trek and our destination is Pokhara. We cross bridges over Modi Khola river, walk through bamboo forests and pass by various small settlements up and down on the hill until we reach Syauli Bazaar. After Syauli Bazaar, the trail is a steep ascend till we reach Nayapul, we walk further ahead till Birethani. Again we cross a bridge over Bhurungdi river and finally reach Nayapul. Our trek comes to an end here and we bid farewell to some of our crew and celebrate the successful trek. Then we catch a bus or cab to Pokhara to spend the night there.

 

Day 09: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hrs): 220km

After breakfast, we catch a 6 to 7 hours bus or cab ride to Kathmandu. On the way back we reminisce about the trek and experiences we had in past several days as we pass by beautiful rivers, waterfalls, forests and the amazing mountain views the bus ride has to offer. On arrival at Kathmandu we shift to our lodge and you can spend the day exploring the bustling city.

 

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hour
Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6,364ft) 5-6 hour
Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 5-6 hour
Day 04: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) 6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft) 5 hours
Day 06: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) 5 hours
Day 08: Trek from Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours

FITNESS

How Fit do I need to be to trek to the Annapurna Base camp?

  • If you consider yourself to be in average to good physical condition, if you are reasonably and functionally fit, without any heart/lung disease. ), then you can go ahead and do the Everest base camp trek without a second thought. If you do have any worrying heart conditions, then please do take an opinion of your doctor. If you are huffing and puffing to climb a flight of stairs up a 3 storey building, then ascending 3000 vertical meters of mountain trail is hard for you
  • Kids of the age six and adults over seventy years of age have done the trek till base camp successfully. If you allow enough time for acclimatisation and keep yourself well-nourished and hydrated, the Everest base camp trek will surely be enjoyable and uneventful.
  • The trek includes 10 days of hiking for about 5-6 hours, we have included 3 proper acclimatization days ( 1 in Kathmandu & 2 during the trek). Though there is no need of porter as such, but if need be, We can assist you find a good porter at reasonable rate. We can help you to bring the right stuff if you have never been trekking before. A group phone call will be scheduled to answer any questions.
  • Our pace is slow to moderate, and we do take breaks, but our route requires that we ascend or descend a number of long stone stairways.  (These are the foothills of the Himalayas after all, and these are the trails that connect all of the villages.) The entire group generally hikes at about the same pace as we carry on conversations throughout the day.  We just plod along, without pushing hard. Most people enjoy the hiking and the scenery.  We have had participants from ages 23 to 65 on these treks without issues.
  • In summary, you do not needto be a fitness fanatic, but you will need to be ready for some level of exertion on the trail as this trek route lies in the heart of the Himalayas at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain, it is challenging.
  • To prepare for the trek we recommend hiking (steps or inclines are good), or aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, or fitness center machines that strengthen the legs about 3 times per week.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a vigorous 12-day trek that reaches altitudes above 5500m.
  • We trek between 4-6 hours per day.
  • Please ensure you have understood the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek.
  • We have an alternate land itinerary in place for when we are not able to reach Lukla by air due to weather conditions. Please see Day 1 of your itinerary for details.
   

EQUIPMENTS

That very much depends on how much use you intend to get out of it. Reasonable quality fake gear is available in Kathmandu and Pokhara for a fraction of the price of the real price– be aware that standards are lower, so a -30°C rated sleeping bag will only be good for -20°C, a 900 fill down jacket is more likely to be 700 fill, etcetera.

There are also high end trekking gear equipment shops available in Kathmandu like North Face, Black Yak etc which are pretty expensive. As said this all depends on your budget and if you are likely to use the gear in the future or not.

But generally speaking, the secondary trekking market gear in Kathmandu is good enough and with the help of our local presence we can show you a few shops who have authentic gear available.

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.
Trekking gear in Kathmandu can be rented but is limited to Sleeping bags. The shopkeepers are reluctant to rent down jackets and other stuff as they are scared the items would be not deemed sellable after use. But you can buy your trekking gear in Kathmandu at moderate prices. We have a few partnered shops where you can buy your gear. And there is no need to worry much, we will provide you essentials like sleeping bag, down jacket, trekking pole, etc.
What you need a trek pole for is third point of balance. It helps share the load of the backpack and gives you propulsion. Carry a trekking pole if you have one, otherwise you can pick up a sturdy fallen branch on the trail and use it for support. If we have trekking pole with us we can help giving you that.
Floaters are not recommended for treks- you need a shoe with a good grip and high ankle support. Have a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip. Trekking shoes will make the trek comfortable but are not mandatory. If you are buying a pair if trekking shoes, make sure you wear and walk around in it before you come on the trek! .
At high altitudes, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woollen, inners and lower wear. We will be providing you with a thick down jacket for the trek, and though you will be staying in twin based tea lodges, with quilts provided to you, we will also provide you with a sleeping bag in case of extra cold. Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woollens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer. The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking. A woollen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.
 

FITNESS

  • If you consider yourself to be in average to good physical condition, if you are reasonably and functionally fit, without any heart/lung disease. ), then you can go ahead and do the Everest base camp trek without a second thought. If you do have any worrying heart conditions, then please do take an opinion of your doctor. If you are huffing and puffing to climb a flight of stairs up a 3 storey building, then ascending 3000 vertical meters of mountain trail is hard for you
  • Kids of the age six and adults over seventy years of age have done the trek till base camp successfully. If you allow enough time for acclimatisation and keep yourself well-nourished and hydrated, the Everest base camp trek will surely be enjoyable and uneventful.
  • The trek includes 10 days of hiking for about 5-6 hours, we have included 3 proper acclimatization days ( 1 in Kathmandu & 2 during the trek). Though there is no need of porter as such, but if need be, We can assist you find a good porter at reasonable rate. We can help you to bring the right stuff if you have never been trekking before. A group phone call will be scheduled to answer any questions.
  • Our pace is slow to moderate, and we do take breaks, but our route requires that we ascend or descend a number of long stone stairways.  (These are the foothills of the Himalayas after all, and these are the trails that connect all of the villages.) The entire group generally hikes at about the same pace as we carry on conversations throughout the day.  We just plod along, without pushing hard. Most people enjoy the hiking and the scenery.  We have had participants from ages 23 to 65 on these treks without issues.
  • In summary, you do not needto be a fitness fanatic, but you will need to be ready for some level of exertion on the trail as this trek route lies in the heart of the Himalayas at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain, it is challenging.
  • To prepare for the trek we recommend hiking (steps or inclines are good), or aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, or fitness center machines that strengthen the legs about 3 times per week.  ( for a much detailed plan to prepare yourself, kindly check this link)

at sea level.

The actual distance from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is only 39km. But we will make you hike on acclimatization days so that your body gets fit and acclimatized for higher altitude.
In general, you will be walking 4-5 hrs on an average for 11 days for a roundtrip to Everest base camp.
These are all at very high altitudes and can be very demanding. You can take a look at the trek itinerary for more details.

USEFUL MATTERS

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, which frequently results in the need for changes to be made to our intended itineraries. Flights throughout Nepal, particularly in high mountain areas, can be delayed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are particularly prone to these delays which has the potential to vary the itinerary of all departures in the Everest region. Our contingency plans in case of bad weather preventing the fixed wing aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla are as follows:
Day 2 - We will attempt to board our booked fixed wing flight as per the itinerary. If this flight is cancelled, we will return to our hotel in Kathmandu for an additional night.
Day 3 - We will again attempt to board our booked fixed wing flight. If this flight is cancelled but helicopters are available and permitted to fly to Lukla we will use our best endeavours to charter a helicopter to transport the group. Travellers will need to use their emergency fund to cover the cost of this chartered helicopter. The exact cost will depend on how many travellers are in your group and could be up to US$500. If we reach Lukla on Day 3 by either fixed wing aircraft or helicopter we will then follow the same itinerary to Everest Base Camp, but descend over one less day in order to take our return flight from Lukla on Day 14.
Day 4 - If no flights (either plane or helicopter) are possible on the morning of Day 3, then on Day 4 we will travel by road to Phaplu (approximately 9 hours drive by private vehicle) and then trek to Tengboche on the Everest Base Camp route, via Lukla. While we will not be able to reach Base Camp itself on this altered itinerary our travellers have still found it a highly enjoyable trek with superb views of the Everest ranges including Everest itself.
We also advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Porters' ability to carry baggage depends to some extent on the trekking route and altitude in question, but the average trekking porter carries between 15 and 25kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. One porter is typically assigned per every two travellers.

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

Nepal after the earthquake has seen tremendous pressure on its eco system and many people’s livelihoods have been affected. While tipping is optional it will be highly appreciated if you can factor in some money for tipping.

Honestly saying, the weather forecasts at Lukla are hardly true. They often show a long list of claims which turn out to be inaccurate. If you compare reports from different weather stations, each will provide a different forecast. So fear not. A more accurate prediction of the weather/ clouds can be given by your local guide. Sometimes, flights do get cancelled, but it is mostly because of wind and not due to poor visibility. I can guarantee it is one of the best flight paths you would ever take, especially if you pick a seat on the left side (while facing the cockpit). Pre-monsoon in March/April and post monsoon in Oct/November are the best times to trek. The weather is usually very favourable for the flight as well, but hey! It is the Himalayas, so it can turn out to be unpredictable at times.

Day temperatures will be around 15-20°C in April and a few degrees lower in October. Night temperatures fall to -5- -10°C.

Sudden showers are expected, always carry a light rain coat or water proof windcheater/poncho.

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.7,900 + 5% GST. You will need to inform us in advance if you wish to offload your backpack. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. We suggest you read “5 Tips to make Carrying your Trekking Backpack Easy” before making a decision.

Yes, Funexpedia will arrange for a cloak room where trekkers can keep their luggage. Please note, you are only allowed to carry 20 kg luggage on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return. Please do not leave any valuables behind in the cloak room.

Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

Any form of light rainfall in the Sagarmatha national park comes in form of light snow fall. You are most likely to be experiencing snowfall during your trek. You will most likely start encountering proper snow from Day 6, en-route Lobuche. Apart from this, you will be walking on glaciers on a few days between Days 6-9.

Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited on the trek. You can watch this video to understand why alcohol is a big NO at high altitude. (SHARE LINK OF THAT VIDEO).

Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all our treks.

Yes, but most trekkers don’t take them. Everyone smells together on the trek so don’t worry. Your biggest concern will be staying warm. Waiting for a hot shower is very rewarding after days on end without them. It makes it feel that much better in the end.

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

Funexpedia uses a well-planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from toast with butter, omlete, tea. Lunch mainly comprises of Nepali staple food…Dal bhat.
Dinner is complete with dal bhat, noodles, fried rice, Sherpa soup... Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
While on Everest base camp trek Mountain FunExpedia uses the best family oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Lodges are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. You have variety of choices for the food and most lodges prepare food better than most restaurants in Kathmandu. So far there has not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

Please find the attached document to the email sent to you for the kind of food, accommodation, you will get(THRILLOPHILA WALLA DOCUMENT)

Yes, men and women will not be sharing room.

Trekkers will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek. Rooms in the tea house will be shared with fellow trekkers.

Yes, FunExpedia trekkers are usually provided with tents and sleeping bags. However, since EBC- kalapathhar is a tea house trek, these will not be required.

You will be staying in Thamel area, in a Europeeans Bagpacking hostel. Thamel is the tourist and backpacker’s area of Kathmandu. A taxi should charge NC 500 from airport and NC 150 from bus stand.
You will be staying in rooms with 6 or 8 bed dorms. Breakfast and stay for 3 nights are included.

Water source is natural streams, rivers and water springs in the mountains and it is safe to drink. our guides, also carry water purifying tablets…

Essentially, you need to consume at least 5-6 litres of fluid per day on the Everest base camp trek. That includes water, tea, soup and all other edible fluids you can think of. When it comes to drinking water you have basically 2 options. Ask for boiled water at the lodge you are staying or dining in, or buy plastic water bottles. The former is much cheaper and a lot less harmful to the environment when compared to bottled water. However, FYI, bottled water costs NPR 60 at Lukla during the start of the trek and goes up to NPR 300 at Gorakshep (5500 m) which is your last camp. Narrowing your options to Boiled water, it ranges from NPR 100 to NPR 250 per litre. However, in the high altitude, water starts to boil at a lesser temperature than at sea level. While water starts to boil at just 86 degree Celsius, it might not purify all bacteria and hence it is suggested you use Water Purifying tablets or Water Purifying Sticks to be on the safer side. Water purifying tablets are available in Kathmandu. Sticks are available on various retail stores on the internet.

DOCUMENTS TO BRING

No visa is required for travel to Nepal. If travelling via air (at least one way) then one requires either passport or election ID card. If one is travelling via road (both ways), then in addition to both the documents, PAN card, Driver licence, Aadhar Card is accepted (only one is required). Also 4 passport size photos are required for obtaining permits for Everest Base Camp Trek.

We strongly suggest you to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is always be well equipped with wide range medical knowledge and has oxygen cylinders or oxygen chamber bag to deal with life threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your back up for just in any case though it is not mandatory to have the helicopter rescue insurance to join the Everest base camp trek in Himalayas with us.

The trekking permit that FunExpedia procures for trekkers covers this. You are not required to apply for this separately.

INTERNET AND MOBILE NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different. There is a good connectivity of network from local service providers, N-Cell offers 2G and 3G services as well, however there is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

The best network in Nepal is NCELL. At certain points during the trek there would be no network as the locations can get pretty remote as you go further higher in altitude. You can buy Internet Coupons which are available at locations above Namche Bazaar and we advise you to carry a bit of extra cash for these coupons because it will be the only form of connectivity towards the outer world in absence of cellular networks. The Ncell Internet coupons have worked as high till Gorakshep.
The best way to buy a local sim card is just outside the exit gate of the airport on the right hand side. You will require INR 100 rupees and a passport size photo. Buying a sim card at the airport helps you to locate the driver easily and call your trek supervisors. If you find a big queue at the airport for the SIM card you can buy one in Thamel near your hotel as well.

A visa is not required for Indian nationals. You do not need to apply for one before leaving India. You will receive a stamp on arrival at Kathmandu. But you need to carry your passport to gain entry in Nepal.

MONEY

You can exchange up to INR 10,000 at one time. You can do this at the airport. The other place you can do this is a Thamel in Kathmandu. There isn’t much difference in the exchange rates offered at the airport and inside the city.

Most Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards are accepted here.

A passport is not usually required for Indian citizens. A voter ID should suffice. However, if you travel on beyond the trek, there might be a few establishments that require a passport for identification.

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

Kindly note the use of terms IC (Indian Currency) and NC (Nepal Currency) – It’s a lingo commonly used in Nepal specially Kathmandu. During any negotiations, first clarify the currency. NC is pegged to IC at 1 IC = 1.6 NC

Officially IC notes (no coins) in the denominator of Rs 100 and less are accepted throughout Nepal. However new demonetized notes of Rs 500 & Rs 2000 are accepted unofficially in Kathmandu. The new notes are not accepted on the EBC trail. One can officially carry IC 25,000 as currency from India. There are lot of ATM’s in Nepal: however, they charge NC 500 as transaction charge for single transaction + (normally 3.5% charged as foreign currency conversion charge by Indian banks)
My recommendation: At least carry IC 5,000 in form of Rs.100 notes and don’t use them in Kathmandu. You can carry upto IC 20,000 in form of Rs.500 & Rs.2000 notes. You will always be provided change in NC. Collect NC for the EBC trail and first spend NC on the trail.

 

GENERAL

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.

You will spend three nights in total in Kathmandu, two at the beginning of your trek and one upon your return. If you’d like to spend more time in Kathmandu and visit other places in the Kathmandu Valley like Patan, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot or Dhulikel. those we don’t organize them directly we can help you arrange them for you at budget cost.

The first acclimatization day that you encounter is on the first two days in Kathmandu. As it’s at an altitude of 4,428 ft it’s better for the trekkers to acclimatize their bodies to the altitude so that it is easier for the body to adjust for the next few days.
The next rest day that you encounter is on Day 5 at Namche Bazaar. This is at an altitude of 11,280 ft. Beyond Namche, you will be continuously trekking at very high altitudes for almost 10 days. Hence, we’ve built in an extra day here to help your body to acclimatize and get sufficient rest before proceeding further.
The third rest day is at Degboche – Day 8. This is preceded by a very long day where you cross 16,200 ft to reach Lobuche. This rest day is required to help your body to be prepared to take up this challenge.
The 3 buffer days are included because the weather in the mountains can be extremely unpredictable. It might so happen that you are not able to trek at all on a particular day because of this. Sometimes, your flight might not land in Lukla on Day 1 if it’s cloudy, so a buffer day gets used up right in the beginning.
Hence, we strongly recommend that you factor in all of this while booking onward tickets from Lukla and Kathmandu.
Also the last 2 days are kept as buffer to familiarize your body to lower altitudes again.

All students who successfully complete the Everest Base Camp Trek will be given Certificate of Accomplishment by us. Group Leaders (selected by the group) will be given Group Leader certificate.

In case you fall sick and are disturbed by Altitude sickness, the first thing you need to let know your trek guide about your symptoms. Our guides are experienced people having seen and helped many trekkers.

If the symptoms are mild, you can take a few medications and rest which should alleviate the problem.

If the symptoms are severe and you think that you cannot complete the trek and need helicopter evacuation, you need to inform your trek supervisor about this and your guide as well. Then you need to contact your Insurance provider quoting your policy number and letting them know about your situation . So it is necessary that you have the contact numbers of your insurance provider and your policy no always at your disposal for your quick access. It is also handy to have their Skype numbers so that you can contact them if you do not have a cellular network. (You can use the Internet coupons for contacting through internet). The helicopter will only be authorized to evacuate you if you call the insurance provider and let them know of your situation.

No need to worry, in case of any emergency arising our organizing team will be there at Kathmandu, and would assist you for helicopter and coordinate with insurance companies

To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

If they are facing a problem, they need not fear of being sent back, they can stay at the campside and can join back the group when it returns.

   

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.

   

There are no doctors on the trek but your trek leaders are trained first aiders. A full fledged first aid kit will always be with the team.

   

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Our guides have previously taken 200 students from leading MBA institutions.

   

Given below are a few suggestions as to how to prevent Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).

1) Avoid smoking, caffeine, Alcohol during the Annapurna base camp trek. In fact start cutting down on caffeine from at least a week before the base camp trek so that you don't have any withdrawal headaches during the trek.

2) Drink at least 4 litres of water a day while on the trek. You dehydrate faster than you realize and symptoms of dehydration are similar to AMS. So do make sure you are fully hydrated so that you can rule dehydration when the symptoms like headache starts appearing

3) Take it slow: There is no need to rush during the trek. Everest and its base camp are not moving anywhere :) There is anyway not much to do at the tea house so take your time and reach the tea house only by evening. If you feel your heartbeat is rising from too much walking, stop, take deep breath, relax and once you recover you can start again at a slower pace

4) Plan itinerary of the trek with acclimatization days: Most of the people that fail to do the trek till base camp of Everest, fail only because they covered too much too fast and didn't plan for acclimatization days. 2 rest days at Namche and at Periche or Dingboche are recommended. On your rest days go for short hikes and ask your guide to take you to higher altitude than where you will be sleeping on the next day. Spend some time at that altitude and come back.

5) Take Diamox: Use Diamox when you get headache and continue it till the time you don't descend to a lower altitude than where you started it. It means, if you started taking it in Periche, take it regularly till the time you come back to Periche again or continue it even beyond till you reach a lower altitude.

6) Avoid sleeping tablets: At high altitudes you might have trouble sleeping but don't use sleeping tablets. Sedatives reduce the flow of blood to your brain and in high altitudes where there is already less oxygen in your blood, it could have severe consequences.

7) Don't carry heavy weights: You are already physically strained with the challenges posed by high altitude of the base camp trail and don't test your limits by carrying too much weight. Use the services of a porter. Try not to carry more than 5-8 Kilos by yourself

8) Don't trek alone: Altitude sickness can include panic and crazy behaviour and you must have someone by your side to pay attention and help you. Typically, AMS symptoms get worse in the night. If symptoms of AMS get worse, make sure your guide or friend accompanies you till you reach safer altitude or medical help arrives.

9) Never ignore or leave alone anybody who shows signs of AMS. The conditions could deteriorate much faster than you imagine and it may be necessary to arrange a helicopter rescue.

10) Dress warmly and prevent your body from cooling. Make sure your clothes are always dry.

 

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How to Reach Kathmandu

Delhi → Kathmandu Fly  to Kathmandu.. Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines (www.indian-airlines.nic.in),  Jet airways (www.jetairways.com) operate daily flights to Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way. Delhi to Kathmandu by train + bus :-   

Via Gorakhpur

  Day 1: Gorakhpur → Kathmandu Take a train from Delhi to Gorakhpur. The Vaishali Express leaves Delhi at around 19:45 and arrives at Gorakhpur Junction at 09:10 next morning, or there's another train from New Delhi at 17:20 arriving Gorakhpur at 06:35 next morning. The fare is around Rs. 2440 ( in AC1, Rs. 1240 ) in AC2, Rs. 785  in AC3 or Rs. 315 in Sleeper Class - check current times and fares at www.indianrail.gov.in or www.irctc.co.in.   Day 2: Gorakhpur → Kathmandu Take a bus or jeep from Gorakhpur to the Nepalese frontier at Sunauli (Indian side) and Bhairawa (Nepalese side, often also called Sunauli). Journey time about 3 hours, Rs. 55 Walk across the frontier, it's then a few minutes’ walk to the Bhairawa bus station. Take a bus or jeep on to Kathmandu. Buses take 7 to 9 hours, cost about  230 Indian Rupees  There are many buses daily, either daytime buses leaving regularly until about 11:00 or overnight buses leaving regularly from about 16:00 until 19:00. If you are coming in a group, a jeep (Bolero/Innova) can be arranged for a group of 6 people from Gorakhpur to Kathmandu. Journey time would be around 10 hours. Approx price would be around Rs 1100 per person  

Travel Via Varanasi

It's also possible to travel via Varanasi An overnight train links Delhi & Varanasi. Buses link Varanasi with the Nepalese border Also UP State Transport runs a Volvo Bus from Varanasi to Kathmandu every alternate day at 10 pm and reaches Kathmandu at 2 pm next day. (Its runs on even days in Feb, March and odd days in April and May). It costs Rs. 1400.    

WHAT TO TAKE

The following is a list of clothing that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive 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. An experienced trekker would advise you to travel light. Try to carry minimum luggage as it will be convenient for you. Carry only what is required and if you miss out something, everything is available in the markets of Kathmandu. Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek – Necessary Equipment HEAD
  • Sun hat or scarf: The sun is harsher at higher altitudes and will zap your energy. Hence, carry a sun hat or to protect yourself. Scarf can be pulled over your nose and mouth to protect against fine mountain dust.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses: They are useful to prevent snow blindness. A cheap one will also do.
  • Head torch: Mandatory. Example- Petzl Zoom, with spare bulbs and batteries
  UPPER BODY
  • Cotton T-shirts: Preferably carry about 3-4 light, warm and full sleeved Collared T-Shirts to protect from sunburns on arms and the neck.
  • Fleece jacket (about 4 warm layers in total)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket (Will be provided by us)
  LOWER BODY
  • Lightweight cotton trek pants (long): Prevent jeans for the trekking. About 3 pair of trek pants will be enough. They can be layered with a pair of inner thermals.
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermals for use at night: 1 pair at least
  FEET
  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots: Should be worn in to get comfortable with the shoes. Buy a shoe with ankle support and good sole. Recommend something like this:
 https://www.decathlon.in/p/8367614_arpenaz-100-mid-warm-men-s-waterproof-hiking-boots-blue.html#/4914-272-uk_5_5_eu_39   HANDS
  • Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woollen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  ACCESSORIES
  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag:
  • Backpack – 60 to 70 litres. Only needed if you will be carrying the back on your own. Not required if deciding to take a porter
  • Daypack (20-30 litres) – Needed for trekkers who will be using the porters to carry water, energy bars and medicines
  • Handbag (60 litres) – Needed for trekkers who will be using the porters. Should buy the standard bags in Kathmandu
  • Large plastic bags: For keeping items dry inside trek bag and also to compartmentalize and organize your duffle. Carry extra plastic bags for keeping the wet clothes, etc.
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag: 2 bottles of 1 litre each. One can be a thermos for keeping the water warm.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Power bank: recommended 20000 mAh as charging batteries on EBC trail is pretty expensive
  OTHERS
  • Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper,
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