MAX. ALTITUDE: 4130m
The Annapurna region is synonymous with the greatest adventure and exploration exploits undertaken anywhere on earth. Annapurna I (8,021m) was the first of the 8,000m giants to be climbed by a hugely under-resourced French team. Their epic adventure was captured in the classic book “Annapurna”. The mighty south face of the mountain was deemed the greatest challenge of the Himalayas and was conquered by a British team in the 1970's.
A trek into the Annapurna sanctuary not only follows in the footsteps of these exploits but is also an unsurpassed introduction to what Himalayan adventure is all about. This trek encompasses Kathmandu, Nepali rural life, traditional villages that have changed little since the first European explores ventured through, with wilderness landscapes and incredible panoramas.
We climb through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, cross raging rivers and pass thundering waterfalls, and always towering perilously high above us are the Himalayan mountains that take your breath away. The iconic Fishtail Peak (Machapuchare - 6,993m), the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m) reign over this enchanting landscape. For a spectacular, enthralling experience this trek is hard to beat.
This trek is graded moderate and with only 11 days trekking is short by Himalayan standards. We will be staying in local tea houses which provide basic but comfortable accommodation. The higher tea houses are heated by a central pot-belly stove but have no heated sleeping quarters.
8 Great reasons to trek to Annapurna Base Camp with 360 Expeditions.
1. Itinerary. Our trek follows the route taken by Bonnington and British team which made the first ascent of the mighty South Face of Annapurna. We appreciate that this may well be your first taste of Nepal and we go to great lengths to ensure this trek lives fully up to this country’s deserved great reputation. Our Annapurna Base Camp trek includes extra days to allow for maximum acclimatisation and a contingency day to allow for bad weather. (15 days UK to UK –a few days longer hen most). Giving you the best chance to reach your goal and to fully absorb every detail of this amazing trek. Furthermore we have additional days in Kathmandu and Pokhora to fully explore these towns and experience Nepal’s rich urban culture, and of course to shop for those fantastic souvenirs.
2. Western leaders: Our western guides have a huge passion for Nepal. They will have climbed many of the peaks you trek past and are a fountain of local and cultural knowledge adding hugely to your trekking experience.
3. In country support Our 360 local support team is simply the best. We have worked with our Nepali teams for over 10 years and consider them good friends and treat them as such.
4. Hotel top and tailing the expedition. You will be staying in a beautiful hotel surrounded by quiet tropical gardens nestled in the bustling heart of Kathmandu and Pokhora. No need for taxies to and from the fun.
5. Accommodation on trek. We select the best quality tea-houses according to your selected itinerary. The camping option sometimes found for this itinerary usually entails camping on the grounds of a tea house and using their facilities. Sleep is likely to be disturbed by yaks and other trekking teams coming and going.
6. Meals on the trek. When you sit down for a meal you’re most likely to be the only group free to choose whatever you fancy from the menu. No monotonous set menus and you won’t be reaching into your pocket to pay for that extra hot drink.
7. Porters. Our porter crew carry your kitbag. You will only need to carry your daysack, maximising your chance of reaching base camp. It comes without saying that our Porter crew is looked after very well. They get paid good wages, sleep in good accommodation and get three square meals per day. And they are insured for emergency evacuation should something untoward happen to them.
8. No hidden costs. Our prices include National park entry fees and all trekking permit fees.