MAX. ALTITUDE: 4130m
Annapurna base camp trekking is in the heart of the Annapurna region, whose peaks were once deemed the greatest challenge in the Himalayas, is synonymous with the greatest adventure and exploration exploits undertaken anywhere on earth. For a spectacular, enthralling experience this trek is hard to beat.
A trek into the Annapurna sanctuary following in the footsteps of famous climbers is also an unsurpassed introduction to what Himalayan adventure is all about. We experience Kathmandu, Nepali rural life, and traditional villages that have changed little since the first European explorers ventured through, all framed by wilderness landscapes and incredible panoramas. We will climb through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, cross raging rivers and pass thundering waterfalls. Towering perilously high above us throughout are the Himalayan Mountains.
The iconic Fishtail Peak (Machapuchare; 6,993m), the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m) reign over this enchanting landscape. The trek is challenging, but within the grasp of most people who consider themselves to be moderately fit, and with only 11 days trekking is short by Himalayan standards. On our trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary we stay in local tea houses where you will be sure of a warm welcome from your friendly Nepali hosts.
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.