Arrive in Kathmandu and check in at your hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.
The Himalayan mountains and Annapurna will be encountered at close range as the path leads inside the horseshoe shaped massif. Starting at just 1000 meters above sea level, the trek crosses farm villages, local life and green hills before entering the Annapurna Sanctuary at 4250 meters. We will also have time to have a good look at Kathmandu's famous shopping streets in Thamel, visit legendary sites like Boudhanath and Swayambunath as well as the majestic Durbar Square. Lively streets of Pokhara, on the shore on the Fewa Thal Lake, are great for recovering after the trek.
Arrive in Kathmandu and check in at your hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.
Kathmandu Valley hosts seven UNESCO world heritage sites, all of which are active shrines and temples. Today we will have a full day guided tour introducing the most fascinating and famous places like Swayambunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square.
Swayambhunath is one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched atop a conical hill, its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire with the all-seeing-eyes is a not only a major landmark of the valley, but equally, a symbol of Nepal.
Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord - Shiva, the God of Destruction, also known as Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals). This temple is, moreover, a final destination for the Hindu devotees of all around the world.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the holiest sites in Nepal. It envelops an absolute admiration and faith not only from the Buddhist perspective, but Hindus of Nepal also pay their equal respect to this pious Buddhist site.
The Durbar square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city. Our visit to Durbar Square includes many temples, monuments and colourful local shops.
Early morning start driving through the middle hills to Pokhara. The drive gives and introduction to the great scenery with gorges, local villages and first snow peaks. In the evening, you will have a chance to gather the last things you might still need, as Pokhara offers a great variety of shops, cafes and equipment vendors.
An early start takes you to the village of Naya Pull, where your luggage will be handed to the team porters. It is now time to start the long walk towards the great mountains of Annapurna Himalaya. Still at low altitudes there are local villages, lush green scenery and some ups and downs before arriving at Grandruk for the night.
Crossing through terrace fields, the trail leads through smaller ridges heading towards the valley that leads inside the Annapurna massif. Waiting at the cozy village of Chomrong with grand views towards the beautiful Macchapucchare peak, know as the “fish tail”.
Descending to the small river before climbing back up, today there are some challenging ups and down before finishing the day at the small settlement of Doban on the side of the Modi Khola Valley. The Southernmost peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary and Hiunchuli are well visible; there is a chance to see Langur monkeys and blue sheep on the hillsides of the green valley.
Entering deeper into the sanctuary, the local villages have turned into trekking lodges and the path is rocky in parts. Great mountains are already getting very close. Ascending to altitudes of 3200 meters, it is good to settle here for the night before entering the higher valley leading to Annapurna Base Camp.
Reaching the inner valley of the horseshoe shaped Annapurna Himalaya, the massive glaciated peaks surround us in all directions as we have our eyes on the best views of the 8091-meter high main summit of Annapurna. After checking into the guesthouse, there is time to wander closer to the massive glaciers and breath deeply in the altitude of 4200 meters.
After an amazing sunrise at the base camp, the same path leads you back to lower altitudes and all the way to lodges of Bamboo.
Getting out of the steep valley, crossing to the Eastern side gives another good day of trekking in the varied terrain of the middle hills. Back in the farmlands of amazing terraced fields, there is a great sight towards the endless ridges leading down.
Back in the subtropical range following the hillsides, there is great local life and friendly people to be encountered as we leave the snow peaks into the distance. The welcoming environment of the region attracts many to wander around from village to village, enjoying the relaxing environment of the hills.
Last descent to the village of Phedi and our cars will be waiting on the side of the road. It is a short drive to Pokhara where we ca relax and recover from the exciting trek in the mountains after checking into a familiar hotel.
Drive back to Kathmandu
Check out from the hotel. We are happy to organize airport transfers if needed.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek will take you over varied terrain, and you will have days with 4 - 8h of trekking. We recommend to prepare yourself physically for hiking through regular walking, biking, or hiking. The better physical condition you have, the more you get out of hiking. The highest altitude during the trek is 4145 meters.
A typical trekking day
A typical trekking day starts around 7.00 in the morning. This is followed by packing the equipment. We discuss the upcoming trekking day over breakfast. Hiking begins after breakfast, around 8.00 AM. Warm lunch is served around noon and the afternoon hiking portion is usually shorter than in the morning. During the hike, you can walk your own pace. Your local guide will always walk with you. When you arrive at your accommodation, it’s time for relaxation and a shower. Dinner is usually served around 19.00.-20.00 in the evening, and your guide will go over the next day’s route during that.
Visa and permit information
Nepal visa will be redeemed on arrival in Nepal. You will need one passport photo and a passport that’s valid at least six (6) months after the trip. The Nepalese visa costs around 25 USD for less than 15 days, and 40 USD for stays from 15 to 30 days. The visa will be for paid in cash upon arrival at the airport.
Hiking Permits are purchased on your behalf and are included in the tour price. For this, it is important for you to upload a copy of your passport to your account’s information page. If this is not possible, you are always welcome to send the copy in PDF or image (JPG) format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check that the primary vaccinations, polio, and tetanus are valid during the trip. Travelers to Nepal and India are recommended to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Malaria is found only in low-lying areas of southern Nepal. For more information about vaccinations, please consult your doctor.
On all trekking and climbing trips in Nepal, you need travel insurance to cover ill-health in addition to helicopter evacuation and repatriation moving more than 3000 meters of altitude. We also recommend checking the coverage of your travel cancellation insurance.
Every person should have no more than 15 kg of equipment with them on the trek. The equipment should also include a sleeping bag and an inflatable mattress. You can leave everything that you won’t need on a trek in the hotel.
Bottled drinking water can be purchased in the cities. Please remember to take your own refillable water bottle on the trek as purchasing water is not possible. During daily hikes you can drink by boiled purified water, which is sold at the guesthouses or use water purification tablets that can be purchased on site. Both of these options are safe.
Nepal's currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). There are ATMs in Kathmandu that take Visa, Mastercard, and Visa Electron cards if you wish to take cash out in Nepal. Money can be exchanged at exchange offices locally.
Please make sure to have € 20-25 per day for meals not included in the package. Also, remember to have money for visa and tipping purposes.
The tipping culture in Nepal does not have any strict rules. However, it is good to bear in mind that it is always voluntary. If the service has been good at a restaurant, it is polite to leave 5-15% of the total bill. Tipping at Trekking Lodges is not common. The general tipping amount considered polite for your mountain guides is around €5 per day.
There are more than 100 different languages spoken in the country. Nepal's three main languages are Nepali, Maithili, and Bhojpuri. English is spoken in most tourist areas and if need of help, ask your local guide to translate.
Weather in Nepal
The climate in Nepal varies from tropical to arctic. The south and central Nepal have a tropical climate. Daily temperatures vary during the trekking seasons between 20-35 degrees Celsius, but evenings can be cool. Nestled in the mountains, over 3000 meters of altitude, the night temperature may fall at the beginning and the end of the season to below freezing.
The seasons in Nepal can be divided into spring and autumn. There is a lot of snow in the mountains during spring and magnolias, and rhododendrons are in bloom. The sky is often clear in the mornings and clouds start to form in the afternoon. The monsoon season in Nepal begins in June and continues until mid-September. The autumn tourist season in Nepal starts in mid-September and runs until the end of November.
The following list of equipment is recommended.
Personal First Aid Kit:
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Service and Physical Activity Levels
Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.
Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.
Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.
1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.
2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.
3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.
4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.
5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.
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All tours on Faralong.com include accommodation, local transport (excluding airport transfers if not stated otherwise), meals as specified, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.
If there are any changes to the inclusions, then they are all noted on the tour page.
What's not included
None of the tours on Faralong.com include international flights to/from the destination, travel insurance (mandatory), visas if necessary, gratuities to local staff, personal expenses, optional activities or airport transfers (if not stated otherwise).
If there are any changes to the list of services not included in the tour, then they are all noted on the tour page.
If you are traveling alone and would like to have your own room, then please add a Single Supplement from the Extra Services when booking or if not available, send us an email at email@example.com.
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If a confirmation is needed for visa application purposes before the final payment has been made then, please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The itinerary of a tour can be found on the particular tour page.
Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.
All tours on Faralong.com include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.
At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.
Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.
Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.
Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.
In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.
In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.
It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.
Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.
In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.
If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at email@example.com. Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.
In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.