Annapurna Base Camp with Omar Samra
Why take this trip?
- Trek through beautiful Rhododendron forests and breathtaking Himalayan big mountain scenery
- Appreciate the simple way of life of Nepal's mountain communities
- Reach the base camp of mighty Annapurna; the first 8,000m peak to be climbed
- Acquaint yourself with the rich Hindu and Buddhist cultures of Nepal as well as a chance to visit their many temples
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1 (14th of Dec): Namaste, Nepal!
Now that we’re here, a Wild Guanabana rep will be waiting outside the airport gates to take us to our hotel. Depending on when everyone arrives, we’ll plan to have our briefing meeting once we’ve settled in.
Day 2 (15th o Dec): Off to Pokhara and Trek to Ghandruk 1,945m – (B/L/D)
After very early breakfast we will head to the domestic airport to board our flight to Pokhara - the beautiful lake city - and catch great views of the Himalayas on the way. Upon landing, we will be picked up from the airport and drive around an hour and a half to the hike starting point: Naya Pull. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we also visit the Gurung museum. Around 4-5 hiking hours.
Day 3 (16th of Dec): Ghandruk to Chhomrong 2,170m – (B, L, D)
At this juncture, we climb up for around an hour to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. We then take a steep descent leading to the Kimrong Khola then going back up to Chere Danda. After descending a bit further, it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong which is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Around 4-5 hiking hours.
Day 4 (17th of Dec): Trek to Deurali 3,230m – (B, L, D)
Today we start our ascent high above the Modi Khola and through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa reaching Kuldi at 2350m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forests occasionally dropping to cross tributary streams and stopping for lunch midway. We then continue with a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave catching some gorgeous views of the river and climbing again to Deurali - the most scenic stretch of the day. Around 8-9 hiking hours.
Day 5 (18th of Dec): Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130m – (B, L, D)
Today is a long day were we start off with an hour and a half hiking to Deorali at 3,230, above which the valley widens and becomes less steep. We continue hiking up till we reach the area known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3720m where we will have a lunch and be surrounded by fantastic mountain views! After Lunch we set off for the remaining 2 hours to Annapurna Base Camp.. This is the highlight of the trip as it offers marvelous close up views of the mountains that make up this incredible natural amphitheatre. Once we reach base camp, we get a superb view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the Sanctuary to the north-west. Around 8-9 hiking hours.
Day 6 (19th of Dec): Descend to Bamboo 2,310m – (B, L, D)
From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is a long downhill but the extraordinary landscape will make up for the long hiking hours.Overnight in Bamboo. Around 7-8 hours of hiking
Day 7 (20th of Dec): Trek to Jhinu Danda – (B, L, D)
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Around 7-8 hours of hiking.
Day 8 (21st of Dec): Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara 980m – (B/L)
On our way to Naya Pul, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We then continue with an easy and pleasant walk along the Modi Khola riverbank to Birethanti at 1,065m, where we stop for lunch. Birethanti is a beautiful riverside village that is usually busy with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks. From here we trek to Nayapul then catch a car back to Pokhara. The evening is free to relax and catch up on some last minute shopping.
Day 9 (22nd of Dec): Head Back to Kathmandu – (B)
After breakfast, we will head to the airport once more for our flight back to Kathmandu having the Himalayas one last time in the background. Upon arrival, we will be picked up from the aiport and head to out hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu.
Day 10 (23rd of Dec): Homeward Bound – (B)
Today we’re being transferred to the airport to catch our flights back home.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 people
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental.
- All public transfers during the trip
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Internal Flight to Pokhara and back
- Basic lodging during the trek.
- Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
- Experienced English speaking guides.
- First-aid kit and trained professionals in its use.
- Trekking permit
- Insurance for all staff including porters.
- Wild Guanabana-branded Duffle Bag
- 2 Toys per hiker to be distributer to local children on the hike.
- International flights to/from Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Bottled mineral water during the hike
- Electricity and showers during the hike
- Drinks, lunch, and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal medical & travel insurance
- Nepal visa fee
- Tips and Gratuity
- Gear rentals available at a separate price (please let us know if you would like to rent gear)
- International flights to/from Kathmandu, Nepal.