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Annapurna was the first 8000 meter mountain to be climbed.

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The expedition leader, Maurice Herzog, recounted the successful expedition in what is considered to be the most exciting piece of mountain literature ever produced, Prisoner l’Annapurna.

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What Herzog describes on their way to the base of the mountain has remained largely unchanged from his time - flora and fauna, sub-alpine forests, and dramatic mountain faces.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 airport and head to out hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu.
Today we’re being transferred to the airport to catch our flights back home.
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Weather

ABC is a hike that can be done anytime of the year except for June-August which is the monsoon season so it is very difficult to go during these months. Peak season is in October as this offers the best weather, sunny and not too cold at night. This lasts till December when the winter season starts running through February. Winter season offers pretty cold nights and moderate temperatures in the morning of around 20c at lower altitudes and can reach to -10 at higher altitudes. March to May is when spring starts and the temperatures start to rise up to 30c with clear skies and blossoming flowers. April and May are the climbing season for mountaineers who are attempting higher mountains in the region.

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Accommodation

In the city you will be staying in the center of the Touristic area in Kathmandu where you will just step out of your hotel and find all the hussle and bussle of Kathmandu’s Thamel. Once you reach the trail, you will be hiking from one village to the next and spending your nights in tea houses which are family owned guest houses for trekkers passing along the way. Rooms are double or triple with beds and blankets to keep you warm. All tea houses have a main room where all hikers gather for meals, briefing, playing card games or just to chill. They are all heated with a huge fireplace in the center so you will definitely be warm. All of them have wifi available for purchase as well as electricity (at an extra cost) for those who want to charge their cameras, phones...etc. Most of them also sell snacks, energy bars, juice and water.

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Food

During the hike, you will have 3 meals, all energy based to help give you the required nutrients for hiking around 7 hours a day. Breakfast and dinner are prepared by the tea houses and lunch is taken at other guest houses along the way while hiking. Nepali mountain food is very delicious and has its own flavor, we recommend you go for the Dhal Bat which is a typical Nepalese dish and very high on energy. Try to stay away from any meat during the hike.

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Hiking

To reach Annapurna Base Camp you don’t need to be an experienced hiker nor an olympic runner, but you do need to be fit enough to hike for 6-7 hours daily, sometimes going up stairs, sometimes slopes and sometimes just crossing bridges. It is not a super difficult hike but it’s not easy either so its’ better to be well prepared to be able to enjoy the hike more. The rewards you will get after completing each day will just keep you motivated for the next and push you towards the base camp.

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Altitude

Annapurna Base Camp stands at an altitude of 4,130m, which can be quite high for someone who hasn’t been at this altitude before. However, this trip is designed to help you acclimatise in the best way possible to avoid any altitude sickness problems. You will be gaining more altitude each day as you go higher but at a moderate speed so your body will have enough time to get accustomed to the lower oxygen levels

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Scenery

The scenery on this hike is breathtaking and indescribably beautiful. You will be passing along many ecosystems on this hike, this makes the hike a lot more interesting with a constant change in scenery.

PRICE

$1,700

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PRICE INCLUDES

    • 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.

PRICE EXCLUDES

    • International flight
    • 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)