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Annapurna Base Camp Trek for Seniors and Kids

Annapurna Base Camp Trek for Seniors and Kids

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

20 Nights 21 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4130 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Sightseeing of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Sightseeing of the natural drama and beauty of the Pokhara Valley
  • Exploring the vicinity of the MBC and ABC
  • A surreal view of the mountains like the Annapurna Mountains, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Himchuli

Nothing entices joy and amusement in the hearts of trekkers and travel fanatics like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. As such, this Annapurna Base Camp Trek is designed to accommodate elderly and children in the mesmerizing journey to the very lap of the Himalayas. Either a budding youth or a man in his prime, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is bound to give you a new sense of adventure in life. 

The trip marks its signal as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley entailing culturally ornamented sites like Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath paves way for a drive to the phenomenal city of Pokhara. From Pokhara, a short drive further leads you to Nayapul, the trail-head of the trek. With the base camp trek including elderly and child participants, we begin the gradual walk towards Tikhedhunga followed by another ascent to reach Ghorepani via Banthanti. A hike to Poonhill viewpoint offers a stunning panorama of the mountains in Annapurna range. As the trail already marches through the Annapurna Conservation Area, the trek takes you along lush forests to Tadapani. Keeping the physical conditions of our elderly and child participants, we steadily ascend to Dovan. From, here a trek through bamboo forests leads us to Machhapuchhre Base Camp via Himalaya. This namesake of a base camp offers scintillating views of mountains including Machhapuchhre (6997m) which is not open to climbing given the religious values surrounding the mountain. Further, we carefully ascend to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). The base camp houses enchanting views of the entire Annapurna massif. Retracing the same path we used for the ascent, we head towards Himalaya. A short descent to Sinuwa extends to Jhinu Danda where the natural hot springs await us. This can be especially comforting to the child and elderly members on the trek. While on the descent, we carefully mind our every step as it can include challenging drops. A descent to Tolka follows a serene trail to Dhampus and concludes with a drive to Pokhara.

We, at Nepal Ascent Treks, have a passion to offer the beauty of Nepal to travelers of all kinds. In this variation of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we have designed the trek in such a way that also allows people below average physical condition can undertake it as well. An abundance of resting stops assures that you won’t go out of breath. Our team will take care of all the necessities so that you won’t have to worry about a thing.

 

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Itinerary

Your arrival in Nepal will land you in the valley of Kathmandu. A Nepal Ascent representative will receive you and escort you to your hotel. You can rest and explore the nearby areas for the remaining parts of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

Today we shall explore the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley which include Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. These are famed for holding great religious significance with the former two being Buddhist stupas and the latter being a Hindu pilgrimage site. We also explore the culturally enriched Kathmandu Durbar Square. Meanwhile, you can also prepare for the trek and shop at the local markets, if necessary. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

Wake up early and get on a flight or a private vehicle that leads all the way to Pokhara. The drive lasts for 6 hours whereas the flight lasts for 30 minutes. Either one of the options is bound to be a delightful experience as you leave the valley and accompany mesmerizing scenery to reach the City of Lakes, Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, head to your hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist Bus / Flight

Today, you wake up early and take a short drive to Nayapul. It is the official entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area. We shall follow our guide and trek the uphill trail by going through the green hills with an awesome display of mountains like Annapurna (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m). We pass through settlements like Birethanti and Hile to reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private Car / Walking

The trail from Tikhedhunga starts to climb upwards and along the way, we can catch glimpses of the exotic wildlife that thrive in these parts. Walk through quaint forests and admire the surreal view of the snow-laden mountains and rhododendrons. We arrive at Banthanti, which is a small settlement in the wilderness. Overnight stay at Banthanti.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The morning sun blesses us with amazing views of the Mt. Himchuli (6441), and then we shall continue the trek which leads to Nangethanti. We climb the steep trails to Ghorepani, which provides us spectacular scenery of mountains like Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and plenty others in the Annapurna range. Ghorepani is also renowned for offering travelers to observe the Gurung culture and lifestyle. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, we head to Poonhill to witness the enchanting sunrise over the Himalayas in Annapurna massif. This is a famous vantage point to observe the magnitude of the Annapurna region and its array of towering peaks. The hike takes about 45 minutes and we can observe the panoramic view of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (Fishtail|6997m), and others. We return back to Ghorepani where we shall spend the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

After having breakfast, we head on the trail to Tadapani. The road initially takes us to Deurali, where we shall have our lunch and interact with the locals. The road sees a decrease in elevation and cascades into forests. We arrive at Tadapani, which is a small settlement in the hills. Overnight stay at Tadapani.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail from Tadapani to Chhomrong also sees a decrease in elevation. We shall make our way through quaint settlements of Talung and Gurjung. We can have our lunch in either of these villages. We walk along the banks of the Kimrong Khola and simultaneously enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Chhomrong.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail for the day leads us through the stony staircases towards the Chhomrong Khola. We cross the suspension bridge to cross the river and walk on an ascending trail that leads us to Sinuwa. From here, we go through lush vegetation to reach Khuldighar. A brief walk leads us to the resting point at Bamboo and, finally, we arrive at Dobhan. Overnight stay at Dovan.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We trek along the banks of the Modi Khola and cross lush forests. The elevated trail leads us to the Hinku Cave, which is used by people as a resting spot and a site for exploration. We will have our lunch at Deurali and then indulge in some uphill climbing. As we reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we can see the mighty Fishtail Mountain (6997m) up-close. Overnight stay at MBC.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, we achieve the major landmark of the trek, which is the ABC. Make your way through the snow-laded trails and desolate lands. From the base camp, you can catch extraordinary sights of mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). In the base camp, you can interact with other trekkers too. We explore the area and relish the moments amid the Himalayas. Overnight stay at ABC.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From the Annapurna Base Camp, the trail starts to drop down and we can witness it in the form of descending trails and the vegetation slowly coming back to life. The trail descends for most parts as we head to Himalaya. It is basically a small lodge which is used by many as a resting point. This lodge provides us with a picturesque view of the mountains of the Annapurna region. Overnight stay at Himalaya.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail further descends and, to prevent any sort of mishaps, we shall trek slowly and steadily. The trail blesses us with amazing refreshment and delirious views of the forests. We arrive at Sinuwa, a small settlement where we can spend some time interacting with the locals here and learn the prevalent cultures of the Gurung community from them. Overnight stay at Sinuwa.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail from Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda involves climbing a whole lot of stairs and crossing suspension bridges. Shortly, we find ourselves in the vicinity of the mighty Jhinu Danda. As we navigate ourselves around this small hill, we’ll be greeted by quaint wildlife thriving here. Here, we can soak ourselves in the natural hot springs which are believed to have great health benefits. Overnight stay at Jhinu Danda.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The route to Tolka leads us to Landruk initially and then later goes through the Chhomrong Khola and the Modi Khola. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach Landruk from Jhinu Danda. After having lunch there, we walk on the trail to Tolka. Tolka is a small village inhabited by the people of Gurung and Tamang community. Overnight stay at Tolka.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The route to Dhampus explores the rich heritage of the Annapurna region and it shows the exotic lifestyle of the people of Gurung and Magar. The route towards Dhampus goes through numerous settlements and pleasant sceneries. We initially take a stop at Pothana and, admiring the amazing Himalayan vista, we begin the downhill walk to Dhampus. Overnight stay at Dhampus.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We have breakfast at Dhampus and walk on the winding trail leading to Phedi. Phedi is a small hill settlement that provides us with amazing glimpses of the Pokhara valley and the Annapurna region. From Phedi, get on a private vehicle and head to Pokhara where the trip shall end for the day. We can also enjoy the ambiance of the Pokhara city and celebrate the completion of our trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Walking / Private Car

Today, we shall explore the major landmarks of the Pokhara valley. These include sites like Phewa Lake, Rupa Lake, and the Begnas Lake. We can also visit the famed Davis Falls and the beautiful World Peace Pagoda. Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, and Bindyabasini temple make for an exciting tour as well. Your tour can include any combination of these destinations as long as time permits us to explore. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

From Pokhara, you have the option of either flying to Kathmandu or driving to Kathmandu. Regardless of your choice, you'll be greeted by the amazing view of the Himalayas, hills, and rivers. In Kathmandu, you can either explore the city or shop for gifts and souvenirs as you please. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist Bus/ Flight

Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Transportation in private vehicle.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • First aid medical kit
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.

Complimentary Extras

  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's Not Included

  • Cost for additional trips.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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