21st  to  29th April 2017 | Nepal

The Annapurna Base Camp 2017

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Nepal)

April 21st to 29th, 2017

This will be G4G's 56th challenge.

This fabulous 9-day trek through the stunning Himalayan Annapurna range, following ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. This is a big challenge and requires training, stamina and perseverance, but the breathtaking scenery will be ample reward for your efforts.

We will be trekking between 7km and 19km per day.

Each campsite is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery, including Annapurna (the first 8000m peak ever to be climbed), the huge ice pyramid Dhaulagiri, and Machhupuchhare, considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the world.

We will also visit the Children's Eco Farm near Kathmandu, to see for ourselves the wonderful work they are doing for the most needy children of the region.

Level:  This will be an Extreme test of fitness and determination.  There is no technical climbing, but there will be plenty of challenging sections and trekking at high altitude.   G4G will run a number of free training sessions before the challenge.

Number of participants: Maximum 25 per group.

Registration Fee: AED 2,500/-

Minimum Sponsorship: AED 15,000/- 

Assistance provided in advance by G4G: Fund-raising ideas; training & fitness suggestions; safety & medical advice; clothing & equipment advice.

What G4G provides on the Challenge: flights and transfers, hotels/tents (on a double-occupancy basis), food, guides, medical & vehicle back-up.

Essential to leave behind: Day-to-day problems.

Essential to bring: Determination & a sense of humour!

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Friday 21st – Friday 29th April, 2017

Day 1: Friday 21stApril: Dubai to Kathmandu 

Depart Dubai for our flight to Kathmandu

Pre-challenge briefing and kit check early evening

Dinner and overnight at hotel

 

Day 2: Saturday 22nd April: Kathmandu – Pokhara: Take our morning flight to Pokhara drive to Kaande and trek to Tolkha (1,700 m) via the Austrian Camp – 6 hours

After short preparation start gentle climb to the Austrian Camp for lunch. After lunch continue on the trail doing down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (1890 m) with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2,080 m) located at the crest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly and gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola. From here we cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1700m).

Dinner and overnight at Tolkha

 

Day 3: Sunday 23rd April: Trek to Choomrong (2,170 m) - 6 hours

After breakfast we trek to Kyumrong Danda. This area offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machapuchhere dominate the mountain views though glimpses further East to lamjung Himal and Manaslu range are also possible. After a short break in Kyumrong Danda we descend down to Kyumrong Khola for lunch.

After lunch we cross Kyumrong Khola and start our climb to Choomrong village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of Annapurna South – Hiunchuli and Machhapucchhare mountains. Chhomrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 4: Monday 24th April: Trek to Dovan (2,600 m) – 6 hours

After breakfast we start our trek to Dovan. We go down until we reach the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chhomrong Khola, and then we climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes until we reach the hamlet of Banuwa. We carry on for another thirty minutes until we reach Sunawa (about 2400m) where we will find at least two lodge-restaurants. Here the path leaves cultivated fields to enter the beautiful tropical forest. We can follow the ridge of the hill, about 2500 meters high, but unfortunately the mountain is drained by several small streams and we will need to take several ascents and descents. It takes about an hour to reach the locality of Khuldi ghar (2,477m). From here the path quite quickly descends until it reaches the hamlet of Bamboo (2300m) with four or five lodges and is a good spot for lunch. As the name suggest, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which leads, after about an hour of walking, to Tiptop (2571m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban (2606m).

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 5: Tuesday 25th April: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m) – 6 hours

Soon after Doban we will enter the sacred forest of Jode Yehm, where near the waterfall on the

East bank of Modi khola, we will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. A sign indicates the name of the place and reminds visitors not to lean over. One assumes it is better not to disturb the Gods. From Doban, it will take an hour to reach the Himalayan Hotel (2873m). The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow of the rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3,139 m). It will take about half an hour to reach Deaurali (3,230 m) for lunch.

After lunch it is about 2 hours to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp or “fishtail”, thus named because its twin summits resemble a twitched fishtail. After walking along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes through several naves. If there has been recent snowfall, this part of the route can be quite difficult, though the use of crampons in not necessary, walking sticks will suffice.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 6: Wednesday 26th April: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) & Backtrack to Bamboo– 8 hours

Early morning trek to Annapurna Base Camp, except for a few undulating hills, the route is flat and therefore quite easy. Also, the spectacular views of Annapurna South in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets any tiredness! At the end of the route (4,130 m) there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill, which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Sanctuary. After enjoying a magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary, start back track to Bamboo. Enroute we will stop in Himalayan Hotel for a hearty lunch. After lunch continue we to Bamboo and stay overnight.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 7: Thursday 27th April: Back track to Choomrong and decent down to Jhinu Danda – 7 hours

After breakfast we back track to Choomrong for lunch. After lunch we start the descent down to Jhinu Danda (1,770m). This has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders can be found selling trinkets.

We walk onto hot springs which are about a 20-minute steep descent whereupon we can enjoy the natural springs.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 8: Friday 28th April: Trek to New Bridge via Kimrong Khola & Drive to Pokhara – 7 hours

After breakfast, we start our trek to New Bridgevia Khimrong khola and meet the waiting vehicle to drive 1 and half hours to Pokhara.

Celebration Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pokhara

 

Day 9: Saturday 29th April: Fly Back to Kathmandu (25 min) Charity visit and onward journey home

After breakfast we transfer to Pokhara Domestic Airport (15 minutes) and take a scenic 25-minute flight back to Kathmandu from where we will drive to the Eco-Farm (approximately 1 hour) and spend the rest of the day with the children before returning back to Kathmandu airport for the evening flight back to Dubai. 

Climate - 

Daytime temperatures in Aprilwill range from 22-25°C in Kathmandu and from 6-8°C at Annapurna Base Camp. Night-time temperatures will decrease as altitude increases, from 12-13°C to 1-2°C. It may well fall below freezing. Warm clothing is needed.

Health -  

The most important and simple thing you can do to prevent illness is to be properly immunized. Our medical advisor recommends that travellers should be immunized against Hepatitis A and B, a series of three injections, advising the first and second doses at least 6 weeks before departure. Typhoid and Tetanus are a must. Malaria risk is extremely low.  The challenge is described as strenuous so good fitness is required - start training as early as possible. Keep hydrated on the trek by drinking water regularly.

Altitude sickness can occur but can be minimised by good fitness and "Diamox" tablets. Second most important - follow food and drink guidelines

Visa info for Nepal - 

Currently visas are purchased on entering at Kathmandu. One passport sized photograph and passports copies are also required.

Travel & Medical Insurance

G4G will arrange group medical/travel insurance for you. You will be required to pay your insurance premium a week prior to departure. Further details about the premium, type of cover, insurance terms & conditions etc are available on request. 

Respect for the Environment

We maintain a firm commitment to conserve the areas we work in and ask you to do the same. Take only photographs and leave behind only footprints and tyre tracks.

Safety

We take your safety very seriously. It is our first and never forgotten priority. Please listen to your guides and follow their instructions. 

What We Supply

Return flight from Dubai, internal flights/transfers, daily meals, water and accommodation including tents (on a double-occupancy basis).  All your gear will be transported each day to the night stop, except daily necessities carried in your own day-pack.

A Typical Day

Days vary according to terrain and distance. However, you can expect a lunch stop, usually at a local restaurant. Two snacks per day are supplied at pre-established rest stops on the way. There will be time to socialize and explore before dinner.

Special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice. Boiled water is available throughout the day.

Personal Equipment

Travel light! Try to limit your baggage to around 15 kgs. All bags are to be clearly marked and lockable. Do not take or wear any valuables on the trek - it is best to leave them at home.

Please refer to the Kit List. 

Mission Himalaya Children's Eco Farm Home

We will visit the Mission Himalaya Children's Eco Farm Home near Kathmandu, to see for ourselves the wonderful work they are doing for the most needy children of the region.

Having worked with this charity before, we know how professionally and passionately this orphanage is run.   They have moved to new premises in order to house more orphans and street kids, as well as give them more security, as the land and buildings are now owned rather than rented. Funds from previous challenges in Nepal paid for the new building.

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Clothing

The best way to ensure that you are dressed correctly is to wear the correct layers, starting from against the body. The biggest mistake made by people is to start off with cotton against the skin. Cotton absorbs moisture perfectly, but has absolutely no wicking properties. “Wick” means that the fabric draws moisture away from the body and allows it to evaporate on the outside. Cotton against the skin will trap moisture, ensuring a cold and miserable time. So, don’t take chances with incorrect clothing.

The first layer should offer good insulation and be a “wicking” type of thermal underwear. The middle layer, using a product like a polar fleece should provide insulation and warmth. The outer layer should be windproof, waterproof and breathable. Ventex, Gore-Tex, Weathertite or Jeantex products offer these properties.

Camera
Taking pictures with a fully automatic camera at altitude is perfectly possible, but always have a new battery in your camera when going into cold areas. A mechanical camera works just as well, provided you have the knowledge to operate it successfully. Cameras exposed to cold do not cease functioning, but if you keep it inside your jacket and the lens is warm, it will likely form condensation when suddenly exposed to cold. This condensation will freeze under certain conditions. Therefore, keep your cameras dry at all times.

There are numerous classic photo opportunities. It is recommended that serious photographers take a small portable tripod, as it could be cold enough that you cannot keep the camera steady.

Packing
Remember that you will be in the mountains for at least 9 days. You need to take enough clothing, especially socks to last for this period.

Mental Preparation
It is well within you to trek to the Annapurna base camp. Remain in a positive state of mind, without being overly confident. This mental stamina will make the more difficult parts easier to complete. Always focus on your goal and do not get involved in inconsequential matters that will rob you of your concentration. Being physically prepared assists a great deal in being mentally confident for the physical part of the Challenge.

Day Pack
Make sure your daypack is properly packed and complete by the time you start each day You will be unlikely to see the rest of your luggage during the day.

Final Notes
Trek at a pace that suits you, do not rush. Take frequent rests. Drink at least 3 – 4 litres of water a day. Remember, good body water balance is one of the keys to a successful trek!

Check List: Tick as you collect:

Base Layer:

  • 1 Pairs Medium Thermal Underwear leggings (long) Cotton to be avoided 
  • 1 Pairs Medium Thermal Underwear top (long) Cotton to be avoided
  • 4 pairs wicking sock liners. Cotton to be avoided
  • Regular underwear - wicking material

Thermal Layer:

  • Fleece jacket or equivalent
  • Fleece pants or equivalent
  • Thermal Gloves
  • Thermal hiking socks
  • Quick Dry shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece scarf or equivalent

Outer Shell:

  • Long length waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket  (eg Gore-tex or equivalent)
  • Trousers waterproof, windproof, breathable (eg Gore-tex or equivalent)
  • Poncho or rain jacket

Additional Gear:

  • Sleeping bag rated to at least -5oC, preferably -15oC
  • 35 litre day pack (with padded shoulder and hip straps)
  • Hiking Boots (Gore-tex recommended or treated leather boots or equivalent)
  • Trainers trousers with zip-off legs
  • Trekking trousers with zip-off legs
  • 2 sets travelling gear (trousers, shirt, shoes, socks, underwear)
  • Wide brimmed hat for sun and rain
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Protective glasses, clear for contact lens wearers in dusty, cold conditions
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm
  • Water bottles insulated or hydration bladder, 3 litre capacity combined
  • Wash Cloth
  • Buff or Bandana
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • 1 Headlamp with extra bulb & batteries
  • Camera with extra film, batteries & lenses
  • Packs of trail mix snacks
  • Packs energy powder mix for drinking
  • Travel documents
  • Cash currency (US$)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Plastic bags for packing
  • Wet Wipes

Miscellaneous

Nepal is 1 hour 45 minutes ahead of the UAE

Good Reference Books are the Lonely Planet Guides to Nepal

Compulsory

Inform us of any important changes in your medical condition. 

A relaxed attitude - and a sense of humour !