PRICE €1999

Annapurna Base Camp

13 Days of Breathtaking Landscapes, Rich Cultures, and Unforgettable Memories

All Inclusive (inc meals)

Duration

13 Days

Location

Nepal

Activity

Trek

Scenic Diversity

Traverse through diverse landscapes, from terraced fields to stunning waterfalls and rivers, culminating in panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range.

Cultural Immersion

Explore charming Gurung villages, witness panoramic mountain vistas, and dive into the rich traditions and hospitality of the Annapurna region.

Licensed Guidance

Trek confidently with government-licensed guides, comprehensive medical kits, and emergency communication facilities, ensuring a safe and informed adventure.

DESTINATION

Nepal

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit is one of the best adventure trips out there! This multi-day trekking trip takes you high into the Annapurna mountains, a beautiful and culturally diverse section of the Nepal Himalayas.

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This moderate-grade trek, ideal for both novice and experienced trekkers, takes you through terraced fields, lush rhododendron forests, and charming Gurung villages, all while offering panoramic views of the majestic Annapurna Himalayan Range. With full board services, including 4-star accommodations, expert guides, and all necessary permits, you'll experience the best of Nepal's natural beauty and cultural richness. Join us and discover why the Annapurna Base Camp is known as the "Sanctuary of the Gods."

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna

Price

€1,999

Country

Nepal

DURATION

13 days

Grade

Moderate

MAX ALTITUDE

4130 m
13550 ft

Daily Activity

Approx
5-7 hrs

Season

Spring &
Autumn

About The Climb

Mt. Annapurna is the tenth highest peak in the world with a height of 8091m located in the western zone of Nepal. Annapurna region is a protected region and it is the largest conservation area of Nepal. This area spans 7,639sq km. Within its vicinity, lies one of the most popular trekking destinations of the world; The Annapurna Base Camp, popularly known as ABC Trek. ABC is located at an altitude of 4130m and call the “Sanctuary of the Gods”.

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The trekking begins from the city of lakes, Pokhara. We follow the trail through the popular Gurung Village of Ghandruk. The trail consists of the scenic beauty of waterfalls and rivers, a dense and red forest of rhododendron following the narrow Modi Khola valley. Moreover, the dazzling beauty of Annapurna, Machapuchhre (Fishtail), and Himchuli attract us towards them in our walk. No technical difficulties make this trek feasible for hikers who have no training or any sort of experience in trekking. There are lodges set out at every checkpoint. We walk for around 4-6 hours and stop by the lodge and continue trekking the next day until reaching the destination. This route is mostly recognised for the panoramic views of the Annapurna

Climb Route

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Details

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

Day 2
Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m)

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Day 3
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

Day 4
Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170m)

Day 5
Trek from Chhomrong to Deurali (3,174m)

Day 6
Trek from Deurali (3,174m) to ABC (4,130m) via Machhapuchhare
Base Camp

Day 7
Contingency Day (Reserve day due)

Day 8
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Day 9 
Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m)

Day 10
Trek from Jhinu to Ghandruk Phedi and drive to Pokhara (transfer
to the hotel)

Day 11
Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to the
Hotel

Day 12
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day 13
Transfer to International Airport for final departure

Tourist Visa

Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival.

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To obtain a visa upon arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form and provide a passport copy. Visa application forms are available at the arrival hall, though some airlines provide this form on the flight. There are now visa registration machines in the immigration hall for people with electronic passports, which will automatically fill out the visa form for you after inserting your passport. Or, you can get a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your own country before your arrival.

Getting in Nepal

There are many entry points in Nepal but most of you will take a flight to Kathmandu which is the only entry point for travelers who are entering by air. Your expedition will officially begin after flying to Kathmandu where you will be picked up by Jason Black Mountaineering at the airport, so you need to provide your arrival details in advance. And also lets us know if your flight gets delayed right away so we can manage everything accordingly.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights in Nepal are the main intercommunication to reach the region where you are going for your expedition as most of these regions are disconnected by road transport. Your flights into the Khumbu and any other region that are mentioned in your trip program will be reserved by us on your behalf. Due to the terrain and landscapes of Nepal domestic flights might get caught in weather delays which is why we recommend your return flight back to home be changeable at any time.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is an effect of high-altitude atmospheric pressure that results in a quick change in oxygen level and air pressure of a human body. The symptoms will arise while walking at a high altitude without properly acclimatising the body. It can happen to anyone even if they have great physical fitness if you climb faster at a higher altitude. It is better to ascend gradually to prevent altitude sickness.

Money

There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATMs access in trekking areas and also some reserves cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the expedition.

Tipping

There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

Drinking-Water

The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the expedition as your body requires more at a higher altitude.

Safety

Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip.

Internet and SIM Card

Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. During the expedition, the internet is available at the base camp for a certain amount of cost. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well.

Vaccinations & Immunisation

Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunisations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.

COST INCLUDES – Full Board Service:

  • ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: Airport – Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
  • HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (4-star category) – Twin sharing on bed and breakfast plan.

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  • HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN POKHARA: 2 nights hotel in Pokhara (4-star category) - Twin sharing on bed and breakfast plan.
  • WELCOME DINNER: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmanduwith Office Staff.
  • PERMIT: All necessary paper works: Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP), TIMS Card, other entry
  • INSURANCE: Medical &Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION:  Domestic Flight from Kathmandu - Pokhara returning from Pokhara - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE: Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
  • FOOD & LODGING: 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek. Hygienic and fresh green vegetables, and fresh meat, will be served during the trip.
  • GUIDE: Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
  • PORTER: Porters as required (2 members: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp (both ways).
  • STAFF SALARY AND ALLOWANCE: All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • SATELLITE PHONE: For emergency communication carried by a Guide, also available for members with an appropriate charge.
  • VALLEY SIGHTSEEING: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square by a Jason black mountaineering professional guide.
  • MEDICAL KIT: Comprehensive medical kit.
  • AIR FARE: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).NEPAL
  • ENTRY VISA FEE: Nepalese Visa fee is $50 USD for 30 Days.
  • LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • EXTRA NIGHT IN KATHMANDU: Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, or domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

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  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
  • PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT: Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
  • TOILETRIES: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • INTERNET SERVICE: Not included during the trek. 11.
  • TIPS: $150

    Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

Practical Info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Jason Black Mountaineering, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated Expert Advice page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Do I need any prior trekking experience to participate in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

No, prior trekking experience is not required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is a moderate-grade trek that does not demand any technical climbing skills, making it accessible for beginners and experienced trekkers alike.

How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate-grade trek. While it does not require technical climbing skills, participants should be prepared for daily walks of 5-7 hours on varied terrain. A basic level of fitness is recommended to enjoy the trek fully.

The trek to Annapurna base camp does not demand any technical skill hence you do not need to have any previous technical climbing experience or even any altitude experience to complete the trek.

Climbing Gear for Annapurna Base Camp

Travel Documents

Valid Passport
Credit/Debit Card
Insurance

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Print Packing List

Base Layers

  • Merino wool Underwear (2-3 pair): cotton smell
  • 1 x Lightweight Long leg Base Layer.
  • 2x long sleeve base layer merino wool doesn’t smell
  • 2x Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt or T-shirt for low down on the trail.

Mid Layers

  • 1x Trekking shorts for low down on trail.
  • 1x Soft Shell or hoodie or fleece top to be worn over other layers
  • 1x Lightweight  walking Pants
  • 1 x Heavyweight walking Pants (higherup)

Windproof/Rain Layers

  • 1x Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable
  • 1x Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable

Insulation Layers 

  • 1x good quality heavy Insulated Down fill puff Jacket with hood (gets cold at night) 

Headwear

  • 1x Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
  • 1x Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
  • 1x Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun and high winds

Eyewear 

  • 1x Good quality Sunglasses. 

Gloves

  • 1x heavier ski Gloves: to wear for cold days, Cold nights or days with high winds

Footwear

  • Comfortable Wool or Synthetic hiking Socks (3 pairs)
  • Hiking Boots/Trekking Shoes.
  • Crocs style footwear for wearing in lodges with good thick warm socks

Sleeping Equipment

  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -4°F
  • Pillow case to put over the pillow supplied in the tea houses.
  • Earplugs (A must if a light sleeper)

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Backpack: to carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light 20ltrs.
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack/duffels
  • A few strong trash/Black Bag: to line backpack.
  • Trekking Poles adjustable
  • Headlamp: with 2/3 extra sets of new batteries or can charge each night in tea houses

Travel Items

  • Large 100L Duffel Bags with Locks  for porters to carry each day transporting your gear head
  • Set of Travel Clothes, for days while back  in kathmandu
  • Wait and do your currency exchange (in kathmandu) to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and villages

Other Equipment

  • Water Bottles 2x wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity (easy buy in KMD)
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
  • Lip Screen:  SPF 30 or better
  • Toiletry Bag: include small towel, toilet paper and hand sanitiser
  • Pee bottle: 1-liter minimum bottle for convenience at night (personally a must, to avoid cold night walk to outdoor toilet)
  • Female Urination Device (FUD)
  • Small Personal First-aid Kit: include athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, cough drops, etc.
  • Medications and Prescriptions: bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox and dexamethasone
  • Country-appropriate plug adapters to charge phone camera etc.
  • Camera: bring charger, and memory cards.

Optional Electronics

  • books, iPad or Kindle

You may pay your deposit and balance using any lawful means. If sending money by electronic bank transfer then you will be responsible for covering the cost of the fees associated with the transfer, so that the company receives the full amount shown on your invoice, in the denomination shown on your invoice.

In case the client decides to cancel their trip, at any time between booking and the time of the trip, some deduction will be made to the advance amount. This is due to the company’s obligation to pay a certain amount for personnel and resources while booking them.

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The following cancellations charges will apply if you decide to cancel the booking:

  • Cancellations made 90 days or before are entitled to full deposit return if it has been paid in advance. 90 days passing will incur in loss of 30 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 60 days prior to the departure date will incur a loss of 50 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 45 days before the departure date will incur a loss of the full deposit and are subject to a 30 percent fee of total trip cost.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less before the departure date will incur a loss of 100 percent of the total trip cost.

NB: All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the notice period stated above.

For all cancellations, the company must be notified in writing. Acceptable means of communication include letter and email.

There is a fine line between adventure and blatant risk. Mountaineering is an adventure trip that carries an intrinsic danger and the nature of travel implies things don’t generally go according to the plan, which is the reason why we require every one of our clients to get acceptable and proper insurance.

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Due to unanticipated reasons, for example, injury, family issues, work commitments, etc., clients may need to cancel their trip before the start or during the expedition. Considering these factors, it’s better to be prepared for the possibilities.

As mentioned in the Terms and Conditions of Jason Black mountaineering, the company is exempt from being liable for different expenses that may occur in case of different emergencies or unforeseen situations. Both facts point out the requirement of a client to purchase an elaborate travel insurance plan in their place of origin that protects their interest in case of trip cancellation, helicopter evacuation, medical emergencies, other illnesses, lost luggage, theft, disasters, death, and so on.

You are free to pick your insurer however look for an arrangement that covers trip postponement and cancellation, rescue, and covers medical as well. Guarantee it doesn’t have limitations on the height you will climb, prohibitions on the exercises you are embracing, or the places you will be visiting. Protect yourself with the right insurance so you can go on your expedition with peace of mind and focus more on your climbing.

Please make sure to send us a copy of your insurance policy before you start your expedition so that we can assist you in any case of an emergency.

Adventure + Expertise + Purpose
Jason Black

Jason Black

International Expedition Leader

Commitment to Safety and Environment

Jason’s commitment to safety standards, extensive mountain knowledge, and adventure travel experience set him apart. 

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The small group approach adopted by Jason Black Mountaineering offers significant advantages, including a better guide-to-client ratio, reduced environmental impact, and a stronger team dynamic. Putting purpose before profit, the agency prioritizes empowering local communities by employing locals and supporting local businesses, aiming to contribute to the balance of global inequalities.

World Leading Mountaineer

At the helm of Jason Black Mountaineering is Jason Black himself, a renowned International Expedition Leader and International Mountain Leader.

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With a remarkable list of achievements, including summiting Mount Everest and the formidable K2, Jason holds multiple world records in high-altitude mountaineering. His feats, such as being the fastest to summit Kilimanjaro twice and completing the Aconcagua traverse in record time, establish him as one of the world's leading high-altitude mountaineers.

As an endurance athlete, Jason's passion for testing his physical and mental capabilities remains undiminished. His accolades include being awarded Ireland's National Outdoor Athlete of the Year for his historic summit of K2.

The Future of Adventure

 inspiring individuals and organizations, and leaving a lasting positive impact on both the adventure and humanitarian fronts. 

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What our clients say

Bernadette GlancyBernadette Glancy
23:26 26 Nov 22
On the 23rd July 2022 I arrived in Moshi ,Tanzania Africa. I had not been to Africa before.From all angles I could see the "Mountain" Kilimanjaro after arrival.. It was very clear to me from the engagement with the locals ,the Mountain is everything to the native people of Moshi, its their livelihood. They get no support from the government, even during covid virus .They depend on us visitors coming to climb there Mountain .That's how they earn the salary ,I seen the guides that accomplished my group for the week on the mountain , form a queue to collect the salary the day we returned from summitting the great Mountain. .Jason Black has built a relationship with these local guides ,everything is transpairable and a trust has been formed between Jason and the Lipman team(African guides). The same team that accomplished him in 2014 to accomplish a world record on that same Mountain. It occurred to me the day we arrived all the natives knew Jason Black, they were shaking his hand in the markets and almost everyone seemed to know him. He has such respect for this tribe of Moshi people and there Mountain. Jason was the perfect choice of Mountaineer for me to accomplish my goal/to Summit Kilimanjaro at 59yrs my age at time of achievement. The miracle is ,I choose Jason Black as my leader and anything is possible after that I discovered.AmenBernadette Glancy >Carrick on Shannon
Donal Mc GuinnessDonal Mc Guinness
15:32 24 Nov 22
I climbed Kilimanjaro with Jason in August 2022. This trip was truly amazing. From the first moment I contacted Jason I knew this trip would be a genuine African experience. We visited local villages, attractions and a coffee plantation. For me this part of the trip was as good as the Kilimanjaro experience. The Porter crew on the mountain were excellent and very friendly. The food was great and I am very proud to say that my whole group made it to the top! We all had the same mindset of wanting to take our time on each walk, taking lots of photos and having lots of breaks. I cant wait for my next adventure with Jason Black.
Jennifer DohertyJennifer Doherty
13:18 24 Nov 22
In May 2022 I trekked to Everest base camp with Jason and a group from Donegal. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Jason prepared us so well before and answered every question we had. We experienced the busyness of Kathmandu before taking the non-commercial route to base camp which was really special. Jason’s love of Nepal and respect for the local people was evident every day. He took time to get to know everyone in our group on a personal level and allowed everyone to be themselves. The fact that I am blind was never an obstacle and he made sure to describe everything and let me touch as much as possible on the way so that I didn’t miss out on anything. He challenged us to push ourselves more every day but we always had lots of fun. He is such a positive person to be around with a great respect for nature and other human beings. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the future 🙂
Gerardine O'ConnorGerardine O'Connor
11:25 19 Jun 22
Walking in Donegal - what a fantastic weekend in a beautiful place!As a lone traveller, my time at Everest Lodge was more than I could have expected. The warm Donegal welcome, the wonderful homemade food and the easy comfortable atmosphere all made for an unforgettable time. Jason's intuitive capacity to support and guide enabled me, and I believe all of us in the group, to leave on Sunday with a sense of accomplishment, awareness, and the inspiration to crack on with the next adventure, whether big or small. I had the best time ever.
Imelda HurleyImelda Hurley
23:11 31 May 22
May 2022 - I had a fantastic weekend hiking with Jason and staying at the lovely Everest Lodge - with four others who were also there for the weekend. Despite Jason’s incredible achievements, his demeanour is so ‘down to earth’ and his focus during our stay was on ensuring we were appropriately challenged while hiking, we felt fully at home at Everest Lodge and we had a lot of fun along the way. The ‘Ireland Walking Weekend’ surpassed my expectations at every level and I’d highly recommend hiking with Jason whenever the opportunity arises.
Yvonne SlatteryYvonne Slattery
19:13 29 May 22
I had a wonderful weekend with Jason and a number of walking enthusiasts in May - would recommend it to anyone, regardless of level of experience in the mountains. Whilst somewhat familiar with the main mountains in Donegal Jason showed us other areas which are kept "under wraps" and hence felt very special to a non-local. I found the guidance with navigation on the mountain particularly helpful and the food over the course of the weekend was amazing!
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