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Courtesy of Youin Travel, this is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy a 13-day, 12-night trekking expedition for one person to Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain at 8,091m (26,545 ft) above sea level! The winner will be staying in a 4* deluxe hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Tea-house accommodation on the mountainside during the trek, and in a 3* hotel in Pokhara. Included in the trek are Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek; a Trekking duffle bag, tee-shirt, and map, all for you to take home; Down jacket. Sleeping bag (to be returned on completion of the trek); A comprehensive medical kit (Carried by your guide); An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter); Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle; Staff salary insurance transportation as well as staff food and hotel. Trek is valued at over £1,150 GBP / $1,300 USD*. Please note the winner will be required to separately pay for the following additional fees during their trek experience: Security deposit $100 USD; Domestic transfer to Pokhara (approx $54 USD when booked locally on the ground); Optional half day sightseeing tour on Day 2; National park permit & entrance fee; Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu; International Airfares and travel insurance; Tips and gratuities for guide/porters; Personal expenses – alcohol, laundry, bottled water, showers, battery charging, phone calls, etc.
Auction stay dates: to be booked in advance and trek taken before 20 December 2023, subject to availability.
Apart from the Annapurna 1 peak, the Annapurna massif includes thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) and sixteen more over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft). The journey begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City,’ which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machapuchare, and Annapurna. Throughout the journey, you will encounter cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.
1, Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best (and most popular) seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views…and we mean OUTSTANDING!
If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh, while during Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug), there will be rain.
Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a short, 13-day itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the base camp. The particular route is designed for trekkers who wish to hike to the base camp of the spectacular mountain but are restricted time-wise.
Thanks to the well-groomed itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package, it is a very popular choice among diverse outdoor enthusiasts, from solo female travelers to hikers traveling in small and large groups in Nepal.
2, The tour price is not included extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is compulsory for your trek to commence. Your travel insurance must cover emergency cases (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance) with medical expenses, Covid medical costs, cancellation, loss of luggage, and lost items.
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips and must be shown on arrival to your tour leader. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation including helicopter rescue and air ambulance.
We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please request your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and accompany you to the Hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu – Trek Preparation
Optional Sightseeing Tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These sites highlight Nepal’s cultural and religious heritages. Our first stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square and then Swayambhunath Stupa, next is Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world, followed by the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world.
Lastly, in the late afternoon we visit our office for a brief orientation on our trek.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga
Early morning flight to Pokhara with your guide and meet your staff and drive to Nayapul (1070m). This drive will take 1 to 2 hours traffic depending. Then trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1540 m). This walk will take 3 to 4 hours.
Overnight stay in Tikhedunga.
Day 4: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2850m) 6–7-hour trek
After breakfast at Tikhedhunga, we start our journey to Ghorepani through the Ulleri, our journey begins after crossing a small suspension bridge and trail ascend steeply toward the Ulleri (2070m) which takes about 2 hours, and then gently passing through Banthanti, a beautiful Magar Village.
On the way you could see the gorgeous views of Fishtail Mountain, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Our lunch could be at Banthanti or Nangetahnti. After lunch and a short rest, your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final destination of today, Ghorepani.
Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2610m) 4-5 hour trek
Early morning climb up to Poon Hill (3,210m) to see panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himalayan ranges as well as the sun rising over the Himalayas. Experiencing the great views of Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill, we descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, continue the downhill trek to Tadapani (2610 meters). The trail goes along the ridges of rhododendron and pine forest.
Overnight at Tadapani.
Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong(2600) 5-6 hour trek
Today’s trail descends to Kimrong stream through the forest of rhododendron. We then walk towards Chhomrong (2020 meter), crossing through the Gurjung village. Chhomrong offers you close views of Mt. Annapurna south and Hiunchuli and the virgin peak, Fishtail (Machapuchare). Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive.
Overnight at Chhomrong.
Day 7: Chhumrung to Himalaya (2840m) 6-7 hour trek
From Chhumrung the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola, and then the trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our first destination Sinuwa. We then proceed to Kuldi Ghar (2470m), about 2.5 to 3 hrs walking. The trek now enters the upper Modi Khola Valley. We can expect snow from here on in the winter months (Dec-Feb.)
We continue our trek going down to Bamboo through an uninhabited forest area scattered with big rocks. From Bamboo, the road will take us through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Doban (2540m). After climbing 300 meters up, we will be at the Himalayan Hotel.
Overnight at Himalaya Hotel.
Day 8: Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 7-8 hour trek
After breakfast, we continue on to Hinko Cave (3100m) and then to Deurali.
During this day if we are lucky, we can see interesting wildlife like deer, jackals and peacocks. Here we will also have great views of Machapuchare Mountain (6997m) and you will understand why the translation of its name means fishtail mountain.
We then climb on past the Machapuchare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular and mesmerising views of the Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks.
Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo(2360m) 6-7 hour trek
Today we follow our way back to Bamboo. It’s easier as we descend the most part of our route. Trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo.
Overnight at Bamboo.
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1730m) 5-6 hour trek
Today, we follow our way back to Chhumrung and then an hour trek down to Jhinu Danda. There is hot spring 20 minutes or so from the hotel. Take a relaxing bath from natural hot spring to soothe any aches and pains in your body.
Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Day 11: Jhinu to Nayapul, and Pokhara
Today our journey starts along the right side of the Modi Khola through small villages and bamboo forests to Birethanti. This part of the journey is on relatively flat ground and is considered one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of your journey. Trek from Hot spring to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara. Explore Pokhara and overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
Morning flight to Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel and afterwards, you will have a free day for last-minute shopping.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Fly back home
According to the flight schedule, transfer to the airport and fly home with beautiful memories of Nepal.
Terms and Conditions
Luxury Travel Diary terms and conditions apply. *This auction item is valued at over $1,300 USD by Youin Travel – please note this valuation is the list price provided to Luxury Travel Diary by the Auction Prize Provider and should be used as a guide only as cheaper discounted rates may be available. No cash alternative is available. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion, or discount. This auction item excludes flights and transport – you will need to arrange and pay for your own flights / transportation to and from your home to the agreed You Travel Collection Point at Kathmandu Airport to coincide with your trek booking. Your stay is subject to availability, must be booked in advance, and the trek took before 20 December 2023. Please note any associated taxes/resort fees/entrance fees etc., and all additional purchases will be collected from the winner by the relevant property at the time of booking your stay or on departure and will not be deducted from the amount bid for the item. Youin Travel Terms and Conditions and Booking Policy also apply to this prixe and these can bread here: https://youintravel.com/booking-policy/. Winners must pay for their auction item in full via PayPal within 48 hours of the auction’s end. The full Terms of our auctions can be found here. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Luxury Travel Diary will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winners’ use or enjoyment of the prize; and the winner acknowledges that Luxury Travel Diary accepts no responsibility whether directly or indirectly for any claims whatsoever arising in respect of the prizes provided by third-party providers or sponsors.