Annapurna Base Camp Trek Nepal

After 5 long years since i accomplished Everest base Camp EBC in 2019, i decided to return to Nepal to participate in the Annapurna Base Camp ABC Trek engaging Amigo trekking company again as i was very happy with their service in 2019.

Day 01/11th Apr: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02/12th Apr: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 03/13th Apr: Drive to Pokhara

Day 04/14th Apr: Drive to Hile (1430m/4691ft) 3.5h and trek to Ulleri (1960m/6430ft) 4h 3km

Day 05/15th Apr: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m/9383ft) 6h 7km

Day 06/16th Apr: Hike to Poon Hill (3193m/10,475ft) and trek to Tadapani (2630/8628ft) 6h 9km

Day 07/17th Apr: Trek to Sinuwa (2360m/7742ft) 8h 11km

Day 08/18th Apr: Trek to Deurali (3200m/10,498ft) 7h 10km

Day 09/19th Apr: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13,549ft) 7h 6km

Day 10/20th Apr: Trek to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft) 8h 13km

Day 11/21st Apr: Trek to Jhinu (1780m/5839ft) 6h 8km

Day 12/22nd Apr: Trek to Siwai (4h) 7km and drive to Pokhara (4h)

Day 13/23rd Apr: Explore day in Pokhara

The journey to Kathmandu seemed like circumnavigating the globe twice with a 20 hour travel time, leaving home by car on the Gold Coast at 330am and arriving at Kathmandu 20 hours later (Brisbane-Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu).

As usual i chose the cheapest airline which happened to be Batik Air which came in just under $600 including 20kg check in luggage and extra legroom seats. The stopover in Bali was a transit stop where ongoing passangers did not leave the aircraft, only new passangers got onboard and we were on our way an hour later.

Kathmandu airport has undergone huge renovations in the last 5 years with the implementation of a QR code system for on the spot visa applications instead of using the handful of outdated ATM looking machines, everyone has a phone these days. After generating the Visa On Arrival with my phone i was able to pay the visa fee at the immigration counter and obtain the passport sticker. The Visa fee was still $50USD for 30 days and i was able to pay this by car as i had zero US currency.

At the time of writing the exchange rate was 85Nr to $1AUD

While i was walking out of the airport i spotted a Nepal Telecom Mobile kiosk so i purchased the 1.5Gb for 30 days package including local calls, this cost 1200Nr ($15AUD). The whole process took 5 minutes and was activated within that time, i still could never remember the number to give hotels lol. There are basically 2 mobile carriers in Nepal, Ncell and NTC, both offer similar value for money and coverage. I did read on other websites NTC seemed to work better in the Annapurna region but mine didnt work for the final two days enroute to ABC.

All tea houses along the way that we went offered paid hot showers and wifi along with 240V charging facilities EXCEPT the final destination ABC. Prices were roughly WIFI 300Nr, Hot Shower 250Nr and Phone charging 100Nr, however most of our rooms had mains power outlets to charge devices etc free, maybe they were a recent addition to the rooms.

After being picked up from the airport i was driven to the tourist district of Thamel once again staying at the Aspara Boutique Hotel, this took about 30 minutes. The rooms are large and comfortable with included breakfasts, walking distance to all the action thamel offers, bars, restaurants and supermarkets.

The nightlife is off the chain with many upmarket clubs and bars, a beer costs about $8AUD for a 500ml can or 600ml bottle. The stores and mini marts sell them for half of that $4AUD for me the Tight Arsed Traveller, Beer of choice was eother Tuborg or Ghorka at around 5% alcohol.

Because I did the Kathmandu city tour previously in 2019 i opted to do my own activities so on the next day i was picked up from my hotel and diven out to the Chandragiri Hills Cable car theme park. This was about an hours drive and cost me $100AUD including park entrance and the car waiting 4 hours for me to finish my experience.

I also walked the 1.6km to the Nepal Skywalk Glass Foored tower and paid the 1000Nr to go up to the viewing platform, its well worth going at opening time 10am to avoid any crowds. I had the whole experisnce to myself and took the opportunity to create an insta360 video, and on my way out opted to buy a coffee and cheesecake in the restaurant 1 floor lower.

I managed to fly my drone from a few blocks away to avoid all the curious Karens to capture some amazing footage, i basically had to hide in the rear of a gravel carpark.

Last but not least i took a self guided tour of Durbar Square and paid 1000Nr for this also, its worth noting that you can walk down a different street to avoid the ticket booths, but i decided that im not that much of a tightarse to not pay a struggling city for its tourism offerings. As usual plenty of touts trying to basically sell you their firstborn or an internal organ, a pair of sunglasses avoids all eye contact and just keep walking. Millions of pidgeons and some amazing golden hour photograpy is on offer here, with the unique nepalese architecture and vibe.

Kathamandu is a foodie paradise with sensational tasty and nutritious snaks and meals cooked to perfection, my favourite was the falaffel schwarma kebab type of roll for 300Nr closely followed by the woodfired pizza place. Both of these food outlets are immediately across the alley way from Pumpernikel Bakery.

 

 

 

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