What an adventure we are going to have as we trek Annapurna Base Camp
15 nights, 17 days
Our trail is surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks in the Himalayas and our adventure has some excellent trekking opportunities in this natural ampitheatre.
From terraced rice fields to the infamous Guring staircases, old growth and bamboo forests, to Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
Our adventurers are all women and when combined with an awesome support crew, this makes for a unique combination of fun, friendship and adventure in a very spectacular location.
It is a remote trek at moderate altitude. Combined with our Australian trekking partner for this adventure, we provide high levels of safety and safety equipment at every stage of the journey.
Comprehensive training is included as part of the adventure so you can be sure you are “adventure ready”.
Hurry, secure your place today and let this amazing journey begin immediately.
Please ensure that you read the Booking Terms and Conditions associated with this adventure before you book.
Day 1 – Wednesday 9th October 2019
Depart Brisbane for Bangkok
The big day is finally here. If you are travelling with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader, then departure day is today.
We travel through Bangkok on the first leg of the journey.
Day 2 – Thursday 10th October 2019
Bangkok – Kathmandu & Welcome Dinner in Evening
On arrival in Kathmandu we are met by our guides at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transferred to our Hotel.
The remainder of your day is free to explore your new surroundings (our guide will be happy to accompany you).
Tonight is our welcome dinner which includes our tour briefing.
Accommodation: Hotel, twin share
Day 3 – Friday 11th October 2019
Our sightseeing today includes a visit to Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you’ll likely witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.
After Pashupatinath we will take a short drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the Royal Palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window.
Accommodation: Hotel, twin share
Sightseeing tour time: 7 hours
Day 4 – Saturday 12th October 2019
Kathmandu to Ghandrung via Pokhara and Kimche
This morning we transfer to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport for our flight to Pokhara, which is approximately 25 minutes.
After arriving at Pokhara (2,640ft/800m) we transfer by private 4 x 4 vehicle and head towards the starting point of the trek at Kimche.
This drive takes approximately two hours on a paved road and a further hour and a half on an unsealed 4wd track.
Once at Kimche, we will begin our trek to Ghandrung – the second largest Gurung village in Nepal.
The Gurungs are one of the main ethnic group who are recruited in the Gurkhareginment of the British and Indian armies. The 2 hour trail to Ghandrung is steep and mostly on paved staircases.
Travel time: 30 minute flight and 4 hour drive by 4WD
Trekking time: 2-3 hours / 6,400ft./1,950m
Day 5 – Sunday 13th October 2019
Ghandrung to Chomrong
This morning we ascend through terraced fields to KimrongDanda (7,425ft/2250m).
From here, we then descend steeply through forest to the KimrongKhola. This is the highest Gurung village in the valley. We spend an hour or so exploring the area.
After lunch, another steep ascent awaits us to another Gurung village of Chomrong. Chomrong is the highest permanent settlement in this valley, although there are tea-houses that are set at higher altitudes beyond this point.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours / 6,900ft./2,090m
Day 6 – Monday 14th October 2019
Chomrong to Bamboo
Today we leave behind permanent settlements and descend staircases to the Chomrongkhola (river). This is followed by an ascent to Sinuwa from where we enter mixed forests and follow the ModiKhola Valley entering the Annapurna Sanctuary zone.
Today we stop at Bamboo – named after Bamboo forests in the area. While at Bamboo look out for the hordes of Langur monkeys with their distinctive black faces and grey hair.
Trekking time: 5 hours / 7,600ft./2,310m
Day 7 – Tuesday 15th October 2019
Bamboo to Himalaya
Today we enter the Rhododendron and Oak forest (although they usually only flower during April and May) and continue to ascend gradually through the Modi Gorge.
The trail continues through bamboo, beyond avalanche chutes. We can expect to see a few landslides on our traverse today.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours / 9,375ft./2,840m
Day 8 – Wednesday 16th October 2019
Himalaya to Machhapuchhare Base Camp
Today, we find ourselves above the tree line entering the high alpine region.
We ascend steadily past Hinku cave and Deorali and then steeply to Machhapuchare Base Camp.
The mountain views from here are marvelous: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), and Machhapuchhare are all visible from here.
This afternoon we enjoying the spectacular scenery of these peaks.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours / 12,200ft./3,700m
Day 9 – Thursday 17th October 2019
Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
It is approximately 2-3 hours trekking to Annapurna Base Camp – with a collection of four hotels on a hillock.
The views of the south face of Annapurna is fabulous from ABC! At the Base Camp there are several memorials including one for Anatoly Boukreev a world class and famous mountaineer who featured in the Everest disaster of 1996 saving many lives.
Trekking time: 3 hours / 13,625 ft./4,130m
Day 10 – Friday 18th October 2019
Annapurna Base Camp to Bambo
This morning we wake early to witness sunrise on the Annapurna’s, a glorious event!
Today is all-downhill!
After lunch, we re-enter the bamboo forest.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours / 7,600ft./2,310m
Day 11 – Saturday 19th October 2019
Bamboo to Chomrong
Today we continue down through the mixed forests to Chomrong.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours / 6,900ft./2,090m
Day 12 – Sunday 20th October 2019
Chomrong to Jhinu Hot Spring
Today is a short hike of about 2 hours to Jhinu. We start out late and arrive Jhinu for lunch in time to take a dip in the Jhinu natural hotsprings.
The hotsprings are pleasantly clean and very close to the ModiKhola.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours / 6,900 ft./2,103m
Day 13 – Monday 21st October 2019
Jhinu to Deural
Today we descend to the river and depending on the ability of the group, steadily ascend to Deurali ridge.
At Landrung we walk on the 4wd track until we begin the steep ascent through rhododendron forests to Deurali from where, on a clear day, it is possible to view Mt. Dhaulagiri from the ridge.
Trekking time: 6 hours / 7,000ft/2,135m
Day 14 – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Today we will descend to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara.
Tonight we will explore the Pokhara Township and choose a dinner location to enjoy the evening.
Travel time: 2-3 hours
Trekking time: 5 hours / 827m/2,713 ft.
Day 15 – Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Pokhara to Kathmandu
After checking out of our hotel we will transfer to the airport and catch an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. The remainder of our day in Kathmandu is free for you to souvenir shop before enjoying a western style farewell dinner at an exclusive restaurant in an old palace.
Meals: Breakfast, Group Celebration Dinner
Travel Time: 10 minute drive and 30 minute flight followed by a 20 minute drive
Day 16 – Thursday 24th October 2019
Depart for Australia or your connecting port
The adventure is over.
After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. If travelling with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader then transfers to the airport are included.
If your flight is an afternoon or evening flight your luggage can be stored at the hotel and you are free to explore the tourist shopping centre.
Day 17 – Friday 25th October 2019
Arrive home in Australia around noon.
First 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (twin share)
10 nights Lodge Accommodation (multi share) on the trail
1 night lodge accommodation – Temple Tree (4 star)
Final night hotel accommodation – Kathmandu (twin share)
Airport transfers are included if arriving into Kathmandu around the same time as your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader
Return transport to Kathmandu Airport on day of departure if leaving at the same time as your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader.
All other transfers that form part of your adventure and are included. This includes the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and return.
Your leaders and support crew
From the moment you land in Kathmandu (or on the plane if you decide to travel together), until the time of your return, your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader is with you every step of the way.
Our adventure is being led by a Professional Australian Outdoor Guide with comprehensive knowledge of the area and many years of experience in the region and in trekking.
We have also engaged female porters where possible for our Annapurna Base Camp Fitness Adventure. Our local lead guide is female.
From your Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu to our final Awards Celebration Dinner on our return to Kathmandu, you will be impressed and more than adequately filled with the food. You even get to choose off a menu!
All meals, unless otherwise stated are included.
14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
Bottled water for your water bottles three times a day is also included.
Gear and equipment
A full gear list will be provided once your booking is confirmed.
You will need a sleeping bag with a cold weather rating. Details will be in the gear list. These are also available for hire at a small charge.
Safety is our number one priority.
Your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader is fully trained in Remote Area First Aid and holds current CPR Qualifications
Your Wilderness Guide is fully qualified in Wilderness First Aid.
In addition, we carry a group first aid kit and emergency communications equipment.
As we are hiking at altitude, we take extra safety precautions, Daily Oxi pulse readings are recorded and your Daily Lake Louise AMS score is also recorded.
Our guides knowledge of the area is second to none, with a comprehensive understanding of the area.
We value the local community and our Australian Guide has engaged local porters and crew. Part of your adventure cost goes toward paying the guides, their meals, equipment and insurance.
In addition, all fees and permits are paid. Including the Annapurna Conservation Fee andTrekkers Information Management Card
From the moment you book on to the Annapurna Base Camp Adventure, you will begin to make new friends. It all starts with the training and the Closed Facebook Group
Fitness and Training
Group Hike Training and online group coaching is included as part of your adventure.
This will consist of:
*quarterly group hike training sessions held in Brisbane of a half day duration
*monthly online accountability training sessions
*monthly hike training and functional fitness program delivered online.
All Group Hike Training options are perfect opportunities to:
- get to know fellow C.R.E.W members on your hike
- gauge your level of fitness
- boost your fitness
Once your payment is confirmed, there is also a closed Facebook Group Page that you have access to, where you can converse with your fellow Annapurna Base Camp C.R.E.W Members.
Our multi day hikes are transformational. Some kind of “magic” happens with the group.
Here is what one adventurer wrote:
I loved the hike of course and the location was spectacular but what I love is the camaraderie between the ladies and the nights when you are sitting around the dinner table listening to people’s stories and having a great laugh. You can’t beat that. Fun times with a super bunch of girls.
- Flights to and from Kathmandu (your international airfare)
- Nepal Visa (can be obtained on arrival at the Kathmandu airport)
- Beverages and packaged snacks
- Travel Insurance*
- Personal equipment
- Personal souvenirs/purchases
*Travel Insurance is a requirement of booking. Please see booking Terms and Conditions.
What you carry
On the Annapurna Base Camp Fitness Adventure your hike will consist of mainly day pack hiking. The weight in your pack is approximately 6-8kg (personal items, clothing, water, snacks, camera, raincoat etc)
A comprehensive gear list will be supplied to you. You may wish to purchase our essential pack items from the Women’s Fitness Adventures shop if you do not already have them. This includes thermals, raincoat and thermal gloves.
Our Annapurna Base Camp Fitness Adventure is a demanding hike that requires a high level of fitness (graded moderate). We advise you do as much training as you can before the adventure.
The more you train for this adventure, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.
Training is included as part of this adventure. Please refer to the “Inclusions” tab for information regarding Group Hike Training and online training.
With plenty of advance notice for this adventure and time to train, this is an awesome goal to have.
It is important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group. It is very important you bring the right gear for the conditions. Nepal weather can be unpredictable. A comprehensive gear list will be provided once we have secured your booking.
In the event of extreme weather conditions, the adventure may vary from the itinerary. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority. The itinerary is also subject to change with any change in community regulations as well as governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.
As per the Booking Terms and Conditions, please do not book flights until you receive confirmation from Women’s Fitness Adventures that this adventure is proceeding.
To secure your place a 20% deposit is needed. Note that your place is not secure until payment is received.
If you are not yet a member of Women’s Fitness Adventures and would like to book, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
Other important notes
Our 16 day, 14 night Annapurna Base Camp Fitness Adventure is a demanding walk (graded moderate) and we advise you to do as much training as you can beforehand. It is also important to come along with an open mind ready for an amazing experience, whatever the weather and whoever the group.
BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Women’s Fitness Adventures
Booking Terms and Conditions
(including cancellation policy)
Please read carefully the terms and conditions of this contract.
These should also be read in conjunction with the website Terms and Conditions. ( Please click here)
In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Women’s Fitness Adventures ABN 99 126 975 880 and you.
No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Women’s Fitness Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Women’s Fitness Adventures representatives” means staff of Women’s Fitness Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.
All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice.
The price is only guaranteed once paid for in full by you.
Price changes can occur between the time you make a reservation and the date of full payment. Factors influencing price changes can be currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and other provider increases outside of our control.
Payment terms and cancellation policy
Please note the payment terms including the cancellation policy.
- An initial deposit of 20% is required to secure your place on this adventure.
- Once a booking is confirmed, payment must be received within the payment terms as advised by Women’s Fitness Adventures in the table below.
- Failure to pay within the deadline will result in automatic cancellation of the booking.
- Payments are accepted by direct deposit, by PayPal or by credit card. There are no surcharge fees.
- When your credit card or PayPal is processed by Women’s Fitness Adventures you agree to not have your payment ‘charged back’ or reversed by your credit card provider where the services have been provided
- Direct Deposit payments can be made to the following account with the adventure and your initials as the reference
Women’s Fitness Adventures
Payment terms and cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cancellation date is the date when written notification is received.
|Payment Due Date
||$959 (20% deposit)
|April 2nd 2019
|June 2nd 2019
|August 2nd 2019
|Notification Received by
Women’s Fitness Adventures
|Before February 1 2019
|Full refund of deposit less 25% admin fee*
|Between & Including
February 2nd& April 1st 2019
|Total loss of deposit
|Between & Including
April 2nd& June 1st 2019
|50% of full adventure cost
|Between & Including
June 2nd& August 1st 2019
|70% of full adventure cost
|Between & Including
August 2nd 2019& Departure Date
|100% of full adventure cost
|After Scheduled Adventure
||100% of full adventure cost
No refunds are provided should you have to leave the adventure early.
*As our trips are so popular, please be aware that if you cancel your place, it will most likely be taken by someone else so you should consider this carefully.
Travel insurance must be taken out at this point and a copy of your Travel Documentation supplied with your completed Participant Document to guarantee your place. This will be available for you to sign electronically at the time of making your booking.
- Please make sure that you read, understand and accept all of the fine print contained within your insurance policy before purchase to ensure it covers all of your personal requirements.
- Please ensure your Travel Insurance covers you for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death, loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. It is also important to read the fine print in relation to parents over the age of 80and what is included/excluded from your policy. If using your credit card insurance, please check the terms and conditions on this before booking with us.
Women’s Fitness Adventures and its partners are not liable for any out of pocket expenses that insurance will not cover and will not be held responsible financially or in kind should your insurance not cover your personal circumstances.
- Note that prices are per person.
- Prices are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.
- Airfares, unless otherwise stated
- Local hotel taxes
- Visa’s , Passports and Vaccinations where applicable
- Transfers – unless otherwise stated
- Extra Meals and other expenses not included in the adventure. i.e but not limited to: laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses and items of a personal nature, emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges
Itineraries and brochures.
Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Women’s Fitness Adventures.
The information contained in Women’s Fitness Adventures website, Facebook Pages, brochures, itineraries, and any other published content, is, to the best of Women’s Fitness Adventures knowledge, correct at the time of publication.
Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay.
Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to:
- Cancel or modify any routes within the adventure or objectives set out in the itinerary; or
- Substitute different or equivalent routes within the adventure in place of cancelled or modified routes, or
- Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the tour) any such aspect of the adventure if, at the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, at the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the adventure being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Women’s Fitness Adventures.
- In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the adventure price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay.
- Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves, at its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any adventure due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.
Cancellation by Women’s Fitness Adventures.
Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel an adventure and will advise you of such cancellations no later than 60 days before the adventure departure date.
If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel an adventure at any time. With any form of cancellation, Women’s Fitness Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Women’s Fitness Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.
Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancelation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Women’s Fitness Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.
Women’s Fitness Adventures reserve the right either before or during the course of the adventure to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the adventure group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behavior.
Cancellation due to small tour numbers.
Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel any adventure prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on the adventure. In this case you will be given a full refund of the amount already paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes or annual leave).
We require a minimum of 12 trekkers for the Annapurna Base Camp Fitness Adventure. If numbers do not reach this level we reserve the right to cancel, or change dates of the adventure or refer you to another existing adventure.
Adventure numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancellations no later than 60 days prior to your selected trek.
Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise Women’s Fitness Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our adventures. Women’s Fitness Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a adventure at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other adventure members.
FITNESS AND TRAINING
Fitness and Training
We’ve got you covered with the Fitness and Training.
Your pre adventure training is included in the adventure.
You may be thinking…
“I want to go, but can’t make time for training”
“I want to go but will I be fit enough?”
“I really want to be part of this but don’t know where to start”
One thing ALL of our past C.R.E.W. Adventurers have said is:
“do the training, follow the plan and you will LOVE your adventure even more”
Our training plans have been developed with YOU in mind, based on:
- the latest research
- 10 years of working with women in the health and fitness space, both as a Personal Trainer and a Certified Weight Loss coach
- the cumulative effect of hundreds of kilometres and hours on the trails
- feedback from our C.R.E.W Members.
All Group Hike Training options are perfect opportunities for you to:
- get to know fellow C.R.E.W members on your hike
- gauge your level of fitness
- boost your fitness
Feedback from our past adventurers identifies how important it is to them to participate in both online and offline training. Over 80% of our past adventurers stated that training was great for getting to know fellow adventurers.
Lucy says, ” Hike training helps. You get to know your fellow hikers, – helps with comradeship and you tend to support one another on the adventure, especially if it is out of your comfort zone, ask questions on what gear to bring and find out more about the adventure”
Designed by women, for women, the benefits of our training plan spill over into everyday life and consist of the following components:
- FUNCTIONAL – helping you strengthen the muscles that support the joints. This has benefits not only for your multi day hike, but for life in general.
- CARDIO BOOSTING – designed to elevate the heart rate in a safe way, ensuring that every training session you do will make you better than the last one
- ENDURANCE – nothing substitutes for time on your legs. So we have designed it that way – to work in with you and your lifestyle.
We also understand the physiology of women’s bodies, so rest assured our programs have truly been designed with YOU at the very centre.
Our training programs are proven and extremely successful – but ONLY if you follow them. Our C.R.E.W who hiked Kokoda in PNG, followed the plan EXACTLY and our only injury was a blister!!!
There are FOUR components to the training and to MAXIMISE your results, we recommend you get involved in all.
1. Physical Group Hike Training
This is where the C.R.E.W Leaders get to see you in action. It is held QUARTERLY around Brisbane and is a 4 hour/half day duration.
2. Online training – MONTHLY in the comfort of your own home.
Each month, at a specified time and date, we will connect with the Annapurna Nepal Fitness Adventure C.R.E.W and catch up on where each person is at.
We also provide you the training for the coming weeks. This covers the 3 components of Functional, Cardio and Endurance as outlined above. You will also receive a comprehensive 4 weekly hiking plan as well as functional exercises.
Don’t worry though – we will take you through it step by step, regardless of the level you are currently at.
3. One on one call with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader
So that we can best maximise your training and give you the best opportunity to be as fit as possible for your upcoming adventure, we will schedule a 15 minute call to maximise your training opportunities.
Again, this is based on feedback from our past participants who suggested this would be a great addition to training.
4. The closed Facebook Group
We encourage you to comment and support each other in the group. Where possible, get together as a group outside of the formal training times.
Life gets busy and simply having the support of the group when you don’t feel like training, will immediately shift your focus to CAN DO.