Annapurna base camp trek has been one of the most popular trekking destinations amongst the trekkers across the world, the Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m, 26,545 ft), the world’s tenth highest mountain has always been the dream holiday for many people at least to reach on its lap and explore the flawless mountain vistas.
Annapurna base camp trek offers extremely variety of sceneries which can hardly to match with anywhere else in the world, therefore Annapurna base camp trek is considered to be one of the world’s great treks.
The Annapurna base camp trek is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) which is launched in 1985 under National trust for nature conservation and the area covers 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq meter) in the Annapurna Himalayas across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung districts and area ranges in altitude from 790 m (2,590 ft) to the peak of Annapurna I at 8,091M.
Annapurna base camp trekking is blessed with unparalleled natural wonders and trekking through exotic village and monasteries and it is ranked one of the classic routes among the trekking destinations in Nepal and affords a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan peaks in a short period of time without having to contend with the extreme altitude.
Annapurna base camp trail goes alongside of terraced farm filed, passes through rhododendron forests, awesome landscapes, waterfalls and offers amazing mountain vistas namely of Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m) the world's tenth highest mountains, also numerous other adjoining Himalayas such as Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Himchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,163 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri II, (7,751 m), Nilgiri (6,940 m), Mt. Fishtail known as Machhapuchre (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6, 931 m) and so forth.
We have 14 days itinerary to complete the Annapurna base camp trek that includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal plus a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You drive to Pokhara that takes about 6 hours and overnight stay in Pokhara then short drive to Nayapul in the next morning to star the trek.
The Actual trek stats in Nayapul and goes via Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chomrong, Bamboo, Deurali and finally reach at Annapurna Base Camp at 4,170 m height via Machhapuchhare base camp (3,820 m), after exploring all around, you retrace down to Dovan, Jhinudanda and finally get down to Pokhara and retrace back to Kathmandu to conclude the trek.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (No Meal)
You will be met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to hotel. Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the surroundings.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu (B)
After having breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley and you will be escorted by a professional tour guide.
The tour include visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Bauddhanath Stupa. All these 4 places are UNESCO world cultural heritage sites and worthy to visit. The Kathmandu Durbar Squire is ancient royal place of Nepal, the Swayambhunath (monkey temple) is Buddhist Supta and monastery and example of Kathmandu Buddhism. The Bouddhanath Stupa is greatest and biggest stupa in whole Asia and the Pasupatinath temple is great Hindu temple.
Swayambhunath - There are real monkeys down here & they can be a pain in the neck, especially if you are munching something while climbing the steps to the temple; whatever you’re munching could vanish from your hands in seconds if you’re not careful. The best way to appease these monkeys is by buying some bananas from vendors just by the roadside to the temple & distribute them on your way up, they’d be happy & leave you alone.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (B)
You have early morning breakfast at hotel and start drive to Pokhara. You drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River valleys to reach Pokhara and you view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the drive.
Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains; after 6 to 7 hours of drive; you reach in Pokhara, the city of lakes…Welcome to this beautiful town of serene lakes that gives so much meaning to your holidays.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedunga - 4 Hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you start drive to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. You then start the first part of our hiking out to Tikhedunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.) this part of trekking is a pretty easy flat out hike as you pass through several small lively villages and settlements. After some time, you will ascend gently to the final destination of the day.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2675m) - 6 Hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at guest house, you start the trek and ascend steeply for the first 2 hours then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. This path gives you breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and the grand Annapurna (7219m) south on the way.
The trail now gets quite easy going as you pass through rhododendron and shadowy forests amidst the cackling of birds which gives good feelings till you ascend gently up to the final camp.
Day 06: Hike to Poonhill (3180m.) and trek to Tadapani (2675m.) - 6 hours (B, L, D)
Today, You hike to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains in the morning.
The Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region, you next hike down to Ghorepani to have a hot breakfast at our lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650m.). You trek through blooming rhododendron forest (if you travel in spring season).
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2675m) to Chomrong- 5 Hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at lodge and you enjoy the hike by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear the chirping of different kinds of birds on the way to Kimrung Khola.
You then straightaway ascend steeply and walk at a flat level for about 45 minutes with gentle steep paths in-between and flat all the way to Chomrong which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 08: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (2500) - 7 Hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at lodge, you start the trek for today and the trail descends on a stone stairway for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley.
High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky path you will reach Sinuwa, at 2350m & then trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk on gently towards Dovan.
You then gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees to reach Himalaya.
Day 09: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base – 7 hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at lodge, the trek will start and the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary from here. As the trail continues into the sanctum, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs.
After a short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascending until Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820m.) Which is one place where we enjoy some of the best landscapes in the venture.
You enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadows and after some distance our trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp at (4170m.), congratulation that you now have reached the Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.)- 6 hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at the guest house, you visit the Base camp and surrounding views, the Views of the Himalayas from the base camp is amazing, then you start trek back to the Dovan, It takes about 6 hours. It's much easier to go down now.
Day 11: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m) - 6 Hours (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at lodge, you star the trek and the path is a descent to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up an hour and the trail is quite flat until Sinuwa.
You trek gradually descending to the Chhumrong Khola and follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steep down to Jhinudanda and you could go to the Hot Springs to take a refreshing bath in the warm natural hot waters.
Day 12: Trek from Jhinudanda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara- 6 Hours (B, L)
After having breakfast at lodge, you start the trek and the first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until Birethati, you stop at Birethati for lunch and after walking about 30 minutes to Nayapul, there will be a car/van waiting for us to take us back to the civilization, Pokhara the city of lakes and natural wonders.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu - 6 Hours (B, D)
After having breakfast at hotel, transfer to Bus station and drive to Kathmandu by Tourist bus that takes about 7 hours. The drive is a fantastic experience as you drive past many satellite towns on the way and able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes.
Options: you have options of taking 30 minutes flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of drive.
Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your departure (B)
You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.
We have set dates for the departure for the Annapurna Base Camp so, please look at our list of the dates for the trek departure and select one from them or if you cannot find the date suitable for you then please contact us for your own departure date as we offer private departure for your holiday on any date that is suitable for you which is suitable for group of friends, couples, families and solo travelers.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: the tour price/offer is based on twin sharing and if you wish to have single room in Kathmandu and Pokhara – it is possible and contact us for the additional cost to have private room in Kathmandu and Pokhara for 5 nights and for the rest of the 8 nights you will share room with another same gender trekkers and even some places to base camp, you may have to share on dormitory rooms.
TRIP GRADE – Moderate: This is moderate trek that goes right into high mountain country and it is physically quite tiring and it involves approx. 4-7 hours trekking every day along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required, however you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.
PASSPORT, VISA AND PERMITS: you need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online and get it on arrival as well.
You required to have Annapurna Conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Annapurna Base camp trek and we apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.
CLIMATE AND BEST TIME FOR THE TREK: The best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible for this region; please contact us for weather condition on those months.
ACCOMMODATION ON ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK: You have 2-3 star standard hotel for 5 night ( 3 night in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara) and lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 8 nights and the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.
TRANSPORTATION: We provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and tourist bus from Kathmandu- Pokhara - Kathmandu and there are options to drive by private car/Jeep to Pokhara and return and by flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Return so, please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.
ELECTRICITY & BATTREY RE-CHARGE: There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in some of the villages of Annapurna Base Camp Trek where you will be able re- charges your camera batteries/mobile and there is solar power in some villages as well in which are able to recharges your batteries if they have enough power and we suggest you to have spare batteries on the trek.
FOOD AND DRINK: Meals on trek are included in our price and are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.
DRINK WATER: You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the trek since you have normal water for free and you have options of buying bottled water, boiled water and Safe drinking water at safe drinking water stations as well.
LUGGAGE: The main luggage is carried by porter, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu or in Pokhara for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
GROUP LEADER AND CREW FOR THE TREK: We provide trained trekking Guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek) and a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker.
PERSONAL EXPENSES: Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included in the cost, You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places), if you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 10 - 15% of the total tour cost as tips. You can do this if you feel the services have been good.
GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU: It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment at your home and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.
A TYPICAL DAY ON A TREK: Rach morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
OUR MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU: You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at the airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.
ITINERARY CHANGES: The itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek should be taken as a guideline. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.
INSURANCE/RESCUE / EVACUATIONS: In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip.
EQUIPMENT LIST FOR ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK:
The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.
We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek) on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.
We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.
When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.
Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.
We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:
This type of holidays involves longer trekking (up to 12 Days) on maintained trails in to higher elevations mountain and high elevation overland tour to tibet and we advise you to have some previous walking/hiking experiences on high altitude and habit to walk about 5-6 hours a day and physically fit, those holidays includes some trek on Everest, Annapurna, Langtang region and some wilderness trekking holiday plus some village trekking holiday, some Rafting Holidays and some over land tours to Tibet like- Mt. Kailash tour, Tibet overland tour , Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour and Nepal Tibet Tour.
Reviewed on: 03 Sep, 2016
My wife Vicky Wolfe and I did the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Escape Nepal last November. I can only say that it was fantastic. Our guide Amar could not have been more friendly or helpful on the 11-day trek to the ABC. Overall, I cannot fault Escape Nepal. Setting up the visit, they were always prompt replying to emails and unfailingly helpful. Our visit could not have gone more smoothly.My wife Vicky Wolfe and I did the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Escape Nepal last November. I can only say that it was fantastic. Our guide Amar could not have been more friendly or helpful on the 11-day trek to the ABC. Overall, I cannot fault Escape Nepal. Setting up the visit, they were always prompt replying to emails and unfailingly helpful. Our visit could not have gone more smoothly.
JerryLovell, United Kingdom
Reviewed on: 04 Jul, 2016
We booked a 2 week tour with Arjun and he arrange hotel in Kathmandu, airport transfers, hotel in Pokhara, Kathmandu city tour as part of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, The guide we had on the trek - Indra was just Excellent and the porter was also helpful,
Overall was a very good experience, Recommended.
Reviewed on: 30 Jun, 2016
Escape Nepal did great job in ensuring we had a memorable trekking in Nepal, They were prompt in catering to our trekking inquiries and concerns prior to the trekking and they were flexible with the trekking itinerary as well. We embarked on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and it was the best holiday thus far!! The team was informative and made sure every detail was well-planned to suit our needs. We felt extremely comfortable and at ease with our guide and porters, and thoroughly enjoyed the panoramic trek and soaked in the Nepali culture during the city tour as well. Thank you Escape and we will definitely be back again! Highly recommended !
Reviewed on: 26 Jan, 2016
The Escape Nepal was the best deal for me as a solo college student. I spent two weeks there and the views of the Annapurna Base Camp trek were absolutely incredible. I really hope to go back when I'm a better photographer.
During my stay there was a bus strike but despite that we were able to work out a new plan to fit my schedule which was great.
thanks and see you in future!
Kingsnake2, United States
Reviewed on: 05 Jan, 2016
Escape Nepal did a great job in ensuring I had a memorable Holiday in Nepal. They were prompt in catering to our enquiries and concerns prior to the tour and were flexible with the itinerary as well. We embarked on the Annapurna Base Camp Tour and it was the best holiday thus far!! The team was informative and made sure every detail was well-planned to suit our needs. We felt extremely comfortable and at ease with our guide and porters, and thoroughly enjoyed the panoramic trek and soaked in the Nepali culture during the city tour as well. Thank you !