ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

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  • DURATION14 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE4230

Highlights

  • Great sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Reach unlimited peoples destination, the Annapurna base camp
  • 360 degree views of the Himalayas from Annapurna base camp
  • View of Annapurna clacier and many other Himalayas
  • Take bath of natural hot spring at Jhinu danda
  • Visit the lake city Pokhara

Trip Overview

Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among the trekkers across the world, the Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m, 26,545 ft) is the world’s tenth highest mountain has always been the dream trek for many people at least to reach on its lap and explore the flawless mountain vistas. Annapurna base camp trek offers an extremely variety of scenery that can hardly match 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 the 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 trek 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 without having to contend with the extreme altitude.

Annapurna base camp trail goes alongside 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 is 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 a short drive to Nayapul in the next morning to start 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.

Itinerary

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You will be met & greeted by our airport representative/driver on your arrival. He will 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.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at hotel,  you will go for sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 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.

Our guide will drop you back to hotel and you will have time to shop trekking gear if you need.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You have early morning breakfast at hotel.  You then start drive to Pokhara. You drive goes 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.

You reach Pokhara after 6-7 hours (depends on traffic) drive and check in to the hotel.

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.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at the hotel, you drive to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours.

You then start the first part of  trek to Tikhedunga (1577m) Via Birethanti (1065m.), this part of trek is a pretty easy as you hike passing through several small lively villages and settlements.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1540
  • Tikhedunga

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 of Ghorepani.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2860
  • Ghorepani

Today, You trek to Poonhill (3232m.) very early morning 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 snow capped mountains peaks.

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.).  The trek goes through blooming rhododendron forest (if you travel in spring season).

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3210
  • Tadapani

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 Chhomrong which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2170
  • Chhomrong

After having breakfast at lodge,  the trek starts 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.

The trail then passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. You climb further on a rocky path to 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2920
  • Himalaya

After having breakfast at lodge, the trek start and the valley widens and becomes less steep. You can see the gate 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 reach 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 you 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4130
  • Annapurna Base Camp

After having breakfast at lodges, 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2600
  • Dovan

After having breakfast at lodge, you start 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1760
  • Jhinudada

After having breakfast at lodge, you start the trek for today. The first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until Birethati, you stop at Birethati to have lunch and after walking about 30 minutes to Nayapul, there will be a car/van waiting for you to take back to the civilization.

Check into the lodges and the evening is free to explore yourself.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at hotel, We transfer to Bus station to drive to Kathmandu by Tourist bus that takes about 6-7 hours (depends on traffic).

The drive is a fantastic experience as you drive through many satellite towns on the way and able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • 8 night accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast (13 breakfast, 9 lunches and 9 dinners).
  • Annapurna conservation entry and TIMS permit.
  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • An experienced guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) and a porter carry about 25 Kg from 2 trekkers.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag and down jackets if necessary (returnable after the trek).

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks on trek.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Annapurna base camp trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date28 Oct, 2020End Date10 Nov, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu Pre or Post Annapurna base camp trek

The extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre or post the trek is available at US $55.00 per night includes breakfast and airport transfers.

Let us know if you arrive Nepal earlier or stay in Nepal later than scheduled dates and need extra nights then we can book extra nights as per your need.

Transportation we provide on Annapurna base camp trek

We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.

However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu or short flight to Pokhara and return. Let us know if you want to upgrade the transport to private transport or flights.

Electricity and battery charge on Annapurna base camp trek

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Annapurna base camp trek where you can re- charges your camera/mobile batteries and you may have to pay some fees to re-charge. However, we suggest you to have spare batteries in case of unavailability.

Trekking guide and crew on Annapurna base camp trek

We provide professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two and trained trek guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek.

We also provide a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your main luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

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FAQs

Yes, you are required to have Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Annapurna Base camp trek. We apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.

The Annapurna base camp trek is available and doable all throughout the year however the autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time for the Annapurna base camp trek in terms of weather and temperature.
The temperatures 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) on these seasons.
The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappears at night.

You need to have moderate level of fitness to complete Annapurna base camp trek with daily walking/trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours on mountain trails. You reach an altitude of 4130m above sea level Annapurna base camp.

You do not really need to have previous trekking experience however, you need to be healthy and strong desire and stamina to complete the trek with positive thoughts.

We provide good hotel accommodation for 5 night (3 night in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 8 nights on ABC trek. 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 and please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel we provide

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek- Simple Mountain lodge: 8 nights

Accommodation will be mostly on double/twin share however for the last few nights as such in Himalaya, Annapurna base camp and Dovan have very limited days so, you have to sleep in dormitory rooms as well.

Notes:

  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara are available as there are luxury 4 & 5 star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • We provide similar category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara if these mentioned hotels are available.

We provide total of 31 meals (13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners) on this ABC Annapurna base camp trek package. The meals 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 meals on trek and drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer), note that the drinks are not included in the cost.

We advise to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna base camp trek since you can get normal water for free so, you can use the medicine and drink water or you can simply buy bottled/boiled/safe water as they are easily available.

No, you do not have to carry your luggage yourself on Annapurna base camp trek as your main luggage will be carried by porter and you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.

Yes, you can join one of our fixed departure Annapurna base camp trek. Our group trek group of light minded people, the fixed dates are opened to join and our group will be from 1-14 people. You have to share room on trek with same gender trekkers on group trek or even may have to share with multiple people for few nights such as in Annapurna base camp, Dovan and Himalaya cause of less number of lodges and rooms available.

Yes, private trek to Annapurna base camp is available on any date which you can choose any date for private. You can trek just with your people and guide and porter where you can trek on your own pace as you do not have to follow other people on private trek.

The private trek can be arranged minimum 1 people to unlimited people and these types of private trek is suitable for solo travelers, couples, honeymooners, family and group of friends.

Let us know if you want to have private trek to Annapurna base camp.

Yes, tip for all services provided on Annapurna base camp trek is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

Tips are not included in the tour price, just to give you an idea US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2), and total of US $100 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters are recommended. (It depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Yes, you need some extra amount for your personal expenses and for services that are not included on our Annapurna base camp trek package. The personal expenses depend largely on your habit. Most of the meals are included in the cost so, you only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places).

If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, we arrange airport pick up and drop services once you book the Annapurna base camp trek. These free airport pick up services provided only if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates or you book extra nights from us as if you arrive earlier or depart later than schedule date and book the extra nights yourself on different hotels then you have to arrange the airport transfers services yourself.

Important Note on Arrival: There can be many people around you to support you to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle when you exit from Airport and they ask for money as tip at the end (These people are not belong to us).

So, be careful of them and we advise you not let them to carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you to take your bag/luggage yourself until you put them on our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

Yes, Children are allowed on Annapurna base camp trek however they should be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old.

We at Escape Nepal allowed only 10 or above children to join our group trek and when you plan the trek with children under 10 years then we suggest you to do the private trek without other strangers and only with the children as different people may have different trekking pace so, when you do the private trek then the children get extra care and can trek on their pace.

Yes, we strongly recommend you to buy travel insurance when you coming for Annapurna base camp trek that should cover many things and rescue service In case of a serious sickness or injury while on trek.

We do everything to make the successful trek however there is always some risk on mountain trek and the evacuation by helicopter in Nepal is very expensive so, it is always better to be safe.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness while on Annapurna base camp trek. However, there is always risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on mountain trek, so, we have to be careful about it.

Our guide will provide you information to avoid the AMS however if incase if you or any member of group get AMS then we do everything to bring you back safely.

The action depends on the situation and the place where people get sick as such if you get AMS and still able to walk up then we take a day rest at the place (while other continue the trek) with one of the porter/guide and we see how the situation will improve and we continue trek from next day if the situation gets better.

If there is not any improvement or even worse, we do not have other option rather return the same trail as descending down is only way to avoid AMS or if the situation gets really worse and you either can go up or down then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit doctor.

The cost of evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal and it is almost impossible to pay by the people so, we strongly suggest you to buy insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

Yes, we have 9 days trek included in this 14 days package of Annapurna base camp trek however if you have limited days then we can customize the trek and make it shorter.

The given itinerary is for the fixed departure group trek and if you want to shorten the trek then you have to do private trek, let us know if you need to shorten the Annapurna base camp trek.

Yes, You can add some extra tours/activities on Annapurna base camp trek as you can add mountain flight tour in the morning of day 2 before Kathmandu tour starts and Trisuli River Rafting for 3 hours on day 3 while you drive to Pokhara and these activities does not need any extra days.

Furthermore, if you have some extra days then you can add on Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Pokhara or if you want to extent your holidays in other country then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

No, International flights to arrive Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of Annapurna base camp trek. You have to search and book suitable international flight to arrive Nepal and return from Nepal yourself. There are plenty of international airlines that make flight to Nepal.

Equipment is very important to have much comfortable and successful Annapurna base camp trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and carry only the things that you need for the trek. You should pack anything that you do not need on trek and should not miss anything that you need for the trek.

To help you to pack your gear, we have given some list that you should not miss while you packing for the Annapurna base camp trek in Nepal.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if required and it to be returned after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear and this will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your personal things such as camera, water, things that you need for the day and this is carried by you.
  • A small lockable bag to keep your extra stuff that you do not use on trek and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara and get return after you return from the trek.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have and it is returned at the end of the trek).
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend to consult with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.