Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Reaching unlimited peoples destination, the Annapurna Base Camp.
  • 360 degree views of the Himalayas from base camp.
  • View of Annapurna Glacier and many other Himalayas.
  • Taking bath of Natural hot spring at Jhinu danda.
  • Visit the lake city Pokhara
  • Great Sunrise view from Poon Hill.

Trip Overview

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.

Itinerary

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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.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

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.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu

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.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Pokhara

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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2800
  • Ghorepani

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).

  • 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 Chomrong which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2500
  • Chhomrong

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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Himalaya

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.

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

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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Dovan

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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Jhinudada

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.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • Pokhara

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.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 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 Date04 Sep, 2020End Date17 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date08 Sep, 2020End Date21 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date12 Sep, 2020End Date25 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date16 Sep, 2020End Date29 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date20 Sep, 2020End Date03 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date24 Sep, 2020End Date07 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750

Useful Information

Passport, Visa and permits

You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) (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.

Best time and climate on Annapurna base camp trek

The best seasons (time) 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 ABC trek is possible during the monsoon (June to August) and winter (January to February) please contact us for weather condition and possibility of the trek on those months.

Accommodation on Annapurna base camp trek

You have 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.

We accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number 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.

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

Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also)

Note: hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is 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.

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities so, contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Transportation used on Annapurna base camp trek

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

You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Pokhara and return and take short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara so, please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.

Electricity and battery charge

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Annapurna base camp trek where you are able to re- charges your camera/mobile batteries however, we suggest you to have spare batteries too.

Food and drink on Annapurna base camp trek

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trek are included in our price and 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 food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna base camp trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe drink.

Luggage on Annapurna base camp trek

Your main luggage on Annapurna base camp trek 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 or duffle 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.

Trekking guide and crew on Annapurna base camp trek

You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two ( the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (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 is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Child policy for Annapurna base camp trek

Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable and contact us if you are planning to do Annapurna base camp trek with children under 10 years before you book.

Gratuities/Tips for Annapurna base camp trek staff

Tips are not included in the tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is 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 (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).

Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals 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.

Personal expenses on Annapurna base camp trek

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.

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