Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Introduction

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal by Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers many a reason for trekkers to be fascinated during the whole trip. Highlights of the trek include panoramic views of mountain ranges and peaks, captivating sunrises and sunsets, terraced farmlands, ample time to villages of different ethnic groups and ample time to immerse yourself in the Himalayan lifestyle plus warm hospitality of the local people. It starts after a few hours’ drive from Pokhara. The route ascends through villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, specially the Gurung and Pun people. Meet Nepali people doing usual ups and downs in the course of daily life. The settlements, farmlands and forests give way to each other during the whole tour with the settlements getting thinner as you climb higher.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek covers Ghorepani Poonhill Trek as well. In springtime, the forest around this area is covered with blooming rhododendron. Poonhill offers fabulous views of the mountains in Annapurna range, preparing you to the extreme beauty of the destination. Please visit our gallery for Annapurna photos, which give you a glimpse of what you can find during the trip. And since, Machhapuchre Base Camp lies en-route Annapurna Base Camp, you will also reach the bottom of Mount Fishtail that beautifies Pokhara.

Except for the rainy season, Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be done almost throughout the year. However, it gets more exciting and memorable during springtime with the forest taking on the glamour of rhododendron bloom.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 11 nights and 12 days

Trip Grade: Moderately Strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 826 m, Pokhara

Maximum Altitude: 4140 m, Annapurna Base Camp

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Day 2: Pokhara - Tikhedhunga (1577m)

Day 3: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepan i(2875m)

Day 4: Ghorepani - Poonhill (3210m) -Tadapani (2660m)

Day 5: Tadapani - Sinuwa (2300m)

Day 6: Sinuwa - Deurali (3100m)

Day 7: Deurali - Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m) - Annapurna Base Camp (4140m)

Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo (2460m)

Day 9: Bamboo - Jhinu Danda with natural hot springs (2170m)

Day 10: Jhinu Danda - Ghandruk (1950m)

Day 11: Ghandruk - Pokhara

Day 12: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Your trekking guide will receive you from your hotel in Kathmandu at 6:30 AM and take you to the Tourist Bus Station at Kantipath. At 7:00 AM the bus will leave for Pokhara, exiting the valley of Kathmandu at Thankot and then descending through the winding highway. During the fascinating drive, you will be allowed to make two short stops for tea and breakfast at some convenient locations. After arriving in Pokhara at around 2:00 PM, you check-in at your hotel, freshen up and have lunch. Walking along the Lakeside would be a good idea for the evening. You are advised to get some good sleep to begin trekking next day.

Day 2: Pokhara - Tikhedhunga (1577m)
A private vehicle, leaving at 8 AM will transfer you to Nayapul (1050 m), the starting point of this Annapurna trek. After this 2-hours drive, you will walk for about an hour to reach Birethanti, a village of diverse ethnicities. Then you will go uphill to arrive at Tikhedhunga (1,577 m), where you will spend the night at a local teahouse.

Day 3: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2875m)
After breakfast, you begin ascending the terraced path all the way to Ulleri, from where you can see Annapurna South, Machhapucchre and Himchuli peaks. Take a short break and resume the walk to Banthanti, from where the path routes through a thick forest. After having walked for about 7-8 hours, you will reach Ghorepani (2875 m), known to be a major settlement of Pun ethnic people. If the weather is fine, you will be able to a greater part of Annapurna Range from your room and the setting sun paints the scenery leaving an artistic effect on the horizon.

Day 4: Ghorepani - Poonhill (3210m)
Tadapani (2660m) You need to wake up by 5 AM and take a short walk to Poonhill (3210 m) if you do not want to miss the view of a captivating sunrise. Take photographs at will and return back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. Resume trekking and after 5-6 hours, arrive at Tadapani (2660 m), your stopover for the day.

Day 5: Tadapani - Sinuwa (2300m)
Your next segment, Tadapani to Sinuwa (2660 m-2300 m) will take about 6-7 hours, the first 2 hours being a downhill trek. After you cross a bridge, you will pass a Gurung village and stop at Chhomrung for lunch. Later, you will walk to Sinuwa and spend the night in a local teahouse.

Day 6: Sinuwa - Deurali (3100m)
The total duration of today’s trek will be nearly 7-8 hours and is a bit tougher. The trail goes mostly through forests and on the way passes Bamboo, Dovan and Himalaya Hotel. The final portion of the trek involves some steep uphill climbs as you head to Deurali (3,100 m), where you will stop for the night.

Day 7: Deurali - Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m) - Annapurna Base Camp (4140m)
Today you will trek for about 6 hours, the first stopover being Machhapuchre Base Camp where you will stop for lunch and acclimatization for a few hours. In the afternoon you will walk upto Annapurna Base Camp, see the beautiful sunset and take a walk in the vicinity. You can also explore the nearby glacier.

Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo (2460m)
To trek down to Bamboo (2460 m) you will have to walk for about 6-7 hours.

Day 9: Bamboo - Jhinu Danda with natural hot springs (18000m)
From Bamboo, a 5-hour walk will take you to Hot Spring (1800 m) and on your way you will cross the Chhomrung Village, have lunch and walk down to Modi river. A bath in the natural hot water spring will help you release your fatigue and feel relaxed.

Day 10: Jhinu Danda - Ghandruk (1950m)
Starting trek at an early hour, you will arrive at Ghandruk (1950 m) in about 7 hours. After having lunch and a short break, you can visit the old Gurung Museum and Monastery. Spend some time with the local Gurungs to learn more about their past and present. It is very likely that you will get to know some of them who have served in the British Gurkha forces.

Day 11: Ghandruk - Pokhara
This is the last day of the trek and you will walk all the way to Nayapul via Syaule Bazar, which normally takes about 4-5 hours. From Nayapul, you will be transferred back to Pokhara in 2 hours.

Day 12: Pokhara - Kathmandu
The standard scheme is to provide you a tourist coach to Kathmandu. However, if you wish to spend some extra days by yourself in Pokhara, the return ticket can be issued for your desired date

Price

Package price: Available on request

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek; Deluxe accommodation for 1 night in Kathmandu after the trek (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home); tourist class hotel for 2 nights in Pokhara (before and after the trek)
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers and sightseeing by car, Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus, private transportation for Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transfers
  • Documentation: Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); a porter (per two trekkers), with their total expenses covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

Exclusions:

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Guidelines

Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipment yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance
  • ACAP Permit
  • TIMS

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