Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 14 Days

4,130m/13,545ft

Kaski, Nepal

Minimum 02

Moderate

OVERVIEW

Annapurna base Camp trek is most popular trekking trail in Nepal and in the entire world. Annapurna base camp trekking starts from beautiful city Pokhara also popular as a city of lakes along with terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and snow caped mountain in the western part of Nepal.  During this breathtaking trek trekkers explore typical Nepali tradition, culture and lifestyle in rural area. There is a low risk of altitude sickness in this annapurna base camp trek so this trek is appropriate for all experienced and beginner trekkers in Himalayas region.

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01:  Arrive in Kathmandu                                          

    Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek

    Eve: Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with culture program.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02:  Drive to Pokhara en-route White Water Rafting Trishuli River – 6 Hrs.

    Am: After breakfast check out from hotel and start scenic drive to Pokhara via Prithivi Highway. En-route stops in Charaudi for white water rafting. There will be a safety briefing and demonstration related with the Rafting. After short briefing commence 3~4 hours white water rafting in the Trishuli River. Initially we begin with small rapids and soon catch the bigger one.

    Pm: After lunch in the river start 3 hrs, scenic drive to Pokhara – which is a picturesque valley (827m) lying on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalayan Range with numerous beautiful lakes and lush green surroundings.

    Eve: Walk around the colorful lakeside bazaar and dine at a nice restaurant.

    Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • Day 03: Drive to Nayapul – 1 & ½ hrs & start trek to Ghandrung (1951m) – 6 Hrs.

    Am: After breakfast, drive to Nayapul (trek starting point) and start trek to Ghandrung (1951m), which is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and is a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate-roofed houses. Initially trek down to the river for about 10 minutes and cross the new suspension bridge, thus named as Nayapul (New bridge). After crossing the bridge, there is a check post where the ACAP Park entry permit must be purchased prior to starting the trek. Walk further through more terraced fields and bamboo groves on a gentle ascent along hillside and arrive at a riverbed. After about 20 minutes, arrive at the settlement of Shauli Bazaar, which is located along the banks of the Modi River for lunch.

    Pm: After lunch, continue trek to Ghandrung village the trail from here continues to climb steadily for about 2 hours until we arrive at a gate with a signboard saying, “Welcome to Ghandrung”.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 04: Trek to Choomrong (2,170 m) – 6 Hrs.

    Am: After breakfast trek to Kyumrong Danda. This area  offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machapuchhere dominate the mountain views through glimpses further East to lamjung Himal and Manaslu range are also possible. After short break in Kyumrong Danda descent down to Kyumrong Khola for lunch.

    Pm: After lunch cross Kyumrong Khola and start climb to Choomrong Village village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapucchhare mountains. Chhomrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 05: Trek to Dovan (2,600 m) – 6 Hrs.

    Am: After breakfast start trek to Dovan initially go down until the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chhomrong Khola, and then climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes till you reach the hamlet of Banuwa. Carry on for another thirty minutes until you reach Sunawa (about 2400m) where you will find at least two lodge-restaurants. Here the path leaves cultivated fields to enter the beautiful tropical forest. You can follow the ridge of the hill, about 2500 meters high, but unfortunately the mountain is drained by several small streams and the trekkers are forced to take several ascents and descents. It takes about an hour to reach the locality of Khuldi ghar (2,477m. From here the path suddenly descends until it reaches the hamlet of Bamboo (2300m) with four or five lodges and is a good place to make a lunch break. As the name suggest, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which leads, after about an hour of walking, to Tiptop (2571m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban(2606m).

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 06:  Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m) – 6 Hrs.

    Am:  Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of Jode Yehm, where near the waterfall on the east bank of Modi khola, you will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. A sign indicates the name of the place and reminds the travelers not to lean over. One assumes it is better not to disturb the Gods. From Doban, it will take an hour to reach Himalayan Hotel (2873m). The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow of the rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3,139 m). It will take about half an hour to reach Deaurali (3,230 m) for lunch.

    Pm: After lunch it is about 2 hours to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp or “fishtail”, has been thus named because its twin summits resembles a twitched fishtail. After having walked along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes thorugh several naves. If it has snowed recently, this part of the route will be quite difficult, though the use of crampons in not necessary, a stick should suffice.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) – 3 Hrs.

    Am: After breakfast trek to Annapurna Base Camp, except for a few hills, the route is flat and therefore quite easy. Also, the spectacular views of Annapurna south in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. At the end of the route (4130 m), there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill, which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Sanctuary.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 08:  Explore ABC and back track to Bamboo – 7 Hrs.

    Am: After enjoying magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary, start back track to Bamboo. En-route we will stop in Himalayan Hotel for heartily lunch. After lunch continue to Bamboo for overnight.

    Dinner and overnight at lodge in Bamboo.

  • Day 09: Back track to Choomrong and descent down to Jhinu Danda – 7 Hrs.

    Am: After breakfast back track to Choomrong for lunch. After lunch start descent down to Jhinu Danda – 1,770 m, this has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to Trekkers.

    Pm: Walk to hot spring which is about 20 minutes steep descent to enjoy the natural hot spring bath.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 10: Trek to Tolkha via Landrung.

    Am: After breakfast trek down the suspension bridge over Kyumrong Khola, from here it is a steep climb to New Bridge. Passing New Bridge at the end of the village trail junction, there are two paths, one goes right  up in the direction of Sauli Bazaa. We will take left one goes towards steeply down in the direction of Suspension bridge over Modi Khola.

    Pm: after crossing Modi Khola the path rises up to Landrung Village, which is the convenience spot for lunch. After lunch it is about one hour easy walk to village called Tolkha for overnight.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 11: Trek to Kande via Austrian Camp & Drive to Pokhara.

    Am: After breakfast there start trek to Bheri Khola. From Bheri Khola it is a steep ascent to Bichok Deurali through the dense mixed forest of Oak, Jenifer and Pine. Leaving Deurali we will about an hour to Pothana, where there is again  ACAP Check point.

    Pm: After lunch in Pothana we will walk to Austrian Camp and start our final descent to Kande.Upon arriving in Kande meet waiting vehicle and drive to Pokhara which will take around forty minutes.

    Eve: Stroll around colorful Lakeside Bazaar and dine at a nice restaurant.

    Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

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    Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Pokhara City.

    After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Pokhara - which is situated 200 kms west from Kathmandu, is an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m) on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalayan Range. With its beautiful lakes, lush green surroundings and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain; it is considered one of nature’s finest gifts to Nepal.

    The tour includes the visit of Bindabasini Temple, the Seti Gorge, Davis Fall, Gopteswor Mahadev Cave. After sightseeing tour transfer to lakeside for lunch. Rest of the day is free for shopping and personal activities.

    Eve:  Sunset boat ride at Phewa Lake.

    Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • Day 13:  Fly to Kathmandu and Sightseeing tour.

    After breakfast transfer to Pokhara domestic Airport, to board the 25 minute flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) - an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.

    In addition also visit   the Boudhanath Stupa - an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple- the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

    Pm: After lunch drive up to the Swayambhunath Stupa situated atop a hill from where you could get a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath Stupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!      

    Eve: Group farewell dinner at nice restaurant in Thamel.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 14: Final departure from Nepal.                                            

    Check out from the hotel and meet Himalayan Holidays representative and transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu for final departure.

cost includes

    • All arrival/departure transfers, drives in a private vehicle with a/c accompanied by an English speaking tour representative/escort from Himalayan Holidays.
    • Two night’s stay at hotel (As above) in Kathmandu on twin / double room sharing basis with bed, breakfast and all applicable taxes.
    • Three night’s stay at hotel in Pokhara (as above) in Pokhara on triple room sharing basis with bed, breakfast and all applicable taxes.
    • 08 nights / 09 Days “The Annapurna Base Camp Trek” in the Annapurna region inclusive of all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation in best available Teahouses/Trekkers Lodges, services of trained, trusted and highly experience trek Guides & Sherpa assistants including a team of strong and reliable porters.
    • White Water rafting arrangements in the Trishuli River.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee.
    • Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
    • All meals as listed on the above Itinerary.
    • Airfare for sector Pokhara / Kathmandu
cost excludes

    • International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    • Nepal entry visa fees (quoted separately).
    • Items of a personal nature such as bar bills, mineral water, telephone calls, laundry, mineral water, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
    • Additional expenses due to illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of Itinerary, flight and tour cancellation.
    • Any kind of insurance.
    • Emergency Helicopter Charter for Evacuation.
    • Items not specified in the above “Costs include column”
FAQs

Nepal visa is easily issued from Nepalese Embassy in your country. Nepal also issue on arrival visa for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days charging fee of USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please carry two passport size photos along with you.

Best season for trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During this time weather is clear and warm. But, if you like to avoid crowd then best time for your trek will be from May to September.

Yes, we do provide international airport pick up and drop off services. Outside terminal, our staff will be displaying companies play card or your name card depending upon group size, for your convenience.

It is compulsory to have your insurance before you visit Nepal. For trekking and Alpine Climbing you must have High Altitude Insurance. And for Tour and sightseeing you must have travel insurance.

You must be physically fit and healthy for trekking in Nepal. It's better to do at least 2 hours morning or evening walk to prepare yourself for this trekking.Please let us know in advance if you have any medical problems like heart disease, asthma and blood pressure.

Difficulty level depends upon the remoteness and altitude of the trekking route. Basically, trekking below 3,000m is easy. Higher the altitude, it's more difficult to walk.

In trekking, wide variety of food is available. Teahouses prepare Nepali food, Indian food and Continental food as per menu. All the foods are freshly prepared. We suggest you not to consume meat items during the trekking.

Basically, we accommodate our clients in 3 to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities in standard rooms on twin sharing basis. For luxury package we accommodate you in 5 star and beautiful boutique hotels in available places. On trek we accommodate you in best available lodges and teahouses standard rooms on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory on busy season.

In teahouse trekking basic facilities are available, with clean rooms, blankets, freshly cooked warm food. Sometimes there will be common toilets and bathrooms outside your room. Warm water is available for shower on extra cost.

In camping trekking, we will use the tents that can keep us warm from -20 degree Celsius to -40 degree Celsius. Tents for toilet, shower, dinning and kitchen will be set up for your convenience. Comfortable trekking chairs, tables and mattress will be available. Fresh and healthy food will be prepared by our professional cook.

Means of transportation depends on places you travel. We have our own fleet of transportation like car, jeep, Hiace and Coaster tourist bus for ground transfer. Domestic airplane and helicopter are used for air transportation.

Weather in the Mountains is highly unpredictable. So we should always be prepared to tackle the cold. From March to May and September to November in the morning and evening temperature will be (from 3000m to 6000m) 0 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius, in afternoon it will rise upto 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius and at night it might fall down till -5 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius. Similarly, during winter i.e. December, January and February there will be heavy snowfall in the Mountains dropping temperature till -15 degree Celsius at night. Morning and evening will be around -5 to 5 degree Celsius and temperature will rise upto 15 degree Celsius during day time. And our monsoon season from June to August where we expect heavy and continuous rainfall. But if we go above 3000m altitude ratio of rainfall will decrease. Temperature during day will reach upto 25 degree Celsius high and reduce till 0 degree Celsius to -5 degree Celsius. Morning and evening will be chill from 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.

For trekking in the Mountains you will need very warm, windproof, waterproof clothes. You must bring trekking/hiking boot which is comfortable to wear and walk. Beside that quick dry t-shirt, trouser and towel is important.

On average you have to walk 6 to 8 hrs a day covering 12 to 18 km in distance.

Of course, this trip is completely safe for solo travelers. You will have your guide and porter for your assistance; they will definitely take care of you along the trip.

Health and safety of our clients is a major concern of our company. All our guides have got first aid training. Your guide will be carrying first aid kit and satellite phone during the trekking in case of emergency and we can use the helicopter service for immediate evacuation.

Yes, you can use your debit/credit card in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We suggest you to carry cash (Nepali Currency) during the trekking for your personal expenses.

If its Altitude Sickness problem then we will immediately carry you down to lower altitude. We will take you to the nearby health post and if the case is serious we will immediately do helicopter rescue and admit in major hospitals in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

We have included rest/spare day in your itinerary to acclimatize in the thin air. Your guide will encourage you to drink more soup and garlic which is believed to help in high altitude. Besides that, your guide will be carrying medicine (Diamox) to reduce altitude sickness.

Giving tips to your guide and porters is a small gesture of thank you for your service. We don't fix the amount of tips but it's completely depends on the level of satisfaction from your guide and porters service during your trekking. This small gesture will really help to support their family living. Tipping system in Nepal is 10% of the amount that you paid for your trip.

Yes there are telephones and internet facilities available in the most places during trekking. Your guide is always carrying a mobile phone, you can request him to make international call and in return you can recharge/top-up or give small amount as international call charge.

Yes all your electronic gadgets charging facility is available on your trekking. They do charge NRS 200 to NRS 500 for service.

Yes, it's possible to extend your trip. You can always let your guide know about it and we will arrange the logistic.

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