Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Lying within the top 10 highest mountain in the world, Mount Annapurna is the main destination for many trekkers adventuring the highest peaks. Annapurna Base Camp Trek sets a wonderful expedition to the height of 4130m from where a complete 360-degree panorama view of the Annapurna Ranges can be captured by the eyes.

As the trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins from the City Lake, Pokhara, you are simply going to get the wonderful start throughout terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests, stunning mountains views, picturesque villages, cascading waterfalls and many more.

Walking along the path of Annapurna Base Camp trek, your ways are full of appealing major western parts of mountains like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare. All these mountains here nearly form a circle of about ten miles in diameter. Also, the sanctuary comprises of a deep glacier at the centre joining the Modi Khola to the south.

DAY 1 - KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY
One of our Airport Representatives will be on hand to greet you when your plane lands and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. We'll have a final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.

DAY 2 - KATHMANDU TO POKHARA
It's time to kick off our journey! The first leg of this adventure is a 6-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where you'll rest up for our first day of trekking! We'll have a final briefing in the evening to go over details and answer any last-minute questions.

DAY 3 - POKHARA TO NAYAPUL, NAYAPUL TO TIKHE DHUNGA
Elevation: 1,480m/4,855ft
Approximate Time: 3-4 hours

The day starts with a transfer to Nayapul which is about one hour drive from Pokhara, where we'll take the first steps of our trek. The walking is easy at this stage, as we stroll through the Modi Khola River Valley. We trek to the small village of Tikhe Dhunga to spend the night.

DAY 4 - TIKHE DHUNGA TO GHOREPANI
Elevation: 2,974m/9,429ft
Approximate Time: 7-8 hours

From Tikhe Dhunga we'll cross a stream as the warm up to ascending the steep stone staircase to the scenic, quaint Magar Village at Ulleri. After lunch, our route wends through glorious blooms of rhododendron and imposing oak forests. We'll move slightly upwards in the direction of Nangethanti before scaling towards Ghorepani for dinner and sleep.

DAY 5 - GHOREPANI TO TADAPANI, WITH EXCURSION TO POON HILL
Elevation: 3,210m/10,531ft
Approximate Time: 6-7 hours

We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. It's back to our lodge for a late breakfast, and then we’re back on the trekking path! Our legs get a bit of a rest on the downhill walk towards lunch at Bathanti, which takes us through beautiful, deep forests, and then to Tadapani.

DAY 6 - TADAPANI TO CHHOMRONG
Elevation: 2,170m/7,119ft
Approximate Time: 5-6 hours

More downhill walking awaits us today as we again trek rhododendron and oak forests. We'll arrive at the lofty Gurung village of Chhomrong by lunchtime, giving you a bit of time to explore the fantastic views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

DAY 7 - CHHOMRONG TO DOBAN
Elevation: 2,600m/8,530ft
Approximate Time: 5-6 hours

Another precipitous stone staircase guides our way today as we descend towards the Chhomrong Khola. We shift gears at that point and will climb in the direction of Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through leafy bamboo forests. More upward travel awaits us in the afternoon as we head towards Kuldi and then another staircase down to Dovan, where we'll rest after a vigorous day.

DAY 8 - DOBAN TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
Elevation: 4,237m/13,549ft
Approximate Time: 7-8 hours

You'll feel the bite of the thin air today as we climb high above our starting point of Dovan, overlooking a river far below. We'll scale the lateral moraine of a shimmering glacier and then come down the other side to the glacier bed before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. A breathtaking 4,237m above sea level, this is our stopping point for the night.

It's time to reap the rewards of your hard trekking work! Miles above earth, we have all day today to wander the base camp and drink in the beauty and majesty of Annapurna. The sunrise and sunset are spectacular displays of natural theatre, and not to be missed. Make sure your camera is charged!

DAY 9 - ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO
Elevation: 2,310m/7,578ft
Approximate Time: 5-6 hours

We'll savor one last fiery Annapurna sunrise before beginning our trek down the mountain. Our route today ends in the village of Bamboo, named for the dense forest of tall bamboo that surrounds it.

DAY 10 - BAMBOO TO CHHOMRONG
Elevation: 2,170m/7,119ft
Approximate Time: 6-7 hours

The stone staircases and their steep, unforgiving steps await us once again! We'll trek the bamboo forest, passing vibrant blooms of rhododendron, on our way to Kuldi. After lunch, we pass through Sinuwa and Modi Khola before an invigorating uphill climb towards Chomrong.

DAY 11 - CHHOMRONG TO GHANDRUNG
Elevation: 1,940m/6,364ft
Approximate Time: 5-6 hours

From Chhomrong, we head back to Taglung, descending slowly through a forest to Kummu. It's back towards Ghandrung and one more hypnotically-lovely panorama of Annapurna South before our last night on the mountain.

DAY 12 - GHANDRUNG TO POKHARA
Elevation: 827m/2,713ft
Approximate Time: 7-8 hours

The end of our trek is in sight. Villages and terraced fields dot the landscape at these lower altitudes, adding interest and variety to our last morning on the mountain. We'll pass through Syauli Bazaar and Nayapul before catching a ride back to Pokhara, where the comforts of a hotel ensconce you after a long and tiring journey.

The extraordinary natural beauty of Pokhara frames your penultimate adventure day, which is dedicated to exploring the town. Pokhara feels almost sublimely tranquil, with the sacred, fishtailed peak of Machhapuchhre rising behind it and the shining waters of Phewa Lake within its heart. Pokhara is at a lower elevation than Kathmandu, and, accordingly, has a balmier - almost tropical - climate, which has given rise to a riotous proliferation of flowers. Uncover Pokhara's secrets at length as you drink in glorious views of the Himalaya range.

DAY 13 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
The 25 minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu brings us back the way we originally came, ending again in a comfortable hotel. Your conquest of the Himalayas is complete: it's time for some rest! After an afternoon to nap and relax, we'll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town's finest Nepalese restaurants, where you can give us your feedback on the trek. In the morning, we'll make sure you catch your flight home with time to spare.

DAY 14 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. 

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) including breakfast
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by a private tourist vehicle
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in twin-share and dormitory-style rooms ( 8 nights only)
  • Local licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag
  • Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and private tourist vehicle between Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Free duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section

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