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Annapurna Base Camp Trek – From lowlands to high mountains

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a spectacular trek leading to the site of the Annapurna South Face Base Camp (4,130 m) in the Annapurna Conservation Area in the Kaski District of Nepal.

The trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary traverses a variety of terrain, from lowland villages and rice terraces to glaciers, and thus offers great scenery of both lowland villages and outstanding high mountain views. You can experience walking through villages, then climbing through forests into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by high Himalayan peaks.

It is a great way to surround yourself with Himalayan peaks in a relatively short time. However, there is a chance of altitude sickness during the highest part of the trek from 3,000 m and higher.

The lodges in the hills are moderately easy to access for hikers although there is a lot of elevation gain and climbing involved which is why adequate physical fitness is certainly recommended.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary – Example

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu our company representative will be displaying a hoarding board written as “All Nepal Trekking P. Ltd” outside the airport terminal for receiving you and you will be then transferred to your respective hotel by our private vehicle.

Include: airport pick up, hotel accommodation

Day 2 – Kathmandu sightseeing

After breakfast, our tour guide will take you to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple is regarded as one of the holiest sites for Hindus all over the world and dedicated to Shiva.

Boudhanath Stupa is located 5 km east of Kathmandu city center, one of the largest stupas in the world and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage which stands three-tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles.

Swayambhunath Stupa is located in the heart of the city and a little hillock lies about 4 km west of Kathmandu city center. Swayambhunath is also called Monkey Temple by the tourists owing to the large number of monkeys in the temple area.

Include: Breakfast, hotel accommodation, tour guide

Day 3 – Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast drive 5/6 hrs. by Prithivi Rajmarg to Pokhara 210 km. Check in hotel & free time, evening our trekking guide will brief for next day, overnight at hotel in Pokhara

Include: Breakfast, hotel accommodation, transfer to Pokhara, trekking guide

Day 4 – Trek to Tikhedhunga (1415m) 3-4 hrs.

After breakfast drive to Nayapul 42 km for about 1½ hr. and trek after half an hour along the bank of the Modi Khola reach to Birethanti (1065m). The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille & after the short climb, reach to Tikhedhunga.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, transportation, guide & porter

Day 5 – Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, trail with steep climb to Ulleri about 2 hrs. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070m from where you will have a view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Then the trail continues to ascend through fine forests of oak & rhododendron towards Banthanti, Nangethanti (2460m). After one and half hour gradual up reach to Ghorepani at (2775m). Ghorepani means water for horse which was once campsite for trader long time before tourist trekker existence.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 6 – Trek to Tadapani (2540m) 5-6 hrs.

Early in the morning hiking to Poonhill (3210m) about 1hr. climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint from where it can be seen superb view of sunrise over the Himalayas and panoramic views of Mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m) Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6993m), and so on. After visiting Poonhill, come back to lodge and have a hot breakfast then trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests.

The gorgeous close-up towering views of Annapurna South & Hiunchuli can also be seen from this spot. Tadapani means “far water” and water supply is in a long distance billow the village.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 7 – Trek to Chhomorong (2040m) 5-6 hrs.

We descend with steep downhill through the rhododendron forest and reach to open fields, after crossing suspension bridge take easy gradual up and flat to Chhomrong. It is a beautiful Gurung village.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 8 – Trek to Dovan (2630m) 5 hrs.

The trails descend with stone steps and cross the Chhomrong Khola with suspension bridge, climb uphill to Sinuwa. Climb in rhododendron forest to Kuldi and followed downhill walk to Bamboo Lodge (2340m). The trail climbs steeply through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Dovan.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 9 – Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m) 5- 6 hrs.

After crossing the landslide reach to Himalayan Hotel (2900m) and following rocky trail through forests about an hour walk reach to Hinko Cave (3160m), climb through large boulders to Deurali (3230m). Climb gently thorough a river and the trail descends to Bagar (3310m), climb over steep trail to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From here a superb panoramic mountain views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Gangapurna can be seen.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 10 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4095m) 2 hrs .

About two hours walk to Annapurna Base Camp from where views are seen of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other many more peaks.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 11 – Trek to Bamboo (2340m) 6-7 hrs.

Trek begins with downhill trial which is easier.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 12 – Trek to Jhinwa Danda (1750m) 6-7 hrs.

The trail downhill to Chhomorong and after some climb of stone steps the trail descends to Jhinwa Danda where you will get hot spring after 20 minutes downhill walk, enjoy at hot spring.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 13 – Trek to Deurali or Pothana 6 hrs.

The trail gradually descends and reach to Kimrong Khola cross the suspension bridge, gradual up to Landruk during the walk you will enjoy beautiful nature landscape and hills, then continuing to Deurali or Pothana.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 14 – Trek to Phedi & drive to Pokhara.

Walk downhill to Phedi (1100m) for about 2-3 hrs. where our trek ends and drive to Pokhara for about ½ hr. by private vehicle. Check in hotel, free time.

Include: Breakfast, hotel accommodation, guide, transfer to Pokhara

Day 15 – Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu 5/6 hrs. (210 km) by Prithivi Rajmarg. Check in hotel & free time.

Include: Breakfast, hotel accommodation, guide, transfer to Kathmandu

Day 16 – Final Departure

Our company representative transfers you to airport for final departure.

Include: Breakfast, transfer to airport

Custom Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Customised treks which differ from this itinerary are always organisable. It’s always possible to shorten the trek for example if you are on a tight schedule in Nepal and want to spend sufficient time in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs. We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

Included costs

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Package covers the following costs:

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Lodge) during the trekking period
  • Conservation fee + TIMS permit fee
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley as per program
  • Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on BB plan (bed & breakfast) as per program
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Excluded costs

The following costs are excluded and not covered by our Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Trip Facts

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

How hard is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek? The Annapurna Base Camp Trek involves a tremendous amount of walking up and down in the Annapurna Conservation Area. This ABC Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty.

Annapurna Base Camp Altitude

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 4,130 m.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Best Time of Year

The best season to enjoy an Annapurna Base Camp Trek is during the months September, October and November.

Minimum Required Group Size

The minimum group size is 2 persons.

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