Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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13 Days / 12 Nights

Duration

Nepal

Country

Moderate

Grade

4130m/13545ft

Max altitude

Private

Vehicle

Hotel/Lodge

Accommodation

Feb-June, Sep-Dec

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size

Overview

Annapurna Base camp Trek is an exclusive walk on the foothills of the Annapurna designed for trekkers who wish to enjoy breathtaking Himalayan vistas contentedly. The spectacular hike is one of the best trekking packages in Nepal in an isolated plateau that offers incomparable mountain scenery and leads to the base of the world’s 10th highest mountain, the Annapurna. It is one of the most beautiful treks passing through diverse ethnic communities, their culture, lifestyles, and a broad variety of flora and fauna. Besides, spectacular views from the terraced paddy fields to the glacial moraines and spectacular high mountains can be sighted all through the journey. The only approach of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary follows the Modi Khola Valley through oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests passing through local Gurung villages into the world of towering peaks.

This Annapurna Base Camp Trek journey on foot to the south faces of Annapurna-I provide an opportunity to experience sunrise views over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill. Apart from this, the top trekking route in Nepal that has also been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails take you through an ever-changing landscape up to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Base Camp has been held sacred for centuries, and it is believed to be the home of several significant deities of Hinduism, Buddhism, and ancient shamanistic traditions.Traversing through matchless villages with different racial communities, paddy fields, lush forests, arid highlands, temples, and monasteries, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek indeed offers everything you fancy from a Himalayan escapade. The fabulous sunrise views from Poon Hill illuminating the first rays of its beam on the lofty Himalayan peaks are awe-inspiring.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation- Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (7 hrs)- Overnight in Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (5-6 hrs)

Day 05: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours trek
Day 06: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours
Day 07: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours
Day 08: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 - 8 hours
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 11: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 13: Final departure

Cost Includes

    • Airport Pick up/drop in a private vehicle
    • 3 Night accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with Breakfast
    • 2 Night accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing with breakfast
    • 7 Night accommodation at Tea-house/ Local Lodge during the trek en-route
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking time
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed holder trek Guide for trekking duration
    • Porter service for trekking (2 trekkers :1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • AID Team personal Take care
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Excess baggage charge(s)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Any meals (Except trekking time)
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will complete all necessary immigration formalities followed by baggage collection from the designated area in the airport. As you exit, one of the representatives from AID Journeys & Adventure, with a placard, will officially welcome you and escort you to your pre-assigned hotel. At the hotel, you may stretch out your legs and relax for few hours from the possible jet lag that you might have experienced after a long flight. Those who are anxious and want to hit the streets right away, may stroll around Thamel and do a bit of shopping or hire gears and equipment for the upcoming trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After a good night’s rest, you will be woken up with a morning call, if you desire, followed by a warm bed tea. Once you finish your breakfast, there will be a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual landmarks of the city, all of them being recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites. You will visit the most revered and holy Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath, the prominent monkey temple, Swayambhunath, one of the largest stupas in the world - a Buddhist shrine at Bouddhanath, and the captivating Basantapur Durbar Square. In the late afternoon, you will visit our office site to make necessary preparations, get your equipment checked, and meet your trip leader, crew members, and other fellow accomplices. You will have a brief discussion about the forthcoming trip and return to your hotel room. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After Breakfast: Drive to Pokhara (200 km - 6 hrs). During the route, you can visit Manakamana Temple by Cable Car which cost is additional USD 22 per person directly at the station. This ride gives breathtaking views of Hills, Mountains, and rivers.
After Breakfast: We will drive you to Nayapul first, which takes about 1 hrs, and start trekking to the onwards destination to Ghandruk through Birethati, a beautiful village with a hilly landscape mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we shall also make your visit to Gurung Museum as well. Overnight in Ghandruk.
After Breakfast: At this juncture, we climb up for around an hour up to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre), and Ganggapurna. A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while, and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.
After Breakfast: We will start trekking to down are with 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here, we will again walk slight uphill to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
After Breakafst: We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
After Breakfast: From the Annapurna base camp, we return our step to Bamboo. As it will be downhill walking and it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
After Breakfast: You will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara and it takes 6.5-7 hrs to reach Kathmandu. In the evening time you can relax at Hotel or can also roam around the area.
Today is the day your holidays in Nepal have come to an end, and you will be flying back home with ample memories of the experiences you’ve had in the Himalayas. A representative from AID JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport well ahead of your scheduled flight for your onward journey. With plenty of time on board, you may plan your next trip in the Himalayan realms of Nepal. For those willing to stay back and extend your holidays, AID JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE will be glad to plan your trip according to your craving.

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Cost Includes

    • Airport Pick up/drop in a private vehicle
    • 3 Night accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with Breakfast
    • 2 Night accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing with breakfast
    • 7 Night accommodation at Tea-house/ Local Lodge during the trek en-route
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking time
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed holder trek Guide for trekking duration
    • Porter service for trekking (2 trekkers :1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • AID Team personal Take care
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Excess baggage charge(s)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Any meals (Except trekking time)
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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No, you can go on your own and have to manage self all paper works & physical help along with manpower. As it will be a burden for a traveller who has precise time & plan. Hence, we recommend everyone to use agency for the trekking & holiday plan, so you don’t need to waste time in arrangements, as Company will responsible with accurate time, you can enjoy experiencing the things in the fullest.
It is not that difficult to trek, if you are physically fit or if you are doing regular exercise. If you really into trekking, you can go for it with necessary walking or exercise every day to familiarize your body to adapt trekking experience in Nepal.
Actually, Strenuous trekking are can lead with 6 to 8 hours of walking per day on very high altitudes with tough daily ascends and descends of about 500-1000m. On a moderate trek, you are likely to walk 5-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails. And easy trek necessarily involves 4-5 hours of walking a day on generally good weather, well-maintained paths and with easy access to local amenities.
The coldness is dependent on the place, season of your trek & most important is altitudes:-the higher the elevation, the higher the possibility of coldness. Not every trek demands to ascend and descend on high altitude. However, you can always prepare yourself to trek despite the coldness as you can wear warm thick clothes above your skin. Once you reach a higher altitude or above 3000 meters, you are likely to get altitude sickness. Therefore most itinerary of the trip contains acclimatization days which provide proper rest days to ascend higher elevation. You are suggested not to climb more than 500-600 meters in a day. Due to the lack of oxygen, your body might dehydrate, and it is, therefore, better to drink enough water every day while trekking.
If you trek on your own, for sure you need to carry yourself, but if you book your trek from a travel company, then you will be accompanied with a porter who will carry your stuff.
You will be accommodated in comfy and cozy lodges, teahouses and guest houses or home-stays. Sometime you might be staying in tents but it is likely to happen only in the remotest areas where there are no hotels and inns. You can also opt for lavish hotels under availability. You will be served with authentic Nepalese food as well as Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental cuisines. Most of hotels and lodges will provide you with a menu that includes local food-items like momo, Dal-Bhat, noodles, and others.
Nepal being the second richest country in the world there is water available everywhere, but being careful of which is drinkable is most important. Make sure you drink locally purified drinking water or else drink it after boiling in the local lodge, or hotel in trekking routes.
Communication while trekking in significant trekking routes is possible as most of the trekking routes have local VHF Phones and mobile coverage. Most popular trekking routes of Nepal like Everest Base Camp has 3G connectivity throughout the entire Everest Base Camp due to cell phones masts installed at Gorakshep. So yes, there is communication possible while trekking.
Most trekking and climbing trips are inclusive of overall charges and are not liable to surcharges. All tours cover accommodation, foods, and necessary expenses. However, it will not include your personal costs. There might be an instance when you would love to buy stuff for yourself or a loved one. So we recommend you to bring money for yourself.
It depends on the trekking routes. In General, a trekking porter will carry a load of 15kg to 20kg.
You should at least be in a good level of physical fitness, which implies to be able to walk at least 3-4 hours a day. You must have general hiking experience, and prior to that, you must not have any chronic issues with your health. Novice travelers can be fit for a trek in Nepal, but he or she must be used to daily exercise to adapt to trekking in Nepal.
For trekking above 4000m, you might require necessary things like Trekking pants, Trekking Hat, Trekking shoes, Trekking shirt, Trekking pole, Sun glasses, water bottle , flashlight, warm socks, sun lotion, sleeping bag(heavy), waterproof jacket, thermal wears, poncho, glove, gaiters, insulated pants, down jacket, head torch, sun hat, day backpack.
This is a vital question if you are trekking in Nepal. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you will be taken to the lower altitude immediately, assisted with first aid treatment. If it goes severe, you will be evacuated to Kathmandu or Pokhara on a rescue helicopter.
You are well aware that prevention is better than cure. So it is best when you take necessary precaution regarding health. You must avoid alcohol or tobacco while trekking. Altitude sickness is imminent while trekking above 3000m, so try to acclimatize. Drinking enough water is highly recommended. Remember to use boiled or locally purified drinking water.
A Tea House Trek is a trek in which you will be staying overnight in Tea Houses which offers you a place to sleep and home-cooked meals. It is the combination of Guest House, restaurant, and social hang out. A Tea House will provide you with the facility of 24 hours running water facility, hot water bathing, and communal areas. Not to mention, Tea Houses have a clean and friendly environment.
Guides of AID Journeys & Adventure have many years of guiding experience in the Himalayas. Most of them have more than a decade of experience in trekking and climbing in Nepal. All our guides are friendly enough to share an in-depth knowledge of the local beauty and experiences. They speak English fluently and are obliged to make sure you enjoy the fullest of trekking in Nepal.

13 Days / 12 Nights

Duration

Nepal

Country

Moderate

Grade

4130m/13545ft

Max altitude

Private

Vehicle

Hotel/Lodge

Accommodation

Feb-June, Sep-Dec

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size