Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Duration: 16 DAYS

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Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT3681

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Trip Grade: Moderate

  • Max Elevation: 4230 Meter

  • Total Duration: 16 days

  • Best Time: March to May and Sept - Dec

  • Group Size: Min. 1 Pax

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular high-altitude treks in Nepal. Situated at the altitude of the 4,130 meters from the sea level, Annapurna base camp rests in the lap of the 10th highest mountain Mount Annapurna (8,091 m above the sea level) that lies inside the Annapurna conservation area (7,629 sq. km); where more than 50 thousand trekkers trek each year. There are a lot of trekking trails to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, you will have the chance to view the incredible Himalayan ranges, including Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Singu Chuli (6,501 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri South (6,839 m), Baraha Shikhar (7,647 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), Manaslu (8,163 m) and other surrounding peaks.

Among so many trekking destinations in Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of the prominently desired one by many foreign and domestic trekkers here in Nepal. Once you reach there and observe the colors radiating through sun-kissed peaks during a sunny day, you will be utterly mesmerized by that divine feeling you have been missing out from all this while. The night view, in addition, is a true amusement if you happen to be there in a full moon night.

Why Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Annapurna Base Camp is not only about the unreal beauty of the mountains you will witness after reaching there, but it is also to a great extent about every tiny trademark you get to experience throughout the journey. The appealing view of bamboo, alpine vegetation and dense rhododendron forest preserved within the sanctuary, especially in the spring season will furnish your soul the butterfly energy to march along the trails. Being welcomed by the local ethnic people, mostly Gurung and Magars and observing their cultures, traditions will certainly be a delight to your expedition. The casual talks you get to have along the way with the locals, the pure smiles shared with them when they greet you will just add fuel to your drive. The Buddhist prayer flags hanging to and fro at different locations will garnish the peaceful state of your mind.

Annapurna Region is the most preferred site because of the fact that it remains drier than other trekking routes in Nepal such as the Everest region as it gets less rainfall at the higher altitude. While getting back from the trek, you can grab the leverage of taking bath in natural hot spring and rejuvenate your tired body cells at Jhinu Danda.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

And here starts your 16 day ABC trekking tour! One of our representatives from Nepal Hiking Team will attend you at the airport in the given time and drop you at the hotel where you can freshen up and settle your luggage. The same day, you will be briefed about the entire plans. Depending upon the availability of time, you can as well wander in the nearby locations if you get bored in the hotel room. Otherwise, you can have a good rest and get rid of your jet-lag so that you will not be troubled in the rest 15 days.

Day 02 - Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu/trek preparation

The second day; for not causing too much fatigue and to make preparation for the following day treks, we will take you for Kathmandu sightseeing that will include four main sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Soyambhunath Stupa; all of which are listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites. With that, you will be able to observe the ancient architectural skills and understand the rich history of Nepalese culture. Visiting Kathmandu Durbar square and Pashupatinath temple will provide you with ample opportunities to recognize the values of Hinduism. And just the physical presence in the territory of Buddhist temples; Soyambhunath and Boudhanath will pacify your soul.

Day 03 - Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Distance: 200 km, Duration: 6/7 Hours

Pokhara; the city of magnificence is truly a jewel which has made it the best tourist destination of Nepal. Throughout 6/7 hours’ drive to Pokhara, you will find the scenario to observe the beautiful landscapes, farm fields, water bodies occasionally; sometimes to the left and sometimes to the right of your vehicle seat.

Upon reaching Pokhara in the evening, the view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna ranges and the shadows of hills and Machhapuchre Mountain in the sparkling water of peaceful Fewa Lake will mesmerize you. If you still have some time remaining, the lakeside bestows you plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy live music performances and light snacks.

Day 04 - Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/4905ft) Distance: 9 km, Walking Duration: 4 Hours

“Tikhe Dhunga” in Nepali which means a “sharp stone or rock” is the place you are going to stay overnight on this day. The first activity we will do is drive to Nayapul through the village Lumle from where the actual trek adventure starts. Then, arrives the gorgeous village; Birethanti that has small shops and tea houses followed by the place called Ramghai where we will have lunch and continue marching upwards until we reach Tikhe Dhunga. Throughout the way from Nayapul to Tikhe Dhunga, you will be able to take pleasure of the hilly views, of the small sparkling river due to the sunrays, of the chirping sounds of the birds as evening approaches you and many more.

Day 05 - Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m/9348ft) Distance: 13 km, Walking Duration: 7 Hours

After the breakfast in Tikhe Dhunga, we will cross a stream on a suspension bridge near the campsite and follow the trail that mounts a vertical stone staircase (which has about 3300 strides) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. From the Magar village, the trail slowly directs you uphill through farming lands and small houses and will take you to a campsite where you can rest for a while. The trail encloses two dazzling watercourses before we climb to Nangethanti which will be our lunch spot for the day. Thanti is a Nepali word which stands for “rest house”. From Nangethanti we will scale up to Ghorepani at 2850m, from where we can observe the startling panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m) Annapurna I (8091m) Hiunchuli (6441m) and more.

Day 06 - Hike to Poonhill then trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft) Distance: 9 km, Walking Duration: 6-7 Hours

To view the sunrise, will get up early this morning for our hike to Poon Hill (3180m/10430ft) to reach there before the yellow luminous views of Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Ranges gets missed out. The panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6931 m) will energize you to scale up even more.  After enjoying and taking some pictures with stunning backgrounds we will again come back to Ghorepani to treat our belly with hot breakfast. Embracing all the beauties you will see around, we will continue to walk uphill and finally conclude our day in Tadapani.

Day 07 - Tadapani to Chhomrong village (2020m/6625ft) Distance: 8.5 km, Walking Duration: 5 Hours

On the seventh day of your trip your day is going to rest at Chhomrong village; a village which is mostly inhabited by Gurung ethnicity and is also the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary known as the home to diverse types of exotic flora and fauna. Various species of birds will entertain you with their tweeting music throughout the way. The generous welcome performed by the Gurung people there will elevate your heart with bliss. Moreover, the blossoming Rhododendron and dense oak forests, riotous woodland will accompany you on your journey.

Day 08 - Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m/8528ft) Distance: 9 km, Walking Duration: 5 Hours

As we farewell Chhomrong village, we will now march in the trail downhill and step about 2500 stone steps and cross the suspension bridge that swings over the Chomrong River. We will then have to climb up on a rocky path where we will pass through beautiful Sinuwa village, at 2350m from where we can notice the Annapurna Himalayas joyfully gleaming at us. Then we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldahar at 2380m which will take us to The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Check-post. Afterward, the trail is a constant easy slide down to Dovan from there where we will have a sound sleep after dinner.

Day 09 - Dovan to Deurali (3200m/10500ft) Distance: 7.8 km, Walking Duration: 4 Hours

Through thickets of bamboo at Dovan, we will board on a damp trail closest to the emerald forest; the sugary sound of bamboo leaves munching in the wind provides tranquility to the soul, and the zenith of blooming Rhododendrons hail our journey to Deurali. We will pass the Himalayan Hotel and trek on to Hinko (3020m), a trail lined with petrified trees and burnt sienna floras. Deurali lies above the ridges of Hinko, and once we reach Deurali, we will sneak into our guesthouse, take a good rest and spend our night there.

Day 10 - Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft) Distance: 5 km, Walking Duration: 3 Hours

The trek initiates with a moderate mount through a river body. The trail then ascends steeply over to the mountain side. After a steady hike, we will reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. And from the base, we will have the fortune to have the benefit of the excellent views of the royal Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli and Gangapurna. Unlike other hiking trails, the vegetation is thin on our way to Machhapuchre Base Camp. The monumental mountains, soaring above in astronomical proportions are a sight to behold and the additional feeling of contentment that we have now almost reached our major goal will fill your heart with the superlative form of delight.

Day 11 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4230 M/13810FT) Distance: 3 km, Walking Duration: 2 Hours.

After a mild two-hour uphill climb, we’re finally at the Annapurna Base Camp. The day we have yearned for since such a long time will finally arrive and the imperial elegance of mount Annapurna will applaud you for all the hardships you have done all this while. At 4130 meters, you will get to savor the mesmerizing view of the mountains while standing boldly in the glorious foothills of the magnificent Mt. Annapurna. From the foothills of the 10th tallest mountain in the world, experience the spectacular view of the sun rising on the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us.

Day 12 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310M/7575FT) Distance: 18 km, Walking Duration: 7 Hours

We will now hike down to Modi Khola at Bamboo at 2,345m, the altitude reducing by 1700m from Annapurna Base Camp. The area is lined up by some lodges and tea-houses, scattered among the hugeness of the big open mountains, rejuvenated after each sunrise by chilly air blow. We will then reside there for the night in one of the lodges and enjoy the chilly air that puffs through our hair.

Day 13 - Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring (1780M/5840FT) Distance: 12 Kms, Walking Duration: 6 Hours

Today, after breakfast, we will follow the same trail we walked by to the Chhomrong and come across an experimental sheep farm after passing Khuldighar. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields until Chhomrong. The sight of flowers blooming in various colors, complementing the green leaves and bamboo forests will be a good exercise to your eye muscles.

From the village, the trail then descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in the natural hot spring, sooth the nerves, relax aching muscles and rejuvenate all your tired body cells. Jhinu is said to have natural strengths of healing due to the minerals in the naturally emerging water.

Day 14 - Jhinu Danda to Pokhara

From Jhinu Danda, we walk at the right side of Modi Khola to Siwai then drive to Pokhara for overnight. Today is the final day of the hike. Walking distance, 4.4 km, 3 hours hike and 2 hours’ drive.

Day 15 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Embracing all the memories you had in the trek for the last eleven days, we will take you back to Kathmandu and you can enjoy the beautiful sight you missed to view while going to Pokhara on the third day. If you have plenty of time remaining, you can also take small breaks to smell the fresh air on the way and frame some moments in your camera.

Day 16 - Farewell/Tour Ends

The final day marks the end of your journey with us. Farewell is certainly not at all a good feeling, but with a weighty heart and with the hope to see you again, one of our representatives from Nepal Hiking Team will drop you off at the airport three hours prior to your departure time.

Come visit Nepal and give us the chance to serve you and we will put all our strengths and wits to make your Annapurna Base Camp trek a memorable one. And we hope the relationship we share with you will be cherished lifetime which will as well extend your further visit to Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fee, and private vehicle.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Surface transfers from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation at the teahouses during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals, and accommodation.
  • Nepal Hiking Team down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit including oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat while on the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa Fees: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for airport representative, tour guide, trekking staff, driver etc.

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Reviews

Healey/Andrews family , Sydney, Australia

Our family of four recently returned from 16 days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and had a fantastic time with Nepal Hiking Team (NHT).

Everything was perfectly arranged at the outset by Ganga with itinerary changes as per our need, additional accommodation and an add on trip to Chitwan was also organized at short notice with no fuss or bother.

The trek itself ran very smoothly as our very experienced guide Paban was attentive to our needs and especially patient with the slower trekkers in our family, never making us rush or go faster than we were capable of – which gave us enough time for clicking photos. The food was yummy and plentiful, more than enough to satisfy the needs of our growing 16 year old lad! We all especially enjoyed the magnificent views of sunset from Ghorepani and sunrise from Poon Hill and then throughout the rest of that day’s trek to Tadapani. It was a huge dream come true. All accommodation changes were promptly coordinated by our guide with thoughtful consideration.

Whilst one of us rested at Chomrong, the other 3 family members continued the trek to ABC. The boys and their Dad had a brilliant 3 day trek to ABC with our guide and porters Ishor and Thakal who encouraged and interacted with our boys, 21 and 16 throughout the trek. They have some fantastic photos and memories of the ABC trek experience. The biggest highlight of the trek for us was the surprise descent of the boys and their dad from ABC to Chomrong in one day to reunite our family on the occasion of Christmas Day – the best Christmas gift ever! What a feat, especially by our porters – thanks Paban for organizing this Christmas surprise!

This was definitely one of our best and most memorable family holidays we have ever had.

We have no hesitation in recommending NHT to any future trekkers and we hope to return Nepal for more trekking adventures of our own with Nepal Hiking Team.

Healey/Andrews family

Sydney, Australia

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