Annapurna Basecamp Trek
The Annapurna Base camp Trekking lays on the Annapurna Conservation region. It is famous by Annapurna century trekking. The trek is the most popular and fascinating trek for both domestic and international trekkers. The main attractions of this region are mountain ranges like Mt. Dhaulagiri,Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Annapurna I,II and III , Mt. Fishtail, Fang, Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna glaciers, best sunrise viewpoint - Poon Hill, local gurung village and traditions, hot spring and home land of great Gurkha’s solders. Annapurna Base camp is famous for watching wildlife and much different variety of birds.
During the trek you will come across tropical vegetation, forests, waterfalls and majestic views of various mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Gangapurna and many others. The local peoples and their traditions along with the natural beauty of the surrounding hills add to the quality of the trek. The natural hot spring at Jhinu is yet another highlight of the trip. Seeing various endangered species like Red Panda, Giant Vultures, Wild Goat, Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep and others certainly makes the Annapurna Base camp trek really memorable for the time to come.
The trekking starts from Nayapul which is one hour drive from Pokhara. After reaching Hille you need to climb 3200 stone steps to reach Ulleri, from where you will take west trail towards Ghorepani, a village situated at an altitude of 2750 m. The stunning sunrise view and spectacular mountains views are the main attractions at Ghorepani Poon Hill. From Ghorepani, the trail follows to Tadapani and forward from where we start our journey to Annapurna Sanctuary and then to Annapurna Base Camp(A B C Trekking). The trail goes through the rhododendron forest and rice field terrace. Contact us for more details.
About Annapurna Basecamp Trek
Trip Cost : USD 860
Duration : 15 days
Destination : Nepal
Trip Highlights: The main attractions of this region are mountain ranges like Mt. Dhaulagiri,Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Annapurna I,II and III , best sunrise viewpoint - Poon Hill, local Culturel and traditions village, hot spring and home land of great Gurkha soilders.
Difficulty level: Medium
Max Elevation: 4,130m (Annapurna Base Camp)
Best Months: March to May & September to Janauary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Our representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan international airport and drop you to hotel. Today you need to prepare your trekking gear and you can roam around Kathmandu city if you have extra time.
Day 02: City tour
Our manager will come to your hotel with city guide for you to take a tour around some historical and cultural places around Kathmandu valley. Your tour includes 4 places: Patan Darbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudha Stupa and Syambhunath Stupa. The same day we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
Day 03: Pokhara (820m)
Driving Time: 6-7 hrs
Today we will be leaving for Pokhara - second capital city of Nepal from where your trekking will start the next day. Be ready at 6:30 AM today, our trekking staff will pick you up from your hotel. Pokhara is at 200Km distance away from Kathmandu but it might take longer driving time due to bumpy highway and trafiic jams. However you can enjoy beautiful scenaries, rivers, hills and mountains along the highway. Tishuli river - popular rafting destination is along the highway, if you wish to enjoy white water rafting you can do it on your own cost. You can stroll around Pokhara in the evening. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 04: Ulleri (2070m)
Walking time: 5 hrs
Your first day hiking starts today. Be ready at 8:30AM then drive to Nayapul along with your trekking giude by taxi for 1.15 hour to start your journey. You need to walk around 2 hrs along the easy track until Hile and climb 3200 stoney steps to Ulleri. You can see waterfalls, farming land, meadows, rivers, local villages and forests along the way. If the weather is clear you can see Annapurna South and Himchuli mountain from Ulleri. Overnight at Ulleri.
Day 05: Ghorepani (2750m)
Walking time: 5 hrs
Trail is slightly uphill through the forest until Ghorepani. As most of the time trail passes through the forest you will have feeling of jungle safari. You can enjoy the beautiful view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Nilgiri from Ghorepani. Poonhill is at 45 minutes walking distance from Ghorepani, you can hike there for sunset view provided that the weather is clear today. Poonhill is very popular for sunrise view and mountain view. Consult your trekking guide for the sunrise time the next day.
Day 06: Over the Poonhill then Tadapani (2700m) or Chiule
Walking hour: 6-7 hrs
Today the trial passes though forest most of the time. Wake up early about one hour before sunrise then hike up to ridge- Poon Hill. Poonhill is best spot for sunrise view and 360° mountain view. Also you can see Jomsom and parts of upper mustang valley. Return back to hotel, take breakfast and follow the eastern uphill muddy trail for 1.5 hour and descend downhill untill you reach a small river. cross the river and take uphill trial for 45 minutes untill you reach Tadapani. You can stay overnight here or can descend to Chiule(45 minutes walk) if you have extra energy left over. Chiule is a quite and peaceful place.
Day 07: Sinuwa (2340m)
Walking time: 6 hrs
Most of the trail passes through the jungle today as well. Take the narrow trail steeply downhill to Khumnu river, cross the suspension bridge and ascend slightly up to Chomrung. If you wish you can leave behind your less valuable items at hotel here and collect them as we return the same way. Have lunch here and take downhill trail through mid of village until river, cross suspension bridge and ascend steeply uphill all the way to Sinuwa ridge.
Day 08: Deurali (3230m)
Walking time: 6.5 hrs
Trail goes slightly up alongside the bank of the Modi khola (river) and big forest of Birch, oak nut, walnut, Rhododendron, bamboo and stinging nettle(sisnoo) through Bamboo, Dovan and Himalaya until Deurali. The track is narrow and huddles up against the cliffs. However nice waterfall, grassy land, snowing peak, wildlife and crystal clear rivers can be seen along the way whole day. This is sacred valley for hindus and buddhist so meat items are strictly prohibited here. Overnight at local guesthouse here.
Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Walking time: 6 hrs
From Deurali the trail is splitted into 2 - summer trail and winter trail. Your trekking guide will let you know which trail is safe to follow. Both trial leads to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(MBC) gradually uphill. There is chance to get avalanche until MBC. Continue slightly uphill alongside of alpine land and glaciers until ABC. You might get light altitude symptoms, hike slow in pace as you are near to your final goal. Several mountains can be viewed from Annapurna sanctuary- Fang, Annapurna south, Himchuli, Annapurna I, II & III, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Tharpu Chuli(Tent peak). Overnight at ABC.
Day 10: Bamboo (2340m)
Walking time: 6 hrs
Today is the last day to get 360 degree view of entire Annapurna sanctuary, wake up early before sunrise and hike to the ridge to enjoy the stupendous view of great Annapurna range and Annapurna Glacier. Stay as long as you like then descent back the previous trail all the way to Bamboo which is easy downhill.
Day 11: Jhinu (1780m)
Walking time: 5 hrs
Today the trail is zigzag, steeply uphill and downhill passing through Gurung village to Chomrong then descending to Jhinu. Stay overnight at hotel here. There is natural hot water spring at 30 minutes downhill from hotel where you can take a bath. It is believed that taking bath at natural hot water spring will relieve muscle pain and regulate blood circulation. Today is easy day chill out in hot water pond.
Day 12: Tolkha (1750m) or Ghandruk (1940m)
Walking time: 5 hrs
Today you have three routes to choose for:
- To Ghandruk- home land of most of the Gurkha soldiers and popular gurung village: Trail ascends uphill until Ghandruk village. stay overnight here. Next day descend slightly down all the way to Nayapul.
- Follow bank of Modhikhola river donwhill all the way to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara the same day.
- Descend downhill to new bridge then uphill to Landruk, Tolkha till Deurali and descend down to Dhampus then to Phedi.
We will suggest you to take the route through Landruk as most of the trekkers do so and you can see nice mountain view, Pokhara valley view, farming land and dense green forest.
Day 13: Phedi (1130m) then Pokhara
Walking time: 4.5 hrs
Until Deurali ascend uphill for around 1.5 hour then descend slightly down to Dhampus through forest and rest of trail goes steeply down to Phedi then drive to Pokhara. At Pokhara, you get one night accommodation free except food , please manage yourself. This is last day of your trek, try to enjoy and make your trip memorable. You can party with your team today at Pokhara to shed off your tiredness.
Day 14: Back to Kathmandu
Driving hour: 6 to 7 hrs
You can take a flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara which you have to pay on your own or can get back to Kathmandu on tourist bus that is managed by us.
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Its time to bid farewell. Our staff will drop you to airport.
Our Package Includes:
- Pickups and drops from airport/hotel
- Accommodation in 3 star or 3 star equivalent hotels with BB in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Accommodation at basic tea house during trekking.
- All 3 meals(breakfast,lunch and dinner) per day during the trek
- An experienced English speaking trekking guide
- Salary, accommodation, insurance and meals for guide and porters
- Rescue and Travel arrangements
- Domestic Transportation
- All necessary paper works and permits
- All government and local taxes
- Trekking Gears(Sleeping bag and down jacket)
- Medical kit
- Trekking map
- Water purifier (Chlorine)
Our Package Excludes:
- Tips to the guide, porters and drivers.
- Personal gears (Always available for hire)
- International air tickets
- Visa fees
- Medical evacuation when in emergency
- Travel insurance
- Extra drinks and liquors
- Any other expense not listed above
List of Equipment
- Waterproof walking boots with suitable ankle support .
- Loose, casual waterproof trousers for trekking.
- Thermal coats or fleece .
- Warm socks.
- Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper.
- Windproof, waterproof outers for higher altitudes.
- Wool or fleece cap.
- Day sack to be carried personally.
- Personal water bottle.
- Camera, spare battery and battery charger.
- Toilet items and towels.
- Hand sanitizer
- Warm gloves