Annapurna Base Camp Trek

12 Days

  • Annapurna Range
  • Waterfall On the way to Annapurna Base Camp

Trip Info

ACTIVITY
Trekking
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAX. ELEVATION
4,130 m
BEST SEASON
All Season
ACCOMMODATION
3 Star | Teahouse
TRANSPORTATION
Flight | Car | Bus

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most amazing adventures in all the Himalayas range and probably on this planet, where one can reach the bottom of the world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna-I within a short frame of time.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is suitable for all age groups as elevation gains at a slow, gradual speed without any problem of catching altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). An adventure of great fascination where you will be in the midst of towering high snow-capped peaks at Annapurna Sanctuary and base camp surrounded by the whole mountain range of the Annapurna Himalaya.

The most interesting part of this marvelous adventure is Annapurna Himalaya, the one and only high-altitude place and base camp in the whole Himalayan region where you can find the comfort of a nice and cozy lodge with an excellent range of food. The highest point we’ll trek to is Annapurna Base Camp, which is 4,130 m (13,549 ft) above sea level.

Travelers might not know that Mt. Annapurna-I was the first 8,000-meter-high mountain ever climbed and conquered way back in 1950 by a French Expedition, three years before Mt. Everest was attempted.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking is not only famous for its picturesque scenery as well as trekkers can enjoy the warm hospitality of native Gurung villagers, the main tribes of Annapurna Himalaya, where men-folks are known as famous Gurkha soldiers for valor and courage in the British and Indian Army as well as in Singapore as brave policemen. Also explore the beautiful city of Pokhara, which is a lovely spot blessed with the natural beauty of the high Himalayan peaks of Annapurna with serene lakes.

Best time to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Almost all months of the year are suitable for this great adventure to the Annapurna Basecamp Trek. The finest times are, however, from mid-September to December, during the fall and pre-winter seasons, and from March to May, during the spring season. From March through May, there are relaxing strolls with clear skies and enough daylight to see snow-capped mountains. The walk will be more enjoyable and exciting during this time of year when wildflowers are in full bloom, notably rhododendron of many varieties, from trees to bushes, along with other vivid flowers.

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During spring, days are often clear from early morning until late afternoon, but they can occasionally become cloudy. Higher elevations may have snowfall, and morning and nighttime temperatures are quite cold (without considering the wind chill factor).

During the autumn/fall and pre-winter seasons, from mid-September to December, the majority of days are clear from morning to afternoon. Winter and fall cause the days to be shorter, making it much cooler throughout the day and night, especially in the shade and away from the sun (not adding an extra wind-chill factor).

Religion and Culture Found in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Himalaya region is mostly populated by indigenous Gurung people, the tribes of the mid-West of the Annapurna Himalaya range, with some mixed tribes of people around the lower hills. Gurung follows Buddhism as well as the ancient practice of the Bon sect of pre-Buddhism and also worships five natural elements: sky, water/cloud, thunder/fire, vegetation/forest, and soil/earth. In every house, one can notice Buddhist colorful prayer flags to ward off evil spirits in the lower hills and valleys of Magar and Tamang, with some Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Dalits, which enriches the journey with diverse cultures of both Hindu and Buddhist religions, as well as an age-old heritage of traditional farm life.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
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  • Reach Kathmandu (Alt. 1,320 m) via various international airlines, where our staff will receive you with transport to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city, within easy reach of its shops and restaurants.
  • Check into your rooms and, once you've recovered from jet lag, meet in the hotel lobby for a group briefing where our guide or leader will provide information on the treks, including do's and don'ts, local culture, and Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
  • Group dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant and get a taste of local cuisine with folk cultural shows from various parts of Nepal.
  • Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Heritage Sites
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  • In Kathmandu, a full day for an optional sightseeing tour at places of great interest, such as Kathmandu and adjoining cities steeped in World Heritage Sites, (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Basantapur Durbar Square) on this day with time for trek preparation.
  • Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and Full Day Sightseeing
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  • In the morning, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive to reach Nepal's Midwest Himalaya, through low, warm farm country, past rural towns and villages with ups and downs, an exciting and scenic drive to reach beautiful Pokhara (Alt. 860 m).
  • Pokhara is located in a verdant valley surrounded by rolling green hills with Annapurna Himalaya and majestic Machhapuchare Himal, FishTail peak in the north, and serene Phewa and Begnas lakes. 
  • These attractions make Pokhara one of the most renowned touristic cities in Nepal and probably in the whole Himalayas.
  • On reaching Pokhara, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay, located by the Phewa Lake side with views of the massive Annapurna Himalaya mountain range.
  • A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 30 minutes.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk.
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  • In this journey to Annapurna, you will start by taking a drive by car through Nayapul and Syauli Bazaar to get to Kimche (Alt. 1,784m) from Pokhara. The actual hiking journey begins in Kimche and concludes at Ghandruk.
  • Along the 4-5 hours of trekking way, you will pass by enormous mountain ranges, terraced agricultural land, temperate forests, and amazing alpine scenery. Numerous Buddhist monasteries may be found in the village of Ghandruk, which is also a haven for customs and ways of life. We won't pass up the chance to check out the Gurung Museum.
  • After reaching the destination, you will have awe-inspiring sights of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Hiunchuli peaks from Ghandruk (Alt. 1940 meters) and spend your overnight there at a teahouse or lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Chomrong
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  • After having morning breakfast, you will dedicate tour further 4-6 hours of time to ascend towards Chomrung (Alt. 2170 meters) after accomplishing the passway through Kimron River.
  • Early in the morning, you will get breathtaking views of Fishtail Mountain and Annapurna South from the route along with the encounter of various flora and fauna. On a slope, Chomrong is situated in the shadow of the massive Annapurna range.
  • You will hike beyond Sinuwa to stay overnight at the teahouse if you get to Chomrong early.
Day 06: Trek to Dovan
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  • In the morning, walk downhill to a river, then climb on long stone steps to a small nice place at Sinuwa-Danda with a few lodges, and then continue walking into dense forest to reach a river gorge at Bamboo, next to the raging glacial Modi River in the midst of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak forest.
  • From here, an hour's walk will slow up to Dovan (2,630 m) for an overnight stop, a small place situated by the Modi River and within a gorge.
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
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  • After Dovan, the morning climb takes you further towards the scenic Annapurna Sanctuary as the air becomes much cooler.
  • Walk on a winding path with some steep ups and downs, reaching a place called Himalaya Hotel close to the large cave of Hinko, located just at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak.
  • From here, the route crosses glaciers and moraine before climbing to Deurali, the last lodge before Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m).
  • From here, the vegetation and tree lines fade for a few alpine bushes and shrubs as the walk follows the Modi River upstream to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) for an overnight stop.
  • Overnight stop at the base of the towering North Face of Machhapuchhre Himal, with its twin summits that resemble a fish-tail, one of the most virgin and unclimbed peaks in the Himalaya range.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp back to Bamboo
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  • From MBC, the morning walk heads to a short climb to enter the beautiful and most scenic Annapurna Sanctuary.
  • Then continues to walk towards Base Camp, as the journey continues on grassy uphill reaching higher areas to Annapurna Base Camp (At. 4,130 m), with stunning views of Annapurna peaks that circle the sanctuary with the towering face of Mt. Annapurna-I rises at 8,091 m and 26,545 ft with a series of peaks that surround you at base camp.
  • The Annapurna area was first explored by British Adventure Col.
  • James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the "Sanctuary of Gods".
  • The sanctuary has been christened the "Annapurna Sanctuary" ever since.
  • Spend the night at a Teahouse/Lodge.
  • After a wonderful and exciting view at base camp within the scenic Annapurna Sanctuary, after breakfast, walk downhill all the way to Deurali, then, with a few ups and downs, along a gradual winding trail in the serene forest, back to the tree lines to Bamboo (2,345 meters) for the overnight stay.
Day 09: Trek to Jhinu village
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  • From here, a short steep up to KhuldiGhar, then downhill within the forest to reach a lonely spot, Sinuwa-Danda.
  • From here, descend to Chomrong Khola.
  • After the bridge, climb for a short while to Chomrong village for lunch.
  • After Chomrong, another short climb to reach the top of the Chomrong ridge.
  • The last day's walk takes you downhill to Jhinu-Danda (1,780 m), a place with a hot spring for the overnight and final stop on the high green hills of Annapurna.
  • This village offers refreshing natural hot springs about 20 minutes downhill near the bank of the Modi River.
Day 10: Drive to Pokhara from Jhinu
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  • After a refreshing time and overnight in Jhinu, the last day of walking starts with a short downhill crossing a bridge to reach the road-head for an exciting 4-hour drive to Pokhara, after a marvelous time at Annapurna Base Camp and around Sanctuary.
  • Check-in hotel rest and evening explore around the lakeside Pokhara on your own, overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 11: Flight back to Kathmandu
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  • Morning our vehicle will pickup you up from the hotel and drop at Pokhara airport.
  • You’ll take a late-morning scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes around 30 minutes.
  • After a wonderful and memorable experience at Annapurna Base Camp, you will be transferred to your respective hotels, with time for individual activities and shopping for souvenirs.
  • Evening farewell dinner with the Wilderness Outdoors team and sharing your trek experience.
Day 12 : International departure for homeward bound
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  • After a great and wonderful experience in Nepal with an amazing time in the high Annapurna Himalaya on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, and on your last day in the country of marvelous scenery and adventure, our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for your flight back home or to the next port of call.

Features

  • Walk in the heart of the beautiful and massive Annapurna Himalaya to reach base camp.
  • Explore the most scenic and dramatic country in the world, surrounded by a slew of mighty peaks.
  • Enter into the arctic zone of ice and glaciers after walking from the low-warm subtropical.
  • Observe the unique bio-diversity of climate and landscapes in a short time frame.
  • Experience from warm areas to cooler hills, ending in remorseless fields of ice and glaciers.
  • Learn about the nice traditional Gurung villages and the hill tribes of the Annapurna Himalayas.

 

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a tea house or lodge during the whole trek.
  • All the airport transfers for international and domestic arrivals and departures. 
  • 3 nights (Kathmandu), 2 nights (Pokhara) of hotel accommodation in a hotel on BB Basis.
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • One experienced Male English-speaking guide (Guide number increases with group Alias).
  • One porter for every two trekkers (Porter number increase with group Alias).
  • All the necessary Tour and Trekking entrances and Permits that are required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
  • Flight ticket to transfer from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu.
  • Farwell dinner.
  • All of the government taxes.

 

Exclusions

  • All the personal expenses, travel insurance, beverage bills, phone call bills, internet bills, bar bills, laundry, water, travel insurance, and heater during the trek.
  • Gratuity for the Guide, Porter, and Drives.
  • Helicopter rescue in case of any emergency.
  • Rescue operation in case of emergency and Personal Trekking equipment.
  • All the expenses which arise due to a change of itinerary because of political trouble, strike, lockdown landslide, or any other obstacles.
  • All the Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

 

 

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Must beautiful trek i have done in Nepal after Everest Base Camp Trekking. Thanks to Wilderness Outdoors team they are well experience and help full.