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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration
15 days
Max. Elevation
4170m
Group size
Min 1
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Tourist Bus & Private Vehicle
Best Season
SEP-OCT-NOV, MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
3 Star accommocation in Kathmandu. Standard accommodation in Pokhara. Lodge accommodation during trek
Meals
3 Meal (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) through out your trip
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ulleri - Ponn Hill - Tadapani - Ghandruk - Chhomrong - Dovan - Deurali - Machhapuchhare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo - Jhinu Danda - Mithu Danda - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Highlights

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp trek – also popular as Annapurna Sanctuary trek - is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is an adventurous journey into the lap of Mt. Annapurna (8091m), world’s tenth highest mountain, which lay deep into heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. The Annapurna Sanctuary provides 360 degree views of world’s highest mountains including Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Fishtail (Macchapuchre), Gangapurna and Glacier Dome among others.
 
The trek also includes hike to Poon Hill (3232m), one of the famous viewpoints to  catch spectacular panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The trail passes through dense tropical jungle of rhododendrons and bamboo full of wildlife, scenic terraced fields and rolling green hills. The other highlight of this trek is the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest river gorge in the world, stretching 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. 
 
Annapurna Base Camp trek falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP), the largest protected area in Nepal. ACAP is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians. Annapurna region is also ethnically diverse and is inhabited by Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Manange and Loba communities. Originally tradesmen, Thakali people who are settled in the Kali Gandaki Valley are renowned for their unique culture and cuisine. The culture and custom of Manange and Loba communities on the other hand is similar to that of Tibetan people.
 
Annapurna Base Camp trek can be done in different durations depending on your time, interest and budget. Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition have successfully led many trekking trips to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We have a team of highly experienced, well equipped, well insured and friendly local trekking guides and porters who will accompany you throughout your journey.

Important Note

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Trip Itinerary

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork.

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel
Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing.  By late afternoon you will drive back to your hotel.

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

After early morning breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours. Enjoy scenic views of mountains, hills, villages and rivers along the highway.

Pokhara is a tourist's paradise featuring lakes, caves, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, etc.

Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Max. altitude

914m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast
After early morning breakfast, drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Ulleri (2070m.) takes approximately 3 hours. Then trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2675 m.) passing through dense forest of oak and rhododendron. Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2070m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3210 m.) takes about one hour. Poon Hill is a popular viewpoint to see sunrise/sunset and majestic views of tallest Himalayan peaks. After spending sometime in Poon Hill, hike back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then continue trekking towards Tadapani (2630m) which takes about four and half hours.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3210m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2950m) takes about 3 hours. It is a very easy trek descending gently all the way through rhododendron and oak forests. This is one of the popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village offering good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2950m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2150m.) takes about5 hours. For the first part, you ascend gently for an hour to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and then descend steeply to the Kimrung Khola (1700m.). The trail then abruptly climbs to Chhomrong- a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung ethnic group of Nepal.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2150m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m) takes approximately 5 hours. The train in the beginning descends until you cross a small bridge. From here it’s a long steep ascent up to Sinuwa. The path heads through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests.  Enjoy local farming in terraced landscapes all around.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Max. altitude

2600m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek Dovan to Deurali (3200 m) takes approximately 5 hours. The trail gradually ascends all the way to Deurali along the Modi Khola. The region is rich in bio diversity and full of bamboo and rhododendron forest.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3200m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) takes about four hours. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine forest. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the panoramic views of several peaks.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

Max. altitude

4170m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2300 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes about six to seven hours. The trail gradually descends passing through bamboo forests.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2300m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m.) takes about five hours. We will descend through Sinuwa and Choomrong. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. 1 hr further down will take you to Jhinu Danda.  You can visit a natural hot spring in Modi Khola, which is 20 minutes hike from Jhinu Danda.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

1780m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Jhinu Danda (1750m.) to Mithu Danda takes about 1 hour and on the same day drive from Mithu Danda to Pokhara by 4WD jeep that takes another 3 hours. The trail gradually descends down to Mithu Danda. Drive from Mithu Dadnda to Pokhara via Nayapul takes 3 hrs.

Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Max. altitude

1780m

Accomodation

Hotel

After breakfast in the morning, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about six hours. During the highway journey, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities.

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast
As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

Max. altitude

1400m

Meals

Breakfast
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Includes

     a) Kathmandu
    • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
    • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
    • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private vehicle
    • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant 
    • Souvenir
    b) Pokhara
    • 2 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
    • All pick up and drop off services by private vehicle
    c) Trekking
    • Trekking guide/s
    • Porter/s (porter carries 25kg of luggage for two participants)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
    • Accommodation in lodges 
    • Trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking sticks, etc. if required
    • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
    • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
    • All land transportation : Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus and Pokhara to Ulleri and Mithu Danda to Pokhara by private vehicle
    • Meals, accommodation, insurance and equipment for all guides and porters
    • First aid kit
    • Tax, VAT and our service charge
    • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
    • Travel & Medical insurance
    • Entrance fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

It Was The Absolute Experience Of Lifetime.

Dear Mr. Dahal, Thank you so much for organizing our trek to ABC in late September 1999. For me it was the absolute experience of lifetime and I am sure that I will be coming back again to your wonderful country this time with my family to spend more time. Whilst the trek itself was spectacular I believe that a major part of our experience was the great friendship and care shown to us by our guide Rajendra and the porters. These guys were simply the best and added to our trip with their sense of fun and fantastic service. Having a guide, put a whole different perspective on our trip, as every where we went along the way we were made to feel part of a bigger group when we met other guides and porters. Having someone get you a hot cup of tea, checking you for leeches, checking your room for you to make sure that you haven't left anything behind are all little things that add to your trip/experience. Once again I would like to thank you for organizing our trek for us and would highly recommended Nepal Environmental Trekking to anyone looking to have an experience of a life time. You really mean what your business cards say " We serve you with love and care" Regards

J
Jonathan Dohney
Australia

Excellent Organization Of My Trek.

Nava, Thank you for your excellent organization of my trek to Annapurna Base Camp(A.B.C.) We had a great group of people, fantastic guide ( Ratna ) and extremely strong porters ( Ratna + Gopal ). Thanks for answering all of my e-mails from New Zealand and general advice about Nepal. Your company is to be highly recommended. Regards

K
Kirsten Gray
New Zealand

Annapurna Base Camp( A.B.C ) Trek

This was my second great experience with Nepal Environmental Trekking. The first was about seven years ago to E.B.C. This time I came with my wife to do ABC and had an equally fantastic time. We loved the people, food and scenery and would like to thank Nava and our great trekking team Hari and Ratna for making everything so easy and enjoyable. We will certainly be back! Thanks to all

D
David + Davinia

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Dear Nepal Environmental Trekking Co. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Nepal Environmental Trekking Co., Mr. Nava Raj , Mr. Ganesh, and especially to the greatest guide around - Dinesh. We attempted the ABC trek and we have had a great time during the trek, all because Dinesh is a very sensitive guide. he sings to keep our spirits up when we are tired. I don't think words are enough to describe how great a guide he is. We will be back and we will still want Dinesh as our guide. We would like to congratulate Nepal Environmental Trekking on a job well done !

W
Wong Huey Ling, Tok Shon Wee
Singapore

Annapurna Base Camp

The day I arrived to Nepal I was picked up from the airport, comport settaled in right away the company was like a family, great in every way. I highly recommend their service. I chose to take on the Annapurna trek for 12 day the experience was breathtaking, majestic, everything was provided. At time it was strenuous walking but worth every effort. It's great to get away from the city life. As you inbark on a uninterrupted journey by the time you reach base camp. Mother nature has provided the greatest picture ever. You are on top of the world, heaven on earth what a reward. But most of all my greatest gratitude goes towards my guide. We became best of friends between is their was a connection immediate and obvious that he embraces every moment as you would there for we were on the same level from the start.

V
Val Armani
Australia

It’s Easy As Annapurna Base Camp “

I made the 11 days trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and it was absolutely perfect, the view from ABC is breathtaking. The weather was nice, except 1 day rain, the bamboo forest is magic, my guide Raju is a great “always laughing, always smiling”! Big up to Raju. & See you again in Nepal or France!

M
Murielle
Australia

A Wonderful Trek To Annapurna Base Camp.

We had a wonderful trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The sanctuary was marvelous with a clear blue sky after sunrise. Our trek was very well guided by Surya. He is a very experienced porter guide. Apart from that it was a pleasure to be in his company during the past twelve days. Also many thanks to Nava who managed to get us as his clients and who organized the trip very well. We will come back once again. We selected this agency from 3 options as it replied very punctual to our requests and adapted the trip to avoid duplicate trails with previous trek. Anything you would like from a porter-guide and relatives of Yukta live everywhere. We were happy to give a small memory for snow walking.

K
Karin Yansen & Gunhe Bonsel
Netherlands

Completed The Annapurna Base Camp Trek In 14 Days

Completed the Annapurna Base Camp trek in 14 days, fighting off leeches, mud pools, raging rivers, knee pain, altitude sickness, the lack of hot shower and bad weather. Pancha (guide), Ratna and Din (porters) were fantastic and caring throughout. We were rewarded by h alf-show glimpse of Annapurna I and other mountains as the skies cleared, the morning we were due to descend from ABC. Thank you for the care and memories and we might be back one day. Nick & Haoxing (Singapore) Phyllis (Hongkong) Vanessa(Hongkong)

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Nick & Haoxing

It Was A Great Experience.

Today we came back from our trekking tour from ABC(Annapurna Base Camp). We had one guide Hari and a porter Gopal. Hari speaks every good English and was very friendly, helpful and kindly. He helped my son very much, when he was ill on the mountain. Also we had a lot of snow and ice to our way to ABC. he was very careful. Gopal is a very strong porter and is also very friendly and kindly and helpful. We enjoyed the Trekking tour very much. They know a lot of about the mountains. It was a great experience.

B
B. Sieben + Tom

A Very Incredible Experience To Trek In Nepal.

A very incredible experience to trek in Nepal. I have been to Annapurna Base Camp (A.B.C.) and see the beautiful mountains and meet with different people who come from different countries. It is a memorable experience and I can remember for my life. Hope you enjoy the life in Nepal too.

T
Tsui Wah Choi
Hong Kong

Trekking To ABC From 15th Of September

It was a privilege to have Ratna as a guide .He was always in a good mood, enthusiastic, outgoing, kind and helpful. It was being interesting to talk with him a lot the Nepali society, politics and everyday life. He has a large Experience and speaks excellent English. I thought the ABC trek as a present for myself for my 70th birthday and I can warmly recommend Ratna as a guide for older people as he is very patient and let me walk a pace suitable for me.

A
Ami Jansson
Finland

Namaste Nava & Team

We enjoyed the trek to Annapurna Base Camp a lot! The time we spent with our guide “Ram” & our porter “Kumar” was so interesting and funny. The whole trip was just amazing ?.We will never forget. Your friends from Switzerland. Thank you

C
Carina Schauss , Ramona Bartsch, Martin Kolly
Switzerland

Equipment List

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

General Items

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff  

Sun-worn Items

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries), 

Liquid/Snacks

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials

First Aid Kit

Optional

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc

Additional items for camping trek

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are various permits such as trekking permits, national park permits, conservation area permits required for trekkers and tourists.

TIMS

TIMs is an abbreviation of ‘Trekkers’ Information Management Systems’. TIMs is kind of a permit card issued by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board. TIMs is mandatory for entering all normal trekking areas in Nepal.

In the TIMS Card, you will have to fill in information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or for rescue missions in case of accidents and/or natural calamities.

Trekkers and tourists can avail the card at specific counters designated by TAAN and NTB including their own head offices in Kathmandu.

There are two types of TIM Cards:

(a) Individual (Green coloured) TIMS

Free Individual Trekker (FIT) or Single trekkers who are planning to trek without the help of assistants (guides or porters) are required to obtain Green TIMS card. Green TIMS card can be obtained by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US$20 per person. The form can be filled out by the trekkers themselves by visiting the nearest TIMS Center. Such FIT trekkers will have to take full responsibility of the possible risks while trekking.

(b) Group (Blue coloured) TIMS

 Blue TIMS card is for those trekkers who are travelling in groups accompanied by assistants (guides and/or porters). Such groups of trekkers will be taking the service of government-authorized trekking agencies. The trekking agencies will help the groups to obtain Blue TIMS card by paying Nepali currency equivalent of US$20 per person.

Please note: Citizens of SAARC countries will have to pay NRs. 200. Nepali currency equivalent of US$ 10 per person

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