Annapurna base camp trekking description
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, one of the most famous high glacial basin lying north of mystical Pokhara city, situated below a ring of eleven of Nepal's major peaks, it has spectacular views of each of these giants. Annapurna Base Camp trek combines with several easy walking trails with majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other trekking tours in Nepal. Annapurna trekking trail begins from lowland villages of rice terraces and green landscapes to the rocky and snow capped mountain trails. As you gradually ascend uphill, the peaks of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give a way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Machhapuchre (Fish Tail we call in Nepali) Base Camp and Annapurna Sanctuary (4190 m) from where you will see unbelievable and unimaginable beautiful 360 degree panorama of the whole Annapurna family. Likewise, when you pass your trekking tours over Ghorepani – Poon Hill (known as a popular Magar Village), you will have again a amazing sunrise and sunset views of all Annapurna Himalayan range including mount Fishtail and mount Nilgiri in 180 degree angle. To make your journey to ABC, your trip will be guided by our own trained staff.
Annapurna base camp trekking highlights
The terraced farmland above Pokhara - Visit the inner sanctuary of Annapurna panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m - Views of Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki from Poon Hill - Surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, including Annapurna I 8091m (26540ft.) - The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks - Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda.
Annapurna base camp trekking grade
Annapurna base camp trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for easy walking. The maximum height of Annapurna trekking 4250 m. on Annapurna base camp. It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is recommended before you leave your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Annapurna Base Camp trek covers:
Kathmandu valley, Pokhara, Ghorepani Poon hill, Chhomrong, Machharpurche base camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Ghaundrung village
Best season to explore Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
February, March, April, May, June and September, October , November and early December.
Annapurna Base Camp Outline Itinerary
- Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel, B/B Plan
- Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu, B/B Plan
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilo meter west of Kathmandu). Overnight at Hotel. B/B Plan
- Day 04: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) And Trek to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guesthouse, O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 05:Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m), O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 06:Hike to Poon Hill (3180m.) and trek to Tadapani (2675m.) (2675 m) O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Chomrong, O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 08: Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (7 hours), O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 09: Himalaya hotel to Machapuchhare Base Camp 6hrs, O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 10: Early in the morning to go to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu. 6hrs, O/N Guest House, F/B Plan
- Day 12: Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara 6hrs,B/B Plan
- Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu 6 hours, B/B Plan
- Day 14: Final departure
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Annapurna Base Camp trekking itinerary in details
Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1350 m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.
Drive or fly to Pokhara
Better to take flight if you are going to Pokhara during the Monsoon Season. It takes only 25 minutes by flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. In the afternoon you will be with your trekking Guide to Observe the Natural Beautiful town Pokhara. However, if you are driving to Pokhara by Tourist bus / car, It takes around 7 hours however you will have beautiful landscapes on the way
Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) and Trek to Tikhedunga( 1577m)
After having breakfast at hotel we start our driving to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. Then we conducts our journey to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.). It is easy trekking passing through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards we ascend gently to the final destination of the day. Overnight at Guesthouse
Trek to Ghorepani village ( 2675m)- 6 Hours
Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. We will see good view of Machhapuchhare known as Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Now, our trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp at Ghorepani village.
Hike to Poon Hill (3180m.) and trek to Tadapani
Today, we hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains in the morning then Hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at Lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650 m.). Most part of the trail we trek through rhododendron forest, the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom. Overnight at Guesthouse
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Chomrong (2100 m)
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We will hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way to Kimrung Khola. Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for 45 minutes and gently steeps and flat to Chomrong which is the only one gateway to reach Annapurna Base Camp.
Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (7 hours)
Today, we will our first step with stone step to the river Chomrong, cross the river and hike to Sinuwa village where, there are few lodges. Walking with dense forest to bamboo place. Where there are some lodges and guest house too. On the way we will see the wildlife like wild boar, monkey, rhesus and other wild birds with including Danphe pheasant. Then arrival at Himalayan hotel where we stay overnight.
Himalaya hotel to Machapuchhare Base Camp 6hrs
Today, we start to go over Deurali view point and then walk further to MBC. There are two different trails ahead of us; we follow the best way according to the season to Bagar and to MBC. These areas are most possibility for avalanches and always be careful during the journey. You should have good information from your experienced guide who is organizing by Gokyo Treks & Expedition, before you start your journey to MBC. Take it seriously because there are already a lot of people who lost their lives here from viewpoint to Bagar. After Bagar, you are safe.
Early in the morning to go to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) & descend down to Dovan.
After sunny breakfast, walk all the way uphill to the ABC (4095m). The trial follows the left hand tributary of the Modi khola. You can see the sunrise with natural Panoramic spectacular view from the view point of ABC. From here we can see Annapurna 1st, Annapurna south, Barah Shikhar, Tent peak, Machapuchhare Hiunchuli and many more snow caped mountains as well as glacier. Having breakfast in ABC, just descend down to Machapuchhare base camp. We can met the crew and taking all stuffs descend down to Dovan passing several green valley and villages. Stay overnight at Dovan
Dovan to Jhinu Hotspring . 6hrs
The trial descends to Jhinu Danda leads through bamboo and rhododendron forest with superb mountain views from Sinuwa village. Have in mind, the trail from Dovan to Bomboo is most subject to avalanches also. Then trail leads down and up to stone steps to Chhomrung village. And then descend down to Jhinu Danda where we can enjoy with natural hot spring in the banks of Modi River
Jhinu Danda to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara . 6hrs
After breakfast, trek leads through intermittent bamboo and mixed forest. During the journey, you can pass through the several villages, terraced and as well as flat land. You will have flat land from Syualibazar until Nayapool. After checkout from Annapurna Conservation office, we trek further more 30 minutes to reach Nayapul where our car is waiting. After that drive to Pokhara by car 1: 30 hrs then transfer to hotel on Fewa lake side.
Drive to Kathmandu 6 hours..
Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!
- Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/Planet Bhaktapur
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara B/B plan
- Fluent English speaking license holder tour guide.
- Government license holder local trekking guide.
- All land transportation as per itinerary.
- 3 meals (B, L, D, A) each day during the trekking days
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project permits and TIMS permits for Annapurna Trekking
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Pokhara- Kathmandu flights with airport taxes.
- A special gift from our company.
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need experience for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Annapurna sanctuary trekking or Annapurna Base camp trekking - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for incase. Remember to bring your adapters ! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
We recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.