The Complete Guide to Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a journey that offers a truly unforgettable adventure into the heart of the Himalayas. This trek takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nepal, including lush green forests, quaint villages, and high-altitude mountains.Starting in the vibrant city of Pokhara, the trek begins with a picturesque drive to Nayapul, where the real adventure begins. As you trek through charming Gurung villages and lush forests, you'll be greeted by stunning views of the majestic Annapurna range, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain). Along the way, you'll come across natural hot springs, terraced fields, and cascading waterfalls that create a truly breathtaking experience. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, which sits at an altitude of 4130 meters. From here, you'll be surrounded by a panoramic view of towering mountains that seem to touch the sky.
suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness and prior trekking experience. The trekking route is well-maintained, and there are plenty of guesthouses and teahouses along the way, providing a comfortable stay for travelers. The best time to go on this trek is from September to November and March to May when the weather is clear, and the skies are blue, offering perfect conditions for trekking. The trek can be completed in 7-10 days, depending on the route taken and acclimatization time required.
DAY 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in the city. After check-in, you can rest for a while and then explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu. You can visit some of the famous attractions like Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Durbar Square. In the evening, we will have a brief orientation about the trek.
DAY 2 - Fly / Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): Fly 30 minutes, / Drive 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we will take a scenic flight or drive to Pokhara, which is known for its natural beauty and serene atmosphere. The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes around 30 minutes, and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Himalayan range, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Alternatively, you can opt for a scenic drive that takes around 5-6 hours. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we will check into our hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the town, boating on the serene Fewa Lake, and soaking in the stunning views of the Annapurna range.
DAY 3 - Drive from pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m)
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Nayapul, which is the starting point of our trek. From Nayapul, we will trek towards Ghandruk, a beautiful village that offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range. The trek will take around 6-7 hours, and we will pass through scenic villages, dense forests, and terraced fields. We will spend the night in a teahouse in Ghandruk.
DAY 4 - Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170m)
After breakfast, we will trek to Chhomrong, which is the gateway to the upper Modi Khola valley. Along the way, we will pass through scenic villages, dense forests, and terraced fields. We will also cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge. The trek will take around 5-6 hours, and we will spend the night in a teahouse in Chhomrong.
DAY 5 - Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m)
After breakfast, we will continue our trek through a dense bamboo forest towards Bamboo, where we will spend the night. Along the way, we will have stunning views of the Annapurna range. The trek will take around 4-5 hours, and we will be staying in a teahouse in Bamboo.
DAY 6 - Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m)
After breakfast, we will trek to Deurali, which is a small village situated at the junction of the Modi Khola and the Annapurna Base Camp trail. Along the way, we will pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest and cross the Modi Khola several times. The trek will take around 3-4 hours, and we will spend the night in a teahouse in Deurali.
DAY 7 - Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m)
After breakfast, we will trek towards Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp. We will pass through a beautiful valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and will have stunning views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). The trek will take around 5-6 hours, and we will spend the night in a teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp..
DAY 8 - Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
After breakfast, we will start our descent towards Bamboo, retracing our steps back through the same trail. The trek will take around 6-7 hours, and we will spend the night in a teahouse in Bamboo.
DAY 9 - Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m)
After breakfast, we will continue our descent towards Jhinu Danda, which is known for its natural hot springs. Along the way, we will have stunning views of the Annapurna range, and we will cross several suspension bridges. The trek will take around 5-6 hours, and we will spend the night in a teahouse in Jhinu Danda.
DAY 10 - Trek from Jhinu to Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, we will trek towards Nayapul, which is the end point of our trek. From Nayapul, we will drive back to Pokhara, where we will check into our hotel and relax for the rest of the day. The trek will take around 6-7 hours, and we will have lunch on the way.
DAY 11 - Fly / Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu & transfer to the Hotel
After breakfast, we will fly or drive back to Kathmandu, where we will check into our hotel. We will have some free time in the afternoon to explore the city, do some last-minute shopping, or just relax at the hotel.
DAY 12 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
After breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley, which is known for its rich cultural heritage and ancient architecture. We will visit some of the famous attractions like Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We will also visit some famous temples like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath.
DAY 13 - Transfer to International Airport for final departure
After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. We hope that you had an amazing trekking experience with us and will cherish the memories for a lifetime.
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ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : sharing a twin bedroom at the hotel (3 Star category) in Kathmandu on a bed & breakfast basis
AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
Permits : All necessary paper works: Trekking Permit including MCAP and special permit, TIMS Card & conservation entry fee
STAFF INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
MAP: Trekking map of the trek
MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Land Transportation Kathmandu
MEMBER LUGGAGE: Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing basis in tea house/camp during the trek.
DRINKS : 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
Guide : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
PORTER : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.
Meals on treks only: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.
What's Not Included
NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 120).
LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
PERSONAL EXPENSES: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included.
EXTRA PORTER : $35 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.
EXTRA : Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Booking Receipt, if Booked Online (PDF will work)
More than 30-days prior to departure - 50% refund.
In Between 15-30-days prior to departure - 25% refund.
Less than 15-days prior to departure - No Refund.
Frequently Asked question
Absolutely! Whether you're a solo trekker or with a group, you can easily book your trek through our website or by contacting our Kathmandu office directly. We can even pair solo trekkers with groups, if desired.
On our treks, you'll enjoy a blend of traditional Nepali meals like 'dal bhat' (lentil soup with rice) and other international cuisines. We ensure our food is nutritious and energy-packed for the trekking journey. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice.
Yes, we offer secure luggage storage at our office in Kathmandu. You can leave behind non-essential items and pick them up once you return from your trek.
Yes, depending on your trek's region, you'll need permits like the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) card and regional conservation or national park permits. Our team takes care of all the necessary paperwork and permits for you.
Absolutely! We offer both fixed-departure and tailor-made treks. If you have specific preferences, routes, or places you'd like to visit, just let our team know, and we'll help design a trek that meets your desires.
Altitude sickness is a concern in the Himalayan treks. Our itineraries are designed to allow gradual acclimatization. It's essential to communicate any discomfort to our guides, who are trained to assist in such situations.
Yes, Kathmandu offers several rental shops where you can rent or buy trekking gear. If you're missing something, it's likely you'll find it here. However, for personal comfort, we recommend bringing specialized items like hiking boots from home.
Accommodation varies depending on the trek's route. In popular trails like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, you'll find well-maintained teahouses offering basic amenities. However, in remote areas, the facilities might be more basic. Camping may also be part of certain trekking routes.
Our guides carry communication devices and have contacts with local agencies to ensure swift action during emergencies. In extreme cases, helicopter evacuations can be arranged, given that the trekker has suitable insurance coverage.