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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek) stands out as one of the most popular and picturesque base camp treks in Nepal, nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region. Offering awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges, this trek winds through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, charming villages, and a rich array of flora and fauna.

Classified as moderately difficult, the trek does not demand technical climbing skills but involves challenging aspects such as steep ascents, descents, and elevation changes. Annapurna Base Camp is a high-altitude glacial basin north of Pokhara and lies at an altitude of 4,130 meters below a ring of eleven major peaks of Nepal.

The main highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp trek are the breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna I (8,091 m), and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m).

There are several starting and ending points for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek. However, if you have sufficient time, we recommend combining a visit to Ghorepani Poon Hill with Annapurna Base Camp. This trek begins at Nayapul and concludes at Dhampus Phedi. It represents the longest version of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Alternatively, it is possible to conclude the trek in Nayapul or Simrung village to reduce the overall trekking duration.

Nayapul is about an hour's drive from Pokhara. From Nayapul, you will first trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill (3,210 m). Poon Hill is an excellent vantage point for the entire Annapurna region. It offers magnificent views of the mountains, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,041 m), Bharha Shikhar (7,647 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,434 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Annapurna II (7,939 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Lamjung Himal (6,988 m), and many other snow-capped mountains. Additionally, it provides a magnificent view of the sunrise.

After visiting Poon Hill, the trek continues to Tadapani, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Dovan, Deurali, and finally reaches Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m) and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). However, some trekkers go to Annapurna Base Camp first and come back via Ghorepani Poon Hill on the way back.

After relishing the experience at Annapurna Base Camp, you will proceed towards Chhomrong Village using the same route you took to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Trek down from Chhomrong to Jhinu Danda. Near Jhinu Danda, there are natural hot springs that you can visit and enjoy a bath if you are interested – it could be a pleasant experience during the trek.

After Jhinu Danda, you will reach the bank of the Modi River downstream. Nowadays, motor road access to Simrung is about a 20-minute walk from Jhinu Danda. If you are tired or don't have time to trek to Dhampus Phedi, take a local jeep to Pokhara. From the banks of the Modi River, you will continue trekking almost upstream to Landruk village, Tolkha, and Pitam Deurali.

But you will trek down from Pritam Deurali to Pothana, Dhampus village, and Dhampus Phedi. The trek concludes here, and you'll proceed to Pokhara by private transport. The following day, either take a tourist bus or a flight back to Kathmandu.

16 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes 11 days trekking (13 days from Kathmandu), one day sightseeing in Kathmandu and two days for arrival and departure from Kathmandu.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Stand at the Annapurna Base Camp surrounded by towering peaks, glaciers, and a breathtaking amphitheater of mountains.
  • Reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, nestled beneath the iconic Fishtail Peak, and enjoy stunning mountain vistas.
  • Experience beautiful mountain meadows, lush forests, terraced fields and the varied landscape of the Annapurna region.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other peaks.
  • Visit to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.
  • Encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs and Magars, and experience their unique cultures, traditions, and warm hospitality.
  • Encounter diverse flora and fauna, including orchids, bamboos, rhododendrons, and a chance to spot wildlife such as Himalayan tahr and various bird species.
  • Relax in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, providing a soothing experience after days of trekking.
  • Visit to Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside city, the best place to relax and enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Stay overnight in teahouses along the route, rest, enjoy local food and share experiences with other hikers.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package depends on various factors. These include the duration of the trek, the size of the group (Larger groups might be able to negotiate better rates, while solo trekkers or small groups may pay a premium for personalized services), the level of services included (budget, standard, luxury) and the reputation and standard of the trekking company you choose.

The Alpine Adventure Club announces the cost and some fixed departure dates for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek for groups joining in 2024 and 2025, the cost includes the standard service. If you wish to participate in a private trek, the cost will be different.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m) drive by Tourist Bus
Day 04: Pokhara Drive to nayapul trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 m)
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2855 m)
Day 06: Visit Poon Hill then trek to Tadapani (2610 m)
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2170 m)
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2600 m)
Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m)
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo (2310 m)
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780 m)
Day 13: Trek to Pothana (1900 m)
Day 14: Trek to Dhampus Phedi drive to Pokhara (850 m)
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m) drive by Tourist Bus
Day 16: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Nayapul
Trek End Point: Dhampus Phedi
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouses / Mountain Lodges
Trekking Grade: Easy-Medium
Best Season:  March - May / September-November
Max Elevation: 4,130 m
Duration: 16 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in 3-star standard hotel)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in a tourist standard hotel)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transportation by tourist bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Pokhara to Nayapul and Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES:-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him, and he will be transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m) by tourist bus
Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to the tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat on bus a journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast, but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04: Drive to Nayapul then trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m)
We begin our trek at Nayapul after 1 hour driving by private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1015m) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1570m. Today’s walk offers a short and relatively easy day, during the journey allow getting use to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)

Leaving Tikhedhunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2080m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. After an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani at 2855m. Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2610m).

Today, early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3210m), a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli Peak, Machapuchare, Lamjung Himal etc. After enjoying the views then returning to Ghorepani we take a breakfast at teahouse then leaving Ghorepani to go for Tadapani (2610m), we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2170)

Today, we start our journey with steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung village which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chhomrong (2170m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2600m)

Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380meters where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) Check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base camp (3700m)

The trail continues for about 2 hrs. From here, the route winds up steeply to a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of Bamboo at the bottom of the gorge keeping always on the west side of the river. It then reaches the small shrine at Panchen Barah and from here the trail climbs to Himalaya Hotel it's about an hour walk, first on a rocky trail through forests, then up a steep ravine, to Hinko at 2,960m. The trail crosses a ravine & a major avalanche track just beyond Hinko, then climbs through large boulders. About half an hour beyond Hinko we reach Deurali at 3,000m. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliffs. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola & follows the river to Bagar. From Bagar we climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine & a stream, and then climb towards an area known as Machhapchhre Base Camp at 3700m. One can have panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna & Machhapuchhre (6,997m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
(4130m)
On the way to Annapurna base Camp (ABC) from Machhapuchhre base Camp (MBC), the vegetation disappears. We'll see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. The climax of our trip almost ends today. Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Bamboo (2310m)
Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna base camp. After taking breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna base camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchre base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, Dovan and finally reach at Bamboo (2310m). Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m) Hot Spring

From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Lower Chhomrong. Then we ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. Today we get the opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda but there is not an available teahouse so you have to return Jhinu Danda for night stay. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 13: Trek to Pothana (1900m)

Jhinu danda trek to Pothana (1900m), The first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here you find beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After a short trek, you will be at Landruk village (1545m), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1700m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in the panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, an ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks. Overnight at teahouse

Day 14: Trek to Dhampus phedi and drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and it takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by private vehicle. The trail is a gentle descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara it takes about 35 minutes driving distance. Overnight at hotel

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

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