|Trip Duration 12 Days||Trip Grading Moderate|
|Max Altitude 4,130m/13,550ft||Best TimeMarch - May |
Sept - Nov
|Trip ModeTeahouse / Lodge||Group SizeMin 1 - Max 15|
- Mt. Annapurna (8091m), the 10th highest mountain in the world.
- Home of several 7000m plus peaks.
- Traditional villages with warm smiling locals
- 12 days of moderate adventure with full support crew
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek combining the best of Nepal from high mountains to low lands. Physically placed in central Nepal and is the proud home of several 7000m plus peaks. This region is in a league of its own & possesses its own unique form of nature that’s exceptional. The Annapurna Base Camp was first explored by the British explorer Col. James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and was shown to the world as the 'Sanctuary of Gods'. And so the Sanctuary was christened as "Annapurna Sanctuary" since then.
The post card landscapes and welcoming local folk have fascinated trekkers to the region for many years, and hiking its well-cut lush green trails is a truly Himalayan characteristic of epic proportions, the venture can be done camping or tea-house style, and both have their merits. You can now also do Annapurna Base Camp Trek in luxurious alpine style, staying for several nights in pretty luxurious lodges.
The trail is not difficult in a way that would tire your limbs. You’d enjoy the trip because you will be trampling through numerous pretty villages along the way. We start our journey from Pokhara and the first section goes through verdant green hill country typical of the heartlands of mountain rural Nepal. Petite thatched roofed villages, set among well cut out terraced fields, create quaint portraits in the lovely backdrop of the majestic snowy ranges of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri including the most regal peak of all the Himalayan range, Machapuchare (Fish Tail), a venerated peak.
Based in teahouses for most of the trip, it’s also a wonderful experience to spend time in the many villages lived in by local folks from a vast array of Nepal’s different communities. After the Annapurna base camp trek, we retrace our footsteps down the trail to Himalaya hotel, Jhinu Dada and back to Kathmandu to conclude our journey in the comforts of our hotel.
Is this trek for you?
Grade Moderate Physical Rating 3-4 Total Duration 11N/12 Days Trekking Duration 07N/08 Days Maximum Elevation 4,130m/13,550ft at ABC
Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. Perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.
Got extra 3 days? Why not combine Poonhill and ABC together in a single itinerary, view the trip detail here: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
- Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m/4430ft]
- Day 02 : Fly to Pokhara and explore...[827m/2714ft]
- Day 03 : Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk [1550m/5087ft]
- Day 04 : Trek to Chomrong [2100m/6890ft]
- Day 05 : Trek to Doban [2580m/8465ft]
- Day 06 : Trek to Macchapuchre Base Camp [3700m/12140ft]
- Day 07 : Trek to A.B.C [4130m/13,550ft] and retrace back to Dobhan
- Day 08 : Trek to Jhinu Dada [1760m/5775ft] and enjoy hot spring
- Day 09 : Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara [827m/2714ft]
- Day 10 : Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
- Day 11 : Free day…it’s entirely your day… [1,350m/4,430ft]
- Day 12 : International departure
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Altitude/Elevation Chart in Meter:
Note: Maximum elevation of each particular day has been put into the graph, the overnight elevation may be lower than as shown in the graph.
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m/4430ft]Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
Day 02 - Fly to Pokhara and explore...[827m/2714ft]After breakfast, we hop on a twenty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Upon arriving Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in, have lunch and rest of the evening is free to explore. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: -532m/1,716ft
Day 03 - Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk [1550m/5087ft]Our trek starts today with a drive to Nayapul. After our breakfast we drive to Nayapul, our starting point of trek. From here our trek to Annapurna Base Camp commences. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by Gurung community. We continue to trek for 5-6 hours until you reach the picturesque settlement of Ghandruk. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more excitement into your adventure spirit. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 723m/2,372ft
- Meal : B, L, D
- Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
- Trekking Hours : 5 -6
Day 04 - Trek to Chomrong [2100m/6890ft]From Ghandruk, you march along the mountain path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then you come across dense forest of bamboo. Finding yourself in complete isolation amidst the serenity of nature can be quite an experience. Your trek does not stop here. After trekking for a while, you approach teahouses at Jhinu where you can rest and enjoy a drink or snacks. Thereafter, you resume your trek to the north and after having walked for five hours you will find yourself at Chomrong. From Chomrong you can get prominent and mesmerizing views of Macchapuchre. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges and at Chomrong where you can get accommodation and food. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 550m/1,804ft
Day 05 - Trek to Doban [2580m/8465ft]We head out of Chomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high steppes and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross the airy suspension bridge & then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then the track passes through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 480m/1,575ft
Day 06 - Trek to Macchapuchre Base Camp [3700m/12140ft]The day starts with a gentle gradual ascending following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. The trail passes through solitary places and the natural beauty of our surroundings in the wilderness gives a special peace to our mind. The trail climbs gently through a river bed and then it rises steeply over the mountain side. There are also avalanche prone areas at some points on the trail. After about half an hour walk from our lunch stop, Deurali, we will find ourselves in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on the mountains glitter and the river valley is filled with warm sun rays. The hike to MBC is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. We stop for our overnight at this quiet lovely base camp. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 1,120m/3,674ft
Day 07 - Trek to A.B.C [4130m/13,550ft] and retrace back to DobhanWe start early morning today before the dawn to catch the sunrise. Our hike continues the Annapurna BC trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. The Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks brings a wonderful climax of our trip which almost ends today. When this is done, we head down by strolling back to Dhoban through a quiet well marked trail.
Day 08 - Trek to Jhinu Dada [1760m/5775ft] and enjoy hot springFrom Bamboo we trek back to Jhinu Dada via Sinuwa and Chomrong. We ascend on the thousand stony steps which takes us to Upper Chomrong. From Chomrong we take a different route and instead of going to Ghandruk, we descend to the pretty village of Jhinu Danda. We get an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs that is situated just a 15-min walk away from Jhinu Danda.
Day 09 - Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara [827m/2714ft]Our last day on trek following the bank of river. After lunch we trek to Syauli bazaar and then down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour trek takes us to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we take a drive back to Pokhara. Rest of the day is free to explore.
Day 10 - Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]In the morning hours we might do some last hour shopping too. After that, we drive to Kathmandu. Grab seats on the left aisle of the vehicle for the best views of the rivers along the highway because it’s our last time we’ll probably see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and spend the day at our own leisure.
Day 11 - Free day…it’s entirely your day… [1,350m/4,430ft]Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
Day 12 - International departureThank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
- Meal : B
- Accommodation : None
- Trekking Hours :
Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.
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- All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
- Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Dandelion or similar category for 1 night
- Internal flight (KTM-PKR)
- All required permits for trek (ACAP & TIMS card)
- Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private A/C vehicle
- All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private A/C vehicle
- Comprehensive first aid kit.
- Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
- Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
- Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
- Group welcome dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for staff
Optional Add Ons
- Single supplement
- Hotel upgrade
The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
The best seasons to trek in the Annapurna region are Autumn (from mid-September till November) and Spring (from the beginning of March until May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10C to 5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night.
TRIP GRADE – Moderate
Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 4 – 5 hours. Perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level is fairly easy but do expect some ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down.
A Typical Day
Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek. You will be given a small basin of hot water to wash up. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
Meals are included in our package and are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).
Kathmandu: In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.
Pokhara: Our Address in Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion), with a spacious and comfortable room this hotel is indeed a good place to chill and relax. Your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.
Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.
On Trek (Teahouse/Lodge Trek): Trekking in the (Annapurna area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.
Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 15 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 15 people.
Flight / Land Transfers
The starting point of the trek is from Pokhara, which is connected by a short 20 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu or 6-7 hours by drive. We will arrange to transfer you and your group to and from trek start/end point and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu.
It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.
Tipping and Taxes
Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated. A suggestion of an allocation of USD4.00-5.00 per day per person for teahouse/lodge treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude. You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.
On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to the staff be given only at the end of the trek.
Telephone facilities in the Annapurna region is a plenty with WIFI available at teahouses/lodges. Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek in Annapurna Region. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.
First Aid Kit
We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes. Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor. Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications. But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.
Since Meals and Accommodation are all included on trek, you need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).
The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.
You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
Luggage While Trekking
While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters. You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kg, excess weight is chargeable at USD1.00 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
Care For Porters And Staff
Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions. They are also well paid and is well groomed.
The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment . You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.
Clothing and Footwear
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Inner wears
- Under garments
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)
- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)
- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) litre
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Reading materials, note books and pens
Toiletries and hygiene
- Quick drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit
The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.
- Down Jacket
- Sleeping bag with Liner
- Duffel/Kit Bag
In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries.
For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours.
If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighbouring countries i.e. Tibet, India or Bhutan.
Went to the Annapurna Base Camp on the 20th till 30th Oct, 2018, 10 days trek with Highland Expeditions. Passang and his team of guides (Pemba, Shyam and cheerful porters) made it a truly wonderful and memorable trip. I already miss waterfalls, snow, rivers, bridges, mountains and the hospitable gurung people. Passang and his team made safety a priority while being cheerful company. Food was good and aahhh that ginger lemon honey drink throughout.
Highland Expeditions – Best Company Ever!!
AnanCheryl Chen Nov 24, 2016
I enjoyed myself very much during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Highland Expeditions has done a fantastic job . From it’s experienced leader, helpful and friendly porter, well planned itinerary, comfortable accommodation, transportation and etc, everything has superseded my expectations and i would definitely choose Highland Expeditions again in the future. Well done!
Dhanyabad!!Dr. Lai Chee Sing Nov 24, 2016
It has been a great experience and well planned trip. We were well taken care of. Good retreat experience away from the city.Laura Lane Jane Oct 31, 2016
Excellent and well organised trip. Thoroughly enjoyed it .
Thank you loads – had an amazing time.