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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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Annapurna Base Camp trek has been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails. The walk-into the Sanctuary offers exceptional scenery of high mountains, as well as gives chance to witness some of the marsh towns of the Annapurna Region. This world’s renowned trek to the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas leaves you thrilled with the views of exotic mountains like Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II (7939 m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525 m) and Annapurna South (7219 m) as the name itself suggests. Furthermore, the 360-degree Himalayan view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m) will leave your mind astonished.

 Annapurna Base Camp trek starts after seven hours bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is not only  the gateway of Annapura Base Camp Trek but also the most beautiful city of Nepal.  The typical route of Annapurna Base Camp heads directly to Ghorepani via Ulleri and Nayapul. The trek endures through Modi River, dense stands of rhododendron forest and bamboo bushes to one of most beautiful viewpoints: Poon Hill. Popularly known as Photographer’s Paradise, Poon Hill lets you capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

The astonishing sunrise view from Poon Hill is just outstanding. Continuing the Annapurna adventure trek trail leads to Chommrong, Himalaya, and finally to Annapurna Base Camp. You can undoubtedly get captivated by the scenic Himalayan views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Himchuli, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and other snow-capped mountains all around you.

To get to the Annapurna Base Camp, trekker has to pass through many villages of different ethnic societies having different culture and lifestyle with ridged forests of rhododendron and wide range of floras and faunas. Hence, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking is sure to provide you non-stop natural diversity with beautiful Mountain View and Himalayan landscape. The subtropical forests come alive with huge variety of birds, waterfall thunders and monkeys chatter from the tree tops which makes the trek truly magical.

All things considered, this Annapurna Base Camp trekking has so much to offer to you including view of outlandish mountains to exploring the local culture and tradition of various ethnic gatherings including Magars and Gurungs who have lived in these precarious slopes for quite long time. Thus, explore the unexplored, live through the magnificence of nature and dedicate yourself completely to the obscure and be part of our Annapurna Base Camp trek to enlighten yourself with knowledge and life changing experience.

Day 1
Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1345meters), you will be warmly welcomed and picked by our representative who will then drop you at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02 : Drive to Pokhara (820 meters) by tourist bus. 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway on a tourist bus. Experience picturesque landscapes along the highway as you drive alongside rivers, terraced farms, and many villages and towns until you reach Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can spend the evening relaxing by the lakeside/Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3
Day 03 : Drive to Nayapul (1010 meters) and trek to Ulleri (1920 meters) 4-5 hours.

We leave Pokhara as we drive through the countryside to Nayapul. After the 2-hour drive to Nayapul, we start our trek by crossing the suspension bridge over Modi River and heading towards Birethanti. Walking on stone steps, we pass through the villages of Mathathanti, Sudame, Hille, and Tikhedhunga to arrive in Ulleri. Glimpses of Annapurna South (7219m) and Patal Hiunchuli (6441m) can be seen from Ulleri. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4
Day 04 : Trek to Ghorepani (2860 meters) 4-5 hours.

We walk on an easy trail through thick forests of rhododendron and cross the villages of Banthanti and Nangethanti on our way to Ghorepani. Ascending uphill on stone stairs, we enter the village of Ghorepani. Upon arrival, we are embraced with a panorama of the Annapurna massif and its adjacent peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Day 05 : Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210meters) and then to Tadapani (2610 meters). 6-7 hours

We start the day with an early morning ascent to Poon Hill along the snowy trails to witness the majestic sunrise over the peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with Nilgiri(7061m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m). We then retrace our way back to Ghorepani and continue to climb down to the village of Tadapani. Overnight at guest house.

Day 6
Day 06 : Trek to Chommrong (2170 meters.) 5-6 hours.

Ascend uphill and then downhill on a forested trail before crossing the suspension bridge over Kimrong Khola to reach the hot spring of Jhinu Danda. We can take a short rest in the hot spring before entering the mesmerizing village of Chhomrong. Upon reaching Chhomrong, we are rewarded with an amazing view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Day 07 : Trek to Himalaya (2920 meters) 6-7 hours.

Today is an easy walk through rhododendron forest adorned with orchids and ferns. We descend down stone stairs, and upon crossing Chhomrong Khola, we ascend to Sinuwa. We then descend through stone staircases to reach Bamboo. From Bamboo, we walk through the forested trail to reach Dobhan and then Himalaya. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8
Day 08 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters) 6-7 hours.

We ascend to Deurali and walk along stone stairs to reach a picturesque area featuring alluring vista of snow-capped mountains to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). Then, following the moraines of South Annapurna Glacier, we reach the base camp of Annapurna South (7219m). We get to experience a 360-degree view of snow-capped peaks including the Annapurna massif, Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Patal Hiunchuli (6441m), and several other wonderful peaks. Overnight at base camp.

Day 9
Day 09 : Trek back to Bamboo (2345 meters) 6-7 hours.

We start the day by descending to Machhapuchhre Base Camp through the moraine route. Enjoying the view of the snowy peaks, we follow the trails of Modi Khola through the forest of rhododendron and fir and climb down past Deurali and Himalaya to finally reach Bamboo. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Day 10 : Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1780 meters) 5-6 hours.

We first ascend through an amusing forest to Sinuwa, then head down to Chhomrong Khola to finally ascend the stone stairs to upper Chhomrong. We then descend to Jhinu Danda and enjoy a warm dip in the natural hot spring to let our sore muscles relax. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11
Day 11 : Trek to Nayapul (1010 meters) 5-6 hours and drive to Pokhara.

After the amazing trek, we descend to Nayapul following the trails of Modi Khola and enjoying the picturesque landscapes along the way. From Nayapul, we drive back to Pokhara. In the evening, you can either rest or stroll around the lakeside streets of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12
Day 12 : Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters) by tourist bus. 7-8 hours.

Early in the morning, we leave Pokhara as we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Enjoying the amazing greenery and the villages along the highway, we arrive in the capital. Upon arrival, you can either rest in your hotel room or explore the nearby markets. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13
Day 13 : Transfer to International Airport for your onward destination.

Our office representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your flight schedule.

Cost Include(s)

  • Airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available guest houses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking trekking guide during the trek.
  • The required number porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking staffs.
  • All necessary trekking permits and entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Annapurna Base Camp trek route map.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

We are advised to consider the following equipment as these are essentials while packing for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to the requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to rent or buy in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu and Pokhara are locally manufactured and some are imported from china and they are much cheaper. And there are some famous branded gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Equipment List:

– Lightweight and comfortable hiking boots: fit them with hiking socks and wear them wherever possible before you go to trekking. Get the best hiking boots for plantar fasciitis, if you face plantar fasciitis problem.
– Sleeping bag and liner
– Sandals/ Flip flop
– Hiking socks – at least 4 pairs of cotton socks and 2 pair of wool socks
– Lightweight long sleeve hiking shirts
– Windproof/Waterproof pants and jacket
– Plastic rain poncho
– Light weather protection and warmer weather
– Hat for sun and wind
– Windproof gloves
– Warmer clothes
– Long underwear
– Thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater)
– Wool hat/beanie (for winter)
– Shorts
– Hiking trousers
– Best down jacket

Accessories:

– Sunglasses with good UV protection
– Sunscreen
– Lightweight bag to carry your personal needs during the day
– Insect repellent
– Camera with extra battery
– Flashlight
– Backpack
– Aluminum water bottle
– Head lamp
– Trekking Poles

Q: I’ve never trekked before.  Can I do this trek?
Answer:
 As long as you are reasonably fit, mentally prepared and can walk for 6-7-hours a day then no matter who you are and what your background is, a bit of training may be necessary, but even that is not 100% essential for most.

Q: How many miles do you walk each day?
Answer: 
In average you walk around 4-7 miles per day while going up and 8-12 miles while coming down.

Q: Is there battery charging facility?
Answer: The tea houses have charging facilities with both electricity and via their solar panels but if it has been cloudy for several days, there may not be enough reserves to charge barberries for your camera, and thus it is better to have an extra battery. If there is electricity only from solar panels then the tea houses usually charge for it – maybe a 100-200 rupees per hour. Many people want to charge their batteries so try to plug your stuff in as soon as you arrive.

Q: Can I do laundry on the trek?
Answer: Yes, you can. You can take this service with guest house. This will not be by machine, it will be by hand. Or, you can do your own laundry in a bucket.

Q: Is there bottled water on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Answer: Yes, there’s bottled water from Nayapul  to all the way up to Annapurna Base Camp. But, the price goes up the higher you go. One liter bottle of water cost start around 50 rupees and at base camp cost well over 200 (around $2). A budget solution to this is to use water treatment solution or use water purifier tablets. Some purification tabs and drops make the water taste weird. Please be aware of that too. In some places there is safe drinking water station from where you can buy drinking water for the day. Buying boiled water can be a solution to save money from expensive bottled water but make sure if water was fully boiled or not before you buy.

Q: Is there age limit for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Answer: 
There isn’t any official age limit saying you can and cannot trek to Annapurna Base Camp Trek .

Q: How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Answer: In terms of terrain there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The ground is not paved. It is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails. There are some boulders that need climbing, but you can also walk around many.

Q: Can children go the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Answer: Yes in the general rule. It’s advisable that your child is reasonable and able to understand and follow instructions immediately. Your child should be mature enough to recognize altitude sickness symptoms.

Trip Reviews
5 stars
- based on 5 reviews
  1. 9 of us (from 14 - 55 y/o) did a 9-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Fantastic trip! Although some of us are sick during the trek due to the High Altitude, our guide Mr. Prakash and the trekking team (Ganesh, Ozune, Krishna, Govind and Bikash) backed us up with lots of care and help. They are truly our guardian angels during the trek. We really appreciated that! Amendments of initial itinerary was done professionally by Mr. Prakash and the team due to our health condition. Well done Mr. Prakash and the team! Credit also goes to Mr. Shree for arranging everything before our arrival in Kathmandu, as well as the airport pick-up. Also Mr. Ramesh, our cultural guide for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing. Its a professional team that you can trust! Will definitely recommend this company if you're thinking of trekking in Nepal!
  2. I had a wonderful time trekking through the foothills of the Annapurna region with some close friends and Prakash, our benevolent, cheery tour guide. We spent our days exploring the cinematic landscape and nights resting and relaxing at one of the many teahouses along the trail. The raw beauty and majesty of the Annapurna range doesn't hit you till you see it up close and personal with your very own eyes. We were eager to cover a fair bit of the region, starting at Shyauli bazaar, through to Poon Hill and ending at Tatopani (hot springs) with just three full days on hand, but Shree and the team at Basecamp adventures had the expertise and experience to craft an itinerary to suit. They acted professional at all times and were very well priced given the calibre of service. Prakash is an able and experienced guide and was sensitive to our needs as beginners, often revealing interesting facts about life in the mountains - we even got to visit a Gurung culture museum. I would highly recommend going on a trek with these guys, I know I'll be going back for a possible Everest base camp expedition!
  3. We were a group of 9 people booked a pre day tour of kathmandu to nagarkot and trek to abc with Base Camp Adventure. we found Mr. Shree (the director of BCA) himself is a very active and understang person who always resplied our inquiries without any hasitation. we found all BCA team are so helpful and understanding even we changed the plan in the middle of the tour they easily accepted our purposal. now we love to recommend them as one of the best trek and tour organizer of nepal. no dout that you will get the best service and best team of guide, porter and driver as they look like so professional and well trainned. Namaste!
  4. We were introduced to this agency by someone we had come across in the shop opposite who was also a guide himself. When we spoke to Shree at the agency we felt assured that the info we were given suited what we were looking for, more importantly Shree designed us an itinerary based on what we wanted and didn't just try to sell us pre designed package! I personally was really happy with all the effort he made for us as it hadn't been the case with a previous agency that I was in contact with who had tried to sell me a packaged tour that was going to cost two of us $100 per day? This seemed to be the norm when they found out I lived abroad and was with a foreigner (I come from Nepal and my other half is an Aussie) so they all wanted to charge me tourist price despite being nepalese! Shree kindly provided us a porter guide, Ray(his nepalese name is Rebati) who was an outstanding chap went out of his way to accommodate our request, ensured that we were looked after and was very friendly yet professional. I can't rave enough about this agency, Ray's excellent porter guide service and Shree's honesty in providing us with necessary information to make our first trekking to Annapurna Basecamp an experience of a life time. I would highly recommend these guys to my friends and family who may wish to come to Nepal for trekking.
  5. We will visit Kathmandu and Annapurna Trakking.They organize wedding seromony for us.I feel myself in paradise. It is lively holiday.Thanks to Shree and his team.I hope I can make new organization with them

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