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Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 13 Days

Trip Overview

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular trek destinations in Nepal. Located on the lap of Annapurna I (8091m), it is frequented by over 60,000 tourists in a year. What makes the Annapurna Base Camp Trek most sought-after is the abundance of high Himalayas, quaint villages throughout the trail, lush forests, and scenic surrounding. The famous ABC Trek passes numerous Gurung villages and traverses the Annapurna Conservation Area. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to the touristic Pokhara city. You’ll further drive for 2 hours towards Nayapul. From here, you’ll begin trekking through the terraced fields and stone steps towards Ulleri village. You’ll trek through the dense rhododendron forests to reach Ghorepani village. A short hike from this village will lead you to the watchtower of Poon Hill (3210) that offers a panoramic view of the entire Annapurna range and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m). The trail slightly drops at Tadapani which connects you to the main Annapurna trail. You’ll gradually trek through the scenic Gurung villages of Sinuwa, Himalaya, and Bamboo to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. A fairly steep trail will take you directly to the Annapurna Base Camp. Located amidst some of the highest mountains on Earth, you can catch the majestic panorama of the mountains up-close including Annapurna I-IV, Machhapuchhre (6997m), Himalchuli (7893m), and Gangapurna (7454m). From here, you’ll begin descending towards Nayapul via Jhinu Danda. If you wish, you can take a dip in the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda. The trek concedes upon your return to Pokhara. The trip concludes once you drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You can undertake Annapurna Base Camp Trek mainly during the seasons of spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov).

Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition is a trekking and tour operator in Nepal and serving travelers for many years. We pride ourselves for our quality of service while ensuring customer safety and satisfaction. You will be assisted by an expert team of guides and porters during this Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness the majestic Himalayan panorama of Annapurna massif, Hiunchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Gangapurna (7454m)
  • Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area and enjoy its bio-diversity
  • Trek through the scenic Gurung villages in a traditional setting
  • Enjoy the majestic panorama of the mountains and Kali Gandaki valley from Poon Hill

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 

Day 03: Pokhara– Nayapul – Ulleri (1,960m): 1½hrs Drive, 5-6hrs trek 

Day 04: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2,880m), 5-6hrs trek 

Day 05: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m) - Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,630m), 7-8hrs trek

Day 06: Tadapani - Sinwa (2360m), 5-6hrs trek 

Day 07: Sinwa – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m), 6-7hrs trek 

Day 08: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), 6-7hrs trek 

Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2,300m), 5-6hrs trek 

Day 10: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1,780m), 5-6hrs trek 

Day 11: Jhinu Danda – Nayapul – Pokhara (820m), 5-6 hrs trek and 1½ hrs drive 

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu 

Day 13: Final departure

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will warmly receive you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You can meet your trek guide at the hotel and discuss the itinerary in detail. Later, you can head to the local areas rich in Newari heritage and enjoy the evening.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara

After early breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic road journey from Kathmandu through the Prithvi Highway to Pokhara City. A tourist getaway, Pokhara is a popular place for both local and international tourists. It may take around 5-6 hours to commute to Pokhara. Upon your arrival, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. In the evening, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the city.

Day 03: Pokhara– Nayapul – Ulleri (1,960m): 1½hrs Drive, 5-6hrs trek

After early breakfast, you’ll embark on a brief drive towards Nayapul. Located almost 1.5-2hr northwest of Pokhara, you’ll traverse through Baglung Highway overlooking the beautiful landscape. Nayapul serves as the gateway for the Annapurna treks. After a brief rest, you begin trekking through the terraced fields and continuous uphill trail towards Ulleri. You’ll walk past Birethanti, Lamdawali, Sudame, and Hile villages en route. 

Day 04: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2,880m), 5-6hrs trek

Leaving Ulleri, you’ll begin climbing the stone-steps that leads you directly towards Ghorepani. This can prove to be a difficult affair for most trekkers, however, with enough rests you can easily complete the hike. The trail to Ghorepani boasts amazing rhododendron forests which are said to be one of the biggest in the country. Ghorepani is a popular Gurung village that offers a magnificent panorama of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna massif. You’ll cross Banthanti and Nangethanti villages en route.

Day 05: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m) - Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,630m), 7-8hrs trek

An early morning hike will take you to Poon Hill. Atop a hill, you’ll enjoy the beautiful sunrise along with the majestic panorama of Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges from the watchtower. It is one of the best viewpoints to enjoy the views of the surrounding and the towering Himalayas. Later, you’ll hike down to Ghorepani for the breakfast and then begin trekking towards Tadapani village. Passing Deurali Pass (3090m), you trek through pasturelands and rhododendron forest to reach Tadapani.

Day 06: Tadapani - Sinwa (2360m), 5-6hrs trek

Tadapani lies in between Ghorepani trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail. From Tadapani, you’ll begin trekking north towards Sinuwa village and cross the Kimrong River en route. Sinuwa connects you to the usual route to Annapurna Base Camp. The trek goes past Kimrong, Chhomrong, and Talung villages. Once at Sinuwa, you can take a hot shower and relax at the tea-house.

Day 07: Sinwa – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m), 6-7hrs trek

Leaving Sinuwa, you’ll begin trekking through the lushly decorated forests that leads you directly to Bamboo village. Lying amidst the bamboo forest, the temperature is cooler here. From Bamboo, you’ll begin tackling the rocky trail that leads you towards Dovan village. Continuing along the Modi River, the trek concludes at Himalaya Hotel. 

Day 08: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), 6-7hrs trek

You’ll resume the trek along Modi Khola as you exit Himalaya. The trail climbs up through Deurali village and Hinku valley towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Lying just below the Machhapuchhre (6997m), the base camp offers a sublime view of the surrounding landscapes and Himalayas. You’ll head west from here and trek along slippery trails to reach Annapurna Base Camp. A short trail this, it offers some majestic sights of the surrounding peaks. You’ll spend the rest of the day enjoying the mountains basked under the sunset.

Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2,300m), 5-6hrs trek

The morning will welcome you with a gorgeous sight of Annapurna I (8091m) engulfed in the glimmering rays of sunlight. You can head out and hike around the glaciated terrain to capture the beautiful sights. You can enjoy the mountain panorama of the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges from here. After breakfast, you’ll begin descending through the same path towards Bamboo. Going down will be easier and you’ll cover more ground.

Day 10: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1,780m), 5-6hrs trek

Leaving Bamboo, you’ll begin trekking through the lush forests and walk past Bamboo trees to reach Sinuwa. The trail from here drops to Chhomrong Khola and again climbs towards Chhomrong village. From here, the trail drops towards Jhinu Danda that is home to the natural hot-spring. You can take a break and immerse yourself in the hot-spring to end the day.

Day 11: Jhinu Danda – Nayapul – Pokhara (820m), 5-6 hrs trek and 1½ hrs drive

Leaving Jhinu Danda, you’ll begin descending through many stone-steps. The trail doesn’t climb much from here on. You’ll continue trekking through the lush forested path to arrive at Nayapul. From Nayapul, you’ll catch a commute back to Pokhara. In the evening, you can celebrate the completion of the trek with your guide and colleagues.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

You’ll bid farewell to Pokhara city today. The majestic sights of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m) will be clearly visible while you depart. The return drive will go through the lush forested hills, gorges, and towns along the Trishuli River to Kathmandu. For the rest of the day, you can rest at the hotel and take leisurely strolls around the hotel.

Day 13: Final departure

Today, you’ll bid farewell to Nepal. Our representative will drive you off to the airport so you can catch your flight back home. We hope to see you again in the future!

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Service Included: 

  • All airport transfers
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural show
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transport by Deluxe Tourist Coach (Flight and Private Tourist Vehicle could be arranged upon request with an extra charge)
  • Pokhara to Nayapul and return transport by Private Vehicle
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Conservation Area permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation (2 nights private room with independent bathroom/hot showers and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing private room with shared toilet)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Annapurna Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt
  • Farewell dinner

Service not Included:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew
  • All those things that are not mentioned in 'Service Included' section

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Annapurna region is located far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in cities and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Annapurna region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Is this trek appropriate for me?

We believe Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. It has fewer possibilities of suffering from high altitude and thin air. But, it requires inspiration and passion which makes your trek successful. You are supposed to have a light backpack for making your admirable trek. Although you have an average health condition, your positive attitude and strong determination can help to accomplish this trek. For making comfortable walking, adjusting to changing climate, our package manages the facility of acclimatization in needed place as well as 5-6 hours walking per day. If you have already accumulated hiking and jugging experiences that will be beneficial to adjust to the situation. Amazing Nepal cordially requests to have medical checking before you plan to start long trekking and hiking.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given an information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Annapurna Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal with it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

  • Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)
  • Please consult your physician
  • Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
  • Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World heritage sites, Conservation areas, National Parks, and restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 13 Days
Qi Han c, Singapore

Nirmal, our contact person was extremely helpful and our whole trip, from trip prep to post trip, was very smooth. Our porter, Mr Dev, was very kind and helpful during the trek too, we're very grateful for his guidance and assistance. The whole team was cooperative and flexible despite some last min changes to our plans, and it made our trip a really fruitful and memorable one. Highly recommend this dependable company.

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