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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (Rapid)

13

Days

TREK

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • Seven hour scenic drive to Pokhara with scenic view that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios.
  • Experience and explore the Base camp of Annapurna (8091m), 10th highest mountain in the world
  • Close up rewarding view of Mt Fishtail and Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gandharvachuli from Machhapuchre Base Camp & ABC
  • Explore gorgeous springs, waterfalls and Modi river in Annapurna region of Nepal
  • Beautiful lush green forest, rice field terraces and farmhouses.
  • Friendly Gurung people, culture, tradition, living style and their warm hospitality

Annapurna Base Camp trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an astonishing journey through diverse landscapes, magnificent mountain views, past terraced fields, and quaint villages. This trek is suitable for those who want to do this trek straight to the Annapurna Base Camp within a short time. And for those who have ample time and want to do this trek in a relaxed manner can choose our Annapurna Base Camp via Poon hill.

Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain on earth, and the Journey goes through the Machhapuchre base camp, which is a unique experience. The Annapurna Base Camp trek offers you a close-up view of Mt Machhapuchre, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Manasalu, and Gandharvachuli. The trail goes through verdant forests, rivers, quaint villages, and farmlands with magnificent mountain views on the way.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with a half-day sightseeing tour and trek preparation in the Kathmandu valley. The following day we drive to Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal. Pokhara is the gateway to all the treks in the Annapurna region. We begin our adventure from Pokhara, and further past Ghandruk, Chomrong, Himalaya, Machhapuchre Base Camp, ABC, Bamboo, Landruk, and ending in Pokhara. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an easy to moderate trekking and the best season to do this trek is during spring(March-May)or autumn(Sept-Nov) season in Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, a half-day sightseeing tour covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, and Boudanath stupa. The Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Swayambhunath is popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey populations residing in this area. Swayambunath Stupa is believed to be more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come. Next, we shall visit one of the largest stupas in the world, the Boudanath stupa. In the afternoon you will get a short briefing and discussion regarding your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/208km/6hrs )
Early morning, we drive to Pokhara via the Prithvi Highway(there is also the option for transfer to Pokhara using a private vehicle or flying to Pokhara at an extra cost). Along the way, we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route we see more about the countryside of Nepal, rivers, local villages, farmlands, and beautiful mountains scenarios. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around Phewa Lake and the local market in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4: Pokhara To Ghandruk (2012m) via Birethanti (1025m/ 1.5hrs drive/4-5hrs hike)
After breakfast, drive to Birethati via Pokhara Baglung Highway (45km), which takes about 1.5hrs. We begin our hike to Ghandruk from Birethanti. Cross over the Modi Khola, and head north following the Modi Khola valley. The trail goes over a dirt road until the stone-paved stairs that lead to Ghandruk. This village is an amazing example of stonework and worth spending a day over here exploring the local Gurung people in the heart of the Annapurna region. Enjoy the spectacular sunset views over the Annapurna ranges. Overnight in Ghandruk

Day 5 Ghandruk to Chomrong (2150m/5hrs)
Today you can see a very close-up view of Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6644m), and Machhapurchhre Himal (6996m). There are several route options to reach Chomrong from Ghandruk. We will follow the most popular trail via Kot Dada and Kimrong. Once you leave the village and follow the trail of Tatopani, it is a steep downhill hike to Kimrong village(1800m). And then, it is an uphill hike of about one hour to reach Taulang(2180m) and an hour more to reach Chomrong village. Overnight in Chomrong.

Day 6: Chomrong to Himalayan Hotel (2920m/4-5hrs)
From Chomrong, we follow the trail to the left bank of the Chomrong Khola to Tilche (2010m/40min). We hike past the Bamboo forest and then reach Sinuwa(2360m). We continue through the oak and rhododendron forest and arrive at Khuldighar (2540m) with a few lodges and an ACAP post. From here onwards, the part of the valley is affected by avalanche debris falling from the flanks of Hiunchuli. After the avalanche-prone area, we pass through Bamboo village (2310m), Dovan (2600m), and reach Himalaya village. Overnight in Himalaya.

Day 7: Himalayan Hotel to Machapuchhere Base Camp (3700m/4-5hrs )
Today the trail continues up the narrow valley through dense forest to Hinku cave (3170m) and Deurali 3230m). Beyond this point is another avalanche-prone area. After this you will see two obvious rock pillars that mark the gateway, the valley suddenly opens out to broad grassy slopes and a series of Mountain Lodges at Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m). You might feel the effect of altitude here, so it is a good idea to rest and enjoy the views of the Machhapuchre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Gandharvachuli, and Annapurna south. Overnight in MBC.

Day 8 Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/3-4hrs )
Today we ascend further towards the Annapurna Base Camp. The vegetation disappears, and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. We get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything inhibiting the 360-degree panorama. We again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks from the ABC. You have an option to explore the glacier at the Annapurna Base camp for a couple of hours and explore the surrounding paces. You may choose to stay at the ABC or return back to MBC for the night. Overnight in ABC.

Day 9: ABC to Bamboo (2335m/5-6hrs)
Annapurna base camp is our ultimate destination for this trek. Today we descend to Bamboo, from the ABC we retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 10: Bamboo to Landruk (1565m/5-6hrs)
Descend further about one hour and reach Sinuwa (2360m), continue to Taulung (1.5hrs from Sinuwa), and an hour or more to Jhinudanda (1780m). The trail further descends to Modhi Khola, past dense forest, springs, and low land vegetation. After crossing the Modi Khola, we hike past a few villages and arrive at the large Gurung village of Landruk. Overnight in Landruk.

Day 11: Landruk –Pothana (1890m)- Dhampus (1650m) – Phedi (1130m) & drive to Pokhara(45min)
The trail from Landruk climbs gradually up for about 2 hours to Pothana (1890m). From Pothana it is mostly downhill along the l ridge to Dhampus (1650m), and then a steep descent to Phedi (1130m). At Phedi, we board a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After an early breakfast, drive to Kathmandu in a local tourist coach. It is ideal to hold on to the left panel of the vehicle to enjoy the view of the countryside, greenery, rivers, local villages, and farmlands. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 13: Final departure
Transfer to the International airport by private vehicle as per your flight schedule.

  • Group Size1-8

  • Mealsonly breakfast in the cities and full board in the mountains.

  • Trip Accommodation3-4* type hotels in the cities and local village trekkers lodge/tea house while on the trek

  • RouteKathmandu- Pokhara- Birethati- Ghandruk- Chomrong- Himalaya- Machhapuchre Base Camp- Annapurna Base Camp- Bamboo- Landruk- Pothana- Dhampus- Pokhara- Kathmandu.

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsAutumn (September-November) Spring (March-May)

  • Best MonthsApril, May, September, October

  • Good MonthsMarch, November

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

The cost is based on the number of participants and the type of hotel.

  • 8 members = US$ 865 per person
  • 6 members = US$ 895 per person
  • 4 members = US$ 980 per person
  • 2 members = US$1140 per person
  • Single traveler = US$ 1735
  • Single room supplement = US$ 155

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of participants on the trip. Costs are based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the single supplement will apply. 

Included

  • All hotel and airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu in a tourist luxury coach.
  • Accommodation as per itinerary (3-4 star categories hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara) & local guest house/trekkers lodge during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara while all meals during the trek.
  • English speaking Trekking Guide along with porter(1 porter for every two members).
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP /Tims Card).
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Not included

  • Nepal Visa.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Meals other than those listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara are not included).
  • Battery charge, extra porters, mineral water or boiled water & hot shower.
  • Personal expenses. (Tips, Laundry, Telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Travel & rescue Insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Accommodations

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Guest House or similar
Pokhara: The Lakeside Retreat or similar
During the trek: Best available local village lodges/tea houses along the way.


Hotels in Kathmandu

Hotels in Pokhara

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Mahendra Raj Bhusal

    Mahendra Raj Bhusal

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola