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Annapurna Basecamp Trekking

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (Rapid) Trek




Annapurna Basecamp Trekking 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 in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp trekking is designed for those trekkers who want do straight to the Annapurna Base Camp in a short duration. Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Kathmandu valley with the half-day sightseeing and trek preparation in the afternoon then next day you have the option to drive or fly to Pokhara which is the second-largest city of Nepal located at the base of well known Annapurna Mountain in Nepal. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and one of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is very good and easy trekking in Nepal.

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek offers you the Close up rewarding view of Mt Fishtail and Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Manasalu, Gandharvachuli, wonderful mountain atmosphere with magnificent views of surrounding peaks, relaxing hot springs, lush forest, greenery, rivers, villages, farmlands and beautiful mountain scenarios, fun-loving Gurung mountain village communities, and many more wonderful extension options if you have more time. Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the trek begins in Pokhara, one of the second largest cities of Nepal further goes through Ghandruk, Chomrong, Himalaya, Machhapuchre Base Camp, ABC, Bamboo, Landruk and ends in Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) 
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to be escorted stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation 
After breakfast, start sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, which are Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa.  Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Swayambhu meaning "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to a large number of monkey populations residing in this area. It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is 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. In the afternoon you will get a short briefing and discussion regarding your trek. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) 6hrs 
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes 6hrs approximately (option to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, takes 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 that offers greenery, rivers, local villages, farmlands, and beautiful mountain scenarios. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around the Phewa Lake and local market in Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4: Pokhara To Ghandruk (1940m) via Birethati (1025m) 1.5hrs drive and 5-6hrs hiking
In the morning after breakfast, drive Pokhara to Birethati via Pokhara Baglung Highway (45km), which takes about 1.5hrs. From Birethati start trekking to Ghandruk which will take 5-6 hours. From Birethati, cross the metal bridge and at the bank of the Modhi Khola registers at the ACAP check post. The trails head north through the river bank following the rough dirt-rode route then you follow the impressive stone-paved trail climbing all the to Ghandruk village (1940m). 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 at lodge in Ghandruk

Day 5 Ghandruk to Chomrong (2170m) 5hrs
Today you can see a very close-up view of Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6644m), and Machhapurchhre Himal (6996m).There is a number of route options to reach Chomrong from Ghandruk. We will follow the most popular and fast trail options via Kot Dada and Kimrong. Once you leave the village and follow the trail of Tatopani, it is a steep downhill to Kimrong village(1800m). It is steep up about one hour to reach Taulang(2180m) and further one hour to reach Chomrong village.
Overnight at lodge in Chomrong.

Day 6: Chomrong to Himalaya (2920m) 4-5hrs
From Chomrong follow the trail left bank of the Chomrong Khola and some small terraces to Tilche (2010m/40min) then follow the Bamboo forest and reach Sinwa(2360m). Continue through the oak and rhododendron forest and reach Khuldighar (2540m) with few lodges and ACAP posts. From here onwards section of the valley is affected by avalanche debris falling from the flanks of Hiunchuli, do not forget to ask the staff at ACAP post whether the trail is clear & safe or not. Then you pass through Bamboo village (2310m), Dovan (2600m), and reach Himalaya village exploring some slippery roads, dense forest, and diverse landscape.

Day 7: Himalaya to Machapuchhere Base Camp (3700m). 4-5hrs 
Today, the trail further continue climbing dense forest through Hinku cave (3170m) and Deurali 3230m), beyond that is another avalanche-prone area. Then you will see Two obvious rock pillars mark the ‘gateway to the century, which 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 range of rewarding experience.
Overnight at Machhapuchre Base Camp.

Day 8 Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp & explore the ABC (4130m) 3-4hrs 
The trek from MBC to ABC is about 2-3 hours ascend. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, 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. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. You have an option to explore the glacier at the Annapurna Base camp for a couple of hours and explore the surrounding paces. There are few lodges at ABC where we will spend tonight.
Overnight at ABC.

Day 9: ABC to Bamboo (2310m) 5-6hrs
Annapurna base camp is our ultimate destination for this trek. Now we descend back to Bamboo which will take about 6 hours. From the Annapurna base camp, we retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Furthermore, we will always have rewarding extraordinary pleasant lively views and landscapes.
Overnight at lodge in Bamboo.

Day 10: Bamboo to Landruk (1565m) 5-6hrs
Descend further about one hour and reach Sinuwa (2360m), continue to Taulung (2180m/1.5hrs from Sinuwa), and Junudada (1780m), which takes about one hour. The trail further descends through Modhi Khola, dense forest, springs, and low land vegetation. Crossing the Modi Khola and few small villages you arrive at the large Gurung village Landruk(1565m).
Overnight at lodge in Landruk.

Day 11: Landruk –Pothana (2890m)- Dhampus (650m) – Phedi (1130m) & drive to Pokhara: 45min
Now, the trail climbs gradually up about 2 hours to reach Pothana (2890m). Enjoy the fine view of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna to the north part. Descend from Pothana along the large ridge trail to Dhampus (1650m) takes about one hour. Then steep descend to Phedi (1130m) exploring the farmlands, local people in Dhampus area, takes about one hour, then drive about 45min to Pokhara city.
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 12: Drive Pokhara (910m) to Kathmandu (1310m) 6-7hrs
After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu(200km/6-7hrs). It is ideal to hold on to the left panel of the vehicle to enjoy driving that offers the countryside of Nepal, greenery, rivers, local villages, farmlands, diverse landscapes, and beautiful mountain scenarios and scenery en-route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely; maybe catch up on some last-minute shopping.

Day 13: Final departure 
Transfer to the International airport by Private vehicle according to your flight schedule.

  • Group SizeMinimum 2 Pax.

  • MealsBrekfast in the cities and full board in the mountain.

  • Trip AccommodationHotels in the cities, choice of guesthouse accommodation or camping in the mountain.

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

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsAutumn (Mid September till mid December) Spring ( Mid Feb to Mid May)

  • Best MonthsApril, May, October, November, December

  • Good MonthsMarch

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August, September

  • Not RecommendJanuary

Prices & Dates

Tier priced (per person in US$) based on number of participants and type of hotels.
Standard Hotels
7-9 members: 1390
4-6 members: 1495
2-3 members: 1645
Single traveller: 2255
Single room supplement: 205

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of participants or members 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.  Single passenger cost includes single room supplement.


  • All transfers by private vehicle including pick up and drop to airport
  • Accommodation as per itinerary (3-4 star categories hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara) & Guest House/Lodge in Trekking Duration
  • BLD (breakfast, lunch, dinner) include in trekking Duration
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara & Full board during the trek
  • Professional English Speaking Guide (4 trekkers: 1 trekking guide) & and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP /Trekking entry fees).
  • Welcome or farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Not included

  • Nepal Visa fees ($25/40 upon arrival)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara is 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 trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section


Hotels in Kathmandu

Hotels in Pokhara

Trip Guide/Leader

  • Mahendra Raj Bhusal

    Mahendra Raj Bhusal

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola