Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Engage on the roller coaster trekking journey of the Annapurna Base Camp flexing the muscles that takes on the foot of the World Tenth Highest Mountain Mount Annapurna passing the lush forests of Bamboo and rhododendron as well as beautiful culturally graceful villages dotted along the trail and feasting the eyes with the jaw dropping vision of the spectacular peaks Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Machhapuchhre and enjoying the tranquil surrounding the trail garners.

Commence on the incredible Annapurna Base Camp Trek also popular as ABC trek from the Pokhara; slice of heaven encircled by the captivating snowy peaks including domineering Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre leading up to the maximum height of the 4130 meters from the sea level on the undulating trail perceiving the awesome scenery on rustic and pristine form from the every angle of the trail during the trek.

Itinerary

Day 1. Kathmandu arrival (1300m) overnight i hotel (1,300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After your refreshment you will be picked up from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your trekking guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you to insurer every detail is in place. We will also ask to bring your passport, extra passport photographs and a copy of your trave

Day 2. Kathmandu sightseeing (1300m) overnight in hotel (1,300m)

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) the tour will give you a taste of our vivid Nepali culture and history. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey Temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.

Pashupatinath: This Hindu Temple is a very large complex and focal point for the Hindu religion in Nepal. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.

Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point out the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of her home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.

Day 3. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m) overnight in hotel (960m)

After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara; naturally blessed city and gateway to top trekking destination. It takes 6 hours to reach Pokhara covering the 240 kilometers distance or you can take 40 minutes flight to Pokhara.

Day 4. Short drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga overnight in trekking lodges (1,540m)

After breakfast, drive to Nayapul taking almost 1 and ½ hours which is the starting point of the trek. Then we trek on the zigzag trail that crosses small villages settled by Gurung community follower of the Buddhist religion to reach Tikhedhunga located at the height of the 1577 m for the overnight. During the 4-5 hours trek, we gain an altitude of 500 meters.

Day 5. Ascend from Tirkhedunga to Ghorepani overnight in trekking lodges (2,860m)

At the initial part of the trek, we follow the uphill path with solid steps that crosses the villages Ulleri, Banthanti. Later we trek through rhododendron forests. During the 6 hours trek, we gain the height of the 1300 meters enjoying the spectacular beauty of Mount Fishtail, Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna South and many more.

Day 6. Pre-dawn walk from Ghorepani to Poon Hill then trek to Tadapani overnight in trekking lodges (3,210m)

Early morning we ascend to Poonhill nestled at the height of 3210 meters which is the vantage point for the breathtaking vision of the Annapurna massif, Mount Nilgiri, Mount Annapurna South, Macchpuchhre, Lamjung Himal and many more. After the dazzling vision of the sunrise above the silvery peaks descends to Ghorepani retracing the route. Then after having breakfast at Ghorepani continue trek to Tadapani for the overnight.

Day 7. Tadapani to Chhomrung overnight in trekking lodges (2,170m)

Today, we take a gradual uphill trail to reach Chomrung for the overnight. During the 5-6 hours journey we cover almost 8 kilometers distance crossing the small villages Chiule, Ghurjung, Taulung dotted along the trail. During the trek, we will be rewarded with natural beauty, rich culture, stunning vision of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and many more.

Day 8. Chhomrung to Himalayan Hotel overnight in trekking lodges (2,920m)

Most of the trek will be on the undulating trail through rhododendron forests, villages, bamboo forest to reach Himalaya for the overnight. During the 7 hours journey, we cross many suspension bridges and gain an altitude of 700 meters enjoying the scenic beauty of the towering Mount Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre at every corner of the trek.

Day 9. Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp overnight in trekking lodges (3,700m)

After breakfast, we trek for 1 hour to reach Hinku cave perfect point for the short rest then take a slightly ascending trail to reach Deurali. And from Deurali we cross several streams to reach MBC for the overnight. During the 5 hours trek, we gain an altitude of 800 meters.

Day 10. Machhapuchhre to Annapurna Base Camp overnight in trekking lodges (4,130m)

After breakfast, take the steep uphill trail to access our main destination of the trek ABC from where we thrill at the 360-degree view of the sparkling snow-clad peaks including Annapurna South, Fishtail, Annapurna glacier and many more. During the 5 hours journey, we gain a height of 400 meters.

Day 11. Descend Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo overnight in trekking lodges (2,310m)

After breakfast, trek for 6-7 hours on the downhill trail that descends 1700 meters from previous day location to reach at Bamboo located at the height of 2310 meters, for overnight stay. During the trek, thrill on the breathtaking vision of the Annapurna, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and many more.

Day 12. Bamboo to Jhinuwa overnight in trekking lodges (1,780m)

After breakfast, continue the journey on the undulating trail that crosses the lush forests as well as the culturally adorned Choomrong village to reach Jhinudanda for the overnight stay. And on 5-6 hours trek, we descend 500 meters from the previous night location as Jhinudanda is nestled at the height of 1780 meters from the sea level. At Jhinudanda we will soothe the pain of trek taking bath on the natural hot springs.

Day 13. Jhinuwa to Ghandruk overnight in trekking lodges (1,940m)

After breakfast, we trek on the downhill trail to cross the river then take the steep uphill path up to Tadapani then later descend to Ghandruk for the overnight. Ghandruk is the amazing village settled by the culturally adorned Gurung community. At Ghandruk we explore the handicraft center and Gurung museum. During the 6-7 hours journey, we gain 160 meters in height.

Day 14. Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara(900m) overnight in hotel (960m)

After breakfast, we take a downhill path to reach Nayapul. During the 5 hours trek, we descend 900 meters passing another village Birethanti. From Nayapul we have an hour's drive to Pokhara for the overnight.

Day 15. Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1300m) overnight in Earthkind Cottage (http://www.earthkindcottages.com/) (1,300m)

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a full day at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16. Free Day in Kathmandu overnight in Earthkind Cottage (1,300m)

This is the free day to explore a little more of Kathmandu and complete your gift shopping. In the evening you will be collected from your hotel for a fun farewell dinner and Nepali cultural dance – so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Day 17. Departure for home – Kathmandu Airport (1,300m)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport for a return flight back home.

What's Included

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off transportation by private vehicle
    • Two bed/Double sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2-3 stars hotel with breakfast
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Escorted with English speaking guide. Private transportation. Entrance fees
    • Kathamandu / Pokhara / Kathamandu tourist bus
    • Pokhara /Nayapul / Pokhara Transportation Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation in Normal tea house during trek
    • Meals (Breakfast with 3 cup of Tea & Coffee), lunch, dinner) during trek
    • Sleeping bag
    • Annapurna trekking map for group
    • All necessary paper work & permits
    • Annapurna conservation permit fees & TIMS
    • A First Aid and Eco trained & government licensed English speaking guide
    • One porter between each two members during trek
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
    • First Aid Kit
    • 2 Liter water per day and Electricity bill
    • Travel & rescue arrangement
    • All government taxes
    • Farewell dinner

What's Not Included

    • International airfare
    • Nepal Entry Visa fee (US$ 50 per person for 30 days)
    • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    • Personal gear & clothing
    • Tips for Nepali staffs
    • Medical & Travel insurance
    • Soft/hard drinks
    • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
    • Anything not specified in the Cost Include section

Equipment Check List

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket

Footwear

Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.

Clothing

Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

Other equipment

Sleeping bag (5 seasons),  lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.

Other Items

Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.

Important Note

Itinerary and Dates: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. Your guide, and their Sherpa assistants, will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Our aim is to return you safely to Kathmandu in time for your departure flight booking.

Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours each day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally, the trail is a good quality, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.

Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a teahouse each night, unless the itinerary stipulates tent camping is necessary on some nights. Teahouses are simple, locally-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food at the lodges.

What about our luggage: One porter will be shared between two trekking clients. Porters will carry a maximum of 12kgs per client. If you wish to, you may keep excess clothing and items in a storage room at your Kathmandu hotel.

What will the temperature be like: The weather obviously varies considerably by season and may also change drastically within a single day, particularly at high altitude. If your itinerary takes you above 3,000m need to be prepared for conditions that may range from -10 to 25 degrees on any day. Some useful weather data is available here: https://bit.ly/3vi7rHX You will also need good protections from sun and wind exposure. Contact us for a suggested trek packing list to suit your itinerary.

How much money should we bring: You will need to carry Nepali Rupee to pay for things not covered by your itinerary package. This may include bottled water; evening hot showers; additional food treats; additional hot drinks; equipment replacement or repairs; battery charging and gifts and tips. Shopping can also be done on your last day in Thamel. Talk with us in our office before departing on your trek and we can provide more advice and currency exchange.

What about Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS): AMS is essentially impossible to predict. Some people are affected, and other not. Only a very small percentage of people suffer serious effects. Effects may become apparent at any altitude, not just at the extremes of your itinerary.

Signs of AMS includes:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drowsiness
  • Flatulence
  • Peripheral Edema (Swelling of extremities)
  • Fluctuation in body temperature

Prevention of AMS:

  • Adequate rest prior to the trek.
  • Adequate hydration maintained throughout the trek.
  • Adequate salt and sugar in your bloodstream. So, eat plenty and don’t skip meals.
  • Adequate warmth. Use clothing layers to maintain warmth without sweating excessively. Controlled and regular breathing. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm to use all your lung capacity. Try and walk to a pace that maintains controlled and steady breathing. Breathe through your nose to protect you throat from drying. Consider wearing a muff over your mouth and nose at high altitudes.
  • Managed exertion. Trekking is not a race to the next pass or teahouse. Go at a constant, manageable pace, do not chase after the person in front. Keep a slow steady pace rather than pushing too hard and needing to stop frequently. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

Trip facts

  • Region
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Duration
    17 Days
  • Grade
    Demanding
  • Best Time
    March- June- September- November-
  • Max. Altitude
    4170m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 pax
  • Transportation
    Private vehicle / Tourist bus / Flight

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