Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8                    Maximum Altitude: 4,130m/13,545ft                         Trip Grade: Moderate

Total duration: 11 days                           Start from: Kathmandu                                                 End at: Kathmandu


Annapurna Base Camp Trek or also called Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you to one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal Himalayas. In this trek we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara for starting the trek. This trail goes through Pokhara-Ghandruk-Chhomrong-Dovan-Deurali-ABC-Jhinu Danda-Nayapul (Pokhara), walking past terraced fields, traditional local Gurung villages, diverse flora and fauna along with amazing views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and this Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes us up to the Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130m/13,545ft. 

Trip Highlights:

  •         8 days trekking walking for 5-6 hours each day amidst the towering peaks
  •         Walk through the beautiful villages of famous Gurkha soldiers
  •         Highest Altitude in this trek is at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft)

Trip Cost Includes:

  •  2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  •  2 Nights accommodation in Pokhara  
  •  6 Nights in tea houses during the trekking 
  •  An English speaking government licensed knowledgeable trekking guide
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •  Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking
  •  Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant.
  •  Land transportation will be in tourist bus and private tourist vehicles
  •  All Government and Local Taxes   

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • Meals during trek
  • Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
  • Any other costs and services not included

Day 01: Arrival ~ Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax.

Overnight:  in Kathmandu

 

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft)

Today we leave early in the morning for a drive to Pokhara in a tourist bus that takes approximately 7 hours. Pokhara is a tourist city in a picturesque setting of Annapurna range above the Phewa lake. 

Overnight:  in Pokhara

 

Day 03: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft):  (6 hours trek)

Today we leave Kathmandu and take the short flight to Pokhara. We take a short drive to Kimche, just outside of the town and we begin our trek. Todays walk follows a stone pathway, and for the most time we are climbing roughly - it can be tough on the knees so bring walking poles. We first pass through Kimche Village before continuing on until we reach Gandruk.

Overnight: Guest House in Ghandruk at an altitude 1940m

 

Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) (6 hrs walk)
Today we start with an ascent before dropping down to cross the Kimrong Khola by bridge, before making a short ascent to Taulung. We then begin the long steep ascent to join the main trail to Chommrong. The high point above the main valley is a favourite place for soaring vultures, griffons and lammergeiers, providing us with some awesome vistas as we begin the descent to Chommrong (2060m), the last major settlement before the Sanctuary and an attractive place for us to end the day amidst its alpine lodges and scenic views.

Overnight: Guest House in Chhomrong at an altitude 2,170m

 

Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan ( 2,630m) ( 6-7 hrs walk)
Descending to cross the Chommrong Khola River by suspension bridge, we enjoy some excellent views of Machhapuchare and Annapurna South. We continue to climb steeply, negotiating a trail that leads us through oak and rhododendron forests until we reach a welcome teahouse on top of the ridge at Sinuwa (2350m). The ascent to Kuldigarth (2470m) is then more gradual, continuing through more lush forest to our lunch stop at the Bamboo Hotel (2340m). This afternoon we continue our ascent towards Dovan, beyond which lies the unofficial gateway into the Sanctuary, walking through wet bamboo forest to reach our accommodation later this afternoon.

Overnight: Guest House in Dovan at an  altitude 2630m

 

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Derauli ( 5 hours walk )
This morning the track continues up past the so-called 'weeping wall' and the shrine to the 'God of the Jungle', to the Himalaya Hotel (2840m). Passing several spectacular waterfalls which cascade down the opposite side of the Modi Khola, we climb through bamboo forest to reach Hinku Cave at 3100m. We ascend further until we reach the small settlement of Deurali where we will spend the night.

Overnight:  Guest House in Deurali at an altitude 3200m.

 

Day 07: Walk to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp; Descend down to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (5-6 hours walk)

Starting early morning, today we climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is a bit strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the  Machhapuchhre (machha, fish' and puchare, 'tail') along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The vegetation disappears on our way to Annapurna Base Camp and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding 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. We descend down to lower altitude at Machhapuchhre Base Camp for sleep overnight.

Overnight: Guest House in Machhapuchhre Base Camp at an altitude 3720m

 

Day 08: Trek to Jhinnu Danda ( 6 hours walk )
Descending through rhododendron forest full of noisy birds - mostly Black-capped Sibia, we then cross the Chommrong Khola and climb up to Chommrong village (2060m) where we take a rest break. We then begin a short climb back up through forest to the small village of Komrong Danda (2654m). Shortly we reach Jhinnu Danda.

Overnight: Guest House in Jhinu Danda at an altitude 1700m

 

Day 09: Trek to Nayapul; drive to Pokhara (5 hours walk)
Today on our final day of trekking we first descend to the Kimrong Khola which we cross and then tackle a short ascent. Descending further we follow the Modi River until we reach Nayapul where we meet our bus and make the short drive back to Pokhara where a hot shower and relax in the hotel or stroll around at lakeside.

Overnight:  in Pokhara

 

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfastt we drive back to Kathmandu. We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight:  in Kathmandu

Meals: Farewell Dinner

 

Day 11: Airport transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

 

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ? DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIP

You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Given below are the fixed departure dates for online booking.  If the given departure dates are not suitable for you, please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily customize your trip on the date more appropriate for you.

2019

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
25th Oct 3rd Nov Available USD 898
30th Oct 8th Nov Available USD 898
1st Nov 10th Nov Available USD 898
6th Nov 15th Nov Available USD 898
11th Nov 20th Nov Available USD 898
15th Nov 24th Nov Available USD 898
20th Nov 29th Nov Available USD 898
25th Nov 4th Dec Available USD 898
29th Nov 8th Dec Available USD 898
4th Dec 13th Dec Available USD 898
11th Dec 20th Dec Available USD 898
18th Dec 27th Dec Available USD 898

2020

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
26th Feb 6th Mar Available USD 996
2nd Mar 11th Mar Available USD 996
6th Mar 15th Mar Available USD 996
11th Mar 20th Mar Available USD 996
16th Mar 25th Mar Available USD 996
20th Mar 29th Mar Available USD 996
25th Mar 3rd Apr Available USD 996
30th Mar 8th Apr Available USD 996
3rd Apr 12th Apr Available USD 996
8th Apr 17th Apr Available USD 996
13th Apr 22nd Apr Available USD 996
17th Apr 26th Apr Available USD 996
22nd Apr 1st May Available USD 996
27th Apr 6th May Available USD 996
1st May 10th May Available USD 996
6th May 15th May Available USD 996
11th May 20th May Available USD 996
15th May 24th May Available USD 996
20th May 29th May Available USD 996
25th May 3rd Jun Available USD 996

Best Months for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.
 

Maximum Altitude in this trek: Annapurna Base Camp at  (4,130m/13,545ft)

 

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Langtang, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an adequate travel insurance.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

 

Acclimatization

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.


Accommodation

We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost. 


Meals

Except farewell dinner in Kathmandu, meals are not included in trip cost so that you have the flexibility in food choice and the budget. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.


Means of Transportation

We use tourist buses and private tourist vehicles for the trip. 

 

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide


Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.

I was visiting Nepal for the first time and my trek to Annapurna Base Camp was very rewarding one. My trekking guide was very friendly and helping always. I am satisfied with their services and definitely recommend this company to everyone.

Denise Mackin

My experience trekking with Eve Holidays team was fantastic. Everything was perfect.

Martin Derek, Norway