Annapurna Base Camp Trek or also called Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is among the most popular treks in Nepal Himalayas. In this budget trek we drive on a tourist bus to Pokhara from where car will drop us to Nayapul, the trek start point. 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 4130m/13549ft. After the trek we drive back to Kathmandu and enjoy dinner together with representative from the company.
This short itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp is designed for adventure lovers who are traveling in a tight budget.
- Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to trek start point, Nayapul
- 8 days trekking walking for 5-6 hours each day amidst the towering peaks
- Highest Altitude in this trek is at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft)
Trip Cost Includes:
- All airport pick ups and drops in private tourist cars
- Kathmandu Pokhara Kathmandu by tourist bus.
- Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with Dance
- An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
- The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 guests)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Medical Kit will be carried by Trekking Guide
- All Government and Local Taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Accommodationa and meals
- Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
- Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected)
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.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul/ Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft)
We drive to Pokhara and Nayapul/Ghandruk. 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.
Day 03: 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.
Day 04: 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.
Day 05: 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.
Day 06: 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.
Day 07: 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.
Day 08: 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.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfastt we drive 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.
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 10: 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.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
The fixed departure dates and booking deposit amount for online booking are same as that of 10 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Flights. So you can do your booking from that one. 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.
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)
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.
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.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking. 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.
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.
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.
Important Documents and Items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars or Pounds in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
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
All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).
We use standard rooms at a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional USD 200. 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.
While on trekking, meals are provided at Guesthouses and Lodges on the way in Kathmandu breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. 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 get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs.
No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.
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
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) or trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
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.
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582
We chose this trekking itinerary because of our budget travel plans and we are glad we did. We appreciate the trek and its beautiful mountain scenery and thanks to the Eve Holidays Team for this great experience.
Prashant, Roshan and Group, India