Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

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There are few treks that combine so many different landscapes and bring you so close to the base of 7,000 and 8,000 meter peaks in a such a short period of time as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range in view most of the times.

The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. The itinerary presented here takes 12 days, starting from Nayapul (a 1 1/2 hour drive from Pokhara) and going north up to Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint at Poon Hill. From Ghorepani you go eastward to Chomrong and then north again entering the Modi Kola Valley which leads up to the Base Camp.

Many people trek the circuit Nayapul-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapul, which is very rewarding in itself. This trek can easily be done with children as well.You can return via Jhinu Danda and give your tired muscles a well deserved rest in the delightful hot springs. Upon your return it is worthwhile visiting one of the Gurung villages of Ghandruk or Landruk.

The lodges in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza and chau  mein. Hot showers are readily available as well. If you are planning to trek in the winter months please check with a travel agency to confirm which lodges are open.

The Annapurna trekking region is easily accessible with different trailheads starting just an hour or two away from Pokhara.Between Himalayan Hotel and Machapucchre Base Camp there is a risk of avalanches so make sure you have the latest information on trail conditions before setting off or hire a knowledgeable guide.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can easily be done independently. It is possible to do this trek in all seasons, however, in the winter the Base Camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level. In spring time the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.

Overview

  • Spectacular and close view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri
  • Hot springs
  • Gurung Museum in Ghandruk
  • Exotic flora and fauna
  • Kali Gandaki is the deepest Gorge
Day 1
Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - drive to Nayapul (1 1/2 hrs) - trek to Tikhedhunga (1570 m) or Ulleri (1940 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 2
Tikhedhunga (1570 m) or Ulleri (1940 m) - Ghorepani (2750 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 3
Ghorepani (2750 m) - Poon Hill (3210 m). Get an early start to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill, then on to Tadapani (2650 m) 6 hrs

Day 4
Tadapani (2650 m) - Chomrong (2170 m) 5 hrs

Day 5
Chomrong (2170 m) - Dovan (2600 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 6
Dovan (2600 m) - Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m) 7-8 hrs

Day 7
Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m) - Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) 3 hrs (1/2 day hike to glacier at higher elevation optional)

Day 8
Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) - Bamboo (2310 m) 7-8 hrs

Day 9
Bamboo (2310 m) - Jhinu Danda (1780 m) via Chomrong; visit hotsprings 7 hrs

Day 10
Jhinu Danda (1780 m) - Pothana (1870 m) via Landruk, 7 hrs

Day 11
Pothana (1870 m) - short trek to Kande via Australian Camp, drive 1 hr to Pokhara

Day 12
Flight Pokhara - Kathmandu, or drive 7-8 hrs

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals, and
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa Fees: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for airport representative, tour guide, trekking staff, driver etc.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So, any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you dare to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. Sometimes your working hour is only 3/4 hours. While during pleasant and easy trails you walk for 6/7 hours.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

You can charge batteries en route. For this, you need to bring your charger. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You have to draw enough cash from Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are many ATMs in these cities. Everything you do is in Nepali rupees. So, you need to carry enough Nepali currency before you set off for the trek.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really!.

It depends on you. If you want, you can go solo on this trek. You can hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during offseason.

It depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but they will plan everything for you. You come, trek and return. Simple!

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Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle
  • 2 +
  • 4130 m
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek.