Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful trekking experience in the popular Annapurna region
  • Spectacular sunrise and Himalayan panorama from Poonhill
  • Amazing feeling of reaching the Annapurna Base Camp
  • Close up encounters with the mountain peaks
  • Pokhara sightseeing tour
  • Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking mingles varied landscapes in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. It is one of the most popular trekking trips in the Himalayas of Nepal. The trip is also known as the Annapurna sanctuary trek that combines the views of mighty Himalayan peaks and great culture.

To be in the paradise on earth and to step in the glorious amphitheatre, Annapurna base camp trek leads you through the rhododendron forests and terraced farm in the middle hills. In a way, this trip proffers the charming scenery of the ethnic villages and their spectacular lifestyle. Embarking from the Nayapul, it moves forward through the hillside beside the stream. The perfect blooming of the rhododendron in the spring season allures you to head through and capture the live charm. Some places are dotted by the bamboo forest. The admiring views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli and Machapuchhre spy you all the way and energize for the pleasant excursion. The spectacular Annapurna base camp is located at 4130 metres above the Machhapuchhre base camp.

Trekking to Annapurna base camp is spectacular to explore the mighty snowy peaks, walk through the villages, hilly gorges and forest, to get the sights of wild animals and make the trekking holiday spectacular.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of :

Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara – Tikhedhunga (1,750m)

We take our breakfast at the hotel and start the day by driving to airport to fly to Pokhara, 200 km west of Kathmandu. When we land in Pokhara, we take a vehicle and drive to Nayapul for about 1.5 hours. After getting our stuffs sorted out for the porters, we start walking towards Tikhedhunga, the destination for today. The trail follows the Modi Khola, a beautiful serene river coming from the Annapurna valley, and heads towards Tikhedhunga on a dirt road for most of the part today.

Day 04: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2,810m)

On the first section of walk we trek steep uphill to Ulleri on nicely paved stone steps. It takes about 2 hours to reach the beautiful village of Ulleri. Ulleri brings the first view of snowy peak for the day as we walk towards Banthanti where we will stop for lunch. The walk ahead of Banthanti is forest walk to Ghorepani. Walking through the Nangethanti, we walk to Upper Ghorepani (1.5 hour), which is located at the centre of the rhododendron forest, just below Poon hill. We can enjoy spectacular view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain peaks once we reach there.

Day 05: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3210m) - Tadapani (2,710m). 5-6 hrs

We begin our early morning hike to Poon hill, the top of the hill. Panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himchuli and other peaks in long panorama can be seen along with the sunrise attraction. To avoid the freezing weather, we can have tea and coffee at the top. The views of blooming rhododendron surround the landscape in spring. Return back to the lodge to have breakfast and start the trek to Tadapani with a steep up climb up hill before starting downhill to Deurali through the rhododendron and pine forest. Then the trail goes further down, through the narrow trail. Banthanti is our lunch point, then walk gradual up through forest, steep down to the stream before making the final and steep uphill walk to Tadapani. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Tadapani - Chhomrong (2040m). 4.30-5 hrs

In the morning, we enjoy our breakfast with the view of Annapurna South, Fishtail and Hiunchuli peaks. After breakfast, we trek through the steep downhill trail, passing through tiny settlements and rhododendron forest. After we cross a river on a suspension bridge, we walk fairly gradual uphill to Gurjung that is populated by the Gurung people. Then we walk some more uphill and easy gradual trail to Chhomrong. Overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Chhomrong - Dovan (2580m). 5-6 hrs

After breakfast in the morning, we walk downhill to the Chhomrong stream and trek up to Khuldighar (2380m) and head towards Sinuwa. Now, the trail becomes a bit tougher through the rocky slope to a place called Bamboo. The destination for today, Dovan, is another few hours of effort on the trail towards Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Dovan - Deurali (3290m). 3-4 hrs

The trek enters into the high altitude range, so the walking in leisurely pace is always a wise action. We have to be careful to avoid the altitude sickness; should take in enough water to prevent from dehydration. Again the trek goes through the rhododendron and bamboo forest along with the view of waterfalls. After about 4 hours of amazing mountain walk, we reach Deurali for overnight stay closer to Machhapuchhre base camp.

Day 09: Deurali - Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). 4-5 hrs

We start the trek early today towards the top and highest point of our trek that is Annapurna Base camp. On the way, we walk past Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC) which is located at 3700m. We keep our walk on an easy pace so as to acclimatize with the increasing altitude. The Annapurna base camp or Annapurna sanctuary boasts an undisturbed attraction around. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo (2500m). 6-7 hrs

Early in the morning, we enjoy the sunrise over the snowcapped Himalayan peaks. We reach the sunrise point with a short hike above the base camp. We can see the memorial Stupas and prayer flags around there along with glacier. We can see the panoramic views of the Himalayas. The place looks like a little heaven. We hike down to lodge for breakfast before we start on our trek down to Bamboo for overnight stay. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Bamboo - Jhinu (Hot Spring) 1500m. 4 hours

From Bamboo, we walk to Chomrong down the same trail that we used to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp a few days earlier. We trek all the way down to Jhinu Danda, which is the best place to spend an overnight. We can enjoy the natural hot spring there, located at the edge of the glacial river that is 20 minutes’ walk down from the lodge. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Jhinu – Nayapul - Pokhara (5-6 hrs walk, 1.5 hrs drive)

From Jhinu, we follow the ridge of the Modi Khola on its right bank. It is an easy day of walk as the trail doesn’t traverse as steeply as the other days. We can see beautiful waterfalls, green farming terraces and bee hives hanging on cliff. We pass various tiny villages on our trek before reaching Nayapul. Once we reach Nayapul, we take a drive to Pokhara and enjoy the evening in the lake city. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Pokhara Exploration

A full day in Pokhara will give us an opportunity to explore a bit of this beautiful city. We can go to Lake Fewa for a peaceful boating experience. Later we can go to visit Davis falls and Gupteswor cave. We will have some free time on our own. There are lots of adventure activities like paragliding, zip lining, bungee jumping, ultra-light flight etc. should we choose to go for some adventure thrill. Or we can simply relax around.

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu 1400m

We drive back to Kathmandu on the same highway we took to go to Pokhara earlier. Another six hours on the highway will give us time to observe the villages and towns on the way from a different angle. After reaching Kathmandu and checking into hotel, we will have some free time to wander around the streets of Thamel.

Day 15: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city.

On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 16: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights.
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis.
  • All major meals during the trek, breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Three cups of tea a day on the trekking days.
  • A professional trekking and necessary number of number of supporting crew members.
  • All necessary permits for the trekking.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any kind of drinks in Kathmandu and trekking area (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any other personal expenses.
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service).
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip.

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Sun glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1. Hand gloves

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops.
  3. Light jacket.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light  shoes and sandle.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Peptobismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plastsband-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

 

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Note: The itinerary we have made is based on our experience of trek arrangement. During the trip, you have options to take a drive or flight, according to the availability at the beginning or concluding. According to your interests, the itinerary can be customized. We also operate the trekking without sightseeing and hotel arrangements.

 

 

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