Trip Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek a well-known  as the Annapurna sanctuary trek or ABC treks in short-cut forms is combines some of the most spectacular mountains & green valley’s scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese people. The Annapurna base camp trekking or Annapurna sanctuary treks is the most popular trekkingdestination in the Annapurna region. This trek route offers the very close view of the mountains which are over 6,000 m. This is very ideal trekking or hiking destination for those who have very short time frame & wishing you reach over 4,000 m. One could see the splendid closer view of the mountain as well as the glacier. The major inhabitants of the region are Gurung & Magar, the major ethnic group of Nepal who are very famous for their braveness since Great World Wars (First & second). Most of the people in this ethnic group are employed in British & Indian Gurkha regiments. Most of them are rich enough & run the lodge/guest house along the trekking routes. The region is very rich in its flora & fauna which is managed by non-profitable & non- governmental NGO, called Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) with working closely joined-hands of local inhabitants who are the permanent residents in the region. The trails to Annapurna base camp is covered with dense forest of bamboos, rhododendrons, firs, Oaks & others into the territory of the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Areas Project). A single trail into the Modi Khola valley lead you to Annapurna Base Camp from the populated village of Chhomrong (2,050 m), a gate way to Annapurna base camp, after reaching Deurali (3,200 m), the vegetation remain thinner & changed into shrubs & thorny plants but the towering peaks of the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6,993 m) begin to appear in a close view/ eye. As you continue to Machhapuchhre Base Camp or MBC (3,750 m) from Deurali, the trail is steep and energetic & it will take you 3 hrs to reach at MBC. Again, another gentle climb for about 2 hours or plus from Machhapuchhre Base Camp bring you to the high glacial basin that is Annapurna base camp (South Face of Annapurna South base camp (4,130 m) .The Annapurna south (7219 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), the biggest mountain in the valley which is the 10 highest peak in the world! Gangapurna (7,454 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m) & others Peaks over 6,000 m and Annapurna glacier are so much spectacular to enjoy from Annapurna base camp. This is a fascinating treks with reasonably comfortable lodge facilities which is incomparable with any other treks in Nepal! Moreover, the Annapurna base camp /Sanctuary is the free of plastic & bottles/glass rubbish /garbage /pollution which was banned since 1998! The region is very clean despites of the growing No. of trekkers & their supporting teams each year. It is one the best trek destination in the entire world`s renowned Annapurna region where more than 100,000 trekkers make their trips every year.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Day 2

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu (City Tour)

  • Day 3

    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915 m/ 7 hrs) / by Tourist Bus/Coach

  • Day 4

    Trek Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m /5 hrs)

  • Day 5

    Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850 m/ 6-7 hrs)

  • Day 6

    Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,675 m/5:30 hrs)

  • Day 7

    Trek Tadapani (2,675 m) to Ghandruk (1,950 m/3 hrs)

  • Day 8

    Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,040 m/ 5-5:30 hrs)

  • Day 9

    Trek Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,340 m/5-5:30 hrs)

  • Day 10

    Trek Bamboo to Deurali (3,200 m/5-5:30 hrs)

  • Day 11

    Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/ 4-5 hrs)

  • Day 12

    Trek Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2,600 m/5-6 hrs)

  • Day 13

    Trek Dovan to Jhinudanda (1,750 m/ 6 hrs)

  • Day 14

    Trek Jhinudanda to Pothana (1,900 m/ 6-7 hrs)

  • Day 15

    Trek Pothana to pokhara (915 m/4 hrs)

  • Day 16

    Pokhara to Kathmandu by driving Tourist Bus/ Coach (200 km/ 124 miles /7 hrs)

  • Day 17

    Airport transfer

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Our airport representative meet you at Kathmandu airport, then transfer you to the hotel, we provide you 3-star category accommodation during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Day 2

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu (City Tour)

    Our professional tour guide brings you to see the ancient monuments of the Kathmandu valley, most notable of which are( the Kathmandu Durbar Square , Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple & Bouddhanath Stupa). All of them are UNESCO World cultural heritage sites which were enlisted in 1979 A.D.
  • Day 3

    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915 m/ 7 hrs) / by Tourist Bus/Coach

    We depart from Kathmandu for the 7 hours drive to Pokhara, 200 kilometers to the west. As we drive out of the Kathmandu valley, we descend to the Trisuli River, which we follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. We follow the Marshyangdi gently up, through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as Lakes, Caves, Temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains and usually pleasant weather. We can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (Lake), to the white peaks of the Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Day 4

    Trek Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m /5 hrs)

    After breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, we drive for 1 hour to Nayapul by private vehicle. Then, we start our trek. The first part of which is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterward, we ascend gently to the final destination of the day at Tikhedhunga. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in Gurkha and Indian regiments.
  • Day 5

    Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850 m/ 6-7 hrs)

    We begin the day with a steep ascend for the nearly 2 hours till Ulleri (2,070 m) and then continue gently ascend through Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, we see good views of Machhapuchhare (or Fish Tail at 6997m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Annapurna (7,219 m) south. Now our trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp we will encounter wildlife along the way including monkeys and various species of birds along the way.
  • Day 6

    Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,675 m/5:30 hrs)

    Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3,210 m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri 1st (8,167 m), Dhaulagiri (2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th), Manapathi ranges, Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Nilgiri Pk (6,940 m), Varaha Shikhar (,7847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna III (7,755 m), Machhapuchhre (6,997 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mardi Himal (5,555 m) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. After the enjoying sunrise view at Pun Hill, we head back to the lodge and have breakfast before trekking to Tadapani (2,675 m). After walking for almost one and half hours, we reach Gurung Hill which has as splendid mountain views as Pun Hill. From here, we follow the trail through small forests with rhododendron and bamboo until we reach Deurali (3,100 m). The trail descends steeply through deep forests all the way to Banthati (2,500 m). It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapani.
  • Day 7

    Trek Tadapani (2,675 m) to Ghandruk (1,950 m/3 hrs)

    Today is a very easy day of trekking and we descend gently all the way through rhododendron, oaks and other of dense forests. We will also hear and spot various bird species along the way. This is one of the most popular destinations for bird lovers/ bird watcher. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a very popular handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village, we see good views of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Annapurna III (7,755 m) and Fishtail (6,993 m.).
  • Day 8

    Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,040 m/ 5-5:30 hrs)

    At the beginning, we ascend gently for an hour up to Kimronhkot /Kimrong danda/Hill (2,100 m) and descend steeply to the Kimrong Khola (1,800 m). Immediately, thereafter, we ascend steeply and walk on the level for an hour before we ascend gently to the final camp/destination. Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.
  • Day 9

    Trek Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,340 m/5-5:30 hrs)

    Leaving Chhomrong village, the trail descends down a stone staircase (2,226 m),as I had counted in 2007 April) and crosses the Chhomrong Khola (1,550 m) on a concrete bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tiliche & Bhanuwa in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oaks. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) we reach Sinuwa at 2,350 meters. Afterward, we trek through rhododendron forests to Kuldi Ghar at 2520 meters. This was once a British sheep-breeding project; Later on, used for ACAP visitor center and check post till 2003. Now, it was only abandoned house. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on (Above 2,000 m/6,560 ft). Descending a long steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, it is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2,340 m). The town named after Bamboo forest, having 5 lodges/teahouses. In June /July, a lots of bamboo shoots for your veg. curry & pickle en route to ABC.
  • Day 10

    Trek Bamboo to Deurali (3,200 m/5-5:30 hrs)

    We trek gently ascending through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oaks trees. The first town, we reach is Dovan, at 2,600 meters, where there are few lodges (3 lodges) and campsites. Now, we pass through muddy trail, which traverses high above the river. There is usually avalanche debris except during winter season. After a short trek, we reach the Himalayan Hotel (2,900 m), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is ascends steeply up to Hinko Cave (3,160 m), this is a huge overhanging rock that provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deurali (3,200 m), where there are only 6 lodges.
  • Day 11

    Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/ 4-5 hrs)

    From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and we see the gates to the sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek, we will arrive at Bagar/ Sandy (3,310 m), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now, the trail appears to gently ascend until you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp /MBC (3,750 m). Here, we find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where we can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6,997 m). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m).Annapurna Base Camp is situated in South Face of Annapurna South. From here, we have a panoramic view of several beautiful peaks.
  • Day 12

    Trek Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2,600 m/5-6 hrs)

    It's much easier going down to compare to going up in this altitude but at the same time, you lose the balance & it makes you knees hurting. You will passes MBC (3,700 m) & Deural (3,200 m) to reach Himalaya where you will take your lunch. After having good lunch, the trail continued descending till Dovan (2,600 m).
  • Day 13

    Trek Dovan to Jhinudanda (1,750 m/ 6 hrs)

    The path descends to Bamboo (2,340 m) passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo bushes. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar (2,540 m) and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa (2,350 m). Your trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola (1,550 m) and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour or pus to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda (1,750 m). From this town, you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at the hot springs!
  • Day 14

    Trek Jhinudanda to Pothana (1,900 m/ 6-7 hrs)

    The first part of the trek is a descend and then traverses flat land until you reach Himal Pain (1,300 m) by passing through New Bridge (1,340 m), but no more New Bridge is old bridge by now. Here we come across a beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After a short trek, you will be at Landruk (1,640 m), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed communities of Gurung, Magar and Brahmins as well. Now, the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1,750 m) and then still gradual ascend and level path to Bherikharka (1,800 m). From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (3,100 m) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama as well as view of part of Pokhara city. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, an ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.
  • Day 15

    Trek Pothana to pokhara (915 m/4 hrs)

    Today, we trek only 3 & half hrs till Dhampus phedi (1,130 m), by passing through Dhampus Village, panoramic view of Manaslu ranges, Annapura ranges, Lamlung Himal & Dhaulagiri I in 180 degree. Then after, we will drive to Pokhara by private vehicle. We will be in Pokhara by Lunch time, then after we go for City tour / boating / just hangout & drinking cold beers!
  • Day 16

    Pokhara to Kathmandu by driving Tourist Bus/ Coach (200 km/ 124 miles /7 hrs)

    Today, we will take early tourist bus /coach to Kathmandu which takes about 7 hrs including breakfast & lunch en route, passing through different rivers, valleys, terraced fields, mountain views, towns, people & their settlement etc. In the evening, you are free for shopping.
  • Day 17

    Airport transfer

    our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport at the given time. Note: you will trek this region 10-12 days, taking flights from Pokhara-Kathmandu/ private vehicle or paragliding/rafting/ Jungle Safari, etc. It all depends upon your interest, time & budget. Let us know first, we try to make tailor-made itinerary for you.

Trip Info

Cost includes

  1. Airport picks up & drops off by private vehicle
  2. 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara (2+2=4), at standard hotel centrally located on B/B basis.
  3. A full day city sightseeing tour (4 sites) with tour guide & private vehicle).
  4. All surface overland transportation (Kathmandu -Pokhara & Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus/Coach, Pokhara - Nayapul & Dhampus Phedi-Pokhara & hotel - bus station- hotel by private vehicles)
  5. Lodge/ guest house accommodation during the trek
  6. All meals: 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with a cup of tea/coffee)
  7. A trek leader/guide & necessary no. of porter/s (normally, 2pax. trekkers: 1 porter)
  8. All trekking permits (trekking permit / TIMS registration card & ACAP entry permit
  9. Essential trekking equipment (sleeping bag /down jacket which are need to returned back to company after complete the trek )
  10. Trekking equipment for all porters (shoes, jacket & trousers etc)
  11. All transportation, meals & accommodation, drinks, daily wages for trekking staffs.
  12. Insurance /security for all local staffs (guide & porter/s)
  13. All government & local taxes
  14. All essential official paper works
  15. First Aid -Kit box/bag
  16. T-shirt & certificate of complete the trek as a souvenir / memory
  17. An emergency or rescue evacuation arrangement service & pre-deposit for Helicopter (porter`s back, Horse’s back, vehicle & Helicopter), if required or wanted / wished

Cost excludes

  1. Nepal visa fee & flights tickets fare to & from Kathmandu
  2. Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
  3. Monuments /temples /monasteries entry fees in Kathmandu, Pokhara & mountain
  4. Personal nature expanses (telephone bills, laundry service, bars bills, (hot shower & fire charges for 4/5 days), mineral / bottle water /boiled water / pots of tea/coffee, etc)
  5. All kinds of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, soft drinks, etc.
  6. Travel / rescue insurance
  7. Private transportation (vehicle, Aeroplane & horse etc)
  8. Tipping for trekking staffs
  9. Extra programs (rafting, jungle safari, Paragliding & so on)
  10. An emergency or rescue evacuation cost/ charge, if required
  11. Others than what are included in package cost section.

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