Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek  (ABC) is one of the most searched trekking destinations around the Globe. It is one of the most attractive trekking destinations that can be completed in a short period of time. The trail to Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Pokhara which is accessible either by roadways or by flight hence, it is more convenient for the trekkers to access the trekking point. The trails are well developed and provide a chance to witness wide varieties of flora and fauna as well as witness the rich culture of the local people living in the region. The trekking trail comes under the protective zone under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

The trail to Annapurna Base Camp trek offers stunning view of Annapurna range including Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), and Annapurna South (7219m) along with Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Nilgiri (7041m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Annapurna Base Camp trek also features the trek to the base camp of Machhapuchhre (6993m) which is one of the main highlights of the trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is best for the new hikers as well as for experienced trekkers. People with normal health and physical fitness are eligible to do the trek. The itinerary involves trekking for about 4-7 hours a day for an average hiker. We definitely encourage some sort of exercise before attempting the actual climbing. The itineraries are designed after the consultation with the expert guides. Hence, it is prepared in such a way that it allows proper acclimatization as well as adequate time to enjoy the surrounding environment.

Although trekking to Annapurna Base Camp can be attempted throughout the year as per the convenient time frame of the trekkers, there are two main seasons for trekking in Nepal. It is much recommended to trek to Annapurna Base Camp either during the spring season i.e. from March to May or during the autumn season i.e. from Mid-September to November.

Expedition Himalaya offers you a 14 days standard itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp. We shall be providing you with a highly experienced trekking guide to assist you whilst on the trek. The package includes accommodation at the locally available tea houses operated by the local entrepreneurs with all meals included whilst on the trek and bed and breakfast at the main cities. We shall also provide transportation as stated in the itinerary. The itinerary offered is just a standard one that can be customized upon the interest of the clients. We shall be at your service whenever required and try to assist you in any possible way.

Besides our standard Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we also offer trekking to various other places in the region such as Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani and Poonhill Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, etc

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Day 02: Rest/preparation

Early in the morning, we visit the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Swayambhunath from where you can have a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley. Later, we discuss the trek and acquire all the permits required for the trek. If there is enough time, we will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square which features ancient art, architecture, and culture of Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Fly Pokhara (884m); drive Phedi; trek Tolka (1790m)

We take a 25-minute scenic flight over the mountains from Kathmandu to Pokhara. After landing in Pokhara, we drive for an hour and reach Phedi. We then trek through lush forests of rhododendron and juniper to reach the beautiful Gurung village of Dhampus. Dhampus hosts an alluring view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (6993m), and the other Himalayas. From Dhampus, we trek for a couple of hours to reach Tolka. Overnight at a lodge in Tolka.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek Chhomrong (2210m)

Ascending on steep trails, we pass few dense forests and enter small village of Deurali. From Deurali, we descend to Bheri Kharka and continue our downhill trek till we reach Landruk. We then trek along Modi Khola and pass a couple of small, beautiful villages on our way to Chhomrong. Overnight at a lodge in Chhomrong.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek Bamboo (2310m)

We descend on a stone staircase and cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola to enter a dense rhododendron forest. Trekking through the forests, we climb rocky ridges and reach Sinuwa. We then trek through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests and pass Kuldi. Further descending on the steep stone staircase, we reach Bamboo. Overnight at a lodge in Bamboo.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek Himalaya Hotel (2840m)

Trekking through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, we cross a couple of wooden bridges over small water streams to reach Dovan. From Dovan, we pass muddy trails that lead us to the waterfall near Himalaya Hotel. We can make a short visit to Hinku Cave before spending over overnight at Himalaya Hotel.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)

Today, we trek through rocky trails that lead us to Bagar. The trails are steep, so we need to walk with caution. From Bagar, we ascend gently to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. After 5 hours of trek, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp which hosts the stunning view of Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna I (8091m) Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m), and the other Himalayas. Overnight at Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)

Trekking through lateral moraines, we walk on steep and slippery trails that lead us to Annapurna Base Camp. After 3 hours of trek alongside South Annapurna Glacier, we reach the base camp of Annapurna South (7219m). At the base camp, we can relish a jaw-dropping view of the Himalayas featuring gigantic Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (7454m), and other beautiful snow-capped mountains. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek Himalayan Hotel

Using the same route we ascended to the base camp, we descend alongside Modi Khola to reach Deurali. We then pass Bagar after trekking through lush forests of rhododendron. After 5 hours of trek, we reach Himalaya Hotel. We can make a short visit to Pujinim Barah Temple in the evening. Overnight at Himalaya Hotel.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek Chhomrong

Descending to Bamboo, we trek along Modi Khola and pass dense forests of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron. From Bamboo, we trek steep uphill till we reach Kuldi Ghar. We then trek on flat rocky ridges and pass Sinuwa till we reach Chhomrong. Overnight at a lodge in Chhomrong.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek Ghandruk (2050m)

Trekking through lush rhododendron forests, we descend along Kimrong Khola on a steep downhill trail. We pass small Himalayan villages on our way to the picturesque Gurung village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is famous for its Gurung Culture Museum and the mouthwatering view of Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Annapurna South (7219m), which seem to be just a foot away from us. Overnight at a lodge in Ghandruk.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek Naya Pul (1070m); drive Pokhara

We trek through beautiful forests of rhododendron enjoying the magnificent view of the Himalayas behind us. Trekking down rocky trails, we pass Kimche and Seuli Bazaar before we trek along Modi Khola to reach Birethanti. We then trek for about half an hour on stone steps and reach Naya Pul. We pack our trekking gears and drive off to Pokhara in a jeep. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 13
Day 13: Fly Kathmandu

Leaving Pokhara, we take an early morning flight to the capital. Feel free to explore the vibrant markets of Kathmandu and taste the local delicacies. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu

We bid you farewell and drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

What is Included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner (Day 1)
  • 3-star standard accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights along with breakfast
  • 3-star standard accommodation in Pokhara for 1 night along with breakfast
  • Airfare: Kathmandu/ Pokhara/ Kathmandu
  • Accommodation during the trek in Teahouse/Lodges run by local entrepreneurs
  • All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Trek transfers by available vehicle
  • Well-experienced, licensed, English speaking trekking guide (their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food, and accommodation)
  • Porters (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation, transportation, equipment and insurance)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Fee (ACAP)
  • Trekkers Information Management System Fees (TIMS)
  • Down jackets and sleeping bag (needs to be returned after the completion of the trek)
  • Company’s duffel bag (upon request)
  • Trekking route map
  • First-aid Kit (carried by your trek guide)
  • Applicable local and government taxes

What is Excluded

  • Any International Airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Any meals (Lunches and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as Personal trekking gears, telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • Tips for guide, porters, drivers and staffs as a token of appreciation
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • Thermal inner layer
  • Quick-dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves)
  • Bodywarmer fleece
  • Down Jacket
  • Gore-tex Jackets
  • Underwears
  • Thermal trouser
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Fleece trouser
  • Gore-tex trouser
  • Down pant
  • Neck gaiter

Personal stuff

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Insurance Papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Earplugs
  • Area Map
  • Navigation Compass
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter
  • Rucksack / Trekking bag (50-60 liters)
  • Toiletry bag

Medicines

  • Personal medications

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension
If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 45 or equivalent convertible currency

The visa extension fee for more than 15 days is USD 3 per day

In the case of delay less than 150 days an additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For detailed information on Nepal’s Tourist Visa

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Trip Facts

  • 14 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 4,050 m
  • Moderate
  • Tea House
  • March to May; June to Aug
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Teahouse/Lodge
  • Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum