Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Cost

$ 710

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought trekking and hiking endeavor in the western Nepali mountains. Hike through diverse landscape and culturally rich villages in the hillside.…

Duration

11 Days

Country

Nepal

Grade

Moderate

Max altitude

4100m

Transportation

Domestic Flight, trekking, private vehicle

Accommodation

3-Star Hotels and Lodges

Best season

All Seasons except Harsh Winter

Group Size

1-16

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek


Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought trekking and hiking endeavor in the western Nepali mountains. Hike through diverse landscape and culturally rich villages in the hillside. Ascend gradually as you pass the deepest gorge of the world towards the foot of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli and other peaks surrounding the region. Gurung culture and hospitality will bring the journey alive along with rich fauna, green hills and the snow-clad mountain peaks. We recommend visiting the local Gurung Museum at Ghandruk.

Mt. Annapurna (8,091M) is the 10th highest mountain in the world. When we reach its base camp, we stand at an altitude of 4130 meters. No wonder this trek is classified as one of the most sought after destination in Nepal.

When people speak and hear “Annapurna”, they are normally imagining a massive peak looming over them. However, Annapurna defines an entire region worth of hills, mountains, rivers, valleys, people and their culture. Annapurna fosters a rich civilization with its fertile lands and abundance of water and minerals. In fact, the name Annapurna origins from Sanskrit and means “The Goddess of Harvests”. Buckwheat, potatoes and rice are commonly grown crops. And naturally pine, oak and rhododendron decorate the hills.

What’s Annapurna Base Camp Trek feels like?

Catch the first glimpse of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre from Pokhara itself. The scene is mesmerizing specially from across the Fewa Lake. From Nayapul, the trek officially starts. The first stop, Ghandruk, provides a great insight into life in the hills, and the native Gurung Culture. They are known to be very hospitable, simple and elegant. Enjoy stunning view of the mountains as you move forward. Travel faster between Kathmandu and Pokhara on a domestic flight.

Further, this journey takes you to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, also known as the Fishtail Mountain. The peak is named so due to to peaks resembling the tail of a fish. There are also other neighboring peaks, but Machhapuchhre and Annapurna dominates the landscape most of the time.

Best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek- weather and climate

There are four main seasons in Nepal, and trekking activity is mostly enjoyed during Spring and Autumn. Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be done in all the weathers, except extreme rainy (June/July) seasons. It’s also possible to do this trek in winter but foggy weather will likely disrupt the views. However, there is more snow and early/late winter is also a great time to travel to the Base Camp.

The route and logistics

The route to Annapurna Base Camp is quite different from Annapurna Circuit. Starting from Nayapul, we head towards the villages of Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and finally to the base camp itself. On our way back, we resort at the hot springs available in Jinudanda for a natural hot bath. The trip is graded as moderately difficult, and requires 4 to 6 hours of walking everyday. You reach the altitude of over 4000 meters when you reach the base camp. We organize food, logistics, trekking permits and all necessary transfers for you in this trek. You can relax and just focus on the trekking experience!

Safety and Insurance

Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, is a serious risk as we ascend to higher elevations. If you feel headache, fatigue and restlessness during the trek, you will need to inform your trek leader. After that, measures will be taken to help you feel at ease. In most cases, descending to a lower point and acclimatizing helps. In serious cases, emergency evacuation can be easily organized at your request. Helicopters are used in such evacuation, which can get costly. So, we recommend that you have a proper insurance that covers these risks.

Apart from that, you will need to stay alert and follow the safety guidelines provided by your trekking leader. 

What to Pack for Annapurna Base Camp trek?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what to pack during a trek. Generally, you need to have a good pair of trekking boots, windcheaters, a warm jacket, trekking socks, sticks, first aid kit, along with other common trekking gears available in the market to buy and rent.

You can do this either at your home country or in one of the trekking shops in Thamel. We provide free assistance in buying/renting these accessories if you are in Nepal. It’s good to have a water filter opposed to buying bottled water. If you have any questions, you can always contact us.

Book Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Hiking Adventure has brought you this unique itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek with intense planning and detailing. The routes have been carefully planned to cover maximum ground in a short period of time while ensuring you receive most efficient and enriching experience.

A well-informed guide with excellent communication skills will travel along with you so that your journey will be laden with information of the region, its people, and their customs. Hiking Adventure hopes to give you the ultimate experience in Annapurna Region, as you visit places that will make you fall in love with the simplicity of nature and the serenity of the high mountains.

Detail Itenerary


  • day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Hotel

    You will arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu. Our representatives will aid you in your transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a large population and where the roots of culture and traditions still run deep. You can visit a few of the beautiful landmarks this city has to offer such as, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Basantapur Durbar Square.

    Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu

    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • day 2

    Domestic Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m) [Fly - 35 minutes]

    From Kathmandu, you will have the option to either take a comfortable drive or a short flight towards another major city, Pokhara. Considered to be a tourist hub, this city sees droves of tourists from in and out of the country. Once in Pokhara, you can visit the beautiful Phewa Lake that lies in the heart of the city, with hills overlooking it on all sides. These hills house the Peace Pagoda and a little above the skyline, a beautiful view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri can be seen.

    Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Pokhara

    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • day 3

    Drive to Nayapul (1070m) [2-hours], trek to Ghandruk (2000m) [5-hours]

    From Pokhara, you will take a short drive of 2 hours to Nayapul, a small settlement lying in the foothills of great mountains. From Nayapul, a trek of 5 to 6 hours will take you to Ghandruk, a village on an elevation of 2000m inhabited mostly by the Gurung community of Nepal. The trail lies alongside the Mardi River and consists of uphill routes. From Ghandruk, incredible views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre can be seen.

    Accommodation: Tea house / Ghandruk

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • day 4

    Trek from Ghandrunk to Chhomrong (2100m) [5/6-Hours]

    You will take a trail from Ghandruk and trek for 6 hours in order to reach Chhomrong. The village of Chhomrong lies at an altitude of 2100m. The trail takes you through narrow hilly unpaved paths, sparsely populated with trees, which open to a wide ridge with beautiful views of lush green hills. The village of Chhomrong lies on the side of a terraced hill, and its skyline offers a beautiful view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre.

    Accommodation: Tea house / Chhomrong

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • day 5

    Trek from Chhomrong to Himalayan Hotel (2850m) [6/7-Hours]

    From Chhomrong, a trek of 6 to 7 hours will take you to Himalayan Hotel, located at an altitude of 2850m. The trail will take you through dense forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak which is common flora in this region.

    Accommodation: Tea House / Himalayan Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • day 6

    Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) [5/6-Hours]

    From the Himalayan Hotel, you will trek towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Located at an altitude of 3700m, this Base Camp offers you a beautiful and direct view of Machhapuchhre, which is also considered to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world due to its twin peaks which looks like a fish’s tail, hence the name- Machhapuchhre. Along with Machhapuchhre, you will see a panoramic view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Himchuli. Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

     

    Accommodation: Tea house / Machhapuchhre Base Camp

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • day 7

    Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) and back to Sinuwa [8-Hours]

    From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you will trek directly to Annapurna Base Camp. The view from Annapurna Base Camp is considered to be one of the best, which includes views of massive mountain peaks of the Annapurna Ranges, such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South and so on. During the winters, the grassy slope where the base camp lies is covered in snow. Such a view coupled with small Chorten with fastened colorful prayer flags is incredibly serene. You will also trek back towards the village of Sinuwa, through forests of oak and rhododendron with occasional views of Machhapuchhre.

    Accommodation: Tea house / Sinuwa

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • day 8

    Trek ffrom Sinuwa to Jinudanda (1200m) [4-hours]

    You will take a relatively shorter trail of 4 to 5 hours in order to reach Jinudanda from Sinuwa. You will trek along the Madi River Valley which draws its name from the river that runs across it. Located at an altitude of 1200m, Jinudanda is actually famous for its natural hot springs which helps you take away fatigue and stress in your body due to stress.

    Accommodation: Tea house / Jinudanda

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • day 9

    Trek from Jinudanda to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara [4-Hour Trek, 2-Hour Drive]

    From Jinudanda, you will trek back towards Nayapul, once again following the course of Madi River. From Nayapul, you will take a short drive back towards the city of Pokhara. In the evening, you can choose to explore the city and its lifestyle in the Lakeside area which mostly caters to tourists.

    Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Pokhara

    Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

  • day 10

    Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu [35-Minute]

    You have the option to take a comfortable drive to take a flight from Pokhara back to the capital city, Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you can choose to explore the city, its streets and its culture which provides a unique ambiance.

    Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu

    Included Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

  • day 11

    Transfer to Airport / Departure

    Congratulations! Your trek has come to a beautiful end. Our representatives will aid you in your departure. We hope that you have had a wonderful time and will join us in the future for such treks and expeditions once again.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

Departure


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05/07/2019

05/18/2019

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USD 710

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05/12/2019

05/23/2019

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05/17/2019

05/28/2019

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05/21/2019

06/01/2019

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USD 710

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05/25/2019

06/05/2019

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USD 710

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05/29/2019

06/09/2019

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USD 710

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06/03/2019

06/14/2019

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USD 710

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06/08/2019

06/19/2019

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06/12/2019

06/23/2019

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06/16/2019

06/27/2019

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06/20/2019

07/01/2019

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06/24/2019

07/05/2019

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06/28/2019

07/09/2019

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07/04/2019

07/15/2019

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07/11/2019

07/22/2019

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07/18/2019

07/29/2019

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USD 710

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07/25/2019

08/05/2019

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USD 710

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07/31/2019

08/11/2019

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USD 710

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05/05/2019

05/16/2019

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USD 710 USD 700

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05/12/2019

05/23/2019

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05/19/2019

05/30/2019

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05/26/2019

06/06/2019

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Cost Info


Cost Includes

    • Airport pickups and drops via a private vehicle
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Tea-house accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
    • An experienced, English-speaking and licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader 
    • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    • Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation of staff
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
    • Duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking maps
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
    • First Aid kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • All government taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal Tourist Visa fee
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Welcome/Farewell dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
    • One Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara for contingency
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Customer's Review

Paul Whiting Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Paul W 1 Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile Amazing Annapurna Base Camp First time to Nepal. Fantastic trip starting from the airport meet and greet with Sajana to the snowy peaks of Annapurna at sunrise with our guide KB. Ram and Sajana answered all our questions before the trip, great organisation and attention to detail. If you are at home with an idea and motivation, Hiking Adventure Treks will get you there!

Andew Whiting Annapurna Base Camp Trek

My second time in Nepal and another great trip thanks to Ram and Sajana. All requests, questions and queries handled without fuss and very professionally. If you want a stress free trip to Nepal where you can relax and enjoy the amazing culture and scenery, this is the outfit for you. I recently went to Annapurna Base Camp with a small group which was an amazing experience. KB was our guide who helped make the trip so enjoyable. He was very caring and conscious of our safety when the weather turned a bit nasty and we felt very safe. Thanks once again and I will be back soon. I cannot recommend this company highly enough.

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FAQ

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.