Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 17 Days

The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. This magnificent amphitheatre is called a "sanctuary" because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. This inaccessible cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna, Macchapucchare, and Dhaulagiri massifs. 
  • Extensive flora and fauna Year round. 
  • Unique hill cultures to explore.
  • Restful hot springs to soak in. 
  • numerous trekking peaks to climb. 
  • Connecting treks to remote areas.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival 
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing 
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) 
  • Day 04: Pokhara - Nayapul (1050m.) by car then trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 m) 
  • Day 05: Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) 
  • Day 06: Ghorepani / Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) 
  • Day 07: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.)
  • Day 08: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.)
  • Day 09: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.)
  • Day 10: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.)
  • Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.)
  • Day 12: Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.)
  • Day 13: Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.)
  • Day 14: Pothana to Dhampus Phedi & Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu by
  • Day 16: Free Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 17: International Departure
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival (1300m) 
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. You will be met on airport and transferred to your in hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. 

Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing
and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive 
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, 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. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 04: Pokhara-Nayapool (Drive ) & Trek to Thikhedhunga
Trek from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car, or van or bus it depends on the group size, which takes approximately one and half hours drive The first part of  trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in Gorkha and Indian regiments.One over night in Thikhadhunga

Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.)  Ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna South (7219m.).  Trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.One Over Night In Ghorepani

Day 06 : Ghorepani /Poonhill  to Tadapani 
Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) for capture the magnificent mountain views and  enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek start towards Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.). After walking for almost one and half hour you reach Gurung Hill which has the splendid mountain views as Poon Hill. From here you follow small forests with rhododendron, bamboos until you reach Deurali. The trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthati. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapanil After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2731m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II and so on. One Over night In Tadapani

Day 07: Tadapani to Ghandruk (2675)
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) and it takes about three hours. It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds\' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.Over Night In Ghandruk

Day 08: Ghandruk to Chhomrong Village (2040m)
Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.) which takes approximately four hours. At of the day beginning ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) then descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Ascend steeply and walk at a level for two hour then ascend gently to the final camp. Chhumrung is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major Ethnic group of Nepal.One Over night In Chhomrong Village. One Over Night In Chhomrong Village

Day 09: Chhomrong villageto Bamboo (2340 m)
Trek from  Chhomrong,to Bamboo, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement, forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach in Sinuwa village. Passing through the  rhododendron forests to Kuldi ghar then Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. One Over Night in Bamboo Village

Day 10: Bamboo to Deurali (3230 m)
Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) Trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first village you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There is debris of avalanches except during winter season. After short trek, you reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230m.). One Over Night In Deurali

Day 11 : Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) via (Machhapurchre Base Camp (3820 m)
Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.)  Takes about four and half hours. The valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. The trail appears gently ascent until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.).  This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the views of several peaks at 360 degree. One Over Night In Annapurna Base Camp

Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan(2630 M)
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.)  Takes about five hours. It\'s much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan.

Day 13: Dovan to Jhinudanda/ Hot Spring (1750 m)
Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) and it takes about six hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring.

Day 14: Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600 m)
Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) which takes about five hours. The first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here you find beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, a ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.

Day 15: Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and Drive to Pokhara
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and it takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car. The trail is gently descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive in Tourist Bus 
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus takes about seven hours. Driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal\'s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. On the way, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You are then directly taken to the hotel You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 17: Kathmandu free day 
This is the free day and you can use however you want like as shopping,visit orphanes homes, school visit .we will give  you  farewell dinner with cultural dance and yours travel testimonial for our courage.

Day 18: International Departure.
All too soon it\'s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom
  • Welcome in Airport
  • Airport Pick up & Drop of Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin bed accommodation at Kathmandu in 4 star hotels with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide , One porter between Two clients &  Entrance fees
  • Kathamandu  To Pokhara / Pokhara To Kathmandu Local Transportation as per the Itinerary
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek
  • Trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • TIMS card
  • Trekking staff ( First Aid Eco trained Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and Porters)
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of  trekking staffs
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • Government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner
  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Lunch /Dinner in Kathmandu & all meal during the trekking
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client\'s insurance
  • Soft/hard drinks
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
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Trip Facts

Grade: Moderate
Trip Duration: 17 Days
Max. Altitude 4230m
Season Sep - May
Trekking Teahouse
Accommodation 4 Nights in Kathmandu 2 Nights in Pokhara & 10 Nights in trekking lodge or tent.
Transportation Tourist bus or private vehicle or Flight
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