With an elevation of 8091m, Annapurna lies in the Himalayan section in North-central Nepal. The base camp of Annapurna lies at an altitude of 4130m. The major highlights of Annapurna Base Camp are the breathtaking sunrise and peak view from Ghorepani and Poon hill, exploring around typical Gurung village and glance on the culture and way of life in Ghandruk, natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda and amazing mountains and glacier view from Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Base Camp is surrounded by several salient mountains such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna Varahashikhar, and Fish Tail known as Machhapuchhre.
The best season for trekking in Annapurna Base Camp is March, May and in between September to December.
Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks designs the 10 days trip to Annapurna Base Camp Trek as a tea house trek where you stay in guest houses or lodges.
We begin our journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara Valley. With no exaggeration, Pokhara is one of the most stunning cities of Nepal. We will drive from Pokhara to Nayapul which is a picturesque one hour drive. Then, we walk through the pleasing oak and rhododendron forests, across gleaming streams and the terraced meadows of crops with the view of different attractive villages.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of the best ways to explore Nepal’s natural settings as well as low lying villages to high end-glaciers offering magical views of numerous snowy peaks. The sight of astonishing unparalleled mountain scenery surrounded by enormous glaciers makes your trek one of the most beautiful parts of your life.
Accommodation as per different standards of your choice in the City and simple Lodge or Tented Camp in Trekking
English speaking Trekking Guide & porter
All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standards ensured in Tour/Trek from start to end
Every day 3 Meals Trekking portions; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided
At the Camping Trek, our Cook prepares & the Tea House Trek will provide at local Lodge.
All fees on Trek
All the expenses of personal choices, drinks
Lunch and dinner in the City
All the Delay due to weather; situation beyond our control
Nepal Visa, (USD30 for 15days,) and Airport Tax, Tipping, etc.
All the expenses of personal nature, drinks
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will usher you to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and checked into the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara by driving 6 - 7 hrs in a tourist bus or a private car; depending upon the size of your group. Alternatively, you may fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which takes only half an hour. Then, you will sign in to the Hotel and you have the afternoon to yourself. You can go for sightseeing around the lakeside area or you can go boating at the Fewa Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, an hour drive from Pokhara and you will reach Nayapul (50km). After that you begin your trek from Birethanti (about 20 minutes to reach), a town near the Modi River. We continue our trek to Hille, then walk ahead to a big Magar Village called Ulleri. After Ulleri, the track crosses streams and mounts. On this day, you will trek about 3 to 4 hours and you will spend the night at the trekkers Lodge.
From Tikhedhunga, you start your trek crossing a stream on a suspension bridge, Burundi Khola. On top of the village, the track goes up through grazing lands and cultivated fields, all the way through rhododendron and oak forests. You, then reach Nangethanti where you can have lunch or take a short break. Then, you will leave for Ghorepani. It will be a trek of 5-6 hrs and overnight at a Lodge.
Trekking starts for Poonhill (3195m) with the help of your stick and flashlight early in the dawn. A beautiful sunrise will greet you on your way. After an hour, you reach Poon Hill and have breakfast. Then, you continuously trek to Tadapani for 6 hours. The path rises all along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali. You come down to reach Banthanti, after walking on the twisting way to Tadapani. Overnight at trekkers lodge.
Your path descends from Tadapani and Ghandruk falls in your way. There are fine views of the upper Modi valley. You walk on the long path up above the west bank of the Modi Khola, and reach the village of Chhomrong (2040m.) You can see the mighty peak of Annapurna South with Fishtail facing it across the valley towering above the village. Overnight at the tea house.
You start the trek through the forest to Kuldi Ghar leaving Chhomrong, the way goes steeply downward through a bank of rock and then settle down. You trek through riverside and bamboo woods along the base of the ravine. Eventually, the path winds up through the deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. Tonight at the hotel.
Today, our trek stays behind the west bank of the Modi River which is now flowing through a broader valley, and ultimately emerges into the Sanctuary. Walking ahead, you will see the towering lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi River follows a deep rock facing to the right. You arrive at Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3480m) from where you can witness an amazing panorama of mountains. You, either set your camp here or go on walking up to North West, staying the night over the glacial moraine.
From Annapurna South Glacier, today your trek begins on a wide grassy lane, prior to hiking over sideways moraine and downward to the stunning valley. You shortly arrive at the British Expedition Annapurna South Face Base Camp (4234m.) The paramount views are witnessed from the peak of the moraine which you tag on until it moves through by the glacier curving down from Himal Chuli to the north. Moving down, you follow the path to an enjoyable camp spot at Dovan, which is located on the boundary of the Sanctuary. Overnight in the Tea house.
As you depart from Dovan, the trail passes the small community of Khuldi Bikas, prior to moving to the alpine-style village. It takes around 5 hours to reach Jhinu Dada and here, you can enjoy the hot spring. Overnight at Trekkers Lodge.
A decent walk from Jhinu dada and after 5 hours, you reach the Gurung village of Landrung. Then, the trail comes across a pass before arriving at the small settlement of Pothana hanging high on a ridge. Tonight at a lodge.
Today is the last day of your Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. No more hikes from today. After Breakfast, two hours descending to Phedi from Pothana and an hr drive, you will arrive at Pokhara. You have the rest of the day to yourself. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
You have options to either take the roadway in a bus or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu after having breakfast. Afternoon in Kathmandu on your own, go shopping or hang around the city. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport. We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks, wish you a safe journey back home.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment are essential on all the routes that we have described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is the list of some recommended equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots; If it is brand new, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
2. Track shoes
A pair of track shoes; To wear in the camp or when the boot is wet.
A warm jacket; Fibre fills or down should be adequate. This is essential during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
4. Shirt and Sweaters
Woollen shirts and thick sweaters; these are essential during the winter season (December to February). Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A lightweight long sleeved t-shirt is suitable for avoiding sunburn.
A pair of trousers; Jeans are not suitable to wear on treks. Cheap, loose, cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof or waterproof trousers are required on all treks going above 10.0 ft.
A tracksuit is comfortable to wear in camp and in the tent. You want to add at least two pairs of loose fitting long shorts or skirts.
Thermal underwear is the best for sleeping during the winter.
8. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection. A sunhat having a wide brim should be used which covers your face and neck. A woollen hat is a must during winter.
9. Glove/ Sandal/ Socks
A pair of gloves; Leather with lining and woollen are best, 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in the camp and about 4 pairs of thin and 4 pairs of thick woollen socks are required accordingly.
10. Sleeping Bag
As you do not carry sleeping bags yourself, this can be either synthetic or down but it is a must for all 4 seasons. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there.)
11. Personal First Aid Kit
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
Equipments and Accessories :
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day. e.g. toiletries, camera, film towel, soap, boots etc.
c) Water bottle
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage
g) Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) Candles and lighter to burn toilet paper
k) Snow gaiters required during winter
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful as a sunshade and when it rains.
m) Trekking map, adequate number of passport photographs
Optionals: rubber bands, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, thermoses, an inflatable sleeping mat, etc.