• Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 15 Days

Activities: Trekking

Departure From: Kathmandu

Highest Point: 4130

Activity Level:

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 950

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

Best Season: Feb- May-Sep-Dec

Namaste ! Welcome to Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Accent Himalaya welcomes you all the fun and adventure-seeking travelers to this world famous walking route Annapurna Base Camp also popularly known as ABC or Annapurna Circuit Trek which leads you to the foothill of the Mount Annapurna (8091 m). It is situated at the elevation of 4135 m and trekking to Annapurna Base Camp lets you explore the mountainous and hilly region, the beautiful habitation of Nepalese indigenous and ethnic groups along with their hospitality. Mountain vistas along this route are extraordinarily striking and stunning.

Highlights

The supreme objective of the travelers walking through the trails of Annapurna Base Camp is to observe the beautiful mountain view of Mount Annapurna (8091 m), the 10th highest peak in the world. On the way to Annapurna Base Camp, at Pun Hill (3200 m) you can catch the splendid view of about 15 snowcapped mountains including Dhaulagiri I (8167 m / 7th highest), Manaslu (8156 m / 8th highest) and Annapurna I (8091 m / 10th highest).

Walking through beautiful rhododendron forest and observing cultures of Magar and Gurung ethnic people are other attractions of this trek. Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best trek even for the novice trekkers since this route has highly facilitated hotels and motels with good restaurants. The trails are comparatively easier than other treks in the mountainous region.

Summary

Accent Himalaya has its own package of 15 days trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. However, the flexibility of developing on the choice of the client is always open with us. In the package of Annapurna Base Camp trekking, the actual journey begins the next day with a 6 hours drive to a beautiful city, Pokhara from Kathmandu.

The first day, you will stay in Lakeside enjoying the beautiful scenery of Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre) (6993 m) and a lovely view of Fewa Lake. Evening walk in Lakeside is amazing with the city lights. The next day, after a short drive, you will reach Nayapul from where your actual trek begins. During your trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you will spend nights at Tikedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Chomrang.

The following morning you will hike up to Poon Hill from where you can gaze at magnificent mountain vistas. Soon after watching the enthralling mountain ranges, you will push yourself upward along the trails that lead you very close to Machhapuchchhre Base camp underneath the lofty Machhapuchchhre peak.

With a gradual hike, finally - you will set your steps at Annapurna Base Camp. Spending some best moments there to enjoy the mystic beauty of Mount Annapurna (8091 m), you will retrace your steps backward and on the way back at Jhinu danda where you will pause to take bath in natural hot water spring. Finally, you set your journey back to Nayapul, Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

If you are fun loving or a novice trekker, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp turns out to be the best around the world which can be beautiful and done easily.

Here we provide you the itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)

A representative from Accent Himalaya will pick you up from the airport and drop you to your respective hotel. In the evening, you will be invited to welcome dinner by Accent Himalaya where delicious Nepalese traditional and cultural food will be served. 

 

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Welcome Dinner

  Airport Pickup and Hotel Transfer in a Private Car

Day02: Kathmandu valley full day sightseeing

On this day, you will start preparation for your trip. Team leader and guide will provide further briefing if necessary. After this, you will be taken out for the city tour to visit the places of religious and cultural importance, most of which are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The major places to visit on this day are Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu Shrine in Nepal), Boudhanath Stupa (a famous Buddhist Shrine), Swayambhunath (also known as monkey temple), Bashantapur Durbar Square (Kathmandu Durbar Square), and much more.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Breakfast

  Sightsee Kathmandu in a Private Car

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200 km from Ktm)

In the early morning of the third day, you will catch the tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will travel along the Prithivi Highway alongside the Trishuli River. The bus stops twice; once for breakfast and one more time for lunch. After traveling for about 6 hours, you will reach the beautiful city of Pokhara from where you can see the amazing views mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail), etc. You will stay at a beautiful hotel in Pokhara and after dinner, you can enjoy the evening scene of Fewa Lake with a stroll along the Coast of Fewa Lake.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara

  Breakfast

  Tourist Bus from Ktm to Pokhara

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (42 km) and Trek to Tikedhunga, stay at a Guesthouse

On the fourth day after having breakfast, you will be driven to Nayapul from Pokhara where our actual trek begins. Our trek leader will guide you to every destination. From here, you will begin your trek to Tikhedhunga climbing up through the valley of Hile. Finally, you will reach Tikedhunga for the night’s rest. 

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  Pokhara to Nayapul in Private Car

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2853 m.)

After having breakfast on the fifth day, you will resume your trek gently ascending up to Banthanti through dark and thick Oak and Rhododendron forest. On the way, you can enjoy the fantastic views of two gigantic mountains; Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna. After a few hours walk from Banthanti, you will reach Ghorepani which is the most popular viewpoint in Nepal.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Visit to Poon Hill early in the morning and Trek to Tadapani (2520 m)

This day will be the most pleasant day as we start our hike to Pun Hill early in the morning. After walking for about 30 minutes, you will reach Poon Hill from where you can see the pristine view of the worlds’ highest mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre) Dhaulagiri and other (more than 10 peaks). This viewpoint is famous for panoramic views of mountains as well as the Sunrise. After spending some time there, you will walk down to Ghorepani and start the journey towards Tadapni.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (1920 m)

On this day, the trails go steeply downwards to reach the amazing Gurung village of Chhomrong. The trails descend to Kimrong stream through the thick and dark forest of Rhododendrons. Then your journey continues towards Chhomrong crossing some lovely Gurung villages. On the way you will be rewarded by the magnificent views of Mt Annapurna south, Himchuli, Mt. Machapuchre, and the virgin peaks all facing to the valley which is really impressive. Chhomrong is mostly populated by Gurung people, one of the popular indigenous ethnic communities of Nepal. The lodges and restaurants run by Gurung communities provide the best service to their customers. You will have a great chance to experience the perfect hospitality of the Gurung Communities.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2505 m)

The journey of your 8th day descends via a stone staircase and crosses the swaying suspension bridge over Chomrong Khola. Then you will descend to Modi Khola and cross the suspension bridge and trek up to Sinwadanda. Our trails pass through the thick, dark and silent Rhododendron and Oak forest up to Khuldighar. Then after descending to long steep and slippery stone staircase, deep bamboo, and rhododendron forest, you will reach Dovan.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4700 m)

On this day, you will climb to Deurali through the thick rhododendron and bamboo forest - reaching the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), which encourages you to walk through the touchable and lush green natural sceneries. On reaching MBC, you will be rewarded with the alluring views of the Mt Annapurna, Himchuli, Mt Annapurna 1st, Mt Annapurna 3rd, Mt Gangapurna and Mt Fishtail.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

You will see vegetation disappearing steps by steps on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. In this route, you can see the melting snow to form a glacier and a stream which flows through Annapurna Sanctuary. The view opens up once you reach the base of Mountain Annapurna. You will find yourself surrounded by the panoramic and splendid mountains around you. The major views are Mt Annapurna (including 1st, 3rd and south), Mt Fishtail, Mt. Himchuli and Barah Shikhar. Then after you will trek down to Deurali.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours

From the Annapurna base camp, we retrace our steps back to Bamboo forests. Today’s trek is downhill and descent, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up for more excitement and passion.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760 m & 5770 feet): 5 - 6 hours

From here, we have to trek uphill to Kuldighar and followed by a downhill to Chhomrong. We climb the stone steps to Chhomrong and then genteelly descend to Jhinu Dada.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Trek back to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

On this day, you will trek back to Nayapul from Ghandrung and then drive back to Pokhara. Now, you can start recalling your pleasant moments you spent during the trek.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara

  Breakfast and Lunch

  Nayapul to Pokhara

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu

On this day, you will return back to Kathmandu from Pokhara with an amazing drive alongside the Trishuli River via Prithivi highway on a tourist bus. After coming to the hotel in Kathmandu, you can go out for shopping or souvenirs if you like. In the evening, you will be invited to the farewell dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 15: Departure to the International Airport

On this very final day, one of the representatives from Accent Himalaya will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. Please do congratulate yourself for collecting life-long memory in your heart of  Nepal !

  Breakfast

  Airport Drop Off in a Private Car

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • Tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu - Pokhara, and Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at Hotel in Pokhara 
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • English speaking, well trained and experienced trekking guides, assistant guide(s) as per the group size and support team for luggage
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna Conservation Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Not Included in the Cost

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Porters if needed
  • Tips for guides and porters

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from (4 - 5) star hotels.

But once you set out for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited on the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Annapurna Base Camp Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 15 days package for Annapurna Base Camp Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Annapurna Base Camp trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Annapurna Base Camp trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept Pay Pal.

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