Annapurna Base Camp Trek is truly a classic trek. The area surrounding the impressive Annapurna massif is one of Nepal’s top trekking regions. On this trek, participants enjoy stunning views of some of the world’s highest mountains. The main peaks are Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre, also known as “Fish Tail” mountain (6,994m). The terrain varies, and trekkers will visit small villages, meet different ethnic groups, walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests, farmland and terraces to finally reach the high-alpine landscape surrounding Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 metres. The trek route passes Ghorepani, providing the opportunity to climb Poon Hill (3,193 m) to gain a unique panoramic view of the giants of the Himalayas.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp trek include:
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu: the Boudhanath stupa, and the Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath temples
- A bus ride along the scenic Trisuli River to the city of Pokhara
- Stunning rhododendron forests near Ghorepani
- A panoramic view of the sunrise over the 8,000 m giants of the Annapurnas from Poon Hill
- A view of the iconic and holy “Fish Tail” mountain – Machhapuchhre Base Camp
- The goal and climax of the trip: Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)
- Climbing the ridge above Annapurna Base Camp, near the majestic south wall
- Pampering sore muscles at the natural hot springs in Jhinudanda
- Relaxing on the shores of the beautiful Phewa Lake in Pokhara
A typical day on the Annapurna Base Camp trek:
The day begins with preparing your bag for the porters followed by breakfast. Breakfast is typically ordered the evening before in order to give the teahouse owner ample time to prepare. It is important to remember that the owners cook meals for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, the morning trek starts with short teahouse breaks. Around noon, we take a longer break for lunch. After lunch, we trek until we reach the destination for the day. In the afternoon, we reach the destination and are assigned rooms. The porters will have already delivered the heavy bags. We will order dinner, and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village we are visiting. At dinner, the guides will explain the expectations for tomorrow’s segment and provide practical information including what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. After dinner, you have free time to read a book, discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow trekkers and the guides, or enjoy a game of cards.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trek
Day 03: Bus drive to Pokhara and trek to Birenthanthi
Day 04: Trek to Ulleri
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong
Day 08: Trek to Himalayan Hotel
Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo
Day 12: Trek to Jhinudanda
Day 13: Trek to Pokhara
Day 14: A rest day in Pokhara
Day 15: Return to Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
Anapurna Base Camp Trek: Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport. Look for our representative holding a sign with your name. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of day to yourself to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.
Day 2: Day in Kathmandu
You will have the day in Kathmandu with time to do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Some notable sights include: Buddhist and Hindu shrines, the ‘monkey temple’ Swayambhunath and the great Boudhanath stupa in an area called Little Tibet. There is also the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River, where you can experience a traditional cremation ceremony. In the evening, you will be asked to join us at a restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine and where we will go through what to expect on the trek and provide some practical information for the trip.
Day 3: Bus drive to Pokhara and hike to Birethanti (1,050 m)
We leave Kathmandu at dawn to head west towards Pokhara where the trek begins. While it is a long drive, there is plenty to see along the way. The drive exposes trekkers to the traditional oxcarts and bicycles used for transportation, as well as the ornate, crowded buses and daredevil drivers.
We arrive in Pokhara early in the afternoon and will continue to the nearby village of Nayapul. Here, the porters take the heavy bags and our trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins. After about one hour of walking, we will reach the village of Birethanti (1,050 m), our destination for the day. Birethanti is located close to the glacial Modi Khola River.
Day 4: Trek from Birethanti to Ulleri (2,030 m)
We have an early start today. Birethanti is busy in the morning. The trail is paved with stones and stairs towards the end of the day’s trek. We start by climbing gently up the side of the valley towards Sudami, Hile and subsequently reach the village of Tikhedhunga (1,577 m). From here, the trail steepens and we climb to the village Ulleri – our destination for the day.
Day 5: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,800 m)
We leave Ulleri in the early morning hours and shortly find ourselves in a large rhododendron forest. In spring, this is a beautiful and colourful experience. The trail continues to climb steadily upwards, busy with mule traffic carrying rice and other items towards Mustang. Most of the afternoon will be spent walking in the rhododendrons. Near the end of the afternoon, we emerge from the forest at Ghorepani and the stunning Annapurna range comes into sight. The impressive peaks include: Dhaulagiri (1,168 m), Annapurna (8,090 m), Machhapuchhre (6,994 m) and Lamjung (6,893 m) just to name a few.
Day 6: Trek to the panoramic view from Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2,630 m)
A great adventure awaits today. It begins with a climb up Poon Hill (3,193 m). From this vantage, trekkers will be greeted by one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the Himalayas. We start before sunrise and hope for clear weather to properly enjoy the sunrise over the giants of the Himalayas. There are spectacular views of Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing east towards Tadapani. On this segment we summit a pass of 3,100 m where we will take a well-deserved tea break and spend some time above 3,000 m for acclimatization. The next 2-3 hours are spent descending along a river in a beautiful gorge. Before reaching Tadapani, we must climb for about 30-45 minutes. At Tadapani, we are rewarded with clear views of Annapurna South (7,219 m) and the characteristic summit of Machhapuchhre (6,995 m). The day is long but unforgettable.
Day 7: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,210 m)
The segment to Chhomrong is short. It will be a pleasant break after the programme of the previous days. The trek takes 4-5 hours. We walk through hilly terrain and cross the river several times. We take a detour to visit the Gurung village of Ghandruk. Upon arrival in Chhomrong, we have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the views.
Day 8: From Chhomrong to Himalyan Hotel (2,920 m)
We start early from Chhomrong and have a beautiful day’s trek ahead of us. We begin by crossing the river. From here, we climb through a bamboo forest and pass the villages of Sinuwa and Kuldighar (2,540 m). Near lunchtime we arrive at the village of Bamboo (2,130 m). After reclaiming some energy, we prepare our will for the afternoon climb. The trail becomes steep but the surrounding nature is truly impressive. Signs of rockslides are sometimes visible along the trail near Bamboo and Dovan but guides are experienced with detecting any potential danger to trekkers. We arrive at the Himalayan Hotel in the late afternoon and settle in for the night.
Day 9: Trek from Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m)
We have now entered the high-alpine landscape. About a one hour trek from the Himalayan Hotel, we pass Hinku Cave (3,170 m) and leave the bamboo forest to climb above the tree line. We move further up the valley between the peaks Hiunchuli (6,442 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). Finally, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3,700 m. We check-in at the teahouse and enjoy the breathtaking views for the rest of the afternoon. This camp offers an incredible full panoramic view of Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna III (7,560 m), Gangapurna (7,458 m), Hiunchuli (6,442 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m).
Day 10: Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)
The absolute climax of the trek – a beautiful day awaits. We leave early from Machhapuchre Base Camp and climb the last couple of hours to Annapurna Base Camp. Here, we are surrounded by majestic snow-clad mountains (in Sanskrit, ‘himalaya’ means ‘snow-dwelling’). We will spend the day in and around Annapurna Base Camp. For those who don’t want the climb to end, it is possible to climb to the ridge behind Annapurna Base Camp, where Chris Bonington led the first ascent of the impressive Annapurna South Wall.
Day 11: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310 m)
On the 11th day of Annapurna Base Camp trek, we descend from Annapurna into the valley to the village of Bamboo where we arrive early in the afternoon and enjoy the oxygen-thick air.
Day 12: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,750 m)
We continue our descent. The day starts with a steep descent followed by an equally steep ascent to reach Chhomrong for second time on the trip. Here we stop for lunch and it is a short hike to Jhinu Danda. After checking in at our teahouse, we walk down to the Modi Khola River, where you can enjoy a hot bath in the natural hot springs.
Day 13: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara
From Jhinu Danda we cross the river and walk via Syauli Bazaar to Birethanti where we started 10 days earlier. We walk the final, easy segment to Nayapul, where the bus takes us back to Pokhara.
Day 14: Relax in Pokhara
A day to relax after 10 days of Annapurna Base Camp trek. Today there is no programme, so you have the entire day at your disposal in Pokhara. Make sure you reserve some time to enjoy the picturesque Phewa Tal.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We drive back through the Nepalese traffic to Kathmandu, where we check-in to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to spend exploring Thamel, where you can get some final shopping done or just relax and enjoy one of the many restaurants.
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, full of memories of a wonderful Himalayan adventure.
The price for Annapurna Base Camp trek includes the following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- Trekking Permit fees
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price for Annapurna Base Camp trek does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Autumn and Spring are the best seasons for Annapurna base camp trek.
- Autumn (September, October & November)
- Spring (March, April & May)
The trek is also available during the winter session.
- December, January & February.