There are very fewer treks that take you closure to a higher altitude of 7000-8000m like the Annapurna base camp does in a very short period. This is one of the short treks that take you across the cultural and natural beauty of the country, encountering the various landscapes and higher massifs on your way. This trek is full of surprises, and you will always be wondering what comes next. This suspensive nature of this trek makes it more exciting and wonderful. Even though we travel to a higher altitude with a moderate level of difficulty, but the outstanding view of the exhilarating peaks that surround the Annapurna massif undoubtedly leaves you spellbound, making this Annapurna base camp trek the most desirable one among others.
Mount Annapurna is one of the tenth highest mountains in the world lying at an altitude of 8091m. The base camp will let you witness the other higher mountains about 5000m height like Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna south, tent peak, Ganga Purna, Hiunchuli, and mount Machhapuchhre. Not only that, this trek is the combination of natural with cultural diversity leading you to the villages of Nepal like Ghandruk, Chomrong, Dhampus, and many others taking you closure to the Nepali culture and their tradition.
The trail followed by all the rhododendrons and the greenery along its way is just breathtaking. The richness of flora and fauna of Nepal is shown by this only trek making you fall in love with this. Throughout the journey, from the foothills of the mountain to the base camp of the snow giant, travelers experience diverse landscapes tangled together with the cultural diversity as well as the lush greenery, which makes Annapurna Base Camp Trek more heavenly.
Wandering around Gurung villages of Annapurna region
Walking along with the lush, beautiful forests of rhododendron and oaks
Encounter Pennerial rivers and suspension bridges along the way
Glimpses of rural Nepalese lifestyle
Delicious Nepelease food -Daal Bhat
Stunning view of mt. fishtail (Machhapuchre) and Annapurna massif
Spending night beneath the shadow of Annapurna at base camp
- Free International and domestic Airport pick-up and drop by car
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by A/C well-managed bus
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including fresh fruit in the evening
- Trekking lodge accommodation during the trek
- Annapurna conservation area permit
- Wide-ranging medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- Arrangement of Emergency service, which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
- Sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking poles (should be returned after the trip is completed)
- Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap as a souvenir after trek completes
- Adventure certificate at the end
- Government taxes and official expenses
- Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate (Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
- Annapurna base camp trekking map
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ persons
- Farewell dinner at Nepalese restaurant with dance and music
- Hotel and meal in Kathmandu (Except provided welcome/Farewell dinner and Breakfast)
- Your Travel and medical insurance
- International airfare
- Your expenses
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek (i.e., those you choose to buy on the way to the tea houses)
- All desserts, sweets like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding, etc
- Hot shower and battery charging during the trekking
- Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected)
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
This will be your first day in Nepal when you will reach to Tribhuvan international airport from your hometown for the trekking towards Annapurna base camp .we will be sending you our staff to pick you up from the airport and let you reach safely to the hotel. You need to make check-in to the hotel you will be staying on, and after you did so, you are free to chill at a hotel room or wander outside, it's just your choice of what you wanted to do.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparing for next day Annapurna base camp trip
Since Annapurna base camp trek takes you to a higher altitude you ever been on, so you need to do preparations so that you can be safe throughout the journey. Hence we have separated our second day where we make arrangements for your safe trek and let you know what things you need to carry and what not. After that, the rest of the day is yours; whatever you wanted to do is your choice. You can roam around the valley doing shopping or watching the UNESCO listed heritage, or just food hunts the Nepali food or just chill around the places or gullies of the valley. Whatever you do during your day, make sure to return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Drive or fly to Pokhara (950m)
This is about a 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu valley, however, only 30 min flight away from Kathmandu valley. If you don’t want to get tired enough, the most comfortable way to get there is taking a flight from Kathmandu; however, if you wanna go slow, enjoying all the beauties along your way, make sure you walk along the ride we arrange for you. After you reach the destination, you can roam around the lakeside area for a peaceful stay, and our stay will be at Pokhara for the rest of the night.
Drive to Naya pul (1100 m) and trek to Ghandruk (1951m)
From Pokhara, we will be driving upto Nayapul. It’s almost 6 hours drive from pokhara.and then our trek will start above the George of Modi Khola. We are sure enough to encounter the greenery and the tea houses along with the beautiful villages along the trail. We will be crossing lush greenery via Birethanti, Kimche, and Chane until we reach the beautiful Gurung village, Ghandruk, where we will be spending our night for the day.
Trek to Chomrong (1951m)
It’s a six trek ride from Ghandruk where you continue walking all along the higher cliffs of the rhododendron forests. Still, after we reach Kimrong, our trail will descend to a Gurung village where you can get a chance to know more about the Nepalese culture mostly Gurung . after walking for a while through the forests we will reach to Chomrong which is a gateway to Annapurna sanctuary inhabited by the people of Gurung community. We will be spending our night at Chomrong that day from where we can get an outstanding view of Machapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna south.
Trek to Dovan (2130 m) via Bamboo (2050 m)
This trek towards Dovan is much easier compared to others because it's not so steep, and we will move towards Dovan through the bamboo village following the Modi river upstream,. We will be encountering thrilling bridges, bamboo trees, and, most importantly, the views of the mountains with the sound of the river silently pouring your ears. We will get closure to Hiunchuli and Annapurna south while at Dovan. The night we will be spending at Dovan.
Trek to Machhapuchre base camp (3720 m)
As we move forward towards the Machapuchree base camp, we will encounter Deurali, where the best view of Hiunchuli. Furthermore, we will be descending, and then the trail will ascend back to reach the Machhapuchre base camp. The Machapuchree base camp will make you feel like a dream come true when you will be surrounded by the Annapurna ranges where we will be spending the night.
Trek to Annapurna base camp (4130 m)
Now we will be walking a happy heart beneath the high mountains with a goal of reaching our final destination, Annapurna base camp. You will be delighted by the views of the mountains that shine like the diamonds welcoming you at your best and worst. You will be viewing the spectacular views of Annapurna south, Huinchuli, Machapuchhre, Annapurna I, and many other snow-covered peaks. Overnight stay at the same place.
Trek to Bamboo (2345 m)
After we have reached our destination and witnessed the immense beauty of the snow-covered peaks at the higher altitude, its now time to get back to the place where you started your trek from. So today, we will be descending to bamboo village encountering the same scenic beauty of the village. We will be following the same trail that we took before that will take about 6 hours to complete our journey back to bamboo from Annapurna base camp. You should be very careful while descending as the path might get risky and slippery. Continuing the trail, we pass Modi Khola and arrive in Deurali. Walking ahead through Hinku Cave, Himalaya, and Dovan, we finally arrive in Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
Trek to Jhinu dada (1700 m)
We continue to walk along the same trail as we did before until we reach to Chomrong. This trek will take about 6 hours to reach to Jhinu dada from bamboo finally. After that, the trail starts to descend slowly; we reach a hot natural spring where you can even take a bath. Continue your walk after that until you finally reach to Jhinu dada, this will be the place where we will be spending our night an then start our day tomorrow with new energy.
Trek to Potana (1900 m)
Continuing our walk after a stressfree night towards Potana. Before we reach this place, we will be encountering no terraces and streams on the way until we reach Gurung village at Landruk. Following the trail covered by all the rhododendrons making you feel like the rainbow walk with all the different colors sparkling will make your heart jump with joy. Without thinking a second, if we keep enjoying the beautiful forests covered by the blossoms of rhododendrons and oaks trees, we are sure enough to reach to our destination Potana on time. Potana will be our final spot for today, where we will be having our dinner and making our peaceful stay to reduce the tiredness of the trekking.
Trek to Dhampus (1530 m ) -2 hr walk to an hour drive to Pokhara
A 2 hours journey from Potana is the Dhampus that is at an altitude of 1530m. As you have noticed, we are finally descending from the altitude of 4000+ to 1000, reaching closure to our final destination. The trail is almost covered by forests, and the place is covered by Gurung people known for their hospitality. They will treat you like you are their own family, and this will warm your heart like nothing else. After a non-tiring trek to Dhampus, we walk towards the Pokhara city where we will be staying for today, keeping memories of the high Himalayas still seen from this place.
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu
Now its time for a goodbye. We will be moving back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, whereas usual, you can either take a flight or a bus ride; everything is worthy. As you reach Kathmandu, it's your choice to chill or hangout to explore the city. Taking a personal guide or walking independently, everything is fine, but make sure you return to the hotel for your night stay on time so that your next day will be active and beautiful.
The worst yet beautiful time of the trek is the departure. Now its time we take leave. We will take you to the international airport from where you will get a flight back to your homeland taking all the memories of the trip and cherishing them forever. Make sure you visit Nepal all over again with more friends and family.