Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek or simply ABC Trek is one of the well-known trekking trails recognized by trekkers not only in Nepal but also around the globe. It is also recognized as Annapurna Sanctuary & this trek begins from either Nayapul, Dhampus or Phedi from Pokhara.

ABC is located in the north-central part of Nepal encompassing chains of peaks including the 10th uppermost peak – Mount Annapurna. Annapurna - at an altitude of 8091 m along with 16 other peaks above 7000 m is also witnessed in this trek. This peak was first summited by a French voyage group led by Maurice Herzog in June 1950. The entire Annapurna is preserved by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) within the 7639 square kilometers range. It is the first and biggest conservation area in Nepal. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek commences from the gorgeous lake city of Pokhara. Our expedition initiates as we arrive Pokhara from Kathmandu and a short drive to Nayapul. Upon reaching the starting point of the trek, we go for a hike to a community by the Khudi River and Birethanti which lies at an elevation of 1000 meters above sea level. You will be hiking through the forests across numerous gorges, climb up to the small community of Hiley where we will halt for a night. The trail encompasses some traditional communities populated by many indigenous Nepal tribe plus Gurung, Magar, and Thakali.

There are various mountains with the dissimilar height of altitude of peaks such as Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail)  (6993 m), Mount Annapurna II (7939 m), Mount Annapurna III (7555 m), Mount Annapurna IV (7525 m), Mount Lamjung Himal (6986 m), Mount Hiuchuli (6441 m) plus hundreds of peaks in the Annapurna region.

ABC trek is an easy classic trek to the Annapurna region with a striking picturesque view of the snowcapped mountains. At the Annapurna Base Camp - early in the morning just before the sunrise, warming on the top of the Annapurna ranges progressively illuminating turning point with white top into an orange color - gives you an amazing picturesque sight of the Annapurna Mountain. On the trails - you can enjoy the attractive flora and fauna of more than 450 species of birds, animals like the marten, languor, deer and the exclusive snow leopard, Himalayan Thar and tiger residing above 3000 meters are found as well as cascading waterfall throughout the trail. 

Period of June to August is not suitable for ABC Trek as it is quite risky as the snow will be slippery due to the rainy season. So, Annapurna Base Camp Treks is only achievable during the month of September and November and also during the month of March to May. Our Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will provide you ample of facilities during the ABC trek by qualified trained guides and leaders making sure to keep your safety as the main priority. For furthermore inquiry of trekking in ABC, you can contact or email us.

 

ABC Trek - Day to Day Itinerary Summary - 16 Days

 

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing Kathmandu valley

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara on a Tourist Bus

Day 04: Drive to NayaPul and Start trek to Ulleri (2073 m)

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani from TikheDhunga(2856 meters), overnight at guest house

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m )& Trek to Tadapani (2630 m)

Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2020 meters)

Day 08: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan, overnight at guest house

Day 09: Dovan to Deurali (3200 meters), overnight at guest house

Day 10: Trek from Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700 m)

Day 11: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310 m) 

Day 13: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780 m), & also Take Hot Spring Bath  

Day 14:  Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul & Drive back to Pokhara

Day 15: Drive Back to Kathmandu

Day 16: Final Departure on a Private vehicle to International airport of Kathmandu.

ITINARARY



 

 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1338 m & 4390 feet)

We heartily welcome you to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport and completing all the custom/ visa formalities, you will spot our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking team at the exit gate. Then he/ she will greet you and drive you to the hotel. After checking in into the hotel - you can take rest or stroll around Thamel - Tourist Hub of Kathmandu. A welcome dinner will be served in a fine Nepali restaurant in the evening hosted by our company.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick up on a Private Vehicle.



 

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu & Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast, we will start by visiting several heritage sites of Kathmandu such as the ancient palace - Kathmandu Durbar Square. This is one of the oldest squares which was totally destructed by the massive earthquake occurred in 2015 but renovation is still going on to bring life to these structures.

Next, we will visit sacred Hindu temple known as the Pashupatinath temple. It is a prime Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. Built in the pagoda style and has a golden crown on top of it.

After that, we will visit the monkey temple of Kathmandu - i.e. the Swayambhunath temple. This site is a pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists. Finally, we will be visiting the Boudhanath stupa - the largest stupa in the world. Later in the evening, we will have a small trip meeting in Ganesh Himal Hiking team's office and discuss trip preparation including an introduction with other team members (if any) and the tour leader/ trekking guide.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu.



 

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m & 2690 feet)

Today we will drive approximately for 6 hours to Pokhara. During your drive to Pokhara - you will be enjoying the beautiful scenery with green valley, rivers, fields, ridges and small settlements; we will be riding on a tourist bus. We will stop for lunch in fine restaurants in between and within the next few hours, we will reach Pokhara - the beautiful lake city. Today you can enjoy in the tranquil Phewa Lake or wander around the Pokhara streets or get into a fine pub, restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star hotel in Pokhara.



 

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 m & 5051 feet)

Today our actual Annapurna Base Camp trek starts. We will drive for an hour to Nayapul from Pokhara & begin. Starting to trek for a while, we will reach a small town called Birethanti and from there we will be passing a suspension bridge, trekking through the bamboo forest with cascading waterfall to reach Tikhedhunga. Today we will be trekking approximately for 4-5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2860 m & 9380 feet)

We will have our breakfast at the teahouse where we spend overnight and continue our trek. Now onwards our trekking trails become quite challenging as we will be climbing approx 3000 stone stairs. On the way, we will get an excellent view of Mount Annapurna as then reach a small town named Ulleri. If you love watching birds - you may spot different birds on your trail. Continuing trekking - we will pass north side and then stop for lunch in Nangethati. Further trekking for a while - we will reach Ghorepani. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 06: Hiking - Poonhill (3210 m & 10531 feet), Trek to Tadapani (2630 m & 8626 feet)

Today we will wake up early and hike to Poon hill to get the picturesque sunrise views of the Himalayas including the ranges of Annapurna. It is very pleasing to watch such the sunrise views as the rays of sun reflecting on these snowcapped peaks. The peaks you can spot from this Hilltop are Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Machapuchre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Nilgiri including others. After spending some time in Poon hill taking pictures and enjoying the moment, we will head downwards through lovely forests and head to Tadapani. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170 m & 7120 feet)

Today we will be trekking to the low altitude because we will be descending down from Tadapani towards the Gurung village.  We will then be passing the waterfall by a suspension bridge and with few ascends and descends - we will reach Chhomrong. This splendid village is situated at the lap of Annapurna Himalayas with the tremendous views of Annapurna and other snowcapped peaks. Today we will be trekking approximately for 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 08: Chhomrong to Dovan (2600 meter and 6190 feet)

We will trek following the river and trekking downhill leads us to Chhomrong River. We will cross the river through a suspension bridge and ascend gradually to side valley via rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests. After continuing trekking, we will be cross dense forests and on the trail, also spot varied flora and fauna of the region. We then arrive at Dovan & today we will be trekking approximately 5 to 6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 09: Dovan to Deurali (3200 m & 10500 feet)

Today we will start our trek ascending via bamboo forests and continue our trek enjoying the splendid view of the valley, river and varied flora. We will have our lunch at Deurali at the foot of Modi Himal. After lunch - we will be hiking to the Machapuchre Base Camp Before hiking - we will be spending our night at Deuarali for proper acclimatization and on next day, we will head to Machapuchre Base Camp. Today we will be trekking approximately for 4 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 10: Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700 m & 12135 feet)

Today we will be crossing the Modi Khola through a small village and then ascend to strewn glacier valley. From here, we will be viewing the different sides of Machapuchre (Fishtail) mountain. After trekking for few hours following the Modi River, there we find some tea houses where we will spend our night. From here - the views of mountains are close, so - one can relish the view and take plenty of pictures. Today we will be trekking approximately for 3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 11: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m  & 13545 feet)

Today we won't be trekking for long as we are close to the Annapurna Base Camp which is our main destination and the main highlight of this trek. 

Within two hours of trekking - we will finally reach our destination. Reaching the base camp, you will feel like as if you are being bounded by different snowcapped peaks. Today we will trek approximately for 2 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310 m & 7576 feet)

Today we will wake up early in the morning and enjoy the sunrise views reflecting on the snowcapped peaks and spend some time clicking the best pictures. After that, we will be having our breakfast at a hotel and retrace back to Bamboo. We will walk downwards & it is not so tough but one should be careful with shaky legs. Continuing our walk through splendid glaciers, lush forests - we will finally reach the destination of the day - Bamboo. Today we will be trekking approximately for 6- 7 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 13: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780 m & 5840 feet)

Today we will be retracing back from where we began our trek. First, we head to Chhomrong via bumpy terrain and ascend for a while. After that, we will be heading down through abundant stone stairs & then cross the river. After several times ascending and descending - we will reach Jhinu Danda. Here at Jhinu Danda, we will relish hot spring bath and take rest for a while. After relaxing for a bit - we will be heading to the local tea house for a good night sleep. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Local Teahouse or Lodge.



 

Day 14: Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul and Drive back to Pokhara

Today we will be descending down from Jhinu Danda ascending via valley and heading down through lush forests. With few descends and ascends - we will reach Sauli bazaar and continue our trek further, we will arrive at Nayapul from where we take a ride to Pokhara. Today we will be trekking approximately for 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara.



 

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

Today we take a scenic drive to Kathmandu. Reaching the city, we will drive to the hotel and in the evening, Ganesh Himal Hiking team will be organizing a farewell dinner for successful completion of the trek. We will be arranging the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with Nepali food and Nepali cultural dance. Today our drive will take approximately 6 hrs from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Note: If you want to extend few more days exploring the beautiful Pokhara city as there are many sites to explore or you can also head to the Chitwan district to enjoy different sports activities like rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping and many more. So if you wish to extend more days - then let us know & we will arrange it for you.



 

Day 16: Final Departure & Airport Drop off

Today finally your trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp comes to an end; our representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be dropping you at the airport three hours prior than your scheduled flight. We hope that you had a great time with us and are satisfied with our services and we look forward to your next adventure trip.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.



 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Airport & Hotel transfers - Pick up and Drop off
  • Wellcome dinner on a fine Nepali restaurant with cultural program on your arrival day
  • Entry permits to Annapurna Conservation Area
  • TIMS permits
  • All supporting staffs (trekking guide and porters), as well as their necessary insurance, meals, and allowances
  • 3 meals per day and overnight accommodation in Hotel/lodge along the trekking trail
  • Tourist bus ticket to Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation according to the above plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Standard hotel
  • One map of Annapurna Base camp trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Farewell dinner at a famous restaurant in Thamel before your departure from Nepal

What is not included?

  • International Airfare & Airport taxes
  • Visa fee for Nepal
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, donation, tips, etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters
 

TRIP INFO



 

Hotel and Lodge on Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



 

Food and Drinks for ABC Trek:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



 

Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



 

Luggage/Backpack on the Trek:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



 

Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 



 

Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Annapurna Base Camp trek with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 12 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



 

Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



  

A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



 

Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your ABC trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number, ). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



 

Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of the ABC Trek is 15 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 15 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also may have an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.



 

Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

 

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

 



 

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 



 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 16 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Hiking & trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Guided Trip,Tea House Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 950

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec