Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the supreme well-known trekking trails not only in Nepal but also around the world and it is furthermore recognized as Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking which outset from either Nayapul or Dhampus Phedi. This area is in north central part of Nepal encompassing chain of peaks that consist of the 10th uppermost peak in the world. Annapurna at an altitude 8091m along with 16 other peaks with 7000m heights are also witnessed in this trek. This peak constantly summated 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 7,639m kilometer square range. It is the first and biggest conservation area in Nepal.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek commence from the exquisite lake city of Pokhara. Our expedition initiates as we arrive at Pokhara 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) 6,993m, Mt. Annapurna 7,939m, Mt Annapurna III 7,555m, Mt. Annapurna IV 7,525m, Mt Lamjung Himal 6986, Mt Hiuchuli 6441m etc. plus hundreds of peaks in the Annapurna region. It 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 which will get you a picturesque sight of the Annapurna Mountain. During the trail you can enjoy the attractive flora and fauna more than 450 species of birds, animals like the marten, languor, deer and the exclusive snow leopard, Himalayan Thar and tiger above 3000 meters are found in this stunning area as well as cascading waterfall can be observed through your 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- March to May. Our GHHT Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will provide you ample of facilities during the ABC trek by making sure to keeping your safety as the main priority during the trek with qualified /trained guides and leaders of this trek. For furthermore inquiry of trekking in Annapurna Base Camp, you can contact or mail to our particular Agency of GHHT.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Day to Day outline Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley, O/N at Standard hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus.

Day 04: Drive to Naya Pool and start trek to Ulleri (2073meters)

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

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2020 meters)

Day 08: Trek to Dovan, overnight at guest house

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

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna base camp (4131 meters), overnight at guest house

Day 11: Trek back to Sinuwa, overnight at guest house

Day 12: Trek to Jhinu hill, overnight at the guest house, Today, we will take bath at natural hot water spring at Jhinu.

Day 13: Trek Back to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara, overnight at hotel

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus

Day 15: We will provide you private vehicle to Kathmandu International airport for your final departure.

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at 1,338 meter and 4,390 feet

We heartily welcome you to the Himalaya country Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport and completing all the custom/ visa formalities and at the terminal gate you will spot our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking team. Then he/ she will greet you and drive you to the hotel. After checking in into the hotel you can take rest or you can stroll around the Thamel area.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel

Meals are not included.


Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we will commence our trip where we will start by visiting several heritage sites of Kathmandu which are ancient Kathmandu Durbar palace square which is one of the oldest square which was totally destruct by the massive earthquake occur in 2015. Next we will visit sacred Hindu temple known Pashupatinath temple which is the prime Hindu temple and also this site is the cremations sites of Hindus. After that we will visit Swambhunath temple which is the site for Hindus and Buddhists in simply it is known as monkey temple. Finally we will be visiting the Boudhanath stupa which is the largest stupa in south Asia. Later we will have a small trip meeting in Ganesh Himal Hiking team and we will introduce you to our trekking guide and then we will prepare for our trek.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Breakfast is included.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara at 820 meter and 2,690 feet

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

Accommodation: Pokhara best hotel

Breakfast is included.


 Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga at 1540 meter and 5051 feet

Today our actual Annapurna base camp trek starts so, before that we will drive for one hour to Nayapul, from here we will began our trek. We will start our trekking and within a while we will reach at small town Birethanti and from there we will be passing the suspension bridge and trek through bamboo forest with cascading waterfall and then we reaches at Tikhedunga. Today we will be trekking approximately for 4-5 hours.

Accommodation: Local Tea house

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


 Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani at2860 meter and 9380 feet

We will have breakfast at Tea house where we spend our night and then we will continue our trek and from now onwards our trekking trails becomes quite challenging where we will be climbing approx 3000 stone stairs and reaches at Ulleri. On the way we will get the excellent view of mount Annapurna. If you love watching different birds you will spot on the trail while trekking. Continuing trekking we will pass north side and then we will stop for a lunch in Nangethati and then within a while we will reach at Ghorepani. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

Accommodation: Local Tea house


Day 06: Hiking -Poonhill at 3210 meter and 10531 feet, trek to Tadapani at 2,630 meter and 8,626 feet

Today early morning we will wake up early and hike to the Poon hill and from here one get the picturesque view of Himalayas including the range of Annapurna with the rays sunrise view.  It is very pleasing to watch such view the rays of sun reflecting on the snowcapped peaks. The mountain you will get to observe is mount Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Machapuchre- fishtail, Annapurna south, Nilgiri including with Himalayas. After spending some time in Poon hill we will head downwards through lovely forests and head to Tadapani. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Three times meals are included

Accommodation: Local tea house   


Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong at 2170 meter and 7120 feet

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

Three times meals are included

Accommodation: local tea house


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 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 we will spot varied flora and fauna and then we will arrive at Dovan. Today we will be trekking approximately 5 to 6 hours.

Three times meals are included

Accommodation: local tea house


Day 09: Dovan to Deurali at 3200 meter and 10500 feet

 Today we will start our trek ascending via bamboo forests and continue our trek enjoying the splendid view of valley, river and varied flora. We will have our lunch at Deurali which is situated at the foot of Modi Himal. After lunch we will be hiking to Machapuchre base camp so, 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.

Three times meals are included.

Accommodation: Local tea house


Day 10: Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp at 3700 meter and 12135 feet

Today we will be crossing the Modi Khola through small village and then we will ascend to strewn glacier valley. From here we will be viewing the different side of Machapuchre- fishtail mountain. After trekking for few hours following the Modi River and there we will find some tea houses and here we will spend out night. From here the view of mountain are close so, one can relish the view. Today we will be trekking approximately for 3 hours.

Three times meals are included.

Accommodation: Local tea house


Day 11: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meter &13,545 feet

Today we will be not trekking for long hours as we are close to Annapurna base camp also called it as Annapurna sanctuary which is our main destination and also the main highlight of the trek. Within two hours of trekking we will finally reach at our destination. Reaching at the base camp you will feel like you are being bounded by different snowcapped peaks. Today we will trek approximately for 2 hours.

Three times meals are included

Accommodation: Local Tea house


Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo at 2310 meter and 7576 feet

Early morning we will wake up and enjoy the sunrise view reflecting on snowcapped peaks and spend some time enjoying the view and clicking the best pictures. After that we will be having our breakfast at hotel and retrace back to Bamboo. After that we will walk downward as it is not so tough but one should be careful with your shaky legs. Continuing our walk through splendid glaciers, lush forests we will finally reach at bamboo. Today we will be trekking approximately for 6- 7 hours.

Three times meals are included.

Accommodation: Local Tea house


Day 13: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda at 1780 meter and 5840 feet

Today we will be retracing back where we begin our trek from first we head to Chhomrong via bumpy terrain and ascend for awhile. After that we will be heading down through abundant of stone stairs then we will e crossing the river. After several time ascending and descending we will reach at Jhinu Danda. We will relish hot spring and take rest for awhile. After relaxing we will be heading to the local tea house for good night sleep. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Three times meals are included.

Accommodation: local tea house


Day 14: Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara

Today we will be descending down from Jhinu Danda unless we get to see the stream and from there we will ascend via valley and head down through lush forests. With few descends and ascends we will reach at Sauli bazaar and continue trekking we will arrive at Nayapul and from here we take a drive to Pokhara. Today we will be trekking approximately for 5-6 hours.

Three times meals are included.

Accommodation: Pokhara hotel.


Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

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

Breakfast and dinner are provided.

Accommodation: Kathmandu hotel

 Note: like if you want to extend few days exploring the beautiful Pokhara city as there are many cultural sites is there to explore or you can also head to Chitwan district and do different sports activities like rafting, paragliding, bunjee jumping and many more are there to experience so, if you wish to extend more days then let us know we will arrange the trip for you.


Day 16 – Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop

Today finally you Annapurna base camp trek come to an end; our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be dropping you at the Tribhuvan International airport three hours prior than your flight schedule. We hope that you had a great time with us and are very much satisfied with our services and we look further for your next adventurous trips.

Breakfast is included.


 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

 

  • Airport transfers pick up and drop
  • Well come dinner on tropical Nepali restaurant with culture 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 on famous restaurant in Thamel before you departure from Nepal

 

What is not included?

 

  • International airfare
  • Nepali visa fee
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, donation, tips etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters (it is expected)

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 15 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 15 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment

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: 15 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Hiking & trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

Trip Grade:

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

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