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Quick Facts

  • Duration:15 Days
  • Trek Style:Hiking and trekking
  • Group Size:2+
  • Location:Aanapurna conservation area
  • Trek Starting Point:Phedi
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:tea house / Lodge during trek
  • Max-Altitude:4130 m
  • Transportation:Private vehicle & Domestic Flight
  • Trek Ending Point:Dhampus
  • Departure from:Kathmandu

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular moderate nature trekking trails. This trail has been attracting anyone’s attention through its geographic diversity including breathtaking landscape, panoramic view of snow-capped peaks of the great Himalayas such as Annapurna-I (8091 m), Annapurna-II (7937 m), Annapurna-III (7555 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Machhapuchhre (6998 m) and Gangapurna.

Scenic river banks, picturesque forest valley, Hindu and Buddhist temples, culturally rich traditional villages of ethnic communities of Magar, Gurung, Ghale, Thakali, and their hospitality are some of the highlights of this trekking route.


The name suggests, the centerpiece of this part of Nepal is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8,000 m peaks to be climbed. Also included in this region is yet another 8,000 m giant, Dhaulagiri, which is located west of Annapurna I. Between these two mountains lies the valley of the Kali-Gandaki  River, the deepest gorge in the world.


Trekkers encounter the interesting Thakali people in this region. They are known for being good in business ventures and their home cooking is relished by both tourists. Lush view, fertile farmland and undisturbed natural forest, snow-capped mountains, and encounters with a mixture of many ethnic communities, all add up to a diverse range of experiences that make the Annapurna trek one of the most satisfying treks in Nepal.


Annapurna region is the most diverse and popular trekking area in Nepal. From the full three-week Annapurna Circuit, which stretches into the historic Mustang region to short three-day treks, Mardi himalPoon hill trek suitable for everyone here.

 
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Oxygen level at different altitude.

Highlights:

☛ Breathtaking views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (fishtail) and the Annapurna range.
☛ Lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks.
☛ Numerous perennial rivers and suspension bridges.
☛ Experience true local hospitality in authentic Gurung villages.
☛ Learn about local Gurung, Magar communities, their culture, and lifestyle.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Morning wake-up and breakfast in the hotel.
Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming Annapurna base camp trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.
After that, we then do Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple, and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get a TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.
Overnight at Hotel.
To start our trekking, we wake up early in the morning, take our breakfast in the hotel and drive to Pokhara in a tourist coach. We take our lunch for the day on the way to Palpa Resort. Upon arrival at Pokhara transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we do some leisure activities around Phewa Lake and do final
preparation for the trekking.
Overnight at Hotel.
Alternative: You can also take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The duration of the flight is about 30 Minutes. One-way flight costs around 125 USD per Person. We can make a flight reservation for you. Please let us know.
Early morning, we take a 30 min drive to Phedi from Pokhara. The start of the trail heads up the hill on a set of steps across the road. The main part of Dhampus valley is on the top of the ridge, more than 500 m above. The trail climbs to a rhododendron forest and passes to Pothana (1990 m). The view of Machhapuchhare (6997 m) is excellent from here. The trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolka.
Overnight in a teahouse lodge.
After breakfast, we walk through the nice terraces of a beautiful Gurung village to Landruk and Jhinu. We pass through some beautiful rhododendron forests and beautiful terraces to Chhomrong village. We can experience the spectacular view of the mighty Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail mountain) throughout our trek. Chhomrong is a beautiful village with lots of Lodges with good facilities. Chhomrong is a gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. Upon arrival at Chhomrong, we end our day in a teahouse lodge.
We trek downhill to the river called Chhomrong and then uphill to Khudi-Ghar. Hiking through dense bamboo forest and rhododendron bushes, amazing landscapes, and the Annapurna Himalaya range, the trail will take us to our final destination of the day, the Himalaya Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, our day starts by climbing the route onwards Himalaya Hotel. On the way, we can explore the Hinku cave. After lunch, the trail will continue to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp for an overnight stay, where we can have the closest glimpse of Machhapuchhre along with Annapurna-I and Gangapurna.
Overnight at Hotel.
On this day, we will explore the beauty of the Annapurna region. It’s time to ascend to the highest point of the trek. We start our journey to Annapurna Base Camp. Located at an altitude of 4131 m above sea level, Annapurna base camp is the starting point for climbing Mt. Annapurna I, the tenth highest mountain in the world which is also among the most dangerous. We can enjoy a spectacular view of mountains like Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Barah Shikhar (7800 m), and Machhapuchhare.
Overnight in a teahouse lodge.
After spending a wonderful time in Annapurna Base camp, it’s now time to return back. We head back to Bamboo, a picturesque village along the route.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we start our trek to Chhomrong. We hike down to Chhomrong enjoying lovely views of Annapurna South and other mountains.
Overnight at Hotel.
From Chhomrong we march along the mountainous path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then come across a dense forest of bamboos. Our trek won’t stop here. After trekking for a while, we approach to tea-houses at Jhinu, where we rest and enjoy drinks or snacks. Thereafter, we resume our trek to the north, descending Daaulu and after walking for five hours we reach Chhomrong, which is the best place to observe the prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. Arrive at Landruk.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we start our trek to Dhampus. We enjoy the beautiful surroundings and a pleasant walk to Dhampus.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we do explore the Dhampus area and do a small trek in the area. After that, we drive back to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we can visit the lakeside area and do some leisure activities.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we end our beautiful trek and drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist coach. We arrive at Kathmandu in the evening, where we have some time for leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
Alternative: You can also take a domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The duration of the flight is about 30 Minutes. One-way flight costs around 125 USD per Person. We can make a reservation for you.
Please let us know.
After breakfast, a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes

 

Optional Add-Ons:
  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case if you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip).

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Travel and rescue insurance (Mandatory: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section

Fixed-Departure / Group trekking

 

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Availability Book
1 March, 2021 15 March, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
14 April, 2021 29 April, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
16 April, 2021 29 April, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
18 April, 2021 01 May, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
20 May, 2021 03 May, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
21 Sept, 2021 04 Oct, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
24 Oct, 2021 07 Nov, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
27 Nov, 2021 10 Dec, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry
29 Nov, 2021 12 Dec, 2021 US$ 900 Available Inquiry

 

Annapurna Base Camp trek elevation map 2021
Annapurna Base Camp trek elevation map

FAQs: Annapurna Base Camp trek

Spring: Mid-February to May
The temperature during this season varies from 15 °C to a maximum of 25 °C during sunny days, a minimum of -5 °C in the morning and at night, normally for areas above 4000 meters. Spring is the second busiest season in Nepal for trekking in the Annapurna region.
Autumn: September to Mid-December
The temperature during Autumn (fall) varies from 15 °C to a maximum of 20 °C during sunny days and a minimum of 5 °C in the morning and at night. The Autumn season is considered the best trekking season in the Annapurna region.
Winter: December to February | Monsoon: June to August
The temperature during winter is freezing cold in the morning and at night reaching up to -8 °C but the temperature during the sunny day can rise up to 18 °C. Monsoon (Summer) brings lots of rainfall to Nepal. The trails are usually slippery, muddy and sometimes there are landslides too.
For more details, see: Trekking season in Nepal
We normally get fresh and hygienic local food during our trekking which is recommended. You can see different types of cuisines but local food is recommended and fresh. Our guide will help you choose and serve fresh food and drinks.
Yes, it is also possible to buy a bottle of mineral water in this trekking region. Most tea houses and restaurants have the facility of bottled water or purified water. But the price of everything goes on increasing with the increase in height. If you don’t want to buy water, there are abundant sources of water on the trail and tea houses where you can fill up your bottles and use water purification tablets, water filters, or boiled water from the lodge. Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water which is safe. Our guide will provide you all the necessary information about drinking water during the trek. It is also important to consult the guide before drinking the water from any open and unknown sources like rivers or taps.

Travel insurance is a prerequisite for booking any services with us. You must have at least one emergency and repatriation insurance that covers the cost of medical bills and rescue caused due to any unforeseen circumstances while on the mountain. We will ask for a copy of your travel insurance during the booking process. Please read our terms and conditions carefully. In particular, you need to ensure that your travel insurance covers the following requisites:
1) All kinds of Activities like tourism, trekking, or mountaineering
2) height above 5000 m while trekking
3) Evacuation by helicopter in an emergency

It is important to understand that you will bear the cost of evacuation and repatriation procedures and that it is your responsibility to pay for evacuation or medical treatment. You need to be fully aware of the implications of your travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. Please note that under certain circumstances, in the event of a medical emergency, our company manager may initiate helicopter rescue (or other necessary operations) without first obtaining approval from your insurance company. So please make sure you have reliable and adequate travel insurance for this trip.

Normally, we walk about 6-7 hours daily. But depending on your fitness level, the daily hiking hours may differ. Walking downhill is much easier and faster at a high altitude than walking uphill. Above the height of 4000 m hiking is usually tough and the pace will be slower.
Well, a hot shower is available but you have to pay for it but a cold shower is normally free. However, as taking frequent showers at high altitudes might catch a cold, we suggest you take less showers above 4500 m.

Well, a shorter trek in the Annapurna region is easier than longer trekking. Long trekking routes like Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit require a better standard of fitness level. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking in Annapurna trekking. The hike is relatively easy for those who have already hiked at higher elevations. We gently ask you to jog and exercise regularly for at least a few months before you start your hike. Previous hiking experience would be a bonus, but no technical knowledge is required for this trip.

It is also important that you consult your doctor before booking the hike. Participants with existing illnesses such as heart, lung, and blood diseases must also inform us before booking this trek.

Teahouse trekking means we will stay overnight and have food at the teahouse lodges available in the area. Mountain teahouses have basic but comfortable beds. The bathroom and shower room are normally outside which we have to share with other guests.
Well, we serve you a normal seasonal meal available in the teahouses, which is local, fresh, and hygienic. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. We mainly served local foods of Nepal and sometimes basic continental and western meals.
The good news is that most days on the trek, at least in some places, you can get cell phone coverage. If you want to make multiple calls, we can help you organize your own SIM card in Nepal. Wi-Fi is available in some tea houses for an extra charge. Wi-Fi is often slow, but it is usually good to check your emails or write a WhatsApp message. If you buy a SIM card in Kathmandu, you generally have 3G in the same teahouses that have the Internet, and it’s often faster and cheaper.
You can purchase a 2 GB SIM card in Kathmandu for about $15. You need your passport and a passport photo to apply for the SIM card. Ask one of our staff for assistance. Some places in Thamel will try to overcharge you, so be careful.
If you are hiring a porter then he will carry your personal belonging. You can visit our Trekking packing check list for an idea of what you have to bring on the trek. You carry only our personal valuable goods with you in your day-pack. You can store your unnecessary items at our hotel in Kathmandu, which will be securely stored. A small day-pack usually contains a fleece jacket, waterproof, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle, first aid kit, camera, and water purification tablets, etc.
In case we get altitude sickness symptoms, we descend to lower elevation or use first aid or other medication to recover. If the condition gets worse, we ride downhill either with a horse/pony or evacuate by helicopter to transfer to the nearby hospital.
For details, please see: Basics of Trekking in Nepal

A trip to the Himalayas is adventurous and exciting due to its beautiful scenery. However, there are also some risks of altitude sickness, food poisoning, and health issues such as muscle cramps and fever during trekking. To encounter such problems and to ensure the maximum safety of our guests, our guides and ground staff undergo regular training. Our guides are well-trained in providing basic first-aid services and carry the first-aid kit with key medicines and equipment at all times. We are well equipped to take you safely to the Himalayas and bring you back safely.

In addition, we provide adequate information regarding health, physical exercise, etc. to our guests long before their arrival in Nepal, so that they can do proper preparations for their upcoming trekking.

If you need to be evacuated, your trekking guide will coordinate the evacuation of the helicopter with our office in Kathmandu. Almost every insurance company requires prior approval. Altitude problems account for almost all of our evacuations and generally as soon as the trekker reaches Kathmandu they feel better. Even if you feel better after arriving in Kathmandu you will need to go to the CIWEC hospital and pay $100 for a medical report.

You will not be approved for insurance without the proper medical report. We will help you with any documents that you require to make your insurance claims.

We advise you to get some Nepalese currencies equivalent to USD 350 – USD 400 to pay for your extra expenses such as bar bills, hot showers,s, etc. Most major currencies are usually accepted but it is always better to have some local currencies (Nepalese Rupees) with you.
We recommend you to book your trip a few months in advance to ensure quality services like good transportation, good hotels, and teahouse lodges. The hotels and lodges are full, especially during the high trekking seasons. Therefore, your early booking would be an immense help for us for all the logistic process. However, we also take late and last-minute bookings.
We have simple booking and payment terms. After you finalize your trip with us, we will send you a booking form, which you need to fill up and send it back to us. As a deposit, we will then ask you to pay 5% – 10% of the total trip cost in advance via international bank transfer, Paypal, or bank transfer to our representative in Germany. We will provide you all the details during the booking process. Once we receive the booking payment, the booking process will be finalized, which we will confirm via email. You can pay the remaining dues on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Yes, our field staff and trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas are well insured. It’s the company’s policy to provide good health and life insurance to all the members.

We recommend a tip of about 10% – 15% of the trekking price to be divided between the head guide and the porters. Tips are part of the culture in Nepal and are greatly appreciated. Some members of a group may decide to pool their tips together or guests may choose to manage it individually. Tips are usually given at the end of the trek. We usually have a small farewell dinner on the mountain, where guests often buy their porters a meal or a drink. This is a great opportunity to know your porter with whom you may not have interacted much during the trek. This dinner is voluntary but appreciated by the team. When you get back to Kathmandu or Pokhara, we will invite you for a farewell dinner from our side.
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