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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking has got few different routes. Some routes are longer where some routes are shorter. This itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek is prepared without heading to Ghorepani and Poon Hill. For people coming to this heavenly place, this trek offers high mountain scenery with contrasts to the plain rice paddies, sparse jungles of bamboos and stunning snowy peaks. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is the perfect up close and personal trail with the Himalayas Mountains, the base camp is surrounded by spectacular Himalayan peaks. Imagine the scene of a few houses dominated by a complete ring of Himalayas; that is a picturesque view of the Annapurna Base Camp. All these await the trekker at the gate between Fishtail and Hiunchuli peak. There are several established lodges on the way, so it is practical to trek light. The trail has numerous ascends and descends en-route but offers amazing landscape views. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the treks liked by many travelers in the world. Every year huge number of trekkers go to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is a moderate trekking route suits for beginners to experienced trekkers looking for outstanding trekking experiences in the Himalayas!

Total Duration : 13 Days

Difficulty : Leisurely to Moderate

Highest Altitude : 4,130M / 13,549FT

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city

Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city

Transportation : Public / Private Vehicles

Best Months : February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Group Size : 01 to 12 People

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310M / 4,297FT), transfer to Hotel (30 minutes drive)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas!

We will happily welcome you in Kathmandu International Airport and drive you to your designated hotel. You can get fresh and explore the city and explore local markets on your own. In the evening you will meet your trekking guide to have trip discussion.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (820M), explore lakeside in the evening (7 Hours Drive)

Based on the itinerary you will either take tourist bus, private vehicle or flight to Pokhara. The drive is scenic throughout the countryside of Nepal. The flight is even more scenic over the Himalayan peaks. You will enjoy a beautiful day in Pokhara and get ready for the trek next day. Pokhara is the city of lakes and mountains.

Day 03: Drive to Dhampus Phedi, trek to Dhampus (1,770M)

Wake up with fresh air in Pokhara and enjoy your breakfast before you start the drive to Phedi (about 30 minutes). The trekking trail starts with steep climbing for more than an hour. You will need to climb gentle uphill for about 2 hours before you reach Dhampus village. Dhampus village will give some impressive mountain views.

Day 04: Trek to Tolka (1,850M)

You will start another day in the fresh air. Take your breakfast in the lodge, then start gentle climbing to a small pass. From here the trail descends to Pothana (1,890M) where we will stop for lunch. The trail continues through remote villages of Deurali, Bheri Kharka and Bhichowk before we reach Tolka for overnight stay. It's a beautiful day and a natural walk.

Day 05: Trekking to Chhomrong (2,170M / 7,119FT - 4 Hours)

Enjoy your breakfast in Tolka. You will commence our trek with small downhill walk and another gentle climbing to Landruk village. You have another descending inside beautiful green forests and towering waterfalls. Once you cross the Modi Khola (stream) you will reach New Bridge and shortly reach another village; Jhinu. From Jhinu Danda it's nearly 2 hours steep climbing where Chhomrong will be waiting for your arrival. Chhomrong is gateway to Annapurna Base Camp and is known as a Gurkha village. Enjoy beautiful views of Annapurna South (8091M) and Hiunchuli (6441M) from here.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2,510M / 8,234FT - 5 Hours)

It's another day with lots of ups and downs throughout the trail. You will first descend to Chhomrong Khola (stream), cross it and start ascending towards Sinuwa. Sinuwa is situated on top of a hill where you will take your lunch. Once you have lunch we will continue the trek towards our destination. The trek starts with flat trail inside beautiful green forests then descends to Bamboo (2,340M). It's one more hour of gentle ascending to Dovan. This is a small village on the bank of Modi Khola, primarily focused on businesses.

Day 07: Trek to Deurail (3,230M / 10,597FT - 6 Hours)

Here you come with short, steep and beautiful walk towards Deurali. Once you start ascending the Himalayan peaks also comes nearer to you. No doubt it is a difficult day but the beauties of nature makes you forget the tiredness. The route between Dovan and Himalayan Hotel (2,870M) is steep. You will stop here for lunch before commencing second part of the trail to Deurali for overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp also known as Annapurna Sanctuary (4,130M / 13,549FT - 5 Hours)

We pass through beautiful high alpine forests along with beautiful Himalayan views of snowy peaks. The walk through several spots known for avalanches is not less adventurous and challenging. If it is a trek in monsoon season we may need to find the alternative way to protect ourselves from avalanches coming from the top of the hills. Walking uphill for some hours we will reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp; a place surrounded by peaks in 360 degrees. The place offers views of several Himalayan peaks. The trek here becomes challenging both because of uphill walk and high altitude. Climbing further from Machhapuchhre Base Camp we may head towards Annapurna Base Camp where you will be surrounded by snow-capped white peaks from every side. It's the place with few lodges and magical / outstanding views. Enjoy your beautiful evening on this heavenly place.

Day 09: Trek back to Bamboo (2,340M / 7,677FT - 5 / 6 Hours)

Enjoy our last morning in the high Himalayas before we follow the same route to reach Bamboo. You can enjoy taking pictures and watching sunrise over the Himalayas before getting the breakfast. From here we will descend down via Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya Hotel and Dovan to reach Bamboo for another night.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu (1,780M / 5,839FT - 5 Hours)

The trail from Bamboo to Jhinu is same as we followed on earlier days. From Bamboo we will start the walk after short climbing before we reach Khudi Ghar. From Khudi Ghar the trail slowly drops down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa the trail again goes down until we cross Chhomrong Khola from where another uphill walk to Chhomrong village starts. From Chhomrong village we will have to do a sharp descend down to Jhinu. Here if time permits then you can enjoy natural hot spring bath.

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul (1,070M / 3,510FT), drive to Pokhara (820M)

Probably, this is the easiest day during the whole trek. The trail from Jhinu to Nayapul is mostly flat followed by Modi River.The trail passes through New Bridge, Kyuimi Village and Syauli Bazaar, Chimrong and Birenthati before we conclude our trek in Nayapul. It is a flat walk through rice paddies and green hills on the side. From Nayapul you will be transferred to Pokhara by a private vehicle. Enjoy another night in this beautiful city before we head to Kathmandu to end up this magical adventure.

Day 12: Drive [or fly with an extra charge] back to Kathmandu (1310M / 4,297FT - 7 Hours)

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs.

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

Enjoy your last morning meal in this beautiful Himalayan country before we conclude our memorable Himalayan experience. We will drop you to the airport prior to your flight.

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.

Services Includes / Excluded

Services Included:
  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle according to itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus (Optional flight with extra costs)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Pokhara - Phedi and Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek along with hot drinks
  • Accommodation on best available tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide during the trek
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, VAT, service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
Services Excluded:
  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Chart

Experience Required

Annapurna Base Camp Trek need great fitness level to make it a success. The base camp trekking is an easy to moderate level trekking route that will give you pain and pleasure. This is an absolutely brilliant trekking route that will take us via different settlements in the Himalayas. The route involves several steep incline and decline (uphill and downhill) sections along the way. Many people complain the difficulty to gain the altitude due to several ascending and descending of the trail. Some days include several hours of walking inside the forest. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking also involves high altitude sickness risks as we will have steep altitude gain. This trek will be a difficult experience for trekkers with no previous trekking experiences. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is for travelers looking for outstanding scenery in mid level altitude. This is a beautiful trekking route in Annapurna region that is completed by thousands of trekkers every year. The path will take us through gorgeous villages along the valley of Modi Khola. This trekking is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced trekkers with high courage. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a perfect blend of wilderness, nature and peace and the Himalayas. It is a trek that won't disappoint you after reaching the destination. This is a trek that is suitable for everyone from everywhere. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best best trekking routes in the world. The path of Annapurna Base Camp is mixture of uphill, downhill and flat trail. For trekkers without previous experiences, guides from Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will help you with ultimate patience. We will do our best to give you a successful holiday. Annapurna Base Camp Trek will surely give you pleasant experiences of moderate level trekking in Nepal. Without serious pain to your body, it is for sure that Annapurna Base Camp Trekking will give you good memories to remember. It is recommended to bring knee support for trekkers having knee pain on uphill and downhill trails. It will also recommended to carry trekking poles for trekkers. If you have regular practice of walking in the mountains or hilly regions then Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is going to be a lot easier for you.

Meals on Trek

Annapurna Base camp Trek is one of the most popular and one of the oldest trekking routes in Nepal therefore lodges are well developed and advanced in terms of meals availability. Well established lodges are available in every places so there is no need to worry in terms of meals available. You will get a huge menu everyday from which you can order variety of meals. Handmade breads, eggs, rice, potatoes, curry items, noodles, soups, macaroni, spaghetti etc. are available almost in every places. Multiple lodges are available in every villages and some villages like Ghandruk, Sinuwa and Chhomrong has huge number of lodges. Even though a lot of meals available on the trek, it might not taste like the one you eat at home. Cooks are trained by local tourism management committee so they might not be advanced. They are not specialized for any cuisines so do not expect western standard meals. Lodges in every villages have similar menu and similar prices managed by tourism management committee. The meals are prepared fresh using locally available ingredients most of the time. Meals are prepared once the lodge receives order from customer that means they are fresh and sometimes takes long wait.

Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will include your breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will be having your breakfast in the hotel. You will have a menu to select your breakfast or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

We will accommodate you at Three Star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. These rooms will be clean with private bathroom inside. Kathmandu and Pokhara has western standard lodges / hotels available for accommodation. These rooms will be air conditioned. There will be twin / double room shared among two customers (Unless you are single). Sometimes we may accommodate you in triple rooms based on number of customers. If you have any special preferences regarding the bed selection then please let us know. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. is also glad to provide higher standard or budget hotels based on your interests. We understand that not all customers need similar standard accommodation. If you have any lodge name planned for your trip then you can tell us, we will try to accommodate you at your preferred place.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an advanced and well developed trekking route and lodges are available for meals and accommodation in every places. Almost every lodges have twin rooms for trekkers. Double beds are hardly available in every places. Even though most of the places have enough lodges sometimes it can be problamatic to find accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp due to limit number of lodges and limited number of rooms. We would look for your cooperation in case accommodation problem is occurred. Nothing luxurious is available in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Lodges are in same standard and provide similar standards. Rooms are prepared only to spend a night. The rooms are comparatively small and there won't be bathroom available inside the room. You need to use common bathroom used by all other trekkers. We will accommodate two trekkers inside a room unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.

Best Season

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate altitude trekking (about 4,100 meters +) route. This trekking is best in Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November, December). You will have crystal clear views, Himalayan peaks, green forests, dry trail and lively environment. January and February is cold but trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is still doable. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is amazing during March - April as rhododendron forests will be blossoming at this time of the year. Monsoon trekking is doable but only if you do not mind having few showers everyday. The trail will be wet and muddy. There will be risks of avalanche from Himalayan Hotel or Machhapuchhre Base camp and alternative trail would be available. Annapurna Base camp Trek will be best during spring and autumn season for several reasons. On a clear day you will have stunning view of Sunrise in Machhapuchhre Base camp and Annapurna Base camp. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking (ABC Trekking) is popular among travelers from all over the world due it's flexibility of trekking season. Even though some months are better than others, Annapurna Base camp trekking can be done throughout the year, it's only matter of good and best.

Highlights of the Trip

Annapurna Base Camp is not easy to describe in words. It's fantastic trekking route and all highlights won't be covered in small paragraph. The trek is fantastic trekking route that has been attraction trekkers from all over the world for centuries. Thundering rivers and streams, towering waterfalls, bloossming forests, even-green trees, culturally rich ethnic settlements, wild bee hives, rice paddies, hot springs and of course all time white towering Himalayas are major attractions. Villages like Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Landruk etc. are very interesting to trekkers. Glaciers, avalanches and villages in the cliffs are part of Annapurna Base camp Trek. Walking inside the forests is also interesting for many trekkers. You can also witness some wildlife on this trek such as white langur, monkeys, different types of birds, Himalayan Tahr, musk deers etc. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is culturally and physically rich trekking route. You will be visiting two different base camps; Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. You will see several mountains such and Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I (8,091M), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli etc. Witnessing these Himalayan peaks will make your journey unforgettable. Come and join with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. for an one in a lifetime journey to Himalayas!

Equipment and Packing List

Mardi Himal Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!