Annapurna Basecamp Trek
Dubbed to be one of the best treks in the world, Annapurna Basecamp trek takes on a fairly challenging route past undulating hills and strenuous mountain track. With an added bonus of lodging at some of the most beautiful villages in Nepal and viewing the sunrise at Poonhill, this trek will take you to the foot of Mount Annapurna (8091m) and offer views of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) throughout the trek.
This 14-day journey starts with a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley and its UNESCO listed World Heritage sites. Then the trip heads out of Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara. This famous city will be your host for a day before the trek begins. With a number of jump points, we take the most popular i.e. Nayapul and start the epic journey. The trek can be taken as a circuit around the Annapurna region. However, our trip will be a simple touch and return journey of the Annapurna Basecamp trek.
A beautiful landscape unravels its serene beauty with tributaries all the way from the Himalayas cutting through the area. Hiking along beautiful ridges and thick forests will be a combination unlike other as the trail takes you past beautiful Gurung and Magar settlements of Ghorepani, Chhomrong and Tadapani. Enjoy the cultural and ecological diversity coupled with the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped marvels lying at a touching distance. Unobstructed views of these mountains from Poon Hill and ABC will be the cherry on top. The best season to take on any trek in Nepal is during the months of March to May and September to November. These are spring and autumn seasons and are best for clear views and easy trekking experience.
Danphe Adventure Treks is a travel and tour operator in Nepal registered with the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board. A host of services including adventure, trekking, rafting, and sightseeing as well as the quality of service has been a pillar in our continued success. We invite you to visit this beautiful land of Himalayas and give us an opportunity to make this an everlasting experience.
- A journey to the famous Annapurna Base Camp in Annapurna region of Nepal.
- Hike to Poon Hill for striking views of Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri range.
- A cultural exploration of Gurung and Magar communities.
- Trek along the Annapurna Conservation Area.
- Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival at TIA (Tribhuban International Airport), a company representative will transfer you to the trip hotel. You can relax and refresh at the hotel. Later, you participate in a trek briefing at with our members of the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
A busy day in Kathmandu begins with a sightseeing tour around this beautiful city. Visit of the Kathmandu Durbar Square is followed by a trip to Pashupatinath temple. Excursions of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath can be done later that day. Later, stroll around the Thamel market while looking out for essentials for the trek. No specialty gears and equipment is required. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 Hrs
After an early morning wakeup call, start your day as you are accompanied by a company representative to catch a ride to Pokhara. Starting this 7-hour road trip, you exit Kathmandu valley and ride along the jagged hills. The beauty of the landscape on road is as beautiful as Pokhara city. This tourist hub is rested in a valley by the Phewa Lake. Amazing views of the Annapurna (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail|6997m) greet you as you arrive and check in to a hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul |1.5 Hrs and trek to Ulleri (2070m)|3-4 Hrs
This day will mark the start of Annapurna Base Camp trek. But first, you ride from Pokhara to Nayapul, your jump point, on a private vehicle. Starting the trek from Nayapul, you cross over Nayapul River. Passing by Sudame and Tikhedhunga we arrive at the famous Ulleri steps that will drain you as you arrive at the beautiful Magar village of Ulleri. Overnight stay at Ulleri.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) 5-6 Hrs
A beautiful morning in Ulleri, lower Annapurna valley, will mark the start of trek to an equally beautiful village of Ghorepani. The trail takes you on a gradual ascent through the lush oak forest with occasional sightings of rhododendron grooves. Crossing Banthanti and Nangethanti will add to the experience on the trek to Ghorepani. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2630m) via early morning Poonhill Hike for Sunrise (3193m)
Wake up early to view the sunrise over the hills glowing the Himalayas to its glory. An hour-long climb from Ghorepani will take you atop Poon Hill which will be a chilling experience in the morning haze with the views up top equally magnificent. Shortly descend the same trail to Ghorepani before setting off to Tadapani. Head for Deurali pass and descend to Ban Thanti along an enchanting bamboo forest and stone paved trail to reach Tadapani. Overnight stay at Tadapani.
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Heading southeast, we start for Chhomrong village. The day starts with a descent for the first half followed by a climb. Magnificent views of Machhapuchhre (6997m) grace us as we exit Tadapani. The descent down is followed by us crossing the river before steadily climbing along the leisurely trail to Chhomrong. This village is the gateway to ABC and is flocked by almost everyone coming to Annapurna region. Overnight stay at Chhomrong.
Day 08: Trek to Himalaya (2920m)
Starting the day early in Chhomrong, catch the sun light up the Annapurna range before beginning the day’s trek. It starts with a climb. You will shortly start descending along magnificently laid stone steps. And crossing over mellow streams on wooden makeshift bridges, we further cross a bamboo forest on the way to Himalaya Hotel. Overnight stay at Himalaya Hotel.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
A long day of trekking starts with a climb to Hinku cave. This will be an inspiring experience as you stretch over a cliff overhang to view the tall Himalayas right in front of you. Then, you move to Deurali before landing at the foot of the sacred Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail|6997m). After immersing in the beauty of surrounding snow-capped cliffs, we trek along the foot of gigantic mountains for a couple of hours, treading boulders and snow, before arriving at the highlight of the Trip-Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). Overnight stay at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Bamboo (2310m)
A long day of retracing the trail back, we wrap up a visit of the Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Sanctuary heading for Bamboo. The drastic descent is followed by occasional stops at Deurali, Himalaya Hotel, and Dobhan. As this trail reaches the bank of Modi Khola, the village of Bamboo appears. Overnight stay at Bamboo.
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda/Hot Spring (1780m)
Heading back the ABC trail, we stride for Jhinu Danda. A welcoming trail past bamboo and rhododendron forest makes up for an exciting downhill trek. Eventually, the village of Chhomrong appears and as we cross it- head further to Kuldighar. We diverge from our initial trail and follow the trail that leads to Jhinu Danda. A steep descent will take a toll on your already tiring legs but worry not for the natural hot springs in Jhinu Danda is the best cure after long days on the trail. Overnight stay at Jhinu Danda.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (820m)
Wrapping up the trek on ABC trail, we set off for the start point of this trek, Nayapul. The trail descends gradually along Kyumi and onto Siwai-which is crossroads in this spider web trail of ABC. Arriving at Birethanti, we head further south along the terraced fields to Nayapul. Around 5 hours on the trail from Jhinu Danda, we arrive at Nayapul. Bidding the trails goodbye, we catch a ride back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 13: Travel back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
Wrapping up the tour of Annapurna region, we get on a company vehicle from Pokhara. Heading to Kathmandu, parting views of lush green hills and snow-capped peaks will be a gift. Having been to the foot of these snowcapped mountains and now distant, it will be a moment to reconciliation. The road takes us past Damauli, Dumre, and Mugling as we arrive Kathmandu. In the evening, take some time out for a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final departure towards your destination
The final day of your trip to Nepal, a Danphe Adventure Treks representative will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to the Airport 3-hours prior to your scheduled flight. Take this time to inquire about future trips. Bidding farewell at Tribhuvan International Airport, catch the flight to your destination.
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
Tips for guide, porter and driver.
List of Equipments required for Annapurna Basecamp Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements?
Annapurna Basecamp Trek requires you to trek at an altitude of maximum 4130m and up to 5- 7 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg bag. We recommended you to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).
Do I need insurance before the Trek?
Yes, you need to be insured before the adventure trekking in Nepal from your home country. However, we will be always with you taking care of throughout the whole Annapurna Basecamp trek.
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Annapurna Basecamp Trek?
Yes, there is a good facility of bank and ATM in Pokhara and Nayapul.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What is the best time of year for Annapurna Basecamp Trek?
Annapurna Basecamp Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude?
There is a huge change of AMS problem i.e. Acute Mountain Sickness problem. It may cause some problems as you trek higher above 3500-meter altitude (11,482 ft.). But don’t worry about that. We have carefully designed our Annapurna Basecamp trek itinerary with sufficient time for acclimatization and less walking time each day. And our experienced trek guide will be helping you with it.
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
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