Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna – that transliterates into “the Goddess of the Harvests”, is a section of Himalayas located in north-central Nepal. Included in the Earth’s eight-thousanders, it is noted as one of the most precarious mountains to summit. However, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek enables you to spectacle this grand massif, in all its glory.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek will lead you to the base camp, where you can see the snow caps of 12 mountains that are at a higher elevation of over 7000 meters. The charm of the countryside is heightened with a panoramic view that is eternally imprinted into one’s memory. The journey commences from Kathmandu, to Pokhara, followed by the remote village of Nayapul.
- Sightseeing in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley.
- Impressive Sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill
- Typical Gurung village along the trekking route
- Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) Base Camp
- Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp
- Natural Bath in hot spring at Jhinu
Day 01:- Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1345meters). Overnight at Hotel.
Welcome to Nepal! We will pick up you from Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private tourist vachile. You will find us there with your name card or group name. Overnight at Hotel. (No Food.)
Day 02:- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu is a mesmerising city of colour, sights and smells – an enchanting mix that will entice you to discover its vibrant markets, ancient temples, bustling streets and welcoming, friendly locals. You’ll easily see why the entire Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a city and experience you’ll never forget. The tour of UNESCO HERITAGE sites start after breakfast about 9:30 AM. We explore four culturally diverse and visually stunning places within the city. High on a hilltop above Kathmandu is the magnificent Swayambutinath (“Monkey Temple”), used by both Hindus and Buddhists, and known for its many holy monkeys! Along the banks of the Bagmati River lies Pashupatinath, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the most important Hindu site in Nepal and pilgrims from all over the world come to show their faith. Away from the city centre is the peaceful and impressive Bodhnath Stupa. Every day thousands of people descend daily to show their devotion and respect. Kathmandu durbar square is the historical place that has many ancient temples and the royal palace of ancient Gorkha and Malla kings. You will be guided by our tour guide during the tour. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, included).
Day 03:- Drive to Pokhara via by tourist bus about 7 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
We will drive to Pokhara early morning via tourist bus. It takes about 7 hours. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included)
Day 04 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) - 1 hr and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) - 3 hrs.
We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast included)
Day 05 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) - 5 hrs
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 06 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m); and trek to Tadapani (2,610m)
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 07 - Trek to Chommrong (2,140m) - 5 hrs
The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend through the forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 08 - Trek to Dovan. - 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2,380m where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We walk through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 09 - Trek to Deurali (3230m) - 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Today is a relatively short day trekking to account for the altitude. As we ascend through the jungle and bamboo forests we'll leave this behind and enter into a more rugged, alpine setting. The open valleys give you a glimpse of the snowfall which is present on the northern slopes of the mountains. As we gain altitude the views of the Annapurna Massif become ever more impressive. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10 - Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) - 7 hrs
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at an elevation of 4,130m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 11 - Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) - 6 hrs
We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12 - Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1,780m) - 5 hrs
We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 13 - Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) - 4.5 hrs. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hr.
From Jhinu hot springs we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hrs to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara. Same day guided tour of Barahi Temple and Boating in Fewa Lake.After we check in to the hotel we will then walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple and then back to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 14 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast provided)
Day 15 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure
A representative from us will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. We will provide the transport anytime for your departure. (Breakfast Included)
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a tourist category hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast. (3 nights)
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a tourist category hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.(2 nights)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
- Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (9 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
- Government licensed holder English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all local staff.
- Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Massif Holidays (which need to be returned after the trek).
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- One Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day .
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official Expenses.
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