Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 14 Days   |  9 Reviews

Annapurna base camp trek is what you can call a complete trekking experience; from stunning landscapes, unique culture paired with jaw-dropping mountain vistas, ethnic villages, terraced fields and a wide variety of flora and fauna. We are on a journey to the base camp of the 10th highest mountain in the world; Mt. Annapurna (8091m), the base camp itself is at 4130m/1345 ft. And is one of the most sought after trekking destinations in the world. 

Another highlight of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the Mt.Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Base Camp which we have to pass through as well. And given how well routed this trek is, it is ideal for trekkers with children, solo travelers and those who aren’t physically as strong.

Our journey to the Annapurna Base Camp begins from Nayapul, but we arrive a day ahead of the trek in Pokhara and enjoy guided sightseeing in this beautiful lake city. Our trail starts alongside the Modi Khola River and gradually takes height through Gurung and ethnic settlements, hills, and forests. The route to Ghorepani from Tikhedunga an extremely scenic one, we walk through rhododendron forests, when in bloom the fallen flowers paint the path pink. Views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri also add to the beauty of the route.

The pre-dawn escapade to the vantage point Poon Hill is uniquely beautiful and exciting. As we climb up the stairs to Poon Hill with a tirade of shooting stars in the sky above us, the gradual dawn-break brings the mountains slowly into view as if painting in progress. The Sun slowly shines over Annapurna range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri peaks and other neighboring mountains giving you an exquisite experience of witnessing the ‘golden hour’ over the Himalaya.

From Poon Hill, we head down to Tadapani which also offers fantastic views of Annapurna. From Tadapani we deviate to Chhomrong, then to Dovan the next day and to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp the next day. We conclude the 14-day-long Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu which is fascinating as well.

Adventure Club Trek ensures you a relaxed, fun-filled and adventurous trekking experience in these 14 days. But, for those looking for a shorter trek in the Annapurna region, Annapurna Base Camp Short-12 days or the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-9 days would be perfect! Annapurna region is vast and the deeper you go, the more beautiful it gets, for those looking to explore the regions core Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek-21 days  are ideal.

When is the Best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek? Can we do this trek in winter?

March, April, and May in spring, September, October, and November in autumn/fall and February in late winter are the best months to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek. However, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is possible throughout the year. Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp in winter might not be as popular as during spring or autumn/ fall, but it is just as mesmerizing. However, the temperatures can get below freezing point at night and in the early morning. Other than the cold, there are no real challenges of trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in winter.

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a relatively easy trek.  Unlike other high altitude treks, this one doesn’t need any particular physical fitness level. Of course, being fit makes it easier! But, you don’t mandatorily need any previous trekking experience. Anyone with a stable health condition and determination can be a part of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek-14 Days with Adventure Club Trek.

Trip Highlights:

Annapurna Base Camp

Undoubtedly, the major attraction of Annapurna Base Camp trek is Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp surprises you in the most pleasant way possible, first it just suddenly appears there like a landscape painting and immediately you are surrounded by a spectacle of mountains like Annapurna I (8, 0910), Annapurna South, Annapurna III and Annapurna Fang. Views of Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tent Peak, Khangsar Kang and the stunning Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail Mountain make the base camp even more memorable. The best way to experience Annapurna Base Camp is to hike there before the sunrise so that you can experience the magnificent golden hour show. So, staying the night before at Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Base Camp at 3,700m and hiking to Annapurna Base Camp early in the morning tomorrow is ideal.

Ethnic villages of Gurung and Magar people

Along the way, you will encounter many small and widely spread settlements. Most of these settlements have houses of stones with the blue steel roof. Even Villages close to Nayapul like Birethanti have an ethnic touch to them. Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Banthanti and other villages on the way echo Gurung and Magari culture mostly-traditional dresses, the way of life and customs- all with a backdrop of the mighty Annapurna.

Rhododendron Forests

One of the best things about trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp is the route. Mostly during spring, the path from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani is decorated with colorful rhododendrons. The red, pink and white petals on the ground in the Rhododendron forest trail give you a feeling as if they were laid out just for you.

Sunrise Views from Poon Hill

Poon Hill is Annapurna’s ultimate vantage point and one of the most beautiful experiences you will ever have. You stay the night in Ghorepani and wake up tomorrow before the break of dawn. Hushing your way through the darkness lighted by countless stars in the sky (experience a tirade of shooting stars) and your torchlight, of course, you will climb up the stairs to Poon Hill

Annapurna and Machhapuchhre among other mountains slowly come into light as the day breaks gradually with every step you take. The unveiling is truly a magical experience. Once you get to the top, enjoy a golden hour on one of the largest Himalayan spread you’ll ever see. Views of Annapurna peaks-I & South, Dhaulagiri peaks, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre among other 20 or so peaks astound you with absolute bliss.

Natural Hot Springs at Jhinu

On your return from the base camp, indulge yourself in the magical hot springs in Jhinu Danda, your legs deserve this al natural spa after all! Jhinu Danda is a beautiful settlement; it sits on a top of a ridge and is on the way along your descent from Chhomrong.

Local food, including the famous Apple Pie of the Annapurna

The beauty of this trek lies in the fact that it is so much more than only a base camp trek; it is a cultural and culinary experience all the same. The teahouses along the trail serve steaming hot and tasty dal BhatTarkari (Lentil, rice, vegetables/locally produced meat), all varieties of Mo: Mos and Annapurna’s signature dish, everyone’s favorite homemade apple pie!

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, 6- 7 Hours.
  • Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,050m), and trek to Ulleri.
  • Day 04: Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani.
  • Day 05: Visit Poon Hill for sunrise views and trek to Tadapani.
  • Day 06: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong.
  • Day 07: Trek Chhomrong to Dovan.
  • Day 08: Trek Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
  • Day 09: Trek Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Day 10: Trek Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo.
  • Day 11: Trek Bamboo to Jhinudanda (Natural hot spring bath).
  • Day 12: Trek Jhinudanda - Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • Day 13: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Day 14: Farewell, flights home.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a two-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Surface transfer between Pokhara and Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Domestic flight (Pokhara -Kathmandu)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Clients Reviews

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    Per-Niklas H
    Sweden Published: Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Trekking the ABC- camp in Himalaya with Sonam was the best experience ever:)

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    I was doing the trekking to Annapurna basecamp in February 2015. Thanks to my guide Sonam it turned out to be the best hiking in my life so far. He took so well care of the group and I felt very safe all the time. He showed us the nature and had really good knowledge about the area. I will highly recommend everyone that are thinking of hiking in Nepal that go with adventure club and expedition.
    Thanks for everything and good luck in the future.
    Best regards
    Niklas


     

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    Mate P
    Hungary Published: Saturday, June 4, 2016

    Absolutely professional organizing

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    In October of 2014 I have finished my 3rd Annapurna Base Camp Trek organized by Adventure Club Treks & Expeditions. As a tourguide it's always the most important part of our job to find the most reliable local contact in any country and 10 years ago we were lucky enough to meet Birendra in Kathmandu. Since then he and his team participate our trips to Annapurna and Everest Base Camp as well, and without any exception we only had great experiences after all. From the porters to the guides, drivers and local friends they are far the most helpful, knowledgeable, reliable and not least the funniest stuff I have met in Nepal. Me and my travel agency in Hungary are looking forward to work with Birendra and his team for the next decade!


     

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    Andrea H
    Austria Published: Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Well organized trip. great guide”

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    I spent 2 weeks in Nepal.
    So Nam seemed to be a very nice guy from the beginning. He has done his best to fulfill all our requests and wishes, which is not easy with a group of 20 persons. However, he was always flexible. During a week trek to ABC several times I had the occasion to chat with him, and I learned a lots about local people, their habits and traditions. So Nam, you made my stay in Nepal really unforgettable. After the group left, I stayed another night in Kathmandu it was no trouble for So Nam to come with me and show me some part of the city, which I have'nt seen yet.

    The services of the agency besides So Nam were good. There was no trouble at any place with the accommodation. ( So Nam helped us to change as well, when we we did'nt like at one place the room, because we found it a bit small - he was really always there for us)  Since one day we were travelling a lot to Chitwan, and we were really tired after couple of hours of rafting and few hours on the bus, it would be very much appreciated, if we did'nt have to wait long time for the dinner. Unfortunately it took about 2 hours to serve us the dinner. (Maybe we could write down the order on the bus for example and So Nam could order it through the phone - and once we arrived there, it could have been served.)
    The hotels we stayed at, they were basic, there was everywhere wifi available - I never used it, they were clean, breakfast at some places very good, others a little bit lower quality, but still good and no reason to complain. I plan to return to Nepal in a year or so, and I already know, whom to contact, and I am sure, I will have an unforgettable experience again.


     

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    Heloise C
    Brazil Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Thanks to their support and guidance we experienced the best of Nepal

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    Thanks to their support and guidance we experienced the best of Nepal, their culture, landscapes, generous and friendly people that exceeded all our expectations. The itinerary covered 4 days in the amazing cultural Kathmandu Valley, 7 days in the outstanding Annapurna trekking followed by Lumbini and Chitwan Park. Along our journey we had all the support and attention needed. Thank you so much Birendra and team for this unforgettable experience that we'll most certainly return and dearest keep in our heart. Best wishes ...

    London, United Kingdom

  • MateuszWijas
    MateuszWijas
    Canada Published: Sunday, December 21, 2014

    11 breathtaking days in Annapurna region

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    Late November I landed in Kathmandu with nothing booked. I knew I wanted to go trekking but had to find someone. I stayed with Birendra at his home with his wonderful family. A new friend had recommended I join him on a trip but ultimately it fell through. Birendra stepped up and organized a trek for me. It was 11 breathtaking days in Annapurna region. Birendra was sick but found a great guide for me. I couldn't be happier with my trip. From the cool little villages near Gorehpani and Chhomrong, to the awesome views at Base Camp, to the relaxing hot springs I enjoyed every bit of it. The food and lodging that was organized was perfect. Dal Bhat for dinner kept me going strong and I met a bunch of cool people on the trail. After talking with others I realize I got a really great value from Birendra. A fair price for an excellent adventure. I highly recommend Birendra, all around great guy, friendly, and fair business man.

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    Mihaly G
    Hungary Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014

    We enjoyed this trek very much despite the monsoon weather

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    We enjoyed this trek very much despite the monsoon weather. Birendra did a great job organizing the trek, everything went very smooth. He has real professional attitude and knows what he's doing. Always available and helpful. Our guide and porters were also very friendly and knowledgeable, so I would recommend this team to anyone.
    Mihaly

    Budapest, Hungary

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    879Anna Budapest
    Hungary Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014

    A unique experience

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    I highly recommend this trip for strong and adventurous people since it is a unique experience both physically and spiritually. Himalayas are the highest mountain with beautiful views and friendly local people. The company is very well organized and the sherpas are friendly and nice. Besides climbing there were some other great activities. Rafting was a lot of fun and the rafting people were excellent and helpful.

    Budapest, Hungary

  • Alexa_and_Alfredo
    Alexa_and_Alfredo
    Luxembourg Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Annapurna trek

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    We did the Annapurna trek with Adventure Club Treks and Expedition Mountain Flight up to ABC in October-November 2013. Biren’s company was hired by a foreign travel agency and he organized the whole trip for us in Nepal including the accommodation in Kathmandu and the mountain area, transportation, the wonderful porters, sightseeing, rafting, tour in Chitwan National Park and all last minute ideas we had. Despite the fact that the trip wasn’t very difficult for experienced trekkers a member of the group had a little health issue. Biren immediately took action and organized extra porters and a helicopter to solve the problem within hours up on the mountain. He is very cautious, efficient and an amazing person. I’m happy we met him and he made our trip unforgettable. It was a dream come true for me to go to Nepal and it wouldn’t have been the same without Biren. We always felt safe, even if I got really tired he would stay with me behind the group and wait until I regained my strength. I absolutely recommend Adventure Club Treks and Expedition Mountain Flight for everyone who plans to visit Nepal. For this trip you only need a good pair of shoes, a camera and some clothes and of course stamina and high spirits. Most of your things are carried by the porters and you can buy food and drinks on the way in the lovely tea houses. The weather is amazing at this time of the year, you only need warmer clothes above 3700 metres. It’s not only worth to visit this wonderful country with its undescribable landscapes but to meet such amazing people like Biren. Thank you very much Biren and see you in 2015!
    Alexa and Alfredo

     Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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    Peter M
    Switzerland Published: Monday, April 28, 2014

    Superb two weeks

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    Birendra and his team made this a superb two weeks. He and his guides created a wonderful family atmosphere. Everyone was friendly and happy to help and answer questions and queries. Birendra's knowledge of Nepalese history and culture was huge bonus. I felt safe at all times and confident in the team. Furthermore, Birendra looks after his team (guides and porters) well, so you can be sure they are well cared for on the trip - something which is of great importance to me. I throughly recommend Adventure Club Treks to anyone no matter what age or ability.

    Basel, Switzerland

     

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

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Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
September 26, 2018
October 09, 2018
Available US$ 979
September 30, 2018
October 13, 2018
Available US$ 979
PRICE FROM US$ 979 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 979
  • Trip Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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