Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 14 Days

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:

What are the Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

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)
  • 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
  • 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)

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.

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
August 20, 2018
September 02, 2018
Available US$ 1059
August 25, 2018
September 07, 2018
Available US$ 1059
August 28, 2018
September 10, 2018
Available US$ 1059
August 31, 2018
September 13, 2018
Available US$ 1059
PRICE FROM US$ 1059 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1059
  • 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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