Annapurna base camp trek is what you can call a complete trekking experience! We’re talking about stunning landscapes, unique culture paired with jaw-dropping mountain vistas, ethnic villages, terraced fields and a wide variety of flora and fauna. We’re 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/13,549 ft.) It’s 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 will pass through as well. Given how well routed this trek is, it is ideal for trekkers with children, solo travelers and those who aren’t as strong, physically.
Our journey to the Annapurna Base Camp begins from Nayapul, but we arrive a day ahead of the trek in Pokhara and enjoy sightseeing with a knowledgeable guide in this beautiful, shimmering 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), will have us strolling through rhododendron forests. When in bloom, the fallen flowers paint the path in vibrant pink. Views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri also add to the scenic beauty of the route.
The pre-dawn escapade to the vantage point of Poon Hill is uniquely beautiful and exciting. As we climb up the stairs to Poon Hill with a burst of shooting stars in the sky above us, the gradual breaking of dawn brings the mountains slowly into focus and relief -- as if we were observing a painting in progress. The sun slowly rises and shines over the Annapurna range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri peaks and other neighboring mountains giving you an exquisite experience of witnessing the ‘golden hour’ over the Himalaya. It is a heart-warming and soul-gratifying experience.
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 day after that. We conclude the 14-day-long Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu which is fascinating and surely one of the speediest flights you’ve ever taken!
Adventure Club Trek ensures that you will have 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.
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.
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!
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
We set off to Pokhara early in the morning; our representative will pick you up at 6:30 for the 7:00 am bus, the 5-6 hours ride is pleasant with views of hazy hills, rivers, and highway settlements. Pokhara is a beautiful valley of lakes popular for its panoramic views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna in the north, Manaslu and Lamjung in the east and Dhaulagiri in the west. We will explore this serene city today. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
We'll kick off the day with an early breakfast, and then drive to Nayapul; it's an hour-long drive with Machhapuchre/Fishtail Mountain (6,993m) views on the way. We start trekking today, past the TIMS check post and ACAP entrance. We walk for 5- 6 hours along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola till we reach our destination for the night. After lunch, we cross the Bhurungdi Khola (river) via a bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.
After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ due to it being an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani.
We hush our way through pre-dawn darkness in a starlit ambiance for unobstructed sunrise views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and surrounding mountains from Poon Hill at 3,210 m. After an hour or so, we hike down to Ghorepani and start our trek to Tadapani after a hearty breakfast. Climbing along ridges, and through rhododendron forests and pine trees we head to Deurali (2,960m) then we slowly descend to Banthanti and climb up to reach Tadapani for the night.
We start today’s trek with a steep downhill through local streams and rhododendron forests. As we are leaving Tadapani views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri follow us till we submerge in the forests and the trail then leads to Gurung, a Gurung settlement. Then, we continue till Chhomrong at 2,140m where we stay overnight.
Our trail today descends to the Chhomrong Khola, we climb up to Khuldighar at 2,380m, there used to be ACAP check post here. Our journey to Dovan is mostly through jungles today; we take short breaks at Sinuwa and Bamboo before reaching Dovan for overnight stay.
We start early today; our goal is to reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3,700m today, quite the climb! It is not exactly a base camp, but a sanctuary as the mountain cannot be summated. Glorious views of Machhapuchhre enthrall us right from the beginning of today's trek. We cross several local streams and ravines through a rocky path encountering many porters on the way. We continue our journey through forests passing lodges infrequently. We come to Hinko Cave and spend some time soaking in the view from here. Gradually, as we continue the trek we come upon Machhapuchhre Base Camp quite suddenly, the settlements pop out into the scene when you are still admiring the magnificent scenery. Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp
From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, our trail turns to the left, and we keep on walking to Annapurna Base Camp with amazing views of the White Mountains around us. We have the whole day today, and as altitude might make some people sick, we take it slow.Once we reach the Annapurna Base Camp through rocky terrain, you can enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) 6997m and other surrounding mountains. Overnight at a lodge in Annapurna Base Camp
We are looking at a 1700m descend today, we trek the forested rhododendron trail back to the bank of Modi Khola and then to Bamboo at 2,345m where we stay overnight.
We trek down the same trail from Bamboo to Chhomrong as we did earlier, then we descend a very steep trail to Jhinu for natural hot springs and overnight stay. On the way to Jhinu, there’s a sheep farm we can visit.
Taking Modi Khola’s right side we walk for 4.5 hours till we reach Birethanti. From Birethanti, it is 15 minutes to 30 minutes’ walk till Nayapul from where it is an hour drive to Pokhara. We check into a hotel in Pokhara and depending on your spirits we either take a rest or go to Fewa Lake for a boating trip.
Today, we take a 25-minute long flight back to Kathmandu, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at Hotel.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a pleasant experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
If you ever wondered about going to Nepal and trekking to A.B.C, these are the guys you want to go with. Birendra treated us as old friends from the very beginning and even after the trip he did his best to make our stay perfect. In spite of many unforeseen illnesses and difficulties during the trip Sonam took a good care of us and made sure everyone is safe and pleased. They have a deep knowledge of the area and they are also super flexible. We could never wish for better companions, highly recommended. Already planning the next trip with them.
As a member of a bigger group(18 peoples) I visited first time Nepal in November of 2018 for 18 days.It was a trip organized in a cooperation between my operator from Hungary and Adventure Club Treks from Nepal.I consider myself rather a traveler then a mountaineer but this trip also contained the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
I consider this was a successful trip and also a successful trek thanks for Adventure Club Treks.It was a varied trip containing Kathmandu and surroundings, Pokhara, Annapurna Base Camp and Chitwan National Park combined with a nice half day rafting.They managed and organized excellent any moment and detail of the trip.The accommodations,the local guides, the local and the domestic transportations,any special request from the group members and also special events like medical problems.It is very important to speak apart about the trek to ABC.It was a test of strength for me. I feel a little bit afraid but finally I made it.I enjoyed the trek and I also felt myself secure.The guides and the porters greatly contributed to be a nice adventure.They also managed very well the different fitness level of the group members.It is very important to mention the fair and responsible attitude of Adventure Club Treks for local peoples and local contractors.
I would like also to mention that all the members of the stuff was able to speak in english. The porters at least the basics,the guides on a higher level.They offered a lot of information about Nepal,the Nepali people,the mountains,the nature,the Buddhism,the Nepali way of life.
I recommend Nepal as a beautiful country with lovely people and I also highly recommend Adventure Club Treks as a well organized,hard working and very professional company. Special thanks for Birendra, So Nam and Krishna ! :-)
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A typical day on a trek organized by Adventure Club Trek will be exciting, informative, picturesque and lots of fun, of course! Our guides do not believe in hurrying the trekkers during the trip, they take a more leisurely approach which means you can take your time to enjoy the landscapes, take your photos and explore as much of the culture as you’d like. There are, of course, exceptions; times when guides have to hurry a team for safety reasons.
Trekking in the Himalaya is an experience like no other. Experienced, strong, qualified and friendly guides along with porters who carry your luggage make every day of this journey more pleasant for you. You have to carry your small regular daypack on trekking days. We start each day with a wake-up morning cup of tea. Then, we pack our bags and sit for a locally made wholesome breakfast before setting off for the trek.
We typically start the day’s hike around 7:00 am-8:00 am, depending on the nature of the day’s trek and duration. We sit for lunch after walking for 3-4 hours. We usually take the lunch break around midday and resume after an hour’s rest. The afternoon trek is usually 2-3 hours long meaning we reach our overnight stay before evening, so, we munch on extra dietary snacks until the dinner is ready. Once we have our dinner (around 6 pm) we are free to explore the splendor of adjacent locales.
Before going to bed, the group discusses their experience. Later, the guide will brief the group on the next day’s trip. If it is too early to go to bed for you, we can engage in some games and fun conversations. Most trekkers prefer playing cards, reading books or learning some Nepalese. We wake up and start the cycle again, refreshed for a new exploration.
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.
|Start Date||End Date||Availability||Price|
|January 19, 2019||February 01, 2019||Available||US$ 999|
|January 22, 2019||February 04, 2019||Available||US$ 999|
|January 25, 2019||February 07, 2019||Available||US$ 999|
|January 27, 2019||February 09, 2019||Available||US$ 999|
|January 31, 2019||February 13, 2019||Available||US$ 999|