14 Days

Annapurna Basecamp

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$1820/ Adult

Minimum 2 passengers

Please Note: This trip is currently only available for private bookings with a minimum of 2 people on the date of your choice. Pricing will be based on your level of accommodations and the number of people in your group. 

Why travel with us?

What's Included

  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • 8 nights at Mountain Lodges during trek
  • Domestic round-trip flight: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandui
  • Private land transport for sighteeing and airport transfers
  • Meals as per itinerary: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with entrance fees
  • Professional trekking guide and porters
  • Trekkers registration & Annapurna Conservation Fees
  • Guide and porters' insurance
  • First-Aid Kit

What's Excluded

  • International Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages & meals not specified
  • Bottled Water (boiled and colled drinking water is provided on trek)
  • Tips for your guide, porters, cook and crew, & drivers
  • Expenses from flight cancellation or early return from trek
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Fees (US $30 for 15-days)
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Sustainability Commitment

We choose our local travel partners based on their commitment to social and community development and environmental preservation. Our local travel partner for the Annapurna Basecamp Trek is a Sherpa-owned company licensed by the Nepalese government and they’ve been operating expeditions in the Himalayas for the past 25 years.

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp is the perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas. It is a magnificent medium-length trek into the heart of the mighty Himalayas with unsurpassed views. It is known as Annapurna Sanctuary because of its natural serenity and beauty. This trek passes through a diverse range of climates, vegetation, and cultural zones. From lush vegetation of rain and temperate forests to the alpine environment of the Sanctuary, each day on this trek offers something different. The land really does change daily, which provides a tantalizing introduction to Nepal’s cultural and natural beauty and diversity. Many trekkers choose this route as a shorter and easier alternative to the Everest Base Camp trek.

Adventure Highlights

  • Visit the ancient and sacred World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu that are so alive with spiritual vibration
  • Explore the beautiful and colorful city of Pokhara, one of the most beautiful in Nepal
  • Discover Ghandruk, homeland of the brave Gorkha soldiers
  • Experience the warm hospitality of local communities as you pass through charming villages and immerse yourself in their unique culture, traditions, and way of life, adding a fascinating cultural dimension to your trek.
  • Reach the heart of the Annapurna Sactuary (4,130 m/ 13,550 ft) and stand amidst towering peaks to feel a sense of accomplishment and wonder as you gaze at the spectacular amphitheater of mountains surrounding you.

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Daily Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/ 4430ft) and you’ll be picked up at the airport by our representative at Kathmandu Airport (TIA) and taken to your hotel. Later, you will meet your trekking guide who will brief you about the trek.

INCLUDED:
— Airport Transfer
— Meals: Dinner

Overnight in Kathmandu

Dinner
Hotel

Today, you’ll spend the day visiting the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in Kathmandu Valley. Its elegant architecture, refined culture, colorful bazaars, and simple hospitable people are what make this place special.

Explore the enchanting Soyambhunath Stupa, situated on a hillock overlooking the picturesque Kathmandu Valley. Known as the ‘Monkey Temple,’ this ancient and mystical shrine boasts a golden spire that graces the skyline. It holds a special place among all the holy sites in Kathmandu.

Next, venture to Kirtipur, an ancient Newar town perched on a hill. Stroll along its paved streets, lined with charming red-brick houses and tiled roofs, immersing yourself in the local atmosphere. Marvel at the temple squares that showcase the town’s rich cultural heritage.

Lastly, don’t miss a visit to Patan, the first city of Nepal. Known by its ancient name, Lalitpur, meaning the city of beauty, Patan is steeped in history. Wander through its streets and be captivated by its incredible collection of exquisitely carved temples and palace courtyards.

Immerse yourself in the cultural riches and architectural wonders of these remarkable places, each offering a unique glimpse into the heritage of the Kathmandu Valley.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast
— Guided Tour and Entrance Fees

Overnight in Kathmandu

Breakfast
Hotel

After breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport for a short and scenic flight to Pokhara. Nestled beneath the Himalayas, the lush natural beauty of Pokhara contrasts with Few Lake and stunning mountain views. After check-in at the hotel, go boatin on Fewa Lake, then visit the International Mountain Museums and stroll around the colorful lakeside in the afternoon.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

After a leisurely breakfast, take a scenic drive of about 1 hour 45 minutes to the village of Kimche where you’ll start your trek. Today’s hike is about 1.5 hours of gradual uphill on a gravel road and climbing some stairs at the end. You’ll arrive in Ghandruk just in time for lunch. After  lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore the village. Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful villages in Nepal and homeland of the brave Gorkha soldiers.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 2.2 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

From Ghandruk, the path heads north of the village and descends through the forest to Kimrong, an attractive, small village on the banks of the river. From here you will climb through fields and forest to the village of Chhomrong. Chhomrong is the last true village on the way to the Sanctuary – from here there are just small settlements built to provide accommodation for trekkers going up to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: 6 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

Start your trek descending on steps through terraced fields to cross the river on a suspension bridge. Then ascend steeply through the fields and forest for about 1.5 hours to the small settlement of Sinuwa that sits on top of a hill. Continue through the forest to another small settlement of Khuldi-ghar perched steeply on the valley side. From here you will descend across rock slabs into a dense bamboo forest. The trail then climbs through bamboo forest to reach the place known as Bamboo.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: 4.5 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

Continue trekking up and down through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, crossing several wooden bridges, gaining in elevation steadily until you reach the settlement of Himalaya (2870 m/ 9416 ft). From the Himalayas, the trail passes through a narrow gorge along the Modi Khola. Some ascents are very steep until you emerge into a more open alpine landscape with fewer trees and pass by a fascinating large overhanging rock known as Hinku Cave before we reach Deurali – a wonderful location with breathtaking views of the valley, river, and mountains.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: 6 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

Today, you’ll begin your trek with a gradual walk up the steep stone stairs towards the so-called ‘gates’ of the Sanctuary. As you get closer to the snowy peaks, the vegetation changes from forest to shrubs. After several short but steep climbs, you will reach the Machhapuchare Base Camp (MBC). Rest and spend a night at the MBC which helps to acclimatize rather than continuing directly to Annapurna Base Camp. The view from MBC is spellbinding. Machhapuchare (or Fishtail) is a sacred peak to the local Gurung people and considered home of a Gurung goddess, hence not allowed for climbing.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: 3 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

From MBC, the walk is exhilarating. From here, the greenery vanishes and the trail widens. The winding trail climbs up steeply, deep into the Annapurna Sanctuary. As you reach the upper ridge in the open and wide valley, you enter a magical amphitheater with breathtaking 360-degree views. Another one-hour or so of slow, steady climb will bring you the the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary. After a rest and lunch, you can go for a short walk beyond the tea house to climb to the top of the moraine for the best possible views.

Enjoy the dazzling views of Annapurnas (I, II, III), Macchapucchre, Himchuli, Gangapurna, and many more peaks above 20,000 ft and the majestic aura of the Annapurna sanctuary. Surrounded by 360-degree views of snow-capped mountains, ABC is one of the best mountain-viewing regions in the world. From ABC, the Annapurna I (one of the eight-thousanders and most difficult peaks to climb) is right in front of you and seemingly close enough to reach out and touch.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 2 hours
Distance: 1.8 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

Rise early in the morning for the spectacular sight of sunrise over Annapurna with a magical moment as the mountains turn pink with the sun first hits the peaks. After breakfast, start your descent and retrace your steps back down to MBC and to Bamboo. After several days of ascent, you will enjoy descending.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: 10.3 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

Retrace your steps to Chhomorong where you will stop for lunch, or you can go straight to Jhinu for lunch. From Chhomorong, it is about 1.5 hours to Jhinu. After check-in at the lodge and some rest, you may take a side trip down to visit the natural hot springs. It is about 20-minutes down through the forest to reach the springs and a little longer to climb back up. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and enjoy a soak, a real treat after so many days of trekking.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: 5.2 miles
Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodge

After breakfast, a short walk will bring you to the Modi Khola at New Bridge (Nyaphul). Here you will meet your transport for the drive to Pokhara. The drive is around two hours. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and enjoy the colorful lakeside town of Pokhara.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast

Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 2.7 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours
Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara

Breakfast
Hotel

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. After checking-in and freshening up, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Boudhuath where you can enjoy lunch at a rooftop restaurant. Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and a site of great veneration and Tibetan culture. You will also have the opportunity to visit a Tibetan monastery and a painting school as well as buy some souvenirs at Boudhanath. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Kathmandu on your own or just relax at the hotel.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Breakfast
Hotel

Today is departure day and there are no scheduled activities. At the appropriate time, a representative will pick you up and take you to the airport for your return home or to your next destination.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast
— Airport Transfer

Departure

Breakfast

FAQs

How difficult is the trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek that does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering. A 115 km (72 mi) round trip from the trailhead may seem quite long, but considering a typical guided trek, you will be walking 9 out of the total 14 days. It means that you will be walking an average of 14.5 km (9 mi) per day up to the altitude of 4,130 m (13,550 feet). The trek is only grueling because of its duration of hiking days and traversing on a particular section in Deurali. Otherwise, it is a moderate trek that can be taken up by everyone and comparatively easier than Everest Base Camp trek or Annapurna Circuit trek.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern, especially for those ascending too quickly. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and pay attention to symptoms such as headache, nausea, and dizziness.

How cold does it get at Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp has different weather conditions during various seasons of the year. Spring season (March – May) is warm and the day temperature ranges from 17 to 20°C (63-68°F) with colder nights and early mornings. Summer or monsoon lasts from June to August with torrential rainfall, thunderstorms and humid days with day temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68-77°F). Autumn (September – November) is the most recommended season to trek to Annapurna Base Camp when the weather is relatively more stable and reliable than the other seasons. The day temperature ranges from 15 to 17°C (59-63°F) while the nights and early mornings are as cold as 5 to 7°C (41-45°F). Winter (December – February) sees cold weather with temperatures varying from 9 to 17°C (48-63°F) during the daytime while the nights and early mornings can get very cold, sometimes below 0°C (32°F). Winters are favorable for enjoying snowfall and breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains.

Where will I sleep while on the trek?

On this trek, you will be sleeping in mountain lodges. From Day 6 to Day 10, trekkers must share dormitory rooms with fellow trekkers as the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) did not permit the addition of new hotels for conservation purposes. So, this trek is not for those who do not like to share dormitories. But our guide will try to get the best available rooms and there is always a chance you may get a private room for a private group if the group is more than 2 people. By sharing the dormitory with fellow trekkers, you will be contributing to the conservation of the area.

Do I need crampons for Annapurna Base Camp?

No, you don’t need crampons for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. You will just need a pair of good-quality hiking boots and hiking poles for extra support and stability. However, if you are willing to trek during early spring i.e. January or February, then you might need crampons depending on the intensity of the snowfall.

Are permits required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

You will need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card before starting the trek. This will be handled for you after booking.

How is the food on the trek?

The food on the mountain consists of such staples as bread, butter, porridge, eggs, noodles, rice, lentils, curries, and vegetables. We recommend eating high-carb foods which provide energy and warmth and less meat as it may not be fresh at higher altitude.

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