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Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek

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Annapurna base camp trek

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Country
Nepal

Duration
15 Days

Maximum altitude
4130m/13546ft

Activity
Trekking

Difficulty
Moderate/Difficult

Best Season
October, November, December, February, March, April

Accomodation
Mountain Lodge

Meals
Excluded

Start/End Point
Phedi / Nayapul

Trek Highlights

Seven hour scenic drive to Pokhara

Walk around Phewa Lake

Enchanting Sunrise view from Poon hill (3210m)

Close up view of Mt Machhapurchhre and Annapurna I

Eye-catching waterfalls and Modi Khola river

Beautiful terraces with rice field and farm house.

Friendly Gurung people and their hospitality

Trek Overview

Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular treks across the Annapurna Region Trekking. It is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. The trail passes through the formidable bamboo forests and thickets to open up the great amphitheater of the sanctuary for recreational use.  Annapurna base camp trek is more distinct than any other trek because of its multi-ethnic villages, rich culture, beautiful landscape, and natural scenery. It is a good introductory route for close encounters with the Himalayas in a short period. It is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This is one of the most popular and spectacular trekking trails in Nepal. The base camp is situated at 4130m/13546ft.

From Pokhara half an hour drive to Phedi by private car. Annapurna base camp trek commences from Phedi. From Phedi, the trail passes through the Sal trees with sections of stone steps, the village inhabitants of Brahmins, Chhetris, and Gurungs in Dhampus.

Annapurna base camp trek commences from Phedi and ends at Nayapul. During trekking days trekkers enjoy spectacular mountain scenery with incredible cultural diversity although it has some steep climbs in the trekking trail until Dhampus village. The village has Superb views of the Annapurna ranges including the Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, etc mountains, beautiful sunsets, and sunrises on the Himalayas, and a countryside experience

Annapurna base camp trek is the incredible diversity of the Annapurna and offers naturalists the perfect environment for discovering a wealth of bird life. Its unique habitats shelter diverse groups of bird species. In the Annapurna region, birds are daily, seasonal, and altitudinal migrants birds such as cuckoos visit spring for breeding.

Annapurna base camp trek is combined with Poon Hill (3210m/10528ft). From Poon hill, you can observe incredible sunrise with panoramic view plethora peaks Churen Himal, Dhaulagiri (8167m/26788ft), Nilgiri (7041m/23094ft), Fishtail or Machhapuchhare (6998m/22953ft) mount Annapurna I (8091m/26538ft), mount Annapurna II (7939m/26039), mount Annapurna III(7555m/24780ft), mount Annapurna IV (7525m/24682ft), mount Annapurna south (7219m/23678ft), mount Himchuli (6441m/21126ft), Lamjung Himal (6986m/22914ft), Tukuche peak. The trail descends through the forest to Ulleri. From the Ulleri trail drop on the staircase of a few thousand steps to the Tirkhedunga.The trail follows the Burundi Khola with warm weather to the Birethanti. The   Annapurna base camp trek ends at Nayapul.

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Outline Itinerary

1:

Arrival In Kathmandu

2:

Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara

3:

Pokhara Drive phedi, Trek to Tolkha

4:

Trek Tolkha to Jhinu Danda

5:

Jhinu Danda to Sinuwa. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

6:

Sinuwa to Himalayan Hotel. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

7:

Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

8:

Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

9:

Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

10:

Dovan to Chomrong. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

11:

Chomrong to Tadapani. O/n in Mountain Lodge.

12:

Tadapani to Ghorepani. O/n in Mountain Lodge

13:

Ghorepani to Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.

14:

Drive to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.

15:

Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for final departure.

Prices - Prices are per person and excluding all International flight.

Gold price:

We provide you with accommodation in a tea house and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), while you're trekking.

Silver price:

The trekkers should pay by themselves the expenses of their meals and accommodation in the tea house while they're trekking. But other services are the same which are included in the Gold price and are also included in the Silver price.

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  • Airport to hotel pick and drop by private vehicle
  • Two night accommodation in Kathmandu at three star hotel with breakfast
  • Two night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Accommodation in Mountain lodge run by local people during trek
  • Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  • One highly experienced mountain Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people),
  • Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and porters
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation area entry permit
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
  • All additional government tax
  • Pokhara to Phedi transportation
  • Nayapul to Pokhara transportation
  • Kathmandu/ Pokhara / Kathmandu tourist bus ticket.
  • Other ground transportation
  • Nepal entry visa fee (USD 30 for 15 days/ USD 50 for 30 days from date of issue) (You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • International air fare
  • Travelers insurance
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Approx 10-12 USD)
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. Personal illness, strike etc.
  • Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking
  • Airport to hotel pick and drop by private vehicle
  • Two night accommodation in Kathmandu at three star hotel with breakfast
  • Two night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • One highly experienced mountain Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people),
  • Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and porters
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation area entry permit
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
  • All additional government tax
  • Pokhara / Phedi / Nayapul / Pokhara transportation
  • Kathmandu/ Pokhara / Kathmandu tourist bus ticket.
  • Other ground transportation
  • Nepal entry visa fee (USD 30 for 15 days from date of issue) (You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport,
  • All Meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  • International air fare
  • Accommodation in Mountain lodge run by local people during trek
  • Travelers insurance
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Approx 10-12 USD)
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. Personal illness, strike etc.
  • Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking

Trek Map

Annapurna base camp trek map
Annapurna base camp trek Altitude chart

Detailed Itinerary

After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, meet our officer. He will assist you to transfer your hotel. At hotel our officer gives you orientation of the overall trip. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Hotel
Orientation program
Welcome drinks
Kathmandu 1400m
Transfer to Hotel
Transfer to Hotel
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Orientation Program
Orientation Program
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After breakfast 10 minute walk from your hotel to tourist bus stand. It takes seven hour to reach pokhara. The drive is scenic with the Trishuli and Marsyangdi river view. The village and small settelment can be observe from the bus along the drive. Bus will stop at few places for Breakfast, Launch and refreshment. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.

Hotel in Pokhara
Drive Pokhara
Breakfast
Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara
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Walk around Phewa Lake
Walk around Phewa Lake
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Drive to Phedi after breakfast which takes one hour and we start to trek. The trek is uphill for few hour until Pitam deurali 2100m and we walk downhill towards Tolkha. We pass through several beautiful village like Dhampus, Pothana, Pitam deurali, Bhedi Kharka. O/n at mountain lodge.

Mountain lodge
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tolkha
Drive to Phedi
Drive to Phedi
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Trek Phedi to Pitam Deurali
Trek Phedi to Pitam Deurali
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Trek Pitam Deurali to Tolkha 1700m
Trek Pitam Deurali to Tolkha 1700m
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The trail goes gradually downhill passing through famous Gurung village called Landruk. We reach Newbridge for launch crossing river Modi Khola on suspension bridge. After walking high above the gorge we again cross suspension bridge and reach Jhinudanda 1780m. After short rest we go hot spring. O/n at mountain lodge.

Mountain lodge
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jhinu Danda
Trek Tolkha to Newbridge
Trek Tolkha to Newbridge
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From Jhinu Danda the trail accent 400m/1312ft continuous to the Taglung village. It is one of the toughest sages in Annapurna sanctuary trek. The Chhomrong village 2170m/7117ft one of the biggest Gurung settlement and the village home to many ex- Gurkha soldiers. Lunch. From Chomrong the trail steep decent staircase ta side stream. After cross iron bridge the trail climbs steps steeply upwards to a few corner until Sinuwa at 2335m/7658ft. O/n at Mountain Lodge in Sinuwa.

Jhinu Danda to Sinuwa. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Jhinu Danda to Sinuwa. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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From Sinuwa the trail accent muddy and rocky trail the Kuldighar from here you can view spectacular massive Mt. Fishtail(6996 m). Trail pass through the slippery, misty with rhododendron forest near by Modi Khola. After crossing bamboo branches, rotting trees trunks your in Bomboo at 2335 m. After Bamboo one hour continuous walking thick forest to the Dovan 2505m. Lunch. After Dovan the trail climbs up from the murky gorge on to the high upland meadows. The trail soon penetrates the dense bamboo forest at Himalaya Hotel (2875 m). O/n at mountain Lodge in Himalaya Hotel.

Sinuwa to Himalayan Hotel. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Sinuwa to Himalayan Hotel. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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The trail continues accent to the Hinku Cave at 3150 m the risky area of the avalanche from Hiunchuli the period of monsoon until early October. From Hinku Cave the trail dives across a small ravine and straddles small climb your in Deurali at 3230 m. From Deurali trail flow the stream Modi Khola with spectacular view of Gangapurna and Machapurchhere to the Bagar(3300 m).The trail across the Modi Khoal and continue on the east bank before crossing back to the main track. The final accent through the rocky meadows trail to the Machapuchhre Base Camp at 3700 m. Evening beautiful sunset view west face of the Machhapuchhre. O/n at Mountain Lodge in Machhapuchhre.

Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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From Machhapuchhre Base camp the trail climb steadily wide meadows three hour walking in thin air. We will recommend you to start trek little earlier as usual before the sun makes a warm the icy platform. The cloud is below until lunch so that the mountain views are incredible. After lunch you can climb for acclimatized and energetic up to the ridge of the southwest, on the moraine alongside the glacier drops from Annapurna south. After gaining height provide more spectacular mountain views in Annapurna sanctuary the Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli both trekking peak. To spent overnight in Annapurna base camp gives a different perspective to this great amphitheater of mountains. It is truly is a land of the magical make believe. O/n at mountain Lodge in Annapurna base camp.

Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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Early morning spectacular sunrise view in Annapurna Mountain including Annapurna south , Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre. After break fast the trail retreat down to the Dovan. 1o hours walking. O/n at Mountain Lodge in Dovan.

Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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After breakfast the trail accent to the Khuldi Jhar than few time up and donwn small hill through the thick forest your in Sinuwa. From Sinuwa the trial steep decent to the stream. After crossing bridge the trail continuous accent stone staircase to the Chomrong village. After decending from high altitude is always relaxing and refreshing on body and mind. O/n at mountain lodge in Chomrong.

Dovan to Chomrong. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Dovan to Chomrong. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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From Chomrong the trail leads west into the side valley of the Kmrong Khola valley. The trail descend to the Gurjung village (1900m) .After few minutes rest with hot tea and coffees you will cross long suspension bridge in stream. The trail begins long climb. The trail is quite steep over the terraces gaining height brutally at times and cool forest near Chuuli. Lunch. After lunch the trail continues up to the Tadapani(2590m) through the thick rhododendron forest. O/n at mountain Loge in Tadapani.

Chomrong to Tadapani. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Chomrong to Tadapani. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
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From Tadapani the trail descends steeply to the streams, you will encounter white longueur in left side cliff. After crossing small bridge the trail accent through the rhododendron forest to the Banthanti height amazing view of Annapurna south. After few minutes walk you will be small settlement of Banthanti(2520 m) nearby stream. From Banthanti the trail accent through the muddy and slippery belongs in waterfall, so that you have to careful under such conditions. After two hour continuous walking through the high woodland in ridge to Deurali (2990 m). Lunch. After half an hour accent the trail up and down small hill through the rhododendron forest you will be Gurung Hill. From Guring Hill you can observe panoramic view of Annapurna range , Dhulagiri range and Kaligandaki valley which better than poon hill view. After half an hour descend you will be Ghorepani(2870m). O/n at Mountain Lodge in Ghorepani.

Tadapani to Ghorepani. O/n in Mountain Lodge
Tadapani to Ghorepani. O/n in Mountain Lodge
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Early morning climb one hour to the Poon Hill(3210 m) to view panoramic sunrise view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. After breakfast the trail descend to the thick rhododendron forest to the Ulleri (2010 m) . From Ulleri trail steep decent to the Tikhedunga(1500 m). Lunch. After lunch the trails descend to the Birethanti(1025 m) than Nayapul(1070 m) through the Bhurundi Khola. 9 hour walking. From Nayapul one and half hour drive to the Pokhara. O/n at hotel in Pohara.

Ghorepani to Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
Ghorepani to Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
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After breakfast drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. 7 hours drive. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.

Drive to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Drive to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
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The Himalayan Smile Treks staff will come to drop Kathmandu Tribhuwan International airport for final departure before three hour. Onward your safe Journey.

Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for final departure.
Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for final departure.
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Trek FAQs

You don't need to carry all your stuff which is not required for trekking. You can be left at your hotel or Himalayan Smile Treks office in Kathmandu. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit but we do not store clients valuables in our office. Also the hotel you will provide locker their you can store your valuables things. After you come back from trekking, we handover your luggage and other stuff to you.

We assign one of our officers to look after you, who constantly stay in touch with you during your stay in Nepal. We give you his mobile number. Or you may directly contact to our office number also.

In fact you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.

If you're doing camping trek we offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Just let us know if you want vegetarian meals when you book your trek. But we can't fulfill every trekkers requirement(i.e., dietary requirements or special meals ). Also tea house trekking you will get vegetarian meal. Please tell about your trekking guide about details of your food allergy.

If your solo trekkers we will provide you on single room in tea house. In peak season (October, November, December , March, April) you have to share room with a member of the same sex but it is rarely.

You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package

Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m

To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks), If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness.

You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Himalaya trekking. The Himalayan Smile Treks advise to do trek who has with heart conditions, knee problems, severe asthma or pregnant should not participate in the trek. The Himalayan Smile Treks could not be responsible in Himalaya trekking due to the lack of the medical facilities any problems due to your special dietary requirements or medical condition

There is no government restriction on the age limit for the Nepal trekking. If the trekkers children under the age of 8 years old and adults over 70 years old. The Himalayan Smile Treks recommend to hire an extra porter(our package price including one porter for two people).

In our trek packages one porter is including for two people. The one porter can carry 20-25 kg your luggage( per person 12 KG). If you're interested to hire extra porter we will recommend to hire in Lukla for Everest base camp trek. The porter cost approximately USD 15. If you want to hire a porter then please let us know at the time you make your trek booking. After Lukla it is very difficult to get porter. if your hire porter above the Lukla or Namche bazaar the porter cost USD 20 to 30 but they cannot always be reliable.

As general rule, it is hot enough during the days to wear an open-neck shirt with shorts and you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets cold so, long trousers and a warm jersey is essential.

Please consult your local doctor and follow his advice. However, if you are taking any particular medicines, it would be best to bring them with you.

There are trekking shops at Thamel, in Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags and other equipments on reasonable price.

We will recommend you to rent or buy sleeping bags as low as -30 °C. This temperature is suitable for Everest base camp trekking(above 4000m). We will suggest to buy /rent sleeping bags and so you can try it out. Also you can rent /buy sleeping bag in Kathmandu trekking store.

If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, you should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.

Trekking areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, all most tea houses/ mountain lodges have telephone facilities. From there you can make international calls to your home and friends staying any part of the world.

Nepal is absolutely safe country to travel. Our staffs do take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in few trekking destinations. But today they have also come to peaceful political stream. So there is no more any fear and need to give donation for any party.

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for every two trekkers.

Our group size is minimum 2 and maximum 12 however we will start trek from One people. We can organize trek according to customer requested date.

In Everest region trekking we offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Around 5000 m trekking you don't need crampons but if you're going cross the high pass like Larkya la pass(5,235 m), Throng la Pass(5216 m) and Cho La Pass( 5,420 m) it is recommended. We will provide clean sleeping bag during the trekking.

Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also available hot water for shower. The hot shower is bucket shower(not running hot shower) except Namche bazaar. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version.

In tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. In tea house your will get vegetarian food. Also we will recommend to eat Vegetarian food. Also in tea house has western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants

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