Annapurna base camp trekking

Annapurna Sanctuary Base Camp Trek (17 Days)

The trek to Annapurna’s south facing base camp offers an opportunity to view dramatic Himalayan peaks in a short amount of time. It is not that difficult of a trek although some portions have steep climbs. This trek traverses a variety of terrain from lowland villages and rice terraces to glaciers.

This trek begins and ends in Pokara and can be completed in 8-10 days depending on which route you take. The mail trekking seasons of spring and autumn are the best times to do this trek. The maximum height of this trek is 4,130 meters.

This trek can be done in winter, but is very dangerous after snowfall. Avalanches can block the narrow entrance to the sanctuary. Some avalanches tend not to be visible and come crashing down at unsuspecting times and at frightening speeds, this is especially true around Mt.Himchuli.

Facts of the Trek

Total Days: 17 days

Trekking Days: 11 days

Hotel in Kathmandu: 4 days

Hotel in Pokhara: 2 days

Trek Grade: Moderate

Altitude Maximum: 4130m (Annapurna Base Camp)

Type of Trek: Lodge (Recommended for camping also)

Best season: March-May and September-November

Walking Time: 5-6 hours each day

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives.


Day 02: Kathmandu: In the morning we will visit Patan, a true open-air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries. In the afternoon we will visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square, including the old royal palace and the house of the Kumari (a living goddess who is the reincarnation of Kali).


Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) by tourist coach bus: In the afternoon, we will visit Devis Falls (the waterfall goes into a very deep and narrow canal), Gupteswor Cave (a very attractive natural cave) and Fewa Lake (second largest lake in Nepal, 1.5 km long) which are the main tourist attractions in Pokhara.


Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m): After a one and half hour drive to Naya Pul, we will start our trek to Birethanti. Where the check post police will check our TIMS card and conservation permit, which is situated beside the Modi Khola River. We will walk along the Bhurungdi river which end before climbing the steep part up to ulleri next day.




Day 05: Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860m): Today we have about 7 hours of walking via Ulleri and Nangethati villages. From Tikhedhunga, we begin our journey with a rocky steep climb to Ulleri, which is a large Magar village at 2070m elevations. On the trail we will see beautiful rhododendron forests, which will be very colorful if our trek is during the blooming season in the months of April and May.




Day 06: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m): In the early morning we will hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for the wonderful mountain scenery at sunrise, including Dhaulagiri( 8167m), Machhapuchhre (commonly called Fishtail(6998m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II( 7939m), Annapurna III(7555m), Annapurna IV(7525m), Himchuli(6441m), Annapurna South(7219m), Tukuche Peak(6920m), and Lamjung Himal(6986m). From Poon Hill we will retrace our steps to Ghorepani. After having breakfast we will continue our trek climbing a small hill leaving behind the view of Poon Hill then trail descends through dense mossy forest rich with bird life to Tadapani.


Day 07: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m): Our day will start with a steep descend from Tadapani through forests as we approach to Gurjung which is a village of Gurung peoples. We will than take an easy walk to Chhomrong, where we will see very close views of Annapurna and Fishtail.


Day 08: Trek Chhomrong to Dovan: On the third day of our trek, we will descend to Chhomrong Khola and than continue by ascending to Khuldighar where there is Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) checkpost. Our trek continues to Dovan.


Day 09: Trek Dovan to Deurali (3230m): Today, the trek will begin by climbing through Bamboo (2335m) and crossing rhododendron and other mixed forests until we reach Deurali.


Day 10: Trek Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC-4130m) : The trek through the narrow Modi Kola valley will bring you to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). We continue to ABC, one of the famous places in the Annapurna area, where you will reach by silvery mountains in one of the most beautiful of landscapes. These include tremendous views of the near vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary to the northwest.


Day 11: Trek Annapurna Base camp (ABC) to Bamboo (2340m): The trek from ABC descends back along the same trail past MBC to Bamboo, taking about five hours. For many, it's much easier to descend.


Day 12: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m): The trek to Jhinu Danda has a lot of ups and downs and takes approximately five hours. From Jhinu Danda, it takes about 20 minutes to descend to the hot spring on the bank of the Modi Khola where you can have a relaxing soak.


Day 13: Trek Jhinu Danda to Tolka (1850m): This day, the trek will commence to Landrung Gurung village by crossing the Modi Khola. Then our trek continues to Tolka.


Day 14: Trek Tolka to Pokhara (820m): This is our final trekking day and we will trek from Tokla to Phedi to get a Bus or Van. It’s 30 minutes drive to Pokhara.




Day 15: Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu (1334m): The flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu in the morning is approximately 30 minutes and during your flight you will enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas again and be able to take some spectacular pictures.


Day 16: Kathmandu: Today we will visit Pashupatinath (ancient and holiest temple of Hindu religion), Boudhanath (the largest Stupa of Nepal built in 14th century), Soyambhunath (one of the world's most glorious stupa), famous for eyes of Buddha which seem to be observing the world from four directions.

Transfer to the airport and departure


The tour price includes:

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing BB basis.
  • Transport, guided visits & entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Bus ticket Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Domestic flight ticket Pokhara-Kathmandu as per Itinerary.
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and conservation entry fee.
  • A professional tour/ trekking guide and porters.
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee cup based one cup on each meal)
  • Accommodation in Lodge during the trek.
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porters, assistant guide)

The tour price does not include:

  • International Flight.
  • International airport tax in Kathmandu- approximately USD 20.
  • Nepal entry visa fee USD 40. (Total 30 days from the date of issue) and you may easily obtain your visa upon your arrival in Kathmandu international airport.
  • NOTE: You need 2 Passport size photos for the visa.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Personnel trekking equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc.
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed.
  • Personal medical supplies.
  • Alternative transportation, in case of flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Tips for trekking staff or bus driver.


Special Note:

This Itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. The Trek can be operated with Lodge/tea house and/or camping accommodation, based on your preference. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

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