Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Long - 17 Days

Trekking, Hiking, Mountaineering, Expedition, Cultural Insight, Foods and Culinary, Photography, Meditation, Sightseeing, Festivals Celebration, National Parks Exploration, and so on
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1-12
Duration
17 Days Days
Mode
Tea House/Lodge
Max-Altitude
4,130m/13,545ft
Daily Walking
5-6 hrs
Grade
3
Culture
Gurung , Brahmin , Kshetri , Magar
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Annapurna isn't just a grand massif on the Himalayan skyline - it also has a prominent place in climbing history, having been the first 8,000m peak to be scaled successfully. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal can claim that particular accolade, but even if you don't plan a climbing expedition to the top of Annapurna, it is still well worth doing the Annapurna base camp trek; also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary route. In this article, we tell you why.

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath
  • Pashupatinath

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
  • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

3. Kathmandu to Pokhara(830m /2,700ft)

  • Duration:200km (5-6hrs Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Dhading
  • Muglin
  • Damauli
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Walk to Lakeside
  • Preparation for trek

4. Pokhara – Nayapul - Tikhedhunga (1,540 m/ 5,052 ft)

  • Duration:44km (One and half hrs drive) and 8km (4-5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:440m/1,443ft

  • Pokhara
  • Nayapul
  • Sudhame
  • Hiley
  • Tikhedhunga

Highlights:

  • Landscape
  • Lifestyle
  • Culture
  • Nature

5. Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2,840m/9,318ft)

  • Duration:11km (7-8hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:1,300m/4,265ft

  • Tikhedhunga
  • Ulleri
  • Banthanti
  • Nange Thanti
  • Ghorepani

Highlights:

  • Bushes
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Hiking
  • Lifestyle
  • Jungle Walk
  • Sunset View

6. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani(2,700m/8,860ft)

  • Duration:14km (6-7hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/ Hotel
  • Ascend:400m/1,312ft
  • Descend:500m/1,640ft

  • Poon Hill
  • Deurali
  • Banthanti
  • Tadapani

Highlights:

  • Sunrise View from Poon Hill
  • Panoramic View of Annapurna Range
  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Pine Forest
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Adventure
  • Prayer Flag
  • Jungle Walk

7. Tadapani to Chhomrong(2,170m/7,119ft)

  • Duration:16km (6-7hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:900m/2,952ft
  • Ascend:380m/1,246ft

  • Tadapani
  • Chuile
  • Gurjung
  • Chhomrong

Highlights:

  • Jungle Walk
  • Stunning Views of Himalayas
  • Best View of Machhapuchhre(Fish-Tail Mountain)
  • Gurung Culture
  • Landscapes
  • Suspension Bridge

8. Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,578ft)

  • Duration:12Km (5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:300m/984ft
  • Ascend:: 520m/1,706ft

  • Chhomrong
  • Sinuwa
  • Bamboo

Highlights:

  • Close View of Annapurna South
  • Himchuli and Machhapuchhre(Fish-Tail Mountain)
  • Bushes Walk
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Incredible Nature

9. Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft)

  • Duration:12Km (5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:910m/2,985ft

  • Bamboo
  • Dovan
  • Himalaya
  • Hinku Cave
  • Deurali

Highlights:

  • Hidden Valley Side
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Flora and Fauna

10. Deurali to Annapurana Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,135ft)

  • Duration:12Km (5-6hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:900m/2,952ft

  • Deurali
  • Bagar
  • Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Annapurna Base Camp

Highlights:

  • High Altitude Walk
  • Avalanche Area
  • Wild animals like Mountain Goats
  • Marine Glacier
  • Annapurna - I View
  • Machhapuchhre View
  • Snow Bowl
  • Waterfall
  • Landscape
  • Sunset View

11. Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

  • Duration:22Km (7-8hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/ Hotel
  • Descend:1,820m/5,971ft

  • Annapurna Base Camp
  • Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Deurali
  • Himalaya
  • Dovan
  • Bamboo

Highlights:

  • Sunrise View
  • Annapurna-I View
  • Annapurna Glacier
  • Tent Peak
  • Machhapuchhre
  • Annapurna South Ice falling area
  • Flowers
  • Achievement of a lifetime

12. Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,770ft)

  • Duration:16m (5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:200m/656ft
  • Descend:530m/1,738ft

  • Bamboo
  • Jhinu Danda

Highlights:

  • Himchuli View
  • Panoramic View of Annapurna South
  • Fishtail - one of the famous holy mountain
  • Bamboo Forest/Bushes
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Culture
  • Diverse Ethnicity
  • Natural Hot Spring (Pond)

13. Jhinu Danda – Tolka(1,700m/5,577ft)

  • Duration:9Km (5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:440m/1,443ft
  • Ascend:360m/1,181ft

  • Jhinu Danda
  • New Bridge
  • Landruk
  • Tolka

Highlights:

  • Natural Hot Spring (Pond)
  • Landscape
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Honey Hunting
  • Village View

14. Tolka – Dhampus(1,650m/5,413ft)

  • Duration:9Km (5hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:400m/1,312ft
  • Descend:450m/1,476ft

  • Tolka
  • Bhaise Kharka
  • Pothana Deurali
  • Dhampus

Highlights:

  • Jungle Walk
  • Monkey and Langur
  • Scenic Walk
  • Incredible Nature

15. Dhampus – Pokhara

  • Duration:3Km (2hrs walk) and 19Km (45mins drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:520m/1,706ft

  • Dhampus
  • Phedi
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Pokhara City View
  • Lifestyle
  • Last viewpoint of Annapurna Range
  • Scenic Drive
  • Incredible Nature 

16. Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Duration:200Km (5-6hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:710m/2,329ft

  • Pokhara
  • Malekhu
  • Dhading
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the evening

17. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara
  • All foods and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Either drive or domestic flight in (Ktm – Pkr- Ktm). With other driving fares such as drive from Nayapul to Pokhara
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25kg) along with their salary, lodging, foods and insurance
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Foods in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring a converter or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug.

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Annapurna Base Camp Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can bring any of the currencies to Nepal and for your ease, Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu or Pokhara.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Annapurna Base Camp Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available as a short and easy trek to the Annapurna Region as well as adventurous and challenging version according to the ability and the requirement of the trekkers.

The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Annapurna Conservation are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot snow leopard, red panda, two varieties of dazzling pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, and Marten as well.

The Annapurna Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers”, as well as Gurung, Magar, and other ethnicities like Tamang, Brahmin and Kshetris etc and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. In a nutshell, there is a mixed culture in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

 

Yes, you will need a special permit for Annapurna Base Camp Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

 

Of course, since Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Annapurna Base Camp Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

 

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water

Though it is not compulsory to take a guide with you if you are trekking for the first time with the purpose of exploring the best of Annapurna Base Camp Trek and each aspect of this trek, then a highly experienced and licensed guide is the most to instruct you, help you explore as well as to take care of you.

 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than 2 decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none if our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

The best time to go for Annapurna Base Camp Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available in both adventurous as well as moderate difficulty according to the requirement of the clients.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available in both short as well as long versions and it offers trekkers to explore the very best of nature including the astonishing sceneries of mountain peaks all around, the lush green bushes, rivers, wildlife and vegetations along with the exploration of lifestyle and culture of locals with suspension bridges, prayer flags, and various artistic monuments to add more charm.

 

Generally, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is 14-18 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

 

Reviews
Bastian M
Bastian M
Source:Trip Advisor

Ich war mit den Nepal Mountain Trekkers Anfang April 2018 im Annapurna gebiet unterwegs.
Unser Guide Suman Gurung und Träger Pralad Simkhada waren sehr nett und zu vorkommend, haben alles möglich gemacht und sich hervorragen um uns gekümmert, so dass wir einen sorgenfreien Urlaub genießen konnten.
Selbst als ich durch eine Magenverstimmung aussetzen musste, wurde alles in die Wege geleitet das es mir wieder besser geht und ich den Treck beenden konnte.
Großes Lob an die beiden.
Wenn ich das nächste mal nach Nepal komme werde ich wieder mit Nepal Mountain Trekkers meine Reise / Treck planen.
Die Guides kennen sich Hervorragend in der Gegend aus und haben viele persönliche Kontakte Stätten und Dörfern was sehr hilfreich sein kann.

Von mir gibt es da einen fetten Daumen nach oben!
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Navsoa
Navsoa
Source:Trip Advisor

Geweldige trekking met een goede gids. De trekking was goed verzorgd. De gids, genaamd Dal, hield rekening met onervaren trekkers en was ook niet te beroerd om onze backpack te dragen.

Diegonavea
Diegonavea
Source:Trip Advisor

 

My first trip to Nepal was in 2010, I contacted with Mr Ramesh Dhakal in Thamel and had a great impression; I asked about the activities I wanted to do (Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna trek, cultural visits to the cities in Kathmandu Valley, sports...). Ramesh explained to me very kindly about all these activities, very deeply, with all the recomendations about the gear, the food, the guide, and made feel very safe, so I felt convinced about doing the activities with the company and no soloing. He told me a very important thing to me: "Here in Nepal we are happy if you are happy, because if you are happy you´ll come back. We are not interested in cheating people in any means". We discussed the prices and never felt cheated. After that I met my guide Min Nepali, who was with me almost the entire tiem I spent in Nepal, and we became best friends. Ramesh and Min are really wonderful people, taught me a lot and more about Nepal, the nature, the people, the cities, and moreover with their attitude I learned the beatiful people that are Nepali peoples. Also Mr Devaraj Dhakal, the manager of the hotel the company runs, and all the staff made my journey an experience to remember. From temples to jungle to mountain passes (Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Region, Chitwan, Helambu route, Kathmandu, Bakthapur, Patan, bungee jumping, elefant riding...). And after that... From that trip I fell in love with Nepal, so in March 2015 I came back to Nepal with my wife, and of course we contacted Ramesh again. We did the Everest Base Camp route with Min Nepali again, this time more than a guide, he was a brother to us. Never felt treated so well. This time my wife also fell in love with Nepal. From my experience, if you go to Nepal don´t doubt to contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Ramesh Dhakal and his staff will make the very best to make your trip a wonderful experience.

Cecilia N
Cecilia N
Source:Trip Advisor

 

This was our first time (females, mid-20s) in Nepal and with trekking in general so we felt very overwhelmed. I mean, with travel agencies everywhere you look it's hard not to be! Luckily, Nepal Mountain Trekker's office was right beside our place of accommodation, Hotel Horizon. We were on a budget so we decided to only hire a guide for peace of mind. We got SO much more out of it then we could have imagined! The manager - Mr. Ramesh Dhakal, was very helpful in accommodating our needs and budget. He answered every concern we had and referred us to our guide, Min Bahadur. Min really made our experience during the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek memorable! There was no language barrier and Min always made sure we were safe and comfortable (i.e. checking our rental equipment, helping us bargain, making sure we ate well, motivating us, the list goes on). We cannot express how fortunate we felt! I would recommend this service which we found to be very honest and worthwhile and our guide for anyone planning to visit Nepal! Take care!

Raimond T
Raimond T
Source:Trip Advisor

I was in nepal. I did trekking with mr. Tika dhakal annapurna 15days. Trekking was fentasfik and funy ' he is best fuide in my life. I will reccommend my friends mr. TOKA DHAKAL amd nepal mountain trekking company.

Wans Spiess
Wans Spiess
Source:Trip Advisor

 

The owners of Nepal Mountain Trekkers helped me to organize my trip in Nepal. They have not only good tours and prices, but are also very polite and friendly. It was 22 days trekking the Annapurna, wonderful mountains and other smaller trekkings like Nagarkot. I got all support and information during the trips but with attention to my individuality and liberty always . I had one of the best times in my life! I highly recommend these guys !

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