Annapurna Base Camp Trek


Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous and beautiful treks in all of Nepal. It starts from the agricultural rice paddies and takes you through forests of rhododendron and bamboo brushes through the heart of the Annapurna mountain range. This trek offers breath taking scenery of Himalaya including two of the highest mountain peaks, Dhaulagiri (8169m) and Annapurna (8091m) which are the seventh and tenth highest peaks in the world respectively.
The trip starts and ends at the city of Pokhara, widely known as Lake City, with an overall loop following the Modi River. During this trek you will have an opportunity to observe and interact with local communities and their lifestyles. The main attractions of this trek are the 360 degree views of the mountains from Poon Hill, the Annapurna Base Camp, villages of Gurang Chhomrog and Ghandruk, and stunning views of Annapurna south, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre. Natural hot spring of Jhinu rewards after our hard days of trekking.

Accommodation During Annapurna Base Camp Trek

During the trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room which also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin share basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it’s necessary to share a room with more than two people. During the treks, most of the bathroom and toilet facilities are shared. Toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.

Meals During Annapurna Base Camp Trek

In Kathmandu, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance, a Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food. Newars are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley. Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek, we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian and continental). Then, we take dinner and breakfast at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses.

Day 01 – Arrived in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will taxi you for drop off you at the hotel. After checking in, you are welcome to rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel, which is located in the heart of a major shopping district. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks, where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food and culture.

 

Day 02 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu, which are listed as World Heritage Sites. We will visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), and Hindus secret temple, Pashupatinath. We will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. In the middle of the tour, we will take you to the very special local restaurant for lunch.After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for discussion and preparation for our upcoming days of trekking.

 

Day 03 – Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 6 hours We will the taxi from the hotel to the bus station where we will go to Pokhara by tourist bus (approximately 6 to 7-hour trip). This drive offers beautiful views of farms, villages, big and small rivers and mountains. By the afternoon, we will be at Pokhara. Pokhara is known as the “City of Lakes and Mountain” and our hotel is by the side of the famous lake called “Fewa”. We will enjoy boating on the lake and relax in the restaurant alongside the lakeshore. In the evening, we will have a delicious dinner in another restaurant.

 

Day 04 – Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) to Phedi and Pothana (1,890m/6,200ft): 4.5 hours
After breakfast, we will begin our first day of trekking by driving for 45 minutes to Phedi in private transportation (taxi). Our journey on foot begins with climbing uphill for 3 hours passing through the small forest, rice paddies and houses of villagers. After we ascend for 3 hours, we will arrive at Dhampus where we will rest and have lunch. Dhampus to Potana is another one and half hours steady climb passing through the village and small rhododendron forest.

 

Day 05– Pothana (1,890m/6,200ft) to Landruk (1,565m/5,134ft): 5 hours
In the early morning, we can see the beautiful view of Fishtail and Annapurna south from the Potana. We will begin our trekking after breakfast ascending steady uphill to Deurali. There are two homesteads run by the villager in traditional village house style. After Daurali, we will start to go downhill until we reach Tolkawhere we pass through the forest. In Tolka, we will have lunch and the trek for another one hour to Landruk where we spend our second night with accommodations and lodging.

 

Day 06 Landruk(1,565m/5,134ft)toChhomrong(2,170m/7,119ft): 5 hours
The early morning sunrise will boost the beauty of the Annapurna South and Himchuli mountains. In today’s trek, we will continue through the rice field to the Modi River and cross the suspension bridge over it. A steady climb followed by an east flat trail will take us to another small river. We cross another suspension bridge and start to climb the steep uphill. We can enjoy the nice food and the hospitality found in the village of Jhinu. Another one hour steep uphill takes us to Chhomrong where we will stop for a restful evening.

 

Day 07 – Chhomrong (2,170m/7,119ft) to Dothan (2,600m/8,530ft): 6 hours
On this day we will walk up to one of the biggest and most beautiful villages we will see during this trek. The day will start with a downward trek towards Chhomrong village which will pass by the fast flowing Modi river. This will give you an excellent opportunity to observe and interact with the Gurung community and gain an insight into their lives. As we cross the bridge over the Modi River we start to ascend steeply uphill passing the settlement of lower Sinuwa. The trek will continue through bamboo forests gradually leading up towards Dobhan where we will spend the night.
Day 08 – Dobhan (2,600m/8,530ft) to Durali (3,230/10,597ft): 5 hours
We wake up today in Dobhan, a small narrow valley that is surrounded by a bamboo forest. Today’s trek will take us through the bamboo and rhododendron forests passing by beautiful free-flowing waterfalls. As we head towards Duralli, we will be surrounded by the tall craggy mountains that will provide perfect photo opportunities to capture the beauty of this region. The day will end at Durali with magnificent views of Macchapucchre Base Camp, the foot of fishtail mountain which is an upward climb enclosed by magnificent snow-capped mountains. 

Day 09– Durali(3,230/10,597ft) to Annapurna Base camp(4,130m/13549ft): 6 hours
At dawn of this day, we will begin with a gradual climb of 470 meters to Annapurna Base Camp. It is when you reach the base camp of Machhapuchre Basecamp that you will be blown away by with accomplishment and the pure beauty of your surroundings as the sun rises slowly up the mountainside. Another two and half hours uphill will bring us to Annapurna Base Camp – the pinnacle of our trek. Annapurna base camp trek is also called Annapurna centenary trek. This is because when you reach base camp you will have the feeling of tranquility as you realize you are surrounded by mountains on all sides.

 

Day 10 –Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m/13549ft) to Bamboo(2,310m/7,585ft): 6 hoursToday we wake up early to watch the sunrise at the Annapurna mountain range. After we have breakfast, we will start our descent down the mountain passing through the settlements of Macchapucchre Base Camp, Durali, Himalaya and Dobhan (the same way we came up). Trekking is much more forgiving on the way down and our ability to cover more ground in shorter amounts of time is expected. We end our hiking at Bamboo where we will have warm meals and restful sleeping accommodations.

 

Day 11- Bamboo(2,310m/7,585ft) to Jhinu(1720m/5643ft): 5 hours
The trek today will be a tiring uphill and downhill battle between the villages of Sinwa and Jhinu. However, once you have reached Jhinu, you have the option of a short 25-minute descent to the Modi River. This is where you can reward yourself and your hard day of trekking by relaxing in the natural hot springs (absolutely lovely and relaxing).

 

Day 12– Jhinu (1,720m/5,643ft) to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,364ft): 4 hours
The day begins at dawn with a descent down to the Modi River. We cross the river and start to ascend up through the rice terraces and forests. Hiking today is expected to be a total of 5 hours mostly passing through the fields where we can observe the farming culture of Nepal.

 

Day 13- Ghandruk (1,940m/6,364ft) to Banthanti Hill (2,630m/8,628): 3-4 hours
Ghandruk is one of the biggest villages inhabited by the Gurung community. Our trekking today will ascend gentle uphill movements through the forest of rhododendron and fir trees to the Tadapani. It is expected to take three hours. We then descend down to the river and ascend uphill for an hour to Banthanti were we will spend our evening.

 

Day 14 – Banthati hill (2,630m/8,628) to Ghorepani (2860m/9,383ft): 6 hours
After breakfast, we start our day trekking through the gentle uphill climb following the stream passing Durali and Nangethanti. As we reach the top of the Durali, we will be rewarded with the breathtaking view of the Dhaulagiri Massif and Annapurna Massif. After an hour trek, we reach Ghorepani where we will spend a restful evening.

 

Day 15 – Ghorepani (2,860m/9,383ft) to Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,052ft): 5-6 hours
Today we will start early with a 45-minute walk following steep climbing stairs guided by headlights. As we trek higher there will be an eerie feeling as the snow-capped mountains glow through the forest trees. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with the warmth of morning sun and incredible views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail. From here we will trek back for warm breakfast in Ghorepani before beginning our trek to Tikhedunga. The first part of our trekking will be downhill through the rhododendron forest. Our descent continues passing through the settlement of Ullari to Tikhedhunga where we will stop for the evening.

 

Day 16 – Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,052ft)to Pokhara (820m/2690ft): 4 hours trek and 1:30 min drive
Today is the last day of our trekking. We will trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and then drive back. The treks are a gentle downhill passing through the settlement of Birethanti. As we arrive we will be required to present our permit for the previous days spent trekking in the beautiful Annapurna Mountain terrain. From here it will only take half an hour to get back to Nayapul. At Nayapul, our trekking by foot will officially end and we will drive for an hour and a half back to Pokhara.

 

Day 17 – Pokhara (820m/2690ft) to Kathmandu (1,310m/4330ft): 6-7 hour drive
Today we will go back to Kathmandu. The drive will be six to seven hours by the side of Trisuli and Marsangdi River. This drive offers an amazing view of the rice terraces village and the landscape of Nepal. You can fly back as well which will take only half an hour with the beautiful view of the mountain. If you want to fly, you need to pay extra amount. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner where we will analyze the overall trekking and our services.

 

Day 18 – Final Departure
Today is the last day of your adventure and you are welcome to start with us for breakfast. After breakfast, if you have spare time from your flight you can go shopping or you can go sightseeing. If you want to do some sightseeing, then inform us a day earlier so that we can help arrange a car for you. At the end of your stay, a representative from Open Trail Treks will pick you from the hotel to and drop you at the airport 3 hours before your flight.

Price 1549

 Package Inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off from Kathmandu International Airport by private car.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in a local Kathmandu Restaurant
  • Three nights accommodation in deluxe room in Three star hotel at Kathmandu (convenient location in the heart of Thamel but won’t be overly crowded)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with tour guide, private transportation and entrance fees of all temple
  • Private Car or Bus from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Private Car or Bus from Pokhara to Phedi and Nayapul to Pokhara
  • Two night Deluxe room in Three star category hotel by lakeside Pokhara
  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • All necessary transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek with hot drinks(You have freedom to choose any think from Menu)
  • Accommodation during trek in local hotel or tea house. Our Guide will ensure this accommodation will be the best available.
  • Permits including – Trekking Information Management Systems(TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • English speaking trekking leader and guide and porters according to the size of group (2 trekkers = 1 porter), including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and lodging.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Duffel bag, T-shirt and Trekking Map
  • Comprehensive medical kid box
  • All government taxes and the local fees
  • All other necessary expenses throughout the journey.

What’s not included:

  • Mineral water, juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Any personnel expenses throughout the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter
Price 1549

Package Inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off from Kathmandu International Airport by private Vehicle.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in a local Kathmandu Restaurant
  • Three night standard room in Three star category hotel in Kathmandu (Our hotel will be located at the tourist hub Thamel)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with tour guide and transportation
  • Private Car or Bus from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Private Car or Bus from Pokhara to Phedi and Nayapul to Pokhara
  • Two night standard room in Three star category hotel by lakeside Pokhara
  • All necessary transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • Accommodation during trek in local hotel or tea house. Our Guide will ensure this accommodation will be good quality
  • Permits including – Trekking Information Management Systems(TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • English speaking trekking leader and guide and porters according to the size of group (2 trekkers = 1 porter), including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and lodging.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Duffel bag, T-shirt and Trekking Map
  • Comprehensive medical kid box
  • All government taxes and the local fees

What’s not included:

  • Tea or coffee, Mineral water, juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch and dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Entrance fee of temple of Kathamandu
  • Any  personnel expenses throughout the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter
Price 949

Package Inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off from Kathmandu International Airport
  • Farewell dinner in a local Kathmandu Restaurant
  • Three nights in convenient quality hotel in Kathmandu (convenient location at Thamel)
  • Private transportation for sightseeing
  • Tourist bus for Kathmandu –Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle (Car or Van)from Pokhara to Phedi and Nayapul to Pokhara
  • Two night convenient quality hotel in Pokhara by lakeside.
  • Bed and Breakfast during the trek with a cup of tea/coffee.
  • Permits including – Trekking Information Management Systems(TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • English speaking trekking guide and porters according to the size of group (2 trekkers = 1 porter), including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and lodging.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Duffel bag and Trekking Map
  • Comprehensive medical kid box
  • All government taxes and the local fees

 

What’s not included:

  • Lunch and Dinner and hot and cold drink
  • Mineral water, juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance fee of temple of Kathmandu
  • Any  personnel expenses throughout the trek

Tips to guide and porter


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