REGIONAnnapurna
DURATION14 Days
MAX ALTITUDE4130 m
DIFFICULTYModerate
TREK TYPETeahouse
ITINERARYCustomisable

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is a spectacular journey that takes trekkers to the heart of the Annapurna region in the Himalayas. One of the most popular trekking destinations in the Nepali Himalayas, it attracts thousands of trekkers every year.

The trail brings you through lush forests, scenic valleys and gushing rivers; pass local ethnic villages where you can experience the culture and life of the Gurung people. Catch the shining Machapuchare (Fishtail) on your way the base camp, and finally be rewarded with a panoramic view of the 10th highest peak in the world – Annapurna I.




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  • Day 1: Kathmandu (1400m)
    Welcome to Kathmandu!
    We mark the start of your adventure with warm greetings at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After transferring from the airport to your hotel in Kathmandu, you can relax and explore the area at your own leisure.
  • Day 2: Kathmandu (1400m)
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    Briefing and Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
    We will spend a full day in Kathmandu to acclimatize. A briefing session will be held in the morning to go over details and answer any queries you might have for the trek ahead.

    After the briefing, we’ll be off to see the city proper. The sites we will visit include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders; Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the banks of the holy river; and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
  • Day 3: Pokhara (900m)
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    Kathmandu to Pokhara
    Pack your bags and we will head to Pokhara via a 6-hours overland journey. Along the way, enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks and countryside hills.

    Once we reach Pokhara, you will have time to wander around the charming lake city. Rest for the night there, in preparation of the big day tomorrow.
  • Day 4: Ulleri (1960m)
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    Pokhara to Ulleri
    First day of our journey on foot! We begin with a short 1.5-hour transfer by vehicle to Nayapul, which is our starting point. After checking into the Annapurna Conservation Area, we will walk up a dirt road leading to Hile, with lunch break along the way. The trail then starts proper to Tikhedhunga, which is a short distance away. We will take a break there to gather our energy before climbing the steep steps up to the scenic village in Ulleri, where we end for the day.
  • Day 5: Ghorepani (2810m)
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    Ulleri to Ghorepani
    We will go on an easy pace today. Ulleri provides the first glimpse of snow-capped mountain peaks, and as the trail ascends gradually towards Banthanti, we can enjoy spectacular views of the sacred Machapuchare (Fishtail). The trail then enters schima and hazelnut forests, before leading us out to Nangethanti. After lunch, the route will be filled with beautiful rhododendron blooms. As we reach upper Ghorepani, spectacular mountain views will welcome us to this beautiful settlement.
  • Poonhill (3210m)
  • Day 6: Tadapani (2710m)
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    Ghorepani to Tadapani, and morning hike to Poon Hill
    We will get up early to hike up to Poonhill, the famous view point that lies at 3,210 meters above sea level. It boasts panoramic views of the mountain peaks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. As the sun rises, the mighty peaks become a natural canvas, as the first rays of sunlight pours magical colors upon them.

    Head back to our teahouse for breakfast, and then we are back on the road. We begin with an ascent up steep stone stairs before hitting a long downhill stretch where we can catch our breath. Finish with a burst of uphill climb to reach Tadapani, and there we can enjoy up close views of Annapurna south, the Fishtail and Hiunchuli.
  • Day 7: Chhomrong (2300m)
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    Tadapani to Chhomrong
    The trail descends steeply through rhododendron and oak forests before arriving at a teahouse in Chuile for lunch. We will continue down to a river and cross a suspension bridge, afther which the trek will start going uphill steeply before petering out to a gradual slope. The final section for the day is an easy walking trail to Chomrong, a beautiful Gurung village to rest after a demanding day.
  • Day 8: Dobhan (2600m)
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    Chhomrong to Dobhan
    We traverse the trail deep into the Annapurna valley today as we head to Dobhan. Following steep stone stairs, we will descend down to Chhomrong Khola and then switch back to climbing up again through bamboo forests. The glorious Annapurna massif encourages us to hike on upwards until we reach Dobhan for dinner and sleep.
  • Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
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    Dobhan to Annapurna Base Camp
    Today we will walk closely to the Annapurna glaciers and past the base of Machapuchare. At Machapuchare base camp, we will take a break to take in the views of the surrounding mountains. After that, it’s onwards to the highest point of our trek!

    From MBC, a beautiful boulder strewn path leads us to our ultimate destination - Annapurna Base Camp. Here you finally reap the rewards after hard days of trekking. At a lofty 4130m above sea level, the beauty and majesty of Annapurna will be in display right in front of your eyes.
  • Day 10: Dobhan (2600m)
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    Annapurna Base Camp to Dobhan
    Savour a breathtaking sunrise view of the Annapurna, and capture the grandeur of the high craggy peaks in your memories. We must then bid goodbye to ABC after breakfast, and begin our downward trek. Our hike will end back today in Dobhan for an overnight stay there.
  • Day 11: Jhinu (1750m)
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    Dobhan to Jhinu
    Retracing the trail downwards allows us to appreciate the the wondrous mountain scenery from a different angle. Passing by Chhomrong, we aim for Jhinu where there are natural hot spring baths. Enjoy a reviving soak in the hot spring waters and listen to the sounds of the melodious flow of the Modi Khola river while you soothe your aching muscles.
  • Day 12: Pokhara (900m)
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    Jhinu to Nayapul to Pokhara
    Today is the final day of our journey. Our route will be complete as we loop back to Nayapul. The Modi Khola will lead us there, meandering through beautiful villages, rice terraces and wheat fields down its steep banks.

    Our time in the serene mountains will come to an end when we check out from the area at Nayapul. A vehicle will drive us back to Pokhara where the comforts of the city awaits after our long trek in the highlands.
  • Day 13: Kathmandu (1400m)
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    Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Fly off from Pokhara Domestic Airport to Kathmandu in the morning. Land transfer will be arranged to send you to your hotel from Kathmandu airport. Once there, you are free to explore the colourful town with its narrow lanes and charming shops or rest at the hotel. We will meet again in the evening for a fine celebratory dinner, complete with a Nepali cultural show, to commemorate your conquest of the Himalayas.
  • Day 14: Kathmandu (1400m)
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    See You Again!
    All good things must end as we come to your final day in Nepal. You can squeeze in some last-minute shopping before our transport arrives to send you to the airport for your flight home. We bid you farewell, and may you leave with beautiful memories and a wonderful experience of the Himalayas.
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  • Adventure trekking into the heart of Annapurna region
  • Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Experience the culture and lifestyle of the ethnic Gurung tribe
  • Enjoy natural hot spring bath in the mountains
  • Sunrise at Poonhill
  • Overnight stay at the Annapurna Base Camp

COST INCLUSIONS

All our packages are inclusive of:

  • Airport Pickup & Drop off
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation in city area, which includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, 24 hours hot water supply.
  • All mountain guest house stays.
  • City tour(s) with an English-speaking tour guide.
  • A highly experienced, government-licensed trekking Guide.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Trekking Permits1
  • TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All domestic air transportation, if mentioned in itinerary.
  • All ground transportation will be by Private Car/ Jeep/Luxury Tourist Bus.
  • All government taxes, VAT and other applicable fees.
  • Celebratory dinner on the last night
  • Necessary equipment - first aid kit, duffle bags to put your belongings to be carried by our porters.

EXCLUSIONS AND EXTRA EXPENDITURES

We would like to highlight that there are items that are not included within our package cost. Kindly budget for these extra expenditures according to the duration of your trek. This includes the below:

  • Lunch & dinner in city areas
  • Rental of equipment such as sleeping bags and winter jackets can be arranged, if required.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (USD40)
  • Visa can be applied upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu). 2 passport sized photos will be required.
  • Tips for the Driver, Guide and Porters. We suggest a range between USD8 – USD10 per day, any more will be very much appreciated.
  • City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu valley & Pokhara.
  • Drinking water along the trek. Water is sold at around USD1 – USD3 per bottle by the mountain lodges. You can also choose to buy water tablets at about USD2 in the city to treat water.
  • Wifi (if any), hot showers and charging of batteries may cost extra at some mountain lodges. Wifi is usually between USD3 – USD5, charging batteries around USD1.50/hr and hot water for showers around USD4.
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)2
  • Extra hotel stays and meals in the city that arise due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as flight cancellations/delays, bad weather conditions etc, are not included in the package cost.3
  • International flight tickets
  • Any other activities and/or items not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary

1Trekking Permits

There are restricted areas in Nepal which issue trekking permits for a limited no. of days. If you opt to stay in the restricted area longer than the permit period, additional charges will be levied for every day thereafter. These additional charges are not included in the cost of the trip.


2Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential to ensure our trekkers are covered in case of any mishaps, especially if helicopter evacuation is required. Do note that standard policies cover emergency evacuations up to 4000m only, so please ensure that your policy covers you up to 6000m. Your policy information must be submitted to us before we begin trekking.


3Flight Delays

If flight delays or cancellations are between Kathmandu and Lukla, we can arrange a chartered helicopter if you are agreeable to the charter hire cost. Bad weather in the mountains may carry on for more than a day. In order to avoid affecting your international flight out of the Nepal, you are strongly advised to buffer a few more days towards the end of your trip.


CANCELLATION

We will try our best to accommodate postponements and reschedule your trip if we are notified at least one month in advance.
However, if you need to cancel the trip, please understand that cancellation fees will be imposed as the necessary manpower, logistics and accomodations would have been arranged.
The cancellation fees will be based on the cancellation notification period given:

  • over 30 days before the trip – 100% refund on deposit.*
  • under 30 days before the trip – 50% refund on deposit.*
  • under 15 days before the trip – no refund.

*exclude bank/transfer charges.


DISCLAIMER

First Himalayan is representing Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd as an e-platform & e-marketing arm. In the unlikely event where official claims and/or disputes arise due to any trekking and/or tour related matters, for example insurance matters, travel agency law matters or company registration matters, Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd will be the agency in charge and official party to liaise with.

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Generally trekking is a wonderful activity for anyone who is reasonably fit. If you enjoy nature and like a challenge, we would say it is for you.
You don’t have to be super fit, but be prepared to walk on uneven terrain for 5 to 6 hours a day. We recommend that you prepare for a trek by going on regular jogs, swims or climbing stairs for some physical training. Go on walks or hikes that stretch for a few hours are great ways to prep. You can also take the opportunity to try out your trekking gear to make sure they are comfortable and working fine. If you have any doubts, visit your physician to assess your physical condition to ensure you can handle the trek you are planning to go on.
It is not necessary, but it will be an added bonus if you do have. It is more important for you to engage in some form of cardio training to make sure you have a good level of stamina, and to arm yourself with a positive mindset for the trek.
Trekking difficulty depends on the specific route, and our treks typically involve multiple days of walking on rough terrain. Generally, the longer the trek and higher the altitude the tougher the trek will be. Other factors for assessment include terrain, amount of ascending and descending, expected climate. For treks listed as strenuous, it can be manageable if you are physically fit and have maintained a suitable level of activity up to the trek. We can also customise treks to try to best match your fitness concerns.
We would say there’s no real age limit, as long as you are confident in handling the trek. We have groups of parents with young kids, and elderly trekkers who have completed their journeys. Generally, we suggest more days on the trek if you are concerned, so that we can spread out the amount of trekking per day and adjust the pace according to the group.
The recommended period is from February to May, and September to December. It is possible to trek during the monsoon season in the rain shadow zones such as Upper Mustang and Dolpo, where it gets warmer and flowers are in bloom.
The treks bring you to remote places in the mountains and high altitudes and having a guide will make it much safer for your travels. Our experienced guides can share stories and culture of the area you are trekking in, giving you deeper connection and make your trip more enjoyable.
We will send you a suggested packing list as items vary according with season and trek you are going on.
Keep in mind the rule of layering. It is best to use several thin layers than one or two thick layers. This helps you control your body temperature, where you can put on or take off layers according to the weather. Base layers should wick away moisture and be quick drying. Outer layer should be wind-proof and rain-proof regardless of the season you are trekking in.
We will recommend the equipment to bring in the packing list for your trek. You will find an extensive range of trekking equipment for sale in Kathmandu city, so you have the option of buying equipment right here in Nepal.
We advise you to bring along 1L to 2L of drinking water, waterproof jacket, some snacks for energy boosting, sunblock, portable headlamp/ flashlight, hats and sunglasses for sun protection. Sun protection is important for trekking as the sun’s rays get stronger in high altitudes. Make sure the weight of your day pack is comfortable for you to carry throughout a 6 – 7hours trek.
Our porters can carry up to about 25kg. One porter is assigned for every 2 travellers.
We will arrange storage in the city for your luggage and belongings that you do not want to bring up to the mountains.
There are teahouses or guest lodges along most of our treks where we will stay. On the few trekking routes that have no lodges, we will sleep in tents.
We will stop at the various teahouses along our trekking route for lunch and dinner.
We strongly advise against buying bottled water in the mountains as plastic bottles are one of the biggest source of pollution in the mountain areas. Bring your own bottles and you can buy boiled water from the tea houses ranging from USD1 – USD3 per liter. Alternatively, you can fill your bottle from various drinking spots and purify them with water tablets.
Mobile coverage will be spotty, and less available the higher we trek. Coverage may be stronger when we enter bigger mountain villages. Some of the teahouses have wifi and usually charges a rate of USD 3 - USD5/hr for usage.
Altitude sickness can occur as your body system is not used to the lower oxygen air in high altitudes. Symptoms can range from headaches, lack of appetite to acute mountain sickness where you have seek medical attention immediately. We try to help you prevent these by pacing the elevation of our treks, and sometimes staying at a certain place for a day instead of moving upwards (acclimatization days). On these days, you can take the time to explore the area where we are acclimatizing.
In the event if you fall sick or gets injured, please approach our guides who are all first-aid trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If your condition requires professional medical attention, our guide will call a rescue helicopter using your insurance to fly you to a city hospital.
Weather can be unpredictable and flights may be canceled for the entire day if it is unsafe to fly. It is advisable that you buffer a day towards the end of your trekking trip, to avoid affecting your international flight out of Kathmandu. We will rebook your flight for the next day. A chartered helicopter may be arranged if you are agreeable to the charter hire cost.
We will arrange for the accommodation required due to flight delays, but extra costs incurred will not be included in the package price.
Travel insurance is required for all our trekkers and you should buy one that covers for all the days of trekking. Check your insurance that it covers trekking activity and emergency helicopter evacuation up to 6,000m. Many policies cover up to 4,000m only. Please diligently check that you are well insured.
Tips are always greatly appreciated by our guides and porters. As a guide, we advise about USD8 – USD10 per day as a way to appreciate their hard work for their care and guiding during the trek.
A deposit of 25% of agreed trek package fees is required before your trip to Nepal. The deposit amount must be paid through PayPal via your account on www.firsthimalayan.com, unless a prior agreement is made for other modes of payment. Payments are subjected to transfer fees of 3.9% charged by PayPal, or any other transfer fee amounts charged by other modes of payment. The remaining amount is to be paid in cash (USD/Nepalese Rupees) at our office when you arrive in Kathmandu.
We will try our best to accommodate postponements and reschedule your trip if we are notified at least one month in advance. However, if you need to cancel the trip, please understand that cancellation fees will be imposed as the necessary manpower, logistics and accomodations would have been arranged. The cancellation fees will be based on the cancellation notification period given:
- Over 30 days before the trip – 100% refund on deposit.*
- Under 30 days before the trip – 50% refund on deposit.*
- Under 15 days before the trip – no refund.
*Exclude bank/transfer charges.