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.

Our Essential Annapurna Base Camp Trek is excellent for trekkers who want to cover the highlights of this trek in the shortest possible time. Check out our 14-day itinerary if you want to spend more time in the region.

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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: Pokhara (900m)
    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 3: Ghandruk (1940m)
    Pokhara to Ghandruk
    First day of our journey on foot! We will set off early with a 3-hour transfer by vehicle to Shyauli Bazaar, which is our starting point. Starting at an easy pace, the road gently inclines before getting steeper as we move ahead. The final climb to Ghandruk is a steep stretch until we reach the beautiful village. Feel the cultural beauty of this ethnic Gurung village and enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayas to mark the end of your first day.
  • Day 4: Bamboo (2310m)
    Ghandruk to Chomrong to Bamboo
    We will begin with a steep descend through rhododendron and oak forests before arriving at Chomrong for lunch. Chomrong is the highest permanent settlement in the valley that boasts a vast wide view that spans from Annapurna South to Machhapuchhare. After lunch, we will continue our trek through mountain villages where you might see herds of donkeys travelling through. The trek goes on up towards Bamboo, and we will rest after a day of hiking.
  • Day 5: Deurali (2710m)
    Bamboo to Deurali
    Hike up from Bamboo through Dobhan to Himalaya, where we will stop for lunch. From there, the trail climbs up higher, with views of the rushing glacial river below us. We push on upwards until we reach Deurali, and rest and relax for the evening.
  • Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m)
  • Day 6: Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
    Deurali 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 7: Bamboo (2310m)
    Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
    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 Bamboo for an overnight stay there.
  • Day 8: Jhinu (1750m)
    Bamboo to Jhinu
    We continue our descend today through beautiful rhododendron forests till Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, we follow the trail down to the Modi Khola river and head 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 9: Kathmandu (1400m)
    Jhinu to Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Today is the final day of our journey. We will pass through forests and go over the Kyumi Pass, where we can catch the another panaromic view of Annapurna South before we end our voyage.
    Our time in the serene mountains will come to an end here as our vehicle drives us to Pokhara for lunch, and then back to Kathmandu where we will end the evening with a fine celebratory dinner, complete with a Nepali cultural show, to commemorate your conquest of the Himalayas.
  • Day 10: Kathmandu (1400m)
    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.
  • Adventure trekking into the heart of Annapurna region
  • Stay in the charming lake city of Pokhara
  • Experience the culture and lifestyle of the ethnic Gurung tribe
  • Enjoy natural hot spring bath in the mountains
  • Overnight stay at the Annapurna Base Camp


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.


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.


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.


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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, 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.