Annapurna Base Camp Trekking (Sanctuary Trek)

Explore the diverse landscapes, exceptional Himalayan villages, vibrant culture and dazzling peaks on the Annapurna Base Camp trekking

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12 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 4130 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate Plus Level

This trip grade involves trekking up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters for the duration of 15-19 days trip.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking is awe-inspiring and one of those rare treks that offer a varied range of vistas leading you so near to the base of 7000m/8000m peaks within a short time interval. Our trailblazing venture begins from Nayapul or Dhampus taking you through pleasant terraced paddy fields, stunning sceneries and green colourful Rhododendron forests along with frequent panoramas of the mighty Annapurna Himalayan range.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking, also known as ‘Annapurna Sanctuary trek’ is the most enthralling trek in the Annapurna region that leads you to the awesome Himalayan Mountains and to Annapurna-I base camp. This trek is a simple and fascinating trek up to the base of the massive Annapurna Himalayas. We wade into alpine territory within 5 days to reach Annapurna Base Camp.

Our journey takes off with a panoramic drive or flight from Kathmandu to the City of Lakes, Pokhara. Surrounded by mountain peaks and tropical hills, Pokhara is a trekker's hub where we warm up with some sightseeing of the lake city and do some boating on the Phewa Lake. With a drive either to Phedi or Nayapul, which are both start points of Annapurna Base Camp trekking, our hike takes us to Chhomrong, a lovely Magar village at the foothills of the amazing Annapurna. We move on with our trek down to Chhomrong River and we ascend to Sinuwa from where gorgeous Fishtail Mountain is clearly visible. The trail continues through bamboo forest to Dovan, into the Himalaya to Deurali where the views change into barren stark landscapes. As the gorge broadens, we steadily ascend to Fishtail (Machapuchare) base camp at 3700m to experience sensational mountain vistas from a natural amphitheatre. This will be a moment never to be forgotten with the glorious views of gigantic Himalayas - Annapurna I, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, and many other dazzling peaks from the base camp along with the splendid treasure, the Annapurna glacier.

We bring down the curtains to our Annapurna Base Camp odyssey as we trek back through the same route, enjoying a bath at the natural hot springs at Jinudanda on our way back to Kathmandu and a luxurious soft bed to reminisce on an Alpine journey of epic proportions!

Annapurna Base Camp trekking-Tranquil paths through sublime nature with flora growing wild and the fauna roaming free as we stroll into ‘come hither’ vibrant villages with exceptional Himalayan culture, all this in the laps of the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Annapurna base camp trek short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Trek preparation or packing day or Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200km/6hours drive or 25 minutes flight.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Tolka, half an hour drive, 4 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Tolka to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp, 3 to 4 hours walking.  
Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk and to Pokhara, 6 to 7 hours walking and 2 hrs drive.  
Day 11: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu, drive 6 hours, flight 25 minute. 
Day 12: Final departure.

Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Annapurna base camp trekking as a small group departure or a private trek, please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

12 days Annapurna base camp trekking with Kathmandu – itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet and greet by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. After a rest and refreshment we invite you to join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the local meal and drinks with a short briefing of Annapurna base camp trek. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Trek preparation or packing day or Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.
Breakfast will be at hotel, today is trek preparation and packing day or if you wish to see some of the historical places of medieval Kathmandu, we can organize a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. The major places in the tour include Kathmandu Durbar square, Pasupatinath temple, Monkey temple and bouddhanath stupa. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200km/6hours drive or 25 minutes flight.
After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to Pokhara, it will be about 6 hour journey by tourist coach or take a 30 minute mountain flight. Upon arrival at Pokhara, check in to hotel, after refreshment leisurely walk around lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Tolka, half an hour drive, 4 hours walking.
Drives to Phedi (30 minutes) and trek up to Dhampus, walking mostly uphill through cultivated fields and local villages… This scenic Gurung Village is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities and it offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare range after having a lunch in Dhampus continue walking to Tolka a nice Gurung village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Tolka to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Walking through nice terraces to Landruk a beautiful Gurung village provides you an excellent view from Landruk trail continue to Jhinu you can enjoy a natural hot spring at Jhinu danda from here another hour uphill to Chhomrong. Stay at Chhomrong(2040m) towering above the villages is the mighty peak of Annapurna south, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Walk through the forest of Bamboo. The track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 07: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp, 5 to 6 hours walking.
A trek of the narrow Modi khola valley will bring us almost to the base of the M.B.C. Here we will spend a day gazing away at the snow covered peaks above and the beauty of the landscape around. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp, 3 to 4 hours walking.  
Early morning climb to A.B.C. where we stand in the sanctuary, the 360 degree views are breathtaking, although clouds roll in early, the curtain often lifts at sunset to rival radiant, glowing peaks. Trek back to Dovan. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After breakfast, we hike down to Bamboo then to Sinuwa, we will stop for a lunch at this place. After lunch we continue to Chhomrong, a large village inhabited by the Gurung and Magar people. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk and to Pokhara, 6 to 7 hours walking and 2 hrs drive.  
Walking through a flat level after an hour climb down to Kimrong Khola and start ascending we will walk through lush rhododendron forests and nice terrace flied. Having lunch in Ghandruk, an ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli, continue walking down to Birethanti along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges, from Nayapul drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu, drive 6 hours, flight 25 minute. 
After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, we take a scenic drive to Kathmandu or take a mountain flight. In the evening join the farewell dinner with cultural show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Final departure.
After breakfast, we transfer you to airport for your international fight.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pohkara return trips or one way
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Annapurna base camp trekking:

How can I book Annapurna base camp trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Annapurna base camp trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Annapurna base camp trekking?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Annapurna base camp trekking We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Annapurna base camp trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 4100m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the Annapurna base camp trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Trek Checklist

Equipments & Packing List for Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Annapurna trekking

Annapurna Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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