ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a sought after and popular trek. How difficult is it trekking to Annapurna Base camp? It is at lower altitude and also combines stunning views of high mountain peaks like Machapuchre and Dhaulagiri. The Annapurna mountain range lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks higher than 7000 m. Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous traditional people who live in Annapurna region on the base camp trek.

After leaving Kathmandu you will be struck by the incredible and vast mountain vistas that lie before you with the Annapurna range. The trek itself is only 10 days but can be modified to spend less time in the Annapurnas and still get to base camp by starting out from Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community.

Classified as a moderate-difficult trek, Annapurna basecamp trek it is one of few treks that give you such spectacular mountain views over a short period of time.

Overview


Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Day-3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day-4: Drive: Pokhara & Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1960m)

Day-5: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2774m)

Day-6: Ghorepani - Tatopani (2590m)

Day-7: Tatopani - Chomrong (2170m)

Day-8: Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2920m)

Day-9: Machhapuchhre BC

Day-10: Annapurna Base Camp - Doban

Day-11: Doban - Chomrong /Modi Khola

Day-12: Chomrong /Modi Khola - Ghandrung (1940m)

Day-13: Ghandrung - Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara

Day-14: Return to Kathmandu

Day-15: Departure

Fast Facts

Because of its location, the northern area of the Annapurna region receives much less rain than most parts of the Himalaya which means that trekking can be pursued all year-round, even during the monsoon period. However, having said that no-one wants to trek in the rainy season as that is also when you are bound to find leeches in the lower reaches of the forest. Apart from that, you also don't want to go when it is too cold, which is December through to February. That leaves October through to November and March to April, Of course that also means that the route will be busier too.
The shortest trek is the Poon Hill Ghorepani trek which is a total 10 daysand only 5 days of hiking. After that is Annapurna base camp trek, where the total tour is 15 days. Then there is the longer and more difficult Annapurna Circuit trek which is almost three weeks. If none of those tours suit, we can always tailor something based on your available time.
The hike is about 110km return trip.
From the start of your trek you will encounter stairs, a lot of stairs especially as you hike up towards Ghorepani, Poon hill and toward the the main Annapurna Base Camp Trail. This means you must be physically prepared and fit enough.
Although the treks are classified as a 'treks,' they have substantial altitude gain, especially the Circuit trek. They require physical fitness and stamina and most importantly, mental fitness. A good exercise and training program is essential and your training should include a lot of hill walking. The treks should not be undertaken lightly, after all, why spend the money if you are not willing to prepare yourself physically as well?
We make use of tea houses along the route unless you specifically want to camp. Fore treks such as the Dhaulagiri trek however, you will be camping all the way as sections are too remote to find tea houses. Rooms in the tea house will be shared with fellow trekkers unless you add on a single supplement.
The route is very clearly marked out with wide paths in most places. The route heads up though stunning forests through small little villages. It is very hilly, and if there is a river to cross the paths will go down one side, over the river and up the other side. You will also encounter endless stairs which meander up steep hill sections. The treks go from forest to bamboo sections to arid alpine regions.
This really depends on the operator you travel through. The Park authorities do not ask for any medical information on the climbers when permits are purchased. Some operators request the clients complete a medical form, others do not. We require that all of our clients complete a medical form and based on the answers, we may request a letter from your medical practitioner. People suffering with conditions such as severe asthma e.g. should not climb. Regardless, anyone attempting the climb, or any climb for that matter, should ensure that they are medically fit, and convey any medical conditions to the operator they book with.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
There are several variations.
 Poon Hill trek is the shortest trek in the Annapurna region as it can be done in as little as 3 days although 4 is best. The trek starts about an hour's drive from Pokhara in the village of Nayapul. Like the other treks you will encounter a lot of steep stairs but it takes you to the top of Poon Hill (3200m) where you get stunning views of 3 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) Annapurna I (8,091m) and Manaslu (8,156 m).

 Annapurna Base Camp trek is the most popular trek in the Annapurna region offering spectacular views of Annapurna I (the 10th tallest peak in the world) and Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail - the Matterhorn of Asia. The trek is usually done in 10-11days and also includes a visit to Poon Hill.

 The Annapurna Circuit is the classic trekking route which encircles the entire Annapurna Massif. The trek is anything from 15 to 20 days depending on you start and end point. It can be done at any time of year but heavy snow fall in the Thorung La during January and February can be problematic.

There are certain essentials that are needed for most treks and these no different.  The best way to draw up your list is from the base up, i.e. thermal underwear, then hands and feet (gloves, socks etc). Then boots which must be waterproof with good ankle support, trekking pants, trekking tops, short and long sleeve, thermal jacket, outer shell jacket which likewise is windproof and water proof, hat, scarf, beanie, balaclava. Then consider sleeping, i.e. sleeping bag, etc. Accommodation along the route is in guesthouses, so a bed and mattresses are provided. Some include lovely warm duvets, others not, so a sleeping bag is required. If you are camping, then you will still need a sleeping bag but we will supply the sleeping mat.

Then, the last items to add are personal items like toiletries, camera, medicines, water bottle, backpack, camera etc.

We supply a duffel bag on arrival

Unfortunately this is something every trekker has to consider.  Anything from a stomach bug to altitude sickness can quickly stop a trekker in their tracks. If you are ill and need to turn back or even too tired to continue, a porter will walk off the mountain with you and your gear. If you require emergency evacuation, this will be contingent on your insurance cover. It is for this reason that insurance cover for this purpose is mandatory.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.
4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

Those who have trekked in the Himalayas, know that the porters are the heart and soul of your trek. Without their hard work and strength we would not be able to fully experience the magnificence of Everest. IPPG aims to improve safety and health for porters working in the mountains for the trekking industry worldwide. We work to eradicate avoidable illness, injury and death. We do this by raising awareness of the issues among travel companies, guides, trek leaders, sirdars (porters foremen), and trekkers.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Hotel Overnight.

Day-4: Drive: Pokhara & Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1960m)

From Pokhara we drive to Nayapul, the start point as well as for the easier Poon Hill Trek. The trek starts out along  a dirt road and after some time reaches a suspension bridge. From there, about an hour of climbing an endless series of stone steps take you to the old stone village of village. Tonight you will see an amazing view of Annapurna South (7,219 m)  is in the distance.

Day-5 Ulleri - Ghorepani (2774m)

Leaving Ulleri the path heads up yet another series of endless stone stairs but the scenery is breathtaking as it winds past waterfalls, small villages and tea houses and farming areas. Along the way we will stop at Nangathati for a bit of lunch and rest. At the end of todays walk we find the village of Ghorepani, almost a mini Namche Bazaar buzzing with activity, numerous shops, bakeries and even wifi facilities. Ghorepani also has a Health Post, a School, Police check Post, and a temple for you to see, not to mention the amazing view Annapurna range.

Day-6: Ghorepani - Tatopani (2590m)

Early this morning we will hike up the famous Poon hill (3200m) for a magnificent sunrise view over the mountains. After that the route descends and then starts to head up a series of climbs and descents through beautiful rhododendron forests to Tatopani.

Day-7: Tatopani - Chomrong (2170m)

This morning as we descend from Tadapani we get amazing views of upper Modi valley. We trek downhill to the Kimrong Khola where we cross a suspension bridge and then start a gradual uphill trek to a Gurung village of Ghandruk. After a break we continue to hike to Chomrong at the very base of Himal Chuli.

Day-8: Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2920m)

Today begins with a steep descent down a bank of rock and then through thickets of bamboo at the lower gorge area. We then trek toward the neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah and climb to Himalaya hotel.

Day-9: Machhapuchhre BC

After trekking away from "Himalayan Hotel" we start to trek into more sparse and arid ground as we approach Machhapuchhre BC. The trail eventually emerges into the Annapurna Sanctuary and straight ahead lies the high lateral moraine of south Annapurna glacier. Machhapuchhre towers above to a incredible height 6993m. This is undoubtedly one of most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas and its profile is reminiscent of the Matterhorn. Machhapuchhre is a sacred mountain and it is strictly forbidden to climb it.

Day-10: Annapurna Base - Doban

We climb steadily uphill for about 2 hours. After taking in some unforgettable views, we retrace our steps as we descend down the rail to Doban.

Day-11: Doban - Chomrong /Modi Khola

Today, we pass an experimental sheep farm at Khuldi Bikas and then climb towards Chomrong where the trail continues steeply up stony steps to Kabre Chautara and on to Modi Khola.

Day-12: Chomrong /Modi Khola - Ghandrung (1940m)

After Chomrong the trail continues steeply up more stone stairs to beautiful village of Ghandrung.

Day-13: Ghandrung - Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara

We continue to trek down hill to meet up with our transport at the village of Nayapul. We then drive back to Pokhara. Hotel

Day-14: Return to Kathmandu

Free at leisure.

Day-15: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu
Annapurna NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

Route Profile Map

Annapurna base camp route profile map
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Other treks nearby
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