Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Experience the very best of the Annapurna region in this uninterrupted trek straight to Base Camp. 10 days.

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Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Experience the very best of the Annapurna region in this uninterrupted trek straight to Base Camp. 10 days.

You’ve probably dreamed of the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek. Verdant forests, charming villages, and endless views of rugged, glacier-covered mountains. Add to that the challenge and thrill of a 10-day trek, and you’ve got the adventure of a lifetime. Your Himalayan expedition includes:

  • 8 days of trekking
  • 7 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Pokhara
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Permits and entrance fees

Perfect for:
Fit travellers looking for true adventure and jaw-dropping views along the ABC trek who don’t have any time to waste.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival in Pokhara

In the morning, you will be picked up and dropped at your the hotel. Make the most of your day in the beautiful lakeside city Pokhara by checking out the scenery or the adventure activities it has to offer!

Your team will meet at the host office at 5:00 pm for the pre-departure meeting before you will have a welcome dinner with your trek crew at one of the finest restaurants in Pokhara.

Day 2: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk

Meet your guide bright and early and catch a local bus to Nayapul (1 hour). The easy part is over—it’s time to hike.

Your hike starts off easy as you pass through typical Nepali villages and beautiful terraced rice fields. In the afternoon, you will climb 3,200 stone steps to Ulleri, your first destination at 1940m. Enjoy dinner at a nice Tea House before getting an early night.

5 hours of hiking

Day 3: Ghandruk - Chhomrong

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast, before you start your hike along the terraced rice, through tiny villages. Here, you will traverse the valley, crossing the Kimrung Khola River on the way to Chhomrong.

It’ll be a short day of hiking, so take the afternoon to be lazy. There’s even a German bakery in town if you’re craving chocolate cake!

You’ll be able to watch the sun go down over the Annapurna Range while tucking into some homemade dal bhat.

Day 4: Chhomrong - Dobhan

Your day starts off with a steep descent to the Chhomrong Khola River, before a climb up to Sinuwa for lunch.

Spend the afternoon hiking through jungle and bamboo forests to the settlement of Bamboo (2300m). The village is famous for its lemurs and bamboo handicrafts such as mats and dokos.

From here, you need to traverse through several avalanche chutes along a stone-paved trail that leads us to Dobhan (2540m), where you will spend the night.

4 hours of hiking

Day 5: Dobhan - Deurali

As Annapurna Base Camp closes in, you will leave the avalanche chutes behind and start traversing above the river into the forest. En route, you will pass by a small temple and the Himalaya Hotel (2840m).

Following the forest trails, you will arrive at the Hinko cave, the last step before Deurali.

4 hours of hiking

Day 6: Deurali - Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC) - Annapurna Base Camp

Today you will reach the Annapurna Base Camp.

Follow the beautiful Modi Khola River which is overlooked by epic mountain views including Mount Machapuchare (Fishtail).

After reaching Machupuchare Base Camp, you will begin the final 400m climb to ABC. Perched on an oval-shaped plateau surrounded by a ring of peaks, it’s not just the altitude that will leave you breathless.

Watch what may very well be the most incredible sunset of your life and find yourself face-to-face with the magical Annapurna (8091m).

6 hours of hiking

Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo

Enjoy breakfast at ABC, then wave farewell to the Annapurna massif as you begin the downhill trek.

Passing through MBC to gather your belongings, you will continue on to Bamboo. Enjoy a nice long sleep tonight - you’ve deserved it.

6 hours of hiking

Day 8: Bamboo - Jhinu danda

Retrace your steps to Chhomrong, then leave the previous path and start the long descent down to Jhinu Danda (1780m).

Drop your packs here, then wander down to the Modi Khola River. Here, you’ll be able to soak in relaxing hot springs and massage the soreness from your feet.

Enjoy your last night in the Himalayas—tomorrow you’ll finish your trek.

5 hours of hiking

Day 9 : Jhinu danda - Pokhara

Take your time as you enjoy your final breakfast, then start the last leg of your journey.

You will need to walk through a beautiful landscape dotted with tiny villages and terraced rice fields to reach Nayapul. Here you will catch the bus back to Pokhara.

No matter how tired you are, you’ll never regret the experience you just had.

6 hours of walking

Day 10: Last day In Pokhara

Enjoy a lie in and a breakfast in your hotel. From shopping to kayaking to bungee jumping, the tranquil lakeside town is the perfect place for some downtime, so make the most of the day before you head back!

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, road conditions, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at a series of small, local guest houses known as Tea Houses. They’re pretty bare bones, and perhaps not spotless, but it’s part of the experience. There are dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00
Transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara Payable Before Departure
Flight ( 35min, incredibly scenic) £100.00
Private Vehicle (offers most flexibility) £55.00

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Location

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Pokhara is a gateway for many trekkers and mountaineers to the Annapurna range. Not only does it offer spectacular scenery along the tranquil river, but a plethora of adventure activities, cultural trips and amazing restaurants.

Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) is incredibly unique and jaw-droppingly spectacular as it has panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range. From the camp, you can see the peaks of Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South (7219), Machapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). These unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime views put the Annapurna Base Camp trek at the top of many trekkers’ bucket lists.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Pokhara, where your guide will pick you up early on the first day, so you should plan to stay the night before. Your host can help you arrange the accommodation.

Finish point?
Your trip ends on the lakeside at Pokhara from where you can either take a transfer back to Kathmandu or you keep exploring the Annapurna region.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Fly: There are several daily flights to Pokhara from KTM. Flights only take 25 minutes and are by far the easiest option. Besides saving time, the flight allows you to witness the spectacular views over the Himalayas from above.

Bus: A daily tourist bus for Pokhara departs from Kantipath in Kathmandu. The trip takes around 7 hours and costs GBP 7–10 each way. This is the cheapest option.

Private car: You can hire a private car to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive time is a little shorter than the bus, and you can do some sightseeing along the way. This option gives you the most freedom.

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transfer to/from Pokhara
  • Airport Transfer
  • Drinks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You’ll hike from 2 ½ to 8 hours a day and gradually ascend from 1060m to 4130m. Your total elevation gain will be quite a bit more as you climb in and out of valleys. The trail is generally good, though it gets steep in places.

A good level of fitness is needed to enjoy 10 back-to-back days of trekking at a fairly high altitude. That said, the daily distances aren’t extreme, and the pace can be as slow as you need it to be. The steep sections can be daunting, but there’s almost always a stellar view to distract you.

Both itineraries follow the same route to Annapurna Base Camp. Firstly, this itinerary leads you to the base camp in the quickest way possible, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, in comparison, will take you on a 2-day detour via the scenic Poon Hill and Ghorepani mountain. Secondly, since this trek is designed for people who are short on time it starts and ends in Pokhara. This allows you to easily combine the trip with your further travel plans.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

This trip runs in the spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October, November). In these seasons you can expect warm weather at lower elevations and moderate weather higher up. Skies are generally clear, and the views are fantastic.

At the start of the trek (1060m) daily highs average 22 – 30 °C and nightly lows cool off to 10 – 20 °C.

As you climb the temperature will drop significantly. At Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) you can expect highs around 4 – 17 °C and lows around -8 – 4 °C.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottle (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Pokhara, where your guide will pick you up early on the first day, so you should plan to stay the night before. Your host can help you arrange the accommodation.

Finish point?
Your trip ends on the lakeside at Pokhara from where you can either take a transfer back to Kathmandu or you keep exploring the Annapurna region.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Fly: There are several daily flights to Pokhara from KTM. Flights only take 25 minutes and are by far the easiest option. Besides saving time, the flight allows you to witness the spectacular views over the Himalayas from above.

Bus: A daily tourist bus for Pokhara departs from Kantipath in Kathmandu. The trip takes around 7 hours and costs GBP 7–10 each way. This is the cheapest option.

Private car: You can hire a private car to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive time is a little shorter than the bus, and you can do some sightseeing along the way. This option gives you the most freedom.

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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