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Trek it to Annapurna’s Base Camp

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*Prices are per person in a basic tea house accommodation during the trek

14 days hiking through outstanding panoramas and majestic peaks!

Visiting 1 country: Nepal

 

If you’re looking for an enchanting and illuminating trek from the first step to the last, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the thing for you! Expect epic panoramas overlooking mountain ranges and their glorious peaks, magnificent sunrises, engaging with rich cultures, and indulging in outstanding hospitality.

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Day 1: Arrival, transfer to Hotel

Today is the day the adventure, excitement, and fun come together. With open arms we extend a warm welcome to you and transfer you from Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel in Thamel. Drop your bags off, have a refreshment before we can start exploring. Choose between Kathmandu Durbar Square to see the liveliness of this unique city or Swayambhunath (a.k.a Monkey Temple) to observe some of the local critters monkeying around.

Afterwards you meet your guide, discuss your plans for the trip and receive the relevant documentation. Once all that’s said and done, it’s back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara (900 MTRS)

We hope you’ve set an alarm as it’s an early start today!

Your guide will pick you up from the hotel at 06:30 and take you to the Tourist Bus Station, where at 07:00 you’ll depart, bound for Pokhara. Journey through the Kathmandu valley before descending through a long, and winding highway. As it’s roughly a 6 hour drive to our destination, we’ll take two breaks for breakfast and of course for a cup of tea.

Once we’ve arrived at the hotel in Pokhara, take a little time to freshen up before lunch.

After a long journey and an early start, the rest of the day is about relaxation, as the trek starts in the morning. If you’re keen to get out, we recommend you take a stroll along the nearby Phewa lake and enjoy the serenity, before tucking down.

Day 3: Pokhara – Tikhedhunga (1540 m)

A private vehicle will be departing at 08:00, so hop on in and we’ll take you to Nayapul (1050m), the point of origin for the Annapurna trek. The drive is around 2 hours – much shorter than yesterday’s! Jump out of the car and get ready as the walking is about to begin.

Boots tied, stretches done, let’s march! Onwards to the village of Birethanti  after roughly an hour and a half walk, home to a multitude of ethnicities and traditions, a truly harmonious locale. We push on with our ascent to reach our accommodation for the evening – a teahouse in the village of Tikedhunga (1540 m). Our day concludes, with you sitting sipping the local brew and admiring the scenery.

Day 4: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2875 m)

Rise and shine, and grab a little bit of breakfast while you’re at it. Today we’re heading to Ghorepani which will include some incredible scenery and a 1000 meter elevation…phew!

Tread the terraced path all the way to Ulleri. Southern Annapurna beckons on our arrival, with the Machapuchare and Himchuli peaks… We’ll take a break here so you can enjoy the vista…and because the following walk is, well, interesting!

Get ready to embrace your inner Indiana Jones, as the next section of the walk to Ghorepani (2875 m) is preceded by dense forestation. As we clamber through the greenery you’ll definitely feel more than a little adventurous, and that’ll hopefully carry you through the 7-8 hour hike!

Reaching Ghorepani, the home of the Pun people, you’ll feel exhausted and have a sense of achievement after an enduring trek. Such exertions take their toll, but watching the last red-orange rays of sun creep up over Annapurna, you’ll revel in today’s accomplishment.

Day 5: Ghorepani – Poonhill – Tadapani (2660 m)

After such a grueling day, a 5 a.m. start sounds absolutely ideal, no? Yes, it’s a shock to the system, but not because of the early kick off, but because we’re heading on a short jaunt to Poon Hill to view the first rays of light break the night and immerse the land and skies in majestic colours…it’s a breathtaking scene.

Before we set off, we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast, and brace ourselves for 5-6 hours straight of walking. Our destination is Tadapani, ending our day abruptly for some well-deserved rest.

Day 6: Tadapani – Sinuwa (2360 m)

After a few days ascending, you’ll be pleased to hear your legs are getting somewhat of a break, as we start today with a descent towards Sinuwa. We’ll be on the go for 6-7 hours today, with the highlights including crossing the high-wire bridge (don’t look down), exploring the idyllic village of Gurung, and breaking for lunch at Chhomrong where you can chow down whilst admiring the mountains all around you.

A pleasant journey concludes our day where a tea house will provide our beds for the evening.

Day 7: Sinuwa – Deurali (3230 m)

Today is going to be the most challenging day so far, with a 7-8 hour walking schedule and battling through the forest, so get your game face on and let’s do this!

Leaving Sinuwa we delve straight into the greenery, and it remains that way for most of the hike. Thankfully, we do receive some respite, as we encounter Bamboo, Dovan, and the Himalaya Hotel… the toughest part is yet to come…yahoo!

The final straight to Deurali is seriously steep as we strive to reach the 3230 meter mark. Huffing and puffing, we will get there, and you’ll be pleased to see your accommodation for the evening, where we expect you to crash pretty hard on arrival! Sleep well.

Day 8: Deurali – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m)

You’ll be thrilled to hear that today our trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is only a 6 hour hike with an elevation of just under 500 meters! Reaching the base is a serious achievement and you’ll be rewarded with more fabulous views (but let’s be honest, everywhere round here is pretty special) and an acclimatization session for the next few hours. Thank you Lord!

Once your lungs are accustomed to that oh so lovely thinning oxygen in the air, we’ll crack on to Annapurna Base Camp, the pinnacle of this adventure. Step by step we get closer to our final stop for the day and will be greeted with another exceptional sun arching coyly behind the jagged mountains ridges, and if that’s not enough awesome nature for you, there’s a glacier near Annapurna that is seriously cool (no pun intended).

Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2310 m)

Today is all about making progress down the mountain range, no frills, nothing fancy, just 6-7 hours on the hoof with a pretty sharp decline in tow, and maybe, just maybe, the occasional rendition of ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’ to keep spirits high.

Day 10: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1780 m)

What a treat we have in store for you…only 5 hours of walking! Jokes aside, the real treat occurs after we hit Chhomrong Village, we break for lunch, and then wander over to the Modi river, a natural hot spring that is just waiting for you to jump in. What a perfect opportunity to unwind, release your exhaustion, and relax your entire body. Go on, take a dip, your feet will thank you later!

Day 11: Jhinu Danda – Ghandruk (1950 m)

If you’ve managed to drag yourself away from the hot spring, that’s great, because we’ve got an early start on the road to Ghandruk. Our 5 hour walk will be concluded with lunch, and then we spend the afternoon learning about the local people, the Gurungs. Starting at their museum, we’ll observe artifacts and antiques pertinent to their culture, then visit the incredibly ornate monastery. Finally we meet and chat with the locals to delve into their history and culture, which will be intriguing as some of them have served in the British military Gurkha Regiment.

Day 12: Pokhara

We’re sad to say that this is the final day of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Covering an immense amount of terrain, laying your eyes on some of the World’s most spectacular scenery, and coming away an enriched soul, you can be proud of yourself.

Our trek sees us down the final stretch to Pokhara, with pit stops in Nayapul and Syaule Bazaar. From Nayapul, we’ll collect you and transfer you down to Pokhara to your evening’s accommodation.

Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Typically we offer a tourist coach bus back to Kathmandu, however, if you fancy spending an extra few days soaking up the abject brilliance of Pokhara that’s absolutely fine by us… to be honest, we wish we could stay longer too! To ensure you get back to Kathmandu, we’ll gladly issue a new return ticket for the date you choose to head off.

Day 14: Departure

All good things must come to an end, so they say. Of course, we’ll get you to the airport in time for your flight, just let us know when you’ve got to go.

Hopefully you’ve had an extraordinary trip scaling Annapurna, embracing the idyllic environment, and now have a head full of wonderful memories and tales to tell your loved ones.

Additional information

Country

Nepal

Duration

2 Weeks +

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE

Highlights

Highlights of the trek include panoramic views of mountain ranges and peaks, captivating sunrises
and sunsets, terraced farmlands, ample time to villages of different ethnic groups and ample time to immerse yourself in the Himalayan lifestyle plus warm hospitality of the local people.

It starts after a few hours’ drive from Pokhara. The route ascends through villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, specially the Gurung and Pun people. Meet Nepali people doing usual ups and downs in the course of daily life. The settlements, farmlands and forests give way to each other during the whole tour with the settlements getting thinner as you climb higher.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek covers Ghorepani Poonhill Trek as well. In springtime, the forest around this area is covered with blooming rhododendron. Poonhill offers fabulous views of the mountains in Annapurna range, preparing you to the extreme beauty of the destination. Please visit our gallery for Annapurna photos, which give you a glimpse of what you can find during the trip. And since, Machhapuchre Base Camp lies en-route Annapurna Base Camp, you will also reach the bottom of Mount Fishtail that beautifies Pokhara. Except for the rainy season, Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be done almost throughout the year. However, it gets more exciting and memorable during springtime with the forest taking on the glamour of rhododendron bloom.

MEALS

Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner. which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara (On Twin sharing basis)

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek (Toilet and bathroom will be outside of the room; Deluxe accommodation for 2 nights in Kathmandu and for 2 nights in Pokhara on twin sharing basis
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner. which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Transportation: Airport – hotel – airport transfers by private transfer, Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus. Transfer from Pokhara to Hile and return to Pokhara by private transport
  • Documentation: Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card, Poon Hill entry fee.
  • Equipment/Accessories: If required, we are happy to provide you with down jacket and sleeping bags (Which you can refund us after the trek), first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); a porter per two trekkers (carrying up to 25 kg); all the expenses for the guide and porter(s) are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no ‘hidden charges’ afterward.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with the live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services.  However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation (Kindly make sure that the policy covers until 4500 Mtrs). Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

What’s not included

  • Beverages (tea/coffee, Bottled mineral water, cold/alcoholic drinks, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals/snacks/desserts, battery charging fees, photography charges, Hot Shower, WiFi, laundry, Phone call etc.)
  • Tips for Guide/Porters (Expected) and any type of donations
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal Visa
  • International airfares
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the way
  • Any services than mentioned on inclusion section

price variations

 

  • €905 for solo trekker
  • 2 Person group size basis €820 Per Person
  • 3 to 5 Person group size basis €735 Per Person
  • 6 to 10 Person group size basis €700 Per Person
  • 11 to 15 Person group size basis €655 Per Person
  • 16 and above group size will be €615 Per Person