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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking - 15 Days


Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) also known as “Annapurna Sanctuary” is a trekking path through a hidden alpine amphitheater overshadowed by surrounding ice bound giants including Annapurna One peak over 8,000 metres (26,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 metres (20,000 ft).

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The Annapurna Base Camp trek leads to a natural amphitheater used as the base camp (altitude is 4130 meters) for climbers on their way to conquer Annapurna I (the tenth highest mountain in the world topping 8091 meters above the sea level) and the other surrounding peaks.

During this trek you will see the following stunning mountains of Nepal, as you trek through sub-tropical forest up to the alpine amphitheater:

Annapurna I (Main)8,091 m(26,545 ft) Ranked 10th28.595°N 83.819°E
Annapurna II7,937 m(26,040 ft) Ranked 16th28.539°N 84.137°E
Annapurna III7,555 m(24,786 ft) Ranked 42nd28.585°N 84.000°E
Annapurna IV7,525 m(24,688 ft)28.539°N 84.087°E
Gangapurna7,455 m(24,457 ft) Ranked 59th28.606°N 83.965°E
Annapurna South7,219 m(23,684 ft) Ranked 101st28.518°N 83.806°E

Less prominent and other peaks include:

  • Annapurna I Central (8,051 m (26,414 ft)}
  • Annapurna I East (8,010 m (26,280 ft))
  • Annapurna Fang (7,647 m (25,089 ft))
  • Lachenal Peak (7,140 m (23,425 ft))
  • Machhapuchchhre (6,993 m (22,943 ft))
  • Hiunchuli (6,441 m (21,132 ft))

The gateway to this trek is the Lake City of Pokhara. A 1.5 hour drive from Pokhara takes us through lush subtropical forests and traditional farming villages yielding a Himalayan panorama with Annapurna in the south, Fishtail and Himchuli soaring above to the trek starting point at Nayapul.  Trekking the narrow Modi khola valley brings you to the base of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and into the Annapurna sanctuary. Here you will spend (2) two remarkable days gazing with breathtaking 360-degree views of the snow covered peaks above you and the beauty of the landscapes around you, that make up the Annapurna Sanctuary. 

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin surrounded by eleven of Nepal’s major peaks and is accessed by a deep gorge that carves through this mountain fortress.   It is referred to as the Annapurna “Sanctuary” because of the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses – Annapurna (Hindu Goddess for nourishment) and Gangapurna  (Hindu Goddess of Ganges River Water).

Following a traditional route of the Tibetan traders we will trek for 5 to 7 hours daily, passing through terraced fields and bamboo forests, remote villages and into the ice-bound heart of the vast mountainous amphitheater of the Annapurna Base Camp. In total, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking offers adventurers a great opportunity to explore the mountains and enjoy their magic. 

Trip Profile

11 Days

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
  • Stunning close up views of Annapurna and Fishtail mountains as we reach the base camp.

4 Days  

  • In Kathmandu and will go sightseeing to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Trip Details & Facts

  • Annapurna base camp (ABC) trek is a traditional trek into the heart of the impressive Annapurna Himalayas with unsurpassed views surrounded by enormous glaciers.
  • Exceptional culture experience into the contemporary mountain life of western Nepal.
  • Even in a country whose horizons overflow with crystalline Himalayan ranges trekkers consider the intense beauty of Annapurna Sanctuary with a unique reverence.

The Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival Day - 1400 m
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 03 : Kathmandu - Pokhara 900 m
  • Day 04 : Pokhara - Tikhedhunga
  • Day 05 : Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani 2850 m
  • Day 06 : Ghorepani - Poonhill - Tadapani 2700 m
  • Day 07 : Tadapani - Chhomrong 2700 m
  • Day 08 : Chhomrong - Dovan 2600 m
  • Day 09 : Dovan - Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3800 m
  • Day 10 : MBC - ABC 4100 m- Dovan
  • Day 11 : Dovan - Jhinu 1750 m
  • Day 12 : Jhinu - Tolkha 1700 m
  • Day 13 : Tolkha - Pokhara
  • Day 14 : Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Day 15 : Departure Day

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  • Day 01 : Arrival Day - 1400 m

    You will be welcomed by our representative on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Later, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check into the hotel, freshen up, relax a bit or you can explore the vicinity until we meet in the evening for the trip briefing. The time for the briefing will be provided to you once you arrive at hotel.
    Stay overnight at hotel. Thamel Eco Resort or similar.

  • Day 02 : Kathmandu Exploration Day

    After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour of the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE sites which includes:

    Swayambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, also a beautiful home to lots of monkeys, thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley.

    Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus, with ash rubbed body and matted dreadlocks. For a donation you can take your picture with them and receive a blessing.

    Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual, and pilgrims going around the temple performing their kora.

    Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.

    Spend another night at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 03 : Kathmandu - Pokhara 900 m

    Early morning breakfast and we check out the hotel to go to Pokhara. A 7 hours drive by tourist bus takes us to the amazingly beautiful city of Pokhara 200 km west of Kathmandu. The drive is very scenic which goes through the winding and stretching road along side the famous rafting rivers of Trishuli and later on Marsyangdi. Along the way you will pass through beautiful small Nepali villages which give you a glimpse of the Nepal countryside.

    Approximate Distance - 200 km
    Approximate Travel Duration - 7 Hrs

    Check into the hotel, freshen up, relax a bit or you can explore the vicinity (maybe take a picture at the lake).

  • Day 04 : Pokhara - Tikhedhunga

    We drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek, which is about 1.5 hours drive and we will eventually trek to Tikhedhunga on an easy dirt road alongside beautiful river stream. The beginning of the trek gives you some glimpses of the Himalayan peaks but the rest of the day we will enjoy the beauty of green mountain surroundings and local villages.
    We will spend the night at a comfortable Guest House (called the tea house) at 1527 meters.
    Approximate Distance - 14 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 5 Hrs

  • Day 05 : Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani 2850 m

    After a mouth watering mountain breakfast at the tea house we start the trek of the day. Probably the most difficult day of the trek in the sense that the trail continues to higher elevations. The first part of the trek is a steep upward walking for about 2 Hrs and then a gradual upward walk. The walk on the stone paved steps is a daring adventure early in the morning. The whole trail leads you through villages and forest to Ghorepani. All the efforts you put out through the day will be rewarded when you reach Ghorepani, with magnificent close up views of the Himalaya (given the weather is clear). We will stay the night at a Guest House at 2850 meters.
    Approximate Distance - 18 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 7 Hrs

  • Day 06 : Ghorepani - Poonhill - Tadapani 2700 m

    We will hike to Poon hill, the highlight of the trip, about 1.5 Hrs early in the morning to see a spectacular sunrise and the mountain views of 10 different peaks.
    We will trek back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. After enjoying the second mountain breakfast, we will trek to Tadapani, another great place to take a close up view of the Himalaya. It is a pleasant walk through a lush green forest.
    Eventually we will stay the night at a guest house at 2700 meters.

    Approximate Distance - 14 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 6 Hrs

  • Day 07 : Tadapani - Chhomrong 2700 m

    We are craving for yet another 6 hours walk today. Today’s walk takes us through beautiful mountain civilization and some forested areas. We will also admire the meditative sound of the flowing river. When we reach today’s destination, Chhomrong you will enjoy the life and culture of the mountain ethnic community of Gurungs.

    Stay at a tea house 2700 m

    Approximate Distance - 10 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 5 Hrs

  • Day 08 : Chhomrong - Dovan 2600 m

    We trek though lush green forest with an occasional encounter with deer and monkeys to today's destination - Dovan. We stop at Sinua for a tea break after about 2.5 hours. Then we continue our onward walking adventure enjoying the green mountain scenery. We also enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Gangapurna from Chhomrong and Sinua.
    Stay at a tea house.

    Approximate Distance - 9 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 5 hrs

  • Day 09 : Dovan - Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3800 m

    We enjoy the walk again through green mountains and rugged mountain trails. It takes us about 4 hrs to reach Deurali to have our lunch. Once we reach Deurali, we can again enjoy the view of the snow capped mountain peaks. After the lunch, it will be about 2 hrs walk to today's destination - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Enjoy the breath taking view of Himalayan peaks from MBC.

    Stay at a tea house 3800 m

    Approximate Distance - 9 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 6 Hrs

  • Day 10 : MBC - ABC 4100 m- Dovan

    We wake up early in the morning to hike to Annapurna Base Camp, the highlight of this trip. We enjoy the stunning sun rise and mountain views from ABC and return back to MBC. After having breakfast, we start trekking down to Dovan, today's stay over.

    Approximate Distance - 17 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 8 Hrs

  • Day 11 : Dovan - Jhinu 1750 m

    Another day of walking with a lot of up and down, to today's destination - Jhinu. The scenic walk leads you to find a natural hot spring waiting for you on the bank of Modi Khola (River Modi). You can wash away your tiredness with nice natural hot spring bath and feel rejuvenated.
    Overnight at a tea house.

    Approximate Distance - 11 km
    Approximate Trekking Duration - 7 Hrs

  • Day 12 : Jhinu - Tolkha 1700 m

    Enjoy yet another day of beautiful walking through the terraced fields, river side, local villages, forested areas to reach a beautiful mountain village of Tolkha. With the lunch break at Landruk, a typical ethnic Gurung village, we have enough breaks to relax and re-energize.
    Overnight at a tea house.

    Approximate Distance - 8 km
    Approximate Trekking Time - 5 Hrs

  • Day 13 : Tolkha - Pokhara

    We trek to Dhampus Phedi covering an easy and beautiful path through Dhampus village to a magnificent view point. It takes about 5 hrs of trekking and half hour of drive to reach Pokhara. By the lunch time, we reach Pokhara where you have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Go for massage or adventure activities like paragliding, zip flying, bungy jumping, ultralight flight etc.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 14 : Pokhara - Kathmandu

    We take yet another long but beautiful drive to return to Kathmandu today, then free time. You have option to fly back at an extra cost. The flight is 25 mins long. In the evening we go for farewell dinner where we will have Nepali food and enjoy a cultural show. We talk and share our experiences about the trekking and trip.

  • Day 15 : Departure Day

    Today is the last day of the trip, so, we take you to airport for final departure home.

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What is included

  1. Accommodation in a (3) three star category hotels in the cities and Tea Houses along the trail.
  2. Ground transportation provided.
  3. Sightseeing in Kathmandu where an Earthbound Expeditions tour guide will accompany you.
  4. Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek - 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners.
  5. Government trained guides and porters will be provided, we provide their insurance, salary and meals.
  6. Farewell dinner along with a cultural show.
  7. Entry fees and TIMS permit will be provided.
  8. Sleeping bags and down jackets for trek will be provided.
  9. Car / Bus / Domestic Flights included.
  10. Domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.

What is not included

  1. International Flight tickets.
  2. Kathmandu valley heritage monuments entrance fees.
  3. All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  4. Airport taxes.
  5. Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  6. Personal clothing and gears.
  7. Tips to guide and porter.

Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness are not our responsibility since these factors are not within our control.

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