14-15 days
Duration
4200 meters
Maximum Elevation
Moderate/ Strenuous
Trek Grade
Approx. 130km
Distance

Now accepting reservations for treks beginning February 25, March 15, October 10, and December 1, 2018.

Please select from the following dates to book. For custom treks, contact us directly.

Annapurna Base Camp is often referred to as a natural amphitheater, as it is surrounded by the gorgeous peaks of the Annapurna range, namely: Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Machhapuchhre and Barashshikhar. Situated at an altitude of 4300m, Annapurna Base Camp is reached by passing through forests of bamboo and rhododendron. The route to Ghorepani and Annapurna sanctuary starts from Birethanti, and while trekking upward, you will pass through the beautiful Gurung villages of Ghandrung, Chhomrong, Dhampus and the rural communities of Modi Khola.

Some highlights include:

  • Unmatched cultural and ecological diversity, as trails wind through the timeless Gurung and Tamang villages, as well as Thakalis, Bhotias and other Tibetan ethnic groups of the north.
  • Breathtaking panoramas of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Visits to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in various villages
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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, taxi to hotel
After going through Immigration and gathering luggage, grab a taxi outside to the hotel (25 mins), located in Thamel, a vibrant neighborhood with wonderful restaurants and shopping. Relax and explore!
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Day 2: Free Day

Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

You’ll have a short meeting with your trekking guide for info about the trip and departure to Lukla tomorrow. Now is the time to ask any last minute questions and make final preparations.

Breakfast included.

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Day 3: Pokhara

Drive west to Pokhara (200Km / 5 hours by bus. Flying is an option for an extra fee)

Pokhara is situated at about 915 meters from sea level, and is located 124 miles (about 200 km) west of Kathmandu and can be reached by plane in 35 minutes or in 5 hours by bus. Pokhara is often called the Enchanting Himalayan Valley, at the heart of major action and adventures. This area is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, and year-round pleasing weather.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 4: Ulleri

Drive to bridge (1½ hours) and begin trek to Ulleri (2073m / 5½ hours)

We arrive in Naya Pool to start our trek and the trail leads to Birethanti, following along the river and to reach Tirkhedhunga. After that the trail is steeply up to Ulleri, passing more than 2000 stone steps to arrive in the village.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 5: Ghorepani

Climb up to Ghorepani (2855m) through the rhododendron forest (6 hours)

From the very beginning, the trail leads still up through the rhododendron forest, passing Nangethanti and Banthanti to see the towering views of Ghorepani.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 6: Poonhill

Early morning ascent to Poonhill (3200m / 45 minutes. Total, 7hours)

Today starts with a beautiful sunrise and majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and marvelous views of rhododendron forests and its blossoming flowers. After breakfast we proceed to Tadapani (2700m) – 6 hrs. The day will be quite long, waking up early in the morning and after breakfast tackling a couple of long up and down hill stretches.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 7: Ghandruk

Climb down to Ghandruk (1950m / 3 hhours)

The trek offers a visit to ACAP Headquarters and a traditional Gurung Village with beautiful views of South Annapurna and Mt Fish Tail. Ghandruk is a popular Gurung village among western societies from where the brave Gorkhas originated. It has a primitive culture, with natural mountain views of Mount Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Mt Machhapuchchhre (The Fish Tail), Annapurna 3 and others. The village is full of lodges and local houses with cultural touches.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 8: Chhomrong

Ghandruk – Chhomrong (1900m / 5 hours)

After descending a gentle slope, we arrive at a stream that needs crossing. Hereafter, we begin our ascent for Kimron pass (2220m), after we descend through a steep forested ridge to Kyamrong River and onto Kyamrong village. We cut across the cultivated fields and climb a mountain path to arrive at Tarun. We continue along the ridge path, which offers an excellent view of the Annapurna range. We then descend to the Modi River and continue along a leveled path. At the final stretch, we descend a stoned path to arrive at Chomrung.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 9: Dovan

Chhomrong – Dovan (2600m / 6 hours.)

We descend through fields to arrive and cross the Chomrung River. We then ascend through a forested slope to Kurdi. After Kurdi, we trek down steeply to the Modi River. We will travel along a rocky path and on through a dense bamboo forest to reach Dovan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 10: Machhapuchhre Basecamp

Dovan – Machhapuchhre Basecamp (4000m / 5 hours)

A short steep ascent sees us to Hinko, with its overhead rock protrusion giving a cave-like impression. We cross a stream to descend to the Modi riverbed, then climb gradually to finally arrive at the valley where Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3703m) is located. Walking time is about 4 hours, but due to the sharp increase in elevation, we will go no further. From here, panoramic views of Machhapuchhare, Annapurna III, Fang and Annapurna South are quite spectacular.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 11: Back to Dovan

Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp (4300m / 2½ hours)

Dovan – 5 hours – Ascending a path along a stream and onto the center of a lateral moraine, Annapurna I is finally revealed. From here we pass along to the grass covered area of Annapurna Base Camp (4200m). The destination offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains – what you have been waiting for! After spending the rest of the morning in the camp, we return to Dovan. Due to continuous descents, we are able to cover a longer distance.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 12: Jhinudanda

Dovan – Jhinudanda (1600m / 6 hours)

The option to visit Jhinudanda is wonderful because of its natural and lovely hot springs where you can relax after your trek and coming down the bank of Modi river from Annapurna Base Camp.  The trek then starts with several long up and down stretches, and we will re-trace part of our original trek until we reach Chhomrong and climb steeply down to Jhinudanda.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 13: Birethanti

Jhinudanda – Birethanti (5 hours)

Along the Modi River valley for 5 hours & drive to Pokhara for an hour by car. The trek from Jhinudanda to Nayapool is along the river valley. This trek offers views of some beehives and multicultural settlements around New Bridge, Landruk, Kimche and  Shyaule. As soon as we arrive to Nayapool, we get a jeep and proceed to Pokhara to relax lakeside.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 14: Kathmandu

Drive east to Kathmandu by jeep (200km / 5 hours)
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Day 15: Free day

Free day in KTM

Depending on your scheduled departure time.

Breakfast included

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast at deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day while trekking
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide and porters (1 porter between 2 people). Also included is their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park Permit.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost. (see our info on Travel Insurance)
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • Personal gear and equipment including sleeping bag.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, wifi, alcoholic beverages, soda, showers
  • Tips for guide and porters.

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