- duration 13 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 4130 meters
- Trek difficulty Moderate
- Poonhill, One of the Famous Viewpoints in the World to see the Panoramic View of Mountains
- 360 degree view of Himalayan peaks from Annapurna Base Camp.
- Fantasatic Views of Annapurna South and Fishtail Peak.
- Trek through Annapurna Conservation Area.
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp follows the Modi River and passes through dense stands of rhododendron and bamboo. By the time you reach the large rock overhanging, known as Hinku Cave, you will have noticed that the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide. Steep snow-clad ridges falling from Hiunchuli on the left and Machapuchare on the right from the entrance to the Sanctuary. As we pass through the “gate” and enter into the Sanctuary, you find yourself in a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts and ends in Pokhara or it can be tailored as part of Annapurna Circuit or Jomsom/Muktinath Trek.
Both were a pleasure to be around. Resham was very knowledgeable with peak heights and the meaning of their names. He was always concerned for our safety and well-being. The beauty of Nepal and its people is breathtaking. Thank you ACE!”
I was unfit, and so on the first day I was given the name 'steam train'. It was only towards the end of the trek that I didn't have to rely upon 'Aussie flat' to get my breath back. Otherwise, I huffed and puffed clean mountain air on the Annapurna Trail.
At the teahouses for the overnight accomodation, Braith would always make sure that I got the best room. For dinner, he would review my meal choices, and either nod or shake his head overruling them to ensure that I avoided tummy problems. And tell me of the teahouse quirky features ("Charge your phone now as soon as the sun goes the power goes").
And he walked without making noise and without looking at the ground with his hands behind his back. I called him "the monk".
The porter was even more vexed. Good looking and young, he would carry a huge load skipping along the trail and trying to find a wobbling rock so he would seesaw on it. Oh and he sang songs as well. And would hold me steady when I was seesawing at times.
Reaching ABC was a milestone for me. And tough, I remember Braith showing me that morning where ABC was and thinking we will get there by lunch - it was about 9:30pm when I finally reached ABC. I had spinal fusion surgery for nearly 10 hours 1 months prior to that. From the possibility of not walking to scaling the ABC. Its pretty good.”
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (900m) in a Tourist Bus
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) & Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m)
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m)
Day 5: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m) & Trek to Tadapani(2,610)
Day 6: Trek to Chomrong (2,140m)
Day 7: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,950m)
Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
Day 9: Trek to Bamboo (2,345m)
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu (1,780m)
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) Drive to Pokhara
Day 12: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400m) in a Tourist Bus
Day 13: Final departure from Nepal
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) including breakfast.
- All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in twin-share and dormitory-style rooms ( 8 nights only).
- Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and private tourist vehicle between Pokhara and Nayapul.
- Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).
- Certification for the trip after the trip completion.
- Official expenses.
- Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
- Drinks, chocolates and snacks in the mountain (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day).
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
- Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (porters are available on extra cost).
- Tips for trek guides, tour guides, and porters (Tipping is expected).
- Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.