- Walk through the lush rhododendron forest,
- Admire the spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna,
- Hike to Poon Hill for mesmerizing sunrise view over the Himalayas
- Get Annapurna Base Camp passing through several villages Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrung
You will be in the midst of green fields and rhododendron forests, at a comfortable altitude, that does not demand extreme altitude acclimatization. This journey will lead you to the base camp, where you can see the snow caps of 12 mountains that are +7,000 meters.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek an ideal trek for beginners who want to view the picturesque mountains with relative ease. The warmth of the residents and accounts of the enigmatic traditions of Nepal are riveting. The charm of the countryside is heightened with a panoramic view that is eternally imprinted into one’s memory.
The best season to trek Annapurna base camp is September through November and March through May. During spring season, the entire landscape gets covered with rhododendron flowers, creating an alluring vision. Going on the trek during monsoon season between June through August, is not advisable.
Joining the Nepal Hiking Team for this trek ensures a holiday that will empower you to experience the ethos of the fabled Shangri-la.
After breakfast, we set off on the long drive to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. The scenery along the road is dramatic and you will see rivers, valleys, cascading rice terraces and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, we will check in to the hotel. In the evening, you can enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Fewa Lake and see the magnificent reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range in the crystal clear water of the Lake (a wonderful photo opportunity!) Overnight at the hotel - breakfast included.
Day 02: Pokhara - Naya Pul and trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/4905ft) Duration: 4 hrs
After breakfast at around 07:30am, we will drive to Naya Pul (42km) by car/taxi via the village of Lumle. We will take a short walk to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going on through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond is a pasture used by pony caravans? The trail continues to Ramghai where you will have lunch. After lunch, we will climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight at guesthouse - breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m/9348ft) Duration: 7 hrs
From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream over a suspension bridge near the camp site. The trail then ascends steep stone steps (about 3300) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Above the village, we climb gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a camp site for a rest and water stop about one hour beyond Ulleri. The trail then crosses two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch.
Thanti is a Nepali word meaning "rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti we will climb to Ghorepani at 2850m, from here we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Overnight stay at a guesthouse - breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Hiking -Poonhill (3180m/10430ft), trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
This morning, we will get up before dawn and continue on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek to Poon Hill. From here you will catch a superb view of the sunrise over the panoramic vista of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse - breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m/7575ft) Duration: 6 hrs
Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We pass the village of Chhomrong which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. From Chhomrong the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola then trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m/10330ft) Duration: 6 hrs
We proceed to Kuldi Ghar about 2 1/2 to 3 hrs walking. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We pass by the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to Himalaya. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m/13810ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular views. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: ABC to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft) Duration: 7 hrs
We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (hot spring) (1780m/5840ft) Duration: 6 hrs
Today, we follow the same trail until Chhomrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chhomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Jhinu Danda to Pokhara (910m/2985ft) Duration: 5 hours walk and 1 hour drive
From Jhinu hot springs, we advance on the right side of Modi Khola for 5 hrs to Birethanti. - Some people consider this to be one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek! We then reach Nayapul and after an hour’s drive, we will be back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel -breakfast and lunch included.
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Six hours scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel - breakfast included.
- 1 professional, English speaking and certified guide
- 1 porter for 2 people
- All airport transfers by private car
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- Transportation to/from Pokhara by tourist bus
- Private transportation from Pokhara to trek starting point and trek ending point to Pokhara
- Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Annapurna conservation permit fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes and service charge
- Travel insurance
- International airfares to Nepal
- Nepal Entry visa - can by obtained at the airport, upon arrival for USD for 30 days.
- Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers