- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 13 days
- tour type Private
- tour_type Private tour
- age requirement 5+ years old
- age_requirement 5+ years old
- Enjoy excellent views of Annapurna Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp
- Get rich cultural insights into Gurung Villages
- Well organized lodge to lodge trek with full board meals
- Awesome panoramic sunrise Himalayan views from Poonhill
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also an opportunity to walk across naturally beautiful landscapes, huge glaciers, and rhododendron forests, explore the rice paddy fields, local Gurung culture and traditions.
Another major highlight would be capturing awesome views of snow capped mountains Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fish tail, Nilgiri, Manaslu and Himchuli from popular Poonhill view point.
There will be plenty of opportunities to discover flora and fauna too and enjoy magically blooming rhododendron forests especially during the spring season of March, April and May.
On the course of this trek, we will be staying overnight at clean, comfortable local lodges with availability of basic services. We will have 3 hearty meals per day and during the final days of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we heal our mind and body at natural hotspring at Jhinu Danda.
You will be enjoying excellent sceneries, nature and culture during this ABC trek. It is a moderately challenging trek and anyone with average physical fitness can join in.
For more details, please check the itinerary section.
The first two days consist of walking up to Ghorepani via a series of tiny hamlets. In the sun it can be very hot, despite it being winter. The pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill was one of the hardest parts of the entire journey, mainly because it is done before breakfast and I felt quite weak and faint. I didn't think I would make it but I did in the end. The views at the top are beautiful. It wasn't freezing cold but gloves and a hat were handy. I borrowed a knock-off down jacket and used it during this climb and on a few other evenings but I could have done without it I think.
After Poon Hill was one of the most beautiful legs of the trek, walking through pine forests along the ridge of the mountains with spectacular views and then later alongside a stream until we reached Tadapani. After this there were a number of days where we didn't really ascend much but of course there were lots of steps up and down while we gradually skirted around the hills until we reached the valley which leads to MBC. Expect to see more hamlets, some villages, lots of cows and mules and goats, some flowers, plenty of trees and of course from time to time, the mountain peaks.
The final two sections from Bamboo to Deurali (3200 metres) and from Deurali to ABC (4100 metres) were very, very tough for me because I began to get out of breath due to the altitude. I was panting like I was running at top speed on the tread mill! My advice is simply to walk very, very slowly when climbing there. Try to take a breath for every step you take. (I was carrying 12kg on my back and it would definitely have been easier with a porter).
On the way down it was much quicker. It took me 2.5 hours to get from MBC to ABC, but on the way down, walking at brisk pace, I did the same distance in just 40 minutes. So my walking speed going up was 3 or 4 times slower than coming down.
I only stayed at ABC for an hour. The views are wonderful because you are surrounded by mountains and you can see (and hear) the glaciers. There are semi-frozen streams and huge boulders everywhere. I reached ABC on December 12th and it wasn't too cold but apparently I was lucky with the weather and in previous years it has been snowing at that time. That would have made things a lot more difficult.
One of the problems I had was washing clothes and drying them because there was so little sunshine, especially as we got higher. In the morning shade persisted until well after 10am and then the sun would go behind the peaks by around 3 or 4pm. At ABC the sun disappeared at 1.52pm!
A few items I brought with me which were very useful included a mini water filter (it paid for itself by the end), zip lock bags (to go to the toilet at night instead of walking outside in the freezing cold!), a portable clothes line (I dried my clothes in my room at night), oat bars (for a welcome snack and energy boost - these things aren't available in the trek), a high capacity power bank and a solar charger (you have to pay for electricity after Ghorepani), a microfibre towel (a normal towel would never dry!) and finally sunscreen spray (it gets very hot in the day).
I wish I had brought more liner socks (I had only two pairs, four would be better). Four hiking socks were enough. I also brought far too many chargers for my cameras and batteries and those weighed me down a bit. I also forgot to buy a sunhat which would have been useful. I had my own sleeping bag and a thermal liner and I was never cold at night. During the day I relied on trekking pants and a long-sleeved lightweight base layer. If the sun disappeared I either added a wool-based layer or my fleece. I had a thin rain jacket as well and that was very handy for keeping the wind off, though it wasn't very windy really and it never rained.
You can see the photos of my trek here: http://tinyurl.com/jlhyprp
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via Twitter @njstone9
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga(1540m)
Day 3: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2860m/9380ft)
Day 4: Hiking -Poonhill (3210m), trek to Tadapani
Day 5: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft)
Day 6: Chhomrong to Dovan(2600m/6190ft)
Day 7: Dovan to Deurali (3200m/10500ft)
Day 8: Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m)
Day 9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7576ft)
Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m/5840ft)
Day 12: Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure (complimentary service)
- TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
- One professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking guide including his salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment
- One porter for each two trekkers including his salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment
- Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day during the trek
- Teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
- Two nights budget tourst hotel accmodation in Pokhara
- Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
- Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- All government taxes & office service charge
- First aid medical kit
- All Surface Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara Kathmandu my tourist Bus
- Nepal visa, airfares, travel insurance
- Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara (except two nights in Pokhara)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
- All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters
- Personal equipments and clothing
- Tips for guides and porters (Expected but not mandatory)
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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.