Annapurna Base Camp Trek Classic

12 days
T2 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
More than 1000 m ascent per day

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The trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is one of Nepal's classics, and rightfully so! Starting at an elevation of 1300 meters, the route takes you through very different terrain, from dense Rhododendron forests to high alpine terrain of towering rock faces and tumbling glaciers. The first highlight is the climb to Poon Hill, an incredible vantage point with views of the chunky Dhaulagiri (8176m), the entire Annapurna Massif and the sacred mountain Machhapuchhare, or Fish Tail mountain. After Poon Hill you traverse to the northeast, headed towards the Annapurna Sanctuary.

The Annapurna Base Camp sits on a ledge, surrounded by many peaks of over 7000 meters. From your lodge you may see avalanches thundering down the steep slopes. But don't worry, the base camp is a safe place and was established by the French expedition that managed to scale the very first 8000 meter peak back in 1950. The location hasn't changed since. The relatively low altitude of ABC at 4130m make this trek more accessible that its popular counter parts Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp, that all exceed the 5000 meters mark. Still, it's not a walk in the park with nearly 3000 meters of vertical ascent and descent. The views are worth it!

Itinerary

Day
1

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

After an early breakfast at your hotel we drive along the Trisuli and Mashyangdi River to reach Pokhara. We will see the beautiful river view and the views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu as well during the driving. Pokhara itself is a traveller’s paradise full of natural wonders as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. After a 7 hour drive we will arrive in Pokhara and stay overnight at a hotel.

Pokhara

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Pokhara
Day
2

Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile

Duration: 03:15 h
Distance: 8.22 km
Ascent: 540 m
Descent: 140 m
Our early drive will take us to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. After a short hike, we will cross a suspension bridge and follow the bank of the Modi River to Birethanti. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail traverses a bamboo forest and passes several water streams and waterfalls. After some steady ascending, we will reach the village of Hile. Here we spend the night.

Hile

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Hile
Day
3

Trek to Ghorepani

Distance: 10.7 km
Ascent: 1400 m
Descent: 20 m
After breakfast, we will trek to Ghorepani, a charming Gurung village amidst of the Himalayas. We will cross several small streams and continue ascending the stone staircases until we reach the village of Uleri. At Uleri, we will be welcomed with stunning mountain views of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Mount Machhapuchhre. We will keep trekking through the oak and rhododendron forest until we reach Ghorepani.

Ghorepani

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Ghorepani
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Included

  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, flights, etc.) as described in the programme are included.

  • Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek

    During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

  • English speaking guide and a porter

    One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

  • Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter

    The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

  • Coffee and Tea

    Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

  • Permit and TIMS

    The total amount includes costs for the permits needed for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags

    In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

  • Cap, T-Shirt & Roadmap

    We also have a cap, t-shirt, and a roadmap for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

  • Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People

    If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit

    The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

  • Bus to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu

    The bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back is included in the total price of this trekking.

  • Hotel stay in Pokhara

    During your stay in Pokhara, you will stay in a hotel.

Excluded

  • Visa for Nepal

    Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

  • Flights to and from Nepal

    The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. 10% of the total amount is an excellent target price, but the final amount is up to you.

  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi

    Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

FAQ

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Retracing The Footsteps of Legends

  • The Annapurna Treks Versus the Everest Treks: A Comparison

  • What Is The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty?

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