Trip Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also commonly known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This trekking route is one of the best among the trekking routes in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The Annapurna region lies in the north-central part of Nepal. And it covers an area of 7639 km2. This range consists of thirteen peaks above 8000 m and sixteen others above 7000 m. Besides, the 10th highest peak Annapurna I, also lie in this region. Moreover, the Annapurna region is protected under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. As a result, there is a dramatic change in terrain from lush green forests to rocky landscapes to the north.

Also, the trail goes right across the Conservation Area. The trek presents a flourishing Himalayan ecosystem blended with a diverse landscape. The trekking trail goes through rhododendron forests, past several ethnic Gurung and Magar settlements. Moreover, the trail passes through diverse landscapes with superb mountain vistas, terraced rice fields, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Thus, making this trek the most outstanding and lifetime experience. Besides, the Annapurna Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Trek, and Khopra Ridge trek are some of the best treks in the Annapurna region.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. From Nayapul, the trail follows the Modi Khola valley to Ulleri. From Ulleri, we continue to Ghorepani and explore the village. We will hike to Poon Hill and watch the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Further, we continue to Tadapani. Then to Chomrong, and finally the Annapurna Base camp. Annapurna Base Camp offers a breathtaking close-up view of mountain ranges. That includes Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through the rich forest of pine and rhododendron.
  • Witness the spectacular sunrise view over the Annapurna range from Poon Hill.
  • Enjoy the close-up view of Mt Machhapuchre, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, and Gandharvachuli from the base camp.
  • 360° views of the Himalayan ranges
  • Experience the culture, tradition, and living style of the Gurung people.
  • Relax in the therapeutic natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-195
  • TRIP NAME: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • DURATION: 14 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • MAX ALTITUDE 4130m(Annapurna Base Camp)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Chhomrong-Dovan-Deurali-Annapurna Base Camp-Bamboo-Jhinu Danda-Phedi-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Drive to Pokhara(208km/6hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall drive to Pokhara via the Prithvi Rajmarga. The drive takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. Along the way, we will stop in scenic spots for lunch and to get fresh as well. In the evening, we shall have a boat ride in Phewa Lake for an hour. The rest of the evening is free to stroll around the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 3: Pokhara-Nayapul-Trek to Ulleri(1965/6hrs)

    Drive for about an hour to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. Begin our journey from Nayapul to Ulleri across terraced fields past small villages like Birethanti (1065m) and Tikhedhunga (1577m). It takes about 6 hours of hike to reach Ulleri. Overnight in Ulleri.

  • Day 4: Ulleri-Ghorepani (2855m/4-5hrs

    After breakfast, continue our trek towards Ghorepani (2855m ). From Ulleri, it is a gradual ascent through forests of rhododendron crossing several streams. As we climb higher, the views get more striking, Mt. Annapurna south, Nilgiri south, and some other peaks come into view. After crossing the Nangthati river, we arrive at Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • Day 5: Ghorepani-Poon Hill (3210m)-Tadapani (2610m/5-6hrs)

    Early morning, we will hike to Poon Hill to experience the sun rising over the Himalayas. Poon hill at 3210m offers the best sunrise view over the high mountains with panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Nilgiri south, Annapurna I, and other peaks. After spending some time enjoying the panorama, we descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Tadapani through forests of pine and rhododendron. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • Day 6: Tadapani-Chhomrong(2170m/5-6hrs)

    Today we start with a steep downhill walk.  The hike goes through the forests of rhododendron until the village of Gurjung. From Gurjung, it is an easy walk to Chhomrong. Overnight in Chhomrong.

  • Day 7: Chhomrung-Dovan(2600m/5-6hrs)

    Today we begin with a descent until Chhomrong Khola. The path then ascends through forests of oak and rhododendron to Khuldighar. Hereafter, it is a gradual walk further to a clearing. From here we follow a steep downhill path toward Dovan. Overnight in Dovan.

  • Day 8: Dovan-Deurali(3200m/4hrs)

    Today it is a relatively short and easy day hike. Our day begins with a climb through Bamboo glades and rhododendron forest and reaches Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.

  • Day 9: Deurali-Machhapuchre Base camp(3700m)-Annapurna Base Camp(4130m)

    Today will be an exciting day of our trek. Our hike to ABC goes past the MBC. From Deurali, the trail goes along the side of the river and ascends to MBC.  From MBC, we can enjoy a close-up view of the Himalayas and the Annapurna glacier. We continue for about two or more hours and reach the Annapurna Base Camp. From Annapurna Base Camp we can observe some of the spectacular views of mountains. Overnight in ABC.

  • Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp -Bamboo(2345m/6hrs)

    Today we shall retrace our steps back to Bamboo. It is mostly a downhill hike, and the trail drops by 1700m to the banks of Modi Khola. And from here, it ascends and finally reaches Bamboo at 2345m. Overnight in Bamboo.

  • Day 11: Bamboo-Jhinudada(1760m/5hrs)

    We follow the same trail until Chhomrong. Once we pass Khuldighar, we will continue our hike through rhododendron and bamboo forests. And then the trail descends very steeply from Chhomrong to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring. At Jhinu Danda, we can enjoy a hot bath in the natural hot springs. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

  • Day 12: Jhinudada-Phedi(6-7hrs)-Pokhara

    Today we shall descend further to Phedi past village-like Landruk (1565m), Tolkha, and Dhampus (1650) and arrive at Dhampus Phedi (950m). From Phedi, it's only about an hour's drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 13: Pokhara-Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we shall retrace our drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, and the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 14: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

What's Included
  • All hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome/farewell dinner, while all meals are included during the trek.
  • English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist deluxe coach.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation).
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan (America)

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston (America)

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori (America)

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.