Annapurna Base Camp Trek-15 Days

€ 1050

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Trekking in Nepal,Annapurna Region

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Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is accompanied by the Modi River alongside luxuriant rhododendron forests and bamboo bushes. As soon as we head out from Nayapul, which is the starting point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you feel saturated by nature and an unidentifiable calm in your heart and soul. Not only do you get to know nature in person but you are going to have the opportunity of talking to the native residents along the way who are known for their hospitality and warmth. The Gurung, Thakali and Magar communities have one of the most special and unique cultures in the country. It is a one-of-a-kind experience to be one of them for a while and rejoice in their hospitality.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with the river bank of the Modi River and keeps changing the settings as you ascend uphill, it transforms its natural landscapes from the river bank to the thick forests and from lush green grazing lands to the paddy field. Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins to raise the adrenaline level when these natural settings bid farewell and the giants themselves get down on the floor to check on you. Within a few hours of the trek, which is nothing less than fun and pleasure, you arrive at Birethanti. You can stop by at one of the restaurants and spend some time sipping at your cups of local tea and coffee before you move ahead. By the time you call it a day, you will already have been captivated by nature and the unprecedented moments you have earned yourself on the very first day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. That is not even the best part. There is more to come and more than you have expected. On your way up, you can find the mountains like Annapurna watching you step the 3000 stairs of Ulleri. Beautiful mountains all around and serene nature everywhere, it does not get any better than this. It can be almost unbelievable to get back home without a scratch and not even feel fatigued after you have spent some days of your life on the most beautiful trail in the world. It feels unreal and you feel like there is nothing more you could bargain for when you see the colourful rhododendron blossoming along the trek, nine species of rhododendron, to be specific. If that is not enough, this region is sheltered by 100 species of mammals, 60 reptiles and amphibians and more than 450 species of different birds.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Real Travel staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at the Real Travel office. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals: Bed/ Breakfast

Day 3. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Duration: 6-7 Hours

On the third day, the trip to Pokhara is by bus, offering views of Nepal’s picturesque countryside along the way. Throughout the journey, you’ll witness towering hills, distant mountains, rural villages, terraced farms, and swiftly flowing rivers. This stunning scenery will accompany you all the way to Pokhara, known for its lakes and mountain vistas. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. If you’re still feeling energetic after the drive, consider taking an evening stroll around the lakeside city.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4. Drive to Birethanti and Trek to Ulleri- Duration 5 Hrs

You start your day early with breakfast, preparing for your hike to Ulleri. The journey begins with a jeep ride to Birethanti, passing through the villages of Lumle and Nayapul. From Birethanti, your trek starts, taking you through enchanting bamboo forests, past waterfalls, and inviting swimming holes.

Continuing through the pastures of Ramghai and ascending the valley, you’ll arrive at Tikhedhunga. After crossing a suspension bridge and climbing 3,300 steep stone steps, you’ll reach Ulleri by the end of the day.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5. Trek to Ghorepani

Today’s journey is a long one. Start with a warm breakfast before departing from Ulleri to Ghorepani. Begin by crossing a suspension bridge and navigating the steep stone stairs to reach Ulleri, a charming Magar town. The climb is steep, so take your time. Ascend through green pastures to the crest of Ulleri hill, where you’ll find a campground for a short but necessary break.

Afterward, continue hiking to Nangethanti, where you will stop for lunch. Following the trail, you’ll arrive at the traditional village of Ghorepani. Throughout the hike, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking mountain scenery.

Overnight at a guesthouse in Ghorepani, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6. Hike to Poonhill, Trek to Tadapani

Today’s itinerary includes a short hike to the renowned Poon Hill to witness the majestic sunrise over the towering Annapurna massif. After enjoying the breathtaking view, return to the guesthouse for a warm breakfast before setting out on your hike to Tadapani. Follow the ridgeline and trek through a beautiful rhododendron forest until you reach Tadapani.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tadapani, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 7. Tadapani to Chhomrong

Leaving Tadapani behind, today you hike toward Chhomrong village. The route to Chhomrong involves a gradual descent, crossing suspension bridges, passing through rhododendron forests, and hiking alongside crop fields. The trail primarily winds through lush jungles, where birds become your companions and a source of fascination. Watching their colorful wings as they leap from tree to tree is a rewarding experience. Enjoying the company of these creatures, you’ll eventually arrive in Chhomrong, where villages sprawl across the hillside, with major mountains such as Huinchuli, Machhapuchare, and Annapurna South towering over the town.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Chhomrong, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8. Chhomrong to Dovan

We’ll bid farewell to the warm hospitality of Chhomrong and descend towards Dovan. Today’s elevation gain is more significant than on other days, so it’s important to pace yourself. Begin by hiking down 2,500 stone steps and crossing the Chhomrong River via a suspension bridge. From there, ascend a rocky trail to reach Sinuwa village and continue through dense forests towards Kuldahar (2,540m). From Kuldahar, descend to Bamboo and then gradually ascend to Dovan.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dovan, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 9. Dovan to Deurali

Leaving Dovan behind, you embark on a peaceful journey through lush green forests of bamboo and rhododendron towards Deurali. Along the trekking path, colorful prayer flags adorn the landscape, adding a vibrant touch to the surroundings.

Pause for a moment to soak in the unique atmosphere before resuming your walk. As you progress, the dense forest gives way to a rugged terrain scattered with boulders and scree. Passing by the Himalayan Hotel marks your proximity to the destination. Keep ascending past this landmark until you reach Hinku Cave, a historical shelter and overnight stop for Annapurna expeditions in the past. Your trek for today ends at Deurali.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Deurali, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 10. Trek to ABC via Machhapuchhre Basecamp

Today marks the highly anticipated culmination of our long hike as we finally reach Annapurna Base Camp. The day’s journey begins with a climb along a riverbed, leading to the Annapurna Sanctuary. There’s a significant elevation gain today, so it’s crucial to maintain caution and avoid rushing the trek. The trail also follows the Modi Khola, eventually guiding you to Macchapuchre Base Camp.

Take a well-deserved break at Macchapuchre Base Camp to admire the majestic Himalayas surrounding the area. Afterward, continue your trek for another 2 hours to reach Annapurna Base Camp. The reality of reaching this iconic destination becomes more tangible as you witness the towering giants up close. Annapurna Base Camp is nestled amidst the awe-inspiring peaks of the Annapurna range and its neighboring mountains.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 11. Return from Annapurna Basecamp to Bamboo

Today, we say farewell to the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp and begin our descent towards Bamboo. As we’re transitioning to lower altitudes, it’s important to be mindful of our walking pace. We’ll follow the familiar trail back to the base camp, descending towards Modi Khola until we reach the charming rural village of Bamboo. Surrounded by mountains, Bamboo offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Bamboo, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 12. Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring

Today’s journey takes you on a descent to the soothing Jhinu Danda Hot Spring. The trail winds down through wooded slopes, passing by Khuldighar before reaching Chhomrong.

From Chhomrong, the path becomes steeper as you descend towards Jhinu Danda. Along the way, be sure to visit the experimental sheep farm, offering a glimpse into the life of herders in the Nepalese mountains. Immersing yourself in these rural aspects, you’ll eventually arrive at Jhinu Danda.

A short half-hour hike from Jhinu Danda leads you to a natural hot spring. This tranquil spot is perfect for unwinding and letting the day’s stresses melt away.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Jhinu Danda, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 13. Return from Jhinu Danda and Drive back to Pokhara

As your trekking adventure nears its end, the majestic Himalayan vistas fade into the distance. After crossing the suspension bridge, we embark on a 2-hour jeep ride to Pokhara.

Enjoy your overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara with Dinner.

Day 14. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After finishing your trek, you’ll journey back to Kathmandu from Pokhara aboard a tourist bus.

You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast included.

Day 15. Transfer to Airport for Departure

Our office representatives will accompany you to the airport for your connecting flight back home. It has been a pleasure meeting and getting to know you all these weeks. We are confident that you’ve had an unforgettable vacation, and we hope you’ll share your experiences with future generations. We will remember you fondly and hope you’ll keep us in your thoughts as well. Bon Voyage! Take care!

Thank you for embarking on this adventure with us. We’ve grown close over these weeks, and we encourage you to stay in touch. Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey back home. Take care!

If the above mentioned itinerary does not meet your requirements, please feel free to make your own, we are happy to create personalized travel plans tailored to your preferences and specifications.

FAQs

Are permits required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, trekkers need the following permits:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card

How long does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek take?

The standard duration for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is around 12 to 15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and trekker’s pace.

When is the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The best times for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons. These periods offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and ideal trekking conditions.

How challenging is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves some steep ascents and descents but does not reach extremely high altitudes. Trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness can complete the trek.

What types of accommodations are available in Annapurna Basecamp Trek?

Accommodation is primarily in tea houses and lodges along the route, offering basic amenities such as meals, lodging, and sometimes hot showers. Some areas may have more comfortable accommodations.

How do I get to the starting point of the Annapurna Basecamp Trek?

The trek usually starts from Nayapul or Phedi, which are accessible by bus or private vehicle from Pokhara. The drive takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Is there internet access on the Annapurna Basecamp Trek?

Internet access is available in some tea houses and lodges along the route, though the connection can be slow and intermittent. It’s best to expect limited connectivity.

Is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek safe?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is generally safe, but trekkers should be cautious of changing weather conditions, trail conditions, and altitude-related risks. Having a knowledgeable guide, proper preparation, and adequate travel insurance are essential for safety.

What essentials should I pack for the Annapurna Basecamp Trek?

  • Comfortable trekking boots
  • Warm clothing (layers, down jacket, thermal wear)
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing for daytime
  • Sleeping bag (for tea house stays)
  • Trekking poles
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Personal hygiene items

Can I do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as part of a group?

Certainly! We regularly organize group treks to Annapurna Basecamp Trek. You’re more than welcome to join us for this adventure.

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    The Trip Cost Includes

    • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)

    • Transportation to and from!!

    • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels

    • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip

    • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)

    • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)

    • All the required permits and paperwork

    The Trip Cost Excludes

    • International Airfare

    • Visa Charges

    • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)

    • Your travel and medical insurance

    • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc

    • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu

    • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency

    • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.