Annapurna Base Camp Trek -13 Days

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
4130M
Trip Duration
13 Days

Overview

Trip Highlights:

“Unmatched beauty of the sanctuary and base camp in the heart of Mt. Annapurna The one and only short, scenic treks to Annapurna Base Camp in whole Himalaya From warm temperature to cooler hills and towards the arctic zone of ice and glaciers Impressive farm villages of Gurung the hills tribe of Annapurna Himalaya range Beautiful forest covered with tall rhododendron-magnolia and pines tree lines Facing grand views of Annapurna and other range of mountains on daily walks.”

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode: Staying in tourist standard hotels while in cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. On treks staying overnight in nice local lodges.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous with uphill and downhill with no problem facing high altitude as on this trek altitude gains gradually acclimatization during daily walks and overnight stops.

Trekking Areas: Nepal North Mid-West of Kaski districts within Annapurna Himalaya.

Trekking Duration: 07 nights and 08 days with short drives both ways from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Highest altitude: At Annapurna Base Camp above 4,130 m high.

People and Culture: Lower areas of mix tribe of people of both Hindu and Buddhist religions of various interesting cultures, mid hills populated by Gurung tribes around Ghandruk = Chomrong villages the main hill tribes of Annapurna region of Buddhism religion as well practice their own ancestral cult of pre-Buddhism, worshipping nature and mountains.

Total Trip: 12 Nights and 13 Days from Arrival to departure (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).

Seasons: Nearly all season of the month can trek to Annapurna Base Camp, except the wet months from mid-June to mid-September falls within Monsoon time with heavy rains and dark clouds to obstruct the views and walks. March to May the best time when morning to mid-day with clear fine weather for views and walks with mild temperatures, right times for treks around Annapurna region when wildflowers are in full bloom times, especially the rhododendron flowers. Rhododendron from tall trees to bushes with flowers that blossom of various species and colors that decorate the hill and valleys (national flower of Nepal). October to December months another best time for treks around autumn/fall and pre-winter where days are clear for views as well right temperatures for walks, can be cold during night and morning times with chances of snow in high areas of Annapurna above 1,800 meters high.

Introduction:

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking one of the shortest and most scenic adventures around whole Himalaya range, a great walks heading into the heart of massive Annapurna mountains within beautiful Sanctuary and at base camp. Annapurna Base Camp located within magnificent sanctuary enclosed within an amphitheater of peaks, a nice lovely walks without much problem catching high altitude symptoms, as a route to base camp takes you to a gradual and slow rise in altitude. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking certainly fascinates all visitors standing beneath world tenth highest Mt. Annapurna at above 8,091 m, (the first 8,000 meters mountains climbed to the summit in 1950 by French Expeditions much before Mt. Everest was conquered in 1953.). Annapurna Base Camp Trekking begins from scenic Pokhara city a beautiful spot blessed with the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, where the adventure starts and ends on this lovely city. The adventure leads to short drive at the foot of high hills and then on the uphill trail to reach several interesting Gurung villages of Ghandruk and Chomrong to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Walk leads into deep Modi River gorge covered within dense trees of rhododendron-oaks-pine and bamboos then finally reaching a high and wide beautiful plateau at Annapurna Sanctuary hidden behind an array of Annapurna peaks. Finally, walk leads to our final destination at Annapurna base camp the one and only base camp with facilities of the nice and cozy lodge with rooms facing outmost views of mountains of Annapurna. Enjoy marvelous time at Annapurna base camp surround by high mountains with glaciers and ice and then return journey leads to long descend back into green vegetation and tree lines to reach at a road-head for the drive to beautiful Pokhara for last overnight stop in Annapurna region. From Pokhara, where the exciting drive takes you back to Kathmandu after a wonderful experience and adventure on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with great services of Yeti Mountain Treks.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, gretted by one of our airport representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Tour of Kathmandu heritage sites of great interest.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m -06 hrs journey (30 mins by air)

Day 04: Drive past Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk village 1,940 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m - 06 hrs

Day 06:  Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050 m - 06 hrs.

Day 07:  Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720 m -06 hrs.

Day 08:  Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130 m - 04 hrs.

Day 09:  Trek to Bamboo 2,050m - 06 hrs.

Day 10:  Trek to Jhinu-Danda with hot spring 1,700m - 06 hrs.

Day 11:  Trek to Kyumi drive to Pokhara 860 m- 05 hrs.

Day 12: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 13: International departure for homeward bound.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport received by Yeti Mountain staff and guides for short transfer to your hotel in the center of Kathmandu city around interesting Thamel area or nearby. On checking into your rooms getting refreshed briefing of the treks with other useful information, with welcome dinner in nice Nepalese restaurants with cultural programs.

Day 02: Tour of Kathmandu heritage sites of great interest.

Morning by 9 a.m. where our city guide will take you for an interesting tour around great places steeped with world heritage sites and monuments, after a half day or full day tour back to hotel preparation for the treks.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m -06 hrs journey (30 mins by air).

Morning as per the group size either in comfortable tourist coach or in chartered cars where a drive leads to warmer low farm areas to reach Nepal Mid-West at Pokhara by the shore of beautiful Phewa Lake. Where all nice hotels located with views of lakes and Annapurna peaks overnight in the comfort of good hotels in Pokhara near to Phewa Lake.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul trek to Ghandruk 1,950 m - 05 hrs.

With pleasant nigh-stop at Pokhara, morning leads with a short drive to reach the starting point of the trek at Nayapul town or beyond to Bhirethati village, a nice place on the side of Modi River. The walk starts heading with slow uphill trail past farm villages overlooking snow peak views within farm areas and then climb to reach Ghandruk, a nice large Gurung farm village facing views of rolling hills and snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Huin Chuli and top of Machhapuchare Himal.

Day 05: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m - 06 hrs.

From Ghandruk catching morning views of Annapurna peaks, where walks lead to a short steep climb to Kimrong ridge and then descend entering at Kimrong river valley, after crossing a bridge with uphill to a ridge reaching gradual winding path paved with fine stonework to reach above Chomrong village and then a short descend to reach a nice and large village of Chomrong for overnight stop. One of the largest Gurung villages around Annapurna region and as well the last permanent human settlement on route to Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary where other areas beyond are just temporary settlement for trekkers.

Day 06:  Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050 m - 06 hrs.

After a nice overnight stop in Chomrong morning starts on the downhill to cross a bridge over Chomrong river with uphill to Sinuwa located on a high ridge with a couple of Tea-House and shops facing grand views of dramatic landscapes of surrounding hills and valley with snow-capped peaks of Annapurna Himalaya range. From here walk leads into deeply forested areas on winding ups and then descend into dense woodland with bamboo grooves to a place called also as Bamboo. Bamboo a small settlement to cater needs of the trekkers with many good lodges located in a river gorge surrounded by a forest of rhododendron-pines and bamboo. From a Bamboo walk on the gradual path into dense woods with easy ups to reach Donovan located within a gorge of Modi River with few lodges for travelers.

Day 07:  Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720 m -06 hrs.

The adventure leads closer to our highlight as walk leads on winding ups into the forest past Himalaya Hotel, located next to large overhanging cave Hinko which is directly beneath Annapurna South and Huin-Chuli peaks. From Himalaya Hotel downhill near Modi River then with short climb to reach at Deurali for overnight stop, Deuarli onwards where tall tree lines stops for short alpine bushes, after Deuarli walk continues uphill following raging Modi river right up to Machhapuchare base camp for overnight stop, located at the bottom of majestic North Face of Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.

Day 08:  Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130 m - 04 hrs.

After a refreshing overnight stop at MBC (Machhapuchare base camp) an easy and short morning walk to reach our main highlight at Annapurna base camp, from Machhapuchare where Annapurna Sanctuary starts right up to base camp, walk leads to short ups to reach a level ground on a huge field or a plateau within Sanctuary enclosed by array of peak and soon walk leads to a welcome sign-post of Annapurna Base Camp. Reaching our final destination and the highest spot at above 4,095 m high situated beneath towering Mt. Annapurna and range of other peaks of Vara-Shikar, Gangapurna with Annapurna South. Annapurna Base Camp, one and only base camp in whole Himalaya region with the facility of the nice and cozy lodge, where rooms face views of Annapurna peaks.

Day 09:  Trek to Bamboo 2,050m - 06 hrs.

Enjoying lovely moments with awesome scenery of peaks at Annapurna base camp, a long walk today on the downhill with few short ups to reach a Bamboo place for an overnight stop, and back into tall tree lines and lush vegetation, after being on arctic zone climate at Annapurna base camp and sanctuary.

Day 10:  Trek to Jhinu Danda with hot spring 1,700 m - 06 hrs.

The return journey back to Chomrong with ups and downhill trail, from Chomrong hilltop our route diverts to another fresh new trail to reach at nice hill village at Jhinu located on a ridge with grand scenery of rolling hills and mountains. Jhinu provides refreshing natural hot-spring for interested people which is a mere distance downhill of half hour to the hot spring with two nice warm pools close to raging Modi-River.

Day 11:  Trek to Kyumi drive to Pokhara 860 m- 05 hrs.

Our last day of marvelous walks on Annapurna Base Camp trekking ends with downhill past farm villages following Modi River downstream to reach lower warm farm areas and rural village, where an exciting drive takes you back at beautiful Pokhara near to the shore of Phewa Lake for overnight in the comfort of nice hotels.

Day 12: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Morning transfer for the journey back to Kathmandu where a drive leads on the scenic and interesting road past farm villages and towns and then uphill to reach Kathmandu valley and the city. After an exciting drive of 5-6 hours reaching Kathmandu and transfer to hotel with afternoon free for individual activities.

Day 13: International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal the country of Himalayan wonders and impressive cultures, as your international flight time transfer to the international airport in Kathmandu for home-ward bound or to respective destinations, after a memorable experience on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with great services of Yeti Mountain Treks.


Cost Details

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Hotel or Tea Houses accommodation during trekking.
  • All Meals - Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  • All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  • A well trained and experienced, English speaking, Government licensed holders trekking guide.
  • Porter services (2 guest = 1 porter) would carry 20 - 25kg.
  • Staff cost - Their insurance, Food and accommodation, salary and insurance and airfare.
  • All necessary paper works - National park permit and Nepal Government permit ( Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
  • farewell dinner.
  • Trekking equipment - Sleeping bag and Down Jackets but to be returned after the trekking trip completion.
  • Two nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with bed and breakfast included. 
  • All Government and local taxes.
  •  Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
  •  Drinks, Beverage, Hot shower and heater charge.
  •  Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  •  TIPS.

Equiment Checklist

Equipment Checklist for Trek:

Here’s a complete equipment checklist for trekking in Himalaya area. Some of them may differe according to destination, we will let you know the specific details according to trip need. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes 
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Map

map

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.