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  • Machapurchhre from Annapurna Base Camp
  • hiker crossing river via wooden bridge at annapurna
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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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  • Duration
    Duration:13 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 5 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    13 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :12 Breakfast, 10 Lunches
    10 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4,130m/13,550ft

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of the most demanding trekking destinations in Nepal. To reach the base of Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m/26,539ft), the 10th highest peak and was first submitted 8000m peak in the planet, is rewarding in itself. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail offers you an opportunity to view the tropical as well as alpine regions at the foot of 7000 m and 8000 m peaks. This trek also offers breathtaking landscapes and the pristine culture of diverse ethnic groups of people. Along the way, close up view of Himalayas including Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Fishtail and many other other peaks above 7000m come into the sight.

The 13 day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking starts from the cultural city of Kathmandu and ends at Kathmandu. Next day of arrival in Kathmandu, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and then the following day we will be driven to naturally beautiful city of Pokhara. Passing through beautiful terraced field, waterfalls, beautiful and traditional villages, forest of rhododendron and oak, pasture land, we reach at an abode of Himalayan wonders of Machhapuchre Base Camp (3,700m) and then in Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). The return trail also offers mesmerizing view of landscapes and Himalayas as well as relaxing time in Hot Spring at Jhinu Danda.

Highlights

  • The most shouted trekking in Annapurna region
  • Trail leading from the tropical to alpine region at the base of 7000 m and 8000 m peaks
  • Offers pristine culture of different ethnic groups and breathtaking landscapes
  • Closeup view of Himalayas including Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Fishtail and many others
  • Opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Beautiful terrace field, waterfalls, beautiful and traditional villages, forest of rhododendron and oak
  • Mesmerizing view of landscapes and Himalayas as well as relaxing time in Hot Spring

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu ( 1300m/4264 feet)

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Dinner 

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kahtmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kahtmandu Durbar Square – Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddes), Kasthamandap (made up of single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally visit in Patan Durbar Square- city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and master piece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu; Hotel Encounter Nepal.

Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

Today we are going towards naturally beautiful city Pokhara, destination of adventurous activities and gateway of trekking in Annapurna Region. After breakfast, we drive towards the tourist bus stand. After then our six hours pleasurable drive begins passing through beautiful landscapes along the Trishuli River and Marshyangdi River. On the way, our coach stops twice, one for breakfast and another for lunch. Upon arrival in Pokhara afternoon, check into the hotel and take a rest. Late afternoon we enjoy the boating on Fewa Lake and visit Barahi Temple. Evening is free on your own. Overnight in Pokhara.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,363ft): 1 hr drive and 5-6 hrs trek

Today is the beginning day of our trek. Early morning after breakfast we drive up to Nayapul and then start our trek. We walk gradually along the Modi Khola passing the check post of ACAP. After passing metal bridge, we take the right turn and walk along the Modi Khola towards Syauli Bazzar. Up to Syauli Bazzar the trail is gradual up and then we walk steep up through the stone steps passing beautiful small villages up to Ghandruk. Finally after about 6 hours walk we reach Ghandruk village also popular as a village of stone houses, inhabited by the Gurung people. We enjoy the stunning close up view of Mt. Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Fishtail as well as acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Ghandruk to Chomrong (2,170m/7,118ft): 5 hrs trek

After leisure breakfast, we start the trek. Today the trail is ups and down and through the dense forest of Oak and rhododendron. First, we climb up for an hour and then steep descent to Kimron Khola. Then we again climb up to Taulung and then steep descend and horizontal walk for an hour. After then steep climb continues up to Chomrong. From Chomrong we can see the towering mighty peak of Annapurna South and Fishtail.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Chomrong to Dovan (2,600m/8,528ft): 6 hrs trek

Today we walk along the Modi Khola and through the thick and dark rhododendron forest. After leisure breakfast, we leave the Chomrong village crossing the suspension bridge and then steep climb to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, further trail is gradual up through dense forest till Khuldighar. Further, we descend a long and steep stone steps till Bamboo. Then crossing the bridge, we walk gradual up for about 2 hours and reach Dovan.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Dovan to Deurali (3230m/ 10,595ft): 4 hrs trek

Today all the way is gradual up along the Modi Khola. We walk through the thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests passing the canyon. After Himalaya Hotel, we cross two small streams. There is also a possibility to see wildlife such as deer, snow leopard, pig and different kind of birds. Enjoying the peace nature, passing by Hinko Cave we finally reach in Deurali.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4,130m/13,546ft): 6-7 hrs trek

Today we reach the main destination of our trek, Annapurna Base Camp. We begin our trek climbing gently through a river bed of Bagar. In the route, we find ourselves surrounded by the giant snowcapped mountains. The strenuous hike to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC- 3700m) is neutralized by the spectacular view of Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Gangapurna. From MBC the vegetation disappears. Further, we hike for another 2 to 3 hours passing through few huts alongside a moraine and enjoying the view of close up vertical south face of Annapurna and reach Annapurna Base Camp. 360 degrees panoramic view of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks are awesome.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9ABC to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 6 hrs trek

Early in the morning catch the magnificent sunrise view over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we descend back all the way to Bamboo passing MBC, Deurali and Dovan. All the way Himalayas view fascinate us. Descending along the Modi Khola, passing through the forest, finally we reach in Bamboo.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft): 6 hrs trek

Today’s trail is ups and down. Initially, we make a steep ascent up to Kuldi Ghar and then steep descent to Sinuwa and then to lower Chomorong. From there we again climb to Chomrong and then descent continuously to Jhinu Danda. Late afternoon we take a bath at hot spring in Jhinu Danda.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul trek and drive to Pokhara: 6 hrs trek, 1 hour drive

We trek from Jhinu danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch we trek to Sayali bazar and then down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s trek takes us to Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we take a vehicle and reach Pokhara in about an hour. We might take opportunity to visit some more places around Pokhara until evening. Overnight in Pokhara.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive

After early breakfast drive towards Tourist Bus Park to catch a Tourist Coach to Kathmandu. After 6 hours leisure drive along the Marshyangdi River and Trishuli River; and enjoying the beautiful landscapes we reach in Kathmandu late afternoon. Transfer to hotel and relax. Evening you can do last minute shopping in Thamel Area. Late evening we celebrate the success of our trek taking dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13Departure Day

After breakfast, you are free till the departure time. A representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight for final departure.

Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Coach
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 2 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast in Hotel Middle Path - www.hotel-middlepath.com or similar as per availability.
  • 7 nights in standard Teahouse/Lodges in mountain
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Annapurna Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while a three-course meal will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp

The best time for Annapurna Base Camp trek are Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm making the views outstanding in these seasons. The weather condition is the primary issue during the Winter (Jan to Feb) season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The region offers a freezing cold during winter. Just opposite to this, ABC trek gets affected by monsoon during Summer/ rainy season (June to August). Nevertheless, this time is the appropriate time for a keen and enthusiastic Botanist.

Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek

While trekking to the high altitude Annapurna area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing list.

FAQs

How hard is it to climb Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna base camp difficulty level is fairly demanding due to its long duration trek at an high altitude and unpredictable trail conditions. Despite the challenges, the trek can be completed with proper preparation and determination as it does not require any technical mountaineering expertise. It is also important to follow appropriate safety measures while doing the trek. We also can make arrangements for the porters to do heavy lifting for you. Through the trek, we always make sure that you are fit and fine for the next destination. In addition to that, our expert guide will make sure to support, encourage and assist you during Annapurna Base Camp trek.

What is the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

The months during fall(September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) are considered as the best time for Annapurna Base Camp trek. In this season the temperature is moderate with clear sky and the dry trails, which gives us ample opportunity to admire the majestic view of mountain ranges with perfect trekking conditions. During the months of winter (December-February) the temperature is extremely cold with heavy snowfall and during the months of monsoon (June-August) there is heavy rainfall and the trail is slippery with leeches on the way. During the winter and monsoon you should take extra precautions as the unfavorable condition makes it difficult to trek. If you like to trek when there are few tourists, winter and monsoon are the best times and you can get an extra discount on top.

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a unique experience where you will be trekking on remote places of himalayas staying in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. It is not as cold as Mount Kilimanjaro. But still it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove  as per need. For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing list.

What kind of accommodations are found on the route to Annapurna Base Camp?

During your long duration trek to Annapurna Base Camp it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike in order to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the less facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp.

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