Annapurna Base Camp
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp with Trekma and ensure your holiday is spent the best. Trekma offers the best and reliable trekking services to Nepal.
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Imagine a night in an amphitheater within the protective walls of some of the world’s tallest mountains. Imagine a night beside the fire, underneath starry sky in an ultimate bliss. Your destination is the base camp of world’s 10th highest mountain – the Annapurna. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is definitely the ultimate trekking destination in every way. The duration of the trek, the highest altitude along the route, the change in vegetation, the culture and the people, all contributes to a wonderful experience of a lifetime.
Surrounded by five tallest mountains Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and Fang, the natural amphitheater is at an altitude of 4,130 meters above sea level. The main attraction of the trek, the Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) is the first “eight-thousander” ever scaled by mankind. Apart from diverse flora, the trekking route also treasures interesting culture and friendly local communities.
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Guest House accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
- Teahouse / camp-based accommodation during the trek as mentioned in itineraries
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights as per the itinerary
- An experienced and government-licensed trek leader
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Airfare for international and domestic flights
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation beyond itinerary
- Excess baggage charges
- Personal expenses
- Services not mentioned in the What Is Included section
- Travel and rescue insurance
Arrive in Kathmandu
As soon as you arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, you will find a Trekma representative waiting for you outside the departure gate. Through the busy streets of charming Kathmandu, you will arrive at our guesthouse. The rest of the day is for rest and refreshment. In the evening, after dinner at 6, you will be briefed about your itinerary, route info, safety measures and more. Later on, the historic town of Thamel is nearby from the guesthouse, which awaits you with vibrant pubs and local band coverage of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd songs.
Drive to Lake City – Pokhara
After early morning breakfast, a comfy coach shall snake along the hills to exit the Kathmandu Valley. The Highway passes through traditional villages and towns and stops at exotic locations for lunch and breaks. The bus ride takes roughly seven hours before we arrive at the touristic city of Pokhara. Pokhara City is literally the paradise for trekkers, adventure junkies and wanderers. After refreshment at a hotel, right on the banks of magnificent Phewa Lake, we stroll the expat Lakeside area. The evenings are vibrant here with street food stalls, terrace restaurants, discotheques and bars. From Pokhara, we get the first sight of Machhapuchhre Mountain, the southern wall of the base camp.
Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,480 meters)
After a short drive to Nayapul, we walk for about half-an-hour as a startup to the town of Birethati. As soon as we exit the town, bamboo thickets, paddy farm and water springs sets us right into more rural and pure Nepali lifestyle. Today’s walk is gentle and mostly on flat trails. Giving way to laden mules and horses, the trail gently ascends for couple of hours as we get closer to our overnight destination. Tikhedhunga is famous for traditional rice beer.
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860 meters)
As we go further deep into the mountains, the food available is all organic. After breakfast, we head towards Ghorepani. Today’s walk is bit strenuous as the trial begins to gain altitude. There is a couple of hours of almost vertical climb before getting to the Magar Village of Ulleri. Then we enter into the woods of rhododendron. In spring, the flowers mottle the jungle red. It is beautiful. Near to Ghorepani, we exit the forest and stay overnight at this ancient trade hub town.
Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,630 meters)
Today we wake up early in the morning, at 3 am. Following quick tea and some bread, we turn on the torches and for an hour, we climb up a hill, renowned throughout the world for its magnificent view of the Himalayan Ranges. This is an optional hike, but nobody takes it as an option because the sunrise from Poon Hill is just mesmerizing. As we get to the top (3,210 m) and when the first sunrays fall on the some of the tallest Himalayas, the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri (7041m), Lamjung Himal (6988m) and hundreds of peaks, the sky turns yellow, orange, pink and gold. It is like a Sci-fi movie scene.
After a sunrise to remember for lifetime, we head back to Ghorepani, grab our stuff and continue our trek to Tadapani. The walk is gentle and we arrive at our overnight stay before sunset.
Tadhapani to Chhommrong (2,140 meters)
Following breakfast, first we head downhill through the oak and rhododendron forest all the way to the banks of River Kyummu. From, here the trial ascends all the way up to Chhommrong. It is a bit tiring and vertical climb, so we take it slow. From Chhommrong, the view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli startles you. The mountains are just huge, tall and majestic. We stay overnight at this Gurung Village. The Gurungs are friendly people and their culture and food is close to Tibetan culture.
Chhommrong to Dovan (2500 meters)
First, we climb down the stone staircases to the banks of Chhomrong River then an ascent to Khuldighar brings us into the bamboo thickets and oak forest. The trail undulates to the village of Dovan. It is a five-hour walk. We spend the night at a lodge.
Dovan to Deurali (3,230 meters)
From Dovan, the trial gradually ascends. The oxygen level starts to thin out and so does the vegetation. We walk slow and steady, stopping many times to admire the surrounding. The pristine nature, Himalayan wilderness and intimidating presence of gigantic mountains pays off for the effort we are putting on. Passing the Hinko cave, a huge overhanging rock, we continue to Deurali to spend the night.
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters)
Through rugged terrains, we head towards our final destination. First we arrive at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp as we enter the amphitheater of Himalayas. The vegetation has already disappeared. The path is bit tricky as there are boulders, rocks and moraines along with water springs. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the path gently ascends. The 360 degree view of white snowy Himalayas is just breathtaking. We explore the area after refreshment.
The nights at Annapurna Base Camp are amazing. The stars seem so close that you would want to reach out and touch one. The environment is calm and silent. It is a perfect retreat. Overnight stay.
Down to Bamboo (2,345 meters)
After an amazing sunrise at the Himalayas, we retreat our way back to Bamboo. As we descend, the oxygen gets thicker, vegetation begins to reappear and the walk becomes much easier. We spend the night at Bamboo lodge.
Bamboo to Hot Spring at Jhinu (1,780 meters)
The natural hot spring at Jhinu cures all the aches. Following a tiring expedition, a hot natural bath alone worth a million. Down from Bamboo, up the Chhommrong stone staircases and again an hour’s descent brings us to Jhinu Dada. At Jhinu, we spend the night.
Back to Pokhara
From Jhinu Dada, we walk down to Nayapul for about five hours, where our bus will be waiting. Then an hour’s drive will get us to the City of Lakes. Tonight we celebrate our successful voyage into the wilderness. The might Annapurna and the glory of Himalayas call for a toast with our fellow guides and trekkers.
Next morning, we take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Or you can chose addons from our other exciting activities such as paragliding, rafting, ultra-light etc. Once back in Kathmandu, you are welcome to stroll the valley, visit ancient Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple atop a hill within the city.
We drop you off to the airport on your desired time.