Annapurna Base Camp Trek

If the Himalayas have always called out to you, but you feel the challenge is too difficult to commit too, we recommend attempting the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The panoramic views are nothing short of spectacular, and the trek you will take you across varied landscapes: from bamboo forests, to river-side trails to sacred areas…

This thirteen day trek is a very good introduction to the Himalayas and its astounding beauty.

Price guide: From USD 2,350 Per Person (excluding flights)

Day 1: Arrival into Kathmandu

Upon arrival you will met by your guide and transferred to the heart of the city’s centre, Thamel. For the adventurous the manic street life of Thamel will soon beckon with its shops, restaurants bars and unique blend of cultures. You will meet up for a group briefing in the evening, before heading into Thamel to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Day 2: Pokhara – Tikhe Dhunga

Your day starts with an early morning flight on a twin otter aircraft to the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara. The Himalayas make their presence felt as you fly from east to west over the backbone of the mountains. It is possible to see the massive Manaslu (8,156m), Annapurna and Dhalaugiri as well as impressive 7,000m and 6,000m peaks.

Upon landing, you will be transferred by car to Nayapul via the large village of Lumle. You will start your walk from Nayapul, walking through Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trekking trail today follows bamboo forests and passes waterfalls with plunge pools which you can cool off in. You will stop for lunch at the small village of Sudame. After lunch the trail climbs steadily up to Hile, and after a short walk you will arrive at Tikhe Dhunga.

Day 3: Tikhe Dhunga – Ghorepani

From Tikhe Dhunga the trail ascends to Ulleri village up a long series of stone steps. From Ulleri the trail gently climbs through pasture and cultivated fields, allowing you an insight into Nepali rural life. As you climb up, you will walk beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forests before stopping for lunch at Nangethanti. The trail again ascends this time to Ghorepani, today’s final destination.

Ghorepani provides majestic views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri (6,940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Tarke Kang (7,193m) amongst other mountains.

Day 4: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3,193m) – Tadapani (2,540m)

An early morning rise will take you up to Poon Hill after an hour’s trek. This is one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal so have your camera to hand. The unobstructed views of the sun rising over the high Himalayas are spectacular.

You will walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tadapani, a short climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, The trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest, rich with bird life, to Tadapani, which provides you with a sensational view point.

Day 5: Tadapani trekking – Chhomrong

The trail drops down from Tadapani, through dense rhododendron forest. An overnight stay at Chhomrong (2040m) will once again afford us the spectacle of the towering peaks of Annapurna South, Annapurna 4 with Fishtail (Machhapachhure) facing it across the valley, dwarfing the villages below.

Day 6: Chhomrong trekking – Himalaya Hotel

Initially you will pass terraces of barley and meet local villagers on their way to school and to the fields. But soon the communities begin to disappear and the country begins to feel more rugged as the terrain becomes too steep to farm. As you gain altitude, you will enter the untouched forest of Kuldighar, a blend of ancient oak and cloud forest where a keen eye might spot several bird species. You will finish in the village of Dovan and to Himalaya hotel where you will spend the night.

Today will be one of the toughest days on this trek but by having made an early start you will be arriving by mid-afternoon in the hotel to recoup and to enjoy the wildly different surroundings.

Day 7: Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchhre Base Camp

The path is gradual apart from a few small steep sections for most of the day. It enters the Modi Khola valley whose steep walls reach immense heights above us. You now enter a world of vegetation stunted by cold and altitude and leave the forest for alpine pastures. You will stop for lunch at Deorali and from there you will climb the moraine that forms the glacial bowl of the Annapurna glacier.

Tonight you will stay in a tea house under the huge west face of Machupuchare. This mountain treats us to a sunset spectacle of iridescent glow as it changes colour from pink to orange to purple.

Day 8: Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp – Himalaya Hotel

You wake this morning to stunning views of the Modi Khola valley below and the dramatic west face of Machupuchare above, in itself a once in a lifetime experience.

Your day only gets better as you enter the immense cirque of towering peaks that create the Annapurna Sanctuary. It will take around 3 hours to reach Annapurna Base Camp, your objective and final destination where you are rewarded for your efforts with an unsurpassable 360 vista of the legendary Himalayan Mountains. Here you will spend a few hours soaking up the view, watching the clouds drift by, gazing away at the snow covered peaks above and the beauty of the landscape around. In the afternoon you descend back past the tea house from last night to the Himalayan Hotel.

Day 9: Himalaya Hotel – Chomrang Village

Today the trail gradually drops all the way down to Chomrang Village through Bamboo and Dovan.

Day 10: Chomrang Village – Ghandruk

From Chhomrong about an hour of walking will take you to Jhinu Danda where you can enjoy a relaxing dip at the natural hot spring.

Day 11: Ghandruk – Pothana

After breakfast the trail continues on to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village that gives you an excellent view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha. After that you will continue on to Pothana to spend the night. You will have an excellent view of Mt Fish tail (Machapuchare 6,697m) from here.

Day 12: Pothana – Pokhara

Today you will walk along a paved stone trail back through rhododendron forests that leads us to Dhampus (1,750m). This village is inhabited by a mix of people from different Nepalese cultures: Gurung, Brahman, and Magar communities. After a rest here you will walk mostly downhill through fields to the forest and on to Phedi. From Phedi you pick up the vehicles for the drive to Pokhara. During the afternoon you can go boating on Phewa lake and explore around Pokhara.

Tonight you will head out for fantastic Nepalese dinner to raise a glass to your amazing achievement before retiring to your hotel for a well-earned night’s sleep.

Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu

It is a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu. As you won’t have had much time at the start to explore more of Kathmandu, this evening you can head out once more for a Nepali dinner on your final night in this fabulous and enchanting country.

Day 14: Departure

Today you will depart for on your onward flight back home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival into Kathmandu
Day 2: Pokhara – Tikhe Dhunga
Day 3: Tikhe Dhunga – Ghorepani
Day 4: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3,193m) – Tadapani (2,540m)
Day 5: Tadapani trekking – Chhomrong
Day 6: Chhomrong trekking – Himalaya Hotel
Day 7: Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 8: Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp – Himalaya Hotel
Day 9: Himalaya Hotel – Chomrang Village
Day 10: Chomrang Village – Ghandruk
Day 11: Ghandruk – Pothana
Day 12: Pothana – Pokhara
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Scheduled hotel nights
  • Park Fees
  • Scheduled restaurant meals
  • Ground transportation in country
  • All accommodation based on two people sharing
  • All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based
  • Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!

Not Included

  • International air, departure taxes, insurance, gratuities, Optional Mount Everest Flight,
    beverages with meals
  • Personal expenses such as phone, laundry etc…
  • Dinners in Kathmandu

Map

1- Kathmandu Pokhara 3- Ghandruk 4- Annapurna Base Camp 5- Sinuwa 6- Jhinu Danda 7- Kahtmandu

From USD 2,800 Per Person (excluding flights)

Notes on our prices

This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.

Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.

Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.

This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.