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 be met by a representative and transferred to Gokarna Forest Resort, located in the former Royal hunting grounds of the country’s Kings. Spend the day at leisure relaxing before you start off your journey through the Annapurna Foothills
Altitude: 4265 ft / 1300 m
Day 2: From Kathmandu to Sanctuary Lodge
In the morning, you will catch a flight to Pokhara and will be briefed on your trek upon arrival. After the briefing, you will be transferred to the starting point. On your first day, you will trek 3 hours into the Modi River Valley and reach Sanctuary Lodge by lunch time.
You are free to explore the surrounding river valley or nearby Birethanti village in the afternoon
Altitude: 3470 ft /1060 m
Day 3: From Modi River Valley to Ghandruk
Depart from the lodge in the morning and slowly climb your way out of the Modi River Valley towards the mountains. You will come across small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. You will arrive at Himalaya Lodge in the afternoon after a 5 hour trek.
Altitude: 6600 ft / 2000 m
Day 4: From Ghandhruk to Chomrong
In the morning, you will descend to the Kyummu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola where you will stop for lunch and a well-deserved break. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the west back of the Modi Khola and continue on to Chomrong, the last permanent village below the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will spend the night in a local lodge
Altitude: 20,782′ / 6300m
Day 5: From Chomrong to Bamboo
Depart from Chonrong and make your way to Kuldi Ghar, a small settlement perched on the steep-sided valley. The trail continues on through a bamboo forest. You will overnight at a local lodge
Altitude: 8333 ft / 2540 m
Day 6: From Bamboo to Deurali
Climb uphill and downhill through the bamboo forest and slowly emerge into open spaces. A hike through grassy pasture at Tomo will then lead you to Panchenin Barha, the narrowest point in the canyon, the gateaway to the sanctuary. Stay overnight in a local lodge.
Altitude: 10,597 ft / 3230 m
Day 7: Arrival at Annapurna Base Camp
Today, you will get a spectacular view of the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The South Annapurna Glacier and Modi Khola are other sights you will behold during this leg of the trek. Once you reach the Annapurna Base Camp, you will be surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of the Himalayan peaks: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.
Altitude: 13,550 ft / 4100 m
Day 8: Start of the descent
Enjoy your last few moments of well-deserved panoramic views before starting to make your way down into the Modi Khola Valley. Overnight at a local lodge
Altitude: 9580 ft /2920 m)
Day 9: Reaching Sinuwa
Several steep ascents and descents await today, as you make your way to Sinuwau, passing through the spectacular Rhododendron and Bamboo forest. Overnight at a local lodge.
Altitude: 7720 ft / 2340m
Day 10: From Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda
The trail continues downhill today as you detour off your former trail and head to the ‘New Bridge’ on the Modi Khola. Once you reach, there will be a hot spring where you can soothe our sore muscles! Overnight at a local lodge.
Altitude: 5950 ft / 1800m
Day 11: Last full day of trekking
Today marks your last day of trekking, which will mostly be along the flats until you reach Sanctuary Lodge, where you will spend the night.
Altitude: 3750 ft / 1150m
Day 12: From Pokhara to Kahtmandu
In the morning, you will depart Pokhara to catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Once there, you will visit Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the Nepalese capital.
Day 13: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight home.
|Day 1:||Arrival into Kathmandu|
|Day 2:||From Kathmandu to Sanctuary Lodge|
|Day 3:||From Modi River Valley to Ghandruk|
|Day 4:||From Ghandhruk to Chomrong|
|Day 5:||From Chomrong to Bamboo|
|Day 6:||From Bamboo to Deurali|
|Day 7:||Arrival at Annapurna Base Camp|
|Day 8:||Start of the descent|
|Day 9:||Reaching Sinuwa|
|Day 10:||From Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda|
|Day 11:||Last full day of trekking|
|Day 12:||From Pokhara to Kahtmandu|
- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare
- 11 day fully inclusive trek arrangements staying in Ker & Downey and local
- lodges en route with all meals.
- Sleeping bag and liner where required
- All Permits
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at the Gokarna Forest Resort inclusive of breakfast
- Sightseeing to Boudhanath and Durbar Square including lunch
- International air, departure taxes, insurance, gratuities, Optional Mount Everest Flight,
beverages with meals
- Personal expenses such as phone, laundry etc…
- Dinners in Kathmandu
From USD 2,350 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.