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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

A two week adventure on a circular route to the famous Annapurna base camp

One of the most popular destinations in Nepal for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, the trek to Annapurna Base Camp is truly magnificent. The trek consists of two weeks exploring the Himalayas and the opportunity to reach the southern face of Annapurna I peak. 

The route is circular and connects Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill. The altitude gain is subtle on this trek and so it is relatively easy, even without prior experience. 

Reaching the amphitheater created by the Annapurna Himalayan range, called the Annapurna sanctuary, and seeing this in person is absolutely mind blowing. Something you will not soon forget!

Please Note: This is a teahouse trek. Teahouses are Nepalese mountain lodges that provide basic dorm-like rooms and communal eating spaces.

Summary

DURATION

14 days

LOCATION

Nepal

START & ENDS

Kathmandu, Kathmandu

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • A beautiful, short and mid-level trekking route in the Annapurna region
  • Breathtaking sunrise from Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp
  • Experience the vibrant cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Dramatic views of Himalayan valleys and wildlife

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples! Our airport representative will be waiting in the arrival terminal with your name printed on a card.


From the airport we will transfer you to a city hotel, where you can unpack and freshen up from your long flight. The day is free to explore on your own.

Day 2: DRIVE TO POKHARA

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Travelling in a bus 8 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

Kathmandu (1,310m) to Pokhara (820m)

phokara-city

We have breakfast at our hotel and catch a bus to Pokhara. The drive takes us through the towering Himalayan hillsides and past thundering rivers. 


In the evening, we can visit the beautiful lakeside area if time permits.

DAY 3: DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Drive 1 hour, Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Pokhara (820m) to Nayapul (1,070m) to Tikhedhunga (1,540m)

poon-hill-trek-Tikhedhunga

We begin our day with a drive to Nayapul. This is the starting and ending point of the trek. The drive is scenic with beautiful views of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan ranges.


Our trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is uphill most of the way and we pass through many small villages along the way. 


Once we reach Tikhedhunga, we have the evening to rest and relax.

DAY 4: TREK TO GHOREPANI

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Tikhedhunga (1,540m) to Ghorepani (2,860m)

Nangethanti-poon-hill

We begin our trail by crossing Bhurundi Khola stream before ascending a steep climb to reach the top of Ulleri village.


From here we follow a gentle ascent through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests. We will stop in Nangethanti for lunch which is located in the middle of the forests.


One of the main attractions of our trek is Ghorepani, a beautiful village with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. 

DAY 5: CLIMB POON HILL AND TREK TO TADAPANI 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Ghorepani (2,860m) to Poon Hill (3,210m) to Tadapani (2,590m)

poon-hill-viewpoint

We have an early start today as we climb to Poon Hill before sunrise. Witnessing the golden rays over the Himalayas is breathtaking.


Poon Hill is a stunning viewpoint where more than 300 trekkers visit every day during the main season. From here you can enjoy close views of numerous famous peaks!


Upon returning to Ghorepani village, we grab a nice warm breakfast and then start our trek to Tadapani. You'll get to experience some of the best views of the Himalayas throughout the walk. 

Day 6: Trek to Chhomrong 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Tadapani (2,590m) to Chhomrong (2,170m)

CHHOMRONG -abc-trek

We will have breakfast before we start our journey to Chhomrong. The trail descends until we cross Kimrong Khola.


After crossing this small stream we continue along the gentle trail. It's mostly flat and easy walking. 


Chhomrong is known as the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp. It’s a large Gurkha village with majestic views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Here, we spend the night.

Day 7: Trek to Dovan 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

 Chhomrong (2,170m) to Dovan (2,510m)

chhomrong-to-dovan

Enjoy the morning views of majestic Himalayan peaks before we start our trek. Today we make our way to Dovan and the trail starts with a steep decline to Chhomrong Khola, followed by another steep decline to Sunywa village. 


The trail then becomes more gentle towards the top of Dovan where it begins to descend again into the village. It's a lot of walking up and down today but the impressive views are enough to keep you going. 

Day 8: Trek to Deurali

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

 Dovan (2,510m) to Deurali (3,230m)

abc-trek-deurali

Today we have a short trek from Dovan to Deurali. The route is beautiful as we make our way through forests filled with bamboo and rhododendron. 


As we get higher, the views of the surrounding peaks become more and more impressive. 


We climb to the Himalayan hotel where lunch awaits and then continue for a few more hours to reach Deurali for our overnight stay. Along the way we trek between Annapurna South and Fish Tail peak which is the highlight of the day.

Day 9: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Deurali (3,230m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)

annapurna-base-camp

We pass through beautiful high alpine forests and experience beautiful views of the Himalayas snowy peaks.


We will first reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) were we stop for a quick lunch before continuing on to Annapurna Base Camp.


Once reaching the camp you will be mesmorized by it's location and the incredible views. We have the privilege to stay at Annapurna Base Camp for the night surrounded by snow-capped peaks! 

Day 10: Trek back to Bamboo

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) to Bamboo (2,340m)

abc-trek

We get up early this morning to enjoy the stunning sunrise from the base camp. Then we grab our breakfast and start our journey back. 


We will follow the same way that we used to ascend. It’s going to be an easy and beautiful day with memorable views of the Himalayas. 

Day 11: Trek to Jhinu and visit the hot springs

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours, visit hot springs in the village

ELEVATION

Bamboo (2,340m) to Jhinu (1,780m)

jhinu-hot-springs-abc

From Bamboo we start our trek after a short climb to reach Khuldi Ghar. The trail begins to slowly drop down in to Sinuwa. 


We then descend further to where we cross Chhomrong Khola, and then continue uphill to reach Chhomrong village.


The last stretch is a steep descent to Jhinu. In the village of Jhinu, there are natural hot springs which are a welcomed prize after a long few days of trekking. 

Day 12: Trek to Siwai and drive to Pokhara 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours, drive 2 hours

ELEVATION

 Jhinu (1,780m) to Pokhara (820m)

phokara-city

The trail from Jhinu to Siwai is mostly flat and makes for an easy last trekking day.


From Siwai, we will take public transport to Nayapul and then take private transport to Pokhara.


This is the easiest of all the days on the ABC trek. Take in the scenery and enjoy these last moments on your adventure. 


Spend the evening in Lakeside and celebrate the end of a successful trek! 

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Drive 8 hours

ELEVATION

Pokhara (820m) to Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

We follow the highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements as we make our way to Kathmandu. 


From the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel and have the evening to explore the town.  

Day 14: Drive to the Airport and departure from Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

We drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! 

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: June, July and August are the monsoon. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu round trip transfers on a public bus
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation in a private vehicle
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters. Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 5-6 x hiking shirt + 3-4 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 3 x hiking shorts and 4 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet (Down jacket available for free rental)
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 6-7 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for teahouses

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 80L Duffel Bag (available for free rental)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag (available for free rental)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags, a down jacket and a duffel are all included as free rentals.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Hotel (Kathmandu and Pokhara)

In Kathmandu and  Pokhara, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

kathamandu hotels

Teahouse Accommodation

The teahouse lodges on the trek are basic. Most teahouses will have shared bathroom / toilet facilities. 

everest teahouse

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

HIMALAYAN LEISURE INC.

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This tour is operated by Himalayan Leisure Inc, a fantastic local Nepalese trek operator based in Kathmandu. The company is led by Upendra, a warm and welcoming person who you will love the moment you meet him. Over the past decade Upendra has built Himalayan Leisure into a premier local trek operator with a reputation for safety, quality and fun. We're confident you will have an amazing experience with Upendra and his team.

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