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Annapurna Base Camp

Max Altitude

13,550 FT

Grade

Moderate To Difficult

Duration

9 Days

Trekking KM.

70 KM

Suitable for:10+ years.
Experience:Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 trek.
Fitness:sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes

28,000 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Pokhara to Pokhara | including transport & food
  • USD 480 for Non-Indian | Stay in Pokhara is included

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeOne Way The trek starts and ends at Nayapul (Pokhara)
  • Rail HeadPokhara is not connected to any Railways
  • AirportPokhara International Airport
  • Base CampPokhara
  • Best Season
    • Summer Treks (April, May, June)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowSnow in winters only
  • Services fromPokhara to Pokhara | Included Transport & Food
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayHotel and teahouse


  • Region - Gandaki Zone
  • Duration - 9 Days
  • Grade - Moderate To Difficult
  • Max Altitude - 13550 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 70 Kms.

When we talk about the Annapurna Base Camp, there is a sense of admiration that starts building up which leaves every trekker spellbound. There are very few treks that have this aura of making you fall in love with the landscapes and bring you closer to the base of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks in such a short period of time. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail is a majestic one which takes you through rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range looming in front of you most of the times.

The Annapurna range has such stunning mountain views which are a buffet for every mountain lover. You will also be greeted with views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli even before you set foot on the trek, which is one thing that is surely a bonus for all the trekkers. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare will always be in the sight all the way till Sinuwa.

Accommodation on the Annapurna trail is organized in classic teahouses where delicious Nepali dishes are served. These tea houses are run by locals of the area who migrate from other parts of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek because you trek along the protected areas trail. A lot of floral and faunal species are also found in this area which will surely amaze you the beauty if has to offer. From a height of 4,000 meters, youll be able to see the entire sanctuary that is oval-shaped surrounded by a ring of the Annapurna Mountains.

The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the beautiful city of Pokhara, which lies just 5 to 6 hours away from the capital. You can reach Pokhara city from Kathmandu via road or via plane as well. The easy accessibility of the trek makes it an ideal choice for many trekkers as the chances of any flight cancellations or delays are greatly reduced. The trekking journey is also massively feasible with good communication services and safety. Annapurna Base Camp is a real trekking experience for all trekking enthusiasts.

Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Mountain views
    • Altitude: 1,400m/4,600ft
    • Stay: Hotel (checkin at 12noon)
    • Briefing about the trek in the evening
    • Sightseeing: Phewa lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Himalayan views, International Mountain Museum (not included in the cost)

After a pleasant flight journey, arrive in Pokhara. It is the hub of mountaineers that lies on the Phewa lake, All the big expeditions and trekking start from here. Enjoy the Himalayan views, rice fields and Nepalese culture around. Rest in your hotel and have hot dinner looking forward to the exciting thrills.

Day 2 : Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk
    • Altitude: 2,000m/6,500ft
    • Pick up time: 7:00 am
    • Drive to Nayapul: 40km, 1:30 hours
    • Trek 5km, 5-6 hours
    • Gradual ascend throughout
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
    • Views: Machapuchare and Annapurna south

After breakfast, you will have a ride of 1 and half hours to Nayapul. The actual trekking begins henceforth to Ghandruk crossing Lower Gandruk. The path is well paved having stairs intermittently. The trek has gradual ascent taking 5-6 hours to reach our camping site. 

Gandruk is considered the biggest village on the trek route. It is inhabited by stone built small houses. The village is loaded with tea houses that serve typical Nepalese cuisine. In the south, you can notice Machapuchare and Annapurna views. Relax in your bed for the wonderful night in the mountains.

Day 3 : Ghandruk to Chhomrong
    • Altitude: 2,200m/7,200ft
    • Trek 10km, 6-7 hours
    • First 1 hour descent followed by an uphill hike of 5-6 hours to Chhomrong
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
    • Views: Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, sunset on Annapurna range
    • Shops for batteries, memory card etc

The hike today is through delightful muddy trail laid up with scenic villages on both the sides. After a descent of 1 hour, you will reach Kimrong Khola. A beautifully snow-covered array of peaks, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, begin to appear. The route henceforth goes uphill until Chhomrong (4-5 hours hike). Picture perfect hilly settlements surrounded by green banana fields, rhododendrons, fern etc. are seen throughout. Chhomrong lies on a hilltop having stone paved stairs. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and permits are granted here. The sights of Annapurna South become prominent. Again there are numerous tea houses and shops selling batteries, memory card and other accessories. Watch the peaceful sunset on the Annapurna range and rest for the day.

Day 4 : Chomrung to Bamboo
    • Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
    • Trek 10 km, 5-6 hours
    • Descend on 2500 stone steps to ChomrungKhola, steep ascend to Sinwa to Bamboo village
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
    • Views: Annapurna III and Fishtail peaks

Welcome another amazing morning in the lush green hilly setup. Start with a descent on 2500 stone built stairs leading to a bridge. The hanging bridge then takes you to Chomrung Khola, seems like entering into dense forests. The Sanctuary is flourished with rhododendrons, oak, alpine trees. Therefore the trail looks lush adorned with reddish-pink flowers. 

The trail is steep till Sinwa village. Sinwa is marked with a few teahouses and lodges. It is enclosed between thin forest cover. Annapurna III comes into clear visibility here. Another climb opens to Kulidhar then a downhill hike ends at Bamboo camp.

Day 5 : Bamboo to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
    • Altitude: 3,700m/12,150ft
    • Trek 5-6 hours, 10 km
    • Ascending trail with boulders, rocks, snow patches, snow bridges. Crossing ModiKholariver
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
    • Views: moon rise on Machhapuchhre and views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna

Get all braced with enough energy as this is the strenuous day of the trek. Yet, the trail will show changing vegetation from sub-tropical to alpine and the sights will keep you revitalised. The height gain is close to 4000 feet, therefore take it slow and stay hydrated. In one hour the first village Dovan comes en route, identified by 5 lodges only. Tip of Machapuchare mountain will be visible. Mix path of gradual ascends and descends with muddy trail lead to Himalaya. Wooden bridge and shrine will be the highlight of the trail. Himalaya has quaint tea houses. 

A few landslide and avalanche prone areas will be seen on the path ahead. An overhanging cave called Hinku arrives after an hour's hiking up. The trail magically passes through a valley now. There are rocks and boulders laid, that end at 2 snow patches back to back. Furiously flowing ModiKhola is seen in the valley. Machapuchare and Gangapurna peaks will be seen every now and then. Another section of rocky terrain of 40 minutes direct to Bagar. There is a bridge over ModiKhola, after crossing this bridge the next halt Machapuchre Base Camp is 30 minutes away. 

MBC is a stunning place well-known for mesmerising moon rise on Machapuchremountain, do not miss this wonderful night sky. Along with it, other peaks seen are Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna.

Day 6 : Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
    • Altitude: 4,130m/13,500ft
    • Trek 3km, 2 hours
    • Steep ascent at the start then moderate ascend
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
    • Views: Entire Annapurna range, panoramic views of Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare

After earlier arduous day this will be the shortest day, a walk literally into the mountains, on the mountains. The route takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left for ABC. The initial trail has steep ascend followed by gradual ascend. You will be hiking above tree line; hence no traces of trees will be seen. 

Just as you get closer to the camp, the magnificent Annapurna I becomes bigger and bigger. Watching the fluorescent rays lighting the Annapurna range, slowly slowly. The ABC is like being on an island encircled by giant peaks and huge never-ending ranges. 360-degree spectacles of magnificent Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare. Enjoy your lunch looking at the white clouds waving over these peaks. Spend the rest of the day breathing with the mountains. Live every moment and sleep in their shelter.

Day 7 : Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
    • Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
    • Trek 8-9 hours, 13 km
    • Retracing route with gradual ascend and descend
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses

This is the longest day of the trek retracing the steps back to Bamboo. The trail as you know is mostly a descent so is quite easy. The MBC, Deurali, Himalaya and Dovan habitats will pop up. Relax in your bed at Bamboo lodge.

Day 8 : Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring
    • Altitude: 1,700m/5,600ft
    • Trek 8 km, 5-6 hours
    • A mixture of steep ascending and descending trail
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses

Again retrace your path to Sinwa followed by a steep descend to Chomrung Khola. Cross the same hanging bridge towards Chomrung Khola. Another steep ascent will lead to Chomrung village. Try to re-picture the sights you captured earlier and enjoy them.

With downhill and then uphill hike Jhinu Danda settlement arrives. Enjoy the refreshing hot springs of Jhinu 20 minutes away. Cherish your last night of the trek.

Day 9 : Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
    • Trek 6-7 hours, 11 km
    • Easy trail to Nayapul
    • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
    • Reach Pokhara in the evening

     

    Note:

    • Please book flights on day 10 or after day 10
    • Checkout at 10:30am on day 10
    •  Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and round off

Wake up early to embark upon the last day of the trek. The trail to Nayapul is pleasant with landscape views of Nepal. Say goodbye to them and board a vehicle to Pokhara. In 2 hours you will reach your hotel in Pokhara.

 

Note:

Checkout time of hotel is 10:30am on day 10. As you will reach Pokhara in the evening, it’s advisable to make any further travel plan on day 10 or after day 10.  

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

First of all everyone to reach Pokhara.

You have to come to our hotel, once you book the trek our trek coordinator will share with you the hotel name, location and contact person number.

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To go back from the Pokhara, you can take any option by road or flight. Our services are up to hotel only and hotel check out time is 11:00 am.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

Inclusion:
1. Accommodation: (Sharing basis)
   • Day 1 and 9 Hotel in Pokhra.
   • Day 2 to 8 Teahouse.
2. Private Transport: (According to Itinerary)
   • Pokhra to Nayapul and return.
3. Support:
   • 1 English Speaking Guide.
   • Assistant Guide.
4. All meals during trek: (As per the itinerary)
   • Day 2 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch
5. All necessary permits and entry fees.
6. TIMS card.
7. High-altitude sleeping bag.
8. First aid medical kits, oxygen cylinder.
9. Store room facility in Pokhra for extra luggage.
10. Insurance of Trekking Guide and porters.
11. Services from Pokhra to Pokhra.

Exclusion:
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Porters for the personal bag*
3. Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers, warm water for drinking
4. Nepal entry visa (approximately $40 USD) only for foreigners (Not for Indian)
5. Customary gratuities for guides & porters
6. Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc
7. Evacuation and medical expanses*
8. Drinks: We don’t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu/Pokhra for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle)
9. High Altitude Trekking Insurance is not included.
10. All costs not outlined under "What's included"
11. Permit fee for Foreign Nationals/OCI/NRI

Offloading for the personal backpack:
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can hire a porter.
Charges of offloading backpack:
INR 4800/-including GST, please let us know 10 days in advance

Applicable for foreign national/OCI/NRI : Trek fee for Non-Indians are higher. However, They can book trek by paying fee applicable for indian national directly from website but balance's fee need to be paid in cash on your arrival or pay online prior to the trip.

Non Indian's balance fee will be calculated as per ongoing current exchange rate to avoid any kind of confusion. If you want to pay in advance then mail us at info@trekthehimalayas.com for balance payment link.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.
  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Moderate To Difficult

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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