Adventure Trek to Annapurna Base Camp Nepal

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This magnificent mountain trek takes you on a two-week-long journey through the Annapurna conservation area and its surroundings before reaching the famed Annapurna Base Camp. Starting and ending in Kathmandu and visiting Pokhara, this is an amazing tour of some of the most beautiful sights of the Himalayas.

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The Annapurna mountain, named after the Hindu goddess of food and plenty, stands over 8000 meters high and rests at the center of the Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest conservation area in Nepal and home to countless world-class mountain treks.

Take the route from Pokhara via the village of Birethanthi. Follow the Burundhi Khola river upstream to the top av the Banthanthi and then through the forests of Ghorepani. See the sunrise at Poon Hill and continue through Chomrong on the stone staircases across the Chromrong Khola river. Stay and rest at the tea houses in Dovan and hike past the Covan caves. Finally, ascend to Annapurna base camp, surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks. Soak in some of the world’s best views for a day, then descend through bamboo forests and Rhododendron jungles to Nayapul. Finish your adventure with a day in the historic town of Pokhara before flying back to Kathmandu.

Please check out our other Nepal packages to Everest Base Camp and the challenging Island Peak adventure.

Trek Difficulty:

Moderate/ Challenging

Level: Moderate

Expect easy, medium-length walks or harder, shorter walks. Some experience is useful but not essential. Good health and reasonable fitness are important. There will be walks at higher altitudes and some longer, harder days. Generally, though, the underfoot conditions will be fair. A walking day is normally five to seven hours; daily ascents will likely be around 1,640ft to 2,625ft (500m to 800m), perhaps with the odd day around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m).

Level: Challenging

Fitness is vital with extended walking in mountainous terrain. You might also experience high altitudes, challenging climates, and remote locations. Trekking experience is desirable but not vital if you are confident in your physical condition. Walking days are usually between six and eight hours, although they may be longer for passes or peaks. Daily ascents can be around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m), perhaps with the odd day around 3,610ft to 3,940ft (1,100m to 1,200m).

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Day 1

ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU |  ROYAL SINGI HOTEL    

Arrive in Kathmandu, where you will be transferred to the hotel. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.

Overnight at Royal Singi Hotel (Dinner) or Similar.

Day 2

DRIVE TO POKHARA AND NAYAPUL  |  WALK TO BIRETHANTI |  RIVER VIEW LODGE

We leave early and drive/fly westwards to Pokhara. This town is set in a beautiful valley and is overlooked by Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks. We continue through Pokhara to Naya Pul and from there, have a 30-minute walk to the village of Birethanthi, where we stay overnight. Birethanthi is a riverside village at the confluence of the Modi Khola and the Burundi Khola. If there is time, we can bathe in the clear but cold pools of the Burundi Khola.

Overnight at River View Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 3

TREK TO BANTHANTHI  |  GREEN HILL VIEW LODGE

We start our trek by following the Burundi Khola upstream. After lunch, we stop in Tirkhedunga (renowned for its variety of local beer called Change) we start the long steep climb up a stone staircase through the early terraced hillsides to the top of Banthanthi (2,073m).

Overnight at Green Hill View Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 4

TREK TO GHOREPANI |  HILL TOP GUESTHOUSE

Winding out of Banthanthi the trail now enters rhododendron forests. Inspiring the forest is a blaze of color. Trains of mules provide colorful and noisy interludes to the continuous ascent today. Carrying rice and other supplies north to the kingdom of Mustang, the trail resounds with the sound of their bells. Finally, we emerge from the forests at Ghorepani (2855m) and suddenly, a splendid mountain vista appears before us – Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung, and other Himalayan giants.

Overnight at Hill Top Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 5

TREK TO CHUILI  |  MOUNTAIN DISCOVERY GUESTHOUSE

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour’s walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun emerges from behind the mountains, the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun, and the panorama is surely one of the world’s grand mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, the climb is well worth the effort. After breakfast, we head east, following a ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. We pass through the more open country, then descend again through the jungle to a few lodges in a clearing called Banthanti at 2,620m. Climbing back to 2,745m, we reach another small pass at Tadapani, where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare. From here, we descend for a short while to our lodge at Chuili, where we have great views of the mountains from the lovely garden.

Overnight at Mountain Discovery Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 6

TREK TO CHOMRONG  |  INTERNATIONAL GUESTHOUSE 

The trail descends through the forest to the KyumnuKhola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. From here, a steep ascent brings us to Chomrong, at 2,170m, another Gurung village and the last permanent settlement in the valley. Beyond here, we shall see years, the shelters used by herdsmen in the summer months. From Chomrong, we have good views again of Annapurna South and from this point onwards, the twin-peaked mountain Machhapuchhare ‘fishtail’, which gives the mountain its name.

Overnight at International Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 7

TREK TO DOVAN  |  TIP TOP GUESTHOUSE

The trail from Chomrong descends first on a stone staircase to cross the ChomrongKhola and then climbs out of this side valley to reenter the main Modi Khola Valley. We pass through a jungle of oak, hemlock and rhododendron trees to KuldiGhar (2540m), previously the site of a sheep breeding project. Beyond here, our route undulates through dense bamboo thickets. These are cut extensively to make ‘dokos’ – the carrying baskets as used by our porters – and woven mats for floors and roofing. We climb up through the bamboo and then through forests of rhododendrons. In early spring, we may encounter snow on the trail from this point onwards. At 2505m, we reach Dovan, a clearing in the forest where there are several teahouses.

Overnight at Tip Top Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 8

TREK TO MACHHAPUCHHARE BASE CAMP  |  FISHTAIL GUESTHOUSE

We continue up through the forest, passing the lodges at Himalaya Hotel and then further on past Hinko Cave, where the first expeditions to the Base Camp used to camp. Crossing a ravine, the trail climbs steeply among boulders, leaving the trees behind us. The valley broadens out, and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary. Passing between the heights of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare, we reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m), where we spend the night. The views are stupendous, and the panorama includes Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhare.

Overnight at  Fishtail Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 9

TREK TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP  |  ANNAPURNA GUESTHOUSE 

In the early morning, we walk for 2 hours up to Annapurna Base Camp, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare.
Encircle us with unbroken soaring ramparts but for the route by which we entered. The sunset and sunrise are truly magnificent in this mountain arena. We spend the day in this special place with a chance to watch the sunrise the following morning. There should be time to make an excursion to the ridge overlooking the base camp from which Chris Bonington led the ascent of Annapurna’s South Face. (Occasionally, there is too much snow to stay at Annapurna Base Camp. In this case, we would walk back down to Machhapuchhare Base Camp in the late afternoon.

Overnight at Annapurna Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 10

DESCEND TO BAMBOO  |  GREEN HILL VIEW LODGE

Today, we leave the Sanctuary, descending past Hinko through the rhododendron jungle and bamboo thickets to Bamboo Lodge.

Overnight at Green Hill View Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 11

TREK TO JHINNUNDANDA  |  NAMASTE LODGE  

We return down the Modi Khola Valley, leaving it to cross the Chomrong Khola. We are back in the inhabited country again as we climb the stone steps back up to Chomrong. We then descend very steeply on stone steps through terraces to Jhinnudanda.

Overnight at Namaste Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 12

TREK TO SINWAI  |  TRANSFER FROM NAYA PUL TO POKHARA  | BARAHI POKHARA HOTEL

The trail today undulates down the Modi River Valley. We follow the valley down to the road, head at Sinwai, and drive back to Pokhara via Nayapul. 

Overnight at Barahi Pokhara Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 13

FREE DAY POKHARA  BARAHI POKHARA HOTEL

There are also plenty of shops and traditional bazaars where you can pick up some souvenirs. Also, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the lakeshore where you can watch paragliders in flight. You may wish to take a rowing boat across Lake Phewa and walk up to the World Peace Pagoda, set on a hill overlooking the lake with fantastic views. Alternatively, there are several museums to visit, including the International Mountain Museum and the Gurkha Museum.

Overnight at Barahi Pokhara Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) or Similar.

Day 14

FLY TO KATHMANDU  ROYAL SINGI HOTEL

We catch a flight to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing and shopping. Occasionally, we are unable to fly, in which case we return to Kathmandu by road, arriving in the early evening.

Overnight at Royal Singi Hotel (Dinner) or Similar.

Day 15

DEPART KATHMANDU  

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure or continue with your own arrangements.

Greenview with AWAT

 
 
Kathmandu, NP
10:09 pm, November 26, 2022
14°C
few clouds
Wind: 3 mph
Pressure: 1018 mb
Visibility: 8 km
Sunrise: 6:33 am
Sunset: 5:08 pm
Pokhara, NP
10:07 pm, November 26, 2022
16°C
clear sky
Wind: 5 mph
Pressure: 1015 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:39 am
Sunset: 5:13 pm
Nayapul, NP
10:09 pm, November 26, 2022
15°C
clear sky
Wind: 4 mph
Pressure: 1016 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Sunset: 5:14 pm
Ghorepani, NP
10:09 pm, November 26, 2022
4°C
clear sky
Wind: 4 mph
Pressure: 1017 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:41 am
Sunset: 5:14 pm
Dovan (2505), NP
10:09 pm, November 26, 2022
7°C
clear sky
Wind: 5 mph
Pressure: 1019 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Sunset: 5:13 pm
Annapurna Basecamp with AWAT
Adventure Travel to Annapurna in Nepal with World Adventure Tours

Included in the price:

  • Two nights in Kathmandu hotel accommodation at Royal Singi Hotel or similar on bed twin (double room) sharing on full board basis
  • Two nights’ Pokhara hotel accommodation at Barahi Hotel or similar on bed twin (double room) on a full board basis
  • Ten nights’ tea house/ lodge on bed twin (double room) sharing & full board basis
  • Airfare for clients and Leader from Pokhara on fix wing daily scheduled flights including airport tax and a flight insurance surcharge
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit (ACAP) fee and TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • One good English speaking Leader with First Aid qualifies with food & lodge charge
  • Leader/guide and porter insurance/ food/ lodge charge
  • Oxygen backup for an Emergency if needed
  • Fresh Fruit after dinner while on treks days
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with some traditional Nepalese dancing and music
  • Transportation by hire necessary vehicle: International and Domestic airport transfers by private Jeep
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Birethanthi/ Nayapul by private hire vehicle 
  • Drive from Sinwai to Pokhara by hire vehicle

Excluded from the price:

  • International flights
  • International air ticket and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Tips to driver, porters and guides
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Telephone calls 
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed

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