Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is among the most popular journeys in Nepal.  The Annapurna region, situated in northwest Nepalis part of the Annapurna Conservation Area.  It is home to several of the highest peaks in the world.  Embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime trek, you will pass through local villages and be exposed to a diverse array of flora and fauna until you reach the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 meters. Few footpaths bring you as close to 7000m-8000m peaks as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. At the climax, you will find yourself encompassed by pristine mountains, which form a natural amphitheater around you.

After traveling to Pokhara and briefly preparing for the trek this charming city, we start the path from Nayapul, passing through Ghorepani.  Traveling through Ghorepani, your body will be able to get adapted and acclimatize with the high altitude. One stopping point, Poon Hill, offers a majestic panoramic view of the peaks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri regions. If you have any interest, the sunrise at Poon Hill is beautiful beyond compare.  From the viewpoint, you can see Annapurna South(7219m), Barasikha, Hiunchuli(6441m), Nilgiri(7060m), and Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail Mountain).  Macchapucchre (6993m) is revered as sacred to the god Shiva and is therefore off limits for climbing.

For the first several days, the trail guides you through terraced hillsides, lively forests, and alluring local villages. Then, dense sub-tropical forests dominate the landscape.  Leading up to Annapurna Base Camp, you are surrounded by alpine meadows and rocky outcroppings.  Finally, you will ascend to the base camp, a glacial basin surrounded by an incredible mountain-walled fortress.  From this point, you will trek back down to Jhinu Hot Spring, a natural skin cleanser and muscle reliever.  On the final day of the trek, you descend to Nayapul and celebrate the completion of the trek in Pokhara.  The views along throughout this trek are unforgettable. Equally fascinating, throughout the trek, you will be exposed to the rich culture of the Gurung and other ethnic villages.  The Annapurna Base Camp Trek rivals the Everest Base Camp Trek in terms of popularity and is often listed as one of the top 10 treks in the world.  It is a true delight that should not be missed!

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Annapurna Base Camp Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information. 

Trip Highlights

Ethnic Gurung and Magar culture

Spectacular viewpoints at Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuliand other massive mountain peaks

Rhododendron forests

Jhinu Hot Springs

Remarkable hospitality

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus.
  • Day 04: One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Ulleri (1960m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2835m), 6 ½ hours.
  • Day 06: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m), trek to Tadapani (2520m), 4 ½ hours.
  • Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300m), 6 hours
  • Day 08: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3200m), 4 hours.
  • Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), 4 ½ hours.
  • Day 10: Trek from ABC to Bamboo (2300m).
  • Day 11: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1600m), 5 hours.
  • Day 12: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1600m), 6 hours trekking then drive back to Pokhara.
  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Day 14: Departure from Nepal

Trip note

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation in the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.  Our company provides you a sleeping bag, two person tents with comfortable mattress for outdoor camping trek. Our Guide will try to set up your camp with spectacular view.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental ,Italian , Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus.
    We drive about a 6-7 hrs along the Prithvi Highway to the gorgeous lakeside city of Pokhara. The scenery along with drive, full of by terraced hilly rice fields and valleysbuilds excitement within us for the upcoming trek. Pokhara is a relaxing town, a nice contrast to Kathmandu’s busy-ness. Overnight at hotel.
    • Pokhara
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 827m
  • Day 04: One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Ulleri (1960m), 5-6 hours.
    After driving to Nayapul from Pokhara, we begin hiking through the terraced hillsides. The trail is bound within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). A 3-hour trek leads you to Tikhedhunga, passing through paddy fields and along the Bhurungdi Khola. Another couple of hours brings us to Ulleri. Overnight at guest house.
    • Ulleri
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1960m
  • Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2835m), 6 ½ hours.
    After breakfast, we follow through the rhododendron forest, which add much colour to the trail while they bloom during the spring season. After having lunch and a nice rest, we continue on the path leading gradually to Ghorepani, a Magar dominated village, located in the middle of the rhododendron forest. Overnight at guest house.
    • Ghorepani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2835m
  • Day 06: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m), trek to Tadapani (2520m), 4 ½ hours.
    This unforgettable moment takes us by surprise early on in our trek. Early in the morning, we hike up to Poon Hill to watch the sun light up the snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most famous views in the Annapurna region. The breathtaking sight of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and the surrounding will blow you away. We hike down to Ghorepani, have breakfast and trek further to Tadapani through Deurali.We have lunch along the way. Overnight at guest house.
    • Tadapani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3210m
  • Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300m), 6 hours
    We start the day with a steep descent, followed by a steep ascent. Make sure you stretch your legs out before starting the hike. In Garjung, we rest and take a lunch. We are about 3 hours from Sinuwa. We can stop once more in Chhomrong for tea and to rest the legs. Machhapuchhre is to the right and Annapurna and Huinchuli are right in front of us. After a sharp uphill for a little over an hour, we arrive in Sinuwa, a beautiful village known for its spectacular sunset view of Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre. Overnight at guest house.
    • Sinuwa
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2300m
  • Day 08: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3200m), 4 hours.
    We have another beautiful ascent ahead of ourselves today. Shortly after leaving, we take lunch. From here, three hours of ascending and descending takes us to Bamboo. From here, reachingDeurali takes another hour or so. The path, which is a mix of gentle uphills, flats, and steepascents, takes us past a cascading waterfall beforearriving to Deurali. Overnight at guest house.
    • Deurali
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3200m
  • Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), 4 ½ hours.
    From Deurali we head to Machhapuchhr Base Camp (MBC) in about two hours. The Base Camp presents a different view of both Machhapuchhr and Annapurna South. After a nice rest here, we move on, climbing higher for about an hour before the trail evens out to a flatter level. We stop at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) for the night with stunning mountain views, including Machhapuchhre, Huinchuli, Annapurna I and III, Tharpu Chuli and Baraha Shikhar. Overnight at guest house.
    • Annapurna Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4130m
  • Day 10: Trek from ABC to Bamboo (2300m).
    We wake up happy to know we are high in the Himalaya. We begin our descent back to the trailhead. The early morning sunrise behind the gorgeous peaks is amazing. We take in one last up-close view of Annapurna, Machhapucchre and the surrounding peaks from base camp. Continuing down, we pass through Machhapucchre Base Camp and soon reach Bamboo. Overnight at guest house.
    • Bamboo
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2300m
  • Day 11: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1600m), 5 hours.
    After breakfast, we begin today’s journey. It’s a continual descent from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, including a few uphill sections. Jhinu Hot Springs lies about 25 minutes downhill on the opposite side of the main trail. This natural hot spring helps heal both our bodies and our minds.The waters are considered to cure various skin diseases. Overnight at guest house.
    • Jhinu Danda
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1600m
  • Day 12: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1600m), 6 hours trekking then drive back to Pokhara.
    From Jhinu Danda, we descend all the way to Nayapul. After checking out from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project check point,we say farewell to the mountains and travel back to Pokhara. Check in the hotel, and feel free to walk around the lakeside and spend your day as you wish. Overnight at hotel.
    • Pokhara
    • Breakfast and Lunch
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 827m
  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    After breakfast,we take a drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Take in any scenery you may have missed along the way. After 6-7 hrs, we reach to Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Take a rest and spend your day freely. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 14: Departure from Nepal
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Your Home
    • Breakfast
    • Your Own Room

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

Two nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara, breakfast included.

All transportation for the trek.

Local guest house accommodation in mountain.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees

Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)