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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of the most favorite trekking destinations in the Annapurna region for its wide ranges of scenic views all along the ways. During the quest, trekkers can get mesmerized with the splendor of Mt. Annapurna (8019m), the 10th highest mountain in the world, along with Gangapurna (7454m) Machhapuchchhre (6999m) and other adjacent peaks.  Rated as one of the world’s best trekking trails, the Annapurna Base camp route has been attracting adventure avid trekkers from all over the world in order to enjoy the sublime beauty of the region. The routes in the trek are all inclusive of natural beauties which traverse through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests, etc. The preeminent feature of the tour is reaching the Annapurna base camp situated at an elevation of 4,130m above the sea level.

The delightful Annapurna Base Camp Trekking gets a head start from Pokhara with gradual ascend every day towards the base camp passing Ghorepani Hill, Chomrong, Modi Kola, Dovan, and many other cultural and historical places before concluding in Pokhara. The routes on the trek are suited for trekking enthusiasts who want to get acquainted with the mystic beauties of towering mountains during their stay in the magical country. With these amazing features, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want to explore the great Himalayas while hiking on scenic trails.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepal’s sky, and excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites  along with  Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries
  • Catch panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna range along with other adjacent mountains.
  • Explore Annapurna Base Camp which provides the eye-popping view of Mt. Annapurna
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas 
  • Get along with ethnic people and their culture

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight (25 min) or by Bus (6-7 hours)

Day 03 : Star of Trek, Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m) [5-6 Hours], 8.6 km

Day 04 : Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m) [4-5 Hours], 9 km

Day 05 : Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) [5-6 Hours], 8.6 km

Day 06 : Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) [5-6 Hours], 8 km

Day 07 : Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) [2-3 Hours] & back to Dovan [5-6 Hours] 10 km

Day 08 : Trek from Dovan to Jhinu (1760) [5-6 Hours) 7 km

Day 09 : Trek from Jhinu to Nayapul to Pokhara (5-6 Hours trek, 1 hour drive) 13 km

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 11 : Final Departure

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

The moment you land on the airport, one of our representatives greets you and escorts you to the Hotel. After check in at hotel you can either hang around the streets of Kathmandu or relax at the Hotel. Later you receive a brief description about next day’s travel plan. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight (25 min) or by Bus (6-7 hours)

Today you either board a flight or drive towards the one of the most beautiful city of Nepal, also popularly called as “the City of Lakes”, Pokhara. The flight to Pokhara offers a great view of Himalayan range and mystical landscapes of Nepal.  On the other hand the drive lets you to encounter the beautiful rivers, green forests, hills and magnificent Himalayas. After reaching Pokhara, you are escorted to your respective Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Star of Trek, Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m) [5-6 Hours], 8.6 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking (Trek Day 01): Your trek begins from today, towards the beautiful Gurung village Ghandruk. First you drive to the Nayapul and then commence the trek following the regular ascends uphill on the trail to reach Ghandruk. The trail offers the great views of majestic Himalayas and passes through the villages like Birethanti, Chimrong, Syauki Bazar and Chane.  After crossing a suspension bridge over Khumlu Khola, you finally reach your destination for today. Ghandruk, a beautiful village inhabited by the Gurung community offers spectacular view of Mount Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04 : Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m) [4-5 Hours], 9 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Day 02: Enjoy the early morning sunrise in Ghandruk and gear up to continue the second day trek. The trail ascends an hour up to Ghandrukkot and then descend to Kimron Khola. Then the trail takes a steep ascent until it reaches Chhomrong. Get mesmerized with the rewarding views of Annapurna South and Mount Fishtail on the trail to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a small, beautiful village located just below the Annapurna Massif. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05 : Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) [5-6 Hours], 8.6 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Day 03: After the memorable stay at the beautiful village Chhomrong, now it is time to move towards the next destination, Dovan. Following the delicious breakfast, start the trek and head for the Dovan. The trail passes via Modi Khola (river) and enters the wooded slopes of the Himalayas. The trail then crosses the suspension bridge and ascends to Sinuwa Danda and passes through the dense rhododendron forest and reach Khuldighar. You descend along the stony slopes into the deep bamboo and rhododendron forest until you reach Dovan. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06 : Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) [5-6 Hours], 8 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Day 04: Your day starts with a gradual ascent following the trail above the river through the dense forest. The trail then crosses the two streams and passes through solitary places accompanied with beautiful sceneries. The trail may encounter variety of wildlife like wild pigs, deer and snow leopards. Later you climb the Hinko cave and ascend further till you reach Deurali.  From Deurali you climb through the river bed and then climb to the mountain side. You need to be rather precarious as there are avalanche prone areas at some point of the trail. Hiking further you reach Bagar from where the trail leads to MBC which offers the superb view of Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Gangapurna. Overnight at guest house..

Day 07 : Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) [2-3 Hours] & back to Dovan [5-6 Hours] 10 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Day 05: Today is the most waited day of the trek as the trek finally takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp, one of the main features of the whole trek. So, start your expedition enjoying the beautiful scenery and observe the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The trail then widens up as you enter the sanctuary. The trail follows the stream and climb to small settlement area, where you encounter the breathtaking view of south face of Annapurna towering above the Sanctuary. The Annapurna Base Camp offers the magnetic view of Himalayas including Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other majestic peaks. Later you trek back to Dovan. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08 : Trek from Dovan to Jhinu (1760) [5-6 Hours) 7 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Day 06: After breakfast, continue your trek towards the Jhinu. The trail leads uphill through the stone steep to the ridge before reaching Sinuwa and then drops down to a hill from where it ascends to reach Chhomrong. Trekking further you reach Jhinu your dinal destination of today’s trek. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09 : Trek from Jhinu to Nayapul to Pokhara (5-6 Hours trek, 1 hour drive) 13 km

Today is the last trek to the Annapurna Base Camp trekking. Start you expedition by crossing the bridge to reach the Kyumi village. From Kyumi village you trek to Syauli Bazaar and then descend down to Birethanti. Nayapul is approximately one hour from Birethanti. Upon reaching the Nayapul catch a vehicle and drive towards Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

You drive back to Kathmandu on a private vehicle today. The drive offers wonderful views of beautiful rivers, landscapes and traditional villages. Upon reaching Kathmandu you attend a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant organized by us. The traditional dances and cultural shows at the restaurant provide you great opportunity to understand the Nepali culture and tradition. After dinner we drop you back at your Hotel.

Day 11 : Final Departure

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! One of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures escorts you to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you leave Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. We hope you had a lovely experience with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure trip to Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (mid-February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. Though Himalayan rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang and Kailash can be good during monsoon.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 11 day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 Annapurna Base Camp Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Annapurna Base Camp trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Annapurna Base Camp Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
This will normally depend on the specific trek you are booked on, and to some extent on the preferences of those trekking.  The Annapurna Region is very accessible as one of the classic Nepal trekking areas and is manageable by almost anyone. 

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 11 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing/Hiking

Best Season: Feb – May and Oct - Dec

Max Altitude: 4,130m/13,545ft

Daily Walking: 4 - 6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Trek Starts/Ends: Nayapul

Group Size: Minimum 2 People


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