The trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is considered one of the most sought out trekking trails in the Annapurna region. En-route trekking, one can witness breath-taking views of the snow-capped peaks like Mt. Annapurna (8019m) which is the 10th highest mountain in the world, Gangapurna (7454m) Machhapuchhre (6999m) and other adjacent peaks.
The Annapurna trekking trail is rated one of the best in the world and trek into the Annapurna region is a different kind of experience in its lush green terrains, high mountain settlements, hidden valleys, and raging rivers. The prime feature of the trek is to reach the Annapurna Base Camp located at 4,130 meters above sea-level.
The base camp of Mt. Annapurna provides a spectacular panorama of Mt. Annapurna including other snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna region.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu O/N Hotel
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check-in, you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our next day’s travel plan by our company representative.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara O/N Hotel
We are all set to set off to the magical city of Pokhara today. We will either board a flight or drive to Pokhara in a private vehicle. The flight to Pokhara offers a great view of the Himalayan range and mystical landscape of Nepal.
If we drive to Pokhara we will have a great opportunity to discover the beautiful rivers, green forests, hills and the magnificent Himalayas. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Pokhara by a private vehicle. Upon reaching Pokhara our representative will escort you to the hotel where you stay for the night.
Day 03: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
We gear up for our trekking expedition today. We will be trekking to reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk today. From Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapul which is the trekking start point of our expedition. Trekking from Nayapul we will reach Birethanti from where we ascend uphill on the trail to reach Ghandruk. On our way we way we will enjoy the great views of beautiful Himalayas while passing through the small villages like Chimrong, Syauli Bazar and Chane. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Khumlu Khola and reach Ghandruk.
Ghandruk is a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Ghandruk offers superb close up views of Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We will also explore the Gurung museum in Ghandruk and acquaint ourselves with rich Gurung culture and tradition. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse in Ghandruk.
Day 04: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m) 4-5 hours O/N Lodge
We will enjoy the early morning sunrise in Ghandruk and gear up to continue our trek. Leaving Ghandruk behind, we climb for an hour up to Ghandrukkot and descend to Kimron Khola. We will then take a steep ascent until we reach Chhomrong. We will be bestowed with rewarding views of Annapurna south and Fishtail Mountain while scaling to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a small but beautiful village located on the lap of the Annapurna Massif. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Chhomrong.
Day 05: Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
We will have our breakfast and head towards Dovan. The trail passes via Modi Khola and enters the wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge and ascend to Sinuwa Danda. The trail then passes through the dense rhododendron forest and reach Khuldighar.
We will later descend along the stony slopes into the deep bamboo and rhododendron forest and reach Dovan. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Dovan.
Day 06: Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
Our day starts with a gradual ascent following the trail above the river through the dense forest. We then cross two streams and pass through solitary places. The beautiful sceneries will make our adventure even vibrant and exotic. We may spot a variety of wildlife like wild pig, deer and snow leopard during the trek.
We will later climb to Hinko cave and ascending further we will reach Deurali. From Deurali we climb through the river bed and then climb to the mountain side. We need to be rather precarious as there are avalanche prone areas at some points of the trail. Hiking further we reach Bagar from where the trail leads us to MBC. The MBC offers the superb view of Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Gangapurna. Overnight, we stay at MBC.
Day 07: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and back to Dovan 2-3 hours O/N Lodge
Today we will be trekking to reach Annapurna Base Camp. We start our expedition enjoying the beautiful sceneries and we will also see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The trail widens up as we enter the sanctuary. We will follow the stream and then climb to small settlement area. We will enjoy the breathtaking view of South face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. The ABC offers a magnetic view of Himalayas including Machhapuchhere, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other majestic peaks. We then get back to Dovan for the overnight stay.
Day 08: Dovan to Jhinu (1760) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
We have our early breakfast and continue our trek to reach Jhinu. The trail leads uphill through the stone steep to the ridge before reaching Sinuwa. The trail then drops down to a hill from where we ascend to reach Chhomrong. Trekking further we reach Jhinu where we spend overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 09: Jhinu to Nayapul to Pokhara 5-6 hours O/N Hotel
We start our expedition by crossing the bridge to reach the Kyumi village. From Kyumi village we trek to Syauli Bazaar and then descend down to Birethanti. We will reach Nayapul in approximately one hour from Birethanti. We will stop our trek after reaching Nayapul and catch a vehicle that will drive us to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara we will check-in at the hotel and rest for the night.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu O/N Hotel
We will drive back to Kathmandu on a private vehicle today. Driving back to Kathmandu is a great fun as it offers wonderful views of beautiful rivers, landscapes and traditional villages on our way back. Upon reaching Kathmandu we will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant.
The traditional dances and cultural shows at the restaurants would be a great opportunity to understand the Nepali culture and tradition. After the dinner we will get back to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 11: Final Departure
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of our representatives to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule.
We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. We hope you had a lovely experience with us. Have a safe flight back home!
While booking this activity, please provide us with your flight information for pick up arrangement.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
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:
During the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, 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. 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.
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 days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 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 days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are 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 and/or porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We can run the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than sixteen 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.