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Annapurna Base Camp – 12 Days

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Trip Highlights

Trip Code: NHN 2984 Duration: 12 Days Trekking
Region: Annapurna Maximum Altitude:  4,130 M. / 13,629 Ft.
Start: Kathmandu –  Pokhara End:  Pokhara –  Kathmandu
Best Season: Sep – Nov,   March – May Trekking Type: Tea House/ Camping
Group Size: Min 2 Price From: $ 960/Person

Annapurna Base Camp trek in some ways is a less-intense version of the Everest Base Camp trek, but can be done in a shorter amount of time. It is one of the best trekking routes so far left untouched by the modern civilization. Compared to other trekking areas of Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking area is the only Trekking route so far not disturbed by road constructions. Some years before, Annapurna Circuits trekking was one of the top 20 long trekking routes in the world that one shouldn’t miss. But unfortunately, however this is my personal opinion, it is not anymore because of the rough road built up to Jomsom from Pokhara, and Benshisahar to Managing village respectively.

Thus, Annapurna Base camp is an alternative choice to replace the gap. The route ascends a river valley that gradually narrows before opening up into an amphitheater of mountains. While other treks circle around the mountains or take you to panoramic viewpoints, this trek is more about getting to the base of these great Himalayan peaks.

In general Annapurna Base Camp Trekking required 12 days to complete starting and ending in Pokhara. This twelve days trek commences from Nayapul, which is an hour’s scenic drive from Pokhara with some fabulous views of Annapurna (South) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

If you don’t have so much time, an alternative would be the Ghorepani, the Ghorepani PoonHill or the PoonHill Panorama Trek.

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Day 01: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara (820 m. / 07 – 08 hrs. Drive)

Day 02: Drive to Nayapul (01 ½ hrs.) And trek to Ulleri village (1,960m. / 04 ½ hrs walk.)

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m. / 04 hrs. Walk)

Day 04: Excursion Poon Hill (50 mints / 3,210m.) Then trek to Tadapani (2,590m. /04 hrs. Walk)

Day 05: Trek to Chhomroong (2,340 m. / 05 hrs.)

Day 06:  Trek to Dovan (2,505 / 06 hrs.)

Day 07: Trek to Deurali (3,100m. / 04 hrs.)

Day 08: Trek to A.B.C. (4,130m. /04 hrs.)

Day 09: Trek back down to Bomboo (2,335 m. 06 hrs.)

Day 10: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (1,610 m. / 05 hrs.)

Day 11: Trek to Nayapool and drive back to Pokhara. (05 hrs. walk and 1 ½ hrs. drive)

Day 12: drive back to Kathmandu. (07/ 08 hrs.)

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Day 01: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara (820 m. / 07 – 08 hrs. Drive) stay overnight at Hotel.

Drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway by private tourist vehicle or tourist bus. Pokhara is a clean and beautiful city because it is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. We get great views of Annapurna range, Lamjung himal range including dominating figure of Machapuchher (Fishtail) and Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Then the afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake, as the hotel is located near to the lake. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Nayapul (01 ½ hrs.) And trek to Ulleri village (1,960m. / 04 ½ hrs walk.)

Depart Pokhara around 08:30 by private car / van / bus (depends upon size of your group). The Birthdate trail takes 01 hrs. to Birethati.  This is the confluence of Modi River draining Annapurna base camp. Then follow upstream Burungdi stream. Climbing gradually about 02 hrs. to Thikedunga. From here the trail is a steep climb to Ulleri and takes 1 ½ hrs. The tropical village where we can see and feel real life of local people. Stay overnight.

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m. / 04 hrs. Walk)

After breakfast, the trail climbs gradually through the Rhododendron forest all the way to Ghorepani. Moreover Ghorepani is already view point of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. You can overlook the deep Kali Gandaki valley wedged between two over 8000 meter peaks of Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna I. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 04: Excursion Poon Hill (50 mints / 3,210m.) Then trek to Tadapani (2,590m. /04 hrs. Walk)

Poon Hill is the most beautiful 360 degree panoramic view point of the Annapurna trek. We can see about 15 different snow peaks including Dhaulagiri (8,167m. / 7th highest), Annapurna (8,091m. / 10thhighest) and Manaslu (8,156m. / 8th highest). After enjoying the view we trek back down to the guest house. Then we head for the next destination of Tadapani. The trail is through the Rhododendron forest with some ups and down. Tadapani has got beautiful view of mountain Annapurna south (7,219m.) and Fishtail (6,993m.). Stay overnight in Tadapani.

Day 05: Trek to Chhomroong (2,340 m. / 05 hrs.)

We walk steeply down about 900 m. to Ghurjung khola (stream) 1 ½ hrs. One the way, we cross the suspension bridge over Kimrong Khola, which offers you to see the upper Modi valley. Then we hike gradually up trail along the mountain side for 2 ½ hrs. to Durbin Danda. We pass through the dense forest following the west bank of the Modi Khola till we reach in Chhomrong. Chhomrong village offer us more close view of Annapurna South and Fishtail. Stay overnight in Chhomroong.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2,505 / 06 hrs.)

Today our destination will be in Dovan, which is 400 meters higher than Chhomrong. The altitude shows we have to walk uphill but actually we start our trek to downhill. After crossing Chhomrong Khola we go uphill to Sinwa in 3 hrs. After 2 hrs. easy walk you will be at little hamlet of Bomboo. Then we climb gradually up another hour to Dovan. Stay overnight in Dovan.

Day 07: Trek to Deurali (3,100m. / 04 hrs.)

The valley we still follow through the rain forest all the way to Deurali and enter into sparsely vegetated rocky terrain via Himalayan Hotel. It is very nice to walk with the sound of jungle, water falls, would life and birds. At the right side of Deurali on the big rock we can see a natural Buddha pending and mountains would life. Stay overnight in Deurali.

Day 08: Trek to A.B.C. (4,130m. /04 hrs.)

We trek to Annapurna base camp from the Machhapuchhre base camp. Gradually, we trek ascending path to the Annapurna base camp. This place is also called the Annapurna sanctuary because it is surrounded by the snow clad mountains. From there we enjoy the amazing view of the glaciers and mountains including Mt. Annapurna. You can spend you whole day by watching the tantalizing mountains with the full of snows. At base camp you are at the base of world’s highest mountains surrounding in 360 degree. It is like bowl and we will be inside. Stay overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 09: Trek back down to Bomboo (2,335 m. 06 hrs.)

After completing our mission we return back to Bamboo. In the morning the base camp is covered by the rays of sunrise that give you the life dream satisfaction. Comparatively, you can walk easily when we descend down. This day we return back to Bamboo in a gradual descending path. The first part of trail might be slippery. It depends on snow. The bomboo village is surrounding by Bomboo bush. Stay overnight in Bamboo.

Day 10: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (1,610 m. / 05 hrs.)

Jhinu Danda is famous for its hot spring in the bank of Modi River. Enjoy the natural hot spring and our last night in the mountain. After breakfast in morning at Bamboo, we walk downhill. The Khuldi Ghar, Sinuwa hill add the inspiration in your explore able trekking of Annapurna base camp. Stay overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 11: Trek to Nayapool and drive back to Pokhara. (05 hrs. walk and 1 ½ hrs. drive)

Walk along the Modi River to Nayapool where we started trek. Then we get picked up by a private car / van or bus and we drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu. (07/ 08 hrs.)

In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure.

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Cost Includes: 

☛ Pickup / Drop international airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depends on size of group)
☛ Transportation for Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu by Tourist Coach.
☛ Accommodation (2 persons per room) in Pokhara with breakfast.
☛ Half day sightseeing in Pokhara and necessary transport and Guide.
☛ Drop to Nayapul (trekking starting point), and pick up from Phedi to Pokhara. By Private tourist vehicle.
☛ Annapurna Conservation Area Fee.
☛ TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛ Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge
☛ Service of English speaking trekking guide and Porters. (We will provide one porter for two  Persons and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg. in total)
☛ Accommodation, meals, transportation, equipment’s, and allowances of guide and porter
☛ Insurance of Guide and Porters.
☛ All applicable government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes: 

☛ Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu.
☛ Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
☛ Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
☛ Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
☛ Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks)
☛ Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver,laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛ Any airfare and departure airport tax
☛ Nepal Visa fee.
☛Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

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  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer


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