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Annapurna Base Camp Trek: 14 days

Lying in the north of Pokhara, The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin below a ring of eleven Nepal's major peaks. This magnificent amphitheater is called a 'sanctuary' not because of laws that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. One can sit in the Sanctuary meadows at 13,200' / 4000meters, enjoying the views of these legendary mountains towering several kilometers above in all directions. To approach this isolated cirque of peaks, there is one route: a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli where lies some giant peaks like Machhapuchhre, as well as Annapurna I and lll, Annapurna South, Gangapurna etc.

Annapurna Sanctuary is well known for the most dramatic natural scenery, deep valleys, gorge, high mountain passes, sub-tropical to alpine vegetation, Buddhist monastery, Muktinath Temple, ancient villages, ethnic people culture and their lifestyles. This incredible journey begins with trekking across rhododendron forests and crystal clear spouting waterfalls making their way from colossalsnowcapped peaksand ends up bringing you in the heart of pure nature.

Anyone willing to experience the beauty of mountains and its periphery can become a part of this moderate trek. The combination of easy walk and majestic scenery makes the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4200m), one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Enjoy the unique terrain, mountain views, rhododendron forests and the communities with diverse culture as you venture deep into the Annapurna Himal and its sacred sanctuaries. Make sure to head for this trek with your camera rolls on and take back home the extraordinary mementoes of a lifetime.

As everything stated above, Plan Nepal Trek & Expedition (P.) Ltd. offers you the best trek and expedition through our immaculate services, professional staffs and veteran guides.

Trip Facts

Trip Grade:
Max. Elevation:
4170 m.
Trip Duration:
14 days
Trip Mode::
Tea House / Camping
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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.)
The journey on day one starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) for about seven hours.This drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warming glimpse of Pokhara Valley and fall in love with its ethereal beauty. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Pokhara, in the Kaski district, is the land of pristine beauty adorned by the majestic Himalayas, lush green hill and pleasant weather. The place is loaded with luxuriant vegetation and dotted with shimmering lakes. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are within 30 miles of the city. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the ACAP region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. This picturesque valley is also famous for such adventure activities as paragliding, rafting, rock climbing, canyoning, boating, fishing, golfing and cycling. Regarded the Nepal’s major adventure hub, it has reputation of being the second home for the tourists worldwide.

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.)
On second day, we drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) that takes approximately one and a half hours.Now we begin our trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and a half hours. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.)
On third day, we trek for about six hours from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.).We begin our trek with steep ascend for the first 2 hours and then gently passing through Magar villages of Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. On the way we can view the Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) south. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) and then to Tadapani (2675m.)
The fourth day starts with a five and a half hour trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) and then to Tadapani (2675m.).Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the superb sunrise over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.). At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.)
On fifth day, we trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.)which takes about three hours.It is an easy descent all the way through rhododendron and oak forests. We can hear chirping of various birds on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village which offers good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.)
On day six, we trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.)for approximately four hours.In the beginning, we ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) followed by a steep descend to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.)
On day seven, we trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) about five hours.Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles!) we reach three hotels at Sinuwa, a check post at 2350m. We descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.). At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.)
The eighth day starts with a five hour trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.).Trek gently ascends through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town we reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now we pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. It takes approximately twenty minutes to reach Deurali (3230m.).At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.)
On day nine, we trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.)that takes about four hours.This is one of the places, where we can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine forest. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, we can see the panoramic views of several Himalayan peaks. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.)
On tenth day, we trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.)for about five hours.We will trek from Himalayan Hotel to Dovan. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.)
On day eleven, we trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.)which takes about approximately six hours.The path is a gradual descend up to a Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo. Afterwards, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and levels quite flat until wereach Sinuwa. The trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and then we have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town we walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. We can unwind yourself at the hot springs. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.)
On day twelve, we trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.)for about five hours.For the first part of the trek, we will descend observing beautiful waterfalls. The trail then ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, we will be at Landruk (1640m.). Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) which offers romantic views of different mountain peaks. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through a forest of oaks. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi
On day thirteen, we trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi that takes approximately three hours and from Dhampus Phedi drive to Pokhara.The trail gently descends to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. Now we trek through flat terrace for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. We will drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara. At the end of the day, we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
On the last, that is the fourteenth day, we drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours.On the way we will head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar, where Nepal's first cable car joins the Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast at standard hotel
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by A/C vehicle
  • All land transportation: from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C tourist bus & from Pokhara to Nayapul and from Phedi to Pokhara  by private vehicle
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipments for the guide and porters
  • One porter (one porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage for 2 participants)
  • One trekking guide
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during our trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have our own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card

Cost Excludes

  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Bailey Hathaway

I had an amazing trip with Panta trekking with Plan Nepal in 2011. It was one of the best trips I've ever taken. The guide provided was knowledgeabl.. 2015-03-28 17:56:25 more