Annapurna Base Camp Trek it is call Annapurna Sanctuary trek, trekking under the gloominess of the beautiful Annapurna is suitable for beginners and who are willing to find spectacular natural world with no trouble.
Walking through the villages of Gurungs; the brave Gurkha Soldiers offers you probability to practice their civilization and traditions along the trail. Walking through the thunderous song of Modi River, Annapurna Sanctuary trek is an attractive trek that you had to do. Watching breathtaking sunrises over the White Mountains and viewing the big tail of big fish ‘Mt. Fishtail’ in front of your eyes is really fantastic. Known as one of the paramount classic treks of the world, the Annapurna sanctuary trek offers you diverse part of natural world on different days. The mixture of thick rhododendron forests, snowcapped mountains, natural hot spring, accommodating & fearless British Gurkha villagers & high water falls are inviting you to touch them.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Pokhara - Tolkha- Chhomrung- MBC- ABC - Jhinu - Pokhara -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft),6-7 hours(Optional flight with extra cost)
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Tolkha (1850 m/6069 ft.) 30 minute drive and 5-6 hours walk
Day 04: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 - 7 hours walk
Day 05: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2800m/) 6-7 hours walk
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 6-7 hours walk
Day 07: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours walk
Day 08: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours walk
Day 09: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
Day 10: Driver to Kathmandu (Optional flight with extra cost)
Day 11: Final Departure
Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus (Optional Flight with extra cost)
Standard accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast
Pokhara - Nayapul and Phedi to Pokhara transportation by private Transport
Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits
Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits
Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup or hot drinks per day]
Seasonal fruits in the evening after dinner
Accommodation in lodge/guest house during the trek
Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
First aid medications / medicines with the guide
Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and Hot shower and battery Charges
Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
Tip (as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters
Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Once we complete for immigration formalities and collect our luggage from the airlines we will proceed to arrival gate. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be picked up by representative of Ambition Himalaya Treks and Expeditions P. Ltd. We will slightly proceed to our hotel with a comfortable private vehicle to our hotel. In the evening we will go for typical Nepali dinner with company representative and will have briefing about the trip.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft), 5-6 hrs drive
Early in the morning you will take deluxe tourist bus / private car or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Whether taking drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you will be exploring Nepalese traditional countryside and small country village around green landscapes. And taking flight to Pokhara will take you over the white snowcapped mountains of Nepal. Prepare for your trekking and overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Tolkha (1850 m/6069 ft.) 30 minute drive and 5-6 hours walk
We will take short drive by private vehicle to Phedi and start climbing to a popular tourist destination near Pokhara; Dhampus [1770M / 5807FT]. The starting of the trail is quite steep uphill walk. We will be walking through beautiful green forests. During the monsoon season this area is full of leeches willing you bite and suck your blood. Dhampus will offer us spectacular views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan rages. Passing Dhampus the trek goes goes further passing villages like Pothana [1890M / 6200FT], Deurali, Bichok [2149M / 7050FT] etc. Except on the starting point the trail today is quite easy to trek.Finally, reaching Tolka we will find a place for accommodating and offering us meals.
Day 04: Tolkha to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 - 7 hours walk
Walking on the bank of Modi Khola we will proceed our trek to gate of of Annapurna Base Camp; Chhomrong. We will have our breakfast in the hotel and proceed our journey to Chhomrong from the side of Modi Khola [stream]. The trekking route until Jhinu Danda is quite easy and mostly flat but after Jhinu we will climbing steep uphill before reaching Chhomrong for overnight stay. During the walk we will pass numerous villages like Landruk [1640M / 5380FT], New Bridge [1340M / 4396FT], Jhinu Danda [1780M / 5839FT] etc. Chhromrong is a huge Gurung village of the whole region. There are no other ways to reach Annapurna Base Camp without going to Chhromrong so this village known as the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 05: Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (2800m/) 6-7 hours
We will have our breakfast in the hotel and start our journey to the next destination to Himalaya Hotel. As the starting of the trek we will walk downhill to Chhomrong Khola coming from Hiunchuli glaciers. Crossing this small stream we will walk some uphill trail to reach Sinuwa [2340M / 7677FT]; for our lunch. From Sinuwa, the trail is mostly flat before going down to Bamboo [2340M / 7677FT]. From Bamboo the trail slightly starts climbing. After Chhomrong there are not any big settlements and all villages are small settlements to offer accommodation and meals for trekkers. We will be walking uphill trail for the whole day passing different settlements like Himalaya Hotel [2870M / 9416FT], Hinku Cave [3170M / 10,400FT].
Day 06: Himalaya Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 6-7 hours walk
We will have breakfast in the Hotel and then ascending up to Deurali [3230M / 10,579FT]. These are tiny places with couple of lodges to serve trekkers. The trail also has big risks of avalanches during monsoon season. The trek is stunning with green forests and under the shadow of Mt. Fishtail around here. After 3 hour walk arrive in MBC (3700m/12135 ft.) we will have lunch and little rest
Our climbing to our final destination; Annapurna Base Camp is going to be tough even the trail is short and gentle climbing. As we have no villages to cross on the middle of the trail we will directly go to Annapurna Base Camp and explore around. There are couple of lodges for the lodging facilities of trekkers and most of the lodges are closed during monsoon season. Annapurna Base Camp is our final destination as we won't be going further from here. The trail is gentle uphill climbing with few short uphill walks. Once we reach Annapurna Base Camp numerous silvering mountains in front of us will be welcoming us saying 'Welcome to Annapurna Base Camp'. On the way many roofless small shepherd huts along the side of moraine. Most of the time around Annapurna Sanctuary Area is snow bounded and windy. Annapurna Base Camp offers us superb views of Annapurna ranges surrounded by White silvering mountains at 360 degree panorama. Once we reach the Base Camp we have nothing to do except capturing beautiful shots of snowcapped mountains of Himalayas. In the evening we will our final dinner at this altitude and prepare for our return to city.
Day 07: Sunrise view from Annapurna Base Camp (4130M / 13,549FT) and trek back to Bamboo (2340M / 7677FT) 6-7 hours walk
We will wake up early in the morning before sun rises and come out to take shots of sunrises over the mountains. It is sure that early in the morning it’s going to be so cold. Capturing the pictures of sun rising over Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Fishtail and other peaks we will return back to hotel to get our warm breakfast. Here we will end our journey and proceed back to Bamboo for overnight stay. The trail is the same that we used to go up to Annapurna Base Camp. There are no alternative trails to come back. Looking at the people sweating to reach that Heaven we will reach Bamboo for the overnight.
Day 08: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours walk
Our walking today will take us to Jhinu Danda through Sinuwa and Chhomrong village. Jhinu Danda has got its own specialty; Natural Hot Spring. The village is on the top of a small hill where Modi Khola [Stream] and Kyumun Khola joints together. Once we reach Jhinu we will find a room the in lodge and go to Hot Spring place to take some hot bath. The hot water here is naturally hot. It will take about 15 - 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring from the main village but returning back to village will take more than 30 minutes as it is uphill walk.
Day 09: Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
This is the last day of our adventurous walking in the Himalayas. The trail from Jhinu to Nayapul is mostly flat. On the way we will be passing small settlements like New Bridge [1340M / 4396FT], Syali Bazaar [1100M / 3608FT], Birenthanti [1080M / 3543FT] etc. The trail is flat mostly and is the easiest day of the whole trekking. As we will be walking on the bank of Modi River we will be passing two biggest Gurung settlements on our each side; Ghandruk [1940M / 6364FT] on our right and Landruk [1640M / 5380FT]. The village that we will pass on the trail called Syauli Bazaar is the live example of losing business from tourism after constructing the motor road. The village was popular among travelers for lunch and overnight when there was no road in this area. Ending our adventurous journey in Nayapul, we will be picked up by private vehicle to drive us to Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive from pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 6-7 hrs drive
Enjoying our adventure we will leave beautiful snowcapped Himalayan peaks here and will start our journey back to Kathmandu. The journey to Kathmandu 6-7 hours by drive. Whatever method we use to come back to Kathmandu we will arrive here and transfer to our hotel and end our guided trip. We will farewell with our guide and porters and prepare for the departure of our journey back to home.
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu or extend your trip
In the morning we will probably have some time for shopping gifts to friends, family and relatives. Depending on our flight back to home, we will get private departure from Ambition Himalaya Treks and Expeditions.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
Trekking is simply not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous and needs serious efforts to complete them successfully. We kindly request all our valuable guests to come well prepared before doing any of these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. Sometimes, our treks are done in extremely remote places where you will have no access to outer world. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopter can be the only mean to evacuate you. In other hand bad weather conditions can also ruin the whole adventures. So, we say
"Get prepared first and enjoy the adventure without worrying"
US$ 649 per person/ Price Valid for Minimum 2 Travelers.
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
- Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus (Optional Flight with extra cost)
- Standard accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Pokhara - Nayapul and Phedi to Pokhara transportation by private Transport
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup or hot drinks per day]
- Seasonal fruits in the evening after dinner
- Accommodation in lodge/guest house during the trek
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and Hot shower and battery Charges
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tip (as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Regarding personal equipment all trekkers need to bring with you a pair of well broken trek Boot, sleeping bag, down Jacket, pullovers, neck scarf, etc. for Evening/night/morning use, Sun Hat, casual warm clothing for day use, some pairs of good quality socks . Apart from above please bring slippers, suntan lotions and personal medication.
Here is the list of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. Depending on the trekking route, days, season etc. these gear list can be different. Please consider with us before starting your journey. Some of these items are not compulsory and optional. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Head: Sun hat or scarf Light balaclava or warm fleece hat Sunglasses [real ones, with true UV protection]
Lower Body: Under Garments, Comfortable hiking shorts, Lightweight cotton long pants, Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants [seasonal], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell pants
Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, Warm wool hiking socks, Hiking boots with spare laces, Sandals [flip-flops for use after a day trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom], Gaiters [For high altitude trekking and crossing passes]
Upper Body: T-shirts, Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket or pullover Gloves [warmth], Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket [optional], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell jacket, Down vest and/or jacket *
Accessories: One microfiber towel [most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry], Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade,* DSLR / Digital camera with spare battries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, Trekking bag with rain cover / Duffel bag,* Comfortable daypack, Trekking Poles, Water bottle / came bags, Ear Plug [rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms]
Toiletries: Multipurpose soap [preferably biodegradable], Deodorants, Nail clippers, Sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste [preferably biodegradable], Feminine hygiene products, Small mirror
Personal Hygiene: Wet wipes [baby wipes], Tissue / toilet rolls, Anti-bacterial hands wash, Water purifier [Better than using mineral water to keep the mountain clean]
Extras / Luxuries: Adaptors [Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor], Multi tool [Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool], Personal snacks [candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse], Sewing Kit [Sometime it’s very useful], Superglue, Books for reading on free time, Cell / mobile phone, Trail Map / Guide book,* Ipod / Walkman / Mp3 Player / Mp4 Player, Pens / Pencils and small notebooks, Games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards