Annapurna Base Camp Trek-11 days
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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is believed to be one of our most popular treks in the world. Mt. Annapurna rises to 8091m and is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna region lies in the foothill of Mt. Annapurna in North-central Nepal stretching along with Lamjung Himal from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east. This invigorating trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas. The Annapurna Base Camp trek, like others in the Annapurna region, takes off from the lake city of Pokhara at a mere height of around 800 meters to a high altitude of over 4,000 meters with gradual acclimatization process. We also pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Needless to say that throughout this trekking journey we get to enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters - Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m); hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature. Just imagine being in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth and the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas. Extraordinary!
The 11-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed for the trekkers who would like to get to Annapurna Base Camp but are restricted time-wise. If we would like to go for the Annapurna Base camp trek more relaxed way, it is better to sign up with Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-16 days
. If we are looking for an easy trek Annapurna Sunrise Trek-9 days
or Royal Trek-9 days
would be suitable. If we want more longer trek over a challenging Pass in Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 days
would be best option as it passes through famous high pass of the world, Thorong La.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
What Is Included
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel) on B.B basis
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking kit bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
What Is Not Included
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs )
- Airport departure tax (Rs. 200 per person)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
The Trekking Group
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Himalayan Glacier can run this trek for group of any size. But generally it will be better to have a maximum of twelve people, as this number is found to be optimum for a successful trip. However, if we would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, Himalayan Glacier can arrange this too.
All accommodations for this trek are on twin sharing basis and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, and location. There are two styles of accommodations during our trip. We spend two nights in a 4-star hotel, Hotel Shanker
or similar category hotel in Kathmandu and 8 nights in standard tea houses during the trek. Himalayan Glacier will arrange for us rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea houses or lodges at some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If we are a solo traveler, we will share a room with someone else of the same sex of our group. If we prefer a single room, we may indicate our preference and get single rooms upon request by paying a single supplement of USD 250. Note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find a single room at higher elevations.
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During our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house or from a lodge menu where we spend the night and lunch will be served on the way to our destination. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfast will be served during our stay in Kathmandu and breakfast will be served in Pokhara.
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Annapurna Base Camp Trek route map
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier will arrange to pick us up from the airport. We will then be transferred to Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel. We can either visit Himalayan Glacier’s office in Thamel or take rest at our hotel room during the late afternoon. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served to us in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
DAY 02 :
Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 30 minutes and Trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 6 hours
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara and catch great views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. After arriving in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city we are again greeted with great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. After taking rest for some time, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek uphill on the trail to Ghandruk. While on the trail, we again enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains, pass along various small villages like Chimrong, Syauli Bazar, and Chane. After crossing the suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we reach Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. We also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghandruk (B, L, D)
Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 hours
At this juncture, we climb up for an hour up to Ghandrukkot and then a steep descent takes us to the Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we have an easy walk of about an hour. Then, we take a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. While climbing, we encounter the mighty peak of Annapurna South above the village and the view of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) facing across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong (B, L, D)
Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m/8460ft): 6 hours
We head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through a thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Doban shortly. Overnight in Dovan (B, L, D)
DAY 05 :
Doban to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 4 hours
The day starts with a gentle gradual ascent following the trail above the river through thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We pass by Himalaya Hotel and cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. We get a sense of peace from the beauty of Mother Nature that surrounds us. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife species such as wild pigs, deer, and maybe even snow leopards. We climb again to Hinko Cave, an overhanging rock. Our further climb paves the way to Deurali. Overnight in Deurali. (B, L, D)
DAY 06 :
Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 3 - 4 hours
Today, we start our trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). We make a gentle climb through a river bed and then a steep climb over to the mountain side. There are avalanche prone areas at some point on the trail. We have to be on alert to protect ourselves. If there is any wind after about half an hour walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on the mountains shines and the river valley is filled with warm sun rays. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding view of the majestic Machhapuchhre is certainly a rewarding experience. At this juncture, we enjoy the views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhre itself. Overnight at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. (B, L, D)
Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft): 2 - 3 hours
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climb to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. After arrival at this view site, we savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. (B, L, D)
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 6 hours
At dawn, we relish the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, and Dovan until we finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. We will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We further pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo. (B, L, D)
DAY 09 :
Bamboo to New Bridge or Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft): 6 hours
From Bamboo, we head for a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that lead to Lower Chhomrong. Then, we ascend on the thousand stone steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, we descend to Jhinu Danda. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Dada. (B, L, D)
Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul to Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
In the beginning, we trek from Jhinu Danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After having lunch, we trek to Syauli Bazaar and then down to Birethanti. Further, after about an hour's trek from Birethanti, we will be at Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul, we drive in a public transportation and reach Pokhara within an hour. We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. The left side of the airplane offers some amazing views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will attend a celebration dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B, L, D)
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)
Health and Experience Requirements
Himalayan Glacier's 11-day Annapurna Base Camp trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-8 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital to consult a doctor before taking the trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. If we want to do the same trek in a more relaxed fashion, Himalayan Glacier has a 16-days itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp trek too.
A Typical Day On The Trail...
At dawn, our Sherpa wakes us up and offers a cup of warm tea with a smile. After freshening and finishing up our tea, we will have a hearty breakfast before setting off. After approximately 3 or more hours of trekking, we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. Throughout the day, we will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire and take pictures of the fascinating scenery. After a relaxing lunch, we typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching our destination. Once we reach our destination for the night, we take a brief rest, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. Further, we might even enjoy a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods or enjoy some games or chats with our group members while the cook and helpers prepare dinner. Finally, our guide briefs us on the next day’s program before we go to sleep.
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.For more information
Equipment and Packing List
While packing for Annapurna Base Camp Trek certain equipments are essential.
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for this trip's comprehensive checklist.
All of Himalayan Glacier’s treks are planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. Higher the altitude, lesser the oxygen in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment. Our itineraries generally allow sufficient time to acclimatize. So, for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Himalayan Glacier advises especially the guest(s) with known heart, lung or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff.
. Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
Himalayan Glacier only employs trained Nepalese leaders and locals as staff. By employing and training local people, the local communities will be benefitted. Himalayan Glacier currently trains all its Guides in the following courses and Visitors' Trek leader will be one of the fully trained Trek Leader.
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
- English Language - KEEP
- Conservation and Biodiversity - KEEP
- Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (optional) by Nepal Mountaineering Association
To meet our team, check out the Guide Profile Page.
Each trekker is allowed his or her gear bag weighted not exceeding 15kgs/33 pounds. Himalayan Glacier strongly stands behind our porters and their rights and solely against any exploitation on its operations. Further, Himalayan Glacier closely works with IPPG (International Porter Protection Group).
The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Himalayan Glacier employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, enforces number of do's and don'ts. Himalayan Glacier's experienced staffs can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment. To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events, Himalayan Glacier works with KEEP. Please visit at click here
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views of the scenery but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing point. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Base Camp Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy some alone time with nature.
Trip Start Dates and Price
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