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Annapurna Base Camp Trek 12 Days

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek 12 Days

Duration :   12 Days 11 Nights
The Price :   $998.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the most pleasing and most tempting 12 days trip available in Nepal. For those unaware, Annapurna I (8091 m / 26545 ft) is the tenth highest mountain in the world above sea level. Moreover, the base camp falls inside Annapurna Sanctuary, a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. The package is thus tailored for all thrill seeking nomads with a hunger for more.

 

The tour usually begins with a pick up from Kathmandu Airport. Travelers then take a scenic drive to Pokhara the next day. The trek actually begins from day three when you arrive at Birethanti. Furthermore, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters . It is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 meters. However, the only entrance here is a narrow valley between the peaks of Himchuli and Macchapucchre. The Sanctuary was thus not penetrated by outsiders until 1956.

 

Annapurna Sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer.  The unique combination of heights and depths inside the sanctuary thus gives an insight into an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. Furthermore, the south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo. While the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate.

 

Nonetheless, the panoramic view of the sanctuary from the Annapurna Base Camp is breathtaking and never experienced like before. Due to the same, the number of trekkers to the Sanctuary has increased substantially. Additionally, it is because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This therefore adds restrictions on the number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing.

 

Moreover, during your journey you will also be experiencing a diverse range of flora and fauna. Additionally the travelers will also be exploring the ethnic Gurung cultures and their hospitality while visiting the famous Ghandruk village.

 

Trek Map

 

ABC Trek

 

Additional Information:

 

Booking Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trip to the Annapurna region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 998 per person upfront. If you opt for the deposit, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We accept all convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.

 

Booking Your International Flight:

Regarding your 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 12. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.

 

Packing for the ABC Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your ABC Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight tickets, please share the details with us so that we can provide you with a complimentary airport pickup as well. Our airport representative will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. They will also be holding our official name Cordial Trek and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can also arrange an accommodation for extra nights with add-on tours for additional cost.

 

Bus Ride/Flight to Pokhara and return:

We have included a Tourist Coach for all travelers leaving for Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu to Pokhara & vice versa. However, you may as well book a direct flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara & vice versa with additional costs (USD 120 – One Way).

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 3 to Day 10. You’ll travel to Pokhara on Day 2 to commence the trek and return back to Pokhara on Day 10. On Day 11, you’ll drive / fly back to Kathmandu and be transferred to your hotel. Expect to spend 8 days and 7 nights completing the ABC trek.

 

You’ll begin your trek from Birethanti to Annapurna Base Camp and back with overnight stays in villages like Ghandruk, Chomrong, Bamboo, Deurali and Jhinu Danda. Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.

 

Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara:

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you’ll stay in 3 Star Hotels with twin/double sharing beds.

 

Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options are teahouses. Although basic, these ABC teahouses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, your package only includes breakfast, typically served buffet-style. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trail.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

If you opt for a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or vice versa, the total baggage weight allowance is 25 kgs, combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Ensure you pack approximately 10/11 kilos in your checked bag and 5/4 kilos in your carry-on to stay within the 25-kilo limit. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek to ABC, not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 150 to 200 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside 100-150 USD for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. You also have an option to hire a separate & private porter for additional costs as well. Both guide and porter will be fully insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Highlights of 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

 

1. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)
2. Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara
3. Experience Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village
4. Trek inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) region
5. Enjoy a scenic trail with lush green forests

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals Available: None

Day 2 : Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On the second day of your trip, you will be traveling early in the morning for a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via a Luxury Tourist Bus. The trip will take you 6-7 hours. You will then be exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara in the evening and stay here for a night halt.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 3 : Drive to Birethanti and Trek to Ghandruk Village (Max Altitude: 1940 m / 6364 ft)

Today you will be taking a one hour drive from Pokhara to Birethanti, the start point of your trek. You will then be trekking (5-6 hours) towards the beautiful village of Ghandruk via Syauli Bazar. The village provides you with an insight of the traditional Gurung cultures, their hospitality and some amazing cuisines.

 

On your journey, you will be passing through various scenic trails including waterfalls, spectacular views of the mountain range including Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli among others. A Mountain Guest House in the village of Ghandruk will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrong (Max Altitude: 2170 m / 7119 ft)

Today you will be trekking to Chomrong village, a modern Gurung village via Gurjung village and Kimrung Hill. The journey will take you through a 4-5 hour hike. The trek passes through a scenic view of traditional farming and a dense forest.

 

On your way, you will also be witnessing a majestic view of the mountain range including Mt. Annapurna III, a close up view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (The Holy Fishtail Mountain) among others.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Bamboo (Max Altitude: 2310 m / 7578 ft)

On day five you will be taking a 5-6 hours hike from Chomrong to Bamboo via Sinuwa, a small Gurung village. Today you will be passing through another dense forest while exploring many wild floras and faunas on the way. A Mountain Guest House in Bamboo will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (Max Altitude: 3230 m / 10597 ft)

On day six you will be taking a 5-6 hours hike from Bamboo to Deurali via Himalaya, a small settlement with tea houses. Today you will be yet again passing through a dense forest while exploring many waterfalls on the way. A Mountain Guest House in Deurali will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (Max Altitude: 4130 m / 13549 ft)

On day seven you will be arriving at your destination, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) that lies inside MBC valley. The journey from Deurali to ABC takes an about of 5-6 hours.

 

The base camp is famous for an amazing and mesmerizing view of Annapurna Mountain Range itself. A Tea House at Annapurna Base Camp will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek back to Bamboo (Min Altitude: 2310 m / 7578 ft)

On day eight, you will be witnessing a spectacular view of sunrise and a delicious breakfast in the early morning. You will then be trekking down towards Bamboo via Deurali, Himalaya and Dobhan. A guest house in Bamboo will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda / Hot Spring (Min Altitude: 1760 m / 5774 ft)

On day nine, you will be hiking down towards Jhinu Danda / Hot Spring (4-5 hours) via Sinuwa and Chomrong. Jhinu Danda is famous for its natural Hot Spring that lies 15-20 min further hike from your Tea House. The spring lies on the bank of river Modi, famous for its ‘Asala’ fish. A guest house at Jhinu Danda will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Trek to Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara (Max Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On day ten, you will be hiking down towards Birethanti (4-5 hours) via Samrung and Syauli Bazar alongside river Modi. You will then take a one hour drive back to Pokhara from Birethanti. In the evening you will be celebrating the successful completion of your trip to Annapurna Base Camp. Here you will be also bidding a farewell to your trekking crew. A hotel in Pokhara will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 : Travel back to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On day eleven you will be driving (6-7 hours) back to Kathmandu. You may also book a flight (30 min) back to Kathmandu as well (optional).

 

In the evening you will be served with a farewell dinner and a cultural program. A hotel in Kathmandu will be your halt for the night.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel  

 

Meals Available: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 : Final Departure

On day twelve you will be awarded with a Trip Certificate and be bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the airport three hours before your final departure.

 

Optional: You might also book any other new trip with us.

 

Meals Available: Breakfast

F.A.Q

How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 200).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.

 

During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.

 

For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is a moderately challenging trek package as it includes high altitude (4130m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 

 

Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.

 

2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)

 

3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle

 

7.  A sunscreen 

 

8.  A sunglass

 

9.  A headlamp for night use

 

10.  Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and ACAP) required for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Airport Transfers
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Tour Bus
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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