• Annapurna Base Camp and Ghorepani Trek

Annapurna Base Camp and Ghorepani Trek

Trip Overview

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the dream destinations of most travelers. This trip offers the stunning views of the Himalayas taking you to the two famous bases of the mountains of this region, i.e. Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. Passing through some old authentic villages and learning the culture and lifestyles of people, you will be enjoying the views of magnificent snow-capped mountains around.

Highlights

  • Magnificent views of 7000+ meters peaks
  • Close visit to local Gurung inhabitants of Ghandruk and learn authentic Gurung culture.
  • Relaxing Hot-Spring bath at Jhinu Danda
  • Relaxed Boating in the Phewa Lake

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the Cultural Day Tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive to Nayapul (1010m). Trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m)

Depending on your scheduled flight time, you will be picked up from your Kathmandu hotel for transfer to the domestic airport terminal at TIA, Kathmandu. Pokhara is located 200km west of Kathmandu and the flight will take approximately half an hour to take you to Pokhara.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be directly driving to the trek starting point, Nayapul, from where you will be walking uphill up to Tikhedhunga. While you will be walking towards your day destination, you will get to pass through many small villages of Birethanti and Hile. Small waterfalls on the way will grab your attention for a nice picture click.

  Tea House

  Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840m)

Today you will have steep uphill stone steps (3767 steps) climb for around 1.5 hours up to Ulleri. The trail passes through cultivated fields and forest of Oak trees and Rhododendron (weather dependent). After having lunch at Nangethanti, you may rest for about an hour for some relaxation and pictures. Afterward, start climbing uphill again until you reach Ghorepani.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2610m). Sunrise from Poonhill (3210m)

Today is the most important day of your trek. You will need to wake up pretty early in the morning for approximately an hour hike up to Poonhill (referred to as Poon Danda in Nepali) from where the spectacular sunrise view can be seen. It's amazing to see the golden ray of sunlight touching the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Fishtail, Nilgiri South, and Singa Chuli to name some peaks. Enjoy a cup of local tea while the sun rises high.

Afterwards, trek down to your lodge, have breakfast and continue to trek down to Tadapani which is a long way through the forest.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2107m)

From Tadapani, you will make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. The route passes through the west bank of the Modi Khola after which you will descend steeply down the village of Chuile coming over to the Kimrong Khola. From here, you will continue a steep climb till to Chhomrong. Upon arrival at Chhomrong, you will be welcomed by the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m)

After breakfast, start walking leaving behind Chhomrong along the Modi Khola. You will be at inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. You will cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda from where the trail becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark arresting rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then the trail passes through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230m)

The day starts with gentle gradual ascend, after breakfast at Dovan, following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests. Crossing two streams over small bridges, the trail further passes through solitary places. Feel the peace while you go through nature's wilderness and solitariness. If you are lucky, there is the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, and snow leopard.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)

After you are done with your breakfast in Deurali, start your trail climbing gently through a river bed and which rises steeply over the mountainside. Stay alert and well-informed about the weather condition as there are some avalanche prone areas at some points on the trail.

After walking for about half an hour from Deurali, you will find yourselves in the middle of the river bed surrounded by snow covered mountains. It's a beautiful view giving inner warmth when the snow on the mountains shines when the sun rises.

Today's hike is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchhre give a rewarding experience.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m).

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and set out for the trail. As you keep walking, you will see that any living vegetation that you had encountered in previous trail starts disappearing. You will just see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams here. The path widens as you enter the Sanctuary following a stream and then you will climb few huts alongside the moraine from where you will get the sensational views of the Annapurna South.

Praising your hard efforts to reach your destination, Annapurna Base Camp will reward you with heart inspiring views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and many other peaks.  

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m)

Today, don't miss the chance to witness the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from the Annapurna Base Camp. 

After breakfast, you will start descending to Bamboo back through Machhapuchhre BC, Deurali and Dovan. As you will be heading down all the way, it will be an easy trail for you. You will get to see the waterfall dropping down from a high point to the rocks below. Take some chance to capture some great photos here. Further passing through the forests with great views of Machhapuchhre and Hiuchuli, you will finally reach Bamboo.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m)

After having breakfast, you will be trekking back to Sinuwa and further descending back to Lower Chhomrong. To reach Upper Chhomrong, you will need to pass the thousand stone steps. From here, you will take the route to Jhinu Danda instead of going towards Ghandruk. Upon reaching Jhinu, which is famous for hot springs, get some time to relax your body in the hot spring located at just 15-minute walking distance from Jhinu Danda.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Kimche (1640m). Drive to Pokhara

Today will be the last trekking day of your trip. So, wake up early, enjoy your breakfast with the mountains and set out towards your trek ending point, Kimche, where you will find your vehicle waiting for you to take back to Pokhara.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel to drop those bags. Rest of the day would be free to relax and roam around the Lakeside market which is full of great cafes, restaurants, shopping arcades, and Yoga studios. Get some time to enjoy boating in Phewa lake too.

 

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Depending on your flight schedule, you will be picked up by your guide in about 1.5 hours before your flight and driven to Pokhara airport. 
 
In Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel and can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. 

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 15: Final Departure

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trip starts with a short flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Ground transportation to Pokhara from Kathmandu is also a popular option if you have a full free day to enjoy landscapes view driving by the side of the Trishuli River. Optionally, a 4-hour white river rafting can also be arranged if you are considering driving options.

From Pokhara, the trip starts with the drive to Nayapul, which is the trek starting point for most treks in Pokhara. First, you will be starting off with the trail to Ghorepani. After enjoying a majestic sunrise view from Poonhill, you will continue to trek to the Machhhapuchhre Base Camp enjoying the company of your experienced trek guide and his stories. Welcomed by wide varieties of flora and fauna (season dependent), you will reach the destination of the trip, Annapurna Base Camp and the return back afterward. A short visit to Hot spring located at Jhinu Danda will give you a perfect relaxation to forget the fatigues from the long daily walks. 

Best time to do this trip

Unlike most of the treks in Nepal, the best recommended time to do this trek is during Spring and Fall when the weather is clear to show you the smiling glimpse of the Himalayas. Although this trip is doable during Summer, it is recommended to get prepared for rain and set up your mind to walk in wet boots with the raincoat on. Be cautious in every step during monsoon as there can be the risk of landslides at some parts of the trail.

Fixed Departures

  • Trip start: 19th September, 2019
  • Trip end: 3rd October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400
  • Trip start: 3rd October, 2019
  • Trip end: 17th October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400
  • Trip start: 14th October, 2019
  • Trip end: 28th October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400
  • Trip start: 2nd November, 2019
  • Trip end: 16th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400
  • Trip start: 14th November, 2019
  • Trip end: 28th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400
  • Trip start: 21st November, 2019
  • Trip end: 5th December, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400
  • Trip start: 2nd December, 2019
  • Trip end: 16th December, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,400

What is included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 10 nights accommodation in standard tea house during the trek on a full board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Experienced English speaking trek guide and porter/s for the trek (1 porter assigned for 2 travelers).
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return airfares.
  • Guide's KTM - PKR - KTM airfares.
  • PKR – Nayapul & Kimche - PKR transfer in private vehicle.
  • International and domestic Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • ACAP and TIMS fee required for the trek.
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for the trek staffs.
  • Kit bags/duffle bags for the trek (size 55L).
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies.
  • All government taxes.
     

What is not included?

  • Single room supplement charges.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc. and cigarettes.
  • Any sort of guided/ unguided city tours and transfers for the same.
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museum
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment like the sleeping bag, trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses related to the phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude/ Tips, snacks expenses, extra meals, tea, and coffees etc.
  • Your travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • Any activities or services not mentioned in "Service included section"

Important Points to be noted:

  • The trip price will vary depending on the size of the group.
  • Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 125.00 net added above given price for the traveler willing to use a single room for 4 nights stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel.
  • Single rooms will not be available in the tea houses during the trek due to the limited number of lodges on the trail. In the case of availability, traveler need to pay supplement charges (if any) directly to the lodge owner
  • Domestic airfares are subject to change without prior notice.

*Open trek refers to the trek opened for all interested travelers from around the world to join.

15 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Annapurna Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Maximum altitude: 4130
  •    Group size: 1-15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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