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Duration : 12 days
Availability : March - May & Sept - Dec
Max Altitude : 4130m
Min Age : 3+
Trip Style : Hiking, Mountain, Cultural, Jungle walk
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Trip Highlights

Reach Annapurna Base Camp base camp to the 10th Tallest mountain in the world
Reach Macchapuchhre Base Camp base camp to Fishtail Mountain
Explore and experience ethnic Gurung culture and Hospitality
Visit Buddhist Monasteries and Chortens and Natural Caves
Mesmerizing sunrise views from the village of Bamboo
Relax at the natural Hotspring in Jhinu Danda

Overview

Gear up, dream big, and get ready to embark on a journey that will take your breath away. 


Annapurna Base Camp Trek lies at an altitude of 4130m and is one of the best locations from where the massive peaks of the Annapurna mountain range can be seen up close. The Annapurna base camp serves as a training trek for beginners who want to try the more strenuous treks in Nepal. It is the most preferred trek after the Everest base camp by tourists looking to explore the Himalayas.  The Annapurna I peak which the base camp belongs is one of the first mountains summited in Nepal. Nowadays though the mountain is becoming more technical due to glacial drift. The trek takes you right to the heart of the Annapurna region. With multiple wonderful trails leading to the location with its own beauty to be explored along with its own climbing difficulty, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is suitable for all trekkers.  Along with a wonderful view of the western Himalayas, the trek also takes you through wonderful villages located in the region, showcasing the unique hospitality and culture of the Gurung people. All accommodation along the trail is at teahouses and guesthouses.  Ghandruk is a famous tourist stop along the road that serves as a starting point for numerous trek circuits in the Annapurna region. The hamlet promotes rural tourism by utilizing local resources and its distinct culture, rural lifestyle, and good local food. Walking from Ghandruk to Chhomrong village through dense Rhododendron forests will be an experience to remember. Deurali is our gateway to the Annapurna base camp. Moving from Deurali, we follow a steady climb to Macchapucchhre base camp. Amazing views of the Himchuli, Annapurna, and Nilgiri can be seen from here. Spending some time at Macchapuchhre, we walk the same day to the Annapurna Base camp, the main goal of our expedition. The amazing views seen from here are sure to be etched into your memory forever. And the best part is that we get to spend an entire night here. 

Taking you through the amazing Annapurna region and visiting two base camps in the region along with amazing views of the Himalayas, walking through luscious green forests and numerous waterfalls are the main highlights of this trip, and it sure is worth it.

Best Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

The best seasons for going on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are Spring, which occurs in March-April, and Autumn from October-November. 

Because spring is the pre-monsoon and summer season, you will get days that are warmer but not too warm. Additionally, it is a flower-sprouting season, so the paths will be vibrant and bright filled with flowers and vegetation. Deep green hues cover the woodland, while rhododendrons are in full bloom everywhere. As a result, while on the ABC trip, you will see a combination of green, red, and pink. 

After the monsoon, autumn in Nepal occurs in September, October, and November. The weather continues to be moderate—hot during the day and cool at night and in the morning. The Annapurna range may be seen in breathtaking detail thanks to the day's beautiful sky. Around this season, the typical daily temperature varies from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius. In the autumn, the paths are crowded with hikers, so you will regularly see two or three hikers in a space of an hour.

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek for me? 

Everest Base Camp Trek is classified as a MODERATE trek. You will need to be in good health and be relatively fit in order to complete this trek. Determination and perseverance are also required in the trek in order for the trek to be completed easily. Rookie climbers would need to make proper preparations for the trip. Experienced trekkers, especially those with high-altitude trekking experience, shouldn't have any problems on the hike. ABC is considered as a precourse trek for the Everest Base Camp.

Why Accessible Adventure? 

Accessible Adventures is a reliable tour company that has operated treks and tours in the Everest region for over a decade. We are simple to deal with, flexible, and will meet all of your requirements. Furthermore, Accessible Adventures owns a hotel in Kathmandu where we can tailor rooms to your specific need.

Our guides have gone through a variety of training programs in which they practice and prepare for the trip during the tourist off-season, taking note of the terrain and routes in the area. This is to ensure that our visitors have the greatest possible experience throughout the peak season.

Other advantages of scheduling your vacation with Accessible Adventure include:

  • Guaranteed lowest trip price
  • Excellent high-altitude emergency training for guides
  • Ethical tourism methods in which bookings benefit locals

With over 30 years of personal travel experience, including peak-climbing and visiting Nepal's most popular tourist spots, we are aware of the difficulties that may arise for both you, the traveler, and the guides and porters that we employ, throughout your journey. Because of our personal experiences in a variety of locations, including EBC, ABC, and others, we have been able to customize trips and make the adventure seem more comfortable and private. We offer the greatest professional services while treating each client like family.

Itinerary

The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. As you exit the airport, an Accessible Adventure employee will be waiting for you, carrying a board with your name on it. After that, you will be taken to your hotel in Kathmandu. They will also contact you shortly to advise you of the next plans.

Accommodation
Kathmandu Suite Hotel

Prepare to depart Kathmandu early in the morning after grabbing breakfast. We depart from Kathmandu via Tourist coach bus to the Lake . The drive to Pokhara takes approximately 8 hours.  You will stop for lunch at the town of Malekhu famous for its river fish. Alternatively you can take a picturesque flight from Kathmandu's domestic airport to Pokhara. Driving today is exciting and enjoyable as it twists down the mountainside over terraced farms. Today's drive offers several opportunities to see planted terraced fields, rivers, streams, lush valleys, rugged canyons, farmlands, and typical Nepalese rural life. After around 8 hours of driving, we arrive in Pokhara. On the way we may see adventurers rafting in the Trishuli river.  When you arrive in Pokhara you will be escorted to your hotel via private vehicle. Tonight our representative will brief you about the trip. You can explore Pokhara lakeside and enjoy its amazing and diverse food places along with the various dances and musicals that take place. 

Accommodation
Overnight at Guesthouse
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
Time
Duration: 6 hours

A one and half hour trek will take you to Nayapul where our trek officially starts. We walk beside the Modi khola. Walking through woodlands and many small ridges, we get to view the locals at their activity gathering wood and farming their fields. We see numerous amazing waterfalls that add to the scenic beauty of the Annapurna Region. We grab lunch on the way to Ghandruk Village.We then begin  climbing stone stairs all the way we reach Ghandruk, a historic Gurung hamlet with houses built in a traditional fashion and the home of valiant Gurkha troops. From Ghandruk we see amazing views of Fishtail, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Lamjung and Annapurna South. You can now move ahead to explore the village of Ghandruk and interact with the locals. There are numerous fascinating locations to visit, such as the Gurung Museum where you will get to see tools and materials used by the Gurung. A Buddhist Monastery is also nearby. Certain nights, the women of the village can be seen performing their traditional dance as well. 

Spend the night at Ghandruk.

Accommodation
Overnight at Guesthouse
Distance
10km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
Time
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Descent
3km
Ascent
5km

Waking up early and grabbing our breakfast, we walk through the village of Ghandruk for much of the early section of the trek where we reach a bridge. From the bridge, we ascend thin trails walking through farming fields and forests of Rhododendron to Chitre where we can refresh ourselves. Along the way, we see many domestic animals, buffalos, cows, and mules. We might even glimpse wild animals like monkeys, black bears, and various species of birds. Two types of monkeys the Langur with their long tail and the common monkey can be seen on the trip. We will reach Chhomrong around lunchtime and explore the village till night time. Chhomrong is a moderately large village built in Gurung style where you will experience the hospitality of the Gurung people. Annapurna South and Himchuli can be seen to be incredibly close to the village of Chhomrong. 

Accommodation
Overnight at Guesthouse
Distance
7km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
Time
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Descent
500m
Ascent
5km

We leave Chhomrong early in the morning after grabbing breakfast and descend more than 2200 stone steps. Crossing the suspension bridge we start our ascent that lasts for around 2 hours when we reach Sinuwa. After Sinuwa you need to get ready to spend the life of a vegetarian for several days as animal slaughter is forbidden in the region due to religious values. Walking beside ridges and small trails, we see the river below from the ridge. We reach Doman where we grab lunch for the day. From Doman we move towards Bamboo. We see a lot of bamboo on the route from where the location derives its name. Here, there is a high chance of seeing bears and if we are extremely lucky we might be blessed by getting to view the Red Panda. Numerous waterfalls can be seen on the route as well. 

Walking along this route, we reach Bamboo. During spring season in Bamboo, we can get to eat vegetables and picked bamboo. We stay at Bamboo for the night.

After grabbing our breakfast, we start ascending through forests where we may get to see black bears and monkeys and the elusive Thar.  We traverse a bamboo forest where we see monkeys jumping and playing around the area. Along the way, we see some shrines and temples. There is a large waterfall a small distance away which will be mesmerizing.  After ascending, we reach a small temple from where we continue walking all the way to Himalaya Hotel where we grab lunch after a short break. After freshning up and having our fill, we ascend again to Deurali. En route to the top, we can visit a cave known as Hinku Cave. Between the cave and our destination at Deurali, is an avalanche-prone hill. 

Crossing the area, we reach Deurali where we stay overnight. 

Getting up early, after filling our bellies, we move towards our destination, ABC which we reach via Macchapuchre base camp. After some time walking through forests and woodlands we begin walking through the ridges of the Himchuli. At the bottom route snaking the base of the Fishtail mountain, we can see a stone in the likeness of the Buddha. After a few minutes walk from here, vegetation starts becoming scarce. This area is slightly risky in terms of its geography. We get excellent views of the surrounding mountains during the trek. We also cross a fast flowing glacial river which normally freezes during the winter.  After some time reach Macchapuchre base camp. We spend some time and grab lunch in the Macchapucchre.  Moving from the Macchapuchre base camp we cross a river and walk through forests. Before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp we see a large banner welcoming us to the ABC. There is a lodge at the Annapurna Base camp where we drop off our belongings and explore the surrounding areas in base camp. Small avalanches are often seen from the base camp near the surrounding mountains making for an exciting phenomenon. We stay overnight at the hotel. 

We wake up very early before sunrise, and walk 5 minutes to a small sunrise viewpoint where we get to experience a wondeful sunrise in the western Himalaya. Nearby the viewpoint we see many chortens and memorials made to commemorate those who lost their lives trying to climb the mountain. We also see a 360 degree panoramic view of the many mountains from a viewpoint. We grab breakfast at a nearby lodge and start our descent to Dovan, where in front of us will lie the Majestic Fishtail mountain. We cross Deurali and  start to see vegetation again, reach Himalaya hotel again where we grab food and rest for some time before we start moving to Dovan and, crossing the village, reach our destination of Bamboo. 

We wake up early in Bamboo, grab breakfast and go through a slight ascent for an hour, walking through woodlands to reach Sinowa. We descend from the village of Sinowa to then climb the 2200 stone steps we had dropped earlier on our way to ABC.  Rhododendron and what in Nepali is known as the “itchy” tree. We can grab lunch either at Sinowa or Jhino danda. After lunch, we go to a natural hot spring where we rest our weary bodies. Besides the hot spring, a cold water river runs from the glacial regions. After our bath, we return back to our lodge for the night. Here we can enjoy ourselves and party after completing the trip. 

From Dovan we grab breakfast and descend to Nayapul, crossing through one of the longest and highest bridges in the Annapurna region. We see locals work in their farmlands and grab lunch at Kyumi or New Bridge where we can eat freshly caught fish. We check out from Birethati to reach Nayapul. Our vehicle will be waiting for us at Nayapul from where we drive back to Pokhara. 

From Pokhara we start moving to Kathmandu after breakfast via tourist bus, On the way we make a stop for lunch and rest while enjoying the beautiful hilly terrain that we move through. We arrive in Kathmandu after an approximate 8 hour drive where you will be dropped in a hotel. 

After successfully completing the Annapurna Base Camp hike, it's time to bid Nepal farewell. Three hours before to your scheduled international flight to your next destination, you will be taken to the international airport. You can prolong your stay in Nepal if you'd want to visit all of the fascinating places the country has to offer. We really hope you will appreciate the time we had together and recommend us to your friends and family for their trip to Nepal to go trekking. This is not "Goodbye," but rather "Feri Bhetumla," which means "Til we meet again" in Nepali.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Two nights' accommodation in a deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night twin sharing Two nights' accommodation in Hotel Mountview   or a similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available standard teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable, and friendly English-speaking trekking leader along with an assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transfers in a deluxe tourist coach
  • T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  •  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)
  • Nepal Entry Visa  can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee 15–30 USD 30 Days – 50 USD; 90 Days: 125 USD visa. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.
  • All kinds of cold tea and coffee drinks, including water, coke, Fanta, juice, etc. 
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section

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Natural Experience

The walk is also great for nature encounters. On the third day of our walk, we leave our stuff at the guesthouse in Ghorepani before dawn to watch the stunning sunrise at Poon Hill. For a sunrise view and a mountain perspective, Poon Hill is one of the top locations on this hike. Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Range, and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) may all be seen from atop Poon Hill, as can the Butterfly Peaks in the far west. (SHOULD YOU SAY SOMETHING IN THIS PART ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU REACH ABC?)Finding oneself at the base of the colossal Annapurna I (8091m) with a 360-degree mountain view that is beyond your imagination is an incredible lifetime mountain holiday experience in Nepal.

Hot springs

There is a natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda where you may purify yourself spiritually and bathe in the lap of the mountains. The waters, according to locals, have a medicinal effect that relieves aches and pains.

People and Culture

The people we will meet on the Annapurna Base Camp Route are a mix of ethnic groupings, including Brahmans and Chhetris in lower elevations and Mongoloid Himalayans in the Himalayas. The area is mainly populated by Gurung and Magar people and is well-known for its Gurkha regiment. If you want to discover more cultural and traditional heritages in the Himalayas, Wilderness Excursion recommends trekking in the Langtang, Manaslu, and Everest regions. There is little question that Annapurna is the finest for beauty, as over 55000 tourists walk there each year.

Getting there and away

Except for the Annapurna Circuit, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins and ends in Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city and a naturally blessed area to unwind after a long journey in Annapurna. It is 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. All domestic carriers operate many daily flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara for USD 122.00 per person. Travel time by tourist bus is around 7-8 hours. Local buses and microbuses leave Kathmandu every hour till 3 p.m. Every morning, Green Line Buses (USD 25.00 per person) and additional tourist buses operate. Wilderness Excursion will organize and handle everything on your behalf.

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