12 days Annapurna base camp trek | ABC Trek package - Sherpa Wonders

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

12 days

from US$999

ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC HIKES IN THE WORLD

Crowned as one of the best hikes in the world, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is high on every trekkers’ bucket list. Embark on this unforgettable 12-day trek and discover breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring wonders of the Annapurna region. From this trek, we’ll steal glimpses of Machapuchare (Fishtail, a.k.a the ‘Matterhorn of Asia’), which is dotted by glaciers and limned in a sheer cliff face. At the Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll witness the rugged but magnificent, shimmering south face of Annapurna I – the world’s 10th-tallest peak!

Trek Facts

Difficulty level

Medium

Max. Elevation

4,130m/13,549ft

Trip Length

12 days

Comfort

Tea house

Location

Annapurna Region

Itinerary

  • 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • 2 Drive to Pokhara
  • 3 Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ghandruk
  • 4 Trek to Chhomrong
  • 5 Trek to Dovan
  • 6 Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • 7 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
  • 8 Trek to Bamboo Village
  • 9 Trek to Jhinu Danda
  • 10Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara
  • 11Back to Kathmandu
  • 12Departure day

DAY 1 – KATHMANDU ARRIVAL DAY

Elevation: 1,350 m/4,428 ft
Accommodation: Local hotel


Welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure!
We will be on hand to greet you upon your arrival and be with you every step of the way till the adventure ends. After transferring you to your hotel in Kathmandu, depending on your arrival time,  you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. We’ll have a final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.

DAY 2 - KATHMANDU TO POKHARA

Elevation: 1,000 m/3,280 ft
Driving Distance: 6 to 8 hours
Accommodation: Local hotel


Rise and shine in buzzing Kathmandu! After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll embark on the first leg of our adventure – a 6 to 8 hours bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You’ll spend a night at Pokhara; a scenic town at the base of the Annapurna Range before we start our trek the following morning.

DAY 3 - POKHARA TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO GHANDRUK

Elevation: 1,940 m/6,402 ft
Walking Distance: Drive  to Nayapul 1.5 hour & Trek to Ghandruk 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea house


After an early breakfast in Pokhara, we’ll take a short 30 minutes drive to Nayapul and kick-start our first day trek through small villages of Chomrong, Syauli Bazar and Chane, which gives you an opportunity to look at the panorama views of the Annapurna ranges. We’ll reach Ghandruk at the end of today’s trek, and if the weather permits, we get to see the spectacular view of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 4 - GHANDRUK TO CHHOMRONG

Elevation: 2,170 m/7,161 ft
Walking Distance: 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea house


Today, we hike through Ghandruk before a steep descent to Kimron River, and up to the lofty Gurung village of Chhomrong – a great place situated at the lap of mighty Annapurna massif where we’ll spend a night. On our way we we’ll see the great view of Annapurna South and  Fishtail mountain. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 5 - CHHOMRONG TO DOVAN

Elevation: 2,600 m/8,580 ft
Walking Distance:  11.2 km (5 to 7 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


The trail from Chomrong descends first on stone staircases to cross Chomrong Khola and follow by a steep uphill climb all the way to Sinuwa. It can be a very hot day as we will be trekking mostly under the sun and on steep stairways. After Sinuwa the trails enters into the forests and it goes up and down all the way to Dovan. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 6 - DOVAN TO MACHHAPUCHHRE BASE CAMP

Elevation: 3,700 m/12,140 ft
Walking Distance: 13 km (6 to 7 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


Today’s trail will first pass through the damp and cold bamboo forest before we ascend steadily with a few steep sections. The forest opens up with astounding views of the glacial river after passing through Himalaya Hotel and we’ll continue with a steep climb up before reaching Hinku Cave and the most scenic route of today’s trek – Deurali. We will stop for a short lunch break at Deurali to re-fuel our energy as the hike to Machhapuchhre Base Camp can be considered strenuous. But it will be all worth it as we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna from Machhapuchhre base camp which is certainly a rewarding experience. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 7 - MACHHAPUCHHRE BASE CAMP TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

Elevation: 4,130 m/13,629 ft
Walking Distance:  2.9 km (2 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


The trail to Annapurna Base Camp widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational 360-degree panorama views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us without any obstruction. We again get to savor awestruck views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I and other peaks from the base camp. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 8 - ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO VILLAGE

Elevation: 2,300 m/7,456 ft
Walking Distance:  13.5 km (5 to 6 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


One last mesmerizing sunrise view of Annapurna range and we’ll make our way down the mountain. Our trek today ends in the village of Bamboo, named for the dense forest of tall bamboo that surrounds it. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 9 – BAMBOO VILLAGE TO JHINU DANDA

Elevation: 1,740 m/5,709 ft
Walking Distance: 11km (5 to 6 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


Today’s trail starts with an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola before the infamous stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to where we will be resting for the night at Jhinu Danda. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15 – 20 minutes away from where we stay to soothe our aching body. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 10 – TREK TO NAYAPUL & DRIVE TO POKHARA

Elevation: 1,000 m/3,280 ft
Accommodation: Local hotel


Today’s trail is a fairly easy one from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul. On the way, we get to enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of Western Nepal before we board our transport back to Pokhara where we’ll be staying for a night. Driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara can be another option for your tired legs. Overnight in Pokhara and depending on the time you arrived, you may have time to do more sightseeing, relax, or check out one of the Pokhara’s coffee shops. 

DAY 11 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

Elevation: 1,350 m/4,428 ft
Driving Distance: 6 to 8 hours
Accommodation: Local hotel


We will take an early morning bus back to Kathmandu. You’ll be transferred to your hotel upon reaching and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure to catch up on your much-needed rest. Otherwise, you have the entire capital at your fingertips for sightseeing before you depart tomorrow. Your conquest of the Himalayas is complete! We’ll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town’s finest Nepalese restaurants.

DAY 12 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast and take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu before we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell. We’ll make sure you arrive at the Airport with plenty time before your flight home and have everything you need to leave well!

NOTE: The above route and walking hours serve as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to weather, trail conditions or other reason.


If  you have extra days after the trek and would like to extend your trip?

 

Let us know and we will be able to help you to arrange day tours around the city or even a 3-day trip to Chitwan for safari tour.

What's Covered

Accomodation
Meals
Local Experts
Gears
Permits
Experience
What’s Included
The following is included in your package:
  • Arrival / Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin-sharing basis
  • Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Accommodation at local Tea house while on this trek.
  • Farewell dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable .
  • Tourist bus transportation to and from Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • Loaning of Gears such as sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket & duffel bag for use during the trip.
  • Complimentary Sherpa Wonders specially-designed T-shirt.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader/Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Comprehensive medical kit box
  • Other support staff such as Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Government taxes and application of trekking permits such as TIMS
  • National park fees

What’s Not Included
You’ll need to pay for these separately:
  • International Airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees (Can be obtained on arrival)
  • Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • Meals not specified in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Tips for the crew and any other personal expenses (ie: hot shower, laundry, SIM card, charging devices at tea houses along the trail) 
  • Additional one day tours in or near Kathmandu

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