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Annapurna Base Camp

Highlights

  •   One of the World's most famous treks
  •   Relatively moderate Himalayan hiking
  •   Incredible total elevation change
  •   Temples, monasteries, and villages
  •   Views of the Himalayas' dramatic peaks
  •   Giant rivers, waterfalls & valleys
  •   Fantastic, local cuisine

Description

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), also called the Annapurna Sanctuary, is one of the most beautiful treks in the world. The trek itself provides generally moderate hiking (for the Himalayas), stunning scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other trek in Nepal. The predominant caste in this area are the Gurung people. Additionally, the Magar and Chetrie people live in the same area and are historically famous for serving as soldiers in the British Army (Ghorkas). The cultural highlights of the ABC trek combined with the amazing views of Mount Machapuchare (22,943 ft.), Mount Dhulagiri (26,794 ft.) and Mount Annapurna South (26,545 ft.) create a full, unforgettable Himalayan trekking experience.

The trek to Annapurna follows a well-trodden path through small villages, terraced farmlands and spectacular forests on its way up to the glaciated alpine zones at the higher elevations. We eventually make our way to Machapuchare Base Camp where we will stay before ascending to the alpine mountain sanctuary of the Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft.) for sunrise. Come see why our Annapurna Base Camp Hike is one of the best treks in the world!

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13 days
49+mi / 79+km
$2400 Per Person
$250 Single Supplement

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Nepal hiking tour, we will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal and transport you to our guest house in Thamel (tourist section of Kathmandu). We will have some free time to rest, eat and have showers. This evening we meet for team introductions and general questions. We then go out to dinner at our favorite local Tibetan restaurant. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water in route, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self care begins immediately.

Day 2

This morning, after breakfast on your own, we visit the famous "Monkey Temple" of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath. Once we are ready to leave Swayambhunath, we travel to the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Boudhanath. After our temple tours, we travel back to Thamel for lunch. After lunch we have free time to wander the streets of Thamel, purchase last minute trekking supplies and rest at the guest house. Additionally, we meet our Nepali guides for a thorough introduction to our itinerary to Annapurna Basecamp. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 3

This morning we depart Kathmandu around 7 am. We board the tourist bus and set off for roughly 6 hours to Nepal’s second largest city, Pokhara! Enroute to Pokhara we will be immersed in the Nepali countryside being exposed to rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenery. When we arrive in Pokhara, we check into our guest house and have the afternoon free before meeting up for dinner.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 2750 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 6363 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

After breakfast, we will drive for 2 hours in a private vehicle to the village of Shyaule Bazar. This is where our trek officially begins. At the trailhead, our guides will conduct a final brief on effective trekking techniques before heading off towards the village of Ghandruk. Hiking on a stone paved trail we will reach the small village of Kimche. After a short break, we will finish our day’s trek at the village of Ghandruk. Upon arrival in Ghandruk, we can check into our guest house, freshen up and will have free time until dinner our is served. Your guides will provide the plan for the next day after dinner.

Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 6245 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 7120 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Today’s trek from Ghandruk leads higher past many farm terraces and into the cool shade of the local forests. We will head up to the Kimrong ridge, eventually descending into the Kimrong River Valley. After a brief rest, our afternoon climb will lead us on a nice winding trail to reach the top of a hill with spectacular views of the Annapurna regions alpine peaks. After an easier downhill walk, we will reach the village of Chhomrong; the last village and the gateway to Annapurna base camp and scenic sanctuary. Upon arrival in Chhomrong, we will check into our guest house and have free time until our dinner is served. This town is known for a special desert we will definitely try!

Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7000 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 7575 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

This morning after breakfast, we will begin our trek to the village of Bamboo. The trail leading out of Chhomrong descends down a section of stone steps before crossing the Chhomrong river. After taking in the views of this river we will begin ascending up to the village of Sinuwa. During this section we pass through a beautiful forest and the village of Kuldihar. Upon arrival in Bamboo, we will check into our guest house and have time to relax before our dinner is served. Your guides will deliver the plan for the next day after dinner.

Day 7
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7575 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 10,600 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

This morning after breakfast, we begin ascending slowly through a bamboo forest. Due to the nature of this forest, we are hidden from the sun, so make sure to have your puffy jacket accessible. Eventually, the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with amazing views of the glacial river below. The vegetation becomes sparser the higher we climb, allowing magical views of the surrounding mountains. When we arrive in Deurali, we will check into our guest house and have free time until our dinner is served. After dinner, we will gather by the warm fire to read books or play cards due to the colder weather at this higher elevation. Our guides will deliver our plan for the next day’s hike after dinner by the fire.

Day 8
  • Hiking Mileage: 3 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 10,600 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 12,140 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

Today is our shortest day of hiking of the trek which allows us some rest and extra time for our bodies to adjust to the higher elevations. We will begin our walk over a glacial river bed and then the trail becomes steeper. We continue to hike slowly, to allow our bodies to acclimatize effectively, for a couple of hours until we reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). MBC has outstanding views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Annapurna 1. Upon arrival at MBC, we check into our guest house and will eat lunch. After some time to relax and before dinner, we will go on a short acclimatization hike which allows our bodies to adjust better to higher sleep elevations of MBC. This afternoon hike, a warm nutritious dinner and a good night’s rest will prepare us properly for tomorrow’s up to the Annapurna Base Camp and our decent back down to the village of Bamboo!

Day 9
  • Hiking Mileage: 9.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7575 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 13,550 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 8-9 hours

This morning we will get an early start and head to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). This is often the highlight of the trip due to the sweeping high alpine views of the surrounding Himalayas and specifically the towering Annapurna during sunrise. After spending some time taking in the views, photographing the surrounding area and enjoying a hot drink we will start our decent away from ABC.

Our return journey takes us back down to MBC for lunch and in the afternoon back to the village of Bamboo. Upon arrival in Bamboo, we will check into our guest house and have time to rest and relax until being served our dinner. What a day it has been!

Day 10
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 5770 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 7575 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

From Bamboo, we will trek through the village of Kuldighar and descend to the Chhomrong river before climbing the stone steps up to the village of Chhomrong. In Chhomrong, we will have a break for lunch. After eating, we will take a quieter less travelled path to the village of Jhinu. Here we will check into our guest house for the night. Tonight, we have an extra special treat, a local hot spring is just a short walk from our guest house and is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Getting to soak and relax our muscles is a perfect way to end today’s hike. We will arrange a time to meet back at the guest house for our dinner and make plans for our final day of trekking.

Day 11
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 2750 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 5770 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

Our trek today takes us through amazing scenery as we pass through the many small Nepali villages clinging to the hillsides surrounded by farming terraces. We will stop in one of these villages to have lunch before continuing on our final stretch of our trek. We end this amazing 8 days of trekking in the village of Siwi. Upon arrival in Siwi, we will meet our awaiting private vehicle and be shuttled back to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we will say goodbye to our porters and then check into our hotel, take showers and have free time until dinner is served. You will have the afternoon free to wander around the pleasant lakeside markets, souvenir shops and parks. At dinner your guides will provide the plan for the following days trip back to Kathmandu.

Day 12

After breakfast in Pokhara, we will start on our 124-mile drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will check into our hotel and have lunch. The afternoon is free for you to rest or explore Thamel on your own. We will set a time to meet and have one final dinner together celebrating our achievements and new friendships. What a trip it has been!

Day 13

Today is the final day of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Our shuttle driver will come to your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure and deliver you to Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are remaining in Nepal, please let us know. We can arrange extra activities in Nepal. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking.




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • A professional, certified Wildland guide who is expert with local knowledge, culture and language, as well as first aid, risk management, wilderness skills and customer service.
  • Himalayan porters
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Hotel lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip, and teahouse lodging during the trek (Lodging Details)
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • TIMS Card and fees (please bring 2-4 passport photos and copy of passport)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the trip (excluding day 2 dinner)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Day 2 dinner
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in Nepal)
  • Gratuity for tipping your guide(s) and local crew. Tipping is optional but appreciated; the industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost split between all staff, based upon the quality of your experience. USD is recommended. (Please see packlist for details.)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Nepal hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Kathmandu as well as meals prepared on the trail by your guides and/or support staff, and meals in our nightly tea houses.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive in Kathmandu before 5PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 15 guests and 3 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation and repatriation insurance is required on all Nepal trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Nepali vendors. We also recommend medical insurance.

If you need to purchase field evacuation or repatriation insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Nepali requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions (of particular note for Nepal is to check field evacuation elevation limits).

Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


Weather in Nepal

Nepal is home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. Kathmandu is at an elevation of 4600 feet (1400 meters), but the high points on our Nepal Treks are very high (13,000 to 18,000 feet). Because of these wild elevation changes, the temperatures and weather can also vary wildly.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Himalayan region are:

Kathmandu Himalayas (11K ft)
Month Hi Low Precip Hi Low Precip
March 75° F 46° F 10 mm 49° F 27° F 31 mm
April 82° F 54° F 29 mm 55° F 31° F 36 mm
May 84° F 59° F 70 mm 57° F 38° F 55 mm
June 84° F 63° F 129 mm 59° F 42° F 171 mm
July 81° F 64° F 325 mm 60° F 45° F 283 mm
August 81° F 64° F 239 mm 60° F 45° F 261 mm
September 81° F 63° F 175 mm 58° F 42° F 161 mm
October 77° F 57° F 67 mm 54° F 34° F 63 mm

Accommodations

Apsara Boutique Hotel

Apsara Boutique Hotel

3-4 nights

Named after the Goddess of dancing and located in the tourist area of Kathmandu called Thamel, this hotel is a premier option in Kathmandu. Perfectly located to explore tourist areas around Kathmandu, this hotel also has amazing views and a wonderful rooftop meeting area.
(wifi)

Hotel City Inn Pokhara

Hotel City Inn

2 nights

This hotel in Pokhara offers extraordinary service, a phenomenal location for to begin the Annapurna Trek, plenty of space, and comfortable, modern amenities. Add great views from the rooms' picture windows, and the result is a lodge that does not disappoint!
(wifi, spa)

Nepali Teahouses

Nepali Tea Houses

10 nights

Tea houses are inns/guest houses with sleeping rooms and home cooked meals. They vary depending on their remoteness. Lower ones have more amenities, such as flush toilets, showers and nicer dining rooms. As we ascend, they get more rustic with simpler toilets and more basic amenities. Rooms are communal with 2 or 3 beds.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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