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Annapurna Base Camp

Highlights

  • One of the World's most famous and beautiful treks
  • Relatively moderate Himalayan hiking
  • Incredible total elevation change (over 11,000 feet!)
  • Temples, monasteries, and villages
  • Views of the Himalayas' most dramatic peaks
  • Roaring rivers, waterfalls & broad 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, majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other trek in Nepal. The predominant caste of people 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 peak highlights of the Wildland Trekking ABC trek are amazing views of Mt. Machapuchare (22,943 ft.), Mt. Dhulagiri (26,794 ft.) and Mt. Annapurna South (26,545 ft.).
The trek to Annapurna is well trodden and winds through oak and rhododendron forests. We begin trekking in a sub-tropical valley and climb up to a glaciated alpine zone. The hike leads us to the famous view point of Poon Hill, where we will have a fantastic, 360-degree view of the Annapurna range for sunrise. We eventually make our way to Machapuchare Base Camp where we will stay before ascending to the alpine mountain sanctuary of Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft.). Come see why our Annapurna Base Camp Hike is one of the best treks in the world!
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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 we enjoy our first Nepali breakfast at the guest house in Thamel. We then 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. We will set a time to meet for dinner and preparation for the following day. Additionally, we meet our Nepali guides for a thorough introduction to our itinerary to Annapurna Basecamp.
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: 4.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 2750 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 5115 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
After breakfast, we drive for 1.5 hours in a private vehicle to the village of Nayapul, where we begin our trek. At the trail head, our guides will brief us on effective trekking techniques before heading off to the village of Birenthati. We cross a couple of bridges and continue walking until we reach the village of Tikhedhuga. Upon arrival in Tikhudhuga, we check into our guest house, freshen up and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 5115 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 9348 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we begin to slowly ascend to the village of Ghorepani. The word Ghorepani, translates into ‘Horse-water’ due to its importance as a campsite for past traders. There are many shops in Ghorepani and we have the opportunity to explore the village. There are also amazing views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna South, the Nilgiri mountains and Mt. Dhulagiri. We check into our guest house and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 8.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 8850 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 10500 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
This morning we wake up before the sun rises and hike up to the summit of Poon Hill (10,500 ft.) Dress warm as we will witness the sun rise on Annapurna South, Dhulagiri and the Mustang region of Nepal. After taking photographs and having some chia, we return back to Ghorepani. Upon arrival back in Ghorepani, we pack our gear and have breakfast. After breakfast, we begin our walk East and climb an adjacent ridge before descending through a rhododendron forest. We will pass by beautiful waterfalls before reaching the village of Tadapani. Upon arrival in Tadapani, we check into our guest house and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.
Day 7
  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7120 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 8850 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
Today after breakfast, we begin walking down a steep trail through a dense rhododendron forest. The trail opens up to perfectly manicured rice terraces. We then ascend steadily along a few waterfalls before reaching a suspension bridge. We ascend a few more miles on "Nepali flat" terrain (Ups and Downs) until we reach the village of Chhomrong. Upon arrival in Chhomrong, we check into our guest house and have free time until dinner is served. Note: The best Chocolate cake in ALL of Nepal is served in Chhomrong!
Day 8
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7000 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 7570 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
This morning after breakfast, we begin our trek to the village of Bamboo. The trail leading out of Chhomrong descends 2,500 stone steps before crossing the Chhomrong river. We then begin ascending up to the village of Sinuwa. We subsequently pass through a beautiful forest to the village of Kuldihar and then finally to the village of Bamboo. Upon arrival in Bamboo, we check into our guest house and have free time before dinner is served. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.
Day 9
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7570 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 10600 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
This morning after breakfast, we begin ascending slowly through a bamboo forest. Due to the nature of the 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 go, allowing magical views of the surrounding mountains. When we arrive in Deurali, we check into our guest house and have free time until dinner is served. We most likely will gather by the fire to read books or play cards. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.
Day 10
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 10600 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 13550 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
This morning we wake up earlier than usual, have breakfast and begin ascending slowly. We begin our walk over a glacial river bed and then the trail becomes steeper. We continue to walk for a couple of hours until we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). At MBC, we have excellent views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Annapurna 1. Upon arrival at MBC, we check into our guest house, eat lunch and get ready for our ascent to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We take only what we need and begin walking slowly up to ABC. Once we arrive, we will take photographs and hang out for 20-30 minutes before returning to MBC for dinner and a good night’s sleep. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 11
  • Hiking Mileage: 8.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 7570 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 13550 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
After breakfast this morning, we pack our bags and begin the descent back to the village of Bamboo. Todays trek is downhill and we shall be retracing our steps, so it should not be that difficult. The descent is where your trekking poles come in very handy. Upon arrival in Bamboo, we check into our guest house and have free time to rest until being served dinner. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 12
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 5770 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 7570 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
From Bamboo, we trek to the village of Kuldighar and descend to the Chhomrong river before climbing the many steps up to the village of Chhomrong. In Chhomrong, we will take a break for lunch. After lunch we take the less travelled path to the village of Jhinu, where we check into our guest house. We have the opportunity to relax and soak our soar muscles in the amazing hot spring, which is only a 20-minute walk from the guest house. We will arrange a time to meet back for dinner and the plan for the next day.
Day 13
  • Hiking Mileage: 11.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 2750 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 5770 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
This morning we pack our bags, have breakfast and depart Jhinu. Our trek today takes us through the amazing scenery and villages of the Nepali hillsides. We stop in a village to have lunch before continuing on our last leg of the ABC trek. We eventually come to the village of Nayapul, from where we began the trek. Upon arrival in Nayapul, we say goodbye to our porters and board our vehicle back to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we check into our hotels, take showers and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides provide the plan for the next day.
Day 14

Today we have a leisurely morning and take in the main attractions around Pokhara. Pokhara is known for being very laid back and is the second largest city in Nepal. There is so much to do!!! Depending on group interests, we will explore the Mountaineering museum, go boating on Pewa Lake, hike up to a Buddhist shrine or go to the Tibetan refugee community for a traditional ceremony. We have lunch in between activities and meet up for dinner. Our guides provide the plan for the next day.
Day 15

After breakfast, we start our 124-mile drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we check into our guest house and have free time to rest, explore Thamel and go shopping. We will meet at a designated time for dinner.
Day 16

Today we sleep-in and have a leisurely morning. After breakfast, we take a tour of Durbar square in Kathmandu. We spend a couple of hours in Durbar square before making our way back to Thamel. After lunch we board our private, mini bus and drive to Bhaktapur or the hill monastery of Namobuddha. Both of these areas are rich in Nepali and Tibetan culture. Back in Katmandu, we have free time for shopping until we meet for dinner. Tonight will be our last dinner and last night together in Nepal. We will make it a good one!
Day 17

Today is the final day of the Wildland Trekking, 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.



Add-on Rooms: If you'd like to extend your stay, we are happy to book extra room nights at some destinations (not available at all destinations) before and/or after your trip at our preferred hotel for an additional 30% service fee.

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 bureacratic 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
  • 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
  • Tea house lodging during the trek
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • Professional, certified Wildland Himalayan hiking guides
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the trip
  • 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)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • 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 guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD is recommended.)
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 (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), 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 4 weeks 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