The trip to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most classic trekking tours in Nepal - with good reason. The trail takes you through some of Nepal's most varied trekking areas with lots of quaint villages, terraced fields and rugged alpine areas. From the beginning, the trek offers splendid views of some of Himalayas largest and most beautiful mountains, including Fishtail Mountain – Machhapuchare (6,990m / 22,933ft) and Annapurna I, (8,091m / 26,545ft).
The lush Valley of Modi Kola leads you through dense rhododendron- and bamboo forests up to the high alpine landscape at Machhapuchare Base Camp before reaching Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m / 13,550ft. Here we are completely surrounded by icy giants like Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m / 24,787ft), Annapurna Kang (7.485m / 24,557ft), Gangapurna (7,454m / 24,455ft), Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,684ft) and Hiunchuli (6,441m / 21,132ft).
The descent leads back through the Valley of Modi Kola, from where you will follow a different route taking you to the famous view point Poon Hill. In clear weather you have an incredible view of the Annapurna Mountains and of Dhaulagiri (8,167m / 26,795ft). You will begin and finish the trek in Pokhara.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the charming district of Thamel. You have the rest of the day to relax and stroll through the narrow streets of Thamel, where lots of equipment shops are located.
Today you will have the opportunity to see Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast you will be shown around the town where, among other things, you can see the famous Hindu temple Pasupatinath dedicated to the god Shiva and which is located on the banks of the holy river Bagmati. Built in pagoda style with beautiful carved silver doors, this is one of the most sacred temples in the Hindu culture. The Pasupatinath Temple is the destination of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world under Shivaratri (Hindu festival celebrating the god Shiva god). Only Hindus are allowed to enter the central courtyard of the temple. Tourists must therefore "settle" with seeing the temple from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River.
If you follow the banks of the river, you will find the Guheshwori Temple (also known as Akash Yogini), which lies on top of a hill and is surrounded by forest. The Guheshwori Temple, like Pasupatina, is also a fixed part of the pilgrim's route and inside the temple there's an altar dedicated to the god Parbati (Shiva's spouse).
The excursion also allows you to see the Nepali Hindu cremation rituals, which are practiced in public at the Bagmati River's shore.
Then you continue to the Buddhist temple of Bouddhanth, which is the largest Stupa (Buddhist ground hill) in South Asia and the center of Buddhism in Nepal. The old and huge Stupa was built in the 7th century by King Man Dab during the Lichhabi dynasty. The stupa rests on three large terraces and from above it takes the form of a lotus flower. The lotus flower has a particularly sacred significance in the Buddhist faith.
Lunch is served after the visit. Subsequently, the trip goes on to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. The city is known for its large squares, beautiful temples (Nyatpola and Dattatraya) and the beautiful "Palace of Fiftyfive Windows". The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You will be picked up from the hotel and drive to the airport from where you fly to Pokhara. The city lies at 915 meters altitude (3,000ft) at the foot of the Annapurna massif and Machhapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). On arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred straight to the village of Sarankot just outside Pokhara. It is from here your trek into the Himalayas will begin. The trekking on this day lasts about 5 hours and takes you through several small mountain villages. First you will walk up to the pass in Deurali, and then down through the forest and up again to Pothana at 1,990 m / 6,529ft). Here you will spend the night at a teahouse.
You will continue the trek north with a magnificent view to Fishtail Mountain – Macchapuchare. The nickname for the mountain comes from its characteristic looks. Shortly after you leave Pothana, you will pass a check-in post, where you need to get your trekking permits checked. After three hours of walking you will come to the village of Tolka at 1,790m / 5,872ft, and after another hour you will arrive in Landruk where you will have lunch.
You continue downwards through the terraced fields on the eastern side of the Modi Khola River and you will cross the river on a newly built suspension bridge at Himalpani. From here you will ascent smoothly for 1.5 hour before reaching Jhinu Danda at 1,700m / 5,577ft. This charming village is located on a hilltop, and after checking into your rooms at the teahouse, you can head down for a dip in the hot springs, right next to the river. It is a 20 min. walk downhill, which is definitely worth the effort.
From Jhinu Danda the trek goes steeply uphill to Chomrong. This village is inhabited by the Gurung people and is divided into a new part and an old part of the town. The new district is located on a crest of 2,170m / 7,120ft. The village has a breathtaking view to Fishtail Mountain 6,990m / 22,933ft and Annapurna South 7,219m / 23,684ft. The Old district is situated further down the mountain and marks the entrance to the lush Modi Khola Valley, which over the next few days will bring you up to the high alpine Himalaya. The trail leads down to a suspension bridge, on which you cross Chomrong Khola River. On this side of the river the trail runs through a forest landscape that changes as you get up the valley. First you will be surrounded by oaks, but soon you will see more and more of the large bamboo, hence the name of the village Bamboo (2,510m / 8,235ft), where you will spend the night.
After Bamboo the valley gets even narrower, and the forest changes into rhododendron trees. In spring, when the rhododendrons are blooming, it is an absolutely beautiful colorful experience to walk on these trails. With thick, deep green moss hanging down from the crooked branches on these old mighty trees, the forest has an almost enchanted atmosphere. This area is clearly characterized by the many rock falls, and after passing the teahouses in the village by the name Himalaya, you will enter the high alpine landscape.
About an hour of trekking in this rough, rugged scenery you will pass the Hinku cave, often used by the local porters as a shelter, on their way up and down the trails with all kinds of supplies. From here the valley opens up and the scenery turns more rugged. In this area there are many waterfalls tumbling down from the steep mountain walls, and in several places there are snow patches from old avalanches to be passed. You will also gradually start to notice the altitude affecting your breathing, which becomes a little heavier. You'll spend the night in Deurali (3,250m / 10,597ft).
As you get into this higher altitude, the treks shorten to keep you well acclimatized. Therefore you will have plenty of time to enjoy the splendid views today.
At the end of the valley, Gangapurna (7,454m / 24,455ft) towers towards the sky, and by the old ruins in Bagar, the gorgeous Fishtail Mountain rises high above your heads. You will stay at a teahouse in Macchapuchare Base Camp (3,700m / 12,140ft), and you will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the atmosphere while you take in the breathtaking views of the raw landscape.
There are only a couple of hours of trekking up through the beautiful moraine scenery to Annapurna Base Camp, but it is worth getting up early to see the sunrise and enjoy the cool and clear mountain air. The last ascent is a smooth trek and the views become better and better as you approach ABC. You will walk along the glacier, up through the Annapurna Sanctuary, a gigantic bowl surrounded by Himalaya's icy giants. You will spend 2 nights at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft).
You will have the whole day to experience this magical place. Find a spot to sit down on the grass or snow and take your time to just listen to the sounds of the mountains, such as rocks falling or the echo of avalanches rolling off the mountains in the distance and down onto the huge glacier below you. To the northwest, at the end of the glacier, the southern wall of Annapurna I rises about 4,000m / 13,000ft up from the icefall, to the majestic altitude of 8.091m / 26,545ft. It is difficult to grasp, how the British mountaineer Chris Bonington and his team back in 1960 found a route up through this vertical world of rock and ice.
Further south you will see Hiunchuli standing as tall as 6,441m / 21132ft, right next to Annapurna South, which reaches 7,219m / 23,684ft into the sky. To the west towers one secondary peak to Annapurna - the Bhara Chuli, (7.647m / 25,090ft). The northern view is dominated by Khangsar Kang (7.485m / 24,557ft) and to the east, in the direction you came from, you will have a splendid view of the beautiful Macchapuchare (Fishtail Mountain 6,990m / 22,933ft).
Depending on the weather, there are great opportunities to go up on the ridge behind Base Camp or hike up to the advanced Base Camp. You can of course also lie in the grass, relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery.
Get up early and bring your morning coffee with you out into the cold and fresh mountain air, and enjoy the magical atmosphere as the first rays of sun strike the Annapurna Massif. After breakfast it is time to begin your descent. In an hour you will pass Maccapuchare Base Camp, and you will follow the same route down through the alpine valley as when you came up. It is much easier walking down and you will notice the air getting thicker and it becoming easier to breathe. In the middle of the afternoon you will be back in the forest terrain and you will stay at a teahouse in Dovan (2,340m / 7,677ft).
You will continue down through the forest all morning long. In the horizon, you will see the characteristic terraced fields near Chomrong, as you approach the village. After crossing the river, you will have about an hour of stairs leading you up to the teahouse in Chomrong where you will stay for the night.
After a hearty breakfast you will leave Chomrong and trek in a southwestern direction. From here you are once again out on new trails taking you down to the village of Taglung. You'll continue through a beautiful, dense jungle-like forest, which will change into a terraced landscape. The trek will take you up and down and after crossing the Kimrong River in the afternoon, you will head up to Tadapani (2,590m / 8,497ft) for you overnight stay. You arrive there in the middle of the afternoon, so there is a good opportunity to experience life in the village.
You will begin the day by trekking along the ridge before descending into the valley of the Bhurungdi Khola River, which you have to cross to begin the ascent towards Ghorepani. You will have a lunch break when reaching the mountain pass at 3,100m / 10,170ft. From here there is another hour of easy trekking to Ghorepani (3,194m / 10,479ft). Ghorepani means "Horse Water", and the village is a traditional stop for the horse and mule caravans transporting goods and supplies north to Mustang. The caravans used to continue all the way into Tibet to trade salt, tea, butter and wool.
Ghorepani is uniquely situated, overlooking the world's 7th highest mountain Dhaulagiri and the world's 10th highest mountain Annapurna. From Ghorepani there is also a view into the world's deepest valley Kali Gandaki. From the bottom of the valley the altitude difference is no less than 6,000 m / 19,685ft to the top of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
You will get up while it is still dark, just in time to climb up the stairs to Poon hill before the sun casts its first rays on Dhaulagiri and the other Himalayan peaks. In clear weather it is possible to see three of the magical 8,000’s mountains: Annapurna 8,091m / 26,545ft, Dhaulagiri 8,167m / 26,795ft, and Manaslu, 8.153m / 26,749ft.
After enjoying the sunrise you will go back to the teahouse in Ghorepani for breakfast, before beginning the trek past Ulleri and down to Thikhedunga. The trek on this day is one long descent and a large part of the walk takes you through rhododendron- and magnolia forests. This is gorgeous in the spring, when everything is blooming in red and pink colors, and with magnolia flowers sprinkled like white pearls in the picturesque scenery.
During the trek you will meet countless mule caravans transporting goods north to Tibetan areas. After walking down no less than 3,300 stone steps, you will reach the charming village of Thikhedunga (1,520m / 4,987ft), surrounded by high Bamboos and beautiful waterfalls. This is where you spend your last night in the Himalayas.
After breakfast you will follow the river and walk through several lively villages, of which Birethanti is the largest. A couple of hours later you will reach Nayapul, where your transfer will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. After checking in at the hotel and enjoying a well-deserved bath, there will be time to explore Pokhara on your own.
You can visit the Mahendra cave, the bat cave and Seti River Gorge or the Bhidya Temple and the Tibetan refugee camp. There is also a great Museum in Pokhara that tells the stories of living in the Himalayas and the first climbing of Mt. Everest. You can also go on a boat ride on the Phewa Tal Lake and visit the Barahi Temple situated on a small island. If the weather is clear, there is a magnificent view to Fishtail Mountain and the Annapurna massif.
You will be picked up at the hotel and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Thamel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, go shopping
in the Thamel district, or go out and visit the royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. Breakfast is included.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for departure.
This is an individual holiday. This means that it is only you, who is on the trip, and you have your own guide and own porters. If, for example, you do not mind being put together with other travelers, then you can let us know and then we will put you together with others if they should have the same desire.
On this trip you have local guides and porters leading and supporting you. Your guides speak English, they are experts in the area, and have done the trip many times before.
Please note that transportation to and from Kathmandu is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
In Kathmandu, breakfast is included, but you need to buy the other meals yourself. Meals during the trek are not included in the price, but you can opt for "all meals during the trek" when booking the holiday.
If you select 'All meals on the trek'
(this can be selected when booking the trip or later from your "My holiday" page)
You will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea and coffee. In addition, you get hot drinks three times a day. It is expected that you eat at the teahouse, where you spend the night. Lunch is had on the way, when it fits. There is good food served at the teahouses and the menu cards are pretty much the same at all the teahouses. You can buy fresh bottled water at all the teahouses, as well as hot tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soft drinks.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will stay at centrally located tourist class hotels. Breakfast is included.
On the trek you will sleep in small local teahouses, or lodges, as they are called in Nepal. The lodges are small guesthouses run by local families. The quality varies, and our guides strive to be book the best lodges for you, but you must be prepared for the conditions to be relatively primitive. You will usually find blankets on the beds, but they are not warm enough at high altitude, so you must bring your own sleeping bag on the trek. At some places it is possible to get a hot shower, which typically means a bucket of hot water. Remember to ask, whether the water has been heated by solar energy, so that we can help protect the vulnerable forest growth.
A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call at 6 - 6.30am.
When you have gotten dressed and had your breakfast, you pack your luggage and start trekking at about 8.30 am. It is important that you walk at your own pace and take the breaks you need.
At approx. 11.30am - 12.00pm you will have a nice long lunch break for about an hour before you continue on the afternoon's hike.
You arrive at the accommodation in the afternoon and once you have gotten your room, there is plenty of time to relax, experience the village, or read a good book. Dinner is served between 6-7pm and you choose the meal from the menu yourself. Most people choose to go to bed early.
The local currency is called rupee (NPR). In Kathmandu, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw money, as well as exchange booths, where cash dollars and euros can be exchanged. It is also possible to exchange or withdraw rupee on credit cards in Namche Bazar, but we recommend that you withdraw / exchange an appropriate amount of money for the trekking trip before leaving Kathmandu. At most teahouses, only rupees are accepted.
There is a tradition of giving tips in Nepal. At restaurants, around 10% of the bill is rounded up. There is also a tradition of giving tips to guides and carriers. You should prepare about 90-100 US dollars for that purpose. The tour guide gathers the group's tips together in an envelope and distributes it between our Nepalese team.
It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.
Remember to bring along 3 passport photos for the visa (if it is possible for you to obtain it at arrival) and the trekking permit.
We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.
When you've booked your trip, you will receive all the practical information and a packing list for the trip.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clears up by sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold in high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.
In the mountains, the temperature varies greatly depending on the height and time of day. In the middle of the day, it can easily be warm in even at great altitude (4,500 - 5,000m/14.750 - 16.400 ft.) with up to 20°C/273K. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically, and it can be - 10°C/263K at night at the same height.