13 days
Duration
8
Physicality
Nepal
Location
18+
Age
April- November
Dates

Known as one of the most scenic and famous treks in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes adventurers through and around the vicinity of the Annapurna mountain range in central Nepal providing full panoramic views of the range, as well as numerous other visually and sensually satisfying locations.

As the ABC trek happens along the Annapurna circuit which has a total length of 160 to 230 km (100-145 mi), it can come in many different formats, depending on your ability, interests, budget and time frame. At Snowyoda, we offer a 13 day adventure, with an approximate total length of 44km, with the highest point of this trek being the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m (13545 ft) and through various terrains leading up to and arriving back from these heights.  

The best time to embark on Annapurna Base Camp trek can depend on your requirements. For those who choose better weather over less crowded routes, Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to go on this trek as the temperatures are a lot more comfortable than the Winter season (December to February). The Summer or Monsoon seasons are not recommended due to the high level of rain and difficulty in hiking, however they can be suitable for trekkers interested in botanics. The winter season is recommended for those people who want to avoid busy trekking routes and who don’t mind the colder temperatures of the winter.

 

 

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Day 1: Arrival

 Upon arriving in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, we will pick you up and escorted to your accommodation, providing answers to any questions or help you may need when adjusting to Nepal. You can enjoy the night staying in the comfort of your lodge or exploring the city, but the main tour of Kathmandu will happen on the next day.
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Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and Trek Preparation

Consider this as a cultural and physical acclimatization to the country when you can find out about the long and rich history of Nepal. While depending on your interests, this day can be customized to meet your interests, we highly recommend our package to take you to Kathmandu Valley’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, including a visit to Lord Shiva’s sacred Pashupatinath Temple (1500 AD), the Kathmandu Buddhist and Hindu vantage point of Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) (500 AD), Bhaktapur Durbar Square (1427 AD), as well as other potential destinations such as Boudhanath and Basantapur Durbar Square.

If you are interested in other activities such as shopping, visiting museums, and dining in small local restaurants or exquisite restaurants, we can customize your day trip to meet your requirements. Furthermore, if you need to buy any equipment for your trek, we can organize for this to happen on this day.

Finally, in the evening, we will have a briefing in the hotel about the contents of the trek and get you ready and hyped up about the start of your journey into the unknown the next day.

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Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Ulleri

 After getting a full-filling burst of nutritious food for your morning breakfast, we start the 174km (108mi) journey to Pokhara along the scenic Prithvi Highway with your private transportation. After a short visit to Pokhara to give you a short glimpse of this wonderful city and finalize any extras you may need for your trek, we will head to Nayapul where trekking starts on the same day as we start hiking towards Ulleri. The night will be spent at Ulleri (2000m) where stunning nightscapes and clear skies will captivate your full existence.
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Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani

 After an energizing breakfast, a day of dazzling commute will resume enroute to Ghorepani, with its altitude of roughly 2800 m (9400ft). In around 6 hours of hiking along this trail, mouth-watering views of some of the world’s largest peaks can be conquered such as that of Mount Annapurna South (7219 m; 23684ft), Himchuli (6441m; 21132ft)  and the highest point of the range, Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m; 26794ft). After this fulfilling day and gaining 750m in elevation, you will get to relax in your hotel at Ghorepani, waking up to a an early start the next day.
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Day 5: : Ghorepani to Tadapani: 4 hrs trek and 1hr drive

 A day of milestone conquers and rejuvenated energy. After an early pre-dawn start, the ascending path will continue through Rhododendron arboreum (national flower of Nepal) forests to the summit of Poon Hill (3193m; 10475ft) for a spectacular view of the sunrise and 180 degree views of the Annapurna mountain range. Once the energy from this world-renowned scene has been harnessed, we climb down to our lodge, eat breakfast and tighten our shoelaces in a descending hike enroute to the next destination of the trek; Tadapani (2170m; 7119ft).
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Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong

In a day of solid descend and ascend, we progress along the trail as we pass local villages, thick forests and a deep valley into the next hill of Chhomrong. Beautiful views of Machhapuchre can be witnessed on the first north-facing portion of this journey and upon closer contact with Chhomrong and crossing the valley, the deep valleys of this region, often ranging up to over 1000m create an enlightening perspective for inner and outer reflections.

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Day 7: Chhomrong to Doban to Deurali

Leaving Chhomrong in the morning and continuing on the trails, we move through thick forests, small villages and epic rocky cliffs at Bamboo, taking a break at Doban (2500m; 2802ft) for launch. After, we continue this day of ascend toward Deurali (3200m; 10499ft) through jungles waterfalls, Hinku lake and a temple visit. Upon arrival at Deurali and having gotten ever closer to the highest points of the trek, good rest can be had with the overnight stay at the lodge in anticipation for the double base camp reaches of the next day.

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Day 8: Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

The crescendo of your trek if you will; this section of the trek will take you to the highest points along this route as you pass through the rugged and adrenaline-ridden heights leading to Machhapuchre Base Camp and continue ascending on grasslands for two hours towards Annapurna Basecamp where the most intimate viewing of the mountains can be achieved. Here you will lodge overnight, reflect on your journey and enjoy the satisfaction of reaching the highest point of the trek before getting ready for the descent back.

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Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp to Chhomrong

Utilizing the same path taken up, the trekker is offered a reverse perspective while descending down back to Chhomrong, catching the beautiful scenery and reflecting on the enormous task achieved in the prior days. Overnight lodging will be provided here as the journey to lower altitudes continues the next day.

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Day 10: Chhomrong to Ghandruk to Landruk

In this section of the trek, the descent continues through a different route offering another spectacular view of the Nepali mountain-scape. Hiking down the trail towards Ghandruk, along small rivers, and views of Annapurna Mountains, lunch will be had at this beautiful village before continuing down towards Landruk were rest and lodging will be had at Landruk village (1565m; 5134ft) where a range of local hospitability choices can be presented.

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Day 11: Landruk to Pokhara

Climbing down into Nepal’s holiday paradise, we pass the largest village on the treck (Dhampus) before reaching roads where we align with our transportation to bring you back to Pokhara where you can enjoy the comforts of modern life in a vast range of restaurants and lakeside beauty galore. The stay in Pokhara will be in a comfortable Hotel where you will ponder on the night time reflections of city, building and moonlight on the lake.

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Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Depending on your interests, you are welcome to visit different elements of the paradise known as Pokhara, with its cosy lakeside restaurants, vast shopping and entertainment options such as rowing and boating on the lake and one-of-a-kind weather. At around 3PM, our private car journey toward Kathmandu will continue, reaching the capital in the evening and in time for a cultural dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant, before getting your most deserved rest at a hotel and heading to your next adventure.

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Day 13: Departure

Now that your journey has finished, you can enjoy your last day as required by the nature of your next adventure in or out of Nepal. If you are leaving the country, we will arrange your transportation to the airport, and if not, we can offer you other adventures through the country, the details of which you can find in the tours section of our site.

INCLUDED

Airport transfers from the airport to your hotels .
3 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu , 1 night accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Pokhara  on twin sharing basis ( Breakfast included )
8 nights accommodation in teahouses while on the trek on twin sharing basis
All necessary paperwork and permits required for the trek .
Return transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and to Nayapul in a private  vehicle.
Qualified , Experienced and Certified Guide  for the trek  . ( If there are 6 or more than 6 people in a group , 1 assistance guide will also be provided. )

Porters to carry the luggage ( 1 porter for 2 people , 10 kg weight per person . If there is a single traveler then a porter cum guide will be provided. )

First Aid Kit .

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.

All government and local taxes.

NOT INCLUDED

Nepalese visa

Insurance of the travelers.

Food , snack , beverages  , alcohol during the trek.

 Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight.

 Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) while on the trek.

Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.

Tips for guides and porters.

Snowyoda has done everything possible within the budget of the trip to ensure that our trips give you a rewarding and relatively safe experience. However you must acknowledge that adventure travel, treks, trek-climbs and expeditions all involve some degree of risk. The same elements that contribute to the adventure of trekking or climbing can also contribute to the loss or damage to gear, injury or illness to self, or in the extreme and unlikely case, can sometimes result in fatality.

When travelling within Nepal we believe there are risks that you should be aware of:

  • We travel in local hired transport and as Nepal is still a developing country, cars and buses may be old and the roads are rough. The risk of accidents is lowered however as vehicles generally travel at relatively slow speeds.
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are in small 16-19 seats twin-engine propeller aircraft piloted by local pilots. The planes are well-maintained but flying to the airstrip is visual. For this reason pilots will not take off unless there is good clear weather, which could result in delays but we believe safety is more important. We will be travelling to the Sargamatha National Park when the skies are clear and the weather is warm and dry. From January to March, the Nepalese winter can make the airstrip icy. From May to August the monsoon makes the skies very cloudy and the airstrip wet.
  • While trekking and climbing you should carry adequate water, sun protection and clothing appropriate to the conditions. We provide equipment lists and will answer any questions about gear that you may have prior to the trek and on the trail. We also inspect your equipment prior to leaving for the trek. Good quality equipments such as down jackets and alpine climbing equipments can be hired. You will be traversing rugged terrain: high mountain passes, snow and ice, wind exposed and rough trails, and crossing streams and rivers by rough bridges or slippery rocks. There is a low risk of falling, rock fall, landslides and collapsing bridges.
  • Those attempting to summit Island Peak or Mera Peak should be aware this is not a trek but a mountaineering trail. Previous experience with crampon use, ice axes, basic rope works is essential. Our Sherpa guides can make these equipments available to you for hire however it is important you attend specific mountaineering training courses in Australia prior to going .Like all forms of mountaineering there are risks of avalanche, rock fall, crevasses, serac and icefall collapses as well as hypothermia and extreme weather conditions. These risks are lower for Island Peak as majority of the time we will be climbing along the mountain ridge with a professional Sherpa guide.
  • Close contact with any wild and domestic animal including the yaks and horses that carry our bags on some treks should be minimised for your safety. Nepal has leopards and other animals however the risk of an incident is extremely low.
  • Water should be purified or treated before drinking. This includes ALL tap water in cities, towns and villages, and all stream water. Cleaning your hands before eating and after toilet functions is important in preventing gastroenteritis.
  • You will travel, trek and/or climb to extreme altitudes. Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness: AMS) is a common risk which can be harmful or even life threatening if ignored. It can affect anyone, even the young and physically fit. Altitude sickness occurs when your body gains altitude too quickly and does not have enough time to acclimatise/adjust to the lower amounts of oxygen and changes in air pressure. Most altitude sickness is mild and self-limiting and fortunately most people eventually acclimatize to high altitudes. Initial symptoms of mild altitude sickness include: headaches, lethargy, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Our guides will do their best to help everyone with acclimatisation by planning a slow ascent over a period of days and to ensure everyone drinks plenty of water. Medications such as Diamox tablets do help with symptoms but ultimately, altitude sickness is treated by a rapid descent to a lower altitude.
  • Western-standard hospital care is often not available although there are some professional clinics in Kathmandu . While trekking and travelling you may be several hours to several weeks from any medical facility. Helicopter rescue is available in Nepal and it is important that you are insured for this.
  • Our guides will use their expertise and do everything in their power to maximise safety for the group, however trek participants are responsible for their own safety and must show consideration for the safety of other members at all times.

This list only serves as a guide and more information on travelling to Nepal .

Fitness: If you like hiking, are in good shape and enjoy the flavour of adventure, then you’ll enjoy Snowyoda’s treks. We recommend training for all of our trips and the more you put in beforehand, the more you’ll gain and enjoy from the experience. Our experienced team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book.

A Typical Day Hiking: A typical day in the Himalayas starts early, so after a hearty breakfast, it would be normal to be on the trail by about 7:30am to take advantage of the early morning views and drier weather. At around 11am we would stop for lunch, and start walking again from 12pm until 3-3:30pm or until we reach the tea house. Generally you could expect to be hiking from five to eight hours per day, with plenty of time in the afternoon to rest and take in the surroundings. You will be accompanied by an Active Adventures Himalayas trip leader and a support crew so you can hike at your own pace. Trekking in Nepal is all about taking your time.

Snowyoda has done everything possible within the budget of the trip to ensure that our trips give you a rewarding and relatively safe experience. However you must acknowledge that adventure travel, treks, trek-climbs and expeditions all involve some degree of risk. The same elements that contribute to the adventure of trekking or climbing can also contribute to the loss or damage to gear, injury or illness to self, or in the extreme and unlikely case, can sometimes result in fatality.

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Tour Reviews

4.8 based on 5 reviews
December 20, 2016

It was an amazing trip to Annapurna Base Camp . We were highly treated and our guides had the perfect knowledge and expertise. Would highly recommend Mr Sumits advice on treks to Nepal . Going to do the Everest Base Camp this summer.

March 6, 2017

This company was great to deal with. Sumit was excellent via email. He put together a great itinerary considering all our highly ambitious goals. I can’t remember the name of one of our drivers (we had different ones thru out the tour). He didn’t speak good English so he missed one of our stops, a temple up on the mountains. We were a bit disappointed but the rest of the trip was great. Please note that if you are doing paragliding in Pakora, which btw is a must, first don’t have any breakfast or eat very little before you go, and secondly, that you must pay cash. We trekked one of the circuits where we had our tour guide Dipak and Asil, they were wonderful. Dipak treated us like family. We made a change to our itinerary at the end of our tour and Sumit made it happened without any troubles. Overall I will recommend this company.

March 6, 2017

Everything went really well…..Snowyoda Expeditions is an excellent guide and service in Annapurna base camp Trekking 16 day , one of the best I have had on all of my trekking trips so we were very happy with everything and for that thank you. I will certainly recommend you to friends and family will be back to Nepal again with our team in the next 2 years.

March 6, 2017

We decided to book a Tour and Trekking 17 days with Nepal Lion Treks company based on the other reviews here and we were not disappointed this company, the owner and our guide, was very quick and easy to communicate with over email when we were arranging the tour & trekking best price.

March 6, 2017

I have done four treks with this company in the past year and both were 100% amazing. I highly recommend this company to anyone interested in trekking and tours in Nepal.see you Next Year 2017!

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