15-Day Adventurous Trek To The Annapurna Base Camp From Pokhara
Trek an exciting and blissful trail in western Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and witness stunning scenic mountain views and colourful forests with blooming rhododendrons and other exotic flora. The region is rich in wildlife, and the culture is vivid and wonderful. Join the tour to venture into the jungle, relax under the stars and enjoy a soothing view from the top of the mountain.
- Reach the world's tenth-highest peak's base camp within the sanctuary & massive mountains
- Marvel at Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri from the Poon Hill picturesque viewpoint
- Pass through beautiful rolling green hills and mountains
- Explore the traditional villages of Gurung, Magar, and Poon
- Admire the stunning sunrise views over Mt. Annapurna-Dhaulagiri and Manaslu
- Sightsee ancient Durbar Square with Monkey Temple
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Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,300m/4,264 ft.) expand_more
- Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and connect with your tour representative.
- Escort to the hotel for your stay in a private vehicle to take proper rest.
- In the afternoon, get briefed by the representative about the tour. You may also use your free time in the afternoon to explore the surrounding area.
- In the evening, have an authentic dinner.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft) expand_more
Prepare for guided sightseeing of the ancient heritages in Kathmandu.
Explore the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages and ancient monuments with your tour guide.
Explore the significant heritage from the ancient royal complex of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Historical royal places, temples, and courtyards to the Buddhist sacred pilgrimage of Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple.
Visit the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest and oldest stupas globally that has the unique octagonal design of the shrine, and the Hindu sacred site of Pashupatinath Temple is located on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.
Then, interact with the Nepali trekking guide to get all the material information and instructions about the trek.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hours expand_more
For your trekking adventure, you shall today leave for scenic Pokhara after breakfast.
Drive along the winding roads along the mountainside with fast-flowing rivers below to the other end. Have a pleasant, adventurous and entertaining journey to Pokhara.
Drive up to the confluence of Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers at Mugling, and follow the road leading to Pokhara to the west. This drive of around 7 hours shall take us past the beautiful view of terraced fields, lush green hills, forests, rural settlements, rocky gorges, cool waterfalls and the sight of the lofty Himalayas greeting us from afar.
After being welcomed by the representatives, rest at the hotel in Pokhara.
Later in the day, stroll around the streets of Pokhara and explore the quaint Phewa Lakeside and/ or have boating there, or visit the market area here.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Pokhara to Nayapul to Tirkhedhunga (1570m/5150ft) about 2 hrs drives and 3-4 hrs walk expand_more
The actual trekking shall begin today as you drive to the trailhead of your adventure trek, the settlement of Nayapul.
After driving around 2 hours through some famous settlements such as Lumle, reach Nayapul and have further preparations with the other trekking members.
Beginning your walk towards Birethanti, navigate past the small shops and houses of locals, across some bridges and on the stone stairs accompanied by the Modi River to reach the settlement of Birethanti. Here, you shall have your trekking permits checked and then move ahead along the Bhurungdi River trail.
The trek to Tirkhedhunga from here shall take us through the dense forest adorned with rhododendron, bamboo and moss, beautiful waterfalls and serene landscape, several warm, welcoming rural settlements and pleasant views of the Himalayas overlooking the entire trail. Tirkhedhunga is a Gurung settlement with a scenic landscape.
Overnight in Tirkhedhunga.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga - Ulleri - Ghorepani (2780m/9121ft) 5-6 hrs walk expand_more
As usual, start your trek after breakfast as you trek out of the beautiful settlement of Tikhedhunga.
As you emerge from the valley and trek along the steep trail for a couple of hours, take notice of the increasingly beautiful scenery.
Walk along around 3200 stone steps in this steep trail which shall be a bit strenuous experience before reaching Ulleri, a village dominated by the Magar community. The beautiful view of the Annapurna range and scenic landscape shall make this ascent easier.
Relaxing for some time, march ahead on a relatively relaxed trail with gradual elevation. Through the pine and rhododendron forest, crossing over streams several times over suspension bridges and through some beautiful settlements of Banthati and Nayanthati.
Gradually, trek to the destination for today, the settlement of Ghorepani. A traditional rest stop where traders found water (pani in the Nepali language) for their horses (ghora in Nepali), Ghorepani sits beautifully within the Annapurna Conservation Area and provides the view of Annapurna massifs and Dhaulagiri.
Stay overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 6: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660m/8727ft) 4-5 hrs walk expand_more
When you are at Ghorepani, it is an absolute must for you to reach the celebrated viewpoint of Poonhill and watch the marvellous sunrise over the Himalayas.
Whether lit by moonlight or pitch-black, begin your trek before dawn equipped with torch lights and cameras and walk for around 45 minutes to reach Poonhill. Named after the local indigenous ethnic group of Pun, Poonhill provides a magnificent view of the sunrise over the stunning Himalayas, including Annapurna massifs, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail Mountain, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and many other peaks. The sight when the orb of the sun slowly lightens the silhouette of peaks, crests, valleys and hills and then glows over the extensive range of mountains is truly outstanding.
After capturing beautiful moments, descent and head towards lush Tadapani village, traversing through the forest that is home to above 15 varieties of rhododendron besides the pine and bamboo trees, you shall also witness the langur monkeys swinging from one tree to the other.
Climbing on a steep trail to the hilltop called Deurali, trek down through bamboo and rhododendron forest and reach Tadapani after a climb for the final half an hour.
Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 7: Tadapani to Chomrong (2060m/6759ft) 4-5 hrs walk expand_more
This section of the trail has ups and downs for the trekkers as they embark on another beautiful section of this trekking expedition.
Heading to the north of the valley, navigate through the forest with rhododendron and other flora and faunas, and walk along the green ridge to reach the small village of Chule.
After having a beautiful view of the Kimrong River from here, descend steeply to the Komrong village and further on to the riverbed of the Kimrong River through terraced fields and a green landscape surrounded by cascading hills.
After this steep descent to the river, have a steep ascend out of the valley on a steep path to the Taulung village, where the trail meets another trail from Jhinu Danda before turning towards Chomrong village.
As you progress ahead, reach the Gurung settlement of Chomrong. With some teahouses, Chomrong provides a beautiful view of the Annapurna South towering above the village and the Fishtail Mountain across the valley.
Overnight in Chomrong.
Day 8: Chomrong to Dovan (2606m/8550ft) 5-6 hrs walk expand_more
As the altitude increases, the trek becomes problematic in the same proportion.
From the end of this beautiful village of Chomrong, start your trek with a long descent via 2500 stone steps to the riverbed of Chomrong River and across the river, climb to Sinuwa village via a few smaller settlements after exploring the forest of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo.
Ahead is the trail surrounded by rhododendron, orchids, and ferns that lead us to another settlement of Kuldighar, which has a helicopter base used generally for medical emergencies in the region.
Continue your trek on the rocky path. Have a long and steep stone staircase before reaching Bamboo village and ahead to Dovan village after trekking through the mixed vegetation of bamboo and rhododendron on a less steep trail. The view of Annapurna South, beautifully arranged towns and scenic landscapes add to the beauty of this trek.
Overnight in Dovan.
Day 9: Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3707m/12163ft) 4-5 hrs walk expand_more
Today, the Machhapuchhre Base Camp is the destination and one of the most scenic sites in the region.
With the beautiful view of the unique Fishtail Mountain, begin your trek through the higher trail above the river surrounded by bamboo forest and gradual ascent through dense forest, crossing over several smaller streams and traversing past some places of solitude.
On a muddy canyon trail, trek ahead and sometime later climb on to Hinku cave, which the passerby uses for an overnight stay on many occasions.
Traversing further along the trail, past huge boulders and rocks and ascent through the riverbed to reach the village of Deurali for lunch.
Climb ahead to the mountainside past a steep ravine and continue your trek.
Progressing through the rocky trail, you must trek carefully at several places prone to avalanches.
Follow the path to the river and then the narrow trails, which shall take you through increasingly rocky and bit narrower paths with some sections prone to avalanches, glimpses of Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre and more ravines before reaching the almost non-existing Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Enjoy the sunset where this unique peak is painted by the setting sun, and relax with the view.
Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Day 10: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4135m/13567ft) 2-3 hrs walk expand_more
The ultimate destination is waiting today. On this day, the beginning is decorated with the glorious view of the sunrise over Fishtail Mountain. The trek shall proceed through a trail with rocks, ice and a grassy path which increases the chance of slipping.
Carefully move ahead through a relatively easy and steady plod that opens up gradually as you inch closer to the heart of the sanctuary.
Trek away from the valley of Modi River far below the trail and turn to the base of Annapurna peak, through a trail surrounded by glaciers and neighbouring hills and paved with glacial moraines.
After a trek of around 3 hours, reach the final destination of this trek, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).
With the awe-inspiring mountains such as Annapurna I and III, Machhapuchhre Mountain, Hiuchuli Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang and Gaganpurna peaks encircling, observe their grandeur.
Have a leisurely walk around the scenic landscape where prayer flags and memorials enhance the magnificence of this place.
Overnight in ABC, looking over the majestic glacier and breathtaking sunset over these glittering peaks.
Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Dovan (2505m/8219ft) 5-6 hrs walk expand_more
Today, leave the heart of Annapurna sanctuary and the landscape with 360 degrees panoramic view of some of the tallest and most beautiful peaks in the world after a breathtaking sunrise over these lofty peaks.
After breakfast, retrace your steps back on the same route that led you here after taking enough pictures of this beautiful display of natural wonder in the form of sunrise.
Through glacial moraines, join the trail to the valleys formed by the Modi River across several small glacial streams.
Gradually trek past several shepherd huts, giant boulders, trail sections marked with landslides and avalanche tracks, and the greenery of forests with bamboo, oak, and other vegetation.
After lunch in Deurali, trek down past Hiku cave and Himalaya Hotel to reach Dovan.
Overnight in Dovan.
Day 12: Dovan to Jhinu (1780m/5840ft) 4-5 hrs walk expand_more
The trek from Dovan to Jhinu has many sections of ups and downs for the trekkers today, accompanied by some steep trails.
Beginning with the descent to Bamboo through the forested trail, you shall ascend to Kuldighar and descend back through orchids and ferns to Chomrong village past small settlements of Sinuwa, Bhanuwa, and others.
After some refreshments at Chomrong, have a short ascent before descending to Jhinu.
Trek straight on the trail or through gradual winding trails and then through the steep section for almost an hour to reach Jhinu Danda.
If you have enough time and energy, you may trek to the natural hot water springs below the Modi River and near Jhinu village.
Overnight in Jhinu.
Day 13: Jhinu Danda to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) 5-6 hrs walk and about 2 hrs drive expand_more
Today you shall participate in the last section of this trail with trekking.
Beginning your trek in Jhinu, descend via New Bridge, past a waterfall and green landscapes to Landruk.
From here, follow the downhill path to the Modi River and climb back to the trail from Ghandruk, meeting near Purgiyu.
Descend to Syauli Bajar through trails with tracks of a landslide, some stone staircases and flat sections, and several small settlements.
Ahead from Syauli Bajar, enter into more accessible terrains through smaller settlements to reach Birethanti near the Modi River and then reach Nayapul.
From Nayapul, drive a couple of hours to reach Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) expand_more
- Ending an incredible adventure in the Annapurna region and reaching the base of Annapurna peak, drive back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, get transferred to the tourist bus station.
Then, through the scenic landscape, rural settlements, rocky gorges and lush hills, fast-flowing rivers and incredible waterfalls, and overlooked by the Himalayas from far away for a considerable part of the journey, we reach Kathmandu.
Be escorted to your hotel, where you can rest.
Later in the day, you may go for some souvenir shopping, stroll around the streets of Thamel or take complete rest at the hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final Departure expand_more
Your adventurous and enriching Annapurna Base Camp Trekking comes to an end today. The representative shall drop you at the international airport per your departure schedule.
Thank you for being a part of this trekking team on this beautiful adventure, and we hope to welcome you back for some other adventurous experiences in Nepal.
- Airport pick-up/drop
- City-guided tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicles
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan at three stars level
- Trekking Permit and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- Twin sharing, comfortable and clean private room during the trek
- Meals during the trek
- Trip map
- Ground transportation by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and private car from Pokhara to the trekking starting point and trekking ending point to Pokhara
- An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter)
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, fees, equipment, transportation and local tax for the guide and porters
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- Appreciation letter as a souvenir
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- All government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
- Rescue cost in case of an emergency
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate costs in USD and two passport-size photos)
- All the international airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flights)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Meals during the travelling time
- Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra night accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given period of itinerary
- Your expenses such as laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter, etc
- The tips to the trekking crews and drivers
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions or any event out of anybody's control
- Anything not included in the tour's included column
What to bring
- Duffel/rucksack bag/suitcase (We provide one complimentary duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip.)
- Day pack
- Trekking shoes
- Sports shoes or sandals
- Sun hat/cap
- Warm woollen cap
- Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
- Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
- Pullover or warm sweeter
- 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
- Hand gloves
- 2-3 pairs of trekking trousers
- 3-4 pairs of trekking shirts
- 3-4 pairs of underwear (non-cotton preferred)
- Water bottle
- 4-season sleeping bag (Optional; we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip.)
- Flash or torchlight
- Camera and batteries
Know before you go
A trekker or walker who can normally hike 5-6 hours per day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trekking.
There is a stone step up and down which is very uneven, and due to some long descents, your leg may feel shaky, so we recommend using walking poles to feel safer.
Normally, the maximum altitude of the trek is 4130m, so you should be more careful about your health and altitude-related risks.
To get rid of it, please walk slowly and have more water and other drinks.
Basically, you can get mineral water bottles in lower places, but as you go higher, you cannot find them. In that case, we suggest you drink boiled water which may be obtained for a small fee, found in tea houses, and it is better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water.
Due to there being no provision for plastic bottles, it is better to use boiled rather than mineral water, which is helpful for the protection of the environment.
Hydroelectricity or solar power sources charge your electrical items like a camera, battery, iPod, iPhone, etc.
Tea houses or lodges may charge a small fee per hour for charging facilities. Better to buy adapters before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal, 220-240 volt power is used, and sockets fit around at flat plugs.
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money, and pens, as many trekkers have felt the same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask the trekkers.
In trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang things outside at night.
Use a dustbin, and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.
It mainly depends on spending habits; normally, you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas.
All the guesthouses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or a bucket of hot water.
Please note that there may not be enough hot water at high altitudes for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for ecological reasons. Every lodge has some washing facility, but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water freezes, ask your guide to get a warm water bowl.
The toilet is mainly Asian squat style. Basically, the toilet is outside your room and varies in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole. Rather you should use a rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route, local people have built tea house lodges with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses, you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
No refund in case of any cancellation.