Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

( 15 NIGHTS / 16 DAYS )

overview

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most preferred trekking route in Nepal. You can fall in love with landscapes and majestic backdrops of the Himalayas, in an instant. There are a number of sublime vantage points to capture the vistas of nature’s true gifts to the country of Nepal. While the Annapurna massif would offer you spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks, the Machhapuchhre, also known popularly as, Fish Tail, and the Mt. Hiunchuli are another exquisite mountains that are clearly visible from the base camp.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek route begins at Phedi and ends at Nayapul. Rest stops at the teahouses on the route help you to acclimatize and also learn about the cultural lifestyle of the locals living in the villages that you pass by on your way. The trails are safe, the Annapurna Sanctuary visit is an added adventure to the trek. The Poon Hill is a view point for an amazing sunrise view of the Himalayan skyline. Walk on riversides of the most popular kholas in region and create worn paths across lands that have never been treaded before. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 9 Night 10 Days is one that offers you an experience of a lifetime.

itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters) & transfer to hotel.

    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath.

  • Day DAY 03:

    Fly to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]

    Your trip starts with your 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During your flight, you will be sightseeing the most magnificent and sensational view of Himalayan range. As your flight lands on Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Manaslu and the Annapurna mountain range. In Pokhara, A bus will take you to Phedi. From there onward begins your trekking in Annapurna mountain range. As you climb uphill, you will bask in the splendor of nature and your trails become more adventurous. Finally, after walking for 3 hours, you encounter several roadside teashops and at last your trail leads to the Gurung village of Dhampus. Here concludes your trip of the day.

  • Day 04

    Trek to Landrung [1550m]

    Your path narrows as it skirts round a ridge snout. On proceeding further, you pass through Pothana and reach Deorali. At this point, you find yourself high up on the East side of the Modi Khola cascading down the Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary surrounded by complete ambience of nature. Continue with your trekking for four hours until you reach picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more zest and excitement into your adventure spirit.

  • Day 05

    Trek to Chomrong [2100m]

    From Landrung, you march along the mountain path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then you come across dense forest of bamboo. Finding yourself in complete isolation amidst the serenity of nature can be quite an experience. Your trek does not stop here. After trekking for a while, you approach teahouses at Jhinu where you can rest and enjoy a drink or snacks. Thereafter, you resume your trek to the north, descending Daaulu and after having walked for five hours you, will find yourself at Chomrong. From Chomrong you can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges and at Chomrong where you can get accommodation and food.

  • Day 06

    Trek to Himalaya Hotel [2850m]

    Crossing Chomrong Khola, you continue trekking along steep stone steps. On your trails, you bypass rhododendron-covered ridge path, mountainous terrains and forests of bamboo. As you savor awe-inspiring views of Annapurna mountain ranges and Machhapuchhare, you gather more energy and enthusiasm to explore further. During your five-hour walking, you cross Modi Khola, pass through Khuldigar, Bamboo and Dovan and finally reach Himalaya Hotel where you wrap up your trip for the day.

  • Day 07

    Rest day

    You spend your entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting accustomed to your trekking destinations.

  • Day 08

    Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp [3700m]

    Your next destination is to reach Machhapuchhare base camp.

    You ascend and descend as your route opens up new trails. On climbing steeply for a while, you approach Hinku Cave. This course follows zigzag paths of stones. After walking for 3 to 4 hours, you enter the Annapurna circuit Sanctuary, a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, II, III and IV and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare. Several lodges and Annapurna inns are spotted at Deorali and Bagar. Finally, you will find yourself at Machhapuchhare Base Camp, a grassy moraine platform. You can rest at one of the lodges, and treat yourself with hygienic food.

  • Day 09

    Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp [4130m]

    On hiking the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. Thereafter, you head back down to Himalaya Hotel.

  • Day 10

    Trek to Chomrong [2100m]

    As you continue climbing along the forested ridge residing in the vicinity of chains of cloud-snaring hills, a grass-covered slope opens up leading to a course descending across a rock-strewn area to the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest river gorge of great bio-geographical significance regarded as demarcating Eastern and Western avifauna. The trail up the Modi Khola passes through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo across Annapurna mountain range. After trekking for 5 hours, you reach Chomrong. From Chomrong you can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges at Chomrong which provide accommodation and food.

  • Day 11

    Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]

    From Chomrong, we take an alternative route back to Pokhara, via Ghorepani. As you skirt through flatland, forests and terraced fields, a suspension bridge comes your way. On crossing this suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, you enter beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. You get to witness unique culture, tradition and custom of Gurung community. Ghandruk offers excellent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. It accommodates several hotels and teahouses. Camping in its terraced fields can be very exciting and adventurous.

  • Day 12

    Trek to Banthanti [2410m]

    Leaving the terraced fields of Ghandruk, we tread along the zigzag path on a steep slope. As you ascend steeply, you pass through dense rhododendron forest to Tadapani which is an ideal vantage point to glimpse heavenly sight of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. After having walked for 3 hours, you finally reach Banthanti.

  • Day 13

    Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]

    From Banthanti, you proceed further along steep trails. Nature spreads exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before you. You climb through rhododendron forest to Deorali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. Continue walking for 3 hours and finally you will find yourself in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers.

     

     

  • Day 14

    Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

    After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of Poon Hill [3195m], you leave Ghorepani and march ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. On your trails of stone steps, you pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section [with 3767 steps!] leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. [6 hrs walking]

  • Day 15

    Drive / Fly to Kathmandu

    From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

     

  • Day 16

    Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, and mountain biking, etc. – ask us).

prices

Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board

include/exclude

cost include
  • All airport/hotel transfers with assistance guide.
  • Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu ( Hotel Manaslu or similar standard) with breakfast. Hotel Upgrade charges US$ 75 on wards.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • Three course of meals every day throughout the trekking. ( Meals are choose by trekkers as per menu)
  • A half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide.
  • Ground transport in Pokhara / Kathmandu / trekking starting & ending Points.
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by Private Tourist Coach.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara flight and airport departure transfers.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Splendid Holidays Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
cost exclude
  • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 for 30 days on arrival. (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Entry fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara at the places of visit.
  • Excess baggage charges & entry fees in Kathmandu tour.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VEHICLE ALLOCATION

Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 ADULTS Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 ADULTS Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
11–14 ADULTS Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
15–21 ADULTS Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22–30 ADULTS Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31–35 ADULTS Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

HOTELS WE USE

HOTELS WE USE
PROPERTIES

       (Class)

IN KATHMANDU IN POKHARA
Heritage Dwarikas Village
LUXURY(5**) Soaltee /

Radisson /

Annapurna / similar

Hotel Pokhara Grande /

Atithi Resort /

Shangrila Village Resort /

Fishtail Lodge /Similar

PREMIUM(4*) Tibet International /

Shangrila /

Royal Singi /

Similar

Hotel Pokhara Grande /

Atithi Resort /

Shangrila Village Resort /

Fishtail Lodge /Similar

DELUXE(3*)  Vaishali /

Grand /

Summit Residency /

Mirage Lords Inn/ Tibet / similar

Mount Kailash Resort /

Land Mark /

Lake Side Retreat

STANDARD(2*) Manang /

Temple Inn/

Nepal Tara /

Amadablam / Moonlight/ Gangjong / Mountain / similar

Dandelion/ Kantipur/ Utsav Himalaya/ similar
BUDGET Thamel / Heritage /  The Nana Hotels–non A/c rooms/ similar Hotel Center Lake /

Dream Pokhara / similar

Note

TRIP PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

Payment Terms :

  • 30  % payments : At the time of confirmation.
  • Full payment: 7  Days Prior to Nepal arrival in our account only.

 

Cancellation:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 300)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

Our cancellation policy applies in every instance. There will be no exception for any reasons therefore; we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. This low cost insurance protects all deposits and payments should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness. Should you or anyone in your choice purchase this insurance, please deal directly with the insurance company. Baggage and accident insurance are also available.

By making reservations with VirginTrails.com or its associates and depositing your advance payment with agents, our representatives, or us you agree to each of the foregoing terms and conditions and agree that you are thereby bound. You also acknowledge that you have carefully read and understood the foregoing terms and conditions.

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