Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is a rewarding journey through pleasant green jungle terrains and picturesque villages on the foothill of majestic peaks offering an excellent opportunity to witness the stunning dawn changing colors onto the array of 7000m and 8000m snow capped mountain tops from finest viewpoints like Poon Hill (3210m) and ABC (4130m) itself including several others throughout the journey.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with an hour drive from Pokhara valley (820m) and then three hours walk passing through small village settlements and green farmlands on the first day. We continue towards scenic Ghorepani village on the following day and later visit Poon Hill (3210) to catch an early dawn.
In the clear morning at Poon Hill — three eight-thousanders (Annapurna -8091m, Dhaulagiri – 8167m and Manaslu – 8163m) and their range along with gorgeous sunrise will be waiting to be captured on your camera or in your memory.
We start descending to Choomrong village and enter the valley in between massive Mount Fishtail (6997m) and Hiuchuli Peak (6441m) through dense rhododendron forest, small teahouses and barren rugged terrains leading straight to tower of Annapurna massif bordered by glaciers.
Beautiful rhododendron forest walk with fine mountains backdrop is soothing in sunny days of the April-May season. The sunrise vista and panoramic 360-degree view of snow-capped mountains at Annapurna Base Camp are just awesome. Before completion of the trek, we also take a dip into natural Hot spring at Jhinu Danda to relax your ached muscles before we retreat to City of Lake – Pokhara Valley.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu: Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu (Optional Day Tour)Optional Tour: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square (Kumari House) – finish at 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Morning drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Hille (1480m/4856 ft)Drive: 1 hour | Walk: 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Hille to Ghorepani (2850m/9350 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Sunrise Poon Hill (3210m/10531 ft) and trek to Tadapani (2630m/8628 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Tadapani to Choomrong (2170m/7120 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Choomrong to Himalaya (3100m/10170 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Catch early sunrise and descend to Bamboo (2245m/7365 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5774 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Jhinu Danda to Deurali (2080m/6824 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Deurali to Dhampus Phedi (1130m/3707 ft) and drive to PokharaWalk: 3 – 4 hrs | Drive: 45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: B, L, D
Day 15Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 16Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
I went on the 11-day trek up to Poon Hill then ABC, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I'm so glad I chose to do it with Archaic Nepal. My guide Aryan was lovely, he had good English, we got on well and left as friends. All the organization by Milan was great and I felt in safe hands the whole time. Would definitely recommend using this company!
Natasha Hutchings, United Kingdom
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6 km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour, however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 60 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Or you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.