RABC — Round Annapurna Base Camp — a complete Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek — is truly a three-week adventurous window to explore the magnificence of Annapurna Conservation Area comprising some of the best sights of the mighty Himalayas and cultural jewels of Nepal passing through various climatic and ethical zone. The major attraction of this trek is to encircle Annapurna massif and witness their different shapes from various direction, sometimes far from viewpoints like Poon Hill or closer view from Manang or Annapurna Base Camp while the adventure of crossing world biggest Thorong La pass (5416m / 17769 ft.) is something unexplainable.
There is no doubt that Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp trekking supply an excellent opportunity to experience the rich natural and cultural treasures providing ample scenario of stunning high mountains, beautiful villages of several ethnic groups, picturesque green farmlands to arid barren terrain, numerous viewpoints, ever-flowing waterfalls, old ancient Buddhist monasteries and reflection of archaic lifestyle of people while putting an ultimate thrill of adventure on your feet.
Trekking to Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and then continues walking through small village and settlements amid green lush vegetation enjoying the sound of roaring rivers and spilling waterfalls towards Manang valley. There will be a noticeable change in the vegetation and landscapes on reaching Manang as it gets more treeless barren under a blue sky. We will visit glaciers and Chongkor viewpoint for acclimatization in Manang and then get ready for challenging Thorong La Pass to explore the Lower Mustang – destination to several old Buddhist monasteries, mesmerizing view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri, beautiful Kagbeni village and Holy Muktinath temple.
We will take a short uneven bus/jeep drive at Mustang road and get off at Tatopani to relax our ached muscles at natural hot-spring before the hike to connect with Annapurna Base Camp trekking route at Ghorepani. We start early morning hike to Poon Hill to capture one of the best sunrise and spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu range from 3210m and then descend to continue towards the Annapurna Sanctuary.
After Mustang barren view, we will restate the green lush rhododendron forest walk passing beautiful sunset point & Gurung village until we again reach treeless landscapes from Deurali till Annapurna Base Camp. Just imagine the trails of Annapurna circuit on the other side of these giant Gangapurna and Annapurna massif and sunset view are just amazing. We are again up early to catch the sunrise and the glittering golden colors atop Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and surrounding peak leave you speechless, again. We retrace our path all the way to Choomrong village and enjoy one more natural Jhinu hot-spring before driving to Pokhara.
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: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square – finish before 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840m / 2756 ft.) and transfer to Teahouse Drive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Trek from Bhulbhule to Jagat (1300m / 4265 ft.)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1860m / 6102 ft.)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2670m / 8760 ft.)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m / 10498 ft.)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m / 11615 ft.) via upper routeWalk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Rest and Acclimatization day at Manang ValleyWalk: 4 – 5hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m / 13287 ft.)Walk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450m / 15600 ft.)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Cross Thorang-La Pass (5416m / 17769 ft.) and trek to Muktinath (3760m / 12336 ft.)Walk: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m / 8924 ft.) via Kagbeni VillageWalk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m / 3904 ft.)Drive: 4-5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m / 9383 ft.)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16 Sunrise Poon Hill (3210m/10531 ft) hike then trek to Tadapani (2630m/8628 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Trek from Tadapani to Choomrong (2170m/7120 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 18Trek from Choomrong to Himalaya (3100m/10170 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 19Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 20Catch early sunrise and descend to Bamboo (2245m/7365 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 21Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5774 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 22Trek from Jhinu Danda to Sewei (1130m/3707 ft) and drive to PokharaWalk: 4 – 5 hrs | Drive: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 23Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 24Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 25Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
Wauw! It was amazing, we came to Nepal without a plan And the guys from Archaic Nepal Travel helped us with every single detail. They take time and care helping us out, where to go and what the options are. We could go straight away, got picked up in the morning by our guide Aryan and the adventure begon. It was the most amazing experience of my life. The Himalaya is very impressive, the people are super friendly and everywhere we went our guide had every single thing sorted out for us. It was the first time doing a trek for me and my friend Sabine and didnt really know what to expect. Aryan is a very Nice Guy and also became our friend aswel. He told us about Nepal about the Himalaya he is a proffesional with trekking and also carried our backpack, i mean as two girls iT was very nice to have a strong men with you. I can recommend this to all of you.. Next time ill go back, ill definitely go with them again. Milan is a very friendly guy who set the whole thing up and we are very thankfull for both of them. We even got a certificate when we came back. Thank you guys for everything, see you next time. Namaste
Ilse Veldhuizen, Netherlands
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 6km 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. Alternatively, 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.