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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

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Embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is more than a journey; it’s an immersive experience through lush rhododendron forests to the foothill of the majestic Annapurna, a pilgrimage for those seeking a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and awe-inspiring views.

This trek stands as the pinnacle of the Annapurna region, hailed as the finest and most popular route. The trail, though moderate in difficulty with occasional steep uphill challenges, offers a maximum altitude of 4,130 meters – a comforting elevation for trekkers cautious of the daunting specter of high-altitude sickness. Yet, what it lacks in extreme altitude, it more than compensates with unparalleled views and cultural encounters that delightfully exceed every trekker’s expectations.

Highlights

  • A standpoint in the middle of a natural amphitheater of mountains at the Annapurna base camp.

  • Watch the golden summits of the Annapurna massif radiated by the rising sun.

  • Cultural experience at the typical villages like Ghandruk where people from the Gurung and Magar communities dwell.

  • Reach the base camp of the distinctive Mt. Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) 6993m.

  • Relax your sore muscle at a natural hot water spring in Jhinu.

Who should attend?

Q1 - Is prior trekking experience a must?

We often have first-time trekkers join our groups, so even without experience, you’ll find yourself among like-minded individuals. Your fitness level should comfortably support full-day walking. While previous hiking or trekking experience is beneficial, it’s not mandatory.

Q2-  Are there specific age restrictions for trekking in the Himalayas?

There’s no strict age limit on our expeditions – it’s more about good health and enthusiasm! We’ve welcomed families with children as young as 7 years old on the Everest Base Camp Trek, while our older trekkers have been in their late 70s. For families, we recommend arranging a private trek and allowing a few extra days. Feel free to inquire about tailored arrangements.

Q3 - 

Are solo female travelers secure during Himalayan treks?

We prioritize the safety of all our trekking participants, irrespective of gender. Nepal, overall, is a safe and hospitable destination for foreign visitors. We maintain enduring relationships with the lodges we use, ensuring they are safe and trustworthy. Additionally, our guides consistently keep track of all guests’ whereabouts during treks. Traveling in small groups enhances our ability to maintain regular communication for added safety.

Check in to out hotel in Kathmandu meet out team and explore Nepali food and rest.

Travel Not Applicable

Hotel

Dinner

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas! A member of our team meets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. We leave you to relax and freshen up at your hotel. Next, we have a debriefing meeting regarding the trek at your hotel and answer any queries you may have. Finally, rest and overnight in Kathmandu.

Included: Airport pick-up, Accommodation with breakfast

Get ready for Pokhara

Bus

Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner

We set off after breakfast at the hotel. The road trip of 200 km (124 miles) west from Kathmandu to Pokhara is in a tourist bus. The drive is along the Prithivi Highway which is one of the oldest in the country. The drive is rather enjoyable as it cuts through hills and sub-urban settlements alongside rivers to reach Pokhara. Markedly, Pokhara is a city blessed by nature. The city is also the starting and/or ending point for most treks in the Annapurna Region. Upon our arrival at Pokhara, we drive to our hotel, check in, and relax for a while. Later in the evening, we may head out to explore the sights and sounds of Pokhara. Lastly, dinner and overnight at Pokhara.

Included: Tourist bus to Pokhara, Accommodation in a 3-star standard hotel with breakfast

Get ready to start the Annapurna base camp Trek Today.

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Lodge

All Meals

We drive to Siwai after breakfast, which takes almost three hours. After crossing the bridge adorned with colorful prayer flags at Nayapul, we drive uphill along the graveled road toward Siwai. Afterwards, the Annapurna Base Camp trek kicks off with a brief hike to Ghandruk. The ascent on stone-paved stairs, passing along terraced farms, small villages, and streams, continues to arrive at Ghandruk. Undoubtedly, Ghandruk is a beautiful village, inhabited mainly by the Gurung community. Here, we may enjoy a traditional song and dance at the local lodge. Furthermore, visiting the local Gurung museum acquaints you with the fascinating culture. The village is also a great place to witness Mt. Annapurna South (7219m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), and Mt. Macchapuchhare (6993m).

Included: Trek start point drop, Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Get ready for the highest point of Ghandruk and steep decent and Kimrong river.

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All Meals

We resume after breakfast to climb up for an hour to get to the highest point of Ghandruk – Ghandrukkot (Komrong Danda). We then chase a steep descending trail that drops to the Kimrong River. On the other side of the river, a steep uphill awaits us passing alongside the Kimrong village. Delightfully, the climb is through a serene forested section. Eventually, we arrive at a point where the trail from Tadapani converges which requires about two hours. Then, we head north along an easy trail to reach Chhomrong, the mandatory entryway to the Annapurna Base Camp. Magnificent views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) tower across the valley. Indeed, an exploration trip around the beautiful village is a must after some rest. We end the day with dinner and rest at Chhomrong.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Today get ready for Chhomrong River crossing the suspension bridge and lush green forest.

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Lodge

All Meals

The day starts with a careful descent along stone-paved steps to the Chhomrong River. Crossing the suspension bridge, our journey continues uphill through lush forests for about two hours, leading us to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail cuts through dense bamboo forests for around ninety minutes until we reach Kuldhighar. Descending for about 30 minutes, we arrive at Bamboo, named for its abundant bamboo resources.

Continuing onward, we embark on an uphill journey for nearly an hour through a forested trail, eventually reaching Deaurali via Himalaya. Upon arrival, we rest, explore the area, and conclude the day with dinner and relaxation.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Today get ready for Modi river bank Hinku cave and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

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All Meals

A two-and-a-half hours trek along the Modi River bank starts the day’s trek arriving at Himalaya. Next off, an uphill climb for forty minutes leads to Hinku Cave, an opening underneath a huge rock lurking above. Deurali is almost half an hour, where we have lunch. Afterward, the trail ascends into more alpine terrain. After another two hours of steady climbing, while dodging some avalanche-prone sections, we arrive at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). At this altitude, mountain sickness can become an issue. Thus, we spend the night here to get well-acclimatized before climbing higher to the Annapurna base camp. Additionally, the view which includes the vista of mountains: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchchhre is scintillating! As Machhapuchchhre is not open to climbing expeditions, the base camp is only a name given to the stopover place. The day ends with dinner and overnight at MBC.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Ready for the decent to bamboo and breath taking downhill trail relishing the scenic beauty and the Bamboo lodge

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Lodge

All Meals

After the sunrise and a hearty breakfast, begin the descent towards Bamboo. The trail retraces the familiar path, passing landmarks such as Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), Deurali, Himalaya, and Dovan as you descend.

Enjoy the ease of the predominantly downhill trail, relishing the scenic beauty that you may have missed during the ascent due to the focus on climbing.

Arrive at Bamboo after a full day of trekking. Relax and unwind at the Bamboo lodge, reminiscing about the incredible journey while enjoying the comfort and tranquility of the surroundings.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Today we reach Jhinu Danda where a natural hot spring awaits us along with the Chhomrong village

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Lodge

All Meals

After breakfast, we start our descent to Jhinu Danda where a natural hot spring awaits us. Initially, the trail drops down to Bamboo and climbs up to Khuldighar. Subsequently, it drops again to Chhomrong Khola. From here, the Chhomrong village is a short climb. Thereafter, a final downward walk to Jhinu Danda follows, making for a perfect trek along the beautiful hills. The Jhinu hot spring is a 25-minute walk down along the bank of the Modi River. A series of three pools have been maintained just by the roaring Modi River. What better way to relax and rejuvenate? Overnight at Jhinu Danda.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Today we summit the Annapurna Base Camp.

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Lodge

All Meals

After breakfast, we have an easy trek towards Jhinu bridge. Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek ends here and we are picked up from Jhinu bridge to drive until Pokhara. The following evening can be spent exploring more of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Road Trip to Kathmandu

Bus

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast, Dinner

We make the return road trip on a tourist bus to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. On arrival at Kathmandu, you are transferred to your hotel. In the evening, a farewell dinner is organized for you at a restaurant in Thamel. We recap pleasant memories from the Annapurna Base Camp trek and end the day.

Included: Farewell Dinner, Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

Good bye from us with lots of Life Long Memories

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Hotel

Breakfast

It is your last day in Kathmandu. A representative drops you off at the airport on time. We wish you a safe and pleasant flight!

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Inclusions

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop

  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Breakfast Included)

  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara - 3 Star (Breakfast Included)

  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer on a Deluxe Tourist Bus

  • Pokhara-Siwai Drop (Day 3) and Jhinu-Pokhara Pickup (Day 9) on a private vehicle

  • 6 nights accommodation at the mountain lodges during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Accompany of Licensed, English-speaking, well experienced trekking guide with salary, insurance and personal expenses covered

  • One porter for every two clients (13 Kg luggage per person) - salary, insurance and personal expenses covered

  • A cup of tea/coffee (three times a day) and seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek

  • Attached bathrooms and hot showers wherever available

  • TIMS trekkers' permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit for the trek

  • First-Aid box with medicines (Carried and handled by the guide)

  • All applicable government charges

Exclusions

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Visa and International airfare

  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory) - must cover helicopter evacuation, medical expenses, and Trip Cancellation charges

  • Meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast and farewell dinner

  • Personal equipment and other personal expenses such as beverages, confectionaries, laundries, etc.

  • Extra meals, extra porterage service, Wi-Fi, charging of your electronic devices, etc.

  • Tips to your guide, porters, driver and other field staff as a token of appreciation

  • Any other expenses or charges not mentioned in the 'Trip Includes' list


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Take a flight from anywhere around the world and reach Thribuvan International Airport Kathmandu Nepal. The Mountain Wonders team will pick you up from there as per your flight timimgs.


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