Annapurna Base Camp Trek 18 Days
Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trekking route is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The ABC is surrounded by a ring of mountains known as the Annapurna Range (most peaks are 7000m+). The entrance of the Annapurna Sanctuary is through a gorge made by the Modi Khola river, between Hiunchuli and Machapuchare. We begin the ABC Trek from Pokhara to Nayapul by car. We hike to the Birethanti village (1000m) alongside the Modi. From ‘Poon Hill’ we see the beautiful ‘fishtail’ of Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), and Annapurna South (7273m). Trekking through oak forest we pass many valleys running into the Modi Khola, and climb a stone ’staircase’ to the Gurung village of Chomrong (2060m) (the Gurung are an ethnic group that migrated from Mongolia around 600 AD). We trek past Hinku cave and reach the ‘gate’ into the Sanctuary; a pass between the spectacular peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare.
Day 01Arrive Kathmandu:-
.After you arrive at Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate. Our airport representative will meet you and take you to your hotel by car. We will help you check-in and settle your gear, and then it’s off to our office for a short briefing about the trip. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02:Sightseeing, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan:-
After breakfast a tour guide will take you for a full day of sightseeing to famous cultural spots such as Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Patan (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (820m):-
Our staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up. The tourist bus to Pokhara normally leaves at 7:00 am and the journey is apx. 7hrs. (or choose a 40 min. flight w/surcharge). You can have breakfast at the hotel (request ‘early breakfast’ the night before) or request the front desk to pack a breakfast for you to eat on the bus. The bus will stop for lunch so you may try some Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). We arrive at Pokhara in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel and refresh. Pokhara is beside a lake (Phewa) in a beautiful valley with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (north), Dhaulagiri (west), Lamjung Himal and Manaslu (east). Pokhara is very popular yet much smaller than Kathmandu. It is the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04:Drive to Nayapul then trek to Tikhedhunga:-
We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1 hour drive from Pokhara by car. After a 30 minute hike along the Modi Khola we reach Birethanti, a village with many teahouses and little shops. The trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. We will climb up the side of the valley to Hille (1495m) and then another short climb to Tikhedhunga (1570m). Today’s trek is a short and easy day, allowing you to become familiar with the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani (2855m) From Tikhedhunga:-
We begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar (ethnic group) village (2080m). Here we ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2250m). We trek on to Nangethanti (2460m) and after another hour we arrive at Ghorepani (2855m). Overnight at teahouse.
Day 06:Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and next, Tadapani (2610m):-
Today we begin early with a 1 hour hike to Poon Hill (3210m), a brilliant spectacle. From Poon Hill we have an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the Himalayas (Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli Peak, Machapuchare, and Lamjung Himal). After enjoying the views we return to Ghorepani for breakfast at the teahouse; then depart Ghorepani to head for Tadapani (2610m). We climb along ridges of pine and rhododendron to Deurali (2960m), and then descend to Banthanti and finally Tadapani. Overnight at a teahouse here.
Day 07:Trek to Chomrong (2170m):-
Today we begin our trek with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurung (another Gurung ethnic village). Finally, an easy walk to Chomrong (2170m). overnight at a teahouse.
Day 08:Trek to Dovan (2600m):-
Today the trail drops down to the Chomrong Khola and then we climb to Khuldighar (2380m). There is a clearing in the forest here and then the route travels down a steep rock bank which levels out. We will pass through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge; remaining on the west side of the river. Overnight at a teahouse in Dovan.
Day 09:Trek to Machapuchare Base camp (3700m);-
From Dovan we trek 2 hrs. up a steep winding bank of rock that levels out through thickets of bamboo. We will come upon a small shrine at Panchen Barah and from here climb to ‘Himalaya Hotel’ (apx. 1 hr.). The trail is rocky at first and then up a steep ravine to Hinko (2,960m.). The trail crosses a major avalanche track (no worries!) just beyond Hinko. Thirty (30) mins. beyond Hinko we reach Deurali (3,000m.) as the trail enters ‘the Sanctuary’. We cross 2 more ‘avalanche tracks’ as we trek alongside the cliffs. Now we descend to meet the Modi Khola and follow the river to Bagar. From Bagar we climb across a moraine and stream and continue climbing to the Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m.). Here the panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machapuchare are breathtaking. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 10:Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m):-
On the way to ABC from Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC) we reach the tree line and vegetation disappears. We will see snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path is wide as we enter ‘the Sanctuary’. We follow a stream, and pass a few huts climbing alongside the moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above ‘the Sanctuary’. ABC Sanctuary boasts a panoramic view of 360 degrees! Almost hypnotic views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Hiunchuli surround you. We will overnight here at a teahouse. Please let me remind you that ‘we’ are now in a very special place. Namaste.
Day 11:Trek to Bamboo (2310m):-
This morning, a sunrise over the Himalayas from The Annapurna Base Camp is waiting for you. After breakfast we begin our descent from ABC to Bamboo through MBC, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, Dovan and finally Bamboo (2310m). Waterfalls drop down from high points to the rocks below. We trek through the forested areas again with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 12:Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m):-
Hot Spring. From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that lead to Lower Chomrong. We continue our brief ascent on the ‘Thousand Stony Steps’ which lead to Upper Chomrong. From Chomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. Here you can enjoy hot springs in just a 15mins. walk from Jhinu Danda (you may need it!). Overnight at a teahouse in Jhinu Danda.
Day 13:Trek to Pothana (1900m):-
The first part of the day is a descent and then flatland until you reach Himal Pani, where there is a beautiful waterfall. Beyond Himal Pani the trail rises gently across many streams and terraces. Soon you will be at Landruk village (1545m), a fairly big village inhabited by an ethnic mix of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin people. Gently ascending we come to Tolka (1700m.) and continue on to Bherikharka. Now, a brief up-trek to Deurali (2100m.) to view the famous panorama. We will now descend to Pothana (ethnic Gurung population) through oak forests. Pothana is a charming small ‘town’. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 14:Trek to Dhampus Phedi and drive to Pokhara (820m):-
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (3hrs.). The trail gently descends to Dhampus then steeply descends to Dhampus Phedi. Now your private transportation will drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara (apx. 35 mins.). Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 15:Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus (unless you chose air transport):-
7hr. drive time from Pokhara to Kathmandu through Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar (where Nepal’s first cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple). Along the way you can enjoy mountain views, green pastures and rice terraces; watching people engaged in Nepalese daily life. From Naubise you can stop and climb up to Thankot, a capital city of the Bagmati Zone (in case you haven’t had enough climbing!). Remember you can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu with surcharge. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16:Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur:-
After breakfast a tour guide will take you for a full day of sightseeing to historical places including Boudhanath, one of the largest (Buddhist) Stupas in the world, Pashupatinath temple (Hindu) and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar (ethnic Newa people) city. Then drive back to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17:Leisure day in Kathmandu:-
Today, you can choose an early morning mountain flight to Mt. Everest (apx.1 hr.) then back to the hotel for breakfast. You can also simply relax and go shopping in Kathmandu. Choose your own activities or consult with us to arrange something for you.
Day 18:Depart Kathmandu:-
After breakfast departure to Kathmandu Airport (KTM) to board your flight to your next destination.
Note:- Above itinerary includes FB (Full Board) which is Accommodations, Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners while on trek. BB (Bed and Breakfast while in Kathmandu).
Above itinerary can be designed according to your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make it a shorter or longer trek. Also, if you would like to stay more than 18 days, we offer Paragliding in Pokhara, city guided tours in Pokhara & Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safaris, Bungee jump or Everest mountain flights from Kathmandu.
In this package, we have included 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3 star hotels on BB plan, meals and accommodations during trekking, farewell dinner in Kathmandu, tourist bus to Pokhara and all ground transportation by private car, an experienced guide and porter and all of the government taxes and necessary permits.
For your information, you must stay two nights in Kathmandu before and after the trek. But we have 5 nights. That is why we have included them. They are 2-3 star hotels. You may upgrade your accommodations for a surcharge.
For the current pricing, please use the contact form.
Trekking Boot One Pairs
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair
Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Day pack 1
Water Bottle 1
Flashlight Witd Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve.
Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens Witd A Waterproof 1
How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. If you want to come by land, you will entry from China & India.
Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Unique Path trekking company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.
Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, you do have pre departure meeting. Please, bring two copies passport size photos, photo copy of the passport and travel insurance while meeting.
What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake-up call at 7 am an early morning then order your breakfast & do your own refreshing
, dress up & repack your duffel bag and leave it with our Sherpas.
We are normally on the trail before 8 a.m. Trek at your own pace; all you need carry is a daypack and camera. Sherpa guides hike along to point out interesting flora, fauna and sights. Along the trail are spots to relax, purchase a snack or drinks, and use toilet facilities.
We will have lunch between 12:30 pm to 1:30pm afternoons. A typical day’s hike usually ends in the early afternoon about 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner.
After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.
What kind of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?
We do provide 2-3 stars hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan and in trekking tea house (mountain lodge) in AP plan (accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner). Tea Houses (mountain lodge) are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halt with dinner and breakfast will be same Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones service in all trekking routes and some place internet service in Langtang , Everest, and Annapurna areas.
Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).
What about water – are they available at each teahouse? I know we supposed to bring iodine tablets.
Regarding about the water, you can buy mineral water, boiled water or filter water during the trekking. If you are going to bring iodine tablets, it would be great.
What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.
Sample of the Menu at the tea house
Hot Drinks Black tea, Milk Tea, Lemon tea, Hot Lemon, Ginger Tea, Masala Tea, Jasmine Tea, Black Coffee, Milk Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Soup TomatoSoup, Vegetable Soup, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Soup, Chicken -, MushroomSoup, Onion Soup, Garlic Soup, Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, MixSoup( Veg, Chicken, Mushroom, Cheese), Noodle Soup, Egg-Veg-Noodle Soup
Potato Variety BoiledPotato, Fried Potato, Fried Potato with Veg., Fried Potato with eggTop, Fried Potato with cheese, veg & Egg, Potato Chips, French fry, Massed Potato, Potato bread
Delicious Noodle / Pasta DeliciousNoodle/Pasta, Fried Noodle plain, Fried Noodle with veg, Fried noodlewith Egg, Fried Noodle with Cheese, Mix Fried Noodle( Veg, Cheese,Chicken, Egg)
Italian Taste CheeseTomato Pizza, Cheese Veg Tomato Pizza, Salami Pizza, Mushroom Pizza,Tuna Piza, Mix Pizza, Spagatti Cheese, Macaroni Cheese, Lazani Cheese
Maxican Gourmet Chhese Bean Burrito, Cheese been Inchilada, Tacco
Indian Kitchen Indian Kitchen, Veg Curry with rice, Chicken Curry With Rice, Egg Curry With Rice, Chapati & potato Curry
Chinese Dine VegThukpa, Veg Egg, Chicken Thukpa, Chinese noodle, Tibetan Bread, VegMo:Mo, Chicken Mo:Mo, Mix Mo:Mo( Veg, Cheese, Egg), Fried Rice Plain,Chicken Fried Rice, Mushroom Fried rice, Veg Fried rice, Mix Fried Rice
Nepali Traditional Special Rice, Veg & Dal soup (serve with Picle, Papad , Salad)
Breakfast Boiled Egg, Fried Egg, Scrambled Egg, Poached Egg, Omlet plain, Veg Omlet, Cheese Omlet, Emlet Tomato, Potato Omlet Chapatiplain/jam/honey/butter, Toast Plain/Jam/Honey/Butter, TibetanBreadPlain/Jam/Honey/Butter, Musley fruit curd, Mushley With Milk orCurd, Corn Flask with Curd or Milk, Granola with Milk or Curd, Porridgewith Milk, Plain Porrige
From Bread Item Pancake plain/Jam/honey/Butter, Apple Pancake, Cinamon Rool, Apple Strudle, Brown/ white bread plain/jam/Honey/Butter
Mouth Watering Desert Apple Pie, Custard pudding, Rice Pudding, Lemon Sugar Pancake, Chocolate Cake
Occasional Teste Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Fried, Chicken Tawa, Chicken Curry, Chicken Steak, Yak Steak.
What happens if there is an emergency?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency Zen Adventure Nepal Treks will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel. Zen Adventure Nepal Treks is associated members of The Himalayan Rescue Association.
Are the Zen Adventure Nepal Treks’s staffs insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff, including guides, cooks, sherpas and porters are insured. Please, click here (We take pride in the fact that every single porter and guide employed by us is not only well paid but also protected by a life insurance policy. They are provided with warm clothing and proper shelter on all high altitude treks. All our treks benefit the village economics by using local services (manpower, produce, lodges and other services). We ensure that all our staff is well paid, insured and properly equipped).
Could you give us some information about the guide?
All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. Our guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our guides are very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes and since they are natives of Nepal, they easily acclimatize and therefore can better care for their clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and can assist you with basic first aid treatment.
What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
How safe traveling alone women with your company?
We ensure all safety and security for individual woman traveller while with us, we are more confidence for this issues, believe us. We have train our guides, the way our clients want. We give you personal room on lodge trek and personal tent for camping (tented camp) trek.
What happens if I need to leave the trip early?
Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However our guides will make the necessary efforts to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.
Does your company arrange domestic and international flight and other services?
We are Nepal based company. So we suggest you to arrange your destination International flight from your hometown. Domestic flight ticket is included in our packages tour. If you need extra domestic flight, we will arrange different activities like river rafting, city guided tour, Mountain flight, jungle safari, paragliding etc according to your requirements.
Does Zen Adventure Nepal Treks accept credit cards?
We accept American Express, Visa and Master cards. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.
What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option?
We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick up and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs.
Can I bring some food from home?
You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars or similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
How much extra money should take with me except trip price?
It depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 15 to 20 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$ 12 to 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, chocolates, Coca Cola.
Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal? What do I need to get my visa?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need to obtain visas to enter Nepal. You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for 30 days.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country or from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.
How can we respect your culture during our stay in Nepal?
With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white Himalayas and sparkling rivers it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country. Here is a list of things which may be helpful to you.
The form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” is performed by joining the palms together.
Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and stupa remember to remove your shoes.
Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hands being used for your eating to touch other’s food, plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish. Do not eat from other people’s plate and do not drink from other people’s bottle or glass. It is considered impure by the Nepalese.
Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.
While travelling dress ap€propriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
Seek permission first before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter.
Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside the temple precinct.
Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
Public displays of affection between man and woman are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our environment.
Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may mean “Yes”.
Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to Nepalese people and respect their local customs.
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977-1- ****** First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last (6 or 7) digits are telephone numbers. if you want to call in cell phone dial 977 & then cell number.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found:
1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their ‘Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advise you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
How can I book this trip?
When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport or your personal information (Surname, Name, and date of birth, Passport number, nationality and gender) and 20% down payment of the total price for advance domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. Remaining balance can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. For the details, please visit at: