The breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring wonders of the Annapurna Sanctuary await on this unforgettable 14-day trek. From our destination, the Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll behold the craggy, shimmering south face of Annapurna I - the world’s 10th-tallest peak! We’ll steal glimpses of Machapuchare (Fishtail), called the “Matterhorn of Asia” and revered as sacred to the god Shiva, which is dotted by glaciers and limned in a sheer cliff face. As your guides guide you through the mountains and between cozy teahouses, you’ll meet the kind, welcoming locals and come to understand that hospitality is limited by no language. The Annapurna Base Camp is a trek more attainable for many, as compared to the Everest Base Camp, and is therefore popular with adventurers with a varying range of experience.
- All airport transfers from arrival to departure
- Two nights of deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu
- Two nights of deluxe accommodation in Pokhara
- Bus service between Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
- Lodge accommodation and three meals a day while trekking
- One way flight to Pokhara
- English-speaking guide
- Porter service
- All applicable permits
- TIMS card
- Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
- First aid kit
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)
Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day
Welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure! One of our Airport Representatives will be on hand to greet you when your plane lands and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. We'll have a final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.
Day 2 - Kathmandu to Pokhara
It's time to kick off our journey! The first leg of this adventure is a 6-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where you'll rest up for our first day of trekking! We'll have a final briefing in the evening to go over details and answer any last-minute questions.
Day 3 - Pokhara to Nayapul, Nayapul to Tikhe Dhunga
The day starts with a transfer to Nayapul which is about one hour drive from Pokhara, where we'll take the first steps of our trek. The walking is easy at this stage, as we stroll through the Modi Khola River Valley. We trek to the small village of Tikhe Dhunga to spend the night.
Day 4 - Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani
From Tikhe Dhunga we'll cross a stream as the warm up to ascending the steep stone staircase to the scenic, quaint Magar Village at Ulleri. After lunch, our route wends through glorious blooms of rhododendron and imposing oak forests. We'll move slightly upwards in the direction of Nangethanti before scaling towards Ghorepani for dinner and sleep.
Day 5 - Ghorepani to Tadapani, with excursion to Poon Hill
We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. It's back to our lodge for a late breakfast, and then we’re back on the trekking path! Our legs get a bit of a rest on the downhill walk towards lunch at Bathanti, which takes us through beautiful, deep forests, and then to Tadapani.
Day 6 - Tadapani to Chhomrong
More downhill walking awaits us today as we again trek rhododendron and oak forests. We'll arrive at the lofty Gurung village of Chhomrong by lunchtime, giving you a bit of time to explore the fantastic views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.
Day 7 - Chhomrong to Doban
Another precipitous stone staircase guides our way today as we descend towards the Chhomrong Khola. We shift gears at that point and will climb in the direction of Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through leafy bamboo forests. More upward travel awaits us in the afternoon as we head towards Kuldi and then another staircase down to Dovan, where we'll rest after a vigorous day.
Day 8 - Doban to Annapurna Base Camp
You'll feel the bite of the thin air today as we climb high above our starting point of Dovan, overlooking a river far below. We'll scale the lateral moraine of a shimmering glacier and then come down the other side to the glacier bed before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. A breathtaking 4,237m above sea level, this is our stopping point for the night.
It's time to reap the rewards of your hard trekking work! Miles above earth, we have all day today to wander the base camp and drink in the beauty and majesty of Annapurna. The sunrise and sunset are spectacular displays of natural theatre, and not to be missed. Make sure your camera is charged!
Day 9 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
We'll savor one last fiery Annapurna sunrise before beginning our trek down the mountain. Our route today ends in the village of Bamboo, named for the dense forest of tall bamboo that surrounds it.
Day 10 - Bamboo to Chhomrong
The stone staircases and their steep, unforgiving steps await us once again! We'll trek the bamboo forest, passing vibrant blooms of rhododendron, on our way to Kuldi. After lunch, we pass through Sinuwa and Modi Khola before an invigorating uphill climb towards Chomrong.
Day 11 - Chhomrong to Ghandrung
From Chhomrong, we head back to Taglung, descending slowly through a forest to Kummu. It's back towards Ghandrung and one more hypnotically-lovely panorama of Annapurna South before our last night on the mountain.
Day 12 - Ghandrung to Pokhara
The end of our trek is in sight. Villages and terraced fields dot the landscape at these lower altitudes, adding interest and variety to our last morning on the mountain. We'll pass through Syauli Bazaar and Nayapul before catching a ride back to Pokhara, where the comforts of a hotel ensconce you after a long and tiring journey.
The extraordinary natural beauty of Pokhara frames your penultimate adventure day, which is dedicated to exploring the town. Pokhara feels almost sublimely tranquil, with the sacred, fishtailed peak of Machhapuchhre rising behind it and the shining waters of Phewa Lake within its heart. Pokhara is at a lower elevation than Kathmandu, and, accordingly, has a balmier - almost tropical - climate, which has given rise to a riotous proliferation of flowers. Uncover Pokhara's secrets at length as you drink in glorious views of the Himalaya range.
Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
The 25 minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu brings us back the way we originally came, ending again in a comfortable hotel. Your conquest of the Himalayas is complete: it's time for some rest! After an afternoon to nap and relax, we'll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town's finest Nepalese restaurants, where you can give us your feedback on the trek. In the morning, we'll make sure you catch your flight home with time to spare.
Day 14 - Kathmandu: Departure Day
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES
Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads
which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.
Extra Costs and Exclusions
- Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
- Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
- All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
- We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
- We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
- The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
- Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.