- Exploring the stunning Annapurna Base Camp.
- Fully supported tea-house based trek including 3 hearty meals per day.
- Trekking through Gurung villages with welcoming tribal communities.
- Getting close with nature and learning about the local ethnic culture.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu – Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine), the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, the ancient Swayambhunath stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Sites).
- Impressive sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon hill (3,210m).
“An exemplary route to one of the most noteworthy mountains in the Himalayas.”
Largely popular for being one of the most sought-after treks in the entire world, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is essentially a meandering walk to the base camp of Annapurna Mountain which in terms of height is also the 10th highest mountain in the world. In just around two weeks of trekking into the Annapurna Sanctuary trekkers get the golden opportunity to see magnificently garlanded vistas of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m/26,545ft), Mt. Machapuchare (6,993m/22,943ft), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft), Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Nilgiri and other neighboring snow-capped Himalayas.
Surely every trek has its own unique charm of attraction which appeals to the visitors/trekkers, so just like that our Annapurna Base Camp Trek has its very own captivating features. Such as getting very up & close to the eternally glorious Himalayas while traversing by several indigenous village settlements which are rich in culture and bio-diversity. Having said that, our adventure begins as we drive from the scenic lake city of Pokhara to Nayapul. From that point, onward we take a scheduled course to the ABC which lets us pass through delightful Gurung towns of Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chommrong, Bamboo and Deurali. Furthermore, we walk over to the very esteemed Nepalese site of Machapuchare Base Camp by which we later on prompt ourselves towards Annapurna Base Camp.
In this way, one more plus point about our trek is that it lets you visit two base camps in just one goes which is simply indescribable unless you visit there yourself. And just like that, you ultimately get to end your trek in the soothing Pokhara city where you can relax with some comforting lake views and a chilled beer.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Alternative Routes
For those considering a different alternative path, there are couple of different courses at lower elevations from Pokhara to interface at Chommrong. Depending upon your available time and interest, you can pick a trek from either Dhampus to Ghandruk or Nayapul to Tikhedunga. However, the trail ahead from Chommrong onward will be the same. Keeping Poonhill in mind which is a great vantage point for observing the Annapurna’s, we have included it in our standard agenda by means of Nayapul to Tikhedhunga.
Last but not the least, if there’s any trek worth going in the Nepalese Himalayas, then this 16-day trek to the ABC is just the one for you. So, contact Icicles Adventure Treks today and take a timeout from your daily schedule to create some unforgettable memories in Nepal with us.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 16 days Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu (1338m/4390ft)
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, complete your customs and visa formalities. Then one of our office representatives will be holding an Icicles Adventure Treks sign board with your name on it. He will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu that you have chosen. Check in at your hotel and simply take some rest or we prefer to take some fresh air strolling around Thamel area. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
We start our day by having our breakfast at hotel and go for one whole day sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites at Kathmandu. Starting from Kathmandu Durbar Square, we go at monkey temple of Swayambhunath, then take a drive to Pashupatinath and finally end at Boudhanath. All these heritage sites are worth to visit. These sites show us the best of Nepal culture, Hindu and Buddhist religion, values, along with beautiful architectures and temples. We also do organize pre-trip meeting and complete our trek preparation. Meet your trekking guide, get familiar with trek, team and enjoy rest of the day. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2690ft)
Initially before starting our ABC trek, we take a long 6hrs comfortable drive to Pokhara. Watching the beautiful green valleys, ridges, rivers, fields and settlements in between, we enjoy our tourist bus ride to Pokhara. We do have lunch stop in restaurant. And upon arrival at beautiful lake city, valley of seven lakes, Pokhara, enjoy overall atmosphere, take stroll around lake side of Phewa Lake or simply shop and hop into any nice restaurant, pubs etc. We stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Accommodation: Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m/5051ft)
Real Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins today after we take a short an hour drive north towards Nayapul. It is also the starting point of our trekking activity. As we start walking, we arrive at the small town of Birethanti across passing through couple of suspension bridges, bamboo forests through long waterfall and finally arrive at Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at local teahouse. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 05: Trek from Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2860m/9380ft)
We have our morning meal at our tea house. And our day gets little tough as we will be climbing straight more than 3000 stone stairs to arrive at Ulleri. Excellent views of Annapurna is seen along the route. And after getting at the top, we gradually walk through meadows, forests and river streams. We are at the heart of nature, so we do see many beautiful birds. It will be heaven for keen bird watchers too. In this way, further trekking north passing through our lunch stop at Nangethati, we arrive at Ghorepani. Overnight stay at local teahouse. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m/10531ft) and descend to Tadapani (2,630m/8626ft)
Nothing seems more beautiful than panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan Ranges from Poon hill. And we wake-up very early in the morning with this excitement. After couple of minutes walk in a dark with help of torch light, we arrive at Poonhill viewpoint and suddenly the magic happens. As the golden rays of sun slowly reveals the snow capped mountains, the scenery simply can’t be explained in words. The view of Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Nilgiri and other nearby himlayas is seen. Then after, we make our way downwards through beautiful forests towards Tadapani. Accommodation at local teahouse. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft)
We will lose altitude today while descending down further from Tadapani to Gurjung Village. Passing through waterfalls, suspension bridges and couple of ascends and descends, we arrive at Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village located at lap of Annapurna Himalayas and excellent views of snow capped mountains is seen from here. Accommodation at local tea house. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 08: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m/6190ft)
We follow river gorge leaving behind Chhomrong today. And we couple of downhill walk takes us near Chhomrong River. We cross through suspension bridge and climb out of the side valley through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests. In this similar passion, we cross through refreshingly green forest, spot some flora, fauna over there and reach Dovan at the end of the day. Accommodation at local teahouse. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3200m/10500ft)
We start our day today with a climb through bamboo forests and we walk enjoying the nature at its best, the valleys, rivers and flowers with many stone steps. Deurali is at foot of Modi Himal and we have our lunch there. We can hike upto MBC (Macchapuchre Base Camp) today but following the proper acclimatization rules, we stay overnight at Deurali and head towards MBC next day. Overnight stay at local teahouse. Walking time: 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10: Trek from Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft)
Today, we cross the small bridge at Modi Khola, and continue climbing towards scattered glacial valley. From this point, different side of Fishtail Himalaya is seen and we find difference in vegetation as well. After walking for couple of hours following the Modi Khola again, we find tea houses there. And we spend one night before puching ourselves to Annapurna base camp. As we are very close to Himalayas, the views gets even more upclose and special. Overnight stay at local teahouse. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 11: Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13545ft)
There won’t be a much of walking today, as we are that close to our destination and major highlight of this trek. In just two hours, we will be there at Annapurna Base Camp. We don’t see much vegetation at this altitude. Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, we feel like we are being surrounded by high Himalayas from all direction. Accommodation at local tea house. Walking time: 2 to 3 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 12: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7576ft)
Today will also be the beautiful sunrise watching day. We wake up before sunrise, as the sun rays hits the Himalayas, we take plenty of pictures. Then after having our breakfast in hotel, we return Bamboo. Walking down, it won’t be that tough task today; however you should take care of shaky legs. Furthermore, we walk through beautiful glaciers, forests; we arrive at Bamboo at end of the day. There will be huge drop of 2000 meters in elevation. Accommodation at local lodge. Walking time: 6 to 7 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 13: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m/5840ft)
We continue returning back to where we all began. Today we head back towards Chhomrong through rough terrains, and slightly ascends. Afterwards, the route takes us down through plenty of stone stairs. And we cross the river. With couple of ascend and descends, we arrive at Jhinu Danda today. The major attraction at this place is the natural hotspring. Walking 20mins down the main trail, we take a dip at hotspring and simply relax. Finally after relaxing our tired muscles, we step into local teahouse for overnight stay. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 14: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara
Leaving behind Jhinu Dada, we descend down until we see the river stream, again climb through valleys and down through the forests. Ascends and descends continues as we finally arrive at Sauli Bazar and Nayapul at an end of the day. In this way, finally after arriving at Nayapul , we take a drive towards Pokhara and conclude our amazing Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Accommodation at local lodge. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We drive towards Kathmandu. Upon arrival at capital city, we will organize farewell dinner at one of the cultural restaurant with good performances. Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu. Driving time: 6 to 7 hours, Accommodation: Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Quick Note: You also have an option to extend your Nepal trekking trip with an extra day at Pokhara to explore even more natural and cultural attractions. Similarly, Chitwan Safari, Rafting, or Bungee jumping and Paragliding, Everest mountain flight and there are many more activities that you can experience while you are in Nepal.
Day 16: Airport drop and international departure from Kathmandu
With plenty of wonderful Annapurna Base Camp Trekking memories, you will be transferred to TIA for your scheduled international flight by one of our office representative. We hope that you like our services, and look forward to organize even more treks, tours and adventures in near future. See you soon. Farewell! Included Meals: Breakfast
Trip In More Detail
We organize Annapurna base camp trek for any group size as per your requirement, however, generally our international mixed group size won’t exceed trek participants more than 10-12 people. Also we do run private departures for one or two trekkers upon request. In the similar way, we do offer female trekking guides exclusively for female and family trekking participants.
Number of trekking crew members will be on the basis of your group size. Generally, our crew members include one trip leader, one assistant guide (1 assistant guide: 6 hikers ratio) and porters as baggage carriers in (1porter: 2 hikers ratio). These are the optimum ratio to ensure smooth operation of trek with safety measures taken. i.e. Even if someone gets unwell, there will be a crew member to take care of them and also a professional guide to carry on the trip further.
In our standard 15 nights Annapurna base camp itinerary, you shall be staying three nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara at three star category hotel. We can also upgrade your hotel or choose budget hotel upon your request. You can also obviously book your own hotel at city areas online on your own.
However, during our trekking days, you shall be staying overnight for 10 nights in standard quality guesthouse across the trails in twin sharing basis. You shall get attached bathrooms with hotshower until Ghorepani and Chhomrong. And as you trek higher, most of the tea houses have common toilet outside dining hall in a lobby.
Room at local tea houses are usually made up of wooden interiors including bed with mattress, quilt and blanket. Extra blanket can be provided for free upon request. But you are requested to use your own sleeping bag.
Single suppliment can be arranged by paying USD 160 upto Chomrong including stay at Kathmandu and Pokhara, but at tea houses higher than Chomrong, rooms are available only on twin sharing basis.
Food, Meals and Drinks on Trek
Food, Meals and Drinks on Trek
Our ABC trip package consists of three course meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking days provided by local tea houses. At, most of the local lodges across Annapurna trekking trails, we can see vegetarian meal on the menu with minimal availability of meat items. The supplies and transportation is challenging to carry all the way to higher altitudes so, expect less varieties as you ascend higher.
Likewise, we can find quite a few varieties on our Menu with Nepali, Indian, Tibetan and other contintetal dishes along with desserts and bakery items. In the mean time, you are also advised to take garlic soup to avoid altitude sickness and its other symptoms like headache etc. Garlic is the natural remedy against acute mountain sickness. And it is always a better option to avoid alcoholic drinks while trekking at higher altitudes. Alcohol dehydrates our body and increases our risks of high altitude illness.
While ordering your menu items, you can always have the available dishes on the menu, and you are advised to order only the quantity that you can consume. Try not to trash any food, as a lot of effort has been made to put that dish on your plate infront of you. Breakfast and dinner will be served at your respective stopping place while lunch will be served along the trails in a lunch place (restaurant).
After successful completion of our trip, we also do welcome you to farewell dinner at one of the cultural restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu. Another thing you should let us know while booking is your dietary preference, veg / non-veg. We will arrange according to your preference and request.
Drinking Water Options and Arrangements:
There won’t be much of drinking water issues while traversing on Annapurna base camp trek. We can easily buy plastic mineral water bottle but we suggest to drink filtered water via purifying tablets and steripen etc. Water bottle causes pollution so ensure you carry along hard plastic or metal water bottle, or a water bladder to take a sip while walking.
Preparing For The Challenge
The terrain in ABC Trekking is very varied as the route passes through valleys, forest and mountain slopes above the tree line; paths on the whole are good but are very steep in places and with many steps to both walk up and down. Terrain can be slippery in wet conditions. You should have a good level of fitness to enjoy the trek to the utmost. The trek takes you as high as 4160m and some people may experience symptoms of altitude sickness despite of precautions. Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain involved, rather than the actual distance! We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.
Fitness required varies from trek to trek but for Annapurna Trekking you should be reasonably fit, used to some regular exercise. It is most important that you know you enjoy walking in the great outdoors but you certainly don’t need to be an experienced hiker for ABC Trekking. For some people this is their first real trek. Understand that you trek with a day pack with water, spare clothing, knickknacks and camera; porters or animals carry your sleeping bag and other gear you don’t need during the day in a kitbag. So in theory your day pack will be light and you can skip along the trail – except that you are at altitude and this really does make a difference, and we are walking easy days but day after day they still build up so that you feel like you really are getting fit and really do have to push your body more than you might think. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve the Annapurna Base Camp challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. The older you are the more important prior fitness and training is. We design our trips such a way that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones.
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It is a condition upon joining any of Icicles Adventure trekking and mountaineering trips you must have adequate insurance that covers comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. You are welcome to source your own travel insurance and provide us with proof of this prior to 15 days of your trip departure date.
Environmental Care and Sustainable Tourism
We have designed our trips to ensure they make minimum impact on the environment. Our viewpoint is to leave the incredible Himalayan nature the way we found it, unspoiled, clean and well preserved so future generations will have a chance to enjoy this just as we do with our clients. We also understand that our industry depends completely on the conservation of the fragile nature and with increased tourism comes our responsibility to make sure our customers can explore with peace of mind, making sure that they are not doing any harm along the way. All tourism, even simply walking, can make some damage to nature if care is not taken. We evade the harm by carefully designing our itineraries, educating guides and having an active practical environmental policy which is persistently reviewed. Our guides are committed to following our environmental policy and illustrate how to “leave no trace” and encourage our guests to help us preserve the Himalayan nature. See more on our environmental policy:
Transport: Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours chooses fuel efficient and low emission vehicles whenever possible. Our drivers are instructed on eco friendly driving tactics and to keep fuel usage to a minimum to reduce emission. We also use public transport when possible to reduce emission per passenger and to support the local economy.
All debris on our trips is disposed at suitable recycling facilities. On trips where no recycling and debris service is available all waste is stored until a garbage disposal facility is reached. We also endeavor to select re-usable products and environment friendly products such as bio degradable cleaning agents, toilet paper etc. In our office also the waste is separated for recycling and we promote our staff to minimize waste.
Overcrowding: We realize the fact that certain areas in the Himalayan region are very famous and are already at jeopardy for environmental damage because of being overcrowded. To facilitate such areas with the break they need we either offer suitable alternatives to our customers, or suggest visiting the most famous areas at times when they are less crowded. These is evidently better for the environment and also endow with a better experience for our customers.
Purchasing and local products:
We use local products as much as possible to keep away from avoidable transport around the world. We also use local food and products on trips where possible. This helps lessen emission and also supports the local economy.
Paper and printing:
We keep the use of paper and printing to least by using electronic business processes and encourage our clients to do the same. All paper and printer toner we use is eco friendly and we recycle all printed materials.