Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

Annapurna Treks
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Region
Duration11 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4130 M
ActivitiesTrekking
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeRound of the year

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a breathtaking journey nestled in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas. Lasting for around 11 days, this trek offers adventurers a chance to witness some of the most stunning landscapes and cultural experiences in the region.

Throughout the trek, hikers will be surrounded by towering peaks, lush forests, and traditional Nepalese villages. One of the highlights of the journey is reaching Annapurna Base Camp itself, situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). Here, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of Annapurna I, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and other majestic peaks.

The trekking route passes through diverse terrain, including terraced fields, rhododendron forests and alpine meadows. Along the way, trekkers will have the opportunity to interact with local villagers, experiencing their unique culture and hospitality. Annapurna Base Camp trek is suitable for adventurers of all levels, with moderate difficulty. However, it is essential to be in good physical condition and acclimatize properly to the altitude.

Proper gear and equipment are essential for a successful trek. This includes sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and a backpack. It's also advisable to carry essential items such as sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a water bottle.

The best time to embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is mild, and the skies are clear. During these months, the views are stunning, and the trails are at their most beautiful.

The 11 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes of the Nepalese Himalayas. Here are the major highlights of this adventure:

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Spectacular Mountain Views: The trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world, as well as Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.
  • Cultural Immersion: Trekking through traditional Nepalese villages allows trekkers to experience the unique culture and hospitality of the local Gurung and Magar communities. You'll have the opportunity to interact with locals, visit ancient monasteries, and learn about their way of life.
  • Diverse Terrain: The trek traverses diverse landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests to alpine meadows adorned with colorful wildflowers. You'll also encounter terraced fields, suspension bridges, and rushing mountain streams along the way.
  • Natural Hot Springs: After days of trekking, a relaxing soak in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda provides a rejuvenating experience. Soaking in the warm waters amidst the stunning mountain scenery is a highlight for many trekkers.
  • Annapurna Base Camp (ABC): The ultimate destination of the trek, Annapurna Base Camp sits at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). Surrounded by towering peaks, the base camp offers awe-inspiring views and a sense of accomplishment for reaching this iconic location.
  • Sunrise at Poon Hill: On the trek's early days, a side trip to Poon Hill rewards trekkers with a mesmerizing sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The panoramic vista of golden peaks bathed in the first light of day is truly unforgettable.
  • Himalayan Wildlife: Keep an eye out for Himalayan wildlife along the trail, including colorful birds, elusive mountain goats (Himalayan Tahr), and maybe even sightings of the elusive snow leopard.
  • Climbing through Modi Khola Gorge: The trail passes through the scenic Modi Khola Gorge, offering thrilling suspension bridge crossings and breathtaking views of the rushing river below.
  • Climatic Diversity: Experience the transition from subtropical climates in the lower elevations to alpine conditions as you ascend towards Annapurna Base Camp. This diversity adds to the adventure and offers trekkers a range of experiences.
  • Friendship and Camaraderie: Sharing the journey with fellow trekkers from around the world fosters a sense of camaraderie and friendship that adds to the overall experience of the trek.
Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, you'll have some free time to relax and recover from your journey. In the evening, there will be a pre-trek briefing where you'll meet your trekking guide and fellow trekkers. Your guide will provide you with essential information about the trek and ensure that you're adequately prepared for the adventure ahead.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

Your Annapurna Base Camp trek officially begins today! After an early morning breakfast, you'll catch a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, offering stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll embark on a picturesque drive to Kimchi, the starting point of your trek. From Kimchi, you'll trek for around 2 hours (2 km) to reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk, known for its traditional Gurung culture and stunning mountain views.

Max Altitude: 1,940m

Leaving Ghandruk behind, you'll continue your trek towards Chhomrong. The trail winds through rhododendron forests and terraced fields, offering glimpses of the Annapurna and Machapuchare peaks along the way. After a 5 to 6-hour trek covering approximately 10 km, you'll reach Chhomrong, a charming village nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region.

Max Altitude: 2,170m

Today's trek takes you deeper into the Annapurna Sanctuary as you make your way to Bamboo. The trail descends steeply into the Modi Khola valley before ascending again towards Bamboo. Along the way, you'll pass through lush forests and cross several suspension bridges, providing exhilarating views of the rushing river below. After a 5 to 6-hour trek covering approximately 7 km, you'll arrive in Bamboo, where you'll spend the night amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Max Altitude: 2,310m

Continuing your ascent towards Annapurna Base Camp, today's trek takes you to Deurali. The trail meanders through dense forests of bamboo and rhododendron, with occasional glimpses of snow-capped peaks towering above. After a 4 to 5-hour trek covering approximately 8.5 km, you'll reach Deurali, a small settlement nestled in a scenic valley surrounded by towering cliffs.

Max Altitude: 3,230m Duration: 4 to 5 hrsDistance: 8.5 km

Today is the day you've been waiting for – the journey to Annapurna Base Camp! The trail gradually ascends through alpine meadows and moraines, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. As you approach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you'll be greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of Machapuchare and the surrounding Himalayan giants. From here, it's a short but exhilarating trek to Annapurna Base Camp, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and other towering peaks. After a 4 to 5-hour trek covering approximately 8 km, you'll arrive at Annapurna Base Camp, your home for the night.

Max Altitude: 4,130m Duration: 4 to 5 hrsDistance: 8 km

After soaking in the breathtaking sunrise views from Annapurna Base Camp, you'll begin your descent back towards Bamboo. The trail retraces your steps through the picturesque landscapes of the Annapurna Sanctuary, offering new perspectives on the surrounding mountains. After a 7 to 8-hour trek covering approximately 16.5 km, you'll arrive back in Bamboo, where you'll spend the night.

Max Altitude: 2,310m Duration: 7-8 hrsDistance: 16.5 km

Today's trek takes you to the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda, where you can relax and soothe your muscles after days of trekking. The trail descends steeply through lush forests and terraced fields, offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys. After a 5 to 6-hour trek covering approximately 9 km, you'll arrive in Jhinu Danda, where you can unwind in the rejuvenating hot springs and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Max Altitude: 1,760m Duration: 5-6 hrsDistance: 9 km

Today marks the final day of your trekking adventure. After a leisurely breakfast in Jhinu Danda, you'll embark on a short trek to Matque, where you'll be greeted by your waiting vehicle. From Matque, you'll enjoy a scenic drive back to Pokhara, where you can relax and celebrate the successful completion of your trek.

Max Altitude: 1,070m

After breakfast, you'll catch a short flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where you can enjoy some free time to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu or simply relax and reflect on your trekking adventure.

Max Altitude: 1,400m

Sadly, it's time to bid farewell to the majestic Himalayas and the beautiful country of Nepal. Depending on your flight schedule, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. As you depart, take with you cherished memories of the Annapurna Base Camp trek and the unforgettable experiences shared with fellow trekkers amidst some of the world's most stunning landscapes.

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Included
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers between Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and your hotel are included in the package.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin-sharing basis is provided. This includes a stay in a comfortable hotel with basic amenities.
  • Meals: Breakfast is included throughout the trekking portion of the itinerary. This ensures you start your day with a nutritious meal to fuel your trekking adventures.
  • Transportation: Transportation by flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back is included. Additionally, ground transportation from Pokhara to the trek starting point and from the trek endpoint back to Pokhara is provided.
  • Trekking Permits: Necessary permits for the Annapurna Conservation Area are included in the package. These permits allow you access to the trekking trails and ensure compliance with conservation regulations.
  • Professional Guide: A knowledgeable and experienced trekking guide will accompany you throughout the trek. They will provide guidance, support, and valuable insights into the local culture and environment.
  • Porter Service: Porter service is provided to carry your main luggage during the trek. This allows you to trek with a lighter daypack, making the journey more comfortable and enjoyable.
  • Pre-Trek Briefing: A pre-trek briefing will be conducted upon arrival in Kathmandu. This briefing provides essential information about the trek, safety guidelines, and equipment requirements, ensuring you are adequately prepared for the adventure ahead.
Excluded
  • International Flights: International flights to and from Nepal are not included in the package. Travelers are responsible for arranging their own international flights to Kathmandu.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees for entry into Nepal are not included in the package. Travelers must obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or from the nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation is not included in the package. It is highly recommended that travelers obtain comprehensive travel insurance before embarking on the trek.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara: Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included in the package. Travelers are free to explore local restaurants and cafes to sample Nepalese cuisine and international dishes.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and additional activities are not included in the package. Travelers should budget for these expenses accordingly.
  • Tipping: Tipping for the trekking guide, porter, and other support staff is not included in the package. Tipping is customary in Nepal and greatly appreciated for excellent service.
  • Additional Accommodation: Any additional accommodation required due to early arrival or late departure from Kathmandu or Pokhara is not included in the package. Additional nights' accommodation can be arranged upon request for an extra cost.
  • Optional Activities: Optional activities such as sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara, paragliding, and boating on Phewa Lake are not included in the package but can be arranged upon request for an additional fee.
Essential Information

Trekking Equipment

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp requires proper equipment to ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here's a list of essential trekking equipment you'll need for the 11 Days Annapurna Base Camp trek:

Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters to carry your essentials during the trek.

Trekking Boots: Waterproof and ankle-supporting trekking boots with good grip for navigating various terrains.

Moisture-Wicking Clothing: Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers, such as synthetic or merino wool shirts and pants, to keep you dry and comfortable while trekking.

Insulating Layers: Insulating layers like fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth during cold mornings and evenings at higher altitudes.

Rain Gear: Waterproof and breathable rain jacket and pants to protect you from rain, wind, and snow.

Warm Hat and Gloves: Insulated hat and gloves to retain heat and protect your extremities from cold temperatures.

Sun Protection: Sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen with a high SPF rating, and lip balm with SPF to shield your skin and eyes from the sun's harmful rays.

Trekking Poles: Adjustable trekking poles to provide stability and support on uneven terrain, especially during steep ascents and descents.

Sleeping Bag: Lightweight and compact sleeping bag rated for cold temperatures to keep you warm and comfortable during overnight stays in teahouses or lodges.

Sleeping Pad: Inflatable or foam sleeping pad to provide insulation and cushioning while sleeping on the floor of teahouses or lodges.

Headlamp or Flashlight: Compact headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries for navigating trails and finding your way in low-light conditions.

Water Bottle or Hydration System: Insulated water bottle or hydration bladder to stay hydrated during the trek. Consider using a water purification method to treat water from natural sources along the trail.

First Aid Kit: Basic first aid kit containing essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, blister treatment, and any personal medications.

Toiletries: Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and other personal hygiene products for maintaining cleanliness during the trek.

Trekking Towel: Quick-drying and lightweight trekking towel for bathing and washing up at teahouses or lodges.

Snacks and Energy Foods: High-energy snacks like trail mix, energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits to fuel your trekking adventures.

Camera or Smartphone: Capture stunning landscapes and memorable moments along the trail with a camera or smartphone.

Trekking Map and Guidebook: A detailed trekking map and guidebook to navigate the trail and learn about the local culture, geography, and points of interest.

Money and Documents: Sufficient local currency (Nepalese Rupees) for purchases along the trail, as well as important documents like your passport, trekking permits, and travel insurance details.

Trash Bags: Carry reusable or biodegradable trash bags to pack out your waste and minimize your environmental impact on the trail.

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Why With Us?

Choosing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Real Adventure Nepal ensures a fulfilling and memorable adventure in the Himalayas for several compelling reasons:

Expert Guidance and Safety

Experienced Guides: Real Adventure Nepal employs experienced and knowledgeable guides who are familiar with the Annapurna region's terrain, culture, and safety protocols.
Safety First: The company prioritizes safety with trained guides who are equipped to handle emergencies and ensure a secure trekking experience.
Well-Planned Route: Real Adventure Nepal offers a well-planned itinerary that covers key highlights like Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, ensuring a balanced trekking experience.
Cultural Insight: Along the trek, guides provide cultural insights into local communities, enhancing understanding and appreciation of the region.
Comfortable Accommodation: Accommodations during the trek are carefully selected to provide comfort and relaxation after each day's trekking.
Transportation and Logistics: Real Adventure Nepal manages all transportation and logistics, ensuring seamless travel from Kathmandu to the trek's starting point and back.
Small Group Size: By limiting group sizes, Real Adventure Nepal ensures personalized attention, allowing guides to cater to individual needs and preferences.
Flexible Options: The company offers flexibility in itinerary customization, accommodating different trekking preferences and schedules.
Positive Feedback: Real Adventure Nepal has garnered positive reviews from previous trekkers, highlighting their professionalism, reliability, and commitment to customer satisfaction.
Trusted Operator: As a reputable trekking operator in Nepal, Real Adventure Nepal is trusted for delivering exceptional trekking experiences that exceed expectations.
Competitive Pricing: The trek is competitively priced, offering value for money with inclusive services and amenities that enhance the overall trekking experience.
Transparent Policies: Real Adventure Nepal maintains transparent pricing and clear policies, ensuring trekkers are well-informed and confident in their trekking investment.