Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Annapurna Base Camp
  • Max Altitude 4,130m/13,459ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Hille
  • Ends Jhinu Danda
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Scenic walk through lush forests, rhododendron groves, and beautiful villages, leading up to Ghorepani.
  • Opportunity to try authentic Nepali cuisine, including traditional Dal Bhat (lentil soup with rice), momos (dumplings), Gurung Bread (corn bread), and various local delicacies. The local teahouses provide hearty meals to fuel your adventure.
  • Phenomenal sunrise view from Poon Hill, offering panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Provides an opportunity to learn about the unique culture, traditions, and way of life of GURUNGS, MAGARS, and THAKALIS and experience their warm hospitality.
  • Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, pristine waterfalls, and scenic landscapes.
  • Dramatic close-up views of towering peaks like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli.
  • Annapurna Base Camp: The ultimate highlight of the trek is reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters. Surrounded by soaring mountains, including the majestic Annapurna I (8,091 meters), this natural amphitheater is a sight to behold. Enjoy the surreal beauty and serenity of this high-altitude sanctuary.
  • Relax and rejuvenate your tired muscles in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda. A perfect way to end the trek and soothe any aches and pains from the rigorous hike.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

This 15-day teahouse Annapurna Base Camp Trek certainly has so much to offer travelers from around the world. The prominence of Annapurna embarked after the French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal scaled Annapurna I, the first-ever victorious ascent of 8,000 m peaks in the history of mountaineering.

Annapurna I (8091 m), is the 10th highest mountain in the world, and the expedition to its base is a trip of a lifetime which is extremely overwhelming. Annapurna Base Camp Trek comes under the category of 'The Popular Destinations of Nepal'.

This epic trip to Annapurna sanctuary or Annapurna base camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill is another rewarding trek that offers you villages within the natural amphitheater, panoramic mountain views, and fabulous forested trails with exceptional magnificence.

The 'GURUNG' are the dominant ethnic tribe in the region. Gurungs, are very honest by nature and have diverse customs and beliefs. The British Gurkhas give you an abundant history of their loyalty and sincerity.

Moreover, the trail to Annapurna base camp is by far the most sanctified place for the Gurung people. It has various legendary and superstitious beliefs that still survive amid all modernization. While on your Annapurna Base Camp Trek venture you would witness ample evidence regarding this religious belief of the locals.

“If you seek creative ideas go walking”

Ghorepani Poon Hill:

Gently, following the Bhurungdi Khola (river) we walk to the town of Ghorepani or Ghodepani (2860m). Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the highlighted treks in the Annapurna region. This gorgeous town served as a significant terminal during the Salt Trade Era between Nepal and Tibet. Ghorepani meant Ghore as 'Horse' and Pani as 'Water' - so this town then was a crucial place to feed water to the salt traders' horses and mules. The popularity of this beautiful town can be seen in the number of tourists both national and international clustering in and out.

The highlight is the beautiful walk to the hill of Poon Hill (3193m / 10,475 feet) which gives you the most exceptional view. Poon Hill is certainly one of the most prominent viewpoints that completely stands out from the rest with its elegance. From POON HILL you will be able to see one of the most dramatic panoramic mountain views along with some of the world's highest peaks.

Pooh Hill serves before you:

  • The Dhaulagiri (8167m) - the 7th highest in the world,
  • Annapurna I (8091m) 10th highest in the world,
  • Tukuche (6920m),
  • Dhampus (6012m),
  • Nilgiri (6940m),
  • Annapurna Fang (7647m),
  • Annapurna South (7219m),
  • Hiunchuli (6441m),
  • Gangapurna (7454m), and
  • Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6993m).

Furthermore, it displays before you the KALI GANDAKI CANYON, the world's DEEPEST gorge.

The Beauty of being at Annapurna base camp:

Being at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is a mesmerizing experience that envelops you in the magnificence and beauty of the Himalayas. Nestled at an elevation of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, this remote sanctuary is surrounded by a natural amphitheater of towering peaks, with the majestic Annapurna Massif and the iconic Machapuchare dominating the skyline.

The tranquility and beauty of Annapurna Base Camp evoke a sense of peace and spirituality. Surrounded by these towering peaks, it is easy to understand why the local people consider these mountains sacred. Many trekkers take a moment to appreciate the serenity of the surroundings and reflect on the magnificence of nature.

The rhythmic prayer flags, the soft hum of the mountain winds, and the remarkable beauty of the landscape combine to form a moment of pure magic. The mornings bring a dreamlike sunrise, casting a golden glow upon the snow-capped peaks, while the sunset is the next level of beauty and serenity.

Being at Annapurna Base Camp is certainly being with nature at its grandest. It’s a memory that lingers as a reminder of the beauty and wonder that the world has to offer.

The beauty of being at Annapurna Base Camp isn't just in the physical surroundings but also in the emotional and spiritual connections formed with the mountains. It's a place where you can witness the immense power of nature and find a profound appreciation for the breathtaking beauty that exists in the Himalayas.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1400 m/4593 feet) and Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
  • Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2690 feet)
  • Day 04:Drive to Hille and Trek to Ulleri (1960 m/6430 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani or Ghode Pani (2860 m/9383 feet)
  • Day 06:Morning excursion to Poon Hill (3200 m/10,498 feet)and Trek to Chuile (2,309 m/ 7575 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Sinuwa (2,360 m / 7742 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Himalaya (2,920 m / 9,580 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700 m / 12,139 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Annapurna base camp(4130m /13,459 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Bamboo (2310 m/7578 feet) OR Sinuwa (2340 m/7677 feet)
  • Day 12:Trek to Jhinu Danda (natural hot spring) (1780 m/5839 feet)
  • Day 13:Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 14:Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 15:Departure day

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary

Arriving at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport is the first step in embarking on a journey through the heart of Nepal. The moment you step off the plane, you're greeted by the unmistakable scent of incense and a sense of excitement in the air. 

The airport itself is a bustling gateway to the city, with travelers from around the world coming to create new adventure stories. 

As you collect your luggage and clear customs, you'll be received by the warm welcome of your Trekking Group Leader or Our Office Representative and transfer you to the hotel. 

The drive from the airport to your hotel takes you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, where ancient temples and bustling markets coexist with the modern world. 

The journey is a sensory overload, with the honking of vehicles, the aroma of street food, and the vibrant colors of Nepal's vibrant culture. 


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1400 m/4593 fee
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Distance: 6 km

Your Trek leader will introduce you to our Professional City Tour Guide. A half-day city tour to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath is a splendid introduction to the cultural and spiritual aspects of Nepal. Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River.

This serene complex is a hub of spiritual activity, where pilgrims perform rituals and ceremonies.  The stunning pagoda-style architecture and intricate woodcarvings add to the temple's attraction.

Nearby, Boudhanath is a massive stupa and a center of Tibetan Buddhism, with its massive dome and the watchful eyes of the Buddha gazing out over the bustling streets. The stupa is surrounded by monasteries, prayer flags, and shops selling religious artifacts, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

After the city tour, the afternoon is dedicated to trek briefing and preparation, ensuring that trekkers are well-informed and adequately equipped for the upcoming adventure. This briefing typically covers the trek itinerary, safety guidelines, and important details about the journey. It's also an opportunity to address any questions or concerns.

The day concludes with a warm and welcoming dinner, where you and your team come together to build camaraderie and share your excitement about the upcoming trek. The dinner is often a blend of traditional Nepali cuisine and international dishes. 

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast/Welcome Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

To Drive to Pokhara we will leave the hotel early in the morning to get away from any sort of traffic or uncertainty. Pokhara happens to be the second biggest city in Nepal and one of the most beautiful city. Driving to Pokhara is not just a journey; it's an adventure filled with scenic vistas and glimpses of local life. The winding roads, lush landscapes, and the anticipation of reaching the serene lakeside city make it a fun and memorable road trip in Nepal.


  • 7/8 hours scenic drive.
  • Early drive to Pokhara to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams.
  • Fabulous scenery as you navigate through these new roads.
  • A very relaxing multiple break gives you time to stretch and enjoy.
  • A lunch stop in one of the highway restaurants with its excellent food choices is very comforting.
  • Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.
  • Altitude: 820 m/2690 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 200
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

Approximately 1 and ½ hour's drive on a narrow paved road to Nayapul, and we will further drive taking the offroad to Hille, the starting point of your electrifying expedition. Approximately 3 hours walk to Ulleri, the exquisite stone-built rural community in the region situated high up on the mountain ridge.


  • Drive to Nayapul with a great view of Annapurna and Fishtail.
  • We will further drive to the beautiful settlement of Hille for lunch (depending on our time).
  • The scenic beauty, deep gorge, and stretches of ancient farming terraces at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • 3 hours of vertical ascend with consistent stone steps through the series of villages to Ulleri is adventurous.
  • Overnight stay, fabulous dinner, and briefing by your leader.
  • Altitude: 1960 m/6430 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4.5 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

After breakfast leaving the stone-built community of Ulleri, we walk up to the small settlement of Banthanti. Soon we walk the beautiful forested trail. 4 hours of walking through the beautiful woodland trail of rhododendrons, maple, and oak are overwhelming, and getting to Ghorepani the leading protected area in Nepal with the world's largest Rhododendron forest is extraordinary. Ghorepani, the place that has served as a crucial place for the meet-up of traders during the salt trade era between Nepal and Tibet.


  • Unbelievable hike through the dramatic forest setup.
  • A lot to see if you are trekking in spring.
  • Getting to Ghorepani, the blue roof settlement is electrifying.
  • Know the legends of Ghorepani.
  • Free afternoon for self–exploration.
  • Overnight stay marvelous dinner, and chill out.
  • Altitude: 2860 m/9383 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.5 km

Morning sunrise view from Poon Hill is one cherishing moment with a panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Fishtail, etc. After breakfast, we leave Ghorepani and steeply ascend through the world’s largest rhododendron to the ridge with a stunning view of mountains and the deepest gorge in the world. We further walk the undulating trail also known as the ‘Lord of the Rings trail’ into the dense forest of pine, maple rhododendron, and oak to Tadapani. Shortly we will do a quick descent to a small yet very beautiful settlement of CHUILE.


  • An early wake-up call for the dazzling sunrise view with ample snow-capped mountains from POON HILL that would move many emotionally.
  • A fabulous walk through woodland is peaceful.
  • Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
  • Overnight stay in this small settlement of CHUILE is quite an experience.
  • The landscape and mountain views are stunning.
  • Stunning sunrise view from the tea house veranda itself.
  • Altitude: 3200 m/10,498 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14 km

From CHUILE we steeply descend down to the river crossing the suspension bridge. The next effortless walk takes us to the village of Gorjungh. From Gorjung we take a 45-minute steep trail to Durpin Danda and the next 1 and half hours of gentle trail ultimately takes us to the agricultural village of Chhomrong with the grand view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Lunch at Chhomrong. Leaving Chhomrong we climb down the regular set of steps to Chhomrong Khola (river) and after crossing a small footbridge we steeply ascend to lower Sinuwa.


  • Delightful walk into the woodland.
  • Skipping the harsh day sun and being in the soothing forest shades is comforting.
  • Getting to Chhomrong and the view of Annapurna is unbelievable.
  • Alfresco at Chhomrong with the view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhare.
  • From Chhomrong we descend to the the bridge and climb to our destination SINUWA.
  • Altitude: 2,360 m / 7742 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

From Sinuwa we further remain in the lush forested undulating trail and finally descend down the narrow hill-cut path to the village of Bamboo, a settlement with very limited tea-houses. leaving Bamboo and setting off into the forest trail again with the gradual trial with occasional steep climbs in between. We walk a dense forest trail of bamboo, rhododendron, and maple to Dovan with the gorgeous view of a series of waterfalls. From Dovan we start with a gradual trail and soon climb a steep trail to a very small settlement of Himalaya - overnight at the teahouse.


  • A most enchanting walk through the sanctified forest.
  • Arrive at Bamboo, a settlement surrounded by lush forest is soothing.
  • Walking into woodland following the Modi Khola gorge is eccentric.
  • View of Hiunchuli and the holy Fishtail.
  • Arrive at a small yet very serene settlement of Himalaya and stay overnight. 
  • Enjoy your afternoon with tea and biscuits.
  • Altitude: 2,920 m / 9,580 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 11 km

Leaving Himalaya we soon climb a steep trail to Hinku cave (a small shelter for porters during rain or storm). Following Modi Khola, we descend down to Machhapuchhre stream and climb to Deurali. Now we enter into the alpine zone away from the tree line. Continuing with the initial gradual trail we cross the avalanche trail that will close down during winter and an alternative trail will be opened for safety concerns to Machhapuchhare Base camp. Shortly we will climb to M.B.C - a very beautiful place with soaring mountains around.


  • Walking into woodland following the Modi Khola gorge is eccentric.
  • View of Hiunchuli and the holy Fishtail.
  • Fun being at Hinku Cave, the overhanging rock that provides protection against rain and avalanches from Hiunchuli and Annapurna South.
  • The valley widens and you can see the doorway to Annapurna Sanctuary right before you.
  • Walk to Machhapuchhare base camp situated at the base of soaring holy fishtail is enchanting.
  • Be cautious while walking on avalanche trails if you are trekking in winter.
  • Get ready to embrace the feeling of bliss as you are literally surrounded by majestic peaks in 360.
  • Altitude: 3700 m / 12,139 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

Today we will have a relaxed day since it's just a short walk to ABC from MBC. From MBC we walk the most beautiful Himalayan Meadow Trail for the next 2 hours to Annapurna Base Camp. Here you are literally surrounded by the tremendous 360-degree mountain view which is unique.


  • Being in the alpine with a dramatic landscape setting is astonishing
  • Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View of majestic Annapurna I and its neighboring mountains.
  • Explore Annapurna Base Camp for the grandiose view of mountains, glaciers, and glacial lakes.
  • Free Afternoon
  • Being it a last night we say goodbye to our trekking crew.
  • Altitude: 4130m /13,459 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 2 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4 km

We retrace our trail back to Sinuwa. Despite long hours walking it's worth losing elevation and getting back to the tree line. We descend through the sanctified lush forest to Bamboo and climb till we get to the ridge and walk the gentle trail to Sinuwa.

  • Altitude: 2340 m/7677 fee
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 22 km

We wake up leisurely today as the walk to Jhinu is pretty short. After breakfast, we descend retracing our trial through steady steps till we cross a small footbridge and then we climb to Chhomrong with a grand view of holy Fishtail. From Chhomrong we descend down all the way down with consistent steps to the beautiful settlement of Jhinu where you have a natural hot spring to relax in the afternoon to soothe your tired muscles.


  • Retracing our trail back to Chhomrong is a great time to recall our past adventures.
  • Descending down to Jhinu for Lunch and afternoon exploration of the natural hot spring is something not to be missed.
  • Being it a last night fun activities follow with dancing, eating, drinking, and tipping
  • Altitude: 1780 m/5839 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Jhinu we descend to cross one of the longest Suspension bridge and after a short walk, we will take a Private Vehicle to Pokhara.


  • Today’s walk is very relaxing also that you would be walking a different trail.
  • Cross one of the longest Suspension Bridge.
  • Scenic Drive to Pokhara.
  • 3 Hours Scenic Drive with the view of the Annapurna range with Machapuchare dominating the skyline.
  • Getting to Pokhara with beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop creates an atmosphere of peace and delight.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 3 hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.


  • Sensational flight to Kathmandu
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: DOMESTIC FLIGHT

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be organized. Usually, your reporting time is 3 hours prior to your flight in Nepal. Your leader will be there to assist you and transfer you to the international airport.

  • Enjoy your farewell Breakfast in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.


Furthermore, there is a trail before Machchapuchare base camp known as 'Avalanche Trail'. The shutting down of this trail is possible in the winter due to the risk of avalanches. It may not be under operation for safety measures. However, an alternative route will always be opened for trekkers to get to the Annapurna Base camp.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to legally trek in the region are procured before arrival.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU and POKHARA at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: One-way domestic flight from POKHARA to KATHMANDU at the end of the trek.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yaktrax, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

More About Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

This classic TEAHOUSE trip to the Annapurna base camp trek is one of its kind among the entire Annapurna trekking category. It takes you into the divine lush woodland of Rhododendrons, pine, maple, and bamboo. The view of Mount Fishtail, a holy mountain is sensational.


We start our Annapurna Base Camp trekking with a drive to Pokhara (820m), the most beautiful Lake City, and the second-largest city of Nepal. Said to be the home of the Hippie during bygone years and now the second home of the tourist, Pokhara is incredibly enchanting.

Pokhara offers a magnificent view of mountains that includes Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhare (6997m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6983m) and other.


Soon we start with our adventure into the magical valley of Annapurna. A walk following the Modi River through basic yet beautiful villages with tea houses gives you a sense of real trekking. Meet the GURUNGS, the indigenous ethnic group that have a strong presence in the Annapurna region. The Gurung culture, the village setting, the craftsmanship, and their religion mixed with their own animistic cult are certainly very mesmerizing.

We walk the most beautiful forested trail of Rhododendrons, Bamboo, Maple, and oak, also known as the "lord of the Rings trail". Gradually we go past settlements like Chhomrong, Sinuwa, and Bamboo, and eventually, get to  Machhapuchar Base Camp (3700m / 12,139 feet) or MBC.

MBC & ABC (Machhapuchare Base Camp / Annapurna Base Camp)

MBC is situated at the lap of the holy Fishtail Mountain which is extraordinarily beautiful. A short gradual walk from MBC into the wide Himalayan meadow takes us to our final destination of Annapurna Base Camp (4130m / 13,549 feet).

At ABC everyone feels very spiritual and at peace to be at a point completely surrounded by the majestic mountains and blanketing you under its shelter.

At the base camp when the sunrise climbs over the holy mountain and spreads its light over the majestic peaks of Annapurna it appears very dramatic and phenomenal. The base camp itself reflects so much charm with memorials, prayer flags, and ample spots for photography.

Soon following the Modi Khola (river) we retrace our trail back to Chhomrong and walk down to the village of Jhinu Danda (1780m) to the natural hot spring to relax our tired muscles. Once we get back to Pokhara you will have ample time to try other adventurous activities like - Paragliding, Zip-Lining, Bungee Jumping, kayaking, and many more.


Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive information:

Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara is a popular and scenic route that takes you from the bustling capital city of Nepal to the serene and picturesque city of Pokhara, nestled in the Annapurna region.

The journey covers a distance of approximately 200 kilometers and can take around 6 to 8 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. The drive offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, terraced fields, and lush landscapes. However, it's important to be prepared for winding and sometimes bumpy roads, so a comfortable vehicle and a skilled driver are essential.

Along the way, you'll pass through charming towns and villages, providing a glimpse of rural Nepali life. Be sure to stop at viewpoints, such as Malekhu and Muglin, to capture the natural beauty on camera.

The Prithvi Highway connects the two cities, and numerous restaurants and rest areas are available for breaks and refreshments. The journey is not just a means of getting from one place to another but an adventure in itself, offering a taste of Nepal's diverse landscapes and cultures.

Caution before Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara can be an adventurous and rewarding experience, but it also comes with certain challenges and difficulties that tourists should be aware of:

  • Road Conditions: The road between Kathmandu and Pokhara, known as the Prithvi Highway, can be quite challenging. While some sections are well-maintained, others may be in poor condition, especially during the monsoon season. The road is winding and can be bumpy, so travelers may experience discomfort, especially if they are not accustomed to such road conditions.
  • Traffic and Congestion: Traffic congestion along this narrow highway especially around the Kathmandu Valley and the Muglin Narayanghat section, can lead to delays. The road can get crowded with vehicles, making it essential to plan for extra travel time.
  • Landslides and Natural Disasters: The region is prone to landslides, particularly during the monsoon season. Travelers should check weather and road conditions before embarking on the journey and be prepared for possible delays or route changes in case of natural disasters.
  • Local Driving Habits: Driving habits in Nepal can be different from what tourists are accustomed to. Even in the narrow roads Drivers OVERTAKING and HONKING HORNS are very common which can be a great cultural shock.

Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

The scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu is a breathtaking journey that summarizes the incredible natural beauty and geographic diversity of Nepal. As the aircraft gracefully ascends from Pokhara's domestic airport, Travelers are immediately captivated by the unparalleled vistas below.

The sight of the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, with their pristine snow-clad peaks, stretches out before your eyes. The flight provides an intimate perspective on these enormous giants, revealing their sheer magnitude and splendor.

Flying over the deep valleys and terraced hillsides, you witness a mesmerizing tapestry of Nepal's landscapes, a fusion of vibrant greenery and snow-dusted summits that's unlike anything else on Earth.

The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes you on a visual pilgrimage, providing an extraordinary glimpse of the Nepalese countryside, with its charming villages, twisting rivers, and lush forests.

As the flight progresses, you begin to sense the transition from the serene Pokhara to the vibrant, bustling Kathmandu Valley.

This aerial adventure is not just a means of transportation; it's a window into Nepal's soul

Annapurna Base Camp Trek FAQs

  • This legendary classical trip to Annapurna Base Camp is moderate in terms of difficulty that takes you to the land of the peace-loving Gurung people which is simply sensational. Besides ABC being a moderate trek, the Nepal Pyramids itinerary is designed so as to construct grounds for an ample pleasing environment with more time to relish than making it exhausting and significantly it is achievable for anyone with sound fitness.

  • The height of Annapurna Base Camp is (4130m / 13,549 feet) from the sea level. 

  • ABC being very strictly observed by the ACAP and the government authorities in terms of deforestation, the wood chimney system is outlawed. In winter, however, the tea houses collect 100/200 Nepali currency and provide basic heating system from Kerosene heater to their guests.  To obtain this facility there has to be a minimum of 5+ people so the heater is provided under the request.

  • ACCOMMODATION: The valley leading to Annapurna Base Camp has very limited tea houses as this area falls into the environmental conservation restriction area because of which constructing king-size lodges is prohibited. During Spring and Autumn, there is always a peril of these lodges being full and having no accommodation. Single supplement is not possible and sharing a room with your group or someone and dormitory accommodation is a very common episode. 

    FOOD: Despite their basic accommodation lodges are at their best offering you a comfortable experience and its typical local environment. You have a variety of choices for the food and so far there have been no complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by Nepal Pyramids.

  • Besides other mild mountain ailments like food poisoning or diarrhea, there has been no record of altitude sickness issues in the ABC trek. However, we provide medically trained Group leaders with medications and oxygen cylinders to deal with any altitude sickness.

  • Our everyday program normally starts with a wakeup call at about 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. depending on the distance you will be walking that particular day. By the time your breakfast is organized, you are to pack your duffel bag and leave it outside your room making it convenient for your porters and to make sure your luggage arrives before your arrival. 

    After breakfast, we will set out on our delightful trip in the beautiful cool morning. We will stop for lunch at some delightful local settlement. After lunch, we continue with our trip, and around early or late afternoon we get to our destination where afternoon tea will be served by the assistant guide before they hand out your room key or lead you to your camps. Your afternoon stroll is governed by the time we get to our destination. Soon the dinner order will be taken and the evening is typically exciting sharing your day’s stories, playing cards with the staff, or merely chatting.

    Make sure you get your bottle in the dining hall as our staff will be filling up your bottles with properly boiled water for drinking. After the dinner, your Group Leader will give you the detailed briefing on the next day’s program on the time duration, trail condition, village en-routes, facility, etc. Based on the next day’s stretch your assistant guides may take the breakfast order that every night

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for any average person with sound fitness. No previous extensive experience is required for this trip however some pre-physical training certainly will be an added advantage as trekking in any part of Nepal involves a lot of undulating climbing with altitude variation. However, anyone with very weak ankles, knees, heart, or lung problems is to get consent from their doctor which is mandatory. We recommend some pre-physical training prior to your arrival in Nepal. 

  • Plastic Mineral water in the ABC trek is banned for environmental concern and we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no extra charge, our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you run out of the water provided you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.

  • The charging privilege is possible only in a few settlements because not every settlement has the privilege of hydroelectricity and whoever has it is only reliable during post-monsoon season when the water level is high. Most have solar charging facilities that will provide you with charging at a minimal cost. However, it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quickly in the cold. 

    Most lodges provide you with Wi-Fi over some charges but are not always reliable.

  • NO, we don't see Everest from any part of the Annapurna Base Camp trail because Annapurna is on the West side of Nepal and Everest falls on the East. Both these destinations are entirely different in regards to the border, direction, district, zone, and distance.

    However, there are certain hill stations around and on the outskirts of Kathmandu from where you may possibly see both Annapurna and Everest in clear weather. 

  • March till May during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp when the view of the world's 10th highest peak and its neighboring mountain is at its best state.

    Annapurna Base Camp is feasible even during winter (December till February) however, in case of heavy snowfall due to the probability of avalanche there might be alteration in the usual trekking trails leading to ABC. Though the winter offers great weather the chances of temperature getting down below the freezing point is probable. One should be well equipped with winter gear and be well organized mentally to challenge the worst of chill weather circumstances.

  • Health insurance and Air – -evacuation insurance are a must if you are trekking in the Himalayas as your backup provision. With Nepal Pyramids there is hardly any chance of health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any mountain ailments or life-threatening situations.  However, for emergencies, we strongly suggest you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all aspects of your adventure. 

Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

  • Team of Local Experts
    Team of Local Experts

    Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

  • Travel Sustainably
    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

  • Hassle Free
    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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