Annapurna Base Camp is the second most popular touring and trekking destination after Everest Base Camp.
The beautiful city of Pokhara is a gateway to this serene journey, which is a paradise in itself.
Annapurna Conservation Area, the world's largest conservation area is also a prime highlight of Annapurna region trekking. The popular trekking trails in Annapuran Region Trekking include Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Mardi Himal Trekking, Poon-Hill- Ghorepani Trekking, Dhampus-Sarangkot Trekking, Jomsom- Muktinath trekking and other minor trails. Among these trails in this region, Annapurna Circuit Trekking is considered to be the most adventurous.
The natural falls, the terraced fields and landscapes, beautiful ethnic settlements and their culture are the specialties that this region is particularly proud of. The trail is scattered with beautiful Rhododendron, Oak, and Bamboo vegetation. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of some rare species in the journey. All in all, natural diversity and the ethnic/cultural riches of the locals make this tour a truly memorable one.
How can I make the best out of my time in Nepal?
Considering all these wonders, we as Annapurna Base Camp Tour Operator, have compiled the best holiday package for you.
The topography of Nepal is unique, ranging from 60m above sea level in the Terai to the highest peak of Earth, Mt. Everest. The ecosystem and wildlife profile is equally diverse. This is quite impressive for a country that is 22 times smaller than its neighbor, India.
Consequently, it is not uncommon for somebody to be intimidated by the countless ways to spend a vacation in Nepal. One might want to experience the Himalayas from close and simultaneously witness the habitat of intriguing creatures in the plains at the same time.
We understand, and this is why we are here to help. The following package compiles the best things to do in this beautiful country. At the end of it, you will have done almost everything there is to in Nepal.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Optional Chitwan Safari
Main Attractions during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Breathtaking view of Birethanti waterfall
- Beautiful view of Sunrise from Ghorepani- Poonhill
- Magnificent view of Annapurna range from Annapurna Base Camp
- Visit the charming village of Chhomrong Village
- Jhinu Hot Spring
- Panoramic view of the Annapurna Range
- Sightseeing tour of cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley
- Explore the lush field and wilderness of Chitwan national park
Part 1: Arrival and Kathmandu Tour
First of all, if you are coming to Nepal from abroad, our staff will warmly receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport. Jet lagged and exhausted, you will spend the night at Hotel Holy Himalaya.
The next day, we will go sightseeing around a few sites in Kathmandu that we certainly don't want to miss: Swoyambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square. Be prepared to be taken aback by the cultural and religious riches that this city carries. You might discover a silent beauty amidst the noisy hustle and bustle of the streets. Before you realize, it is time to take your satiated soul to bed at Hotel Holy Himalaya.
Part 2: Journey to Pokhara
After a fulfilling breakfast the next morning, we will head to the beautiful city of Pokhara. A five to six-hour drive, it is impossible to be bored on the way, thanks to the magnificent hills and rivers that the highway goes through. Hotel Dandelion in Pokhara will be eagerly waiting for our arrival.
Part 3: Start of our trek to Annapurna Base Camp
After an early breakfast, we will continue your journey towards Tikhedhunga after passing through Nayapul. This is probably when most of us will sense the real journey commencing. We will traverse through beautiful villages in Nayapul. Do not forget to greet back to the locals--they love it. We will call it a day and rest at a nearby guest house.
Image: Look what we saw on our journey one morning.
Our next destination will be heading towards Ghorepani after a warm breakfast the next morning. This part is quite challenging than yesterday's, and some might feel as if they are walking straight up the face of a mountain. The upside to this is that you will eventually catch glimpses of snow-capped Annapurna peaks. As the majority of our trekking stops, Ghorepani is chilly. Nevertheless, the scenic view of the Annapurna Himalaya Range and your clothes should keep you warm. We will spend the night at Ghorepani.
Image: It hurts to smile in the cold but we do it anyway.
Wearing your warmest down jacket, you will now head to Poon Hill, which bears the ability to be a final destination in itself (if you come for Poon Hill trek.) Watch the sunrise from Poon Hill and you will see the reason why. It is roughly a 45 uphill minute climb from where we stayed the night. The spectacular view will make every step worth it. But hold on, we have more on our list. After breakfast down at the guest house where we stayed the night, we will hike further down to TadaPani. The night will be spent here.
Today, after breakfast you will head towards Chhomrong. Chhomorong is a beautiful village with a great view of the Annapurna range. Overnight at Chhomrong.
Today, we leave Chhomrong behind and follow the trail to Bamboo. The trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong River. You will pass the village of Sinuwa and then descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep Bamboo. Overnight at Bamboo.
You trek gently & ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and campsites. Now you pass through the muddy trail which traverses high above the river. It takes approximately 3 and a half hours to reach Deurali (3230m.) from Dovan. Stay overnight at lodge.
Finally, the wait is over. This is the day when we will reach Annapurna Base Camp. Mount Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (7229m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail, 6993m) will be in sight. You cannot stop taking pictures. However, if you are here to escape from the tentacles of modern technology and civilization, the view itself is enough to keep you wanting for more.
Part 4: The Descent
We will return from the journey. However, do not expect the return to be monotonous. Here are some special features that should keep you occupied the entire day:
- We will start the day by watching the mesmerizing sunrise from the top of Annapurna Base Camp before heading off for Bamboo.
- We will be going up a stone staircase (although the entire journey will take us lower) that never ends for an hour.
- The trail passes through beautiful Rhododendron, Oak, and Bamboo vegetation. If you go at the right season, the entire hill area will be covered by colorful Rhododendron flowers.
- The main attraction is a bath at the natural hot spring at Jhinu.
Part 5: Sightseeing around Pokhara
You never got to wander around Pokhara the last time you entered this city. Well, that was mainly because the entire team was in a hurry to make it to Annapurna Base Camp. However, we now have ample time. While some of our trekkers choose to book a flight to return directly, we are certain that a little patience always pays. Especially if you are staying in Pokhara.
Pokhara is a pleasant place. Every year, tourists flock here to immerse themselves in the aesthetic charm of the city. Boating on Fewa Lake while the grand Annapurna range smiles on the northern side is an experience indescribable by words.
Here are some must-visit places in Pokhara that are included in our package:
- Davis Fall
- Gupteshwor Cave
- International Mountain Museum
- World Peace Pagoda
- Tibetan Refugee Camp
Part 6: Bus ride to Kathmandu
We now get on a calm bus journey to Kathmandu. (Try to get a seat on the left side of the bus. That way, you can get an occasional glimpse of the rivers, hills, and Manakamana Cable cars.)
While some might want to call this the end of their trip, the show isn't over for those who want more.
Part 7: Optional Trip to Chitwan
You have gone through the highs of this beautiful country, why miss its lows? Just a four hour drive down the plains of the Terai and you will enter an entirely different world.
Hotel Sevenstar will enthusiastically greet us with welcome drinks and lunch. We will spend the night there.
Chitwan has a rich variety of flora and fauna.
This day and the next should keep you busy with Elephant Safari, birdwatching, Jungle walks, and a visit to the Elephant Breeding Center.
Part 8: Bus ride back to Kathmandu and Departure
Expect a warm cultural performance and farewell dinner.
The next morning, you will be leaving for Tribhuwan International Airport.
Time to head back to civilization!
What is included in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Operator Package?
- Airport pick up and drop
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya) and Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion or similar category), Chitwan (Hotel Sevenstar) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of the trekking crew (guide and porters) two people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide
- Simple accommodation with breakfast during the trek
- Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu- Pokhara -Chitwan- Kathmandu
- Private transportation Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara
- Trekking permit and TIMS
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicles
- Necessary equipment during the trek (Sleeping bag, duffle bag if necessary)
- All meals with the program in Chitwan
- All Government taxes, VAT, and service charge.
Important: What is NOT included
- Personal equipment and clothing. (Bring your warmest down jackets.)
- Airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu (US$ 110pp one way) Chitwan- Kathmandu (US$115pp)
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking days. (Meal costs about $4 - $7 per item depending on the place where you eat)
- City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (entrance fee Rs 200+400+1000 in each place)
- Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. We highly recommend travel insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where shall I get my Visa?
You will get your visa upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport.
It costs USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas.
Note that the Visa can be extended at a later date if you wish to do so.
Update: You no longer need a passport size photograph to get your Visa issued. However, you will need at least 4 passport sized photographs for trekking permits, TIMS, etc.
Is there an age restriction to participate in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
There is none. 11 to 12-year-olds have completed this trekking journey via our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Operator Package.
Will I encounter any medical issues?
A significant part of the trail is higher than 3,000 meters. 20% of people experience altitude-related problems at altitudes higher than 3,000 meters above sea level.
However, note that altitude sickness is not related to age and health state. That being said, seemingly fit individuals can suffer from life-threatening complications.
Will I get a refund if I abort the journey midway for health and/or personal reasons?
We apologize, but we do not have a refund policy. We have to pay our porters and guides a fixed amount after they are hired.
Can I refill my water bottle during the journey?
Yes, but at a nominal fee (Rs. 100-200 depending on the place.)
Bottled water can also be bought but they are quite expensive. Some trekkers also opt to bring water purification tablets to purify the water collected from local/natural sources.