Luxurious Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Don’t let the lack of time become the excuse to not let you have extraordinary journey to the Annapurna Base Camp. This 11 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is created for you so you will never have to worry about missing the enthralling adventure to the one of the best trekking destination there is. We have your back, you just make up your mind.
Himalayan Social Journey offers a luxurious alternative for travelers interested in a trip to Annapurna Base Camp. This option is designed for those who cannot allocate the full 16 days or prefer not to trek back along the same trail. Many Annapurna Base Camp trekkers express a desire for an alternative return route. Thus, this 11-day luxury trek with a helicopter ride from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara is offered as a solution.
- Spend a lovely day at Pokhara, Tourists' Favourite hub in Nepal.
- Trek to Annapurna Base Camp at the altitude of 4130m.
- Helicopter ride from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara.
- Guide Sightseeing tour of Pokhara.
- Travel to the Ghandruk, explore gurung village and mingle with the locals.
- Capture breath-taking views of mighty Kang, Gangapurna, Mahhapuchhare, Annapurna III.
Outline Itinerary ( 11 Days ) Expand all +
Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our Himalayan Social Journey team and transfer to hotel. Orientation program starts at 5 PM and after that welcome dinner at hotel with guide.Show more...
On the second day, after breakfast, you will fly to Pokhara which is a 25-minute flight. During the flight, you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, offering just a taste of the majestic mountains that await you on this trekking escapade.
Following a short stopover in Pokhara to get ready for the forthcoming journey, the real adventure commences. The trail gradually ascends as you head towards Tikhe Dhunga, nestled at an elevation of 1495 meters (4903 feet) above sea level. This gentle ascent offers a prime opportunity to acclimate to the changing altitude while immersing yourself in the natural splendor of the region.Show more...
Today, after a warm breakfast, you will head towards Ghorepani. Walking along the terraced fields, lush rhododendron and oak forests, meeting people along the way eventually you will reach beautiful village of Ghorepani.
Ghorepani is a picturesque village located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of approximately 2,874 meters (9,429 feet), Ghorepani is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and panoramic mountain views.Show more...
Early morning hiking to Poonhill to see Sunrise and Mountain View on a clear day, panoramic view of 10 different peaks.
As the sun gradually rises, its golden rays illuminate the majestic peaks, casting a warm glow across the snow-capped summits. The iconic mountains, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, stand tall in all their glory, surrounded by a sea of clouds that often create a surreal and ethereal atmosphere.
After savoring the beauty and tranquility of Poon Hill, trek back to the guest house. After breakfast trek down to Tadapani. Tadapani is a charming mountain village that attracts trekkers with its serene beauty and captivating scenery. Perched at an elevation of around 2,630 meters (8,629 feet), Tadapani is a notable stop along the trekking routes, offering a blend of scenic beauty and cultural experiences.Show more...
On the fifth day, the path is descending up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. Take the opportunity to spot the diverse flora and fauna that thrive in this area, enhancing the natural beauty that surrounds you. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until we reach Sinuwa.Show more...
After breakfast, you trek gently & ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. Now you pass through the muddy trail which traverses high above the river. Deurali is a peaceful and beautiful place where trekkers can relax and enjoy the natural beauty before they continue their journey to Annapurna Base Camp. It's like a door that leads to the amazing Himalaya, with views that are really amazing, with big mountains and green valleys.Show more...
On this day, you finally arrive to your ultimate destination. At the altitude of 4130m, you shall have walked 6-7 hours to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. To reach here you pursue an itinerary through the narrow gorge Modi Khola glacier valley, which takes you to Annapurna's base camp, at the foot of Machhapuchhre. The Annapurna glaciers are not far away.
The Base Camp in Machhapuchhre gives us amazing views of the nearby mountains. From Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to Annapurna I (8097m/26,566 ft) and Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare we have an impressive 360 grade view.Show more...
On the eighth day, after a good breakfast in the mountains, you'll get on the helicopter at Annapurna Base Camp. When the helicopter takes off, you'll see the big mountains and the Annapurna Sanctuary from high up. It's going to be a really exciting ride that will show you how beautiful and big the place is.
The helicopter ride will take you to the beautiful city, Pokhara. You can rest and enjoy your free time in Pokhara.Show more...
After breakfast Sightseeing tour in Pokhara or boating in Phewa Lake for an hour and hiking to Peace Pagoda.Show more...
On this day, we will fly back to Kathmandu after a hearty breakfast. Upon reaching Kathmandu, our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel. After that farewell dinner at hotel with guide.Show more...
You will have your breakfast in the morning and the airport representative will drop you to the airport for your International flight as per your flight schedule. Or if you are staying Nepal for few more days, you can join another trip.Show more...
Include / Exclude
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel) and Pokhara (Mount Kailash Resort) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- Duffel bag and sleeping bag if necessary
- English speaking guide and a porter for two people
- Guided sightseeing tour in Pokhara by private vehicle with English Speaking guide
- All the accommodation and meal expenses of the trekking crew.
- All necessary trekking permits and TIMS
- All Government taxes, VAT, and service charge
- KTM-PKR-KTM Flight Ticket
- Helicopter Tour Ride (Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara)
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking days. (Meal costs about $4 - $7 dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
- Personal equipment and clothing
- Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter & driver
Important Information Expand all +
There are three ways to get a visa for Nepal
- Visa on arrival: You can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or other designated entry points. The visa fee is USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, or USD 125 for 90 days.
- Online application: You can apply for a visa online through the Nepal Immigration website. https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np .The visa fee is the same as for visa on arrival.
- Nepalese Embassy or Consulate: You can also apply for a visa at a Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The visa fee may be different, so check with the embassy or consulate.
- Passport valid for at least six months from your planned entry date into Nepal.
- Visa application form.
- Passport-sized photo (Bring 4 )
Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:
- Children below 10 years except US citizens
- Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen - Bangladesh , Bhutan, India , Maldives , Pakistan , Sri-Lanka (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
- Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
- Chinese Nationals for 150 days
Nationals of following countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.
- Refugees with travel document
If your passport is not valid for at least six months, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Nepal. You can renew your passport at your local passport office. The process of renewing your passport can take several weeks, so it is important to start the process early.
Nepal has Three international airports: Kathmandu, Bhairawa, and Pokhara. Currently, Pokhara airport does not handle international flights. However, there are a few flights to Bhairawa from few countries. The main international airport in Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), located in Kathmandu. You can search TIA airport to book your International flight.
By land: There are multiple land entry points along the borders of Nepal, India, and China. These entry points include Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, and Kerung(china boarder)
If you've booked a multiday tour or trekking package with Himalayan Social Journey, we'll pick you up from the airport. Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to greet you with a sign displaying your name and our company's name. We'll then take you to your pre-booked hotel.
To make the pick-up process smooth, kindly share your flight details, including flight number and arrival time. If there are any changes to your arrival plans, please inform us as soon as possible so we can arrange your pick-up accordingly. Travel with us for a hassle-free experience!
Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). Major foreign currencies such as USD, AUD, and EURO are accepted for VISA.
There are plenty of ATMs in these major cities, so you can easily withdraw cash from your foreign currency bank account. Credit cards are also accepted in some shops and restaurants, but they are not as widely accepted as cash.
On the trek, you will only need to use Nepali rupees. You can exchange your foreign currency for Nepali rupees at your hotel, money exchanges, or the airport. Himalayan Social Journey representatives will also be happy to help you exchange money.
If you have booked a trekking or multi-day tour with Himalayan Social Journey, the orientation meeting usually happens at your Kathmandu hotel around 4 or 5 pm. Our team will provide you with the specific details upon your arrival.
If you're arriving early or leaving late, please ensure to arrange extra hotel accommodations by contacting . Let us know if you'll be extending your stay in Nepal, and we'll book your additional nights. Also, kindly share your flight details with us to facilitate a smooth pick-up and drop process.
When you book a trip with us, the standard accommodation arrangement is on a twin-sharing basis. This means two people will be staying in each room throughout the trip. However, if you prefer to have a room to yourself or if you're traveling alone, you can choose the "single supplement" option. By selecting this option, you'll have a private room during the trip, but please note that there will be an additional cost for the single room arrangement according to tour / trek.
For each tour date, there will be several separate groups, each with a maximum of 14 people and their own experienced English-speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters available to carry your luggage. Additionally, if you prefer to do a private tour or trek with your own group, that is also possible.
Nepal has five main seasons: summer, monsoon, spring, autumn, and winter. Each season offers unique experiences and weather conditions.
Winter (Late Dec - Feb): Cold temperatures, great for festival tours and special highlights.
Spring (Mar - May): Magical rhododendron blooms, ideal for trekking and peak climbing.
Monsoon (Jun - Aug): Low season with rain, but perfect for nature lovers and discounts on hotels.
Autumn (Sep - Nov): Peak season, clear weather, and popular trekking regions fill up fast.
You can check the live weather condition via this website https://www.accuweather.com
The hotel in Kathmandu where you'll stay during the trip offers complimentary storage services. You can leave your luggage and extra clothing that you won't need for the trekking / tour. Rest assured, you can collect them once the trek and tour are over.
Don't forget to bring both TWO and THREE-pin travel adapters! If you don't have them, you can purchase them at supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide will be there to assist you if needed. You can get information about plug and voltage in below link.
Most places in Nepal are covered by mobile network providers, especially Ncell and Nepal Telecom. You can use data services for communication. You can buy a SIM card at the airport counter. There are also free and paid Wi-Fi services in most tea houses in Nepal during trek.
Here are some tips for staying connected while you are in Nepal:
- Buy a SIM card as soon as you arrive in Nepal. This will give you access to data services and allow you to make calls and send text messages.
- Check the coverage map of your mobile network provider before you travel. This will help you to know where you can expect to have good reception.
- If you are planning on visiting remote areas and need to be in connected on Internet , you may want to consider renting a satellite phone. This will give you access to communication even in areas with no mobile network coverage.
- There are many free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in Nepal. You can find these at hotels, tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and even some temples.
If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding, Bungy jump, Mountain flight, Heli Tour , Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can find updated price and program detail in this link: . You can book by contacting us at For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at
If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too :
A typical suggestion for tipping is to allocate around USD 50-60 for the guide and porter if you're happy with their service. However, the amount you decide to tip is entirely up to you, and you can give whatever you feel is appropriate based on the excellent service they provided during your tour / trek
Packing List for Tour:
Pack appropriate clothing for the weather conditions during your visit. Include comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Don't forget essential travel documents, a camera, and any necessary medications.
Packing List for Trekking
- Trekking Poles - 1
- Daypack - 1
- Backpack - 1
- Water Reservoir - 1
- Sleeping bag - HSJ will provide
- sleeping bag liner
- Underwear - 3
- Socks - 3
- Bra - 3
- base Layers pant - 1
- Trekking Tshirt - 3
- Trekking Pants - 2
- Rain Pants - 1
- Hiking Shoes/ Boots - 1
- Gloves - 1
- Hat - 1
- Down Jacket - 1
- Wind Breaker - 1
- Sandles -1
- Sunglasses - 1
- Books or E-reader (optional)
- Microfiber towel - 1
- Toothbrush - 1
- Toothpaste - 1
- First aid kit - 1
- Medicine kit -1
- sunscreen -1
- sewing kit -1
- Soap/shampoo - 1
- Comb or brush - 1
- Period supplies - 1
- Toilet paper - 1
- sanitising gel - 1
- Extranel Hardrive (optional )
- Head touch
- Power bank for charging Phone
If you cancel the trip for any reason, the 20% deposit amount will not be refunded. If you have paid the full trip amount and need to cancel, you will receive your money back, but a cancellation charge of 20% will still apply.
For voucher holders who purchased vouchers from deal companies, we must adhere to their cancellation policy. However, under both circumstances, we are flexible and can reschedule your trip for a later date. To cancel any trip, please make sure to provide written notification of your cancellation.
Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek/tour due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides , porters, drivers for the time they have committed.
Our commitment is to offer you an unforgettable journey with the best services. We take our responsibilities seriously and conduct all programs in Nepal according to the rules and regulations of Nepal Goverement. If needed, we can provide alternative itineraries for a delightful holiday experience. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!