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Mrs. Marina and Mr. Tony - France

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Annapurna base camp trek

Trip Overview


A trek to the base camp of Annapurna situated at 4130m (13549ft) is a popular destination for our local and international travellers. This adventure takes you through the Gurung Villages and sceneries that are second to none. Not only is a trek to the ABC one of our prime sellers it is also a budget treks in Nepal. This walk is going to be filled with the picturesque view of Mountains and landscapes, floras and faunas that its areas have to boost.  This trek also takes you to the Mt Machapuchhre (literally meaning fishtail because of its shape) that is popular among Nepalese for its unique shape.

While doing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, not only will you explore the foot of the 10th tallest mountain in the world (Annapurna I is 8,091m/26,545ft tall), but also witness the culture that thrives in the picturesque setting of the Annapurna massif. This trek takes you to a tour of an open culture and lifestyle museum that welcomes you with some of the most beautiful Himalayan vistas.

Imagine waking up early morning with the cool breeze. You open your door and come out of your hotel. The first thing you see is the beautiful Himalayan peaks painted red and golden by the morning sun. There is no better way to wake up than the splendid view of sun rays painting the Himalayan peaks. It is no surprise that trekkers who trek the Annapurna region come back again and again to trek its wonderful trails.

The months between March to May (spring) and September to December (autumn) are the best months to trek the Annapurna region. The days will be warm and nights will be generally cold with cool breezes. Those of you who are willing to fight the cold can also do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in the months of January and February. The recent earthquakes in Nepal have not done any damage in the Annapurna region. Come and enjoy the rewarding experience of Annapurna Base Camp Trek with us.

What's Included ?

  • Airport arrival and departure by private vehicle
  • Deluxe twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All local transportation by private vehicle in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with the cultural and musical programs in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing trip with English-speaking city tour guide in Kathmandu as per itinerary with private vehicle & monument entry fees
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara & return by regular tourist bus
  • Private transportation to trek starting point and from trek ending point to Pokhara
  • Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
  • Accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the trek
  • Trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), Sherpa helper, all payments
  • Annapurna Conservation entry fee and permit
  • Sleeping bag & down jacket on hiring basis on request
  • Exclusive medical kit bag
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included ?

  • Visa fees (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu so (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs))
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara except welcome & fare well dinner (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled plan)
  • Any extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary plan
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower
  • Tips for driver, guides and porters
  • Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control
  • Any extending trips
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)    
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation    
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 5-6 hrs drive    
Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m/5,173 ft), 1 hrs drive and 4 hrs walk    
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walk    
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2540m/8332ft), 6-7 hrs walk 
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs walk    
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2,600m/8,528 ft), 6-7 hrs walk    
Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft), 4-5 hrs walk    
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft), 3 hrs walk    
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo (2,300m/7,544 ft), 5-6 hrs walk    
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs walk    
Day 13: Trek to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs walk & 2 hrs drive    
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive    

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel. 

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m/5,173 ft), 1 hr drive and 4 hrs walk

Today after breakfast our trekking guide will take you for an hour drive to Naya Pul and commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast we prepare for the long uphill and start with steeply ascends on the long stone steps to Ulleri village with the amazing landscape and the Himalayan scenery. We spend a pleasant day's trekking through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery gives you inner power to climb up these steps and immerse you to walk more. After few hours of walking with several breaks in between reaching at Ghorepani, we can enjoy the fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range.

Day 06: Poon hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2540m/8332ft), 6-7 hrs walk

An early morning start for 40 minutes hike up to Poon hill (3210m/10530ft), the route offers the glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. This brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani for overnight.

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Dropping down from Tadapani to the Kimrong Khola offers good views of the upper Modi valley. After crossing the suspension bridge the trail follows up to the Gurjung village for your lunch stop. Further trek leads uphill for half an hour we then arrive in the village of Chhomrong (2210m) which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. Chhomrong is the biggest Gurung settlement in this valley.

Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2,600m/8,528 ft), 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast our trail descent to the Chhomrong Khola and then the trail leads us to a small place of Sinuwa hill. After that the trek enters the upper Modi Khola valley. After lunch we continue our trek going down to Bamboo through an uninhabited forest area to Dovan for overnight stay.

Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC- 3,700m/12,139ft), 4-5 hrs walk

After your breakfast our day start for the route climbs to Himalaya Hotel (2840m). On the way we can explore the Hinku cave, where from the trail crosses a ravine and major avalanche track just further till Deurali (3,000m/9,840 ft) for lunch. After lunch the trail continues into the Machhapuchre Base Camp for overnight stay with the closest view of the Machhapuchre along Annapurna I and Gangapurna.

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC- 4130m/13550ft) 3 hrs walk

After breakfast this day lead you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the Annapurna Base Camp for overnight stay. The trail follows uphill for few hours passing a few roofless shepherds huts along the side of a moraine and this area is windy and often snowbound. This is superb scenery of the Himalaya and can be seen rarely this amazing panoramic view of snow capped mountains surrounding you. Full day you have time to explore and relax at the base camp as per your interest.

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,300m/7,544 ft), 5- hrs walk

Today wake up with the glimpse of sunrise over Mt Annapurna I and after a great time retrace the journey back to Bamboo for the overnight. As you know that here as well few guest house settled for the purposes of tourism service. You can rest and relax at the evening with a good memorable view of the many snow capped peaks and enjoy the dinner.

Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast our trail leads to the Khuldi Ghar and retract to Sinuwa hill continuous trek up to the Chhomrong. After lunch the trek steeply descend towards the Jhinu for overnight stay. You may have chance to visit natural hot spring down to the stream and enjoy the hot bath.

Day 13: Trek to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs walk & 1 hr drive

This will be a long day walk follows the river Modi most of the way reaching at Landruk village from here the route follow the down hill path leading back to Syauli Bazaar. The walk is pleasant most of the way following the Modi River until Birethanthi and an easy trek to Nayapul. Our adventure ends here and we drive back to Pokhara for the overnight.

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the time relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Beside this, you can check this itinerary as well.

Besisahar (820 m) to Khudi: 7 km, 2.00 hrs

(note: It can typically be a long journey to get to Besisahar from Kathmandu. If you can arrive at a reasonable time it's worth considering walking directly on to Khudi and stopping there for the night. It'll be more basic but cheaper than the much larger Besisahar, and it will give you a good start the next morning. The first day, usually Besisahar to Bahundanda, can be brutally hot, and ends with a long climb. Knocking a couple of hours off of this and enabling you to spend more time out of the heat of the day isn't a bad thing.)

Khudi (790 m) to Bhulbhule: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Bhulbhule (840 m) to Ngadi: 4 km, 1.15 hrs

(note: Ngadi has good views of the snow-capped mountains in the early morning)

Ngadi (890 m) to Bahundanda: 4 km, 1.45 hrs

Bahundanda (1310 m) to Ghermu: 5 km, 1.30 hrs

Ghermu (1130 m) to Jagat: 3 km, 1.30 hrs

(note: Ghermu sits in an open valley and is therefore a more pleasant place to spend the night than Jagat. Jagat is a dirty, congested village that sits in a narrow chasm.)

Jagat (1300 m) to Chamche: 4 km, 1.00 hrs

Chamche (1385 m) to Tal: 5 km, 2.00 hrs

Tal (1700 m) to Karte: 4 km, 1.30 hrs

Karte (1870 m) to Dharapani: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

(note: Dharapani is a good place to stay with good views up both canyons)

Dharapani (1900 m) to Bagarchap: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Bagarchap (2160 m) to Danaqyu: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

Danaqyu (2200 m) to Koto:

(upper trail) Danaqyu to Thanchowk: 6 km, 2.15 hrs

(upper trail) Thanchowk (2570 m) to Koto: 4 km, 1.00 hrs

(lower trail) Danaqyu to Latamarang: 1.5 km, 1.00 hrs

(lower trail) Latamarang (2400 m) to Koto: 5.5 km, 2.00 hrs

Koto (2640 m) to Chame: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

(note: Koto is small, clean and quiet as compared to the hustle and chaos of Chame. In Koto there is also a nice Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and great mountain vistas.)

Chame (2710 m) to Bhratang: 7 km, 2.00 hrs

Bhratang (2850 m) to Dhukur Pokhari: 6 km, 1.30 hrs

Dhukur Pokhari (3240 m) to Humde:

(note: there is a trail between Lower and Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang has quaint old-school lodging and an active Tibetan Buddhist Monastery worth visiting for the Sunset and Sunrise chants. Furthermore, the villages along the upper trail are full of character and the views along the trail are perhaps the best of the whole circuit.)

(upper trail) Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang: 1.5 km, 1.30 hrs

(upper trail) Upper Pisang (3310 m) to Ghyaru: 4.5 km, 1.45 hrs

(upper trail) Ghyaru (3730 m) to Ngawal: 5 km, 1.45 hrs

(upper trail) Ngawal (3680 m) to Humde: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

(lower trail) Dhukur Pokhari to Lower Pisang: 6 km, 1.00 hrs

(lower trail) Lower Pisang (3250 m) to Humde: 7 km, 2.00 hrs

Humde (3330 m) to Bhraga: 6 km, 1.45 hrs

Bhraga (3450 m) to Manang: 2 km, 0.30 hrs

(note: Manang is a pleasant enough place to spend a rest day. It is clean and has a couple of “movie houses” with good DVD collections. There are many day trips one can take here. A map of times, distances, and locations is next to the central stupa. If you have the time, an excellent side trip is the hike to Tilicho Lake from Manang, returning to the main trail at Yak Karkha. This could take up to 3 days. As the lake is at 4900 m, it's good for acclimatization and is a worthwhile spot to visit briefly.)

Manang (3540 m) to Yak Kharka: 9 km, 3.00 hrs

Yak Kharka (4050 m) to Letdar: 1 km, 1.00 hrs

Ledar (4200 m) to Thorung Phedi: 5 km, 2.30 hrs

Thorung Phedi (4450 m) to High Camp: 1 km, 0.45 hrs

(note: High Camp at 4900 m has loads of beds and great views of the surrounding mountains.)

High Camp (4850 m) to Thorung Pass: 5 km, 2.15 hrs

Thorung Pass (5416 m) to Charabu: 6 km, 2.45 hrs

Charabu (4230 m) to Muktinath: 4 km, 1.15 hrs

Muktinath (3800 m) to Kagbeni:

(note: When you arrive in Muktinath, you are back to civilization. The trail is hiking a dusty road until Gharkhola where the two separate. From this point forward expect to be stepping off the road frequently to allow trucks pass. For NPR200 you can catch a truck from Muktinath to Jomsom. (2014: jeep costs 710Rs). Or make use of the road in the most adventurous way: bike it down! Muktinath has some decent accommodation and food after your 1700 m descent from the Thorung La and also has Hundu and Buddhist temples that you can visit. You can also stay down the road in Jharkot or on the other side of the valley in the very inexpensive and charming hamlets of Purang and Jhong.)

(high trail) Muktinath to Jhong: 3 km, 1.5 hrs

(high trail) Jhong (3540 m) to Kagbeni: 6 km, 1.45 hrs

(low trail) Muktinath to Jharkot: 1 km, 1 hrs (note: 1 hour is possibly longer than you would expect to take; the road is well worn and mainly on a fairly gentle down hill)

(low trail) Jharkot (3550 m) to Khinga: 3 km, 0.45 hrs

(low trail) Khinga (3355 m) to Kagbeni: 6 km, 1.45 hrs

(note: Kagbeni is an amazing little town with hidden alleyways and European like charm. It is easily a place to spend a couple of nights.)

Kagbeni (2800 m) to Eklebhatti: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

(note: The hike into gale like winds along the dusty road from Kagbeni to Jomsom with jeeps and motorbikes hurtling by at high speed is... not enjoyable. Take a jeep instead.)

Eklebhatti (2740 m) to Jomsom: 7 km, 2.00 hrs (but seems longer)

(note: hiking into Jomsom feels like hiking into a ghost town and will leave you with an uneasy feeling that you won’t find a place to stay. Keep walking. All the guesthouses are on the other side of the town by the airport. It will take about 15 minutes to get through town to where the guesthouses are. From Jomsom you can either take a 20 minute flight back to Pokhara for about USD100 or bus it for ~$20 on a multi-stage all-day affair that will get you back to Pokhara after dark. Bus: Jomsom to Ghasa; change buses; Ghasa to Baglung (or get off at Gharkhola); change bus; Baglung to Pokhara.). Or take a mountain bike to Tatopani.

Jomsom (2720 m) to Marpha: 6 km, 1.30 hrs

Marpha (2670 m) to Tukuche: 6 km, 1.30 hrs

Tukuche (2590 m) to Kobang: 4 km, 1.00 hrs

Kobang (2640 m) to Larjung: 1 km, 1.00 hrs

Larjung (2550 m) to Kokhethanti: 3 km, 1.00 hrs

Kokhethanti (2525 m) to Kalopani/Lete: 3 km, 1.00 hrs

Kalopani/Lete (2535 m) to Ghasa: 7 km, 3.00 hrs

Ghasa (2010 m) to Kopochepani: 4 km, 1.30 hrs (note: the road as of 2009 had made it up as far as Jomson, and this route can be used to walk down. The road route is a wide, fairly level route that will get you a good distance quickly, however, you will have to contend with the dust thrown up by the 4x4s and the lack of scenery. A route off to the left takes you on a steep incline away from the road and back onto a proper path. This way is much harder, but much more fulfilling)

Kopochepani (1480 m) to Rupsechhahara: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

Rupsechhahara (1500 m) to Dana: 3 km, 1.00 hrs

Dana (1400 m) to Tatopani: 4 km, 1.30 hrs

Tatopani (1200 m) to Ghara: 5 km, 2.15 hrs

Ghara (1700 m) to Sikha: 6 km, 1.00 hrs

Sikha (1935 m) to Chitre: 1 km, 1.45 hrs

Chitre (2350 m) to Poon Hill: 2 km, 1.15 hrs

Poon Hill (3200 m) to Ghorepani: 3 km, 3.00 hrs (note. The walk up Poon Hill in the morning can get very crowded. Rather than head up there, head up the hill the other side (as if heading to Chomrong). You'll have a better view and you'll have it to yourself.) (note. Continuing on the path mentioned in the note above, will take you along a ridge, and across a valley to the village of Chomrong, two days into the Annapurna Base Camp trek ) Ghorepani (which literally translates to "Horsewater") is a small place which also serves as a base to trek up to Poon Hill and as a campground for those continuing on one of the other treks ] in the region. The trail to Ghorepani, and to other nearby trekking destinations, starts and ends in Pokhara and is considered to be an easy expedition. The trek route to Ghorepani is usually closed from July to mid-September due to the monsoon season.

Ghorepani (2870 m) to Ulleri: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Ulleri (2010 m) to Tikhedhunga: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Tikhedhunga (1500 m) to Birethanti: 6 km, 2.00 hrs

Birethanti (1025 m) to Nayapul (1070 m): 1 km, 0.30 hrs

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

Start Date Trip Price Trip Status Booking
19 December, 2018 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
24 December, 2018 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
29 December, 2018 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
3 January, 2019 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
8 January, 2019 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
13 January, 2019 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
18 January, 2019 US$1200 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now

Though not required, porters and/or guides can be easily hired in Pokhara or Kathmandu at many travel agencies. As a classic "tea-house trek," which goes from village to village and does not require trekkers to bring along food or camping equipment, porters and guides are not necessary, though many trekkers still like to use them.

You can try and walk the lower stages at a faster pace maybe combining two of them into one so that more time can be spent on acclimatization on the higher stages. For example a couple of extra days can be spent at Manang and utilized by climbing to one of the many peaks around it and coming back down so as to increase the production of red blood cells. You can also see the origin of the Marsyangdi river in Manang. Taking the high trail from Pisang via Ghyaru and Ngawal, and sleeping in either of those villages also helps acclimatization. As those villages are already higher in elevation than Manang, the extra acclimatization day in Manang can be skipped. The best part about this trek is the varied scenery it has to offer. You start from tropical forest in Besisahar, see terminal moraine near Manang and then move past the snow line across the Thorung La and then to the barren landscape of lower Mustang and Muktinath. It is possible to bike from Muktinath to Tatopani. With bike rental available in Muktinath. Mustang Mountainbikes is a shop that has been there since 2011. They have good bikes and give all necessary information about mountainbiking on the road and alternative trails. For a typical ride from Muktinath to Tatopani, take 2-3 days.

There are guesthouses in all the villages scattered along the trail so set whatever pace you like and enjoy the views. The hike between Besisahar and Bhulbhule is pleasant enough. It is the jungly bit of the hike and provides a nice contrast to the various ecosystems you will be hiking through in the coming days. Therefore taking a bus to Bhulbhule is not recommended. It will likely take you the same amount of time either way as the road is a potholed mess and the buses are slow, uncomfortable and run infrequently.

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We no doubt recommend Asuka to anyone willing to go trekking in Nepal.

Mrs. Marina and Mr. Tony - France

22 December, 2017

We are just back from a 12 days trek on the Annapurna Circuit, from Besi Sahar to Jomsom, and we absolutely loved it. We arrived in Nepal without having booked our trek. We had looked what was on offer online though.

Once in Kathmandu we paid a visit to their office. That’s when we met Chet who really took the time to explain everything to us in detail and answered our questions. We booked our trek about a week ahead only and met with our guide, Iswor, before the trek.

It was just the two of us, and Ishow, and our porter, Bisnu, took really great care of us. We felt really safe and learned a lot of interesting things while walking. Accommodation and food were much better than we would have expected at such high altitudes. Needless to say that the views were breathtaking

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