Annapurna Basecamp trek details
- Mt. Machhapuchre (6993m.)
- Annapurna Sanctuary
- Picturesque Gurung Village
Difficulty level: Moderate | Days: 12 | Max. Altitude: 4,130 meters (Annapurna Base Camp)
Trekking in Nepal is one of the most rewarding adventures you can engage in. The trekking tradition began with mountaineering expeditions when Nepal first opened its borders to climbers in 1950. Climber after climber would return from the expedition with as much enthusiasm for the “approach march” as for the climb itself. The first advertised treks in the early 1960s were based on routes and logistics developed by Sherpas for mountaineering expeditions and were strongly influenced by British ways. Today’s trekker enjoys an experience remarkably similar to world-class climbers’, except that it stops at the foot of the peak, often at base camp.
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular destinations for trekkers. It is also known as the Machhapuchhare Trek, since it is this peak – often called the “Matterhorn of Nepal” – that dominates the skyline on most days. The translation of Machhapuchhare is ‘fish-tail’. Fish Tail mountain is sacred to the local people and cannot be climbed.
The Annapurna Sanctuary is a natural amphitheater surrounded by some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks you will ever experience. The trek involves hiking up and down the infamous ‘Gurung Staircases’ along the Modi Khola through terraced rice fields and bamboo forests to the Annapurna Base Camp. Besides views of Annapurna I, you will get spectacular views of Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Fang, Hiunchuli and, of course, Machhapuchhare – all exceeding 6,350m in elevation.
Hike through neat and picturesque Gurung villages in the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Gurungs are one of more than hundred ethnic groups in Nepal. They are hardy mountain people who follow the Bon (pre-Buddhist) religion, although many are now Buddhists. Originally, they were engaged in sheep-herding with male family members leading an itinerant life with their herds. Since the 1920s, they have found fame as recruits in the British Gurkha regiments. Today, they have become entrepreneurs and operate many of the tourist lodges in the Annapurna region.
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- Some people may find walking on the steep steps strenuous
- The trail is narrow in some sections
- Trekking traffic is relatively high during peak season
Annapurna Basecamp Trek Itinerary
Duration (. Hrs.)
Transfer to Hotel.
|02||Drive from Kathmandu to Nayapul and trek to Hile||1430||7 hours + 3 hours|
|03||Trek to Ghorepani||2860||6-7 hours|
|04||Sunrise view from Pun Hill and Trek to Tadapani||2630||7 hours|
|05||Trek to Sinuwa||2360||6-7 hours|
|06||Trek to Deurali||3230||7 hours|
|07||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp||4130||4|
|08||Early morning view of Annapurna I (8091m), Sunrise from Fishtail mountain and Trek to Bamboo||2310||8.5|
|09||Trek to Jhinu||1750||2|
|10||Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara||850||8|
|11||Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.||1350||6|
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Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
All airport transfers
3 nights twin-sharing accommodations in Kathmandu 3-Star or similar, and 1 night in Pokhara 1-Star or similar on bed-and-breakfast basis
Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated on itinerary with guide, vehicle and entrance fees to monuments.
Local transport in Pokhara.
Lodge trekking as indicated on itinerary:
- rooms with attached bathroom in Dhampus.
- three meals a day – you choose from a menu
- boiled water for your bottles 3 times a day
- guide/staff wages, equipment and meals
- guide and staff insurance
- Annapurna Conservation Area fee and TIMS
Annapurna Conservation Area fee and TIMS
What’s not included
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge
Private transportation apart from those in itinerary
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early/late arrival/departure, or due to early return from the trek
Travel and Rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)