Annapurna Basecamp trek details

Main Attractions:

  • 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.

Machchhapuchhre at Annapurna Basecamp Trekking

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.

Ghandruk village at Annapurna base camp trekking

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



    Altitude (Meters)

    Duration (. Hrs.)

     01 Arrive Kathmandu.

    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
     12 Airport transfer 800 3

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      Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information

      Motivated staff

      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.

      Airfare: Kathmandu–Pokhara–Kathmandu

      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

       International flights

       Travel and Rescue insurance

       Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)

      Annapurna downhill at Annapurna basecamp trekking
      Annapurna South at Annapurna Basecamp trekking
      Annapurna range at Annapurna basecamp trekking
      Annapurna downhill at Annapurna basecamp trekking
      Ghandruk village at Annapurna base camp trekking
      Machchhapuchhre at Annapurna Basecamp Trekking
      Nayapul Village at Annapurna Basecamp Trekking
      Near Machchhapuchchhre Base camp trekking
      Near Machchhapuchre trekking at Annapurna Base camp trekking
      Sunset at Machchhapuchre, Annapurna Base camp trekking
      Tatopani near Jhinu at Annapurna Base camp trekking
      Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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