Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek information and booking

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$2090
  • Duration
    16 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory - Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 16 day trip
  • 12 day trek
  • 3 nights hotels
  • 12 nights camping
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Stunning views of the Annapurna Range
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Trekking through Gurung Villages
  • Local culture
  • Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara return
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world. It was the first 8000 metre peak ever summitted, in June 1950 by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog. The tale of this epic climb is told in one of the most fascinating narrations of mountaineering adventure in the book 'Annapurna' also written by Maurice Herzog. Our trek to Annapurna Base Camp is by comparison a far more tame proposition, however the big mountain views are still the same as we ascend through villages and terraced farmland to the alpine environments found at the higher elevations around base camp. This is a stunning trek in the heart of the Annapurna range.

What's included

  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Flight kathmandu/pokhara return valued at us$214
  • All airport transfers
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in kathmandu on a twinshare basis
  • The use of a world expeditions trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat valued at $500
  • Souvenir world expeditions kit bag
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
  • Half day sightseeing in kathmandu
  • Accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m).
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2 Half Day Sightseeing Tour. Rest of day at leisure.
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara, commence trek to Australia camp (1990m) - walk approx 2 hours
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820 m). On arrival you are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. The drive to the roadhead at Khara takes around one hour. Our trail then winds uphill through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. There is no need to rush. This is a short day with plenty of time to reach camp. Australia Camp is located on a grassy ridge that affords inspiring views of the huge snowy face of Annapurna South and the sacred peak of Machapuchare. At dusk we can appreciate the lights of Pokhara over a thousand metres below our camp.
Day 4 To Landruk (1640m) - walk approx. 5 hours
After a glorious mountain sunrise we follow the trail through rhododendron forest before continuing through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night.
Day 5 Trek to Chumrung (2020m) 6-7 hours
High on the opposite side of the river, you can explore the village of Ghandruk. From this point, the trial descends along terraced slopes & forest down to the river. After crossing the river at New Bridge, the trail ascends steeply 500m tod join with the trial from Ghandruk. From here it is a short walk to Chomrong (1960m).Chomrong is a village which offers spectacular views of Annapurna South & Machapuchare..
Day 6 Trek to Bamboo (2310m), walk approx 4 hours
Here, the trail descends via a stone staircase, eventually crossing the Chhomrung Khola. We climb high above the Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. This portion of the day’s trek is followed by yet another ascent to Kuldi before finally descending a long, steep, stone staircase to Bamboo.
Day 7 Trek to Deurali (3200m),walk approx 4 hous
Today's destination is Deurali (Hinku cave). We ascend and descend as the route opens up to new trails. We climb steeply on zig- zagging stone paths to eventually reach Deurali and our camp for the night.
Day 8 Machapuchare Base Camp (3900M), walk approx. 3-4 hours
After walking for 3 to 4 hours, we enter the Annapurna circuit Sanctuary, a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, Annapurna III and the impressive fish tail spire of Machapuchare. Finally, we reach Machapuchare Base Camp, a grassy moraine platform.
Day 9 Annapurna South Base Camp (4131m), walk approx. 3 hours
On hiking the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massive. Thereafter, you head back down to Bambo.
Day 10 Rest day, side walks
Today is set aside to relax and enjoy the surrounds. If you are feeling fit and acclimatised, you may wish to enjoy some sidewalks around the base camp.
Day 11 Return to Deurali (3200m), walk approx. 3-4 hours
The return journey is no less spectacular and generally a bit more downhill! The descent offers a different perspective of the mountain scenery we enjoyed on the ascent.
Day 12 To Chumrung (2020m), walk approx. 5-6 hous
We descend a long, stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendrons forests to Kuldi. The trek continues through beautiful rhododendron forests and down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail leads downhill to the Modi Khola, closing the day with a steep climb to Chhomrung.
Day 13 To Gandruk (1740m), walk approx. 5-6 hours
From Chhomrung, the trek heads back to Taglung – descending gently through forests to Kummu. Once again, the journey passes Ghandruk – offering, yet another, picturesque, panoramic view of Annapurna South before ending the day’s voyage with an overnight stay in Ghandruk.
Day 14 Trek to Nayapul and drive Pokhara, walk approx. 4 hours, drive 2 hours
Trek downhill through villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar, then onto Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay. *It is important to us that this trek follows few of the commercial tea-house trails. Accordingly the route and campsites may be varied at the discretion of the group leader. Note that the walking hours include rest stops, are a guide only and can vary due to trail or weather conditions.
Day 15 Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our fight to Kathmandu, a spectacular mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya. On arrival we transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 16 Trip concludes Kathmandu.
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.