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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek


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(Pokhara to Pokhara)
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Region :- Nepal
Duration :- 9 Days
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 13,550 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 70 Kms.

When we talk about the Annapurna Base Camp, there is a sense of admiration that starts building up which leaves every trekker spellbound. There are very few treks that have this aura of making you fall in love with the landscapes and bring you closer to the base of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks in such a short period of time. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail is a majestic one which takes you through rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range looming in front of you most of the times.

The Annapurna range has such stunning mountain views which are a buffet for every mountain lover. You will also be greeted with views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli even before you set foot on the trek, which is one thing that is surely a bonus for all the trekkers. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare will always be in the sight all the way till Sinuwa.

Accommodation on the Annapurna trail is organized in classic teahouses where delicious Nepali dishes are served. These tea houses are run by locals of the area who migrate from other parts of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek because you trek along the protected area's trail. A lot of floral and faunal species are also found in this area which will surely amaze you the beauty if has to offer. From a height of 4,000 meters, you'll be able to see the entire sanctuary that is oval-shaped surrounded by a ring of the Annapurna Mountains.

The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the beautiful city of Pokhara, which lies just 5 to 6 hours away from the capital. You can reach Pokhara city from Kathmandu via road or via plane as well. The easy accessibility of the trek makes it an ideal choice for many trekkers as the chances of any flight cancellations or delays are greatly reduced. The trekking journey is also massively feasible with good communication services and safety. Annapurna Base Camp is a real trekking experience for all trekking enthusiasts.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara

  • Altitude: 1,400m/4,600ft
  • Stay: Hotel (checkin at 12noon)
  • Briefing about the trek in the evening
  • Sightseeing: Phewa lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Himalayan views, International Mountain Museum (not included in the cost)

  • Day 2 - Pokhara to Nayapul (drive) and trek to Ghandruk

  • Altitude: 2,000m/6,500ft
  • Pick up time: 7:00 am
  • Drive to Nayapul: 40km, 1:30 hours
  • Trek 5km, 5-6 hours
  • Gradual ascend throughout
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Machapuchare and Annapurna south

  • Day 3 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong

  • Altitude: 2,200m/7,200ft
  • Trek 10km, 6-7 hours
  • First 1 hour descent followed by an uphill hike of 5-6 hours to Chhomrong
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, sunset on Annapurna range
  • Shops for batteries, memory card etc

  • Day 4 – Chhomrung to Bamboo

  • Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
  • Trek 10 km, 5-6 hours
  • Descend on 2500 stone steps to ChomrungKhola, steep ascend to Sinwa to Bamboo village
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Annapurna III and Fishtail peaks

  • Day 5- Bamboo to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

  • Altitude: 3,700m/12,150ft
  • Trek 5-6 hours, 10 km
  • Ascending trail with boulders, rocks, snow patches, snow bridges. Crossing ModiKholariver
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: moon rise on Machhapuchhre and views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna

  • Day 6 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

  • Altitude: 4,130m/13,500ft
  • Trek 3km, 2 hours
  • Steep ascent at the start then moderate ascend
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Entire Annapurna range, panoramic views of Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare

  • Day 7 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

  • Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
  • Trek 8-9 hours, 13 km
  • Retracing route with gradual ascend and descend
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses

  • Day 8 - Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring

  • Altitude: 1,700m/5,600ft
  • Trek 8 km, 5-6 hours
  • A mixture of steep ascending and descending trail
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses

  • Day 9 - Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

  • Trek 6-7 hours, 11 km
  • Easy trail to Nayapul
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Reach Pokhara in the evening


    Who Can Go:-

    Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Goechala Trek with us:

    • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 trek.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
    • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara

    After a pleasant flight journey, arrive in Pokhara. It is the hub of mountaineers that lies on the Phewalake. All the big expeditions and trekking start from here. Enjoy the Himalayan views, rice fields and Nepalese culture around. Rest in your hotel and have hot dinner looking forward to the exciting thrills.

    Day 2 - Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

    After breakfast, you will have a ride of 1 and half hours to Nayapul. The actual trekking begins henceforth to Ghandruk crossing Lower Gandruk. The path is well paved having stairs intermittently. The trek has gradual ascent taking 5-6 hours to reach our camping site.

    Gandruk is considered the biggest village on the trek route. It is inhabited by stone built small houses. The village is loaded with tea houses that serve typical Nepalese cuisine. In the south, you can notice Machapuchare and Annapurna views. Relax in your bed for the wonderful night in the mountains.

    Day 3 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong

    The hike today is through delightful muddy trail laid up with scenic villages on both the sides. After a descent of 1 hour, you will reach KimrongKhola. A beautifully snow-covered array of peaks, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, begin to appear. The route henceforth goes uphill until Chhomrong (4-5 hours hike). Picture perfect hilly settlements surrounded by green banana fields, rhododendrons, fern etc. are seen throughout. Chhomrong lies on a hilltop having stone paved stairs. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and permits are granted here. The sights of Annapurna South become prominent. Again there are numerous tea houses and shops selling batteries, memory card and other accessories. Watch the peaceful sunset on the Annapurna range and rest for the day.

    Day 4 – Chomrung to Bamboo

    Welcome another amazing morning in the lush green hilly setup. Start with a descend on 2500 stone built stairs leading to a bridge. The hanging bridge then takes you to ChomrungKhola, seems like entering into dense forests. The Sanctuary is flourished with rhododendrons, oak, alpine trees. Therefore the trail looks lush adorned with reddish-pink flowers.

    The trail is steep till Sinwa village. Sinwa is marked with a few teahouses and lodges. It is enclosed between thin forest cover. Annapurna III comes into clear visibility here. Another climb opens to Kulidhar then a downhill hike ends at Bamboo camp.

    Day 5- Bamboo to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

    Get all braced with enough energy as this is the strenuous day of the trek. Yet, the trail will show changing vegetation from sub-tropical to alpine and the sights will keep you revitalised. The height gain is close to 4000 feet, therefore take it slow and stay hydrated. In one hour the first village Dovan comes en route, identified by 5 lodges only. Tip of Machapucharemountain will be visible. Mix path of gradual ascends and descends with muddy trail lead to Himalaya. Wooden bridge and shrine will be the highlight of the trail. Himalaya has quaint tea houses.

    A few landslide and avalanche prone areas will be seen on the path ahead. An overhanging cave called Hinku arrives after an hour's hiking up. The trail magically passes through a valley now. There are rocks and boulders laid, that end at 2 snow patches back to back. Furiously flowing ModiKhola is seen in the valley. Machapuchre and Gangapurna peaks will be seen every now and then. Another section of rocky terrain of 40 minutes direct to Bagar. There is a bridge over ModiKhola, after crossing this bridge the next halt Machapuchre Base Camp is 30 minutes away.

    MBC is a stunning place well-known for mesmerising moon rise on Machapuchremountain, do not miss this wonderful night sky. Along with it, other peaks seen are Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna.

    Day 6 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

    After earlier arduous day this will be the shortest day, a walk literally into the mountains, on the mountains. The route takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left for ABC. The initial trail has steep ascend followed by gradual ascend. You will be hiking above tree line; hence no traces of trees will be seen.

    Just as you get closer to the camp, the magnificent Annapurna I becomes bigger and bigger. Watching the fluorescent rays lighting the Annapurna range, slowly slowly. The ABC is like being on an island encircled by giant peaks and huge never-ending ranges. 360-degree spectacles of magnificent Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare. Enjoy your lunch looking at the white clouds waving over these peaks. Spend the rest of the day breathing with the mountains. Live every moment and sleep in their shelter.

    Day 7 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

    This is the longest day of the trek retracing the steps back to Bamboo. The trail as you know is mostly a descend so is quite easy. The MBC, Deurali, Himalaya and Dovan habitats will pop up. Rest in your bed at Bamboo lodge.

    Day 8 - Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring

    Again retrace your path to Sinwa followed by a steep descend to ChomrungKhola. Cross the same hanging bridge towards ChomrungKhola. Another steep ascent will lead to Chomrung village. Try to re-picture the sights you captured earlier and enjoy them.

    With downhill and then uphill hike JhinuDanda settlement arrives. Enjoy the refreshing hot springs of Jhinu 20 minutes away. Cherish your last night of the trek.

    Day 9 - Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

    Wake up early to embark upon the last day of the trek. The trail to Nayapul is pleasant with landscape views of Nepal. Say goodbye to them and board a vehicle to Pokhara. In 2 hours you will reach your hotel in Pokhara.

    How to Reach

    By Air :-

    The Pokhara Airport is a regional airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. The airport is small and can only accommodate eight small propellor planes at a time. It provides for regular connectivity to Kathmandu and Jomsom and seasonal connectivity to Manang. Gorkha Airlines, Nepali Airlines, Sita Air, and Tara Air operate flights to and from Kathmandu and Jomsom while Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines, and Yeti Airlines provide connectivity to only Kathmandu. Nepali Airlines also operate flights on a seasonal basis to and from Manang. Given the limited capacity of the airport, flights can often be redirected to other airports in cases when the airport lacks capacity, so be prepared for the odd delay.

    By bus :-

    Bus accessibility to Pokhara is available from Kathmandu and from Sunauli, which is next to the Indian border. There are several options available with several operators running on the Kathmandu to Pokhara route. Local buses that tend to be crowded are available at the New Bus Stand in Kathmandu. More luxurious tourist buses like the Greenline are available at Tourist Bus Station. The local buses leave about every 30 minutes from 7:30 in the morning to afternoon. There is even a night bus but the ride is considered painful. Additionally, there is also a Super Deluxe luxury bus service operated by Pokhara Jagadamba Travel. In Pokhara, buses can be boarded at the Tourist Bus Park and the local Bus Station.

    By Train :-

    Pokhara is not connected to any Railways.

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions: -

    1. Accommodation: (Sharing basis)
       • Day 1 and 9 Hotel in Pokhra.
       • Day2 to 8 Teahouse.
    2. Private Transport: (According to Itinerary)
       • Pokhra to Nayapul and return.
    3. Support:
       • 1 English Speaking Guide.
       • Assistant Guide.
    4. All meals during trek: (As per the itinerary)
       • Day 2 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch
    5. All necessary permits and entry fees.
    6. TIMS card.
    7. High-altitude sleeping bag.
    8. First aid medical kits, oxygen cylinder.
    9. Store room facility in Pokhra for extra luggage.
    10. Insurance of Trekking Guide and porters.
    11. Services from Pokhra to Pokhra.


    1. Any kind of personal expenses.
    2. Porters for the personal bag*
    3. Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers
    4. Nepal entry visa (approximately $40 USD) only for foreigners (Not for Indian)
    5. Customary gratuities for guides & porters
    6. Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc
    7. Evacuation and medical expanses*
    8. Drinks: We don’t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu/Pokhra for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle)
    9. Travel Insurance: We require some travel insurance. I suggest to get travel insurance from World Nomads it should be around $100 per/person and covers the helicopter evacuation and medical.
    10. All costs not outlined under "What's included"

    Note: Offloading for the personal backpack:
    Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can hire a porter.
    Charges of offloading backpack:
    INR 4800/-including GST, please let us know 10 days in advance

    Cancellation Polices:
    Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek get 95% refund.
    Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek get 70% refund.
    Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek get 50% refund.
    Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek No refund.

    Trek Essential


    Fitness regime for:

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    If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
    If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.


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    Risk & Respond

    High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

    Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

    Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

    Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

    Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

    Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

    Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

    Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

    Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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    Brief Detail

    Trek Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara
    Day 2 - Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk
    Day 3 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong
    Day 4 - Chhomrung to Bamboo
    Day 5 - Bamboo to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
    Day 6 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
    Day 7 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
    Day 8 - Bamboo to Jhinu hot Spring
    Day 9 - Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

    Trek Info:-

    Region: Nepal
    Duration: 9 Days
    Grade: Moderate to Difficult
    Max Altitude: 13,550ft/4,130m
    Trekking km: 70 km
    Trail Type: One way. The trek starts and ends at Nayapul (Pokhara)
    Airport: Pokhara
    Rail head: Pokhara is not connected to any Railways
    Road head: Pokhara
    Base Camp: Pokhara
    Best Season: April to mid June & September to November (first week)
    Services from: Pokhara to Pokhara
    Food: Not included in the cost
    Stay: Hotel and teahouse
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