Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Black Diamond Expedition
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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  • Duration
    Duration:11 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    7 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :10 Breakfast, 9 Lunches
    9 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4,130m/13,550ft

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most exciting treks in Nepal. The eleven days itinerary is meticulously designed for trekkers having time constraint but are desirous to visit the Annapurna Base Camp. The trekking trails of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek provide us with the ever-changing views from the landscape of the fields, misty forests and lowland local villages to the highland glaciers right from the beginning of the trek from the beautiful lake city of Pokhara.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking offers the eyecatching view of the magnificent snowcapped mountains such as Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. The diverse geography and culture, the hospitality of the local people and the availability of the well facilitated teahouses indeed make this trekking the most exciting trek ever.

Highlights

  • Ever-changing landscape of rice fields
  • Misty forests, lowland local villages and the glacier.
  • Eyecatching view of the magnificent high mountains Such as Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
  • Geographical and cultural diversity

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Meals: Dinner 

Day 2Kathmandu to Pokhara flight &Trek to Ghandruk

Early morning you will take a flight to Pokhara where you will enjoy the best views of the Himalayas. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. After taking rest for some time, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek uphill on the trail to Ghandruk. Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. Pass along various small villages such as Chimrong, Syauli Bazar, Chane etc. Cross the suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola. Finally we arrive at Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1940m/6360 ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Day 3Ghandruk to Chomrong

Climb up for an hour up to Ghandrukkot and then a steep descent takes us to the Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we make an hour of easy walk. Then we take a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,170m/7,118ft
Trek Duration: 5 hrs

Day 4Chomrong to Dovan

We head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend a long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Doban shortly.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,600m/8,528ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Day 5Dovan to Deurali

The day starts with gentle gradual ascend following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. Pass by Himalaya Hotel. We cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. Wilderness of the mother nature gives piece to our mind. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, snow leopard, etc. Climb again to the Hinko Cave, an overhanging rock. Climbing further arrive at Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3230m/ 10,595ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs

Day 6Deurali to MBC

Today we start our trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). At first a gentle climb through a river bed rises steeply over the mountain side. These are avalanche prone areas at some point on the trail, be alert to protect yourself if there is wind, this might be pre-avalanche sign. After about half an hour walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in middle of river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on mountains shine and river valley is filled with warm sun rays. We reach Bagar. The hike to MBC is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. Enjoy the views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhare itself. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3700m/12135ft
Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs

Day 7MBC to ABC

On the way to ABC from MBC, the vegetation disappears. We’ll see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4,130m/13,545ft
Trek Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 8ABC to Bamboo

Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from ABC. After taking breakfast, we start descending from ABC to Bamboo back through MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo.

  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2310m/7575ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs 

Day 9Bamboo to New Bridge/Jhinu Dada

From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Lower Chhomrong. Then we ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. We today get opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Dada.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1760m/5770 ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Day 10Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul to Pokhara to Kathmandu

Trek from Jhinu danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch, we trek to Syauli bazzar and then down to Birethanti. After about an hour trek from Birethanti, and we arrive at Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we drive back to Pokhara and transfer to airport. Late afternoon, we fly to Kathmandu. If possible, left pane of the airplane would be best for the best views of Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the day leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Duration: 1 hr
Trek Duration: 6 hrs
Flight Duration: 30 mins 

Day 11Departure Day

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport and bid farewell. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Breakfast

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 2 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast in Hotel Middle Path - www.hotel-middlepath.com or similar as per availability.
  • 8 nights in standard Teahouse/Lodges in mountain
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

During your adventurous journey to Annapurna Base Camp, Black Diamond will ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category of accommodation. As you commence your hike, you will be staying in standard teahouses/lodges.  Most teahouses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. You may have to share a bathroom and toilets in the teahouses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations. In spite of that, we will always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp. 

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes breakfast, providing the perfect start to each day. During the trek, you will be served a  three-course meal. At the teahouses where we spend an overnight during the trek, you will be served a balanced and nourishing breakfast and dinner. For Lunch, we will stop at one of the teahouses along the way to our next destination. Black Diamond has also arranged a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for our guests. This will be accompanied by a captivating cultural performance with local food providing you with a memorable and delightful experience. 

Best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp

The best time to hike the Annapurna Base Camp is Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May).  These seasons offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and mesmerizing natural scenery.  During the month of  October, you will also have a chance to experience the major festivals of Nepalese people, Dashain and Tihar. During both seasons, the trails are easily navigable, and the teahouses along the route are fully operational.   

Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek

While trekking to the high altitude Annapurna area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing list.

FAQs

How hard is it to climb Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna base camp difficulty level is fairly demanding due to its long duration trek at a high altitude and unpredictable trail conditions. Despite the challenges, the trek can be completed with proper preparation and determination as it does not require any technical mountaineering expertise. It is also important to follow appropriate safety measures while doing the trek. We also can make arrangements for the porters to do heavy lifting for you. Through the trek, we always make sure that you are fit and fine for the next destination. In addition to that, our expert guide will make sure to support, encourage and assist you during Annapurna Base Camp trek. 

What is the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

The months during fall(September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) are considered as the best time for Annapurna Base Camp trek. In this season the temperature is moderate with clear sky and the dry trails, which gives us ample opportunity to admire the majestic view of mountain ranges with perfect trekking conditions. During the months of winter (December-February) the temperature is extremely cold with heavy snowfall and during the months of monsoon (June-August) there is heavy rainfall and the trail is slippery with leeches on the way. During the winter and monsoon you should take extra precautions as the unfavorable condition makes it difficult to trek. If you like to trek when there are few tourists, winter and monsoon are the best times and you can get an extra discount on top.

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a unique experience where you will be trekking on remote places of himalayas staying in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. It is not as cold as Mount Kilimanjaro. But still it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove  as per need. For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing list.

What kind of accommodations are found on the route to Annapurna Base Camp?

During your long duration trek to Annapurna Base Camp it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike in order to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the less facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp.

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