1. Stunning view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri mountains.
2. Homestay in Gurung community and experiencing their culture and tradition.
3. Walking through beautiful Rhododendron forest.
4. Beautiful view of sunrise over the silver mountains from the top of Poonhill.
5. Fascinating view of snow capped mountains from Ghorepani.
6. Spotting endangered animals and birds.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. This trek provides you an opportunity to experience the unique natural beauty of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The trekking region is mainly inhabited by the Gurung people. The Gurungs are renowned fighters in the battlefield but they are very warm and welcoming at their homes. We will enjoy their hospitality and unique culture.
We will walk past the thundering Modi river in the early part of the trek. There are many waterfalls, rivers and streams on our way. Most of the region is populated by thick rhododendron forests. The whole forest turns red during spring, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.
The highlight of the ABC trek is the view of the mountains. You will get a wonderful view of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri and Himchuli mountains. Poon Hill and Ghorepani are one of the best places in the Annapurna region for mountain view.
Poon Hill and Ghorepani trek is a popular short trek choice. We will then head for Annapurna Base Camp, where some of the tallest mountains in the world are within touching distance.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Pokhara - Poonhill- Chhomrung- MBC- ABC - Pothana- Pokhara -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1,070 m / 3,510 ft), one and half hours, and trek to Tikhedhunga (540 m / 5,052 ft), 3-4 hours.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860 m / 9,383 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m / 10,531 ft) in the morning and trek to Tadapani (2,590 m / 8,497 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 07: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,340 m / 7,677 ft), 7-8 hours.
Day 08: Sinuwa to Deurali (3,100 m/ 10,170 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m / 13,549 ft), 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Sunrise view from Annapurna Base Camp and trek to Bamboo (2,340 m / 7,677 ft), 6 - 7 hours.
Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu (1,780 m / 5,839 ft), 5-6 hours.
Day 12: Jhinu to Tolkha (1,850 m / 6,069 ft), 4-5 hours.
Day 13: Tolkha to Phedi and drive to Pokhara, 4-5 hours walk and 30 minutes drive.
Day 14: Driving back to Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Departure or extend your trip.
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
Our staff will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle. We will welcome you with a typical Nepali dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant in the evening. You can enjoy folk dance and music along with your food.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
A guide will accompany you for sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Major places to visit in the historic city include the Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and the Durbar Squares in Kathmandu. These sites are UNESCO world heritage sites and are a living monument of the tradition and ancient culture of Nepal.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 820 m/ 2,690 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will catch a tourist bus for Pokhara. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. The path goes through green hills and turbulent rivers. You can also travel by air and enjoy the view of the mountains from the clouds but you will have to pay separately for it. You will prepare for the upcoming trek in the evening and go walking in the Phewa lakeside.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga
Altitude: Nayapul (1,070 m/ 3,510 ft), Tikhedhunga (1,540 m/ 5,052 ft)
Time: Drive - one and half hours, Trek - 3-4 hours
We will have our breakfast and head for Nayapul. The drive to Nayapul takes about one and half hours. Once we reach Nayapul, we will begin our first steps of the trek. The walk to Tikhedhunga is easy because the path is flat.
Once we pass through a place called Birethanti (1,080 m/ 3,543 ft), the trail begins to move upstream and through the beautiful villages of Annapurna region -Matathanti, Ramgai, Sudame, Hile and then Tikhedhunga. All of these villages lie on the bank of Modi Khola.
We will mostly walk along the recently developed motor street. The villages en-route are sparsely settled. We will get instruction from our guide about the upcoming trek in the evening.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,860 m/ 9,383 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Ghorepani is one of the most beautiful places in the Annapurna region. It is among the highlights of this trek. We will first cross Modi river through a high suspension bridge. Moving forward, the path starts to go uphill. After trekking on steep steps for an hour we will reach a place at the top of a hill - Ulleri Village (2,080 m/6,824 ft).
From the center of Ulleri, we will see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Mt. Fishtail. Ulleri is a bustling place with hotels and shops for trekkers. We will then pass Banthanti (2,300 m/7,545 ft) and Nangethanti (2,450 m/8,038 ft). We will enter deep Rhododendron forests after going past Nagethanti.
We will reach Ghorepani after a long walk through the beautiful forests. Ghorepani provides stunning view of mountains like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail and Dhaulagiri.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani
Altitude: Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,531 ft), Tadapani (2,590 m/ 8,497 ft)
Time: 6-7 hours
Poon Hill is a mountain watchers paradise. We should begin our climb at a very first hour of the morning so that we can make it to the top of Poon Hill before the sun rises over the Himalayas. We will get a panoramic view of mountains like Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Barah Sikhar, Mt. Fishtail, Nilgiri South and Tukuche from Poon Hill.
We come back to our Hotel after spending a wonderful morning in Poon Hill. After having our breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tadapani. The trail is uphill up to Deurali (2,990 m/9,809 ft) and then goes down to Banthanti (2,520 m/8,267 ft). The trail to Tadapani is a lovely up and down stroll inside the green forests of rhododendron, oak and bamboo. We will see beautiful waterfalls, valleys, birds and wild animals on our way.
Day 07: Trek to Sinuwa
Altitude: 2,340 m/7,677 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
We will walk down to Kimrong Khola from Tadapani. Kimrong Khola offers great sight of the upper Modi valley. We will follow the river and cross it via a high suspension bridge. Our trek leads to an uphill path for another thirty minutes until we reach a place called Chhomrong (2,210 m). Chhomrong lies at the base of Himal Chuli.
Chhomrong is the largest Gurung settlement in this valley and we will have our lunch here. We will head for Sinuwa after lunch.
Day 08: Trek to Deurali
Altitude: 3,100 m/10,170 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We walk through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests until we reach Doval. After a tiring walk for a while, we will stop for lunch at The Himalaya Hotel on the way. After lunch we will start our trek again, going through solitary forest woods. We will stay overnight in Deurali. We need to ascend about 800 m in today's trek and the next day's trek requires us to ascend 1,000 m, therefore we will sleep early tonight.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Altitude: 4,130 m/ 13,549 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will start walking after an early breakfast. First we reach Machhapuchhre Base camp. We will see Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Gangapurna within touching distance from here.
We will continue our journey through snowy ptah until we reach our final destination - the Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp provides an end to end view of the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
Day 10: Sunrise view at ABC and trek to Bamboo
Altitude: 2,340 m/ 7,677 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will enjoy the majestic view of sunrise over Annapurna I in the morning. Then we will prepare ourselves for a trek back to Bamboo. As we move down from Annapurna Base Camp the vegetation changes from barren to Alpine and then temperate. We will first encounter tall grasses and then dense forest of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Bamboo is a popular place among trekkers. The evening stay at bamboo will be a memorable affair.
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu
Altitude: 1,780 m/ 5,839 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will have an early breakfast and begin a trek to Jhinu. We will first reach a place called Khuldi Ghar. We will descend to Chomrong River from Khuldi Ghar. Sinuwa and Tilche lie on our road to Chomrong. We will reach Jhinu hill after walking for nearly an hour from Chomrong. You can enjoy natural hot water spring in Jhinu. We will rest following the relaxing experience of the natural hot water spring bath.
Day 12: Trek to Tolkha
Altitude: 1,850 m/ 6,069 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
Our trek today is relatively shorter compared to previous days. We will be trekking in flat terrain mostly as we will neither gain nor lose much height in today's part of the trek. We will trek to Kimrong Khola and cross the bridge of wood and bamboo. After we cross the bridge we will head for Modi river, which we will cross via a suspension bridge. We will have our lunch at Landruk. The path to Landruk is steep. We head to Tolkha after lunch.
Day 13: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft)
Time: 4-5 hours
Our trek begins with an easy walk after breakfast. The trail slowly turns uphill until we reach Deurali and then begins to go downhill till we reach Phedi. We will stop in Dhampus village for lunch. Dhampus, being close to Pokhara, is popular for short trek. The trek from Tolkha to Dhampus takes about three hours. We will head to Phedi after lunch. We will board on a vehicle waiting for us at Phedi and head to Pokhara.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/ 4,665 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will head back to Kathmandu today. You will travel in a tourist bus that you took on your way to Pokhara. The drive takes 6-7 hours. The journey along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli river banks is pleasing as it allows you watch beautiful scenes of the mid Nepali hills. You can travel by air but you will have to pay separately for it.
Day 15: Departure
You will head back to your destination today. We will bid you farewell with a small traditional Nepali ceremony and drop you at the airport from where you will head back to your destination. You also have the option to extend your trip.
US$ 799/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu accompanied by our private guide and vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation-Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Hotel accommodation-Breakfast in Pokhara.
- Pokhara-Nayapul and Phedi to Pokhara drive on private vehicle.
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 3 meals per day during trekking ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
- Seasonal fruits after night meal.
- Accommodations in lodge during trek.
- Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
- For groups over 6 people - assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, tramsportation and insurance).
- Porters throughout the trek - 1 porter will carry 2 trekker's baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag ( Duffel Bag,down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
- Ambition Himalaya t-shirt
- First aid kit.
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- A complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant.
- Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
- Worst case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements
- Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
- Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ).
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, dessert, hot shower, drinking water, telephone, internet, laundry, titbits etc.)
- Wifi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek
- Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu and pokhara
- Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
- Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
- Any benefits not mentioned in 'cost includes' section unless indicated on booking
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.