1. Magnificent view of mountains from Annapurna Base Camp.
2. Experiencing the culture and tradition of Gurung people during homestay.
3. Beautiful view of sunrise over the mountains from the top of Poonhill.
4. Visiting monasteries, stupas and ancient temples.
5. Spotting endangered animals and birds.
Budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek helps you minimize on cost and days. It is two days shorter than the regular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek starts and ends from Nayapul. Most ABC trek starts from Nayapul and ends in Phedi.
Budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes us through beautiful parts of the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is mandatory to get trekking permit for visit to Annapurna sanctuary. Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. You will meet many fellow trekkers on the road.
We will walk through deep green rhododendron forest during the first part of our trek. Mountain streams and waterfalls flows through the forests. The vegetation turns alpine as we move further up. Pine trees populate the higher altitude. You will get a wonderful view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu mountain ranges during the trek.
We will first experience the wonderful view of mountains from Poon Hill. Annapurna Base Camp is a further three days of hike from Poon Hill. Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the base of mount Fish Tail, also lies on our way to ABC. Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) is the tenth tallest peak in the world. We will return back to Nayapul via Jhinu after enjoying a wonderful night at ABC.
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 (1,300 m) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 6-7 hours, and transfer to Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul by private vehicle and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540 m / 5,052 ft), 3-4 hours of walk.
Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860 m / 9,383 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 05: Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m / 10,531 ft),1-2 hours, & trek to Tadapani (2,590 m / 8,497 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 06: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,340 m / 7,677 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 07: Sinua to Deurali (3,100 m/10,170 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 08: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m / 13,549 ft), 4-5 hours, and exploring the base camp.
Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340 m / 7,677 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu (1,780 m / 5,839 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 11: Jhinu to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (1,070 M / 3,510 ft), 6-7 hours of walk and one hour of drive.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), 6-7 hours of drive.
Day 13: 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
You will arrive in Kathmandu today. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You can enjoy a wonderful evening walk in the historic city of Kathmandu. We will welcome you with traditional Nepali complimentary dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant and brief you about the upcoming tour following the dinner.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 820 m/ 2,690 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will board on a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara following our breakfast. The drive takes 6-7 hours. The road is picturesque and serpents along the bank of Trishuli river for most part. We will stop for refreshment and lunch on our way. We will explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara in the evening. The walk along the Phewa lakeside is beautiful.
Day 03: Trek to Tikhedhunga
Altitude: 1,540 m/ 5,052 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We first drive to Nayapul, which takes about one and half hours. We start our trek to Tikhedhunga from Nayapul. The walk is gentle initially. It starts to get a bit steeper from Birethanti (1,080 m/3,543 ft). We walk along the banks of the Modi river and meet beautiful places like Matathanti, Ramgai, Sudame and Hile. We will rest in Tikhedhunga overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,860 m/ 9,383 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We cross the Modi river many times via high suspension bridges. We first reach the village of Ulleri (2,080 m/6,824 ft), which provides wonderful view of the Annapurna South, Himchuli and Fish Tail. The trek starts to get difficult and uphill from Ulleri.
You can buy trek supplies at Ulleri. We meet Banthanti (2,300 m/7,545 ft) and Nangethanti (2,450 m/8,038 ft) on our way further up. We will walk through dense Rhododendron forest and reach Ghorepani, where we will settle for the night.
Day 05: Poon Hill hike and Tadapani trek
Altitude: Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,531 ft)/ Tadapani (2,590 m/8,497 ft)
Time: 6-7 hours
We will wake up early and hike to Poon Hill. We will miss the beautiful sight of sun rising over the mountains if you are late. Poon Hill provides wonderful view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Barah Sikhar, Mt. Fishtail, Nilgiri South and Tukuche peak. We will return back to our lodge and have breakfast.
After having our breakfast, we will start our trek towards Tadapani. We first walk upwards to Deurali (2,990 m/9,809 ft) and then go down to Banthanti (2,520 m/8,267 ft) before reaching Tadapani. The trail to Tadapani is covered by green forests of Rhododendrons, Oaks and Bamboo.
Day 06: Trek to Sinuwa
Altitude: 2,340 m/ 7,677 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
After a night at Tadapani, we will move down to Kimrong Khola, which offers great sight of the upper Modi Valley. Once we cross the river from a high suspension bridge, the trail follows up to a Gurung village. The trek is tough and difficult for thirty minutes. We will then arrive to a village called Chhomrong (2,210 m), which lies at the base of Himchuli.
Chhomrong is the largest Gurung settlement in this valley and we will have our lunch here. After Lunch, our trek leads us to Sinuwa. The trail to Sinuwa is downhill and peaceful as we will be walking by beautiful hillsides. After a long and tiring walk, we will reach a little hill called Sinuwa.
Day 07: Trek to Deurali
Altitude: 3,100 m/10,170 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will begin our trek towards Deurali following breakfast. We will first stop at Bamboo for rest and then proceed to Dival. The road to Dival passes through lush green and dense Rhododendron woods. We will stop at the Himalaya Hotel for lunch. We will start the walk to Deurali after lunch. The road again passes through deep forests until we reach Deurali.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Altitude: 4,130 m/ 13,549 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will head for Annapurna Base Camp today. We first reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp from where you will see the Fish Tail, Annapurna I and Gangapurna mountains within touching distance. You will walk through a difficult final part for a couple of hours and reach the Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Base Camp is a paradise. You will explore the area and get some good night's rest.
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo
Altitude: 2,340 m/7,677 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
The main highlight of this trek is the morning view of sunrise over the silver mountains from the top of Annapurna Base Camp. The sight is unforgettable and mesmerizing. It will provide you memories to cherish for a lifetime.
After a wonderful time in ABC, we will start our trek to Bamboo for overnight stay. There are a few shelters for trekkers in Bamboo. You get a view of numerous beautiful snow-capped mountains from here.
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu
Altitude: 1,780 m/5,839 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will trek to Jhinu from Bamboo. We will have our breakfast and then start our trek. Khuldi Ghar and Sinuwa hill are beautiful places on the road. It will be followed by a long walk to Chhomrong. We will have our lunch in Chhomrong and gather some energy for the road ahead. After lunch, the trek steeply moves down towards Jhinu Danda. You can enjoy natural hot water spring in Jhinu Danda.
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 1,070 m/ 3,510 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Today will be our last day in the beautiful Annapurna region. We will have our breakfast and then trek to Nayapul. The trek from Jhinu hill to Nayapul takes about 5 hours. We will find a vehicle waiting for us upon reaching Nayapul. It will take us to Pokhara. The drive from Pokhara to Nayapul takes about 45 minutes. We will rest in Pokhara following a long trek.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,665 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will say goodbye to our guides and potters and head back to Kathmandu. The return will be along the same road that we took on our way to Pokhara. We will enjoy a musical night in Thamel and rest in our hotel.
Day 13: Departure
Today will be your last day in beautiful Nepal. We will organize a small traditional ceremony to mark your departure and drop you at the airport. You will board your flight and head back to your destination. You also have the option to extend your trip with other treks.
US$ 349/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara.
- Pokhara-Nayapul and Nayapul -Pokhara drive on private vehicle.
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 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).
- Ambition Himalaya t-shirt
- Basis first aid kit with guide
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- 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
- Lodging and food in trekking
- Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees.
- Wifi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
- Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
- 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.
- Lunch and dinner cost in Pokhara
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.