Annapurna Base Camp Trek | 12 Days
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking | 12 Days
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp | 12 Days
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Ghandruk-12 Days

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Personalized Adventures
Duration12 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4130m.
Group Size1-14
Travel StyleTrekking and Hiking
Best TimeMarch-May and Mid Sept-Dec

The 12-day Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is a profound journey through the heart of the Annapurna region in Nepal, offering a blend of stunning natural scenery and deep cultural engagement. Starting in Kathmandu and traveling to the lively city of Pokhara, trekkers pass through charming villages, lush rhododendron forests, and rugged mountain terrain, leading up to the majestic Annapurna Base Camp.

The trek features visits to significant landmarks like Ghandruk, a village renowned for its traditional stone houses and the warm hospitality of the Gurung community. As you ascend to higher elevations, you're greeted with crisp mountain air and awe-inspiring landscapes. The trek's pinnacle is the early morning ascent to Annapurna Base Camp for a sunrise that illuminates the surrounding peaks, showcasing the beauty of Annapurna South and Machapuchare.

Staying in teahouses along the way offers a unique opportunity to experience local life. The trek is not just physically challenging but also provides a rich cultural experience, making every step memorable. From soaking in the hot springs at Jhinu Danda to enjoying panoramic views of towering mountains, the trek is filled with moments of beauty and tranquility.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Scenic Drive to Pokhara: Start your adventure with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, enjoying the beautiful landscapes along the way.
  • Ghandruk Village: Delve into the culture and traditional architecture of Ghandruk, home to the Gurung community.
  • Chhomrong: Stop at Chhomrong, a beautiful village that offers stunning views of Machapuchare.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Sunrise: Experience a breathtaking sunrise at Annapurna Base Camp, highlighting the snow-capped peaks of the region.
  • Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda: Relax in the soothing natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, perfect for easing sore muscles.
  • Diverse Flora and Fauna: Walk through vibrant rhododendron forests, a spectacular sight especially during the spring bloom.
  • Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC): Visit MBC, nestled under the majestic Machapuchare.
  • Local Hospitality: Engage with locals and sample traditional Nepali cuisine at the teahouses along your route.

Explore Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) via Ghandruk

The 12-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk offers a blend of breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural experiences. This route is especially popular for its stunning views and the opportunity to immerse in the local Gurung culture.

Discover Ghandruk and Beyond

Starting with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the journey continues to the picturesque village of Ghandruk. Known for its traditional stone houses and welcoming locals, Ghandruk provides captivating views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain).

Enjoy the Hospitality

Teahouses along the route offer warm hospitality and a chance to enjoy traditional Nepali meals. The trek not only exposes you to stunning landscapes but also allows meaningful cultural exchanges with the local communities.

What are the benefits of booking your Annapurna Base Camp trek with Recreation Holidays?

  • Complimentary Airport Transfers: We offer free pickup and drop-off services at the international airport for your convenience.
  • Exclusive Gear: Receive a complimentary Recreation Holidays duffle bag to use during your trek.
  • Trekking Map: Get a free map of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route to help you navigate and plan.
  • Medical Kits: Access to medical kits for emergencies during the trek.
  • Luggage Storage: Store any excess luggage at our office free of charge while you're on the trek.

Outline Itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Itinerary Maximum Altitude Walking/Trekking/Drive

Day 1: Arrival and Acclimatization in Kathmandu


Day 2: Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

2,789ft/827m  6 - 7 hrs. Drive
Day 3: Quick Drive and Trek from Kimche to Ghandruk 6,365ft/1,940m  2 hrs Drive 1 hr Trek

Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong

7,120ft/2,170m  5 - 6 hrs Trek

Day 5: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo

7,579ft/2,310m  4 - 6 hrs Trek

Day 6: Climb from Bamboo to Deurali

10,598ft/3,230m  4 - 5 hrs Trek

Day 7: Ascent from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machapuchare Base Camp

13,550ft/4,130m  5 - 6 hrs Trek

Day 8: Descent from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

7,579ft/2,310m  7 - 8 hrs Trek

Day 9: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda

5,775ft/1,760m  5 - 6 hrs Trek
Day 10: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Mathque; Drive to Pokhara 2,713ft/827m  30 minute walk, 2 hrs drive

Day 11: Return Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

2,789ft/827m  6 - 7 hrs Drive

Day 12: Departure Day


Are You Ready for the 12-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

  • Trek Duration: Up to 8 hours of walking daily across challenging terrains at altitudes over 4000 meters, heightening the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Preparation: Essential to engage in physical and mental conditioning prior to the trek to ensure readiness.
  • Accommodations: Basic facilities provided in teahouses or trekking lodges.
  • Electrical outlets may incur additional fees.
  • Hot water may not be consistently available.
  • Wi-Fi available in some locations but often unreliable.
  • Gear Requirements: Varies with the season; proper preparation is crucial.
  • Popularity: Expect to encounter many other trekkers and groups on the trail and at the teahouses.
  • Weather Considerations: Tour operation may be reduced during high-risk weather conditions due to the nature of outdoor activities.

Price of Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghandruk

Discover the amazing Annapurna Base Camp with Recreation Holidays, where local Nepali experts and Sherpas guide you through breathtaking trails. We’re excited to offer you our Annapurna Base Camp Trek at a great price of USD 680 per person, perfect for two people traveling together. If you’re trekking solo, we have a special deal just for you too.

Our 12-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp includes everything you need: cozy places to stay, tasty food during the trek, a knowledgeable guide, your trekking permit, all the required ground transportation, and any local taxes.

Need something different? We also have individual services like hiring a mountain guide, getting a porter, booking hotels, and helping with trekking permits. We promise great prices for these services too.

Get in touch with us for a personal quote and learn why Recreation Holidays is a top choice for trekkers going to Annapurna Base Camp.

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Your journey in Nepal begins with your arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport. There, a representative from Recreation Holidays will warmly welcome you and transport you to your hotel. Take the day to acclimatize to the elevation and get excited about the adventure ahead. A briefing will be provided to ensure you have all the necessary information for the days to come.

Max Altitude: 1300mAccommodation: Hotel

Rise early and after a quick breakfast, join us for a scenic drive to Pokhara. Our comfortable tourist coach will take you along the Prithivi Highway for 6 to 7 hours. Enjoy the sights of quaint villages, terraced farms, and lush forests on the way. Pokhara awaits with its charm as a beloved tourist spot and Nepal's second-largest city.

Max Altitude: 827mMeals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Post-breakfast, a short drive leads you to Kimche. From there, your trek to the picturesque Ghandruk village begins, introducing you to the warm Gurung community and stunning landscapes. Explore the local museum if time permits, and stay overnight in this hillside retreat.

Max Altitude: 1940mMeals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

The trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong is a blend of ascents and descents. Start with a gradual climb to Kimrung Danda, where panoramic views of the Annapurna range unfold. The trail then takes you down to Kimrong Khola, then up to Chere Danda, and finally descends slightly to the village of Chhomrong for the night.

Max Altitude: 2170mMeals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

A challenging day with a descent down 2,500 stone steps to the Chhomrong river, followed by a climb through a dense forest leading to Sinuwa, then onto Bamboo. The dense forest and occasional wildlife sightings make this a memorable day, ending with a restful night in Bamboo.

Max Altitude: 2310Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

Today's trek takes you further into the heart of the Annapurna region. Ascending through changing landscapes and past the Himalaya Hotel, you'll notice the vegetation becoming sparser as you approach Deurali, where you will spend the night amid the peaceful sounds of the river and sights of waterfalls.

Max Altitude: 3230mMeals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

The ascent from Deurali to the Annapurna Base Camp is a gradual climb through the riverbed then onto the mountainside of Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The views here are stunning, with a landscape that grows increasingly alpine and awe-inspiring as you approach the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp, under the watchful gaze of towering peaks.

Max Altitude: 4130mMeals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

Retrace your steps back down to Bamboo. The descent is usually faster and less strenuous, allowing you to savor the changing views of the landscapes that surround you. Overnight once more in the serenity of Bamboo.

Max Altitude: 2310Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

The trail from Bamboo ascends to Kuldighar before descending to the Chhomrong river. Climb the stone steps to Chhomrong before descending again to Jhinu Danda. Here, you can relax in the therapeutic hot springs. Rest in Jhinu Danda for the night.

Max Altitude: 1760mMeals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse

After the last breakfast on the trail, make your way towards Pokhara from Jhinu Danda, enjoying the captivating hilly landscapes of western Nepal. Your trek concludes at Mathque, where you'll take a private vehicle back to Pokhara. Spend another night in this vibrant city.

Max Altitude: 827mMeals: BAccommodation: Hotel

The return drive to Kathmandu offers one last chance to enjoy the green hillsides and rural beauty of Nepal. After reaching Kathmandu, you'll have time to rest at your hotel and reflect on the journey you've completed.

Max Altitude: 1300mMeals: BAccommodation: Hotel

On the final day, depending on your travel plans, you can choose to extend your stay and explore more of Nepal or head to the airport, where we'll bid you farewell. If you're departing, we'll ensure you get to the airport with plenty of time for your flight.

Meals: BAccommodation: n/a
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Trip Service Details
  • Transfers: Complimentary airport transfers for your arrival and departure days.
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a Kathmandu hotel and 2 nights in a Pokhara hotel, each with breakfast included, plus 7 nights in shared lodges/teahouses during the trek.
  • Dining: All meals during the trek are covered, summing up to 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners.
  • Permits: The package takes care of your Annapurna Conservation Area permit and the TIMS card.
  • Transport: We've arranged for your transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara via tourist bus.
  • Guidance: A seasoned trekking guide will accompany you, with all his expenses covered by us.
  • Safety Net: We facilitate emergency helicopter services through your travel insurance.
  • Gear: Provision of a sleeping bag, duffle bag, and down jacket (to be returned post-trek).
  • Extras: Enjoy fresh fruits post-dinner, a souvenir t-shirt, a trekking map, and a celebratory farewell dinner.
  • Health and Safety: A first aid kit equipped with an oximeter is included for health monitoring throughout your journey.
  • Taxes: All taxes and office expenses are included in the price.
  • Visas and Flights: International airfare and Nepal visa fees are your responsibility. For the visa, please carry two passport-sized photographs. Costs vary depending on the duration of your stay: USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days. Extensions cost USD 3 per day, with a late fine of USD 5 per day.
  • Personal Expenses: Expect to cover personal items such as drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), hot and cold beverages, and little extras. Hot showers can range from USD 5 to 8 per use, while WiFi and battery charging services come with a small fee.
  • Porter Service: Hiring a porter for the trek costs an additional USD 200 per porter.
  • Unpredictable Events: Any expenses arising from unforeseen events like natural disasters, accidents, or issues that are beyond our control—including weather or airline disruptions—are not refundable or transferable. If you decide to cut your trek short for any reason, the costs are non-refundable.
  • Meals in Cities: While on the trek, all meals are provided unless otherwise stated. However, lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included. This also applies if you return early or depart later than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: You must have your own travel insurance; it's mandatory for the trek.
  • Gratuities: Tipping for the hardworking guides, porters, and assistant guides is customary and appreciated, and should be planned for at the end of your journey.
  • Miscellaneous Services: Any service that is not listed under the 'Services Includes' section is not covered by the package. If you're uncertain about any particular service or its inclusion, please reach out to us for clarification.
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Additional Info

Required Permits for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

When you set off for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you'll be exploring within the Annapurna Conservation Area, which requires specific permits:

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit:

  • For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1000
  • For Other Nationals: NPR 3000

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card:

  • Per trekkers: NPR 2000

Good to Know: The price of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek package already includes all these necessary permit fees. Plus, we'll handle the permit arrangements for you, ensuring a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Journey Through the Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Covering 67 Kilometers

The route to Annapurna Base Camp spans an impressive 67 kilometers, marked by breathtaking scenery and challenging terrain. The trek's most extensive stretch occurs as you journey back from the Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, covering 15.5 kilometers in a single day. For a detailed view of the trail and to better plan each step of your adventure, be sure to refer to our Annapurna Base Camp Trek route map.

Options for Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Solo, Private, or Group Expeditions

Whether you're a solo wanderer or you haven't organized a trekking party, we have flexible options for you. Join one of our scheduled group departures and share the journey with like-minded explorers from around the globe. Opting for a group trek can be more economical, as the cost per person is generally lower than traveling solo.

For those trekking on their own, we offer the luxury of a private trek. Accompanied by one of our expert guides, you’ll have the freedom to relish the natural beauty at your leisure and trek at a pace that suits you. Please note, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost varies for the private trekking experience, reflecting the personalized service and flexibility it offers.

Exploring Annapurna Base Camp: Trek Departures and Accommodation Details

Trek Departures:

Recreation Holidays invites you to experience the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek with options for both small group and private departures. Join our fixed departure dates to enjoy the company of fellow trekkers or select a date that suits you best from the right side of our webpage. Planning your arrival in Nepal to align with these dates ensures a seamless start to your adventure.

Accommodation on the Trek:

Comfort meets rustic charm in our accommodation offerings. Spend four nights in three-star hotels (two in Kathmandu and two in Pokhara) and embrace the simplicity of lodge/teahouse living for the remaining seven nights on the trail. Our trekking lodges provide basic amenities including beds with pillows and blankets. While a few have electric lighting, all feature a cozy dining-lounge area. Adventure seekers should note that accommodations at Annapurna Base Camp and Dovan are more basic, often requiring stays in dormitory-style rooms.

Upgraded Accommodations:

For those wishing to indulge in extra comfort, we offer the option to upgrade your accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Select from a range of premium four and five-star hotels to make your stay even more memorable. Let us know your preference, and we'll arrange for a luxurious retreat after your days of adventure.

Meals and Drinks on the Trek:

Our package includes a total of 22 meals across the trek, comprising 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners, served in the lodges where you will be staying or at convenient locations along the trail. Expect a mix of Nepali and Western cuisine options. Beverages such as coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer are available for purchase. While these drinks are not included in the trek cost, we recommend bringing water purification tablets for use with free, normal water, or you can opt to purchase bottled, boiled, or safe water during your journey.

When is the Best time to trek in Annapurna base camp

The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp largely depends on the weather conditions and what you hope to see and experience. The most popular times to visit are during the spring and autumn seasons:

Spring (March to May): This is a fantastic time for trekking as the weather is generally warm and stable, with clear skies that offer excellent views of the mountains. The trails and the forests are in full bloom, especially with rhododendrons and other wildflowers, making the landscape particularly vibrant and photogenic.

Autumn (September to November): Autumn is considered the peak trekking season in Nepal. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the air is crisp and clean, resulting in superb visibility. The weather is comfortably cool and stable, which is ideal for trekking. This is also the time for major Nepali festivals like Dashain and Tihar, adding a cultural richness to your trekking experience.

Outside of these peak times, you can consider:

Winter (December to February): Trekking in winter can be more challenging due to colder temperatures, snow, and shorter days. However, the paths are less crowded and the mountain views are still spectacular. It’s important to be well-prepared for cold weather conditions.

Summer/Monsoon (June to August): Trekking during the monsoon can be problematic due to heavy rains, which can lead to slippery trails and leeches. However, the rain usually comes in short bursts and often occurs in the evening or night, so it’s still possible to trek during the day. The landscape is lush and the waterfalls are at their fullest, but views of the mountains can be obstructed by clouds.

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