Annapurna Basecamp trek

Go! Just go to Annapurna Basecamp (ABC)

"Because in the end you won't remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that god damn mountain." - Jack Kerouac

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Matt Zimmerman, Macelc, Brigitte Nau and ro431977.

your private ABC trek

Annapurna region

10-12 days

medium/hard

4237 meter

guide & porter

why this trek?

stunning panorama views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill

typical Gurung villages all along the route

soak in the natural hot spring at Jhinu

about this trek

This trekking to Annapurna Basecamp (ABC) is a two week trekking for trekkers with a proper physical condition. The route takes you across one of the Nepal’s most famous mountain ranges, the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Once you've reached ABC you'll have a panoramic view over Annapurna I (8091m) en III (7555m), Machhapuchhre, Varhha Shikar (7647m) and Khansar Kang (7485m). If you're lucky you get to see different bird species, the Himalayan goat and weasel. Reaching ABC will be a memorable moment in your travel, because Annapurna is among worlds' 10 highest mountains.

On the way back you can celebrate your trek in a lovely natural hot spring.

alternative trekking routes

Considering a bit shorter trek in Annapurna? Take a look at our 6 day Poon Hill trek in which you will have stunning panorama views over the Annapurna range while staying at lower altitude yourself.

You could also consider our Annapurna round trek via Thorong La, world's highest pass (5416m). On this very rewarding trek you will find yourself in a variety of different landscapes and cultures.

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itenerary

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.

day 02 | Drive to Pokhara (900m) by tourist bus - 7 hrs.

day 03 | Drive to Nayapul (1010m) - 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1570m) - 3 hrs.

day 04 | Trek to Ghorepani (2840m) - 5 hrs.

day 05 | Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2610m).

day 06 | Trek to Chomrong (2140m) - 5 hrs.

day 07 | Trek to Dovan (2400m) - 6 hrs.

day 08 | Trek to Deurali (3300m) - 6 hrs.

day 09 | Trek to Annapurna Basecamp (4237m) - 7 hrs.

day 10 | Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) - 6 hrs.

day 11 | Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1780m) - 5 hrs.

day 12 | Trek to Nayapul (1010m) - 4,5 hrs. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hr. And farewell dinner.

Note: it is possible to combine your trekking with other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife jungle safari. The itinerary can be customised according to your wishes and the duration of your stay in Nepal.

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting
By Mountain People welcomes you at your hotel for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide (and porters) and we talk about the trekking route. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting we request you to clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

overnight at a hotel

day 02 | Drive to Pokhara - 7 hrs.
Early morning we pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. One in Pokhara you will see a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (with the shape of a fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. Pokhara is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence it is the perfect starting point for our trek.

overnight at a hotel

day 03 | Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga - 3 hrs.
After a 1-hour drive with a private vehicle from Pokhara we begin our trek at Nayapul. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola we reach Birethanti (1015m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the northern bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 04 | Trek to Ghorepani - 5 hrs.
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2070m. From this point the trail ascends more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2250m). From there we trek towards Nangethanti (2460m) and one more hour later we arrive at Ghorepani (2840m) where we spend the night.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 05 | Hike up to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani.
Very early in the morning, if possible an hour before sunset, we start a one hour hiking to Poon Hill (3210m) for a brilliant mountain range spectacle. This vantage point provides an stunning panorama view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. Here we spend about an hour before we return to Ghorepani for hot breakfast. Then we pack our bags again and set off for a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti when after we turn off to Tadapani.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 06 | Trek to Chomrong - 5 hrs.
The day starts with a steep downhill walk through rhododendron forests and descend through the forests. As we approach Gurjung which is the village of the Gurung people the trail eases. Then there’s only an easy walk left to Chomrong (2140m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 07 | Trek to Dovan - 6 hrs.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

day 08 | Trek to Deurali - 7 hrs.
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali ....

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 09 | Trek to Annapurna Basecamp.
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhre Basecamp. This actually isn’t really a basecamp since climbing the mountain is not allowed. This area is totally surrounded by mountains and known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. After trekking two hours from Machhapuchhre Basecamp you are in Annapurna Basecamp (ABC) at elevation of 4130m. There you have very much rewarded unobstructed views of mountain scenery. It’s spectacular.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 10 | Trek back to Bamboo - 6 hrs.
Now we follow the same trail down and descend 1700 meters to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo (2345m). Here are a few teahouses available where we stay.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 11 | Trek to Jhinu hot spring - 5 hrs.
We follow the same trail until Chomrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to Jhinu hot spring where you can bathe in a delightful natural hot spring, located in a narrow jungle valley right next to a raging river.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 12 | Trek to Nayapul - 4/5 hrs - and drive to Pokhara
From Jhinu hot spring we walk along the right side of Modi Khola for 4,5 hrs to Birethanti. This part of the trek can be considered as one of the best and most relaxing walks of the entire route. We reach Nayapul from where a one hour drive will take us back to the hotel Pokhara. There we fresh up and enjoy farewell dinner at Lakeside Pokhara.

overnight at a hotel

Note: Curious about the highlights of Pokhara or a canoe ride in the jungle? Take a look at our Pokhara city trip or the Jungle tour in Chitwan National Park. We can also provide you other services such as bus and flight tickets, hotel bookings and connecting packages.

Contact us for more information.

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cost includes

  • airport transfer and drop off
  • trekking permit
  • experienced, English speaking guide
  • porter per two persons
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
  • accommodation during your trekking
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trekking
  • accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara (3 nights)

cost does not include

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • meals in Kathmandu
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipment
  • tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below 'cost includes'

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By Mountain People
Lukas E. ABC Trek

Hello everybody,

I was very lucky to meet Govinda in a plane to Kathmandu by accident. The next day after arriving in Kathmandu, he arranged the whole trip including a local guide for us. He even showed us where to buy our whole trekking equipment for a reasonable price. He really took his time for us. Thanks to him we didnt get stuck in Kathmandu. We immediately started our journey to Pokhara and began our Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

The trek was really awesome. We went there during winter season. During winter season, it is quite cold and foggy sometimes. But the main advantage is that the trek is almost empty. You will not see many tourists which is quite nice, so you can better enjoy the nature.

If you want to go trekking it is inevitable to know someone trustworthy. As a tourist you will find a lot of scam in Kathmandu. Govinda is a professional guide. He will help you out without charging an exorbitant price.

By Mountain People
Risako Ono Spectacular Trek

I trekked to Annapurna base camp with Govinda in April 2015. It was my first trip in Nepal. I was surrounded by the Himalaya mountains and could see sacred scenery and wonderful people. That was a memorable experience for its incredible beauty. The whole trip was set in advance and I only needed to enjoy the trip. Including was the journey to Pokhara, all food, drink, a place to sleep. Govind was brilliant in every way. I received great service, he knew the area perfectly, and helped me with everything I needed help for. He ensured that I went at a comfortable pace so that I didn't get altitude sickness. He encouraged me to slow down ("bistarai, bistari") and take in the sights. I won't be able to explain how beautiful the views of the Annapurna range, but it will forever be imprinted upon my memories.

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Lilly
On my very first day in Nepal, back in 2013, I met Govinda and we've been best (!) friends ever since. Govinda and I have been on quite some treks in Nepal together and traveled in Sir Lanka and Europe as well. And now we also work together with by Mountain People. Back in the Netherlands I take care of the website and I am always planning a next stay in Nepal. But hey ... what are you up to? :)