Annapurna Base Camp 14 Days

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The breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring wonders of the Annapurna Sanctuary await on this unforgettable 14-day trek. From our destination, the Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll behold the craggy, shimmering south face of Annapurna I - the world’s 10th-tallest peak! We’ll steal glimpses of Machapuchare (Fishtail), called the “Matterhorn of Asia” and revered as sacred to the god Shiva, which is dotted by glaciers and limned in a sheer cliff face. As your guides guide you through the mountains and between cozy teahouses, you’ll meet the kind, welcoming locals and come to understand that hospitality is limited by no language. The Annapurna Base Camp is a trek more attainable for many, as compared to the Everest Base Camp, and is therefore popular with adventurers with a varying range of experience.

    What's Included?

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure
  • Two nights of deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Two nights of deluxe accommodation in Pokhara
  • Bus service between Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Lodge accommodation and three meals a day while trekking
  • One way flight to Pokhara
  • English-speaking guide
  • Porter service
  • All applicable permits
  • TIMS card
  • Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
  • First aid kit
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure! One of our Airport Representatives will be on hand to greet you when your plane lands and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. We'll have a final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Pokhara

It's time to kick off our journey! The first leg of this adventure is a 6-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where you'll rest up for our first day of trekking! We'll have a final briefing in the evening to go over details and answer any last-minute questions.

Day 3 - Pokhara to Nayapul, Nayapul to Tikhe Dhunga

The day starts with a transfer to Nayapul which is about one hour drive from Pokhara, where we'll take the first steps of our trek. The walking is easy at this stage, as we stroll through the Modi Khola River Valley. We trek to the small village of Tikhe Dhunga to spend the night.

Day 4 - Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani

From Tikhe Dhunga we'll cross a stream as the warm up to ascending the steep stone staircase to the scenic, quaint Magar Village at Ulleri. After lunch, our route wends through glorious blooms of rhododendron and imposing oak forests. We'll move slightly upwards in the direction of Nangethanti before scaling towards Ghorepani for dinner and sleep.

Day 5 - Ghorepani to Tadapani, with excursion to Poon Hill

We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. It's back to our lodge for a late breakfast, and then we’re back on the trekking path! Our legs get a bit of a rest on the downhill walk towards lunch at Bathanti, which takes us through beautiful, deep forests, and then to Tadapani.

Day 6 - Tadapani to Chhomrong

More downhill walking awaits us today as we again trek rhododendron and oak forests. We'll arrive at the lofty Gurung village of Chhomrong by lunchtime, giving you a bit of time to explore the fantastic views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Day 7 - Chhomrong to Doban

Another precipitous stone staircase guides our way today as we descend towards the Chhomrong Khola. We shift gears at that point and will climb in the direction of Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through leafy bamboo forests. More upward travel awaits us in the afternoon as we head towards Kuldi and then another staircase down to Dovan, where we'll rest after a vigorous day.

Day 8 - Doban to Annapurna Base Camp

You'll feel the bite of the thin air today as we climb high above our starting point of Dovan, overlooking a river far below. We'll scale the lateral moraine of a shimmering glacier and then come down the other side to the glacier bed before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. A breathtaking 4,237m above sea level, this is our stopping point for the night.

It's time to reap the rewards of your hard trekking work! Miles above earth, we have all day today to wander the base camp and drink in the beauty and majesty of Annapurna. The sunrise and sunset are spectacular displays of natural theatre, and not to be missed. Make sure your camera is charged!

Day 9 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

We'll savor one last fiery Annapurna sunrise before beginning our trek down the mountain. Our route today ends in the village of Bamboo, named for the dense forest of tall bamboo that surrounds it.

Day 10 - Bamboo to Chhomrong

The stone staircases and their steep, unforgiving steps await us once again! We'll trek the bamboo forest, passing vibrant blooms of rhododendron, on our way to Kuldi. After lunch, we pass through Sinuwa and Modi Khola before an invigorating uphill climb towards Chomrong.

Day 11 - Chhomrong to Ghandrung

From Chhomrong, we head back to Taglung, descending slowly through a forest to Kummu. It's back towards Ghandrung and one more hypnotically-lovely panorama of Annapurna South before our last night on the mountain.

Day 12 - Ghandrung to Pokhara

The end of our trek is in sight. Villages and terraced fields dot the landscape at these lower altitudes, adding interest and variety to our last morning on the mountain. We'll pass through Syauli Bazaar and Nayapul before catching a ride back to Pokhara, where the comforts of a hotel ensconce you after a long and tiring journey.

The extraordinary natural beauty of Pokhara frames your penultimate adventure day, which is dedicated to exploring the town. Pokhara feels almost sublimely tranquil, with the sacred, fishtailed peak of Machhapuchhre rising behind it and the shining waters of Phewa Lake within its heart. Pokhara is at a lower elevation than Kathmandu, and, accordingly, has a balmier - almost tropical - climate, which has given rise to a riotous proliferation of flowers. Uncover Pokhara's secrets at length as you drink in glorious views of the Himalaya range.

Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

The 25 minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu brings us back the way we originally came, ending again in a comfortable hotel. Your conquest of the Himalayas is complete: it's time for some rest! After an afternoon to nap and relax, we'll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town's finest Nepalese restaurants, where you can give us your feedback on the trek. In the morning, we'll make sure you catch your flight home with time to spare.

Day 14 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.

Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel's storage room for no extra cost.


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

    Upper Body

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Waterproof pants


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots


  • Gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • rekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
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The basics

What is trekking?

Trekking is an adventure! For the uninitiated, this active pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails. The terrain is usually fairly steep, and we will likely encounter snow at higher altitudes (those above 5,500m/18,000ft).

Is trekking for me?

We like to think trekking is for everyone who is physically fit, patient, and loves the outdoors.

Why is a guide necessarily? I've trekked/hiked/camped before - can't I guide myself?

While it is not a legal requirement, we cannot overstate the importance of trekking with a licensed, experienced guide. You'll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations - from an aspect of pure safety, it is highly dangerous to go it alone. Additionally, very few locals in Himalayan villages speak English. Should you get lost (and, with many paths crossing through many, many villages, this is more a likelihood than a possibility), it would be difficult to communicate directions or obtain food and shelter. Additionally, our guides are experts in Himalayan treks with an average of over 15 years trekking experience. No matter how confident you feel in your skills or knowledge, it is almost certain that we can help enhance your experience.

Who can go?

Are there any age limits for Himalayan trekking?

Nepal law requires that children under age 18 are accompanied by a parent or guardian while trekking. There's no upper limit on our adventures, as long as participants are healthy and willing!

How difficult is trekking?

It depends on the specific trek, and, to some extent, on the preferences of those trekking. We offer all sorts of treks, ranging from easy to difficult.

Is previous trekking experience really necessary?

In theory, no. Anyone with robust cardiovascular capability and good stamina should be able to cope with higher elevations and lower oxygen density. Trekking or hiking experience anywhere in the world is strongly recommended for maximum enjoyment of your Himalayan adventure, however.


What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What's the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?

The best times for trekking the Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. Unless you are trekking in rain shadow areas such as the Upper Mustang, trekking during monsoon season is going to be a very wet event. Winter isn't the optimal trekking season either, as very cold temperatures and heavy snowfall may impede crossings of high passes (treks that maintain lower elevations are accessible year-round).

Are any permits required for trekking?

Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

About the trek

How long do treks last?

Most of our Himalayan treks range from two to four weeks.

How long do we spend walking each day?

Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That's between five and fifteen kilometers depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.

Room and board

What kinds of accommodations will we utilize?

Unless you signed up for a camping trip specifically, most treks include lodge or guest house accommodation. A small minority of trekking areas may not have lodges available, and accommodation in these places will involve sleeping in tents.

What is teahouse trekking?

Teahouse trekking is a type of accommodation unique to mountain treks, in which lodging and meals are set up at local teahouses or lodges on a full-board basis.

What is camping trekking?

Camping trekking involves sleeping in tents. We provide you with full board on these treks, with meals being prepared by professional trekking cooks in a mobile camp equipped with a kitchen and adequate support staff.

Where will our drinking water come from?

Bottled water is available everywhere on established trekking routes, and most villages on the way will have locally-purified water as well. The teahouses or camping crew will supply boiled water for drinking.

Where do we eat our meals?

The most frequently-traveled Himalayan circuits feature lodges and guesthouses. Continental menus are generally available, along with soups and dishes of noodles or rice. Other routes will include more limited choices. On the most remote routes, only traditional dal bhat, curry, or instant noodle soups will be available.

Health and safety

What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

How will we deal with altitude acclimation?

At higher altitudes - the kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Practical matters

What should I pack?

Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but overpacking is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.

What sort of footwear is recommended?

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.

How much can a porter carry?

Porters' ability to carry baggage depends to some extent on the trekking route and altitude in question, but the average trekking porter carries between 15 and 25kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. One porter is typically assigned per every two travelers.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

What communication options exist while trekking?

It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

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