Annapurna Base Camp

Private Tour

 Choose your own departure date
 Price based on minimum 2 pax
 Single and Group prices available

16 days from $1850 AUD

 

Traversing terraced rice paddies, flame-red rhododendron forests and staggeringly beautiful high-altitude landscapes, the trek to Annapurna Base Camp offers unparalleled views of the Annapurna Massif. Over the course of 12 trekking days, you’ll watch the sunrise over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) from the famous viewpoint at Poon Hill and trek through the lush Modi Kola Valley en route to the base camp itself.

 Nestled beneath 8,000-metre-high peaks, the Annapurna Base Camp is a snowy amphitheatre of soaring summits and striking glaciers that rivals the setting of its more famous counterpart at Everest. Days spent trekking through incredible alpine landscapes are complemented by encounters with the ethnic Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Loba people whose hospitality is an experience in itself.

Inclusions

Meals

15 Breakfasts
12 Lunches
11 Dinners

Price Excludes:
Mineral water
Beverages– soft and hard
Dessert/Treats

Transport

Return private airport transfers
Return Tourist Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Accommodation (twin share)

Hotel (2 nts)
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Basic Teahouses (11 nts)

Activities

English speaking professional trekking guide 
Annapurna Conservation Area permit
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

Price Excludes:
Porter
Tipping of local staff
Souvenirs
Entrance fee (temple/ museum visit)

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Namaste and welcome to Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome to Nepal!
On arrival, you will be met by a member of the Namaste Journeys team and transferred to your hotel in the tourist district of Thamel.

 If time allows, spend the day exploring the enchanting city of Kathmandu where buzzing markets and bazaars knock up against heritage-listed temples and historic squares. Take in the sweeping views across the Kathmandu Valley from the hilltop temple of Swayambhunath or discover artisan workshops and courtyard cafes as you delve into the tourist laneways of Thamel.

DAY 2 - Kathmandu to Pokhara

After an early breakfast, leave Kathmandu behind and make the scenic journey to Pokhara aboard a tourist bus (approximately 8 hours). This stunning journey offers a glimpse into Nepal’s rural lifestyle, with patch-worked landscapes carved by meandering rivers and peppered with picturesque villages.

 In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in the lakeside town of Pokhara, which nestles beneath the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna range.
If time allows, you can hire a boat for a leisurely paddle on the lake, browse the local boutiques selling Nepali and Tibetan handicrafts or relax in one of the many lakeside cafes and restaurants.
There will be a welcome meeting scheduled in the afternoon where you’ll get to connect with your trekking leader and ready yourself for the adventure that lies ahead.

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*Flight upgrade available – please speak to your travel advisor if you would like prefer to fly between Kathmandu and Pokhara

DAY 3 - Pokhara - Hille

Rise early for the start of your trek to Annapurna Base Camp, which will take you through lowland pastures, dramatic river gorges and picturesque villages. You’ll be backed by spectacular glaciers and soaring mountains, including the 8,091-metre-high Annapurna 1. Staying in remote mountain communities, you’ll get a unique insight into the local culture as people go about their everyday lives, as well as have plenty of time to relax and even enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs.

 After an hour-long drive from Pokhara, you’ll arrive in Nayapul, the starting point of your trek. From here, you’ll follow the Bhurungi Khola before slowly ascending through rural landscapes and rice fields to the village of Hille (1,475 metres) where you’ll spend your first night. Enjoy the friendly hospitality at your guesthouse while becoming acquainted with the rhythm of mountain life.  

Hiking hours: 4

(B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Hille - Ghorepani

After an energising breakfast, begin the day’s trekking with a steep ascent to Ulleri where you’ll get your first glimpse of the mighty Himalayas. The trail winds through a magnificent forest of rhododendron trees before arriving in Ghorepani (2,855 metres) where you’ll spend the night.  

Hiking hours: 6

(B,L,D)

DAY 5 - Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani

Wake before dawn for an early morning climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3,210 metres) to witness an unforgettable sunrise over Annapurna and its surrounding Himalayan peaks. Then return to your guesthouse for breakfast before beginning the day’s trek to Deurali.

 The trail initially follows a dramatic ridge line between rhododendrons before meandering through an impressive river gorge where you may be lucky enough to see langur monkeys playing in the trees. Eventually, you’ll arrive in the village of Tadapani (2,680 metres) where you’ll have time to chat with the locals before settling in for the night.

Hiking hours: 5

(B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Tadapani – Chomrong

Begin the day with a short descent along a shaded forest trail before climbing again between terraced fields of maize and potatoes to the village of Chomrong (2,170 metres). Nestled at the base of Hiunchuli (6,441 metres), this is the last permanent settlement in the valley and affords incredible views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.

Hiking hours: 6

(B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Chomrong – Bamboo

After a good night’s sleep in Chomrong, you’ll continue trekking through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests to Kuldi Ghar, then from the banks of the Modi River up to Doban. It’s then an easy downhill walk for the rest of the day before you arrive in Bamboo (2,310 metres) where you’ll spend the night.

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Hiking hours: 6

DAY 8 - Bamboo – Deurali

Today’s short trek will take you through the “Himalaya Hotel” where the forest opens up for incredible views of the glacial river below. You’ll then continue through a drier section of forest to Hinku Cave before traversing a narrow and beautiful valley framed by soaring cliffs to Deurali. Here, you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure to relax and acclimatise before the following day’s trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.

Hiking hours: 4

(B,L,D)

DAY 9 - Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

Begin the day with a steep climb to Machhapuchhre Base Camp, from where there’s outstanding views of Machhapuchhre, along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. As the vegetation disappears, the path will gradually widen as you slowly but surely make the climb to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 metres.

 You’ll overnight here at the highest point of the trek, with plenty of time to soak up the 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas from your lodge terrace. Marvel at the sheer immensity of the mountains (including the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above) and celebrate your achievement at making it to this magnificent corner of the world!

Hiking hours: 6

(B,L,D)

DAY 10 - Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo

Wake early for a sunrise you won’t soon forget over the Himalayan peaks, with the feeling that you can almost reach out and touch these majestic mountains. You’ll then begin the descent to Bamboo, following the same trail back down the valley while experiencing a completely different perspective on the landscapes you’re traversing.

Hiking hours: 6

(B,L,D)

DAY 11 - Bamboo - Jhinudanda (Himalpani)

Retrace your steps along the undulating staircase that leads to Chomrong before the trail descends sharply to Jhinudanda (1,780 m). Here, you can enjoy a well-earned moment of relaxation as you soak your weary muscles in the natural hot springs beside the Modi Khola.

Hiking hours: 6

(B,L,D)

DAY 12 - Jhinudanda - Ghandruk

Begin the day with a short descent to the Modi Khola before crossing this river and continuing along the trail that leads to the famous village of Ghandruk (1,950 m). This beautiful settlement is inhabited by a large Gurung community and there’s a small museum where you can discover more about their cultural traditions and lifestyle. Also, take time to visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project visitor centre to learn about the important work being done to ensure the survival of this majestic area and its unique communities.  

Hiking hours: 5 

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DAY 13 - Ghandruk - Tolka

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll descend to the river and cross its rushing waters before climbing up the opposite side to reach the village of Landruk. From here, it’s an easy stroll to Tolka (1,700 metres) where you’ll spend your final night in the mountains before returning the following day to Pokhara.

Hiking hours: 5

(B,L,D)

DAY 14 - Tolka – Phedi – Pokhara

The final stretch of your Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to the village of Phedi where a shuttle will be waiting to whisk you back to Pokhara (45-minute drive). Here, you can check into the your guesthouse for a well-earned shower before an evening of delicious food with your guides and fellow trekkers as you reminisce about your mountain adventure.

Hiking hours: 6 (B,L)

DAY 15 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

After an early breakfast, leave Pokhara behind and make the scenic journey back to Kathamndu aboard a tourist bus (approximately 8 hours). 

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*Flight upgrade available – please speak to your travel advisor if you would like prefer to fly between Pokhara and Kathmandu

DAY 16 - Kathmandu

Today is your last day in Nepal. If time allows spend the day drinking chai in one of the many hip courtyard cafes, fill your backpack full with some last-minute shopping and reflect on what has truly been a life-changing journey.

You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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