Annapurna Base Camp

Description

The Annapurna trek is one of the most intensely scenic treks in Nepal, taking you to a high plateau surrounded by a ring of immense mountains, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary.  The area is sacred to local people and, when you are surrounded by these silent, soaring peaks, you will understand why.

You will get the chance to explore Kathmandu before starting a 10 day trek through lush forests and arid highlands up to the Sanctuary and on to Jinhu Danda.  The Annnapurna circuit trek includes a full day at Annapurna Base Camp so you can rest and take in some of the most impressive mountain scenery on earth. But it’s not just the scenery that makes Annapurna trekking special.  It’s fascinating to visit remote villages, as well as Pokhara, a popular lakeside town.

“You should do this because you get to see amazing places, meet really nice people and have so much fun!” – Oenone, April 2013

Highlights

  • Exploring Kathmandu with its atmospheric streets and temples
  • Watching the landscape change dramatically as you trek up to the Sanctuary
  • Relaxing at Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m above sea level, and discovering the special nature of the place – sacred to local people.

Key Facts

Grade of trek:

Moderate

Max Elevation:

4000m/13123ft

Trek Days:

10

Total Days:

16

Day of arrival:

First Friday of the month

Prices:

From £685 - £1045 (dependent on group numbers) for 16 days, excl international flights.

Prices (per person)

1 Person
£1045
2-3 Persons
£827
4-6 Persons
£796
7-9 Persons
£702
10 Persons
£685

Included

  • First class support throughout the preparation for your trip and whilst you are away
  • Airport transfers and all necessary transport during your trip
  • Hotel stays in Kathmandu (4 nights) & Pokhara (2 nights) on twin sharing BB basis
  • Accommodation in good quality lodges en-route during trek
  • 1 half-day guided sightseeing of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including transport and entrance fees
  • Trek with well-respected trekking organisation with experienced guides and full insurance
  • Porters during the trek (weight max. 15 kg per client)
  • National park fee
  • Oyster Trekking kit bag for each group member

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • All home country travel costs
  • Travel insurance (this must be appropriate for a trekking holiday)
  • All meals during trek (budget approx. £13 per day);  Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (laundry, bar bills etc)
  • Nepal Visa fee (approx US$40 for up to 30 days)
  • Gratuities for staff

Dates & Booking

Our pricing structure means that everyone on an Oyster trek will pay the lowest price. This means that if you sign up as an individual and there are already four people signed up for the trek, each trekker will pay £769, for example.

Our treks all begin with orientation in Kathmandu on the first Friday of each month during the trekking season. Other dates are possible, particularly during school holidays. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

September to May each year: -

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Met at Kathmandu airport. Brief introduction to the local area.
Hotel
Day 2
Thorough briefing on trek. Guided tour of world heritage sites
Hotel
Day 3
Drive to Pokhara. Afternoon sightseeing.
Hotel
Day 4
Short drive to Phedi. Trek to Deorali
Lodge
Day 5
Trek to Ghandruk
Lodge
Day 6
Trek to Chomrong
Lodge
Day 7
Trek to Doban
Lodge
Day 8
Trek to Machupare Base Camp
Lodge
Day 9
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
Lodge
Day 10
Rest day. Options to climb to spectacular viewpoints.
Lodge
Day 11
Trek to Bamboo
Lodge
Day 12
Trek to Jhinu Danda
Lodge
Day 13
Trek to Birethanti then drive to Pokhara
Hotel
Day 14
Bus back to Kathmandu
Hotel
Day 15
Day at leisure
Hotel
Day 16
Transfer to airport for departure

Full Details

The trip starts in historic Kathmandu, with its fascinating temples and bustling streets.  You will spend the first two nights there, acclimatizing and seeing the sights on a private guided tour.  On day 3 we drive you to Pokhara, a popular town with beautiful lakes and mountain views.  You will have the afternoon there to relax and explore. The following morning we take you to nearby Pedhi for the start of your trek. The trek lasts for 10 days, climbing up gradually to the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m high).  You will have a full day there to rest and enjoy the unparalleled views of the snow-covered peaks around you.  After a further three days trekking, we reach Pokhara again, where you will spend the night relaxing before returning to Kathmandu for the final two nights.

As well as the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, you will also experience a wide range of eco-systems, from lush bamboo groves and rhododendron forests to cold, arid landscapes higher up.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu: (1300m)

You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Our representative will get you settled in and give you a basic introduction to the local area. O/N Hotel

Day 2: Briefing and Sightseeing

After breakfast you will have a full briefing to prepare you for the trek, including kit, conditions, health and safety.  In the afternoon we take you for a guided tour of this fascinating medieval city. O/N Hotel

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (827m)

We drive to Pokhara, a popular lakeside town, with plenty to see and do. You will have the afternoon to explore. O/N Hotel

Day 4: Drive to Phedi then trek to Deorali: (2095m)  Lunch at Pothana

We start our trek at nearby Phedi.  The trek is short, but steep, so you will be encouraged to take it slowly and enjoy the scenery.   After an hour’s ascent through beautiful forests we reach Dhampus, a lovely village with rich farmland and attractive houses.  The path gradually rises to Pothana (1970m), where we stop for lunch.  We then continue through oak and rhododendron forests into the Modi Khola valley, stopping for the night at Bhichok Deorali.  Here there are fantastic views, including the snowy peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli marking the entrance to the Sanctuary.  O/N Lodge in Deorali

Day 5: Trek to Ghandruk: (1940m)  Lunch at Tolka

In the morning we descend again on forest trails to reach the prettyvillageofLandruk(1630m).  After lunch we continue our descent to cross the Modi Khola river, and then slowly climb the other side to the attractive village of Ghandruk.  Here you can relax or explore its maze of little streets. O/N Lodge in Ghandruk

Day 6: Trek to Chomrong (3210m) Lunch at Timrung Khola

A short trek day today before we start the climb into the Sanctuary. From Ghandruk we cross the Khyumnu Khola river and then follow the ridge above the Modi Khola.  We eventually reach the comfortable lodges of Chomrong, the last Gurung village on the route. It’s a long morning, but worth getting there in time for lunch, giving us the afternoon to relax and take in the scenery. O/N Lodge in Chomrong

Day 7: Trek to Doban: (2510m); Lunch at Shinu Danda

We walk down through old Chomrong village before climbing gently through hamlets and some final stretches of farmland. Eventually we reach a high ridge with impressive views all the way back to Ghandruk.  We then enter the great oak and rhododendron forests beyond to start our route up to the Sanctuary itself. It’s a beautiful route, with colourful rhododendrons, wild orchids and groups of chattering monkeys.  Eventually we arrive at our lodge in Doban, right alongside the dramatic peaks of the ‘holy mountain’ Machapuchare.  O/N Lodge in Doban

Day 8: Trek to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m); Lunch at Deorali

We set off up the valley’s narrowing gorge towards the entry to the Sanctuary.  The path winds its way up along the river, through a rocky landscape with fragrant shrubs and occasional caves.  We break for lunch at Deorali (3230m), with the beautiful peak of Gangapurna straight in front of us. As we round the ridge of Hiunchuli we suddenly enter the Sanctuary, which has been hidden up to this point.  Stunning peaks surround us. Above us on a ledge is Machapuchare Base Camp (3705m) where we will stop for the night. At this stage we have only reached one corner of the Sanctuary.  Tomorrow will reveal its full extent. O/N Lodge in MBC

Day 9: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m); Lunch there.

We climb for a few hours up gradual slopes to our lodge at Annapurna Base Camp. Though this trek stays relatively low, it can still take time to acclimatize and you will be encouraged to take it slowly.  The ridgeline of peaks is almost uninterrupted, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Machapuchare and others.  After lunch you can choose to climb the gentle northern slopes of Hiunchuli to reach even better views. O/N Lodge at ABC

Day 10: Rest day at Annapurna Base Camp

You’ll have another full day to take in the immense views at the Sanctuary. If you didn’t go up to the Hiunchuli viewpoint the previous day, you can do it this morning. Afterwards you can explore right up the valley toward the magnificent south face of Annapurna. Or you can just relax and enjoy being here. O/N Lodge at ABC

Day 11: Trek to Bamboo (2340m); Lunch at Deorali

If you’re feeling hardy, there will be a pre-dawn excursion up the hillside to catch the magical sunrise.  After breakfast we will begin our descent to Machapuchare Base Camp and continue down to Deorali for lunch.  We then carry on to Bamboo for the night. O/N Lodge in Bamboo

Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m); Lunch at Chomrong

We continue our descent, arriving back at Chomrong for lunch. We then take a different route from the one we climbed up on, arriving shortly at a Brahmin (high caste Hindu) village called Chinu. There is not far to go this afternoon so we could choose to visit a wonderful hot spring just north of the village for a relaxing soak. Back on the trail we continue down to Jhinu Danda for our night stop. This will be your last night with your trekking crew (except your Guide).  The crew join you for a farewell ceremony with Nepali song and dance. O/N Lodge in Jhinu Danda

Day 13: Trek to Birethanti then drive to Pokhara: (820m); Lunch at Syauli Bazaar

We follow the trail alongside the river to Birethanti, where we stop for lunch.  In the afternoon we cross the river to drive the short distance back to Pokhara for comfort, hot showers and cold drinks at your hotel. O/N Hotel in Pokhara

Day 14: Bus to Kathmandu

We take the comfortable five hour bus journey back to Kathmandu, passing through a number of spectacular villages and seeing people rafting on the rivers. You will have time in the afternoon for more sightseeing, shopping or fun in the relaxed bars of Thamel. There is an option to take a short internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. This is a supplement of US$100 per person. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 15: Day at leisure

You have the whole day to yourself to relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu, shopping etc. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 16: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

We will transfer you to the airport for your final departure flight, unless you are extending your holiday.

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