Annapurna base camp Trek 12 Days, an astonishing hike in the overwhelming hills encountering the manifestation of human intellectual collectively with a pleasing view of Mountains. Sloping land in the form of steps, charming Gurung villages and immense availability of flora and fauna. Annapurna base camp 12 days trek to the 10th highest mountain in the world Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and excursion to its base camp which is at 4130 m is the most prevalent ascent on earth. To fulfil our destination we will have to travel through Mt. Machapuchare (6993 m), mountain admired for its beauty. Mt. Annapurna a massif in the Himalayas is the best place for trekkers to take the experience of its unique beauty.
Our Annapurna base camp trek comprises of 11 days trekking schedule. This route is specifically designed for those who would love to take a view of Himalayan range and Mt. Annapurna. You can also enjoy the scenic beauty of other amazing spots on this trek. To reach your destination you will travel through various dense forests which are the beautiful part of this Trek.
For those who wish to reach Annapurna Base camp as per their convenience, we would suggest a different route. Annapurna Base camp 14- Days would be another choice.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Pre-trip meeting. (B)
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (825 m)-30 mins, Hike up to Ghandruk-5/6 hrs (BLD)
Day 04: Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2710 m)-5/6 hrs (BLD)
Day 05: Trek Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310 m)-4/5 hrs (BLD)
Day 06: Trek Bamboo to Deurali (3230 m) – 3/4 hrs (BLD)
Day 07: Trek Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m)-5/6 hrs (BLD)
Day 08: Trek Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo-7/8 hrs (BLD)
Day 09: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760 m)-5/6 hrs (BLD)
Day 10: Trek Nayapul -6 hrs and Drive to Pokhara- 1 hrs (BL)
Day 11: Back to Kathmandu by Domestic Flight Or Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus (BL)
Day 12: Back to your Final Destination (B)
Day 01 – Arrival at Kathmandu.
You will be welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport by one of our representatives and drop you to the hotel. After refreshment at the hotel, you will head towards our Thamel office, you will receive detail description about the trek. We will then, take your passport and arrange for permits if required.
Day 02 – Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Pre-trip meeting. (B)
After breakfast, we will conduct a guided tour and introduction to our rich culture and fascinating history. You will visit with our guide of these places Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar square.
Day 03 – Fly to Pokhara – Trek towards Ghandruk.
Fly towards the Lake city of Nepal Pokhara, (30 minutes). You can get a view of the Himalayas from the right side of the plane. Reaching Pokhara we will head towards Nayapul (1 hour 20 minutes’ drive) then start the trekking. From Birethanti, start our trekking towards Ghandruk a beautiful Gurung village. Overnight stay at Ghandruk and if we get enough time will visit Gurung Museum.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 04 – Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours.
From this point, we climb to Kimrungdanda and en route enjoy the sight of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and Ganggapurna. A downward walk will take you to the Kimrong Khola, followed by slight ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda. You will descend for a while and walk towards Chomrong. A beautiful village located in the Annapurna area of Nepal.
Day 05 – Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours.
The journey starts with a sheer descent through 2500 stone steps and walks across the bridge at Chomrong Khola. At this juncture a vertical ascent towards Sinuwa. Then we walk through the forest to Kuldihar and a convenient walk down the hill to Bamboo. Spend the night at Bamboo.
Day 06 – Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
Walk through a cold Bamboo forest and inclined slowly towards few upward slope. The forest opens up at Himalaya Hotel. Here you finally get a glimpse of sun after dense forest walk and a view of astonishing view of the glacial river beneath. Then a climb through a drier forest towards Hinku Cave. With a view of the river beneath we climb towards Deurali, the most enlightening view of the day. The scattered vegetation allows deep view of the hill and the river below with big rocks is a fabulous view
Day 07 – Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) 5- 6 hours
Through the bed of the river, incline towards mountainside, trekking from Bagar to Machapuchare a vigorous walk indeed. Reaching Machapuchare we get an awesome view of Machapuchare and Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna a pleasing view for your eye. With a march towards Annapurna base camp, the vegetation starts deteriorating and the path becomes wider while entering Annapurna Sanctuary. At this point, you get the enthralling view of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna above us.
The Sanctuary flaunts a vibrant sight, an untouched 360- degree view. Furthermore, the Annapurna base camp allows a magnificent view of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks.
Day 08 – Annapurna Base camp Bamboo: 7-8 hours.
Today we follow back the same track that we came to Annapurna and head towards Bamboo. It’s a downhill walk so it would be an easy walk and on the way, you will surely enjoy the landscape. Tonight we will reside at Bamboo.
Day 09 – Bamboo to Jhinu Danda. (1760m/5770 Ft.): 5 – 6 hours.
From Bamboo, an incline walk towards Kuldighar followed by a descent to Chomrong Khola. Next a climb of stone steps to Chomrong. The path then slopes down towards Jhinu Danda. Today you get an opportunity to take pleasure in natural hot springs, 15-20 minute walk down from Jhinu Danda. You will spend the night at Jhinu Danda.
Day 10 – Trek to Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive.
Today we trek towards Nayapul, on your way you can enjoy the wonderful hills of Western Nepal. The trek ends at Nayapul as we board the vehicle for Pokhara. Tonight we will relax at the Lake city, Pokhara.
- If the construction of the road from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is completed, the vehicle would be another option.
Day 11: Back to Kathmandu by Domestic Flight Or Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus (BL)
After breakfast, you get an option to extend your trip for Rafting adventure at Trishuli River or Jungle Safari at Chitwan. Other things that you can do are shopping tour, attractive Everest flight, Mountain biking and many other activities. Or you can head towards Kathmandu via road or Domestic Flight and spend the night at Kathmandu.
Day 12 – Final Departure.
Today trip comes to the final part, our staff will drop you at the airport before the scheduled time of the flight. You will accompany abundance of memories and an increase in your personal happiness index.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items of your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.
(Note: We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.
1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer of other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
3/4 pairs heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches.
Brufen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Most Necessary Documents/Materials
Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with the drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for the woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Above This list is only a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above types of equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.