Our 16-day itinerary includes 10 days of trekking. We begin our adventure in Pokhara, a city which was only accessible by foot until the 1960s. It lies on an old trading route between India and China and has become one of Nepal’s main cities, it is said to be the tourism capital of the country! We spend our first day there preparing for the trail to come, relaxing and soaking up the bustling atmosphere of the city.
We follow a stunningly beautiful route to Annapurna Base Camp. Our first days on the trail are spent meandering through lush alpine forest, following the river and passing many beautiful waterfalls. We will also take time each day to stop in the picturesque villages along the trail and enjoy a refreshing cup of chai while we rest our legs and observe the traditional Nepalese way of life around us. We stay in small locally run tea houses each night where our hosts are always waiting with a warm stove and a hot meal!
The night we spend in Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) is undoubtedly the highlight of the trek. We arrive into camp early in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day relaxing in our picturesque surroundings and taking plenty of photos! We rise early the next morning to watch the sun come up and fill the amphitheatre of giant peaks that surround us.
After returning to Pokhara and completing our trek we spend some time in Kathmandu – the country’s capital city and its largest. It is the centre of Nepal’s economy, history, art and culture. There is so much to see and do and the busy city is a thrilling contrast to the sedate pace of our quiet mountain life on the trail.
We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Annapurna Base Camp expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Annapurna Base Camp expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.
Earth’s Edge guide Louise hosted a talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin where she discussed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is one of her favourite treks, and you can really hear how much she loves it in the talk. Enjoy!