Annapurna base camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp

16 Days / Nepal
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training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
internal
intl guide
doctor
transfers
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Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is ideal for those with a moderate level of fitness and wants to experience trekking in Nepal and the Himalayas. Our 16-day itinerary includes 10 days of trekking along a stunning route.

We pass quaint villages, irrigated paddy fields, waterfalls, huge glaciers and giant peaks. We stay in teahouses along the route so there’s no camping in tents! You also get to meet friendly locals and experience the Nepalese way of life and culture.

The highlight of the trek for most people is the night we spend in Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). The stunning amphitheatre of giant peaks will show you why the area is steeped in climbing history.

Annapurna was the first of the world’s fourteen 8,000m peaks to be climbed. It was climbed in 1950 by French explorers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachena.

As well as 10 stunning days of trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary, you have free time for exploring and shopping in both Pokhara and Kathmandu. Pokhara lies on an important old trading route between China and India, which until the end of the ’60s was only accessible by foot.

Kathmandu is now one of the largest cities in Nepal and is referred to as the tourism capital. It’s an ancient centre for trade and commerce as well as being the hub of Nepal’s history, art and culture. You’ll see several ethnic influences in a city that’s dominated by Buddhism and Hinduism. A true cultural melting pot.

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!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore!

    arrive
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara, 30 mins.

    Fly to Pokhara. Expedition brief and time to explore.

    breakfast
    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri, 7 hrs.

    Take the bus to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri. Altitude 2,050m.

    breakfast
    transfer
    lunch
    trek
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 5

    Ulleri to Ghorepani Upper, 6 hrs.

    We pass waterfalls, small villages and several tea houses to reach Ghorepani. Altitude 2,750m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 6

    Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poon Hill, 8 hrs.

    We rise early to trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) in time to see the sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we follow the trail to Tadapani where we spend the night. Altitude 2,700m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 7

    Tadapani to Chhumrong, 5 hrs.

    Today is another great day on the trail as we begin to settle into the rhythm of mountain life. Altitude 2,170m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 8

    Chhumrong to Bamboo, 6 hrs.

    We trek higher up the valley to reach Bamboo. Altitude 2,310m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 9

    Bamboo to Deurali, 6 hrs.

    A challenging day today as we ascend over 900 metres to Deurali. Altitude 3,230m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 10

    Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp, 6 hrs.

    Today is a special day with some of the best views on the trek including Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gandharva Chuli (6,248m) and Gangapurna (7,545m). Altitude 4,130m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 11

    Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan, 7 hrs.

    After having breakfast in Annapurna Base Camp we retrace our steps back to Dovan which is situated before Bamboo. Altitude 2,505m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 12

    Dovan to Jhinu Danda, 8 hrs

    Two big ascents today but the views are spectacular and the trail brings us to the bustling little village of Jhinu Danda which is full of colour and atmosphere. Altitude 1,760m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 13

    Jhinu Danda to Siwal, 4 hrs. Drive to Pokhara.

    Our last day on the trail is an easy one as we walk through the beautiful hilly countryside to reach the finishing point of our trek in Siwal. From there we drive to Pokhara where you have a free afternoon to explore the city or relax.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 14

    Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu.

    Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening.

    breakfast
    plane
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 15

    Kathmandu to Dublin.

    Enjoy a free morning in Kathmandu for some exploration and shopping. In the evening we depart for Dublin.

    breakfast
    relax
    depart
    plane
  • Day 16

    Arrive in Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the morning.

    arrive

Facts

If you're going to Annapurna Sanctuary, it's good to know some facts about this amazing part of the world! We've put together a few facts for you here!

Annapurna Facts

Annapurna doesn't refer to one mountain, but rather a massif with multiple peaks. It has one peak over 8,000 metres, thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres and sixteen others over 6,000 metres!

Annapurna I is one of only 14 mountains in the world that stands over 8,000 metres and it often considered the most difficult to summit.

Because of the height of the surrounding mountains, there are completely different ecosystems on different sides of the mountains. The slopes that face south tend to have thick tropical jungles, but the Northern slopes tend to be colder and drier.

Nepal and Sherpa Facts

 

Nepalese people don’t usually greet each other by a shake of hands or hug. They hold both of their palms, bow down and say ‘Namaste’. Mythically this means that they salute the God living inside the soul.

People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.

Best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp

To avoid the monsoon season in Nepal, we trek to the Annapurna Base Camp in September/ October. This means that we're hiking in the dry season, however, this is still high up in the Himalayas so there is a chance of rain.

It tends to be quite warm during the day, but once the sun goes down it can get quite nippy. Temperatures usually stay around 20°C but can push 30°C. At night it can get down to 5°C but has been known to dip below zero.

Available Dates

  • Sep 25th, 2020 - Oct 10th, 2020
    Good availability
  • Oct 13th, 2021 - Oct 28th, 2021
    Good availability
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What Our Clients Say

Very happy with my trip to Annapurna. I had very high expectations and would say that the trip surpassed those expectations. I would highly recommend Earth's Edge to family and friends interested in this type of adventure.

Damian Foran. Ireland.

Earths Edge facilitated the experience of a lifetime. What more could one ask for, thank you!

Noel Dowling. Co. Dublin, Ireland

More than fantastic may transmit in words, but feelings go further than words, that place is special and will keep a bit of those mountains in our hearts. The treatment was VIP, a never did a trek with so much care, help and dedication. We loved the way that everything went. The crew was perfect!

Daniel Medina. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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