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!