Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview

Route: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Annapurna Base Camp – Ghorepani – Pokhara - Kathmandu

The Annapurna Conservation Area is one of Nepal’s most well known trekking areas. This trek journeys through the best areas within the Annapurna mountain range with stunning views of the impressive Annapurnas and another lesser known Himalayan giant, Dhaulagiri, which at 8,167m is the 7th highest mountain in the world.

Our itinerary will follow old foot trails used by hardy Gurung and Magar hill tribes who live here in the temperate forests amongst rhododendron trees, farming on steep terraces growing staples of maize and millet.

Our trip into this region begins from Pokhara. We will begin by trekking towards Annapurna base camp in the heart of the Annapurna sanctuary to enjoy an arena view of the 4 giant Annapurnas. Annapurna 1 is the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091m and the remaining 3 are over 7,000m. We will then return to Chimrong before we head west through alpine forests to Kopra ridge. Our camp on Kopra hill offers exceptional panoramic views of the entire Annapurna range including a spectacular view of Dhaulagiri.

Then, a day trek north east of camp will bring us to Khayer lake (approx. 4,000m), a sacred lake worshipped by locals during the Badau Purnima festival 
each September. Our trail then winds its way down to Ghorepani for sunrise views of the Annapurna range from Pun hill, before we trek back towards Pokhara.

With the exhilaration of this trip, we can be easily tempted to stay in ‘them there hills’ and experience them for just that little bit longer. Aah, but, we can come back and see them again.

Why join with Expedition Base?

Our goal is to ensure you have the best trip possible with our highly skilled and knowledgeable trekking guides, with a personable team, and with quality services. We do our best to ensure that your experience is in accordance with or better than your expectations. We want you to go home remembering an adventure of a lifetime with memories you will treasure for life. We have a strong reputation for high quality services and we seek to maintain our reputation with every trip that we do. To help keep our mission strong, we value your feedback at any time. It helps us to be better. When some companies keep you to a strict schedule, when needed and where you have time we work with you to adjust your timing to make your experience better. We are not selling ‘trips’ – we are offering great experiences, cherished memories, and personal challenges for you to value into the future. We provide services that many other companies do not offer – to us, they are a natural part of our service. To others, they can be add-ons at an additional fee, or not available at all. Our food offerings can be adjusted to suit your needs, season and area permitting. We have quality resources and a fun, experienced team. Our gear and equipment is fit for purpose. Our trekking guides are well-trained, experienced in leading trips and look after our clients well. We are pleased to have clients who come with us for their adventures time and again. Let us know what you are looking to experience and we will help to make it happen.

    Trip Highlights

    • Annapurna Base Camp
    • Annapurna Sanctuary
    • Kopra Ridge and Pun Hill
    • Culture of the Gurung and Magar hill people
    • Stunning views of the Annapurnas including Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri
    • Reaching an elevation of 4,130m

    Trip Facts

    • Price starts from

      USD 2,150

    • Introductory to Moderate Trekking


      Introductory to Moderate Trekking

    • Duration

      20 Days, 19 Nights

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    Trip Notes

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    Difficulty level

    Introductory to Moderate Trekking

    Introductory to Moderate Trekking

    This trip involves short-medium trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 4-6 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 3 times per week for the period of around 3 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Day 2

    Fly to Pokhara, drive to Kande (1,776m) and trek to Pothana/Australian camp (1,900m) 1.5 hr

    Day 3

    Trek Pothana (1,900m) to Landruk (1,640m) -5 hr

    Day 4

    Trek Landruk (1,640m) to Chimrong (2,170m) -5 hr

    Day 5

    Trek Chimrong (2,170m) to Bamboo (2,245m) -6.5 hr

    Day 6

    Trek Bamboo (2,245m) to Dovan (2,600m) -5 hr

    Day 7

    Trek Dovan (2,600m) to Machhapuchre base camp (3,700m)-5 hr

    Day 8

    Trek Machhapuchre base camp (3,700m) to Annapurna base camp (4,130m) -2.5 hr

    Day 9

    Trek Annapurna base camp (4,130m) to Himalaya Hotel (2,900m) -5 hr

    Day 10

    Trek Himalaya Hotel (2,900m) to Chimrong (2,170m) -5 hr

    Day 11

    Trek Chimrong (2,170m) to Tadapani (2,630m) -5.5 hr

    Day 12

    Trek Tadapani (2,630m) and Bailey Kharka (3,300m) -6 hr

    Day 13

    Trek Bailey Kharka (3,300m) to Kopra Danda (3,720m) -4 hr

    Day 14

    Trek to Khayer Lake (4,000m) -8 hr

    Day 15

    Trek Kopra Danda (3,720m) to Sontha (1,800m) -5 hr

    Day 16

    Trek Sontha (1,800m) to Ghorepani (2,750m) -3.5 hr

    Day 17

    Trek Ghorepani (2,750m) to Birethanti (1,025m) -7 hr, drive to Pokhara

    Day 18

    Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Day 19

    In Kathmandu

    Day 20

    Depart Kathmandu

    Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

    Package Details


    Internal fixed wing flights, trekking permit fees, 3 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar), hotel accommodation in Pokhara, experienced trekking guides, team transport in Nepal, teahouse accommodation on trek, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment on trek, plus receive complimentary trekking duffel. (All accommodation is on a twin share basis - single share can be arranged on request at an additional cost).


    International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10- 15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure, evacuation / rescue) and personal trekking gear.

    Meet Our Expert Team

    No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

    Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

    Managing Director

    Lakpa Sherpa


    Chhiring Sherpa

    UIAGM / IFMGA Guide

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