Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is an unforgettable experience; winding through the hills, and then the mountain paths, through sacred spiritual sites and ancient, cultural villages. Despite the popularity of the mighty Annapurna, its slopes have retained so much diverse plant life, animals, and cultures. It is an incredible experience.
This is one of the shorter treks – eleven days – so if you can't stay with us here in Nepal for long, but want an experience that will last a lifetime, then this is the one for you.
- The breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna range, including the sacred Kali Gandaki river, and Poon Hill
- The natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda
- Beautiful rural villages, such as Chhomrung
March to May and September to November
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and full board while trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Tourist-friendly hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and teahouses while trekking
Tourist buses, cars, and vans
Recommended Group Size
1 – 15
- Walking shoes; either boots, strong tennis shoes, or running shoes. Well broken in. As there may be rain, mud, or snow, boots are sometimes necessary, so you should bring them despite the extra hassle. Many times the entire trek can be done in tennis shoes, but if there is snow, you run the risk of frostbite, or at least cold feet if you do not have boots. If your feet are size 10 or less, you can rent boots in Kathmandu.
- Sunglasses or goggles; very important for travel above 3600 metres.
- Parka; down- or fibre-fill, a ski jacket is okay.
- Rainwear; including waterproof trousers.
- Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket.
- Warm wool undershirt
- Jeans or trousers.
- Gloves or mittens.
- Hats; one with a brim for the sun and one woollen for the cold.
- Shirts; three are recommended. Two t-shirts and one long sleeve shirt.
- Shorts; it may be warm during the day. Women should wear skirts instead of shorts.
- Socks; two pairs, thick wool or wool/nylon.
- Underwear; two or three pairs.
- Towel and toilet kit.
- Duffel bag; canvas or nylon, without a frame. For porters to carry.
- Daypack or rucksack; waterproof. For you to carry.
- Sleeping bag; warm down to -15°C, either down- or fibre-fill (can be found on rent in Kathmandu).
- Water bottle; 1 litre. Be sure that it does not leak.
- Torch; preferably a head torch.
- Pocket knife. Be sure this is packed in your checked baggage to avoid hassle with airport security.
- Slippers or sandals for campsite wear.
- Sun cream.
- Lip balm.
- Ear plugs.
All equipment is carried by porters. Trekkers will only be carrying a smaller day pack, which will include your valuables, such as a camera, phone, tablet, binoculars, etc, along with toiletries, snacks, sunglasses and related materials. You can rent all types of equipment in Thamel, Kathmandu, so there's no need to bring it from home.
- Airport pick-up and drop-off in a private vehicle
- B&B accommodation in Kathmandu
- B&B accommodation in Pokhara
- Full-board teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Return Kathmandu to Pokhara flight ticket
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All the necessary road transportation, in a comfortable private vehicle, as per the itinerary
- An experienced English-speaking guide and porter
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- International flight ticket
- Travel insurance (necessary)
- Alcohol, and hot and cold drinks
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Tips for the guides and porters, etc
- Any expenses that result from unforeseeable circumstances, including flight cancellations, illnesses, or any extra accommodation in Kathmandu due to completing the trek early