Annapurna Base Camp
- Duration: 2 weeks
- Walks and Treks
- Top Trips
- October - November or April - May
About this Adventure
The Himalaya. The greatest mountain range on earth. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is within the Annapurna Sanctuary. So called because the summit of nearby Machhapuchhare, the classic Fishtail Mountain, is reputed to be the abode of the Gods. The Annapurna Himal has several 7000m peaks and the Base Camp is within a natural amphitheatre of mountains containing Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Annapurna South. This is a great opportunity to see some of the highest mountains in the world, within a reasonably short time scale and without experiencing some of the problems brought on by extreme altitude
- 8 days guiding by experienced trekking leaders.
- We'll pick you up and drop you off at Kathmandu Airport.
- Porter assistance for the entire route.
- We run this trip between October and November and April and May.
- Set open dates or bespoke courses for individuals to larger groups - just ask if the date you want is not listed.
- Many years experience in providing Himalayan treks.
- You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and also be prepared for some developing world living conditions.
We normally run this trip over a 2 week period starting on a Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time then please contact us. We will meet you at Kathmandu Airport, Nepal. After transfer to the hotel, we will go through the planned route and carry out an equipment check to ensure you have everything you need to enable you to enjoy the trip.
The following is a typical itinerary of the week. There is considerable flexibility possible on the trip to allow for acclimatisation, fitness, enjoyment, etc. We don't just want to race up and down setting some kind of speed record. There are considerable amounts of ascent and descent to complete and we can build in a couple of rest days at the nicer spots. Typically these would be at MBC and Chomrong. Jhinu Danda also has some wonderful thermal springs where you can stimulate your senses by alternating between the glacial river water and the warm thermal baths. You'll love it!
Sunday Arrive in Kathmandu after an overnight flight and we meet you at the airport. Transfer to your Hotel and spend the afternoon soaking up the atmosphere of Kathmandu. If you've already met the people on the trip on the plane great, otherwise get to know them in Kathmandu. Browse through the Thamel district or take a rickshaw to explore the rest of this fascinating city.
Monday Catch the plane with 'Buddha Air' to transfer to Pokhara. Pokhara is lower than Kathmandu and warmer. It's a lovely town from which you can see the enormous Annapurna Himal with its fabulous peaks to one side, and have a serene lake on the other. Sort out equipment with the porters for them to pack their loads and leave any unnecessary luggage in storage. Spend the afternoon exploring the town and have an evening meal overlooking the lake in an outdoor restaurant.
Tuesday First serious days walking. Transport from Pokhara to Naya Pul (~1000m). This is about 50km and takes about 1-1.5 hrs. There are several different choices of approach to the valley leading up to ABC and these can be varied depending upon conditions. Usually we will take the Naya Pul - Birethanti - Ghandrung route. On this first day we trek through the fascinating lower areas of the Himalayas and pass through many villages and can experience the local life. Overnight in Ghandrung an old Gurkha village (1940m). Walking time ~ 6hrs.
Wednesday The lodges here have running hot and cold water. So we can have the luxury of a shower before departure. Don't make yourself unpopular and spend too long in there using everybody else's hot water up first!! From Gandrung we descend steeply to cross the Kyumnu Khola and then have a steep ascent to Chomrong from where we have fabulous views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchre, big 6- and 7000m mountains. Overnight at the Panoramic View Lodge. Walking time ~ 4hrs.
Thursday Rest day? It's a good idea to put one in here as this village is just before the entrance to the gorge, you can begin the acclimatisation progress and the hot springs are within reasonable distance. (Approx 1hr on foot).
Friday Distances in the Himalayas are best not measured by horizontal distance travelled, but by time walked. From Chomrong we descend the 4000 step staircase (We lost count after a few hundred. Our head porter Chandra assured us there are 4000 steps. I'm a bit doubtful, but it's in the thousands.) Cross the Chomrong Kola and climb up to Bamboo through the Bamboo forests. We are now into the gorge leading into the Sanctuary. Walking time approx 5hrs and final altitude 2340m.
Saturday Bamboo to Himalaya Hotel/Deurali. Well into the gorge by now which leads up to ABC the trail climbs steeply up through the forest and you cross the first avalanche chutes. It's on this day that you are most likely to start to feel the effects of altitude although this varies from person to person and you may start to feel it the day before. It's very important to drink plenty of liquid (non-alcoholic!) and pace yourself. If we arrive at the Himalayan Hotel in good time we may continue to Deurali to enable us to cross the avalanche chutes beyond that early in the morning to minimise risk. Walking time up to 6 hrs. Final altitude 3230m.
Sunday Deurali to Macchapuchre Base Camp. Base Camp of the mountain the summit of which is the abode of Gods and nobody has ever set foot on. Altitude will definitely slow progress, but even so it should not take more than 3/4hrs. The views from here are unbelievable. Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7220m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna (7454m) as well as Macchapuchre (6993m) are all visible. Final altitude at MBC is 3700m and we spend the night here.
Monday MBC - ABC - MBC. It's always best to sleep as low as you can when in the mountains. Therefore we start early and it's just about 1.5 hrs to ABC. We can spend the day here enjoying the views, hopefully soaking up the sunshine, have lunch and then descend again to MBC in the late afternoon. This way this works very well in terms of altitude and you can have a decent night sleep second time around.
Tuesday MBC - Bamboo. Descend back to Bamboo. We can be flexible on the return leg. If we feel particularly frisky given the thickening air we can go as far as Chomrong on this day if we feel like, but it's a steep climb back up to Chomrong from Sinuwa.
Wednesday Rest day? Visit the hot springs at Jinhu Danda again or explore the village.
Thursday Chomrong - Naya Pul. This will be a long final day of up to 8 or 10 hrs. We can descend steeply to Jhinu Danda past the hot springs and then stick to the track next to the river because it is flat and also because this is a slightly different route from the ascent. From Naya Pul we catch the Maximum Adventure transport back to Pokhara.
Friday Catch return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Evening meal in Kathmandu. Browse the markets, visit the Rum Doodle bar and celebrate.
Saturday Group breakfast. End of trip. Catch evening flight home on Friday or Saturday.
Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. This trip involves travel to high altitudes and to areas where a short notice change of itinerary may be necessary.
- Professional event organisation.
- Experienced trekking guide
- Arrival and departure transport from Kathmandu Airport.
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in comfortable hotels in Kathmandu. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
- Half board accommodation in mountain lodges.
- Porter assistance for the duration of the trek.
- Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders.