- Trip Grade:Easy To Moderate
- Max Elevation:4,130 m / 13,629 ft
- Total Duration:16 days
- Best Time:March-May And Sept-Dec
- Activities:Trekking, Historical & Cultural Excursion
- Trekking Duration:13 days
- Area of trekking:Nepal's Far North Mid West Himalaya beyond Pokhara scenic valley.
- Transportation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
- Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
- Meals:Breakfast basis in city and full board during the trek
- Trek style:Tea house/lodge base
- Average walking:5-6 hrs walk
- Group size:2-10 pax
Mt. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking rewards you with spectacular views from Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Tharpu Chuli / Tent Peak (5,663 m), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish-tail’ including wide range of mountain views along the walks to base camp within scenic Annapurna Sanctuary.
Besides Annapurna Himalaya views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Manaslu (8,164 m), peaks can be seen on the treks from Ghorepani and Poon Hill scenic hills with fabulous sunrise over the range of mountains that you will be amazed within beautiful scenery and the panorama of mountains.
Mt. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, a great combination of adventure within less than two week duration where walk leads you into lovely traditional Gurung and Magar / Poon villages where you can witness its culture and traditional way of interesting life of these high people and farmers.
On this moderate and adventurous trek where all interest people can join in without much problem of getting altitude sickness, as walk leads to mid hills with a maximum altitude of above 4,130 m high with constant views of mountain panorama all along the walks.
Starting our scenic walk from popular touristic city Pokhara blessed with natural beauty of Lakes and mountains, as our walk leads on mid hills past traditional and cultural hill tribal villages of Gurung and Magar-Poon to reach at Ghorepani village.
Hike to Poon Hill for the best panorama of mountains with fantastic sunrise views, then heading towards our next adventure destination through forested hills and gorge of raging Modi River and then entering into a picturesque and wide open plateau at Annapurna Sanctuary.
Enclosed within amphitheatre of peaks, as walk leads to our final destination at Annapurna base camp and the highest spot of the adventure, here with enjoyable and fascinating time heading back to Pokhara for an exciting drive back to Kathmandu with fond memories of Mt. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.
- Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.
- Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860 m on Nepal midwest highway - 06 hrs.
- Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,010 m and trek to Tikhedunga 1,577 m -04 hrs.
- Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,840 m - 05 hrs.
- Day 06: Morning Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Tadapani 2,700 m - 05 hrs.
- Day 08: Trek to Dovan 2,630 m - 06 hrs.
- Day 09: Trek to Deurali 3,230 m - 04 hrs.
- Day 10: Trek to MBC 3,700 m (Machhapuchare Base Camp) - 04 hrs.
- Day 11: Trek to ABC 4,130 m (Annapurna Base Camp) - 03 hrs.
- Day 12: Trek from ABC to Bamboo 2,345 m - 06 hrs.
- Day 13: Trek to Jhinu village 1,780m with Hot Spring - 06 hrs.
- Day 14: Trek to Sibai -04 hrs walk and -03 hrs drive to Pokhara.
- Day 15: Drive / Fly to Kathmandu - 06 hrs journey (30 mins via air)
- Day 16: Final International departure from Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with the warm welcome greeting and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.
After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for a briefing on Mt. Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary Trekking, our guide offers you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning, depart from the hotel for an exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.
After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and preparation for Mt. Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary Trekking next early morning overland drive to Pokhara.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860 m on Nepal midwest highway - 06 hrs.
Morning depart from your hotel for an interesting drive towards Nepal Mid West with exciting views past farm villages and towns on Nepal's main highway to reach Pokhara city
On reaching at Pokhara after six hours of the interesting ride, transfer to hotels by the Phewa lake side with time to stroll around where most of the hotels-restaurant-stores and shops located.
Pokhara a touristic and scenic spot blessed with natural scenery of mountains-green hills-valley with serene and calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas.
(Flying options to Pokhara of 30 minutes scenic flights)
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,010 m and trek to Tikhedunga 1,577 m -04 hrs.
Moring few hour drives takes you further west to reach at Nayapul with the panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalaya during a drive.
On reaching Nayapul first day walk follows Modi River to the lovely village at Bhirethati and then heading North West on gradual uphill for some hours, walking past interesting Gurung people farm villages and terraced fields on the stone paved steps to reach at Tikhedhunga within beautiful cascading waterfalls for overnight stops.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,840 m - 05 hrs.
Second day of the trek starting with a climb on nice stone steps to reach at Ulleri a large and typical Hill village, inhabited mostly by Gurung tribes with thatched and slated roofs offering views of Machhapuchare Himal with Annapurna South and Hunichuli peaks.
From here on gradual winding up a trail to reach Ghorepani as walk leads into magnificent tall rhododendron and pine tree woodland.
After a great pleasant walk reaching at Ghorepani for next morning hike to Poon Hill, Ghorepani home of Poon people of Magar origin tribe, an ethnic hill tribe of Nepal famous as Gorkha soldiers in UK-India and other foreign countries. This village with many good lodges offers marvelous views of Dhaulagiri-Tukuche-Nilgiris and Annapurna Himalayan mountains.
Day 06: Morning Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Tadapani 2,700 m - 05 hrs.
Early morning before breakfast, hike up for an hour on top scenic Poon Hill at above 3,210 m our highest spot of this wonderful trekking.
From Poon Hill catch striking sunrise views of the panorama of mountains which includes Dhaulagiri-Tukcuhe-Nilgiris-Annapurna Fang (Vara Shikar) Annapurna range of peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal 'Fish Tail' the unclimbed and virgin peaks of Himalaya.
View includes Mt. Manaslu with Lamjung extending towards Ganesh Himal due to the eastern horizon, after a marvelous photo session head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and carry on trekking uphill into beautiful woods of rhododendron trees with views of mountains.
Finally, a walk leads to descending and then up at Tadapani within forested areas with grand views of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 07: Trek to Chomrong 2,340 m - 05 hrs.
From Tadapani our route divers with long descend into the cool shade of forest to reach at Kimrong Valley with few teahouses and lodge after a short break continue trek with uphill for few hours all the way to reach the top of Chomrong village.
From the ridge, a short descend to Chomrong village for the overnight stop, last permanent Gurung village on route Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary.
Day 08: Trek to Dovan 2,630 m - 06 hrs.
After overnight in Chomrong with fabulous views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli peaks, morning starts with short downhill past terraced farm fields to Chomrong river, on crossing a bridge an uphill for an hour to Sinuwa-Danda, a small place with few lodges offering great views of green landscapes and rolling hills.
From here heading into a cool forest and then downhill to Bamboo, a temporary settlement with lodge located by the Modi River in the middle of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest.
From here an hour walk with gradual up to reach our overnight stop at Dovan, situated in the midst of forest above Modi River gorge.
Day 09: Trek to Deurali 3,230 m - 04 hrs.
From here onward air gets cooler and fresher as the walk leads towards Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp, the path from here with gradual winding and some gentle ups to reach at Himalaya Hotel located near a large Hinko Caveat 3,160 m high, beneath Hiunchuli peak, walking over glacier and moraine sections formed from earlier old avalanches.
After crossing a small bridge with the short climb to reach our lunch and overnight stop at Deurali the last lodge before Machhapuchare Base Camp with afternoon time to explore the area with short walks around the Modi River gorge.
Day 10: Trek to MBC 3,700 m (Machhapuchare Base Camp) - 04 hrs.
After a wonderful overnight at Deurali, walk leads around areas where vegetation and tree lines drops for high altitude alpine bushes and shrubs, our route climbs follows raging Modi river upstream right up to its source at base camp, walk gets better in some sections and then with last steep climb to reach at Machhapuchare Base Camp for overnight stay where you can find few good lodges located beneath Mt. Machhapuchare North Face.
Here onward starts of Annapurna Sanctuary, afternoon relax or take a short excursion around this tranquil wilderness with views of Annapurna South-Huinchuli, Singu Chuli / Fluted peak as well Annapurna I with Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang) towards North West.
Day 11: Trek to ABC 4,130 m (Annapurna Base Camp) - 03 hrs.
With amazing close views of Annapurna Mountain range, morning leads to a short walk up to Annapurna base camp, climb on grassy hill to reach a high and level ground actually a small plateau, as the walking progress reaching to our main highlight and goal of the adventure at Annapurna Base Camp, rewards you with stunning views of Annapurna range of peaks that encircles the base camp and the sanctuary with giant rocky and ice fortress wall of Mt. Annapurna I.
Annapurna Base Camp a magnificent spot with few large lodges, offering tremendous and awesome scenery of snowcapped peaks that encircles lovely spot at base camp, afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain views.
Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the 'Sanctuary of Gods'. The Sanctuary has been christened as "Annapurna Sanctuary" ever since.
Day 12: Trek from ABC to Bamboo 2,345 m - 06 hrs.
After an enjoyable and exciting time at Annapurna Base Camp within a sanctuary, a long downhill reaching lower areas at Deurali past Machhapuchare Base Camp, and then with short ups and down following a winding path back into tree lines and forested area at Bamboo for an overnight stop.
Bamboo a small spot and a temporary settlement with good few lodge to cater the needs of the trekkers located by the Modi River gorge within green bamboo and rhododendron forest surrounding.
Day 13: Trek to Jhinu village 1,780m with Hot Spring - 06 hrs.
With cool morning in the shade of forest at Bamboo, morning walk leads with the short steep climb to a place called Khuldi Ghar, and then on winding forested path to Sinuwa-Danda.
From this scenic spot, walk descend to Chomrong Khola (stream), on crossing over a bridge an uphill on stone steps to reach at Chomrong village, where you can rest or have the lunch break.
After Chomrong a short up for to reach at the top of Chomrong ridge, and then from here our route diverts with a downhill walk to Jhinu-Danda for overnight stop, here transfer to your rooms in a local nice lodge, afternoon walk down to refreshing hot springs which is about 20 minutes’ walk near Modi river.
Day 14: Trek to Sibai -04 hrs walk and -03 hrs drive to Pokhara.
From Jhinu downhill to reach a bridge near Modi River and then walking into warmer areas past scattered farm villages and fields following the same river downstream to Sibai, a small farm village sandwiched between hills of Ghanduk and Landruk village for lunch stop.
After lunch few hour's drive to Pokhara for last overnight of this great wonderful adventure by serene and calm Phewa Lake with views of Annapurna.
Day 15: Drive / Fly to Kathmandu - 06 hrs journey (30 mins via air)
From Pokhara, overland drive leads on the same route back to Kathmandu with amazing and wonderful time on Mt. Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary Trekking, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with a free afternoon for individual activities.
(Flying options of half hour on air to Kathmandu with the sweeping panorama of mountains)
Day 16: Final International departure from Nepal.
Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.
Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Mt. Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary Trekking.
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 03-night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- 02-night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB in Pokhara
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with all necessary entrance fee and privet vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available at additional cost)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
- 02 guest=01 porter with their Salary, Insurance, Accommodation, Food, and other equipment
- Twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals per day: breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner as well as tea/coffee during the trekking
- Safe drinking water and first aid kit box
- Pokhara to Starting point and ending point to Pokhara by private vehicle
- Holiday Tours Nepal's sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay the departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary
- Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
- The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes the column
Difficulties rating of Langtang Valley Trekking
A trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 4984 m, so you should be careful about altitude risk. To get rid of it please walks slowly and has more water and avoids alcoholic drinks. You must take care of your health.
Safe drinking water on Langtang Valley Trekking
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case, we suggest you drink boiled water which may charge the small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of the environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on Langtang Valley Trek
Hydroelectricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge the small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal, 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage’s in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Langtang Valley Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Langtang Valley Trek:
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in a bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water gets froze then ask your guide to get the warm bowl of water. Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Basically, a toilet is outside your room and varies in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use the rubbish bin that is kept in the toilet.
On this trekking route, local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is the government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photo of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking: We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight ticket, hotel booking, and TIMS as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or Western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.
Equipments for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
- Trekking Bag pack.
- Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Trekking stick.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweater
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- Hand gloves.
- 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
Most Common FAQs
- 01: How hard is Annapurna base camp trekking?
- One of shortest and moderate trekking that you can find in high Himalaya destinations, Annapurna base camp of week durations where you won't have a problem with altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The walk leads with a slow gain on altitude each day up to the height of 4,130 m / 13,629 ft high each day walks leads you to acclimatize at certain heights with the rest day and overnights stop on route trekking.
- 02: How are the meals on trekking?
- All meals served with care and hygiene in every lodge on route trekking, where our guides all makes sure that the meal is all right for you, meals served as per the menu provided by the lodge. Main meals Nepali Dal / Bhat (boiled rice-mild vegetable curry with Dal and pickles of your choice) vegetable serves depends upon season, meals includes fried / boiled noodles with eggs / veg or plain of your choices. Continental dishes also available in most of the lodges on treks. Annapurna is the only base camp in all Himalaya regions with facility of nice and cozy lodge. We suggest our clients avoiding meat products while on trek especially onward to your main destinations for hygiene purpose, while on the way back it is all right to consume meat products as you will then get immune to local environment.
- 03: Are there any health care or hospital on route trekking?
- The only hospital and proper health care is at Pokhara (start and end of the trek) rest of the bigger villages and towns do have small health post (but lack of experienced medics and doctors). On trek we do carry comprehensive medical box with medications for general illness and wounds only. For clients need medical / health permission from your doctors that you are medically and physically fit to travel around Himalaya.
- 04: How about safe drinking water?
- In every lodge we stay overnights, where our guide and lodge owner will fill your water bottles with hot boiled (or cooled) water, which is safe for drinking purpose, some areas on route Annapurna areas, one can find safe drinking water stations provided by ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) at minimum and reasonable cost than in lodges. Buying bottled water can be quite expensive on mountains area it will be a hazard with waste empty water bottles, as we are into eco and responsible tourism we try to avoid as much plastic bottles, only in emergency and necessary situations. Purifying tablets does work only 30-40 % in Himalayan waters (due to heavy minerals contain like magnesium-iron and bi-carbonates), the only safe is way boiled cooled water.
- 05: Does all cell / mobile phones works on trekking ?
- Depending upon the areas if you are in deep gorge and valley chances of communication on cell / mobile phone is less, but in high ridge and hills most of the mobile do receives signals. Most of the local cell works around Nepal mostly in towns and villages, as for Satellite phones is the same situation as mentioned above, most of the lodge and shops / stores on route trekking will have STD / ISTD phones which can cost much higher due to its remoteness.
- 06: How hard is Annapurna Circuit trekking ?
- Starting with moderate walks from 1,500 m above and slowly getting acclimatize on daily walks of mostly uphill climb with some gradual sections, it is not that tough as you can walk on your normal pace enjoying views of mountain with local culture around villages. The only tough day is going over Thorang-La pass at 5,416 m it will be just for few hours and then heading downhill to lower elevation. But with views and excitement you will forget the hardness of walking on scenic trails. Compared to other Himalayan high destinations, this will be much better walking from low warm areas to cooler hills and to arctic terrain for few days and back to low sub-tropical places at the end.
- 07: What will I expect to see and enjoy of the circuit treks ?
- Annapurna circuit one of the most impressive trekking in whole Himalaya areas with varied climate-vegetations-landscapes to local culture in each villages during the walks that makes Annapurna circuit one of the best scenic trekking, which is also listed as world Top Ten adventure destination by several Travel Magazine and Guide Books due to its outmost scenery on daily walks with time to immerse within local interesting culture and traditional way of life.
- 08: How much money to carry on the treks ?
- Depending upon your choices of extra expenses on refreshments drinks / snacks on routes as well buying local souvenirs, for hard drinks and beers can be expensive on higher altitude villages than on lower areas, (try to avoid hard drinks and beer on route higher altitude for safe trekking it can cause de-hydrations and make problem with altitude sickness. On the way back downhill one can enjoy drinking in the end of the treks, average of NRS 300-400 per day (just in case you need to spend for your own personal use), otherwise all meals and accommodation will be included on package. Tipping and gratitude after the treks at your own will (however a long history and traditions in trekking / climbing or in tour where staff-guides-porters will expect tipping from the services provided)