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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Challenging Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

THE WORLD-FAMOUS TREK TO THE BASE OF ANNAPUNRA, INSIDE THE SANCTUARY OF THE GODS.

They call it the sanctuary of the gods and after about 10 seconds of standing at the base of Annapurna you’ll understand why. The base camp sits in the middle of a basin that is completely surrounded by some of the highest and most iconic mountains on Earth. Experiencing this place at sunrise is something we can only describe as transformative. The trek to ABC is the most diverse in the Nepalese Himalayas, starting in the deep rainforest and ending on the glaciers and it’s a trail that first timers and experienced trekkers can both enjoy.

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A unique 360-degree panorama of the highest mountains on Earth.

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Trek through ancient villages, beneath holy mountains and over spectacular bridges.

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End the trail with a dip in the hot springs to make this experience extra special.

Itinerary

In just a few short days we go from vibrant villages and deep forests to the foot of an 8000-meter mountain surrounded by some of the largest glaciers on Earth and end by taking a plunge into natural hot springs! Yes, it’s a challenge, but it’s an endlessly rewarding one and a great choice for anyone seeking a big adventure.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO KATHMANDU

Day 1 is arrival day. We’ll be picking you up from the airport and checking you into the Kathmandu Guest House. Kathmandu airport can be a bit of an experience unto itself. Once you’ve navigated your way out, you’ll be met by your LHO team leader. Depending on what time you arrive you’ll benefit from a tour of Kathmandu which includes Durbar Square, Boudanath Stupa, and Thamel. At Night we’ll have a team dinner and briefing before heading back to the hotel for gear checks and last-minute preparations.

DAY 2: POKHARA TO GHANDRUK

We’ll start our day super early to catch our internal flight to Pokhara. Although we book onto the first flight of the day, we don’t expect to fly out without at least a one hour delay to our flight as is typical for internal flights in Nepal. Upon arrival to Pokhara, we’ll be met by our porter team who will escort us to the Pokhara Batika Hotel for last minute checks and to drop off anything not needed for the trail. From there it’s a two hour and a half drive to Syauli Bazar, the starting point of our trekking experience. We’ll be having lunch at the start of the trail before following the Annapurna river that gradually winds its way up the valley. An hour into the trail, we’ll veer off the main path and start up the steeper trail to Ghandruk. We typically arrive around sundown which means we may walk for about an hour in darkness so do have your headlamps handy. Dinner will be at the tea house accommodation on arrival.

DAY 3: CHOMRONG

Our second day on the trail takes us from the picturesque town of Ghandruk to Chomrong, the last large village on the trail. The trek starts with a gradual descent to the valley floor and a river crossing before ascending to the mountain pass where we’ll be having a tea break. After the break, we’ll be heading back down into the valley on the opposite side of the pass and have lunch at the lowest point of the day. After lunch, it’s a sustained but manageable ascent to Chomrong. The village itself has a number of coffee shops and is worth exploring before dinner time. Views from the town on Annapurna South and Fishtail mountain are spectacular.

DAY 4: HIMALAYA

Earlier than usual, we’ll depart the last major village of the trail in the direction of Fishtail mountain. The day starts with the longest descent of the trail down to a suspension bridge. From there we’ll begin a more gradual ascent towards Sinwa, a small collection of tea houses that sits at the entrance of the narrow Annapurna valley. The team will have a tea break at Sinwa before walking along an easy path towards the forest settlement at Bamboo, our second tea stop for the day. The trail then leads us to Dovan where we will have our lunch. We expect to arrive at our tea house in Himalaya in the late afternoon.

DAY 5: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

The next two days are the real highlights of this experience. The trek to MBC is the first leg of the higher altitude portion of this trip. We’ll be departing from Himalaya early in the direction of Deulari settlement. On the first leg of the day, we’ll witness a dramatic change in scenery from deep forest to alpine highlands. Tea break will be at Deurali before continuing on to MBC at 3,700 meters for lunch. MBC itself sits at the foot of Fishtail mountain and against a deep glacier moraine that starts at the foot of Annapurna itself. On the last leg of our upward journey, we’ll depart MBC in the direction of Annapurna Base Camp (4,150 meters) where we’ll be staying overnight. The trek itself is relatively short and gradual especially as compared to the previous treks and we expect to reach ABC at sunset. ABC sits at the south face of Annapurna and is one of the most spectacular places on the planet.

DAY 6: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO

We will be waking up early and heading straight to the viewpoint to enjoy the sunrise before having breakfast. The larger portion of the day is actually the descent as we’ll be heading all the way down to Bamboo, a full 2,000 meters below the high point of the day.  We’ll be stopping for tea breaks and lunch along the way.

DAY 7: JINHU HOT SPRINGS

We’ll be departing Bamboo early on our last full day as we make our way up to Sinuwa and back across the valley to Chomrong. Although we have two challenging ascents on this day, they’re the last two ascents of the entire trip. From Chomrong we’ll be descending all the way down to the riverside where the small town of Jinhu and its hot springs sit. After checking in to our tea house, team members who wish can join us at the hot springs. A bathing suit is recommended although many trekkers choose to dip in a pair of shorts.

DAY 8: POKHARA

Our last day is a short one. We’ll be crossing the longest suspension bridge in Nepal before rejoining the road and jumping into our cars. The ride down to Pokhara takes about 3 hours altogether and we expect to arrive at lunch time. It is customary that we have lunch altogether with the porters upon arriving to Pokhara and present the local team with a group tip that will have been collected prior to lunch. After lunch, we’ll check in to the hotel and the afternoon is free to roam around and explore the beautiful town. Dinner will be a la carte at a trendy downtown restaurant.

DAY 9: KATHMANDU

We’ll be catching an early afternoon flight to Kathmandu. That gives us a free morning to roam around and do some shopping. For those of us interested in paragliding over Pokhara, a very popular activity in the town, it can be arranged. For the rest of us, we’ll be grabbing a late breakfast at the hotel and then given free time. Lunch is available for those who’d like to join but we understand that the team may wish to spend their time exploring instead. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, we’ll check into our hotel rooms and get ready to meet at the hotel restaurant for a communal farewell dinner.

DAY 10: NAMASTE

The last day is dedicated to airport shuttles. Breakfast at the hotel is included. For those of us who missed out on the city tour on arrival day, an alternative tour can be arranged. Please make sure to provide us with your arrival and departure details before the first day of the trip.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Hear From Our Community

I joined LHO on a trek to Annapurna Base Camp last Fall. The Himalayas are of course amazing; but the best part was the people I met on that trip. Everyone on the team was amazing! We shared laughs and unforgettable moments. Whether its for reaching the summit at 6:00 am or bathing in hot springs after days of strenuous trekking, I am thankful for this trip that has reconnecting me with nature.

Karim Zaatari

I had an amazing experience with LHO from the moment we landed in Kathmandu to the very end of the trip. The organisation is superb, all staff members are wonderful to interact with and very helpful with everything one needs. The trek itself was gorgeous, and the amount of knowledge and expertise shared by Rami was very rich and generous. You feel that the team altogether from expedition leader to the supporting staff member genuinely care about your experience and want to make it as awesome as possible. I certainly felt I was getting the best there is out this trek. I enjoyed every second of it with everyone on the group! It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had!! Thank you to each member of LHO for making this happen despite all odds. I look forward for our next experience!!

Hened Choueiry

It was an amazing trip with an amazing group! Perfect way to challenge myself & discover a new culture. Couldn’t have asked for a better team leader, thank you so much LHO. Ending it at the Hot Springs was a perfect touch!

Ghenwa Tarabay

There are no words to express the joy this trip with LHO has given me. I expected nothing less from this ABC trip as my previous experience to Kilimanjaro has proven how dedicated LHO is to providing us with once in a lifetime adventures.

Marwan Oueida

So starting from having a tiny thought of joining an expedition LHO Team, specifically Elie takes care of every single question, hesitation, detail, explanation, nagging, ignoring and headache that I might have caused at the initial stages.

Mariz Doss

I loved this trek / experience with LHO, it was very well organized and prepared. Bader (the guide) had the whole appropriate experience and knowledge to lead this trek. Thank you LHO for this, and of course thanks Bader for this amazing time.

Omar SAAD

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Top Questions

What's the temperature like?

Temperatures during the day are usually between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. At night it can dip to single digits and may even reach 0. Above Machupucchare Base Camp and at Annapurna Base Camp temperatures can drop below zero and sometimes reach as low as -10.

Temperatures during the day are usually between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. At night it can dip to single digits and may even reach 0. Above Machupucchare Base Camp and at Annapurna Base Camp temperatures can drop below zero and sometimes reach as low as -10.

Are there showers on the trail? How much do they cost?

Hot showers in the tea houses on the trail cost between 200-500 Rupees. Hot water is not always guaranteed because the boilers in some of the more remote areas operate on solar power. Usually, this is only an issue on one or two nights throughout the trek.

Hot showers in the tea houses on the trail cost between 200-500 Rupees. Hot water is not always guaranteed because the boilers in some of the more remote areas operate on solar power. Usually, this is only an issue on one or two nights throughout the trek.

For how many hours are we trekking/day?

The longest day on this trail is usually around 9 when we reach Annapurna Base Camp. All other days are around 6 hours long.

The longest day on this trail is usually around 9 when we reach Annapurna Base Camp. All other days are around 6 hours long.

What's the accommodation like on the trip?

For the nights spent in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use carefully selected accommodation that blends international standards and local tradition. You can expect a good level of general comfort in addition, private toilets, comfortable beds, garden areas or easy access to main market and walking areas, front desk, concierge, restaurant and breakfast area.

For the nights spent in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use carefully selected accommodation that blends international standards and local tradition. You can expect a good level of general comfort in addition, private toilets, comfortable beds, garden areas or easy access to main market and walking areas, front desk, concierge, restaurant and breakfast area.

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details. We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene. Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow. When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on. Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.