Annapurna Base Camp

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Trek among some of the highest and most iconic peaks on earth including; Annapurna I (10th highest in the world at 8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Gangapurna (7455m), Dhaulagiri (6th highest in the world at 8167m) and Nilgiri (7637m).

  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Nayapul to Annapurna base camp return
  • Maximum altitude 4130m
  • 6 average trekking hours per day
  • Led by experienced multi lingual guides
  • Bespoke seasonal departures
  • Between March & June
  • Between September & December
  • Grade 3; moderate level of fitness required
Duration: 16 days / 15 nights Location: Nepal Price: From $1500

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, someone from the Yak Attack team will meet you and transfer you to the hotel where you will be provided with welcome drinks. In the evening we will meet for a welcome dinner and an introduction to Nepal where our guide will be able to answer any questions and discuss the up coming tour.

Day 2

You are invited to join us on a tour of some of the many religious, historical and cultural sights of Kathmandu. The tour will be led by one of our guides and will include seeing World Heritage sights such as; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple) and Patan.

The evening is free to relax, pack, dine at one of Kathmandu’s many restaurants and prepare for the upcoming trek.

Day 3
Route: Fly to Pokhara (823m), drive to Nayapul (1070m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)

After breakfast, we will have an early departure to the domestic airport (approx 30 minute drive) for the 30 minute flight to Pokhara. Here we will be met by our vehicles for the 2 hour transfer to Nayapul, which is where our trek will start. We will start the ascent by walking up towards Birethanti where we will cross the river and head left along a gentle slope to Tikedhunga. This trail is fairly easy; walking on a gravel road with a steady incline. We pass by Hile and continue on a steep uphill into Tikedhunga where we will stay for the night.

Day 4
Route: Tikhedbunga (1540m) to Ghorepani (2800m)

Following breakfast, we will continue our trek with the trail becoming more challenging. In Tikhedbunga we will cross the two suspension bridges over Bhurungdi river and trek the long steep climb to Ulleri which will take approximately 2 hours. The trail will ascend gradually leading us through Ulleri village and through rhododendron forests. Eventually we will reach the village of Ghorepani, where we will spend the night.

Day 5
Route: Ghoreoani (2800m) to Poonhill (3210m) and Tadapani (2710m)

We will start the day very early for the ascent to Poonhill, which will take approximately 90 minutes. From here we will be able to see a spectacular sunrise and to the south views of Annapurna, the north Nilgiri, north east Fishtail and to the west the Dhaulagiri range. Poonhill offers one of the most breath taking panoramic views in the whole of Nepal.

Following this we will trek back towards Ghorepani for breakfast before our hike to Tadapani. The trail climbs through rhododendron and pine forests to Deurali. We then start to descend to Banthanti and turn off for Tadapani. Here we will be able to take close up views of the mountains and its pleasant lush green forests.

Day 6
Route: Tadapani (2710m) to Chhomroong (2170m)

From Tadapani we are treated to outstanding views of Fishtail and the Annapurna mountains. Following breakfast we will have a steep descent through a dense rhododendron forest, to the valley floor at Ghurjung River. From here we will have a suspension bridge to cross, followed by a a long section of undulating trail before arriving at our destination for the night, Chhomroong. Choomrung is a large Gurung village located on the flanks of the Annapurna Mountains.

Day 7
Route: Chhomroong (2170m) to Dovan (2505m)

We will start the trek with a descent to the Chhomroong Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge we start the long climb up into Sinwa Village. From here we will enter a steep valley facing the Annapurna sanctuary at the base of Fishtail and the Annapurna south. The trail descends down a steep stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendron forests and eventually we reach Bamboo lodge. The trail continues along the west bank of the Modi River Valley, through more bamboo forests with a gradual climb to Dovan where we will be spending the night.

Day 8
Route: Dovan (2505m) to Deurali (3230m)

Today will be the first day that the effects of the increasing altitude could be felt. The pace will be slower and we will gradually climb through dense forests which are the homes of langur monkeys. Upon reaching Deurali, the forest clears and the valley opens up with unobstructed views of the mountains. Deurali is based at the foot of the Modi Himal and Fishtail Mountains.

Day 9
Route: Deurali (3230m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)

We start to climb gently along the river bank and later ascend a steep trail over to the mountain side heading towards Machhapuchhure (Fishtail) Base Camp (3,700m). The trek becomes increasingly strenuous due to the effects of altitude, but we are rewarded by excellent views of the majestic Fishtail together with the Annapurna south, Mt. Hunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna I and III and many more.

The trail to the Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) climbs gradually through the snowfield and glacial ice. On arrival we are treated to an unobstructed 360 degree view of some of the world’s highest peaks and we are now at the base of one of the highest mountains in the world.

Day 10
Route: Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) to Bamboo (2310m)

After witnessing a beautiful sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp, we will start the return descent. The trekking trail is now predominantly downhill and the going should be slightly easier than previous days. The day finishes with a climb to Sinwa Village which will be our base for the night.

Day 11
Route: Bamboo (2310m) to Jhinu Dada (1760m)

From Bamboo it will be a steep uphill trek to Kuldighar, followed by a descent to Chhomroon river and a climb up many stone steps to Chhomroong town. From here the trail goes down more steep steps into the village Jhinu Dada. We will settle into our lodge and later head down on a 30 minute walk to the hot springs pools. Here, we will be able to soak away aches and pains and enjoy our last night in the mountains.

Day 12
Route: Jhinu Dada (1760m) to Nayapul (1070m). Drive to Pokhara (823m)

For our last day of walking we get to enjoy the amazing hilly landscapes of western Nepal. It will be an easy and pleasant walk along the Modi riverbank. We will continue our path along the gravel road to Birethanti where we will have lunch. Following lunch we will continue for approximately 30 minutes to Nayapul where we can then catch our vehicle back into the lakeside town of Pokhara.

Day 13

Nothing to do but sit back and enjoy the ambience of Pokhara, or if you’re not one for relaxing, why not book into one of the many adventure activities that happen in the area, including paragliding or the world’s longest zip line!

Day 14
Route: Drive from Pokhara (823m) to Kathmandu (1330m)

During breakfast, the crew will load the luggage onto our transport for the drive to Kathmandu. We will travel along the riverside which flows from the north. From the vehicle we will be able to see the beautiful Lantang Himal, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We will stop for lunch along the way at one of the many riverside restaurants and will arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon. The evening is free to relax and enjoy the international cuisine available in many of Kathmandu’s excellent eateries.

Day 15

This is the last day of the tour and we invite you to join us on a trip around the Kathmandu valley, taking in such sights as Bhaktapur,  Pashupatinath Hindu Temple and the Holy Buddhist Stupa in Boudha.


Day 16

Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary

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