What can i expect from this adventure?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a walking journey into the Annapurna Sanctuary. It is a natural amphitheater of the world’s highest Himalayan peaks.

With this trek, you get the chance to visit beautiful high mountains in a quite short time frame. You don’t climb very high. Yet, you will be surrounded by the high peaks of Annapurna and spectacular glaciers.

How long is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

This is a 10-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). It is one of the classic treks in the famous Annapurna region.

What is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) like?

ABC is located in a high glacial valley, lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped valley is surrounded by high mountains, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary

There is only 1 way to approach the valley, on foot via a narrow gorge between the mountains of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. This makes it a true wilderness destination.

Base Camp itself is a picturesque valley, where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Because of the high mountains on all sides, ABC receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day, mid-summer.

This is a place of natural beauty and tranquility, where you can experience the raw power of the mountains and connect with the natural world in a profound way.

What can I see along the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

This route to ABC offers a unique combination of heights and depths. This enables you to see an extraordinary variety of ecosystems in a relative short period of time.

The south-facing slopes are covered in lush tropical jungles, including rhododendron trees and huge bamboo plants. The north-facing slopes are in the rain shadow, and have a both drier and colder climate. This is quite similar to that of the Tibetan plateau.

One the way from ABC, you can stop at Jhinu Danda. This place is worth the visit, since you can take a dip in a natural hot spring.

PS To make it a bit more spectacular, the hot spring is right next to a wild river with frrreezing cold water. You’ll see. 🙂

Which peaks can I see from ABC?

The ABC trek offers stunning views of world’s tallest Himalayas. Many of the peaks are over 7,000 m / 23,000 ft. These peaks are most noteworthy:

  1. Annapurna I (8,091 m / 26,545 ft) > 10th highest mountain on earth
  2. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m / 22,943 ft) > famous twin-peaked mountain
  3. Annapurna III (7,555 m / 24,787 ft)
  4. Annapurna South (7,219 m / 23,684 ft)
  5. Gangapurna (7,455 m / 24,459 ft)

Can I customize the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes! Actually, we encourage you to do so. Because that makes this trek unique and truly YOURS! Obviously, you don’t need to figure it all out by yourself. We are here for you. Do you want to speed up and make it more challenging? Or, take it easy and slow? Just contact us, and let us know what you’d like to do.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

– Govinda & Lilly

Which Places Will I visit?

What does the itinerary look like?

Welcome in Nepal! We will pick you up at the international airport in Kathmandu, and bring you to your hotel. This is located in the backpackers area of Thamel.

airport transfer – hotel

After a good night of sleep and hopefully beating the jetlag, we will meet again for a pre-trip meeting. You will be introduced to your mountain guide and we will discuss the itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Note: please, make sure you bring your passport to the meeting, along with your travel insurance policy. Carry both the original policy and a copy for us. We wil also request you to clear the due balance, if any.

What’s next? You can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do some last shoppings at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

breakfast – hotel

Early morning, your mountain guide picks you up from your hotel. Together, you take the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This takes about 6 hours.

breakfast – bus – hotel

Option: To save time, you can opt for a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, instead of taking the bus. This would give you the opportunity to explore this peaceful city by the lake. Contact us for more details.

From Pokhara, a driver takes you with a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul. This drive takes about an hour and a half.

After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river, we will reach Birethanti (1,010 m). This is a quite large village with many shops and teahouses. From here, we follow the northern bank of the Bhurungdi Khola.

The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1,490 m) and after a short climb we will reach Tikhedhunga (1,565 m). Now there’s only ahead of us, a steep staircase made of stone. By climbing the steep steps we reach the Magar village of Ulleri (2,070 m).

breakfast – private vehicle – lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri (2,070 m), a large Magar village. From this point, the trail ascends more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2,250 m). From there we trek towards Nangethanti (2,460 m). About one hour later, we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m) where we spend the night.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Early morning, if possible an hour before sunrise, we start a 1 hour hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m). This is a great place for a brilliant mountain range spectacle. This vantage point provides an stunning panorama view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. We will spend about an hour here, before we return to Ghorepani for our breakfast.

After breakfast, we pack our bags again and set off for a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). After that, we descend to Banthanti and then Tadapani.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

The day starts with a steep downhill walk through rhododendron forests and descend through the forests. As we approach Gurjung, which is the village of the Gurung people, the trail eases. Then there’s only an easy walk left to Chhomrong (2,140 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola river on a swaying suspension bridge. On the other side of the river a climb leads us through small settlements and the upper Modi Valley. From here, we can see beneath us the village of Doban with our lodge for tonight.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

From Doban, the trail crosses a stream and avalanche chute, then climbs across a landslide. In the forest is a small temple where local people leave offerings of flowers, cloths or leaves. We climb past a cascade over a rock platform and pass a trailside temple decorated with Shiva tridents and flowers.

Then, there’s only one more hour of trekking left for today. We follow a rocky trail, up a steep ravine to Hinku Cave and across the remnants of a glacier till we reach Deorali (3,140 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today the trail climbs to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. This actually isn’t really a base camp, since climbing the mountain is not allowed. This area is totally surrounded by mountains and known as the Annapurna Sanctuary.

From Machhapuchhre Base Camp it is 2 more hours of trekking to reach Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). We hope to have clear weather, because this place has very much rewarding unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. It is spectacular!

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we follow the same trail down and descend 1,700 meters to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo (2,345 m). Here are a few lodges where we will stay tonight.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we follow the same trail back till Chhomrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chhomrong the trail descends very steeply to Jhinu hot spring where you can take a bath in a delightful natural hot spring, located in a narrow jungle valley right next to a raging river.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

From Jhinu hot spring we walk along the right side of Modi Khola river to Birethanti. This part of the trek can be considered as one of the easiest and most relaxing walks of the entire route. We reach Nayapul from where a 1 hour drive will take us back to the hotel Pokhara.

breakfast & lunch – private vehicle – hotel

Today, we take the bus back to Kathmandu. And there, we will bring you to your hotel in Thamel.

breakfast – bus – hotel

Option: To save time, you can opt for a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu, instead of taking the bus. This would give you the opportunity to explore the city. Contact us for more details.

If it’s the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

breakfast – airport transfer

What is Included?

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Bus (Kathmandu <> Pokhara)
Private vehicle (Pokhara <> Nayapul)
Hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 3 nights
Hotel in Pokhara (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights
Mountain lodge during your trek - 9 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
Salary, accommodations, meals, gear and insurance for all trekking staff
VAT and tourist service charges

What is not Included?

International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal tourist visa
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks
Travel health insurance (that covers rescue & evacuation above 3,000 m)
All other expenses that are not mentioned below 'what's included'

Tell me more about this region

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

999 euro

Destination: Annapurna
Duration: 15 days
Altitude: 4.000m >
Difficulty: 2/5

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Travellers reviews

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Sean G
Sean G
18/02/2024
Great people for a great adventure! I can’t say enough about how well everything was orchestrated. Our guide and porter were wonderful and very friendly. Nepal is a beautiful country with very friendly people. It’s been a few months now and I still think of the trekking almost daily. If I ever have another opportunity to hike in Nepal, I would be blessed! Thank you Govinda!
Anouk K
Anouk K
10/12/2023
Jiri – Everest Base Camp My friend and I booked a 20+ day trek with Lily & Govinda from mid-nov to begin-dec. We loved their personal approach in arranging the trip, from preparations and choosing which trek to go for, to regular check-ins during and a great feedback/debrief session afterwards! We started from Jiri instead of the popular way of flying to Lukla. That was a great experience and an absolute recommend to start lower if you have time!
eliza b
eliza b
19/11/2023
Magnificent slow trek and bird watching to Khopra Danda! Magnificent trek!! In October 2023 the two of us did this beautiful trek organized by BMP. It all started 6 months earlier, when I was looking for a company that would put people first in organizing treks in Nepal. What a nice coincidence when I learned that Govinda, a former language student of mine, happened to be the owner of By Mountain People, an organization that had customized and small scale treks as its core business! We had very nice and informative preparative talks about our wishes. Being almost 70 years of age, we wanted to have sufficient possibilities to adapt our journey on the way, in case the altitude would cause problems. Also we wanted to visit places off the beaten track and see something of village life on the way. Govinda suggested the Khopra Danda trek with some extra days so we could shorten the daily walking distance. This was a very good advice and he organized it very well! We met Govinda again in Kathmandu before we started out. He introduced us to our guide Pratap Gurung. Pratap was really a very excellent guide!! His knowledge of the natural surroundings and especially of the birds were truly amazing!! He was very attentive to our wellbeing and patiently answered our many questions. He taught us so much about the different species and habitats of all the birds he would point out to us. His experience made that we always felt safe and well looked after. Also we learnt that Govinda stayed regularly in contact to ensure that everything went well. Following our 2 weeks of trekking, BMP also organized an extra 4 days visit to Chitwan National Park. Here we stayed in the nice Safari Club hotel. Her also we were very happy with our guide Yadav Duwadi He is a nice and calm guide with a lot of knowledge and very attentive. We absolutely recommend this “slow trekking” by BMP! Specially for senior travellers such as us, but also for everybody who wants to fully enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. A guide such as Pratap Gurung was perfectly suited for this type of trekking. Thank you BMP!! Thijl and Linda
Gira_sv
Gira_sv
12/09/2023
Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit I went on a 19-day trek on the Annapurna Circuit. I had great communication with Lily and Govinda before arriving in Nepal and throughout my trip. They shared with me all the information that I needed. Ganesh, and a porter, Nima. Both of them were incredibly kind. They literally held my hand through the toughest parts of the trek and we also had lots of fun playing cards, sharing anecdotes and trying to learn each other’s languages. The Annapurna circuit itself is incredibly beautiful and diverse. Since I arrived at the end if the monsoon season there were still some rains and landslides which made the days at lower altitudes a little tricky but once we started to ascend the weather changed and we had wonderful views of the mountains on this range and visited several Tibetan towns and Gompas. Overall, I had a great experience with them I would take a trip again with them in a heartbeat. Thanks, Ganesh, Nima, Lily, and Govinda!
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Explore58284020073
30/07/2023
Small but super professional trekking company! Wish we could go back already! Govinda and Lilly just went above and beyond for my friend and I!! Shortly before arriving in Nepal, I started experiencing knee pain. I got so worried about the trek, but they changed our itinerary without any fuss whatsoever. They got us the most caring and knowledgeable trekking guide Ganesh. And they checked in with me frequently during the trek, to check if I was doing ok and enjoying. After the trek they even organized a very nice jungle safari to Chitwan NP for us. Their great tips and flexible attitude before and during our trip made it a HUGE succes!! Govinda and Lily thank you so much for your patience and helpful advice. I will be back for sure!
Jonatan D
Jonatan D
27/02/2020
Otrolig resa i Nepal Vi hade en jättebra resa i Nepal! Govinda på By Mountain People var superhjälpsam med att tillgodese våra önskemål och att skräddarsy en resplan som passade oss perfekt. Han såg till att vi fick med alla våra önskemål. Vi hann med vandring i de fantastiska bergen samt en otrolig dag med fågelsådning strax utanför Kathmandu. Jag kan verkligen rekommendera By Mountain People om du vill ha en unik upplevelse!
Gabriel G
Gabriel G
22/02/2020
Father and son Nepal trek By mountain people organised an incredible trip through Gokyo Lake and EBC. Everything ran smoothly, they took care of all the little details and genuinely care about you and your experience throughout. Handled everything with a smile and extreme professionalism – can not recommend them enough! Our amazing guide Ganesh is the reason we can look back on the trek successfully, he helped us at every step and is an all round great guy – be sure to ask for Ganesh he will make your trip unforgettable I cannot wait to book again:)
Luca S
Luca S
06/01/2020
Annapurna Circuit Wir waren im März 2019 in Nepal mit dem Ziel den Annapurna Circuit Trek zu durchlaufen. Zum Glück erhielten wir den Kontakt zu der Organisation bymountainpeople mit Gopal und Govinda. Mit der Hilfe von Gopal und später unserem Guide Raj wurden wir super vorbereitet, ausgestattet und hatten schließlich sehr schöne 14 Tage rund um Annapurna und co. Der Trek, mit dem Thorong la Pass auf 5400m als Highlight, ist ein Abenteuer das man so schnell nicht mehr vergisst. Jeder Schritt lohnt sich ! Wir würden jederzeit wieder bei bymountainpeople buchen! Schon in der Vorbereitung gingen beide auf alle unserer (1000…) Fragen und Wünsche ein und so wurden wir super vorbereitet. Mit den richtigen Tipps , toller Ausstattung und unglaublich freundlicher Betreuung konnten wir unsere Tour starten. Unser Guide Raj verstand es perfekt auf uns einzugehen und uns die Menschen und die Natur näherzubringen. Mit seiner Hilfe schafften wir es überglücklich den 5400m hohen Thorong la Pass zu überwinden. Es waren 16 grandiose Tage, Ein Abenteuer das man so schnell nicht mehr vergisst. Jeder Schritt lohnt sich ! Wir würden jederzeit wieder bei bymountainpeople buchen!
Lars D
Lars D
19/12/2019
By Mountain People made hour 16 day Himalaya trekking (Gokyo-EBC) feel comfortable! After booking a flight to Nepal my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to book our own domestic flight aswell and search for a porterguide after arriving at Lukla airport. Then when we started looking on the internet and we found out that is was not so simple to do this online. Thru Instagram we met Govinda and met him in a couple of times in the Netherlands. We talked about all this and he than took care of this. When we arrived at Lukla airport in the Himalaya, Ganesh was waiting for us with a sign, he was our porterguide for the 16 day trekking (Gokyo and EBC). Ganesh would always made shure we had a place to sleep and with toilets inside the building. He is an amazing guy, always happy and knows so much to tell about the trekking (hours, hight, peaks etc.) He even teached us a couple of Nepali games! Ganesh felt like a brother and a good friend to us and that will never change. All of this effort by the team, made us feel so comfortable and relaxed doing this very exiting trekking. We will back in Nepal for some more trekking with By Mountain People. Because of the personal touch by Govinda we will remain friends and keep seeing each other in the Netherlands.
Katrina J
Katrina J
07/12/2019
What an adventure! Everest Base Camp was on my bucket list for quite some time. And to be honest, I was a little bit worried whether I would be able to do it. I don’t have that much experience with hiking. Just in Europe. Thanks to the owner Govinda and his wonderful team I can finally say I DID IT!! By Mountain People is a small company but very professional and experienced. They really took time to inform me to make sure I got myself prepared properly. And they answered allll of my questions. (And I had a LOT of them.) :) :) During the trek my guide always made sure I was feeling good and not crossing my limits. I absolutely recommend this company to anyone who is looking for adventure but wants to make sure that you’re taken care of too. And I hope I can come back to Nepal for another trekking. One thing’s sure: I will do that with this company. Thank you!! You’re the best!

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