15 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Starting From $1560.00 per person

The magnificent Annapurna Himal range lies in central Nepal and boasts several 7,000m plus snowcapped peaks including Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Manaslu (8163m). The perfect scenery and friendly local people have fascinated trekkers to the region for many years. The trek up into the Annapurna Sanctuary is a real Himalayan classic, usually a camping or tea-house trek. We stay in good tea houses to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.


From Pokhara, the route begins through pretty villages and lush terraced rice fields before climbing into rhododendron, oak and then bamboo forest. Finally arriving into the sanctuary, we find ourselves in a dizzying amphitheater of icy spires, and certainly one of the finest views in the Himalaya.


The trek back to Pokhara is from a different route and includes early morning hike up to the Poon Hill for sunrise view over the Himalaya. This, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best first treks to do in the Himalaya, as the trail gets spectacularly close to the mountains but does not go dramatically high.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers you a wonderful trekking experience in the hills of Nepal. From beautiful Rhododendron forests to criss crossing rivers with icy cold waters flowing in them, you will experience all this and many more during Annapurna Base Camp trek. Since this trek allows you to explore Annapurna region, it is also called Annapurna trek. Needless to say, the major attraction of the trip is Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp elevation is 4130 m, and when you reach here, you don’t just get to enjoy the best views of Mount Annapurna, but also, you’ll be able to take some of the best Annapurna pictures. You’re sure to be startled by the views that you’d get to enjoy from Annapurna Base Camp. The entire area looks like an amphitheater, with the base camp right at the center. The perfect spot for Annapurna Pictures.

Apart from Annapurna trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek because it allows you to explore Annapurna Sanctuary, in other words, Annapurna Conservation Area. It is the biggest protected area in Nepal, and it is quite rich from the perspective of rare and endangered animals and birds that call the area their home. During the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, you’re bound to come across one or the other creatures, which is sure to make you ecstatic. It’s elements like these that make the Annapurna Base Camp trek a priceless journey. Annapurna Base Camp trek is a journey that is meant for everyone. It is moderately tough, and the attractions that are mentioned above are only the tip of an iceberg. Even the adventure seekers who only prefer tough treks and expeditions can go for this trip.

Altogether, Annapurna Base Camp trek is a 13 days long trip, and during this time, the trekkers walk for a duration of 9 days. Since the journey doesn’t take you to that high of an altitude, there are no days assigned for acclimatization. You will, however, go for a side trip – an early morning hike to the top of Poon Hill, for amazing sunrise views. Apart from Annapurna Base Camp, you will also get to visit Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which often serves as an overnight rest spot for the tourists. During your trek, you will come across some of the loveliest villages. These settlement areas are populated by people belonging to different indigenous tribes. You will adore their services and treatment overall. Some of the villages that you will cover during the trek are Jhinu Danda, Sihuwai, Bamboo, Chomrong, Tikhedhunga, and so on.

There are so many factors that contribute to making a trekking journey strenuous, mild or easy. Features like terrain, altitude, weather, length of the journey and so on are considered to mark a trek’s difficulty level. Annapurna Base Camp trek difficulty level can be marked at medium. The length of the journey, weather and terrain – all of them are moderate when it comes to giving a trekker a tough time. Also, there are very few cases of altitude sickness witnessed in the region. The highest point that you’d reach is 4130 m, which is Annapurna Base Camp elevation.

One of the things that you should definitely carry during Annapurna Base Camp trek is the Annapurna Base Camp trek map. Actually, you should have a copy of it even before you sign up for the journey. With a map in your possession, you will have all the information about the journey that you would need, which will definitely help you prepare for the trip. You could ask the agency to modify the itinerary to include places that you’d want to explore during the trek. The route map is beneficial especially for the solo trekkers, as they can try the trek on their own.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost varies from one service provided to another depending on factors like mode of transportation, quality of food and accommodation, the length of the journey, the nature of the travel agency – local or international, and so on. But keeping all these things in mind, your Annapurna Base Camp Trek budget should be somewhere between $1100 and $2300. If you want to save money, make sure to choose a local travel agency as your trekking partner. You will realize that there isn’t much difference in the quality. Also, it supports the local economy.

Annapurna Base Camp trek allows you to explore only a small segment of the Annapurna region, whereas Annapurna Circuit trek allows you to explore the entire Annapurna region in one go. Depending on what version of Annapurna Circuit trek you’re going for, you might need to walk for a duration of 13 days to 21 days altogether. During the trek, you will cover places like Manang, Pisang, Dharapani, Chame, Yak Kharka, and so on. One of the most interesting attractions of the trek is Thorung La, a high altitude mountain pass with an elevation of 5416 m.

Quite like Annapurna Base Camp trek, Tilicho Lake trek also takes you to a base camp. But not of Annapurna, rather, of Tilicho peak. Tilicho Lake Trek also allows you to explore Tilicho lake, which is one of the most beautiful high altitude mountain lakes in Nepal. Many consider it to be the highest lake in the world, but this is a disputed status. One can go for Tilicho Lake trek as an individual journey, or they can cover this as a side trek. By adding a couple of days to your Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary, you can cover both Tilicho Lake and Tilicho base camp.

Now, generally, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek route is covered in Annapurna Base Camp trek route itself. So, if you’ve already tried Annapurna Base Camp trek, you must have come across the beautiful villages of Ghorepani and Ghandruk, and climbed to the top of Poon Hill, for some excellent sunrise and sunset views. The height of Poon Hill is 3210 m. However, if you’ve not, you can go for this amazing trekking journey separately as well. Though it is recommended that you cover both the trips in one go, trying them individually is a different kind of fun altogether.

One can treat Nar Phu Valley trek as a side trek to Annapurna Circuit trek, or as an individual trekking journey itself. Provided that you have the required time and energy, you could extend your Annapurna Circuit trek by a couple of days, and cover Nar Phu Valley in the process. The valley is known for its natural beauty, and also, there are few religious heritages that you will get to explore during the trek. The main attractions of the trek are the villages of Nar and Phu, and to get from one to another, one has to cross the high elevation passes also known as Nar and Phu.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you to two of the most interesting destinations in the Annapurna region – Jomsom and Muktinath. While Jomsom is a beautiful town and the capital of Mustang district, Muktinath is a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as Buddhists. The temple complex is dedicated to the Hindu god – Lord Shiva. Jomsom Muktinath trek can prove to be a great alternative to Annapurna Base Camp trek. It takes you to higher altitude, and never before seen landscapes. Kali Gandaki River is a prominent attraction of the journey.

Climbing Annapurna is the most extreme activity to go for in the Annapurna region. Climbing Annapurna takes you to the top of Mount Annapurna. Mount Annapurna is actually a massif, with four peaks altogether. The height of the highest one is 8091 m. This is the summit that is focused on climbing Annapurna. Everyone has different reasons for climbing. Some do it for recognition, some for glory, and some do it to click excellent mountain climbing pictures. Whatever the reason, Annapurna Expedition is one of the best climbing choices in the world.

Happy Holiday Treks & Expedition is one of the best travel and tour operators in Nepal, focusing on thrills like trekking and expedition. The company was established by a group of individuals who have spent years in the trekking and mountaineering industry in Nepal, working as guides. We are the experts in the field, and so, we know what makes or breaks a vacation. And so, we ensure that our clients have the best possible time during the journey. Even if you’re not as inclined into trekking and expedition journeys, you can still go for one of our luxury tours like pilgrim tour, helicopter tour, cultural tour, food tour, jungle safari, and so on. Our itineraries are exciting and feature popular and off-the-beat tourist destinations in countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. What makes our services different from that of others is our focus on satisfaction of the clients. To ensure that, we take inputs from our customers regarding the itinerary, and even modify it as far as practicable. If you want to visit any of these places or try any of these activities during your next vacation, make sure to choose Happy Holiday Treks & Expedition.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu.

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2 – Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Dhampua Phedi, 914m. Trek to Pothana, 1,829m – 4-5 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 3 – Trek to Jhinudanda, 1,780m – 6-7 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 4 – Trek to Sinuwa, 2,340m – 4-5 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 5 – Trek to Deurali via Bamboo, 3,200m – 7 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 6 – Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp, 3,658m – 3-4 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 7 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m – 3-4 hours. Overnight, Tea House

(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 8 – Trek to Dovan, 2,630m – 6-7 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 9 – Trek to Chhomorong, 2,170m – 6-7 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 10 – Trek to Tadapani, 2,590m – 5-6 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 11 – Trek to Ghorepani, 2,750m – 6 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 12 – Climb Poon Hill, 3,210m, and trek down to Hille, 1,520m – 5-6 hours. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 13 – Trek to Nayapul – 2-3hours. Drive to Pokhara. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B, L,)

Day 14 – Morning drive or fly to Kathmandu. Overnight, Tea House (Meals: B)

Day 15 – Fly back to Home. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Home


·       3 Nights Hotels in Kathamndu and Pokhara on BB Basis

·       English speaking trek guide, porter

·       Basic but clean comfortable twin share room in local tea-houses

·       All meals breakfast, lunch, dinner on trek

·       All land transport

·       Trek permit & Park entry fees,

·       Guide/porter insurance.

Cost Will Not Include:

·       Personal equipment

·       Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

·       Tips

·       Client insurance of any kind

·       Cost of an emergency evacuation (if any)

·       Bottle/alcoholic drinks

·       Nepal visa costs;

·       Other expenses of personal nature.

Our Travel Team

For a standard travel, we always make sure that there is one guide who is well experienced and speaks multi- language, one assistant guide to assist the head guide and porters for luggage carrying (if necessary). We will travel accordingly even if any member on travel cannot continue and the guide will make sure the member(s) reach Kathmandu safely. We can run activities for group of any size. But generally it will be better to have ten to twelve people, as we have found this to be the best size for a successful trip. However, if you would like to make a group booking for more than ten people together, we are here for you.

Please Consider

Your safety is of utmost priority while you are traveling with our team. Please consider that the head guide has total supreme authority to postpone or even halt and cancel any part of the above mentioned itinerary if it is essential for safety concerns according to the guide. We work hard to keep up with the above itinerary but there might be some alternation due to factors beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, personal concern, difficulty with transportation and sickness of any member can lead to enforced modification and cancellation. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary, we can guarantee that trip guide will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.


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#In December 2011, my husband and I did a 3 trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal followed by 3 days at Chitwan National Park with Happy Holidays (Kuman Gurung).  We’re in our mid-sixties and began to question our decision when various friends and family members said that it’d be way too cold and difficult at that time of the year.  Actually November and December are excellent months to trek in Nepal as it is normally dry and sunny.  Kuman is an excellent choice as he did all the planning, gaining of licenses, arranging for lodging and planning of the length of our trekking days.  We liked that he not only planned, but accompanied our group of 6, along with two other wonderful assistants (porter and guide).  One needs to understand that Nepal is a third world country, and electricity and warm water become an issue all over the country.  Our days were very warm---how I wished I’d brought a short sleeved shirt---and the nights are cold.  We hadn’t anticipated that we’d spend much of our time climbing up or down----but Nepal translates to the Himalayas so that’s what you do. (much is rock steps which can be difficult for some)  The vistas make stopping often to rest a treasure,----it is beautiful---so beautiful.  You are remote and everything is packed into the area---your meals come mainly from the gardens and are delicious!  Kuman is willing to tailor the trip’s destination and length to your ability and time frame.  He provides one with a most memorable experience, and you come away with a true appreciation of the country and people.  He also arranged our stays in Katmandu and 3 days in the Chitwan National Park.  You begin and end your trek in Pokhara and we recommend the Temple Tree Resort and the Moon Dance restaurant as a great way to end your trek.  Thank you Kuman for making our adventure in Nepal so perfect!

Charlie and Patty SeeUSA

#Namaste to Kuman and Lokenra, I write as the expedition leader of a team of 6 (3 Canadians and 3 Americans) who recently traveled for 1 month in Nepal and Bhutan using the guiding and coordinating services of Happy Holidays Treks and Expeditions, in particular Kuman and Lokendra.  This was the second expedition which these gentlemen looked after us, the first being in 2010, another month long expedition which featured trekking through the Everest region, a jungle adventure in Chitwan and an extended whitewater rafting trip on the reverred Sun Kosiriver. Our October- November2013 trip featured trekking the Annapurna region, trekking for a week in Bhutan and whitewater rafting 2 rivers - the Kali Gandaki and the BhotoKosi rivers. Needless to say, the care and expert attention provided by Kuman and Lokendra was exceptional.  Every aspect of our trip was handled flawlessly and with good humor and insight of the Nepalese culture and traditions.  Over the last 15 years, I have lead many trekking and rafting expeditions around the world and without any qualification I give the highest marks to both Kuman and Lokendra. Not only did we get full value for our money, but it was done with genuine TLC by both these wonderful gentlemen.  Even when things went off track ( which in the 3rd world - in truly remote environments -  can happen in technicolor - in this case a National Strike of workers) alternate arrangements were undertaken with ease and care - maintaining our schedule and achieving our expedition objectives. I obviously think highly of Kuman and Lokendra and strongly recommend Happy Holidays as 'the go to' trekking/expedition/rafting company in Nepal. In this regard, if you require further amplification of my comments I would be pleased to endorse this recommendation via email or telephone. Clearly, if Nepal offers a Tourism Award for best guides/guiding companies,  Happy Holidays would be a first prize winner!

Temple W. HarrisToronto, Canada

#Dear Kuman, Happy New Year and Namaste.  It has been more than a month since the Team Tim returned home from the experience of a lifetime—organized by you and your company.  It was such an amazing trip with so many different aspects to it.   We started our adventure in Nepal where you and I first met, then quickly off to Bhutan, and eventually back to Nepal and home.  The trip you organized for us contained so many different elements--- hiking, rafting and learning about the cultural aspects of the two countries.  It was an organizational nightmare, but everything ran so smoothly under your direction.  Tim, Viv and I commented about how smooth the transition was between each activity and country.  It really was one of our best adventures. I was so impressed with the way in which the guides took such very good care of us. They were all so happy to teach us about Buddhism, their country and their politics.  I thought it very special how you joined us on the trekking part of the trip. You also went that extra mile when we rafted in Nepal.  You followed our route and met us at each stop along the way to feed us, take pictures, carry our “stuff”, or whatever else our team of 6 needed.  We all became family ----Lakendra, you, and the 3 Canadian and 3 American travellers. I know that you and Tim had thousands of emails between you as you planned this extensive trip.  Tim you knew from his last trip.  He was thrilled that you had opened your own office and that he was able to have you and Lakenda organize and guide the trip respectively. I would be privileged to serve as a reference for you if a potential client requests it. You receive a five start rating from me. Thanks again,

Marlene FogeToronto, Canada