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Annapurna Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas

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  • Kathmandu, Nepal

  • 12 nights

Grade 3 - Brisk

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is on many people's bucket lists and a goal for trekkers and climbers who love adventure. This trek has the capacity to challenge you in a way that turns fear of discomfort into a desire to invite more of it. And all this because of the personal rewards! Explore the Annapurna Valley and the lifestyle of the local Gurung people and trek through the enclosed Annapurna Sanctuary that leads to icy rivers that end in glaciers and gigantic peaks. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

At the base of the Annapurna mountain range, with some of the highest peaks in the world, you are about to discover the smell of fresh Himalayan air, ancient culture, homemade meals and natural hot springs. The power of the Himalayan mountains might intimidate you at first, but you will quickly learn to surrender to their generous energy. The 25-mile (40 km) trek will take you through a sanctuary trail with tropical jungles, rhododendron forests and high-altitude landscapes. 

The Basics

Start and Finish: Pokhara

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Maximum Altitude: 13,545 (4,130 m)

Length of Tour: 13 days

Minimum Group: 2 persons

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Annapurna 1—the 10th tallest mountain in the world—offers an experience that you'll remember for a lifetime. Made for those who love adventure, being outdoors and those who are both excited about and scared of challenges, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek doesn't disappoint. For those who need a break and are in search of something meaningful, this area is the perfect setting to start creating new goals in your life. It's a moderate to brisk trek, with just enough challenges to fill your spirit with excitement and a sense of accomplishment. You never know just what you might discover. 

  • Experience a guided 12-day trekking tour to the Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas
  • Walk along beautiful trails along Modi Khola
  • Trek into the lush jungle of rhododendron, oak and pine forests
  • Explore the Annapurna Valley and the lifestyle of Gurung community people
  • Explore the Nepali culture with local villages and stay at traditional tea houses run by locals 
  • Experience an amazing sunrise view over the Annapurna mountain range
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Annapurna South and Annapurna 1
  • Visit the famous Poon Hill
  • Take a break along the way and bathe in the natural and healing hot springs  in Jhinu Danda
  • Witness mountain rivers, glaciers and views of mountains such as Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Machapuchare




Today, you will arrive at the capital city of Nepal—Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265 ft)—and will be welcomed by a Sherpa Himalaya representative. After a brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can rest and freshen up and receive a local map to explore the area a bit. Overnight at KTM Hotel.

Today, you'll either take a flight or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and have lunch upon arrival. If you decide to take the flight and arrive in Pokhara early enough, you can explore the area and relax before tomorrow's first hike. Overnight in Pokhara.

Today is the first day of your trekking experience! After a 2-hour drive to Hile, you will begin your 4-5-hour trek to Ulleri. Here, with views of the valleys and the mountains, you will be welcomed by locals at what almost seems to be the edge of the world. Overnight at Ulleri.

After breakfast, you will head toward the village of Ghorepani. This will be a normal uphill trek of 4-5 hours through the beautiful rhododendron forest before you reach Ghorepani in the afternoon. This destination provides you with the beautiful Annapurna mountain range where you can see Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hinchuli, Dhampus peak, Dhulariri II and Annapurna III. Overnight at Ghorepani. 

It's an early morning rise and today, you'll hike to Poon Hill (3,200 m/10,500 ft). Here, there is an incredible morning sunrise waiting for you over the Annapurna range. It's one of the most stunning and famous sunrises in the world. When you have taken it all in, you'll hike Ghirepani, enjoy your breakfast and then trek to Chuele. Today includes longer trekking of 6-7 hours. Overnight at Chuele.

Today, you will embark on a 6-7-hour long trek to Sinuwa (2,300 m/7,545 ft). The trek starts and finishes with a slight descent with a flatter and slight uphill trek in the middle. On the way, you'll cross over two bridges and make a stop in Chumrong where you'll have lunch. The trail will take you through light jungle crossing rivers with a lot of nature and interesting sights so prepare yourself for a beautiful experience. Overnight at Sinuwa. 

Today after breakfast, you'll begin your trek to Deurali. You will walk through a small forest, cross a small river and visit one of the biggest caves of this trail called Hinku Cave. There will be a nice lunch at a hotel and the night will be spent in Deurali. 

It's finally time to reach the peak destination—the Annapurna Base Camp and the base of Annapurna. This place is on many people's bucket lists and a goal for many trekkers and climbers who love adventure. On your way, you will pass by two impressive mountains—Mt. Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli— and reach the Macchapuchhare Base Camp. After you arrive at the Base Camp, you'll have time to relax and explore the area. The day will be a bit more challenging with more uphill treks than on the previous days with total trekking of about 5-6 hours. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. 

Today, there will be another one of those stunning sunrises of Mt. Annapurna. It will be an early morning with breakfast after the sunrise and then a descend back to Bamboo, above the Sinuwa Camp. Overnight at Bamboo.

As you begin to trek back from the Annapurna Base Camp, you'll take a different route which makes the trail back more exciting and fun! You'll head to Jhinu Danda after breakfast where natural, healing hot springs will welcome you and where you can enjoy moments of warm relaxation after a long trek with uphill climbs and descents. Overnight at Jhinu Danda.

Today you will reach the central city of Pokhara. Your trek will begin in the early morning toward Siwai and from there a jeep will take you to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara. 

Today you'll take a flight, or drive, back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a Sherpa Himalaya representative and then dropped off at your hotel. After the beautiful and adventurous Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can have a proper rest at your hotel. If you arrive early enough, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the area, shopping for souvenirs or taking a short city tour. Overnight at KTM Hotel.

This morning your Sherpa Himalaya representative will meet you at your hotel for the last gathering. You will then be dropped off at the airport to return home or continue to your next destination. Before you leave, you'll receive a Buddhist scarf (Kha-tak) that symbolizes peace, prosperity, long life and harmony. You will also get a certificate of completion for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Sherpa Himalaya.


Not included in the package:

  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring two passport photographs and cash on USD Denomination)
  • Personal, travel and rescue insurance
  • International air travel to and from Nepal
  • Excess baggage charges for air travel
  • Extra night stay in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meals in Pokhara and Kathmandu if you return early from the trip
  • Extended activities and destinations
  • All cold drinks during the trek (mineral water, cola, beer and Bar-bills)
  • Hot Shower During the trek
  • Battery Charge (all electronic devices)
  • WI-FI charges (wi-fi is usually available but not 100% assured)
  • Tips for guide
  • Staff emergency evacuation by helicopter (in case of need)

During this trek, you will need:

  • A windproof jacket for trekking
  • Trekking t-shirt
  • Hiking poles
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Socks
  • Raincoat
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking shoes 
  • Trekking pants
  • Inner thermal top and bottom wear

Spring and fall are considered to be the best seasons for trekking in Nepal but people visit year-round. Trekking in a lower region can be done any time of the year. However, if you want to go to reach higher altitudes then September-November, as well as March-May, is recommended. There are heavier rainfalls during June-August and it can be quite cold and snow during December-February.

The trekking difficulty in Nepal varies and ranges from easy and medium to difficult. Normally, trekking in Nepal is at a distance of 9,842-29,000 ft (3,000-8,848 m). Expedition and peak climbing are considered as a difficult level whereas trekking only can be done at a moderate and easy level.

We recommend that you start preparing a few weeks prior to the trek. Start taking 1-2 long walks per week with a weighted backpack and do some stair training. Since this trek includes a lot of stairs, it's a good idea to use a stair master or regular stairs where you go up and down with your weighted backpack a couple of times per week. This is particularly for those who are not exercising a lot or barely at all. As you trek, you will have time to rest and recover but there are challenging uphills and climbs during the trek. 

Trekking in Nepal can be done by almost all people, no matter their health or age. Peak climbing and Expeditions, however, are considered difficult which means these should only be taken on if you are in good health. You can choose the trekking itinerary and its difficulty levels and customize your trip upon request. If you are healthy then you are usually able to trek in all regions of Nepal when accompanied by an experienced guide. Special facilities for children, elders and those who are not in good health and shape are provided.  

Trekking in the higher altitudes of Nepal can sometimes be challenging. You can suffer from altitude sickness if you are trekking above 11,482 ft (3,500 m) elevation. There are precautions that can be taken for you to stay safe and away from altitude sickness. If you do get altitude sickness then we can help you with medication, increase acclimatization days, etc. If your health doesn’t show improvements during the trek and you get very sick then the trek will be canceled for your safety. In this case, we will either take you to a lower altitude or bring you to the hospital, should that be necessary.

Trekking in Nepal and its route has caught much more modernization than before and in most of the popular routes you can get access to a Wi-Fi connection. Proper cell towers are also available which can easily let you get in contact with your family and friends.

We will provide you with a porter that will be helping you to carry most of your stuff. You can leave extra luggage and clothes in the hotel in Kathmandu. You will have to carry a small day sack, sunscreen, first aid kit, waterproofs, warm hat, fleece jacket, water bottle (or camel back system), sunhat and water purification kit.

That depends on the destination. If you are doing Peaks and Expeditions then you will need to have some extra money with you and if you are on a Trek only then relatively less. If your trek includes longer days then you can bring a little more. Extra expenses can be used on shopping, alcohol, hot showers, cold drinks, laundry, Wi-Fi and battery charge. If you want extra help along your trek that is not included in the itinerary or plan then there is also a cost to use a horse or a vehicle. We recommend bringing $25-$30 USD per day. You can only exchange your currency in many small cities so exchanging in Kathmandu is recommended highly.

Trekking in Nepal can be done in two ways: tea house or camping. Tea house treks provide you with the facilities of hotels, lodges, menus for meals, etc. Tea house treks are easier and more comfortable. In the camping trek, the destination will be almost fixed to a certain place where we will camp and set up our things for convenience. All meals will be at the camp with nights spent in the tent. Camping treks require more staff and it is comparatively more difficult than a tea house trek. 

Yes, a Sherpa Himalaya staff member will pick you up from the airport. There will be a display with our Sherpa Himalaya name card of and your name on a pamphlet. After finishing your trip, you will be dropped off at the airport.

Important note: Be careful at the airport and don't take any help from anyone who tries to help you with your luggage. Make sure that you only get help and are transferred by your Sherpa Himalaya guide. 

The minimum age is 7 years. Upon request, an additional assistant Sherpa can be arranged.



Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, the Company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. Please note that the company would not be liable to any warranty, collateral agreement, prior agreement, description of services, or conditions, other than as expressed herein.


For Nepal Trip

For Nepal Trips, there is a non-refundable deposit of up to 20% of the total cost along with due airfares (if the client wants the company to arrange it) at the time of booking the trip. You can pay the remaining amount upon your arrival in Kathmandu or before the trip departure. 

b. India/Tibet/ Bhutan Trips

At the time of booking a non-refundable deposit of 20% is due along with due airfares (if the client wants the company to arrange it) 21 days prior to the trip departure. If you’re booking 21 days or less prior to departure, full payment is due.

Please note that the Sherpa Himalaya is not liable for any delay or loss during the transfer process. If for any reason, due to the use of a mediator bank or any other reason, we receive a lesser amount than the amount sent, you are requested upon arrival to pay accordingly so that the total is equivalent to the product cost. E-mail us the bank reference number or remittance slips after you initiate the transfer. Sometimes bank forwards the money with a different name; if we have reference number/remittance slips and sender details, it will be easy for us to check.

Final Payment/Acceptance Of Booking/Client Details

a. Nepal Trips

Final payment of trekking, tours, climbing, expedition or any kind of trip in Nepal can be made upon arrival in Nepal. Final payment can be made by bank transfer, cash or by Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). There is a 3.25% surcharge when the payment is made via cards (this applies to all payments; deposits, final balances, trip extension and miscellaneous purchases.)

b. India/Tibet/ Bhutan Trips

Regarding trips in India, Tibet, Bhutan; final payment should be made 21 days prior to the trip start date.


Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the Company. The date on which the request to cancel is received by the Company or its Agents will determine the cancellation charge applicable.

The cancellation charges are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price:

Cancellation 60 days or more before departure: Loss of deposit.
Cancellation 59-21 days before departure: 50% of the cost of services booked.
Cancellation less than 21 days before departure: 100% of the cost of services booked.
The Client is strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of making the booking.

Note: Please note that no refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.

Cancellation of a Tour By The Company

The Company reserves the right to cancel any trip you booked unless guaranteed to run.

Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip, including a guaranteed trip, prior to departure due to reasons beyond its control (i.e. due to natural disasters, flight cancellation, consequences of strikes, industrial action, wars, riots, sickness, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions, or other untoward occurrences. In such a case, Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. will refund the trip price only. If The Company cancels a departure that is guaranteed to run, we will refund the trip price, or you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the same value.

Please also note that significant alterations do not include a change of airline carrier, flight time tables or itineraries provided the departure and arrival dates remain unchanged, the substitution of a vessel, modification of itineraries, and change in cabin category or hotel accommodation provided it is of the same category.

The Company is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non-refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc.

Medical Conditions and Special Requirements

The Company must be notified in writing at the time of booking of any medical conditions, physically challenged conditions or any other mental and or physical condition which may affect fitness to travel and or any medical condition. Failure to notify the Company may result in the client being refused travel. Failure to notify the Company of any such condition that results in cancellation will result in 100% cancellation fees to the Client.

Some trips may be unsuitable for Clients due to age, mobility, pregnancy or physical or mental conditions. It is the Client’s responsibility to check prior to booking. The Company is not required to provide any special facilities unless it has agreed to do so in writing. The Company will do its best to meet Clients special requests including dietary, but such requests do not form part of the Contract and therefore the Company is not liable for not providing these requests.

Medical facilities vary from country to country and the Company makes no representations and gives no warranties in relation to the standard of such treatment.

Travel Insurance

Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. The Company also recommends it covers trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested by the company employees or suppliers. The company reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.

Flight Delays And Changes in The Itinerary

Please note that mountain adventures are always unpredictable. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays. In case of delayed domestic flights, Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. will meet departing city accommodation (Guest House) and food (Lunch & Breakfast) costs prior to your trip. However, in case of delayed return flights, the client is responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a Helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, all additional costs would be your responsibility.

Moreover, Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of a missed international flight, but would assist to make alternative arrangements wherever possible. Please also note that while on the field, we may have to make some changes in the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Amendment

If the booking amendment request is received by Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. 21 days or more prior to your original trip departure, the company will make the necessary amendment with a charge of US$100 per person. In case you wish to make amendments within 21 days of the trip departure, the cost of amendment may be higher depending upon the company’s arrangements with other parties such as hotels, Guest Houses, ground operators or airlines.

Visa & Passport

You must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when traveling with Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. Nepal Visa is available on arrival in Nepal. For Tibet & Bhutan, the company can make necessary arrangements upon request. For India, the client will have to acquire the visa from their own home country.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas for the countries you are traveling to. Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. cannot accept responsibility if you are refused entry to a country or place because you lack the correct visa documentation.

Injuries & Evacuation

Sherpa Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. would not be liable for any injury/health conditions/emotional or other conditions suffered by the client during the trip. Similarly, our package cost does not include any personal insurance. Hence, we advise the clients to take adequate insurance packages, including medical emergencies and evacuation by Helicopter.

Services Missed or Unused

There will be no discounts or money refunded for missed or unused services, this includes voluntary or involuntary termination/departure from tour, i.e. sickness, death of a family member, etc., late arrival on the tour, or premature departure either voluntarily or involuntarily.

Updating of Terms & Conditions

The Company reserves the right to update and amend these terms and conditions at any time. It is the responsibility of the Client to keep updated with any changes. The current version of terms and conditions will always be found on the website and will be the terms referred to in any dispute.