15 days Classic Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Classic Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a traditional and relatively long trekking itinerary to the base camp of Mount Annapurna. This trekking was very popular among the trekkers until the shorter version of Annapurna Base Camp trekking came into effect. However, this classic route to base camp still holds great dignity and a high legacy among the trekkers.
Without a doubt, it is still the easiest, shortest and cheapest itinerary to Base Camp of any mountain that is above 8000m. Moreover, the Classic Annapurna Base camp trekking gradually and steadily ends at the snowline zone starting from the tropical climatic zone. Passing through numerous different landscapes and altitude in between. Consequently, provides great hope to amateur and inexperienced trekkers to conquer the base camp of Mount Annapurna 1 (8091m).
Unlike, short Annapurna Base Camp trekking, the typical classic Annapurna Base camp trekking itinerary covers some other distinguishable features of the Annapurna region. Importantly, itinerary includes famous Poonhill to enjoy numerous mountain ranges from a single spot. Plus, Classic Annapurna Base camp trekking wraps dense countryside villages like Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Tadapni of Magar and Gurung community. Places rich in culture, lifestyle, and tradition of indigenous people. Dense forest of rhododendron, birch, juniper makes the Classic Annapurna base camp trekking pleasant and worthy for sure.
Trekker may enjoy upper temperate climatic zone around Sinwa and Chhomrong. With steady altitude gain, trekker follows sub-alpine and alpine topography around Dovan and Machhapuchre Base camp. The Annapurna Base camp itself is a rocky and isolated place with open meadows. Base camp has perfect terrain to summarize the beauty of trekking, which surely amazes every trekker.
Not only Mount Annapurna 1 (8091m) is the highlight of Classic Annapurna Base camp trekking. Annapurna South (7219m) Gangapurna (7455m) Annapurna III (7555) Fishtail/ Machhapuchre (6993m) forms a beautiful cluster of mountains and peaks. Indeed impresses every trekker, with its mesmerizing view.
Equally important we can make long Classic Annapurna base camp trekking itinerary significantly short for the trekkers. However, this particular itinerary is an option for our valued trekkers to enjoy the classic (vintage) and traditional trekking path of the famous base camp of Mount Annapurna.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide.
Day 3 Drive/ Flight to Pokhara(850m)
Day 4 Drive to Birethanti & Trek to Ulleri(2070m)
Day 5 Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani(2850m)
Day 6 Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani(2700m)
Day 7 Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong(2170m)
Day 8 Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan(2600m)
Day 9 Trek from Dovan to MBC(3700m)
Day 10 Trek From MBC to ABC(4130m)
Day 11 Trek from ABC to Bamboo(2315m)
Day 12 Trek from Bamboo to jhinu Danda(1760m)
Day 13 Trek From jhinu to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara(850m)
Day 14 Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 15 International Departure
Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
30 Min Hotel
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We will give short briefing on our final agreed program and if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we provide general information on restaurant, ATM, money exchanges until we meet for next day.
There are various major cultural, historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for a day sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists, since most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide so you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.
If you want to go Pokhara by road it is always better to start in the morning after your breakfast, it will be little tiring day because of 6-7 hour drive. Driving from Kathmandu offers you to enjoy interesting zigzag narrow asphalt road of hilly part of Nepal along with diversified culture, landscape and people all the way to Pokhara. In the other hand, the flight is short from Kathmandu to Pokhara and you can have leisure time to spend around lake-side of Pokhara, which is always a happening place for the visitors.
After your breakfast in Pokhara hotel, you drive to Nayapul by a private car for about one and half hour on asphalt road. Reaching upon Birethanti, you can take a short tea break while porter arranges his equipment to carry your baggage. You will climb gentle up seeing small houses and tea houses passing terraced crop fields. Relatively it is easy climb until you reach Tikhedhunga (1495m).You can discuss with your guide whether to trek to Ulleri or to stay in Tikhedhunga beforehand ,since both options are available . After crossing the suspension bridge and 2 hour steep climbing on stone stairs, you can reach small settlement of Magar community and the place is Ulleri. You can see glimpse Annapurna South on the way.
From Ulleri the climb is gentle, yet more stone stairs which some trekkers find monotonous and tiring . After walking about one hour you will reach another small settlement ,Banthanti from where damp and very dense rhododendron forest starts.It makes you feel the gradual increase in altitude and decrease in temperature for the first time during trekking. Small natural waterfalls and streams are seen around as your trekking continues uphill. It will take around 5 to 6 hr to reach Ghorepani(2850m) from Ulleri which is the settlement of ethnic group Gurung.
Today you will climb to Poonhill(3210m) early in the morning to see magnificent sunrise which is about 1 and half hour uphill walk. The earliest sun ray that strikes the mountain and peaks makes them to appear cluster of orange gemstones; Mount Dhaulagiri ,Mount Annapurna, Fishtail and other snow capped peaks looks really glamorous .After spending your moment in Poonhill you will descend down to Ghorepani. After your breakfast in Ghorepani, the trail is fairly easy and gentle. The dry and narrow trekking trail starts to appear damp and slippery as you trek down to Banthanti, a small habitat in the middle of forest by the side of small stream. The trek continues by the bank of same stream; climb up about an hour crossing small bridge into dense upper temperate forest of oak, and rhododendron broken by lower alpine trees to reach Tadapani.
The trekking trail is downhill in between lush green forest of rhododendron, oak and pine. Downhill 45 mins you reach Chuile .You trek downhill to reach Gurjung crossing a suspension bridge and terraced crop fields. The path seems to be more or less easy and fair with small ups and downs till you reach Chhomrong from Gurjung which is about approximately 2 hr trekking. Chhomrong is the only gateway to Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna sanctuary trekking.You can enjoy the beautiful sight of Annapurna South and Himchuli from Chhomrong.
The day is a bit demanding to reach Dovan from Chhomrong. The trail is steep down for an hour to reach till Modi Khola bridge. The trail is again uphill 2 hour trek to reach Sinwa. From Sinwa Danda the trail is mostly upper temperate climatic zone with beautiful forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest till we reach Bamboo. An hour easy uphill trek from Bamboo then we are in Dovan.
The gradual up through narrow Modi Khola valley to MBC is pushing you in alpine region. The path is uphill in between forest where the vegetation and landscape seems changing as you trek continues northward. Passing Hinku cave that lies on the foot of Himchuli peak and gentle climb for 2 hours and you are at Deurali (3235m).The valley widen up with alpine flora and faunas .The temperature gradually drops as you trek up and unstable cloud seems to be cheating your view of Fishtail and Himchuli .The peaks you saw in past few days appears much more beautiful close and majestic. An hour trek from Deurali to reach Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC).
Finally the awaited moment has come true for all the trekkers, congratulation for your successful trekking in one of the remote and isolated place in Annapurna trekking region of Nepal .You are at the deep heart of Annapurna sanctuary trekking popular with name ABC among the trekkers. The temperature is freezing at the altitude 4130m but the excitement of seeing all the major peaks all around you is rewarding. Annapurna I (8091) m, the tallest one, small portion of Himchuli, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Gangapurna peak and other named un-named peaks and mountains all around you is simply impossible to explain with words.
After capturing all those beautiful landscapes in your camera and viewing the magnificent sunrise we are heading back to Bamboo the same path we took earlier. The trail is downward again towards the lush green lively vegetation leaving back icy rocky and isolated landscapes.
The trail is again uphill and downhill accompanied with all those stone stair and rocky path. Trek down to Modi Khola cross a suspension bridge and walk all those staircases to reach Chhomrong. From Chhomrong it is all downhill towards the Jhinu Danda. Straight from upper temperate climatic zone you are in sub tropical climatic zone. Mostly terraced farming lands with forest. Jhinu is famous for its natural hot spring. Grab your things and head to the hot spring to soothe your tired body.You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.
Today is the last day of trekking. You will walk around 5 hour to reach Nayapul along the side of Modi Khola from Jhinu Danda .You will drive to Pokhara in private vehicle from Nayapul, which is about 1 and half hour drive.Upon arrival in Pokhara you can enjoy around the lake-side and dine on fine restaurants which is always happening place for tourists.
From Pokhara either you can take a short flight or take a private transportation to Kathmandu in acoordance to the agreement we made before the start of trek.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you in Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
- 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to trekking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Classic Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
1. What is Classic Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Annapurna base camp trekking receives name after the Annapurna mountain range that lies on north-west of Nepal. Annapurna 8091 m is the tenth highest peak of the world. Generally, base camp is the place from where mountaineering expedition is carried out for Mount Annapurna.Furthermore, Classic is significant word for traditional and old trekking route.
2. How can I go to Annapurna Base Camp?
You can drive or take short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara .Next day drive to Birethanti from Pokhara and start trekking.
3. What is the landscape features Annapurna Base Camp trekking in general?
The trekking that starts from tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields.Gradually, end on one of the hostile, unfavorable yet beautiful landscape on Base Camp of Annapurna.
4. Why Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is so popular?
The easy and short access to base camp of Annapurna mountain (8091m) is the main reason. Furthermore, beautiful landscape, forest, terraced farm,mixed Nepali culture and tradition makes this trekking extremely busy.
5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain but generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region has tolerable cold.
6. What equipments do I need to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending number of days .
7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
Yes,amateur trekker can trek to Annapurna Base Camp under our guidelines without any difficulties.
8. How flexible is Annapurna Base Camp itinerary?
Amateur trekkers are strictly suggested to follow our trekking itinerary to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whereas experience trekkers can complete this trekking within 10 days of total.
9. What if I finish ABC trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight. But we cannot guarantee in peak season.
10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card is required to trek on this region.
11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during ABC trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking. However, Annapurna Base Camp is extremely busy with countable tea houses. Therefore sometime it is really difficult to find good room and you might need to spend night on dormitory or dining hall.
12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses. In spite of that we highly recommend to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.
13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication. While porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.
14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes,this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.
15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting ABC trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.
16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Certainly ,there is always risk of Acute Mountain Sickness if you choose random trekking itineraries. Furthermore,if you and do not follow the standard itinerary but we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.
17. What am I supposed to do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence, take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals and clinics.
18. What is the price of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. We assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.
You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Classic Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.