Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
15 Day Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary
Machhapuchare and Annapurna Basecamp on an unforgettable Himalayan trek
For prices and more details about this trip please visit the Annapurna Base Camp page
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Kathmandu is a mesmerising kaleidoscope of colour, sights and smells – an enchanting mix that will entice you to discover its vibrant markets, ancient temples, bustling streets and welcoming, friendly locals. You’ll easily see why the entire Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a city and experience you’ll never forget!
You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the capital. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.
We explore three culturally diverse and visually stunning temples within the city. High on a hilltop above Kathmandu is the magnificent Swayambutinath (“Monkey Temple”), used by both Hindus and Buddhists, and known for its many holy monkeys! Along the banks of the Bagmati River lies Pashupatinath, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the most important Hindu site in Nepal and pilgrims from all over the world come to show their faith.
Away from the city centre is the peaceful and impressive Bodhnath Stupa. Every day thousands of people descend daily to show their devotion and respect.
Day 3 – Drive to Pokhara
Today we’ll leave the bustle of the capital behind us, and venture towards the foothills of the Himalaya. The drive takes us west as the road follows the mighty Trisuli river, reaching the pleasant lakeside town of Pokhara. Here you’ll see your first glimpse of the iconic mountains that await you on your trek to the Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary.
Arriving in the afternoon you will have time to explore Pokhara. An afternoon boat trip and swim in Phewa Tal is highly recommended.
We set out in the morning, taking a short drive to Nayapul before beginning our trek. The trail at first descends sharply to a bridge crossing the Burundi Khola. After crossing the river we will begin to ascend through bamboo forests to Tirkhadunga.
Day 5 – Trek from Tirkhadunga to Ghorepani (2,810m)
We will ascend towards the village of Ulleri, where you will be able to see the effect of man’s hand on the landscape as you look down to the terraced rice fields. You will later see Nepal’s iconic national flower in the forests; the beautifully coloured rhododendron.
A true highlight of the whole trek, we’ve got a pre-dawn start to ascend Poon Hill (3,210m) for a glorious sunrise view. A 360-degree panoramic masterpiece awaits us as the early rays kiss the peaks of the Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri range.
From Poon Hill the trail continues past an array of bamboo, pine and oak forest along an undulating trail, which weaves its way through meandering streams. The sounds of wildlife and rush of water accompanies us as we ascend to the village of Tadopani for the night.
Day 7 – Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,020m)
The trail continues through lush terrain with a seemingly endless forest of rhododendron, coupled with steep, dramatic terraced fields growing a variety of fresh produce, including; rice, maize, potatoes and buckwheat. The trek leads us mostly downhill, past fertile valleys, waterfalls and across suspension bridges to Chhomrong, where we’ll spend the night. Stunning views of Annapurna South and the unclimbed holy peak, Machhapuchare are visible throughout the day.
Day 8 – Chomrong to Doban (2,505m)
Our journey will take us up towards the village of Doban. We’ll trek through forests, where we’ll hopefully catch a glimpse of the adorable little pika or a cheeky langur monkey. Keep your camera at the ready!
Waking up to see sun rays glinting off the magnificent of Machapuchare, we’ll have a relaxed start today. We will ascend slowly to Deurali, allowing us to soak in every detail of the spectacular snow-capped giants we are walking among. Spend the evening enjoying the quiet mountain atmosphere, or trying to capture that perfect sunset shot.
Ascending the rugged trail, we pass through the majestic gates formed by the fantastic mountains of Machapuchare and Hiunchuli. Ahead of us, the wide valley floor is encapsulated by a circle of almighty snow-capped peaks. Watch the glorious orange hues of sunset light up the tips of the Annapurna Wall high above you.
An early start will be more than rewarded as we reach the wondrous grounds of Annapurna Basecamp for sunrise. As the blanket of night is drawn back, a breath-taking 360-degree panorama will be revealed in golden hues. The Himalayan giants visible from here include Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Machupuchare, Annapurna South, and the Tare Kang Glacier Dome.
Looking carefully, you’ll also be able to see the very bold route up the Annapurna south face completed solo by talented speed alpinist Ueli Steck in an almost unbelievable 28 hour push. In comparison, the first acensionists on the south face, led by British mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonnington, took weeks to reach the summit.
After the ascent of the previous days, it will be a relief to spend the rest of today mainly descending. The first couple of hours will take us down in the shadow of the sacred Machapuchare; its north face towering 3km above us. Knowing that it’s the last day up in the high Himalaya will make you really appreciate the majesty of Huinchuli, Annapurna I and Annapurna South, also in clear view today. We’ll trek through a high alpine meadow, following an expansive glacier into a huge basin. From here, further descent will take us into another beautiful alpine meadow, where we’ll walk alongside a glacier fed stream. Leaving the alpine behind us and entering into the bamboo forest, the greenery of the vegetation and the vivid rhododendron will be a refreshing change.
We’ll continue to make our way down through bamboo forest and down the steep stone staircase into Jhinu Dhanda. In Jhinu Dhanda, we’ll test out the endless supply of hot water in the natural springs; especially welcoming after 12 days of trekking in the high Himalaya. The perfect place to relax and soak in the atmosphere!
We’ll really get the sense of leaving the high Himalaya behind us as we trek through landscaped terraces, surrounded by lush, green vegetation. From Nayapul we drive back to Pokhara. For the rest of the day, you will have the opportunity to explore your surroundings, purchase souvenirs or simply relax with a beer. Pokhara is a fantastic place to unwind after your trek!
Day 14 – Jeep drive to Kathmandu
We return to Kathmandu following the gorge of the Trisuli River, arriving in Kathamandu in the afternoon. Wander around the medieval Durbar Square in the heart of the city, sample some Newari cuisine, or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. We will have a group farewell dinner in the evening at a local restaurant.
Day 15 – Depart for home
Unfortunately it’s the end of this adventure. Lost Earth Adventures group services end after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!
It is possible to extend or shorten this trip, just contact us to let us know what you require and we will arrange everything for you.
As the clouds part and the sun breaks through the early morning sky, ascend towards the Himalaya in an exhilarating mountain flight. Fly east towards the highest mountain in the world – iconic Mount Everest (8,848m) and on the way take in breathtaking views of the Himalaya including Kangchengjunga (8,586m), Shisha Pangma (8,013m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Nuptse (7,864m) and Lhotse (8,516m). Quite simply – spectacular!
Or Explore Patan – The City of Beauty Patan is a city standing still in time, immersed in rich cultural history, bustling with the energy of today. A place best explored by foot, we’ll walk the cobbled streets with over 600 stupas whilst discovering ancient pagoda temples. See why local people still call it by its original name, Lalitpur – the City of Beauty.
*Scenic Mt. Everest mountain flight is not included in tour price and must be paid for on location.
Trekking Times and Altitudes
These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time.
|Annapurna Base Camp|
Nayapul (1,011m) to Tirkhedunga (1,540m)
|Tirkhedunga to Ghorepani (2,856m)||6-7 hours|
|Ghorepani (2,856m) to Tadapani (2,625m) via Poon Hill (3,210m)||7-9 Hours|
|Tadapani (2,625m) to Chhomrong (2,020m)||6-7 hours|
|Chomrong to Doban (2,505m)||6 hours|
|Doban (2,580m) to Deurali (3,100m)||4-5 hours|
|Deurali to Machapuchare Base Camp (3,700m)||4-5 hours|
|Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Basecamp (for sunrise) to Himalaya (2,800m)||8 hours|
|Himalaya to Jhinu Dhanda (2,170m)||8 hours|
|Jhinu Danda to Nyapul (1,070m); drive to Pokhara (1,070m)||4 hours|
For prices and more details about this trip please visit the Annapurna Base Camp page