Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 4416m
Highlights
  • Explore serene Pokhara city surrounded by a magnificent mountain panorama
  • Enjoy spectacular walk via lush rhododendron
  • Capture awe-inspiring landscapes and natural waterfalls
  • Meet and interact with friendly local people
  • Enjoy local food items and accommodation
  • Experience diverse species of wildlife and birds in Annapurna Protected Area
  • Witness majestic mountain summits include Machhapuchhre, Annapurna massif, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu.

Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek takes us to Annapurna Base Camp, one of the most visited tourist destinations in Nepal, and offers incredible mountain panorama include giant Annapurna and alluring Machhapuchhre( Fishtail). The trip, further encompasses beautiful Pokhara city, Ghandruk village, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Hot Spring at Jhino, and Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest protected in the world. These varieties of attractions make Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek distinctive from other trekking trails in Nepal.

Pass through lush rhododendron and traditional ethnic settlements, enjoy picturesque landscapes and terraced fields, celebrate melodious natural waterfalls and winding rivers, meet friendly local people and enjoy local foods, experience complete freedom in the wilderness and capture stupendous mountain panorama in this Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek.

Begin your Annapurna Base Camp Budget trek from serene city Pokhara. Take a short drive from Pokhara to the place called Nayapool from where we begin formal hiking. The trail, now, takes us to the largest Gurung people village, Ghandruk. Ghandruk is popular for Gurung museum, picturesque traditional Gurung settlements, their unique culture, Annapurna Conservation Project office, and German Bakery. Leaving Ghandruk, the trail ascends via awe-inspiring landscapes for Chhomrong. Passing Himalaya and Deurali, we arrive at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and our further attempt takes us, finally, to Annapurna Base Camp. We are marvel at witnessing giant Annapurna just in front of our eyes.

For Backtracking, we use the same trail all the way down to Nayapool and drive back to Pokhara to end Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek is a moderate trek in the Annapurna region therefore trekkers do not require having the highest level of stamina and prior skills of hiking and trekking like for other adventure trekking in Nepal. However, previous hiking and trekking skills will be an asset for it. The people with a high level of stamina and basic skills of hiking and trekking will be sufficient for it.

The best time of the year for Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek is Autumn ( Sep-Nov). Optionally, you can do this trek during Spring ( Mar-May). Both seasons are equally magnificent to celebrate incredible landscapes and mountain panorama. Magic Expedition and Tours offers a technically designed Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek Itinerary to suit the stamina and budget of the trekkers.

 

Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu, Check in to Hotel (1400m)

This is the very first day you step in Nepal for the trip. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be received by our representative at the airport. Our representative will be waiting at the arrival holding placard with your and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, our team will help you  to  transfer the hotel. You drive around 30 mins  from the airport to the hotel. In case you get in heavy traffic, it may take a bit longer time to get the hotel. You may get airport hassles sometimes, please try to avoid it. 

After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed. After that, we will sit together and settle rest of affairs regarding your trip. You will be oriented briefly about the trip your are undertaking from next day.   Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

After your breakfast, the guide will come to receive you at the hotel where you stay and take you to the bus station. Optionally, if you are flying, take you to the airport to catch the flight to Pokhara. The drive takes you Pokhara from Kathmandu. The bus station is around 15 mins walk or you may get a taxi too, from Thamel, or from the hotel.  For Pokhara, the tourist buses leave at 7 am. You will have a fully air-conditioned bus on the way.  This drives passes through Malekhu, Mugling and Damauli before arriving Pokhara.  Arrive in Pokhara and check in the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel in Pokhara. 

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 884m

It is 3-4 hours driving in the country road. The road is half, concretized, and rest of the part, graveled but rough. Some of the travelers go by private van or jeep and the majority of them go by local bus. The local bus takes longer hours than private jeep. First, we drive to Nayapool, then Birethanti and finally, Ghandruk. Gurung museum and German Bakery are important things to experience here. However, the drive is the beautiful witnessing river, falls, terraced fields and indigenous people. Ghandruk is a beautiful village in the lap of the mountain and also a vantage point to witness mountain views, especially, Fishtail, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna. Overnight at guesthouse in Ghandruk.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghandruk
  • 2012m

Today, it is a 5 - 6 hours hiking in total. Initially, we ascend for around an hour up to Kimrungdanda. In transit, we can capture extraordinary views of  Hiunchuli, Annapurna south,  Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna.  Now, we have a steep descent which takes us to the Kimrong Khola.  We are going to encounter with  another steep climb from KimrongKhola in order to get ChereDanda, we slide for some time and after that, it's a delicate stroll to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful town situated on the lap of the Annapurna massif. Overnight at local teahouse in Chomrong.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chomrong
  • 2170m

Initially, from Chhomrong, we walk down via around 2500 stone steps which is sometimes tiring.   We cross the bridge above ChhomrongKhola. From here, it is an ascent till we get to Sinuwa. Further, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Again, we  enjoy the walk via bamboo woods and get to another settlement. This section of trail is damp and cold.  Now it is Himalaya. Overnight at a local tea house in Himalaya.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Himalaya
  • 2900m

It is a lofty ascent through a significantly drier woods previously achieving Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop nearer to the waterway before climbing again to Deurali, the grandest extent of the day. The vegetation is sparser, permitting magnificent views of the valley, the stream beneath, and the sheer shake confronts bluffs above with groups of incredible waterfalls.

Climb tenderly through a stream bed then we will encounter a steep trail over to the mountainside. The climb from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is, to some degree, challenging. From Machhapuchhre base camp, we get marvelous views of the grand Machhapuchhre inclduing Annapurna South, Mt. Himchuli, Annapurna III, Annapurna-I , Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The more we climb, the more the vegetation begin to disappear.  From here, we get superb views of the close vertical south face of Annapurna transcending above us. The haven gloats of a dynamic view without anything hindering the 360-degree scene. From Annapurna Base Camp, we again get an opportunity to celebrate extraordinary views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and different snow-fed summits. Finally, you will hike down from ABC to Deurali along the same trail. Overnight at a local teahouse in Deurali.

  • BF /Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Annapurna Base Camp
  • 4130m

You are descending down along the same trail but you still will witness some excellent mountain views on the way to Chomrong. Beating trail hard, hiking up and down will be the astonishing experience. Chhomrong is a beautiful town situated on the lap of the Annapurna massif

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chomrong
  • 2170m

Today, you will again celebrate astonishing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. These views impress you magnificently while hiking down from Chomrong to Ghandruk. Ghandruk, finally, will delight you with some more lively cultural highlights and some more incredible mountain views. Overnight at Local teahouse at Ghandruk.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghandruk
  • 2012m

First, you will hike down from Ghandruk to Nayapul along Modi Khola. It is easier to hike all the way down to Nayapul. The river, ModiKhola flows towards the same direction till you get Nayapul. Before you get Nayapul, you get Birethanti which does the entry of your exit. Simply put, it is absolutely pleasant hiking with the melody of Modi Khola. After you get Nayapul, you will drive back to Pokhara. It is around 1.30 hrs drive. Then finally, you will get a beautiful tourist destination Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 884m

The tourist bus station is around 15-20 mins.walk from Lakeside, Pokhara or optionally, you can take the taxi. The leader will help to get the bus station. The tourist bus leaves at 7.30 for Kathmandu every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get Kathmandu from Pokhara. We meet  in the evening, have dinner together and review the trip you undertook and exchange the experiences . Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

According to your international flight schedule or the schedule for the next trip, you will be dropped to the airport for the onward flight towards your country or next destination. Optionally, if you want, you will be dropped to the bus station too.

  • BF
  • Non
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

What to Expect

  • Airport transfers, pick up and drop
  • Well-come dinner on arrival day.
  • Entry permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS permits
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • During Trek Accommodation with Full Board Meal ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation according to the above plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Standard hotel.
  • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with a private vehicle.
  • Farewell dinner before your departure from Nepal.
  • International airfare
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, etc...
  • Tips for guides and porters (It is Expected)

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

GateWay For Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

If you are planning to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is an 8hrs drive from Kathmandu. In option, you can have domestic flights also. From Pokhara Drive To Nayapul and again drive from Nayapul to Ghandruk. Start your trek directly from the Ghandruk to Sinuwa. This way you can able to complete Annapurna Base camp trek within 10 Days.

Type of Accommodation During Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

To go to trekking means you are visiting the remote area so please do not expect every trekking route you will get luxurious room same as in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During trekking, you will sleep at the Tea House. The Tea house means normal Local Lodges. where you will get a normal Bed, Blanket, and Common Bathroom. Even for a hot shower also need to pay extra.

Food And Drinks:

During Trekking in Nepal. Most of the places you will get Local Foods like Nepali Thali ( Dal Bhat), MoMo, Chowmin, Thukpa, Fried Rice etc and some international food Like Spaghetti, Macaroni, Pizza, Pan Cake, Fried Eggs, etc you will get according to the menu. In drinks you can get Local Tea, Coffee, and also even if you request the water to drinks need to pay extra.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 4416m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up. However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation. If you are ill in the base camp then, You will first be treated at the base camp, then you will be taken to the lower altitude and seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

 

The importance of insurance in Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing to Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of the travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m but Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 4000m. We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 6000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning for trekking in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopter and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

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