12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
The number of days required for 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be dispersed as:
• Trekking Days: 07 Days.
• Kathmandu Stay: 03 Days.
• Pokhara stay: 02 Days.
• Departure Day: 01 Day.
This phenomenal 12 days Annapurna base camp trek takes you to the legendary trail set by the French climber Maurice Herzog in 1950. Maurice Herzog scaled Annapurna I, the first ever victorious human ascent of 8,000 m peak in the history of mountaineering. Trekking to the base of Annapurna I (8091 m), the 10th highest mountain in the world is indeed a pleasing experience. This 12 days Annapurna base camp trek is yet another delightful trek that delivers great trekking experience. It offers you with scenic snow-clad mountain views, natural trekking trail and interaction with the locals popularly known as “Gurung”.
Annapurna base camp is by far the most sanctified place and it bears various beliefs, myths and mysteries which still survive in the midst of all modernization.
We drive to the most enchanting Lake city of Pokhara with a grandiose view of Annapurna range and the famous Phewa Lake. Fishtail or Machchapuchare – The Holy Mountain, dominates this beautiful city. Next day we drive to the village of Siwai, our starting point and soon head towards the settlement of Jhinu with the ‘natural hot spring’. Small hike to the hot spring and a soothing hot bath is worth it. Next morning we hike up to the beautiful village of Chhomrong that offers the most gorgeous view of the holy mountain Fishtail.
From Chhomrong we get deep into the silent and mysterious valley of Annapurna that presents lofty hills and series of waterfalls. Further, we start heading towards Bamboo through the most fascinating trail with dramatic forest setting which is simply sensational. The name itself symbolizes that this small village is precisely inside the forest of bamboo, maple, rhododendron and oak. Bamboo doesn’t offer much view but it’s worth it to stay overnight. However, the tranquil atmosphere at Bamboo with just the sound of nature around is mesmerizing.
Soon, we walk the sanctified woodland trail towards the village of Deurali. This trail is appears very mystifying that holds lots of myths and mystery. To many, this dark forested trail gives an uncanny feeling but it’s exciting as you pass through. Soon we get to most awaited destination, Annapurna base camp which is very well fenced by sky rocketing snow peaks. It’s indeed very spiritual and magical to be at ABC with a magnificent view. Furthermore, anyone would be so overwhelmed when they find themselves into a place entirely surrounded by majestic snow peaks. It is simply magical. After that saying goodbye to the magnanimous mountain we retrace our trail back to Siwai.
- DAY 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft)
- DAY 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
- DAY 03:Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 ft) 3 - 4 hours
- DAY 04:Trek to Namche (3,450 m/11,318 ft) 6 - 7 hours
- DAY 05:Acclimatization day at Namche /morning excursion.
- DAY 06:Trek to Khumjung (3,780 m/12,401 ft) 2 - 3 hours
- DAY 07:Trek to Phortse (3,810 m/12,500 ft) 5 - 6 hours
- DAY 08:Trek to Pangbuche (3,930 m/12,893 ft) 4 hours
- DAY 09:Trek to Amadablam Base Camp (4,576 m/15043 ft) and back to Pangbuche
- DAY 10:Trek to Dingbuche (4,350 m/14271 ft) 4 hours
- DAY 11:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,108 ft) 4 - 5 hours
- DAY 12:Trek to Gorakshep (5,189 m/17,024 ft) trek to Everest base camp 3 hours
- DAY 13:Morning excursion to Kalapathar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) and trek to Pheriche (4,240 m/13,910 ft) or Pangbuche (3,930 m/12,893 ft)
- DAY 14:Trek to Namche
- DAY 15:Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 ft)
- DAY 16:Trek to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 ft)
- DAY 17:Fly back to Kathmandu
- DAY 18:Contingency day in Kathmandu in case of flight cancellation.
- DAY 19:Departure day
The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.
Flight Delay/Cancellation in Kathmandu and Lukla:
The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla airport, the gateway to Mount Everest and the world’s most electrifying airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellation. Diverse factors leads to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances the possibility of flying helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.
Travelers are to pay the cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, traveler’s checks, or credit cards (Visa and Master Cards only). Travelers will be provided with receipt upon payment so that they may claim the amount from their travel insurance. The cost per person is governed by the number of people taking this facility.
Why extra night in Kathmandu???
After the trip, traveler have one additional leisure day in Kathmandu, the living heritage city, which in reality is a contingency day in case of Lukla – Kathmandu flight cancellation under certain circumstances. This certainly gives anyone more of a chance to explore Kathmandu, the capital, ‘The Shining Pearl of Asia’ with its beautiful temples, monuments and time honored legends and history. The city undeniably has so much to offer anyone with thrilling tour experience. Nepal Pyramids will always be there to assist you with your city exploration.
⭐ Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at the elevation of 2840m gives anyone ample opportunity to view the panoramic mountain vista is startling.
⭐ Walking on the legendary trekking trail through the Sherpa village with its exceptional culture is way stunning than anything.
⭐ Visit to the Khmujung Monastery and witnessing the Scalp of mythical creature [Yeti] will surely add up to your legendary quest.
⭐ The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan-Buddhist culture and to witness the territory of the yaks from the very first day is charismatic.
⭐ Walking uphill to the Amadablam Base camp which is very untouched by the travelers is thrilling and to witness the Matterhorn of Nepal with its enormous physique standing right up to the sky is awe-inspiring.
⭐ While from Amadablam Base Camp you will be literally overlooking the complete enchanting valley below you which is touching.
⭐ Eventually getting to Everest base camp, ascending Kalapathar for the sunrise and descending thousand meters down to Pheriche/Pangbuche is worthwhile.
⭐ View of world’s highest peak and its neighboring mountains and spectacular landscapes that get closer everyday eventually makes you appreciate about trekking being an ultimate holiday.
⭐ Finally celebrating your last night in Lukla and flying in a small twin-otter plane back to Kathmandu is breathtaking leaving you with so much contentment and appreciation.
“THE MATTERHORN OF NEPAL”
DAY 1: KATHMANDU, THE CAPITAL CITY (1,400 m/4,593 ft)
Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there with Nepal Pyramids board to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.
• Pick up from the international airport.
• Transfer to hotel by your Group Leader.
• Short preliminary briefing.
• Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.
DAY 2: IN KATHMANDU
Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence.
• Breakfast depending on your choice and preference.
• Meet-up at 9 am for the tour.
• Visit to Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
• Lunch on your preference.
• Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
• Distribution of company’s trek equipment’s.
DAY 03: FLIGHT TO LUKLA (2,800 m / 9,186 ft) TREK TO PHAKDING (2,600 m/8,530 ft) 3/4 hrs
This 3/4 hours easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley and Dudh Koshi gorge is unique.
• Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at the elevation of 2840m
• Beautiful walk through the series of stunning native settlement
• Phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day.
• Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with number of fascinating stories.
DAY 04 - 05: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,450 m / 11,318 ft) 7 hrs. ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Today we will start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Center of the Khumbu district. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours walk it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body with thin air. It’s not a matter about proving your physical strength, its more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.
• Wake up call as set by your leader
• 3 hours gentle walk through series of pleasant villages to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch
• Crossing of 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
• The scenic beauty, deep gorges of soaring cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.
• Being at Namche, the dream land is remarkable which is worth an effort.
• 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization.
• Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting place in the region with the world’s highest airstrip.
• The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan Buddhist culture and to witness the territory of the yaks is charismatic
• The first view of the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest)
DAY 06: TREK TO KHUMJUNG (3,780 m / 12,401ft) 3 hrs.
Short and relaxing walk to the “Valley inside the Clouds”, Khumjung, situated at the base of the holy mountain, Khumbiyela is exceptionally sensational. Khumjung, the green hidden valley is indeed very enchanting with its extent making it one of the largest settlement in the region and with all the green painted roofs giving it more of a peaceful appearance.
• 2 and ½ hours easy walk
• Visit to yak farm, school built by Edmund Hillary and the Khumjung monastery to witness the scalp of the yeti is another legendary quest.
• Free afternoon for self-exploration around the village of Khumjung.
DAY 07: TREK TO PHORTSE (3,810 m / 12,500 ft) 6 hrs.
We skip the overcrowded traditional trial and explore the lower section of Gokyo valley with the most amazing setting.
• Fabulous walk to the ridge of Mong-La with stunning mountain views.
• Deep drop to the Gokyo gorge for lunch with chances to see musk deer
• Unlike many other settlement the terraced village of Phortse is special of its kind
DAY 08: TREK TO PANGBUCHE (3,930 m/12,893 ft) 4 hours
Leaving Phortse we take the high trail, considered to be one of the most beautiful trails with outstanding view of enormous mountain and deep valley. Pangbuche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain is another attraction.
• Beautiful walk through high elevation trail with the most beautiful view.
• Chances to witness the musk deer, mountain goat and different birds
• Effortless walk to Pangbuche and fabulous lunch.
• Getting closer to mount Amadablam is appealing.
• Free afternoon for self-exploration and ease.
DAY 09: TREK TO AMADABLAM BASE CAMP (4,576 m/15,043 ft)
Today we ascend over 500 m to get the stunning Amadablam Base camp. Despite the 3 hour climb it’s worth an effort to be at the base of one of the most beautiful mountain in the world. The breathtaking view is simply unbelievable. We stay overnight at Pangbuche.
• Delightful walk to the base of the world’s most beautiful mountain.
• Witness the most enchanting moment of your life.
• Get back to Pangbuche and give yourself a break with hot tea.
• Free afternoon for self-exploration.
DAY 10: TREK TO DINGBUCHE (4,360 m / 14,304 ft) 3 - 4 hrs
Leaving Pangbuche we walk and effortless trail to the village of Somare. Now the valley opens giving you an extraordinary view of beautiful landscape and the alpine settlements. Dingbuche, another big high altitude Sherpa town situated in a unique land setting is another fascination.
• Stress-free walk to Dingbuche where the valley opens wide with its magnificence.
• View of countless other neighboring mountains that now opens clear.
• 360 degree mountain view including Island Peak and Makalu ( world’s 5th highest mountain)
• Free afternoon for self-exploration.
DAY 11: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,910 m / 16,108 ft) 5 - 6 hrs.
Away from the tree line area, gradual ascent is recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari unfolds before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape
• Gradual up walk in the wide Himalayan meadow is peaceful
• Walking up to the memorial plateau with hundreds of memorial built after the memory of people who met with tragedy in different mountains of Everest is remarkable.
• Getting to Lobuche a small settlement at the foot of Lobuche peak is significant.
Day 12: TREK TO GORAK SHEP (5,288 m /17,349 ft) 3 hrs / TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,360 m/17,585 ft) 5 hrs
Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surround by Pumari (7,145 m), Lingtren (6,697 m), Nuptse (7,745 m) and of course Everest (8,848 m).
• Spectacular view of the khumbu ice fall with soaring mountain
• Trek to fascinating Everest base camp after lunch
• View of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the icefall is astonishing
• Challenging but very rewarding walk to the fro from the base camp
DAY 13: MORNING WALK TO KALAPATTHAR (5,545 m /18,192 ft) 4 hrs AND TREK TO PHERICHE (4,240 m/13,901 ft), 4 - 5 hrs
Now is the time for epic climb to Kalapathar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar, we will descend down to the settlement of Pheriche descending at least a 1000 m below.
• Phenomenal sunrise view
• A very rewarding moment being at 5545 m with exceptional panoramic mountain view.
• Overnight at Pheriche, which is way tranquil being away from all the hardship and the thin air.
DAY 14: TREK TO NAMCHE 7 – 8 hrs. DIFFERENT ROUTE
We retrace our steps back to Pangbuche getting ourselves back to the tree line area where you would realize your breathing getting back to normal. It’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort to Everest base camp from the Tyengbuche ridge. Walk to Namche on a fresh route makes anyone cheerful of their accomplishment.
• Effortless walk to Tyengbuche monastery, the most active monastery in the Everest region.
• Visit to the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
• Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche
• Give yourself a break at Namche either with drinks or buying souvenirs.
DAY 15: TREK TO PHAKDING (2600 m)
We retrace down the way through steep descent and the suspension bridges once again to Phakding.
DAY 16: TREK TO LUKLA
Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping.
Day 17 - 18: FLY TO KATHMANDU AND CONTINGENCY DAY
Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu. You have a contingency day in Kathmandu in case of Lukla-Kathmandu flight cancellation which can be appropriately exploited exploring around the city that has so much to offer.
• Morning flight to Kathmandu
• Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
DAY 19: DEPARTURE DAY
Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided.
Dates & Cost
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✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM KATHMANDU / LUKLA AND LUKLA / KATHMANDU.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi functional head-wear) and trekking Map.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.
❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.