Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna trek is one of the most intensely scenic treks in Nepal, taking you to a high plateau surrounded by a ring of immense mountains, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. The area is sacred to local people and, when you are surrounded by these silent, soaring peaks, you will understand why.
If you love trekking, mountains or great scenery, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp has to be on your bucket list.
This 16 day trip includes 10 days trekking and reaches altitudes of over 4,000m. It’s graded as ‘moderate’, making it suitable for reasonably fit walkers.
After your initial two night stay in historic Kathmandu, you’ll be driven to the lakeside town of Pokhara for the night and then to Pedhi for the start of your trek. You will make the gradual ascent to Machupare Base Camp, then to Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll have a full day to rest and enjoy the calm of the Sanctuary, before descending via Bamboo and Jhinu Danda to the end of your trek. You’ll have the satisfaction of having completed part of the renowned Annapurna Circuit – widely considered to be the best long distance trek in the world.
Check out our full itinerary for a breakdown of the route and more details.
You should do this because you get to see amazing places, meet really nice people and have so much fun!” – Oenone, Annapurna Base Camp trekker
Accommodation and Food
We select comfortable yet simple hotels for you to stay in whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara. This is on a bed and breakfast basis. Whilst trekking, you will stay in the best available lodges each night.
In our experience, trekkers enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose their meals. Therefore, we exclude most meals from the cost of the trek so that you can eat according to your budget and preferred taste. A budget of £13 per day should be ample.
- Explore the bustling streets and beautiful monuments of the historic city of Kathmandu.
- Watching the landscape change dramatically as you trek up to Base Camp.
- Feel on top of the world as you relax at Annapurna Base Camp, 4130m above sea level, and discover what makes this special place sacred to local people.
- Complete part of one of the best long-distance treks in the world – the Annapurna Circuit.
Whyshould I do this?
As with all of Oyster’s trips, you can be confident of safe, well-organised travel and a great personal service from Jon, the Destination Manager for Nepal. He will be happy to chat through your needs and find the right Nepal trek for you. Our prices are extremely competitive, due to the fact that we have direct and longstanding links with our trekking partners and are able to keep prices down without compromising on quality.
We can arrange flights for you to Kathmandu. We are an ATOL bonded company so you will get the highest level of financial protection available if we book your flights.
Our tours generally begin on the first Friday of each trekking month so you will need to arrive in Kathmandu on that day. You will be met at Kathmandu airport by our representative, Basant, and transferred to the hotel where you will spend your first couple of nights.
We are completely flexible with dates so, if the first Friday of the month doesn’t work for you, no problem! Just contact Jon – [email protected] to discuss an itinerary that works for you.
Basant has been our representative since 2001 and has over a decade of experience in dealing with our trekkers. He is based in Kathmandu and runs all of the orientation sessions before handing you over to one of the experienced guides who will be leading your trek.
What is provided
- First class support throughout the preparation for your trip and whilst you are away
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking.
- Airport transfers and all necessary transport during your trip
- Hotel stays in Kathmandu (4 nights) & Pokhara (2 nights) on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
- Accommodation in good quality lodges en-route during trek
- 1 half-day guided sightseeing of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including transport and entrance fees
- Trek with well-respected trekking organisation with experienced guides and full insurance
- Porters during the trek (weight max. 15 kg per client)
- National park fees
- Oyster Trekking kit bag for each group member
- Financial protection through IPP (or ATOL if we book your flights)
What do I need
- Flights to/from Kathmandu
- All home country travel costs
- Travel insurance (this must be appropriate for a trekking holiday)
- All meals during trek (budget approx. £13 per day); Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal expenses (laundry, bar bills etc)
- Nepal Visa fee (approx US$40 for up to 30 days)
- Gratuities for staff