14D13N Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC for short) trek begins in the lovely town of Pokhara through the foothills of Annapurna South and finally to Annapurna Base Camp. Taking you through traditional Nepalese villages and snow-capped mountain landscape, the beautiful trek with its moderate altitude is suitable for all experienced and beginner trekkers alike.

ABC

ITINERARY

Day 01                       

SINGAPORE – KATHMANDU (D)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly local representative who will send you to your hotel in Thamel followed by a welcome dinner. (Approx. 1 hr)

Overnight: Hotel

Day 02                       

KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING (B)

After enjoying your breakfast in the hotel, you will start off your day with a visit to Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a pagoda- style temple situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, and is one of the holiest temples in the entire Hindu world. There, you will have an opportunity to observe the cremation rituals held by the river as well as to spot the scores of barely- clad marijuana smoking holy men or Sadhus who live in the premises. Visit Patan (aka Lalitpur) – The City of Fine Arts – located just across the Bagmatic River from Kathmandu. The Patan Durbar Square consists of a dense network of Newari style palace, courtyards and temples. The Royal Palace is flanked by three courtyards, each built at a different time with its own unique characteristic: Sudari Chowk, Mul Chowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk. The earliest of the three, Sundari Chowk is known for its spectacularly carved stone bath and wood ornamentation of animals and deities. There are more than 50 ancient and exquisite temples of Hindu and Buddhist styles within and in the vicinity of the square. Krishna Mandir, a three story Shikhara style temple with 21 golden pinnacles and intricate cravings of Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharat is completely made of stone. There are also many other famous Buddhist temples like Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), Mahaboudha and Uku Bahal.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 03                       

KATHMANDU – POKHARA (823m) (B)

After enjoying your breakfast, our friendly local guide will bring you on a shared tourist bus to ride to Pokhara. (Approx. 6 hrs) The journey transverses through a winding road along the Trishuli River, perfect for you to slowly appreciate the surrounding greenery and scenery. As Pokhara is situated near to 3 of the 10 highest mountains in the world— Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu, there are several opportunities for you to spot these towering mountains as you are nearing Pokhara. Pokhara is also home to three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas, which, together with the snowcapped mountains and fresh air, gives rise to a perfect picture worthy natural backdrop. Upon reaching Pokhara, enjoy the evening chilling out by the Lakeside- a lively area full of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops that stay open till late at night.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 04                       

POKHARA – GHANDURUK (1940m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, Drive to Nayapul by private car (1 and half hour) and trek up to Ghandurk, walking mostly uphill through cultivated fields and local villages. The scenic Gurung Village is inhabited by a mix of Gurung, Brahman and Magar communities and offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Annapurna south and and Machhapuchhare range.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 05                       

GHANDURUK – CHHOMRONG (2170m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, head to Chhomrung through a rice terraces and forest.  The trail continues to Jhinu where you can enjoy a natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda. From there  it is another hour uphill to Chhomrong. Towering Chhomrong is the mighty peak of Annapurna South.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 06                       

CHHOMRONG – BAMBOO (2310m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, start your journey to Bamboo. The trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrung Khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khola on its west banks, the trails continues through forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail you reach at Bambo.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 07                       

BAMBOO – DEURALI (3230m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, start the trek to Deurali. The trail is usually muddy, but it is compensated with nice views of the rushing river and waterfall.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 08                       

DEURALI – ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4130m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to ABC. you will be walking up on the bed of the glacier to reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4237m.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 09                       

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP – BAMBOO (2310m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast you will return same way to Bamboo. The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 10                       

BAMBOO – JHINU DANDA  (B/L/D)

After breakfast, start trek to Jhino Dada where you have a chance to dip into a hot spring again. An evening we will have fire camp, drinking, dancing with porters and guides.

Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 11            

JHINU DANDA – POKHARA (B)

After breakfast, start trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 12           

POKHARA (B)

After enjoying your breakfast in the hotel, for those who prefer an adrenaline rush, you will be transferred to Sarangkok where you can paraglide down to Pokhara’s lake side, enjoying the views while being in the safe hands of your paragliding pilot.

Spend the rest of the day soaking up the beauty of Pokhara. Pokhara is blessed with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop; Machhapuchhre largely dominates its scenery due to its proximity to the valley and can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara. Two other eight-thousand meter tall peaks (Dhaulagiri, Manaslu) can also be seen from the city. You can paddle in Phewa Lake, stroll around at your own pace or simply sit back and enjoy the tranquil environment. Visit the impressive Devi’s fall where the river flows towards the underground after the water falls. There is also an option for you to take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda situated atop a hill where you can enjoy the sunset views.

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 13             

POKHARA – KATHMANDU (B)

After enjoying your breakfast, your local guide will bring you back to Kathmandu city. (Approx. 6 hrs) Enjoy the rest of the evening by exploring the restaurants and shops in the areas around Thamel Street.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 14                        

KATHMANDU – SINGAPORE  (B)                 

Prepare to bid goodbye to the lovely city of Kathmandu as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after breakfast.

Package includes:

  • All land transfers including airport transfers
  • All accommodations in Kathmandu/Pokhara (3 star) and during the trek (guest house)
  • All hotel breakfasts in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • All meals and drinks (boiled water, coffee and tea) during the trek
  • Licensed Nepali sightseeing and trekking guide (English speaking)
  • Personal porter (2 customers to 1 porter ratio, porter can take up to 30kg)
  • Accommodations, meals & insurance for guide and porters
  • Trekking permit
  • All entrance fees to places of interest mentioned

Package excludes:

  • Return international air ticket
  • Travel insurance (details to be submitted to us before trip)
  • Nepal Airport taxes (please check your ticket, it may be already included)
  • Nepal Visa (Single entry cost around USD25 – depend on duration of stay and subjected to change)
  • All meals not indicated
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • All expenses of a personal nature

To Bring:

  • 5 pcs passport size photos for Visa and trekking permit
  • Visa can be applied in your country before arrival or there is also visa on arrival for most nationalities, please check your visa requirements before the trip

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TESTIMONIALS

Thoroughly enjoyed the Poon Hill trek! Beautiful scenery and Puskar was a patient and responsible guide. He made our trip possible and hassle-free. We also found the hotel in Pokhara in an extremely good location with many restaurants in the vicinity.

– Peiying & Photon (Group of 2 on a 12D11N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill trip in Nov 2017)

The whole trip was nicely planned from the start till the end. Our guide Puskar was generally very kind and helpful. The food was relatively good through out as well. Overall, it was a lovely trip. Will definitely come back to do this trek again.

– Mus & Sandija (Group of 2 on a 18D17N Kathmandu & EBC trip in Oct 2017)

The guide, Mr Azhar was very experienced. He was able to pace us accordingly and guide us throughout our entire trek to the peak and the Big Tree. The trek was not easy, considering it started to rain halfway thru the journey, making the route slippery but Mr Azhar was willing to guide us and pace us accordingly throughout so that we wont overexert ourselves.

– Salmiah (Group of 4 on a Mt Lambak day trip in Nov 2018)

Personalised pickup and attention to our well being. Focused to help us to have good experiences. Guide Udin is very professional. Dependable, attention to details, providing good advices. Porters are friendly and helpful. We are very happy with the service level, professionalism of the whole team to bringing good experiences to hikers like us.

– YT (Group of 3 on a 2D1N Mt Merbabu Camping trip in Nov 2018)

Honorable mention to the guide, whom was the driver too. Her energy and dedication throughout the trek makes the trip very worthwhile, even though the view at the summit was spoiled by the poor foggy weather. Our team would gladly scale another mountain in taiwan with her as the guide again, if we had the chance.

– Jonathan (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Yushan trip in Mar 2018)

Thoroughly enjoyed the Poon Hill trek! Beautiful scenery and Puskar was a patient and responsible guide. He made our trip possible and hassle-free. We also found the hotel in Pokhara in an extremely good location with many restaurants in the vicinity.

– Peiying & Photon (Group of 2 on a 12D11N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill trip in Nov 2017)

The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.

– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)

First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂

– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)

We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍

– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)

Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.

– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)

Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.

– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)

Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!

– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)

Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂

– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)

I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.

– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)

I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*

– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)

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