TREKKING

Annapurna
Base Camp

See the world’s most majestic
mountains up close.

Annapurna Base
Camp Trek

The 67km long trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a Himalayan classic. Demanding, but not too demanding, this epic itinerary gives you the chance to walk among some of the world’s most impressive peaks, and come face to face with an 8,000m peak. Along the way, you’ll dive deep in Nepalese culture, discovering a flavour of what makes these mountains so special. As Himalayan specialists, no-one is better placed to guide you on this adventure than Elite Exped. 

Country

Nepal

Duration

11 days

grade

Grade B

Max Altitude

4130 m
13550 ft

Daily activity

Approx
4 - 6 hours

Season

Spring &
Autumn

Dates Available

24 Oct - 08 Nov

Starting from

GBP £1,600

Aimed at individuals with a high level of basic fitness. Prior experience of mountain environments is preferable, but not necessary.

What the Adventure involves

Elite Exped’s experience in the high Himalayas is second to none. Our leader's record-breaking feats on the world’s 8,000m peaks are well documented, but we’re not just adept at handling the world’s most dangerous environments. Our hard-earned experience in the death zone filters down into all our expedition planning and preparation, and we adopt the same meticulous approach to every trip we undertake - including our treks.

The Elite Exped Annapurna Base Camp Trek follows an expedition plan put in place by our leaders and their handpicked guiding team. The 12-day itinerary starts in Kathmandu, where we take in the shrines, temples, and bustling bazaars. From there, we drive to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region, through some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet. We begin our trek in Tikhedunga, passing through Poon Hill, and Duerali before arriving into Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m above sea level, on day 10. Our return follows an onward loop through Jinhu Hot Springs - a must for tired legs.

Along the way, you’ll be treated to incredible views of Annapurna up close, but also to close ups of Machapuchare. Said to be the home of the Hindu God Shiva, it’s one of the highest unclimbed peaks on the planet, as permission to reach the summit has never been granted by the Nepalese government. In 1957, a British Expedition got to within 150m of the top, before turning around to honour a promise they’d made to the then-King of Nepal. It’s never been climbed since.

As an entirely Nepalese operation, Elite Exped is uniquely placed to show you not just the stunning scenery of the Annapurna region, but it’s rich culture too. Most of our handpicked guiding team hail from the Himalayas, meaning we can show you perspectives that other operators may be unaware of.

Our team’s Nepalese heritage doesn’t just enhance your experience, however, it also helps make our treks safer. We know these trails and treks intimately, including all the evacuation routes, should something unexpected happen. We speak the language, allowing us to operate efficiently, without fear of misunderstanding. And our long operational history in this part of the world means we can keep every aspect of our treks in house, never having to rely on third parties who might let us down.

Furthermore, the Elite Exped guiding team aren’t just record-breaking mountaineers, they’ve hugely experienced mountain rescuers, with extensive training in high-altitude recovery techniques. This, combined with our intimate knowledge of the region around Annapurna, means you’ll be in the safest possible hands on this epic adventure. 

From our clients
Francesca Santoni And Angus Gardiner
EBC 2017

This was my first trek and it was just amazing ! They organized it very well, I felt safe and I simply let myself be guided! I recommend them with all my hearth because they made my trek a real pleasure!

Christelle Tachon
Mera 2017

They have the knowledge and the power to keep you safe all the way to the Summit... DARE TO DREAM!!!

Manon Vergé
EBC 2017

They have the knowledge and the power to keep you safe all the way to the Summit... DARE TO DREAM!!!

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu; Transfer to Hotel and trip preparation

  • Day 02

    Fly to Pokhara and drive to Syauli Bazzar and trek to Ghandruk

  • Day 03

    Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong

  • Day 04

    Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan

  • Day 05

    Trek from Dovan to Macchapuchre Base Camp (MBC)

  • Day 06

    Trek from Macchapuchre Base Camp (MBC) to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC); explore Annapurna South Basecamp

  • Day 07

    Early morning sunrise view on Annapurna range and trek back to Bamboo

  • Day 08

    Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda; Visit Jhinu Danda Hot Spring

  • Day 09

    Trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwai and drive back to Pokhara; transfer to Hotel

  • Day 10

    Leisure day in Pokhara; Sightseeing in Pokhara city

  • Day 11

    Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel; free day

  • Day 12

    Final departure

Environment

Protecting our mountains

We believe the mountains are there for all to enjoy, but must be respected, and protected. We are the voice, carers and keepers of these sacred places for future generations. Our environmental policy ensures we do no harm, and leave no trace. Learn more

Training

Developing your skills to achieve a new possible.

Our tailored approach to training will help you improve as a climber, developing the mental and physical skills you need to achieve your dreams. Learn more

Above + Beyond + Adventure

Practical info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

What accommodation is included?
What equipment is provided?
Will the expedition cost include travel?

Why choose
Elite Exped?

Unparalleled
leadership

Nimsdai Purja and Mingma David Sherpa’s mountaineering world records speak for themselves, but our founders are more than just supremely-talented climbers. While some choose to direct operations from a back office, Nimsdai and Mingma David lead from the front. Their experience of every aspect of guiding and climbing - from fixing ropes, to organising logistics - is unparalleled. It’s no surprise that when they’ve worked together they have a perfect, 100 percent success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Safety through
self-sufficiency

If it’s controllable we control it, this is key to attain and maintain our industry leading strategy for success and safety. We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running totally self-sufficient expeditions, not relying on any other teams on the mountain to achieve our objectives. We are capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and have backups to cover all scenarios, from secondary oxygen supplies through to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique
perspective

With his Nepalese roots, and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective of the world of mountaineering, and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures. We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks. An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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