Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Duration: 15 Days   |   Based on 18 Reviews   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Transport: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast in Kathmandu & all meals during the trek.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Guest houses during the trek
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: 4130 m
  • Supplement Cost: 300

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: 15-Day Himalayan Adventure with Shepherd Holidays

Welcome, fellow adventurers, to the crown jewel of Himalayan treks - the Annapurna Base Camp! Embark on a 15-day journey with Shepherd Holidays, your reliable Himalayan companion, to conquer breathtaking landscapes, immerse yourself in vibrant culture, and push your limits amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

This 15-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and a gradual ascent to the iconic Annapurna Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and rich biodiversity of the Annapurna region.This itinerary strikes a perfect balance between challenge and awe, allowing you to acclimatize gradually while experiencing the region's diverse beauty. Starting in bustling Kathmandu, we'll delve into the serene Pokhara before embarking on the trek, traversing charming villages, rhododendron forests, and dramatic ridges. Reaching Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) is the zenith, rewarded with panoramic views of snow-capped giants like Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). The return journey offers more cultural encounters and the soothing Jhinu Danda hot springs before we bid farewell to the mountains and return to Kathmandu.


  • Panoramic Majesty: Witness sunrises from Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp, painting the Himalayas in golden hues.
  • Rhododendron Revelry: Trek through vibrant rhododendron forests in spring, a stunning explosion of color.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Bliss: Reach the pinnacle of the trek and soak in the 360-degree panorama of towering peaks.
  • Cultural Tapestry: Immerse yourself in the welcoming Gurung and Magar villages, experiencing local traditions and hospitality.
  • Hot Spring Haven: Rejuvenate in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda, letting the steaming water melt away your fatigue.
  • Wildlife Wonders: Spot Himalayan tahrs, colorful birds, and hear the calls of mountain thrushes in the pristine wilderness.
  • Monasteries in the Mist: Find serenity in tranquil Buddhist monasteries nestled amidst the mountains.
  • Suspension Bridge Thrill: Cross gushing rivers on swaying bridges, feeling the adrenaline rush and enjoying the valley views.
  • Transformation Within: Discover your inner strength and resilience as you conquer challenging climbs and connect with nature.



  • This itinerary is designed for gradual acclimatization, minimizing the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Shepherd Holidays provides experienced guides, porters, and comfortable teahouse accommodation throughout the trek.
  • We cater to various dietary needs and ensure responsible tourism practices.
  • Be prepared for diverse weather conditions and pack accordingly.


Why Shepherd Holidays?
Shepherd Holidays ensures your safety, comfort, and a memorable experience throughout the trek. With a team of experienced guides, personalized service, and a commitment to responsible tourism, Shepherd Holidays is your ideal Himalayan companion.

Embark on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Shepherd Holidays and let the Himalayas unfold their magic before you. Explore, experience, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Poon Hill Sunrise:

  • Witness a mesmerizing sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from the famous Poon Hill.

Gurung and Magar Villages:

  • Experience the warm hospitality of local communities and gain insights into their unique cultures.

Machapuchare Base Camp:

  • Enjoy stunning views of the fishtail-shaped Machapuchare peak.

Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda:

  • Relax and rejuvenate in natural hot springs amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Annapurna Base Camp:

  • Reach the sanctuary nestled at 4,130 meters, surrounded by towering peaks.


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After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our airport representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you can take rest or explore the streets of Thamel nearby your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a short pre-trip meeting and introduce you with your tour and trekking guides, who will brief you about the preparations to be done for the trip. 

Overnight at Hotel

  • Accommodation: 3-star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300m

After breakfast at around 9am, our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and you will go for sightseeing of famous UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu valley.

You will visit the following sites:

Pashupatinath (World heritage site):

The world famous Hindu temple, Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest and oldest Hindu temple in the world. This temple is located 5km east from the city center at the bank of the holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath area is widely decorated by various ornaments dedicated to Lord Shiva. As followed by the Hindu Culture, the cremation of the dead is done in Pashupatinath area by the side of the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

Swayambhunath Monkey temple (World heritage site):

Swayambhunath, also named as the monkey temple is surrounded by monkeys all over the area. Famous for people following both Hinduism and Buddhism, this temple not only provides the cultural and religious aspects but also offers various arts, architecture and the magnificent view of Kathmandu valley from the western side of its hillock. Swyambhunath Stupa is imprinted by the eye of Lord Buddha, which stands for peace and knowledge.

Boudhanath (World heritage site):

Boudhanath is the oldest and largest stupa in the valley, which was built during the Licchhavi dynasty in the 5th century around 2500 years ago. Its old name is ‘Khasa’ but later it was changed to Boudhanath by the government. You will find many Buddhist pilgrims and monks from Tibet and various places going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Patan Durbar Square (World heritage site):

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the center of the Lalitpur district. The main attraction of Patan Durbar Square is the ancient royal palace, where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. There are many temples and idols in this area. You can also explore the Newari lifestyle, food and culture in the square and visit museums that contain many ancient and antique items that have a lot of historical significance.

Overnight at Hotel

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300m

We drive about 6-7 hrs from Kathmandu to the gorgeous lakeside city of Pokhara, traveling on the Prithvi Highway alongside the wild Trishuli river. The scenery along with drive, characterized by terraced rice fields and rolling hills builds our anticipation for the trek. Pokhara is a relaxing town, surrounded by nature’s beauty with views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and the Annapurna. 

Overnight at Hotel. 

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 900m

We'll drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, We then begin our trek through the terraced hillsides starting from Nayapul. The 3-hour trek leads you to Tikhedhunga, enjoying the scenery of the Bhurungdi Khola.

Overnight at Guest House.

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 1577m

After the morning breakfast, we ascend the steep trail for a couple of hours to Ulleri. We follow the trail through the rhododendron forest. In the spring, these blooming flowers add a whole different level of beauty to the trail. After having lunch, the path leads gradually to Ghorepani, a Magar dominated village, located in the middle of the rhododendron forest.

Overnight at Guest House 

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We wake up to catch the early morning sunrise view over the snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most famous views in the Annapurna region. The breathtaking sight of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and the surrounding will amaze you. Hiking down to Ghorepani, we have breakfast and trek further to Tadapani via Deurali having lunch along the way. 

Overnight at Guest House. 

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trail is steep downhill from Tadapani, taking you through mixed forests and near gushing streams. Crossing the stream, you climb to the next ridge. Chhomrung is a Gurung village, surrounded by wonderful terraced hillsides.

Overnight at Guest House

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We leave Chhomrong, and walk down 2500 stone steps and cross a bridge over the Chhomrong Khola. Following the river bank, with a continual up and down, we trek further to Himalaya, where we can stop for a cup of tea or lunch. On the way, we cross areas where you can see the landslide areas. The stone paved trail is easy to deal with but tiresome. We reach to the juncture of two streams, a village called Dovan and rest there for the night. 

Overnight at Guest House. 

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is a beautiful day on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail is somewhat strenuous, but rewards you with amazing views. It begins from Dovan, a village where two streams meet. The trail is winding and reaches to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. We stay here, as we’ll get remarkable views of the Himalaya. 

Overnight at Guest House. 

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 3700m

Today is a major highlight of our journey. We take in the spectacular views of the Annapurna chain, seen perfectly from the moment we wake up. Then, we trek to the Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m), where a wall of mountain peaks create the shape of a natural amphitheater around us. The views here are absolutely breathtaking. 

Overnight at Guest House 

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 4130m

Today we begin our descent. The early morning sunrise view over the golden peaks is marvelous. Mt. Annapurna, Machhapucchre and the neighbouring peaks can be seen again from base camp. We then continue down, passing through Machhapucchre Base Camp and through the downhill trail, you reach to Bamboo. 

Overnight at Guest House. 

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It’s a continual climb down from Bamboo to Jhinu, including a few uphill sections. Jhinu Danda is the place you stay tonight, and Jhinu Hot Springs lie about 25 minutes downhill on the opposite side of the main trail. This natural hot spring helps relax us, and it does wonder for both our minds and bodies. The waters are considered to cure various skin diseases. 

Overnight at Guest House.  

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trek begins from Jhinu Danda, and descends all the way to Nayapul. You need to check out from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project check point. Then, we say goodbye to the mountains and drive back to Pokhara. After checking in the hotel, feel free to walk around the lakeside and spend your day freely. 

Overnight at Hotel

  • Accommodation: 5 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

From Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu travelling on the Prithvi Highway alongside the Trishuli river and green hills, which takes around 6-7 hrs. We will then transfer you to your hotel. You can take rest and spend your time freely. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner in a cultural Nepali restaurant with typical Nepali cuisine and cultural shows to celebrate the successful completion of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Overnight at Hotel

  • Accommodation: 5 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Altitude: 1300 m

Today is the last day of your trip. If you would like to stay more in Nepal; you have many options which can be shared with us upon request. Else, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure. We thank you for the opportunity of being your travel partner and wish to serve you in your next vacation. Have a nice journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300 m
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What to Expect

Airport & Hotel Transfers:

  • Hassle-free transfers to and from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport/hotel to ensure a smooth start and end to your trekking adventure.

Three Nights in a 3-star or Above Hotel in Kathmandu:

  • Comfortable accommodation in a well-appointed 3-star or above hotel in Kathmandu for three nights.
  • Breakfast included to kickstart your days with energy.

All Transportation for the Trek:

  • Seamless transportation from Kathmandu to the trek starting point and back, ensuring a safe and convenient journey.

Local Guest House Accommodation in the Mountains:

  • Cozy stays in local guest houses during the trek, providing an authentic Himalayan experience and interaction with local communities.

Hygienic Meals During the Trek:

  • Nutritious and hygienic meals provided during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to fuel your journey through the Himalayas.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit & TIMS Fees:

  • Covering the cost of the Trekkers' Information Management System, & Permit for entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area, contributing to the preservation of this pristine natural environment, both necessary permits for trekking in Annapurna Regions.

Government-Authorized, Experienced Guide and Porters:

  • Professional and experienced guides with government authorization, ensuring your safety, navigation, and enriching insights into the local culture.
  • Dedicated porters to assist with carrying equipment, allowing you to enjoy the trek without the burden of heavy loads.

Insurance, Food, Accommodation, and Wage for Guides and Porters:

  • Comprehensive insurance coverage for guides and porters, prioritizing their well-being during the trek.
  • Adequate food, accommodation, and fair wages for the guides and porters, supporting the local economy.

    Other Equipment (Sleeping Bag, Warm Layers, etc.):

    • Essential trekking equipment, including a sleeping bag and warm layers, ensuring your comfort and warmth in the mountainous terrain.

    First Aid Kit:

    • A well-equipped first aid kit to address any minor health concerns or injuries that may arise during the trek.


    • Detailed maps to help you navigate the trekking route and make the most of your adventure.

    Service Charge and Government Taxes:

    • Inclusive of all service charges and government taxes, eliminating any hidden costs and ensuring transparency in pricing.

    Post-Trek Celebration Dinner in Kathmandu:

    • A delightful celebration dinner in Kathmandu after completing the trek, providing an opportunity to reflect on the journey and share experiences.


    Embark on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Shepherd Holidays, where these comprehensive inclusions are designed to make your trekking experience safe, comfortable, and truly memorable. Explore the Himalayas with confidence, knowing that your every need is taken care of by your trusted Himalayan companion.

    International Airfare:

    • The cost of international airfare is not included in the package and is to be arranged separately by the traveler.

    Meals in Kathmandu (Besides Breakfast):

    • While breakfasts are provided during your stay in Kathmandu, lunches and dinners are not included, offering you the flexibility to explore the diverse culinary options in the city.

    Personal Expenses, Shopping, etc.:

    • Expenses of a personal nature, including but not limited to shopping, souvenirs, and any other personal purchases, are not covered in the package.

    Alcoholic Drinks, Chocolates, Tea, and Coffee:

    • The cost of alcoholic beverages, chocolates, as well as additional tea and coffee beyond what is provided in the trek package, is not included.

    Tips for Guide and Porter:

    • Gratuities for the guide and porter are not incorporated into the package and are at the discretion of the trekker based on the level of satisfaction with the services provided.

    Extra Accommodation and Meals Outside of Itinerary:

    • Any additional accommodation or meals outside the planned itinerary are not covered and will be the responsibility of the traveler.

    Costs from Unexpected Occurrences (i.e., Cancellations, Weather Problems, Damages of Property, Illness, etc.):

    • Unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancellations, weather-related issues, damages to property, illness, and other unexpected occurrences are not included, and any associated costs will be the responsibility of the traveler.
    • It is advisable to have comprehensive travel insurance to mitigate such risks.

    Useful Information

    Accommodation Upgrade Option:

    The provided trekking package includes accommodation in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, if you prefer a different level of accommodation, whether it be a higher star category or a more budget-friendly option, we are flexible to customize the package according to your preferences. Please feel free to contact us for personalized accommodation choices, and the package price will be adjusted accordingly.
    Customized Trekking Trails or Itineraries:

    Trekking Route Option:

    While the given Annapurna Base Camp trek package follows the classic route from Nayapul to Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp, we understand that every trekker has unique preferences and desires. If you wish to explore different trails, add specific detours, or customize the itinerary to suit your interests and fitness level, we are more than happy to assist you. Contact us for tailor-made trekking options or explore alternative Annapurna-based packages by visiting the provided link.

    At Shepherd Holidays, we are committed to ensuring that your trekking experience aligns perfectly with your expectations. Whether it's adjusting accommodations or tailoring the trekking trail, our goal is to create a personalized and memorable adventure for you. Feel free to reach out to us with any specific requests or considerations for your Annapurna Base Camp trek.


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      Michael Priestley, Canada

      Breathtaking Annapurna

      Annapurna Base Camp trek was the first trek of my life. I didn't have the slightest idea about how my trek would be. However, I had a lot of expectations through the photos and videos that I had surfed through the Internet. Shepherd Holidays and their team were truly very professional from the very start of the trip. From Hotel Arrangements to providing us with an amazing guide, they did an amazing work. The scenery and waterfalls through out the trail was just amazing. After reaching the Base Camp, mighty Annapurna standing tall in front of us, that was just mind blowing. Surprisingly, higher than my expectations, it was 1000 times much better than what I saw in photos. This was the most unforgettable memory of my life. Thank you Shepherd Holidays for bringing such an amazing experience.

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      Bobby, United States

      Experienced Adventure

      The scenery and the people were absolutely wonderful. The trek to and from the base camp was undoubtedly a physical challenge, but our guide, Shanker made it much more manageable. Their exceptional guidance and attentive care along the trail and at the guest houses were truly spectacular. The entire team of Shepherd Holidays went above and beyond to ensure the success of our journey.

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      Roy, United Kingdom

      Annapurna trek

      At the end of the season, my wife and I embarked on the trek, and despite our initial concerns about the weather and elevation, it turned out to be an incredible experience—everything went perfectly. Ankita and the team at Shepherd Holidays  were exceptional in their communication, providing us with detailed preparation emails, informative meetings, and briefings throughout the journey. There were no surprises, and we felt safe and comfortable throughout the entire trek. Although we're leaving tomorrow, I already find myself missing the trail.

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      Albert, United States

      Amazing trek to Annapurna Base Camp

      Ankita provided excellent guidance throughout the entire trip and generously shared numerous valuable travel tips. I highly recommend his services.

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      Jerry, Sweden

      Incredible experience in ABC

      I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Shepherd Holidays for their exceptional care during our A.B.C. trek. I wholeheartedly recommend this outstanding guide and tour company to all my friends and family, as they truly are the best in Nepal!I must make special mentions of Ankita, Sushila, and Arun. They were absolutely incredible! Their extensive knowledge, impeccable care, and the enjoyable moments we shared made our journey truly special. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to travel with Shepherd Holidays again in the future!