Annapurna Base Camp Trek & Bhutan Tour - 20 Days

View from Ghandruk Village Annapurna

Trip Info

Trip Duration

20 Days

Max Altitude

4130 m

Difficulty

moderate

Start From

Kathmandu

Trip Ends At

Paro Bhutan

Annapurna Base Camp Trek & Bhutan Tour Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Bhutan Tour is a beautiful journey that is a well-designed package for those travelers who want to mix nature, culture, and adventure in one trip. This is an incredible trip package designed for those seeking to do a short trek in the Himalayan region of Nepal along with a tour of the cities of Bhutan, “the Land of Thunder Dragon”. 

One of the world-famous trekking routes of the Annapurna region is Annapurna Base Camp, also popularly known as ABC which leads you to the lap of Mount Annapurna (8091 m). ABC is at an elevation of 4135 m and trekking to the base camp lets you explore the hilly & mountainous region, traversing through the beautiful rhododendron forest and observing the beautiful habitation of Nepalese indigenous and ethnic groups along with their hospitality. The Annapurna mountain ranges throughout the hiking routes are extraordinarily mindboggling as well as stunningly beautiful.

On the way to the base camp, you can catch a splendid view of about 15 snowcapped mountains including Dhaulagiri I (8167 m / 7th highest), Manaslu (8156 m / 8th highest), and Annapurna I (8091 m / 10th highest) from a famed viewpoint called Poon Hill (3200 m).

The trip to Bhutan provides you with an insight into the unique culture and tradition of the country as well as the natural beauty that makes you soak in it. Bhutan, a mystery Himalayan kingdom, is one of the world's least-visited countries but has been given a fantastic site for enjoying a calm vacation thanks to its various high mountains that provide the much-needed thrill and solace away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

The tour is the best opportunity to discover the renowned landmarks of Bhutan, its Dzongs, monasteries, and well-preserved ecology. It is also the best chance to walk on the mountain passes that ascend towards the Tiger's Nest, of witnessing a sacred ritual like those we've seen in travel literature, enthralled by the allure of the route less traveled, a country rumored to be inhabited by dragons, magic, and magical animals.

This combined package is 20 days where you spend 4 Nights and 5 days in Bhutan as well as includes sightseeing the jewels of Kathmandu (UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites). Overall booking this package, you hit the bull's eye by visiting two naturally gifted nations fulfilling your desire.

Trip Highlights

  • Getting to the heart of the Himalayas, where you feel as if you are in the earth's heaven
  • Challenge your hiking habits and push yourself to the maximum on this high-altitude track
  • Rest and unwind in Pokhara, the lake paradise
  • Hike through secluded towns, fairy-tale forests, enormous moorlands cut by cascading rivers, and the blue-hued peaks of base camp as they glow under the stars to witness the incredible grandeur of the unique Himalayan terrain
  • From the stunning heights of Poon Hill, witness a magical sunrise across the Annapurna Mountains - an early morning climb to this great site will be well worth the effort
  • After your hike, rest and unwind in Pokhara by cruising along with Phewa Tal (Lake) and gazing up at snow-capped mountains, or get a relaxing massage to revive those tired legs

ABC Trek with Bhutan Tour Difficulty 

In the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging trek. The Annapurna Base Camp is a 115-kilometer round trek that begins in Pokhara and ends in Pokhara. The course includes a number of uphill and downhill stone staircase climbs that can be exhausting. Along with the hike across the rocky moraines, some sections climb steeply up and down. However, after a snowstorm, the track becomes rather difficult to struggle through the snowy route in the winter. The walk takes you to 4130 meters above sea level, so even in thin air, the higher section of the hike is quite adventurous.

Best Season for ABC Trek with Bhutan Tour 

The ideal trekking experience can be had from March to June in spring and September to November in fall, just like the regular optimum season for adventure, Annapurna Base Camp hiking. The days are getting warmer, and the nicest vistas of the Himalayas can be found all along the trail. If you're up for a frosty adventure, December and January are ideal months to go on the ABC Trek. With the right warm clothing, one may complete the walk with an unforgettable Himalayan adventure that only a few hikers get to enjoy. 

The optimum time to walk to Annapurna Base Camp is in the shoulder seasons of April-May (spring) or October-November (autumn), which are pre-monsoon and pre-winter, respectively. Depending on the altitude, the weather is somewhat hot during the day and freezing at night during hiking. There's also a lower possibility of rain during this period, and you'll want to get a string of clear days, which is ideal for trekking.

Permits for ABC Trek with Bhutan Tour 

The Annapurna Conservation Area encompasses the majority of trekking trails in the Annapurna region, including the world-famous Annapurna Base Camp circuit. To trek in the Annapurna region, foreigners must get an entry permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well as a TIMS card

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of the Himalayan Trekkers’ representatives with your nameplate. Then, you will be escorted to your assigned hotel which is usually located in the city center. Once you have checked in at your hotel, you could take a rest and be fresh before you head out for a brief walk around the streets of Thamel.  

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our full-day Kathmandu sightseeing by visiting Bouddhanath Stupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. This iconic structure holds great religious and cultural significance for both Buddhists and visitors alike. This stupa stands as a symbol of peace, harmony, and enlightenment and serves as a focal point for pilgrims. You could find monasteries, unique shops, and rooftop cafes around the stupa that create a vibrant atmosphere. 

Our second stop would be the famous Hindu site, Pashupatinath Temple which is just 15 minutes drive from Bouddhanath Stupa. Pashupatinath Temple serves as the seat of Lord Shiva. The temple is also one of the four major Hindu Pilgrimage Sites in the world where thousands of devotees visit every single day to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. Other than the religious side, you could also see the craftsmanship of Nepal looking at the pagoda-styled temples and structures. The cremation ghats where open-air cremations of the Hindu followers are done and the evening aarti ceremony might be very interesting to you. 

From Pashupatinath, we will head towards today’s last spot for sightseeing which is Patan Durbar Square. This former royal palace turned into a museum offers you historical significance, architectural splendor, and cultural richness. Out of three Durbar squares in Kathmandu Valley, Patan Durbar Square is especially known for its stunning architectural marvels. The craftsmanship of the Newar artisans can be seen in the complex’s surrounding monuments and structures. They are renowned for their carved wooden struts, pagoda-style roofs, and ornate metalwork.

After we complete our sightseeing in Patan Durbar Square, we will return to the hotel.  

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
6-7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 850 M

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek journey begins with a drive to Pokhara which is the gateway to the Annapurna region. The drive goes along the Prithivi Highway and Trishuli River most of the time. And once we reach a place called Mugling, we will drive alongside the Marshyangdi River for a bit. If the weather is clear, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, and Annapurna can be seen as soon as we start going down from Kathmandu. 

After we reach Pokhara, we will check in at the hotel and rest for a bit. Then we will go to Phewa Lake for boating. We will also visit Taal Barahi Temple which lies in the middle of the lake. After spending some time at the temple enjoying the surrounding views and the aarti ceremony, we will boat back to the lakeside. Afterward, you could take a walk at the lakeside or head back to the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Pokhara
Day 4: Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Ulleri
1.5 Hours Drive & 5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1950 M

After breakfast, we will leave Pokhara and drive towards Nayapul from where we will start our Annapurna Base Camp Trek.  Once we reach Nayapul, we will start our trek following the trail along the Modi Khola River. Our trek passes through small villages such as Birethanti and terraced filed before reaching Tikhedhunga. From Tikhedhunga, our trek further carries on to the uphill stone stairs and goes through Sudame and Hile villages. Once we reach Ulleri, we check in and rest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani
5/6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2874 M

We begin the day with a hot cup of tea and a slowly rising sun. Then after breakfast, we begin our today’s trek to Ghorepani. Most of today’s trek will go through the dense and beautiful rhododendron and oak forest. The view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli from the way is wonderful. 

After a day-long trek through nature, we will reach the beautiful village of Ghorepani from where you can savor the mountain views. You will see Annapurna South, Dhampus Himal, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and a few of the Dhaulagiri ranges. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 6: Morning Hike to Poonhill & Trek to Tadapani
7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2600 M

Today’s sunrise tour will wake us up before dawn and let us climb to Poonhill which is a famous hill in Nepal for observing the mesmerizing sunrise over the White Mountains. We will also be blessed with amazing views of many mountains including a few of the highest mountains in the world such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri. Other Himalayas are Dhamphus, Nilgiri, Dhampus, Gangapurna and others. 

After we enjoy the peaceful time at Poonhill, we will descend back to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Then our real Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with a trek to Tadapani through the lush forests. The trail offers the scenic beauty of the landscapes and the mountains. Once we reach Tadapani, we will be once again blessed with the views of the Himalayas. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 7: Trek to Chhomrong
5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2000 M

Following our breakfast in Tadapani, we will begin our trek to Chhomrong today. Our route passes through the terraced farms and characteristic village homes in Chulie. The vibrant flowering blossoms of the rhododendron forests add color and interest to your walk during the spring season. Before arriving in Chomrong, we first cross the lovely Ghandruk Village and then descend steeply to the Kimrong River. 

We will have breathtaking views of Fishtail and Annapurna South from the route. Then we will slowly ascend to the Gurung village of Chhomrong, which offers stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 8: Trek to Bamboo
5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2400 M

The path for today begins with a stone stairway that descends for nearly an hour to the Chhomrong Khola on the steep stone stairs. Then we will cross a suspension bridge, after which we will spend an additional two hours ascending a second flight of stone stairs. We will arrive in the small town of Sinuwa after that, where we will stop for a while to take in the breathtaking scenery. Then we leisurely walk through a tranquil bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forest for about two hours, we will reach our today’s destination bamboo. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 9: Trek to Deurali
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3200 M

After breakfast at the teahouse in bamboo, we will start our trekking through bamboo and rhododendron forests. We will pass by the settlements such as Dovan and Himalaya Hotel and reach the destination, Deurali which is located at the base of the Modi Khola Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4130 M

We begin our hike after breakfast by trekking toward Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) located at an elevation of 3700 meters that offers picturesque views of Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and other peaks. 

After a short break at MBC, we will rise towards the North West along a narrow ridge that branches out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with numerous terraced fields displaying peaceful meadows. Once we arrive at Annapurna Base Camp, we will find some amazing stunning landscapes, and grand panoramic vistas of snow-capped summits like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Singhachuli, Glaciers, and more peaks.

In the evening, we can hike a bit to witness the sunset as well as the well-known Annapurna Glacier and the Annapurna Range, including Hiunchuli and other peaks. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo
7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2400 M

Rise early to observe the nearly vertical south face of Annapurna I bathed in the sunrise. Then we will eat our breakfast while enjoying the unmatched beauty of the 360-degree Himalayan views from Annapurna Base Camp. Now that we have reached our destination successfully, it is time to return. We will descend following the same route we ascended. We will trek till Bamboo today. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda
5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1600 M

From Bamboo, we will descend through the bamboo and rhododendron forests. After a few hours, we will reach Jhinu Danda which is famous for its natural hot springs. You can relax and rejuvenate in the hot springs once we check in at the teahouse. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 13: Trek to Pothana
6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1500 M

Following our breakfast, we will leave Jhinu Danda village and start the downhill trek to Pothana village. We will walk through the lush woodlands of rhododendron, small traditional villages with wonderful landscape scenery, and terraced farms. We will reach Pothana, a beautiful small village where we can enjoy the small traditional villages and warm hospitality of locals. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Tea house
Day 14: Trek to Phedi and Drive to Pokhara
2 Hours Walk & 30 Min Drive
Max Altitude: 850 M

Today marks the end of our Annapurna Base Camp trek. After enjoying our breakfast, we will start our walk towards Phedi. We will pass by the famous Dhampus village on the way where we will make a short break to enjoy the views closely for one the last time. Then, upon we reach Phedi, the car which will be waiting for our arrival will transfer us to Pokhara. You could spend the remainder of the as per your interest. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Pokhara
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1350 M

After breakfast, we will leave Pokhara and head back towards Kathmandu. The drive goes along the same route which we used to get to Pokhara. Once in Kathmandu, you can go shopping at the markets in the Thamel area, Ason, or Indrachowk. Back at your hotel room, you can prepare for the trip to Bhutan that starts the following day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 16: Fly to Paro Bhutan & Sightseeing
1.10 Hours Flight and Drive
Max Altitude: 2200 M

After breakfast, our representative will pick up you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the flight to the Paro International Airport. 
Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our Bhutanese representative and escort you for the guided sightseeing of Paro city. The first destination we will head towards is the National Museum of Bhutan named Ta Dzong. The museum houses an amazing array of both old and modern Thangkas that is under 3000 items of artworks there portraying Bhutan's most important saints and gurus, as well as fascinating celebration masks.

Likely, after lunch, we take a short walk to the Rimpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. It is a castle built in the 17th century to safeguard Paro Valley, is located in the suburbs of Paro City, and offers stunning views and a sense of inner serenity.

We will also visit Khichu Lhakhang, the oldest monument in Bhutan. Kyichu Lhakhang, surrounded by fields, flowers, and hills, houses the eight-year-old Sakyamuni Buddha statue, historic relics, exquisite murals, and various Buddhist scriptures, among other things.

If time permits, we will explore the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) which was built around the mid-17th century in memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. In the evening, stroll around the streets of the markets and get familiar with the surrounding there. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Paro
Day 17: Morning Hike to Tiger Nest & Drive to Thimpu
4 Hours Hike & 2 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 2350 M

Early morning breakfast and we start our hike to Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger's Nest Monastery. Famous for its significance and location, it was built in the 17th century where the Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava (the founder of Mahayana Buddhism in Bhutan) was believed to be flown on the back of the Tigress and meditated for years.

It clings to the 900 meters cliff, 3120 meters above sea level at the upper Paro Valley offering the best view of the Paro Valley itself and the history and significance of the monastery. We take our lunch in a cafeteria located halfway down the hill and head toward our hotel. 

After reaching Paro ground, we grab our luggage from the hotel, check out, and drive to the capital, Thimphu. You can explore the streets and markets in the evening.
NOTE: For the uphill hike to the Taktsang Monastery, you can hire a horse to carry you to the middle of the route at an additional cost. For the uphill hike to the Taktsan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Thimpu
Day 18: Drive to Punakha
2/3 Hours Drive & Sightseeing
Max Altitude: 1250 M

Thimphu is recognized for its scenic Bhutan dzong, fresh air, and friendly locals, all of which are surrounded by undulating mountains. 

The Thimphu sightseeing begins with a visit to the Late King's Memorial Chorten with its gorgeous paintings and complex structure. Followed by, are visits to the National Library, the largest holding of Buddhist literature in the world. We will also discover the Folk Heritage Museum where a diverse collection of farm equipment, tools, and household items showcase the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle. 

A hand-made Paper Factory is also a subject of matter to visit in Thimphu where you can learn to make the papers by hand and color with a wide range of pigments. The School of Arts and Crafts is also the best place to learn more about traditional textile and handicraft making and Bhutan’s history. 

After we finish exploring Thimphu, we will head toward the former capital of Bhutan, Punakha City while traversing the picturesque Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters) and taking in the expansive Himalayan views. We will pay Chimi Lakhang, a well-known temple in the nation also known as the fertility temple, a quick visit on the way. 
Once we are in Punkha, we will tour the Punakha Dzong, a work of art and the most stunning dzong in all of Bhutan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Punakha
Day 19: Drive Back to Paro
5 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 2200 M

We will start our journey to Paro in the morning after breakfast. A couple of hours of the journey goes through the winding road with lush green forest and small settlements. We will arrive at Paro for Lunch. In the evening, you could spend time around the local market.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Paro
Day 20: Departure from Paro Bhutan
30 Min Drive to Airport

After breakfast, one of our representatives will transfer you to the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destination. You could either fly back to Kathmandu or to other places such as Delhi, Bagdogra & Kolkata in India, and Dhaka in Bangladesh. But it is important to look at the schedule before booking the flight because there are no regular flights, except from Paro to Kathmandu. So, once you fly to any of these cities, you could book a connecting flight to your onward destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included

Include

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary in a private vehicle
  • Bhutan Visa Fees
  • 3* Standard category Accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu & Pokhara 
  • 3* Standard category Accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis during Bhutan Tour
  • Best Available teahouse accommodations during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Daily Breakfasts in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the ABC trek 
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) in Bhutan  
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Paro) & airport taxes 
  • Professional English Speaking City guide in Kathmandu and Bhutan
  • Experienced trekking guide throughout ABC trek
  • Required number of porters for the trek (1 porter:2 Trekkers) 
  • All wages, meals, accommodations, transportation & insurance of the trekking guide and porters 
  • Daily Royalty/SDF - USD 200 P/P in Bhutan
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) 
  • National Park Entry Fee in Bhutan 
  • Heritage/monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All required group transportation in a private vehicle
  • All applicable taxes

Exclude

  • International airfares except for Kathmandu - Paro Bhutan
  • Nepal Visa Fees ( Can Be Obtain Upon Arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment 
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tipping/gratitude
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUDES section

Accommodation

In Nepal: Himalayan Trekkers provide the best and most comfortable 3-star standard category accommodations on a Twin/Double sharing basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, everything you might want is available in these cities, from opulent 5-star resorts to comfortable hotels, and affordable guesthouses to lodges and homestays.

During your trekking periods, you will be mostly staying at the local teahouses on a twin-sharing basis. As we progress towards base camp, the number of teahouses will lessen as the elevation rises, and in most places, there will be no teahouse available. As a result, you will be camping as arranged by the Himalayan Trekkers guide/camping staff.

They may be able to accommodate you for a small fee if you request a single room, but trekkers in higher altitude places must stay in dormitories or shared rooms. Because tea houses and lodges are located at high altitudes, single-room services may not always be available.

Meals During the Nepal ABC and Bhutan Tour

In Nepal: Authentic Nepalese cuisine, as well as more popular international cuisine, are available throughout our Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served in teahouses or from a lodge menu where we will be staying the night, while lunch will be served on the way to the next location. During the trek, all meals will be supplied, however, only breakfast will be accessible in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 

In Bhutan: All three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) along with tea/coffee are included in the package cost. The Bhutanese Government made it mandatory to purchase the particular standard package included with meals and other services. In addition, we will be providing you with bottled/mineral water every day during your stay in Bhutan. 

Guests will also be treated to a welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu. 

Note: In case you want to upgrade the room services or have a single supplement, it can be managed at an extra cost in both countries. However, we should be notified prior to the booking of the trip.

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