Annapurna Base Camp and Dhumpus Trek - 16 Days

Trek Route Summary

Easy to Moderate
Gentle to Moderate
Maximum elevation:
4130m in
Group Size:
Min 02 and Max 10
Arrival in :
Departure from:
Location: :
North-Central Nepal
Permits :
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit ( ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS)

Trip Overview

Easy ambling with the fantastic sceneries investigating unique culture are the features of Annapurna Base Camp Trek using Dhampus Village. One of the ideal journeying destinations, Annapurna Base Camp, is elevated at 4130m in the north-central part of Nepal.

The journey begins from the lowlands of Pokhara and gradually increases, witnessing the panoramic views of Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli mountains from the back of the foothills. This trek initially passes pasturelands, cultivated rice, corn, wheat, potatoes, barley, etc. En route, you will be taken to deep forests of oak, bamboo, rhododendron, pine, fir, and more.

As you summit the base of the 10th tallest peak of the earth-Mt. Annapurna shall be surrounded by the giant mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Leaving the main trail from Jhinu Danda, trekkers march towards Dhampus village before returning to Pokhara and Kathmandu before the final departure.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlight Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft) Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Kathmandu
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2,050 m/6,725ft) Ulleri
Day 4 Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft) Ghorepani
Day 5 Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill Tadapani
Day 6 Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,120ft) Chhomrong
Day 7 Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,578ft) Bamboo
Day 8 Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft) Deurali
Day 9 Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft) Annapurna Base Camp
Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (3,230m/10,595ft) Bamboo
Day 11 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,770 ft) Jhinu Danda
Day 12 Jhinu Danda to Tolkha (1,710m/ 5,610 ft) Tolkha
Day 13 Tolkha to Dhumpus (1,510m/ 4,954 ft) Dhumpus
Day 14 Dhumpus to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) Pokhara
Day 15 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 16 Farewell

Detailed Itinerary

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Upon our arrival at the Kathmandu Airport, we will complete our formalities before being greeted by one of the airport representatives of Holy Mountain Treks. We shall be welcomed by the fantastic sceneries of the hills and snowcapped mountains around.

Our journey to one of the trendiest trekking terminals in the world, with outstanding diversity in terms of culture and tradition, biodiversity, and natural and architectural heritage, has already begun.

Initially, we shall be escorted to our hotel to get refreshed and relaxed for our jetlagged bodies. Then, the rest of the time can be spent exploring the surroundings.

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or Similar one
Overnight at:Kathmandu

This day is scheduled as an exploration day of the auspicious UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historical, religious, and cultural pilgrimages. After breakfast, our trip leader peaks us up and leads us towards Swyambhunath-popular as a monkey temple initially.

The view of the valley and exploration of the architecture from the 2nd century to the 21st century will be worth visiting here. Main Stupa, a couple of temples, antique arts, museums, prayer flags are some of the attractions of Swyambhunath. 

Continuing from Swyambhunath, we head southward to Kathmandu Durbar Square- one of the royal palaces of Kathmandu valley a couple of centuries ago.

We shall visit the central Durbar Square, Kastamandapa, Big bell, Kumari House, and several temples dedicated to different gods and goddesses.

Further driving north-eastward, we reach Pashupatinath Temple. The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most auspicious and sacred Hindu temples dedicated to the supreme Lord Shiva, hosts an electric environment swamped by devotees on many auspicious occasions as Mahashivaratri, Haritalika Teej, Vijaya Dashami, etc.

We then take a short drive to Boudhanath Temple. Boudhanath (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal, and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet is believed to have been built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions.

Encountering a couple of invasions either by people or nature, this has stood as one of the most prominent pilgrimages and one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism.  

Exploring these important historical and cultural shrines, we get back to our hotel and meet our trekking leader for an epic journey ahead at the office of Holy Mountain Treks.

We can do our last-minute shopping of the gears and equipment needed for our excursion if needed.

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or Similar one
Overnight at:Kathmandu

Catching an early, short, and scenic flight, we land to Pokhara before beginning our trek. The aircraft takes us over the lush vales, greeneries, terraced fields, meandering flowing waterways, and scintillating snow-clad mountains.

We meet the rest of the crew and head for Nayapul, which approximately takes an hour’s drive via Pokhara Baglung Highway.

The actual trek commences from here, initially passing rice fields, settlements, meadows, and green landscapes until we reach Birethanti, an accommodation situated at the confluence of Modi River begun from the Annapurna ranges and Bhurungdi River.

Continuing the journey, we gradually ascend and trek upstream the Bhurungdi River. The trail now passes via rhododendron, pine, and fir woods.

Witnessing the overpowering peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre/ Fishtail Mountain, we shall trek through the sub-tropical valley forest, trail carved on the side of the cliff, and a couple of suspension bridges to settle Tikhedhunga.

The route now becomes steep with a stone staircase to reach our day destination- Ulleri.

Walking Hours:5-6
Altitude:2050m/6725 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Ulleri

Be prepared, get breakfast walk past the little villages, lustrous hills, and forest towards Ghorepani. You will be welcomed by the high hills and glittering mountain peaks in the trek, including Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Passing a couple of waterfalls, sightseeing the rare species of birds and animals, and the village of Bhantanti, we reach Nangetati-our lunch spot.

Further walking along the Bhurungdi River, we reach the village of Ghorepani, a village situated in the lap of high hills and mountains that served as a resting place for trekkers and earlier traders.

Interestingly, this village used to be a stop for horses to drink water to quench their thirst; now, it is a bit modernized and presented with unique culture and a blend of modern living and traditional values.

Walking Hours:3-4
Altitude:2,750m/ 9,020 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Ghorepani

One of the most significant days begins ascending to Poonhill with the group of passionate trekkers taking the torches in our hands and excitement in our hearts.

A most spectacular sunrise can be witnessed above the glittering peaks of Dhaulagiri I 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Dhampus Peak 6012m, Nilgiri 7061m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Himchhuli 6441m, fishtail 6997m, Annapurna II 7937m and Lamjung Himal 6920m from the vantage point of Poonhill.

The marvels of the gorgeous mountain sunrise that await us are simply tremendous.

After witnessing the first rays of the sun over these glittering peaks, we hike back to Ghorepani and begin a downward hike towards Tadapani following the route of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which passes via dense rhododendron hills, terraced farmlands, meadows, and stone steps.

Walking Hours:6-7
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Tadapani

After breakfast, we initially hike via the dense woodlands of rhododendron and descend to the Kimrong River. Again, the dazzling mountain peaks of Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Fishtail can be seen from various vantage points.

The trail surrounds lustrous green vales. Continuing, we reach the village of Gurung, and further pushing around half an hour, we get Chhomrong- our day destination.

Chhomrong is a beautiful village with magnificent views of hills and mountains where you can taste local cuisines and experience remote lifestyles and cultures.

Home to the Gurung community, Chhmorong offers a spectacular view of Fishtail Mountain and the entire Annapurna Massifs.

Walking Hours:6-6:30
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Chhomrong

We shall follow the chasm of the Modi River and hike upward to the village of Bamboo today. Initially descending via the stone stairs, we land to the Chhomrong River and further reach the village of Tilche via the thick forests of oaks and rhododendron trees.

Journey across the rough path takes us to the typically honored little town of Sinuwa encompassed by rich slopes, valleys, and green woods, the excellence of which is fantastic and captivating to the adventurers in this course.

Now, we trek via the dense forest inhabited by diverse wild and rare animals, waterways, pristine surroundings, along with long and steep stone steps reaching Bamboo, a village with the mix vegetation of rhododendron and Bamboo.  We shall explore the town and get revived in this town for now.

Walking Hours:4-5
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Bamboo

Comparatively, we shave a shorter trek this day to Deurali, which approximately takes four hours to reach. The rest of the time will be spent for acclimatizing purposes before heading to Annapurna Base Camp. Initially passing the bamboo forest and less steep climb to the settlement of Dovan, a place situated at the conflux of the river.

The route now enters the forest full of oak, bamboo, and rhododendron trees, reaching a sacred temple of Punjim Barah and further to Himalayan Hotel. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave.

From here, we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day.

From here, we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the last stoppage in this trek before we enter into the vicinity of Annapurna base camp and the village at the foot of the Modi Himal and the Fishtail Mountain.

Walking Hours:3-4
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Deurali

The most prominent day is there for the trekkers who wish to embark into the purlieu of the giant sierra of Annapurna and its neighboring peaks as Machhapuchre, Hiuchuli Peak, Gaganurna Mountain, and more.

The trekking trail now turns with scanter vegetation, rocky paths, big sarsens, magnificent glacial rivers, and waterfalls. Finally, leaving the rivers and moraines, we reach Machhapuchre Base Camp.

Now the view becomes crystal; we all are surrounded by the giant peaks of Annapurna massifs, Gangapurna peak, Hiunchuli, and more.

We keep going further via rocky landscapes and the route in between the gorge between the moraine ridge of Annapurna South and Hiuchuli Peak and the avalanche-prone area before we reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Now we are surrounded by the giant Himalayan panorama.

Walking Hours:5-6
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Annapurna Base Camp

Waking up early morning, we witness the spectacular first golden rays of the sun over Annapurna massifs. After breakfast, capturing beautiful snaps of the surroundings, we hike back using the same route that ascended to this most awaited place.

Trekking back past the avalanche-prone sites along the large boulders, we reach Machhapuchre Base Camp. Then we get closer to the lashing Modi Khola. Finally, passing a couple of suspension bridges, encountering the thick bamboo plants, rhododendron woods, and oak trees, we reach Bamboo for an overnight stay.

Walking Hours:7-8
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Bamboo

Initially hiking upward, we reach the village of Khuldighar, a spot with a helipad. The trek continues to the village of Sinuwa. The beautiful forest of rhododendron can be explored before reaching the settlements of Chhomrong village.

The hike between the Chhomrong village to the Jhinu Danda is quite steep descend which passes the village of Taulung and Tadapani. The core attraction of this village is a natural hot spring where travelers can relax after a long journey to the base of Annapurna. Some of the diseases related to skin and stomach is believed to be cured after bathing here.

Walking Hours:5-6
Altitude:1,760m/5,770 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Jhinu Danda

After exploring the natural hot spring the journey heads towards Tolkha today. Mostly we hike descent today initially following Khumrong River. Crossing it, we hike on the smooth trail before reaching a large suspension bridge over the Modi River.

Continuing the trek via the large grasslands, terraced fields tiny settlements, stone steps, we reach the village of Landruk. With the Modi River streaming down the valley and trail cut out in the slope, we journey past through the terraced slopes, more modest settlements, ups and downs in the path brings the suspension overpasses prior to coming to the tiny village of Tolkha.

Walking Hours:4-5
Altitude:1,710m/ 5,610 ft
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Tolkha

We begin our journey towards Bhedi Kharka, a summer settlement and further via rocky and twisting trail reaching Pritam Deurali. A couple of mountain peaks including Annapurna I and Hiunchuli can be seen en-route. Continuing the trek passing the settlements of Potna and Kande, we reach descend to the Australian Camp.

Keep on walking along the route via thick forest for approximately half an hour, the meadow opens up and further to the settlements of Dhampus, a pleasant Gurung village which offers splendid views of Himchuli, Annapurna south, and fishtails. The unique culture and traditional practices can be explored here.

Walking Hours:5-6
Altitude:1,510m/ 4,954 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Dhumpus

Witnessing panoramic golden rays of the sun over the majestic mountain ranges, we trek downhill past layered hills, lustrous greeneries, terraced farmlands, tiny settlements, cultivated fields to the Phedi, the ending point of our trek.

A private vehicle awaits us here for an inland drive to the city of lakes Pokhara. Driving 45 minutes via Pokhara- Baglung highway, we reach Pokhara officially ending the trek to the Annapurna region. Upon arrival at Pokhara, we check-in the hotel and get relaxed a while.

In the evening, stroll around Pokhara city mainly towards lakesides observing diverse lifestyles around.

Walking Hours:2
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at: Pokhara

Leaving the heavenly site of Pokhara, we get ready for the cultural city of Kathmandu catching an early flight. Flying approximately half an hour, over humongous mountains, valleys, and hills, terraced lands and cultivation fields as well as torrential rivers, we land at Kathmandu airport.

We then will be shifted to the hotel for our overnight stay. Rest of the time, we can spend ourselves exploring the remaining shrines of Kathmandu valley just as Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Chandragiri, and more.

In the evening we all shall meet in one of the cultural restaurants for the farewell dinner organized by Holy Mountain Treks. Wander streets for some souvenir shopping for your near and dear ones. Pack the bags for the return flight to the onward destinations.

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or Similar one
Meals:Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight at:Kathmandu

After completing an epic journey of Annapurna Base Camp with Dhampus village trek is ended. One of the airport representatives from Holy Mountain Trek shifts us to the Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled flight.  



Price Includes

  • All airport pickup/drops via private vehicle according to the itinerary
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation including breakfast in Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night's twin sharing accommodation including breakfast in Hotel Mount View  or a similar hotel in Pokhara
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu including departure charges
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation is possible finest local lodges throughout the trek
  • Trekking crew- One professional English speaking trekking guide and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, food, accommodation, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and a down jacket to use throughout the trek
  • Holy Mountain Treks T-shirt, trekking map, and certificate to mark the achievement of the trip
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government taxes and office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa, International/domestic airfares, travel and rescue insurance
  • Trekking equipment and items of clothing (except down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag which we provide for use)
  • Additional night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara caused by early arrival, deferred departure, an early dropout from the trip than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • All kind of beverages (water, alcoholic or non-alcoholic hot/cold drinks)
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, internet usage/data, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Tips for guides and porters

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