Annapurna Base Camp Trek

14 Days
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an equally liked destination for adventure. It is a wonderful stroll through breathtaking views of the Himalayas, Gurung’s cultures, and a rich range of natural raw beauty. It’s a trial to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to connect with nature.

  • Bus, Airlines
  • 3 Stars Hotels in city
  • 4,130 metres
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-20
  • 12
  • 65

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Welcome to the land of mountains, Nepal.  Among numerous mountains rising above 8000m, here rests an iconic peak Mount Everest and Annapurna. In addition to Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an equally liked destination for adventure. It is a wonderful stroll through breathtaking views of the Himalayas, Gurung’s cultures, and a rich range of natural raw beauty. It’s a trial to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to connect with nature.

Annapurna Range dominates central Nepal, crossing a height above 7000m. Annapurna 1 (8091m) the highest, Annapurna 2 (7073m), and Annapurna South (7219m) are the popular regions including Machapuchhare (6993m). The world’s deepest gorge, formed by the Kali Gandaki River, is located to the west of the Marshyangdi River.

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp starts from Nayapul. Along the way, you will encounter charming Gurung villages, dense Rhododendrons, and terraced fields. As you ascend higher, the mountain gets closer. The trail leads you to the challenging stone staircases and constant restlessness. Through the journey, the scenery becomes more and more awe-inspiring.

Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area, where rare animals like red panda and Himalayan monal are protected. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is truly a different experience. The Panoramic view of the Himalayan giants, Annapurna, and its neighboring peaks is simply breathtaking.

The journey to ABC starts from Pokhara via Birethnti to Tikhendunga. Continuing the journey, the trek will lead you to Ghorepani. As you ascend you can see a clear view of Mt Annapurna massifs, Nilgiri, Barash Sikhar, and Machhapuchre. Crossing several villages you will ultimately reach Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m. Retracing back, you’ll step out of Annapurna region to Pokhara via Naypul and then to Kathmandu.

Annapurna base camp trek difficulty

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be a moderate to moderately challenging trek. Consider the following when assessing the trek’s difficulty:
Altitude: The highest point of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). The oxygen levels decrease and the air becomes thinner as you climb to higher altitudes. This can cause altitude-related challenges such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and altitude sickness. It’s important to acclimatize properly, take your time, and listen to your body during the trek.

Terrain: The trek involves a variety of terrain, including well-defined trails, stone steps, and occasional steep uphill and downhill sections. Some parts of the trail can be challenging, especially if you’re not accustomed to trekking in mountainous regions. The descent from the base camp can be particularly hard on the knees and leg muscles.

Duration and Distance: The trek usually takes around 7 to 12 days to complete, depending on the itinerary. Each day involves several hours of walking, with an average of 5-7 hours of trekking per day. It’s essential to have a reasonable level of fitness and endurance to sustain this level of activity for an extended period.

why do you love the Annapurna base camp trek?

There are several reasons why many trekkers fall in love with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Here are a few aspects that make it an incredible experience:

Breathtaking Mountain Views: The Annapurna Base Camp trek offers mesmerizing views of some of the world’s highest and most iconic mountains, including Annapurna I, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli. The sight of these majestic peaks, especially during sunrise and sunset, is truly awe-inspiring and creates lifelong memories.

Diverse Landscapes: The trek takes you through a wide range of landscapes, from lush terraced fields and rhododendron forests to rocky trails and glacial moraines. Each day brings a new and captivating scene, showcasing the natural beauty of the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Sanctuary: The journey culminates in the Annapurna Sanctuary, a unique natural amphitheater surrounded by towering mountains. This secluded and pristine area offers a sense of tranquility and a feeling of being in a sacred space, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Cultural Immersion: Along the trekking route, you’ll encounter traditional Gurung and Magar villages, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture. Interacting with the warm and friendly locals, experiencing their customs, tasting traditional cuisine, and staying in tea houses provide a rich cultural experience that adds depth to the trek.

Tea House Experience: The Annapurna Base Camp trek offers the convenience of tea house accommodation along the trail. These lodges provide comfortable rooms, warm meals, and a cozy atmosphere where you can relax and socialize with fellow trekkers from around the world. It creates a unique sense of camaraderie and shared experiences.

Is this trek right for you?

Determining whether the Annapurna Base Camp trek is right for you depends on various factors. Consider these things to help you make an informed choice:
Fitness Level: The trek involves walking for several hours each day, often on steep and uneven terrain. Having a moderate level of fitness and stamina is important to enjoy the trek and minimize physical strain. Regular exercise and hiking preparation can help you build the necessary endurance.

Altitude Sensitivity: The Annapurna Base Camp trek reaches an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). If you have a history of altitude sickness or are unsure about your body’s response to high altitudes, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the trek. Acclimatization days during the trek allow your body to adjust to increasing altitudes gradually.

Weather and Seasons: The weather and seasons play a crucial role in the trek’s feasibility and experience. The best time to undertake the Annapurna Base Camp trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally favorable, with clear skies and stable temperatures. However, it’s essential to be prepared for changing weather conditions and understand the challenges associated with trekking during other seasons.

Cultural Interest: If you’re interested in experiencing the local culture, interacting with ethnic communities, and immersing yourself in the traditions of the region, the Annapurna Base Camp trek provides ample opportunities for cultural exploration.

Highlights

  • Stunning view of a dawn from poon hill.
  • Witness Dhaulagiri (7th) and Annapurna 1(10th) highest mountain.
  • Spend the night at Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Explore the wilderness with varied flora and fauna.
  • Natural hot spring bath at Jhinu.
  • Visit the Annapurna Conservation area and witness rare animals.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Upon landing at the airport, look out for our staff member. They will be a friendly guide to the hotel where our excursion kicks off. Once settled, we’ll have a quick conference and briefing about the exciting adventure. After a meeting, enjoy your rest night, whether you choose to hit the hay or explore Kathmandu at your own place, the choice is all yours.

As a warm breakfast kicks in we onboard a comfortable bus, and say farewell to Kathmandu. We’ll soon be driving through the center of Nepal, where the breathtaking beauty will unveil like a picture perfect postcard of giant hills and distant mountain. Enjoy the famous and beautiful phewa Lake. See green- hills, views of snow-capped peaks poking through the clouds, and charming settlements tucked among terraced farms like vibrant beads on a string. Look for rushing rivers that are chiseling away at the terrain, bringing some energy to the otherwise serene scene.

Day 3 begins with a filling breakfast and a thrilling journey ahead! Leave the peaceful lakeshore for lush green forest filled with a rocky path that climbs to the hilltop settlement of Tikhe Dhunga. Explore beautiful journey through Lumle village where you will witness a taste of local life. See Nayapul soon, the starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp trip. A whispering bamboo forest and verdant hills await you as you lace up your boots and start the trip. Along the way, you'll pass by picturesque villages with terraced fields and waterfalls that flow down the side. The ride ahead is energetic, starting with a high climb through Ranghai and ending with a cool descent to Tikhe Dhunga, your comfortable overnight stay. Get settled in your comfortable guest house after walking for 4 hrs and 9 km as soon as you arrive.

After warming up with a hot breakfast at your Tikhe Dhunga prepare to say goodbye. Get ready for an exhausting but worthwhile hike towards Ghorepani. Take on the wide suspension bridge that spans a wild river. Ascend towards the steep stone stairs that lead to Ulleri, a gorgeous Magar settlement. Get ready to witness the green lush fields to Ulleri Hill's summi. Stop at a designated campground to refresh yourself with water and snacks and explore an amazing view. After enjoying fueling up in Nangethanti village, you’ll hiking until you reach at Ghorepani. Unwind in your comfortable guesthouse knowing that you have completed strenuous climbs for 7 hours up to 13km and crossing, an exhilarating bridge.

Today, ascend Poon Hill before the sun rises. Experience the breathtaking view of the Himalayas in their morning light. Witness an amazing spectacle at the summit, putting on your boots and walking with anticipation with every step. Reaching the summit causes the surrounding landscape to burst into golden color scattered in sk. Feel the magic, make a note of it, and use your camera to take a permanent picture. After leaving Poon Hill, you will be warmed by the sunrise recollection. The next destination involves a journey to the quaint village of Tadapani. Fill up and get ready a hike up the ridgeline.

On the sixth day we bid farewell to Tadapani and begin your scenic descent into the town of Chomrong. Every step will take you over exhilarating suspension bridges, through vivid rhododendron forests, and beside lush crop fields. The trail is covered in lush woods, which turn birds into your charming companions. As you descend, the beautiful Himalayas will unravel themselves. Himnchuli, Machapuchare, and Annapurna South, the three mountains are visible. Finally, you’ll arrive at Chomrong, where the houses gracefully tumble down the hillside, forming a lovely embrace. Overnight stay where the mountains are you neighbor.

This journey will not be easy. On this trip, we will exchange the friendly hospitality of Chomrong for a strenuous descent into Dovan. Prepare yourself for at least 2,500-step plunge down stone. A gravity-defying rhythmic dance that will try your fortitude. crossing the Chhomrong River on a suspension bridge, ascend a difficult trekking route towards Sinuwa. As you emerge from Sinuwa, you will be embraced by cool trees whose lush canopy will filter sunshine onto your route. Proceed to Kuldahar, and relish the feeling of achievement you get from every step. Say goodbye from Kuldahar to Dovan.

As you head towards Deurali leaving Dovan behind you’ll step into a colorful tapestry of emerald hues. Your constant companions will be verdant woods of rhododendron and bamboo, with prayer flags fluttering. Inhale the clean mountain air and relish this magnificent natural corridor's distinct atmosphere. But get ready for a change in scenery! The woodland disappears as you move forward. Accept the contrast and let the Himalayas' untainted strength fill you. Look for the Himalayan Hotel, which serves as a landmark to indicate that you are getting close to your destination Deurali. Overnight stay and rest till the next day.

The most awaited day of our lengthy hike ends here. Today you will mark your arrival at Annapurna Base Camp. We start the day's trip by going up to the Annapurna Sanctuary and climbing a riverbed. The elevation gain is difficult, so proceed with caution and take your time on the ascent. The hike route eventually leads to Macchapuchre Base Camp and parallels the Modi Khola trail. Enjoy a rest at Machhapurchhre Base Camp while taking in the surrounding Himalayan peaks. After some time, leave the wonders of MBC behind and continue hiking for two more hours to arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. When the sights of giants are so close to your location, the reality of arriving at the base camp becomes more apparent.

On the tenth day, we say goodbye to the stunning Annapurna Base Camp and make our way into bamboo. Please watch your walking pace as we are descend to a low altitude. Descend to Modi Khola and follow the same trail to base camp to arrive at the sleepy village of Bamboo. Consider the expansive mountainous landscape that envelops the town. Spend the night in bamboo at the guesthouse. Included are all three meals.

As you go down to the hot spring at Jhinu Danda route descends via Khuldighar through forested hills to Chomrong. The trail falls steeper toward Jhinu Danda from Chomrong. By following these fascinating facets of country living, you will come to Jhinu Danda. A half-hour stroll downhill from here will take you to a natural hot spring. This is the perfect place to unwind and let the day's tension pass. Spend the night at the Jhinu Danda guesthouse. Included are all three meals.

Your trekking trip is almost over now that the Himalayan views are behind you. We cross the suspension bridge and then drive to Pokhara by jeep which takes about 2 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara breakfast and lunch are included.

After completing your trek, you will take a tourist bus back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You might choose to pay extra to fly to Kathmandu if you're sick of the lengthy bus ride. A one-way ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu costs USD 100.00 per person. You have the option. However, there would be an extra charge. Spend the night in a Kathmandu hotel. Breakfast alone was not included.

Today is the last day of the journey. To assist with your airport transportation, a representative from our office will be at your trip hotel around three hours prior to your scheduled departure flight.

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • Transportation costs from Kathmandu to Pokhara until the trek ends and back to Kathmandu on a Tourist Bus.
  • Two-night accommodation with All standard breakfast, lunch, dinner, and guesthouse cost with attached bathroom during the trek
  • Accommodation (total 12 nights): Four nights room with attached Bathroom at Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chomrong, and Jhinu Danda. 
  • Government  Licensed Tidy Himalaya Experience trek leader and trekking guide. Potters to carry trekking ludges( 1 trekkers for 2 trekkers: max weight 9kg)
  • Water Purification tablets
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card fee.
  •  Coffee, tea, snacks, and seasonal fresh fruits every day during the trek.
  • Government tax, local, and office expenses are all covered.
  • Souvenir- t-shirt and cap 
  • Down Jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, duffel bag, trekking map (must be returned after trek ends)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • Rescue operation in case of complicated health conditions funded but travel insurance)

The Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • International flight and Nepal entry fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation and meals before and after the journey in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation, and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to personal reasons.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses like Shopping, Snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot tea or coffee, cold drinks, Wi-Fi telephone calls, extra potters, battery recharge, etc.
  • Personal Expenses on clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Additional Costs caused by personal circumstances like itinerary modification are excluded.
  • Cost and expenses not listed in the above package are not covered.

 ABC Trek Packing Lists

Base layers

  • Light t-shirt
  • Thermal vest
  • Merino wool or synthetic thermals( top and bottoms)

Outer shells

  • Windproof and waterproof jackets
  • Fleece jackets 
  • Warm jackets
  • Puffy jackets

Traveling Bags

  • Day Packs
  • Duffer Bags (optional)
  • Puck bags with waterproof cores

Head

  • Sunglasses
  • Woolen hat
  • Scarfs etc

Handwear

  • Lightweight fleece gloves 
  • Heavyweight gloves
  • Water and windproof gloves

Other accessories

  • Sunscreen
  • First kid
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillowcase and other night accessories
  • Hand sanitizes
  • Wet wipes or towel

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes
  • Pair of walking poles
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiter(optional)

Notes: some fitting clothing and plastic materials may offend locals. Therefore, please make sure it is appropriate according to the time and scenarios.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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