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Annapurna base camp trek, annapurna base camp trek one of life time holiday experience.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek probably the best legendary and classical treks in the world offers breathe stopping Mountain View, give opportunity to experience the typical Nepali village, local people and their way of living traditional life in Himalaya of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp route goes passing through spectacular and tranquil landscapes, charming Gurung and Magar villages, lush green Rhododendron, bamboo and alpine forests to the trip’s last and final destination, Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m (13546ft.)
The trail is equally a delight for natural experiences. On the third day of our trekking, we leave our luggage in hotel at Ghorepani for Poon Hill excursion before dawn to catch the spectacular sun rise. Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints in this trek for a sun-rise view and mountain vista. Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Range and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) to the northern part and the Butterfly Peaks in the far western part are all visible from atop Poon Hill. (SHOULD YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU REACH ABC, in this part?). Finding yourself in the base giant Annapurna I (8091m) with 360 degree Mountain View is terrifically beautiful that is beyond your imagination that is an unforgettable lifetime mountain holiday experience in Nepal.
There is a natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda, you can cleanse yourself spiritually in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that ease away your aches and pains.
People and Culture
The locals we will encounter in Annapurna Base Camp Route are mix ethnic groups; there are Brahmans and Chhetris in lower elevations and Mongoloid Himalayan people in Himalaya. Mostly there are Gurung and Magar people in the area, famous for Gurkha regiment. If you would like to explore more cultural and traditional heritages in Himalaya then Wilderness Excursion suggest you to trek to Langtang, Manaslu, and Everest region. But no doubt that Annapurna is the best for scenery as some 55000 people trek there every year.
Getting there and away
Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara - second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hike in Annapurna. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several fligts daily from Kathmandu to Pokhara which cost USD 102.00 per person. About 7 to 8 hours drive by tourist bus. Local buses and micro buses leave every one hour from Kathmandu till 3pm. Green Line Buses (USD 25.00 per person) and other tourist buses lives every morning. Wilderness Excursion arrange and handle everything on your request.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC in short form) Trek itinerary will be 7 to 12 days from/to Pokhara and 2 transportation days from/to Kathmandu depending on your time and level of your physical fitness. Most of the people trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill which is relaxing and allows you to get acclimatized and the itinerary will be 10 to 12 days. The itinerary can be even more 2 days longer if we trek back to Pokhara through villages of Landruk, Tolka, Pothana Dhampus and end the tour at Phedi. Starting from Nayapul – Jhunu – Chhumrung and straight up to Base Camp and back to the Nayapul same way along the Modi khola River is the shortest itinerary. Our customed designed itinerary is 7 days only that starts and ends at Pokhara. We also have 10 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary that goes through famous Poon Hill Trek . We also offer customized trip to Annapurna Base Camp.
How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Regarding the difficulty of this trek, it is very moderate and doesn’t demand advanced physical fitness levels so anyone can enjoy and take pleasure in nature walking during this trek. Also, those who are traveling with children can also get pleasure from this trek. Trekking Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani allows your body to get adapted and acclimatized with high altitude. Also it helps you to keep your body in better shape and you can tackle physically depending aerobic walk in thin air area. Visitor having previous trekking experience with fit body can trek it in within short period of time. The highest elevation we will reach is 4130 meter from sea level.
When to trek?
From mid-September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are the best seasons to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. June to August (monsoon) is the rainy months but this time is best for keen botanists and has clear sky sometimes. During the hike, it offers grand spectacles of blooming rhododendron flowers during month of March, April and May. The view of Mt. Dhaulagiri with the rising sun shining on it is one of the superb views of this trek. At the highlight of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most brilliant mountains views on the Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan Giants, (Dhaulagiri 8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m), among many other peaks, gradually become visible magically before your eyes. This trek offers great opportunities to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region with a limited short time of trekking. If you would like to avoid crowd then it is recommended to trek in winter (December – February). The temperature is cold in the mornings but not unbearable and it is warm during day hikes and clear sky with fantastic view most of the days.
Wilderness Excursion will send you the list of Annapurna Base Camp Trek Packing List specifically required for this trekking once your booking is received with us. But in the meantime consider buying some good walking boots and start wearing them in . . . now. No technical kit is required; though a good 3 season plus sleeping bag will be much appreciated at the higher altitudes. In Lower elevations lodge provide quilts and blanket and you can piled it up on your sleeping bag but as we go higher towards Annapurna Base Camp, there are limited lodges and trekkers are expected to have good sleeping bag.
How much ABC trek does it cost?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost here we have offered USD 499.00 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Single supplement cost will be extra USD 95.00. The price will vary according to group size, budget, standard and deluxe tour plan. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses. Accommodation in Kathmandu is not included and it will be extra. We will provide 2 nights deluxe air conditioned room in one of the best tourist standard hotels(2**) in Pokhara with buffet breakfast in twin or double occupancy basis if you ask us to book for you. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and atrractive complimentary.
How is accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp trek route?
Compared to other trekking areas such as Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dolpo etc, lodges and food in Annapurna and Everest region is better as it is well established lodge trek route but if you compared to city accommodation it is still basic. And note: As you hike beyond Chhomrong village - the last human settlement; Annapurna Conservation controls and limits in number of lodges building to protect the nature and wildlife in the sanctuary so there are limited accommodations having three or four bed rooms as the owner try to cater unlimited people in peak seasons. If you are trekking solo or two people group then you may have to share room with other trekkers. We strives to provide great services so that explorers may enjoy once-in-a-lifetime adventures. If you are comfortable and luxury keen then we don’t recommend this trek but suggest to remain in lower altitude and enjoy the Luxury Annapurna Trek .
Visitors can extend their Annapurna Base Camp Trek walking back though villages of Ghandruk, Landruk, Tolka, Pothana and Australian Camp and explore the charming hamlet, culture, people and enjoy 1 or 2 days extra in nature. Please feel free to ask us for your customized trip that meets your budget, time restrictions and interest.
- 7 Days inclusive package trek to Annapurna Base Camp
- Visit to beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk en route.
- Be at the base of Mount Annapurna (8091m) – the highest peak in the world.
- Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu Danda
- 360 Degree amazing View of Himalayan giant from Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
1 Day 01: Drive to Phedi and hike to Tolka (1750m), 5-6 hrs walk.
2 day 02: trek to sinuwa (altitude 2100m) – 5-7 hours walk, 3 day 03: trek to deurali (altitude 3230m) 6-7 hrs walk., 4 day 04: trek to abc (annapurna base camp) elevation 4130m, walk 5-6 hrs., 5 day 05: trek down to dovan – bamboo (2310m). 6-7 hrs walk., 6 day 06: trek to ghandruk (1940m), 7-8 hours walk., 7 day 07: drive to pokhara / kathmandu., cost includes:.
- A registered experienced Annapurna Base Camp Trek Guide.
- 1 Sharing trekking porter to between 2 trekkers (weight limit 25kg)
- Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners during the trek.
- Sharing twin /triple bed room in tea house lodges during trek.
- Guide and porter fees with all their expenses.
- Shuttles by private vehicle from and to your hotel in Pokhara.
- Necessary insurance for your guide and porters.
- Necessary Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permissions.
- All applicable local taxes
- Transfers, meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Bar drinks and beverages such as coke, fanta beer and mineral water.
- Personal travel insurance, gear and rescue operation in case of emergency.
- Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
- Items and expenses of personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, internet.
- Tips for guide and porters
Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.
Dates & Prices
We are local tour and trekking operator based in Kathmandu so we guaranty small private group departures any dates that suits your date and time. Please kindly contact us for your customized departure date, itinerary and the price. Thank you and Namaste!
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Annapurna base camp trek review.
We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would definitely recommend wilderness excursions and their team to other Nepal travelers! Thank you for a wonderful hike!!!!
Trekking up to annapurna base camp may 2013.
I just came back from Annapurna region. If you ever think about trekking in Nepal choose "Guide in Himalaya" as your guide. He knows everything about the mountains and nature. He will always take care of you and bring you up and down the mountains safely. Trekking in Nepal was the best experience in my life. Never will I forget this breathtaking nature and the friendly people of Nepal.
Trip Note : "Our paramount concern is your safety" while traveling with Wilderness Excursion. Please note that your leader has the authority to modify or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is supposed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as it is; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous areas, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
- Trip Duration 7 Days
- Destination Nepal
- Trip Difficulty Medium Hard
- Trip Style Trekking
- Accomodation Teahouse and Lodge
- Transportation: Bus, Car or Flight
- Meals: Breakfasts
- Max Person: 12 Pax
- Min Person: 2 Pax
- Best Season: Autumn and Spring
- Max. Altitude: 4130m
- Group Size: 2-12 Pax
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- Trail Type One Way The trek starts and ends at Nayapul (Pokhara)
- Rail Head Pokhara is not connected to any Railways
- Airport Pokhara International Airport
- Base Camp Pokhara
- Spring Treks (Mid Feb - Mid Apr)
- Summer Treks (Mid Apr - Jun)
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- Snow Snow in winters only
- Services from Pokhara to Pokhara | Included Transport & Food
- Meals Meals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
- Stay Hotel and teahouse
- Region - Pokhara
- Duration - 9 Days
- Grade - Moderate To Difficult
- Max Altitude - 13550 Ft.
- Approx Trekking Km - 70 Kms.
When we talk about the Annapurna Base Camp , there is a sense of admiration that starts building up which leaves every trekker spellbound. There are very few treks that have this aura of making you fall in love with the landscapes and bring you closer to the base of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks in such a short period. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail is a majestic one that takes you through rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests, and high-altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range looming in front of you most of the time.
The Annapurna range has such stunning mountain views which are a buffet for every mountain lover. You will also be greeted with views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli even before you set foot on the trek, which is one thing that is surely a bonus for all the trekkers. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare will always be in sight of Sinuwa.
Accommodation on the Annapurna trail is organized in classic teahouses where delicious Nepali dishes are served. These tea houses are run by locals of the area who migrate from other parts of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek because you trek along the protected areas trail. A lot of floral and faunal species are also found in this area which will surely amaze you with the beauty it has to offer. From a height of 4,000 meters, youll be able to see the entire sanctuary which is oval-shaped and surrounded by a ring of the Annapurna Mountains.
The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the beautiful city of Pokhara, which lies just 5 to 6 hours away from the capital. You can reach Pokhara city from Kathmandu via road or plane as well. The easy accessibility of the trek makes it an ideal choice for many trekkers as the chances of any flight cancellations or delays are greatly reduced. The trekking journey is also massively feasible with good communication services and safety. Annapurna Base Camp is a real trekking experience for all trekking enthusiasts.
Who can participate
- Age; 10 years.
- First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
- The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
- The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.
- Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
- Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 - 130 mm Hg)
- Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
- Should not have Liver and kidney issues
- Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Hypertension etc
- No pacemaker implant
- People with the Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
- If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.
- Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
- Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.
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- Altitude: 1,400 m/ 4,600 ft
- Stay: in the hotel (check-in at 12 noon)
- Briefing about the trek in the evening
- Sightseeing: Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Himalayan Views, International Mountain Museum (not included in the cost)
After a pleasant flight journey, arrive in Pokhara. It is the hub of mountaineers that lies on Phewa lake. All the big expeditions and trekking start from here. Snow-capped peaks surround the locality and you can see stunning views of the Annapurna Ranges. Enjoy the Himalayan views, rice fields, and Nepalese culture around. If you didn’t know, Pokhara used to be a trade route between India and Tibet some 300 years ago. You may also spot paragliders soaring above the city. The tranquil setting of Pokhara gives you a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature.
In the evening you can go sightseeing around the local attractions in Pokhara like the Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, and International Mountain Museum. You will also receive a briefing from our team regarding the schedule of upcoming and everything entailed in the trek. Your trekking day starts tomorrow and its a long journey ahead so rest well so that you are fresh and energized for tomorrow.
- Altitude: 2,000m/6,500ft
- Pick-up time: 7:00 am
- Drive to Sauli Bazar: 40km | Drive Duration: around 2 hrs
- Trek 5km, 4 - 5 hrs
- Gradual ascend throughout
- Water source: Villages and teahouses on the route
- Views: Machapuchhare and Annapurna (South), Hinchuli, Gangapurna, and Annapurna - 3
- Visit Old Gurung Museum in the evening
- Stay: at teahouses
- Lunch on the way
After breakfast, you will have a ride of approximately 2 hrs to Sauli Bazar. The actual trekking begins henceforth to Ghandruk crossing Lower Ghandruk. The path is well paved having stairs intermittently. The trek has a gradual ascent taking 5-6 hours to reach our camping site. Once you cross the bridge over the Bhurgundi River on your way to Ghandruk, you will arrive at Birethanti where you are required to sign documents as part of formalities with the local authorities for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Post this the trek begins to ascend towards Ghandruk.
From here, you will have to climb some stone steps to Kimche. After the stairs, the gradient of the road eases out a bit. From here it will take about 2 hours to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is considered the biggest village on the trek route. It is inhabited by stone-built small houses. The village is loaded with tea houses that serve typical Nepalese cuisine. The village also has a local museum that showcases the Gurung culture. In the south, you can notice Machapuchhare and Annapurna views on a clear day. Relax in your bed for a wonderful night in the mountains.
- Altitude: 2,200m/7,200ft
- Trek 10km, 6-7 hours
- First 1-hour ascent then descent till lunch point followed by an uphill climb to Chhomorong.
- Water source: Teahouses on the way
- Views: Annapurna (South), Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, and Annapurna 3, amazing sunset view on sunset on Annapurna Mountain Range
- Chhomorong market is the last market on this trek after this no market is available.
- Stay at tea houses
The hike today is through a delightful muddy trail laid up with scenic villages on both sides. After a descent of 1 hour, you will reach Kimrong Khola. Kimrong is a small village located on the top of a ridge offering panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains all around. A beautiful array of snow-covered peaks, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, and Hinchuli, begin to appear. From Kimrong, you have to descend about 400 m sharply to Kimrong Khola, through dense covers of Oak and Rhododendron trees. The route henceforth goes uphill until Chhomrong (a 4-5 hours hike). Chhomrong is situated at the base of the Hiunchuli mountains and you will see picture-perfect hilly settlements surrounded by green banana fields, rhododendrons, ferns, etc. are seen throughout. Chhomrong lies on a hilltop having stone paved stairs. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and permits are granted here. You can also see Sinuwa Village on the opposite side of the mountain. The sights of Annapurna South become prominent. Again there are numerous tea houses and shops selling batteries, memory cards, and other accessories. Watch the peaceful sunset on the Annapurna range and rest for the day.
- Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
- Trek 10 km, 5-6 hours
- Descend on stone steps to Chomrung Khola, then steeply ascend to Sinwa to Bamboo village.
- No mountain view in Bamboo
- Lunch on the way in teahouses
- Bamboo is full of Bamboo trees
Welcome another amazing morning in the lush green hilly setup. Start with a descent on 2500 stone-built stairs leading to a bridge. The hanging bridge then takes you to Chomrung Khola, which seems like entering into dense forests. The Sanctuary is flourished with rhododendrons, oak, and alpine trees. Therefore the trail looks lush and adorned with reddish-pink flowers.
Climb up the stairs to the other side of the mountain to Sinuwa Village. Below, you can see the Chomorng River gushing away with a torrential force. The trail is steep to Sinuwa village. Sinuwa is marked with a few teahouses and lodges. It is enclosed between thin forest cover. Past these points, the donkeys are not permitted on the trail and the goods are then carried by the porters from this point on. Annapurna III comes into clear visibility here. Another climb opens to Kulidhar then a downhill hike ends at Bamboo camp.
The bamboo campsite does not offer as many mountain views as other teahouse stops as it is at a lower altitude than the surrounding mountains. However, you may see a lot of Bamboo plants around the campsite. Rest well in Bamboo and tomorrow we will make our way to the stunning Machapuchhare Base Camp.
- Altitude: 3,700m/12,150ft
- Trek: 9 km | Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
- Moderate level of ascent crossing Modi Khola River.
- Water source: Teahouses on the way.
- Views: Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III
- Lunch is on the way.
- Stay in teahouses
Get all braced with enough energy as this is the strenuous day of the trek. Yet, the trail will show changing vegetation from sub-tropical to alpine and the sights will keep you revitalized. The height gain is close to 4000 feet, therefore take it slow and stay hydrated. In one hour the first village Dovan comes en route, identified by 5 lodges only. The tip of Machapuchhare mountain will be visible. Mix path of gradual ascends and descends with muddy trail lead to Himalaya. A wooden bridge and shrine will be the highlight of the trail. Himalaya has quaint tea houses. After Himalaya, the terrain sees a change from dense alpine forests to a bouldered region. You might see some vegetation like Bamboo, grass, and ferns.
A few landslide and avalanche-prone areas will be seen on the path ahead. An overhanging cave called Hinku arrives after an hour of hiking up. The entrance to the cave is blocked. The trail begins to descend for about 10 to 15 minutes from here. From here the trail descends for another 15 minutes until you arrive at two big snow patches. Cross the snow patches and a stream crossing followed by a climb of about 20 minutes to reach Deurali. This is the camping spot for the night. Deurali is surrounded by lush greenery and offers panoramic mountain sceneries. You can see the Machapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III from here.
- Moderate ascent till Annapurna Base Camp
- Views: Entire Annapurna range, panoramic views of Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, Machapuchare, Annapurna (South), and view of mighty Annapurna I, get fantastic 360-degree views and beautiful sunrise and sunset.
- Lunch at MBC
- Stay: in teahouses
The trail that climbs out of Deurali is a bouldered section. From here the trail opens up to a valley with Modi Khola thundering past you. Another section of the rocky terrain of 40 minutes directs you to Bagar. From here, you will walk past some abandoned lodges, and in about one hour you will come across a bridge over Modi Khola, after crossing this bridge the next halt, Machapuchre Base Camp is 30 minutes away. Keep your eyes on the left and you will see astounding views of the Annapurna Ranges while in your front you will get to see the majestic Machapuchhare Range.
MBC is a stunning place well-known for mesmerizing moon rise on Machapuchre mountain, do not miss this wonderful night sky. Along with it, other peaks seen are Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. Since you will be climbing close to 4,000 ft today, so be aware of signs of AMS. The route takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left for ABC. The initial trial has a steep ascend followed by a gradual ascend. You will be hiking above the tree line; hence no traces of trees will be seen.
Just as you get closer to the camp, the magnificent Annapurna I becomes bigger and bigger. The ABC is like being on an island encircled by giant peaks and huge never-ending ranges. 6000 and 8000 m peaks surround the base camp and it is an astounding sight to behold. 360-degree spectacles of the magnificent Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare. Enjoy your lunch looking at the white clouds waving over these peaks. If you are lucky enough, you may even spot some Marmuts on your way to the campsite. Spend the rest of the day breathing with the mountains. Live every moment and sleep in their shelter.
- Altitude: 2,500 m/ 8,200 ft
- Trek Distance: 13 km | Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
- Retracing the route with gradual ascend and descend
- Water source: Refill water bottles at teahouses
This is the longest day of the trek retracing the steps back to Bamboo. The trail as you know is mostly a descent so is quite easy. Wake up to an amazing sunrise over the Annapurna Massif. This is one of the best sunrises, you will see so try not to miss it. After watching a sunrise and a delicious breakfast, we will begin to head down towards Bamboo. The MBC, Deurali, Himalaya, and Dovan habitats will pop up again as you move down. Relax in your bed at Bamboo lodge after a long day of walking.
- Altitude: 1,700m / 5,600ft
- Trek Distance: 8 km | Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
- A mixture of steep ascending and descending trail
- Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
Again retrace your path to Sinuwa followed by a steep descent to Chomrung Khola. It should take around 45 minutes to reach Sinuwa. Cross the same hanging bridge towards Chomrung Khola. Another steep ascent will lead to Chomrung village. It will take about an hour to reach Chomrung Khola and 45 minutes more to Chomrung. Try to re-picture the sights you captured earlier and enjoy them.
From Chomrung take an ascending trail until you arrive at the fork where a signpost reads Jhinu. From here on, you have to take the steep descending steps, all the way, to Jhinu. It will take you around 1.5 hrs to reach Jhinu.
With downhill and then uphill hike Jhinu Danda settlement arrives. Jhinu is popular for its hot springs and you will see a lot of subtropical forests all around. Enjoy the refreshing hot springs of Jhinu 20 minutes away. Cherish your last night of the trek.
- Trek Distance: 2 km | Duration: 45 minutes
- Easy trail to road-head, from road-head drive to Pokhara
- Drive Distance: 60 km | Duration: 3 hrs
- Check-in at the hotel in Pokhara
- Debriefing and certificate distribution in the evening
From Jhinnu Hot Spring follow the descending trail to Kimrong Khola Bridge. It will take about 45 minutes. Keep walking on the trail along the houses and you will arrive at a road head. From here, you will board a vehicle to Pokhara. In about 3 hours you will reach your hotel in Pokhara. Spend the evening at your leisure in Pokhara. Your overnight accommodation is arranged in Pokhara as well.
Checkout time of the hotel is 10:30 am on day 10. As you will reach Pokhara in the evening, it is advisable to make any further travel plan on day 10 or after day 10.
- Pick Up Place
First of all everyone have to reach Pokhara.
You have to come to our hotel, once you book the trek our trek coordinator will share with you the hotel name, location and contact person number.
Options to Reach Pokhara
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only International airport located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no Pokhara airport, although it has its own landing field. One can fly to Tribhuvan airport and then can take an additional flight to Pokhara. The distance between Pokhara and Kathmandu is around 200 kms and can be covered in 5 hours 40 minutes. Popular airlines such as Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, and Simrik Air serve this Pokhara route.
There is no train option travelling to Pokhara, Nepal. The closest railway stations which one can arrive are Jaynagar, New Jalpaiguri or Gorakhpur. From there crossing the corresponding borders of Panitanki or Sunauli, one can take a bus to Pokhara via Kathmandu.
One can directly travel to the cities like Gorakpur or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and by crossing the Sunauli border can catch a bus or book a private car to reach Pokhara. The journey will take upto 8 hours to complete. Or one can fly to Kathmandu and then take public or private transport to Pokhara. The distance between these two cities is 200 kms which may take upto 6 to 7 hours.
To go back from the Pokhara, you can take any option by road or flight. Our services are up to hotel only and hotel check out time is 11:00 am.
- Cancellation Policy
Inclusion: 1. Accommodation: (Sharing basis) • Day 1 and 9 Stay in 3 Star Hotel in Pokhra with Breakfast • Day 2 to 8 Teahouse. 2. Private Transport: (According to Itinerary) • Pokhra to Nayapul and return. 3. Support: • 1 English Speaking Guide. • Assistant Guide (Depend on group size) 4. All meals during trek: (As per the itinerary) • Day 2 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch, Tea & Cookies on arrival at Tea Houses • 3 Cups Tea/Coffee with Meal, Fresh Fruit after Dinner. 5. All necessary permits and entry fees. 6. TIMS card. 7. High-altitude sleeping bag. 8. First aid medical kits 9. Store room facility in Pokhra for extra luggage. 10. Insurance of Trekking Guide and porters. 11. Services from Pokhra to Pokhra. 12. ABC Trekking Map 13. Entire Administration and Local Taxes.
Exclusion: 1. Any kind of personal expenses. 2. Porters for the personal bag* 3. Wi-Fi, charging batteries and hot showers, warm water for drinking 4. Nepal entry visa (approximately $40 USD) only for foreigners (Not for Indians) 5. Customary gratuities for guides & porters 6. Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc 7. Evacuation and medical expenses* 8. Drinks: Bottled water. 9. High-altitude Trekking Insurance is mandatory. 10. All costs not outlined under "What's included" 11. Permit and entry fee for Foreign Nationals/OCI/NRI
Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)
1- Satellite phone/setphone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.
2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.
3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly
Offloading for the personal backpack: Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can hire a porter. Charges of offloading backpack: INR 4800/-including GST, please let us know 10 days in advance Applicable for foreign national/OCI/NRI : Trek fee for Non-Indians are higher. However, They can book trek by paying fee applicable for indian national directly from website but balance's fee need to be paid in cash on your arrival or pay online prior to the trip. Non Indian's balance fee will be calculated as per ongoing current exchange rate to avoid any kind of confusion. If you want to pay in advance then mail us at [email protected] for balance payment link.
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
- 5% deduction of trek fee
- 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
- 30% deduction of trek fee
- 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
- 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
- Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
- 50% deduction of trek fee
- 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
- 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
- Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
- No cash refund
- 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
- 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
- If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.
- The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
- Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers
Cash Voucher Terms:
- This is a non-transferable voucher
- The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
- The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
- To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
- All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
- Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
annapurna base camp hike nepal
- Trip Duration 6 Days
- Difficulty Level Easy-Moderate
- Best Season March-May & Sep- Nov
- Max Altitude 4130 m.
Trek to Annapurna base camp is an extraordinary adventure into the glacial heart of the western Himalayas. We'll come face-to-face with the 10 th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna 8091m.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Enjoy a scenic drive through Nepal’s rural countryside between the capital city of Kathmandu and the adventure hub of Pokhara.
- Take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Pokhara, where the towering Himalayas can be seen reflected in the crystalline waters of Lake Phewa.
- Relish a sublime view of the sun setting over a panorama of spectacular mountains, including Annapurna, Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and more.
- Reward yourself with a relaxing soak at the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
- Explore the fascinating cultural traditions of the hospitable Gurung and Magar people.
This trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek ; Trail Follows winding trails along forested slopes and treks alongside rushing rivers of surpassing beauty as we approach Annapurna Base Camp on this uniquely accessible six-day itinerary.
It's an incredible combination of diverse cultures and nature. This trip is more than just a trek that we will never forget.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking ABC is one of the most popular hikes in the world. It's truly a trip of a lifetime experience.
Do you want to enjoy the thrills of this epic Annapurna trek without devoting weeks upon weeks to the experience? Our popular six-day ABC trek itinerary might be just what you're looking for.
This authentic Himalayan trekking package is the perfect introduction to the natural splendor of Nepal, taking you across an extraordinary range of landscapes over the course of just six days.
You'll stand in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on the planet, including skyscraping giants like Gangapurna (7,455 meters ), Machapuchare (6,993 meters), and Himalchuli (7,893 meters).
All told, the Annapurna massif is comprised of six distinct peaks reaching higher than 7,000 meters. The mighty Annapurna I clocks in at 8,091 meters, earning it the title of the 10th-highest mountain in the world, and you'll have front-row tickets to see it for yourself.
But there’s more to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek than the spectacular scenery alone. This route is often renowned as the best trek in the country when it comes to cultural diversity and the opportunity to become acquainted with Nepali people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
The mountain communities here in the Annapurna region are populated by Gurung and Magar villages and we'll visit a number of monasteries, temples, and shrines that are critically important to their primarily Buddhist faith .
Our trail will also lead us through the Annapurna Conservation Area , where we'll have the chance to spot rare animals like the red panda and Himalayan monal against a backdrop of lush greenery and shaded forest.
And all the while, craggy peaks, and graceful summits soar over our heads to catch the ethereal quality of light which can only be found here in the rarefied atmosphere of the Himalayas.
Best of all, our short comfortable ABC hike allows you to savor the spirit of adventure without worrying about all the little details. Alpine Ramble Treks will welcome you upon arrival in Kathmandu or Pokhara and arrange all of your necessary transportation, accommodations, meals, and trekking permits.
From the little village of Nayapul to Annapurna Base Camp itself, one of our friendly guides will be with you each step of the way to identify the correct route, assist you with any difficult patches of hiking, and share colorful stories about this region of Nepal.
We've proudly operated trekking and adventure tours in the Himalayas for years, and each of our guides is a consummate professional and a friend waiting to be made.
How hard is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek?
If you're ready to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime journey, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. Our tour experts are always standing by and can be reached. We also customized the tour based on your preferences. Our itinerary is always flexible!
Moreover, the trekking to Annapurna base camp is one of the most accessible hikes in the Himalayas. Most travelers in good health and reasonable physical fitness will be able to complete this itinerary without issue, and no previous trekking experience is required.
However, this trek does reach altitudes higher than 4,000 meters, and it’s important to drink lots of water and get plenty of good foods to let your body adjust naturally to the increased elevation. As always, your guide will look after your progress and ensure that you enjoy a safe and rewarding trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
If you’re looking for a greater challenge or if you simply want to spend a few more days in the mountains, Alpine Ramble Treks is proud to offer a host of alternate treks for you to consider.
Additional Benefits of this trek With ART
- Free Airport transfers pick up upon arrival and drop off at departure.
- Complimentary use of any necessary trekking equipment, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walkie-talkies, and an oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse.
- Provided storage room for storing the luggage/ suitcases in Kathmandu / Pokhara.
- ABC trail route map and full version of Itinerary
- Experienced loyal and friendly local guide and one porter for every two trekkers on a trek.
- Free transfer from Kathmandu- Pokhara - Kathmandu by Delux tourist bus.
- Fun souvenirs of your Himalayan adventure: a trekking route map, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Alpine Ramble Treks logo, and a hat!
- Medical kits including Diamox for AMS prevention.
Please note: The trekking times indicated below are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you’ll be able to travel freely at your own pace.
Day 1: Drive from Kathamndu to Pokhara (5-6 hours)
After breakfast, we will be heading to Pokhara by tourist bus to begin our short Annapurna Base camp trek. Traveling by tourist bus, you can expect the journey to take approximately six to eight hours. A tourist bus will be part of this program. But, Alpine Ramble Treks can also arrange for an airline ticket instead, which will come at an additional cost but will get you to Pokhara from Kathmandu in just 25 minutes, saving your time to explore more. In the evening in Pokhara, Savor the magnificent skyline ringed with mountains and gaze upon the glittering waters of Lake Phewa for the first day of the journey.
- Driving Hrs: 5-6 approx
- Maximum Elevation: 830m/2,713ft
Day 2: Drive from Pokhara to Siwai (2 hrs) and trek to Chhomrong (4-5 hrs)
The first day of our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins in the scenic lakeside city of Pokhara. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we’ll meet our driver and travel to a small village called Birethanti to collect our trekking permits. Then we’ll drive a bit further to reach the trailhead at Siwai, for a total of about two hours on the road this morning. It’s all on foot from here, and our trek gets underway in earnest as we cross picturesque suspension bridges, hike past sparkling waterfalls, and cross alpine meadows where yaks graze and Gurung villagers tend to crops of buckwheat and millet. As we approach our destination of Chhomrong, we’ll even start to earn some breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains.
Chhomrong itself is a sprawling hillside village where you’ll meet plenty of friendly Gurung villagers as we settle into our accommodations. We’ll be staying at one of the local trekking lodges or teahouses. This is how overnight trekking is usually done in Nepal, and you’ll reap the rewards of a home-cooked meal and a warm place to sleep. Once we get checked in, you can relax in the village with a hot mug of tea as dusk gathers over the summits of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the fishtail-shaped Machapuchare.
- Accommodation Type: Trekking Lodge (Tea House)
- Hike Distance : 4-5 hrs approx
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,& Dinner (included)
- Maximum Elevation: 2,165m / 7,105ft
Day 3: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (6 hrs)
Welcome the morning sunrise with a delicious breakfast and a cup of fresh tea as the light breaks over the mountains. After enjoying the marvelous view, we’ll begin our second day of trekking. Today’s trail starts with a stone staircase leading down for about an hour to the churning waters of the Chhomrong Khola river. We’ll cross a dramatic suspension bridge to reach the opposite bank before climbing the second series of stone stairs for another two hours. This will bring us to the little community of Sinuwa, where we’ll take a short break to soak in the tremendous view from 2,350 meters above sea level.
The second portion of today’s hike brings us through a quiet forest of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron for approximately two hours. The flatter terrain in the dense woodland here will serve as a brief respite before we begin the steep ascent to the little villages known as Bamboo and Dovan. We’ll pass through these communities and make our final ascent to the aptly-named Himalaya. There we’ll enjoy a well-earned hot meal and a good night’s sleep at one of the best guesthouses in town.
- Hike Distance: 6-7 hrs approx
- Maximum Elevation: 2,890m / 9,425ft
Day 4: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) via Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC)
Today we’ll earn the unique distinction of visiting not one, but two mountaineering base camps. We’ll hit the trail right after breakfast, and we can expect to trek for about four hours in total. This is perhaps the most exciting day of our Himalayan adventure, and we’ll begin by climbing for two hours to the astounding natural amphitheater of mountains known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. This is where we’ll find Machapuchare Base Camp at an elevation of 3,700 meters. From here, you’ll get splendid views of Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and the entire Annapurna massif.
After a short break for tea, we’ll continue across the dry moraine for two more hours and make the final push towards Annapurna Base Camp itself. The camp is situated at 4,130 meters in elevation, which represents the highest point on the entire Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The views here are nothing short of sublime: prayer flags are snapping in the wind, climbers and hikers are celebrating their achievements, and you’re completely surrounded by mountains. The panoramic vista from the base camp encompasses Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, and Gangapurna. But the star of the show is Annapurna I, stretching to an unbelievable 8,091 meters in height. We’ll spend the rest of the day at base camp enjoying the views and overnight at a nearby trekking lodge.
- Accommodation Type: Trekking Lodge (Tea House)
- Hike Distance: 5-6 hrs approx
- Maximum Elevation: 4,130m / 13,550ft
Day 5: Trek from ABC to Sinuwa (6-7hrs)
If you thought the views last night were spectacular, wait until you stand witness to the near-vertical south face of Annapurna I washed in the golden glow of sunrise. We’ll linger over our breakfast to make the most of this phenomenon, taking plenty of time to bask in the unrivaled splendor of Annapurna Base Camp’s 360-degree Himalayan views.
When you’re ready to move on, we’ll pack up our things and retrace our steps back to the village of Sinuwa. As we pass idyllic homesteads and hike through alpine valleys and verdant woodlands, you’ll begin to appreciate how the trail presents an entirely different aspect when traveled in reverse. The terrain will also be somewhat easier to navigate, now that we’ve begun our long descent from the high altitudes of base camp. After reaching Sinuwa, we’ll get checked in at another comfortable trekking lodge and have the afternoon and evening at our leisure.
- Hike Distance: 6-7 hrs approx
- Maximum Elevation: 2,150m / 7,100ft
Day 6: Trek to Siwai (3 hours) and drive from Siwai to Pokhara (2 hrs) /Kathamndu
Our overland adventure continues in reverse this morning as we follow winding trails along with terraced fields and tread secluded paths through sun-dappled stands of oak and rhododendron. After passing through the familiar village of Chhomrong, we’ll take a steep detour to the popular Jhinu Danda hot springs. These natural spring-fed pools are a fantastic place to relax and let the stress of hiking melt away from your body. The pools are situated in the scenic river canyon of the Modi Khola, and we’ll stop here for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
After drying off, we’ll shoulder our packs once more and begin the final two-hour hike back to Siwai, where we first joined the trailhead at the start of our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. When we arrive in town, we’ll link up with a local taxi or bus to drive back to Pokhara. This last stretch of road takes between two and three hours to cover. Back in Pokhara, we’ll get checked in at our hotel with plenty of time left to take a stroll in town, visit Lake Phewa, and dig into a sumptuous meal as the reward for all of our hard trekking. BTW, if you intend to travel back on the same day or the next day from Pokhara then we will be happy to arrange free transport by tourist bus from Pokhara - Kathamndu.
Please note: The trekking times indicated above are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you’ll be able to travel freely at your own pace.
However you choose to travel, we’ve got one more evening of celebration and revelry in store for you. Our last night in the vibrant capital of Nepal serves as a great opportunity to experience some of the best traditional and cultural points of interest which can be found here in Pokhara / Kathmandu. Some of the must-see religious attractions and other activities such as paragliding, bunjy jumping, and city tours in the cities are Pokhara and Kathamndu including the most popular places like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath stupas, as well as Kathmandu Durbar Square. When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, we’ll gather together for a farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.
Whether you’re departing Nepal tonight or spending another night in your hotel, remember that Alpine Ramble Treks provides complimentary transfers to Tribhuvan International Airport when it’s time to leave. Hosting your Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek has been our pleasure, and we hope you’ve had an unforgettable time in the western Himalayas. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Nepal!
- Hike Distance: 4- 5hrs approx
- Meals: Breakfast,& Lunch
- Cost Includes
- Cost Excludes
- Private Transfers for the International airport on arrival and departure date.
- A Full-board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, the main course) during the trek.
- A professional, experienced, and friendly Alpine Ramble’s government-licensed holder guide, covering meals, flight, insurance, accommodations, and equipment for 6-Day.
- A strong local porter/ helper ( 1 helper for 2 trekkers with limited weights of 10kg each)
- All the trekking documents
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP) Fee
- Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
- Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag
- 5- night accommodations in the best available mountain Tea Houses
- Enough Water purification tablets to purify your water during the trek for safe drinking water
- A handful of assistance guides for a group of 10 pax or above.
- Round-trip transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus
- Pokhara -Nayapul - Pokhara transfer by Private vehicles
- Snacks (crackers) and Seasonal available fresh fruits during the trek.
- ART's Certificate of Appreciation after the successful ABC trek
- Farewell dinner at the best typical Nepalese restaurant along with the cultural performances
- Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free T-shirt, route map, and duffel bags
- An Oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse at high altitudes area.
- A basic first aid box including Diamox for the high altitude sickness
- Emergency rescue operation assistance will be arranged in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
- All government, Local taxes/ vat, and official Expenses
- 10% OF ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT OUR SOCIAL IMPACTS INITIATIVE
- Nepal entry visa fees (You can obtain a visa quickly upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal). $30 USD for 15 days Visa.
- Extra accommodations and meals before and after the Anapurna base camp trek
- International airfare
- Personal expenses such as shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohol, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, fee
- Travel insurance - make sure to cover an emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuations from the high altitude up to 600 m
- Personal clothing or gears
- Additional costs, itinerary modifications, or delays caused by out of management control due to the weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, physical condition, etc.
- Gratitudes to the guides and staff (Recommended by local culture )
- And any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price "inclusive section" of this program
Dates & Price
All set dates are guaranteed departures. If the following dates are not suitable for your travel plans then contact us for your custom trip dates. The private trips are available on any date of your selection at any time of the year. Book Now and get the best deals today or share with colleagues to plan together.
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Foods for ABC trek
Trek to some of the world's highest mountains is obviously an amazing experience of a lifetime. In this function, we are trying to give some ideas about the foods that you get on your hike,
The breakfast items you may love on this trek : Common Tibetan Bread made from the wheat flowers that friend in oil (dry bread also available), Chapati with Cheese, Items of Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey, and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano!
The Lunch options : a different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan or chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.
The Dinner times may available : Momos (dumplings) different varieties of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan, chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.
At the tea houses, During the trek, you will have some options for meat items to eat in the lower area of the trek. Although as we go higher up in the mountain, the hotel offers fewer options of food items to choose from the menu because of the limited foods available in the mountains.
Deseret and Snack options: Apple Pie, Rice Pudding, fruit snicker or Mars bar, popcorn, cakes, and pastries are available at the tea houses.
The Tea and coffee options: You can have a wide selection of the drink items such as black and milk coffees, black tea, mint tea, ginger tea, Green and lemon honey tea, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice, and many others.
Annapurna region is a well-established access trekking route in Nepal.
We do not need to carry any tents, there are plenty of tea houses or trekking lodges available along the way, and accommodations in this region are simple but convenient.
During our 6 Days trekking trip, we will be staying at the best available tea houses which will be ensured by the company. The rooms usually come in double occupancy with a wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms but do not expect it in every place.
In addition, single rooms are available in this region and provided at your request except for two places Himalaya and Annapurna Base Camp
The Best Season for hiking to Annapurna Base Camp
The Trekking Seasons in Nepal are largely dictated by the summer monsoon, and our Short Trekking to ABC is no exception.
The monsoon typically lasts from June to August, and most visitors consequently choose to hike during the spring months of February to May or the autumn months of September to November.
Spring and Autumn are the best times of year to enjoy the perfect combination of comfortable temperatures and clear mountain views.
But you can hike in the Annapurnas at any time of year, and the snow-laden trails of winter are just as mysterious and evocative as the mist-shrouded hillsides of summer.
Whenever you choose to travel, rest assured that Alpine Ramble Treks will put together a trekking adventure that will surpass even your highest expectations.
Passport & Visa requirements
Traveling to Nepal is very easy for any traveler from all over the world.
Travelers need a visa to Nepal except for Chinese and Indian tourists, getting Visa for NEPAL is also very easy, you can get On AN ARRIVAL VISA at Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu arrival. Nonetheless, you need to enter Nepal within six months from the Visa-issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.
Visa Fees, forgetting the visa process for tourists there is a certain charge you need to face for Nepal, it's around 40 USD as visa application fees for 30 days tourist visa to forefingers except for Chinese and Indian people.
For those tourists who have Indian and Chinese passports then you will get a free visa to enter Nepal.
Extra Personal Expenses
This trek is fully covered with your meals, essential trekking permits, guide, transportation, accommodations on a trek, etc.
The foods (Lunch, Breakfast, and Dinner), foods will be served as per the package program and besides that, any personal and Barbier bills would be extra.
We would usually recommend our clients to hold USD5 to 10 per day for personal expenses to use on the trek, Just in case you use the laundry, battery, Phone cell, or drinking stuff.
Travel Insurance for trekking to Annapurna base camp
For Safety reasons, Travel insurance is very important and mandatory for any traveler to visit Nepal for trekking.
Getting travel insurance is easy online, we do not sell it but we will be happy to recommend reliable compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, medical evacuations expenses will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of possibility illness will be covered.
Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete coverage for anything things that you may go wrong, it's like security on which you can rely and enjoy your trip without any worries.
Trekking equipment for ABC Trek
Trekking with a good fit of equipment makes your trek more comfortable without any fears. However, we have sorted out some of the most common and handy pieces of gear that are recommended to carry,
- Suitable Hiking Thermal : Carry some pair of thermals that dry faster
- Fleece jacket: It is suitable to wear under the down jacket at a high altitude area in the cool temperature and suitable for the lower elevation of the trek just for itself.
- Windcheater: Very helpful and useful for hiking to protect from windy
- Down jacket: It's thicker in terms of size and very important to have one down jacket for this trek( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
- Comfortable Hiking Fleece, wool trousers: Prepare some fleece and trousers for this trek
- Trekking or hiking pants: It is essential, to buy a pair of pants with the waterproof
- Mittens, woolen gloves
- Warm Hiking socks: Hiking socks and some normal socks for the cool temperature
- Trekking shoes with spare laces : Make sure your use is waterproof just in case there is too much Snowcat in the base amp then it does wet your socks.
- Pair of a flip flop: A normal should be okay
- Underwear & Swimming costume
- Hiking Cotton trousers, t-shirts ( we do provide a hiking shirt of Alpine Ramble's ), you can some pairs
- Sun hat, scarf
- Sleeping bag: ( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
- Day backpack with 35-45L
- Small lock: If needed it is for the day backpack Necessary
- Reusable water bottles: 2 letters
- Water purification tablets, electric light
- Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
- Rain poncho
- Basic personal first aid kit
All above the lists of gear can easily be brought to Kathmandu on arrival, Kathmandu has a few gears door shops that offer a good price for the trekker, and different qualities from low to high range are available!
Transportations on Annapurna Trip
The travelers can get the good advantage of transportation from Alpine Ramble Treks as the company provides a free airport pick up on arrival and drop off at departure, as well as transfer to and from Pokhara.
Besides that, Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu has a daily flight by airplane which costs around 118-123 USD per person for one way, the flight arrangements will be happily done at extra cost at your preferences.
Note: On your arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by our airport representative with the traditional flower or Khata then you will be reassigned to the respective Hotel. Similarly, we will also provide private vehicles for the city tour like Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nagarkot Sunrise View tour, or any others in Nepal on request.
Annapurna Base Camp Trip Booking Procedure
Alpine Ramble Treks is fully registered and authorized by the Nepal government, the company registered number is 178805/074/075. We are also associated with various local and international tourism associations, so booking any treks with us is fully safe and secured, therefore, any adventure-interested travelers are heartily welcome to be part of this epic trip with us, we would be so honored to be part of your tour organization to make your trip at least once in a lifetime experience.
To process your trip booking is so simple, just go through this link and secure your place now. In the meantime, you can also send us your passport details to us via Email .
Last-minute Booking for the trip
Last-minute trip booking is possible and it can be made by any of you through Free Online Booking or by sending an email, message, Whatsapp, or calling.
The last-minute booking should be at least a day before the trip gets started and for any last-minute booking, the traveler should make the full payment in order to confirm the trip for the last-minute booking. However, last-minute booking for Bhutan and Tibet tours is not acceptable.
We look forward to experiencing this trip with you in the land of the majestic mountains.
This is my first trek; can I make it to Annapurna Base camp?
The trekking permits and TIMS (trekking Information of Management System) are required for all the trekkers to do trekking in the Annapurna region. These will be provided by a company which will be taken care of by the guide during the trek.
Does this ABC TREK program includes all the meals ?
We provide 3 meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. The foods can be ordered as per the teahouses' menu on the trek.
Can I store my stuff/ luggage in Kathmandu?
Yes, we have a safe place to store your luggage at our hotel or office.
Is there any internet and shower facilities on Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Most of the places or tea houses in this route have internet and hot shower facilities at a little extra cost. The shower in this route is provided in the bucket.
Will someone come to pick us up from the Kathmandu airport?
Yes, upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be received and welcomed by one of our airport representatives from the Alpine Ramble Treks and transferred to the respective hotel
Do We Need Travel Insurance for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Travel insurance is mandatory for any trek in Nepal including Annapurna Base Camp Trek. -your travel insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for individual trekking members, please kindly provide us your insurance to us at the time of booking your trip or later - before your trip get started. Alpine Ramble will help and assist you to buy travel insurance for potential unforeseen events or altitude sickness during the trek.
Is this trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?
Absolutely. Nepal is one of the safest countries in the world for solo travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the Annapurna base camp trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.
What is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
The highest point of the Annapurna base camp trek is ABC situated at an altitude of 4130m /13,550 ft.
Do our Guides and staff have Insurance?
All of our guides and staff are insured, Our Guides and Porters are all insured and they have trekking climbing insurances for trekking to any mountain in Nepal.
How hard is Annapurna base Camp (ABC) Trek?
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is a moderately easier hike in comparison to the other high altitude treks in Nepal including Everest Base Camp trek and Langtang Valley Trek.
Do We need Trekking permits for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
How long do we need to walk per day on our annapurna base camp trek .
The Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing journey that provides a fantastic mountain view. However, each day we walk 4-6 hours following the most beautiful sceneries
Can I choose my own departure Dates for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Absolutely, any date available for the Annapurna base camp trek as per your holidays. We customize the trip Itinerary on your own time and preferences at any time of the year.
How to avoid altitude sickness on Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Any one of us can feel high altitude sickness if we are not aware of this. In order to avoid the high altitude sickness, there are certain things that we should consider,
- Ascend Slowly
- Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
- Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
- Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
- Eat well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
- Use the Diamox as per the Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew
Will we be able to see and touch the snow at the Annapurna base camp?
Yes, during the pre-winter, the storms can bring snow even at the lower regions of the Annapurna region. During the winter especially in the mid-winter, snow covers most of the trails in this area. This route and the base camp is filled with so much snow and a glacier during the winter and pre-winter season in Nepal.
What are the possibilities of drinking water in Annapurna Base camp trek?
A regular bottle of water is available anywhere in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Buying mineral (regular-bottle) water from shops or tea houses situated on the trails is relatively cheaper than in the Everest region. It costs somewhere between RS 50- 200. As another option, carrying reusable water bottles and various forms of water purification agents is another possibility where tap or stream water can be purified before drinking on the trails. You will be helped to refill water in the bottles at the tea houses or in the streams or rivers available abundantly on the trail by your guides or locals at request.
What kind of accommodation can we get on Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
The accommodation on the Annapurna base camp trek is pretty convenient and it’s much the same as it is in the Everest base camp trek or Langtang valley trek. We always provide the best tea houses or trekking lodges for sleeping overnight during the trek in the mountains, the rooms are booked in the best lodge with two beds in each room with western toilet facilities and solar hot showers, wherever available. However, the higher we climb lower the facility we get due to the lack of facilities at such higher areas. As we ascend higher above Bambo and towards the base camp, the accommodation from these places will be basic with shared toilets and bucket shower, the room is normally dumetry type with 2-4 beds in a room.
Samuel Coura - July 14, 2023
It is very difficult to express in words the experiences lived during the 15 days that I had the privilege of being in Nepal and meeting and living with such friendly, pleasant, honest people who are always willing to help in every way necessary. Had an amazing and perfect experience with Alpine Ramble Treks! Our guide Sujal could not be better trained, prudent, and experienced. Likewise Dil, a memorable human being and always willing to solve any problems with agility, patience, and is extremely captivating in personal relationships. The only thing I can cite as regret is not doing more trekking with Alpine Ramble Treks and not staying longer in Nepal. From the first contact via email to the transfer to the airport, you will be fully supported by unforgettable people. If you go to Nepal, do not hesitate to explore this wonderful country with the ART team, you will undoubtedly be in the best company and with not only professionals but a big and rewarding family. I recommend them I intend to return in 2024 for more challenging adventures, with ART, of course! Warm hugs.
Tee G - March 02, 2022
We had an amazing trek! This is one of our favorite experiences (ever!?). Dilman, our guide and Lokendra our porter were excellent -- I cannot say enough good things about them! Dil was informative and very responsive in the weeks prior to the trek, helping us ensure we had all that we needed. I would highly recommend Dilman as a guide -- his experience brought a calm assurance as we ascended (and descended!) as well as amazing stories. His humor and poise, helped us through our 5 day trek. Along the way he shared with us about his culture, and how it related to the things we saw and experienced. This trek was not an easy feat, but he helped us every step of the way, and we are grateful to have had him as our guide! Lokendra is an excellent porter, he remained up-beat as he lugged our stuff up and down from the base camp. His humor too helped us with the challenge of this trek. At each tea house he and Dilman made sure we had everything we needed! I would 1000% recommend both Alpine Ramble for your next Nepal trek, Dilman as your guide and Lokendra as your porter! You will be in great hands, and have a marvelous time!
Fat s - April 08, 2020
I am very grateful to have found the Alpine Ramble team to arrange this trek for me. Dil has been in touch with me before and during my stay in Nepal. I never have to worry about anything from the time I landed in Kathmandu. They treated me as a family and made me feel safe and taken care of. When I didn’t felt good in the middle of the night, Dil came rushing and brought me to the hospital to make sure I am okay before the trekking without any cost. The team will extend way above beyond what a regular tour agency can offer and I would definitely recommend this team especially if you are a solo traveler. They will not hard sell and take advantage but they will only recommend you some options based on their expertise. The team is also flexible and understandable. My guide Krishna and porter Lucas are my brothers during the trek and they have arranged the best logging and let me choose which food I want to eat. They would brief me on our timeline every now and then. Krishna will be the one leading the way and heading the team and Lucas acts as a sweeper to make sure I am never left alone at the trail. Meaning I am guarded. There was never a time I felt unsafe. I had a great dinner and they showed us their cultural dances when we arrived in Kathmandu. I look forward to working with them again on my next visit to Nepal.
Rosie Cotterill - February 06, 2020
My boyfriend and I completed the 5 day Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek in early June 2019 and we had just the best time. From the moment we sent our first enquiry to Alpine Ramble we knew we were in safe hands as Dil (the owner) responded to us immediately and answered all our questions quickly and fully. From that moment on we were well looked after. ART picked us up from the airport (and greeted us with marigold garlands which was a lovely touch), they also came to our hotel to talk us through the itinerary and lent us sleeping bags and a waterproof duffel bag for the trek. ART arranged everything for us: transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara, permits, food, accommodation and they even let us change our return date so we were able to spend some extra time exploring Pokhara and then moving on to Chitwan. They were so flexible and helpful which made everything so easy for us. Our guide Laxman and porter Samir were very kind, knowledgeable, and they went out of their way to make sure we were happy, comfortable and always having a great time (including singing songs for us during some of the harder parts of the trek). I couldn’t recommend ART strongly enough. They were brilliant and we will definitely use them again if we return to Nepal in the future.
Frances W - November 06, 2019
The Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill is one of the most beautiful and scenic treks in the Annapurna region. We had an amazing time with our guide Laxman who always made sure we were comfortable in the best tea houses and topped up with Snickers and Oreos to keep us going! During our trek, unfortunately, Coronavirus issues took a turn but our guides quick thinking got us off the mountain and back to Kathmandu before roadblocks and a nationwide lockdown happened the next morning. We cannot thank him enough! Our guide was amazing and had our safety in mind, not only during the trek but also continued to support us (along with Dil, the tour manager) after the Trek ensuring we were safe and taken good care of. Communication with Dil was amazing, he was always quick to answer emails and any questions we had both before and after the trip. Both Dil and our guide, Laxman we're a pleasure to deal with and we will be back again for sure! Can't recommend Alpine Ramble highly enough!
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek: A Complete Guide
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is quite easy and shorter trek than other high altitude treks in Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
In Spring, it showcases many beautiful flowers including the national flower of Nepal – Rhododendron. Orchids, Machhapuchhre massif and the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki accompanies you during the trek.
You will spot at times high cascading waterfalls. And, you will get to learn about people of different ethnicity, especially Gurung people when visiting the Ghandruk museum.
Depending on which route you take, you may not pass through Ghandruk though. The trail is the same from Chomrung onwards but you can choose to include or not include Ghorepani Poon Hill and Ghandruk. Poon hill is a vantage point for the view of Annapurna plus other peaks and for sunrise and sunset.
Other highlights of this trek are the hot springs! Very relaxing and healing for your aching muscles.
Also, ABC passes through MBC (Machhapuchhre Base Camp). What a blissful moment. Visit two base camps in one trip!
Together with Annapurna Circuit, these trails welcome about seventy percent of the total trekkers visiting Nepal.
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- Spectacular and close view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri
- Hot springs
- Gurung Museum in Ghandruk
- Exotic flora and fauna
- Kali Gandaki is the deepest Gorge
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Earthquake Update for Annapurna Base Camp
The devastating earthquake of 25 April and 12 May was kinder to the Annapurna region. It suffered the least damage. According to Miyamoto International’s report on damage assessment, less than 1 percent of the route and 3 percent of guesthouses dismantled during an earthquake. Most of the damage occurred on the Annapurna Circuit trail rather than ABC trail. So, the region welcomed trekkers during the peak season of autumn (September-November).
Fixing minor damages the route regained its beauty by September the same year. Now, it is back to normal, as safe as it ever was.
When is the best time to do Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
You can go to Annapurna Base Camp trek any time of the year. Yet, the monsoon is not a good time. There is heavy rainfall during the evening or night but the dark clouds are ever present. This means bad to no view of the beautiful peaks. It also means leeches, mosquitoes, possible landslides and slippery roads. But, this is the time when animals are most active. If you are a keen biologist, then monsoon is best for you.
First, here are the seasons. In Nepal, there are six seasons but it translates as:
- Spring (March to May)
- Summer/Monsoon (June to August)
- Autumn (September to November)
- Winter (December to February)
Autumn is the best time to do this trek. Autumn is a dry season that offers clear blue sky and moderate temperature. This is the best time do any trek in Nepal and is, therefore, very crowded.
You could go during December if you would like it to be quieter. ABC is possible in winter as well. Dry air and clear sky with the best visibility but, during winter, it will be very cold and will snow. If you plan to trek in December, you need to prepare well with appropriate packaging.
Starting from January, you need to be careful about the avalanche when traveling from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. This stretch is prone to avalanche. Trekkers should be careful no matter what time in a year they are trekking when trekking from Deurali to MBC.
Spring is another best time to do Annapurna Base Camp trek. Watch out for the avalanche though. Listen to the locals for the news about the avalanche ahead. In spring, the trail will bloom with red and white rhododendrons and many other exotic flowers found in this region, a good time to go for botanists.
Annapurna Base Camp trek route/itinerary
There are 2/3 routes that you can take to ABC. From this, you can plan out many itineraries. All routes coincide at Chomrong and follow the same path to the base camp.
The trail can go straight to the Annapurna Base Camp or take a detour to Ghorepani Poon Hill or take a smaller detour to Ghandruk or both. You can make the climbing stop and returning stop at different villages. Of course, taking different routes causes plus or minus 3-4 days.
Here is a sample itinerary. This trail goes through Ghorepani Poon Hill. In general, the trek starts from Pokhara to Nayapul and ends like Phedi to Pokhara.
Personally, I think Ghanduk is a prettier village but Pothana is no less beautiful. Also, it is better to go through Ghorepani than to do a straight march up to ABC and back.
Trekking Permits and Costs for Annapurna Base Camp
To trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you need two permits.
- One is Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card. This costs:
For SAARC nationals: Nrs.200 (about US $2)
For Others: Nrs.2000 (about US $20)
- Second is Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that costs NRS. 2000 (about US $20)
Trekking Gears or Trekking Equipment Required
What to pack for the trek is one of the important questions. Not having proper gears can prove troublesome. It may cause health issues or ruin your mood.
Here is a general idea of what you should bring to Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
- A lightweight trekking boots . It is not impossible to do this trek in sneakers or trainers. Many people try it. Just that you will be walking in snow for some part of the trek and boots offer more safety. But, make sure that your shoes are well fitting, light and comfortable
- A pair of crocs
- Four pairs of liner socks . Two pairs for a warm climate and two pair for cold climate. Trekking/liner socks are better but it is okay if you only have the normal ones.
- Few pairs of underwear. There is trekking underwear that you could buy at home. They are good for other outdoor activities as well. You can find normal underwear in Nepal.
- A high-quality best ultralight packable down jacket and a down pant. You can buy or rent a good down jacket and a down pant in Nepal for cheap for a $1 or less per day.
- T-shirts and trousers keeping in mind both cold and warm temperature you will be traversing.
- A set of thermals. Or, you could layer up.
- A light sleeping bag. You can either buy or rent in Nepal or bring from your country.
- A trekking pole. Though easy, there are many ups and downs in this trek and a trekking pole can assist you. Else, you can find a sturdy stick en route and use it to support yourself.
- Two pairs of Gloves. One for warm weather and one for the cold.
- A woolen hat
- A torchlight or a head torchlight
- A First aid kit including Diamox and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
- Toiletries– Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, water purifiers, sunscreen, moisturizer, toothpaste, and toothbrush.
- A waterproof map of Annapurna Base Camp
- Snacks you like and entertainment such as books, cards, an iPad etc.
Are you unsure of what equipment to buy in Nepal and what to bring from home?
For detail info, check this: buy trekking equipment at home or in Nepal .
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the frequently asked questions answered to provide a clearer picture of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
1) 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 dare to, you can.
2) How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. Sometimes your working hour is only 3/4 hours. While during pleasant and easy trails you walk for 6/7 hours.
3) 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.
4) What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?
You can charge batteries en route. For this, you need to bring your charger. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.
5) Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You have to draw enough cash from Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are many ATMs in these cities. Everything you do is in Nepali rupees. So, you need to carry enough Nepali currency before you set off for the trek.
6) What about internet access?
Yes. You will have enough Internet access in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you in your home country and at losing connection is very common at times.
7) Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
It depends on you. If you want, you can go solo on this trek. You can 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 offseason.
It 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 they will plan everything for you. You come, trek and return. Simple!
8) 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.
9) How much should I tip guides and porters?
People have become used to receiving tips. However, there is no set amount as tipping is a westerner created culture. They will be happy to receive what you see fit to give. If you feel confused, trekkers have taken 15% of the total pay as the standard.
I.e. Say $20 per day times 10 days= $200 dollar. Therefore, 15% means $30 tip. This is quite enough. $30 = Nrs.3000 (roughly). So, you could tip anything from Nrs.2500 to Nrs.4000 depending on your satisfaction.
This is for guides and porters only. You do not need to tip taxi drivers or restaurant staffs. If you are adamant about tipping waiters, 10% of the bill is the standard pay. These are already included as a service charge though.
If there are other questions you like to inquire upon, please comment below. We would love to answer your queries.
Food, Accommodation and their Cost during Annapurna Base Camp trekking
Lodges cost around $2 per day. You can rent a private room with twin beds or a dorm room with 4-6 beds. They are small but cozy and tidy.
There are fancier hotels that cost much more but around $2 is the price for normal teahouses. Lodging in these fancy hotels refers to luxury trekking. They are costlier. ‘Comfort against weather’ wise, luxury trekking is not necessary at all for ABC trek.
Locals expect you to eat where you stay. Teahouses make money on food rather than lodging. You would agree that $2 is much lesser. There are different food options you can choose from. You can have eggs prepared in different ways, chapatti, cereals with milk, and sandwiches. Or, potatoes prepared in different ways, packet noodles, chowmein, momo, macaroni, pudding, Dal Bhat Tarkari and more. Dal Bhat is the cheapest and most filling option. For drinks, you can have tea, coffee, flavored hot drinks etc. They sell alcohols as well.
On average, $25 per day will cover three meals, no matter what you choose to eat, and many cups of hot beverage. This budget will not accommodate alcohols. If you drink, it is better to drink on your return trip. Alcohol and caffeine will make you vulnerable to AMS. Know below about AMS:
What is AMS?
Anyone traveling over 2400m should know about AMS. AMS can be fatal.
Also known as altitude sickness, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the effect of high elevation on our body. Our body responds to the lower air pressure and lower concentration of oxygen at the heights.
You feel a headache, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, shortness of breath etc. Do not ignore the symptoms. It won’t get better in an instance. Rather, it will only get worse and turn into fatal conditions HAPE or HACE. if you do not take proper concern. You need to take proper rest and ascend downhill.
The best thing to do in case of AMS is to stop ascending. Turn back and descend or stay in the same elevation for the day. Most people acclimatize in a day, some people can take 2-3 days. Diamox helps in acclimatizing. If it does not get better, descend.
Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you over 4000m. So, it is very important to adopt preventive measures like staying hydrated, eating well, ascending slow etc.
Click here to know more about AMS prevention measures.
Some Tips for Annapurna Base Camp trekking
Here are some suggestions that may be of help while trekking.
- If you order Nepali meal set or Dal Bhat Tarkari, you can take seconds and thirds for free, except for meat. Eat as much as you like.
- Carry enough cash with you during the There are no ATMs in ABC trail.
- Set aside about $150 to pay for transportation and entry fees for monasteries and museums.
- Add some contingency days as you might need one more day for acclimatizing. Or, you may like to explore one more place.
- Do not believe all the locals. Bad people can be anywhere. Let’s say, if you ask how far is place A, they may say you have reached place A to get you to stay in their tea house. Not all people are like that. Most are friendly and helpful.
- You can rent the expensive gears instead of buying them if they will not be of use in the future.
- Public display of affection is not welcomed and wearing revealing dresses will earn you unwanted criticism.
- It is rude to click people without their knowledge. Ask them first, if it is okay to take their pictures.
- Foods might take a little longer to cook. Order earlier.
- Take proper precautions against AMS/altitude sickness.
Hope this helps in deciding on and planning out your trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
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A Complete Guide of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Jun 29, 2023
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), locally known as Annapurna Sanctuary, is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. This beautiful journey takes through the verdant hills towards the lab of mighty Annapurna at the height of 4,130m. Located at the heart of Annapurna Massif, the camp shares one of the most beautiful mountainous views from every possible angle.
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Many travelers choose Annapurna Base Camp over Everest Base Camp because it is shorter and relatively more economical. But little do they know, Annapurna has its own characteristics and significance. The trek is all about walking below humongous mountains inside unique flora with a sensational touch of a distinct culture.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek that can be completed in around a week. The days can be extended by adding other alternative routes like Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek. Furthermore, the trek can be continued from Annapurna Circuit too.
In this post, we are going to take a detailed guide to Annapurna Base Camp Stick till the end.
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Total days :6-12 days
Total distance :80km/50mi
The highest point :4,130m
Permits :ACAP permit & TIMS card(optional)
Guide :Not mandatory but mandatory after 1st April 2023
Starting point :Ulleri/Ghandruk
Ending point :Jhinu Danda
Here is Annapurna Base Camp Highlight
- The overwhelming view of Annapurna Massif.
- Discover Gurung and Magar culture.
- Short and sweet trek of Nepal.
- Well-managed trail and standard Tea Houses.
- Lush green forest with diverse flora and Fauna.
- Sleep at an altitude of 4,100m surrounded by mountains.
- End the trek with a relaxing natural hot spring.
Here is Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Here, we have a brief itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trek:
Note: this is a normal itinerary, this trek is quite flexible. It can be optimized and extended according to your day's availability.
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Annapurna Base Camp Altitude with Chart Show Accending and Descending on the Trip.
Annapurna Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters above sea level. Or, 13,550 feet above sea level. Also, which will be the highest point of the trek? Here, we have provided the detailed altitude chart of the ABC trek via Poon Hill:
Are You Curious About Annapurna Base Camp Distance?
From Jhinu Danda to Annapurna Base Camp to again Jhinu Danda is approximately 80 kilometers/ 50 miles. If you want to trek via Ghorepani Poonhill then it can add around 35 kilometers/ 22 miles.
Where is Annapurna Base Camp Located at Map?
Annapurna Base Camp is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area under the Annapurna Rural Municipality, named after Annapurna Mountain. It is located in the central part of Nepal in the Kaski district of Gandaki Province around 50 kilometers away from Pokhara.
Chhomrong village is the entrance gate of Annapurna Base Camp. The Base Camp lies in the heart of Annapurna Massif. At the height of 4,130 meters above sea level, the campsite has an overwhelming view of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Tent Peak, Khangsar Kang, Hiunchuli, and many more.
What Permits are Required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek does require permits to trek. The permits required are Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
ACAP permit is mandatory and has several checkpoints throughout the route. While the TIMS permit is optional, nowadays, authorities do not check for those permits .
Looking for the Best time to go to Annapurna Base Camp?
Autumn and Spring seasons are the best to visit Annapurna Base Camp. These seasons are pleasant weather along with clear visibility. Also, it is noted as the high season for trekking.
Autumn is also the festival season of Nepal bringing joy and prosperity. Meanwhile, the spring season covers lush forests with blooming flowers. The spring season consists of March, April, and May. The Autumn season runs for three months from September to November.
The winter season can be favorable for trekking unless it starts snowing. For sure, the temperature goes down more than the average, however, it is the low season with clear weather.
It rains almost every day in the Monsoon season. So, it is not favorable for trekking while all the trails are muddy and wet. Also, there are high chances of getting leech attacks.
What is the Average Temperature of Annapurna Base Camp?
The average temperature of Annapurna Base Camp is around 5°C. Mostly, the base camp is always cold, so you need warm clothes to keep yourself nice and warm.
The lowest temperature recorded is -20°C during the winter season. The warmest temperature was around 15°C in summer. Overall, keep in mind it is always cold.
How Difficult is Annapurna Base Camp?
To be honest, trekking in Nepal does not come easy. However, Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate-level trek that anyone can enjoy effortlessly. The trails are well-managed along with good accommodation and food service. Furthermore, Annapurna Sanctuary has less risk of landslides and avalanches which makes it the safest place to trek.
Is Annapurna Base Camp Suitable for Beginners?
As the highest point is around 4,130 meters, there is less chance of getting altitude sickness. Which also makes the trail the perfect choice to begin for beginners. We have tips for beginner trekkers . Make sure to check them.
As mentioned above, Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate trek. This trek is not strenuous like other trekking routes. But, if you are a beginner you should be physically fit to be able to walk 5-6 hours every day.
How to Prevent Altitude Sickness during the ABC Trek?
Altitude sickness, known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a sickness that usually occurs at high altitudes due to low oxygen levels and low atmospheric pressure. The symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, and so on. Annapurna Sanctuary does not take to high altitudes like other trekking routes but should be concerned about altitude sickness. Most trekkers can still digest high altitudes but prevention is better than cure. Good news! Altitude sickness can be prevented. The best way to fight back is acclimatization. Eat enough carbohydrates and stay hydrated. In case you are not feeling good, you can take Diamox tablets too.
What Kind of Transportation Do We Expectation during Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
The primary means of transportation to Annapurna Base Camp is ground transportation. Recently, roads have reached various villages in the Annapurna region. Due to delayed development, half of the roads are not pitched yet. The roads have connected to some famous villages like Ulleri, Ghandruk, Jhinu Danda, and Ghorepani. Ghandruk and Jhinu Danda have been great spots to start the Annapurna base camp trek. It is usually 4-5 hours of ride from Pokhara. There are plenty of public buses and jeeps from Pokhara. Which buses are cheaper options than jeeps? They leave at different time intervals but most of them in the morning. Also, you can reserve a jeep for the fastest and most convenient ride. You can catch buses from Baglung Buspark and Jeeps from Hari Chowk of Pokhara. The last option to reach ABC is through the direct helicopter ride. Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour is also one of the most famous tours in the wilderness. It is the quickest as well as easiest way to ABC.
What Type of Accommodation Expetation in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Base Camp is a tourist destination and is more focused on the satisfaction of tourists. The tea houses and lodges are at the top knot in terms of design and services. Surprisingly, almost every tea house is clean and well-sanitized. But, in upper settlements like ABC, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, etc the tea houses are at a basic level. Also, the rooms are in the dormitory system. However, throughout the year the level of tea houses is growing rapidly.
What Kind of Food and Beverages are Available in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Are Electricity and Internet Available in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Electricity is available throughout the route even in ABC. Nowadays, tea houses do not charge money for charging devices. Also, charging plugs are available in every room. But in upper settlements charge ports are only available in the dining hall. Therefore, you might stay in the queue to charge your devices. It is better to carry a power bank just in case. Likewise, Wifi is available all around the route. Tea houses charge USD1-USD4 depending on the place you are staying. It is not fast enough because everyone will be using the same wifi but it is ready to go.
Is any mobile network available in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Yes, Nepal Telecom and Ncell have nice connectivity all around the trail. But, sometimes the network does not work during harsh weather.
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Is annapurna base camp trek cost affordable.
Trekking at Annapurna Base Camp is not as expensive as Everest Base Camp Trek. But it does not come cheap either. With the perfect budget planning, it can be a lifetime experience. Talking about food, the most expensive item is Dal Bhat which can cost USD 6 which is NPR 750. That means a three-time meal can cost USD 18 on food. Also, the expensive beverage can cost around USD 2 which means USD 6 per day. At maximum, you will spend around USD 25 per day on food and beverage. Room charges depend upon a couple of factors: the level of tea houses and the type of room(common and attach). It can cost between USD 4 - USD 9. Also, other expenses are wifi, hot shower, and so on. Furthermore, the hiring guide and porter can add USD 30 - USD 40 to your bill. On top of that, a permit for ACAP cost NPR 3,000 , which is around USD 25. In addition, TIMS cost NPR 2000 i.e. USD 18. In a nutshell, if you spend your money wisely, you can enjoy a whole day between USD 30 - USD 35. In such a price range you can barely get a meal in Switzerland.
Annapurna Base Camp Complete Package
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek package is the exclusive service package provided by the travel agent to make your trip effortless and convenient. There are various local and international travel agents to choose from.
Are guides and Porters needed for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Not really, guides and porters are not required to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Anyone can travel in the Annapurna region without an extra helping hand. It is a paradise for solo travelers. However, hiring a guide and porter is highly recommended. You can understand the culture and history of Nepal even better. In addition, a porter can help to carry all your stuff. According to Nepal Tourism Board, “ Trekkers are Mandatory Hiring a Guide after 1st April 2023 ”.
What should you pack for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Remember a light backpack with all essential gear and equipment is the key to unlocking a successful trek. Your backpack should have everything important but don’t overdo it.
Here, we have a packing list for Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
- Down jacket.
- Rain jackets.
- Hiking pants.
- Bunch of T-shirts.
- Hiking boots.
- A pair of sneakers.
- Thermal innerwear.
- Warm socks.
- Buff/neck warmer.
- Lightweight towel.
- Medication / first aid kit.
- Dry fruits and nuts.
- Energy chocolate bars.
- Tissue rolls and wet whips.
- Portable charge.
- Sanitary pads (for women)
- Thermos bottle.
- Trekking poles.
- Head torch.
- Sleeping bag.
- Fun games like Uno, cards, etc.
This is only a normal packing list, for a detailed packing list make sure to check them.
How Many Days Does it Take for a Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara?
Pokhara is the gateway for most of the trekking routes in the Annapurna region. So, starting the trek from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp is not a topic of surprise. Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara and Short ABC trek are the same terms.
Meanwhile, a new international airport has been established in Pokhara. It will be easier to start the Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhara . The trek from Pokhara consists of a 7 days itinerary. Below, we have provided an outline itinerary to ABC from Pokhara:
Annapurna Base Camp Short Trekking Suggested Itinerary 06 Days
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m) – 25 to 30 minutes & drive to Samrong Khola (1790m)/ Siwai (1230m) via Nayapul (1010m) – 2 ½ to 3 hours & Trek to Chommrong (2140m) - 4 to 5 hours Day 02: Trek Chommrong to Himalaya (2920m) - 7 to 8 hours Day 03: Trek Himalaya to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m) - 3 to 4 hours, & visit Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) back to MBC- 3 to 4 hours Day 04: Trek Machhapuchre Base Camp to Jhinu Danda (hot spring) (1780m) - 8 to 9 hours Day 05: Drive Samrong Khola (1790m) at Jhinu Danda (Hot spring) to Pokhara (950m) -2 ½ to 3 hours Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours or by taking a flight 20 minutes from Pokhara to Kathmandu, then your own destination.
*Note: if you wish to make the changes during the trek, you can also discuss this with your Guide. The itinerary is quite flexible.
Are there other alternative Trekking routes Avavible for Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna Base Camp trek has lots of alternative routes to join through. After Chomrong the trail is one-way to base camp following the Modi River. But to reach Chromong there are many optional routes to join with.
As said above, ABC can continue from Ghorepani Poonhill trek , Khopra Trek, and Mohare Danda trek , on top of that after completion of trekking you can continue to other side treks to pristine villages like Sikles, Laung, Dhampus, and many more.
Even some trekkers take the next step by continuing from Annapurna Base Camp from Annapurna Circuit. If you want a hardcore adventure in Annapurna then, the Annapurna circuit joins Annapurna Base Camp and finishes through Mardi Himal will be a perfect choice.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is a dream for many wanderlusts around the globe. But without any preparation, a slight mistake can ruin your dream to conquer ABC. So, this post is focused on how to prepare for your next trip to Annapurna. If this post was helpful, give us a kind review. Until next time.
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Trek to Annapurna Base Camp entails several natural attractions located in the Annapurna regions. It blends natural enriches, cultural delights, Himalayan magnificence and warm hospitality of Gurung people all into one. Begin your endeavor to the base of the tenth highest peak in the world, Mt.AnnapurnaI(8091m) in Nepal and fulfill your adventure needs.
- Highest Point Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
- A beautiful spot Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3700m
- Very popular Gurung village Ghandruk and Chhomrong
- Jhinu Natural Hot Spring
- Beautiful view of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre etc.
- The trek will be on the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP)
- Many suspension bridge
- Gurung and other people life style and culture
- Trek is mostly Peaceful hike on the Jungle and tarrace
- You will pass small villages or tea houses every 2 hours walk
Annapurna I (8091m) stands in the western Himalayan belt of Nepal with towering neighbors. The massifs surrounding these towering mountains include some of the most alluring rocky peaks. Annapurna II: 7,937 meters (26,040 feet), Annapurna III: 7,555 meters (24,786 feet), Annapurna IV: 7,525 meters (24,688 feet), Gangapurna: Approximately 7,455 meters (24,459 feet), Annapurna South: 7,219 meters (23,684 feet), Hiunchuli: 6,441 meters (21,132 feet) and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain): 6,993 meters stands tall beside the tenth highest mountain in the world. These mountain peaks create a bowled-shaped valley in between them. The trek to this valley is what we call Annapurn a Base Camp Trek or ABC Trek. The 7 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is initiated in the bustling Pokhara city. It is one of the few treks that provides a wholesome experience. Ranging from rural villages, picturesque mountain vistas, hot springs, raging Himalayan rivers, terraced farms, luxuriant green forests, and remote trekking experience, ABC Trek summons it all. From Pokhara, a 2 hours drive westward takes us to Syauli Bazar. Syauli Bazar is a crossroad point for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This place resides on the banks of Modi Khola river which originates from the Annapurna mountains.
As the Annapurna Base Camp trek map suggests, the starting point of the trek is at Syauli Bazar. It resides at a distance that measures 2 hours drive from Pokhara. We begin our trek with an ascent towards Ghandruk village, a prominent Gurung settlement. Our hike first takes the dirt road till you reach the stone steps carved to reach Ghandruk village. The fascinating aroma provided by Ghandruk is unparalleled in other spaces. From here on we take the mountainous foot trail headed to the gigantic massifs located towards the north. You will be welcomed by the alluring glimpse of Annapurna South and Mt.Fishtail as you approach Chomorong. Chomrong is another dense settlement located atop a colossal hill overlooking the Annapurna mountains. Hereon after, the trail follows through small hamlets located along the rocky cliffs. Sinuwa, Bamboo, Dovan, Himalaya, Deurali, MBC to reach Annapurna Base Camp .
These villages stretched across the trail are built in a typical rural setup of Nepal. Each of these stops consists of more than 4 houses converted into tea houses. Built with local resources like mud, stone, and clay and roofed with blue tin, these villages provide a quaint and serene atmosphere during the trek. Machhapuchhre Base Camp is a prominent stopover on your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Situated at an altitude of 3700 meters, it sits right at the base of Mt.Fishtail, or Machhapuchhre as the locals call it. You will have a northern-face view of this mountain from MBC. It sits in a cliffside flat overlooking the villages below. Right after MBC is Annapurna Base Camp. As you move northbound from MBC a series of mountain vista unveils before your eyes. Annapurna Base Camp sits with gigantic mountains surrounding it. The trail becomes semi-arid with semi-alpine landscape features. You will first encounter the southern face of Annapurna I with its neighbors standing beside it. This point in your trek is nothing less than a heavenly body.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Nepal is nothing short of a surreal experience; it encompasses both fulfillment and adventure. As you ascend further up the mountain trail, you will encounter lower-altitude villages inhabited by Brahmins and Chettris before reaching higher elevations which are home to Gurungs. Along your journey, make sure to stop at tea houses that offer an array of delicious cuisines with specialties hailing from Tibetan and Nepalese traditions. It is crucially important that visitors strictly adhere to all regulations set forth by the conservation area when visiting Annapurna Base Camp. Consumption or possession of meat products within these sacred grounds is strictly prohibited. Also, the Annapurna Base Camp trek cost can vary depending on your requirements and preferences.
Points of Attractions in 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna region embodies a series of natural diversity. Firstly, the towering mountains that sit tall in the northern territory. Followed by them are the dense forests that include herbal plants and rich floral diversity including Rhododendron, Birch, Fir, Bamboo, and Juniper. Also, the rivers originating from the glacial moraine of the Annapurna massifs cut their way through narrow alleyways between the high hills. We have highlighted a few not to miss attractions during your trek to ABC.
Natural Hot Spring: A natural hot spring lies on your way to Annapurna base camp. It is located in the small hamlet called Jhinu, the last stop of your trek. Jhinu lies at an approximate distance of 14 kilometers from Nayapul. This village resides right next to the Modi River which originates from the Annapurna mountains. At the entrance of the village right next to the river is a small pond where natural hot water emerges from below. This hot spring is believed to cure many health-related issues. Also, it serves as a relaxation point for trekkers who return from their multiple days of strenuous trek.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project: Annapurna Conservation Area Project is a protective initiative by the government of Nepal. The biodiversity of the Annapurna region located in the Kaski, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, and Parbat districts is protected under this project. This project was initiated in 1986 and has since been protecting the natural enriches of the area. The dense forests, flat lands of Mustang and Manang, High mountains, Semi-arid terrain, Raging white rivers, enriched fauna, and distinct culture of the locals are preserved by ACAP. You will need an ACAP permit for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp . Permits usually range from $30 for foreigners and $10 for SAARC nationals.
Annapurna Massifs: Annapurna Mountains which rise as high as 8091 meters are a series of high mountains located in western Nepal. The trek to ABC pierces through the base of these high mountains. From far away, these mountains seem astonishing. The peaks rise high and are shimmering with snow for most of the year. On your traverse to Annapurna Base camp, you will traverse to the middle of these gigantic mountains. The prominent peaks as seen during ABC trek are Annapurna I (8,091 meters / 26,545 feet), Annapurna South (7,219 meters / 23,684 feet), Hiunchuli (6,441 meters / 21,132 feet), Machapuchare (6,993 meters / 22,943 feet), Gangapurna (7,455 meters / 24,457 feet)and Baraha Shikhar, Glacier Dom etc.
Gurung Villages: Ghandruk and Chhomrong The trail leading to Annapurna Base Camp and most of Annapurna region is inhabited by Gurungs. The people from Gurung communities have a rich cultural heritage, distinctive traditions, and a long history deeply intertwined with the Himalayan landscape they call home. These groups of people are scattered all along the trail. The majority of Gurung people follow Tibetan Buddhism and have distinct cultural practices. For most of the trek, you will be residing in teahouses run by these groups of people. You will fully immerse in their culture and walk of life during your trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
If you want to include the Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, It is possible to include them. For flexibility, you may book your own accommodations Hostel to a 5-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and you can stay more than one night in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after the trek at your preferred place.
Transportation for Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
There are a variety of transportation options for Tourist/ Private Car / Flight for Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu. If you choose one of them, we can arrange for you.
Himalaya Trip organizes 7 Days ABC Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu.
ABC trek can be done in 7 days from Kathmandu : If you take both ways flights for Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu, you can finish in 7 Days from Kathmandu.
Duration of Trek: We organize this trek from 6-9 days. You may choose according to your available time and comfort.
6 Days ABC Trek is US$485 per person.
7 Days ABC Trek is US$525 per person.
7 Days ABC Trek is US$475 per person without a porter If you want to carry your backpack and do not want a porter.
9 Days ABC Trek with Poonhill is US$625 per person.
Blog: A Complete 7 Days ABC Trek
If you are looking for options in the Annapurna region, you may have these options Poonhill T rek, Mardi Himal Trek, Mohare Danda Khopra Trek , Annapurna Round Trek , Upper Mustang Trek , Nar Phu Valley Trek Jomsom Muktinath Trek, etc.
Day 01 : Kathmandu or Pokhara - Nayapul - Birethanti - Syauli Bazar - Ghandruk
Day 02 : Ghandruk - Chhomrong - Sinuwa
Day 03 : Sinuwa - Bamboo - Dovan - Himalayan - Deurali
Day 04 : Deurali - MBC - Annapurna Base Camp
Day 05 : Annapurna Base Camp - MBC- Deurali - Himalayan - Dovan -Bamboo
Day 06 : Bamboo - Sinuwa - Chhomrong - Jhinu
Day 07 : Jhinu - Siwai - Syauli Bazar - Birethanti - Nayapul – Pokhara or Kathmandu
7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map
Kathmandu or pokhara - nayapul - ghandruk.
2020m, Ghandruk 2 hours drive , 3 hours walk L,D Lodge
Your journey toward Annapurna Base Camp begins from Pokhara. Your guide for this trip will pick you up from your hotel in Pokhara and begin the drive towards Syauli Bazar, your starting point of the ABC Trek. Alternatively, if you start from Kathmandu, you will be flown to Pokhara on a flight that takes 30 minutes. Upon landing at Pokhara airport, you will be picked up from the arrival gate and start your drive towards Syauli Bazar.
The road towards Syauli Bazar from Pokhara is paved for the most part. We diverge from Pokhara by taking the Pokhara-Baglung highway. After 1 and a half hours, we reached Nayapul. This point is where we divert from the highway and take a road towards Syauli Bazaar. The stretch from Nayapul to Syauli bazaar is through hillside roads with lots of twisties. We make our way across several terraced farms and rural villages to reach Syauli Bazar after 2 hours. As the vehicle drops us off, we prepare to begin our trek. From Syauli Bazar, it's an easy-going traverse through rural foot trails. We reach the stairwell of Ghandruk village after 2 hours. The incline of the staircase is steep and after about 1 hour we reach Ghandruk village. This village directly overlooks Mt.Annapurna South and is a densely located Gurung Village. We settled down in one of the teahouses at the village for the first day of our traverse.
Optional : The Pokhara to Ghandruk drive option is available. It takes 3 hours to drive.
Ghandruk - Chhomrong - Sinuwa
2340m, Sinuwa 6-7 hours walk B, L, D Lodge
Ghandruk village is an amazing vantage point for gazing at the sunrise. If you are an early bird, tell your guide to wake you up for the sunrise view. After breakfast, we begin our traverse. We make our way through the stone-paved pathway built through the village. You will have your first gaze at the stone-built typical Gurung house as you leave Ghandruk village. From hereafter, we start our descent toward the Kimrong River. The river is situated on the base of Ghandruk Hill and is one of the tributaries of Modi Khola.
This small village is located right by the Kimrong River. After that, the stretch becomes steeply inclined. You will have the first steep switchback climb of the trek. The trail is narrow with ascent through terraced farms of rural villages. After 4 hours of climbing we reach Chhomrong for lunch, another dense Gurung settlement. Chhomrong is a really beautiful village with its hilltop location and stone-built houses. Your lunch will be ready by the time you arrive in Chhomrong. After lunch, you can have a leisurely tour of the village as there are many cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and bakeries spread across. Hereon after our journey begins with a descent from the village via stone paved staircases. There are over 1000 stairs that you will descend after Chhomrong. After the descent, you will reach Chhomrong Khola which we cross via a wooden bridge. 2 hours further we reach Sinuwa, our stopover for the night.
Sinuwa - Bamboo - Dovan - Himalayan - Deurali
3200M, Deurali 6-7 hour walk B,L,D Lodge
Your Himalayan journey commences from Sinuwa onwards as we elevate higher than 3000 meters today. After Sinuwa begins the trail traversing through dense forests of ACAP. The trail hereafter is filled with Rhododendrons, Junipers, Birch, and Fir. On your right side is the raging Modi River making its path through narrow alleyways. We subsequently ascended higher before reaching Bamboo for lunch. The stretch after the Bamboo is steep until you reach Dovan. From here we cross a small hamlet called Himalaya. As you reach the Himalayas we leave the dense forests behind and new land formation appears before us. The mighty Mt. Fishtail is visible from the Himalayas. After 2 hours of steep incline, we reach Deurali for our night stop.
Deurali - MBC - Annapurna Base Camp
4130m, ABC 5-6 Hrs walk B,L,D Lodge
Deurali is located at an altitude of 3200 meters and we crossed the mark of 4000 meters today. The first leg of the trek takes on a massive landslide that sits right after you start from Deurali. The trail through the landslide is filled with rock boulders and uneven surfaces. You have to be careful on this part of the trek as several rock falls happen time and again. As we complete the trail of landslide, a semi-arid trail begins. From here it's a gradual ascent up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(MBC). It's 3 hours from Deurali to MBC. We have our lunch upon reaching MBC. You will have your first glimpse of Mt.AnnapurnaI(8091m) upon reaching MBC. The trail hereon after is gradual with the easy-going flat trail. We reach Annapurna Base Camp after another 2 hours hike and settle down at the teahouse. It is possible to have an all-encompassing view of Annapurna massifs: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre from Annapurna Glacier.
Annapurna Base Camp - MBC- Deurali - Himalayan - Dovan -Bamboo
2340m, Bamboo 6-7 hrs walk B,L,D Lodge
You will be woken up early in the morning for a fantastic sunrise view from ABC. You will be taken to Annapurna Glacier to gaze at the shimmering mountains as the sun rays fall on the mountains. We stop to click some photographs and head back to the teahouse for our breakfast. After breakfast, we begin our return journey making our way through the same trail. Our today’s stop is Bamboo and it takes about 6-7 hours to reach there.
Bamboo - Sinuwa - Chhomrong - Jhinu
1690 m, Jhinu 4-5 hours walk B,L,D Lodge
We follow along the same trail we took on our ascent journey. We travel via the dense forests and reach Chhomrong for Lunch. From Chhomrong we descend through a rural foot trail towards Jhinu. After 2 hours of descent, we reach Jhinu which is popular for its Natural hot spring. You may unwind and relax in the natural hot spring as we will be staying at Jhinu for the night.
Mokyu - Nayapul – Pokhara- Kathmandu
830m, Pokhara 4 hours walk , 2 hours drive B, L own Hotel
From Jhinu the path broadens with rural terraced farms coming your way. The path is easy going with a straightforward leap to Mokyu which takes about 1 and a half hours. Here at Syomrung, our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive us back to Pokhara. It takes about 3 hours to reach Pokhara from Syomrung. If you wish to leave for Kathmandu, we will drop you off at the airport for your flight. Or else, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Pokhara.
Optional: If you do a 7 day ABC trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, you will drive to Pokhara airport directly and fly back to Kathmandu, overnight at a Hotel in Kathmandu.
- Pokhara-Syauli Bazar and Mokyu or Siwai-Pokhara by private Taxi or Jeep or Public Bus.
- All the Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
- Trekking permit.
- One experienced and qualified English speaking guide and Trekkers 2:1 porter.
- Guide/Porter's: food, lodge, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.
- First Aids Kit.
- Duffel Bag.
- Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to avoid high risk ).
- Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
- Local fresh fruit like Pomegranates and apple etc.
- 13% Government VAT and official charge.
Whats not Included?
- International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$30 and 30 Days US$50.
- Hotels and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (We arrange Hotel if you ask).
- Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu by flight/ Tourist bus/ Private Car ( We arrange if you ask )
- All the drinks such as tea, coffee, coke, beer, Drinking water, WIFI, Hot Shower etc.
- Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
- Your trekking gears.
- Tips for your guide and porters etc.
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Monica & Vincent Spain, August 23, 2016
Annapurna Base Camp
We met Harka in September 2010. He was going to be our trekking guide up to Annapurna Base Camp and he was more than that! He became a good friend! He is patient (he kept us going all the way up to ABC!), kind, knowledgeable, and has a real love for sharing his culture and exchanging thoughts life! We had some inspiring chats. He cares about his people, he has a heart of gold. WE would trek with him again forever, and more than that, we are still in touch because he did become one very good friend and we wish him all the best for his life. He deserves all the happiness he can get. Namaste saathi!
Steve Miller , 2016
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
My husband and I spent our honeymoon trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and Harka was our guide. We were so pleased to have Harka as he was the perfect guide for us. Naturally he has excellent knowledge and always gently guided us into the correct decision. We were quite worried about spending so much time with someone we didn’t know. But Harka had the magic ability to know when to leave us in peace and when to spend time with us. He was very gentlemanly, with perfect manners and as I said an innate ability to know what to do. He wasn’t too distant nor too friendly. We did see other guides who didn’t get this balance right and who if they had been with us would have affected our trip for the worse. Harka was just perfect for us and I would recommend him to anyone.
Semen Furman Russia, August 22, 2016
Trip to the Annapurna Base Camp
In the march of 2012 I and my girlfriend took a trip to the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.We have hired a guide Harka Gurung , a local guide (26), who was recommended by my friends.First he has sent to us the list of things to take with, this information is very valuable for us, since we have known what to take with. The weather conditions were pretty rough, but we did not freeze and need anything.Harka is very fond of safety, starting from the recommendations about the food and water, ending with advice, was and how to pass the Avalanche area, steep slopes and so on. He was very nice to us, told us a lot of stories of Nepali habits, culture and history, he was always joking and did not show any signs of angriness, when we were going to slow, or wanted to have rest.
Harka went all the way with us and without him our travel would not have been so nice and safe.I definitely will choose home as a guide for my next trips to Nepal and recommend him to anyone who wants to feel comfortable and nice during the trek.
Monica & Vincent. Spain, August 23, 2016
Sharing his culture and exchanging thoughts life
We met Harka in September 2010. He was going to be our trekking guide up to Annapurna Base Camp and he was more than that! He became a good friend! He is patient (he kept us going all the way up to ABC!), kind, knowledgeable, and has a real love for sharing his culture and exchanging thoughts life! We had some inspiring chats. He cares about his people, he has a heart of gold. We would trek with him again forever, and more than that, we are still in touch because he did become one very good friend and we wish him all the best for his life. He deserves all the happiness he can get. Namaste saathi!
Love from Spain,
Duration of annapurna base camp trek.
The period taken for completing this traverse is dependent on the individual. The average duration of ABC Trek is 6- 9 days with an easygoing itinerary. Proper rest is paramount for high-altitude trekking. The Himalayan trip has a standard itinerary covering 7 Days Annapurna base camp trek which requires you to walk for at least 6-7 hours each day. This itinerary is an easygoing schedule trekking with lots of stopovers in between. We start our trek after breakfast and stop in between for lunch and tea breaks. If you want to lengthen this trek, you can combine the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek with this trek. It adds 2 more trekking days to this trek.
Communication during the ABC trek
Cellular networks are reachable in most parts of this trek except MBC and ABC. While there might be some disturbances while you are trekking, telephone networks are available in most parts. Data services also work smoothly in the area. Wi-Fi services are available in most tea houses but cost extra to use ($1-$2 per day).
The Difficulty of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Considering the terrain, landscape, accessibility, and modern sophistication, the Annapurna base Camp trek is moderately challenging. This trek takes on the highlands located next to the Annapurna range mountains. The trail is properly paved and marked with signage all over. Modern tea houses provide basic accommodation and food facilities.
That being said, the difficulty of ABC Trek is strenuous once you cross Deurali. The elevation gain crosses the mark of 4000 meters above Deurali. You are likely to have Acute Mountain sickness(AMS) during this stretch. Also, right after you cross Deurali, there are multiple landslide areas where rocks fall from above. Apart from this, there are a limited number of teahouses after this stretch which can make accommodation an issue. Especially during the peak seasons of Spring and Autumn, there are hordes of tourists headed for the base camp. It is advised to book your rooms in advance from a reliable trekking company.
Best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Weather patterns in Nepalese territory remain mild for most of the year. They are broadly classified into 4 different weather patterns: Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Summer. Spring begins in March and lasts till the end of May. Autumn months range from September until November. Similarly, Winter begins right after Autumn from December until February. Summer months begin in June and last till August.
Among these seasons, Spring and Autumn are considered the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The weather window during these months is feasible and the temperature ranges to a moderate range. Summer months receive heavy rain showers owing to the Monsoon pattern and winter is characterized by snowfall in the higher elevation zones. ABC Trek can be done during the summer and winter time too. However, professional guidance and weather forecasts are recommended for the said time.
Meals during the trek to Annapurna Base Camp
During your trekking adventure, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of culinary delights. These establishments offer both Nepalese and Continental dishes, providing a taste of local flavors. A highly popular choice among Nepalese locals is Dal Bhaat, a hearty meal consisting of rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, and pickles. Not only is this dish nutritious but it also leaves you feeling satisfied. Dal Bhaat is typically served for lunch and dinner; however, if you prefer something different, teahouses also offer options such as pasta, noodles, pies, or other delectable treats.
Breakfasts at tea houses provide an array of choices to start your day off right. You can indulge in Gurung bread or opt for soup, porridge, pancakes, or any other breakfast treat that catches your fancy. If you have any specific dietary requirements or preferences for meals during your trekking journey, be sure to inform your guide ahead of time so that they can make necessary arrangements with the teahouse kitchens.
Lodges and Teahouses in ABC Trek
The traverse to ABC is filled with small Gurung villages. These people have a teahouse or mountain lodges in their homes. It is more like a homestay rather than a hotel. Teahouses are available at all stops during your trekking journey. A teahouse is a wooden house built as a usual practice in mountain areas. These tea houses provide from 2 people rooms to 6 people group rooms during your trek. The accommodation facilities are very basic with rooms having beds, mattresses, quilts, and pillows. Attached bathrooms are subject to availability and are uncommon. Wi-Fi and Hot showers are available but cost extra. Power sockets are available only in the dining area as you trek higher than Chommrong. A log fire heating system is provided for cold nights. The accommodation during the trek is pretty much similar but what differs from your Annapurna Base Camp trek cost is the hotels you choose in Pokhara.
Preparation and Fitness
Compared to other long treks in Nepal such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek stands out for its short duration and moderate difficulty. However, it is still important to have a certain level of fitness and preparation. After reaching Syauli Bazar, you can expect to hike for an average of 6-7 hours each day. Additionally, there will be an elevation gain of about 4-500 meters per day. To comfortably complete this trek, it is beneficial to engage in cardio exercises and endurance training. Cardio exercises help build stamina for long hours of walking while endurance training strengthens your muscles.
The Annapurna Base Camp difficulty has been set as moderate. It can typically be completed within a week starting from Pokhara. The final stretch from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp presents the most challenging part of the journey. This section involves navigating steep landslide sections and mountain foot trails. As you acclimate to higher elevations during the trek, your comfort level will increase while walking becomes easier. We strongly recommend starting your exercise regimen at least one month before your travel dates to adequately prepare for this adventure.
Trekking Permit for ABC Trek
To undertake the ABC trek, trekkers need to obtain two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara or at the entry checkpoint in Birethanti. It is essential to adhere to the regulations set by the authorities to protect the environment and respect local communities.
How Do We Get Pokhara From Kathmandu ?
There are 3 options to get Pokhara.
- Tourist Bus: Tourist Buses leave every day from Kathmandu to Pokhara by 7:00 am from Kantipath. It takes around 7 hours. The Tourist Bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. from Pokhara. The tourist bus costs US$15 per person.
- Private Car US$120/ Jeep US$150/ Van US$200: You can take a private Car/ Jeep / Van depending on your group size. If you hire a private vehicle, it will be more flexible.
- By Flight: There are many flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu every day. You may choose to take a flight to get there. It takes 25 minutes from Kathmandu. It is a more convenient way to get to Pokhara. It costs US$105 per person one way.
Do You Have A Packing List For The Trek ?
This is a short trek in the Annapurna Region. You do not need any special gear.
- Sleeping bag (-10)
- Trekking boots,
- 2-3 Trousers,
- 3-4 Pair Socks,
- A warm jacket,
- T-shirts (3-4) and a long-sleeved shirt,
- Sunscreen (SPF 20+),
- Torch (flashlight),
- A Camera, a memory card and a battery charger( spare batteries),
- Quick- drying towel,
- Toilet Paper,
- Thermal underwear,
- Water bottle with filter, etc.
- Crampon or spikes if you do this trek in Spring.
Food Menu for ABC Trek ?
The Lodges have a Menu; you will have your own choice. The foods are hygienic. But it is not like city food.
- Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item with hashbrown potato, toast or Gurung or Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge, etc.)
- Lunch: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papad, Tomato Hot spicy, Chicken curry optional), Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo: Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries, etc.
- Dinner: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papad, Tomato Hot spicy or pickle, Chicken curry optional), Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo: Mo or dumplings, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries, etc.
- Dessert: Fresh Fruit (Apple, orange, pomegranates, Banana with any seasonal fruit) serve as sweet dessert.
All the drinks soft, hot, and hard drinks are not included.
Available of the trip
We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.
The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have. If you are doing short and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.
Last Minute booking
Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months. Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.
Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.
When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour / Climbing guide and experience porters.
Extra personal expenses
For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.
Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.
Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer
We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.
Group joing and Fixed departure
Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request.
You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.
- Ask permission to photograph people.
- Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
- Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
- Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.
Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.
For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App and 20% deposit.
Why Himalaya Trip ?
- Fast response
- Small group private trek
- Safety is top priority
- Recommended on TripAdvisor
- Tailor made itinerary
- Seasonal package
- 200 plus trekkers take service every year
- 30-40% repeated customer
Frequently Asked Questions
Q 1: how long is the annapurna base camp trek.
Annapurna base camp trek can be done 6 days to 9 days. You may book according to desired days.
Q 2: How much does it cost to trek Annapurna Base Camp?
The cost of the Annapurna base camp trek depends on the number of days. If you choose more days, more cost and less days trek, less cost.
Q 3: Do you have fixed group to join?
We organize small group treks every day. Everyday is available to book this trek.
Q 4: What kind of accommodation do we expect?
We provide one room with a twin bed, a Triple Bed, a Fourth Bed private common room depending on group size. You have to share a Toilet and Bathroom.
Q 5: Do we need sleeping bags?
The Lodges or Tea Houses do not have enough blankets, so you have to take a sleeping bag with you.
Q 6: Internet or Wi-Fi available on this trek?
Yeah, Internet or Wi-Fi is available on this trek. But you have to pay to use Wi-Fi.
Q 7: How hard is this trek?
The highest point of this trek is Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). We give this trek grade 3. Grade 1 is the easiest and grade 5 is the hardest trek.
Q 8: Is electricity available on this trek ?
Electricity is available in all places. You can charge your Camera and Mobile Phone.
Q 9: Drinking water
There is available natural spring water. You can use the spring water by putting water purifying tablet. It is also possible to buy boiled filter water. This trek is a mineral water-banded area to save the environment.
Q 10: How do we respect the culture?
Q 11: hot shower.
Hot Shower is available on the trek. You can have a shower by paying an extra charge.
Q 12: Bank or ATM or Money Exchange
This is no Bank or ATM or money exchange during this trek. You have to take extra Nepali rupees from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Q 13: Single Trekker
We also organize a single traveler for this trek with a guide. You can book any dates. The price is the same as group joining. The transportation will be a public bus for Pokhara to the trekking starting point and trekking ending point to Pokhara.
Q 14: When is the best time to do this trek?
The best time is from March to May and September to November. But We organize this trek all the months.
Q 15: Can we buy or rent trekking gears in Kathmandu or Pokhara ?
Yeah, you can buy or rent gear in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Q 16: How do we book this trek?
We are so pleased to organize your trek. Please, kindly scan or photo of your passport copy, and passport size photo by email at [email protected] or WhatsApp at +977-9851196388 and deposit 20% of the total amount. We will confirm your booking.
Q 17: Ho do we pay the deposit
We have different options to make the deposit. You may choose according to your convenient. They are Bank Transfer, Credit card payment, Western union, etc. For the online credit card payment, kindly go through this link of Himalaya Trip , this is the easiest way to make the payment. If you use a bank transfer, I will send it to you by email.
Q 18: Do you have availability dates?
We organize this trek every day. You may book at your desired dates. In case there are one people at your desired date. We still organize this trek with a guide but the transportation will be a public bus.
Q 19: Can we do private trek our couple or friends or family only?
If you are more than 2 people, we organize a private trek on your desired date. The price will be the same as group joining.
Q 20: Just wanted to ask if we can make the remaining payment by card or is it cash only?
I prefer the remaining payment in cash. If you pay by credit card, it takes some time to collect in my bank account and you will charge an extra 4%.
Q 21: Do we have to arrive one day earlier and have to stay in a hotel in Pokhara?
If you take a Bus or Car, you need to arrive one day earlier and have to stay in a Hotel in Pokhara. If you take a flight from Kathmandu or other cities, you can start the trek on the same day after landing at Pokhara airport.
Q 22: Do we have to arrive one day earlier and have to stay in a hotel in Pokhara?
Q 23: is it possible to start the trek after getting an early flight from kathmandu and take a late flight to kathmandu.
Yeah, if you have limited time and do not feel comfortable taking a 7-hour bus journey. You can take an early flight from Kathmandu and start the trek after getting in and take a late flight to Kathmandu after the trek.
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We will not be opening the Annapurna Basecamp Trek in Nepal from 2022. It's best done DIY style. But if you are looking to trek with Indiahikes in Nepal, we strongly recommend the grand Khopra Ridge trek . It is an off-beat trail that takes you close to 22 big mountains of Nepal.
The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It literally brings you face to face with an eight-thousander – for a moderate-difficult trek, this is incredible! The fascinating Annapurna massif includes the world’s tenth highest peak. Annapurna I (8,091 m) holds an almost fatal attraction for mountaineers. It has the highest fatality ratio among the eight-thousanders. This formidable aura apart, the ABC trek holds several treasures for the mountain lover.
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Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder
Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life totally. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible.
I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, start new projects. These are life-changing experiences.
I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.
In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.
Everyone must absolutely trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.
Lakshmi Selvakumaran, Head of Experience
Lakshmi Selvakumaran heads the Experience team at Indiahikes. She handles the Learning and Development, Training and Human Resources functions of Indiahikes. She is keen to make Indiahikes the best learning place for everyone. With her team, she is constantly working towards making trekking a more sustainable sport in India. Personally, she is a strong advocate of zero waste and vegan lifestyle.
What I Like About the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
1 . Mountain views that leave you spellbound
The Annapurna range whets your appetite for mountain views right from Pokhara. This is even before you start the trek. At Ghandruk, you get distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare stay with you all the way till Sinuwa. The tip of Machapuchare teases you at Dovan. As you burst out of the forest past Himalaya and Deurali, Machapuchare appears before you in its full glory.
Machapuchare, the ‘fish tailed mountain’, is revered by the Nepalese for its exquisite beauty. It is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. It has never been officially summitted! At the Machapuchare base camp, in addition to Machapuchare, you will see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli up close.
The Annapurna Base Camp is a small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier. As you look up from the edge of the glacier, you come face to face with the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, III and South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare are all there to meet your gaze when your eyes rest upon them.
Picture by Chaitan
2 . Trekking inside the forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area
The trail takes you through a variety of vegetation. While trekking from Ghandruk to Chomrung you are surrounded by rhododendron, fern and bamboo. Once you cross Sinuwa to enter the Annapurna sanctuary, the forest becomes dense. Tall oak trees become prominent here.
As you move higher up towards Deurali, the thick forests give way to tall grass. Around this area, you will find trees with thick bark called Daphne. This is used by locals to make paper. These trees are commonly found around Sandakphu as well. Closer to Machapuchare base camp, the terrain turns Alpine. You see patches of grass amidst boulders. There are also flowering plants lining the trail at this section.
The trail has 3 sections through forest that is so dense that sunlight barely seeps through. The first one starts right after the villages around Chomrung and extends till New Bridge.
On the trail from Sinuwa, you hear the Modi Khola roaring past right next to you. But the trees around are so dense that you can’t really see the river. The third stretch is after Bamboo and goes all the way to Dovan. The beauty of this trek is that you walk through these forests not once, but twice!
The trek is nestled in the 7,629 sq km Annapurna Conservation Area. This is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 33 reptiles and 22 amphibians. If you’re lucky you might spot an exotic bird or even a marmut.
Picture by Indiahikes Trekker
3 . A peek into Nepali culture
This trek is a classic tea house trek. You stay in small lodges which typically accommodate 20-25 people. These are run by locals. People also migrate from different parts of Nepal to work here in the tourist season. Interacting with the staff at tea houses, guides and porters on the trail will give you a glimpse into their way of life.
Most people speak English so communication is not a problem. The food served at tea houses is prepared in the Nepalese style. You will notice that a lot of it is quite similar to Indian food.
Ghandruk is the biggest village in this area. As you begin the trek, you walk past several small villages, each inhabited by less than hundred people. This trail is commonly used by the locals to get to their homes and fields. So you’re likely to bump into villagers right till Sinuwa, where the Annapurna Sanctuary begins. The area just outside the villages is cultivated with banana plantations and paddy fields.
Picture by Subhajit Chaudhuri
4 . Melting pot of adventurous souls
The ABC trek attracts mountain lovers from all over the world. In October, when the views are known to be outstanding, expect to hear a variety of languages on the trail. Tea houses become convenient forums to discuss and exchange notes with strangers who could be from anywhere. You experience this kind of diversity on very few treks.
Annapurna Base Camp is Best Discovered Through Pictures
Picture by: Chaitan
Sunrise over the Annapurna Range
Picture by: Arun Venkatesh
Golden hour of Sunrise
Picture by: Indiahikes Trekker
The Summit view of Annapurna Base Camp
Picture by: Mandar Bapaye
A completely frozen Tilicho L
Picture by: Sushobhan Roy
Dusk at Machapuchare
Picture by: Vivek Kumar Varma
Picture by: Indiahikes trekker
Know Your Trek
We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek . Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.
Use this section to learn about the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.
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Complete day-wise guide with pictures
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Trekkers often call the Indiahikes Experience “life-changing.” This is because, through our treks, we consciously bring about a transformative impact on your mind, body and spirit.
Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have cleaned over 1 lakh kilos of waste from trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint, and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.
On our treks, you learn skills that teach you to trek independently. Besides, not every time you trek, you will have Indiahikes next to you. Our vast database of trek information gives you all the confidence you need to trek on your own.
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