Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

One of the dominant trekking destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is situated in the heart of the Annapurna region. Displaying the large dimension of nature with the diverse landscapes, ecosystems, and traditional villages, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered one of the most rewarding journeys in the Himalayas of Nepal. You get to witness the magnificent views of the Annapurna mountain range with several other peaks adorning the skyline as you trace your step to the Base Camp that flawlessly depicts Shangri-la on earth. Crossing giant waterfalls, hot springs, lush green forests, and ethnic villages, the trek leads you to the lap of the World's tenth highest mountain Mt. Annapurna (8091m). The diversity is not just limited to nature but comes with the culture and ecosystem as well. You get to learn and experience the classic ethnic culture and lifestyle of the Gurung and Tamang communities passing by several villages on the way. And explore the variety of flora and fauna as the trek falls inside the Annapurna Conservation area. The trek prospects you an opportunity to admire the traditional Himalayan lifestyle as you relish the panoramic views of mountains towering above the villages all along the journey. 

The 11 days ABC Trek starts from the lake-side city of Pokhara and takes you to a traditional Gurung village, Ghandruk. From Ghandruk, you follow the trail through ethnic settlements like; Chhomrong, Bamboo, Deurali, and Machhapuchre Base Camp before arriving at the Annapurna Base Camp. You can get the panoramic sights of mountain peaks like Mt. Gangapurna (7454m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mt, Lamjung (6983m), Mt. Himchuli (6441m), and several others along with the Mount Annapurna massif from the Base Camp. Explore the Himalayan life of Nepal in a short period as you indulge yourself in astonishing sights of the mountains and landscapes. 


Why do you have to Trek Annapurna Base Camp?


Explore the Base Camps of two majestic mountains Mt. Annapurna(8091m) and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m)

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to the base camp of the World’s tenth highest mountain Mt. Annapurna (8091m). Along with that, you also get to explore the Base Camp of one of the most mystically majestic mountains of Nepal, Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m) during the trek. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain ranges and Mount Machhapuchhre. 

Pass through ethnic villages of the region

Annapurna region is well-known for having some of the most popular ethnic villages of Nepal. During this trek, you’ll get a chance to explore several traditional villages like; Ghandruk, Chommrong, Bamboo, Deurali, etc. The villages are filled with people of Gurung, Magar, and Rai communities. 

Get spectacular views of mountains

Annapurna Base Camp is well-known for providing trekkers with some of the best views of the Himalayas in a very short period. You get to enjoy the views of Mt. Gangapurna (7454m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mt, Lamjung (6983m), Mt.  Himchuli (6441m), and several other peaks along with the Mount Annapurna massif during this trek.

Experience the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Annapurna region

The trail during the Annapurna Base Camp trek is filled with traditional villages of the ethnic communities. The trek provides you with an opportunity to learn and experience the traditional village lifestyle and culture of the Annapurna region of Nepal. You get to explore the culture of the Magar, Gurung, and Rai communities during the trek.

Start At Kathmandu Airport
End At Kathmandu Airport
Transportation Plane, Private Car and Tourist bus
Trip Grade Moderate

Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.

Max Altitude 4,130 m/13,550 ft
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel and Tea house

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Discover the ethnic communities of the Annapurna Region.
  • Cover two base camps in one trek i.e Machhapuchhre Base Camp & Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Explore the traditional Gurung village Ghandruk.
  • Learn and experience the Cultural diversity of the mountain regions.
  • Get 360-degree views of the Annapurna range along with several other peaks.
  • Enjoy the natural hot spring bath in Jhinu Danda.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

This is your arrival day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our representative will be there to welcome and greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport. After your landing, you will be greeted and welcomed by our representative. They will then escort you to your hotel and help you with all the check-in procedures. In the evening, our guides will be there to brief you about the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. They will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the trek and if you have anything remaining to buy for your trek, you can freely ask for the guide's help. 

Things to Look Out For:

  • Meet and greet at the airport and reach the hotel.

  • Discussion and briefing regarding the trek.

  • Resting in the hotel. 

Today, the day starts with a short flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The duration of the flight is around 30 mins. After the flight, you'll officially begin the trek as you start the hike to Gandruk. Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village offering majestic views of the Annapurna Range Mountains. You'll pass through bamboo forests, terrace farms, and several small settlements along the way before arriving at Ghandruk. In the evening you can also witness a Gurung cultural show in the village. Overnight stay at Gahndruk.

Things to Lookout For:

  • Scenic flight to Pokhara.

  • Traditional Gurung village, Ghandruk. 

  • View of Annapurna mountain range from Ghandruk village.

Keep in Mind:

It is the first day of your trek as you move toward Ghandruk village. Make sure to enjoy the traditional culture and lifestyle of the Gurung community in the village along with some spectacular views of mountains. 

Leaving behind the Gurung village, today you'll move to another traditional village of the region, Chhomrong. The trek starts with an uphill climb followed by downhill walks through a lush forest and rhododendron-filled trail. After a few hours of the walk, you'll reach the top of the hill overlooking the valleys below. Resuming the walk, you'll cross the river and arrive at the remote settlement of Kimrong before making it to Chhomrong. Another few hours of trek will take you to Chhomrong where you'll be staying overnight. Overnight stay at Chhomrong. 

Things to Lookout For:

  • View of landscapes on the way. 

  • Walkthrough lush green forests. 

  • Rhododendron-filled trails. 

Today, the trail starts from Chhomrong Khola. You'll cross the river and start descending towards a village called Sinuwa. You can also get the majestic sights of Machhapuchhre Peak (6997m), Annapurna Himal (8091m), and the Himchuli Peak (6441m) on the way today. The trail today is rather easy compared to previous days with more downhill than uphills. After walking for around 4-5 hours, you'll arrive at Bamboo. Overnight stay at Bamboo.

Things to Lookout For:

  • Sneak peeks of majestic mountains. 

Keep in Mind:

It is an easy walk today with mostly downhills and a few uphills. You can take your time and enjoy the majestic views of several mountains on the way today. 

You'll start the walk towards Deurali today passing through lush green forests and Bamboo forests. Before arriving at Deurali, You reach the Himalayan Hotel from where the trail takes an uphill path. After a few hours of ascending and descending, you'll arrive at Deurali. Overnight stay at Deurali. 

Things to Lookout For:

  • Some stunning views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the way.

Today can be regarded as the highlight of the trek as you trace your step toward the Annapurna Base Camp. You'll start the walk with a gentle climb alongside the river. A few hours of the walk will lead you to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, it takes another 2-3 hours to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. On the way, you can relish views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mt. Himchuli Peak (6441m), Mt. Annapurna South (7219m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), and Mt. Gangapurna Peak (7454m), etc. As you continue the walk enjoying the views of mountains and landscapes, you will finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp from where the panoramic sights of the Annapurna massif and other peaks can be seen. Overnight stay at the Annapurna Base Camp. 

Things to Lookout For:

  • Machhapuchhre Base Camp..

  • Breathtaking view of Annapurna range and Mt. Machhapuchhre.

  • Base Camp of the World’tenth highest mountain, Mt.Annapurna.  

Keep in Mind:

This is the highlight day of the trek as you finally make it to the Base camp. All your hard walk of the previous days will be worth it once you witness the majestic sights from the base camp today. You can get a 360-degree view of several mountains today, make sure to enjoy every bit of it. 

From the Annapurna Base Camp, today you will retrace your steps back towards Bamboo. The walk today can be a little strenuous as you'll be trekking back to Bamboo crossing Deurali. You'll descend through the same trail that you took to ascend. You can enjoy the spectacular views of mountains on the trail as you walk through forests and riversides. After a walk of 6-7 hours, you'll arrive at Bamboo. Overnight stay at Bamboo.

Things to Lookout For:

  • A long strenuous walk.

  • Walk through the forests and riverside.

Keep in Mind:

It is going to be a long day today as you'll be retracing your step back to Bamboo. You’ll be covering the walk of 2 days today as you start your walk from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo through Deurali. Take it slow while enjoying the mountains sights on the way. 

Today you'll move toward Jhinu danda from Bamboo. Starting with a descent to Chhomrong Khola, you'll follow the trails towards Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda is a small serene village well-known for its natural hot springs. After arriving in the Jhinu danda, you can rest and enjoy the natural hot springs. Overnight stay at Jhinu danda. 

Things to Lookout For:

  • Continuous downhill walks.

  • Natural hotspring at Jhinu Danda.

Keep in mind:

This is the final day in the village before you return back to the city. And you can enjoy the natural hotspring in Jhinu danda after your walk today.

From Jhinu danda, you will trace your step toward Nayapul today. Crossing the local settlements, you can enjoy the views of the Annapurna massifs on the way today. It takes around 5-6 hours of walking to reach Nayapul. From Nayapul, it is an hour’s drive to Pokhara. After arriving at Pokhara, you can either take a rest or explore the lakeside city roaming around the streets, boating, or shopping. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Today, you'll bid goodbye to the mountains and head toward Kathmandu. You'll drive back to Kathmandu which takes around 7-8 hours. It is a smooth ride offering you some amazing views of riversides, settlements, and landscapes. After arriving in Kathmandu, you'll have a farewell dinner in the evening as it is your last day in Nepal. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.  

Today is your departure day. Our representative will transfer you to Tribhuvan International airport at the time of your flight and bid your farewell. 

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Includes / Excludes
  • Pickup and drop at Airport

  • 2-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan (3 stars)

  • 1 Night Hotel Stay in Pokhara in B/B Plan (3 Star)

  • Air fair for Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • 7-night Accommodations during the Annapurna Base Camp trek

  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the ABC trip.

  • Porter to carry your baggage (1 Porter = 2 Trekkers)

  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.

  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus and Pokhara to Nayapul to Pokhara by Private car

  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map, Himalayan Recreation's T-Shirt and trip achievement certificate

  • Required Annapurna Permit fee and TIMS Fee

  • First aid medicine Kit

  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.

  • Government taxes & office service charge

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary

  • Personal Travel insurance

  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages

  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses

  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)

  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Before You Go

Best time to Trek Annapurna Base Camp

Before trekking to any destination, it is very important to study the weather condition of the place. When it comes to trekking in Nepal, it is one of the critical factors to determine the trekking destinations. Although Nepal is secure to trek throughout the year, every season offers its distinct beauty. Spring and autumn are the two seasons considered best to trek in Nepal as these seasons offer a lot to the visitors. 

Specifically, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is most pleasing when trekked in the spring and autumn seasons as it is the most suitable time to enjoy the diverse range of scenery that the trek offers without much trouble. In the spring season, the weather is very enjoyable with clear skies, an average temperature and several plants & flowers along with rhododendrons start blooming, providing more beauty to the trails. Similar to the spring season, autumn is another perfect season to trek Annapurna Base Camp. The weather is very translucent with moderate temperatures in the autumn as well. Other seasons, monsoon and winter too have their beauty to them and offer some unseen natural side. If you want to avoid the crowd while enjoying the different sides of nature, you can try trekking in these seasons as well. 

Food during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking regions of Nepal and Annapurna Base Camp is the most visited destination of the region. Thus, the food during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is quite convenient and flexible in comparison to other treks of Nepal. The menu ranges from traditional village foods to Asian and western cuisines. For breakfast, the menu usually consists of traditional bread, eggs, potatoes, and soup while lunch and dinner items include Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), soup noodles, fried rice, dumplings, etc depending on the lodge and destination. You can also enjoy food like pizza and other western dishes during the trek as it is one of the most developed trekking destinations in Nepal. 

Accommodation during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp is pretty developed when it comes to accommodation facilities. At the start of the trek, you can enjoy standard hotel rooms with in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, a Free WIFI connection, and in-room plugs to charge your stuff. But as you ascend to a higher elevation, electricity is lacking, and you will have to pay for charging your stuff, Wifi connections, and hot water showers. The rooms in higher elevation come with general facilities like warm Beds, electricity, washrooms, etc.  But still, in comparison to other treks of the region, the Annapurna Base Camp trail is a lot more ahead in terms of facilities and service. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp Trek falls under moderate level or Grade-B trekking. This level of treks usually involves about one to two-week-long journeys above the elevation of 3000m and below 5000m. Grade B level of trekking is suitable for beginner trekkers with few hiking experiences. The trek usually involves uphill and downhill climbs in the elevation ranging from 3000-5000m. The altitude gain per day during this level of trekking can vary between 400m-700m. It is best and much recommended for trekkers to go on a few hikes before commencing on this level of trekking. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Equipments

Things that you will need to bring for your trek to Annapurna Base Camp or any other place are listed below; 

• Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 

General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 

Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 

Bag & Backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 

Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 

Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 

Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 

Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 

Medications & Toiletries- Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitiser. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek FAQs

In general, the cost to trek Annapurna Base camp ranges from $700 to $3000. The cost usually depends on several factors like; the mode of transportation you choose to use, accommodation facilities, and extra trips added to the itinerary. 

The best time of the year to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is during the spring and autumn seasons. From the month of March-April and October-November, the weather is usually very clear, with the moderate temperature making it the best time of the year to trek. 

Annapurna Base Camp trek falls under moderate grade trek. It is not as strenuous as other longer treks of the region and can be completed by anyone in a good physical condition with few hiking experiences. Also, since its altitude is just 4130 m, it is not difficult in terms of height as well.

The spring and autumn season is not that cold with the average temperature in spring being 15 degrees and the lowest being 5 degrees. While during the coldest time of the year winter, the temperature can go as low as 0 degrees. Therefore, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in the peak winter is not suggested. 

Nevertheless, there is the need for adequate preparation to successfully accomplish this task. As part of your pre-trip preparations, here are certain things you need to do before embarking on the great trek.

Check your health status

It is highly recommended that you visit your local doctor and perform a medical health check before even flying to Nepal. Let your doctor examine you and certify you fit before embarking on the trip. If there are any shots you need to take for vaccination, please do. You would not want to come and be disappointed due to certain unfavourable health conditions.

Get physically fit

Depending on your interest level and nature of the timetable in the steeper and higher side treks, it can be shorter and easier or even longer and more difficult to trek the Annapurna. To this end, it is quite beneficial to spend quality time in higher altitudes and engage in some trekking activities prior to early enough. You need to ensure that you are both injury-free and active for the exercise.

Plan for accommodation

As the altitude increases, accommodation becomes very basic. Along the way, you will find guesthouses that tend to support trekkers with basic accommodation. That’s why it’s referred to as a teahouse trek. There are certain guesthouses that provide accommodation at a very low cost of about $6 USD (600 NRP).

Plan for your necessities

Whether you want to buy cheap knockoffs in Kathmandu or you want to bring your own quality gear from home you need to ensure that you are well prepared for the trek by equipping yourself with all the required trekking equipment. They include footwear, hiking gear, clothing, a jacket, a good backpack and so on.

Generally, the Annapurna base camp trek is not as difficult as it seems, as it doesn’t require any advanced physical fitness level. When preparing for this trek, just try to be a normal person; always remember to be in a good health condition.

Yes, Annapurna Base Camp is safe to trek. There are signboards for the right direction all along the trail with no chance of getting lost. Also, the trail is full of trekkers in the peak seasons, with the teahouses and lodges scattered along the way. As for the peak winter season, there are possibilities of avalanches occurring, but you can take a separate one during that season. 

According to the records, no deaths have occurred while trekking. However, there have been few deaths due to natural disasters like avalanches and landslides during the pre-spring and the monsoon seasons.

No, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is not that hard but an average trekking grade. Anyone in good health can complete the trek taking it slow and steady. As for the people who have trekked to other places before, the trek in fact might be leisurely. 

You first need to get to Pokhara to start the trek to the Annapurna Base camp. To reach Pokhara, you can either take a flight or catch a bus from Kathmandu. After arriving in Pokhara, there are several trails you can take to reach the base camp. Among which one is through Ghandruk, the other through Ghorepani, and further through Chhomrong. Whichever trail you choose, you'll be passing through Machhapuchhre base camp right before you make it to the Annapurna Base Camp. 

Yes absolutely, Annapurna Base camp trek is worth it. It is one of the most visited trekking destinations of Nepal and it has a justifiable reason for that. You get to stand in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayan range while being surrounded by mountains all around in such a short period. Looking at the length of the trek and elevation, it is one of the best treks taking you closest to the Himalayas of Nepal. 

The duration of the Annapurna Base camp trek depends on which itinerary you choose to follow and the starting and ending point of the trek. There are several different routes you can choose from for the trek. But, in general, the duration of the trek ranges from 7-to 14 days. 

Annapurna Base camp trek is popular because of what it has to offer to visitors in just a week-long trek. It brings to the right beneath the Annapurna mountain range which is not as challenging as other popular treks in Nepal. The trek also gives you an insight into the diverse culture and traditions of Nepal. 

ABC trek is one of the most popular and visited treks of Nepal that takes you in the lap of the Himalayas in just a week. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes and cultures before you make it to the base camp of the World's eighth highest mountain, Annapurna. 

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the longest trails in the Annapurna region that takes you above the elevation of 5000m. Annapurna Base Camp is a short trek of 7-10 days at a relatively lower elevation. The difficulty level and the length of the trek is the biggest difference between the two treks. Annapurna circuit trek requires you to have previous trekking experience while the Annapurna base camp can be trekked by novices as well.

As there are several routes to reach Annapurna Base camp from Pokhara, the time length depends on the route you choose. In general, it takes 4-5 days to reach Annapurna base camp and 2-3 more days to get back to Pokhara.

The total miles covered during the Annapurna Base Camp trek is around 70 miles which are 110 km. You will have to walk for 6 hours on average covering a distance of 10km on average per day during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

No, Annapurna is not a part of Everest. Annapurna Base Camp is situated in the western part of Nepal while Everest Base Camp lies in the eastern part. The elevation of the Annapurna Base Camp is 4,130m while the Everest base camp is at an elevation of 5,364m.

There are several ups and downs on the rugged path throughout the trail during the Annapurna base camp trek. But the hardest part of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is trekking during the monsoon or winter season as the trail is either slippery or full of snow. Also, in the winter the temperature can be as low as 0 degrees and can be decreased to minus 15 degrees at night time. 

During your trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, you'll be guided by our experienced Guide/Sherpas who have been to base camp numerous times before. The guides have good communication skills with fluency in English and know the mountains, culture, trails, and safety. 

Yes, your Annapurna Base camp trek is guaranteed departure. We operate Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek throughout the year, and your dates are fixed departure and Guaranteed. The departure doesn't get affected by the cancellation of any other trekkers or any other things unless there are unavoidable situations like; natural disasters, political riots, etc. 

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