Annapurna Base Camp in October
Nepal is a trekking paradise. And Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October is among that trekking paradise. The unbelievable presence of the mountains embracing the Himalayas, the unique cultural villages along with the lap of the mountains, the beautiful rivers flowing through the mountains, diverse ethnic groups, natural and cultural heritage have decorated this tiny kingdom. It has the best mountain peaks in the world with some of the world-famous trekking routes.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October is one of the most appealing trekking in Nepal. This Trek brings you to the foot of the world’s tenth highest mountain: Annapurna I (8,091m). This is also the 94th prominent mountain peak in the world. This mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains of the Annapurna Massif. Annapurna Circuit Trek is located in Province No. 4 of North Western Nepal. This Trek is among the best treks for a complete taste of diverse culture, terrain, wildlife, and vegetation.
The landform varies from subtropical valleys to the high altitude alpine valleys in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail passes through many beautiful valleys which offer the most pleasant views of the Himalayas, forest, rivers, and waterfalls. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the most popular choice of the trekkers around the world because it is just a pleasant hike to an altitude of 4,243m above sea level yet provides the most inspiring mountain views of Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Manaslu (8,156 m), etc.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October is one of the ideal options for those trekkers who want to complete the trek in a very short period. Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be further customized to your requirements with a special group discount and a 100% guarantee on departure dates. The major attractions of this trek include Pokhara, the village of Ghandruk, and the Base Camp of Annapurna itself.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate hike. Therefore, any person who is physically fit and having sound health can plan this trek. Any time between March-May and October to December is the right time to plan this trek. However, October is the most perfect time for this trek because every aspect like the trail, weather, temperature, and visibility are ideal during this time of the year.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek also passes through many beautiful villages. Chhomrong and Ghandruk villages are the popular Gurung villages. The people, culture, and hospitality of these villages will vitalize your spirit and trekking interest in Nepal. Moreover, you will have ample opportunity to study the lives of the Magar and Thakali people as well.
Poon Hill (3,210m) is the best vantage point of sunrise and sunsets over the Himalayan ranges. You can enjoy brilliant views of sugar-coated mountains during the trek. Rejoice in the panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Trust me! The Himalayas are enchanting!
Table of Contents
- 1 Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp in October
- 2 Trekking Route of Annapurna Base Camp in October
- 3 The weather of Annapurna Base Camp in October
- 4 Difficulties of Annapurna Base Camp in October
- 5 Why Choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October?
- 6 Food and Accommodations in ABC Trek during October
- 7 Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October-Detailed Itinerary
- 7.1 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your Hotel
- 7.2 Day 02: Free and Arrangement Day
- 7.3 Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus
- 7.4 Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhe Dunga
- 7.5 Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani.
- 7.6 Day 06: Ghorepani- Poon Hill to Tadapani
- 7.7 Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong
- 7.8 Day 08: Chhomrong to Dovan or Himalaya Hotel
- 7.9 Day 09: Dovan – Annapurna Base Camp
- 7.10 Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
- 7.11 Day 11: Bamboo to Chhomrong
- 7.12 Day 12: Chhomrong to Ghandrung
- 7.13 Day 13: Ghandrung to Pokhara
- 7.14 Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
- 7.15 Day 15: Departure
- 8 Factors to consider on Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October
- 9 Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October
- 10 Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October
- 11 Conclusion
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp in October
- Trek to the Annapurna Base Camp (4,243m). Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain peak in the world.
- Mind-blowing Vistas of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.
- Most appealing Sunrise or Sunset view from Poonhill (3,210m).
- Diverse ethnicity along the trail.
- The Gurung village, Ghandruk
- Jhinu Danda, the house of natural hot spring.
- The streams, rivers, and waterfalls along the trekking trail.
- The Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4,040m)
Trekking Route of Annapurna Base Camp in October
Annapurna Base Camp trek in October can be started and finished at different places. If you’re going to undertake Annapurna Base camp as a separate trek without combining it with other routes the best places to start and finish are Kande and Ghandruk. You can do it either way starting at Kande and finishing in Ghandruk or the other way around. The total distance and the ascent will be the same.
If you want to extend the trek, you can combine it with one of the other routes many trekkers combine ABC with the Poon Hill Trek. In this case, you start the trek in Nayapul.
Another popular option is to combine Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Mardi Himal. You can start at Kande and walk to Gandruk or take a jeep to Siding and start walking from there. From both places, you go up to Mardi Himal Base Camp and down to Gandruk. From Gandruk you continue on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You’ll need 10-11 days to complete it.
Besides the above-mentioned options, there are many other possible optional routes to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. If you don’t want the mainstream one, your trekking company also will create an ideal trip for you.
The weather of Annapurna Base Camp in October
Spring and autumn seasons are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal. Since October falls in the autumn season, it is one of the ideal months to go for this trek. In fact, autumn is one of the best and peak seasons for trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. Almost two-thirds of the trekkers, who come to Nepal, head towards the Annapurna Base Camp in October because of the favorable weather and temperature.
The average daytime temperature of the Annapurna region during October ranges between 20˚ C-25˚ C and the nighttime temperature ranges between 10˚ C-15˚C. But, the temperature mentioned above depends upon the elevation that you are trekking. The average temperature of Pokhara is 21˚C, Ghorepani Poonhill is 10 ˚C and that of Chhomrong and Doban is 8 ˚C and 5˚C respectively. However, the temperature at the Base Camp may be very cold and reaches up to -1˚C.
Overall, the weather condition of the Annapurna Region in October is very suitable for trekking. October comes after the monsoon period in Nepal and is known as the post-monsoon period. So during this time, you may not have to worry about occasional rainfall while trekking. However, it is always better to carry rain gears to avoid unwanted circumstances.
Difficulties of Annapurna Base Camp in October
Trekking to the base camp of the tenth highest peak of the world is obviously not as easy as you have ever imagined. You need to walk through rugged terrains, uphill, and downhill to reach your final destination.
Weather, temperature, and climate play a great role in determining the difficulty level of your trek. Luckily, October is the time that offers you perfect weather and temperature. You may not have to worry about walking on a muddy trail and fear of a slippery road during October. Since October is the post-monsoon period, there is very little chance of rainfall in the Annapurna region.
Likewise, the difficulty level of the trek also depends upon the type of trekker you are. If you are someone who is used to trekking to a higher altitude, the Annapurna Base Camp trek may not be very difficult for you. But, if you are someone who is not used to trekking at all, this trek may be quite challenging for you. So, October is the best time to trek in the Annapurna Region to have a less challenging trekking experience.
Here is a short description of all those factors that determine the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking difficulty.
Most of the mountain peaks of Nepal are located at high altitudes. At the high altitude peaks, the level of oxygen will be very low in comparison to the lower altitude. Due to the low level of oxygen in the air, your body can not adjust easily to the environment. Because of altitude sickness, you feel dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, etc. Altitude sickness may spoil your trek. Therefore, one of the best ideas to reduce the level of difficulty is to acclimatize and acclimatize.
Roughed and Rugged Terrain
The difficulty of the trek also depends upon the trek route. If the trek route is rough and rugged, it is relatively difficult to keep your journey’s pace. In the route having rough and uneven surfaces, it is very difficult to walk smoothly.
Nepal is located in the sub-tropical climatic zone. Therefore, Nepal receives summer rainfall. However, occasional rainfalls are unpredictable. If it rains during the trek, it will make the trek rather difficult because along with rain the temperature at the mountains drops significantly and the trekking trails will also be muddy and slippery. Though October is a post-monsoon month, there might be some unpredictable rainfall. Thus, occasional rainfall is also a determinant of the difficulty of the treks.
Accommodation and Meal Facilities
Most of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal have luxuriant accommodation facilities. However, it will be really difficult to get a teahouse for your trek during the peak season. If you don’t get the teahouse you need to carry the camping gear and essentials with you. It will make the trek a little difficult. October is also a peak trekking season and you will have difficulty booking the teahouse.
Why Choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October?
October is the mid of the autumn season in Nepal. There will be a little or perhaps no chance of rainfall and winter is yet far to reach. Therefore, there is no other ideal time than October to go for this trek. During this season the skies will be clear and no more clouds will obstruct your views. You can enjoy the most marvelous scene of the mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. October is free of fog and no chances of rainfall. The valley looks mesmerizing during October.
Peak Trekking Season
Autumn is the best season for trekking in the Annapurna region. October marks the start of the autumn season. The autumn season provides you with the best weather, temperature, and views for the trek. So there is no better time than October to trek in the Annapurna Base Camp. This is the peak trekking season. The trails will be full of hustles and bustles during the trek. It will be an opportunity to meet people from different corners of the world.
Favorable Weather and Temperature
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October is pure bliss based on the temperature aspect. The summer is too hot and humid and the winter is too freezing cold the temperature in autumn is the best. With the average temperature being around 25˚ C, the trek will be easily and comfortably completed without any heat stokes or other cold problems.
Peaceful and Quiet Trails
October is a mid-autumn season. Therefore, in the days of October, the trails will probably be comparatively less crowded because many trekkers don’t want to go trekking in spring too. If you love to travel on peaceful trails, October is just an ideal month. Do remember this.
The autumn season is the season of festivals in Nepal. October is the month when most of the major Nepalese festivals are celebrated. The major festivals of the Nepalese people like Dashain and Tihar along with Indra Jatra are celebrated this month. Celebrating the festivals with the locals will be a unique and memorable experience for any trekking lovers.
Food and Accommodations in ABC Trek during October
Unlike other treks, you will have plenty of options for food and accommodation along the way to the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Especially during October, most of the teahouses and lodges will be open to provide services to the trekkers.
You will have a teahouse accommodation with a twin sharing bed during your trek. Such teahouses and lodges will provide you with a clean room consisting of a bed, blanket, soft pillow, a mattress, and an attached bathroom depending upon the type of accommodation you choose. You will have a facility off hot showers but will cost you extra money.
Talking about food during the trek, you will have a variety of options for food. You will be provided with three meals per day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can find varieties in food items, from traditional Nepali cuisine to international cuisine. The most popular one is national Nepali food, Dal Bhat, and seasonal vegetables along with pickles. You can find other food items such as pancakes, bread, porridge, pasta, pizza, burger, sandwich, and beverages such as tea, coffee, mineral water, hot lemon, etc.
During October, most of the teahouses and restaurants will be opened but they will also get packed because of the peak season. Because of this, you may also have to share your beds and wait for a long queue to have your meal. To avoid this situation, make sure to book your food and accommodation early.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October-Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your Hotel
This is your first day at Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary. After you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you. They will transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle. They will help you check-in at the hotel. Then you will take unpack your pieces of baggage and take some rest. You will have an individual room for yourself with good services. You can walk around your hotel in the evening. Most of the tourists visit Thamel. It is a busy tourist hub in Kathmandu. There are lots of cafes where you can stay reading books. There are nightclubs and pubs where you can enjoy live music. You will spend your night in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and Arrangement Day
On the second day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Our representative will take you on a sightseeing tour to the tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The sightseeing will basically include many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. In the evening, you can prepare for the other day. If you need some trekking accessories, you can go and get them. There are various shops in Thamel. They sell and rent trekking accessories at feasible prices.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus
Our guide or representative will receive you from your hotel early in the morning. They will get you to the bus station. From there, we will catch a tourist bus to Pokhara. The tourist bus is well facilitated. They have comfortable seats and wide windows. You will have your lunch on the way to Pokhara. We will reach Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region. We will check into a well-facilitated tourist hotel in Lakeside Pokhara. We can enjoy ourselves around the lakeside in the evening. There are lots of tourists in Pokhara. Most of them stay in the lakeside area. For this night, you will be at Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhe Dunga
On the fourth day of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we will begin the trek by private vehicle to Nayapul from Pokhara. Reaching Nayapul takes around half an hour from Pokhara. The real trek now starts as we reach Nayapul. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy. From Nayapul, we will start walking along the banks of Modi Khola. After following the riverbank for nearly 15 minutes, we reach Birethanti. Birethanti is a big village. There are many shops, lodges, and teahouses in Birethanti. We follow the trekking trail. Continuing our walks through the villages, we will reach Bhurungdi Khola. We will follow the trail along the northern bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Now, the trail ascends slowly to Hille. From Hille, Tikhe Dhunga is only a short climb on rock staircases. Finally, we will reach the village of Tikhe Dhunga and spend our night there.
Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani.
Today is the fifth day of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek. After having breakfast, we will begin our trek with a gentle climb towards the steep rock staircases to Ulleri. Ulleri is a big village of Magar inhabitant. We will see admirable views of Himchuli and Annapurna South from there. From Ulleri, we will take a gentle uphill climb through Rhododendron and Oak Jungles. On the way to the Ghorepani village, we will walk through the villages at Banthati and Nangethanti. Walking for several hours, we will finally reach Ghorepani village. Ghorepani village is a large village that sits on the top of a hill. From the village, we can get a marvelous vista of both the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We will enjoy the unique culture and hospitality tonight at Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani- Poon Hill to Tadapani
We will trek a little longer today. We will take a short hike to Poon Hill for about an hour. Situated at an elevation of 3,210 m, Poon Hill is one of the best vantage points. We can enjoy the magnificent Himalayan dawn. The unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas from Poon Hill is astounding. We will see a complete Himalayan range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We will get a sight of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, and many others. We will spend about an hour at Poon Hill and will return to Ghorepani. After breakfast at Ghorepani, we will begin our day hike. Today can be one of the most exciting days on our Annapurna Base Camp Trek. From Ghorepani, we will make a climb along the ridges. Crossing the Pine and Rhododendron forests, we will reach Deurali. From Deurali, the trail descends to Banthanti and finally to Tadapani. Finally, we will spend the night in a local guesthouse in Tadapani village.
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong
From Tadapani, the trail descends through the Rhododendron forest. This is quite a continuous descent of about an hour. The trail drops down through beautiful terraced fields. After descending, we will meet at Kimrong Khola. We will cross over the suspension bridge at Kimrong Khola. The descending portions are now done. The remaining part of the trail is an ascent uphill and a straight walk to Chhomrong. We walk through the beautiful Chule village. On following the trekking trail further, we will reach Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a densely populated village. The village comprises Gurung communities. The people are very calm, cheerful, and friendly. Above the Chhomrong village, we will see some peaks like Mt. Annapurna south, Himchuli, and the Virgin Peak. The peaks are so close and so real. After a tiresome journey of about 5 hours, we will spend the night at Chhomrong.
Day 08: Chhomrong to Dovan or Himalaya Hotel
We will start after a hot breakfast in Chhomrong. The trail descends to Chomrong Khola. We will cross the suspension bridge over the Chhomrong Khola. We will then continue our walk uphill to a place called Khuldi Ghar. The trail passes through a dense and dark forest of Rhododendron and Oak. From Khuldi Ghar, the trek route has a deep steep into a long, steep, and slippery stone staircase. We will trek deep into bamboo and rhododendron forests. Alongside the trail, we will see large fern species. The last part of the trek completes with a 2-hour ascent to Dovan. This is the place where we spend our night today.
Day 09: Dovan – Annapurna Base Camp
After early morning breakfast, we will trek to Deurali. We will take a short break at Deurali and will start again towards Hinko Cave. Before arriving at the Annapurna Base Camp, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m). Lots of trekkers stop here for an overnight stay. We will walk further towards Annapurna Base Camp. With full power and excitement, we reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m). The Annapurna Base Camp sits between the mountains. Thus some call it Annapurna Sanctuary. The base camp area is majestic. It offers spectacular vistas of the snow-capped Himalayas so clear, and so near. The Himalayan range includes Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli Peak, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal, and Barah Shikhar. We will have an overnight stay here at the Base of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
The trail from Annapurna Base Camp descends to Bamboo via Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Dovan on the tenth day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan takes nearly 7 hours. We trek down to Bamboo by following the earlier trail. Be extra careful while descending through rugged sections. We will stay at Bamboo this night.
Day 11: Bamboo to Chhomrong
From Bamboo, we follow the same trail back to Chomrong. Enjoy the walk and the lovely surroundings. The trek goes uphill from Bamboo to Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trek takes a descending section along the Chhomrong Khola. From Chhomrong Khola, we climb through the dense forest of rhododendron and pines. We will now follow the stone steps to Chomrong. After we reach Chhomrong, we will descend to Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda is the place where there is the famous natural hot water spring. We will have the bath in a natural hot spring. This will help us out to refresh our tired body and soul. Then, we will walk to Chhomrong for an overnight stay.
Day 12: Chhomrong to Ghandrung
On this day, we will trek to the beautiful Gurung village, Ghandrung village.
Day 13: Ghandrung to Pokhara
The way back to Pokhara is the trek through Birethanti to Nayapul and a bus ride from there. After having breakfast at Ghandrung, we will walk to Birethanti. The walk is a three hours walk. We will rest for some time at Birethanti and will start to trek again. On trekking further for an hour, we will reach Natyapul. We will catch a bus from Nayapul to Pokhara. We will spend a night at Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
After accomplishing the most wonderful trek in the world, we will have a flight back to Kathmandu. We will take you back to your hotel and you will have prepared for your departure. You can buy souvenirs for your friends and relatives. In the evening we will celebrate a successful party with dinner.
Day 15: Departure
Our office representative will help you check out from the hotel and take you to the airport as per your flight schedule. We will offer you a memorable farewell too.
If you are interested in this trek then here is more detail about the trek.
Factors to consider on Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October
Book Your Trek in Advance
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a royal trekking destination in Nepal. About two-thirds of the trekkers who come to trek in Nepal head towards Annapurna Base Camp. Therefore, Annapurna Base Camp remains very crowded during the peak seasons like in October. It will be a little bit more difficult to get good accommodations. On that note, you must book this trek in advance.
Acclimatize well and Hydrate Regularly
Annapurna Base Camp is also one of the high-altitude treks. Some trekkers may have altitude sickness if they are novice trekkers and don’t have enough mountain experience. Acclimatization is the only best option to minimize the chances of altitude sickness. Besides that, you also can be safe by drinking enough fresh water.
Always Hire a Professional Guide
Traveling in the Himalayas is a big adventure. It always involves some potential risks. Therefore, it is a wiser idea to travel with a professional guide. Traveling alone is full of obstacles and insecurities in the Himalayas.
Pack Light with Necessary Items
One of the best ideas to minimize the difficulties of the treks is to pack light. You should not make your luggage and baggage unnecessarily heavy. You have to go through the packing checklist and try to minimize the weight of your backpack. The most important thing that you must consider is that you mustn’t pack the less essential and include the basics.
Train Well with Mental Preparation
To be mentally prepared is the trek half done. For a successful and pleasant trek, your physique plays a significant role. If there is something besides your physical condition, it is your mentality. Therefore, you must be mentally fit for a successful hike.
Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof shell pant
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers/sandals)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece wind-stopper jacket
Waterproof shell jacket
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell
• Adhesive Bandages
• Medical Tape
• Antiseptic Wipes
• Safety Pins
• Antihistamine for allergic reactions
• 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
• Multipurpose soap
• Nail clippers
• Face and body moisturizer
• Feminine hygiene products
• Sleeping bag
• Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
• Duffel bag
• Basic first aid kit
• Large plastic bags
• Trekking Poles
• Water bottle or camel bag
• Your Passport
• Travel Insurance
• Air Tickets
• Passport Size Photo
• Map and Guide Book
• Two Permits: ACAP and TIMS Card
• Nepali Currency
Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October
- At higher altitudes, your body gets dehydrated quicker than usual. Therefore, you need to drink plenty of fresh drinking water.
- Be physically and mentally prepared before the trek.
- October is one of the peak trekking seasons in Nepal. Therefore, it is always a good idea to book your trek in advance.
- Carry sufficient and must essential gears.
- Don’t travel alone. It is wiser to travel in a group or with a professional guide.
- Always travel with a trustworthy trekking company.
- Be careful about the acclimatization in your itinerary.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in October is the best trekking experience ever because October is the mid-autumn season and there will be neither the fear of rainfall nor chilly cold days. October is the best season to trek to Annapurna Base Camp because the weather and temperature are very suitable for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
The monsoon cleans the atmosphere and provides clean and beautiful vistas. The views of the snow-capped mountain are very amazing. The green hills with the blooms rhododendron, bamboo forest are very lovely and heart-touching. The daytime walk is very suitable for the adventure hike. You can enjoy the magnificent views of Mt Annapurna, Annapurna south, Mt Manaslu, Mt Machhapuchre, and other surrounding peaks. You can also enjoy the unique culture and tradition of the Gurung and Magar people.
The warm hospitality and lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar are inspiring. Therefore, it is truly one of the must-not-miss treks in Nepal.