- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Max Elevation
- 4,130 m
- Trip Duration
- 11 Days
- Trip Grade
- Eco Lodges
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Flight + Private Vehicle
- Group Size
- Minimum 2
- Best Season
- Spring and Autumn
- Per Day Walk
- Approx 5 - 6 Hours
Trekking is the getaway for your daily hustle and hectic life. It has become an escape activity for the refreshments and adventures you have needed for years. So when we talk about trekking, Nepal is one of the best destinations trekkers want. What comes to mind when the word trekking in Nepal rings your ear? Will Annapurna Base Camp Trek pop up there? Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the synonyms for remote trekking in Nepal due to its diverse natural richness and cultural abundance.
For years, the Annapurna Base Camp trek has been one of Nepal’s most visited trekking destinations. It is 40 kilometers north of the beautiful city of Pokhara and is within the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. This beautiful and adventurous trek takes you from the basin of Pokhara to the lap of Annapurna Peak, the tenth-tallest peak in the world. Having a spectacular view of Annapurna and its sister peaks, like Annapurna II, III, and IV, is one of the major attractions of this trek. In addition, you also can have a perfect view of famous peaks like Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
Besides all that, the trail to the base camp offers you opportunities to experience the diverse culture and lifestyle of people and local communities. You will delve into the lifestyle and daily activities of people from different backgrounds like Thakali, Gurung, and Magar.
So what are the things that you should know about Annapurna Base Camp Trek? Here are some detailed explanations of the aspects that you might find helpful.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Throughout your Annapurna Base Camp trek, you will be involved in several activities, and here are some of the highlights of your trek:
- Spectacular view of famous mountain peaks like Annapurna (8,091 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Machhapuchre (6,993 meters), Himchuli (6,441 meters), and many more.
- Viewing sunrise and sunset from the viewpoint of Poon Hill.
- Explore the traditional local villages of Thakali, Gurung, and Magar communities and involve them in cross-cultural activities.
- Explore the lifestyle of rural Nepal.
- Indulge in the natural beauty of the Annapurna region, including the Annapurna Conservation Area. This region is famous for its diverse landscapes, green terraced fields, forests, and alpine meadows.
- Explore the wildlife inside Annapurna Conservation Area. You get to see some of the world’s most endangered animals and birds, like Snow leopards, Musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, Spiny Babbler, and others.
- Visit natural hot springs in Jhinu Danda.
- Reach Annapurna Base Camp and have views of the Annapurna region and its surroundings.
- Explore farmland at Ghandrunk.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and Transfer to the Hotel
Kathmandu Altitude: 1,345 Meters
On the first day of your Annapurna Base Camp trek, you will fly to Nepal from your home country and land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our agents will wait for you at the airport, so you don’t have to worry about being lost or wandering. After you meet with our travel agents, you will move forward to check in to your respective hotels, where you will stay overnight. You will get facilities like an attached bathroom, internet services, 24/7 electric power for charging, and hot showers.
- Day 02: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu and Welcome Dinner cum Interaction
Activities: Sightseeing And Welcome Dinner
After you arrive at your hotel and stay your first night, you will be called into a meet and greet program the next day. But before attending the program, you will be involved in sightseeing activities around Kathmandu valley.
Kathmandu valley is culturally rich with many destinations, like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Narayanhiti Palace, Garden of Dreams, Dharahara, and many more. If you are a history geek, you can visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square – these were once the palaces of the Malla Kings who ruled Kathmandu Valley for centuries. You can see many ancient artifacts, antiques, and Royal belongings in these palaces-turned-museums.
After completing your sightseeing tour, you will head for a meet and greet program, where you will be invited to a welcome dinner as well.
- Day 03: Fly or Drive to Pokhara (Flight 20 Minutes and Drive 5 hours), Drive two more hours to Sauli Bazaar, and trek to Ghandruk [2,012 m/6363ft]
Location: Pokhara | Sauli Bazaar | Ghandruk
Pokhara Altitude: 822 Meters
Ghandruk Altitude: 2,012 Meters
Accommodation: Guest House
The next day is the third day of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and you will drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara from Kathmandu. You will take a bus from the capital city, which will take you to Pokhara through the terraced fields, mountains, and rivers like Trishuli and Marshyangdi.
After nearly 6 to 7 hours of driving, you will reach Pokhara, the city of dreams. Pokhara is a beautiful city with many destinations like Davis Falls, Sarangkot Hill, Mahendra and Chamero Gufa, Phewa, and Begnas Lake. You can also reach Pokhara by flight, which is the fastest way. It only takes 15 to 25 minutes to reach Pokhara Airport.
After you reach Pokhara, you will start your trek to Saulibazaar. You must hike for a couple of hours to reach the spot. And from Sauli Bazaar, you will take another 2 hours of trek to Ghandruk Village, rich in Thakali and Gurung settlements. Ghandruk village is widely acknowledged for its hospitality services, with Thakali Khana set being one of the popular cuisines of Nepal.
You will stay at a guesthouse overnight.
- Day 04: Trek to Chhomrong [2340m/7675ft]
Chhomrong Altitude: 2,340 Meters
Accommodation: Tea House
On the fourth day of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will start a hike from Ghandruk Village to Chhomrong at 2,340 meters (7,675 feet). You will climb uphill from Ghandruk, enjoying the views of mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
You will reach a river in between, and after crossing down the river, you will have to climb uphill again. After following the rugged trail for a few hours, you will reach the beautiful village of Chhomrong. You will have an overnight stay at a tea house in Chhomrong.
- Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo [2335m/7658ft]
Bamboo Altitude: 2,335 Meters
Accommodation: Tea House
It’s the fifth day of your trek to Annapurna Base Camp, and now, your next destination is Bamboo at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,658 meters). You will start your hike early in the morning after having breakfast through a steep stoned staircase and reach Kuldi first.
From Kuldi, you will follow the trail through the dense Rhododendron forest and climb uphill to reach Sinuwa. You can see the region’s wildlife overview during your trek. One of the beautiful scenes in this area is that you can see Langur (species of Monkey) hanging around the branches of the trees in the forest during this hike phase.
From Sinuwa, you will again hike uphill to reach Bamboo, where you will stay at a teahouse.
- Day 06: Trek from Bamboo to Himalaya Hotel [2920m/9577ft]
Location: Himalaya Hotel
Himalaya Hotel Altitude: 2,920 Meters
Accommodation: Himalaya Hotel
Himalaya Hotel lies 2,920 meters [9,577 feet], which is your next destination. You will make an early hike from Bamboo on your sixth day of the trek. You will first go down steep to the rocky terrains and climb uphill through the bamboo and rhododendron forest.
After a few hours, you will reach the village of Dobhan, and from there, you will get to the Himalayan Hotel, where you will stay overnight. Himalayan hotel assures all your services, from logistics to food and comfort. So you don’t have to worry about your convenience while accommodating here.
- Day 07: Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp [4130m/13546ft] via Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3700m/12136ft]
Location: Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp Altitude: 4,130 Meters
Accommodation: Tea House
This is one of the most exciting parts of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. On the seventh day, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters (13,546 Feet) above sea level via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 meters).
After a pleasant stay at the Himalayan Hotel, you will pack your things and get ready to take on the final stage of your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. You will first walk through the forested area rich in flora and fauna and reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. You will see the grazing land for cattle in this area.
From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you will walk through the glacier bed to Annapurna Base Camp. If you are traveling in the winter season, you should be very cautious around this area since avalanches are possible. Once you reach Annapurna Base Camp, you will be involved in sightseeing activities that include the 360 views of the Annapurna range. You can view spectacular views of Annapurna and its sister peaks, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, and others. Similarly, the environment here is pleasant so that you can delve into the beautiful nature and clear view of the surrounding places. Remember to snap some pictures for your memory.
- Day 08: Trek back to Bamboo (8 hours trek) [2335m/7658 ft]
Bamboo Altitude: 2,335 Meters
Accommodation: Tea House
Once your activity in Annapurna Base Camp is done, you will be prepared to descend to Bamboo. You must walk downhill for around 8 hours to reach Bamboo from the base camp. You will cross Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Doban before reaching your destination.
Once you reach Bamboo, you can rest in a tea house overnight.
- Day 09: Trek to Hot Spring (Jhinu Danda Hot Spring) [1610m/5280ft]
Location: Jhinu Danda Hot Spring
Jhinu Danda Hot Spring Altitude: 1,610 Meters
Accommodation: Tea House
On the ninth day of your trek, you will hike to the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda – which lies at an altitude of 1,610 meters (5,280 Feet). You will make your way through the rugged trail to Chhomrong, and in between, you can visit the hot springs.
Most trekkers find this place amusing since it provides natural hot water, and getting rid of your sweat and tiredness from a long hike will be the primary focus. You will stay at a teahouse overnight after completing your activities in Jhinu Danda.
- Day 10: Trek to Sauli Bazaar (3 hours). Drive back to Pokhara for 2 hours by jeep.
Location: Saulibazaar | Pokhara
Activity: Drive Back To Pokhara
On the tenth day, you will trek back to Sauli Bazaar from Jhinu Danda, and it takes around 3 hours to reach the destination. You will start your hike early in the morning and descend downhill through the rough terrains to reach Sauli Bazaar.
After reaching Sauli Bazaar, you will ride back to Pokhara on a jeep, which takes around 2 hours. You will stay at a hotel and can be involved in extra activities like exploring the nightlife of Pokhara. Or you can rest at your hotel.
- Day 11: From Today, you are on your own/Travel back to Kathmandu
You will be on your own from the 11th day of your Annapurna Base Camp trek. If you have plans to explore Pokhara city, you can do it or travel back to Kathmandu on a bus, jeep, or plane.
If you have plans to visit places in Pokhara, do not miss White Gumba, Mountain Museums, Boating in Phewa Lake, trekking to Sarangkot, and Davis falls.
- All Activities In The Itinerary Around Annapurna Region
- Your Accommodation at Hotels, Tea Houses, and Camps
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
- Guides and Porter Fees
- Domestic Transportation Fees
- Oxygen Supplements and First Aid Kits
- Food Arrangements
- Visa Fees
- International Flight From and To
- Guide and Porter Tips
- Personal Gadgets and Snacks
- Rescue and Support Fees
The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.
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Preparation and Gear Needed for the Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a multi-day trekking package, so you should go through preparation for the activities you are going to do on tour. It sums up all preparations, including, Physical, Mental, Gears, Costs, Accommodations, and others. Here is the detailed information on the topic.
You know what it takes to reach Annapurna Base Camp, so the details of physical preparation are easy to understand. We have an 11 days itinerary package on Annapurna Base Camp Trek, so your physical strength is the most important thing needed throughout the tour.
Throughout your tour, you will be involved in over 6 to 7 hours of hiking regularly. So to walk such long distances every day requires excellent physical strength. So your energy, endurance, and stamina matter the most in this trek. We will suggest you have exposure to some treks before taking on the ABC trek in Nepal. If you are prone to altitude sickness and related illness, train your lungs – do cardio exercises and avoid alcoholic and narcotic products.
Your mental state of the body significantly impacts your work, and so does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It can be easy if you are mentally prepared to take on this hike despite any hurdles and problems. But your trek might not be meaningful if you press yourself without a passion for traveling.
You should have a solid mindset to plan the trek and always have multiple options to travel through the Annapurna region. So if the primary plan fails, you can apply the other plans. Also, you must be positive regarding the trek and be very motivated and strong even during any unnatural phenomena during the hike. It will help you make the most of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Gears preparation must be scheduled before the trekking time so that you will be relieved with the necessities of essential items throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. There are several gears and equipment that you will need to carry. They can be bought or rented: if you are already in Nepal and looking to purchase trekking items, you can visit the stores in Thamel, Kathmandu. They both sell and rent their items at a reasonable price.
What You’ll Need to Pack?
- Layering Clothing for protection against the elements and temperature changes (Inner and outer thermal clothes are recommended since the climate and temperature around Annapurna region are cold. Do not forget to pack warm gloves, socks, innerwear, and hats.)
- Footwear that is reliable and comfortable for walking long distances (Sturdy hiking boots are essential for long walks during Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trails are rugged and even feature rocky terrains, so having reliable hiking boots is helpful.)
- Trekking Gear such as sleeping bags, poles, and a first aid kit (You must remember to prepare for your nights; sleeping bags are the only thing that can make your night comfortable during ABC Trek. So always carry warm sleeping bags. Besides that, pack your trekking poles and first aid kit.)
- Other Essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, and a water bottle (During the daytime, the sun can be very sharp, so to protect yourself from sunburn, you should carry sunblocking items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and others. In addition, remember to put the snacks and water bottles in your backpack.)
What Permits Are Required For Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
Annapurna Base Camp lies within the restricted and protected area of Annapurna Conservation Area, so you must obtain a permit to enter through it. You can get the license from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu, which costs NRs—3,000 per person for foreign trekkers. You must pay around NRs—100 per person if you are from Nepal. Similarly, if you are from SAARC nations, you will be charged NRs—1000 per person.
TIMS Card, also known as Trekkers’ Information Management Systems, is essential for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You can get it for NRs. 1,000 if you are trekking in a group, and if you are a solo trekker, you must pay NRs—2000 per person.
The cost of a TIMS Card for SAARC nationals are NRs. 300 for group trekkers and NRs. 600 for solo trekkers.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Hiking Times & Tips
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is good if you hike around Spring and Autumn seasons when the climate is very moderate and pleasant. The skies are clear with fewer clouds, and most importantly, you will experience the cool breeze during the day at this time of year. Also, you will be far away from possible natural phenomena such as rainfall, snowfall, and calamities.
The off-season trek to Annapurna Base camp is also top-rated. Most trekkers opt for this option since the off-season treks are budget-friendly and accessible to destinations without crowds over the tea houses and viewpoints. However, these treks can also be dangerous since the weather during these times is unpredictable. Also, we know that during the monsoon, heavy rainfall follows the nation bringing up calamities like landslides and floods.
Similarly, during the winter, the Annapurna region features heavy snowfall, making the surrounding area very cold and harsh. Due to this, many trekkers are likely to get altitude sickness quickly as they find it hard to breathe in cold temperatures.
How To Make Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek Easy And Handy?
Here are specific points that you can follow to make your trek more convenient:
Prepare In Advance:
You will have to prepare well in advance, whether physically or mentally. If you prepare around a month before the trek, you can revise the preparation once more so that your essential kits are included.
As mentioned earlier, your physical fitness greatly matters during Annapurna Base Camp Trek. To walk for over 6 to 7 hours in a day is a challenging job. You can train yourself by walking or jogging regularly to stay in good physical shape. In addition, you can do cardio and hit the gym for better results.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
If your clothes are lightweight and comfortable, you can boost your hike. Uncomfortable and rigid clothes can jumble up your body parts, making moving hard. Also, consider the weather and pack weather-friendly outfits.
Stay Hydrated And Healthy
Your body drains after a long trek, so eating healthy food and staying hydrated is crucial. Drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious food and snacks are recommended. Also, do not intake any alcoholic or narcotic products.
Hire a Guide and Porter
Trekking in Nepal is only allowed if you have hired an experienced guide. It is beneficial when you have a guide with you since they can help you through the routes and maps of the trek. Also, they can be a helpful medium to interact with the local people. Similarly, hiring porters will help you in carrying your luggage. If you cannot carry your backpack, hire a porter to carry your belongings.
Acclimatization and Safety Procedures
Acclimatization is essential during high-altitude treks. Since Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to an altitude of 4,130 meters above sea level, acclimatization is crucial. We all know our bodies will likely encounter altitude sickness in high altitudes. So what are the things we can do to acclimatize our bodies? Let’s find out!!
Take Enough Rest
Your body needs enough rest after a long hike through the rugged and rocky terrain. As your energy will be drained with such a long hike, you need to retain it via resting. You can take frequent breaks during the trek. Remember, it is good to elevate around 300 to 500 meters of altitude daily and rest for a day afterward. It will be good for your health.
Drink plenty of water and other fluids during the trek. Dehydration is one of the significant factors that can worsen the effects of altitude sickness, so why not stay hydrated? Avoid alcohol and caffeine products.
Eat a nutritious diet composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so that your body gets enough energy to hike through the challenging terrain. Healthy diets will help you maintain your strength and stamina.
You don’t know what happens during the trek, so it would be wise to be prepared with first aid kits, including painkillers, band-aids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and medications for altitude sickness.
Always listen to the region’s weather forecast before you carry on the trek. When it comes to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, be aware of the upcoming weather conditions and prepare accordingly. Dress in layers, and do not forget to pack warm Clothing with waterproof/windproof outer layers.
Altitude Sickness is the worst-case scenario you will face during high-altitude treks. If you notice any symptoms of altitude sickness like headache, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting, descend to a lower altitude. Also, seek medical help and support – if you have oxygen supplements, use them when you can.
Cost And Accommodation of the Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an 11-day itinerary package, so the cost is not cheap. Since you will be involved in a lot of activities and sightseeing, the price of the trek comes to be above $600 per person. It includes your stay and activities within the itinerary and domestic transportation services.
When it comes to accommodation, you will get plenty of accommodation options during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Hotels/Lodges, Tea Houses, Camps, and Homestays are some options around the Annapurna region.
Hotels and lodges are available in Pokhara and Nayapul, with attached bathrooms and hot showers. Also, you can get 24/7 fast internet services and other services too. Similarly, tea houses offer you the same amenities as hotels. However, you must either share the room or stay in a dormitory. You may need the internet and charging facilities as well. However, many of the tea houses have already brought these services into action.
Staying in camps and homestays is the best way to save your expenses in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. These options are budget friendly; you should carry your food and sleeping bags camping. So you don’t have to pay an extra penny to the logistic operators. If you are staying in homestays, you can have the experience of tasting Nepali cuisine in a traditional Nepali Kitchen. Food like Dal, Bhaat, Dhindo, and Gundruk is famous around this area, so why not taste them?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be the most fulfilling trek in your life. This trek will permanently be imprinted in your mind through its diverse way of offering natural beauty and cultural significance. People around Poon Hill, Ghandruk, and Ghore Pani are well-known for their hospitality services, so you will feel it like traveling around your hometown with much love and affection.
Most importantly, the views of mystic mountain ranges that feature Annapurna I, II, III, and IV, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri peaks will call you to this place again. Also, the adventurous rocky terrains and routes across the dense Rhododendron and juniper forests will always be worth remembering. And inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you can explore the flora and fauna that are very exciting to see.
Nevertheless, Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be a rewarding hike that will immerse you in remote Nepal and its lifestyle. So why not dare to go for this trek? Contact us immediately if you have any plans for this hike. We have an 11-day itinerary that can be customized depending on your interest and preferences. Let’s work together to make the most out of the beautiful destination, Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek time can depend on the activities and itineraries you choose. We have an 11 days trekking package on this.
GLIMPSES OF Annapurna Base Camp Trek
see what our valued client have to say
19th Jan 200819th Jan 2008 [Afghanistan]
We would like to thank you for looking after us so well on the ABC trip in April. For me having been previously in October 2001, I was really please to see such a vast difference in the spring. The snow and flora combined with the amphitheatre that is the sanctuary was mind blowing.