Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: moderate
- Destination: Annapurna
- Activities: Walking and Trekking
- Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and pokhara/ Lodges on the trek
- Meals: BB in Kathmandu and pokhara, Full board on trek.
- Maximum altitude: 4130m
- Group size: 1 to 24pax
- Best Season: September to November, March to May
Villages on the way, green forests, rice and millet fields, the locallife and the teahouses.
occasional monkey spotted in the rain-forest below Bamboo.
Thousands steps up down in Chhomrong, ulleri and sinuwa.
Extraheartingview Machhapuchhare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
Natural Hot springs.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Details
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trekking is a moderate adventure trekking route in the Himalayas and the best trekking route to see the mountain lives, ethnic diversity, terraced farmlands, the Charming Gurung village, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. We offer a package of ABC trek which is an excellent introduction to trekking in the magnificent mountains of Nepal.
After visiting the world heritage in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and enjoying the fresh atmosphere of the Fewa Lake in Pokhara, we begin the trekking at Nayapul where is 1.5 hours driving from Pokhara. During the trekking, we go through the beautiful rhododendron forests (which bloom in red and pink in March & April), follow the Modi River (which carries the icy water from the snow mountains), and see closely Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli and Fishtail (the sacred mountain queen). After admiring the beautiful sunrise with 14 snow-mountain peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) and Mt. Manaslu (8163m) in Poonhill, you can see a breathtaking sunrise again in ABC – a 360-degree snow-mountain view with the Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world, just in front of you. At the end of the trekking, you can enjoy natural hot spring in Jhinu if you like.
Duration of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trip various from 10 days to 15days depends on your trekking speed, the option of transportation and starting point. The trekking can be finished in 6 days but the average is 8-9 days. Traveling time between Kathmandu and Pokhara is 7 hours by tourist bus/car or 45 minutes by flight. We recommend starting from Nayapul, to Poonhill and to ABC. The shorter route is to start from Ghangruk or Phedi.
Annapurna Conservation Area (7639 sq.km) is the 1st and the largest conservation area protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Nepal.
Best Season/Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
This is only suggested trek route of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. You can customize the itinerary as per your comfort. This is 15 day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Itinerary. You can change it to either of 7, 8, 10, 13 days Trek also. 7 days Annapurna Trek is commonly known as short Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
|Day 1st||Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel (1300m/4264ft):15minutes driving|
|Day 2nd||Kathmandu World Heritage Sites Sightseeing and preparation for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking|
|Day 3rd||Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
(823m/2700ft) [7 hours]
|Day 4th||Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m/3510ft), the trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1570m/5151ft) [1.5 hours driving and 3-4 hours trekking]|
|Day 5th||Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani Village (2750m/9020ft) [6 hours]|
|Day 6th||Hike to Poonhill(3210m/10532ft) for sunrise and Trek from Ghorepani toTadapani (2540m/8332ft) [6-7 hours,including to Poonhill]|
|Day 7th||Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong
(2170m/7120ft) [5 hours]
|Day 8th||Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo
(2310m/7579ft) [4 hours]
|Day 9th||Trek from Bamboo to Deurali
(3230m/10597ft) [4-5 hours]
|Day 10th||Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
(4130m/13550ft) [4-5 hours]
|Day 11th||Trek back from ABC to Bamboo
(2310m/7579ft) [7 hours]
|Day 12th||Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda
(1760m/5775ft) [5-6 hours]
|Day 13th||Trek from Jhinu to Nayapul (1070m/3510ft) and drive to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) [5 hours trekking, one and half hour driving]|
|Day 14th||Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
(1300m/4264ft) [7-8 hours]
|Day 15th||Shopping, departure
or extend your holiday.
FAQs on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
1. What is Annapurna Base Camp Height?
The highest point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp height is 4130m approx. from sea-level. 4130m is our final point of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
2. How long is Annapurna Base Camp trekking distance?
As we will reach up to Annapurna base camp trek height at 4130m. The Annapurna base camp trek distance is 4130m. Then we will get back to where we come from. Hence, the distance will be double obviously for ups and downs.
3. How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the moderate type of trekking. Previous Experience will be a great plus point for your trek. Best Time and guide will surely make your trek easy. Here are some common difficulties of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Being aware of these points will make your trek lot easier.
4. How much does Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Budgets/costs?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Budget depends upon the services you take and itinerary you choose. However, we are providing Annapurna Base camp Trek at the minimum cost of $665. It is the best price for the ABC trek.
5. What permits do I need for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
Get a TIMS card and a trekking permit at the Nepal Tourism Board office. Carry these letters at all times during the trek. Some of the villages you’ll be passing through will have checkpoints and you have to show these. You need TIMS and Trekking Permit for Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
6. Can I make 7 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be completed in 7 days also. It is for those who have limited time but wants to have fun trekking Annapurna Base Camp.
7. How fit do I need to be to go trekking to Annapurna base camp?
It is obvious you should be healthy and fit for any trekking. Be sure you do not have Altitude Sickness Problem and have great stamina to complete this trek. Find here trekking preparation for Himalaya.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking detailed Route/ Itinerary - 15 days
Day 1st: Arrival at Kathmandu (KTM) (1,350m/4,430 ft)
Our representative is waiting for you at the airport arrival gate with your name printed on a paper. After a rest in hotel, we bring you to the welcome dinner in one of the best restaurants in KTM. Before you enjoy the traditional Nepalese cuisine and Nepali dancing show, we explain to you the detail itinerary.
Day 2nd: Sightseeing in Kathmandu City +/- Preparation for the trekking
We visit four important world heritages sites that highlight Nepal’s cultural and religious heritages - The Kathmandu Durbar Square is full of Nepal’s ancient architectures of the Malla Dynasty and Shakya. The Swayambhunath Stupa is well known to tourists as the “landmark” Hindu temple of Nepal. It is also known as Monkey Temple because many many monkeys there. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus and the Boudhanath Temple is one of the largest Buddhist shrine in the world.
Day 3rd: Drive to Pokhara: 7 hours
We set off by tourist bus in early morning. On the way, you can see the beautiful river if you sit at the right side of the bus. We stop near Malekhu for breakfast and Ghansikuwa for lunch. Around 3 pm we arrive at Pokhara. Stay overnight in hotel near the famous Fewa Lake.
Day 4th: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 1.5 hours driving & 6 hours trekking
We drive to the starting point, Nayapul. We walk through a valley forest and cross the Bhurundi Khola River to the village in Tikhedhunga. Going up to Ulleri in 3400 steps and boulders is really a test of your stamina. We reach Ulleri in the afternoon and stay overnight there.
Day 5th: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 - 5 hours
We set off after breakfast. As we ascend to the Ghorepani village, you can see the spectacular Mt. Annapurna South from time to time. We pass waterfalls and small villages before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the upper Ghorepani that offers a panoramic view of the mountains including, Mt. Annapurna South and Nilgiri. The village has small shops for local products. Wi-Fi signal is strong there.
Day 6th: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) & Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft): 6 - 7 hours
Early morning we go to Poonhill to see the sunrise in the Himalayas. Poonhill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges and the sunrise from these majestic mountains. While you admire the beautiful scenery, you can enjoy a cup of hot coffee in Poonhill! After breakfast in Ghorepani, we descend through the rhododendron forests and waterfalls to Tadapani.
Day 7th: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours
We walk down through a large rhododendron forest. When the forest trail ends, the trail opens to beautiful terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the mountain regions of Nepal. A few more miles of up and down we arrive at the destination of the day, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Mt. Annapurna. Stay overnight in Chhomrong.
Day 8th: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours
From Chhomrong, we walk quite a number of stone steps down to the Chhomrong Khola River. We then cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk uphill to Sinuwa. Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar and from there we descend easily to Bamboo where we stay the night.
Day 9th: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours.
We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill which is sometimes steep. After the Himalaya Hotel, the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we walk down to a river before ascending to Deurali where we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. The vegetation becomes sparse allowing magical views of the valley, river and cliffs adorned with waterfalls. Stay overnight in Deurali.
Day 10th: Deurali to ABC (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp(MBC) (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to MBC. From there we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. We then ascend gently. On the way, we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. We walk further to our final destination, the base camp of Mt. Annapurna, which is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way to this area is through the gorge we have just gone through. Stay overnight at ABC.
Day 11th: ABC to Bamboo: 7 - 8 hours.
We get up early for the breathtaking sunrise in ABC. After enjoying the amazing scenery and breakfast, we go downward rapidly to MBC, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. The trail is downhill so it is not difficult.
Day 12th: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770ft): 5 - 6 hours.
We retrace back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda where we stay for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through the rain forests and farmlands.
Day 13th: Trek to Nayapul (6 hours) then drive to Pokhara (1 hour).
We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Nayapul. We have lunch on the way. The trekking to the Annapurna Sanctuary ends today. We drive back Pokhara and stay overnight there.
Day 14th: Fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. We send you to the hotel from the airport. It is a free day to you. To celebrate your successful trip to ABC, we have a farewell dinner with you where we can share our experiences of the trekking before you fly back home the next day.
Day 15th: Final departure.
We drop you to the airport by a company representative 3 hours before the scheduled flight. Enjoy your flight to home. We hope to see you again soon.
Required experienced for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
According to the categorized of trekking, Annapurna Base Camp trekking is considered one of moderate popular trekking in the world. Although this trek is moderate many of them succeed to complete whole trekking but few of them will suffer to complete by high altitude and pain. It is most popular trekking in the world because of these hundreds of trekkers trekking every day during the high season of trekking.
The trekkers who can afford 6-7 hours walk every day up and downhill they can complete this trek. Mission Himalaya Treks suggest the trekkers exercise and jogging every day at least 30 days prior to start this trek. ABC trekking is easy for those trekkers who have experienced in trekking high altitude environment. Big technical issue no necessary for this trek. If you have blood disease, lung and heart problem please consult with your doctor and inform us before booking this trek. Mission Himalaya treks suggest you bring knee support. Training make ABC trek much easier than the people who come without training? Altitude is the focus reason for this trek is difficult because above 3000 m will make tourist hard to breathe as well.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulties
Trekking is an adventure sport. Based on the difficulty of the routes, it requires high motivation and previous experiences. Some of the treks in Nepal are suitable only for highly experienced trekkers where some routes are suitable for novice trekkers as well. An average fit person with regular training can do our most of the treks. Please consult with us if you are concerned about your fitness level.
Altitude Sickness: Most trekking routes in Nepal are in high altitude above 3500 meters which are part of the high altitude. Trekking is high altitude is a serious activity especially for those without having previous high altitude experiences. Drinking lots of water and ascending slowing by catching your breath regularly helps a lot to fight with altitude sickness, however, there is no bulletproof plan to prevent the altitude sickness at all. You can find the detail of Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulties here.
Accommodation on the Trek
You will be staying at 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and teahouses during the trekking period. All accommodations are the twin sharing basis. However, the single supplement will be provided on your request and will be an additional cost. But the trekking period the single supplement will be given if there and availability in the lodges. Some lower elevation can be fine but the upper elevation might be difficult to give single room. The accommodation in the city might be two single beds or 1 king size big bed. If a guest has the special performance for the room selection please feel free to inform Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT LTD. We will try to provide you with the special appropriate room during your stay in Nepal. Numerous lodges provided blankets in the rooms but we suggest you bring your own sleeping bag. In the whole trekking, you will be accommodating in lodges no need camping and tent. Please do not expect high standard rooms during your trekking period. If you are a single traveller in the higher elevation you need to share the room with another single trekker like you (same sex). In case we are not able to provide you single supplement we will refund your single supplement charge. We hope you understand the situation of trekking places. Please do not expect high standard luxury lodges, you are in a remote place. They offer basic rooms for accommodation.
Meals on the Trek
During your trekking period, we will provide all the meals but only breakfast will be given in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Depends your international flight time we will provide you a farewell or welcome dinner in a typical Nepali local restaurant with the cultural dance show. During your trek breakfast and dinner will be taken in the lodges where you sleep overnight but lunch takes in the middle of the trekking period. Indian, Italian, Nepalese and continental food are the choices in the trekking from the menu provided by the tea houses. Like noodles, soups, handmade bread, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are available in the mountains. These meals are prepared after your order. Most of the places meats also available but we recommend you not to take as they are not fresh. Sometimes unhealthy food affects your body and trekking. Do not expect western meals like you take in the city and in your home. Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT LTD gives you full freedom to select your preferred meals from the menu provided by the lodges. The food and raw materials are locally prepared and taste different than the city.
Our trek includes meals on the trek prepared by the lodges means we do not need to carry foods for all the major trekking routes of Nepal. Most lodge based treks offer foods prepared in the lodges locally however it's recommended to carry some energy bars and other quick bites as some camps might be longer than the usual waking hours.
Recommended Gears and things needed for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Based on the experiences and fitness, you may need more or fewer gears than mentioned in our gear list. Please find the list of recommended gears below.
Boots and spare laces, Light shoes/trainers, down jacket, Fleece or sweater, Shirts*3, Socks*3, trekking trousers (or a long skirt for a woman), waterproof jacket /poncho/ umbrella, over trousers, underwear (including thermals), Gloves, woollen Hat/ balaclava, sunhat etc.
Other Essential items:
- First Aid Kitbag
- trekking poles
- sleeping bag(4 seasons +)
- sleeping bag liner
- water bottle (min 1-liter capacity) thermal better choice
- head torch
- batteries for camera and torch
- Sun cream (SPF 50) and lip salve
- Towel and washing kit
- Money belt
- Toilet paper and lighter
- Small padlock (to secure kitbag and lodge bedroom)
- Snacks you like and entertainment such as books, cards etc.
Notebook and pens, Altimeter, Binoculars, Gaiters, Plastic bags, Insulation Mat, Camera and plenty of drives, Personal snacks and other games equipment
Note: do not bring too many things because porter can carry maximum 25 kilos and airlines not allow bringing more than 20 kilos in Pokhara, Kathmandu domestic flight.