Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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USD $ 1,120 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    ABC 4130 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Drive and Flight

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek has captivated thousands of people around the world due to its true-to-life experience. It satisfies travelers' interest to witness the natural beauty that mother nature has gifted us.

Annapurna Base Camp is located in the north-central part of Nepal, and the trek route to the base camp encompasses peak chains that include Mount Annapurna (8091 m) along with 16 other peaks over 7000 m.

The entire views of the ranges of Annapurna are very fascinating, especially during the dawn. The enigma & magnificence of the Annapurna Region is almost unimaginable! It’s just magnificent beyond belief.

Mount Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world. An amalgam view of the mountain peaks, landscapes, tropical and alpine vegetation, rare floras, faunas, and nature makes trekking to Annapurna Base Camp unique in all aspects.

A wide range of natural landscapes, steep, rugged, and beautiful mountains are just some of the highlights that trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp has to offer. ABC is an ideal way to enjoy the Himalayas, hospitality of Nepalese people.

Relative to other hiking trails, the route here is also well developed and you can observe different cultures and customs.

Why Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

  • Learn about Nepalese history, customs, and hospitality.
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna, Nilgiri, Baraha Peak, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli as well as Annapurna glacier’s periphery.
  • Experience a classical tea house trekking adventure where you will stay in local-run lodges.
  • An excellent opportunity to engage with locals, learn about Buddhist culture in the villages, and sample the local cuisine.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area, home to 1226 species of plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 22 amphibians, and many more, will also provide sightings of many rare floras and faunas.
  • Experience the sheer beauty of the diverse Himalayan landscape while hiking through remote villages, fairy-tale forests, vast moorlands cut by cascading rivers, and the blue-hued peaks of base camp as the journey takes you through alpine woodland, dense bamboo forests, rhododendron groves, an oak forest, and much more.
  • From the impressive heights of Poon Hill, witness a dazzling sunrise over the Annapurna ranges – an early in the morning hike to this prime location would be well worth the effort.
  • Managed in conformity with the provisions that ensure respectful, secure, and appropriate working practices.
  • Although the snow cover on most routes leading to the base camp poses little risk, it is prudent to exercise caution during the journey. The trek would appear to be relatively smooth at lower elevations, but it will be packed with snow and additional challenges at higher elevations.

Best Season

The months of the spring season are ideal for trekking. Additionally, since it is centered at such a high altitude, weather conditions are extremely variable, but the autumn season has relatively consistent weather.

As a result, autumn is considered to be the best time to go trekking, even so, early summer could also be considered an appropriate time due to ever-changing climate variations. Before deciding on a trek, suggested are the considerations.

Considerations on ABC adventure!

  • This trip includes 14 days of intensive hiking. You'll be hiking for up to 8 hours a day and at altitudes over 4000 meters at times, so be mindful of altitude sickness.
  • Preparation is recommended ahead of time because the trek takes place at a high altitude, and it is important to be in excellent physical condition and health.
  • The trekking lodges, aka teahouses, are very simple, with only the most basic amenities. Luxuries such as hot water and Wi-Fi may not always be available and may require extra payment.
  • Your requirement differs based on the season you're trekking in, so it's crucial to be well organized.
  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek has a prominent route, and you'll encounter a lot of other trekkers and groups along the way, both on the trail and at the teahouses. Other trekking options are available if you prefer a trek with much fewer people and therefore more time spent trekking across communities rather than on a more developed path.
  • The area, which is located in Nepal's north-central region, includes mount ranges that include Mount Annapurna (8091 m) and 16 other peaks over 7000 m. The combination of mountain ranges, landscapes, tropical and alpine vegetation, unique floras, faunas, and wildlife make this an exotic location in every way.
  • In contrast to other hiking trails, this one is well-developed, and you can observe a variety of ethnic people practicing various cultures and customs.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route

The baseline for the journey is Pokhara, popularly known as the 'Lake Paradise. This beautiful city has an unspoiled vision, and the authorities never overlook city management. Phewa Lake, Nepal's second-largest lake, is amongst the main tourist destinations. It is also here that you can see many landscapes as well as the majestic mountaineering museum.

The actual trek route, however, begins in Ulleri and continues through Ghorepani (Magar settlements with notable mountain views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri), Poonhill, and the tremendous Himalayan ranges while passing through beautiful dense rhododendron forest, thick bamboo forest, and oak trees.

On the way to Jomsom, Mustang, we will also have the privilege to see the stunning Kali Gandaki gorge, the world's deepest gorge. Well before you enter the onset point of the trek, you are welcomed with magnificent views of mountains such as Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Baraha Peak, Fishtail, and Hiunchuli!

Several private accommodation lodges are located along the trail to the base camp, situated in front of the Annapurna Glacier. Since most of Annapurna's ranges are exposed, the view from the glacier fringes is incredible.

The Annapurna Conservation Area covers 7600 square kilometers and is home to a diverse range of wildlife. You'll also get to meet a variety of indigenous Nepali tribes and gain some insights into their cultures.

This 14-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is moderate in difficulty grade and is the most popular trekking route among all the other trekking destinations.

If you are crossing between Annapurna and Everest base camp, we have a great post that compares the two. Please follow Annapurna Vs Everest Base Camp in our blog post.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet you in Nepalese traditional style and transfer you to your respective hotel. You can stroll around Thamel in the evening if you have time.

Airport Pickup in a Private Vehicle. 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Ktm

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

🕑 5-6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

After breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara enjoying the scenic landscapes along the Prithivi highway alongside the Trishuli River. Upon reaching Pokhara you can enjoy boating at Phewa Lake and roam around this city of lakes.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star Hotel

Day 3: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri

🕑 5-6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,070 m

Early in the morning - you will have an hour of a scenic drive towards Nayapul then will start the trek towards Ulleri. After crossing Birethanti, you will follow the streams and reach Tikhe Dhunga. After crossing the suspension bridge, you will have to climb steep stone steps (3500steps) to reach towards Ulleri. You will have ample opportunities to gain tranquil views of Himchuli and Fishtail on your trail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani

🕑 4-5 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,856 m

After breakfast, you gradually move towards Ghorepani. Nature spreads exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation, and rich plant life before you. You can spend some time here capturing photographs and feel the fresh air of Himalayas. Then, after trekking some hours, finally - you will find yourself in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also has pretty good lodges that provide good food and accommodation to travelers. Upon arrival, you can rest for some time and explore the surrounding areas with sunset views of the beautiful Annapurna Ranges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Day 5: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) for sunrise view & trek to Tadapani

🕑 6-7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,630 m

Early morning, you will hike up to PoonHill for sunrise views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poonhill is renowned for the world’s best viewpoint for panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I, the world’s seventh-highest peak, and the tenth highest Annapurna I peak, Dhaulagiri II, III, Fishtail, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri South, Dhampus Peak, and many other snowcapped peaks. After this - you will have a warm breakfast served by the Pun people - local ethnic people of this region.

Also, you will get the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality and culture of Pun People. After breakfast, you will leave Ghorepani and walk towards Tadapani. Tadapani is an excellent viewpoint for glimpses of heavenly sights of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Day 6: Trek to Chhomrong

🕑 4.5 - 5 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,600 m

After breakfast, you will start your trek to Chomrong. You will trek all the way through terrace farmings and typical village houses, the colorful blooming flowers of the Rhododendron forests make your walk more fascinating. From here, views of the stunning Annapurna South and Hiunchuli & Fishtail are close. Gurung inhabitants reside in this village, surrounded by the dense woods with distinct views of the Himalayan ranges. Overnight stay at Chomrong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Day 7: Trek to Dovan

🕑 5-6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,500 m

Today after breakfast, you will start your trek from Chomrong to Dovan. On the way, you will observe the panoramic views of Fishtail from a different angle. After around two hours of walk through the green forest of rhododendron and Bamboo, you will reach a place named 'Bamboo'. This place is popular for awesome views of the ranges of Annapurna Himalayas, Flora, and Fauna. The name Bamboo is given due to the high production of Bamboo in this area. You then trek almost an hour to reach Dovan walking all the way through the dense forest. Dovan is a small settlement where people migrated from other places for pure business. So you can see people of different cultures and lifestyles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Day 8: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

🕑 5-6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 4,000 m

On this 8th day, after breakfast, we start our trek by gradually walking towards Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) following some mesmerizing views of Machhapuchre and Gangapurna facing towards us. After you cross Bagar, you will ascend towards MBC. Moving forward to MBC, you will see the view of Mount Macchapuchre more close. Upon reaching the basecamp itself, you now can see the charming views of Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna III, Gangapurna and other peaks. Overnight stay at MBC.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 9: Trek To Annapurna Base Camp

🕑 2-2.5 Hrs

Max Altitude: 4,130 m

On hiking this trekking trail (also known as Annapurna circuit trail) for about 2 - 3 hours, you will ascend towards the North West alongside a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil pastures. Now, the whole purpose of the trek comes to light as you finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Here you will witness some awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Singhachuli, Glaciers, and more peaks with varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif.

In the evening, you can further trek along to see the popular Annapurna Glacier, and sunset views over the Annapurna Range, including Hiunchuli and other peaks. During the time of heavy snow, it would be great to hike up to Chorten, walking along the snowy trails. There are lots more to cover within this short duration.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 10: Trek back to Bamboo

🕑 5-6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,300 m

After breakfast, with the sunrise view, you will trek back down to Bamboo passing along the enthralling Annapurna ranges and its surroundings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Day 11: Trek to Jhinu (Hot Spring) hill

🕑 6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,780 m

Today you will trek back to Jhinu Danda via Chhomrong with the view of majestic Himalayan ranges. After arrival in Jhinu Hill, you can relax and be stress-free while soaking in the Hot spring. Overnight stay at Chhomrong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Day 12: Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

🕑 4-5 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

After breakfast, you will descend towards Kiwai where you can have an amalgam view of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. Further, you will be driven back to Pokhara. Evening time strolling around Pokhara and relaxing. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 13: Drive/Flight towards Kathmandu

🕑 6-7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

From Pokhara, you can either fly (25min) or drive (6-7 hrs) to Kathmandu. We will have some spare time in the evening. Once you arrive at Kathmandu, you can meet up and discuss the trip with Himalayan Trekkers representative. Farewell dinner with be hosted by us at an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural programs. Overnight at hotel.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Ktm

Day 14: Departure

🕑 30 mins

Today is the final departure and time a say goodbye. A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will drop you off at the airport at your scheduled time.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee
  • All the required permits
  • All ground transfers in Private Vehicle 
  • English speaking certified tour guide and required number of porters
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) only during the trek
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses of any kind such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Table drinks
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost incurred due to unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the includes section

FAQ'S

Q. At what altitude does Annapurna Base Camp lie?

Annapurna Base Camp lies at an altitude of 4,130 meters above sea level. 

Q. How hard is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is moderate level hike. Although one must be in great shape both physically and mentally and should have the stamina to walk average of around 4-7 hours per day. 

We also recommend to engage in physical/outdoor activities before the trek such as short hikes, running, swimming or any kind of sports.

Q. What should I pack for this trek ?

We recommend trekkers to carry only necessary items to keep things lighter - it will be of great help if your bag is relatively lighter. It no surprise that even in winter, the weather is quite chilly in the mountains and especially during the nights. So, we highly advise you to carry warm pair of clothes. For more detailed information, please check out our thorough packing list in the gear list section. 

Q. Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek safe?

Although situated in the high Himalayas, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is very safe. Himalayan Trekkers guide/team will take proper care of you prioritizing your health and safety above all. We will follow an itinerary based on scheduled acclimatization so the risk of altitude sickness is the lowest. Likewise, the locals of this region are the kindest and most innocent people you will ever meet. 

Q. What is the distance of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a maximum length of 110 km/68.36 miles . The total distance you trek but could be more or less if you customize.
 

Q. Do you need permits for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, two permits TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area permit is mandatory for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. But Himalayan Trekkers will take care of that and is included in the cost.

Q. Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek safe to travel after Covid-19?

Yes, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is very safe to travel after Covid-19 due to the least number of cases. 

Q. Do I need to be vaccinated for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, it is mandatory to be vaccinated and have a negative PCR report to trek to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Apart from the Corona vaccine, we recommend trekkers to consult with medical expertise and local trekking agency for other medications/vaccines.

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

Reviews

Max Smith

United States

Annapurna Base Camp is real as it was described. My first trek to Nepal and overall a great experience. Lots of walking on the terrains up and down. Very friendly country and my guide was very freindly. Would recommend.
 

Victor Alekseyev

Russian Federation

Это был прекрасный поход вокруг Аннапурны с заходом к базовому лагерю ABC. Himalayan Trekkers организовали всё на высшем уровне. Всем рекомендую!

FingFa C

China

Excellent! 無得頂!! 太牛逼!!

Trekking in ABC is absolutely the best and most amazing trip I have experienced!!

如果去尼泊爾唔行個山你就白黎一趟喇!我同個friend 2個女仔 總共行左 9日,無想像中咁難行,路上遇到 最細既有 5~6歲 既小朋友,最老既 70~80呀婆都黎行,D韓國大媽行得比我地仲快。 路上面既風景靚到係此生難忘!

Madan 係我遇到最有趣既 Tour guide! 佢迷人既 bling bling eyes簡直殺死唔少少女!完左呢個trip 之後 ,我恨不得馬上 再黎一個 EBC trekking! 而我一定會搵佢做我既Tour guide!

Tips: 旺季既話, 小心有D point 住宿會full 哂,如果唔係可能要摸黑行去下個point ,如果行得慢 可以叫個 guide 行先你一步去 攞定位先, 咁樣就安全好多! 因為當年有幾個韓國登山者遇險,某D時候佢地既家人會成團咁一齊去ABC 拜祭, 我就試過因為佢地人太多令某D point 客棧爆滿, 結果摸黑行去下個point 但係果邊都無客房最終安排我地訓柴房。

Frankandnida

Australia

Professional

Great tour and service. I would recommend our guide Raj to anyone.
Not only did he guide us around Annapurna he also took us out in Kathmandu.

The trek was paced to my own fitness and was an experience that I would love to do again. Not once did I feel uncomfortable as Raj knew a lot about the local areas, knew where to eat and where to stay.

It was a very relaxed way to tackle the mountains.

Vijaya Ratinam Ramah

Malaysia

Himalayan Trekkers never failed to impress us on service. The director Mr. Raj was very promptful for attending our queries. 4 of us had an awesome 14 days tour for Annapurna Base Camp and was truly satisfied with their service from A -Z.

They have a dedicated team comprised of truly caring hearted people. Shankar, Balakrishna and Raj will always remain in our hearts for their caring and service throughout the journey. It was a family belonging experience with these folks.

Their cost are very much reasonable as well they are very open to discuss on it. I will be booking my Kailash tour with them too. Truly an exceeding expectation team!

Tracy white

Australia

An unforgettable Trip

My friends and I had an ABC trekking with guide Bal. During trekking days, he took care of everything we needed, we always had fun and laughed together. It was a really great trip experience. If someone ask me about the trekking agency in Nepal, I will highly recommend them!

Helen L

Canada

Loved our trekking trip to ABC

Thanks so much to Raj for being so accommodating to our trip. We enjoyed every minute of our trek with our guide Bal. He took care of us and treated us like friends. I can't wait to visit Nepal and trek with Adventure Mission Nepal again :)

We miss our guide and porters

Yau Meng

China

ABC Trekking Trip

Tiring but meaningful trekking trip to experience the nature of Nepal. Lots of determination to conquer the trekking route to the ABC, the feeling at ABC is marvellous as it gives us a sense of achievement surrounded by Arnnapurna mountain range. Back to Pokhara by helicopter give us a different feel to quick recap of the tough journey we had embarked for the past 7 days making our ways to the base camp after conquering many mountains and ridges.

The guide and porters are helpful to provide our family with all the helps needed along the way. The boss of the agency is also attentive and hear out to our problems faced where he goes the extra miles to get things resolved.

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