Trekking and Walking

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Durtation: 14 Days

Price: US 1,120 All Inclusive

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.

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Itinerary Outline

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and then trek to Ulleri
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,856 m)
Day 05: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) for sunrise view and trek to Tadapani
Day 06: Trek to Chhomrong
Day 07: Trek to Dovan
Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna base camp
Day 10: Trek back to Bamboo
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu (Hot Spring) hill
Day 12: Trek to Kiwai and Drive to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive/Flight towards Kathmandu
Day 14: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

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. 

Dinner

3 Star Hotel in Ktm

Day 2

Drive to Pokhara

5-6 Hrs

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.

BB

3 star Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri

5-6 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 4

Trek to Ghorepani

4-5 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 5

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

6-7 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 6

Trek to Chhomrong

4.5 - 5 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 7

Trek to Dovan

5-6 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 8

Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

5-6 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 9

Trek To Annapurna Base Camp

2-2.5 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 10

Trek back to Bamboo

5-6 Hrs

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 11

Trek to Jhinu (Hot Spring) hill

6 Hrs

1,780 m

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 12

Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

4-5 Hrs

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.

Breakfast & Lunch

Hotel

Day 13

Drive/Flight towards Kathmandu

6-7 Hrs

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.

BB

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.

Breakfast

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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.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • 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

Whats Not Included

  • 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

Gear List

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

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