Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Facts About Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Grade

Moderate

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

4130m

Transportation

Privet Jeep

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking & Tour

Himalayan Sights

Annapurna Range

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

12 Days

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a stunning journey through breathtaking landscapes and diverse cultures. The route offers exceptional views of various mountains, including Annapurna South, Hiunchhuli, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Poon Hill, and more.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is perfect for nature lovers seeking panoramic views of the Himalayan range. Along the way, you'll encounter charming villages inhabited by the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali ethnic communities. Their warm hospitality will make you feel like a part of Nepal's heart.

The region is also protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), ensuring environmental preservation and safe access for trekkers.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The trek typically starts from Nayapul, following the Ghorepani Trek route through Pokhara. We pass through Tikhedunga and Ghorepani's Poon Hill to witness the mesmerizing sunrise. Then, we retrace our steps to Tadapani. Poon Hill provides the best sunrise views and stunning mountain scenery.

From Tadapani, we head to Chhomrong and then venture into the Annapurna Sanctuary, continuing to Annapurna Base Camp through Dovan and Deurali. The trail leads through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests. This region is rich in natural beauty and wildlife, featuring various rhododendron species, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and over 450 bird species. Don't miss the rejuvenating natural hot spring of Jhinu.

After reaching Pothana on our ABC trek, we return to Pokhara from Phedi.

Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is possible during the year, however the best time for ABC trek is spring and autumn season.

The Annapurna region offers stunning beauty, massive mountains, charming villages, warmer temperatures, and rejuvenating hot springs. Prepare adequately for the trek as it involves many ups and downs.

Two Major Trekking Seasons

Pre-Monsoon Season (February to May):

Ideal for trekking with pleasant weather.

Post-Monsoon Season (Late September to December):

Another great option for trekking, especially in late September, October, November, or December.

Enjoy breathtaking mountain views on this magical journey by choosing our best itinerary, carefully developed over years.

Right Month for ABC Trek

For an unforgettable trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary, choosing the right month is crucial. We recommend February, March, April, October, November, or December.

Trekking in January is possible but expect colder conditions, especially at higher elevations (-10°C to -15°C or 14°F to 5°F). Be prepared for potential snowfall.

Remember, snow can occur at any time of the year, so warmer gear is a must if you trek in winter months, with more challenging weather conditions.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek can fluctuate based on several factors, including the level of service you opt for. If you prefer a private trek, you can expect higher costs, whereas joining a group can significantly reduce expenses. Other cost factors include trekking permits, food, hiring a guide and porter, transportation, accommodation, and applicable taxes.

Here's a breakdown of the trek costs based on the number of participants:

Number of Trekkers

 

Cost per Person

 

1 person $1200
2-3 people $1000
4-6 people $900
7-10 people $850
10+ people $750

Please note that these costs are approximate and can vary depending on the specific services and arrangements you choose for your trek.

Permits Required for ABC Trek

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp requires certain permits. These permits are essential to ensure your safety and the protection of the environment.

Firstly, you need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). This permit costs around NPR 3,000 (about $25 USD) for foreigners and NPR 100 (less than $1 USD) for SAARC country nationals.

Secondly, you'll need the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. For individual trekkers, it costs about NPR 2,000 (approximately $17 USD). For organized trekkers, it costs NPR 1,000 (around $8 USD) per person.

These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and we will arrange it for you in getting them. Make sure to carry these permits during your trek as checkpoints may ask for them. These permits contribute to the preservation of the beautiful Annapurna region and help ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – Altitude: 1300m – Your Arrival Time – Arrival at the airport, followed by a warm welcome and transfer to your hotel.Overnight Stay in Kathmandu
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Your Arrival Time – Arrival at the airport, followed by a warm welcome and transfer to your hotel.

6:00 PM – Meet your experienced trekking guide for a brief introduction and an overview of your upcoming adventure program.

Day 2 : Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (Half Day) & Fly to Pokhara (30 min) – Overnight in Pokhara Visit Boudhanath Stupa & Kathmandu Durbar Square Fly to Pokhara
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

Kathmandu Sightseeing (Half Day) & Fly to Pokhara (30 min) – Overnight in Pokhara
Visit Boudhanath Stupa & Kathmandu Durbar Square
Fly to Pokhara

Day 3 : Journey to Nayapul, Commence Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) - 5 to 6 hours - Overnight in Ghandruk
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1940

Our day begins with a scenic drive to Nayapul, which takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Once we reach Nayapul, we embark on our trekking adventure. Our initial trail leads us from Birethanti to the enchanting village of Ghandruk, nestled at an elevation of 1940 meters. Ghandruk is renowned for its picturesque setting and is predominantly inhabited by the Gurung community, known for their rich culture and traditions.

If time allows, we'll also have the opportunity to explore the Gurung Museum today, adding a cultural dimension to our trekking experience.

Day 4 : Journey from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) - 5 to 6 hours - Overnight in Chhomrong
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2170

Today's trek takes us on a captivating journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Annapurna region. We begin by ascending for approximately an hour until we reach the vantage point of Kimrungdanda. Along the way, be prepared to be enchanted by the breathtaking vistas of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, the iconic Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre), and the majestic Ganggapurna.

Our path then leads us on a steep descent to the tranquil Kimrong Khola. Following this, we embark on another challenging ascent, this time to Chere Danda, before descending gently to reach Chhomrong. Nestled on the foothills of the imposing Annapurna massif, Chhomrong is a charming village blessed with natural beauty that will leave you in awe.

Day 5 : Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft) - 4 to 5 hours - Overnight Stay in Bamboo
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2310

Our day commences with a descent from Chhomrong, where we'll navigate a series of 2500 stone steps. Crossing the Chhomrong Khola, we'll make our way across a swaying suspension bridge. Following this, we'll face an uphill climb leading us to Sinuwa. As we continue our journey, we'll traverse a scenic forested area, eventually arriving at Kuldihar. From there, a gentle downhill path will guide us to our resting place for the night in Bamboo.

Day 6 : Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft) - 3 to 4 hours - Overnight in Deurali
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3230

Today's journey takes us through a diverse range of terrains and landscapes. As we leave behind the bamboo forest, characterized by its cool and damp atmosphere, we gradually ascend, encountering fewer steep sections. Upon reaching Himalaya Hotel, the dense forest gives way to sunlight, offering us splendid vistas of the glacial river below.

Our path then takes a steeper ascent through a drier forest, leading us to Hinku Cave. From this vantage point, we'll observe the trail descending closer to the river before ascending again towards Deurali. This part of the trek is undoubtedly the most visually captivating of the day. The sparse vegetation allows for breathtaking panoramic views of the valley, the meandering river below, and the towering rock face cliffs above, adorned with delicate bands of cascading waterfalls.

Day 7 : Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12,135ft) - 5 to 6 hours - Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4130

Today's journey takes us on an exhilarating ascent. We begin by gently climbing through a river bed before tackling a steep trail that leads us along the mountainside. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp demands some effort but rewards us generously.

Arriving at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we are greeted by magnificent vistas of the majestic Machhapuchhre, as well as the towering peaks of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. This spectacle is a true treasure for the senses.

As we continue our journey towards Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), the landscape undergoes a transformation. The once-lush vegetation gives way to a wider path as we enter the awe-inspiring Annapurna sanctuary. Here, we are treated to sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna, an imposing sight that seems to rise directly above us. The sanctuary offers an unobstructed 360-degree panorama that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Upon reaching the base camp, we are once again rewarded with mesmerizing views, this time including Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and a host of other majestic peaks.

Day 8 : Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo - 7 to 8 hours - Overnight Stay in Bamboo
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2310

Leaving the serene Annapurna Base Camp behind, we start our descent towards Bamboo. Today's trek is predominantly downhill, making it a relatively easier day in terms of physical effort. Moreover, we are blessed with the constant presence of the breathtaking landscape, which never fails to uplift our spirits along the way.

Day 9 : Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft) - 5 to 6 hours - Overnight in Jhinu Danda
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1760

Our day begins with an uphill trek from Bamboo to Kuldighar, followed by a pleasant downhill stroll to reach Chhomrong Khola. We then ascend a series of stone steps that lead us to the charming village of Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, our trail gradually descends to the tranquil destination of Jhinu Danda, where we will spend the night.

Today's trek offers a unique opportunity to rejuvenate our tired bodies. Just a short 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda lies natural hot springs, where we can indulge in a soothing soak, providing a welcome respite for our weary muscles.

Day 10 : Trek to Naya Pul, Followed by a Drive to Pokhara - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive - Overnight in Pokhara
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

As we bid farewell to Jhinu Danda and make our way to Naya Pul, we are treated to the stunning hill landscapes that grace the western region of Nepal. Along the journey, we pause for a satisfying lunch amidst this picturesque scenery. Our trek comes to a close upon reaching Naya Pul, where we seamlessly transition to our awaiting vehicle for a comfortable one-hour drive to the enchanting city of Pokhara.

Day 11 : Half Day Exploring Pokhara and Flight to Kathmandu - Overnight in Kathmandu
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel

Morning: After a hearty breakfast, embark on a half-day sightseeing adventure in Pokhara. Begin with a visit to David's Fall and the mystical Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave, allowing about 1 hour to explore these intriguing sites.

At 10:00 AM: Proceed to the renowned International Mountain Museum, where you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history of mountaineering and spend an hour exploring its fascinating exhibits.

After 12:00 PM: It's time to take flight back to Kathmandu, where you can rest and refresh.

Evening: Enjoy a captivating cultural program accompanied by a delicious dinner to round off your day in the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

Day 12 : Departure Day
Food
Breakfast

Flight Time: You'll have free time until your scheduled flight departure. To ensure a smooth departure experience, we will provide transportation to Kathmandu Airport approximately 2 hours before your flight time.

Cost Includes

  • All Airport Pickup and Drop service 
  • 2 Nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom). Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on private vehicle or flight 
  • Private transportation from Pokhara to Nayapul (trek start) and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Government licensed Life Dream Adventure experienced trek leader (guide), an assistant trekking guide for 1/2 or more trekkers. Porters to help trekkers luggage ( 1 porter for two trekkers, max luggage limit per trekker is 15 kg)
  • Guides and porters costs - including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Life Dream Adventure certificate of appreciation after successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 15kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage
  • Tips for guide and porters
  •  Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included in the 13 days Annapurna Tour Package?" above will be counted as excludes

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Trip Duration
Cost Per Person
Availability
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1
2024-04-22
12 Days
USD 750
Available
2
2024-04-29
12 Days
USD 750
Available
3
2024-04-29
12 Days
USD 1195
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Trip Duration
Cost Per Person
Availability
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2024-05-06
12 Days
USD 750
Available
2
2024-05-06
12 Days
USD 750
Available
3
2024-05-06
12 Days
USD 1195
Available
4
2024-05-13
12 Days
USD 750
Available
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2024-05-13
12 Days
USD 1195
Available
6
2024-05-20
12 Days
USD 750
Available

Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is the best time to go for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Basically, there are two high season to trek Annapurna Base Camp.

Autumn (Mid – November to Mid – December)

Autumn is the perfect season for trekking in Annapurna. The climate is perfect with clear sky and stunning views. A large number of tourist flock Annapurna region during this season. October is the most peak season for trekking in Annapurna Base Camp.

Do I need to be fit to do this trek?

Not that fit. If you don’t bother walking up-stairs and can walk for a few hours at a time, this trek is for you.

That’s not to say, it will be easy each day – you can be exhausted and your legs might get hurt. But if you take slow pace and take some day with acclimatization, drink enough water and listen to your body, you can make it with no major issues.

Engaging yourself in cardiovascular exercise, leg training, aerobic exercise and short hiking few weeks prior the trek would be the wise decision. It boosts up your strength and stamina.

Note: Because of some steep uphill and downhill trail route, rocky paths and rock steps, Annapurna Base Camp trekking would not be appropriate for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with the problem of heart or lungs must consult the doctor prior the trek. Be noted that the medical facilities are very basic on the trail.

What is maximum elevation of the trek?

The maximum altitude of the trek is 4130m

How much does it cost to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

If you book online, the cost of Everest Base Camp Trekking trip ranges from USD 850 to USD 2,000 for an average of 12 to 15 days trek. The ABC trek price includes permits, ground transporation, one way flight (either from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu), accommodations, trekking crew (guide & porter) salary and meals. But the price won’t cover travel insurance, visa fees and trekking equipment.

Every things are pre- arranged and you can head out for trekking on the second day of your arrival at Kathmandu.

Do I find ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

You will not find any ATMs on the way to trek. ATMs are available in big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Note: Everything you buy must be paid in Nepali currency. So, it is wise to exchange money before the trek.

How are the tea house and lodge along the route to Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna trail routes are well-established and there are numbers of nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms in teahouse with bot belly stoves as heating systems, all run by native people office great food menu and hospitality.

How long does it take to get to the base camp of Annapurna?

If you are flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara, it takes about 13 days to reach ABC and get back to Kathmandu. Trekkers usually completes Annapurna Base Camp trip comfortably in a span of 13 days. 13 days ABC trekking itinerary takes you in slower pace which allows proper acclimatization and exploration.

Where to say during the night?

You will have enough options of staying in a local lodges to tourist standard hotels in some places during the trek. You will have food and accommodation in tea houses. In the busy season you might adjust in kitchen rooms.

What to eat during the trek?

You can order from the available menu where you are going to stay. Because of the well-developed trekking route, this area offers continental and local Nepalese food available.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you must have travel insurance which can cover the helicopter rescue and medical fee coverage in case of any kinds of emergency. Sometime altitude sickness make you in difficult situation and need to airlift to Kathmandu. So the insurance need to cover these expenses.

Additional Information

Additional Info About Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and picturesque treks in Nepal, located in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. The trek offers a unique experience of diverse landscapes, cultural exploration, and stunning mountain views.

Here are some additional details about the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Trek Duration:

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek usually takes around 7 days to complete, depending on your itinerary and pace.

Trek Difficulty:

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty, with some steep climbs and descents. However, it is suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness and trekking experience.

Best time to Trek:

The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear and dry.

Altitude:

The Annapurna Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet). It is essential to acclimatize well during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.

Permits:

Trekkers need to obtain two permits for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Accommodation:

There are numerous tea houses and lodges available along the trail, providing basic but comfortable accommodation and meals.

Highlights:

The trek offers breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, and other Himalayan peaks. It also allows you to explore the diverse culture and lifestyle of the local communities and witness their traditional customs and practices.

Overall, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an incredible adventure that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure.

Trip Reviews (4)

A Memorable Trekking in ABC

This is my first time and went alone with ABC. i was always dreamt about hiking in Himalaya mountain, i was worried as I had no experience with high altitudes. My guide Manish looked after me very carefully because I got back pain during the 11 days trekking. He is an experienced guide who knows the region very well. He did a great job at scheduling the daily trek and adapting the length and speed of trekking to my personal needs and desires. Luckily I had no high altitude sick and completed the whole journey with my back pain, I must say that Manish gave me an unforgettable journey, he made the trip fun and always making me laugh. After eleven days in the remoteness of the Mountain my guide has become a friends Especially Tolka is the best one I like to stay, the lodge owner is nice and she made the curry chicken is the best in ABC. I took very nice milky way photo during my trip here Thank you Hari again for planning and a great guide to help me on all my need, so I must dedicate all our time to watch and took nice photo of the wonderful landscapes and enjoy all the trip.

Matilda

18th May, 2022


Absolute experience of lifetime

Dear Hari, Thank you so much for organizing our trek to ABC in late September. For me it was the absolute experience of lifetime and I am sure that I will be coming back again to your wonderful country this time with my family to spend more time. Whilst the trek itself was spectacular I believe that a major part of our experience was the great friendship and care shown to us by our guide K.B and the porters. These guys were simply the best and added to our trip with their sense of fun and fantastic service. Having a guide, put a whole different perspective on our trip , as everywhere we went along the way we were made to feel part of a bigger group when we met other guides and porters.…………………… Once again I would like to thank you for organizing our trek for us and would highly recommended Life Dream Adventure to anyone looking to have an experience of a life time.

Marian Boland, Hamilton

18th May, 2022


 

Fantastic Annapurna Base Camp and Chitwan Jungle Safari

Fantastic 11 day trek through some wonderful scenery and landscape. A brilliant way to meet a Nepali and also some Tibetans. We were very well looked after by our guide, OB and porter Shyam. Always the best rooms and food in the teahouses. For someone whose only experience is golf, OB make sure the pace was just right for me ! We had a great fun, singing and dancing on some evenings. Chitwan - Again a brilliant experience. Saw lots of animals and birds, including a bear. Bathing with the elephant cannot be missed. Jungle activities were catered to meet our interests. We shall be recommending Life Dream Adventure to our friends back home. If you're reading this and not too certain of going on a trek - Don't hesitate, go for it. You will be well cared for and looked after. Many thanks to all and in particular OB and Shya.

Steven Maclean, Edinburgh, Scotland,

18th May, 2022


Awesome adventure, made easy by an amazing company

I have just completed Annapurna Base Camp Trek with my collages. Thanks to Hari Bhatta for bringing his team, Shiva and 2 porters. I am grateful that they pay attention to every single detail and assist me to complete the trek without any problems. They have been very motivating as the trek was moderately difficult to me and of course that are not quite fit in physical fitness, because there are lots of stairs and walking. Mr. Hari is very experienced in this field and he is very trustworthy. I will definitely consider his other trekking packages for vacation plans. We highly recommend Life Dream Adventure.

Chew Keat Chuan (Malaysia)

2nd Jan, 2023


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