ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

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  • DURATION14 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE4230

Highlights

  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Nayapul
  • Adventurous trail
  • Spend the night in Ghorepani village and hike to Poon Hill
  • Observe locals daily lifestyle and culture
  • Explore Annapurna Base Camp
  • Enjoy natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda
  • Witness panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and breath-taking sceneries

Trip Overview

"Indulge in the unbelievable beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas with us Escape Nepal on this adventurous and once-in-a-lifetime journey to the lap of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) - world's tenth highest mountain."

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most loved treks in the Annapurna Himalayas. The breath-taking beauty of the Annapurna region has been attracting travelers from around the world for many years. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed to take you across people from different communities and their unique lifestyles while exploring numerous fine mountain villages, dense forests, and flawless mountain vistas.

On Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, you traverse in a remote part of the world, where basic infrastructures are underdeveloped, that teaches you the true meaning of life and solidity. Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 day’s moves along Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which is a habitat of a diverse range of flora and fauna. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is blessed with natural wonders and divine presence. On the way, you will visit different monasteries and temples. The Annapurna region is inhabited by both Hindus and Buddhists, which provides a comprehensive presentation of cultural heritage and traditions.

Trekking alongside terraced fields, you pass by numerous lush rhododendron forests, enjoying lovely waterfalls and mesmerizing views to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 days begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From here, a short drive will take you to Nayapul, from where you begin your trekking. The trail passes by picturesque villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapni, Chomrong, Bamboo, Deurali, etc to the Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Further, the trail follows the same path and takes you back to Pokhara.

Become part of this Amazing journey and get a chance to be in the Himalayas. This 14 days trip will take you away from the daily bustle of your life in the calm and pristine palm of nature. To know more about the package go through our useful information section or contact us to talk with one of our representatives.

Major Attractions of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visiting all of these places in one day is not possible. During our guided Kathmandu tour, you will be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will escort you to the places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will be exploring museums, palaces, temples, shrines, and courtyards.

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Nayapul

The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 6 to 7 hours long. The route is very scenic. Driving along the rushing Trsihuli River, you can see lush green rolling hills, terrace fields, waterfalls, and villages. Spend the night in Pokhara strolling on vibrant Lakeside Market and spending time at tranquil Phewa Lake. The next day, you drive for one more hour to reach the starting point of the trek Nayapul.

Adventurous trail

The trail goes through numerous dense forests of rhododendron, fir, bamboo, pine, oak, and spruce. Likewise, there are many ascends and descends throughout the ABC Trek along with steep, rugged, and sloppy sections. You will be walking through beautiful villages and gorges to reach the base camp.

Spend the night in Ghorepani village and hike to Poon Hill

One of the very famous villages in the lower Annapurna region is Ghorepani village. Ghorepani is enclosed by lovely rhododendron bushes and snow-covered mountains. The views from here are stunning. A few hundred meters above this village is the vantage point called Poon Hill. The Ghorepani Poon Hill is popular for a short trek. The vantage point offers breath-taking scenery along with gorgeous sunrise and mountain views.

Observe locals daily lifestyle and culture

Annapurna region is resided by people from communities like Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Gurung, and others. All of these people have different languages, cultures, traditions, and values. As the trail passes by many villages, you can see diverse cultures and come across ancient monasteries & temples along the way.

Explore Annapurna Base Camp

The route passes by the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and ascends to 4,310 meters, where Annapurna Base Camp is situated. It is the base of the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m). The base camp welcomes visitors with astonishing landscapes and striking views of the surrounding Himalayan Mountains.

Enjoy natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda

Situated at 1,780 meters, Jhinu Danda houses a natural hot spring, where you can relax your muscles and soul. You have to pay a few bucks to use the service, which is not included in the package cost. It is believed that these natural hot springs help to get rid of skin diseases as well.

Witness panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and breath-taking sceneries

The trail offers marvelous scenery and views of uncountable snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Macchapucchre (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6,987 m), etc.

Itinerary

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You will be welcomed by our airport representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport after landing. Our representative will take you to the hotel and quickly brief you about the day program. There is nothing much planned on your arrival day, therefore, you can take your time to relax and explore the hotel in the evening on your own.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You visit the tourist sites and prepare for the trek during the day, today. Throughout the tour, a professional tour guide will accompany you to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The tour will be a presentation of Nepali art, architecture, culture, and history. Later, return to the hotel and meet with the trek guide during the briefing of the trek. He will assist you with the final packing and buying gears that are missing.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Today, you will drive to Pokhara in the morning. The drive is going to be 6 to 7 hours long. You can see beautiful lush green rolling hills followed by rushing rivers and a few waterfalls along the drive. Terraced fields and small settlement areas on the way adds vibrant color to the views. Upon reaching Pokhara, head to the hotel. You will be staying overnight around Lakeside, a touristy place. In the evening, dine in any restaurant of your choice and spend time enjoying a tempting sunset at Phewa Lake.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 830
  • Pokhara

It is the first day of the trek. To reach the starting point of the trail, you have to drive to Nayapul. The trail goes through dense forests and terraced fields. You will be walking along a river, enjoying beautiful views of hills and mountains. Spend the night in Tikhedhunga, located above Hile.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1540
  • Tikhedunga

From Tikhedhunga, the trail steeply ascends towards Nanghethani (2,460 m). You can see stunning views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m) on the way. The trail then passes by lovely rhododendron and pine forests to the famous Ghorepani village. It is a beautiful village from where you can see views of numerous snow-clustered mountains like Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Tukuche (6,920 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), etc.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2860
  • Ghorepani

Before leaving Ghorepani, hike to Poon Hill to witness gorgeous sunrise and mountain views. It is a popular viewpoint visited by hundreds of travelers from all around the year. Later, have breakfast and begin trekking through lush forests of oak and rhododendron. The trail takes you to Deurali (2,960 m) and further follows a downhill path to Tadapani.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3210
  • Tadapani

From Tadapani, you trek and pass by another famous village called Ghandruk. This village is resided mainly by people from Gurung and Magar communities. The trail then steeply descends to Kimron River and follows an uphill path that leads to Chhomrong. You can see views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna South along the trail.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2170
  • Chhomrong

The route is long today. Following a downhill trail, you pass through fine villages. Further, ascend towards the Modi Khola Valley and walk by lush forests of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron. Walking along a trailside canyon, you reach Himalaya for a night stay.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2920
  • Himalaya

Today is a wonderful day as you will be finally reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. Energize yourself with a delicious breakfast and begin trekking along the Modi Khola Valley. The trail goes through forests and passes by the Hikun Cave. It is a huge overhanging rock. Further, you will come across a few lodges on the way and reach the entrance of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, you trek and reach ABC. The views from the base camp are breath-taking. You can see numerous mountains around you.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4130
  • Annapurna Base Camp

Leaving the base camp behind, you trek towards Dovan. The trail descends through lush forests and a few remote villages. You can see superb mountain sceneries along the way. As most parts of the route are going to be a downhill walk today, it will be an easy day.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2600
  • Dovan

Before you leave for Jhinu Danda, you will have a delicious breakfast. After that, descend through lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. Further, the trail gradually ascends along a steep path and continues on flat terrain that leads to Sinuwa. From here, you will descend to Chhomrong Khola and climb on a staircase to Chhomrong village. A steep descent from this village takes you to Jhinu Danda, where you can enjoy a natural hot spring.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1760
  • Jhinudada

Today is the last day of the trek. From Jhinu Danda, you will be descending to Nayapul. The trail is flat till Birethanti, where you stop for lunch. Then, walk for another 30 minutes to reach Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

Drive early in the morning to Kathmandu. The route will be the same as before. Upon reaching Kathmandu, move to the hotel and rest. You can enjoy the remaining day as per your wish. Explore the bustling streets of Thamel and shop souvenirs. Later in the evening, meet with the team members for the last time over a complimentary farewell dinner.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

The journey comes to the end. You will be leaving for your home today. As per the flight departure time, our airport representative will be at the lobby of your hotel to drive you to the international airport.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • 8-night accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast (13 breakfast, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners).
  • Annapurna conservation entry and TIMS permit
  • 2-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • An experienced guide and porters (1 porter for two peoples)
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag and down jackets if necessary (returnable after the trek)

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses, which are not in including section

Check Available Dates

  • We have set a date to depart the Annapurna base camp trek. So, select your date and book the trekking.
  • If the preferred date is not listed, then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your date as the trekking is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people, then please contact us for the group price and process to book the trek.
  • The private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date24 Sep, 2021End Date07 Oct, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date28 Sep, 2021End Date11 Oct, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu Pre or Post Annapurna base camp trek

The extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre or post the trek is available at the US $55.00 per night includes breakfast and airport transfers.

Let us know if you arrive in Nepal earlier or stay in Nepal later than scheduled dates and need extra nights.

Transportation on Annapurna base camp trek

We provide a private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and a tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.

However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu or short flight to Pokhara and return. Let us know if you want to upgrade the transport to private transport or flights.

Electricity and battery charge on Annapurna base camp trek

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Annapurna base camp trek where you can re-charge your camera/mobile batteries, and you may have to pay some fees to re-charge. However, we suggest you have spare batteries in case of unavailability.

Trekking guide and crew on Annapurna base camp trek

We provide a tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two and a trained trek guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trekking.

We also provide a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are eight or more members in the group and porters to carry your main luggage, and there is one porter for every two members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22KG, which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

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FAQs

Yes, you are required to have an Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP), and Trekkers' information management (TIMS) permits to do the Annapurna Base camp trek. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the ABC trek with us.

The Annapurna base camp trek is available and doable throughout the year. However, the autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time for the Annapurna base camp trek in terms of weather and temperature.

The temperatures drop significantly as you trek higher every day on ABC Trek. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C), but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C) in these seasons. The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappears at night.

You need to have a moderate level of fitness to complete the Annapurna base camp trek with daily walking/trekking between 3 to 8 hours on mountain trails. You reach an altitude of 4130m above sea level at ABC. You do not need to have previous trekking experience. However, good health, physically fit, and strong desire/stamina are mandatory to complete the Annapurna Base Camp Adventure successfully.

We provide hotel accommodation for five nights ( Three nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the eight nights on ABC trek. The rooms are basic and just a bed with a pillow and blankets on the trekking lodge. A few have electric lights, and all have a spacious dining room – lounge, and please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel we provide

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek- Simple Mountain lodge: 8 nights

Accommodation will be mostly on double/twin share. However, the Himalaya, Annapurna base camp, and Dovan have very limited lodges and rooms. So, you have to sleep in dormitory rooms as well.

Notes:

  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara are available as there are luxury 4 & 5-star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • We provide similar category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara if these mentioned hotels are available.

We provide a total of 31 meals (13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners) on the Annapurna base camp trek package. The meals are taken in lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the Lodge, where you stay overnights, and lunch at the Lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on trek and drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). Note that these drinks are not included in the cost.

We advise you to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna base camp trek. You can get normal water for free so, you can use the medicines and drink, or you can buy bottled/boiled/safe water.

No, you do not have to carry your luggage yourself on the Annapurna base camp trek.  Your main luggage will be carried by porter and you simply carry a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.

Yes, you can join one of our fixed departure Annapurna base camp trek. Our group trek group of light-minded people, the fixed date is open to join. And, our group trek is from 1-14 people. You have to share a room on the trekking with same-gender trekkers on group trek or even may have to share with other people for a few nights cause of less number of lodges and rooms are available in Annapurna base camp, Dovan, and Himalaya.

Yes, a private trek to Annapurna base camp is available on any date of the year. You can trek just with your people and guide and porter where you can walk at your own pace as you do not have to follow other people on the private trek.

The private treks can be arranged for a minimum of 1 people to unlimited people, and these types of private trekking are suitable for solo travelers, couples, honeymooners, family, and a group of friends. Let us know if you want to have a private trek to Annapurna base camp.

Yes, You have to tip Annapurna Base Camp Trek staff. And, the tip for all services provided on Annapurna base camp trek is always a matter of personal discretion. However, please be aware that tipping is considered to be a part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment, and there is no need to be intimidated by request.

The tip does not include in the tour price and just to give you an idea of US$ 5 for the guide and 3 for the driver on day two. And a total of US $100 from each member for the trekking part to divide to the guide and porters are recommended. (It depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you a clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Yes, you need some extra amount for your expenses and services that are not included in our Annapurna base camp trek package. The personal expenses depend largely on your habit. Most of the meals are included in the cost. So, you only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks, souvenirs, a hot shower (you have to pay in some places).

If you do not drink alcohol and shopping, then the US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, we arrange Airport transfers services once you book the Annapurna base camp trek. And, these free airport transfer is available, if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates. Or, if you book extra nights from us as if you arrive earlier or depart later than schedule date and book the extra nights yourself on different hotels, then you have to arrange the airport transfers services yourself.

Important Note on Arrival: There can be many people around you to support you to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle when you exit from Airport, and they ask for money as a tip at the end (These people do not belong to us).

So, be careful of them and do not let them carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you take your bag/luggage yourself until you put on our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

Yes, children are allowed on Annapurna base camp trek. However, they should be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old. We at Escape Nepal allowed only ten or above children to join our group trek. So, if you are planning to trek with children under ten years, we suggest doing private trekking to ABC. The children get extra care and can walk at their pace on a private journey.

Yes, we strongly recommend you buy travel insurance when you come for the Annapurna base camp trek that should cover many things and rescue service In case of any serious sickness or injury while on the trekking. We do everything to make a successful trek. However, there is always some risk on a mountain trek, and the evacuation by helicopter in Nepal is very expensive so, it is always better to be safe.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness while on the Annapurna base camp trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a mountain trek. Our guide will provide you information to avoid AMS. However, if in case if you or any member of the group get AMS, then we do everything to bring you back safely.

It depends on the situation and the place where people get sick. As such, if you get AMS and still able to walk, then we take a day rest (while other continue the trek) with one of the porter/guides, and we see how the situation will improve, and continue the trekking to ABC from the next day if the situation gets better.

Or, If there is not any improvement or even worse, we do not have other options rather than return the same trail as descending is the only way to avoid AMS. And, if the situation gets worse, and can not walk any further,  then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit a doctor.

The cost of evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal, and it is almost impossible to pay by the people so, we strongly suggest you buy an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

Yes, We can shorten the ABC Trek. We have a 9-day trek included in the 14 days package of Annapurna base camp trek. However, if you have limited time, then we can customize the trekking and make it shorter. The given itinerary is for the fixed departure group trek, and if you want to shorten, then you have to do a private hike to ABC. Let us know if you want the shorter version of the ABC adventure.

Yes, you can add a mountain flight tour on the morning of the second day, and Trisuli River Rafting for 3 hours on day three while driving to Pokhara, and these activities do not need any extra days.

Furthermore, if you have some extra days, then you can add on Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Pokhara, or if you want to extend your holidays in other countries, then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

No, International flights to arrive in Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of Annapurna base camp trek. You have to search and book a suitable international flight to arrive in Nepal and return yourself. There are plenty of international airlines that make a flight to Nepal.

Equipment is very important to have a much comfortable and successful Annapurna base camp trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and carry only the things that you need for the trekking and not pack anything that you do not need.

To help you to pack your gear, we have given some list that you should not miss while you are packing for the Annapurna base camp trek in Nepal.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if you do not have).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things, such as a camera, water, and things that you need for the day.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the trek, and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara and get a return after the trekking.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies), these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.