ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

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

Highlights

  • Great sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Reach unlimited peoples destination, the Annapurna base camp
  • 360-degree views of the Himalayas from Annapurna base camp
  • View of Annapurna glacier and many other Himalayas
  • Take a bath in the natural hot spring at Jhinu danda
  • Visit the lake city Pokhara

Trip Overview

Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among trekkers. Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m, 26,545 ft) is the tenth highest mountain in the world that has always been the dream trekking destination for many people to reach on its lap and explore the Flawless mountain vistas. Annapurna base camp trek offers an Extremely variety of scenery that can hardly match anywhere else in the world. Therefore, the Annapurna base camp trek is considered to be one of the Great trekking trails.

The Annapurna base camp trek is in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which is launched in 1985 under the National trust for nature conservation. The area covers 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq meter) in the Annapurna Himalayas across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung districts and area ranges in altitude from 790M (2,590 ft) to the peak of Annapurna I at 8,091M.

Annapurna base camp trek is blessed with unparalleled natural wonders, and the trekking goes through exotic villages and monasteries. The ABC trail is ranked as one of the classic routes among the trekking destinations in Nepal.

Annapurna base camp trail goes alongside terraced farm filed, passes through rhododendron forests, Awesome landscapes, and waterfalls. The Annapurna Base Camp Hiking offers Amazing mountain vistas, namely Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), the world's tenth highest mountains, Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Himchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,163 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri II, (7,751 m), Nilgiri (6,940 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), and Lamjung Himal (6, 931 m).

We have 14 days itinerary to complete the Annapurna base camp trek that includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal plus a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You drive to Pokhara that takes about 6 hours and overnight stay in Pokhara, then a short drive to Nayapul the next morning to start the trek.

The Actual ABC trek stats in Nayapul and goes via Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chomrong, Bamboo, Deurali, and finally reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4,170 m. After exploring all around, you retrace down to Dovan, Jhinudanda, and finally, get down to Pokhara and retrace back to Kathmandu to conclude the trek.

Itinerary

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You will be met & greeted by our airport representative/driver on your arrival. He will transfer you to the hotel.

Your evening is free, and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the surroundings.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel, you go for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with a professional tour guide.

The tour includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bauddhanath Stupa. All these four places are UNESCO world cultural heritage sites.

The Kathmandu Durbar Squire is an ancient royal place of Nepal, the Swayambhunath (monkey temple) is a Buddhist Supta and monastery and example of Kathmandu Buddhism. The Bouddhanath Stupa is the greatest, and biggest stupa in the whole of Asia, and the Pashupatinath temple is a great Hindu temple.

Our guide will drop you back at the hotel, and you have time to shop trekking gear if you need it.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You have an early morning breakfast at the hotel. You then start drive to Pokhara. The driving goes along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River valleys to reach Pokhara, and you view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the drive.

You reach Pokhara after 6-7 hours (depends on traffic) drive and check in to the hotel.

Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at the hotel, you drive to Nayapul, which takes approximately one and a half hours.

You then start the first part of the trek to Tikhedunga (1577m) Via Birethanti (1065m.), and this part of the trekking is pretty easy as you hike passing through several small lively villages and settlements.

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

After having breakfast at the guest house, you start the trek and ascend steeply for the first 2 hours, then ascend gently by passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. This path gives you breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and the grand Annapurna (7219m) south on the way.

The trail now gets quite easy going as you pass through rhododendron and shadowy forests amidst the cackling of birds, which gives good feelings till you ascend gently up to the final camp of Ghorepani.

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

Today, You trek to Poonhill (3232m.) very early morning to enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountains peaks.

Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region. You then hike down to Ghorepani to have a hot breakfast at our lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650m.). The trekking goes through blooming rhododendron forest (if you travel in the spring season).

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

After having breakfast at the lodge and you enjoy the hike by descending gently through rhododendron, oak, and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear the chirping of different kinds of birds on the way to Kimrung Khola.

You then straightaway ascend steeply and walk at a flat level for about 45 minutes with gentle steep paths in-between and flat to Chhomrong, which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.

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

After having breakfast at the lodge, the trek starts the trek for today, and the trail descends on a stone stairway for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge.

The trail then passes through the forests of Bamboo, rhododendron, and oak. You climb further on a rocky path to reach Sinuwa, at 2350m & then trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk on gently towards Dovan.

You then gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees to reach the Himalayas.

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

After having breakfast at the lodge, the trek start, and the valley widens and becomes less steep. You can see the gate to the sanctuary from here. As the trail continues into the sanctum, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail, that hurdles up against the cliffs.

After a short trek, you reach Bagar (3310m.), a green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascending until Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820m.) Which is one place where you enjoy some of the best landscapes in the venture.

You enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.), and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadows, and after some distance, our trails go gently up.

After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp at (4170m.), Congratulation that you have reached the Annapurna Base Camp.

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

After having breakfast at lodges, you visit the Base camp and surrounding views, and the views of the Himalayas from the base camp is amazing. You then start the trek back to the Dovan, and It takes about 6 hours. It's much easier to go down now.

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

After having breakfast at the lodge, you start the trek, and the path is a descent to Bamboo by passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks, and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up an hour, and the trail is flat until Sinuwa.

You trek gradually descending to the Chhumrong Khola and follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steep down to Jhinudanda, and you could go to the Hot Springs to take a refreshing bath in the warm natural hot waters.

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

After having breakfast at the lodge, you start the trek for today. The first part of the trekking is descent and then appears through flat land until Birethati, you stop at Birethati to have lunch, and after walking about 30 minutes to Nayapul, there will be a car/van waiting for you to take back to the civilization.

Check into the lodges, and the evening is free to explore yourself.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at the hotel, We transfer to Bus station to drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus that takes about 6-7 hours (depends on traffic).

The drive is a fantastic experience as you drive through many satellite towns on the way and able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

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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 Date28 Jan, 2021End Date10 Feb, 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.