Annapurna base camp trek is one of the famous trek among the trekkers. Annapurna Mountain also known as Morshiadi is the tenth highest mountain in the whole world, standing tall at 8,091m. The majestic mountain is located on the Annapurna massif in north-central region of this beautiful Himalayan country Nepal.
After the successful first expedition done in 1950, over the decades this mountain region has been one of the favorites to trek for mountaineers and Annapurna Base Camp Trek has become the idyllic choice for trekking in Nepal, for serious mountaineers and trekking enthusiasts alike. Annapurna 1 is known as one of the most dangerous mountains to climb.
Along with Annapurna 1, the tenth highest peak in the world, the mighty Annapurna Himalayan Range consists of thirteen other peaks higher than 8000m and 16 other peaks over the height of 7000m. The Base Camp trek provides the trekkers with the once in a life time opportunity to gaze at the western Himalayans of Nepal such as Himchuli, Annapurna south, Annapurna 3 and Gangapurna among others.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek also known as the Annapurna Trekking Sanctuary is under the protection of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) within 7,639 km square periphery. It is the country’s first and biggest conservation site.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a 13 days trip in total if we count from the day of arrival in vibrant city of Kathmandu. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is designed especially for trekking enthusiasts who are restricted time-wise. However, there will be no compromises in the amount of fun, adventure and sightseeing. We will walk for 5 to 7 hours every day.
Offer by Annapurna base camp trek
In real sense, the trek begins after we reach perhaps the most beautiful city of Pokhara. We will walk through the rhododendron forests, terraced farmlands, cross dwindling rivers on suspension bridge laden with prayer flags, and beautiful Himalayan villages. The Annapurna Base Camp is rich in what it offers to the trekkers, be it adventure, exploration of unscathed Himalayan culture or the most amazing view of the youngest mountains of the world!
Trip highlights of Annapurna base camp trek
– Terraced Farmlands
– Annapurna Conservation Sanctuary
– View of the majestic Dhaulagiri, 7th highest peak of world and Kali Gandaki, longest river of Nepal
– Poonhill Trekking
– Sightseeing of western Himalayans
– Experiencing local culture in Ghaundrung
– Natural hotspring of Jhinu Danda.
Elevation and altitude profile for Annapurna Base camp trek.
Important information before booking , Lodging / Food and other.
Maximum trekkers go for the normal trek and would want to stay in the basic guesthouse, there are few things that they must be aware about these teahouses and there are not so much luxuries tea houses were available in the Annapurna trekking routes.
Rooms and Beds
About the rooms in Guest lodge / Tea houses they are simplified with two or three twin beds even four beds some of the guest houses. Sometimes there is the availability of a table, a small cupboard as well. The rooms are neat and tidy however if cleanliness, carrying the sleeping bag always helps. The rooms are comfy, the bedding is good with a pillow and blanket. Occasionally in some of the guesthouses, there are dormitory styled rooms as well where the rooms must be shared by few travelers.
Toilets and Showers
The other most important thing after a lodging is getting a comfortable bathroom. The shared toilets and the bathrooms are separate in most of the guesthouses. The toilets may be outside the building as well in many of the lodges. Cold shower is available anytime however, extra charges is applicable for hot showers in all the teahouses. Some where it is also possible to buy a bucket of hot water. The toilets are mostly a squat one with a ceramic basin fitted on the ground. The western styled toilets are found very rarely in this areas. Since at some of the guesthouses, toilets are placed outside the main building, carrying a torch for the night time is a good idea.
Electricity, Charging Points and Wi-Fi
Most of the teahouses / guest house are facilitated with solar electricity. The rooms may have a bulb fitted in it but the charging points may not be available. To charge your devices, the charging points are present in the communal hall or the reception area. Around 1-2$ must be paid for charging the electronic device per hour.
Wi-Fi is available in most of the guesthouses. Extra charges are applicable for using the Wi-Fi in the guesthouses you will be residing in, we can not expect for the
Food and Dining hall
One of the most important things while traveling definitely is the good and nutritious food. Most of the guesthouses in the Annapurna region facilitate with a wide variety of food menu. Pasta, pizza, momo, noodles, tuna bakes, bakery items and many more are included in the menu. However, the traditional rice, lentil and curry, the dal bhat tops the list of them all. The diet of traditional Nepali food is good not only for stomach but it also provides all the necessary nutrients to climb the high hills and the trekking routes. Like any other trails, Annapurna region also facilitates with a big communal hall which is warmed with the help of some fuel wood or with the cow dung cakes. All the travelers sit around to enjoy their food, share talks, accompany each other and well spend good times together. Kitchen is usually in a different room where no one is expected to enter.
Drinking water is also avillabe ( safe drinking water ) to buy. however trekkers can by the water purification tablets in Pokhara or in Kathmandu for more safe or can also bring their own good water filter.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Drive (6 HRS) to Pokhara by Tourist bus.
Day 04: Pokhara to Thike Dunga.
Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani- Poon Hill to Tadapani
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrung.
Day 08: Chhomrung to Dovan or Himalaya Hotel.
Day 09: Dovan - (Machhapurchhe Base Camp) or Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary).
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo.
Day 11: Bamboo to Chhomrung.
Day 12: Chhomrung to Ghandrung.
Day 13: Ghandrung to Pokhara.
Day 01: Land in Kathmandu
Once you land in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will be there to receive you and drive you to your hotel, in a vehicle. Our representatives will explain in detail about the trek. Check into the your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day
Today is a leisure day. We can do some last minute shopping for trekking such as trekking gears, canned food and so on. As an option we can also visit the World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath, Swayambu Nath or Boudha Nath among others.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (6 hrs)
After breakfast, we will travel to scenic city of Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. The beautiful bus ride will be approximately 6 hours long. We can see luscious green hills, dwindling rivers and faraway Himalayans on our way. Pokhara will serve as our gateway to the Annapurna Region. We can travel around this beautiful lake city in the evening, Transfer in Pokhara hotel on the lake side.
Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga (4-5 hrs)
We will drive from Pokhara to Nayapul which will be few hours along. From there we will walk through an easy route along the banks of beautiful Modi Khola and Modi Khola River Valley to reach the ancient village of Birethanti, which is a very old trading route of Nepal and Tibet. On reaching Tikhe Dhunga we well rest for the day and have a nice meal at a local inn.
Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani. (5-6 hrs)
We will now continue uphill to reach the popular tourist destination of Ghorepani. We will cross a stream and then ascend through steer staircase of stones to reach Ulleri (2,070 m) first. It is a Magar village. We will then walk through the enchanting rhododendron forests and oak forests and cross small streams to reach Nangethanti. From there, we will trek for around 3 hours to reach Ghorepani (2,850). We can go for sightseeing here, once we have rested.
Day 06: Ghorepani- Poon Hill to Tadapani: (5-6hrs)
We will wake up early in the morning to reach Poonhill to catch the magnificent sunrise on mountains. We will trek to Poonhill which is a beautiful hill situated at height of (3,195m). the sunrise from here is truly magical as the sight of orange light shining on silver mountains is heavenly. We can also have great view of Annapurna I (8019m), and Manalsu (8156m) and Dhaulagiri 1 (8,167m) among others. In addition to that, we can also see the Nepal-Tibet border, 6000m deep gorge of Kali Gandaki. We will descend after some time to Ghorepani to have breakfast. From Ghorepani, we will descend once again through the beautiful forests to arrive at the village of Banthanti, from where we will finally go towards Tadapani.
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrung: (4-5 hrs)
On midday we will arrive to Chhomrung walking through the oak and rhododendron forests once again. We will stop in this Gurung village for delicious Gurung palette. We can go for a short walk to explore this highest permanent settlement in the region.
Day 08: Chhomrung to Dovan or Himalaya Hotel. (4-5 hrs)
We will now descend through stone staircase which will be relatively easy and then cross the cold Chhomrung Khola. Today along with rhododendron and oak forests, we will also walk through tall bamboo forests. We will ascent mostly throughout the day to reach Kuldi. From here, we will descend through the steep stone staircase to reach Dovan.
Day 09: Dovan to Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary). (7-8 hrs)
Today we will ascent up from Dovan. The trial climbs high above the river, on lateral moraine, also down the other side to the glacier. We will trek up the bank or bed of glacier and then reach our destination Annapurna Base Camp (4,237m). From here, we get outstanding views of the regal Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna south, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and. The vegetation now gradually disappears on our way uphill to ABC and the path widen as we reach the Annapurna sanctuary. We are rewarded with astounding views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna looming above us. We again get to relish mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo. (6-7 hrs)
We will begin the day early today for a small ascent to witness another mesmerizing sunrise. The trek to Bamboo today will be downhill so it will be comparatively easy. Besides, the beautiful landscape will keep us company throughout. Overnight stay in Bamboo.
Day 11: Bamboo to Chhomrung. (5-6 hrs)
We will trek uphill from Bamboo to Kuldi and then downhill walk along the Chhomrung Khola. We will climb the steep stone steps to Chommrung and then descend to Jhinu Danda. We can have the experience of enjoying bath in natural hot spring. From Sinuwa, the trail is downhill to Modi Khola. We will call it a day with a steep climb to Chhomtrung.
Day 12: Chhomrung to Ghandrung ( 5 to 6 hrs.)
After having delicious breakfast at Chhomrung, we will big goodbye to the beautiful valley of Modikhola and lead towards Kim Rung Khola. We will walk through rural mountain villages and reach Kim Rung Khola. From there, we will trek towards the famous gurung village of Ghandruk, which is famous for its beauty and ambience.
Day 13: Ghandrung to Pokhara (4 hours)
After our breakfast, we will trek for three hours downhill to reach Birethati. We will stop for a short break in a local tea house. From there, after walking for half an hour we will reach Nayapul and from there catch a bus to Pokhara.
Trip Cost US$ 755 Per person
- Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle.
- Two-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
- Seasonal fruits
- Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
- equipment like the Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be returned after trip completed).
- All ground transportation.
- Well, English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder. insured.
- Monastery fees.
- Emergency helicopter rescues arrangement if in case, pay by your travel insurance company.
- Insurance of Guide.
- A trekking route map.
- Annapurna conservation area fee.
- TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
- Two-night standard accommodation on B/B in Pokhara Before and After the trek.
- First aid kit box, Normal medical supplies, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
- Sweet things like chocolate and others
- Your personal expenses.
- Extra hotel night in Kathmandu.
- Activities in Kathmandu.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Porter carrier if you need ( 175 USD ) per porter.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at email@example.com