The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a popular trek in Nepal. This trek offers you a splendid time at the base of world’s tenth highest peak, Annapurna- I. The trek is an integration of the diverse terrain, wildlife, vegetation, and culture.
The cascading waterfalls and the beautiful villages add beauty to the ABC trek. Also, you will come across the natural hot water spring at Jhinu Danda.
During the trek, you will get so close to people of different ethnicities. Most of the people you meet at popular villages like Chhomrong, Ghandruk are Gurungs. The locals are always cheerful and are ready to serve you always.
Poon Hill is the best vantage point of sunrise and sunsets over the Himalayan ranges. You can enjoy brilliant views of sugar-coated mountains during the trek. Rejoice the panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Trust me! the Himalayas are enchanting!
Annapurna region is famous for trekking. The entire region welcomes lots of traffics in peak seasons. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is the most popular treks in the region. These days, there are lots of trekkers who choose Annapurna Circuit Trek and Khopra Ridge Trek too.
Note: If you have lesser time, but still want to trek to the Annapurna Base camp, we have an offer to make. You can join our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Also, if you are willing to explore the entire Annapurna region, you can go for our Annapurna Complete Trek.
Trip Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- The Annapurna Base Camp itself.
- The soaring vistas of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.
- The beautiful sunrise over the Dhaulagiri Himal is remarkable.
- Diverse ethnicity along the trail.
- The Trek to Poon Hill for an admirable sunrise view.
- The Gurung village, Ghandruk.
- Jhinu Danda, the house of natural hot spring.
- The streams, rivers, and waterfalls along the trekking trail.
- The Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The time from mid-September, October, November (Autumn) and March, April, May (Spring) is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Autumn is the peak season for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. It occurs right after monsoon ends. Thus the environment is dirt-free and clear. It brings the vegetation back to life. The clean and green nature is the merit of trekking now.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek in Spring passes through the blooming Rhododendron forests. The trek becomes more cheerful.
Trekking in best time means you will have a warm and suitable temperature. Wildlife en route will be more active. The sky will be clear. And the surrounding vistas will be magical.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is absolutely doable in any time of the year. But Monsoon and Winter treks to ABC can be more challenging. The weather change is frequently changing during these times.
Elevation and Altitude Profile for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The highest point on the ABC trek is at the Annapurna Base Camp itself. The Base Camp is at an altitude of 4130 meters. We trek to the Annapurna Base Camp via the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, 3700 meters.
The lowest elevation in the trek is 900 meters at Pokhara. Starting at Pokhara, we trek to Ghorepani 2750m – Tadapani 2590m – Chhomrong 2340m – Dobhan 2600m- MBC and finally to ABC.
From the base camp, we descend to Bamboo – Jhinu Danda – Nayapul – Pokhara and finally to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulties
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek. The trek demands a certain level of physical fitness. There are some portions of the Annapurna Base Camp trek that are quite challenging.
Here are some of the difficulties during your Annapurna Base Camp trek.
- If it’s your first time trekking at altitudes, the trek can be hard for you. You will be gaining altitudes every day. Be cautious! You might even get altitude sickness if the altitude transition is sharp.
- The trek can be exhausting to someone who isn’t used to doing long treks.
- Watch out for Weather and Temperature at Annapurna Base Camp before you decide to go. Trekking to Annapurna Sanctuary during Monsoon and Winter is much harder.
- Trekking for 13 days around the remote places of Annapurna region can be difficult. During the trek, you must be able to walk for 4 to 8 hours a day. Walking continuously for such a long duration can be exhausting to some.
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/Himalaya to 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: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your Hotel in Kathmandu.
This is your first day here in Nepal. You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our hotel representative will receive you. They will transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle.
Get some rest. You will have an individual room for yourself with good services. You can walk around your hotel in the evening.
Most of the tourists visit Thamel. It is a busy tourist hub in Kathmandu. There are lots of cafes where you can stay reading books. There are nightclubs and pubs where you can enjoy live music.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and Arrangement Day
You will have a free day today. You can visit some of the tourist destinations in Kathmandu. There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. You can go with us to our Kathmandu Valley Tour.
You can stay in your hotel by preparing for the other day. If you need some trekking accessories, you can go and get them. There are various shops in Thamel. They sell and rent trekking accessories at feasible prices.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus
Travel Duration: 6 Hours
Travel Distance: 204 km
Max Altitude: 1400m, Kathmandu
Our guide or representative will receive you at your hotel early in the morning. We will get you to the bus station. From there, we will catch a tourist bus to Pokhara.
The tourist bus is well facilitated. They have comfortable seats and wide windows. The bus stops twice in the 6 hours duration. At the stops, we will have lunch. Get some snacks if you need them.
We will reach Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region. We will check into a well-facilitated tourist hotel in Lakeside Pokhara.
We can enjoy around the lakeside in the evening. There are lots of tourists in Pokhara. Most of them stay in the lakeside area.
A cozy overnight in Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhe Dunga
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Trek Distance: 13 km from Nayapul
Max Altitude: 1480m, Tikha Dunga
We begin the trek by riding on a private vehicle to Nayapul from Pokhara. Reaching Nayapul takes around half an hour from Pokhara.
The real trek now starts as we reach Nayapul. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy. From Nayapul, we start walking along the banks of Modi Khola. After following the riverbank for nearly 15 minutes, we reach Birethanti.
Birethanti is a big village. There are many shops, lodges, and teahouses in Birethanti. We follow the trekking trail. Continuing our walks through the villages, we will reach Bhurungdi Khola.
We will follow the trail along the northern bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Now, the trail ascends slowly to Hille.
From Hille, Tikhe Dhunga is only a short climb on rock staircases. Finally, we will reach the village of Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight in Tikhe Dhunga.
Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani.
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Trek Distance: 10.3 km
Max Elevation: 2874 m, Ghorepani
After having a nice breakfast in the morning, we begin to trek towards Ghorepani village.
The trek begins with a gentle climb towards the steep climb on rock staircases to Ulleri. Ulleri is a big village of Magar inhabitants. We will see admirable views of Himchuli and Annapurna South from there.
From Ulleri, we take a gentle uphill climb through Rhododendron and Oak Jungles. On the way to the Ghorepani village, we walk through the villages at Banthati and Nangethanti.
Walking for several hours, we finally reach Ghorepani village. Ghorepani village is a large village that sits on the top of a hill. From the village, we can get a marvelous vista of both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani- Poon Hill to Tadapani
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Trek Distance: 14 km
Max Altitude: 2610m
Today is a long day on the trek. We will start very early in the morning. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking is a famous trek in the Annapurna region.
We will take a short one hour hike to Poon Hill. Situated at an elevation of 3,210 m, Poon Hill is one of the best vantage points. We can enjoy the magnificent Himalayan dawn.
The unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas from Poon Hill is astounding. We will see a complete Himalayan range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We will get a sight of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, and many others.
We will spend about an hour at the Poon Hill and will return back to Ghorepani. After breakfasting at Ghorepani, we will begin our day hike.
From Ghorepani, we will make a climb along the ridges. Crossing the Pine and Rhododendron forests, we reach Deurali.
From Deurali, the trail descends to Banthanti and finally to Tadapani. Overnight in a local guesthouse at Tadapani village.
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Trek Distance: 7.6 km
Max Altitude: 2170m
From Tadapani, the trail descends down through Rhododendron forest. This is quite a continuous descent of about an hour. The trail drops down through beautiful terraced fields. After descending, we meet Kimrong Khola. We cross over the suspension bridge at Kimrong Khola.
The descending portions are now done. The remaining part of the trail is an ascent uphill and a straight walk to Chhomrong. We walk through the beautiful Chule village. On following the trekking trail further, we will reach Chhomrong.
Chhomrong is a densely populated village. The village comprises Gurung communities. The people are very calm, cheerful, and friendly.
Above the Chhomrong village, we will see some peaks like Mt. Annapurna south, Himchuli and the Virgin Peak. The peaks are so close and so real!
Overnight in Chhomrong.
Day 08: Chhomrong to Dovan or Himalaya Hotel
Trek Duration: 6 hours.
Trek Distance: 8.6 km
Max Altitude: 2600m, Himalaya Hotel
We start after a hot breakfast in Chhomrong. The trail descends down to Chomrong Khola. We will cross the suspension bridge over the Chhomrong Khola. We will then continue our walk uphill to a place called Khuldi Ghar. The trail passes through a dense and dark forest of Rhododendron and Oak.
From Khuldi Ghar, the trek route has a deep steep into a long, steep, and slippery stone staircase. We trek deep into bamboo and rhododendron forests. Alongside the trail, we will see large fern species.
The last part of the trek completes with a 2-hour ascent to Dovan. Overnight in Dovan.
Day 09: Dovan - (Machhapuchhre Base Camp) or Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary)
Trek Duration: Dovan- MBC: 3 hours, MBC to ABC: 2 hours
Trek Distance: 15 km
Max Altitude: 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp
After an early morning breakfast, we will trek to Deurali. We will take a short break at Deurali and will start again towards Hinko Cave.
Before arriving at the Annapurna Base Camp, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, 3700 meters. Lots of trekkers stop here for an overnight stay.
We will walk further towards Annapurna Base camp, our ultimate destination. With full power and excitement, we reach Annapurna Base Camp, 4130m. The base camp sits between the mountains. Thus some call it Annapurna Sanctuary.
The base camp area is majestic. It offers spectacular vistas of the snow-capped Himalayas so clear, and so near. The Himalayan range includes Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli Peak, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal and Barah Shikhar.
Overnight at the base of Annapurna, the Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Trek Distance: 10.7 km
Max Altitude: 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp
The trail from Annapurna Base Camp descends down to Bamboo via MBC and Dovan. Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan takes nearly 7 hours. We trek down to Bamboo by following the earlier trail.
Be extra careful while descending through rugged sections. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 11: Bamboo to Chhomrong
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Trek Distance: 8 km
Max Altitude: 2400m, Chhomrong
From Bamboo, we follow the same trail back to Chomrong. Enjoy the walk and the lovely surroundings.
The trek goes uphill from Bamboo to Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trek takes a descending section along the Chhomrong Khola.
From Chhomrong Khola, we climb through the dense forest of rhododendron and pines. We will now follow the stone steps to Chomrong.
After we reach Chhomrong, we will descend to Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda is the place where there is the famous natural hot water spring.
Relax your tight muscles in the hot water. Enjoy the bath in a natural hot spring.
Walk to Chhomrong for an overnight stay.
Day 12: Chhomrong to Ghandrung
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Trek Distance: 9.8 km
Max Altitude: 2170m, Ghandrung
On this day, we will trek to the beautiful Gurung village, Ghandrung village.
Overnight in Ghandrung.
Day 13: Ghandrung to Pokhara
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Trek Distance: 8.6 km
The way back to Pokhara is the trek through Birethanti to Nayapul and a bus ride from there. After having breakfast at Ghandrung, we will walk to Birethanti. The walk is a three hours walk.
We will rest for some time at Birethanti and will start to trek again. On trekking further for an hour (aapx.), we will reach Natyapul.
We will catch a bus from Nayapul to Pokhara. Getting back to a town after many days feels different.
Enjoy your overnight stay at a comfortable hotel in Pokhara.
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Trip Cost US$ 825 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.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- 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.
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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.
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