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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

13 Days

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you through diverse landscapes, charming villages, and stunning mountain scenery. Here is a suggested itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp trek:

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is a popular and awe-inspiring trekking route located in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. It takes you on a remarkable journey to the base camp of the majestic Annapurna massif. It also provides breathtaking mountain vistas, diverse landscapes, and a glimpse into the local culture.

The trek typically begins from the town of Nayapul, which is easily accessible from the city of Pokhara. From there, you gradually ascend through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and lush rhododendron forests. The trail passes through traditional Gurung and Magar settlements, where you can experience the warm hospitality and unique culture of the local people.

As you venture higher, the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic. You’ll cross suspension bridges over thundering rivers, pass through deep gorges, and ascend steep stone steps. Along the way, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli, among others.

At the base camp, you’ll find yourself amidst glacial moraines, with panoramic views of icefalls and rugged peaks. The sense of achievement and the overwhelming beauty of the surroundings make it a truly memorable experience.

Related: Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek (Khopra Ridge)

  • English/Nepali
  • Arranged by guides
  • Land, Flight
  • Moderate
  • Small to medium
  • Experienced guides

Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is not only about mountain vistas; it also offers encounters with diverse flora and fauna. The region is rich in biodiversity, with rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, and alpine meadows. If you’re lucky, you may spot wildlife such as Himalayan thar, musk deer, langur monkeys, and various species of birds.

The trek usually takes around 7 to 12 days, depending on the chosen route and the pace of the trekker. Teahouse accommodations are available along the trail, providing basic yet comfortable lodging and delicious local meals.

One of the highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the Modi Khola (river) valley, which you’ll follow to reach the base camp. As you enter the sanctuary, you’ll be surrounded by towering mountains on all sides, creating a natural amphitheater of unparalleled beauty. The final ascent to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters or 13,550 feet) reveals a stunning panorama of the Annapurna range, including the iconic Annapurna I (8,091 meters or 26,545 feet), the tenth highest mountain in the world.

Overall, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is a captivating adventure that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of achievement. It attracts trekkers from around the world who seek an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport and our staff will pick you and transfer to the hotel. Rest and prepare for the trek. You can explore the city and make any necessary last-minute preparations.

Early in the morning after breakfast our guide will come to pick you in the hotel and go to the bus park for Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside city and the gateway to the Annapurna region. Spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara and enjoying its serene ambiance.

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (approximately 1.5 hours) and begin your trek. Trek through picturesque villages and terraced fields to reach Tikhedhunga. Continue your trek, crossing suspension bridges and ascending steep stone steps known as "Ulleri Steps." where you'll stay overnight.

After breakfast in Ulleri u will hike through the wide rhododendron forest, river and waterfall to the Reach Ghorepani , a beautiful village situated amidst rhododendron forests.

Early in the morning, hike up to Poon Hill to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. Descend to Ghorepani and then trek to chuile through lush forests.

Trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests, enjoying panoramic views of the mountains. Descend to the Kimrong Khola River and climb up to the village of Chhomrong offers stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Stop for the lunch.
After lunch descend the stone staircase to Chhomrong Khola and cross the suspension bridge We will ascend from here up to Sinuwa by exploring the village life style.

The trail then leads you uphill through bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach the village of Dovhan.
After lunch continue trekking through bamboo forests, passing several small streams and waterfalls. As you gain altitude, the vegetation becomes sparse. Reach Deurali and rest for the night.

Trek through the Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) and enter the Annapurna Sanctuary. As you approach Annapurna Base Camp, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks, including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and many other peaks.
Witness the sunset over the Annapurna mountain range. Enjoy the view and local food.

Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range. After breakfast, retrace your steps and descend to Bamboo or Sinuwa.

Continue descending through forests and reach Jhinu Danda (Hot Springs). You can relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs located a short hike away from the village.

After having breakfast walk 10 to 15 mins by crossing long suspension bridge (287m) and drive from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara. Enjoy your evening in Pokhara by the lakeside.

Early in the morning, after having breakfast you will drive to the Tourist bus Park by car and then continue your journey to the Kathmandu by the Tourist Bus.

Farewell Dinner with Local food at evening.

Departure from Kathmandu involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • International airport pickup and drop-off service
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Tourist bus ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa
  • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All expenses of English-speaking trekking guide and porter that includes accommodation, food, transportation, equipment, and salary.
  • Sleeping bag and duffle bag (if needed)
  • Accommodation in tea houses or lodges along the trek.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • Basic first aid kit and emergency evacuation arrangements.
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Round-trip transportation from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Excludes

  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra snacks and beverages beyond regular meals.
  • Tips for guide, porter, horse handlers, and lodge staff.
  • Additional accommodation and meals outside the trek itinerary.
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances like weather or trail conditions.
  • Any optional activities not specified in the itinerary.

FAQs

How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves walking for several hours each day on uneven terrain and ascending to higher altitudes. However, with proper preparation and acclimatization, it is achievable for most reasonably fit individuals.

What is the altitude of Annapurna Base Camp?

  • Annapurna Base Camp sits at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) above sea level.

What should I pack for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

  • Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a waterproof jacket, a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a water bottle, trekking poles, and personal medication.

Are there accommodations along the Annapurna Base Camp trek route?

  • Yes, there are tea houses and lodges available at regular intervals along the trekking route. These provide basic accommodation and meals, allowing trekkers to rest and recharge each day.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the trek?

  • To prevent altitude sickness, it’s essential to acclimatize gradually by ascending slowly and staying hydrated. Additionally, consider taking altitude sickness medication as a precaution and be aware of the symptoms, such as headache, nausea, and dizziness.

What safety precautions should I take during the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Always stay on the designated trekking trails, follow the advice of your guide or local authorities, and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Additionally, make sure to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergencies.

What safety precautions should I take during the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

  • The duration of daily trekking varies depending on the itinerary and individual pace. On average, you can expect to walk for around 5 to 7 hours per day, covering distances of approximately 10 to 15 kilometers.

Is it possible to extend or shorten the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Yes, it is possible to customize the length of your trek according to your preferences and fitness level. Some trekkers choose to add side trips or rest days along the way, while others opt for shorter or longer itineraries.

What is the availability of communication and internet access during the trek?

  • Communication facilities and internet access are limited in the remote areas along the Annapurna Base Camp trek route. While some tea houses may offer Wi-Fi for a fee, the connection may be slow and unreliable. It’s advisable to inform your loved ones beforehand and use alternative communication methods if needed.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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  • English/Nepali
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  • Land, Flight
  • Moderate
  • Small to medium
  • Experienced guides