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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a strong reputation among seasoned trekkers. To be considered an experienced trekker, the ABC Trek is a trek you need to complete. It is second only to Everest Base Camp Trek as the world’s premier trekking experience. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended.

This trek is set among the towering peaks of Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545 ft), Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,684 ft), Machapuchhre ( 22942 ft / 6,993 m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m / 21,131 ft).

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What you will contend with - Attraction of ABC Trek

  1. Panoramic Views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Mountains
  2. Traditional Nepali Food and Cultures
  3.  Natural Hot Spring at Jhinu
  4.  Rhododendron Forests

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route

The trek route to Annapurna Nepal is a beautiful thing. You begin this hike from Pokhara, in the northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley, central Nepal and you will witness many things on the way to Base Camp such as rhododendron forests, cliffs, waterfalls, terraced rice paddies and suspension bridges, all of which makes this trip an amazing spectacle.

This hiking is protected by Annapurna Conservation Area. It covers 7,629 square kilometers area. The maximum altitude of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is 8,091m / 26,545 ft from sea level and is the world’s tenth highest mountain. Can you imagine yourself in it all? 

ABC Trek Level

Annapurna Base Camp is considered Demanding. A good level of cardiovascular fitness and some trekking experience is strongly advised. In a scale of 1 to 10, the this course is rated 7. Your safety and the safety of the support team safety of everyone on the trek is our highest concern and like all strenuous treks, the ABC Trek is treated as an expedition.

Best Time to Trek

There is no particular best season to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in Nepal as it can be done in all seasons, although in the winter the Base Camp is often closed due to the excessive snow and the threat of avalanches. Doing this trek in winter is still a thrill and you should not discount the experience. Still, the best time for you to do the ABC Trekking is around October and November.

Difficulties of ABC Trekking

Altitude Sickness, Accommodation, Food, Weather, Lack of proper guide may be some common Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty. 

Altitude Sickness

The term Altitude Sickness is used often but there are intact 3 types of Altitude Sickness. The most common is actually Acute Mountain Sickness – or AMS for short. AMS becomes a real threat when ascending at altitudes of 3,000m / 9,000ft or more.

AMS comes into effect usually because a trekker or climber ascends too quickly. As the air becomes thinner, there is less oxygen available. Your lungs need time to adjust in order to carry much-needed oxygen to the different parts of your body.

All Ammonite Adventure treks over 3,000m / 9,000ft include rest days – known as acclimatization days. Read more about altitude sickness »

Accommodation

While on the trek, all accommodation is included in the price. You will stay in either a guesthouse or a teahouse. Which one depends on the time of year you are trekking.

A Guesthouse is more like a low budget hotel room in the way to Annapurna Base Camp. You will likely have a shower and a western toilet (they will be shared with other trekkers). You may also have WiFi. A Teahouse is basically an extension of a family home (usually very basic, most likely no shower and a drop toilet.) In either case, the hospitality is always outstanding.

When a package includes nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan etc, the price includes a 3-star Hotel. 3 Stars in Nepal equates to 4 stars. You can, if you like, upgrade your accommodation to 5 Star (Nepali 5 star that is) which is a solid 4 star in most western countries.

Food

While on Annapurna Base Camp trek, all food is included in the price. The food is basic but extremely nutritious to keep you going. When a package includes nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan etc, the price includes breakfast as long as you have it at the Hotel.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593 ft)

An Ammonite Adventure representative will meet you at the Airport and take you to your hotel. Depending on the time of day you arrive, you can rest or explore the suburb of Thamel. The taxi to your hotel is covered in the package but an optional tip is not.

Day 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pre-trip Meeting

After breakfast (at your hotel included) you will be picked up by your tour guide. You will be taken to 3 must-see attractions. And we will discuss about Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

1. Pashupatinath Temple

2. Boudhanath

3. Swoyambhunath

Day 3
Bus to Pokhara

An Ammonite Adventure representative will pick you up from your hotel and get you to the bus where you will take the 7 hour trip to Pokhara (827m / 2,713 ft). The bus will stop twice along the way for toilets and food. There is generally hot food on offer and it is a good chance to stock up on bottled water.

You can upgrade this package to swap the 7-hour bus trip to a 20-minute plane trip. US$110 per person is the usual cost for tickets (no markup added). Prices do vary, best to check on availability too.

- 7 Hour Bus Trip

- Breakfast Included

- Overnight in Hotel

Day 4
Private Car to Nayapul – Trek to Tikhedunga

You will be picked up by taxi at your hotel after breakfast and driven to Nayapul (1,010m / 3,313 ft), an hours drive. The actual Annapurna Base Camp Trekking starts after a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, you reach Birethanti (1,015m 3,330 ft), a large village with many shops and teahouses.

From Birethanti, the Annapurna Base Camp trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to the village of Hille at 1,430m / 4,691 ft. Another short climb you will reach Tikhedhunga at 1,540m / 5,052 ft.

- 1 Hour Drive / 3 Hour Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 5
Tikhedunga – Ghorepani

The trek continues with a steep climb to Ulleri (1,960m / 6,430 ft), a large village. The trail becomes more gentle from this point through forests of oak and rhododendron, towards Banthanti at 2,210m / 7,250ft. From Banthanti you pass through Nayathanti (2,430m / 7,973 ft). A further hour walk sees you arrive at Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,383 ft).

- 5 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 6
Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani

A very early start, you will trek for an hour in the dark to Poon Hill (3,193m / 10,475 ft). You will reach the perfect spot to see the sunrise with an unobstructed view of the high Himalayas with the early sun showing off their stunning beauty on the way to Annapurna Base Camp trek.

You will spend about 1 hour at Poon Hill before returning to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast. After breakfast, you will continue the trek along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests, towards Deurali (3,106m / 10,190 ft). Continuing, you descend to the Ban Thanti (3,180m / 10,433 ft) and on to Tadapani (2,630m / 8,628 ft).

- 7 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 7
Tadapani – Chomrong

Heading North North-East, you continue on to Chomrong (2,170m / 7,119 ft). The trek to Chomrong is generally down the hill and you pass through the ever-present rhododendron forests.

- 5 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 8
Chomrong – Himalaya Hotel

The trail drops down to Chomrong Khola where you will cross using the suspension bridge. Once on the other side, you continue to climb to Khuldighar (2,540m / 8,333 ft) where there is the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) visitor centre. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on from which the route travels very steeply down a rock bank and then levels out.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek passes Avalanche Chutes located north of Bamboo and south of Dobhan. After Dobhan, you will pass the Baraha Temple then continue on to Himalaya Hotel (2,920m / 9,580 ft).

- 7 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 9
Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchchhre Base Camp

Today you trek up through the rhododendron forest alongside Modi Khola to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (3,700m / 12,139 ft). Shortly after Himalaya Hotel, you will stop off at Hinku Cave which used to be a landmark for the earlier Annapurna I expeditions as it was used as a camp and a supply depot.

Machapuchare Base Camp isn’t really a base camp in the true sense since climbing Mt. Machapuchare is not permitted.

- 5 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 10
Rest Day

It is required that you spen 24 hours at Machhapuchchhre BC to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Annapurna BC is almost half a kilometre up (430m / 1,410 ft) to be exact. This rapid elevation can prove to be dangerous for some.

All Meals Included

Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 11
Machhapuchchhre BC – Annapurna BC

You will need an early morning start to climb up to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,549 ft). The going will be challanging but definatly well worth the effort. You may feel the effects of minor AMS.

- 3 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 12
Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo

An early morning start will see you descending all the way down to Bamboo. It is quite a long day at around 7 hours trekking but because its downhill, the going is easy and fast compaired to trekking uphill.

- 5 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 13
Bamboo – Jhinu

Today you follow the same trail down to Chomrong. Once you have passed Khuldighar, there is an experimental sheep farm. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. Jhinu is one of the top spot in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. From Chomrong, the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu, where you can bath in natural hot springs.

- 5 Hours Trekking

- All Meals Included

- Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 14
Jhinu – Nayapul – Drive to Pokhara

From Jhinu you walk on the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hrs to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. Once you reach Nayapul you will be met by your driver and driven an hour back to Pokhara.

Once checked into your hotel, you will take a guided walk to Fewa Lake for a boating trip to Barahi Temple. (unless you would rather rest)

- 1-hour drive / 4 Hours Exploring Fewa Lake

- Breakfast Included

- Overnight in Hotel

Day 15
Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. This is the end of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will visit the following sites:

Bindhabasini Temple

The temple lies in the centre of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis Fall

Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave

The revered Gupteshwor Cave has situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Seti River Gorges

Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps

The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woollen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

World Peace Pagoda

World Peace Pagoda, also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa, is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the shrine built as a symbol of peace. The spot is situated at the height of 2,100 meters on the Ananda Hill. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world i.e. Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.

- 8 Hours Exploring

- Breakfast Included

- Overnight in Hotel

Day 16
Bus to Kathmandu

You can upgrade this package to swap the 7-hour bus trip to a 20-minute plane trip. US$110 per person is the usual cost for tickets (no markup added). Prices do vary, best to check on availabilty too.

- 7-hour Bus Trip

- Breakfast Included

The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

What is Annapurna Base Camp/ABC Trek Height?

What is Annapurna Base Camp/ABC Trek Height? The Annapurna Base Camp Trek height is about 13,549 ft (4,130 m) . The trek begins from Pokhara which is at the altitude of about 850 meters. And we will reach to the elevation of 4130 meters.

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Trip Facts

  • Bus
  • 4130m
  • 1-12 People
  • Moderate
  • 7 - 15 Days
  • September, October, April, May

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