Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a legendary and classic trek with a perfect blend of nature and cultural exploration. The route to Annapurna Base Camp passes through tranquil landscapes, warm and welcoming Gurung and Magar villages, blossoming Rhododendrons, bamboo and alpine forests.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking includes high mountains such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna 1st (8091 m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail or Mt. Machhapuchhre (6998 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986 m) etc.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek also passes through Ghorepani Poon Hill, known for its sunrise and mountain vistas. Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Range, and Mount Machhapuchhre also come into sight from this particular point.
You will also encounter a natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda. Locals believe that the water has a healing quality. It is said to ease away your aches and pains.
The locals you will encounter in Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route are of mixed ethnic groups; there are Brahmins, Chhetris, Mongoloid, Gurung, and Magar people fairly distributed among the entire region. However, Gurungs and Magars make up the larger portion of the residents. You must seize this opportunity to explore and learn the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of these locals.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts and ends in Pokhara. Pokhara is the second biggest city and a naturally blessed place to relax after a big hike in Annapurna. This trek is a must experience for all trekkers.
You can see the video on this link which made by our happy trekking ,they have done this trek with our guide Mr ram in 2016 September
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Highlights
- Walk around Phewa Lake
- Sunrise view from Poon hill (3210m)
- View of Mt Machhapuchhre and Annapurna I
- Eye-catching waterfalls and Modi Khola river
- Beautiful terraces with rice fields and farm houses.
- Friendly Gurung people and their hospitality
|Day 01||Arrival at Kathmandu||1,400 m||-|
|Day 02||Kathmandu-Pokhara||1,400 m||6-7 hrs|
|Day 03||Pokhara-Phedi-Tolka||1, 790 m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 04||Tolka- Chhomrong||2,040 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 05||Chhomrong-Bamboo||2,310 m||5 hrs|
|Day 06||Bamboo- Himalayan Hotel- Deurali||3,200 m||6 hrs|
|Day 07||Deurali- Machhapuchhre Base Camp||3,700 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 08||Machhapuchhre Base Camp-Annapurna Base Camp||4,130 m||2-3 hrs|
|Day 09||Annapurna Base Camp- Himalayan Hotel- Chhomrong||4,130 m||-|
|Day 10||Chhomrong- Tadapani||2,140 m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 11||Tadapani- Ghorepani||2,860 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 12||Ghorepani-Poon Hill- Tikhedhunga||3,210 m||6-7 hrs|
|Day 13||Tikhedhunga- Nayapul- Pokhara||1,480 m||4 hrs|
|Day 14||Pokhara-Kathmandu||1,400 m||7 hrs (drive)|
|Day 15||Departure to Kathmandu International Airport||1,400 m||-|
Welcome to Nepal, the Himalayan kingdom!!!
You’ll be received by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Maya Boutique Hotel. You’ll be given some time for rest and then you’ll attend small team meeting, where you’ll be briefed about the trip.
Overnight stay at Maya Boutique Hotel.
Flight Hours: 6-7 hrs
Max Altitude: 1,400 m
We will drive, from Kathmandu, for about 6-7 hours until we reach Pokhara. It is a romantic drive through the scenic beauty of terraced rice field, beautiful landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and spectacular view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of the Annapurna Himalayan Range.
You will have the rest of the day free to yourself to explore Pokhara as you please. We will spend the night in Pokhara.
Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 1,790 m
We will head towards Phedi from Pokhara. This village offers a mesmerizing view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. We will trek from Phedi to Tolkha via Landruk.
The descending path leads to a bridge over Modi Khola. From here, an uphill route will take us to Landruk before we reach Tolkha- a Gurung village with a magnificent view point for sunset. Overnight in Tolkha.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2,040 m
On this day, we will trek for about 7-8 hours towards Chhomrong. The trail heads towards Landrung through oak forests, terraced fields, and pretty villages. We will then head towards Jhinudanda where we will relax in the hot spring of Modi River.
Chhomrong provides spectacular views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail. Overnight in Chhomrong in a lodge.
Walking Hours: 5 hours
Max Altitude: 2,310 m
The trail descends to Chhomrung Khola and then ascends uphill to Sinuwa. It further passes through rhododendron forest to Kuldi. The trek will enter the upper Modikhola valley.
There are only a couple of lodges in the Bamboo and most of them open only during high season. Overnight in Bamboo.
Walking Hours: 6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,200 m
The trail climbs through rhododendron forest to Dovan. This stretch of the trail passes several avalanche chutes. We will then pass through Himalayan Hotel before we reach Deurali. Deurali offers a closer view of the Annapurna Range and Mt. Machhapuchhare.
We will spend the night in Deurali.
Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Max Altitude: 3,700 m
We will trek towards Machhapuchhare Base Camp from Deurali on this day. This destination is not really a base camp for climbing the mountain is not permitted. The accommodation service available here is also limited.
There is a high probability to experience discomfort due to the changing altitude in this region. We will spend the night in Machhapuchhare Base Camp.
Walking Hours: 2-3 hours
Max Altitude: 4,310 m
The trail leads you uphill to Annapurna base camp and it will take 3 hours to reach here. This region is a spectacular viewpoint of the glistening Annapurna Range. We will explore the county and savor the rare scenic beauty of this region.
We will spend the night in Annapurna Base Camp.
Walking Hours: –
Max Altitude: 4,130 m
On this day, we will collect our belonging and head towards Chhomrong. The trail first heads towards the village of Deurali. Through Bamboo, we will then reach Sinuwa.
The route passes through Rhododendron forest and Himalayan Bamboo and then descends downhill to Chhomrung Khola. Climbing up stairs made up of stones will lead us to Chhomrung village wherein we will be spending the night.
Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 2,140 m
The route to Tadapani from Chhomrong goes through a jungle and several Gurung villages. We can see an excellent view of Mt. Machhapuchare (Fishtail) and the narrow canyon of the Annapurna Sanctuary along the journey.
It will take us about 4-5 hours to read Tadapani. We will spend the rest of the day exploring Tadapani and spend the night there.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2,860 m
The trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani is about 5-7 hrs. Ghorepani Poon is a viewpoint of a magnificent Sun-rise and Mountain peaks. We will spend the night in Ghorepani.
Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Max Altitude: 3,210 m
The trail to Tikhedhunga passes through a pleasant and blossoming Rhododendron forest. We will also come across Ulleri Village. It will take us about 5-6hrs to reach Tirkhedunga from Ghorepani.
We will spend the night in Tirkheunga.
Walking Hours: 4 hours
Max Altitude: 1,480 m
This is the final day of trekking. We will trek from Tirkhedunga to Nayapul for bout 3-4 hours. From Nayapul we will drive to Pokhara. Once we reach Pokhara we will check into a hotel.
You can spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara. A walk along the shore of the Few-Taal (lake) is a relaxing experience. We will spend the night in Pokhara.
Traveling Hours: 7 hours
Max Altitude: 1,400 m
We will leave early on this morning to Kathmandu. The 7hrs drive is romantic through green hills, deep valleys, Trisuli River and spectacular views of some of the peaks.
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel and rest of the day rest or explore the surrounding areas.
- Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
- Tourist Bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- ACAP and TIMS card fee
- A professional English speaking guide
- 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara
- Accomodation in tea houses during the trek
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner while on trek
- All government taxes, vat and service charges
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- International Airfare
- Accommodation in kathmandu
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Personal gear for trekking
- Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills etc.)
- Gratitudes to the guide and porter
Q1. How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
Actually, Annapurna Base Camp trek is not that hard. The difficulty level depends upon your physical fitness and previous trekking experience.
However, trek route includes steep climb uphill, downhill, and rocky path. This requires physical fitness and stamina and most importantly mental fitness. Thus, a good exercise and training program is essential.
Your training program should include physical strengthening, conditioning, balancing and so on.
We have a flexible itinerary with enough acclimatization and rest days before heading to higher elevations for your easy trekking.
Q2. How long does Annapurna Base Camp Trek take?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. Here’s a 15 days itinerary, starting from Nayapul and ascending up to Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint at Poon Hill.
You can also extend the itinerary from 20-22 days and opt Annapurna Circuit Trek, which is rewarding in itself.
Q3. How fit do I have to be for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
For Annapurna Base Camp trek, you don’t have to be a marathon runner, but you do have to be fit and healthy. During the trek, you may have to trek for 7-8 hours per day. For this trek, no any mountaineering skills are needed.
Q4. Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?
If you cannot bear cold, I would suggest bringing your own sleeping bag. You can hire sleeping bags at Pokhara or Kathmandu and return after the completion of the trek. Though the tea houses provide thick blankets, in the freezing temperatures it may not be enough for you. So, carrying a light sleeping bag is wise in high altitude treks. You might want to check: what to bring for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Q5. What type of accommodation can I expect during the trek?
Annapurna Region is the second popular trekking destinations in Nepal. There is a huge flow of the trekkers and mountaineers from 1970’s onward so the trail is well established.
There are numerous nice, cozy, and well-furnished tea houses. Most of the tea houses have western toilet facilities with hot showers.
If you’re planning to trek in the peak trekking season (Spring and Autumn) make sure to do advance booking.
Q6. What type of food is available during the trek?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you’ll get a wide range of food. From Chinese, Continental, Italian, Newari to typical Nepali dish- Dal Bhat.
On the trail, especially at the lower region, you’ll get a variety of food menu. But as you reach the higher elevation the choices will be limited to local food menu like Dal-Bhat-Tarkari.
Q7. Can I get safe drinking water?
On the trail, almost all the tea houses provide boiled and filtered water. Mineral water is also available throughout the trail. Since the plastic bottles do not dispose easily which cause an environmental problem, we discourage purchase of mineral water bottle.
Likewise, along the trail there are enough water taps, you can use purification tablets to purify the drinking water. It is the better, safe, and cheap option.
Q8. Do I need a travel insurance?
Yes, before trek you should get your travel insurance from your respective country.
Make sure, the travel insurance covers everything associated with trek including emergency evacuation packages. This is very essential for your safety, as the weather in the mountains is totally unpredictable.
Also, if you’re insured, it’ll save you from hassles that may arise during the trek like loss of baggage, flight cancellation or interruptions, and the like.
Q9. What is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp?
The best time for Annapurna Base Camp trek is during the month of September to Mid-December and March to May. During these months, the climate is pleasant, with clear skies. You’ll get the stunning view of Mt. Annapurna and the surrounding peaks.
Q10. Can I trek in monsoon season?
Although the best season for trekking in the Annapurna region is spring and autumn, some tourists prefer monsoon season too. As the trail is less crowded, there are abundant choices in terms of accommodation. And flight booking can be done very easily.
During Monsoon, for few days you’ll encounter heavy rainfalls. But as you ascend further the rainfall decreases.
If you plan to trek during this season, then you should be prepared for the slippery and muddy trails and road blockage due to landslides or floods. Also, make sure you carry rain gears like raincoats, umbrella, and rain poncho.
Further, monsoon means an invitation to mosquitoes and leeches. Do not forget to carry along insect repellent and salts to combat leeches and mosquitoes.
Q11. What to do if I caught with altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It generally occurs when people ascend too quickly over 3,000 m altitudes.
The basic symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness. You shouldn’t ignore these early symptoms, as it may lead to more serious conditions and may even lead to death.
The best solution for altitude sickness is descending to the lower altitude. Also, to ensure a minimal risk, you can walk at a slow pace, take enough rest, and drink plenty of water.
Q12. Do I need to hire a guide/porter?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek lies within one of the most popular and well-established trails of Nepal. Thus, it can be done with or without a guide.
However, it is recommended to hire a guide. A guide is a person who will help you in every aspect of the trek. S/he will share you information regarding the local culture, places, religion, and landscapes. They’re well familiar with the locals which will help you to communicate with them more comfortably.
Likewise, a porter is one who carries your backpack during the trekking period. With the help of them, you can enjoy your trek more comfortably.
Please kindly note you don’t have to overpack just because you aren’t carrying it.
Q13. Do I have to tip my guide/porter?
In Nepal, there is no hard and fast rule for tipping the guide or porter. However, at the end of the trek, if your guide or porter has done a good job and if you feel he deserves thank you, by all means, a tip is always appreciated.
Q14. Which permits are required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
For Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need to obtain an entry permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well as TIMS card. You can get both these permits in Kathmandu or Pokhara. These permits are essential as there are different checkpoints where you may be asked to disclose these permits. If you don’t have it you have to pay fine and buy these permits in higher cost.
Q15. How do I book for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
If the given itinerary on the websites suits you, then you can book online or email us. Also, if you want to customize your trip, we can plan itinerary as per your requirements. We are always ready to help you in customizing the trip, decide the best time to travel and choose the best trekking package as well.
For the Annapurna Base Camp trek, your checklist should include the following things:
- Sun Hat
- Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck Warmer
- Scarf / Balaclava
- Full and half sleeve T-shirts
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
- Underwear (Breathable)
- Synthetic sports bras (for women)
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Hiking shorts
- Trekking pants
- Windproof trousers
- Casual Pants
- Lightweight Inner Gloves (Fleece material)
- Water/Windproof Outer Gloves
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/ sandals
- Hiking socks
- Thermal socks
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Duffel Bag
- Sleeping Bag
- Ear Plugs (Optional)
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Personal Gear and Medication
- Trekking Towel
- Pee Bottle or Funnel (Optional)
- Small Locks
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medication
- Basi First Aid Kit
- Sunscreen/ Lip Balm
- Baby wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Feminine Hygiene Products