Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    4210 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec

Trip Overview

One of the most popular hiking itineraries in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is renowned for its diverse scenery, excellent mountain views, and rich opportunities for cultural interaction. The trail takes trekkers past terraced rice paddies, quiet mountain villages, and verdant forests of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo. Annapurna Base Camp itself is situated near the Annapurna Sanctuary, a glacial amphitheater ringed with some of the mightiest peaks in the Himalayas. You’ll stand directly in the shadow of world-famous mountains like Machapuchare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Annapurna I, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Your itinerary also brings you to the iconic vantage point of Poon Hill, where you’ll get to see the ethereal beauty of these peaks fully manifested in a glorious sunrise. The ABC trek even takes you to Machapuchare Base Camp, where you’ll get a fantastic look at the massifs of Hiunchuli and Gangapurna.

In addition to all of this breathtaking scenery, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers visitors the chance to get an authentic glimpse into the rural Nepali way of life. Many of the settlements you’ll visit during the trek are home to ethnic Magar and Gurung villagers. These are ancient mountain cultures whose belief structures are characterized by both Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as a nature-oriented form of animism. The foothill villages you’ll explore during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are dotted with temples and monasteries, or Gompas, which speak to this strong religious heritage. Local livelihoods depend largely on farming, animal husbandry, and trekking tourism; hiking through these villages is a great way to connect with local people and learn about their pastoral way of life. You’ll be captivated by the unfaltering warmth and hospitality of everyone you meet, and your accommodation in village teahouses will cater to your every creature comfort while you’re on the trail.

The enduring popularity of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek can also be attributed to its accessibility. Most trekkers begin their adventure by traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which can be reached by a brief flight or scenic drive on the highway. Pokhara itself is a beautiful lakeside town with good mountain viewpoints and a variety of shopping and dining, so it’s an excellent holiday destination in its own right. Since it also serves as the gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, hikers who are looking to combine their trek through the mountains with some exploration of the city are especially drawn to this itinerary. Once you’re on the trail, you’ll discover that there are a few different branching paths available. This allows the length of the trek to be customized to fit your own schedule. Best of all, the trek is only moderately difficult and can be completed without any prior experience.

Highlights of the trek

Joining the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a rewarding experience that brings you into direct contact with Nepal’s most beautiful landscapes. Visitors from all over the world come to appreciate the views from Poon Hill, a lookout point near the town of Ghorepani where you’ll enjoy an incredible panorama of Himalayan peaks. But that’s only one highlight of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You’ll also get to explore Machapuchare Base Camp, which rests in the shadow of the “fish-tail” mountain itself, evoking the atmosphere of some other world comprised solely of rock, ice, and soaring, glaciated peaks. Finally, you’ll reach Annapurna Base Camp, where you’ll be utterly surrounded by an encircling wall of mountains. This is the achievement of a lifetime for any trekker, and the memories you’ll capture here will stay with you forever.

Is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficult?

There’s no doubt that the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s premier hiking itineraries; it’s also a challenging route with lots of ups and downs. But if you’re in reasonably good physical condition and don’t mind basic accommodation in village teahouses, there’s no reason to worry about the difficulty of this route. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek reaches a maximum altitude of just over 4,000 meters: while it’s possible to encounter altitude sickness at this elevation, our experienced guides will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you’re always hiking at a safe and comfortable pace. Staying hydrated and resting frequently will ensure that you have the opportunity to reach Annapurna Base Camp and enjoy what might just be the best mountain scenery in Nepal.

Best Time of Year for the ABC trek

The best season to undertake the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is largely dependent on the timing of Nepal’s summer monsoon. Many trekkers visit during the spring, which lasts from February until May, in order to enjoy comfortable weather before the monsoon arrives. The post-monsoon months of autumn are also a good choice. Autumn lasts from September to November in Nepal, and you have a better chance of getting clear mountain views without the obstruction of cloud cover and heat haze. However, you can actually complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek at any time of year. You’ll have to be prepared for rain and limited visibility during the monsoon season, as well as the potential for colder temperatures and snowfall during the winter, but you’ll also enjoy the advantage of having the trail pretty much to yourself. Get in touch with us today to begin discussing your travel needs.

Is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Right for Me?

There are lots of great reasons to choose the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Since the city of Pokhara can be easily reached from Kathmandu by road or air, you won’t have to waste a lot of time in transit. The hike itself can also be completed by trekking experts and novices alike, as it never quite reaches the high altitudes of other challenging packages, like the Everest Base Camp Trek. And the alpine scenery in this part of Nepal is considered by many travelers to be the most beautiful in the whole country. However, the ABC trek does require approximately two weeks of your time. If you’d like to explore this region of Nepal as part of a shorter itinerary, consider our Annapurna Panorama Trek or another great option is our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, which can be completed in just about one week.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome to the colorful capital city of Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll be met by a representative from Nepal Hiking Team and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. We’ll meet with you to discuss your upcoming Annapurna Base Camp Trek in detail, but there are no other scheduled activities for today. You can spend the evening exploring the bustling tourist markets of the Thamel neighborhood or looking for a bite to eat before returning to your hotel to spend the night.

Day 02 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft) Duration: 6-7 Hours

Your day begins with an early morning departure for Pokhara, known as the city of lakes. This trip takes about six or seven hours and passes through some of Nepal’s most beautiful pastoral landscapes. You’ll be treated to great views of rolling hills, terraced fields of barley and rice, and sparkling rivers. When you get to Pokhara, you can check in at your hotel and use the remaining daylight to explore some of the city’s finest attractions. Consider taking a paddle boat onto the crystalline waters of Phewa Lake, famous for its reflection of the mountains surrounding Pokhara. You can also take a taxi to the marvelous viewpoint of Sarangkot to watch the sun setting over Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, and Annapurna II. After dark, Pokhara comes alive with the warm glow of electric lights, and there are plenty of great places to enjoy an evening meal. You’ll spend the night at your hotel in town; today’s breakfast is included.

Day 03 - Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/4905ft) Distance: 9 km, Walking Duration: 4 Hours

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transported by car through the small village of Lumle to reach Nayapul, the town from which you’ll access the trailhead of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is a 42-kilometer drive which should take approximately 90 minutes. From here, you’ll begin hiking through verdant green hillsides, following a path through flawless bamboo woodlands to reach the little settlement of Birethanti. You can stop to enjoy a mug of tea here while watching traveling mule trains carrying goods throughout the valley. Taking up the trail again, look out for cascading waterfalls glistening in the strong sunlight and lush fields sprinkled with grazing foals and stallions. You’ll continue to ascend throughout the day, passing through Ranghai and finally arriving in the hillside hamlet of Tikhedhunga. You’ll overnight at a guesthouse here; there’s some steep hiking on tomorrow’s agenda, so make sure to get plenty of rest. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 04 - Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m/9348ft) Distance: 13 km, Walking Duration: 7 Hours

You’ll begin today’s hike by crossing a long suspension bridge over the stream near Tikhedhunga. Within about 15 minutes, you’ll start climbing a series of steep stone stairs. There are more than 3,000 of these steps approaching the Magar town of Ulleri, so be sure to take your time and rest frequently. Ulleri is a picturesque settlement comprised of stone-built houses; if the weather’s fair, you may be able to spot the still-distant summit of Annapurna South from here. The path continues across green pastures as you reach the crest of Ulleri Hill, leading to a campground where you can enjoy a well-earned break. When you’re ready to push on, you’ll bypass two rushing streams before stopping for lunch at Nangethanti. The last stretch of today’s trek will bring you to the village of Ghorepani, which at 2,850 meters is the highest point of the itinerary so far. Spend some time taking in the panoramic views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Tarke Kang before spending the night at a local guesthouse. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 05 - Hike to Poonhill then trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft) Distance: 9 km, Walking Duration: 6-7 Hours

Wake up early to get a head start on today’s hike; you’ll want to make sure you arrive at Poon Hill in time to watch the spectacular sunrise over this famous panoramic view of the Himalayas. The scenery from Poon Hill is nothing short of astounding, and many trekkers visit the Annapurna region just to catch a glimpse of this unobstructed view. On a clear morning, the massive summits of Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri, and Machapuchare will assume an otherworldly glow as the rising sun transmutes them briefly into gold. When the show is over, you’ll trek back to Ghorepani before picking up the trail. This path leads you along a ridgeline and winds through a pleasant rhododendron forest before arriving at Tadapani. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse here. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 06 - Tadapani to Chhomrong village (2020m/6625ft) Distance: 8.5 km, Walking Duration: 5 Hours

Today’s hike is a gradual descent from Tadapani to the Gurung village of Chomrong. Your route crosses a suspension bridge over the river at the bottom of the valley, passes through more rhododendron forest, and runs alongside green fields of amaranth and millet. Wildlife can be hard to spot in Nepal’s more populated areas, so the prevalent birdlife on this part of the trek is especially rewarding. Keep your eyes peeled for the colorful flash of a wing that might reveal a barbet or sunbird flitting from tree to tree. When you arrive at Chomrong, you’ll see how the village sprawls across a hillside, with great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare. Chomrong is a popular overnight stop for hikers and represents the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. You’ll sleep here tonight in a local guesthouse; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 07 - Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m/8528ft) Distance: 9 km, Walking Duration: 5 Hours

We’ll bid the genuine hospitality of Chhomrong goodbye and descend towards Dovan. We’ll descend 2500 stone steps and Chhomrong River through a suspension bridge. We’ll then ascend a rocky trekking route towards Sinuwa village (2350m). Then we’ll walk through dense forests towards Kuldahar (2380m).

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Check-post is situated here. The trail is a continuous easy descend to Dovan from there where we will spend the night. Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 08 - Dovan to Deurali (3200m/10500ft) Distance: 7.8 km, Walking Duration: 4 Hours

Your route this morning begins by following a path through serene, emerald-green forests of bamboo and rhododendron. A gentle wind rustles through the leaves here and causes prayer flags to stir in the breeze. Take a moment to enjoy this unique ambience before resuming your hike. The forest soon begins to thin out, replaced by a rocky landscape strewn with boulders and scree.  You’ll know you’re drawing closer to your destination when you pass by the Himalayan Hotel. Continue ascending past this landmark to reach Hinku Cave, once used as a shelter and overnight stop for historical expeditions to Annapurna I. Today’s trek concludes when you reach the settlement of Deurali. Enjoy fabulous mountain views over dinner this evening before spending the night in a local guesthouse. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 09 - Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4230 M/13810FT) Distance: 8 km, Walking Duration: 5-6 hours

Today is a very special day: not only will you reach your goal of Annapurna Base Camp, but you’ll also visit Machapuchare Base Camp. The trek begins by climbing through a riverbed and ascending to the Annapurna Sanctuary. This vast bowl of mountains is home to Machapuchare Base Camp, where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to take incredible photographs of the entire Annapurna massif, including Machapuchare itself. When you’re ready to move on, you’ll follow the trail for another two hours to reach Annapurna Base Camp. When you arrive, you’ll be closer than ever to Annapurna I: the 10th highest mountain in the world. The base camp is also flanked by Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, and Annapurna III. This is the pinnacle of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and may well be the best mountain views you’ll ever see. You’ll overnight in a nearby guesthouse tonight; today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10 - Return from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310M/7575FT) Distance: 18 km, Walking Duration: 7 Hours

After bidding a fond farewell to Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll begin your long descent from the mountains. Following the same trail that led you to base camp, you’ll descend towards the Modi Khola river to reach the settlement of Bamboo. This is a significant drop in elevation with plenty of steep terrain to traverse; make sure to take your time and enjoy the scenery along the way. Bamboo is surrounded by mountains, and there are plenty of comfortable lodges and teahouses where you can savor a bite to eat while enjoying the cool air and relaxing alpine atmosphere. You’ll overnight here in Bamboo. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 11 - Return from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring (1780M/5840FT) Distance: 12 Kms, Walking Duration: 6 Hours

Your return journey continues this morning after breakfast; the trail winds down through wooded slopes to approach the village of Chomrong. If you’re hiking during the spring, the rhododendron forest here will come alive with colorful blooms of red, pink, and white. After passing through Chomrong and Khuldighar, the path gets steeper as it descends towards Jhinu Danda. There’s an experimental sheep farm along the way that’s worth a look if you’re interested in learning more about the rural Nepali way of life. When you arrive at Jhinu Danda, you can check in at your guesthouse before hiking downhill for about half an hour to reach a natural hot spring along the river. This is the perfect place to unwind and allow the fatigue to wash away from your body. You’ll spend the night here in Jhinu Danda, so feel free to take your time to enjoy this uniquely relaxing part of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 12 - Return from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara

With the high peaks of the Himalaya now behind you, your Annapurna trekking adventure has almost come to an end. You’ll only spend about two hours on the trail today, gently descending at a comfortable pace alongside the riverbank of the Modi Khola. After a brief climb towards the villages of Matque and Siwai, you’ll be picked up by private transportation and returned to Pokhara. This two-hour drive is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the incredible distances you’ve traveled and the amazing sights you’ve seen along the way. When you get back to Pokhara, check into your hotel for the night and enjoy its luxury amenities—you’ve earned them! Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 13 - Return back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Now that your Annapurna Base Camp Trek is complete, you’ll return from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.

“There are a few options for today’s travel: While many trekkers prefer to take a domestic flight to save time, you can also opt for the tourist bus route. This is a great way to see how locals travel, and going by road also gives you the chance to appreciate the diverse landscape and topography of Nepal. The choice is yours; while the aerial route takes only about half an hour, it does cost an additional 220.00 USD to book round trips tickets. Traveling by road can take approximately six to seven hours but is comparatively inexpensive.”

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy a final opportunity to indulge in the shopping and dining options of Nepal’s capital city.

Day 14 - Farewell/Tour Ends

This day is the end of the beautiful Annapurna Base Camp journey. Nepal Hiking Team’s representative will take you to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. We bid farewell as you take heaps of memories and happiness back home.

Your journey in Nepal ends here.

It was a pleasure serving you at Nepal Hiking Team and we do hope the relationship developed between us will extend to further trips to this amazing country with us in the years ahead.

We would like to wish you all the best and a safe journey home.

All good things must come to an end, and this morning marks the conclusion of your unforgettable trekking adventure in Nepal.

We’ll pick you up at your hotel approximately three hours prior to the scheduled departure of your international flight.

We’re grateful that you’ve chosen Nepal Hiking Team to arrange your holiday in our country, and we hope that we can continue to develop our warm relationship with you when it’s time to plan your next next visit to Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu. We use Woodapple Hotel and Spa or similar.
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals, and
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa Fees: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for airport representative, tour guide, trekking staff, driver etc.

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James , Australia

For the longest time, I had wanted to visit Nepal and trek in the mountains. While researching online, I came across the Nepal Hiking Team, read about their Gokyo Lakes adventure, and sent them an email for more info. Ganga replied within 12 hours (the San Francisco/Kathmandu time difference is pretty extreme), and we began planning my adventure. Once I felt pretty confident that the Hiking Team and Ganga were the right group for me, I booked my flights and finalized my trekking plans.

Fast forward two months. It’s midnight in Kathmandu, and after a series of tiring flights, I’m taking my first steps in Nepal. Once I clear immigration, I walk outside, and right there, as expected, is the Nepal Hiking Team ready to pick me up and bring me to the hotel they had booked for me. The hotel (Kathmandu Eco Hotel) had power (permitting of the city’s brownouts), WiFi, clean bathrooms, and fans. Anyways, the next day I spent taking a tour of Kathmandu. The following day I was slated to fly to Lukla to begin my trek to Gokyo Lakes.

After a short ground delay, our plane to Lukla was in the air. Out the window (make sure you sit on the left side) were some of the most fantastic mountain views I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, as we approached the landing strip at Lukla, the pilots determined the weather was too poor to make a safe landing, so we returned to Kathmandu. Upon landing, I called up the Nepal Hiking Team and they were at the airport within 10 minutes to pick me up and put me up another night in the hotel. The next day, I spent mostly at the airport as all the flights to Lukla were cancelled. In the early afternoon, Ganga himself came to the airport to talk about alternate plans. As much as I wanted to visit Gokyo Lakes, with two days lost to flight delays, there wasn’t enough time for me to make it there. We then agreed that instead, I would trek to the Annapurna Base Camp.

I was a little bummed that I couldn’t make it to Gokyo but was still looking forward to Annapurna. I realize I’ve taken the last few paragraphs talking about my experience in Kathmandu, but the point I really want to make is that the Nepal Hiking Team was dedicated to making my Nepal experience as good as possible. Between picking me up at midnight, springing for 2 extra nights at the hotel in Kathmandu, and making plans to visit the Annapurna Base Camp on such short notice, they demonstrated to me that they really care. They really are awesome people.

The next day, I flew out to Pokhara and immediately drove up to Nayapul where I began my trek in to the Annapurna Conservation Area. My guide, Prakash, was very energetic and knew all the guest houses and trails very well. The scenery was incredible. This was by far the best trek I’ve ever been on. 

Kenneth Byron Hipp , United States

I and my son did the back to back treks of Mustang region and Annapurna Base Camp with Poon Hill. Undoubtedly Nepal Hiking Team arrangement everything precisely and with care. We often visit several countries and I have visited 70 countries as of now with a guide of course. But the service provided by Nepal Hiking Team really takes the win. From the beginning of the trek like picking us up at the airport to the trekking journey, everything was perfectly arranged. I have no complains. They were always on time and prompt. They always provide the detailed information prior to any event.

For instance, our Pokhara to Jomsom flight got cancelled because of the extreme weather. But, Nepal Hiking Team was so prompt to arrange a jeep for us to travel to Jomsom. As we were on a tight schedule this really came in handy. But the drive took 16 hours due to the consistent landslides that blocked the ways; however we succeeded to reach Jomsom in time. Another instance is when Balaram, the executive director of NHT suggested us to do the ABC trek first and then the Mustang trek as in late September there is high chances of rainfall. Thanks to him we didn’t have to face even one day of rainfall.

I genuinely loved the professionalism and care of the team. Amazing trek, outstanding service! Thank you Nepal Hiking Team.

Eliz-Talida Serif , United States

I as of late came back from climbing to Annapurna Base Camp and I am so grateful to Nepal Hiking Team, particularly my brilliant guide Narayan Dhamala, the president Ganga, and Bhim, for making this adventure unique and life-changing. Two or three months back I chose to take a solo outing to Nepal and climb in the stunning Himalayas. I began searching for a trekking organization and after cautiously perusing the audits and input of a few offices, I settled on Nepal Hiking Team. The way that they are appraised #1 and they are likewise a local organization, and this was additionally strengthened once I begun speaking with Ganga about my sightseeing plans. He was constantly accessible to respond to any inquiries I had. The trek to ABC was the best trekking experience I’ve had and I’m exceptionally appreciative for Narayan, who not exclusively was an accomplished and very learned guide with incredible relational abilities, also he was a sort of amusing, and constructive individual. I found out so much about the Nepalese culture in the towns we had stayed in the Annapurna Sanctuary, and that made the trek much progressively fun. At the point when we would land at the teahouse we would remain for the evening, I generally had a comfy space to stay in. The organization has an awesome relation with the teahouses and this is significant, particularly as you draw nearer to the base camp and there aren’t sufficient spaces for everybody. At base camp I met a couple of individuals who needed to stay in tents or sheds, while me; I had a comfy room in the teahouse. Narayan went well beyond to guarantee my prosperity, ensuring that I am eating admirably and that I am remaining hydrated. We kept a steady calendar and luckily I didn’t have any AMS or some other medical problems. I am as of now considering my next trek in Nepal and for sure I will contact Nepal Hiking Team.

From the minute I landed at the Kathmandu air terminal until the day I was dropped off, everything was composed so expertly and perfectly by Ganga and his group. Nepal Hiking Team goes the additional mile and they really make their customers’ solace and prosperity the top need. I urge everybody who needs to trek in Nepal to contact this superb trekking organization.

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Is airport pick up and drop off services available?

We do provide airport pick up and drop off services. So, you do not have to worry about fetching a taxi and finding a way for your trip. Our office representative will be at the airport holding a placard of us company name which will make you find us easier. Our office representative will drive you to your trip hotel.

How can we obtain our visa?

Well, obtaining a visa in Nepal is very easy. Nepal offers an On-Arrival visa at the Kathmandu (TIA) airport. However, people from a few continents are not eligible for an arrival visa. And these countries are Ghana, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Liberia, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and refugees. They are requested to consult with the Nepal embassy or consulate office of Nepal based on their homeland. Except for these countries, people from all other continents can apply for an Arrival Visa. It is an easy process. However, you may have to stay in a long queue during the peak trekking season.

Similarly, people coming from India can also obtain visas from the Nepal – India border. And the same goes for people coming from Tibet. They can obtain a visa from Nepal – Tibet borders.

What documents are required to get a tourist VISA to Nepal?

You need an original passport with a validity of at least six months. And after that, you need to carry two passport size photographs and cash for the visa fees.

What type of accommodation can we expect in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

Our standard trekking packages include 3-star categorical hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In Kathmandu, our clients are accommodated in Wood apple Hotel and Spa or similar. It is a newly built property on the outskirts of Thamel and offers great services and amenities to the valued guest. Yes, you can extend your hotel stay in Kathmandu and it will cost approximately USD 50 and USD 55 per night, inclusive of breakfast, for a single and double/twin room respectively.

Can I extend my stay in Pokhara?

Indeed, you can extend your stay in Pokhara. Pokhara is a lovely place and people usually easily fall in love with the atmosphere there. We will arrange for you in the same hotel in Pokhara if you decide to extend your stay. For extra nights in Pokhara, it cost USD 35 for a single room and USD 40 for adouble room.

Can we upgrade accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

Yes, you can upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can consult your preferred hotel with us and we shall reserve the accommodation in your preferred hotel.

How long will it take to reach Pokhara by bus/tourist bus?

From Kathmandu on a bus, you will reach Pokhara in 5-6 hours. However, the time varies depending upon the traffic.

Can we fly to Pokhara instead of driving? And how long will it take by plane? How much extra?

You can take the option of flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu instead of driving. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by plane. And for a one-way flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu, it will cost an extra USD 100.00 per person.

How safe is it to fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu?

Yes, it is safe to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Although the flight is nothing like Kathmandu – Lukla flight, it can still be considered an adventurous experience. From the flight, you will get to see the deep valleys, cities, deep forests, hills, and rivers. Overall, it is a scenic and safe flight. So, you do not have to worry about anything.

What sorts of accommodation is available during the trekking portion of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

During the trekking portion of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will be accommodated in a guesthouses. The rooms at the guesthouses are neat and clean and bathrooms are mostly built inside the housing area. In this trek route, Ghorepani is the only place where rooms with attached bathrooms are available. Likewise, up to Chomrong village, teahouses have rooms with twin beds to share amongst two trekkers.

However, afterward Chomrong, there are a limited number of teahouses so in one room there will be multiple beds. And during the peak trekking season, 3 – 4 trekkers will have to share one room, each person will get a bed to sleep.

The beds at the teahouses are already set up with a mattress, bed sheet, pillows, and blankets for your comfort.

What sort of food/meals are available on the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

You can find all sorts of food/meals on the trek. From international dishes to local Nepali cuisine you can find all types of dishes on the trail. The most preferred dish would be Dhal Bhat (traditional Nepali meal) as per our previous trekkers. They expressed that it is full filling and healthy. Besides, trekking staff always prefer Dhal Bhat beside any other dishes.

Other than that, the teahouse does have a set of menus with varieties of food items. You can choose your preferred dish from the menu if you want to eat something else besides Dhal Bhat. Cooks at the tea houses will prepare the meals you like.

Likewise, if you are vegan or have dietary restrictions like gluten-free meals then don’t worry. Because cooks will prepare the meal as per your request. However, you may have to explain to them what these conditions are and your preference. Because many of them are not aware of these restrictions. All in all, whatever dietary restrictions you have it will be met.

How can we access clean water on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Firstly, we urge everyone to bring their water bottle. Secondly, in the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route, bottled water is banned. On the trail, there are plenty of drinking water taps from where you can access water without any cost. However, even though it is drinking water, we would suggest you filter the water before consuming it. You can use water sterilizing tablets which will filtrate your water. And another way to access water is to buy safe drinking water at the teahouse. The quality of the water that the teahouse provides is the same as the bottled mineral water. It is not costly but you need to have your water bottle.

What about toilets, how is the condition of bathrooms on the trail?

Two types of toilets are available on the trail. You will find classic squat down types of toilets and western flushing types of toilets.

How can we shower during the trek?

Almost all of the tea houses provide hot shower facilities. Whether it be a hot bucket shower or hot tap shower facility, you will get either one facility on the trail. As you approach higher elevation and close to base camp, getting a hot shower facility is challenging. So, in the upper region, you will have to buy a bucket of water and bath unconventionally.

Also, during the peak trekking season, tea houses struggle to provide hot shower facilities due to high demand. All the tea houses will charge you a certain amount for a hot shower depending upon the location.

When is an ideal time to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

When trekking in Nepal, amongst many things to consider, the weather is one of the important factors. Annapurna Base Camp trek can be done all through the year. However, the environment and the weather do not remain perfect throughout the year. However, amongst all the trekking season in Nepal, for Annapurna base camp trek, autumn and spring season are one of the best times to do the trek. If you would like to see green lush valleys, then we suggest you opt for the trek around the spring season. This time of the year offers warm days and chilly nights making the weather perfect for the visitors. Likewise, during the autumn season, the skies are clear and mountain views are spectacular. This time of the year, you can get the most beautiful views of the mountain range. You can also do this trek during the winter season, however, during this time of the year, there is a chance of heavy snowfall making the trek challenging.

Likewise, monsoon season is also perfect if your purpose of the trek inclined more towards nature. Because during this time of the year you will see nature blooming on its own. Nonetheless, you will have to get used to the frequent visit of leeches and worms if you opt for monsoon season. Every season has its flaws and benefits. Spring and autumn provide stunning mountain views however it is one of the busiest times of the year too. Likewise, winter and monsoon have their seasonal flaws but one advantage of traveling during this time of the year is that you will get to have the trail to yourself. As it attracts a smaller number of trekkers due to its seasonal blemish.

All in all, whether in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes frequently. So we suggest you expect the weather to change quickly.

Is a private trek better or a group trek?

If you are a solo traveler, we recommend you to join the group trek on your best convenient date from among our available guaranteed schedules mentioned on our website.

If you are two or more, it is advisable to choose a private trek as it will be flexible and also you can walk at your own pace without having to worry about matching up your speed with other fast or slow-paced trekkers. We organize private group treks for a minimum of two or more people without any extra cost.

Up to how many people are in a group trek?

Normally in a group, you can expect 2-12 numbers of people. Hence, the guide and porters are provided as per the size of the group.  However, our typical group size is 4-5 people on each departure. So, you do not have to worry about being in a huge group of trekkers.

Can beginners do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is certainly one of the best trekking trails for the beginner. The trek begins from TikheDhunga which is at the height of 1495m. This height is a normal elevation to start a trek. And in the span of 9 or 10 days depending upon your itinerary, you will reach 4,130 m. If you reach this height in 9 or 10 days, it is a gradual approach so you will not have a complication. Due to this reason also, it is a moderate level of the trek. Besides, you will be guided by our expert trekking leader who has wide knowledge about trekking in Nepal and Annapurna region. Thus, he will escort you gradually to your destination.

Is this trek attainable by children?

Indeed, children can do this trek. Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate trek which is attainable by all age groups of people. However, trekkers trekking along with children may need to opt for a little different itinerary than the usual one that adults follow. Because although kids are fit enough to walk straight for 4-5 hours, it will somehow exhaust them for the next day. So, if you are looking to do this trek with kids, we have another version of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

How can we train ourselves for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

For the ABC trek, we would suggest you to start training and preparation at least 1 month before the trek date. Any exercise that will increase your endurance level is recommended. Besides that, we would also advise you to do cardio exercises, swimming, walking, and hiking at least once a month. Doing these activities will prep you for the trek. And this preparation is amply enough for the trek.

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek a difficult trek?

Annapurna base camp trek is not a difficult trek at all. As mentioned earlier, it is a moderate level of the trek. So, with proper pieces of training and exercise, you can complete the trek without any hesitation. Besides, there will be trekking guides who will be looking after you and your needs. Following the tips and techniques of the trekking leader, you can complete the trek efficiently. Thus, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not a difficult trek rather a moderate level of the trek.

How can we avoid altitude sickness during the trek?

Firstly, we would suggest you to not rush the trek even if you are energetic and think you can walk for another 4 or 5 hours. It is very unhealthy and dangerous while trekking in high altitudes. On the same note, staying hydrated is also very necessary. While trekking at least drinks 4 to 5 liters of water daily. This will avoid getting mountain sickness. Likewise, we would also advise eating soupy and foods that can be easily digested. Although food does not have much relation with altitude sickness however eating a heavy meal can give you digestion problems. Additionally, you should not drink while on the trek. Drinking will easily give you a headache which can result in altitude sickness. Also, you can intake Diamox pills too. You can purchase these pills in the pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. These are some but very important tips to remember while trekking in Nepal. These will help you to avoid the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Will there be electricity to charge our electrical devices?

Yes, electricity is available to charge your phones, camera batteries, or any other devices. However, you will have to pay for these services. Not all the teahouse charges money for using electricity to charge devices. But many will charge you extra costs. So, it is our suggestion to discuss the cost with the teahouse owner before using the service. Normally, it cost about NPR 200-300 to charge phones and camera batteries.

Are there ATMs on the trail?

ATM’s unfortunately are not available on the trail of Annapurna base camp. So before starting the trek, you have to make enough money that will be sufficient from the start to the end of the trek. ATM’s are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Is foreign money accepted on the trail?

Unfortunately, foreign currencies are not accepted on the trail. On the trail, only Nepalese currencies (Nepali rupee) is accepted.

How can we stay connected with our family back home? Can I get a phone reception?

Yes, phone reception is available in most of the places during the trek.  Likewise, WIFI services are also available on the trail. To use WIFI services, you are expected to pay a fee. These fees increase as you scale up the higher altitude. Usually, the cost of WIFI services ranges about NPR 400-500 each depending upon the location you are staying in. And another option to stay connected with your family back home is by using an internet data package if you have a local SIM card. You can buy a SIM card around the street of your trip hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara or ask your guide to arrange it one for you. However, we must inform you that internet service may not be strong in all places.

For the Annapurna Base Camp trek, is travel insurance required?

Yes, to cover the unforeseen risks, travel insurance is a must for all travelers coming to Nepal. We have a recommendation list of some travel insurance companies around the globe on our site. Please go through the link to get more details about it.

https://www.nepalhikingteam.com/travel-guide/travel-insurance/

Are all your guides first aid trained?

Yes, all the trekking guides appointed by our company are first aid trained. In case of minor injuries, they will treat the injured. And for your kind information, they all carry a first aid box with all the necessary medical supplies. They always keep them reorganized too.

What happens if someone gets sick in between the journey?

If someone gets sick in between the journey, the trekking leader will make the necessary decision depending upon the condition of the trekkers. If the trekker is sick with minor injuries, then he/she will be treated and the trek will be continued. However, if the sickness is major then, getting the patient back in the city will be our priority. Thus, they will be flown back to the city to seek medical attention.

Is it necessary to make a down payment to the reserve a spot in a trek? And how I book a trip?

To reserve a spot, it is indeed necessary to make down payment. To reserve a spot, 20% down payment of total cost is required.

And to secure your reservation, follow our booking procedure. Here is the link (Click)

What is the cancellation policy of Nepal Hiking Team?

To cancel the trip, they should inform us with a valid reason why they are cancelling the trek. Also, please note the, the deposit made to reserve a spot is non-refundable. The reason, why we made the down payment nonrefundable is because, as soon as we receive the confirmation from the clients, we use more than the deposit amount to make reservation for hotels, airlines, transportation’s and other things necessary to operate the trek efficiently. Also, if we cancel on these services, they will incur cancellation charge to us. However, we are free to postpone our reservation for any dates. Therefore, we ask our clients to postpone their trip rather than cancelling it whole. Here is (Link) our booking policy.