Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Activities:
Trekking
Duration
14 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    4210 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec 
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse

Trip Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek probably is one of the most popular trekking itineraries in Nepal. Famous for its diverse scenery, excellent mountain views, and rich cultural interaction opportunities, ABC trek is a beautiful experience. On this journey, trekkers go past terraced rice paddies, quiet mountain villages, verdant pine, rhododendron, and bamboo forest. Moreover, it is a splendid chance to see the glacial amphitheater of the mightiest peaks in the Himalayas situated near Annapurna Sanctuary.

You will be literally standing in the shadow of world-famous mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and Annapurna I, the world’s tenth highest peak. Your itinerary also takes you to Poon Hill, an iconic vantage point. From Poon Hill, one gets to see these peaks’ ethereal beauty shining golden due to the magnificent sunrise. The ABC trek further takes you to Machapuchare Base Camp, where fantastic views of Hiunchuli and Gangapurna await your arrival.

In addition to the spectacular views, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek allows visitors to experience an authentic rural Nepali way of life. The trekking trail goes through villages settled on the foothills of the Annapurna range. The trekking course is home to ethnic Magar and Gurung villages. These communities follow ancient mountains cultures that have a heavy influence of Buddhism and Hinduism in them. Apart from that, they also follow animism that views the existence of spirit in nature’s component. The temples, monasteries, Gompas adorn the trekking trail. These religious shrines represent the solid religious heritage of the locale. As you hike through the course, you will get to connect with locals and their pastoral lifestyle. Everyone you meet will captivate you with their unwavering warmth and hospitality. Similarly, teahouses ran by the locals will cater to your comfort while you’re on the trail.

Furthermore, the enduring popularity of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is due to its accessibility. Pokhara, the trek’s start point, is accessible by flight and scenic drive on the highway. Pokhara is a beautiful lakeside town with good mountain viewpoints and a variety of shopping and dining options. As a result, it is an excellent destination for vacation in its own right. Hikers who want to combine their mountain trek with some city exploration will find this itinerary particularly appealing. Consequently, you will find several exciting trekking routes once you are on the trail. Thus, trekkers have few options to customize their trek itinerary as per their desire. Additionally, the trek is moderately complex and is doable even without any prior trekking experience.

Highlights of the trek

Going on an Annapurna Base Camp trek is a rewarding experience. The journey brings you into direct contact with Nepal’s most beautiful landscapes. Here, visitors worldwide come to appreciate the Annapurna region’s panoramic views from Poon Hill. Moreover, it is a lookout point near the charming Gurung and Magar town of Ghorepani.  In any case, that is not just the one feature of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You’ll likewise visit Machapuchare Base Camp, which rests in the shadow of the “fish-tail” mountain itself. The surrounding evokes the beauty of rock, ice, and soaring glaciated peaks. Finally, you’ll reach Annapurna Base Camp, where the utterly beautiful wall of mountains encircle you. This is a genuinely mind-blowing accomplishment for any adventurer, and the recollections you’ll catch here will remain with you for eternity.

Is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficult?

There is no question that Annapurna Base Camp is Nepal’s favorite trekking itineraries. Trekkers who are physically in good health and won’t mind living a certain period without luxury won’t have any problem on the trek. The maximum height you cover in the ABC trek is over 4130 meters, which is also a high altitude. Thus, there’s a fair chance that trekkers may suffer from mountain sickness.

Despite these glitches, our experienced trekking guide will assist you in every aspect of the trek. From difficult points to easy parts of the journey, they will inform you beforehand. Moreover, they will lead the expedition at a comfortable pace ensuring your health status. Keeping every aspect of the trek seriously monitored, our team leader will smoothly lead your journey.

Best Time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to undertake the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Trekkers who go on ABC trek during spring (February until May) will trek in comfortable weather conditions. Afterward, the post-monsoon season (autumn), which lasts from September to November, offers a better chance at seeing clear mountain views and trekking in favorable weather conditions. Similarly, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and will not obstruct your views with gray clouds and heat haze.

All in all, despite what different season brings, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a doable trek.  Rain and the low visibility is the expected weather complication during summer/monsoon season. Whereas cold and snowfall are potential drawbacks of trekking in the winter season. Nevertheless, these two seasons offer a less busy trail. Hence trekkers have the privilege of having the path to themselves. Get in touch with us today to begin discussing your travel needs.

Is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Right for Me?

The beautiful aspects mentioned above are few reasons that have attracted trekkers in the past. However, to add more, there are many great reasons to choose the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which you will discover on the trail. On the same note, one of the primary reasons to choose ABC trek is because of its convenience. Pokhara- the start point of the trek is accessible by land as well as by air. Therefore, trekkers who despise wasting time by waiting won’t have to worry about that. The hike itself is attainable by both trekking experts and novices alike. As it does not require going to the high altitudes like other challenging packages such as Everest Base Camp Trek.

Furthermore, many visitors consider the Annapurna region’s alpine scenery to be the most beautiful in the entire country. The ABC trek will take about two weeks of your time. If you want to visit this region of Nepal in a short period, consider our Annapurna Panorama Trek or our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, both of which can be completed in about one week.

Why Choose Nepal Hiking Team for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

First of all, Nepal Hiking Team has years of experience in this field. Thus, they know what clients expect, and they have never failed to exceed the client’s expectations. You may check what our previous clients have to say about us on our trip advisor page.

Secondly, Nepal Hiking Team put the safety and the well-being of the clients as their foremost priority. For them, customer satisfaction is everything. Thus, they work very hard to make sure clients are having the best time while in Nepal.

Thirdly, our expert team of trekking staff. Our staff and trekking guide is well-spoken, professional, has years of trekking experience, and has vast knowledge about mountains and the life that resides there. So, you are in the hands of experts who immense knowledge about their job. Similarly, you are in the care of people who will keep your safety and well-being as their topmost priority.

All in all, we esteem your valuable time and fulfillment, so we make a solid effort to offer the best of best for you and make your time advantageous, fulfilling, and exceptional.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 12: Return from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara

Day 13: Return back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 14: Farewell/Tour Ends

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops off by the 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 bags, 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$ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kinds of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for airport representatives, tour guides, trekking staff, drivers,s, etc.

Trip Route Map

FAQs

  • Is airport pick up and drop off services available?

  • How can we obtain our visa?

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

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

  • Can I extend my stay in Pokhara?

  • Can we upgrade accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

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

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

  • How safe is it to fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu?

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

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

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

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

  • How can we shower during the trek?

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

  • Is a private trek better or a group trek?

  • Up to how many people are in a group trek?

  • Can beginners do this trek?

  • Is this trek attainable by children?

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

  • How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek a difficult trek?

  • How can we avoid altitude sickness during the trek?

  • Will there be electricity to charge our electrical devices?

  • Are there ATMs on the trail?

  • Is foreign money accepted on the trail?

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

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

  • Are all your guides first aid trained?

  • What happens if someone gets sick in between the journey?

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

  • What is the cancellation policy of Nepal Hiking Team?

Cost & Dates

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Reviews

Marcello, Brazil Nepal is one of the places in the world everybody MUST go. I've been to Nepal 3 times in just five years. Living in Brazil, so far away from Nepal, I wouldn't travel so much to the country had I not enjoyed the place very much. It's the best place in the world for trekking, and the people are amazing, the food is delicious, and the views of the Himalayas are gorgeous. I book my tours with Nepal Hiking Team, which is a reliable company. The first time I visited Nepal, I booked my trek to Annapurna Base Camp and an overland tour to Tibet. Everything was previously arranged. Nothing to worry about. They applied for the permits, put me in a group (we are requested to join a group to enter Tibet), and booked a perfect hotel in Kathmandu. One month ago, I traveled to Nepal to trek the Annapurna Circuit and the Nar-Phu trek. For the second time, I booked my tour with Nepal Hiking Team. I went trekking in a very remote area with scenic spots and charming villages. In the middle of the trek, I began to feel a little uncomfortable by the cold weather, and my left foot was in pain, so I had to finish my hike earlier than expected. I told my guide I was not feeling good, and then Nepal Hiking Team gave me all support I needed on my way back to Kathmandu. NHT care of everything, so you can enjoy your trek with no worries. From the moment you are picked up at the airport to the moment you leave the country, you are in good hands. Their representatives will greet you at the airport, and you'll soon be briefed on everything about the trek you are going to enjoy. Guides from the Nepal Hiking Team are helpful and speak excellent English. I especially recommend Raj, a friendly guide, and Lalman if you want to request a Porter. Both do an outstanding job. So, if you're going to have a great time in Nepal, be sure to choose Nepal Hiking Team as your local travel agency from beginning to end. It's a reliable company, and I recommend it.
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 recently returned from hiking to Annapurna Base Camp and I am so thankful to Nepal Hiking Team, especially my wonderful guide Narayan Dhamala, the president Ganga, and my porter Bhim, for making this journey special and unforgettable. A couple months ago I decided to take a solo trip to Nepal and hike in the amazing Himalayas. I started looking for a trekking company and after carefully reading the reviews and feedback of several agencies, I opted for Nepal Hiking Team. The fact that they are rated #1 and they are also a local company made me feel good about my decision, and this was further reinforced once I started communicating with Ganga about my travel plans. He was always available to answer any questions I had. The trek to ABC was the best trekking experience I've had and I'm very grateful for Narayan, who not only was an experienced and extremely knowledgeable guide with great communication skills, but he was a kind, funny, and positive person. I learned so much about the Nepalese culture, the villages we stayed in, the Annapurna Sanctuary, and that made the trek even more enjoyable. When we would arrive at the teahouse we would stay for the night, I always had a comfortable room to stay in. The company has a very good reputation with the owners of the teahouses and this is very important, especially as you get closer to the base camp and there aren't enough rooms for everyone. At base camp I met a few people who had to sleep in tents or sheds, while myself and two other private groups with NHT, had a place to sleep in the teahouse rooms. Narayan went above and beyond to ensure my well being, making sure that I am eating well and that I am staying hydrated. We kept a consistent schedule and fortunately I didn't have any altitude sickness or any other health issues. I am already thinking about my next trek in Nepal and without a doubt I will want to organize it with Nepal Hiking Team again. From the moment I arrived at the Kathmandu airport until the day I was dropped off, everything was coordinated so professionally and flawlessly by Ganga and his team. Nepal Hiking Team goes the extra mile and they truly make their clients' comfort and well being the top priority. I encourage everyone who wants to trek in Nepal to hire this excellent local trekking company.
Valmond Edmonds, Leeds, United Kingdom

I have always wanted to trek in the Nepal Mountains as long as I can remember, and I finally got around to doing it with Nepal Hiking Team! Let me just start off by saying that it was definitely worth every penny, as I had the best time of my life! 

Because I only had two weeks of holiday to fit my trip, I decided to call in the help of Nepal Hiking Team- who were recommended by a friend who arranged trekking through the agency on many occasions. I can honestly say that without the agency's staff and team member's professionalism, knowledge, resources and patience, the trip would not have happened.

Mr Ganga and Mr. Balaram of Nepal Hiking Team agency recommended the route, arranged the permits, booked my accommodation and domestic flights, employed the guide and porter, recommended fitness training, advised what to pack and answered all of my numerous questions by email, long before my flight departed. Mr. Ganga even met me in the madness of the Kathmandu airport and safely navigated through the crowds and the traffic to the lovely little hotel- the Apsara Boutique.

And then I was off to Pokhara, escorted to the airport once again by Mr. Ganga and my guide- Arun. Mr Ganga even thoughtfully booked my seat on the right side of the plane, so that I could see the mountains from the air. I will never forget my excitement at the first glimpse of those magnificent mountains! Nepal Hiking Team's flexibility is among the best services that were offered to me.

No words or photos can describe the trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and back. It was awesome, it was incredibly hard, and it was mind-blowingly beautiful. The trek was amazing and I loved the slippery slopes coming down from Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The natural pools of the Jhinu hot springs were also my most memorable part of the journey. Through all of this, my guide Arun guarded me with his amazing knowledge and understanding, never-ending patience and wonderful sense of humor. I can recommend Nepal Hiking Team without any hesitation to anyone who ever entertains the thought of visiting Nepal.