Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Activities:
Trekking and Tours
Duration
14 days
Destination
Nepal
  • 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

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 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.

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

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

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Reviews

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.
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.

Pussdee Burton, United Kingdom I had an awesome experience of a day tour with a veteran guide and a generous driver from Nepal Hiking Team. Very good company. They helped me explore around all the main sites in Kathmandu which was exquisite. All my thanks go to Arun who was a very good guide from Nepal Hiking Team. He was friendly, calm, gracious, and often entertained singing Nepalese songs while we were strolling during 10 days trek. Ganga, moreover, was a nice and friendly person. We met on the first day when I reached at Kathmandu airport and then met with him again when I completed trekking. Everything was arranged perfectly and Ganga has got a good team. I want to recommend Nepal Hiking Team to anyone who is planning to come to Nepal.