Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 14 Days5/5(5 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 4130m

Highlights

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail is covered with lush forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, etc, where you can see a range of flora and fauna.
  • Cross many suspension bridges & streams, and pass by beautiful waterfalls on Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
  • You will trek through picturesque remote villages and get to see a close glimpse of the daily lifestyle of locals and their traditions.
  • Locals from different communities reside along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail. Enjoy their heart-warming hospitality.
  • Get to see a stunning sunrise and landscape from Poon Hill.
  • Pass by Machhapuchhre Base Camp before reaching Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Enjoy the hot spring in Jhinu Danda and come across several mules carrying supplies to remote villages.
  • Get to see breath-taking scenery and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, etc.
  • Spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp Trek, opposite the Annapurna Glacier.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

"Trek through the dense forest and picturesque villages of Annapurna Sanctuary during the 14 days of Annapurna Base Camp trek. Meet friendly villagers and witness surreal mountain views. Escape into the marvels of the Annapurna Himalayas."

Embark on an incredible venture with us to the lap of Mt. Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world on Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Trek through beautiful villages of the Annapurna region, spending time with locals and enjoying breath-taking sceneries. We hike to the famous Poon Hill and explore the picturesque Ghorepani village before ascending towards the Annapurna Base Camp.

As the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route ascends through the Annapurna Conservation Area, it is a great trip to also see a range of flora and fauna. The beautiful rhododendron forests and tall oak trees intensify the journey. Some parts of the routes are densely covered by huge trees before opening up to a treeless barren alpine zone.

In the peak trekking seasons, you meet adventure lovers from around the world. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best treks in the Himalayas for anyone who wishes to escape in nature and experience an enriching trek. You can book our offered Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary or custom create itinerary with us as you wish.

Annapurna Base Camp trek Major Attractions

Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp not only explores the lower parts of Mt. Annapurna but also offers a peek into the Nepali village lifestyle. The journey is vibrant and full of adventure & cultural experience. It's one of our favorite treks in the Annapurna region.

Know the Nepali history, art & architecture on the guided tour in Kathmandu

Before we hit the trail, we take our time to explore some of the renowned historical sites in Kathmandu by a day tour in Kathmandu. One of the best friendly tour guides from Outfitter Himalaya will accompany you during the tour. You will visit monuments like the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square during the tour.

A comfortable scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region. From Kathmandu, we drive to Pokhara in a comfortable tourist bus. The drive will be stressless and present beautiful sceneries of green hills, waterfalls, rivers, and terraced fields.

In Pokhara, we a night at the beginning and end of the trek. We take this time to explore the tranquil Phewa Lake and Lakeside Market. Pokhara is a very loved city by travelers for its soothing vibe.

Explore the Annapurna Sanctuary

Our Annapurna Base Camp trek route passes through the Annapurna Sanctuary, home to diverse flora and fauna. The trails we follow during the trek are enriched with lush forests of bamboo, oak, rhododendron, pine, fir, etc.

Likewise, there are streams, waterfalls, flowers, and several other vegetation. We may get to see birds and wildlife along the way too. The terrain is rough and steep. All these make the trek very adventurous.

The gorgeous Ghorepani village & the famous Poon Hill Viewpoint

  • Ghorepani village (2,874 m) is known for its welcoming locals and the views of snowy Himalayan mountains all around the village. The village is also surrounded by lovely rhododendron forests.
  • Likewise, Poon Hill (3,210 m) is one of the popular viewpoints of the lower Annapurna region, situated above Ghorepani village. It offers fantastic sunrise and 360-degree views of the mountains all around it.
  • The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas. We recommend this trek to travelers who have limited time to trek.

Trek through remote villages and have intimate interaction with the locals

During the trek, we spend nights in lovely villages. People from different communities reside in the villages along the Annapurna base camp trekking route. We get to see a mix of cultures and traditions. The locals are friendly and kind. We talk with them and get to have close interactions.

Spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp

Reaching Annapurna Base Camp (41,30 m) is a great achievement, no doubt. What's more exciting is we get to spend a night here, unlike the ABC trek. On the opposite side of the base camp is a handful of lodges that serve the trekkers. We'll have lots of time to explore the base camp and relish the views. Waking up to the heavenly view of the Annapurna Himalayas is a truly remarkable moment.

Constant views of the towering mountains and hills

Every bend on the trail welcomes a new mountain scenery. From day one to the end of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking, we will see a jaw-dropping mountain panorama of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), etc.

And trust us, you'll never get sick of the views. The landscapes only get better, and the mountains are prominent with the increase in the elevation.

Relax your muscles in the natural hot spring at Jhinu

From the base camp, we descend to Jhinu Danda (1,800 m). This village houses a natural hot spring, where we can soak our sore bodies and enjoy the natural hot springs. It may cost a few extra bucks (not covered in the package cost).

Natural hot springs are great to soothe your body and soul. Let's say it is an excellent way to mark the end of the trek because the next day, we descend to Nayapul (1,070 m) and drive back to Pokhara.

Itinerary

Find a detailed day-to-day itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 Days. The 14-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is inclusive of your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu.

The offered 14-day ABC itinerary is the guideline itinerary that we have designed in the best way. However, it is customizable according to your requirements and the days you can afford for the trek. We can shorten or lengthen the itinerary for you, So, let us know.

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Our airport representatives welcome you at the airport terminal gate on your arrival day. We move you to the hotel and leave you to rest & unpack. It's a leisure day, so as per your arrival time in Nepal, you can enjoy the remaining day.

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We have planned a full day of guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu. You will visit some of the famous tourist sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhnath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

You get to learn about Nepali art, architecture, and history during the tour. We then prepare for the trek in the late afternoon. There'll be a short briefing session by your team leader (guide), and we do the final packing.

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After a delicious breakfast, we leave early in the morning for Pokhara. From Kathmandu, it's a long scenic drive to Pokhara. The route offers incredible scenery. It will be a comfortable drive.

Upon reaching Pokhara, we drop you at the hotel. Check in and spend the remaining day exploring Phewa lake and Lakeside Market.

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Have breakfast and get ready to leave your hotel. We drive to Nayapul and begin trekking. The trail ascends through small villages and green hills.

We walk by bamboo forests and reach Birethanti. From here, enjoying views of waterfalls and terraced fields, we reach Tikhedhunga.

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From Tikhedhunga, the route crosses a suspension bridge and follows steep stone staircases to Ulleri village. We then gradually continue our walkthrough green pastures to Nangethanti village. The last part of the trail includes climbing through rhododendron forests to Ghorepani village.

The views of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tukuchue, etc are fabulous from Ghorepani village. It is a beautiful village resided by Gurung and Magars.

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Today, we wake up early to see the stunning sunrise from Poon Hill. The place also offers snow-capped mountain views all around it. The route to Poon hill is steep and not well made. Later, we leave Ghorepani village and walk to Tadapani. We'll enjoy peaceful walking through rhododendron forests.

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From today onwards, we will join the trail to Annapurna Base Camp. Continuing the trek, we descend and cross a few suspension bridges. The trail passes by lush forests and terraced fields. Along the way, we can see birds and other wildlife. Soon, we reach Chhomrong surrounded by splendid views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, etc.

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The trail descends to a suspension bridge. We cross the bridge over Chhomrong Khola and keep walking up to the Dovan. The trail goes through villages like Sinuwa, Kuldihar, and Bamboo.

From Dovan, we pass by a shrine and a beautiful waterfall. The trail crosses Modi Khola and steeply ascends to Himalaya.

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It's a fantastic walk from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail gets rocky and steep. We pass by the Hinku Cave and cross many streams.

The views of the snow-capped mountains get even closer, and we can feel their dominating presence on us. We spend the remaining day at ABC, exploring the area & enjoying the time.

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  • Max. Altitude4130

The trail descends to Dovan. We walk on a downhill route through lush forests and small settlement areas. The views are superb again. It's a long but easy walk to Dovan.

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We have an early breakfast and begin trekking down through forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak. The trail soon gets steep and ascends to Jhinu Danda. Some parts of the route are flat (until Sinuwa).

We once again cross the Chhomrong Khol and pass by Chhomrong village. The final part of the day involves a steep descent to Jhinu Danda. We can enjoy a natural hot spring here.

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It is the last day of the trek. We descend through lush forests and pass by Birethanti. Here, we will probably take a short break for lunch. The trail then further drops down to Nayapul, and we drive back to Pokhara. The evening is free to rest and enjoy the tranquility of Phewa lake.

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We drive back to Pokhara today. As it is our last day in Kathmandu, we spend the day visiting some tourist sites and buying souvenirs. We enjoy a farewell dinner in the late evening with the team members and bid our goodbyes.

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Our airport representatives will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before your flight departure time. They will help you with check-out.

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • 8-night accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast (13 breakfast, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners).
  • Annapurna conservation entry and TIMS permit
  • 2-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • An experienced guide and porters (1 porter for two people)
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag and down jackets if necessary (returnable after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses, which are not in including section

Essential Info

Best Time to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna base camp trek is available and doable throughout the year. However, the autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time for the Annapurna base camp trek in terms of weather and temperature.

The temperatures drop significantly as you trek higher every day on Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C), but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C) in these seasons. The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappears at night.

Accommodation on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

We provide hotel accommodation for five nights (Three nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the eight nights on ABC trek. The rooms are basic and just a bed with a pillow and blankets on the trekking lodge. A few have electric lights, and all have a spacious dining room – lounge. Please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel we provide

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 8 nights

Notes:

  • Accommodation will be mostly on double/twin share. However, the Himalayas, Annapurna base camp, and Dovan have limited lodges and rooms. So, you have to sleep in dormitory rooms as well.
  • Hotel upgrades in Kathmandu and Pokhara are available. There are luxury 4 & 5-star hotels available in these cities. So, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • We provide similar category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara if these mentioned hotels are not available.

Extra nights in Kathmandu Pre or Post Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre- or post-trek is available. Let us know if you arrive in Nepal earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates and need extra nights.

Meals & Drinks on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

We provide a total of 31 meals (13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners) on the Annapurna base camp trek package. The meals are provided in lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the Lodge, where you stay overnights, and lunch at the Lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on the trek and drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). Note that these drinks are not included in the cost.
We advise you to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna base camp trek. You can get normal water for free, So, you can use the medicines and drink it, or you can buy bottled/boiled/safe water.

Transportation on Annapurna Base camp Trek

We provide a private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and a tourist bus for Kathmandu - Pokhara – Kathmandu.

However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu or a short flight to Pokhara and return. Let us know if you want to upgrade the transport to private transport or flights.

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

    According to the Himalayan standards, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate trek, which means anyone can do this trek. The difficulty level of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is affected by many factors- terrain, elevation, remoteness of the region, trekking experience of the trekker, etc.

    When we say anyone can do the trek, we mean under proper guidance and preparation. At the same time, we also want you to know that even the easiest treks in the Himalayas involve many ascents and descents along the route. Counterintuitive, right? This is what the Himalayas are like.

    If we compare Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the famous Everest Base Camp Trek, then the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is relatively easier, lower in terms of elevation, and shorter. But it doesn't mean you can underestimate the difficulties of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route.

  • The ideal way to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek is by booking the trip early. In this way, you will have enough time to talk to us and get ready, both physically and mentally.

    Even if you have a limited amount of time to prepare for the trek, do not worry, our below list will help you a lot.

    • One of the most important steps to prepare for the trek is to get your body ready for the trek, especially if you are new to trekking. You can do it by actively going on a hike and combining exercises that will increase your stamina and core body strength. Swimming, cycling, and running are also great options. You have to get used to walking 5 to 6 hours a day carrying a day pack.
    • The mental preparation requires determination to not give up because of long walks and limited facilities. You have to teach yourself to live in minimum services. Don't worry, Annapurna Base camp Trek is not that remote, but you will not get many modern facilities.
    • Do not trek alone. Even to experienced trekkers, trekking alone in the Himalayas is not safe. In an emergency, you may be alone and have no one to help you. Do think about it.
    • Your travel insurance should cover emergency air evacuation and medical bills.
  • Yes, you can add a mountain flight tour on the morning of the second day, and Trisuli River Rafting for 3 hours on day three while driving to Pokhara, which does not need any extra days.

    Furthermore, if you have some extra days, then you can add on Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Pokhara, or if you want to extend your holidays in other countries, you can also add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

  • Yes, you can join one of our fixed departure Annapurna base camp treks, and our group trek group of light-minded people, the fixed date is open to join.

    You have to share a room on the trekking with same-gender trekkers on group trek or even have to share with other people for a few nights cause of a smaller number of lodges and rooms are available in Annapurna base camp, Dovan, and Himalaya.

  • Yes, a private trek to Annapurna base camp is available on any date of the year. You can trek just with your people and guide and porter where you can walk at your own pace as you do not have to follow other people on the private trek.

    The private Annapurna base camp Trek can be arranged for a minimum of 1 person to unlimited people and this private trekking are suitable for solo travellers, couples, honeymooners, family, and a group of friends.

    Let us know if you want to have a private trek to Annapurna base camp.

  • Yes, we arrange Airport transfers services once you book the Annapurna base camp trek. And this free airport transfer is available if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates. Or, if you book extra nights from us as if you arrive earlier or depart later than the scheduled date and book the extra nights yourself at different hotels, then you have to arrange the airport transfers services yourself.

  • Yes, children are allowed on the Annapurna base camp trek. However, they should be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old. We at Outfitter Himalaya allowed only ten or above children to join our group trek. So, if you are planning to trek with children under ten years, we suggest doing private trekking to ABC. The children get extra care and can walk at their pace on a private journey.

  • Yes, we strongly recommend you buy travel insurance when you come for the Annapurna base camp trek that should cover many things and rescue services in case of any serious sickness or injury while on the trekking. We do everything to make a successful trek. However, there is always some risk on a mountain trek, and the evacuation by helicopter in Nepal is very expensive. So, it is always better to be safe.

  • Yes, we can shorten the ABC Trek. We have a 9-day trek included in the 14 days package of the Annapurna base camp trek. However, if you have limited time, then we can customize the trekking and make it shorter. The given itinerary is for the fixed departure group trek, and if you want to shorten it, then you have to do a private hike to ABC. Let us know if you want the shorter version of the ABC adventure.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Perfect ABC trek

    A massive thank you to Bhimsen and Arjun for an amazing tour to Annapurna Base Camp. The trip was smoothly run with absolutely no problems at all.

    All of the accommodation was perfectly fine, the day trekking was strenuous enough (and flexible enough to call me to do extra trails/walking when requested) and the mountains - we had perfect weather but no words can adequately describe the beauty and magnificence!

    I can't wait to come back for another visit and trekking holiday with you.

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    Josh BFrom: Australia,May 26, 2022
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  • 5/5

    Magic ABC Trip

    This is my first time trekking a mountain with 4130m of ABC. It is amazing. Thank you for the smooth arrangement of transport and accommodation, let me feel secure. Big thanks to my excellent leader Suraj, who has a warm heart and gentle manner, and is always by my side to help me to overcome every difficulty.

    Every time I finished a very difficult rock ladder, he will ask me to look at what I have done and give me an encouraging smile, he gave me faith and confidence to finish the whole journey. I can see the majestic mountains, no words can describe how beautiful the sunrise in ABC. It is a miracle to me and an unforgettable journey in my life. All things are perfect.

    I will choose outfitter Himalaya holidays to trek EBC in the future and it is my dream.

    F
    Flora WFrom: Australia,May 15, 2022
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