The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the go-to trails in Nepal. It’s accessible, exciting, not too difficult, and offers incredible mountain views. The Annapurna region is home to some of the highest mountains in the world – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their presence! Enjoy lush forests, charming Gurung, Magar, and other ethnic villages, all while admiring fantastic mountain vistas.
The first few days of the journey are actually the toughest, as you traverse the steep ascents and descents from valley to valley, sometimes along steep stone staircases. However, if you take time to rest and appreciate the scenery along the way, it is not too difficult. Plus, the lush rhododendron and bamboo forests and exciting suspension bridgesdistract you from the strenuous climb.
One highlight is reaching Poon Hill, a spectacular viewpoint from Ghorepani. If you’re up for an early morning wakeup call, the sunrise is one of the best you will ever see. About an hour’s climb up the hill plops you to a viewpoint with sunlit views of Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), Tukuche (6920 meters), and many more. The panoramic view is stunning and excites us even more for the mountain views that lie ahead.
Before you know it, you are walking at the same level as the clouds, closed in by the staggering Himalayan peaks. Continue hiking along the alpine meadows, scattered with massive boulders, up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 meters). From here to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), Annapurna South (7219 meters), Annapurna I (8091 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Hiunchuli (6441 meters), Gangapurna (7454 meters), and the unique pyramid-like peak of Machhapuchhre (6993 meters) can be seen. Arriving at ABC is a most magnificent feeling. The glacial basin is closed in by the sheer mountains.
Full of energy from the awesome mountain views, we begin our descent. Though we are on the same trail, the way down is no less exciting than the way up. Take it slow and enjoy the scenery you missed on the way up. At JhinuDanda, soak in the cleansing water and let your muscles heal up. Throughout the trek, enjoy the beautiful hospitality of Gurung, Magar, and other ethnic groups. Their kindness and generosity is hard to beat. From Nayapul, we head back to Pokhara for some exploration and relaxation. Chill out by lakeside, letting your body rest after the memorable adventure.
It is possible to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with a gorgeous drive from Pokhara through the hills to Nayapul. The trail weaves over valleys and down steep gorges, passing quaint villages along the way. On Day 3 of the trek, you reach Poon Hill, a famous panoramic viewpoint of Annapurna region peaks. The trail descends and continues to Tadapani, Chhomrong, and Bamboo. Then, two days of steep climbing past Deurali lead us to Annapurna Base Camp. Spend a day enjoying the breathtaking views before heading back down to Nayapul and driving to Pokhara.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek in the Himalayas. Compared to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the trail to Annapurna Base Camp is much easier and accessible to
beginners. There are some steep sections, but overall the change in elevation is gradual. For this reason, the risk of high altitude sickness is low. However, it does still happen, so if you experience any symptoms, do tell your guide immediately. Expect to hike for about 6 to 7 hours per day. It helps to be in shape and have solid stamina. Though it is not necessary, it helps to do some aerobic training before your trek. Also, keep in mind that the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, so you may face some tough conditions. Try to be mentally prepared for situations that are out of our control.
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, two permits are required: Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). The TIMS card costs 2,000 Nepali rupees (about $20 USD) if you are a solo trekker and 1,000 rupees (about $10 USD) if you are going with a group. The ACAP permit costs 3,000 rupees (about $30) per trekker. Permit costs are included in the price of this package.
During our 14-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, there are several different situations for food and accommodation. In Pokhara and Kathmandu (before and after trekking), you will at a 2-3 star hotel, with breakfast included. During the 8 nights spent on the trail, you will stay at a teahouse. The modest rooms are on a twin-sharing basis with a mattress, blanket, and pillow. Some lodges offer hot showers for an additional cost. Teahouses in the Annapurna region serve both local and western cuisine. For breakfast, you can choose from Tibetan bread, pancakes, chapatti, eggs, porridge, or muesli. For lunch and dinner, options include dal bhat (typical Nepali dish with rice, vegetable curry, lentil soup, and pickle), curry, thukpa, fried rice, momo, pizza, pasta, and more. Drinks include tea, coffee, cold drinks, and alcohol (not included in the cost of the package).
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is more stable and the skies are clear, providing stellar mountain views. The climate, which is not too cold or unbearably hot, makes for a pleasant trekking experience. Also, during the spring, flowers are in full bloom – adding another level of beauty to the trail. Monsoon season, though possible, is not recommended for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trails are slippery, it rains most days, and the leeches are out in full force. Winter is not super favorable either, as the extreme cold can take the joy out of trekking. However, both these seasons have their perks (i.e. less people on the trail), so if you are determined and can bear the conditions, the monsoon and winter seasons are suitable. There is never a bad time to visit the Himalayas.
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival to TIA, we pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we brief you on the upcoming adventure. Overnight in hotel.
Take breakfast in the hotel and then join us for a sightseeing tour of some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Throughout the day, we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you all about the historical and cultural significance of each spot. Spend your evening as wish, wandering around and preparing for the trek. Overnight in hotel.
We take the comfortable tourist bus early in the morning and head towards Pokhara. The bus stops for meals and snacks along the way, often with pleasant views of the Trishuli River. In Pokhara, spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around lakeside or sightseeing around the area. Overnight in hotel.
Our trek begins with excitement, after a short drive through the hills to Nayapul. We check our Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits and start the trek. After about three hours, we reach Tikhedhunga, which lies along the BhurungdiKhola. Stop for a lunch or snack here, then continue to Ulleri. Overnight in guest house.
A gorgeous day of ascending near terraced rice fields, past streams, and through forests brings us to Ghorepani. The lively village, situated in the middle of a rhododendron forest, is inhabited largely by the Magar ethnic group. The scenery constantly changes throughout the day and you will be entertained by the beauty throughout. Overnight in guest house.
Today is a memorable day for most trekkers. Leave early in the morning to get a crisp view of the sunrise illuminating high Himalayan peaks. It’s truly one of the best mountain views in the Annapurna region. You’ll see Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre in all their majesty. Take some photos before heading back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, trek to Tadapani and relax the rest of the day. Overnight in guest house.
On a clear day, wake up with awesome views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and others in the distance. The trail first descends through a jungle. The tall trees are coated with moss. The amount of vegetation in the jungle makes the air fresh and cool. The rest of the day is spent descending and ascending various hills until reaching Chhomrong. Overnight in guest house.
Beginning the day after breakfast, we descend on a long stone staircase to a suspension bridge over the ChhomrongKhola. After Tilche, the trail passes through dense rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests. Breathe in the lovely fresh air! Climb and climb past Sinuwa, through more forests. We reach the upper Modi Valley and then descend on a long, sometimes slippery staircase to Bamboo. Overnight in guest house.
As the name suggests, Bamboo is encompassed by bamboo forests. We pass the bamboo into rhododendron forests up the edge of the canyon. Here, it is common to see black-faced langur monkeys swinging from branch to branch. Less than an hour from Bamboo, we reach Doban. We can have a tea here and/or trek on. Carry on, passing Himalayan Hotel. Climb to steep trail with large boulders and high rock walls to Deurali. Overnight in guest house.
The mountains are getting nearer and nearer! A full day of ascending takes us to Annapurna Base Camp, the ultimate destination of the trek. A notable spot is Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which offers an unbelievable panoramic view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the distinctive Machhapuchhre. By this point, you probably will experience some symptoms of the altitude wearing on you. Take it slow to Annapurna Base Camp. Before you know it, you’ll have reached! Overnight in guest house.
Today marks the first day of our descent. First, enjoy the early morning views of the surrounding peaks. In the morning, the skies are clearer, so take advantage of this! The way down is easier, so enjoy any views you missed on the hike up. Overnight in guest house.
Take your time going down to JhinuDanda. No need to rush through this beautiful scenery. The trail goes up and down, but over the course of the day, we lose altitude. Jhindu Hot Springs lies about 25 minutes from the village. Soak in the healing waters, which feels great after hiking for these days. It is also said that these waters help cure various skin diseases. Overnight in guest house.
Leaving JhinuDanda, we move down all the way to Nayapul, passing terraced hills and crossing streams. Check out of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project check point and wait for our ride. It’s tough to say goodbye, but it’s more of a “see you later,” as we hope to see you back in the Himalayas in the future. Then, we take a drive back to Pokhara and you are free to wander around the rest of the day. Overnight in hotel.
In the morning, we board a tourist bus and to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Enjoy the splendid landscape throughout the drive. Explore Kathmandu or shop around in the afternoon. We host a delicious farewell dinner for you in the evening. Overnight in hotel.
We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport. Thank you for trekking with Ashmita Trek and Tours! We hope to see you soon.
We Ashmita Trek and Tours have set dates for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek departure so, please look at our list of the dates and select your favorite date if you are looking for small group departure Trek or if you cannot find any date suitable for you then please contact us private departure as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be departured every day of the year.
And note that the departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal and the International flights are not included in our package so, you need to book the international flight to and from Nepal separately and you can arrive earlier or return from Nepal later than the scheduled dates and we can arrange the extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre post the tour so, do let us know if you need any extra nights hotel or any extra tours/activities before or after the trek.
And you have options to join only the trek part as well which is from day 03 to day 14 ( from Kathmandu to Kathmandu) and arrange your own accommodation in Kathmandu so, do let me know for the cost and booking if you want that options as well.
Or, if you are part of a small/large group and would like your own departure date, please contact us and we will arrange for that. We do our best to accommodate the perfect schedule for you. Do not hesitate to REACH OUT TO US / or Talk to Our Sales & Operation Manager on + 91 9733106312
Very professional outfit. We felt looked after from the start and the trek was very good value for money compared to other companies.
Our guide Jigmay was incredibly attentive, nothing was too much trouble and he was incredibly knowledgeable on all aspects of local life from culture and religion to politics, flora and fauna. In fact he was so good we wanted to take him with us all over India!
The food in the homestays far surpassed our expectations and the momo lesson was a real highlight in a wonderful trek. We had trekked in Nepal previously but felt that the panoramas we had were equal to anything we’d seen on the Annapurna
Trekking equipments and gears may be the difference between an enjoyable and a miserable trek in any trekking trail, be it Everest region or Annapurna region or other trails. It is suggested that you carry minimum possible trekking equipments, gears and clothing while trekking and leave your valuables such as jewelries back in your home. Pay attention to the limit of the weight of your luggage and avoid unnecessary equipments yet be prepared for the changing weather conditions along the varying elevations, subjective to the season of your trek. It is to be understood that the following list of equipments and gears is a general guideline for the trekkers and the precise list of equipment matches to the list mentioned below, only to differ on the basis of season and trek duration. Personal items are subject to the matter of individual interest and choice.
For Kathmandu you should carry light clothing (for most of the year) and warm fleece or similar jacket for winter months.
Spring from March, April, May, and late June and from September, October, November and and December.
Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation to and from Lukla may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin. It is possible to fly to Kathmandu if necessary (for an additional cost).