Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

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  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Trekking
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 4,130 m

Highlights

  • Trek in the rich Annapurna Sanctuary, home to hundreds of flora & fauna
  • The trail ascends through dense forests of rhododendron and oak
  • It's an adventurous trek that offers a peek into the Nepali culture & tradition
  • Meet with locals from diverse communities in different villages along the way
  • Enjoy gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Enjoy breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Dhampus, Hiunchuli, etc throughout the trek
  • Spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp, lap of the tenth highest mountain in the world

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is among the world's popular treks that bring you face to face with the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m). This trek is perfect to quench your thirst for mountain views. With every few hundred meters walk, you witness a distinct scenery, and it only gets better. And unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, you get to spend the night at the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m).

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an unparalleled trek in the western Himalayas that showcases heavenly views of mountains and offers a peek into rich Nepali culture. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Nepal is adventurous and a lifetime experience.

Likewise, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a close glimpse of the local's lifestyle and culture. You will come across the villages often along the trail. The nights in the villages are spent in the lodges or teahouses operated by the locals. It provides a good opportunity to interact with the locals and get to know them closely. 

Views during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a paradise of mountain vistas. The first view of the mountain you get to see is in Pokhara. From here, the views get better and closer. Along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route, Himalayan mountains like Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Gangapurna Peak (7,455 m), Dhampus Peak (6,012 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), etc are seen.

Similarly, you are rewarded with stunning sunrise from Poon Hill (3,210 m) and gorgeous landscapes throughout the trail. Lovely waterfalls, rivers, colorful prayer flags, bridges, and lush green hills make the foothills of the giant mountains tempting. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek with a beginner-friendly trail. Even with a high elevation (above 4,000 meters), the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route has a gradual rise in elevation. The route does not ask for strong physical fitness or previous trekking experience. The terrain is doable with children too. 

In the first four days of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, you walk through lush forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and fern. From Sinuwa (2,210 m) onwards, the trail ascends through the Annapurna Sanctuary, and the forests get prominent with tall oak trees. Trekking through dense forests, you come out to alpine terrain amidst grass patches and boulders. 

What do we offer?

First of all, our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary 13 days is well designed to make the overall journey safe & smooth. And the second thing is we are a team of active trekkers who love exploring a hidden corner of the Himalayas. 

With us, you will get the most exciting and diverse itineraries. Apart from that, our sustainable tours & treks around Nepal and contribution to the local community make the trips even more meaningful. 

You can join our Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2022 or do an early booking for Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2023 (spring/autumn).

Our team will help you with all the queries and booking process. You can get in touch with us here.

Check out our other famous trekking packages here - Mardi Himal Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Gokyo Lake Trek etc.

Itinerary

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We pick you up at the international airport terminal gate. You can find our team representative holding your nameplate. They will shortly take you to the designated hotel and drop you there. Check-in and get some rest. In the late evening, our team will introduce themselves during the welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

We pack our things and drive to Pokhara today. The drive is scenic and not stressful. Leaving Kathmandu, we get joined by the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers soon along the way. The lush green hills and terraced fields views are seriously therapeutic. Upon reaching Pokhara, we unpack in the hotel and spend the remaining day chilling around Phewa Lake.

*Fact: Pokhara is known as the City of Lakes and is very much loved by travelers.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude820 m

Our Annapurna Base Camp trek begins from Nayapul. One hour's drive from Pokhara brings us to the starting point of our trek. The trail from Nayapul slowly ascends through forested paths to Birethanti. We trek through lush forests to Tikhedhunga. We can spend the night here or further ascend to Ulleri village at (2,073 m) via Sudame and Hile villages.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,540 m

The trail continues towards Ghorepani village through dense forests of rhododendron, maple, pine, bamboo, oak, etc. We can enjoy views of Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Hiunchuli, and Mt. Annapurna along the way. As the trekking route is rich in vegetation, we may also come across animals and birds. The Ghorepani village welcomes us with breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range, Tukuche, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Barah Sikhar, etc.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,780 m

A quick hike to Poon Hill not only let us relish the gorgeous sunrise but also helps acclimatize our body. We wake up early and walk on a rocky path to reach the Poon Hill viewpoint. From here, we descend back to Ghorepani village and trek to Tadapani. The trail passes by Deurali village at 2,960 m and Banthanti.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,210 m

Say hello to the calming morning panorama of snow-clustered mountains. We will have breakfast and begin walking down through the steep rhododendron forest. The trail soon crosses the suspension bridge and joins an uphill route to Sinuwa.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,210 m

Most of the route ascends through dense forests for the first few hours. We then drop down and continue walking towards Bamboo village. From here, we walk along a deep valley with mountain views on both sides and reach Deurali village. We may come across animals like the black bear, monkey, and birds while trekking through forests.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,230 m

Today the trail takes us to the lap of the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna. From Deurali, it's a couple of hours' walk to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. As we have touched 4,000 meters, we can feel thin air pressure on our bodies. Slowly, we walk uphill to the Annapurna Base Camp, where we will be spending the night.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,130 m

Time to leave the Annapurna Base Camp and its soothing ambiance. We descend all the way down to Bamboo village. We retrace the trail and descend to the bank of Modi Khola. From here, there is a small ascent to Bamboo village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,310 m

First, we have a heartwarming breakfast and begin the day with some stretches. We then walk down to Kimrong Khola, and the trail from here ascends through forests of oak, bamboo & rhododendron. We continue trekking and gradually reach Jhinu Danda. 

At Jhinu Danda, we get a chance to soak our bodies in the natural hot spring and relax our sore muscles. You may have to pay a few extra bucks to use the service. It's not covered in our package cost.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,780 m

From Jhinu Danda, we follow a dust road that goes along the right side of Modi Khola. The walk will be easy and relaxing. After three hours of trek, we reach Siwa or Ghandruk villages from where we hop on the vehicle and drive back to Pokhara. We spend the remaining day exploring the Lakeside Market and mingling with the locals.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude820 m

We drive back to Kathmandu today. In Kathmandu, we will have enough time to do the shopping and visit the local market. The evening has a planned farewell dinner where we meet each other for the last time.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

You take your flight back home from the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our team members will drop you at the airport in a private vehicle.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we customize your holiday as per your requirements. Customize Trip

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Pokhara inclusive breakfast
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMS card
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assist if needed
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 125. Please bring two passport-size photos.
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses, equipment and medical kit
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
  • Hot shower, internet and phone call unless it is free
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

Dates & Price

Date StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: WednesdayJuly 20, 2022End DateEnd: MondayAugust 01, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$975

This is our set fixed departure date. The arrival and departure date to/from Kathmandu, Nepal. The date and price are specified for group joining. 
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Useful Info

Annapurna Base Camp Trek route

Annapurna Base Camp Trek route has two sections that pass by forests so dense that at some points, even sunlight barely seeps through. From Tikhedhunga onward, the trail goes through lush forests up to Sinuwa via Ghorepani village. From Sinuwa onwards, Modi Khola passes right next to you, but because of dense trees, you might not notice it. And the last dense forest part is after bamboo that climbs all the way up to Dovan. 

These many vegetations mean the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is rich in wildlife. On a lucky day, you may spot exotic birds, including animals like marmut. 

Following our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary 13 days, you get to pass by fine mountain villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Sinuwa, and Deurali before we reach the Annapurna Base Camp. What makes our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking even more exciting is, while returning, we will be taking a different route that descends to Bamboo and Jhinu Danda. 

Best time to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek

To enjoy trekking in the Annapurna region to its fullest, we recommend spring and autumn. These two seasons are the ideal time of the year to trek to Annapurna Base Camp and relish the stunning mountain panorama.

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) generally have the most stable weather, so you will be able to follow the itinerary without any weather disturbance. The climate is moderate too, which makes the luggage light. 

Altitude Sickness

The altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness chance during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is low, thanks to our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary. The trail steadily ascends and gains elevation.

Likewise, our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary has ample rest days along with a good balance of long & short walking, which keeps us away from altitude sickness. 

These are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness - headache, insomnia, vomiting, no appetite, and difficulty in breathing. A dehydrated body can suffer from altitude sickness, so drink plenty of water while trekking. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Solo/Group

The group joining of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2022 & 2023 is open. You can trek with your group or join one of our upcoming departure dates. Our mentioned Annapurna Base Camp Trek price is per head in a group trek.

You can do Annapurna Base Camp Trek solo with us as well. The solo trek allows you to start the trek at your convenience and even do changes in the itinerary. Our experienced guide & a porter will accompany you on the journey. For more information, contact us. 

Travel Tips 

Accommodation: Annapurna Base Camp trek is a tea house trek. Tea house rooms are the most basic ones with sometimes shared washrooms. The rooms are small and mostly have double occupancy.

Food: Annapurna Base Camp trek route offers quite a variety of food options, from Nepali cuisine to a handful of western dishes. Choose the freshest ones rather than going for a sandwich or frozen meat. You will be less likely to fall sick or get bad digestion that way.

ATM: No ATM on the Annapurna Base Camp trek route, so we advise you to get Nepali cash in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Charging: The best advice is to carry spare batteries or a solar charger. Charging might cost you a few extra bucks. 

Luggage: Pack all the heavy luggage in the duffel bag provided by the company. Keep a day pack light up to 5 kgs to carry by yourself. 

Personal Expenses: Charging, wifi, hot showers, etc might cost you additional money out of the package cost. Also, international flights, shopping, travel insurance, and tipping are personal expenses. 

Travel Insurance: Annapurna Base Camp trek does not necessarily require travel insurance. Getting one will back you up in case of any medical emergency.

Tipping: You can tip whatever you wish to our crew members. Tipping in a group will reduce the amount per head.

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is the trek?

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek goes from 7 days to 13 days depending upon the itinerary you choose. Each day involves 5 to 7 hours of walking.

  • During the spring, the temperature at Annapurna Base Camp ranges from 17°C to 20°C in the daytime. Whereas, during the autumn, the temperature at ABC ranges from 15°C and 17°C. In nights and mornings, the temperature falls below 5°C. In winter, it's freezing at the base camp, and the temperature falls below 0°C.

  • From Kathmandu, you can drive 210 km west to Pokhara or take a 25 to 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you trek to Annapurna Base Camp following the itinerary that suits your timeline or take a short helicopter ride to the base camp & return on the same day.

  • Yes, you can hire a helicopter to reach Annapurna Base Camp and make it a day trip. Or trek to the base camp Annapurna and take a helicopter ride back to Pokhara/Kathmandu with us. The booking process is simple and easy. Let us know if you want to add helicopter return to your Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary.

  • No, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is not a dangerous trip. Despite the high elevation, the altitude rises at a constant pace and allows the trekkers to acclimatize as they ascend. 

    Likewise, the trail is well-made and trekked by numerous trekkers from all around the world, so there are no issues with safety. Also, you will be guided by our professional trek guides, trained in first-aid and remote survival.

  • Yes, you can do the Annapurna Base Camp trek without a guide on your risk. But we do not recommend you to travel alone because people are lost and it is not safe to travel along on avalances places without guide. Our friendly trekking guide makes the journey hassle-free and more informative.

  • ABC means Annapurna Base Camp and EBC Everest Base Camp. ABC is the base of the tenth highest mountain, and EBC is the base of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. These two mountains are situated in two different regions Annapurna Himalayas (in the Annapurna region) and Eastern Himalayas (in the Khumbu region). Both treks offer very distinct trekking experiences, views, and cultural heritage of the locals.

  • Yes, you can buy a water bottle along the Annapurna Base Camp trek route. The price of water bottles in the Himalayas are way more expensive than in the city. One bottle may cost you USD 2 and above. 

    There are water filling stations everywhere along the way. You can refill the water whenever it gets empty and save unwanted expenses. The water may be hard for you even if it is drinkable, so we recommend you use any purification method before drinking.

  • Having a sleeping bag in the mountains is always helpful. Sometimes, the climate can get colder than it is supposed to, and the blanket provided by the teahouse might not be enough to keep yourself warm. A sleeping bag will not only keep you warm but also make sleeping comfortable.

Client Reviews

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  • Great trekking to Annapurna base camp

    The people of Nepal gateway were very welcoming from the very beginning by picking us up in the airport. They were very open and friendly providing information not only about our planned trek but also in general about Nepal. In our case, we did not have much time to plan and book stuff. They surprised us with the hotels they booked for us. The trekking plan was perfect, neither too demanding nor too easy. They took us through nice trails, we even got lucky too see a couple of white monkeys jump behind us. They adviced on the good spots and times to get up for sunrise photos. They also provided alternatives in case we wanted to stay longer at a spot or do in a different way. They were there when needed and also gave us our space to explore alone. For the way down, they planned a great stay next to a hot spring. This felt really good after all the hard work. All together, it was an amazing adventure and we shared a lot of these moments with the people of Nepal gateway. We will definitely get in touch with them in our next visit to Nepal.

    Renán Villarreal
    Renán VillarrealGermany, Travel Date: 31/12/2019
  • Trekking to Anapurna Base Camp -12 days

    Had a wonderful time at ABC with Ram as a trekking guide. In the beginning, we met Rajendra who helped us on the way and introduced Kathmandu. We enjoyed every moment and we experienced it was fun together and safer. Because of tiredness I almost fell and Ram held me down. I also had some knee troubles which he helped me with.
    We enjoyed Nepal to the max and had nothing to worried about thanks too Rajendra and Ram!

    M
    Marc Van 't HooftNetherlands, Travel Date: 22/12/2019

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