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 1 to 16
  • Maximum Altitude 4,130 m

Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek) is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This trek is one of the best trekking trails in Nepal and brings you face-to-face with the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m). This trek is perfect to satisfy your thirst for mountain views. With every few hundred meters of walking, you witness distinct scenery and get better. And unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, you get to spend the night at the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). ABC Trek offers a close glimpse of the locals's lifestyle and culture. You come across the villages often along the trail.

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 in Nepal is an adventurous and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts after you arrive in Kathmandu. You drive to Pohara along Prithivi Highway following the Trisuli and Marshyangi Rivers the following day. Pokhara is a beautiful city with lakes. The panoramic mountain views from Tal Bahari Temple and the World Peace Stupa around Pokhara Valley are breathtaking. You drive to Nayapul, from where your trek starts. You reach Ghorepani on the second day of hiking by passing several villages and dense rainforests. You hike to Poonhill the next morning for a sunrise view. Poonhill is one of the most beautiful and highlighted places of ABC Trek. Poonhill offers the best sunrise with a panoramic view of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and the Annapurna range, including Mt. Fishtail.

You walk continuously uphill and downhill to reach Chhomrong, a big settlement village in the Gurung community. You walk through the gorge to reach Annapurna Base Camp via Dovan, Deurali, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The section from the Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is dangerous because of the avalanche. You get rewarded for spending your time at the hot natural springs at Jhinu Danda on the way back from ABC to Pokhara.

What can you expect in ABC Trek Route

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

How are the views in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 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 the Annapurna I (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m) are seen. As well as Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Gangapurna Peak (7,455 m), Dhampus Peak (6,012 m), and Fishtail (6,993 m) are seen.

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

How hard is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Nepal?

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek with a beginner-friendly trail in Nepal. Even with a high elevation (above 4,000 meters), the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route gradually rises. 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 ABC Trek, 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.

When is the Best time to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) are the best time to do ABC Trek. These two seasons are the ideal time of year to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and relish the stunning mountain panorama.

You generally have the most stable weather. You can follow the itinerary without any weather disturbances. The climate is moderate too, which makes the luggage light.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package & Cost for 2024

Our 13-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary is a well-designed program to experience the Himalayas in Nepal. We make the overall journey safe and smooth. 

With us, you get the most exciting and diverse ABC itineraries and packages at an affordable price for 2024. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package Cost for 2024 starts from USD 1020. The cost of Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package 2024 depends on the number of trekking days, the standard of service, and accommodation.

Our ABC Trek Package 2024 is a standard trip. It covers accommodation, transportation, the required permit for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, guides, porters, and necessary taxes, etc. You can also do a budget trek to Annapurna Sanctuary or a luxury trip to Annapurna Base Camp according to your requirements. 

Other famous trekking packages are - 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 in the group meeting.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • 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. Click for Tailor-Made Program

Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days map

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast
  • Three times meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experienced 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
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assistance
  • All necessary government taxes
  • Office service charge

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Your medical travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa. 
  • 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: WednesdayMay 22, 2024End DateEnd: MondayJune 03, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$1020
Start DateStart: SaturdayMay 25, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJune 06, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$1020
Start DateStart: WednesdayMay 29, 2024End DateEnd: MondayJune 10, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$1020

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

Altitude Sickness in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness chance during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is low. We have designed our   Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary as per the altitude principle to ascend and gain elevation slowly. 

Likewise, our ABC Trek Package has ample rest days 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 Trekking for Solo/Group

The group joining Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2024 & 2025 is open. You can trek with your group or join one of our 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 make changes to the itinerary. Our experienced guide & a porter will accompany you on the journey. For more information, contact us. 
 

Travel Tips for Trek to Annapurna Base Camp Route

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: The Annapurna Base Camp trek route offers 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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  • Absolutely thrilled with our experience with Nepal Gateway Trekking!

    From the initial organisation handled by Ram to the incredible guidance provided by BN (Bhabanath), every step of our journey was seamless and supported. Opting for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, my friend and I embarked on an unforgettable adventure.

    BN (Bhabanath), our guide, was simply outstanding. His expertise not only ensured our safety but also enriched our journey with fascinating insights about the mountains and the region. No question went unanswered, and his willingness to share knowledge made each step of the trek all the more engaging. Additionally, having Ram as our porter was a blessing – his assistance ensured that we could fully immerse ourselves in the experience without any worries about logistics.

    Throughout the trek, it was evident that Nepal Gateway Trekking prioritised not just the physical journey but also the overall experience. Every day was filled with moments of fun, discovery, and awe-inspiring sights. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have chosen this company for our adventure and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

    We are eagerly looking forward to returning for more enchanting moments in Nepal, and without a doubt, Nepal Gateway Trekking will be our top choice once again.

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    Shae O'DowdAustralia, Travel Date: 18/03/2024
  • Nepal Gateway Trekking is WONDERFUL!! Book with them!

    I loved my trip with the Nepal Gateway Trekking team - I could not recommend it more. My friend and I booked the Annapurna Base Camp trip - truely a once in a lifetime experience. From start to finish, we were taken care of. In the lead up to the trip, Ram was fantastic on emails, answering any questions we had.

    Our guide, BN, and porter, Ram, were THE BEST! We honestly feel so lucky that they were on our trip. BN's knowledge was outstanding. He is friendly, kind, so so funny and an incredible cards player 😅 They both ensured we were well looked after and went above and beyond to provide us with the best experience. I've already told my friends to book their trip with Nepal Gateway Trekking!

    Thank you to the entire team for such an incredible experience. I can't fault it!!

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    Natalie BabicAustralia, Travel Date: 17/03/2024

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