Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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  • Duration:15 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude4,210
  • ActivityCity Tour & Trekking
  • Group Size1-10
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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is probably one of the most popular trails in the world. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of landscapes, unmatched natural wonders, incredible, majestic mountains, intensely scenic beauty, and so on. It's not just the great trails; the trip also takes you to the base of the tenth-highest mountain in the world and gives you a beautiful view of the mountains. 

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, often known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is a short trek with different scenery and landscapes. It has the Himalayas, hill cultures, and unique landscapes. This trek begins with a one-day drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the picturesque valley and the starting point of trekking. The next day, you will have a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and then begin actual trekking alongside the terraced farm fields. If you continue trekking, passing Tikhedhunga, you will reach Ghorepani. At Ghorepani, you will have a rest and take a short hike up to Poon Hill, the best hill station for having sunrise and sunset views with the backdrop of majestic mountains, from where you will have amazing mountain vistas located in the Annapurna Region. You will continue trekking to Tadapani, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, and Deurali after passing through Ghorepani, a beautiful Gurung village. Finally, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) and look around, take pictures, and then go back down to Dovan through a rhododendron forest, then down to Chhomrong, Syauli, and finally back to Pokhara via Nayapul.

Major Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Mesmerizing Mountain Vistas

The goal of this trip is to get to the top of the tenth-highest mountain in the world and take pictures of the beautiful mountains in the area. The Ghorepani Poonhill, in the Annapurna Region, is one of the best places to see the mountains from above. During the trip, you will be able to see many beautiful mountains, including Mt. Annapurna I, the tenth-highest mountain in the world, as well as Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Mt. Dhaulagiri I, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and the Nile horizon. 

Jhinu danda

Following your arrival at the Annapurna Base Camp in the Annapurna Region, you will go through this beautiful danda. The Jhinu Danda has a natural hot spring on the premises for your guests to enjoy. In this danda, you will be able to relax, take in the sights and sounds of nature, and give your muscles some much-needed treatment. This danda serves as the gathering place to let off some steam and toast their incredible accomplishments along the way. This area quickly becomes the highlight of the guest's trip and enjoys widespread notoriety. Hikers who have made it to Annapurna Base Camp go to this beautiful danda to relax after all their hard work. They soak in the steaming water of the hot pond and enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

Prominent ethnic groups and cultures

Annapurna Base Camp is a difficult and spiritual hike. You'll pass through small villages and settlements where you may learn about the Gurung and Magar cultures. You may encounter Thakali or Loba while wandering along the rhododendron-lined path. They prefer to live in the lower regions of the Annapurna Mountains in the Himalayas. You'll pass across little chortens and gumbas along the road. Travelers often trek across terraced farmlands and rice farms. Pine and bamboo forests offer a wonderful escape from metropolitan life.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursions in Kathmandu include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square
  • Lush green forest, alpine forest, and rich biodiversity in the largest conservation area - ACAP
  • Trekking through the yak pastures, grazing lands, and farmlands in Manang valley
  • Magnificent glacial lakes, natural waterfalls, deep Georges, and glacier rivers
  • Stunning views of beautiful snow-capped mountains like Annapurna range, Thorang Peak, Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Machapuchhre, and many more
  • Explore the historic sacred temple which is equally important for the Hindu and Buddhist religions
  • Explore the most famous viewpoint for sunrise in Poonhill
  • Experience the lavish and modern luxury hospitality in Pokhara city

Best Seasons for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Any time of the year is a good time to go on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek because every season offers a unique trekking experience. The ideal time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek depends on your preferences for the weather and your goals for the journey. The two best times to hike to the Annapurna Base Camp, though, are thought to be autumn (September to October) and spring (March to May). The weather and temperature are ideal for trekking during these times. The skies are clear, and the days are pleasant and bright. The mountain views are really breathtaking. Additionally, there is rarely any probability of precipitation throughout these seasons.

Fitness for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp requires moderate fitness. You'll need to walk on difficult paths for up to 7 hours, 6-7 hours per day, at an elevation of about 5500 m. The thin air at this altitude might be difficult for unfit or inexperienced hikers. You should be physically fit for the moderate trek. You're good if you can walk for two hours. We advocate walking and hiking for hours as physical exercise. Maybe going to the gym will be really beneficial, and make sure to engage in cardiovascular exercises.

Difficulty Level of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The moderate walk to Annapurna Base Camp doesn't need technical mountaineering knowledge. Although a 115 km (72 mi) round trip from the trailhead may seem far, you will be walking for 8 out of the entire 11 days of the expedition. It means that you will walk an average of 14.5 kilometers (9 miles) per day (13,550 feet) to reach an altitude of 4,130 m. The walk is only difficult due to the number of days spent hiking and exploring a specific area in Deurali. Aside from that, it's an easy trip that anyone can take and is much easier than the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp treks.

Footprint Adventure frequently organizes treks to Annapurna Base Camp and tailors itineraries to your specific needs. For more queries, contact us.

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Itinerary

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Here is the complete itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us.

You will be met by Footprint Adventure Treks and Expedition’s representative at Airport and transferred to the hotel. In the remaining time, you can explore around the Thamel Bazaar and shopping for trekking. A pre-trekking briefing will be given in the evening by the company representative and you will be introduced with your trekking leaders and guide. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350m

After breakfast, our sightseeing trip will start. We will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for our sightseeing tour. We will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa: You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living on the premises. People often called it a monkey temple. 
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to the god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square - located in central city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

We take Prithvi Highway to reach Pokhara by private vehicle or tourist bus. It takes about seven hours to reach Pokhara via road. You can experience the highway lifestyle of Nepal and also some villages or towns on the banks of the river Trishuli and Marshyangdi. After reaching Pokhara, we can explore the lakeside and city and also hunt for the best authentic Nepali taste as well as intercontinental cuisine around the lakeside. 

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time5-6 hour drive
  • Maximum Altitude830 m

After breakfast, we again set out for about 1.5 hours of bus drive towards Nayapool. This is the place from where our trekking starts. We walk through small roadside towns like Birethanti and Hille to reach TirkheDhunga. This is a comparatively large Magar community village. The trail today is well paved and is easy to walk on. Overnight at the guest house

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time2 hour drive & 5-6 hours trek
  • Maximum Altitude2,073 m

Today is absolutely uphill walking through dense forests. You can meet a horde of mules carrying goods and can also meet trekkers of different groups. Interact with them and reach Ghorepani for the wider landscape of the Himalayas. The scenery of mountains and greater wild really looks stunning from this place. Gear up for tomorrow’s early morning hike of Poon Hill. Overnight at guesthouse in Ghorepani.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,800 m

Early in the morning, we will hike to Poon Hill for an amazing sunrise view. Poonhill is one of the most popular viewpoints for snowy mountains, valleys, landscapes, and magical terrain in the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas range.  After gathering momentous memory of sunrise from the Himalayas our journey heads to Tadapani. The walking tours will be around six in today’s trekking. Overnight at trekkers lodge.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,630 m

The route to Chomrong is a gradual descent, and it consists of crossing suspension bridges, walking past rhododendron forest, and hiking along with the crop fields. As the trail mostly goes through lush jungles, birds become your companion and a reason for fascination. Watching their colorful wings flap when they leap from one tree to another is a rewarding sight. Admiring these creatures, you will eventually reach Chomrong, where villages sprawl across the hillside where you can experience the stunning snowy peaks such as Huinchuli, Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, and numerous beautiful mountains.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,170 m

Early morning we took our mountain breakfast and descend towards Dovan. Elevation gain is quite a bit more than other days, so you must approach the journey smoothly. You will hike down 2,500 stone steps and cross the Chhomrong River through a suspension bridge. After that, ascend through a rocky trekking route that leads to Sinuwa village and continue the hike through the dense forests towards Kuldahar. From Kuldahar, you will descend to bamboo and take on a gradual ascend from there to Dovan. Overnight at the guesthouse in Dovan.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,600 m

We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,200 m

Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time4-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,130 m

From ABC we will trek downhill towards Sinuwa village. The view of Annapurna South looms large throughout the day. Enjoy your return trip as trekking return journey is always cherished. Overnight in Sinuwa.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time4-5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,310 m

From Sinuwa, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night today. We will enjoy the natural hot water springs in Jhinu and relax in the evening with locals as well as crew members in folk songs and drinks. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,780 m

We will descend back to Nayapool from where we started our trekking. We get to enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal and also we will take our lunch on the way to Nayapul. We will take a private vehicle to get back to Pokhara. The evening is free to roam and you can enjoy the clamor of Lakeside Pokhara.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time1.5 hour trek and 3 hour drive
  • Maximum Altitude860m

Now that your trek is complete, you’ll return from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. If you are tired of a long bus journey, then you have the option of flying to Kathmandu at an extra cost.

The cost for Pokhara to Kathmandu is USD 100.00 per person for one way flight. The choice is yours. Nevertheless, it would incur an additional fee. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,350m

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. We will transfer you to International Airport for your final departure. Please note that you have to be at the airport before 3 hours of flight time. 

  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Three-star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast. 
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing in private vehicles with an experienced English-speaking guide. 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner in traditional Nepali kitchen with cultural dance show. 
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader if necessary. 
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned at the end of trek).
  • Footprint Adventure's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

Dates & Price

Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
dateDecember 06, 2022 - December 20, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$1150

Additional Info

High Altitude Sickness
Annapurna  Base Camp trek would be a lifetime memory in your life. If you are not fit we will not recommend going this trekking. While you are going toward the Annapurna Base camp (4300m). You have to eat food and drink a lot then you have to use Diamox ( high altitude medicine). If you have other problems you have to admit the hospital soon in this case you call the helicopter soon for rescue and our staff will help you with your treatment so to go trekking you have to have medical insurance.

Trekking Grade 
Annapurna  Base Camp Trek is a pretty long trek that goes right into high mountain country so; it is physically quite strenuous which involves approx 5-6 hours trekking along the way. There is no previous experience is required, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

Weather
The best seasons for Annapurna  Base Camp Trek start from mid-September till November end and from the beginning of March until the end of May. The morning time usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible.

Food
We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks.

Transportation
Annapurna  Base Camp Trek transport will start from airport pick up, sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Kathmandu to Pokhara you can use flight, car or bus. After Pokhara to the trekking starting point by car or bus.

Telephone and Internet
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp trek there is few places available for Telephone and Internet. You can get an internet password from the hotel counter for telephone and the internet cost would be extra.

Electricity
Most of the lodges/ guest houses take an additional charge for battery charging. There is no electricity in the base camp. There is electricity or solar power where you can recharge your camera batteries, laptop, mobile, etc. that cost you need to pay extra.

Drinking-Water
The bottled water is available along the trail until the last village. You can take buy boil water from the lodge or restaurant or you can use Iodine or water purifying medicines.

Luggage
In Kathmandu, you will get 4 to 5-star standard hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking part,  rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. You will have a private room but the bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attached bathrooms as well as but they will cost extra.

Group Leader and Crew
We promise we will provide Trained Experienced with honest with local Trekking Guide and Sherpa staff when there are 10  or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

Trekking Equipment
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on extra equipment and clothing before your trip. The majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

Trekking Days
The time schedule is very important for enjoying the trip among the Guide porters and trekkers Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk.  The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing, or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

Customize Itinerary
As per your time schedule if there is not suitable date for trekking departure from Kathmandu so please mentions your suitable time and date then we will organize your great trip to Annapurna Base Camp.

Trip Extensions
In addition to Annapurna  Base Camp Trek, we can organize a trip to Langtang Trekking, Everest Trekking, Manaslu Trekking, Upper Mustang Trekking, Mountain Flight, the water rafting,  jungle safari, City tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara or Lumbini ), homestay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour, Bhutan tour or India tour, etc. extension as per your time frame.

FAQs

Q1. What kind of accommodations are found in Annapurna Base Camp?

After a strenuous day of hiking, it is absolutely necessary to have a night of restful sleep in order to be ready for the journey the following day. We make every effort to book the most comfortable lodge for you, with two beds in each room and western-style toilet facilities whenever they are available. In most cases, there is a restroom that is linked to the room, and the beds are usually clean and comfy. An electric blanket may be provided, depending on availability. The temperature of the room is often kept between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius (50 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit).

A 10-day trip to Annapurna Base Camp can be accomplished by taking a mini-circuit route via Poon Hill. The shorter route, which includes only uphill and downhill trails, takes about 7-8 days to accomplish. The second day of hiking from Ulleri up to Ghorepani on the 10-day option is regarded as the ABC trail's first difficult section. Walking through the rhododendron forests is a strenuous uphill journey. Another challenging section of the journey is the steep ascent from Ghorepani to Poon Hill. Still, the rewards are simply stunning with 360-degree vistas of the Himalayan peaks, lush hills, and lovely villages. The distance between Deurali and the actual Annapurna base camp is another problematic stretch of the climb. When you select the 7 or 8-day option, this is also the segment that is the most difficult. The number of days indicated above as necessary for this walk only refers to the number of real trekking days.

The moderate walk to Annapurna Base Camp doesn't need technical mountaineering knowledge. Although a 115 km (72 mi) round trip from the trailhead may seem far, you will be walking for 8 out of the entire 11 days of the expedition. It implies that you will be climbing to an altitude of 4,130 m by walking an average of 14.5 kilometers (9 mi) per day (13,550 feet). The walk is only difficult due to the number of days spent hiking and exploring a specific area in Deurali. Otherwise, it is a manageable journey that is accessible to anyone and considerably simpler than the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp treks.

 

In Nepal's Himalayan region, Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp are both located. Everest base camp is located on the eastern slopes, while Annapurna base camp is in the western region. While the Everest base camp is situated at a height of 5,364m (or 17,598 feet), the Annapurna base camp is situated at a height of 4,130m (or 13,550 feet). As a result of the two locations' greater than 4,000-foot height differences, Everest Base Camp has less oxygen in the air than the surrounding area. Naturally, Everest Base Camp has a far higher risk of altitude sickness and is generally much cooler than Annapurna Base Camp.

Any time of the year is a good time to go on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek because every season offers a unique trekking experience. The ideal time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek depends on your preferences for the weather and your goals for the journey. The two finest times to hike to the Annapurna Base Camp, though, are thought to be Autumn (September to October) and Spring (March to May). The weather and temperature are ideal for trekking during these times. The skies are clear, and the days are pleasant and bright. The mountain views are really breathtaking. Additionally, there is rarely any probability of precipitation throughout these seasons.

 

The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you higher than 17770 feet, whereas the Annapurna Base Camp Trek reaches a maximum elevation of about 13780 feet. As a result, you can see that there is a significant variation between the two hikes nearly 4,000 feet. At 13780 feet, you might be able to observe some vegetation, but at 17770 feet, all that is left are arid areas, frozen cliffs, and enormous glaciers. Choose the Annapurna Base Camp trek if you don't think you're physically prepared for inclement weather; if you want a challenge and can handle the consequences of altitude sickness, you must choose the Annapurna Circuit Trek journey.

The ABC hike does not require a porter and guide. However, if you hire guides and porters, your walk will be simple and comfortable. For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Footprint Adventure has been offering both porter and guide services. You can walk without worrying about the weight of your luggage because the porter will help you carry it. On the other hand, a guide will assist you in navigating the path and will provide information about the local flora and fauna, history, and culture in addition to the hiking region. They will recommend the best places to stay and eat and can assist with bartering with the locals.

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