Overview

  • Duration 10 days
  • Max Altitude 4130m/ 13550 ft.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Best Season Sep-Nov, Mar-May
  • Per Day Walk 05-06
  • Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
  • Start/End PKR / PKR
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Type Solo / Group /
  • Location Annapurna Region

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate to challenging, high-altitude trek covering about 68 to 110km, depending on the start point and routes. During this short trip, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of mountain peaks taller than 8,000 meters. Many young trekkers choose this as a shorter, cheaper alternative to the Everest Base Camp trek.

Highlights:

  • All around the year available except extreme winter
  • Affordable cost from US$650
  • Discovers the world’s best Mountains
  • Stay with a local family-run teahouse and experience daily life in Nepal.
  • Overnight in the shadow of the Annapurna Mountain range

During the trek, you’ll explore the varied landscape of the Annapurna Sanctuary, passing through lush forests and scenic areas. You’ll cross wooden and suspension bridges over the swiftly flowing Modi Khola river and enjoy stunning waterfalls. Along the way, you can chat with other trekkers and locals or take breaks at the tea houses on the trail. Choosing the best month for trekking can be difficult because each month has its own beauty. However, the rhododendron forests bloom from February to April, offering a special bonus. November to December provides clear and sharp mountain views.

Most of the Annapurna Base Camp trails stay below 3,000 meters until Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), featuring challenging terrain with thousands of uneven stairs. A bit more workout and training before your trek can make it easier and more enjoyable. The time spent on the trekking routes will be one of the most memorable experiences in Nepal.

How to Prepare for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

Trekking in the Himalayas is not just walking; you must prepare physically and mentally. Here’s how to get ready for the ABC trek:

Physical Preparation

  • Exercise intensely for at least 4-5 days a week.
  • Start this routine about three months before your trek.
  • Focus on cardio, strength training, and exercises.

Mental preparation

  • Get ready mentally for the challenges of high-altitude trekking.
  • Stay positive and motivated throughout your preparation and trek.

Gear up

  • Get the right gear, including hiking boots, clothing, and accessories.
  • Make sure your gear suits the varying weather conditions in the Himalayas.

Choose the correct itinerary

  • Pick an itinerary that includes enough acclimatization days. This will help your body adjust to the altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Dietary Preparation

  • Eat more carbs to keep your energy up. Rice is a staple in Nepal, so try to have dal bhat (rice and lentils) for lunch. There’s a saying:Dal Bhat Power, 24 hours.”
  • Try to incorporate protein into every meal. However, avoid meat when you are in the Himalayas since you might not get fresh meat up there. 
  • Stay properly hydrated to help reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is not technical, but being physically fit is essential. With the proper preparation, the trek can be manageable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. We have a 100% success rate for reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, so you can confidently fulfil your dream of being there.

 

Start of ABC Trek

We can start the ABC trek from different trailheads and routes and combine another trek in the Annapurna Region with the Annapurna Basecamp trek. Annapurna base camp trek begins from Pokhara, which is about 8-9 hrs drive from Kathmandu, or another option is taking flight, which is about 25 mins from Kathmandu. Our itinerary for the ABC trek is from Pokhara to Pokhara, one of the tourist and naturally blessed towns for relaxation before and after the trek.

  • Start from Ulleri,(Poonhill trek with ABC trek) for ten days
  • Start from Jhinu Dada ( ABC trek Shortest route) for five days
  • Start from Kade (Mardi Himal and ABC trek) for ten days.

End of ABC Trek

On the way back from Annapurna Base Camp, we follow the same route until Choomrong. From Choomrong, we can either walk to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village or head straight down to Jhinu Dada, the hot spring. You can take a jeep from either place to Pokhara, which takes about 3-4 hours.

What can I expect during the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

The 360-degree view of the mountains from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), including sunrise and sunset, is breathtaking and completely worth the effort. From the base camp, you can see these peaks: Annapurna I (8091m), Fishtail, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna III, Tharpu Chuli, Gangapurna, and Gandharba Chuli.

The scenery changes daily, becoming more dramatic and breathtaking as you ascend higher towards Annapurna Base Camp. The trek passes through diverse landscapes, rhododendron forests, towering snow peaks, and traditional villages.

You will cover thousands of steps and stairs, which are uneven in shape. Every day on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you will cover distances ranging from 6 to 15 kilometres. You should train to walk 15 kilometres daily over several days to prepare.

The local people maintain the trekking trails, making it easy to explore the region. The trekking routes are very safe, with minimal chances of getting lost. If you’re seeking a challenging and rewarding experience, then the Annapurna Base Camp trek is for you.

Weather and Season at Annapurna Base Camp 

Autumn (September to November)

During autumn, the skies are clear, offering the best views of the mountains, including the sunrise and sunset. The beginning of autumn is quite warm, but temperatures drop rapidly by the end of November.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures in Autumn at Annapurna Base Camp:

  • September: 20°C to 0°C
  • October: 16°C to -6°C
  • November: 11°C to -10°C

Winter ( December to February)

Trekking can be quite challenging during the winter season. Temperatures may drop to -20°C or lower, heavy snowfall can cause trail whiteouts, teahouses might close, and there is an increased risk of avalanches after significant snowfall.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures in Winter at Annapurna Base Camp:

  • December: 8 °C to -15 °C
  • January: 7 °C to -20 °C
  • February: 6 °C to -20 °C

Spring (March to May)

March and April are considered the most beautiful months of the year as flowers, especially rhododendrons, begin to bloom. The weather is usually clear in the early morning and evening. Still, it can be hazy during the day, which might obscure the views. Also, just be prepared that the pre-monsoon season brings some rain, starting mid-May.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures in Spring at Annapurna Base Camp:

  • March: 4°C to -8°C
  • April: 8°C to -4 °C
  • May: 14 °C to 0 °C

Summer  (June to August)

Summer is also the rainy season in Nepal. During these months, expect rain in the mornings and evenings. The trails will be muddy and slippery, and leeches are common. The weather is often foggy, so views of the Himalayas are not guaranteed.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures in Summer at Annapurna Base Camp:

  • June: 16 °C to 5 °C
  • July: 18 °C to 7°C
  • August: 18 °C to 7 °C

 

Daily Trekking Schedule Example:

First Day

On your first day of trekking, our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Pokhara and transfer you to the trailhead. He will introduce you to the other group members and porters. After a brief introduction, you will start walking to the first day’s camp.

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 AM: Breakfast at the teahouse.
  • 7:30 AM: Briefing on the day’s trek, including walking hours, trail terrain, altitude gain, and a gear check, followed by the start of the trek.
  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Trekking typically lasts 5-7 hours, with lunch served between 12:00 and 1:00 PM along the trail.
  • 6:00 PM: Debriefing.
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner at the teahouse.

Documents Required

Government issued identification:

Carry a valid proof of identification issued by the government for identification. It could be your passport, driving license, or citizenship certificate.

Trekking Permits:

ACAP Permit:

To enter Annapurna Conservation Area, you need a permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office.

TIMS Permit:

Alongside the ACAP permit, you need a TIMS permit as well. To get a TIMS permit, you must submit a copy of your passport and two passport-sized photographs. Note, TIMS card is non-transferable and non-endorsable.

You can obtain a TIMS card in various locations.

    1. Nepal Tourism Board offices located in Kathmandu and Pokhara;
    2. TAAN Secretariat located in Maligaon; and
    3. TAAN Secretariat in Pokhara.

Mountain Routes arranges the customers required permits (ACAP and TIMS).

Travel Insurance:

We advise you to cover your holiday with travel insurance. In addition, it would be best to consider taking out comprehensive travel insurance covering medical expenses, cancellation, baggage loss/theft, and emergency repatriation.
The risks of trekking at a high altitude are significant. Therefore, it is essential to note that most standard travel insurance packages do not include high-altitude trekking.

It would be best if you had travel insurance when you are trying to tackle such a feat, and the travel insurance has to cover activities such as hiking in a country like Nepal.

Over the decade, we have witnessed trekkers airlifted due to altitude sickness or injury. Unfortunately, the cost of a helicopter rescue can be overwhelming on your budget. So unless you can afford that, be sure to get suitable cover.

Includes

  • Local Guide
  • Airport Pickup and Private transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All trek permits (Annapurna National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • Overland transfer to and from trekking start and end point.
  • Lodge accommodation during trekking.
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during trek.
  • Only Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • One porter for 2 trekkers.
  • Basic First aid kit.
  • Farewell Dinner.

Excludes

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Bottled drinks and beverages
  • Evacuation (will be done in your account)
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Single supplement Charges
  • Laundry, Phone services, Personal Expenses
  • Add-Onn trips
  • Tea breaks, chocolates or other snacks
  • Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon
  • International flights to Kathmandu

10 things to carry on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

1. Water Bottle:

There are water streams on the way, but the seemingly clean water doesn’t get carried out. Drinking untreated water can spoil you trekking to the amazing scenery of Mt Annapurna.
Carry enough water for the entire duration of your trek. Even though you buy water bottles at tea houses upto Poonhill, we recommend carrying your own medicated water.

2. Camera and Batteries:

A good camera is essential as it helps you capture those special moments you cherish for your lifetime. But running low on power would be the most disappointing of a lifetime. Hence, it is always handy to have extra batteries for your camera.

3. Sunscreen and Sunglasses:

Wear sunscreen lotion to protect yourself from sunburn. Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. Especially during April, walking on long stretches of snow exposes you to direct sunlight. Such long exposures for long-duration might lead to snow blindness.

4. Power bank:

It is wise to carry a power bank to charge your devices. It is because you get to charge your devices and electronic items in tea houses most of the time. However, with the surge in the trekkers, you might not charge as required. Also, if the power socket is different than the one you need for your device, the power bank is your last resort.

5. Trekking poles:

Trekking Poles are handy when walking uphill. These Poles help you stabilize yourself and prevent falls. You may also use them as walking sticks. Trekking poles take the stress off your joints. It frees your arms for some exercise to help keep your hands from swelling while you’re gaining elevation.

6. First aid kit:

A small first aid kit may be helpful for minor injuries. Include bandages, gauze (or cotton balls), medical tape, and a compression bandage if you’re going trekking.

7. Money belt:

We advise you to carry money in a money belt. Unfortunately, the ATM facility is not available in the Annapurna sanctuary trek. Hence, we advise you to carry cash.

8. Gaiters:

Wear gaiters to protect your legs against thorny bushes or other sharp objects. You can get comfortable gaiters from the shops at Thamel.

9. Medication:

You must take all of your prescription and over-the-counter medicines on the trip. Similarly, bring along any other medication you need. If you don’t bring them with you, there will be no way to get them needed during the trek.

Likewise, we suggest carrying medications for upset stomachs or diarrhea. You may also want to carry some painkillers if you get a headache or backache.

10. Toilet paper and Hand sanitizer:

Since Nepalese people don’t use toilet paper, there won’t be any available trekkers. However, if you want to use some toilet tissue during your trip, there are plenty of places where you can get it. Also, if there isn’t any soap available at the communal sink, then it’s a good idea to bring some hand sanitizer just for cleaning up afterward.

As we ascend higher, the comfort of an indoor toilet is non-existent.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map (Itinerary)

  • Day 1 :

    Drive from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga and trek to Ulleri (2,020 m / 6,627 ft.)
    Time: 03 hrs drive / 02:00 hrs walk

  • Day 2 :

    Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,869 m / 9,412 ft.)
    Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
    Time: 02:00 – 03:0 hrs walk

  • Day 3 :

    Ghorepani to Poonhill  and to Tadapani (2,610 m/ 8,562 ft.)
    Distance:  13 Km / 8 miles
    Time: 06:00 hrs walk

  • Day 4 :

    Tadapani to Choomrong (2,174 m/ 7,146 ft.)
    Distance:  9 Km / 5.6 miles
    Time: 04:00 – 05:00 hrs walk

  • Day 5 :

    Choomrong to Dovan (2,505 m/ 8,218 ft.)
    Distance: 11.2 km / 7 miles
    Time: 06:00 hrs walk

  • Day 6 :

    Dovan to MBC (3,700 m/ 12,139 ft.)
    Distance:  13 Km / 8.1miles
    Time: 07:00 hrs walk

  • Day 7 :

    MBC to Annapurna Base Camp  (4,130 m/ 13,549 ft.)
    Distance: 5 km / 11.68 miles
    Time: 02:00 hrs walk

  • Day 8 :

    ABC to Bamboo (2174 m/ 7146 ft.)
    Distance: 15 km / 7 miles
    Time: 04-05 hrs walk

  • Day 9 :

    Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1,780 m/ 5,839 ft.)
    Distance: 8.5 km / 5.2 miles
    Time: 05 hrs walk

  • Day 10 :

    Jhinu Dada to Pokhara
    Time: 30 min walk and 04 hrs drive

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek Itinerary (Detailed)

  • Day 1 : Pokhara to Ulleri (2,020 m / 6,627 ft.) Trip Duration: 03 hours drive and 2 hours hike

    Today is the first day of our trek. After breakfast, we will drive from Pokhara to Tikhedunga, which takes about 3 hours. The first 1.5 hours of the drive is on a paved road up to Birethanti, followed by another 1.5 hours on a bumpy, unpaved road, offering scenic views. Upon arriving in Tikhedunga, we will have lunch there and start hiking up a staircase to Ulleri, which will take about 2 hours. We will spend the night at a teahouse in Ulleri.


  • Day 2 : Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,869 m / 9,412 ft.) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    Today’s walk from Ulleri to Ghorepani is short so you can sleep a little longer. There’s no rush. You can take your time; the walk will only take about 2-3 hours. We’ll pass through oak forests, waterfalls, small rivers, and villages with cozy teahouses. The initial part of the trail is a bit steep, but it levels out, though there are a few more steep sections along the way. Once we reach the Ghorepani checkpoint, we’ll head to our teahouse, where we will spend the night


  • Day 3 : Ghorepani to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m/ 8,562 ft.) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    Wake up early and bring your headlamp, water, gloves, beanie, camera or phone, and hiking poles. You can leave the rest of your items at the teahouse. We’ll start our hike to Poon Hill, facing a steep climb to the top. After spending a few hours watching the sunrise and taking in the stunning panorama of peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, we’ll head back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Next, we’ll continue our trek, climbing the stairs to Thaple Dada, following a gradual uphill to Deurali, descending steeply, and finally ascending gradually to Tadapani.


  • Day 4 : Tadapani to Choomrong (2,174 m/ 7,146 ft.) Trip Duration: 5 hours

    After breakfast at Tadapani, we’ll continue our walk to Choomrong, passing through Chule. The trail leads steeply downhill and then descends again to the river. After crossing the river, we’ll face a gradual uphill climb. We will pass through the village called Gurjung. Today’s walk will take about 5 hours.


  • Day 5 : Choomrong to Dovan (2,505 m/ 8,218 ft.) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    Today, we start the trek from Choomrong Village to Dovan, first passing through Lower Sinwa via a downhill staircase, then climbing a steep uphill to Upper Sinwa. From there, the path varies, with both uphill and downhill sections to Bamboo. Throughout the day, we will mostly walk through villages and forests, experiencing a mix of uphill and downhill terrain.


  • Day 6 : Dovan to MBC (3,700 m/ 12,139 ft.) Trip Duration: 7 hours

    On the sixth day of the ABC trek, we start early and follow the trail to Deurali, situated at 3200 meters, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we continue our journey across a narrow gorge, with Mt. Machhapuchhre on our right and Himchuli and Annapurna South on our left. Today will be a long day with approximately 7 hours of hiking. Still, the views of the Annapurna Region peaks make it worthwhile. We will stay overnight at Mt. Machhapuchhre Base Camp in a lodge.


  • Day 7 : MBC to Annapurna Base Camp  (4,130 m/ 13,549 ft.) Trip Duration: 2 hours

    Today, our two-hour trek takes us to Annapurna Base Camp, one of the highlights of our journey. Here, we’ll get up close to the massive Himalayan mountains, including Mt. Annapurna. You can see many peaks, such as Mt. Himchuli, Annapurna South, and Fishtail. The views are stunning, and they surround us from every side. We’ll have plenty of time this afternoon to explore the area. We’ll stay in a lodge at the base camp tonight, enjoying the incredible mountain scenery around us.


  • Day 8 : ABC to Bamboo (2174 m/ 7146 ft.) Trip Duration: 4-5 hours

    After spending some time in the morning at Annapurna Base Camp, we will head back to Dovan for an overnight stay, following the same trail we used on the way up. Most of the trail is downhill, taking about 4-5 hours, and involves a steep descent, which can be quite strenuous on the legs.


  • Day 9 : Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1,780 m/ 5,839 ft.) Trip Duration: 4-5 hours

    We’ll continue to follow our steps back through the rhododendron and bamboo forests. Starting from Bamboo, the path goes steeply uphill, levels out towards Upper Sinwa, and then down to Lower Sinwa. After that, we climb uphill again to Choomrong and then take a steep path down to Jhinu Hot Springs. You can relax in the natural hot springs at Jhinu, where we will spend the night at a lodge.


  • Day 10 : Jhinu Dada to Pokhara Trip Duration: 30 min walk and 03 hours drive

    Today marks our final short day of trekking. We’ll walk for about 30 minutes to the pickup point where our Jeep will be waiting. From there, we’ll drive back to Pokhara, a journey that takes approximately 3-4 hours. You’ll then have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. We recommend experiencing the nightlife in Pokhara.


Things to note before booking the trek.

  • Transport: The ABC trek starts in Pokhara. The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes about 7-9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly for approximately USD 95, which takes 20 to 30 minutes. This trip includes transport by tourist bus, but if you prefer a private jeep, please inquire about the extra cost.
  • Trek Difficulty: This trek ranges from moderate to challenging and is suitable for those in good physical condition. Both children and seniors have completed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
  • Trek Duration: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp can vary depending on the trail’s starting point. It usually lasts 5 to 10 days, depending on how much time you need to adjust to the altitude.
  • Porter Services: Porters can carry up to 20kg, but we provide one porter for every two trekkers. Each trekker’s backpack must be at most 9 kg.
  • Food During the Trek: Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included in the trek but not in Pokhara.
  • Water Budget: Allocate at least 2-3 USD daily for hot or sealed bottled water during the initial days until Tadapani.
  • Electricity in Tea Houses: Charging devices in tea houses cost 1.5 USD to 2 USD, and prices increase the further you trek.
  • WiFi and Telephone: WiFi is available at tea houses for 1.5 USD to 2 USD, though the quality may be poor. Phone calls can also be made from most tea houses.
  • Drone Policy: Drones are only permitted with prior approval, which can be difficult to obtain unless you are a professional with time to manage the paperwork.
  • Insurance: Insurance is mandatory for this trek, and please make sure your insurance covers trekking up to 6,000 meters, even though this trek doesn’t reach extremely high altitudes.
  • Tips: Guides and porters expect tips of about 100 USD at the end of the trek.
  • Health Precautions: Carry essential medications and a first-aid kit. Please inform us if you have any medical conditions or had surgery on your knee or ankle.
  • Cancellation After Rescheduling: Rescheduling fees are non-refundable if the trek is later cancelled.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I leave my stuff in Kathmandu when I go to Annapurna BaseCamp?

    We suggest you carry only the essentials. You can leave your extra belongings at your hotel in Pokhara, Kathmandu, or our office.

  • When should I start preparing for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

    It’s always better to start planning the trek as early as possible. The earlier you begin, the more time you have to prepare yourself physically and mentally.

    If you are new to the Himalayas, we recommend starting your preparation six months before your trip. It gives you enough time to get used to the altitude and weather conditions.

  • How challenging is the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

    Annapurna Base Camp is considered a moderate trek, so no previous experience is required. However, most of the trek involves a long duration trail that goes up and at times steep ascents too.

    If you have a problem with the ankle, then be cautious.

    Also, weather plays a vital role when you are trekking. It can snow on the trails if you go in mid-winter. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes and carry lightweight to give you the confidence to trek.

  • What kind of accommodation do I get during this trek?

    We provide you with basic accommodation during the trek. We accommodate you in a sharing room with a mattress and a blanket/quilt. In addition, we can offer you sleeping bags if needed.

    Most teahouses or guest houses provide accommodation with a western flushing toilet. However, you can expect squat toilets outside the room in the higher elevation.

  • What sort of meal/food can we get during the trek?

    The tea houses or the guest houses are the places to eat. You can order from the menu provided by the business.

    Typical Menu in Mountain Lodges:

    Breakfast: Eggs, oatmeal, porridge, toast, pancakes, tea & coffee

    Lunch: Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and curry), egg fried rice, potatoes, beans, fries, pizza, pasta

    Dinner: Pasta, vegetable rice, soups, Dal Bhat (traditional Nepalese food)

  • What is the best way to get the drinking water during the trek?

    You can buy a water bottle until Tadapani  that is safe to drink or refill the boiled water available in tea houses for an extra payment.

  • Is there only one guide or porter for trekkers, or will both be on the trip?

    One porter will carry luggage ( max 15kg in total) of two trekkers and one guide.

  • What are the chances of High Altitude sickness during the ABC trek?

    Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to 4130m / 13550 ft high, so there are chances of high altitude sickness depending on every individual. For example, if you feel shortness of breath, dizziness could be the symptom of High Altitude sickness. Therefore, we recommend you not push yourself but rest and adjust to the altitude in such cases.

  • What level of fitness is required to reach Annapurna Base Camp?

    Though Annapurna Base Camp Trek doesn’t require any special skills or experience, people who want to enjoy nature at its best must be physically active and keep themselves healthy. As a result, you may need to walk longer distances than usual during the hike.

  • What is the weather like in the Annapurna Base Camp?

    The weather in the Annapurna Base Camp is quite windy and snowy. You can find somehow different weather types in as per the season. We have listed what you encounter during each season apart from some exceptions.

    • Autumn (mid-September to end-November) peak season for the trek.
    • Winter (End-November to March).
    • Spring (Mid-March to May) peak season for the trek.
    • Monsoon (June to mid-September).
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