Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Start and End: Pokhara
  • Trip Area: Annapurna Base Camp
  • Trip Style: Active/Adventure Trekking
  • Age Group: 10 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 4130m
  • Best Season: March - May and Sep - Dec
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic 110 km trek into the heart of the Annapurna Region. On this trek, you’ll get a daily dose of the traditional Nepalese lifestyle, discover the marvel of Annapurna Conservation Area, and dip into natural hot springs. This epic adventure gives you an interesting insight into the local culture and regional charm of Annapurna. On the journey, it lifts the curtain on the Annapurna massif (Annapurna I - Annapurna IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchare, Manaslu, Pisang Peak and Gangapurna.

  • Enjoy the stunning sunrise view over Machhapuchare in Poon Hill. Walk through the quaint villages along the trek and learn about the rich cultures of the Magar and Gurung communities.
  • Experience the wilderness of Annapurna Conservation Area amidst the exotic animals and vegetation. Wander along the lush greenery and cherish the grandeur of Annapurna massif, Machhapuchare, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal.
  • Dip into the natural spring in Jhinu Danda to rejuvenate and gaze at the scenic landscapes with green lush hills and tumultuous rivers to immerse in nature.

Starting in the blissful valley of Pokhara, the ABC trek via Poon Hill takes you north to the charming Gurung and Magar villages, offering an awe-inspiring view of the Annapurna massif up close.

As if that wasn’t enough, the trek also rewards you with exclusive glimpses of rare animals and birds. On your day, you can snap exotic animals like Kasmir Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Beer, Clouded Leopard, and more.

You’ll kick off your Trekking Journey to Annapurna Base Camp with an hour's drive to Nayapul along Burundi and Modi Khola. The first trek begins through Tikhedunga, displayed by a stunning view of gushing waterfalls and streams.

The latter half of the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron forests and across the streams to Ulleri. On the second day, you’ll resume the trek with a steep ascent until Ghorepani. The impressive sight of the sunrise, as you ascend the crest of Poon Hill, is something you’ll take along the way.

The coming days entail a long but exciting journey to Tadapani and then to Chhomrong, with its picturesque setting and spectacular views. On the fifth day, you’ll head to Dovan, where the trail gets alive with rhododendrons and oak trees. The following day, you’ll trek to Annapurna Base Camp amidst a pristine landscape and a scenic vista.

After exploring ABC, you’ll take a devious route to Bamboo, where you’ll stay overnight. From here, you’ll descend to Jhinu Danda, a perfect spot for a natural hot spring. Finally, you’ll drive off to Pokhara after nearing the hike to Tolkha.

The 10-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill offers an eternal keepsake to all trekkers with overwhelming scenes. Compared to other treks, this Annapurna Trek also rolls out an easy trail for trekkers, both beginners and professionals.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill Cost for 2024/2025

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is a 10-day trek and costs USD 750. During the trek, you’ll transcend Poon Hill to catch the sunrise over the mountains as well as visit Ghorepani, a bustling Magar village, which is worth every cent.

The cost includes 8 days of shared accommodation in the teahouse and three meals a day. The package also consists of ride fare to and from Pokhara along with entrance fees. Sublime Trails will provide you with a trek guide and a porter as well.

The cost of the trek isn’t bent on a certain count though. It varies and depends largely on the trek style and services of interest. The shortest of all budget trek to ABC needs spending of just US$450.

Likewise, the longer treks with upgraded services are costlier than par. Accommodation is where your money goes the furthest in the ABC trek, trailed by food and other miscellaneous expenses.

That being said, the length of your stay is what drives the cost of ABC Trek the most. The longer the number of days on the trails, the higher the expenses. So, the amount you’ll pay for the trek is completely on you, and how much you’re willing to stay here.

Private/Group joining ABC Trek

Going private on a trek to ABC is not unusual. Many trekkers prefer going private over the group as it offers a lax schedule with a room to work on. In the private ABC Trek, you can customize the itinerary to your needs and even decide when to do it.

You’ll be provided your very own trek guide, an itinerary planner, and a pickup all to yourself. A local will always be on hand to provide you with essential information and share expert knowledge.

During the trek, you can enjoy your own little space amidst your family and friends. Thus, a private trek is preferred by those who can’t be bothered making new friends or having small talk with fellow trekkers.

As the saying goes, the larger the turnout, the more mirthful the gathering. Hence, if you enjoy shared travel experiences or thrive in a group setting then we advise you to do the ABC group trek. This will enrich your social connection and foster interpersonal skills.

You’ll learn the importance of team spirit and camaraderie while on the trek. In the group joining ABC Trek, you can make friends with other solo trekkers and explore free single supplements. Also, no need to stress about the itinerary as the Sublime Trails will plan it.

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp: Distance and Duration

The Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters offers a trekking trail of a distance of roughly 94.3 km. It runs from Tikhedhunga beside the Bhurungdi stream and to the subtropical forest. Throughout the 10-day trek, the trail winds up the ridge and to the valley covered with pine and rhododendron trees. Largely walled up by mountains, scenic vistas are constant on the ABC Trek.

Other alternative options include a 5-day and a 7-day trek to ABC with short haul. These treks are perfect for those pressed for time. The week-long trail will give you a tough workout as it ascends its way onto the ridge and into the valley. But it does save you a lot of time.

We also have a 14-day ABC Trek for those who couldn’t care less about the extra mile. These longer trails weave their way through Ghorepani and to the Himalayas after getting a jumpstart from Kathmandu. The trek is slow-paced, so you can explore way too many sites and even visit some of the prominent landmarks in Kathmandu.

 
Trekking Distance 
Trekking Duration
Tikhedunga - Ulleri
22.7 km
6-7 hrs
Ulleri - Ghorepani 
10 km 
4-5 hrs 
Ghorepani - Tadapani 
9 km 
7 hrs 
Tadapani - Chhomrong 
8.5 km 
5 hrs 
Chhomrong to Dovan 
9 km 
5 hrs 
Dovan - Deurali 
7.8 km 
4 hrs 
Deurali - Annapurna Base Camp
8 km 
6 hrs 
Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo 
18 km 
7 hrs 
Bamboo - Jhinu Danda 
12 km 
6 hrs 
Jhinu Danda - Pokhara 
5 km 
3 hrs 

Related: Manaslu Trek vs. Annapurna Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Gallery

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul Trek to UlleriAltitude: 2,055 m, Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 2:Ascending to GhorepaniAltitude: 2,860 m, Duration: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 3:Poon Hill Sunrise and Trek to TadapaniAltitude: 2,630 m, Duration: 7 hrs
  • Day 4:Descending to ChhomrongAltitude: 2,150 m, Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 5:Trek to DovanAltitude: 2,600 m, Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 6:Trek to DeuraliAltitude: 3,200 m, Duration: 4 hrs
  • Day 7:Ascend to Annapurna Base Camp through Machhapuchre Base CampAltitude: 4,130 m, Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 8:Return Journey to BambooAltitude: 2,310 m, Duration: 7 hrs
  • Day 9:Bamboo to Jhinu, Rejuvenating in Hot Springs “Tato Pani”Altitude: 1,780 m, Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 10:Trek from Jhinu to Tolkha and Transfer to PokharaAltitude: 822 m, Duration: 3 hrs

Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul Trek to Ulleri

  • Max Altitude2,055 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After an early rise, we’ll drive west along the Pokhara-Baglung Highway which lasts an hour. First, you’ll pass Nayapul then head to Birethanti along the Bhurungdi Khola, and finally arrive at Tikhedunga. You’ll get some incredible views of scenic landscapes and terraced farms here.

Your trekking adventure begins from Tirkhedunga on stone stairs and over a suspension bridge through Sudame and Hile Villages. Walking further, you’ll reach Ulleri.

Day 2:Ascending to Ghorepani

  • Max Altitude2,860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today, the trek continues with a steep ascent that unfolds a scenic outlook of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli. Then, you’ll wend your way through the rhododendron forest and up to the ridge. You’d be fortunate to snap Forktail and Kingfisher as we hike the trail. Your guide will lead you to Ghorepani, a village steeped in history and culture.

Day 3:Poon Hill Sunrise and Trek to Tadapani

  • Max Altitude2,630 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Wake up early to hike to Poon Hill and watch the sunrise beyond the hills. Poon Hill is a peak haven as the views are ethereal from the crest. You can see the picturesque views of Annapurna, Machhapuchare, and Nilgiri.

You’ll have your breakfast at Ghorepani before pushing for your next hop to Tadapani. You’ll follow the trail that passes through a colorful rhododendron forest and over the hilltop. Then you’ll descend downhill to Banthanti and forge ahead to Tadapani.

Day 4:Descending to Chhomrong

  • Max Altitude2,150 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll hike the trail along Kyumnu Khola, across the suspension bridge, and through the forest. Ahead of the trek to Gurjung village, you’ll be amused to see the ridge shrouded in oak forests with the delight of rhododendrons.

Walk past the terrace field and the trail will take you over the hills, chasing after Chhomrong. When at the Gurung village, interact with locals, explore the town, and catch sight of exotic wild animals and birds.

Day 5:Trek to Dovan

  • Max Altitude2,600 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll start your trek with a gentle descent down the stone stairs to the Chhomrong River. Then you’ll cross the bridge and walk through the bamboo and oak forests. In this peaceful forest, you’re likely to spot Langur monkeys as well as diverse plants.

Further along, you’ll ascent to Sinuwa and climb off the stairs to reach the amicable enclave of Bamboo. A short steep walk from here and you’ll arrive at Dovan.

Day 6:Trek to Deurali

  • Max Altitude3,200 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll wake up to see the beautiful sunrise over Machhapuchare. From the trailhead, the hike begins through Bamboo forest on a steep and narrow path. The route is one of the most panoramic in the range with stunning mountains for a backdrop and rocky gorges on a loop.

Continuing your trek with a steep ascent, you’ll reach Deurali, a charming village nestled at the feet of Machhapuchare and Modi Himal.

Day 7:Ascend to Annapurna Base Camp through Machhapuchre Base Camp

  • Max Altitude4,130 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

A wonderful escapade ahead! Setting off on the adventure, you’ll walk over steep terrain along the river to reach Machhapuchare Base Camp. As the trail climbs gradually up the gorge between the moraines of Annapurna and Hiunchuli, you’ll notice the irresistible view of Baraha Shikhar and Machhapuchare.

After reaching the highest point of the whole trek, you’ll get the privilege of seeing a 360-degree view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. For a better experience and view, climb to the cairns beside the moraine.

Day 8:Return Journey to Bamboo

  • Max Altitude2,310 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, venture out to Bamboo, retracing the steps you took before. Remember to check on the trek highlights that include the stunning view of diverse landscapes and evergreen forests.

Day 9:Bamboo to Jhinu, Rejuvenating in Hot Springs “Tato Pani”

  • Max Altitude1,780 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll continue the detour through Chhomrong over a steep trail and across the valley. Then you’ll come across the Chhomrong river and to the main trail which leads to Jhinu Danda. Jhinu is a ridgetop village popular for its hot spring, which boosts the hikers.

Day 10:Trek from Jhinu to Tolkha and Transfer to Pokhara

  • Max Altitude822 m

You’ll have breakfast at Jhinu then get along the trail passing through the terrace field and arrive at Tolkha. Once here, you’ll get on a bus to Pokhara.

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Cost Details

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights
  • 3-Star accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights
  • Tea house accommodation along the way for 9 nights
  • All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • One guide and assistant guide for more than 6 people 
  • 1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 25 kg)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
  • TIMS Card
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters

Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Dates, Prices & Booking

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Start DateStart: FridayApr 19, 2024End DateEnd: SundayApr 28, 2024PricePriceUS$750StatusStatusGuaranteed
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Start DateStart: TuesdayApr 23, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 02, 2024PricePriceUS$750StatusStatusGuaranteed
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Start DateStart: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayMay 08, 2024PricePriceUS$750StatusStatusGuaranteed

Trip Essential Information

When is the best time for ABC Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp can be trekked all year round. But, with the mild weather and better hiking conditions, spring/ autumn marks the busiest time for ABC trekking. The time from late March to May is a popular favorite due to a combination of pleasant weather and seasonal blooms.

If your priority is to avoid the human traffic then better plan the trek in the off-season. It’s more hassle-free that way with no extreme heat and humidity. Trekking in winter also makes a good option since it attracts fewer crowds and leaves more space for adventure.

The trek might need careful planning and consideration though as the winter weather is frigid with light snowfall. You might as well suit yourself with the best trekking gear to stay prepared and brave the cold.

Speaking of which, the summer is not indifferent as regards to weather. Although you may be advised to trek the Annapurna Base Camp in summer, the frequent drizzles and torrid heat could pose a serious challenge.

The soaring temperature of 18-25 Degrees Celsius makes trekking a bit uncomfortable during summer. It’s only after August when the temperature drops to 15-17 Degrees Celsius and the trekking becomes easier once again. September-October remains sunny and clear with temperatures exceeding 20 Degrees Celsius.

The same goes for spring as its average daytime temperature peaks at 17 Degrees Celsius. You’ll experience the summer-like weather in the base region: warm and accommodating.

Radiant wildflowers and rhododendrons return to the forest, amusing trekkers with marvelous sights.

As winter sets in, the weather becomes frigid with temperatures diving into -14 Degree Celsius. The weather is still warm in the lower region but snowfall occurs the further you go up the base camp.

10-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is moderately challenging with mixed terrains and mountainous landscapes. The hike to Dovan from Ghorepani is somewhat easy and less strenuous. Also, the trek to Deurali is an easy climb with well-marked trails.

However, the growing elevation and fatigue can make things difficult while trekking in the region. The low oxygen level above Deurali doesn’t help it either as it strains your body. The other obstruction is the shift in the weather and landscapes that make the hike slightly harder.

Safe to say, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easy, but it demands improved fitness, especially the trek at high altitude. You must also acclimatize and get proper rest to prevent the sickness.

Make sure, you’re trained for long walks as the average trekking distance of Annapurna Base Camp is 5 miles. This means you’ll be hiking the trail for up to 5 hours each day depending on the pace and skills.

Bear in mind, that the Annapurna Base Camp Trek isn’t a quiet journey with many vertical ascents through glacial moraines and gorges. The trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill is a relentless climb with exposed cliffs at 3,210 meters.

The trek from Dovan to Deurali is also challenging with a sharp increase in the elevation. On the trek to ABC from Deurali, you’ll experience a vertical gain of 920 meters. Thus, you must train your body for high-altitude trekking.

How to reach the Annapurna Base Camp?

Pokhara is the gateway to most treks in the Annapurna Himalayas. It’s also a starting point for the Annapurna Base Camp whereupon you’ll work your way up to Deurali and take a detour from Bamboo. Trekkers will spend 10 days on the trail, exploring the beautiful highlands and charm of the Annapurna region.

However, if you have a limited window for the trek then we can plan the shortest itinerary as well. The trek lasts 5 days during which you’ll hike to Jhinu followed by a short ascent to lower Sinuwa and Machhapuchre Base Camp. Another alternative is to take a driveway via Baglung Rajmarg Road and stop at Phedi or Kande.

From here, you’ll trek to Dhampus, a scenic Gurung village, and walk in for another few days while staying overnight at Langdrung and Chhomrong. Afterward, you’ll trek the Himalayan Hotel and make a final ascent to Annapurna Base Camp.

Pokhara is easy to access from several ways but the most convenient one is to take a flight. It shortens the trek time and provides you with a mesmeric view of Annapurna and its hidden jewels.

How are the food and accommodation in the Annapurna Trek? 

The accommodation selection at Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a mix of different accommodation types. Your lodging is at a three-star hotel in Pokhara and teahouses on the trek. They are often run by locals in the region.

Here the rooms are generally twin-share, featuring internet, shower, and toilet. Single rooms are available at some of the teahouses for a supplement but only in some places. Peak seasons like autumn and spring see trekkers swell on ABC so accommodations fill up quickly.

For those trekking with a travel agency like Sublime Trails, your accommodation will be well-arranged unless requested otherwise. We’ll book your accommodation at a budget teahouse, which provides twin-shared facilities.

Meals throughout the Annapurna Trek

The 10-day trek to Annapurna is a high-altitude trek and requires great strength. Thus, we’ll provide you with good nutritious food on the trek. The package includes a standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You’ll have your breakfast at the teahouse, where you stay overnight, and lunch along the trail. The breakfast option usually includes bread, butter, egg, toast, porridge, cereal, and oatmeal. These are only a few of many as you can find several other options in Ghorepani and Dovan.

The menu items for lunch usually have a typical Nepali dish: steamed rice, lentil soup, vegetables, and pickles along with Thuklpa, dumplings, and spaghetti. We encourage you to consume food with high carbs and nutrition as it sustains you throughout the day.

The options for dinner and lunch are much alike. And they’re served at the teahouse where you stay overnight.

Why the 10-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Given that there’s so much to see and explore on the trek to ABC: no length of time is enough.

Yet, we highly recommend you plan an itinerary of 10 days for ABC Trek as it’ll give you enough time to enjoy the journey and see many of its main sites.

The 10-day duration will be enough for you and your accomplice to pull off the adventure without getting you stressed out. Unlike the short ABC Trek, this itinerary will give you sufficient time to rest as well as relish the fascinating scenes that the trek has to offer.

In the 10-day ABC Trek, you’ll run at a modest pace, so there’s no need to speed things up. On top of that, the trek is well-balanced for you to encompass a mixture of fabulous scenery and relaxing day hikes.

As your tour operator, we ‘Sublime Trails’ will look after all your needs, including accommodation, meals, and your other essentials. We’re sure that this will leave you some downtime to see the Base Camp highlights.

Other Treks in the Annapurna Region

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek | Tilicho Lake Trek | Poon Hill Trek | Khopra Danda Trek | Annapurna Circuit Trek | Mardi Himal Trek

FAQs

  • Yes, you can take a shower during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. If you want to take hot showers, you have to pay an extra charge and it will be available.

  • A porter shared between two people will carry 15 kgs for each person. Any extra weight should either be carried by yourself or you should pay an extra fee.

  • Yes, you can use the internet and cell phones during Annapurna Base Camp trek. Service providers like Nepal Telecom and Ncell will make it possible for you. The network may be weak in some rural places.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Reviews

5.0based on 13 reviews
  • Leylla
    LeyllaJune 17, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    The foothills of Annapurna immersed into my soul

    Thank you to Mr. Ram, tour manager from Sublime Trails for being a true professional on this trip. Also, I want to thank Mr. Shiva, my guide for being a wonderful guide and companion throughout this trip.
    I literally enjoyed every bit of this trip. The Annapurna Base Camp was quite covered with clouds, but I also enjoyed being in nature. It was a wonderful two weeks long stay in Nepal. Such a beautiful country. If I had time, I was planning for other trips in the monsoon. But, I'm saving for a future trip to Nepal. Stay blessed.

  • Xenin L
    Xenin LJune 13, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Wholesome Annapurna Trip with Sublime Trails and my guide Mr. Ajit

    I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Ram Khadka from Sublime Trails for his effort in making this trip the best of my life. I was worried about altitude sickness, but the guide took care of me all the time. He was a very good person and a guide.

    The food was good. Also, the ethnic foods were tasty at Ghandruk. The sunset and sunrise were also at their best. The trip was good and also Mr. Ram gave me a complementary Kathmandu tour. The best company. Thanks for being my tour partner. Can’t wait to be in Nepal anytime soon.

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