13 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek allows you to explore the exotic paths of the Annapurna region and collect the memories of the lifetime. This trek to Annapurna Base Camp is among the most popular treks in Nepal which offer the closer insight into the typical life and customs of the people on the lap of Annapurna ranges.
The total cost of your Annapurna Base Camp trek is around USD 820 dollars. With this quite affordable cost, you will collect millions of memories for the lifetime.
Spring and Autumn season marks the peak season for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. These seasons offer the sharpest views of the mountains in the region along with the pleasant and bearable temperatures. However, the rain and snow/cold may add a bit difficulty to the ABC trek in Summer and Winter months. But, if you have proper packing for ABC trek and walk cautiously then the trek is doable all year round.
This tour to the Annapurna region follows the map which starts from Kathmandu followed by a drive to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you take a short drive to Nayapul, the point from where the actual trek on foot begins. And you cover around 115 km of distance in the Annapurna Base Camp trek. To cover the distance you start from the lowest at 1354 meters in Kathmandu and ascend to the maximum altitude at Annapurna Base Camp, 4120 meters.
Unlike the Everest region, the weather and temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite stable and bearable. The Spring and autumn months have more pleasant and stable weather in comparison to the winter and monsoon season in Annapurna region
The hike to the Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate graded trek where you will be ascending/descending millions of stone stairs. And, walk along the maintained forest trails on the side of Modi Khola. This trek does not have much altitude variations and so there are risks of altitude sickness in the trail. Plus, the trek is suitable for all types of trekkers, from novice to experienced ones. So, with good fitness, you can beat the ABC trek’s difficulty.
Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp demands you to pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. So, you need two permits for ABC trek. They are TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit. With these permits, you can also opt for solo trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. Especially, if you want to walk free and independent.
But if you do not want to take risks by traveling solo, then you can hire a licensed guide and porter at a reasonable cost in Kathmandu or Pokhara. They help you in many ways and walk with you throughout the trail ensuring your safety. We feel happy to arrange the reliable guide and porter for you, contact us for the service.
En route to the Annapurna Base Camp, you will meet the typical Magar and Gurung people in several scattered villages. And, you will walk through the villages like Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, and many others. A closer encounter with the locals and their unique way of living keeps you accustomed all along the route.
With the settlement areas, you will find ample tea houses and lodges for your warm meals and comfy accommodations during the trek to ABC. But as you ascend further on the trekking trail the number of accommodation gets limited. So, it is always a good idea to pre-book room and food despite the season you are trekking to.
If you are short on time or are physically unfit to join this 13 days trek to Annapurna Base Camp, then you can opt for the Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour as well. This Heli tour starts either from Kathmandu or Pokhara (depending on your preference) and lands you at Annapurna Base Camp in about an hour.
With the appropriate trekking gears, and the physically and mentally fit body you can opt for this trek throughout the year without having to compromise on your comfort and adventure. The exotic trails of the Annapurna region await for the trekking enthusiasts like you. Join our trip now and relish this spectacular exploration of the Annapurna region.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Enjoy the scenic drive from the lake city Pokhara to Nayapul, the trek ahead.
- Walk through the lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks on the side of Modi Khola.
- Ascend the popular 3700 stairs of Ulleri village.
- Explore the typical settlements and unique cultures of Magar people in Hile and Ulleri village.
- Hike to the Poon Hill, the popular vantage point for the best sunrise/sunset views over Annapurna ranges. And catch the panoramic views of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, and so on.
- Explore the diverse flora and fauna along with a variety of birds inside the vast jungles of Annapurna Conservation Area.
- Walk past several rivulets and cascading waterfalls and cross hundreds of suspension bridges en route.
- Trek to two Base Camps in a single trek- Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
- Stand and dine at the Annapurna Base Camp with the mountain peaks surrounding you from all sides.
- Enjoy the warm smiles and hospitality of the locals during the trek.
- Dive into the hot water spring at Jhinu Danda and bathe away the trek’s lethargy.
- Catch the most photographic spots during the trek. From almost every points you will encounter the peeking mountain ranges.
Cost of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
If you choose to buy our 13 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek package then you need to pay USD 820 per person. After paying this cost you need not to worry about the cost of permits, cost of food and accommodation during the trek, cost of transportation, cost of hiring guides and porters and so on.
But if you wish to customize this trip and fit your convenience we are happy to do this. And the change in itinerary refers to the change in trekking costs. If you are short in time then you can complete this trek in seven days as well. And, the lesser number of days means the low price as compared to the price of this standard 13 days trek.
However, this package does not include the cost of your extra expenses on the trails, the tips you may give to the guides and porters, the money you will spend on the wifi and charging, the cost of hot water, and so on. This cost is upon you. You have the control over this cost and decide how much to spend or save during the trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Kathmandu and then you travel to Pokhara to Nayapul, the actual trekhead. On walking through the trails of the Annapurna Base Camp you walk through various junctions, cross several rivers, walk through hundreds of suspension bridges. Also, on walking you will notice several sub-trails leading to different villages and settlements areas.
So, while you opt for the trek, you must be very careful not to forget the trekking map. If you are trekking with a guide you may not feel the need for the travel map, but it is always useful even for your information as well.
But if you are traveling solo, trekking maps are the real guides and your company during your walks through different villages, terrains, and crossovers. You can get the detailed map of the trek while buying the permits or at the trailheads. For the ABC trek, you can get the map at the Birethanti check post. Maps are available either in the printed form or in the digital form.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Distance
Annapurna Base Camp trek’s actual trek on foot begins from Nayapul. It further extends to Annapurna Base Camp and finally concludes at Nayapul. In this whole duration of 9 days walk, you will cover around 110 km in the remote, jungle trails of the Annapurna region inside the Annapurna Conservation Area.
In this overall distance, you will cover around 10-20 km each day depending on the difficulty of the trek route. You will walk for 5-7 hours each day. Since the trail either passes through the typical settlements or through the lush forests of rhododendrons, oaks and other alpine vegetations.
So, you will enjoy every day’s walk despite the longer distance you cover each day. Walking past the exquisite waterfall, millions of birds and butterflies, cascading Modi Khola, and the diverse vegetation you will have an enjoyable time crossing this total trek distance of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
But if you choose the short itinerary you may have to cover the longer distance each day. Whereas if you spend long days on the trail you will cross quite a short distance each day. So, how much you wish to cover each day depends on your convenience and trek preference.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile
Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Kathmandu valley which is at an altitude of 1300 meters from the sea-level. From Kathmandu, you drive to Pokhara at an altitude of 827 meters from the sea-level. From Pokhara valley, you will slowly start gaining the altitude once you reach Nayapul at 1070 meters from the sea-level.
From Nayapul, your actual trek starts and every day you will be reaching a new destination in new altitude. Continuing the trek through Hile and Ulleri, you will reach Ghorepani village at the altitude of 2760 meters from the sea-level. From there you hike to Poon Hill at 3210 meters to catch the stunning views of Annapurna ranges and the neighboring peaks.
Moving further you will walk to Tadapani at the altitude of 2630 meters and then trek to a quite lower altitude to Chhomrong at 2170 meters. From Chhomrong you walk through the Sinuwa villages followed by thick forest to reach Bamboo village at 2310 meters.
The next notable place you will ascend to is Deurali which is at the altitude of 3230 meters. Then you will trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp at the altitude of 3700 meters. From there although the trail is flat, you will reach the Annapurna Base Camp at 4120 meters. This is the highest point of this trek.
While ascending one may face the symptoms of altitude sickness due to altitude variations, so you must walk gradually and maintain the body hydration.
Best Time to Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) months are the best time to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. These seasons offer the most preferred time for trekking in Nepal with the most favorable climate and the stable weather conditions.
These seasons have the most scenic views on offer under the clear blue sky. The precipitation in these seasons is low which means you will get to witness the clearest views of the chain of Himalayas and the surrounding landscapes.
Whereas the trek is also doable in the Summer and Winter where you will get to see the different view of the trek route and the surrounding landscapes. In the winter trek to ABC, you get to witness the valleys and the hillocks on the route to the Base Camp blanketed in thick snow. You will feel like entering into the winter wonderland with the stunning views everywhere in the peaceful trails.
While in the summer trek, you will get to walk inside the lush forests fresh and rain-washed in the monsoon rain. Every vegetation, flora, and fauna you encounter on the route come to life with the arrival of the monsoon rain. After the rainfall, you will get the sharpest views as well. Plus, the routes will be quite peaceful and you get to enjoy the solitude.
The quite unstable weather in summer and winter treks may add certain difficulty but you can easily do this trek with proper preparations and mental preparedness. Hence you can opt for this trek throughout the year.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather and Temperature
Annapurna Base Camp experiences four different kinds of weather conditions ie Spring, Summer, Autumn, and winter. With the variation in the season, the weather and temperature also vary. So, if you are planning to trek to Annapurna Base Camp you must consider the weather and temperature of the season you are trekking to before you start packing for the trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather and Temperature in Spring
Spring is the second best season to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. Spring covers the months of March, April, and May. This is among the dry months with the stable weather conditions in the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trails.
In the spring months, you will experience the daytime temperature to be around 17 degrees while the nights may drop to zero. So, despite the days being hot, you will experience the chilling nights.
In the spring months the days have quite bearable and the favorable temperatures for trekking. And the biggest relief is that you can trek in this season without having to worry about getting wet on the trails or slipping off the slippery trails. You can just walk freely without worrying about the weather changes and the rainfall.
Prominently, Spring is the season of flowers and chirping of the birds. On this trek in spring, you get to walk under the blossoms of Rhododendrons and magnolias along with other wildflowers. You will collect the fondest memories walking under such heavenly blossoms alongside with the scenic waterfalls.
And the season is the dry time, you will witness less humidity in the air which means you will get the chance to enjoy the sharpest views of the towering snow-covered peaks and the lush vegetation on the route.
But the early weeks of March may be cold compared to other spring months and trekking during this time may give you the chance to walk on the snowy trails. So, if you are trekking this time, you must consider packing for the potential cold weather. Whereas, the late May may bring some rainfall so you need to be ready with the rain gears if you are choosing this time for the trek.
And, the season being peak trekking season, you may find the teahouses on the trials packed, so it is a good idea to book the room and food in advance.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather and Temperature in Autumn
Autumn is the popular time to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. The months September, October, and November are the Autumn months in the Annapurna region. It is the time when the mountains, trails, landscapes, vegetation, and everything on the trail to Annapurna Base Camp shines in dazzling colors.
In general, the temperature in the Autumn month remains around 15-17 degree Celsius in the daytime. While the nights and mornings are quite colder yet bearable. You will enjoy the moderate temperatures of the year during this time. This time it is neither too hot nor too cold. So, you will have a much easy time walking on the trekking route.
This bearable temperature and quite stable weather in this season make this time the best time for the trek. During this time you will enjoy the pleasant surrounding everywhere on the trail. And, you get to enjoy the unobstructed views of the different Himalayan ranges in the Annapurna region. Also, the vegetations also shine in the freshly washed surrounding.
And, the bonus of trekking in this season is the dries trails where you do not have to worry about the rain or the snow-covered trails. You do not have to face nor any leeches, bugs, slippery trails, nor the snow-covered passes. You will enjoy the easier walks in this season.
This is the time when you get to click the most scenic photographs with the mountains on the background and the deep blue skies above. The entire trail turns into a photographic object during this time with pleasantness everywhere.
Since this is the peak season, you will find many fellow trekkers on the trail. Plus, you may have difficulty in finding a comfortable place to stay if you reach the destination lately. So, it is a good idea to pre-book the food and room before you leave your place of the overnight stay.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather and Temperature in Summer
Summer is the less preferred time for trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. June, July.
and August are the summer months in the region. During the time the days are quite hotter. You will sweat a lot. June is the hottest month so you will be trekking in quite hot weather in this time.
In average, the daytime temperatures of the season range from around 18-25 degree Celsius. But as you ascend to the higher altitudes you may notice the fall in temperature. The nighttime temperature drops to near zero but it is not as cold as other months. It is bearable.
Summer in the region is also the time of monsoon rainfall in Nepal. So, you will encounter episodes of rainfall during this time. Along with the rainfall, the humidity also increases in this season. So, you will notice frequent weather changes and see the dense fog obstructing the views.
But, after the rainfall, you will enjoy the clearest views of the mountains and the surrounding landscapes. You will enjoy the whole surrounding turning deep green everywhere with the freshness everywhere. So, summer trek to Annapurna Base Camp is the best option for the photographers, nature lovers, and botanist.
Along with the lush forest, you will explore the diverse vegetation with millions of fresh flora and fauna. You will have a fantastic moment during this time after getting closer to nature and the greenery.
Along with the lushness of vegetation, you may encounter leeches and bugs on the trails. So, it is a good idea to carry insect repellents for trekking in this time. But the perks of treks in this season is that you will find the trails less crowded and fewer crowds in the teahouses as well. So, you may bargain for the price of the room and food during this time.
Summer trek to Annapurna Base Camp is the time for solitude lovers with proper rain gears and mental endurance.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather and Temperature in Winter
Winter is the coldest time of the year in the Annapurna region. The months of December, January, and February are the winter time for Annapurna Base Camp trek. This is the off-season to trek to the Base Camp because many feel scared to walk to the world of snow and cold.
In average the daytime temperature in the winter months is around 9-12 degree Celsius. Whereas, the night time temperature drops to -12 to 15 degree Celsius with the snow chills and blizzards. This is the coldest time in the region, so you will feel quite cold at this time.
This is the time when the thick layer of snow blankets major parts of the Annapurna Base Camp and the trekking trails to it. You will get the amazing feeling while walking in this wintery wonderland.
Plus you will get to walk under the forests of rhododendrons covered in snow. And the sight of the hibernating world is the most amazing experience you will have on this winter trek. The icicles hanging on the cliffs on the trails is the spectacular sight to look at.
During winter you will get the most scenic vies of the towering peaks with dense layers of snow under the crisp skies. However, the high humidity in this season may obstruct the views. Also, the weather change is quite frequent during this time, so it is a good idea to come prepared for any weather changes.
The merit of trekking in the winter is you will get the whole trail for yourself. You will find very few trekkers on the route. So, you will have the most amazing walks if you are a solitude lover. Plus, you do not have to compete with other fellow trekkers for food and room in this season. And, you may get rooms at cheaper prices with your bargaining skills.
Note: Since trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is a mountain trek, you will reach very close to nature. So, there are high chances of frequent weather changes during any season. So, you must come prepared with the appropriate packing considering the changing weather. Plus, your physical strength and mental endurance play an important role in trekking in any of the seasons.
Also, you should spend some buffer days on the trek if you are trekking in the off-seasons. You may have to stay longer in the trekking trails because of the bad weather.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek in the diverse and adventurous terrains of the Annapurna region. On this trek, you will either ascend/descend on the millions of stone stairs or walk through the forest trails. So, the trek could be tiring for many people.
Also, the people not walking on the jungle trails with the thundering sound of waterfalls and rivers may find the trail disturbing. Because most of the time you either walk through villages or walk past the riversides inside the jungles.
While in the summer and winter the trail may go slippery because of the rain and snow. Plus, if you are trekking in the spring you may face lots of leech bites and other bugs in the trails. Whereas in winter the frosts and the dense snow may add difficulty to your trek.
Since you will be ascending to the maximum altitude of 4120 meters at the Base Camp, many may notice the symptoms of altitude sickness as well. Whereas the sprains, muscle twists are very common challenges you will face while walking the hostile jungle trails and the avalanche risk areas.
And the major difficulty you may face on the trial is the problem in finding the best place for food and accommodation, especially if you are trekking in the peak season. In such situations, you may have to compromise on the general services the teahouses offer without any bargains.
These trek difficulties may add some challenge to your adventurous journey but they definitely cannot stop you from reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. For this success, you must be well packed with the physical and mental preparedness for any possible hurdles that may come along the trekking route.
Permits for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp means you will enter the parts of Annapurna Conservation Area Project. So, you need to obtain the permit to enter this region. Besides you also need a TIMS card to trek in this region.
So, the permits you need to trek to Annapurna Base Camp includes:
TIMS card: USD 10 (if you are trekking in the group), USD 20 (if you are trekking solo). USD 6 (if you are a SAARC national)
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit: USD 20 per person, excluding VAT
You can get these permits either from Nepal Tourism Board office at Kathmandu or Pokhara. Or, you even buy them at TAAN office or at the trailhead. However, you may have to pay extra charges while getting the permits at the trailhead.
To get these permits you need to submit a copy of your valid passport and two passport-sized photographs at the respected offices at Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can easily get these permits without being affiliated to any trekking agencies. But, if you could not manage to get the permits, share us your credentials, we will get the permits for you.
If you are found trekking without the trekking permits then you will get punishment as per the law and you have to buy them at the checkpoints after paying extra charges. So, do not try to skip the necessary permits and legal procedures before trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp.
Food and Accommodation During Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You will find a wide range of food and accommodations while on your trek to Annapurna region. As you start from the popular cities of Nepal like Kathmandu and Pokhara you can enjoy a wide variation in the availability in the food as well as accommodation. You can enjoy the services from quite a low, basics to the sophisticated star services that too in quite reasonable prices.
But as you start for the trek and leave these cities then the choice of the food and accommodation available become limited with the basic services.
On the trail, you will stay on the tea houses where the rooms are usually on the twin-sharing basis. So, generally, you have to share the room with your partner or even with the fellow trekkers during the peak season.
Inside the room, you will find two beds and a small table, pillow, bed sheet and a blanket. Int he lower altitude you can enjoy the attached bath but as you go higher you have to use the common toilet. And buy hot water for shower. But in the lower altitudes, some teahouses provide hot shower free of cost.
Plus, you do not get the room heating services on the tea houses. But you can warm yourself in the heaters on the dining hall. Almost every teahouse on the trail has the heating system in the dining room. And if you feel cold in the room, you can ask for the extra blankets as well, if the tea house is not packed.
For the food menus, as you ascend further on the trail your food option also limits. Most of the tea houses offer the Nepali Staple food, ie Dal Bhat with seasonal vegetables. Also, they have momo dumplings, pizza, pasta, noodles, chowmein, and soups on the menu.
And in drinks, you will get to enjoy tea, coffee, green tea, garlic soup, and hot water. They also serve beverages but we recommend you to try hard drinks as they dehydrate your body and increase the risk of altitude sickness.
The price of the food items on the menu is decided by the Chhomrong Tourism Committee in the trail route, so whichever season you trek to the base camp you will find the cost of food almost similar in every teahouse in the region as you ascend from Chhomrong.
Along with the cozy bed to sleep, you will get to enjoy the warm and delicious three-time meal in every tea houses on your trail. However, eating meat in the higher altitude is not recommended as it may not always be hygienic there due to lack of proper storage.
People and Culture During Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna region is a land of natural and cultural diversity. Starting the trip from Kathmandu you will first encounter the typical Newars along with other mixed ethnicities in and around Thamel and Basantapur area. Then moving further to Pokhara you will see the life and culture of Brahmin, Chhetris, Newars, and Sherpa people with their own peculiarities.
While you start the trek from Nayapul, you will encounter the typical Magar and Gurung people with their unique way of living. While on the trail you can notice their scattered settlements and the lush, terraced farmlands. The thatched / slate-roofed houses normally two storey with a terrace is a quite amazing sight to look at.
As you proceed further on the trail you will see the locals busy in knitting bamboo baskets and other handicrafts. You get to closely inspect the life and everyday activities of the locals o the trail to the Base Camp.
On moving further, the locals welcome you with their warm and graceful smiles which soothes your tiring legs and souls. You will enjoy the walk along the stone paved pathways across villages like Birethanti, Hile, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, and Sinuwa.
The typical costumes, language, and way of living is quite unique and alluring which is unaffected by the modernization. Plus, if you wish they can offer you a cup of tea at their home as well. And, if you are in festive season they happily welcome you to their homes. Such a nice and hospitable people you will meet and greet during this Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Can I Trek Solo on Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Base Camp is among the safest trekking trail for the solo trekkers. The area, without being a restricted area, permits trekkers any time of the year. Plus, there is no compulsion in the trek that you must travel with a licensed guide or porter or the porter-guide.
According to your preferences, you can trek any time of the year. Plus, you can choose to either trek alone with the trekking trail all yourself. Or you can trek with a group. Unlike, the restricted area you can easily get the trekking permits at the authorized permit centers without any affiliation with the trekking company.
The trekking trail is quite maintained with the road signs and instructions at different points even in the middle of the jungle. Plus, the trail is a popular trekking route you can find lots of fellow trekkers on the trail. So, even if you trek solo you will have much easy time trekking to the base of the Annapurna ranges.
But if this is your first time trekking in Nepal, then we recommend you to consider a licensed guide and porter for the safety reasons. You may trek using the maps on your own yet, there are times you may need guides and porters. From your safety to food and accommodation they take care of everything.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Guide and Porter?
As discussed earlier, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp independently without guide/ porters and the group is possible. But there are always perks of trekking with the licensed guides and porters.
A guide helps you throughout the trekking by walking on your side, holding your hands at difficult points and help you navigate the trekking trails. They are the real saviors in case you face some problems. They help you inspect the symptoms of altitude sickness, if you notice some symptoms, and help you solve the problem by suggesting the ways.
They are the mediators between you and the locals you meet on the trekking trails. They help you communicate with the locals and help you feel closer to the typical lifestyles of the locals. Most importantly, they keep the room and food ready at the teahouses before you reach the destination by pre-booking. That’s cool! Right?
So, why not book such helpful hand by paying around USD 20 -USD 25 per day?
Whereas porters are the person who helps you carry the loads and easy your walks. Very few can communicate with you in your language but they accompany you throughout the trail. You can book them for USD15-USD 20 per day.
But if you want to cut-off the expenses on individual guides and porters then you can hire a porter-guide. They are the guide as well as a porter while on the trek. They help you guide on the trail throughout the journey plus they help carry your loads. You can hire them for USD 20- USD 25 per day.
Also, if you feel happy with their services then you can give them tips at the end of the journey. It is not a compulsion, but if you wish to reward them of their help then you can give them some money. This is an additional cost of the trek excluding their daily charges.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 01: We Welcome You To Kathmandu, Nepal! ,1345 meters
Day 02: Enjoy The Scenic Bus Ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (7 hours), The Lake City
Day 03: Take a Busride from Pokhara to Nayapul (1.5 hours) and Hike to Hile (3 hours)
Day 04: Trek from Hile to Ghorepani (5-6 hours)
Day 05: Early Morning Hike to Poon Hill (45 minutes), Trek from Poon Hill to Tadapani (6-7 hours)
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (4-5 hours)
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel Through Bamboo and Dovan (6-7 hours)
Day 08: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp Through Machhapuchhre Base Camp (6-7 hours)
Day 09: Enjoy Sunrise view at Annapurna Base Camp and Trek Back to Bamboo Village (7-8 hours)
Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (5-6 hours)
Day 11: Dive in Hot Water Spring at Jhinu Danda and Trek Back to Nayapul (6-7 hours) Drive to Pokhara (1.5 hours)
Day 12: Back to Kathmandu fro Pokhara (6-7 hours drive)
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu to the Home or Next Destination
This is our outline itinerary for 13 days Annapurna Base Camp trek, if you want to customize this trek as per your preference then contact us. We feel happy to re-design the itinerary as per your convenience.
Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Whichever season you are trekking to you must not forget to carry along a four-season sleeping bag. This way you will sleep warmly despite the cold nights in mountains.
- Pack according to the season you are opting for the trek. With the change in season, the mountain weather also changes. So, it is wise to check the weather conditions of the trail before you pack.
- While packing you must be careful not to overpack for the trek. The heavy burden on your bag adds to the difficulty of the trek than offering the trek pleasures. So, before you pack, Pack Light! Pack Wise!
- In this trek, you will ascend to the maximum height of 4120 meters so many people notice the signs of altitude sickness. To avoid this you must maintain your body hydration and walk gradually with proper rest.
- Since this is among the popular trekking route in Nepal, you will find a lot of trekkers in this region. So, you may find the teahouses packed especially during peak seasons. To avoid for being homeless it is good to pre-book for the food and room.
- If you are trekking in the summer/monsoon season you may encounter leech bites so, it is a good idea to pack insect repellents or table salts as a prevention.
- As you ascend higher, the cost of drinking water increases. So, instead of buying bottled water you can instead bring your own water bottle and refill water from the local sources. And, you can make the water drinkable by using water purifiers or purification tablets.
- If you wish to enjoy the solitude and click as many best pictures as you wish to, then you can choose to trek during off seasons.
- If you are a female trekker, then you should not forget to pack sanitary pads and tampons. The trails to the Annapurna Base Camp is a remote one, you will not get such things if you need at the trail.
- You can pack energy bars, chocolates, and snacks for the trek beforehand. You can find them on the trail but with the high cost.
- Carry enough cash in hand before you leave for the trek. That too in Nepali currency. You will find no ATMs once you leave Pokhara valley.
- If you are trekking for the first time then it is the best idea to trek with a licensed guide and porter. They ease your trek in many ways.
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour
This Annapurna Base Camp Trek is for those trekking enthusiasts who have enough time for the trek or for those who are physically fit for the long days walks in the rugged terrains.
But there are people who are short in time but want to catch the grandeur of the Annapurna ranges on the neighborhood of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. Also, there are people who are physically unfit to walk but wish to dine on the lap of Annapurnas.
For travelers like such, we have Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour as well. This is a short which either starts from Kathmandu or Pokhara( depends on your preference) and takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp in less than an hour.
This scenic flight will offer you the spectacular views of the cluster of valley downhills, the lush forests of Annapurna region, and enticing views of the towering peaks. This is a 2 hours trek but offers the splendid feeling of dining on the lap of Annapurna ranges. The tour cost ranges from USD 450- USD 500 per person.
Are There Any Risks of Altitude Sickness during Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
On this trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you will start from the altitude as low as 1300 meters in Kathmandu. And then slowly start to gain the altitude once you leave Pokhara valley. You will slowly ascend to the certain heights every day. And, reach the final destination at Annapurna Base Camp at 4120 meters above the sea level. So, there is the chance of altitude sickness in the route. On ascending you may feel some symptoms like shortness of breath, sleeplessness, nausea, lethargy, and headache. If such symptoms deepen you should immediately proceeding further. And take proper rest and drink plenty of water. If the symptoms persist, you should inform your guide and in case of severe symptoms, you may even have to ask for medical evacuations.
So, you should not challenge the altitude during the trek. You must maintain body hydration and walk gradually. And, it is a bad idea to jump to varying altitude in a single day. If you walk cautiously maintaining your pace, then you can minimize the risk of altitude sickness in the trek.
Do I Need Travel Insurance for ABC Trek?
Travel Insurance is a must for any treks in Nepal. Because you walk to the rugged landscape and the varying terrains for many days. So, there are many chances of accidents, muscle sprains, altitude sickness, avalanches, blizzards, and worst weather conditions, and several natural disasters.
The trekking in the remote area is adventurous but challenging at the same time. During such cases, you may need immediate rescue and evacuations. In such cases, your travel insurance comes in handy. But you must buy the insurance policy that covers up to the height of 60000 meters and helicopter evacuations.
While in the trek to ABC you may go through different challenges and the risk of altitude sickness. So, travel insurance is a must before you go for this trek. Because of the safety reasons, we do not accept trekkers without travel insurance. Also, travel insurance facility is not available in Nepal. So, it is better for you to buy one before you come to Nepal.
Thus, travel insurance that covers you in every difficult situation during the treks to Annapurna Base Camp is a must-have document.
Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Packing list for the Annapurna Base Camp trek depends on your trekking season. Also, it is completely subjective to pack your backpack for the trek. But, for the trek, there are a few things you should not miss. Also, you must remember to pack lightly without missing the necessaries.
Here’s a general list of packing for this trek:
Clothing and Trekking Gears:
- A four-season Sleeping Bag
- Trekking Poles
- A waterproof Backpack with rain cover
- Trekking Boots
- Trekking socks
- Down jacket
- Windcheater/ fleece jacket
- Breathable underwears
- Trekking T-Shirts
- Trekking Trousers
- Hiking Sandle
- Hat/ cap
- Comfortable Sports Bra (for female)
- Toothpaste and Toothbrush
- Multipurpose soap
- Hand Sanitizers
- Quick-drying towel
- Toilet paper
- First Aid Kit and medicines
- A valid Passport
- Passport-sized Photographs
- Copy of Travel Insurance Policy
- Map and Guide Books
- Enough Nepali Currency
Annapurna Base Camp trek is once in a lifetime trekking destination for the trekking enthusiasts from all over the world. This moderate graded trek takes you to the lap of Annapurna ranges in 13 days with the millions of good memories.
You can choose to trek in a group or solo depending on your preference and get the most out of this trek. The trails are much safer for every trekker.
If you need any extra information on this trek, do contact us.