Annapurna Base Camp Trek: ABC Trekking

Trip Overview


Annapurna base camp trek is a very popular hiking journey in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp in short form is called ABC. So, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is also said ABC trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek leads you to reach a base camp of Mt Annapurna. Annapurna Base Camp seems like a Sanctuary circled by lovely snowy Himalayan peaks. Thus, this trek is also famous by the name of Annapurna Sanctuary trek. The tallest peak you can view from the base camp is Mt Annapurna I. This is the 10th highest mountain in the world which rises to an elevation of 8,091 meters/ 26545 feet.

Map of Annapurna Base Camp TrekThe other striking peaks close to Annapurna Base Camp are Mt Fishtail (Machapuchare), Mt Annapurna South, Mt Annapurna Fang, Mt Annapurna III, Mt Hiunchuli, Mt Gangapurna, Mt Khangsar Kang and Tent Peak. Most of the mountains in Annapurna Base Camp are over 7000 meters. The only entrance of Annapurna base camp is a narrow valley between Mt Hiunchuli and Mt Machapuchare, where run-off from glaciers drains into Modi Khola River. Because of the high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Base Camp receives only 7 hours of sunlight in a day.

There are a couple of places where you can start hiking to reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. Every trekking trail of ABC passes through beautiful mountain villages, terraced farmlands, lush forest of oak and bamboo trees, sparkling streams, and glacial moraines. In spring everybody becomes more excited while trekking on this trail. Because it’s a time of blossoming rhododendron flowers and it makes the hills colorful.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail has some long steep climbs and descends on stone steps however the hiking is not difficult. Everybody above 12 years can join for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Nepal is a Himalayan Country. Here are several mountains and several base camp hiking trails. Among all base camp trekking routes of Nepal, Annapurna Base camp is the easier and quick reachable base camp trekking. It does not need any climbing and hiking experience.

On the route of Annapurna Base Camp, you pass many mountain villages. Those villages are especially the habitat of two ethnic groups of Nepal. They are Gurung and Magar. Actually, Gurung and Magars are the backbones of Gurkha soldiers. Their bravery is famous all over the world. You will find them as the foremost friendly individuals you’ll ever meet. The locals believe Annapurna Base Camp is home to several Gods and goddesses.

For Annapurna Base Camp Trek, there are two popular trekking itineraries. One itinerary is via Ghandruk Village and the next is via Poon Hill, the famous viewpoint in the Annapurna conservation area.

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK via GHANDRUK (12 Days)

The major highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghandruk are as below.

• Relatively short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
• Visit Ghandruk village and experience Gurung culture and lifestyle
• Hiking through rhododendron forest, river, mountain terraces, & villages
• Visit Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhere Base Camp
• Enjoy splendid views of Mt Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna from Annapurna Base Camp
• Visit Natural Hot springs and dip in Jhinu Dada.
• Trekking in Annapurna Conservation Area
• Explore naturally beautiful Pokhara, famous as the Lake city

DAY ITINERARY AVG HIKING NIGHT STAY
1 Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. We welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel by our car. Orientation of the trip. Preparation for the trek. Hotel in Kathmandu
2 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Alt 800m/2,624ft.) by Tourist Coach, 200 km west of Kathmandu. Driving 7 hours. Evening walk around Phewa Lake. Hotel in Pokhara
3 Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Driving 1 hour 30 min. Trek from Nayapul to Ghandruk (Alt. 1940 m/6,364 ft). 5/6 hours Tea House
4 Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (Alt. 2,170 m/7,118 ft). 5/6 hours Tea House
5 Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (Alt. 2600 m/ 8530 ft). 6 hours Tea House
6 Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230 m/10497 ft). 4/5 hours Tea House
7 Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m/13422 ft) via Machapuchchhre Base Camp (3700m/12025ft). 5/6 hours.  Tea House
8 Trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310 m/7507 ft). 7 hours  Tea House
9 Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Alt. 1760 m/5773 ft). 5/6 hours  Tea House
10 Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1070 m/3510 ft). Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft). Driving 1 hour 30 min. 5/6 hours Hotel in Pokhara
11 Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Coach. Driving 7 hours. Evening farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show. Hotel in Kathmandu
12 We drop you at Kathmandu International airport by our car for your flight to your country. Final Departure from Nepal.

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK via POON HILL  (14 Days)

The major highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill are as below.

• Visit famous viewpoint Poon Hill at an altitude of 3210 meters
• Enjoy beautiful Sunrise and panoramic views from Poon Hill
• Hiking through rhododendron forest, river, mountain terraces, & villages
• Visit Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhere Base Camp
• Enjoy splendid views of Mt Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna from Annapurna Base Camp
• Visit Natural Hot springs and dip in Jhinu Dada.
• Trekking in Annapurna Conservation Area
• Explore naturally beautiful Pokhara, famous as the Lake city

DAY ITINERARY AVG HIKING NIGHT STAY
1 Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. We welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel by our car. Orientation of the trip. Preparation for the trek. Hotel in Kathmandu
2 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Alt 800m/2,624ft.) by Tourist Coach, 200 km west of Kathmandu. Driving 7 hours. Evening walk around Phewa Lake. Hotel in Pokhara
3 Drive from Pokhara to Naya Pul by car. Driving 1:30 hour. Trek from Naya Pul to Ulleri (Alt 1960 m/ 6400 ft). 5/6 hours Tea House
4 Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (Alt. 2860m/9295ft). 5/6 hours Tea House
5 Early morning hike to Poon Hill to see the sunrise and panoramic views. Back to Ghorepani. Then trek to Tadapani. (Alt. 2630m/8548ft). 6/7 hours Tea House
6 Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7053ft). 5/6 hours Tea House
7 Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (Alt. 2600 m/ 8530 ft). 6 hours  Tea House
8 Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230 m/10497 ft). 4/5 hours Tea House
9 Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m/13422 ft) via Machapuchchhre Base Camp (3700m/12025ft.). 5/6 hours Tea House
10 Trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310 m/7507 ft). 7 hours Tea House
11 Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Alt. 1760 m/5773 ft). 5/6 hours Tea House
12 Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1070 m/3510 ft). Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) by car. Driving 1 hour 30 minutes. 5/6 hours Hotel in Pokhara
13 Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Coach. Driving 7 hours. Evening farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show. Hotel in Kathmandu
14 We drop you at Kathmandu International airport by our car for your flight to your country. Final Departure from Nepal.

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK COST

Trip Name Bronze Package Price Silver Package Price Gold Package Price
ABC Trek via Ghandruk (12 Days) USD 455 Per Person USD 615 Per Person USD 685 Per Person
ABC Trek via Poon Hill (14 Days) USD 495 Per Person USD 670 Per Person USD 750 Per Person


The Services includes in the Package (Different according to Package Price):

Services Name Bronze Price Silver Price Gold Price
Airport Transfers By Car/ Van By Car/ Van By Car/ Van
2-night Hotel in Kathmandu Tourist Type Hotel Tourist Type Hotel Tourist Type Hotel
2-night Hotel in Pokhara Tourist Type Hotel Tourist Type Hotel Tourist Type Hotel
Meal in Kathmandu Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Meal in Pokhara Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Accommodation in Trekking Mountain Lodge Mountain Lodge Mountain Lodge
Meal in Trekking Time No Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Experience Trekking Guide Yes Yes Yes
Porter No No Yes
Kathmandu to Pokhara/ Pokhara to Kathmandu Drive By Tourist Bus By Tourist Bus By Tourist Bus
Pokhara to Nayapul/ Nayapul to Pokhara Drive By Car By Car By Car
Trekking Permit Fee (TIMS) Yes Yes Yes
Annapurna Conservation Permit Fee (ACAP) Yes Yes Yes
Trip Certificate Yes Yes Yes
First Aid Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Trekking Map for Group Yes Yes Yes
Meal, Salary, Accommodation, Insurance of Trekking Staff Yes Yes Yes
Dinner with Cultural Show on last night of Trip in Kathmandu Yes Yes Yes
Local Taxes Yes Yes Yes


The Services does not include in the Package (Same in All Package Price):

1. Nepal visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days/ USD 40 for 30 days period). You can get a Nepal visa on your arrival time at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
2. Airfare of your international flight.
3. Your travel insurance which includes evacuation.
4. Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, bottled water, boiled water, dessert.
5. All kinds of personal expenses like phone calls, internet use, laundry, hot shower during trekking, etc.
6. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara “except farewell dinner in Kathmandu”.
7. In case of emergency, the cost of helicopter rescue/ evacuation.
8. Tips for Trekking Staff.
9. Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, political strikes, flight cancellation, etc.
10. Cost of any extra services if you use which not mentioned in the package price.

Notes:

I. Porter will be provided only in Gold Price. As usual, porter provided on the basis of 1 porter for 2 trekkers. 1 porter carries the baggage of two trekkers in a maximum total weight limit of 25 kg.
II. The above cost is on a Per Person basis for a minimum group size of two persons.
III. If you are single and want to Solo Trek. We also organize Everest Base Camp Trek for a solo trekker. For the solo trekker, we have a separate special price. Please contact us for the price of Solo Trekking.
IV. Costs are not refundable and transferable if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled.

Why Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition Pvt Ltd is the leading trekking and tour company authorized by Nepal Government Tourism Ministry based in Kathmandu Nepal. We are managed by Nepalese tourism experts, local guides, and Sherpa. Our team is engaged in the Nepalese tourism industry since 2002.  We are also associated with different tourism organizations like TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal), NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association), etc.

Our further features are as below by which people around the world trust us as the authentic organizer of Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trekking):

Team of Local Experts and Guides: As this company is managed and run by well-trained, experienced & competent local experts, guides, we know well about the mountain trail, ecology, culture, etc. of the trekking routes. We know the best way of trekking and also we get you the same way.

Trustworthy: Trust is something that comes from commitment. Hence, being a legally registered company, we commit to provide the best, satisfactory trekking, tour, and expedition. We are operating all trekking, climbing tours in Nepal based on reality, integrity, and honesty.

Focus on your needs: We highly value all the clients. We always move according to your interest and requirements. Because your satisfaction is our goal. Thus, all our trekking, tour, mountaineering packages are customizable.

Fair Price: As we are a direct operator, not an agent, our price is always competitive that does not have any middle and hidden fees. We provide the value of what you are buying of our services at least equal to the amount you are paying.

Safety: Your safety is our first priority. The trekking to the Himalayas is both exciting and adventurous. So we provide you all the safety materials needed, along with motivational counseling.

Friendly, and Professional Staff: We have highly friendly, helpful, and professional staff. Our staff looks after you right from the moment of your arrival to the time of your departure. They are able to cope with most emergency situations including those requiring evacuation and hospitalization.

Real Cared Services: Our one travel consultant or our local trekking guide keeps in touch with our clients every time. We make sure their protection guaranteed so that they will have peace of mind while trekking with us.

Please contact us by email at info@excellenttrek.com or WhatsApp/ Viber at +977 9851203181 for any further information about Annapurna Base Camp Trek, need any changes in the above itinerary or any question. Once we receive your message, we get back to you within 24 hours.

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Travel Tips


The best season and most favored time of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking (Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking) is from September to December and from March to May. During this period day time is sunny and warm with outstanding views. At this time the temperature in the day is between 10 C to 30 C. The nights are often cold with a temperature between 5 C to -20 C.  Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in Jan, Feb is also possible but a temperature during winter could be harsh for most people. Trekking in July, Aug will be affected by rain/monsoon but the Summer trek could be an advantage for a keen botanist.

This is a basic checklist of the essential items that you should pack for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

• A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
• Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover
• Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
• T-shirts or shirts
• Wind/ waterproof light jacket
• Fleece jumper or jacket
• Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
• Socks and underwear
• Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
• Inner and outer gloves
• Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
• Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
• Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
• Water bottle and water purification tablets
• Down jacket*
• 4 season Sleeping bag*

*Down jacket and sleeping bag you can rent/hire from Trekking gear shops in Kathmandu

All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:

Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency

We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with your name card. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp does not require tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).

In the case of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.

In the trail of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.

Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.

The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Annapurna Base Camp trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.

During trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only a couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is moderate trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.

At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.

We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is high altitude trip. We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, hospitalization, helicopter evacuation from high-altitude places in case of an accident or medical emergency. The highest altitude you reach is 4130 meters. Thus your insurance should have coverage up to the elevation of 4130 meters. It would be advantageous for you also to choose an insurance policy that also covers domestic and international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.

The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.

Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

Naturally Annapurna Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.

In addition to your Trekking trip you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park,  White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.

Trip Reviews

Sandeep Mehta We have just completed an amazing Annapurna trekking with Poon Hill. We had a fantastic experience and highly recommend this trip to anyone. Our trip was organized by Excellent Himalaya Trek. It is a professional tour company with experienced trekking guides and porters. We felt Poon Hill is not a difficult trek. The mountain views were absolutely incredible, the landscape varied a lot in every day of the trek and there were a couple of nice villages along the way. Although we were there in October (peak season), the trail was only busy in few places. The lodges on the trail were comfortable. They offered us very good food.  We had good guide support from Dawa. Our porters too were so much helpful and friendly. Overall, we had no complaints about the hotel, food, staffed, and other matters. Everything was perfect. Thank you, Suman, for your excellent arrangement.

Sandeep Mehta

Wendy & Renaud Annapurna Base Camp including Poon Hill is a lovely trek for beautiful Himalaya views and sunrise in a short time. We booked this trip with Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition by online. It is absolutely the best decision that we have made. From the start to the end of the trip, we always get excellent services. On our arrival in Kathmandu Airport, Suman, the Managing Director of this company, welcomed us and helped to transfer our hotel. Suman is very helpful and friendly. He gave us detail tour briefing and also introduced with our guide Hari before our trek. In Pokhara, we met our porters (Ghanashyam and Badri). When going trekking with Hari and our porters, we feel likes going on hiking with good friends. They are very helpful, funny, and friendly. Whenever we're having trouble to walk on steep hills, they are always ready to help us. They made this holiday to be one of the perfect ones that we ever had. We indeed enjoyed our Poon Hill Trek. We totally recommend Excellent Himalaya Trek to every people who are planning any trek in Nepal. Thank you, Suman, for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. This is a memorable tour with very much happy experience!

Wendy & Renaud

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