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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

"Enjoy the Every Single Moment"

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Duration Duration
13 days
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
4,130 mtrs.
Activities Activities
Cultural Sightseeing | Moderate to Adventure Trekking
Destination Destination
Nepal
Start/End Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Transportation Transportation
Airport & Trailhead Transfers | Tourist Coach | Porter(s)
Grade Grade
Moderate
Nature of Trip Nature of Trip
Lodge to Lodge Trek
Meals Meals
12 Breakfast | 8 Lunch | 8 Dinner
Group Size Group Size
1-10 People
Best Seasons Best Seasons
Sept - Dec | March - Jun
Accommodation Accommodation
4 Nights in 3* Hotel | 8 Nights in Teahouse Eco Lodge

Overview of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The most popular hiking of the Annapurna range is Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is getting its rising popularity among all types of hikers visiting Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters) is the ultimate destination of ABC Trekking. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is home to the world-famous Gurkhas. Besides, high and beautiful mountains, beautiful settlements and diverse culture, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

The incomparable beauty of Mt. Fishtail is praised by travelers, photographers, painters, and bloggers throughout the world.  One of the main trails of ACAP, Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail takes the trekkers alongside terraced rice paddies. That leads upward through the lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the dominating view of Annapurna Mountain Range. It passes through gushing waterfalls, ethnic villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, providing one with the picturesque panorama of the mountains.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Wander around Gurung Villages 
  • Amaze with the view of Lush Forests of Rhododendrons and oaks
  •  Cross the numerous Perennial rivers and suspension bridges
  • Take a glimpse of Nepalese Rural lifestyle
  • Taste the delicious Nepalese Food Sets – Thakali Cuisines
  • Gaze the stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massif and the Star ways over the mountain range
  • Visit unique Gurung settlements including Ghandruk
  • Shoot the amazing sunrise view over mountain range during Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek
  • Overwhelmed with beautiful mountain vistas
  • Capture the alluring sunrise and sunsets
  • Enjoy your rewarding evening in the lakeside of Pokhara valley

Route Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Map

Popularly, people understand the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as Annapurna Sanctuary trek. One can combine ABC trek with several other extended trekking packages. Generally, travelers love to combine Annapurna Base Camp trek with Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek. Besides that the Khopra Danda Trek and Mardi Himal Base Camp trek, Round Annapurna trek are the other popular destinations. All the trekking trails lead you to reach different bases of Annapurna Massif. Among all trails of Annapurna Region, ABC trek is a much-loved one. Like many other trails in the region, the trek begins in Pokhara, specifically either through the Dhampus ridge or via Nayapul.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail follows an exquisite river basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary with deep gorges, narrow and dazzling river and glacier valleys. The route gives a chance to view more than 10 enormous mountains serially.Alternatives & Extension

Some different routes are leading to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail goes in a clockwise direction. It starts from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrung, Deurali, and lastly to the Annapurna Base Camp. The trail will also take you to the popular Ghorepani Poon Hill. It normally takes 10-12 days to cover this route depending upon the time of the trekker. Because the path mostly goes through the highlands of the region, high altitude might be a challenge. Another challenge might be the slippery nature of the classical route. The popular and shortcut trail to get the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is via Ghandruk village. Ghandruk is a famous Gurung village of the region

Best Season to trek

Autumn (September to November), and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the trek when it is sunny and warm and has when you could get clear views of the mountains. December to February would be favorable if you want to avoid the crowds and the heavy traffic and enjoy some time alone with nature. However, the temperature could be harsh during that time of the year. Trekking in monsoon (June to August) will be affected by rain, but the summer trek could be a boon for any keen botanist.

Difficulty

Since trekking in Nepal is a bit challenging because the routes offer steep climb to reach the vantage points and the altitude. However, trekking in the Annapurna region offers both easy and moderate trekking compared to other treks.

Entry & Permits

Oriental Journeys Pvt. Ltd. is a travel expert and trip planner in Nepal. It does all the documentation and arrangement for the necessary permits of TIMS and ACAP for your trip. The quoted price includes the permit fee and service charge. While trekking, you will have to check in the checkpoints where you have to display your permits and log your name. It helps in your safety as well as monitoring activities on the trails.

Discounts & Regular Announcements

We offer discounts for groups and family travelers. There are regular announcements regarding discounts and extra inclusions. Make a quick inquiry to grab the opportunities. We operate others several trails of the Annapurna region, browse trips under Annapurna Region Trekking to see other scenic hiking programs.

Equipment & Packing List to set for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Consider your weight limit before the packing. Prioritize your most essential things first and pack it as per the packing guidelines. Next, assume the season and check the weather forecast for additional things to carry. We have a general Equipment & packing list for the trek in the Himalayas. Go through the link (Equipment Checklist)

General Weather & Temperature

Weather and temperature are not the same throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail. It rapidly changes with gain or loss in the altitude. Naturally, the seasonal phenomenon are crucial factors for the variation in the weather and temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail.

Similar to other countries, Nepal has four seasons. Nepal gets rainfall during Jun-July due to monsoon. Very few people choose ABC for monsoon trek. Despite Australia, other parts of the world experience the similar seasonal experience in Nepal. Australia has just an opposite seasonal time relative to Nepal.

You can expect a minimum temperature of 8.6-degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 28-degree Celsius in the lower part of the ABC trail. However, the base camp is relatively cold due to its high altitude and rarely falls to zero with little rainfall during September. The days are normally sunny with partially cloudy skies.

During October, skies are clearer with very little precipitation. The lower parts are relatively warm with temperatures between 5-20 degrees Celsius. Whereas, Base camp becomes more colder with minus temperature. Similarly, the November is colder and temperature fall to -5 degree Celsius in the base camp with low precipitation. Since the last few years, the weather of the base camp area is irregular with frequent snowfall during the winter and spring.

Meals

The daily meals during the Annapurna Base Camp trek is not same for all the days. The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara include only the breakfast. During the trek days (Day 04- Day 10), your trip includes three meals a day. The available food includes bread, pasta, potato, noodles, bread, Dal Bhat, with seasonal vegetables plus tea/coffee with breakfast. You will have breakfast and dinner at your lodge. While you will have your lunch at the restaurants on the route. Meals are generally vegetarian served with seasonal vegetables. Oriental Journeys will serve you a welcome or farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant in Kathmandu.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Accommodation

We offer a competitive price that includes accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Oriental Journeys provides 3-star category hotels to accommodate travelers in Kathmandu. Whereas, the lodges en route from Ghandruk to ABC and back to Jhinu Danda basic facilities with twin sharing bedrooms and common washrooms. Beds are provided with warm mattresses and a blanket. Alternatively, you can carry your own sleeping bag but it is not mandatory. The dining hall in higher altitudes generally has a heating system to keep it warm. You will enjoy your time sitting in the dining hall among other travelers.

DaysHotel/LodgeCategoryPlace
01Hotel Thamel / Hotel Ganesh Himal or Similar3 StarKathmandu
02Hotel Thamel / Hotel Ganesh Himal or Similar3 StarKathmandu
03Kuti Resort4 StarPokhara
04Ghandruk Lodge/Snow Fall HomestayLodgeGhandruk
05Excellent View / International HotelLodgeChhomrong
06Tea House LodgeLodgeBamboo
07Tea House LodgeLodgeDeurali
08Sanctuary Annapurna HotelLodgeAnnapurna Base Camp
09Tea House LodgeLodgeBamboo
10Namaste HotelLodgeJhinu Danda
11Kuti Resort3 StarPokhara
12N/A3 StarKathmandu

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Aug 3, 2019
by Charlotte on Oriental Journeys

Annapurna Base Camp trek was a fantastic experience! I did it with my family. All-day, we stayed in teahouse lodges. They were basic but comfortable enough to have the rest. Food was amazing. The views were fantastic each day. We had a very supporting guides and porter arranged by Oriental Journeys. The stair to the Ghyorepani and Chomrung were tough.
The view from Poon Hill was amazing. The Base Camp was cold but rewarding with sunrise view. Hot spring was relaxing. The overall trip was excellent. I recommend the operator without any doubt.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Detail Itinerary

01

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Today is your arrival day. After your arrival at Tribhuvan   International Airport, one of our representatives from Oriental Journeys will come to receive it. Then we will drive to the hotel and have a briefing of your trekking program. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Meal Plan: Welcome Dinner

02

Day 2: Exploration of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Durbar Square Sightseeing
Kathmandu Durbar Square Sightseeing

Annapurna Base Camp Trek program begins with Kathmandu Valley Exploration. Kathmandu -the capital city of Nepal, is rich in cultures, traditions and the unity in diversity exists here. Today we will explore the four marvelous World  Heritage Sites enlisted by UNESCO. To explore the Kathmandu valley is one of the best things to do in Nepal. We will begin to explore from Pashupatinath – a very famous temple of Lord Shiva. The morning prayers epitomize the reverence for Lord Shiva and you will feel positive vibes around you. The next destination is Boudhanath Stupa. It is a very famous place for sightseeing. From there we will head to Swayambhunath – Popularly known as The Monkey Temple is believed to be self-born. You can see an amazing view of the Kathmandu valley from the top of Swayambhunath. Our final destination for the day is Kathmandu Durbar Square – also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Square. It lies near to Thamel which has busy roads yet seems splendid. There are many interesting stories of this famous tourist destination of Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

03

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu

Tourists enjoy boating in Phewa Lake during Nepal Highlights tour
Tourists enjoy boating in Phewa Lake during Nepal Highlights tour

This day we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara – the city of lakes in an amazing place to visit. After we reach there and if we still have time then we will explore the lakeside and the local market of Pokhara. Furthermore, we can also visit David Falls if we have enough time. Overnight stay at Pokhara in a 3-star hotel. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast

04

Day 4: Trek to Gandruk from Pokhara

View from Ghandruk during ABC trek
View from Ghandruk during ABC trek

The trek begins here. We will at first drive to Nayapul and then trek to Gandruk. The greenery of the pathway with various vegetation such as oak trees, beautifully blooming rhododendron trees on the season and other well-preserved forests is marvelous. Ghandruk – an ethnic Gurung village, bestows us the panoramic views of the mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m) and Fishtail ( Machhapuchhre ).Overnight Stay at teahouse at Ghandruk.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

05

Day 5: Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrong :(2210m) 5 hrs walk

View of Mt. Annapurna
View of Mt. Annapurna

Today we will descend downwards.  The beautiful pathway leads us to the uphills of Ghandruk. The precipitous pathway leads us to the Kimron Khola. With the pleasing sight of the river, we continue to trek towards Chomrong. Chomrong is the village that lies on the pathway which leads us to Annapurna Sanctuary. Furthermore, you will feel blessed to watch the marvelous views of Annapurna mountain from the ethnic Gurung village of Chomrong. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

06

Day 6: Trek from Chomrong to Bamboo - (2350m) 5 hrs walk

Chhomrong
Chhomrong

The morning after having our breakfast we will continue our journey from Chomrong. You will be amazed to see the thrilling rocky pathway. Furthermore, you have to be aware of the bees and wasps that are in the rocky trails. Then we will reach Sinuwa. You will be delighted to walk across the steeply but awesome long staircase. Besides this, you will be pleased to walk along the dense Bamboo forests. There you can see the splendid oak and rhododendron forests. Then through these forests, we will reach the Bamboo lodge. We will stay overnight at the lodge.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

07

Day 7: Trek from the lodge to Deurali - (3140m) 5 hrs walk

Deurali
Deurali

The marvelous trek along the amazing forest of the bamboo, oak and rhododendron trees will amaze you. We will ascend through the forest and reach the incredible Dovan. Furthermore, we will trek along the continuously and eye-catching river. Then we will trek to Deurali through the mucky pathway. Overnight stay at Deurali.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

08

Day 08: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp - (4130m) 5 hrs walk

Hiking to Annapurna Base Camp
Hiking to Annapurna Base Camp

We will continue to trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp. You will be overwhelmed to see the mesmerizing views of the majestic mountain peaks like Mount Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Fish Tail or Machhapuchhare  (6997m). This will be a lifelong memory for you. We will take the pictures here and have fun around. We will spend our night at the nearby lodge. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

09

Day 9: Trek from base camp to Bamboo - (2335m) 6 hrs walk

Today we will observe the sunrise views from the basecamp. You will be mesmerized to see the Himalayas turning golden as the sun rays touches the snow-capped mountains. After that, we will descend downwards from basecamp to the Bamboo lodge. We will stay overnight at the lodge.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

10

Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Hot water springs) - (1780m) 4/5 hrs walk

Jhinu Danda
Jhinu Danda

Though we are returning our way back, there are still numerous things that await for us. We will trek downhills from Bamboo. The pathway is marvelous with the amazing sight of the lush bamboo and oak forest. You will be astonished to see the varieties of the rhododendron trees on the pathway and beautifully blooming during the season.  Then we will trek down to the easy trails of Sinuwa which further leads us to the ethnic Gurung village of Chomrong. From here we will descend downhill with the amazing staircase of Chomrong and reach the stunning Jhinu Danda. It is a well-known place for hot water springs. You can have a relaxing session of the hot water bath in the springs of Jhinu Danda. We will spend our night in Jhinu Danda.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

11

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara city. - 7 hrs walk

Pokhara Fewa Lake
Pokhara Fewa Lake

After our breakfast, we will trek down from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul – the starting and the ending point of our trek. The beautiful and mesmerizing pathways will amaze you with the suspension bridges and the greenery of the lush forests. Moreover, we will reach Nayapul along these marvelous pathways. From Nayapul, we will drive back to Pokhara. You can still roam around and explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Overnight stay at 3-star in Pokhara.

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

12

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

We will drive back to Kathmandu today from Pokhara. You will feel more delighted when you see the fiercely flowing Trishuli river on the way back to Kathmandu. You can see the cable car point at Kurintar. It is the starting point to reach the very famous temple – Manakamana. People visit there with a belief that wishes will come true. Then we will reach Kathmandu as we pass by the Thankot. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal: Breakfast 

13

Day 13: Fly Home

Day of departure. Today you will fly back to your native place from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. One of our representatives from Oriental Journeys will escort you to the airport from the hotel before three hours of your scheduled flight. We are hopeful to serve you again in the next trip to Nepal. 

Meal: Breakfast 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best time of year to trek in Annapurna Base Camp?

March-June and September-December is the perfect time to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Some people prefer to visit the region around the year.

What is the altitude of the Annapurna Base camp?

We reach 4,130m altitude in Annapurna base camp trekking.

How supportive is your guide during trekking?

A well-experienced guide will accompany you throughout the trek. He will help you in every situation.

What happens when it’s a fast group and I am the slow plodder of this trek?

Generally, 5/6 hours of walking is the average walking of each day during the trek. If the trekker could not pace for average walking, Oriental Journeys will provide a separate guide. And even you can customize the itinerary as per your physical condition, comfort level, and time availability.

How long will we walk on an average day’s trekking?

During trekking, 5 to 7 hours of walking are the average day’s walking. However, above 3500m elevation the times will be the same but you will only cover 8 to 9 km. However, all our itineraries can be customized as per the geographical and physical condition of the individual participant.

Is Annapurna circuit same Walk as Annapurna base camp?

No. Annapurna Circuit is different than the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Annapurna Circuit rounds Annapurna Massif and needs to cross Thorang La Pass (5416m) since Annapurna Base camp ends at 4130m elevation.

Is Annapurna Base Camp trek dangerous?

No, Annapurna Base Camp trek is not dangerous. However, trekking and adventure tour is all about physical fitness and preparedness (logistic, physical and mental). Therefore, the trek can be easily done by the people aged from 10 to 75 years. Since the trekking trail does not have straightly up and straightly down the path, it can be done by the first time traveler.

How long is Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The Annapurna Base camp trek can be done from 10 to 12 days depending on the itinerary and pace of your walking. The total distance of Annapurna base camp trek is 115 km from Kathmandu. You will be walking from 10 to 20 km each day for this trek.

How many people are typically on each trip?

Typically, there are 5-8 people in a group. But once you book, the trip is guaranteed to depart.

Can I charge my camera and other equipment on my trip?

The charging facilities will be available in some hotel receptions, however; we have to pay for this service. Please do not forget to bring two or three-pin travel adapters with you while coming in trekking.

Does this package include guide?

Yes, the package includes the guides throughout the trip.

Who will be your guide?

Oriental Journeys will provide you a government licensed holder local English speaking guide. We can also provide guides who speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German and any other if you prefer. But for them,  you have to pay extra cost.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your personal interests and spending habits. While you stay in Kathmandu, you can allocate per person $50 to 70 for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. You can allocate approximately $ 300 to 350 per person to buy meals and drinks during the trek.

How high is Annapurna?

Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world by elevation (8,091m).

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & drops
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Guest House (Lodge) during the trekking
  • 2 night’s hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & breakfast plan
  • An English speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest) the porter will carry (30KG in maximum) your luggage during the trek
  • All Government local Taxes
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fees
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s Information Management System card
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Guide & Porter insurance during the trekking
  • First Aid kit above 6 pax Compulsory from Agency
  • Extra services according to the guest per Demand ” Please feel free to inform us”

Cost Excludes

  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses
  • Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone, and Laundry
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance,
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects.
  • Entrance Fees any kind of Temples, Monastery, etc
  • Vehicles for Sightseeing
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Flight fair Kathmandu/Pokhara/ Kathmandu ( Guest + Guide)
  • Airport taxes

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Fixed Departure Cost & Dates


There is no fixed departure trip for this month. You can request for a private group trip.

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Book This TripQuick Inquiry
Duration Duration
13 days
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
4,130 mtrs.
Activities Activities
Cultural Sightseeing | Moderate to Adventure Trekking
Destination Destination
Nepal
Start/End Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Transportation Transportation
Airport & Trailhead Transfers | Tourist Coach | Porter(s)
Grade Grade
Moderate
Nature of Trip Nature of Trip
Lodge to Lodge Trek
Meals Meals
12 Breakfast | 8 Lunch | 8 Dinner
Group Size Group Size
1-10 People
Best Seasons Best Seasons
Sept - Dec | March - Jun
Accommodation Accommodation
4 Nights in 3* Hotel | 8 Nights in Teahouse Eco Lodge

The most popular hiking of the Annapurna range is Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is getting its rising popularity among all types of hikers visiting Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters) is the ultimate destination of ABC Trekking. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is home to the world-famous Gurkhas. Besides, high and beautiful mountains, beautiful settlements and diverse culture, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

The incomparable beauty of Mt. Fishtail is praised by travelers, photographers, painters, and bloggers throughout the world.  One of the main trails of ACAP, Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail takes the trekkers alongside terraced rice paddies. That leads upward through the lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the dominating view of Annapurna Mountain Range. It passes through gushing waterfalls, ethnic villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, providing one with the picturesque panorama of the mountains.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Wander around Gurung Villages 
  • Amaze with the view of Lush Forests of Rhododendrons and oaks
  •  Cross the numerous Perennial rivers and suspension bridges
  • Take a glimpse of Nepalese Rural lifestyle
  • Taste the delicious Nepalese Food Sets – Thakali Cuisines
  • Gaze the stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massif and the Star ways over the mountain range
  • Visit unique Gurung settlements including Ghandruk
  • Shoot the amazing sunrise view over mountain range during Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek
  • Overwhelmed with beautiful mountain vistas
  • Capture the alluring sunrise and sunsets
  • Enjoy your rewarding evening in the lakeside of Pokhara valley

Route Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Map

Popularly, people understand the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as Annapurna Sanctuary trek. One can combine ABC trek with several other extended trekking packages. Generally, travelers love to combine Annapurna Base Camp trek with Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek. Besides that the Khopra Danda Trek and Mardi Himal Base Camp trek, Round Annapurna trek are the other popular destinations. All the trekking trails lead you to reach different bases of Annapurna Massif. Among all trails of Annapurna Region, ABC trek is a much-loved one. Like many other trails in the region, the trek begins in Pokhara, specifically either through the Dhampus ridge or via Nayapul.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail follows an exquisite river basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary with deep gorges, narrow and dazzling river and glacier valleys. The route gives a chance to view more than 10 enormous mountains serially.Alternatives & Extension

Some different routes are leading to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail goes in a clockwise direction. It starts from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrung, Deurali, and lastly to the Annapurna Base Camp. The trail will also take you to the popular Ghorepani Poon Hill. It normally takes 10-12 days to cover this route depending upon the time of the trekker. Because the path mostly goes through the highlands of the region, high altitude might be a challenge. Another challenge might be the slippery nature of the classical route. The popular and shortcut trail to get the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is via Ghandruk village. Ghandruk is a famous Gurung village of the region

Best Season to trek

Autumn (September to November), and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the trek when it is sunny and warm and has when you could get clear views of the mountains. December to February would be favorable if you want to avoid the crowds and the heavy traffic and enjoy some time alone with nature. However, the temperature could be harsh during that time of the year. Trekking in monsoon (June to August) will be affected by rain, but the summer trek could be a boon for any keen botanist.

Difficulty

Since trekking in Nepal is a bit challenging because the routes offer steep climb to reach the vantage points and the altitude. However, trekking in the Annapurna region offers both easy and moderate trekking compared to other treks.

Entry & Permits

Oriental Journeys Pvt. Ltd. is a travel expert and trip planner in Nepal. It does all the documentation and arrangement for the necessary permits of TIMS and ACAP for your trip. The quoted price includes the permit fee and service charge. While trekking, you will have to check in the checkpoints where you have to display your permits and log your name. It helps in your safety as well as monitoring activities on the trails.

Discounts & Regular Announcements

We offer discounts for groups and family travelers. There are regular announcements regarding discounts and extra inclusions. Make a quick inquiry to grab the opportunities. We operate others several trails of the Annapurna region, browse trips under Annapurna Region Trekking to see other scenic hiking programs.

Equipment & Packing List to set for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Consider your weight limit before the packing. Prioritize your most essential things first and pack it as per the packing guidelines. Next, assume the season and check the weather forecast for additional things to carry. We have a general Equipment & packing list for the trek in the Himalayas. Go through the link (Equipment Checklist)

General Weather & Temperature

Weather and temperature are not the same throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail. It rapidly changes with gain or loss in the altitude. Naturally, the seasonal phenomenon are crucial factors for the variation in the weather and temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail.

Similar to other countries, Nepal has four seasons. Nepal gets rainfall during Jun-July due to monsoon. Very few people choose ABC for monsoon trek. Despite Australia, other parts of the world experience the similar seasonal experience in Nepal. Australia has just an opposite seasonal time relative to Nepal.

You can expect a minimum temperature of 8.6-degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 28-degree Celsius in the lower part of the ABC trail. However, the base camp is relatively cold due to its high altitude and rarely falls to zero with little rainfall during September. The days are normally sunny with partially cloudy skies.

During October, skies are clearer with very little precipitation. The lower parts are relatively warm with temperatures between 5-20 degrees Celsius. Whereas, Base camp becomes more colder with minus temperature. Similarly, the November is colder and temperature fall to -5 degree Celsius in the base camp with low precipitation. Since the last few years, the weather of the base camp area is irregular with frequent snowfall during the winter and spring.

Meals

The daily meals during the Annapurna Base Camp trek is not same for all the days. The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara include only the breakfast. During the trek days (Day 04- Day 10), your trip includes three meals a day. The available food includes bread, pasta, potato, noodles, bread, Dal Bhat, with seasonal vegetables plus tea/coffee with breakfast. You will have breakfast and dinner at your lodge. While you will have your lunch at the restaurants on the route. Meals are generally vegetarian served with seasonal vegetables. Oriental Journeys will serve you a welcome or farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant in Kathmandu.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Today is your arrival day. After your arrival at Tribhuvan   International Airport, one of our representatives from Oriental Journeys will come to receive it. Then we will drive to the hotel and have a briefing of your trekking program. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Meal Plan: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Exploration of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Durbar Square Sightseeing
Kathmandu Durbar Square Sightseeing

Annapurna Base Camp Trek program begins with Kathmandu Valley Exploration. Kathmandu -the capital city of Nepal, is rich in cultures, traditions and the unity in diversity exists here. Today we will explore the four marvelous World  Heritage Sites enlisted by UNESCO. To explore the Kathmandu valley is one of the best things to do in Nepal. We will begin to explore from Pashupatinath – a very famous temple of Lord Shiva. The morning prayers epitomize the reverence for Lord Shiva and you will feel positive vibes around you. The next destination is Boudhanath Stupa. It is a very famous place for sightseeing. From there we will head to Swayambhunath – Popularly known as The Monkey Temple is believed to be self-born. You can see an amazing view of the Kathmandu valley from the top of Swayambhunath. Our final destination for the day is Kathmandu Durbar Square – also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Square. It lies near to Thamel which has busy roads yet seems splendid. There are many interesting stories of this famous tourist destination of Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu

Tourists enjoy boating in Phewa Lake during Nepal Highlights tour
Tourists enjoy boating in Phewa Lake during Nepal Highlights tour

This day we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara – the city of lakes in an amazing place to visit. After we reach there and if we still have time then we will explore the lakeside and the local market of Pokhara. Furthermore, we can also visit David Falls if we have enough time. Overnight stay at Pokhara in a 3-star hotel. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 4: Trek to Gandruk from Pokhara

View from Ghandruk during ABC trek
View from Ghandruk during ABC trek

The trek begins here. We will at first drive to Nayapul and then trek to Gandruk. The greenery of the pathway with various vegetation such as oak trees, beautifully blooming rhododendron trees on the season and other well-preserved forests is marvelous. Ghandruk – an ethnic Gurung village, bestows us the panoramic views of the mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m) and Fishtail ( Machhapuchhre ).Overnight Stay at teahouse at Ghandruk.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrong :(2210m) 5 hrs walk

View of Mt. Annapurna
View of Mt. Annapurna

Today we will descend downwards.  The beautiful pathway leads us to the uphills of Ghandruk. The precipitous pathway leads us to the Kimron Khola. With the pleasing sight of the river, we continue to trek towards Chomrong. Chomrong is the village that lies on the pathway which leads us to Annapurna Sanctuary. Furthermore, you will feel blessed to watch the marvelous views of Annapurna mountain from the ethnic Gurung village of Chomrong. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Chomrong to Bamboo - (2350m) 5 hrs walk

Chhomrong
Chhomrong

The morning after having our breakfast we will continue our journey from Chomrong. You will be amazed to see the thrilling rocky pathway. Furthermore, you have to be aware of the bees and wasps that are in the rocky trails. Then we will reach Sinuwa. You will be delighted to walk across the steeply but awesome long staircase. Besides this, you will be pleased to walk along the dense Bamboo forests. There you can see the splendid oak and rhododendron forests. Then through these forests, we will reach the Bamboo lodge. We will stay overnight at the lodge.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7: Trek from the lodge to Deurali - (3140m) 5 hrs walk

Deurali
Deurali

The marvelous trek along the amazing forest of the bamboo, oak and rhododendron trees will amaze you. We will ascend through the forest and reach the incredible Dovan. Furthermore, we will trek along the continuously and eye-catching river. Then we will trek to Deurali through the mucky pathway. Overnight stay at Deurali.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp - (4130m) 5 hrs walk

Hiking to Annapurna Base Camp
Hiking to Annapurna Base Camp

We will continue to trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp. You will be overwhelmed to see the mesmerizing views of the majestic mountain peaks like Mount Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Fish Tail or Machhapuchhare  (6997m). This will be a lifelong memory for you. We will take the pictures here and have fun around. We will spend our night at the nearby lodge. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 9: Trek from base camp to Bamboo - (2335m) 6 hrs walk

Today we will observe the sunrise views from the basecamp. You will be mesmerized to see the Himalayas turning golden as the sun rays touches the snow-capped mountains. After that, we will descend downwards from basecamp to the Bamboo lodge. We will stay overnight at the lodge.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Hot water springs) - (1780m) 4/5 hrs walk

Jhinu Danda
Jhinu Danda

Though we are returning our way back, there are still numerous things that await for us. We will trek downhills from Bamboo. The pathway is marvelous with the amazing sight of the lush bamboo and oak forest. You will be astonished to see the varieties of the rhododendron trees on the pathway and beautifully blooming during the season.  Then we will trek down to the easy trails of Sinuwa which further leads us to the ethnic Gurung village of Chomrong. From here we will descend downhill with the amazing staircase of Chomrong and reach the stunning Jhinu Danda. It is a well-known place for hot water springs. You can have a relaxing session of the hot water bath in the springs of Jhinu Danda. We will spend our night in Jhinu Danda.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara city. - 7 hrs walk

Pokhara Fewa Lake
Pokhara Fewa Lake

After our breakfast, we will trek down from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul – the starting and the ending point of our trek. The beautiful and mesmerizing pathways will amaze you with the suspension bridges and the greenery of the lush forests. Moreover, we will reach Nayapul along these marvelous pathways. From Nayapul, we will drive back to Pokhara. You can still roam around and explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Overnight stay at 3-star in Pokhara.

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

We will drive back to Kathmandu today from Pokhara. You will feel more delighted when you see the fiercely flowing Trishuli river on the way back to Kathmandu. You can see the cable car point at Kurintar. It is the starting point to reach the very famous temple – Manakamana. People visit there with a belief that wishes will come true. Then we will reach Kathmandu as we pass by the Thankot. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal: Breakfast 

Day 13: Fly Home

Day of departure. Today you will fly back to your native place from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. One of our representatives from Oriental Journeys will escort you to the airport from the hotel before three hours of your scheduled flight. We are hopeful to serve you again in the next trip to Nepal. 

Meal: Breakfast 

Which is the best time of year to trek in Annapurna Base Camp?

March-June and September-December is the perfect time to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Some people prefer to visit the region around the year.

What is the altitude of the Annapurna Base camp?

We reach 4,130m altitude in Annapurna base camp trekking.

How supportive is your guide during trekking?

A well-experienced guide will accompany you throughout the trek. He will help you in every situation.

What happens when it’s a fast group and I am the slow plodder of this trek?

Generally, 5/6 hours of walking is the average walking of each day during the trek. If the trekker could not pace for average walking, Oriental Journeys will provide a separate guide. And even you can customize the itinerary as per your physical condition, comfort level, and time availability.

How long will we walk on an average day’s trekking?

During trekking, 5 to 7 hours of walking are the average day’s walking. However, above 3500m elevation the times will be the same but you will only cover 8 to 9 km. However, all our itineraries can be customized as per the geographical and physical condition of the individual participant.

Is Annapurna circuit same Walk as Annapurna base camp?

No. Annapurna Circuit is different than the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Annapurna Circuit rounds Annapurna Massif and needs to cross Thorang La Pass (5416m) since Annapurna Base camp ends at 4130m elevation.

Is Annapurna Base Camp trek dangerous?

No, Annapurna Base Camp trek is not dangerous. However, trekking and adventure tour is all about physical fitness and preparedness (logistic, physical and mental). Therefore, the trek can be easily done by the people aged from 10 to 75 years. Since the trekking trail does not have straightly up and straightly down the path, it can be done by the first time traveler.

How long is Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The Annapurna Base camp trek can be done from 10 to 12 days depending on the itinerary and pace of your walking. The total distance of Annapurna base camp trek is 115 km from Kathmandu. You will be walking from 10 to 20 km each day for this trek.

How many people are typically on each trip?

Typically, there are 5-8 people in a group. But once you book, the trip is guaranteed to depart.

Can I charge my camera and other equipment on my trip?

The charging facilities will be available in some hotel receptions, however; we have to pay for this service. Please do not forget to bring two or three-pin travel adapters with you while coming in trekking.

Does this package include guide?

Yes, the package includes the guides throughout the trip.

Who will be your guide?

Oriental Journeys will provide you a government licensed holder local English speaking guide. We can also provide guides who speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German and any other if you prefer. But for them,  you have to pay extra cost.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your personal interests and spending habits. While you stay in Kathmandu, you can allocate per person $50 to 70 for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. You can allocate approximately $ 300 to 350 per person to buy meals and drinks during the trek.

How high is Annapurna?

Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world by elevation (8,091m).

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & drops
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Guest House (Lodge) during the trekking
  • 2 night’s hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & breakfast plan
  • An English speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest) the porter will carry (30KG in maximum) your luggage during the trek
  • All Government local Taxes
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fees
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s Information Management System card
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Guide & Porter insurance during the trekking
  • First Aid kit above 6 pax Compulsory from Agency
  • Extra services according to the guest per Demand ” Please feel free to inform us”

Cost Excludes

  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses
  • Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone, and Laundry
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance,
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects.
  • Entrance Fees any kind of Temples, Monastery, etc
  • Vehicles for Sightseeing
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Flight fair Kathmandu/Pokhara/ Kathmandu ( Guest + Guide)
  • Airport taxes

There is no fixed departure trip for this month. You can request for a private group trip.

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Aug 3, 2019
by Charlotte on Oriental Journeys

Annapurna Base Camp trek was a fantastic experience! I did it with my family. All-day, we stayed in teahouse lodges. They were basic but comfortable enough to have the rest. Food was amazing. The views were fantastic each day. We had a very supporting guides and porter arranged by Oriental Journeys. The stair to the Ghyorepani and Chomrung were tough.
The view from Poon Hill was amazing. The Base Camp was cold but rewarding with sunrise view. Hot spring was relaxing. The overall trip was excellent. I recommend the operator without any doubt.

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