Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers the most dramatic trek in Annapurna region. The trekking trail to Annapurna goes through the terraced rice paddies, verdant rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the view stunning of Annapurna ranges most of the times. The base camp of Annapurna is set on the glacial moraine right below the towering peaks: amidst of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Machhapuchhre which are seen from Pokhara.
It is one of spectacular treks in Nepal that brings you so close to 8,000m+ peaks in short time period (within 4 days of trek). The Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary ranges from 7 – 14 days, depending on the trekking routes and walking hours per day. The ABC itinerary offered here takes 8 days, starting from Nayapul and rising up to Jhinu and then north to ABC via Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
You can opt for 12 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with visit to popular viewpoint Poon Hill (3,210m).
The ABC trail rises from village to village where you will find local eagerly waiting to welcome you. The trail above Chhomrong slows its pace, the path steepens and enters to the Annapurna Sanctuary where forest line gives way to dwarf vegetation and peaks come full into view.
The steep climb to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is followed by gradual but challenging hike to BC. The view becomes more dramatic as the ice peak enclose you (cloud often obscures the view from 12:00 but Evening and sunrise offers surprising photographic opportunities).
The returning is easy – downhill walk; moderate fitness and sound health is recommended.
The teahouses along the Annapurna trekking route are well-equipped with wide selection of food from typical Nepal cuisine to Pizza and Choumein (but don’t expect highly luxurious amenities). Hot showers are available at every teahouse (expect at higher altitude).
Best Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
There are two high to trek Annapurna Base Camp.
Usually spring bring cloud and hide mountains after 12:00 but if you are flower lovers it would be perfect season to trek. Morning and sunset views are simply spectacular in spring.
Autumn is the best season for trekking Annapurna. The weather is good and so are the views. Large number of tourist flocks in Annapurna region in this season.
Day 01:Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m)
Duration of time:3-4 hours
After breakfast, you drive 200km northwest from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes around 6-7 hours via tourist bus. It is an adventurous drive with scenic view of terraced rice field, stunning landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna Himalayan Range. You stop at 12:00 PM for lunch on your way to Pokhara.
Overnight at Lodge in Pokhara
Day 02:Drive to Nayapul(1070m) trek to Jhinu Danda(1700m)
Duration of time:7-8 hours
After having breakfast, you drive to Nayapul from Pokhara via private car. It takes around 1.5 hours to get to Nayapul (1,070m) and you will begin the trek to Jhinu Danda. It is an easy walk of 4 hours to reach Jhinu Danda. You can explore greeneries and rivers along the way.
Overnight at Lodge in Jhinu Danda
Day 03:Jhinu Danda(1700m) to Bamboo(2310m)
Duration of time:6 hours
Today you trek to Bamboo via Chomrong. You climb down via countless steps and cross the suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola. From this place, you will be ascending till you reach Sinuwa and walk through dense rhododendron forest to Kuldihar. Then you take an easy descent to Bamboo.
Overnight at Lodge in Bamboo
Day 04:Bamboo(2310m) to Deurali(3200m)
Duration of time:5 hours
Taking a steep ascent through the dry and cold bamboo forest, the forest path opens up as we reach to Himalayan Hotel situated in Deurali. You get to see spectacular scenery around. You then go upwards through a steep path along a damp and dry forest towards Hinku Cave. From this spot, you will be descending down to reach the river and then onwards you ascend up the ridge to Deurali. The vegetation starts getting thinner and the view becomes astounding.
Overnight at Lodge in Deurali
Day 05:Deurali(3200m) to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m)
Duration of time:5 hours
Today you climb from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp which is quite strenuous and takes around 2 hours. From MBC, you get remarkable views of Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna – the rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on your way to ABC and the trekking route opens up as you enter Annapurna sanctuary. From here, you get tantalizing views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna rising above you. The sanctuary offers the dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From BC, you get the best view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchulu and other peaks.
Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp
Day 06:Annapurna Base Camp(4130m) to Sinuwa(2100m)
Duration of time:7 hours
Today you wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise view over Annapurna Himalayas. After some magical time at BC, you retrace your steps back downhill into the tree line with few short ups to reach at Bamboo. After Bamboo, you will be walking along the Modi River gorge and then climb up to Khuldi-Ghar into the forested area and make a gradual climb to Sinuwa (2,330m).
Overnight at Lodge in Sinuwa
Day 07:Sinuwa(2100m) to Siwai buspark then drive to Pokhara(850m)
Duration of time:7-8 hours
From Sinuwa, you descend down to Chhomrong Khola and cross the suspension bridge that takes you to the top of Chhomrong village. Then you descend down all the way to Jhinu village perched on the ridge top with amazing landscapes and rolling green hills. A short descend via stone stairs takes you to Nayapul, followed by a short walk to Siwai. From here you drive back to Pokhara to conclude your trek.
Overnight at lodge in Pokhara
Day 08:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Kathmandu(1400m)
Duration of time:7-8 hours
From Pokhara, you drive back to Kathmandu, an adventurous journey filled with diverse landscapes and changing topography. It will take about 6-7 hours. You can relish the drive with the greenery, rivers and terrace farming. After you arrive at Kathmandu, you can head to your inn to take some rest or you can visit around Kathmandu.
- Star hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- All the ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation and equipment for all the staffs
- Down jacket and sleeping (to be returned after completion of the trek)
- All the necessary paper work and permit (ACAP & TIMS)
- All the governmental, official and local taxes
- Medial kit with necessary medicines (to be carried by trek leader)
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- International Flight
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, phone calls, shopping etc.
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides, porter and driver
We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request and will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.
Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.
During Annapurna Base Camp Trek 08 Days, we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.
We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell dinner).
Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.
What to bring
Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP) and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for ACAP. For ABC Trekking 08 Days, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.
This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.
Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to fatal conditions.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 08 Days itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
ABC trek is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.
We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.
Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.
Best Time to Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.
Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.