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    Nepal
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    Moderate
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    Lodge to Lodge Trek
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    Private Transport+Tourist Bus
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    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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    Lodge To Lodge
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    Group Size: 1-16 Pax
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    4130m.

About Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp trek takes you very close to the catchy mountains and glaciers, in a few days from the city. It is a moderate-level trek in the Annapurna region. The ABC trekking region is a land of Gurung and Magar people, who are renowned as the brave Gurkha. Also, Known as the Annapurna sanctuary trek, the trekking trails mostly go through the dense forest.

More than a half journey of the Annapurna base camp trek exists in the same route. You use the same trail to go up to the base camp and come back to Chhomrong. That is why the Annapurna base camp route looks very busy compared to the other treks in the Annapurna region. The area is controlled by the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP). There are limited lodges with few accommodations and are usually fully booked earlier. You need to reserve your space in advance or need to share rooms with other trekkers for a few nights.

The Annapurna base camp trekking has multiple locations to start and end the trip. If you have a long holiday, you can go through the Ghorepani Poon hill route and finish in Phedi, which is a 12-days base camp trip to Annapurna. Starting the trek from Siwai and ending at the same place is the shortest itinerary of the Annapurna base camp.

Fascinating mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, green nature, local culture, tradition, waterfalls, blooming flowers and lots of attractions make the trip wonderful for the trekkers. The Annapurna base camp trek can be one of the best acclimatization practices before attempting the Everest base camp trek for you.

Trekking Itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp

A regular Annapurna base camp trek itinerary is for 10-days from Pokhara to Pokhara. It begins from Nayapul after a short drive from Pokhara and goes to Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan and Deurali before reaching the base camp.

Annapurna I, Hiuchuli, tent peak, Annapurna Fang, Gandharbha Chuli, fishtail and more big mountains are very close to the base camp, that you feel like you can touch them. The sunset in the evening and sunrise in the morning become very much attractive to the mountains, that you can see from the base camp. The trail returns the same way until Bamboo and Chhomrong then split to Jhinu hot spring.

The Annapurna base camp trek ends in Nayapul with a long day walk from Jhinu Danda or you can take a drive from Siwai to Pokhara. Alternatively, you can go to Tolka or Dhampus if you have a few days more. There is a joining trail to the Mardi Himal trek from Landruk village. If you have around 4-5 days more, you can go to Mardi Himal base camp from here.

The shortest itinerary to the Annapurna base camp is for 6 days, which starts from Siwai. You drive directly there from Pokhara, trek to the base camp following Chhomrong, Himalaya and Machhapuchchhre base camp, and then visit ABC. If you take the route through Ghandruk, it will be a 7-days itinerary to the Annapurna base camp trip.

Best Time to Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Autumn is the best time for the Annapurna base camp trek. The autumn comes right after the monsoon, so all the hazes are clear by the monsoon rainfall. Mostly, the visibility will be clear in the months of autumn. There are fewer chances of rainfall and snow in October and November and the mountains look prettier.

The spring is also a popular trekking season for the Annapurna base camp. It has a warmer temperature compared to autumn. Blooming rhododendrons make the trekking trail attractive at the beginning of March. But, there might be avalanches sometimes in the spring on the trekking trail, so you need to be careful while walking from Deurali to Machhapuchchhre base camp.

December also can be one of the best months for the Annapurna base camp trek, but it will be freezing. If you would like to trek with no crowd and can stay in cold temperature, December can be a perfect time for you. January and February mostly snow a lot, but it might not happen every year.

Lots of rain during the summer make the trail slippery. Because of this, trekking to the base camp of Annapurna during the monsoon is not recommended. There are many wooden short bridges to cross the streams. It might be dangerous to cross if it is slippery and wet.

Trekking Equipment for Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking gear for the Annapurna base camp depends on the seasons. If you are planning a trek in autumn, you need to pack warmer equipment compared to the spring. Do not forget to pack rain gear if you are on a trip at the beginning of September and the end of May. Here, you can see the essential gear list below for the Annapurna base camp.

  • Duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Down jacket
  • Half and full sleeves trekking shirts
  • Half and full sleeves trekking trousers
  • Thermal layers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windproof jacket
  • Good quality trekking boots
  • Sport shoes and water sandals
  • Quick drier towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Head torch
  • Few pairs of trekking socks
  • Rain gear
  • First-Aid kit
  • Sun lotion
  • Moisturizing cream
  • Lipbalm
  • Wet napkins
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm gloves
  • Extra camera battery
  • Powerbank
  • Flexible power socket

Accommodation, Food and Drink on Base Camp Route

There are plenty of guesthouses until Chhomrong, but limited lodges with limited rooms are up to the base camp. You have to book accommodations in these places in Dovan, Himalaya, Deurali, MBC, ABC and Bamboo. If you don’t reserve your space, you need to share the accommodation with others or seep into a tent. Even you have to share rooms if you are a solo trekker during a high trekking season. All the rooms are common with no bathroom inside after Chhomrong village, but the beds are clean and comfortable.

The foods on the Annapurna base camp trek are served from a food menu in every lodge, where you stay. The food course is mixed with local and western items. It means you do not need to stay with local food all the time and do not need to bring your food for the trek. Piza from Chhorong to the base camp is one of the best dishes for lunch and dinner on the Annapurna base camp trail.

The ABC region is the plastic banded area, so you can not buy bottled water. You can buy the boiled filter or refill the water in your bottle or camelback. You can also drink normal water using purification methods.

Remember us for your best trekking trip to the Annapurna base camp trek in Nepal. We operate this trek with safety and competitive cost. Frolic Adventure has decades of experience in arranging trekking trips in Nepal like the Annapurna base camp. You may contact us directly if you have more questions about the trip.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Relish the mesmerizing sunrise over the Annapurna range atop the Poonhill viewpoint
  • Experience the Gurung culture and reception in villages en route to ABC
  • Enjoy the views of the Annapurna Massif from Machhapuchhre Base Camp and ABC
  • Relax at the hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Tour around the culturally prosperous Kathmandu Valley

Itinerary

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At Tribhuvan International Airport our representatives will be on standby awaiting your arrival from where you will be driven directly to your hotel. After well-deserved refreshments, you will be introduced to the guides who will brief you on the trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the arrival time
We begin our journey with a full day cultural tour of the Kathmandu Valley beginning from Swayambhunath and the mesmerizing views of Kathmandu valley from up the hill. We then head towards Pashupatinath resonating with prayers and bells in homage to the gods. The journey then winds towards the historical and cultural centre of Kathmandu Durbar Square adorned with the history of a long lineage of Kings who ruled upon the nation. We end our journey through the UNESCO world heritage sites at Boudhanath with its captivating sunset views. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
The beginning of the journey today we head to Pokhara. The journey to the city of lakes begins from the valley heading out of its twisty roads reaching Prithvi Highway and the thrashing Trishuli River. The tranquil journey gives us a peek at the majestic Himalayas right as we enter the mesmerizing Pokhara valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Tourist Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
Today, we begin our trek to ABC from Nayapul located at a distance of 1-hour drive away from Pokhara. Trekking through the banks of Modi Khola, we reach the bustling hamlet of Birethanti. Continuing alongside the northern banks of Bhurungdi Khola we reach the valley of Hile beyond which lies Tikhedhunga where we spend our first day on the go. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tikhedhunga
  • Altitude: 1540m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus + Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The journey heads towards the scenic Ghorepani today and falls under the long days of traveling. The trail heading out of Tikhedhunga soon finds the arduous steep ascend to Ulleri. We continue our journey through patches of lush green forests filled with oak and rhododendron trees to reach Banthanti. The trail continues surrounded by forested lands and mesmerizing landscapes to reach Ghorepani. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghorepani
  • Altitude: 2850m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
An early day as we make our way up to the scenic viewpoint of Poon Hill to witness the mesmerizing views of the Himalayan sunrise. The sights of Manaslu (8,163m), Gangapurna (7,454m), the fish-tailed Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m) accompanied by countless other Himalayas from the Great Annapurna Range is not a sight you come across often. We then descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue our journey to Tadapani through its ridges and alpine forests. Overnight stay at Tadapani.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tadapani
  • Altitude: 2610m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 5:00 am
One of the shorter days of the Annapurna base camp trek as we make our way to Chhomrong. The journey begins with a downhill trek through lush green forests alive with wildlife to reach Gurjung Village adorned by the culturally rich ethnic Gurung tribe. The trail stretches through alpine forests and Nepali flatlands burdened with small ascends and descends before resting at Chhomrong. Overnight stay at Chhomrong.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chhmrong
  • Altitude: 2170m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The trail heading out of Chhomrong descends through the stone staircase to reach Chhomrong Khola crosses it on a suspension bridge heading towards the lush green forests of bamboo and oak trees. The journey continues with another ascend heading towards Kuldighar on the top of the hill before once again descending through familiar forests of oak and rhododendron trees to reach Dovan. Overnight stay at Dovan.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dovan
  • Altitude: 2600m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The journey out of Dovan begins once again through the forested trail. The trail today is associated with the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek as it is believed that the region surrounded by the mesmerizing Himalayas is home to the Goddess of Harvests. Continuing across the rugged Himalayan trail surrounded by stunning views of the Annapurna Range we land at Deurali. Overnight stay at Deurali.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Deurali
  • Altitude: 3200m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
A short day of trekking but arduous and captivating in equal measures. Guided by the snowy ridges and rugged trail we head towards the Annapurna base camp at 4130m after passing Machhapuchhre Base Camp on the way. The trail heads past the mesmerizingly captivating views of Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna Fang (7,646m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna III (7,555m) and sky-high peaks of the Annapurna Region. We spend overnight at the base camp enjoying the stunning views of a Himalayan sunset. Overnight stay at Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: ABC
  • Altitude: 4130m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we begin the journey downhill away from the canopy of the Himalayas. The journey heads down quickly descending through the rugged Himalayan trail and reaching the ever-growing forests filled with bamboo, oak and rhododendron trees. In the company of stunning landscapes and small settlements, we continue our journey reaching the village of Bamboo. Overnight stay at Bamboo.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bamboo
  • Altitude: 2310m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we make way to Jhinu Danda, our final Himalayan settlement before Pokhara. The journey out of Bamboo rises alongside the hill reaching Kuldighar on the top beyond which the downhill forest trail leads to Chhomrong Khola. Continuing the trail of descending we reach Jhinu Danda followed by a tranquil bath at the hot water springs. The perfect place to drown our aches after the mesmerizing journey through the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Jhinu Danda.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jhinu Danda
  • Altitude: 1780m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The final day of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek today; we begin our descent to Nayapul from Jhinu Danda. The trail continues through lush green forests surrounded by mesmerizing Hilly landscapes. Throughout the rugged hilly trail, we come across several trekkers and local heading in and out of the region. After reaching Nayapul we begin our journey to Pokhara which takes about 1 hour via bus. You can enjoy the Lakeside area and celebrate the success of the trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk + Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The final day of the journey; we head back to Kathmandu heading out of Pokhara through the familiar bends of Prithvi Highway. Soon the thrashing Trishuli River joins us crowded with rafters seeking adventure and thrill in her rocky bends. Once back at Kathmandu we will head back to our hotel and enjoy the amenities before the farewell dinner with Frolic Adventure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Tourist Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:30 am
Our representatives will once again drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport with best wishes from the entire team. We hope you had a lovely time with us.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Home
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier from the departure flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu in tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • 2-nights Accommodation in Pokhara in the standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • Private car/van/bus and a guide for the cultural tour (60 USD extra).
  • All the ground transportations during the trip.
  • Your standard meals BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary paper works, conservation area entry permits, TIMS card and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • An arrangement of an emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • We help you to hire a Sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bags if you don't have (with extra cost)
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Frolic Adventure invites you farewell dinner on last night.
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport  (Kathmandu). 
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in cities Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • All entry fees for heritage sites.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

Useful Info

How much does it cost for the Annapurna base camp permit and where can I get it?

Annapurna conservation area entry permit and trekkers information management system (TIMS) cards are required for the Annapurna base camp trip. The ACAP permit can issue by the national trust for nature conservation offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara for individual trekkers and Pokhara, and TIMS can obtain from the Nepal tourism board Kathmandu and Pokhara offices.

If you are on a group tour with us, we arrange all essential trekking documents for the Annapurna base camp. A conservation entry permit costs 3,000 NPR for the individual and group trekkers per person, but TIMS cards cost 10 USD for group trekkers and 20 USD for an individual.

How difficult is it to trek to the Annapurna base camp?

Annapurna base camp is not a very difficult trek, but there are lots of up and down hills. It can be a bit difficult if you are not the usual hiker.

How dangerous is it to trek to the Annapurna base camp?

Trekking to the Annapurna base camp is not that dangerous in the usual trekking season, but visiting in winter and summer can be dangerous sometimes.

How high is Annapurna base camp?

The Annapurna base camp is at 4,130m above sea level.

Do I get altitude sickness while trekking to the Annapurna base camp?

No, Most Annapurna base camp trekkers do not get altitude sickness. Some people might feel a little bit of altitude after Machhapuchchhre base camp, but it won’t be very much difficult. The trek begins from a low elevation and goes gradually to a higher altitude.

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