Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: A Journey Through the Heart of the Nepali Himalayas

Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek) is a crown jewel in the realm of Himalayan adventures. Nestled within the Annapurna Sanctuary, this trek offers a captivating blend of breathtaking mountain vistas, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker seeking a challenge or an enthusiastic first-timer yearning for an unforgettable encounter with nature, the ABC Trek promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Unveiling the Majesty of the Himalayas:

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you on a mesmerizing journey through some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. Witness the awe-inspiring Annapurna Massif, a formidable wall of giants including Annapurna I (8,091m), the world’s tenth highest peak. Gaze upon the iconic Machapuchare, better known as Fishtail Peak, a near-symmetrical pyramid that dominates the skyline with its enchanting beauty. Let your eyes wander across the majestic Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and countless other Himalayan giants that pierce the clear blue sky. As you traverse the trails, keep an eye out for the elusive Himalayan tahr, a wild goat with impressive horns, and the adorable red panda, a national treasure of Nepal.

A Tapestry of Diverse Landscapes:

The ABC Trek is a kaleidoscope of ever-changing landscapes. Your journey begins in Pokhara, a scenic lakeside town nestled amidst majestic mountains. From there, you’ll embark on a captivating trail that winds through verdant valleys adorned with cascading waterfalls and lush rhododendron forests teeming with colorful blooms. Cross gushing rivers over quaint suspension bridges and traverse charming villages where the Gurung people, the hospitable inhabitants of this region, warmly welcome you. As you ascend, the landscape transforms into high-altitude meadows carpeted with wildflowers, offering panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. Finally, reaching Annapurna Base Camp, nestled amidst towering giants, is a moment of pure exhilaration, a reward for your perseverance and a testament to the enduring beauty of the Himalayas.

Embracing the Warmth of Gurung Culture:

The ABC Trek isn’t just about the physical challenge; it’s a journey of cultural immersion. Along the trail, you’ll encounter the Gurung people, known for their warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage. Observe their traditional way of life, where prayer flags flutter in the wind and locals carry on their daily routines in harmony with the surrounding environment. Learn about their fascinating customs and traditions, and perhaps even try your hand at weaving or other traditional crafts. Savor delicious local cuisine, a blend of fresh mountain produce and unique flavors, that will tantalize your taste buds. The genuine smiles and welcoming spirit of the Gurung people will undoubtedly enrich your experience and leave you with a newfound appreciation for their culture.

Optional Adventures for the Intrepid Spirit:

For those seeking an extra dose of adventure, the ABC Trek offers several exciting side trips. Hike to Poon Hill before dawn and witness a breathtaking sunrise paint the Annapurna Himalayas in a mesmerizing array of colors. Soak your tired muscles in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a welcome respite after a day on the trail. Challenge yourself with a climb up Poon Hill for an even more spectacular perspective of the mountain ranges. These optional adventures add another layer of excitement to your trek and create lasting memories.

A Moderate Challenge with Unforgettable Rewards:

The ABC Trek is considered a moderate challenge, making it accessible to trekkers with a good level of physical fitness. The well-maintained trails offer a gradual ascent, allowing you to acclimatize to the higher altitude. However, some sections require steeper climbs, particularly during the final ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. The key is to take your time, listen to your body, and enjoy the journey at your own pace. The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, will be a reward that will stay with you long after the trek is over.

 

Detail Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our team will warmly greet you and ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel. Once you've checked in, take some time to relax and rejuvenate. In the evening, join us for a delightful welcome dinner hosted by Touching Mountain Treks. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow travelers and kick off your Nepal journey on a memorable note. Enjoy your overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Today, we'll start our day with a delightful breakfast before delving into a guided tour of Kathmandu's rich historical and spiritual landmarks. Our itinerary includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the iconic Durbar Square, the revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the impressive Bouddhanath Buddhist shrine, renowned as one of the largest stupas globally.

At noon, we'll gather for a pre-trip discussion where we'll meet our trek leader and fellow team members. Touching Mountain Treks will provide us with a detailed briefing about our upcoming trek, giving us the opportunity to ask any questions and ensuring we're fully prepared for the adventure ahead. We'll spend the night in Kathmandu, ready to kickstart our trekking journey.

After a hearty breakfast, we board a tourist bus for a scenic journey of about 6-7 hours to Pokhara. En route, we're treated to breathtaking views of the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers winding through lush green mountains, with occasional glimpses of rocky terrain, interconnected rivers, and bubbling springs.

Pokhara, nestled amidst the towering Annapurna (8,091m), Machapuchare (6,993m), Dhaulagiri (8,169m), Manaslu (8,156m), and Lamjung Himal (6,983m), is renowned for its stunning lakes, including Phewa and Begnas.

This valley is not just a natural marvel but also a tourist haven, boasting modern amenities for a comfortable stay. We highly recommend exploring Pokhara to immerse yourself in diverse cultures and discover its myriad attractions.

Driving Hours: 2hrs, Trek Distance: 7km / 4.34miles, Highest Altitude: 1,540m / 5,050ft, Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs

After enjoying a hearty breakfast by the tranquil Phewa Lake, we embark on a short scenic drive through picturesque landscapes towards Tikhedhunga. The journey is pleasantly smooth, passing through Nayapul and then Birethanti, offering glimpses of breathtaking terraced farms lining the banks of the Bhurungdi Khola.

From Birethanti, we transition to an off-road route leading to Tikhedunga. The trek commences at Tikhedhunga, winding through charming Sudame and Hile villages, culminating at Ulleri, situated at an elevation of 2073 meters. The trekking duration spans approximately three hours, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region.

Trek Distance: 11km / 6miles, Highest Altitude: 2,860m / 9,385ft, Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs

Today's trek promises excitement as we gradually ascend along the trail. Along the way, you'll be treated to magnificent views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli snow peaks. Passing through the enchanting rhododendron forest, keep an eye out for various wild animals, refreshing springs, and flowing rivers. Eventually, we'll reach Ghorepani, a stunning settlement perched on a ridgeline. The panoramic vistas of the Himalayas from this village are awe-inspiring, offering heavenly views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Tukuche, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Barah Sikhar, and the iconic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Trek Distance: 11.5km / 7.1miles, Highest Altitude: 3,210m / 10,525ft, Trek Duration: 4hrs

Today offers a fantastic opportunity for sunrise enthusiasts. We'll begin our day early, ascending Poon Hill just before dawn to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill's vantage point showcases over 32 Annapurna ranges, alongside the majestic Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchre mountains. Renowned for its picturesque beauty, Poon Hill is a photographer's paradise, allowing us to capture stunning images of this natural spectacle.

Following our time at Poon Hill, we'll descend to our lodge for a hearty breakfast before commencing our trek towards Tadapni (2,630m / 8,630ft). En route, we'll pass through Deurali (2960m) and Bandthanti. If we reach Tadapani early, there's an option to extend the trek to Chuile Village, enhancing our journey with more captivating vistas.

Trek Distance: 10km / 6.2miles, Highest Altitude: 2,165m / 7,105ft), Trek Duration: 5 hrs

Today's trek itinerary will vary depending on our previous night's stay. If we were at Tadapani, we'll start the day with breakfast and then head towards Chomrong (2,165m / 7,105ft), passing through Chuile along the way. Initially, we'll traverse the picturesque Ghandruk Village and then descend steeply to the Kimron River before reaching Chomrong. Along this route, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Annapurna South and the iconic Fishtail Mountain.

Chomrong village is nestled amidst the grandeur of the Annapurna massif and is a favored stopover for trekkers en route to Annapurna Base Camp. However, if our previous night was spent at Chuile, our destination for today will be Sinuwa, where we'll halt for the night.

Trek Distance: 12km / 7.4miles, Highest Altitude: 2,890m / 9,425ft, Trek Duration: 6/7 hrs

Today's trek is a bit longer, and it varies depending on where you stayed last night. If you lodged in Chomorong, your route will lead you downhill to Chomrong Khola on steep stone paths, then up through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests to reach Sinuwa. However, if you spent the night at Sinuwa, your trek begins there. Along the way, you'll enjoy stunning views of Machhapuchre and Annapurna snowcaps. The trail passes through Khuldigar village, descends to the Bamboo Lodge settlements, and then ascends to Himalaya (2,890 m / 9,425 ft). If you started from Sinuwa, your night stay will be at Deurali.

Trek Distance: 12.5km / 7.7miles, Highest Altitude: 4,130m / 13,550ft, Trek Duration: 5 hrs

If you start your trek from Himalaya after spending the night there, your path winds through the narrow Modi Khola Glacier Valley, leading you through dense forests and past notable spots like Hinku Cave and Deurali's lodges. This route eventually guides you to the gateway of the Annapurna Sanctuary, the final leg before reaching ABC. Alternatively, starting from Deurali streamlines the journey, commencing the trek directly from that point.

During the day's trek, you'll traverse close to the majestic Annapurna glaciers. The Machhapuchhre Base Camp treats you to a breathtaking panoramic view of the encircling mountains. Continuing your northwest course, you'll reach ABC.

At ABC, a 360-degree spectacle unfolds, showcasing Hiunchuli, Annapurna South to Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.

Today's trek brings you in close proximity to numerous towering peaks, including the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Paungda Danda, and others towering between 6000 to 8000 meters. This day promises to etch unforgettable memories, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of snow-capped peaks. Your night will be spent at Base Camp, completing this remarkable journey.

Trek Distance: 14km / 8.6miles, Highest Altitude: 4,130m / 13,550ft, Trek Duration: 6 hrs
Once we've explored Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), our descent begins. We'll follow a route leading us away from the Annapurna Sanctuary and the Modi River Valley. Our journey will bring us to a peaceful resting point known as Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700 ft), where we'll spend the night.

Trek Distance: 8.5km / 5.2miles, Highest Altitude: 2,350m / 7,700ft, Trek Duration: 3-4hrs

After trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo on the previous day, we continue our journey towards Jhinu Danda. Our route leads us down to Kimrong Khola and then up through serene forests filled with rhododendrons, bamboo, and oak trees, culminating in our arrival at Jhinu Danda.

Jhinu Danda is a popular destination that attracts numerous visitors annually due to its enchanting natural hot springs, perfect for soothing our tired muscles. While relaxing in these hot springs, we can take in the picturesque views of the surrounding rhododendron forest and lush greenery.

Trek Distance: 4km / 2.4miles, Highest Altitude: 1,780m / 6,393ft, Trek Duration: 2-3hrs, Driving Hours: 2-3hrs

On the last day of our trek, we'll depart from Jhinu Danda and take the serene dust road alongside Modi Khola. This leg of the journey offers a peaceful walk compared to the rest. After about three hours of trekking, we'll reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, marking the end of our trail. From there, we'll drive through the scenic countryside to Pokhara, where we'll spend the night.

Driving Hours, 200 km /125 miles) - 6-7hrs

Early in the morning, we depart from Pokhara and make our way back to Kathmandu aboard a tourist bus. The 200 km journey treats us to stunning vistas along the Marsyangdi River and later the Trishuli River, showcasing Nepal's natural beauty and terraced farms. As we ascend one final time, we reach Kathmandu, marking the end of our adventure where it all began. We hope your trip has been fulfilling, leaving you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Note: If preferred, you also have the option of taking a 20-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu for an additional cost.

Today is the culmination of our amazing adventure in Nepal! A knowledgeable guide from Touching Mountain Treks will accompany you to the airport, ensuring we arrive about three hours before your flight. During our journey back home, we'll have ample time to reflect on our unforgettable experiences and begin dreaming about our next adventure in this captivating country of Nepal.

Price Include

  • 3 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast
  • Transportation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private transportation from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (trek start) and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Accommodation and all standard meals during the trek
  • Government licensed experienced trekking leader (guide), an assistant trekking guide for 12 or more trekkers. Porters to help trekkers luggage (1 porter for two trekkers, max luggage limit per trekker is 10 kg)
  • Guides and porter’s costs – including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)

Price Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in “What is included in?” above

Equipment List

General Gears

  • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Puffy down jacket
  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover

Upper_body Gears

  • Sun hat or cap
  • Scarf/Neck Gaiter
  • Headlight
  • Sunglasses

Gears

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Fleece jacket or pullover

Lower Body

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Hiking pants (2)
  • Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
  • Hiking shorts

Hand Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
  • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)

Feet Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks (optional such as silk)
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Casual shoes
  • Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)

Undergarments Gears

        Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each
                 participant.

  •  Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes

First Aid Kits and Medications

       (Note: Our Company Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However,
                  personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ointment
  • Cough Syrup (recommend for Khumbu Cough)
  • Mosquito repellent cream (for Kathmandu and Phakding)

Other Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Hydration bladder
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase
  • Toilet paper
  • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a
    change in the date of the flight.)

Optional

        Once you are in Nepal, you have the option to purchase supplies and gear for hiking if you have
          spare time. Our guide will assist you in buying the equipment..

  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Binoculars
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle
  • Thermos for hot water

FAQ

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes trekkers to the base camp of the majestic Annapurna mountain range.

The best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be moderately challenging, suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness. The trail includes a mix of ascents, descents, and varied terrain.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek typically takes around 7-12 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary and acclimatization needs.

Annapurna Base Camp is located at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters above sea level, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range.

Along the Annapurna Base Camp trek route, there are tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses where trekkers can find accommodation and meals during their trek.

Trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Base Camp trek need permits such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card for entry into the region.

 

The Annapurna Base Camp trek requires a moderate level of physical fitness as trekkers will be walking for several hours each day over varying terrain and altitudes.

Some highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp trek include breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, diverse landscapes ranging from lush forests to alpine meadows, encounters with local Gurung and Magar communities, and a visit to natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda for relaxation after the trek.

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