The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, reaching an altitude of 4130 meters. The trek provides magnificent views of the major peaks in the Annapurna region, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna 1, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III and many other snow-covered peaks. Trekking on this route not only brings people closer to nature but also to the indigenous people, along with their culture and tradition.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is a part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project which is the largest ecosystem protecting the area in Nepal. The trek encapsulates the forests, rivers, waterfalls and various species of rare plants, animals, and birds.
While walking the route you will visit the numerous villages like Chhomrong, Dobhan, Ghandruk, and Deorali at the gateway to the sanctuary. During your stays at these villages, you will understand the local lifestyle, their traditions, and culture and enjoy the incomparable tastes of local cuisine.
The trail is equally a delight for natural experiences. Ghorepani, Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints in this trek for a spectacular sunrise view and mountain vista. Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Range and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) to the North and the Butterfly Peaks to the far West are all visible from atop Poon Hill. At Annapurna Base Camp, the giant Annapurna (8091m) looks wonderful with a 360-degree view. It will be one of the most spectacular and unforgettable moments you will ever witness.
There is a natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda, where you can cleanse yourself both physically and spiritually. The pools are built into the riverbank of the powerful Modi Khola. You will enjoy a stunning view whilst relaxing in the therapeutic hot water with the sights and sound of the river, surrounded by the beautiful Rhododendron trees which are native to Nepal. Locals believe the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains.
People and Culture
En Route to Annapurna Base Camp, we will encounter varied ethnic groups. Bahuns, Chhetris, Mongolian, Himalayan, Magar, and Gurung. Gurungs – a Tibeto – Burmese people live mainly on the Southern slopes i.e the largest settlement being Ghandruk, with its sweeping views of the Annapurna’s and Machhapuchhare.
Gurungs made up a large number of the Gurka Regiments, and army income has contributed greatly to the economy of their region. Gurung women wear nose rings, known as Phil, and coral necklaces.
The Magars are also excellent soldiers and fought for the unification of Nepal. Brahmins and Kshetris are dominant in the middle hills, making up 30% of the country’s population.
How difficult to trek Annapurna Base Camp?
Regarding the difficulty of this trek, it is very moderate and doesn’t require high and advanced physical fitness. So anyone can enjoy and take pleasure in nature while walking this trek. Those who are traveling with children can also get pleasure from this trek.
Trekking Annapurna Base camp via Ghorepani allows your body to adapt and acclimatize to the higher altitude. Visitors having previous trek experience with a fit body can trek it within a shorter period of time. The highest elevation that we will reach is 4130 meters above sea level.
When to trek in Annapurna Base Camp?
From mid – September to November (Autumn) and March to May (Spring) are the best seasons to trek Annapurna Base Camp. June to August (Monsoon) are the rainy months, but this time is best for keen botanists and has a clear sky most days. During the months of March, April and May, the hike offers grand spectacles of blooming rhododendron flowers.
The view of Mt.Dhaulagiri with the rising sun shining on it is one of the superb views on this trek. At the highlight of the trek, you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most brilliant mountain views on the earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giants, (Dhaulagiri 8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) many other peaks gradually become visible magically before your eyes.
This trek offers great opportunities to witness the Annapurna region with a limited trekking time. If you would like to avoid crowds, then it is recommended to trek in Winter (January-February). The temperature is cold in the morning, but not unbearable and it is warm during the day hikes with a clear sky and fantastic views most days.
Go For Nepal will send you the Annapurna Base Camp Trek packing list specifically required for this trek or you can check here recommended trekking gears, once your booking is received by us. In the meantime, consider buying some good quality hiking boots, and start wearing them in. No technical kit is required although a good Season 3 sleeping bag will be much appreciated at the higher altitudes. In the lower elevations, the lodges provide quality and blankets.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive to the assigned hotel where you will meet the rest of the group. The hotel is located nearby Thamel where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants and cafes. Depending upon what time you arrive, in the afternoon your trek guide will brief you about the upcoming days and help you prepare. Rest of the day is at leisure. TIP: Please look for the Go For Nepal board at the opposite railing of the terminal.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (950 m; 6 hrs drive).
We drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi river, the latter famous for rafting, to reach Pokhara. Along the way, we can see Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu summit. Pokhara is a commercial hub but also has a lot of natural and cultural attractions such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as mountains. The drive takes about 6-7 hours.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1hr) and trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m; 4 hrs).
We drive for 1.5 hrs to Nayapul (New Bridge) and then walk towards Birethanti for about 30 min. From here the route follows the western part of Modi Khola to Shauli Bazaar, after which the route goes up a bit to Ghandruk. The change in scene from busy roads and urban jungle to beautiful rice terraces and picturesque little villages is mesmerizing. Ghandruk,a Gurung village, is the largest in the Annapurna region and has a cultural museum. The region is also famous for views of Machhapuchhre (6993 m.), Annapurna South (7219 m.) and Hiunchuli (6441 m.) to the north
Day 04: Trek to Chomrong village at (2,170 m; 6 hrs).
Following the contours of the foothills of the Annapurna South, we navigate through 2 river valleys. We start early on the undulating trail that ascends steeply to Deurali and then descends to Kimrung Khola. The hike is beautiful as we ascend through unspoiled nature to Chomrong but the route can be sometimes blocked by landslides or a washed away bridge. Chomrong itself is a nice village that lies on the slope of the Annapurna South and has a few beautiful lodges and stunning view of Annapurna south.
Day 05: Trek to Himalaya (2,920 m: 7-8 hrs).
We start early and descend to the Chhomrong river, walk over a long suspension bridge and then continue our ascend to Sinuwa Danda. From now on, the trail is frequented by mule train carrying supplies up and down the mountain. From Sinuwa Danda the trail runs through a thick and dark rhododendron forest to Kuldi, opens to a clearing and then steeply descends on to Bamboo. The forest is a sanctuary for wild pig, deer and Himalayan Langur monkey. In general, we will walk about 3 hours from Sinuwa Danda, after which we ascend to Himalaya Hotel. The hike is rewarding with fantastic view of the Machhapuchhre.
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Deurali (3,200 m) - 5 hrs trek.
The hike is daunting yet wonderful as we near the gateway to the sanctuary which surrounded by huge white peaks that point to the sky. Our route climbs progressively towards the Annapurna base camp located on the edge of the huge glacier. At the base camp, the 360° view offers an unforgettable panorama of the mountains that rise on all sides; especially the immense south face of Annapurna I, one of the highest in the world with nearly 3800 meters of the face between the base of the glacier and the summit at 8091 meters.
Day 07: Trek back to Bamboo (2,310 m; 6 hrs).
After breakfast amid sunrise on the Annapurna Sanctuary, we backtrack and descent towards Bamboo.
Day 08: Trek to hot spring of Jhinu Danda (1,780 m; 5 hrs).
We backtrack further down to Chhomrong and follow the trail to Jhinu Danda, where we will rest for the night. You can also take a 15- to 20-minute walk down the hill to enjoy the hot springs.
Day 09: Trek to Nayapul (6hrs) and drive to Pokhara (1 hr)
We hike from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul along terraced farms. From Nayapul we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. * If the road between Jhinu Danda and Nayapul is closed, we can skip the trek and drive from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
We drive on the Prithivi highway back to Kathmandu where we have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 11: Transfer to International airport for flight homeward bound.
Your trip to Nepal has come to an end. Our office representative will pick you up at your hotel 3 ½ hours before your flight time and drop you to Tribhuvan Airport.
What's included !
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
- Tea house accommodation during the trek (Twin shared room).
- Licensed English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
- Official expenses.
What's not included !
- Nepal Visa
- Air travel to/from Nepal,
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
- Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
- Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
- Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
- Travel Insurance
- Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.