Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trekking in the Annapurna region is the most popular destination with travelers to Nepal and for a very good reason, the area offers staggering beauty including mountain views, wide biodiversity, and cultural experiences.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking takes visitors to the heart of the Himalaya where they will be surrounded by peaks soaring skyward. The feeling of being in this enchanting locale will stay with you forever as a lifetime highlight.
The trek up to Annapurna Base Camp follows in the footsteps of mountaineers on expeditions attempting the lofty south face of Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft). Annapurna I is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the first of only fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters (there are 14 of them) to have been scaled. This feat was accomplished by a French team in 1950 led by Maurice Herzog.
Along the way up to the alpine base camp, the route passes through serene villages surrounded by paddy fields, and we get to experience the lifestyle of the local residents in a rural setting. The mountains become closer and closer as we ascend the lush Modi River valley passing through rhododendron and bamboo thickets with many waterfalls along the path. Actually, the beginning point of our journey is subtropical at around 800 m (2,625 ft) and we eventually rise to over 4,000 mt. (13,123 ft.) at Annapurna Base Camp. Noticeably, we pass through a wide range of geography and landscapes en route.
We begin the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a short and scenic drive from the lakeside city of Pokhara. We then begin our hiking journey as we ascend through forests and over ridge tops with enticing panoramas of the peaks and surrounding valleys. We then make our way up the Modi Khola valley past ancient villages and eventually the natural arena of Annapurna Base Camp.
We savor the breathtaking surroundings of this otherworldly location. Eventually, we make our way back to down the valley stopping off to soak in natural hot springs along the way. We then trek out of the valley to the road and make a short and scenic drive to the tourist destination of Pokhara.
Please Note: Our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a combination of this trek with iconic Annapurna Circuit Trek as well as Ghorepani and Poon Hill, Mardi Himal Base Camp and other inviting options in the area.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Ulleri (1960 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Ulleri to Ghorepani (2835mt.). Walking 6 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2520 mt.).Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300 m.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Sinuwa to Deurali (3300 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Deurali to ABC (4130 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Retreat trek to Bamboo (2300 mt.). Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1600 mt.).Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1600 mt.).Walking 6 hours and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.Our travel to Pokhara, the lake city, is on a tourist bus, a ride that should last for around six hours. With breakfast and lunch on the highway, the bus stops at the bus park in Pokhara. The Lakeside, the tourist hub, is a ten-minute ride on any vehicle. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 3One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Ulleri (1960 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Nayapul, about an hour and a half away on a vehicle, is our trailhead for this trip. Sudame, where we stop for lunch, is about two and a half hours further to the North on a trail that is a gentle ascent. It is the numerous waterfalls on the way that should attract the attention of many. With two hours up to a steep climb towards the end, the walk arrives in Ulleri. The Himalayas on sight from this village is the magnificent Annapurna South and Mt Huinchuli. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 4Ulleri to Ghorepani (2835mt.). Walking 6 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.The walk today requires us to go through a dense rhododendron forest throughout. The panorama continuously changes as we traverse through the hills, going to a corner then another up a steady uphill. First, it’s the Annapurna Southisand Mt Huinchuli replaced by Mt Machhapuchre (the Fishtail) next. It is not Banthanti, a settlement on the way, but Nangethanti, which arrives sometime later, where we stop for lunch. We move on aiming for Ghorepani after lunch. Trudging on a similar route, we reach Ghorepani, situated amidst a forest largely dominated by rhododendrons. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 5Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2520 mt.).Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.Early morning is a time for a walk to Poon Hill for that sunrise view: the brightening of the tops of the Dhaulagiri Range in an array of bright shades with the peaks of the Annapurna Range to the East in shadow. Back in Ghorepani and we leave for Tadapani after breakfast. It starts out up a steep incline for almost two hours before eventually arriving atop a ridge. It’s to downhill from here on through a forest one more time until Banthanti, where we stop for lunch. After a downhill for some time then a sharp uphill, we arrive in Tadapani. is is where we stop for the night.
Day 6Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300 m.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, we start out on a steep descent. Don’t be surprised if the legs wobble a little. Through the greenery, the downhill stops and the trail turns into a steep ascent, followed by a steady one before taking us all to Gurjung, where we stop for lunch. From here on, Sinuwa is about three hours away. Our stop for a tea break in Chomrong Village on the way pays off well. Mt Machapuchré is to the right and the Annapurna and Huinchuli are right before us. After a sharp uphill for about an hour and a quarter, we arrive in Sinuwa. This is where we stop for the night. The place is known for the sunset view of Mt Huinchuli and Mt Machhapuchre.
Day 7Sinuwa to Deurali (3300 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.Dovan on the way is where we stop for lunch. It takes around three hours and includes a steep downhill for some time before Bamboo Village. From here on, the arrival of to takes another hour or thereabouts. With the majestic Mt Machhapuchré nearby, lunch here is a treat of its own. The route, roughly a mix of gentle and sharp uphills as well as those periods of walking on relatively flat paths, takes us past an appealing waterfall and finally brings us all to Deurali. is is where we stop for the night.
Day 8Deurali to ABC (4130 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.Out of Deurali and in the presence of Mt Ganagapurna, the Glacier Dom and Annapurna III, all joining in at some point or the other, the route six hours Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) in about two hours. The Base Camp presents a different face of both Mt Machhapuchré and the Annapurna South. After a short stop here, we move on, up a sharp ascent for around an hour before this sharpness comes down to a comfortable level. ABC is where we stop for the night and the view from here is spectacular: surrounded by all those mountains we wanted to experience up close, including Mt Machhapuchre, Mt Huinchuli, Annapurna I and III, Tent Peak and Mt Baraha Shikhar.
Day 9Retreat trek to Bamboo (2300 mt.). Overnight at guest house.Absorbing those effects of the sunrise atop the Annapurna South and Annapurna I, we reach Bamboo Village in just about five hours, stopping in Deurali for a cup of tea and in Himalaya Hotel for lunch. Bamboo Village is where we stop for the night.
Day 10Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1600 mt.).Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, we retrace our footsteps first to Sinuwa then to Chomrong for lunch. From here on, we change course and walk a steep downhill to Jhinu Danda, where we stop for the night. The hot springs nearby on the banks of Modi River is inviting for a relaxing dip.
Day 11Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1600 mt.).Walking 6 hours and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.Our walk today lasts for around three hours to Siway on a path which is a combination of ups and downs. After lunch in Siway, we catch a public vehicle to Pokhara, where we stop for the night.
Day 12Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.Our return to Kathmandu is on a tourist bus, a ride that should last for around six hours. With breakfast and lunch on the highway, the bus stops in Sorhakhutte in Kathmandu. Thamel, the tourist hub, is a stone’s throw from here.
Day 13Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or six hours the afternoon or in the evening.
Departure Note : Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy the good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.