Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 12 DaysAnnapurna Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

Key Information
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude4,130 m/ 13,550 ft.
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-May/Sep.-Dec.
  • Group Size1-16

About The Trip

The legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, passes through the Himalayas to the lap of Annapurna I, the legendary mountain with a height of 8,091 m. Next to Annapurna, the complete Annapurna Massif consists of thirteen peaks above 7,000 m and no less than 16 peaks above 6,000 m. During the trip, we move through raging waterfalls, villages, rice terraces, rhododendron forests, and fabulous views of mountains during the Annapurna Base Camp trip.

Overview

If you are unaware of the beauty of snow-capped peaks, then experience the beauty of Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. Getting lost inside the land of the Himalayas, being in the lap of the world’s 10th highest mountain, and trekking through the alpine forest is the best feeling in the world. Mountain peeking from a distance by the side, sharing smiles with the traveler, and being in the lap of mountains as the day ended makes your trek memorable. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Himalaya is at (4,130 m) is a funnel-shaped valley with a panoramic paradise of Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Tent Peak (5,663 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and numerous others. Witness the sheer beauty of derived landscapes as you hike through remote villages, dense forests, vast moorlands cut by the cascading rivers, and blue-hued peaks as they glow in the sunlight. Pleasing sunrise and sunset view in the Himalayan range is another excellent part of the trek.

Walkthrough the Annapurna Conservation Area path and experiences the farmland, dense woods over rhododendron, fir, and lost into nature which heals your mind, body, and soul. We will have the opportunity to spot rare animals like the red panda and Himalayan monal against a backdrop of dense greenery and shadowed woods. Encountering monasteries, small chores, and fluttering prayer flags to the trekking trials is a tranquil journey. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking will help you immerse yourself in the cultural diversity and opportunity to become familiarized with Nepali people from different ethnic backgrounds. During the trek, you will be blessed with Thakali, Gurung, Magar villages, monasteries, temples, and shrines, which is vital for the Buddhist faith.

In conclusion, the trek is going to take a few more of yours, but it will be deserving because this can be the only way to gain the satisfaction of walking onto the base camp of Mt Annapurna. You will also collect an abundance of fun and adventures on the trail through an extended trek where you certainly don’t need to rush to reach the destination.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route

We start our memorable ride to Nayapul via Pokhara, which will be our trekking starting point. From there, we start our trek through fields and woods along the rushing Modi River to Tikhedhunga. After the overnight to Tikhedhunga, we will trek to Ghorepani to interact with local people. Ghorepani is the best for magical sunrise over Annapurna ranges from the height of Poon Hill. You will hike to the Poon hill early morning to this prime spot to view beautiful sunrise, which will be worth the effort. Then further, we will trek to Tadapani, then Chhomrong. Chhomrong is the biggest and amazing settlement of the Gurung peoples as well. As we trek further, we finally reach our dream destination, Annapurna Base Camp. You will be blessed with fantastic sight of glaciers and mountain ranges from Hiunchuli, Annapurna South to Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.

The trekking trail to reach base camp is moderate grade for those people who have a good physical condition. Then we will be trekking back to Nayapul through Bamboo. We will stop and heal the tiredness from the natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda. Our memorable trek finished as we relax and unwind in Pokhara, choose for boating at Phewa Lake and gaze at snow-capped mountains. After some enjoyment in Pokhara, we will be returning back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

A trip to Annapurna Base Camp is considered a moderate trek because of varied paths that can be rugged or steep. Trekkers need to go up to the highest altitude of 4,130 m above sea level. There are some obstacles based on the trials but not too hazardous.

The trek passes through steep stone stairs, which are somehow difficult at high altitudes. Trekking through the river gorge, rocky ridge, ridges, pastures, dense forest, and small seasonal bridge may drain your energy faster. As a trekker do not need technical skills, but you need good physical condition and self-confidence for this trek.

The trek may be tiring, but it is worth it because of the mesmerizing view of mountains and nature. A minimum amount of fitness and plan to walk is needed a prior hand. You should be able to walk 4-6 hours of walking up and down daily.

The climate is another random phase that will change your Annapurna Circuit Trek. Depending on the climate condition, the difficulty and challenges that you will meet on the trial matter. The trek gives us adequate acclimatization and rest. With the right arrangement, you can achieve the trek without any difficulty.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather

What is the most satisfying time in a year to trek to Annapurna Base Camp? - it depends upon the experience you are watching to have. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the numerous popular trek paths in the Nepal Himalayas. It is moderate and full of natural resources than other high elevations treks in Nepal. The trek combines diverse terrain, tradition, and wildlife along with the most thrilling and close-up glimpse of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.

September to November

By far, it is the most popular trekking period in the Annapurna region. Hikers gather in the region to feel the clean, fresh, and energized area after the monsoon period. On the lower part, the weather is generally mild, with a normal temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and night temperatures remain above freezing. As you get higher in altitude, temperatures drop quite considerably. 

In this month, views are generally crystal clear, rainfall is very low, and there are more sunny days during this period. The night sky is unusually good during this period, and you will be surprised to see a billion stars that appear every night in bright clarity!

December to February

This is the coldest weather season in the Annapurna region. Depending on the altitude, daytime will be very cool, and night will drop below freezing. Tea houses may open during the cold winter period, and if you do decide to trek in this season, you will find a warm meal and place to rest.

The winter period commonly consists of cloudy days that obscure views. However, there are frequently crystal clear days that are often more clear than mid-summer!

Towards the end of the winter, around March, you will start to see the dazzling images of rhododendrons as they begin to sprout around Ghorepani. These are not to be missed and decorate green hillsides into red, white, and pink sparks of color.

March to May

The colorful rhododendrons and warmer weather make trekkers attracted easily during this period. This is another popular trekking season, and the snow that bothered the route is all but dissolute on the lower parts.

April is a beautiful time for crystal clear views, especially when you blend them with the shinning red hills of rhododendrons. The average daytime temperature at lower altitudes is around 10 degrees Celsius, whilst night is normally freezing.

June to August

Mid-June sees the coming of the Monsoon period. We don’t recommend trekking in the monsoon season because southern parts get heavy rainfall. The trial will be slippery and uncomfortable to walk because of the muddy and leech trial.

Pokhara gets 800mm of rain per month during this period. Regions like Jomsom and Mapha get as little as 50mm! You will meet few trekkers who have the added benefit of observing all the beautiful flora species flower at this time which makes the trek particularly lovely.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Annapurna Trek, there will be lots of factors to take into consideration like route, best time, how fit do we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, “How much does Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost?”.

Whether you are budget dependent or not, it is important to consider how much you want to pay for the trip and what is the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek will depend on the number of variables. Your cost will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.

On average Annapurna Base Camp, the trek will generally be 10-15 days, and the cost is generally somewhere between $850 to $1000. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Annapurna Base Camp Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit Cost

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The entry fee for Nepalese is Rs.100 per person, for SAARC Rs.1,000 per person, and for other Nationals Rs.3,000 per person.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Altitude

            Photo: Altitude Chart

Highlights

  • Appreciate a breath-taking view of the sunrise over magnificent mountains, including Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and more.
  • Enjoy a relaxing soak at the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Pristine villages and farmland, get a taste of fascinating cultural traditions of hospitable Gurung and Magar people.
  • Witness 360-degree views of the Annapurna glacier and icefall from Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Exotic flora and fauna inside Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Sub-tropical and alpine climate, vegetation, animals, and birds.
  • Kali Gandaki is the deepest gorge.
  • Spend a day in beautiful Pokhara city, where the towering Himalayas can be seen.

Itinerary

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It is a notice to all our guests joining Annapurna Base Camp Trekking that our journey will begin with a 7-8 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Nayapul. This will be included in the package; however, you can book a Private Jeep or domestic flight at an additional cost. If you took a domestic flight, you could save almost one day during the trek.

We The Himalayan Odyssey will organize the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the most suitable arrangements. However, there can be some issues that are beyond our handle. Heavy rainfall, snowing, avalanches and landslides can extend the trip in the lower altitude region.

This itinerary is only for guidelines. We can customize the itinerary according to your requirement and the time you have.

Abbreviation

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner

Our representatives will be at the airport. After your arrival, We will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can relax and rest from your tiring journey. Later in the evening, you can go around Thamel and visit its many restaurants and cafes and try local cuisines.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m/4,264 ft.

On this day you will meet with your guide and talk about the trip. If you have any confusion regarding the trek, you can make it clear by asking your guide. We will also do any further paperwork for the trek, like permit work and others.

You can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swoyambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and others during your free time. Upon the additional charge, we can manage you the city guide or transportation for the city tour.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m/4,264 ft.

We will head to Pokhara, which is a lake beautiful lake city. Our bus will leave at 7 in the morning, and we will experience the windy roads which take us through rural Nepal. You will also see the landscape drastically over the due course of time and rivers converging. We will reach Pokhara, and you can spend your evening in the Lakeside. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, thanks to its beautiful lakes and the view of mountain ranges. Also, on this day, you can opt for a flight too.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsB, L
  • TimeFull Day

After the 2 hours drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, we will begin your trek to Hile (1400 m) through Birethanti (1065m). Here, we will encounter a forest trail and luxurious view of the Annapurna Ranges, and we will also come across paddy fields.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time4-5 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude(1400m)

We start early in the morning with a steep ascent to Ulleri (2070m), which will take about 2 hours, and then we will make our way to Birenthanti. Witness the beauty of the Magar communities in this region. We will stop at teahouses to rest, and this would be a perfect chance to interact with the locals. We will walk through stone-paved paths and the forest covered with rhododendron flowers. While we make our way to Ghorepani, we will be blessed by the magnificent view of Machhapuchhare or Mt. Fishtail (6997 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), Gandharba Chuli (6248 m), and Annapurna South(7219m).

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2810 m/9219 ft

We will start early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill (3232m) to catch the sunrise and experience the panoramic view of the mountains. The delightful scene of the firsts sun rays hitting the snow-capped mountain peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6931 m) will blow your mind. Enjoy the luxurious view and take as many pictures as you can. We will then head back to Ghorepani for our breakfast and then head to Tadapani. The trail again takes us through forests and stone-paved paths. After walking for about 4 hours, we will reach Tadapani, where we will rest for the night.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2706 m/8878 ft

On this day, we will encounter stone-paved paths that go through forest trails teeming with rhododendron and oak forests. The trail also promises a spectacular view of Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail. After about 5-6 hours of walking, we will reach Chomrong. Chomrong is the passage to Annapurna Sanctuary, and the people of the Gurung communities are the inhabitants of this region. This route is particularly famous for housing a large number of bird species, making it a paradise for those bird watchers who come to Nepal.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2170 m/7119 ft

On this day, we will leave Chhomrong; the trail initially descends as we make way through the 2500 stone steps and cross the suspension bridge that goes over the Chomrong river. The trail gets a bit rocky, and our ascent starts until we make it to the beautiful village of Sinuwa, located at 2350m. Then we will pass through a beautiful forest trail and reach Kuldahar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. We will also encounter giant Bamboo and forests filled with Rhododendron trees.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2580 m/8464 ft

Our journey will initially start with a bamboo forest and rhododendron and oak trees, and the path can be pretty damp and cold. Then our ascend will gradually begin, and we will reach Dovan, where we will rest for a while. We will then find ourselves walking through a forested trail, and when we reach the windy side of the hill, we will see a river down below in the valley. We will continue our journey with a steep ascent through a forest trail until we make it to the Hinku Cave. Then after a downhill hike, we will again climb to the forest trail and reach Deurali, where we will rest for the night. Due to the sparse vegetation in Deurali, we will have a magical view of the valley below and a view of the mountain ranges.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time3-4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3230 m/10597 ft

This day will be the highlight of the trek as we make our way to the Annapurna Base Camp(ABC). The trail becomes more challenging as we ascend, and the hike becomes strenuous when we cross Bagar and head to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From here, you can enjoy the view of views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, and Gangapurna. Due to the sheer altitude, the vegetation disappears as we make our way to the Annapurna Base Camp. We are then required to climb for about 2 hours, and we will reach ABC. We will reach a glorious altitude of 4130 meters and be serenaded by the beauty of Mt. Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. The spectacularity of the base camp goes beyond words; the sheer beauty is bound to make you speechless. In the meantime, get your cameras ready.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4120 m/13549.87 ft

On this day, we will encounter steep descents as we drop down from 4120 meters to 2057 meters. As we retrace our steps from ABC, the trail is initially barren, but we will soon encounter forest trails. We will cross villages such as Chomrong and bamboo. The downhill climb also can be a bit challenging, so we need to take it slow and maintain a proper pace. The sight of the extraordinary landscape will surely be a treat, and we will finally reach Sinuwa after about 6 hours.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 hours

Our day will start with an uphill trek to Kuldi Ghar and then be followed by a downhill trek to the Chhomrong river. We will again take the stone-paved paths to Chhomrong and make our way to the hot springs. The path takes us through forests covered with rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. After reaching Chhomrong, the trail becomes steep, and we will reach Jhinu Danda. At Jhinu Danda, there are two lovely hot springs where we can spend quality time. These hot springs provide ultimate relaxation, especially if you have trekked.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time4-5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1780 m/5839.8 ft

The walk to Nayapul is just a small climb uphill from the village, then a zigzag way to Jhinu Danda. It is a walk on a peaceful trail with multiple waterfalls and a fantastic view of the hilly landscape of Western Nepal. This day will be the final day of the trek, and we make the last lap. After an initial uphill climb, we make our way to Nayapul. The trail is relatively peaceful, and we will see several waterfalls. As we make way through the gravel road, we will cross Syauli Bazaar, cross the Modi river, and reach Nayapul. After getting to Nayapul, we will take a bus to Pokhara, where we will rest for the night. Enjoy the beauty and the ambiance of Lake Side and try local cuisines.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1070 m/3510.49 ft

On this day, we return to Kathmandu via bus, and it will take about 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Nepali countryside. Later in the evening, you can go around Thamel, do your souvenir shopping and pack for your departure. At night, we will have our farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsB,L
  • Time6-7 hours

The day has finally come to say our goodbyes. Make sure you share your experience in Nepal with your friends and family back home. Also, if you decide to extend your stay in Nepal, you can inform us. We at Himalayan Odyssey would be honored to be at your service. We provide other tour services, and if you want to go on another trek, please let us know.

    Cost Details

    Included
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan

    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fee and TIMS card
    • Experienced Himalayan trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
    • Tourist Bus for Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu. (domestic flight if extra charge added)
    • Private Jeep from Pokhara to Nayapul to Pokhara
    • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
    • Tea house lodge during your trek
    • First Aid Kit during the trek
    • Staff Insurance
    • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
    • All ground transportation as per itinerary
    • Tour Certificate
    • Farewell Dinner
    Excluded
    • International flight ticket
    • International airport tax
    • Visa Fee
    • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for staff and guide
    • Private Travel Equipment
    • Excess baggage cost if you have a domestic flight
    • Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above

    Good to Know

    Packing List for Annapurna Base camp Trek

    Every trekking requires certain preparation of gears and types of equipment for the journey to make your trip more comfortable. It is recommended to carry the necessary and light things so that it will be easy while you are walking. The following belongings are recommended that should be brought, although we concede that our clients have their own decision for the clothing. To know what to expect in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we have prepared some useful clothing & gear during the trek.

     

    Travel Documents

    • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
    • Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)
    • Travel insurance policy documents
    • Valid passport
    • Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only)
    • Passport photos (4)

    Travel Equipment

    • Duffel bag (100 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)
    • Lightweight, duffel bag
    • Luggage locks
    • Travel wallet
    • Passport/money belt
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel plug adapters
    • Electrical converter

    Travel Clothing

    • Quick-dry undergarments
    • Synthetic or wool T-shirt
    • Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt and pants
    • Casual shoes
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

    Trekking Equipment

    • Day pack (25–35 liters)
    • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
    • Waterproof hiking boots
    • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
    • LED headlamp with extra batteries
    • Trekking poles

    Trekking Clothing

    • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
    • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
    • Mid-weight down or synthetic parka with hood
    • Convertible hiking pants
    • Fleece pants or insulated pants
    • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants
    • Mid-weight waterproof and fleece gloves or mittens
    • Sun hat
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
    • Liner socks (optional)
    • Glacier sunglasses
    • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

    Food

    • Energy bars
    • Electrolyte replacement drink mix
    • Snacks (cookies, GORP, Snickers, etc.)

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    FAQs

    • Q1. Where is Annapurna Base Camp?

      Annapurna is located in Nepal along a 34-mile ridge just east of the Gandaki River. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin extending 40 km north of Pokhara.

    • We start our memorable ride to Nayapul via Pokhara which will be our trekking starting point. We then ascend to Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani Poon hill, Tadapani, then Chhomrong. As we trek further, we finally reach Annapurna Base Camp. After some pleasure in Pokhara, we will be reverting back to Kathmandu.

    • The legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek is situated at an altitude of 4,130 m/13,550 ft.

    • By far September to November and March to May is the most popular trekking period in the Annapurna region. In this month views are generally crystal clear, rainfall is very low and there are more sunny days during this period.

    • Witness panoramic heaven of Annapurna Range, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Tent Peak, Mt. Hiunchuli, and numerous others. Witness the absolute grace of derived landscapes as you hike through remote villages, dense forests, vast moorlands cut by the cascading rivers, and blue-hued peaks as they glow in the sunlight.

    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
      The entry fee for Nepalese is Rs.100 per person, for SAARC Rs.1,000 per person, and for other Nationals Rs.3,000 per person.

    • Organizing your own trek with guides and porters sound very expensive, but is actually a very affordable and safe way of trekking. We found the route is easy to follow and well-marked. But walking alone in such a difficult terrain may not be safe for you. If you are not a skilled trekker or are walking single a guide is a good idea. You will also get detailed information about nature, culture, and much other new information during the trek.

    • The daily gain in altitude during Annapurna Base Camp Trek is about 450 to 600 meters per day.

    • It takes 9 to 12 days to complete Annapurna Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages we offer.

    • The main local dish is dal bhat, rice, and lentils with some curry. It is sort of bottomless, when your plate is empty they come with extra rice if you are hungry and this is best for budget travelers. Some unique meals to try on this trek are Gurung bread, local tsampa porridge, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo, Tenduk, noodles, and thukpa.

    • Yes, you can. The Himalayan Odyssey offers you private and family tours. Please make sure your children have a walking experience.

    • Any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any prior experience. You must be moderately fit and prepared for long days. Trekking at higher altitudes is physically difficult than trekking in the lower areas. The fitter we are the more pleasant experience we will have during the trekking.

    • We suggest you consult the doctor. However, we advise you to bring simple medicines like Ibuprofen, Codeine, Paracetamol, Strepsils, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox (for altitude sickness). If you are having a package tour then the company will provide you such basic medicines.

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