Annapurna Base Camp Trek

11 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, famously known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the most beautiful Trekking regions in Nepal going through the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. Basically it is a trek leading us to the base camp of Annapurna South. It takes you through the diverse landscape, breathtaking beauty, and culturally rich villages of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). The Annapurna Conservation Area project is the first conservation project. Also, with an area of 7,629 sq. km. it is the largest Protected Area in Nepal. With more than 1226 species of flowering plants, 105 species of mammals, and 518 species of birds, it is one of the most diverse conservation areas as well.

The 11-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides an ample opportunity to reach the Base camp of the 10th highest mountain. You attest to several majestic mountains like Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, II, IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Pungda Danda, etc. This short trek in Nepal is perfect for experienced and non-experienced trekkers and hikers desiring to trek in the Himalayas.

This is the best Short Trek in Nepal to witness the amazing beauty of Nepal at a glance. This trek starts from the photogenic city of Pokhara. From Pokhara, drive north to Kande and start your trekking. Going through the typical Gurung villages, get abundant opportunities to interact with the locals and absorb their village lifestyle.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek course through the Machhapuchre Base Camp, one of the prominent mountains in Annapurna Sanctuary. You can stay in Machhapuchre Base Camp and hike to Annapurna South Base Camp, or trek directly to Annapurna South Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp foe an overnight stay. Continue to our final destination, the Annapurna Base Camp itself, lying dramatically in between the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary.

The Best Month for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Like most of the Tea house treks in Nepal, the best times to trek to Annapurna Base Camp are Spring and Autumn. The colourful months of Spring (March, April, and May) come with the aspiring beauty of the landscape as well as the vegetation of Annapurna Sanctuary. These months are considered best for most trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is perfect for trekking, neither too hot nor too cold. The days are warm and clear, giving you the opportunity for uninterrupted mountain vistas. The temperature ranges from 16 degrees to 22 degrees during the day and 2 degrees to 3 degrees at night time.

Autumn (September, October, and November) is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek or any Trekking in the Himalayas. The temperature ranges from 15 degrees to 16 degrees at daytime and 5 degrees to – 5 degrees at night. The dry weather and best visibility make your trip not only successful but worth remembering. The best month for trekking also comes with thousands of trekkers in the trial. So pre-planning is recommended.

How Difficult Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions like asthma or any other kind of health issue. Trekking with Asthma is not such hard if you take proper medication and take enough acclimatization.

Note: In Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek) Trekkers skip the trials and take transport to Jhinu or Ghandruk, which is the end of the road, and start trekking, maybe to make the trek shorter, or maybe to save some money). However, we do not recommend this at some points. We need to gradually trek and acclimatise our bodies, thus our program may seem longer and a bit expensive, but you will no doubt find the fully satisfying and really enjoyable trek.

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek also known as ABC Trek or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is indeed a world-class trekking route offering the pleasant blend of typical Nepalese lifestyle and the enchanting beauty of Annapurna sanctuary. This famous trekking program cannot be compared to any other trek in the world due to the magical beauty of the Annapurna mountain range, pristine forests, glaciers, and natural hot springs.

Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world and trekking deep into the base camp of this mighty mountain at an altitude of 4130 meters /13549 feet is just life-changing.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal!!! Our representative will welcome you at the International airport and assist you to the hotel. You will have a comprehensive pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide. Consult and complete your last-minute shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast drive to Pokhara which is approx. 200 km, taking around 06-07 hours on normal road conditions. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel—rest of the day stroll around the Lake city of Pokhara.

Pokhara, also known as Lake city, is a place of remarkable natural beauty. Lying 200 Km northwest of Kathmandu, this place has always been on the bucket list of many travelers. Also being an entry/exit point of famous Annapurna & Mustang trekking, Pokhara has always been in top destination for travelers and trekkers around the globe.

Add-ons: White Water Rafting at Trishuli River

We will start our Annapurna Base Camp Trek with 1.5 Hour drive to Kande, our trek starting point. We continue through farmland and houses, later ascending through scenic forests until we reach Australian camp. After lunch, we will continue our trekking through beautiful forests, admiring the beauty of Annapurna Region. A 2-3 hours pleasant walk will take us to our night stop in Landruk village. Landruk village is a beautiful Gurung village overlooking Ghandruk village on the other side of the hill. Enjoy your evening with the beauty of the village and warm hospitality of local.

A magnificent view of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli awaits you today as you trek to Chumrung or Chomrong village. We start our trekking on a pleasant walk following the Modi Khola. We will pass New Bridge and ascend up to Suspension bridge of Jhinu. This 180 meters long suspension bridge is a highlight of this day. After crossing the bridge we will have our lunch at Jhinu village and continue a bit strenuous uphill climb through well maintained stoney stairs to reach Chomrong village (1,951m). We will stay overnight at Chomrong.

Early morning you will be greeted with the best view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail from your hotel. Enjoy your breakfast with the best views and start trekking through Chomrong village. We go down of the ridge and cross the bridge and start ascending to Sinuwa village. The ascent is long and never ending, but you will find the peace and tranquilly. We will have lunch at Bamboo and continue through Dovan to reach Himalaya (2,950m/9,678ft). Have your hot meal and enjoy the goodnight sleep.

The highlight of the trip, Annapurna Base Camp will be our overnight stay place for tonight. Start your trek with a gradual walk to reach Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft). Trek through the basin and moraine along with the Modi river will lead us to Machhapuchhre Base Camp at an altitude of 3,720 meters/ 12,205 feet. A magnificent view of Hiunchuli, Singu Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Annapurna I, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna and Annapurna south will be your reward. Continue walking through the Tharpu Pass for another 2.5 hours to reach Annapurna South Base Camp. Nothing can be compared with the 360 panoramic views you get reaching ABC including the 10th highest mountain on the earth, Annapurna I (8,091m) itself. Stay overnight at ABC.

After early breakfast, continue your trek following the same route. We will descend to 1700 meters/ 5,578 feet to reach Bamboo (2,310m/7,580 ft). We will stay overnight at Bamboo.

Today again we retrace the same trail passing the settlements like Sinuwa, Chomrong to reach Jhinu. The trial goes through Rhododendron forests, farmlands and scenic natural resources. A steep descend and ascends should be expected until we reach Chomrong. A downhill walk to reach Jhinu. Rest and enjoy the ending of your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (Annapurna Base Camp Trek). Evening we will hike (1 hours) to Jhinu Hotspring. A good bath at natural hot spring will help your body overcome the stress of trekking. Overnight stay at Jhinu.

Morning if you want to have a hot bath at Jhinu, you will have enough time to do so. Later after lunch we will drive back to Kathmandu via Jeep on sharing basis (SIC). (Private transportation are also available on extra cost). After 2.5 hours drive we will reach Pokhara. Rest of the day free on own

Early morning board a Tourist Bus to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free on own

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu drive on Tourist Bus (Seat In Coach Basis)
  • Jhinu to Nayapul Drive using Local Jeep on Seat in coach basis)
  • Two nights of twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Five nights' twin sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while on trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary trekking permits, ACAP, entrance fees, detailed pre-trip meeting, comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for all our trips) should cover emergency rescue and evacuation expenses.
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal: 1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. 2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit. 3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Light weight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eatery to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Our every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expeditions related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen. The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area. The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatizations, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize. On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek