Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 13 Days   |   Based on 5 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House
  • Group Size: 1-16
  • Max Elevation: 4,200 m

Annapurna base camp trek: a thrilling walking experience to the foothills of the Annapurna Range

Nepal has a myriad of trekking trails famous for their exhilarating sense of adventure. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the most popular and legendary treks in Nepal that offers everything an adventurer can dream up. It is an amalgamation of adventure, culture, serene beauty, and spirituality. On this trek, you will pass through thick rhododendron forests, tranquil village settlements, mountain pastures, and several diverse landscapes to make a way up to the base camp lying at an elevation of 4,130m (13546ft).

Annapurna Base Camp trek: Why is it special?

Whether you are searching for a grand adventure or simply want to leave the hectic vibes of urban city areas, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the ideal choice. The trek takes your Himalayan experience to a whole new level with a wealth of action-packed activities available amidst the astounding wilderness and stunning sceneries.

Annapurna Base Camp trek offers you an incredible opportunity to relish deeply enthused views of snow-capped mountains. Peaks such as Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Macchapucchre ( 6,993m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Huinchuli (6,411m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Manaslu (8163m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), etc. will elevate your trekking experience with their mighty presence.

The majestic Annapurna range is not only the attraction of this multi-day journey. The trekking landscape is infused with indigenous culture and traditions practiced mainly by Gurung and Magar communities. Gurung and Magar are native inhabitants of the area who embrace rich cultural practices and festival ceremonies. The trek offers you a deep insight into their way of life so that you can truly experience local mountain culture.

This adventurous journey is an impeccable blend of nature and culture in a spectacular Annapurna landscape that'll surely bring you a lifetime of memories and experience.

ABC trek: What to expect?

ABC trek touts an extraordinary variety of ecosystems ranging from green hills, dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, pristine rivers, and magnificent pasturelands to snow-filled peaks. You'll experience a wide range of landscapes in a 13-day Annapurna Base Camp trek journey. On top of that, you'll also transverse some serene Gurung village settlements. You'll sample the warm and sincere hospitality of these ethnic people inhibiting in the Annapurna region.

ABC trek is a moderate trek with a maximum elevation of 4,130m. It's not a very challenging endeavor and doesn't require a high physical fitness level. Having that said, it's always better to prepare yourself for the trek physically and mentally. Those who have done high-altitude treks before will find this trek less tedious and stressful.

Global Adventure Trekking offers you a 13-day ABC trekking package which is carefully designed for less-experienced trekkers. Even if you are performing a high-altitude trek for the first time, our itinerary will make your journey easier with an adequate acclimatization period. Our expertly-designed 13-day trek takes the Ghorepani Poon Hill route to avoid high-altitude sickness.

The trek starts from Nayapul, a one and half-hour drive from Pokhara, and goes gradually up to Ghorepani. Then, the trail makes its way gradually down to the Chumrung on the eastern side before finally making an uphill trek to Macchapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. For your safety, the designed route gives you enough time to acclimatize your body to the surrounding environment. This way, you can avoid developing Acute Mountain Sickness, the illness associated with a high elevation that results from a rapid change in air pressure and oxygen levels.

Apart from the ready-made itinerary, we can also customize the ABC trek to cater to your needs. If you are down to crunch time yet seek to explore the beauty of the Annapurna Region by walking, we can customize the itinerary accordingly. While customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal, we always suggest you best routes to ensure safety.

Annapurna Base Camp trek activities

Poon Hill sunrise

Detouring the Ghorepani trail takes you to the well-known viewpoint of Poon Hill, which overlooks the Annapurna Massif range and Dhaulagiri mountain range. This hill station lies on the way to Annapurna Sanctuary at an altitude of 3,210m. Early-morning hike up to Poon Hill viewpoint allows you to witness the stunning views of the Himalayas at sunrise when the first rays of the sun fall on the mountains. From this key viewpoint, you'll get to relish magnificent views of snow-capped peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapucchre, Hiuchuli, Annapurna II, etc.

Natural hot spring bath

Another key activity in the ABC trek is taking a dip in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda. On the way to return, you'll descend to Jhinu Danda which lies on the bank of the Modi river. There is a natural hot spring nearby where you can take a bath to heal your aches and pains. Relax and forget your trekking fatigue with a hot spring bath amid views of cascading waterfalls. Besides this, there is another hot spring at Tatopani which is in the Annapurna circuit trails.

Annapurna Base Camp trek: Important information

ABC trek is a mesmerizing walking activity to the base of the peaks of the Annapurna Range. The classic trekking trail leads you to the 4,130m-situated Annapurna Sanctuary-a high glacial basin surrounded by a ring of 7000m+ mountains. The entire sanctuary holds great religious significance as the home to several Hindu and Buddhist deities.

ABC trekking route is a part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Established in 1985, Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal's largest protected area stretched across 5 districts. These include Manang, Mustang, Kaski (headquarter-Pokhara), Myagdi, and Lamjung. You'll need an ACAP entry permit to undertake this breathtaking Himalayan journey.

During the ABC trek, you'll embark on the region which is famed for its wide diversity of floras and faunas. The common floras include rhododendron, bamboo, oak, fir, pine, etc. whereas the rare faunas comprise musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, etc.

Trek to the base of mighty Annapurna Mountain: Is this trek for me?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is for anyone who wants an authentic Himalaya experience and seeks to incorporate local mountain culture into their heart. As it is a moderate trek, you can easily be a part of the ABC trek experience with a general stamina level and patience. While adventure lovers will very feel home at here, even novices will be able to complete this trek by staying fit. Get ready to embark on a magical journey full of stunning natural sceneries and cultural richness.

Highlights

  • The first commercial trek route in Nepal Himalaya
  • Enjoy the culture and history of Gurung, Magar, and Chhetri communities
  • Trek to Macchapuchre and Annapurna Base Camps and hike to the Poon Hill for beautiful views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges, visiting two base camps at the same time. 
  • A natural hot spring along the trek for your ached mussels

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Kathmandu (1,350 m) Arrivals and transfer to Hotel

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our staff will meet you at the airport and coordinate transfer to your hotel. 1350m/4290ft.

  • None
  • Hotel
  • 1350 m

The tourist bus leaves early in the morning from Kathmandu. It is comfortable and clean. The bus has Wi-Fi available. Tourist bus goes through Prithivi highway in a scenic valley along the Trisuli River. You will spend the night at a hotel in Pokhara and breakfast is included in the package price. (Optional 30 minute flight available for additional cost). 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 850 m

In the morning, the trek begins after a short drive by private car to Nayapul. Trails goes through the deciduous forest and overlook waterfalls, local villages and rice fields.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House

The trails ascend step by step up to Ulleri where the trails lead you to a gradual uphill ascent to Ghorepani through a rhododendron and oak forest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House
  • 2860 m

We hike to Poon-Hill view-top for sunrise with stunning Mountain Panorama view. After breakfast, our trek ascends to Deurali with great views of the Himalayas. Then again walk through dense Rhodendern forest, villages, farming land and waterfalls following several up and down till Tadapani.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House
  • 2600 m

Your trek descends to Chhule with great views of the Himalayas, settlement villages, farming land and waterfalls. After Chhule the path gradually descends to Chhumrung through the Gurung village.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House
  • 2150m

The path goes downhill to the Chhumrung River and ascends to Sinuwa. The road then becomes flat until reaching Khuldi Ghar and descends to Bamboo. Bamboo is located between massive boulders and forest. The sound of monkeys swinging in the trees may interrupt the silence of the trail. After lunch your trek goes through the bamboo forest and the sounds of rivers and waterfalls will welcome you to Himalaya.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House

Today‚Äôs hike is shorter than other days, but the rise in altitude may make you feel otherwise. You will be trekking above 3000m. and may face conditions of snow and ice, depending on the season. Experience the amphitheater surrounded by Annapurna ranges from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House
  • 4130 m

Enjoy your morning, taking in the amazing sunrise views over the Annapurna ranges and Fishtail. The trail descends to Bamboo and along the way you might encounter Himalayan Thar, mountain goats and deer.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House

On the way, you will pass through one of the biggest Gurung tribe inhabited villages. Along the trek you will see many different types of birds and butterflies in the rhododendron forest. After Chhumrung you will descend to Hot Spring (Jhinu Danda) where can bathe in a natural hot spring on the banks of the river.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guest House

The path descends to Kimrung River, gradually passing through Ghandruck Phedi, ending with an easy and flat walk to Birethanti. You will stop for lunch and walk 45 minutes to Nayapul. We will coordinate your drive back to Pokhara by private vehicle.

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Hotel

Return to Kathmandu on a luxury tourist bus (optional 30-minutes flight for an additional cost). Deparute-7:30 am and arrive back to Kathmandu about 3 pm. Transfer to hotel and evening fare well. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

After having the healthy breakfast, You will transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight.

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car/coster as per group size
  • Two-night twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • Two-night twin-sharing accommodation in Pokhara, including breakfast
  • TIMS-card (Trekker Information Management System)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
  • All ground transportation by luxury tourist vehicle
  • 8-night accommodation at the various available tea houses or lodges during the trek (twin sharing)
  • Experienced English Speaking Trekking Guide with a Government license holder
  • Company guarantee for Government Rescue Services
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and VAT
  • Complementary duffel or sleeping bag (refundable after the trek)
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant
  • All meals while on the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • All kinds of Drinks (alcoholic non-alcoholic and hot and cold drinks)
  • Shopping in the mountains.
  • Client's travel insurance and evacuation costs if needed
  • Tips to Guide and support crews.
  • A sherpa porter to carry your baggage
  • Flight to Pokhara if required (Please let us know on time for the flight booking)

Price & Dates

Trip Dates Availability Price  
30 Mar, 2023 - 11 Apr, 2023 Guaranteed 780 USD
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Useful Info

  • All travelers should have a 6-month validity passport. Visa can obtain on your upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visas cost 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively.

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

  • Join our scheduled departure for 2022/2023. Global Adventure Trek assembles the group for you.

  • You may postpone your trip without paying an extra fee. However canceling your booking the T&C will apply.

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