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One of the most popular trekking in the world – Annapurna Base camp trek costs USD 500 including accommodation, transportation, guides, porter, permit and trekking gears.
Trekking to Annapurna Base camp is the most popular trekking trail in the world cost – rivaled only by Everest Base Camp trek – offering 360 degree panorama of Annapurna range.
7 days 6 nights trek to Annapurna base camp is a perfect combination of Himalayan culture, nature and adventure. The trekking trail passes through beautiful mountain villages that are rich in cultural and ethnic diversity of Gurung, Magar, Bahuns and Chhetris.
Most of the ABC trek itinerary covers the Annapurna Conservation area which preserves a rich ecological biodiversity that are home to many rare wildlife species such as snow leopards, black bear and Himalayan thar.
Trek to Annapurna Base from Pokhara takes you up to the lap of Mt. Annapurna (8091m), the tenth highest mountain in the world and allows you to experience the mesmerizing 360 degree views of Annapurna range. Other mountain peaks you will see along the trail include Gangapurna, Fishtail, Gandharba and Hiunchuli.
The good point of this trekking is that you can extend the trek to include Poon Hill, which in combination is known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek.
ABC Trek is best done during spring (Mar-May) or autumn (Sep-Nov) and is suitable for trekkers who have basic physical fitness.
There are some different routes to make this Annapurna base camp trek. But, route starting from Ghandruk to Chhomrong then uphill to Annapurna base camp and back Pokhara from Jhinnu is probably the best one.
Annapurna Base camp Trek 7 days 6 nights is the most popular trekking trail in the world cost – rivaled only by Everest Base Camp trek – offering 360 degree panorama of Annapurna range. Here are the some highlight of this trek.
Trekking package includes all required services such as ground transportation, permit, accommodation, food, guide and porter, all documentation, staff insurance etc. There is simply no hidden cost.
If more than 2 persons in a group, the price per person will be lower. For solo trekker, a supplementary charge will apply on top of the standard rate given above.
There are several routes to make this Annapurna base camp trek. Please find the most scenic route map below.
The moderate level beautiful Annapurna basecamp trek is one of the must do trek in Nepal. Here is the day do day details itineracy for Annapurna Base camp trek 7 days 6 nights from Pokhara.
Morning Drive for one and a half hour from Pokhara to Nayapul, a distance of about 40km. Trek starts from Nayapul reaching Birethanti in about 30 minutes. Birethanti hosts TIMS and ACAP counters. It takes two and a half hours trek along motorable road to reach Syauli Bazaar, where you will rest for lunch. Another 2 hrs uphill trek takes us to Ghandruk, a Gurung village perched at the altitude of 2012m. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Mt. Fishtail become more pronounced and clear from Ghandruk. Dinner will be served in hotel.
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After early morning breakfast, we will leave Ghandruk at 8am. There will be many ups and downs along the route today whilst offering many good viewpoints. The trail passes through the middle of Ghandruk village allowing us to observe local lifestyle. Lunch will be on the bank of Komrong khola before going over Komrong (2654m) hill. From here we gradually descend to Chhomrong (2170m), the last trading center with nice hotels and coffee restaurants. Dinner will be in hotel.
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Today we depart Chhomrong after breakfast for Deurali. The total trekking duration is about 7 hrs. We will begin with a downwhill trek to Chhomrong Khola followed by a steep uphill hike up a stone staircase to Sinuwa (2360m) and then Bamboo (2310m). A little further trek through forest reaches you to Dovan (2600m), which is a perfect spot for our lunch and some rest. Then continue trek along the bank of Modi Khola all the way to Deurali (3239m) via Himalaya (2920m). Annapurna III, Macchapuchre, Gaganpurna and Hiunchuli are clearly visible throughout the day. Dinner in hotel.
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The trek from Deurali to ABC takes about 6 hrs. The trekking will be a bit difficult as we will also walk through avalanche prone area nonetheless you will be rewarded with eyeful of mountain views. Make an uphill trek to Macchapuchre or Fishtail Base Camp (3700m) where we will have lunch while observing Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Fishtail at very close distance. Then continue trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) which offers 360 degree views of mountains including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, III, Gandharba Chuli and Fishtail. Dinner will be in hotel.
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Enjoy morning sunrise views before eating breakfast. Begin downhill trek to Bamboo with constant view of Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Hiunchuli mountains. The trek is relatively easy since it’s downhill but your legs could feel muscle strain. This trail is the same one you used earlier to go to ABC. We will stop at Himalaya for lunch. Trek further down from here to Bamboo for overnight stay. Dinner in hotel.
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After morning breakfast, trek from Bamboo to Sinuwa and further descend to Chhomrong Khola. The trail then makes a steep uphill climb to Chhomrong (2170m). Ahead you will be in for a dramatic downhill trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m), where we will have lunch. After lunch, we spend our time taking a hot spring bath in nearby Jhinu Khola. The hot water is believed to provide strain relief and relaxing retreat, especially after the trek. Dinner in hotel.
Note: In you want to extent you trek, you can make Poon hill trekking(Part of Annapurna Sanctuary trekking) from Chhomrong.
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Following breakfast, we trek down to New Bridge (1340m) for about one and a half hour. Continue trek to Siwai from New Bridge over similar duration. Thereafter we finally take a bus/jeep ride back to Pokhara via Birethanti and Nayapul.
Note 1: If you still have energy and time, you can possibly extend your trek further to Dhampus village from New Bridge.
Note 2: We will stop over at Birethanti on our way back to have our permits checked at ACAP/TIMS counter.
Today lunch will be available en route. Dinner at your own expenses.
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Annapurna Base camp is a popular and prominent trekking trail in Nepal. Here you will find plenty of well-equipped tea houses (lodges) along all points of the trek. Trekkers will have a variety of accommodation to choose for their comfortable stay.
In lower elevation, you can find rooms with attached bathroom. Such rooms are available on twin or double sharing basis. In contrast, in higher elevation, rooms come with 3 to 5 beds on a sharing basis.
Tea houses are lodges specially designed to provide comfortable and affordable rest-place for trekkers. The lodges on the trails of ABC trek are relatively comfortable and affordable. There is no facility for heating rooms in Annapurna trekking region. WIFI is freely available in nearly all lodges in the Annapurna region. For charging your mobile phone, torch and other electronics, you are highly recommended to bring your own power banks. Because they are limited in numbers, good lodges often pre-booked or booked in advance.
Camping trek is also possible in Annapurna region. It is generally common for Annapurna expedition teams to do camping trek. Tents are used for accommodation, cooking, sleeping, resting and as toilets. A special cooking staff will prepare food for expedition members and porters are employed to carry tents and other logistics.
Today, a range of food is available for trekkers on Annapurna Base Camp trek. But because Annapurna region sits at high altitude and everything has to be transported either on helicopter, by porters or on yaks, food are relatively expensive. Nepali rice and lentils, soups, Momos, fried rice, dishes, noodles, Tsampa, spaghetti, spring rolls are available during the trek. The prices fo the same item of food increases with increasing altitude.
Those trekking in Annapurna region are recommended to choose locally-produced organic vegetables and cereals over meat items owing to the high cost of the latter in transporting and preserving in high-altitude region.
Bottled water and Jars are highly used by trekkers on the EBC trek. They can be easily purchase from local stores along the trekking trail.
Boiled Water on the other hand are the safest- they are offered by lodges upon request and is often charged a certain price.
The third option is to use local water collected from local streams/rivers for drinking. This can be made drinkable by adding water purification tablets or chlorine dioxide before drinking. But due to its strong smell, trekkers often avoid drinking this type of water which can result in dehydration. So we highly recommend to use boiling water at all times.
Annapurna base camp trek from Pokhara is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. Pokhara serves as the entry and ending point for the Annapurna Base Camp trek and trekkers use it as a place of relaxation before and after the trek. Located just 200Km away from Kathmandu, Pokhara is easily accessible by both road and planes. Porters and guides can also be hired easily in Pokhara and there are plenty of trekking gear shops.
There are several trekking routes leading up to the Annapurna base camp. But they all follow the same trail all the way to Chhomrong. Trekkers have multiple options to start the trek from different location based on one’s interest, budget and time availability. Nayapul-Ghandruk-Chhomrong-ABC-Jhinnu -Pokhara, Nayapul-Jhinnu – Chhomrong- ABC, Nayapul-Poonhill – Tadapani-Chhomrong- ABC-Chhomrong- Jhinnu-Tolka-Phedi are some popular ABC routes.
Annapurna Base Camp trekking via Poonhill combine the experience of Poonhill with Annapurna Base Camp. This trek is also called Annapurna Sanctuary trek and can be completed within 9 days. It takes you to some of most scenic places in Annapurna conservation area, such as Poonhill, Chhomrong and ABC.
Also known as Annapurna sanctuary trek, ABC trek via Ghorepani follows the route, Nayapul-Ulleri-Ghorepani (Poonhill)-Tadapani-Chhomrong-ABC-Jhinnu-Nayapurl- Pokhara. This trek covers visit to Poonhill and Ghorepan and trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
This trek can be completed from 4 to 7 days. Below are the itineraries for ABC trek.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is the first trekking route to be opened in Nepal. So it is a classical route still in favor of most avid trekkers. The trek starts off at Pokhara with a short drive to Nayapul, the launching point of the trek. You will pass through Ghandruk and Chhomrong, Jhinnu, before returning the same route back to Pokhara.
Annapurna base camp trek in 6 days involves 4 days of trekking uphill followed by 2 days of downhill trek. On your return route, you will stay overnight in Bamboo, then trek to Jinnu-Ghandruk border from where you will drive back to Pokhara.
Annapurna Base Camp trek in 5 days sets off at Jhinnu towards Chhomrong on Day 1. The next day you will join the classical Annapurna base camp trek route. On Day 5, you will reach Ghandruk via Jinnu on a suspension bridge before driving back to Pokhara.
Annapurna base camp trek in 4 days leads you to Annapurna Base Camp using classical ABC route. After reaching ABC, you will take a short helicopter ride back to Pokhara.
ABC trek on a helicopter is a 4 days program. Spend the first 4 days trekking all the way to Annapurna Base Camp passing through Naypul, Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Himalaya, Duerali and Fishtail Base Camp. Then on 5th day return to Pokhara from ABC on a helicopter. This is a good option for those tourists who have limited time and are looking for a comfortable adventure.
ABC trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek are two popular trekking routes in Annapurna conservation area. ABC trek reaches up to a height of 4130m whereas Annapurna Circuit trek will go up to 5420 meters (Thorangla Pass). Both trekking routes offering stunning 360-degree views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and features high passes and experience of walking in trans Himalayan landscape.
Both ABC trek and Tilicho Lake trek lies in the famous Annapurna region. The goal of ABC trek is Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) while that of Tilicho Lake trek is the pristine Tilicho Lake(4919m). While trekking to Tilicho Lake, you will also visit Manang. In case of bad weather and high snowfall, Tilicho Lake becomes inaccessible, however ABC trek is still possible even during snowfall.
The main highlights of Everest Base Camp are Kalapathar (5550m) and Everest Base Camp (5360m) and that of ABC trek is 4130m. EBC trek can be completed in 12 days, ABC trek in all of 7 days. EBC trek is regarded as strenuous trek as opposed to ABC trek which is graded moderate. Furthermore, EBC trek hosts rich Sherpa culture while ABC is home to diverse culture.
ABC trek is a classical trek which leads you to Annapurna Base Camp located at 4130m. In contrast Mardi Himal is relatively a newly opened trek in Annapurna region that allows you to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m. In spite of many similarities, Mardi Himal trek has an edge over ABC trek in that one can easily find access to a motorable road from every point along Mardi Himal trek which is not the case for ABC trek.
The highest altitude of Annapurna Base Camp trek is 4130m. Its height has been found to increase due to the movement of Himalayan tectonic plates.
ABC trek can be done throughout year. But October to November and Feb to April are considered the best time to do this trek due to good weather. Trekking during the periods can be fun, safe and rewarding as there is a greater prospect of seeing snowcapped mountain every day.
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is possible during monsoon season when most other trekking areas not. Because Annapurna Base Camp is perfectly surrounded by mountains on all sides, one can easily see snow-capped mountains even during monsoon period. In addition, there is no or little risk of landslides in Annapurna Base Camp region due to its lush vegetation.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is highly recommended during the winter season when the entire valley turns heavenly beautiful with snowfall and glaciers. You will be walking on a soft and crunchy snowy trail above 3000m. You may have to use crampon, from Deurali to Embassy, on an icy path.
During the months of December and January, the temperature at Annapurna Base Camp can drop to -10 degree Celsius at night and up to 15 degrees during daytime. This period is also great for trekking in ABC because of clear blue skies, stable weather, less rainfall, snow and mountains.
For those who come from tropical climate, Annapurna Base Camp trek in February and March is best. As you are less familiar with cold, you can experience snow without feeling too cold. During this period, the temperature remains about -2 degrees Celsius at night and 20 degrees during day time with less chances of rainfall.
Sunny and blue skies mark the month of April at Annapurna Base Camp. So, ABC trek in April will be perfect. It is 25 degree Celsius in the afternoon and can go as low as zero at night. You will experience warm wind flow and great views of mountains and beautiful rhododendron flowers.
June signals the start of monsoon season. Trekking in Annapurna Base Camp is possible in June but you will be lucky to find a good weather. You should expect rainfall anytime and you may not see the mountains. But one thing is certain- you are less likely to be bitten by leeches.
Annapurna Base Camp trek in August and September means you will have to deal with post-monsoon season. This is when the skies are mostly cloudy, remaining only partially open for mountain viewing. You are in store for some hot days as temperature run as much as 20-25 degrees in daytime and 0-5 degrees at night. Also be careful of leeches in lower trekking areas
October and November are counted among the best period for Annapurna Base Camp trek. The weather is warm- not too cold- with less chances of rainfall. You can clearly see the beautiful mountains and feel snow. The temperature could drop to -2 degree Celsius at night and go up to 20 during day time. One of the greatest perks of ABC trek in October and November is the opportunity to witness local festivals and cultural activities in cities and mountains.
The total distance coverage of Annapurna Base Camp trek is 62km. This is a two-way calculation, starting from Nayapul and ending back to the same spot. The one-way length from Nayapul to Annapurna Base Camp is roughly 31 km.
The idea that Nepalese enjoy heavy discount while trekking in mountains is not entirely true. Local tourists, i.e., Nepalese, also have to pay as much as foreigners for most trekking services such as guides, porters and food. This means the price quoted on menu is equally applicable for both Nepali tourists and foreigners. Though, Nepali trekkers do not need to buy TIMS card and entrance ticket to Annapurna conservation area.
Indian tourists usually get special discount on hotel and flight fares. Like Nepalese, they also get partial waivers on the purchase of TIMS card and protected area permits. But they are not entitled to any discount on hotel charges in Annapurna base camp route.
Annapurna Base Camp trek without guide is certainly possible and every year trekkers can be seen trekking guide-free. The risk of not taking a guide is far outweigh the small cost trekkers want to save. To begin with, Annapurna Base Camp trek is an avalanche prone zone, as there is danger of landslides and sporadic rainfall. Also, there are several routes in ABC and trekkers may get lost or disappear if they don’t know the area well. So, it is strongly advised to take knowledgeable and experienced guide along while on ABC trek.
Yes, it is a must to hire porter for ABC trek. By helping you carrying part of your baggage, porters allow you to trek freely and also offer you more time and comfort to get full enjoyment of trekking. You can spend time observing and experience mountains, local culture and biodiversity as well as interacting with locals. Porter can also act as a guide and a companion if you need assistance. By taking porters, trekkers will be directly contributing towards generating employment and income generation for Nepali people.
It is a moderate level trek- which means it is adventurous without being too stressing. The trek starts at around 800m and goes up to 4000m altitude, involving hiking through forests, river banks, mountain ridges and glaciers. Second and fourth day of this trek is particularly difficult. The last 300m walk from Macchapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp is on a leveled path and perhaps the most exciting one.
One must prepare to be both mentally and physically fit to do Annapurna Base Camp. Spend few weeks prior to your ABC trek increasing your strength, determination and stamina. Jogging, cycling, running, climbing hills for several hours every week are ideal physical exercise you can engage in.
Yes, trek to Annapurna Base Camp is quite safe. ABC trek is a classical trek and one of the oldest trekking routes in Nepal. Thousands of trekkers come for ABC trek every year. The trail is well maintained and there are plenty of lodges and tea houses along the trek route. The maximum altitude you will reach is 4130m and trekkers can easily acclimatize with the weather.
Yes, the risk of avalanche in ABC trek is real. However, only a small section of the trail, from Duerali to MBC, is prone to avalanches occasionally Trekkers can get natural hazards forecast and pre-information provided by the government for taking necessary precaution and avoiding such disasters. There is alternative route you can take to avoid this section of the trail.
Trekkers rarely require the use of crampon for ABC trek. So, crampons are usually not needed while trekking Annapurna Base Camp trek. But during winter season, crampon may be required to navigate the route from Deurali to Macchapuchre Base Camp as the path often becomes icy and slippery. So, it is advised to carry crampon during winter season, especially for this section of the trek.
I had excellent Annapurna basecamp trek operated by Eyes On Nepal. Siddarhta and his team specially our guide Chandra and porter Prakash were amazing during the trip. I definitely recommend my friends and come back again for Everest basecamp trek in future