Annapurna Base Camp Trek Explore the trails decorated by the snowy Annapurna Himalayas on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek) also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. One of the most famous treks in the world, ABC Trek heads through the rich expanse of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The ABC trek also offers glorious views of the tenth highest mountain in the world- Annapurna I (8091m). Also, the trek allows travellers to relish the culture and lifestyle of the Gurung ethnic group. Finally, ABC trekking is a beautiful combination of all the natural and cultural attractions in the Annapurna region.
First of all, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with a tour around the Kathmandu Valley. Here, you will visit some of the world heritage sites in the valley. Next, you will head to Pokhara on either a short flight or a long drive. Both these options provide a great introduction to the beauty and diversity of the geography of Nepal. As the trek begins, you drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk. It is a Gurung village which offers an authentic outlook on the culture and lifestyle of the Gurung people. Then, you head north along the Chhomrong River to reach Chhomrong village. You continue the trek across the Modi River and pass Dovan to reach Himalayas.
Further, you trek across snowy trails to reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Hereon, the trails ascend and increase in difficulty as well. Along with the views of the Annapurna, Lamjung, and Nilgiri Himalayas, you will trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. From the base camp, you can enjoy the sight of the Annapurna range along with other mountains in the Dhaulagiri ranges as well. After enjoying your fair share of fun and adventure, you begin the return trek. As you deviate from Chhomrong to a newer trail, you will also take a relaxing dip in the natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda to complete the ABC Trek. Next, you head back to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for a tour with time for trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive/Fly to Pokhara 860 m – 06 hrs ride and 30 mins via air.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul, start the walk to Ghandruk village 1,930 m- 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong 2,170 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dovan 2,630 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3,700 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at 4,130 m – 03 hrs.
Day 09: Trek from Base Camp to Bamboo 2,345 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu village 1,780m with Hot Spring – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to the road head and drive to Pokhara-05 hrs.
Day 12: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 13: International departure for homeward bound.
This Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is the standard itinerary we offer. You can inquire about us and customize the itinerary as per your needs. If this itinerary does not fit you, we also operate ABC Trek via Poon Hill or other Annapurna Region Treks.
At Heaven Nepal Adventure, we always aim to provide the best services and facilities to our clients. Also, we have numerous travel packages across the country.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Distance, Difficulty and Altitude
Trekking in the Himalayas is definitely not easy. Annapurna Base Camp Trek’s difficulty is moderate and anyone who can walk for 6-7 hours on a day can complete this trek without any difficulties. The trekking trail includes terrains, mountains, hills and stairs and it demands a good level of physical fitness. Previous trekking experiences will definitely be a plus for this trek but are not required. The difficulty of the trek can vary with seasons. It is a moderate trek and can be done by travellers with good physical fitness.
The total Annapurna Base Camp Trek distance is around 115 km and you will walk 10-20 km. Generally, you will trek for 7-8 days during the trip. If you want more time to rest and enjoy, you can increase the number of trekking days. Similarly, decrease if you want to complete the trek in less than 13 days. Knowing your limits and wise decisions are required for a safe trek.
There are least chances for Altitude Sickness during the ABC Trek. You will reach the highest Annapurna base camp trek altitude at 4,130 m high in Annapurna Base Camp. Most of the trekking trails are below 3000 m/ 10,000 ft. You don’t have to worry about AMS in this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek as the altitude is not demanding.
Best Time for ABC Trek
The months of September to November during autumn are the best season for Annapurna Base Camp Hike. It doesn’t only ensure the most incredible views and scenery of all time but since the area is inhabited, it gives ample opportunities to get the closest interaction with the local culture. Likewise, the Spring season from March to May is another best time for the trek. Also, it’s safe to say that the spring and autumn seasons are the best times for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Meals and Accommodation during the trek
Once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.