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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 travelers 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 into 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 Himalaya.
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 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.
- Experience Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m).
- Explore the Annapurna Sanctuary and Conservation Area.
- Relish the scenic vista of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri ranges.
- Enjoy the Gurung culture and hospitality.
- Relax at the hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
- Walk through diverse landscape and culture of Annapurna region.
- Exotic Flora and Fauna.
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 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 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 is 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 kms and you will walk 10-20 kms. 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 is the best season for Annapurna Base Camp Hike. It doesn’t only ensure the most incredible views and scenery of all times but since the area is inhabited, it gives ample opportunities to get the closest interaction with the local culture. Likewise, Spring season from March to May is another best time for the trek. Also, its safe to say that 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.
You may arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will welcome you and help you get transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, thus you may check into your Hotel and relax.
Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you can choose to have a sightseeing tour of the city.The guided tour includes the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. You canfirst visit the holy temple of Swayambhunath- revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. It presents a tranquil atmosphere, as well as stunning views of the city from its premises. Then you will make your way to Pashupatinath- one of the most prominent Hindu temples of the city. The next site is Kathmandu Durbar Square where Nepal’s ancient way of life can be seen in the stunning architecture and artwork of the old buildings, palaces, and temples. Lastly, you can visit Boudhanath from where you enjoy a stunning view of the sunset. After the tour, you will be dropped back at the hotel where you can prepare for tomorrow’s trip.
Overnights stay at the Hotel. Include: Welcome Dainner.
You can opt to either fly to Pokhara, or drive there. The Himalayan city of Pokhara is one of the most famous cities of Nepal,blessed with stunning natural beauty.It is situated beside the Phewa Lake and also presents amazing views of the Annapurna Peaks. The drive to Pokhara follows the Prithivi Highway along the banks of the stunning Trishuli River. The road heads past countless vibrant villages. Likewise, the flight presents good views of the mountain peaks. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to the Hotel.
Overnights stay at the Hotel in Pokhara. Include: Hotel and Breakfast.
From Pokhara, you will have a short drive to Nayapul, traveling via the road that runs alongside vasthill-side terrace farms and pineforests. The drive is pleasant and gives you a good fleeting glimpse of the village life of the Annapurna. You can also enjoy views of the Annapurna Mountain Peaks as well. From Nayapul, you will then trek to Ghandruk- one of the most well-known Gurung villages of the region.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Ghandruk. Include: B, L, D.
From Ghandruk, the trail meanders through the valley to Chhomrong. Today’s journeyis filled with captivating natural beauty. Chhomrong is situated about 9 kilometers away from Ghandruk and is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Wonderful views of the Annapurna Mountains present a contrast to the terrain embedded with serene woodlands that is home to many beautiful Himalayan birds like the Monal and the Danphe. The trail is mostly an up-and-downhill journey.
Overnights say at the guesthouse at Chhomrong. Include: B, L, D.
From Chhomrong, you will enter the Annapurna Conservation Area.It is a protected area that is home to many endangered species of animals and birds. The trail from Chhomrong meanders down the valley towards Chhomrong Khola. Crossing the river via a suspension bridge,you will follow the trail that climbs out the valley, ascending through rhododendron woods and oak forests towards a small settlement called Bamboo.The bridges across the region are often decorated with colorful prayer flags and crossing the bridge over the swiftly flowing rivers is quite a thrill. Further on, the path cuts along steep slippery stone staircases that run through thick bamboo groves towards Dovan.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse. Include: B, L, D.
With a steady ascend, you will make your way over to a mountainside towards the Bagar village. The trail from there leads to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. It is a somewhat strenuous trek as the path runs through steep slopes and vertical ridgelines. Views of the Machhapuchhre Himal, the Himchuli Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and the Gangapurna Peak among others from the base camp of Machhapuchhre are simply stunning.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse. Include: B, L, D.
The landscape as you trek further from the Machhapuchhre Base Camp is barren of vegetation. Instead, the land begins to be covered with snow from here on out. The trail widens as you reach the opening of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The high glacial basin of the conservation areas surrounded by a ring of mountains presents a beautiful trek. You can also get a sensational view of the near-vertical south face of the Annapurna Peak along the journey. Trekking through an amazing landscape, you will finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp.
Overnights stay at the Annapurna Base Camp. Include: B, L, D.
Retracing your steps back through the Conservation Area and the down the valley, you will trek towards Bamboo, follow the trail once again as it passes over small brooks and rivers and ancient trees that shadow the trail overhead. The forests of the Conservation Area are covered in lichen, orchids, and moss, and low-lying mist often covers the terrain, making the journey quite eerie. An entire sanctuary is a sacred place for the ethnic Gurung people. The trek back towards Bamboo is downhill and relatively easy.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse. Include: B, L, D.
From Bamboo, you will follow a gradually descending path towards one of the famous settlements of the region- Jhinu Danda. The small village is located amid high rising cliffs, and it harbors a natural hot spring that is situated right beside the river. The hot spring is said to have natural healing properties, and you can relax in the hot water to relieve your aching muscles.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Jhinu Danda. Include: B, L, D.
From Jhinu, you will follow the same route back towards Nayapul.You will be trekking through beautiful terrace farms and pastures.The grasslands are often laden with yaks and mules. From Nayapul, you will then have a lovely drive back to Pokhara.
Overnights stay at the Hotel in Pokhara. Include: Breakfast and Lunch.
You can either have a drive back to Kathmandu or opt for a short flight. Both way, you can choose your mode of transport and we shall have it be arranged accordingly. Upon returning to Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your Hotel.
Overnights stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Include: Farewell dinner.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.
Include: Transportion by private vehicle to airport.