Annapurna Base Camp Trek | ABC Trek - 13 Days

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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.

Trek Overview

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.

Trek Highlights

  • 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.

Day 1
On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.

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.

Day 2
At Kathmandu with options for a tour with time for trek preparations.

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.

Day 3
Drive/Fly to Pokhara 860 m – 06 hrs ride and 30 mins via air.

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.

Day 4
Drive to Nayapul, start the walk to Ghandruk village 1,930 m- 05 hrs.

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.

Day 5
Trek to Chhomrong 2,170 m – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 6
Trek to Dovan 2,630 m – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 7
Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3,700 m – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 8
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at 4,130 m – 03 hrs.

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.

Day 9
Trek from Base Camp to Bamboo 2,345 m – 06 hrs

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.

Day 10
Trek to Jhinu village 1,780m with Hot Spring – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 11
Trek to the road head and drive to Pokhara-05 hrs.

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.

Day 12
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.

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.

Day 13
International departure for homeward bound.

Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Include: Transportion by private vehicle to airport.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
  • 3-Night accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2-Night accommodation standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Accommodation during the trekking in a teahouse/Lodge
  • Full board meals during the trek (B, L, D and Tea or Coffee) fruits after dinner
  • Tourist Stander Bus drive to and Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu(option for 30m flight if require)
  • Gov.certified well trained English speaking trek guide
  • Cost of the guide and potter(sherpa) their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • One potter every two members of trekkers group
  • All government necessary document ACAP permit/TIMS card.
  • Purified drinking water while on a trek
  • Down jackets, the sleeping bag must be returned to the company after completion of your trek.
  • Company’s duffel bag and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir, trekking route map
  • First Aid Kit box (carried by your trek guide)
  • The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)
  • All applicable federal and route local taxes.
  • Adventure certificate (after completion of the trek)
  • Final departure transfers to the airport.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare/Nepal Visa
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Personal expenses for your clothing and personal gears
  • Your personal expenses such as mineral water, soft and alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek bar bills, hot showers
  • Electronic charges internet, battery charger, camera, Wi: Fi etc.
  • Your Personal travel insurance that would cover helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation
  • Tipping the trekking crew
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the "service Included" section.

Useful Info

See our Nepal Travel Info Page for information. Also, do read our Booking FAQs and  Terms and Conditions.

 

(Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

On Annapurna Base Camp walks can I bring family with children?

Certainly this will be an exciting holiday for your people as well for adults, where walk leads to ups and down that is only the tough bit, otherwise, it’s a great interesting walk for all.
For minor infants please bring carriage with straps to carry the younger kids especially on ups
and down trails, where we can hire extra porters to carry the baby with the carriage.

When do I book for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks
ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

How many people will be in the group?

From the minimum 3-4 person in the group with the maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for a single person as well, running independently at extra cost than in groups.

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, the best time is from March to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas. Where most of the morning till mid-days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can
get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees too short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there were smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise. Some village above 2,500 m do have a nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bathrooms and restrooms. All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun/solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones. Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Chomrong some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas. At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have an assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and
medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where
nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to
reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range
include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around
Buddhist country is interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans.
The walk leads to visit Gurung villages and encountering many farm fields and terraces of
interesting traditional life of the local villagers.

Who are Gurung people?

Gurung tribes are high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendary Gurkha soldiers in foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as a police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas. Besides men-folk as famous Gurkha soldiers, the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as the traditional profession.

Is it really spectacular in flowering times of March to May?

Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature
lovers, where hills and valley alive with wild-flowers in full bloom with riots of different colors,
rhododendron from tall trees too short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.

Checklist for all season:

  • Travel document: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, and a passport-sized photo.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Reading/Writing materials
    Binoculars
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, aspirin/ paracetamol, Band-Aid, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenge, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or
  • Ciprofloxacin, antibiotic  for
  • Giardia, Diamox and any extra
  • prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruit, candies, and snack foods
    Money-Cash
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Lightweight towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clipper, face, and body
  • moisturizer, feminine, hygiene
  • products, small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock and
  • torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter
  • Insect repellent
  • Earplugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat Sunglasses, Scarf
  • Bag Liner
  • Sewing kit
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
    Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and shorts
  • T-Shirt 2 Or 3
  • Long sleep shirt
  • (Special Checklist for summer)
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  • Special Checklist for winter and High Altitude:
  •  34. Layered clothing /Thermals and extra warm clothing during winter (December-March)
  •  1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece Or wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • wool or fleece with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four-season sleeping bag/sleep
  • sheet Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiter (optional)
  •  Special Checklist for summer
  •  Lightweight wool
  • jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/waterproof jacket and
  • trousers (May—September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

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Trip Facts

  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Moderate and Adventurous
  • 4130m
  • 2+
  • March-May & Sep-Dec
  • 12 Night/13Days
  • Tea House(On Hotel and lodges)

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