Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, popularly known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the most stunning treks in the world. The trek provides generally moderate hiking, majestic scenery, and a mix of cultures incomparable to any other trek in Nepal.
On a few first days on the Annapurna Base Camp trail, we walk on a well-trodden trail meandering through lush oak and rhododendron forest, following the river and passing many beautiful waterfalls. Finally, the hike leads us to the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill, where we will have a fantastic, 360-degree view of the Annapurna range, Mt. Machapuchare (22,943 ft.), Mt. Dhaulagiri (26,794 ft.) at sunrise. Each day, we will also take time to stop in the picturesque villages like Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, etc., along the trail and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea. At the same time, we rest our legs and observe the traditional Nepalese style of life around us.
We begin walking through the sub-tropical valley, climb up to a glaciated alpine, and eventually make our way to Machapuchare Base Camp and continue to the alpine mountain sanctuary of Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft.). We spend a fantastic night at a lodge at Annapurna Base Camp, and we rise early the following day to watch the sun come up and fill the arena of giant peaks surrounding us with golden glitters.
Our 16 days at Annapurna Base Camp Walk start with a scenic drive from Kathmandu- the capital of Nepal- where you will land first as the only international airport is located here. But before leaving Kathmandu city, we shall go on a lively sightseeing tour that we plan. You will explore some of the most fascinating historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley, including the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
It will take about 7 hours to reach Pokhara via the land route. Upon reaching Pokhara city, we shall head off to Nayapul and then begin trekking to Tikhedhunga (1,540m). Afterward, we will start walking on a scenic trail filled with lush green forests and reach Ghorepani village on the fifth day. Finally, one of the most anticipated days comes close as we hike up to the famous Poonhill for a bewildering view of the Himalayan mountains in the northern territories of Nepal.
Next, we leave Ghorepani village and hike further up to Machapuchare Base Camp via Chomrong, Dovan, and Deurali villages. We will remain here for the night and take our time to enrich ourselves with the majestic presence of the revered, holy Mt. Machapuchare, which nobody has ever stepped a foot on.
The next day, we begin trekking up towards Annapurna Base Camp, which will not take more than 4 hours to reach. Situated at a high altitude of 4130m, you can get jaw-dropping views of the entire Annapurna range. Later, after taking some photos and exploring the ABC area, we shall begin descending back down to Pokhara city to end our trek.
You must see why our Annapurna Base Camp Hike is one of the best treks in the world!
Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) is at the foot of Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), the tenth tallest peak in the world. It is the first mountain above 8000m which was summited on 3rd June 1950 by the French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Its base camp is a funnel-shaped valley with astonishing views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (6947 m), and Tent Peak (5663 m), and several others. Melting snow from the Annapurna ranges and glaciers form a small river named Modi Khola which can be witnessed throughout the trek. ABC is a high glacial basin that sits 40 km directly north of Pokhara city (one of the busiest trekking hubs with numerous hotels, lodges, lakes, temples, caves, and many more) small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier.
Annapurna Base Camp Tour is a spectacular journey from the same lowland pastures to barren alpine lands. Beginning the journey at Nayapul (1070m), trekkers reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), gaining almost 3000 m elevations.
Reaching there, trekkers will sightsee ethnic Gurung settlements of Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chomrong, Dovan, Deurali, a mountain base camp (Machapuchhre Base Camp (3,712)), thick rhododendron, pine and fire backwoods, ever-smiling hospitable people, religious and cultural monuments and never-ending ranges of mountains.
Standing at the famous viewpoint of the trek Poon Hill (3210m) (on the 6th day of the trip), trekkers will see the most spectacular views of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The sunrise and sunset over mighty mountain peaks look breathtaking.
Annapurna Base Camp, a sacred site with mesmerizing view of the mountain ranges, is another advantage of the trek. Surrounded by Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna South (7219m), Gangapurna (7454m), Tharpu Chuli Peak (5663m), Singu Chuli Peak (6501m), and several other peaks, ABC is always worth visiting.
Jhinu Danda, a small hilltop with a natural hot spring, is another attraction of the trek. Trekkers can rest their exhausted muscles by bathing in the natural hot water pool. It is a fantastic gift of nature that people believe that by soaking in the natural hot spring, several gastrological diseases will be recovered.
Pokhara is another major attraction of the Annapurna trek. It is the beginning and ending point of most hikes in the Annapurna and Mustang region. It is a bustling city with hundreds of hotels, lodges and restaurants, seven lakes, a couple of natural caves, waterfalls, and temples (Tal Barahi (a temple in between Phewa Lake) and Bindawasini are the most popular ones) surrounded by hills full of trees with a fantastic view of Mt. Annapurna and Machapuchhre.
We kick-start our epic Annapurna journey at Nayapul (1070m) after an hour and thirty minutes drive from Pokhara (820m). Following the rice terraces, and cultivated lands, viewing the beautiful views of landscapes and the rushing Modi River, we reach Tikhedhunga (1540m), our first night's accommodation at the local lodge. The next day, we set a journey to Ulleri (2070m) and further to Ghorepani (2860m), ascending more than 3000 stone stairs (between Tikhedhunga and Ulleri). It will be a bit challenging, yet rewarding journey as trekkers will be welcomed by ever-smiling snowcapped peaks (Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri), green backwoods (rhododendron blossoms during spring (March to May)), chirping sound of rare birds and different ethnic communities. Ghorepani is a cultural showcase where trekkers can explore traditional Nepalese culture, witness typical Nepali lifestyles, interact with locals, and get an insight into their practices.
Early morning (around 4- 4:30) the next day, we begin our upward hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for mesmerizing sunrise over giant massifs. The views from Poon Hill are some of the best you have ever experienced. An uninterrupted, beautiful view of some of the largest and most photogenic Himalayan mountain ranges, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal, is breathtaking.
From Poon Hill, we hike back to Ghorepani and head towards Tadapani (2630m). Now spending four nights more (at Chhomrong, Dovan, Deurali, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp), we reach our ultimate destination –Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). Exploring Annapurna Base Camp and its surrounding, we hike back to Nayapul via Bamboo and Jhinu Danda and conclude our entire trek. From Nayapul, we drive back to Pokhara and the next day to Kathmandu for your international departure.
Thus, the route of Annapurna Base Camp can be concluded as; Kathmandu » Pokhara » Nayapul » Birethanti » Hille» Tikhedhunga » Ulleri » Ghorepani » Poon Hill » Ghorepani » Tadapani » Chhomrong » Bambo » Dovan » Deurali » Machhapuchhre Base Camp » Annapurna Base camp » Himalaya » Bambo » Chhomrong » Nayapul » Pokhara » Kathmandu.
|Day 1||Welcome to Kathmandu (1350 m / 4429 ft)||Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation||Kathmandu|
|Day 3||Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara||Pokhara|
|Day 4||Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m / 3510 ft) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m / 5051ft)||Tikhedhunga|
|Day 5||Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860 m / 9380 ft)||Ghorepani|
|Day 6||Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210 m / 10531 ft) and descend to Tadapani (2630 m / 8628 ft)||Tadapani|
|Day 7||Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170 m / 7120 ft)||Chhomrong|
|Day 8||Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600 m / 6190 ft)||Dovan|
|Day 9||Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3200 m / 10500 ft)||Deurali|
|Day 10||Trek from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m / 12135 ft)||Machhapuchhre Base Camp|
|Day 11||Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m / 13545 ft)||Annapurna Base Camp|
|Day 12||Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo village (2310 m / 7576ft)||Bamboo village|
|Day 13||Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780 m / 5840 ft)||Jhinu Danda|
|Day 14||Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara||Pokhara|
|Day 15||Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
|Day 16||Airport drop and international departure from Kathmandu|
We meet in Kathmandu with an exchange of greetings and upon your arrival, Subsequently, you will be transferred to your hotel via the narrow and windy streets of Kathmandu valley. The rest of the time can be spent your own way.
Before starting the day, you will be briefed shortly. Then, we start sightseeing of the incredible Kathmandu Valley in a private tour vehicle. Kathmandu is the ancient city with a modern touch accompanied by the religious tolerance among the residents. Crowded streets with local vendors, motorbikes, cars, cycles, buses are a common sighting with the colorful bazaars still horde with the lively ethnic people. The city boasts of many UNESCO world heritage sites within its parameter such as sacred Hindu shrine Pashupatinath Temple, sacred Buddhist shrine Boudhanath and Swayambhunath – located close to Thamel which you will visit before wrapping up the day with a short walkabout around Basantapur Durbar Square with the dazzling glimpse of the beautiful sunset.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast.
Today you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Pokhara. Your journey takes you westward on the Prithvi Highway which passes through the deep gorges of Trishuli River. Then you will pass from the town which serves as the crossroads between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan called Muglin where the two rivers: Trishuli and Marsyangdi meets. Now you will head north and pass through the spectacular suspension bridge.
Moving on, you will be accompanied by the Marsyangdi River side by side. On this section of the road, you will be greeted by beautiful sights of the Annapurna, Manaslu ranges, Ganesh Himal and Lamjung Himal. The drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu will take about 6-7 hours depending on traffic conditions.
Once you are Pokhara, you can enjoy what the city renders you. Either you can visit the landmark sites like Tal Barahi Temple, Bindhyabasini Temple, Davis Falls etc. or you can just wander or do cycling around the delightful lakeside area. You can also be refreshed via extreme sports that the city is famous for, among the visiting tourists.
After breakfast, we will head from Pokhara to Nayapul (approx. an hour). Nayapul is a small village situated at the banks of the Modi Khola and the beginning point of the trek to Tikhedhunga. The trek commences with the short 15 min descent following the Modi River. We will be passing through the rhododendron forest for more than 15 minutes and finally arrive at Birethanti (1,015m), a small village having many shops and teahouses.
After showing our TIMS and trekking permit at the ACAP check-post located there, we pursue the trail that follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola and climbs firmly up the side of the valley to Hille (1,495m). After a brief and gentle climb, we set foot in Tikhedhunga (1,540m). Today’s trek will take us 5-6 hours to complete. A prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region, today’s trek can be considered as a warm-up for upcoming adventures.
Starting the challenging segment of our adventure, we begin with the steep trek for 2 hours, leading us to Ulleri (2,070m). From this point on, the trail ascends gently through a thriving forest of rhododendron and oak to the Magar village of Bhantanti (2,250m).
Along the way, we can observe picturesque views of the Annapurna South Mountain (7,219m), Machhapuchhre Mountain (6,997m), and Hiunchuli Mountain (6,441m). Then we cross a stream and trek to Nangethanti (2,460m).
From there, after an hour of trek, we arrive at Ghorepani (2,860m), where we can observe amazing and breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri and other mountains.
Poonhill, with a brilliant mountain range panorama and the best sunrise view, is admired by the tourist who have already been there. This standpoint provides an unclogged view of the sunrise and its hues with a golden orange line emerging from utter darkness, forming a blend of pink and blue in the sky over Nilgiri Mountain (6,940m), Annapurna I Mountain (8,091m), Annapurna II Mountain (7,937m), Annapurna III Mountain (7,855m), Annapurna IV Mountain (7,525m), Annapurna South Mountain (7291m), Dhaulagiri Mountain (8,167m), Tukuche Mountain (6,920m), Lamjung Himal (6,931m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m), etc. We start an hour of hiking to Poonhill very early in the morning to capture this magnificent sight. Then, keeping those panoramic views in our hearts, we will return to Ghorepani.
Afterward, we follow the descending trail for approximately 5-6 hours to reach Tadapani (2,630m), where we can watch stunning views of the mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and many more.
Leaving Tadapani, we jumpstart the day following the trekking trail with a precipitous downhill to Kimrung Khola through the rhododendron forest and Chuile village observing Machhapuchre, Annapurna IV, and Annapurna South mountains.
We descend through the forest and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung: a village inhabited by ethnic Gurung people. We will trek to the Chhomong, a village populated mostly by the Gurung people. From this point, the trek becomes less demanding till we reach next destination. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Chhomong from Tadapani.
We start the day by following the Trekking trail which drops down to Chhomrong Khola and crosses the suspension bridge ahead. We climb up to Sinuwa passing through dense rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar (2,380m).
We then, move down a steep and long stone step through dark and deep rhododendron and bamboo forest to Bamboo village. There are only a few lodges in Bamboo village after the Sinuwa and no human settlement. After one hour gentle climb we reach Dovan (2,600m). Overall, the day utilizes about 5-6 trekking hours.
Today we will walk along the trekking trail which passes through dense bamboo and rhododendron forest along Modi Khola to Himalaya Hotel (2,920m) where are out in the sun again after the forest opens up unveiling the stunning view of the glacial river below. Continuing the trek we walk a steep climb through Hinko cave (3,170m) from where the trail drops closer to the river before climbing up again to Deurali (3,200m); the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.
It will be 3-4 hours of trekking from Dovan to Deurali. Stretch of the trail passes through several avalanche areas located close to the village which looks pretty rocky and quite dramatic with the flowers, pristine waterfalls, mountain, rocky slopes, mist, and clouds. Precautions must be taken especially in the winter and summer seasons.
Leaving Deurali we gently climb through the river bed over a steep trail then again over to the mountain side. A bit challenging hike of about 2-3 hours from Bagar where the trail becomes narrow will lead us to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3,700m).
MBC area is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here we can get an excellent view of Mt. Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Hiunchuli. Actually, MBC is not a real base camp since climbing Mt. Machhapuchhre is not permitted.
Waking up early in the morning, pumped with the desire to imprint the majestic view of the Mt. Annapurna in our hearts forever, we will start the trek. The trail from “Annapurna Base Camp” from “Machhapuchhre Base Camp” is gradually up and smooth as the path widens up. On the way, we can observe many splendid flowers. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at an elevation of 4,130m from Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC).
ABC is located in the center of beautiful mountains. There is a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass from where you’ll descend to mountainside with widespread terraced fields that showcases blissful grasslands and lavish fertile farming land. As you reach ABC we will get to observe formidable mountain scenery with the astounding view of snow-capped peaks, awe-inspiring landscapes.
The vista presented by southern slopes of Annapurna range i.e. concealed beneath diverse Himalayan cultural backdrop is unparallel to anything that the world has to offer. Mammoth Annapurna Range will stun you and compel you to explore whole day around without rest or chill out.
Yesterday we enjoyed exploring the incredible base camp of Mt. Annapurna. Now waking up early in the morning we witness a phenomenal view of the Annapurna sunrise. Imprinting those majestic views as memories on our minds and souls, we trek from ABC back to Bamboo village which takes about 6-7 hours.
It’s day thirteen and we are getting to the end of our trek as we have finished visiting both Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Leaving Bamboo village we trek to Jhinu Danda which takes about 5-6 hours. Following the trekking trail from Bamboo village to Sinuwa, we descent to lower Sinuwa.
The trail then ascent a thousand steps climb up to Chhomrong. It will take us an hour to climb down to Kimrong Khola and from there we start ascending through the rhododendron forest and terraces to Jhinu Danda.
We are now near to the end of our adventures. Moving on with our trek, we now have to leave Jhinu Danda and head to Nayapual which takes around 3-4 hours. Then, we’ll ride a private vehicle to get to Pokhara.
Once we reach Pokhara, we can celebrate our successful journey to Annapurna Base Camp and enjoy delicious Nepali meal. We will spend a beautiful night in Pokhara city. You can explore Lakeside and enjoy exciting night events like Nepali cultural dinner show and visit famous city streets.
A scheduled 6-7 hours drive from Pokhara in a tourist bus/private vehicle awaits us today which will take us back to Kathmandu city depending upon traffic conditions. Once in Kathmandu, you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying different ethnic live events, shop for some souvenirs or click some pictures as memories of the visit to Nepal.
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. We hope that you had enjoyed your stay here in the country. We are also honoured to accompany you all the way until the end of your expedition. You can either plan your next adventure and we are there to assist you or you can fly back home. Therefore, a representative of Holy Mountain Treks will escort you to the International Airport 3 hours before your departure time for your safe flight back home.
Pre- and post-monsoon months are the best periods to trek in the Annapurna Base Camp. It means spring and autumn are excellent spells to tour. Trekking in the episodes above, excursionists get a better chance to have magnificent views of the panoramic Himalayas, lush greeneries, lustrous landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unique Himalayan lifestyles.
Annapurna base camp trek can be organized in the winter and Summer as well. But in the winter, trekkers may be affected by snow heaps in the upper part of the journey. In the Summer, there is a monsoon, and rainfall can affect the trip.
Travelers will taste novice experiences each day. They will witness from the bustling city of Kathmandu to peaceful Gurung villages and further quite Annapurna Base Camp. Concrete cities to pristine nature inside the protected lands, crowded vehicles of Kathmandu / Pokhara, and chirping sounds of birds inside deep jungles.
Religious, cultural, and historical shrines of Kathmandu / Pokhara to monasteries, chortens, alleys, and fluttering prayer flags around Annapurna Base Camp. The busy lifestyle of Kathmandu to the traditional way of living in the Himalayan foothills. Sharp horns of vehicles to the musical sound of river gorges/waterfalls. All in all, it will be a wonderful vacation.
While trekking Annapurna Base Camp, you will be accompanied by a well-experienced, knowledgeable, kind, hospitable, and qualified trekking leader of Holy Mountain Treks and other supporting members. A porter will help you carry all your accessories throughout the trek (we provide a porter for two trekkers). You will take only your items (money, passport, important documents, camera, etc.) in your day pack.
A day begins with a sip of tea/coffee at your hotel/lodge/teahouse. Then, with the beautiful first rays of the sun, you get your breakfast. Afterward, you will hand over your duffle bags to your porter and begin your hiking at around 7-9 am, depending on the distance, duration, and nature of the day’s walk.
After walking for 3-4 hours (around midday), lunch will be served in one of the lodges/restaurants. Getting rest for an hour will begin another part of the trek. As you arrive at the desired destination, you will check-in in the lodges and get refreshed with some drinks.
After the three to four hours’ walk, lunch will be served at around midday. Then, getting rest for a while, you will continue your tour for your daily destination. Upon reaching the desired place, you will check in, get refreshed with some drinks. Now, you will have free time to explore the shrines nearby. Then, go around and visit religious, historical, and ethnic monuments of the Annapurna region before dusk.
Dinner will be ready somewhere around 6–7 pm. After dinner, your trip leader will explain a further plan for an upcoming day. After this briefing, you can enjoy board games like chess, cards, read books or watch available mountaineering documentaries before heading off to bed.
Most of the lodges/teahouses during the trek are facilitated with a WIFI connection. Most of them offer free of cost while some small charge amount (especially in the high elevations). The speed of the internet might not be as in the cities, but it will be helpful to use social media, exchange photos, videos, and texts either.
Otherwise, you can add a SIM card to your cell phone and purchase a data pack and use internet service whenever you like. It is the most convenient way of using the internet where users can buy the volume of data according to their needs.
Travelers can buy SIM cards from nearby shops. The SIM cards provided by Nepal Telecom (Namaste) and Axiata (NCELL) are used throughout. While trekking to the Annapurna region, both SIM cards work correctly. Personally saying, Namaste is faster and easier for this trek. To obtain a SIM, you need to have:
In the shop, you need to fill a form provided by telecommunication keeping your detail. Then the shopkeeper gives you a SIM card, and it will be activated after half an hour. After adding the amount to the respective number, you can buy the desired data pack.
While trekking Annapurna Base Camp Trek, most lodges/teahouses have electricity (either hydro or solar) to recharge your electronics. Some of them (especially in the lower parts of the trek) have kept charging stations in every room, but some have a charging station in the lobby, and they charge a certain amount to recharge (per hour basis). The amount may differ from place to place ranging from US$ 2-US$ 7 per hour.
An epic journey to Annapurna Base Camp completes in 16 days, including arrival and departure day. Trekkers will spend 11 days on the trek, a day in Kathmandu for sightseeing and trek preparation, and two days on a drive (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu), two days for international arrival and departure.
During the ABC trip, we offer you hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) (in Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or a similar one) in Kathmandu and Pokhara (2 nights) (in Hotel Mount View or Similar one). During the trek, you will be provided three nights’ accommodation in a cozy room with an attached bathroom at Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and Jhinu Danda and seven nights in a standard room at Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan Deurali Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and Bambo (mostly twin sharing rooms with shared bathroom)
Note: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara, or other places (if trekkers wish to extend their trip), luxurious accommodations (Luxury hotels are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara) is excluded from this package.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered a high elevated journey that takes you on the foot of Mt. Annapurna, the 10th tallest peak. During such high altitude hikes, your body requires enough nutrition, carbohydrate, protein, and other food fuel to reenergize your body. Food is available sufficiently during your ABC hike, but you may not find the varieties in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Fifteen breakfasts, eleven lunches, and eleven dinners will be provided during our Annapurna Base Camp tour.
Breakfast: The most popular breakfast items during the Annapurna Base Camp trek are; toast with jam/butter/honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, local tsampa porridge, egg items (boiled, fried, omelet (plain, vegetable), scrambled, sunny side up), pancakes, noodles, muesli, seasonable fruits, vegetable (grilled), rice pudding, oat porridge, potato items (steamed, fried, chips), etc.
Lunch: Dal Bhat (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles – the most popular food item), Tibetan bread / local chapatti, momo (dumplings), spring roll, spaghetti, macaroni, cake items, sandwiches, burgers, potato dishes, noodles items (soup, fried), thukpa, pasta, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), rice pudding, porridges and more.
Dinner: Dal Bhat Tarkari (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles, and salads), various soup items (noodle, chicken, tomato, egg drop, potato, daal, onion, garlic (highly recommended), mixed vegetable), pizza (mushroom cheese, tomato cheese, and hybrid), noodle items (soup, fried), spaghetti, salad items, Thukpa, rice puddings, apple pie, pancakes, Korean Raman and many more.
Note: The menus can be different according to the place and elevations. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you have plenty of choices. During the trek, as we go up, the menu list will be shortened, and there might be limited choices.
Although the meat items are available even in the Annapurna Base Camp, we recommend you avoid them for a healthy purpose. The meat above Pokhara / Nayapul is not guaranteed to be fresh, healthy, and hygienic. We also advise you to get rid of dairy and cheesy items while trekking. In addition, smoking and tobacco items are strongly recommended not to consume.
Water is the best liquid for drinking. You should drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day. You should drink water even you are not thirsty. Dehydration is the leading cause of altitude sickness. Boiled water is open in the teahouses at extra costs. As consuming plastic water bottles is prohibited inside Annapurna Conservation Area, trekkers cannot buy and use them. Thus, it is ideal for carrying water purification tablets/systems and a refillable water bottle. You can refill (from the taps or streams) and purify water whenever you wish to drink.
Green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, soup items (tomato, mushroom, mixed vegetables, garlic soup (highly advised)), ginger tea are other drinking items for the Annapurna trek.
Note: Highly caffeinated items (strong coffee), hot chocolates, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks are not recommended while in the trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Expedition is graded as a Moderately arduous journey; you can complete this journey if you have a sound physical condition. Although travelers encounter ups and downs in some areas, trekkers can rest in the basic teahouses established throughout the journey before marching ahead.
Annapurna Base Camp elevates at 4,130m/13,545ft; there is a bit possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness; your guide will support every hazard. They will maintain proper pace, which helps them to be acclimatized to the atmosphere around them. Next, this elevation is much less than the famous Everest Base Camp Trek, which elevates 5 545m (Kalapatthar).
Trekkers who follow the proper instruction of their leaders, stay hydrated, stroll, and steadily maintain a comfortable pace can complete this trek without any hazards. However, it is recommended to have some Cardiovascular exercises before the journey.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderately difficult journey that takes you at 4130m above sea level. Although it reaches lower elevations compared to other high altitude treks as EBC Trek, Everest High Passes Loop, Gokyo Lakes, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, etc., it passes some stone steeps, several ups and downs, rocky ridges, and narrow trails (somewhere).
Trekkers need to walk 5-6 hours each day (depending upon the destination) following the Himalayan trekking routes, with regular breaks. Trekkers can capture each moment in their cameras from the surrounding landscapes to snow-clad peaks. Annapurna conservation area offers you many things; from ethnic villages, lustrous green forests to diverse flora and fauna and amazing views of Annapurna Himalayas.
Previous hiking experiences, cardiovascular exercises, gym training will be beneficial for trekking Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking having good physical conditions and mental determination success this trek. However, you need not have advanced technical climbing skills for this trek.
Note: Trekkers suffering from acute medical conditions such as heart and lung are not recommended for this trek.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the high elevated treks that take you to 4130 m / 13550 ft above sea level. Above 2750 m, there might be the potential risk of high altitude sickness or unforeseen events due to sudden climate changes, landslide avalanches, etc. Therefore, travelers must have a travel insurance policy covering medical and emergency helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 4500m) for all trekking members.
While booking “ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK,” travelers must send a copy of their insurance with other details. In case of emergency, we will use the insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, shift to the hospital for emergency medical support, etc. So please be sure that your insurance company includes the cost spent for mountain rescue at the highest elevation of the trek.
Every single traveler expects Indian nationals must obtain a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are available in both ways; On Arrival and before their Arrival. On-arrival visas are available at Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). If you want to skip a queue at the airport, you can obtain a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your country.
For an arrival visa, you must file a form, should have a passport having at least six months validity, a passport-sized photo, and cash. The fee for On Arrival Visa is US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days, and US$ 125 for 90 days. The visa fee must be paid in cash on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. However, SAARC citizens (expect Afghans) and Chinese people get a free visas.
Citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Refugees with travel documents are requested to acquire visas before they arrive from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.
Trekking Annapurna Base Camp is possible in a group, privately or solo. We organize a trip according to your interest and budget. If you are in a group, you will get a group discount as well. The price for a private trip can be a bit higher than joining a group. You will be provided a guide, a porter for every two trekkers, and an assistant guide if the group has more than six people.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is possible to trek without a guide, porters, and other crew members. Obtaining permits (ACAP and TIMS) from the office of Nepal Tourism Board at Kathmandu / Pokhara, trekkers can walk themselves.
However, trekking in any Himalayan trail is safe, convenient, and accessible with a guide and porter. Therefore, you need not be stressed regarding the route, accommodation, food, backpack, possible hazards, etc., if you are with them.
“Take NOTHING but Pictures
Kill NOTHING but Time and
Leave NOTHING but Footprints”
Holy Mountain Treks has a solid vow to environmental sustainability to protect our nature and ecosystem. We have promised our concerned authorities to implement every rule of “Leave No Trace” (LNT). Undoubtedly, tourism has empowered the lifestyle of many people, thousands of people are getting employment, and has brought several positive impacts in terms of opportunities, wealth generation, education, healthcare, infrastructure, way of living, and more.
However, there are some noticeable negative impacts on the environment and community. So, please be careful about sustainable tourism, preservation of nature and culture while trekking Annapurna Base Camp. If we preserve them, our next generations will also visit there and see such unique creations of Mother Nature.
Holy Mountain Treks always focuses on eco-friendly trips, which are environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding, which will be beneficial for both travelers and the ethnic traditional communities.
Tipping is much appreciated by your guides, porters, and other crew members. Although it is not any part of wages, it is considered as a reward for good service. In Nepali, culture tip is accepted as a lovely way of saying thank you for their intense devotion to making their guests satisfied. In most of the trips, tips are offered at the end of the trek. The amount of the tips is a personal performance which can be more or less depending upon your budget, satisfaction, service quality, length of the trip, and more.
All the guides, porters, and other trekking crews of Holy Mountain Treks who professionally take exceptional care of every traveler, offer excellent service, provide sufficient information regarding the trip making your trip of once in a lifetime memory are paid well treated equally with respect.
Holy Mountain Trek is a government-registered, authorized, licensed, and dedicated trekking and tour operator in Nepal. We are members of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), and have licenses from the Department of Tourism, and are registered on the Office of Company Registrar and all other concerned offices. All of our guides are license holders from the government of Nepal. Thus, you can book any trip to Nepal with confidence as we are reliable and with a strong dedication to tourism.
Our website is SSL enabled website. Our payment partners are Himalayan Bank Limited and Siddhartha Bank Limited. While transferring the data, only banks receive them in a secured way. To make it easy and secure, you can directly transfer the trip amount to the bank.
While booking, trekkers need to pay only 20% of the total payment in advance online with the booking form. Necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, and travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure flight details can be emailed later (within two weeks). The remaining trip costs can be paid either by cash or via bank transfer and credit cards upon your arrival in Nepal.
Holy Mountain Treks accepts last minutes booking for those who are not able to book in advance. For Annapurna Base Camp Trek, booking before at least 48 hours is taken. We have to arrange your permits, guide, porters, and other crews for you. We do our best to operate a trek at any time; however, we will not be responsible for any delays due to changes beyond our control, such as the weather, availability of lodging.
Upon completing your Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can extend your journey to Chitwan National Park, Paragliding at Sarangkot, Kathmandu valley exploration (remaining shrines), Chandragiri Cable Car Ride, and Hiking around Kathmandu or Pokhara Valley, etc. if you have extra days in Nepal.
Once the Annapurna Base Camp trek is completed, there will be a farewell dinner organized by Holy Mountain Treks. Meantime, you will get a digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. As a service provider, we expect nothing in return but feedback (positive or negative) regarding our services and performances. Thus, we can improve our weaknesses and continue our strengths aspects. You can share your natural feeling and experiences via TripAdvisor.
Although Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, we can customize the itinerary according to your schedule if our designated departure dates do not fit your calendar. It also depends whether you add Poon Hill to your trip or not, explore Pokhara city or not, add Dhampus in your trip or not, prefer sightseeing in Kathmandu or not, and so forth.
Sometimes, the aforementioned itinerary will be rescheduled due to unexpected circumstances; bad weather conditions, heavy snowfall or rainfall, availability of lodges, and some other natural hazards. In such cases, a new itinerary will be set in the best interest of the whole group making it suitable for every single traveler.
Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) is located in north-central Nepal. It is the world’s 10th highest mountain in the world.
In short; yes! You can do Annapurna Base Camp Trek without a guide. But, while trekking you have to care about your food and accommodation. In some of the destinations, the trail may lack trekking route mark or signboard, you may find it difficult to track the trail.
The weather may not always be favorable. In such situations, it may hard to cope-up with. Therefore, it is better to trek with one of your companions or contemporaries or experience a trekking guide to make a trip successful and enjoyable.
The maximum altitude that you can reach in this trek is Annapurna Base Camp 4,130m/13,545ft.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderately difficult journey. Trekkers need to ascend at 4,130m/13,545ft above sea level to reach the Base Camp. Prior hiking or trekking experiences are recommended.
Trekkers need to walk for 5-6 hours on an average each day. The trail consists of crossing numerous rivers, suspension bridges, wooden cantilever bridges, stone stairs, dense forests, sudden changes in altitude and weather.
You can reach the Nayapul– the beginning point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek via two modes of transportation. One is by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is of 25-minutes flight.
The second option is to go with a tourist bus, private jeep, local Hi-Ace, or the local bus which is 200 KM far from the city – Kathmandu. The total driving duration is 6-7 hours.
Annapurna Base Camp trek can be organized as both camping and teahouse for accommodation. It also depends on your choice. However, the teahouse trek is mostly popular.
You can find the fresh basic local food Nepali Dhal Bhat, noodles, fry rice, soup, Tibetan bread, egg items, and potatoes. Most of the lower elevated teahouses have set menus keeping both local and western eateries. With the rise of elevation, the choices of food may be limited.
Important Tips: Buying plastic bottles is not allowed in the journey. Don’t forget to bring tablets or filters to save the drinking water cost. You can also refill the safe drinking water (private expenses) from every teahouse situated in the Annapurna region.
Absolutely Yes! You can customize the Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary according to your available duration, cost, and group size. Kindly, contact us to custom design the itinerary.
Depending on your time frame, there are several itineraries you can choose from. You can do Annapurna Short Trek-4 Days, Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 9 Days, Annapurna Panorama Trek - 10 Days, and Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 16 Days.
All trekkers should ensure that they are covered by adequate travel insurance. The main risk facing trekkers in the Annapurna Base Camp area is high altitude sickness. Such risk, in case severe enough, will require immediate evacuation to proper medical facilities.
Make sure that your insurance covers; Emergency medical treatment, emergency evacuation, and that the policy covers you for the altitudes you will be trekking at, which is above 4,000 meters.
No. It is unsafe to drink the water from the tap or streams in Annapurna Base Camp. Mineral water is not available on the trail. If available it is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a SteriPen or water purifier.
We will collect your travel insurance and organize a helicopter for emergency rescue co-coordinating with helicopter companies.