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Annapurna Base Camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle or Local Bus

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best trekking adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you to the base of Mt. Annapurna.  Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world. It’s one of the most popular treks in Nepal with it’s primary highlights being it’s natural beauty, cultural diversity, and challenging terrain. Upon reaching the Annapurna Base Camp trekkers will be awestruck by 360 degree mountain panorama of the majestic peaks like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machapuchhre (6,993 m), and Hiunchuli (6,441 m). 

The trekking trail that leads to Annapurna Base Camp is trekking along lush green forests of rhododendrons, rice paddies, terraced farmlands and small mountain villages. Other highlights of the trek include observing the local culture and tradition of Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, and Lobas communities as you hike along, relaxing in natural hot springs and witnessing spectacular Himalayan views.

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is considered a moderate graded trek with some steep ascents and descents, though no technical climbing skills are required. One should have a good level of fitness and with better acclimatization this trek is achievable. 

Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Pokhara with drive to Kimchi and a trek to Ghandruk. The trail then proceeds through dense forests, traditional villages, and terraced farmlands. The trail is filled up with a wide array of flora and fauna including rhododendron forests, Himalayan goats, and birds such as the colourful Danphe pheasant. As the trek moves ahead, the views become more awe-inspiring, and the terrain becomes more rugged.

You will be trekking in one of the most beautiful trekking regions in Nepal, and finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters where a majestic Himalayan panorama awaits.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a rewarding trekking experience in the Himalayas suitable for nature lovers and adventure seekers, offering a truly unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlight

  • Visit the lakeside city of Pokhara.
  • Witness a stunning close-up view of Annapurna ranges, Mt. Fishtail & other peaks.
  • Dazzling waterfalls and lush green rhododendron woodlands.
  • Witness two 8000 meters peaks- Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) & Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m)
  • Access to the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary.
  • Ghandruk – typical Gurung community beautiful village.
  • Amazing Natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hrs)
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Kimchi (2.3 hrs) & trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/2 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/5 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m/5 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3200m/5 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/3-4 hours)
Day 08: Trek from Machhapuchchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/2-3 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/6hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda ( 1780m/6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Syauli Bazaar & drive to Pokhara (1170m/3-4 hrs) 2-3 hrs drive
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara (6-7 hrs)
Day 13: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek. 

Hotel

Early in the morning drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a tourist bus. The journey takes you through scenic landscapes, offering glimpses of rural life, terraced fields, and stunning views of the Himalayas (weather permitting). The drive is around 200 kilometers (125 miles) long and usually takes between 6 to 7 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. You can also drive by a private vehicle.

 

The bus will finally arrive at the tourist bus park in Pokhara and you will check-in hotel in Pokhara. The rest of the time is rest at hotel or you are free to explore Pokahra if you wish.

Option: You can choose to either take a private vehicle for Kathmandu/Pokhara overland drive or fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu (25 minutes flight)

Hotel
Breakfast included

You start your walk from this small village, which is reached after a two and a half hour drive from Pokhara. Ascend the well constructed stone stairs to Ghandruk, a typical Gurung village inhabited by valiant Gurkha troops. Look about the village. You may visit a lot of interesting locations, such as the Gurung Museum. Additionally, a Buddhist monastery is close by. Engage with the locals and become fully immersed in their mountain culture. Savor breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Resuming our trek from Ghandruk, we embark on the uphill route to Ghandrukot for about an hour and then take an immediate descent to the Kimran Khola (river). Surrendering to the frequent ups and downs along the route, we make yet another ascent from Kimran Khola, after which we are gifted with a comfy walk for about an hour. Pleasure is short-lived; hence we again have to take a steep ascent to eventually reach Chhomrong, which is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, and lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. Gurungs are the main inhabitants of Chhomrong and it is the last permanent settlement in the valley. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Trailing along the Modi Khola (river), we kiss goodbye to the inhabited foothills of Chhomrong. We the cross a suspension bridge and head to Sinuwa Danda. From here, we embark on a seemingly flatter trail picketed with rhododendron bushes alongside and make an ascent to Khuldighar. What a bumpy trek it is!! The route again slides very steeply down a rocky bank, then to our relief, flattens out, running through bamboo bunches and rhododendron forests, finally getting us to Dovan. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Making a trivial ascent through the bamboo bunches and thick rhododendron forests up the side of gorge, we start our fifth day. We continue our way forward as we pass by the Himalaya Hotel and cross the small bridges over two different streams. As we traverse through some solitary places through the forest, we might get a chance to spot some wild lives like pigs, deer and rarely, snow leopards. Climbing further to the Hinko cave (3100 m), we approach Deurali. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

A bit tough day for us compared to the hikes we have had so far! But we needn’t worry so much as the toil definitely pays off when we get to behold the mesmerizing site of Fishtail Mountain. Commencing our trek to the Machhapuchchre Base Camp, we make our way up a river bed and then follow the steep route alongside the mountain. It is important that we be on our toes as we move ahead because this happens to be an avalanche zone and a slight wind and rain could leave us stranded and secluded within the mountains! As said earlier, although the hike is comparatively scratchy, we will be compensated by the soothing vistas of Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Gangapurna and the very classic, Mt. Fishtail. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

This 2 -3 hrs of trek takes us through the trail that sans vegetation and we can see the snow streams here and there. We follow the wide route into the Annapurna Sanctuary and then ascend a few huts alongside a moraine which gets us to the base camp of Annapurna. From here, we can relish the unobstructed mountainous panorama of Annapurna, Himchuli and Machhapuchchre. This region gets the nomenclature of “Annapurna Sanctuary” as it is fortified from all sides by the mountainous hoop of Annapurna range. Besides, it is regarded to be sacred as there is a belief that it happened to be the dwelling place of many deities. This region receives seven hours of sunlight a day and hence has a diverse eco -system. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Thank god, the ascents are all over and now we will get set to make our way back following the downhill routes through the Machhapuchchre Base Camp, Deurali and Dovan till we arrive at Bamboo. On the way, we get to relish the views of waterfalls, Mt.Fishtail and Himchuli. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

From Bamboo, we continue our descent to Jhinu Danda via Sinuwa and Chhomrong. The Annapurna Base Camp trek continues back through beautiful rhododendron forests down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail leads us slightly upward to the lower Chhomrong. We then trudge up a thousand stone steps to upper Chhomrong and then wrap up the day’s trek making a final relieved descent to Jhinu Danda.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We walk for three to four hours from Jhinu along the right bank of the Modi Khola (River) to Syauli Bazaar, which marks the finish of our trek. Among the best and most tranquil walks of the entire trek, today's stroll qualifies. We are going to take a little break in Syauli Bazaar. Before long, we head to Pokhara via Naya pul which is 2-3 hours journey.

Hotel
Breakfast Included

After breakfast drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist bus retracing the same highway route which you took earlier. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore or rest. In the evening is Farewell Dinner at one of the authentic Nepali Restaurant with a cultural show.You can also drive by a private vehicle.

 

Option: You can choose to either take a private vehicle for Pokhara/Kathmandu overland drive or fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara (25 minutes flight)

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

 

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Hotel

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transfers by a tourist bus or private vehicle (Option: Flight)
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag
  • Pokhara/Kimchi& Syauli Bazaar/Pokhara transfers by private vehicle. 
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.  

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected).   

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What's the duration of the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The length of the Annapurna Base Camp trek differ on different route taken including the starting and ending points. Typically, it takes 7 to 12 days to finish the trek.

2. Is the Annapurna Base Camp trek difficult?
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered a moderate trek. It is suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. The trail involves some uphill and downhill sections, but it is not as challenging as some other high-altitude treks in Nepal.

3. When is the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The best time for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is from March to May and September to November which offer pleasant weather and clear mountain views.

4. Are there teahouses or lodges along the Annapurna Base Camp trek route?
Yes, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is well-developed with teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the trail. These provide accommodation and meals for trekkers, making it possible to complete the trek without camping gear.

5. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The highest point of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the Annapurna Base Camp itself, which is situated at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level.

6. How do I get to the starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which can be reached by road from Pokhara. Pokhara is a major city in Nepal and can be accessed by a short flight or a long scenic drive from Kathmandu.

7. Do I need any permits for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Yes, for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you need the “Annapurna Conservation Area Permit” (ACAP) and the “Trekkers’ Information Management System” (TIMS) card.

8. What type of physical fitness is required for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Annapurna Base Camp trek requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Regular walking or hiking practice before the trek is advisable to prepare your body for the daily trekking distances and altitude gain. Cardiovascular endurance and strength training are beneficial to cope with the ascending and descending sections of the trail.

9. Is the Annapurna Base Camp trek suitable for beginners?
Yes, it is considered a moderate trek suitable for fit beginners, but some prior hiking experience and physical fitness are recommended.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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