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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is an unforgettable adventure in the breathtaking landscapes of Nepal. This Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you through lush forests, charming villages, and eventually to the base of the majestic Annapurna massif. The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek can vary depending on factors like the duration and services included, but it's generally affordable, making it accessible to a wide range of travelers. The trek reaches an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks. It typically takes around 14 days to complete, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude gradually. While challenging at times, the trek is considered moderately difficult, making it suitable for most hikers with a reasonable level of fitness. For a well-organized trek, many travelers choose to go with reputable trekking companies like Himalayan Asia Treks, which provide experienced guides and a safe, enjoyable experience. Trekking from Pokhara is a popular starting point for this remarkable journey.The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a must-visit trek that takes you to the base of Mt. Annapurna. This fantastic trek takes place in the beautiful Annapurna region and follows the traditional route from Tikhedhunga and ends at Ghandruk. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14-days encompasses all the central parts of the Annapurna region. The trail presents gorgeous snow-capped mountains like Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2, Annapurna 3, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Gangapurna, and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Along with scenic views, the trail will also present you with diverse vegetation that increases the beauty of this region.Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you inside the buzzing cultures and traditions of the Chhetris and mostly Gurung people. The quaint settlements of Tadapani and Chhomrong are home to the people of Tamang and Gurung communities. At Ghandruk, you’ll visit the antique museum, highlighting the past and present of the Gurung people. Similarly, the trails are loaded with prayer flags and millennium-old gompas that portray the cultural richness of the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking leads you to the majestic Annapurna region, which in turn takes place in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins from Kathmandu, and from here, a quick flight will lead you to Pokhara. Spend a night in Pokhara, and then head out to Tikhedhunga. Next, climb a lot of stairs and arrive at the Gurung settlement of Ghorepani. Next, head out to Poon hill to catch the fantastic views of snow-capped Himalayan Mountains like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna.

As the trail gains elevation, you will find yourself at Chhomrong, which lies near the Kimrong Khola. After spending a night in the Himalayas, you venture towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp and ultimately to Annapurna Base Camp. Views from Annapurna Base Camp include a picturesque display of the mountains governing the Annapurna landscape and small colorful tents that stand out in the white environment. After spending some time at Annapurna Base Camp, retrace your steps back to Bamboo, towards Ghandruk, and then ultimately to Pokhara, where this marvelous journey will end.

Hightlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek): 

  • Pokhara: Begin your journey from the picturesque city of Pokhara, located in central Nepal. Known for its stunning lakes and breathtaking mountain views, Pokhara serves as the gateway to the Annapurna region.

  • Nayapul: After a scenic drive from Pokhara, you will reach Nayapul, the starting point of your trek. From here, you'll begin your ascent towards the Annapurna Sanctuary.

  • Tikhedhunga and Ulleri: The trek kicks off with a moderate climb to Tikhedhunga, where you can experience the warm hospitality of local teahouses. The trail continues to Ulleri, a picturesque village famous for its stone staircases.

  • Ghorepani and Poon Hill: As you ascend further, you'll reach Ghorepani, a charming village nestled amidst rhododendron forests. The highlight of this area is Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint renowned for its stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

  • Tadapani: From Ghorepani, the trail leads to Tadapani. Along the way, you'll pass through lush forests, encounter diverse flora and fauna, and witness breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks.

  • Chhomrong: Continuing your trek, you'll descend to the village of Chhomrong. This Gurung settlement offers spectacular views of the Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains.

  • Annapurna Base Camp: The final destination of your trek is the Annapurna Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet). Here, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Annapurna massif, including Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Machhapuchhre, and other surrounding peaks.

  • Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda: On your way back, you can take a detour to Jhinu Danda, where you can relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs. It's a perfect spot to soothe your tired muscles and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

  • Return to Pokhara: After savoring the breathtaking mountain views and cultural experiences, you'll retrace your steps back to Nayapul. From there, you'll take a scenic drive back to Pokhara, where you can celebrate your successful trek and enjoy the serene ambiance of the lakeside city.

Accommodations on Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

On Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will spend the night in a lodge or guest house. The rooms will be on twin-sharing terms with little space and a few pieces of furniture. Likewise, bathrooms will also be on sharing basis. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay in a three-star hotel. Again, rooms will be significant with private washrooms.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty:

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty level is marked as moderate to difficult. The trial is marked carefully, but some paths are prone to landslides. You have to do a lot of climbing and indulge in walking for at least 5 hours a day. If you wish to conquer the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need to be in the good physical condition and possess plenty of willpower. Travel with us to know the true meaning of thrill and adventure.

Best time to go on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking:

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, known for its stunning natural beauty and cultural richness. The best time for this trek largely depends on the weather and your personal preferences. Here's a description of the two main trekking seasons in the Annapurna region:

Autumn (September to November):

  • Best Time: Autumn is considered the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The weather is stable, and the skies are generally clear, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges
  • Weather: During this season, the days are pleasantly warm (15°C to 20°C or 59°F to 68°F), and the nights are cool but not freezing (5°C to 10°C or 41°F to 50°F). There is very little rainfall, making it ideal for trekking.
  • Scenery: The landscapes are vibrant with blooming rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and lush greenery. You'll also have a chance to witness local festivals and interact with the warm-hearted locals.
  • Crowds: Autumn is a popular time to trek, so expect moderate to high numbers of trekkers. It's advisable to book accommodations in advance.

Spring (March to May):

  • Second Best Time: Spring is another excellent time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Weather: The weather is similar to autumn, with warm days and cool nights. Temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) during the day and 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F) at night. Spring also brings less rainfall.
  • Scenery: The highlight of spring is the colorful display of wildflowers, including rhododendrons, orchids, and various other blossoms. The scenery is lush and vibrant.
  • Crowds: Spring is a popular trekking season, but it generally sees fewer trekkers compared to autumn. Accommodations may still fill up, especially in the more popular teahouse locations.

While autumn and spring are the most popular and recommended times for the Annapurna Base Camp trek due to their favorable weather conditions, the trek can be done during other seasons as well, like winter and summer. However, winter (December to February) brings cold temperatures, snowfall, and the possibility of trail closures, while summer (June to August) sees monsoon rains and increased leech activity, making it less desirable for trekking.

Ultimately, the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp trek depends on your preferences and tolerance for weather conditions. If you seek clear skies and comfortable temperatures, aim for autumn or spring, but be prepared for more fellow trekkers.


  • Explore the beautiful Ghandruk village
  • Hike up to Poon Hill viewpoint to see wonderful sunrise on the backdrop of snow-capped mountains
  • Get to observe stunning landscape views throughout the trail
  • Experience the rich culture and tradition of the locals
  • Trek through picturesque villages, fine valleys, and dense forests
  • Reach at the base of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Annapurna Base Camp
  • Witness panoramic views of Himalayan mountains like the Annapurna range, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Gangapurna, and Mt. Dhaulagiri

Day to Day Itinerary

After arrival in Kathmandu, you will see your name or Himalayan Asia Treks . After receiving, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. You will be shortly briefly by our Trip Planner about program and free time for shopping.

Overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

After taking breakfast, your guide will pick up from your hotel. If you choose by land, it will take 7 hours and explore wonderful view Trishuli River: famous river for white river rafting, small greenery mountain. If you use flight then, it will take 25 min to reach from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can enjoy in Fewa Lake and colorful lakeside road in evening.

Overnight in Pokhara. 

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.
  • Altitude: 820m.

We will take breakfast in Pokhara  and drive to Banthati. After reaching in Banthati,westarts trekking towards Ghorepani. Firstly we face little bit straight more to reach Ulleri and take lunch. After Ulleri, the trail is gradual on the winding trail through the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest and trail continue with ups and downs and finally reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is one of the famous place in Annapurna Base Camp Trek where we can explore Gurung culture with spectacular view of Annapurna and other mountains.

Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Ghorepani.
  • Altitude: 3194m.

Early morning, we hike towards Poon Hill to see sunrise with amazing view of snowcapped mountain like Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Nilgiri. Poon Hill 3210m is most popular view point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. After taking some snaps in Poonhill, we will hike down Ghorepani. The trail continues with the ridge through pine and rhododendron forests and inclines towards Tadapani.

Overnight in Tadapani.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Tadapani.
  • Altitude: 2630m.

The trail passes through waterfalls, suspension bridges and couple of ascends and descends with the beautiful rhododendron forests, we will reach a traditional village of Gurungs. We will reach Chhomrung village where we explore the culture and lifestyle of Gurungs people.

Overnight in Chhomrung. 

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Chhomrung.
  • Altitude: 2340m.

Leaving Chhomrong with taking breakfast, we head towards Himalayan . The trail continues with following the spectacular Modi Khola valley and hiking towards Sinuwa village. We walk through with bamboo forests and can see wild animals like board, monkey, Rhesus and different varieties of bird including Danphe.

Overnight in Himalayan.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Himalayan.
  • Altitude: 3230m.

After taking breakfast, we will trek towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp (Fishtail Base Camp) via Deurali. Deurali is one of the popular viewpoints in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. From Machhapuchhre, we can see breath taking view of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, Annapurna III and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight in Machhapuchhre. 

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Machhapuchhre.
  • Altitude: 4130m.

Today is awaiting day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek because of we reach Annapurna Base Camp. From Annapurna Base Camp, we explore beautiful view of we can see Annapurna 1st, Annapurna south, Barah Shikhar, Tent peak, Machapuchhare Hiunchuli and many more snow-capped mountains as well as glacier. After snapshot in Annapurna Base Camp, we will trek down towards Bamboo.

Overnight in Bamboo. 

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Bamboo.
  • Altitude: 2310m.

Ascending from Bamboo, we will trek towards Jhinuwa passing through deep forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak towards Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, the trail steeply down trek, we will reach hot spring located on Modi River banks.

Overnight in Jhinu.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Jhinu.
  • Altitude: 1780m.

Today is the last day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail descends down until we see the river stream with climb through valleys and down through the forests. Ascending and descending continues we finally reach Sauli and then Nayapul.and trek down to Nayapul. After reaching in Nayapul, drive to Pokhara.

Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Pokhara.

After taking breakfast, we will drive towards Kathmandu. It will take 7-8 hours reach Kathmandu by land. After reaching Kathmandu, you can enjoy in Thamel and in evening we will take towards local restaurant for cultural dinner. You can take domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu also & will take 25 min.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

According to your flight schedule, Himalayan Asia Treks staff drops at airport. You will take best memories of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Location: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara in best Three Star hotel.
  • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private and Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus ).
  • Entrance fees in entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing place.
  • Three times meals at trekking route.
  • Accommodation in Tea house or lodge in trekking route.
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg).
  • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag will provide by our company have to return after trek.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any type of insurance.
  • Any type of international flight fare.
  • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
  • Tips(Not mandatory but expected).
  • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
  • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, flight cancellation.

Useful Information

FAQ Annapurna Base Camp Trek

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be moderately difficult. It involves a mix of ascending and descending trails, with some steep and challenging sections. Trekkers should have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

How hard is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp can be physically demanding, especially for those who are not used to trekking at high altitudes. The altitude and long hours of walking each day can make it challenging. Proper preparation and acclimatization are essential to mitigate the difficulty.

How long is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is typically around 10 to 12 days long. The exact duration can vary depending on the specific route you take and the pace at which you trek.

How long is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek covers a distance of approximately 115-130 kilometers (71-81 miles) round trip, depending on the exact trail and starting point. It usually takes around 7 to 9 days to reach the base camp from Nayapul and return to the starting point.

How many days to Trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Most trekkers complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in about 7 to 9 days. This duration includes trekking to the base camp, spending some time acclimatizing and exploring the area, and returning to the starting point. However, some may choose to extend or shorten their trek based on their preferences and fitness levels.

What is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world. The trek offers stunning mountain views, diverse landscapes, and an opportunity to experience the unique culture of the local communities.

How long does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek take?

The duration of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek varies depending on the starting point and the route chosen. On average, it takes around 7 to 12 days to complete the trek. This includes the time for acclimatization and exploring the surrounding areas.

What is the best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, except during the monsoon season (June to August) when heavy rainfall and landslides are common.

What is the level of difficulty for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate trek. While it doesn't require technical climbing skills, it does involve walking on steep and rugged terrains, and altitude can be a factor. Prior hiking experience and a reasonable level of fitness are recommended to enjoy the trek comfortably. It is also advisable to acclimatize properly and take it slow to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Are permits required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, permits are required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Two permits are necessary: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and they help fund the conservation and management of the trekking area.

What is the accommodation like during the trek?

Accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available in tea houses or lodges along the trail. These are basic but comfortable guesthouses that provide rooms with beds, blankets, and sometimes shared bathrooms. The standard of accommodation may vary, and it is advisable to carry a sleeping bag for added warmth and comfort, especially at higher altitudes.

What should I pack for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Some essential items to pack for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing (including a down jacket and thermal layers), a good quality backpack, a sleeping bag, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, a first aid kit, trekking poles, and toiletries. It is important to pack light and carry only the necessary items.

Is it possible to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

Yes, it is possible to hire a guide and porter for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Hiring a guide can enhance your trekking experience as they provide local knowledge, assist with navigation, and ensure your safety. Porters can be hired to carry your backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight. Hiring a guide and porter can be arranged in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or through trekking agencies.

Are there any altitude-related risks during the trek?

Yes, there are altitude-related risks during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most common altitude-related illness and can affect trekkers at higher altitudes. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, ascend gradually, and recognize the symptoms of AMS. If symptoms become severe, it may be necessary to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention.

Can I do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek solo?

Yes, it is possible to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek solo. The trail is well-marked and has tea houses along the way, so navigation and accommodation are relatively straightforward. However, it is still recommended to hire a guide or trek with a group, with contacting local tour operator especially if you have limited trekking experience or prefer the added support and safety.

What do I need for the trekking/ Packing list :

  • Day pack (rucksack)
  • Lightweight and warm trousers.
  • Socks.
  • Sun hats and gloves.
  • Full- sleeves t-shirt.
  • Warm jackets.
  • Waterproof jacket, trousers and bag cover.
  • Lightweight cotton clothing.
  • Waterproof or windcheater jacket.
  • Knee supports.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun cream and lip protector.
  • A one-liter hard Water bottle.
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking shoes or boots.
  • A pair of sandals.