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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview


  • Trip Code: CT-10032
  • Package: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Duration: 11 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 4,130m/ 9,577ft
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
  • Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov- Dec- January- Feb.
  • Trip Route: Khade Landruk - Chumrung – Durali- Base camp- Dovan- Jinudada- Pokhara

ABC Trek 2024 Major Highlights

  • Spectacular Mountain Views: The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers some of the best views of the Himalayas. You'll see towering peaks like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
  • Diverse Landscapes: The trek takes you through a range of landscapes, from lush green forests to rocky terrain and high-altitude landscapes.
  • Rich Culture: The Annapurna region is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups, each with its unique customs and traditions. You'll have the opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality along the way.
  • Natural Hot Springs: After a long day of trekking, you can relax in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda. It's the perfect way to soothe your tired muscles and unwind.
  • Base Camp Experience: Standing at the base of the Annapurna massif is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You'll get to see the stunning Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheater surrounded by towering mountains.
  • Challenging Terrain: The trek is a challenging one, with steep ascents and descents. But the rewards are worth it, with stunning views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Tea Houses: Along the way, you'll stay in traditional Nepalese tea houses, which offer basic but comfortable accommodations and delicious local food.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also widely known as the classic trekking in Nepal. Following the trails of the beautiful mountains and lush green hills to Annapurna Base Camp.

It is one of the best experiences one can achieve during this wonderful adventure of less than a week of trekking. Annapurna Base Camp, is one of the shortest 8,000 mountain base camp trek, without the problem of catching high altitude sickness. Where elevation gains at a slow pace, and gets acclimatized at each designated overnight stop. Probably Annapurna Himalayas, a wide travel destination in the whole Himalayas region and preferred by wide-world visitors.

Annapurna is a massif mountain range, located in Nepal's Far North Mid-West around the Gandaki zone. Most adventure around the Annapurna region starts and ends at beautiful Pokhara City, a charming and scenic place. As well as the leading tourist destinations for domestic and international visitors, from here our adventure begins and concludes.

A drive to the start of trekking through lovely farm villages and towns reaching the foothills of Annapurna Himalayas. The climb begins heading towards high cooler hills to beautiful places of Australian Camp / Thuli Kharka and Potana. Where walk continues up and down to Landruk on route Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 m. At the highest point of the adventure, the walk leads through many villages and then reaches the Modi River gorge. After walking through the large Gurung village of Chomrong, the last permanent settlement on the way to Annapurna base camp.

On leaving the raging glacial river behind reaching the high ridge the entrance of the picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary at MBC. Short for Machhapuchare Base Camp, located beneath the soaring peak of Machhapuchare Himal the famed Fish Tail.

The adventure continues reaching the heart of massif Annapurna Himalayas at Annapurna base camp, at the end of the sanctuary. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the whole Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks as far as your eyes can reach. 

Overlooking Mt. Annapurna I (8, 091 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7, 937 m.), and Mt. Annapurna III (7, 555 m). Extends to Mt. Annapurna IV (7, 525 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), and Mt. Machhapuchare (6998 m). Includes arrays of lesser peaks Shingu Chuli, Tent Peaks, Gangapurna, and Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang.

An enjoyable and marvelous experience in the comfort of a nice lodge, with rooms facing views of the mountainscape. Return journey on the same route back to Chomrong and downhill to Jhinu village, a place with natural hot springs. Enjoy the last day getting refreshed in hot pools and then drive to Pokhara. After a memorable adventure and wonderful experience on Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the great support of Core Treks guide and staff. 

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a 67-kilometer trek through the Himalayas. It's considered a moderate-difficult trek and is one of the most popular treks in the world. The trek takes you through different terrain and climates and provides views of the Annapurna range, Macchapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 02 Kathmandu to Pokhara 830m/ 2,722 ft (Pokhara)
Day 03 Pokhara to Khade to Landruk 1,770m/ 5,805ft. (Khade) 1,565m/ 5133ft (Landruk)
Day 04 Landruk to Sinuwa 2,360m/7,740ft (Sinuwa)
Day 05 Sinuwa to Deurali 3,200m/ 10,496ft (Deurali)
Day 06 Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130m/ 9,577ft (Base Camp)
Day 07 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2,310m/7,576f Bamboo
Day 08 Bamboo to Jhinu Dada 1,780m/5,838ft Jhinu Dada
Day 09 Jhinu Dada to Siwai to Pokhara 830m/ 2,722 ft. (Pokhara)
Day 10 Pokhara to Kathmandu 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 11 Departure

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Altitude Chart

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

Our staff from Core Treks will receives you at the airport on arrival for short transfer to your hotel. The hotel accommodation of three-star standard or above based on the preference of the clients. We will have a short briefing session at our office or in the hotel lobby and meeting rooms, regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during the briefing session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 02

Kathmandu to Pokhara

We'll be heading to Pokhara on this day. There are two options regarding our travel to Pokhara; by air or travel overland. A flight takes 25 minutes to reach Pokhara, taking a drive of nearly 7 hours. Depends upon one’s opinion, as well as the cost wise. Weather enjoy the scenic drive on the main highway of Nepal, or a short scenic flight, with time to explore Pokhara.

Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,722 ft (Pokhara)
Flight Time: 25 min
Drive Approx.: 7 hours by luxury tourist bus,
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 03

Pokhara to Khade to Landruk

After having a good breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, depart for an exciting short-hour drive to Kande a roadside village. From here, our trek begins toward the hills of the Annapurna Himalayas.

On the trail to the large Gurung village of Landruk. An hour more climb to Australian Camp / Thulo Kharka. Offers magnificent panorama of Annapurna, Manaslu range with Dhaulagiri Himal, after a short rest, down and up to Potana village. Facing grand views of majestic Machhapuchare Himal, as the climb begins slowly amidst cool forest to Deurali. Another scenic viewpoint for excellent scenery of landscapes and snow peaks. Head downhill to Tolka a nice farm village and then on a winding gradual path to Landruk, our first overnight halt. After checking in the best available lodge, enjoy close great views of Annapurna South and Huin Chuli peaks.

Maximum Altitude: 1,770m/ 5,805ft. (Khade) 1,565m/ 5133ft (Landruk)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Drive Approx.: 1 hour
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04

Landruk to Sinuwa

Morning from Landruk, down towards farm areas, crossing a bridge reaching New Bridge, and then climb to Jhinu Danda. As uphill continues for another few hours to the large Gurung village at Chomrong, for a possible lunch break. From here down to a fast-flowing stream, cross a small bridge, and climb towards Sinuwa Danda. A small settlement located on a high ridge, with a few smaller lodges and shops for overnight stops.

Maximum Altitude: 2,360m/7,740ft (Sinuwa)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours.
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05

Sinuwa to Deurali

From Sinuwa, a lovely gradual walk into dense rhododendron and pine forest heading past Khuldi-Ghar. Then a short descent to Bamboo a place in a forest clearing surrounded by bamboo and rhododendron, pine forest. From Bamboo following the Modi River uphill into a deep gorge, reaching Deurali for a possible lunch stop. The walk continues with a climb to a large Hinko Cave near Himalaya Hotel, a place with few lodges. After a brief stop downhill close to Modi River, and then a short steep up to Deurali for an overnight halt. A nice settlement with several lodges above Modi River, located on an exposed valley close beneath Huin Chuli peak. 

Maximum Altitude: 3,200m/ 10,496ft (Deurali)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06

Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

Today’s walks lead to the major highlight of the adventure at Annapurna base camp, after a steady hike for several days. Leaving Deurali, following the river upstream, a steady climb for a few hours reaching Machhapuchare Base Camp. Located right at the base of the towering North Face of Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish Tail peak. Enjoy an excellent view of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Annapurna South peaks. From here, starts scenic Annapurna Sanctuary, a short climb to a ridge, and then on the easy path within the sanctuary. Surrounded by an array of snow peaks as the walk leads to the end of the sanctuary reaching Base Camp.

The highest point of the adventure is enclosed by the giant towering snow mountain range of Annapurna-1, the 10th world highest. Overlooking views of A-South, A-II, III, and IV with Gangapurna and Vara Shikar Himal, including Tent and Shingu Chuli peaks. 

Overnight in the comfort of a nice simple cozy lodge, facing the grand panorama of surrounding high snow peaks.

Maximum Altitude: 4,130m/ 9,577ft (Base Camp)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07

Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

After a great wonderful experience, leaving ABC for a return journey heading towards a long descend back to Modi Khola. On reaching Deurali and beyond with a short steep climb and down to Bamboo for an overnight halt. After dropping down more than 1,700 meters back into densely forested areas of Modi River Gorge at Bamboo.

Maximum Altitude: 2,310m/7,576f Bamboo
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08

Bamboo to Jhinu Dada

Last day trek of the adventure, enjoy a short climb to Khuldi Ghar, amidst forest surroundings.
As walk follows an easy trail to Sinuwa, then down to a river with a climb on steps to Chomrong village. For good lunch, then descend to Jhinu Danda for the last overnight stop on the high hills of the Annapurna Himalayas. Jhinu village with a natural hot spring a mere distance of 30 minutes walk down by the Modi Riverside. At Jhinu check into a nice lodge, with time to refresh in hot spring pools.

Maximum Altitude: 1,780m/5,838ft Jhinu Dada
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09

Jhinu Dada to Siwai to Pokhara

After having breakfast, a short trek to the farm village at Sewai, located on a road-head where our walk completes. From Sewai take a local vehicle for a few hours of interesting drive to Pokhara. The hotels located by the Phewa Lake side, enjoy the last nightlife at Pokhara lakeside before heading back to Kathmandu the next day.

Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,722 ft. (Pokhara)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours.
Drive Approx.: 2 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 10

Pokhara to Kathmandu

Depart from the hotel after breakfast, for a return drive to Kathmandu, on the same scenic and interesting highway. After a 6-7 hours drive then we reach Kathmandu.  After getting refreshed, the company provides a farewell dinner party for our fellow guests in nice traditional Nepalese restaurants.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 25min
Drive Approx.: 7 hours (200 Km)
Meal Included: Breakfast, & Farewell Dinner
Day 11

Departure

The day has come to bid farewell to our guides and staff, as time for international flight Core Treks staff transfers you to Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours ahead before your international flight back homeward bound.

Meal Included: Breakfast
Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost Mentions

Trip Includes


  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in three-star hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (4 Nights).
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek. (6 Nights).
  •  Kathmandu – Pokhara– Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicle is also available at an additional cost).
  • Pokhara to Khade (Trekking Start Point) & Siwai to Pokhara by Private Vehicle.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport-size photos).
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes


  • All kinds of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to the crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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  1. Experience the ABC trek with a government-registered local tour company that prioritizes local guides and porters.
  2. Contribute to community-based tourism that supports rural villages along the base camp route.
  3. Trek with medically certified and Nepal Tourism Board-licensed local guides, and have access to backup medical support throughout your trip.
  4. Enjoy the best prices with no mid-commission fees, along with complimentary Duffel Bags, sleeping bags, and a down jacket for each individual, and free storage for your bags in the CoreTreks office.
  5. Access 24/7 support via phone and email, and customize your Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary by discussing it with the trek leaders.
  6. Participate in sustainable tourism that respects the climate, environment, and local cultural traditions, and even become a volunteer to help uplift the educational standards and lifestyle of local villages (upon discussing your interests before the trip).
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The Annapurna Trek is considered moderate under challenging levels, making it an ideal destination for a wide range of individuals, including families, lone travelers, and every age group, as long as they are able to travel.

Despite trekking to the base camp of the world's 10th tallest mountain, Mount Annapurna, this trek is comparatively more relaxed than other high-altitude treks. It is an easy hike, and even beginner-level trekkers can undertake it. However, it's important to be prepared mentally and physically for what's in store.

On average, you will need to trek for around 5-6 hours per day, which requires self-discipline and physical wellness. But as long as you are prepared and willing, you can undertake this trek and have an unforgettable experience.

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The weather and temperature at Annapurna Base Camp are important factors to consider before embarking on the trek. The temperatures in the region are extreme, and they vary significantly between seasons.

During spring, which is from March to May, the daytime temperature is mild and ranges between 17°C to 20°C, but the nights are freezing with temperatures falling below 5°C. The summer months of June, July, and August are mild, with temperatures ranging between 20°C to 25°C. However, the nights and mornings are cold with temperatures around 5°C, and there are frequent thunderstorms and rainfall during this season.

Autumn, from September to November, is the ideal season for the Annapurna trek. The daytime temperature during this period ranges from 15°C to 17°C, and the nights are still cold, with temperatures hovering around 5°C.

The winter months of December to February are the coldest, with both day and night temperatures at or below freezing points. Despite the extreme cold, some trekkers opt to go during this season to witness the stunning snow-covered landscapes.

Overall, it's crucial to pack appropriately for the Annapurna region trek and be prepared for the weather and temperature changes during the journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal is considered to be moderately difficult. The trek involves hiking through a variety of terrain, including forests, rivers, and high-altitude mountain passes and requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina.

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp usually takes around 7-12 days, depending on your starting point and the route you choose to take. The trek starts from Nayapul and passes through beautiful villages like Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chomrong, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp before reaching Annapurna Base Camp itself.

During the trek, you will encounter steep uphill and downhill sections, as well as some narrow and rocky paths, but the trek is generally well-maintained and there are tea houses and lodges along the way for food and accommodation. 

While the trek to Annapurna Base Camp is certainly challenging, it is also incredibly rewarding, with stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range and a chance to experience the unique culture and hospitality of the Nepalese people.

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Yes, it is completely safe to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. However, there could be consequences if you do not have proper guidance on the mountains. So be sure to learn from our mountaineering experts beforehand. 

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Expect about 6 hours of hiking daily on the average, a scenic tour to Pokhara (the Lakeside City), and verdant hills alongside the Annapurna Himalayan range, the Gurung culture and a hot natural spring at Jhinu.

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The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).

For accommodation, there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Annapurna Trek.

The Annapurna Trek is a popular trekking destination in Nepal, and there are various types of food and accommodation facilities available along the route, depending on your budget and preferences.

Food:

  • Teahouses: Teahouses are the most common type of accommodation facility along the Annapurna Trek, and they also serve food. They offer a variety of dishes such as Dal Bhat (a traditional Nepali meal), noodles, soups, and other local and international cuisine. The quality and availability of food can vary depending on the altitude and location, but most teahouses provide a decent meal.
  • Local Restaurants: Along the route, there are also local restaurants where you can find a range of dishes to choose from.
  • Packed Lunch: Some teahouses or trekking agencies offer packed lunches that you can carry with you during the trek.

Accommodation:

  • Teahouses: As mentioned earlier, teahouses are the most common accommodation facility along the Annapurna Trek. They offer basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and a shared bathroom.
  • Lodges: Some sections of the trek also have lodges, which provide a slightly more comfortable stay with private rooms, hot showers, and Wi-Fi.
  • Camping: If you prefer camping, it's also possible to camp along the route. However, this option requires carrying your own gear and supplies.

Overall, the food and accommodation facilities along the Annapurna Trek are basic but adequate for most trekkers. It's essential to keep in mind that as you ascend higher into the mountains, the quality and availability of food and accommodation may decrease. Therefore, it's advisable to be prepared and carry some snacks and extra warm clothing.

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To book the trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.

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While it is possible to hike to Annapurna Base Camp without a guide, it is not recommended.

Trekking alone poses more risks, and having a guide is highly beneficial. A guide is knowledgeable about the hiking routes, familiar with the local wildlife, and can recommend the best places to stay and eat. Moreover, altitude sickness is a significant concern when trekking at high altitudes, and having a guide ensures that you have someone to take care of you in case of any injuries. A guide can provide immediate first aid, or if necessary, contact the nearest hospital or healthcare center. In summary, although you can do the hike without a guide, it is safer and more convenient to have one.

Read more: Trekking Without a Guide: Nepal Bans for Foreign Tourists

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Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is considered to be less challenging than the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek. The elevation gain on the Everest trek is steeper and faster than the Annapurna trek, with Everest Base Camp being situated at a higher altitude of 5,380m compared to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m. As a result, altitude sickness is more common on the Everst Base Camp Trek.

In terms of accessibility, the starting point of the Annapurna trek, Pokhara, can be reached by road or air, while the starting point of the Everest trek, Lukla, is only accessible by air. Additionally, Everest Base Camp is colder than Annapurna Base Camp due to its higher altitude.

Both treks offer breathtaking scenery, with the Annapurna trek providing views of peaks such as Annapurna I, II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and others. Similarly, the Everest trek offers views of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest, as well as other peaks such as Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Abu Dablam, Imja Tse, and Thamserku.

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To add to the accommodation options along the trek, it's worth noting that during peak season (September to November and March to May), the tea houses and lodges along the trail can get crowded, and it's advisable to book in advance. However, during the low season (December to February and June to August), you can find accommodation easily without prior booking.

Another thing to keep in mind is that as you gain altitude, the accommodation facilities become more basic, and the cost of staying at a tea house or lodge may increase. It's also essential to carry enough cash as there are no ATMs beyond the city of Pokhara, and not all tea houses and lodges accept credit cards.

Overall, the accommodation facilities along the Annapurna Base Camp trek are comfortable and provide a homely feel. The warm hospitality of the locals makes the trek even more memorable.

The accommodations during Annapurna Trek in Nepal are all handled by CoreTreks during your travel journey. We have contacts with the local teahouses, and we do our best in providing our guests with the best service available. This is also one of the benefits of traveling with travel companies in Nepal. Spring (Mar-May) and autumn / fall (Sep-Nov) seasons are the best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal and the Annapurna Circuit. The cost of Annapurna Base Camp trek is also regarded as one of the best value-for-money Annapurna circuit treks in Nepal.

Additional Information


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Are you a nature lover and trekking enthusiast looking for an adventure that offers stunning mountain views? Look no further than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. This trek takes you through the beautiful Annapurna region, with spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and lush valleys. Let's take a closer look at some of the mountain views that will leave you spellbound on this trek.

Annapurna ranges whets your appetite for mountain views right from Pokhara. This is even before you start the trek. At Ghandruk, you get distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare stay with you till Sinuwa. The tip of Machapuchare teases you at Dovan. As you burst out of the forest past Himalaya and Deurali, Machapuchare appears before you in its full glory.

Machapuchare, also known as the ‘fish-tailed mountain’, is revered by the Nepalese for its exquisite beauty. It is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. What's more, it has never been officially summited! At the Machapuchare base camp, in addition to Machapuchare, you will see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli up close.

Annapurna Base Camp

The Base Camp is a small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier. As you look up from the edge of the glacier, you come face to face with the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, III and South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare are all there to meet your gaze when your eyes rest upon them. It's an awe-inspiring sight that will leave you speechless.

The trek is not just about the mountain views. It also takes you through a range of landscapes, from lush green forests to rocky terrain and high-altitude landscapes. Along the way, you'll stay in traditional Nepalese tea houses, which offer basic but comfortable accommodations and delicious local food. You'll also have the opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality of the ethnic groups that call the Annapurna region their home.

In conclusion, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a must-do for anyone looking for a trekking adventure that offers stunning mountain views and a sense of accomplishment. From Machapuchare to the Annapurna massif, the views will leave you spellbound and inspired. So pack your bags, lace up your boots, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the Annapurna region.

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If you are looking for a trek that takes you through some of the densest and most beautiful forests in the world, then the Annapurna Conservation Area should be on your list. The trek offers a chance to walk through the lush forests of the conservation area and experience the unique flora and fauna of the region.

Starting from Ghandruk, the trek takes you through a variety of vegetation, including rhododendron, fern, and bamboo. As you enter the Annapurna sanctuary, the forest becomes even more dense, with tall oak trees becoming a prominent feature. The trek to Deurali takes you through thick forests, which then give way to tall grass as you move higher up. Look out for trees with thick bark called Daphne, which are commonly found in the area and used by locals to make paper.

The trail also has three sections through the forest that is so dense that sunlight barely seeps through. The first one starts right after the villages around Chomrung and extends to New Bridge. The second section is after Sinuwa, and you will hear the Modi Khola roaring past right next to you. However, the trees around are so dense that you can barely see the river. The third stretch is after Bamboo and goes all the way to Dovan. The beauty of this trek is that you walk through these forests not once, but twice!

The Annapurna Conservation Area is also home to an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna. With over 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 33 reptiles, and 22 amphibians, there is plenty to see on this trek. Keep an eye out for exotic birds and marmots that can be seen if you are lucky.

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The cost of the ABC trek can vary depending on a number of factors such as the length of the trek, the level of comfort you require, and the time of year you are planning to visit. Here are some cost estimates to help you plan your budget for the trek:

Trekking permit fees:

Foreigners need to obtain a permit to trek in the Annapurna region. The permit fees vary depending on the season and the duration of the trek. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) costs USD 30 per person, while the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card costs USD 10 per person. So the total permit fee for the trek would be USD 40 per person.

Accommodation:

Accommodation options along the Annapurna trek are basic tea houses or lodges. The cost of a room varies depending on the season and the location of the tea house. On average, a room costs around USD 5 to USD 10 per night.

Food:

Food options along the trek are limited, and the cost of food increases as you gain altitude. On average, a meal costs around USD 5 to USD 10.

Guide and porter fees:

Hiring a guide and/or porter is optional but recommended. A guide can cost around USD 20 to USD 30 per day, while a porter can cost around USD 15 to USD 20 per day.

Transportation:

The cost of transportation to and from the trek starting point in Pokhara can vary depending on the mode of transportation and the season. A private jeep can cost around USD 120 to USD 150 per way, while a public bus can cost around USD 10 to USD 20 per person per way.

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The best time to trek to ABC is during the spring and autumn seasons. The months of March to May, which is the spring season, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming rhododendron flowers along the trail. This makes for a beautiful and refreshing trekking experience.

Similarly, the autumn season from September to November is also an excellent time to trek to ABC. During this period, the skies are usually clear, offering stunning views of the Annapurna massif and other mountain ranges. The weather is dry and stable, which makes for easier and safer trekking conditions.

However, it is best to avoid trekking during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to August, as the trail can become slippery and dangerous due to heavy rainfall. The winter season from December to February is also not recommended for trekking due to extremely cold weather and heavy snowfall in the region.

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The traditional route for the Poon Hill Trek covers Ghorepani, Poon Hill, and Chomrong, and takes approximately 7-8 days to complete. I suggest taking this route to experience various landscapes.

Alternatively, if time is a constraint, you can opt for a shorter route by passing through Nayapul, Ghangruk, and Chomrong. This route can help you save one or two days of hiking.

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It is mandatory to take a guide while trekking in the Annapurna region, but it is highly recommended, especially if you are a first-time trekker or unfamiliar with the area.

A local guide can provide valuable assistance in navigating the trail, ensuring your safety, and helping with language barriers if you are not fluent in Nepali. They can also offer insight into the local culture, history, and wildlife, enhancing your overall trekking experience.

Moreover, hiring a guide also helps to support the local economy and provides employment opportunities for the locals. It's a win-win situation for both the trekker and the local community.

However, if you are an experienced trekker and feel confident navigating the trail on your own, you can trek without a guide. But it is still recommended to hire a porter to help carry your backpack and lighten your load, allowing you to fully enjoy the trek.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a stunning journey through dense forests, hills, and farmlands, showcasing the rich biodiversity of the region. The dense jungle of rhododendron, oak, and fir on the trek is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

If you trek during the spring, you will be amazed by the colorful forests full of rhododendron blossoms. The Base Camp Annapurna trek provides opportunities to observe a variety of wild species, including Mountain Thar, Snow Leopards, Jackal, Blue Sheep, and many more. You will also have the chance to see birds like Kokla, colored Impeyan, and the colorful Pheasant, which is the national bird of Nepal, among others.

The Annapurna region is home to over 100 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles/amphibians, 450 species of birds, and nine distinct types of Rhododendron. The trek takes you through sections that offer glimpses of this remarkable ecosystem and biodiversity. It's truly an unforgettable experience to witness the natural wonders of this region.

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The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the northern part of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level, at the base of the Annapurna massif, which includes Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail).

The Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal and takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to barren high-altitude terrain, offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. The trek starts from Nayapul, a small town located about 1.5 hours from Pokhara, and passes through several villages such as Ghandruk, Chomrong, Dovan, Deurali, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp, before reaching the base camp of Annapurna.f

The ABC is a popular destination among trekkers, as it offers a close-up view of the Annapurna massif and its surrounding peaks. The base camp itself is a sprawling meadow with a few tea houses and lodges, where trekkers can rest, acclimatize, and enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains.

In conclusion, the ABC is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the northern part of Nepal, and offers stunning views of the Annapurna massif and its surrounding peaks. It is a popular trekking destination among adventure seekers and nature lovers.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Reviews


Stunning views just as I expected


From: Poland | On: 15 Nov, 2019
5

I had an amazing experience in Nepal. It was different. It was really a privilege to trek through the trails leading to Annapurna Base Camp. The trekking was a little tough but our guides helped me through it.

Thanks to CoreTreks for making this whole trip possible and helping us, from packing to booking guest houses. Really loved the vibes. Looking forward to visit again. 

Uncomfortable bus ride


From: India | On: 12 Apr, 2019
3

Usually I’m not the guy to complain but the bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara was a little uncomfortable. I would recommend taking a flight to Pokhara.

Other than that, the trek to Annapurna Base Camp was great and the guides actually helped me through all the confusions I had. Thank you for patiently answering my all questions and I definitely recommend to book with CoreTreks they are the best.

Pokhara was amazing


From: Canada | On: 15 Oct, 2018
4

I loved the trip. Trekking has always been my passion plus I get to explore different places. Nepal was one of the destination in my wish list, I’m glad that I get to check this off my list now that I have experienced trekking the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Absolutely amazing service by CoreTreks. They did a short tour of Pokhara and I loved it. Keep doing the great work guys. Thanks again.

Short but great trek


From: Korea, Democratic People | On: 02 May, 2016
5

I’m so grateful that I got a chance to trek through the trials of Nepal. It has been my dream and thanks to CoreTreks for making it possible.

Our guides and porters helped us a lot. I’m amazed how hardworking they are. I’m looking forward to visiting Nepal again. 

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