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Annapurna Base Camp Trek -11 Days

Annapurna Base camp trek ( ABC)
Trip Facts
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Trip Dration 11 Days
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Trekking Duration 7 Days
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Best Time March / April and November
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Grade Modrate


Mt.Annapurna (8091m / 26545 ft) is stationed in the mid-western territory of Nepalese highlands. This mountain bears a great history as the trekking and mountaineering niche began in Nepal after the first summit of Annapurna I(8091m) by the French climber Maurice Herzog back in the 50s. Shaped like a huge rock wall with sharp ridges running all across its southern face, it has become a fascinating Himalayan mountain for its soaring height above 8000 meters.


Annapurna base camp trek is popularized trekking adventure included in the bucket list of most mountain adventure enthusiasts. Claimed to be the second most favored trekking destination after Everest Base Camp Trek, this trek traverses through quaint settlements and villages of Annapurna Sanctuary. Nestled deep into the heart of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) this trek is moderate considering the final elevation of Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) (4130m / 13549 ft).


The trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins from the submissive city of Pokhara. We follow through Pokhara-Muktinath Highway headed further west from Pokhara towards Nayapul and drive further towards Jhinu, our start point of the trek. Jhinu resembles a typical Nepali village with vernacular architecture houses, The trek then followingly ascends through small Gurung settlements: Chomrong, Sinuwa, Dovan, Deurali, Machhapuchre Base Camp before reaching the your ultimate destination; Annapurna Base Camp.


The trail to ABC is filled with enthralling experience and tranquil ambiance of nature. You may immerse yourself in the typical culture of the natives residing in the region, especially, Chomrong, which is home to hundreds of houses. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to explore the wilderness or a professional who wants to enjoy the serenity of culture, food, geography and nature, Annapurna Base Camp Trek satisfies your trekking needs. This trek is distinguished by its diverse landscape, which changes seemingly with the slightest altitude change. From civilization to vegetation, from food to geography, this trek has it all.

The surreal journey to Annapurna Base Camp is both fulfilling and adventurous. You pass through various lower-altitude villages inhabited by Brahmins and Chettris as you make your way up the mountain, but the higher elevated section is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars. The tea houses you pass through offers a variety of cuisines, specially Tibetan and Nepalese dishes You are required to strictly adhere to the conservation area’s rules and norms while visiting Annapurna Base Camp, it is strictly forbidden to consume or take meat products there.

Attraction of the Trip

Annapurna Sanctuary comes off as one of the most naturally rewarding areas. From the submissive city of Pokhara to natural host springs to raging mountain river, quaint villages and diverse flora fauna, Annapurna provides it all. As a matter of perspective, the major attraction of Annapurna Base Camp Trek are:

  1. Picturesque Mountain Vista:

The Annapurna Sanctuary is home to some of the most amazing Himalayan mountains. The  alluring vistas of Annapurna range is appreciated by any traveller in the region. Annapurna range consists of one peak over 8000 metres, Annapurna I (8091m), 13 peaks over 7000 metres and 16 peaks over 6000 metres. There are multiple raging rivers originating from Annapurna massifs, to the north east from Manang region originates Marsyangdi river, to the south of the range flows Seti River, and to the north originates tributaries of Kali Gandaki river.

  1. Unique Culture and Traditions:

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp pierces through sparsely located small Gurung and Magar settlements. You are bound to experience unique culture and walk of life of these people. These tribe of people have a distinct food habit and their culture is also typical relative to other group of people in Nepal. Chomrong, Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Jhinu are amongst the dense settlement of Gurung and Magars during Annapurna Base Camp Trek,

  1. Hot Water Springs:

There is source of hot water spring or geo thermal spring along the trail to Annapurna Base Camp. Jhinu dada is your stopover during the trek which is also the last village that is accessible by roadways. There is a small pool created from the underground water source in order for people to bath in. It is believed that hot spring water has healing properties, aids in curing skin problems and reduces joint problems.

  1. Diverse Landscapes:

The elevation range during your trek ranges from 800 metres in Pokhara to 4130 metres at Annapurna Base Camp. The topographic variation during the trek observed will be from Tropical to Oak and Rhododendrons forests in the mid hills to Alpine like climate at the base camp. Within a span of 8-10 days you will experience sub-tropical to alpine climate within the trek. Furthermore, the flora and fauna within the trek also is diverse and variated.


  1. Annapurna Conservation Area:

Annapurna Conservation Area spans a total of 7629 sq km all across the Annapurna Mountains. It reaches Manang in west, Myagdi to the east, Mustang region to the north and Pokhara to the south. Annapurna Base Camp trek pierces through the core areas of Annapurna Conservation Area. There are usual sightings of 1,226 species of flowering plants, 105 mammals, 518 birds, 40 reptiles and 23 amphibians.

Best season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is best enjoyed during Spring and Autumn for it is the time the temperature is mild and the weather window is fabulous.. Nepal is bestowed with 4 major weather patterns: Spring (March-May), Autumn ( Sept- Nov), Summer/Monsoon ( June- August), Winter ( Dec-Feb). Summer and Winter are considered the extreme weather conditions in Nepal as they are harshest with extreme temperature and unfavourable travel conditions. Winters in Nepal are characterised by heavy snowfall in mountainous region with extreme cold temperature while Summers in Nepal is pervaded by the monsoon cloud from the Bay of Bengal which affects the visibility and several rain showers all across.

Difficulty of Annapurna Base Camp Trek


Any trekking trail is described as Easy, Moderate or Demanding based on the elevation it reaches and the thrivability of tourists in the region. Comparative its counterpart treks like Everest Base Camp Trek and Langtang Valley Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is moderate for its maximum elevation reaching merely 4130 metres at Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Trekkers will have to traverse through some of the remotest part of the region that are barely inhabitable, which makes it challenging yet thrilling.


Timely hydration and proper acclimatization is paramount for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail of this trek is rocky and rugged as you elevate to higher altitudes. Keeping yourself warm during the night and walking at a consistent slow pace is what we recommend our trekkers to do. Annapurna Base Camp is relatively difficult but is definitely doable given you have proper guidance and assistance from the professionals.

Meals and accommodations

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a teahouse trek which pertains that you will be accommodated in teahouses or similar to mountain lodges in the alps. Teahouses are wooden built houses along the trail that provides with basic accommodation facilities.

Most teahouses in the trekking trail have attached room but it is subject to availability. If not an attached room there will be a common bathroom inside (or outside at some places) the teahouse which you will have to share with other guests. Hot Shower and Internet services are available but costs extra. Each room in the tea house have at least 2 twin beds. The beds in teahouses have foam pad, pillow and blanket. You can always ask for an extra pillow or blanket to your guide if the provided one is warm or comfortable enough.

It is cold in the higher elevation and a central heating system, a Bukhara Stove( iron cylinder fit with chimney duct where log fire is ignited) is available in dining of all the teahouses. Power sockets are provided in the dining areas usually since the electricity. in teahouses at higher elevation is Solar Powered.

During your trek teahouses offer Nepalese and Tibetan dishes on their menu. The most favoured dish by the Nepalese is Daal Bhaat ; Rice, Lentil Soup, Vegetable Curry and Pickle which is nutritious and filling as well. Daal Bhaat is taken for Lunch and Dinner but you may opt to eat other items from the menu which includes dishes like Pasta, Noodles, Pies or others. Breakfasts in teahouses have varieties to choose from: Tibetan Bread, Soup, Porridge, Pancake and others. You can tell your guide if you have any other special meal requests beforehand,

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive In Kathmandu

Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. After resting, you may take advantage of Kathmandu’s exciting offerings or prepare for your trek.

Airport Pick up, Hotel and Dinner

Day 2

Kathmandu to Pokhara By Bus

You will be driven west from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. You will be driven through the river basin of Trishuli river until Mugling from where you will cross Gandaki river and continue on your journey towards Pokhara. Overnight in hotel at Pokhara.

Transportation: By Tourist Bus
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3


We drive to Jhinu Dada from Pokhara after breakfast. Its a 3 hour ride through black topped road until Nayapul from where the road condition deteriorates. The road is gravelled but is bumpy and full of potholes in most of the sections until Jhinu Dada. Jhinu Dada is a small village with Hot Spring right in its yard. The trek trek takes a toll of steep ascent from Jhinu Dada towards Chomrong. We climb through dense rhododendrons forest until a thick settlement unveils before us. Chomrong is a hilltop village with rural vibe overlooking Annapurna South(7219m/ 23684ft).We stay at Chomrong for the night.

Transportation: Jeep
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Twin sharing Lodge

Day 4


The stretch from Chomrong to Dovan first descends steeply through what the locals call “1000 step stairs” which lives up to its literal meaning. The trail then crosses through Chomrong river and starts ascending to reach Sinuwa. Owing to sacred reasons, meat / non-veg items are strictly prohibited in Annapurna region after Sinuwa. We traverse through dense bamboo and Rhododendrons forest to reach Bamboo. Your trail then passes through Hinku cave and numerous water streams along the way until you reach Dovan, your overnight stop.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5


Its a uphill ascent from Dovan through deep lush forest. You will pass through various stopovers: Himalaya and Deurali before reaching a huge landslide zone. Further to come is Bagar which is a great vantage point to gaze at the Himalayan mountains. From Bagar, the trail gets steeper and challenging as your climb towards Machhapuchre Base Camp. Machhapuchre Base Camp is located at the base of Mt.Macchapuchre a.k.a Fishtail which is considered one of the prettiest mountain in the world. Overnight at MBC

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6


It’s a small ascent of not more than 3 hrs from Macchapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp via glacial moraine of Annapurna Glacier. It is possible to have an all-encompassing views of Annapurna massifs: Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre from Annapurna Glacier. Your stopover for the night is Annapurna Base Camp situated in between the gigantic Annapurna massifs.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7


We retrace our trail back by descending via MBC, Deurali, Himalaya towards Dovan. The descend stretch is comfortable but is hard on your thighs. We trail back through the same lush forests and reach Dovan in the evening for overnight stop.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8


The trail continues descending from Dovan via Bamboo, Sinuwa to reach Chomrong. This stretch is all descent until you reach the bridge at Chomrong river from where our “1000 steps” ascent to the top to Chomrong begins. Overnight in Chomrong.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9


The trek today is relatively easier with the path that follows through widened trail. From Chomrong its a steep descent through lush green forests.You will then ascend through a forested trail towards Jhinu Danda, where you can relax in the natural hot springs. You will drive to Pokhara from Jhinu Dada

Transportation: Jeep
Meals: breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10

Drive Back to Kathamndu By Tourist Bus

We board a bus that will take us to Kathmandu after breakfast at the hotel. It is an amazing bus ride through the mid hills of western Nepal. We follow river basin of Trishuli river from Mugling and reach Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Transportation : Tourist Bus ( 6 Hour
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 11

Departure From Nepal

Our representative will drive you to the airport for your international departure. Keep your flight time in mind and let us know your departure schedule.

Transportation: Airport transfer
Meals: breakfast

Cost Include / Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport transfer (Airport – Hotel – Airport) by private vehicle
  •  2 Night  Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 Nights hotel in  Pokhara with Breakfast .
  •  Transportation – Kathmandu to Pokhara / Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
  • 3  meals a days  (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Hote drinks: Tea / Coffee
  •  Annapurna Conservation permit , TIMS Permit
  • Lodge to Lodge 6 Night Accommodation in Trekking
  •  Trekking Guide.
  • Trekking Porters:  ( One porter for 2 members) No Porter for Solo trekkers
  • Equipment: Sleeping bag, Downjacket
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government taxes and service charge.
  • welcome  dinner

What’s excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  •  Travel   insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhhara.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, Hot Drinks, bottle of Drink, hot water, shower, WI-FI
  • Tips

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How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek. Trekkers will need to be in good physical condition and be prepared for changes in weather conditions and altitude sickness.

When is the best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek is from September to November and March to May, as these months offer the best weather conditions and clear views of the mountain ranges.

How much does the Annapurna Base Camp trek cost?

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek can vary depending on the trekking agency, duration of the trek, and level of accommodations. A budget of around $500-$1000 USD per person is a rough estimate for the trek.

What kind of equipment and gear do I need for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Trekkers will need to bring appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, sleeping bag, and other necessary gear. A full gear and equipment list can be provided by trekking agencies or found online.

Do I need a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

it is highly recommended for safety and convenience. Guides can help with navigation, provide information about the local culture and environment, and ensure that trekkers have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Is it safe to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is generally considered safe, although there are some risks associated with high altitude trekking. Trekkers should take necessary precautions, such as acclimatizing properly and being prepared for emergency situations.

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