Trip Overview of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna base camp trek is one of the best and short trekking in the Annapurna region. This trek is arranged with just a trail of trekking within 7 days in Annapurna base camp. This is the Short Version of ABC Trek. this short trek is perfect for those trekkers who don’t have lone time and still wanted to reach the base camp. The route gives enough time to witness the staggeringly beautiful peaks of all the Annapurna giants. That encircles the basin: Annapurna 1 (8091 m), Annapurna South (7273 m). We can also get the best view of Glacier Dome, Gangapurna (7454 m), the unclimbed Fang (7647 m), and the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare (6997 m).
The ABC trek makes you fun and pleasure with its amazing landscape. A great insight into the natural and cultural heritage of the tiny Himalayan country, Nepal. the walking route will be passing by the diverse ethnic group’s culture and verify vegetation forest and wildlife.
How to start Annapurna base camp trek 7 days
ABC trek starts from Nayapul about 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from Pokhara. You feel saturated by nature and unidentifiable calm in the heart and soul. The central part of trekking in Ghandruk Valley is on the top of the ridge, more than 500 m above. We will walk through the best rhododendron forest. We pass rice terraces of rice fields and green vegetation till the trail to the Chhomrong village.
Machhapuchhare Base Camp is another heavenly trail. We will have spectacular views including Himchuli, Gangapurna, and the ever-changing Machhapuchhare, which sheer triangular face takes on yet another aspect here. Furthermore, from here the path will get in the moraines and reaches the world of ice and snow. Annapurna sanctuary from where you will see incredible 360-degree views of the Annapurna ranges and above the massive Annapurna glacier.
Collecting lifetime experience, we retrace from ABC to Chomrong and then to the Jhinu Danda. You can go to take a natural hot spring bath at the Jhinu danda. There are small bath pools. After that, the trail leads to the rhododendron forest and passes to Pothana and Tolkha. The trail follows through charming villages of Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung, & Magar. This fantastic trek finishes at Phedi from where we take a short drive to the city of Pokhara.
Our Guests Sharing Experience About Annapurna base camp trek
Nepal is known for the great trails of the Himalayas. People from around the world come to trek the different Himalayas of Nepal. ABC and Everest base camp are some of the high trek mountains here. Annapurna has many small peaks of more than 30 peaks in which seventeen peaks of height over 7000 meters. You can also get a breathtaking view of mountains like including Hiunchuli (6,441m), Gangapurna (7485m), Annapurna III (7855m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m). It is situated at an altitude of 4160 meters from sea level. Interestingly Trekking to ABC is a delighting experience.
Annapurna base camp trek highlights
- Lush forests of Rhododendrons and oaks.
- Explore typical Gurung villages at Landruk & Chhomrung.
- Enjoy the great view of Annapurna Mountain ranges and Mt Fishtail, (Machhapuchhure).
- Get 360 degrees of fantastic mountain views from Annapurna Base Camp.
- Enjoy a Natural Natural bath in hot springs at Jhinu.
- Outstanding view of the mountains
Trekkers choose the Annapurna base camp trek is to see the outstanding view of the mountains. While passing through the different villages you will get an amazing view of the high mountains of the Annapurna ranges. Furthermore, this trek will also provide you a closes view of the Annapurna Mountains from all 360 degrees. in the early morning, we will have the mastering view of sunrise and sunset from Annapurna base camp.
Covid-19 updates & our safety precaution for Annapurna base camp trek
It is safe to do Annapurna base camp trek in post-COVID 19 Above the Himalaya Trekking always puts the safety of our guests, employees, and community at our priority. The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the world’s best trekking trails and offers you stunning views. If you choose to join us for your ABC trek, you can be confident that we have implemented social distancing and sanitation procedures to ensure your comfort, health, and safety while cruising or staying with us. Thus worrying about the risk of COVID cases is minimum with our team as we are always concerned about the safety of our customers.
As a locally-owned small business in Kathmandu Nepal, we are deeply connected to our community. We will continue to do our part to keep our guests, employees, and community safe and healthy during this time. It is our passion to share the beauty of Nepal Himalayas with our guests and we look forward to doing so this autumn in the safest way possible.
What we are doing for our Tour Group:
- Limitation on tour group sizes
- Offer free hand sanitizers and face masks
- Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers
- Mask: Need to wear it all the time when you are in-crowds.
- Hand cleaning: We suggest guests use hand sanitizers available.
- Social distancing: Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.8 meters.
- wearing a mask and using sanitizer regularly during your travel
- Eating healthy food
- Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
Hygiene Safety Regulations for Staff
- Our guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness First Aid
- Masks and Gloves: Suggest to wear all times while serving customers.
- Hand cleaning: Suggest cleaning regularly.
- Medical checkup: Employees will be going through regular medical examinations.
- Eating healthy food
- Clean and sanitize frequently when touching the surfaces.
- Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
- Emergency Warning Signs will keep at the entrance.
Annapurna base camp trek map
While you are on the trail of the Annapurna base camp trek having a good trekking map is essential. ABC is a famous and well-traveled trekking route in n Nepal. The Annapurna trek map provides detailed information and major things insight and clear pictures of the mountains. You can buy a different map for this trek most popular one is the map of The Himalayan Map House, Annapurna base camp Trek map, which can be purchased in Kathmandu trekking store or can buy online also.
There is a variety of various trekking routes map and native trails within the Annapurna region. Our 7 days trek is start and end at Pokhara, We can customize the trek itinerary as per your time and needs. For 10 days of Annapurna base camp trekking, we can take you to Poon hill. We can make a custom-made itinerary to match what you are looking for.
Annapurna base camp trail is a moderate difficulty level which is also one of the reasons that attract trekkers. the route map goes through forests filled with rhododendron, unique Landscape, lush forests, extraordinary flora, and fauna, etc.
With the help of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek map, you can gain information that is reliable and necessary while choosing your routes. There are different trekking routes to make a climb to the base camp. When you have a map in your It will be faster and easier for you. The popular and short route map is to start from Nayapul and travel via Ghandruk, Chhomrong MBC and finally arrive at ABC. While returning we will trek via Jhinu hot spring and another famous Gurung village of Landruk and Dhampus. From Dhampus you can continue trek till Phedi and drive back to Pokhara.
Our Annapurna base camp trekking group size
Our Annapurna base camp trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
Annapurna Base camp trek 10 Days itinerary
The Annapurna base camp trek 10 days itinerary is suitable for the more time holder trekkers and wanted to do more way with ensuring the s proper acclimatization by limiting gain in daily altitude. Furthermore, we can cover Ghandruk village and Poon hill also in 10 days time frame, So that you can enjoy the full part of Annapurna base camp in 10 days. This amazing journey takes you through the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and its landscapes, ethnic villages where you will trek 10 to 18 km per day and the route covers approximately 115 km.
Detailed Itinerary of Annapurna base camp trek 10 days
Day 01 – Pokhara Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m):
Enjoying breakfast every morning, your journey for Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill trek begins. A car drive for about one and a half hours through a large village Lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts from here, dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a full stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti (1000m). We are following the small bamboo forest and waterfalls. The first small village we will arrive in is Sudami, where you can have your lunch. After lunch, We need to start climbing to the uphills up to the side of the valley to reach Hille (1510m) and after a short walking, you will arrive at Tikhedunga. We spend overnight at the guest house.
Day 02 – Tikhedunga trek to Ghorepani (2775m): walking distance 5-6 hours 1360 meters ascent – 9.4 km
The trail crosses the Tikhedunga River on a suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the Bhurungdi Khola on a large deck at 1520m. Today we are climbing the most beautiful stone staircase which is nearly 3300 steps. These beautiful store staircase trails will continues till the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). After a short break at Ulleri, we will climb through pastures and cultivated fields. We will mostly follow the small stream with fresh oak and Rhododendron forest. the trail passes the two small streams in the thick rhododendron forest to Nangathanti (2460m). After taking lunch here or if you already have lunch at Banthanti, you stop here just for tea and for some rest. If you are traveling in winter you can see the snow from here. We have another 1-hour climbing left to reach Ghorepani (2750m).
Day 03 – Ghorepani Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2540m)
Most people rise before dawn the following day to make the early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best Himalaya viewpoints in Nepal, provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. We enjoy the magnificent view today which is from Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South. Also, we see Annapurna I (8091m), Hiuchhuli (6441m), and Tarke Kang (7193m). Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), and the Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre 6997m). We can watch the beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas and make the best picture here.
Down to Ghorepani for a breakfast, and continue trekking to Tadapani. In the first part, we are climbing up again till Deurali. you can see another great panoramic view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. We need to descent from here in the forest of Rhododendrons and pine. You can also enjoy the abundant birdlife in Tadapani. Enjoy the best sunset view after your sunrise today morning. Overnight at a local tea house.
Day 04 – Tadapani Trekking to Chhomrong (2040m) : walking distance 3-5 hours,780 meters descent, and 240 meters ascent – 9.8 km
Today our trek to Annapuran base camp 10 days to Chhomrong, the trekking trail follows with almighty rhododendron forests and beautiful terraces went passing through our trail to the Chhomrong village. We will follow the Jungle part and arrive more open valley. after the Kimrong Khola, we need to flat up to Chhomong village. The views of the peak of Annapurna South with the Mt. Fishtails are very close up from here. You can have good lodges here providing excellent facilities. This is the entrance point for our Sanctuary trek and, It is inhabited by Gurung people, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.
Day 05 – Chhomrong trekking to Dovan (2540m)
Today we will descend ina nice stone staircase trail to the Chhomrong Khola you can see the small farmland of millet. After we cross the small Suspension bridge. We need to climb the other parts of the valley. Today trail will be passing through deep forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak. We have another portion of the day’s trek follows of climbing up hills tillKuldi (2470m). Start our descending to a long steep, slippery stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan.
Day 06 – Dovan trekking to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m): walking distance 5-6 hours, 1260 meters ascent – 8.5 km
Today our Annapurna base camp trek enters the small narrow Modi Khola valley brings all the way to the base of M.B.C. This mountain is prohibited for climbing purposes. Enjoy the best panorama of the Mountains including The Hiuchhuli, Annapurna ranges, and the ever-changing Machhapuchhare. This area is called the Annapurna sanctuary of the mountains that are surrounding it. You also get a view of the snow-capped peaks nearby you. They are Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and the fishtail spire of Machhapuchhare.
Day 07 – Machhapuchhare Base Camp Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m):
Today after breakfast we will climb to the Annapurna base camp. We will do some part of the flat and start climbing up hills. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, you will have impressive picturesque landscapes, a majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks, and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massive. Finally, the last point of the trek makes your heart a bit fast Range. Enjoy the chilly morning with the best photograph, have breakfast at the base of the mountain. We will give you a whole day to chill out around to explore the Annapurna base camp.
Day 08 – Annapurna Base Camp Trek to Bamboo (2340m): walking distance – 12.7 km
Heading back down the valley is much more comfortable. We will have some fantastic glimpses of sunrise over Mt. Annapurna and surrounding ranges. You can see the best sunrise over Mount Annapurna from here. Enjoy your breakfast at the base of the Mountain. Now is the time to return from our last stop. today we are reaching Bamboo passing through the Himalayan Hotel and Dovan. We are ascending all the way with the small bamboo forest and when we are more down with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. Keep an eye out for troops of black-faced langur monkeys. We will spend our beautiful night in the local guest house.
Day 09 – Bamboo Trekking to Jhinu Danda (1750m) : walking distance – 8.5 km
After breakfast is ready for another exciting trek today. Now we are going to steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar. From here we walk quite a flat route until you reach Sinuwa. We will walk down to the Chhomrong Khola and pass the small suspension bridge. Start climbing the same stone staircase until we arrive at Chhomrong. Today we walk through rhododendron and bamboo forest with majestic mountain scenery, especially Mt. Machhapuchhare. Have a rest at Chhomrung with a cup of tea and enjoy the downhill view. We have another easy step down to Jhinu Danda about in 1 hour. this place has a small natural pool of hot springs, you can go to enjoy them.
Day 10 – Jhinu Hot Spring trekking to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 6 hrs trek, 1-hour 30-minute drive. – 13.5 km
Today we are coming to the end of our Annapurna base camp trekking. We are going to Nayapul to catch the vehicle for Pokhara. on our way to Nayapul, the trip leads on the downhill with stone steps through farm terraces passing another Nayapul (New Bridge) small settlement by the River Modi, walk leads further downhill to Syauli-Bazaar. We will walk on the Modi River valley mostly flat trail till Birethanti and our trek end at Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara transfer to the hotel.
Enjoy the Spectacular mountain view
One of the best memory that you will have during this trek is amazing to view the sunrise from the trek. Nepal is a magical place to visit people of every age. Are you planning to visit Nepal in the year 2021? Then a big congratulation to you. You made an absolutely right decision. Annapurna region also provides a diverse terrain, vegetation, wildlife, and dynamic culture.
Clearly, You will get a chance to get close insights into nature and its components. Mainly, Gurung and Sherpa are the major inhabitants of the Annapurna region. While Annapurna base camp trek, you will get to know about their culture and tradition. Along the trail, you will be all surrounded by serene landscapes and spectacular environments, charming Gurung and Magar villages, dense rhododendron forest, alpine forest, and Bamboo. Additionally. The route to Annapurna base camp goes through Machhapuchhre base camp. We can spend a night at MBC to enjoy the view and go early morning to ABC to catch the sunrise ray or we can spend overnight at Annapurna trek 5 days also all depends on your fitness level and interest.
This route involves many pleasurable short treks such as Poon Hill, Dhumpus village trek, Machhapuchhre base camp trek, and Ghandruk village trek. You can explore many places that are filled with exceptional natural beauty.
Explore Amazing Pokhara valley
You will be starting your trek to Annapurna base camp trek from Pokhara valley. Pokhara valley is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal because it is also a major tourist destination. 8 beautiful lakes and many caves. Phewa Lake is one of the famous places of Pokhara. Pokhara is the city that never sleeps, the night ride of Pokhara is just mind-blowing. Pokhara is known for its ancient caves some of the caves in Pokhara are Mahindra Cave, Chamera Cave, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, etc. besides this Pokhara is the most developed city in Nepal.
Enjoy the natural hot spring at Jhinu danda
The route to Annapurna base camp trek goes through the natural Hots spring nearby Jhinu Dadha. Many of the trekkers take this way while trekking back to Pokhara. Bathing in a natural hot spring will take away all your stress and tiredness from the trek. In addition to this, it is believed that the water of the spring has a special quality of healing pains and aches. Hot spring also has a huge religious aspect. Hence, it is said that the water of a hot spring cleans your’re sole spiritually.
Visiting Spectacular traditional and natural village
Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing and joyful journey which goes through the many small and big village of the Annapurna region. During this trek, you will get a golden opportunity of getting close to Nepali culture and tradition. During these days you will also get to observe the local lifestyle of the people living in remote areas. Landruk, Ghandruk, and Chhomrong are some of the famous villages of this region. Trekkers also take a day off from trekking to explore the lifestyle of the native people. Gurung and Sherpa people are local inhabitants of this region. Annapurna region is often referred to as a heterogeneous place as all the religions such as Buddhists, Hindu, and Pre-Buddhist people are prevalent here.
Diverse fauna and flora
Annapurna base camp trek is filled with natural beauty. One of the most important and largest conservation centers of Nepal “Annapurna Conservation Area” falls on the Annapurna base camp area. And, This area is very rich in biodiversity and a terrific variety of wildlife. A survey shows that is a home of r 1,226 species of flowering plant. We can explore the unique 105 mammals, 518 birds, 40 reptiles, and 23 amphibians. Besides that, many rare animals like the snow leopard, the red panda are protected in their natural environment. Also, many endangered snow animals are conserved here.
A mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Mountain range
The most famous place for the mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset Poon Hill also falls on the route of the region. You can get a terrific view of the sun rising from the middle of the high Snow Mountains. this trekking provides you the best view of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m/22,943ft), and Gangapurna (7,455m/24,459ft). Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, Annapurna1 8,091 m (26,545 ft), Annapurna 2, 7,937 m (26,040 ft) Annapurna 3, 7,555 m (24,786 ft) The Annapurna 4, 7,525 m (24,688 ft) range of Mount Manaslu region 8,163 metres (26,781 ft)
Annapurna base camp trek best time to visit
Autumn and spring seasons are the best seasons for the Annapurna base camp trek. it is also the highest summit of the Annapurna region according to traditional history. September, October, and November Fall under the autumn Season while March, April, and May falls under the spring season. These seasons are considered best because of their modest temperature with sunny and warm weather favoring the trekker to capture stunning views. Each season has its peculiar characteristics to depict. Visitors can enjoy the different landscapes in each season.
Summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) is a boon for the botanists while it may be not much suitable for keen trekkers as erratic rainfall may occur any time of the day and can continue for many days. Besides, the attack of Leech can be disgusting and make the journey unfruitful.
Winter seasons (Dec, Jan, and Feb) are for those who want to enjoy their journey by themselves by avoiding the crowd. Moreover, this season is perfect for solo travelers.
The prominent reason to travel in this season is that it offers bright mountains with no precipitation views as compared to another season. Additionally, the months of this season provides the visitor to celebrate different festivals and make them cherishable moments.
Annapurna base camp trek in Winter December, January, February.
If you want to experience a lifetime of moments and want to be surrounded by snowy mountains under the crystal clear sky, then with no doubt, the winter season is perfect for you. There is the fore say the fact that the winter season is not suitable for trekking due to its cold weather. Although the path is open throughout the year we need to be careful in winter due to avalanches. Many challenge trekkers traveler enjoy this off-season trip engulfing the heavenly feeling of being surrounded by the sparkling high mountains. The winter season is not much popular as other spring and autumn seasons for Annapurna base camp trek.
The places around the Annapurna base camp trek will also be icy as the temperature goes below 0C and can be as low as -10C. I am resisting most of the visitors to trek due to unfavorable weather conditions. Moreover, for that traveler, the benefits outweigh the obstacles. The main benefit of trekking at this time is transparent skies with no rainfall at all. Cheaper accommodation and less crowded trails are other attractive factors to travel to at this time. Last but not least, the dazzling and wonderfully beautiful views of Eye-catching Mt Annapurna, Mt Dhaulagiri, and Mt Machhapuchhre portray the best’s aspects among all the seasons.
The weather of Annapurna Base Camp trek in winter is pretty cold, with an average min temperature of -22C and avg max temperature of 4C. Usually, the daytime temperatures can range between 9-12°C, and evenings can drop to below zero. Although Mornings are typically filled with fog, and sparkling rays of sunlight can only be seen after 8 A.M. Along the trail, we can view the awesome of Rhododendrons making the forest colorful. Rhododendron, as well as other lovely flowers, begin to bloom at the end of winter, alluring trekkers in every possible way.
Benefits of Trekking ABC in December to February, winter
• Stunning mountains view as the sky is crystal clear. Best suits for nighttime photography. We are witnessing rich cultural diversity.
• Best time to grab the off-seasons discount on accommodation and flight fare. There will not be much crowd at this time. Hence you can also enjoy your journey to the fullest.
• In December, you can involve in the Christmas Celebration.
• In January, you can grab a unique opportunity to celebrate Nepalese New Year.
Disadvantages of Trekking ABC from December to February, winter
• Due to shorter days and longer nights, you cannot cover most of the distance in the daytime. You might encounter snow at the lowest elevation of 2500m, due to winter storms makes your trek journey to halt.
• There will not be a pretty low number of teahouses and lodges. You must adjust to whatever available. You could be prone to Acute Mountain Sickness due to cold weather conditions.
• By the end of December, the weather gets worsening, making harsh weather and difficult for trekkers.
Annapurna Base Camp Luxury Trek
Do you ever feel equally thrilling and wonderful lying in the lap of nature? Well, Annapurna Luxury Trek is especially for providing a lifetime experience to luxurious tour seekers. During this trek, you will walk on the trail along with the beautiful mountain stream, a breathtaking view of Himalayan peaks, taking a bath in a natural hot spring, and also staying in luxury lodges. A day walks along the high hills enjoying nature’s beauty with the right combination of luxury accommodation to relieve you all pain and stress is truly a heavenly feeling. You will feel more relaxed in those luxurious facilities. As a result, get a crystal clear view of snow-capped mountains
Hot baths in natural hot springs in JhinguDanda. Sightseeing in Pokhara- the Phewa Lake. Also the Davis Fall, Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), Gupteshwor Cave, and Mahendra Cave. Enjoy the Snowy surroundings on the way to the Annapurna Base Camp trek. afterward, take breathtaking sunrise views from Poonhill. this is the best luxury trekking in Nepal, Get the 360-degree panorama of the Annapurna Ranges with Annapurna south. Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. Visit Tadapani, a place to watch the tower in the village. Experience the unique culture and lifestyle of Gurung, Magar, and Thakali local people.
Tips for Annapurna base camp trek
Here are some helpful tips that you will need to have before trekking to this region.
Gain Special Training before you trek
Though you do not need to have special training and skill for trekking to Annapurna base camp. You need to have basic training. Physical fitness is a must for this trek and you will need to have excellent strength, conditioning, and endurance to be able to complete the trek. It is better if you spend at least four-five days a week before trekking doing some sort of intense physical exercise. You can do Yoga, physical exercise, and swimming before trekking. If it is possible you can go trekking some of the low altitude mountains and some short distance hiking.
Moderate level of trekking
Despite being the 10th highest mountain trekking to Annapurna base camp is not the that hard and moderate level of the trek. You do not need to attend any advanced level training. However, physical training and hiking experience would help you to ease the trek. But you need to be physically and mentally fit for trekking this place. People of any age can trek to Annapurna base camp trek as long as they are fit and healthy. In comparison to other trekking places, the Annapurna base camp trek is at a lower risk of altitude sickness. Though the route is somehow uphill and downhill, this trek is doable and not that hard to walk.
Packing for the trek before trekking is very important. During trekking, any long-distance trek your feet are the most important part of your body so taking good care of your feet while trekking is mus. The route to Annapurna base camp trek is very rocky and hard to walk. So you will need to have a pair of trekking boots for this trek. Another important thing that you will need to have before trekking to Annapurna base camp trek is water purifying tablets and water bottles. Keeping your body hydrated is very important and drinking tap water is not safe so you should carry purifying tablets is necessary. Along with these things some cash, a waterproof down jacket, and sleeping bags are some gear that you will need to have before trekking.
The Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate grade trek so you need to have the proper equipment to succeed this trip.
You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings which are enough from the cold. Below are some suggested items to take with you while trekking in ABC
- Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
- Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
- Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use them as shorts also.
- Loose, casual trousers for trekking
- Thermal wear for colder areas
- Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
- T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
- Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
- Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
- women sports bras, Synthetic
- Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
- Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
- Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
- Plug adapter 2 round pin
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
- Extra contacts or glasses
- Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap/handwash
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Refillable Water bottles
- Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
- Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
- Sunglasses or goggles
- Warm gloves
- Sun lotion
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
- Sleeping bag rated -20 degree Celcius you can also get a sleeping bag liner
- Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
- Trekking pole
- Flashlight and battery
- First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
Hydration is the key
Drinking water is the main thing to consider for your Annapurna base camp trek. Water becomes more important for your body if you move to a higher altitude. You have to drink 4 liters of water a day. There are lots of drinking water taps on the route to Annapurna base camp. So, always carry a water bottle with you. Also, you will need to carry purifying tablets with you like drinking water from the direct tab is not safe. In addition to this, you should not drink hard drinks such as alcohol, beverage, and other drinks. Drinking hard drinks in high altitude places can cause serious heart damage.
Be prepared for any problems that come on the way
The main problem while trekking to high-altitude places is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a common problem while Annapurna base camp trek. So you need to be prepare before trekking. You should be comfortable with the outdoor world, as the environment of the mountain region is comparatively different and hard. You should be prepared for bugs, dirt, baby wipe showers, and going to the toilet outdoor.
If you are trekking in a peak season then you may have to share your room with fellow trekkers in hotels. the upper part of the trek has a limited lodge and you may have to stay on teahouse with small places and need to share the room with others. Electricity is not available in the Annapurna region but sometimes power can cut so better you can carry a power bank with you.
Let us make the best plan together to make your journey wonderful. There might be many queries revolving around your head about the trip to Nepal. This article will help to clear all your doubts related to the trip to ABC. We will discuss the climatic condition, temperature, best time to visit ABC, Safety, costs of traveling ABC, risk, and difficulty trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna base camp trek cost
Trekking to Annapurna base camp price ranges from USD 590 to USD 1080 for an average of 7 days to 12 days trekking. Furthermore, if you take a flight to Pokhara it cost you on top of that USD 100 each way. The package covers the transportation, all permits, lodges accommodation, your trekking guide, and porter with also their meals. Your accommodation and daily meals, service charges, and taxes.
Annapurna base camp trek solo
Annapurna base camp trek solo is more fun, free, and easy to explore the trekking trail in Nepal. You can walk at your own pace and make your own itinerary on a solo trek. Annapurna base camp is one of the most popular trekking trips for solo traveling trekkers traveling solo. Many solo trekkers trek with a guide or guide/porter from our company, it is not good to trek alone and is good to support the local economy. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular choice and a very safe place for solo hikers and female travelers. you are very safe with us as we will provide you the best guide who knows the trails, shows expertise, and keeps an eye out for your concerning altitude sickness.
Accommodation during the ABC Trek
During your Annapurna base camp trek, you will overnight at local tea houses. Tea house accommodation is a basic lodge that has a common dining hall to eat dinner and chit-chat with fellow trekkers. The lower section of the trekking like Choomrong, Pothana, Landruk has good tea house facilities. It has a hot shower and a private bathroom where the room is on a twin-sharing basis. You can also get a single room which adds a small extra cost.
While you are in the Annapurna base camp trek are the rooms are basic and in 1 room they have 4-6 beds. The shower and bathroom also on a sharing basis and you find it difficult to take a hot shower here because it’s going to be difficult to get warm after you have a shower. They have 1 dining hall for lunch and dinner, the room has not hearing system so you need a good sleeping bag and liner. However, they have heating in the dining hall especially during the winter with a kerosene heater.
Annapurna base camp Trekking permits
You will have to take the trekking permit in Kathmandu for trekking to Annapurna base camp. There are two permits TIMS and ACAP which you will have to take. The TIMS (trekking information management system) is for trekking to the Himalayan region and ACAP (Annapurna conservation entry permit) for visiting Annapurna base camp. They will take 3000 NRS for the permit. for Tims card permit for fit USD 20 and for group trekkers book trek with trekking agency USD 10.
Annapurna Base Camp trek preparation can be an incredible and best experience that you can have with an appropriate plan. All in all the above-mentioned training are the major types of ABC training needed for a successful Annapurna Base Camp trek. It is one of the beautiful and fun places to visit. If you take the above training once you’re physically and mentally fine then all you need is positive defiance and enthusiasm to push yourself. If you haste to your destination, your body will not be able to bear the trekking pressure.
But fully losing hold of yourself will affect your group and slow them down. Apart from this, another main important thing is to allow your body to take a rest at the altitude. Every so often, trekkers are not able to reach their final destination all because of problems like altitude sickness and body pains. The more you make your body and mind fit the more you can enjoy the trekking experience without any obstacles. We hope the above article helps you with your Annapurna base camp trek preparation.
One of the most important training that you will need to take before trekking Annapurna base camp is aerobic training. The word aerobic means requiring free oxygen, so aerobic training means requiring adequate oxygen. Because with the increase in altitude the level of oxygen becomes thinner. And if your body doesn’t get the right amount of oxygen then, it takes double pumping of your heart to breathe properly. Your body requires thorough exercise like cycling, swimming, and running which helps your heart to plump easily. Even though your body is physically healthy and fit but still your body needs time to adjust to the altitude. Never rush up during your trekking period. Try to ascend at your steps. For completing your trek comfortably aerobic training is key.
Annapurna base camp is not only about physical strength. It is also about mental preparation. There are many challenges that you might face on the trail whether it is about cold weather, broken gear, and erupt. For tackling those problems you will have to have mental preparation. Your body might not face many problems. Doing yoga, physical exercise can help to make your mind calm.
You can take as much information as you can about Annapurna base camp trek on various websites, online magazines, etc. Learn about the trails, and most importantly be alert about the unplanned things that may happen. It is very important both physically and mentally. So, prepare yourself with a positive mindset along with a healthy physical condition. This will make sure that you are ready to experience all the wonders of the Annapurna region.
Strength training is also very important for trekking to Annapurna base camp. The trail is not so easy to hike due to its physical structure. Trekking in the Annapurna region is not your cup of tea. Lots of training must be taken to accomplish this trekking. During hiking, your body may not bear the hardness. You might feel weakness in muscles and legs. For physical persistence, your body needs to have proper training. For making your body physically fit you might as well do some physical training which includes free weights, bands, bodyweight exercises, or gym machines.
You might get some minor physical pains like back pains because of the backpack and leg pain because of the Stoney and rocky trail. Taking strength base training before hiking will make your trip more easily. If you are physically fit you can enjoy the beautiful Himalaya’s varied terrain, ascending and descending hills if you live near forests and mountains, you can hike on the hills or mountains, you can train on those mountains with more fun. You just have to go on practice walks before the Annapurna base camp trek, it will make your body use to the mountains and the stony trails. Also, you can practice gym instruments including incline treadmills or elliptical cross-trainers.
Thus, if you’ve stronger muscles, it means you can more easily climb over rough terrain and stay safe and easy while doing it. This ultimately means traveling more of what nature has to offer. Also, keep in mind that during strength training it’s vital to maintain a proper format all time to prevent injury and strain. Besides building strength, you also need to focus on the body’s flexibility and training too. Flexibility means a skill of muscles and ligaments to relax and easily.
Prepare for cold and wet weather
Annapurna base camp trek is one of the eminent places to visit in Nepal. ABC falls in the Himalayan place so the cold weather is obvious. It falls on the moderate level trek. You will have to walk for about 6-7 hours a day. The air gradually gets thinner when you go higher. Since you will have to walk uphill to a higher altitude, the air on the Annapurna base camp reaches thin and you would experience the coldest climate. Along with oxygen, the weather is unpredictable. You will have to prepare for the cold weather in such a region.
Tips for preparation
- One of the important things that you will have to do drink lots of water, you may not find pure water everywhere so you should carry some filtering pills with you to keep dehydration away.
- Always avoid hard drinks such as alcohol and caffeine while trekking to high altitude places.
- Do not haste the trek, take your speed your body might need some time to adjust to that environment.
- While packing pack a lot of layer clothes and a pair of trekking boots to makes it comfortable to trek.
- Don’t hesitate to tell your group members if you are having any problems and difficulties.
- Get as much information about the trek as possible.
- Be aware of the weather condition, sometimes temperature may fall very low in the Annapurna region.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Trip Info
Duration: ( 07 Days from Pokhara to Pokhara )
Max. Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft)
When to Travel: February to May, September – Mid December are the best seasons. During the winter months from December to Mid February, it is cold and can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy times, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Trip Details: 07 days, 6 nights Lodges, Breakfast lunch, and dinner during the trek.
Our trek dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people.
Trek Grade: Moderate
Annapurna base camp trek is the moderate level of trekking is about 5/6 hours walking with the lunch stop en-route and arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Most trek days are 5 to 6 hours long so we may take a lunch stop en-route in this grade we will also use some smaller, less well-traveled trails that may be rockier underfoot and a little steeper. These Moderate grade treks go up to 4100m in height and durations are 5 to 08 days.
The moderate grade trek overall is not that long, usually 7 – 10 days in total. There will be we can have a chance to get the altitude sickness above 3000m. making sure to climb high and come to sleep at low after 3000m We suggest that if you are at a reasonable level of fitness. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip – it might be your first ever trek.
Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment.
Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Your Trek Leader and Support staff
Your trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year.
They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues. Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bags. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
Transportation on the trek
For the Annapurna base camp trek, there are different means of transport. our trip starts from Pokhara and ends there so we use private car transport. it is for the trek start point and finish point to Pokhara. If you are travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalayas, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries
You can get a Nepal visa before arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.
Money Exchange for the trek
For the Annapurna base camp trek, you need some extra money for your day-to-day personal expenses. Nepal banknotes come in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATMs there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Gosaikunda trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.
Note: Most of the banks and Money changers in Nepal will not accept old foreign currency notes, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Food on the trek
We will eat at the local guest house during our ABC trek. We will include your daily meals on our package, which covers your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the guest houses have a menu that is fixed by a National park or conservation area project. There are local to international hygienic food choices.
You will eat at the same tea house where you stay. To be vegetarian is better in high altitude and remote areas. The meet items are carried in a long way, so not fresh. The typical Nepali food is Dal Bhat ( Rice lentil, mixed vegetable curry, and pickle)
For breakfast, you will have a choice of pancakes (plain, apple, cinnamon, lemon, etc.) served with peanut butter or honey; porridge; egg items (scrambled, boiled, fried, omelet); bread (toast, chapatti). Lunch and dinner try Nepali food, They will also serve pasta, pizza, garlic soup, momos, curry, macaroni, and other rice and noodle-based dishes are served.
Drinking water during your trek
On the Annapurna base camp trek, We suggest you at least drink 3/4 liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead purify their water.
Get the water purification iodine or tablets. They are small, cheap, and light to carry, another better way is to get water filters they are low to carry and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from, while the water in your other bottle is being purified.
Showers and electricity – Most of the tea houses in the Annapurna base camp trek have a solar hot shower and have cold showers available. Few of them have gas Guizar or electricity hot shower. Few places every charge the cost for hot showers for the extra cost of around USD 3 to 4. Electricity is usually available in most parts of the route with hydropower, you can charge your battery for camera and phone, normally they charge an extra cost of about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
Annapurna base camp trek group size
Our Langtang valley trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
Health and Fitness: The main thing to trek in Annapurna base camp is, you need your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours on the rocky trail. You can be fit for the trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier it to trek for ABC. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day during the so be prepare for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges.
Altitude sickness: Our entire ABC trek itinerary is designed to climb slowly to prevent altitude sickness. When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of oxygen available. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. When we climb slowly, avoid alcohol during your trek, eat crabs food, drink ¾ liters of water daily will help you.
Communication during Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek has the internet available at the lodges with some extra service charge. while you are in Annapuran there are telephones facilities in many villages. Now You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health. Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the routes.
Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.
Travel rescue Insurance
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim the refund from your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
Annapurna base camp (ABC) trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring a guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.
In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire a guide and porter service you can tip differently on a per-day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.
After completing your Annapurna base camp trek and if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet tours and Bhutan tours.