Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Annapurna Base Camp is considered to be one of the best Himalayan treks in Nepal. The trek is commonly known as the ABC trek. This trek attracts trekkers from all over the world due to its global popularity and breathtaking sights. Located at 13,549 feet from the sea level, this trek is around 9 days long on an average. The route of this trek is unbelievably gorgeous. You will find some spectacular animals and plants as you go along the Annapurna Sanctuary. From base camp, the magnificent view of the Annapurna Massif will make you want to reach the top even more. The view of the Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and Annapurna South is definitely a treat for your eyes. ABC is an exhausting trek even for someone who has been to treks before. You will be able to complete it and take in the splendor of the Nepalese Himalayas only if you have the necessary training, experience, and skills. You will also get a taste of Nepali hospitality and culture during your trek.

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  • Enhance your experience with scenic lodges that offer the mystical sights of the Annapurna Glacier

  • Behold the culture, traditions, and typical living practices of Gurung people in Ghandruk village, along the waves of Modi Khola and walking through the forests with diverse flora and fauna.

  • Experience the winds through Rhododendron forests, passes and over glacier rivers and waterfalls, and allows spectacular views of sheer cliffs with rivers running below.

  • Walk through the Annapurna conservation area which is home to 1226 species of plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 22 amphibians.

  • Embrace the mesmerizing views of the breathtaking peaks Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and more on this exhilarating Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 6,725 inclusive of tax. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs.
  • Transport to and from Pokhara – You will need to reach Pokhara on your own on Day 1 and arrange for your journey back from Pokhara on Day 9.
  • Food during transit – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey from Pokhara to Ghandruk and the return drive from Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara.
  • Use of plug points in tea houses – Most tea houses allow the use electricity charging points at an extra cost – 100-300 NPR, with the cost being towards the higher side as you go farther into the trek.
  • Use of wifi and telephone in tea houses – You can buy wifi at all tea houses. Cost ranges from 200-300 NPR. The quality is not great. Major tea houses also have the facility to make calls.
  • Use of RO treated water – all tea houses provide free filtered drinking water. If you wish to use RO treated water, there is an additional charge of 50 NPR per bottle.
  • Buffer day: In case this is used, you have to pay us Rs. 3,250 per day (INR) + 5% GST for the buffer day. We will collect this only if we use the buffer day. The money will be collected by your trek leader.
  • Tip: Porters in Nepal expect to be tipped. The tip amount for people who offload their bags will be INR 1,000 per person. If you do not offload your bags, the tip amount will be INR 700 per person.
  • Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that last minute offloading will not be possible on this trek.
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
  • Avoid treking during the nights.
  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
  • Budget at least Rs. 250 per person per day on bottled water.
  • The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • While visiting the temples, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.
  • Rescheduling Policy for Private (Standard & Deluxe Package) & Group Bookings: 1) If rescheduling is made 7 days after the Booking Date till 15 days prior to the Date of Travel then 30.0% of the total tour cost will be charged as rescheduling fees. | 2) If rescheduling is made 0 days to 15 days before the Date of Travel then 100.0% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. | 3) If bookings are made 15 days before the Date of Travel no rescheduling & modifications will be made.
  • Rescheduling Policy for Private (Super Deluxe) & Hotel Specific Bookings: No modification or Rescheduling will be catered. A standard cancellation policy will be applicable for such cases.
  • Force Majeure: In cases of force majeure events (e.g., natural disasters, political unrest, or other unforeseeable circumstances), [Thrillophilia] reserves the right to reschedule Tours & treks or offer alternative itineraries to ensure the safety and well-being of clients and staff.
  • Cancellation After Rescheduling: Clients who reschedule their tours or treks but later decide to cancel will be subject to our standard cancellation policy. Any rescheduling fees paid will be non-refundable.
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Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Maximum altitude of Annapurna Base Camp: 4130 Meters

Duration: 9 Days

Trekking distance: 110 KMs

Trail type: Moderate to difficult depending on age, fitness and experience

Airport: Pokhara Airport is closest but it is a domestic airport, Kathmandu Airport is the main airport

Snow Season: December - February, early season suggested for trekking but the late winters can be dangerous

Best season for ABC Trek: Pre-monsoon months of March, April, and May are the best times to hike to Annapurna Base Camp & also during Autumn season in the months of September, October, November.

Region: Pokhara, Nepal

Who can participate: Recommended for people in their 20s and 30s, chronic ailment free people

Short Itinerary for ABC Trek

Day 1: Reach Pokhara, Nepal (820 m/2,690 ft).

Day 2: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara, then hike to Ghandruk (1940 m/6,364 ft), 6-7 hour

Day 3: Trekking from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft), 6-7 hour

Day 4: Trek to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) from Sinuwa, 6-7 hours

Day 5: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,549 ft) from Deurali, 6-7 hours

Day 6: Trek from Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) to Annapurna Base Camp, 6-7 hours

Day 7: Trek to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) from Bamboo, 6-7 hours

Day 8: Drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) from Jhinu Hot Spring and complete a trek to Nayapul, 7 hours

Day 9: Depart and fly home.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Arrival in Pokhara

  • On the first day, you will have to arrive in Pokhara, where the representative will meet you and take you to the accommodation.

  • Overnight at Pokhara for acclimatization.

What to Pack for ABC Trek?

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Clothing & Gears

Regardless of the scenery, you should be prepared for the Annapurna Base Camp hike. You need to make sure you're outfitted with the appropriate equipment in addition to preparing for a high-altitude hike and preparing yourself for absolute basic meals.

  • Layers - Even though it's frigid outside, the moment you start moving, your body temperature will begin to rise. Put on layers that are simple to take off when you start to sweat and put back on when you finish.

  • 4-5 t-shirts or tank tops that wick away moisture.

  • A few long-sleeved shirts.

  • A cashmere sweater or a few fleece shirts.

  • Climbing socks (and a few pairs of warm non-trekking socks for apres-hike wear)

  • Hiking boots - These are necessary. Obviously. To lessen the likelihood of blisters and aching feet, choose hiking footwear that are water-resistant and provide ankle support. Also, make sure the boots are broken in. It's a good idea to wear your boots everywhere before your walk so that your feet become accustomed to wearing them constantly: on practice treks, to work, and around the house.

  • Puffer jacket - You may question your decision to bring a puffer during the first few days of the walk, but as you pass the 3000 meter/9842 foot mark, you'll be glad you did. Purchase a high-quality down jacket that can be folded up into a pocket or bag to reduce space in your pack A cozy hat to protect your head from the cold.

  • Gloves - Buy a pair of thick, fleece-lined gloves since freezing fingers can ruin the peace of a beautiful daybreak.

  • A cap - With a baseball cap, you can keep the sun off your face while also hiding your untidy hair.

  • Woollen buff - Keep your neck safe! A fleece buff won't get caught in the breeze like a scarf might, and it can also be used as a cap or an ear warmer.

Know Before You Go for ABC Trek

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  • Training - Though Annapurna trek does not involve any climbing or require any particular skill but it is really important to be physically fit as you really need to use your strength since the trek involves a lot of walking up hill, down hill and then up again.

  • Get the right Gear - Be sure to carry the right gears for your trek, the primary one being your trekking shows. When you are choosing your trekking shows, make sure they are sturdy and appropriate for the terrain you are trekking.

  • Hydration - When you are gaining altitude the chances of you getting dehydrated is very high. It is recommended that you drink at least 4-5 liters of water to avoid AMS.

  • Walk Slow - It is recommended that you walk slow and steady and not fast, since walking fast leads to exhaustion too fast resulting in multiple breaks. When you take a break, your body comes to rest and then starting all over again loses the potential. Walking slow and steady also saves you time than walking fast.

  • Protection from the sun - Be sure that you protect yourself from the sun. Direct sunlight tends to suck the energy out of you and you become dehydrated as well as exhausted.

Why to Go for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

One of the most well-known treks in the world is the one to Annapurna base camp. It literally puts an eight-thousander in your path; this is amazing for a somewhat challenging trip! The breathtaking Annapurna massif has the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna base camp trip offers spectacular vistas of the highest mountain in the world along with a fascinating look into the customs, culture, and programmes of the locals.

FAQs of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

How Difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

    The walk to Annapurna Base Camp winds across some of the tallest mountains in the world. You get a world-class mountain viewing hike while traveling through the renowned Annapurna Sanctuary at a relatively lower altitude.Your hike to Annapurna Base Camp will be spent primarily below 3,000 meters/10,000 feet. The terrain is difficult and it has countless stairs. Anyone who is willing to put in the necessary planning and training can complete this expedition. However, in order to properly appreciate and enjoy this breathtaking Himalayan Adventure, you will need to complete the necessary training.

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