Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

  • Duration:13 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Altitude: 4130 M.
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Time: March-May & September-November
Highlights

Major highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Trek through the little village, pine, and rhododendron forest, and breathtaking grandeur of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • The morning views from Poon Hill are mesmerizing with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massif welcoming you.
  • The Gurung and Magar community is fascinating for its distinct culture and way of life.
  • Spectacular views of Annapurna I-III (8,091 m/26,545 ft - 7,555 m/24,786 ft) and South (7,219m/ 23,684 ft), Macchapuchhre (6,993 m/ 22,943 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), and Nilgiri (7,061 m/ 23,166 ft).

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular teahouse treks in Nepal, which takes you to the foot of the majestic Mount Annapurna. With an altitude of 8,091 meters (26,545 feet), Annapurna is the tenth-highest mountain in the world.

Though, Annapurna is among the most dangerous of the eight-thousanders summits, the trek to base camp is one of the most popular and widely trekked ones.

ABC trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for experienced as well as newbies. The highest elevation in the ABC trek is base camp at an altitude of 4,130 m (13,546 ft).

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, Macchapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli.

You traversed through Annapurna Conservation Area rich in flora and fauna. You trek through lush green forests with diverse landscapes and get to see the sunrise from Poon Hill and the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

The best season to trek ABC is autumn and spring season. Since the ABC trek is popular, there will be no problem with accommodation. Hotels and teahouses are present in every stage.

This journey will take you on a tour to experience the natural splendor of a thick rhododendron forest, Himalayan massifs, witnessing rich biodiversity, remote rural villages, terraced rice terraces, high altitude panoramas, and the beautiful forest region of the Annapurna.

It is an experience unlike any other and is frequently ranked among the top 10 greatest treks in the world. So, come along and experience this life journey.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek route

Annapurna Trekking starts with a trek from Hille passing through Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Sinuwa, and Deurali to reach the base camp.

Getting mesmerized by the views you start the descent as you pass through Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, Siwi, and then finally arrive at Pokhara.

At 4130 m/13,546 ft, Annapurna Base Camp elevation of the trek. There is no need for acclimatization days in between because the Annapurna Base Camp trip typically involves a daily hike of 4–6 hours.

The elevation difference between Pokhara and ABC is 3,310 m/ 10,860 ft with around 500 m/1,640 ft of modest elevation gain.

Best places to visit in the Annapurna Region

One such community along the path is Ghandruk. The pretty houses with slate roofs next to the paddy field give a very rural quaint perspective. You are also permitted to wear traditional Gurung attire. It's the ideal location to unwind and recharge for the journey ahead.

Likewise, the Annapurna Conservation Project a repository of Himalayan wildlife is passed. It commands an area of 7629 sq. km. protecting rare and endangered wildlife. You will see many wildlife such as the Himalayan musk deer, red panda, Tibetan antelope, etc.

Annapurna Sanctuary is also passed along the trek which is a revered glacial basin at a height of over 4,000 meters encircled by the peaks Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and others. The clearest views of the Milky Way are available from here.

Besides, many animistic gods and gods of Hindu and Buddhist origin are believed to reside. The inhabitants believe that gods live beneath the mountains, hence any form of killing is forbidden here.

Besides, Poon Hill is a great vantage point providing stunning morning views of Macchapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, and many others.

Moreover, Pokhara itself is an absolute delight. There are several entertainment options in Pokhara. It's wonderful to merely take in the scenery surrounding Pokhara. Phewa Lake, where you can kayak and take in the reflection of the western Himalayas.

 Annapurna Region's Culture and People

Various ethnic groups, particularly the Gurung, are found on the Annapurna Base Camp Trail. Gurungs have fought in Gorkha Battalions and are renowned for their bravery. There are lots of opportunities for conversation and getting to know one another on the tour.

Additionally, visitors can dress traditionally and blend in with the Gurung population. As you ascend the ABC Trek routes, you come into contact with a variety of ethnic communities, therefore you will be welcomed by various ethnic groups.

The inhabitants of the area include other mongoloid and Brahmin and Chhetri. Mongoloid Himalayan people live at higher elevations, while Brahmans and Chhetri live at lower altitudes.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek for Beginners

Beginners who are trekking in the Nepal Himalayas for the first time consider the Annapurna Base Camp via Poonhill. The Trek is open to anyone with moderate fitness. Anyone in good health can undertake it even children as small as 10 years old.

The ABC Trek can completed in six days however, for a beginner it is highly unadvised as taking the longer route allows your body to get used to the changed elevation.

Hiking through Ghandruk and climbing Poon Hill is highly advised as it allows for acclimatization and a better trekking experience with great views.

Itinerary

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is finally a reality as you arrive in Kathmandu. Our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel.

Upon reaching you can unwind and take plenty of rest for the adventure ahead. In the evening, you can also stroll through the streets of Thamel to do some last-minute shopping for essential gear.

  • Max. Altitude:1300
  • Accommodation:Hotel

Driving along the Trishuli you will travel to Pokhara listening to popular Nepali songs. As you reach Pokhara, the views of Macchapuchhre Mountain will greet you. Tonight stroll along the streets of Pokhara. 

  • Max. Altitude:820 m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

Today you will first drive from Pokhara to Hille and then undergo a trek, the first leg of your journey. The hike today is short and tough consisting of a hard ascent. Another thing there aren't many water refill locations available so be sure to carry the supplies you need.

  • Max. Altitude:2200 m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will trek to the famous Gurung village, Ghorepani. The trail passes numerous waterfalls and streams. You will go across communities with restaurants and lodging along the way. There are several spots to pause and get food, drink, or water refills.

The climb is rather steep so you will walk slowly to not tire yourself too much. Once you arrive in Ghorepani, there is a checkpoint where your Annapurna Sanctuary permit is examined.

  • Max. Altitude:2860 m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A quick climb up Poon Hill is the first activity on the agenda for today. Poon Hill provides views of the Annapurna III, Annapurna South Hiuchuli, Macchapuchhre, and Dhampus.

You'll go to the feast for your eyes. Upon returning to Ghorepani you will go up and downhill passing lush forests, villages, and many waterfalls until reaching Tadapani.

  • Max. Altitude:2660 m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will pass Jhinu Danda, cross Modi Khola, and arrive at Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a good point for the stunning views of Macchapuchhre. After that, the trek is resumed and headed toward Sinuwa along with the lush green forests.

  • Max. Altitude:2360 m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Along today's route, you will get magnificent views of the Annapurna massif. The journey will be an enchanting one as you walk past a verdant forest.

Eventually, you come across a bamboo forest and for the namesake, the village is also called Bamboo. Ascending further you will reach Deurali.

  • Max. Altitude:3200 m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will have two base camps at the cost of one. First you will reach the Macchapuchhre Base Camp and then journey further to reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 m (13,546 ft). Today’s trek will be tough made difficult by arid winds in treeless terrain.

However, upon reaching the base camp all will be worth it. You'll notice vibrant prayer flags dancing in the breeze and take in magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif.

  • Max. Altitude:4130 m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From today, you descend having trekked the magnificent base camp. The climb will be much more appealing if the day begins with stunning sunrise in the Annapurna massif. Today you return to the beautiful green trees of pine and fir. 

  • Max. Altitude:2310 m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Beahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will first descend to Sinuwa and then to Chhomrong. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, you can take in stunning views of Macchapuchhre again. Jhinu Danda is famous for its natural hot springs. It is a time for you to let your sore legs relax with a dip into the hot springs.

  • Max. Altitude:1780 m
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The hike will return you to the lovely lake city of Pokhara. You will be on your feet for four to five hours before beginning the two-hour drive to Pokhara. When you get to Pokhara, check into your accommodation and stroll along the lake. Today experience the nightlife of Pokhara, you have earned it.

  • Max. Altitude:820 m
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will head back to Kathmandu after this incredible journey. Upon arriving in Kathmandu be sure to explore some of the amazing heritage sites. Kathmandu Valley’s seven sites form part of the world heritage site which includes Pashupatinath, Durbar Square, Boudha, etc. Also, feast in some Newari cuisine today for the valley is famous for some hot treats.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

Finally, the great journey has ended but not in your heart. We're confident that in this brief time, you've made lifelong memories. We will transport you to the airport three hours before your schedule allowing you leisurely time to go through photos during checking in.

    Route Map

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days map
    Cost Details
    What is Included
    • Tribhuvan International Airport Pick up and Drop by Private vehicle
    • 3 Night Accommodation in Kathmandu, 2-night accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast at Tourist Standard hotel
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entry permits
    • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) fee
    • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide
    • Staff food, accommodation, salary & insurance
    •  Farewell dinner
    • Meal & Accommodations During Trek
    • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu By Tourist Bus
    • Pokhara to Nayapul By Private Transport
    • Siwi to Pokhara by Public Transport
    • All governmental procedure
    • Complimentary Down sleeping bag(-20c) and down jacket provided for use for the duration of the trek (we suggest bringing your own if you have one)
    • Complimentary Duffel bag (to keep personal belongings to be carried by porter
    • Complimentary Trekking map
    • First aid box carried at all times by guide (we suggest bringing your medical kit too)
    What is not Included
    • Your Travel Insurance
    • Your Nepal Visa.
    • You will require 2 passport size photos
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
    • Porters to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
    • Personal Trekking Equipment
    • Tips for Trekking crews
    • Sightseeing and Monuments fees
    • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the price include sections
    Useful Information

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit Cost

    Annapurna Trekking requires two types of permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS).

    The fee of TIMS is USD 20 for lone travelers and USD 10 for trekkers in groups. Each ACAP permit costs USD 30.

    Permits and TIMS cards are issued in Kathmandu at the Nepal Tourism Board Office.

    If you are already in Pokhara then you can purchase a permit at the Nepal Tourism Board Service Center and TIMS at the TAAN Lakeside office.

    Transport for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    The Annapurna trekking starts from Pokhara. To reach Pokhara, you have the option of a 7-8-hour bus ride or a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu.

    Once in Pokhara, you can choose between two routes for the ABC trek. The first option is to take a drive to Hile and begin trekking towards Ulleri, continuing your journey the following day.

    Alternatively, you can take a 2-hour drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk and start trekking from there. After reaching Hille or Ghandruk you have to trek on foot.

    Accommodation for the ABC Trek

    ABC trail is made possible by teahouses, which provide food and lodging to hikers for a charge, eliminating the need to set up tents and carry heavy meals.

    The teahouses typically have twin-bed rooms, while some also have rooms with attached bathrooms and some have public restrooms. The toilet is mostly being mostly squat type.

    The lodgings have beds and consist of blankets, mattresses, and pillows. The lodgings are more comfortable at lower elevations and gradually get more basic the higher the elevation. The base camp mostly features dorm-style rooms.

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek Meals

    In the Annapurna region, traditional Nepali meals like dal bhat, a soup made of rice and lentils and served with a selection of side dishes, are available. You may also consume Gurung food, including dishes like Dhido or Ato, which are porridges and Sukuti (smoke-dried buffalo meat).

    The same is true with Gurung bread, which is fried, compacted, savory, or sweet doughnuts that may be savored here.

    In addition, you can eat Western food, momo (steamed dumplings), and Thukpa (noodle soup). Local bakeries in teahouses may also have a variety of pies, pastries, and brownies.

    Annapurna Trekking Best Time

    Spring (March-May) offers clear and pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from -8 to 14 °C. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom.

    Autumn (September-November) brings revitalizing weather with temperatures of -10 to 20 °C.

    Clear skies reign supreme. Winter (December-February) temperature ranges from -20 to 9 °C and features heavy snowfall and avalanche risks.

    Summer (June-August) temperature ranges from 3 to 19 °C.

    What are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

    Any season is good for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek but the best ones are spring (March through May) and fall (September through November).

    These seasons are complemented by a pleasant climate with mild temperatures and unobstructed views of the mountains. In the fall you also witness raptors such as eagles migrating westwards.

    It is difficult to hike when it is monsoon since the trail becomes slick. However, you can witness the wild orchid bloom during the monsoon. It's wonderful to witness the expansive mountain views, terraced fields, charming Gurung villages, and broad diversity of flora and fauna, regardless of the season. By the way, you can do the ABC trek all around the year.

    How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

    Although moderately challenging, Base Camp was reached without any prior trekking expertise. To complete the hike, you must, however, have good physical shape. As a result, you should do yoga for a few weeks, and run or cycle for an hour each day along with aerobic exercise.

    To prepare, it is crucial to maximize acclimatization with the inclusion of rest days included in your itinerary. Likewise, the trek occurs through remote regions and healthcare facilities are not readily available hence, it is essential to keep your cool should there be emergencies. Your guide will direct you and you have to listen to them carefully.

    It is important to exercise moderation when consuming alcohol during high-altitude treks to prevent dehydration and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Heavy alcohol consumption can exacerbate dehydration and make altitude sickness more likely.

    Similarly, excessive coffee intake can also contribute to dehydration. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid both heavy alcohol and coffee consumption. Instead, prioritize drinking plenty of water to maintain proper hydration levels throughout the trek.

    The right gear, including hiking boots, sleeping bags, and clothing, must be brought. Another important step is to start saving for the best hiking footwear ideally by breaking in early if newly bought. The walk will surely be unpleasant due to a swollen foot.

    The appropriate attire is also necessary for high-altitude treks. Downcoats are necessary for cold temperatures. As the ascent or descent gets more difficult, trekking poles will also help to reduce the strain on your joints.

    Ace Vision Trek's top Teahouse trekking packages are Everest Gokyo Valley Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, mountaineering Mera Peak Climbing, and many more. 

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days FAQs
    • A total of 67 km must be traveled over 10 days from and to Pokhara. The longest distance is 15.5 km from ABC to Bamboo which will probably take eight hours or so.

      However, normally 4-6 hours’ hike is planned. On that particular day, there is a 1,820 m/ 5,971 ft drop, which is also fairly steep.

      But on other days, the hike only lasts a few hours, usually between three and six. With a 900 m/2,955 ft climb, the elevation to ABC from Deurali can be rather strenuous. Though the ascent is not as steep on other days.

    • Yes, ABC Trek is for beginners. Moreover, 13 day Annapurna base camp trek itinerary is just perfect for first-time hikers as it provides ample time to acclimatize and enjoy the journey.

    • Yes, kids can do the Annapurna trek. Make sure to assess your child's physical fitness and health before bringing them to do the Annapurna base camp trek.

    • During the high season in Nepal, the Annapurna base camp trekking sees a huge number of hikers. So, yes Annapurna base camp trekking is crowded in Spring and Autumn season.

    Client Reviews

    • Annapurna Base Camp Trek

      I can’t recommend Ace Vision highly enough. I visited Nepal in October, and it was Ganesh who made the whole trip so memorable. He was there waiting for me when I landed at Kathmandu airport, and from that moment onward he consistently ensured that all of my needs were met. He really went above and beyond over and over again. I did the 'ABC trek' with Ganesh and it was truly remarkable.. the landscape was so incredibly beautiful every step of the way. I believe that your guide can make or break the trekking experience, and Ganesh was a brilliant guide. Often he would stop to point out fruits growing on the side or a trail, or little mammals hiding. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, and he was a pleasure to chat with. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Nepal thanks to Ganesh.

      M
      Moriah LoughranAustralia,November, 2023
      Google
    Similar Trips
    You May Also Like