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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Description

Annapurna base camp trekking is most popular trekking route in Annapurna region, where you will enjoy with different excellent Himalayan scenery including the Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri(7,041m), Fish-tail/ Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Annapurna first (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m) and Himchuli (6,441m) and much more. You also have the chance to observe mixed cultures such as Gurung and Magar. Annapurna base camp trekking is wonderful trekking with stunning views, from base camp a maze of mountains towers almost vertically above with Annapurna first in dominance. It is more different than any other trekking by its variety of people, rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and natural scenes.

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Annapurna base camp trekking begins from Nayapul, which is an hours scenic drive from Pokhara with some wonderful views of Annapurna (South) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) from the road. From Nayapul, 30 minutes walk brings us to Birethanti, situated at the confluence of Modi and Bhurung rivers, here the route divides. We take the West trail towards Ghorepani, a trading village situated at an elevation of (2860 m), where there is a wonderful viewpoint Poon hill (3,210m) for panoramic Himalayan views of Annapurna Himalaya range. The sunrise view from Poon hill is simply stunning. From Ghorepani, the trail leads East to the village of Tadapani and on towards Chhomrong, from where we commence our journey into the Annapurna Base camp, follows the valley in between the huge ramparts of Himchuli & Machhapuchhre, eventually emerging into breathtaking Amphitheater, where the Annapurna mountains almost vertically above us. At the final destination, the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) has been treasured by local inhabitants as a place of spiritual refuge. From Annapurna Base camp, all the way down to Nayapul then one hour drive back  to Pokhara

Annapurna base camp is one of the most sought out trek routes in Nepal offering a view of the beautiful mountain ranges and serene climate. Every year, locals and thousands of tourists from around the world take this life-changing journey. The trail offers spectacular mountainous delights like Mount Dhaulagiri, Fishtail mountain, and all the mountains of Annapurna range.

At the height of 4130m (13546ft.), Annapurna base camp sits on the base of a beautiful mountain and offers a plethora of natural and cultural diversity of the mountains. The area is full of breath-taking sunsets out of this world sceneries from the start. From Pool Hill excursion to catch the sunrise to the final trek to reach the camp, every second of the Annapurna circuit is full of surprises.

But, when you get up close and personal with the 8 thousand-er, you will really feel that the long 5-day trek to the top was totally worth it. The trek, spectacular view of the mountain range, and excitement of fellow adventurers will fill you with a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

Tea House Trek

ABC is not just known for its views of beautiful mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Annapurna South. It’s also a classic tea house trek. Tea houses are beautiful cottages in mountain selling supplies and delicious food.

After a long and strenuous day of walking and getting in touch with nature, we all get tired and cozy ourselves in tranquil tea houses. The tea houses in the mountains are house of beautiful aroma and flavors. You will get to experience authentic Himalayan tea and a taste of Nepali cuisine to propel you for the next day.

Annapurna is full of beauty, excitement, and adventure. However, every adventure demands something from an adventurer and Annapurna is no different. The ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) trek requires you to have a commitment and spirit of an explorer. You must go through beautiful but demanding forest trails, wildlife reserve, and incomprehensible valleys.

You will also get to experience natural hot springs in the mountain; near Jhinu Danda. Here you will get to cleanse your soul from the sacred bathing areas on the lap of mountains. Locals believe the water to have healing properties for the ailments of the body and the mind.

Facts About Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

  • Annapurna Base camp lies within Annapurna Conservation area
  • The highest altitude of Annapurna Base Camp is 4,130 m at Annapurna Base Camp and the lowest altitude is 1990m at Ghandruk.
  • The trip is short and lasts for 10-12 days depending upon the time you’ll take to ascend/descend.

Annapurna base camp trekking highlights

  • The very famous Lake City in Nepal, Pokhara, which serves as the starting point of the trek.
  • Incredibly diverse scenery, including both, high mountain and lowland villages.
  • Exposure to unique settlement, lifestyle, culture, tradition and hospitality of Gurung, Magar and Thakali people.
  • Availability of guest houses, tea houses and Homstays from start to finish as the entire area is inhabited by people.
  • Beautiful sunrise and sunset view and Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre from Poon Hill, the second famous view point in Nepal after Kala Patthar in the Khumbu region.
  • Subtropical and alpine climate, vegetation, animals and birds.
  • Famous Gurung, Magar and Thakali villages like, Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk.
  • Homestay and Gurung museum in Ghandruk.
  • Hot Spring in Jhinu Danda, a perfect tub to relax your tired muscles after the trek.
  • Perfect blend of scenery and amazing landscape.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only the page. – Saint Augustine.

Annapurna base camp Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp trek is relatively easy to overtake compared to other mountain treks. But, it’s not to be taken lightly as the trek demands respect and commitment from every trekker. Annapurna trek taken with friends will be the experience of a lifetime for you and your friends because of its variety and beautiful sceneries every step of the way.

People And Culture

Every year, thousands of locals and tourists from around the world take the Annapurna Base Camp trek; so, you are bound to encounter a moderate number of people on the way. You can also meet Nepalese people living in the villages near the trek route. The world around the route is full of a variety of ethnic groups: Brahmins and Chhetri’s in lower elevations and Mongols living in the Himalayas. All of the people living along the route are full of hospitality and love toward everyone.

Regional And Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Maps

Due to difficult terrain and lack of internet, the map from Google, Microsoft, and other internet apps are not accurate enough to be used for the trekking. We have provided a general map of the region below for you guys. We have a number of experienced guides who have been going through the route for a number of years who will be helping you along your journey.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Route

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route is as follows :

Nayapul – Ulleri – Ghorepani -Poonhill -Tadapani – Chomrong – Doban – MBC – Annapurna Sanctuary – Chomrong – Nayapul

Should I Join A Guided Trek / Group?

You should definitely join a guided trek. Even though the trek route is fairly simple, a guide can help you with a lot of things. He can suggest you the best places to stay, he knows the best routes and he will be familiar with natural wildlife.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary - 14 Days

  • DAY 01: Arrival
  • DAY 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • DAY 03: Drive to Naya Pul
  • DAY 04: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani
  • DAY 05: Hiking to Poonhill(3,210m)
  • DAY 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong
  • DAY 07: Chhomrong to Himalaya
  • DAY 08: Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp
  • DAY 09: Annapurna base camp to Dovan
  • DAY 10: Dovan to Chhomrong
  • DAY 11: Chhomrong to Ghandruk
  • DAY 12: Ghandruk to Naya Pul
  • DAY 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • DAY 14: Departure

What's Included ?

  • -Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private car/van
  • -2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast hotel in Kathmandu.
  • -Three times food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • -Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, includes of all entry fees, tour guide.
  • -Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trekking.
  • -One well experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • -Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • -Surface Transfer to the destination from Kathmandu.
  • -Flight fare or bus ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • -Annapurna conservation permit.
  • -2 nights accommodation in Pokhara

What is not included ?


  • -Meals whilst in Kathmandu
  • -Nepal Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • -Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days from date of issue)
  • -You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • -Personal equipment including sleeping bag.
  • – Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation etc
  • -Tips for guide and Porters.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary - 14 Days

DAY 01: Arrival

Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last minute arrangements.

DAY 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Fly or Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) From Kathmandu 25 minutes by flight and 8 hours by Bus, overnight at in Pokhara.

DAY 03: Drive to Naya Pul

Drive to Naya Pul (1,070m) for an hour and trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1,480m). Walking 4 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 04: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani

Trek from Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m). Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 05: Hiking to Poonhill(3,210m)

Back to Ghorepani, and Trek to Tadapani.(2,630m).walking 5 hours, Overnight at Lodge. This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. From here you will see fantastic view of sunrise, and panoramic view of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m), Annapurna South(7,219m), Fishtail(6,993m) and others.

DAY 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong

Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m). Walking 5 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 07: Chhomrong to Himalaya

Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (2,920m). Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 08: Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp

Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 09: Annapurna base camp to Dovan

Trek from Annapurna base camp to Dovan (2,600m) . Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 10: Dovan to Chhomrong

Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong (2,170m). Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 11: Chhomrong to Ghandruk

Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk (1,940m). Walking 5 hours, Overnight at Lodge

DAY 12: Ghandruk to Naya Pul

Trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara (910m). Walking 5 hours and one hour drive to pokhara. Overnight at Hotel in pokhara

DAY 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1337m) From Pokhara25 minutes by flight and 7 hours by bus , overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 14: Departure

Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

Start Date Availability Trip Cost Booking
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Your checklist should include the following things:

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport sized photos
  • Binoculars, alarm clock and torch/flashlight/headlamps, ear plug and eye mask,
  • Reading and writing materials, travel games like , chess, backgammon, scrabble,
  • Hand sanitizer, lip balm, face and body moisturizer, light weight towel, toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, sanitary pads
  • Money-cash and money bag,
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack (with waist straps), refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, scarf
  • Bag liner,
  • Sewing kit, swiss army knife, lighter, a small padlock
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers
  • Comfortable walking shoes, running shoes and sandals
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and shorts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Regular medicines


Nevertheless,  if you are planning the Annapurna Base Camp trekking, during the winter season, your pack list should be special. Do not forget to include the following things in the list.

  • Layered clothing/thermals
  • 1 heavyweight or 2 light weight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • A four season sleeping bag
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiters (optional)

Best season to plan the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to Mid-December) are the best season to plan the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. These seasons are very supportive in terms of trail, visibility, and  weather condition. Trail during monsoon season are very slippery , the views are obstructed by clouds and rain and during the winter season its very cold due to snowfall


Bella from China


Amazing Expericence of Annapurna Base camp

Eric is a very considerate and professional guide. The trip to ABC with him was much easier with his help. He tried his best to meet the customers’ demands, and sometimes he was really the life saver considering I was always the ‘careless’ person. Besides, the trip with him was a lot of fun because he also liked to make jokes and shared his life stories with us. You can really treat him as a good friend and a reliable trekking teammate, as well. Many thanks to you, Eric. I would like to recommend him to any of my friends who is interested in Nepal trekking to go with Joyful Trekking and Tours.

USD 999

per person (All inclusive price)
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Trip At Glance

Activities Trekking and Sight Seeing
Destination Nepal
Difficulty Moderate
Max Elevation Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Transport Private Van or Tourist Bus
Group Size +6
Trip Start Kathmandu
Trip End Kathmandu

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