Overview of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Are you willing to do Annapurna Base Camp Trekking ( Hike )? If yes, you’re in the right place. Here, you will get information on everything you should know before trekking to Annapurna Base Camp ( ABC ).
In Nepal, there are the two most popular base camp hikes. They are Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Cam. Mostly rocky Hikers opt for the ABC trek before Everest Base Camp Trekking. So if you are a newbie hiker, ABC Hiking is for you.
Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek, you can do this trek if you’re a novice trekker. It is the classical treks in the world that offers breathtaking MountaViewsiew, the sight of the typical Nepali village, and allows you to enjoy inside the Annapurna Conservation area.
Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
According to our Annapurna Base Camp Tek, it costs USD 598 per person ( double occupancy basis ). Cost depends on the participants in the group, trekking time(season), duration of the trip, and mode of the trip. The PACKAGE PRICE goes down if the group sizes increase. Similarly, during the main trekking season, it is difficult to get packages at a low price due to high demand( lack a of guide ). Nonetheless, the mode of the trip( standard, luxury, and economy ) also decides the PRICE OF the TRIP.
Cost Per Day
The Cost per day for Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp depends the on package price with th agency, the size of the group and the number of trekking days. Considering a 9-day trek with th total cost of 598 USD per person based the on plan, this implies an approximate daily cost of 66 USD per person assuming double occupancy.
PRICE FOR ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK ( GUIDED PACKAGE )
|No. of Tourist||Price Per Person|
|1 person ( Solo Trekker ) ||USD 850|
|2 person||USD 598|
|3 person||USD 585|
|4 person||USD 550|
|5 person||USD 536|
|6 person||USD 510|
|7 person||USD 507|
|8 person||USD 498|
|9 person||USD 495|
|10 person||USD 480|
Review of Trail – why we need to go to Base Camp Annapurna?
The Annapurna Base Camp Hike(In short ABC Trekking) is one of the most wanted hikes throughout the world. It is an astonishing walk via assorted landscapes exploring diverse cultures, and traditional lifestyles, passing the gleaming mountain vistas and terraced fields. We can find a wide variety of flora and fauna during the hike to ABC.
As the journey leads us to the base of the Annapurna I(the 10th tallest mountain in the world), it is gaining popularity because of itsthe duration and level of difficulty.
What to see during the Hike?
During the hike to Annapurna Base Camp, you can experience magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges, peaceful nature, and cultural richness. Upon reaching the base camp of Annapurna, you shall have magnificent views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), and several other peaks.
If you are planning to trek in spring, it provides spectacular views of beautiful flowers including the Rhododendron, the national flower of our country. Passing via astonishing farmlands, breathtaking landscapes, amazing Gurung and Magar villages, and the forest is a lifetime experience in itself.
There are plenty of major reasons behind the popularity of the ABC trek. Among them, following the list are highlights.
- A short trek around Pokhara
- Have picturesque views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other peaks closely.
- Amazing view of Modi River from the beginning to the final destination
- Gurung Museum in the hamlets of Ghandruk
- Bee Hives View at Kyumi
- Enjoy the natural Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda
- The first and last rays of the sun over the stunning Himalayas
Best Short Itinerary for ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING
The itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp Hike can vary based on the chosen route and mode of transportation, such as between Kathmandu and Pokhara. We have a 9-days itinerary that includes the ABC trek and Poon Hill. Without further ado, let’s jump into the BEST SHORT ITINERARY.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING ITINERARY IN DETAIL:
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus
Our mode of transportation to Pokhara will be via a tourist bus. It takes approximately 7 to 8 hours to cover a distance of 200km from Kathmandu.
- 7 to 8 Hour drive
- No Meals
Day 2: Drive to Hile and Trekking to Ghorepani
We will commence our journey today with 3-hour drive from Pokhara to Hile (1500m) to begin our trek to ABC. After passing through Tikhedhunga, we’ll climb for approximately 3-hour to reach Banthanti. From Tikedhunga to Ulleri is challenging, because it does involve several stone staircases(more than 3300 Stone Steps). Our trail will lead us through a dense forest beyond Banthanti. It should take us approximately 6 to 7 hour to reach Ghorepani from Hile.
- Teahouse at Ghorepani
- 6 to 7 Hour
Day 3: Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poon Hill
Today, we will visit Poon Hill for the sunrise experience. We should wake up early in the morning and get ready to hike Poon Hill, which takes about 2 hours. After watching the sunrise from Poon Hill, we will go back to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani. It takes about 4 to 5 hours from Ghorepani.
- Teahouse at Tadapani
- 6 to 7 Hour
Day 4: Tadapani to Chhomrong
The hiking trail from Tadapani to Chuile passes through a forest. After approximately 55 minutes of descending from Chuile, you will arrive at Kimrung Khola. From there, we will cross a suspension bridge and continue trekking towards Gurjung. It does take roughly 50 minutes to reach Gurjung from Kimrong Khola. Around 2 to 3 hours walk from Gurjung, you will reach at Chhomrong Village where you will stay that night.
- Teahouse at Chhomrong
- 6 Hour
- B, L, D
Day 5: Chhomrong to Himalaya
From Chhomrong, the hiking trail descends down to the Chhomrong River through a series of stone staircases. After crossing the river, we climb up to Sinuwa (2340m).
In Sinuwa, we’ll have lunch. After lunch, we will walk through a rhododendron forest. The trail is mostly straight, but there are some ups and downs before reaching Bamboo. From Bamboo, we will hike uphill to Himalaya for about 4 hours.
- Teahouse at Himalaya
- 7 to 8 Hour
- B, L,D
Day 6: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
The hike from Himalaya to Deurali takes about 2 hours. After walking for about 20-25 minutes from Deurali, there is an avalanche area that can be bypassed by taking an alternate route. The valleys widen after Deurali and the trail becomes less steep than before Deurali. After a further 2 to 3 hours of hiking, you will reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), which is located at an altitude of 3,700 meters and has 5 lodges.
After lunch at MBC, you will continue to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). ABC is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters. The hike to ABC takes about 2 hours from MBC. You will spend the night at ABC, which is a cold and very beautiful location. From ABC, you will have stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna I, the tenth highest mountain in the world. The following are the list of the mountains that you can see from ABC.
- Annapurna South(7219m)
- Hiuchuli (6641m)
- Annapurna Fang (7647m)
- Annapurna I (8091m)
- Tent Peak (6065m)
- Tharpu Chuli (5695m)
- Glacier Dome (7091m)
- Gangapurna (7454m)
- Annapurna III (7455)
- Gandharva Chuli (6048m)
- Machhapuchhre (6997m)
- Teahouse at Base Camp
- 5 to 6 Hour
- B, L, D
Day 7: ABC to Bamboo
On this day, we’ll start our day with breakfast at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). After relaxing for a while, we’ll check out of ABC and retrace our steps back to Bamboo. We’ll use the same trail that we used to hike from Bamboo to ABC. It takes approximately 7 to 8 hours to travel from ABC to Bamboo. We will stay overnight in Bamboo.
- Teahouse at Bamboo
- 7 to 8 Hour
- B, L,D
Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu
After a 2-hour hike from Bamboo, we will reach Sinuwa Village. From Sinuwa, we will descend to the Chhomrong River and then ascend to Chhomrong Village. We will then walk for 1 hour to Jhinu, which is a short distance from Chhomrong Village. We will store our backpacks in our room at the hotel in Jhinu and then descend to the bank of the Modi River for a soak in the Hot Springs.
The Hot Spring is located at the bank of Modi River and it will take around 30 minutes to get there from Jhinu. Once we are done relaxing at the Hot Spring, we will retrace our steps back to Jhinu, where we will stay overnight.
- Teahouse at Jhinu
- 5 – 6 Hour
- B, L,D
Day 9: Trek to Siwai and Drive to Pokhara
On the last day of the trek, we’ll hike to Siwai, where we will catch a Jeep or Cab to Pokhara (depends on group size). The hike will take 3 to 4 hours and the Jeep/Cab ride from Siwai to Pokhara will take about 2 to 3 hours.
- 3 to 4 Hour
- B, L
- 3 Hour
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Distance
The total distance of Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be around 88km according to 9 days ABC Trekking Itinerary. But if you follow the traditional itinerary, it will be 110km. Here traditional itinerary denote es trek starting point nt Nayapul and got to the Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill at last, the trip ends in Nayapul via Jhinu.
On this plan, you have to walk around 11 km per day if we calculate the distance in Kilometers. We can say, we have to walk approx 6 hours a day.
The following are each day’s travel distances during ABC Trekking.
- Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara distance is 200km and it takes around 7 to 8 hours for the TOURIST BUS. If you wish to take Kathmandu to Pokhara flight, it takes around 25 to 30 minutes.
- 2nd day(Day 2: Drive to Hile and Trek to Ulleri): In terms of distance the of 2nd day, it will be approx 48km drive from Pokhara to Hile. And Hile to Ghorepani distance is approx 14km(will be 6 to 7 hours walking)
- 3rd day(Day 3:Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poon Hill), the total distance is 9km and will take around 6 to 7 hours.
- Day 4 : (Tadapani to Chhumrongthe ), total distance is 1,0km athe nd time involved for trekking will be 5 to 6 hours.
- Day 5(Chhomrong to Himalaya). On this day, the walking distance will be 10km, and the duration of walking will be 7 to 8 hours.
- Day 6(Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp): The distance frHimalayasaya to the Base Camp of Annapurna is approx 13km and the walking duration will be 5 to 6 hours.
- Day 7(ABC to Bamboo): The distance from Base Camp of Annapurna to Bamboo is 16km and will take 7 to 8 hours walking.
- Day 8(Bamboo to Jhinu): Bamboo to Jhinus is around 12km and will take around 5 to 6 houof rs walking.
- Day 9(Jhinu to Pokhara): On this day, we will walk to Siwai, and the walking distance will be to walk around 8km(3 to 4 hours walking).
How difficult is ABC trek?
It is moderately difficult trekking because the maximum elevation of the journey is 4,130m above sea level. So it’s not high-altitude trekking and the total distance of the trek is approximately 115km. ABC hike is attainabby le 10-15km(5 to 6 hours) each day walking.
How long does the trek take?
5 to 9 days.
The duration of this hike ranges from 5 to 9 days depending on starting and ending points. If you wish to do classical(long), it takes around 9 days from/to Kathmandu. Likewise, if you’re limited with time, you can do a 5 to 7 days short trek from/to Kathmandu. So in summary: For the short trek 5 to 7 days aor the long trek, 9 days includes the most popular Ghorepani poon hill trekking too.
How to get there and away?
Kathmandu is the starting point and Pokhara is the ending point of ABC Hiking. If you want to fly Kathmandu to Pokhara, it takes 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. But, if you don’t want to stay in Pokhara before the ABC trek, We can go directly from Kathmandu to the trekking starting point Nayapul by using a Bus or Microbus. Kathmandu to Nayapaul takes about 9-10 hours by driving. It’s easy to go to the starting point of the ABC trek. If you start your trek from Kathmandu then you need to go directly to Nayapul(Starting Point) of ABC by catching the Bus from New Buspark, Kathmandu.
Is Annapurna base camp dangerous? Is it safe to trek?
Some parts are dangerous but not all. Precaution during the trek to ABC is very important for all trekkers, hikers, as well as locals from January to May. On this route, from Dovan to Fishtail Base Camp, there are avalanche areas. It had taken the lives of many trekkers before. However, if you trek with a guide/porter, it’s not a dangerous trek to ABC. Because they know the risky part and how to cross it safely. So all in all trekking to ABC is safe. For details regarding the route, visit is safe to trek Annapurna Base Camp.
Is Annapurna base camp the same as Everest Base Camp?
Not at all. Because the Everest Base Camp Trekking is a challenging trek that leads you to the foothills of the top of the worlTo to do this trek, your body should be in decent shape. You should have hiking experience as well as training before departing the trek. On another side, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is a moderately difficult journey. It rewards the 10th-highest peak in the world. It is a very short trek than Everest base camp and you don’t need to be trained like the EBC trek.
How do I get from Kathmandu to Annapurna base camp?
There are 2 major options two get a starting point of trekking to ABC. option 1, you can fly to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul. Option 2, you can drive to Nayapul directly from Kathmandu om Pokhadependingnds on the places where you want.) By road, you can use private vehicles, tourist buses, or local buses. From Nayapul, you can reach ABC by walking.
What is the height of the Annapurna base camp?
The maximum point of the trek is 4,130m/ 13,550 feet from sea level. It’s the best place to see Annapurna I, Fishtail, and Annapurna South. Upon 1 overnight stay at this level, we’ll go back to Pokhara.
When is the best time to trek to Annapurna base camp?
There are 2 main seasons(best time) for trekking in Nepal. The first is from late September to Mid December when the weather is dry, warm, and crystal view. Likewise, the second is March to May(Known as Spring) when it can be better than Autumn but flowers are in bloom.
This season is the busiest as everyone wants to visit the base camp in the best seasons. However, if you like fewer tourists trekking, you should visit some weeks later or before the main seasons.
What are the Permits that are needed for Annapurna Base Camp?
Likewise, for others trekking in Annapurna Regioto to trek ABC, TIMS Card, and Annapurna Conservation Areas Permits are required. You will get these permits either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. By obtaining these two permits you can enter Annapurna Trekking.
What are the mountain sights that can see on this trek?
Annapurna I, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, Annapurna Fang, Tent Peak, Tharpu Chuli, Gandharba Ch,uli and many more. If you go through Poon Hill Trekking, you will see also Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche.
What should I bring to the Annapurna base camp hike?
You have to prepare trekking equipment and clothing that is sufficient for an altitude of 4130m. Regarding what to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trip, you can read here the trekking equipment checklist.
The group departure dates listed below are specially quoted and specified for GROUP JOIN TREKKING. Please let us know if our departure dates are not suitable for you. BASE CAMP HIKE can arrange private trips departing on any date that suits your holiday.
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