Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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Discover the Enchanting Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the shortest base camp trek in Nepal, stands out as a truly tantalizing pilgrimage to the edge of the Annapurna Glacier, at the foot of the Annapurna Massif. Also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, it is a journey of discovery as every turn unveils the captivating beauty and allure of the Annapurna Region, a trek that promises not just a physical adventure but an immersion into a land of enchantment.

In a land adorned with the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, the 67-kilometer-long and nine-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek stands out as the best short base camp trek in Nepal. Filled to the brim with rich mountain vistas and culturally rich Gurung villages, this is the most scenic hike in Nepal that should be on your to-do list.

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Annapurna Himal and Hiunchuli, as seen from Tolka Village

The Annapurna Sanctuary: Gateway to Serenity

The Annapurna Sanctuary, often referred to as the “abode of the gods,” is a pristine amphitheater surrounded in a circular motion by the towering peaks of the Annapurna Massif and it’s range. Stretching all the way to the edge of the Annapurna Glacier, a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary is a gateway to a kingdom of serenity, where nature’s grandeur unfolds at every turn, revealing a landscape that seems touched by magic.

Kind of Trail

The trail on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is like a roller coaster. It’s either you go down or you go up, making it equally difficult at times. But the trail to Annapurna Sanctuary is perhaps the most accessible route for anyone looking to do this trek in Nepal, while at the same time showing you the best of the central Nepal Himalayas.

With a wide trail and markers along the track, the trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary is easy to navigate, and other than a few sections over rough terrain as you trek to higher altitudes, the conditions for trekking to the Annapurna Sanctuary are rather smooth. But trekking up to 4130 m does have its challenges. The continuous descent and ascent mean that coming down can be just as tiring as going up on those flat stone steps.

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View of Machapuchare from Annapurna Base Camp

Getting there and away

Pokhara is the starting point, and Kande, an hour’s drive from Pokhara, is the trek head for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Similarly, Ghandruk is the ending point, while some trek to Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara. From Ghandruk, it is a 3-hour drive back to Pokhara.

Who can do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Sitting at an altitude of 4134 m, trekking to the Annapurna Sanctuary is by no means an easy trek. But if you are reasonably fit and accustomed to long walks in the mountains, then the Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be completed within a week.

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Annapurna Base Camp

Good for?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is known for its incredible mountain views, and there is no better way to experience the beauty and splendour of Nepal than a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The circular view of the ring of Annapurna mountains during sunrise and sunset will leave even jaded travelers in awe, and this is amazing.

Timing the Enchantment:

Choosing the right time for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek enhances the enchantment of the journey. Spring, with blooming rhododendrons, and autumn, with clear skies and crisp mountain air, are considered the optimal seasons. These periods provide trekkers with the best conditions to fully appreciate the mystical beauty that surrounds the sanctuary.

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Looking down at Machapucharae Base Camp on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

What to Pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

For day hiking: Breathable light T-shirts, light trekking pants, comfortable ankle-high trekking boots, cotton or wool socks, a light outer shell water-proof or wind-proof jacket, and a light fleece jacket; sunglasses as the sun is strong in the mountains.

Evening Use: a down jacket for evening use or a couple of thick fleece jackets with thermal inners for night use. Wollen Caps and gloves, Head Lamp

First Aid : Band aid for blisters; Diamox for altitude Sickness and medicines like Tylenol for headaches, Paracetamol tablets for fever, Loperamide for loose motions, and water purifying tablets.

Sleeping Bag: The lodges on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek do not have room heaters; therefore, carry with you down sleeping bags that can stand a minus 20-degree temperature.

Toiletries: Wet wipes, two roll of Toilet Papers, Sunscreen Lotions (50SPF), Vaseline or Lip Balm, Toothpaste, and a toothbrush.

Back Pack (60L): A large backpack to pack in all your clothes that you will need for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Travel Insurance 

Standard travel insurance packages do not include high-altitude trekking. Therefore, be sure to get suitable insurance that will cover evacuation by helicopter in case of emergency due to altitude sickness or injury, as the risk of trekking at higher altitudes is significant.

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Sunrise view of the Annapurna Range from Annapurna Base Camp

TRIP FACTS

  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult
  • Duration: 08 Nights/09 Days
  • Maximum Sleeping Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp, 4130 m/13,550 feet
  • Maximum Hiking Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp
  • Best Season: Mar-June and Oct-Dec.
  • Trek availability: Join a group on the dates shown below.
  • Customized private trips can also be arranged for a minimum of two people on request on a date of your choice.

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY & COST

Day 01: Drive Pokhara to Kande (1130 m/45 minutes). Annapurna Base Camp Trek Starts. Trek to Pothana (1900 m/5 km/3 hours). Overnight Lodge at Pothana.

  • Kande (1700m) to Australian Camp (2060m) to Pothana (1900m).
  • Total Gain in Altitude: 200m

With a gain of 200m on the first day, the hike from Kande (1700m) to Pothana is moderate and short. The 5 km trek to Pothana starts with a gentle uphill from Kande, then the trail starts climbing on stone steps through a small hamlet, then through a beautiful forest till we reach Australian Camp. From here, it is an easy thirty-minute trek till Pothana

Day 02: Trek Pothana to Landruk (1565 m/7 km/4 hours). Overnight Lodge in Landruk

  • Pothana to Pitham Deurali (2080m)
  • Deurali to Tolka (1700m)
  • Tolka to Landruk (1565m)

With no gain in altitude, the trek from Pothana to Landruk is probably the easiest trail to trek in the entire Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail is easy on your legs, with a wide jeep trail to trek on till Landruk.

Day 03: Trek Landruk to Chomrong (2170 m/11 km/6 hours). Overnight Lodge in Chomrong.

  • Landruk to New Bridge (1300m)
  • New Bridge to Jhinu Dara (1780m)
  • Jhinu Dara to Choomrong (2170m)
  • Gain in Altitude : 605m

Day 3 of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with the trail descending down to the river bed for 1 km, and then the trail follows the river and starts climbing very gently through small villages until we reach New Bridge. This is a pretty long bridge that connects the two valleys. Immediately after the bridge, the trail starts climbing on steep stone steps to Jhinu and carries on till the view point above Jhinu. From here, the trail to Annapurna Base Camp dips down for a short trek to Choomroong. Chomroong is a fairly big village on a hillock with a few lodges and a bakery.

Day 04: Trek Chomrong to Dovan (2600 m/12Km/6Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Dovan.

  • Choomrong to Sinuwa (2360 m)
  • Sinuwa to Bamboo (2300 m/4 km/2 h)
  • Bamboo to Dovan (2600 m/4 km/2 hours)

Day 05: Trek Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m/14 km/7 hours). Overnight Lodge MBC.

  • Dovan to Himalaya (2920 m/4 km/2 hours)
  • Himalaya to Deorali (3200 m/4 km/2 hours)
  • Deorali to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m/4 km/2 hours)

Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m/4 km/2 hours). Day of exploration to Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight Lodge at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 07: Trek Annapurna Sanctuary to Bamboo (2600 m/15 km/7 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 08: Trek Bamboo to Kimrung Khola (2260 m/15 km/7 hours). Lunch at Durpin Dada. Overnight Lodge.

  • Bamboo to Choomrong (2170 m/9 km/5 h)
  • Chomroong to Kimrung Khola (4 km/3 hours)

Day 09: Trek Kimrung Khola to Ghandruk (1990 m/5 km/3 h). Drive Back to Pokhara ( 3Hrs Drive). End of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

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  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost: US$580/person
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost for Indian Nationals: Kindly write to us for quotes in Indian Rupee

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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Twin-share hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Basic accommodation at local lodges is on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking local trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage while on trek (1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Insurance for trekking staff, guides, porters, etc.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) registration fees.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included for the duration of the trek
  • Lunches and Dinners during Hotel Stays in Pokhara
  • Departure Tax, where applicable (domestic or international flights).
  • Domestic Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare (if requested by clients).
  • Transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
  • Travel/Trekking/Medical insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopter.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Any services in Kathmandu or Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

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NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visa are readily available on arrival at the International Airport
  • in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
  • Two passport photos will be required.
  • Single-entry visa: US$30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal visas are also available at all Nepalese embassies and consulates.
  • Indian nationals do not need a Nepali visa to travel inside Nepal.

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Note: The above-given itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors, such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of participants etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well-being.

(All relevant terms and conditions apply.).

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek Costs: US$580/person
  • Indian Nationals Kindly write to us for quotes in Indian Rupees

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COST  INCLUDES:

  • Transport by tourist bus (Kathmandu to Pokhara).
  • Twin-share hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Basic accommodation at local lodges is on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking local trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage while on trek (1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Insurance for trekking staff, guides, porters, etc.,
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) registration fees.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • All meals during the entire period of the trek.
  • Departure Tax, where applicable (domestic or international flights).
  • Domestic Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare (if requested by clients).
  • Transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
  • Travel/Trekking/Medical insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopter.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Mineral water, boiled drinking water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, tips and any personal expenses.
  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Any services in Kathmandu or Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviations in program, delays due to landslides or road blockages, or otherwise.

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