A Completed Guide For Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Updated on Jun 27, 2020
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One of the most iconic and famous trekking destinations, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known by (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek), this leads to stunning natural beauty path of Annapurna region. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) or (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek) provides to explore emote traditional villages, traditional culture of Gurung & Magar, diverse landscapes, snow-capped peaks, the forest of lush rhododendron, terraced lands, flora & fauna. Annapurna Base Camp Trek route offers wonderful Himalayan scenic like; Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Tent Peak (5,663 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc. Hiring a complete guide to Annapurna Base Camp is a great option for you.

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Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Short and scenic drive to Nayapul.
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara valley sightseeing tour.
  • Trek being through dense rhododendron forest and pine forests.
  • Gurung traditional culture at Ghandruk & Chhomrong and Gurung museum at Ghandruk.
  • Amazing sunrise, and panoramic view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchre, and Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill (3,210m).
  • From Annapurna base camp you will get to see 360° panorama view of Annapurna range.
  • Nearest view of Annapurna I 8,091m and Machhapuchre 6,993m.
  • Explore the amazing Annapurna glacier and icefall.
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinu Dada.

Where is the Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp is located at the largest conservation area of the Annapurna region. Annapurna Base Camp elevation is 4,130m above the sea level, it has cover 115km of this trekking route. This natural attraction trek is very little chance of getting altitude sickness because the highest point of this trek is the base camp 4,130m, so it also possible you can enjoy this trip with your family.

When is the Best time to go to Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The climatic condition of Nepal differs from place to place depending upon geographical regions. One can have warm and hot wear in the terai whereas can observe the chilling arctic-like weather in the Himalayas. Nepal’s weather is influenced by a maritime and continental factor and has four different seasons, Autumn (September to November), followed by Winter (December to February), Spring (March to May), and finally, there is Summer/Monsoon (June to August).

The best time to go to Annapurna Base Camp Trek is in Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). These are the best times to go on any treks and climbing trips because of stable weather and a moderate climate. There is only one place in Nepal, where you can go trekking in even monsoon (July to mid-September) and that is Upper Dolpo. This region lies in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and therefore does not receive rainfall in the monsoon.

Autumn (September To November)

Autumn (September-November) is one of the perfect seasons to trekking with hiking in Himalayan Nepal, so thousands of trekkers choose these months. In fact, September, October, and November months are will be full of excellent atmosphere as well as beauty, enjoys your journey with joy and beauty. The Autumn season provides reference weather with clear magnificent mountains. The temperature is good than another season. September-November is a great time to express your adventure in Himalayan Nepal. It will also be free from natural disasters such as floods and landslides these months. It's the most famous season to goes high altitude area of Himalayan. 

Winter (November To March)

Winter (November-March) is also possible to trek in Himalayan Nepal, the weather condition is stable and the days are clear. December, January and February are the cold months in Nepal. Days temperatures are cool but the nights are much cold. During the winter trek is risk winds and colder temperatures. Above 3,000m altitude being usually snowfall and freezing. If you are looking for wonderful scenery, let choose the lower elevation trek in Nepal.

Spring (March To May)

Spring (March-May) is the second famous trekking season in Himalayan Nepal. March, April, and May is also a great option to mountain climbing and high altitude trek. At spring morning weather condition will be clear, but the afternoon sky covered by the cloud, and sometimes can be rain. You can get to see beautiful flowers like jasmine, pine, and rhododendron with wild flora. During the Spring, lower altitude trek is mildly warm and above 3,000m quite a moderate temperature. This season also best to express your adventure in Nepal.

Summer (June To August)

In the summer season, the trekkers are less crowded in the Himalayan region will be less. June, July and August are the main raining season in Nepal which involves monsoon. Bad weather can hamper travel, maybe some problems during the journey due to heavy rain. Some travelers prefer to travel at this time as this is also not an emergency period. The weather is hot and almost everyday rains. This season is better for the tour to Tibet and in Himalayan Nepal like Mustang, Dolpo region, and Nar-Phu valley because these regions are in the rain-shadow.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Notices

Himalayan Frozen Adventure will fully support your whole trip. Sometimes come these kinds of the problem; Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, and unexpected natural disasters. These conditions we make extra or rest day, which is not available in this itinerary but if you have time then it is possible to make more extra day at trekking. You have to pay a package for extra days

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu [1,300m]

As you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will get greeted by the representative of Himalayan Frozen Adventure. He/she will take you to the hotel that we have already booked for you in the advance. You get informed about the evening plan with some spare time to relax.

To welcome you, the company has organized a traditional welcome dinner along with cultural dance. You will meet with other team members over dinner and end the day with lots of laughter.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1,300m
Place: Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu to Drive Pokhara [830m, 7-8 hrs]

Our Trekking guide will come to pick you up the hotel at 6:30 in the morning. We start our journey by tourist bus at 7:30 from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Phewa Lake is a natural beauty gift for Pokhara, where we can see amazing Machapuchare and Annapurna at northside, Dhaulagiri at the west, and Manaslu in the east. Overnight we stay at the Lakeside Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 830m
Place: Pokhara

Day 03: Pokhara to drive Nayapul & trek to Ulleri [2050m,6 hours trek]

After having breakfast, you take a short scenic drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul, you begin trekking towards Ulleri. The trail goes through lush forests, crossing Bhurungdi Khola on a bridge. Passing by Tikhedhunga, you continue ascending towards Ulleri village.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 2050m
Place: Ulleri

Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani [2750m, 4-5 hours]

Leaving Ulleri behind, you ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and small villages to reach Ghorepani village. Ghorepani is a beautiful village surrounded by hills and lovely forests. You get to see stunning views of Annapurna South, Mt. Nilgiri, and many other snow-capped peaks from this village.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 2750m
Place: Ghorepani

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani with a visit to Poon Hill [2700m, 6-7 hours]

You wake up early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill from where you get to witness gorgeous sunrise along with the western Himalayan mountains. After spending some time at the viewpoint, you drop down to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Further, the trail descends through lush forests and small villages to Tadapani. 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 2700m
Place: Tadapani

Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong [2170m, 6 hours]

You will descend steeply through another beautiful rhododendron forest. Passing by a Gurung village, Gurjung you will reach Chhomrong for a night stay. The trail offers stunning landscape views.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 2170m
Place: Chhomrong

Day 07: Chhomrong to Bamboo [2310m, 4-5 hours]

From Chhomrong, you walk on stone steps and reach Chhomrong Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge, you ascend to Sinuwa. Further, the trail passes through a lush forest to Kuldihar and descends to Bamboo.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 2310m
Place: Bamboo

Day 08: Bamboo to Deurali [3230m, 3-4 hours]

From Bamboo, you trek through the dense and damp forest. The trail ascends steeply to Himalaya and passes by a lush forest. You reach Hinku Cave and descend enjoying beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri to reach Deurali.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 3230m
Place: Deurali

Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp [4,130m/13,545ft] via MBC [3700m, 5-6 hours]

After having breakfast, ascend gradually towards Annapurna Base Camp. The trail will get steep at some point. Passing by Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you reach ABC. You get to see panoramic views of several Himalayan mountains throughout the day. Mountains like Annapurna range, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Gangapurna, etc are visible.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 4,130m
Place: Annapurna Base Camp

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo [2350m, 6 hrs]

You enjoy the amazing sunrise view, with the highest Macchhapuchare and Annapurna range, then a short hike to mountain glacier. After having breakfast at Annapurna base camp, it's time to trek back. Leaving Annapurna Base Camp, you will retrace the path to Bamboo. The trail will include a mostly downhill walk offering stunning landscape views. You reach Bamboo for night stay trekking through small settlement areas and dense forests. 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 2350m
Place: Bamboo

Day 11: Bamboo to Jhino Danda [1780m, 4 hrs] Natural hot spring

After delicious breakfast at Bamboo, the trail ascends to Kuldighar. From here, you descend and walk along Chhomrong Khola. Further, climbing stone steps, you reach Chhomrong and drop down to Jhinu Danda for night stay. At Jhinu Danda, you will find a natural hot spring, where you can spend time soothing your body and mind.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Altitude: 1780m
Place: Jhino Danda

Day 12: Jhino Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara [830m, 6 hours trek] & [1-hour drive]

After having a warm breakfast, you descend to Nayapul. The trail will be the same as before and passes through Birethanti. From Nayapul, you hop on the bus/van and drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to explore the bustling Lakeside Market and do boating on tranquil Fewa Lake.

 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Altitude: 830m
Place: Pokhara

Day 13: Pokhara to drive Kathmandu [1300m, 7-8 hours]

After a quick breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu today. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will move to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to shop and relax. In the evening, you join the farewell dinner organized by the company for you. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Altitude: 1300m
Place: Kathmandu 

Day 14: Final departure

Today, you will fly back to your home. You will check-out of the hotel, and our representative will move you to the airport.

TIMS and Permits for Annapurna Base Camp Trek!!

Annapurna Base Camp Trek or most of Nepal trekking destinations fall under conserved areas, therefore, for this Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need to Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Annapurna base camp trek Permit Fees

  • Annapurna base camp trek ACAP fee for foreigners: NRS 3,000 or USD 30
  • Annapurna base camp trek ACAP fee for SAARC nationals: NRS 200
  • Annapurna base camp trek TIMS fee: NRS 1,000 or USD 10

Who can I get TIMS and permits for Annapurna base camp trek!!

  • If you want to plane trek on your, you have to get from Nepal Tourism Board Office, which is located at Pradarshani Marg.
  • If you want to book the trip with our agency then don't worry about TIMS and permits we'll arrange all the necessary permits for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Accommodation of Annapurna Base Camp Trek!!

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek accommodations are Lodge and Teahouse. Around Kathmandu and Pokhara, we can find a good facility with comfortable accommodation at the Hotel. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek all accommodations are on the twin-shared basis. During the trek, Himalayan frozen Adventure will manage room with attached washrooms. In the teahouse, we have to share the toilet. Single room is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the lower elevation trekking region but might be impossible to higher elevations.

Meals of Annapurna Base Camp Trek!!

At the Kathmandu and Pokhara have included only breakfast. During the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, all meals will be provided. In the Annapurna region, we can enjoy Nepalese food with international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Indian, Tibetan, Italian, etc. Through the trek, we have breakfast/lunch at the teahouse and Dinner will be at the lodge. You can choices different kinds of breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the menu. 

How to train the body for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

  • Before go to trekking make your short hike to the hill.
  • Make your health fitness.
  • Exercising is necessary.
  • Gym, cycling, running, swimming, and sport activity is a good exercise for this trip.
  • If you smoke and drank, we suggest limited it.

The necessary document you should carry on Everest Base Camp Trek!!

  • Insurance papers which are depending on the agency
  • Some booking and payment details.
  • passports sized photos
  • TIMS and Permits
  • Passport
  • Visa

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty?

This trek is easy than Everest base camp trek, Annapurna Base Camp Difficulty is classified as moderate, who has good healthy fitness, perfect training, and already has done trek above 3000m, those trekkers can do easily this trek. The trek high elevation is base camp (4,130m). All of the age people can enjoy this trip.

Why book with Our agency?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Booking with us is the best options for trekkers, we'll care everything for need throughout the trekking. If you book with us you don't need to worry about foods, accommodations, TIMS & Permits, and carrying bags. We provide professional trekking guide and porter through the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Guide and Porter make comfort & safety by giving details information about the trip. If you book with us we can say confidently, you will be out of danger like altitude sickness.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory to have to join an adventurous trip in the Himalayas. It is for your safety. The travel insurance must cover things like illness, medical emergencies, accidents, death, trip cancellation, and loss of personal baggage & items. All costs for Emergency Evacuation must be paid in cash in Nepal unless an insurance company has agreed to pay all the cost on your behalf. Make sure that your travel insurance covers activities in the Himalayas if you are participating in them.

*Note: Foreigners are not allowed to purchase an insurance policy in Nepal. So make sure to purchase good travel insurance in your country, and it is your responsibility to check whether your insurance policy is adequate or not.

Passport & Visa

A passport with at least six months of validity from the return date is mandatorily needed. You can get the Nepalese visa from the Nepalese Embassies or Consulate in your country. You can also get the Nepalese visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Do know that there are few countries that have to apply for the Nepalese visa from their own country. Obtaining your visa is entirely your responsibility.

While booking, make sure to put full and correct passport information so that we can get all the necessary permits, tickets, and pay fees on your behalf. If you do not provide the correct information when you make your booking, we will not be able to make the necessary bookings on your behalf and cannot be held responsible.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

AMS or altitude sickness is one of the main risks while traversing in the high altitude. The main region behind getting AMS is when the body doesn't adjust to the lower level, and the result can be deadly. So it is very important to take proper measures on time. Gaining altitude with constant pace and proper acclimatization days will help reduce the chances of getting AMS.

Similarly, you also have to keep yourself hydrated during the trek, therefore, drink enough water and avoid alcoholic drinks as it dehydrates the body. If you are planning to trek in one of the adventurous trails of Nepal then do keep above things in your mind.

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Do not gain more than 500 meters in a day
  • Try to spend the night in lower altitude
  • Acclimatize properly at a lower altitude
  • Inform your guide immediately if any of the symptoms you see
  • Do not push yourself

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Trekking Equipment

Trekking equipment is the essential material used during the trip to the Himalayas, which is used on a daily basis. Without trekking equipment, your trip may be unsuccessful so we request you please follow the list. If you have not time to buy in your country, so don't worry we can help to buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu. Himalayan Frozen Adventure Pvt.Ltd will make your precious time reference and entertainment.

Trekking Equipment Lists

HEAD

  • Headlight
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat and scarf

FACE

  • Face wipes and towels
  • Sunscreen +40
  • Sunglass

Hands

  • Waterproof & Snowproof Gloves
  • Lightweight gloves

Body clothing

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jackets
  • Sport hiking t-shirts, preferably quick-drying
  • Fleece jacket and sweaters
  • Poncho and rain jacket
  • Socks preferably cotton –mix
  • Lightweight cotton trekking pants with folding option

Lists of Footwear

  • Water/Snowproof Trekking Boots
  • Socks preferably cotton sports socks but take some extra pairs
  • Crampon (optional)

Essential gear

  • Day Backpack above the 30 L
  • Pack covers
  • Thermos Bottel- hard bottle that can be used for boiled drinking water

Water peals

  • Umbrella / Poncho
  • Walking pole if you need it
  • Thick Sleeping bag
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry soap
  • Antibacterial Gel
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo

Personal accessories

  • Cell phone
  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Money wallet with Money
  • Padlocks
  • Plastic bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Extra p photos and passport photocopies

First-aid Kit

  • Diamox (acetazolamide)
  • Lozenges
  • Elastic bandages
  • Moleskin
  • Cotton bandages and band-aids
  • Lancing needle
  • Antibiotic eye-drops
  • Thermometer
  • Sling
  • Paracetamol
  • Antiseptic antibacterial cream or solution
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-emetic for nausea (not at high altitude)
  • Loperamide to control diarrhea
  • Norfloxacin or Cipro to cure diarrhea, other infections
  • Oral rehydration salts

 

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