Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2020/21 Update For Adventure Trekkers

  • Updated on Apr 21, 2021
  • Govinda Gurung
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The Annapurna base camp trek is the most popular adventure destination after the Everest base camp trek where each year thousands of trekkers come to explore the beauty of Himalayan ranges and nature. This ABC hiking itinerary leads you to the huge valley of Annapurna and provides excellent mountain views, diverse culture, and the real lifestyle of Nepalese. It's the best option to get an incredible Himalayan lifetime experience. Annapurna base camp trek also is known as the "Annapurna Sanctuary". You walk along the wonderful route of the Annapurna region, then reach the base camp of the world's 10th highest peak of majesty mountain, Mount Annapurna (8,091m). This 14 days Moderate trek touch the amazing attraction viewpoint Poon Hill (3,210m), it is famous for amazing sunrise and magical panorama views of Annapurna, Dhularagire, and Manaslu ranges.

If you are planning to discover the surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya and beautiful settlements of Gurung with Magar communities this Annapurna base camp is the best way to enjoy your holidays. The sanctuary takes you to a remote valley of traditional villages, meadow, rice terraces, glacier zone, icefalls valleys, and gorge regions. This fantastic trek provides peaceful landscapes and a wide variety of flora and fauna, then the trail goes through the quaint Gurung villages, massive mountain vistas, and along the unique beauty of Mount Machapuchhre (Fishtail). ABC via Poon Hill Trekking brings you within breath-taking distance of the 8,000m - 7,000m high ranges after a trek of few days from Pokhara, which make your trip most awesome and memorable. The Ghorepani poon hill and Annapurna via Machapuchhre base camps are major places of this 14-day trek, where you get to see the raw beauty and up-close mountain views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and many other mountains.

This Annapurna base camp trek itinerary begins from UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and you will take the scenic comfortable tourist to Pokhara and Nayapul. Nayapul is our starting and ending point of this trekking. Then the trail goes through the Magar and Gurung beautiful villages of Birethanti-Hile-Tikhe Dhunga-Ulleri with enjoying the green hillside, rivers, natural landscapes, waterfalls, colorful forests, picturesque mountains, mix ethnic culture, and traditional. From Ulleri village, you walk on dense forests of rhododendron and oaks, then you reach lovely Ghorepani village. The next day, early morning you hike to the iconic vantage point of Poon Hill to see glorious sunrise and fantastic panoramic mountain views. 

Our 14 days Annapurna base camp trek leaves the Ghorepani Poon Hill and heads towards diverse cultural settlements, then goes through the lush forests of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo, where you explore the rare wide ranges of flora and fauna. During the trek, you will visit the ancient mountain cultures valley, Buddhism, and Hinduism religious heritage, monasteries, and Gompas. After passing the Dovan and Deurali, you will walk the gorge valley of Hiunchuli and Gangapurna, then reach Annapurna base camp via Machhapuchchhre base camp. Its offers surrounding the nearest 360-degree mountain peaks, glacier valley, and amazing icefall zone. This trek is perfect for solo female travelers or all age groups to get an exciting Himalayan real-life experience. 

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Sightseeing the beautiful tourism hub Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Magnification Himalayan views of Annapurna and Manaslu range.
  • Enjoy the Natural Hot spring at Jhinu danda.
  • Trek through picturesque villages Gurung and Magar with exciting culture.
  • Get to see gorgeous sunrise and panorama views from Poon Hill (3,210m).
  • The trail passes through several dense forests offering you good insights into Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • From Annapurna base camp 360-degree views with Annapurna glacier and icefall.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 days Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel 1,350m

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.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation 1,350m

You wake up and have a delicious breakfast. You will then go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these places will show you Nepali art, architecture, and history. In the afternoon, you meet with the trek guide, and he will brief you about the trail. You then arrange all the gears and necessary documents for trekking with your guide.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus 850m - 7 hrs

Our Trekking guide will come to pick you up at 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 the northside, Dhaulagiri at the west, and Manaslu in the east. Overnight we stay at the Lakeside Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga 2,850m - 5 hrs

The trek will start from Nayapul when you take a short drive from Pokhara. During the trek, you will through a beautiful Birethanti and Ramgai village, Burundi River with a scenic view, passing paddy fields, arriving at Tikhedhunga. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy. Overnight you stay at Tikhedhunga lodges.

Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 2,850m - 5/6 hrs

The trail crosses a suspension bridge over the Tikhedunga River and you climb uphill stone steep to Beautiful Magar village Ulleri with enjoying typical villages, wide landscape, and glimpses Annapurna peak. Leaving Ulleri, you walk through the lush green forest valley of flora and fauna, then reach Ghorepani, where you stay overnight at Ghorepani trekking lodge

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill 3,210m and trek to Tadapani 2,610m - 6 hrs

This day is most famous and excited about this trek. Wake early morning and hike to amazing Poon Hill for getting to see an awesome sunrise over the mountain and panorama view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. From poon hill the landscapes are wonderful, then you descent to Ghorepani lodge to have breakfast and bag pack. Leaving Ghorepani, the trail leads to the lush colorful forest and small teahouses. A short ascent from Deurali you cross a River to reach Tadapani, here you can also enjoy the surrounded landscapes and local lifestyle. Overnight stay at Tadapani trekking lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong 2,170m - 5 hrs

After having a delicious breakfast at Tadapani, the trail goes through the rhododendron forests and terraced fields then reach the Kimrong Khola, which provides beautiful scenery of upper Modi Valley and hills. And you will cross the suspension bridge then the trail ascends to traditional Gurung village, there you can see the mountain school. Then the journey leads forests with a huge landslide ridge and finally you reach the Chommrong (2,140m), where you get to see Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, and Fishtail.

Day 08: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan 2,700m - 5/6 hrs

After having breakfast, you will walk through the beautiful lush forest and Chhomrong Khola, then ascend to Sinuwa. Similarly, the trail goes to bamboo with rhododendron forest and reach Dovan, where we'll spend our night.

Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Deurali 3,200m - 4/5 hrs

After having breakfast, you join the Bamboo forest trail. On the way, you can enjoy seeing Mount Machhapuchhre and stunning landscapes. After leaving the colorful rhododendron forests and Himalayan Hotel, then you ascent Deurali, where you spend overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Deurali  to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130m - 4 hrs

Leaving Deurali behind, the trail leads through to the narrow Modi Khola glacier. You will begin walking along a steep riverbed path and reach Bagar. From here, the trail gradually ascends to Machhapuchhre Base Camp along with offering stunning views of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc. Leaving MBC behind, the trail moves along Annapurna Sanctuary and leads you to the base of Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna Base Camp. Here, you get to relish panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayas.

Day 11: Trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2,310m - 5/6 hrs

We enjoy the amazing sunrise view, with the highest Macchhapuchare and Annapurna range, then a short hike to the mountain glacier. After having breakfast at Annapurna base camp, the trek will be down to Bamboo. We return the same trail of Annapurna sanctuary and follow along the Modi River valley. Finally, we reach Bamboo where we spend a beautiful night.

Day 12: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda/ hot spring 1,780m - 5 hrs

After having breakfast at Bamboo lodge, the trail goes through lush forests of bamboo and rhododendron to Sinuwa Danda, then you descents to a small river and ascent stone steps until reaching Chhomrong Village. From Chhomrong, the trail drops down to Jhinu Danda, where you have a great opportunity to bathe at natural hot springs and make fresh your tired body. Overnight you stay at Jhinu Dada trekking lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Napayul and drive to Pokhara 850m - 5/6 hrs

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.

Day 14: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu 1,350m - 7 hrs

Today, you will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It will be a long scenic drive. After reaching Kathmandu, you head to the hotel. You will have the remaining day to you. You can visit monuments and do shopping. In the evening, you meet other team members over the farewell dinner.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 14 days FAQs

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty?

This trek is easy than the 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.

Is it necessary to need travel Insurance for this trek?

The travel insurance will cover emergency evacuation as Helicopter rescue and the hospital charge. If you fell into an accident and Acute mountain sickness then, at this condition, your travel insurance will immediately provide the helicopter. 

Electricity does available on the Annapurna base camp trek?

Yes, electricity is available in the lower region of Annapurna trek, where you can get to charge your camera and mobile batteries, etc. But high elevation there has a solar system power so it's not enough for the charge. So we suggest you take some extra batteries for this Annapurna base camp trek.

Is possible to take my children to the Annapurna base camp trek?

  • Of course, all of the age can do it but before goes trekking, you have to give training for your child.
  • Is possible to get a hot shower during the trekking?
  • Yes, the hot shower is possible to get many lodges and teahouse but above the 4,000m is not available and not good for your health.

Can I found Wi-Fi through the trek?

Of course, Wi-Fi is available in many lodges and teahouse, but you have to pay extra.

Is it safe for a solo female traveler?

Of course, the solo female traveler is fully safe, Himalayan frozen Adventure is responsible for teams, who leading many solo trekkers through the Himalayan and made successfully.

How can I respect the culture?

During the trekking, we can get amazing Gurung and Magar culture, there we can see some notice, we have to follow that notice rule and regulation.

Is possible to get ATM through trek?

No, is not possible to get ATM and bank through the trek, so you have to takes Nepali money from Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Do I have to take sleeping bags on the trek?

Yes, is necessary to take sleeping bags on the trek because the lodges don't have enough blanket.

How high the Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna base camp elevation is (4,130m) above the sea level. 

Is Annapurna base camp trek permits necessary?

Yes, Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP) permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permit is necessary for this trek.

How many hours I have to walk each day?

For this Annapurna base camp trek per day maximum of 6 hours and a minimum of 4 hours, you have to walk.

Is possible to make an extra day on the trek?

Yes, if you have time then the trekking is always flexible, you can easily add.

Without any trek can I do it? 

Yap, many trekkers succeed without any trek but you have to use 1 - 2 acclimatization days through the trekking. Himalayan Frozen Adventure recommends you before going to the Annapurna base camp trek, you have to need training. If any information needs about this Annapurna base camp trek please kindly contact us.

Booking trip can I do cancel?

  • Yes, you have the option to cancel this trip but there are some certain conditions:
  • If you cancel your trip before 60 days the full amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel your trip before 30 days the 30% amount will be refunded.
  • If you cancel your trip before 1 week the 5% amount will be refunded.

How to manage to drink water through trekking?

The Annapurna region can get normal free tap water, for this water you have to use purification medicine. Bottled water or boiled water also available to buy at lodges and teahouse. Per day you have to drink about 4-6 liters of water for your health.

Is possible to pick up me from the airport?

Yes, when you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, our airport representative will wait for you at the airport, we will display a Himalayan Frozen Adventure with your group name signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our car.

Can I exchange my money in Nepal?

Of course, You can exchangers your money at the Airport, ATM, and money exchange at a better rate. And you can get enough Nepalese cash for your trek.

What do I have to carry on the trekking?

You have to carry the perfect size trekking bag where you can put your personal belongings item, snacks, sunscreen, water, camera, gloves, hat, and jacket. Our porter will carry your 20 kg bigger packs.

Is possible to store my extra things in Kathmandu Hotel?

Yes, it's possible to store your extra things in Kathmandu Hotel, We have a safe place to store your luggage.

Can I get an experienced guide?

Of course, we'll provide an experienced guide, who has the deepest information about Himalayan Nepal, and a government license holder English speaking guide. Our guide and porter are fully helpful and friendly and make your trip fantastic.

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 costs 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.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Accommodation

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

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Meals

The Kathmandu and Pokhara have included only breakfast. During the Annapurna Base Camp 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. Throughout 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. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Best season

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 on an adventurous journey in the Himalayas 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 the 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 the 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.

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

Himalayan Frozen Adventure Pvt. Ltd porter is available for (2 trekkers a porter) who will carry up to 20 kg at maximum; therefore, keep this in mind before you pack your bags!!!

 

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