- Visit the world-famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek along with the Machhapuchre Base camp.
- Annapurna range, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and other high peaks can be seen in a spectacular. The way from the numerous viewpoints on the trek.
- Trekking past bamboo forests, beautiful rhododendron forests, and stunning waterfalls.
- Experience the variety of wildlife at different altitudes.
- Find out how Gurung and Magar people live in the hills of the Himalayas.
- Explore traditional houses and architecture.
- Relax at the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview
Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you at an elevation of 4,130 meters, which makes it one of the best places to see the tall peaks of the Annapurna mountain range up close. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a trip that introduces us to an exceptional ecosystem that’s well-balanced. This hike will take you deep into the Annapurna region and conservation area. Hikers of all skill levels can make the trip to Annapurna Base Camp Trek because there are so many beautiful ways to get there, each with its own beauty and level of difficulty.
The walk not only has beautiful views of the western Himalayas, but it also goes through some beautiful villages that show how friendly and culturally rich the local Gurung people are. This trip is the most popular journey in the Himalayas in Nepal. It is also called the ABC trek abbreviated after its name.
During the hike, you will see many different kinds of landscapes, learn about the native culture of the highlands, and experience many different kinds of climates. You will also get to see stunning views of the Annapurna range, Macchapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek because it all takes place in the Annapurna Conservation Area. Because the terrain of the Annapurna sanctuary is so distinct, it has a thriving Himalayan environment that also has some dry areas.
In addition, there are some quaint Thakali villages nestled in the slopes of the Annapurna mountain in this area. During your hike, the verdant paddy fields, dense pine, and bamboo woods, and general peace and quiet that are all around you can make you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time, far from the din and bustle of the city.
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Who Discovered Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna base camp was first discovered by the British explorer Col. James O.M. ‘Jimmy’ Roberts in the year 1956 and shown to the world as the ‘Sanctuary of Gods’. The Sanctuary then became the “Annapurna Sanctuary”. The prime peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,279m), Fang, Annapurna I (8,091m), Gangapurna (7,485m), Annapurna III (7,855m), and Machapuchhare (6,993m), are geographically placed accurately in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater in the center.
What’s so special about Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
To trek to Annapurna’s base camp is to be among the Himalayas’ snow-capped peaks. ABC has become the most iconic of Nepal’s hiking locations, and it is frequently the subject of stunning artistic depictions. One of the world’s most well-known hikes is to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It’s astonishing that on a trek of moderate difficulty, you can come face to face with an eight-thousand meter tall peak. The world’s tenth-highest peak is a part of the interesting Annapurna range. The ABC Trail despite its intimidating appearance is rich in opportunities for mountain enthusiasts.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is widely regarded as one of the best legendary and classical treks in the world, and for good reason: it takes you through some of Nepal’s most breathtaking scenery, and allows you to get a taste of rural life in the Himalayas and meet some of the friendly locals who still live by centuries-old customs. The journey to Annapurna Base Camp, at an elevation of 4,130 meters, passes through beautiful and peaceful scenery, quaint Gurung and Magar villages, and verdant Rhododendron, bamboo, and alpine forests.
Finally, did we mention you will not only visit the Annapurna Base Camp but also Macchapuchre base Camp known more commonly as Mt. Fishtail base camp?
What does a day on the trail of Annapurna Base Camp Trek look like?
Typically your day will begin early in the morning around 6 AM. After you freshen up, you will get a fill of breakfast. Most hotels and teahouses on the trail provide standard breakfast with eggs, bread tea and so on. If you wish you can even opt for a more local breakfast and try their local specialty.
Porters will help you carry most of your heavy equipment as you leave around 7:30 in the morning on the trail. Some days you will ascend steeper tracks, while other days you may be descending and ascending or just walking along straight tracks. However, generally as you progress towards the climax of the trip, you will be ascending to higher altitudes.
On an average day, you will be expected to walk for around 6 hour’s at least covering around 14-18 km. All the while, your guide will be there to lead the way, impart wisdom, and answer questions about the area’s history, flora, animals, culture, and religion. You can expect the porters to walk ahead of you carrying your luggage. People, animals, and many more hikers await us along the trail. When dozens of Mules and Yaks are in the way, we have to wait for them to pass. The trials’ separations from one another can be deceptive and wearisome. However, your guide will never stop cheering you on and encouraging you to keep going! Lunch will be around mid-day in one of the teahouses en route to our destination.
As we near our ending location for the day, we get our bags into our rooms for the day, freshen up, drink plenty of water and rest or stroll around the nearby areas observing the local lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 PM and after that, we head to our rooms to rest for the day.
Is the Annapurna Base Camp trek for me?
Despite the many challenges, traveling to Annapurna Base Camp is considered an easy to moderate hike. This trek is not without its challenges, such as its steep and stony trekking pathways, its stone staircases, and its daily walking distance of 5-6 hours. If you’re patient, confident, and reasonably in shape, however, this hike is well within your reach.
Due to its adventurous nature and the importance of taking your time and walking gradually, the Annapurna Base Camp trip is sometimes misunderstood as a challenging trek. However, this hike is categorized as moderate and able to be done by any novice trekker.
So if you fit the above criteria, why wouldn’t the ABC trek be perfect for you?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary in Summary
Our 8 days hike begins near Pokhara in Nayapul, literally “New Bridge”. From here we hike over green hills and forests to Jhinu Danda which contains a natural hot spring. The next day, after leaving our guesthouse, we walk amid bamboo forests and ridges to reach Bamboo.
We cross the village of Deurali which leads to Annapurna base camp, the climax of our trip. We stop at Machhapuchre base camp after Bamboo. Himchuli, Annapurna, and Nilgiri mountains are seen from here. After spending a night at Machhapuchre Base Camp, we walk to Annapurna Base Camp, our main target. The sights from here are unforgettable and will fill your camera and memory. We return to Dovan after our visit to ABC and stay there for the night.
After sunrise, we move Jhinu Danda for the night and visit the hot springs to rest. The next day, we travel to Nayapul, where a jeep will pick us up.
We have another 13 days Annapurna base camp trekking package. It is for those travelers who have some extra days for this trek and aspire to reach ABC in a relaxed manner.
Best Season to go to Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The months of March through May and September through December offer the most favorable conditions for hiking to Annapurna Base Camp. The weather is often pleasant throughout these months, and the scenery is breathtaking.
Even during the months with the most favorable conditions, the weather can be unpredictable. There is a chance of clear skies in the morning followed by cloudy skies in the afternoon. It’s also possible for things to work in the opposite direction. Because of this, it is essential to ensure that you are ready for any kind of weather.
Because of the region’s frequent and heavy rainfall, hikers typically avoid the region during the summer monsoon months of July and August. It could be an uncomfortable experience for hikers due to the possibility of encountering a large number of leeches. Even while winter has some of the most pleasant weather, temperatures can drop below freezing in the mornings and evenings, particularly in the more elevated parts of the highlands.
For a seasonal breakdown of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek have a look below.
Spring (March -April-May)
The months of March, April, and May constitute spring, the second-best time totrek in Nepal and an especially lovely period to climb in the Annapurna. The weather in the spring is very much like the weather in the fall. As springtime blossoms everywhere, you may expect to catch a thrilling glimpse of rhododendrons at every turn. If you want to see beautiful scenery and enjoy comfortable weather, you should plan your hike around the beginning of spring.
Summer/Monsoon (June, July, August)
Summer and the Monsoon season overlap over the months of June, July, and August. For this reason, it is also the wettest and hence the hottest season in Nepal. Late June is typically when monsoon season starts. The season is avoided by treks because of the high rainfall and periodic thunderstorms that occur during this time. It’s possible that the trails will become extremely muddy and slippery, increasing the danger level. Moreover, leeches are common in the ABC’s lower forest areas. Very few trekkers choose to go on a Summer hike because of the risk of landslides.
Autumn (September, October, November)
Autumn’s September–November months are prime hiking time in ABC. This is when you’ll see the most people out on the trails. The bright skies and mild temperatures of autumn, combined with the vibrant Dashain and Tihar celebrations, make for a swarm of hikers every year. Fall is the greatest time to visit if you don’t mind crowds and cooler weather.
Winter (December -January-February )
When planning a winter trek in Annapurna, temperature is the most important issue to consider. It’s possible that winter is the best time to go trekking in ABC for those who prefer to be alone, as there are fewer people on the trails then. But the winter months can bring harsher weather conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that you come prepared for your journey to Annapurna Base Camp in the winter.
In addition, visit our trekking season information section for further details.
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Kathmandu arrival and transfer to the hotel. (1400m)
After your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be picked up by our office representative and be transferred to the hotel. If your arrival is in the morning or day time, you will have free time after hotel check-in during the day.
In the evening time, our senior guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Base Trek. After orientation, you will be transferred to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel including breakfast.
Drive to Pokhara (850m) - 7 hrs drive
After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at 7 am in the morning and drive towards Pokhara along the Prithivi highway. The travel to Pokhara takes about 7-8 hours. You will stop for lunch in Malekhu, which is famous for its river fish. You can also take a scenic flight from Kathmandu’s domestic airport to Pokhara at an additional cost. Today’s journey provides numerous possibilities to witness terraced fields, rivers, streams, verdant valleys, steep canyons, farmlands, and traditional Nepalese rural life.
We arrive at Pokhara after almost 8 hours of traveling. When you arrive in Pokhara, you will be driven to your hotel. Tonight, our representative will give you an overview of the trip. You can tour the lakeside of Pokhara and enjoy its excellent and different cuisine options, as well as the many dances and musicals that take place at night.
200 KM/ 124 Miles
550 m/ 1,804 ft
Drive to Nayapul and then trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m.) – 5 hrs trek
After a hot breakfast at the hotel, we take a private car to Nayapul. It is about a 1-hour drive which passes through the beautiful villages. Nayapul is the starting point of Ghorepani and Annapurna base camp trek. Upon reaching Nayapul, we start our walk via Birethanti and the trail passing through impressive villages, green forest, stunning Kempty waterfall, thrilling suspension bridge and some stone steps along the Modi River to reach Jhinu Danda.
Jhinu Danda is popular for its natural hot springs, where we can take a natural hot bath to get relaxed for our tired muscles. Furthermore, the views of Mt. South Annapurna, Hinchuli and Fishtail make your stay more blissful at Jhinu Danda.
13 KM/ 8 Miles
930 m/ 3,051 ft
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek to Bamboo (2310m.) – 6/7 hrs trek
Today, we walk all the steep way up to Chhomrong village. Chhomrong is the largest local settlement along the route. The trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong River. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) we reach at Sinuwa, at a 2350m.
You descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep oak, Bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.). Stay overnight at lodge.
12 KM/ 7.5 Miles
550 m/ 1,804 ft
Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Trek to Machhapuchhere base camp (3700m.) – 7 hrs trek
Today is a bit long day hike up to Machhapuchre base camp but we will forget all our pain because of the magnificent views of the Annapurna range including Fishtail, Hinchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, II. We start our walk gently by ascending through thick bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest. We cross the small bridge on the Modi Khola and continue climbing up the wide and boulder-scattered glacial valley.
The Machhapuchhre looks very different now as the vegetation is sparse of mainly upland rhododendron. We cross Modi Khola once again and after following it for a while we start climbing up to Machhapuchhre Base camp. Overnight at lodge.
13.5 KM/ 8.3 Miles
1,390 m/ 4,560 ft
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek to Annapurna base camp (4130m.) & back to Dovan (2540m.) – 7 hrs trek
Today we start our trek early in the morning (around 4 AM) as we can see the breathtaking view of the sunrise from the Annapurna base camp. The path follows through the alpine forest. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.). From here, you can see the panoramic views of several peaks which are all so clear.
The views hereabouts will give you so clear pictures that will linger in your memories for as long as it takes. After reaching Annapurna base camp we will take some rest for the photos and then trek down to Dovan.
16 KM/ 9.9 Miles
430 m/ 1,411 ft
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m) – 6 hrs trek
The path is descending up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until we reach Sinuwa. We trek gradually descending to the Chomrong Khola and we go up a stone staircase which you think will never end for almost an hour till we reach Chomrong.
The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town, you walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can unwind yourself at the hot springs & pamper your body with a hot bath. Stay overnight at lodge.
14 KM/ 8.6 Miles
800 m/ 2,624 ft
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara (850m) – 5 hrs trek
Today after breakfast, we will hike up to Nayapul and then take a jeep/car ride to reach Pokhara. The trek to Nayapul is a lovely hike as you can enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes along the trail back. We will haul up for lunch on the way.
In about 5 hours, we reach Nayapul and stop for some rest before we get onto our vehicle up to Pokhara. Nayapul to Pokhara is about a one and half hour drive. Overnight at our hotel inclusive breakfast.
13 KM/ 8 Miles
910 m/ 2,985.5 ft
Breakfast and Lunch
Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m) - 7 hrs drive
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married.
From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.
200KM/ 124 Miles
Departure from Nepal.
After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you at the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home.
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- Airport pick-ups and drop-offs by private vehicles.
- 2 nights of 3-star category twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Kathmandu city, including breakfast.
- 2 nights of deluxe twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Pokhara city inclusive of breakfast.
- 5 nights twin sharing best local lodges accommodations during the trek.
- Meals on full board during the trek. (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
- Serve available seasonal fruits every evening after dinner.
- 1 complimentary welcome dinner at a typical local restaurant with a cultural dance show in Kathmandu.
- Government-certified and experienced guide for the trek.
- Porters to carry your loads during the trek. (1 porter for 2 customer)
- Luxury tourist bus transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- All the essential trekking permits for the trek.
- Private car/jeep transport from and to the trekking starting point Nayapul.
- Waterproof company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use for the trek.
- First aid medicine with oximeter in an emergency case for the trek. (will be carried by our local guide)
- Emergency helicopter evacuation if you have any health issues while on the trek. (You should have travel insurance in this case)
- All government taxes and company service charges.
- Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.
- International airfares and Nepal travel visa fees. (Please bring 4 passport size photos for the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport along with you.)
- Your travel insurance.
- Your personal expenses such as the use of WIFI, hot shower, battery charging, etc in the mountain regions.
- Tips to the trekking guide and porters.
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Glorious Himalaya Trekking provided us with an exceptional Annapurna Base Camp trek experience, seamlessly blending professionalism and warmth. Their knowledgeable and friendly staffs ensured a safe and enjoyable journey, leaving me with enduring memories of the breathtaking landscapes and their excellent service.
We had an amazing journey to Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal along with three friends. We visited Nepal in June 2023 and booked 10 days ABC Trek through Glorious Himalaya Company.
It was a great adventure with the support of local guide and porters. They were truly supportive and motivated. Our guide was Mr Prakash, Rabin and Shyam were our porters. We also had an opportunity to explore Pokhara, a beautiful city of lakes.
Overall, We really enjoyed our Nepal visits. we would like to thanks entire teams of Glorious Himalaya who made it happened and also would like to recommend this local agency to all the travellers.
Ratish H S