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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Trip Destination Annapurna Base Camp
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Pokhara
  • Max. Altitude 4130m
  • Trip Type Tea house trek
  • Transport Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Accommodation Teahouse

Highlights

  • The stunning variety of the Himalayan landscape
  • Remote settlements and fairy-tale forests
  • Expansive woodland divided by cascading rivers
  • Glittering blue-hued peaks of base camp at dusk
  • Breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna mountains from Poon Hill
  • Knowledgeable trek leaders, assistant guides, and porters
  • Immersion in the rich Sherpa culture
  • Rest and relaxation in Pokhara
  • Boat ride along Phewa Tal (Lake) with views of snow-capped mountains
  • View the enormous Annapurna Conservation Area

Annapurna Base Camp Trek stands as the second most renowned trekking experience in Nepal, attracting trekkers from across the globe. It offers an exciting and somewhat challenging opportunity to get close to an amazing eight-thousander. The chance to witness such a magnificent peak adds a new level of excitement to the trek, turning it into an absolutely amazing adventure.

The ABC Trek Package is a 10-day trek to the base camp of Mount Annapurna, providing stunning views and adventure through diverse terrain and cultural experiences. Pass through beautiful Gurung villages, terraced farmland, and an amazing variety of flora and fauna on your journey to Annapurna Base Camp.

Situated at 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level, the Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most well-liked trekking destinations worldwide. Mesmerizing trekkers along the way is the spectacular Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), which rises to a height of 8,091 meters and is the tenth-highest mountain in the world.

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is an extraordinary journey that combines breathtaking landscapes, cultural immersion, and personal growth. It is a trek that challenges and rewards you, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a novice adventurer, this trek offers a unique opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas and experience the warmth of Nepalese hospitality.

Annapurna Mountain Range during abc trek
Panoramic View of Annapurna Mountain Range During Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Photographer: Bijay Chaurasia

The Annapurna Base Camp trek begins with a 7- to 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a city famous for its lakes and views of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu peaks. The next day, we drive to Nayapul and start trekking to Tikhedhunga. Along the way, you'll visit charming villages like Ghorepani, Chommrong, Sinuwa, and Deurali. The main attraction is the Annapurna Base Camp, surrounded by towering Himalayas. After exploring the Hidden Valley, the trek continues to Bamboo, Jhinu Dada, and Birethanti before returning to Pokhara.

The ten-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through the heart of Nepal's magnificent Annapurna mountain range. There are several remarkable highlights along the way. At 4,130 meters above sea level, arriving at Annapurna Base Camp itself is one of the most breathtaking experiences. Standing amongst towering peaks, like the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I, you can't help but experience a sense of achievement and amazement.

So why wait? At NTA, we go above and beyond to support you in achieving all your trekking goals. We are excited to travel with you, creating treasured experiences throughout the trek. Bookings are open for the years 2024, 2025, and 2026, so please contact us and make your reservations now.

Major Attractions of Trekking to ABC 

Here are some of the major attractions of doing this trek. We ensure that we provide you with the best experience without compromising your safety.

  • The stunning variety of the Himalayan landscape
  • Remote settlements and fairy-tale forests
  • Expansive woodland divided by cascading rivers
  • Glittering blue-hued peaks of base camp at dusk
  • Breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna mountains from Poon Hill
  • Knowledgeable trek leaders, assistant guides, and porters
  • Immersion in the rich Sherpa culture
  • Rest and relaxation in Pokhara
  • A boat ride along Phewa Tal (Lake) with views of snow-capped mountains
  • View the enormous Annapurna Conservation Area

Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary

Starting from Kathmandu, the Annapurna base camp trek route begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara, passing through hills and dense forests. Upon reaching Nayapul, the actual adventure commences as the trek begins. Along the way, trekkers make memorable stops at various places, including Ghorepani Poon Hill for a sunrise view, Tadapani, Deurali, the ultimate destination of Annapurna base camp, Jhinu Dada, and more.

Panoramic sunrise view from poon hill during Annapurna base camp Trek
Panoramic Sunrise View From Ghorepani Poon hill during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Alternatively, one can opt to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara to kickstart the trek to Annapurna base camp. After arriving in Pokhara, a drive to Nayapul and a trek to Tikhedhunga follow, shortening the trek's overall duration. At the end of the trek, instead of returning directly to Kathmandu from Pokhara, travelers have the option to extend their stay in Pokhara.

In this case, we can provide a return bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu, marking the end of our collaboration. If you're interested in booking a Pokhara sightseeing tour with us, we can accommodate that as well, although it would include additional costs.

Benefits of booking ABC trek with us

Here are some of the reasons why you should book your trek to Annapurna Base Camp with Nepal Trek Adventure.

  • Simple reservation and booking process
  • We offer free cancellation service if informed 90 days prior the trek
  • Upon booking confirmation, a brief travel briefing will be held after your arrival 
  • Simple payment method 
  • 24/7 communication by contacting: +977 9851017030 (Binod Sapkota)
  • Highly expert and experienced team 
  • Customization provided for your 10-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp according to your request 
  • Commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost 

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is $795 per person on a group sharing basis for the years 2024, 2025, and 2026. This complete package covers meals and accommodations during the trek, permits, transportation services, and guides and porter services.

We offer the flexibility of both ABC group joining and private treks, allowing you to choose the option that suits you best. If you prefer to join a group, you'll have the opportunity to meet like-minded adventurers from around the world, creating an enriching and social experience. 

On the other hand, if you prefer a more personalized journey, the private Annapurna Base Camp trek cost ranges from $650 to $995 Perperson. The private treks ensure that your individual needs and preferences are catered to, providing a sense of exclusivity and freedom.

We understand that cost plays an important role in decision-making, and that's why we provide the best-guaranteed ABC Trekking Cost. Please note that the cost of the Annapurna base camp trek also depends on the itinerary, group number, duration, and so on. 

By tailoring the trek to your specific requirements, we ensure that you get the best value for your investment. So whether you're traveling solo, with a group of friends, or even as a family, we are here to make your trek to ABC an incredible and unforgettable adventure.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route 

The Annapurna base camp trek starts with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a city renowned for its lakes. The journey, spanning approximately 7 to 8 hours, offers breathtaking views of majestic Himalayan peaks such as Dhaulagiri (8,167m) to the west and Manaslu (8,156m) to the east.

The next day, the adventure continues with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, marking the starting point of the trek towards Tikhedhunga. While going on this trek, we begin our tour in Kathmandu and proceed to Pokhara, enjoying the scenic beauty en route.

As the trek unfolds, you'll have the opportunity to experience and stay in several enchanting villages, including Ghorepani, Chommrong, Sinuwa, and Deurali. The allure of these villages lies not only in their natural beauty but also in the unique cultural experiences they offer along the way. Each stop along the route adds to the overall tapestry of this incredible trek.

You will see the Annapurna massif from two different perspectives while trekking: a 360-degree view of the same massif from Base Camp, and a panoramic view from Ghorepani. The ultimate highlight of the trek is, undoubtedly, the Annapurna Base Camp itself. Situated amidst towering Himalayan peaks, the base camp provides an awe-inspiring panorama that will leave you utterly mesmerized. The surrounding views at this elevated destination offer an uninterrupted spectacle of the majestic mountains that encircle the base camp, creating an unforgettable experience.

The trail then takes you further, either towards the Himalaya or Sinuwa, depending on the chosen route. Finally, the much-anticipated next stop is the Annapurna Base Camp, where the towering peaks create a majestic backdrop. After exploring the Hidden Valley, the trek leads to Bamboo, Jhinu Dada, and eventually Birethanti.

After a night in Jhinu Dada, the concluding phase of the trek involves a return drive to Pokhara. This allows for a reflective conclusion to the expedition, providing an opportunity to appreciate the diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and, most significantly, the majestic Himalayan vistas that characterize the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Best Time to do ABC Trek

The spring season, from March through May, is the ideal time of year to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking is best during this time of year because of the clear skies and cool temperatures. The blossoming rhododendron woods brightly color the scenery, and the weather is often steady. Also, this is the best time to see the amazing views of the nearby peaks, such as Machapuchare and Annapurna I.

Another best time is during the autumn season, from September to November. The weather remains pleasant with clear skies, allowing for excellent visibility of the majestic mountains. The autumn season offers cool temperatures and relatively dry conditions, making it easier to trek through the diverse terrain. The trails are usually less crowded compared to the spring season, providing a peaceful and serene trekking experience.

The spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November) are generally considered the best seasons for ABC trekking due to the pleasant weather, clear skies, and optimal trekking conditions.

Here is a complete overview of all the seasons and their temperature ranges. 

Season

Months

Daytime Temperature (°C)

Nighttime Temperature (°C)

Considerations

Spring (Pre-Monsoon)

March, April, May

15-25°C

5-10°C

- Clear skies, blooming rhododendrons, comfortable temperatures. - Peak season with larger crowds. - Possible pre-monsoon showers in May.

Summer (Monsoon)

June, July, August

18-28°C

10-15°C

- Lush green landscapes, fewer crowds. - Higher risk of rain and landslides. - Trekking paths can be muddy and slippery.

Autumn (Post-Monsoon)

September, October, November

12-22°C

0-5°C

- Stunning mountain views, stable weather, pleasant temperatures. - Another peak season with larger crowds. - Potential for cold nights at higher altitudes.

Winter

December, January, February

5-15°C

-10°C to -5°C

- Dramatic snow-capped peaks, fewer crowds. - Coldest temperatures, increased risk of snow and ice. - Some teahouses and trails may be closed.

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Itinerary

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Annapurna base camp trek itinerary typically last for 10 days, beginning from Nayapul and leading through lush forests, picturesque villages, and terraced fields. Trekkers get to witness the majestic Annapurna Range up close as they reach the base camp, experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of snow-capped peaks and the rich cultural heritage of the region.
 

  • Duration7 to 8 hours
  • Highest Altitude1,400 meters
  • AccommodationHotel

On the first day of the ABC trek, you will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Here's some information about this journey:

Distance: The distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara is approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles) by road. The drive usually takes around 6-7 hours, depending on the road conditions and traffic.

Transportation: There are several options for transportation, including tourist buses, private cars, or taxis. Tourist buses are a popular choice as they are affordable and offer a comfortable journey. Private cars or taxis provide more flexibility but can be relatively more expensive.

Scenic route: The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara offers stunning views of the Nepalese countryside. As you leave Kathmandu, you'll pass through picturesque landscapes, terraced fields, traditional villages, and rivers. You'll also get glimpses of the Himalayan peaks on clear days.

Lunch break: During the drive, there are several rest stops and restaurants along the way where you can take a break and have lunch. One of the popular places to stop for a meal is at Malekhu, known for its local fish delicacies.

Pokhara: Upon reaching Pokhara, you'll find yourself in a beautiful lakeside city surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara is a popular tourist destination and serves as a gateway to various treks in the Annapurna region.

Accommodation: Pokhara offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, and lodges catering to different budgets. You can choose to stay overnight in Pokhara and start your trek the following day.

  • DurationDriving time: 2 hours & Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Highest Altitude 1,525 meters
  • AccommodationTea House

On second day of ABC trek, you have two phases: driving to Nayapul or trekking directly to Tikhedhunga. Let me provide you with information on both options:

Phase 1: Drive to Nayapul

Nayapul is a small town located at an elevation of around 1,070 meters (3,510 feet). It is the starting point of the Annapurna base camp trek for those who choose to drive. Here's what you can expect if you take this option:

Starting from Pokhara: You will leave Pokhara in the morning and embark on a scenic drive to Nayapul, which takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the road conditions and traffic.

Road journey: The road from Pokhara to Nayapul offers beautiful views of the countryside, rivers, and terraced fields. The journey passes through several small villages along the way.

Permit check: Upon reaching Nayapul, you will need to check your permits at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) checkpoint. Make sure you have obtained the necessary permits before starting the trek.

Trek to Tikhedhunga: From Nayapul, you will begin your trek towards Tikhedhunga, which is situated at an altitude of around 1,540 meters (5,050 feet). The trekking distance from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) and takes around 3-4 hours, depending on your pace.

Trail description: The trail from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is relatively gentle and follows the banks of the Modi Khola (river). You will pass through picturesque villages, farmlands, and dense forests, enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

Phase 2: Trek directly to Tikhedhunga

Alternatively, you can choose to start your trek from Nayapul and walk directly to Tikhedhunga, skipping the drive. This option is suitable for those who prefer a more immersive trekking experience from the beginning. Here's what you can expect:

Starting from Nayapul: If you choose this option, you will need to arrange transportation from Pokhara to Nayapul, which is a shorter distance than the full drive to Nayapul.

Trek to Tikhedhunga: From Nayapul, you will start trekking towards Tikhedhunga, following the same trail as mentioned earlier. The trekking distance and estimated time remain the same as mentioned above.

Trail description: The trail from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is scenic and offers views of the surrounding landscapes, villages, and forests. You will pass through several suspension bridges and encounter local residents along the way.

Accommodation: Once you reach Tikhedhunga, you can find teahouses and lodges to spend the night in, similar to the accommodation options available for those who drive to Nayapul.

  • Duration6 to 7 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude2,775 meters
  • AccommodationTea House or Lodge

On the third day of trek to ABC, you will be trekking from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. This is an exciting part of the journey as you continue to ascend through beautiful landscapes and charming villages. Here's what you can expect on this day:

Tikhedhunga (1,570m) to Ulleri (1,960m): The day begins with an uphill climb from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri. This section of the trail consists of stone steps, which can be a bit challenging but also rewarding. As you climb, you'll pass through lush forests and small settlements.

Ulleri to Banthanti (2,250m): After reaching Ulleri, the trail continues through rhododendron and oak forests. You'll encounter several teahouses along the way where you can take a break and enjoy some refreshments. Banthanti is a small village where you can rest and soak in the beautiful surroundings.

Banthanti to Nangethanti (2,460m): The trail from Banthanti to Nangethanti involves walking through a dense forest. This section offers stunning views of the mountains and the opportunity to spot local wildlife. Nangethanti serves as another resting point before reaching Ghorepani.

Nangethanti to Ghorepani (2,840m): From Nangethanti, you'll continue your ascent towards Ghorepani. The trail gradually opens up, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Ghorepani is a beautiful village situated on a ridge, and it's a popular stop for trekkers. You'll find several teahouses, shops, and accommodation options here.

Throughout the day, you'll pass through various terrains, including stone steps, forests, and open ridges. The trek can be physically demanding, but the stunning natural beauty and the warm hospitality of the locals make it an incredible experience. Be sure to stay hydrated, take breaks when needed, and enjoy the journey to Ghorepani.

  • Duration7 to 8 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude2,540 meters
  • AccommodationTea House or Lodges

On fourth day of the trek to Annapurna basse camp, you will be heading from Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poon Hill. This day is known for its breathtaking sunrise view from Poon Hill, which offers panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Here's a breakdown of the trek for Day 4 of ABC trek:

Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210 meters / 10,531 feet): You'll start early in the morning before sunrise, as it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani. The trail initially ascends through a dense rhododendron forest until you reach the top of Poon Hill. Once you reach the viewpoint, you'll witness a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks dominating the skyline. Take your time to enjoy the panoramic views and capture some memorable photographs.

Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,630 meters / 8,628 feet): After spending some time at Poon Hill, you'll descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani, the trail gradually descends through rhododendron and oak forests, with occasional views of the mountains along the way. You'll pass through small settlements and cross a few streams before reaching Tadapani, which is your destination for the day. Tadapani offers stunning views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peaks.

The trek from Poon Hill to Tadapani takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, depending on your pace and the stops you make along the way. Make sure to stay hydrated and take short breaks to rest and enjoy the scenery. Tadapani has several teahouses where you can rest, have a warm meal, and spend the night.

Note: The trekking durations mentioned are approximate and can vary based on individual fitness levels, weather conditions, and other factors. It's always a good idea to consult with a local trekking agency or guide for the most up-to-date information and to plan your trek accordingly.

  • Duration6 to 7 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude2,100 meters
  • AccommodationTea House

On Day 5 of the Annapurna base camp trek, you have the option to trek from Tadapani to either Chomorung or Sinuwa, depending on your preferences and the pace of your trek. Both options offer different experiences and have their own unique attractions. Here's some information about each destination:

Chomorung: Chomorung is a picturesque village located at an elevation of around 2,170 meters (7,119 feet). The trek from Tadapani to Chomorung takes you through lush forests and terraced fields. As you descend, you'll pass through beautiful rhododendron forests and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Chomorung is a great place to rest and spend the night, with comfortable tea houses and lodges available.

Sinuwa: Sinuwa is another option for your fifth day of trekking. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 2,360 meters (7,743 feet). The trail from Tadapani to Sinuwa is a mix of uphill and downhill sections, with scenic landscapes along the way. You'll pass through dense forests, cross suspension bridges over rivers, and enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. Sinuwa offers various accommodation options, including tea houses and lodges.

Both Chomorung and Sinuwa serve as popular stopovers for trekkers on the Annapurna base camp route. The decision of whether to stay in Chomorung or Sinuwa depends on factors such as your fitness level, acclimatization needs, and personal preferences regarding the distance covered each day. It's important to listen to your body and consult with your trekking guide or fellow trekkers to make an informed decision based on the current trail conditions and your own capabilities.

Remember to stay hydrated, take breaks when needed, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way.

  • Duration6 to 7 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude3,200 Meters
  • AccommodationTea House

On Day 6 of the Annapurna base camp (ABC) trek, you have two options for your destination: Himalaya or Deurali. Both places are popular overnight stops along the ABC trek, and the choice may depend on your physical condition, the pace of your trek, and your overall itinerary.

Option 1: Sinuwa to Himalaya

If you choose to trek to the Himalaya on Day 6, you will be covering a moderate distance. The trail from Sinuwa to Himalaya passes through lush forests, with occasional steep ascents and descents. Himalaya is located at an elevation of around 2,870 meters (9,416 feet) above sea level. It is named after the stunning view of the Himalayan mountain range that you can witness from here, including the majestic Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak. Staying at Himalaya allows you to break up the trek into manageable sections, providing an opportunity to acclimatize before ascending further.

Option 2: Sinuwa to Deurali

If you decide to trek to Deurali on Day 6, it will be a bit more challenging than going to Himalaya. Deurali is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,230 meters (10,597 feet) above sea level. The trail to Deurali offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes and is known for its rhododendron forests and waterfalls. Staying at Deurali brings you closer to the Annapurna Sanctuary and is an excellent option for those who prefer to reach the base camp within a shorter timeframe.

Keep in mind that altitude sickness is a concern during higher elevation treks like ABC, so it's essential to pay attention to your body's signals and not rush the ascent. Many trekkers choose to follow an itinerary that includes a stop at Himalaya on Day 6 and then proceeds to Deurali on Day 7 before reaching Annapurna base camp on Day 8. This gradual approach allows for better acclimatization and reduces the risk of altitude-related issues.

Ultimately, the choice between Himalaya and Deurali on Day 6 will depend on your fitness level, the pace of your trek, and the advice of your guide, if you have one. Always prioritize your safety and well-being during the trek.

  • Duration4 to 5 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude4,130 meters
  • AccommodationTea House

On the seventh day of your Annapurna base camp trek, you will be making your way from Deurali to the final destination of your journey, the Annapurna base camp (ABC). This is an exciting day as you will finally reach the base camp and be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

The trek from Deurali to Annapurna base camp is approximately 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) long and usually takes around 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail gradually ascends through the beautiful Modi Khola Valley, passing through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests.

As you continue your ascent, you will notice the landscape changing, with fewer trees and more rocky terrain. You will also come across the Himalayan Hotel, a popular resting point along the trail. From here, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging as you approach Machhapuchhre base camp (MBC).

Machhapuchhre base camp, located at an elevation of around 3,700 meters (12,139 feet), offers stunning views of the iconic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Take some time to rest and soak in the magnificent scenery before continuing your journey towards Annapurna base camp.

From Machhapuchhre base camp, the trail continues along the Modi Khola glacier and gradually climbs up to Annapurna base camp. At an elevation of about 4,130 meters (13,549 feet), the base camp offers breathtaking panoramic views of the nearby peaks Hiunchuli (6,441 meters/21,132 feet), Annapurna South (7,219 meters/23,684 feet), and Annapurna I (8,091 meters/26,545 feet).

Annapurna base camp is a spacious area with several lodges and teahouses where trekkers can rest, eat, and spend the night. Take your time to explore the base camp, enjoy the serene mountain atmosphere, and take plenty of photographs to capture the memories of this incredible accomplishment.

After reaching Annapurna base camp, it is important to take it easy and acclimatize properly to the high altitude. Stay hydrated, listen to your body, and follow the guidance of your trekking guide. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the stunning views before continuing your descent in the following days.

  • Duration5 to 6 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude2,100 meters
  • AccommodationTea House

On Day 8 of the Annapurna base camp trek, you will have the opportunity to explore the Hidden Valley before making your way back to Bamboo. Here's an overview of what you can expect:

Start from Deurali: Begin your day by leaving Deurali, which is where you would have stayed overnight.

Trek to Machhapuchhre base camp: The trail will take you through beautiful forests and steep ascents as you make your way towards Machhapuchhre base camp. Enjoy the stunning views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain along the way.

Hidden Valley: As you continue hiking beyond Machhapuchhre base camp, you will enter the Hidden Valley. This secluded and picturesque valley offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and others.

Exploration: Take some time to explore the Hidden Valley, appreciating its serene beauty and tranquil atmosphere. You can go for short hikes around the area, capture photographs, or simply soak in the peaceful surroundings.

Return to Bamboo: After you've had enough time to explore the Hidden Valley, it's time to retrace your steps and make your way back to Bamboo. The descent can be quite steep at times, so trek carefully and take breaks as needed.

Overnight in Bamboo: Arrive at Bamboo, where you will spend the night. Rest and recharge for the next day's trek.

It's important to note that the Annapurna base camp trek itinerary can vary depending on the specific trekking package you have chosen and the weather conditions. Make sure to consult with your trekking guide or tour operator for more detailed information and any necessary adjustments to the itinerary.

Also, keep in mind that the altitude and terrain can be challenging during the trek. It's crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body throughout the journey.

  • Duration5 to 6 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude1,700 Meters
  • AccommodationTea House

On Day 9 of the Annapurna base camp trek, you will be trekking from Bamboo to Jhinu Dada. Here's what you can expect on this day:

Distance and Duration: The trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Dada is approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) and takes around 4-5 hours, depending on your pace and the trail conditions.

Trail Description: The trail starts with a gentle uphill climb from Bamboo, following the Modi Khola (river) upstream. You'll pass through dense bamboo forests and rhododendron trees, enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings. The trail gradually ascends, and you'll encounter some stone steps along the way.

Chhomrong Village: After trekking for about 2-3 hours, you'll reach the village of Chhomrong. It's a Gurung village located at an elevation of around 2,170 meters (7,119 feet). Chhomrong is a popular rest stop for trekkers and offers great views of the surrounding mountains, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South.

Descending to Jhinu Dada: From Chhomrong, you'll descend steeply down stone steps towards the Chhomrong Khola (river). Crossing the suspension bridge, the trail continues uphill for a short distance until you reach Jhinu Dada. This small village is famous for its natural hot springs, which you can relax in to soothe your tired muscles after the day's trek.

Jhinu Dada: Jhinu Dada is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,780 meters (5,840 feet). It offers a peaceful atmosphere and picturesque views of the surrounding landscapes. Most trekkers spend the afternoon or evening enjoying the hot springs located near the Modi Khola. It's a great opportunity to rejuvenate and relax before continuing your trek.

Accommodation and Facilities: Jhinu Dada has several teahouses and lodges where you can find accommodation for the night. Basic amenities such as rooms, meals, and hot showers are available, although the facilities may be more limited compared to larger towns.

Make sure to check the current trail conditions, weather updates, and consult with local guides before embarking on your trek. It's essential to be prepared with proper trekking gear, sufficient water, and snacks for the day. Enjoy the scenic beauty and take breaks as needed to rest and appreciate the magnificent surroundings on your journey to Jhinu Dada.

  • Duration5 to 6 hours of Trek
  • Highest Altitude1,100 Meters
  • AccommodationHotel or Lodge

On Day 10 of the Annapurna base camp trek, you will be trekking from Jhinu Dada to Birethanti, and then taking a one-hour drive to Pokhara. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect on this day:

Jhinu Dada to Birethanti: The trek from Jhinu Dada to Birethanti usually takes around 4-5 hours, depending on your pace. You will start your descent from Jhinu Dada, passing through beautiful forests, terraced fields, and small villages along the way. The trail is relatively easy and mostly downhill, allowing you to enjoy the scenery and take in the last views of the Annapurna mountain range.

Birethanti: Birethanti is a small village located at the confluence of the Modi Khola and the Burundi Khola rivers. It serves as a gateway to the Annapurna Conservation Area and is a popular rest stop for trekkers. Once you reach Birethanti, you can take a break, have lunch, and relax before continuing your journey.

Drive to Pokhara: After resting in Birethanti, you will take a one-hour scenic drive to Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in Nepal. The drive takes you through winding roads surrounded by lush green hills and offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Once you reach Pokhara, you can check into your hotel, freshen up, and explore the city.

In Pokhara, you can enjoy various activities such as boating on Phewa Lake, visiting the World Peace Pagoda, exploring the International Mountain Museum, or simply strolling around the Lakeside area, which is filled with restaurants, shops, and cafes.

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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What's Included

Domestic and International Airport Pickup and Drop-Off Services

  • International Arrival Pickup
  • International Dropoff on your Final Departure Day

Accommodations

  • 2 Nights in Pokhara Hotel (Twin Sharing, BB Plan)
  • 8 Nights in Local Tea Houses (Twin Sharing Basis)

Trekking Permits

  • Local government entry permit
  • Annapurna Conversation Area Project Permits (ACAP)
  • Trekkers' Information Management Systems Card (TIMS)

Pivate Transportation

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Nayapul by jeep
  • Birethanti to Pokhara by jeep

Food

  • 10 Breakfast: Local and continental choices from Teahouse menu
  • 10 Lunch: Local and continental choices from Teahouse menu
  • 10 Dinner: Local and continental choices from Teahouse menu

Guide/Porter Services

  • English-speaking government-licensed guide (Minimum 10 Years’ Experience)
  • All Meals for the guide or porter
  • Insurances for Guide & Porter
  • Well-Paid Salary as Per Government Rates
  • Local Sherpa for carrying luggage (Up to 20 KGs Max)
  • First-Aid Kit Box carried by our team
  • Trekking porter: 1 porter shared by two guests.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • International flight tickets to Nepal & return
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
  • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
  • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Your travel insurance (Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum. 
Add-Ons & Options

Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight (USD 106 per person)

You can choose a quick and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for USD 106 per person, making your journey efficient and enjoyable before the trek.

Pokhara to Kathmandu Flight (USD 106 per person)

Similarly, you can return to Kathmandu from Pokhara with a USD 106 per person flight, offering a swift and picturesque way back.

Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (USD 15 per person)

For your return trip, the tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu is another affordable option at USD 15 per person, providing a cost-effective and scenic ride.

Private Porter Service - Single Supplement (USD 100 per person)

Enhance your trekking experience by hiring a private porter for USD 100 per person, ensuring your comfort as they assist with carrying your belongings along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This add-on service is best for the single traveler; however, trekkers in groups can also hire their private porter.

Availability & Private Trip

For those interested in joining a group tour, we offer a fixed departure date. However, if you prefer to choose your own date for the trip, we encourage you to explore our Book a Private Trip section, which provides the flexibility of booking on any day of your choice, as private trips offer daily availability.

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Start DateStart: TuesdayJun 18, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJun 27, 2024PricePriceUS $795StatusStatusGuaranteed

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Private & Group Discount Price
1 pax
US$995
2 - 5 pax
US$795
6 - 10 pax
US$700
11 - 15 pax
US$650
1 Travelers x US $995TotalUS $995(No additional taxes or booking fees)

The best time for ABC Trekking

The best time for trekking to Annapurna base camp is during the spring season, which lasts from March to May. This period offers moderate temperatures and clear skies, making it ideal for trekking. The weather is usually stable, with blooming rhododendron forests adding vibrant colors to the landscape. Additionally, the views of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna I and Machapuchare, are breathtaking during this time.

Another best time is during the autumn season, from September to November. The weather remains pleasant with clear skies, allowing for excellent visibility of the majestic mountains. The autumn season offers cool temperatures and relatively dry conditions, making it easier to trek through the diverse terrain. The trails are usually less crowded compared to the spring season, providing a peaceful and serene trekking experience.

The spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November) are generally considered the best seasons for ABC trekking due to the pleasant weather, clear skies, and optimal trekking conditions.

Difficulty during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Annapurna base camp can be moderately challenging due to the rugged mountain terrain. The trails are not smooth and are filled with numerous ups and downs, twists, and turns. It requires a great deal of strength and patience to navigate through these daunting ascents and descents. Many trekkers experience exhaustion along the way, especially when tackling the long and steep 3300-step stone stairs.

However, there are ways to overcome the difficulties of the trail. It is important to travel smartly and understand your own limits. Stay strong and be patient throughout the journey. Avoid pushing yourself to walk long distances without breaks. Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial, as you will need ample energy to trek consistently on the challenging trails.

Distance and Duration of 10-day ABC Trek

The overall distance of the Annapurna base camp trek is approximately 115 kilometers. The duration of the ABC trek usually takes around 10 to 11 days to complete. Each day, you will walk between 10 and 20 kilometers, but the itinerary can be adjusted according to your preference. Some people choose to shorten the trek by reducing the number of days, while others prefer to extend it for a longer duration.

On average, you should plan to walk for 6 to 7 hours each day during the trek. However, experienced trekkers might reach the destination sooner. Opting for the longer package allows for more rest and enjoyment along the way.

ABC Trek Accommodation

When choosing lodging, we put our trekkers' comfort and security first. The tea houses selected for this 10-day Annapurna base camp trek are more luxurious than your average teahouse. Although most rooms are designed for twin sharing, our guides will make room arrangements based on gender.

Please let us know ahead of time if you will be traveling as a couple or if you would like private accommodations within a group, and we will make the appropriate arrangements to meet your needs.

Teahouses are the most popular place to stop since they offer reasonably priced, decent lodging along with other facilities. Numerous tea houses are located near places where you can experience the local communities and get an opportunity to acclimate. 

In essence, these teahouses provide wooden beds with modest mattresses, blankets, and pillows. In addition, they cook in the same room, maintain a Bukhari-style stove for room heating, and create a lovely atmosphere.

Food during the trek to Annapurna base camp 

Throughout your trek, we will provide you with 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners, including a farewell dinner after your trek. Please note that any extra food and beverages that you have during your trek will not be added to our costs.

There are several meal options available throughout the trek that will satisfy your appetite and provide you with energy for the entire trek. Along the road, some teahouses and lodges provide a range of meals, including foreign and Nepali cuisines. Some foods that you can expect while on the trek are:

  • Dal Bhat: A key component of Nepalese cuisine, dal bhat is a hearty and nourishing dish. It is composed of steamed rice (bhat) paired with a flavorful lentil soup (dal) enhanced with turmeric, coriander, and cumin.
  • Momo: Momos are mouthwatering dumplings that are often eaten as a light lunch or snack when trekking. They are prepared by wrapping a mixture of minced meat, typically chicken, but occasionally vegetables, mixed with flavorful herbs and spices inside a thin layer of dough.
  • Thukpa: Thukpa is a common Tibetan noodle soup that is warming and filling, especially in the winter. It is prepared by adding a variety of vegetables, including carrots, cabbage, and leafy greens, to a savory broth while hand-pulled noodles are boiling.
  • Chow Mein: Along the trekking trail, you may often find chow mein, a stir-fried noodle meal. Usually, it's made out of bell peppers, onions, cabbage, carrots, and boiling noodles that have been stir-fried. For those who want more protein, certain teahouses may let you add chicken, shrimp, or tofu.

Permits Required for ABC Trek 

Permits are the necessary authorizations that you need before starting your trek. Please note that we will take care of all the permits for you, and the charges for these permits are included in our costs. By taking care of these permits for you, NTA ensures you have a hassle-free and smooth journey. Here are the permits that are required for trekking to Annapurna base camp.

  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS): For anybody planning a trek in Nepal, the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) permit is essential. It gives authorities vital information, which helps guarantee the security and welfare of trekkers. The TIMS permit is around NPR 2,000.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): ACAP was established to guarantee sustainable development and environmental preservation, and it has been crucial in preserving the fragile balance between tourism and the natural world. The ACAP permit is around NPR 3,000.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking: Travel Insurance

Annapurna base camp trek travel insurance is important for ensuring a safe and secure journey. This insurance covers various aspects like medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost baggage. If you fall ill or get injured during the trek, the insurance will cover your medical expenses and evacuation costs.

In the event that your trip is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters or personal emergencies, the insurance will reimburse your prepaid expenses. Additionally, if your luggage goes missing or gets damaged, the insurance will provide compensation. Having Annapurna Trek travel insurance gives you peace of mind and allows you to fully enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas without worrying.

Our Advice and Safety Tips

Here are lists of travel and safety tips for trekking to ABC:

  • Plan your trip during the best season, which is typically from March to May and September to November, to avoid extreme weather conditions.
  • Obtain the necessary permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, rain gear, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit.
  • Stay hydrated and bring water purification tablets or a water filter to ensure a safe water supply.
  • Take your time to acclimatize to the altitude to prevent altitude sickness. Gradually ascend and allow for rest days during the trek.
  • Follow a proper diet and consume plenty of carbohydrates for energy during the trek.
  • Be cautious of the signs of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. If symptoms worsen, descend to a lower altitude and seek medical assistance if necessary.
  • Stay on the designated trails and follow the instructions of your guide or local authorities.
  • Inform your family or friends about your trekking itinerary and keep them updated regularly.
  • Respect the local culture and customs. Dress modestly and be mindful of local traditions and beliefs.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions and carry appropriate gear for protection against cold, rain, and strong sunlight.
  • Keep emergency contact numbers and the location of the nearest medical facilities handy.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices, including proper waste disposal and using eco-friendly products.
  • Stay updated on weather forecasts and potential hazards in the area. Adjust your plans accordingly to ensure your safety.
  • Listen to your body and don't push yourself beyond your physical capabilities. Take breaks when needed and rest adequately.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and the unique culture of the Annapurna region while being mindful of your safety and the preservation of the environment.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Packing list

This equipment and packing checklist is an instruction to help you pack for your trek. The weight limit for your baggage is 33 pounds, or 15 kg. Keep in mind that while your porter will carry your equipment, you must carry your personal backpack (containing your valuables and important items) on your own. We additionally recommend that you pack only the necessary stuff. Here are some important pieces of equipment listed below for your packing guidelines:

Important documents and equipment

  • Valid international ID (passport), 2 additional passport-size photos, and airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easy to get at Kathmandu airport), and proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for buying Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and lodgings, for tips and snacks, and to buy your own beverages and gifts
  • MasterCard, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing cash from ATM (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, and so forth
  • All the necessary permits

Accessories and Clothing

For Head

  • A scarf or headscarf is likewise helpful for dusty conditions
  • A warm cap that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with additional batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (whenever required)

For Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half-sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner wool gloves
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts and trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle-high version

Backpacks And Travel Bags

  • 1 medium backpack (50–70 liters/3000–4500 cubic inches can be utilized for a plane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • Little locks for duffel-kit bags

Medical Pack

  • Small, individual medical aid pack
  • Headache medicine, emergency treatment tape
  • Cold or cough medicine
  • Altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q1. How many kilometers or miles do you hike each day on this trek?

    The distance hiked each day on the trek varies but is typically around 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) per day.

  • For a small additional fee, the majority of the teahouses along this route offer hot showers and internet access. Using this approach, a bucket serves as the shower.
     

  • Yes. We would be pleased to alter the route to suit your needs. We may adjust the number of hike days, the means of transportation, and your lodging in Kathmandu to suit your needs.
     

  • For our 10-day ABC trek, there is no need for an acclimatization day because we will be progressively increasing our altitude each day, beginning our journey at a comparatively lower level. We only reach a maximum height of 4100 meters, which is rather modest in comparison to the EBC Trek. If, at any point throughout the journey, you feel uneasy, please inform the guide.
     

  • At the teahouses, you can pay for electricity to recharge the batteries in your phone and camera. The tea house where you stay for the night may provide the service for free. It is a good idea to keep extra batteries or power banks on hand just in case.
     

  • There are more than enough trekking gear shops in Thamel, and you will get a great deal. Here is a general idea of what you will need for your hike.

    • Hiking boots
    • Sandals/Crocs
    • Several sets of undergarments
    • Good-quality down jacket and pants
    • Fleece jacket
    • Thermal wear
    • T-shirts and pants
    • Warm woolen clothes for the night
    • Trekking stick
    • One set of gloves
    • Woolen hat
    • Sunhat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle with purifying tablets
    • Toiletries
    • A medium-sized towel
    • Energy bars
    • Basic medications
    • Raingear
       
  • In case of emergencies during the trek, helicopter evacuation services are available. It is essential to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuations.

  • There are no specific age restrictions for this trek. However, it is important to consult with a doctor and assess personal fitness levels before undertaking the trek, especially for older individuals or those with pre-existing health conditions.

  • While prior hiking experience is beneficial, it is possible to do this trek without any prior experience. However, it is important to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek.

  • This trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak, lush forests, and diverse landscapes. The trek also includes visits to charming villages like Chhomrong and encounters with local culture.

  • This trek takes around 10 days to complete.

  • Altitude sickness risks are present during the Annapurna trekking. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms to prevent or manage altitude sickness.

  • The average cost of the Annapurna base camp trek can vary depending on factors such as the season,duration, and personal expenses. On average, it can range from $800 to $1500.

  • Accommodation during the trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges, providing necessary amenities such as beds, blankets, and meals.

  • Yes, it is necessary to hire a guide for the Annapurna base camp trekking, especially for those without prior trekking experience.

  • Permits required for this trek include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

  • The highest point on the Annapurna trek is Annapurna base camp itself, which is situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).

  • The spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November) are the best time for ABC trekking due to the pleasant weather, clear skies, and optimal trekking conditions. 

  • No, ATMs are not available during the trek in most remote places. So, we advise you to always carry cash over the course of your trek.

  • This trek can be moderately challenging due to the rugged mountain terrain.

Testimonials
What Our Clients Say
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    Issac ByersUnited States,February 05, 2024

    Trekking to Annapurna base camp

    I just completed trekking to Annapurna base camp with NTA. All I can say is that it was amazing. Throughout the ten-day hike, our guide, Tribhuvan, could not have been friendlier or more supportive. 

    My only complaint was that, as the teahouses only accept reservations from large groups, it was not always possible to stop the night where we had planned because so many other people were also out hiking. When arranging the visit, they were consistently helpful and quick to respond to emails. It could not have gone better throughout our visit.
     

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    Ashton TaylorUnited Kingdom,January 30, 2024

    ABC Trek

    We spent 10 days on the ABC trek. Everything was flawless from start to finish. The day before we left Kathmandu for Pokhara, we met our guides, Binod and Tribhuvan, at our hotel and received comprehensive information about our journey.

    They were so sweet and considerate, often grinning and asking how things were going. They made things simple for us by keeping everything so well arranged. I wholeheartedly recommend NTA to everyone!
     

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Why travel with Nepal Trek Adventure?

Nepal Trek Adventure and Expedition is one of the best local travel companies based in Kathmandu with leading adventures.

  • Expert Guides
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    Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of the local area and culture, ensuring a safe and authentic adventure.

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    Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, from personalized trip planning to attentive support throughout your journey.

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    We understand that travel plans can change, which is why we offer flexible itineraries and customizable tours to meet your specific needs and preferences.

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