Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

annapurna base camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek, popularly known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the most popular trekking trips in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking package is a golden opportunity for adventurous people who love to enjoy the beautiful Himalayas. Read for everything you need to know about Annapurna Base camp trek:

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking package Facts

  • Duration of the trek: 6 to 12 days.
  •  The beginning point of the trek: Nayapool/Kande/Phedi.
  • The closing point of the trek: is Modhkayau, a 1 hour 25 minutes walk from Jhinu Danda.
  • Maximum elevation: 4140 m (Annapurna base camp)
  • Best Seasons to visit: The trail is open throughout the year however, Spring and Autumn are the best.
  • Accommodation: Teahouses/guesthouses.
  •  Transportation: Flight/Bus/car/taxi/jeep
  •  Trek category: Moderate.
  • Permits: TIMS and ACAP.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

  • Pokhara: 1400 m
  •  Nayapool: 1000 m
  •  Ulleri: 1960 m
  •  Ghorepani: m)
  •  Himalaya (2870 m)
  •  ABC: 4130 m
  •  Sinuwa: 2300 m
  •  Jhinudanda (1730 m)
  •  Deurali (3200 m)

Top Highlights Of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  •  Explore magical flora and fauna on the way.
  • The pleasant experience of exploring Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) as a bonus on the same trip.
  • Learn unique cultures, traditions,s, and lifestyles of local people.
  • 360-degree stunning view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli.
  •  Hot spring shower at Jhinu Danda while returning back.

Why Annapurna Base Camp Trekking package?

Annapurna base camp trek is a golden opportunity for adventurous people, who love to enjoy the beautiful Himalayas. 360-degree view of the incredible Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Huinchuli, and many other popular mountains make the trip really delightful. The stunning panorama of the beautiful mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and the amazing view of sunrise on the snow-capped mountains in fact make the visitors fall in love with nature during this short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

The breath-catching scenery of the dense and green forest, pleasant smell of rhododendron, sudden encounter of many wild (usually pleasant) animals, traditional houses of local people, their unique living style with harmony, etc. are the appealing facts that keep the visitors refreshed and delightful eliminating their tiredness of long walk.

Comparatively, the ABC trek is more comfortable and accessible than other base camp treks in many ways. Thus it can be best for novice trekkers as well. The itinerary begins with the short (25 minutes) flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A six to seven hours drive on a comfortable tourist bus can also be chosen for Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara.

Another drive of about five hours will take you to Nayapul from where the actual trek begins. ABC trek can be completed in 10 days or even 6 days depending on the visitors’ choice. A Maximum 5 to 6 hours hike every day is enough. Any time of the year is suitable for the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Mostly Asian tourists especially from Thailand, Malaysia, China, and India prefer this Annapurna Base Camp Trekking package.

Required Permits For Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Like the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek requires two basic permits. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

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Food And Water For The Abc Trek:

Most Himalayan trekking trails offer pretty similar kinds of menus to their clients. Principally, the foods and vegetables are local organic products giving super energy required for your long day’s trek.

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

The 9 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Iitinerary excludes 2 to 3 days that you require before and after the trek. Besides the itinerary, you will have a wonderful time in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, one of the popular tourist hubs. The important tips about Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the options you can choose to travel between these two cities are explained below.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

The alluring flight into Kathmandu valley with the beautiful views of the Himalayas and terraced valley drops you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) where one of the Himalayan master’s representatives greets you and takes you to the hotel.

Your arrival time in Kathmandu determines how much time you will get to explore Kathmandu. If you arrive in the morning or in the early afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit some popular sites including Kathmandu Durbar square or Swaymbhunath temple – popularly known as Monkey temple.

Besides, remember to have enough preparation for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek Iitinerary including gear check, meeting with the company personnel, and guide. After all, take enough rest to gain fortitude for the upcoming adventure.

Kathmandu Highlights:

  • The capital city of Nepal Kathmandu valley includes two more cities ( Lalitpur and Bhaktapur)
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites include The Boudanath, the world’s biggest Buddhist stupa.
  • The alluring flight into Kathmandu valley with the beautiful views of the Himalayas and terraced valley drops you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Kathmandu is such a wonderful valley in the world that it contains seven UNESCO world heritage sites including the Boudanath, the world’s biggest Buddhist stupa. Depending on your time and interest, you can have the opportunity to visit some popular sites like Kathmandu Durbar square, Swaymbhunath temple – popularly known as Monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple, and many others.

NOTE:

If your Annapurna Base Camp Trek Iitinerary begins right after the next day, you may have to do preparation for your trek including gear check, meeting with the company personnel, guide, and taking enough rest to gain fortitude for the upcoming adventure.

Day 2: Kathmandu To Pokhara

Let’s start out Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara with a drive or flight there.

Option 1: Airway (25 minutes flight)

  • If you have limited time and get languor while having a long journey by bus, this option is amazing for you.
  • Taking a short flight you can shorten your trip by one day.

Option 2: Roadway (5 to 6 hours drive)

  • If you have enough time and are fond of traveling in a luxurious tourist bus capturing the greenery through the windowpane, it can be the best option for you. You get the opportunity of beginning your trek in the fresh morning.

Pokhara Highlights:

  • Pokhara is one of the most beautiful and mysterious cities in the world that is about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. It is also the gateway for the Annapurna Conservation Area including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu – the three out of the ten highest peaks in the world.
  • Sports like trekking, rafting, bungee jumping, etc. are very much popular in Pokhara. The mysterious caves, Davis falls, and beautiful and large lakes attract thousands of tourists around the world every year making this small valley an important tourist destination.

Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapool (1000 m) (drive), trek to Ulleri (2012 m)

  • Pokhara to Nayapool drive: 1.5 to 2 hrs.
  • The final destination of the day: Ulleri(2000)
  • Beginning point: Nayapool (1000 m)
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Time: 4-5 hrs.
  • Total Descent: 125 m
  • Total Ascent: 1092 m
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Ulleri

Attractions:

  •  Beautiful scenery along the route.
  •  stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Fishtail.
  •  3767 stone stairway steps.

Challenges:

  •  long and steep ascend
  •  Dusty road
  •  Long and rough trail
  •  Steep ascents

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara only beings with a short walk to Nayapool from where your ABC trek officially begins. Upon arriving at the bus stop of Nayapool, you need to commence your hike to Ulleri. Get your permits and TIMS card checked at the Birethanti checkpoint and keep them safe throughout your trip.

You will have to get them checked in many other checkpoints. You will pass through the beautiful villages with nice views of the river, farmland and green forests. Birethanti, Chimrung, Syauli, Kimche, Chane, etc. are the best places to stop for rest or for lunch or snacks. The trail moves ahead through attractive villages, green hills, and rivers.

You will be touched seeing Bhurungdi Khola (river) flowing through cool mountain valleys and soothing farming villages. A portion of the trail of this day is really adventurous for you. Just after crossing the suspension bridge over the Tikhedhunga Khola (river), the trail heads a steep stone stairway having exactly 3767 steps!

After completing those steps, you will reach the top of the hill from where the panoramic views of Mount Annapurna South (7219 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m) make you forget your tiredness of climbing the steep ascent. Besides stunning mountain views, the scenic area of blooming rhododendron forest is really appealing on the rest of the trail.

You will be spending the night in one of the best teahouses in Ulleri.

Day 4:  Ulleri to Ghorepani (2750 m)

  • Beginning Point: Ulleri(2000 m)
  • Distance: 9 km
  • The final destination of the day: Ghorepani
  • Lunch: Nangethanti (2430m)
  • Time: 2.5 to 3 hrs.
  • Total Descent: 90 m
  • Total Ascent: 837 m
  • Overnight: Teahouse/Ghorepani

Attractions:

  • Stunning view of blooming rhododendron.
  •  a number of waterfalls.
  • diverse landscape.

After having breakfast at around 7 am, you will be starting your trek at 8. This is a more special day for you as most of the trail goes through the jungle and the beautiful waterfalls. It is also the short hike day that we recommend you to do the relaxed trek standing and staring at every wonderful station.

If you are lucky to catch your trip in the spring season, you will be amazed at the breathtaking views of blooming rhododendron along the trail. The diverse landscape, stunning views of snow-capped mountains, and the sudden encounter with wild birds and animals really turn your tiring trip into a pleasant one.

You will be enjoying lunch at Nangethanti. However, some trekkers prefer to reach Ghorepani before taking lunch wishing to spend the whole afternoon in the Ghorepani surrounding.

There are two Ghorepani villages, the lower and the upper one. Most check posts are there in the lower Ghorepani. The two villages are just within 10 minutes of walking distance. You might be finding Ghorepani blustery than Ulleri.

Day 5: Ghorepani – Poonhill – Tadapani (2610 m)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

On this day you will have two treks. The first is an early morning short trek for Poonhill peak and the other a trek to Ghandruk. However, the short trek to Poonhill is optional. Please ignore the ‘Trek to Poonhill’ section if you do not choose it.

Attractions:

  • Wonderful sunrise view from the Poonhill peak.
  • Stunning mountain views.
  •  Amazing hike through beautiful forest.

Challenges:

  • You will have to wake up early to catch the sunrise view from the Poonhill peak.
  •  Steep ascent and descent are probably slippery due to snowfall.

Early Morning HIke Up To Poonhill:

  • Beginning Point: Ghorepani
  • Finish: Ghorepani
  • Time: 1.45 hrs to 2 hrs.
  • Type of trail: Steep uphill/steep downhill
  • Distance: 3 km
  • Entry fee: NPR. 100/-
  • Accent: 387 m
  • Descent: 387 m

You are going to see one of the amazing peaks of your trip today. The Poonhill (3210m) is an amusing peak especially popular for sunrise/sunset views and stunning Himalayan views. If the sky is clear, you can see thousands of twinkling stars giving the impression of paradise. The trail is steep uphill. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top. Poonhill Trek is the major highlight of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking package.

If you are trekking in the peak season, don’t worry about getting lost as the trail is filled with hundreds of trekkers. The peak is extremely cold probably snowing. Wear enough clothes to keep you warm. Carrying water is just as you get thirsty while climbing up. A headlamp is essential as it might be dark on the trail while climbing up to the peak. A camera, gloves, beanie, hiking pole and some money are enough things to carry.

Basic Requirements:

Do not carry unnecessary things making the trek more exhausting. Safely lock your stuff in the teahouse room. You will spend around 30 minutes on the top. The descent might be faster than the accent but the trail might be slippery because of snow. The hiking poles are best to use if you have them.

Some of the visitors also trek to Poonhill peak in the afternoon. If the climate is clear, the views in the afternoon are more stunning. In fact, in the afternoon the trail is not so crowded and probably there is none to ask for entrance fee as well.

After returning from the Poonhill peak, enjoy your fantastic breakfast at the teahouse. And then the trek to Tadapani begins in which you require to walk nearly 4 hours. The trail goes through the patches of local villages giving you the chance to stop for lunch, rest, or buy/refill your water bottle.

Most part of this trail is downhill probably slippery with snow. There is one significant 200 m steep uphill just before Tadapani which is also the last ascend of the day. Most trekkers stay overnight at Tadapani. A lot of teahouses are there offering good accommodation.

Day:6 Trek Tadapani to Sinuwa (2360 m)

Beginnig Point: Tadapani End: Sinuwa

Time: 6 to 7 hrs. Overnight: Sinuwa

Take an amazing breakfast enjoy the beautiful views of Fishtail peak from your teahouse table and begin your trek to Sinuwa. There are two ways from Tadapani. One is to Ghandruk whereas the next is to Chomrong. You have to follow the Chomrong trail and descend through the beautiful forest and terraced farmland. 

After crossing the bridge over the Kimrong River, you will be amazed to see the stunning view of Upper Modi valley. Begin hiking to Taulung after you cross the bridge. A steep uphill makes you really tired before you reach a beautiful Gurung village, Chomrong. Quite long descent of stone steps takes you to the bridge over the Chomrong River. Cross the river and begin ascending to Sinuwa where you are spending the night in one of the beautiful teahouses

Day 7: Trek From Sinuwa To Deurali

Begin: Sinuwa Finish: Deurali

Time: 6 hrs. Overnight: Deurali

Today, you have a comparatively easy ascent that moves ahead through the rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forest. You will pass Kuldhigar and then to Bamboo where you will see the large bamboo forest along with other flowers and ferns. 

The trail heads towards Dovan. After passing Dovan, you reach the Hinku cave in the middle of the dense forest. The trail thereafter is probably covered with snow. 

Finally, you reach Deurali, a pleasing village for you to stay overnight. 

Day 8: Trek From Deurali To ABC

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Package
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Package

Today is the special day of your trek. You are spending a night at Annapurna base camp at an elevation of 4130 meters which is also the central point of the trip. 

There are two different ways to reach ABC. Depending on the season of your visit, you need to choose the best one. If you are trekking through Himalayan Masters, our guide will decide the best way for you. These areas are quite dangerous as there is a high possibility of avalanches. 

Finally, you reach the final destination, ABC. The breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and many other snowcapped mountains will give you the impression of heaven. Those views are more stunning in the morning. 

Day 9: Trek from ABC to Sinuwa

Distance: 19 km Time: 5 to 6 hrs.

Ascent: 406 m Descent: 2131 m

Overnight: Sinuwa Accommodation: Teahouse

Attractions:

  • Alluring mountain views from ABC
  • The stunning landscape and rhododendron forest on the way
  • Fascinating views from Sinuwa
  • Charming villages along the trail

Challenges:  

  • The steep and long descent
  • Slippery trail due to snowfall 
  • Extreme cold

After you cherish the morning panoramic views from Annapurna base camp, you need to descend down to Machhapuchhre base camp, Dovan, and then to Sinuwa. The trail moves forward through rhododendron forest and finally, you reach Sinuwa from where you will be almost intoxicated by the magnificent mountain views.

Day 10: Trek From Sinuwa To Jhinudanda

Distance: approximately 17 km Time: 5 to 7 hrs

Overnight: Jhinudanda Accommodation: Teahouse

Attractions:

  • Natural hot shower (probably the next morning)
  • Mostly downhill trail
  • Diverse landscape 

Challenges:

  • Long and tiring descent

While returning back from the Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara, our guide will lead you to the shortcut route. So that you can pass the longer distance than you normally expect. Since most parts of the trail are to be descended, it is easier than ascent for you.

After the 5 to 7 hours walk, you will reach Jhinudanda where you will spend a night in one of the best teahouses. The next day, you will be getting the amazing experience of taking a natural hot water shower. You will really be perplexed seeing the hot water running in the natural spring.   

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Day 11: Drive to Pokhara

It is a special day to have a hot spring shower!

Now it is time to be satisfied with the completion of the successful trek over the Annapurna region. Have a relaxed breakfast and spend some hours in Jhinudanda with the perfect views and sightseeing. 

Our guide will manage a private car or a jeep to return back to Pokhara where you can spend the rest of the day exploring as many magical spots as you can.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek FAQ

How Hard Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

ABC trek begins from 1100 meters altitude and ends at 4140 meters altitude at the final destination Annapurna Base Camp. Because of its gradual increment, it does not disturb your health much. Our body can adjust to the change. The chance of exploring different kinds of flora and fauna is quite high since a significant part of the pathway lies in Annapurna Conservation Area.

The visitors can also experience ascending, descending, and walking on the straight (plain like) path. The green forest, rhododendron forest, hundreds of animals, and birds making their peculiar sounds attract your eyes and ears. Another memorable activity you can enjoy is swimming in the hot spring while returning back.

If comfort is what you seek, you are probably looking for Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

What is the culture of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara like?

Many local villages like Ulleri, Chhumrung, and Ghorepani have to be crossed during the ABC trek which gives you a rich cultural experience of the ethnic community of Gurung, Thakali, and Magar living in the western part of Nepal. The people of different ethnic groups, their unique cultures, and the harmony among them prove one of the Nepalese cultural characteristics “Unity in Diversity”.

What’s the difference between Annapurna Circuit Trek and Base Camp Trek?

While the Annapurna Base camp trek takes you right at the button of Mount Annapurna, the circuit trek circumference around the Annapurna Himalaya range. This Circuit trek used to be about 20 days long. However, due to the development of transportation up to Jagat, both of these treks in Annapurna can be completed within 12days. However, as you need to cross the high passes during the Annapurna Circuit trek, it is more challenging. If you are looking for an easy Trek in Nepal, pick the Annapurna Base camp trek. But the Annapurna base camp treks only take you to the mountains. During the circuit trek, you get to explore many exciting villages like Manang and Mustang. 

Further, Annapurna Circuit Trek includes a long drive from Kathmandu to Jagat and Jomsom to Pokhara. So, it is more expensive. Annapurna Circuit Trek cost $1200 and the Base Camp trek cost $800. 

What’s Mardi Himal Trek vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Is a newly opened, easier, and shorter trek taking you to the base of Mardi Himal. While the Annapurna Base Camp trek has been popular among tourists for decades, this Mardi trek is recently gaining the attention of the world. The Mardi trek also begins from Pokhara and costs the same as Annapurna Base Camp Trek. However, it’s easier and safer for the newbie trekkers. But the views of mountains from the Mardi Himal Trek might not be as beautiful as you can see during the Annapurna Base Camp route which is more challenging and longer.

What is Annapurna Base Camp Trek total distance?

The total Annapurna base camp trek distance from Nayapul is about 110 km. We will be covering this distance for a total of 8 trekking days. This includes the distance from Nayapul to Annapurna base camp and back to Deurali where you get a bus to Pokhara. Pokhara is about 200 km (8 hours of drive) from Kathmandu and Nayapol is about 40.7 km i.e. one hour of drive from Pokhara in Banglung Rajmarg.

How many days to Trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Himalayan Masters standard Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary is 12 days long. This includes your arrival in Nepal on the first day, drive to Pokhara on the second, and then the start of the trek on the third day. Then you will be reaching Annapurna base camp on the 8th day and get back to Pokhara on the 11th day. However, depending upon your itinerary and speed, you can complete Annapurna base camp in a short time. 

Kopra Danda Trek is a good choice if you are looking for a short trek in ANnapurna.

How long is Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara?

The standard package for the Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Kathmandu. However, if you can drive to Pokhara by yourself, your journey will be shorter. The Annapurna Base camp trek from Pokhara is nine days of the journey. And if you want to drive directly to Poonhill, Annapurna Circuit Trek will be completed in 7 days. 

What’s the Annapurna Base Camp Trek height?

This is the 10th highest mountain in the world with Annapurna Summit elevation of 8091 m above sea level. During the trek, we reach its base camp height at 4130 M. This is the highest point of the trek while Pokhara 800 M is the lowest point of the journey. 

What to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Along with your clothes and Gadgets, you will need some trekking gear like a sleeping bag, trekking bag, and downs jacket. You also need to carry some food, extra batteries, and all personal care item. You can get the detailed packing list of the Annapurna Base Camp trek from our guide once you book the trip with Himalayan Masters. Or you can read our article about packing for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Is the Annapurna Base camp trek for 4 days possible?

Even when you are a very experienced trekker, you cannot complete the Annapurna Base camp trek in 4 days. Skipping Poinhill and directly going to Sinuwa on the first day can take you to Annapurna Base camp on the 4th day. Even then, returning back to Pokhara takes two more days. So, the entire journey should be at least six days. 

The only trek in Annpaurna that an be done in 4 days is Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.

Day 1
Arrival at kathmandu (1400mt)

Day 2
Kathmandu to Pokhara (drive) 800mt.

Day 3
Drive to Nayapool and trek to ulleri (1970mt)

Day 4
Ulleri to Ghorepani (2870mt)

Day 5
Hike up to poonhill (3240mt) and trek to chuile (2670mt)

Day 6
Chuile to Sinuwa (2360mt)

Day 7
Sinuwa to Deurali (3210mt)

Day 8
Deurali to Annapurna base camp (4140mt)

Day 9
Annapurna base camp to Upper sinuwa

Day 10
Upper sinuwa to jhinu danda

Day 11
Jhinu danda to pokhara

Day 12
Pokhara to Kathmandu

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu-pokhara-Kathmandu Drive
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS.
  • Guide for 11 days.
  • Porter for 10 days (Add on $110 per potter)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Welcome and fareweel Dinner.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be return after trek)

The cost Excludes

  • international ticket and nepal entry visa.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • personal expenses (phone calls, wifi, bottle or boiled water, shower)
  • Tips for field staff (Recommend)
  • At last, other things that have not been mention above are also on the exclusion list.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
From $860
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Trip Facts

  • Car/jeep/bus
  • 1 to 12 pax
  • 4140mt.