Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration13 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Country Nepal
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 4130m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Type Tea house
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Guiding Method English
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek which one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The 13 Days Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) Trek itinerary helps to get Annapurna base camp 4,130m, offers breathtaking majestic mountain views.  And there is a region for being so. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp combines the nature in its rawest forms and some of the loveliest people you will ever meet.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also recognized as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, stands out as one of Nepal's most favored trekking routes. The meticulously planned 13-day itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek leads adventurers to the awe-inspiring altitude of 4,130 meters, providing panoramic views of majestic mountains. The region's allure lies in its unique combination of unspoiled nature and encounters with some of the warmest and friendliest locals.

Nestled in the northern part of Central Nepal, the Annapurna region is bordered by the Kali Gandaki to the west, the Pokhara Valley to the south, and the Marshyangdi River to the north and east. Safeguarding this area is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). The trek's highlight is undoubtedly the breathtaking vistas of Mt. Annapurna and neighboring stunning peaks.

The journey to Annapurna Base Camp ensures a comfortable stay throughout. With a well-defined trekking route, tea houses equipped with basic amenities offer a pleasant and enjoyable experience. These stops not only provide comfort but also serve as opportunities to engage with the locals, belonging to Gurung, Magar, and Thakali ethnicities. Immerse yourself in their unique cultures and traditions, transforming the trek into a meaningful connection with both the Himalayas and the remarkable people along the way.

Himalayan Joy Adventure presents the 13-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, commencing in Kathmandu. The true challenge begins at Nayapul, following a drive, with the first day concluding in Ghandruk. Over the next four days, traverse picturesque villages and landscapes, ultimately reaching the Annapurna Base Camp. After marveling at the majestic Annapurna, the return journey takes you back to Nayapul. A two-and-a-half-day trek leads to Nayapul, from where you drive back to Pokhara. The subsequent day involves traveling to Kathmandu, enriched with a plethora of captivating stories.

In summary, the trek presents a moderate level of difficulty, with the day of crossing Thorong La Pass requiring endurance. For those possessing a sound mind and physique, completing this trek is feasible with relative ease.

Best Time to trek Annapurna Base Camp

The optimal time for embarking on a trek to Annapurna Base Camp is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Spring spans from March to May, while Autumn encompasses the months of September to November in Nepal.

During Spring, the weather is pleasantly warm, and the trail is adorned with blooming rhododendrons, enhancing the trek's scenic beauty. However, it's noteworthy that in the early afternoon, the mountains may be veiled by clouds.

Autumn stands out as the prime season for an Annapurna Base Camp trek. This period follows the conclusion of the monsoon, ensuring a moderate and comfortable temperature. The views are exceptionally clear and captivating, making Autumn the preferred season for a significant number of trekkers heading to Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a moderate hiking experience, leading you to an elevation of 4,130 meters. Despite reaching the base camp of the world's tenth-highest mountain, the trek is not overly challenging. On average, you'll walk for about 5-6 hours each day. For those in good physical condition, the ABC trek requires no specialized technical knowledge.

Before embarking on this adventure in Nepal, it's advisable to undergo some preparation. Dedicate a few mornings over several weeks to activities like jogging, running, and regular exercise. Additionally, consider engaging in hiking and short trekking experiences to better prepare yourself for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.


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Greetings to Nepal! Upon your arrival at the airport, our representative will greet you and transport you to a hotel in Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, providing the opportunity to either relax in your hotel room or explore the bustling city. Witness the vibrant evening atmosphere of Kathmandu, with Thamel being an ideal area for an evening stroll. If you require any trekking essentials, Thamel is the perfect place to make your purchases.

  • Max. Altitude: 1300 m.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Dinner

On the second day, embark on a Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Following your morning breakfast, begin your exploration of Kathmandu with our guide. The city boasts numerous UNESCO-listed world heritage sites awaiting discovery. Visit Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After the sightseeing excursion, return to your hotel. If you have trek preparations to attend to, ensure you complete them during this time.

  • Max. Altitude: 1300 m.
  • Accommodation: HOTEL
  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


On the third day, embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara. After approximately 6 hours of travel by tourist bus, you will arrive in the enchanting city of Pokhara. Known as a heavenly destination for tourists, Pokhara offers a breathtaking Lakeside experience. Spend the remainder of your day enjoying the serene atmosphere by the lake. The Lakeside area comes alive in the evenings, offering opportunities to revel in live music, visit clubs, and immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude: 860 m.
  • Accommodation: HOTEL
  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Following a journey of approximately one and a half hours from Pokhara, you will arrive at Nayapul, the starting point of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. From there, your trek commences, leading you alongside Modi Khola to the picturesque village of Ghandruk. Nestled in the hills, Ghandruk is a stunning Gurung village that affords breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other snow-covered peaks.

  • Max. Altitude: 1940 m.
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The morning in Ghandruk unfolds with a spectacular sunrise, setting the stage for an amazing experience. After savoring the beauty, enjoy a hearty breakfast before resuming your trek towards Chhomrong Village, a journey that spans approximately 5-6 hours of steady walking. The initial part involves a slightly uphill climb, followed by a descent to Kimrong Khola where you'll stop for lunch.

Post-lunch, the trail leads you in an ascent towards Chhomrong, a process taking around 90 minutes. Serving as the gateway to the Annapurna region, Chhomrong offers modern amenities such as WiFi, heaters, and hot showers, though they may incur additional charges. Prepare for a comfortable overnight stay in Chhomrong.

  • Max. Altitude: 2170 m.
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, the trek is about 4-5 hours. After your morning breakfast, you begin descending via 2500 stone steps and cross Chhomrong Khola by a bridge. Then the uphill climb to Sinuwa begins. After passing by Sinuwa, you walk through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar and then descend to Bamboo. You spend the sixth night of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Bamboo.

  • Max. Altitude: 2350 m.
  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The trek from Bamboo to Deurali spans about 5 hours of a steady walk. Commencing the journey, you traverse through a dense bamboo forest, where the thick vegetation creates a damp and cool atmosphere by blocking the sunlight.

As you progress and reach Himalaya Hotel, the landscape opens up, revealing an incredible view of a glacial river cascading below—an image worth capturing. Continuing the trek, you ascend steeply through a drier forest to Hinku Cave. Descending from there, the trail leads to a river crossing, and the final stretch of the day involves a last uphill climb to reach Deurali.

  • Max. Altitude: 3230 m.
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Embark on the pivotal day of your Annapurna Base Camp trek. The journey involves ascending to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and onward to Annapurna Base Camp. As you navigate this challenging terrain, be sure to take frequent short breaks. Given the high altitude, it's essential to rest frequently and maintain a gradual pace.

In the morning, traverse a steep trail to the north along the mountainside. Upon reaching Machhapuchhre Base Camp, pause for lunch and take a moment to absorb the breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, and other towering peaks.

Continuing westward for approximately two hours, you'll ultimately arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. From this vantage point, witness the awe-inspiring views of Annapurna glacier, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Singachuli, Bhara Chuli, Gangapurna, and various other minor peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Begin your day with the morning sunrise at the base camp, followed by a descent to Bamboo. After a night nestled in the embrace of Annapurna, it's time to retrace your path, descending and treating yourself to panoramic scenic views. After about 1-1.5 hours, you'll reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Take a break there before heading south towards Bamboo, crossing glaciers along the way. Continuing south, you'll arrive at Deurali, where you can enjoy lunch. The journey then leads you through villages such as Himalayan and Dobhan, ultimately guiding you back to Bamboo.

The trek alongside the Modi Khola's bank lasts about 7-8 hours, concluding with your return to Bamboo. Some trekkers may choose to stay at Dobhan rather than descending all the way to Bamboo.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Following your morning breakfast, commence your trek toward Sinuwa. The trail from Bamboo to Sinuwa is particularly enchanting, adorned with vibrant rhododendrons. In the spring, the area transforms into a stunning display of blooming rhododendrons. As you ascend to Kuldighar, enjoy the climb amidst this natural beauty before descending to Chomrong Khola. Climbing stone steps will bring you to Chhomrong village, where you'll stop for lunch.

The journey from Chhomrong to Jhinu Danda involves a downhill walk, taking approximately 45 minutes to reach your destination. Upon checking into your hotel room, you can indulge in a hot water bath in the natural hot spring by the Modi River, which is about a 20-minute walk from Jhinu Danda.

You'll spend the tenth night in Jhinu Danda.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This marks the final trekking day of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Following your morning breakfast, proceed through Syauli Bazaar, descending to Kimrong Khola, and continue walking to Nayapul. From Nayapul, you will drive to Pokhara, where you can enjoy the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

On the following day, your journey will take you to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Take the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and indulge in some shopping. Our team will host a farewell dinner where you can share your experiences of exploring the amazing Annapurna Region.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

We will facilitate your transfer to the airport, extending our best wishes for a safe and joyous journey. We hope to welcome you again in the future and eagerly await your feedback. Safe travels!

  • Meals: Breakfast

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek map

Service Details

What's Included
  • Airport Pick up and drop by Private tourist Vehicle.
  • 3 night Hotel(3-5 star) in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the trek
  • Tourist bus ( Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu )
  • Private transport to and from Nayapul
  • English speaking guide
  • Porter (One porter for two person)
  • Insurance for Himalayan Joy Staff
  • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-Shirt and Duffel bag
  • TIMS and ACAP permits
What's not Included
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation ( Most Required)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax 
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 and Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Cold drinks such as Mineral water, Cola, Beer etc.(Mineral water will cost per liter from Rs. 100 till Rs.500 and if you bring water purifying tablet is best idea cause you will help to save nature from not using plastic bottles and also its much cheaper then mineral water )
  • Bars bill such as Mars, Sneaker, Bounty chocolate etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

Useful Information


Every day, the world grapples with a significant challenge of environmental pollution, and Nepal is no exception. Our field staff members are deeply mindful of environmental concerns at all times, and we extend this awareness to everyone. We recommend to our guests the use of boiled water or water purification pills instead of purchasing bottled water. This practice helps reduce the use of plastic bottles, which take a long time to decompose. While trekking, consider ordering the same food items as a group to minimize fuel consumption, and note that campfires are strongly discouraged. We advocate for responsible travel, leaving only footprints on the trail and ensuring the removal of all non-biodegradable items you bring along.

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