The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. There are only few treks in Himalaya that brings us through so many different landscapes in such a short period of time. We walk alongside terraced rice fields, amazing rhododendron and bamboo forests, cute little villages and high altitude landscapes. And most of the time we can see the fantastic Annapurna Range with their famous peaks of Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
The setting of the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is absolute unique and incredibly spectacular. It is also called Annapurna Sanctuary because of its oval shaped plateau which is surrounded by a ring of mountains. Arriving at ABC we find ourselves face to face with the magical Annapurna I (8091 m). The sunrise there is truly breathtaking.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek and takes 10 days. Depending on your available time I can shorten the trek to 7 days or extend to 11 days. The itinerary presented here takes 10 days, starting from Pokhara.
The lodges in the Annapurna Trekking Region offer extensive menus, ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza’s and spaghetti. Hot showers are available at most of the places.
We start in the early morning in Pokhara and take a local bus or taxi to Nayapul. It takes around 1 hour to reach Nayapul. From Nayapul we walk around 6 hours with a short lunch break and reach our destination in Ulleri (1940 m) in the late afternoon. On the way to Ulleri we are passing typical Nepali villages and beautiful terraced rice fields. The last part of the walk is quite challenging as we have to climb up approx. 3.200 stone steps! We have dinner at a nice lodge and stay there overnight.
After breakfast we head up for Ghorepani. Todays trail is slightly easier than the way to Ulleri the day before. We walk through amazing rhododendron forests, pass beautiful waterfalls and cross little bridges. After lunch in Nangethati we continue our walk towards Ghorepani (2750 m) and reach the beautiful, blue village in the late afternoon. From Ghorepani we have a great view on the magnificent Dhaulagiri (8167 m) – our first over 8000 m peak on that trek. We stay overnight in a lodge and have dinner there.
We get up very early in the morning and climb up to Poon Hill (3210 m) to see a breathtaking sunrise with the view on Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and the complete Annapurna range. After sunrise we walk back to Ghorepani and have breakfast there. After breakfast we continue walking through beautiful rhododendron forests, alongside wild creeks and waterfalls. We reach Tadapani (2590 m) in the late afternoon. We stay overnight in a lodge and have dinner there.
As usual we start our walk after breakfast. The trail leads us alongside terraced rice fields and we pass many little settlements. We descend to cross the Kimrung Khola River and then climb up to reach Chhomrong in the early afternoon. In Chhomrong we have a lazy afternoon. The German Bakery in the middle of the village offers a fantastic chocolate cake. From Chhomrong we have a fantastic view on Fishtail and Annapurna South. The sunset there is absolutely breathtaking. We stay overnight in a nice lodge.
Today’s walk starts with a steep way down until we cross the Chhomrong Khola River. After the bridge we climb up to reach Sinuwa, where we have lunch. After lunch we continue our walk through the jungle and beautiful bamboo forests. We reach the settlement Bamboo (2300 m) in the early afternoon. Bamboo is famous for its large Lemurs colonies. With a little luck we can see one of them in the trees around our lodge. We stay overnight in a lodge.
After breakfast in our lodge we start our trek walking through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests. After a little settelmant called Himalaya we steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali (2920 m). We stay overnight in Deurali.
Today we have only a short walk what is good to get used to the high altitude. We start after breakfast and the trial goes alongside the beautiful Modi Khola River. On the way we have an amazing view on the holly mountain of Machapuchare (Fishtail) which changes its shape the closer we come. We reach MBC (3700 m) at lunch time. After lunch we have the whole afternoon to explore the surroundings. After dinner in our lodge we go to bed early as we have to get up in the middle of the night to reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) before sunrise.
We get up around 3:30 am and start our walk at 4 am. The setting of the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is absolute unique and incredibly spectacular. It is also called Annapurna Sanctuary because of its oval shaped plateau which is surrounded by a ring of mountains. Arriving at ABC we find ourselves face to face with the magical Annapurna I (8091 m). The sunrise there is truly breathtaking. After breakfast at ABC we go back to MBC collect our luggage and descend to Bamboo. We stay overnight in Bamboo.
After breakfast in Bamboo we continue our walk on the same trial which we used before and reach Chhomrong around lunch time. After lunch in Chhomrong we leave our previous path and walk steep down to a very nice place called Jhinu Danda (1780 m). We leave our bags in the lodge and climb down to the take a relaxing bath in the hot springs of the Modi Khola River. We stay overnight in Jhinu Danda.
That is our last day on the trek. We start after breakfast and walk through beautiful landscape with many little villages and terraced rice fields. We enjoy the flora of the region and meet numerous colourful butterflies on our way. We arrive in Nayapul in the late afternoon where we take a car or a local bus back to Pokhara.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of the trip, and season of the trip. We can find a variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. The majority of the gears which are for sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.
Many of the personal climbing gears can be hired in the base camp as well, however, the quality of equipment at base camp can be not as high as those found in Kathmandu to hire. Further, it will be better to remember that at the start of the trek, apart from our day pack, our luggage that will be carried by porters. Since luggage has weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
- Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottle (2) or camel bag
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
- 1 medium sized quick-drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Antibacterial hands wash
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guidebook
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble.
Two nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the trekking).
Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by bus.
All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
All government taxes.
Excess baggage charges with domestic flight.
Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu.
Emergency rescue and medical expenses.
Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters.
Tips for the trekking crew.
Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required.
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