Annapurna Base camp trek also called ABC trek is one of the famous trekking to do in Nepal. Basecamp of Mount Annapurna (8091 meters) high above the sea level. You will not be summiting the Annapurna in this package but surely its base camp. Annapurna base camp is situated at an altitude of 4130 meters. Hiking to Annapurna base camp will give you an opportunity to explore many things. The beautiful scenery over there along with the view of Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli and Mount Machhapuchhre is mind – blowing. Not only the mountains, you will also be exploring the culture and tradition of local Gurung settlement too. Hiking through the jungle along with the exploration of local flora and fauna is considered to be one of the most memorable part of this trek.
What to Expect in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Base camp trek can be an ideal package for the nature lovers. You will be exploring the beautiful nature each and every day of your hike. Nepalgram Adventure will make your arrangement of permit to enter Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and provide you the satellite phone for the day to day information about the route and other necessary information as per your queries. Hotel/teahouses will be booked by our company before you reach to every destination (day to day). We will be giving you the information every time you needed while trekking without a doubt.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Compared to other trekking area in Nepal, being at the altitude over 4000 meters Annapurna base camp trek is considered to be the easy trek to do in Nepal. It is considered to be the easy trek because of its easy trail and short walking days. But you have to follow the proper guideline during your hike for the full easiness without any difficulty.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be completed 12-14 days as per the choice of trekkers. The 12 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from 8 hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The 2nd day you will be travelling in private vehicle for 2 hours and hiking 4 hours to reach to Hile. During the drive and hike you will be blessed to witness the scenic view of the surrounding.
The 3rd day you will be trekking towards Ghorepani which will take you around 7 hours. During the trek you will witness the majestic Annapurna Ranges and Mount Dhaulagiri.The next day you will be hiking to Poonhill for around 2 hours in the morning for eye-catchy view of sunrise along with the mountains and 6 hours hike to reach to Tadapani.
The 5th day of your trek will take you to the chhomrong village. It takes around 6 hours to reach to the chhomrong village from Tadapani.The next day you will be trekking through bamboo forest for 7 hours to reach to Himalaya.
The 7th day of your trek will take you to Annapurna Base Camp through the trail of jungle and no tree zone which will take around 7 hours.You will be witnessing the Annapurna ranges from close along with the Mount Hiunchuli and Mount Machhapuchhre from Annapurna Base Camp.The next day you will be heading towards sinuwa. It takes around 8 hours to reach to sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp.
The 9th day of your trek will take you to Jhinu Hotspring where you can find natural hot water. You can take a bath and relax at Jhinu.The next day you will hike 6 hours to reach Pothana. During the hike to Pothana, you will be passing through many villages and see the culture and lifestyle of local settlement. The next day you will be hiking downhill for 3 hours to reach Phedi and from phedi you will be travelling in private vehicle for 2 hours. The next day is the last day of your trek you will be heading back to Kathmandu in tourist bus.
If you are choosing 14 days itinerary over 12 days to trek to Annapurna Base Camp, it includes Kathmandu City Tour and Pokhara City Tour. The 14 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary goes like this;
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (1400 meters); 8 hours approx.
Day 2: Pokhara to Hile (1500 meters); 2 hours’ drive/ 4 hours trek, approx.
Day 3: Trekking from HIle to Ghorepani (2880meters); 7 hours approx.
Day 4: Morning hike from Ghorepani to poonhill (2 hours) and trek to Tadapani; 6 hours approx.
Day 5: Trekking from Tadapani to Chhomrong; 6 hours approx.
Day 6: Trekking from Chhomrong to Himalaya (3100meters); 7 hours approx.
Day 7: Trekking from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp; 7 hours approx.
Day 8: Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa; 8 hours approx.
Day 9: Trekking from Sinuwa to Jhinu; 5 hours Approx.
Day 10: Trekking from Jhinu to Pothana: 6 hours Approx.
Day 11: Trekking from Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara in private Vehicle.
Day 12: Sightseeing of Pokhara City
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Guided Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu UNESCO Heritage site.
Best Time to Trek Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp trek can be done throughout the year but autumn and spring season (March – May) is considered to be the best time (September – November) to trek to Annapurna Base camp. These seasons are the peak season so you can find many numbers of trekkers in the trail of Annapurna Base camp. The view of surroundings and mountains are clear in these seasons along with the comfortable trail.
However, monsoon and winter seasons are not highly recommended but you can find the trail with few numbers of trekkers to Annapurna Base Camp. Monsoon season is not recommended due the slippery trail because of rainfall but once the surrounding is clear after rainfall you can find the best and clear view of eye-catchy snow-capped mountains. You can also view the surrounding full of eye-catchy flowers which seems like wild garden during monsoon season.
Likewise, winter season is also not recommend due to the slippery trail because of snow but the snow full surrounding over the Annapurna Base Camp area looks so beautiful during winter season. You will need mini spikes to trek on the top of snow during winter season.
Major attraction to see at Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Scenic view of surrounding during the drive and hike
- Walking through the jungle and villages
- Exploration of culture, tradition and lifestyle of local people
- Exploration of local flora and fauna
- View of sunrise from poonhill along with the mountains
- Bathing in Jhinu Hotspring (Natural Hot Water)
- View of mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail).