- Spectacular close-by views of snow-capped 10th highest peak in the world Mount. Annapurna and surrounding peaks.
- Lush green forests, blossoming of seasonal red and pink rhododendron, orchids
- Hot spring for relaxing, healing sore muscles in Jhinu Danda
- Fascinating local culture, lifestyle, and tradition
- Breathtaking sceneries in the remote villages of Nepal
Group Size 1+
Trip Grade Moderate
Best Season March - May and September- December
Accommodation Hotel/Tea House
Max Elevation 4130 m
Meals Full Board
Transportation Private Vehicle/Flight
Trek Route Pokhara-Ghandruk-Chhomrong-ABC
|Price per Person
|4 - 6 Paxes
|7 - 12 Paxes
|13 - 18 Paxes
Annapurna Base Camp Trek: A Mesmerizing Journey to the Lap of the Himalayas
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, is a highly admired 7-day trekking trail. The unique combination of elevations & depths on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days gives rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The trail takes you through dense rhododendron woods, paddy fields, and steep stepping stones through picturesque villages. The diverse culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Gurung ethnicity add beauty to the ABC trek itinerary. Experience the pure beauty of the diverse Himalayan landscape as you hike through remote villages, fairy-tale forests, massive highlands cut by flowing rivers, mules transporting supply goods, and blue-hued peaks.
Chhomrong village is the gateway to the renowned Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek. The beautiful ice cave on the way to Machhapuchhre Base Camp looks surreal. The site of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m is exceptional and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), and other surrounding peaks. Relaxing sore muscles in a hot spring after an arduous trek. Spend quality time at mountain tea houses with friendly natives. One can witness the endless joy of travel and exploration with Hillary Step Treks in the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal. Our Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek price range from USD 449 to USD 770.
Travel Blogs/Guides for ABC Trek
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Our HST representative meets you at your hotel in the morning. If you’re planning on doing the Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhara, you’ll begin your journey to Syauli Bazaar on a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. After that drive, trek to Ghandruk for 3 hours which is at an elevation of 1960m. Upon reaching Ghandruk, witness spectacular views of the mountains like Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village and home to the Gurung museum. The village is developed yet has maintained its aura. Be enthralled to see the beautiful architectural settlements and rural agricultural lifestyle. Rest for a while at the lodge or teahouse after a 3-hour hike. Remaining day, you can visit the Gurung museum and learn more about the Gurung culture from the friendly locals of the village. Stay overnight at a teahouse in Ghandruk.
Upper Sinuwa is at the elevation of 2360 m and it takes 6/7 hours to reach. After breakfast, head towards one of the biggest villages Chhomrong also a gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp route. Passing through beautiful forests, rivers, and scenic views of the mountains Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre. Also, a great stop for coffee lovers and bakery items is also available here. Have a short coffee break here and walk downhill to cross one of the longest suspensions bridge in this region. Enjoy the fascinating views from the bridge and continue walking uphill. Several ascents and descents can be exhausting but mesmerizing sceneries on way is worth watching. The dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and cedar trees are en route to the trail. There is a permit check-point at Chhomrong’s exit. After about an hour of walking, you reach Upper Sinuwa. Rest and relax for a day and stay overnight at Upper Sinuwa.
Bamboo which is at an elevation of 2145m. Continue trekking descending through the dense lush forests, crossing river streams, ascending towards the snow-covered mountains, and admiring the organic farms on the trails. Gradually walking on Dovan, get a glimpse of a well-utilized micro-hydro power plant on the upper edge of the deep gorge. Just a little ahead of Dovan, you come across a huge waterfall rushing into the river Modi Khola. There is also a small shrine called Pojo Nim Baraha, worshipped as the source of energy by the Gurung locals.
After crossing Dovan, another steep ascent leads to a beautiful location Himalaya. Witness the varieties of rhododendron and oak trees in this region. On the way, traverse the steep trail to arrive at the Hinko cave (3160m). Explore large rocks protecting the region from landslides and avalanches. After that, move further to climb the endless stone steps and stay overnight towards the destination of the day Deurali elevating at 3200m.
Most awaited day of the trek, as you head towards the primary destination “Annapurna Base Camp” elevated at 4130m. After breakfast, begin this trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp which takes 5/6 hours. Walk along the wide valley and steep trails to reach the Annapurna Sanctuary. On the way to trek, you pass through two avalanches along the Cliffside
You pass through Bagar surrounded by a green meadowland on the left side of the valley. After trekking for a few hours, you arrive at the majestic Machhapuchhre Base Camp elevated at 3700m. Experience the breathtaking Himalayan scenery of the Annapurna region from this place. A panoramic view of mountains in a seasonal month makes your trekking worthy. A pleasant steady uphill walk than previous days.
A rewarding marvelous, clear, jaw-dropping view of Mount Annapurna South (7229m), Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhare (6997m), and Gangapurna (7454m) and other peaks so close and so near. Make memories in the vicinity of mesmerizing snow-capped mountains. Rest, relax and enjoy the scenery. Stay overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Wake up early to watch the sunrise through the mountains of the Annapurna ranges. In the clear sky, the sun’s rays create a magical glitter on the Himalayan peaks which is one spectacular view to experience. After breakfast, bid farewell to the Annapurna Base Camp and return to the trail. Retrace the steps back passing once again through the view of Annapurna South & Machhapuchhare Base Camps. Walk down the peaceful trails to reach Bamboo. Stay overnight at the teahouse.
Wake up with a refreshing feeling after 6 long days of trek and therapeutic hot spring bathing. Have your breakfast and walk 30 minutes to the jeep station at Syomrong. From there, drive back to Pokhara. The journey for Annapurna Base Camp Trek ends here but the memories and experiences are forever cherished. You can rest for a while and explore Pokhara later or you can move as per your schedule.
- Total six night. Two nights with Attached bathroom Ghandruk & Jhinu. Four night Standard accommodation at Sinuwa, Deurali, ABC & Bamboo.
- All standard meals ( 7 Lunch, 6 Dinner & 6 Breakfast ) During the Trek
- Pokhara/Syaulibazar and Syomrong /Pokhara by Taxi/ Jeep
- Annapurna Conservation area Project (ACAP) permit
- Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) cards
- Professional & government licensed holder English Speaking Trekking Guide
- Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation etc
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Map
- First aid kit
- Water purification tablets safe drinking water
- Cookies and seasonal fruits Everyday
- All government and Local Taxes
- International Airfare
- Nepal entry Visa fees on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport ( 15 Days $30, 30 Days $50, 90 Days $125 )
- All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( before and after journey)
- extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early return from the trek
- Travel & Health Insurance
- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transportation
- All hard and soft table drinks such as Coke, Fanta, Beer, Water and deserts in trek
- Hot Shower/Battery Charges/International call/WIFI & Internet on trek
- Your trekking gear
- Tips for guides and porters
Equipment Checklist for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Here is a general gear checklist for the trek for trekking in Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Upper Body: –
- A long-sleeve thermal base layer
- Trekking shirt
- Insulation layer
- fleece jacket
- Warm Down Jacket
- waterproof jacket
- T-Shirt lightweight
- Beanie and ear warmers
- Sunhat & Scarf
- Headlights with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Dust Masks
- Lip Balm
- Face /Body wipe
legs & Boots: –
- Trekking Pants two pairs
- waterproof jacket
- Trekking boots
- Sport Shoes
- Crampons (If snow or Ice)
- Thermal Leggins
- Underwear & thick Socks
Essentials Gear: –
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag
- Water bottle
- Backpack or Day pack
- Quick drying towel
- Toilet paper
- Small mirror
- Nail cutter
Personal accessories: –
- Power bank
- Extra batteries for the Camera
- Diary & Pen
- Extra Passport copy and Photos
- Firsts Aid Kits
Note: The above list can be customized as per the seasons and necessity of the trekkers.
How to get to Pokhara?
Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations as well as the ‘Tourist Capital’ of Nepal. The city is surrounded by spectacular mountain views, landscapes, lake sides, and marvelous cultural palaces. Pokhara is renowned as the starting point for numerous trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna region. Pokhara is the favorite stop destination for most trekkers before heading to the Annapurna region or as a relaxing station before venturing for some serious trekking. Pokhara can be easily traveled by air flight and highway.
The best way to reach Pokhara is to take a direct flight to Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport followed by another domestic flight to Pokhara. It takes 25 minutes to reach and one can explore Pokhara city before commencing the trek. Access to direct bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The distance between both cities is around 200kilometers and can be covered in around 7 to 8 hours. Alternatively, book a cab and drive to Pokhara if you wish hassle-free travel.
Meals in Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days
Meals during the trek are healthy and suitable for trekkers. It keeps them fit and energized throughout the trek. Most of the ingredients are organic or carried from the lower regions to your teahouses. Trekkers can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) The staple dish is Nepali Dal Bhat alongside curry, which provides enough fuel for you to keep walking. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served from the teahouses or a lodge menu on the way to the destination stops. The prices for meal rises as you go higher. There are also small shops and cafes to buy snacks or chocolate bars for a quick bite.
Accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Accommodation in the Annapurna region is abundant and typically with good choices in each small village you go to. Trails in the Annapurna region are mostly accompanied by teahouses and so is the Annapurna Base Camp trail. You can expect to stay in fairly developed and relatively comfortable teahouses during the trek. Ghandruk and Jhinu danda area especially provide all the additional facilities like Wi-Fi, hot water, attached bathrooms & laundry with your rooms too. Although there is no availability of running hot water in every village, you can get a bucket full of hot water for a shower. You are provided with the basic facilities and services even at teahouses at high-altitude places here. But the prices rise higher as you go higher. During the winter season, heaters, and blankets are provided. On cold nights, there is a fire in the commonplace to keep the room warm.
Most of the teahouses are owned and operated by local families over there. You can hear some folklore, learn about a different culture, and community and also share some stories with friendly locals. Make sure you ask for the availability of working electrical outlets, and Wi-Fi before taking a room on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail. Be humble and respect the local norms while staying in these places.
Plastic water bottles are forbidden in the Annapurna Conservation Area. So, you can fill up your water bottles at the guesthouses with boiled water or water purified through an osmosis filtration system. Similarly, freshwater streams straight from the Himalayas are also not hard to find while trekking. You should carry some chlorine tablets or water purification agents to perform your water treatment and just to be safe. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated while trekking. It is always good to carry your own drinking water bottle.
Internet Connectivity on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Internet and Wi-Fi facilities are installed in most of the teahouses and lodges of Annapurna region trails. Trekkers can expect a fairly smooth connection for the most part. However, some places of trek do not have internet services due to the difficult topographies and technical problems. But overall, you can expect Wi-Fi service in most of the lodges or teahouses of the trek. Some of the lodges provide free Wi-Fi and some of them charge a small amount, it depends on where you are staying. The Wi-Fi here in the trails is only enough to send some messages and pictures as the signal is not stable and of high speed. Hence, don’t rely on Internet service. You can access the internet in Annapurna Base Camp via Sim Card Internet. You can buy data packages and use them. To experience the breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains at the panoramic view at Annapurna Base Camp is a one-lifetime experience that you can’t get through streaming Netflix or surfing the internet. So, it is wise to stay away from the Internet world for a while in the mountains and enjoy the moment.
Reaching the starting point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
There are primarily three trekking routes (Ghandruk trekking route, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek route, and Dhampus trekking route) used by trekkers to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. All these routes lead to the Chhomrong village and from this village, there is only one trail to get to the base camp. Since this is a seven-day trek, with the itinerary created by the expert guides and trekking operators of Hillary Step Treks you trek via the Ghandruk route. Firstly, a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazaar and then trek to Ghandruk. We also provide customization options if necessary as well. Other routes make you add about 3-4 extra days for the same trek.
Permits are required for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You are required to get two permits for this trek i.e. a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and an Entry Permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Both permits are mandatory and can be purchased at the tourism office in Kathmandu or either in Pokhara.
All treks in the Annapurna Sanctuary National Park requires ACAP and TIMS permit. The permit costs NPR 3000 and NPR 2000 respectively. For SAARC nationals, the ACAP and TIMS permit is NPR 1000 and NPR 600 respectively. Both ACAP and TIMS permit can be used for all applicable treks until it has an exit stamp on them.
Travel Insurance is one of the quintessential things you must do before any travel or trek. Most trekkers face many obstacles as they ignore this important part of the trek. Travel insurance, not only acts as a safety net against the risk of experiencing unforeseen medical expenses but also safeguards against other travel-related emergencies that could ruin your trek. One must confirm that the travel insurance covers an altitude of above 4000 meters. Medical extremities, luggage loss, theft, flight cancellations, etc. must be covered. Hence you should get appropriate travel insurance before you start on this trek to enjoy it without worries.
How tough is Annapurna Base Camp Trek for trekkers having various experience levels?
Annapurna Base Camp trek is moderately tough for trekkers. If you have experience trekking in the Himalayas before, it is quite easier. We recommend you in attempting short hikes before venturing into the high-elevation trails of the Himalayas. It would be better if you go hiking having many steep ascents and descents as Annapurna Base Camp is comprised of it. You descend the same trail you ascend. However, with proper guides and planning, anyone can complete the trek without any hassle. Even people who have average physical fitness but strong restraint and a positive attitude can do trekking. The weather is pleasant during the season and you can find plenty of other trekkers to assist you throughout the journey. Be sure to experience the trek during the season if you are a first-time trekker. It is convenient if you have a guide and porter to escort you.
Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization at Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Altitude sickness is common for trekkers heading over the 3000 meters (10000 ft.) mark in the Himalayas. You do plenty of steep ascents and descent trekking during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. We have thoughtfully planned acclimatization days to make sure your body is adjusting to the altitude. These stopovers at Sinuwa and Deurali are vital. However, only a minor percentage of trekkers are severely ill and proper caution can let you be safe here. The primary symptom of altitude sickness are headache, nausea, breathlessness, vomiting, and in extreme cases hallucinations and unconsciousness. Make sure you let your guides know if you have any of these symptoms while trekking the Annapurna Base Camp trail. Some key points to avoid altitude sickness are:
- Do warm-up hikes and stretching before starting the journey for the day.
- Drink an adequate amount of water. Keep rehydrating at regular intervals. It is best to drink a liter every hour you’ve walked then. Set yourself to urinate further throughout the day and night.
- Get plenty of rest & sleep. Don’t push yourself too much while walking. The key is to ascend slowly and gradually.
- You need to have an applicable balanced diet throughout the journey. Avoid too-much salty food and alcohol throughout the trek.
- If necessary take the capsules for Altitude sickness by consulting with your guide. If you feel too uncomfortable descend immediately.
Best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. The best time to trek the Annapurna Base Camp is during the shoulder seasons of either mid-March -April – May (spring) or mid-September – October – November (autumn) which are considered to be pre-monsoon and before winter respectively.
The climate is slightly hot during the day while hiking and deep freeze at night depending on the altitude. There is also less chance of rain during this time and you can expect clear weather, fully serviceable teahouses, and plenty of daylight which is perfect for hiking. Summer treks are available too. However, off-season trekking is available for experienced trekkers. We recommend you do methodical planning and medications while trying to complete the Annapurna Base Camp during any time of the year.
Benefits of Choosing Hillary Step Treks (HST)
- Our experienced team of over one decade has accomplished treks in Annapurna Base Camp treks and other treks too.
- Our guides are fluent in English, and Nepali dialects. They know the terrain, culture, people, and the Annapurna region through & through.
- HST provides you with the best value services for your money. No hidden cost, every step with HST is transparent and clear. We value our clients over profit any day.
- Your safety is the top priority while trekking with the HST team. Thus, in case of an emergency first-aid kit or provision of rescue teams as a requirement.
- We are a government-registered company providing you with real care services at the best reasonable rate.
- Our company also has 70% repetitive clients over the years which shows their trust in us.
- We go the extra mile to assure you of a complete trekking experience in Nepal. HST is your ideal choice for trekking in Nepal.
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