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The legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Go along and trek through the Himalaya to the base camp of Annapurna I, the legendary Nepalese mountain with a height of 8091m. Next to Annapurna, the entire Annapurna Massif consists of thirteen peaks above 7000 meters and no less than sixteen peaks above 6000 meters.

Last updated in April 2020

During our trip we pass beautiful waterfalls, villages, rice terraces, rhododendron forests and we have fantastic views before reaching Annapurna Base Camp. This is the other side of the Himalaya. The slightly different Nepal. It's more local, rural, and you'll quickly feel at ease in the Gurung community. Mountains? Certainly. Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri are looking forward to your arrival.

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What Is The Best Season for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking at the Annapurna Massif. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.

How is the weather like on the Annapurna Base Camp?

As described in the section herefore Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking at the Annapurna Massif. But how's the weather like in these seasons?

In Summer
Summer season falls in the month of June, July and August. Summer is the month of the hottest temperature and therefore has the most pleasant trekking conditions. But the monsoon that coincides with the summer means that you have to be more careful with your preparation as the trekking trails might be wet and slippery.

In Winter
Winter (December-January) treks in the Annapurna region are not as popular as the Spring or Autumn treks. The places along the Annapurna Base Camp trek can be extremely cold during the winter. The temperature of Annapurna Base Camp itself can be as low as -10 degree C which tempts trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions. However, trekking in Annapurna Base Camp in the winter has its own benefits. The skies are clear with little or no chances of rain. The accommodation is easier to find and cheaper too as there are off-season discounts. Further, the views of the mountains during the winter season is the best amongst all seasons.

In Spring
Spring (March-May) is a season in which trekkers and travel enthusiasts come to Annapurna Base Camp in a large number. In this season, the temperature is mild, the rainfall is low and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the Annapurna Base Camp is between -8 to 0 degree C. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer making it pleasant for any trekking enthusiast.

In Autumn
Autumn(September, October, November), like Spring, is a season that invites travelers around the world to trek in the Annapurna Base Camp. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation makes Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions.

Are the ABC-Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek the same?

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is another name for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the ABC-Trek is the abbreviated version of this famed trek. Don’t be confused with the alphabet. All three names are one of the same things and lead you straight to the base camp of Annapurna.

What is the height of the Annapurna Base Camp?

On the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will reach the base camp of Annapurna I, the legendary Nepalese mountain with a height of 8091m. The Annapurna Base Camp it'self has a height of 4.130 meters.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map

Sometimes a map is very useful to imagine how your itinerary looks like. Please check out this map of a regular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is the 12-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map of our partner Nepal Eco Adventure. You can find all details of this trip over here.

Why the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and not the Annapurna Circuit?

Both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite exciting in their own way. If your goal is to get the best views of the Annapurna Region, then you can choose either one. On either trek, the Annapurna Massif will be center of attention. One great advantage of the Annapurna Circuit over the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is that you are hiking in a circular direction. This means that you won’t be seeing things twice. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes, you’ve guessed it, the Annapurna Base Camp. This is excluded from the Annapurna Circuit, or you can add an extension.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Why Annapurna and not the Mount Everest Region?

The first thing that comes to mind when speaking about Mount Everest base camp is climbing. The first thing that comes to mind when speaking about the Annapurna is trekking. You can, however, go climbing in Annapurna and go trekking in Everest. One of the main reasons for choosing the Annapurna Region over the Everest Region is access and altitude. Pokhara, the city of lakes, is the second-largest city of Nepal and is a great starting point for treks in the area. Guesthouses and hotels are well accommodated for trekkers and there is plenty to do before and after your trek. Unlike in the Mount Everest Region, your trek is not dependant on the flight schedules of the plane from Kathmandu to Lukla.

What is the difficulty of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Hiking or trekking in the Annapurna Region can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get fit well ahead of the start of your trek, you can definitely make it.

The average trek in the Annapurna Region is not difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are still trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.

Why go trekking in the Annapurna Region?

The Annapurna Region is the Mekka for hiking, trekking and even climbing. There are not many places in the world where access is so easy and where adventurers can combine trekking with having a relaxed holiday. Logistics in this part of the world are easy and as trekking provides an income to many in the region, you can get great standards of hospitality, accommodation, and safety.

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Annapurna I, II & III. Which mountains can I see when trekking in the Annapurna Region?

The Annapurna Region is home to the Annapurna Massif. The Annapurna Massif counts sixteen peaks over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) and one peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft). The highest peak is Annapurna I and ranked 10th highest peak in the world. Other peaks that you can see on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are;

- Annapurna II (7,937 m - 26,040 ft)
- Annapurna III (7,555 m - 24,786 ft)
- Annapurna IV (7,525 m - 24,688 ft)
- Gangapurna (7,455 m - 24,457 ft)
- Annapurna South (7,219 m - 23,684 ft)
- Annapurna I Central (8,041 m - 26,414 ft)
- Annapurna Fang (7,647 m - 25,089 ft)
- Khangsar Kang (7,485 m - 24,557 ft)
- Tarke Kang (7,202 m - 23,629 ft)
- Lachenal Peak (7,140 m - 23,425 ft)
- Tilicho Peak (7,135 m - 23,409 ft)
- Nilgiri Himal North (7,061 m - 23,166 ft)
- Nilgiri Himal Central (6,940 m - 22,769 ft)
- Nilgiri Himal South (6,839 m - 22,438 ft)
- Machhapuchchhre a.k.a. Fish Tail Mountain (6,993 m - 22,943 ft)
- Hiunchuli (6,441 m - 21,132 ft)
- Gandharba Chuli (6,248 m - 20,499 ft)

Fish Tail Mountain ABC Trek

How Much Does The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost?

As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking on regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane.

An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Ghorepani. This is where some of the costs sit. Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas. For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek you need two kinds of permits:

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):
This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit):
As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit. All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is because of its average duration and difficulty not the most expensive trek in Nepal. Prices vary between the 700 USD and 1000 USD or 600 EUR and 900 EUR.

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What Is The Best Itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

It can be hard to choose a fitting Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you want to do the ABC Trek right, you try to take as much time for it as possible. As transfers from Kathmandu to Pokhara are usually included, you want to spend some time in Pokhara as well. The town is just too pretty to simply skip it. Besides, you will be traveling quite a bit to get there, so you might as well stretch your leg a little.

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Our trekking experts agree that the below 9-day itinerary by Alpine Club of Himalaya will give you the best bang for the buck:

Day 01 – Flights to Pokhara and Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 5-6 hours

Unlike some other operators we choose to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This will save us some precious time. This time can be spent on the trails to Ghandruk. Make sure you choose the right side of the plane to ensure the best views of the Himalayas. We will be waiting for you at Pokhara airport. Upon arrival we take a 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Nayapul (new bridge) on the main road near Birethanti. From here we begin our trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time allows us so, you can visit the Gurung museum.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)

We trek uphill for about an hour to Kimrungdanda, while enjoying great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. Then we take a steep descent to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong, a beautiful village located in the lap of the giant Annapurna.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Trek to Bamboo (2310m)

We descend 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. We will spend the night in Bamboo village.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Deurali (3230m)

We trek through a damp and cold bamboo forest, then ascend steadily through several steep sections. Upon reaching Himalaya Hotel, the forest opens up to the sun with an astounding view of the glacial river below. Then we take a steep climb up through a much drier forest before we reach Hinku Cave. From here the trail drops closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is more sparse, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. A great place to spend the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)

We climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side, and then a somewhat strenuous hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp follows. From the base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The vegetation becomes scarce hereafter and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering over us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. We will spend the night at Annapurna Base Camp.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Annapurna Base Camp Day 06 – Trek back to Bamboo

From Annapurna Base Camp we retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo. You will enjoy descending.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (1760m)

From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill hike to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps back to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. You can also take a 15-20 minute walk downhill to enjoy the hot springs.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara (2.345m) – 6 hours

We trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul, while enjoying the amazing hilly landscape of western Nepal. From Nayapul, we drive to Pokhara. From here we will drive back to Pokhara. *If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Nayapul is complete, we can skip the trek and drive from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 – Fly back to Kathmandu (1.760m)

In the afternoon we fly back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, or shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be an optional farewell dinner in the evening. You can also book an extra night at the hotel where the farewell dinner will take place. This option is offered in the booking process.

Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

What To Pack for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Your gear is your best friend while being out in the mountains. In fact, it doesn’t matter where you are going, your equipment is key. In extreme cases, gear can make the difference between life and death. In every case, the right equipment can make the difference between you having a good time and ending up miserable. You have booked your tickets, your guide in Nepal is waiting and now you rock up with a too-heavy backpack, a jacket which is not thick enough and shoes that are very likely going to give you blisters. What a waste. Pack the right gear and make more of your trip to Annapurna Base Camp. Before we start, note one important thing. We are trekking, not climbing. Hence, you can leave the ropes, the chalk and the carabiners in your closet.

Below we present you a basic comprehensive packing list suitable for any trek in Nepal including the ABC Trek:

- Duffel Bag
- Rucksack with Rain Cove Daypack
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals or Shoes
- Hiking Socks
- Trekking Poles
- Inner Socks
- Thermal Baselayer
- T-Shirts
- Fleece Pullover or Jacket
- Light Weight Thermal Tops
- Waterproof Jacket
- Sports Bra for Her
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Waterproof Pants

Packing list ABC Trek

Obviously there is more you can pack and bring along. Everyone is different, so everyone has their own needs.If you want the ultimate packing list, you can simply go here.

How Do I Get Fit For The Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

If you live anywhere else other than the Himalayas, it will be hard to get your legs ready for higher altitudes. After all, it doesn’t get much higher than Nepal. Fortunately, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not one of the high altitude treks and it is also not as long as some other treks in Nepal. For the ABC Trek, it is fairly easy to get ready.

Should I Hike More?

One solid approach to get the hang of what you do is to rehearse. The best practice for climbing is climbing. Seeing that you are keen on a multi-day trekking experience, we accept that you enjoy walking. Awesome, do it more. If you are fortunate to be encompassed by some hills or even mountains, the time has come to see them all the more frequently. When? In the event that you are new to this, we recommend beginning a half year the start of your trek, essentially going for 60 minutes (or two) climb seven days.

When you get the hang of it, after around three weeks, you will have an ideal opportunity to reinforce your power. Convey a pack of 10 to 15kg and include a more drawn out climb of three hours to your week. On the off chance that this way of life is different to you, you will before long receive the rewards of this moderate exercise.

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What Are The Health Benefits of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Some of thehealth benefits of trekking and hiking include a lower risk of heart disease, improved blood pressure and sugar levels and of course it helps to control your weight. Once you are ready for the hills, it only gets better. According to Gregory Miller, president of the American Hiking Society, ”a 5% to 10% incline equals a 30% to 40% increase in calorie burn.” Our personal health benefits are a clearer mind and an elevated mood. Trekking keeps us sane.

After a good few months of solid hiking, it is time to put your endurance to the test. Do back to back long hikes. You can simulate a few days of constant trekking by going hiking for a few days. Easy at that. Plan a smaller trekking holiday or keep it simple by hiking your favorite route on repeat. If you are comfortable hiking for 4 hours a day, 3 days in a row while carrying a 10kg to 15kg backpack, you will be fine The above basics will definitely get you in shape for most treks in Nepal including the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you want to read more about getting fit for trekking in Nepal, make sure to check out this blog post.

What type of accommodation can I expect while doing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.

teahouse annapurna base camp trek poon hill

I read about Teahouses in the Annapurna Region. What are they?

Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by. On the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can expect well-fitted teahouses usually with hot water and WiFi access. Because of the lower altitude, it is easier to service and supply these teahouses.

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Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to the Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.

How do you select a reliable trekking operator for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why does the selection for you.

Poon Hill Trek Sunrise
We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on are reliable. If you want to browse our best offers for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, take a look here.Read this if you rather browse other treks in the Annapurna Region. If you want to find out all you need to know about trekking in the Himalayas, don't forget to read our long-read article abouttrekking in Nepal!

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