Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration 6
Max Altitude 4130m
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, September to November

Trip Overview

Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a breathtaking adventure that takes you through the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. Nestled in the Annapurna Conservation Area, this trek is also a popular choice among nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Starting from Nayapul, the trek winds through lush green forests, terraced fields, and traditional Nepalese villages. The trail gradually ascends, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including the magnificent Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli. The diverse landscape also presents a mix of rhododendron forests, cascading waterfalls, and deep gorges, making each step of the journey a visual treat. As you continue your ascent, you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, surrounded by towering mountains on all sides. The air also becomes crisp, and the tranquility of the surroundings is awe-inspiring. From here, the trail leads to Annapurna Base Camp itself, located at an elevation of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). Standing amidst the Annapurna Sanctuary, you take greetings by a panoramic amphitheater of snow-covered peaks that seem to touch the heavens. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not just about the majestic scenery; it also offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Along the way, you encounter Gurung and Magar villages, where you can experience the warm hospitality of the locals and learn about their traditions and way of life. The trek typically takes around 7-12 days, depending on your pace and itinerary. It is also considered a moderate trek suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness. Teahouses and lodges are available along the route, providing comfortable accommodation and delicious meals, allowing you to rest and refuel for the next day's adventure.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a mesmerizing journey through the heart of the Himalayas, offering breathtaking mountain vistas, cultural encounters, and a sense of accomplishment. It is an experience that will leave you with lifelong memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature.

 Trip Highlight

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Nepal’s rural countryside between the capital city of Kathmandu and the adventure hub of Pokhara.
  • Take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Pokhara, where the towering Himalayas can be seen reflected in the crystalline waters of Lake Phewa.
  • Relish a sublime view of the sun setting over a panorama of spectacular mountains, including Annapurna, Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and more.
  • Reward yourself with a relaxing soak at the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Explore the fascinating cultural traditions of the hospitable Gurung and Magar people.

Itinerary

After breakfast, we will be heading to Pokhara by tourist bus to begin our short Annapurna Base camp trek. Traveling by tourist bus, you can expect the journey to take approximately six to eight hours. A tourist bus will be part of this program. But Friendship World Treks can also arrange for an airline ticket instead, which will come at an additional cost but will get you to Pokhara from Kathmandu in just 25 minutes, saving your time to explore more. In the evening in Pokhara, Savor the magnificent skyline ringed with mountains and gaze upon the glittering waters of Lake Phewa for the first day of the journey.

The first day of our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins in the scenic lakeside city of Pokhara. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we’ll meet our driver and travel to a small village called Birethanti to collect our trekking permits. Then we’ll drive a bit further to reach the trailhead at Siwai, for a total of about two hours on the road this morning. It’s all on foot from here, and our trek gets underway in earnest as we cross picturesque suspension bridges, hike past sparkling waterfalls, and cross alpine meadows where yaks graze and Gurung villagers tend to crops of buckwheat and millet. As we approach our destination of Chhomrong, we’ll even start to earn some breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains.

Chhomrong itself is a sprawling hillside village where you’ll meet plenty of friendly Gurung villagers as we settle into our accommodations. We’ll be staying at one of the local trekking lodges or teahouses. This is how overnight trekking is usually done in Nepal, and you’ll reap the rewards of a home-cooked meal and a warm place to sleep. Once we get checked in, you can relax in the village with a hot mug of tea as dusk gathers over the summits of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the fishtail-shaped Machapuchhre.

Welcome the morning sunrise with a delicious breakfast and a cup of fresh tea as the light breaks over the mountains. After enjoying the marvelous view, we’ll begin our second day of trekking. Today’s trail starts with a stone staircase leading down for about an hour to the churning waters of the Chhomrong Khola river. We’ll cross a dramatic suspension bridge to reach the opposite bank before climbing the second series of stone stairs for another two hours. This will bring us to the little community of Sinuwa, where we’ll take a short break to soak in the tremendous view from 2,350 meters above sea level.

The second portion of today’s hike brings us through a quiet forest of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron for approximately two hours. The flatter terrain in the dense woodland here will serve as a brief respite before we begin the steep ascent to the little villages known as Bamboo and Dovan. We’ll pass through these communities and make our final ascent to the aptly-named Himalaya. There we’ll enjoy a well-earned hot meal and a good night’s sleep at one of the best guesthouses in town.

Today we’ll earn the unique distinction of visiting not one, but two mountaineering base camps. We’ll hit the trail right after breakfast, and we can expect to trek for about four hours in total. This is perhaps the most exciting day of our Himalayan adventure, and we’ll begin by climbing for two hours to the astounding natural amphitheater of mountains known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. This is where we’ll find Machapuchare Base Camp at an elevation of 3,700 meters. From here, you’ll get splendid views of Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and the entire Annapurna massif.

After a short break for tea, we’ll continue across the dry moraine for two more hours and make the final push towards Annapurna Base Camp itself. The camp is situated at 4,130 meters in elevation, which represents the highest point on the entire Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The views here are nothing short of sublime: prayer flags are snapping in the wind, climbers and hikers are celebrating their achievements, and you’re completely surrounded by mountains. The panoramic vista from the base camp encompasses Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, and Gangapurna. But the star of the show is Annapurna I, stretching to an unbelievable 8,091 meters in height. We’ll spend the rest of the day at base camp enjoying the views and overnight at a nearby trekking lodge.

If you thought the views last night were spectacular, wait until you stand witness to the near-vertical south face of Annapurna I washed in the golden glow of sunrise. We’ll linger over our breakfast to make the most of this phenomenon, taking plenty of time to bask in the unrivaled splendor of Annapurna Base Camp’s 360-degree Himalayan views.

When you’re ready to move on, we’ll pack up our things and retrace our steps back to the village of Sinuwa. As we pass idyllic homesteads and hike through alpine valleys and verdant woodlands, you’ll begin to appreciate how the trail presents an entirely different aspect when traveled in reverse. The terrain will also be somewhat easier to navigate, now that we’ve begun our long descent from the high altitudes of base camp. After reaching Sinuwa, we’ll get checked in at another comfortable trekking lodge and have the afternoon and evening at our leisure

Our overland adventure continues in reverse this morning as we follow winding trails along with terraced fields and tread secluded paths through sun-dappled stands of oak and rhododendron. After passing through the familiar village of Chhomrong, we’ll take a steep detour to the popular Jhinu Danda hot springs. These natural spring-fed pools are a fantastic place to relax and let the stress of hiking melt away from your body. The pools are situated in the scenic river canyon of the Modi Khola, and we’ll stop here for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

After drying off, we’ll shoulder our packs once more and begin the final two-hour hike back to Siwai, where we first joined the trailhead at the start of our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. When we arrive in town, we’ll link up with a local taxi or bus to drive back to Pokhara. This last stretch of road takes between two and three hours to cover. Back in Pokhara, we’ll get checked in at our hotel with plenty of time left to take a stroll in town, visit Lake Phewa, and dig into a sumptuous meal as the reward for all of our hard trekking. BTW, if you intend to travel back on the same day or the next day from Pokhara then we will be happy to arrange free transport by tourist bus from Pokhara – Kathamndu.

Please note: The trekking times indicated above are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you’ll be able to travel freely at your own pace.

However you choose to travel, we’ve got one more evening of celebration and revelry in store for you. Our last night in the vibrant capital of Nepal serves as a great opportunity to experience some of the best traditional and cultural points of interest which can be found here in Pokhara / Kathmandu. Some of the must-see religious attractions and other activities such as paragliding, bunjy jumping, and city tours in the cities are Pokhara and Kathamndu including the most popular places like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath stupas, as well as Kathmandu Durbar Square. When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, we’ll gather together for a farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.

Whether you’re departing Nepal tonight or spending another night in your hotel, remember that Friendship World Treks provides complimentary transfers to Tribhuvan International Airport when it’s time to leave. Hosting your Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek has been our pleasure, and we hope you’ve had an unforgettable time in the western Himalayas. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Nepal!

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Private Transfers for the International airport on arrival and departure date.
  • A Full-board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, the main course) during the trek.
  • A professional, experienced, and friendly Alpine Ramble’s government-licensed holder guide, covering meals, flight, insurance, accommodations, and equipment for 6-Day.
  • A strong local porter/ helper  (1 helper for 2 trekkers with limited weights of 10kg each)
  • All the trekking documents
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP) Fee
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag
  • 5- night accommodations in the best available mountain Tea Houses
  • Enough Water purification tablets to purify your water during the trek for safe drinking water
  • A handful of assistance guides for a group of 10 pax or above.
  • Round-trip transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus
  • Pokhara -Nayapul – Pokhara transfer by Private vehicles
  • Snacks (crackers) and  Seasonal available fresh fruits during the trek.
  • ART’s Certificate of Appreciation after the successful ABC trek
  • Farewell dinner at the best typical Nepalese restaurant along with the cultural performances
  • Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free T-shirt, route map, and duffel bags
  • An Oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse at high altitudes area.
  • A basic first aid box including Diamox for the high altitude sickness
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance will be arranged in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes/ vat, and official Expenses

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees (You can obtain a visa quickly upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal). $30 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra accommodations and meals before and after the Anapurna base camp trek
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohol, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, fee
  • Travel insurance – make sure to cover an emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuations from the high altitude up to 600 m
  • Personal clothing or gears
  • Additional costs, itinerary modifications, or delays caused by out of management control due to the weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, physical condition, etc.
  • Gratitudes to the guides and staff (Recommended by local culture )
  • And any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price “inclusive section” of this program

Gears And Equipment

Foods for ABC trek

Trek to some of the world’s highest mountains is obviously an amazing experience of a lifetime. In this function, we are trying to give some ideas about the foods that you get on your hike,

The breakfast items you may love on this trek: Common Tibetan Bread made from the wheat flowers that friend in oil (dry bread also available), Chapati with Cheese,  Items of Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey, and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano!

The Lunch options: a different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan or chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.

The Dinner times may available: Momos (dumplings) different varieties of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan, chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.

At the tea houses, During the trek, you will have some options for meat items to eat in the lower area of the trek. Although as we go higher up in the mountain, the hotel offers fewer options of food items to choose from the menu because of the limited foods available in the mountains.

Deseret and Snack options: Apple Pie, Rice Pudding, fruit snicker or Mars bar, popcorn, cakes, and pastries are available at the tea houses.

The Tea and coffee options: You can have a wide selection of the drink items such as black and milk coffees, black tea, mint tea, ginger tea, Green and lemon honey tea, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice, and many others.

Accommodations

Annapurna region is a well-established access trekking route in Nepal.

We do not need to carry any tents, there are plenty of tea houses or trekking lodges available along the way, and accommodations in this region are simple but convenient.

During our 6 Days trekking trip, we will be staying at the best available tea houses which will be ensured by the company. The rooms usually come in double occupancy with a wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms but do not expect it in every place.

In addition, single rooms are available in this region and provided at your request except for two places Himalaya and Annapurna Base Camp

The Best Season for hiking to Annapurna Base Camp

The Trekking Seasons in Nepal are largely dictated by the summer monsoon, and our Short Trekking to ABC is no exception.

The monsoon typically lasts from June to August, and most visitors consequently choose to hike during the spring months of February to May or the autumn months of September to November.

Spring and Autumn are the best times of year to enjoy the perfect combination of comfortable temperatures and clear mountain views.

But you can hike in the Annapurnas at any time of year, and the snow-laden trails of winter are just as mysterious and evocative as the mist-shrouded hillsides of summer.

Whenever you choose to travel, rest assured that Alpine Ramble Treks will put together a trekking adventure that will surpass even your highest expectations.

Passport & Visa requirements 

Traveling to Nepal is very easy for any traveler from all over the world.

Travelers need a visa to Nepal except for Chinese and Indian tourists, getting Visa for NEPAL  is also very easy, you can get On AN ARRIVAL VISA at Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu arrival. Nonetheless, you need to enter Nepal within six months from the Visa-issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.

Visa Fees, forgetting the visa process for tourists there is a certain charge you need to face for Nepal, it’s around 40 USD as visa application fees for 30 days tourist visa to forefingers except for Chinese and Indian people.

For those tourists who have Indian and Chinese passports then you will get a free visa to enter Nepal.

Extra Personal Expenses 

This trek is fully covered with your meals, essential trekking permits, guide, transportation, accommodations on a trek, etc.

The foods (Lunch, Breakfast, and Dinner), foods will be served as per the package program and besides that, any personal and Barbier bills would be extra.

We would usually recommend our clients to hold USD5 to 10 per day for personal expenses to use on the trek, Just in case you use the laundry, battery, Phone cell, or drinking stuff.

Travel Insurance for trekking to Annapurna base camp

For Safety reasons, Travel insurance is very important and mandatory for any traveler to visit Nepal for trekking.

Getting travel insurance is easy online, we do not sell it but we will be happy to recommend reliable compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, medical evacuations expenses will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of possibility illness will be covered.

Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete coverage for anything things that you may go wrong, it’s like security on which you can rely and enjoy your trip without any worries.

Trekking equipment for ABC Trek

Trekking with a good fit of equipment makes your trek more comfortable without any fears. However, we have sorted out some of the most common and handy pieces of gear that are recommended to carry,

  • Suitable Hiking Thermal: Carry some pair of thermals that dry faster
  • Fleece jacket: It is suitable to wear under the down jacket at a high altitude area in the cool temperature and suitable for the lower elevation of the trek just for itself.
  • Windcheater: Very helpful and useful for hiking to protect from windy
  • Down jacket: It’s thicker in terms of size and very important to have one down jacket for this trek( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
  • Comfortable Hiking Fleece, wool trousers: Prepare some fleece and trousers for this trek
  • Trekking or hiking pants: It is essential, to buy a pair of pants with the waterproof
  • Mittens, woolen gloves
  • Warm Hiking socks: Hiking socks and some normal socks for the cool temperature
  • Trekking shoes with spare laces: Make sure your use is waterproof just in case there is too much Snowcat in the base amp then it does wet your socks.
  • Pair of a flip flop:  A normal should be okay
  • Underwear & Swimming costume
  • Hiking Cotton trousers, t-shirts ( we do provide a hiking shirt of Alpine Ramble’s ), you can some pairs
  • Sun hat, scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag: ( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
  • Day backpack with 35-45L
  • Small lock: If needed it is for the day backpack Necessary
  • Reusable water bottles: 2 letters
  • Water purification tablets, electric light
  • Wash towel
  • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
  • Rain poncho
  • Basic personal first aid kit

All above the lists of gear can easily be brought to Kathmandu on arrival, Kathmandu has a few gears door shops that offer a good price for the trekker, and different qualities from low to high range are available!

Transportations on Annapurna Trip

The travelers can get the good advantage of transportation from Alpine Ramble Treks as the company provides a free airport pick up on arrival and drop off at departure, as well as transfer to and from Pokhara.

Besides that, Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu has a daily flight by airplane which costs around 118-123 USD per person for one way, the flight arrangements will be happily done at extra cost at your preferences.

Note: On your arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by our airport representative with the traditional flower or Khata then you will be reassigned to the respective Hotel. Similarly, we will also provide private vehicles for the city tour like Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nagarkot Sunrise View tour, or any others in Nepal on request.

Annapurna Base Camp Trip Booking Procedure 

Alpine Ramble Treks is fully registered and authorized by the Nepal government, the company registered number is 178805/074/075. We are also associated with various local and international tourism associations, so booking any treks with us is fully safe and secured, therefore, any adventure-interested travelers are heartily welcome to be part of this epic trip with us, we would be so honored to be part of your tour organization to make your trip at least once in a lifetime experience.

To process your trip booking is so simple, just go through this link and secure your place now. In the meantime, you can also send us your passport details to us via Email.

Last-minute Booking for the trip

Last-minute trip booking is possible and it can be made by any of you through Free Online Booking or by sending an email, message, Whatsapp, or calling.

The last-minute booking should be at least a day before the trip gets started and for any last-minute booking, the traveler should make the full payment in order to confirm the trip for the last-minute booking.  However, last-minute booking for Bhutan and Tibet tours is not acceptable.

We look forward to experiencing this trip with you in the land of the majestic mountains.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map

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