Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and incredibly spectacular, to see peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m), and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on the itinerary you choose. This ABC Trekking will reside in corner of your heart for its extra-heartening views, the memory of face-off with mountains, and hundreds of unstoppable selfies from your mobile to share with your friends and family. This article is going to guide you about everything you need to know while going for Annapurna Trekking.
Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
- Magnificent mountain views including the two highest mountains more than 8000 meters.
- Relatively moderate easy trekking and closest basecamp from the city Pokhara.
- Diverse menu and good accommodation options.
- Natural Hotspring.
- Friendly local people.
- Valley trails.
- A medium or short trek from only 5 to 10 days.
- Why there is a buzz for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Itinerary:
The Annapurna Trek Itinerary will let your eyes capture beautiful natural Hot springs, three top peaks views(mentioned above), Nepali cultures, traditions, food, and many more. Trekking Itinerary is customizable as per your comfort and need. Generally, the ABC trek is made in 7-12 days.
Here is 12 days trekking itinerary:
- Arrival in Kathmandu and Trekking Preparation.
- Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
- Trek from Nayapul to Tikhledunga.
- Trekking from Tikhledunga to Ghorepani Village.
- Hike to Poon Hill and back to Tadapani from Ghorepani.
- Trekking from Tadapani to Chomrong to Bamboo.
- Trek from Bamboo to Deurali.
- Go to Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) from Deurali.
- Back from ABC to Deurali.
- Back to Bamboo and go to Jhinu Danda from Bamboo.
- Back from Jhinu Data to Nayapul, Pokhara.
- Pokhara to Kathmandu and extended holidays.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Route.
The trek route of Annapurna Base Camp starts from Kathmandu. You will prepare for a trek in Kathmandu and head to Pokhara the next morning. The next morning, you will visit the topmost visit places of Pokhara like Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Temples, and more. Then you will go to Nayapul. You will start actual ABC trekking from Nayapul. From Nayapul by walking up to 3-4 hours you will reach Tikhedhunga.
The next day, after having breakfast, you will again start trekking to Ghorepani Village. Ghorepani is the small village of the Tamang community where you will get a chance to learn about the Nepali Community, Traditions, and Cultures as well as get the chance to taste traditional food.
Then you will be taken to see a heart-taking sunrise view trek to Poon Hill the next morning. Your food will be arranged during your trek. From Poon Hill, you have to come back to Ghorepani and head to Tadapani.
From Tadapani to Chomrong to Bamboo to Deurali you will reach Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will return on another route where you will be encaptured with a natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda. Then you will come back to Pokhara as shown in the Annapurna Base Camp map below as well in the itinerary above.
Guide to get here and starting ABC trek from Kathmandu:
As we will start Annapurna Base Camp Trekking from Kathmandu, initially you have to make your visa ready for Nepal and send your passport details to us. During your arrival, you will make trekking permits for the Annapurna Conservation Area and the TIMS card ready for you. It's good to have insurance too.
We will take care of that after your arrival. When you fly to Nepal, we will come to receive you and shift you to the hotel. Then we will follow the itinerary above.
- Get your Visa to Nepal.
- Get TIMS card and ACA Permits.
- Fly to Nepal and follow the itinerary.
When is the best time for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp?
The best season for trekking in Annapurna Region is spring (March-May) and autumn (September - November). During this time, we have excellent weather and clear Mountain views with blue sky. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with panoramic views, making it the best time to do any of the Nepal treks. It is the time when there is neither too hot nor too cold. So you will get 100% of Nepal and ABC this time.
To whom should I book Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
It all depends upon you with which travel agency do you want to book for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. It's always good to see the reviews of ABC trek from other people who had made a trek from that company. It's best to see what services they provide at minimum cost.
Believe us, we are providing the best price of Annapurna Base Camp Service for just $665 with most of the services to you. Trekkers are giving us 5-star ratings for your service on TripAdvisor. We will provide heavy discounts for the group Annapurna Trek.
What is Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty:
Trekking is an adventurous sport. You will never know what may happen to you. From the experience of the previous trekkers, there are various difficulties in ABC Trekking which you should be prepared for. The common difficulty faced by trekkers are:-
- Altitude Sickness.
- Bad Weather.
- Lack of experienced trekking guide.
The problem of nausea, vomiting, and difficulty in breathing may occur when you cross the altitude of about 3500m. This is called altitude sickness. You have to be prepared for this.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather.
It's never good to travel in bad weather. You should be updated on the weather of the place you are going to. We recommend checking the weather condition of any place before you go. You can check the weather in the Annapurna Region too.
Lack of experienced guide.
It will be a very hard time trekking if you are alone or going with an inexperienced trekking guide. We recommend going with a good trekking guide who knows the condition of the Annapurna Region and has ideas to tackle any problem you face during this trek.
Food and Shelter.
You may not get proper food on trekking. There are only some camps on the way to Annapurna. You have to have food and rest in those camps only. It's not good to walk in the jungle at night. And without a proper diet, you may feel weaker.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in December.
ABC trek in December provides certifications for the unmistakable point of view of the mountains. Make your battery full for photography. The way that the trekking trails are not stuck in this month may lure you to come here if you love going to commonly quiet locales or times.
Moreover, the lodgings and tea houses along the trek are empty which suggests you won't have to bestow a space for other individuals. December trek to Annapurna is for those who loathe trekking in crowded places. Trekking in December is an ideal opportunity to enjoy views, hot springs, clear mountains, and more.
Annapurna Trekking Cost/Budget.
The cost you have to pay for Annapurna Region Trekking depends upon the itinerary you choose, the services you take and it will be a heavy discount for group booking. In general, the Annapurna Base Camp Budget is about $700. You can take the budget of around 700$ if you are planning to trek to ABC only.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Distance.
In total, you have to walk for a distance of about 100km on the ABC trek from Kathmandu/Pokhara. You can see the itinerary of ABC where there are daily distances you cover during the trek.
Supporting information for ABC Trek:
Travel insurance is a must necessary for Annapurna base camp hiking because such kind of high altitude hiking is risky traveling. Because of no health posts and hospitals in this area and sometimes high altitude sickness and snow avalanches make your life high risk so that time, insurance can protect your life. So after confirming the trip with mission Himalaya, please consult your doctor and insurance company about AMS and high altitude emergency rescue.
Best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp
Traveling in Nepal Himalayas can be undertaken the whole year but the best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp is spring(March, April, May) and autumn(September, October, November). That means pre-monsoon and before wintertime is the best time to visit Nepal Annapurna basecamp.
Because of the cloudiness and rain, people are not able to see the Himalayan ranges in the summer or rainy time. Because of heavy snowfall, the avalanche can come during the trail from Deurali to MBC, and sometimes the way will be closed because of heavy snow. So, that time is not the best time to travel to Annapurna Base Camp.
Wifi and Internet facilities in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Without the internet, tourists cannot contact their family and friends. They cannot share their experience accordingly. So, traveling can be bitter for them. If you buy the sim card, at the airport, you can use it in the city and low altitude trekking until Sinuwa. From Sinuwa to ABC, you can buy wifi but the signal is not as strong as you think.
Shower and room facilities in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
If you go through Punhill, you can find tea houses with toilets inside the room like Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chhomrong, and Jhinudada for four nights. On the other nights, you can find rooms with outside sharing toilets and showers.
Tea houses are basic but well organized and comfortable
Many tea houses are simply to provide a room with a twin sharing basis but Deurali MBC shares up to five trekkers also and in ABC, sharing the room with the big group too. In your bed pillow, bedsheet and bed only.
So high altitude is very cold, so do not forget to bring your sleeping bags. Every toilet is a squat toilet and showers without toiletries.
Boiled and filtered safe drinking water provided by all the tea houses with $1-2 you can bring your own water purification tablets for your saving. Mineral water bottles cannot be bought to protect the environment from plastic pollution.
Trekking equipment for ABC trek:
1. Hiking gear
In the daytime, the sunshine is very strong and the trail many uphill and downhill because of this the travelers can be sweating a lot so we suggest you bring a fleece jacket and regular shirt inside.
2. Tea house clothing
In the morning and evening, you will stay in the tea houses and the temperature decrease so we recommend a big down jacket. All tea houses in the Annapurna region don't prepare the heater in the room so, the bedroom is really cold so -10 degrees centigrade sleeping bag you need to bring from your home or you can hire it either from Kathmandu or Pokhara in a trekking shop.
The most important thing about trekking is money. Please bring enough cash of local currency from Kathmandu or Pokhara money exchange because there is no other way you will be able to get money on this ABC trek because there are no atm and banks on hiking trails of ABC.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, wet wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balms, and -50 SPF sunscreen cream will be necessary for this trek.
Prepare some snacks for yourselves because there are not enough grocery shops during this trek. Prepare some energy bars, snicker bars, and some other snacks. Please don't bring beef, chicken, buffalo, and pork meat because it's not allowed to bring these things on this trek because of holy temples and mountains.
5. Shoes and socks
Please bring good quality waterproof shoes with a warm pair of socks because of rain and snow. One time using shoes was also suggested because some blisters can also be seen because of the firstly used shoes.
The sun is very strong and at high altitude, if there will be snowfall the sun reflection with snow can finish your vision so good quality sunglasses are recommended by us.
7. First Aids
Bandage, handy last, will suggest blister, paracetamol for headache, and Diamox for AMS.
Important in the early morning hike and in case of no electricity for night toilets, a headlamp can be useful.
9. Other hiking gears
Sandals for teahouse use, half pant and T-shirts for day hiking, inner clothing, day backpack and large backpack with cover, umbrella or raincoat, trekking poles, handkerchief, warm trousers, hats, long polar T-shirts, caps, some reading books, batteries and power sockets, maps, enough memory cards, hot and cold water bottles small padlocks for luggage, fiber towel are also normal necessary equipment for this trek.
Which mountains can be seen from the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Poonhill, Chhomrong, and ABC are the best viewpoints to see the mountains on this trek. Below is the list of mountains that can be seen from these viewpoints:
- Dhaulagiri 1, 2, 3, 5, 4
- Gurja peak or butterfly mountain
- Dhampus peak
- Tukuche peak
- Twelve peaks or Bara Shikhar
- Annapurna south
- Nilgiri or Blue mountain
- Fishtail or Machhapuchhere(holy and restricted mountain for the climb)
- Annapurna 3
- Gandharva Chuli
- Glacier Dome
- Singha Chuli
- Tent peak
- Annapurna 1