Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 11 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 4,130m/13,545ft. Walking Per Day: 5-6hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-12
Mode: Tea House/Lodge Culture: Gurung, Magar, Brahmin ,Kshetri

Annapurna isn't just a grand massif on the Himalayan skyline - it also has a prominent place in climbing history, having been the first 8,000m peak to be scaled successfully. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal can claim that particular accolade, but even if you don't plan a climbing expedition to the top of Annapurna, it is still well worth doing the Annapurna base camp trek; also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary route. In this article, we tell you why.
 

Introduction and History

Annapurna isn't just a grand massif on the Himalayan skyline - it also has a prominent place in climbing history, having been the first 8,000m peak to be scaled successfully. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal can claim that particular accolade, but even if you don't plan a climbing expedition to the top of Annapurna, it is still well worth doing the Annapurna base camp trek; also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary route. In this article, we tell you why.

Geography

There are few better ways to take in the stunning Annapurna panorama than trekking through the high glacial basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, on your way to the Annapurna base camp. Located 40km north of Pokhara in central Nepal, this an amazing opportunity to take in the might of the surrounding Annapurna range, including the Nilgiri and Machhapuchhre, which rise up around you. 
 

Nature, Culture and Adventure 

You can actually encounter several different ecosystems in the Annapurna Sanctuary itself, from the jungle of the south slopes to the colder and drier climate of the north. You could see wildlife such as tigers and leopards on safaris in lower-lying sections, and yeti, wild goats and musk deer up higher. Nepal's native people have their own religious systems and gods which co-exist with major religions, and it is known as a land of religious harmony. You can encounter many of the friendly Nepalese people as you travel through villages along the trek route.

Activities to do and major attractions

The trekking itself, and the socialising with people from all over the world you could meet along the way are two of the reasons why the Annapurna base camp trek is treasured. Along the route, there are a series of 'tea houses' which offer a chance to enjoy refreshments, rest and relaxation. Once you get to Annapurna base camp itself, you can bask in your achievement, and savour the amazing vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Health and safety

The Annapurna base camp trek is known as a relatively moderate trek which does not typically present problems such as high altitude sickness, which can be suffered on the higher peaks. Mountain sickness is considered unlikely, and there are many flat sections. 

Weather and best season

Annapurna is in an area known as a rain shadow, meaning it typically receives less rain than most other areas in Nepal. In the post-monsoon season of October to November, day time temperatures can reach 15°C, while at night time the temperature doesn't drop below freezing. From December to February, temperatures drop much colder in the day time, and well below freezing at night. From March to May, temperatures rise considerably, but at night time it is still around freezing. The monsoon season from June to September can pose the problem of torrential rain throughout the region and is not recommended as a wise time for trekking. 

The best seasons for the Annapurna base camp trek are considered to be the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) in Nepal.

Benefits of this trek

Benefits include:

- the convenience of relatively close proximity to the capital of Nepal and its major transport hub, Kathmandu

- the chance to take in the wonderful Himalayas with a trek which isn't as demanding as more intense climbs

- access to a protected area, in the Annapurna Sanctuary, and the opportunity to see multiple ecosystems and rare species

- the possibility of meeting people from all over the world who can come to trek - you could make friends for life!

Lifestyle and people


The Nepalese cannot easily be pigeonholed! They are ethnically diverse, due to migrations down the years from North Burma, Tibet, India and Yunnan. Pahari and Gurung people make up the main population of the region in which Annapurna lies. Typical professions in this rural region are based around agriculture and tourism. Nepalese people in rural areas live a simple lifestyle, and their local cuisine can be compared to Indian food, with a typical delicacy named dal bhat - a lentil soup served with rice and vegetables.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Tribhuwan International Airport

      » Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland

      » Group Photo

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft)
    • Duration :200Km (5-6hrs Drive)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

      » Dhading

      » Malekhu

      » Pokhara

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

     

  • Day 3 Pokhara – Nayapul - Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,770 ft)
    • Duration :44Km (1 and half hrs drive) and 9km (5hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ,Transportation
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :710m/2,329ft
    • Location :

      » Pokhara

      » Nayapul

      » Birethanti

      » Syauli Bazaar

      » New Bridge

      » Jhinu Danda

    • Highlights :

      » Landscapes

      » Annapurna Conservation Area

      » Natural Hot Spring Bathing Pool

      » Ayurvedic

      » Suspension Bridges

     

  • Day 4 Jhinu Danda to Bamboo (2,310m/7,578ft)
    • Duration :16Km (6hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Ascend :530m/1,738ft
    • Descend :200m/656ft
    • Location :

      » Jhinu Danda

      » Chhomrong

      » Sinuwa

      » Bamboo

    • Highlights :

      » Himchuli View

      » Panoramic View of Annapurna South

      » Fishtail-one of the famous holy mountain

      » Bamboo Forest/Bushes

      » Flora and Fauna

      » Culture

      » Diverse Ethnicity

     

  • Day 5 Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft)
    • Duration :12Km (5hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :910m/2,985ft
    • Location :

      » Bamboo

      » Dovan

      » Himalaya

      » Hinku Cave

      » Deurali

    • Highlights :

      » Hidden Valley Side

      » Rocky Mountains

      » Flora and Fauna

     

  • Day 6 Deurali to Annapurana Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft)
    • Duration :12Km (5-6hrs)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :900m/2,952ft
    • Location :

      » Deurali

      » Bagar

      » Machhapuchhre Base Camp

      » Annapurna Base Camp

    • Highlights :

      » High Altitude Walk

      » Avalanche Area

      » Wild animals like Mountain Goats

      » Marine Glacier

      » Annapurna - I View

      » Machhapuchhre View

      » Snow Bowl

      » Landscape

      » Sunset View

     

  • Day 7 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
    • Duration :22Km (7-8hrs)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Descend :1,820m/5,971ft
    • Location :

      » Annapurna Base Camp

      » Machhapuchhre Base Camp

      » Deurali

      » Himalaya

      » Dovan

      » Bamboo

    • Highlights :

      » Sunrise View

      » Annapurna-I View

      » Annapurna Glacier

      » Tent Peak

      » Machhapuchhre

      » Annapurna South Ice falling area

      » Flowers

      » Achievement of a lifetime

     

  • Day 8 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft)
    • Duration :16Km (5hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :200m/656ft
    • Descend :530m/1,738ft
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

      » Dhading

      » Malekhu

      » Pokhara

    • Highlights :

      » Himchuli View

      » Panoramic View of Annapurna South

      » Fishtail-one of the famous holy mountain

      » Bamboo Forest/Bushes

      » Flora and Fauna

      » Culture

      » Diverse Ethnicity 

     

  • Day 9 Jhinu Danda – Nayapul - Pokhara(823m/2,700ft)
    • Duration :9Km (5hrs walk) and 44Km ( 1 and half hrs drive)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Jhinu Danda

      » New Bridge

      » Syauli Bazaar

      » Nayapul

      » Nau Danda

      » Pokhara

    • Highlights :

      » Landscapes

      » Annapurna Conservation Area

      » Natural Hot Spring Bathing Pool

      » Ayurvedic

      » Suspension Bridges

     

  • Day 10 Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Duration :200Km (5-6hrs)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :710m/2,329ft
    • Location :

      » Pokhara

      » Malekhu

      » Dhading

      » Kathmandu

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Farewell Dinner in the evening

     

  • Day 11 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

    • Highlights :

      » Souvenir Shopping

      » Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey

      » Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon) with breakfast
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: One-way Domestic Flight(KTM-Pokhara) and Drive from Pokhara to KTM With other driving fares such as drive from Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon) with breakfast
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs: One-way Domestic Flight(KTM-Pokhara) and Drive from Pokhara to KTM With other driving fares such as drive from Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Foods in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

Route Map

map of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 11 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Review

Annapurna trek (Poon Hill, Ghandruk and Dhampus)

Cherie
Cherie
Source:Trip Advisor

 

I had an adventure of a life time in Nepal with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. The company was very professional and their staff were amazing especially Suman Gurung our guide. Suman was outstanding. I highly recommend this company to you

Great experience doing ABC Trekking with NMTrekkers

Farhan Rahim
Farhan Rahim
Source:Trip Advisor

Since my first email to NMTrekkers until the last day I am in Nepal, NMTrekkers has provided me and my friend a very good experience.

Ramesh helped me to sort out my trekking itinerary and answered my questions promptly, weeks before my arrival in Nepal through emails.

Our guide for ABC Trek is Pralad, a gentleman with good command of English. There is no problem in our communication and plus, he can speak Bahasa Malaysia quite well. Pralad is knowlegeable on the general history of Nepal, about the local cultures and the safety precautions that we have to be aware of during our trek. We are very satisfied and I highly recommend him for trekking activities.

Due to bad weather, we are unable to trek to Poon Hill and to finish the ABC trek but still, NMTrekkers managed to adjust our itinerary to fill the remaining days.

Kudos to NMTrekkers!

Annapurna Base Camp

Eden M
Eden M
Source:Trip Advisor

Namaste NMTrekker,

Generally speaking, this company has shown a very good enthusiasm in organising and making the best out for me and my friend..

It's been the first time for the two of us visited Nepal and do trekking through ABC, and all went smoothtly since day 1..

Yes, a little dissapointment hit us when we are not able to reach Poon Hill and ABC as per our itinerary.. Nature is unpredictable.. That is what I can say.. Heavy snow stops us from doing so.. Above all, we are happy and still enjoyed the breathtaking views along the trekking period.. 

Plus, we are accompanied by an excellent guide named Pralad.. He was the best for us as he can speaks in many languages (Nepal, English, as well as Malay), and also has good trekking knowledges and warmth approach.. We got a lot of information about trekking tips and also the culture of Nepal through him..

We wished we had another time with NMTrekker to complete the ABC trekking or Annapurna Circuit Trekking in the future.. Nepal is a wonderful country and make us feel relax while trekking..

Really hope we can come accross again in other time.. We are looking forward to your good services..

Super trek à ABC

Camille V
Camille V
Source:Trip Advisor

Je recommande chaleureusement cet agence de trek! De très bons conseils, très bonne organisation. J’ai passé deux excellentes semaines. 
Je recommande mon guide BJ qui a été attentif, attentionné, très investi dans son rôle de guide Il parle très très bien anglais!

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Lyn Taylor
Lyn Taylor
Source:Trip Advisor

Thank you Ramesh for once again organising my group trek. You are extremely efficient and have a great personality, you are easy to communicate with both via email and face to face. Congratulations for having a great team especially TB Ghale who is your Operations Manager and top guide. TB is known for his easy going manner. Always happy polite and one step ahead of his clients requirements. We always feel safe when he is leading us on our mountain adventure. On the ground your staff in the office are very efficient, road vehicles well maintained and always punctual. All accommodation suggested is clean and comfortable. See you all again next season

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