Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 days

Start Point

Pokhara

End Point

Pokhara

Duration

10N/11D

Grade

Hard

Max Altitude

4210m

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Per day walking

5-6 Hours

Transportation

Car or Flight

Best Season

Mar-May & Sep-Nov

Activity

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Highlights

  • Enjoy a moderately-difficult trek in the Annapurna Region
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide
  • Passing through traditional settlements of Tamangs and Gurungs
  • The Annapurna Sanctuary at 4130 m
  • At the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda (1780m/5840ft)
  • ABC Trek in spring is the best time for Rhododendron View Trek in Nepal
  • Spectacular and close view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri
  • Ethnic Gurung culture, tradition and lifestyle, exotic Himalayan wildlife vegetation, Buddhist monasteries
  • Sunrise view from Poon Hill: Poon Hill, located on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route, is a popular spot for sunrise viewing. The view from Poon Hill offers a stunning panorama of the Annapurna range and is a highlight of the trek
  • The closest glimpse of the 10th highest mountain in the world Annapurna I, along with (Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna V, Annapurna South, Gangapurna

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Embark on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek for a captivating encounter with the majestic Annapurna mountain range. This renowned trekking route, also known as ABC Trekking, leads you through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and culminates in the Annapurna Himalaya’s base camp. The panoramic Himalayan views and snow-capped peaks surrounding the base camp create a spectacular rectangular vista that leaves a lasting impression.

The journey commences from Pokhara, a city of natural beauty and cultural significance. Various trekking routes originate from Pokhara, offering access to Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill, Ghandrung Village, or Matque. Trekkers can choose their route based on their time constraints, whether they have a shorter or longer duration available.

Trekking along this trail immerses you in the beauty of the Himalayan landscape, encompassing lush rhododendron forests, pine-covered expanses, and terraced fields. En route, you’ll witness awe-inspiring mountain panoramas and visit traditional settlements of Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities. The journey is punctuated by charming waterfalls, iconic suspension bridges, and magnificent Himalayan vistas.

Upon reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, a sense of paradise awaits. The breathtaking Himalayan panorama that greets you will evoke a deep sense of accomplishment. As the sun rises over the Himalayas the following morning, casting a golden hue, an indescribable joy will surpass your expectations, becoming a cherished memory.

Upon your return journey, don’t miss the opportunity to unwind in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda. This area, nestled within a typical Gurung village, offers a soothing soak amidst stunning views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. This post-trek indulgence adds to the holistic experience of the journey, making it a complete adventure within 11 days.

The Annapurna Trekking Region also offers a plethora of optional trails for trekking enthusiasts. Choose from the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Khopra Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, Jomsom and Muktinath Trek, Manang Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Ghandruk Village Trek, and the Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek. Each route holds its unique allure, catering to different interests and durations for an unparalleled exploration of the Himalayas.

Perfect Weather Conditions

Autumn in Nepal is characterized by clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stable weather conditions, making it the ideal time for trekking. The monsoon rains have washed away the dust, leaving the air crisp and fresh. Daytime temperatures range between 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), providing comfortable trekking conditions. Nights are cooler, especially at higher altitudes, but still manageable with proper gear.

Spectacular Scenery

The post-monsoon clarity of autumn unveils the Annapurna range in all its glory. Majestic peaks like Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Machapuchare (6,993m), and Hiunchuli (6,441m) dominate the skyline, their snow-capped summits gleaming against the deep blue sky. The lush green forests, filled with rhododendron, oak, and bamboo, are vibrant and full of life. Terraced fields, resplendent in golden hues, ready for harvest, add a picturesque charm to the landscape.

Rich Cultural Experience

The Annapurna region is not just about natural beauty; it is also a cultural treasure trove. Autumn is a festive season in Nepal, with major festivals like Dashain and Tihar celebrated with great fervor. As you trek through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, you will witness the local culture and traditions in full swing. The warm hospitality of the locals, their colorful attire, and traditional music and dance create a rich cultural tapestry that adds depth to your trekking experience.

Diverse Flora and Fauna

The Annapurna Conservation Area, through which the ABC trek passes, is a biodiversity hotspot. Autumn is a great time to observe the region’s diverse flora and fauna. The forests are lush and green, home to a variety of wildlife including langur monkeys, Himalayan thar, and numerous bird species. The vibrant post-monsoon flora, with blooming wildflowers and fragrant herbs, adds a delightful sensory experience to the trek.

Challenging Yet Rewarding Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate to challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness. The trail ascends and descends through diverse terrains, from terraced fields and dense forests to alpine meadows and rocky pathways. The sense of accomplishment upon reaching the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters (13,549 feet), surrounded by towering peaks, is unparalleled. The panoramic views of the Annapurna massif at sunrise and sunset are moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

Detail Itinerary

Our representative will pick you up at airport of Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Our tour officer meets you at Hotel and brief about the trekking plan.

Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara is a scenic journey that offers breathtaking views of the Trishuli River and Marsyangdi River. As you approach Dumre, you’ll reach a point where the road splits, with one leading to Pokhara and the other to Besisahar in Lamjung district.

The route via Damauli is a common and picturesque one. Damauli is a town located along the Prithvi Highway, and from there, you’ll continue your journey towards Pokhara. The drive will take you through diverse landscapes, including terraced fields, charming villages, and lush green hills.

Once you arrive in Pokhara, it’s a great idea to take some time to rest and prepare for your upcoming trek. Pokhara is a beautiful city with a serene lakeside, offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. You might want to explore the Lakeside area, enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake, or visit some of the local attractions like the World Peace Pagoda or Devi’s Fall.

The drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk is itself a scenic treat. As you leave the bustling city behind, you’ll be greeted by lush green hills and charming villages. The road winds its way through the mountains, offering stunning views of the Annapurna range.

Once you reach Ghandruk, the real adventure begins. The trekking route starts with a gradual uphill climb, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayas. You’ll be able to see the majestic Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Hiunchuli peaks in all their glory.

The trail continues through rhododendron forests and traditional Gurung villages, providing a glimpse into local culture and way of life. As you climb higher, the vegetation changes to alpine meadows, revealing panoramic vistas of the snow-capped peaks.

Chhomrong, the final destination of your trek, is nestled amidst the Annapurna massif. This charming village offers a peaceful retreat and a chance to soak in the incredible mountain scenery.

The trail from Chhomrong to Bamboo involves descending to Chhomrong Khola (river) and then ascending to Sinuwa. Chhomrong is a beautiful village with a great view of the surrounding mountains. As you descend to Chhomrong Khola, you may cross a suspension bridge and continue uphill towards Sinuwa.

Sinuwa is another village along the trekking route. After Sinuwa, you’ll likely continue walking through a dense forest, enjoying the natural beauty and possibly encountering various wildlife. The trail often leads through bamboo forests, hence the name of the destination for the day—Bamboo.

Bamboo is a common stop for trekkers, and it’s situated in a picturesque setting surrounded by lush greenery. The trekking lodges in Bamboo provide a comfortable place to rest and replenish your energy for the next day’s trek.

Remember to stay hydrated, take breaks as needed, and enjoy the stunning

The trek from Bamboo to Deurali promises an invigorating journey through diverse landscapes, offering stunning vistas and breathtaking natural beauty.

Immersed in Verdant Forests:

Your adventure begins with a climb through damp and cool bamboo forests, bathed in the dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves. The lush greenery and the crisp mountain air create a refreshing and serene atmosphere.

As you ascend further, you’ll encounter rhododendron and oak forests, their vibrant foliage adding a splash of color to the landscape. The dense canopy provides a welcome respite from the sun, while the rustling leaves create a soothing melody.

Emerging into the Sunlight:

Upon reaching the Himalaya Hotel, the dense forests give way to an open landscape bathed in the warm sunlight. The sudden change in scenery is a welcome treat, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

From the Himalaya Hotel, the trail continues with a steep climb through drier forests. The terrain becomes more rugged, with rocky paths and challenging inclines. However, the breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks in the distance provide ample motivation to push forward.

Reaching Hinku Cave and Beyond:

Finally, you’ll reach Hinku Cave, perched on the side of a cliff with breathtaking views of the valley below. The cave itself offers a unique opportunity to explore its depths and marvel at its natural formations.

From Hinku Cave, the trail descends closer to the river, offering mesmerizing views of the rushing water and the surrounding mountains. Be sure to take some time to appreciate the beauty and serenity of this natural wonder.

Today marks a momentous day in your trek as you embark on the journey to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (Fishtail BC). Prepare yourself for an experience that will etch itself into your memory forever.

As you ascend, the majestic peaks of the Himalayas will gradually reveal themselves, drawing you closer to their captivating beauty. The towering giants, their snow-clad summits gleaming in the sunlight, will leave you awestruck.

Embrace the invigorating mountain air and soak in the breathtaking panoramas that unfold before you. With each step you take, you’ll feel your spirit soar as you get closer to the “abode of the gods,” as the Annapurna Sanctuary is affectionately known.

The journey to Machhapuchhre Base Camp will be particularly rewarding, offering you intimate views of the iconic Fishtail Peak. Its distinctive silhouette, resembling a fishtail, has captivated trekkers for generations.

As you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, take a moment to appreciate the privilege of being surrounded by such incredible natural beauty. Close your eyes and allow the sense of peace and serenity to wash over you. Feel the energy of the mountains flow through you, and let your worries melt away.

Continuing your ascent to Annapurna Base Camp, you will encounter landscapes that resemble paradise on Earth. Lush meadows, cascading glaciers, and towering peaks will create a scene of unparalleled beauty.

The Enchanting Ascent to Deurali:

The final leg of the journey involves an ascent to Deurali, offering magical vistas of the valley. The sparse vegetation provides unobstructed views of the snow-capped peaks, the cascading waterfalls, and the sheer cliffs that rise majestically from the valley floor.

Reaching Deurali marks the culmination of this unforgettable trek. The breathtaking scenery and the sense of accomplishment will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Today’s trek offers a welcome change of pace, with a gentle downhill journey from Deurali to your previous stop – Bamboo.

As you retrace your steps along the familiar trail, you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the landscape from a different perspective. The scenery you once admired on your ascent will now unfold below you, offering new insights and fresh beauty.

Enjoy the comfortable descent through the diverse landscapes, passing through the rhododendron and oak forests that once greeted you.

As you descend, the air will become warmer and the vegetation more vibrant. This gentle change provides a unique opportunity to observe the subtle differences in the environment at different elevations.

Once you reach Bamboo, you’ll have a chance to relax and reflect on your journey. The warmth of the tea houses, the delicious local meals, and the friendly faces of the villagers will provide a sense of comfort and familiarity.

Today’s trek promises a mix of challenges and rewards, starting with an uphill climb from Bamboo to Kuldighar. Embrace the invigorating morning air as you ascend through the lush forests, admiring the diverse flora and fauna along the way.

Reaching Kuldighar marks a small victory, offering a moment to catch your breath and enjoy the panoramic views before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

The trail then takes a turn downhill, leading you to Chhomrong Khola, a refreshing change of pace after the uphill climb. Crossing the river on a suspension bridge adds a touch of excitement to the day’s adventure.

Next comes the challenging climb up the stone steps to Chhomrong. This section requires some effort, but the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains will keep you motivated.

Finally, the trail descends to Jhinu Danda, your destination for the night. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Himalayas, this charming village offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

The highlight of your day awaits: a relaxing soak in the hot springs located just a short walk from Jhinu Danda. Immerse yourself in the warm, soothing water and let the stress melt away.

As you soak in the hot springs, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the sense of accomplishment you’ve earned after a challenging day’s trek.

Enjoy a delicious meal in one of Jhinu Danda’s cozy tea houses, swap stories with fellow trekkers, and let the tranquil mountain air lull you to sleep as you prepare for the next exciting chapter of your journey.

Today’s trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwai offers a delightful opportunity to soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas one last time.

The trail winds through charming villages, offering glimpses into local life and culture. As you walk, you’ll be surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills, providing a feast for the senses.

During your trek, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramas of the Annapurna range, a constant reminder of the incredible journey you’ve embarked on.

A delicious lunch served amidst the natural beauty will provide the perfect energy boost to complete your trek. After lunch, you’ll continue your descent towards Siwai, where your vehicle awaits.

Reaching Siwai marks the end of your unforgettable trek. From here, you’ll be driven back to Pokhara, the bustling city nestled amidst the foothills of the Himalayas.

In Pokhara, you can indulge in some well-deserved pampering, perhaps with a relaxing massage or a visit to a spa.

Alternatively, you can join the vibrant lakeside scene, enjoying a delicious meal at one of Pokhara’s many restaurants or bars.

As you unwind and celebrate the completion of your trek, memories of the breathtaking scenery, challenging climbs, and tranquil moments will forever be etched in your mind.

The return journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive back offers another opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape and the rivers along the way.

As you drive through small towns, you’ll likely have the chance to observe local life and perhaps stop for some refreshments. The stretch from Dumre to Muglin along the edge of the Marshyangdi River and then following the Trishuli River is known for its picturesque views.

The Trishuli River is indeed a popular river for rafting enthusiasts, offering thrilling rapids and beautiful surroundings. The drive back provides a different perspective of the river, and you might even see some rafting groups enjoying the adventure.

Once you reach Kathmandu, taking some time to rest and engage in small shopping or souvenir hunting is a great idea. Thamel, in Kathmandu, is known for its vibrant market where you can find a variety of local crafts, clothing, and souvenirs. It’s an excellent opportunity to pick up some gifts for family and friends or to have a lasting memory of your trip.

As your flight schedule draws near, it’s time to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. We will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey onward.

We hope you enjoyed your trek to the Annapurna Base Camp and the incredible experience it offered. We look forward to welcoming you back to Nepal again soon and helping you discover more of its beauty.

Until then, we wish you a safe and pleasant journey back home. May your memories of Nepal inspire you and forever remain etched in your heart.

FAQS

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty, and while it does involve some challenging sections, it is generally suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness. However, prior trekking experience and preparation are recommended.

The ideal trekking seasons are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is generally stable, and the views are clear. These months offer pleasant temperatures and are less prone to rainfall.

The trek typically takes around 7 to 12 days, depending on the specific route taken, acclimatization needs, and the starting point of the trek.

Annapurna Base Camp itself is the highest point on the trek, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) above sea level.

Altitude sickness can be a concern as the trek involves gaining significant elevation. Proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness are essential precautions.

Trekkers need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Yes, the trekking route is dotted with tea houses providing basic accommodation and meals. Trekkers can experience the local hospitality and culture by staying in these tea houses.

Purified water is available at tea houses, and trekkers can also use water purification tablets or carry water filters to make water from natural sources safe for drinking.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, a backpack, trekking poles, and necessary personal items. A detailed packing list should be prepared based on the season of the trek.

Yes, hiring a guide and/or porter is common and can enhance the overall trekking experience. Guides provide valuable information about the region, and porters can help alleviate the physical burden of carrying a heavy backpack.

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport Transfers - Car/Jeep/Van/Bus
  • Accommodation on B/B basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All Entrance Fees of Temple, Monastery, Museum, Durbar Square, Monuments and cultural program at evening.
  • Arrangements and transportation expenses during the tour/trek
  • Arrangements and fees for trekking permits
  • Arrangements and expenses for Tour Guide/Trekking Guide
  • Insurance, Lodging and Fooding for all trekking staffs.
  • Arrangements of TIMS (Trekking information management system)Card.
  • What is Excluded
  • Any unexpected costs that occur due to: * Weather, Trail, Road Blockage, River conditions,
  • Due to circumstances such as: * Sickness, Government action, flight delays,
  • Insurance and Emergency Rescue.
  • Major changes in the itinerary
  • Personal and free-time expenses
  • Cold drinks or alcohol
  • Extra hotel expenses
  • Laundry
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas to Nepal
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    How challenging is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

    The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered relatively moderate when approached with proper planning and care. While the trail involves numerous ascents, descents, and traverses through steep, rugged, and potentially landslide-prone areas, a well-structured itinerary, gradual elevation gain, and the guidance of our experienced trekking guides contribute to a smoother journey.

    It’s essential to note that the trek takes you into remote and elevated regions, resulting in limited resources and higher costs. Overall, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is achievable for individuals with good health and a determined mindset.

    Altitude Sickness

    Altitude sickness is a potential risk during high-altitude treks like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. However, our carefully designed itinerary facilitates gradual acclimatization to the increasing elevation. Our expert crew regularly monitors your well-being to ensure a safe trek.

    To prevent altitude sickness, consider the following:

    Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

    Avoid alcoholic beverages that can contribute to dehydration.

    Walk at a slow pace and take deep breaths regularly.

    Inform the team leader if you experience symptoms like breathlessness, headaches, or dizziness.

    Carry prescribed medications for altitude sickness and other common ailments.

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek Details

    The Annapurna Base Camp Trek covers approximately 67 km from start to finish, with the longest segment being the return from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, covering 15.5 km in a single day.

    The trek follows a route that includes key waypoints such as Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Deurali, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, and finally, Annapurna Base Camp. The return journey includes an alternative route via Jhinu Danda, Matque, and a drive back to Pokhara.

    Training for the Trek

    For beginners, gradually increase your daily walking time to 5 to 6 hours, focusing on building stamina and overall health. Incorporate activities such as short hikes, cycling, swimming, and aerobic exercises to prepare your body for the trek.

    Solo/Private/Group Options

    Join one of our fixed departure dates to trek with a group of travelers from around the world, sharing the package cost. Alternatively, solo travelers can opt for a private trek with a dedicated guide, allowing flexibility in pacing. The cost may vary for private trek options.

    Last-Minute Booking

    Contact us for last-minute bookings, though availability may be limited during peak seasons. A 100% payment is required for booking confirmation.

    Permits for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    To trek within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and a TIMS card. Permit costs vary for SAARC and other nationals. Our package cost covers all necessary permit fees.

    Best Time to Trek

    The ideal time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is from March to May and mid-September to mid-December for the best mountain views and trekking conditions.

    Accommodation and Food

    The trek offers teahouse accommodations along the trail, with shared rooms. Pre-booking is recommended during peak seasons. Food options include local dishes like dal bhat and international choices like pizza.

    Trek Responsibly

    Practice eco-friendly trekking by using sustainable products, respecting local cultures, and avoiding littering. Consider volunteering in local communities.

    Travel Insurance

    Ensure comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, for unforeseen circumstances during the trek.

    Travel Tips

    Charging booths are available for devices; some may charge a fee.

    WiFi services are sporadic, especially at higher altitudes.

    No ATMs along the route; carry sufficient cash.

    Limit luggage to around 10kg; porters carry main baggage.

    Tipping is not included in the package cost; it’s discretionary.

    Check the inclusions and exclusions in the package thoroughly.

    Reviews

    Vassilis Pallidis

    Vassilis Pallidis - Greece

    Wonderful Trek in my life

    This trip was truly unforgettable, with the landscape stretching out before us in a way that photos could never fully capture. Each tea house we stayed in boasted incredible views, adding to the magic of the experience. The guides went above and beyond to ensure everyone felt cared for, always greeting us with smiles that lifted our spirits. Even the porters engaged with us and offered encouragement along the way. While crossing the pass and descending was undoubtedly challenging, especially for those of us in our 60s, the sense of accomplishment was unparalleled. I wholeheartedly recommend Adventure Land Nepal for anyone seeking a supported Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Every detail was expertly handled, allowing us to simply savor the journey without worrying about a thing.

    Saad Khan

    Saad Khan - USA

    We had an unforgettable Trek!

    In October of last year, my Mother (56) and I (27) embarked on an unforgettable trek with Adventure Land Nepal. Our trek guides, Gobinda, and porter Karna, displayed exceptional professionalism, ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the journey. Their unwavering support and care were instrumental in our successful completion of the 11-day trek, which included the Annapurna base camp and Poonhill.

    Adventure Land Nepal surpassed our expectations, providing us with an incredible trekking experience. We fully recommend them to anyone seeking an adventure in Nepal. The memories created during this remarkable journey are truly unforgettable, and we are immensely grateful for the experience. Overall, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek left us completely satisfied.

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