Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar-May and Mid-Sep-Mid-Dec
  • Trip Area Annapurna region
  • Maximum Altitude 4130m.|13547ft.

Highlights

  • Witness breathtaking mountain views and stunning landscapes on a relatively moderate trek
  • Explore the fairytale-like villages and unique mountain lifestyle
  • Trek through lush forests of rhododendrons, crossing thrilling suspension bridges and passing by lovely waterfalls
  • Enjoy the serenity of the western Himalayas and unwind all of your worries
  • Reach the Annapurna Base Camp, foothill of the tenth highest mountain in the world
  • Spend time in natural hot springs in Jhinu Danda

The phenomenal beauty of the Annapurna region and the once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience offered by the Annapurna Base Camp Trek has welcomed thousands of travelers from all around the globe over the years. Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal is no doubt one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas that explores remote mountain villages, and dense forests and offers a peek into the rich cultural heritage of the locals. 

Say hello to the stunning eight-thousanders in the western Himalayas in Nepal on our adventurous 11-day trip to the Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.|13550ft.), foot of Mt. Annapurna (8091m.|26545ft.), the tenth highest mountain in the world.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is fantastic and goes through lush rhododendron forests and further joins densely forested trails before coming out of the tree line to the alpine zone. You will be passing by lovely waterfalls and cross thrilling suspension bridges along the way. Not only that, the venture lets you have a close glimpse of the lifestyle of locals from different communities like Magar, Gurung, Brahmin, and Chhetri.

What about the views?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 Days offers breathtaking landscapes throughout the trek. You will be accompanied by majestic mountain views of Mt. Annapurna (8091m.), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Mt. Fishtail (6993m.), Mt. Gangapurna (7455m.), Mt. Nilgiri (7061m.), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m.), etc. 

The journey lets you escape in the arms of nature and spend time with huge snow-clustered mountains. We guarantee that the Annapurna Base Camp trek will boost your confidence as high as the Himalayas.

What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails unique?

Trekking in the Himalayas always carries unseen risks with it. It's the trekker's job to make the best decisions on the way. With Nepal Nirvana Trails, you will be trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp safely as we take great care of our guests and in organizing your venture. 

You will be trekking with a team of professional trekkers who have mapped the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route hundreds of times before and know every detail. Our more than two decades of experience in leading groups in the Himalayas makes us a reliable and trustworthy trekking partner.

Join our Annapurna Base Camp Trek package 2024 and live your Himalayan dream. We have opened our booking for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Autumn/Spring 2024. Get in touch with us if you have any further questions. 

You can check out our more adventurous trekking packages in the Annapurna region here. Likewise, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek are some of our other very famous trekking packages in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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When you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the team members will greet you with flower garlands. He'll take you to the hotel and inform you about the upcoming meeting at our office. We'll discuss the trip details and introduce you to the trekking guide. You can explore the local markets of Kathmandu City or visit UNESCO Heritage Sites on your first day.

  • 3-Star Hotel
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

The day begins with the early morning flight to Pokhara, the second biggest city in Nepal. You will meet the guide at the Pokhara Airport and from here, you will drive to the starting point of the trek, Nayapul in a private vehicle. From there, we will walk to Ulleri, passing through Birethanti. The trail follows the north riverbank of Bhurungdi Khola and steadily ascends the valley, leading us to Ulleri after a short climb up some stairs from Hile and Tikhedhunga.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1940m.|6364ft.

The journey to Ghorepani begins with a hike along a paved trail through an oak and rhododendron forest. After about an hour of trekking, we will arrive in Banthanti, a beautiful Gurung town. Following a two-hour hike from Banthanti, we will reach Nangthanti. From Nangthanti, we will head towards Ghorepani, taking in the breathtaking vistas of Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South. A short walk from there will then bring us to Ghorepani, which offers spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, and Dhaulagiri. We will spend the night in Ghorepani, where we can enjoy warm food and hospitality.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2170m.|7118ft.

We will begin our day early making our way to Poonhill View Point to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. The viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the mountains, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After capturing the golden hues and the play of light as the sun rises over the Himalayan peaks, we will set off to our destination, Tadapani. We first ascend a hill to get there, then go straight and descend to Deurali. From Deurali, we'll continue uphill and downhill to reach Tadapani. The journey offers glimpses of terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and distant mountain ranges. Eventually, you'll reach Tadapani, where we will stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2310m.|7577ft.

We will leave Tadapani after a hearty breakfast and make our way down to Sinuwa. The trek to Chhomrong will be a pleasant and relatively easy one, especially since it's mostly downhill from Tadapani. The trail takes us through lush green landscapes, and after crossing a bridge over the Modi River, we will arrive at the picturesque village of Chhomrong. We continue our journey, descending to the Chhomrong River and ascending again for about two hours to reach Sinuwa, where we can take in the breathtaking mountain vistas to the north.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3230m.|10595ft.

We'll start our day with a stunning sunrise view at Sinuwa overlooking the Himalayas. After breakfast, we'll hike for about one and a half hours to reach Bamboo, passing through a dense bamboo and rhododendron forest. Today's trek ends at Deurali, passing by Hiku Cave, where we can see glaciers and rivers. We'll also cross suspension bridges and rivers before reaching Deurali.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4130m.|13547ft.

Today, we will be touching the base of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Annapurna Base Camp. From Deurali, we will gradually ascend through the river bed and continue climbing along a steep mountainside trail. We will reach Bagar and head towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp (a base camp of a virgin mountain of huge significant value to locals). We can see stunning views of snow-capped peaks like Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Gangapurna, etc. As we get closer to ABC, the greenery will thin out, and we'll spend the night surrounded by the breathtaking peaks. We spend the night at ABC.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2310m.|7577ft.

We will witness the breathtaking sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp, weather permitting. After breakfast, we will make our way back to Sinuwa. As we descend from the majestic Annapurna Base Camp, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The trek takes us through diverse landscapes, including bamboo and rhododendron forests that ease the fatigue from the trek. After a couple of hours, we will reach Deurali, but our journey for the day is not over yet. We will continue our descent to Sinuwa, passing through Bamboo and Hiku Cave.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1760m.|5773ft.

We'll descend to Jhinu Danda, and from there according to the time of the year the transport may not reach our desired place, so we will either hike up to Siwai or Matque. The trek downhill will offer a change in scenery. From there, we will enjoy a scenic drive to Pokhara, taking in the landscapes and perhaps anticipating the comfort and charm of the city after our trekking adventure.

  • 3-Star Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 822m.|2696ft.

We'll take a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, enjoying the journey through the picturesque landscapes. In the evening, we'll come together for a farewell dinner organized by the company. It's a time to share stories, reminisce about the adventure, and savor some good company and delicious food.

  • 3-Star Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Our adventurous Annapurna Base Camp trek comes to an end. It is your last day in Kathmandu. Today, you will fly to your next destination. Our team will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye.

  • Breakfast

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Route Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days map

What's Included

  • Airport transfer services arrival and departure and local flight schedule
  • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast 
  • 1-night Hotel at Lakeside Pokhara including breakfast 
  • Accommodations during the treks on a sharing basis 
  • Meals while on the treks (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and tea/coffee 
  • Experienced English-speaking government-licensed trekking guide and 1 porter between 2 trekkers
  • Guide and porter salary, food, equipment, and insurance including on-trip cost
  • All applicable permits and fees
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara 
  • Tourist Bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Nayapul and Siwai/Matque to Pokhara 
  • Sleeping bag & down jacket (if needed - It’s refundable)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Duffel Bag For Porter Use
  • Souvenir: Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt, Trekking map
  • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
  • Official expense and government tax and VAT.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • During trekking time, personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, coke, juice, bottled and hot water, hot shower, WI-FI, battery charging, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Tips for treks guide, and porter (it is appreciated)

Upcoming Departures

    
Start DateSaturdayApril 20, 2024End DateTuesdayApril 30, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateMondayApril 22, 2024End DateThursdayMay 02, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateTuesdayApril 23, 2024End DateFridayMay 03, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateThursdayApril 25, 2024End DateSundayMay 05, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateFridayApril 26, 2024End DateMondayMay 06, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateSundayApril 28, 2024End DateWednesdayMay 08, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateMondayApril 29, 2024End DateThursdayMay 09, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700
Start DateTuesdayApril 30, 2024End DateFridayMay 10, 2024PriceAvailableUS $700

If you are not satisfied with our offered Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary, you can always customize the itinerary as per your wish with us. We will plan the best Annapurna Base Camp Trek for you.

Useful Info

How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the easy-going treks in the Annapurna region if done correctly. Of course, the trail has numerous ascends & descends along with steep, rugged, and landslide-prone areas, but the perfect increase in elevation every day and our professional trekking guide will make the trip smooth. 

Keep in mind that you will be traveling in a remote area and to a great height, therefore everything will be limited and expensive. Overall, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate trek, achievable for anyone with good health and determination to reach Annapurna Base Camp.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is certainly one of the underlying risks when it comes to high-altitude journeys like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. However, you do not have to worry. Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed to allow your body to fully acclimatize as you gain elevation. At the same time, our expert crew will check on you regularly and make sure everything is fine.

Some of the things you can take into consideration to avoid and prevent altitude sickness:

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids while trekking. A dehydrated body can lead to altitude sickness.
  • No alcoholic drinks or anything that may dehydrate your body.
  • Walk slowly, and do not forget to take long breaths now and then.
  • If you see symptoms like loss of breathing, headache, dizziness, etc. inform the team leader and follow his advice.
  • Carry prescribed medicines for altitude sickness, cold, headache, food poisoning, etc.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek distance

Annapurna Base Camp Trek route covers approximately 67 km from the beginning to the end of the trek. The longest day on the trek is when you return from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo. You will be covering 15.5 km on that particular day. Check out our Annapurna Base Camp Trek route map for more information about the trail.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek route

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 days begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a drive to Kimchi, the starting point of the trek. From here, you will gradually begin trekking through the forested path and reach beautiful Ghandruk village for a night's stay. 

You will then ascend through lush rhododendron forests to Chhomrong. Leaving this village behind, the trail crosses Chhomrong Khola and passes by Sinuwa before reaching Bamboo. From here, you will walk through damp and cold forests to Deurali and climb towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. 

The trail from here onwards leads to the Annapurna Base Camp. Spend the night at the ABC and descend back to Bamboo, retracing the path. Further, we will take a different route that leads to Jhinu Danda drops down to Matque, and drive back to Pokhara, marking the end of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Training for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Beginner trekkers, take your time and increase your walking time to 5 to 6 hours a day. Strong stamina and good health are needed for a trek. Work on your inner strength and muscle power.

You can go on short hikes, cycling, or swimming. With all of these options, you get your body ready for the trek. You can also go to the gym and include aerobic and cardio exercises in the routine.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Solo/Private/Group

If you do not have your group, then you can join one of our fixed departure dates and trek with travelers from all around the world. You will be paying the package cost in a group, therefore the per head will come lower than usual. 

Similarly, for solo travelers, we offer a private trek option. You will be guided by one of our best guides during the private trek. You can take your time to enjoy nature and walk at your own pace. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost may differ if you go for a private trek option.

Last Minute Booking for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Feel free to contact us in case you decide to book a trip to Annapurna Base Camp at the last minute. We will do everything to accommodate you. There is a chance that we may not be able to book you if we cannot find accommodations or other facilities at the last moment which is a possibility during peak season.

For booking confirmation, we require you to pay 100% of the package cost. A team representative from Nepal Nirvana Trails will assist you with the booking process and help you with the preparation.

Get in touch with us anytime for more information.

What permits do I need for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

On Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will be trekking inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. So, to trek here, you have to get an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit along with a TIMS card. 

ACAP permit costs for SAARC nationals: NPR 1000

ACAP permit costs for other nationals: NPR 3000

TIMS card costs: NPR 2000

*Note:Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost covers all the necessary permit costs, and you do not have to pay any additional charge for the permit. Likewise, we will arrange all the permits for you.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek best time

To enjoy the best mountain views and trekking experience, we suggest trekking to Annapurna Base Camp from March to May and mid-September to mid-December. You will be enjoying a magical venture in these months as the trail blooms with colorful rhododendrons, and the air begins to see a hint of crisp chill in it.

The fantastic climate and stable weather are all we look for to have an amazing trip in the Himalayas. The temperature will be perfect with bright sunny days and cold nights & mornings. 

Accommodation 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal is a teahouse trek. There is a range of teahouses available along the way to stop and spend the night. Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek package 2024 includes friendly, clean accommodations on the trail. The room will be comfortable and shared between two trekkers. If you want a single room during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 Days, then do let us know in advance (while booking). 

Depending upon the village and the place, the room may come with a private or common washroom. Do know that the peak season sees hundreds of trekkers from all around the world. So, if you do not pre-book the accommodation while trekking alone, then you might have to sleep in the common living room at the guest house.

Food

The best thing about Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is when it comes to food, you can get a quite decent pizza at the Annapurna Base Camp itself. Sounds unbelievable, right? But it's true. However, you might have to pay a considerable price to have a warm pizza at that altitude.

Another meal option is dal bhat, the typical Nepali lunch/dinner and the dish we advise our guests to include in at least one meal of the day because of all the nutrients it offers at a very affordable rate. 

You can also choose from pudding, macaroni, momo, noodles, Tibetan bread, chapati, curries (veg & non-veg), soup, toast, porridge, eggs, etc. In beverages, you can get black tea, milk tea, Tibetan tea, coffee, flavored hot drinks, etc. 

Trek Responsibly

Trekking responsibly is not difficult and only needs a little effort if you are up for it. The moment you put your foot in the wilderness of the Himalayas with us, you are bound to follow some rules that we have created to play our role in protecting the environment. 

Using eco-friendly products, carrying reusable water bottles, respecting the cultures of the local communities, not throwing trash on the trail, etc. are some of the things we encourage our guests to do while trekking. Similarly, you can volunteer in local schools or old-age centers if you like. 

Travel Insurance

Traveling to 4,130 meters above sea level where there are no proper means of transportation or health care facilities does ask for well-covered travel insurance. Accidents or medical emergencies during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are rare. 

Still, to make sure we are prepared for any unforeseen circumstances, we do recommend our guests get travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation (up to 6,000 meters) and medical bills. You have to buy travel insurance in your home country. 

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

  • Being one of the famous trekking routes, you can find charging booths in almost all the tea houses and lodges along the way to charge your devices. Some places may ask you for a few bucks for the service.
  • Some villages offer WiFi services at lower altitudes. Because of elevation and uncertain weather, you will not get a stable internet connection all the time, whether you use WiFi or cellular data. 
  • There is no ATM in the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route, therefore have some spare cash with you in the city to carry while trekking.
  • While trekking, you can only pack luggage weighing around 10kgs. The main baggage, a duffel bag, is carried by the porters. You can have a daypack with essentials.
  • Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek package cost does not include tipping. It is mandatory though guides and porters expect some. You are free to tip as per your wish. 
  • Check out our package cost include & exclude section thoroughly. Some of the things like travel insurance, international flight fare, personal expenses, tips, etc., are not covered in the package cost, and the guest has to be responsible for it.

FAQs

  • Annapurna Base Camp trek cost can range from USD 600 to USD 1000 and above depending upon your Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary and the services you will be using during the journey. We offer comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp trek packages to suit the requirements of our guests. Get in touch with us anytime to know more about the Annapurna Base Camp trek price.

  • Not a complicated question yet not easy to answer. Considering factors like distance, elevation, access of the starting/ending point of the trek, and remoteness, Everest Base Camp Trek is for sure on a harder side than the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

  • Yes, with our experienced team Annapurna Base Camp trekking is 100% safe. If you are trekking solo, then be careful of the route, altitude, and avalanche-prone sections. If you want to trek to Annapurna Base Camp alone, then you can opt for our private trek option. 

  • Yes, you can stay overnight at the Annapurna Base Camp. Locals offer basic tea house accommodation at the base of the tenth highest mountain. Both single and shared rooms are available as per your wish.

  • No, you can't see Mt. Everest from Annapurna Base Camp or during the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

  • No, Annapurna is not on Mt. Everest. Talking about the geographical location, Mt. Annapurna is located in the western Himalayas in Nepal, whereas Mt. Everest is situated in the eastern Himalayas in Nepal.

  • No, Annapurna Base Camp is not the same as Everest Base Camp. As per height, ABC is at 4,130 meters, whereas EBC is at 5,364 meters. Likewise, both base camps are in different regions in Nepal and serve as the lap of two different mountains, Mt. Annapurna (the 10th highest mountain in the world) and Mt. Everest (the highest mountain in the world).

  • Mt. Annapurna has many avalanche-prone areas, which make scaling this mountain one of the toughest. Likewise, the huge numbers of ice walls and hanging glaciers also add up to the risk of avalanches.

  • Yes, you can take a helicopter to the Annapurna Base Camp. Join our adventurous Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour or add helicopter drop/pickup service from the ABC in your Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary.

Client Reviews

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    Cristina Da RoldItalyAugust 09, 2023

    Very well organized

    A perfect trekking, amazing both in terms of places and the organization. All was excellent: the genuine taste of Nepal, with great local guides and in authentic silent lodges. Krishna and his staff are always available for supporting you for any request, you can always contact them during the trip, and this makes you comfortable when you travel. Thanks, Nirvana!

    Dear Cristina, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing an incredible review of your experience of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the organization of the Nirvana Trails team! We are always pleased to provide you with our services. Good luck with your future endeavors and wish to see you again for more adventures.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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    Hong Hac TranVietnamJune 19, 2023

    This is by far my most fulfilled and satisfied experience with tourism agency 🤘🏻🤘🏻

    I was having my knee surgery less than a year ago so for me safety was the first thing i put on my list when reaching out to Nepal Nirvana Trails. But what this agency did was even beyond my expectation on how they took care of me on the trip and customized the agenda to fit my ability. You will love the little things they did for you throughout the trip, from the fruits they bring along the way to extra-prepare enough nutrition and vitamin for your next few days, to the way they make sure you understand the history, culture, geography of the land you step foot on.
    Highly recommend on KP's agent and Dipak for your upcoming trip to Nepal.

    Dear Hong Hac Tran, Namaste!
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We’re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the trek with our Guide Dipak and porter Prajil Thanks a lot for your thoughts on the trek with our Nepal Nirvana Trails team and for recommending our services to other trekkers. Wish to see you again for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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