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-Apr and Oct-Nov
  • Trip Area Annapurna region
  • Maximum Altitude 4,130 m./13,547 ft.

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, 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 days trip to the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/ 13,550 ft), foot of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m.|26,545ft.), 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 treeline 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 breath-taking landscapes throughout the trek. You will be accompanied by majestic mountain views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m.), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Mt. Fishtail (6,993m.), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455m.), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m.), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m.), 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 of leading groups in the Himalayas makes us a reliable and trustworthy trekking partner.

Join our Annapurna Base Camp Trek package 2022 and live your Himalayan dream. We have opened our booking for Annapurna Base Camp Trek Autumn/Spring 2022. 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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We will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day. If possible, we recommend spending half a day preparing for the trek and resting. Our team will escort you to the hotel. You will meet with the trekking guide and do some final preparation for the journey. In the late evening, join a welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 1,400m./4,592ft.

Duration: 3 hours drive & 1-hour trek

The day begins early, and you will take a morning flight to Pokhara, the second biggest city in Nepal. From here, you will drive to the starting point of the trek Kimchi in a private vehicle with the crew. 

From Kimchi, following forested paths and small settlements, you will reach Ghandruk village. It is a fine Gurung village that offers amazing interaction with locals and beautiful landscapes.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1,940m./6364ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

After having breakfast in Ghandruk village, you will begin trekking towards picturesque Chhomrong village. The trail ascends through dense forests of rhododendron. On the way, you can see fine mountain views and come across diverse flora.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,170m./7,118ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Leaving Chhomrong behind, the trail descends to Chhomrong Khola. You will descend via stone steps and cross the bridge over Chhomrong Khola before ascending again towards Sinuwa. The trail further goes through lovely forests to Kuldihar and gradually descends to Bamboo for the night stay.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,310m./7,577ft.

Duration: 3-4 hours

From Bamboo, most of the route ascends through damp and cold bamboo forests. The trail will be steep at some parts too so be careful while walking. Soon, you will come out of the forest and follow a steep route that leads to Hinku Cave. Further, descend to a river and ascend to Deurali.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,230m./10,595ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

Today, you will be touching the base of the tenth highest mountain in the world, Annapurna Base Camp. From Deurali, gradually ascend through the river bed and continue climbing along a steep mountainside trail. You will reach Bagar and head towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp (a base camp of a virgin mountain of huge significant value to locals). You can see stunning views of snow-capped peaks like Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Gangapurna, etc. 

As you begin to approach ABC, the vegetation will get sparse, and the sensational views of the towering mountains will begin to come into perspective. You will be spending the night at ABC.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4,130m./13,547ft.

Duration: 7-8 hours

From Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo is a long downhill walk. You will be retracing the route, enjoying changing landscapes and breathtaking views of the mountains. The journey back offers a peaceful time to take in the flora & fauna.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,310m./7,577ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

The day begins with an uphill walk to Kuldighar. From here, you will be walking on a downhill route to Chhomrong Khola. Crossing the Khola, follow stone steps to Chhomrong village and descend towards Jhinu Danda. This place is very famous for its natural hot spring. You can end the day enjoying the hot spring.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1,760m./5,773ft.

Duration: 2 hours trek & 4 hours drive

After a warm breakfast in Jhinu Danda, begin trekking towards Matque. Today is the last day of the trek. The trail follows the forested path to Matque. From here, you will drive back to Pokhara for a night's stay. The evening is free to explore the Lakeside Market and the tranquil Phewa Lake.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1,070m./3,510ft.

Duration: 30 minutes flight

You will take another short flight back to Kathmandu in the morning. The rest of the day in Kathmandu is free to explore the tourist sites and do window shopping. Later in the evening, the company will organize a farewell dinner for you.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • 1,400m./4,592ft.

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.

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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
    • 4-Star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast 
    • 3-Star Hotel at Lakeside Pokhara
    • Accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis 
    • Standard 3 meals while on the treks and tea or 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, ACAP, TIMS, and Local permits
    • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Pokhara to the treks start point, treks ending point to Pokhara private vehicle service.
    • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary
    • Welcome and 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, drink Beer coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
    • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Tips for treks guide, porter and driver (it is expected)

    Upcoming Departures

        
    Start DateFridayDecember 09, 2022End DateMondayDecember 19, 2022PriceGuaranteedUS $690
    Start DateSaturdayDecember 10, 2022End DateTuesdayDecember 20, 2022PriceGuaranteedUS $690
    Start DateFridayDecember 16, 2022End DateMondayDecember 26, 2022PriceLimitedUS $690
    Start DateMondayDecember 19, 2022End DateThursdayDecember 29, 2022PriceGuaranteedUS $690
    Start DateSaturdayDecember 24, 2022End DateTuesdayJanuary 03, 2023PriceGuaranteedUS $690
    Start DateMondayDecember 26, 2022End DateThursdayJanuary 05, 2023PriceAvailableUS $690

    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 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 for sure one of the underlying risks when it comes to high-altitude journeys like 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 every now and then.
    • If you see symptoms like loss in 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 and 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 exercise 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 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 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 1000

    *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 April and October to November. You will be enjoying a magical venture in these months as the trail gets bloomed 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 2022 includes nice, clean accommodation 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. Though, you might have to pay a considerable price for having 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 to protect 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 Annapurna Base Camp Trek are rare. 

    Still, to make sure we are prepared for any unseen 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 luggage, a duffel bag, is carried by the porters. You can carry a daypack with essentials.
    • Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek package cost does not include tipping. It is mandatory though guide and portet 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 800 to USD 1200 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 5,346 meters. Likewise, both base camps are in different regions in Nepal and serve as the lap of two different mountains, Mt. Annapurna (9th 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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    • G
      GeorgiaUnited KingdomOctober 11, 2022

      An amazing 10-day hike at ABC

      Hike was beyond beautiful, and my guide was amazing! Raj has a great knowledge of the area, is fun, chatty and overall helped create an experience I will remember for ever!
      KP the owner is also great and made me feel very comfortable and safe. Would recommend both Nirvana Trails and Raj as a guide!

      Dear Georgia, Namaste!
      Thank you for your kind words and recommendations. We’re grateful for your feedback and glad to hear that you enjoyed the trek with our guide, Raj. We look forward to the next time to serve you again.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

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