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The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It takes you on an incredible journey to an eight-thousander mountain, Mt. Annapurna.
For a moderate trek, this is a fantastic experience that brings you face to face with the world’s tenth highest peak.
The fascinating Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I (8,091 m). This formidable mountain has a tragic allure for mountaineers, but the ABC trek holds several treasures for mountain lovers apart from its deadly appeal.
The Annapurna range is a true feast for the eyes, with its snow-capped peaks and pristine views greeting you right from Pokhara. As you start the trek, Ghandruk offers lovely views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
The different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare are a constant presence as you make your way to Sinuwa. At Dovan, the tip of Machapuchare tantalizes you before appearing in all its glory at Himalaya and Deurali.’
As you trek through the Annapurna Base Camp, you will be surrounded by an array of diverse vegetation. Towering rhododendron, fern and bamboo plants will line your pathway while crossing into the sanctuary, and you will be immersed within a thick forest of oak trees.
As you move higher up the valley, the vegetation will change to tall grasses and Daphne trees, commonly used to make paper by the locals. The terrain will turn alpine around Machapuchare base camp, with patches of grass and boulders surrounding you, as well as beautiful flowering plants.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic Himalayan trek. You stay in charming little lodges, typically accommodating around 20-25 people. These tea houses are run by locals, who are always happy to share a bit of their culture with visitors.
You can find all cuisines at these tea houses. The best is Nepalese cuisine, which is always delicious. You’ll love getting to know the staff at the tea houses, as well as your guides and porters. They’re all warm and welcoming people, and they’re always happy to chat.
After a long journey, you finally reach Pokhara, where you will be staying at a hotel booked by Advenchar.
You will meet the rest of the team at the hotel and have a briefing in the evening. After the briefing, you can explore Pokhara, have dinner by the lakeside, and do some last-minute shopping from the Pokhara market.
Retire early to save energy for the next day and the start of the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Distance: 55 km (Drive) & 3.3 km (Trek)
Time Taken: 1.5 hours (Drive) & 3 Hours (Trek)
Ghandruk Altitude: 2,000 m (6,560 ft)
Komrong Altitude: 2,225 m (7,300 ft)
The drive from Pokhara begins early in the morning, winding through the countryside until you reach Ghandruk.
Ghandruk is a picturesque village with old slate-roofed houses and scattered tea houses. It is the starting point for the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
As you stroll through the village, you’ll get your first taste of the tea house culture characteristic of trekking in Nepal. We’ll be staying in these charming tea houses throughout the trek.
The trek from Ghnadruk begins by descending gradually to Kyunri Khola (stream). Crossing the bridge at Kyunri Khola, the trail gently winds its way upwards for a short while before ascending steeply to Komrong.
The view from here is simply breathtaking, with the Annapurnas towering majestically in the distance. As you take in the natural beauty around you, you can’t help but feel a sense of peace and serenity wash over you.
Komrong is a fantastic place – it’s located on a ridge, and from there, you can see Chomrong on the other side of the mountain, separated by Kimrong Khola. It’s gorgeous, and from Komrong you can watch the sunset behind the mountains.
Distance: 7.5 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Altitude: 2,340 m (7,677 ft)
The trek begins with a descent from Komrong towards Kimrong Khola, and in half an hour, you’ll cross a small stream. From there, the trail ascends to reach Kimrong Khola in half an hour. Once you get there, you’ll be surrounded by incredible mountains that are just waiting to be explored.
As you cross Kimrong Khola, keep to your right. You will be following the river along the mountainside. The gradual uphill trail is often muddy, but it’s worth it for the views of snowy peaks like Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna as they gradually come into view.
After an hour or so, you’ll reach the first few lodges of Chomrong at the edge of the mountain. Here, the trail splits – follow the ascending trail to get to Chomrong.
As you ascend, you’ll get closer and closer to the towering peak of Annapurna South while also being able to see the entire village of Chomrong below. On the opposite side, you’ll catch a glimpse of Sinuwa village, which we’ll be trekking to on Day 3.
With each step, you’ll be getting closer to the Annapurna Base Camp. As the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary, Chomrong provides trekkers with a perfect view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
Don’t miss catching the sunset on Annapurna South from this spot – the view is simply stunning.
The charming town of Chomrong is a great place to take a break while on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This quaint town is home to several tea houses and shops where you can purchase essential items needed on the trek.
We’ll stay at a tea house here for the night.
Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude: 2,510 m (8,235 ft)
As you start your descent down the 2500 stone-built stairs, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the bridge that will take you to Chomrung Khola. The view is simply breathtaking as you step into a dense forest of rhododendrons, oaks, and alpine trees. The trail ahead looks lush and adorned with beautiful reddish-pink flowers.
The trail slowly ascends, just like climbing a never-ending set of stairs, until you reach the village of Sinwa—an hour away. Be patient and keep walking; you’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of Tilche, a tiny hamlet, just fifteen minutes before you reach Sinwa.
Sinwa is divided into Lower and Upper Sinwa, which are about twenty minutes away. The village is enveloped by a thin forest cover, marked by a few teahouses and lodges. Take a quick break here and enjoy the view of Annapurna III. It’s an awe-inspiring sight.
As you begin your trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary, be sure to take in the dense forests and beautiful waterfalls.
After 30 minutes of climbing, you’ll reach the ACAP check post. From there, it’s another 30 minutes downhill to Bamboo Village. Once you get to the village, be sure to look out for more spectacular waterfalls.
Cross a wooden bridge and ascend for 35 minutes to another wooden bridge before finally arriving at Dovan Campsite, your home for the night.
Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude: 3,778 m (12,395 ft)
The trek today will be a challenging one that will take you through a variety of different landscapes. The trail begins in the sub-tropical region, but the height gain will take you through alpine vegetation as you ascend.
You’ll be constantly revitalized by the fantastic sights of the mountains and valleys around you. Although the trek is strenuous, make sure to take it slow and stay hydrated. After a gradual ascent and descent on a muddy trail, you’ll eventually reach.
After you start, a wooden bridge arrives in 25 minutes, and in another 30 minutes, you will reach a shrine on the trail.
The trek to Modi Khola is an easy one, and before you know it, you’ll be greeted by the houses of Himalaya. Keep following the trail, and you’ll find yourself in the charming town of Himalaya, where you can enjoy some delicious tea in the company of nature.
As you walk through the bamboo forests, you’ll slowly rise above the tree line and get a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains.
As you hike further up the mountain, you’ll come across a few landslides and avalanche-prone areas. But don’t worry, the trail is designed to go around them.
After an hour of trekking, you’ll come across a beautiful overhanging cave called Hinku.
Keep going for another hour, and you’ll find yourself in a valley with furiously flowing Modi Khola. Cross the river and climb up the other side, and you’ll finally reach Deurali. This is a great place to take a break for lunch.
As you walk by the river, you’ll see the valley widen, and the majestic Machapuchre and Gangapurna peaks come into view.
Once you cross the bridge over Modi Khola, Machapuchre Base Camp is just 30 minutes away.
MBC is a fantastic place perfect for catching a mesmerizing moonrise on Machapuchre. Make sure to set aside some time to witness this incredible sight – you won’t regret it!
Along with the moon, you’ll see Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. It’s an unforgettable experience that you’ll remember forever.
Distance: 3.5 km
Time Taken: 3 hours
Altitude: 4,130 m (13,550 ft)
As the sun slowly rises, the snow-capped peaks of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna come into view. The brilliant golden and orange light casts a warm glow over the landscape, making it seem almost surreal.
We will be trekking to the much-awaited Annapurna Base Camp today.
The initial ascent is steep, but then the trail gradually ascends as you walk, providing beautiful views of Annapurna I and extending towards Annapurna South. The last stretch to Annapurna Base Camp is a walk on moraines, with the potential to spot marmots along the way.
Looking out at the Annapurna glacier, you can see the majestic peaks of Annapurna I, III, and South, as well as Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare. If you’re feeling adventurous, find a spot on the edge of the glacier to soak in the views and experience the mountain landscapes firsthand. With their soaring heights and pristine glaciers, the Annapurnas are some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
We will be staying at Annapurna Base Camp for the night.
Distance: 14.5 km
Time Taken: 3 hours
Altitude: 2,315 m (7,595 ft)
The journey back to civilization is long and arduous, but it is well worth the effort. The trek back will take you over the same path you took to get to Annapurna Base Camp – crossing MBC, Deurali, Himalaya and Dovan.
Today is the longest day of the trek, and you will be descending steeply for long stretches interspersed with short ascents. We’ll be taking a lunch break at Himalaya.
The views from here are mesmerizing, and you will be able to take in a few last glimpses of the mountains before making your way down to Bamboo.
Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude: 1,720 m (5,643 ft)
The trail to Sinuwa is a gradual ascent, so take your time and enjoy the scenery. As you climb up the steps, you’ll reach an abandoned check post after around 45 minutes. From here, it’s a 45-minute descent to Sinuwa.
Once you reach Sinuwa, take a break and enjoy the view for a bit before continuing on your journey. The next stop is Chomrong Khola, which is about an hour away. The climb from Chomrung Khola to Chomrong is steep but worth it, as the views are amazing. It’ll take you around 45 minutes to do the climb.
At Chomrong, we’ll check out from the ACAP office. After checking out, we start our descent from Chomrong towards Jhinu. From here, it’ll take us 2 hours to reach Jhinu.
The view of the subtropical forests from Jhinu is simply dreamy. Jhinu faces Modi Khola and is famous for its hot springs.
Enjoy a nice bath here and take in the natural beauty surrounding you. We’ll be staying at Jhinu for the night.
Distance: 2 km
Time Taken: 1 hour
Altitude: 822 m (2,696 ft)
From Jhinu, we’ll be descending steeply towards the bridge.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see lots of beautiful butterflies flitting around. The area is home to many different kinds of butterflies, especially below 5,000 ft.
After crossing the bridge, the trail starts to gradually climb up to the road-head where your transport will be waiting for you. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek ends here.
We’ll drive back to Pokhara from here.
After the Annapurna Base Camp trek, as your time in Pokhara comes to a close, you’ll say goodbye to your trekking team and set off on your own once more. But before you do, be sure to take some time to reflect on all the amazing memories and new friendships you’ve made over the past week.
From conquering one of the world’s most challenging trails like Annapurna Base Camp to simply soaking up the incredible Nepalese culture, this will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.
So wherever your travels may take you in the future, we’ll see you next time in the mountains!
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate level trek.
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is mainly spent below 3,000 m, but the terrain can be pretty challenging, with thousands of stairs to climb and descend every day.
Any trekker ready to prepare and train accordingly can enjoy this incredible trek!
At Advenchar, we take many precautions to ensure the safety of our trekkers. This includes having a buffer day in the itinerary in case of bad weather and a Trek Leader and guide who are equipped with all necessary supplies and medical equipment.
Before the trek, you will receive a proper briefing, so you are fit to ensure your safety as well. Adequate training and hydration are also essential for a safe and enjoyable trek.
The best time and season to do Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is in pre-monsoon or post-monsoon seasons.
Pre-Monsoon: March to June
Post-Monsoon: September to November
If you want to beat the crowd, and can manage the cold, you can also attempt it in winter.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek typically costs INR 30,000/- including your TIMS and ACAP permits, accommodation, guide, and travel. This cost does not include your meals on the trek or any other personal expense.
All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.
Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.
You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.
We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.
If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.
You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months. You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar.