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  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Hard
  • 13550 ft./4130 m
  • 12 Participants
  • April-May/October/November
  • Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) in Nepal is renowned worldwide for its spectacular views of the eight-thousanders and its easy accessibility. As soon as you arrive in Pokhara, you are greeted with a magnificent view of the Annapurna mountain range. Annapurna Base Camp trek is truly breathtaking, providing stunning vistas of the majestic Himalayas.

The path to the base camp is well-marked and paved with stones, ensuring a smooth and safe trekking experience. Expect to climb many stairs on this trek. You will traverse rice and paddy fields, enchanting rhododendron forests, and alpine landscapes, with the Annapurna mountain range always in sight. On this trek, you will walk through the dense forest of Annapurna Conservation Area, covered in shades of Rhododendrons, bamboo trees and oaks. 

Witness the mighty Annapurna Massif

ABC Trek is a standout adventure for outdoor enthusiasts due to its awe-inspiring views of the Greater Himalayas up close. On the first day, you will be bowled over by the stunning Annapurna massif in addition to Machapuchre and Himchuli. Encounter the exotic and captivating views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2, Annapurna Glacier, Himchuli, and Mahcapuchre from unprecedented distances. The sight of these eight thousanders is unparalleled. 

If you are an experienced trekker looking to expand your horizons, the Annapurna Basecamp Trek is a must-try. Immerse in rich and diverse Nepali culture throughout the trail. You will also have the chance to meet trekkers from all around the globe and exchange your experiences.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Tea houses, hotels (It is not allowed to put campsite on the trail) – Day 1 night to Day 9 morning.
  • Meals – 3 times a day; veg./egg only (includes freshly-cooked meals snacks, tea /coffee/ soup, etc.)
  • Permit Charges in National Parks and Sanctuaries as part of the experience.
  • Camping Equipment – sleeping bags, mattresses, etc.
  • Technical and Safety Equipment – Wilderness Medical Kit, Ice Axe, Microspikes, Climbing Rope, Climbing accessories, Oxygen Cylinder, BP Meter, oximeter, thermometer etc.
  • Highly Experienced Outdoor Instructor : Grade A in Basic Mountaineering course, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified from NOLS.
  • Cloak room facility – In case you have an extra bag that you do not require for the OWLS Experience, you can leave it at the cloak room provided by OWLS at your basecamp. Do not leave valuables such as laptops, mobile phones, cash etc.

Exclusions 

  • Domestic/International Airfare charges to and from Pokhara.
  • Meals during transit to and from Pokhara.
  • Trek Insurance for Helicopter rescue. OWLS team will help you to get the best trek insurance available in the market.
  • Offloading backpack If you wish to offload your backpack; there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1000 per backpack per person per day (inclusive of taxes). The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed.
  • Cost incurred due to change in itinerary due to change in weather conditions, roadblocks or any natural factors beyond human control.
  • Additional services availed during the experience (including mules, assistance, health related support etc.)
  • Buffer Day Cost – If the buffer day is used, our Outdoor Leader will collect INR 3000/- per day (incl of 5% GST). For all your travel plans we advise to include a buffer day for this experience to accommodate bad weather in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) region of Nepal.
  • Day 9 accommodation and dinner at Pokhara.
  • Any personal expenses during the experience or anything which is not included in the inclusions list.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Meet-up in Pokhara (2,696 ft.)

On Day 1 of the trek, participants reach the meeting point in Pokhara before 4:00 PM. ​

Your stay in Pokhara will be booked by OWLS. The exact address and contact details will be shared a week before your scheduled departure by the OWLS team.

The ABC Experience begins on a high note as the mesmerizing view of Annapurna teases you right from Pokhara.

Day 2 : Pokhara (2,696 ft.) to Lower Ghandruk (6,601 ft.) and trek to Komrong (7,380 ft.)

The OWLS team leaves Pokhara at 7.00 AM and reaches Lower Ghandruk from Pokhara after a drive of 3-4 hours. On the same day, i.e Day 2, your ABC experience begins as you trek from Lower Ghandruk to Komrong (7380 ft.).

Ghandruk is an ancient village to be mesmerized by the architecture of the traditional Nepalese homes and culture. Gandruk also has a museum that exhibits the local culture and heritage of the region.

The trail to Komrong is easy for the participants. The trail of around 5 km is covered in 4-5 hours.

Day 3 : Komrong (7,380 ft.) to Chomrong (7,120 ft.)

The popularity of the trek can be observed on the demarcated path on the entire trail. The trail is not so hard on the trekkers, and the day starts with a gradual descent.

Komrong is perched on the ridge top, and Chomrong is right in the opposite direction on the other side of the mountains. The villages face each other from one mountain top to another. After a descent of about an hour or more, the trail requires you to ascent right up to Chomrong.

The trail lined with bamboo, rhododendrons, and banana trees takes you to the village. As you start to enter the Chomrong, paddy plantations on terrace farms are what you witness.

Day 4 : Chomrong (7,120 ft.) to Dovan (8,460 ft.)

The trail from Chomrong begins with a brief descent and then some steep ascent, and follows the same pattern till you reach Dovan. Right from Chomrong till Dovan the trail requires you to cover hundreds of stairs. Before reaching Dovan you also cross a suspension bridge across Chamrung Khola.

The trail to Bamboo, a village you cross, is a continuous descent till you reach Bamboo. From Bamboo, you again start climbing, a steep ascent and a lot of stairs. After you leave Bamboo Village behind, the trail leads you through a dense forest enveloped in bamboo trees. You reach Dovan around afternoon during lunchtime.

Day 5 : Dovan (8,460 ft.) to Machapuchare Base Camp (12,135 ft.)

On the 5th day of the ABC experience, you immerse yourself in the wilderness as the trail is covered with dense forest.

​Once you walk through the forest, the trail again opens to steep stone steps. While walking on these steps, you come across a shade made out of stone from where you can see a glimpse of Deval where the team will have lunch.

The climb becomes difficult post-lunch when you leave Deval. However, it is also rewarding as Machapuchre stares at you from a close distance. The trail opens into a grassland covered with small bushes, and the tree-line begin to vanish. This is also the longest walk of your entire experience.

Day 6 : Machapuchhare Base Camp (12,135 ft.) to Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft.)

Machapuchre Base Camp has very few homestays. The locals reside and run the tea house only during the season and migrate to their respective villages once the trekkers stop frequenting the basecamp.

When you reach MBC you soak in the views of the towering Annapurna Dakshin, Machapuchare, and Hiunchuli. The open grassland along with the trail lets you have a grander view of the mountain peaks surrounding you. The view on this trail is unmatched.

The walk to ABC from MBC is around 2 hours. However, we let ourselves soak in the view ahead of on this day and reach ABC in around 4 hours.

Day 7 : Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft.) to Bamboo (7,675 ft.)

The view on this day is known to change many lives. You wake up early in the morning to enjoy the first ray of sunlight falling on Annapurna Massif. The view with the sun rays falling on the peaks, glowing with a tint of orange and red is when you feel accomplished. The sight in front of you, the changing colours of the peaks, and the sky is unmatchable and unfathomable.

The base camp is thronged by climbers and trekkers from around the world. The basecamp also has memorials of the climbers who lost their lives while trying to summit Annapurna.

After soaking in the life-changing experience at the base camp, you start descending towards Bamboo. The walk is long and tiring on Day 7. However, the experience you have at the ABC keeps you recharged and accomplished the entire trail.

Day 8 : Bamboo (7,675 ft.) to Jhinu (5,770 ft.)

The day from Bamboo to Jhinu begins on a steep note. You ascend for a while, followed by a steep descent. The trail is undulating, accompanied by ascent and descent at regular intervals.

Jhinu is the place where you witness a lot of accomplished faces. The trekkers halt here to celebrate their completion of ABC trek. Here, you witness happiness, contentment, and a sense of achievement on every face you see. The positive vibes resonate here as the trekkers are high on happiness.

Jhinu also has a hot spring. The hot spring here relieves you of the exhaustion after the long trek. ​

Day 9 : Jhinu (5,770 ft.) to Sewai and drive to Pokhara (2,696 ft.)

You start from Jhinu basking in the glory of completing your trek successfully. The trail from Jhinu to Sewai traverses through terraced farms, and villages reverberating the local culture of the country.

The trail has steep descent and gradual ascent till you reach Sewai. Sewai is where your Annapurna base camp Experience concludes. After reaching Sewai, you head towards Pokhara in a cab.

How to reach the basecamp of Annapurna Base Camp trek?

How to reach Pokhara

Though the trek starts from a bustling village called Ghandruk, we call Pokhara the base camp for the ABC Trek. OWLS organizes pick-up from Pokhara city to the starting point of the trek. Reach Pokhara before 4:00 PM on Day 1.  

To reach Pokhara, you can book your air ticket directly to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital or Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Gorakhpur is a border town between India and Nepal. If you are planning to travel by road, ensure to reach Gorakhpur before 1 p.m.

Kathmandu is well connected by air from Delhi. The starting point of your Annapurna Basecamp is Pokhara, a city on Phewa Lake in central Nepal. It is known as a gateway to the Annapurna circuit, Mardi Himal, Annapurna Basecamp, and many popular trails in the Great Himalayas. 

Here is how you can plan to reach Pokhara 

Travel Plan A- 

By Air – Fly to Kathmandu and then fly to Pokhara 

This is the quickest way to reach Pokhara. Take a flight to Kathmandu and then another flight to Pokhara. It is a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Flights fly daily on this route between 8.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. 

To your surprise, the distance between India’s and Nepal’s capital takes just one and a half hours. If you book your tickets well in advance, flying to Kathmandu will cost between 10K and 12K. Indigo, Air India, and Vistara have direct flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.

Option 2: By Air and then by Road 

If you want to travel on a budget, we recommend you fly to Kathmandu and then take a bus/shared cab to Pokhara

As Pokhara is a renowned tourist hotspot, regular buses leave from Kathmandu every 15 minutes. The first bus starts as early as 7.00 AM. Tourist buses cost between NPR 800-1200 per person and a ticket in a local minibus costs between NPR 400-600 per person. Nepali Rupee is cheaper than Indian Rupee and one Indian rupee equals 1.60 Nepali Rupee. The duration of the drive is between 6 and 8 hours. 

Option 3: One of the cheapest ways to reach Pokhara from India is to take a train to Gorakhpur. From Gorakhpur, take a cab to Sonauli and then get on a bus to Pokhara. The journey will be more hectic than the first two but will be economical for your pocket. 

Here is a step-by-step guide to reaching Pokhara from Gorakhpur

  • Take a flight or train from your city to Gorakhpur. Reach Gorakhpur before 1 p.m. on Day Zero.
  • Outside the Gorakhpur airport or the railway station, take a shared cab to Sonauli. Sonauli is at the India-Nepal border. The travel distance from Gorakhpur to Sonauli is about 105 km and takes approximately 3 hrs. It would cost around INR 300 to 500 per person.
  • On reaching the Sonauli Border, you can exchange Indian currency and collect Nepali Rupee (NPR).  After exchanging the currency, book your bus ticket for Pokhara. You will find the last buses leaving between 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The bus rates vary from NPR 650 to 1000. Shared cabs to Pokhara start at Rs 800 and are more comfortable. You will reach Pokhara the next day before 5.30 a.m. 
  • There are tourist buses that you can book for the morning. Buses ply only from 7 am to 10 am. So you have to stay at Sonauli a day before the trek if following this travel plan. Online bookings are not available. After this, you will find buses only during the evening time. 

If you miss the OWLS pickup from Pokhara, here is how you can get to Lower Ghandruk.

Once you reach Pokhara, take a bus or a shared Cab from Prithvi Chowk.

It takes 4-5 hours to reach Lower Ghandruk/Kimche. The cab fare costs NPR 500/- 

Annapurna Base Camp Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek FAQ

What is the distance of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The total distance of the Annapurna Base camp trek is around 70 km. The average distance you will cover is 6-10  km per day. You will walk for a minimum of 5 hours every day. The longest day is day 7 of the trek

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek suitable for beginners?

If you are a beginner with good physical fitness, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader. However, prior exposure to Himalayan hikes is preferred. 

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate-difficult trek. The trek is 10 days long and traverses through some challenging ascents and descents and some tricky patches. The trek starts at an altitude of 6500ft. from Gandruk village and climbs to the highest elevation of 13,550 ft. when you reach the base camp of Mt Annapurna. It requires trekkers to be in good physical condition to trek comfortably to Annapurna Basecamp. 

What will be the temperature in Annapurna Base Camp trek?

During the prime trekking seasons of spring and autumn, Annapurna Base Camp temperatures fluctuate between 18°C and 24°C. The night is colder than the day and the temperature drops below 10°C. 

Throughout the autumn season, the climate along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek remains delightful

Know more about the ABC monthly temperature here 

What is the best time to visit Annapurna Base camp trek?

The best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek is between March – April and September to November. OWLS Outdoor Expert and Founder, Himanshu Singla says, “The best time to visit the Annapurna Base Camp is September to October.” The trail appears the best during this season, he asserts. During this season, the chances of rain and snow are less, and you encounter the grandeur of big mountains. 

Read more about the best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp Trek here 

Will there be snow on the trek?

In Spring, you will find the remains of winter snow at higher campsites. You will find the remains of the snow at higher altitudes if the region receives heavy rainfall. The snow remains likely if you do the trek in the first week of March. However, there will be no fresh snow on the trek. 

What is the cost of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

 The ABC   trek cost is Rs 31,499/-

 The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

What is the altitude of the Annapurna Basecamp trek?

The trek is at an altitude of 13,550ft. 

What is the duration of the Annapurna BasecampTrek?

It takes 9 days to complete the Annapurna Basecamp trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

 

Where is the base camp of the Annapurna Basecamp trek?

Nayapaul is the basecamp of Annapurna Basecamp trek. 

 

Where is Annapurna Basecamp Trek located? 

Annapurna Basecamp Trek is located in Western Nepal and inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trek starts from a place called Nayapaul. 

What permits do we need to do the ABC trek?

You will need an ACAP and TIMS card for the Annapurna Basecamp Trek. 

As Annapurna Basecamp Trek is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). To acquire the permit take your guide’s help. The permit can be collected from the Tourism offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. As the Annapurna Basecamp Trek starts from Pokhara, it will be convenient to collect from Pokhara. 

Don’t forget to carry passport-size photos for the permit. You have to pay Rs 3000* for the permit. The fee is payable in Nepali Rupees. 

The other permit you will need is a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. You can collect the card from the tourism office in Pokhara by paying Rs 2000.*

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be in tea houses. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to WiFi in most of the tea houses. The tea houses charge on an hourly basis for the WiFi connection. There will not be a high-speed connection as you will be trekking in remote villages in the region. You can also purchase a local NCell sim card before heading to the trek.