Annapurna Base Camp Trekking - 10 Days

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At a Glance
Duration10 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeModerate
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Maximum Altitude4,120 Meter
Group Size1+ Pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
MealB/L/D
AccomodationTea House accommodation in Mountain and 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Best TimeMar - May, Sep - Dec

If you want to witness stunning mountain views, then the Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most sought-after classic treks in Nepal. Travelers get to enjoy stunning mountain landscapes without strenuous walking. The journey begins with a lovely ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara to the starting point of the trail, which is Birethanti (1,025 m/3,363 ft).

The best thing about the Annapurna Base Camp trek is you do not have to walk for many days to witness the mountains. In Pokhara itself, you will see beautiful views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m/22,943 ft) and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft). And as the trek further continues, the mountain unfolds themselves one by one.

From the start to the end of the ABC trek, you will witness numerous giant mountains, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,459 ft), etc. See new places, meet welcoming locals, enjoy the tranquility of nature, and rejuvenate yourself.

What to expect during the Annapurna Base Camp trek 10 days?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you on a backpacking expedition in the Annapurna Himalayas. You will trek via traditional Nepali villages, lush rhododendron and pine forests, and Annapurna Sanctuary to the base of the tenth tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft).

It is not a camping trek because the trail is dotted with comfortable lodges and tea houses where trekkers can spend the nights. You will follow an epic route, enjoying breathtaking mountain panoramas and diverse landscapes. Likewise, experience different cultures during the trek.

This 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary allows travelers to explore the lifestyle of different ethnic groups as they walk through picturesque villages. If you are trekking in the best seasons, you may also come across the festivals celebrated by the Nepalese.

Ghorepani village (2,860 m/9,385 ft) is one of the main attractions of our Annapurna Base Camp trek package. You will also hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,525 ft) to witness a lovely sunrise. Check out our route map for a better understanding of the itinerary. The trail constantly ascends and descends via varying terrain.

Likewise, once you are in the Annapurna Sanctuary, above the Himalaya Hotel (2,890 m/9,425 ft), you will find yourself surrounded by exotic wilderness. You will come across the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and follow a narrow, steep route via glacier moraines to the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,550 ft).

Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, spend the night at the Annapurna Base Camp. While returning, follow the same trail up to Bamboo, and from here trek towards Jhinu Dana (1,780 m/6,393 ft), where you will get to enjoy natural hot springs. You will have ample time in Pokhara ( 820 m/2,690 ft). Go on a tour and shop for souvenirs.

The ride between Kathmandu and Pokhara and vice-versa is comfortable and scenic. You also have the option to upgrade to a short 25-minute flight between these two cities. Extra charge applies. Overall, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is a perfect getaway for tourists in Nepal looking to enjoy nature at its best.

Who can do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is for everyone. This adventurous multi-day hike is manageable by anyone with decent fitness. If you can walk 5 to 6 hours a day, you can do this trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trekking is the best trip for a family adventure, students, and seniors.

Similarly, if you are bound by time, you can customize the itinerary to the Annapurna Base Camp trek 5 days or the Annapurna Base Camp trek 7 days.

Preparation before the Annapurna Base Camp trek starts

You have to get yourself physically and mentally ready for the Annapurna Base Camp trek 13 days. The physical preparation includes regular long walking hours, strength training if possible, and building your stamina via cardio activities like running, jogging, cycling, swimming, hiking, etc.

Likewise, mental readiness is also essential for the journey. The Annapurna Base Camp trek explores remote mountain villages and forested trails, which lack basic infrastructure and demand adjustments. Your attitude towards the limitations of the region makes or breaks the overall trekking experience.

Research about the trail and what you will get and what not. Lifestyle is very basic along the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route. The trekking route is dotted with lodges, but the facilities will be the bare minimum. Your determination, understanding, and mindset are important.

Packing for Annapurna Base Camp trek

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you have to wear appropriate clothing and be equipped with the necessary gear. Trekking clothes are different from our daily clothes. They are designed to withstand long hours of walking and the unpredictable Himalayan weather. Follow the below list to pack for the Annapurna Base Camp trek:

  • Trekking clothes & gear: Thermal wear, underwear, trekking shirt and pants, fleece jacket, down jacket, windbreaker, clothing (4-5 pairs of each item), dry tees, raincoat, rain pants, scarf, gloves, sun cap, cotton socks, woolen socks, hiking shoes, trekking boots, daypack and rain cover, sleeping bag & liner, trekking poles, stuff sack, water bottle, water filter, backpack and rain cover, duffle bag (provided by the company), etc
  • Toiletries: Sanitizer, soap, shampoo, wet wipes, lip balm, comb, sunglasses, sunscreen, cold cream, face cream, toothbrush & paste, hand wash, toilet paper, etc
  • Personal Medical kit: Antiseptic cream, paracetamol, antifungal cream, necessary prescribed medications, spray for sprained joint, band-aid, cotton, bandage, electoral powder, insect repellent, etc
  • Electronic Gadget: Charger, power bank, adapter, spare batteries (optional), torch, camera, etc
  • Documents: Travel insurance, permits, identity card, passport, visa, passport-size photos, etc

Are you ready for a lifetime experience?

If you have made up your mind to do this lifetime trek in the Himalayas of Nepal, book the trek with us. We have an easy and safe booking system that allows you to book the trek without any hassle. After you place the booking request, our team will get in touch with you for further processing.

Our Annapurna Base Camp trek 2024 bookings are open. You will get the best Annapurna Base Camp trek cost and service. Likewise, customizing the itinerary is also easy with our team. As per your requirements and budget, our team will design the perfect Annapurna Base Camp trek for you.

Why trek to Annapurna Base Camp with us?

From Annapurna Base Camp trek price to service and attention to the needs of our guests, we make sure our guests are having trouble-free time in Nepal. We, Trekking Guide Team Adventure, are one of the leading local trekking companies in Nepal. Our team are experts in organizing and leading treks, tours, and climbing in the Himalayas.

With our many years of expertise and professional attitude, you can expect a safe, fun, and reliable trek in Nepal. Ecotravel stands at the core of any journey in Nepal with us. You will be only leaving your footprints behind and indirectly contributing to the economy of local communities along the trail.

Itinerary
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Meet the representatives of the Trekking Guide Team Adventure at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in Thamel. We will use a private vehicle to travel from the airport to the hotel. Spend some time getting fresh and later meet us for trek briefing and preparation.

Accommodation: Hotel

Today, we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We use a tourist standard bus for the ride. The highway is beautiful. It offers superb views of terraced fields, lush hills, rivers, and waterfalls. As we get close to Pokhara, snow-capped mountains also come into our perspective. Enjoy the evening in Pokhara, unwinding at the shore of Phewa Lake.

Max Altitude: 822 m/2,697 ftMeals: Breakfast and lunchAccommodation: HotelDuration: 7 hoursDistance: 201 km/125 miles

The day begins with a short drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazar. From Syaulibazar, we will follow a zigzag trail along the Modi river and ascend to Nayapul. From here, the trail goes through lush forest to Jhinu Danda. We can take a short break in Jhinu Danda to enjoy the natural hot spring. Further, keep walking through the forested route to Chomrong.

Max Altitude: 2,150 m/7,054 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Leaving Chomrong, we will descend to Chomrong Khola and cross it using a suspension bridge. The trail then gradually ascends to Sinuwa Danda, from where we will see fantastic scenery. We will then continue trekking through forests of rhododendron, oak, pine, etc.

Further, trekking past a settlement called Bamboo, we will reach Dovan and continue to the Himalaya Hotel. On the way, we can see stunning views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Annapurna, etc.

Max Altitude: 2,920 m/9,580 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The trail continues from the Himalaya Hotel to Deurali. From here, we will enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, passing by Hinku Cave. Following a narrow, steep track, we will trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Further, the trail ascends to Annapurna Base Camp.

On this day, we will witness breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchulu, Gangapurna, and many others. Unlike the Everest Base Camp, you will spend the night at the Annapurna Base Camp.

Max Altitude: 4,130 m/13,550 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Today, we will wake up early to witness a jaw-dropping sunrise and an excellent mountain view. After a warm breakfast, we will descend, following the same trail to Bamboo. The trail comes out of the Annapurna Sanctuary and descends through bamboo and rhododendron forests. From Bamboo, we will ascend to Khuldi Post and follow a zigzag route to Sinuwa.

Max Altitude: 2,340 m/7,677 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The trail descends from Sinuwa to Tolka. It is a long trekking day via small villages and dense forests. We will retrace the trail for the first few hours. Cross the Chomrong Khola and trek past the Chomrong village. From here, descend through lush forest to Landruk and further drop down to Tolka for the night stay.

Max Altitude: 1,750 m/5,741 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Today is our last day of the trek. Leaving Tolka, we will follow a scenic route and ascend for an hour to reach Deurali ridge. The mountain views are excellent from here. The trail then descends and passes by Pothana. The view of the Annapurna range and Manaslu range are superb from Pothana.

Further, the trail ascends and passes by shadows of trees to Dhampus Phedi. It is a lovely village with a wonderful landscape. From Dhampus, we will use a local jeep and drive back to Pokhara. Enjoy the evening, exploring the Lakeside Market and tranquility of the Phewa Lake.

Max Altitude: 822 m/2,697 ftMeals: Breakfast and lunchAccommodation: Hotel

We will drive back to Kathmandu on this day. It will be a scenic ride like the last time. We use a very comfortable, tourist standard bus. The guide will drop you at the hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. Explore and shop souvenirs. Meet us for the farewell dinner in the late evening.

*Note: If you want to have a full day in Kathmandu, you can opt for a short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu by paying extra money.

Max Altitude: 822 m/2,697 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Our airport team will take care of your departure. They will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on time for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast only
Route Map
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Cost Details
Included
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with 2 stars bed & breakfast 2 nights’ twin sharing at Nivas Boutique Home or similar category.
  • Hotel in Pokhara with tourist standard bed & breakfast 2 nights at Splendid View twin sharing.
  • Your meal main course (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) during the trek. (According to itinerary).
  • One experience trekking guide & one porter for each two tourists, if you are only 1 person this cost-not including porter.
  • All land transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. (Pokhara to Syaulibazar, Syaulibazar is the starting point for trekking, and Phedi to Pokhara, Phedi is the ending point.)
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Insurance for guide & porters.
  • All accommodation during the trek available lodge/tea houses run by Nepalese families, outside toilet twin sharing basis.
  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfer.
  • Our service charges.
  • Farewell dinner.
Excluded
  • Personal equipment for trekking: sleeping bag, down jacket, trekking shoes, sun glass, sunscreen, gloves, hat, personal towels, hiking shirt, hiking pant, medicines like stomachache, headache, common cold and fever.
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter.
  • Personal expenses, personal hygiene.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. (Tea, coffee, mineral water, soup)
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.
  • Hot shower and laundry during the trekking.
  • Internet, heater charge, laundry charge.
  • Wi-Fi, internet, phone calls, battery charging.
Add-ons & Options
  • Option A

After you reach to Kathmandu, you have to stay here before and after the trip date. In this regard we have included 2 nights’ hotel in Kathmandu and also stay in Pokhara. If you wish to take (2-3)-star hotel, the cost will be US$599 per person. If you wish to take (4-5)-star hotel the cost will be US$799 per person.

  • Option B

If you wish to exclude the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and use only other services, the costs would be US$499 per person.

  • For booking please send us your passport photocopy and flight details and your arrival time at Kathmandu airport.
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Additional Info

Annapurna Base Camp trek permit

The Annapurna Base Camp trek permits are TIMS Card and Annapurna Base Camp trek Project permit. These two permits are required to trek to ABC. Both permits have a single entry, and the permit fee is included in the package cost.

  • TIMS Card cost: Nrs 2,000 per person
  • Annapurna Base Camp trek Project permit cost: Nrs 3,000 per person

Annapurna Base Camp trek difficulty & altitude sickness

Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate adventurous trek, which involves 6 to 7 hours of hiking every day. The trek route has long ascents and descents with many steep and rugged sections. Technical climbing is not involved in this trek, but physical fitness is needed.

Do understand that the Annapurna base camp trek is not a leisure walk. Fit individuals will enjoy the trek to the fullest. The trail goes from dense forests to glacier moraines. The trail is dotted with tea houses where you will spend the night, but services will be limited, so you may have to adjust a lot.

Likewise, during the ABC trek, the elevation ranges from 1,025 meters (3,363 ft) to 4,130 meters (13,550 ft) in the span of 6 days. Even though the elevation gain is comparatively during this trek, you still have to be well acclimated to avoid altitude sickness.

Following our Annapurna base camp trek itinerary, you will gain elevation gradually. You will have ample time to acclimatize. For further precaution, keep yourself hydrated and have lots of good food to avoid altitude sickness. Be aware of symptoms like headache, nausea, insomnia, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, etc.

Is travel insurance needed for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Travel insurance is important for the Annapurna base camp trek for safety reasons. It is required to provide you with helicopter evacuation on time if any emergency occurs during the trek. You can easily buy travel insurance online. Just make sure it covers helicopter evacuation and medical bills. While purchasing travel insurance, go through their policy and double-check all the clauses.

Accommodation and meals during the trek

The accommodation during the ABC trek will be a lodge or teahouses. It is a well-established trekking route, so there is ample accommodation available along the route. During the peak trekking seasons, booking the accommodation early is necessary. The rooms will be shared between two trekkers. They are nothing special but simple and convenient.

We will book the best available lodges for you. You will get a clean bed and blanket to spend the night. A sleeping bag is recommended for extra comfort. Washrooms are shared mostly. Except in the Himalaya Hotel and Annapurna Base Camp, single rooms are available everywhere else. You have to inform us ahead, if you need a single room.

You will get three meals a day during the Annapurna base camp trek. All meals will be served as per the menu of the tea houses. The breakfast menu includes chapati. oatmeal, French toast, cornflakes, muesli, soup, porridge, toast, eggs, tea, coffee, etc.

Likewise, for lunch and dinner, you can expect dal bhat, Sherpa stew, thukpa, macaroni, pasta, noodles, momo, rice and curry, fried rice, pizza, sandwiches, steak, etc. There are plenty of options for vegetarian food. Boiled drinking water is also widely available throughout the trek.

What is the best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

The best time to do the Annapurna base camp trekking is from March to May and September to November. These months have stable weather and comfortable trekking conditions. With a mild climate and clear sky, you will enjoy the long walks unfolding brilliant mountain panoramas. Likewise, a low chance of precipitation assures trail safety.

The temperature ranges from 0°C to 20°C in these months. From March to May, the trail blossoms with rhododendrons. The scenery is incredible in the spring season. Likewise, if you wish to feel the warmth of Nepali festivity, trek between September - November (autumn). These months are the peak time for the Annapurna base camp trek, and the trail is also quite crowded.

Annapurna base camp trek in winter (December to February)

If you want the journey to be a bit more adventurous and extra, then do the Annapurna base camp trek in the winter season. By the Himalayan standard, winter is an off-time for trekking because of unstable weather and extreme cold. However, many trekkers love to do this trek in this season because of the sensational mountain view and tranquility.

*Note: Make sure you are well packed to do a winter trek to Annapurna base camp.

Annapurna base camp trek in summer/monsoon (June to August)

June to August is another off time for Annapurna base camp trekking. Monsoon rain makes the lower part of the trail unsafe. The risks of landslides are high in these months, and the trail is also slippery and filled with leeches. You may not get to see clear mountain views because of a gloomy day. Wet and humid climate makes the overall trek much more challenging.

Some helpful tips

  • Travel visa: You will need a travel visa to enter Nepal. A Nepali travel visa is available at the Nepalese Embassy in your country. Similarly, many travelers can also apply for an on-arrival visa at Kathmandu airport.
  • Money exchange: In Nepal, you have to use Nepali currency. You can exchange money at banks or money exchange centers. Likewise, ATMs are also available to withdraw Nepali cash. You can use your international card. There is no ATM on the Annapurna Base Camp trek route. You have to carry cash.
  • Personal expenses: You will need money to buy extra food, drinks, shop, tips, etc. Likewise, the Annapurna Base Camp trek cost does not cover international flight fares, travel insurance, etc. Budget these expenses as well.
  • Hot shower and charging during the trek: Hot showers and charging both cost additional money in the lodges. A power bank will come in very handy. You can also carry spare batteries. Likewise, taking a shower daily during the trek is not a viable option, so carry wet wipes to keep yourself refreshed.
  • Tips: Tip your guide and porter. Tips are expected by them. If you are satisfied with their service, the tip is the best way to say thank you. There is no fixed amount for tips. You can tip as much as you wish.
  • WiFi/Communication: The Annapurna Base Camp trek route has decent connectivity. Paid WiFi is available in most of the village, however network may not be available all the time. Likewise, you can use Ncell or NTC sim for cellular data. The network comes and goes throughout the trail.
FAQs

You can do the Annapurna Base Camp trek in 7 to 14 days or longer. You can customize the itinerary as per your time frame. We organize both short and long Annapurna Base Camp treks.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the moderate treks in the Himalayas. The later part of the trail is a bit difficult because of the steep, rugged terrain. You will need decent fitness to complete the trek.

No, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is not harder than the Everest Base Camp. Both treks have similar difficulty levels. The major difference is that the Everest Base Camp trek is a few days long and gains a higher altitude.

Yes, it is safe to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The trekking route is well-maintained and marked. Likewise, you will trek with a licensed guide who knows the trail and the region in depth.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek ranges from USD 750 to USD 1,450 per person. Different itineraries have different costs. You will get the most affordable Annapurna Base Camp cost with us.

The best months to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek are March, April, May, September, October, and November. You will enjoy this trek to its fullest in these months because of stabler weather, moderate climate, dry trail, and clear mountain vistas.

Yes, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is for beginners. This trek is like a multiple-day adventurous hike. The daily 6 hours of walking may tire you, but anyone with decent fitness can complete this trek without any worries.

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek 10 days, you will cover around 55 kilometers (34 miles). On a daily basis, you will trek around 11 kilometers (6.8 miles).

There is no age limit for the Annapurna Base Camp trekking. Kids, adults, and the elderlies, everyone can do this trek if they are in good health and fitness. If you are below 16 years old, you can do the Annapurna Base Camp trek with an identified guidance.

The Annapurna Base Camp is famous because it is the lap of the tenth-highest mountain in the world. To reach this place, you have to trek through beautiful villages and lush forests, which makes the journey tempting for adventure lovers. Likewise, the mountain panoramas along the trail also attract many trekkers.

From Pokhara, you can complete the Annapurna Base Camp trek in less than a week if you can walk 7 to 8 hours a day. Generally, 8 to 9 days is an ideal time to do the ABC trek from Pokhara.

You have to be able to walk at least 6 hours a day. Good stamina and endurance are needed. The terrain is rugged and steep, so balance and strength are also needed.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Syauli Bazar. You can also start the trek from Nayapul. Both these places are located 1 to 2 hours drive away from Pokhara.

No, you cannot do the Annapurna Base Camp trek without a guide. Trekking alone in the Annapurna region was banned from April 1st, 2023. Hiring a guide is necessary as you cannot obtain a TIMS Card on your own.

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