● Explore the dark corners of Davis falls
● Learn about the prevalent Gurung culture in Ghandruk
● Trek through dense forests and picturesque villages
● Explore the beauty of Annapurna Base Camp
● Witness spectacular views of snowy mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri, etc from Annapurna Base Camp
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) is a spectacular adventure across diverse landscapes including breathtaking mountain views, traditional Gurung villages and rich flora and fauna. With Annapurna (8091 m) being the world's tenth tallest peak, the trek to its base camp (4130m/13549ft) is one of the most popular treks amongst trekking enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors – from solo travelers to families with kids and bigger groups. A trek to ABC leaves unforgettable memories and impressive vistas of the Himalayas.
Why is Annapurna Base Camp one of the most popular treks in the world?
There are several reasons why the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the most famous treks in the world. First of all, this trek is technically not too challenging, and its altitude is relatively low compared to most other treks in Nepal. Hence, for first-timers in the Himalayas who want to get a taste of trekking, the ABC trek is a good choice. Besides that, the surroundings are simply stunning: From your starting point in Pokhara you can already get a glimpse of the majestic mountains at the horizon. On your trekking journey, you can see mighty Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli from Ghandruk. Especially Machapuchare offers overwhelming views when you leave the jungle and reach Himalaya and Deurali. The Nepalese admire Machapuchare or the so called "fish-tail mountain” for its incredible beauty and believe it is one of Lord Shiva’s homes. From Machapuchare Base Camp, you can see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. When you reach Annapurna Base Camp, a small group of lodges located just across from the Annapurna Glacier will await. Apart from its amazing scenery, the ABC trek gives you insights into the real mountain life and culture.
Forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area:
The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) was founded in 1992. With an area of 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq mi) it is Nepal's largest protected area. The Annapurna Himalayan range is part of the protection area which also includes the world's deepest valley, the Kali Gandaki River Valley. The ABC trek takes you through several types of vegetation. Rhododendron, fern and high bamboo surround you as you walk from Ghandruk to Chomrong. The forest becomes denser as you cross Sinuwa, with tall oak trees defining the landscape. As you get closer to Deurali, the heavy woodlands give way to tall grass. Daphne trees, which have thick bark, can be found here. The villagers use this to produce paper. Finally, the terrain becomes more Alpine as you get closer to Machapuchare base camp, with patches of grass among the pebbles. In warmer seasons, you can even see flowering plants along this part of the trail.
There are a few route options from Pokhara to Chomrong at lower elevations, so you have different choices. You can walk from Dhampus to Ghandruk or from Nayapul to Tikhedunga, depending on your time and preferred itinerary. From Chomrong onwards though, there is only one trail.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a little bit of everything: Nepal's magnificent alpine scenery, an intriguing insight into mountain life and a discovery of flaura and fauna, for example lush rhododendron and bamboo forests along the Modi Khola (River). If you love nature and photography, this trek will win your heart. Even though the ABC trek is technically not too difficult, you need a good stamina and strong legs to walk up and down thousands of stairs. Plenty of lodges (tea houses) and restaurants along the way offer a place to recharge. The higher you reach, the thinner the vegetation will get and the closer the peaks will come. From the Sanctuary's entrance, snow-covered mountains are in sight - from Hiunchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right. At ABC, you will be welcomed by a massive amphitheater of snow-capped peaks. The ABC trek can be done within a week or even shorter, if you don’t have much time. One of the options is coming from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and joining the main trail in Chomrong. If you have more time, you can combine the ABC trek with the Annapurna Circuit or the Jomsom / Muktinath trek.
How do I prepare for this trek?
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is less difficult than other high-altitude treks. If you have a good level of fitness, you can do it. Previous trekking experience is recommended though, so you can fully enjoy one of the best treks in Nepal. The ideal way to start your preparation is with regular workouts and cardio exercises such as jogging, skipping, cycling, treadmill and other similar activities that will help you develop your stamina. If you are physically active, healthy and have a passion for trekking, the Annapurna trail is suitable for you.
How is the accommodation on this trek?
ABC is a famous tea house trekking route. The lodges or so called tea houses are clean and offer basic to standard accommodation with twin sharing rooms. Single and dormitory rooms are available as well. Between Dovan and ABC, there are only six teahouses. On that part of the trek, you may need to sleep in the dining hall, if the lodges get crowded in high season.
What about drinking water?
In many locations around the conservation area, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project has installed safe and inexpensive stations for drinking water. If none are available, you can use iodine tablets or UV light and a purification filter. Always request boiled water while visiting a tea house. Use only water from local sources. Please avoid plastic water bottles, because they pollute the environment.
When is the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
Nepal has two main seasons for trekking. Spring from March to May, and autumn from September to November. During spring, rhododendron trees will be in full bloom, while in autumn, magnificent vistas of the Himalayas will await. Trekking is great in both of those seasons.
What permits are needed and how do I get them?
Every foreigner needs ACAP permits and a TIMS card for this trek. If you book a package, both of these permits will be arranged for you. You'll also need a few pp-sized photos to complete the paperwork.
What kind of travel insurance do I need?
All trekkers must have travel insurance. We suggest to get an insurance that covers helicopter rescue (medical evacuation) up to more than 4000 meters for the ABC trek. You can obtain this kind of insurance in your home country. Travel insurance will provide you peace of mind while also saving you a lot of money in case of an emergency.
**Do I need to get vaccinated? **
Besides the Covid-19 vaccination, no other vaccines are required to enter Nepal. However, you should see your physician and seek advice in terms of Typhoid, Meningitis, Malaria and/or other vaccinations if you are travelling during summer, when mosquitoes and other bugs are more prevalent.
Are there data packages/Wifi and charging options for my phone?
Two of the major cell phone companies in Nepal are NTC and NCELL. They offer sim cards at Kathmandu Airport and in most local stores/communication shops. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, most hotels/restaurants offer free wifi. In addition, there are a few cyber cafés in tourist areas. In lower heights, you can recharge your phone and camera for free. However, at higher elevations and at base camp, you may have to pay a fee for battery charging and using Wifi. The dining hall is usually the place for charging devices. Consider bringing a charging extension cable, a power bank and extra batteries, just in case.
What are some ways to support the local economy?
If you travel with companies that employ local porters, you are already helping the local economy. The costs of basic meals are set by the local Tourism Management Committee, so please do not bargain. Actually, you don't have to, because all three meals a day are included in your package price. You can also help local companies by purchasing items made in the area. However, avoid buying things derived from animal components. Make sure to not harm flora and fauna in their natural habitats.
How do I pack for ABC trek?
It's critical to bring only the most necessary things. We recommend to pack light but not at the expense of essentials. Bring your trekking clothes, a down jacket, a rain jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf, hiking shoes and sleeping bag, if you don’t want to use the blankets in the tea houses. Alternatively, you can buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by one of our team representatives. He will accompany you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax. Later in the night, you will meet with your guide in your hotel lobby, and he will take you to the restaurant where you will have a delicious welcome dinner.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (950 m); 6 hrs drive
Today, you will drive to Pokhara. After having breakfast, one of our team members will pick you from your hotel and drive with you to Pokhara. The drive will present you with lovely scenic views of green hills, river, terraced fields, and small settlements. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will move to your hotel. Rest of the day you can relax and explore around. You will also be boating on Fewa Lake.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m); 1 hr drive & 4 hrs trek
After having breakfast, you will drive to Nayapul, which is the starting point of the trek. From Nayapul, you will begin trekking through forested trail and reach Birethanti. The trail from here will take you to picturesque Ghandruk village where people from the Gurung community resides.
Day 04: Trek to Chomrong village at (2,170 m); 6 hrs
From Ghandruk, you will ascend and reach Kimrung Danda. On the way, you will see lovely views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Mt. Fishtail, and Mt. Gangapurna. Further, the trail descends towards Kimrong Khola and continue to ascend to Chere Danda. You will then drop down and reach Chomrong village for night stay.
Day 05: Trek to Himalaya (2,920 m); 7-8 hrs
Leaving Chomrong village behind, you will descend to Chomrong Khola. From here, the trail ascends to Khuldighar and further trek through a forest. You will then descend on a steep trail and pass by dense bamboo forests. Another walk through beautiful rhododendron village will take you to Himalaya.
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Deurali (3,200 m); 5 hrs
Today's morning will take you to the base of the world's ninght highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m). Passing by Hinko Cave and Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp. ABC will welcome you with panoramic views of high Himalayan mountains. After spending some time at the base camp, you will drop down to Deurali for night stay.
Day 07: Trek back to Bamboo (2,310 m); 6 hrs
Following the same trail back, you will reach Bamboo. From Deurali, you will descend to Modi Khola, and trail from here will take you to Bamboo.
Day 08: Trek to hot spring of Jhinu Danda (1,780 m); 5 hrs
After having a warm breakfast, you will trek through several forests on the steep path and reach Khuldighar. From here, trekking on a flat path, you will reach Sinuwa. The trail descends to Chomrong Khola and ascends through the stone staircase. Further, the trail descends on the steep path and take you to Jhinu Danda.
Day 09: Trek to Nayapul (6hrs) and drive to Pokhara;1 hr
After a quick breakfast, you will ascend to Nayapul. From here, you will drive back to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will move to your hotel. You have a whole day to relax and explore around.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
Today, you drive back to Kathmandu with a pocket full of memories. The drive will be scenic. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have enough time to do shopping and spend some quality time. In the late evening, you will join the farewell dinner organized by the company.
Day 11: Transfer to International airport for flight homeward bound.
After having the last breakfast of your trip, one of our team delegates will take you to the airport terminal for your flight back to your home with our last goodbye.
Airport Pickups and drops
Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star level hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included. (3 nights Kathmandu - 2 nights Pokhara)
All your standard Meals during the trek one iteam menu (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (9 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
Licensed English speaking guide.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
Annapurna National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
Pravite car from Kathmandu to Pokhara , Pokhara to Kathmandu
Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant on second last day.
Sleeping bag during the trek (should be returned to us) All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance) Official expenses.
Air travel to/from Nepal,
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.
● T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
● Thermal Wears
● Lightweight woolen jumper/sweater
● Down jacket or down vest
● Fleece or wool trousers
● Breathable Underwears
● Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
● Casual Sandals
● Insulating Jacket
● Rain jacket
● Sleeping bag
● Trekking Pole
● Toiletries (sunscreen, Multipurpose Soap, Shampoo, Hand sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Sanitary pads, Lip guard, moisturizers, etc)
● Miscellaneous (Binoculars, eye mask, camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
● Documents (passport, visa, travel insurance, voucher, passport-sized photos)
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Berakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Spring and Autumn
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