10 days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is very popular among the trekkers for numerous reasons. Comparatively, it is the only cheapest and shortest trekking to Base Camp of any mountain that is above 8000m. Moreover, Annapurna Base Camp trekking is suitable and highly cost-effective to trek in high altitude and low altitude trekking region of Nepal at a single time. Trekker can see and capture mount Annapurna 1(8091m) from the nearest possible point.
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is not only about enjoying the magnificent mountains and landscape of deep Himalaya region of Nepal. Furthermore, it also has interesting and diversified cultures dominated by ethnic group Gurung. Meanwhile, the landscape starts with terraced farming land and dense forest in the tropical and lower temperate region. Especially around Ghandruk and Jhinu Danda. Trekker may enjoy the upper temperate climatic zone around Ghandruk and Chhomrong.
The Annapurna Base Camp trekking continues by the bank of the river and follows the sub-alpine and alpine settlements around Dovan and Macchapuchre Base Camp. Meanwhile, Annapurna Base camp is icy and isolated snowline with a beautiful high altitude landscape. The lower region of trekking has a tropical forest of birch, juniper, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron. The icy and isolated alpine and snowline region has open meadows and small juniper bushes along with rocky terrain, which provides the unrestricted view of the majestic Annapurna.
Besides Mount Annapurna (8091m) the other notable peaks in the region are Annapurna South (7219m) Gangapurna (7455m) Annapurna III (7555) Fishtail/ Machhapuchre (6993m). The early sun ray makes an amazing natural portrait of these mountains. Often talking point among the trekkers about Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
Indeed, also there is long Classic Annapurna Base Camp trekking itinerary for trekker. That covers popular Gurung village Ghorepani and Poonhill. Particularly, this short version of an itinerary is suitable for those trekkers who have limited time and budget to trek base camp of Mount Annapurna. However, there is a slight risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for amateur trekkers in this particular itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Early flight to Pokhara Drive to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk(1950m)
Day 3 Trek from Ghandruk to Sinwa(2360m)
Day 4 Trek from Sinwa to Deurali(3100m)
Day 5 Trek from Deurali to ABC(4200m)
Day 6 Trek from ABC to Bamboo(2315m)
Day 7 Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda(1760m)
Day 8 Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara(850m)
Day 9 Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 10 International Departure
Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we provide general information on restaurant, ATM, money exchanges until we meet for next day.
After your breakfast in Kathmandu hotel we take a short flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara it takes about 1 and half hour to reach Birethanti on asphalt road. From Birethanti we drive further to Kimche on dirt road and trek about 2 hour to reach Ghandruk. It is a nice and neat village of clustered houses that carries a lot of significance about Gurung culture and traditions. The good weather may allow to see Annapurna south, Himchuli, AnnapurnaII and Machhapuchre (Fishtail) . You can visit the local museum and cultural display in the evening.
From Ghandruk the flat zigzag path takes you hill of Kimrong Danda. From Kimrong Danda the trail is downhill to Kimrong Khola in between subtropical forest mainly of oak and rhododendron. People in Kimrong engage themselves in farming and few of them catering lunch service to tourists. We again climb about 3 hour on other side of hill crossing the river and take gentle path to reach another big village ;Chhomrong the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail descends to Modi Khola and we trek 2 hr uphill stone stairs to reach Sinwa.
From Sinwa Danda the trail mostly follows upper temperate landscape with beautiful forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak all the way to Bamboo. An hour of easy climb from Bamboo then we are in Dovan. The gradual climb through narrow Modi Khola valley is continuously pushing you in the sub-alpine trekking region. The path is uphill in between forest where the vegetation and landscape seems changing as you gain altitude. After Crossing Hinku cave, on the foot of Himchuli peak it will take about 2 hour to reach Deurali.
The valley widen up with alpine meadows and small bushes home to many Himalaya animal species.The temperature gradually drops as you trek up and unstable cloud will be cheating the view of beautiful mountains and peaks. The peaks you saw in past few days appear much more beautiful close and majestic. 2 hour of easy trekking from Deurali you reach Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). About 2 hr trek from MBC and you are at the heart of Annapurna sanctuary trekking. The temperature is freezing at the altitude 4130 m but the excitement of seeing all the major peaks all around you is rewarding. Annapurna I (8091) m, the tallest one, small portion of Himchuli, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and all other peaks and mountains around you is simply breathe-taking.
After capturing all those beautiful landscapes in your camera and viewing the magnificent sunrise at ABC, we head back to Bamboo the same path we took earlier. Straight from isolated, rocky and icy alpine region you trek down to lower temperate region with lively green forest of bamboo, oak and rhododendron.
The trail is again uphill and downhill with stone stairs and rocky path. Trek down to Modi Khola, cross a suspension bridge and walk uphill on stone staircases to reach Chhomrong. From Chhomrong it is downhill to reach Jhinu Danda a small settlement on subtropical region. Jhinu is famous for its natural hot spring. Grab your things and head to the hot spring to soothe your tired body. You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.
Today is the last day of trekking. You will walk around 5 hour to reach Nayapul along the side of Modi Khola from Jhinu Danda. You will drive to Pokhara in private vehicle which is about 1 and half hour drive from Nayapul. Upon arrival in Pokhara you can walk around the lakeside and dine on fine restaurants which is always a happening place for tourists.
From Pokhara either you take a short flight or take a road transportation to Kathmandu in accordance to the agreement we made before the start of trek.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
- 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to trekking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
1. What is Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Annapurna base camp trekking receives the name after the Annapurna mountain range that lies on west-north of Nepal. AnnapurnaI 8091 m is the tenth highest peak of the world. Generally, Annapurna base camp is the place where mountaineering expedition is carried out for Mount Annapurna.
2. How can I go to Annapurna Base Camp?
For this particular Annapurna Base Camp itinerary take short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Start trekking same day after 3 hr drive to Kimche from Pokhara.
3. What is the landscape features of Annapurna Base Camp trekking in general?
The Annapurna Base Camp trekking starts at tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields. Gradually end on one of the hostile, unfavorable yet beautiful landscapes on Base Camp of mount Annapurna.
4. Why Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is so popular?
The easy and short access to base camp of Annapurna mountain (8091 m) is the main reason. Furthermore, beautiful landscape, forest, terraced farm, mixed Nepali culture and tradition makes this trekking extremely busy.
5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain. But generally, during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect a clear and warm day, while the evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing during morning and evening in upper trekking region while the lower region has tolerable cold.
6. What equipment do I need to trek to Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffel bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries, gadgets and books depending on numbers of days.
7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
Yes, an amateur trekker can trek to Annapurna Base Camp under our strict guidelines. But firsthand, we suggest classic Annapurna Base camp trekking itinerary, to trek few more extra days to tackle Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
8. How flexible is Annapurna Base Camp trekking itinerary?
Amateur trekkers are strictly suggested to follow our trekking itinerary to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). At the same time, experienced trekkers can complete this trekking within 10 days of total.
9. What if I finish Annapurna Base Camp trekking before the scheduled date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money. But somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight. But we cannot guarantee during peak season.
10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card are the permits and documents required to trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Generally, the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bedroom throughout trekking. However, Annapurna Base Camp is extremely busy with countable tea houses. Therefore sometimes it is really difficult to find good rooms and you might need to spend night on dormitory or dining hall.
12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses. In spite of that we highly recommend you to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you can buy high-grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.
13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English. So there will be no any problem for communication. While porter might or might not speak English but you can always ask your guide to know more about the porter if you are interested. Nepalese trekking guides are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.
14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes, this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.
15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor or health provider. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring general medicine from your own country.
16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Certainly, there is always risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) if you choose random trekking itineraries. Furthermore, if you do not follow the standard itinerary but we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.
17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence, take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals or clinics.
18. What is the price of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. We assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the final agreement.
You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.