Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate nature trekking that starts at Phedi, a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara, which takes you to the foot [Base Camp, 4130m] of Mt. Annapurna, one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. The trail takes you through fascinating traditional villages of Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. The hike continues through dense rhododendron forest with towering snowy peaks in the background.
The return walk is even more interesting as the trek winds around different ridges towards Ghorepani. Early morning sunrise where a red halo seeps through glistening gaps over the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountains. The sceneries seen throughout this trek grace the landscape of the Himalayas where imagination defines the beauty of nature as an experience . The Annapurna Base Camp trek will be even more interesting in spring. Whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers.
Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate level venture which doesn’t need prior experience. Furthermore, the picturesque beauty and facilities have attracted wide range of trekkers. Moreover, it’s flexibility of providing gorgeous views in span of 9 to 14 days is in itself a major reason to trek.
- Sunrise Views of Annapurna ranges include Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki from Poon Hill.
- Reach annapurna base camp(4,130m),Rich in flora and fauna.
- Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu danda.
- Amazing View of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I ,Khangsar.
- Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare.
- Pretty villages and farmland at Ghandrung.
- Get a taste of rural Nepalese life.
- Spend a day in Tourist hub Pokhara.
- Last Farewll Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Airport Pickup and Drop Service.
- 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis
- Both way transporation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
- Both way private transportation service between Pokhara and Nayapul (trek start and end point)
- Two night accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
- Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 8 Nights
- All Standard Meals ( 9Lunches, 8 Dinners and 9 Breakfasts) during the trek.
- Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (14 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
- Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
- Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
- Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
- All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
- Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
- Khumbu Icefall appreciation of certificate after over the trek.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- International Airfare
- Visa Charges
- Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
- Your travel and medical insurance
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
- Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
- Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
Frequently asked Questions
Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.
It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.