The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers trekkers a chance to get up close to stunning mountains and glaciers while passing through picturesque Gurung and Magar-inhabited villages. These communities are known for their strong cultural heritage and the famed Gurkha soldiers.
This moderate-level trek takes you through dense forests of oak, pine, rhododendron, and other trees with bamboo clumps, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) manages the area to ensure its environmental preservation. One unique aspect of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is that a substantial portion of the trail is shared for both the ascent to the Base Camp and the descent back to Chhomrong. As a result, this route can appear busier compared to other treks in the Annapurna Region.
Due to the limited lodges and accommodations along the route, it's recommended to book your stay in advance or be prepared to share rooms with fellow trekkers for a few nights. The popularity of the trek means that lodges can fill up quickly.
The trek offers different starting and ending points, catering to various trip lengths and preferences. For those with more time, the Ghorepani Poon Hill route leading to Phedi is a 12-day option, providing an extended trekking experience. On the other hand, starting and ending the trek from Jhinu Danda offers the shortest itinerary for reaching Annapurna Base Camp.
Fascinating Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, green nature, local culture and tradition, waterfalls, blooming flowers, and many other attractions make the trip wonderful for the trekkers. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking can be one of the best acclimatization practices before attempting the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Overall, trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp is a Himalayan trip that combines natural beauty, cultural experiences, and the thrill of reaching the base camp of the world's 10th-highest mountain.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map
Here, you see the 15-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map, which goes through a classic trekking route from Nayapul to the Base Camp via Poon Hill. The Trip plan, according to our Trekking Map of the Annapurna Base Camp, begins with your arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport on the first day, where you meet our airport representative. He or she will take you to the hotel on private transport, and you will meet our office manager for the trip meeting.
You visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath on the second day during a full-day Kathmandu City Tour and drive to Pokhara on the third day according to our Trek Map of the Annapurna Base Camp. Alternatively, you can also fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. After spending one night in Pokhara, you drive to Nayapul and start the Base Camp journey through Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Bamboo, Himalaya, Deurali, Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), and Annapurna Base Camp. Then, you return to walking on the same trail until Chhomrong for one and a half days and descend to Jhinu Dands, where you visit the natural hot spring. The Trip Map of the Annapurna Base Camp ends with a drive to Pokhara on the last day after spending one night in Jhinu Danda (a hot spring place). It means you stay nine nights in the mountain that you see on our Trekking Map’s route.
Trekking Itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp
A regular Trekking Itinerary to the Annapurna Base Camp lasts ten days from Pokhara to Pokhara. It begins in Nayapul after a short drive from Pokhara and goes to Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan, and Deurali before reaching the Base Camp.
Annapurna I, Hiuchuli, Tent Peak, Annapurna Fang, Gandharbha Chuli, Fishtail, and more giant mountains are near the Base Camp. You feel like you can touch them. The sunset and sunrise in the evening become beautiful against the mountains you can see from the Base Camp. The trail returns the same way until Bamboo and Chhomrong split into Jhinu hot springs.
The ABC Trek ends in Nayapul with a long day walk from Jhinu Danda, or you can drive from Siwai to Pokhara. Alternatively, you can visit Tolka or Dhampus for a few more days. There is a joining trail to the Mardi Himal trek from Landruk village. If you have around 4-5 days more, you can go to the Mardi Himal Base Camp from here.
The shortest itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp is 6 Days from Siwai. You drive directly there from Pokhara, trek to the base camp following Chhomrong, Himalaya, and Machhapuchhre Base Camps, and then visit ABC. If you take the route through Ghandruk, it will be a 7-day itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp trip.
The Best Time to Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Autumn is the Best Time to Trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Autumn comes right after the monsoon, so all the haze is apparent from the monsoon rainfall. Most of the visibility will be evident in the months of autumn. There are fewer rain and snow chances in October and November, and the mountains look prettier.
The spring is also a popular Trekking season for the Annapurna Base Camp. It has a warmer temperature compared to autumn. Blooming rhododendrons make the trekking trail attractive at the beginning of March. But there might be avalanches sometimes on the trekking trail in the spring, so you must be careful while walking from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
December can also be one of the Best months for Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp, but it will be freezing. If you would like to travel with no crowds and can stay in cold temperatures, December can be the perfect time for you. January and February are mostly snowy, but it might not happen every year.
Lots of rain during the summer makes the trail slippery. Because of this, Trekking to the Base Camp of Annapurna during the monsoon is not recommended. There are many short wooden bridges to cross the streams. It might be dangerous to travel if it is slippery and wet.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost
The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Cost depends on service inclusion and exclusion. Our all-inclusive package starts at 1050 USD for a single trekker, but we offer the best family and group booking offers. If you are traveling with family and friends in a group of more than 4 people, please contact us for a better offer for the Annapurna Base Camp. Check the Cost details for the trip below: