Brief Description

Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is popularly known as the ABC trek. Given its international fame, the trek attracts many trekkers from all over the globe. Over a period of 6 trekking days, you gain the maximum altitude of 13,549 ft. The trail of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is breathtakingly beautiful. As you hike through the Annapurna Sanctuary, you come across the most striking flora and fauna. The grand view of the Annapurna Massif from the base camp almost takes your breath away. Views of the Hiunchuli, Machapuchare and, Annapurna South are a treat for the sore eyes. ABC is a moderate level trek. With the right experience, skill set and training you can attempt this trek and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal. The trek also gives you a chance to catch a glimpse of Nepali culture and hospitality. Scroll down for more information like Annapurna Base Camp trek blogs, weather details, route maps, itineraries and photos. Head to our FAQ section for the detailed packing list specific to Nepal treks.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Pokhara

Today you arrive in Pokhara. Meet our team and there will be a briefing and introduction session. Overnight in hotel..


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Day 2

Drive Pokhara to Nayapul (3,812 ft) - 40 km / 2 hrs. Trek Nayapul - Ghandruk (6,571 ft) - 11.6 km / 5 hours

Today is the first day of the Annapurna Base Camp trek and our destination is Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village. We start with a 2-hour road journey to Nayapul from Pokhara. On reaching Nayapul, the trail first drops down to Birethanti, crossing an old suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi River. Birethanti is a beautiful village, where trekkers will have to fulfill the necessary check-in formalities at the office of ACAP. Then, the ultimate upward walk begins towards Ghandruk. Initially, the trail climbs gently on a dirt road till Syauli Bazar. Leaving the dirt road and the river bank from Syauli Bazar, you will start climbing a series of stone steps till Kimche. You will cross the dirt road a couple of times as you climb the steps to Kimche. From Kimche, the gradient eases out a little, but you are only done with half the climb. It will take another 2 hours to reach your lodge at Ghandruk, which is one of the cosiest villages on the trail. Ghandruk also houses a museum of local Gurung culture. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the Hiunchuli and Macchapucchre peaks from your teahouse in the evening.


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Day 3

Ghandruk to Lower Sinuwa (7,414 ft) - 11 km / 5 hrs

Sinuwa is the destination set for today. Today’s hike is a roller coaster on foot. Once you hike through the entire village of Ghandruk, the trail climbs up 200 m gradually to reach Kimrong Danda, a small village perched on top of a ridge. The village offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From Kimrong Danda, you descend 400 m sharply through oak and rhododendron forests, crossing the Kimrong Khola at the valley floor. Once you cross the river, you will pass through the lower Kimrong village before climbing up again to Chhomrong. It is a 500 m climb to one of the biggest villages (with authentic Italian coffee) in the valley - you will have to stop at an ACAP Checkpost here. Chhomrong stretches from the top of the ridge down to valley floor, and you will descend 400 m through the entire village down to the stream. The day is not yet done, and you must climb another 200 m up steep stone steps to reach Lower Sinuwa, our halt for the night.


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Day 4

Lower Sinuwa to Deurali (10,400 ft) - 12 km / 6 hrs

You will start from Lower Sinuwa today and climb 250 m to the upper village. Upper Sinuwa offers brilliant views of the higher valley. The trail is level for the first few kilometres, passing through dense bamboo and rhododendron forests. If you are hiking here in April, the rhododendron trees are in full bloom and the forest is alive with red flowers and birdsong. This section is one of the best parts of the trail. Once you reach Kuldigar, you will descend to Bamboo on the valley floor. The bamboo forests get denser as you climb gradually towards Deurali, passing through the villages of Dovan (look out for a giant waterfall crashing onto the river just across the village) and Himalaya - yes, that’s what the village is named. Just before you reach Deurali, you will pass the Hinku caves next to the trail and traverse a fan of avalanched snow and debris. The climb from Bamboo to Deurali is a whopping 900 m and should take 4 hrs - if you’ve prepared well! Deurali is a small village just at the base of Macchapuchhre - one of the most perfectly shaped mountains in the world.


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Day 5

Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (12,070 ft) - 4 km / 3 hrs

Today is one of the shorter days of the trek. Although people generally used to hike up to Annapurna Base Camp on the fourth day of the trek, that is not possible anymore. Most of the teahouses and lodges at ABC were destroyed during the winter and spring in 2019, which makes it impossible to stay at ABC. We will hike up till Macchapuchhre Base Camp today. You will climb up 500 m , crossing the Modi Khola twice, and passing through sparsely vegetated slopes. As you climb higher up the valley, you will have to climb through accumulated snow from the winter. Macchapuchhre Base Camp offers excellent views of Macchapucchre, and even Annapurna South if you take a short walk from your lodge. Overnight at MBC.


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Day 6

Macchapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (13,451 ft) to Bamboo (7,582 ft) - 17 km / 7 hrs

Wake up two hours before sunrise today, and hike the last few kilometres to ABC. You will gradually ascend over the right lateral moraine of the Annapurna glacier. The trail is an easy, pleasant climb. As you reach ABC and the sun starts coming up, you will realise you’re surrounded by massive 7000 m and 8000 m peaks. ABC is right at the foot of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South (7,219 m). To the right, you will see the main Annapurna (8.091 m) peak. To the east of Annapurna are Khangsar Kang, Tare Kang, Gangapurna and Annapurna III. A gigantic wall of steep rock and ice rises up from the glacier to the summit of Annapurna. It will be one of the best sunrises you will ever see. After enjoying the mighty Annapurna Sanctuary, we retrace the same trail that drops all the way down through Deurali, Himalaya and Dovan to Bamboo. After walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach the destination of the day, that is, Bamboo.


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Day 7

Bamboo to Jhinu (5,659 ft) - 9 km / 4 hrs

Jhinu Danda is the destination set for today. From Bamboo, we first hike up to Kuldhigar, where the office of ACAP and the visitor center is located. We then hike down to the bridge across the Chhomrong River passing Sinuwa. We cross the bridge and enter a beautiful Gurung village of Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, a steep descent will take us to Jhinu Danda. The Jhinu hot springs is 15-20 minutes downhill from Jhinu Danda. A 15 minute descent from the village to the riverbed takes you to the hot springs - three pools brimming with naturally heated water - the perfect balm for your aching legs after 6 days of hard trekking!


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Day 8

Jhinu to Nayapul - 12 km / 5 hrs and Drive to Pokhara - 40 km / 2 hrs

Pokhara is the destination set for the day. Crossing the bridge over the Modi River, the trail initially passes through sporadic bamboo forest, which then crosses various small settlements up and downhill, decorated with terrace farms featuring seasonal crops till Siwai. The road intersects with the trail here, and you have the option of hiring a jeep to avoid hiking the last 8 km to Nayapul. If you choose to continue hiking, it will take another 2 hours to reach Birethanti where you will complete check out at the ACAP Checkpost. From Birethanti, it is a 10 minute climb to Nayapul, where you will board your vehicles for the drive to Pokhara. You can take a stroll along the Lakeside cafes and market, or actually go to Phewa Tal and sit by the lakeside bars or even take a boat out onto the lake. Overnight in Pokhara


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Day 9

Depart from Pokhara



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 4650 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with ABC trek. Annapurna difficulty level on Bikat's scale is 4. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 4500 meters, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters

Eligibility: Requisite skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp trek goes to the base camp of Annapurna south, passing through Machhapuchhre Base Camp and presenting panoramic views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. This is one of the shortest treks allowing opportunities to trek to the base camp of an 8000m peak and enjoy Nepal’s teahouse trekking culture.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Annapurna base camp trek best time:
Pre-monsoon - March to June
Post monsoon - September to December

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base for the trek is Pokhara, which is well connected from Delhi by air and land.
By Air: There are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.
By Rail:You can take a train from Delhi to Raxaul Junction in Bihar on the Indo - Nepal border. From Raxaul, take a 5 km bus/taxi to the border, from where Kathmandu is a 10 hour road journey. Buses and taxis are easily available at the border.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Kathmandu is 1,145 km. There is a Delhi Government luxury bus service from Delhi Gate for Kathmandu that takes around 36 hours. This is the most time consuming but budget-friendly option at INR 2300 for the bus journey. From Kathmandu, you can opt to fly to Pokhara, or take one of several shared cabs that ply on the route daily. Since the trek starts from Pokhara you can take regular buses and taxis that ply from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Pokhara is also accessible from Delhi by road or rail.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Over the last few years the mobile/ cell phone network has improved significantly in more remote areas of Nepal. The best network above Nayapul on Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nepal Telecom (NTC) or NCell. It is easy to buy an NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need to provide your passport, so don't forget to bring it along.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's premier attraction: the Himalaya. Kathmandu is home to places to visit like Durbar Square (with temples dating back to the 12th century), Boudhanath Stupa (a world heritage site), and Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river).
Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges / tea houses / guest houses.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

Since this is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required. However, if it is too cold then, sleeping bags do come in handy. Rental options are available in Pokhara. Sleeping bags can be rented in Pokhara for about NPR 150-200.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Gaiters and microspikes will not be provided by us for trekking in snow. If required you can rent these items in Pokhara. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal though.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Meals are not included on this trek. The lodges / guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from Pokhara - Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, micro spikes, sleeping bags (approx NPR 150-200).

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Depending on the season, the Annapurna Base Camp temperature can drop to -10°C at night and be as high as 30°C during the day time. Refer to this temperature graph for more details.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

You can buy your trekking necessities from Pokhara. There may be some items available at shops in some villages on the trail as well. But it is recommended not to leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent/room with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

You will be picked and dropped at Pokhara.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Pokhara, or Kathmandu - depending on whether you opt for transport to Kathmandu with us.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

Please do carry either your passport or Voter ID card along with the photocopies of the same and a few passport size photographs.

Packing List: What to pack



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Miscellaneous : Will there be water source on the trail?

Water bottles are available for purchase on the trail. However, if you plan to get water from the local water sources then please carry chlorine tablets/ water purification tablets. You can buy chlorine water purification tablets in Pokhara itself.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option for currency exchange?

Indian Currency of INR 100 and below work in Nepal. However, the new INR 2000 and INR 500 notes are not accepted at all. The new notes work in the cities, but people at other places might not accept the new notes. Get your currency exchanged to Nepalese currency from Kathmandu or Pokhara.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Accommodation in Pokhara on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Accommodation in guesthouse/lodge on all trek days
  • Permits (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Experienced guide
  • Portage of 10kg personal luggage

Whats Not Included?

  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any meals during the trek/road journey/hotel accomodation
  • Any tip to porters or guides which is a customary thing in Nepal
  • Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Evacuation in case of emergency
  • Gaiters, microspikes and sleeping bags (wherever necessary) are not included and thus have to rented from Pokhara by you.
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Meals during the trek
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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