Brief Description

The Annapurna Base Camp trek (ABC 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. The Annapurna base camp is at the altitude of 13,549 ft (4130 m). The trail goes through rice paddies and lush rhododendron forests and is one of the shortest treks that offers you views of an 8000 m peak and multiple 7000 m ones. The Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the lushest regions in Nepal with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The trail also allows you to relax your sore and tired muscles at the Jhinu Danda hot springs while returning from ABC. ABC trek is the perfect way to experience Nepal's giant mountains and teahouse trekking culture while not being as expensive, time-consuming or difficult as Everest Base Camp Trek. Stay on this page for essential info like - Annapurna Base camp trek map, itinerary, temperature detail, photos, videos, and reviews. Scroll to the end to read Annapurna Base camp Trek blogs.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our 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.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped the region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu.
2 Day 2
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara - 205 km Drive
3 Day 3
Drive Pokhara to Nayapul (4,593 ft) - 2 hrs. Trek Nayapul - Ghandruk (6,364 ft) - 13 km
4 Day 4
Ghandruk to Sinuwa (7,742 ft) - 8 km
5 Day 5
Sinuwa to Deurali (10,597 ft) - 11 km
6 Day 6
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (13,549 ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (12,139 ft) - 7 km
7 Day 7
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (7,677 ft) - 13 km
8 Day 8
Bamboo to Jhinu (5,839 ft) - 15 km
9 Day 9
Jhinu to Nayapul - 12 km / Drive to Pokhara
10 Day 10
Pokhara to Kathmandu - 205 km Drive
11 Day 11
Departure from Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions

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 5. 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 5000 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 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  2. Hold your breath for 25-30 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

Packing List: What to pack



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

The base for the trek is Kathmandu, 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 for transport to Pokhara with us, or take one of several shared cabs that ply on the route daily.

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 Kathmandu and 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.

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

Gaiters and microspikes will be provided for trekking in snow, if required.

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 us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

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 Kathmandu. There may be some items available at shops in Namche Bazaar, or other villages on the trail as well.

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 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?

In case you opt for transport, you will be picked and dropped at Kathmandu.

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?

There are no specific documents required for this trek. However, please make sure you carry a government ID proof (Driving License, Aadhar Card, PAN Card) for the permits required for the trek. The permits will be arranged by us, and the cost for all permits is included in the trek fee.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in hotel on Day 1 and 10
  • 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
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Evacuation in case of emergency
  • Portage of 10kg personal luggage

What's not Included

  • Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Any meals during the trek/road journey/hotel accomodation

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