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Annapurna base camp Trekking Nepal - 12 Days

  • Annapurna Region , Nepal
  • 12 Days
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • 4130m
Annapurna  base camp Trekking Nepal

Annapurna base camp Trekking Nepal

Trip At Glance

Duration

12

Max Altitude

4130

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Type

Hotel Lodge

Transportation

private Car Jeep, flight

Accomodation

Lodge, Guesthouse

Overview And Highlights

 

  • Glimpse of a handful of mountains like Annapurna I, South, Machapuchre, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, and more.
  • Multiple day hikes through beautiful hamlets like Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and Tadapani of Annapurna region.
  • Gurung Cultural experience at Ghandruk and Ghorepani, visit to Gurung museum, and local taste.
  •  Highly affordable entire guided trek with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks with room for customization of the trek.
  • Option of jeep ride from Pokhara to Ghandruk and Jhinu Hot Spring to Pokhara.


Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

One of the most hiked destinations in Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp, is the wholesome Annapurna region. Being a low altitude seated base camp of 8000 meters tall mountain, Annapurna-I, stepping here introduces you to the heaven of awe-striking mountains. With more than ten elegant Annapurna mountains visible from the base camp, hike to fantastic vantage points en route, the opportunity to explore Gurung ethnic village, and retrace the route once hiked by legendary Maurice Herzog, makes 12 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek a best in 2023.

 

Unlike short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, in 12 days, you'll hike to famous places in Annapurna Sanctuary. Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and Poon Hill are the most beautiful villages with traditional stone-built houses. You'll hike through the stone-paved alleys of all these villages. Moreover, you'll also walk to fantastic vantage points to experience the mesmerizing sunrise.

 

After exploring the beautiful villages and landscapes of the Annapurna Conservation Area, you'll hike to Chhomrong from Tadapani. From Chhomrong, you'll trek for several days to reach Annapurna Base Camp.

 

Here are some best elements that make 12 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek a wholesome junket not to miss in 2023.

 

Annapurna Base Camp- Heaven of elegant mountains

 

For many, the sole reason to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is to view the beautiful mountain scenery upfront. The highest, Annapurna I, sits a few kilometers from the base camp. Moreover, the 360-degree panorama of beautiful mountains leaves you in awe.

 

Annapurna I, at 8,091 meters, is a single 8000-meter tall mountain visible very close to the base camp. Moreover, five 7000 meters tall mountains visible from Annapurna Base Camp are Annapurna South, Khangsar Kang Roc Noir, Tare Kang, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III. Furthermore, Hiunchuli, Singu Chuli, Machapuchre, and Mardi Himal are other visible mountains from the base camp.

 

As these mountains encircle the base camp on a sunny day, they scintillate magically. Thus, on a clear weather day, you'll need proper sunglasses to view these mountains.

 

Ethnic Gurung villages and vantage points

 

Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, and Tadapani are the most beautiful hamlets of Annapurna Sanctuary. These ethnic villages showcase their rich traditions and cultures to visitors. Added, the Annapurna Sierra remains visible from every tea house's courtyard.

 

In the past, trekkers used to hike just to Ghandruk and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek routes. Now, with affluent tea houses in these places, trekkers who plan to trek to Annapurna Base Camp first explore these ethnic villages.

 

Among these, the Poon Hill hike in the early morning gives you a beautiful sunrise glimpse. The glittering yellow of the morning sun striking the beautiful Annapurna Mountains gives you a good glimpse. And apart from mountains and sunrises, these vantage points offer an expansive glimpse of lush landscape.

 

Hike through beautiful landscape of Annapurna Conservation Area

 

Upon visiting Ghandruk and Ghorepani, you'll hike through rhododendron and bamboo forest—similar vegetation persists till lower Sinuwa.

 

But, after hiking closer to Dovan and Bamboo, the vegetation changes to thick forest, Oak trees being dominant.

 

Past the Himalayas, the thickness of trees decreases, and tall grasses become more apparent. In autumn, Sheep herds often appear, grazing on bamboo shoots and grasses near Deurali.

 

Past Deurali, you'll also notice the change in vegetation and landscapes. And upon reaching Machapuchre Base Camp, the alpine vegetation of Annapurna Base Camp Trek route starts.

 

The thick patches of tall grass on the boulder face add life to this terrain, turning green on rainy days and yellow in autumn’s cold.

 

The typical classic 12 days Annapurna base camp trekking route is showing you here.

 

The route for 12 days classic Budget- frindly Annapurna Base Camp treks Commences in Birethanti 1025 m | 3,363 ft. (Annapurna conservation Project Office ACP trekking permit check point). Going through village of Sudame, Hille, Tikedhunga 1480meters, Ghorepani 2850meters, Poon hill 3210 Meter, Tadapani 2630meters. Chomrung 2150meters.Upper sinuwa 2340meters. Deurali 3230meters. Machapuchre Base camp 3700Meters. 


Annapurna base camp 4130Meters. Same path walking downhill from ABC to Chomrung and then again downhill to Natural hot spring. One and half hour walking from hot spring to Jeeps station and we will catchup Jeeps to Beautiful Gurung village Ghandruk, 2090meters, where we will accommodate tonight and relax with Gurung traditions and culture. Next day after breakfast we will drive to Pokhara by Jeeps and fly to Kathmandu from pokhara airport.

Day to Day Itinerary

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our associate will transfer you to the hotel in a private vehicle. During the day, you can rest at the hotel. Or you can visit trekking gear shops in Thamel if you still need to get essential trek gear. In the evening, you'll have your trek briefing session with your trek guide and tour manager. As a welcome, we'll organize a welcome dinner for you.

 

Drive/Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
925

You'll have two options as we prepare to leave Kathmandu for Pokhara. One, taking an eight hours long drive through bumpy roads or flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 25 minutes.

 

If you want to fly to Pokhara, we'll provide the flight. However, you should provide us with the flight requirement while booking. And if you wish to take a drive, you'll get a tourist bus/private 4WD jeep.

 

You can relax in the hotel or stroll around the Lakeside, Pokhara, for the rest of the day. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1.5 hours). Trek to Hile (1,430 meters, 9km, 3 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1430

You can visit Phewa Lake in the morning before breakfast at the hotel. And after breakfast, you'll prepare for the trek.

 

You'll get a jeep ride from your hotel to Nayapul and Birethanti, the official starting point of the 12 day Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You'll get ACAP permits at Birethanti and prepare for the hike to Hile.

 

You'll hike 9 km to Hile from Birethanti, taking 3 hours, accompanied by our experienced trek guide. Overnight at the best available tea house at Hile.

Trek from Hile to Ghorepani (2,840 meters, 10 km, 6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2840

After leaving the tea house at Hile with a fantastic breakfast, you'll hike to Ulleri. Ulleri is another beautiful hamlet en route, but reaching here is tiring. The beautiful stone stairs of Ulleri require you to take one step at a time.

 

Past Ulleri, you'll reach Banthati, with ample tea houses. With some rest at Banthati, you'll continue the hike to Ghorepani. Here, you'll need to verify your trekking permits.

 

You'll stay at Upper Ghorepani for better panoramas of mountains and scenery.

: Morning hike to Poon Hill. Trek to Tadapani (2,610 meters, 10 km, 6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2610

Sunrise at Poon Hill is not a miss-out thing. So, you'll wake up early and follow your trek guide, who will take you to the Poon Hill Vantage point. From here, you'll see the beautiful Annapurna Mountains lighted yellow with the morning sun.

 

After returning to Ghorepani, you'll prepare for the hike to Tadapani—the trekking trail from Ghorepani to Tadapani trails through scattered hamlets, rhododendron blossoms, and dancing waterfalls.

 

Overnight at the best available tea house at Tadapani.

Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa via Chhomrong (2,340 meter, 9.5 km, 7 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2340

Mt. Fishtail (Machapuchre) and Dhaulagiri are best visible from Tadapani in the early morning. So, you'll wake up early, catch the beautiful panorama of these mountains, have breakfast, and prepare for the hike to Sinuwa. You'll stop at Chhomrong for lunch.

 

The route to Chhomrong is moderately descending from Tadapani through a verdant forest. After Chhomrong, you'll descend steeply to a river and cross a suspension bridge. And after the bridge, a one hour hike to Sinuwa is a steep ascend.

 

You'll stop at the best available tea house in Upper Sinuwa.

Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230 meters, 8 km, 6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3220

The most beautiful section on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route is from Sinuwa to Himalaya. You'll hike along Bamboo, oak, fern, and rhododendron forests. In some sections, you'll even see beautiful waterfalls.

 

You'll descend from Sinuwa to Bamboo for an hour. Past Bamboo, you'll gain some altitude and reach Dovan. From Dovan, the trekking trail to the Himalayas gets a steep ascend. You'll have your lunch at a tea house in the Himalayas.

 

Upon leaving Himalaya, in two hours, you'll reach Deurali. On a clear day, from Deurali, the west face of Machhapuchhre becomes visible.

 

There are affluent tea houses at Deurali, and you'll be accommodated at one of the best available tea houses.

 

Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters, 8 km, 4 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4130

You'll start the hike with breakfast at the tea house. For one and a half hours, you'll walk along the gorge, surrounded by towering hills. Upon reaching Machapuchre Base Camp, you'll first glimpse Annapurna I and South.

 

Past Machapuchre Base Camp, you'll first take a steep ascend. The remaining trail to Annapurna Base Camp becomes easy and slanted at just 7-8 degrees.

 

Upon reaching the base camp, you'll stop for photographs at the board saying, "Welcome to Annapurna Base Camp". From here, you'll hike for five minutes to the tea houses. You'll have your lunch at the tea house.

 

During the day, you can stroll around the base camp area. Overnight at the tea house in ABC.

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,345 meters, 12km, 6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2345

You'll wake up early at the base camp and hike to the sunrise view point. The beautiful sunrise on Annapurna Mountains is best visible from the ridge near the tea houses.

 

After breakfast, you'll prepare for the return hike. Today, you'll hike for 6 hours to Bamboo. You'll retrace the same route back. You'll stop for lunch at Himalaya/Dovan.

 

Overnight at the tea house in Bamboo.

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu (1,760 meters, 5 hours, 7 km). Evening hike to Hot Spring (30 minutes)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1760

After breakfast, you'll leave Bamboo to Jhinu. The first section of the hike is a steep ascend to Sinuwa. En route, you'll get the final glimpse of Machapuchre Mountain between the woods of bamboo forest.

 

From Sinuwa, you'll descend an hour to Chhomrong's end. You'll cross the bridge and make a tiring ascend to Chhomrong top. The stone-paved stairs here can be very tiring, especially for hikers with knee problems.

 

You'll stop for lunch at a tea house in Chhomrong. After lunch, you'll descend for 40 minutes to Jhinu.

 

In the evening, your guide will take you to the natural hot spring at Jhinu. The warm water at the pools relaxes your tired muscles and makes you feel relaxed.

: Drive from Jhinu to Pokhara. (2.5 hours). Fly/Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara (25 minutes/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You'll get a jeep ride from Jhinu to Pokhara. Upon leaving the tea house at Jhinu, you'll cross a suspension bridge first. Our associate will be there to pick you up in a private jeep.

 

You'll reach Pokhara in 2.5 hours. After lunch, you'll have the option of either flying or taking a jeep ride to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Whatever you prefer, we'll make arrangements for each.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Departure to International airport

On this day, we bid farewell to you. Upon your flight schedule, we'll organize a complimentary lunch/dinner.

 

Also, you'll get a free hotel-to-airport drop service on a private vehicle from us.

 

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car 
  • Two night 3* category Hotel in Kathmandu  Bed n breakfast
  • Three  meals a (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek.(Toilet will be outside from your room)
  • Office paper works Annapurna Conservation park entry permit
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara  with Buddha Air/ Saurya Airlines
  • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly,well English speaking  trained, government license holder guide With all his salary, food, drinks and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people)
  • Assistant guide group size of more than 8 people in a group
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu with Car or Flight
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Pokhara- Nayapul-  pokhara Taxi.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Souvenir Nepali food cooking Guide Book
  • Trekking route map.
  • Company certificate after the successful trek

What Is Excluded?

 

  • International airfare/Your Travel insurance
  • Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu/pokhara
  • Tea/ coffee/bottles drinks/ Sweet things
  • Hot shower/Camera’s battery charge during the trek
  • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, Political  strikes, and physical condition

Altitude Graph

Route Map

Route Map

FAQs

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is doable in multiple styles. However, the most popular are 12 days, seven days, and five days itineraries.

 

No. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of the most accessible treks in Nepal. As it's a low-altitude seated base camp, at just 4,310 meters, you'll have adequate oxygen to breathe. Thus, you'll complete this trek efficiently.

 

However, some sections of this trek are tiring rather than challenging.

 

Yes. It's an absolute trek for beginners looking forward to stepping on their first high-altitude trek. The well-maintained trekking route, ample tea houses, modern amenities, and entire guided hike makes this one of the easiest and ideal for a starter.

 

With adequate trek preparations and the care of trek guides and parents, a kid can hike up to ABC. However, we suggest you keep kids below eight years old for this trek.

 

We've guided a few families with kids aged 10-13 on our previous treks.

 

March, April, and May are the beautiful times for this trek. Moreover, the autumn months, from September to November, are the three best months in a year.

 

You can still trek to Annapurna Base Camp in winter with adequate preparations.

 

 

Yes. Fitness training before this trek is a must. We recommend practicing cardio, swimming, and mini hikes for a few months before joining this trek.

 

You can complete this trek efficiently with adequate endurance, breathing techniques, and training.

Yes of course   Annapurna basecamp trekking doable in monsoon season

Additional Information

Being one of the most popular trekking routes, tea houses en route to this trek are among the best. The modern amenities offered by these tea houses make your trekking experience exquisite.

 

Twin-sharing rooms with neat, clean blankets and bedsheets ensure a comfortable overnight sleep. It would help to carry a sleeping bag of -10 degrees for extra cozy rest. Sadly, there are no heated rooms available at tea houses en route to ABC Trek.

 

You'll get twin-sharing rooms at most places. However, not all tea houses guarantee the attached bathrooms.

 

Every tea house offers a hot water shower, even at the base camp. So you can stay neat and clean after a whole day of sweaty hikes.

 

The meals on Annapurna Base Camp Trek route tea houses barely make you miss your favorite meal. Almost every meal you eat back home is available on the menu.

 

Expansive breakfast items like pies, porridge, oatmeals, muesli, pancakes, Tibetan bread, toast, jam, butter and honey, omelet, mashed potatoes, and others make good choices. Hot chocolate drinks, hot lemon, black/milk tea, coffee, and lukewarm water are drinks in the morning.

 

Lunch and dinner items remain almost similar. However, you'll have options for different meals each day. Dal Bhat once a day serves you complete nutrients. Other meals include noodles, thukpa, think, chapati, dumplings, pizza, burgers, and more.

 

You'll get a complimentary welcome and farewell dinner on the 12 day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package.

 

March, April, and May are three beautiful spring months best for this trek. And other months like September, October, and November are the prime time for ABC Trek.

 

The days of these months are rain-free days. With no rain, you'll have a comfortable hiking experience. Also, the beautiful views of mountains appear as you won't see any spots of clouds.

 

The snow-capped Annapurna Region Mountains on spring and autumn days give you a fantastic photographic moment. And apart from the hills, the lush vegetation makes your hike serene.

 

The rhododendron blossom on Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Poon Hill becomes a heart stealer. Plus, the entire landscape becomes fresh and green in these months.

 

 

The temperature of Annapurna Base Camp in autumn and spring remains relatively stable. The daytime temperature averages around 5-10 °C. With this temperature, wearing a few layers ensures you a warm hike.

 

The nighttime temperatures in spring and autumn are below freezing. However, early spring and late autumn become cold at night, with temperatures lower than -10 °C. You'll barely feel this cold as you sleep in a cozy room at the tea house. A down jacket and sleeping bag also ensure a warm stay and hike.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card are essential for Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permits.

 

With the application's new rule, trekkers can only hike with others here. Thus, acquiring these permits doesn't ensure your trek. Therefore, you must hire a trekking guide and agency.

 

We'll prepare all the essential permits for you after purchasing 12 days of ABC Trek from us. Plus, these permits are all-inclusive on the package you pay with us.

 

If you're hiring a trekking guide, you can get these permits from the Tourist Help Center at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu and the Tourism Office in Pokhara. ACAP is also available at the trekker's check post at Birethanti.

 

This permit costs USD 50/NPR 5000 in total upon buying individually.

Personal expenses

 

Certain expenses are exclusive to the package. Your expenses are:

  • Your hot water shower.
  • Internet/wifi.
  • Hot drinking water.
  • Hot drinks are exclusive from meals.

Each of the amenities, as mentioned above, costs NPR 300-500. Thus, you'll need to carry some Nepalese currency to pay at each place for these amenities.

For your 12 days of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in 2023, you'll get an experienced licensed trekking guide. And based on the group size above 5, you'll get an assistant guide throughout the trek.

 
Apart from the trek guide, you'll also get trek porters (helping staff) who carry your backpacks. A trek porter carries 10 kg at most of a single trekker. For two trekkers, one porter is shareable.

 
For your note, you can't assign a weight of more than 10 kg for a trekking porter. Otherwise, you should pay additional expenses for the porter. Or you'll need to hire another trekking porter.

 
The trek guide and porter are included in the package, and you don't need to pay the additional costs.

After booking this trek with us, you must purchase international travel insurance. And if you fail to provide us with your insurance details, we hold every right to cancel your spot on the trek.

 
There are countless benefits of the travel insurance policy. You'll get a right-on-time helicopter evacuation during emergencies, even at high altitudes. Plus, your hospitalization costs, medical bills, and claims of your damaged personal kinds of stuff get compensated with the insurance.


We have 100% safety records on every trek. With our experienced trekking guide, well-crafted itinerary, and trek plan, you'll be in safe hands during this trek.

 
As everyone on the team hikes, no one leaves the route and gets lost. Plus, we constantly communicate with the trek guide and tour manager to get updates on the groups.

 

Certain expenses are exclusive to the package. Your expenses are:

  • Your hot water shower. Internet/wifi. Hot drinking water. Hot drinks are exclusive from meals.
  • Each of the amenities, as mentioned above, costs NPR 300-500. Thus, you'll need to carry some Nepalese currency to pay at each place for these amenities.
     

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