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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP route and information

So you probably have a lot of questions, like "The legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.. Annapurna Base Camp is a stunning journey around some of the worlds highest peaks. 

Annapurna Base Camp 

Annapurna Base Camp Trekis a sought after and popular trek. How difficult is it trekking to Annapurna Base camp? It is at lower altitude and also combines stunning views of high mountain peaks like Machapuchre and Dhaulagiri. 

The Annapurna mountain range lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks higher than 7000 m. Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous traditional people who live in Annapurna region on the base camp trek. After leaving Kathmandu you will be struck by the incredible and vast mountain vistas that lie before you with the Annapurna range. 

The trek itself is only 10 days but can be modified to spend less time in the Annapurna's and still get to base camp by starting out from Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. The trail heads through a variety of vegetation areas. From Ghandruk to Chomrung there are endless rhododendron, fern and thickets of bamboo. 

Once you enter the Annapurna sanctuary, the forest becomes more dense with the main trees being tall oaks. Near Deurali, the Annapurna trail gives way to tussock grasses where you may get to see the Nepal national birth the Danphe. Closer to Machapuchare base camp, the terrain becomes Alpine. Classified as a moderate-difficult trek, Annapurna base camp trek it is one of few treks that give you such spectacular mountain views over a short period of time.

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best time to climb

The hike can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful rhododendron flowers. June to August is monsoon season so the route is quiet. During November and December it is cold but again, some travelers find it worth visiting during this period, as there are fewer tourists. 

travel insurance

The cost of a medical evacuation from the mountain is expensive, which is why adequate travel insurance  is required on all climbs booked through us. Adequate, means you must be covered for 1) Trekking or hiking – this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion. 
2) Altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less. 
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy – yes, many insurers exclude this; though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for. 
4) Personal accident – this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients – “if anything happens to me, just leave me there.” It is not that simple. 

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu 
Day-2: Guided Sightseeing 
Day-3: Kathmandu to Pokhara 
Day-4: Drive: Pokhara & Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1960m)
Day-5: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2774m) 
Day-6: Ghorepani - Tatopani (2590m) 
Day-7: Tatopani - Chomrong (2170m) 
Day-8: Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2920m) 
Day-9: Machhapuchhre BC 
Day-10: Annapurna Base Camp - Doban 
Day-11: Doban - Chomrong /Modi Khola 
Day-12: Chomrong /Modi Khola - Ghandrung (1940m) 
Day-13: Ghandrung - Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara 
Day-14: Return to Kathmandu 
Day-15: Departure

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BASE CAMP ANNAPURNA itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region. Hotel Overnight.

Day-4: Drive: Pokhara & Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1960m)

From Pokhara we drive to Nayapul, the start point as well as for the easier Poon Hill Trek. The trek starts out along a dirt road and after some time reaches a suspension bridge. From there, about an hour of climbing an endless series of stone steps take you to the old stone village of village. Tonight you will see an amazing view of Annapurna South (7,219 m) is in the distance.

Day-5 Ulleri - Ghorepani (2774m)

Leaving Ulleri the path heads up yet another series of endless stone stairs but the scenery is breathtaking as it winds past waterfalls, small villages and tea houses and farming areas. Along the way we will stop at Nangathati for a bit of lunch and rest. At the end of today's walk we find the village of Ghorepani, almost a mini Namche Bazaar buzzing with activity, numerous shops, bakeries and even wifi facilities. Ghorepani also has a Health Post, a School, Police check Post, and a temple for you to see, not to mention the amazing view Annapurna range.

Day-6: Ghorepani - Tatopani (2590m)

Early this morning we will hike up the famous Poon hill (3200m) for a magnificent sunrise view over the mountains. After that the route descends and then starts to head up a series of climbs and descents through beautiful rhododendron forests to Tatopani.

Day-7: Tatopani - Chomrong (2170m)

This morning as we descend from Tatopani we get amazing views of upper Modi valley. We trek downhill to the Kimrong Khola where we cross a suspension bridge and then start a gradual uphill trek to a Gurung village of Ghandruk. After a break we continue to hike to Chomrong at the very base of Himal Chuli.

Day-8: Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2920m)

Today begins with a steep descent down a bank of rock and then through thickets of bamboo at the lower gorge area. We then trek toward the neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah and climb to Himalaya hotel.

Day-9: Machhapuchhre BC

After trekking away from "Himalayan Hotel" we start to trek into more sparse and arid ground as we approach Machhapuchhre BC. The trail eventually emerges into the Annapurna Sanctuary and straight ahead lies the high lateral moraine of south Annapurna glacier. Machhapuchhre towers above to a incredible height 6993m. This is undoubtedly one of most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas and its profile is reminiscent of the Matterhorn. Machhapuchhre is a sacred mountain and it is strictly forbidden to climb it.

Day-10: Annapurna Base - Doban (3700m)

We climb steadily uphill for about 2 hours. After taking in some unforgettable views, we retrace our steps as we descend down the rail to Doban.

Day-11: Doban - Chomrong /Modi Khola

Today, we pass an experimental sheep farm at Khuldi Bikas and then climb towards Chomrong where the trail continues steeply up stony steps to Kabre Chautara and on to Modi Khola.

Day-12: Chomrong /Modi Khola - Ghandrung (1940m)

After Chomrong the trail continues steeply up more stone stairs to beautiful village of Ghandrung.

Day-13: Ghandrung - Nayapul (1070m). Drive to Pokhara

We continue to trek down hill to meet up with our transport at the village of Nayapul. We then drive back to Pokhara. Hotel

Day-14: Return to Kathmandu

Free at leisure.

Day-15: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

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Base Camp Annapurna Frequently Asked Questions

What is the height of Annapurna base camp?

Annapurna Base Camp elevation is 13,550  feet (or 4,130m. Most of your trek to Annapurna Base Camp is spent below 3,000m/ 10,000 feet.           

How difficult/challenging is this trek?

In general if you are happy walking for 5to 6 hrs a day with a light day pack then you should be fine so long as you are fit in advance. Trekkers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain, but expect long steep climbs. Some days could include ascents and descents of 500 metres or more. Most walking is done in the morning and afternoons are for relaxing. One thing you can’t train for though is altitude and that can prevent people reaching base camp where there is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level. The secret is to acclimatise well and to do so you need to take a slow pace, a good itinerary, ascend to altitude slowly, rest, eat good food, sleep well and drink plenty of fluid.

We rate ABC trek as moderate to difficult for two reasons. First, the distance is around 67 km over 10 days of trekking. Secondly, the altitude gain and loss over the trek, starting the trek at just over 2250m to 4130m at the Annapurna base camp.

How long does it take to hike Annapurna base camp?

The trek takes 15 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. However it can be modified to be longer or shorter to even 8 days

What are the tea houses like?

Tea houses are accommodations along trekking routes in Nepal that offer basic lodging and meals. The rooms are all generally basic.  The higher elevation rooms do not have toilets, and some facilities only have squat toilets. Lodges at lower levels may have attached private bathrooms.  There is no heating and electricity is often solar and on only for a few hours in the evening. Rooms have a bed, pillow and a thick blanket a small light. To the west, the Annapurna region is protected in a vast conservation area managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). Tea houses in the Annapurna are monitored by the NTNC and must meet specific requirements including fixed pricing, standard menus, and limits on how many tea houses can be built along specific routes.

Which is the best season to Trekking in Annapurna Base camp?

The best time to visit the Annapurna region is either side of the late May to mid-September monsoon season. Late September to November and February to May are the main trekking months with fairly stable conditions, good visibility and temperatures at Base Camp getting up to about -6°C.  Although late Nov-Feb are extremely cold, around -15°C by day and much colder at night, clear skies are present with quieter trails.

Can I charge my camera batteries and mobile phone during the trek?

Yes, you can charge your batteries and mobile phones in every place by paying extra at the rooms do not have charging facilities. The price of charging may vary in different places. It is wise to bring your power bank which you can charge in Kathmandu and use it in the higher area as charging batteries in the higher area is quite costly.

What are the meals like on the trek?

You can choose the food from the menu and it depends on the places. You can also choose local dishes and continental/Chinese dishes. However, food is cooked by the basic local lodges so the variety and flavour differs from one place to the next.

How will the altitude affect me on Annapurna trek?

This is a really difficult one to answer directly - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an ' unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly.                  

Where can I get climbing Insurance for Annapurna Base Camp?

If you are going hiking or climbing or trekking then you need extra cover for your activities. Hiking and Climbing have become popular for many adventure seekers looking to add a climb up Kilimanjaro or a trek to Annapurna or even Island Peak to their list of amazing adventures. But any climb to high altitude carries with it a number of risks and having the correct and good trekking insurance is an absolute must. We recommend two different groups depending on which country you reside in. For further details, click here


Is Annapurna Sanctuary different to Annapurna Base Camp?

The legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

Which is better, Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp?

The two trips are very different.  The Annapurna Circuit trek is a longer more challenging trek with mountain passes and higher altitudes.  The Circuit trek goes around the northern side of the Annapurna Mountain Range and you do not actually go to Annapurna Base Camp when you are on the Circuit trek.  Also, you reach an altitude of 5,420m/ 17,782 feet on the Circuit trek, and on the Base Camp trek, the highest point reached is at 4,131m/ 13,553 feet.

Both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite exciting in their own way. If your goal is to get the best views of the Annapurna Region, then you can choose either one. On either trek, the Annapurna Massif will be center of attention.