Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek) is a trip that offers trekkers to be in the perfect ecosystem. This refers to the well-maintained environment and pleasant surroundings with fresh air and dazzling beauty of nature. We can simply call it the beauty of Mother Nature at its real best.
The ABC trek is one of the most visited and preferred treks in Nepal from people all over the world. This trekking region is a wonderful combination of mountain scenery & the rich cultural diversity which bisects a wide spectrum of lush rural farmlands and pretty villages.
Similarly, during the 14 days trek time, we can see local womenfolk singing romantic tunes while on their daily chores. And, vermilion splattered cows.
The most amazing fact about this trail is that it heads towards a deep gorge that slices between 2 peaks – Mt. Hiunchuli & the famous sacred Machhapucchre peak (fishtail). While ascending ahead, you will encounter the dense bamboo and rhododendron forest by the narrow Modi Khola (river) valley. And, the landscapes which will enlighten your heart and minds.
ABC Trek Highlights
- Scenic hike across the typical Gurung villages
- Majestic views of Annapurna, Macchapucchre, Hiuchuli, and Dhaulagiri
- Lush forests filled with Rhododendrons and oaks
- Visit both Annapurna and Macchapucchre base camp
- Relaxation in natural hot spring at Jhinu
- Spectacular mountain and glacier views from the base camp
What a magical Himalaya experience! You get to visit two base camps in one trip.
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One can relax and enjoy the eye-catching scenery of Annapurna ranges along with its diverse geography and topography. This unbeaten trek offers a wide array of local trails, wandering through forests, villages and terraced farmland. Surely enough to lure you with their beauty!
Trekkers who choose Annapurna Base Camp trek will experience amazing mountain scenery covered by enormous snow and glaciers. In the same manner, one can truly witness the Nepalese lifestyle and culture during the trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty
The difficulty for ABC Trek is a Grade B, which means it is a moderately difficult trek. As long as you are mentally prepared, you can easily do this trek. With no or minimum previous experience, you might require a certain level of fitness to finish the trek with ease. But just remember, you CAN as long as you DARE.
As far as seasons go, the difficulty could be measured by the cold temperature and thick snow along the trail. Autumn and Spring are considered to be the best seasons for the Annapurna trek. There is a risk of avalanche from Deurali to MBC, especially in the summer. Or, any other season for that matter. So you can’t be less careful ever. The winter is quieter up in the base camp but colder so you need proper packing to face the snow.
We also provide a 9 days Annapurna Base Camp short trek for trekkers who have limited time. It’s a convenient trip for solo female travelers or hikers traveling in a group as it is easy and appealing. Also, if you are up for a new experience in a quite unexplored trail, Mardi Himal to ABC trek is a pleasant option.
Check out the detailed itinerary for this 14 days trip and send us an email. Or, contact us so that we can tailor the itinerary based on your requirements.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Welcome to Nepal! You will be picked up by our representative at the airport who will also drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly or Drive to Pokhara (25 minutes/ 6-7 hours)
With breakfast done, we prepare for an early morning flight or a drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Pokhara is a backpacker’s paradise. It’s a fantastic place to chill and relax. If flying isn’t an option, you can easily get to Pokhara on a tourist bus. The journey is 6-7 hours long but pleasant with nice views of green hills and rivers flowing below. Overnight in Pokhara.
Note- If you take a plane instead of overland drive, the flight fare is extra.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapuland trek to Ulleri via Tikhedunga
After a delicious breakfast, we drive to Nayapul which is just more than an hour from Pokhara. From there we begin our trek towards Ulleri. The trek is moderate and varied. We will pass through villages, tea-houses, rivers and so on. The trail descends as we make our way across the theTikhedungaKholavia a suspension bridge. We then cross another bridge and the trail turns steep. We begin climbing up a stone staircase of more than 3200 steps to reach Ulleri at 2080m. At the top, we are welcomed by beautiful views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Overnight at Ulleri.
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
Today’s task –A few hours of a moderate trek through rhododendron forests, streams and a small ridge. Note, spring is the best time to see the stunning Rhododendron flowers in bloom. There are a great many chances to spot some amazing birds and animals today along with the almighty snow-capped giants.
We make a stop for lunch at Nangathanti at 2460 m. The trail here is covered with snow in winter. From here, we trek further for an hour to reach Ghorepani at 2750m. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m) 6 – 7 hours
This day, we start early to witness one of the most satisfying and breathtaking scenes one can dream of- the sun rising in the Himalayas. For this, we start early on a steep trail towards the viewpoint at Poonhill(3,210m/10,529ft), which is of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and the Annapurna region. From Poonhill, we also get mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains in the world. After feeding ourselves with awesome views, we then return to Ghorepani to feed ourselves actual food. After breakfast, we make our way towards Tadapani. We first ascend and then descend through rhododendron forests, we then pass by some beautiful waterfalls to finally make ittoTadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours
The hike from Tadapani to Chhomrong is one of the parts of the trail with views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre), and Ganggapurna make the trip so much beautiful. On the first part of the trail, we descend to Kimrong Khola. From there is a steep climb to Kimrong village. From there it’s a smooth and gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong rests below the Annapurna massive. The village is very pretty. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours
Today, we go to Bamboo! Yes, Bamboo. The first part of the trail begins with a descend 2500 steps made of stones onto a bridge over the Chhomrong Khola. The trail now changes to a steep climb to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa we make our way through the woods to Kuldihar. From Kuldihar it’s a gentle downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
It isn’t surprising why the place is called Bamboo. You pass through a dense bamboo forest during the first part of the trail. The journey through the forest is damp, dark, and cold with a few gentle steep sections here and there. The forest soon clears as we reach the Himalaya Hotel. The scene is pretty dramatic as the forest opens up, you are greeted by sunlight and down below you a great view of a glacial river. From there we take a steep climb to Hinku Cave. Prepare yourself now for one of the best stretches of the day- the walk to Deurali; the trail goes dramatically close to the river and then goes further away with a steep climb straight up to Deurali. This area is really picturesque. You get brilliant views of the valley with the river below, and rocky cliffs decorated with thin waterfalls above. Overnight in Deurali.
Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 6 begins with a moderate climb over a river bed, the trail slowly turning steeper taking us up to the mountainside. Most part of the trek is moderate except for the part between Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp, it can be a bit demanding. All that hard work pays off generously once you reach Machhapuchhre base camp. From Machhapuchhre base camp, you can see the Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The views are incredible and magical, to say the least, and there’s more to come!
We now walk alongside the great Himalayan giants on our way to Annapurna Base Camp. We enter the Annapurna sanctuary where you can enjoy a sensational view of the almost vertical south face of Annapurna. And then it is the base camp. ABC has the best views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other snow-clad giants. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
Our journey back starts from today. We follow our steps back to Bamboo from ABC. It is all downhill and easy. We can still enjoy the extraordinary scenery and see some views we might have missed! Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 11: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours
The trail for today is pretty uneven; one moment you are going up, the other, yes, you guessed it right, you are going down, but the scenery will still uplift you! The way is up from Bamboo to Kuldighar. From Kuldigar the trail descends to Chhomrong Khola. And again, we climb up, this time through several stone steps to Chhomrong. And, yes, you know what is coming next, right? We are going down again. The trail descends to Jhinu Danda. And that’s enough of up and down for today! And, there’s a hot spring some fifteen to twenty minutes away from Jhinu Danda! So, enjoy a nice dip at the hot spring and relax for the rest of the evening. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Day 12: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Our journey for today ends at the beautiful city of Pokhara. You will spend a relaxing night at Pokhara. Pokhara is a great place to chill, relax, and celebrate! The day starts with a trek to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda. The trek will give you a great look of the mountainous/hilly landscape of Western Nepal. From Naya Pul we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours
After a night of celebration, we prepare to leave for Kathmandu for some packing and more celebrations. We say goodbye to Pokhara and get on a 6-7 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will have some spare time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and resting. A dinner party is arranged to celebrate your successful journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final departure
This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3 -star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Private Transportation to transfer to Pokhara and return
- 09 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters