Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin lying 40Km directly north of Pokhara, Nepal. The oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4100 meters above sea level. The Annapurna Sanctuary is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000m above sea level.
|Duration of Annapurna Base Camp Trek||7 days to 14 days|
|Maximum Elevation||4130 meters above sea level|
|Best Season||February, March, April, May, October, November, December|
|Trek Starts from||Pokhara/Phedi/Nayapul|
|Annapurna Base Camp Difficulty Level||Moderate to Strenuous (Demanding)|
|Permits||TIMS and ACAP required|
The return trek can take as little as 8 days 14 days can give you more time to soak up the scenery of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also called Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. There are several possible routes to the Sanctuary, all meeting at Chommrong.
Pokhara City with the backdrop view of Annapurnas
There are several possible trails to the Sanctuary, all meeting at Chomrong. Depending on your holiday time, you can choose the right itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek for 14 days is the best classic itinerary that combines with Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. If you have a two-week holiday, this 14 days route itinerary could be the best choice. However, if you have a short holiday and needed to be completed within a week, Annapurna Base Camp Short trek 5 to 7 days is the option that you need to consider. On this short 7 days trek, you skip Ghorepani Poonhill and reach Chomrong direct in the shortest way possible.
In general, we suggest similar kinds of hiking gear while trekking to the most popular designations in Nepal. All high altitudes and multi-day treks require the same kinds of gears. We are giving some of the most important top gears that you need for the hike to Annapurna Base Camp. Check into hire trip gears to know in detail.
Hiking Boots: Your feet are one of the important parts of the body to take care of while trekking. Do not compromise on footwear when you are going for multi-day trekking in the high Himalaya Mountains. Buy good quality, recommended, waterproof trekking shoes, and make sure to break them before you go for the hike.
Trekking Backpack: A good quality backpack having enough rooms to keep your belongings and take an extra day bag that you may need for a day hike or short hike around.
Down Jacket: Buy a good down jacket that has more baffling and down in it. Make sure to ask for advice from the professional before you start the trip because it depends on the month/season you go.
Water Bottle: Drinking water is essential during the hike and it is advised to bring a water bottle so you can fill in every stop in the trekking routes. Also, bring some water purification tablets.
In addition, you will need more general gear such as a pair of hiking trousers, shorts, few pairs of socks, 4 underwear, torchlight, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles, hat, and etc.
The best time of the year to trek Annapurna Base Camp is February, March, April ‘pre-monsoon’ and October, November, December ‘Post Monsoon’. From October to December, the landscape is green and lush from the recent monsoon rains, the air is crisp and clean and views of the mountains are crystal clear. Similarly, from February to April, the weather is warm and clear; you will see fully snow-covered peaks and can encounter some snow-ready to melt on the trail as well.
The difficulty level of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered moderate to strenuous because we hike on the stone pathway, slightly climb up on the rock, and several stone staircases with a great view of landscapes, snowy peaks that make you the best trekking experience. A physically fit person can do this hike without any training. However, it is suggested to have good preparation before you hike this trail.
There are significant chances of avalanches along the route to the Annapurna Base Camp between Dovan to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (MBC). Always get the recent information about the trail and especially you are hiking during winter. Always check at the ACAP office in Chommrong before you proceed for the ABC trek.
The major difficulty during any trek is the altitude. If the altitude is high, there is a high risk of altitude sickness and risk of a low level of oxygen during the trek. In this case, the major thing you have to consider is you don’t have to gain a lot of altitude in a single day. You should make sure that you have gained altitude slowly during the trek. This will help you adjust to the altitude much better.
You start your Annapurna Base Camp trek after the bus ride from Kathmandu and Pokhara. The altitudes of these places are 1300 meters to 800 meters respectively. When you start the trek, you will gain a lot of altitude reaching a maximum of 4130 meters at Annapurna Base Camp. Here is below the list of places with elevation in meters above sea level. This will help you understand in a better way.
|Machhapurchchre Base Camp (MBC)||3700meters|
|Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)||4130 meters|
The budget of Annapurna Base Camp depends on the itinerary you choose. The price ranges could be from USD 800 to USD 1300 per person for a 12-14 days trek if you are planning the trek with 2 people. This should include your permits, transportation, accommodation, food, guide, porter, and two nights’ stay in Pokhara.
We have prepared the Annapurna Base Camp trek blog to provide some ideas and information before planning this amazing trek in Nepal. Also, we prepared this blog because of the frequently asked questions like; Why the Annapurna Base Camp trek is popular amongst the trekkers? How difficult is the trek? How much is the budget? etc. And, answers are simple; it’s because of a shorter number of trekking days, cheaper than Everest Base Camp trek, scenic, typical trekking experience, etc.