Everything to Know About the Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

By Himalayan Windows | Aug 24, 2020

The trek goes into the frozen heart of the Annapurna range, a splendid amphitheater of rocks and ice on a staggering scale. The trek routes start in rice paddies and lead through a gorge of bamboo and forests to end among glaciers and soaring peaks. Annapurna Base Camp’s other highlights include a sublime view of holy mountain Machhapuchchhre ‘Fishtail’ and of Nepal’s largest and prettiest Gurung Village in Ghandruk.


ABC Trek Nepal Annapurna Base Camp 

Where is Annapurna Base Camp?

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.


Annapurna Base Camp Trek FACTS

Duration 7 days to 14 days
Maximum Elevation 4130 meters above sea level
Total Distance 80KM/50Miles
Best Season February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Trek Starts from Pokhara/Phedi/Nayapul
Trip Ends Nayapul
Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous
Permits TIMS and ACAP required
Accommodation: Tea houses


Getting into Annapurna Base Camp

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 as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. There are several possible routes to the Sanctuary, all meeting at Chommrong.

Pokhara City with backdrop view of Annapurnas


Choosing the best itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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 to Chomrong direct by the shortest way possible.


Gears to bring for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

In general, we suggest similar kinds of hiking gears 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 take care of while trekking. Do not compromise on footwear when you are going for multi-day trekking in the high Himalaya Mountains. Buy a 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 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.


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What is the best time for the Annapurna Base camp trek?

The best time for Annapurna Base Camp trek is February, March, April ‘pre-monsoon’ and October, November, December ‘Post Monsoon’. During 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, Risk, and Preparation for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This trip is considered a moderate to strenuous trek 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 a 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 ABC trek.


Altitude Sickness during Annapurna Base Camp 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 the 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.

Table of altitudes during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Places Altitude/Elevation
Kathmandu 1410 meters
Pokhara 820 meters
Nayapul 1070 meters
Ghorepani 2874 meters
Tadapani 2630 meters
Himalaya 2920 meters
Machhapurchchre Base Camp (MBC) 3700meters
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) 4130 meters


Budget for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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 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 some of the essential things that you know should before trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. However, you may want to know more about ABC trekking. Please do hesitate to contact us for more information about the trek to the Annapurna region.

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