Annapurna Base Camp trek known as the most diverse and popular trekking area in Nepal. ABC has also been recognized as world best trekking trails according to survey by Modern Maturity USA. Annapurna trek takes you to panoramic views of the mountains including Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Himchuli and Dhaulagiri. This is the extraordinary journey which incorpotares diverse terrain, wildlife and Gurung culture.
The showcases of plain bamboo woods with Rhododendron(National flower of Nepal), is trekker’s paradise in spring seasons. Annapurna Sanctuary begins through the Modi river with beautiful landscape, wild animal such as Bear, Fox, Jackal, Wild Pork, black & red Monkeys, snow leopard and Himalayan Thar/goat.
Annapurna trekking starts from Pokhara after five to six hours’ drive or 35 minutes’ mountain departure from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Following 1 hours’ drive to Phedi from Pokhara, trekking rise to Dhampus Hill from where you will see delightful Annapurna all-encompassing perspectives. Annapurna trekking proceed pursue green wilderness with Rhododendron woods to Natural hot spring at Jhinu danda then trail proceed with climb to Mt. Annapurna Base camp.
Annapurna base camp is most astounding trekking purpose of this trekking and return same trail until Chomorung town. Annapurna investigation trekking proceed rise till Ghorepani which is another most excellent town of Annapurna trekking. Ghorepani poon slope is a standout amongst the best view point focus in Annapurna area. After wonderful Himalayan perspectives treks prompted Tatopani (common hot spring) at that point trekking proceed with slip to Beni and by transport or private vehicle back to Pokhara then Kathmandu.
Weather and Seasons
Autumn season is considered as the best season for trekking in Nepal but even in such season, the weather could be unpredictable at the higher altitudes. With proper research and gear, it is quite an adventure. But, every season has its own beauty and uniqueness.
The weather is ideal for trekking in Spring as the weather is warmer and the forest blossoms with flowers and you can see green trees everywhere. Springtime starts from the month of March and ends in May. The trekking trail will probably be crowded with a lot of trekkers at this time of the year. It is the best time to enjoy the beautiful mountain peaks.
If you go trekking on your own, you will have a problem getting rooms and meals on time. The aroma of different flowers along the trekking trail will keep you enchanted. You might have the chance to get a glimpse of the wildlife in Spring. The skies are clear and the mountains are seen throughout your trekking journey.
The time from June to August is Summertime in Nepal. The summer season is different in Nepal as it rains a lot and also called monsoon season or rainy season. Pokhara, the starting point to Annapurna Base Camp, witnesses the most rainfall in the country. You just have to be prepared and plan your trek according to the season you are trekking. The hilly regions are moist and wet at this time of the year so the trekking routes are likely to get muddy and slippery.
So it is a plus point for you as you will get to choose the best place to stay and won’t have to queue for your meals. Since it rains a lot, there is less pollution and dust and you will get the best view of the green landscape. The weather is quite harsh as it is sunny in the daytime and can rain anytime. You have to be prepared and get an experienced guide and leader to trek this season as the trail are pretty slippery.
The Autumn season is the best season to trek anywhere in Nepal. So you will need to get a lot of layer clothing. The weather is warm in the daytime and quite chilly in mornings and evenings. The temperature might drop below freezing point up in the higher altitudes. The best time to trek in Nepal is in the autumn season and the best month is in October.
The trekking trail is not as crowded as in the regular season. Compared to summer, the skies are quite clearer. The trekking trail in the lower region is quite dry and isn’t slippery as in the summer season.
Annapurna Base Camp trek route/itinerary
There are 2/3 routes that you can take to ABC. From this, you can plan out many itineraries. All routes coincide at Chomrong and follow the same path to the base camp. The trail can go straight to the Annapurna Base Camp or take a detour to Ghorepani Poon Hill or take a smaller detour to Ghandruk or both. You can make the climbing stop and returning stop at different villages. In general, the trek starts from Pokhara to Nayapul and ends like Phedi to Pokhara.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Pokhara (By light or Bus)|
|Day 2||Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri|
|Day 3||Trek to Ghorepani|
|Day 4||Early trek to Poon Hill for Sunrise, Back to Ghorepani and Trek to Tadapani|
|Day 5||Tadapani to Chomrong|
|Day 6||Chomrong to Dobhan (Dovan)|
|Day 7||Dovan to Deurali|
|Day 8||Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC)|
|Day 9||MBC to Annapurna Base Camp|
|Day 10||Trek to Bamboo|
|Day 11||Trek to Jhinudanda (Hot spring in Jhinudanda)|
|Day 12||Jhinu Danda to Pothana/Jhinu Danda to Ghandruk|
|Day 13||Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara/ Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara|
Trekking Permits and Costs for Annapurna Base Camp
To do trek in Annapurna Base Camp, you need two permits.
- One is Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that costs NRS. 2000 (about US $20)
- Second is Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card. This costs:
For SAARC nationals: Nrs.200 (about US $2)
For Others: Nrs.2000 (about US $20)
Other Possible Trekking Routes in Annapurna Region
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
This is the remarkable adventure which fuses a couple of transcending climb yet the voyage is simply not troublesome. The trek offers chances to find another combination of view through swamp network brimming with porches to the ice sheet and shows eminent pinnacle vistas. We will climb bit by bit upper area of the valley, Hile lying at 1495m close-by Tikhedhunga. There is an astonishing perspective on Annapurna South.
Fishtail from the start with other astonishing slopes from Annapurna base camp which is another interest of the trek. We structure 07 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek especially for the individuals who are captivated by dazzling pinnacles, pass completely through a wide-extending natural and social refinement with an extraordinary combination of plants and creatures.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the popular treks in Nepal which will allow you to observe the huge Annapurna range and other shocking exquisiteness of the Himalayas. You will look up to 17, 000-foot passes, forests, glaciers, remote towns, alongside more seasoned cloisters and the like. Far underneath toward the west route, we will watch the Kaligandaki River. We will move down for the visit to Muktinath which incorporates the Vishnu sanctuary which means that devout resilience in Nepal given that the sanctuary is the sacrosanct spot for Hindus and Buddhists similarly.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you to climb by means of rice farms, forests, and get together inviting towns at the lower zones of the Annapurna Conservation Area. We plan 22 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking which will fantasize you with its exceptional scene of Annapurna alongside in excess of a couple of other eye-getting mountains, for instance, Dhaulagiri, Lumjung, Manaslu, Tukuche peak and Machhapuchhre.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is in the midst of the principle trekking districts in Mustang lying in Annapurna region. The Annapurna locale is the most notable trekking region in Nepal which gives wonderful Himalayan views, lush valleys, eye-getting scenery, Kali Gandaki valley and one of the notable apple garden falling in Marpha and Tukuche. Jomsom Muktinath trek is appropriate for those trekkers who are looking for trekking in low tallness in Nepal. Similarly, Jomsom Muktinath trek will give an opportunity to observe the all encompass Himalayas including the Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri and Annapurna Himalaya extend.
In the beginning, you will travel through rice porches to a zone involved by the neighborhood people, mostly the genuine Gurungs. You will pass completely through Tatopani where you can unwind in normal hot springs. The genuine quality of the Dhaulagiri Glacier comes into view with the principal scene on the windy Tibetan Plateau while in transit to heavenly Hindu journey site connected with Muktinath. We plan 20 days Jomsom Muktinath Trek which enables you to see since quite a while ago settled monastery, regional tribes, caves and furthermore beautiful flashing scenes.
Mardi Himal Trek
This trip is the wonderful destination to avoid the crowd and offers imaging view of Mountain From Pokhara, we will drive around one-hour driving to reach Kande. We have to find the trail is good and slowly up after we arrive at Australian Camp at 2060m. Continues Trek to Deurali village at 2100m, from Deurali you may face fishtail mountain as well and another small mountain.
On the way lots of tree, you may face and walk in Jungle way. You arrive Low Camp,From here we find again the way is jungle but small and short trees jungle. Around one hour’s trek we will leave the jungle and face beautiful mountain Fishtail, and just left of your hand find Annapurna South. From here we may arrive Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m walking around 4:30 to 5 hours.
Continuous we return back to Low Camp. From Low Camp, we will trek Sidhing and Lwang Village which is a very beautiful village in Annapurna region. Lwang village is our last trek destination, from here we will drive to Pokhara city. From Pokhara, we have 2 option to arrive Kathmandu, by Drive or Fly.
Some Frequently Asked Question
Here are some frequently asked question list and answer which makes more clear about Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
How fit do I should be to do this trek?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the moderate difficulty level of trek, so anyone can do this trekking without previous experience. You should be prepare mentally as well as physically.
How long do we walk each day while doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
You walk about 4 to 5 hours on average. Some times your working hours will be 3 to 4 hours on difficult trails and 5 to 6 hours on easy trails.
What is the most elevated height come to in this trek?
The highest elevation to climb in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is 4190m which is the altitude of Annapurna Base Camp.
What about battery charging and hot shower facility?
You can charge your battery during ABC trek but be sure that you must bring your charger. There are Hot shower facility as well. You have to pay($1-$2) for both charger and shower facility.However, Hot shower facility is free at lower elevation.
Are there ATMs while in transit to Annapurna Base Camp?
No, There are no ATM available in Annapurna Region Area. You have to withdraw enough cash for your trekking either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
What about Internet Services?
Yes, You will get internet access in many places. Sometimes Internet getting slow and doesn’t work due to technical problem.
Is it important to enlist Guides/trekking office for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
It depends on you, you can hire and guide by yourself instead of going through Travel agency. but, If you go through travel agency, it will be more efficient. They will planning everything and you will be more secure.
How much do guides and porters cost?
For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is the moderate level or B level trekking on the basic of daily hours of walking. Hope this help to decide your trekking on the Annapurna Region.