Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Explore forests, icy glaciers, frozen waterfalls and more on this best-selling trek in Nepal. You’ll also get to see the Macha Puchchare base camp and take a dip in the hot springs of Jhinu Danda.

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About Annapurna Base Camp trek

Mount Annapurna lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, at a staggering height of 26,500 feet. The itinerary of the trek involves multiple days of acclimatization, including the first two days in Kathmandu. After that, you’ll begin the trek towards the Annapurna Base Camp, passing Ghorepani and Poon Hill. You’ll pass multiple small villages en route, which gives you a great close-up look at life in Nepal. At the end of the trek, you’ll stop at Jhinu Danda for a dip in the hot springs, which is the best reward after days of trekking.

When you do the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you can choose from two routes. The Annapurna Base Camp trek route goes via Ghorepani and Poon Hill, and returns via the same route. The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you along one route to the base camp and back to Kathmandu via another, which gives you a chance to see different landscapes.

Best season for Annapurna Base Camp trek

The weather at Annapurna Base Camp can be very unpredictable for most months of the year, but there are two windows in a year when the weather is more or less stable. In March-May, the weather is usually clear, with warmer temperatures, but there is a chance of haze, which can get in the way of the views. In October-November, the post-monsoon greenery looks gorgeous, and the clear skies make it easy to see for miles around.

Annapurna Base Camp trek cost and packages

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a tea house trek, which means you will be staying at tea houses all the way. The packages vary depending on the inclusions: you can choose to have meals included (recommended because the costs of ordering meals individually can get quite high in these remote areas), to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek or the Annapurna Circuit trek, or to include transport or not.

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Trip Description
Spend 9 days exploring the dense wilderness of the Annapurna Conservation Area and visit the base camp of the 26,000 feet tall Mt. Annapurna. En route, you'll also trek to the summit of Poon Hill to catch a glorious sun rise over the entire Annapurna range, you'll visit the base camp of the massive 23,000 feet tall Mt. Machhapucchre, you'll relax in the steamy hot water springs of Jhinu Danda after an exhausting trek. Throughout the adventure, you'll be accompanied by impressive views of snow-clad, Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Himachuli, Machhapucchre, Singu Chuli and many more.

NOTE: Price displayed is per person price for a booking of two travellers. Price displayed is subject to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking.
    Inclusions
  • Airport transfers at Kathmandu in private vehicle
  • Travel arrangements in tourist bus between Kathmandu-Pokhara
  • Travel arrangements from Pokhara-Hile and Sewai-Pokhara in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel at Kathmandu and Pokhara for 3 nights on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in basic tea-houses with common washrooms while trekking on twin/multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from lunch on day 3 to breakfast on day 11, plus breakfast on days 12, 13 and dinner on day 12
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking trek leader
  • Services of porters/mules to carry up to 12 kgs of personal luggage (one porter per two travellers)
  • Technical and safety gear required during the trek, if any
  • First aid kit (including iodine-based water purifying solution)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees
    Exclusions
  • Travel between home city and Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner, during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Adventure travel insurance (recommended)
  • Nepal visa arrangements and costs
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
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Embark on an action-packed adventure to the Annapurna Base Camp and spend 9 days in the alpine wilderness of the Annapurna mountain ranges. The highlight of the trek is the stunning views of Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Apart from visiting the base camp for Annapurna, you'll also take a guided heritage tour of Kathmandu city, scale the 10,500 feet tall Poon Hill, take a dip in the hot springs of Jhinu Danda and visit the base camp of the massive Machhapuchhare.

Your days will be spent climbing over mountainous trails in the dense pine forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area. As the sun begins to set, your nights will be spent in rustic tea-houses at charming hillside villages, with views of snow-capped peaks at your doorstep.

NOTE: All prices in this package are subject to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking. 
    Inclusions
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Travel arrangements between Kathmandu and Pokhara in a shared, tourist bus
  • Transfers between Pokhara and Nayapul in a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights and Pokhara for 2 nights on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in basic tea-houses while trekking on multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from breakfast on day 4 to lunch on day 12, plus breakfast on days 2, 3, 13 and dinner on day 1
  • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage of maximum 12 kgs per traveller
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag, if required
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All government permits and charges
  • International payment transfer fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Kathmandu Airport
  • Any meals not included in the package
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu on days 14, 15
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Entry tickets and video/photography charges at monuments
  • Nepal visa charges and arrangements
  • Personal expenses such as gear, apparel, extra meals and beverages etc.
  • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Trip Description
Get closer to the Himalayan giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri on this trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. Organized over 14 days, this trek also takes you to the base camp for Mt. Machhapuchhare, the summit of 10,500 feet tall Poon Hill and the natural hot water springs of Jhinu Danda. During the day, you'll spend hours trekking through mountains and exploring multi-coloured forests of bamboo, birch and rhododendron. All throughout, snow-capped mountain peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hinuchuli, Machhapuchhare will offer awe-inspiring views.

NOTE: Price displayed is per person price for a booking of two travellers. Price displayed is subject to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking.
    Inclusions
  • Airport transfers at Kathmandu in private vehicle
  • Guided, cultural city tour of Kathmandu
  • Travel arrangements between Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Nayapul in a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel at Kathmandu and Pokhara for 5 nights on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tea-houses with common washrooms while trekking on twin/multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from breakfast on day 4 to breakfast on day 12, plus breakfast on days 2, 3, 13, 14 and dinner on day 13
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking trek leader
  • Services of porters/mules to carry up to 15 kgs of personal luggage (one porter per two travellers)
  • Sleeping bag, walking poles, trek map and duffel bag
  • Technical and safety gear required during the trek, if any
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
  • Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees.
    Exclusions
  • Travel between home city and Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner, during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Adventure travel insurance (recommended)
  • Nepal visa arrangements and costs
  • Personal expenses like extra meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

FAQs about the Annapurna Base Camp trek

Do I need experience to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

A high level of fitness is required for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It goes to over 13,500 feet, and is a 14-18 day itinerary. You should be able to trek for at least 10-12 days at a stretch, with some days of 7-8 hrs of trekking. It is recommended that you have done multiple high altitude treks before you attempt the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

What should I carry for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Your operator will provide you with a comprehensive list of everything you need to carry for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. You will need warm clothing so you can dress in layers, as well as sufficient waterproof layers. Do remember to carry rain/snow covers for your backpack and day pack.

What is the accommodation like in tea houses?

Most tea-houses are simple, with basic furniture and facilities. Some tea houses have twin/triple sharing rooms, but most have dormitory-style accommodation. Washrooms are usually shared, but in some cases, you can upgrade to rooms with attached washrooms. Hot water is not always available at tea houses. Do check with your operator about the inclusions regarding accommodation style, washroom arrangements, hot water, room heating, etc. You can usually pay an extra cost to upgrade your package, but some locations/operators do not offer options.

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

Peak season for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is from late September onwards, till mid December. This is when the temperatures and the visibility are at their best. However, some trekkers prefer to visit in the summer, between March-May, when there are less trekkers on the route, and the prices are lower.