Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara

Price

USD 597

Trip Duration

7 days

Trip Grade

Easy/Moderate

Highest Altitude

4130m

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel

Transportation

Bus, Jeep, Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

All around the year Except Monsoon(June-September)

Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara Introduction

Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara, Nestled in the Himalayas  ABC offers a captivating trek blending nature and culture. Traversing lush forests and traditional villages, trekkers encounter the warm hospitality of Gurung and Magar communities. Majestic peaks like Annapurna and Machapuchhare dominate the skyline, creating awe-inspiring moments. Diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests and Himalayan thars, add vibrancy to the journey. Reaching the Annapurna Base Camp is a triumph, providing a profound sense of achievement amid breathtaking surroundings. Despite challenges like steep ascents and unpredictable weather, the trek promotes sustainable tourism, fostering cultural exchange and environmental conservation.

Annapurna Base Camp From Pokhara

Annapurna base camp trek is a best trek you will ever find in NEPAl. it takes around 10 to 15 days to complete this trekk.

Highlights

  • Trekking to the Base Camp of one of Annapurna Itself
  • Experiencing Gurung Hospitality & culture
  • Beautiful Landscape, Nature & Rivers
  • Natural Hot Spring Bath
  • From Base camp see the sunrise over Annapurna Himalayas
  • Visit & sightseeing in Pokhara
  • See the World Heritage sights of Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Pokhara to Nayapul/Syauli Bazar and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360ft), Duration: 4 Hours
  • Day 02: Ghandruk to Chomrong (2200m/), Duration: 6 Hours
  • Day 3: Chhomrong to Dovan(2600M) Duration 5.5 Hours
  • Day 4: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3750M) 5Hours
  • Day 5: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp(4130M) to Dovan. 8/9 Hours
  • Day 6: Dovan to Jhinu Danda (1780M) 6 Hours
  • Day 7: Jhinu Danda to New bridge then drive to Pokhara (850M) 4 Hours

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Pokhara to Nayapul/Syauli Bazar and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360ft), Duration: 4 Hours

From Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapul or Syaulu Bazar a bustling town some distance from Pokhara. From Nayapul, we will start our trek to the village of Ghandruk. The hike is a pleasant journey with villages, rivers, rice terraces & the distant sight of the mountains. The journey is shrouded in tranquility and a peaceful atmosphere. The all-natural Himalayan setting of the journey makes the journey a pleasant trip. Overnight at the guesthouse. 

Day 02: Ghandruk to Chomrong (2200m/), Duration: 6 Hours

The path heads north of the village on an exposed trail past pastures to a ridge, before descending into a green valley and a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. After lunch, the trail climbs out of the valley through stands of rhododendron and oak forest, winding around the hillsides to Chhomrong: with closer views of the giant peaks above. Overnight at Lodge in Chhomrong.

Day 3: Chhomrong to Dovan(2600M) Duration 5.5 Hours

After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the charming village of Sinuwa. Thereafter the trail enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of cane, rhododendron, and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the banks of the river: a perfect lunch spot. After lunch, continue up through the uninhabited forest to Dobhan. Overnight at Lodge in Dovan.

Day 4: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3750M) 5Hours

Trek through the narrow valley, surrounded by dense forests and occasional glimpses of the towering peaks. Pass through the Himalayan Hotel and continue to Deurali, then continue the hike to MBC. Overnight stay in MBC

Day 5: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp(4130M) to Dovan. 8/9 Hours

Ascend gradually, leaving the tree line behind and entering the alpine region. Trek through the glacial moraine and arrive at the Annapurna Base Camp 4130M. Witness the breathtaking panoramic early morning views of Annapurna I, Machapuchare, and other peaks. After the sun hit the snow-capped Himalayas we came down to MBC for breakfast before heading down to Dovan, stay at Dovan.

Day 6: Dovan to Jhinu Danda (1780M) 6 Hours

Trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests, descending to the Chhomrong Khola. Cross the bridge and climb uphill to Chomrong village. Then descend to Jhinu Danda Take a refreshing dip in the natural hot spring to relax and rejuvenate. Overnight stay in Jhinu  Danda.

Day 7: Jhinu Danda to New bridge then drive to Pokhara (850M) 4 Hours

After breakfast about an hour’s hike to Jeep/Bus then Drive to Pokhara, rest & relax for day 850M

Includes

  • Six-night Simple tea houses in trekking on twin twin-sharing basis with 3 times of meals. (breakfast, lunch & dinner). 
  • A professional trekking guide, the necessary number of porters (2:1) &1 assistant guide for a group of every 12 trekkers with their salary, meal, accommodation, transportation & insurance. 
  • Necessary trekking permits, TIMS card &Rural Municipality fees
  • Both ways Jeep/Bus transportation Pokhara- Nayapul(New Bridge)-Pokhara
  • A group medical kit with an oximeter 

Excludes

  • All Kinds of beverages. 
  • All extra expenses such as shopping and trekking gear. 
  • International/Domestic flights. 
  • Early arrival / late departure. 
  • Accommodations in Pokhara
  • Travel insurance ( must purchase one before starting the trek) 
  • Rescue evacuation if needed (it can be helped to arrange)
  • Tips for driver, guide& porters(expected).
  • The things not mentioned in the Include section

Trip Map

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trekking Gear List

Clothing

While doing Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara, you must have this list of clothes for your well-being.

  1. Trekking Trousers
  2. Trekking shirts
  3. Inner Thermals(Top/bottom)
  4. Breathable Underwear
  5. Fleece Jacket
  6. Windproof jacket
  7. Dawn jacket
  8. Trekking Towel

Head Gears

  1. Sun Hat
  2. Head Band
  3. Buff (snood)

Hand Gear

  1. Inner Gloves
  2. Outer Gloves

Foot Gears

  1. Hiking Boots
  2. Hiking shocks
  3. Thermal shocks
  4. Gaiters

Bags

  1. Duffle Bag*
  2. Backpack (rucksack for day pack)
  3. A few Ziploc/waterproof bags

Equipment

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Sleeping bag liner (if you rent)
  3. Trekking Pole
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Water bottle or Hydration Bladder
  6. Headlamps
  7. Camera/video camera
  8. Water purification tablets*/ filters/ UV light/ steriPEN
  9. Diamox/Dzolamode
  10. Sunscreens
  11. Toiletries
  12. If you take any Specific medicine

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Permits

Trekkers heading to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) in Nepal typically require two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits are necessary for both environmental conservation efforts and trekker safety tracking.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

This permit is required for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the trail to the Annapurna Base Camp. The proceeds from this permit go towards the conservation of the area, Maintaining the trekking trail, and local community development projects in the area.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card

This card is a database of trekkers trekking in Nepal. It assists in the management and safety of trekkers by providing their information and trekking route details to authorities. And tracking a person at the different checkpoints for their safety.

These permits can usually be obtained through authorized trekking & tour agencies or the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, specific requirements and procedures may change, so trekkers need to check for updates and current regulations with the trekking agency before embarking on their journey.

Is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) for Beginners?

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek can be suitable for beginners with a reasonable level of fitness and preparation. Here’s why:

Moderate Difficulty

While the ABC trek involves ascending to higher altitudes, the overall trekking difficulty is considered moderate. The trail is well-established, and there are teahouses along the route providing accommodation and meals, which makes it accessible for beginners.

Gradual Altitude Gain

The trek allows for gradual acclimatization as you ascend, reducing the risk of altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization is essential, and the ABC route typically allows for adequate time for your body to adjust to higher altitudes.

Stunning Scenery

The trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, including Annapurna I (8,091m), Machapuchare (6,993m), and other peaks. The stunning landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows, make the journey enjoyable and rewarding.

Cultural Experience

Along the trek, you’ll pass through traditional villages inhabited by diverse ethnic communities, providing an opportunity to experience local culture and hospitality. This cultural aspect adds richness to the trekking experience.

Support Infrastructure

The ABC trek has well-established infrastructure, including teahouses offering accommodation, meals, and basic amenities. This means you don’t need to carry heavy camping gear or food supplies, making it more manageable for beginners.

Guided Options

For beginners, opting for a guided trek with experienced local guides can enhance safety and provide valuable support and knowledge about the route, culture, and environment.

While the ABC trek is generally suitable for beginners, it’s essential to prepare adequately by improving your fitness level, acclimatizing properly, and being aware of potential challenges such as altitude sickness and variable weather conditions. Additionally, having the right gear and clothing for trekking in mountainous terrain is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Comprehensive Guide to ABC

Trekking Day

While you are Trekking to ABC you will stay in Tea Houses (Basic Lodges that provide accommodation & Food), You will have a nice descent Tea House During the Trek to ABC, before your departure to Trekking you will need to pack your trekking bag your breakfast in Tea House, as porters will set off early. After breakfast we need to walk approximately 3-4 hours for lunchtime, some time in some places it takes even longer,  After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or more sometimes on the trail before reaching your Tea House (Overnight Stay Place).

Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountain views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with the incredibly panoramic mountains of the Everest Region, Farmlands, Terraces, locals,  Rivers, landscapes, Buddhist prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, Stone Mani walls  & many different heard of Mules & Yaks. Etc. Once you arrive at your tea house, you check in at your hotel & order your dinner around 5 pm so they will have some time to prepare your dinner as the tea houses are very busy during the peak seasons. You take some rest and Dinner is generally around 6- 7 pm.

After your dinner, your Trip Leader will give you a briefing for tomorrow’s trip like what time you are starting, what time you are waking, breakfast, stops, temperatures & general insight into the day so you are prepared for the day after the commentary season your crew will take your breakfast order for tomorrow. Now your bedtime!

Day Pack

You need to carry your day pack for your essential items like a water bottle, wallet, medicine (if you have any), camera, sun scream, etc. Your guide will let you know every evening after dinner about any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack your load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable. You are carrying it because you may not see your porter during the trekking hours. After all, he is carrying the big loads & his pace might be different than the rest of the group.

Food/Meal

During your stay In Kathmandu descent Breakfast will be provided in the Hotel you are staying but during the trek, you will have three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), Every Tea House has its menu so you can order menu food items but if you are traveling in a group we request you to select from few different options as it is difficult sometimes when 20 people order 20 different verity of food in the mountain as they are basic.

Accommodations

Your Accommodation in Kathmandu will be provided deluxe room with private facilities on Breakfast basic. During the Trekking you will have Basic Descent Tea House which is a basic (normal) standard.  Normally they have Clean Comfortable Twin sharing Rooms & can be arranged single supplement room for an additional cost. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to clients when they ask for a hot shower.

Bathrooms in the Annapurna region are pretty good most of the places & tea houses have clean western toilets. All the Toilets/bathrooms are built inside the same building but only very few are inside the room (Attached). To book the Attached ones we need prior bookings & also availability. Happy Mountain Nepal is always here to book the best accommodations in your Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Transportation

Transportation in Kathmandu Valley will be with private transportation like Cars, vans, or buses depending upon the group size. In the trekking region, transportation means hiking and in some cases, Yaks/horses and donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major means of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters.

On your journey to Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, you can also fly or drive to Pokhara and then take a Jeep or Car to the trek starting point, Annapurna Area has multiple places that have access road & off-road transportation on the need of someone.

Trekking Staff

The Trip Leader/ Guide is in overall in charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns, and questions. All our guides are well-trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high-altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its people. We are hiring a local porter from Lukla as we empower the local community. Your field staff is extremely powerful to carry your bags & assist you on your journey to Annapurna Base Camp.

Grading of ABC

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an Adventure Trekking in Nepal you must have well fitness level and be well prepared, before you come to Annapurna Base Camp Trekking it’s much better to go Swimming, Cycling, or walking every day 4 km or take the stairs instead of an elevator. Remember that no trek in the Himalayas is a stroll as all treks involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently.

Money

It is better to bring the USD to Nepal because you can change it everywhere easily. You can exchange enough money for Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel and also get on trekking trails but they will take more commission. You have an option for withdrawing your cash on the ATMs in Kathmandu but they have limited transactions only & sometimes it may not work that easy as you have to get permission from your bank to use your card in a foreign land.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price, but those who will be working on this lifetime journey of ABC are expecting some tips as a measure of happiness/success to their Clint. You can directly reward them for their big support for your journey. Tipping has no limitation on specific rates so you can give tips as much as you like if they make you happy with your trip.

Insurance

It is an important part of the trip. Your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Your travel insurance must provide coverage against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation), and personal liability. It includes trekking crews and also against personal accidents the company will have field staff Insurance for emergencies.

Health

There are no specific health-related requirements for travel to Nepal. However, for the trekking in the Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Some parts of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipment, limited health workers, and medication. (Himalayan Rescue Associations) Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses). Happy Mountain Nepal Field crew will also have a comprehensive first-aid kit through the ABC trek.

High Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 2,500 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the effects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300-500 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized.

Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing, and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walking faster. Walking slowly, drinking plenty of fluids, proper acclimatization is crucial. If you get altitude sickness or any health-related symptoms please consult with your guide/trip leader to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Why ABC trek with Happy Mountain

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal Pvt Ltd offers several benefits for adventurers seeking memorable experiences in the Himalayas:

Expert Guidance

Happy Mountain Nepal employs experienced guides who are familiar with the local terrain, culture, and safety protocols. They can enhance your trekking experience by providing insights into the surroundings and ensuring your safety throughout the journey.

Tailored Itineraries

The Company offers a variety of trekking routes and customizable itineraries to suit different preferences and fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trekker, Happy Mountain Nepal can design a trekking package that meets your specific needs and interests

Cultural Immersion

Trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal provides opportunities to immerse you in the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. You can interact with local communities, visit traditional villages, and learn about the customs and traditions of the Himalayan people along the way.

Stunning Scenery

Nepal is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and picturesque valleys. Trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal allows you to experience these stunning vistas up close and capture unforgettable moments in nature.

Responsible Tourism

Happy Mountain Nepal is committed to promoting responsible tourism practices that minimize negative impacts on the environment and support local communities. By choosing to trek with them, you can contribute to sustainable development initiatives and conservation efforts in the region.

Overall, trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal offers a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of the Himalayas while enjoying personalized service, cultural immersion, and unforgettable adventures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp typically takes around 7 to 12 days, depending on the chosen route, starting &ending point & your flexibility of time.
What is the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. But doing the trip in winter (Dec-Feb) also offers great views clear skies but very cold nights.
What is the level of difficulty for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The trek is considered moderately challenging. It is not very high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit. It involves both uphill and downhill walking through steps, good physical & mantle conditions is crucial for the trekker.
Do I need a guide and porter for the trek?
We recently ban an independent trekker in Nepal while it's not implemented it well & you may see very few people trekking independently. It is highly recommended to have an experienced Guide, especially for those unfamiliar with the terrain. A guide can provide valuable information, cultural insight & safety briefings, and a porter can lighten your load so you can do the trip comfortably. & most importantly it supports to their family as well.
5. What permits are required for the trek?
Trekkers need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before you start your trek. Happy Mountain Nepal will be helping you to issue it for your trip.
What is the accommodation like during the trek?
Tea houses and lodges are available along the trekking route, providing basic but comfortable accommodation with Indian, continental & Nepali food. It's advisable to book in advance during peak seasons as they have limited number of lodges after upper Sinwa.
Is altitude sickness a concern on the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
While the trek is not extremely high, altitude sickness can still be a concern. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms like headaches and nausea. Our experienced guide will be measuring your oxygen saturation & pulse to make sure everyone in the trip is doing great.
What should I pack for the trek?
Pack essentials like comfortable trekking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and a water purification system. Happy Mountain Nepal is providing a check list for packing.
Is it possible to do the trek independently or should I join a guided group?
Recently we ban the independent trekkers, however you can see very few people trekking independently as the ban is strictly not implemented. Joining a guided group offers you a support, local insights, and can enhance the overall experience so we highly recommend joining the group.
How do I reach the starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is a few hours' drive from Pokhara. We will be providing the private car transportation to & from Nayapul.

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