Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 15 days

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Things to Know
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Altitude 4,130 m
  • Trip Type Trekking|Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Best Time Feb-May, Sep-Dec
What You’ll Do
  • The Best Annapurna Base Camp trek package with a stop at Ghorepani Village and Poon Hill
  • Beginner-friendly trek with stunning mountain panorama and diverse sceneries
  • Stunning views of Mt.Machhapuchre(Fishtail) and massif Annapurna
  • An adventurous trail to Annapurna Base Camp via picturesque villages
  • Trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area, crossing suspension bridge, landslide-prone areas, and glacial paths
  • Interactions with locals and enjoy a simple mountain lifestyle
  • Come across many species of animals, birds, and plants while walking through lush rhododendrons, oaks, bamboo, etc. forests
  • Spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp and enjoy  the natural hot springs in Jhinu Danda

Join our expert mountain guides on an adventurous journey to Annapurna Base Camp, the lap of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), the tenth-highest mountain in the world. Traverse in the famous Annapurna region within the boundaries of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Meet with locals from diverse communities like Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Gurung, etc. Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a famous expedition in the Annapurna Himalayas, and the trail is doable for all kinds of trekkers- beginners or experienced.

Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek for 15 days is the best itinerary with a gentle pace and explores the picturesque villages in the lower part of the trail. You will hike to Ghorepani Village (2,860 m), famous for its stunning snow-capped mountain views, and ascend to Poon Hill (3,210 m) to witness a gorgeous sunrise and a stretching panorama of the western Himalayas. The trail then descends to Tadapani (2,630 m) via Deurali and Banthanti villages.

From Tadapani onwards, it's an uphill walk to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail descends to Kimring Khola and then ascends to Chhomrong village (2,165 m). Further, crossing the Chhomrong Khola on a hanging bridge, ascend to Khuldi Ghar, and walk through rhododendrons & oak forests to Dovan (2,600 m). The next stop is Deurali (3,230 m), and from here, passing by Machhapuchhre Base Camp, reach Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). Mountains will become your friends, and mesmerizing sceneries will keep you fueled to walk. You get to witness views of the Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tharpu Chuli (5,695 m), etc. The interactions with locals and their simple lifestyle will amaze you. And there are the possibilities of encounters with wildlife and exotic birds on the way.

Unlike Everest Base Camp, you can spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp Trek because a lodge is available here to cater to travellers. The trail drops to Bamboo (2,350 m), and you follow a different route to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m). In Jhinu Danda, there are natural hot springs that trekkers can enjoy by paying a small amount. It will help you relax your sore muscles, and you get the opportunity to enjoy natural hot springs in the Himalayas.

The trek ends in Nayapul. It's a one-hour drive to Pokhara (810 m). Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal and is known as the city of the lakes. You will have a full day in this lovely city to explore and relax. Boating on Phewa Lake while relishing the breathtaking sunset is a must-do activity. The next day, drive back to Kathmandu and end the day shopping & packing to travel back to your home. We do have a farewell dinner in the late evening.

Book Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2023/2024 Departure With Us

We are taking bookings for the Annapurna Base Camp trek 2023 autumn departure. If you are right on time, you can also do the ABC trek in off-seasons like summer & winter. Talk to our travel consultants for more information or if you want to customize the Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary. We have both group departures and private trek options. Likewise, for travellers who are in Pokhara and want to do the ABC trek, you can join our Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhara. Our team will make all the reservations, and you can join the trek right away. Hands down, this is the best trek package you'll come across at a genuine price.

Optional Trekking Packages

We also have a short Annapurna Base Camp Trek package for trekkers bound by time. Some other Base Camp Treks in Nepal are the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, and  Everest Base Camp Trek.

Also, check out our beginner-friendly trekking packages such as  Everest View TrekEverest Scenic TrekGhorepani Poonhill Trek,  and Langtang Valley Trek

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  • Altitude1,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time1-2 hours

Our team members will welcome you to the airport. They'll escort you to the hotel. The remaining day is free. Take your time to explore Thamel and its busy streets. Unpack and relax on this day.

  • Altitude1,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time6-7 hours

To make the most out of your stay in Kathmandu, we have organized a guided tour in the morning. The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Will only spend half of the day exploring these historical sites and in the late afternoon, prepare for the trek. The trek preparation includes meeting with the mountain guide, securing all the permits, and final packing.

  • Altitude820 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time205km / 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara in a private vehicle. The route is beautiful, and the ride is very comfortable too. The green hills, rivers, terraces, and mountains will keep you company. Once we reach Pokhara, the team will drop you at the hotel. You have the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the bustle of the Lakeside Market. Do not forget to witness a sunset at Phewa Lake.

  • Altitude1,540 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time2 hours drive & 3-4 hours trek

The trek begins today, but first, we have to drive to the starting point of the trail, Nayapul. It is situated one hour drive from Pokhara. From Nayapul, we walk through the forested path, hills sides & follow the Bhurungdi Khola to Birethanti. Further, the trail ascends to Tikhedhunga via Sudame and Hile villages. We keep walking until Ulleri arrives.

  • Altitude2,860m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time3-4 hours

The trail gradually ascends through rhododendron forests to Ghorepani village. We can see stunning views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna, and Fishtail on the way. The trail is very impressive and walks past springs, rivers, and small villages. Ghorepani is a picturesque village, resided by Gurungs and Magars. We can see a breathtaking panorama of the Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Dhampus, Annapurna South, Barah Sikhar, etc mountains from this village.

  • Altitude2,630 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time4-5 hours

Today, early in the morning, we’ll hike to Poon Hill. This hike will help us acclimatize. We also get to witness a vast mountain view of the western Himalayas. After the hike, we have breakfast in Ghorepani village and begin walking towards Tadapani. The trail descends through dense forests. On the way, we will walk past Deurali and Banthanti villages.

  • Altitude2,165 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time5-6 hours

The trail today ascends to the lovely Chomrong Village. We walk past lush forests and reach Ghandruk Village. It is also one of the popular villages in the lower Annapurna Region. The trail steeply descends to the Kimrong River and slowly moves towards Chomrong village. We can see excellent views of Annapurna South and Fishtail on the way.

  • Altitude2,600 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time6 hours

We begin the day with a filling breakfast and then hit the trail. First, it's a descent to Chomrong Khola. Crossing the suspension bridge over the river, we will follow an uphill trail to Khuldi Ghar. The trail then descends through a dense forest of oak and rhododendrons. We will steeply descend and walk for another two hours before reaching Dovan.

  • Altitude3,174 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time5-6 hours

Leaving Dovan, we continue trekking toward Deurali. The trail is covered with forests and goes along verdant hills. We can see stunning mountain views along the way. In the peak trekking season, we can see many other fellow trekkers along the way, enjoying the journey.

  • Altitude4,130m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time5 hours

We trek to Hinko Cave and follow a steep, rugged path that leads to Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3,700 meters. From here, we walk to Annapurna Base Camp, our main highlight of the trek. We drop our stuff in a lodge at the base camp and take some time to relish the surrounding mountain panorama. Unlike other base camp treks in Nepal, we will be spending the night at ABC. So no rush to trek back.

  • Altitude2,350 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time6 hours

Leaving Annapurna Base Camp, we follow a steep, rocky path and pass by Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail then descends to Dovan. We will be following the same trail back as earlier and soon reach Bamboo for the night stay. The scenery along the way is superb.

  • Altitude1,780m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time3-4 hours

After a long descent the earlier day, today we have a relatively short descent to Jhinu Danda. The trail drops down to Kimrong Khola. From here, we will ascend through oak, rhododendron & bamboo forests to Jhinu Danda. This place has natural hot springs and welcomes tired trekkers with its soothing essence. You have to pay a few extra bucks for the service.

  • Altitude8,20m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time3 hours trek & 1-hour drive

It is a short walk from Jhinu Danda to the ending point of the trek. We walk on the plain dusty path along the Modi Khola to Siwa. From here, we hop on a local jeep and drive back to Pokhara. The evening is free in Pokhara. Enjoy the sunset at Phewa Lake with mountain views and stroll on the bustling Lakeside Market.

  • Altitude1324m
  • AccommodationStar Hotel
  • Time6-7 hours

It is time to travel back to Kathmandu. We’ll leave Pokhara early in the morning. The ride will be comfortable and beautiful. In Kathmandu, you have the remaining day free. You can do the shopping and visit the spa. In the late evening, join the team for farewell dinner and end the day strolling in Thamel. You can visit clubs too.

    The ABC trek has ended. Our team will drop you at the airport depending on your flight departure time. You also have the option to extend your trip with us in Nepal.

    Trip Map
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 15 days map
    Trip Cost Details
    • Airport picks up and drop off
    • Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and private tourist vehicle from Pokhara to Nayapul and from Nayapul to Pokhara
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with Breakfast included (twin share basis)
    • Two-night stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara (twin share basis)
    • All necessary trekking permits such as Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
    • All accommodation during trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
    • Complementary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, sleeping bag if needed
    • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
    • First-aid kit
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc
    • Rescue arrangements if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
    • Certificate of achievement
    • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
    • Tips to staff 
    Useful Info

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

    The difficulty level of the Annapurna base camp is moderate. It is an excellent trekking option for beginner trekkers,s given the incredible pace of the trail and relatively low elevation gain. The trail goes through uneven forested paths and hillsides. You walk 6 to 7 hours a day. Therefore, the trekkers have to be fit and in good health. The services in the mountains are minimum, and you have to make a lot of sacrifices during the journey.

    There are a handful of steep, rocky sections that demand more strength. Likewise, the trail also passes by landslide-prone areas. Your guide will help you navigate through any challenging sections like these. The trekkers have to be well prepared and packed for the trek.

    The preparation for Annapurna base camp trekking involves building stamina, strength, and endurance. Hiking, cycling, swimming, walking, and jogging are some of the activities you can do regularly before the trek begins. Also, make sure you are well-packed and ready to face any change in weather in the mountains.

    Altitude Sickness

    Altitude sickness risk is there during the Annapurna base camp trekking, but it's relatively very low than any other trek. The Annapurna base camp trek route does not see any drastic change in the elevation, and you will gain a balanced rise daily, ensuring your safety from altitude sickness. Likewise, the team leader will keep checking your health.

    If you see any of the below symptoms, let your guide know and follow his instructions:

    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Insomnia
    • Nausea

    Best Season

    As the weather in the diverse climatic zone of the Annapurna region is highly unpredictable, and there are always some ups and downs in the season throughout the year, it is advisable to pick the right season before booking your trip. This factor alone is essential and responsible for the success of your trek.

    The clear skies & stable temperature with maximum visibility and no rain make trekking in spring & autumn fantastic. All these factors contribute to leading a trekker on an easy trek. As for the frigid winters, temperatures in the higher elevation are sometimes unbearable.

    Monsoon makes things even more complicated by increasing the possibility of wet and muddy trails that can cause landslides. The trail is also full of leeches and mosquitoes in the rainy season. It would be wise to think this through and then decide the best time.

    Accommodation & Meals During The Trek

    The Annapurna base camp trek is one of Nepal's most well-established routes, with plenty of friendly lodges to welcome you. During your trek, you'll be staying in a tea house with twin-sharing rooms equipped with twin beds, a mattress, a pillow, and a blanket.

    These lodgings, which are run by locals, are modest yet handy. You can spend the night there comfortably. The best part is that some tea houses have an attached bathroom, so you don't have to walk outside your room to use the restroom. But at most locations along this route, the toilet and washing facilities are outside your room.

    Most of the tea houses in this region serve a broad selection of traditional Nepali cuisine and Western meals, which are healthy and hygienic for you. This includes classic Nepali local dishes such as dal bhat, momos, bread, and various other options. You can also easily access Western food since it is a developed trek, including pizza, noodles, spaghetti, burgers, and stews. Plus, if you want to carry extra snacks, feel free to do that, as you may need them.

    Internet, Charging, & ATM On The Trail

    The internet facility along the ABC trekking route is not reliable. Therefore, we advise trekkers to carry a Nepali sim and use data for the internet. It's a much more reliable and economical option. Likewise, charging is available in the lodges, but you may have to pay a few extra bucks.

    There is no ATM on the Annapurna base camp trekking route, so withdraw ample cash in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need additional money for personal expenses like these, and the locals do not accept cards or other currency.

    Travel Insurance

    We recommend getting travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation in the mountains if needed. Well, the chance of using travel insurance is very low, but it's for the safety of the trekkers. Because Annapurna region does not have good health care facilities or transportation means, the only resource left with us in case of a medical emergency is to airlift you to a hospital in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek Without A Guide

    Annapurna base camp trek without a guide is also feasible if you can independently navigate the Himalayan trail. The trail is exceptionally bustling with trekkers from around the world in the peak trekking seasons, so you'll not feel alone and ask for help if needed. On the contrary, we recommend trekking with a guide because you will learn much about the region, vegetation, locals, etc., from the directory.

    • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. It means anyone can do this trek if in good health and can walk 6 hours a day. Many kids and elderlies have also done the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

    • The Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost depends on the itinerary. Usually, the trek costs USD 900 to USD 1500, which includes the expense of guide/ porters, trek permits, accommodation & meals, and commute to/from the trail.

    • The Everest Base Camp Trek is harder than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek if we take terrain and elevation into consideration. Even though both treks are recommended to new trekkers, Annapurna Base Camp is relatively easier.

    • Yes, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is for beginners. With us, you will be trekking with an expert mountain guide, so the journey will be safe and more immersive.

    • It is better to carry a sleeping bag during the Annapurna Base Camp trekking. You'll have a much more comfortable sleep. Well, it is not necessary though, because the lodges offer decent bedding and blankets.

    • The Annapurna Base Camp Trek leads to the lap of Mt. Annapurna. The Annapurna Circuit Trek crosses the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) and explores Muktinath Temple (3,800 m), the lower Mustang area. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is way more difficult than the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

    • In the peak trekking seasons, spring & autumn, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route does see a big flow of tourists. But you will enjoy the trek to its fullest even though there are other trekkers around you.

    • The temperature at the Annapurna Base Camp ranges between 5°C to 10°C on average. Depending on the weather, the temperature can fall below 0°C.

    • Yes, snowfalls at Annapurna Base Camp. Especially in the winter season, you can see a thick blanket of snow all around the base camp and other parts of the ABC trail.

    Client Reviews
    • Jose Joy C
      Jose Joy CPhilippinesApr 22, 2024

      Annapurna Base camp ⛺️

      Thank you ICONIC HOLIDAY,it was an amazing experience i will treasure all those memories with you. I highly recommend iconic holiday from the day i arrived until i finished my trek they take care of me I finished my trek earlier on the schedule i was thinking i have to pay the 3days stay in kathmando since it was not the plan but i was relieved they paid my hotel.

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      Vikas SUnited StatesSep 26, 2023

      Amazing hospitality

      Me and my family enjoyed our trip to Nepal and we received an amazing hospitality from Mr. Upendra and his team. We have heard a lot about the goodness of people from Himalayas and even being very close to Nepal geographically I did not get the chance to visit. This time when I was visiting my family back home we decided to visit Nepal. IHN was recommended by a very close friend and we are so glad we booked our trip from them. We did Annapurna Base Camp and it was majestic. We had a great guide who knew all the great informations on locals, the geography and the importance of hydrating and resting while trekking in high altitude. It all made our trip smooth without any issues.

      Thank you for your amazing service!

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