Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

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  • Duration15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Maximum Altitude 4170 mtrs
  • Activity Trekking sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Group Size 1+
  • Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • Meals All Meals during trekking/breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Best Season All Season, Best is in Sep-Nov march-Jun
Overview of Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 15 days is renowned as one of the world's most breathtaking hiking routes, a journey that will undoubtedly make your visit to Nepal truly memorable. This trek encompasses three of the most popular trekking destinations: Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, and the Ghorepani PoonHill Trek. It offers a captivating fusion of nature and culture within the Annapurna Region, where lush oak, rhododendron, and pine forests complement the rich cultural traditions of the Gurung and Magar communities.

Commencing in Nayapul and leading to Ghorepani, this Annapurna Base Camp Trek is renowned for its stunning vistas of Annapurna (8,091m), Fishtail (6,993m), and Dhaulagiri (8,167m), as well as its mesmerizing landscapes and the timeless Gurung culture. The trail meanders through a river valley, gradually narrowing before revealing the grandeur of the surrounding mountains. While many treks offer panoramic views, this journey focuses on reaching the very base of these majestic Himalayan peaks. Key highlights of this trek include Ghorepani, Poonhill, Jhino Danda, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, and Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna massif and adjacent peaks, such as Himchuli, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, and others, grace the trek with their stunning presence. Moreover, the trek takes place within the captivating Annapurna Conservation Area, making it a truly enriching experience.

How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek  - 15 Days? 

The difficulty of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a topic of much discussion among trekkers planning their journey to this iconic destination. In comparison to other treks in Nepal, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek and Manaslu Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is generally considered less challenging. However, the level of difficulty can vary depending on factors such as your age and prior trekking experience.

For beginners and those who have not trekked at high altitudes extensively, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is often seen as an ideal choice. One of its advantages is that it does not take trekkers above 5,000 meters, which can help mitigate some of the risks associated with extreme altitude.

Nonetheless, the trek can still pose challenges, particularly for individuals with weak stamina or older trekkers. On average, trekkers can expect to walk for 4 to 7 hours a day, with breaks for tea, snacks, and lunch along the way. The terrain involves a mix of ascents and descents, and as you ascend to higher altitudes, the air becomes thinner, potentially causing fatigue and breathlessness.

The difficulty of the trek can also be influenced by factors like the duration and distance of the trip, the possibility of altitude sickness, your level of physical preparedness, and the trekking season. Altitude sickness, in particular, can be a concern, but with proper acclimatization and a well-planned itinerary, it can be managed.

In summary, while the Annapurna Base Camp Trek may not be a walk in the park, it is generally considered a moderately challenging trek. With determination, reasonable fitness levels, and the right mental attitude, most trekkers can complete this journey, making it a rewarding and achievable adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region.

Best Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek -15 Days

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be undertaken throughout the year, but the choice of season significantly impacts the experience. For a quieter and less crowded trek, the summer or monsoon season (June, July, and August) is an option, although it requires thorough preparation. During this period, temperatures range from 19°C to 4°C, resulting in hazy conditions from the sun and heavy rainfall.

However, for the best overall experience in terms of weather and natural beauty, autumn (fall) and spring are recommended. In these seasons, which typically run from September to November and March to May, respectively, the weather is favorable with average temperatures ranging from 12°C to 21°C. The trekking trails are neither excessively wet nor slippery, and the days are long and warm, while nights are cooler. The brighter days provide excellent opportunities to enjoy the lush green fields and witness the diverse flora and fauna along the trails.

Conversely, the winter months of December to February are characterized by drastic weather changes in the Annapurna Base Camp trekking region. Temperatures plummet to between 9.3°C and -20°C, resulting in extremely cold and challenging conditions for trekking. This time of year is generally not preferred by most trekkers due to the harsh weather.

In essence, while the Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be undertaken year-round, autumn and spring are the preferred seasons, offering the best combination of pleasant weather and stunning natural landscapes. The summer and monsoon seasons can be an option for those seeking solitude, while the winter months pose considerable challenges and are less favored by trekkers.

Meals and Accommodation During Annapurna Base Camp Trek  - 15 Days

Throughout the 15-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, trekkers can rely on meals and accommodations provided by teahouses or lodges situated along the trekking route. Teahouses offer a functional yet comfortable lodging experience, typically featuring clean rooms with twin beds and bedding. In most cases, bathroom facilities are shared. While some teahouses may offer private rooms for an additional cost, they are limited in availability. 

In terms of meals, teahouses provide a varied menu. Breakfast options encompass items like Tibetan bread, omelets, porridge, pancakes, muesli, and tea or coffee. Lunch selections include dal bhat (a traditional Nepali dish consisting of rice and lentil soup), fried rice, noodles, sandwiches, momo (dumplings), and a range of international dishes. Dinner offerings are equally diverse, with choices like dal bhat, pasta, pizza, meat, and vegetable dishes. Additionally, teahouses may present a selection of soups and desserts.

Trekkers also have the option to purchase snacks such as chocolate bars, nuts, chips, and bottled water at these lodges. While the teahouses offer the necessary amenities for a comfortable trek, it's important to note that the facilities become more basic as you ascend to higher altitudes. Depending on the elevation, you may encounter the opportunity for hot showers and charging facilities for electronic devices, though these services often come at an extra charge. Teahouses in higher-altitude regions may also provide heating stoves or blankets to combat the cold, particularly during the winter months.

Given the extended duration of the 15-day trek, it's essential to prepare for changing weather conditions by carrying extra layers of clothing and ensuring you have everything needed for a safe and comfortable journey. While teahouses provide essential services, it's important to approach the trek with the expectation of basic facilities rather than luxury accommodations. Booking accommodations in advance, particularly during peak trekking seasons, is advisable to secure your lodging along the route.

Permits Required During Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

For the 15-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal, several permits are required to ensure that you are trekking legally and contributing to conservation efforts in the area. Here are the key permits you need:

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit is essential for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the Annapurna Base Camp region. It helps fund conservation and maintenance efforts in the area. The cost of the ACAP permit varies for foreigners, with different rates for SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nationals and non-SAARC nationals.

  2. Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: The requirement for TIMS cards for trekkers in the Annapurna region was under review as of my last knowledge update in September 2021. Some treks no longer required them, while others still did. It's crucial to check the most current regulations with the Nepal Tourism Board or your trekking agency to confirm whether you need a TIMS card for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Highlights
  •  Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Impressive Sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill.
  • Typical Gurung village along the trekking route.
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) Base Camp, Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinu, Hilly Culture, and Rural Life-Style
  • Walking through wild Rhododendron and Bamboo forests
  • Experience homestay and dress, eat like Gurung community at Ghandruk
Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative from the trekking organization who will transport you to your hotel. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing or visiting Kathmandu's lively streets.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:40 mins drive from airport

In the afternoon, you will meet with your trekking guide for a trek briefing and equipment check.
 

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

You will begin your day with a picturesque journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna range. The drive provides wonderful countryside views, terraced fields, and the Himalayan vista. You can relax in the gorgeous lakeside region when you get to Pokhara.
 

  • Max. Altitude:820m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:8 hours drive
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be driven to Nayapul, the trek's beginning site. You will begin your journey to Tikhedhunga from Nayapul. The walk follows the Modi Khola through terraced farms, small settlements, and lush forests. You'll spend the night in Tikhedhunga.

  • Max. Altitude:1,577m
  • Accommodation:teahouse
  • Time:1 hours drive and 5 hours walk
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's hike is difficult since you must ascend Ulleri, a steep stone staircase. The trail then continues through rhododendron and oak forests, with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain peaks on occasion. You will arrive in Ghorepani, a well-known village, where you will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:2,850m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, you'll climb Poon Hill to see the sunrise across the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After taking in the magnificent vistas, you will return to Ghorepani and continue your journey to Tadapani. The walk winds through rhododendron forests and provides spectacular views of the Alps.

  • Max. Altitude:3,210m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail today takes you through magnificent rhododendron and oak trees. You will descend sharply over a series of stone steps and pass a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. From there, you'll walk uphill to Chhomrong, a Gurung settlement at the base of the Modi Khola valley.

  • Max. Altitude:2,170m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will leave Chhomrong behind and descend to the Chhomrong Khola, crossing a suspension bridge. The trail then climbs through lush bamboo and rhododendron forests, passing by waterfalls and streams. You'll arrive to Bamboo, where you'll spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:2,310m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's trek takes you through bamboo and rhododendron forests, gradually ascending towards Deurali. You'll travel past the Himalayan Hotel and take in the tranquillity of the surrounding mountains along the way. You'll spend the night at Deurali, encircled by the majestic Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:3,230m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day's highlight is the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The path takes you into a narrow valley flanked by snow-capped peaks. As you approach ABC, you'll be welcomed with stunning views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other nearby peaks. You'll spend the night at the base camp, surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayan scenery.

  • Max. Altitude:4,130m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast Lunch, Dinner

After taking in the morning views from Annapurna Base Camp, you'll retrace your steps and return to Bamboo. The descent provides a fresh perspective of the mountains and allows you to take in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

  • Max. Altitude:2,310m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, where you can relax and revitalize in the natural hot springs. The path takes you through scenic villages, terraced fields, and lush woodlands. In the evening, you can relax in the hot springs.

  • Max. Altitude:1,780m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the concluding day of your journey. You will trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul, passing through breathtaking landscapes and local settlements. After arriving in Nayapul, you will board a vehicle and return to Pokhara. You may celebrate your trek's completion in Pokhara and relax by the lake.

  • Max. Altitude:800m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will return to Kathmandu. Along the route, you can take in the scenery of rural Nepal, rivers, and terraced fields. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transported to your hotel. You can spend the remainder of the day visiting the city or relaxing.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:8 hours drive
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your Annapurna Base Camp journey concludes today. You will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight. When you leave Nepal, you will have unforgettable recollections of the breathtaking mountains and the kind friendliness of the Nepalese people.

  • Time:40 mins drive to the airport
  • Meals:Breakfast

 

 

 

Cost Details
Includes
  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with a family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Duffel bag and trekking map(in case you don’t have your own. 
  • Sleeping Bags are available for rent
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise you to bring yourself for your use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork
Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Early check-ins and Late check outs
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits, etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopters.
FAQs
  • Out of the 252 climbers who have attempted to scale Annapurna, only 191 successfully made it back. Tragically, 61 people lost their lives in their attempts to ascend or descend the mountain, with avalanches being the primary cause of fatalities. These numbers highlight the challenging and dangerous nature of Annapurna and the risks involved in climbing it.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is generally suitable for individuals in good physical health, including children. However, it is not recommended for children under the age of 7 due to the altitude and potential challenges associated with the trek. The 14-day trekking journey to Annapurna Base Camp typically begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara before starting the trek.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered suitable for beginners who are venturing into the Himalayan region for the first time. This trek takes you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna and is a good choice for beginners looking to experience hiking in the Himalayas.

     

     

     

     

  • Acclimatization is crucial when climbing in high-altitude environments like Annapurna. It is recommended to spend ample time at around 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) to allow your body to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels. This gradual process helps prepare your body for higher altitudes and reduces the risk of altitude sickness. While supplemental oxygen may be used in extreme cases, it is not typically required for climbers on Annapurna who acclimatize properly.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Massif, which is a mountain range in the Annapurna region of Nepal, consists of multiple peaks. There is one peak that surpasses the 8,000-meter mark, making it one of the world's eight-thousanders. Additionally, there are thirteen peaks within the massif that exceed 7,000 meters in elevation, and an additional sixteen peaks that rise above 6,000 meters. These peaks are spread across a stretch of approximately 55 kilometers, showcasing the impressive mountainous landscape of the Annapurna region.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek covers an approximate distance of 60 kilometers, although the exact distance may vary depending on the starting point and the specific route chosen. The trek is considered to be of moderate to difficult difficulty level, as it involves some steep sections and reaches high altitudes. However, for the majority of the trek, there are well-defined paths to follow.

  • A: The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna, which is the 10th-highest mountain in the world.

  •  The duration of the trek depends on various factors, including your fitness level and the specific itinerary you choose. On average, the trek takes around 7 to 12 days to complete.

  • The best time for the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking.

  • Yes, you need two permits for the trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

  • The trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves walking for several hours each day, with some steep ascents and descents. However, it doesn't require technical climbing skills or equipment. Regular exercise and a good level of fitness are recommended before attempting the trek.

  • Hiring a guide or porter is not mandatory, but it can enhance your trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the route, and culture, and help with navigation, while a porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably.

  • Yes, the trek itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and time constraints. You can choose different routes, add rest days, or extend the trek to include other nearby destinations, such as Poon Hill.

  • Some essential items to pack include trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a waterproof jacket, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and trekking poles. It's important to pack light while ensuring you have all the necessary gear.

  • Annapurna Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level.

  • The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is about a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Pokhara. You can hire a private vehicle or take a public bus to reach Nayapul.

  • Yes, having travel insurance is highly recommended for the trek. It should cover medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation/interruption.

  • The weather can vary during different seasons. In general, the spring season (March to May) offers mild temperatures, while autumn (September to November) has clear skies and moderate temperatures. However, temperatures decrease as you ascend, and it can get very cold at night, especially at higher altitudes.

  • Yes, there are a few ATMs available in some villages along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, such as Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and Sinuwa. However, it's advisable to carry enough Nepalese currency with you, as ATMs may not always be reliable due to technical issues or lack of availability.

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is generally considered safe, but it's important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety during the journey. It's important to note that while the trek is generally safe, unforeseen circumstances can arise. Being well-prepared, making informed decisions, and taking necessary precautions will enhance your safety and enjoyment during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

  • Yes, mobile networks can be found on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek's trekking pathways. The majority of the tiny settlements and trails have Ncell or NTC network connectivity.

  • NTC prepaid SIM cards for travelers are inexpensive and provide several benefits while your walk along the Annapurna Circuit. NTC SIM cards may be purchased at the TIA NTC desk or other retailers in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Attach a photocopy of your passport or ID card when applying for a SIM card.

  • The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is categorized as a moderate trek, but it does present challenges such as steep and rugged trails, stone stairs, and daily walking for 5 to 6 hours. However, with adequate physical fitness, confidence, and patience, it is a feasible and rewarding trek to undertake.

     

     

     

  • Annapurna Base Camp is renowned for being one of the most popular treks globally. It offers a unique opportunity to get remarkably close to an eight-thousander, which is quite remarkable for a trek of moderate to difficult level. The trek is particularly famous for its proximity to the magnificent Annapurna massif, which encompasses the world's tenth highest peak.

     

     

     

  • Annapurna Base Camp experiences varying weather conditions, including rainfall. During certain times of the year, rainfalls are frequent, leading to muddy terrains. However, in the spring season, precipitation is generally low, resulting in clearer skies and a vibrant natural environment. The forest comes alive with blooming flowers, adding to the enchanting atmosphere of the trek. Overall, the autumn season is often preferred by trekkers as the best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp.

     

     

     

  • Annapurna Base Camp is popular due to several factors. Firstly, it is located within a national park that boasts the world's deepest gorge, stunning high mountain lakes, and remarkable biodiversity. Additionally, the trail to Annapurna Base Camp passes through the revered Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), which is highly admired by the Nepalese people for its immense beauty. These attractions contribute to the popularity of Annapurna Base Camp among trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp Trek requires a moderate level of fitness from trekkers. The trek involves walking for a maximum of 7 hours per day, typically averaging around 4-6 hours, depending on the specific trek itinerary. The trail consists of mostly uphill and downhill sections, with stone pathways and occasional staircases in certain areas.

     

     

     

  • During the peak spring season, Annapurna Base Camp can be crowded with trekkers. However, in the early month of March, the number of visitors is relatively lower due to the still fragile weather conditions. As a result, the trails are less congested during that time.

     

     

     

  • The main difference between the Annapurna Circuit trek and the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the altitude reached during each trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to an elevation of approximately 13,780 feet, while the Annapurna Circuit trek goes beyond 17,770 feet. In terms of difficulty, the Annapurna Circuit trek is more challenging due to its higher altitude.

     

     

     

  • Yes, teahouses (lodges) are available along the trekking route. These teahouses provide basic accommodation and meals such as dal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), noodles, soups, and tea. However, the quality of facilities may vary, especially at higher altitudes.

  • During winter in the Annapurna region, temperatures can plummet below freezing, reaching as low as -10°C. The coldest times are typically the nights, while daytime temperatures can range from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the temperature drops even further. Snowfall and snowstorms are also possible during the winter months.

     

     

     

  • The shortest route for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the alternative itinerary via Ghandruk. This route allows you to reach the Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 13,546 feet in just four days. The highest point where you will spend the night is at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which is at an altitude of 12,136 feet.

     

Clients Reviews
  • green star

    Amazing 12-day Poonhill and ABC trekking tour

    My partner and I went on a 12-day trekking tour to Poonhill and Annapurna Base Camp in April/May 2024.
    From the beginning to the end we had an amazing time. We had great communication with the agency before the tour and while we were in the mountains our guide Gokarna did everything for us to feel comfortable - we couldn't imagine a better guide. Karna organized all transfers and teahouses based on our wishes and told us on top of that a lot about the culture and nature in the mountains.

    We are forever grateful for the wonderful trip.
    We can highly recommend All Nepal Hiking :)

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    Lena RGermany,May 2024
  • green star

    Good company, working hard

    I contracted ANH for Gokyo Ri trek, but due to weather and being stuck at Ramechhap, I decided to change my trek to ABC. Jasmine worked with me through the change which was hassle free. Throughout the trek Chetan, our guide, took good care of us, and booked the best tea houses. I have seen other guides nickel and dime out of customers but Chetan offered tea on his own at every meal even though it was not included. I guess he did it to make our change a pleasant one. Small gestures go a long way in winning repeat customers. Well done All Nepal Hiking.

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    Zubair KhanUnited States,Apr 2024