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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip code
Package name Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Duration 13
Max. elevation 4130 m
Level Moderate
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed/breakfast basis and Lodge / Tea House during trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghandruk - Chomrong - Dovan - Machhapuchre Base Camp - ABC - Bamboo - Jhinu Dada - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Cost USD 890 per person



Annapurna Base Camp Trek by Himalayan Forever is a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes travelers around the southern rolling green hills of the Annapurna Himalayan range in Nepal. This journey offers the opportunity to explore the traditional mountain villages and the indigenous hill tribes of Western Nepal throughout the trial. Moreover, Annapurna Base Camp is mainly centered in the beautiful country of Mid-Western Nepal. This seven-day trek, which is both somewhat challenging and exciting, provides endless views of stunning, towering mountains covered with snow. One can stay in cozy mountain lodges and explore the local tradition of rural communities in Nepal. This shortest and most scenic trek in all Himalayas; where one can complete the whole journey in a week duration. 

Our trek starts and ends at Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.  The journey starts after a couple of hours of drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the tourism capital of Nepal. Drive to Naya Pul village and start trekking to Chomrong village, situated on a high ridge amidst a beautiful rhododendron forest. This trail passes through Gandruk, a popular sprawling hillside village where you’ll meet plenty of friendly Gurung villagers. Our trek continues as we make our way to Dovan, a little village that offers breathtaking views of the rising sun which reflects on the chains of Himalayan peaks. These peaks are Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Manaslu with more. We further hike downhill and then up cross a stream which leads us into dense woods to Modi River. 

The route leads to a gradual rise in elevation, making the trekkers strong on daily walks. As well as spending overnights in a lovely, nice lodge at Annapurna base camp. The only 8,000 meters mountain base camp in the whole Himalayas range with great facilities of a lodge and guest house. Mt. Annapurna-I is listed as the world's 10th highest peak at 8,091 m / 26,545 feet high with its massif adjoining peaks. The first eight thousander meter peaks ever climbed in the history of mountaineering, which was conquered way back in 1950. This journey takes you from the foothills to high green rolling hills and ridges. Following the country trail through impressive villages from Ghandruk to Chomrong, populated with Gurung hill tribes of southern Annapurna Himalayas.

Chomrong is the last permanent village en route to the Annapurna base camp and sanctuary, the other places are temporary settlements. Enjoy the interesting walk from Chomrong village amidst the forest trail, entering the Modi River gorge, and following the river upstream. Reaching high above the tree lines at Machhapuchare Base Camp, located below towering Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peak. From MBC starts the scenic and picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary, well hidden by staggering snow-capped peaks. Slowly walk heads towards the west side of the sanctuary at Annapurna Base Camp, the highlight and major destination. Enjoy the fantastic panorama of the Annapurna range of peaks, standing right beneath giant Mt. Annapurna-I, Vara Shikar, and Gangapurna Himal.

After an ever-exciting moment enclosed within the magnificent scenery of snow-capped mountains, return journey on the same route to Chomrong. Finally, the walk comes to an end reaching a nice little village of Jhinu, with a natural hot spring to enjoy. The next day a short drive to scenic Pokhara reaching the Phewa Lake, for the last overnight halt. Where our marvelous adventure Annapurna Base Camp Trekking concludes, before heading back to Kathmandu.

How long does it take to hike Annapurna Base Camp?
The duration of the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek typically ranges from 7 to 12 days, depending on the chosen itinerary, trekking pace, and acclimatization schedule. The most common route starts from Nayapul or Pokhara and passes through scenic villages such as Ghandruk and Chhomrong before reaching the base camp. Trekkers can expect to hike for around 5 to 7 hours per day, covering approximately 10 to 15 kilometers of terrain.

What is the best season for Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The best seasons for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp are the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) months. During these seasons, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and minimal rainfall, making for optimal trekking conditions. Additionally, the surrounding landscapes come alive with vibrant colors as rhododendrons bloom in spring and lush foliage adorns the hillsides in autumn, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

Permits for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are required to obtain various permits and entry fees. These include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. The ACAP aims to support conservation efforts in the Annapurna region, while the TIMS card helps monitor trekking activities and ensure the safety of trekkers. Both permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or authorized agencies in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Do you need a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
While it is not mandatory to hire a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, many trekkers choose to do so for safety, navigation, and cultural insights. Experienced guides are familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and local customs, enhancing the overall trekking experience and providing peace of mind for trekkers. Additionally, guides can assist with logistics, accommodation arrangements, and emergency situations, making the journey more enjoyable and stress-free.

Budget tips for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp can be done on a range of budgets, depending on factors such as accommodation preferences, food choices, and transportation options. To minimize costs, trekkers can consider staying in budget-friendly teahouses or guesthouses, opting for local meals rather than imported items, and sharing transportation expenses with other trekkers. Additionally, booking permits and accommodation in advance, traveling during the off-peak season, and negotiating prices for goods and services can help stretch the budget further without compromising on the overall trekking experience.

Overview of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers trekkers a mesmerizing journey through diverse landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests and terraced fields to rugged mountain terrain and glacial valleys. Along the way, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli, while immersing themselves in the rich culture and hospitality of the local Gurung and Magar communities. Whether marveling at sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill or basking in the tranquility of Annapurna Base Camp, every moment of this trek is filled with awe-inspiring beauty and unforgettable experiences.

How Hard is the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek?

Embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is not just a physical challenge; it's a harmonious balance between effort and the breathtaking beauty that unfolds along the trail. The trek poses a moderate level of difficulty, requiring a steady pace and proper preparation. However, the rewards are immeasurable, with each step revealing the grandeur of the Annapurna region.

ABC Trek Briefing/ Final preparation for the trek

As trekkers stand on the threshold of the Annapurna Base Camp adventure, a comprehensive briefing and final preparation are vital. Understanding the trail, weather conditions, and essential gear ensures a smoother journey. This briefing sets the stage for the trek, instilling confidence and excitement in trekkers ready to embrace the challenge and beauty ahead.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: One of a Lifetime Holiday Experience!

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek transcends the ordinary; it is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience. Trekkers are not merely traversing trails; they are immersing themselves in the spectacular landscapes, rich culture, and unparalleled hospitality of the Annapurna region. Every moment becomes a memory, etching the trek into the tapestry of life's extraordinary experiences.

How is Accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route?

Accommodation along the Annapurna Base Camp trek route strikes a balance between comfort and the rustic charm of the Himalayas. From cozy teahouses in quaint villages to well-equipped lodges in popular trekking hubs, trekkers find solace amidst nature's grandeur. Each night's stay becomes an integral part of the journey, providing a warm and welcoming respite after a day of trekking.

Natural Experience, Hot Springs, People and Culture

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers not just mountain vistas but a holistic natural experience. The journey takes trekkers to rejuvenating hot springs, providing a soothing respite for tired muscles. Beyond the landscapes, the trek introduces trekkers to the warm hospitality of the local people and the rich culture that permeates the villages along the route. It's an immersion in the natural and cultural tapestry of the Annapurna region.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is more than a trek; it's a transformative journey that transcends physical challenges. From the briefing and preparation to the accommodation comforts and natural experiences, every aspect contributes to an adventure that lingers in the hearts of trekkers, making it a truly exceptional experience.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

After you arrive at the international terminal of Kathmandu airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our company representative. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to a hotel by the Himalayan Forever staff. When you arrive at the hotel, check out your incredible rooms, and then, once you've had a chance to rest, visit the Himalayan Forever office for a meeting. 

Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation

After breakfast, a city and cultural tour guide from Himalayan Forever will meet you at the hotel for an exciting day city tour drive. The drive passes through Kathmandu's historical Durbar Square and Palace Courtyard. It is the right place to witness Nepalese cultures and offers the views of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our next stop is Swayambhunath Stupa, which carries a history of 2,600 years. It is a Buddhist monument that is one of Nepal's most well-known landmarks and is located on a hillside west of Kathmandu. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square, stands as a testament to the city's royal history. Surrounded by ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples, this UNESCO World Heritage Site encapsulates centuries of Nepalese architecture. The square served as the royal palace for the Malla kings and later the Shah dynasty.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the magnificent Hanuman Dhoka Palace, a complex adorned with intricately carved wooden windows and doors. The Kumari Ghar, home to the living goddess Kumari, adds an air of mystique to the square. The Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the living embodiment of the goddess Taleju, occasionally makes appearances at her window, captivating onlookers.

Exploring the narrow alleys surrounding the square reveals hidden courtyards, shrines, and vendors selling traditional artifacts. The combination of historical charm and vibrant street life makes Kathmandu Durbar Square an unforgettable destination.

Pashupati Nath:

A short journey eastward leads to the sacred grounds of Pashupati Nath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. Nestled on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupati Nath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws pilgrims from across the globe.

The main temple, adorned with intricate wood carvings and golden spires, stands as the focal point of the complex. Only Hindus are allowed into the inner sanctum, but visitors can witness the rituals and ceremonies from the eastern bank of the river. The atmosphere is infused with spirituality as devotees perform rituals, sadhus (holy men) meditate, and the scent of incense wafts through the air.

Pashupati Nath is not only a religious site but also a reflection of Nepal's rich architectural heritage. The surrounding area, with its ancient statues, shrines, and ghats, provides a serene backdrop to this spiritual haven.


Heading northeast from Pashupati Nath, the journey culminates at the iconic Boudha Stupa, a symbol of Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colossal white dome, adorned with the watchful eyes of the Buddha, dominates the landscape, creating a serene and contemplative ambiance.

The Boudha Stupa is encircled by a bustling market, where locals and tourists alike peruse a plethora of shops offering Tibetan artifacts, prayer flags, and traditional handicrafts. The rhythmic prayer chants, the spinning of prayer wheels, and the fluttering of colorful flags create a mesmerizing atmosphere.

The stupa itself is a marvel of symmetry and symbolism. Pilgrims circumambulate the structure, spinning prayer wheels and offering prayers, while monks in nearby monasteries engage in their daily rituals. As the sun sets, the stupa is illuminated, casting a tranquil glow that adds to the spiritual aura.

Our guide will drive you back to the hotel for lunch. You will get ready for an exciting scenic flight to Nepalgunj city located in the Far Mid-South West Nepal where you will spend the night. 

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara - 06 hours on road

After having breakfast in Kathmandu, you will travel quite a distance to the city of lakes, Pokhara. The initial part of the journey starts along the Prithvi Highway, and you'll be driving next to the Trishuli river. Since the majority of the road is blacktopped, there are only a few rough curves. As you get closer to Pokhara city, the views of mountains and hills, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna, and others, become clearer. 

After reaching Pokhara, you will drive to the lakeside town and move into a hotel. You may enjoy the evening strolling around the stunning Phewa Lake and the town itself. Nightlife in Pokhara is just magical.

(You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 35 minutes if you choose more ease and luxury. If you do so, you will have more time to explore Pokhara and engage in different activities like cycling and boating.)

Day 4 : Drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk village -04 hrs

Enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas while having early morning breakfast and depart from the hotel. Take an exciting drive from Pokhara towards a scenic countryside. After few hours of pleasant drive, the route diverts on the dirt trail from Nayapul town to Bhirethati village. 

Drive alongside the Modi River for a while, before reaching on winding uphill route to Ghandruk. It is a popular and aesthetic village around southern Annapurna Himalayas, and Gurung are the main tribes of Ghandruk and Annapurna Himalaya region.

Our team will arrange you a nice lodge for overnight stay in Gandruk.  Before that, you can enjoy the afternoon free time by exploring the village of Ghandruk. You may also visit the small Gurung museum that provides best information of the Gurung people and of the Annapurna region.

Day 5 : Trek to Chomrong village - 06 hrs

Get ready for a long and exciting six hours hike towards Chomrong village after having breakfast. The route starts from Ghandruk village towards Kimrong ridge. You can find number of houses serving as lodges and restaurants around Kimrong river valley. After having lunch in Kimrong village, hike through uphill trail which leads to Chomrong village.

Follow the easy gentle winding stone paved path and you will reach Chomrong village for overnight halt. It is a large Gurung settlement and the last permanent village on route to Annapurna base camp and sanctuary. 

Day 6 : Trek to Dovan via Bamboo - 06 hrs

Hike downhill alongside Chomrong stream, and then climb through stone steps towards Sinuwa Danda, a small hill top  area with houses serving like lodges, shops. Rest there for a while and follow through a winding forested path which leads to Bamboo, which is located on a forest full of bamboo trees, rhododendron and pine tree lines. 

From there, hike uphill through a dense forest alongside Modi River gorge, before reaching a beautiful settlement of Dovan. Overnight stay in Dovan and enjoy the sound of raging Modi River.

Day 7 : Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp -06 hrs

From Dovan, hike early in the morning alongside a beautiful waterfall and Modi River. You'll get closer to large overhanging Hinko Cave, and then reach Himalaya Hotel.

Take a short rest and hike downhill on rocky path and then climb through open field which leads to Deurali, a nice place with several nice lodges. Enjoy your lunch there prepare for a big climb towards MBC (Machhapuchare Base Camp). Walk alongside Modi River which leads to steep climb and small bamboo grooves before reaching MBC. Overnight stay in nice local lodge. This place is situated beneath towering peak of Machhapuchare Himal(the famous Fish-Tail peak).

Day 8 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp - 04 hrs

Enjoy the heavenly views of Annapurna-I, Annapurna South and Huin-Chuli peaks with a morning breakfast. Then, start a short climb to enter a plateau of Annapurna Sanctuary. You can see a welcome signboard of Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) eventually.  It is the only 8,000 meters base camp which has nice cozy lodges, and restaurants at 4,130 m high, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.

At reaching ABC, enjoy the glorious panorama of snowy mountain range from the lodge. You can spent the leisure afternoon time by viewing the surrounding arctic landscapes. Stay in the ABC for the night.

Day 9 : Trek to Bamboo - 06 hrs

While in ABC, enjoy the wonderful time around scenic Annapurna Sanctuary, and continue to walk downhill from MBC. Hike towards Bamboo which goes through an easy downhill route leading back into dense forest. We finally complete the long walk from ABC to Bamboo and stay there for the night. 

Day 10 : Trek to Jhinu-Danda a place with hot spring - 06 hrs

Start the morning with a short steep climb and pass through to Sinuwa Danda before reaching a river bridge. Cross the bridge and walk uphill through on stone steps to Chomrong village. Rest there for lunch.

Keep hiking downhill towards Jhinu Danda village where we will stay for the night around the green hills of Annapurna Himalayas. Our team will arrange a nice lodge there, and you can have a refreshment enjoyment in a natural hot-spring, near to the lodge at Jhinu.

Day 11 : Short walk and drive to Pokhara -02 hrs

Our hiking part finally comes to an end and after a short walk from Jhinu, we board a local vehicle to reach Pokhara. After reaching the lake side of Pokhara, Himalayan Forever team will arrange you a luxurious hotel room. You can spend the free afternoon time by shopping and doing other individual tasks. 

Day 12 : Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

On this day, you will be driving back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Based on your departure schedule, you can go to Kathmandu Durbar Square in Thamel and explore the historic palace and museum. In addition to enjoying authentic Nepali food, you can also choose what to buy for souvenirs at Thamel. Overnight stay at Kathmandu. 

(You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 35 minutes if you choose more ease and luxury. If you do so, you will have more time to explore Pokhara and engage in different activities like cycling and boating.)

Day 13 : International departure for homeward bound

This is your last day in Nepal and you should get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. You will be escorted to the airport by the Himalayan Forever Trek guide and team. Our guide and staff will bid you a farewell as you depart for your country. You will surely never forget this wonderful experience and adventure of Upper Dolpa Trekking. Namesty!


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