Annapurna Base Camp Trek –14 Days

Highlights

  • Catch gorgeous sunrises and sunsets while spending nights in beautiful mountain villages
  • Follow an adventurous trail in the Annapurna Conservation Area to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna, located at 4,130 meters
  • Embark on a lifetime journey in the Himalayas of Nepal, where the efforts outweigh the efforts
  • Walk by lush rhododendron forests and terraces, crossing thrilling suspension bridges & pastures
  • Close interaction with the villagers and observe their daily lifestyle
  • Traverse in the heart of the Himalayas, enjoying spectacular views of the snow-clustered mountain and diverse sceneries
  • Perfect two-week-long trek for beginners assisted by an experienced and trained guide

Catch gorgeous sunrises and sunsets while spending nights in beautiful mountain villages during the Annapurna base camp trek. Follow an adventurous trail in the Annapurna Conservation Area to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), the tenth-highest mountain in the world. Join Nepal Pioneer Treks on this 14 days lifetime journey in the Himalayas, where the efforts outweigh the efforts. 

Trek through lush rhododendron forests and terraces. Cross thrilling suspension bridges & pastures and walk on the glacier. Unwind and rejuvenate as the days pass by. Spend nights in comfortable lodges operated by the locals. Get to have close interaction with the villagers and observe their daily lifestyle. 

The Annapurna base camp trek covers approximately 130 km. You will be trekking to the heart of the Himalayas, enjoying spectacular views of the snow-clustered mountains like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), etc. Along the way, verdant hills, river valleys, and gorges also decorate the route. 

Annapurna base camp trek is a perfect trek for beginners who are looking to hike in Nepal. It is a two-week-long trek that lets you explore two famous tourist cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara, along with the natural wonders of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna base camp trekking is a guided tour. One of our experienced and trained guides will accompany you in the mountains. 

What to expect during the Annapurna base camp trek?

The Annapurna base camp trek 14 days begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, you'll take a short drive to the village of Hile (1,430 m), where the trek officially begins. Follow a well-marked trail through the Modi Khola river valley, passing through the villages of Ulleri (2,020 m), Ghorepani (2,840 m), and Tadapani (2,610 m) during the first days of the trek. 

Ghorepani village offers a striking mountain panorama and is surrounded by pretty rhododendrons. You will hike to Pook Hill (3,210 m) viewpoint to witness a wonderful sunrise and stretching views of the western Himalayan mountains. The trail then goes by Kimrong Khola and Chomrong Khola. Trekking past Ghandruk (2,012 m), Chomrong (2,140 m), and Himalaya Hotel (2,950 m) rise above the treeline. 

The trail further follows a steep, rocky path to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and gradually ascends to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). Unlike the Everest base camp trek, you get to spend the night at Annapurna base camp in a lodge. The return trek from ABC descends to Bamboo (2,345 m) and passes by Jhinu Danda (1,780 m). In Jhinu Danda, you can spend time relaxing in a natural hot spring. The Annapurna base camp trek ends in Syauli Bazaar (1,220 m), and you commute back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. 

Peek into the lifestyle and culture of the natives in the Annapurna region

The Annapurna base camp trek route is home to many ethnic groups. In the lower altitude, Brahmans and Chhetris reside. The upper villages are home to Gurungs, Magars, Rais, and other communities. While trekking through the villages, you will not only see but also experience the authentic mountain lifestyle untouched by the modern world. 

Locals have different mother tongues and traditions, but live happily in one community. There are temples, stupas, prayer flags, and chortens scattered around the trail. Your guide will introduce you to them and share their fascinating beliefs & stories. 

Annapurna base camp trek difficulty & altitude sickness 

Annapurna base camp trek in Nepal is a moderate trek. The trail does not see any drastic change in elevation suddenly. You will gradually gain elevation over the period of the trek, therefore the chances of altitude sickness are very low. In the off case, even if you get symptoms, our trained guide will give your first aid and ensure your safety. 

The trekking route is uneven, with a handful of steep sections. You will cross a few landslide-prone areas and avalanche-prone areas. A daily walk is 5 to 6 hours long. If you are in good shape and can endure the limits that come with trekking in the Himalayas, you can do Annapurna base camp trekking. 

Book Annapurna base camp trek 2023 spring/autumn departure

If you are in quest of the best Annapurna base camp trek package, then our 14 days itinerary is surely the one. You can join our Annapurna base camp trek 2023 departure, either in spring or autumn. We also do offseasons trekking on special requests. 

If you are already in Nepal, you have the option to join the Annapurna base camp trek from Pokhara. This will cut down your accommodation cost in Kathmandu and Pokhara. To know more in detail about the Annapurna base camp trek cost, get in touch with us. 

These are some other beginner-friendly trekking packages in Nepal- Langtang Valley trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest Panorama trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek, Mohare Danda trek, etc. 

Itinerary
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On your arrival, we'll welcome you at the airport and take care of your luggage. Our team will drop you at the hotel and inform you about the program later in the day. We haven't planned much on your arrival day apart from welcome dinner. You will spend the evening mingling with the locals and other travelers in the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

We have one full day in Kathmandu, enough to prepare for the Annapurna base camp trekking. We’ll meet in the Nepal Pioneer Treks office. The guide introduces himself and briefs about the trek. Then we'll proceed with packing and making sure all the documents are ready for the journey.

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

We will leave Pokhara early in the morning. The Kathmandu Pokhara drive is smooth and presents superb landscapes. We will be driving along the Trishuli river, following the verdant foothills. Upon reaching Pokhara, check-in at the hotel and spend the remaining day relaxing. Witness the sunset at Phewa Lake and explore the bustling Lakeside Market. Enjoy the lovely view of Mt. Fishtail.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Max. Altitude: 823m

After having breakfast, we drive to Hile, the starting point of the ABC trek. The trail then ascends through small villages like Birethanti and Tikhedhunga to Ulleri. We will walk following the Bhurungdi Khola via lush rhododendron forests. The trail is gentle and tranquil.

  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1500m

Leaving Ulleri, we ascend to Ghorepani village. Following a well-made route, the trail climbs through lush forests or rhododendrons. On the way, we will come across rivers and waterfalls. The mountain views are outstanding too. Once we reach Ghorepani village, panoramic views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Dhampus Himal, Fishtail, etc will welcome us.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2830m

Today, we'll wake up super early in the morning to hike to Poon Hill. The hike is short and offers a good start to the day. From Poon Hill, the sunrise with surrounding views of the snow-capped mountains is surreal. After the hike, we'll have breakfast in Ghorepani village and begin descending to Tadapani. The trail walks past Deurali at 2,960 meters and other small settlements.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3210m

From Tadapni, Chomrong is our next destination. Trekking through dense forests and enjoying pretty mountain views every now and then, we walk to the famous Ghandruk village. The trail from here steeply descends to Kimronriver and continues to Chomrong village. On the way, Annapurna I dominates the skyline. We have now joined the Annapurna base camp trekking route, so expect the mountain to get prominent.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2140m

We have a long day ahead of us on this day. The trail drops down to Chomrong Khola. We will be walking on steep stones and further trek through forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. The trail offers lovely views of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range. Trekking through Khuldigar, descend to Bamboo and follow an uphill route to Himalaya Hotel.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2950m

We will make it to Annapurna base camp today. Leaving the Himalaya Hotel, we will walk following a narrow gorge and Modi Khola valley. Trekking through alpine woods, we'll come across the Hinku Cave. Gradually, ascend to Machhapuchhre base camp and walk closely to Annapurna Glaciers. Walk on the steep rugged path to ABC, where the trek ends for the day. We will find ourselves surrounded by giant mountains upon reaching the Annapurna base camp. Spend the remaining day exploring the base camp and admiring your stay at this great height.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 4130m

We will leave Annapurna base camp today though we definitely don't want to. The trail descends, retracing the path via MCB and small settlements. We will walk out of Annapurna Sanctuary and gradually out of Modi Khola valley too. The latter part of the trail mostly goes through lush forests to Bamboo.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2345m

We take a new route and walk to Jhinu Danda. The trail first descends to Kimrong Khola and goes past rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests. We will slowly walk to Jhinu Danda, enjoying our time. At Jhinu Danda, we have the option to soothe our bodies in a natural hot spring.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1780m

The trail further drops down along the Modi Khola to Syaulibazaar. From here, we walk to Nayapul, where the trek ends. Drive back to Pokhara and spend the remaining day in Pokhara relaxing.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude: 823m

After having breakfast, we will begin our journey to Kathmandu. The ride will be comfortable. We use tourist standard buses. In Kathmandu, you will have the remaining day leisure. As today is your last day in Kathmandu, take your time to explore the city and do some shopping. In the late evening, meet us for the last time over farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast and farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

Our airport team will drop you at the international terminal for your flight back home. Or you can also join another trek with us.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
Route Map
Annapurna Base Camp Trek –14 Days Map
Includes/Excludes
Includes
  • Four nights accommodation including Kathmanduand Pokhara with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation. Pick up and drop.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the Nepal government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation, and meals.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit, etc.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All required local and government tax.
Excludes
  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except for Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, hot shower etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.
Price and Availability
Date AvailabilityPrice 
Start DateApr 25, 2024End DateMay 08, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$1200

14 Days departure date of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

We ( Nepal Pioneer Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd ) prefer to provide fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in all himalayan region of Nepal. If you are single and prefering with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not comfortable because of your time, please contact and let us know. We always happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can organizeand provide personalized service as per your need, wish and requirement. We arrange the trip according to our clients need, wish and interest.

Please check our available date.

Additional Information

Annapurna Base Camp trek best time

The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp depends on your choice of weather and crowd. The trek can be done year-round, but the weather and conditions can vary significantly depending on the season.

Here is a general overview of the different seasons and what you can expect during each one:

Autumn (late September to November): This is the most popular time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp, as the weather is typically clear and dry, and the views of the mountains are stunning. This is also the peak tourist season, so the trails and teahouses may be more crowded.

Spring (March to early May): This is another good time to visit, as the weather is generally clear and dry, and the rhododendrons are in bloom, adding some colorful flowers to the landscape. The crowds are generally smaller than in the autumn.

Monsoon (June to September): The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall to the region, which can make the trails muddy and slippery and make it more difficult to see the views. However, the monsoon season can also bring some beautiful greenery and waterfalls to the region. If you don't mind the rain and are looking for a more quiet and off-peak experience, this could be a good time to visit.

Winter (December to February): The winter can be cold and dry, and the trails may be covered in snow and ice. This can make the trek more challenging and may require some additional gear. However, the winter season also offers some beautiful snowy landscapes and fewer crowds.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek accommodation

Accommodation during the Annapurna base camp trek is generally in lodges, which offer basic amenities such as food and lodging. The lodges are run by local families and are a great way to experience the culture and hospitality of the Nepalese people.

Most lodges have simple rooms with twin beds and a shared bathroom. Some lodges also offer hot showers for an additional fee. The rooms may be basic, but they are clean and comfortable and provide a warm place to rest after a long day of hiking.

During the Annapurna base camp trek, it is common to stay in a different teahouse each night. There are also some lodges and hotels available in the larger villages along the route. These options may offer more amenities and comfort, but they may also be more expensive.

Meals

During the Annapurna base camp trek, meals are generally included in the cost of your trek and are provided at the lodges where you will be staying. The meals are typically simple and hearty, consisting of a variety of Nepalese dishes such as dal bhat (a dish made with rice, lentils, and vegetables), momos (Nepalese dumplings), and tarkari (curried vegetables).

Lodges typically offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, and you can usually choose from a set menu or individual dishes. The food is generally prepared using locally grown ingredients and is typically very flavorful and satisfying.

It is common to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the lodges while on the trek. Breakfast usually consists of a simple meal such as eggs, toast, and tea or coffee. Lunch is usually a more substantial meal, consisting of a main dish such as dal bhat or momos, and some snacks or dessert. Dinner is typically similar to lunch, with a variety of dishes to choose from.

Group/private joining

The Annapurna base camp trek can be done either as a group trek or a private trek. Here are some things to consider when deciding between a group or private trek:

Group trek: A group trek means that you will be joining a group of other trekkers and will be accompanied by a guide and possibly a porter. Group treks can be a good option for those who are traveling solo and looking for a social experience, or for those who want to save money by sharing the costs of the trek. Group treks may have a set itinerary and may not be as flexible as a private trek.

Private trek: A private trek means that you will be trekking with your own group and will have a private guide and porter. Private treks offer more flexibility and allow you to customize your itinerary to meet your specific needs and interests. Private treks can also be more expensive than group treks, as you will be paying for the guide and porter for just your group.

Child Policy

Your children should be in good physical condition to participate in the Annapurna base camp trek. The trek involves hiking for several hours each day and climbing to an altitude of over 4,000 meters, so children must be able to handle the physical demands of the trek.

Children's safety is of utmost importance to us at the Annapurna base camp trek. So we make sure children are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times and that they are properly supervised while on the trek.

We make special arrangements for children, such as providing a separate guide or porter. It is best to discuss your needs and concerns with us. 

Travel Insurance

It is a good idea to purchase travel insurance for your Annapurna base camp trekking. Travel insurance can protect in case of unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, lost or stolen luggage, and other unexpected expenses.

It is important to have medical coverage while on the Annapurna base camp trek, as medical facilities may be limited in the remote areas of the trek. Look for a policy that offers comprehensive medical coverage, including emergency evacuation.

You can additionally combine overage for trip cancellations and interruptions in case you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances. Make sure that your travel insurance policy covers lost or stolen luggage, as this can be a common problem while traveling.

FAQs
  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek can go from 11 days to 14 days and above. You can customize the Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary as per your time.

  • Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek. Any fit traveler can do this trek with the support of a guide. The terrain is uneven and passes by alpine woods and glaciers.

  • The cost of trekking at Annapurna Base Camp can vary depending on several factors, such as the time of year, the duration of the trek, and the type of accommodations and services you choose. Usually, the Annapurna base camp cost goes from USD 999 to USD 1500. You can also do a budget Annapurna base camp trek with us.

  • Both the Everest Base Camp trek and the Annapurna Base Camp trek are challenging treks that require a good level of physical fitness and endurance. The difficulty of the trek can depend on many factors, such as the time of year, the route taken, and the individual trekker's experience and fitness level.

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. While a beginner can complete the trek, it is important to be aware of the demands of the trail and to properly prepare for the journey.

    The Annapurna Base Camp trek involves walking for several hours each day at high altitudes, with some steep and rugged terrain. It is necessary to be in good physical condition and to have experience hiking or walking for long distances before attempting this trek. It is also vital to properly acclimatize to the high altitudes to avoid altitude sickness.

  • Yes, you will need a guide for the Annapurna base camp trek for a safe and immersive trekking experience. At the same time, you can also trek to Annapurna base camp without a guide if you feel like you can navigate the trail and be good on your own. Trekking alone comes with lots of challenges, from booking the accommodation in advance to interacting with locals, so we highly advise trekking with a guide.

  • Yes, there is snowfall at the Annapurna base camp. If you are trekking in the early spring or late autumn, you may get to see snowfall, and snow on other parts of the trail.

  • You get wifi facilities in most of the lodges along the Annapurna base camp trekking route. It is a paid service, and the connection may not be stable all the time. You can use a Nepali sim for the internet on the trail or at the base camp, however there is no guarantee of a good connection.

  • Annapurna base camp and the Annapurna circuit are two entirely different trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The Annapurna base camp trek is a good option for beginner trekkers, but the Annapurna circuit trail especially caters to experienced trekkers. Both treks are fantastic and offer different trekking experiences.

  • Annapurna base camp is popular because it is one of the classic treks in the Himalayas of Nepal that leads to the base of the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The trek offers mind-blowing mountain sceneries, and lets travelers enjoy a unique mountain lifestyle.

Client Reviews
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    Dennis JXSingaporeDec 09, 2018

    Reliable, Safe and Great Experience with Nepal Pioneers

    Nov 2018 • Friends

    This is my 3rd trip with Eaklal already. He is always meticulous and thoughtful and all attention to details and our concerns were always promptly and well addressed. He is always checking on the welfare of his clients and courteous towards all. He brings a vast wealth of experience and certainly is someone I would want to travel with again. Highly recommended.

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    tracis0312MalaysiaMay 31, 2017

    Fantastic ABC Trekking - 2014

    May 2017 • Friends

    On 12 Oct 2014, I started my 11 days journey to hike Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) with 7 of my friends.

    Mr Eaklal helped me a lot during the whole trip as I was the last person to reach the peak due to my knee problems.
    He is very kind and attentive, always prepared to meet our needs. He made us feel like home.
    He is a humorous guy too and that made the entire trip so enjoyable. We had so much fun!

    Moreover, he is very knowledgeable guide and he never gets tired in explaining his culture to us in detail.

    Last but not least Mr Eaklal is a very patient guy. I was always the last person to reach the stop. He is always there to accompany me making sure that I'm fine.

    Thank you very much! I will look for you again for my next trip to Bhutan and EBC.

    Tracis Teo
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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