Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult

Duration

10 Days

Highest Altitude

13,550 ft

Age

13 to 55 years

Duration

10 Days

Age

13 to 55 years

Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult

Highest Altitude

13,550 ft

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Please Note: We're Not Running the Annapurna Basecamp Trek in 2022. Choose the Khopra Ridge Trek Instead.

We will not be opening the Annapurna Basecamp Trek in Nepal from 2022. It's best done DIY style. But if you are looking to trek with Indiahikes in Nepal, we strongly recommend the grand Khopra Ridge trek. It is an off-beat trail that takes you close to 22 big mountains of Nepal.

The Closest You Can Go to Mt Annapurna Without Climbing it

The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It literally brings you face to face with an eight-thousander – for a moderate-difficult trek, this is incredible! The fascinating Annapurna massif includes the world’s tenth highest peak. Annapurna I (8,091 m) holds an almost fatal attraction for mountaineers. It has the highest fatality ratio among the eight-thousanders. This formidable aura apart, the ABC trek holds several treasures for the mountain lover.

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Annapurna Base Camp Videos

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Quick Itinerary

A route map of the Annapurna Base Camp trek

Day 1

Reach Pokhara from Kathmandu

Drive distance: 215 km | Duration: 7 hours | Stay for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Serenity, Pokhara

You will reach Pokhara on your own by either taking a bus or flying in from Kathmandu. You will meet the rest of the team at Hotel Serenity. Your stay at Hotel Serenity is taken care of by Indiahikes. You don't need to pay extra for this.

Day 2

Drive from Pokhara to Lower Ghandruk. Trek to Komrong

Drive Distance: 55 km | Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Gain: 2,760 ft to 5,415 ft

Trek Distance: 5 km | Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Gain: 5,415 ft to 7,380 ft

Trek gradient is moderate.

Day 3

Trek from Komrong to Chhomrong

Trek Distance: 7 km | Duration: 5-6 hours | Altitude Loss: 7,380 ft to 7,120 ft

Starts with a short gradual descent for about an hour. This is followed by an ascent all the way to Chomrung. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 4

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan

Trek Distance: 10.50 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,120 ft to 8,460 ft

Moderate-difficult. Initial descent for 20 minutes followed by a steep ascent for about an hour. Gradual ascent for half an hour followed by a steep 30 minute descent. Finish with a 2 hour ascent to Dovan. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 5

Trek from Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp

Trek Distance: 10 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,460 ft to 12,135 ft

Moderate-difficult. Begins with a gradual ascent. Proceeds in a series of gradual and steep ascents. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 6

Trek from Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

Trek Distance: 3.50 km | Duration: 2 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,135 ft to 13,550 ft

Moderate. Steep ascent in the beginning for about 1 km after which the trail ascends gradually to reach ABC. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 7

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Trek Distance: 15.50 km | Duration: 8-9 hours | Altitude Loss: 13,550 ft to 7,675 ft

Moderate-difficult. Mix of steep and gradual descent, tracing the same route back. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 8

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu

Trek Distance: 10 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Loss: 7,675 ft to 5,770 ft

Moderate-difficult. Steep ascent for about 45 minutes followed by steep descent for about 2 hours. Another steep descent for about 45 minutes followed by a steeply descending trail all the way. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 9

Trek from Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar. Drive to Pokhara

Trek Distance: 6 km | Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Loss: 5,770 ft 4,580 ft

Drive Distance: 45 km | Duration: 2-3 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Serenity, Pokhara

Easy-moderate. Steep descent for about 30 minutes followed by gradual ascent. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 10

Buffer day

Book your travel back only after 6 pm of 10th day of the trek.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.

- On the trek, you will be staying in tea houses.

- We do not have a cloak room facility at Pokhara. Do not carry any excess luggage on the trek.

A route map of the Annapurna Base Camp trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

If you're planning to reach Pokhara, take a bus instead of a flight from Kathmandu on Day 0 of your trek. Buses are a lot more reliable than flights that usually get cancelled in case there is a weather fluctuation.

Return Travel

While returning, you will reach Pokhara between 6.00 - 7.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 9.00 PM from Pokhara.

Day 1

Reach Pokhara from Kathmandu

Drive distance: 215 km | Duration: 7 hours | Stay for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Serenity, Pokhara

You will reach Pokhara on your own by either taking a bus or flying in from Kathmandu. You will meet the rest of the team at Hotel Serenity. Your stay at Hotel Serenity is taken care of by Indiahikes. You don't need to pay extra for this.

Day 2

Drive from Pokhara to Lower Ghandruk. Trek to Komrong

Drive Distance: 55 km | Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Gain: 2,760 ft to 5,415 ft

Trek Distance: 5 km | Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Gain: 5,415 ft to 7,380 ft

Trek gradient is moderate.

Day 3

Trek from Komrong to Chhomrong

Trek Distance: 7 km | Duration: 5-6 hours | Altitude Loss: 7,380 ft to 7,120 ft

Starts with a short gradual descent for about an hour. This is followed by an ascent all the way to Chomrung. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 4

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan

Trek Distance: 10.50 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,120 ft to 8,460 ft

Moderate-difficult. Initial descent for 20 minutes followed by a steep ascent for about an hour. Gradual ascent for half an hour followed by a steep 30 minute descent. Finish with a 2 hour ascent to Dovan. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 5

Trek from Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp

Trek Distance: 10 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,460 ft to 12,135 ft

Moderate-difficult. Begins with a gradual ascent. Proceeds in a series of gradual and steep ascents. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 6

Trek from Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

Trek Distance: 3.50 km | Duration: 2 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,135 ft to 13,550 ft

Moderate. Steep ascent in the beginning for about 1 km after which the trail ascends gradually to reach ABC. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 7

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Trek Distance: 15.50 km | Duration: 8-9 hours | Altitude Loss: 13,550 ft to 7,675 ft

Moderate-difficult. Mix of steep and gradual descent, tracing the same route back. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 8

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu

Trek Distance: 10 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Loss: 7,675 ft to 5,770 ft

Moderate-difficult. Steep ascent for about 45 minutes followed by steep descent for about 2 hours. Another steep descent for about 45 minutes followed by a steeply descending trail all the way. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 9

Trek from Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar. Drive to Pokhara

Trek Distance: 6 km | Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Loss: 5,770 ft 4,580 ft

Drive Distance: 45 km | Duration: 2-3 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Serenity, Pokhara

Easy-moderate. Steep descent for about 30 minutes followed by gradual ascent. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Day 10

Buffer day

Book your travel back only after 6 pm of 10th day of the trek.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.

- On the trek, you will be staying in tea houses.

- We do not have a cloak room facility at Pokhara. Do not carry any excess luggage on the trek.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

If you're planning to reach Pokhara, take a bus instead of a flight from Kathmandu on Day 0 of your trek. Buses are a lot more reliable than flights that usually get cancelled in case there is a weather fluctuation.

Return Travel

While returning, you will reach Pokhara between 6.00 - 7.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 9.00 PM from Pokhara.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Annapurna Base Camp trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life totally. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must absolutely trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.

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Lakshmi Selvakumaran, Head of Experience

Lakshmi Selvakumaran heads the Experience team at Indiahikes. She handles the Learning and Development, Training and Human Resources functions of Indiahikes. She is keen to make Indiahikes the best learning place for everyone. With her team, she is constantly working towards making trekking a more sustainable sport in India. Personally, she is a strong advocate of zero waste and vegan lifestyle.

What I Like About the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

What I Like About the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lakshmi Selvakumaran, Head of Experience

Lakshmi Selvakumaran heads the Experience team at Indiahikes. She handles the Learning and Development, Training and Human Resources functions of Indiahikes. She is keen to make Indiahikes the best learning place for everyone. With her team, she is constantly working towards making trekking a more sustainable sport in India. Personally, she is a strong advocate of zero waste and vegan lifestyle.

1. Mountain views that leave you spellbound

The Annapurna range whets your appetite for mountain views right from Pokhara. This is even before you start the trek. At Ghandruk, you get distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare stay with you all the way till Sinuwa. The tip of Machapuchare teases you at Dovan. As you burst out of the forest past Himalaya and Deurali, Machapuchare appears before you in its full glory.

Machapuchare, the ‘fish tailed mountain’, is revered by the Nepalese for its exquisite beauty. It is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. It has never been officially summitted! At the Machapuchare base camp, in addition to Machapuchare, you will see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli up close.

The Annapurna Base Camp is a small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier. As you look up from the edge of the glacier, you come face to face with the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, III and South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare are all there to meet your gaze when your eyes rest upon them.

2. Trekking inside the forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area

The trail takes you through a variety of vegetation. While trekking from Ghandruk to Chomrung you are surrounded by rhododendron, fern and bamboo. Once you cross Sinuwa to enter the Annapurna sanctuary, the forest becomes dense. Tall oak trees become prominent here.

As you move higher up towards Deurali, the thick forests give way to tall grass. Around this area, you will find trees with thick bark called Daphne. This is used by locals to make paper. These trees are commonly found around Sandakphu as well. Closer to Machapuchare base camp, the terrain turns Alpine. You see patches of grass amidst boulders. There are also flowering plants lining the trail at this section.

The trail has 3 sections through forest that is so dense that sunlight barely seeps through. The first one starts right after the villages around Chomrung and extends till New Bridge.

On the trail from Sinuwa, you hear the Modi Khola roaring past right next to you. But the trees around are so dense that you can’t really see the river. The third stretch is after Bamboo and goes all the way to Dovan. The beauty of this trek is that you walk through these forests not once, but twice!

The trek is nestled in the 7,629 sq km Annapurna Conservation Area. This is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 33 reptiles and 22 amphibians. If you’re lucky you might spot an exotic bird or even a marmut.

3. A peek into Nepali culture

This trek is a classic tea house trek. You stay in small lodges which typically accommodate 20-25 people. These are run by locals. People also migrate from different parts of Nepal to work here in the tourist season. Interacting with the staff at tea houses, guides and porters on the trail will give you a glimpse into their way of life.

Most people speak English so communication is not a problem. The food served at tea houses is prepared in the Nepalese style. You will notice that a lot of it is quite similar to Indian food.

Ghandruk is the biggest village in this area. As you begin the trek, you walk past several small villages, each inhabited by less than hundred people. This trail is commonly used by the locals to get to their homes and fields. So you’re likely to bump into villagers right till Sinuwa, where the Annapurna Sanctuary begins. The area just outside the villages is cultivated with banana plantations and paddy fields.

4. Melting pot of adventurous souls

The ABC trek attracts mountain lovers from all over the world. In October, when the views are known to be outstanding, expect to hear a variety of languages on the trail. Tea houses become convenient forums to discuss and exchange notes with strangers who could be from anywhere. You experience this kind of diversity on very few treks.

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Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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Leaving the Mountains Better

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

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