Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaitan Sharma

A view of Mt Annapurna from Annapurna Base Camp

Why This Trek ?

REGION: Nepal DURATION: 9 days DIFFICULTY: Moderate-Difficult HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 13,550 ft AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: Day time: 15-20 °C; Night time: 0-5°C

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Why Annapurna Base Camp is among the most popular treks in the world

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.

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.

The Annapurna massif towers over trekkers headed to Annapurna base camp. PC: Chaitan Sharma

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 tip of Machauchare is visible from Dovan. PC: Chaitan Sharma

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.

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.

Trek under a canopy of mixed forests through the Annapurna Sanctuary. PC: Chaitan Sharma

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.

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.

A typical Nepalese meal at a tea house. PC: Lakshmi Selvakumaran

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.

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.

Cluster of tea houses at Chomrong. PC: Lakshmi Selvakumaran

The Trek

Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region. You drive from Pokhara to lower Ghandruk and trek for about an hour to reach Lower Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the biggest village you will find on the trek. You will see old stone and slate roofed houses lining the slope. You will also find a lot of tea houses spread through the entire village. This is your first introduction to the tea house culture of trekking. You will experience this throughout the trek.

  • Altitude: 6,360 ft
  • Time taken: 2-3 hours drive to lower Ghandruk; 1 hour trek to Ghandruk
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
Well laid out trail amidst tea houses at the beginning of the trek. PC: Lakshmi Selvakumaran

Day 2: Ghandruk to Chomrung

  • Altitude: 6,360 ft to 7,120 ft
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: Starts with a short gradual descent. Steep ascent for an hour followed by a steep descent for 30 minutes. Steep ascent the rest of the way.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
  • Vegetation: Sub-tropical forest. You will predominantly find Rhododendron, fern and bamboo. Villages are lined with Banana and paddy plantations.
Nepalese villages visible on the trail to Chomrong. PC: Lakshmi Selvakumaran

The trek today begins on the trail that leads to Komrong. This descends gradually to Kyunri Khola (stream). Once you cross the bridge across the stream, the trail split. Take the trail on the right – this ascends steeply for about an hour to Komrong (7,380 ft).

Komrong is located on top of a ridge. From Komrong, you can see Chomrung on the other side of the mountain, separated by Kimrong Khola. Descend from Komrong towards Kimrong. In half an hour you will cross a small stream. The trail ascends from here to reach Kimrong Khola in half an hour.

Once you cross Kimrong Khola, keep to your right. You will be following Kimrong Khola along the mountainside. The muddy trail ascends gradually. You will see Komrong on the other side now. Snow capped mountains such as Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and the tip of Gangapurna gradually begin to appear. After about an hour, you will reach the first few lodges of Chomrung, at the edge of the mountain. The trail splits here – take the ascending stone steps to reach Chomrung at the top.

View of Annapurna South from Chomrung. PC: Chaitan Sharma

From the top you can again see Annapurna South, much closer now. Also visible is the entire Chomrung village, which lies on the other side of the mountain. On the opposite side you will see Sinuwa village, which you will trek through on Day 3.

Chomrung is known as the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, you get a grandstand view of the peaks that were visible on the trail. Do not miss the sunset view on Annapurna South from here

Chomrung, like Ghandruk, is lined with tea houses. There are also several shops that sell essentials like batteries, memory cards and toilet paper. Rest here for the day. There is a checkpost here where you need to register yourself again. Visit the office and show your TIMS card.

Day 3: Chomrung to Dovan

  • Altitude: 7,120 ft to 8,460 ft
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10.5 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: 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.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
  • Vegetation: Rhododendron, Oak, Bamboo and Fern
You come across a variety of flora including rhododendrons, ferns and bamboo while trekking through the sanctuary. PC: Lakshmi Selvakumaran

Chomrung (7,120 ft) to Sinuwa (7,675 ft)

The trek today begins with a descent on the stone steps towards Chomrung village. Along Chomrung, for about 500 metres, you will find tea houses on either side. In 20 minutes you will reach Chomrung Khola. The last guest house before the bridge on Chomrung Khola is place-marked as Sinuwa – ignore this since Sinuwa is at least an hour away.

Hanging bridge across Chomrung Khola. PC: Chaitan Sharma

The trail climbs steeply on stone steps after the bridge. 15 minutes of climbing brings you to the hamlet of Tilche, which has a few houses. Another 10 minutes of trek from Tilche brings you to Lower Sinuwa. From here, the trail again climbs steeply on stone steps to reach Upper Sinuwa. This takes around 20 minutes – you can see the place as you start climbing. You will get good views of Machapuchare and Annapurna III from the viewpoint. Both Lower and Upper Sinuwa have a few lodges.

The trail to Sinuwa is lined with fields and thin forests. Beyond Upper Sinuwa (7,675 ft), you will be entering the Annapurna Sanctuary area. This is marked by dense forests and clustered tea houses. Cutting trees for firewood is prohibited. The tea houses are all powered by hydroelectric power plants. You can spot some of the small scale power plants along the trail.

Sinuwa (7,675 ft) to Bamboo (7,675 ft)

The mud trail from Sinuwa to Bamboo climbs up gradually for the first 30 minutes, till you reach a clearing. You will see an abandoned ACAP checkpost here (8,100 ft). From here, it’s a steep descent to Bamboo on stone steps for about 30 minutes.

Steep descent on stone steps. PC: Chaitan Sharma

All this while you are walking through dense forest. The Modi Khola flows alongside but you can only hear it. As you approach Bamboo you feel yourself getting closer to the source of the sound of this running river. Have lunch at one of the lodges in Bamboo.

Bamboo (7,675 ft) to Dovan (8,460 ft)

The ascent to Dovan begins immediately where the lodges of Bamboo end. Cross the wooden bridge that you will reach in 10 minutes. Climb further up for about 40 minutes till you get another wooden bridge. Dovan is 10 minutes from here, up the same trail.

This stretch is one of the most beautiful walks of the trek. The forest is dense and the climb is not too strenuous. You can stay in any of the 5 lodges in Dovan – they’re all in a single lane. Only the tip of Machapuchare is visible from Dovan.

Day 4: Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp

  • Altitude: 8,460 ft to 12,135 ft
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: Moderate-difficult. Begins with a gradual ascent. Proceeds in a series of gradual and steep ascents.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
  • Vegetation: The terrain switches from sub tropical forest to alpine. Rhododendron, Oak, Bamboo and Fern until Himalaya. Fern, Daphne and tall grass beyond Deurali.
The tip of Machapuchare is visible from Dovan. PC: Chaitan Sharma

Dovan (8,460 ft) to Himalaya (9,510 ft)

The trail winds slowly up from Dovan towards Himalaya. In about 10 minutes, you’ll reach a fork in the trail – take the one to the left. Cross the wooden bridge that you get in about 15 minutes and continue ascending. The path is a mix of short stretches of steep and gradual ascents. Walk past the shrine that you get on your left till you reach another fork in the trail (about an hour from Dovan).

Both routes lead to Himalaya but the mud route to the right is shorter and steeper and joins the other one 5-10 minutes later. Another 10 minutes of climbing brings you to a point where the trail opens up to the Modi Khola. Machapuchare becomes visible again here. You will also see Himalaya from here. Fifteen minutes on an undulating trail brings you to Himalaya. There are a few lodges in Himalaya in case you wish to take a break.

Tea houses at Himalaya. PC: Chaitan Sharma

The trail that goes to the right from the first fork that you hit earlier today goes to a small hut. This is one of the small hydroelectric power plants which supplies electricity to surrounding villages. You are likely to find signs of past landslides and avalanches on the trail today.

Himalaya (9,510 ft) to Deurali (10,595 ft) (about 6 km from Dovan)

Climb up steadily from Himalaya for about an hour to reach an overhanging rock called Hinku cave. The entrance to the cave is blocked. From here, the trail slowly descends for 10-15 minutes till you reach two big snow patches. Cross the snow patches and one stream. Climb up for for about 20 minutes to reach Deurali. Have lunch at Deurali.

Trekkers headed to Machapuchare Base camp on the bouldery terrain. PC: Chaitan Sharma

After Himalaya, the terrain starts to shift from dense forest to alpine boulder. The only vegetation you find are Bamboo, Ferns and grass. You will be climbing up and down small boulders on a large part of the trail.

Deurali (10,595 ft) to Machapuchare Base Camp (12,135 ft) (about 4 km)

It’ll take you 10 minutes of climbing through boulders to cross the last lodge at Deurali. From here, the trail opens up to the valley with Modi Khola thundering past next to you. You will see Machapuchare and Gangapurna in the distance.

Modi Khola thunders past during the descent from Deurali. PC: Chaitan Sharma

Keep walking ahead till you reach descending stone steps leading to Bagar in about 40 minutes. Continue past the abandoned lodges here and climb steadily up from for about 1 hour. You will reach a bridge and cross Modi Khola. MBC is 20-30 minutes from here, up steep steps. Soak in the magnificent views of Machapuchare (22,955 ft) in front and Annapurna to your left.

The terrain on this stretch is marked with small snow bridges that need to be crossed. You are also entering grasslands, marked with few Daphne trees. Small flowering plants adorn the trail with their colours. The mountains on either side are rocky. Small waterfalls flow from either side into Modi Khola. This is also marked as an avalanche prone area.

You will be ascending close to 4,000 ft. Watch out for signs of AMS. Make sure you don’t rush through the trail – walk slowly to help your body acclimatise.

Day 5: Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

  • Altitude: 12,135 ft to 13,550 ft
  • Time taken: 2 hours,  3.5 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Steep ascent in the beginning for about 1 km after which the trail ascends gradually to reach ABC.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
  • Vegetation: Alpine terrain with grasslands on rocky mountains.
The Annapurna massif aglow in the first rays of the morning sun. PC: Chaitan Sharma

Start early from Machapuchare Base Camp. The peaks glowing with the golden and orange tints of sunrise are a must watch. ABC is about 90 degrees to the left of the direction you came in to Machapuchare Base Camp.

The initial 1 km is a steep ascent. Then the trail ascends gradually. As you walk, you will see sunrise hit Annapurna I and slowly extend towards Annapurna South. The last stretch to ABC is a walk on moraines. If you are lucky, you can spot some Marmut on the way to ABC.

You gare surrounded by mountains at ABC. Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare are right there in front of you. Pick a spot at the edge of the Annapurna glacier and soak in the views.

Day 6: ABC to Bamboo

  • Altitude: 13,550 ft to 7,675 ft
  • Time taken: 8-9 hours, 15.5 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: Moderate-difficult. Mix of steep and gradual descent, tracing the same route back.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
Machapuchare range looms over trekkers heading back from Annapurna Base Camp. PC: Chaitan Sharma

This is perhaps the longest day of the trek. You will be tracing back the same route you took to reach ABC all the way to Bamboo – crossing MBC, Deurali, Himalaya and Dovan. Today’s trek includes long stretches of steep descent interspersed with short ascents. Himalaya is good place to stop for lunch.

Trail to Machapuchare and Annapurna Base camp alongside Modi Khola. PC: Chaitan Sharma

Day 7:  Bamboo to Jhinu

  • Altitude: 7,675 ft to 5,770 ft
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: 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.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
The descending trail through the forest leads to a bridge across Chomrung Khola. PC: Chaitan Sharma

Take the trail to Sinuwa and begin climbing up steep steps till you reach the abandoned check post. This should take you around 45 minutes. Descend from here till Sinuwa fo about 45 minutes. From Sinuwa, it’s a hard descent to Chomrung Khola for about an hour followed by a steep ascent to Chomrung for about 45 minutes.

Checkout from the ACAP office at Chomrung before you leave.

Take the ascending trail from Chomrung up to the fork with the signpost for Juini. This should take you about 5 minutes. Descend on the steep steps to reach Jhinu in 1.5-2 hours.

The view of the sub tropical forests from Jhinu is one of the best. Jhinu faces Modi Khola and is famous for hot springs. Enjoy a nice bath here.

Day 8: Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar; leave for Pokhara

  • Altitude: 5,770 ft to 3,740 ft
  • Time taken: 4 hours trek, 6 km approx. + 2-3 hours drive to Pokhara, 45 km approx.
  • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Steep descent for about 30 minutes followed by gradual ascent.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
  • Vegetation: Mix of terraced farms along villages to dense forest along the way.
Wooden bridge on the way from Jhinu to New Bridge. PC: Chaitan Sharma
Take the steeply descending trail from Jhinu to reach the bridge at Kimrong Khola in about 30 minutes. After crossing the bridge, take the trail to the left. The ascending trail to the right goes to Somrong. Keep walking along the houses on the trail straight ahead. You will reach New Bridge in about an hour. This stretch of the trail is a mix of gradual and steep ascents. Many different kinds of butterflies thrive in this region, below 5,000 ft. So, you will have a colourful display of these as you reach lower from Jhinu.

Continue on the trail from New bridge. Within 5 minutes you see a fork to Landruk on the left and to Kyumi on the right. Take the trail to Kyumi. After about 20 minutes on this undulating trail, you will reach a small village, Uppu Dandu. Take the descending stone steps from here to reach Kalchane in another 20 minutes. You will find a couple of tea houses here.

The trail from Kalchane forks again in about 10 minutes. Take the route to Kyumi – to the left and descending. Keep to the right on this trail. You will reach Kyumi in about 20 minutes. Kyumi is a small, quaint village with 5 tea houses. Have lunch here.

From Kyumi, take the ascending trail towards Ghandruk. You will hit a fork within 5 minutes – take the trail to Birethanti  and reach the roadhead in about 45 minutes. This is Syauli Bazaar. This is where the trek ends. If you’re traveling on your own, regular buses and jeeps to Pokhara can be boarded here.

Trekkers at Annapurna Base Camp. PC: Chaitan Sharma

How to get fit for the Annapurna Base Camp trek

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is classified as moderate-difficult. You start from an altitude of 6,360 ft at Ghandruk and reach a highest point of 13,550 ft at ABC. You will have long trails almost everyday and there will be days with very steep ascents and descents. A large portion of this will be on steps. This can make the trek quite demanding, especially on inclines. Here are the 3 areas that you must work on. Scroll below to see a chart that will help you to get fit in 4 weeks.

Cardiovascular endurance – Target 10 km in 60-70 minutes before the start of the trek
On the ABC trek, you have to cover an average of 10 km each day. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

In order to be prepared for a high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets. In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, you can phase out your targets in the following manner –

  • Target completing 5 km in 35 minutes when you begin
  • Gradually bring up your speed to do 5 km in 30 minutes
  • Start increasing the distance you jog to get to 10 km in 70 minutes

Before the start of the trek, get to 10 km in 60 minutes. 

Strength – Target 3 sets of 15 squats in each set before the start of the trek
This is another area you should work on. The steep ascents and descents can be taxing on your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do squats to strengthen them. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards meeting your target within 3 weeks.

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Here is a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

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One month trek fitness routine for moderate treks

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Annapurna Base Camp trek

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: There could be slippery patches on ABC trail, especially where you’re crossing streams. You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Clothes

  1. Three warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones – Machapuchare Base camp and Annapurna Base camp – the temperature after sundown can drop down to below 0 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. Three trek pants: Wear one pair and carry the other two.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry two. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. While you’re unlikely to find snow in October, carry a pair nonetheless.
  2. Suncap: The sun feels stronger while walking on the mountain slopes. Carry a suncap to protect your head and neck from the heat, especially if you’re trekking later in the day.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. BalaclavaYou may use woolen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs):  Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking poleWatch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each. The use of plastic is not permitted in the Annapurna region. You will not find plastic or mineral water bottles on sale anywhere, in case you plan to buy and reuse bottles. So make sure you bring your own water bottles.
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Dexamethasone – one strip
  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets
  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  8. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  9. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  10. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  11. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  12. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  13. Gauze – 1 small roll
  14. Band aid – 10 strips
  15. Cotton – 1 small roll
  16. ORS – 10 packets
  17. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  18. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

To enter the Annapurna Sanctuary Area and to trek, you need to register and pay the entry fee. This fee is 1,000 NPR  for Indians and 4,000 NPR for International trekkers. This includes the fee to the National Trust for Nature conservation and for registering with the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS). The Indiahikes trekking fee is inclusive of these charges. If you choose to go with a guide, the guide will do the necessary paperwork. If not, you can get this registration done at Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nayapul checkpost or Birethanti checkpost.  It takes around 15-20 minutes to get this done.  At Pokhara, you can get this in the Tourism office of Pokhara.  If you are getting it at Nayapul or Birethanti, get down from the bus, get your permit and then push up to Ghandruk. You will receive a TIMS card which you will carry with you on the trek.

Please carry the documents mentioned below. Documents two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • 3 passport size photos and an original + copy of government photo ID document – required for Sanctuary registration and TIMS
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek – 

What you need to know about the trek fee

The trek fee of Rs. 27,450 + 5% GST covers all costs of the trek from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Here is what the trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 7 (Ghandruk to Jhinu). You will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek. Rooms will be shared with fellow trekkers.
  2. Transport – We will pick you up from Pokhara on Day 1 and drop you back from Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara on Day 8. Travel will be in shared vehicles.
  3. Meals – All meals are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  4. Transport – Transport from Pokhara to Ghandruk on Day 1 and Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara on Day 8 is included.
  5. Forest charges – All trekking permits, forest entry and registration charges are included.
  6. Trekking equipment – We provide ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required. There will be no tents or sleeping bags since you will be staying tea houses on all nights.
  7. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
  8. Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses.
  9. Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well trained guides, cooks, helpers and porters.

Here is what the trek fee excludes:

  1. Transport to and from Pokhara – You will need to reach Pokhara on your own on Day 1 and arrange for your journey back from Pokhara on Day 8.
  2. Stay in Pokhara – Stay in Pokhara before Day 1 or Day 8 onwards is not included. In case you wish to stay longer in Pokhara, you will need to make your own arrangements.
  3. Food during transit – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey from Pokhara to Ghandruk and the return drive from Saul Bazaar to Pokhara.
  4. Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 4,900 per day + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that last minute offloading will not be possible on this trek.
  5. Use of plug points in tea houses – Most tea houses allow the use electricity charging points at an extra cost – 100-300 NPR, with the cost  being towards the higher side as you go farther into the trek.
  6. Use of wifi and telephone in tea houses – You can buy wifi at all tea houses. Cost ranges from 200-300 NPR. The quality is not great. Major tea houses also have the facility to make calls.
  7. Use of RO treated water – all tea houses provide free filtered drinking water. If you wish to use RO treated water, there is an additional charge of 50 NPR per bottle.
  8. Personal expenses of any kind
  9. Anything apart from the inclusions
  10. Buffer day: In case this is used, you have to pay us Rs. 3,250 per day (INR) + 5% GST for the buffer day. We will collect this only if we use the buffer day. The money will be collected by your trek leader.

Terms & Conditions

1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under:

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded. 

The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the pick up at Pokhara on Day 1 till the drop back to Pokhara on Day 8.

2. Pick up: Trekkers will be picked up from Pokhara on Day 1. Plan to reach Pokhara a day earlier or latest by noon on Day 1. The time and place for pick up will be communicated to you by your trek coordinator.

3. Transport: Indiahikes will arrange the vehicle pick up and drop to an from Pokhara. Participants will be clubbed together to share a cab/private vehicle. Each vehicle accommodates 6-7 people.

4. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 4,500/- plus 5% GST. Partial offloading is not allowed. You will need to inform us in advance, in writing, if you wish to offload your backpack. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

5. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

6. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.

9. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

10Safety Protocol: 

a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

 

What are the risks on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is graded moderate-difficult. If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.

The ABC trek has long distances to be covered everyday. Although there are no technical sections, this high altitude trek comes with several risks. The trek climbs very rapidly from Dovan to Machapuchare Base camp. There are several stretches with very steep ascents and descents. These are some of the things you need to be mindful of.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the ABC trek. Anyone who wants to register for the ABC trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the ABC trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.

  •      Oxygen Level
  •      Pulse Rate

Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.

This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you compulsorily need to know if you’re going on the ABC trek

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Acute Mountain Sickness:

At high altitudes the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness cannot be ruled out.

Machapuchare base camp and ABC are the highest campsites on the trek. Trekkers tend to develop symptoms of altitude sickness at these camps. This is especially the case on Day 4, when the ascent is rapid and you gain close to 4,000 ft.

Inform your trek leader about your condition immediately if you feel any symptoms of AMS. If the symptoms don’t alleviate it is best to head down to a lower campsite.

This risk can be avoided by going on a course of Diamox. Even while on Diamox, the risk of AMS still prevails. While AMS can be treated with rest and medicines for the most part, the symptoms must be recognised before it can go to advanced stages – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

HAPE and HACE are critical conditions that can be fatal within hours. And they can occur without AMS preceding them. So it’s doubly important to recognise any symptoms and nip them in the bud.

** Being a tea house trek, alcohol tends to be available easily on this trek. Although prohibited on our treks, some trekkers make the mistake of sneaking in a drink. Nothing can be deadlier than this. Alcohol multiplies the chance of being hit by AMS by several times.

Take this specific precaution – Go on a preventive course of Diamox

We strongly advise you to go on a preventive course of Diamox. Diamox is a blood thinner and helps you acclimatise much faster and reduces the chance of AMS by around 80%. Take half a tablet twice a day from one day before your trek.

What to do if you have symptoms of AMS?

If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

Watch the below video to understand the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. In this video, Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes will also tell you the protocol to follow when you see someone showing symptoms of AMS.

Exit points on the ABC trek:

In case of an emergency, you would need to reach Syauli Bazaar. This is a road head and vehicles will be available for further evacuation. Please note that it could take up to a day to reach Syauli Bazaar depending on where you are on the trail.

Closest hospital: 

Ghandruk has the only medical centre on the trek.

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life -saving steps you can take. Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

Also ensure that you are well hydrated throughout the trek and do not skip any meal.

You can watch the video below to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. In the video, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about High Altitude Pulmonary and Cerebral Edema, what the symptoms are and how to tackle them.

We cannot stress enough on how important it is for you to communicate any symptom to your Trek Leader. Only then your trek leader will be able to take steps at the right time.

Acute Mountain Sickness

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – FAQ

1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?

Trekkers will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek. Rooms in the tea house will be shared with fellow trekkers.

2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?

Yes, Indiahikes trekkers are usually provided with tents and sleeping bags. While these will not be required on a teat house trek such as ABC, we will provide sleeping bags if it gets too cold and the blankets provided in the tea houses do not suffice.

3. What will the temperature be like during the months of April and October?

Day temperatures will be around 15°C-20°C in October. Night temperatures will be 0 -5°C. This could even fall to below 0°C at Machapuchare Base camp and Annapurna Base camp.

4. Which are the best seasons for the ABC trek?

There are 2 seasons for this trek – April and October.

5. When will there be snow on this trek?

There is unlikely to be snow on this trek in October. If you’re trekking in April, you will most likely find snow close to Machapuchare Base camp and on the way to ABC.

6. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. Your trek leader might take a call for the group to stay back at a place in case the weather takes a turn for the worse, in which case, you will use your buffer days.

7. At what time should we reach Pokhara?

Reach Pokhara preferably a day earlier. If that doesn’t work then get there latest by 12.00 noon on Day 1. The pick up point will be near the lake.

8. How will we get back to Pokhara?

The trek on Day 8 will end at Syauli Bazaar. Indiahikes will arrange for cabs to bring you back to Pokhara. The drive will take 3-4 hours.

9. Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?

Indiahikes does not rent any equipment on this trek. There are several websites that rent out trekking equipment. You will need to purchase/rent whatever you require before arriving on the trek.

10. Is this a good trek for a first timer?

The ABC trek is rated moderate-difficult. The trail is well laid in most parts of the trek. However, there are some very steep ascents and descents on steep steps, which can take a toll on your knees. This can be done by first timers provided they are physically fit.

11. Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.4,500 + 5% GST. You will need to inform us in advance if you wish to offload your backpack. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. We suggest you read “5 Tips to make Carrying your Trekking Backpack Easy” before making a decision.

12. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

ABC trek is a moderate-difficult trek. It requires high level of fitness. The minimum age requirement for the trek is 14 years. If your child meets this criterion and is physically fit, you can take her/him along.

13. What kind of food is served on the trek? Should we carry any food?

All meals will be had at tea houses. At breakfast you will usually have a choice between eggs, bread, muesli, oats. Lunch mainly comprises of dal, rice and vegetables. At dinner, you will get to choose from a number of options from the tea house menu. Typical options are spaghetti, noodles, friend rice etc. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.

You will find shops that stock everything from chocolates to toilet paper in all tea houses. The price increases as you move higher up. For example, a bar of Snickers can cost you as much as 500 Nepalese rupees.

14. Who will be there with us on the trek from Indiahikes?

An Indiahikes team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides and porters will be with you throughout the trek.

15. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

Since you will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek, you will have access to concrete toilets. Rooms in tea houses at lower altitudes have attached toilets. At higher altitudes, you will have access to common toilets, which are very clean and hygienic.

16. Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?

You will have access to drinking water at the tea houses where you stay. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will be able to refill water bottles from tea houses on the way on all the days of the trek. Tea houses provide filtered drinking water free of cost. If you wish to drink RO purified water, you can purchase it in tea house for 100 NPR a bottle. You need to carry your own water bottles since plastic bottles (even packaged drinking water bottles) are not sold anywhere in the Annapurna region.

17. Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Network on NCell is available almost all the way till Bamboo. Major tea houses have the facility to make calls for an additional charge. You can buy wifi at all tea houses for 200-300 NPR. Tea houses charge you 100-300 NPR for the use of electricity charging points. The rates increase as you go higher up on the trail.

The dining area in tea houses at lower altitudes usually have common charging points that you can use for free.

18. Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?

You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. If you’re planning to buy a new pair of trekking shoes, we recommend that you get something that is water resistant.When there is snow, we provide microspikes and gaiters. This video will help you select the right shoes in case you need to buy a new pair before the trek.

19. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

A trekking pole provides stability and balance, and also helps to reduce fatigue. We suggest you watch this video to for a better understanding of why a trekking pole is necessary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=LXezaCVjEao

20. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Indiahikes treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Indiahikes treks. Being a tea house trek, alcohol tends to be easily available on the ABC trek. Make sure you don’t sneak in a drink!

21. How long do we trek every day? What is the distance covered?

Most days on the ABC trek involve 6-7 hours of trekking.

Day 1 – Drive to Lower Ghandruk from Pokhara. Trek for about an hour to reach Ghandruk.

Day 2 – The 10 km trek from Ghandruk to Chomrung should take you 6-7 hours.

Day 3 – The 10.5 km trek from Chomrung to Dovan will take you 6-7 hours trek.

Day 4 – Dovan to Machapuchare base camp is 10 km and should take you 6-7 hours to cover.

Day 5 – The trek to ABC is a short one. You will cover 3.5 km in about 2 hours.

Day 6 – This is perhaps the longest day of the trek. It will take you 8-9 hours to trek the 15.5 km stretch from ABC to Bamboo.

Day 7 – Bamboo to Jhinu is a 10 km trek which will take you 6-7 hours to cover.

Day 8 – Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar is a 6 km trek which should take you around 4 hours to cover.

You can see the trek itinerary for more details.

22. How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?

At high altitudes, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights.. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woolen, inners and lower wear.

Follow this guide:

  • Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woolens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer.
  • The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
  • A woolen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.

This video has tips on how to stay warm on a high altitude trek.

23. What all do I need to carry on the trek?

Click here to get the list of all the things you need to carry on the trek.

24. Why does the itinerary have a buffer day? Can I plan my onward travel from Pokhara by excluding this?

We have included a buffer day on the trek. This will be used in case the weather does not permit us to proceed according to the itinerary. Given how unpredictable the weather can be in the mountains, we advise you to factor in the buffer day in your plan.

25. Is it safe to trek with Indiahikes?

All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek.

26. What are the places of interest that I can visit after the trek?

After the trek you can spend time exploring tourist attractions in Pokhara and Kathmandu. You could also visit Chitwan National Park. Please note that this is a suggestion and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.

27. Are Indian credit and debit cards accepted in Nepal?

Most Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted here. Debit cards are not accepted anywhere in Pokhara. You can use your credit cards to withdraw money from ATMs. However, 500 Nepalese rupees are charged for every withdrawal in the ATM. Hence, we suggest that you carry currency worth at least INR 10,000 with you to avoid unnecessary charges.

28. Do we get a visa on arrival and do we need to carry our passports?

A passport is not usually required for Indian citizens.. A voter id should suffice. However, if you travel on beyond the trek, there might be a few establishments that require a passport for identification.

Reaching Pokhara

The best way to reach Pokhara is to reach Kathmandu and take a bus or flight to Pokhara. You are expected to reach Pokhara before noon on the first day of the trek. The pick up point will be near the lake.

Route from Kathmandu to Pokhara

By bus

Regular buses leave from Kathmandu at 15 minute intervals to Pokhara starting from 7.00 AM. Tourist buses cost between 800-1200 NPR per person and a local minibus costs between 400-600 NPR per person. The duration of the drive is between 5-7 hours. The drive winds through beautiful hillsides and valleys. You can check fares and routes here – http://greenline.com.np/routes/

Most hotels help with booking bus tickets so you don’t need to book them in advance.

By flight

It is a 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Flights fly daily on this route between 8.00 am and 3.00 pm. Yeti Airlines, Buddha Air and Simrik Air operate on this stretch.

Here are a couple of websites where you can buy flight tickets. A single person’s return airfare is usually in the range of INR 5,500 – 9,000. This could vary depending on the airline and when you buy the ticket.

https://www.yetiairlines.com

https://www.buddhaair.com

Lower Ghandruk is a 2-3 hours drive from Pokhara. The trek up to Ghandruk from Lower Ghandruk will take about an hour.

Getting back to Pokhara

The trek ends at Syauli Bazaar, which is the road head. Private cabs and buses are easily available from here to Pokhara. Make sure you stop at Birethanti to let the TIMS and ACAP office know that you are exiting the trek zone. Indiahikes will arrange transport from Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara.

We have included a buffer day in the itinerary to deal with inclement weather or any other emergency. Please plan your onward journey from Kathmandu only after Day 9.

Available Dates For Treks

Do not book your travel until you have registered for the trek and received a confirmation from us.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Reach Pokhara on your own before 12.00 noon. Pick up point will be near the lake. Drive from Pokhara to lower Ghandruk; 2-3 hours. Trek to Ghandruk (6,360 ft); 1 hour

Day 2: Ghandruk (6,360 ft) to Chomrung (7,120 ft); 6-7 hours, 10 km

Day 3: Chomrung (7,120 ft) to Dovan (8,460 ft); 6-7 hours, 10.5 km

Day 4: Dovan (8,460) to Machapuchare Base Camp (12,135 ft); 6-7 hours, 10 km

Day 5: Machapuchare Base camp (12,135 ft) to Annapurna Base camp (13,550 ft); 2 hours, 3.5 km

Day 6: ABC (13,550 ft) to Bamboo (7,675 ft); 8-9 hours, 15.5 km

Day 7: Bamboo (7,675 ft) to Jhinu (5,770 ft); 6-7 hours, 10 km

Day 8: Jhinu (5,770 ft) to Syauli Bazaar (3,740 ft); 4 hours, 6 km; Depart for Pokhara; 2-3 hours drive

Day 9: Buffer day

Please note that you will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek.

If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs. 3,250 per day (INR) + 5% GST for the buffer day. We will collect this only if we use the buffer day. The money will be collected by your trek leader.

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

Temperature Chart

Click on the chart to see average temperatures on the Annapurna Base Camp trek

Rainfall Chart

Click on the Chart to see the Average Rainfall on the Annapurna Base camp trek

ATM point and Mobile connectivity

Birethanti, on the way to Ghandruk, has an ATM. In case you need to withdraw money before the trek, make sure you do it here or at Pokhara.

Network on Ncell is available intermittently almost all the way till Bamboo. Major tea houses have the facility to make calls at an additional charge. You can buy wifi at all tea houses for 200-300 NPR. Tea houses charge you from 100-300 NPR for use of charging points. Rates increase as you move higher up on the trek.

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Aswati Anand

Aswati Anand is a journalist in love with the Himalayas. She is interested in stories of resilience from difficult terrains and sustainable living. When not mooning over the mountains, she can be seen doodling in her sketchbook.