Annapurna Base Camp Trek-12 Days

Duration: 12 Days

Overview

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 4,130m. | 13,549 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Annapurna Base Camp
  • Best Season All Seasons

Highlights

  • Explore the culture and tradition of the Magar and Gurung communities
  • Rest at the traditional houses turned into guesthouses in Chhomrong, Jhinu, and Deurali
  • A chance to see one of the world's highest mountains from a low altitude of 4,130m. | 13,549ft.
  • Watch the rare and elusive native animals like, Himalayan Tahr, Blue sheep, Tibetan fox, and Danphe.
  • Hike along the ups and downs of the Mahabharat range.
  • Chance to visit some of the region's most spectacular mountain peaks, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), Hiunchuli, Annapurna Mountain Chain, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, and Tharpu Chuli.
  • Get rid of the fatigue of trek at the natural hot spring at Jhinu.
  • Explore the streets of Pokhara and wander around the lakeside of Phewa.

The 12-day Annapurna base camp Trek takes you from the busy city of Kathmandu to the middle of the high mountains along the journey. During the trek, you will be able to witness the  Annapurna I (8,091 meters | 26,545 feet), Annapurna II, Annapurna South (7,219 meters | 23,684 feet), Fishtail (6,993 meters | 22,943 feet), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters | 26,795 feet), Ganagapurna, and several more peaks.

On this 12-day journey, you will pass by the dense forest and the ups and downs of the Mahabharat range through Bamboo, Jhinu, and Deurali. The journey has many wooden and suspension bridges that make the trip more adventurous.

People of the Gurung and Magar communities are the majority along the way in the villages of the Annapurna region. While Brahmins are also present, they are a minority in these parts of the region. You will be living in the traditional guest houses increasing the familiarity with Nepalese tradition and culture.

The low altitude of this hike makes this route rich in resources compared to Everest Base Camp Trek. The journey is cost-effective compared to any other mountain trek due to this reason as well. The Base Camp is only at an altitude of (4,130m. | 13,549 ft.) making the hiking a luxurious journey to the middle of nature. There will be plenty of tasty cuisines for you to taste in these parts of Nepal. 

When to go for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The best season and time to visit Annapurna Base Camp is during Autumn and Spring.

During Autumn (September-November), there will be beautiful, not desolate, landscapes. Furthermore, this season offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in the region's rich culture, since several festivals occur during this time.

In springtime( March-May), the route is filled with wildflowers, green trees, and blooming rhododendron forests with clear skies.

12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Why should you do it?

The 12-day Journey to Annapurna Base Camp is moderately challenging. This trip will let you experience the culture and nature in a single trip to ABC. The Annapurna region is inhabited by the people of Gurung and Magar communities and a minority of Bhramins. 

The hike is done at a relatively low altitude decreasing the chances of falling victim to Altitude sickness. The route is not challenging with fewer ups and downs making it accessible to most of the age groups. 

You will be able to experience the culture and tradition of locals in this Annapurna region and enjoy the festivities and activities during the time of your journey.

Requirements for Guides and Permits for ABC Trek 

The Trek to ABC requires you to have one permit, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
The cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit:
For Foreigners: $30
SAARC nationals: NPR 1,000 (about $ 10)
The Annapurna Base camp falls under the conservation area and due to this requires you to have an entry permit.

As for the guides' requirements, Nepal has banned solo traveling since 2023. The permit is provided with the help of a travel agency and guides too. The guides are required for you to travel safely and experience the most this journey has to provide.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 12 Days Budget requirements

The 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a cost range of $600-$850. This cost depends on the duration of the trip, the number of individuals, modes of transportation, food, and accommodation. This hike is comparatively at low altitude so there are luxury choices for you as well. The budget for this adventure will depend upon how you want it. Moreover, this journey is one of the cost-friendly choices for most of the travelers coming to Nepal.

Booking for the Trip

To hold the reservation for this trip, please get in touch with our team via WhatsApp at +977-9851083619 (Ram Krishna Timalsina) or email us at info@himalayanst.com. Alternatively, you may book the trip directly through our website. We are presently accepting last-minute bookings for the next peak trekking season, and you can also book this journey for the spring/autumn of 2024/2025.

Itinerary

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After you arrive at Kathmandu airport, our staff will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. You can explore the streets of Kathmandu if you have the time.

On our 2nd day, after we have our early breakfast our guide will pick us up from our hotel. We will be going toward our tourist bus which will take us to Pokhara. We will reach Pokhara by evening so you can either rest or walk the lakeside street.

On our 3rd Day, we drive away from Pokhara to Nayapul. After reaching Nayapul we start our official hike and head towards Ulleri where we will be staying for the night.

On our 4th Day, we head from Ulleri towards the Magar village in Birenthanti. After passing by the place we head hike toward the Ghorepani passing by rhododendron forests and and small wooden bridges. We will stay in Ghorepani for the night and witness the mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna loom in the background.

On our 5th Day, we head toward the Poonhill viewpoint to see the sunrise. Poonhill is famous for its beautiful sunrise. After this, we head toward Tadapani crossing the village of Deurali on our way. We will stay in Tadapani for the night.

On our 6th Day, we pass by the oak and Rhododendron forest alongside the Modi Khola tributary. After passing them we trek toward Chhomrong. This is the last village trail till we reach the ABC. we will stay in Chhomrong for the night.

On the 7th day, we head upward toward Khuldighar. Khuldighar used to be the Annapurna Conservation area checkpoint. After passing Khuldighar, we follow the trail through the bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Himalaya. We will be staying in Himalaya for the night.

On the 8th day, we take the route which is covered in snow through Hinku, and pass Machhapuchhre Base camp. After crossing Machhapuchhre Base Camp we reach the Annapurna Base Camp. ABC presents you with the view of Annapurna I (8091m. | 26,545ft.), Khangsar Kang (4771m. | 15653ft.), Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machapuchhre.

We will be staying in Annapurna Base Camp for the night

On the 9th day after staying in ABC, we head down the same route which goes to the bank of Modi Khola, and be on our way toward Bamboo. We will stay in Bamboo for the night.

On the 10th day, we hike upward to Sinuwa to reach Chomrong. After passing Chomrong we then move toward Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda has a natural hot spring, where we can relieve our fatigue of travel. We will stay in Jhinu for the night to relax our sore muscles after a therapeutic hot spring bath.

After an enjoyable hot spring bath, we take a local transport and come to Pokhara to stay for the night.

On the last day, we journey back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a bus to reach our cozy hotel rooms in the busy city of Kathmandu.

    Today, you bid a farewell to Nepal and so does Nepal to you. Until then, a goodbye.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • 2-Night 3-star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • International Airport Pickup-Drop off
    • Shared tourist transfer to trek starting point from Pokhara and Shared Tourist Bus for to and back Pokhara-Kathmandu.
    • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • 2 Nights 3-star Hotel in Pokhara (Twin-sharing)
    • One highly experienced government-licensed guide
    • Porter (1 for 2 trekkers) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Trekking map, cap, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit and oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes
    • ACAP Permit & TIMS fee
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Travel Insurance
    • Snacks /Drinks/ hot shower and other personal expenses
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff 
    • Single Supplement- $200
    • Anything not mentioned in the cost Inclusion Section

    Useful Info

    Physical Requirements

    While there are no strict requirements for this trip, it is recommended that you engage in thorough physical activity for a week or two before embarking on it. It is essential to have a balanced diet and avoid smoking and drinking. Maintain appropriate hydration, even if the danger of mountain sickness is reduced on this route.

    It is also critical to bring clothing and equipment appropriate for variable hot and cold weather conditions, as hiking circumstances may fluctuate. It is critical to be adaptable and dress appropriately for the changing environment.

    To get ready for this trip, start doing exercises 2-3 weeks before. The strength training and cardio exercise will be good. Running, Brisk walking, Swimming, Jump roping, and weight lifting can be some of the exercises.

    Foods and Accommodation

    ABC is near compared to any other mountain hike. Because of its convenient location, the dining and lodging options are superior. Though you won't discover any luxury products, you'll be able to appreciate the wonderful nature without needing anything else. ABC only offers alpine goat and sheep meat. It would help if you ate vegetarian meals when trekking to stay in peak condition.

    Note for travelers: Once you reach the Annapurna Conservation area, you cannot carry animal items such as chicken, beef, or pork.

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