Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the few treks that combines much diversity of landscapes and brings you so close to the base of 7000 and 8000 meters peaks in such a short period of time. The most visited ABC trekking 10 days is an easy and pleasant trek up to the base of mighty Annapurna I (8091m). The trail starts from the lowland and goes through terrace farming villages, lush rhododendron, and bamboo forests to high-altitude landscapes with the Annapurna range in view most of the time. This trek also is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek which is the world-famous and fascinating trek into the Himalayan Mountains to the base of Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world is one of the stunning treks in the Annapurna region.

Annapurna base camp trek in 10 days commences after a scenic drive or flight from Kathmandu to the vibrant city of Pokhara. This is a gorgeous city, surrounded by the Himalayan peaks and tropical hills. We will have a chance to explore the city and boating on Phewa Lake. The next day, transferring to Phedi or Nayapul, both places are starting point of Annapurna base camp trekking, the trek continues to Chhomrong, a beautiful Magar village on the lap of the gorgeous Annapurna south.

The trail continues down to Chhomrong River and climbs up to Sinuwa from where mighty Fishtail Mountain gets close by you. Walking through the bamboo forest to Dovan, Himalaya and Deurali towards the Annapurna base camp we get rewarded by the views of towering peaks and vast rock walls. From Deurali the landscapes change into barren and as the gorge widens, we climb to Fishtail base camp at 3700m on the lateral moraine of Annapurna south glacier. The steady ascent to Annapurna base camp reveals the full splendor of a huge natural amphitheater. Here at base camp, we are fascinated by 360-degree views of Himalayan giants including Annapurna I, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and many more snowcapped peaks. The stunning Annapurna glacier is another marvellous thing to see from Base camp.

We trek back to Chhomrong and continue to Dhampus or Nayapul, on the way back we can enjoy the natural hot spring at Jinudanda. Annapurna Base Camp has many options and itineraries. Here below, we have presented a 10-day itinerary with Kathmandu and Pokhara tours.


  • Explore the diverse landscapes, exceptional Himalayan villages,
  • Vibrant culture and dazzling peaks on the Annapurna Base Camp trekking 

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m) at TIA airport

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet and greet by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. After a rest and refreshment we invite you to join a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the local meal and drinks with a short briefing of Annapurna base camp trek. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Pokhara is a beautiful city in Nepal surrounded by Annapurna Himalayas. Our journey from Kathmandu begins early in the morning if we go by tourist bus and if we take a flight we can fly any time of the day. Evening leisurely walk around Phewa Lake and overnight at hotel.  

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,25m

This morning, we will be driven two hours to Nayapul which is the trek starting point and from here we trek uphill on the trail to Ghandruk. While in the trail, we enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. We further pass along various small villages crossing suspension bridge and arrive in Ghandurk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiuchuli peaks, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung culture and community at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghandruk
  • Maximum Altitude:2,000m

At this juncture, we climb up for an hour up to Ghandruk kot and then a steep descent takes us to the Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we make an hour of easy walk. Then, we take a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. While climbing, we encounter with the mighty peak of Annapurna South above the village and the view of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chhomrong
  • Maximum Altitude:2,100m

We walk through the pretty forest to Kuldi Ghar, before the route goes steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through riverside bamboo thickets along the base of the gorge. Then the track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban and then Himalaya hotel. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Himalayan Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude:2,850m

The track remains on the West Bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight-ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp from which can be seen a spectacular panorama of mountains. We will either stay here or continue northwest, staying above the glacial moraine. Overnight at guest  house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Machhapuchere Base camp
  • Maximum Altitude:3,700m

On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climb to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Upon arrival at this panoramic view site, we savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today then you will trek back to Sinuwa which is most easy descending route. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Annapurna Base Camp / Sinuwa
  • Maximum Altitude:4,100m

From Sinuwa we continue to Chhomrong from where the trail descends through the steep downhill to Jinudanda. After about 4 to 5 hours trek, we reach at Jinudanda, here we can enjoy the hot spring. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jinudanda
  • Maximum Altitude:1,200m

In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village following the gentle trail and walking mostly on a flat route to Kimche village. This part of trek is delightful and pleasant. We continue to Saulibazaar where we may stop to enjoy our lunch. After lunch we trek to Beraithanti then to Nayapul. From Nayapul we take drive to back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,25m

After breakfast, we will drive or fly to Kathmandu. Evening enjoy the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future. 


    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
    • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pohkara return trips or one way.
    • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.


    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


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    Useful Information

    If the group size is above 5 people we offer a special price on the 10 days of Annapurna Base Camp trekking, and for online booking, we have easy, fast, cheap, and secure online payment platforms.

    Trekking Group/Single

    The trek can accommodate a minimum of two trekkers to a maximum of 30 trekkers. A guide leads each group. A porter is available for two trekkers. An assistant guide joins the group if the group size exceeds over 12 trekkers. A private trip for a single trekker is also available.

    The advantage of group trekking is that it helps to cut expenses. Other advantages include socializing during the trek. Teahouses along the Annapurna trail offer comfortable rooms to both solo and group trekkers.

    Safety on the Trek 

    The 10-day Annapurna Base Camp trek assures the client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is of the utmost importance on this trip. To ensure immediate medical attention, the guide carries the first-aid kit with necessary medicines and tools. The trek guide has the necessary knowledge of administering first aid.

    The trekker must inform the guide and decide to abandon the trek if they feel the onset of altitude sickness or any other major medical issue. In case of any emergency, the rescue mission through a helicopter will always be on standby.

    Alpine Eco Trek Crews

    Alpine Eco Trek provides the best local, trained, and experienced guide for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Each crew of Alpine Eco Trek has a license with prior experience in leading treks throughout the country. They have spent years training and conducting outdoor activities such as touring, trekking, and climbing.

    All of the crew members hail from different parts of Nepal. For them, indulging in outdoor activities is a part of their lifestyle. Each crew member is well-paid and taken care of when it comes to insurance, clothing, food, and lodging.

    Booking and Payment Process

    Alpine Eco Trek is a government-authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded trekking and tour operator in Nepal. Find Alpine Eco Trek under the company registration number 87657/068/069.

    An active member of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Alpine Eco Trek is authorized to conduct adventure activities throughout Nepal.

    For booking a trip, the trekker must deposit 20 percent of the trip sum in advance. They must provide the necessary documents such as passport copy, passport size photos, and details of travel insurance before embarking on the trek or at least two weeks from the booking date.

    Pay the deposit by bank transfer, western union, or any other authorized online payment such as credit card. Pay the remaining trip cost either in cash or bank transfer once you arrive in Nepal. Get in touch with us to learn more about payment options.

    Last-Minute Booking

    We encourage booking the trip departure date is then scheduled according to the availability of other trekkers. Alpine Eco Trek has a special provision for a last-minute booking. However, every last-minute booking must be confirmed with a 100 percent trip payment in advance. Clear all the fees within 24 hours of the trip start date.

    We do our best to accommodate any request. Still, in the case of last-minute booking, we cannot be responsible for any delays that occurred because of natural events such as weather, unavailability of lodges, and natural calamities. Contact 977- 9851036844 (Ram) or email us for more information


    What is the best time to Trek Annapurna Base Camp for 10 Days?

    The best times to undertake Annapurna Base Camp Trek are during the spring and autumn seasons. Spring spans from mid-March to the end of May, and autumn spans from mid-September to the third week of November. These two seasons guarantee the best weather, less rainfall, and splendid scenery of the surroundings.

    Trekkers can undertake Annapurna Base Camp trek throughout the year. However, winter and monsoon seasons often present harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall, snowfall, wet or slippery trail, and landslide that make trekking difficult and risky. So, it is best to do this trek during autumn or spring.

    What are the physical conditions and experience requirements for this trek?

    The 10-day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate trek. Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek, the highest point one can reach in this trek is 4,120 meters. There is a less or low risk of potential altitude sickness. However, trekkers can encounter physical issues such as fatigue that are common during long treks.

    One must be fit mentally and physically for this trek. Previous experience in high-altitude trekking will be useful, although not a mandatory requirement.
    The trek begins at the altitude of 1,010 meters at Nayapul and climbs through a lush forested trail towards the rugged mountainous terrain. The trek materializes at an altitude of 4,120 meters. You can get enough acclimatization along the trek.

    To better prepare beforehand, you can train for endurance, strength, and altitude. While training for altitude, mustn’t climb over 1,000 meters in a day, and should always practice sleeping at a lower altitude.

    What is a typical day on the trek? 

    A typical day in the trek begins with a delicious breakfast at the teahouse while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Pack all the necessary gears and items, and then embark on the trek. The journey begins at around eight in the morning. The advantage of starting early offers a chance to explore the surroundings and reach the destination on time. Each day brings unique experiences. The guide provides insight into the villages, settlements, local landmarks, etc. that you pass by. 

    After three or four hours of trekking, everyone stops for lunch at any of the nearest teahouses. After an hour-long lunch break, the trek resumes and continues for another two to three hours. The length of the trek depends on the distance and altitude to cover.

    The day ends at a teahouse, where you can freshen up and relax while sipping tea or coffee. Enjoy dinner around six or seven in the evening. The conversations can continue even after dinner. Everyone sleeps off early during the trek to get enough rest.

    What kind of accommodations do I get during the trek? 

    The accommodation of the trek includes two nights at Thamel, two nights at one of the finest hotels in Lakeside, Pokhara, and eight nights at comfortable teahouses (lodges) along the Annapurna trail.

    10 days ABC trek is a well-developed trail with the availability of quality lodges in almost every major stop. The first two nights of the trek at Ghandruk and Chhomrong, offer accommodation with an attached bathroom. Most teahouses in the lower Annapurna region offer free-of-cost hot-shower facilities. The rest of the nights at the villages of Himalaya, Machhapuchere Base camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Sinuwa offer accommodation with basic facilities.

    Each teahouse along the trail offers room on a sharing basis. One may find two single beds in every room. The option for booking a group room for group travelers is also available. Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara offer quality rooms with an attached bathroom, hot shower, television, and laundry service.

    How about meals and drinks during the trek? 

    A balanced and nourishing diet is important during long journeys on foot. This trek offers three meals a day with the choice menu—the items on the menu range from Tibetan, Nepalese, and Continental to Indian cuisines.
    The trek includes a total of nine breakfasts, eight lunches, and eight dinners.

    Breakfast menu

    Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam-Butter-Cheese- Honey, Tibetan bread or Chapatti, Local tsampa porridge, Hashed-brown eggs, Varieties of egg items, Pancakes, Muesli, Bread, Fruits and Vegetables, Caffeinated drinks, Hot chocolate, etc.

    Lunch Menu

    Dhal Bhat and Tarkari (Rice and lentils), Tibetan bread, Varieties of soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings), Thenduk, Spaghetti/Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta and Macaroni, Vegetable curry, Varieties of potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad or Prawn), Desserts, etc.

    Dinner menu

    Dhal Bhat and Tarkari (Rice and lentils), Tibetan bread, Varieties of soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings), Thenduk, Spaghetti/Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta and Macaroni, Vegetable curry, Varieties of potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad or Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts, etc.

    Enjoy hygienic, nutritious, and tasty meals. Each menu is a combination of traditional (local), Asian, and western cuisines. As the altitude starts to increase, the choices in the menu start to decrease. Drink more fluid and liquid-based drinks such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup to keep your body hydrated and ensure proper acclimatization.

    One must pay the expenses for alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks that are not included in the itinerary.

    What are extra personal expenses on the trekking?

    The trek package covers three meals a day, transportation, lodging, guide and porter cost, and permits. Anything other than these accounts for extra or personal expenses.

    Extra personal expenses on the trek may include meals or beverages other than the one specified in the package. The trekker must cover any additional expense for bottled water, souvenir shopping, and tips. Tipping the guide and porters is not compulsory. However, you can tip them at the end of the trek as a kind gesture.

    Do I need travel insurance?

    Travel Insurance is mandatory for every tourist. One must obtain appropriate travel insurance before undertaking the 10 days of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The travel insurance must cover emergency evacuation, ground rescue, and medical support. Get insurance worth at least USD 100,000. 

    Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information to Alpine Eco Trek before embarking on the trek. In an emergency, we will contact the insurer using the information provided by the trekker.

    The trek may encounter many unforeseen situations such as injury, illness, natural calamity, etc. Travel insurance is a significant part of trekking. In many cases, helicopter rescue is the only way out of dangerous mountain areas. Travel insurance comes in handy during medical emergencies or disappearances. 

    Please ensure that the insurance company covers the cost incurred for mountain rescue in an adventure activity, and conducts helicopter rescue and evacuation up to 6,000 meters in altitude.

    Do I need to tip? 

    Tipping does not form any part of the wages for the crew members. In Nepalese culture, tipping is a way of conveying appreciation or Thank you (Dhanyabad) for rendering great service.

    Always tip at the end of the trek. For group trekkers, collect the total tipping sum from everyone and offer it to the guide and porters. In the case of a solo trekker, they can pay a guide and porter accordingly.

    Although there isn’t a fixed margin for tipping, the trekker can be generous enough to tip them as much as they want. The amount depends more or less upon the quality of the service offered, the length of the trip, budget, etc.

    How much Luggage do I take during the 10 days ABC hike?

    The weight limit for the luggage depends on the number of porters available. Every two members of the trek can share a porter. As the porter comes with a limit, the combined luggage of two trekkers should not exceed more than 20kg.

    It’s a bad idea to overload the porters in the trek. To help minimize overload, trekkers can carry a backpack to keep their immediate personal items to themselves. The porter carries heavy items such as thick clothes, gear, equipment, and other accessories.

    For a solo trekker, a guide cum porter can be the best option to help save expenses on an individual porter. A guide cum porter can carry up to 10kg at most. Read more about the ultimate packing list for this trip. 

    Is there communication access during the trek?

    Most teahouses are well-equipped with Wi-Fi service. You can rely on the Wi-Fi offered by the teahouses by paying extra. To use the internet on the go, trekkers can buy data packs through any national telecommunication authority. You can buy a local N-Cell or NTC sim card at Kathmandu before embarking on the trek.

    You can also access social media or email either through Wi-Fi provided by the teahouse or through cellular data.

    Most sections of the trail offer a wide range of cellular coverage. Making a call at home is possible during the trek. The guide ensures to update the central office at Kathmandu throughout the trek. SAT Phone or Satellite Phone is available on request.

    Is electricity available during the trek? 

    Electricity is available almost everywhere throughout the trek. Each teahouse consists of necessary electrical ports to charge cellphones, cameras, or other electrical accessories.

    how about battery recharge?

    As you trek higher, you can charge your phone or camera at an additional cost. Do not forget to carry a three-pin electrical plug during the trek. Many lodges offer two-pin electrical ports.

    Most lodges in the lower Annapurna valley have access to hydroelectricity. Lodges located at higher altitudes have access to electricity through solar panels. Almost every teahouse relies on solar power to heat water for the shower. You can enjoy a hot shower by paying a certain fee.

    Can I buy water on the trek?

    Bottled water is available throughout the trek. However, trekkers can use iodine tablets or water-purifying tablets to save the extra cost instead of buying bottled water.

    Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

    Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

    Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel and our tour leader will brief you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your trek guide and helpers. 

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a playing card of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

    How can I book Annapurna base camp trekking?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport along with a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    Can I extend the trip?

    After completing the 10-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the trekker can choose to extend the trip by adding any other activity such as a city tour, Chitwan Jungle Safari, paragliding, rafting, and sightseeing tours around Nepal or a trip to Bhutan or Tibet

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