• Dec 23, 2019
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The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a sought after a trek in the Annapurna region of the beautiful country Nepal. Annapurna Region welcomes visitors to once in a lifetime experience through the majestic views of the Himalayan range, the diverse flora and fauna, and the unique landscape. Annapurna, transcribed in Sanskrit as “everlasting food,” is a mountain range in the north-central region of Nepal. One of the mountains of the massif, Annapurna I Main, is the tenth highest mountain in the world and stands tall at the elevation of 8091m. Annapurna Base Camp takes you to the heart of the Annapurna Region, just below the Annapurna I. Annapurna Base Camp, often known as ABC, is a favorite trekking spot among trekkers, adventurist and nature lovers as well.

Annapurna Base Camp trek assures that you have the best experience of your lifetime by offering you a chance to intermingle with the locals and live like them for a week or so. You get to understand their way of life in one of the loveliest landscapes and the harshest region of Nepal. There is numerous Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary, which takes you to the base camp but from different parts of the Annapurna Sanctuary. All of the ABC trek itinerary complete within a week or two.

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Major Highlights of ABC Trek

  • Experience the lifestyle of the Gurung, Thakali and Magar ethnic groups, along with their traditions and cultures.
  • Enter into the lush green forest of bamboo and pine and walk through the habitat of Gray Langur, Himalayan Monal, Peasant, and Himalayan Thars.
  • Walkthrough the villages of Chhomrong, Kimrong, Tolka, Sinwa, and Jhinu and get introduced to the local dishes and drinks.
  • Get a chance to witness the sunrise in the majestic mountains of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Mt. Macchapuchre.
  • Walk on the long bridges that connect lush green hills and see the swift-flowing Modi Khola and Kimrong Khola underneath.

How long does Annapurna Base Camp Trek Take?

There are many Annapurna Base Camp trek itineraries that take you to the ultimate destination of ABC. The duration of the trek depends mostly on the route that you are taking. Generally, the Annapurna Base camp trek covers a total walking distance of 110 km. However, the days and the distance of the trek also depends on the Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary. We have around 3-4 trekking routes that lead to Annapurna Base Camp.

Itinerary 1 for ten days via Poon hill

Day1: Take a ride from Kathmandu(1,400 m) to Pokhara (800 m) – 6 to 7 hours

Day2: Drive from Pokhara (800m) to Nayapul(1,050 m) and then hike to Ulleri(2,020 m) – 3 to 4 hours

Day3: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,860 m) - 5 to 6 hours

Day4 Hike from Ghorepani to Poon Hill viewpoint (3210m) then trek to Tadapani (2,630m) – 4 hours

Day5: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2360 m) – 4 to 5 hours

Day6: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali(3230m) – 4 hours

Day7: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) via Macchapuchre Base Camp – 5 hours

Day8: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,350m) – 6 hours

Day9: Trek from Bamboo to JhinuDanda (1,780m) – 4 hours

Day10: Trek from JhinuDanda to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara

You can either end your Annapurna Base Camp trek here, or you can extend your trip further to:

Day11: Hike from Pokhara (800m) to Tolka (1700m) – 4 hours

Day12: Trek from Tolka to Australian camp (2,232) – 4 hours

Day13: Trek to Sarangkot (1,592m) – 3 hours

Day14: Descend from Sarangkot to Pokhara – 3 hours

Day15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu – 6 hours

This Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary is the most popularly taken route. IT is also an easier route compared to others and takes you to the viewpoint of Poon Hill at the elevation of 3210m from where the views of the majestic mountain in a 360-degree format is seen.

Itinerary 2 for eight days via Chhomrong

Day1: Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m) to Pokhara (800m) – 6 to 7 hours

Day2: Drive from Pokhara to Siwai (1,530m) – 1 hour and start trek to Chhomrong (2,600m)- 4 hours

Day3: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (2,890m) – 5 to 6 hours

Day4: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Machhapuchre Base Camp – 5 hours

Day5: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2350m) – 6 hours

Day6: Trek from Bamboo to JhinuDanda (1,780 m) – 3 to 4 hours

Day7: Trek from JhinuDanda to Nayapul (1,050m) - 4 hours, then take a drive to Pokhara (800m) – 2 hours

Day8: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m) – 6 to 7 hours

The second itinerary is also popular among those traveling with guides and opting for a shorter trek. Be mindful that you will have to walk through many stone steps along Chhomorong village, which stretched a long way.

Itinerary 3 for nine days via Ghandruk

Day1: Drive from Kathmandu (1400m) to Pokhara (800m) – 6 to 7 hours

Day2: Drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk (2,012 m) – 3 hours

Day3 Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m) – 5 to 6 hours

Day4: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,300 m) – 7 hours

Day5: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Machhapuchre Base Camp – 7 hours

Day6: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,350 m) – 3 to 4 hours

Day7: Trek from Bamboo to JhinuDanda (1,780 m) – 3 to 4 hours

Day8: Trek from JhinuDanda to Nayapul (1,050m) - 4 hours, then take a drive to Pokhara (800m) – 2 hours

Day9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m) – 6 to 7 hours

The above mentioned Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary is one of the shortest and slightly more challenging. This trekking route takes you through Sinuwa and in between rests at the few tea houses in the villages along the way.

Annapurna Base Camp trek difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp elevation is only 4130m, which is regarded to be a relatively lesser altitude than other treks in the Annapurna Region. The Annapurna Base Camp trek difficulty level is categorized as a moderate level. The difficulty level of the trek is often denoted by the route that you take, the number of days that it takes to reach ABC, and also the highest altitude. The Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary majorly defines the difficulty level of the trek. The itinerary that takes you from the route of Sewai to Chhomrong, Himalaya, and then Annapurna Base Camp trek is known to be more challenging than other itineraries.

Also, if you want your trek to be easier, then you should opt for trekking in the spring and the autumn seasons rather than the winter and monsoon season. In the spring and autumn season, the weather is relatively stable and does not see heavy snowfall, unlike the winter and monsoon season.

Things you should know before taking Annapurna Base Camp trek:

Before taking the Annapurna Base Camp trek from any of the above-mentioned routes, the following are the useful tips that you should know:

  • Select the Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary according to your physical ability and your earlier trekking experience.
  • Carry a proper walking pole which will support you during ascends and descends
  • Take a guide and/or a porter along with you so that you will get accommodation easily and will not have the hassle of carrying heaps of luggage while trekking
  • The locals are really friendly in all of the routes that you take, so keep in mind to respect their lifestyle and traditions
  • Carry all the necessary medicines, clothing, accessories to keep yourself ready for any kind of emergency or weather change.

Conclusion

Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best trekking experience for both amateur trekkers and pro-trekkers. It is a mixture of all the experiences in the one single trekking package. From the wonderful culture and tradition of the local people to the lush biodiversity and the views of the majestic mountains, the Annapurna Base Camp trek has it all.

Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary is formed in such a way that you get all of the wonderful and unique experiences without any health hazard or difficulty. Nepal Adventure team has prepared the best ABC trek itinerary so that you have the most exciting adventure here is Nepal and that you keep coming back to Nepal for more. If you do not have much idea about which itinerary suits you the best, then you can contact us, and we will advise you further.

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