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Annapurna Base Camp trek – the entire information & itinerary

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The Annpurna Base Camp trek is a spectacular out and again excessive altitude climbing route stretching by means of a number of environments within the Annapurna Sanctuary Nationwide Park. The path begins off meandering by means of stunning forest and terraces of rice paddies climbing all the best way to Annapurana Base Camp at an altitude of 4100m. Surroundings shortly adjustments as you achieve altitude from tropical forest to climbing in knee deep snow amongst spectacular snow peaks. The bottom camp has an unreal setting being surrounded by among the highest peaks on the planet; Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), the fish tail Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m). The climbing path to Annapurna Base Camp is accessible from a number of trailheads and relying in your route the length is between 6 and 12 days, on this put up we describe completely different choices to trek to Annapurana base camp. The path is straightforward to achieve by public transport from the attractive lakeside city Pokhara. It’s a tea home trek, which means there are many low cost guesthouses to remain and eat alongside the best way. We talk about value, itinerary, guides, porters, altitude illness and provides packing and planning suggestions.

Annapurna Base Camp trek overview

  • Distance – 80 km/50 mi
  • Days required – 6-7 days
  • Whole ascent – 4975 m/16 322 ft
  • Whole descent – 5040 m/16 535 ft
  • Highest level – Annapurna Base Camp – 4147 m
  • Issue  – reasonable 
  • Permits – TIMS card – NPR 2000/US$17 and Annapurna Sanctuary Allow – NPR 3000/US$25 pp.
  • Price per day – US$27 per individual together with permits and transportation.
  • Information – not obligatory, will be achieved independently, with a information/a porter or in a gaggle.
  • Lodging – visitor homes

Methods to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Annapurana Base Camp is obtainable by a number of businesses in Pokhara as an all inclusive package deal with a information and porters. It is usually common to do that trek by hiring your personal employees, guides and porters are straightforward to seek out in Pokhara and this fashion is cheaper than a package deal trek. Trekking fully unbiased is the most cost effective option to get to Annapurana Base Camp and in the event you can carry your personal backpack the route is properly marked and simple to observe.

We hiked a number of routes within the Annapurna sanctuary nationwide park. The direct route goes by means of Australian camp, Landruk and Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp.The trek is usually achieved together with the Poonhill trek, trekking for this route begins at Nayapul from the place trekking continues to Ghorepani (2750 m). Trekkers normally in a single day right here climbing to Poon Hill (3210 m) for dawn after which the route continues by way of Thadapani in the direction of Annapurana Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Price

The price of your trek to Annapurna Base Camp will probably be decided by the kind of trek you’re planning, your trekking route, time on the path and by the season you select to trek.

I went to some completely different businesses in Lakeside in Pokhara to get costs and knowledge concerning excursions and hiring employees.

All-inclusive Trek Packages

You possibly can guide a tour once you arrive by means of a neighborhood company or earlier than hand by means of an company on-line. Many of the worldwide and native firms use the identical native guides and porters. Hand your cash to an organization you belief, as a result of ultimately they’re liable for your security and also you need to go together with an organization utilizing the perfect employees.

Trekking with a neighborhood company

7 day Annapurana Base Camp trek with a neighborhood company is usually all-inclusive; information, porter all lodging and meals. The value in Pokhara is round $500 You must pay additional for wi-fi, sizzling showers and snacks.

Trekking with a global company

7D6N Annapurna Base Camp Trek with respected worldwide company Klook – Begin and finish in Pokhara, you may select between an all-inclusive possibility or a extra versatile possibility solely together with breakfast. The tour consists of information, porter all lodging. Wi-fi and sizzling showers are additional.

10 Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Poonhill with G-adventures – 15 day Kathmandu to Kathmandu tour together with 10 day trek. English-speaking information and full help crew of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. All transport between locations and to/from included actions. Meals usually are not included within the journey value, there’s a alternative of consuming choices, to provide the most flexibility in deciding the place, what and with whom to eat. It additionally provides you extra budgeting flexibility, although typically meals is affordable. The tour value is about $850, finances $300 to $400 for meals.

Trek with Porter and Information

Organizing your personal trek with guides and porters sound very costly, however is definitely a really reasonably priced approach of trekking. We discovered the route straightforward to observe, it’s fairly properly marked and the a few times that we weren’t positive concerning the route we might ask somebody the proper approach. If you’re not an skilled trekker or are strolling alone a information is a good suggestion. If you do not need to hold your personal pack, rent a porter. Many solo trekkers rent a information as firm, it isn’t good to trek alone and is sweet to help the native financial system.

  • Information 7 days x $25 = $150
  • Porter 7 days x $20 = $140
  • Trek unbiased = $195
  • TOTAL $485

You is usually a group sharing one information and multiple individual can share a porter in the event you cary a few of your personal gear, bringing this whole value down considerably.

Price of doing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Unbiased

We wrote down each cent we spent and this was our actual finances for a cushty 6 day trek.

  • Meals 22 500
  • Lodging 1500
  • Transport 5000
  • Bathe 1300
  • Permits 10 000
  • TOTAL NPR 40 300 for 2 folks

Our trek value us a complete of NPR 20 150 ($165), thus NPR 3358 ($27) per individual per day

Trekking permits for ABC

Two permits are required to do that trek, a TIMS (Trekkers Info Administration System) and a Entry Allow for the Annapurna Conservation Space. Each permits will be bought on the tourism workplace in Pokhara, if wanted visas for staying in Nepal may also be prolonged right here. The permits are checked alongside the best way.

A TIMS is required for all treks within the Annapurna Sanctuary Nationwide Park and prices NPR 3000. The allow is simply legitimate for a single entry into the park, one thing to recollect in case you are planning on doing a number of hikes on this nationwide park. The native nationwide park allow prices NPR 2000.

Attending to the ABC Trek

Attending to Pokhara

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp will be began from a number of villages near the lakeside metropolis Pokhara. Pokhara will be reached from Kathmandu by street or by air. There are a number of every day flights, the 30 minute flight is unquestionably the best approach. Transport by street may be very sluggish and vacationer buses and native buses can be found. Vacationer buses depart from Kantipath, close to Thamel, all buses depart at 7am, be there at 6:15am. Vacationer bus costs began at about NPR 1000 ($10) and these buses take about 6 hours to achieve Pokhara. Native buses depart from the New Bus Station (it isn’t a lot of a bus station and isn’t very new). It was a bit cheaper, seat together with baggage costing about NPR 500 ($5). Native buses are minibuses, they load them very full. The benefit is that they depart all through the day, so that you shouldn’t have to be there early. They depart at any time when they’re full, so no particular time. The journey can take something from 6 to 10 hours, relying on visitors and the way typically your driver stops for breaks and to choose up passengers. Getting from the bus station in Pokhara to the vacationer space, Lakeside, prices about 400 NPR by taxi.

Local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Native bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Attending to the path head

Kande – The path head at Kande will be reached from Pokhara by public bus or taxi. The bus journey takes 1h 30 min to 2 hours and prices about NPR 300 ($3), attending to the bus station from lakeside value NPR 400 ($4). We negotiated a taxi driver to take from Lakeside to Kande for NPR 2000, it took about an hour.

Ghandruk – Ghandruk will be reached by jeep from Baglung bus park in Pokhara for about NPR 6000 per jeep, the journey takes about Three hours. Getting again to Pokhara from Ghandruk we negotiated with a driver for NPR 3000 (we had been solely two folks).

Totally different routes of ABC trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek will be began and completed at completely different locations. For those who’re going to stroll ABC trek as a separate trek with out combining it with different routes the perfect locations to start out and end are Kande and Ghandruk. You are able to do it both approach beginning at Kande (as we did) and ending in Ghandruk or different approach round. The entire distance and the ascent would be the identical.

If you wish to prolong the trek you may mix it with one of many different routes many trekkers mix ABC with the Poon Hill trek. On this case you begin in Nayapul. To do these two trek collectively you’ll want 8-10 days.

Poon Hill + ABC trek itinerary

  • Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul. Trek Nayapul – Ulleri, 12km. From Nayapul observe our Poon Hill trek itinerary.
  • Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, 8km
  • Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani, 13km
  • Day 4. Tadapani – Sinuwa, 13km
  • Day 5. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14km
  • Day 6. Deurali – ABC, 9km
  • Day 7. ABC – Bamboo/Sinuwa, 15km/19km
  • Day 8. Bamboo/Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14km/10km

One other common possibility is to mix ABC trek with Mardi Himal. You can begin at Kande and stroll to Landruk (the primary day is similar as on ABC trek) or take a jeep to Siding and begin strolling from there. From each locations you go as much as Mardi Himal Base Camp and all the way down to Landruk. From Landruk you proceed on the ABC trek. You’ll want 10-11 days to finish it.

Mardi Himal + ABC trek itinerary

  • Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Kande. Trek Kande – Landruk, 16km
  • Day 2. Landruk – Forest Camp, 5km. From Landruk observe our Mardi Himal trek itinerary.
  • Day 3. Forest Camp – Excessive Camp, 8,5km
  • Day 4. Excessive Camp – Base Camp – Excessive Camp, 9km
  • Day 5. Excessive Camp – Landruk, 12km
  • Day 6. Landruk – Sinuwa, 12km
  • Day 7. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14km
  • Day 8. Deurali – ABC, 9km
  • Day 9. ABC – Bamboo/Sinuwa, 15km/19km
  • Day 10. Bamboo/Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14km/10km

If you wish to do the large circuit you may mix the Annapurna Circuit trek with Annapurna Base Camp trek. It’ll be a really lengthy trek you want two weeks to finish the circuit and 6 days to complete ABC trek, Three weeks in whole and one or two additional days in case you’ll want some relaxation or the climate is just too dangerous, and many others. We now have a really detailed Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary that’s straightforward to mix with this ABC trek itinerary.

Annapurna Circuit + ABC trek itinerary

  • Day 1. Bhulbhule – Ghermu, 15km
  • Day 2. Ghermu – Tal, 18km
  • Day 3. Tal – Timang, 21km
  • Day 4. Timang – Higher Pisang, 27km
  • Day 5. Higher Pisang – Manang, 22km
  • Day 6. Acclimatization day in Manang.
  • Day 7. Manang – Yak Kharka, 10km
  • Day 8. Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi, 8,5km
  • Day 9. Thorong Phedi – Muktinath, 15,5km
  • Day 10. Muktinath – Jomson, 22km
  • Day 11. Jomsom – Tukuche, 15,5km
  • Day 12. Tukuche – Ghasa, 30km
  • Day 13. Ghasa – Tatopani, 17km
  • Day 14. Tatopani – Ghorepani, 17,5km
  • Day 15. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani, 13km
  • Day 16. Tadapani – Sinuwa, 13km
  • Day 17. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14km
  • Day 18. Deurali – ABC, 9km
  • Day 19. ABC – Bamboo/Sinuwa, 15km/19km
  • Day 20. Bamboo/Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14km/10km

Annapurna Base Camp trek – the 6-day itinerary

Day 1
Kande – Landruk
16 km/10 mi
Day 2
Landruk – Sinuwa
12 km/7,5 mi
Day 3
Sinuwa – Deuali
14 km/8,6 mi
Day 4
Deurali – ABC
9 km/5,5 mi
Day 5
ABC – Sinuwa
19 km/12 mi
Day 6
Sinuwa – Jeep Station
10 km/6,2 mi

Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Kande. Trek Kande (1850m) – Landruk (1730m), 16km

Pokhara – Kande – Australian Camp – Pothana – Bhichok Deurali – Tolka – Landruk

Bus/taxi Pokhara – Kande

We used to take buses all over the place in Nepal it was the primary time we took a taxi for a protracted distance journey. We’ve achieved the journey by bus earlier than and it took about 2 hours to get from the bus station in Pokhara to Kande, ready for a bus to get full, many stops on the best way, longer route by means of larger villages, and many others.

By taxi it took us lower than 1 hour to get from our resort in Lake Aspect to Kande. The motive force drover us shorter and extra scenic approach. We paid NPR 2000/US$17. It’s extra in comparison with the bus however it was a lot faster and extra snug. You don’t have to rearrange a taxi beforehand there are normally many drivers ready alongside the lake you may simply stroll out your resort within the morning and discover one.

To get to Kande by bus first you need to take a taxi from Lake Aspect to the bus station, NPR 400/US$3. Bus will value about NPR 300/US$Three per individual.

Trek Kande – Landruk

  • Distance – 16 km/10 mi
  • Time – 4h10min.*
  • Ascent – 578 m/1896 ft
  • Descent – 700 m/2296 ft

*Our occasions are normally a bit sooner than common occasions, I’d advocate including 1-2 hours relying on the gap. All occasions are strolling occasions they don’t embody stops for tea or lunch (we pause our watch after we do lengthy stops).

Elevation profile day 1 of the 6-day ABC trek itinerary
Elevation profile of the primary day of Annapurna Base Camp trek. The route from Kande to Landruk

The path begins proper on the bus cease in Kande, you may ask locals to point the best way. There are a number of indicators alongside the route pointing to Australian Camp. Free app Maps.me has fairly good route map we used it to start with of the trek. From Australian camp there are extra indicators alongside the path pointing the course.

At Pothana there’s a allow check-point. Hold your allow and TIMS card until the tip of the trek, on the best way again you’ll have to take a look at, the final check-point is simply earlier than Nayapul.

The stroll was fairly straightforward half of it was on a mud street with not a lot visitors and with some stunning views of the river and the rice paddies on the alternative aspect. You’ll see many indicators alongside the route (principally within the second half) that counsel shorter or faster option to Landruk the truth is it’s normally not. The homeowners of outlets and guesthouses which are off the path typically put these indicators that trekkers stroll by means of their locations and perhaps purchase one thing. Following the street is the quickest approach of attending to Landruk.

There are a number of villages alongside the path to cease in the event you begin strolling late and don’t have sufficient time to stroll to Landruk. The most effective locations to cease are Pothana that’s about 4km from Kande or Tolka – 13km.

Highlights

  • Gorgeous views from Australian Camp
  • Stunning surroundings alongside the route
  • Nice views from Landruk

Challenges

  • A steep and lengthy ascent proper to start with from Kande to Australian Camp, about 300m up.

Stops on the route between Kande and Bhichok

Title Kande Australian Camp Pothana Bhichok
Distance 0km 2,5km 3,7km 7,6km
Elevation m 2030m 1980m 1900m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Stops on the route between Bhichok and Landruk

Title A few guesthouses Tolka Landruk
Distance 11,5km 13km 16km
Elevation 1800m 1787m 1730m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + +
Store + + +
Electrical energy + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Moonlight Guesthouse, Landruk

We stayed in Landruk earlier than after we did the Mardi Himal trek. It’s a pleasant village with nice views, a number of guesthouses and outlets. We needed to remain at Maya Guesthouse (the identical place we stayed earlier than) however it was full there was an enormous group staying there. We needed to discover one other place. Moonlight Guesthouse was the subsequent on the best way. The rooms look a bit extra dilapidated and the eating space is inferior to at Maya however the amenities are fairly first rate. The view from the porch was stunning and the women who run it had been very good. It was the one place on the trek the place they didn’t cost additional for wi-fi, sizzling bathe or telephone charging. Value NPR 200/US$2 for two folks.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, photo voltaic bathe within the room
  • Indoor rest room – sure, within the room
  • Wi-fi – sure, didn’t work after we had been right here
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room
  • Blankets – sure

Day 2. Landruk (2730m) – Decrease Sinuwa (2220m), 12km

Landruk – Himalpani – New Bridge – Jhinudanda – Chhomrong – Decrease Sinuwa

  • Distance – 12 km/7,5 mi
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Ascent – 1141 m/3743 ft
  • Descent – 676 m/2217 ft
Elevation profile of the second day of Annapurna Base Camp trek
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Landruk to Decrease Sinuwa

It was fairly a troublesome strolling day with a number of uphill within the second half after the lengthy suspension bridge. We determined to stroll to Sinuwa however in the event you’re drained sufficient after the steep ascent relatively keep in Chhomrong, to get to Sinuwa you’ll need to go first downs after which up once more. For those who resolve to remain in Chhomrong you may observe our 7-day itinerary.

There are some ambiguous splits on the route within the first half of the day in the event you’re unsure which option to go it’s higher to round or to make use of Maps.me for navigation. We took a flawed flip on the cut up at about 2km; one route goes all the way down to the river (the flawed path) and one continues up (the proper path). From Landruk to New Bridge there usually are not many locations to cease for tea or espresso however there are a lot of small streams to refill water.

Jhinudanda didn’t slot in our itinerary however many trekkers particularly teams cease there due to the recent springs. We didn’t have time to go there, it’s about 1km from the village. I can’t actually say if it’s good and value stopping or not.

For those who resolve to stroll to Sinuwa I’d advocate stopping for tea and relaxation in Chhomrong, Resort Tremendous View Prime Lodge has good espresso and meals. There’s a check-point on the exit from Chhomrong.

From Chhomrong to Decrease Sinuwa it’s solely 3km however first you go about 200m all the way down to the river after which 200m as much as Sinuwa. It took us 1 hour to stroll from Chhomrong to Decrease Sinuwa. There are two Sinuwa villages, Decrease Sinuwa and Higher Sinuwa. We didn’t find out about it, on the map there was just one. We arrived at Decrease Sinuwa and assumed that was it. Two villages are only one,4km aside however Higher Sinuwa is about 150m larger. Each locations are very comparable simply a few guesthouses and never a lot else. You possibly can keep at Decrease Sinuwa however I’d advocate going to Higher Sinuwa (in case you are not too drained) it’ll make your subsequent day a bit of bit simpler.

Highlights

  • The start of the stroll from Landruk on the proper aspect of the river; lush inexperienced forest, many birds, small waterfalls, very peaceable and exquisite.
  • The lengthy suspension bridge simply earlier than Jhinudanda, the longest suspension bridge I’ve ever seen, about 350m lengthy.
  • Sizzling springs in Jhinudanda.
  • Views from Chhomrong.
  • Views from Sinuwa.
A long suspension bridge on the way to Jhinudanda
The longest suspension bridge we’ve ever seen in Nepal

Challenges

  • A really lengthy steep ascent from the suspension bridge to Chhomrong, 500m up.
  • A protracted descent from Chhomrong to the river, about 300m down.
  • A steep ascent from the river to Decrease Sinuwa, 200m up.

Stops on the route from Landruk to Decrease Sinuwa

Title Himalpani New Bridge Jhinudanda Chhomrong Decrease Sinuwa
Distance 3,5km 4,5km 7km 8,5-9,5km 12km
Elevation 1400m 1500m 1730m 2174m 2220m
Guesthouse + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Store + + + + +
Electrical energy + + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Preeti Guesthouse, Decrease Sinuwa

Decrease Sinuwa in addition to Higher Sinuwa is a really small place, Three or Four guesthouses and never a lot else. The views of the valley, the river and rice terraces from listed below are actually nice.

The guesthouse is good, the rooms are neat and clear, with no connected rest room or rest room, solely shared amenities. The eating presents stunning views. The meals right here wasn’t nice, don’t order pizza or soup, relatively keep on with eggs, pasta or rice. Value NPR 400/US$3,5 for 2 folks.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, outdoors shared gasoline bathe, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor rest room – no, outdoors shared rest room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Day 3. Decrease Sinuwa (2220m) – Deurali (3200m), 14km

Decrease Sinuwa – Higher Sinuwa – Bamboo – Dovan – Higher Dovan – Himalaya – Deurali

  • Distance – 14 km/8,6 mi
  • Time – 4h40min.
  • Ascent – 1396 m/4580 ft
  • Descent – 341 m/1118 ft
Elevation profile of day 3 of the 6-day itinerary
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Decrease Sinuwa to Deurali.

It was one other powerful day with a number of ups principally within the second half after Dovan. The surroundings was very stunning take your time cease for pictures and benefit from the gorgeous views. Make certain to cease for espresso (in the event you like espresso as a lot as we do) at Himalaya village, the hardest a part of the day begins from there. You may get a very good espresso at Himalaya Guesthouse.

Highlights

The surroundings was really implausible; lush inexperienced forest, many waterfalls, big boulders and gigantic bushes coated in moss, many birds, small wood bridges throughout the river, and many others. It was like strolling by means of an enchanted forest.

An enchanted forest on the way from Sinuwa to Himalaya
For the many of the third day the route goes by means of the attractive forest

Challenges

  • A steep ascent from Decrease Sinuwa to Higher Sinuwa, 150m up.
  • A steep descent to Bamboo, 150m down.
  • Many quick ups and downs on the best way from Dovan to Himalaya.
  • A steep and fairly lengthy ascent to Himalaya, about 300m.
  • A really steep and lengthy ascent from Himalaya to Deurali, 400m up.

Stops on the route between Decrease Sinuwa and Deurali

Title Higher Sinuwa Bamboo Dovan Himalaya Deurali
Distance 1,4km 5,6km 8km 11,5km 14km
Elevation 2350m 2300m 2500m 2830m 3200m
Guesthouse + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Store + + + + +
Electrical energy + + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Shangrila Guesthouse, Deurali

In Deurali it’s fairly chilly in comparison with Sinuwa even in the course of the day. There are Four lodges right here. Shangrila lodge is the one on the highest, from the skin we favored it probably the most. The place is good, a typical guesthouse with small rooms two single beds in every, a eating room, and a kitchen. The value is NPR 400/US$3,5 for 2 folks. The meals right here was good, a lot better than in our earlier guesthouse, costs are about NPR 20-50 larger.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, outdoors shared gasoline bathe, NPR 250/US$2
  • Indoor rest room – no, outdoors shared rest room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Day 4. Deurali (3200m) – Annapurna Base Camp (4147m), 9km

Deurali – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp

  • Distance – 9 km/5,5 mi
  • Time – 3h.
  • Ascent – 954 m/3129 ft
  • Descent – 58 m/190 ft
Elevation graph of the ascent from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
Elevation profile of the ascent from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

It’s extremely really useful to start out strolling early normally within the morning the climate is sweet, later within the afternoon it typically will get overcast and windy. We began round 7.30am.

We had been very fortunate with the climate we had the completely clear sky, it was very sunny, no wind an ideal day to benefit from the unbelievable surroundings. From Deurali the path begins climbing up and the ascent doesn’t cease until you attain Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). It was fairly powerful to stroll up because of a number of snow and elevated elevation. The ascent itself is just not steep just like the earlier days it is vitally gradual, no stairs only a stead uphill.

There is just one place to cease between Deurali and ABC Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). From there it takes between 1h30min. and a couple of hour to get ABC. If it’s a sunny day be certain to place sunscreen on and to put on sun shades and a cap the solar up there’s very sturdy, at one stage it acquired so sizzling on the best way to ABC that we took off our jackets and walked in our T-shirts.

We didn’t use our microspikes or strolling sticks on the best way up however after we went down from ABC having them was very useful.

Highlights

  • Superb surroundings on the best way from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
  • Breathtaking surroundings on the best way from MBC to ABC on a pleasant day you get a 360 panoramic view.
  • Some of the stunning surroundings we’ve ever seen trekking in Nepal from ABC, really spectacular.
Snowy peaks, clouds and the blue sky the scenery at MBC
The breathtaking view from Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Challenges

  • Strolling in deep snow was exhausting.
  • Very gradual however fairly stead ascent all the best way from Deurali to ABC.
  • When you attain MBC elevation begins attending to you, the stroll from MBC to ABC is kind of tiring.

Stops on the route

Title Machhapuchhre Base Camp Annapurna Base Camp
Distance 4,5km 8,5km
Elevation 3700m 4147m
Guesthouse + +
Restaurant + +
Store + +
Electrical energy + +
Sizzling bathe
Wi-fi + +

Annapurna Visitor Home, Annapurna Base Camp

There are presently Four lodges at ABC (2 extra in constructing course of). All lodges have the identical amenities and the identical meals costs. Lodge has a pleasant view from its eating corridor. It’s very chilly up right here, contained in the room it’s colder than outdoors. Value NPR 200/US$1,5 per individual.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – no, bucket bathe, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Indoor rest room – no, outdoors shared rest room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 250/US$2 per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Different possibility. Staying at Machhapuchhre Base Camp

There are two choices to go to Annapurna Base Camp; going there and staying for the evening (the above itinerary) or staying at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and doing a day hike to ABC. MBC is far decrease than ABC, 3700m vs 4140m. If the elevation begins attending to you or if it’s your first high-elevation trek it’s higher to sleep decrease. For those who really feel 100% superb and it’s not your first time going that prime you may keep at ABC.

I’d advocate checking the climate forecast earlier than making a choice. If it’s going to snow so much I’d relatively keep at MBC and do a day hike to ABC. When it snows so much up there the danger of avalanches is kind of excessive the path may be closed and you will get caught at ABC for a day or two. It’s unlikely to occur within the peak season (hotter months) however in winter it’s very potential. Within the winter ABC will get closed very often because of avalanches.

For those who resolve to remain at MBC you may come right here within the morning from Deurali, 4km, it takes between 1h30min.-2h. As soon as at MBC, discover a guesthouse, check-in, depart you backpack within the room, go to ABC and are available again. There are 5 lodges at MBC all of them appeared good and new.

To stroll from MBC to ABC and again takes about 2h30min., plus about 1 hour you spend up there taking pictures, ingesting tea, and many others. The stroll up takes about 1h30min., the descent is far sooner 50min.-1h.

Staying at MBC will make your subsequent day 4km shorter and a bit simpler.

Campbell surrounded by the snowy mountains on his way to Annapurna Base Camp
Campbell on the best way to Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking route from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

  • Distance – Four km/2,5 mi
  • Time – 1h30min.
  • Ascent – 483 m/1584 ft
  • Descent – 57 m/187 ft
Elevation profile route Deurali - Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Trekking route from MBC to ABC and again to MBC

  • Distance – 7 km/4,Three mi
  • Time – 2h30min.
  • Ascent – 456 m/1496 ft
  • Descent – 456 m/1496 ft
Elevation profile of the walk from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp and back
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp and again. The path to and again is similar the curve is completely different as a result of distinction in time wanted for strolling up and down

Day 5. Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – Higher Sinuwa (2350m), 19km

Annapurna Base Camp – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Deurali – Himalaya – Dovan – Bamboo – Higher Sinuwa

  • Distance – 19 km/12 mi
  • Time – 5h.50min.
  • Ascent – 406 m/1332 ft
  • Descent – 2131 m/6991 ft
Elevation profile of the walk from ABC to Upper Sinuwa
Elevation profile of the longest day on ABC trek, from ABC to Higher Sinuwa

It was a really lengthy day with a number of downhill all the best way from ABC to Sinuwa. There are lots of locations to cease earlier than Sinuwa our plan was to go down until we drained which we did. Regardless of the gap the descent was a lot simpler than the earlier days ascents we might cowl longer distance.

The primary half from ABC to Deurali was a bit difficult because of a number of snow however after Deurali it was simpler and faster. For those who resolve to cease earlier each Dovan or Bamboo are good alternate options to Sinuwa. Dovan is about 13km from Annapurna Base Camp and Bamboo is 15km away. Each villages have many guesthouses and good infrastructure.

The half from Bamboo to Higher Sinuwa has one steep ascent that begins proper after Bamboo. You possibly can stroll to Decrease Sinuwa as properly, it’s about 20min. stroll.

Highlights

  • Stunning surroundings on the best way from ABC to MBC, probably the most spectacular a part of the trek.
  • Lush inexperienced forest on the best way from Himalaya to Sinuwa; small and large waterfalls, a river, huge bushes and boulders, and many others.

Challenges

  • A descent from ABC to MBC and from there to Deurali is just not very steep but when there’s a number of snow it’s tough to stroll.
  • A steep downhill from Deurali to Himalaya, 400m.
  • A steep ascent after Bamboo, about 150m.

Stops on the route from ABC to Dovan

Title MBC Deurali Himalaya Dovan
Distance 4km 8km 10,5km 13,5km
Elevation 3700m 3200m 2830m 2500m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Stops on the route from Dovan to Higher Sinuwa

Title Bamboo Higher Sinuwa
Distance 15,5km 19km
Elevation 2300m 2350m
Guesthouse + +
Restaurant + +
Store + +
Electrical energy + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi +

Sinuwa Lodge, Higher Sinuwa

A typical guesthouse with small room, shared amenities and a eating corridor. The views from the eating room are fairly good. Value NPR 400/US$3,5 for 2 folks.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor rest room – no, outdoors shared rest room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 100/US$1 per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Day 6. Higher Sinuwa (2350m) – Jeep station, Ghandruk (1730m), 10km

Higher Sinuwa – Decrease Sinuwa – Chhomrong – Jhinudanda – jeep station

  • Distance – 10 km/6,2 mi
  • Time – 3h.20min.
  • Ascent – 500 m/1640 ft
  • Descent – 1134 m/3720 ft
Elevation profile of the last day of ABC trek
Elevation profile of the route from Higher Sinuwa to the jeep station

The entire day is only a sequence of ascents and descents, first you go down from Higher Sinuwa to the river, then as much as Chhomrong, then all the way down to Junudhanda after which as much as Ghandruk. For the many of the day you stroll down the identical approach you walked up however after the lengthy suspension bridge you proceed going as much as Ghandruk.

On the check-point in Chhomrong you need to try from the trek. One other check-out level is on the exit from the park simply earlier than Nayapul. Buses and jeeps cease there you need to get out and go to the workplace to check-out. Make certain to maintain your TIMS card and allow until the very finish.

If you wish to go to the recent springs in Jhinudanda you may cease there and the subsequent morning proceed strolling to the jeep station that’s solely about 3,5km from there.

Our plan was to stroll to Ghandruk however after we reached the jeep station that’s about 2,5km earlier than the village and there have been a number of jeeps able to take us again to Pokhara instantly we couldn’t resist. Ghandruk is a pleasant village we stopped there after we did the Poon Hill trek. If you wish to keep in Ghandruk you may stroll there, keep for the evening and the subsequent day catch a bus or a jeep to Pokhara. For us taking a jeep the identical day was a greater possibility.

We paid NPR 1500/US$12 per individual, the jeep left instantly, it took lower than Three hours to get to Pokhara jeep station. From there it’s 10min. by taxi to Lake Aspect, NPR 400/US$3.

Highlights

  • Nice views from Chhomrong
  • Stunning views on the descent from Chhomrong to Jhinudanda
  • Sizzling springs in Jhinudanda
  • Lengthy suspension bridge

Challenges

  • A protracted descent from Higher Sinuwa to the river, 400m down.
  • A protracted and typically very steep ascent from the river to Chhomrong, 300m up.
  • A protracted and steep descent from Chhomrong to the suspension bridge, 500m down.

Stops on the route from Higher Sinuwa to the jeep station

Title Decrease Sinuwa Chhomrong Jhinudanda Jeep station
Distance 1,4km 4-5km 6,5km 10km
Elevation 2220m 2174m 1730m 1730m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + + +
A couple of donkeys going downstairs on ABC trek
A bunch of donkeys happening from Chhomrong to Jhinudanda

Annapurna Base Camp trek – the 7-day itinerary

Following this itinerary it’ll take you 5 days to get to Annapurna Base Camp as an alternative of Four day however your days will probably be shorter and your every day ascents will probably be much less. You possibly can selected which itinerary to observe after arriving in Chhomrong you don’t have make up your thoughts at first of the trek.

Day 1
Kande – Landruk
16 km/10 mi
Day 2
Landruk – Chhomrong
9 km/5,5 mi
Day 3
Sinuwa – Bamboo
Eight km/5 mi
Day 4
Bamboo – Deurali
8,5 km/5,2 mi
Day 5
Deurali – ABC
9 km/5,5 mi
Day 6
ABC – Sinuwa
19 km/12 mi
Day 7
Sinuwa – Jeep Station
10 km/6,2 mi

Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Kande. Trek Kande (1850m) – Landruk (1730m), 16km

  • Distance – 16 km/10 mi
  • Time – 4h10min.*
  • Ascent – 578 m/1896 ft
  • Descent – 700 m/2296 ft

The primary day of 7-day itinerary is precisely the identical as of 6-day itinerary. Extra particulars on on the Day 1.

One of the many stairs on Annapurna Base Camp trek
Steep stairs on the best way from Kande to Australian Camp, the primary day on ABC trek

Day 2. Landruk (1730m) – Chhomrong (2174m), 9km

Landruk – Himalpani – New Bridge – Jhinudanda – Chhomrong

  • Distance – 9 km/5,5 mi
  • Time – 3h30min.
  • Ascent – 928 m/3044 ft
  • Descent – 426 m/1400 ft
Elevation profile of the walking route from Landruk to Chhomrong
Elevation profile of the stroll from Landruk to Chhomrong

The primary half of the stroll until the lengthy suspension bridge was straightforward and pleasant. After the bridge you begin going up, the ascent finishes solely in Chhomrong.

Highlights

  • Stunning forest, a river, good views on the best way from Landruk to New Bridge.
  • A protracted suspension bridge with gorgeous views from it.
  • Sizzling springs at Jhinudanda.
  • Nice views from Chhomrong.

Challenges

  • A number of small ascents and descents on the best way from Landruk to Jhinudanda.
  • A protracted and steep ascent from the lengthy suspension bridge to Chhomrong, about 500m up.

Stops on the route from Landruk to Chhomrong

Title Himalpani New Bridge Jhinudanda Chhomrong
Distance 3,5km 4,5km 7km 8,5-9,5km
Elevation 1400m 1500m 1730m 2174m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi + + +

Resort Tremendous View Prime Lodge, Chhomrong

Chhomrong consists of two components you get the primary group of homes when you attain the highest, the second group is simply across the nook, about 100m stroll. Resort Tremendous View is the primary guesthouse within the second group of homes. It has in all probability among the finest meals on the trek. An important place to cease for espresso lovers they’ve an Italian Espresso machine and make good espresso. The views from the guesthouse are gorgeous. There are two kinds of rooms a typical double room with shared amenities prices NPR 500/US$4, a deluxe double room with connected rest room – NPR 1000/US$8.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, NPR 100/US$1
  • Indoor rest room – sure, Western flush rest room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 50/US$0,Four per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Day 3. Chhomrong (2174m) – Bamboo (2300m), 8km

  • Distance – Eight km/5 mi
  • Time – 2h.40min.
  • Ascent – 641 m/2100 ft
  • Descent – 525 m/1722 ft
Elevation profile of day 3 of the 7-day itinerary
Elevation profile of the stroll from Chhomrong to Bamboo, ABC trek 7-day itinerary

The start of the day is pure descent from Chhomrong all the best way to the river. On the exit from Chhomrong there’s a allow check-point. From the river the route goes as much as Higher Sinuwa. From there to Bamboo the stroll is kind of stress-free.

Highlights

  • Stunning views on the best way down from Chhomrong.
  • Nice views from Sinuwa.
  • Lush inexperienced forest with many small waterfalls, large boulders, bushes coated in moss, many birds, and many others. on the best way from Sinuwa to Bamboo.

Challenges

  • A protracted steep descent from Chhomrong to the river, 300m down.
  • A steep and really lengthy ascent from the river to Higher Sinuwa, 440m up.
  • A number of quick ascents and descents from Higher Sinuwa to Bamboo.
  • A steep descent to Bamboo, 150m down.

Stops on the route between Chhomrong and Bamboo

Title Decrease Sinuwa Higher Sinuwa Bamboo
Distance 2,5km 4km 8km
Elevation 2220m 2350m 2300m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + +
Store + + +
Electrical energy + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + +

If after arriving at Bamboo you’re feeling like strolling a bit of bit extra you may proceed to Dovan. We favored Dovan village greater than Bamboo, it has newer guesthouses with higher amenities and the views from there are higher. Dovan is 2,5km from Bamboo, about 1h-1h20min. stroll.

Trekking Guesthouse, Bamboo

There are 5 – 6 lodges in Bamboo, all look just about comparable we favored Trekking Guesthouse probably the most. It has normal rooms with two beds, shared amenities and a eating room. There isn’t any wi-if in Bamboo, at the least it wasn’t out there after we had been right here. Value NPR 400/US$Three for 2 folks.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor rest room – no, outdoors Western rest room
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Day 4. Bamboo (2300m) – Deurali (3200m), 8,5km

  • Distance – 8,5 km/5,2 mi
  • Time – 3h.
  • Ascent – 958 m/3143 ft
  • Descent – 117 m/383 ft
Elevation profile day 4 of the 7-day ABC itinerary
Elevation profile of day 4. The ascent from Bamboo to Deurali

It’s fairly a troublesome day with so much uphill strolling. From Bamboo to Himalaya the path goes by means of the forest, the ascents usually are not too steep, besides the one simply earlier than Himalaya village. From Himalaya to Deurali the surroundings begins altering much less bushes, extra rocks and a few patches of snow right here and there.

Highlights

  • A lush inexperienced forest with many small rivers and waterfalls on the best way from Bamboo to Himalaya.
  • Nice views of the mountain ranges and snow peaks from Deurali.
View of Deurali from the trail
Approaching Deurali, from there up the surroundings adjustments fully.

Challenges

  • A gradual ascent from Bamboo to Dovan, about 200m.
  • A steep ascent to Himalaya, 300m up.
  • A really steep and lengthy ascent from Himalaya to Deurali, 400m up.

Stops on the route from Bamboo to Deurali

Title Dovan Himalaya Deurali
Distance 2,5km 6km 8,5km
Elevation 2500m 2830m 3200m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + +
Store + + +
Electrical energy + + +
Sizzling bathe + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Shangrila Guesthouse, Deurali

There are Four lodges in Deurali. Shangrila lodge is the one on the highest. The place is good, a typical guesthouse with small rooms two single beds in every, a eating room, outdoors rest room and bathe. Regardless of our expectations there was no range within the eating room like in guesthouses on different treks in Nepal, it was as chilly within the eating room as in our room or outdoors. The value is NPR 400/US$3,5 for 2 folks.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, outdoors shared gasoline bathe, NPR 250/US$2
  • Indoor rest room – no, outdoors shared rest room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per cost
  • Blankets – sure

Day 5. Deurali (3200m) – Annapurna Base Camp (4147m), 9km

  • Distance – 9 km/5,5 mi
  • Time – 3h.
  • Ascent – 954 m/3129 ft
  • Descent – 58 m/190 ft

From at the present time you may observe the 6-day itinerary from Day 4.

Day 6. Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – Higher Sinuwa (2350m), 19km

  • Distance – 19 km/12 mi
  • Time – 5h.50min.
  • Ascent – 406 m/1332 ft
  • Descent – 2131 m/6991 ft

Day 7. Higher Sinuwa (2350m) – jeep station, Ghandruk (1730m), 10km

  • Distance – 10 km/6,2 mi
  • Time – 3h.20min.
  • Ascent – 500 m/1640 ft
  • Descent – 1134 m/3720 ft

Lodging on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

It is a traditional tea home trek, lodging within the tea homes (accommodations) are low cost in the event you purchase your meals right here, however the place else are you going to eat anyway? The tea homes generate profits out of meals not lodging. The associated fee for a double room in a tea home on this trek was NPR 400 or NPR 200 per mattress. This didn’t all the time embody a sizzling bathe and web.

Additional Fees at most guesthouses; Sizzling Bathe – NPR 200, Charging NPR 200 per system within the eating room. Wi-fi – NPR 300

Meals on the ABC trek

The meals on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is just like different treks in Nepal. The principle native dish is dal bhat, rice and lentils with some curry, this isn’t the most cost effective meal on the menu, however is kind of bottomless, when your plate is empty they arrive with extra dal and rice, in case you are hungry and on a finances that is one of the best ways to go. The menu may be very comparable all over the place, we ate porridge, boiled eggs or an omelette for breakfast each morning and dal, pasta or fried rice for lunch or dinner. Meals does get a bit costlier as altitude will increase, that is comprehensible since porters have to hold every thing up the mountain.

Some distinctive meals to strive on this trek is Gurung Bread which is a deep fried bread, Rosti a really filling potato cake that fried within the pan like a patty, order this with two eggs on prime in case you are very hungry.

Gurung bread with an omelette on top
Gurung bread with an omelette on prime

Breakfast ( oats porridge)

  • at decrease altitudes, Landruk (1730m) – 350 NPR
  • at larger altitudes, Duerali (3200m) – 400 NPR
  • excessive altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – 470 NPR

Lunch/dinner (fried rice)

  • at decrease altitudes, Landruk (1730m) – 390 NPR
  • at larger altitudes, Duerali (3200m) – 400 NPR
  • excessive altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – 530 NPR

Dal Bhat

  • at decrease altitudes, Landruk (1730m) – 590 NPR
  • at larger altitudes, Duerali (3200m) – 620 NPR
  • excessive altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – 670 NPR

Consuming water

It’s one other important expense in the event you don’t have any filter or purification. We didn’t purchase water on the route we every carried a LifeStraw bottle, we used it on a regular basis and it labored nice we might refill it on the best way from any water faucet or stream which suggests we didn’t have to hold additional water or purchase plastic bottles

Trekking Insurance coverage

Climbing at excessive altitude in a distant location, there are clearly very actual dangers.  Insurance coverage is essential on any excessive altitude trek, altitude illness is frequent and since there are not any roads in these mountains in the event you get severely injured or sick evacuation by helicopter is pricey. Most journey insurance coverage is not going to cowl excessive actions like excessive altitude trekking.  Get a quote right here for World Nomads climbing insurance coverage for Nepal that covers you to 6000m (that may be a ‘sure’ for Annapurna Base Camp).

Doesn’t matter the place you reside or the place you’re in the intervening time, it takes lower than 2 minutes to get a quote and you should purchase it on-line even in case you are already touring. For those who solely take out a coverage in your trek length it isn’t too expensive, beginning in a few days? it isn’t too late

Locations to remain in Pokhara

Lakeside is the principle touristy space of Pokhara it’s filled with accommodations, visitor homes, eating places, bars and many others. right here yow will discover lodging for any finances from low cost homestays to fancy spa accommodations. We stayed a few occasions at OYO 11460 Resort Romantica and saved our baggage there each time we went climbing. The resort was good; clear with good amenities, the employees was nice, the women that work there are very good and useful. One other place we stayed in was Resort Lake Shore; the rooms are smaller however a bit of bit fancier, nice bathe (the perfect bathe we had in Nepal), an excellent breakfast menu.

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