The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, is for the trekkers who are looking for spectacular scenery and a great trekking experience, but only have 9-11 days available for trekking. Prayer flags at Annapurna Base Camp Trail on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek A trekker enjoying a hot beverage while ...

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I did the ABC Trek with Nepal Eco Adventure in December 2019. Was an amazing experience and the trek ...
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Based on 357 customer reviews
Annapurna Circuit. Totally awesome!
5 - Excellent
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“Exceeded all my expectations. Hiking through villages, past waterfalls, up into and I over the highest pass (5800ft) stunning scenery at every stage. Rohit was our guide and despite limited English, his passion and enthusiasm for the terrain was infectious. A flexible schedule meant we also decided to do lake Tilicho as a side trek. Whole experience was just what we wanted.”
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“I really was nervous as it was my first ever visit to Nepal which I was doing solo. It was really a great choice for me. The moment I reached the desired location the guides welcomed me so warmly. We started the Annapurna circuit trek from a 5hours drive to Besisahar. The start of actual trekking was when we started walking. I really loved each and every view I got to see. I got to see the sacred place of Nepalese people which is Muktinath. The monasteries were so uniquely built. The destinated and final view from the Poon hill was so magnificent. All thanks to the team for such a great assistance. Would really love to visit once again.”
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“It was really fun in Nepal with our guide. Sorry, I forgot the name but he was so polite and funny. Such a beautiful country, their heritages, and Peoples.”

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, is for the trekkers who are looking for spectacular scenery and a great trekking experience, but only have 9-11 days available for trekking.

Prayer flags at Annapurna Base Camp
Trail on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
A trekker enjoying a hot beverage while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.

Mount Annapurna in sight, from Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp lies at a height of 4,230 meters and is where mountaineers start their summit of Annapurna I, the 10th highest peak in the world at 8,091 meters. The ABC trail traverses a variety of terrain ranging from glacier moraine and rice terraces to rocky stone steps and, along the way, offers an amphitheater of huge Himalayan peaks.

In addition to great scenery, the trek takes you through the villages of the ethnic communities of Gurung and Thakali, the latter renowned for their incredibly tasty Dal Bhat, also known as ‘Thakali’ sets. While this trek can be undertaken all year round, it is especially beautiful during spring as rhododendron flowers along the trail turn red, pink and white. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a classic trail and is recommended for anyone looking for a great trekking experience!

Annapurna Base Camp - Trek Facts
Trek Difficulty: Level 2 - Moderate
Trek Duration: 11 Days
Remoteness: Not Remote with well-serviced trails
Max Altitude: 4230 meters at Annapurna Base Camp
Accommodation: Cheap teahouses / Expensive Guesthouses / Lodges
Best Season: Mar-May, Oct-Nov
Transport To/From Trek: Bus or Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then bus to the trailhead from Pokhara
Permits required:
  1. Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  2. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
  3. Restrictive permits are NOT required for this trek

Annapurna Base Camp - Itinerary

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Annapurna Base Camp map

Below is a standard itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It may vary depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 01. Drive to Nayapul 
  • Day 02. Trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1540 m / 4 hours)
  • Day 03. Trek to Ghorepani (2800 m / 5 hours)
  • Day 04. Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3200 m) and trek to Tadapani (4 hours)
  • Day 05. Trek to Chhomrong (2170 m / 4 hours)
  • Day 06. Trek to Dovan (2580 m / 5 hours)
  • Day 07. Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m / 6 hours)
  • Day 08. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4230 m / 4 hours)
  • Day 09. Trek to Bamboo (2340 m / 6 hours)
  • Day 10. Trek to Jhinu hot springs (1780 m / 5.5 hours)
  • Day 11. Trek to Nayapul (1070 m / 6 hours) and then drive to Pokhara
View of Mount Machapuchare while on the Annapurna Base Camp trek

Alternative treks:

Besides the Annapurna Base Camp trek, there are other trekking options in the Annapurna region available to you.

  • The Annapurna Circuit trek is similar to this trek and can be completed in +12 days.
  • If you have less time on your hands and still want to explore the Annapurna region, then the 8-day Annapurna Panorama trek might be a good option for you.
Amazing views of the Annapurna Mountain Range

Annapurna Base Camp trek - Safety considerations

Please see the following safety considerations for the Annapurna Base Camp trek:

  • Since this is a high altitude trek that goes through high mountain passes, proper acclimatization is absolutely essential. Acclimatization days are required during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Temperatures regularly drop below freezing at Annpurna Base Camp during early spring, late autumn and winter. Depending on the time of the year, please ensure that you are properly dressed and have proper gear.