The Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the classical and most scenic treks in Nepal. The trek passes through spectacular and tranquil landscapes, charming Gurung and Magar villages, pathways filled with colorful Rhododendron, lush green forest bamboo, and alpine forests truly The Annapurna Base Camp trek offers it all. At the trip’s final destination, the Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m where you can achieve a feeling of peace and become one with the beautiful nature of the mighty Annapurna’s. The Annapurna range of Nepal is a massif of mountain ranges with over sixteen peaks over 6000m. In Nepal, Annapurna is believed to be the avatar of Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. The literal meaning of it also translates to give or full. The entire ranges of Annapurna are protected in the Annapurna Conservation Areas which is the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The trek to Annapurna is considered one of the best treks in the world as you can see the transition of the green hills with waterfalls to jungles, then eventually to barren rocky hills and the snow-clad Annapurna ranges.
Why trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
- Revel in breathtaking vistas trekking amongst the Annapurna Range
- Immerse yourself in Nepali life as you trek through Gurung Villages
- Journey into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary for sublime panoramic views
- Experience two spectacular Himalayan mountain flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara
After due considerations and after understanding the guidelines and precautions set by the respective State Governments and the Government of India, we have decided to resume our operations and reopen our treks, ensuring the full safety and security of our Nomads and our on-ground staff.
- Click here more about the safety protocols followed by TrekNomads before, during and after the trek.
With the changing travel advisories and newer regulations coming into the picture, we understand that deciding and booking a trek can get tricky. We have relaxed our cancellation policy, read our new terms and conditions for cancellation here
What is included in the tour
- Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu domestic airfares
- Arrival and departure transfer to the international and domestic airport in a private vehicle
- 03 Nights accommodation at Kathmandu at deluxe category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
- 03 Nights accommodation at Pokhara at deluxe category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
- 09 Nights accommodation in TeaHouses during the trek on twin sharing basis
- Pick up and drop to and fro Ulleri / Nayapul and Pokhara
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Fee
- Pokhara sightseeing sight seeing to David falls, International mountain museum, Shanti stupa in a van with a guide
- Kathmandu sightseeing with a van and a guide full day for Pashupatinath – Bhaudhanath
– Monkey temple – Patan Darbar Square
- Three meals in a day along with three times tea or coffee during the trekking period
- 4 litres of purified filtered drinking water during the trek, per person per day
- 9 days trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide
- 1 porter for every 2 persons’ luggage
- Insurance, meals, transportations daily salary of guide & porter
- Nomads are allowed to carry only 15 kg personal luggage on trek
- 3 litres oxygen cylinder with mask regulator for emergency (additional charge if used)
- All government, local taxes and service charges
- TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
- Personalized Dri-Fit T-Shirt
- TrekNomads goodies
What is NOT included in the tour
- International airfare
- Nepal Visa fee
- Monument entry fee in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Lunch & Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Extra activities in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Any personal expense
- Excess baggage charge(s), if it exceeds 15kg
- Insurance Fee
- Mineral water or any type of soft drinks
- Boiled hot water, shower, etc, during the trek
- Extra meals apart from inclusions
- Camera/cell phone battery charge while on the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips to porters (calculated per person)
- Any other activity such as Bungee Jumping/River Rafting
- Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
- All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation.
- Get far from the bustling city life into peaceful and pristine nature
- Witness stunning views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung Kailash, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more
- Stay in teahouses of small villages
- Explore beautiful villages of Braga, Manang, Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Marpha
- Gaze at the breathtaking Annapurna range from Poon Hill
- Natural Hot spring at Jhinu
- Enjoy sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Kathmandu: 1,400 m (4,593 ft)
- Nayapul: 1,040 m (3,412 ft)
- Nayapul: 1,480 m (4,856 ft)
- Ghorepani: 2,850 m (9,350 ft)
- Poon Hill: 3,210 m (10,531.5 ft)
- Tadapani: 2,630 m (8,629 ft)
- Chhumrung: 2,170 m (7,120 ft)
- Dovan: 2,500 m (8,202 ft)
- Deurali: 3,230 m (10,597 ft)
- Machapuchare Base Camp(MBC): 3,700 m (12,139 ft)
- Annapurna Base Camp(ABC): 4,130 m (13,550 ft)
- Bamboo: 2,130 m (7,579 ft)
- Jhinu: 1,780 m (5,840 ft)
- Trek Gradient: Moderate
- Trek Distance: 100+ Km
- Assembling Point: Kathmandu
- Trek Duration: 50 + hours
- Average Temperature: 20°C to -10°C
- Best Months to trek: March,April, May, September,October, November
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and stay at a hotel
- Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, travel to Nayapul and then trek to Tikhedunga (1,525m)
- Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2,800m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 04: Hike to Poon Hill (3,200m), trek to Tadapani (2,570m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2,600m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 07: Trek to Deurali (3,230 m) / MBC - Machapuchare Base Camp (3,700m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 08: Trek to ABC - Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 09: Trek back to Dovan (2,600m) and stay at a lodge
- Day 10: Trek to Jhinu (1,780m) and visit natural hot spring water. Stay at a lodge
- Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and travel to Pokhara in a jeep. Stay at a hotel
- Day 12: Exploration day in Pokhara visit Santi stupa and international mountain museum, paragliding etc. Stay at hotel
- Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu, sightseeing and exploration day. Stay at hotel
- Day 14: Buffer day - for rest or try activities like Bungy Jumping/River Rafting
- Day 15: Final Departure transfer to airport 3 hours before your flight schedule
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Attitude: 760 m (2,493 ft)
Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport & check in to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until the evening when you'll enjoy a welcome drink with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Tikhedhunga
Attitude: 1,040 m (3,412 ft) / 1,480 m (7,021 ft)
Travel Distance / Duration: 40 kms / 1-2 hours
Trek Distance / Duration: 8-9 kms / 3-4 hours
CHANGE: fly to pokhara Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga/1525m – 3 hours easy trek Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara by car/van. It takes 1½ hours to get to Nayapul/1070m and start the trek to Thikhedunga. It is an easy walk of 2-3 hours to Thikhedunga through Birethanti and Ramghai. We walk through the bank of Burundi Khola and stay overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani
Attitude: 2,850 m (9,350 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 12-13 kms / 6-7 hours
CHANGE: 6-7 hours trek Our journey continues after hot breakfast at around 08:00 o’clock in the morning. Today, it is a bit demanding steep walk up of stone staircase to Ulleri for about one and half hours. Lunch break at Banthanti and beyond Banthanti, the trail goes through magnificent rhododendron and oak forests. It is 6-7 hours walk in total to get to beautiful Ghorepani. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Early Morning Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
Attitude: 3,210 m (10,531.5 ft) / 2,630 m (8,629 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 9-10 kms / 5-6 hours
CHANGE: An early-morning hike up to Poon Hill/3210m for amazing brilliant sunrise and panoramic view of high Himalaya, It takes about 45 minutes and 400 meter walk up to the view point. After enjoying sun rise and Mountain View come back to hotel and after breakfast trek to Tadapani/25400m. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong
Attitude: 2,170 m (7,120 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 7-8 kms / 5-6 hours
CHANGE: Leaving Tadapani, the trail descends down through forest and we can hear birds chirping. After walking down about 45 minutes the trail goes very steep downhill through the terraced field to Kimrung Khola, cross the suspension bridge and walk to Gurjung, the trail ascends up after Gurjung village during 45 minutes then straight walk to Chhumrung at the elevation of 2170m. It takes 4-5 hours from Tadapani to Chhumrung. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Dovan
Attitude: 2,500 m (8,202 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 8-9kms / 6-7 hours
CHANGE: The trail descends down 310 meter through thousands of stone staircase crosses then crosses Chhumrung Khola on bridge and climbs up to Sinuwa at the height of 2360 m,. It is easy walk through rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns then steep down with stone staircase to Bamboo. After having lunch there we walk throughout the cool forest about an hour to Dovan at the elevation of 2600 m. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Deurali
Attitude: 3,230 m (10,597 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 7-8 kms / 4-5 hours
CHANGE: We have a silence jungle walk today to Himalaya from Dovan. It is believed that mountains are sacred and holy. As it is already believed that Annapurna means "full of food" (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is "... the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess ... the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation and a universal fear. Her most popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga." Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth so from the religious view it is important to respect the Mother Nature, create peaceful and calm surroundings. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Machapuchare Base Camp
Attitude: 4,130 m (13,550 ft) / 3,700 m (12,139 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 7-8 kms / 6-7 hours
CHANGE: Above Deurali the valley widens and becomes less steep. After walking some stone staircase we reach at the place where some people were killed by avalanche a decade ago. We should not stop in this dangerous place for long time. This place is warned of avalanche so continue trek ahead with aware until you get to safe place. As you walk further, more beautiful White Mountains more seen and close. The trail turns to the left in the valley after Machhapuchhre Base Camp and it is pleasant walk up ABC though the air is thin. You can see 360?degree Mountain View from Base Camp. There are tremendous view of giant Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) 6997m and several other wonderful peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Dovan / Bamboo
Attitude: 2,500 m (8,202 ft) / 2,130 m (7,579 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 16-17 kms / 8-10 hours
CHANGE: After enjoying Brilliant Mountain view and taking hot cup of tea or coffee we take hot breakfast and trek down to Dovan or Bamboo via MBC, Deurali and Himalaya. We take tea and lunch break on the way. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu
Attitude: 1,780 m (5,840 ft)
Travel Distance / Duration: 8-9 kms / 5-6 hours
CHANGE: From Bamboo we walk up during 30 minute and it is pleasant jungle walk to Sinuwa then head down to Chhumrung Khola and walk up long stone staircase up upper Chhomrung then walk steep down to Jhinu, after check inn lodge and after eating lunch go down to the hot spring, it takes about 20 minutes. Take bath in natural hot water and come back lodge. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara
Attitude: 1,040 m (3,412 ft)
Trek Distance / Duration: 17 kms / 7-8 hours
CHANGE: After breakfast we trek kimche . It takes about 3-4 hours drive to Nayapul by jeep then we drive to Pokhara by private car or van. Stay in hotel in Pokhara.
Day 12: Pokhara Sightseeing
Exploration day in Pokhara visit Santi stupa and international mountain museum, paragliding etc
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and Sightseeing
CHANGE: After breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River and continue to drive to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch.
Then, you will visit the Patan Museum. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 14: Kathmandu
Keep this as buffer day. Try your hand at Bungee Jumping or go river rafting in the Zanskar river. Or, if you wish, take it as a rest day. Stay the night at Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final Departure transfer to TIA airport
Trekking in the Himalayas comes with its own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.
We've gone a step ahead and made sure that you don't have to worry about scouting for the best insurance option out there. When you trek with us, your insurance comes as a part of your inclusions.
Risk and Liability:
We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstances and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any type of sickness including altitude sickness.
Where is the Annapurna Circuit trail located?
The trail is located in the central region of Nepal. This trek will take you to the highest elevation of 5,416 meters at the Thorong La Pass. The average duration for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is 17 to 25 days though it can be extended or shortened by adding side treks or taking flight/vehicle.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderately difficult trek. Any healthy individual can do this trek, and you do not need to have prior trekking experience. However, you have to be mentally prepared to go on this trek. The most difficult part of this trek is when you will cross Thorong Phedi and Thorong La Pass.
How long do we trek every day when doing ACT?
On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Sometimes your walking hour will be 4-6 hours a day also.
What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?
The highest altitude reached on this trek is 5,416m/17,769ft. This is the elevation of Thorong La Pass.
What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?
You can bring your charger and charge your batteries en route. There is a hot water facility but, you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.
Are there ATMs on the trail?
No, there are no ATMs on the trail. You have to draw enough cash from Pokhara or Kathmandu before commencing the trek. You have to carry Nepali currency with yourself during the trek.
What about internet access?
You will find internet access in most of the places. There might be sometime when you will not find internet access due to a technical problem. You have to keep in mind that the internet here is not as fast as your home country.
What if I am a solo traveler? Is there a supplemental for singles?
No problem. Many of our Nomads travel solo. It may also be an option to join a small group or another solo traveler, let us know if this interest you. Yes, there is a supplemental cost if you are traveling alone, please contact us to find out more.
Will I have to carry all of my own stuff on the Trek?
No, unless you request to. Our porters will carry up to 12 kg of weight for each trekker. All you need to carry are your essential items for the day. The porter fee is included in the price of your trip. We plan for 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12-13 kg is more than sufficient.
What is the weather like in May?
The temperature during this season is 15°C as lowest and with a maximum of 25°C during sunny days, a minimum of -15°C in the morning and at night normally for areas above 4,000 meters.