Annapurna Base Camp Trek

10 Days 9 Nights
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Description

Annapurna Base Camp – A Trekking Gem in Nepal  

Annapurna Base camp lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal at an altitude of 13,550 feet and it is also known as “Annapurna Sanctuary trek”. Therefore, it takes you close to the base of some towering Himalayan peaks exceeding 7000 to 8000 m and offers phenomenal close views of the highest peaks of the world.

Annapurna Base camp is famous all across the globe because of its majestic attractions on the trail, i.e. – dense forests of Rhododendrons and exotic landscapes with mind boggling sight of the Annapurna Range in front. Another great attraction of this trek is tea houses owned by locals for accommodation which can be easily found in some distance.

It should be tried by every mountain lover because Annapurna base camp trek rewards you with the stunning close views of Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, Annapurna south and other peaks of Annapurna massif.

Annapurna Base Camp trek

“Annapurna Sanctuary trek”

The trail of Annapurna Base Camp trek is inside the protected boundaries of the area, this is the reason it is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek.
Diverse Vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area
You can find the diverse vegetation on this trek like Bamboos and Rhododendrons. Enter the Annapurna sanctuary and start trekking through the dense forests of high oaks.

Ahead come across tall grass en route and further find trees of Daphne. Move forward towards the base camp and witness the blooming wildflowers and lush grass between boulders.

The trail offers you a chance of trekking multiple times through the dense forests.

Annapurna Base Camp trek

Why Choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Attractions

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Pokhara which can be reached from the capital of Nepal i.e. “Kathmandu” in 5-6 hours. It is easily accessible via road or plane which makes it comfortable for trekkers to easily reach there.

Grab the mountain views right from the first day, Machapuchare, hiunchuli and Annapuna South welcomes you when you reach Ghandruk and they are visible until you reach Sinuwa village.

Annapurna Base Camp trek

Come across the diverse vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area.

Have a glance of Nepali Culture. On the way there are many lodges which are owned by the locals. Delicious Nepali food is served there. Go through some quaint villages and have a glance of the lifestyle of villagers.

Must Read about Annapurna Base Camp

Duration – 10 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)

Best Time – March, April

Level – Moderate to Difficult

Highest Point – 13,550 feet

Trekking Distance (total) – (70 km)

Temperature – (15°C to 20°C) (0°C to 5°C)

Key Points of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

Level: Difficult (so first timers trekkers should avoid)

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures?

Shoes are the single most important equipment

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization

Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides

Phones don’t work on the trek

Beautiful landscape so carry good photo gear (I couldn’t carry my best equipment)

Travel light (my backpack was heavy at about 10 kg to 12 Kg )

Keep an extra day in your itinerary for crossing the pass to account for bad weather

If you choose Good and helpful trekking company Himalayan Hikers than it is better for you because Himalayan Hikers is experienced company our mission is safe treks, growth of locals.

Short Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp

Day1 – Reach Pokhara on your own Altitude – 4,600 feet

Day2 – Drive from Pokhara to Lower Ghandruk and trek to Komrong

Day3 – Trek from Komrong to Chomrung

Day4 – Trek from Chomrung to Dovan

Day 5 – Trek from Dovan to Machapuchare base camp

Day6 – Trek from Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

Day7 – Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Day8 – Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu

Day9 – Trek from Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar

Day10 – Reserve Day

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Day 1 : Reach Pokhara on your own

Altitude – 4,600 feet

Pokhara lies 5/6 hours away from Kathmandu and is the opening to Annapurna region. It is easily accessible via road and plane too.

Today the stay will be in a hotel at Pokhara.

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Day 2 : Drive from Pokhara to Lower Ghandruk and trek to Komrong

Total distance – 5 km (trek)

Time taken – 2/3 hours (Drive) 3 hours (trek)

Altitude – 7,380 feet

The vehicle will be arranged to reach the point from where the trek starts. After 2/3 hours of drive, reach the point and start trekking towards Lower Ghandruk. It is the biggest village on the trail which can be reached in an hour.

Come across some tea houses there and the others can be easily found ahead.Now, from Lower Gandhruk trek towards Komrong, it is a gradual descent till the stream, after crossing it the trail bifurcates, take the right and after a one hour steep ascent reach Komrong.

Stay at Komrong for the night.

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Day 3 : Trek from Komrong to Chomrung

Trek Distance – 7 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Altitude – 7,120 feet

Chomrung is clearly visible from Komrong because it is located on the ridge top. After breakfast, start descending and cross a stream ahead. Now after a half an hour ascent reach Kimrong Khola.
Cross this part and follow Kimrong khola along the side of mountains. Further the ascent is gradual and on the other side Komrong is visible, go higher and get attractive views of rising peaks. The mountains visible from there are Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare and a bit of Gangapurna.
After hike of 1 hour reach the lodges in starting of Chomrung present at the mountain’s edge. Now, climb to the top and witness Annapurna South closely. Also, have a glimpse of Chomrung’s whole village and beautiful village of Sinuwa.

Annapurna Sanctuary is accessible only through Chomrung which offers delicious view of high Himalayan peaks. Many shops and tea houses are present here which are run by locals. Register yourself at the check-post. Do carry your original ID’s with you.

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Day 4 : Trek from Chomrung to Dovan

Total distance – 10.5 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Altitude – 8,460 feet

Chomrug to Sinuwa (7,675 feet)

Today, post breakfast, descent through stone steps and move towards Chomrung village and in half an hour reach Chomrung Khola. The climb is steep on stones. After a 20 minutes steep hike reach Tilche hamlet, here come across few houses and ahead lies Lower Sinuwa, which can be reached in few minutes.
From here, reaching Upper Sinuwa will take 20 minutes. Further from the view point Annapurna III and Machapuchare are visible. Above upper Sinuwa is Annapurna Sanctuary area, it has dense forests and some grouped tea houses.

Sinuwa to Bamboo (7,675 feet)

Now, gradually climb through muddy trail from Sinuwa to Bamboo and after half an hour you will reach a clearing. Descend till bamboo and reach there in thirty minutes.
All the way through forest section, the sound of gushing Modi Khola can be heard.

Bamboo to Dovan (8,460 feet)

The trek is through the dense forest, ascent to Dovan starts from the end point of Bamboo lodges which isn’t too strenuous. Cross multiple bridges and reach there in 10 minutes.
There are lodges for accommodation, where you can spend a good night.

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Day 5 : Trek from Dovan to Machapuchare base camp

Total distance – 10 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Altitude – 12,135 feet

Dovan to Himalaya (9,510 feet)

Post breakfast start the trek from Dovan to Himalaya. And, after a few minutes of trekking, cross the bridge and start climbing, after some short but steep ascents, two routes lead to Himalaya. Take the short one which opens up to Machapuchare and Modi Khola views. Reach Himalaya and halt there.

Himalaya to Deurali (10,595 feet)

From Himalaya, climb yp and reach Hinku cave then descend for 15 minutes till snow patches are visible. After crossing a stream and these snow patches you can reach Deurali. Now, trek through the boulder region and leave the alpine forests, ahead only grass and bamboos are found. Now, descend over small boulders.

Deurali to Machapuchare Base Camp

To reach Machapuchare base camp, cross Deurali’s last lodge by climbing for few minutes till the valley opens up, from here Gangapurna and Machapuchare can be seen from a distance.
Descending for more than 30 minutes will bring you to Bagar. Now, ascendand cross Modi Khola over a bridge, you can reach the base camp in half an hour from this point. The majestic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare from there will leave you awe struck.
You will cross some snow bridges and enter the grassy fields which have some Daphne trees, the vibrant flowers can be seen blooming on the way. Around 4000 feet altitude is gained so be careful of Altitude Motion Sickness.

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Day 6 : Trek from Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

Total distance – 3.5 km

Time taken – 2 hours

Altitude – 13,550 feet
Today, have breakfast early and leave Machapuchare Base Camp but do not miss the color changing sunrise view from there. The starting 1 km trek is steep but further the trail is a gradually ascending one. Go towards Annapurna South and the last walk is on moraines.

Annapurna Base Camp is surrounded by lofty Himalayan peaks. Have a look at extraordinary views of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gandharvachuli, Gangapurna and Machapuchare. Get to the edge of the Annapurna glacier and relish the views.

Have dinner and spend your night there in serenity.

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Day 7 : Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Total distance – 16 km

Time taken – 8/9 hours

Altitude – 7,675 feet
Today’s trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo is going to be the longest. Follow the same trail which you followed to reach Annapurna Base Camp.
Cross Machapuchare Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya and Dovan.
The descent is steep and further there are some short ascends to reach Bamboo. Spend your night there.

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Day 8 : Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu

Total distance – 10 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Altitude – 5,770 feet
Wake up early today and post breakfast leave for Jhinu. Follow the trail which lead to Sinuwa village and climb the steep steps to reach the check post. Reach there in forty five minutes; the descent is steep till Chomrung Khola followed by a steep ascent to Chomrung.

Checkout from the office, then take the trail which goes upwards. Then after descending through steep steps reach Jhinu in 2 hours. Now, a forest will be visible which faces towards Modi Khola. This place is famous for hot water springs.

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Day 9 : Trek from Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar

Total distance – 6 km

Time taken – 4 hours

Altitude – 3,740 feet
The trek is from Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar which can be covered in 4 hours. Start descending from Jhinu ahead lies Kimrong Khola Bridge, cross it and take the trail which leads to Somrong. There are houses lined up on the side and the trek is a combination of ascents and descents. Further, the road divides one goes to Landruk and other to Kyumi.

Go on the trail which leads to Kyumi and further reach a mini village named Uppu Dandu. Descend through the stoned path and come to Kalchane, some tea houses are present there. Now, follow the trail of Kyumi and get there in about half an hour.

Kyumi is a village with few tea houses; you can rest there for sometime. Climb up towards Ghandruk and head towards Birethanti, then you can reach the road in 45 minutes. This is Sayuli Bazaar; the ending point of the Annapurna basecamp trek. Now get back to Pokhara from where the trek started.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Pokhara To Pokhara

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Kasol To Kasol

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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