Duration
11
Days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 8
Accommodation
  • 3 Nights 3*** Hotel 
  • 7 Nights Best Available Teahouse
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 8 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a 'must-do' trek for all trekkers. Walk on Nepal's oldest trekking trail and arrive at the heart of Annapurna Region. Trek through a typical Nepalese mountain landscape dotted with terraced fields, rhododendron forest and rustic villages. Swap stories with elderly Gurung and Magar villagers, many of whom have served in the British army, and yes marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna peaks. Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to one of Nepal’s most popular trekking trails. The first trekkers to Nepal had trodden on these paths and you walk on the same trail taken by the pioneers. Visit settlements of the valiant Gurkha warriors and set foot on Annapurna Base Camp. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp leads you to a wondrous world of snow and ice. Step on a glacial sanctuary fortified by the spectacular Annapurna Massif.  Celebrate the incomparable beauty of the Himalayas at ABC. You lie in a frozen ring of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks including Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world.

Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Kimchi village. From the first day’s trek to the last, our experienced trekking guide will be there to lend support and guidance. Hike past traditional Gurung villages and green terraced fields neatly sculpted on mountainsides. The forked summit of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) looms over the trail. Annapurna Region has seen major development in the past few years, yet the trail to Annapurna Base Camp remains untouched. It is a joy to walk beneath soaring Himalayan peaks and trees laden with flowers. During spring the trail bursts into a profusion of pink, red and white rhododendron blooms. In addition, on the last leg of your trek, enjoy a relaxing dip at Jhinu Danda’s hot springs. Finally in Pokhara, get nostalgic at Phewa Lake. Gaze at the reflection of peaks under whose shadows you had walked.

If you are reasonably fit and looking for a high altitude walk lasting for just over a week, then this short Annapurna trek is just right for you. Within a short duration of eleven days, you will be able to reach an elevation of 4,130m, cross two base camps (ABC and Machhapuchhre Base Camp) and stand at a natural amphitheater, close to some of the world’s highest peaks. 

But if you are looking for something challenging, then we have our Annapurna Circuit Trek -16 days which involves a crossing of a high mountain pass, Thorung La, at 5,416m. Covering the circuit will let you experience the unique Bhotia culture and dramatic landscapes. If you have fitness issues but still want an Annapurna experience, then our Ghorepani Poonhill Trek  - 7 days is ideal for you. Other Annapurna Treks that lies off-the-beaten path include the Mardi Himal Trek- 9 days and Khopra Ridge Trek - 10 days. 


Trip Highlights

  • Follow a classic route to Annapurna Base Camp in the Annapurna Region
  • Visit the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Stand beneath the Annapurna Massif, including Annapurna I (8,091m)
  • Walk through mountain villages of the brave Gurkha soldiers. The Annapurna base camp Trek route crosses a typical Nepalese countryside (terraced fields, mountainside villages), rhododendron forests, two base camps and a hot spring. Sample Gurung hospitality.
  • Enjoy a relaxing soak at Jhinu Danda’s  natural hot spring

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Graded moderate, anyone who is reasonably fit and is used to walking on hilly terrain can do this Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • You will have to trek for 8 days on an uphill and downhill trail. Minimum you will be walking for 1 hour and maximum 8 hours. On average you will have to walk for 5 to 6 hours each day. 
  • The highest point reached during the trek is the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m. No technical climbing involved. You get to enjoy phenomenal close up views of Annapurna Massif without any technical climbing.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easier and shorter than other high altitude treks, like EBC Trek.

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) expand

Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Meet your trek leader at the pre-trip meeting held later in the day. A briefing by your trek leader on your Annapurna adventure will follow.  Listen carefully as your trek leader describes in detail the trail and what to expect during the trek. Further check your gears for the final time. If you have forgotten any item you can buy or hire it from any of the shops selling trekking gear. Get suggestions from your trek leader. Later head to the lively tourist hub of Thamel. We recommend you to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during the day, so as to enable you to attend the group briefing. After the meeting you can take a stroll around Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hub. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 2:

Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft.), drive to Kimchi and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6364ft.) expand

Duration: 25 minutes flight, 2:30 hrs drive, 2 hours (2 km) trek

Get up early and prepare to leave Kathmandu. From the domestic airport in Kathmandu take a scenic flight to Pokhara, a pretty lakeside town.  On reaching Pokhara, board a vehicle and drive to Kimchi. A two and a half hours drive brings you to this small settlement from where your trek begins.  Climb on well-laid stone steps all the way to Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village and home to brave Gurkha soldiers. Explore the village. There are many interesting places you can head to, like the Gurung Museum for instance. There’s also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Immerse yourself in the local mountain culture while interacting with the villagers. Enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna Himal. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,118ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek

Walk past terraced fields, and follow a winding route down to Kimrong Khola, occasionally passing through cascading waterfalls. From time to time stop for awhile to take in the views. Cross a bridge and thereafter take a steep ascent via a stone staircase to Chhomrong, another Gurung village. As soon as you reach the village head towards a teahouse and rest your aching muscles. From Chhomrong, the snowy walls of Annapurna South and Machhapucchre (Fishtail Peak) seem very close. Take pictures and simply let the majestic beauty of the mountains work its magic on you. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (7 km) trek

Today’s trek involves more steep descents and ascents on stone staircases. Walk down a flight of steps to Chhomrong Khola and cross the metal suspension bridge. An uphill hike through a wooded trail filled with oak, bamboo and rhododendron trees brings you to Khuldighar. From here take an easy descent down to Bamboo, your stop for the night. Bamboo is made up of a cluster of teahouses catering to trekkers on the Annapurna trail. Overnight in Bamboo.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8.5 km) trek

Hike through a track shaded by thickets of bamboo. The path opens up after Himalaya Hotel offering delightful views of the glacial river flowing down the valley. Your itinerary involves a steep ascent to the historic Hinku Cave that served as an overnight camp for the first group of climbers daring to ascend Annapurna I. Follow an undulating path till you reach Deurali, a small settlement with few blue-roofed stone huts. As you gain altitude the temperature begins to dip and you begin to feel the cold, especially at night. Overnight in Deurali.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8 km) trek

Leave Deurali behind and make a quick descent down to a glacial river. In order to reach ABC you need to first cross Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Enter the Machhapuchhre Base Camp through a narrow valley flanked by steep mountainsides. The walk through the ‘natural gateway’ to Annapurna Sanctuary (abode of the gods according to local folklore) is an unforgettable experience; one that you will remember long after your trek is over. As you get higher the tree line disappears and the vegetation gets sparser. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp enjoy glorious views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail peak), Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. Though the area is known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp, climbing on the peak is strictly forbidden. The mountain is a guardian deity of the locals. Ascend higher till you reach Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp lies in a valley surrounded by glaciers and the grand peaks of the Annapurna Massif. The awe inspiring sight will be enough to melt away all your aches and pains! Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7–8 hours (16.5 km) trek

First thing you do is get up early to catch the sun rising over the snowy peaks. Secondly head down to the Annapurna Sanctuary to witness this phenomenal sight. Watch the spectacular display of light and colour, as the first rays of the sun touch the frozen peaks making them seem like a ring of melted gold. Capture this moment in your mind and your camera to be treasured forever. Explore the glacial bowl and stand beneath the icy circle formed by the peaks of Annapurna Himal, including Annapurna South, Tharpu Chuli, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III & IV and Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world. Later on take a long descent down to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (9 km) trek

From Bamboo head to Jhinu Danda, a beautiful settlement famous for its natural hot springs. Follow an up and down trail past a verdant trail. Hike through Chhomrong before you make a final descent to the ridge-top settlement of Jhinu Danda, your overnight stop. After checking into the teahouse, immediately walk down to the riverside and relax your tired muscles with a dip in the naturally heated pool. Later head to a teahouse and celebrate the completion of your trek with the crew and team members. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Trek to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) expand

Walking Distance: 1-2 hours (3 km) trek, 2: 30 hours drive

The last leg of your trek takes you to Siwai. Walk past terraced fields and traditional farms till you reach Siwai. As soon as you reach there, board a vehicle and head to Pokhara. Once you arrive in Pokhara check into your hotel. The lakeside city is frequently visited by international as well as domestic tourists. The rest of the day is for you to spend it on your own.  Take a well deserved rest or stroll around the lakeside area. Sit by the serene Phewa Lake gazing at Machhpuchhre’s reflection and colourful boats. If you want to see more of Pokhara you can book a half-day guided sightseeing tour at an extra cost. Overnight in Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Batika
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 10:

Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) expand

Duration : 25 minutes flight

Take an afteroon flight to Kathmandu. Before you fly back to to the capital, you can visit the popular sightseeing spots of Pokhara or try paragliding. These activities will incur extra costs. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel. Take rest for as long as you like. Later on, go souvenir shopping or visit some places of interest. Celebrate the conclusion of your Nepal Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a complimentary farewell dinner with your guide or a representative from our office. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 11:

Final Departure expand

You will be driven to the airport in due time to catch your flight (three hours prior to the scheduled departure). If you want you can extend your trip and explore more of the country. Choose from our vast range of itineraries or allow us to customize a tour for you. Bid goodbye to Nepal !

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast


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Route Map

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Altitude Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 days Altitude Map

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3-star accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight(Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized cares
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation

During your Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you spend 2 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara. You will be accommodated at a 3 star hotel - Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. These hotels are centrally located feature rooms with comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms. Other amenities include in-house restaurant, café, bar and free wi-fi.

While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. These are run by local families and is a source of sustenance for mountain communities. At Ghandruk, Chhhomrong and Jhinu Danda your rooms will have attached bathrooms and you can enjoy free hot showers.

At higher elevations, only basic facilities will be available at the lodges– bed, shared washroom (western style toilet) and a communal sitting and dining area. You need to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. To save on cost, you can bring extra batteries.

Carry toilet paper rolls as most teahouses’ toilets don’t have toilet paper rolls. 

The rooms have thin walls and are not insulated.  Most rooms have two single beds with a small table in between. The beds come with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Using your sleeping bag and pillow liner will be more hygienic. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket for warmth as it can get quite cold during the night.

Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If travelling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.


Meals

During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast will be complimentary. There are many multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries around Thamel in Kathmandu and lakeside area in Pokhara which serve good food. From fine dining options to budget eateries, you will be spoilt for choice. On your last night in Kathmandu, we invite you for a complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. 

On the trail, enjoy full-board trekking. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation cost are already included in the package. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route.

If you are gluten-intolerant, we advise you to bring your own gluten-free snacks and extra food as there will be limited food options for you at the teahouses.

The meals served at the teahouses are freshly prepared. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).

At breakfast you can expect bread, eggs, hash brown, cereal or porridge with tea or coffee. During lunch and dinner, you can choose from the extensive menu. Nepalese traditional meal of ‘Dal-Bhat’ (rice, lentil soup, curry and pickle) with unlimited refills is the most filling and energy-giving.

We urge you to stick to vegetarian foods as the meat served on the trail could be several days old and not safe for consumption. If you feel you need your dose of protein, you can bring canned tuna or sardine. These are readily available at departmental stores in Kathmandu.

It is advisable to stay away from alcohol and carbonated drinks while trekking, as these will adversely affect your body’s acclimatization process.

 


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Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The weather stays dry and clear during these times which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.

During spring, the rhododendron forests covering the trail burst into colorful pink, white and red blooms. Walking through the hills covered with rhododendron blooms, against the backdrop of the snowy Himalayas will seem like a walk through paradise.

Autumn is the most popular season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. With the end of wet monsoon season which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around late September or October will allow you to experience the most important festivals of the Nepalese Dashain and Tihar. These festivals celebrated by Hindus last for several days. Expect good food, merry-making, dance and music at all the villages along the trail. 

You can also opt for a monsoon or winter trek, if you want to avoid the crowds. You can enjoy some off-season discounts at teahouses which remain mostly empty during these times. But you should be ready to face some discomforts (rain, snow and extreme cold) if you take to the trail at these times.


Getting to Annapurna Base Camp

First you need to travel to Pokhara, which can be done by taking a flight or driving overland. Many private airline companies operate daily flights on the Kathmandu- Pokhara route. Taking a flight maybe expensive but it saves you time and is more comfortable. In less than 30 minutes you reach your destination.

If you are traveling on a budget, you can opt to travel by a tourist coach or a local bus. The journey takes around 6 to 7 hours. Tourist bus to Pokhara departs daily from Sorahkhutte and Thamel  at 7 AM. If you want to travel like locals then you need to go to Naya Bus Park in Gongabu and get yourself a bus ticket to Pokhara. There are also micro vans or Hiace vans which leave for Pokhara at an interval of 1 to 2 hours daily. Private vehicles are also available on hire. The vehicle comes with a driver and rental charges vary according to the size and type of the vehicle.

As per our itinerary, you travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa by flight. Due to the mountainous terrain, aircrafts used for domestic flights in Nepal tend to be small and light.  You will be flying either in a 70 to 47 seater ATR , 30 seater Jetstream or a 18 seater Beechcraft. The 25 minutes flight lets you enjoy incredible views of Himalayan peaks.

On reaching Pokhara, you board a private vehicle and drive to the trailhead of your trek, Kimchi, The drive, on a pitched highway, lasts for a little over two hours. From Kimchi you trek all the way to Annapurna Base Camp and return by foot to Matque. On the last day of your trek, you will be picked up from Matque and driven to Pokhara.


Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits you need for Annapurna Base Camp Trek are – 1) Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit, and 2) TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.

Both Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit and TIMS Card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

To get these permits you need to provide the following documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photos
  • Dates when your trek starts and ends
  • Itinerary/route
  • Entry and exit points
  • Emergency Contact Information (local and home country’s)
  • Travel Insurance Details

Permit Fees: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit: NRS 3000 per person for foreigners, NRS 1000 for citizens of SAARC countries, and NRS 100 for Nepalese.

TIMS Card: NRS 1000 if you are trekking with a guide. NRS 2000 for free individual trekker (FIT). For SAARC country nationals, NRS 300 if trekking with a guide and NRS 600 for a solo trekker.

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.


Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to the foot of tenth highest in the world Annapurna I (8,091m). The highest point of your trek is Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 metres above sea level. Here the air is thin which will make breathing a bit difficult.

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 metres. Taking diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay.

One should take necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help. In the worst case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.

This ABC Trek itinerary has been designed by experts and veteran guides. The trek is well paced and allows your body to gradually get used to low levels of oxygen in the mountain air.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1000m/3,281ft

88%

2500m/8,202ft

73%

3000m/9,843ft

68%

3500m/11,483ft

64%

4000m/13,123ft

60%

4500m/14,764ft

57%


Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 litres of fluid

To tackle the menace of plastic waste in the Annapurna region, the sale of bottled water has been banned since 2015.  Inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will find several safe drinking water stations.  We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.

You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tend to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which are readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled and filter drinking water at additional cost. Charges vary according to altitude (the higher you reach, the more expensive it will be) and quantity. You will be charged from USD 1 to 2 for a pot of hot and filtered drinking water.


Internet Connectivity

Internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Annapurna Region. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.

You can also get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data to use on your trek. But the mobile internet data only works up to Bamboo. Beyond Bamboo you can use the Wi-Fi hotspot at the teahouses to access internet.

Packing Checklist for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Annapurna adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 litres) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank  and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Find a more detailed - Packing List For Trekking In Nepal

Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage at your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.    


Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to the base of an 8,000 metre peak, Annapurna I (8,091m) . Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.

When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

We believe in ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.


Travel Insurance

For Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 4,130 metres and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.

Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure.

Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country. 

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.


Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.

Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.

If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to a lower elevation or get air lifted to Pokhara or Kathmandu for expert medical aid.


A typical day on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle, before you hit the trail by 8 AM along with your guide.

To avoid walking in the heat and to enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.

Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.

Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers till dinner is served (around 7PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch etc. Afterwards, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.

On average, you may have to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. The toughest will be the ascent to Annapurna Base Camp and the long descent to Bamboo (7- 8 hours) the next day. On Day 7 you will have to wake up earlier than usual to catch the sunrise.


Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We as a company support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment.  As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) we make sure that our trips are environment friendly.


Annapurna Base Camp Trek FAQs

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.

If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary. 

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.

The permits needed are - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System fee).

The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattress, pillows, blankets and bed sheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cosy feel to them.

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water. 

Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.


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Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

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Werner Berger
Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a 5-Star

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities. So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places. One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures. Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

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Kasper Holm
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May 31, 2019
Much-needed break of Trekking
As a child, I used to go hiking with my father and years later upon hiking with my office colleague I realized how much I love it. Ever since that, I made a conscious effort to go on trekking holidays and this time it was Annapurna Base Camp. The serenity of the mountains has a calming effect on me. Trekking peacefully amidst lush hills, meandering river marveling at the diverse landscape, rich mountain culture and tradition. We had cloudy, rainy and sunny days; experienced all. I have seen best sunrises during this trek so I doubt if I would like anything less than that! Awesome and Unforgettable experience. There is a big question if you should take a guide and potter. Personally, I like to bask in the beauty of the region and let someone take care of food and accommodation. Also, anything can go wrong in the mountains so I believe the guide is for those difficult days! Health and safety come first.
Monica Miller
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Apr 28, 2019
A Rewarding Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The trek was challenging for me; the uphill climb and descend took a toll on me. However, the encouraging words of my guide kept me going. The weather wasn’t much in our favor but we didn’t miss the amazing sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp. Firstly, I was surprised at being surrounded by mountains which I couldn’t see earlier due to low visibility; we were in the amphitheater of mountains. The Himalayas were so close I felt it could be touched. With sunrise, the snowcapped mountains slowly turned into sheer gold; it is one of the most prized memories from the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Felt like living a quote which says difficult road leads to beautiful destinations. A big thank you to the team of Third Rock Adventures for turning my dream of trekking high in mountains a beautiful reality!
Good Value
Highly Recommended
Recommended by my friend who did this trek
The entire trip is full of memories but the panorama of Annapurna Base Camp and sunrise from here will hold a special memory.
Bring a hard drive with good capacity so that you don't have to think before clicking pictures or videos.
Aaron Jacob
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Sep 05, 2018
One of the most beautiful treks ever taken
A friend of mine had done the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. After going through his Instagram pictures and videos of his trek, I was hooked. I knew I had to do this trek and visit this wonderful place. My friend had trekked with Third Rock Adventures and he recommended this company. According to him they were highly professional and employed some really good guides. He was not wrong. I booked my ABC trek with the company and I had no complaints. My guide Shiva, was jolly and quite knowledgeable about the local area and culture, while Ram (the porter) was humble, patient and ever smiling. The villages and terraced fields along the trail were beautiful. The joy and relief that I felt on reaching ABC cannot be put into words. The experience was simply incredible. Thank you Third Rock Adventures for this amazing journey! If I take another adventure in Nepal in the near future, it will definitely be with you guys!
Recommended by friend.
Yes.
I chose this trek as I wanted to visit Annapurna Region.
The whole trip was memorable.
Come to Nepal and head to the mountains!
Chae Rim Kim
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Aug 08, 2018
Fantastic trekking and good people
We did Annapuruna trekking with Third Rock Adventures! The porter and guide was very very good people so the trekking was best to me. If I come back again I choose this agency again. Thank you very much because thanks to this agency I had a very happy time! I really recommend to you guys.
Good Value,Recommended by Friend,Best and Selected Tours,
Recommended this trip
Koon Keong
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Aug 08, 2018
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
I came to nepal with my friends with hope of standing next to the great Annapurna ranges. Third Rock Adventures made our dream come true. They took care of everything,from an excellent english speaking guide, porters, accomodation and food, everything was taken care of. Their responsible attitude and unmatched service has really touched us to the core. We felt blessed to be among such beautiful mountains and we felt even more blessed to have Third Rock Adventures guide us all the way to the top. I highly recommend Third Rock Adventures to everyone who want to trek in Nepal.
Best Destination,Good Value,Recommended by Friend,
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