Annapurna Base Camp trek – the complete guide & itinerary

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The Annpurna base camp hike is a spectacular high-altitude hiking route that spans various environments in the Annapurna Sanctuary National Park. The trail starts winding through the beautiful forest and rice paddy terraces all the way up to the Annapurana Base Camp, at an altitude of 4100m. The scenery changes quickly as you gain altitude in the rainforest for snowy hikes up to your knees, between spectacular peaks. The base camp has an unreal setting surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world; Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna Sul (7219 m), the Machapuchhre fish tail (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m). The trail to Annapurna base camp is accessible from several trails and, depending on your route, the duration is 6 to 12 days. In this post, we describe different options for walking to Annapurana base camp. The trail is easy to reach by public transport from the beautiful city on the edge of Lake Pokhara. It is a walk around the teahouse, which means that there are many cheap hostels to stay and eat along the way. We discuss costs, itinerary, guides, porters, altitude sickness and give packing and planning tips.

Annapurna Base Camp hike overview

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  • Distance – 80 km / 50 mi
  • Days required – 6-7 days
  • Total ascent – 4975 m / 16322 feet
  • Total descent – 5040 m / 16 535 feet
  • Highest point – Annapurna Base Camp – 4147 m
  • Difficulty – moderate
  • Allow – TIMS Card – NPR 2000 / US $ 17 and permission from the sanctuary of Annapurna – NPR 3000 / US $ 25 pp.
  • Cost per day – $ 27 per person, including licenses and transportation.
  • Guide – not mandatory, can be done independently, with a guide / charger or in groups.
  • Accommodation – guest houses

How to Hike to Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking to Annapurana Base Camp is offered by several agencies in Pokhara as an all-inclusive package with a guide and porters. It is also popular to make this journey by hiring your own team, guides and porters are easy to find in Pokhara and, therefore, it is cheaper than a package hike. Completely independent trekking is the cheapest way to reach Annapurana Base Camp and if you can carry your own backpack, the route is well marked and easy to follow.

We walked several routes in the Annapurna sanctuary national park. The direct route goes through the Australian camp, Landruk and Deurali, to Annapurna base camp. The hike is usually done in combination with the Poonhill hike, the hike for this route starts in Nayapul, from where the hike continues to Ghorepani (2750 m). Trekkers usually spend the night walking up to Poon Hill (3210 m) for sunrise, after which the route continues via Thadapani towards Annapurana Base Camp.

Cost of hiking to Annapurna base camp

The cost of your hike to Annapurna Base Camp will be determined by the type of hike you are planning, your hiking route, the time on the trail and the station you choose.

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I went to a few different agencies in Lakeside, Pokhara, to get prices and information on tours and hiring staff.

All-inclusive Trek Packages

You can book a tour when you arrive through a local agency or before, through an online agency. Most international and local companies use the same local guides and carriers. Give your money to a company you trust, because in the end they are responsible for your safety and you want to go with a company using the best team.

Trekking with a local agency

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The seven-day hike at Annapurana Base Camp with a local agency is usually all-inclusive; guide, concierge all accommodation and food. The price in Pokhara is around $ 500. You have to pay more for wi-fi, hot showers and snacks.

Trekking with an international agency

7D6N Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the respectable international agency Klook – start and end in Pokhara, you can choose between an all-inclusive option or a more flexible option, including breakfast only. The tour includes a guide, carrying all accommodations. Wi-fi and hot showers are extra.

10-day hike to Annapurna Base Camp and Poonhill with G adventures – 15 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, including 10 days of walking. English-speaking guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the trek at Annapurna Sanctuary. All transport between destinations and to / from the activities included. Meals are not included in the price of the trip; there is a variety of dining options to offer maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also offers more budgetary flexibility, although food is generally cheap. The price of the tour is around US $ 850, budget US $ 300 to US $ 400 for food.

Trek with Porter and Guide

Organizing your own hike with guides and porters seems very expensive, but it is actually a very affordable way of trekking. We found the path easy to follow, it is reasonably well marked and, once or twice, we were not sure about the path, we could ask someone the right way. If you are not an experienced trekker or are walking alone, you are a good guide. If you don't want to carry your own backpack, hire a charger. Many solo trekkers hire a guide as a company, it is not good to walk alone and it is good to support the local economy.

  • 7 days guide x R $ 25 = R $ 150
  • Doorman 7 days x $ 20 = $ 140
  • Independent Trek = $ 195
  • TOTAL $ 485

You can be a group that shares a guide and more than one person can share a charger if you take some of your own equipment, significantly reducing this total price.

Cost of doing Annapurna Base Camp Trek Independent

We wrote down every penny we spent and that was our exact budget for a comfortable 6-day hike.

  • Food 22 500
  • Accommodation 1500
  • Transport 5000
  • Shower 1300
  • 10 000 licenses
  • TOTAL NPR 40 300 for two people

Our walk cost us a total of NPR 20,150 (US $ 165), so NPR 3358 (US $ 27) per person per day

ABC trekking licenses

Two permissions are required to do this hike, a TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and an Entry Permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area. Both licenses can be purchased at the Pokhara tourist office, if necessary, visas to stay in Nepal can also be extended here. Licenses are checked along the way.

A TIMS is required for all hikes in the Annapurna Sanctuary National Park and costs NPR 3000. The permit is only valid for a single entry into the park, something to remember if you plan on taking several hikes in this national park. The license for the local national park costs NPR 2000.

Getting to ABC Trek

Getting to Pokhara

The hike to Annapurna base camp can be started in several villages close to the city of Pokhara, by the lake. Pokhara can be reached from Kathmandu by road or air. There are several daily flights, the 30 minute flight is definitely the easiest way. Road transport is very slow and tourist buses and local buses are available. The tourist buses leave from Kantipath, near Thamel, all buses leave at 7am, be there at 6:15 am. Tourist bus prices started at around NPR 1000 (US $ 10) and these buses take about 6 hours to reach Pokhara. Local buses depart from Nova Rodoviária (it is not very busy and not very new). It was a little cheaper, with seats including suitcases costing around NPR 500 ($ 5). The local buses are minibuses, they carry them very full. The advantage is that they leave throughout the day, so you don't have to arrive early. They leave whenever they are full, so there is no specific time. The journey can take 6 to 10 hours, depending on traffic and the frequency with which the driver stops to take breaks and pick up passengers. Departing from the bus station in Pokhara to the tourist area, Lakeside, costs about 400 NPR by taxi.

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

Arriving at the beginning of the trail

Kande – The Kande track can be reached from Pokhara by public bus or taxi. The bus ride takes 1h 30 min to 2 hours and costs about NPR 300 (US $ 3), arriving at the bus station from the lake costs NPR 400 (US $ 4). We negotiated a taxi driver to go from Lakeside to Kande on NPR 2000, it took about an hour.

Ghandruk – Ghandruk can be reached by jeep at the Baglung bus park in Pokhara for around NPR 6000 per jeep, the trip takes about 3 hours. Returning to Pokhara from Ghandruk, we negotiated the NPR 3000 with a driver (we were just two people).

Different ABC trek routes

The trek at Annapurna base camp can be started and ended at different locations. If you are going to do the ABC hike as a separate hike without combining it with other routes, the best places to start and end are Kande and Ghandruk. You can do this anyway, starting at Kande (as we did) and ending at Ghandruk or vice versa. The total distance and the climb will be the same.

If you want to extend the walk, you can combine it with one of the other routes that many practitioners combine ABC with the walk on Poon Hill. In that case, you start in Nayapul. To do these two walks together, you’ll need to 8-10 days. You can combine our Itinerary in Poon Hill with this ABC itinerary.

Itinerary Poon Hill + ABC

  • Day 1. Pokhara Bus – Nayapul. Walk Nayapul – Ulleri, 12 km
  • Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, 8 km
  • Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani, 13 km
  • Day 4. Tadapani – Sinuwa, 13 km
  • Day 5. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14 km
  • Day 6. Deurali – ABC, 9 km
  • Day 7. ABC – Bambu / Sinuwa, 15 km / 19 km
  • Day 8. Bambu / Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14 km / 10 km

Another popular option is to combine ABC walk with the Mardi Himal. You can start in Kande and walk to Landruk (the first day is the same as the ABC walk) or take a jeep to Siding and start walking from there. From both places, you go up to Mardi Himal Base Camp and go down to Landruk. From Landruk, you continue the ABC walk. You'll need 10-11 days to complete it. You can easily combine our Mardi Himal walking itinerary with this ABC itinerary.

Mardi Himal + ABC walking tour

  • Day 1. Pokhara Bus – Kande. Trek Kande – Landruk, 16 km
  • Day 2. Landruk – Forest Camp, 5 km
  • Day 3. Forest Camp – High Camp, 8.5 km
  • Day 4. Camp Alto – Base Camp – Camp Alto, 9 km
  • Day 5. Camp Alto – Landruk, 12 km
  • Day 6. Landruk – Sinuwa, 12 km
  • Day 7. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14 km
  • Day 8. Deurali – ABC, 9 km
  • Day 9. ABC – Bambu / Sinuwa, 15 km / 19 km
  • Day 10. Bambu / Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14 km / 10 km

If you want to make the big circuit, you can combine the Annapurna circuit hike with the Annapurna base camp hike. It will be a very long journey. You will need two weeks to complete the circuit and 6 days to finish the ABC journey, 3 weeks in total and an extra day or two, in case you need to rest or the weather is bad etc. detailed itinerary of the Annapurna circuit easy to combine with this ABC itinerary.

Annapurna Circuit + ABC itinerary

  • Day 1. Bhulbhule – Ghermu, 15 km
  • Day 2. Ghermu – Tal, 18 km
  • Day 3. Tal – Timang, 21 km
  • Day 4. Timang – Upper Pisang, 27 km
  • Day 5. Upper Pisang – Manang, 22 km
  • Day 6. Day of acclimatization in Manang.
  • Day 7. Manang – Yak Kharka, 10 km
  • Day 8. Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi, 8.5 km
  • Day 9. Thorong Phedi – Muktinath, 15.5 km
  • Day 10. Muktinath – Jomson, 22 km
  • Day 11. Jomsom – Tukuche, 15.5 km
  • Day 12. Tukuche – Ghasa, 30 km
  • Day 13. Ghasa – Tatopani, 17 km
  • Day 14. Tatopani – Ghorepani, 17,5km
  • Day 15. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani, 13 km
  • Day 16. Tadapani – Sinuwa, 13 km
  • Day 17. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14 km
  • Day 18. Deurali – ABC, 9 km
  • Day 19. ABC – Bambu / Sinuwa, 15 km / 19 km
  • Day 20. Bambu / Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14 km / 10 km

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
6th
Sinuwa Station – Jeep
10 km / 6.2 mi

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

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

Bus / taxi Pokhara – Kande

We used to take buses everywhere in Nepal; it was the first time we took a taxi for a long distance trip. We have already made the bus journey and it took us about two hours to get from the Pokhara bus station to Kande, waiting for the bus to be full, many stops on the way, longer route through larger villages etc.

By taxi, it takes us less than an hour to get from our Lake Side hotel to Kande. The driver takes us in a shorter and more panoramic way. We paid NPR 2000 / $ 17. It is more compared to the bus, but it was much faster and more comfortable. You don't have to get a taxi in advance. There are usually many drivers waiting along the lake. You can just leave the hotel in the morning and find one.

To get to Kande by bus, you first need to take a taxi from Lake Side to the bus station, NPR 400 / $ 3. The bus will cost about NPR 300 / $ 3 per person.

Trek Kande – Landruk

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

* Generally, our schedules are slightly faster than average times. We recommend adding 1 to 2 hours, depending on the distance. All times are for walking and do not include stops for tea or lunch (we pause the clock when making long stops).

Elevation profile, day 1 of the 6-day ABC walking itinerary
Elevation profile of the first day of the hike at Annapurna base camp. The route from Kande to Landruk

The trail starts right at the bus stop in Kande, you can ask locals to show you the way. There are several signs along the route that point to Australian Camp. The free Maps.me app has a pretty good route map that we used at the beginning of the journey. From the Australian camp, there are more signs along the trail pointing the direction.

In Pothana, there is a permission checkpoint. Keep your permission and TIMS card until the end of the walk, on the way back, you will need to check out. The last checkpoint is before Nayapul.

The walk was quite easy, half was on a dirt road with little traffic and with beautiful views of the river and rice fields on the opposite side. You will see many signs along the route (mainly in the second half) that suggest a shorter or faster route to Landruk; in fact, it usually isn't. Owners of stores and inns that are off the trail sometimes post these signs that hikers walk their places and maybe buy something. Following the road is the fastest way to get to Landruk.

There are several villages along the route to stop if you start walking late and don't have enough time to walk to Landruk. The best places to stop are Pothana, about 4 km from Kande or Tolka – 13 km.

lights

  • Breathtaking views from Australian Camp
  • Beautiful scenery along the route
  • Great views of Landruk

Challenges

  • A steep and long climb early on, from Kande to Australian Camp, about 300 meters high.

Stops on the route between Kande and Bhichok

NameKandeAustralian CampPothanaBhichok
Distance0km2.5km3.7km7.6km
Elevationm2030m1980m1900m
Hostel+ + + +
restaurant+ + + +
shopping+ + + +
Electricity+ + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-Fi + + +

Stops on the route between Bhichok and Landruk

NameSome hostelsTolkaLandruk
Distance11.5km13km16km
Elevation1800m1787m1730m
Hostel+ + +
restaurant+ + +
shopping+ + +
Electricity+ + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-Fi + + +

Moonlight Guesthouse, Landruk

We’ve stayed in Landruk before, when we did the walk of the Mardi Himal. It is a pleasant village, with excellent views, several inns and shops. We wanted to stay at Maya Guesthouse (the same place we stayed at before), but it was full, there was a large group staying there. We had to find another place. Moonlight Guesthouse was the next one on the way. The rooms look a little more dilapidated and the dining area is not as good as in Maya, but the facilities are pretty decent. The view from the balcony was beautiful and the ladies who managed it were very pleasant. It was the only place on the journey where they didn't charge more for wi-fi, a hot shower or a phone. Price NPR 200 / US $ 2 for 2 people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, in-room solar shower
  • Internal bathroom – yes, in the room
  • Wi-fi – yes, it didn't work when we were here
  • Plugs – yes, in the dining room
  • Blankets – yes

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

Landruk – Himapani – New Bridge – Jhinudanda – Chhomrong – Lower Sinuwa

  • Distance – 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Uphill – 1141 m / 3743 feet
  • Descent – 676 ​​m / 2217 ft
Elevation profile of the second day of the hike at Annapurna base camp
Elevation profile of the Landruk to Lower Sinuwa trekking route

It was a very difficult hiking day, with a lot of uphill in the second half after the long suspension bridge. We decided to walk to Sinuwa, but if you are tired enough after the steep climb instead of staying in Chhomrong, to reach Sinuwa, you will have to go down first and then go up again. If you decide to stay in Chhomrong, you can follow our 7-day itinerary.

There are some ambiguous divisions on the route in the first half of the day, if you are not sure which way to go, it is best to get around or use Maps.me for navigation. We took a wrong turn in the crack about 2 km; one route goes down to the river (the wrong trail) and one continues (the right trail). From Landruk to New Bridge, there are not many places to stop for tea or coffee, but there are many small streams to replenish water.

Jhinudanda did not fit our itinerary, but many trekkers, especially groups, stop because of the hot springs. We didn't have time to go there, about 1 km from the village. I can't say if it's legal and it's worth stopping or not.

If you decide to go to Sinuwa, I recommend you stop for tea and rest in Chhomrong, Hotel Super View Top Lodge has good coffee and food. There is a checkpoint at the exit of Chhomrong.

From Chhomrong to Lower Sinuwa, it's only 3 km, but first you go down 200 m to the river and then 200 m down to Sinuwa. It took us an hour to walk from Chhomrong to Lower Sinuwa. There are two villages in Sinuwa, Lower Sinuwa and Upper Sinuwa. We didn't know, there was only one on the map. We got to Lower Sinuwa and assumed that was it. Two villages are only 1.4 km apart, but Alto Sinuwa is about 150 m higher. Both places are very similar, just a few hostels and not much else. You can stay at Lower Sinuwa, but I recommend going to Upper Sinuwa (if you are not too tired), it will make your next day easier.

lights

  • The start of the Landruk walk, on the right side of the river; green forest, many birds, small waterfalls, very peaceful and beautiful.
  • The long suspension bridge just before Jhinudanda, the longest suspension bridge I have ever seen, about 350 m long.
  • Hot springs in Jhinudanda.
  • Views of Chhomrong.
  • Views of Sinuwa.
A long suspension bridge en route to Jhinudanda
The longest suspension bridge we've ever seen in Nepal

Challenges

  • A very long steep climb from the suspension bridge to Chhomrong, 500 m high.
  • A long descent from Chhomrong to the river, about 300 m deep.
  • A steep rise from the river to Lower Sinuwa, 200 m.

Stops on the route from Landruk to Lower Sinuwa

NameHimalpaniNew bridgeJhinudandaChhomrongLower Sinuwa
Distance3.5km4.5km7 km8.5-9.5km12km
Elevation1400m1500m1730m2174m2220m
Hostel+ + + + +
restaurant+ + + + +
shopping+ + + + +
Electricity+ + + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-Fi + + + +

Preeti Guesthouse, Lower Sinuwa

Baixo Sinuwa, as well as Alto Sinuwa, is a very small place, with 3 or 4 inns and not much else. The views of the valley, the river and the rice terraces here are really great.

The hostel is nice, the rooms are neat and clean, with no bathroom or attached toilet, just shared facilities. Dinner offers wonderful views. The food here was not great, do not order pizza or soup, prefer eggs, pasta or rice. Price NPR 400 / $ 3.5 for two people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, outside shared gas shower, NPR 200 / $ 1.5
  • Indoor bathroom – no, shared bathroom outside
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 300 / $ 2.5
  • Power outlets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 200 / $ 1.5 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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

Lower Sinuwa – Upper Sinuwa – Bamboo – Dovan – Upper Dovan – Himalayas – Deurali

  • Distance – 14 km / 8.6 mi
  • Time – 4h40min.
  • Uphill – 1396 m / 4580 ft
  • Descent – 341 m / 1118 feet
Elevation profile for day 3 of the 6-day itinerary
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Lower Sinuwa to Deurali.

It was another difficult day, with many ups, especially in the second half after Dovan. The scenery was very beautiful. Stop to take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking views. Be sure to have a coffee (if you like coffee as much as we do) in the Himalayan village, the most difficult part of the day starts from there. You can have a really good coffee at Himalaya Guesthouse.

lights

The landscape was really fantastic; verdant forest, many waterfalls, huge boulders and gigantic trees covered with moss, many birds, small wooden bridges over the river, etc. It was like walking through an enchanted forest.

An enchanted forest on the way from Sinuwa to the Himalayas
For most of the third day, the trail runs through the beautiful forest

Challenges

  • A steep climb from Baixo Sinuwa to Alto Sinuwa, 150 meters high.
  • A steep descent to Bamboo, 150 meters away.
  • Many short ups and downs on the way from Dovan to the Himalayas.
  • A steep and quite long climb to the Himalayas, about 300m.
  • A very steep and long climb from the Himalayas to Deurali, 400 m.

Stops on the route between Lower Sinuwa and Deurali

NameUpper SinuwaBambooDovanHimalayasDeurali
Distance1.4km5.6km8 kilometers11.5km14km
Elevation2350m2300m2500m2830m3200m
Hostel+ + + + +
restaurant+ + + + +
shopping+ + + + +
Electricity+ + + + +
Hot shower + + + + +
Wi-Fi + + + +

Shangrila Guesthouse, Deurali

In Deurali, the climate is quite cold compared to Sinuwa, even during the day. There are 4 stores here. Shangrila lodge is the one at the top, outside we like it more. The location is pleasant, a typical inn with small rooms, two single beds in each, a dining room and a kitchen. The price is NPR 400 / $ 3.5 for two people. The food here was good, much better than at our previous hostel, prices are around NPR 20-50 higher.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, outside shared gas shower, NPR 250 / $ 2
  • Indoor bathroom – no, shared bathroom outside
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 300 / $ 2.5
  • Power outlets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 200 / $ 1.5 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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

Deurali – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp

  • Distance – 9 km / 5.5 mi
  • Time – 3h.
  • Uphill – 954 m / 3129 feet
  • Descent – 58 m / 190 feet
Elevation graph of the climb from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
Elevation profile of the climb from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

It is highly recommended to start walking early, in the morning, when the weather is good; in the late afternoon, it is often cloudy and windy. We started around 7:30 am.

We were very lucky with the weather that we had in the absolutely clear sky, it was very sunny, with no wind, a perfect day to enjoy the incredible landscape. From Deurali, the trail starts to climb and the climb does not stop until you reach the base camp of Annapurna (ABC). It was quite difficult to climb due to a lot of snow and increased altitude. The climb itself is not as steep as in previous days, it is very gradual, with no stairs, just a slope.

There is only one place to stop between Deurali and the ABC Base Camp Machhapuchhre (MBC). From there, it takes between 1h30min. and 2 hours to get the ABC. If it's a sunny day, wear sunscreen and sunglasses and a hat. The sun up there is very strong; at one stage it got so hot on the way to ABC that we took off our jackets and walked in our t-shirt. shirts.

We didn't use our microspikes or walking sticks on the way, but when we came down from ABC it was very useful.

lights

  • Incredible scenery on the way from Deurali to Machhapuchhre base camp.
  • Breathtaking scenery, from MBC to ABC, on a nice day, you get a 360 ° panoramic view.
  • One of the most beautiful scenery we've ever seen trekking in Nepal from ABC, truly impressive.
Snowy peaks, clouds and blue sky the scenery at MBC
The breathtaking view of Machhapuchhre base camp

Challenges

  • Walking in the deep snow was tiring.
  • Very gradual but very constant climb from Deurali to ABC.
  • When you reach the elevation of MBC, the walk from MBC to ABC is quite tiring.

Stops on route

NameMachhapuchhre base campAnnapurna Base Camp
Distance4.5km8.5km
Elevation3700m4147m
Hostel+ +
restaurant+ +
shopping+ +
Electricity+ +
Hot shower
Wi-Fi + +

Annapurna Guest House, Annapurna Base Camp

Currently, there are 4 stores in ABC (plus 2 under construction). All stores have the same facilities and the same food prices. The Lodge has a beautiful view of the cafeteria. It's very cold up here, inside the room, it's colder than outside. Price NPR 200 / US $ 1.5 per person.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – no, shower bucket, NPR 300 / $ 2.5
  • Indoor bathroom – no, shared bathroom outside
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 300 / $ 2.5
  • Power outlets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 250 / $ 2 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

Alternative option. Staying at Machhapuchhre base camp

There are two options for visiting the Annapurna Base Camp; going there and staying overnight (the itinerary above) or staying at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and taking a day trip to ABC. The MBC is much smaller than the ABC, 3700m vs 4140m. If the elevation starts to reach you or if it is your first high altitude hike, it is best to sleep lower. If you feel 100% good and it’s not the first time you’re going so high, you can stay at ABC.

Eu recomendo verificar a previsão do tempo antes de tomar uma decisão. Se estiver nevando muito, prefiro ficar na MBC e fazer uma caminhada de um dia até a ABC. Quando neva muito lá em cima, o risco de avalanches é bastante alto, a trilha pode estar fechada e você pode ficar preso no ABC por um dia ou dois. É improvável que isso aconteça na alta temporada (meses mais quentes), mas no inverno é muito possível. No inverno, o ABC fecha muitas vezes devido a avalanches.

Se você decidir ficar em MBC você pode vir aqui de manhã a partir de Deurali, 4 km, demora entre 1h30 e 2h. Uma vez na MBC, encontre uma pousada, faça o check-in, deixe sua mochila no quarto, vá para a ABC e volte. Existem 5 lojas no MBC, todas elas pareciam boas e novas.

Para caminhar de MBC para ABC e vice-versa leva cerca de 2h30min., mais cerca de 1 hora que você passa lá em cima tirando fotos, bebendo chá etc. A caminhada leva cerca de 1h30min., a descida é muito mais rápida 50min.-1h.

Ficar no MBC tornará seu dia seguinte 4 km mais curto e um pouco mais fácil.

Campbell cercado pelas montanhas nevadas a caminho do Annapurna Base Camp
Campbell a caminho de Annapurna Base Camp

Rota de caminhada de Deurali a Machhapuchhre Base Camp

  • Distância – 4 km / 2,5 mi
  • Tempo – 1h30min.
  • Subida – 483 m / 1584 pés
  • Descida – 57 m / 187 pés
Rota do perfil de elevação Deurali - Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Perfil de elevação da rota de trekking de Deurali ao acampamento base de Machhapuchhre

Rota de trekking do MBC ao ABC e de volta ao MBC

  • Distância – 7 km / 4,3 mi
  • Tempo – 2h30min.
  • Subida – 456 m / 1496 pés
  • Descida – 456 m / 1496 pés
Perfil de elevação da caminhada do acampamento base de Machhapuchhre ao acampamento base de Annapurna e volta
Perfil de elevação da rota de trekking do acampamento base de Machhapuchhre ao acampamento base de Annapurna e vice-versa. O percurso de ida e volta é o mesmo, a curva é diferente devido à diferença de tempo necessária para subir e descer

Dia 5. Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – Alto Sinuwa (2350m), 19 km

Acampamento Base Annapurna – Acampamento Base Machhapuchhre – Deurali – Himalaia – Dovan – Bambu – Alto Sinuwa

  • Distância – 19 km / 12 mi
  • Tempo – 5h.50min.
  • Subida – 406 m / 1332 pés
  • Descida – 2131 m / 6991 ft
Perfil de elevação da caminhada do ABC para Upper Sinuwa
Perfil de elevação do dia mais longo na caminhada ABC, de ABC para Upper Sinuwa

Foi um dia muito longo, com muitas descidas desde o ABC até Sinuwa. Há muitos lugares para parar antes de Sinuwa, nosso plano era cair até cansarmos o que fizemos. Apesar da distância, a descida foi muito mais fácil do que nas subidas dos dias anteriores.

A primeira metade do ABC para Deurali foi um pouco complicada devido à muita neve, mas depois de Deurali foi mais fácil e rápido. Se você decidir parar mais cedo, Dovan ou Bamboo são boas alternativas para Sinuwa. Dovan is about 13km from Annapurna Base Camp and Bamboo is 15km away. Both villages have many guesthouses and good infrastructure.

The part from Bamboo to Upper Sinuwa has one steep ascent that starts right after Bamboo. You can walk to Lower Sinuwa as well, it’s about 20min. walk.

luzes

  • Beautiful scenery on the way from ABC to MBC, the most impressive part of the trek.
  • Lush green forest on the way from Himalaya to Sinuwa; small and big waterfalls, a river, massive trees and boulders, etc.

Desafios

  • A descent from ABC to MBC and from there to Deurali is not very steep but if there is a lot of snow it’s difficult to walk.
  • A steep downhill from Deurali to Himalaya, 400m.
  • A steep ascent after Bamboo, about 150m.

Stops on the route from ABC to Dovan

NameMBCDeuraliHimalayaDovan
Distance4km8km10,5km13,5km
Elevation3700m3200m2830m2500m
Guesthouse+ + + +
Restaurant+ + + +
Shop+ + + +
Electricity+ + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Stops on the route from Dovan to Upper Sinuwa

NameBambooUpper Sinuwa
Distance15,5km19km
Elevation2300m2350m
Guesthouse + +
Restaurant + +
Shop + +
Electricity + +
Hot shower + +
Wi-fi +

Sinuwa Lodge, Upper Sinuwa

A typical guesthouse with small room, shared facilities and a dining hall. The views from the dining room are quite nice. Preço NPR 400/US$3,5 for two people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor toilet – no, outside shared toilet
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Power sockets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 100/US$1 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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

Upper Sinuwa – Lower 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 Upper Sinuwa to the jeep station

The whole day is just a sequence of ascents and descents, first you go down from Upper Sinuwa to the river, then up to Chhomrong, then down to Junudhanda and then up to Ghandruk. For the most of the day you walk down the same way you walked up but after the long suspension bridge you continue going up to Ghandruk.

No check-point in Chhomrong you have to check out from the trek. Another check-out point is at the exit from the park just before Nayapul. Buses and jeeps stop there you have to get out and go to the office to check-out. Make sure to keep your TIMS card and permit till the very end.

If you want to visit the hot springs in Jhinudanda you can stop there and the next morning continue walking to the jeep station that is only about 3,5km from there.

Our plan was to walk to Ghandruk but when we reached the jeep station that is about 2,5km before the village and there were several jeeps ready to take us back to Pokhara immediately we couldn’t resist. Ghandruk is a nice village we stopped there when we did the Poon Hill trek. If you want to stay in Ghandruk you can walk there, stay for the night and the next day catch a bus or a jeep to Pokhara. For us taking a jeep the same day was a better option.

We paid NPR 1500/US$12 per person, the jeep left immediately, it took less than 3 hours to get to Pokhara jeep station. From there it’s 10min. by taxi to Lake Side, NPR 400/US$3.

luzes

  • Great views from Chhomrong
  • Beautiful views on the descent from Chhomrong to Jhinudanda
  • Hot springs in Jhinudanda
  • Long suspension bridge

Desafios

  • A long descent from Upper Sinuwa to the river, 400m down.
  • A long and sometimes very steep ascent from the river to Chhomrong, 300m up.
  • A long and steep descent from Chhomrong to the suspension bridge, 500m down.

Stops on the route from Upper Sinuwa to the jeep station

NameLower SinuwaChhomrongJhinudandaJeep station
Distance1,4km4-5km6,5km10km
Elevation2220m2174m1730m1730m
Guesthouse+ + +
Restaurant+ + + +
Shop+ + + +
Electricity+ + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + + +
A couple of donkeys going downstairs on ABC trek
A group of donkeys going down 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 instead of 4 day but your days will be shorter and your daily ascents will be less. You can decided on which itinerary to follow after arriving in Chhomrong you don’t have make up your mind at the beginning of the trek.

Day 1
Kande – Landruk
16 km/10 mi
Day 2
Landruk – Chhomrong
9 km/5,5 mi
Day 3
Sinuwa – Bamboo
8 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 first day of 7-day itinerary is exactly the same as of 6-day itinerary. More details on on the Day 1.

One of the many stairs on Annapurna Base Camp trek
Steep stairs on the way from Kande to Australian Camp, the first 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 walk from Landruk to Chhomrong

The first half of the walk till the long suspension bridge was easy and enjoyable. After the bridge you start going up, the ascent finishes only in Chhomrong.

luzes

  • Beautiful forest, a river, nice views on the way from Landruk to New Bridge.
  • A long suspension bridge with stunning views from it.
  • Hot springs at Jhinudanda.
  • Great views from Chhomrong.

Desafios

  • Several small ascents and descents on the way from Landruk to Jhinudanda.
  • A long and steep ascent from the long suspension bridge to Chhomrong, about 500m up.

Stops on the route from Landruk to Chhomrong

NameHimalpaniNew BridgeJhinudandaChhomrong
Distance3,5km4,5km7km8,5-9,5km
Elevation1400m1500m1730m2174m
Guesthouse+ + + +
Restaurant+ + + +
Shop+ + + +
Electricity+ + + +
Hot shower + +
Wi-fi + + +

Hotel Super View Top Lodge, Chhomrong

Chhomrong consists of two parts you get the first group of houses once you reach the top, the second group is just around the corner, about 100m walk. Hotel Super View is the first guesthouse in the second group of houses. It has probably some of the best food on the trek. A great place to stop for coffee lovers they have an Italian Espresso machine and make good coffee. The views from the guesthouse are stunning. There are two types of rooms a standard double room with shared facilities costs NPR 500/US$4, a deluxe double room with attached bathroom – NPR 1000/US$8.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, NPR 100/US$1
  • Indoor toilet – yes, Western flush toilet
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Power sockets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 50/US$0,4 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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

  • Distance – 8 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 walk from Chhomrong to Bamboo, ABC trek 7-day itinerary

The beginning of the day is pure descent from Chhomrong all the way to the river. At the exit from Chhomrong there is a permit check-point. From the river the route goes up to Upper Sinuwa. From there to Bamboo the walk is quite relaxing.

luzes

  • Beautiful views on the way down from Chhomrong.
  • Great views from Sinuwa.
  • Lush green forest with many small waterfalls, big boulders, trees covered in moss, many birds, etc. on the way from Sinuwa to Bamboo.

Desafios

  • A long steep descent from Chhomrong to the river, 300m down.
  • A steep and very long ascent from the river to Upper Sinuwa, 440m up.
  • Several short ascents and descents from Upper Sinuwa to Bamboo.
  • A steep descent to Bamboo, 150m down.

Stops on the route between Chhomrong and Bamboo

NameLower SinuwaUpper SinuwaBamboo
Distance2,5km4km8km
Elevation2220m2350m2300m
Guesthouse+ + +
Restaurant+ + +
Shop+ + +
Electricity+ + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + +

If after arriving at Bamboo you feel like walking a little bit more you can continue to Dovan. We liked Dovan village more than Bamboo, it has newer guesthouses with better facilities and the views from there are better. Dovan is 2,5km from Bamboo, about 1h-1h20min. walk.

Trekking Guesthouse, Bamboo

There are five or six lodges in Bamboo, all look pretty much similar we liked Trekking Guesthouse the most. It has standard rooms with two beds, shared facilities and a dining room. There is no wi-if in Bamboo, at least it wasn’t available when we were here. Price NPR 400/US$3 for two people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor toilet – no, outside Western toilet
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Power sockets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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 is quite a tough day with a lot uphill walking. From Bamboo to Himalaya the trail goes through the forest, the ascents are not too steep, except the one just before Himalaya village. From Himalaya to Deurali the scenery starts changing less trees, more rocks and some patches of snow here and there.

luzes

  • A lush green forest with many small rivers and waterfalls on the way from Bamboo to Himalaya.
  • Great views of the mountain ranges and snow peaks from Deurali.
View of Deurali from the trail
Approaching Deurali, from there up the scenery changes completely.

Desafios

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

Stops on the route from Bamboo to Deurali

NameDovanHimalayaDeurali
Distance2,5km6km8,5km
Elevation2500m2830m3200m
Guesthouse+ + +
Restaurant+ + +
Shop+ + +
Electricity+ + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Shangrila Guesthouse, Deurali

There are 4 lodges in Deurali. Shangrila lodge is the one on the top. The place is nice, a typical guesthouse with small rooms two single beds in each, a dining room, outside toilet and shower. Despite our expectations there was no stove in the dining room like in guesthouses on other treks in Nepal, it was as cold in the dining room as in our room or outside. The price is NPR 400/US$3,5 for two people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, outside shared gas shower, NPR 250/US$2
  • Indoor toilet – no, outside shared toilet
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 300/US$2,5
  • Power sockets – yes, in the dining room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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 this day you can follow the 6-day itinerary from Day 4.

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

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

Day 7. Upper 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

Accommodation on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This is a classic tea house trek, accommodation in the tea houses (hotels) are cheap if you buy your meals here, but where else are you going to eat anyway? The tea houses make money out of food not accommodation. The cost for a double room in a tea house on this trek was NPR 400 or NPR 200 per bed. This did not always include a hot shower and internet.

Extra Charges at most guesthouses; Hot Shower – NPR 200, Charging NPR 200 per device in the dining room. Wi-fi – NPR 300

Food on the ABC trek

The food on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is similar to other treks in Nepal. The main local dish is dal bhat, rice and lentils with some curry, this is not the cheapest meal on the menu, but is sort of bottomless, when your plate is empty they come with more dal and rice, if you are hungry and on a budget this is the best way to go. The menu is very similar everywhere, we ate porridge, boiled eggs or an omelette for breakfast every morning and dal, pasta or fried rice for lunch or dinner. Food does get a bit more expensive as altitude increases, this is understandable since porters have to carry everything up the mountain.

Some unique meals to try on this trek is Gurung Bread which is a deep fried bread, Rosti a very filling potato cake that fried in the pan like a patty, order this with two eggs on top if you are very hungry.

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

Breakfast ( oats porridge)

  • at lower altitudes, Landruk (1730m) – 350 NPR
  • at higher altitudes, Duerali (3200m) – 400 NPR
  • high altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – 470 NPR

Lunch/dinner (fried rice)

  • at lower altitudes, Landruk (1730m) – 390 NPR
  • at higher altitudes, Duerali (3200m) – 400 NPR
  • high altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – 530 NPR

Dal Bhat

  • at lower altitudes, Landruk (1730m) – 590 NPR
  • at higher altitudes, Duerali (3200m) – 620 NPR
  • high altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4147m) – 670 NPR

Drinking water

It is another significant expense if you don’t have any filter or purification. We didn’t buy water on the route we each carried a LifeStraw bottle, we used it all the time and it worked great we could refill it on the way from any water tap or stream which means we didn’t have to carry extra water or buy plastic bottles

Trekking Insurance

Hiking at high altitude in a remote location, there are obviously very real risks.  Insurance is very important on any high altitude trek, altitude sickness is common and since there are no roads in these mountains if you get seriously injured or sick evacuation by helicopter is expensive. Most travel insurance will not cover extreme activities like high altitude trekking.  Get a quote here for World Nomads hiking insurance for Nepal that covers you to 6000m (that is a ‘yes’ for Annapurna Base Camp).

Doesn’t matter where you live or where you are at the moment, it takes less than 2 minutes to get a quote and you can buy it online even if you are already traveling. If you only take out a policy for your trek duration it is not too pricey, starting in a couple of days? it is not too late

Places to stay in Pokhara

Lakeside is the main touristy area of Pokhara it’s full of hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars etc. here you can find accommodation for any budget from cheap homestays to fancy spa hotels. We stayed a couple of times at OYO 11460 Hotel Romantica and stored our luggage there every time we went hiking. The hotel was nice; clean with good facilities, the staff was great, the girls that work there are very nice and helpful. Another place we stayed in was Hotel Lake Shore; the rooms are smaller but a little bit fancier, great shower (the best shower we had in Nepal), a very good breakfast menu.

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