Nepal – Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna region in the north central of Nepal covers a series of thirteen 8000m peaks and sixteen 7000m peaks, including the 10th highest peak in the world Annapurna I (8091m). The entire Annapurna region, the first and largest conversation area of Nepal, is protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Its snow-capped peaks and tourist-friendly tea houses' facilities has attracted many trekkers and climbers every year.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. Located at 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp is set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). The trek offers an incredibly spectacular panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas' peaks.
About The Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp trek can start from either Nayapul or Dhampus. Starting from Nayapul is the more popular option.
Our Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Nayapul (1070m) through the scenic Gurung villages of Ghandruk of the Annapurna foothill to Ghorepani (2850m). At Ghorepani, you will do a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise view. This hike to Poon Hill allows for acclimation before ascending higher towards Annapurna Base Camp. From Ghorepani, the trek will take you to Chomrong, Dovan and Machapuchare Base Camp, along the narrow gorge of Modi Kola, before arriving at Annapurna Base Camp. The descend is via the same route to Chomrong, heading to Jhinu Danda hot springs area. If time and weather permit, you can spend sometime for a relaxing soak in the hot springs before ending the trek at Phedi.
There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts
Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.
Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.
Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.
Good to have some high altitude trekking experiences. You will be trekking at above 3500m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for more than 10 days.
Equipment and Gear
You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the teahouse and after sundown, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.
A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.
- Dates listed are for open international group
- You can also form a private group. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Kathmandu.||-/-/-||1300m|
|Day 2||Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.||B/-/D||1300m|
|Day 3||Drive to Pokhara.||B/L/-||830m|
|Day 4-5||Drive to Nayapul (1080m) . Start trek to Ghorepani||B/L/D||2850m|
|Day 6||Pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m). Trek to Tadapani||B/L/D||2630m|
|Day 7-10||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp though Chomrong (2100m), Dovan (2520m) and Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m)||B/L/D||ABC - 4130m|
|Day 11-13||Trek down to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara on Day 13.||B/L/D. Exclude dinner on Day 13||830m|
|Day 14||Drive back to Kathmandu.||B/L/-||1300m|
|Day 15||Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
- All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
- Half day city tour in Kathmandu
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in teahouse during trek
- Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
- Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and porters (1 porter to 2 trekkers)
- Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
- Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; National Park entry fee
- Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping (Budget around 10 to 15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 5000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local partner is the top 10 companies out of around 2000 trekking companies in Nepal, awarded by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in all regions in Nepal, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue. They carry a portable oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter and comprehensive first aid kit for emergency purpose.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good four months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.