Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Everything you should know

Annapurna Base camp is the most popular trekking destination of Nepal after Everest Base camp. The breathtaking mountain sceneries in Annapurna range including majestic Mt. Machapuchare and Mt. Dhaulagiri provides a one in a lifetime adventure. The surrounding Annapurna Conservation area boasts a dense collection of birds, animals and rare species like snow leopard, red panda etc. This trek also engulfs a magnificent view of world’s deepest gorge. Similarly, the blooming exquisiteness of rhododendron forest adds a unique color to your trek where you can also explore the culture of local Gurung and Magar tribes, infamously known as Himalayan honey hunters.

Trekking season usually lasts through March to May and October to December. This multi-day trek starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara and can take 7-12 days based on your route of trekking. From Pokhara trekkers head to Ghandruk, Komrong, Kimrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Himalaya, Durali, Machapuchare Base Camp and finally Annapurna Base Camp. You can expect to walk at an average of four hours a day in the steeply hills. At the same time, there are numerous tea houses along the route which offers food, drinks and accommodation in a home stay setting. This makes it easier for trekkers to end their walk whenever exhausted. You can expect to pay extra for charging, WiFi and hot water facilities which is reasonably priced. 

This trekking may cost traveler $600 to $1000 based on the amenities and services provided by the tour package. You will need to obtain TIM card and trekking permit to embark this expedition which costs around $50. This becomes a lot easier if you book your trip from an agency as they will do it all for you. We highly recommend you to have your travel insured with a valid insurance provider as you will be trekking for days. Some tour operators already include an insurance on the travel package but some may not. If you plan to carry a lot of gears and equipment you might consider hiring a porter for $20 a day. We recommend you to carry a refill water bottle as plastics are banned in the region.

Average Walk: 4 hours a day

Best Season:  March to May & October to December

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation: 1400 – 4,130 meters

Duration: 7 – 12 days

Cost: $600 – $1000

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