Annapurna Base Camp Trek
On the Annapurna Base Camp trek, our objective is the Annapurna Base Camp which is a natural amphi-theatre surrounded by some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks. Macchapucchre and Annapurna South dominate the horizon at the beginning of the trek. But later the imposing Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft.) mesmerizes those trekking to Annapurna. Despite the name, very few expeditions use Annapurna Base Camp for their attempt on Annapurna I. Instead, they choose to establish a base camp on the other side of the mountain near the Annapurna Circuit trail.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek traverses through the Annapurna Sanctuary which is the sacred home of the Gurung people. The Gurungs are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal. And they are the predominant recruits in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. In the beginning, the trek is through terraced rice fields. Continue up and down the infamous, and seemingly endless, Gurung staircases. Thereafter, gradually ascend to old growth and bamboo forests to the Macchapucchre Base Camp. Finally, ascend gradually to the Annapurna Base Camp . Macchapucchre is a holy mountain for the Gurung people. Hence climbing the mountain is prohibited.
Trekking in the Annapurna region is a great first time trek in Nepal. Come join us and experience the culture and hospitality of the Gurung people on this spectacular journey! Do consider adding the Khopra Ridge Trek to your itinerary if you have more time. Also, combine this trek with the Annapurna Circuit Trek for a complete Annapurna experience. We’d be happy to customize a trek for you.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a lodge trek. This means you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The lodges on this trek are basic and clean. But they are not quite at par with those on the Everest Base Camp Trek. Also, beyond Chomrong, once you enter the sanctuary, because there are limited lodges, single rooms may not be available. So you may have to share. Furthermore, lodges in the Sanctuary (beyond Chomrong) have rooms with 3-4-5 beds. And you may have to share with trekkers from a separate group. To help you avoid sharing with other we will pay extra for the extra beds. But this may not be possible in the busy trekking months of October and November.
Meals on this trek are quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on Lodge treks. All lodges are powered by the local micro-hydropower except those at Annapurna Base Camp which is powered by solar panels. Battery charging fees ranges from Rupees 200-300 per person. Wifi is available at almost all the lodges for a charge of around Rupees 200 per person.
Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November). It is also possible to do this trek in December.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is rated “STRENUOUS”. It is rated 4 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest altitude reached is at Annapurna Base Camp (13,625 ft/4,160m). Average daily hiking times is 5 to 6 hours with one long day of around 7 hours. Regardless, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.
WHY TREK WITH US?
All our Annapurna Base Camp Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services. Moreover, all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices. But they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. With over 30 years of experience, most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We employ the most professional and friendly staff.
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