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Annapurna Base Camp Trek – the Complete Guide & Itinerary Travel

The Annpurna Base Camp hike is a spectacular high-altitude hiking route that spans various environments in Annapurna Sanctuary National Park. The path begins and winds through beautiful forests and terraces with rice fields that reach the Annapurana Base Camp at 4100 m. The landscape changes quickly when you gain altitude from the tropical forest and hike in the knee-deep snow between spectacular snow peaks. The base camp has an unreal environment surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), the fish tail Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m). The trail to Annapurna Base Camp is accessible from several starting points. Depending on your route, the duration is between 6 and 12 days. In this post we describe different ways to hike to Annapurana Base Camp. The route is easy to reach by public transport from the beautiful seaside town of Pokhara. It’s a tea house hike, which means there are plenty of cheap guesthouses along the way to stay and eat. We discuss costs, travel route, guides, porters, altitude sickness and give tips on packing and planning.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek overview

  • distance – 80 km
  • Days required – 6-7 days
  • Total ascent – 4975 m
  • Total descent – 5040 m / 16 535 ft
  • The highest point – Annapurna Base Camp – 4147 m
  • difficulty – moderate
  • Permits – TIMS card – NPR 2000 / US $ 17 and Annapurna Sanctuary Permit – NPR 3000 / US $ 25 pp.
  • Cost per day – $ 27 per person including permit and transportation.
  • Conduct – not mandatory, can be done independently, with a guide / porter or in a group.
  • accommodation – Guest houses

How to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Annapurana Base Camp is offered by several agencies in Pokhara as an all-inclusive package with a guide and luggage rack. It is also popular to do this hike by hiring your own staff. Guides and porters are easy to find in Pokhara, making them cheaper than a package walk. Completely independent trekking is the cheapest way to get to Annapurana Base Camp. If you can carry your own backpack, the route is well marked and easy to follow.

We hiked several routes in Annapurna Sanctuary National Park. The direct route goes through the Australian camp, Landruk and Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp. The hike is often carried out in combination with the Poonhill hike. The hike for this route begins in Nayapul, from where the hike to Ghorepani (2750 m) continues. Hikers usually hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) at sunrise at night. Then it continues via Thadapani towards Annapurana Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek costs

The cost of your hike to Annapurna Base Camp depends on the type of hike planned, your trekking route, the time on the trail and the time of year you choose.

I went to several different agencies in Lakeside in Pokhara for prices and information on tours and hiring.

All-inclusive trek packages

You can book a tour if you arrive online through a local agency or in advance through an agency. Most international and local companies use the same local guides and carriers. Give your money to a company you trust because ultimately you are responsible for your safety and you want to work with a company that employs the best people.

Trekking with a local agency

A 7-day Annapurana Base Camp hike with a local agency is often all inclusive. Guide, doorman all accommodation and food. The price in Pokhara is $ 500. You have to pay extra for WiFi, hot showers and snacks.

Trekking with an international agency

7D6N Annapurna Base Camp Trek With the renowned international agency Klook – Start and End in Pokhara, you can choose between an all-inclusive option or a more flexible option with breakfast only. The tour includes guides, porters of all accommodations. Wi-Fi and hot showers are extra.

10 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Poonhill with G adventures – 15 day tour from Kathmandu to Kathmandu including 10 day hike. English speaking guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Sanctuary hike. All transports between destinations and to / from included activities. Meals are not included in the tour price. You can choose from several options to give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more flexibility in budgeting, although groceries are generally cheap. The tour price is approximately $ 850, the budget is $ 300 to $ 400 for food.

Trek with porter and guide

Organizing your own trek with guides and luggage racks sounds very expensive, but is actually a very affordable way of trekking. We found the route easy to follow, it is fairly well marked and once or twice if we weren’t sure which route to choose we could ask someone for the right way. If you are not an experienced trekker or go for a walk alone, a guide is a good idea. If you don’t want to carry your own backpack, rent a luggage rack. Many solo trekkers hire a guide to accompany them. It is not a good thing to hike alone and support the local economy.

  • 7 days tour x $ 25 = $ 150
  • Porter 7 days x $ 20 = $ 140
  • Trek Independent = $ 195
  • A total of $ 485

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

Cost of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Independent

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

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

Our hike cost us a total of 20 150 NPR (165 USD), so 3358 NPR (27 USD) per person per day

Trekking permit for ABC

This permit requires two permits, a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and an entry permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area. Both permits can be obtained from the Pokhara Tourist Office. If necessary, visas for a stay in Nepal can also be extended here. The permits are checked on the go.

All walks in Annapurna Sanctuary National Park require a TIMS that costs NPR 3000. The permit is only valid for a single entry to the park. Keep this in mind when planning multiple hikes in this national park. The approval of the local national park costs NPR 2000.

Arrival to the ABC Trek

Arrival in Pokhara

The hike to Annapurna Base Camp can be started from several villages near the seaside town of Pokhara. Pokhara can be reached from Kathmandu by road or by 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. Tourist buses depart from Kantipath near Thamel. All buses leave at 7 a.m. and are there at 6:15 a.m. The prices for tourist buses started at around 1000 NPR (USD 10) and these buses take around 6 hours to reach Pokhara. Local buses depart from the new bus station (it’s not a big bus station and not very new). It was a little cheaper, seating including luggage was around NPR 500 ($ 5). Local buses are minibuses, they are very full. The advantage is that they leave all day, so you don’t have to be there early. They go whenever they’re full, so no specific time. The journey can take between 6 and 10 hours, depending on traffic and how often your driver stops for breaks and picks up passengers. A taxi from Pokhara bus station to the tourist area of ​​Lakeside costs around 400 NPR.

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

Get to the trail head

Kande – The starting point in Kande can be reached from Pokhara by public bus or taxi. The bus ride takes 1 hour, 30 minutes to 2 hours and costs approximately 300 NPR (3 USD). The trip from the lake shore to the bus station costs 400 NPR (4 USD). We negotiated a taxi driver to drive from Lakeside to Kande for NPR 2000. It took about an hour.

Ghandruk – Ghandruk can be reached by jeep from the Baglung bus parking lot in Pokhara for about 6000 NPR per jeep. The journey takes about 3 hours. Back to Pokhara From Ghandruk we negotiated with a driver for NPR 3000 (we were only two people).

Different routes from ABC Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be started and ended at different locations. If you want to do the ABC hike as a separate hike without combining it with other routes, Kande and Ghandruk are the best places to start and end. You can do it either way, starting in Kande (like us) and ending in Ghandruk or the other way around. The total distance and the ascent are the same.

If you want to extend the hike, you can combine it with one of the other routes that many hikers combine ABC With the Poon Hill hike. In this case you start in Nayapul. To do these two treks together you need 8-10 days.

Poon Hill + ABC itinerary

  • Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul. Trek Nayapul – Ulleri, 12 km. From Nayapul, follow our Poon Hill route.
  • 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 – Bamboo / Sinuwa, 15 km / 19 km
  • Day 8. Bamboo / Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14 km / 10 km

Another popular option is combining ABC Trek with Mardi Himal. You can start in Kande and walk to Landruk (the first day is the same as on the ABC trek) or go to Siding with a jeep and walk from there. From both places it goes up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp and down to Landruk. From Landruk we continue on the ABC hike. You need 10-11 days to complete it.

Mardi Himal + ABC trekking route

  • Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Kande. Trek Kande – Landruk, 16 km
  • Day 2. Landruk – forest camp, 5 km. From Landruk, follow our Mardi Himal route.
  • Day 3. Forest camp – high camp, 8.5 km
  • Day 4. High camp – base camp – high camp, 9 km
  • Day 5. High camp – Landruk, 12 km
  • Day 6. Landruk – Sinuwa, 12 km
  • Day 7. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14 km
  • Day 8. Deurali – ABC, 9 km
  • Day 9. ABC – Bamboo / Sinuwa, 15 km / 19 km
  • Day 10. Bamboo / Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14 km / 10 km

If you want to do the long distance, you can combine the Annapurna Circuit Trek with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It will be a very long hike that will take you two weeks to complete the route and 6 days to complete the ABC hike. 3 weeks in total and an extra day or two if you need some rest or the weather is too bad etc. We have a very detailed Annapurna Circuit trekking route that is easy to combine with this ABC trekking route.

Annapurna Circuit + ABC itinerary

  • Day 1. Bhulbhule – Ghermu, 15 km
  • Day 2. Ghermu Valley, 18 km
  • Day 3 valley – Timang, 21 km
  • Day 4. Timang – Upper Pisang, 27 km
  • Day 5. Upper Pisang – Manang, 22 km
  • Day 6. Acclimatization day 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, 17.5 km
  • 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 – Bamboo / Sinuwa, 15 km / 19 km
  • Day 20. Bamboo / Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14 km / 10 km

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – the 6 day itinerary

day 1
Kande – Landruk
16 km
day 2
Landruk – Sinuwa
12 km
Day 3
Sinuwa – Deuali
14 km
Day 4
Deurali – ABC
9 km
Day 5
ABC – Sinuwa
19 km
Day 6
Sinuwa – jeep station
10 km

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

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

Bus / Taxi Pokhara – Kande

We drove buses all over Nepal. It was the first time that we took a taxi for a long-distance trip. We have made the trip by bus before and it took about 2 hours to get to Kande from Pokhara bus station. We were waiting for a bus to fill up, lots of stops along the way, longer stretches through larger villages, etc.

It took us less than an hour by taxi to get from our hotel in Lake Side to Kande. The driver drives us shorter and more scenic. We paid NPR 2000 / US $ 17. It’s more compared to the bus, but it was much faster and more comfortable. You don’t have to order a taxi in advance. Usually many drivers wait at the lake. You can just walk out of your hotel in the morning and find one.

To get to Kande by bus, you must first take a taxi from Lake Side to the bus station, NPR 400 / US $ 3. The bus costs approximately 300 NPR / US $ 3 per person.

Trek Kande – Landruk

  • Distance – 16 km
  • Time – 4h10min. *
  • Ascent – 578 m
  • Descent – 700 m

* Our times are usually slightly faster than the average times. I would recommend adding 1-2 hours depending on the distance. All times are walking times that do not include stops for tea or lunch (we stop our watch when we make long stops).

Elevation profile day 1 of the 6-day ABC travel route
Elevation profile of the first day of the Annapurna Base Camp hike. The route from Kande to Landruk

The route starts right at the bus stop in Kande. You can ask the locals to indicate the route. There are several signs along the route that indicate the Australian Camp. Free app Maps.me has a pretty good route map that we used at the start of the hike. There are other signs along the way from the Australian camp that point in the direction.

There is an approval checkpoint in Pothana. Keep your permission and your TIMS card until the end of the hikeOn the way back you have to check out. The last checkpoint is just before Nayapul.

The way was pretty easy. Half of it was on a dusty road with little traffic and some nice views of the river and rice fields on the opposite side. On the route you will see many signs (mostly in the second half) that indicate a shorter or faster route to Landruk. This is usually not the case. Off-road owners of shops and pensions sometimes make this sign that hikers walk through their places and maybe buy something. Following the road is the fastest way to Landruk.

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

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views from the Australian camp
  • Beautiful landscape along the route
  • Great view from Landruk

Challenges

  • A steep and long climb right at the beginning of Kande to the Australian Camp, approx. 300m high.

Stops on the route between Kande and Bhichok

Surname Kande Australian camp Pothana Bhichok
distance 0km 2.5 km 3.7 km 7.6 km
elevation m 2030m 1980m 1900m
Inn + + + +
restaurant + + + +
business + + + +
electricity + + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wireless Internet access + + +

Stops on the route between Bhichok and Landruk

Surname A couple of guest houses Tolka Landruk
distance 11.5 km 13km 16km
elevation 1800m 1787m 1730m
Inn + + +
restaurant + + +
business + + +
electricity + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wireless Internet access + + +

Moonlight Guesthouse, Landruk

We were in Landruk before when we did the Mardi Himal Trek. It is a beautiful village with great views, several guest houses and shops. We wanted to stay at Maya Guesthouse (the same place we were before), but it was packed with a large group. We had to find another place. The Moonlight Guesthouse was the next on the way. Rooms look a little shabby and the dining area is not as good as the Maya, but the facilities are fairly decent. The view from the porch was beautiful and the ladies who run it were very nice. It was the only place on the hike where there were no additional fees for WiFi, hot shower, or phone charging. Price NPR 200 / US $ 2 for 2 people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, solar shower in the room
  • Indoor toilet – yes, in the room
  • Wi-Fi – yes, it didn’t work when we were here
  • Sockets – yes, in the dining room
  • Blankets – yes

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

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

  • Distance – 12 km
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Ascent – 1141 m
  • Descent – 676 ​​m
Elevation profile of the second day of the Annapurna Base Camp hike
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Landruk to Lower Sinuwa

It was a pretty tough day of hiking with a lot of uphill in the second half after the long suspension bridge. We decided to go to Sinuwa, but if you are tired after the steep climb, you’d better stay in Chhomrong to get to Sinuwa, you have to go down and then up again. If you choose to stay in Chhomrong, you can follow our 7-day itinerary.

In the first half of the day there are some ambiguous divisions on the route if you are not sure which way to go or to use Maps.me for navigation. When we separated about 2 km, we made a wrong turn. One route goes down to the river (the wrong way) and another up (the right way). From Landruk to New Bridge, there aren’t many places to drink tea or coffee, but there are plenty of small streams to refill with water.

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

If you want to go to Sinuwa, I recommend drinking tea and resting in Chhomrong. The Hotel Super View Top Lodge offers good coffee and good food. There is a checkpoint at the exit from Chhomrong.

It is only 3 km from Chhomrong to Lower Sinuwa, but first it goes about 200 m down to the river and then 200 m up to Sinuwa. It took us 1 hour to walk from Chhomrong to Lower Sinuwa. There are two Sinuwa villages, Lower Sinuwa and Upper Sinuwa. We didn’t know about it, there was only one on the map. We arrived in Lower Sinuwa and assumed that it was. Two villages are only 1.4 km apart, but Upper Sinuwa is about 150 m higher. Both places are very similar, just a few guest houses and not much else. You can stay in Lower Sinuwa, but I would recommend going to Upper Sinuwa (if you’re not too tired) to make your next day a little easier.

Highlights

  • The beginning of the hike from Landruk on the right side of the river; lush green forest, lots of birds, small waterfalls, very peaceful and beautiful.
  • The long suspension bridge just before Jhinudanda, the longest suspension bridge I’ve ever seen, about 350 m long.
  • Hot springs in Jhinudanda.
  • Views from Chhomrong.
  • Views from Sinuwa.
A long suspension bridge on the way to Jhinudanda
The longest suspension bridge we have 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 lower.
  • A steep climb from the river to Lower Sinuwa, 200 m high.

Stops on the route from Landruk to Lower Sinuwa

Surname Himalpani New bridge Jhinudanda Chhomrong Lower Sinuwa
distance 3.5 km 4.5 km 7 kilometers 8.5-9.5 km 12km
elevation 1400m 1500m 1730m 2174 m 2220m
Inn + + + + +
restaurant + + + + +
business + + + + +
electricity + + + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wireless Internet access + + + +

Preeti Guest House, Lower Sinuwa

Lower Sinuwa and Upper Sinuwa is a very small place, 3 or 4 guest houses and not much else. The view of the valley, the river and the rice terraces from here is really great.

The guest house is nice, the rooms are tidy and clean, with no attached bathroom or toilet, only common facilities. The food offers a nice view. The food here wasn’t great, don’t order pizza or soup, just stick with eggs, pasta, or rice. Price NPR 400 / US $ 3.5 for two people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, shared gas shower, NPR 200 / US $ 1.5
  • Inside toilet – no, outside toilet
  • Wi-Fi – yes, NPR 300 / US $ 2.5
  • Sockets – yes, in the dining room NPR 200 / US $ 1.5 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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

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

  • Distance – 14 km
  • Time – 4h40min.
  • Ascent – 1396 m
  • Descent – 341 m
Elevation profile of day 3 of the 6-day route
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Lower Sinuwa to Deurali.

It was another tough day with lots of heights, mainly in the second half after Dovan. The landscape was lovely. Take your time for photos and enjoy the breathtaking view. Make sure you have a coffee in the Himalayan village (if you like coffee as much as we do). The hardest part of the day starts from there. You can get a really good coffee at Himalaya Guesthouse.

Highlights

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

A magical forest on the way from Sinuwa to the Himalayas
Most of the third day the route leads through the beautiful forest

Challenges

  • A steep climb from Lower Sinuwa to Upper Sinuwa, 150 m high.
  • A steep descent to bamboo, 150 m down.
  • Many short ups and downs on the way from Dovan to the Himalayas.
  • A steep and rather long climb to the Himalayas, approx. 300m.
  • A very steep and long climb from the Himalayas to Deurali, 400 m high.

Stops on the route between Lower Sinuwa and Deurali

Surname Upper Sinuwa bamboo Dovan Himalayas Deurali
distance 1.4 km 5.6 km 8 kilometers 11.5 km 14km
elevation 2350m 2300m 2500m 2830 m 3200m
Inn + + + + +
restaurant + + + + +
business + + + + +
electricity + + + + +
Hot shower + + + + +
Wireless Internet access + + + +

Shangrila guest house, Deurali

In Deurali, compared to Sinuwa, it is quite cold even during the day. There are 4 lodges here. The Shangrila Lodge is upstairs, from the outside we liked it best. The place is beautiful, a typical guest house with small rooms with two single beds each, a dining room and a kitchen. The price is NPR 400 / US $ 3.5 for two people. The food here was good, much better than in our previous guest house, the prices are about 20-50 NPR higher.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, shared gas shower, NPR 250 / US $ 2
  • Inside toilet – no, outside toilet
  • Wi-Fi – yes, NPR 300 / US $ 2.5
  • Sockets – yes, in the dining room NPR 200 / US $ 1.5 per charge
  • Blankets – yes

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

Deurali – Machhapuchhre base camp – Annapurna base camp

  • Distance – 9 km
  • Time – 3h.
  • Ascent – 954 m
  • Descent – 58 m
Elevation graph of the climb from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
Elevation profile of the climb from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

It is strongly recommended that you start walking early in the morning when the weather is good. Later in the afternoon it is often cloudy and windy. We started around 7.30 a.m.

We were very lucky with the weather, we had the absolutely clear sky, it was very sunny, no wind a perfect day to enjoy the incredible landscape. The path climbs from Deurali and the ascent does not stop until you reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). It was quite difficult to go up because of a lot of snow and high altitude. The ascent itself is not as steep as in the past few days, it is very gradual, no stairs, just an uphill climb.

There is only one stopover between Deurali and ABC Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). From there it takes between 1h30min. and 2 hours to get ABC. If it’s a sunny day, make sure you put on sunscreen and wear sunglasses and a hat. The sun is very strong up there. At some point it got so hot on the way to ABC that we took off our jackets and went in our T-. Shirts.

We didn’t use our microspikes or walking sticks on the way up, but when we went down from ABC it was very helpful to have them.

Highlights

  • Amazing landscape on the way from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
  • Breathtaking landscapes on the way from MBC to ABC on a beautiful day will give you a 360 degree panoramic view.
  • One of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen in ABC from Nepal, really impressive.
Snow peaks, clouds and the blue sky the landscape at MBC
The breathtaking view from Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Challenges

  • Running in the deep snow was exhausting.
  • Very gradual but fairly steady climb from Deurali to ABC.
  • Once you have reached the MBC level, the route from MBC to ABC is quite arduous.

Stops on the route

Surname Machhapuchhre base camp Annapurna base camp
distance 4.5 km 8.5 km
elevation 3700m 4147 m
Inn + +
restaurant + +
business + +
electricity + +
Hot shower
Wireless Internet access + +

Annapurna Guest House, Annapurna base camp

There are currently 4 lodges at ABC (2 more in the construction process). All lodges have the same facilities and food prices. The lodge has a beautiful view from the dining room. It’s very cold up here, it’s colder in the room than outside. Price NPR 200 / US $ 1.5 per person.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – no, bucket shower, NPR 300 / US $ 2.5
  • Inside toilet – no, outside toilet
  • Wi-Fi – yes, NPR 300 / US $ 2.5
  • Sockets – yes, in the dining room NPR 250 / US $ 2 per fee
  • Blankets – yes

Alternative way. Stay at Machhapuchhre Base Camp

There are two ways to visit Annapurna Base Camp. go there and stay overnight (see above) or stay at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and do a day hike to ABC. MBC is much lower than ABC, 3700 m vs 4140 m. When altitude comes to you or when it’s your first hike, it’s better to sleep deeper. If you feel 100% good and it’s not your first time going so high, you can stick with ABC.

I would recommend checking the weather forecast before making a decision. If it is going to snow a lot, I prefer to stay at MBC and do a day hike to ABC. If it snows a lot up there, the avalanche risk is pretty high. The path may be closed and you can get stuck at ABC for a day or two. It is unlikely to happen in the high season (warmer months), but it is very possible in the winter. In winter, ABC is often closed due to avalanches.

If you choose to stay MBC You can come here from in the morning Deurali, 4 km, it takes between 1h30min.-2h. Once you’ve arrived at MBC, find a guest house, check in, leave your backpack in the room, go to ABC and come back. There are 5 lodges at MBC, all of which looked nice and new.

On foot from MBC to ABC and back takes about 2h30min., plus about 1 hour you spend up there taking photos, drinking tea etc. The ascent takes about 1h30min., the descent is much faster 50min.-1h.

When you stay at MBC, your next day will be 4 km shorter and a little easier.

Campbell surrounded by snow-capped mountains on the way to Annapurna Base Camp
Campbell on the way to Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking route from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

  • Distance – 4 km
  • Time – 1h30min.
  • Ascent – 483 m
  • Descent – 57 m
Elevation profile route Deurali - Machhapuchhre base camp
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Trekking route from MBC to ABC and back to MBC

  • Distance – 7 km
  • Time – 2h30min.
  • Ascent – 456 m
  • Descent – 456 m
Elevation profile of the hike from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp and back
Elevation profile of the trekking route from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp and back. The way there and back is the same. The curve is different due to the time difference it takes to go up and down

Day 5.Annapurna Base Camp (4147 m) – Upper Sinuwa (2350 m), 19 km

Annapurna base camp – Machhapuchhre base camp – Deurali – Himalaya – Dovan – Bamboo – Upper Sinuwa

  • Distance – 19 km
  • Time – 5h.50min.
  • Ascent – 406 m
  • Descent – 2131 m
Elevation profile of the hike from ABC to Upper Sinuwa
Höhenprofil des längsten Tages auf ABC-Wanderung von ABC nach Upper Sinuwa

Es war ein sehr langer Tag mit vielen Abfahrten von ABC nach Sinuwa. Es gibt viele Orte, an denen wir vor Sinuwa anhalten können. Unser Plan war es, bis wir müde wurden, was wir auch getan haben. Trotz der Entfernung war der Abstieg viel einfacher als bei den Anstiegen der vergangenen Tage, die wir über längere Strecken zurücklegen konnten.

Die erste Hälfte von ABC nach Deurali war wegen viel Schnee etwas schwierig, aber nach Deurali war es einfacher und schneller. Wenn Sie früher aufhören möchten, sind sowohl Dovan als auch Bamboo gute Alternativen zu Sinuwa. Dovan liegt etwa 13 km vom Annapurna Base Camp und Bamboo von 15 km entfernt. Beide Dörfer haben viele Gästehäuser und eine gute Infrastruktur.

Der Teil von Bambus nach Upper Sinuwa hat einen steilen Aufstieg, der direkt nach Bambus beginnt. Sie können auch nach Lower Sinuwa laufen, es sind ungefähr 20 Minuten. go.

Höhepunkte

  • Wunderschöne Landschaft auf dem Weg von ABC nach MBC, dem beeindruckendsten Teil der Wanderung.
  • Üppig grüner Wald auf dem Weg vom Himalaya nach Sinuwa; kleine und große Wasserfälle, ein Fluss, massive Bäume und Felsbrocken usw.

Herausforderungen

  • Ein Abstieg von ABC nach MBC und von dort nach Deurali ist nicht sehr steil, aber wenn viel Schnee liegt, ist es schwierig zu laufen.
  • Eine steile Abfahrt von Deurali zum Himalaya, 400 m.
  • Ein steiler Aufstieg nach Bambus, ca. 150m.

Stopps auf der Strecke von ABC nach Dovan

Name MBC Deurali Himalaya Dovan
Entfernung 4km 8 km 10,5 km 13,5 km
Elevation 3700m 3200m 2830 m 2500m
Gasthaus + + + +
restaurant + + + +
business + + + +
Elektrizität + + + +
Heiße Dusche + + +
W-lan + + + +

Stopps auf der Strecke von Dovan nach Upper Sinuwa

Name Bambus Obere Sinuwa
Entfernung 15,5 km 19km
Elevation 2300m 2350m
Gasthaus + +
restaurant + +
business + +
Elektrizität + +
Heiße Dusche + +
W-lan +

Sinuwa Lodge, Oberes Sinuwa

Ein typisches Gästehaus mit kleinem Zimmer, Gemeinschaftseinrichtungen und einem Speisesaal. Die Aussicht vom Esszimmer ist sehr schön. Price NPR 400 / US $ 3,5 für zwei Personen.

  • Strom – ja
  • Heiße Dusche – ja, NPR 200 / US $ 1,5
  • Innentoilette – nein, Außentoilette
  • Wi-Fi – ja, NPR 300 / US $ 2,5
  • Steckdosen – ja, im Speisesaal NPR 100 / US $ 1 pro Gebühr
  • Decken – ja

Tag 6. Upper Sinuwa (2350 m) – Jeep-Station, Ghandruk (1730 m), 10 km

Obere Sinuwa – Untere Sinuwa – Chhomrong – Jhinudanda – Jeep-Station

  • Entfernung – 10 km
  • Zeit – 3h.20min.
  • Aufstieg – 500 m
  • Abstieg – 1134 m
Höhenprofil des letzten Tages der ABC-Wanderung
Höhenprofil der Route von Upper Sinuwa zur Jeep-Station

Der ganze Tag ist nur eine Abfolge von Auf- und Abfahrten. Zuerst geht es von Upper Sinuwa hinunter zum Fluss, dann hinauf nach Chhomrong, dann hinunter nach Junudhanda und dann hinauf nach Ghandruk. Den größten Teil des Tages laufen Sie auf dem gleichen Weg wie oben, aber nach der langen Hängebrücke fahren Sie weiter nach Ghandruk.

In the Kontrollpunkt in Chhomrong Sie müssen von der Wanderung auschecken. Ein weiterer Check-out-Punkt ist gerade am Ausgang des Parks vor Nayapul. Busse und Jeeps halten dort. Sie müssen aussteigen und zum Auschecken ins Büro gehen. Bewahren Sie Ihre TIMS-Karte auf und lassen Sie sie bis zum Ende zu.

Wenn Sie die heißen Quellen in Jhinudanda besuchen möchten, können Sie dort anhalten und am nächsten Morgen weiter zur Jeep-Station laufen, die nur etwa 3,5 km von dort entfernt ist.

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.

Höhepunkte

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

Challenges

  • 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

Name Lower Sinuwa Chhomrong Jhinudanda Jeep station
Distance 1,4km 4-5km 6,5km 10km
Elevation 2220m 2174m 1730m 1730m
Guesthouse + + +
restaurant + + + +
business + + + +
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.

Höhepunkte

  • 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.

Challenges

  • 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

Name Himalpani New Bridge Jhinudanda Chhomrong
Distance 3,5km 4,5km 7km 8,5-9,5km
Elevation 1400m 1500m 1730m 2174m
Guesthouse + + + +
restaurant + + + +
business + + + +
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.

Höhepunkte

  • 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.

Challenges

  • 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

Name Lower Sinuwa Upper Sinuwa Bamboo
Distance 2,5km 4km 8km
Elevation 2220m 2350m 2300m
Guesthouse + + +
restaurant + + +
business + + +
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.

Höhepunkte

  • 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.

Challenges

  • 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

Name Dovan Himalaya Deurali
Distance 2,5km 6km 8,5km
Elevation 2500m 2830m 3200m
Guesthouse + + +
restaurant + + +
business + + +
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. Der Preis ist 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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