annapurna base camp

How to get to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. There are very few treks featuring a combination of different types of landscapes. Which also brings you close to the Himalayas. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of those treks. The Annapurna trail takes you around rice paddy fields, dense Rhododendron forests, and high altitude landscapes. All this while you get the best views of Annapurna range at a distance till you reach the base camp. Where finally you find yourself standing beneath the majestic peaks at Annapurna Base Camp. In this trek, you are also greeted with the stunning views of Hiunchuli and Macchapucchre. Here we will learn how to get to Annapurna Base Camp, and the study is briefed in the following manner:

  • Pokhara briefing
  • Introduction to Annapurna Base Camp trek
  • Places to stay on Annapurna Base Camp trek
  • Places to go on Annapurna Base Camp trek
  • When can you go for Annapurna Base Camp trek?

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Pokhara briefing

Pokhara is one of Nepal’s best adventure and leisure tour destinations. It is located 200 km from Kathmandu and is known as the tourism capital of Nepal. You can experience boating, hiking, pony rides or paragliding in Pokhara. Else you can choose to chill and relax. While looking at the stunning view of the lake with Annapurna range in the backdrop. Pokhara will definitely indulge you with its natural beauty and picturesque landscapes.

You can choose to walk on the shores of Phewa Lake, enjoying the greenery around you. Or venture to take a ride around the lake in one of those colorful boats. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can paraglide across the lake, while enjoying the magnificent view from above. Pokhara is also the gateway to the Annapurna Conservation site and headway for many treks to the Annapurna region. We will learn more about the trek as we go forward.

Introduction to Annapurna Base Camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular and sought out treks in the Annapurna region. The trek takes you on a wonderful journey across different landscapes. Furthermore, it brings you really close to the base of 7000 and 8000-meter mountain peaks. Annapurna Base camp trek takes 8-15 days to complete, depending on your itinerary and the pace of the traveling party. Apart from the magnificent landscapes, you will come across quaint villages inhabited by friendly people. Most of the people can speak English and are very helpful.

Accommodation on the Annapurna Base Camp trek will be arranged in the famous tea houses. They are comfy cozy settlements specially built for the trekkers. There will be a few days kept aside for acclimatization as well. Acclimatization is a necessary process required while you are at such high altitudes. It becomes necessary to adapt to the environment to avoid illness and fatigue. At the same time, you can enjoy your trip to the fullest as well.

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Places to stay on Annapurna Base Camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to the heart of the mountain range through quaint, but pretty villages. Since you will be away from civilization once you start your trip, hotels are hard to find. Therefore, the only place where you will be allocated a hotel is on your arrival in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As you start your hike to the Annapurna region, the population is sparse, and very few settlements visible. Besides a few main centers in the region, the rest of the villages have very few settlements.

However, the trail belongs to the popular trekking route. Therefore, the settlements you come across consist mainly of tea houses and few lodges. These settlements are best suited for trekkers. The hosts are amicable and are very helpful. The tea houses are smaller versions of a lodge, and they are very cozy indeed. The lodges, on the other hand, are smaller versions of a city hotel, and they are very comfortable as well. Needless to say, the hosts are well known for their hospitality. They will make sure your stay is a memorable one.

Places to go on Annapurna Base Camp trek

The first point of contact for the trek in Kathmandu where our staff will be assigned. You will be taken to your hotel in Kathmandu to rest. The next day we will conduct a briefing about the Importance of Acclimatization in high altitudes. Thereafter sightseeing around Kathmandu is on the cards. We will visit the historical holy places in Kathmandu. For instance, we visit Boudha Stupa and the Pashupati Nath temple. You can indulge yourself in some Nepali cuisine. Then we rest at the hotel.

Day 3, we take a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. We take the drive via the national highway along a path with huge fields on both sides. The distant valley accompanying you on your journey. Once we reach Pokhara, you will be taken to your hotel there. You can choose to rest for the big day ahead. Or you can take a stroll around Pokhara and witness the nightlife there. Pokhara has active bars, pubs and cafes open till late at night.

After breakfast, we take a drive to Nayapul which is a 1-hour journey. From Nayapul we start our actual trek. The first destination is the village of Ghandruk and it is a 6hours walk, approximately. The path is well maintained with a few flights of stone steps on the route. We cross the Lower Ghandruk area to reach our destination. Ghandruk is a beautiful village filled with stone houses and scattered tea houses. We will take refuge in one of the tea houses there. They serve typical Nepali cuisines and the hosts are very hospitable as well. We rest at one of the tea houses.

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The next day, we take a hike through a muddy trail with houses on both sides. Till we reach Kimrong Khola after an hour of hiking. Views of snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Macchapucchre, and Hiunchuli are visible from here. After a hearty lunch, we ascend 4-5 hours uphill till we reach the village of Chomrong. Chomrong is on a hilltop. Cute hilly settlements surrounded by green fields, Rhododendrons, ferns, etc. are spread out in the village. It is one of the gateways to Annapurna Sanctuary, and you can get permits to enter the area here. The view of Annapurna south is prominent here. You can check out the beauty of the sunset from a viewpoint in Chomrong. We find accommodation in one of the tea houses in the village and spend our night there.

Today we head towards the Bamboo camp. We begin with a descend using the 2500 stone steps leading to a bridge. The suspension bridge takes you across Chomrong Khola and toward a dense forest. The Sanctuary’s trail is surrounded with Rhododendron, Oak and Alpine trees, with beautiful birds and animals. Thus the trail becomes a delightful walk to cross. Then the trail takes a steep turn till we Sinwa village. We have our lunch here. The village includes numerous tea houses and restaurants. But we take another ascent to Kulidhar hill. Indulging ourselves to the view of Annapurna III, we head descend down to Bamboo camp. We halt for the night at a tea house there.

The walk up to the Annapurna Base Camp is a classic trip right into the heart of the mountains.

After breakfast, we embark on a strenuous trek to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail shows distinct signs of changing vegetation. And the freshness will keep your mind and body invigorated. The altitude increase drastically here on, so you need to remain hydrated. We first reach the small village of Dovan after an hour of walking. You can see the tip of Macchapucchre from the village. We have our lunch here, then take a mixture of uphill and downhill muddy paths. A few clicks ahead, you come across an overhanging cave, Hinku. Then the trail takes us through a valley. We come across rocks and boulders on the path. The ever-flowing Modi Khola is also visible down the valley.

Sightings of Macchapucchre and Gangapurna will become visible every once in a while. After reaching a set of rocky terrain we reach Bagar. Going across the village we also cross the Modi Khola using a suspension bridge. Thereafter, the trail becomes a bit rocky and after about 30mins trek, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The base camp is a great vantage point to peek at Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Gangapurna. Machhapuchhre Base Camp is also renowned for the mesmerising night sky. We set up tents to rest for the night at camp.

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The next day will be a comparatively short trek as we make our way towards Annapurna Base Camp. The route takes us literally in the mountains. The route takes a 90-degree turn towards our primary destination. As you close in towards camp, the majestic Annapurna I come into view. The massif only becomes bigger and bigger as we come closer to the foot of the mountain. Being at Annapurna Base Camp is like being on an island surrounded by huge mountains. You get the perfect picture of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchhre from the Base Camp. We will have our lunch there amidst the mountain ranges. The rest of the day, you can stroll around the huge campsite, exploring the corners. We set up camp to rest for the day.

We have a long trek ahead as we make our way to Bamboo again. After breakfast, we retrace our steps making our way back the same route. Though the walk back is a long on, it is all descent from here on. So it might be a comparatively easier walk provided you use the technique for downhill walking from the guides. We make our way back to MBC, crossing the Modi Khola to reach Dovan after passing the village of Bagar. Till we reach the village of Bamboo. We halt for the night here at a lodge.

In the morning, we retrace our steps back to Sinwa descending the steep slope towards the Chomrong Khola. Then we cross the suspension bridge crossing Chomrung Khola to reach Chomrong Village. We will have our lunch there. If there was any part of Chomrong you missed earlier can be compensated for this time. After a long rest, we make our way downhill and then up to the valley. This path takes us to Jhinu Danda village. You can enjoy the refreshing hot water springs of Jhinu. We halt for the night at one of the lodges here.

Today is the last day of your trekking experience for Annapurna Base Camp. We head back the same muddy trail, amidst the pleasant scenery to the village of Nayapul. Then we have our lunch then take a cab back to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, you can choose to rest or go for a stroll around town. You can take a peaceful walk along the Phew Lake which is a splendid experience.

In the morning after breakfast, we say goodbye to Pokhara. Getting on a vehicle, we make our way to Kathmandu. If you are looking to buy some souvenirs, now is the chance. The Thamel area is bustling with shops where you can get almost everything. Indulge yourself in Nepali cuisine like momos, thukpas, sekwas, etc, to enrich your taste buds. We rest for the night at the hotel in Kathmandu. In the morning, depending on the time of your flight, our staff will take you to the airport.

When can you go for Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Whether is an unpredictable phenomenon. It is better to check the weather report before you embark on your trip. We gather information on the best season based on past expeditions. Therefore, we can conclude that the best time to take Annapurna Base Camp trek is during Spring and Autumn seasons. In Spring, the views are magnificent and the greenery is splendid. The trail is in good condition and it is not so cold as compared with the winter season. However, the rush of trekkers will be more during this time of the year. Thus booking might be a little hard to get.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek promises to indulge you in an amazing walk through a diversified landscape

In Autumn, the weather is clear and the rain clears the path as well. The view is unobstructed and everything around seems fresh and lively. The days are warmer but the nights can get chilly. So do pack your warmest clothing for the trip. Most of the mountain animals can be seen at this time of the year. Though this is also a rush season for the tourists.

Summers and Winters are not advisable for your own safety. The rain makes it difficult to walk. And the views are also cloudy at almost all the points. There is a maximum chance of slipping and injuring yourself during Summers. In winter, the weather can get foggy, removing the visibility range to almost nil. This can cause many accidents. The weather is also cold and most of the lodges and tea houses remain closed during winters. There are maximum chances of pathways being blocked during winters too.

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