Different between Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a maximum elevation of around 13780 feet, whereas the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to over 17770 feet.
Annapurna Base Cam
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and famous trekking trails not only in Nepal but also in the entire world. Annapurna Base Camp Treks is situated in the foothills of the great Himalayan range in the northern part of Nepal. It constitutes some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. Hike to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal offers prospective tourists and visitors with majestic views of the snow-clad mountains. And the other good thing about the trek is that there are no worries of high-altitude sickness unlike in some other Himalayan trekking routes. Within a relatively short span of time, trek to Trekking Annapurna provides the opportunity for a close rendezvous with the Himalayas.
During the course of this fascinating and breathtaking trek, we explore everything that is on offer on the Annapurna region trek and its close vicinity. At one point on the trekking route, there is a place from where we can enjoy the stunning panoramic view of almost 11 towering snow-covered mountain peaks. The trail also follows a sparsely inhabited settlement area, passing through the local communities, the people, and their indigenous culture.
Annapurna has its origin from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘goddess of the harvests’. Also commonly known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, it is one of the most frequented trekking destinations in Nepal. Moreover, the path that leads to the ABC is lined with the beautiful rhododendron forest. As the trek does not entail much of physical energy and is not strenuous by any means, anybody who wishes to experience the charm and beauty of the beautiful Annapurna can embark on the trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins from the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The trek leads you to the foot of Annapurna, the Base Camp, which lies at an altitude of 4210m. The trail encompasses several traditional villages inhabited by many ethnic Nepal tribe including Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. Their hospitality is another thing that warms your heart in that chilly ambiance. The walk becomes even more fascinating once you arrive at Ghorepani, the place more known for its breathtaking vista of the early morning sunrise.
The scenery which you are bound to see the part of this trek will long embed in your memories, making this trip to Annapurna base camp almost unforgettable throughout your life. Many endangered flora and fauna such as snow leopards, Himalayan Thar, and tigers also inhabit this region. The best possible time to trek around Annapurna is during September and November and during March and May. Trekking during the monsoon season i.e. between the period of June to August is not advisable as it is quite risky as the snow is slippery due to rain. ABC route map, cost and more information regarding Annapurna Region weather, Annapurna trekking route can be easily available from our office.
Summary of Itinerary
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02–Drive to Pokhara (910m) 6 hrs
Day 03–Pokhara to Thikedhunga (1480m)
Day 04–Trek to Ghorepani (2860m)
Day 05–Trek to Tadapani (2630m)
Day 06–Tadapani to Sinwa (2360m)
Day 07–Trek to Durali (3200m)
Day 08–Durali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 09–ABC to Bamboo (2540m)
Day 10–Bamboo to Jhinudanda (1780m)
Day 11–Back to Pokhara from Jhinudanda
Day 12–Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 13–Departure to TIA ‘Farewell!’
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary duffel bag for you to keep.)
Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair of warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
2 pairs of lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
3 pairs of heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blisters).
1 pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair of sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important!
Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Favourite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Day 01–Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel.
Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02–Drive to Pokhara (910m) 6 hrs
On the second day, you will be travelling to Pokhara (around 200km) via Prithivi Highway. The bus will depart at 7 AM in the morning. It will be a 6-hr drive with beautiful scenery all along the way. You will arrive at Pokhara in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel, inclusive of full board meals
Day 03–Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1480m) 4 hrs
After breakfast in the morning on the third day, you will then be driven to Naya Pul (42km) via car/taxi. A 30-minute walk from Naya Pul will take you to Birethanti, a small and vibrant town nearby Pokhara. Trekking formally starts from here as you will walk for a couple of hours along the beautiful trail with bamboo forests and water springs on the way. Ramghai will be the place for lunch on day three. After lunch, the trail now takes a gradual ascend finally reaching to Tikhedhunga, the destination for an overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 04–Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) 6 hrs
On the fourth day, you will climb around 1000 meters as the trail now continually grows uphill.
You will come across many small rivulets, and river springs as you continue with the trek.
Midway through the day, you will reach a traditional Magar village of Ulleri located at around 2080 meters. An hour’s walk from Ulleri takes you to Nangethanti, the destination for lunch on day four. Few more hours of trek from Nangethanti will take us to Ghorepani where we will stay at a hotel for the night. From Ghorepani, spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche, and other adjoining Himalayas can be seen. Sunrise viewing is also quite popular from Ghorepani.
Day 05–Trek to Tadapani (2630m) 6 hrs
Trekking to Tadapani itself doesn’t take much time, so the tourists and trekkers are advised to hike until Poon Hill which is not far from Tadapani. Poon Hill is quite famous for its magnificent views of the great Himalayan range including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and others. After visiting Poon Hill, we will then return to Ghorepani for a quick breakfast, and continue trek to Tadapani. Tadapani will be the place for the overnight stay on day five.
Day 06–Trek to Sinwa (2360m) 4 hrs
Day six starts with a steep downhill trek as we leave Tadapani and descend through dense forests. Finally, we reach a Gurung community in Sinwa where we will stay for the night at a guesthouse.
Day 07–Trek to Durali (3200m) 5 hrs
Following a mild descent, we then again move uphill as we climb until Durali which is some 3200 meters from the sea level. It takes around five hours to reach Durali from Sinwa where a guesthouse awaits us to take the rest for the day with some sumptuous meal on offer.
Day 08–Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m) 5 hrs
On day eighth day we climb some 1000 meters as we make our way towards the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). ABC trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary as it is also the protected area of the Nepal government. Reaching ABC will be the culmination of the ABC trek as you will enjoy the pristine views of the mountains and the adjoining locality. Some people might as well face the problem of high-altitude sickness, but that should not be much of a problem for regular climbers. Overnight stay at a local guesthouse.
Day 09–ABC to Bamboo (2540m)7 hrs
On day nine, you will climb downhill as the trek now descends from the ABC. The trail is modest and comfortable as there will no longer be problems with the high altitude. Almost a seven-hour trek will take you to the village in Bamboo where you will be staying in a guesthouse for the rest of the night.
Day 10–Trek to Jhinudanda (1780m) 6hrs
Trek to Jhinu Danda takes around 6 hours. The major attraction is the hot spring (Tatopani) where the tourists can take a dip at the hot water spring. It is widely believed that a dip at the hot water spring cures skin ailments and other diseases. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 11–Jhinudanda to Pokhara 6hrs
On day eleven, you will return to Pokhara from where it all started. While on the way, you will also come across the wonderful Landruk village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Pokhara.
Day 12–Drive back to Kathmandu 6hrs
You will drive back to the capital city Kathmandu on day 13 of the itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13- Departure to TIA “Farewell!”
On the 15th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
Includes & Excludes
Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
Trekking Guide with Insurance
Trekking Porters: 2 people 1 porter with Insurance each
Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Three Night Pokhara in 3 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
Kathmandu to Pokhara/ Pokhara to Kathmandu with Guides and Porters in Tourist Bus. (From Pokhara to Trekking starting points and from Trekking end points to Pokhara by Taxi)
Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
Free use Company’s duffel bag.
The emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
All needed Government fee.
Food in Kathmandu And Pokhara lunch and dinner.
Your travel insurance.
Nepal Visa fee
Any kind of drinks.
Tips for Guide and Porters
Items of personal expenses like a hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.