Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 13 Days
Embark on a venture to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek while exploring and experiencing the diverse terrain and the enthralling mountain vistas.
ABC Trek Highlights
- Impressive sunrise view from Poon Hill.
- View of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th) and Annapurna I (10th).
- Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
- Trek along the wilderness with varied flora and fauna.
- Spellbinding vistas of mountain and glacier from Annapurna Base Camp.
- Natural bath in hot springs at Jhinu.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal is a renowned adventure that captivates trekkers from around the world. Standing at 8,091 meters, Mt. Annapurna ranks as the 10th highest peak globally, and the journey to its base camp, situated at 4,130 meters, is an unforgettable experience.
Annapurna Sanctuary boasts awe-inspiring and unique settings, surrounded by majestic peaks such as Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machapuchhre (6,993 m), and Hiunchuli (6,441 m). This trek is renowned for its remarkable altitude variation and diverse ecosystem, making it an extraordinary expedition.
The trail meanders through verdant forests adorned with rhododendrons, picturesque rice paddies, and terraced farmlands, providing unrivaled mountain vistas. Immerse yourself in the splendor of enormous mountains and gain insights into the rich tapestry of Nepalese life and culture.
Embarking on ABC trek will undoubtedly make you feel like you’re embarking on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the world.
However, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not solely about sightseeing. Along the way, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local cultures and traditions of ethnic Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, and Lobas.
These vibrant communities reside in charming villages nestled at the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas. You’ll encounter small Buddhist shrines, gumbas, and experience the tranquility of their exotic traditions, as if you’ve been transported to another time.
To commence your Annapurna Base Camp trek, you’ll first journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where the trekking adventure begins. Setting off from Hile, the trail follows the Modi River and meanders through dense forests of rhododendrons and bamboo.
As you ascend, you’ll notice the vegetation gradually thinning and the gorge narrowing to a mere few hundred meters wide upon reaching Hinku Cave.
While trekking, your eyes will be treated to the breathtaking sight of steep, snow-clad ridges cascading from Hiunchuli on the left and Machapuchhare on the right. Passing through the “gate” and entering the Sanctuary, you’ll find yourself immersed in a colossal amphitheater encircled by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek typically begins and ends in Pokhara, although it can also be tailored as part of the Annapurna Circuit, a longer and more comprehensive trekking experience.
Embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a remarkable opportunity to challenge yourself physically, immerse yourself in natural beauty, and explore the diverse cultural tapestry of the region.
With its majestic peaks, unique ecosystems, and cultural encounters, this trek truly offers a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Discover the wonders of the Annapurna region and create unforgettable memories on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Drive to Pokhara (900 m) from Kathmandu in a Tourist Bus – 7 to 9 hours. Overnight at the hotel in lakeside.
Drive to Birethanti (1,039 m) from Pokhara – 2 to 4 hours and Trek to Ulleri (2,020 m) – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) from Ulleri – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) & back and then, Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Chomrong (2,140 m) from Tadapani – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Himalaya (2,950 m) from Chomrong – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) from Himalaya – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Bamboo (2,345 m) from Annapurna Base Camp – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Jhinu (1,780 m) from Bamboo – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Syauli Bazaar (1,170 m) from Jhinu– 3 to 4 hours & Drive back to Pokhara – 2 to 4 hours. Overnight at the hotel in lakeside.
Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) from Pokhara in a Tourist Bus – 7 to 9 hours. Overnight at a hotel.
Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.
Our standard itinerary might differ slightly due to unpredictable happenings and events out of our control. Factors such as flight cancellation/delay, unfavorable weather, natural calamities, newly implemented government rules, political affairs, trekkers’ health conditions, etc., are possible. Evaluating the situation’s possible solutions allow the trekking to resume as much as possible based on the best alternatives. In these times, we look for your cooperation and flexibility.
It is advised you arrive one day before the trip start date so you can rest, and it also gives you time to buy clothing, equipment, and gear required for the trek. Also, it is best if you book your flights with spare days in Nepal for this trek in case of any flight delays or cancellations. Moreover, you have options to customize this trip where you can add on a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Pokhara, other adventure sports, or day trips around the country before or after the trek.
Departures & Availability
Our groups are small with maximum 14 people. We create groups of independent travelers, friends and families which maintains close interpersonal connection, engage more and get into depth of the journey. Choose a date from the calendar to reserve your spot.
Looking for personalized experience? We organize privately guided journey which is mainly designed to fit your taste and interest. Please fill out the form below to get started.
- All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) including breakfast. (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)
Twin-sharing or dormitory guesthouse accommodation during the trek in the Annapurna region for 8 nights
- All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including seasonal fruits
- Filtered water in the trails using Katadyn Pocket Water Filter
- Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Ace the Himalaya's trekking guide
- Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
- Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
- Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and private tourist vehicle from Pokhara to Birethanti and from Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara
- 1 Ace the Himalaya’s duffel/kit bag, trekking map, sun hat, and trip completion certificate
- A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
- All administrative expenses and government taxes
- Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- International flight fare and airport departure tax
- Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
- Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
- Tips to trekking staff and driver
- Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
- Personal Trekking gear and equipment
- Any expenses other than the Price Include section
Annapurna Base Camp Trek ItineraryExpand All
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
One of our officials will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, upon your arrival. We will take you to the hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Pre-trip meeting will be done and you will meet with your trip guide. Make sure to confirm your queries about trekking in the mountains.
Note: Pre-trip meeting will be done at the office if you arrive before 4 pm and in your hotel itself if you arrive later in the evening. Be sure to bring two copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy to the meeting. These documents help to acquire trekking permits and related documentation during the trek. Pay the remaining balance of your invoice and sign in the legally binding trip form and non-liability disclaimer.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara in a Tourist Bus
Our trekking staff will pick you up from the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake.
The city is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Day 03: Drive to Birethanti and Trek to Ulleri
On this day, we head out of Pokhara in a private vehicle. After 2 to 4 hours drive, we reach Birethanti (1,039 m/3,409 ft). And then, after a couple of hours’ hike, we reach Hile (1,495 m/4,905 ft), a large village with many shops and teahouses.
We will rest for a while and then start our trek to Ulleri, a large Magar village. Today’s walk provides a short and relatively easy day. The journey familiarizes climbers with the experience of trekking in Nepal.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani from Ulleri
We move on towards our destination Ghorepani, a popular scenic village at an altitude of 2,840 m/9,318 ft. The trail ascends more gently from Ulleri, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti (2,250 m/7,382 ft). Then we trek towards Nangethanti (2,460 m/8,071 ft). After an hour walk, we arrive at Ghorepani.
Day 05: Early morning hike up to Poon Hill & back and then, Trek to Tadapani
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour or two hikes to Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,531 ft). The place is a brilliant mountain range spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas.
We spend about 1 to 2 hours on Poon hill and retrace our path back to Ghorepani. Here we take a hot breakfast. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests, towards Deurali (2,960 m/9,711 ft). After that, we descend to the Banthanti, then turn off to Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek to Chomrong from Tadapani
The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend through the forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung, the village of Gurung people. From here, it is an easy walk to Chomrong (2,140 m/7,021 ft).
Day 07: Trek to Himalaya Hotel from Chomrong
Today the trail drops down to the Chomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar (2,380 m/7,808 t). An ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post used to be there. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on.
Soon after, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank, then levels out. Along the way, we pass through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge while always staying on the west side of the river. We walk through bamboo and rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp from Himalaya hotel
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machapuchare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing Mt Machapuchare is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Two hours trek from Machapuchare Base Camp takes us to the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,550 ft). There, we will view astonishing views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular.
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo from Annapurna Base Camp
We follow the same trail down today. The trail drops by 1,700 m/5,577 ft to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo (2,345 m/7,694 ft). The panoramas of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Singu Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, and other peaks are worthwhile. There are a few teahouses/lodges available to stay at Bamboo.
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu from Bamboo
We follow the same trail until Chomrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar, there is an experimental sheep farm. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong, the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu. Here we can bath in natural hot springs.
Day 11: Trek to Syauli Bazaar and Drive to Pokhara
From Jhinu, we walk on the right side of the Modi Khola (River) for 3 to 4 hours until Syauli Bazaar, the end point of our trek. Today’s walk can be considered one of the best and most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We will rest for a while in Syauli Bazaar.
Soon enough we take a drive to Pokhara. The road until Nayapul is unpaved and uneven as it was recently made. We will have a bumpy and challenging drive. This section lasts for 2 to 4 hours of the total drive. From Nayapul onwards, the road is paved in concrete and is more maintained than in the previous section. In 1 to 2 hours from Nayapul, we will reach Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive Back to Kathmandu in a Tourist Bus
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning. In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
Day 13: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure
The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
ABC Trek Packing List
Here is a list of what you might want to pack for the hike. Please take this as a starting point. You’ll need layers of warmer clothing during the winter. We provide a 75 liter duffel bag for you to use for the trek. It will be given to you during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffle bag is yours to keep. Also, you can rent sleeping bag and down jacket with us at the additional fee of USD 35 for each once you are in Kathmandu.
- Puffy down jacket (We have rental jackets available for an additional USD 35)
- Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag (We have rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
- Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover
- Sleeping bag liner
- Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a free Ace the Himalaya baseball cap.)
- Knitted hat
- Scarf or neck gaiter
- Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
- Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
- Waterproof, windproof shell
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
- Hiking pants (2)
- Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
- Waterproof/windproof outer shell pants
- Hiking shorts
- Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
- Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)
- Wool or technical fabric warm socks
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks (optional such as silk)
- Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
- Ice Cleats /Micro Spikes (For trekking from November to March, it's recommended to include Ice Cleats/ Micro Spikes to prevent slipping on icy or wet surfaces.)
- Casual shoes
- Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)
Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each participant.
- Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear (opportunities to launder during the trip)
- Sports bras (women)
- Pajamas or sleeping clothes
First Aid Kits and Medications
- (Note: Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
- Lip balm
- Extra copies of passport-sized photos
- Reusable water bottle
- Toiletry kits
- Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
- Hydration bladder
- Toilet paper (2 rolls)
- High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
- Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
- Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)
Once in Nepal, if you have the time, you can purchase supplies and gear for hiking. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub, is home to many shops where you can get a variety of reasonably priced trekking equipment.
- Power bank or extra batteries
- Cameras and mobile phone
- Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
- Trekking poles
- Thermos for hot water
- We give you a free duffel bag and baseball cap during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
- For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk.
- To carry your daily necessities like cash, crucial papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc., you must have your own daypack (with a waterproof cover).
- You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu.
- Down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m to keep warm. You can rent a down jacket for USD 35. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.
- You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 35. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.
Note: Some clothing, especially form-fitting, figure-hugging items made of elastic material (like yoga pants), may offend locals. Therefore, if you choose to wear these clothes for comfort, please make sure to wear something over them.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map & ElevationDownload
FAQs for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Why trek with Ace the Himalaya?
Ace has a reputation for successfully leading treks with knowledgeable leaders and staff taking care of all your travel needs. We are a certified sustainable travel company that also endorses the idea of giving back to the community by participating in various philanthropic activities. Here are 17 reasons why you should choose Ace the Himalaya for your next adventure!
Is Nepal open to travelers following the Covid-19 pandemic?
Indeed, Nepal is entirely open. Travelers are welcome in Nepal without any restrictions. Arriving travelers can obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu airport as well.
What are the conditions to travel to Nepal post Covid-19?
Traveling to Nepal is now hassle-free. You don’t need a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test, but check with your airlines and transit countries for any specific requirements.
We suggest you look at the Nepal immigration site https://www.immigration.gov.np for the most up-to-date information.
What additional documents do I need?
- Two passport-sized photos (2×2 inch) to give to our office staff
- A copy of your international flight ticket to give to our office staff
- A copy of travel insurance to give to our office staff
Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?
Yes, you need to book your own international flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.
Is hiring a guide necessary even if I have trekking experience?
You can hike without a guide. A guide is there to assist you in going forward and making alternative plans and arrangements when unanticipated occurrences happen or when things get difficult. Our hiking leaders are qualified experts. When talking about their trip, our guests frequently remark on how much fun they had and how crucial their guide was to make it successful.
Can the guide speak English?
Our guides are fluent in English. All the guides that we assign speak and understand English. They’ll share with you the fascinating stories, traditions, and folklore of the mountains. The guides will also help you communicate with the locals since many shopkeepers and hosts of teahouses don’t speak English.
Weather and Temperature
What is the best season for this trek?
Our trekking season extends from mid-September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek.
What kind of weather and temperature can I expect while trekking?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Annapurna region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region. That is why, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.
During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.
July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. However, there are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.
During this time, the average temperature is 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.
Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season. But it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.
The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.
Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.
The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.
The temperature mentioned above is based on the outdoor temperature of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus an additional blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we rent to trekkers is about -10°C (14°F). Also, our guides can obtain extra blankets if needed at the teahouses.
Arrival and Visas
Is it possible to obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?
Yes, you can obtain a Nepal visa upon your arrival at the airport. There are kiosks in the arrival hall that you use to complete the necessary forms. The cost is USD 30 for a 15-day tourist visa, including numerous entries, or USD 50 and USD 125 for a 30-day or 90-day tourist visa including numerous entries respectively. You should carry cash (USD) with you to pay your visa fees quickly and easily, as digital payments are frequently unavailable.
Who will come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Our staff will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal with our signboard (Ace the Himalaya). You will be accompanied to a hotel in a private tourist vehicle.
Payments and Extra Costs
How much additional money do I need per day?
Typically, USD 15 to 20 per person per day will be sufficient. This is to purchase water, tea/espresso, snacks, and hot showers in the mountains and for lunch or dinner in Kathmandu. Additionally, if you want to buy souvenirs or native Nepali goods, you can bring extra cash with you.
Is it possible to use credit cards in the places I visit during the trek?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.
Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later, or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?
When you book, you must pay a 30% deposit to secure your itinerary. The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival at Kathmandu or before arrival. US Dollars cash and credit cards (Visa, Master, and American Express) are accepted once in Nepal. Please note a 4% transaction fee will be added for all credit card transactions.
How do I pay the remainder of my balance upon arrival in Kathmandu? US Dollars cash or credit card?
You can make payments via US Dollars cash or credit card (Visa, Master, and American Express). A 4% transaction fee is added if paying with a credit card. Thus, we encourage you to pay with USD cash if you are planning to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
We prefer you pay with larger bills (USD 50 or 100). Please note that the cash should not be older than 2009 and in good condition, as banks do not accept worn, torn, or crumpled bills.
Who Can Trek?
Do I need prior trekking experience?
Previous trekking experience is not required if you are physically healthy and have enough enthusiasm for the trek.
Are there any age requirements for the mountain trekking?
Our treks have no age restrictions if members are healthy and willing. We have had families with kids as young as 5 years do the mountain trekking, and our oldest adventurers have been in their late 70s.
Is trekking to mountain regions safe for solo female travelers?
It is safe for a female to trek alone in Nepal. Nepal is usually regarded as a safe nation for female visitors traveling alone. It is entirely safe for a solo woman to trek with Ace the Himalaya on any of our treks.
How challenging is the trek?
The ABC trek in Nepal is somewhat challenging due to the altitude and long duration of the trek. It is a strenuous journey that comprises walking 5 to 8 hours a day.
How quickly do you walk on the trail?
The average walking speed for a reasonably fit person is 4 kilometers per hour. At higher elevations, it is highly recommended that you walk slowly to help with acclimatization.
What kind of physical training is necessary for trek preparation?
For trekking, you must prepare your body to walk over uneven, hilly landscapes while carrying a backpack. Walking at an incline, jogging, cycling, and going for long-distance hikes are all good ways to exercise. You should work out for at least one hour four to five times a week for at least two months before trekking.
What are the physical standards that I need for the trek?
Participants in good physical condition should be able to complete this trek. If you are not physically active, we advise starting an exercise regimen two months before the trek that includes at least an hour of walking at an incline, running, or biking four to five times a week.
Incorporating hiking into your workouts is ideal. It is advised to speak with a doctor before making travel arrangements if you have any health conditions that could affect your ability to complete the trek.
Trek Preparation and Packing
What are the procedures after I make my deposit?
After making the deposit, one of our staff will email you for further information. We will require a copy of your passport photo page and your arrival/departure flight details. We will also provide you with additional trip information.
What sort of insurance do I need? How can I obtain a policy?
Travel insurance is mandatory for our hiking itineraries. We require your policy have medical evacuation coverage for the maximum elevation of your itinerary. Insurance may also cover additional costs in the event of a flight delay or cancellation caused by bad weather, medical costs, theft, loss, and damage to your items while traveling.
Travel insurance can be obtained online by one of several travel insurance companies. Please note that insurance obtained from an airline at the time of booking your flight may not cover medical evacuation coverage.
What are the necessary items that I should pack for my trip?
You can find the necessary items to pack for the trek here on the Equipment section. Gear and equipment can be bought or rented upon your arrival in Kathmandu. If you plan on buying or renting gear in Kathmandu, please allow extra time.
Do you provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rent?
Yes, we do provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rental costs of USD 35 each. Do let us know before initiating the trek and we shall provide items.
What type of bag will the porters carry?
We provide you with a free duffel bag of 70 to 80-liter capacity that our porters will carry. The maximum weight that porters can safely carry is 30kg, and each porter is assigned to two people.
What type of daypack should I bring?
We suggest a 30 to 40-liter capacity daypack. Wider straps and hip belts are recommended to assist you in carrying weight evenly and reduce pain.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara does provide the free storage services. So, you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
Do you use porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.
What about my passport, medications, and belongings?
Bring copies of your passport, insurance papers, and other essential items in your carry-on during your flight. If you need to take medications daily, keep them in your daypack with your other essential possessions. You can store other non-trekking essentials in the office of Ace the Himalaya or at the hotel in Kathmandu.
What kind of lodging is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and on the trek?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use three-star hotels including breakfast. We use Hotel Thamel House, Gaju Suite Hotel, Hotel Jampa, or comparable-class lodging in Kathmandu. Teahouses with clean rooms are used during the trek. For further information see Teahouses in Annapurna region.
Are the guesthouses heated?
The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However, as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.
What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
Is it possible to have private rooms while trekking or while in Kathmandu and Pokhara?
A private room in the teahouses cannot be guaranteed during peak season. During the non-peak season, the teahouses may provide a private room without any additional cost. The accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing rooms and occasionally dormitory rooms for our trekkers.
We can arrange for a private room while in Kathmandu and Pokhara for an additional cost of USD 35 per room.
What happens if I end up staying an extra night/s in Kathmandu due to an unforeseen delay or cancelation?
In case of unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation, your health, or for any reason you decide to discontinue the trip and arrive early in Kathmandu then you will need extra accommodations in Kathmandu. The cost of the teahouses in the mountains is not equivalent to the cost of a hotel in Kathmandu. In such cases, we will arrange your accommodations, but you will need to pay a supplemental charge.
Is it necessary to bring toilet paper for the trek?
You can buy toilet paper in the guesthouses during the trek, but it can be expensive, so we suggest you bring some with you. You also need to bring personal items such as towels, soap, hand sanitizers, and so on.
Are there restrooms along the trail?
There are toilet facilities in the teahouses/lodges during the trek. Trekkers can also find private areas along the trail for emergencies.
What sort of food can I expect in Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Multiple food choices are available in the guesthouses. Options include daal bhat (rice and lentil), bread, eggs, potatoes, noodles, soup, pasta, and pastries. We suggest eating vegetarian during the trip.
You will find a great deal of garlic on the menu since it helps with acclimatization. Each meal includes one hot drink. Hot drinks include coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks. You can purchase an additional hot drink or sometimes soda at your own expense. You can also purchase candy or cookies (crisps) at your own expense.
I'm a vegetarian. Is that a problem?
Most of the teahouses in the mountains offer vegetarian meals. So, being a vegetarian is not a problem. Vegetarian meals are preferable to avoid food poisoning and indigestion.
Is the food in the mountains prepared to international standards in terms of safety?
Indeed, the guesthouses follow international guidelines while setting up the food and serve you clean, protected, and warm meals.
What is the drinking water facility in the Annapurna Base Camp trek? Do I need to bring purifying tablets or filters?
Bottled water is readily available at the lodges and teahouses till Chhomrong, which you can buy at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 at higher elevations per liter.
Above Chhomrong you have to purify water or buy purified bottled water as plastics are banned by Annapurna Conservation area therefore, they don’t sell plastic bottled mineral water.
We use Katadyn filters to purify the natural water sources to make them safe to drink. This way, it is sustainable and pocket friendly as you need not buy bottled mineral water. You must carry a water bottle that can hold both hot and cold water and a hydration pack.
If the temperature drops too low for the Katadyn filter to function properly or if any technical issues occur, it is recommended to buy boiled water from the teahouse to ensure safe drinking water as an alternative.
Can we get hot or boiled drinking water? Does it cost extra?
Yes, teahouses do provide hot boiled water for an extra charge of USD 2 to 5 per liter. The cost varies and increases at higher altitudes.
Can I shower/bathe during the trek?
In major places, we arrange guesthouse with proper running shower, which is not possible at Machhapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp so in these places, water in the bucket will be provided for the shower at the cost of USD 2 to USD 4 per bucket (Roughly one bucket is enough to shower for one person).
Can I charge my electronic equipment during the trek?
Yes, you can charge your equipment during the trek for an additional cost. The cost will vary but is around USD 1-5 per charge. Two pins (type C) and three pins (type D) adaptors are highly recommended. Bring these adaptors or purchase them while you are in Kathmandu.
Health and Safety
Do your guides have the trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitudes?
We provide licensed trekking guides with fluent English. Our guides are certified by the Hotel Management and Tourism Center after receiving 45 days of training. Similarly, the guides receive high-altitude training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).
What are safety measures in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry on the trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
Our guides are well trained and certified in first aid. Throughout the journey, our guides will evaluate your condition and your oxygen level using an oximeter. Our head office receives continuous updates on your condition and location through the guides. In places without a phone signal, your situation will be updated through a satellite phone during emergencies.
How do you allocate guides and porters in a group?
We allocate one guide for groups of up to 8 participants. For groups of over 8 participants, we allot an associate guide. As per the size of the group, we may add more guides or divide them into sub-groups.
We provide one porter for every two clients. Two clients’ duffel bags will be carried by one porter. The weight limit is 30kg or 15kg for each client. For an additional cost, we can arrange for one porter to carry one participant’s duffel.
Is Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters. Please browse through our legal docment page to view insurance details.
What vaccinations will I need?
- COVID-19 vaccination (Negative PCR report in case of unvaccinated travelers.)
- Typhoid vaccination is recommended but not required
We suggest you have a dental checkup before your trip and know your blood type. It is helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.
What if I am very sick in the mountain?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.
Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
If I am sick, can I continue the trek after a day's rest?
The continuation of the trek depends upon your health condition. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you need to go down to a lower altitude. It takes several days to a week to recover. In group trekking, you need to discuss with your guide if you can re-connect with your group. However, you’ll be bound by time. If you are on a private trek and have extra time, the trek might be able to continue.
How are acclimatization and altitude related?
Altitude sickness is a possibility during the trek. Air at higher elevations has less oxygen available. To avoid altitude sickness, acclimatization days and slow climbs are recommended at higher elevations. Along the trek, you’ll be assisted by our professional guides in recognizing and preventing altitude sickness.
What is necessary for sun protection during the trek?
Even when the sun isn’t shining, sun protection is essential. UV rays are reflected by the snow and the harshness of the sun will damage your skin before you notice it at high elevations. Therefore, proper clothing and sunblock are necessary. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothes, etc. are vital for sun protection.
What kind of trekking boot would be best for the trek?
An important piece of equipment is your trekking boots. Invest in a durable and comfortable pair, preferably with water-proof lining. Boots that provide ankle support on rough ground and have stiff soles are recommended.
Do you guys have a PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber)?
Yes, we have access to a portable altitude chamber in case of an emergency. It is not essential to carry during the trek. Though, we can use arrange it upon request for an extra cost of USD 200.
What is your cancellation policy?
Notice should be provided 20 days before the trip start date in case of cancellation. The trip can be canceled for justifiable reasons. Once the trip is canceled, a fee of 30% of the trip cost is retained for administrative costs.
However, the trip amount is entirely non-refundable if the cancellation is not made before the 20 days as per our terms and conditions. For submitting a claim to your insurance company after the cancellation, we can assist with documentation such as a receipt of monies paid. Refund will not be provided for unused accommodation in case of trip cancellation caused by personal reasons/sickness/weather.
More information about our cancellation policy can be found here in Terms and Conditions page.
Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?
Tipping is expected and appreciated. You can tip your trekking guides and porters based on your satisfaction and enjoyment. We suggest you spend at least 10% of your total trek cost for tipping staff. You’ll learn more about how much to tip your group’s guides and porters during our pre-trip briefing in Kathmandu.
Is there any communication while we are trekking?
Yes. The guides carry local cell phones, so you can use their cell phones if necessary and reimburse them. Assuming you have brought your cell phone, you can obtain a local SIM card and use it. Our guides or representatives can help you get a local SIM card after your arrival. There is the availability of Wi-Fi at most teahouses for an additional cost. We utilize satellite telephones for emergencies.
Does it cost an extra amount if I am a solo traveler?
If you are a solo traveler and book one of our published dates, there is no additional fee. If you sign up for a private trip or change the trip date from one of our published trip dates, you will be charged an additional fee.
Is there a provision for a refund policy if I don't accomplish the trek?
Trekkers occasionally fail to complete the journey for medical or personal reasons. In this situation, be aware that we do not issue any refunds for products purchased or unused trek days. We must pay our administration staffs, guides, and porters, purchase trekking permits, and all other booked accommodations in advance, so our expenses remain the same.
Who else will be joining my trekking group?
If there are any, you will be allocated to a trekking group. The details of the personal data of your group members cannot be disclosed. However, feel free to contact us if you have queries about other trekkers in the group and we shall give you a general idea of the ages, nationality, and sex of your group members. Chances are you will be trekking with others unless you have booked a private trip.
Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?
You can extend your trekking trip for an additional cost. Potential arrangements will be made if we get a request from your guide. This is applicable for private or solo trips as the itinerary can be easily adjusted. The addition of extra days is bound by time when you are in a group. Therefore, discuss with your group and guide, what changes can possibly be made.
I want to extend my holiday, any recommendations?
Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our Day trips pages.
Transportation and Flights
Do I need to book my international flights for the travel to Nepal?
Yes, you must book your international flights. We are a local agency and do not make international flight arrangements. You can easily browse through flight tickets in airlines sites to book ones most feasible for you.
What form of transportation do you utilize?
We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. We use the tourist bus for the transfer between Kathmandu and Pokhara. For Pokhara to Hile and Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara sections, we use private 4WD vehicles which are the perfect for unpaved mountain roads. We assign experienced drivers for these drives.
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What makes this trip different ?
Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal
- Ace the Himalaya believes in giving back to the communities that surround and support tourism in Nepal. Ace provides logistical support and, if needed, cash donations to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (a local NGO).
- Sambhav Nepal and Ace work together to plan volunteer programs that will bring in foreign volunteers and make use of their enthusiasm, time, and talents in a variety of projects.
Sustainability and Responsible Tourism
- Of the few Travelife Partners in Nepal, Ace the Himalaya is one. We respect the procedures for sustainable tourism. Our excursions are socially and environmentally conscious, leaving the lowest possible impact in the Himalayas.
- About 80% of Ace the Himalaya’s staff members are natives of the regions where our trips are organized. It is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to help local communities, support small businesses, and promote regional culture and way of life.