Annapurna Base Camp trek
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Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Demanding
  • TRIP STYLE: Tea House
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 02 Oct 2022

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Annapurna Base Camp is the classic trek in Nepal to the base of the south face of Mount Annapurna.

This high altitude trek into the Annapurna range is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Annapurna 1 is the tenth highest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8,091m. You start by walking at low altitude through traditional villages and terraced fields. As you ascend in altitude to Ghorepani you pass through rhododendron forests. From the viewpoint, of Poon Hill, you see many Himalayan peaks and snow capped mountains. The views include Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1 and Machapuchare (known as Fishtail mountain).

Your trekking holiday in Nepal begins with a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. After having explored the capital of Nepal you take the flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara. This is a spectacular flight where you will get superb views of the Himalayan mountains.

After a short drive, we start the trek up to Poon Hill. Afterwards, we follow the Modi Khola river into the Annapurna Sanctuary. This is a hidden amphitheatre with a superb view of the Annapurna massif. On the walk up from Machapuchare Base Camp you see the impressive south face of Mount Annapurna 1.

Annapurna Base Camp trek would be a good choice for a shorter teahouse based trek in the Himalayas. Annapurna Circuit trek is longer and crosses Thorung La high pass at 5,400m. The highest altitude reached on the Annapurna Base Camp trek is 4,130m. Whereas Everest Base Camp is over 1,000m higher at an elevation of 5,300m.

Take a look at our Blog article Annapurna Base Camp versus Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. This explains the similarities and differences of these treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

  • For better acclimatisation and to avoid altitude sickness we organise Annapurna Base Camp with 10 trekking days. We trek up to Ghorepani and Poon Hill before ascending to Base Camp. The gradual ascent profile for this trekking holiday has worked well for our past groups.
  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists having operated trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter has designed the itinerary from his first-hand experience of this trek.
  • Our AITO Traveller Reviews for Annapurna Base Camp have a holiday rating of 100%. Based on client feedback we won the 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year. Read more about our Testimonials and Awards.
  • We pay for private weather forecasts from EverestWeather.com. We also use in-house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on our group treks in Nepal. Your leader will have reliable communications for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • We provide the porters with windproof jackets & trousers and shelter. We follow International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive medical aid kit.
  • Our team with first-hand knowledge of this trek provides pre-trip support. During high season we have someone from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu

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Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience. The Himalayan peaks are only a short distance north of the capital of Nepal as seen from the plane. After customs at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will pass into the passenger pick-up area outside. You will see a Mountain Company signboard. Our representative will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal.

After transferring to your hotel we will give you a full trek briefing. The rest of the day will be yours to explore Kathmandu and to make final preparations for the trek. You will hear the Nepalese word for hello ‘Namaste’, you will never forget that word after this holiday.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. We visit three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square. Afterward, you drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. The last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4 pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.

Three major towns in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Each place has great artistic and architectural traditions. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second-largest separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati river. Bhaktapur, the third-largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley. Its relative isolation reflected in its slower pace and more medieval atmosphere. In Kathmandu, there is a bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets. While the city has expanded it is possible to see traditional buildings and temples.

Fly to Pokhara

Drive to Naya Pul (2 hours driving)

Walking 7.5km (3 to 4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

 

In the morning we will drive you from the hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport. On the flight to Pokhara, you get superb views of the Annapurna mountain range from the right-hand side of the plane. After landing at Pokhara we drive you for about two hours from Pokhara along the Seti River valley. After driving up and over a ridge in the Annapurna middle hills we descend to the road head at Nayapool. The altitude of the starting point of the trek is 1,070m.

We start along the same trail as for the Poon Hill trek and walk along the jeep track to the village of Birethanti. We follow the trail near Bhurungdi Khola as we ascend to the village of Tirkhedunga at an altitude of 1,540m. We stay overnight in one of the tea houses owned by the local communities. There are fields nearby growing rice and maize as well as a variety of vegetables. We pass through thickets of bamboo and higher up there are rhododendrons in a dense forest.

During the months of April, May and October it will be hot and humid on the first days of this trek at lower altitudes. It is important to bring plenty of water, wear a sun hat and apply sun cream.

 

Walking 8km (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After breakfast, we leave the lodge and we continue walking uphill on the main path. It is a tough day as we ascend over 1,200m from Tirkhedunga at 1,540m to Ghorepani at 2,750m. We climb a stone staircase through terraced fields to Ulleri. The trail passes through Banthanti and upwards through rhododendron forest to Ghorepani. There are many lodges located on the top of the ridge as the walk up to Poon Hill from here is a popular short trek in Nepal. There are superb mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare and Lamjung.

Walking 7km (5 to 6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

 

Early in the morning, we walk up to Poon Hill for the sunrise view. The altitude of the viewpoint is at 3,210m and this is an ascent of 460m from our lodge at Ghorepani. Seeing the sunrise over the panorama of Himalayan peaks is superb. It is well worth having an early start for this experience. We see mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hinchuli and Annapurna III.

You get back to the lodge for breakfast then continue the trek along the ridge passing Ban Thanti. This is another viewpoint of the Himalayas at an elevation of 3,180m. We walk through the rhododendron forest along the undulating ridge down to Tadapani. The cluster of lodges at 2,630m also has wonderful views of the high peaks.

 

Walking 6.5km (5 to 6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

From Tadapani we have a steep descent of 800 metres down to Kimrong Khola. We cross the river on a new bridge then climb 370 metres up to Chomrong village. This village is on a hill above the Modi Khola river that flows south from the Annapurna Sanctuary. For the next few days, we hike on an undulating trail often on stone steps until we get to Machhapuchhare Base Camp. Chomrong is the last permanent village in the Annapurna valley inhabited year-round by local people. From here there are fine views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.

Walking 7.5km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Shortly after leaving Chomrong, we descend steeply on a long stone staircase. We cross the Chomrong Khola on a bridge and then climb up the other side as we enter the Modi Khola valley. The trail follows the west bank and passes through rhododendrons to upper Sinuwa. The trail contours and undulates as we cross several side streams in the narrow valley. We pass through a bamboo forest to the lodges at Khuldigar and Bamboo. We cross over Pola Khola on a bridge then shortly after arrive at our tea house at Doban (2,540m).

Walking 9km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After Doban, the valley widens and there is less vegetation as we enter the alpine zone. We walk past a few lodges at Himalaya Hotel at an elevation of 2,920m and further on Hinko Caves at 3,170m. We are now walking close to the Modi Khola as we pass through Deurali. Shortly after we climb on a trail through the gates of the Annapurna Sanctuary. We are now on a plateau near Machhapuchhare Base Camp (known as MBC) at 3,700m. The mountain views are impressive as you are up close to Himalayan giants. The panorama includes Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna, Tent Peak and Machhapuchhare.

Walking 4km (2 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

From MBC the trail continues up towards Annapurna Base Camp (known as ABC). Along the way, we enjoy the stunning scenery. After an hour of hiking, you enter an amphitheatre with a view of towering peaks spread out in front of you. After another hour of walking, you will arrive at ABC. After reaching Annapurna Base Camp we check into one of the lodges.

We have the rest of the day to explore this area and enjoy the spectacular scenery. It is worth taking the time to enjoy the moment of being in this incredible place. You might meet a climbing expedition planning to summit one of the peaks in the Annapurna range. We stay at one of the tea houses at Annapurna Basecamp. It is well worth sleeping at ABC so that you see the sunset and sunrise on the high mountains of the Annapurnas. In peak trekking season it can be busy with other trekkers however we pre-book rooms for our groups.

Walking 12.5km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Today we leave the mountain vistas and snowy peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary. We follow the same route back to Chomrong. We pass through the gates of the Sanctuary back down to the lodges at Bamboo. We retrace the trail taken on the way up passing through Deurali, Hinku Cave, Himalayan Hotel and Dovan.

Walking 9km (7 to 8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Today we retrace our steps down the Modi Khola valley. We have a steep ascent on stone steps back to Chomrong. From here we descend a steep trail to the bridge over Kimrong Khola. On the way, we pass Jhinnudanda where there are some hot springs. On the other side of the bridge, we climb through scattered villages and terraced fields up to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk has the headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project "(ACAP"). There are many retired British and Indian Gurkhas living in and around Ghandruk. It is a prosperous village due to the army pensions and a large number of trekkers passing through. From the village, there are fine views of the Himalayas. You can see Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Hiunchuli. You can also see the impressive Mount Machhapuchhre, known as Fishtail, at an altitude of 6,993m.

Walking 10km (5 hours)

Drive to Pokhara (1 hour)

Breakfast and Lunch

Mount Kailash Resort

From Ghandruk the trail descends to the beautiful valley with the Modi Khola river. At lower altitudes, there are paddy fields as rice cultivation is possible with the warmer temperatures. The trek ends near the road head at Shyauli Bazaar, sometimes called Syauli Bazaar. We drive to Nayapul then back to Pokhara.

Fly to Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport and drive you back to the hotel. In the afternoon you can relax at the hotel, go shopping or do more sightseeing around the city. We recommend a walking tour from Thamel to Durbar Square and up to Swayambunath temple. Swayambunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a Buddhist stupa on a hill overlooking the city. This walking tour will give you an insight into Nepalese culture and Tibetan Buddhism.

Fly home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home. End of trip.

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What's Included

  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections.
  • Internal flights. The flights are Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu. The weight allowance is 15kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for your day pack.
  • One-day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin-share room at Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu and at Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara.
  • Dormitory room with common bathroom while on the trek. We also send along a tent as a backup in case you prefer to sleep outside or if the rooms at the lodge are full.
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals included while on the trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus a two-course dinner. This is soup and the main meal. Two hot drinks included per meal.
  • Trekking arrangements. Including trekking permit and fees, tents, Nepalese guides and porters. We provide one trekking guide for a group size of two people. We provide two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for a group size of six people plus.
  • Porterage. The allowance for your main bag is 15kg.
  • Weather forecasts from EverestWeather.com.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations. It can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
  • A trekking map is given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tag posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection. Our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) number is 10921. Our Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (ABTOT) membership number is 5365).
  • Pre-departure support and advice from The Mountain Company. We are available by email, phone or face to face meetings.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$50 (approx £25).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is in Lazimpat next to the Radisson. This is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our clients have enjoyed staying at this property. It has a good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor. On the fifth floor there is a roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Teahouse lodge in Nepal

While on trek at a teahouse lodge in Nepal there are twin share rooms with common bathroom and a heated communal dining room. 

We will provide all meals at the lodges and include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal. We regularly inspect and select the best lodges in each location.


Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

Mount Kailash Resort is in a good location along a quieter section of Pokhara Lakeside. It has fine views of the lake and the mountains.

This is a modern property with an attractive garden and swimming pool. The rooms are spacious with attached bathrooms. The rooms have television, air-condition and free Wi Fi.


Practical Information

Typical Day On a Teahouse Trek in Nepal

We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. You will sleep in private rooms with a shared bathroom. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the walk and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid-afternoon. On arrival, you will get a hot drink and biscuits. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice. We also provide up to two cups of hot drinks per meal.

After supper, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

You can read more about Teahouse Trekking in Nepal on our Blog. This article explains the facilities available at a teahouse lodge. It also describes the advantages and disadvantages of camping style treks. Plus the amount to budget for extra costs. We also touch upon what to pack for a teahouse trek, safety and security plus responsible use of the lodge.

 

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Kit List for Annapurna Base Camp trek

This is the mandatory kit list for the safety of everyone in the group and to ensure a successful trek. You must have the following items tailored for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The group leader will check your gear in Kathmandu before departure for the trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. At the start of the trek, you will experience warm conditions with temperatures up to 25 Celsius. You experience the coldest temperatures at ABC at an altitude of 5,200m. Overnight lows here will be down to around -12 Celsius.

You should bring a rucsac or backpack for the gear required during the day. Your pack should contain items such as warm clothes, a jacket, a camera, water bottles, a personal first aid kit and snacks. The weight limit for your day pack is 5kg. A porter will carry the rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag. The weight limit for your duffel bag is 15kg. Please mark your bag on the outside for easy identification.

Print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on the trek.

 

Footwear

  • Walking Boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support. Boots must be in good condition, the best approach is to get new boots and break in before the trek. 
  • Trail shoes. Used around lodge.
  • Walking socks.
  • Gaiters. A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through snow or on wet ground.
  • Kahtoola Microspikes or YakTrax Summits. These are for your security when descending passes with snowy or icy conditions. They fit onto your walking boots. Required for Winter and early Spring trips. ie for months of November, December, January, February and March. Please get in touch if you like to rent from us in Kathmandu.

Clothing

  • Waterproof and Windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek and in windy conditions.
  • Trekking trousers. (eg. Mountain Hardwear Mesa V2 or The North Face Paramount Peak).
  • Soft Shell Trousers.
  • Long sleeve tops or shirts (not cotton).
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece or synthetic/ primaloft top.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece / synthetic top. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket. This provides the most warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece or synthetic leggings. Worn around the camp or added as a layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket.

Head and Gloves

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.
  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf (eg. Buff Headwear).
  • Head torch. Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses. The lenses need to be Category 4 rated. They should have side protection or wraparound design.

Personal equipment

  • Sleeping bag. Overnight lows down to -12 Celsius. It is possible to rent a bag from Shonas Rental in Kathmandu.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty. Also helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Day pack. Recommended size is around 30 litres. You need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing. The pack should have a good waist belt. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Two poles are mandatory for your safety. These will be helpful on steep sections of the trail and river crossings. Also for walking on snow or ice higher up.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold dry bags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles. Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best. You may use a hydration pack lower down but the tube will freeze in the cold so ensure you still have two water bottles.
  • Pee bottle. Recommended as means you do not have to get up to find the toilet tent at night! For men, you can use an old water bottle. For women take a look at SheWee.
  • Sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira).
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books and cards etc.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitiser. Keep this in your day pack for use after a toilet break during the trek or before eating any snacks. We provide sanitiser for use before meals.

Travelling

  • Duffel bag for your personal gear on the trek. Will be carried by a porter. Rugged and waterproof made of a plastic material. Size 80-100 litres. Eg. Mountain Equipment or Rab. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag with soap, travel towel, toilet paper, toothbrush etc.

We provide a comprehensive group first aid kit.  Please bring personal medications and other items you might use such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best)
  • Rehydration powder (eg Dioralyte).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

Risk assessment for Annapurna Base Camp trek

You should be aware trekking in a developing country involves a risk of personal injury or death. You must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions and unpredictable weather. There could be last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of our trips.

We have performed a threat and risk assessment for our ABC trek. Our trips have a degree of risk. This is part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. By identifying the hazards we assess the level of risk. We have control measures in places to reduce this happening or to reduce the impact.

Our risk assessment is available to clients on request. We have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path.
  • Altitude illness including but not limited to AMS, HACE and HAPE.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke). Please note during the months of April and October it will be very hot and humid for the first three days of the trek.
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall.
  • Rockfall and landslides.
  • Snow and ice avalanches.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (e.g. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals can knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite. Discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. Discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury. Such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic or flight accidents. Read paragraph “Internal flight".
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area. You are away from the usual emergency services and medical facilities. Evacuation for a serious injury requiring hospitalisation could take up to several days. This delay could impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the usual means of evacuation. They are not always available or hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

 

Internal Flights in Nepal

Flights from Nepal’s Short Take-Off & Landing (“STOL”) airstrips are dependent on weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds.For our itineraries with flights to or from STOL we include one extra day in Kathmandu at the end of the trip. This is in case of delays flying back. If the delays are longer we will help reschedule your international flights. There is likely to be a fee charged by the airline for this. You also have to pay for costs incurred in Kathmandu as a result of the delay such as accommodation and meals.

You should read the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (“FCDO”) travel advice to Nepal. For their latest advice take a look at their Safety & Security section under Air TravelThere have been some recent air accidents in Nepal. The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from flying to Europe. For more information on Nepal’s air safety profile take a look at Aviation Safety Network.

Weather and conditions for Annapurna Base Camp trek

ABC trek has a wide range of temperatures. This depends on the season, altitude and time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m, the nights will be cool around 5 Celsius. During the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 Celsius. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 Celsius to -12 Celsius.

The trekking season in Nepal is from late September to May. October and November are generally recognised as having the best weather. Spring is a popular time of year with warmer weather than in Autumn. Also, there is the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom.

We have written a blog article When is the best time to go trekking in Nepal Himalaya? This has information about the weather and conditions in Spring and Autumn seasons. It also explains the differences between the trekking regions of Nepal.

 

Suggested reading and maps for Annapurna region

Maps

Annapurna Trekking Map by Himalayan Maphouse. Scale: 1:900,000. We include in your welcome pack when you arrive in Nepal. National Geographic Annapurna Trekking 1:135,000.

Books

Annapurna south face. By Chris Bonnington.

Himalayan Pilgrimmage. By David Snellgrove.

Annapurna. By Maurice Herzog.

True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent on Annapurna. By David Roberts.

The Ascent of Rum Doodle. By WE Bowman.

A Nepalese Journey: The Essence of the Annapurna Circuit (Mountain Photography). By Andrew Stevenson.

Nepali Phrasebook by Lonely Planet.

Trip Reviews

Review by Miss JS16 on 26/10/2016

Expertly organised I expected the trek to be outstanding because of the beauty of the area but I did not expect the organisation of the trip to be so completely seamless. At every possible transition there was no waiting or confusion, the transfers were immediate, the mountain lodges all booked and ready (and we saw several other groups and people ...

Review by Miss NS 17 on 02/05/2017

Exploring and Trekking in Nepal for the First Time I had a fabulous and eye-opening holiday in Nepal this year. Visiting the sights and learning about the history of Nepal in Kathmandu; seeing how the 2015 earthquake caused much destruction and how the people have picked themselves up and continue to operate their businesses and lives with joy, fr ...

Review by Cork on 24/01/2018

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Well planned, well structured, experienced guides, the perfect time to take to get to a destination. Been 30 years since I went to 4130m, could not have asked for a better trek to revisit that height. The Mountain Company did a lot of background checks to ensure I was suitable for the trek, and maintained a strong medical ...

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