“Have you ever dreamed of standing amongst the divine beauty of Nepal’s western Himalayas? On this accessible nine-day hiking itinerary, you’ll climb from the lakeside city of Pokhara to the staggering heights of the Annapurna Sanctuary, where you’ll be rewarded with exceptional panoramas of the world’s loveliest mountains.”
ABC Trek - 8 Days Highlights
- Explore what’s arguably the most beautiful region in Nepal: the Annapurna mountains.
- Visit Gurung and Magar's villages tucked away in the splendor of the western Himalayas.
- Reach Annapurna Base Camp at an elevation of 4,130 meters elevation
- Earn marvelous panoramic views of Machapuchare, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and the Annapurnas themselves
Welcome to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The western Himalayan Mountains of Nepal have long been associated with world-class trekking opportunities. The Mardi Himal Trek, Annapurna Circuit, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek all begin from the lakeside city of Pokhara, which serves as the gateway to the Annapurnas.
But it’s the Annapurna Base Camp Trek that best captures the imagination of visitors from all over the world. While many travelers take up to two weeks to complete this unforgettable hike, we’ve developed an alternative, shorter itinerary—and for travelers who don’t have several weeks to devote to their trek in Nepal, our nine-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is perhaps the best option in the entirety of the Himalayas.
Because the trek reaches a maximum elevation of just over 4,000 meters, it’s also an accessible itinerary for hikers who aren’t quite ready for the high mountain passes of the Everest Base Camp Trek or Langtang Valley Trek. Read on to discover what you can expect on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
What can you expect on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
An expedition into the western Himalayas of Nepal rewards travelers with the opportunity to explore a remarkable diversity of ecosystems: subtropical rhododendron forests, alpine river valleys, and sheer mountain heights.
Our destination is the Annapurna Sanctuary, a sacred amphitheater of Himalayan peaks where you’ll come face-to-face with the world’s tenth-highest mountain. Annapurna I rises to a staggering 8,091 meters in elevation, and there’s no experience like standing in the mountain’s shadow as dawn breaks across the sky.
You’ll also enjoy first-rate views of Annapurna II and III, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and even more of the highest mountains in the western Himalayas.
But the Annapurna Base Camp Trek has more to offer than splendid scenery; traveling through this part of Nepal will also introduce you to the culture and traditions of the people who live here. We’ll visit remote mountain villages, relax in isolated hot springs, and enjoy the scenic, pastoral beauty of hillside terraces where rice and millet have been grown for centuries.
Choose Alpine Ramble Treks for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Consider why you want to trek in Nepal: are you drawn to the chance to meet our country’s famously friendly people? Are you fascinated by the historical and architectural wonders of our cities? Or do the mighty Himalayan mountains call to you? Whatever your desire, Alpine Ramble Treks will work with you to craft the trekking itinerary of your dreams.
We’re proud to create bespoke, private trekking packages, using the skills of dedicated guides and porters to ensure that your trek is a success. And because our guides are intimately familiar with the terrain of the Himalayas, we can also build some flexibility into your itinerary.
If you need to stop early one day or prefer to trek a little further, we can change our plans on the fly. Your guide will ensure that you’re ascending at an appropriate pace, always keeping your safety as our first priority so when you’re ready to start planning your own Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Best Time of Year for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekking seasons in Nepal are largely dictated by the summer monsoon, and our Annapurna Base Camp Trek is no exception. The monsoon typically lasts from June to August, and most visitors consequently choose to hike during the spring months of February to May or the autumn months of September to November.
These are the best times of year to enjoy the perfect combination of comfortable temperatures and clear mountain views. But you can hike in the Annapurnas at any time of year, and the snow-laden trails of winter are just as mysterious and evocative as the mist-shrouded hillsides of summer.
Whenever you choose to travel, rest assured that Alpine Ramble Treks will put together a trekking adventure that will surpass even your highest expectations.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most accessible hikes in the Himalayas. Most travelers in good health and reasonable physical fitness will be able to complete this itinerary without issue, and no previous trekking experience is required.
However, this trek does reach altitudes higher than 4,000 meters, and it’s important to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest in order to let your body adjust naturally to the increased elevation. As always, your guide will look after your progress and ensure that you enjoy a safe and rewarding trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
Other great choices for trekking in Nepal
If this itinerary isn’t quite right for you, Alpine Ramble Treks is also proud to offer a host of alternate treks in this region. If you’d like to spend more time in the mountains to see fantastic sights like Poon Hill, consider our 13-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
For an even more epic adventure, take a look at our 14-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek. And if you really want to test your hiking mettle at even higher elevations, check out our Everest Base Camp Trek – 8 Days package.
Additional Benefits of this trek with us for 2024/ 2025
- Free transfers to and from Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival and departure.
- Complimentary use of any necessary trekking equipment, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walkie-talkies, trekking poles, and an oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse.
- Fun souvenirs of your Himalayan adventure: a trekking route map, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Alpine Ramble Treks logo, and a hat!