ABC Trek – Journey to the Base Camp of Mt. Annapurna Massif

ABC Trek

A means Annapurna, b means base, and c means camp. So that the full form of the ABC Trek is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is a short and sweet trek. That offers a mesmerizing view of the Annapurna massif, Himachali, and Machhapuchhare. Also, the glimpse of the surrounding essence is so graceful to see while doing this trek.

Even this region is religiously so important. This is why there is forbidden to take meat after Sinuwa village to ABC. From Deurali we can see the amazing buddha’s head on the other side of the hill. Similarly, mount Machhapuchhare is not permitted to climb by anyone. Because it is believed that this peak is holy. And even not allowed to take and send domestic animals to this region. So the Annapurna base camp (ABC) trek is significant for both natural and religious aspects.

The journey to the base camp of the world’s 10th highest peak begins with a flight or drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is the home of adventure activities. Where you can do many adventure activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping, zip lying, rafting, and many more. When you do the ABC trek you can do any of these activities before or after the voyage. Again Pokhara is not only for adventure, it’s the place to chill out after trekking.

From Pokhara, the trek continues with one and half hour’s drive to Naya pul or Birethanti. Even there are roads to Ghandruk, Banthanti, Komrong danda, or nearby Ghinu danda. From where you can start your ABC trip. All in you how you like to make your vacation and your limitation of the vacation.

Various Routes you can choose to get to Annapurna Base Camp.

There are different itineraries that you can follow while doing the ABC trek. Such as ABC via poon hill, ABC via Ghandruk, and ABC via Ghinu danda. Timing will be around 6 days to 10 days to finish off the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna base camp trek via Poon Hill

Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara 850m. Drive or flight option
Day 2Drive to Birethanti and trek to Ulleri 1920m
Day 3Ulleri to Ghorepani 2880m
Day 4Hike to poon hill and trek to Tadapani 2650m
Day 5Tadapani to Chhomrong 2170m
Day 6Chhomrong to Himalaya 2890m
Day 7Himalaya to abc 4130m
Day 8 Annapurna base camp to bamboo 2310m
Day 9Bamboo to Ghinu danda (1760m) and hike to a hot spring
Day 10Walk to Siwi and drive to Pokhara.

Annapurna base camp trek via ghandruk

Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive or flight option
Day 2Pokhara to Birethanti drive and trek to Ghandruk 1950m
Day 3Ghandruk to Chhomrong 2160m
Day 4 Chhomrong to Himalaya 2890m
Day 5Himalaya to abc 4130m
Day 6Annapurna base camp to bamboo 2310m
Day 7Bamboo to Ghinu danda (1760m) and hike to a hot spring
Day 8walk to Siwi and drive to Pokhara.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Chhomrong

Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive or flight option
Day 2Pokhara to Siwi drive and trek to Chhomrong
Day 3Chhomrong to Himalaya 2890m
Day 4HImalaya to ABC 4130m
Day 5 Annapurna base camp to bamboo 2310m
Day 6bamboo to Ghinu danda (1760m) and hike to a hot spring
Day 7walk to Siwi and drive to Pokhara.

Even this trek can combine with the Mardi Himal trek as well

Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara 850m. Drive or flight options
Day 2 Drive to Birethanti and trek to Ulleri 1920m
Day 3Ulleri to Ghorepani 2880m
Day 4Hike to poon hill and trek to Tadapani 2650m
Day 5Tadapani to Chhomrong 2170m
Day 6 Chhomrong to Himalaya 2890m
Day 7 Himalaya to abc 4130m
Day 8Annapurna base camp to Bamboo 2310m
Day 9Bamboo to Ghinu danda (1760m) and hike to hot spring
Day 10Ghinu danda to Landruk 1500m
Day 11Landruk to Low camp 3050m
Day 12 Low camp to High camp 3600m
Day 13Hike to Mardi Himal base camp (4500m) and back to Badal Danda 3210m
Day 14 Badal danda to Sidding and drive back to Pokhara.

Here is the detailed Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary, which you can check. If you have a very short time and want to do the ABC trek. Then it’s possible in 7 days for that you have to take both ways flight tickets (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu)

The best time to do the ABC trek.

Nepal has four different weather seasons. The spring season, the summer season, the autumn season, and the winter season. The spring season is the dry season, on the other hand, the summer season is the wet season. And the autumn season is between wet and snowy so it’s also a good time. The winter season is very cold and snowy in the mountain area.

Therefore, in general, the best season to do the ABC trek is spring and autumn.

Spring season – March, April, and May

Autumn season – September, October, and November

Usually, during these two seasons, the weather will be perfect to do the trek in Nepal. And the temperature will be neither very frigid nor very searing. Hence, these two seasons are the best time to do the ABC trek.

Also read this why you should do Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

What kind of permit need to do the ABC trek?

Abc trek is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area so an ACAP permit is mandatory. And also requires a TIMS Card (trekking information management system). ACAP permit will cost 3000 rupees per person and a TIMS card will cost $20 per person.

Packing list

Abc trek is not an extreme trek like Everest base camp or the annapurna circuit. Although it requires some good quality trekking equipment to accomplish this trek. Because need to do ups and down on the mountain trails. Lower elevation from 850m to 4130m to achieve the final destination. That is why before embarking on your journey to the base of the tenth-highest peak in the world. You should buy/ have these trekking gear.

  • Good quality hiking boots
  • Backpack 45/65 litter
  • Pairs of hiking pants/trousers
  • Pairs of hiking t-shirts/ shirts
  • Warm jacket/ flees/windcheater
  • Warm gloves and a minimum of 3 pairs of socks
  • Warm hat and a cap
  • Sun glass and sun protective creams
  • Flashlight/ spare battery/power bank
  • Trekking poles/raincoat
  • Books if you like to read
  • Minimum of -10 sleeping bag
  • Personal medication if you are using it
  • Toiletries / flip flop
  • Water bottles and water purification tablets

How much it does cost for ABC Trek?

The cost of this trek is varying on how long you would like to trek, via Poon Hill or directly via Ghandruk or Ghinu danda. Because days will determine the expense as long you travel you need more cash on hand. The fixed prices are the trekking permits. ACAP permit will cost $30, TIMS Card $20, and the Poon Hill entry ticket will cost rs 150 for foreigners. However, Nepalese tourists do need to pay for conservation permits to do the ABC trek.

The cost will depend on the types of transportation you use. Firstly need to travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu. There are two types of transportation available – fly to Pokhara and take a road. Even on road, there are two types of vehicles available – tourist buses and local buses or microbuses. To fly to Pokhara will take around 30 minutes and the bus will take around 7/8 hours. Flight tickets will cost 100 plus USD and the bus will differ from $10 to $25.

Then driving from Pokhara to the trekking starting point will add a cost to your budget. There is only one road to go and you can choose public or private transportation. Public transportation will cost way cheaper than the private one. So it all depends on which one you like.

Another thing is having a guide or porter with you for this excursion. A guide can charge per day $30 to $40 and a porter will get in around $20 to $25 per day. Then lodging and meals will sum up the expense to your trekking budget to Annapurna Base Camp.

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