A Complete 7 Day ABC Trek
31 Aug 2023 Himalaya Trip
Get ready for a complete 7 day ABC Trek to experience an incredible blend of nature’s wonders and cultural treasures in the Annapurna region. This journey effortlessly combines the charm of natural beauty, the richness of local culture, the magnificence of the Himalayas, and the welcoming hospitality of the Gurung community. You’ll experience Nepal’s diverse landscapes and rich traditions throughout this complete 7-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek. As you set forth towards the base camp, get ready to witness the 10th highest peak Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) along with other massif ranges.
Highlights of the ABC trek
- Explore the charming Ghandruk village
- Traverse through breathtaking Machhapuchhre Base Camp
- Witness the stunning Annapurna Massif from the Annapurna Base Camp
- Relax in Jhinu’s natural hot springs
- Marvel at the panoramic views of the Annapurna Ranges
- Immerse in Gurung Culture with the warm Gurung community
Attractions during the ABC Trek
The Annapurna region is abundant with amazing natural diversity. It features towering snow-capped mountains, rhododendron lush forests as well as suspension bridges over rivers originating from glacial moraines. Some remarkable attractions on the ABC trek include:
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Nestled within the Annapurna Himalayas, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is situated at an elevation of 4,130 m. From ABC, witness breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and landscapes. Trekkers traverse through lush forests, charming villages, and varied terrain to reach the camp. The cultural interactions, natural beauty, and peaceful charm in the vicinity of towering snow-capped peaks are the beauty of the ABC Trek.
Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC)
Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) lies beneath the iconic Machhapuchhre peak at 3,700 meters. The trek to MBC leads through picturesque Nepalese villages, guiding trekkers on their path before they reach the renowned Annapurna Base Camp. MBC, perched on a plateau, provides an outstanding view of the northern face view of the majestic mountains. Also, a glimpse of the villages nestled below is enchanting.
Natural Hot Spring (Jhinu)
- Located in Jhinu
- Soothing retreat for tired trekkers
- Healing properties offer a rejuvenating experience
- Perfect for relaxing after trekking efforts
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
- Established in 1986
- Significant role in preserving the region’s biodiversity
- Mandatory permits to ensure responsible trekking
- Safeguards diverse landscapes, wildlife, and the local cultures
- Majestic peaks include Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre
- Spectacular and awe-inspiring panoramic views
- Adds magic and grandeur to your trekking experience
Gurung Villages (Ghandruk and Chhomrong)
- Trekking trail leads to Gurung communities offering a glimpse into their distinct lifestyle
- Teahouse accommodations, managed by welcoming Gurung locals allow an authentic experience
- Immerse yourself in their culture, traditions, and hospitality, gaining a deeper appreciation for their heritage
- Witness expansive vistas of the Annapurna ranges
- Changing perspectives reveal snow-capped peaks, valleys, and terraced fields
- Dynamic landscape paints an appealing and evolving scene
- Engage with locals for insights into their customs and traditions
- Meaningful cultural connection through interaction with Gurung villagers
- Sharing meals and stories develops your understanding of the region’s heritage
- Traverse through vibrant rhododendron forests during the spring season
- Natural scenery adds aesthetic beauty and charm during the trek
How to get Pokhara from Kathmandu by Tourist bus/ private car/flight?
Traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara offers three transportation choices:
1.Tourist Bus: A comfortable and cost-effective option.
Departure: Daily at 7:00 a.m. from Kantipath, Kathmandu
Duration: Approximately 6-8 hours (varies with traffic and road conditions).
Standard bus – USD 10 per person
Deluxe bus – USD 25 per person
2. Private Car / Jeep / Van: Provides flexibility for various group sizes
Departure: Private vehicles offer adaptable departure times.
Duration: Around 6-8 hours (subject to traffic and road conditions)
Car – USD 120
Jeep – USD 150
Van – USD 200
3. By Flight: Opt for convenience and efficiency.
Schedule: Multiple daily flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Duration: Only 25 minutes.
USD 100 per person (one way)
Note: Remember to pick the choice that suits your preferences and travel approach, ensuring a comfortable journey to Pokhara.
How long is ABC Trek?
The length of the ABC trek depends on the route you choose. Our packages range from 6 to 9 days, ensuring you get to experience the beautiful Annapurna region’s nature, and culture. We assure you’ll have a memorable journey that fits your schedule. Our proposed packages are:
6 Days ABC Trek is USD 485 per person.
7 Days ABC Trek is USD 525 per person.
7 Days ABC Trek is USD 475 per person without a porter. (If you want to carry your backpack and do not want a porter.)
9 Days ABC Trek with Poon Hill is USD 625 per person.
How to get to ABC trek from Kathmandu?
For the ABC trek starting in Kathmandu, you have two transport choices:
1.Flight to Pokhara and Trek Start
Take a quick 25-minute flight to Pokhara with scenic views. Begin your trek from there based on your plan.
2. Tourist Bus or Private Vehicle to Pokhara
Enjoy a 6-7 hour scenic bus ride or private vehicle (for larger groups) to Pokhara. Stay overnight and start your ABC trek the next day, following your itinerary.
Note: There is a transport facility for Pokhara to Syauli Bazar, where you can use a taxi, jeep, or van, and for Syomrong to Pokhara, opt for a jeep based on group size.
7 Days ABC Trek Outline itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu or Pokhara – Nayapul – Birethanti – Syauli Bazar – Ghandruk
Day 02: Ghandruk – Chhomrong – Sinuwa
Day 03: Sinuwa – Bamboo – Dovan – Himalayan – Deurali
Day 04: Deurali – MBC – Annapurna Base Camp
Day 05: Annapurna Base Camp – MBC- Deurali – Himalayan – Dovan -Bamboo
Day 06: Bamboo – Sinuwa – Chhomrong – Jhinu
Day 07: Jhinu – Siwai – Syauli Bazar – Birethanti – Nayapul – Pokhara or Kathmandu
Trekking permit for ABC trek
1. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) costs:
For Foreigners: NRS. 3000 (Approx. USD 30)
For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)
2. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) costs:
For Foreigners: NRS. 2000 (Approx. USD 20)
For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)
Best time to visit
Nepal experiences mild weather throughout the year, divided into four distinct seasons: Spring (March to May), Autumn (September to November), Winter (December to February), and Monsoon (June to August).
Spring and Autumn are ideal for the Annapurna Base Camp trek due to moderate temperatures. Monsoon sees heavy rainfall, while winter brings snowfall at higher elevations. Trekking is possible in all seasons with proper guidance and weather updates, particularly for monsoon and winter trips.
Spring & Autumn Features
- Ideal for the ABC trek
- Enjoy pleasant weather and clear skies
- Finest snow-capped Himalayan views
- Abundant fellow trekkers
Monsoon & Winter Features
- Challenging trekking conditions
- Monsoon brings heavy rains
- Winter brings significant snowfall
- Trails are peaceful and less-crowded
- Tea houses have more availability
- Ideal for adventurous trekkers seeking unique experiences
Preparation and Fitness
The ABC trek is moderately challenging and shorter as compared to the popular Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp treks in Nepal. Being physically fit is essential for 6-7 hours of daily hiking. Experience an elevation gain of 4-500 meters each day. Training beforehand will help you manage rough parts, especially the final section of the Annapurna Base Camp.
Accommodation during the ABC trek is cozy teahouses in Gurung villages offering simple but comfortable lodging. These teahouses have beds, quilts, and pillows. Although attached bathrooms are uncommon, you can get Wi-Fi and hot showers at an extra charge. Charging is available past Chommrong, and log fires in the dining area keep you warm during the cold weather.
Enjoy a mix of Nepalese and Continental cuisine at teahouses. Dal Bhaat, a local favorite with rice, lentil soup, and veggies, is nutritious and filling. Teahouses also offer pasta, noodles, and other options. Meal facilities during the trek are 3-course full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Inform your guide about dietary preferences in advance for arrangements.
You’ll have cell service at most of the parts during the trek, except MBC and ABC. Phone networks work well with occasional interruptions. Mobile data works fine, and Wi-Fi in tea houses costs around USD 1-2 daily.
How hard is the ABC trek?
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is somewhat challenging due to its terrain but achievable. The path is clear and has modern tea houses. But after Deurali, it gets tougher with high altitude, and possible sickness. Accommodation might be packed in busy times, so it’s good to book with a trustworthy trekking company beforehand.
- Sturdy Hiking shoes
- Warm jacket
- T-shirts (two or three) and a long-sleeved shirt
- Sunscreen (SPF 20+)
- Backpack around 35 liters
- Torch (flashlight)
- Camera, memory card, and battery charger (spare batteries)
- Toilet Paper
- Quick-drying towel
- Warm hat
- Thermal underwear
- Water Bottle and a purification kit/tablets
- Prescribed Medicines
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to discover Nepal’s natural beauty and rich culture during the ABC Trek. With diverse landscapes, panoramic views, and immersive experiences, this trek offers a unique blend of adventure and exploration. Prepare for a memorable adventure in the fabulous Annapurna region.
Is prior trekking experience necessary for the 7-day ABC Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu?
Prior trekking experience isn’t essential for the 7-day ABC Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu, but basic fitness and preparation will boost the experience.
Is there an age restriction for this trek?
There’s no strict age restriction; individuals of varying ages have completed the trek. But, it is worthy to have a good fitness level for a better experience.
Is this trek suitable for you?
The ABC Trek’s suitability depends on your physical fitness and willingness to adjust to altitude.
Do we need a porter for the ABC trek?
Hiring a porter is optional. But having a porter can ease the physical burden, allowing you to fully enjoy the journey. So, hiring a porter is highly recommended.
Where do we leave big luggage which is not necessary things?
Keep unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Pokhara before the trek to lighten your load as well as for the safety of your belongings.