26 Dec 2023 Himalaya Trip
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Spring (March, April, May) one of the best time of the year . Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the popular classic trek in the vicinity of the Annapurna region that is incredibly blended with culture and wonders of nature. Annapurna Base Camp trek can be done throughout the seasons and offers diverse experiences to the trekkers. Annapurna Base Camp trek in Spring treats trekkers with snow, cold weather at the base camp, diverse landscapes, snow-capped Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges, the rich culture of Gurung and Magar ethnicities, and their warm hospitality. Pass through beautiful villages and relish the sunrise from the vantage Poon Hill during this Annapurna Base Camp trek. Adore the giant Annapurna I (8,091 m) the world’s 10th highest peak, and surrounding other peaks.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights
Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village at an elevation of 1,939 m surrounded by the Annapurna Mountain Ranges. This Gurung settlement village is densely populated and rich in its culture, and hospitality. During the ABC trek, witness the traditional stone houses decorated with Buddhist prayer flags.
Poon Hill is the famous vantage point for sunrise views over the towering snow-capped Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges. At an elevation of 3,210 m, this viewpoint offers awesome views of Pokhara Valley and picturesque surroundings.
Chhomrong village is the gateway for the ABC trek. This village offers striking views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. It is a popular overnight stop and a huge Gurung settlement manages the teahouses for accommodation.
Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) lies beneath the iconic Machhapuchhre peak at 3,700 meters. The villages nestled below the MBC are attractive and the MBC trail leads to the renowned Annapurna Base Camp. This base camp provides an outstanding view of the northern face view of the majestic mountains.
The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is situated at an elevation of 4,130 m. Witness breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and landscapes. The cultural interactions, natural beauty, and peaceful charm in the vicinity of towering snow-capped peaks are the beauty of the ABC Trek. Enjoy the beauty of this trek in Spring play with snow and create some fond memories.
Jhinu (Hot Spring)
Jhinu village is located right next to the Modi River and there is a small pond at the entrance of the village where natural hot water emerges from below. Jhinu Natural Hot Spring is the best relaxation therapy after accomplishing the ABC trek.
Why Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Spring (March-May)?
March, April and May is the spring in Nepal. Spring is the second biggest trekking season in Nepal.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek March : Beginning of the spring season. It will be comparatively less people.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek April: Peak season of the spring season. It will be more and crowed during this time.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek May : The Season is slow down and end of the season. There will be less people.
- Spring is the best time to witness snow (Especially early March months)
- Heavy snowfall during March month and Light snowfall during April and May
- Flower blossoming season-witness colorful red, white, and pink Rhododendron flowers
- Less crowded trail compared to Autumn
- Stunning sunrise and sunset views over snow-capped Himalayas
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather and Temperature
During the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Spring, the weather is normally nice with clear days but rain or snow is expected. The temperature is normally warm in the lower regions but at the Annapurna Base Camp, the weather is cold and the temperature drops below 0 ℃.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty and Avalanche
During the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Deurali to MBC route is difficult and considered an avalanche area. To avoid the avalanche area, there is a special Spring route above from Deurali that connects to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Traversing this route, the Annapurna Base Camp Spring trek can be completed.
How hard is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
ABC trek is moderately difficult due to its challenging terrain. If there is snow, it’s more challenging as the trail gets slippery. After Deurali, it gets tougher with high altitude, and possible sickness hence, acclimatization rest is recommended. Still, the ABC trek is achievable.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Permits
ACAP and TIMS permit are required for the ABC trek which is prepared by a registered trekking company.
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)
7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Distance KM/ Miles
For the 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek , the distance of the trek is 60km /37.28 miles.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary/ Duration 5-9 days
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
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost (5-9 days)
- 5 Days ABC Trek is USD 399 per person.
Drive from Pokhara to Syomrong, trek to Sinuwa-Deurali-ABC-Bamboo-Jhinu, and trek down to Syomrong, drive back to Pokhara.
- 6 Days ABC Trek is USD 485 per person.
Drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazar and trek to Ghandruk-Sinuwa-Deurali-ABC- Bamboo-Jhinu and trek down to Syomrong, drive back to Pokhara.
- 7 Days ABC Trek is USD 525 per person.
Drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazar, trek to Ghandruk-Sinuwa-Deurali-ABC-Bamboo-Jhinu and natural Hot spring, trek down to Syomrong, and drive back to Pokhara.
- 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.
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Sinuwa-Deurali-ABC-Bamboo-Jhinu for Hot Spring, trek down to Syomrong, and drive back to Pokhara.
Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Spring
The weather is generally warm in lower regions but slightly cold in the Annapurna Base Camp. Thus, we recommend packing light warm winter clothes such as down jackets, warm trousers, warm hats, gaiters, gloves, socks, and thermal under and over. Also, include sunglasses, prescribed medicines, water purification kits, personal hygiene kits, trekking poles, and crampons.
What kind of Accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Accommodation is generally teahouses or lodges. There are rooms with many beds and must share a room with 2-6 people since it’s a peak season. But, mostly room sharing must be done at higher elevations but depends on the flow of tourists. There is availability of a hot shower and Wi-Fi at an additional charge.
Foods in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The meal options during the ABC trek are varied with choices including Nepali to continental foods. The foods served are healthy, hygienic, and freshly prepared with home-grown crops. After the Sinuwa to ABC trail, there is a pizza on the menu list which is normally big. Trekkers can munch on it if they like it.