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Budget Annapurna base camp Trek

Finest mesmerizing trails to Annapurna base camp(ABC) in the Annapurna region 2024/2025

“Step into Nature’s Wonderland with Safe Holiday Adventure: Budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Unveiling the Himalayan Splendor on a Thrifty Journey!”

Annapurna base camp trek Highlights:

  • Panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail),
  • Passing through lush forests and terraced fields,
  • Exploring traditional villages and experiencing local culture and traditions,
  • Passing by natural hot springs,
  • Enjoying the panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from the base camp,
  • Interacting with friendly local people,
  • Not requiring any special permit,
  • Affordable accommodation and food options,
  • Enjoying the natural beauty of the region,
  • The sense of accomplishment after completing the trek.

Budget Annapurna base camp Trek Overview:

The Budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a 7-day moderate trek covering a total distance of approximately 115 km and 10 km a day walk in average. Each day involves 4-7 hours of walking, with highlights including hot springs, beautiful Gurung villages, Rhododendron and bamboo forests, magical waterfalls, and stunning mountain views. The trek culminates with a breathtaking sunrise view at Annapurna Base Camp, surrounded by towering Annapurna and fishtail peaks. The best time to trek is from September to November and March to May. This trek is suitable for first-time trekkers and Students but may have some steep and challenging sections.

Budget Annapurna base camp Trek Introduction in details:

Safe Holiday Adventure offers a Budget Annapurna base Camp Trek 5 days that is perfect for those who want to explore the Annapurna region of Nepal but have limited time and budget. This budget-friendly trek has been specially designed for trekkers who are short on time but still want to experience the thrill of reaching the Annapurna Base Camp(ABC-4130M).

The trek begins with a 2.5-hour drive from Pokhara to Kyumi, a popular starting point for trekking in recent years. From Kyumi, the trek follows an easy gradual walk through local houses and along the Modi River to Jhinu Danda(1,750m), where you will spend the first night in a guest house. The next day, after breakfast, the trek becomes more challenging as it follows steep stone-made trails up to Chhomrung(2,050m), a beautiful and clean Gurung village that offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South(7,219M), Hiuchuli(6,141M), Fishtail(7,993M), and Gangapurna mountains.

From Chhomrung, the trail descends steeply for about 25 minutes before crossing the Modi River over a suspension bridge and continuing steeply to Lower Sinuwa(2,030m), a peaceful Gurung village with several guest houses. If you don’t have time to go further up, you can stay at Lower Sinuwa, where you can enjoy good food, hot showers, and friendly people. If you choose to continue your journey, you will reach Upper Sinuwa(2350m), a magnificent spot to witness the mountain view, valley view, and rolling hills.

The journey from Sinuwa goes through the forest of Rhododendron and Bamboo, with gradual descent trails to Bamboo(2,350m). Today, you will not encounter any local houses or villages along the route, only guest houses and lodges at Bamboo. You can stop here for lunch.

From Dovan, the trek passes through the bamboo forest, magical waterfalls, the sounds of the Modi River, and birds singing. A 1.5-hour walk from Dovan(2,450m) takes you to Himalaya, where there are only two guest houses but with quite a large capacity for trekkers.

From Himalaya, the trek becomes steep as it follows along the river and passes Hincu Cave, but offers stunning views of Fishtail Mountain. It is recommended to be well-informed before starting the trek from Himalaya as there might be snow advance between Himalaya and Deurali(3,210m), but this is an exceptional case. The 1.5-hour walk takes you to Deurali Village, where there are more than five small guest houses.

The trail continues to follow along the Modi Khola River, passing some locally made bridges and stone steps. After about two hours of walking, you will reach Machhapurnahhre Base Camp (MBC) at 3700 meters, which is the last settlement of the ABC trek. You are now very close to reaching Annapurna Base Camp, and there are no tree line areas today, just open sky and the surrounding Annapurna Himalayas.

Upon reaching ABC(4130m), you can enjoy comfortable accommodation and delicious food. Next to the lodges, there are magnificent spots to sit and take a very up-close view of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Fang, Annapurna I-8090m, and a huge glacier. The next morning, you can savor the golden sunrise view before retracing your steps back to Jhinu Danda Jeep/Bus station, where your trek comes to an end.

Why Choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Budget Annapurna Base Camp trek is a gateway to an affordable Himalayan expedition, where financial considerations harmonize seamlessly with the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Annapurna region. Offering a concise 5-day journey from Pokhara, this trek beckons budget-conscious solo trekkers and students alike, ensuring an accessible yet enriching experience. Immerse yourself in the allure of over 8000-meter peaks, relish the authenticity of local village cuisine, and frame enchanting moments at the iconic Annapurna Base Camp. With minimal altitude sickness risk, well-established tea houses, and safe trails, this trek stands as an invitation to explore the majestic beauty of the Himalayas without breaking the bank.

Annapurna Base Camp-4130m

Accommodation options during Budget Annapurna base camp trek

For budget trekkers planning to do the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek in Nepal, guest houses and lodges are available along the trekking route for food and accommodation. These guest houses and lodges offer similar services, including clean bed sheets, mattresses, pillows, and blankets. However, during peak season, it can be challenging to find a private room, and you may need to share a room with other trekkers, especially at Himalaya, Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). It’s important to note that due to ACAP rules through the Nepal Tourism Board, there are limited lodges along the trekking route. Therefore, it’s recommended to book your accommodation early, especially during peak season. If you’re trekking with a guide or porter, they can book your accommodation a day earlier before you reach your destination. Additionally, it’s recommended to bring your own sleeping bag and carry snacks and water during the trek.

Physical fitness requirements for the Budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate to strenuous trek, and budget trekkers should have a reasonable level of physical fitness to undertake it. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp involves long hours of walking on steep, rocky, and uneven terrain, often at high altitudes. The trek ascends from an elevation of about 1,000 meters to 4,130 meters, so budget trekkers should be prepared for altitude-related challenges, such as shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigue. It’s recommended that budget trekkers engage in regular physical exercise, such as hiking, running, or swimming, before undertaking the trek to build endurance and strength. Consult a doctor before starting any exercise program or undertaking the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Weather conditions in the Annapurna region during trekking season

The Annapurna region in Nepal experiences a range of weather conditions during the trekking season. During the day, temperatures can range from 10-20°C (50-68°F) in the lower elevations, while at higher elevations, temperatures can drop below freezing. In the mornings and evenings, temperatures can be as low as 0-5°C (32-41°F).

During the winter season, trekking in the Annapurna region can be challenging due to the risk of avalanches. It’s not recommended to trek alone during this time, and it’s essential to be aware of the weather conditions and follow the advice of local authorities.

During the summer season, the Annapurna region experiences heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, making trekking conditions difficult. It’s important to be prepared for wet and muddy trails and to carry appropriate gear, including rain gear and sturdy hiking boots.

Foods and drinks available along the Annapurna Base Camp trek

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal, trekkers can expect to find a variety of food and drink options along the way. Guest houses and lodges offer both Nepalese and western-style food, with most menus including vegetarian options. Some of the Nepalese dishes that are commonly available include Dal bhat (Rice, lentils, and vegetables), MoMo (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and cowmen (fried noodles). For breakfast, popular options include Tibetan bread, pancakes, and omelets.

Western-style dishes such as pizza, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches are also available in some lodges. Additionally, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soft drinks are widely available along the trekking route. It’s important to note that as you gain altitude, food options may become more limited, and the prices can increase due to the difficulty of transporting supplies to higher elevations.

Challenges of the Budget Annapurna Base Camp trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Budget trek offers a thrilling adventure, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. Monsoon season brings difficulties in crossing the Modi River due to high water levels. Navigating from Deurali to MBC during snowfall in January and February becomes tricky without a guide. Single trekkers may face challenges finding a single room during peak trekking season, often having to share rooms at MBC and ABC. Late-night hunger can be an issue as tea houses stop serving food after 8 pm. Limited public buses from Pokhara to Jhinu and the absence of heaters in tea houses require careful planning. Trekking essentials, proper acclimatization, and staying informed about weather conditions are crucial for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Note: If you have 2 extra days after completing the ABC trek, you are suggested to visit Chitwan National Park, Sauraha to rest and relax as it is one of the best Natural sites in Nepal.

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Jhinu Danda Than Trek to Lower Sinuwa (2,080 m),

Today marks the beginning of our budget Annapurna Base Camp trek. Our journey commences with a 3-hour drive from Pokhara to Jhinu Danda, utilizing either a bus or a shared jeep, passing through Nayapul and Birethanti. Upon arrival, we embark on a trek, starting with a descent from the vehicle and crossing a 280-meter-long suspension bridge over the river. A brief 10-minute walk leads us to Jhinu, a small area with a few tea houses where we pause for lunch.

Post-lunch, our trek continues with an ascent to Chhomrong, taking approximately an hour. Chhomrong, a spacious and tidy Gurung village, offers captivating views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Fishtail. Following Chhomrong, the trail descends steeply towards the river, requiring us to cross another bridge. Subsequently, a 45-minute uphill walk brings us to Lower Sinuwa, our destination for the day.

Although the first day of our ABC trek involves a manageable distance, spanning about 3 hours from Jhinu Danda, we choose to rest for the night at a tea house in Lower Sinuwa. This strategic pause allows us to relish the journey, recharge for the upcoming days, and soak in the natural beauty surrounding us.

Day 2: Trek from Lower Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230 m/10,597 ft),

The trek from Lower Sinuwa to Deurali is a moderate to strenuous hike that takes about 5-6 hours. The trail starts with a steep ascent through dense forests and rocky terrain, following the Modi Khola river. As you gain elevation, the views of the surrounding mountains become increasingly spectacular.

After about 2-3 hours of hiking, you will reach the village of Bamboo, which is a good place to stop for lunch. From Bamboo, the trail continues to climb through dense forests, passing by several waterfalls, forest, cave before reaching Deurali.

Deurali is a small village located at an elevation of 3,230 meters (10,597 feet). It offers basic accommodation and food in tea houses and lodges. This place is known for its spectacular mountain views and the night sky, it’s a good place to rest before continuing the trek the next day. The trail continues to ascend, going through Himalaya and Machhapuchhre Base Camp before reaching to Annapurna Base camp.

Day 3: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) Via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft),

The trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp is a challenging hike that takes about 5 hours. The trail starts with a steep ascent through dense forests and rocky terrain, following the Modi Khola river. As you gain elevation, the views of the surrounding mountains become increasingly spectacular.

After about 2-3 hours of hiking, you will reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, where you can stop for lunch and enjoy the views of the iconic “Fishtail” peak. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3,705 m), the trail continues to climb through dry brown terrain, Galcier on the right side before reaching Annapurna base camp.

Annapurna Base Camp is located at an elevation of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) and is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world. The base camp offers a spectacular view of the Annapurna massif, including Annapurna I(8090m),Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre. It’s a good place to spend the night and enjoy the surroundings mountain view, especially next morning you will have spectacular sunrise view over Annapurna one and Annapurna south.

Day 4: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Lower Sinuwa(2,080m),

The trek from Annapurna Base Camp to lower Sinuwa is a easy decent trail that takes about 7-8 hours. The trail starts with a steep descent through brownly  terrain, before reaching Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the trail continues along the river, passing by the iconic “Fishtail” Mountain and beautiful valley view.

Descending is physically less demanding but it’s important to be careful as the trail can be slippery, so trekkers should be mindful of their steps. So, from MBC we decent slowly and takes about 1 and half hour to Deurali, we continue decent to Himalaya, takes another 1 hour , our team still continue the trails all the way down passing some water fall, forest until Bamboo, than 30 minute step up to the forest than gradual down to lower sinuwa. it is long but beautiful day.

Day 5: Trek from Lower Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda then drive back to Pokhara,

On the final day of our budget Annapurna Base Camp trek, we bid farewell to Lower Sinuwa after an early breakfast. Descending towards the river, we cross a bridge and ascend steeply to Chhomrung village, passing by hotels, cafes, and a permit check point. The 1.5-hour trek unveils stunning landscapes. From Chhomrung, we descend to Jhinu Danda’s hotel area in an hour, then take a short 10-minute trek to the jeep station. A drive to Pokhara concludes our trek. Upon reaching Pokhara, we celebrate our accomplishment, sharing the highlights and challenges of the journey, creating lasting memories on the last day of this remarkable adventure.

What is included
  • Accommodation in Pokhara before and after the trek 2 Night with Breakfast,
  • Transportation from Pokhara to the starting point of the trek and back,
  • Accommodation during the trek (tea houses/lodges),
  • All necessary permits for Annapurna Conservation Area,
  • Breakfast during the Trek,
  • An experienced guide who have got authorized Government License,
  • Basic Medicines,
  • Insurance for the guide.

Some packages may include-It is Optional- Cost Extra

  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back,
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu or Pokhara,

It’s important to check with the trekking company what is included in the package before booking.

What is not included
  • International flights to and from Nepal,
  • Nepal visa fees,
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner,
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and phone calls,
  • Tips for the guide and porter(s) It is expected after your successful trip,
  • Any additional activities or excursions that are not included in the itinerary,
  • Emergency evacuation or rescue costs,
  • Personal gear and equipment,
  • Any additional costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellations, bad weather, and natural disasters.
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Popular side trips and detours on the Annapurna Base Camp trek

The Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal is a popular destination for trekkers worldwide. Besides the main trek, there are several side trips and detours that trekkers can take to enhance their experience. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • Poon Hill Trek: A short detour from the main trail that takes you to the top of Poon Hill, offering stunning views of the Himalayan range.
  • Tatopani Hot Springs: A relaxing stopover at the natural hot springs of Tatopani, perfect for soothing tired muscles.
  • Ghandruk Village: A traditional Gurung village with unique cultural practices, where trekkers can experience the local lifestyle.
  • Khopra Danda: A lesser-known but equally breathtaking destination, with stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Mardi Himal Trek: A challenging but rewarding trek that takes you to the base of Mardi Himal, offering panoramic views of the mountains.

These side trips and detours add an extra element of adventure and excitement to the Annapurna Base Camp trek, allowing trekkers to explore the diverse landscapes and cultures of the region.

Itinerary options for a budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Here are some itinerary options for a budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Option 1: 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to  Jhinu Danda than Trek to Lower Sinuwa(2,050m),
Day 2: Lower Sinuwa to Deurali(3,110m),
Day 3: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m),
Day 4: Annapurna Base Camp to Lower Sinuwa(2,050m),
Day 5: Lower Sinuwa to Jhinu than drive to Pokhara,

Option 2:

8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Pokhara to Nayapul to Tikhedhunga(1,560m),
Day 2: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2,820m),
Day 3: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani(2,600m),
Day 4: Tadapani to Lower Sinuwa(2,050m)
Day 5: Lower Sinuwa to Deurali(3,210m),
Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m)
Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo(2,350m)
Day 8: Bamboo to  Jhinu than drive to Pokhara(850m)

How to acclimatize and prevent altitude sickness on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Acclimatization and prevention of altitude sickness are crucial aspects of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Here are some tips for budget trekkers to acclimatize and prevent altitude sickness:

  • Take it slow: Give yourself enough time to get used to the higher places during your trek. Plan breaks at higher spots in your journey.
  • Drink up: Keep yourself hydrated with water or drinks that replace electrolytes to avoid getting too dry.
  • Skip the bad stuff: Say no to alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine as they can make altitude sickness worse by drying you out.
  • Eat right: Make sure to eat a mix of carbs and proteins to keep your body fueled.
  • Easy does it: Walk slowly as you go up, not more than 300-500 meters each day above 3,000 meters.
  • Talk to a doc: Before your trek, check with a doctor. They might suggest medication like Diamox to help prevent altitude sickness.
  • Know the signs: Be aware of symptoms like headaches, feeling sick, dizziness, and tiredness.
  • Go down if needed: If symptoms don’t get better, head to a lower place.

Weather like during the ABC trek

Annapurna Base Camp, a trekker’s haven, unfolds stunning vistas in October, November, September, March, and April. Mornings boast clear skies at around 5 degrees, while nights can dip to a chilly -5 to -7 degrees. Daytime offers pleasant trekking weather at 16-17 degrees. However, the monsoon season (June to August) brings daily rain, making it less favorable for trekking. To capture the best views, rise early as clouds tend to envelop the landscape after 11 am. The trek is a symphony of temperature nuances, urging adventurers to explore Nepal’s grandeur in the crisp mornings and the serenity of pre-midday panoramas.

Budget Annapurna trek FAQs:

What is the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route?

The Annapurna Base Camp trekking route starts from Nayapul and goes through Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan, Deurali, and finally reaches the Annapurna Base Camp.

How long is the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route?

The Annapurna Base Camp trekking route is around 110-120 km long, depending on the starting and ending points.

How many days does it take to complete the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek can be completed in 7-12 days, depending on your pace and itinerary.

What is the best time to go for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

The best time to go for Annapurna Base Camp trekking is from September to November and March to May.

What is the level of difficulty for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek, suitable for most people with average fitness levels.

What is the average cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The average cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek varies between $500-$1000, depending on the services and accommodations chosen.

What is included in the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package?

The Annapurna Base Camp trekking package usually includes transportation, meals, accommodation, guide, and permits.

Is it safe to go for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Yes, it is generally safe to go for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, provided you take necessary precautions and follow the instructions of your guide.

What type of accommodation is available during the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
The accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp trek includes tea houses, lodges, and camping sites.

Do I need to hire a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
It is recommended to hire a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, as it can be difficult to navigate the route without one.

What kind of permits do I need for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?
You need to have an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Can I do the Annapurna Base Camp trek without prior trekking experience?

Yes, you can do the Annapurna Base Camp trek without prior trekking experience, but it is recommended to have some level of fitness and stamina.

What kind of food is available during the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

You can find a variety of food options during the Annapurna Base Camp trek, including Nepali, Indian, and Western cuisines.

What type of clothing and gear should I pack for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

You should pack warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and other essentials such as sunscreen and a first aid kit.

Are there any altitude sickness risks during the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Yes, there is a risk of altitude sickness during the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

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