Annapurna Base Camp Trek Elevation

20 November, 2023 By Dambar Khadka


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Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also called Annapurna Sanctuary, The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Elevation is the primary concern if you plan to trek at the Annapurna Sanctuary. Trekkers from around the world dream of trekking at Annapurna Base Camp, but before starting the journey, it is necessary to know its elevation first.  The Annapurna Base Camp lies at an elevation of 4130m above sea level. 

Knowing about the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp before starting your Journey will help you in several ways since you can choose the itinerary plan that consists of acclimatization to get your body used to the sudden change in temperature.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Elevation
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Elevation

If you know about the elevation before heading to base camp, you can make yourself physically prepared. Knowing about altitude will help you to choose the equipment and clothing that fit the trekking route accurately.  It would be best if you got a prescription from your doctor about your health before you travel to Nepal Himalayas. 

Trekking to the highest altitude will make you unconscious, so knowing about Annapurna Base Camp’s height is better to prepare yourself mentally. Because of various reasons, knowing the altitude of a specific trekking route will help you a lot during your trekking duration. 

A well-known trek in the Gandaki district of Nepal at province number 4, Annapurna Base Camp, takes you closer to the 10th highest mountain in the world, Mount Annapurna I, which stands at 8091m altitude from sea level. The journey takes you via an attractive Nepali village, beautiful bamboo and Rhododendron woodlands, and fabulous views of the Himalayas of Nepal.

The Journey provides you with a golden opportunity to interact with the locals of the Himalayan peoples of Nepal. The exciting thing about interacting with locals is you can get involved in their daily activities.  y the time of your trekking duration, you will feel like the community’s locals, an extraordinary experience you will gain.

Elevation Gain From Kathmandu To Annapurna Base Camp

The Journey from Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp is exciting and adventurous as you’ll travel through different beautiful areas of Nepal, from busy city areas to peaceful villages. 

Your journey towards the Annapurna Base Camp trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara; along the way to Pokhara, you’ll pass through different amazing landscapes and terraced fields.  Furthermore, the trails pass through the Trishuli River, where you can get involved in water rafting.  hen you reach Pokhara, you’ll get a fantastic view of Mount Annapurna and Macchapucchre’s reflection on Phewa Lake. 

Leaving Pokhara’s beauty, you’ll move towards Tikhedhunga.  The journey from Tikhedhunga is exciting as you’ll drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and then start trekking towards Tikhedhunga.  However, the Journey is full of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and adventure in Annapurna.  passing through terraced fields, dense forests, and suspension bridges while enjoying the mountain views, flora, and fauna, you’ll reach Tikhedhunga.

The breathtaking Journey from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani provides beautiful insights into the natural beauty of the Annapurna region.  The trail passes through attractive Rhododendron and oak forests, stunning waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna.

Starting the day with a beautiful sunrise view at Ghorepani Poon Hill, the trek is impressive from Ghorepani to Tadapani. Passing through the unique rhododendron forest, Gurung and Magar village, along with mountain views, makes the tour unforgettable. 

The delightful trekking Journey toward Chhommorong involves a fantastic experience that takes you through stunning mountain views, Rhododendron and Bamboo forests, beautiful rivers, villages, and crossing suspension bridges. 

Near Annapurna Base camp, the trek towards the Himalayan Hotel includes passing through beautiful villages, rivers, and Bamboo forests, and the waterfall is an entire combination of Cultural immersion, passing through different landscapes, and enjoying the Himalayan Sceneray.

The Himalayan Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp is an affordable journey to your destination. The trail passes through the Himalayan landscapes, different villages, Macchapuchhre Base Camp, and views of the Annapurna peaks. 

Kathmandu And Annapurna Base Camp Trek Elevation

As your journey starts from Kathmandu, you’ll need to know about each destination’s elevation to know how you will gain elevation throughout the journey.  Kathmandu lies in Bagmati province, province number 3, at a peak of 1400m/4600ft above sea level. 

Pokhara Elevation:

Pokhara is situated in Gandaki province, number 4 province, and Kaski district is your second destination after Kathmandu. The elevation of Pokhara is 820m/2690ft above sea level. 

Tikhedhunga Elevation:

To reach Pokhara, you must pass through Nayapul, which lies in Gandaki province and is 1070m/3511ft above sea level.  After Nayapu, you’ll move towards Tikhedhunga, which lies in the same province as Nayapul, Gandaki. The elevation of Tikhedhunga is 1520m/4987ft above sea level. 

Ghorepani Elevation:

In Dhaulagiri Zone, Myagdi district, and Gandaki province, Ghorepani lies at an altitude of 2860m/9383ft above sea level. 

Tadapani Elevation:

During our route from Ghorepani to Tadapani, we can hike to poon hill early In the morning which is situated at 3210m above sea level. After the morning view at Poonhill and descending to the hotel for launch, we’ll head towards Tadapani. Tadapani is at an elevation of 2675m/8776ft above sea level. 

Chhomrong Elevation:

A beautiful village in the Annapurna region, Chhomorong lies in the Kaski district, and province number 4, Gandaki province, is situated at an altitude of 2170m/7119ft above sea level.

Himalaya Hotel Elevation:

Located near Annapurna Base camp, the Himalaya Hotel lies in Gandaki province of Annapurna region and is 2920m/9580ft above sea level. 

Annapurna Base Camp Elevation:

Since the highest point on the Annapurna Base Camp trek is Annapurna Base Camp itself, like other places of the Annapurna region, ABC lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Gandaki district.  s 4130m/13549ft above sea level. 

Elevation gain Table:

Boundless Adventure P. Ltd’s 11-day Annapurna base camp itinerary elevation gain table:

PlacesElevation Gain
Kathmandu to Pokhara– 580m/1929ft
Pokhara to Tikhedhunga720m/2296ft
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani1380m/4396ft 
Ghorepani to Tadapani-185m/607ft
Tadapani to Chhomrong-505m/1656ft
Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel750m/2460ft
Himalaya Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp1210m/3969ft

Elevation Gain Table Explanation:

The table shows the elevation gain on the destinations you’ll get during the Annapurna Base Camp trek.  As you can see from the above table, from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you’ll not gain elevation; instead, you’ll lose 580m/1929ft altitude.  uring the reach of Pokhara, you might gain height at some places; however, at Pokhara, you’ll not gain elevation.

After Pokhara, you’ll gain elevation upon reaching Tikhedhunga. You’ll earn 700m/2296ft elevation from Pokhara to Tikhedunga.  From Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, you’ll gain the highest elevation, 1340m/4396ft.  Resting upon reaching Ghorepani is recommended as you’ll gain the highest elevation throughout the journey.

From Ghorepani to Tadapani, you’ll not gain elevation; besides, you’ll lose 185m/607ft altitude.  reaching Tadapani to Chhomrong, you’ll still lose 505m/1656ft elevation.  As soon as you move towards Himalaya Hotel, you’ll start gaining elevation, and upon the reach of Himalaya Hotel, you’ll earn 750m/2460ft elevation.

As seen on the table, you’ll gain 1210m/3969ft elevation when you reach your destination, Annapurna Base Camp.

Mountains you Can see along the way during your Journey:

Nepal is blessed with mountains; there are more than 1310 mountains in Nepal, including the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, and many unnamed mountains.  You will have a mountain view from each destination during your journey towards Annapurna Base Camp

While moving towards Pokhara from Kathmandu, you’ll get a stunning view of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Gorkha Himalayan range from your vehicle, 12 km west from Thankot. 

When you reach Pokhara, you’ll get a reflection of Mount Annapurna and Mount Machhapuchhre on Phewa Lake.  Pokhara is famous for mountain views, including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna III, Himchuli, Annapurna South, Bara Shekhar, and Machhapuchhare. 

Moving towards Tikhedhunga, you’ll get an eye-catching mountain view.  Along the way to Tikhedhunga, you’ll get a picture of Mount Machhapuchhre(Fishtail), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna. 

As you move towards Ghorepani, you’ll glimpse different mountains along the trails. Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Macchapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli are the mountains you can see while trekking through Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. 

Trek towards Tadapani from Ghorepani offers nature’s beauty, including the view of majestic mountains, Annapurna II and Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna South. 

Chhomrong to Tadapani trail provides an attractive view of Mount Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Macchapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. 

Passing through amazing landscapes during the Himalaya Hotel trek from Chhomrong, you’ll see Mount Annapurna III, Macchapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Huinchuli. 

Your Last destination, Annapurna Base Camp, is world-famous for providing stunning mountain views. Mount Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, Himal Chuli, Macchapuchhre, and Gangapurna provide breathtaking views from the Annapurna Base Camp. 

How Elevation Gain Can Affect Someone During Trekking?

Elevation gain can affect someone during trekking significantly by creating problems like:

  1. Shortness of breath: When you move higher and gain elevation, the oxygen level decreases as the air pressure decreases.  In such conditions, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, causing shortness of breath. 
  2. Tiredness: less oxygen after elevation causes fatigue in the body to ascend. If you feel like you cannot trek more, such a condition can affect your overall trekking condition. 
  3. Sleep Disturbance: Elevation gain can create sleeping problems; you’ll have difficulty falling asleep or even waking at midnight, creating a sleeping disturbance and causing tiredness during trekking hours.
  4. Increasing heart rate: As your body gains elevation, the heart has to perform its work faster by pumping sufficient oxygen, causing an increasing heart rate during trekking times. 

Acute Mountain Sickness

Among the problems caused during the trek, all the trekkers share acute mountain sickness (AMS).  Due to reduced oxygen levels, you may face this problem at high altitudes.

During the trek, listening to your body and observing whether your body is getting any symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness will help you reduce the chance of worsening the condition.  The symptoms of Acute Mountain sickness include difficulty sleeping, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Being said that even beginners can trek to Annapurna base camp with proper guidance.

Reasons:

  • Climbing at a high altitude rapidly without getting proper acclimatization
  • It is not being in an excellent physical condition.
  • They need to be adequately hydrated. 
  • Unpredictable weather conditions

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

Altitude Pulmonary Edema(HAPE) is more dangerous than Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS), as in this condition, your lung function will be interrupted due to the capillaries display within the lungs spilling and securing liquid within the lungs, causing problems with breathing.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema generally causes pain in the respiratory system when you are above 2500m.  High Altitude Pulmonary Edema(HAPE) symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, lips getting blue, and cough. 

Reasons:

  • Gaining elevation without letting the body be used to change temperature
  • Sudden change in temperature
  • Dehydration and lack of nutrition

High-altitude Altitude Cerebral Edema

High Altitude Cerebral Edema(HACE) is the most dangerous and challenging among the included altitude-related sicknesses.  APE occurs when you go above 3600m; it can even take someone’s life if it is not appropriately treated at the right time.

It is dangerous due to fluids beginning to build up in your brain, causing it to swell and creating problems in the nervous system. Unstable mental condition, loss of coordination with the body, inability to walk, and blurry vision are symptoms of High Altitude Cerebral Edema. 

Reasons: 

  • Due to Alcohol and drug consumption
  • Reduced oxygen level
  • The body cannot handle the sudden changes when going lower to higher altitude.

Accommodation During the ABC trek:

During the trek in Annapurna Base Camp, options for accommodation include local tea houses, which the local people of the region run.  The tea house provides a comfortable twin-sharing bed and standard rooms.  The shower is available in the tea house, providing a bucket and solar shower daily.  During the winter season, in a tea house, there is a heater under the dining table, not in the room. 

WI-FI and Mobile network during ABC trek:

WI-FI

Due to the Remote Location, the wifi facility can be limited during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. you’ll stay in the tea house; those houses provide wifi service, but you must pay extra for the internet connection on your device.

Mobile Network:

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the mobile network may not be available as the signal will not be there.  NCELL and NTC are the common sim cards in Nepal; the signal varies depending on where you reach.

Note: Wifi and Mobile networks can be found in the Chhomrong.  mobile networks can be found at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.

Drinking water facility during ABC trek

Mineral water can be found until Chhomrong in the Annapurna Base Camp trek, but you’ll get boiled and filtered water after Chhomrong. Avoid drinking water without a filter and boiling it, as it may cause problems in your body. 

More Information About Annapurna Trekking Itinerary:

We offer two different itineraries for Annapurna Base Camp Trek: an 8-day trek and an 11-day trek. Both of them are in the Annapurna conservation area of Nepal.

Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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