Mount Annapurna lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, at a staggering height of 26,500 feet. The itinerary of the trek involves multiple days of acclimatization, including the first two days in Kathmandu. After that, you’ll begin the trek towards the Annapurna Base Camp, passing Ghorepani and Poon Hill. You’ll pass multiple small villages en route, which gives you a great close-up look at life in Nepal. At the end of the trek, you’ll stop at Jhinu Danda for a dip in the hot springs, which is the best reward after days of trekking.
When you do the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you can choose from two routes. The Annapurna Base Camp trek route goes via Ghorepani and Poon Hill, and returns via the same route. The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you along one route to the base camp and back to Kathmandu via another, which gives you a chance to see different landscapes.
The weather at Annapurna Base Camp can be very unpredictable for most months of the year, but there are two windows in a year when the weather is more or less stable. In March-May, the weather is usually clear, with warmer temperatures, but there is a chance of haze, which can get in the way of the views. In October-November, the post-monsoon greenery looks gorgeous, and the clear skies make it easy to see for miles around.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a tea house trek, which means you will be staying at tea houses all the way. The packages vary depending on the inclusions: you can choose to have meals included (recommended because the costs of ordering meals individually can get quite high in these remote areas), to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek or the Annapurna Circuit trek, or to include transport or not.