Mt Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the favorite treks in the Annapurna region which is also famous as Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Even before you start trekking, you will be able to get some mountain views right from Pokhara. Along the trek, you will be able to see rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes.
As you reach the base camp, you will come face to face with the Annapurna massif. You will be able to do the Annapurna base camp trek in all season. The rhododendron forests will be blooming in spring, and you will able to get a beautiful view of the rhododendron forest. The locals we will meet there will be a mix of ethnic groups. In lower elevations, there are Brahmins and Chhetris. Mostly will be Gurung and Magar people in the area.
The Annapurna base camp trek will start at Nayapul. As we continue to hike up, we will pass some beautiful green areas and rice paddies in Ghorepani. As we hike up to Poon Hill, you may get the chance to see sunrise or sunset depending on the time and weather.
On the way up to the base camp, you will go through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. As you get nearer to the Annapurna base camp, you will get to see the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.). If you have a chance, you will see a Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You will enjoy this trek and have a great experience.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
|Day 01||Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara||900 m||6 hrs|
|Day 02||Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga||1,480 m||5 hrs|
|Day 03||Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani||2,870 m||5 hrs|
|Day 04||Ghorepani to Tadapani||2,630 m||6 hrs|
|Day 05||Tadapani to Chomrong||2,210 m||5 hrs|
|Day 06||Chomrong to Himalaya||3,560 m||6 hrs|
|Day 07||Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp||4,130 m||7 hrs|
|Day 08||Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo||2,310 m||6 hrs|
|Day 09||Bamboo to Jhinu||1,700 m||5 hrs|
|Day 10||Jhinu to Pokhara||900 m||6 hrs|
|Day 11||Drive back to Kathmandu||1,400 m||7 hrs|
How to reach Annapurna base camp?
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Today we will take a drive to Pokhara early in the morning via Prithivi national highway. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7 am. The journey could take roughly 8 hours to reach Pokhara. We also have the option to choose a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara(35 minutes). We will stay overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 02: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga
Today we will drive to Nayapul from Pokhara on a Private vehicle. It takes one hour to get to Nayapul and start the trek to Tikhedhunga. After a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti village, a village with many shops and teahouses. Again our trek continues through the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille. After a short climb up, we will reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri through beautiful forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti and Nangethanti. After five hours of walk, we will reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is one of the biggest villages in the Annapurna mountains of Nepal situated at an approximate altitude of 2760 meters above sea level. This village provides excellent views of the Himalayan panorama of Nepal. Overnight at hotel in Ghorepani.
Day 04: Ghorepani to Tadapani
Today is the longest trail day of our trek. Today we will take an early morning trip to Poon Hill to enjoy the sunrise view. We can see Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks from the poon hill viewpoint. Then we will further climb up through rhododendron and pine forest towards Deurali. After that, we descend to Banthati, and then we reach Tadapani. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05: Tadapani to Chomrong
Leaving Tadapani, today’s day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. We will walk through the Gurung village, a community of Gurung peoples. From here after an easy walk of some hour, we will reach Chomrong at an elevation of 2,140m. Overnight at Chomrong.
Day 06: Chomrong to Himalaya
Today’s trial starts from Chomrong and drops down towards Chomrong Khola, again we continue climbing to Khudi at 2,380m where there used to be an ACAP check post. Further trekking through bamboo and rhododendron forests we will reach Himalaya. Overnight at Himalaya hotel.
Day 07: Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp
Today the trail passes through the Hinko Cave, Deurali, and the Machhapuchre base camp. From the Machhapuchre base camp, we can see the excellent views of mt. Machhapuchre along with Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Hiuchuli, Gandarvachuli and Gangapurna which is undoubtedly a rewarding experience. Further two-hour trek from MBC takes us to the Annapurna Base camp at a 4,130m., highest point we will trek during this Annapurna base camp trek. From where we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Mt. Machhapuchre, Hiuchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna south and many other peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
From Annapurna base camp our today’s trek is a downhill trek, so it’s not very difficult. We follow the same trail down today from where we climbed up to Annapurna base camp. After trekking down from ABC to 5/6 hours, we will reach Bamboo village. Stay overnight at Bamboo.
Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu
From Bamboo, its an uphill trek to Khudi followed by a downhill walk to Chomrong. We follow the same trial which we walked before until Chomrong. From Chomrong, the trial descends very steeply through rhododendron and bamboo forests until we reach Jhinu. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10: Jhinu to Pokhara.
Today we walk to the right side of the Modi Khola until we reach Birethati. Again further downhill walk from Birethanti we reach Nayapul. End your day with a return transfer by car, jeep or taxi to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We will be driven back to Kathmandu in the morning. We will reach Kathmandu after seven hours of drive. Overnight at a Hotel.