Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Trip Grade
Adventurous
Max. Altitude
4130m

Overview

This journey is one of Nepal’s most popular and somewhat difficult treks. Annapurna Base Camp trek is easier and shorter than other high-altitude treks. This trek may be accomplished by any fit individual with a little determination. During the journey, you’ll see a variety of scenery, learn about traditional highland culture, and experience a variety of weather. Stunning views of the Annapurna range, Machchhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri are also available.

Because you trek inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, the ABC Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The Annapurna Sanctuary is encircled by Annapurna ranges and is home to rich flora, fauna, and ethnic Gurung and Magar communities. The sanctuary contains a healthy Himalayan environment with drier regions due to its unique terrain. At the foothills of the Annapurna range, there are also dainty Thakali villages.

Terraced paddy fields, dense pine and bamboo woods, and the peacefulness that envelops you throughout your trip can transport you to a different time away from the rush and bustle of the cities. Your adventure to the ABC Trek begins with a tourist bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is Nepal’s tourist hub, and we are confident that you will be wowed by its beauty. Many mountains and lovely lakes can be seen from Pokhara (820 meters / 2,690 feet).

The second day begins with a drive from Pokhara to Tikhedunga through Birethanti (1039m / 3,250ft). The true trekking begins from Tikhedhunga, where we follow a trail through rice fields along the Modi River to Ulleri (1,540m / 5,050ft), the day’s objective. Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,385ft) is the destination for the next day’s trek. The Annapurna massifs, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampas, Nilgiri, Barash Sikhar, and Machhapuchre can all be seen from Ghorepani (Fishtail).

The fourth day will be particularly memorable because you will be visiting the famous Poon Hill viewpoint. Up get the most out of Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft), we’ll get up early and trek to Poon Hill to see the sunrise over more than 32 Annapurna ranges, as well as Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. We head to Tadapani (2,630m / 8,630ft) for the night after taking in the magnificent views from Poon Hill.

We leave Tadapani for Chomrong (2,165m / 7,105ft) the next morning after spending the night there. We continue our walk to Chomrong by passing through Ghandruk, which descends to the Kirmron River. For ABC trekkers, Chomrong is a favorite overnight stop.

We’ll wake up the next day in Chomrong, eat breakfast, and begin our walk to Himalaya (2,890m / 9,425ft). The path follows the Chomrong River through a charming village before ascending to the Modi River Valley, where we will spend the night.

We leave Himalaya on the sixth day and climb to Base Camp. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare provide breathtaking views of glaciers and mountain ranges. We’ll be staying at the Base Camp itself for the night.

The following day, we will leave Annapurna Sanctuary and retrace our steps out of the Modi River Valley to a peaceful rest spot called Bamboo, where we will spend the night. We leave Bamboo the next morning and trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft). Natural hot springs may be found at Jhinu Danda, where we can rest and relieve our aching muscles.

If everything goes well, we will leave Jhinu Danda on the tenth day and follow the Modi Khola to Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m / 3,770ft). We will drive to Pokhara via Nayapul from Ghandruk Phedi / Siwa. This is your final day in the hiking region, and you’ll be staying in a hotel in Pokhara for the night. After that We’ll take a tourist bus back to Kathmandu early the next morning.

Highlights Of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Sunrise views of the Annapurna ranges from the Poon Hill viewpoint, including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 26,795ft), Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545m), and Nilgiri (7,061m / 23,166ft).
  • Annapurna Base Camp which is located at the foot of Annapurna I. (4,130m)
  • Flora and wildlife are abundant.
  • Jhinu Danda’s hot springs
  • Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Khangsar, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare offer breathtaking vistas.
  • Ghandrunk has lovely villages and agriculture.
  • A look into Nepalese rural life

Itinerary

01Day

Arrival in Kathmandu

Today, you will arrive in Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport where our airport representative will pick you up and drop you at a suitable hotel in Kathmandu.

 

02Day

Kathmandu: Free day or City Sightseeing (pay Locally for sightseeing).

After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Square ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. (Meals: B)

03Day

Drive to Pokhara (950m-3,116 ft)- 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.

As time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards scenic Pokhara the drive leads through Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Pokhara is reached for overnight stop in the comfort of excellent hotels by the lake Phewa with time for walks around the lake side. (Meals: B)

(For people with flying option 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara).

04Day

Drive to Nayapul (1,100 m-3,608 ft) and trek to Tirkhedhuga (1,450 m-4,757 ft).

Morning after breakfast depart for the marvelous trekking a drive of few hours reaches to Nayapul on the Pokhara / Beni highway, the starting and ending point of many treks of this region, walk leads through the villages and farm fields following the Modi river to reach at Bhirethati one of the most charming villages of this area, walk continues following the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route on the gradual climb on steps passing several farm villages on reaching at Hille, walk gets better on the gradual winding path and with the last climb to Tirkhedhunga village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge with views of striking waterfalls, a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung tribe, famous as Gorkha soldiers overseas, besides being in the army they are farmers and Sheppard’s of Tibetan Buddhist religion. (Meals: B,L,D)

05Day

Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m-9,429 ft) - 05 hrs.

After the first day trek, morning leads to a steep climb on stone steps all the way to a large Ulleri village with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre peaks, from Bhanthati walk gets gentle the route leads through enchanting cool forest lined with rhododendron, oaks, magnolia and pine trees, however the uphill climb continues to reach at Ghorepani village, from here a short climb to the top of Ghorepani at Deurali for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge with marvelous views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, Annapurna Himal range of mountains with Vara-Shikar or Annapurna Fang, this nice village perched on the high spot in the middle of old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route which leads all the way to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet the people of this village are Pun of Magar tribe, this place is widely popular for an hour hike to Pun Hill a spectacular view point offering superb wide angle panorama of world’s three highest mountain range with stunning sunrise and sunset views. (Meals: B,L,D)

06Day

Morning hike to Pun-Hill and to Tadapani (2,721m-8,927 ft) - 05 hrs.

Starting early our morning walk up to Pun-Hill at 3,190m leading through beautiful rhododendron and pine woodlands with impressive views of surrounding rolling green hills and snow capped peaks, on reaching at Pun Hill marvel the fantastic
panorama with sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic
Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fish Tail” one of the most respected and unclimbed peak, after a wonderful time at Pun hill descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue walk on the scenic trail toTadapani, walk reaches another high hill with more views of snow capped mountains and back into enchanting woodland a paradise for naturalist and botanical people, after a downhill walk and with last short climb towards overnight stop at Tadapani a fabulous spot with great views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Fish Tail and A II and A IV. (Meals: B,L,D)

07Day

Trek to Chomrong (1,951 m-6,400 ft)- 06 hours.

From Tadapani walk leads downhill through enchanting forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines and then reaching a small village of Gurjong near Kimrong river valley, from here a steep uphill for few hours all the way to the top of Chomrong village, a short downhill walk to the overnight stop at Chomrong village, the last permanent village for few days and the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. (Meals: B,L,D)

08Day

Trek to Dovan (2,130 m-6988 ft) via Bamboo (2,050 m-6,725 ft) - 06 hours.

Our morning walk leads downhill to Chomrong khola (stream) and then with uphill climb most of the way towards Sinwa danda with couple nice lodges, with a break here overlooking tremendous views of surrounding landscapes and rolling green hills, walk leads through serene forest of rhododendron, pines, oaks, magnolia and pine trees on the winding up and down path, after an hour of good walk descend towards a small place called Bamboo with 5-6 lodges by the river Modi located in a gorge, from here walking into bamboo groove and cool shade of forest to reach our overnight halt at Dovan with few lodges by the river Modi located in the midst of tree lines. (Meals: B,L,D)

09Day

Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,720m-12,205 ft) - 06 hrs.

After a wonderful stop here, morning walk leads in the cool shade of forest with steep ups towards Hinko area, beneath the Huinchuli peak an amazing spot with a huge cave of overhanging rock, from here a short downhill to Himalaya Hotel area for short break and refreshment, and then continue walk on the downhill path to reach by the raging Modi river, and then crossing a small stream with short steep uphill walk to Deurali the last place with lodges before Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

From this place on wards tree lines disappears with some high altitude alpine bush and shrubs, walk follows the river up streams with few ups and down and with some gradual path, and then on the path that climbs all the way to Maccahapuchare Base Camp for overnight stop, an amazing spot just beneath the towering Mt. Maccahapuchare North West Face, from here Annapurna Sanctuary starts, overnight in nice and cozy lodges with great views of Fish Tail peak and towards North West Mt. Annapurna, Huinchuli and Annapurna South. (Meals: B,L,D)

10Day

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4, 095m -13,435 ft) 04 hours.

With great views in the morning, today’s walk is for few hours to reach at Annapurna Base Camp our main highlights of this adventure and the highest point of this trek at 4,095 meters, walk starts with a gentle climb on the grassy slopes for an hour and then on the gradual winding trail most of the way with awesome panorama of peaks that surrounds this amazing place, after few hours of good walk reaching our goal at Annapurna Base Camp with mind blowing scenery of massive snow capped mountains and the glacier from Annapurna, Vara Shikar and Gangapurna mountains, afternoon free at leisure for short hikes or just relax and marvel the outstanding views. (Meals: B,L,D)

11Day

Trek to Bamboo (2,050 m-6,725 ft) - 06 hours.

After an enjoyable time and great feeling to be here in the country of mountains and its spirit, return walk leads back on the same path to Bamboo and back to tree lines following the river Modi downstream. (Meals: B,L,D)

12Day

Trek to Jhinu danda (1,700m-5,577 ft) via Chomrong (2,100m-6,889 ft) - 06 hours.

Today’s walk leads on the same route till Chomrong for lunch time, after a nice break here a steep up to the top of Chomrong village, where our walk leads on the alternative trail with more downhill to reach at Jhimu danda ridge with 6-8 lodges, this place with hot spring located just 30 minutes descend by the river Modi, where you will have ample time to enjoy it. (Meals: B,L,D)

13Day

Trek to Pothana (1, 900 m-6,233 ft) - 05 hrs.

With great time at Jhinu and the hot spring morning, walk begins downhill on the stone steps and then into a cool shade of forest passing several farm villages and hamlets reaching New Bridge or Nayapul, from here crossing a long suspension bridge over Modi River and on the warm areas with paddy terraces, walk gets easier and with a short uphill climb to reach another large village at Landruk, after a short rest here walk is more or less gradual on the winding path with few ups along the way passing several nice villages of Tolka and Bheda Kharka, and then 45 minutes climb in the shade of cool forest to Deurali at 2,150 meters high with great views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre and of Gandruk village towards west. From Deurali an enjoyable walk through forest with superb views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu all the way to Pothana village for overnight stop with fantastic views of Mt. Machhapuchhre at close distance. (Meals: B,L,D)

14Day

Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara.

Today the last walk of this adventure, morning walk leads to a short climb through cool forest to reach at Thulo Kharka also called Australian Camp a magnificent place located on a large meadows with parallel views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, from here an hour walk downhill leads to a road head at Pokhara / Beni highway for an hour drive back to Pokhara after a memorable and fascinating trek to Annapurna Sanctuary & Pun Hill, afternoon in Pokhara with free time for individual activities around this beautiful place by the lake Phewa. (Meals: B,L)

15Day

Drive back to Kathmandu.

With great time up in the high hill, villages and at scenic Pokhara morning transfer for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Annapurna, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (Meals: B)

(For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).

16Day

Departure

Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departure towards your next destination.

Includes/Excludes

What is Included?

  • Airport Pick up and drop transfer.
  • Transportation as per above itinerary.
  • All accommodations (Twin Share)
  • Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners. with cup of Tea, coffee in each meals
  • An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment and so on.
  • Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
  • Trek bag.
  • All Government Taxes are included.
  • Award Certificate of Trip Completion

Whats not Included

  • Tips to staff or any donations.
  • Single Supplement for single using rooms
  • Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency costs (Just in case).
  • All type of drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
  • Any personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.
  • If you want to take private Vehicle instead of Tourist Bus it will cost USD 30 extra per person for one way
  • Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara (if interested instead of driving) USD 85 extra for one way flight Per person.

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Trip Info

Throughout this trip villages, green hills, forest, landscapes and mountains are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, however to stand beneath the world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m is quite something, out of this world feeling, trekking in the heart of Annapurna massive mountain ranges, dramatic variation from sub-tropic – mediterranean to arctic climate temperature and landscapes, daily amazing panorama views with views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung & Pun Magar tribe villages. super mountain panorama with breathtaking sunrise from Pun Hill