Annapurna Base Camp TrekAnnapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Summary
  • Trip Duration13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Sightseeing of beautiful peaks of Annapurna range like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, II, and III.
  • Sunrise And Sunset Viewing From Poon Hill
  • Grooming in the local culture and tradition of Gurung, Magar, and Thakali people in Poon Hill.
  • Have the experience of Nepalese Traditional and famous Thakali Cuisine
  • Dense Rhododendron forest and high altitude eco-system.
  • Traverse through Machhapuchhre Base Camp below ABC.

Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Annapurna Base Camp Trek might be a perfect choice if you are prepared to cherish the combo of stunning landscapes, natural beauties, and snow-capped mountains. The hike to Annapurna Base Camp will take you to an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 Feet) above sea level.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is a widely sought-after excursion in Nepal, offering hikers the opportunity to reach the base of the renowned Annapurna peak, one of the world's highest mountains. The trek, which typically spans 7-14 days, presents spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain range and an immersion into the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous Gurung population. Commencing and concluding in Pokhara, the trek traverses through rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages. This trek is considered moderate to high difficulty and requires a sufficient level of physical fitness.

Annapurna Base Camp is located 40 km north of the beautiful city of Pokhara. And the ring of the Annapurna mountain range surrounding this basin is a must-do trekking destination. If you are ever thinking of trekking to the high altitude places with so much natural richness and hospitable people around, you can count on Annapurna Base Camp.

What to Expect during Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers an opportunity to traverse through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Himalayan region, including diverse vegetation and exposure to the local culture.

First of all, you will get your time to groom with the lifestyle of Pokhara, and when your trek starts, your expectation becomes a reality. You will be welcomed by the cinematic views of different peaks like Annapurna I, II, and III, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Khangsar, and others. Similarly, you will have a life longing experience as you pass through the traditional Magar and Gurung villages in Poon Hill and Ghorepani.

The first few days of the trek are spent acclimatizing to the altitude. You will hike through forests and villages and get your first glimpse of the Himalayas. Later, you will reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, where you will spend the night. On the following days, you will hike to Annapurna Base Camp, which is at 4130 meters. This is the trek's highest point, and from here, you will have stunning views of the mountains. You will spend a few nights at Annapurna Base Camp before returning to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. On the final day of the trek, you will return to Pokhara.

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On Day one, you will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and head toward your hotel, where you will stay overnight. You can cherish the nightlife of Kathmandu city and hang around several tourist places like Thamel, Bouddha, and Patan. There are also several cafes and lounge bars where you can pass your time with a drink.

    On day two, the exploration of Kathmandu city begins. You will start your day with breakfast and tighten up for a trip inside the capital city, rich in culture and history. Kathmandu offers plenty of options when it comes to sightseeing - you can end up at the Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or Pashupatinath (The largest Temple of Lord Shiva). Similarly, there are many places to dwell in, such as Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan Durbar Squares. You can also explore the local Newari habitats with their significant culture and tradition.

      Pokhara Altitude: 822 meters

      Flight Time: 30 minutes Approx.

      Drive Duration: 5 Hours

      Day three  is the first step of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will take a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and reach Pokhara. It only takes around 30 minutes to get to the beautiful city.

      After reaching Pokhara, you will prepare to ascend to Ulleri on a drive, which takes around 5 hours. You will pass through some beautiful places like Tikhedhunga, Nayapul, and Birethanti on the way to Ulleri.

      • Max. Altitude:2050 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:5 Hours

      The real adventure starts from this point when you drift on a full-fledged trek from Ulleri to Ghodepani. As you ascend uphill from Ulleri, the beautiful views of Mount Annapurna and Hiunchuli appear. Similarly, you can get views of other peaks like Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, Barah Sikhar, Machhapuchhre, and Tukuche.

      Most interestingly, your journey feels lively with the touch of green forests and wild birds & animals on the way. After reaching Ghodepani, you will have your meal at a tea house, where you will be staying overnight.

      • Max. Altitude:2860 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:4 Hours

      You will start your trek early in the morning the next day. The first thing to do is take a short hike to Poon Hill, where you will cherish the sunrise. Poon Hill is where you can view more than 32 peaks of the Annapurna Range, such as Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri.

      After you finish your morning setup of watching the sunrise, your next destination will be Tadapani, which is located at an altitude of 2,630 meters (8,630 feet). Before reaching Tadapani, you will be crossing the Bandthanti village. You will also have the chance to see some waterfalls on the way to Tadapani from Poon Hill.

      Staying overnight at a tea house is only an option in Tadapani. If you have brought camping tents, you can have your private time.

      • Max. Altitude:3,210 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:6 Hours

      To reach Chhomrong from Tadapani, you need to descend around 500 meters in altitude. You will pass the Ghandruk Village (2,012 meters) before reaching the Kimron River. From there, you will make your way towards Chhomrong at 2,140 meters, from where you can relinquish the beauty of Annapurna South and Fishtail peaks.

      Chhomrong is one of the popular stops for the trekkers of the Annapurna region.

      You also can opt for the Sinuwa, which lies at an altitude of 2,360 meters. It usually takes around 6 to 7 hours to hike to reach Sinuwa from Tadapani. Needless to say, the spot is also very famous for sightseeing - you can stay overnight at Sinuwa.

      • Max. Altitude:2140 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:6/7 Hours

      To reach Deurali from Sinuwa, you will have to walk for around 5 hours straight. You will pass through spots like Bamboo, Dovan, and Himalaya before reaching Deurali, which is situated at an altitude of 3,200 meters.

      The hike is almost uphill and rugged, so you better be prepared with quality hiking boots and physical endurance.

      • Max. Altitude:3150 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:5 Hours

      This is the ultimate phase but not the final one. You will next be hiking towards Annapurna Base Camp from Deurali, crossing Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) at 3,700m (12,140 feet). You will reach MBC after two and a half hours of trek from Deurali.

      From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you will walk through the Rhododendron forest and reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4,210 meters. You can get a 360 view of the Annapurna Range and surroundings.

      • Max. Altitude:4,210 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:5/6 Hours

      Now the phase of returning from Annapurna Base Camp begins, and this is the first. Firstly, you will trek back to Bamboo from the Base Camp, which is about 5 to 6 hours of walk. You will take a path drawing you out from the Modi River Valley and Base Camp and reaching Bamboo at 2,345 meters.

      • Max. Altitude:2345 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:5/6 Hours

      So next, you will drop the altitude of around 500 meters as you return to Jhinu Danda from Bamboo. You will reach Kimrong Khola via a trail that passes through the rhododendron, Bamboo, and oak forests. It takes around 6 to 7 hours from Bamboo to get to Jhinu Danda, where you will stay overnight at a teahouse.

      Located at 1,780 meters above sea level, Jhinu Danda is famous for its natural hot springs. It has been a popular tourist destination so far in recent years.

      • Max. Altitude:1780 Meters
      • Accommodation:Tea House
      • Duration:6/7 Hours

      After your trek ends, you will return to the beautiful city of Pokhara. It is a straight 4 hour of drive from Jhinu Danda; despite the long drive, the natural beauties like the rivers and the terraces will keep your adventure alive. You will stay at a hotel in Pokhara when you arrive from Jhinu Danda.

        It is the last day of your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will wake up early and set yourself up for sightseeing and other recreational activities. There are several spots for the adventure - you can choose lakes like Phewa, Begnas, Rupa, and Mahendra Cave. Similarly, you can explore the lifestyle of the local people and end up in the lounge and bars for fun.

        After a day-long stay in Pokhara, you will fly back to Kathmandu in the evening - you should reach the capital city in around 30 minutes. You will stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

          After a successful trek to Annapurna Base Camp, it's time to depart. You will be off to your home with several unforgettable experiences in Annapurna Base Camp and even in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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