Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the most popular trekking trip in the Annapurna Region of Nepal giving you an opportunity to treat yourself to amazing natural highlights along with great landscape views and cultural exploration with Annapurna panoramas as the backdrop. Annapurna Base Camp trek offers tremendous trekking, exploring and picturesque scenery from lowland local settlements and terraced farmlands to alpine white glaciers.
We begin your Annapurna Base Camp Trek after your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, by going for cultural sightseeing around UNESCO World Heritage Sites and completing the necessary trek preparations.
Initially, we fly to the scenic lake city of Pokhara from where we drive to Nayapul and initiate trekking activity towards Ulleri passing through beautiful local settlements, landscapes and Himalayan views. Further trekking for around 5 hours takes us to Ghorepani and then an early morning hike next day to the popular viewpoint of Poon Hill. The golden rays of the rising sun turn the snow-white mountains into golden colour; the magic happens and you will simply love the panoramas of the Himalayas like Mt. Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchre and other neighbouring peaks.
Then after we descend towards Tadapani and trek further for a couple of days through Chhomrong, Bamboo and Deurali witnessing the best of nature, rivers, forests and Gurung Culture towards Macchapuchre Base Camp. We climb across more avalanche paths and cross a moraine to reach here. Trekking further leads us to heavenly Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), the heart of Annapurna sanctuary. From here we get 360-degree views of the Himalayas that capture us in its beauty.
After accomplishing our goal, we descend down from ABC to Bamboo, leaving behind Jhinu Danda, Nayapul and drive back to Kathmandu. While we are at Jhinu, there is an option of dipping in a natural hot spring and getting re-energized after successful completion of this amazing Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek requires you to be in good health and fit as you may face many challenges of uphill ascend and altitude problems. However, these 14 days of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a convenient way of embarking on the journey. If you wish to see most of the above highlights but have fewer days then we have Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek and ABC Trek in 11 days program too. Therefore inquire with us, with details of the time you have available, and join this fabulous Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. We are offering special discounts on Annapurna Base Camp Trek along with other package for promoting tourism in Nepal in 2021 which has been highly affected by COVID-19 and the pandemic so grab this opportunity as soon as possible.
If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time-frame and budget limits.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)::
The trek to the beautiful Annapurna region is just around the corner as you land in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Complete the formalities in the customs and you shall be greeted by our representative. You shall then be transferred to the hotel of your stay. Get rest in the hotel to your jetlagged body and enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of the hotel. If you are interested enough stroll around in the nearby streets of Thamel and introduce yourselves to the medieval Kathmandu city. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation::
This day in our trek shall be dedicated to sightseeing and exploration of the Kathmandu valley, its heritage, historical and cultural marvels. From the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath Temple to the Buddhist pilgrimages of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupas the sightseeing has a lot of ancient heritage. In Pashupatinath Temple, you shall see the holy men meditating and getting engaged in religious acts. In these heritages, Swayambhunath boasts of being the 14th-century old revered stupa while Boudhanath prides on being one of the largest stupas in the world. Other heritages are the architectural excellence in Patan Durbar Square, a complex with the royal palace, unique temples and rest places, and several artifacts. After exploring these sites listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List, we shall have interaction with the trekking guide and obtain the information regarding the trek. Get an answer to your queries and prepare your bags for the entertaining trek in the Annapurna region. Besides this interaction, in this meeting, you are also required to have a copy of your insurance and clear out the remaining dues as well. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri [2,050 m/6,725 ft]: 30 min flight and 6 hrs ::
Beginning the trek in the Annapurna region, we shall have a short and scenic flight to the lake city of Nepal, Pokhara. We shall leave early in the morning for the city in a flight that takes us above the vast and diverse landscape, lush trails, and valleys, along with the vicinity of the majestic Himalayas that has withstood since ages overlooking the beautiful region. After we land in the valley of Pokhara we shall drive to the starting point of the trek, Naya Pul, for the actual physical trekking in the region. This drive of an hour shall take us along the Pokhara-Baglung highway past beautiful landscape, waterfalls, and small streams, past some famous settlements including Lumle, and the scene of the mountains overlooking the entire trail. After reaching Naya Pul, we start our walking. A short walk from Naya Pul we shall reach Birethanti walking along the bank of the Modi Khola. From this village located at the confluence of Modi River and Bhurungdi River, we trek gradually along with the upstream of Bhurungdi River through the dense rhododendron forest, and past the terraced fields, relatively flat trail, waterfalls, and small rivulets before we reach the settlements of Lamadwali, Sudame and Hille successively. The trail ahead becomes more dramatic and steep as we head from Hille to Tikhedhungga crossing a suspension bridge in a twisting trail. The track becomes dramatic as we have to trek up to the destination of Ulleri past hydropower plant and with the walkthrough lone stone steps, we reach the Magar village of Ulleri. Watch out for the train of mules and their owners and give way for them as you trek along the narrow trails. Expect warm hospitality from the locals and a test of patience from the long stone steps, marvelous views of the Annapurna massifs and Dhaulagiri Peaks, green forests, and diverse flora and faunas. Stay overnight in Ulleri.
Day 4 : Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 – 5 hours ::
In these beginning days of our trek in the Annapurna region, trekkers get into the habit of rural settings after they leave the small town of Ulleri to get the first sense of village life. Trekking along with the less steep stone steps, we move forward receiving the greetings of welcoming locals, exploring the dense forest adorned by pink rhododendron flowers and oak trees, shady trails, smaller streams, and the view of mountains such as Fishtail Mountain. The climate becomes cooler as we move ahead in the trail through the settlement of Banthati crossing a bridge and reach to another settlement of Nangethati after making a short final climb to this village. We continue trekking along the Bhurugdi River with the increasing altitude and thereby increasing strain to the trekkers, as we trek past the waterfalls and small streams, lush landscape, and beautiful views before we reach our destination for today, the village of Ghorepani. A village that seems to be stuck in watercolor painting by the divine authority, Ghorepani now serves as a resting hub for the trekkers, which was once a stoppage for traders heading for trade with Tibet. On a clear day, the towering Annapurna South stands firm, overlooking the green forested hills and lush valleys with blue roofs of the houses of the villages. Exploring the trail we have an overnight stay in this beautiful village.
Day 5 : Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill: 6 – 7 hours::
The views and sceneries till now will seem to you like a beginning after you witness the marvelous sunrise over the Poon Hill early in the morning today. We leave Ghorepani at the hour of the day illuminated by the moon, equipped with the camera and lights in standby mode and backed by excitement, and reach Poon Hill after marching for about 45 minutes. Securing ourselves a place to view this wonder of nature, we slowly witness magic unfolding before us. Starting with the silhouette of mountains, high hills, colorful forest and crevasses covered with mists and clouds, villages and prayer flags extending themselves to the far-away places, we end up viewing the glorious mountains lit up by the golden rays of the sun. Capturing this phenomenal scenery and creating some memories we trek down to the foothill for lunch before heading further to Tadapani. The initial trek to Tadapani is warm due to the growing strength of the sun whereas the temperature drops significantly as we trek through the forests and descend to deep valleys marked by smaller streams, a variety of flora and fauna, and picturesque landscapes. Emerging out of the forest we reach a grassy hillock that provides a marvelous view of the mountains and trekking along the ridge takes us through a pass called Deurali Pass before we descend steeply to village and streams and then to Tadapani through dense forest in a rather long and winding trail. Take a rest in Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 6 : Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,120ft): 6 hours ::
On another day of ascents and descents in this enriching and interesting trek in the Annapurna region, we trek mostly through a dense forest dotted with endless rhododendron trees, marvelous scenery, and pristine streams, traditional villages, and towering Himalayas. The trek starts with the long descent through the dense rhododendron forests, cultivation fields, a view of green hills and lush valleys weaved by streams, and the village of Chui Le, a typical hilly village of Nepal with a rural lifestyle, to the Kimrong River. Be careful with this steep descent avoid putting much strain on kneed and calves. After crossing the fast-flowing and beautiful Kimrong River over a suspension bridge, our trail becomes more uphill and so trekkers begin to climb on the landscape to the western bank of the Modi River. The trail passes through the settlement of Taulung where the trail to Jhinu Danda (a village famous for hot spring with water believed to cure some skin diseases) and the trail to Annapurna Base camp meet. Ahead in the trail, we reach Chhomrong after the final climb trekking over a long staircase of stone accompanied by the lushness of the scenery and hills, we reach the destination of today. Stay overnight in Chhomrong.
Day 7 : Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,578ft): 4 – 5 hours::
The trek today and tomorrow shall be a shorter one as compared to the previous days’ trek for the purpose of allowing the trekkers to adjust themselves to the increasing altitude. Trek starts with the descent to the Chhomrong River and crossing the river the hike leads to the small settlement of Tilche and Dalphuon on either side of the Modi River. Moving ahead in the trail you shall hike along the undulating trail the ascent continues and inches more close to the river. En route is the villages of Sinuwa and Khuldigar before reaching the destination of today, the village of Bamboo. The climb to Sinuwa via Sinuwa Danda is quite strenuous on stone steps but the views from the place are more than rewarding, with the view of snow-capped mountains to the far besides deep gorges and lush hills as your watch the surrounding areas. The trek enters the Upper Modi Khola valley from which the forests dominate the landscape rather than cultivation areas. After Kuldi the trail is rather slippery with stone steps and through the dense forest, we reach Bamboo village. Overnight stay in Bamboo village.
Day 8 : Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours::
Today we shall have the shortest trekking in this entire trekking expedition as we depart from the last settlement in this trail to the base of Annapurna Peak. This gradual trek before reaching the Annapurna base camp serves as acclimatization for the trekkers. We start our trek early in the morning after having breakfast. With the bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forest on either side of the trail and the company of Modi River, we ascend gradually to Dovan after crossing a small stream and walking for some time. Further ahead in the trail we trek past the Himalaya hotel, waterfall, and further ahead a cave known as Hinko or Hinku Cave which also has religious significance for the locals before we reach the destination for today, Deurali. The area before and a little ahead of Deurali is prone to avalanches as well due to which the trekkers may have to be careful. We can also see the Machhapuchhre River mixing with the Modi River. We get ourselves adapted to the surroundings and get prepared for the ascent to the Annapurna Base camp the next day. Overnight stay in Deurali.
Day 9 : Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,135ft): 5- 6 hours::
The climax is here! Today we shall go for the Annapurna Base camp through the rather nonexistent base camp of Fishtail Mountain or the Machhapuchhre Mountain. Carefully trekking ahead of Deurali we step into the spot of Bagar, located on the confluence of Modi River and Machhapuchhre River. In the trail further ahead, we see that the vegetation becomes sparse and the boulders, rocky paths and glacial rivers and lakes, waterfalls dominate the landscape. The trail gradually parts away from the torrential river and approaches the base of the sacred Fishtail Mountain. Climbing the Fishtail Mountain is prohibited and hence the base camp of this mountain serves as a stoppage for the trekkers heading towards Annapurna base camp. The view of Annapurna Mountain range, Gaganpurna Mountain, Hiuchuli Peak, and of course the Machhapuchhre Mountain are visible from here, besides several other peaks. After some rest, the trek continues after crossing a glacial river and turns right along the gorge created between the lateral moraines of the South Annapurna Glacier and avalanche-prone mountain ridges. Finally, the base camp of the Annapurna massif arrives. Behold at the panoramic views of the mountains; huge and humongous rocks clad with snow seem to right in front of your eyes and trekkers marvel at the sight dominated by glaciers and mountains, crevasses, and moraines. Explore the surrounding areas carefully before witnessing one of the best sunsets in this entire trek. Overnight stay in Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10 : Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours::
With one of the best sunrises you will ever witness in the Himalayas, today trekkers shall wake up to view the sunrise from the Annapurna base camp over the Annapurna massifs and other numerous peaks. After capturing these moments where nature reveals its magic to humans, we retrace our steps from this wonderful landscape in the vicinity of the Himalayas. Trekking to the lower altitude requires lesser strain as compared to the stress while climbing up due to which we trek to the settlement of Bamboo. From the avalanche-prone areas and lap of the Himalayas, we enter the valley formed by torrential Modi River. Following the trail previously beaten by us, we trek to the Bamboo village. The landscape, natural scenery, and its diversity never fail to enchant the travelers; it’s the same level of attraction every time the travelers pass through this area. The descent should be rather cautious not to put more strain on their legs and ankles while trekking down. Stay overnight in Bamboo.
Day 11 : Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,770 ft): 5 – 6 hours::
We start our trek with the Jhinu Danda in mind, the place famous for natural hot water springs where trekkers, visitors, and locals relax. With the trail that has some steep sections of the trek, yet the landscape of the region has outstanding beauty and diversity all along the route. Trekking along the stone steps and rocky terrains crossing a couple of bridges, we reach the settlement of Taulung. The trek to the Jhinu Danda is a gradual descent. On reaching the spot, get into the spring for much-needed relaxation after strenuous trekking at the higher altitudes. These springs are believed to have curing elements for some skin diseases including aches. After this, you may head to the guesthouse for your stay. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Day 12 : Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive::
Today we shall complete the trek hiking activity in the Annapurna region under this expedition as we complete the trek to Nayapul from Jhinu Danda. The trek shall be relatively easier though trekkers need to take on this walk gradually so as to put less pressure on the ankles and legs which has had much strain in the past few days. We shall trek through culturally rich villages inhabited by diverse communities, a variety of natural sceneries, fast-flowing streams, beautiful waterfalls, lush valleys, and rolling hills and hill towns before reaching the settlement of Naya Pul. After reaching this place, we shall get some refreshment and load our packing before heading to Pokhara. Reaching the hotel you may go strolling around the bustling Lakeside in the evening if you are interested. Stay overnight in Pokhara. *If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.
Day 13 : Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu::
Get ready with your bags as we leave for Kathmandu after completing our adventure in the Annapurna region. The flight shall be generally early in the morning after having some breakfast over the vast landscape, rolling and high hills, lush and green valleys, serpentine-shaped rivers, and the view of majestic Himalayas. On reaching Kathmandu, you shall be escorted to the hotel where you are staying. You have the rest of the day by yourself when you may go souvenir shopping and engage in any activity if you have booked with us. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14 : Departure Day::
After completing the trekking expedition in one of the world’s best trekking destinations, you are finally ready to leave for your respective destinations. Go for some last-minute shopping if you have any and make sure you have packed all your belongings. You shall be transferred to the international airport for your onward destination in a private vehicle. We hope that this adventure has been of special importance and it has tempted you to come back for another adventure in this Himalayan nation. Have a safe and comfortable journey to your onward destination.
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