Mount Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th Highest mountain in the world, located in Nepal. The journey to its base camp, at the altitude of 4130m, is definitely adventurous. It is also the most popular medium length trek of Nepal.
Trek to ABC is the perfect blend of diverse landscape, rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint culture of Gurung villages, and a wide flora & fauna.
The destination also includes Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) which is revered for its unique beauty. So, it has indeed become a popular choice among diverse outdoor enthusiasts, from a solo female traveler to different trekking groups to Nepal.
Also, the trek itself is not particularly difficult. Altitude is rarely a problem on this trek. A person in a good body shape can easily conquer this excursion.
The beauty of ABC trek is simply indescribable. Every day, you explore more, enjoy the amazing picturesque, and capture memories on your camera. Still, there is a driving desire inside you for reaching every corner and exploring more.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp
- Full panoramic view of the Annapurna mountain range including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, etc.
- Breathtaking mount and glacier views along with the night stay at the highest point i.e Annapurna Base Camp.
- Passing through the spectacular scenery of Gurung villages, lush forests, and shrubs.
- Impressive sunset and the sunrise glimpse from the top.
- Natural bath in hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
We have 13 days of travel package for Annapurna Base Camp. For nearly three decades, this route has been popular within thousands of trekkers.
Day 1: Kathmandu – Pokhara
After arriving in Kathmandu, we will head towards Pokhara. This will be 6-7 hours of the drive on a tourist bus (flight options are available too). Well, bus-drive is more enjoyable. The scenic mount views, fresh air, lush green fields with eye-catching landscapes, ever-flowing Trishuli & Marsyangdi rivers, and waterfalls. Overnight at hotel. You will have the chance to explore Pokhara as much as you like.
Day 2: Pokhara – Phedi – Tolka
After Pokhara, the next stop is Phedi, a village with mesmerizing view of Annapurna range and Fishtail. This is the point where the trek actually starts. Taking the descending paths over the Modi Khola, we will trek to Tolkha, via Landruk. Landruk has an uphill route full of Gurung villages along with spectacular sunrise & sunset view.
Day 3: Tolka – Chhomrong
On the third day, we will trek for about 7-8 hours towards Chhomrong. Walking through barren terraces within Landruk trail, you will also experience excellent views of Gurung & Magar villages. Along the way, you can enjoy a natural hot spring of Modi Khola at Jhinu Danda. For this, you will have to walk up an hour uphill to Chhomrong. Stay at Chhomrong witnessing the views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail facing it across the valley.
Day 4: Chhomrong – Bamboo
Walking through the forest of Kuldighar, on this day we will descend to Chhomrong and then ascend uphill to Sinuwa. In the forest, you have the eye-catching view of colorfully blossomed rhododendrons. On reaching Bamboo, we will stay in one of the lodges there.
Day 5: Bamboo – Himalayan Hotel – Deurali
This trail winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan. Along with the ascends & descends, the trail also passes through several avalanche chutes. Before reaching Deurali, we will pass through Himalayan Hotel, have lunch and some rest. Deurali is point with closer view of the Annapurna Range and Fishtail. Overnight at Deurali.
Day 6: Deurali – Machhapuchhare Base Camp
After breaching the narrow paths of Modi Khola valley, you will reach almost at the base of Machhapuchhare Base Camp. You will spend a day gazing away at the snow-covered peaks above and the beauty of the landscape around. Here you might experience discomfort as the altitude changes a bit. Stay at MBC.
Day 7: Machhapuchhare Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp
Finally, the ultimate destination Annapurna Base Camp on the seventh day. The trail to your awaited destination will take 3 hours of uphill path. At 4130 meters(13,549ft), Annapurna Base Camp marks the highest point of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It is also the highest sleeping point on the trek.
Standing at the top with 360 degrees of views will be breathtaking. Along with the radiating sunrise & sunset view, you will explore the rare scenic beauty of the region.
Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp – Himalayan Hotel – Chhomrong
Walking through the flat level after an hour climb down to Kimrong Khola, we will head back to Chhomrong. Like before we will have day lunch at Himalayan Hotel. The routes are gain full of scenic views with wild floras all around. Climbing some stone stairs, we will reach Chhomrong village and spend the night.
Day 9: Chhomrong to Tadapani
With our Annapurna Base Camp package, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is also associated. Thus, we will head to Tadapani from Chhomrong. The route includes through jungle and several Gurung villages. It will be 4-5 hours of walk. You can have an excellent view of Fishtail and other mountain ranges from there. Besides, you will have enough time to explore the local culture, relax, and chill.
Day 10: Tadapani to Ghorepani
This 4-5 hour of walk from Tadapani to Ghorepani is quite challenging. It includes narrow uphills as well as slippery downhills. You will encounter a dense forest of fully blooming rhododendrons all over, even in the paths. You may also see some wild animals like Langurs. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 11: Ghorepani – Tikhedhunga
This day is a bit hard too. You will have to wake up early and head to Poon Hill (3210m) for a magnificent sunrise view surrounded by whole mount ranges. The way to Poon Hill is completely uphill within stone stairs. Afterwards, we will head Tikhedhunga. On the way, we cross through a lot downstairs of Ulleri. This route is best to interact with local people about their lifestyle and culture.
Day 12: Tikhedhunga – Nayapul – Pokhara
This is the final day of trekking which doesn’t include much trekking & walking. It is just 2-3 hours of typical walk to Nayapul. If you wish, there is also the option of jeeps which will take you directly from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. On reaching Nayapul, we will drive to Pokhara and check into a hotel. You can spend the rest of the day enjoying the lakeside or canoeing or shopping or boating or paragliding. There are tons of options in this dreamy city!!
Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu, probably early in the morning. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can use your time exploring more about Kathmandu.
So, this was our Annapurna Base Camp itinerary. Along with Poon Hill trek, Annapurna Base Camp route can be associated with other famous treks like Manaslu Circuit, Mardi Himal trek, and other. So if you wish, this trek can be also be done along the way within the given time interval. More you trek, more you explore and experience.
Regarding the days, it can also be managed. 11-7 days of short and time-wise restricted itinerary is also available.
For a scenic and enjoyable route, you can start and finish your trek in the beautiful village, Bandipur. It is small, naturally gorgeous place to initiate your trek and rest after completion. It would not be too much rushed, about 10 days would be fine (Bandipur-Nayapul-Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani-Himalaya Hotel-MBC-ABC-Bamboo-Jhinu Danda (hot spring)-Dhampus-Phedi-Bandipur).
If you have any ideas on the schedules/itinerary, please contact us.(https://himalayasonfoot.com/contact-us/ ). We will make it possible as far as we can.