The Annapurna Base Camp trek is probably the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes through terraced rice fields, alpine rhododendron forests, and high altitude landscapes, with the view of Annapurna Range throughout the journey. The Annapurna Base Camp is situated at 4130 m in unique and incredibly spectacular view, set in the foot of the mighty peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 11 days, depending on your choice of itinerary and length of walking days. The itinerary presented here takes 11 days, starting from Nayapool at 1 ½ hour driving from Pokhara, and going north up till Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill. From Ghorepani the route goes eastwards to Chomrong and then north again, entering the Modi Kola Valley up till the Base Camp.
People with limited time usually only trek the circuit Nayapool-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapool, which is very rewarding in itself and this short trek can easily be done with children as well. Also the route can return via Jhinu Danda, and give your tired muscles a well deserved rest in the delightful hot springs. Upon your return it is worthwhile visiting one of the Gurung villages of Ghandruk or Landruk. The lodges in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with in general extensive menus, ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza’s and spaghetti. Hot showers are readily available as well. The Annapurna’s are easily accessible, with the starting points of the different treks just an hour or two away from Pokhara.
Day 1 Pokhara to Nayapul (1 ½ hrs drive), trek to Ulleri (1940m) 6hrs
Day 2 Trek to Ghorepani (2750m) 5hrs
Day 3 Trek to Poon Hill (3194m) for sunrise and to Tadapani (2590m) 6hrs
Day 4 Trek to Chomrong (2210m) 4hrs
Day 5 Trek to Himalayan Hotel (2804m) 7hrs
Day 6 Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp (3700m) 4hrs
Day 7 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 3hrs ( ½ day hike to glacier optional)
Day 8 Return to Bamboo (2310m) 7hrs
Day 9 Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m) visit hotsprings
Day 10 Trek to Ghandruk 5hrs
Day 11 Trek to Nayapul (5hrs) and bus ride to Pokhara (1½ hrs)
|Best Season||Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov|
|Per day walking||5-6 Hours|
|Type of trek||Tea House|
|Permit required||ACAP. TIMS|