Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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8 Days
Mar - May , Sep - Dec
Max Altitude: 4130
Annapurna Conversation Area
Tea House
Trail Length: 55 Km

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp is one the most popular trekking destinations in its category for a reason. Imagine this: the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in the backdrop, scenic landscapes and terrains that vary as you make your move up the altitude, lush rhododendron forests, and several ethnic villages as part of the cultural experience. This is the ABC trek in a nutshell. Of course, the route to the Annapurna Base Camp offers more than just that. Besides its scenic and cultural magnificence, the region is home to exquisite flora and fauna such as the Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan Monal, and plush Chestnut forests.

The trek is basically a backpacker’s wet dream during its peak seasons (September, October, and November). With enticing side treks you can make within the region, trekking the Annapurna Circuit in its entirety may take you a minimum of 17 days. However, it’s possible to reach the foot of the glorious Annapurna mountain range in only 8 days! How? Here’s how:

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

The buses depart from the capital city of Kathmandu towards the lake city Pokhara (200km) in a 6-7 hour drive. The ride will be accompanied by sceneries of magnificent landscapes throughout Dhading and the perennial rivers of Trishuli and Marshyangdi along with glimpses of the splendid Annapurna Himalayan Range. The buses stop at around 12 pm for lunch.

Day 02Drive to Nayapul – Kimche and then short hike to Ghandruk (1940m), 2 hours walk

In the first day of our trek, we drive off from Pokhara to Nayapul- the initial point of the ABC trek. The ride takes no more than 2 hours. We book another jeep to Kimche from Nayapul; ascend to Ghandruk, and stay overnight at a lodge amidst the exotic Gurung village.

Day 03Trek to Chhomrong (2170m), 5-6 hours

Following breakfast, we trudge past Ghandruk towards Chhomrong, another scenic village walled by the pristine Annapurna range. Arguably the most arduous part of the trek, the hike to Chhomrong begins with a steep descent towards Kimrong River followed by a steady ascent up the rocky trails. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 04Trek to Dovan (2600m), 6-7 hours

After a hot breakfast, we begin our steep climb upwards to reach Sinuwa. You will see a distinctive overhanging rock on a ridge along the way called the Hinku Cave. After passing Sinuwa and Bamboo (2310m), a village shrouded with bamboo trees among other green vegetation, we will ultimately reach our destination for the day– Dovan.

Day 05Trek from Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m), 6-7 hours

Typically, we commence our journey with a wholesome breakfast in the small but ornate village of Dovan. Then, we will hike along the trails of the Modi River to Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC). We will spend the night at a lodge situated near the foot of the glorious and sacred Machapuchare peak.

Day 06Reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), explore ABC and trek back to Dovan

After a relatively easy 2 hour hike from Dovan, we will finally arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. A panoramic scene of the majestic Annapurna Himalayan Range comprising of Annapurna 1 and 3, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Gandapurna is sure to be a feast for the eyes! After exploring the base camp, we will descend back to Dovan.

Day 07Trek to Jhinu (1760m), 6 hours

From Dovan, we will leave for Jhinu after breakfast. Jhinu, a prominent resting point, is home to a natural hot spring at the banks of the Modi River. Surpassing a trail of lush rhododendron forests and thickening vegetation, we will finally reach Jhinu via Jhinu Danda.

Day 08Trek to Siwai and then drive to Pokhara via Nayapul, 5 hours walk

On the final day of the trek, we will head towards the significantly dense village of Siwai, walking mostly a seemingly flat trail. From Siwai, we will take a jeep and end our journey with a 3 hour drive towards Pokhara via Nayapul. You can either spend the night in the vibrant lake city Pokhara or catch a night bus to the capital city.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Includes

  • Pick up/ drop in comfortable private vehicle
  • Kathmandu heritage city tour
  • All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle as per itinerary
  • One English speaking, highly experienced city tour guide with government-license
  • All necessary entry permits in temples and stupas

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Excludes

  • Nepalese Visa fee
  • International airfare to Kathmandu and out
  • Food, drinks, accommodation
  • Tips and appreciation for staff and drivers