Annapurna Base Camp Trek
There are few treks that combine so many different landscapes and bring you so close to the base of 7,000 and 8,000 meter peaks in a such a short period of time as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range in view most of the times.
The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. The itinerary presented here takes 12 days, starting from Nayapul (a 1 1/2 hour drive from Pokhara) and going north up to Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint at Poon Hill. From Ghorepani you go eastward to Chomrong and then north again entering the Modi Kola Valley which leads up to the Base Camp.
Many people trek the circuit Nayapul-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapul, which is very rewarding in itself. This trek can easily be done with children as well.
You 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 extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza and chau mein. Hot showers are readily available as well. If you are planning to trek in the winter months please check with a travel agency to confirm which lodges are open.
The Annapurna trekking region is easily accessible with different trailheads starting just an hour or two away from Pokhara.
Between Himalayan Hotel and Machapucchre Base Camp there is a risk of avalanches so make sure you have the latest information on trail conditions before setting off or hire a knowledgeable guide.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can easily be done independently. It is possible to do this trek in all seasons, however, in the winter the Base Camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level. In spring time the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.
January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Level of Difficulty
- Day 1 Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - drive to Nayapul (1 1/2 hrs) - trek to Tikhedhunga (1570 m) or Ulleri (1940 m) 6-7 hrs
- Day 2 Tikhedhunga (1570 m) or Ulleri (1940 m) - Ghorepani (2750 m) 5-6 hrs
- Day 3 Ghorepani (2750 m) - Poon Hill (3210 m). Get an early start to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill, then on to Tadapani (2650 m) 6 hrs
- Day 4 Tadapani (2650 m) - Chomrong (2170 m) 5 hrs
- Day 5 Chomrong (2170 m) - Dovan (2600 m) 6-7 hrs
- Day 6 Dovan (2600 m) - Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m) 7-8 hrs
- Day 7 Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m) - Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) 3 hrs (1/2 day hike to glacier at higher elevation optional)
- Day 8 Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) - Bamboo (2310 m) 7-8 hrs
- Day 9 Bamboo (2310 m) - Jhinu Danda (1780 m) via Chomrong; visit hotsprings 7 hrs
- Day 10 Jhinu Danda (1780 m) - Pothana (1870 m) via Landruk, 7 hrs
- Day 11 Pothana (1870 m) - short trek to Kande via Australian Camp, drive 1 hr to Pokhara
- Day 12 Flight Pokhara - Kathmandu, or drive 7-8 hrs