Annapurna base camp trek also is also known as Annapurna Century Trek, One of the most classic, short, and medium grade trek something that everyone should try once. This trekking route takes you by foot to some of the most famous farming villages, landscapes, River valley, and 2 of the 8 tallest peaks in the world. Annapurna Base Camp lies at the altitude of 4,130m / 13,550 ft above sea level. MBC and ABC offer stunning natural panorama, incredible views of all Annapurna Himalayan Range with everlasting Annapurna Glassier. We also pass by the stunning Poon Hill at the altitude of 3210 meters; the most impressive Mountain View spots in Nepal. Poon Hill offers a Remarkable natural panorama, enchanting views of Mt Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,684 ft), Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167m / 26,794 ft), Mt Machhapuchhre (6,997m / 22,956), Mt Hiunchuli (6,441/ 21,132 ft), and many more with a sunrise view in the morning. You would not find this kind of perfect naturally blended and blessed trekking trip all around the world.
Your trek starts from Kathmandu with a beautiful flight/ ride to the lake city Pokhara. Then a 1:30 hour drive will bring you to the trekking starting point Nayapul. From Nayapul we start our trek through beautiful rice, maize, and millet farms of locals. The main trail leads to Birethanti after which we reach Sudami. The next stop is Hile which eventually leads us to Tikhedhunga on the bank of Bharaudi Khola. Climbing through the 3500 stone steps, booming rhododendron forests, and the old oak trees; we aim for Ulleri that is at the height of 2050m. A final push to reach Nangethanti, and a few more hours of huffing and puffing will bring us to Ghorepani.
You may have often heard people saying that after you die, you see the heavenly light, but you won’t have to go such lengths as dying to see that heavenly light. At the Poon hill (3,210m / 10,531 ft), as the sun peeks out from the majestic mountains, you will see the light. You will see the rays from heaven shine right at you. Mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Annapurna I, and many more will shine along with the morning sun. This journey then takes us to the absolutely beautiful and stunning village of Tadapani and the next day, A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola, it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong.
Chhomrong is a beautiful farming village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. We descend via 2,500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascends steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Then to dream Annapurna Base Camp.
Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and many other peaks.
From the Annapurna base camp, we retrace our steps to Bamboo. This is mostly downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. from Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Sinewa followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. This day we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to recover your weary muscles in the natural hot springs. Walking downhill from Jhinu Danda to the new bridge and Nepali flat we will then reach Syaulibazar after 3 hours. Out trek finally comes to an end after we reach Nayapul, from where we drive back to Pokhara. This whole trip will always remain in the most sacred part of your heart, you will always cherish these memories and you will want to make more of them. Happy Trekking
Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 12 days offers most of the great things this trek has to offers to the trekkers. If you are short of time or don’t want to do all of it you should look for NNTR's Annapurna base camp for 9 days
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|Day||Itinerary||Elevation in Meter / Feet||Trekking / Walking|
|1||Arrive in Kathmandu||1,400m / 4,600 ft||30m Drive|
|2||Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley||1,400m / 4,600 ft||5-6 hr Drive|
|3||Drive/flight to Pokhara||822m / 2,697 ft||6 hr Drive/40 m Flight|
|4||Pokhara - Nayapul – Tikhedunga||1,550m / 5,085 ft||1:30 hr drive/3-4 hr Trek|
|5||Trek to Ghorepani||2,850m / 9,351 ft||5-6 hr Trek|
|6||Hike p to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,531 ft) and Trek to Tadapani||2,700m / 8,859 ft||6-7 hr Trek|
|7||Trek to Chhomrong||2,170m / 7,120 ft||4-5 hr Trek|
|8||Trek to Dobhan||2,455m / 8,055 ft||5-6 hr Trek|
|9||Trek to Deurali||3,250m / 10,662 ft||4-5 hr Trek|
|10||Trek to MBC (3,700 /12,139 ft) to ABC||4,130m / 13,550 ft||5-6 hr Trek|
|11||Trek to Bamboo||2,310m / 7,579 ft||5-6 hr Trek|
|12||Trek to Jhinu dada||1,760m / 5,774 ft||4-5 hr Trek|
|13||Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara||822m / 2,697 ft||4-5 hr Trek/1:30 hr Drive|
|14||Drive/flight to Kathmandu||1,400m / 4,600 ft||6 hr Drive/40 m Flight|
Accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Nowadays in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek have many different category hotels from normal teahouses to Luxury hotels. they are providing the room with attached bathrooms and a hot shower. These luxury Accomodatations are available just until Chhomrong Village. After Chhomrong Village, teahouses have comfortable shared toilet and washing facilities. There is nothing like falling asleep after a long day on the trails to a panoramic display of mountains outside your bedroom window. On the inside, the accommodation is simple, yet clean, cozy, and functional. The rooms usually include single-sized beds with comfortable sheets, pillows, and blankets. All the Accommodation for your trek and tour is twin sharing basis. If you wish to get a single supplement it will be available in Kathmandu and lower elevation of the trekking area but it might be difficult to get them in higher elevations in peak seasons.
Food in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhaat”, which is a platter of boiled rice, curry, Greens, lentil soup, and pickles is available everywhere, as well as many types of International (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Tibetan, etc) foods.
For breakfast, you can choose items of bread, eggs, porridge, muesli, Corn flakes, pancake, hash browns, fries, Chapati, etc. The lunch and dinner menu is the same, which includes items of some vegetables and meats (limited option), spaghetti, pizza, noodles, sandwich, burgers, Soup, momo, etc are common foods. The fruit is rare and you don’t find any seafood items on the menu.
You can also find simple choices of hot beverages that include different types of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot lemon with Ginger and honey, etc. In some places, you can also find a simple dessert menu that includes apple pie, chocolate roll, custard, and pudding. Breakfast and Dinner we will take wherever we stay and the Lunch we will take on the way to our Destinations.
Our Trekking Team for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Your safety is our first priority. To make your dream adventure come true and successful there will be 1 professional trekking leader/guide, 1 assistance trekking guide (1 assistance trekking guide for every 7 trekkers), and support staff / Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers). These arrangements will make sure that if anybody on the group gets any issue (emergency return, Altitude sickness, physical damage, sickness, etc) in the middle of the trek and can’t continue rest of the group can still go ahead as planned as to the destinations.
Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm. Although Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be taken during winter and monsoon too, but the cold can be bitter and dangerous at high altitudes, trekking trails above Deurali village meters are usually blocked by heavy snowfall. And the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain, Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an un-pleasant feature of the wet season, but with care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.
Views from Annapurna Base Camp
|Name of the Mountain||Height |
|Annapurna I||8,091m / 26,545 ft|
|Annapurna South||7,219m / 23,684 ft|
|Bhara Shikhar||7,647m / 25088 ft|
|Tharpu Chuli/Tent Peak||5,695 m / 18,684 ft|
|Annapurna III||7,555m / 24,786 ft|
|Gandharba Chuli||6,248m / 20,498 ft|
|Machhapuchhre / Fishtail||6,997m / 22,956 ft|
|Hiunchuli||6,441m / 21,132 ft|
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the afternoon the pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring your passport, 2 copies of passport size photos, and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent it by email before). And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Then head out and visit one of Kathmandu's cultural highlights. In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to chose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.
Day 2 : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (1,400m / 4,600 ft)
After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit the following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:
Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:
Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the holy Bagmati River near the airport. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site; Boudhanath another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes in all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.
Patan durbar square:
City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries).
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through the narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following:
- -Pagoda style temples which were made twelve to eighteen centuries
- -An ancient royal palace with a museum
- -Kashthamandap (which named the city Kathmandu)
- -Living Goddess Kumari
- -Black Bhairava (God of death)
Day 3 : Drive / flight to Pokhara (822m / 2,697 ft)
Your trekking guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station/airport. On the way catch the great view of the Himalayas, the countryside of Nepal, cross a lot of alpine forests, many green hills, and riverside. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna, and Lamjung Himal. In the evening boating in the Fewa lake and hike up to world peace Stupa for Sunset view over the Pokhara valley and the beautiful Annapurna massif.
A perfect starting for your trek!
Day 4 : Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,550m / 5,085 ft)
After morning Breakfast, we will start our journey to the mystical land of the Annapurna massive. Drive 1.30 hours from Pokhara will bring us to Nayapul; a Trekking starting point. After a short 15-20 minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m / 3,330 ft) a large village with many shops and hotels. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola valley. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at (1,550m / 5,085 ft). Today’s walk is relatively short and easy.
Day 5 : Trek to Ghorapani (2,850m / 9,351 ft)
Our second and interesting day of the trek! We move on towards 3,500 stone steeps climbing to Ulleri, a large Magar and Poon village at an altitude of 2,070m /6,791 ft. The trail ascends more gently from this point, we will walk through a Ulleri village to get Banthanthi for a nice cup of tea and again walk through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons to Nangathanti for fulfilling Lunch. 1:30 hours from Nangathanti we will reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is popular for the Poonhill hike which presents a spectacular view of the sunrise and a superb panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range
Day 6 : Hike p to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,531 ft) and Trek to Tadapani (2,700m / 8,859 ft)
Today one of the most special day of our trek. Very early in the morning, we hike up to Poon hill about an hour for the sunrise view. Poon hill offers a wide range of Himalayan panorama of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. The most impressive Mountain View spot in Nepal. After enjoying the sunrise view we will trek back to Ghorepani for our breakfast. Then we make a climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m /9,711 ft). After that, we descend to the Banthanti for lunch, then we trek 30 min down to cross a small river and take 1-hour climb to reach beautiful Tadapani for the night.
Day 7 : Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m / 7,120 ft)
Tadapani Also, a good place to have a closer look at the Annapurna massive with a hot cup of tea in the morning. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steep downhill through the rhododendron forests and small farming villages like Chuile, Burjung. after crossing the river we start climbing, and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the small farming village of Gurung people, After having lunch here its an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of (2,170m / 7,120 ft).
Day 8 : Trek to Dobhan (2,455m / 8,055 ft)
Our day starts after a good breakfast with the mountain view. Stone steps from Chhomrong drop down to Chhomrong Khola, where we cross a suspension bridge. Then we take a steep climb up lower Sinuwa than to upper Sinuwa for the tea break. After a short walk along the jungle, followed by an easy downhill, we reach Bamboo for lunch. Passing the damp bamboo forest, we take the step towards Dovan, the bottom of a Modi river gorge. Not much to see here today.
Day 9 : Trek to Deurali (3,250m / 10,662 ft)
The trek from Dovan to Himalaya is a silent one as big noises are not allowed in the jungle in regard to temple sites along the way. The route first comprises bamboo forests and then changes to rhododendron forests and contains plenty of waterfalls and streams. Upon reaching Himalaya, clearings appear and Glacier Rivers are visible along the trail as we ascend to Hinku cave. After a short walk, the trail first drops to the river and then ascending again to reach Deurali that offers exotic views of the valley below. We are again up in the open sky. From Deurali we can see beautiful views of Machhapuchre and Gangapurna.
Day 10 : Trek to MBC (3,700 /12,139 ft) to ABC (4,130m / 13,550 ft)
Today is the final and most important day of our trekking. From Deurali, the trail passes through a bank of Modi River, and after a tedious climb, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Surrounded by snowcapped mountains on all sides, views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Himchuli, etc are very rewarding. We take another 2-3 hours up from MBC to reach Annapurna Base Camp. The way to ABC is wider with scanty vegetation. Mountain View unveils to clarity.
Annapurna Base Camp gives an awe-inspiring view of the mountains including 10th Highest mountain in the world Mt Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545 ft), and Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,684 ft), Bhara Shikhar (7,647m / 25088 ft), Tharpu Chuli/Tent Peak (5,695 m / 18,684 ft), Annapurna III (7,555m / 24,786ft), Gandharba Chuli (6,248m / 20,498 ft), Machhapuchhre / Fishtail (6,997m / 22,956 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441/ 21,132 ft) and many more.
Day 11 : Trek to Bamboo (2,310m / 7,579 ft)
After enjoying a beautiful sunrise view from ABC, we head back following the same trail through MBC, Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan, and all the way to Bamboo. Today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi River to Bamboo at (2,310m / 7,579 ft) where we will stay for the night.
Day 12 : Trek to Jhinu dada (1,760m / 5,774 ft)
We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Down to Chhomrong Khola and climb the stone steps for lunch. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu danda where they have natural hot spring. Jhinu dada is known for its natural Hot Spring where you can take a relaxing bath. The spring is a 20 min walk from the guesthouse on the bank of Modi River.
Day 13 : Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (822m / 2,697 ft)
From Jhinu Danda we trek along the right side of Modi River for 4 to 5 hours to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then a 1:30 hour drive will take us back to Pokhara.
Day 14 : Drive/flight to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)
We will take an early morning deluxe tourist bus/afternoon flight to Kathmandu. If you have time and interested in extending the trip, White water rafting, Chitwan jungle safari, visit Lumbini: Birthplace of Lord Buddha, paragliding, sightseeing will be ideal.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, the farewell dinner will be served in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances
Day 15 : Final departure
Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.