Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

The primary choice of every adventure lover, Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC)!

Moderate in nature, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic trek surrounded by magnificent Himalayan ranges which includes the Annapurna range, and the undisputedly famous Fishtail (Machhapuchhre). The soaring peaks is between the fascinating range of 7000-8000 meters.

A complete worthwhile and happy journey, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is better if combined with Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

The trek commences from Pokhara valley, a gorgeous touristic spot fully surrounded with serene Annapurnas. The trail takes you through forests and fascinating traditional villages of Ghandruk and Chhomrong Gurung village. Crossing the Modi Khola, the trek passes through the rhododendron trees, oaks, and bamboo.

Within the route, there is a large and hanging rock area, known as Hinku Cave. This can be a good exploration. There is thin settlement where you encounter the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide.

Moreover, the view of steep snow-clad ridges of Hiunchuli on the left and the gorgeous Machhapuchhre on the right will be surely amazing. Other snow capped mountains to witness are Himchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Singachuli, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.

The perpetual Gurung town and the passage to the ultimate vantage point warmed up by down territories with magnificent mountain views. The trail includes the country farms and fields, landscapes, and sometimes icy masses.

Heaven in earth, this is the famous and giant trekking trails in Nepal, located at 4320m. Annapurna Base Camp Trek or also known as Trek ABC is totally for trekking, expedition, hiking, and climbing. This can be easily done independently too.

Besides, you will enjoy the diverse flora and fauna along the amazing blend of culture and lifestyle. It is your chance to see wild animals like Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Leopards, and different species of birds too. This will leave with natural and unidentifiable calm in the heart and soul!

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Annapurna Base Camp at the altitude of 4130m
  • Ghandruk and Chhomrong, popular Gurung villages
  • Walking through typical and ethnic Gurung and Magar villages witness their unique culture and traditions.
  • Soothe your weary muscle by hot bath in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Spectacular glacier view at Annapurna Base Camp
  • Sightseeing tour around the historical UNESCO world heritages in Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore the beautiful ‘city of lakes’-Pokhara
  • Witness mountains like Himchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Singachuli, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • Visit Ghandruk village, a scenic and beautiful village on the top of the ridge.
  • Paths with vibrant rhododendron forests, and fine terraces goes on passing through the Chhomrong village trail.
DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu1338m-
Day 02Sightseeing In Kathmandu1338m-
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul, and trek to Tikhedhunga1577m6-7 hours of drive (Pokhara) and 2 hours of drive (Nayapul) and trek each
Day 04Trek to Upper Ghorepani2840m5-6 hours
Day 05Upper Ghorepani - Poon Hill- Tadapani2610m5-6 hours
Day 06Trek to Chhomrong2170m5-6 hours
Day 07Trek to Himalaya Hotel2950m6-7 hours
Day 08Trek to Annapurna Base Camp4130m6-7 hours
Day 09Trek to Bamboo2340m8-9 hours
Day 10Trek to Jhinu Danda1759m6-7 hours
Day 11Trek to Ghandruk1950m5-6 hours
Day 12 Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara1100m1-2 hours of travel duration, 2-3 hours of trek duration
Day 13Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening1338m6-7 hours
Day 14Final Departure--
Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and Transfer into Your Hotel

At the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will welcome you right after your arrival. You will be then transferred to your hotel.

After taking some rest, you will get complete briefing about the each day schedule. You will also receive your Annapurna Conservation permits and TIMS this day. You will also meet your guide and other companions of the trek. Just remember to carry necessary documents like passport, copies of photos, travel insurance policy, etc.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

The capital city, Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heartthrob of the country. Due to this significance, it is popular destination for tourists, trekkers, and adventure seekers. A marvelous unification of various religions, culture, and lifestyle at a single place. The temples, monuments, stupas, and artifacts signifies the unchanged ancient civilization.

You will visit the major places like Durbar Squares, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, etc. along with your guide. After the whole visit, you will have refreshing harmony in your mind.

Day 3
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul, and Trek to Tikhedhunga

Travel Duration: 25-30 minutes of Flight-time, 2-3 hours of drive

Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

Max. Elevation: 1577m, Tikhedhunga

Trek Distance: 7 km

After having breakfast, we will take an early flight to Pokhara; the gateway to the Annapurna region. The scenic flight between the high mountains will take about 25-30 minutes. After reaching Kathmandu, we will take a jeep to Nayapul, which takes about 2-3 hours.

Then, we will start to walk from Nayapul to our first targeted destination: Tikhedhunga. The drive itself is an adventurous one as it takes you to high altitude. You will also have beautiful views of terraces fields, ridged forests, and beautifully scattered hamlets. The roadway upto Nayapul is good and well-pitched.

Whereas, the walk after Nayapul will give you another thrill. This is relatively short and easy one. You will cross the river bridges, and walk alongside the rivers. The highlands is full of greenery, cool breeze of air, and scare settlements. You will pass the valley through Birethanti and Hile before reaching Tikhedhunga. Tikhedhunga lies between high hills, so you will have the refreshing experience here.

Overnight at the local guest house or lodge.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Upper Ghorepani

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max. Elevation: 2840m, Upper Ghorepani

Trek Distance: 12 km

Leaving Tikhedhunga behind, we start climbing the steep stone steps of Ulleri at the altitude of 2070m. Ulleri is a large Magar village where there are few teahouses. We will have our lunch at afternoon there. Afterwards, the trail ascends gently from this point through forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250m.

The narrow paths include few waterfalls, wooden bridges, and some uncountable steps at the end. Then, you will reach lower Ghorepani. As to reach the Poon Hill next day with an ease, we will spend the night at Upper Ghorepani. You will have to pass more steps to reach the destination where you can find few shops of local products.

Day 5
Day 05: Upper Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tadapani

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max. Elevation: 2610m, Tadapani

Trek Distance: 8 km

Early in the morning at about 4am, we start our tour to Poon Hill, the ultimate vantage point for the best sunrise view. Poon Hill offers the phenomenal panorama of the beautiful peaks of the Annapurna region. It is also the photographer’s paradise due to the unobstructed views of snow-capped Himalayas.

Then we ascend to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and continue the journey through ridges of pines and rhododendron. Along the way to Tadapani, there are about equal ascents and descents.

Firstly, you climb the high hill to reach Deurali, which is at the same altitude of Poon Hill (3210m). Then, the downhill begins which is full of stony and muddy steps. You may also spot wild langoor on the downhill trail. Then, we again climb steps for few hours to get at a guesthouse in Tadapani.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Chhomrong

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max. Elevation: 2170m/7120ft, Chhomrong

Trek Distance: 7.6 km

Good morning mountains! The view of mountain range is magnificient from Tadapani. Your heart will just melt. The sunrise view is also amazing. After breakfast here, we take our steep downhill walk through the ethnic communities of Gurung. Gurjung is the Gurung village through which we pass.

The way to Chhomrong has predominant sub-tropical forests full of multi-colored Rhododendron, fern, and bamboos. Whereas at the outlines of the village, you will see banana and paddy plantations.

You will cross streams and rivers like Kimrong Khola along the mountainside. The ascend trail might be muddy. On the other side, you see the snow capped mountains such as Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the tip of Gangapurna. You will also have the picturesque of Chhomrong village, residing right below the mountains.

Chhomrong is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, you get a great view of the peaks along with the misty sunset view. Here, the place is full of tea houses along with several shops selling batteries, memory cards, and other stuffs. There is a checkpost where you need to register yourself again. You need to visit the office and show your TIMS card.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Himalaya Hotel

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max. Elevation: 2950m, Himalaya Hotel

Trek Distance: 6.2 km

This day of trek is full of steep stone stairs. You will get the closer views of Machapuchare and Annapurna III from the viewpoint. You will be walking through trails lined with fields and thin forests firstly. Also, you will be crossing dense sub-tropical forests and clustered tea houses afterwards.

You will also spot the mini hydroelectric power plants that runs the nearby tea houses. Though you may not see the Modi Khola flowing alongside but you will definitely hear it.

There is an abandoned ACAP check-post lying on the way. You gotta checkout through this office.

This stretch is the most beautiful walk of the trek where you will cross the wooden bridges. The path is a mix of short stretches of steep and gradual ascents. From Himalaya, you will get absolute picture of Machhapuchhre standing tall and undisputed.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max. Elevation: 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp

Trek Distance: 7 km

Climbing up steadily, you will see the overhanging cave known as Hinku cave on the way. After Himalaya, the terrain starts to shift from dense forest to alpine boulder. You will only see the vegetation of Bamboo, ferns, and grasses around you.

Climbing few slopes, the trail opens up to the valley with Modi Khola where you see Machhapuchhre and Gangapurna more closely.

Crossing the snow bridges you will enter to the grasslands full of Daphne trees and small colorful flowering plants. Along with rocky mountains and small waterfalls, you will also witness an avalanche prone area on the way.

The last stretch to ABC is a walk on moraines and ridges. If you are lucky, you may spot some Marmut on the way.

Then, within few hours you will reach ABC, where you will be surrounded by mountains all around. All the vegetation covered with glistening snow and mist. The scene is just breathtaking. Pick a spot at the edge of the Annapurna glacier and get lost into the views.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

Max. Elevation: 4130m (13,550ft) to 2340m (7675 ft) i.e. ABC to Bamboo

Trek Distance: 15.5 km

Perhaps, it is the longest day of the trek on the alpine terrain with rocky mountains. You will trace back the same route though i.e crossing MBC, Deurali, Himalayan, and Dovan. We will lunch at Himalaya.

Today, you will experience the long stretch of steep descends along with few ascends. Facing the varieties of rhododendron and old trees, you will have amazing glimpse of surrounding ranges. Keep an eye out for black-faced ‘Langur’ monkeys. We will reside in a guest house at night.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max. Elevation: 2330m (7675 ft) to 1759m (5770 ft)

Trek Distance: 10 km approx

This is moderately difficult day of the trek followed with steep ascents for few time and steep descents for the remaining. You will again have to checkout from the ACAP office at Chhomrong before you leave. After descending about 2 hours from Chhomrong, you will reach Jhinu.

The view of the sub-tropical forests from Jhinu is the best one. Jhinu is along the side of Modi Khola and has the famous natural hot spring. Relief all your pain by dipping yourself in this heavenly depth!

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk

Trek Duration: 5-5.5 hours

Max. Elevation: 1780m to 1950m

This day, we bid goodbye to Modi Khola upper valley and continue the trail to Kim-rung Khola. The first part of the trail includes rural mount village and directly downs you to Kim-rung hill. The hill is full of colorful rhododendrons, and other attractive floras. After a short break in Kim rung, the trail turns to beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk.

Decorated with Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags, the village truly represents their Gurung ethnicity and traditions. Here, the lodges also let you experience those by yourself through the availability of cultural dresses, ornaments, and accessories.

You can visit the Gurung museum here, an old traditional house of stone slab. Here you can learn a lot about the history and the local way of life. Just amply celebrate your trekking with amazing Gurung people and their tradition!

Day 12
Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara

Travel Duration: 1-2 hours

Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

Max. Elevation: 1940m to 1100m

Trek Distance: 5.5 km

We will leave the beautiful Ghandruk after breakfast. The trails after Ghandruk is complete downhill along with multiple steps. The trails also has some small tea houses where you can rest or have some snacks. The downhill journey will take about three hours. You will pass modest yet beautiful villages like Birethanti on the way. You will also cross bouncy suspension bridges and small riverlets to reach Nayapul.

At Nayapul, our private transport will take you back to Pokhara. The rest of the time is free. You can enjoy ‘the city of lakes’ to its fullest. Afterall you have reached your dream destination!

Day 13
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

In this last day of the trek, we will take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu after some breakfast. If you wish, we can even travel from other means like tourists bus or private cars. As every option is cool and fun in itself, the choice is all yours.

After we reach Kathmandu, we will have a small celebration. You can make other plans like shopping, clubbing, archery, rock climbing, etc on the same day. Just utilize this free day to its fullest!

While in the evening, you will join the farewell dinner organized by our team. If you like, you can share your trekking experiences with our team. After dinner, you will spend the night in the hotel in Thamel.

Day 14
Day 14: Final Departure

Here comes the final say of your whole journey. Our representatives will take you to the airport as per your flight timing. We will hope to see you soon and again!

This is our complete itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you wish, we can reschedule it as per your comfort and choice. We also have similar type of other treks on similar as well as other regions.

Do contact us for any kind of information you need. We will be more than happy to help!

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • Tour-guides for sightseeing
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

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Trip Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp
  • 14 Days
  • 9 Days
  • Min 2 to Max 14 persons
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season (October-December, February-April)
  • Kathmandu
  • Tikhedhunga/Ghandruk

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