10 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Oct 4, 2019
  • Rajesh Thapaliya
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The wealth of natural beauty displayed by the Annapurna Region is perhaps one of the best in the world. Across its countless trekking routes, the stunning beauty is divided from the majestic Himalayas to the lush green valleys and the quaint hamlets within. Ethnic grounds of the Gurung ethnic community, the vibrant culture and traditional way of life are a welcoming presence within the region. Each aspect of the journey combines seamlessly creating a relaxing and stunning experience for trekkers of all ages. As such, the Annapurna Base Camp is one of those countless trekking destinations around the foothills of the majestic Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m).

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an ideal adventure for everyone seeking to witness the beauty of the Annapurna first hand. This thrilling trip takes us through quaint hamlets and lush green forests adorned with pine, fir, and rhododendron trees. Each destination offers the very best the region has to offer from the immense natural beauty to scenic Himalayan sunrise. The ABC trek can also be extended or customized to incorporate other famous destinations around the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The Journey to Annapurna Basecamp

We begin our Annapurna Base Camp Trek by beginning with a scenic tour of Kathmandu and explore the UNESCO world heritage sites spread around the valley. Departing to the city of Pokhara next, we make our way over to the trail-head of Nayapul officially beginning our journey. The first day of the trail sees us cross Birethanti to reach Tikhedhunga where we spend the night. Past Tikhedhunga, the trail quickly ascends to Ghorepani and then onto Poon Hill for a stunning Himalayan sunrise. Dropping down, we make our way over to Tadapani and then onto Chhomrong which is one of the largest agricultural hamlets of the region.

Ascending towards Dovan, we make our way to the upper Modi Valley continuing the journey towards Deurali. The next stretch of the journey takes us through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m) to reach the Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m). For our descending journey, we retrace our steps back to Dovan and Deurali before heading towards the hamlet of Bamboo. Trekking onto Jhinu Danda next we treat our tired bodies to a relaxing hot water bath before setting off on a final descend towards Nayapul. The journey ends with a lovely drive back to Pokhara after which we head back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna South (7,219m)

Trip Highlights

  • A stunning adventure at the heart of the Annapurna Region
  • Accompany hilly trails through lush green forests in the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trek through vibrant Sherpa villages learning more about the local culture and way of life
  • Witness a mesmerizing Himalayan sunrise as seen from the hill summit of Poon Hill

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Nayapul (1070m.) - 1 hr. drive. Trek to Tikhedhunga. (1540m.) 3 hrs.

Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850m.)7 hrs.

Day 03: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m.) and trek to Tadapani (2610m.)5 hrs.

Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m.)5 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m.)6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3200m.)4 hrs.

Day 07: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna base camp (4130m.)4 hrs.

Day 08: Trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m.) 5 hrs.

Day 10: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul 6hrs. And drive to Pokhara. 1hrs.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Nayapul (1070 m.) - 1 hr. drive. Trek to Tikhedhunga. (1540 m.) 3 hrs.

  • Altitude: 1070 m (Nayapul) and 1540 m (Tikhedhunga)
  • Trekking hours: 3 hrs.
  • Highlights: Scenic drive to the trailhead at Nayapul, Lush green forests adorned with pine, fir and rhododendron trees
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We begin our adventure with a scenic drive heading towards Nayapul. For over an hour the bumpy roads guide us through the stunning natural landscapes and vibrant hamlets reaching Modi Khola beyond which lies the trailhead of Nayapul. Following the lush green forests due west we begin our ascending route headed for Birethanti. Past Birethanti, the trail continues to ascend follow the lush green forests to Tikhedhunga for the night.

Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,880 m.)7 hrs.

  • Altitude: Ghorepani (2,880 m)
  • Trekking hours: 7 hours
  • Highlights: Climb the famed Ulleri Uphill, First glimpse of the Himalayas in Annapurna range
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

One of the longer days of the trek we begin our journey early headed for Ghorepani. Continuing where we left off the trail once again begins its ascending run heading towards the hamlet of Ulleri. The steep ascending staircase leading to Ulleri is famed for being difficult and will take a good chunk of time to conquer. Taking a well-deserved rest at Ulleri we continue our journey towards Ghorepani for the night. Ghorepani is one of the most prominent Gurung settlements and offers great views of the Himalayas in the Annapurna range.

Day 03: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210 m.) and trek to Tadapani (2610 m.)5 hrs.

  • Altitude: 3210 m (Poon Hill) and 2610 m (Tadapani)
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours
  • Highlights: Scenic Himalayan sunrise
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The day begins with an early morning hike to the hill summit of Poon Hill for a scenic Himalayan sunrise. Across the horizon are the majestic summits of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and Machhapuchhre (6,997 m) forming a mesmerizing Himalayan panorama for us to savour. Enjoying the Himalayan sunrise we drop down to Ghorepani for a lovely Himalayan breakfast before setting off towards the hamlet of Tadapani. The journey is a pleasant one and passes through Sikha and Banthanti en route. Tadapani is yet another stop on the trek and is a big settlement of the Gurung ethnic communities.

Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170 m.)5 hrs.

  • Altitude: 2170 m (Tadapani)
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours
  • Highlights: Explore quaint Gurung villages, surreal bio-diversity on the trail, views of the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Exiting the hamlet of Tadapani, we make our way north dropping down to the hamlet of Chuile. Following the lush green forests, the trail takes us beyond the Kimrong Khola atop a suspension bridge to reach the vibrant Gurung settlement of Talung. The final stretch of a journey is an ascending one as we climb through quaint settlement leading up to the hamlet of Chhomrong for the night.

Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600 m.)6 hrs.

  • Altitude: 2600 m (Dovan)
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Stunning views of the Annapurna Range
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Enjoying the scenic Himalayan view as seen from Chhomrong we begin our ascending journey towards the hamlet of Dovan. Located on the upper ends of the Modi Khola Valley the quaint hamlet offers stunning views of the Annapurna Range. Past Chhomrong, the trail climbs towards Sinuwa before heading towards the quaint settlement of Bamboo. The final stretch of the journey takes us past the river and to Dovan for the night.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Traditional Gurung Village

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3200 m.)4 hrs.

  • Altitude: (3200 m) Deurali
  • Trekking hours: 4 hours
  • Highlights: Conquer the rugged mountain trail stepping closer to the Himalayas
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

One of the shorter days of our journey we begin our ascending journey heading towards the hamlet of Deurali for the night. Exiting Dovan the trail ascends through the quaint hamlet of Chuile continuing unto Upper Dovan. Guided by the majestic Himalayas on the horizon, we continue our journey towards the Himalaya Hotel beyond which lies the quaint settlement of Deurali.

Day 07: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna base camp (4130 m.)4 hrs.

  • Altitude: 4130 m (Annapurna Base Camp)
  • Trekking hours: 4 hours
  • Highlights: Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Exiting Deurali, the trail continues its ascending run taking us through the glacial moraines and onto Machhapuchhre Base Camp located at an altitude of 3700 meters. As the mountain itself is forbidden for climbing this is the farthest you can go towards Machhapuchhre (6,997 m). Taking some time off at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we continue our journey heading towards Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130 m. reaching the base camp, feel free to explore the surrounding areas taking in the stunning Himalayan beauty. The Himalayas in the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal ranges decorate the entire backdrop from the base camp.

Day 08: Trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310 m.) 5-6 hrs.

  • Altitude: 2310 m (Bamboo)
  • Trekking hours: 5 to 6 hours
  • Highlights: Descend through quaint Gurung hamlet enjoying the picturesque natural beauty as you go
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The beginning of our descending journey we head over to the hamlet of Bamboo for the night. Exiting Annapurna Base Camp, the trail descends back towards Deurali before dropping down to Upper Dovan. Past Himalaya Hotel, the trail drops down to Dovan continuing through the lush green forests to reach Bamboo. The trail also offers a sublime take on the biodiversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area and the panorama of the Annapurna Himalayas.

Day 09: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780 m.) 5 hrs.

  • Altitude: 1780 m (Jhinu Danda)
  • Trekking hours: 5 to 6 hours
  • Highlights: Recuperate from your days of travel at the hot water springs
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Our final day in the Annapurna Region we deviate from our ascending trail and make our way towards Jhinu Danda. Dropping down to the hamlet of Sinuwa we continue our journey towards Chhomrong trekking through the trekking farmlands and quaint hamlets. The final stretch of the journey takes us due east heading towards Jhinu Danda. The quaint hamlet is well known for its hot springs which is also a perfect way to end our Himalayan adventure.

Day 10: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul 6hrs. And drive to Pokhara. 1hrs.

  • Altitude: 1400m (Pokhara)
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Accompany the stunning Modi Khola through lush green forests Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Exiting Jhinu Danda, the trail begins its descending run heading towards the hamlet of Nayapul. For its entirety, the trail accompanies the Modi Khola taking us through a pleasant hilly trail adorned with picturesque hilly landscapes. Past Jhinu Danda the trail enters the lush green forests dropping down to the hamlet of Lumle. Past the Gurung hamlet of Bhichok, we make our way over to Birethanti beyond which lies Nayapul. From Nayapul, we drive back to Pokhara bringing our journey to a close.

Conclusion

As one of the greatest wonders of the world and elite trekking routes in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp is a glorious adventure that takes you through the Annapurna Sanctuary. The ABC trek offers a remarkable travel experience to a wide range of people of all age groups. Enjoy one of the most surreal Himalayan views on the trip along with a massive display of Gurung heritage and culture.

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Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

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