Annapurna base camp is undoubtedly one of the most trekked destinations in the world. Rich biodiversity, beautiful culture and presence of the mountains make the entire trek blissful. The aura is set by the ethnic communities settled throughout the trek. The beauty of Annapurna base camp trek is heavily supported by the local tea house lodges owned and operated by locals. Teahouses are highly acclaimed for offering comfortable accommodation, warm meals and beautiful folklores.
Annapurna base camp (ABC) trek has maintained a tag of premier trekking destination for over two decades. Even in the present day this trek is one of the best in Nepal. Thousands of trekkers are attracted every year to Annapurna base camp because of its accessibility.
Annapurna base camp trek is no doubt one of the best short treks that traverses a huge variety of terrain. Walking through the rice terrace of the lower land to the glacier moraine is amazing. The views of highest Himalayas on earth as well will certainly be awe – inspiring moment for you. You will get a chance to see two of the highest mountains in the world and also the rare biodiversity. You will have an opportunity to eat local food, drink local winery and even wear traditional attire. You will witness their festivals and a different way of life!
Arrival in Kathmandu
You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Annapurna Base Camp trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A
Trek preparation and shopping
This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan – N/A
Kathmandu – Pokhara
We board tourist bus from tourist bus park in Thamel by 6:45 and leave the station at 7:00am. The bus takes around 7 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara after multiple breaks in between. Overnight in Pokhara! Meal plan N/A
Drive to Birethanti and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360 ft): 3 – 4 hours
A short ride of around 2 hours would take us to put in point of the trek. Once off the vehicle we get our permits checked and head towards the destination of the day. Although it is not the toughest section of the trek it might feel tough on your legs as it is the first day. We embark on beautifully stone slated trail all the way to Ghandruk. It takes 4 hours to reach this exemplary village of stone work. Overnight in Ghandruk. Meal plan B, L, D.
Ghandruk to Chomrong(2,170m/7,120ft): 5 – 6 hours
There are several options available from Ghandruk to Chomrong and the most popular routes are of Landruk and Kimrong. We could take any trail to the north but we would take Kimrong so that on our way back we can visit hot water spring that lies in the Kot danda route. On the way you will see dramatic views of Annapurna south and Machhapuchhre. The most significant portion of the trail is the 45 minute steep downhill from Kot Danda to Kimrong. Overnight in Chomrong. Meal plan B, L, D.
Chomrong to Himalaya(2,310m/7,578ft): 4 – 5 hours
Except for couple of steep ascend and descend the trail is not very demanding. On this day we make our way through small streams, suspension bridges and small patches of villages. This section Annapurna Base Camp trek is well known for witnessing of wild animals as well. The bamboo forest immediately after Chomrong and the dense forest of Rhododendron and patches of wild orchids beyond Dobhan is impressive. Overnight in Himalaya. Meal plan B, L, D.
Himalaya to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3,700m/12,139ft): 4 -5 hours
We start the day by hiking a pleasant ascend, making our way through streams and falls until a steep ascend to Hinku and further small but steep hike to Deurali. After Deurali the trail is more relaxed but undergoes one of the most adventurous section being it prone to avalanche. There are no permanent settlement in this section of the trail but the views of mountains in the Annapurna are jaw dropping. On this day we start to feel the effect of altitude and this day can be also taken as acclimatization day. Meal plan B, L, D.
MBC to ABC (4,130m/13,550ft): 3 – 4 hours
We trek on the trail in between Hiunchuli and the glacier of the mountains in the area. We trek for around 4 hours to the maximum. We call it a day at Annapurna base camp and relax in the serene ambiance, on the laps of Himalayas. This trek although is not strenuous is considered to be slightly technical because of altitude as well as snowy condition in the winter. Meal plan B, L, D.
ABC to Bamboo(2,310m/7,579ft): 5 – 6 hours
We trace our way back on the same trail on our way up. From ABC first head to MBC followed by Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan and finally Bamboo. We descend for almost 7 hours until we reach Bamboo. After a long day on trails we rest at a teahouse in Bamboo.
Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1,780m/5,840ft): 5 – 6 Hours
Most of today’s walk is on flat trails with gentle up’s and down’s except for one final steep climb for half an hour to Chomrong. It is from Chomrong where we head towards Jhinu Danda which has a natural hot springs, where we wear off our fatigue from the trek. We have possibility of enjoying the natural hot springs and rejuvenating for the rest of our journey. Overnight in Landruk. Meal plan B,L,D.
Jhinu Dada to Nayapul to pokhara(820m/2,690ft): 4 hours of walk, 1.5 hours of jeep ride.
From Jhinu Danda the trail gets gradual and easier, ascend and descend is very effortless compared to the trekking we have accomplished. We make our way through rustic bridges, patch of villages and jeep tracks. We finally checkout from ACAP at Birethati and walk around 15 minutes to Nayapul At Nayapul we board our vehicle and drive an hour back to Pokhara. By the time we reach Pokhara it is around 5. Overnight in Pokhara. Meal plan B,L.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park and board a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. Meal plan B.