The Annapurna Base Camp trek is probably the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes through terraced rice fields, alpine rhododendron forests, and high altitude landscapes, with the view of Annapurna Range throughout the journey. The Annapurna Base Camp is situated at 4130 m and provides spectacular view of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 11 days, depending on how long you walk in a day. The itinerary presented here takes 11 days, starting from Nayapool at 1 ½ hour driving from Pokhara, and going north up till Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill. From Ghorepani the route goes eastwards to Chomrong and then north again, entering the Modi Kola Valley up till the Base Camp.
People with limited time usually only trek the circuit Nayapool-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapool, which is very rewarding in itself and this short trek can easily be done with children as well. Also the route can return via Jhinu Danda, and gives 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 have menus that will delightfully surprise you, ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza’s and spaghetti. Hot showers are readily available as well.
annapurna basecamp trek
Day 1 Pokhara to Nayapul (1 ½ hrs drive), trek to Ulleri (1950m) 6hrs
Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani (2850m) 5hrs
Day 3 Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise and to Tadapani (2600m) 6hrs
Day 4 Tadapani to Sinwa (2100m) 5hrs
Day 5 Sinwa to Deurali (3200m)7hrs
Day 6 Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 4hrs
Day 7 Annapurna Base Camp to Bambo (2360m)6hrs
Day 8 Bambo to Jinu danda, visit hot springs(1770m)5hrs
Day 9 Jhinu Danda to Pothana (1950m)
Day 10 Pothana to Pokhara
Day 11Pokhara to Kathmandu (farewell)