Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp TrekkingThis trek passes through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures than most small countries can boast in their entire. From lush vegetation of rain and temperate forests to the terraced rice fields.  The land and its people change daily, or even hourly, giving the trekkers a tantalising introduction to Nepal's cultural and natural beauty.

The trail is not overly difficult; you will be passing through plenty of villages along the way. The trek begins in Pokhara and the first portion passes through lush green hill country typical of the heartland of Nepal.

Tiny thatched roofed villages, set among the terraced fields, make an attractive picture with the backdrop of the magnificent snowy range of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri including the most majestic peaks of all the Himalayan range the Machapuchere (Fish Tail)

Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the 'Sanctuary of Gods'. The Sanctuary has been Christened as " Annapurna Sanctuary" ever since.

The 11 days adventure trip to the Annapurna Sanctuary starts from Pokhara, a scenic spot. The trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with incredible and cultural diversity and traverses through rural farms and villages. The trail leads towards the deep gorge between the peaks-Hiunchuli and Machhapuchare and through the dense rain and bamboo forest of the narrow Modi Khola (river) valley then to the Sanctuary with immense walls of the mountain fortress. Once into the Sanctuary you will be in the midst of Amphitheater of snow peaks Annapurna (26,545ft-8,091m) Other major peaks overlooking the Sanctuary include the Annapurna south (23,693ft-7,219m), Gangapurna (24,457ft.-7,455m) and Annapurna III (24,787ft-7,555m) This area is also referred to as the Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) Base Camp. Our return journey, descend through the lush terraced Modi Khola  valley and finally concluding the adventure at Pokhara, a popular destination with its famed Phewa Lake, dominated by the towering mountain range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu range including the majestic peak Machhapuchare (Fish-Tail).

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Fact box

Mode of trekking: Tea-House / Lodge.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous

Trekking Duration: 10 nights / 11 Days.

Total Trip: 16 / 17 Days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.

Highlights: from the lush green vegetation of low sub tropic to the artic terrain, a complete views of the snow capped peaks, traditional villages and warm locals and trekking right into the heart of the massif Annapurna range.

Trip Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received Nepal Hiking Adventure Company staff and transfer you to the Hotel, our NHAC guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.


Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.


Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m 5-6 hours journey 200 k.m.

Early breakfasts, then travel by air or a Deluxe Coach to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. On reaching Pokhara transfer to Hotel for the overnight stop by the lake Phewa with time for a short walk around.


Day 04: Drive to Kande and trek to Landrung / Landruk 1,500m via Australian Camp or Thulo Kharka 1,500m.  5-6 hrs.

An hour drive in the morning takes you up the newly built Pokhara-Baglung highway to Kande which is further from the suburb of Pokhara Valley, where this adventure to Annapurna Base Camp begin, the 5 hours trek leads on the uphill for an hour towards Australian Camp or Thulo-Kharka in the cool shade of the thin woodlands, on reaching here it is downhill to Pothana with an hour up climb to Deurali from here it is downhill for 45 minutes and on the easy winding gradual track all the way to the village of Landrung / Landruk with great views of the surrounding landscapes and of Annapurna South.


Day 05: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m approx. 6 hours walks.

The trek from Landrung leads to the last teahouse just by the path towards another Phedi of Landrung and Ghandrung, route diverts away from this path following the back of the teahouse and on the farm terraces and finally reaching by the bank of Modi Khola, the route follows the Modi Khola up streams and reaching to Nayapul (New Bridge) a good bridge over the raging Modi River. From here it is more uphill climb all the way Jinwa village, from Jinwa another 1-2 hrs walk leads to a steep uphill till the path joins coming from Kimche Khola, on reaching the good wide stone paved path. The walk from here is fairly gradual with downhill till Chomrong village is reached for the overnight stop. Chomrong village situated in the small valley just near beneath the peaks of Annapurna south. This is the last permanent village.


Day 06: Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m approx. 6 hours walk.

From Chomrong the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descent to the river, after the bridge it's uphill most of the way for 2-3 hours till a small place of Khuldi-ghar is reached, after Khuldi the trail leads down hill for 1-2 hour through the bamboo bushes till you reach Bamboo, a place in the mid of the bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forest with couple of teahouses / lodges. After a brief stop here an hour walk on the gradual uphill path brings you to the overnight halt at Dovan, an isolated spot with 2-3 teahouses, in the midst of the forest near the raging Modi River.


Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720m- 5-6 hrs.

From Dovan walk continues in the cool shade of the forest with gradual ups' most of the way following the river Modi upstream, the trail meanders with few ups and down as you reach Himalaya Hotel near Hinko cave, located at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak.

The trail from here is up for another 1-2 hours to Deurali the last tea-house on route Maccahapuchare Base Camp. On reaching at Deurali the vegetation and tree lines disappears leaving for high alpine flora and shrubs. From Deurali, the trail leads up to follow the raging Modi River upstream, the track is quite pleasant in some places with few strenuous climb for an hour in between as you reach the Maccahapuchare Base Camp for the overnight stop. Machhapuchare base camp has about 4-5 Lodges located beneath the towering North Face of Machhapuchare peak.


Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m 3-4 hours walk.

Today's walk leads you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the Annapurna Base Camp, the path follows ascends for few hours on the grassy path, the trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent view of an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, a great wall of a mountain on this north west face. Annapurna Base Camp has 2-3 teahouses.


Day 09: Trek to Himalaya Hotel 2,900m. 6 hours walk.

After a wonderful time at ABC, retrace the journey back to Himalaya Hotel near Hinko Cave via Machhapuchare Base Camp for the overnight. A good day walk in the tranquility of the mountains and in its tranquil wilderness, the trek leads back to the lush green vegetation; the walk is more or less downhill with few ups to Himalaya Hotel.


Day 10: Trek to Chomrong. 4-5 hrs.

From Himalaya Hotel retrace the journey back to Chomrong by the same path, the morning walk leads to a short climb to Khuldi where you check out in the register. The trail descends all the way to the bridge, from the bridge uphill will to Chomrong.


Day 11: Trek to Ghandrung or Ghandruk 1,750m. 5-6 hrs walks.

From Chomrong, walk leads to a short uphill, descending towards Kimche Khola valley as the trail splits here where the path from Landrung and Kimche Valley joins, the route leads to Kimrong khola valley, the trail branches off from last Tea-house of upper Chomrong, the walk is pleasant on the wide track for an hour till Kimche valley is reached. From Kimche
Valley a short gradual path leads to the bottom of the Kimrong danda ridge, the climb takes for an hour towards the Kimrong danda where there are few teahouses / lodges where you can refresh with soft drinks and teas. From here a gentle downhill walk reaches you at Ghandrung village for the overnight stop.


Day 12: Trek and drive to Pokhara. 3-4 hrs walks with 2 hours drive.

The last day walk from Ghandrung leads to a descend on the wide stone paved path passing through farm villages of Kimche till Syali Bazaar is reached, from here the path leads on the gentle winding trail following the River Modi all the way to Nayapul. Few hours of good walk reaching at Bhirethati a charming village. From here cross the bridge over Modi Khola and follow the Modi Khola till Nayapul is reached. On reaching Nayapul board on the Bus for an hour and half drive to Pokhara for the overnight after a wonderful time in the tranquility and wilderness up in the mountains.


Day 13: Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.

As per the flight time schedule a scenic sweeping half hour flight reaches you back to Kathmandu Nepal Hiking Club staff will transfer you to respective Hotels.


Day 14: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform NHAC staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.


Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Nepal Hiking Adventure Company staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.