Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is deservedly one of the best hikes into the dazzling amphitheater formed by the staggeringly beautiful peaks of Annapurna massif. The 10th highest peak in the world—Annapurna (8091m) was the first 8000 meter peak ever summited. Annapurna Base Camp has only one entrance per se, but we follow locally known but lesser used approach to make this trip relatively short yet more than memorable. Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you through some of the culturally rich Gurung villages like Landruk, Ghandruk, and Chhomrong.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is another highlight of this trek. Annapurna Conservation Area has protected some of the endangered species of flora and fauna. Ascending through the local villages and beautifully terraced farmlands in the alpine ambience, Annapurna Base Camp offers you a peerless option to go for a typical hike into one of world’s most beautiful mountain ranges.
The trip starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus. Also known as the city of temples, Kathmandu offers you scores of cultural and religious heritages to explore. Pokhara is known among the tourists as one of the most beautiful and naturally blessed cities of Nepal. From Pokhara, we take private cars to drive to Nayapul from where our actual trek begins. Passing Nayapul, we trek to Birethanti for overnight stay. Enjoying the wonderful hot spring at Jhinu Danda,we make our way over Machhapuchchhre Base Camp, and then to Annapurna Base Camp. ABC offers you the striking close-up views of Annapurna range and a dazzling Annapurna Glacier as well.
On the way back from ABC, we can get to explore wonderful places like Bamboo, Landruk, and Pothana. From Phedi, we once again use private cars for a drive to Pokhara. We drive back to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus, marking the end of our ABC Trip.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m) (by Tourist Bus) and to Nayapul(1010m) (by Car), trek to Birethanti (30 minutes)
We headtowards Pokhara today. From Kathmandu we take a tourist bus that takes around six hours to reach Pokhara. Once we reach Pokhara, we drive to Nayapul by a private car. Nayapul is going to be a starting point for our ABC trek. Another half an hour will bring you to Birethati where there are many shops and teahouses.We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 03: Trek from Birethanti to Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) (1760m) – 5 hours
Walking through beautifully terraced fields and cultivated lands offers youcertainly a very different experience than walking through forests and hills. We head towards Jhinu Danda. After walking for about five hours, we reach Jhinu where you can enjoy natural hot springs. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Dovan (2505m) – 5 hours
From Jhinu Danda, we climb steeply up towards Chhomrong. Chhomrong offers awesome views of Annapurna South. And again, we have to descend down in order to reach Dovan. We stay overnight at Dovan.
Day 05: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (3700m) – 6 hours
As the altitude continues to rise, we start walking quite slower than usual. But at the same time we have to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp today. So, it takes around six hours from Dovan to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Day 06: Trek from Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (3700m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – 3 hours
From MBC, we head towards ABC. Surrounded by mountains from all sides, ABC provides one of the best sights of this trip. ABC offers one of the closest and best views of Annapurna massif including Mount Annapurna I, Annpurna II, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Gangapurna, and much more.
Day 07: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m) – 7 hours
Now, it’s time to stroll back. We start walking early in the morning to see the pleasing views of sunrise through striking mountain ranges. Leaving MBC behind, we follow our trail downhill to Bamboo. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Landruk – 6 hours
From Bamboo, we follow our trail to a cultural Gurung village of Landruk. Upon reaching at Landruk, you will come to know that lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. We stay overnight at Landruk.
Day 09: Trek from Landruk to Pothana (1600m) – 6 hours
After having morning breakfast, we start our walk towards Pothana. Landruk is a beautiful village with awesome views of mountains. Houses are nicely organized so that everyone would get chance to enjoy the view. After walking for about six hours from Landruk, we eventually reach Pothana, where we stay overnight.
Day 10: Trek from Pothana to Phedi (4 hours), and drive to Pokhara (30 minutes)
Pothana offers phenomenal sunrise views. Don’t miss out the amazing views from Pothana. After having breakfast, we stroll down to Phedi from where we take a private car to drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight at Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu – 6 hours
Marking the end of our Annapurna Base Camp Trip, we drive back to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus. Drive to Kathmandu will be fantastic as you can get to see settlements, terraces, and many towns. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.