Himalayas are home to 14 mountain peaks higher than 8000 meters (26246 feet) collectively called eight thousanders, and interestingly, Annapurna was the first among these to be scaled.
Annapurna is considered to be one of the most difficult and challenging peaks in the world to climb, and surely a trek to its base camp will be quite an achievement for those bitten by the mountain bug. On this trail, you will not just get to touch base with the untouched nature of the remote Himalayan regions, but will also be able to experience the warmth of the local Nepalese culture, soak in the spectacular panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and get a close-up look at massive peaks which are amongst the famous ‘eight thousanders’ .
This trek lies in central Nepal and commences from Nayapul which is reached by a short drive of an hour and a half from Pokhara.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Arrive in Kathmandu on your own and transfer to the hotel. Spend the day taking rest.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hour
Your guide picks you up at your hotel early in the morning and escorts you to the bus station to catch a comfortable standard tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head youst of the Kathmandu Valley and continue towards youstern Nepal, following the Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River. On arrival at Pokhra, check in to the hotel and spend the day resting.
Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6,364ft) 6-7 hour
You will leave Pokhara around 8:30 AM by car. The road whirls through the scenic countryside for about 1.5 hours to the start of the trek at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi River that comes down from Annapurna Base Camp and the Burungdi River. you follow Burungdi upstream climbing gradually for about 4-5 hours to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a charming little village full of lodges where you spend the night.
Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 6-7 hour
Sinuwa is the destination set for today. Leaving the beautiful village of Ghandruk behind, it’s now time to hike up towards the destination of the trek. Initially following the bank of the Modi River, you ascend for some time and then leaving the river behind, you climb towards the huge boulders. Walking past the boulder, you cross the bridge over the Kimrong River and climb a steep trail that will take us to the Gurung village, Chhomrong, crossing Jhinu Danda. From Chhomrong, you cross the bridge across the Chhomrong river and enjoying the view of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest, you hike up to Sinuwa. The night will be spent at a lodge in Sinuwa.
Today you will be witnessing spectacular views of Annapurna South. Your destination for the day is Sinuwa. Start by ascending along the Modi river. Once you are past the river and the boulders, you will have to cross the bridge over Kimrong river. Following this will lead you to a steep trail to Gurung village, Chhomrong, past Jhinu Danda. Enjoy the rhododendron trails and abundance of bamboo and oak forests on your hike to Sinuwa.
Overnight stay at a lodge in Sinuwa.
Day 5: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) 6-7 hours
Today you have to hike up to Hinku Cave and finally Deurali. Start out from Sinuwa on an easy walk till bamboo passing Kuldhigar. Tread onto the steep stone staircase to Dobhan, and cross a suspension bridge. A steep climb through the valley will lead you to Himalaya and Hinku cave. Reach Deurali and spend the night here in a lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft) 6-7 hours
The trail from Deurali to Machepuchare Base Camp is an avalanche prone area. At times you would have to cross over to the other side of the Modi River to avoid rock fall areas. It will take about 3 hours to get to Machepuchare base Camp at 3,700 m. At Machepuchare Base Camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks. The trail to Annapurna Base Camp climbs gradually to the snowfield at the edge of a glacier. At base camp you are at an amphitheater surrounded by the world's highest mountains.
Day 7:Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) 6-7 hours
After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurna, you will head down slowly to Bamboo, a pretty little settlement. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery, so be cautious.
Day 8: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) 6-7 hours
Follow the same trail that you took to climb up to Chhomrong. Climb down on stone steps to the village of Jhinu, settle into your lodge and then walk to natural hot spring in half an hour. Enjoy the natural hot spring and your last night on the trek
Day 9: Trek from Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours
From Jhinu, you traverse 5 hours along the Modi River to Nayapul from where you started your trek. You will be picked up by car for a drive back to Pokhara.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu alongside Trishuli River. Spend a leisure evening in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Departure
You will be dropped at Kathmandu International Airport from where you take your flight back home.
FAQs for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
1) How difficult is the trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
The trek is considered to be moderate to difficult, and becomes tougher as you keep ascending to 13,549 ft due to altitude. The trail goes through different kinds of terrains-dense forests, steep climbs and rough paths through villages.
2) Which is the best time to do Annapurna trek?
The best time to go for this trek is Autumn (September to November), which offers the experience of trekking through a lush green countryside and having clear views of the Himalayas. March - April is also a popular time to visit, because weather is warmer, though you will not get as clear views as you will in the Autumn. However, you will be able to see beautiful varieties of red and white rhododendrons and many other exotic flowers during this season.
3) What kind of terrains will I find on the trek?
The route is very clearly marked out with route signs. The trail meanders through splendid jungles that passes through rustic villages. You will also cross a river to go down one side, over the river and up the other side. You will find endless stairs which meander up steep hill sections. The trek goes through diverse vegetation such as forest, bamboo sections, and arid alpine regions.
4) What kind of shoes should I wear?
You will need to have a good pair of water-resistant trekking boots with strong ankle support that will provide you comfort and grip during the trek.Try breaking in your shoes before trekking so as to avoid blisters.
5) Should I carry medicines for the trek?
You should carry a medical kit with all your personal medicine and basic first aid material. Our trek leaders are well-trained and also have medicines, however it is better if you carry your own.Since you will be trekking to an altitude over 7,800 ft, carrying Diamox will helps in acclimatizing.
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
An awesome time to trek: March to December
Trekking Expedition Duration: 10 nights / 11 days
Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium
Maximum Altitude Gain: 4,200 meters / 13,800 feet
Fitness Needed: Anyone between 12 to 60 years, enthusiastic adventure lovers and fond of trekking with an above average level of fitness.
Weather: In summer the night time temperature on upper reaches ranges between 0 to -5 deg C and in winter between -5 to -20 deg C. Lower altitudes report between 25 to 10 in summer and 5 to -5 in winter deg C.