|Tour Duration||12 Days||Group Size|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Kathmandu|
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best trekking trails in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Enriched with jaw-dropping views of mountains, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is amongst one of the most preferred and most frequented trekking trails in Nepal. It takes you to the great Himalayan chain that comprises of the world’s tenth highest peak – Annapurna Himal that rises tall at an elevation of 8091 meters from the sea level. The chain as a whole is also referred to as the Annapurna massif. The base camp at an elevation of 4130 meters is the highest point of the trek. The base camp blesses us with some of the surprising views of mountains. We will find ourselves right in front of the snowcapped mountains that rise tall one over the other. Our eyes will not get a single second to get away from those appealing views of mountains in Annapurna Sanctuary.
The charming route to the Annapurna Base Camp!
Annapurna Base Camp is a delightful journey full of mountain views amidst the lush nature and cultural diversity. The journey to base camp starts with a scenic drive along the countryside highway to Pokhara city and then to Nayapul. From Nayapul, follow a trail that climbs up via charming villages and farmlands to Ghorepani, a popular Gurung village in the region known for the astounding views of mountains in Annapurna. The trail further climbs up to Poonhill for mesmerizing views of the sunrise amidst the Annapurna panorama. Further, the trail ascends up to Annapurna Base Camp via Sinwa and Deurali. As you open up to the base camp, one can witness the mind-blowing views of mountains in the Annapurna region along with Annapurna Himal, the tenth highest mountain of the world.
The trail to base camp traverses through Annapurna Conservation Area which is a protected region full of lush forests enriched with biodiversity. It is home to many species of floras, faunas, birds, mammals, and butterflies. If lucky, you may watch a wildlife walk pass you. The trek that starts from the foothills of Annapurna traverses through tropical forests and then to alpine forests. As you approach near to the base camp, the vegetation turns into meadows. Such a drastic change in vegetation and climatic conditions can be experienced in this single journey.
Apart from this, we come across various ethnic settlements inhabited by people from different communities. Each community has its own unique culture, custom, tradition, language, and lifestyle. The trek in a way is an opportunity to get some insights on people, their tradition and culture. The warm hospitality of people in the region is really so enchanting that makes you feel homely.
What makes Annapurna Base Camp Trek so appealing?
1. The diverse terrain, culture, people, wildlife and vegetation.
2. The rich biodiversity of the Annapurna Conservation area.
3. Charming Gurung villages and other ethnic settlements.
4. Poonhill – a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region for glorious views of sunrise/ sunset amidst the mountains in the Annapurna range.
5. Annapurna Base Camp/ Annapurna Sanctuary.
6. Spectacular views of mountains in Annapurna panorama – Annapurna Himal, Macchapucchre Himal, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri, etc.
7. Natural hot springs in Jhinu.
8. Pokhara – the picturesque lakeside city.
Best season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
For those who love to see flower blossom, Spring i.e. March to May is the best time to visit the Annapurna region. At this point of time, the whole forest is covered with flower blossom which makes the entire environment colorful and vibrant. Even the sky is blue and the weather is dry and clear. Autumn i.e. September to November is also a favorable time to travel. The weather is clear which makes visibility wonderful. Monsoon and winter is not so recommended for this trek. Monsoon brings rain and weather is unclear. Winter is too cold and thick snow makes walking difficult.
So, are you all set for this journey? For the best Annapurna Base Camp trek, pack your bags and head along with our team – Eye on Himalaya Treks and Expedition P. Ltd for an adventurous and fun-filled hike to Annapurna Base Camp.
If you are a more experienced hiker and have more time then you might check Annapurna Circuit Trek.
You will arrive at Kathmandu City through the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel. Take some rest and enjoy some refreshments. In the evening you can enjoy the market around the Thamel area and also try local Nepali cuisine. Also, you can pack your bags accordingly as per the necessary checklist.
To head to the Annapurna Region, you need to head to Pokhara first. You can either take a tourist bus to Pokhara or drive. The Flight will take about 45 minutes while it will take 6 to 7 hours to reach Pokhara on a bus. From the busy highway, you will see the rivers flowing under the bridges, high hills and the mountains surrounding them. After reaching Pokhara, you can take rest at your hotel then go for an evening walk at Phewa.
Early in the morning after having breakfast, you will take a bus from Pokhara to Nayapul, which is a short drive. After reaching Nayapul, you will then begin your trek and head towards Tikhedhunga. Along the way, you are most likely to spot some donkeys and goat grazing. The greenery of the area will amaze you. You will stay overnight at Tikhedhunga.
On this day, you will take a short trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani at the elevation of 2835m. You will also spot some other trekkers along the way in the peak seasons. The terraced fields and bridges then lead you to a few lodges. However, you will move ahead and then reach Ghorepani to stay overnight at a guest house.
Early in the morning even after sunrise you will head o a hike towards Poon hill. From the view point of the hill, you will get to see the 220 degree panoramic view of the mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
This is a relatively longer trekking day however, you will not be so exausted because you will be going downhill and the elevation will also drop. On the way you will spot green lands and a few lodges nearby. After a long walk you will reach Sinwa for an overnight stay at a guest house.
The trek from Sinuwa to Deurali is a fun and exciting one. You will walk through high tree lines of pines and oaks. On the trail, you will also spot moraines along the way and some high bushes and shrubs in the area to stay overnight at Deurali.
This day is the highlight of the entire trek since you will be heading towards Annapurna Base Camp. You can already spot snow in the area since it sits at an elevation of 4130m. The Annapurna Base Camp offers a fantastic view of the Annapurna Massif and the surrounding mountains. Annapurna Base Camp is also known to be the Sanctuary of Gods since the time it was discovered back in 1956 AD. The close-up views of the mountain ranges make you euphoric with Joy. From Nilgiri to Mt. Machapucchrey and more offer the best vista.
From the Annapurna Base Camp, you will head on to Bamboo. You will be rapidly ascending to an altitude of 2310 from around 4000m. From there on, you will take the path that leads to Deurali. The downhill winding trail will take you to a serene green forest from where you can enjoy the wonderful views. Down ahead is Bamboo, where you will stay overnight.
From Bamboo, you will further go down to Jhinu Danda. You will then reach Chomrong ridge from Chomrong. Taking a downhill path, Jinu Danda will be seen ahead. Dowhill by the Modi river is a hot spring at Jhinu where you can take a bath and enjoy.
On this day, you will take a walk from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul. Most of the path, you will have to walk beside a river. Eventually, you will head towards Nayapul after crossing one to many bridges and then into the exit point of the wonderful trekking area.
You will be taking the ride from Nayapul to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can take some rest at your hotel and then take a bus to Kathmandu. This is the day when you will be bidding farewell to Pokhara and head towards Kathmandu. You can either take a tourist bus to Kathmandu which takes nearly 7 hours or can take a flight which takes about 45 minutes. On the way, you will spot many mountains and swiftly flowing rivers on the way. Take some rest at your hotel in Kathmandu.
You will be bidding farewell to beautiful Nepal after the wonderful Annapurna Base Camp trek with our team. You'll be dropped off to the Tribhuvan International Airport by our coordinates. As you head back home, you can reminisce about the memories here in Nepal and can plan for yet another adventure tour in the Khumbu region, Langtang Region, Dolpa, or Annapurna Region.