The Annapurna Base Camp 10-day trek is ideally designed for trekkers deprived of time who still want to reach the world’s 10th highest mountain. While walking to base camp guests will have a wonderful opportunity to see excellent views of the snow capped Himalayas while passing through beautiful rhododendron forests, waterfalls, clear streams, local villages and terraced farmland.
The trek begins in the scenic lake city of Pokhara. From there we take a short drive to Nayapul and start our hike through the popular Annapurna sanctuary route via Jhinu, Chhomrong, MBC before eventually ending up at the Annapurna base camp. After reaching base camp we retrace our steps until we reach Chhomrong and then divert to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village where the friendly locals will great us. Travelers will experience panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Himchuli and other peaks as we return back to Pokhara.
May you have a good journey to Kathmandu. As you land at Kathmandu airport, finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. You will be then transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
We take an early flight to Pokhara. During the flight, we get to savor the most mesmerizing views of the magnificent 8000 meter Mount Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Upon landing in Pokhara we take drive to Nayapul from where we start our trek. From Nayapul we walk more or less leveled trail and some stone steps too following Modi Khola to reach Jhinu Danda. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, we see nice views of Annapurna South, Hinchuli and Machapuchhre above us. We might relax our tired bodies dipping in the hot spring pond at Jhinu Danda.
Walking Time: 5-6 hrs.
We wake up early to get glimpse of the Hinunculi, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South at sunrise. After breakfast, we trek all the way to Bamboo through Chhomrong and Sinnuwa village. The trail to Chhomrong is all up hill. We descend down on stone stpes to Chhomrong Khola, cross the rive on a suspension bridge. We climb out of the side valley through the tiny settlement of Tilche through the forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. We climb further on a rocky trail to Sinuwa. Slightly uphill comparatively easier walk for about an hour through rhododendron forest up to a small waterfall. We can spot Langur monkeys in the forest. After a short undulation, we descend through long and steep stone staircase to Bamboo.
Walking Time: 6-7 hrs.
Today also our trek follows Modi Khola valley/gorge. After an hour and half first gentle and then steep ascent, we reach Himalaya Hotel. Occasionally, we see fantastic views of Machhapuchhre and the valley ahead along the trial today. Past Himalaya Hotel it’s a steep climb up through bamboo thickets before reaching Hinku Cave. We cross a small river after a small descent before climbing again to Deurali, the most amiable stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing delightful views of the valley and the river below. We can also see wispy waterfalls cascading on sheer rock face cliffs. We cross the small bridge on the Modi Khola and continue climbing up the wide and boulder scattered glacial valley. The Machhapuchhre looks very different now as the vegetation is sparse of mainly upland rhododendron. We cross Modi Khola once again and after following it for a while we start climbing up to Machhapuchhre Base camp. The trail leaves the river and ascends steadily towards the moraine ridge ahead on the left side of the valley behind which the lodges are situated. We feel rewarded reaching Machhapuchhre base camp as we see majestic views of the magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna, etc.
Walking Time: 7 hrs.
We wake up early morning (around 4pm) as we have to reach Annapurna Base Camp at before sunrise to view the Himalayan sunrise panorama. The vegetation disappears on our way to Annapurna Base Camp and the trail climbs steadily up the gorge between the moraine ridge of Annapurna Glacier and Hiunchuli Peak with an incredible view of Annapurna South and Baraha Shikhar ahead and Machhapucchhre looking back. In about two hours we reach Annapurna Base Camp. At Annapurna Base Camp, we are surrounded by Himalayan massifs. The sanctuary boasts of a vibrant view as there is nothing to block the 360-degree panorama including compelling views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and so many other peaks. We can walk to the cairns at the edge of the moraine, and walk along this ridge for good views of Annapurna I and the glacier. We trek down to Deurali.
Walking Time: 7 hrs.
After breakfast, we retrace our steps back to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult although you should take care of your shaky legs. Enjoy playing with the crystal clear torrential glacier water pounding through huge boulders. Soon after, we are back in the forest, starting with dry forest and then humid forest near Bamboo. It is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then climb the stone steps to Chhomrong.Walking Time: 6-7 hrs.
Its downhill from Chhomrong up to Komrong Khola. After crossing Kimrong Khola over a bridge, we start up hill walk up to Kot Danda. We have lunch at Kot Danda and then start comparatively easy walk to Ghandrunk. Ghandruk is a hill top village where the Gurung people live boastfully with their long history and culture. You can enjoy walking through the narrow lanes of the village and photographing the picturesque buildings that showcase nepali culture. Walking Time: 5 hrs.
Today is the last trekking day on our Annapurna Base camp trek. We savor the beauty of Himalayas early morning and after breakfast start our trek. The first part of the trek is mainly downhill and the trek gradually opens up into a large valley with many small villages and farms. You will notice more traffic of trekkers today as you walk through common trail leading to many trekking areas of Annapurna region. The scenery is still pretty looking down the valley and its terraced fields, get last last glimpse of the Annapurna’s before they disappear behind the valley hills. We finally reach Nayapul from where we board a local vehicle to Pokhara. As we arrive Pokhara early, first we may would like to take a nice hot shower followed by hang around the Phewa Lake side area, shop around the markets and enjoy the vibe of Pokhara, the beautiful city of lakes with nice view of mountains. Celebrate successful trek completion with the crew and recently made friends drinking and dining at a nice restaurant in Pokhara. Walking Time: 5 hrs.
We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the greeneries, mountains, river gorges, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Driving Time: 6/7 hrs.
Note: You have the option to extend your trip with an extra day at Pokhara (Pokhara is a beautiful city to relax after a long trek), Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Bunjee Jumping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.
Your Annapurna Base Camp short Trek concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your departure flight from Nepal. We hope beautiful Nepal, the magnificent Himalayan sceneries, and unique cultural experience you got along your Annapurna Base Camp Trek will stay in your memory lifelong and you will go back home with a sense of achievement.
All ground transportation and flight ticket from Kathmandu and Pokhara
3 stars hotel in kathmandu and Pokhara and local lodge and tea house during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel and farewell dinner and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek