Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the perfect trekking route in Nepal for anyone looking for an easily accessible route than the Everest Region Trekking. This trail takes you through Gurung villages and colorful rhododendron blooms. Because of the natural beauty, challenges, and amazing Sherpa villages, the ABC trek is a memory one remembers throughout life.

Imagine walking by the mesmerizing landscape, and amazing views of different mountain peaks and realizing that you are walking on the base camp of the 10th highest peak in the world. How would you feel? Well, there is nothing to imagine, the Annapurna Base Camp trek allows you to live that imagination. Also, not to forget, this trekking journey does not just let you reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Besides, you will also check out Mt. Machhapuchhre from the closest range. That is because you need to pass through Machhappuchhre Base Camp to reach the Annapurna Base Camp.

You will be amazed by the surreal view of sunrise from the base camp and also the scenery of these golden sunrays kissing the snow-capped mountains. Reaching the Annapurna Base Camp will let you understand how beautiful the mountains are and what extraordinary views can Nepal offer you after some walks and tiredness.

Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

  • Chance to explore and understand the unique Gurung culture and values from close.
  • Sunrise from Poon Hill with numerous major peaks in sight.
  • The trail goes through colorful Rhododendron and Magnolia vegetation.
  • Chance to trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp along with the main destination–the Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Sunrise from the Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Numerous major and minor rivers have suspension bridges.
  • Fabulous Nepalese cuisines.
  • Bath in the natural hot spring in Tatopani.
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided Tours, Trekking
  • Activity Level Moderate
All about the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking is more easily accessible than the Everest Region Trekking but is equally diverse if not more. The journey through Gurung villages and colourful rhododendron vegetation is a memory you won’t forget for the rest of your life.

  1. Day1 Kathmandu Arrival

    Welcome to Kathmandu

    You will get your visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will need a passport and a couple of photographs to get the visa issued. The visa term can be extended later if you wish. The available choices are 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days. Our representative will receive you at the airport carrying a Mercy Holidays placard and our brand t-shirt. A brief orientation meeting will be organized in the evening. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.


  2. Day2 Heritage Stes Sightseen and trek Preparation

    Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

    Early morning after breakfast, we will visit two of the popular and religiously important sites of Kathmandu: Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. Built during the fifth century, the devotees of Lord Shiva hold Pashupatinath as a sacred site. This is also a cremation site for the Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed through the gates of the main temple. Nevertheless, the purity of the aura that surrounds this temple is equally serene and permitted to visitors. Bouddhanath, on the other hand, is the centre of Buddhism in Nepal. Since we are going here in the morning, we will get a chance to witness the morning kora of Tibetan pilgrims. Bouddhanath buzzes with tranquil energy. If you haven’t, you can buy trekking gear and other essentials after lunch. We will have a casual day today, only to prepare mentally for the adventure that lies ahead.

  3. Day3 Drive or fly to Pokhara

    Fly or Drive to Pokhara (approx. Drive 5-6 hours) 30 minute flight

    An energizing breakfast in the morning should prepare you for the almost 6-hour-long bus journey to Pokhara. Try to sit on the right side if possible–the view of the gorging Trishuli River on the Prithvi highway is amazing. We will reach Pokhara at about 3 pm. (Explore Pokhara, describe a bit about Pokhara)


  4. Day4 Trek to Thikedhunga

    Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

    2.5 hours drive by Jeep or a taxi depending on group size. Note: Either take a vehicle directly to Ulleri and start the trek from there. This reduces the hiking time but altitude problems. We will only take a vehicle to Nayapul. Our hike then starts from there. Lunch will be taken in Birethati. Birethati is a major entrance to numerous trekking trails of the Annapurna region. It is also a confluence of two rivers: Burundi and Modi Khola. After lunch, we will take the trail with the Bhurungi River on our left. This is a pleasant trek through settlements of different ethnic groups. The trail crosses through beautiful terraced farmlands. A gradual trek for about 3.5 hours will bring us to Tikhedhunga. Birethati – Sudame – Hile – Tikhedhunga (Map) Overnight.

  5. Day5 Trek to Ghorapani

    Trek to Ghorepani (approx walk 3 hours)

    Some parts of today might be slightly tough for beginner trekkers or amateurs. After only about 10 minutes of starting the journey, we will cross a short suspension bridge that runs above a minor stream, after which another suspension bridge immediately follows. The trek after crossing the second bridge is a steeper climb of about 2.5 hours, which will get easier after we reach Ulleri. The entire trail goes through plentiful vegetation and a spare settlement, thus you are rejuvenated while still doing the steep climb. After about 45 minutes of a gentler climb, we will reach Banthati. Our trail then goes through a dense forest of Rhododendron and a sparse distribution of Magnolia. If you come in spring (March, April), you will be taken aback by the multi-coloured Rhododendron flowers that beautify the entire forest. You will cross minor streams and pass through blissful vegetation to reach Nangethati. A similar trail leads us to Ghorepani about 1.5 hours from Nangethati. Ghorepani is a junction point for trekkers in the Annapurna Region. Trekkers coming from Nayapul, Ghandruk, Khopra trekking, and Annapurna Circuit all meet at this bustling bazaar. The name Ghorepani translates to (Horse Water) in English. This was because traders in the old days fed water to their horses while coming from Tibet (trans-Himalayan border) after a long journey of trading. Nevertheless, this place has only evolved with time. It is now a close-knit and colourful site with a lot of shops that sell handicrafts and souvenirs. Overnight at Ghorepani.

  6. Day6 Trek to Tadapani

    Trek to Tadapani (approx walks 5 hours)

    We will start at dusk to see the sunrise from Poon Hill. Since it is still dark, we will use head torches. After about 45 minutes of an uphill climb, we will have a short water break near a telecommunications tower. Our trek then continues uphill for 25 more minutes till we reach the hill station of Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a spectacular viewpoint. The highest place also has an artificial viewpoint tower built by a local from the Poon ethnicity, hence the given name. The scenery visible in sight is of the Dhaulagiri Range and the Annapurna Range. (Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, and Tukche, among other peaks. We will spend a big chunk of our time observing the view and clicking quite a lot of pictures. There is only one tea and coffee vendor in this area. Thus, you might want to return after a million pictures down to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, the trek to Deurali takes about the same time from Ghodepani that it took us to reach Poonhill this morning. Since Deurali and Poon Hill (where we went this morning) are at similar altitudes, the views are also comparable. We will go through beautiful Rhododendron and Hemlock vegetation to finally reach Banthati. This Ban Thati is a different place from the Banthati we passed on Day 5. Lunch will be held in Ban Thati. After lunch, we will go from one hill to another. This required us to descend to a stream passing in between these hills and climb another hill to reach Tadapani. Tadapani is a very small settlement with only 5 to 7 hotels in the middle of a large jungle. The name translates to far water in English because this place used to be far from any water source. Overnight.

  7. Day7 Trek to Chomtong

    Trek to Chomrong (walk approx 5-6 hours)

    Tadapani is a meeting point of the trails that lead to Ghandruk, Khopra Dada, and Annapurna Base Camp respectively. We will take the trail to Annapurna Base Camp which is a descent for about 2 hours till we reach Kimrong Khola (River). Then, we will pass several suspension bridges through sparse farmlands to reach Chomrong Village. Chomrong village is a major village of the Gurung community, well-known Gurkhas known for bravery and loyalty. This is a permanent settlement in the Annapurna Conservation Area. There are a limited number of guesthouses from this place up to Annapurna Base Camp to prevent overbuilding of artificial lodges. Thus, it is difficult to get a single (and even a couple) room from above this point. Expect to share your room with 3 or four fellow trekkers. Overnight.

  8. Day8 Trek to Dovan

    Trek to Dovan (walk approx 5-6 hours)

    You will wake up to see spectacular the Annapurna massif and Mt. Fishtail to your north and northeast. A warm breakfast should prepare you for the day. You will descend to cross a stream via a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, we will take an uphill trek to reach Sinuwa. It takes about 4 hours to reach Sinuwa from our lodge at Chomrong. You can opt for a tea and snacks break at this point because there are no settlements or shops on the way to Bamboo. We will take an undulating trek of 2.5 hours from inside a forest to reach Bamboo. Thus, it is likely that we might see some wild animals like Langoor, wild birds, and deer on the journey. Our trek resumes after lunch in Bamboo. We will follow Modi Khola to reach Dovan. Overnight.