How To Go To Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara
The startling views offered by the Annapurna Region are nowhere else to be found. Known to lure thousands of trekkers every year, the Annapurna region is one of the pleasant places to be for a holiday. Trekking to the Annapurna region is not just about some adventure activities to be performed, rather it is the inner beauty and warm hospitality of the people which makes Annapurna region famous among tourists.
The Annapurna base camp trek is probably the best legendary and classical treks In Nepal offering breathtaking views of mighty mountains. Apart from serene natural beauty, the trek also features an experience to explore typical Nepali villages, meet local people and understand their way of living.
The trek to the base camp of beautiful Mountain (Annapurna Massif) takes you through spectacular landscapes and tranquil villages of Gurungs and Magars, lush green hills with rhododendron forests.
This trekking route takes you to the Annapurna Base camp whose beauty is not hidden amongst anyone.
To be able to give a round of applause to the prettiness of the Annapurna Massif is definitely going to be a cherished memory for a lifetime.
While on the journey to Annapurna base camp, you get to take a walk through the Annapurna Conservation Area that offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Annapurna ranges.
Besides that, the conservation area is rich with expanded species of flora and fauna. Getting pass through the settlements of varieties of ethnic groups, you get to see some insights on the unique culture, customs, and traditions of people living in those areas as well.
Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The majestic panoramic views of the Annapurna massif from the base camp of the Annapurna South.
Beautiful view of sunrise and the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from Pooh Hill
Houses, lifestyle, culture, tradition and ethnic people residing in the classic mountain villages like Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chhomrong, and Landruk
A walk through the beautiful Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, and Bamboo forest
The warm kindness of the major Gurung and Magar people
Chance to explore the Beautiful Modi Valley
An opportunity to dive into natural Hot Spring in Jhinu Danda.
Overview of the Trek
Maximum Elevation – 4130 meters (Annapurna Base Camp)
Trekking style – Lodge or Tea house
Perfect time to visit – March to May and September to December
Days required to complete the trek – 7- 10 days
Hiking per day – 6-7 hours
Trek difficulty - Moderate
Commencing the trek from Pokhara, it can be completed in 11 days if the following itinerary is to be followed. However, the trek can be adjusted to meet your requirements.
Day 1: Pokhara- Nayapul- Trek to Ghandruk
We will take a short drive of 2 hours to reach Nayapul. Ghandruk is almost 5 hours trek from Nayapul. Ghandruk is a wonderful village with hospitality being their ace. Ghandruk village is an intersection to various trekking destinations like Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill. Annapurna(8091m), Machhapuchhre(6,993m) and Himchuli(6441)mountains are seen from this village.
Day 2: Ghandruk- Chomrong
The morning view from Ghandruk is mesmerizing. It’s not only the serenity that attracts but the hospitality of the people of the village. Chomrong is 5 trek hours away from Ghandruk. We climb for an hour to Kimrungdada enjoying great views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Himchuli. Chomrong is a beautiful village on the foot of Annapurna. We will stay overnight at Chomrong.
Day 3: Chomrong- Dovan
Today we’ll ascend from 2140m to 2500m. Though the elevation is not much, the winding roads will take 6 hours approx. to reach Dovan. Setting off for Dovan, we will follow stone stairs that will descend us to Chomrong river. Crossing the river and climbing further in the rocky trails we will reach Sinuwa (2350m).
We will have to walk through oak, pine and rhododendron forests where we might encounter some wild animals as well. After passing the Bamboo Lodge at Bamboo (2350m). Walking two hours further we will reach the beautiful village of Dovan (2500m). There are a few lodges and campsites. We will stay overnight at Dovan.
Day 4: Dovan- Deurali
Deurali is at an altitude of 3200m and 4 trek hours away from Dovan. Today we don’t climb any higher for acclimatization purposes. We’ll stay overnight at Deurali. After we see off Dovan, we will walk through muddy trails into the pine forests.
We will ascend from 2500m to 3200m today. As the next destination will be higher than 4000 meters, we will have to stay here overnight for acclimatization.
Day 5: Deurali- Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is situated at an altitude of 4130m. It will take us 5 hours to reach ABC from Deurali. With the mesmerizing mountains one sees from ABC, one can’t keep their ecstasy content.
Unobstructed mountain views are lush.
After we leave Deurali, coniferous alpine forests will follow the trails. The woods follow us up until we approach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). From Annapurna Base Camp we can see the best view of Himchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Gangapurna (7454m).
Day 6: ABC- Chomrong
We will start the trek as early as possible to reach Chomrong. The morning view of mountains is serene and one should not miss it anyway. After we’ve completed watching the mountains which will turn out to be the solace to the chaos one must go back to, we’ll start the trek downwards.
We will leave Chomrong after having breakfast.
It shall take no more than 7 hours to reach Chomrong as it is downhill now onwards. On the way we will be followed by numerous waterfalls and the mountains will walk along. We will stay overnight at Chomrong.
Day 7: Chomrong- Pokhara
Trekking a little while from Chomrong, we’ll reach Sinuwa from where we can find vehicles to Pokhara. We will start our trek this day after having breakfast. Descending from Chomrong, we climb down the rocky trails.
There are numerous trekking routes you can take for reaching to the base camp from Pokhara. The scenery offered is similar to the destination being the same. However, the time is taken to complete the trek and the difficulty may be different.
Given below is the outline itinerary of some famous trekking trails to Annapurna Base Camp.
The given itinerary completes the trek in 10 days.
Day 01: Drive to Nayapul (2 hours) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,480m/4855ft) 4-5 hour
Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m/9,383ft) 6-7 hour
Day 03: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,628ft) 5-6 hour
Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 6-7 hour
Day 05: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,200m/10,498ft) 6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130/13,549ft) 5-6 hour
Day 07: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310m/7,578ft) 6-7 hour
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu (1,780m/5,839ft) 5-6 hour
Day 09: Trek from Jhinu to Landruk (1,565m/5,134ft) 3-4 hours
Day 10: Trek from Landruk to Phedi and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 4-5 hour
For a faster completion along with an opportunity to observe the beauty of majestic Himalayas, the following itinerary could be followed.
Day 01: Drive to Syauli, trek to Ghandruk - Komrong Danda (2100m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Day 02: Trek to Sinuwa ( 2100m) – 5-7 hours walk
Day 03: Trek to Deurali ( 3230m) 6-7 hrs walk.
Day 04: Trek to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) Elevation 4130m, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek downhill to Dovan – Bamboo (2310m). 6-7 hrs walk.
Day 06: Trek to Nayapul via Jhinu
Day 07: Trek to Kyumi from Jhinu and drive to Pokhara
Given below is another option for you to try!
Day 1: Pokhara-drive Siwei - Trek to Jhinu -Chhomrong ( 2170m./7161ft.) 5 hours walk
Day 2: Chhomrong village-Bamboo ( 2335m./7705ft.) 6 hours walk
Day 3: Bamboo-Himalaya-Deurali ( 3100m./10230ft.) 4 hours walk
Day 4: Deurali-Machhapuchhre base camp- Annapurna Base Camp ( 4130m./13629ft.) 4 hours walk
Day 5: ABC- Bamboo ( 2335m./7705ft.) 6 hours walk
Day 6: Bamboo- Chhomrong ( 2170m./7161ft.) 5 hours walk
Day 7: Chhomrong- Trek to Ghandruk - Drive to Pokhara
The best part of this journey is the warm hospitality of the local people. The people of this village are so friendly and treat every guest as the god. You can get a deep insight into local living style, culture, tradition, food, and dresses along with helping the local economy to grow.
So, explore, learn and see the culturally rich Gurung community and make the memory to cherish for a lifetime.
ABC trek is the kind of adventure the takes trekking to a different level. Annapurna region is worth every minute of your time because of its convenience and also you can experience the beauty of nature to its fullest in a very short period of time.
The natural landscape, the unspoiled culture and the mixture of unique flora and fauna confirms that the world-famous Annapurna Base Camp trek is a once in a lifetime expedition that has to be on the top of your bucket list.