Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary: 14 Days Itinerary
- Friday May 22, 2020
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nepal’s second most famous trekking destination after Everest Base Camp Trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to the lap of the world’s tenth-highest mountain, Annapurna I (8091m). The lifetime experience of rich biodiversity, beautiful villages enriched with diverse cultures and religions, varied landscapes, and many more.
The major highlight of this Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the Annapurna Base Camp itself which offers a picturesque view of the entire Annapurna range. This Annapurna Trek trail takes you through terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forest, and high-altitude landscapes, with the Annapurna range in the background for most of the time. Along with that, you will have magnificent views of the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m), and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
Annapurna Base Camp Trek can take 7 to 15 days, depending on the itinerary. Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary varies depending on the trekking agency or your liking. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary we will present here is a 14-day itinerary from Nayapool, a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Pokhara, and hiking up to Ghorepani for a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurna range. From Ghorepani, the trail leads us to the east to Chhomrong. The trail takes us along the Modi Khola, leading us to Annapurna Base Camp.
This 14-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is a perfect itinerary for anyone. The trek is a moderate trek that fits all age groups.
To get the best trekking experiences, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is recommended during the spring. The vegetation is full blossom, and the weather and temperature are perfect for trekking. However, this trek is doable at any time of the year except during the monsoons (July-August).
For more details, please read our blog on “Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.”
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlight
- Pokhara, a city of lakes and a major tourist destination in Nepal
- Trekking to the heart of the Annapurna Region, accompanied by ranges of 7000-8000m
- Breathtaking sunrise view from Ghorepani Poonhill viewpoint.
- The hot springs of Jhinu Danda
- Experience the diverse cultures and lifestyles of Nepalese ethnic groups such as Gurung and Magar.
- Enchanting views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, and many other ranges
- The inward sanctuary of Annapurna Base Camp with panoramic views of more than ten peaks over 6000m tall.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek14 Days Moderate
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary (Outline)
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Hile
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 5: Hike to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani
Day 6: Trek to Sinuwa
Day 7: Trek to the Himalayas
Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 9: Trek to Bamboo
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Dada
Day 11: Trek to Pothana
Day 12: Trek to Phedi and down to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Final Departure
14 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon your arrival, one of Peregrine Treks and Expedition representatives will receive and welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be transferred to your respective hotel via a private vehicle.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (900m), a 6 to 7 hours drive.
Distance Traveled: 210 km
Maximum Elevation: 1345 meters
After breakfast, one of our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the tourist bus. Driving from Kathmandu will take around 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara. On the way to Pokhara, you can enjoy the fantastic scenic view of the terraced rice field, beautiful landscape, and spectacular panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,010m), a 1 to 1.5 hours drive, and trek to Hile (1,495m), 3 to 4 hours of trek.
Max Elevation: 1,495m
Distance Travelled on Bus: 42 km
Distance Travelled by Walking: 12 km
On the third day, you will drive to Nayapool, which take around one and a half hour from Pokhara. And reaching Nayapool, we will start our trek to Hile. After a 15-minute walk from Nayapool along the Modi River, we will reach the village of Birethanti (1,015 m). We will walk through the village and continue along the northern side of Bhurungdi Khola. After a steady ascent, we will finally reach the village of Hile (1,495m). It is a pretty easy walk today, which takes around 3 to 4 hours.
Overnight at a local teahouse in Hile.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m), 5 to 6 hours of trek
Max Elevation: 2840 m
Distance Travelled Walking: 10.5 km
After breakfast, our trek begins with a long and steep climb on rock staircases to Ulleri, a large Magar village at 2070m. From Ulleri, you can have astonishing views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trails mildly ascend from Ulleri through oak and rhododendrons forest, which leads us to Banthanti (2,250m). Then, the trail continues toward Nangethanti (2,460m). From Nangethanti, it takes around one hour to reach the beautiful village of Ghorepani (2840m). Ghorepani is a beautiful village that offers excellent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Today’s walk was more challenging than the previous day as there were many uphills and downhills. You must cross several suspension bridges and walk through gorges and rainforests.
Overnight at a local teahouse in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Hike up to Poonhill (3,210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610m), 7 hours of trek
Max Elevation: 3210meter
Distance to Poon Hill: 1 km
Distance to Tadapani: 9 km
We will wake early, around 4 AM, and hike towards Poonhill (3,210 m). Poonhill is a vantage point that offers a jaw-dropping sunrise view over the majestic Himalayas. From Poonhill, you can witness the picturesque views of Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,855m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Lamjung Himal (6,931m) and other peaks in Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountain ranges.
After one hour of admiring the beauty of Poonhill, we will descend back to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and continue our walk toward Tadapani. The trail takes us through a thick forest of pines and rhododendron. We then climb along the ridge to reach Deurali (2,960 m) and descend to the village of Tadapani (2,610m).
Overnight at a local teahouse in Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek to Sinuwa (2,360m), 6 to 7 hours
Max Elevation: 2840 m
Distance Travelled Walking: 13 km
Today, we woke up early to see the beautiful view of Machhapuchhre. After having our breakfast, we continue to move toward the base camp. From Tadapani, the trail divides into Ghandruk and Chhomrong. We skipped the trail to Ghandruk and continued toward Chhomrong. The trail will descend through lush, dense forest to the suspension bridge across the Kimrong River.
After crossing the bridge, the trail gently ascent to Taulung. And from Taulung, you will walk through a steep ascend to reach a significant Gurung village of the region, Chhomrong (2,140 m).
From Chhomrong, you will hike down following the stone steps to the bridge across the Chhomrong River. After we cross the bridge, it is again a steep climb to reach Sinuwa (2,360m) finally.
Overnight at a local teahouse in Sinuwa.
Day 07: Trek to Himalaya (2,920m), 6 to 7 hours
Max Elevation: 2,920m
Distance Travelled Walking: 9 km
On the seventh day of our trek, we continue our trek to the Himalayas after breakfast. Today, the walk begins with a steep climb through the rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forest, leading us to the village of Kuldhigar. From Kuldhigar, we will hike down the stone steps to Bamboo village. The trail from Kuldhigar to Bamboo is a steep descent that is very slippery, so you need to be careful.
After reaching Bamboo, Bambootinue towards Dovan and cross the village to reach today’s destination at Himalaya finally, situated at 2,920m above sea level(also known as Himalayan Hotel).
Overnight at a local teahouse in the Himalayas.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), 7 hours of trek
Max Elevation: 4,130m
Walking Distance: 13km
Today is when you finally reach the leading destination of the trek, Annapurna Base Camp. We will start our day with an uphill walk through the thick, dense forest towards Hinko Cave and then to Deurali. From Deurali, we will first hike toward Machhapuchure Base Camp (MBC), quickly crossing the avalanche site. MBC isn’t a base camp since Mt Machapuchare is forbidden for climbing. The trail is pretty easy today. There is no steep walk, and the trail widens, and you will start seeing the beautiful mountains.
Upon reaching the MBC, you will walk north toward the Annapurna Sanctuary. As you walk, you will witness the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier. After a 2-hour walk from MBC, enjoying the spectacular views of the Himalayan vistas, you will finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 meters. You will have the closest and most fantastic view of the Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Singu Chuli, Khangsar Kang Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and the Annapurna South from Annapurna Base Camp.
Overnight at a local teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2,345m), 6 to 7 hours of trek
Bamboo Elevation: 4,130m
Walking Distance: 16 km
Today we will wake up early and hike to the viewpoint to enjoy the sunrise view over the Annapurna range. As the first ray of the sun hits the mountain peaks, it will truly captivate your heart and soul. After taking in the beauty of Annapurna, we will get back to our hotel, have our breakfast, and make our way back to Bamboo, Bamboog, the majestic mountains behind. We hike past the MBC, Deurali, and Dovan. Then, we will walk through the forest of oak, bamboo, and Bambooododendron and finally descend to Bamboo.
Bambooght at a local teahouse in Bamboo.
Bamboo: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m), 5 to 6 hours of trek
Max Elevation: 2345 m
Walking Distance: 12 km
After breakfast, we first hike to Kuldighar and descend to the Chhomrong river crossing Sinuwa and Tilche. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Chhomrong river, we will hike up to Chhomrong village. Then we will walk downhill for around 40 minutes past Taulung to finally rich Jhinu Danda. Upon reaching Jhinu, you will rest at the teahouse and hike down to the natural hot spring, situated right on the riverbank of Modi Khola. Take a dip into the hot spring and relax your tired muscles. After the relaxing dip, you will hike back to the lodge.
Overnight at a local teahouse in Jhinu Danda.
Day 11: Trek to Pothana (2,100m), 4 to 5 hours of trek
Walking Distance: 13 km
After the refreshment at the natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda, we will head towards Pothana. We will cross a few suspension bridges and many waterfalls along the trail. We will walk past the Samrung village and cross the bridge over the Modi River. After crossing the suspension bridge, we will hike up to Landruk.
From Landruk, the trail drops down and takes you to the scenic village of Pothana. You can explore the traditional village or watch the sunset on the mounts.
Overnight at a local teahouse in Pothana.
Day 12: Trek down to Phedi (1,500m) and back to Pokhara
Walking Distance: 9 km
After having our last breakfast in the Annapurna region, we will hike toward Phedi. Along the trail, we can spot beautiful waterfalls. Today’s walk is pretty easy, as most trails are downhill. From Pothana, we will hike down to Dhampus to finally reach Phedi. Along the trail, the view of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre is simply magnificent.
After reaching Phedi, we will catch a local bus to drive us back to Pokhara. It will take us around 2 hours to reach Pokhara. We can freshen up in our hotel and then start exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu, 6 hour drive.
After an epic journey in the Annapurna region, you will drive back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway, enjoying the natural scenic beauty. After 6 hours of driving, we will be back in Kathmandu.
As we arrive in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours. You can explore the colorful markets of Thamel or visit UNESCO sites. Furthermore, you can experience the rich culture that the people of the valley share. Make the most of your last light in Nepal.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final Departure
The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
This 14-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is a general guideline. The Annapurna Trek itinerary arrangements can be customized according to your requirement.
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