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How long does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek take?

How long does the Annapurna Base Camp trek take?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek leads you to perceive the beauty of magnificent snow capped Himalayas. Unlike other high altitude treks, it is one of the easier, shorter and the most popular treks in Nepal. This trek indulges the most splendid view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Hiuchuli and Dhaulagiri range along with diverse wildlife and rich culture.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek should be on the list of trekkers who are seeking to trek in Nepal because it would be the most amazing trek ever. Spring (March-May) is the best season to trek here though people hike here in all the four seasons because in spring, weather is moderate and clear, Himalayas can be viewed clearly and the forest is full of red Rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.

Who does not want to observe waterfalls? Yes, in this trek, trekkers can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and also can enjoy peaceful and healthy hot springs.

Trekkers, who are curious about Nepal’s culture, can get the knowledge and meet the people from different ethnicity, especially the Gurungs   and Magars, famous for Gurkha regiment while visiting the beautiful and popular village, Ghandruk. It’s up to the trekkers to visit the village or not but that would be worth-full if trekkers visit there once. Same goes to Ghorepani poon hill, which is the viewpoint of Annapurna and other peaks and for blissful sunrise and sunset.

Choosing Annapurna Base Camp for trekking is like going for two trekking at a time since Machhapuchhre Base Camp is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. This trek is escorted by the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. This trek could be quite difficult for elderly people but it is worthwhile.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Breathtaking view of the mountains
  • Explore the typical Nepali village and the culture of the locals
  • Ghandruk museum
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill and close view of sunrise and sunset
  • Natural hot spring
  • The deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki
  • Various flora and fauna
  • Ascend/descend the popular tone stairs of Ulleri


Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive for 4-5 hours by tourist bus or fly for 25 minutes to Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Day 02:  Drive to Nayapul (823m), trek to ulleri (2050m)

It takes around 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara by bus. Your trek starts from Nayapul. 3-4 hours of walk is enough to take you to Ulleri and you will get the opportunity to climb the popular stone stairs of Ulleri.

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2874m)

Trek to Ghorepani from Ulleri depends on the speed of your walk. It could take a whole day of walking to reach there.

Day 04: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise and then to Tadapani (2610m)

Hiking for 45 minutes is enough to reach Poonhill to see the early sunrise. Trek for 5-6 hours and then you are at Tadapani.

Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2140m)

Trekking to Chhomrong from Tadapani takes about 4-5 hours of walk crossing the beautiful villages on the way.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan(2500m)

5-6 hours is enough to reach Dovan from Chhomrong.

Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m)

Today, trekking starts from Dovan and stops at Deurali(3230m) for some lunch. Climbing some bamboo forests and rhododendron forest we reach at Hinku Cave. For another 2-3 hours uphill walk, we head to MBC through Annapurna Valley.

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

The distance between MBC and ABC is 2.9km. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is exciting as you walk with beautiful and stunning mountains around and glacier water coming off Annapurna. This trek would take around 2 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2300m)

After some sunrise viewing and Annapurna range viewing, trek to Bamboo starts because it could take almost 6 hours of hiking as the distance between MBC and Bamboo is 13.5 km.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1740m)

It will be worth walking for 5 hours early in the morning from Bamboo since you can relax your body and mind in peaceful hot springs at Jhinu Danda.  Today you walk 11.7km.

Day 11: Trek to Pothana/Ghandruk

This day, you will be walking for about 3 hours from Jhinu Danda. Exploring Pothana and Gurung museum at Ghandruk village will be exciting and new. And it will be the last day for your physical strengths.

Day 12: Drive to Pokhara

Today, we will be driving back to Pokhara and you will be taken for some sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu

Picking up from the airport and driving you to airport for departure is on our service list.

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