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How long does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek take?

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How long does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek take? It’s a frequently asked question by travellers interested in trekking in Annapurna Region.

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

When to trek? When is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

It should be on the list of many trekkers seeking to trek in Nepal because it would be the most fantastic trek ever. Spring (March-May) is the best season to trek here though people hike here in all four seasons because, in spring, the weather is moderate and clear, you can view the Himalayas clearly, and the forest is full of red Rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.

Who does not want to observe waterfalls? Trekkers can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and peaceful and healthy hot springs on this trek.

Learn the Nepalese culture when you are on the trek!

Curious about Nepal’s Culture? You can gain knowledge and meet people from different ethnicities, especially the Gurungs and Magars, famous for the Gurkha regiment, while visiting the beautiful and famous village, Ghandruk. Of course, it’s up to you as a trekker to visit the village, but it will be worthwhile if you visit there once. The same goes for Ghorepani poon hill, the viewpoint of Annapurna and other peaks, and the 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. The deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, escorts this trek Kali Gandaki. This trek could be tricky for older people, but it is worthwhile.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trek Highlights and Itinerary

  • 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 famous tone stairs of Ulleri

Trek itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive for 5/6 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 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Nayapul from Pokhara by bus/taxi. So your trek starts from Nayapul. 3-4 hours of the walk is enough to take you to Ulleri, and you will get the opportunity to climb the famous 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 walking, crossing the beautiful villages.

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 lunch. Climbing some bamboo forests and rhododendron forests, we reach 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 mountains and glacier water coming off Annapurna. This trek would take around 2 hours.

Return Journey

Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2300m)

After some sunrise viewing and Annapurna range viewing, the 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 5 hours early in the morning from Bamboo since you can relax your body and mind in the peaceful hot springs at Jhinu Danda. Today you walked 11.7km.

Day 11: Trek to Pothana/Ghandruk

On this day, you will walk for about 3 hours from Jhinu Danda. Then, exploring Pothana and Gurung museum at Ghandruk village will be exciting and new. And it will be the last day for your physical strength.

Day 12: Drive to Pokhara

Today, you will drive back to Pokhara, and afternoon you can go for some sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu

On this day, you can drive/fly back to Kathmandu.


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