Duration: 11 Days
Trek Start Altitude: 1070m/3510ft
Max Altitude: 4130m/13545ft
Accommodation: Tea House, Camp, Hotel
Group Size: 2-12
Trek start Point: Naya Pul
Daily Walking: 5-6 hrs
Best Season: Oct-Nov, Mid Mar-Mid Apr
Annapurna base camp trek will take you to the diverse landscape filled with culturally rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world with the 8091m elevation. This trek will take you up to its base camp, which is at 4130m height.
This is the short 11 day trek compared to most walk in this region leading up to the base camp. Moreover, we will reach our destination via Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail) which is filled by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. This route is perfect for those who wish to hike to the base camp of the spectacular mountain but are restricted time-wise. If you want trek in more relaxed manner, you can try our Annapurna Sanctuary trek (14 Days) package.
DAY 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1440m/4593ft)
DAY 02 - Fly to Pokhara (827m/2700ft), trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360ft) [30 minutes flight, 5/6 hrs trek]
DAY 03 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) [5/6 hrs]
DAY 04 - Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft) [4/5 hrs]
DAY 05 - Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft) [3/4 hrs]
DAY 06 - Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13,545ft) via Machapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12,135ft) [5/6 hrs]
DAY 07 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo [7/8 hrs]
DAY 08 - Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770ft) [5/6 hrs]
DAY 09 - Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara [6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive]
DAY 10 - Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 11 - Final Departure
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1440m/4593ft)
As you arrive at the airport, you will be greeted by our representative [Please look for your name card]. Depending on the time of your arrival, there will be a welcome drink hosted by 8eyes Travel. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 02: Fly to Pokhara (827m/2700ft), trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360ft) [30 minutes flight, 5/6 hrs trek]
We take an early morning flight for Pokhara. Watch the beautiful lake city from above the sky and catch great views of the Himalayas. After landing in the Pokhara airport, we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. From there we trek to Gandruk, a small beautiful village of Pokhara, mostly inhabited by the Gurung Village. If time permits, we also visit the Gurung museum today.
Overnight in Ghandruk
DAY 03: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) [5/6 hrs]
In day 03, we climb up for around an hour up to Kimrung Danda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong.
Overnight in Chhomrong
DAY 04: Chhomrong to Bamboo (3230m/10,595ft) [4/5 hrs]
We trek 4/5 hrs in total on day 04. We descend via 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldighar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo.
Overnight in Bamboo
DAY 05: Bamboo to Deurali (2310m/7578ft) [3/4 hrs]
Today, we pass through a bamboo forest, which is damp and cold. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day.
Overnight at Deurali
DAY 06: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m/13,545ft) via Machapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12,135ft) [5/6 hrs]
The hike from Deurali to Machapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharva chuli and Ganggapurna. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we will be able to see sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. From the base camp we again get to enjoy mesmerizing views of the Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks.
Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp
DAY 07: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo [7/8 hrs]
From Annapurna Base Camp, we trek back to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up.
Overnight in Bamboo
DAY 08: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770ft) [5/6 hrs]
We trek uphill to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be staying for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body.
Overnight in Jhinu Danda
DAY 09: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara [6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive]
On our way back to Naya Pul, we will be seeing amazing hill landscape of Western Nepal. We will have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara
Note: If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.
DAY 10: Fly to Kathmandu
We will fly back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Either, you can stay at hotel and have your leisure time or go for a last minute shopping. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by 8eyes Travel.
Overnight in Kathmandu
DAY 11: Final DepartureOur trek comes to an end as you pack your bags and leave for your next destination. Our representative will drop you off to the airport