(Starting from Ghandruk)
Annapurna Base Camp trek is an adventurous and picturesque hiking route extending through various Annapurna Conservation Area environments. 360-degree views of the incredible Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Huinchuli, and many other popular mountains make the trip really delightful.
The stunning panorama of the beautiful mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and the amazing view of sunrise on the snow-capped mountains in fact make the visitors fall in love with nature.
The breath-catching scenery of the dense and green forest, pleasant smell of rhododendron, sudden encounter of many wild (usually pleasant) animals, traditional houses of local people, their unique living style with harmony, etc. are the appealing facts that keep the visitors refreshed and delightful eliminating their tiredness of long walk.
The trail passes through rhododendron woodland, terraced farmland, stunning river valleys, and charming villages of Gurung and Magar and climbs all the way to Annapurna Base camp at an elevation of 4130 meters offering abundant opportunities of getting close to nature.
Highlights Of ABC Trek
- Explore magical flora and fauna on the way
- Pleasant experience of exploring Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) as bonus in the same trip
- Learn unique cultures, tradition and life style of local people
- 360 degree stunning view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli
- Hot spring shower at Jhinu Danda while returning back
Altitude Information Of Major Stations Of ABC Trek
- Pokhara: 1400 m
- Kande: 1850 m
- Landruk:2730 m
- Chomrong (2140 m)
- Himalaya (2870 m)
- ABC: 4130 m
- Sinuwa: 2300 m
- Jhinudanda (1730 m)
Overall Short Glance Of Itinerary
- Day 1: Pokhara to Kande (drive), trek to Landruk
- Day 2: Trek to Chomrong
- Day 3: Trek to Himalaya
- Day 4: Trek to ABC
- Day 5: Trek to Sinuwa
- Day 6: Trek to Jhinudanda
- Day 7: Drive back to Pokhara
Detailed Itinerary Of ABC Trek
The 7 Days itinerary excludes 2 to 3 days that you require before and after the trek. Besides the itinerary, you will have a wonderful time in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, one of the popular tourist hubs. The important tips about Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the options you can choose to travel between these two cities are explained below.
The capital city of Nepal Kathmandu valley includes two more cities (Lalitpur and Bhaktapur). 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites including The Boudanath, the world’s biggest Buddhist stupa. The alluring flight into Kathmandu valley with the beautiful views of the Himalayas and terraced valley drops you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
Kathmandu is such a wonderful valley in the world that it contains seven UNESCO world heritage sites including the Boudanath, the world’s biggest Buddhist stupa. Depending on your time and interest. you can have the opportunity to visit some popular sites like Kathmandu Durbar square, Swaymbhunath temple – popularly known as Monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple, and many others.
If your trek begins right after the next day, you may have to do preparation for your trek including gear check, meeting with the company personals, guide, and taking enough rest to gain fortitude for the upcoming adventure.
Options To Travel From Kathmandu To Pokhara
Option 1: Airway (25 minutes flight)
- If you have the limited time and get languor while having a long travel by bus, this option is amazing for you.
- Taking a short flight you can shorten your trip by one day.
Option 2: Roadway (5 to 6 hours drive)
- If you have enough time and fond of traveling in a luxurious tourist bus capturing the greenery through window pane, it can be the best option for you.
- You get the opportunity of beginning your trek in the fresh morning.
Pokhara is one of the most beautiful and mysterious cities in the world that is about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. It is also the gateway for the Annapurna Conservation Area including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu – the three out of the ten highest peaks in the world.
Sports like trekking, rafting, bungee jumping, etc. are very much popular in Pokhara. The mysterious caves, Davis falls, beautiful and large lakes attract thousands of tourists around the world every year making this small valley an important tourist destination.
Day 1: Pokhara to Nayapool (1000 m) (drive), trek to Ghandruk (2012 m)
Pokhara – Nayapool: 1.5 to 2 hrs drive Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hrs.
Total trekking distance: 9 km Overnight: Ghandruk
- Beautiful scenery along the route
- Panoramic views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail
- Gurung museum
- Dusty road
- Long and rough trail
- Steep ascents
A short drive from Pokhara takes you to Nayapool from where your ABC trek officially begins. Upon arriving at the bus stop of Nayapool, you need to commence your hike for Ghandruk. Get your permits and TIMS card checked at the Birethanti checkpoint and keep them safe throughout your trip.
You will have to get them checked in many other checkpoints. You will pass through the beautiful villages with nice views of the river, farmland and green forests. Birethanti, Chimrung, Syauli, Kimche, Chane, etc. are the best places to stop for rest or for lunch or snacks.
Day 2: Trek to Chomrong (2140 m)
Distance: 9 km Time: 3.5 to 4 hrs
Ascent: 928 m Descent: 426 m
Stops: Himalpani (1400 m), New Bridge (1500 m), Jhinudanda (1730 m) Overnight: Chomrong
- Amazing suspension bridge
- Hot spring at Jhinudanda
- Stunning landscape along the trail
- Panoramic views from Chomrong
- Lots of rough ascents and descents between Landruk and Jhinudanda
This is a short hiking day. You just need to walk a maximum of 4 hours to reach Chomrong. The second half ascending trail is more challenging than the trail before the long suspension bridge.
Day 3: Trek To Himalaya
Distance: 14 km Time: 4 to 5 hrs
Overnight: Himalaya Accommodation: Teahouse
Stops: Lower Sinuwa (2220 m), Upper Sinuwa (2350 m), Bamboo (2300 m), Dovan (2500 m)
- Beautiful forests, rivers and waterfalls along the trail
- Stunning views from Chomrong
- Amazing views from Sinuwa
- Steep descent from Chomrong to the river
- Steep ascent to Himalaya
- Steep ascent to Upper Sinuwa from the river
- Steep ascent from Bamboo to Dovan
After taking a pleasing breakfast at the teahouse, you start the trek to Himalaya, the day’s destination. You have to walk on the descent trail until you cross the Chomrong River. The route heads up to upper Sinuwa and then to Bamboo after you cross the Chomrong River where you pass through the lush green forest with a number of waterfalls, big rocks, and many wildlife.
The trail from Bamboo to the Himalayas is quite tough uphill. The trail here goes through the forest offering you the varieties of wildlife and vegetation.
Day 4: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Distance: 15 km Time: 4 to 5 hrs.
Overnight: Annapurna Base Camp Accommodation: Teahouse
- Stunning Mountain views from MBC and ABC
- Diverse landscape along the trail
- Steep and long ascent from Himalaya to Deurali
- Possibility of avalanches before ABC
Today is the special day of your trek. You are spending tonight at Annapurna base camp at an elevation of 4130 meters which is also the central point of the trip. There are two different ways to reach ABC. Depending on the season of your visit, you need to choose the best one. If you are trekking through Himalayan Masters, our guide will decide the best way for you.
These areas are quite dangerous as there is a high possibility of avalanches. Finally, you reach the final destination, ABC. The breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and many other snowcapped mountains will give you the impression of heaven. Those views are more stunning in the morning.
Day 5: Trek To Sinuwa
Distance: 19 km Time: 5 to 6 hrs.
Ascent: 406 m Descent: 2131 m
- Alluring mountain views from ABC
- Stunning landscape and rhododendron forest on the way
- Fascinating views from Sinuwa
- Charming villages along the trail
- Steep and long descent
- Slippery trail due to snowfall
- Extreme cold
After you cherish the morning panoramic views from Annapurna base camp, you need to descent down to Machhapuchhre base camp, Dovan, and then to Sinuwa. The trail moves forward through rhododendron forest and finally, you reach Sinuwa from where you will be almost intoxicated by the magnificent mountain views.
Day 6: Trek To Jhinudanda
Distance: approximately 17 km Time: 5 to 7 hrs
Overnight: Jhinudanda Accommodation: Teahouse
- Natural hot shower (probably the next morning)
- Mostly downhill trail
- Diverse landscape
- Long and tiring descent
While returning back from the ABC, our guide will lead you to the shortcut route. So that you can pass the longer distance than you normally expect. Since most parts of the trail are to be descended, it is easier than to ascent for you. After the 5 to 7 hours walk, you will reach Jhinudanda where you will spend a night in one of the best teahouses.
The next day, you will be getting the amazing experience of taking a natural hot water shower. You will really be perplexed seeing the hot water running on the natural spring.
Day 7: Drive to Pokhara
It is a special day to have a hot spring shower!
Now it is time to be satisfied with the completion of the successful trek over the Annapurna region. Have a relaxed breakfast and spend some hours in Jhinudanda with the perfect views and sightseeing. Our guide will manage a private car or a jeep to return back to Pokhara where you can spend the rest of the day exploring as many magical spots as you can.