Every Trekker’s favourite trek, the Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most preferred treks for all the trekkers out there. The trek has everything to suffice every trekker’s prerequisites to connect with the aroma of mountains in Nepal.
Day: 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
The bright blue sky in the atmosphere of Kathmandu might let you see the beautiful city from above. You’ll be landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After the landing and all the hassles of going the security check, you will find a series of taxis waiting to take to your destined stay. Make sure; you get the best hotels in your BUDGET! If you haven’t yet decided where to stay, here is a guide on “hotels to stay in Kathmandu”. If you are looking for a budget hotel, then do check our “Budget hotels in Kathmandu”.
Day 02: Head for Pokhara
Pokhara lies 200km west from Kathmandu. A beautiful haven for every traveller, it takes around 5-6 hours by bus or 30 minutes by air. The fare for the bus is Nrs500 per person. However, the flight cost fluctuates and can cost around 125 dollars. i.e. Nrs13000. The tourist bus leaves around 7 in the morning from Jamal.
Travelling to Pokhara by Air has both its pros and cons. The advantages are that you can reach Ghandruk this very day. Now comes the cons part, which is, you will be missing the Lakeside vibes in the evenings.
If you like to know where to find your hotel ranges in Pokhara, then please do check out our guide on where to stay in Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m)
Take an early bus to Nayapul. The drive to Nayapul takes around one and half hour from Pokhara. With Machhapuchre on your north, the journey will take you through the flatlands of Hemja and uphill to lumle. Lumle has the record for highest rainfall in all of Nepal. Crossing lumle and Kaligandaki river on your side, you will reach Nayapul. Nowadays, the jeeps directly go to Ghandruk, but hey, we are in for a trek, right? So, the trekkers will have to trek from Nayapul. From Birethanti, you will hike to Ghandruk which takes about 4-6 hours depending on how stiff those knees of yours are.
Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful Gurung Village in Nepal where travellers can first-hand experience the cultures of Gurung community. Also, if there’s enough time on your hand, then you can visit the Gurung Museum. It won’t be hard for you to find lodging in Ghandruk. You can choose your range of price for your kind of hotel in Ghandruk, but if you like to live in a homestay then, there is that option for you too. If you are wondering about what’s a homestay? Then do check out our Homestay in Nepal.
Day 04: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m)
After having breakfast, you will be ascending towards Kimrungdada for about an hour. You now can enjoy the majestic views of the Mountains of the West (Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre aka Fishtail and Gangapurna. Reaching the highlands of Kimrungdada, you will now descend towards Kimrong Khola. Again, you will ascend to Chere Danda. From Chere Danda, it’s a moment slide and a gentle walk which will take you to the beautiful village of Chhomrong. Lying in the lap of the mountains, Chhomrong is a Shangri-la in the region. The lodging is just like Ghandruk with hotels and homestay. You can choose according to your preference.
Day 05: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m)
You will now descend from Chhomrong. The stone steps will take you to the banks of Chhomrong Khola. Crossing the bridge of Chhomrong Khola, you will now ascend towards Sinuwa. Passing through the beautiful forests, you will reach Kulidhar. From Kulidhar, the way is a gradual descend to Bamboo. You will be calling it a day in Bamboo.
Overnight stay in Bamboo.
Day 06: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m)
This day, you will be ascending a near about 1000m from your standing. Passing through the bamboo forests, you will now mount steadily with few cliffs on your way. With the opening of woods, you will soon reach the hotel Himalaya. The glance to the glacier river below is beautiful as the sun rays shine on you. You will now hike up to Hinku cave. The trails will now stoop closer to the river you glanced before and start your ascend to Deurali. The view is spectacular at this time of the day. The view from deurali is a majestic one. Vegetation is sparse which allows you to glance every minute details of the valley and also the rocky cliffs with grandiose waterfalls.
Overnight in Deurali.
Day 07: Deurali to Machapuchhre Base Camp unto Annapurna Base Camp. (3700m,4130m)
The ascend to Machapuchre Base Camp is a challenging one. The strenuous climb starts from Bagar, but it rewards you with the scenic view of Machapuchhre, Mt.Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gandharvapurna. Capturing these majestic mountains your memories and camera, you will now trail along the full path to Annapurna Base Camp. The vegetation here is sparse while entering the Annapurna Sanctuary. Reaching Annapurna Base Camp, you will get the 360-degree panoramic view of the Peaks of Machapuchhre, Annapurna and many other peaks.
Overnight stay in Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
Retracing will be easy for you as it is all downhill from ABC. Make sure you carry a walking stick so that your knees won’t hurt when you reach below. As for the view, you will be able to savour the ones which you missed during those strenuous uphill battle.
Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m)
To reach Kuldighar, you will have to ascend for a while which will then be followed by a descend unto Chhomrong Khola. You will again climb the stone stairs to reach Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda. A short walk of about 15-20 minutes from Jhinu Danda will take you to the hot springs. Here, you can soothe the body ache and get rejuvenated.
Overnight in Jhinu Danda
Day 10: Trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara.
The trek to Nayapul is easy and downhill which grants you the beautiful imagery along the way. You can board the vehicle along with other local passengers or pay all on your own to reach Pokhara.
You will now reach Pokhara. Staying near Lakeside is an excellent option if you want to experience the vibrant touristic culture of Pokhara. Lakeside, filled with hotels, pubs and foreigners is a relaxing destination for everyone.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu
After having breakfast before 7, you will have to take the 7:30 tourist bus to Kathmandu. You will reach Kathmandu at around 3 in the day.