Mt. Annapurna is one of the eighth-highest mountains in the world, located in Nepal. This is a beautiful mountain. So, the Annapurna base camp trek is popular because every trekker wants to go and witness Mt. Annapurna massif from their eyesight. Besides, this region is famous for culture as well because the culture is a way of life of the people and Nepal is a culturally rich country. Most people wish to visit the Annapurna region for exploring its enriching ethnic culture too.
Before diving into the ABC, let’s learn how to reach there. Many of you might be curious about how to get there. What especially about there? Don’t worry; we will give you every detail regarding the itinerary and vehicle that you need;
How to reach the Annapurna base camp?
Exploring the new trails to Annapurna will be one of the most thrilling treks for you. The ABC trek will give you everything between the road, with the rhododendron, and with a jaw-dropping view. But, to reach there, you will need to get to Pokhara first. The gateway to the Annapurna is the cool little town of Pokhara, sitting on the shores of the gorgeous Phewa Lake. It’s a laid-back place where you happily spend a week zenning out with a good book, and you can reach it by bus or plane from Kathmandu.
Then, take a bus from Pokhara to Kimchi. That will cost you around 400 NPR, and it takes 4 hours. Afterward, take a taxi or jeep to Nayapul, which costs around 2000 NPR. After two hours of journey, either trek from there or take a jeep further to Gandruk. To reach Gandruk, it costs 1500-2500 NPR. Reaching Gandruk is not as exciting as the journey along the dusty jeep road. However, after reaching Gandruk, all your pain will vanish after seeing the beautiful mountain in front of your eyes. After one hour of the jeep safari, you will reach Kampong. As the road is steep between Kampong and Kimrong, it will only one hour to reach, and after two and half hours of uphill followed by a flat, you will reach a beautiful village called Chomrong.
The trek might be challenging if you are there for the first time, as the road and not flat sometimes it is steep, and sometimes it is uphill. Later, you have to walk steep for one and a half hours from Chomrong to Sinuwa. On the third of your destination will be Deurali. After one hour and fifteen minutes, you will reach Bamboo. Similarly, it will take 50 min easy walk to reach Dovan. Reaching Deurali takes around 3 hours with fantastic scenery and view.
On your fourth day, your journey toward MBC will start. It is the Machchhapuchchhre base camp trek. After climbing and walking straight towards Machchhapuchchhre Base Camp in 2 hours, you will reach 3,700m for the night station. Mount Machhapuchhre is a virgin peak, also known as Fishtail Mountain Peak, that serves you a classic view of the Pokhara valley. Interestingly, non-veg food is not allowed here because it is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The occasional sight of the Himalayan Pheasant (Lophophorus), Nepal’s national bird, is another beauty of the Machhapuchhre Base Camp trek. This day will be another beautiful last day of your trek toward ABC. After walking a few hours from MBC, you will reach the highest elevation of Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m).
Remember to have an extra day or two when planning your adventure in Nepal. It will be best if you keep in mind that the weather of the trek may not be predicted as you do. You must keep your things according to the weather and required acclimatization time, and you are just about to embark on a journey in the eighth-highest mountains in the world.
Alternative itineraries for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
It is well known that the Mt. Annapurna base camp trek can be done within one week. But the itinerary can be extended even more or less. Some of the alternative itineraries from Kathmandu valley, Nepal to Annapurna base camp are as below;
Short ABC Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Drive/fly to Pokhara (6-7 hrs drive/ 20 mins flight) and transfer to the hotel
Day 03: Drive to Khimche (2 hrs drive) and trek to Ghandruk (2-3 hrs walk)
Day 04: Trek to Sinuwa (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 05: Trek to Deaurali (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 07: Trek back to Bamboo (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 08: Trek to Jhinu and drive back to Pokhara (3 hrs)
Day 09: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 10: Final Departure
Another ABC trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel
Day 02: Drive/fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu (5-6 hrs drive/20 mins flight) and transfer to the hotel
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1.30 mins drive) and trek to Ulleri (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (4-5 hrs walk)
Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tada Pani (6-7 hrs walk)
Day 06: Trek to Chhomrong (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 07: Trek to Dovan (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 08: Trek to Deurali (4-5 hrs walk)
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Machchhapuchchhre Base Camp (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 10: Trek back to Bamboo (6-7 hrs walk)
Day 11: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 12: Trek back to Nayapul (6-7 hrs walk) and drive back to Pokhara (1.30 mins drive)
Day 13: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (5-6 hrs drive/20 mins flight) and transfer to the Hotel
Day 14: Final Departure
Annapurna base camp trek itinerary through Mardi Himal
Day 01: Arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive/fly (5-6 hrs drive/20 mins flight) and transfer to the hotel
Day 03: Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana
Day 04: Pothana to Forest Camp Trek
Day 05: Forest Camp to High Camp Trek
Day 06: High Camp to Landruk Trek
Day 07: Landruk to Sinuwa Trek
Day 08: Sinuwa to Deurali Trek
Day 09: Deurali to Fishtail Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 10: ABC to Bamboo Trek
Day 11: Bamboo to Ghandruk Trek
Day 12: Ghandruk to Nayapul Trek and drive back to Pokhara
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive/flight (5-6 hrs drive/20 mins fly) and transfer to the hotel
Day 14: Final Departure