An Overview of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itineray

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is trekking into the lap of the world’s 10th highest peak; Mt. Annapurna. Anna means food or grains and Purna means fulfill so Annapurna means the god that fulfills food to everyone. So that trekking to that holy land is the Annapurna Trekking. This trek can do in different lengths, all depending on how long you want to walk. The normal Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary is 7 nights 8 days. The elevation of the Annapurna Base Camp is just above 4000m and it is a small town with only a few guesthouses. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the treks inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. This conservation area is the first conservation area and the biggest conservation area of Nepal. Located in the western part of Nepal and covers 7629 Sq KM. It’s the home of more than 100000 people, 1,226 species of flower plants, 105 mammals, 518 species of birds, 40 types of reptiles, and 23 kinds of amphibians. Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary follows one corner of this huge conservation area. 

The standard Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary. 

Annapurna Base Camp

Days Places Altitude
Day 1 Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk 1940m
Day 2  Ghandruk to Chhomrong 2120m
Day 3  Chhomrong to Himalaya
Day 4 Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp 4130m
Day 5 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2310m
Day 6 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda 1760m
Day 7 Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara 850m

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary can combine with Poon Hill Trek. 

Poon Hill Trek is one of the short and sweet treks which can combine with both Annapurna Circuit Trek and ABC Trek. Even this trek can combine with Mardi Himal Trek too. If you want to add in Annapurna Circuit Trek you need to add at the end of the trek. The same can apply for Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal Trek as well but better to add during the beginning of the trek. Because you can witness the best mountain and sunrise and sunset view from Poon Hill 3210m. 

Poon Hill is a viewpoint that offers a panoramic mountain and sunrise or sunset view. This is one of the most trekked trekking trails in Nepal because each year thousands of pedestrians travel there. One of the easiest treks but it will give an authentic trekking experience for trekking lovers. 

ABC Trek Itinerary goes like this with Poon Hill Trek 

Annapurna Base Camp

Days Places Altitude
Day 1 Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri 1920m
Day 2 Trek to Ghorepani 2800m
Day 3 Hike to Poon Hill for Mountain View and sunrise view and trek to Tadapani 2650m
Day 4 Trek to Chhomrong 2120m
Day 5 Trek to Himalayan
Day 6 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhare Base Camp 4130m
Day 7 Trek back to Bamboo 2310m
Day 8 Trek to Ghinu Danda and walk down to the natural hot spring on the bank of Modi Khola. 1760m
Day  9 Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. 850m

Like this add two more days in your holiday you can do the two treks in one time. If you want to do three different trekking trails in one holiday you can add Mardi Himal Trek. With Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary. The combination of these three treks’ itinerary looks like this. 

Mardi Himal Trek is newly discovered and currently one of the trending travel destinations in Nepal. This 4 nights 5 days trek offers breathtaking mountain views and landscapes view. And this is one of the nearest trekking trails from the adventures city Pokhara. For more details, you can read this useful blog about why you should do Mardi Himal Trek once in your life. 

The combine Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, and ABC Trek Itinerary

Mt. Machhapuchhere

Days Places Altitude
Day 1 Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri 1920m
Day 2 Trek to Ghorepani 2800m
Day 3 Hike to Poon Hill for Mountain View and sunrise view and trek to Tadapani 2650m
Day 4 Trek to Chhomrong 2120m
Day 5 Trek to Himalayan
Day 6 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhare Base Camp 4130m
Day 7 Trek back to Bamboom 2310m
Day 8 Trek to Ghinu Danda and walk down to the natural hot spring on the bank of Modi Khola. 1760m
Day  9 Trek to Landruk 1500m
Day 10 Trek to Forest Camp 2600m
Day 11 Trek to High Camp 3580m
Day 12 Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and trek down to Badal Danda 3210m
Day 13 Trek to Siding and drive back to Pokhara. 850m

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary can combine with many trekking trails inside the ACAP area so this is one of the diverse trekking trails in Nepal. In Nepal to do every trek, first, you need to issue a trekking permit; therefore first buy a trekking permit ABC Trek in Kathmandu or Pokhara. In Kathmandu, you can purchase from the Nepal Tourism Board, and in Pokhara, you can issue in ACAP Office. 

Also, you need to buy a TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System Card) Individual trekkers can have it from Nepal Tourism Board and ACAP office. At the same place where you purchased the trekking permit. And for that needed documents are 3 passport size photos, and photocopy of the passport.

Note: These up-listed trekking itineraries are based on what I did. It may be different as your holiday length and ability to walk in the Himalayas. 

When to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Mountain view

The best trekking seasons in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is – March, April, and May and the Autumn season is – September, October, and November. These six months are the best trekking seasons in Nepal so to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek you can choose one of these for the best trekking experience in Nepal.

However, Nepal has other two seasons too; but this two-season is not good for trekking in Nepal. During the winter season, there will be very cold and snow, and on the other hand, during the summer season, there will be cloudy and rainy. Walking in cold and rain is not the favorite and anyone wants to do.

Types of accommodation during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is one of the renowned trekking itineraries in Nepal. Although lack of infrastructure and restrictions from ACAP there are no fancy hotels, they serve trekkers. So that you need to share basic accommodation after crossing the Sinuwa. But there are quite a few good hotels in Ghorepani, Ghandruk, and Chhomrong, and they serve mountain standard service.

Because of the basic rooms, the cost for that room is also a lot cheaper in such high places. On the other side, the food is a bit more expensive than in Pokhara and other cities. Foods are 200 percent more expensive than Pokhara in the Annapurna Base Camp. And I think it is reasonable because taking there that food itself is a tough job.

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