Detailed Itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for a short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels are located. After checking into your lovely rooms, get refreshed and join in at the hotel lobby for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hour
Pokhara is the destination set for today. Early in the morning, our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station to catch a comfortable tourist standard bus to Pokhara. The bus will head towards the west of the Kathmandu Valley and continue towards the western part of Nepal, following the Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River. The bus will stop twice – once for breakfast and one for lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. Pokhara is located 200km west of the Kathmandu Valley. After a 6-7 hour ride, we reach Pokhara. Explore the lake area in the evening time. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6,364ft) 5-6 hour
Today is the first day of the trek and Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village, is the destination set for the day. We start with a 2 hour (max) bus ride to Nayapul from Pokhara. On reaching Nayapul, the trail first drops down to Birethanti, crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola. Birethanti is a beautiful village, where trekkers will have to fulfill the necessary check-in formalities at the office of ACAP. Then the ultimate upward walk begins towards the village of Ghandruk. Initially, the trail winds along the Modi River and the trail is flat up till Syauli Bazaar. Leaving the riverbank, we then hike on a winding path to Kimche. From Kimche, the trail further ascends towards Ghandruk crossing Chane. In the evening you can spend time exploring the village. On request, we can also make the arrangements for a cultural show in the evening. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghandruk. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 5-6 hour
Sinuwa is the destination set for today. Leaving the beautiful village of Ghandruk behind, it’s now time to hike up towards the destination of the trek. Initially following the bank of the Modi River, we ascend for some time, and then leaving the river behind, we climb towards the huge boulders. After that, walking past the boulder, we cross the bridge over the Kimrong River and climb a steep trail that will take us to the Gurung village, Chhomrong, crossing Jhinu Danda. From Chhomrong, we cross the bridge across the Chhomrong river, and enjoying the view of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak forest, we hike up to Sinuwa. The night will be spent at a lodge in Sinuwa. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) 6 hours
Deurali is the destination set for today. We start with an easy walk from Sinuwa that continues till bamboo passes Kuldhigar. Then a steep stone staircase will take us to Dobhan, crossing a suspension bridge. The trail is accompanied by bamboo, rhododendron and Oak forest. Then a steep climb continues through the valley towards Himalaya and Hinku Cave. Then we finally reached Deurali. The night will be spent at a lodge in Deurali. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft) 5 hours
This day will finally take you to the base camp of Annapurna, which is both - the destination of the day and the trek. A gentle climb on a trail along the Modi River will first take us to Bagar. From Bagar, a strenuous hike will first take us to the base camp of Machhapuchhre (3,700m). After resting here for about an hour taking snaps, enjoying the view of Machhapuchhre along with other snow-capped peaks towering above 7000-8000 meters; we follow a wide trail that leads us to the Annapurna Sanctuary. We then finally reach our destination, the South Annapurna Base Camp which greets us with a 360-degree vista of snow-covered peaks. The night will be spent at a lodge in the Annapurna Base Camp. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) 6 hours
Bamboo is the destination set for today. After enjoying the mighty Annapurna Sanctuary, we retrace the same trail that drops all the way down through Bagar, Deurali, and Dobhan to Bamboo. The trail is accompanied by a waterfall, cave, and temple and passes through the forest of rhododendron, oak and bamboo forest. After walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach the destination of the day, that is, Bamboo. The night will be spent at a lodge in Bamboo. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) 5 hours
Jhinu Danda is the destination set for today. From Bamboo, we first hike up to Kuldhigar, where the office of ACAP and the visitor center are located. We then hike down to the bridge across the Chhomrong River passing Sinuwa. We cross the bridge and enter the beautiful Gurung village of Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, a steep descent will take us to Jhinu Danda. The Jhinu hot spring is 15-20 minutes downhill from Jhinu Danda. You can relax your tired muscles by taking a relaxing dip in the hot spring bathing pool. The night will be spent at a lodge in Jhinu Danda. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09: Trek from Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours
Today is your last day Trekking and Pokhara is the destination set for the day. Crossing the bridge over the Modi River, the trail initially passes through the sporadic bamboo forest, which then crosses various small settlements up and downhill, decorated with terrace farms featuring seasonal crops till Syauli Bazaar. From Syauli Bazaar onwards, the trail is flat up till Nayapul. Following this flat trail, we walk up to Birethanti, where your guides will complete the necessary check-out formalities. Then crossing the bridge over Bhurungdi River we walk up to Nayapul. We catch a bus or a private vehicle at Nayapul, which will take us to Pokhara after a 2 hours ride. The evening can be spent exploring the attraction of Pokhara city. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 10: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m - 06hrs.
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. Overnight at Hotel. B.B.
(Options by air 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu with great views)
Day 11: International departure for homeward bound or to the respective country.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable time on Annapurna Trekking with wonderful adventure and experience, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries.
Note for the usual day for a trek:
Every day, our guides will come to wake you up at around 7:00-7: 30 am. In case of special days like sunrise viewing days our guides will wake you up early in the morning at around 4-4: 30 am. A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8: 30 am. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1 pm. However, you can postpone lunchtime on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9: 00 pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge or also in a tourist standard hotel (subject to availability) where we stop overnight. While you are walking, you can also request your guide to slow down and stop at the places where you want to take some snaps. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader will brief you regarding the next day’s schedule.