The Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Forging a deep connection with nature, culture, and the remarkable history that defines this corner of Nepal

9, Nov 2023 |

You’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks, immersed in an atmosphere of serenity, and embraced by Nepal’s rich cultural heritage

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is not just an adventure; it’s a rendezvous with the beauty of the Himalayas. This extraordinary journey invites you to explore the majestic peaks and breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region, an experience that promises a deep connection with nature and culture.

It’s a trek where spiritual enlightenment and breathtaking vistas converge to create an experience like no other. Here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks, immersed in an atmosphere of serenity, and embraced by Nepal’s rich cultural heritage.

The Annapurna region is nestled in the heart of north-central Nepal, encompassing a 55-kilometer-long massif along with valleys, rivers, and foothills. Among its 30 peaks standing taller than 6,000 meters, Annapurna I reigns supreme at 8,091 meters, ranking as the world’s tenth-highest summit and one of the legendary 14 eight-thousanders.

Annapurna I achieved historical significance in 1950 when Maurice Herzog and his team completed the first successful ascent of a peak over 8,000 meters, marking a pivotal moment in mountaineering history. This achievement brought the world’s attention to the Annapurna massif and its breathtaking terrain.

The region is bounded by the Marshyangdi River to the east, the formidable Kali Gondaki Gorge to the west, and the picturesque Pokhara Valley to the south. To the north, it shares borders with the Nepal-Tibetan region. In Hindu mythology, Annapurna is revered as the goddess of nourishment, believed to provide sustenance, food, and water to her people.

Notably, the Annapurna region is safeguarded by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This remarkable initiative aims to protect the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the area while fostering sustainable tourism practices.

Trek Highlights

11 days that approach the high Himalayan peaks

The very best of Nepal: snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and timeless villages

The spectacular atmosphere of the glacial circus of the Annapurna sanctuary

Magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls

Trekking Permits

To undertake the Annapurna base camp, trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card. The cost for both permits is NPR 5,000 (US$43) per person and is valid for a single entry to the park.

Trekkers can secure the TIMS card and permit at the Tourist Information Center in Pokhara or the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. Both offices operate on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and require trekkers to present their passports, travel insurance, and contact details for their stay in Nepal.

Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp

Day 1: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Birethanti

Commence on a picturesque journey as you drive to Nayapul and initiate your trek to Birethanti. Guided by experts, a one-hour road transfer leads you to the trek’s starting point. Your trail traces a serene ridgeline amidst the lower Annapurna foothills, treating you to panoramic vistas of the Pokhara Valley. Descending into the Modi River Valley, discover the MLN Birethanti Lodge. This haven offers splendid views of the revered Fishtail Mountain, also known as Machhapuchhre. Savor a delectable lunch, concluding your two-hour trek with a late afternoon arrival at the lodge. Your journey, encompassing flights, drives, and trekking, is a harmonious blend of adventure and tranquility.


Day 2: Trek to Ghandruk

Embark on a captivating journey to Ghandruk after indulging in a hearty breakfast. Setting forth from the lodge, you’ll traverse scattered small farms, following the meandering path alongside the Modi Khola. With the majestic presence of Mt. Machhapuchhre gracing the horizon, your trek progresses as you ascend the valley toward the looming mountains. Passing through lush rice fields and verdant forests, the afternoon sun will welcome you to MLN Ghandruk. Here, a sumptuous hot lunch awaits, served against the backdrop of awe-inspiring Annapurna Massif views. The day’s 5–6 hours of trekking will lead you to rest and rejuvenation at MLN Ghandruk, your overnight abode.

Day 3: Trek to Chomrong

Start your trek to Chomrong, beginning with a forest ascent to a hilltop clearing, followed by a steep descent through a vast canyon. The journey continues through lush forests, adorned with terraced fields, and switchbacks upwards to Taglung at 2000 m. The trail widens, leading to the final descent into Chomrong at 7054 ft. Expect a 4-5 hour trek with an overnight stay at a local lodge and meals provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Day 4: Trek to Dovan

Begin your journey to Dovan, commencing after breakfast. The trek begins with a descent on a stone staircase, traversing the Chomrong Khola, and ascends through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests. This leads to Dovan, a petite village with dispersed lodges nestled at 8202 ft. Anticipate a 4-5 hour trek, find repose in a local lodge overnight, and savor the provided meals encompassing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5: Trek to Deurali

The journey to Deurali begins by following a muddy path along the Modi Khola, transitioning to a rocky trail through forests. En route, a cave at Hinko is reached through a steep forest ascent. Descending towards the river, the path eventually leads back to Deurali. Amidst sparse vegetation, relish enchanting valley views and cascading waterfalls from rock-face cliffs. Situated at 10,498 feet, Deurali offers an overnight stay at a local lodge, complete with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plan for a 4-5-hour trek amidst this picturesque terrain.

Day 6: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, ascending beside a moraine to a knoll with astounding views of Annapurna's steep south face towering over the sanctuary. Progressing through Macchapuchre Base Camp, the landscape evolves with diminishing vegetation and closer mountain vistas. After an overnight stay, the return journey ensues the next day. Situated at 13,550 feet, the Base Camp offers accommodation in a local lodge with meals provided. Plan for a 4-5-hour trek amidst this breathtaking terrain.


Day 7: Trek to Dovan

After absorbing the majestic beauty of the Himalayan panorama, retrace your steps and proceed towards Dovan, where you rest for the night on the way back from Annapurna Base Camp. At an elevation of 9,580 feet, Dovan welcomes you with local lodge accommodations and provides meals. The return journey takes 5–6 hours, allowing you to relive the enchanting trekking experience.

Day 8: Trek to Chomrong

Progressing ahead as you make your way towards Chomrong Reaching an altitude of 7,054 feet, this 4-5 hour trek leads you to a local lodge where you will spend the night, indulging in meals that include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Day 9: Trek to Landruk

The journey leads you downhill, diverging from the previous path to descend steeply towards the “New Bridge” over the Modi Khola. Later, the trail levels out as you approach the quaint lodges of Jhinu Danda, a 1.5-hour trek away. While lunch is being prepared, an opportunity arises for a 25-minute forest excursion to the invigorating hot springs. After the meal, you continue the expedition, trekking for 2 hours to reach the serene destination of Landruk. Here, you find your accommodations at MLN Landruk for the night, embracing an elevation of 5,415 ft. Throughout the day, relish nourishing meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Day 10: Trek to Majgaon

Following breakfast, while your porters organized the luggage for the trek, you and your guide set out. Your journey takes you through the village and verdant farmlands, with the majestic Annapurna peaks gracing the backdrop. Today’s trek to Majgaon/Tomijong is pleasant and undemanding. As you arrive at the MLN Majgaon/Tomijong Lodge, you’ll be greeted by the opportunity to unwind in your room, soak up the mountain vistas, or relax in the tranquil garden. Alternatively, a guided stroll through the village is an option. The elevation is 4,593 feet, which takes 5–6 hours to trek. Overnight at MLN Majgaon, where you will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11: Trek to Lumle and Drive to Pokhara

Begin your day with early morning tea or coffee on your verandah, absorbing the tranquil ambiance. The splendor of the Annapurna range unfolds before you, offering picturesque photo opportunities from various spots around the lodge. After a satisfying breakfast, a trek of around an hour leads you through forested paths, treating you to valley and mountain vistas. Chandrakot, situated at 5200 feet, welcomes you. Continuing for another 30 minutes, you’ll reach Lumle at 5300 feet, where a waiting vehicle awaits. A scenic 1-hour drive back to Pokhara follows, concluding with a comfortable transfer to your hotel.


Best Season

The prime trekking seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp are March, April, October, and November, offering stable weather, minimal rain, and pleasant temperatures for a delightful journey. These months unveil blooming rhododendron forests and clear mountain vistas.

Conversely, May to September bring monsoon showers, and December to February feature sub-zero temperatures and snow-covered trails. Avoiding these periods ensures safety and comfort on your trek.

Itinerary by: 

Mountain Lodges of Nepal,

Sherpa Hospitality Group

Contact Details: +977-1-5909975

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