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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

One of the few treks suitable for all season, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek) is an easy
trek starting from Nayapul, one and half hour ride from Pokhara. Along with the passing through
various levels of terrain and landscapes, it is the only trek that lets you enjoy the base of 7000 and
8000 m high mountain within a very short span of time. Here is the standard itinerary for
Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our journey in Nepal begins today. A Peregrine Treks representative will be waiting for us at the
airport. He/she will then drop us at our hotel where we can take some rest. In the evening we can
enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Peregrine Treks. During the course of dinner we can enjoy
Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

We tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These sites highlight Nepal’s cultural and religious
heritages. Our first stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square which showcases Kathmandu’s rich
architectural prowess during the Malla dynasty (c1201–1769),and then Swoyambhunath Stupa
which tourists commonly refer to as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to a large number of the monkey
population in the vicinity. Next is Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage
sites for Hindus all over the world followed by the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of
the largest stupas in the world. Lastly, in the late afternoon we visit Peregrine Treks’ office for a
brief orientation on our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek

We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. As soon as we land in Pokhara, we notice the spectacular
Himalayan vista,the city is adorned with. We can see Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five
peaks of Annapurna and others. From Pokhara, we drive to NayaPul and start the trek. We walk
through a valley forest, cross the BhurundiKhola (river) before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The
Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really determine a
test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.

Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 - 5 hours trek

After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs. As we are ascending we admire
the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view. We pass
waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the higher
part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including
Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. The village has small shops that sell local products such as
handbags and crafts. The village also has good wi-fi. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill


(3,210m/10,529ft): 6 - 7 hours

We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas.
Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
ranges and enjoy the sunrise from these majestic mountains. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible
views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of
coffee, we trek back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here and then walk towards the east and
climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach
Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours trek

The trail starts off with a descent style through large rhododendron forests. The forest trail ends
and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass
waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the hilly and
mountainous regions of Nepal. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our
destination for today, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive.
Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 07: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours

We leave Chhomrong and walk on quite a number of stone steps before reaching the
ChhomrongKhola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and begin an uphill climb to Sinuwa.
Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar. From here we embark on an easy descent to
Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 08: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours

We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail which is
sometimes steep. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in
the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much
drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to
Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We
notice that the vegetation has become sparse allowing magical views of the valley, the river below
and cliffs adorned with waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
(3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours

We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep.
We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchre Base Camp. From
here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III,
Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the
Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan
panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are
surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way into this area is through the gorge we just
hiked. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 - 8 hours

From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp,
Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek
is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 11: Bamboo to JhinuDanda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours

We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep
descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they
were before. The trail then descends to JhinuDanda, where we will be resting for the night. On the
way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching JhinuDanda, we can
spend the rest of the afternoon taking rest and relaxing. Overnight in JhinuDanda.

Day 12: Trek to NayaPul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

We leave JhinuDanda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to
NayaPul. We have lunch on the way. The actual trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary ends today. We
board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

*If the road construction connecting JhinuDanda to NayaPul is complete, driving from JhinuDanda
to Pokhara could be another option.
Day 13: Half day Sightseeing and flight back t Kathmandu

After landing at the airport, we will be dropped off at our hotel in the city. We can spend the day
taking the much needed rest or catch up on some last minute shopping. Either way, we mark the
end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Peregrine Treks where we can share our
experiences of the trek before flying back home the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final departure

Our trip to Nepal ends today. We will be dropped off at the airport by a company representative 3
hours before the scheduled flight.

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