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Annapurna Base camp Trek -12 Days

Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Packages

Annapurna Base Camp trek via poon hill -12 days
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Trek Destination Poon hill & ABC
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Trip Duration 12 Days
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Highest elevation 4,130 at ABC
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Best season Aug-Dec/ Feb- May
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Trip Grade Moderate
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Trek Type Lodge / Tea House


Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the second most popular trekking route in Nepal after Everest Base Camp. It is perfect adventure  to reach an altitude of 4200 meters in 8 to 10 days. The  Trek  Take you the base camp of the 9th  world highest  Peak Mt. Annapurna  via famous  Himalayan  view point Poon Hill.

The 12 Days Annapurna Base camp   Trek  Take you the base camp of the 9th  world highest  Peak Mt. Annapurna  via famous  Himalayan  view point Poon Hill.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek  12 days offers great introduction to rustic Nepal and its fascinating peaks. Annapurna meaning “The Goddess of the Harvests” is the part of Great Himalaya Range located in the North-central Nepal.

There are very few treks in Nepal that takes you close proximity to 8,000m+ and 7,000+ peaks without forcing you to push your limits; in such short time period.Walk through lush terraced fields, explore cultural hamlets, cross gushing rivers and endeavor the challenging mountain trail to the Annapurna Base Camp.

You will spend nights at local teahouse which offers you an in-depth knowledge of local culture and traditions. The region is per-dominantly inhabited by Gurung and Magar community who are globally known for their bravery in British Gurkha Regiment.

Our 12  days Annapurna Base camp Trek Itinerary   starts from  Kathmandu to Kathmandu, From Kathmandu, we  drive to  Pokhara and next day from Pokhara,  Drive to Nayapul 45 minutes and walk through Hindu farming village; then Tibeto-Berman groups for two days to Ghorepani. A pre-sunrise climb to Poon Hill ridge (3,210m/10,530ft) ensures panoramic sunrise over gigantic Himalayas – Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Fish-tailed (sacred Machhapuchhre)

The trail then moves eastwards towards Modi Khola valley which carries melted water from glacier and ice-rings above. Numerous villages nestle above the river on ridge tops surrounded by charming terraced fields.

The trail above Chhomrong becomes steep and as it enters to the Sanctuary; the tree line gives way to Alpine scrubs and peaks come into full view. A rigorous walk to Macchapuchhre Base Camp is followed by two stiff hours climb to Annapurna Base camp. Here you will be rewarded with the vast and Breathtaking wall of rocks and ice; rising above 4,000m from BC. Below is magnificent Ice U-shaped valley gouge.

The returning journey just one night in Bamboo and next day trekking  Jhinu Danda. and a private vehicle to drive you back to Pokhara. , and Next day back to Kathmandu and spend your leisure day exploring the sights and sounds of the city.


Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an iconic trekking adventure in the Nepali Himalayan prospects and one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. In this remarkable Himalayan excursion, besides immersing in the mystical ambiance of the Himalayan, you will also get the opportunity to explore the charming settlements of Gurung, Magar, and Tamang ethnic groups, their culture, traditions, and, of course, delightful hospitality.

The diverse flora and fauna of the Annapurna Conservation Area (est 1985), exhilarating landscapes from sub-tropical forest to alpine meadows and moraines, and breathtaking vistas of north-central Himalayan prospects are some other incredible highlights of this remarkable journey.

But what about Annapurna Base Camp Trek route? If you are curious about this mainstream trekking excursion in the Nepali Himalayas, then you might be wondering about what route will your itinerary plan follow. Its natural to get confused as different trekking agencies taking you across different highlight points in the region.

However, in general, there are just two major Annapurna Base Camp Trek routes. One of the trekking routes directly takes you to the main base camp route from Pokhara, whereas the other one provides you the opportunity to explore Poon Hill, the famous Annapurna viewpoint.


Annapurna Base Camp Trek Routes Breakdown

These are the two most popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek routes that many trekking agencies follow. You can decide on either of these two trekking packages after considering the highlights, itinerary plans, and the duration of the trip.

Short Annapurna Base Camp Route (5 -6 days)

The 5, 6 days ABC Trek is Short version of trek route , It is  direct route to the base camp from Pokhara.
In this route, after your drive or flight to Pokhara (823 meters) from Kathmandu (1,400 meters), you will then drive to Ghandruk (1,940 meters). Then, gradually moving along the ascending points of the route, you will trek through Sinuwa (2,340 meters), Deurali (3,174 meters), and Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,720 meters) to reach Annapurna Base Camp (4,160 meters).

Then, after completing the exploration of the base camp, you will follow the descending route across Jhinu Dana (1,7820 meters), Siwai (1,530 meters), and finally Pokhara (823 meters), where you will conclude your journey.


Standard Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route (9-11 days)

The standard  Annapurna Base Camp Trek route across several popular highlights of the region. This longer variant of the Himalayan excursion starts with a drive to Pokhara (823 meters).

The next day’s drive will trek to Hile, the starting point of the trek, and you will trek toward Ulleri (1,980 meters). Then, your journey will proceed toward the popular viewpoint in lower Annapurna, Poon Hill (3,210 meters), across Ghorepani Village (2,850 meters). Moving along with your ascending route, you will trek past other beautiful settlements of the region like Chomrong (1,951 meters), Dovan (2,130 meters), and finally to Annapurna Base Camp (4,160 meters) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,720 meters).

After the completion of the trek, you will make your descend to Bamboo (20,50 meters) and also explore the natural hot spring of Jhindu Danda (1,700 meters) before driving down to Pokhara. You can either take a flight or drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, which will pull the curtain on your Himalayan journey.

Highlights of 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

1,  Cultural Villages

Explore the traditional villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar community and interact with locals to get close glimpse of local culture and tradition. Annapurna, home of many Gurkha soldier, has friendly locals who love to share their culture and life experience. They will delight you with warm hospitality.

2, Lush Forests of Rhododendrons and oaks

Annapurna Base camp trial goes through amazing forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oaks. In spring, the colorful rhododendron and other wild-flowers endow the trail; making it earth’s paradise. Small streams and chirping of birds add more beauty.

3, Numerous rivers and suspension bridges

Get ready to be enthralled on a beauty of rivers that meanders on your trail. Also get ready to swing on every step as you walk to cross the suspension bridges over the river.

4, Rural Nepalese Lifestyle

Though the villages on ABC trial well-pander their travelers; local still have rural lifestyle and enjoy their Village life. You will see well-furnished hotels and at a same time thatched roof houses. Farming and animal husbandry are still main source of income.

5, Magnificent Himalayan Peaks

Enjoy some of the best views of mighty Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The astounding Himalayan peaks dominate the entire trek. Annapurna and countless other peaks crowd the horizon. From every ridges and villages you pass by, you can witness wonderful sceneries.

6, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Base Camp

You will have privilege to explore two base camps – Machhapucchre Base Camp (3,700m) and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). At 4,130m, Annapurna Base Camp is dream come-true destination for every adventure enthusiast and Nature  lover. You will spend overnight beneath the shadow of Annapurna which is, no doubt, anexhilarating experience. Morning welcomes you with fresh mountain air and stunning rays of sun that strike upon the milky Annapurna.

7, Jhinu Hot Spring

A visit to the natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda works magic on your tired muscles and is a well-deserved break on your returning trip from Base Camp.Jhinu Danda is itself a delightful settlement; perched on a top of ridge with couple of teahouses and pop-up craft shops.

8, Diverse Floral and Faunal Species

Annapurna region is paradise for nature lover and botanist. Variety of floral and faunal species thrive on the geography of Annapurna Conservation Area. The region is home to various numbers of flowering and non-flowering plants and rare and non-rare wild species like leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Thar etc.

9, Poon Hill

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a hike to Poon Hill offers comprehensive mountain experience in Annapurna region. An exploratory hike to Poon Hill not only offers you a unique experience but also Assist you with acclimatization. Poon Hill viewpoint at 3,210m; offers magnificent sunrise over 55km long Annapurna massif.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary -12 Days

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport arrival gate, our representative will be there with your name card. You will then board our vehicle drive towards your hotel in Thamel. The rest of the day is leisure and you can unwind or take a stroll through the city corners.

Accommodation – 3 star Hotel
Meals – Dinner

Day 2

Drive to Pokhara By Tourist Bus

You will board a tourist bus that departs at 7 am in the morning from Kathmandu. The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is 200 kilometers through Prithvi Highway and takes anywhere from 7-8 hours depending on the road conditions and traffic.

You will follow through the highway that traverses along Trishuli river basin and heads westbound. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be received by our representative and you will drive towards your hotel at the Lake side. For the rest of the evening, you can stroll around at the Lakeside and unwind.

Accommodation –  Hotel
Meals –  Breakfast

Day 3

Drive to Nayapul- Trekking to Ulleri

Your jeep will pick you up from your Pokhara hotel post-breakfast. The drive from Pokhara to Nayapul covers a distance of 40 kilometers along the Baglung-Pokhara highway, taking about 1.5 hours.


Upon arrival in Nayapul, our trek commences. The initial two hours of the trail from Nayapul are relatively easy, offering scenic views. Nayapul is situated along the banks of the Modi River, originating from the Annapurna massifs.


The initial segment of the trek unfolds amidst the rural charm of Nepal, passing through terraced farms, charming villages like Birethanti, Sudame, Hile, and Tikhedhunga, as well as dense forests and babbling streams. Beyond Tikhedhunga, we traverse a suspension bridge, marking the onset of a steep ascent.

Our journey includes the challenging climb up the renowned 3200 stone steps of Ulleri. After approximately 2 hours of ascent, we reach our overnight stop at Ulleri.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4

Trekking to Ghorepani

Ulleri offers your first sweeping view of the Annapurna massifs, unveiling the majestic Mt. Annapurna South (7219m.) and Hiunchuli (6441m.). The village itself serves as a stunning backdrop against the shimmering mountains. Continuing from Ulleri, the trail gradually ascends, drawing you deeper into the captivating ambiance of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

This stretch of the trek immerses you in a lively world of diverse flora and fauna of ACAP. Winding through lush jungles adorned with Rhododendron, Juniper, Birch, and Fir trees, the path reveals abundant natural beauty and hidden gems as you pass through the charming hamlets of Banthanti and Nagthanti. Emerging from the dense forests, a flattened slope unfolds just below the Poonhill viewpoint. Scattered across this area are small tea houses, marking our arrival at Ghorepani, our designated overnight stop for the day.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Early Morning, hike to Poonhil (3,210m) and after breakfast trek to Tadapni -6 hour , 2500m

Today marks the pinnacle of your journey as you ascend to the picturesque vantage point of Poonhill. The day kicks off early, around 4 o’clock, with our guide stirring us for the trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill. Guided by the glow of headlamps in the predawn light, we arrive at Poonhill after a 1.5-hour hike.

From this elevated viewpoint, you’ll be treated to enchanting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and a panoramic spectacle featuring Annapurna, Barahi, Shikhar, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Annapurna I-IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Machhapuchhre.

Descending from Poonhill, we return to Ghorepani for a satisfying breakfast before embarking on the next leg of our journey. The descent is gradual, following a stone-paved trail. After a 5-hour trek, we reach Tadapani, where we spend the night.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Trek to Chomrong -2150m, 6 Hour

The trail starting from Tadapani meanders through the quaint villages of the Kaski district. Initially, you’ll encounter a gentle descent that gradually steepens after a few hours. The initial part of the trek follows the path to Ghandruk, a renowned Gurung village.

Just before reaching Ghandruk, the footpath turns eastward, providing occasional glimpses of Annapurna South, Machapuchre, Hiunchuli, and other peaks in the Annapurna range. Descending steeply from Chuile village to Kimrong Khola, the journey then involves a challenging uphill climb through Ghurjhung and Talung villages, eventually leading to the hilltop village of Chomrong, surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan vistas in every direction.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Trek to Himalaya -2920m, 6 Hour

Commencing our journey from Chomrong, we descend through the village, navigating stone-paved staircases that involve tackling over 1000 stairs. After the descent, we cross Chhomrong Khola using a wooden bridge, continuing for approximately 2 hours to reach Sinuwa.


Today, the elevation surpasses 3000 meters, and the trail leads through the dense forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), adorned with Rhododendron, Juniper, Birch, and Fir trees. On the right side, the roaring Modi River carves its way through narrow passages. Ascending further, we reach Bamboo for lunch, and the trail maintains a steep incline until Dovan.


Beyond Dovan, we reach the small hamlet of Himalaya, leaving the dense forests behind to reveal a new landscape. The majestic Mt. Fishtail becomes visible as we approach Himalaya.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) 4,095m – 04 hrs.

Himalaya is situated at an altitude of 2680 meters, and today’s trek takes us beyond the 4000-meter mark. Two hours from Himalaya, we reach Deurali at 3200 meters. The subsequent part of the journey encounters a substantial landslide shortly after departing from Deurali.


The trail through the landslide is scattered with rock boulders and uneven surfaces, requiring careful navigation due to the potential risk of rock falls. Upon completing this challenging section, a semi-arid trail unfolds, leading to a gradual ascent lasting 3 hours to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Lunch is enjoyed at MBC, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mt. Annapurna I (8091m).


The trail from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp, another 2 hours away, is characterized by a gentle, flat path. Arriving at the teahouse, you can relish panoramic views of the Annapurna massifs, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre, from the vantage point of Annapurna Glacier.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Trek back to Bamboo - 6 hour

Rise early to witness a breathtaking sunrise from ABC, followed by a visit to the Annapurna glacier. Take in the awe-inspiring sight of the mountains bathed in the first rays of sunlight.


Capture the moment with some photography before returning to the teahouse for breakfast. After breakfast, we follow the same trail back, with today’s destination being Bamboo. The trek to Bamboo is expected to take around 5-6 hours.

Accommodation – Lodge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Trek Back to Jhinu -Drive back Pokhara

We retrace our steps along the familiar trail we ascended during our journey, passing through dense forests until we reach Chhomrong for lunch. Following the meal, we descend along a rural foot trail toward Jhinu.


After approximately 2 hours of descent, we arrive at Jhinu, renowned for its natural hot springs, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the soothing waters. Your vehicle will be ready in Jhinu for the drive back to Pokhara, a journey taking about 2.5 hours. In the evening, you will check into your hotel in Pokhara and settle in for the night.

Accommodation – Hotel
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,

Day 11

Drive back to Kathmandu

You will take the Prithvi Highway from Pokhara to Kathmandu via roadway. The morning buses from Pokhara leaves at 7 am in the morning and takes the highway through the basin of Trishuli River.


The journey takes anywhere from 7-8 hours to traverse and the roadway is scenic navigating through hills and flatlands of Tanahun, Chitwan, Dhading districts. You will make your way into the picturesque Kathmandu valley from Nagdhunga and our vehicle will pick you up from the buspark to take you to your hotel.

Accommodation – 3 Star Hotel
Meals – Breakfast

Day 12

International departure homeward bound.

our representative will escort you ot Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight scheduled back home. We bid farewell until our next meeting.

Meals – Breakfast

Cost Include/ Exclude

What’s include

  •   Airport / Hotel / Airport Transportation
  • 2 Nights 3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu a
  • 2 Night Hotel in Pokhara including breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara / Kathmandu  Tourist Bus
  • Meals In Trekking : 3 Meals a day during the trek (8 Breakfast, 9 Lunch and 8 Dinner) Including Tea / Coffee
  • Annapurna conservation fees and TIMS permit
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English speaking trekking guide
  • Trekking Porter:  Carry your Luggage (One Porter for every two clients)
  • Adventure Certificate. Trekking Map,
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All Government Taxes and Service Charge.
  • Farewell Dinner

Service excluded

  • International Air fair and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal ravel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation.
  • All  the bottle of drinks, extra hot drinks
  •   Wi- Fi, Hot Shower
  • Electronic device re-charge such as Mobile, Camera etc.
  • Tips

Equipment List

• Large backpack – Rucksack (50, 60 liter) for your luggage on your flight to Kathmandu.
• Day-pack, Carry your self – (about 25-30 liters). To Put your valuable things like Passport, money, camera etc,
• Warm sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of minus 6-8 ° C. if you don’t have it, you may rent in Kathmandu or pokhara also, it cost USD 1 per day each item.
• Hiking Boots
• Trekking poles
• Wind and waterproof jacket. Goretex or similar.
• Down jacket.
• Warm fleece jacket.
• Trekking Pants.
• Sandals
• Thermal underwear. Two sets. Wool and polypro
• Couple of T-Shirts
• Underwear
• Couple of pair socks. Wool with a mix of synthetic
• Warm hat
• Sun hat or cap.
• Gloves.
• Sunglasses that fit closely to the eyes,
• Water bottle (Almoniyem bottle 1 liters)
• Headlamp
• Sunscreen
• Lip balm
• Small towel
• Personal first aid kit with painkillers, band aids, disinfectant, etc.
• Camera and battery charger, spare battery. Large memory card

12 Days Annapurna Base Camp trek map

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