Trekking in Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. There are several routes within the region. Each of the routes offers its own unique flavor and experience.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the more popular routes within the Annapurna region. It is a trek up to the base camp reaching an altitude of almost 4200m above sea level.
During this trek, you are greeted with magnificent views of some of the world’s highest peaks; you get to enjoy and experience the traditional lifestyle of the rural mountain people of Nepal and also witness the thick and lush forest life along the route.
This 8 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is great for those who are short on time and yet want to get an experience of actual trekking in the mountains of Nepal. There are other Annapurna Base Camp treks available that take you longer along different routes within the region.
- Main highlights of the trip
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek 8 Days Itinerary
- Day 01: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Uleri
- Day 02: Trek to Ghorepani.
- Day 03: Early Morning Poon hill for sunrise view and trek to Tadapani.
- Day 04: Trek to Sinuwa.
- Day 05: Trek to Deurali.
- Day 06: Trek to Annapurna base camp.
- Day 07: Trek down to Sinuwa.
- Day 08: Trek down to Siwai and drive to Pokhara.
- Best time to do this trek
Main highlights of the trip
- Glorious views of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machapuchare (Fishtail), Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt.Hiuchuli
- Beautiful, traditional village settlements of the Gurung tribe
- Natural hot spring
- Beautiful sunrise, sunsets
- Experience of the local culture, lifestyle of the rural Mountain areas of Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trek 8 Days Itinerary
Day 01: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Uleri
Walking Hour:3 to 4 hours of trek
Altitude: Ulleri- 1960m
You will be received at the airport after a short and scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu. After some refreshments, you will leave the hotel for Nayapul which is around half an hour to an hour drive from Pokhara.
Nayapul or newbridge (1070m) is where your actual trek on foot starts. After passing some beautiful villages with terraced hills for farming, you will reach the famous Ulleri steps. These will lead you to your destination for the day, Ulleri village.
Day 02: Trek to Ghorepani.
Walking Hour: 5 to 6 hours of trek
Altitude: Ghorepani- 2874m
On clear mornings, you can see the beautiful, terraced farms, lush green hills all around you with the stoned tiled houses. You can also get a view of the magnificent Annapurna south from Ulleri.
After trekking 5-6 hours you reach Ghorepani.
On this part of the trek you not only pass the beautiful villages, you also pass through beautiful, lush green forest area with beautiful waterfalls.
You can pause to take pictures, take water breaks along the way to enjoy at the beautiful mountains, forest, animal life which helps to ease your tiredness.
Day 03: Early Morning Poon hill for sunrise view and trek to Tadapani.
Walking Hour: 1 to 2 hours to Poon hill, 6 to 7 hours to Tadapani
Altitude: Poonhill-3210m, Tadapani- 2650m
Today is all about getting up early and trekking up to Poon hill to see the spectacular, golden sunrise.
You can view some of the highest mountains from here including Annapurna South (7219m), Mt. Machapuchare (Fishtail- 6991m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8177m), Mt Annapurna (8091m).
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After your breakfast in Ghorepani, you trek to your destination of the day, Tadapani. This part of the trek is most beautiful in early springs as the forest around the trails is filled with the full blossoms of red, pink rhododendrons and other beautiful wildflowers. It is a heavenly view.
Day 04: Trek to Sinuwa.
Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
Today the trek is mostly downhill and comparatively easier than Day 3. Most of the people in this part of the trail belong to the Gurung community. You can see and explore their lifestyle, culture on this trek.
You will stop for lunch at Chomrong(2140m) and then head on towards the quiet village of Sinuwa.
Day 05: Trek to Deurali.
Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
Today you will be trekking through different forests of bamboo, rhododendrons, oak and so on. You will also encounter waterfalls, temples, caves and suspension bridge on your way to Deurali.
We rest for the night at Deurali.
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna base camp.
Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp 4130m
This is the day where you reach your ultimate destination, the Annapurna Base Camp. You trek through Machapuchare Base Camp at 3700 m to reach ABC (Annapurna Base Camp), your main destination of the entire trek.
This is the day where you know for sure that the trek was all worth it. This place provides you with an almost panoramic view of the mountain ranges.
The majestic peaks of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Gangapurna, Fang can be seen from here. This place is also great for camping. You get to enjoy the beautiful sunset in the mountains and rest for the evening here.
Day 07: Trek down to Sinuwa.
Walking Hour: 5 to 6 hours
After enjoying some magical moments in the laps of the mountains, Annapurna Base Camp, you will trek back to Sinuwa, our destination for today. The trek back is much more comfortable with more down hill trekking than uphill ones.
Enjoy your way back and relive the moment. We will rest for the night at Sinuwa.
Day 08: Trek down to Siwai and drive to Pokhara.
Walking Hour: 5 to 6 hours
Altitude: Phewa tal (Pokhara)- 827m
The trek down from Sinuwa to Siwai goes through the beautiful villages of Chomrong,Jhinu, Kyumi. You can choose to indulge in the natural hot spring in Jhinu to help relax your tired muscles.
After you reach Siwai, you will be taken to Pokhara, our destination for today.
From hereon, you can choose to relax and explore the beautiful, lake city of Pokhara or carry on your journey onwards to Kathmandu and other places.
Note: The above itinerary can be modified on your specifications to a certain point. Feel free to contact us anytime for more information.
Best time to do this trek
Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. The country is divided into 4 distinct seasons. Autumn season is the best season for trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It has beautiful, cool, clear weather conditions making for magnificent views of the mountains and landscape.
Spring season comes in a close second. This time of the year provides beautiful, picturesque view of the blossoms of the rhododendrons and the lush forests. Autumn falls in the months of September and October and spring falls in April, May.
You can check our Annapurna Base Camp trek weather for details or any other questions related to weather on this trek.
Type of Trekking
This trek is on the moderate scale of trekking and is doable by anyone who is physically fit to walk uphill for 4/6 hours daily. It is not a technically challenging trek, so you don’t need any kind of alpine trekking experience or any technical climbing experience. Of course, having these experience doesn’t hurt.
Annapurna base camp training may help you get further acquainted with this topic.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek requires every trekker (international) to have two permits. The first one is TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) which is compulsory for every trekker that comes to Nepal. The second one is the ACAP or Annapurna conservation area entry permits as you will be trekking through the Annapurna conservation area. Portions of this permit cost will go into the funds for the Annapurna conservation trust.
With or Without a Guide and Porter
Trekking without a guide and porter is definitely cheaper and offers a slightly different kind of adventure. However, we do recommend hiring both.
Having a guide and porter allows you to have company as well as prevent you from getting lost. It also allows you to trek freely without the added weight of your backpack and luggage.
They can provide you with information regarding almost everything from the best, local tea houses to the animals and birds you may encounter on the trek. They can also help you to make conversations with the local to get more in-depth knowledge of the local lifestyle, culture and so on.
Accommodations and food
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a tea house trek which means you will be staying at tea houses for the duration of your trek.
The tea houses have all the basic amenities like toilet, shower, and beds. These tea houses also provide your food.
Being a popular trekking destination, you do get a wide range of choices in your menu in the lower regions of the trek. There are bakeries as well. In the higher ranges your menu may be limited to the local cuisine of dal-bhat-tarkari. This dish consists of steamed rice (bhat), lentils (dal) and some vegetables (tarkari) along with pickles. This is a to-do list on most trekkers list who visits Nepal, so you may as well try it.
Your body gets dehydrated quicker on the higher altitudes, so it is very important to remain hydrated throughout your trek for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
It is recommended you bring your own water purifying tablets, steripens and so on. You do get bottled water, some clean drinking water stations and hot water along the way.
High Altitude Sickness
Know as much as you can of altitude sickness. If you see anyone having any symptoms of altitude sickness, let the tour operator or your guide know immediately. Take all the necessary precautions for a safe and comfortable trek.
Other things to consider for this trek
- This trip entails walking continuously for 4/6 hours uphill on a daily basis. So be mentally and physically prepared for it.
- It is recommended to have travel insurance in case of loss of baggage, travel documents, cancellation of travel plan, and so on.
- You can get visa on arrival, however during peak seasons you may end up queuing for hours.
- Inform the tour operator of any health complications you may have.
- This 8 day trek is not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart complications.
- Avoid sun exposure as much as you can. Too much sun exposure is not only bad for your skin but also leads to dehydration, nausea, dizziness. This can dampen your comfortable trek.
- Make sure to check the credentials of your local guide
- Remember to have a good time; you are on a holiday after all.