Day 1: Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m).
From Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapul, which takes about 1 hour. From Nayapul, the trek to Annapurna Base Camp officially starts. The destination for the day is Tikhedunga and the 3-hour walk is fairly easy.
Day 2: Trek to Ghorepani (2840m)
From Tikhedunga, we will head towards Ghorepani, which will take about 5-6 hours. This day awaits more than 3000 stone steps to be climbed, taking us to a Magar village called Ulleri. The walk to Ghorepani includes crossing Tikhedunga River and Bhurungdi River and passing by a beautiful stretch of rhododendron forest. We can sight Annapurna range shining in the backdrop as we walk along the trails.
Day 3: Hike up to Poon Hill sunrise (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)
The sunrise view from Poon Hill is an exceptional beauty where the whole vista of mountains and sky turns glows with orange brilliance. Thus, to witness this sheer beauty, we will hike to Poon Hill early in the morning. The hike takes about 1 hour. After return from Poon Hill, we will start our journey towards Tadapani. Walking through ridges and rhododendron forests, we will reach Tadapani in about 5-6 hours, ending the trek for the day.
Day 4: Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m).
From Tadapani, we will march towards Chhomrong. After a steep downhill descends, we will reach Kimrong Khola. After crossing the Kimrong Khola, we will have to climb the steep Chere Danda for a while. From here, an easy trail takes us to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful Gurung village of Annapurna region that welcomes you with warm hospitality. The whole day includes 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 5: Trek to Himalayan Hotel (2,950m) - 6 hrs.
From Chhomrong, we will pave our way towards Himalayan Hotel. First, we descend down to Chhomrong Khola and then climb up to reach Kuldighar. On our way, we will pass rhododendron forest and then reach Dovan. After a total of about 6 hours walk, we will reach Himalayan Hotel.
Day 6: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m): 5- 6 hours.
On this day, we will reach the main destination of the trek, i.e. Annapurna Base Camp after 5-6 hours of trekking. Standing on the lap of Mount Annapurna and being surrounded by mountains all around, will be the best reward throughout the trek. The trek up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp might be somewhat challenging. Nevertheless, the silver mountains will ease all the pain. The sunset and sunrise from the basecamp are very beautiful too.
Day 7: Trek down to Bamboo,7 – 8 hours.
We will start our return from this day. From Annapurna Base Camp, we will gradually walk through the snow, and forests to reach Bamboo. The dense Bamboo forest is very dark and moist. After about 8 hours of walk, we will rest at Bamboo.
Day 8: Trek down to Jhinu Danda (1,760m): 4 - 5 hours & drive back to pokhara
Retracing your steps, you will descend to Jhinu Danda. You can enjoy your final downhill trail through the forest, terraced fields, high hills, and small villages.
From the jeep station, you will drive back to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel. You can relax there and are free to visit different places. Pokhara, ‘the city of lakes, is a famous tourist hub of Nepal. There are many amazing spots like Peace Pagoda, Mahendra Cave, Lakeside, etc. You just can’t miss them!
And after a hectic day, you can enjoy your evening in a good pub or restaurant. You have a variety of options to choose from. There is no better place than Pokhara to celebrate the victory of your trek.