6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The 6-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a wonderful and time-saving way to seek the beauty of Annapurna massifs located in the Annapurna region of Nepal by traversing through culturally and naturally rich places. This is an astonishing journey that takes you to the heartland of the 10th tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8091m). The journey presents you with the lap of gigantic rugged mountains in just 6 days with a well-planned itinerary. The unique excursion through the diversified ecology takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp, which stands at a height of 4130m via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m).

The journey to the ABC stretches through a cluster of culturally rich places. Within just 6 days, the journey will take you through a cluster of sightseeing places like Pokhara, Nayapul, Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Dovan, Himalaya, Deurali, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The journey will present you with the diverse cultures of Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Brahmin, Chhetri, and Tibetan. While you pass through such culturally preserved places to reach the Annapurna Base Camp, the journey will serve you excellent beauty: Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna Fang, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and many more.

Moreover, along the way to the base camp, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of Himalayan wild species like Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, and others, along with distinct bird species including Eagle, Vultures, Himalayan Monal, and more. The journey itself is through lush forests where you’ll see distinct flora of the region. The 6-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is organized in a proper manner to let you enjoy the beauty of the trek and Himalayan region without any issues along the way. We, the GreatAdventureTreks have been working perpetually to present you with excellent experience of the trek at a short time at affordable prices.

Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • The riveting journey to the lap of the 10th tallest mountain in the world, Annapurna (8091m)
  • Spectacular beauty of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Macchapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna
  • Journey through culturally rich places like Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Bamboo, and Himalaya
  • Exploration of two base camps, Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Insights into the Himalayan lifestyle
  • Journey through numerous monasteries, stupas, mani walls, prayer flags, and prayer wheels
  • Passing through rich Himalayan flora like Rhododendron and glimpses of Himalayan wilf species like Himalayan Tahr, Monkeys, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Eagle, Himalayan Monal and more
  • Magnificent landscapes, lush greenery, elevated hills, gushing waterfalls, thundering rivers, tranquil lakes and more
  • Exploring the popular sites of Pokhara while immersing in the vibrant atmosphere of the region
  • Warm hospitality and delectable cuisines
  • A thrilling adventure that rewards you with self-reflection and personal growth

Best time for 6 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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The best time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered to be Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). While the ABC trek can be done throughout the year, even in the offseason, the suitable time is Spring and Autumn. This is because during this time, the weather conditions of the Annapurna region tend to be stable, and this minimizes numerous weather-related forthcoming challenges.

If you plan your ABC trek during Spring or Autumn, you’ll experience a smooth and safe journey as the favorable climatic conditions alleviate challenges like rainfall, snowfall, and extreme coldness. The adventure demands ascending to more than 4000m, and the trails will take you through rugged surfaces and challenging terrain. During this time, heavy rainfall can not only postpone or cancel the trip but also pose challenges like slippery tracks and the appearance of blood-sucking insects along the way.

Moreover, the challenges get stretched and pose risks of floods and landslides as you ascend towards the journey. This is why planning the journey during a suitable time is crucial, as the pleasing atmosphere and stable climatic conditions of Spring and Autumn alleviated majorities of these challenges. Stable climatic conditions won’t pose temperature fluctuations, and this protects you from extreme coldness and its effects like hypothermia and frostbite.

Planning your journey during Spring and Autumn will not only assure you a quality experience but also create a space for further Himalayan exploration, cultural immersion and relishing the naked picturesque beauty of mountains. This ultimately contributes to you having a peaceful and tranquil time in the presence of nature. While the climatic conditions during this time tend to stay stable, it is still essential to be equipped with the necessary clothing and equipment.

Why trek with us?

It is important to select a suitable trekking agent before embarking on any high Himalayan trekking journey. This is important because the quality of services you receive defines how mesmerizing your journey will be. You’ll be embarking through the remote region of Nepal to reach the Annapurna Base Camp, and the journey will take you through numerous culturally rich places. Pursuing the journey through the well-planned itinerary of a trekking company will not only let you enjoy the beauty of nature but also present you with an outstanding opportunity to explore the local settlements and culturally rich places. On top of that, navigating the challenging path by being aware of forthcoming challenges can be challenging unless you seek an experienced guide from a licensed and well-known trekking agent.

If you’re planning on pursuing the ABC Trek, we at GreatAdventureTreks offer you quality services throughout the journey. Our foremost priority is your safety and assuring you a safe and amusing experience is our responsibility. Our guides being fluent in English, will ensure that you have no communication difficulties when traveling, allowing you to have a safe and pleasurable vacation among the Annapurna massifs. Furthermore, we provide our clients with pre-trip advice and closely monitor them. We provide you with genuine advice and let you know what needs to be done in advance for any high-altitude trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, our well-organized premium packages offer stunning Himalayan experiences that suit different preferences and eligibility with a first-rate experience.

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Itinerary

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Day 01: Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

Pokhara elevation: 827m

Ghandruk Elevation: 1940m

Elevation gain: 1113m

Drive duration: 1.5 hrs

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

The mesmerizing adventure to the heartland of Annapurna massifs begins with a scenic drive through from Pokhara to Nayapul. The scenic drive will take you to Nayapul in about 1-2 hours and on the way, you’ll be able to catch the stunning beauty of the distinct topography. The adventurous drive will take you along the thundering rivers of the Kaski district of the Gandaki Province. Along the way to Nayapul, you’ll be able to catch the stunning, lively beauty of the Pokhara, along with mesmerizing views of elevated hills, rivers, waterfalls, and lush greenery.

After you reach Nayapul, the trekking journey begins from there. The journey will take you to Ghandruk, one of the famous and culturally preserved regions. The journey begins through the terraced farms and small villages. The path to the Ghandruk involves traversing through blooming rhododendron forests. Flourishing Ghandruk village awaits your travel as you embark on the 4-5 hours of trekking journey. Located between the Lumla and Dangsing villages, Ghandruk is inhabited by the Gurung community, and this trek serves as an excellent opportunity to explore the local culture and customs of the region.

Upon arriving at Ghandruk, you can immerse yourself in the local practices and also catch stunning Himalayan beauty. Being a pristine and culturally rich village, Ghandruk invites thousands of travelers from different parts of the world. People not only visit Ghandruk during Poon Hill trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek but also seek to spend quality time by primarily focusing on the journey to Ghandruk. It is a perfect spot to quench the bustling lifestyle and seek some peaceful time in the lap of nature where culturally rich inhabitants are present.

Day 2: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong

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Ghandruk Elevation: 1940m

Chomrong Elevation: 2170m

Elevation gain: 230m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

After exploring the local settlements and spending quality time at Ghandruk, the trek demands your presence at Chhomrong. The journey to the Chhomrong stretches through a greenery valley where you’ll be able to gain insights into the distinct flora of the region. Considering the case of luck, you may also catch some glimpses of Himalayan wild species or domestic animals with distinct bird species. As the journey is through lush forests, you’ll be able to relish the beauty of nature in a peaceful and tranquil way without sweating much.

The trails take you through the dense forests, Kyuri Khola, and narrow trails until you finally arrive at Kimrong. You’ll take a break at Kimrong to witness some local beauty and savor the delectable lunch. After the lunch is over, the journey begins at a steady pace. From Kimrong, it takes around 2-3 hours to reach Chhomrong, and the trails pass through steep ascents. While continuing the journey through ascents, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the Himalayan range.

The trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong will serve you with the excellent beauty of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. After conquering the steep and challenging paths for about 6 hours, you’ll finally reach Chhomrong, where you’ll spend the night. Chhomrong is another culturally rich place that is famous for yak cheese. You can savor delicious items of yak cheese here by relishing the beauty of Mt. Fishtail.

Day 3: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan/ Himalayan Hotel

Chomrong Elevation: 2170m

Dovan Elevation: 2600m

Elevation gain: 430m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

After an early morning breakfast, the journey continues towards Dovan. While the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging journey, you still haven’t approached the challenging paths of the journey. By today, you’ll have a comfortable trekking experience as you won’t be elevating much in a single day. Being mindful of the altitude sickness, you’ll pass through the trails and ascents at a steady pace. The journey begins with a descent from Chhomrong which takes you to the bank of Modi Khola.

After crossing the thundering river, you’ll pass through the rich flora of the region. You’ll encounter rhododendron, oak and pine forests as you pass through it along with distinct bird species. The journey takes you to Sinuwa along the way, where you’ll catch your breath and have your lunch. After your lunch, you’ll continue walking through the path until you arrive at a beautiful village located in the heart of Bamboo forests known as Bamboo. You can catch a short break here to witness the magical aerial beauty of the surroundings.

After that, the journey takes you towards Dovan. Upon arriving there, it is a short hike through ascents to reach the Himalayan Hotel, where you’ll spend the night. The Himalayan Hotel stands at a significant height, and this presents you with the absolute beauty of the Himalayas. From here, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of Annapurna massifs and the absolute beauty of Machhapuchhre. Also, the journey can start to be tough as you’ve ascended higher than 2500m; it’s important to maintain a steady pace during the trek.

Day 4: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (5-6 hours)

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Himalaya Elevation: 2850m

Annapurna Base Camp: 4130m

Elevation gain: 1280m

Machhapuchhre Base Camp: 3700m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

This is the major event of the 6-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will begin your trekking adventure to the Annapurna Base Camp on this day. Starting along the Modi Khola, the trail leads to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Your captivating atmosphere is maintained by the rural hiking pathways, and your passion is heightened by the breathtaking Himalayan scenery. This is a big adventure as the journey will take you to the heartland of the 10th tallest mountain in the world. After 2-3 hours of trekking from the Himalayan, you’ll arrive at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, where you’ll have your lunch.

Upon arriving at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you’ll be left awestruck by the magical beauty of the region. The climatic conditions do play a role in presenting you with the clear and transparent beauty of Mt. Fishtail. On a clear day, you’ll be able to relish the naked picturesque views of the mountains. After your lunch, you’ll begin your journey towards Annapurna Base Camp. The route itself will present you with stunning glimpses of Annapurna massifs and Hiunchuli. You’ll have a sensation of approaching heaven with each step you take toward the Annapurna Base Camp.

As you move forward, the pristine Himalayas will keep you occupied, and you’ll have a safe and smooth journey. While elevating such high altitude can pose challenges of altitude sickness, trekkers must not hurry and be driven by the Himalayan beauty but should maintain a steady pace. When you get there, the breathtaking views of Macchapuchre Himal, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna will greet you. Despite being a lengthy day of exploration, the experience of traversing through distinct Himalayan places to visit two Himalayan Base Camps of the region will treat you with an unforgettable experience.

Day 5: Trek from ABC to Bamboo or Sinuwa

Annapurna Base Camp: 4130m

Bamboo Elevation: 2335m

Elevation loss: 1795m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

By today, you’ve reached the destination and observed the magnificent mountains up close. Now, it’s time to retrace to Siwai and catch a drive from Siwai to Pokhara. To reach there firstly, you descend towards Bamboo from ABC. The journey towards Bamboo begins after relishing the stunning sunrise view, glancing upon the Himalayan peaks. After that, you’ll start descending along the route to reach Bamboo.

The downhill journey may be monotonous as you’ll be leaving the grand mountainous range, but the views of the Himalayan peaks of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli will cover it for you. You will spend the night at one of the local teahouses after arriving in Bamboo. Bamboo will continue to provide you with the Himalayan splendor as well as the aerial beauty of the many local villages. You can also decide and push your journey to Sinuwa to spend the night there.

Day 6: Trek from Bamboo or Sinuwa to Siwai (2-3 hours), then drive to Pokhara

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Bamboo Elevation: 2335m

Sinuwa Elevation: 2,340 meters

Siwai Elevation: 1,500 meters

Pokhara elevation: 827m

Trek duration: 2-3 hours

Drive duration: 3-4 hours

This is the last day of the 6-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It’s time to bid farewell to the beautiful Himalayan region. On this day, you’ll begin with descending from Bamboo to Siwai. The route will take you through terraced farms and local settlements and present you with Himalayan beauty as well. The trek will take about 2-3 hours to reach Siwai from Bamboo. Upon reaching there, you’ll spend some quality time sipping on tea. Then, you’ll catch a drive-through from Siwai to Pokhara via Nayapul. The mesmerizing journey can hit you with nostalgia while the Himalayan peak yearns for your visit once again.

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6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Travel Insurance

When it comes to hopping on the mesmerizing high Himalayan trekking journey, it is crucial to be mindful of all the challenges and possible incidents that may happen along the way. Traveling and trekking are amusing but being mindful of such conditions and ensuring your safety is the foremost priority. Uncertainties do not come by presenting an invitation, which is why, before embarking on any high Himalayan trekking journey, it is crucial to have Travel Insurance. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek encompasses sickness, injuries, or accidents along the way, and to ensure your safety and seek immediate medical services, having travel insurance will help you with that.

Here are lists of reasons why you should consider travel insurance before heading for Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

  • Emergency searching and helicopter evacuation
  • Medical expenses caused by or during the journey
  • Coverage for lost or stolen items
  • Personal liability coverage
  • Loss of a friend or family
  • Difficulties or interruptions due to natural calamities
  • Accidental death or disability

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is the major concern before embarking on any high Himalayan trekking journey. As you ascend to the higher altitude, you’ll find decreasing oxygen levels and changing atmospheric pressure. After you cross 2500m in altitude, you’ll start feeling differences in the oxygen level and atmospheric pressure. And if the body can’t adapt to such changes, it has risks of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness, which is also known as acute mountain sickness, can be mild to extreme. The symptoms of altitude sickness include nausea, headache, loss of coordination, loss of appetite, dizziness, and insomnia.

The sickness can also range to extreme, which is called high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). This is why it is important to be mindful of altitude and maintain a steady pace during the journey. It is crucial to acclimatize properly during the journey while it is also important to stay hydrated and consume healthy and nutritious food to support your body to battle with the sickness. In case you catch one, you can take Diamox which will help you overcome the sickness. If the sickness worsens, you can call for emergency Helicopter evacuation that will directly take you to a top-notch hospital.

Necessary Packing

Packing extensively before heading for the ABC trek is essential. Whether you’re pursuing the journey during a suitable time or off-season, it is important to be mindful of the fluctuating weather of the Himalayan region and pack accordingly. While you can check packing lists for Annapurna Base Camp Trek for extensive research, here you’ll receive a general idea for packing. Be mindful of being equipped with necessary trekking gear like trekking poles, trekking boots, and gaiters.

Along with that, be mindful of fluctuating weather and pack your bag with both summer and winter clothes. Pack accordingly for headwear, bodywear, upperwear, and innerwear. Even if you plan your hike for a good time, there may be sporadic or unpredictable downpours, so bring windbreakers and waterproof clothing. Be aware that the hike may make you exhausted, and bring nutrient-dense snacks and first aid supplies in case you become sick or sustain a minor injury. Being equipped with essential clothing and required equipment will ease your trek, as the remote region of Annapurna won’t have access to a wide range of facilities.

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