Day 1 Nayapul – Tirkhedhunga(1540m)
The trek is quite short and easy. There are not many steep ascends and Machhapuchhre can be seen during the initial part of the trek. The trail runs parallel to a river and is safe to walk on.
Day 2 Tirkhedhunga – Ghorapani(2860m)
During the first 5 hours of the trek, it is all steep ascend along the terraces after an initial descend to cross a bridge. After which the ascend starts to get more gentle. There is not much to see except terraces on the surrounding slopes and a glimpse of Annapurna South, Hunchuli and Machhapuchhre.
Day 3 Ghorapani – Tadapani
The trek to the top of Poonhill(3210m) to catch the sunrise is very tiring. But the view from there is breathtaking. Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and the Dhaulagiri range can be seen very clearly from the top. But for those who did not make it to the top, there is still another chance to see these mountains after ascending to the top of a ridge on the way to the next village. After the traveling on the ridgeline for a few hours, it is all descending into a deep gorge before a steep ascend to Tadapani.
Dhaulagiri range seen from top of Poonhill
Day 4 Tadapani – Chomrong(2170m)
There is an initial steep descend for about 2 hours to a river where there is a bridge followed by ascending for another 2 hours. The route is relatively level all the way to Chomrong for the last hour. This trek passes through many terraces. Chomrong is also the village where there is the junction that leads to Ghorapani or back to Pokhara.
Day 5 Chomrong – Doban(2606m)
Again the initial part of the trek is a steep descend to a river for about an hour. From the river, it is mostly ascending to Doban. For the first few hours of trek to Sinuwa, the journey is through terraces. After which the land is “wilder” as the trek leads into Modi Khola valley, which runs all the way to the Machhapuchhre base camp(3700m). There is nothing much to see in the valley as the high grounds on both sides of the valley blocks the view of any mountain. The ground here is also wetter thus there are less dust floating about.
Day 6 Doban – ABC(4130m)
The trek from here is more interesting. Frost on the vegetation starts to increase until patches of ice are seen. The terrain also starts to change from trees to shrubs until finally short grasses after MBC. The beautiful Machhapuchhre mountain can be seen clearly on certain portion of the trek and the peak of Annapurna III(7555m) also slowly comes into view. It might be a better idea to stay at MBC instead of ABC so that the gain in altitude is not as great.
Day 7 ABC – Bamboo(2510m)
It is just back trekking from ABC all the way to Chomrong.
Day 8 Bamboo – Jhinu Danda(1760m)
After Chomrong, it is a very steep descends to Jhinus Danda. There is a hot spring about 15 min trek downhill from Jhinu. The temperature of the water is comfortable and it is very relaxing to dip yourself in the hot spring.
Day 9 Jhinu danda – Landrung(1640m)
It is a downhill trek to a bridge and the trail from there is relatively level. There is not much to see as the trek leads away from the mountains. After crossing a second bridge, the trail then starts to ascend to Landrung. From Landrung, only Annapuna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre can be seen.
Day 10 Landrung – Dhampus(1770m)
The initial trail from Landrung to Dhampus is through terraces. The trek is relatively gentle with only one steep ascend midway through. Once again there is not much scenery to be seen until Dhampus. From Dhampus, the whole of the Annapurna range can be seen. With Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Hiun Chuli to the left, Machhapuchhre at the center and Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal to the right. Many tourists come to Dhampus from Pokhara to see the beautiful Annapurna range.
Day 11 Dhampus – Phedi
From Dhampus, it is all descending passing through terraces along the way to Phedi, which is the main road and the end of the Annapurna base camp trek. From Phedi, it is possible to catch a cab or a local bus to Pokhara.