After completing the Annapurna Circuit we met up with our friend in Nayapul to start our trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We hiked 66km in five days and mastered Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m/13,549ft. The views from Annapurna Base Camp over Machapuchare and the Annapurnas were absolutely stunning.
If you are planning to do the ABC in connection with the Annapurna Circuit we recommend to start from Ghorepani and make your way across to Ghandrruk (14km / 6 hours). If you start like us from Nayapul you will need to get new permits as you are exiting and reentering the conservation area. We expected the trek to be easy after having hiked for 11 days and also having experienced high altitude during the Annapurna Circuit. However, the ABC trek turned out to be quite tough as the trail consist of many steep steps and you constantly ascend and descent which can be daunting at times. We completed the trek in 5 days and had absolutely stunning views over Annapurna. We took a bus from Nayapul (1070m) to Kimche (1550m) and continued walking up to Komrung Danda (2100m). The trek is way busier compared to the Circuit as it is a one way route. You encounter big tour groups on the way while the Circuit seemed way more quite and you mostly come across independent travellers.
Day 1: Bus from Nayapul (1070m) to Kimche (1550m) and continued walking to Komrung Danda (2100m) 6.5km.
Day 2: Komrung Danda (2100m) to Bamboo (2534m) 14km.
Day 3: Bamboo (2534m) to Machapuchre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m) 11km.
Day 4: MBC (3700m) to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4130m/13549ft) and back down to Bamboo (2534m) 17km.
Day 5: Bamboo (2534m) to Siwai (1530m) 17km and continued from there by jeep and taxi to Pokhara.