Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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The Annapurna region provides you with extremes of breathtaking views and unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of Snowy peaks. A trek to ABC combines some of the most fantastic mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of mid - hill Nepalese. The trail will take through an ever - changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and lowland local villages to the glacier. It offers a fine opportunity to explore the Himalayan Peaks specially witnessing the glacier basin of Annapurna Sanctuary formed by Annapurna, Machhapurchre (Fishtail), Himchuli, and Manaslu.

Highlights of the Trip

Considered by many as one the celebrated trekking and the first among ten best treks in the world, offers the fascinating insight into the life of mid-hill Nepalese, ethnic groups, from Hindu farmers to Tibetan Lamas, incredible views of many of the Himalayas in the region, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorge, hot springs and on and on.

Sample Day on "Annapurna Base Camp Trek"

You will wake up trilled for trip.
Before breakfast you pack your stuff into your kit bag which is then carried by the porters and will not usually be available to you until lodge that afternoon. The trails are usually made on between 7.30 am and 8.30 am. Following a good morning's walk, we stop for lunch at around 11 am. Lunch is usually a one hour break to allow for the trekker's meal followed by the crew meal. This break also enables you to do your washing bushwalk, although with stops along the way, you will cope with a moderately graded trek. Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and continuity are. The evenings are spent reading or chatting with the associate trekkers and crew about the excitement of the trip and unforgettable encountered so far. A pack of cards is an asset on these nights; the crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Finally, before going to bed the guide will brief about the next day’s trekking route. It’s off to bed for a well deserved night's rest before starting it all again.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02

Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Day 03

Fly to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]

Day 04

Trek to Landrung [1550m]

Day 05

Trek to Chomrong [2100m]

Day 06

Trek to Himalaya Hotel [2850m]

Day 07

Rest day

Day 08

Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp [3700m]

Day 09

Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp [4130m]

Day 10

Trek to Chomrong [2100m]

Day 11

Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]

Day 12

Trek to Banthanti [2410m]

Day 13

Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]

Day 14

Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

Day 15

Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16

Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters.)
At airport you will be welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel. You will have a welcome diner and culture program and overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Guided Kathmandu Sightseeing by car.
In the morning after breakfast, we have a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduced your trek Leader/Guide. it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your trek and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast your sightseeing trip will in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. After Bodhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square as well as Kathmandu Durbar Square, which are collection of pagoda and shikhara. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries. At the end of the day we will visit Patan Durbar Suqare, which is famous for cluster of fine Pagoda temples and stone statues. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, we are supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for tomorrow. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus (1700m.)
We board a 25 minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During your flight, you will be sightseeing the most magnificent and sensational view of the Himalayan range. As your flight lands in Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Manaslu and the Annapurna mountain range. In Pokhara, a bus will take you to Phedi. From there onward starts your trek on the Annapurna Mountains. As you climb uphill, you will bask in the splendor of nature and your trails become more adventurous. Finally, after walking for 3 hours, you encounter several roadside teashops and your trail finally leads to the Gurung village of Dhampus. And here concludes your trip of the day.

Day 4: Trek to Landrung (1550m.)
As you hike around a ridge snout, on proceeding further, the trail takes you through Pothana and you reach Deurali. From this vantage point, you find yourself high up on the East side of the Modi Khola cascading down the Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary surrounded by complete ambience of nature. You continue to trek for four hours until you reach the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more excitement into your adventure spirit.

Day 5: Trek to Chomrong(2100m]
From Landrung, you march along the mountain path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then you come across dense forest of bamboo. Finding yourself in complete isolation amidst the serenity of nature can be quite an experience. Your trek does not stop here. After trekking for a while, you approach teahouses at Jhinu where you can rest and enjoy a drink or snacks. Thereafter, you resume your trek to the north, descending Daaulu and after having walked for five hours you, will find yourself at Chomrong. From Chomrong you can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges and at Chomrong where you can get accommodation and food.

Day 6: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2850m.)
Crossing Chomrong Khola, you continue trekking along steep stone steps. On your trails, you bypass rhododendron-covered ridge path, mountainous terrains and forests of bamboo. As you savor awe-inspiring views of Annapurna mountain ranges and Machhapuchhare, you gather more energy and enthusiasm to explore further. During your five-hour walking, you cross Modi Khola, pass through Khuldigar, Bamboo and Dovan and finally reach Himalaya Hotel where you wrap up your trip for the day.

Day 7: Rest day for Acclimatization
You spend your entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting accustomed to your trekking destinations.

Day 8: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m.)
Your next destination is to reach Machhapuchhare base camp. You ascend and descend as your route opens up new trails. On climbing steeply for a while, you approach Hinku Cave. This course follows zigzag paths of stones. After walking for 3 to 4 hours, you enter the Annapurna circuit Sanctuary, a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, II, III and IV and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare. Several lodges and Annapurna inns are spotted at Deurali and Bagar. Finally, you will find yourself at Machhapuchhare Base Camp, a grassy moraine platform. You can rest at one of the lodges, and treat yourself with hygienic food.

Day 9: Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp (4130m]
On hiking the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. Thereafter, you head back down to Himalaya Hotel.

Day 10: Trek to Chomrong (2100m.)
As you continue climbing along the forested ridge residing in the vicinity of chains of cloud-snaring hills, a grass-covered slope opens up leading to a course descending across a rock-strewn area to the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest river gorge of great bio-geographical significance regarded as demarcating Eastern and Western avifauna. The trail up the Modi Khola passes through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo across Annapurna mountain range. After trekking for 5 hours, you reach Chomrong. From Chomrong you can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges at Chomrong which provide accommodation and food.

Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m.)
From Chomrong, we take an alternative route back to Pokhara, via Ghorepani. As you skirt through flatland, forests and terraced fields, a suspension bridge comes your way. On crossing this suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, you enter beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. You get to witness unique culture, tradition and custom of Gurung community. Ghandruk offers excellent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. It accommodates several hotels and teahouses. Camping in its terraced fields can be very exciting and adventurous.

Day 12: Trek to Banthanti (2410m]
Leaving the terraced fields of Ghandruk, we tread along the zigzag path on a steep slope. As you ascend steeply, you pass through dense rhododendron forest to Tadapani which is an ideal vantage point to glimpse heavenly sight of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. After having walked for 3 hours, you finally reach Banthanti.

Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani [2880m.)
From Banthanti, you proceed further along steep trails. Nature exposes before you stunning sights of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before you. You climb through rhododendron forest to Deurali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. Continue walking for 3 hours and finally you will find yourself in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers.

Day 14: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of Poon Hill [3195m], you leave Ghorepani and hike ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. On your trails of stone steps, you pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section [with 3767 steps!] leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. [6 hrs walking]

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us.

Day 16: Transfer for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Trip Facts

Trip Destination: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trip Leader: Licensed Trekking Guide
Group Size: Minimum: 2 (Average 6)
Max. Altitude: 4180
Trip Grade:
Transportation: Plane, Car/Van
Accommodations: Hotel/Lodge
Trip Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
Trip Duration: 16 days

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