Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek an adventure in the heart of massive Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks
Annapurna Base Camp Trek leads you in the heart of world tenth highest Mt. Annapurna stands above 8,091 m and 26,545 ft high, the first 8,000 meters mountains ever climbed and conquered by French Expeditions in 1950’s before Mt. Everest was summated in 1953. Annapurna base camp, located Nepal North Mid West Himalaya which is directly north of famous and popular touristic destination Pokhara, a place for awesome views of massive Annapurna range with majestic Machapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’, a virgin and unclimbed peak of Himalaya. Scenic Pokhara valley and the city where Annapurna reflects on its calm Phewa and Begnas lakes, a place for all kinds of adventure sports as well route to many trekking destinations around Annapurna areas. The walk leads from Pokhara with a short drive into high hills covered within green vegetation and tall trees of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal), oaks, magnolia and pine forest where route follows Modi River right up to its glacial source at Annapurna base camp and beautiful sanctuary. Trekking along with an amazing panorama of mountains in the harmony of traditional Gurung villages Ghandruk, Jhinu and Chhomrong enriched with the colorful culture of age-old heritage with Buddhist religion as walk leads into a gorge with overnights in lodges on route Bamboo-Dovan-Himalaya-Deurali to reach Machapuchare base camp. From Machapuchare base camp where Annapurna Sanctuary begins as, walks lead into a plateau overlooking amphitheater of peaks that surrounds you as the route ends at Annapurna trek with an altitude of above 4,130 m / 13, 629 ft. Annapurna probably the only base camp in whole Himalaya with facilities of warm and cozy nice lodges to stay with rooms overlooking views of snow-clad peaks including choice of meals as per the menu set by the local lodge.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek rewards you with a panorama of Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft), including to Mt. Machapuchare (Fish-tail) at 6,790 m stretches up towards Tent Peak / Tharpu Chuli and Fluted Peaks or Singu Chuli. ABC trek suitable for all types of travelers including Nepalese and across the border for Indian nationality as well, for western or foreign trekkers where TIM (Trekking Information Management System) is applied with ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
14 days Doing the Annapurna base camp trek introduces trekkers to a whole haven of sublime nature where the flora & fauna along with the birds that seem to merrily welcome you throughout the period on the trails in this lovely region…even the animals hereabouts are shy but friendly. The journey to ABC gives us master views of some gigantic peaks that include Annapurna l, Annapurna lll, holy Fishtail, the Annapurna Fang known as Baraha Shikhar peak and Annapurna south at 7219m; even if we are not to climb these huge peaks, its very sight is mesmerising as we imagine others attempting these peaks for the love of adventure. Our venture takes off with a short scenic drive from the city of lakes – Pokhara – to Nayapul & then we hike through the lush foothills as we wade through rich green forests, fertile terraced farmlands & come across colorful villages inhabited by a host of friendly ethnic communities that include the Gurungs, Magars and thakali tribes whose warm smiles captivate our hearts as we tread well-marked trails as we go high into alpine territory where the air gets thinner & we see less vegetation but stunning glaciers & mesmerizing landscapes.
We finally plod into Machhapuchre base camp at 3700m & several hours of further hiking brings us to our true objective of ‘Annapurna Base Camp’ at 4130m & up here its Elysium as we experience the stark beauty of unimaginable proportions…& we soon realize after all it was worth the go…the myriad rays of the sunshine at dawn is a combination of a dark golden yellow & rich maroon & we soon witness the love of God & the power of mother nature. Our video cams go on overdrive with some beautiful pictures to adorn the walls of your home sweet home to enrich your memories of a trip never to be forgotten. We then enjoy a warm fresh breakfast after which we head back to Chhomrong via Doban and Bamboo to reach the Australian camp and Kande where our vehicles wait to drive us back to the luxury of our hotel & a soft bed to fantasize on LIFE’S LITTLE ESCAPES with huge memories of Trekking Annapurna Base Camp.
We will be staying at Hotel International Guest House in Kathmandu and Splendid View in Pokhara, and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis during the trek. Twin sharing or Single supplement will be served in Kathmandu.
Nepal Base Camp Treks will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
- All menu selected meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome dinner with typical cuisine and Menu selected farewell dinners. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the same tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
- Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
- 15 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate for those travelers who can walk up to 5-6 hours (10-15km) a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by morning jogging and 1 hours exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal Base Camp Treks before booking the trek.
- Best Time to Travel to Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- The best time to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is spring (February to May) and autumn (Sept to first week of December). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing panorama views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Day : Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel The representatives from Nepal Base Camp Treks (Pvt. Ltd.) will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. He/she Assist to transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Around 7/8 hours) After having breakfast in the morning today, we drive to Pokhara. It takes around 7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus. You can also take the flight which take about 30 minutes and in the remaining time, take your time to explore the Pokhara city and Lakeside. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Pokhara.
Trip Start Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m) – 3 Hours Today, we are going to begin our actual trek from Nayapul. So, we take a short drive to Nayapul from Pokhara which takes about an hour. From Nayapul, we take a short walk along the banks of Modi Khola, which brings us to Birethanti (1015m). From there, our trail continues through the village and climbs continuously up the side to the Hille (1495m). We eventually reach Tikhedhunga (1577m) where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840m) – 5 Hours From Tikhedhunga, we move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri (2070m). Ulleri is a large Magar village. Our trail ascends more gently from this point through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2250m). After walking for a couple of hours, we arrive at Ghorepani (2840m) where we stay overnight.
Day 03: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2610m) – 4 Hours Early in the morning today, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3210m) which is a best viewpoint in the Annapurna Region. Poon Hill offers the best opportunity to witness the phenomenal panorama of the beautiful peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Poon Hill is regarded as the Photographer’s paradise. You can enjoy the unobstructed views of the sunrise over stunning snowcapped Himalayas. Poon Hill also offers the best views of sunset too. After spending about an hour at Poon Hill, we return back to Ghorepani. We take our breakfast at Ghorepani and after that we continue climbing along the ridges through the forest of pines and rhododendron. The climb brings us to Deurali (2960m) and descending further takes us to Tadapani eventually. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Tadapani (2610m).
Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrung (2140m) – 5 Hours We start our steep downhill walk today through the forests of rhododendrons. Leaving Tadapani and descending through the forests, we reach Gurung village of Gurjung as the trail eases. After Gurjung, we eventually walk to Chhomrung which at the elevation of 2140m. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek from Chhomrung to Dovan (2500m) – 5½ Hours Our trail drops down to the Chhomrung Khola today and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar where there used to be an Annapurna Conservation Area Check Post. We walk little further clearing the forest and the follow the steeply down trail towards the bottom of the gorge, Dovan. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230m) – 4 Hours It’s relatively short trek today. Our day begins early in the morning with the climb through bamboo forests first, and then through the forest of rhododendron on to Hinku Cave. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Deurali.
Day 07: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4131m) – 5 Hours Starting from Deurali and passing through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp which is often known as Annapurna Sanctuary as the area is surrounded by mountains, we trek further two hours to reach Annaupurna Base Camp at the elevation of 4131m. From Annapurna Base Camp, you can observe some of the awe-inspiring views of mountains. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Bamboo (2345m) – 6 Hours Today, we return to Bamboo following the same trail back. Our trail drops by 1700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2345m. You can find few teahouses/lodges available to stay at Bamboo. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1780m) – 5 Hours Until Chhomrung, we follow the same trail back from Bamboo. Once we have passed Khuldighar, we continue our trail through rhododendron and bamboo fields. The trail descends very steeply from Chhomrung to Jhinu Hot Spring. You can enjoy the natural hot springs at Jhinu. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Trip Finish Day 10: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul – 5 Hours, and drive back to Pokhara – 1 Hour We walk at the right side of Modi Khola for about 5 hours to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Upon reaching Nayapul, we take a drive back to Pokhara where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara today. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can utilize your time for the last minute shopping or you can explore around the city. We celebrate the Farewell Dinner together with the trekking team and spend overnight at the hotel.
Day : Final Departure We are saying good bye to the Kathmandu as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We will transfer you to the airport for your returning flight.
Extra Activities after trek:
Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley Today, you will visit main places of Kathmandu valley. In the morning you visit Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, and Swayambhunath. Pashupatinath is the oldest and holiest Hindu temple; Bauddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa are the oldest Buddhist Stupas. After launch you visit Kathmandu durbar square and Patan durbar square. In Kathmandu durbar square, you visit Kumari temple, the temple of Living goddess.
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