Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. All around our itinerary is surrounded by a cirque of awe-inspiring peaks, including the awesome south face of Annapurna I (8,091m), in a natural amphitheater which is quite simply mind-blowing.
The entire massif and the surrounding areas are protected within the Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and the largest conservation area in Nepal. It was established in 1986 by the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation.
Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Pokhara after a short drive to Nayapul. Terraced farmlands and traditional villages with Pun and Gurung ethnic's groups make this trekking more attractive. Trail ascends through ancient oak and rhododendron forests, across sparkling streams and over waterfalls. In the meantime the trip becomes even more appealing as the trek winds around different ridges towards Ghorepani, where you will enclose a magnificent outlooks of an early morning sunrise where a red radiance leaks through gleaming gaps, over the snow topped peaks of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountains. Climbing up the Modi Khola Valley towards the Sanctuary you are teased with views of towering peaks of Machhepuchhre ( 6.993 m. ), Annapurna I ( 8.091 m. ) and Hiunchuli ( 6.993 m. ). As the gorge widens, we ascend to Machapuchare Base Camp ( 3.700 m. ) on the lateral moraine of Annapurana South.
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|Activity||Trekking in Nepal|
|Max Altitude||4100 m|
|Final Dest||Annapurna Base Camp|
|No. of Days||14|
|Activities Per Day|
|Trek 5Hrs on Average|
Welcome to vibrant Kathmandu where your Nepal adventure begins.
Our trip begins today in Kathmandu, Nepal. After clearing through immigration and customs at the airport, you are met by our friendly staff and transferred to our hotel in the heart of the city, Thamel. The area is within walking distance of all major restaurants, unique shops and well equipped outdoor gear outfitters to help you purchase any trekking gear that you may require.
The afternoon is left open to rest and explore the surrounding local attractions.
We will leave for the six hours drive to Pokhara ( 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu ) after our breakfast. As we get out of the Kathmandu Valley and quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, we are going to follow the same river until the junction with the Marshyangdi River. Then we will follow the Marshyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River which takes us directly into Pokhara.
Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural and cultural heritage sites that concern lakes, caves, temples of buddhist and hindus surrounded by the mountains.
Our customers will be enjoying the views from north, across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake), to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Our transfer will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with the beauty of the area of Pokhara.
Or you can choose to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes around 25 minutes.
Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara
After breakfast, we will drive for one and a half hour to Nayapul and then start our trek. The first part of our itinerary is easy, passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards we are going to ascend gently to reach the final destination of our day.
The majority of the people here is Gurungs and Buddhist by religion. The inhabitants here engage themselves in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in the British and Indian armies.
Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
We begin our trek steeply ascending for the first 2 hours and then hiking gently through Ulleri ( 2,070 m. ) and Banthanti, both Magar villages. On the way we will see amazing views of the Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6,997 m), the Hiunchuli (6,441 m) and the first glimpse of Annapurna South (7,219 m).
After that our trail will start becoming easier if possible, passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees then getting up to our camp. We are going to plant our tents near by the bush, where wild animals, such as monkeys and various bird species could be seen.
Overnight at lodge / camp.
Today we are going to have an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3,232 m) to enjoy the sunrise view over the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), the Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), the Nilgiri (6,940 m), the Mount Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), the Annapurna I (8,091m), the Annapurna South (7,219 m), the Annapurna III (7,855 m), the Machhapuchhare (6,993 m), the Annapurna IV (7,525 m), the Annapurna II (7,937m), the Lamjung Himal (6,931 m) and overall we will witness more than 32 snowcapped mountain peaks.
After breakfast we will start trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,650 m). We are going to walk for almost one and half hour before we reach Gurung Hill famous for the splendid mountain views, similar to the one in Poon Hill. From here we will follow small forests with rhododendron and bamboos until the village called Deurali.
The trail then goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthanti. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapani.
En-route, we frequently admire waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green sceneries.
Tadapani is a small village surrounded with beautiful forests and again sourrounded by magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and several other peaks. Overnight at lodge / camp.
Today as well we witness one of the amazing sunrise in this region, this time a bit close though. After breakfast we start trek towards one of the the most beautiful and culturally rich village of Chhomrong.Chhomrong is one the most important gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and it is inhabited by Gurungs, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.
Overnight at lodge / camp.
Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho, built right into the forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak.
Climbing further on a rocky trail we will reach the small settlement of Sinuwa, at (2,350m). Still hiking through rhododendron forests we will pass to Khudi, at (2,520m). This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on.
Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests we will enter on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge where we plan to have our lunch. After lunch we walk further 1hour amidst the lush green Rhododendron and Oak forest to finally reach Dovan.
After the village and again through a muddy trail we will walk high above the river. There are debris of avalanches that can be seen around here but not during the winter season. After a short trek, we'll be at Himalayan Hotel (2,900m), the town named after the Hotel! Beyond it, the trail steeply goes up to Hinko Cave (3,160m). The name comes from a huge overhanging rock which provides protection against rain and avalanches. From here it takes approximately twenty minutes, through a normally mountain path, to reach Deurali (3,230m), our place for the night.
From Deurali the valley widens and becomes less steep and we can observe the gates to the sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks to a narrow path that hurdles up on the cliffs. After a short trek we will be at the very small settlement of Bagar (3,310m), where is left onle a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The trail follows the left side of the valley and appears gently until we reach the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,820m).
From the Base Came we will enjoying amazing views of the Mount Hiunchuli, the Annapurna South, the Annapurna I, the Annapurna III, the Gangapurna and the Machhapuchhare itself. The path then follows through alpine meadows and after some distances go gently up till we start to approach the Annapurna Base Camp (4,170m). From here, you can see the views of several peaks at 360 degree.
Overnight at lodge / camp
Today we will have an easy day at Base Camp, enjoy the ever changing views of the moutains, and rest for the day.
It's much easier going down..... We won't have problems reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp.
Once again at Himalayan Hotel we will heading down to Dovan.
Overnight at lodge / camp.
The path goes down to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail start to go up to the Kuldi Ghar and then gently until we reach the other settlement of Sinuwa.
We will trek gradually down to the Chhomrong Khola where we walk on a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach the village of Chhomrong. From here the trail goes steeply down to Jhinu Danda.
From the town it takes 20 minutes waliking to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola where we can relax our legs.
Overnight at lodge / camp.
The first part of the trek is going down and then becoming more flat until we will reach Himal Pani. Here we will take a break to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. Beyond this town, the trail climb gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After a short distance, we will be at the town of Landruk (1,640m), a pretty big village inhabited by a mixed community of Gurungs, Magars and Brahmins. After lunche the trail goes uo to Tolka (1,850m) and then comes at the level to Bherikharka, from where the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2,100m) with a view of different mountain peaks in front of us.
The last section of our trail to Pothana is easy, passing through different oak forests. The settlement is considered a small town and it is resided by Gurung.
Overnight at lodge / camp.
The trail today descends to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs, then through flat lands and steeply slopes goes down to Dhampus Phedi where we will catch the minibus to drive to Pokhara.
Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
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