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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp trek is a very well-known trek due to its spectacular views, fascinating local cultures, and logistical ease. The Annapurna Himalayas is a vast collection of several peaks above 7,000m, which give life to the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary. The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himalayas, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre, are arranged almost precisely in a circle with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the centre.

Annapurna, to which we had gone empty handed, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our days. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins. There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.

Maurice Herzog

Overview

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Location: Annapurna Region
  • Departure: Kathmandu
  • Google Map Co-ordinates: 28.5961° N, 83.8203° E
  • Nearest City (Airport): Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Highest Altitude: Thorung La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft)
  • Dates: On request
  • Duration: 8-19 May, 10-14 Days
  • Months: April-May, September-October
  • Level: Difficult
  • Guide: Available
  • Price: On request

Experience

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then trek ascend all the way to the lap of Mt. Annapurna. During the trek we pass through some of the beautiful villages of Gurung and meet the locals people, get an astonishing view of mighty Annapurna and others mighty peaks such as Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest), Manaslu (8,156m / 8th highest) and Machapuchhre (holy mountain fishtail). During the winter, the number of trekkers reduces due to the walking being both difficult and hazardous because of the heavy snowfall. Entering a narrow valley, we pass directly below Machhapuchhre before reaching the Sanctuary, which is considered a home for the Gods. The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghandrung, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque treks in Nepal. This is a Moderate trek offering close-up mountain views and diverse trekking terrain.
Enjoy the classic journey to one of the most charismatic trekking destination of the world.
We have two itineraries based on how much time do you have. One short 10-Day classical ABC itinerary. Another one slightly longer, but covering Poon hill (with amazing views of Dhaulagiri) as well.

Itinerary

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 (CLASSICAL ABC): 10D/9N
Day 1 / Arrive in Kathmandu (1,360 m/4,462 ft) and fly to Pokhara (950 m/3,117 ft) the same day.
Day 2 / Drive from Pokhara to Naya Pul (1,100 m/3,609 ft) and then start the trek to Jhinu Danda (1,700 m/5,577 ft).
Day 3 / Trek from Jhinu Danda via Chhomrong to Dovan (2,580 m/8,465 ft): 6 hours
Day 4 / Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3,230 m/10,597 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 5 / Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp - ABC (4,130 m/13,550 ft): 5-6 hours. Trek to Machhapuchhure Base Camp - MBC (3,720m/12,205 ft): 3 hours
Based on your acclimatisation and time at hand this day can be broken down into two days with each day at ABC and MBC.
Day 6 / Trek from the Machhapuchhure Base Camp to Sinwadanda (2,340 m/7,677 ft.): 6 hours
Day 7 / Trek from Sinwadanda passing via Landruk walking for 5-6 hours to Tokha (1,700 m/5,577 ft): 6 hours
Day 8 / The last day of trek from Tokha to Dhampus (1,050 m/3,445 ft): 4-5 hours and then back to Pokhara.
Day 9 / Buffer Day
Day 10 / Today after breakfast, scenic flight route from Pokhara to Kathmandu for your next destination or return flight.
ITINERARY 2 (ABC WITH POON HILL): 12D/11N
Day 1 / Arrive in Kathmandu (1,360 m/4,462 ft) and fly to Pokhara (950 m/3,117 ft) the same day.
Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative carrying a placard will receive you. Our staff will meet you and escort to domestic airport which takes just 5 min. We fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal’s city of lakes, and we see the great views of the Northern Himalayas. After landing in Pokhara airport and proceed to Lakeside and stay in Hotel. Introduce the trek guide through a meeting. Any overdue balance is to be cleared along with the filling of legally binding trip form and non-liability disclaimer form and overnight stay in a hotel (Bed and Breakfast).
Day 2 / Drive Pokhara - Nayapul (1½Hrs) and start trek from Birethanti – Tikhedhunga (1.480 m/4,855 ft) – Walking 4½Hrs
After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, we drive to Nayapul, and from here we walk towards Birethanti, Hile and Tikhedhunga which is a nice Gurung village. About 4½ hour consists of pleasant walk gradually uphill walk to Tikhedhunga. On the way to Tikhedhunga you can see the small water fall which lies next side of river (Ulleri River). Stay overnight in a hotel (Bed and Meals).
Day 3 / Trekking – Ghorepani (2,860 m/9,383 ft) – Walking 5½Hrs
During the hike from Hile, we pass many local villages, teahouses, gentle green rolling hills, rivers and local people. After crossing the Tikhedunga Khola on the suspension bridge, the trail begins to climb up quite steeply on a stone staircase that is more than 3200 steps. After climbing the hill we can see Mt. Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m.). We walk in the jungle most of the day. If you come in the spring you will see a lot of Rhododendron flowers. You have the chance to see many wild birds and animals. You can see a great view of many snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 4 / Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,531 ft): 2 hours up, 1 hour down) - Tadapani (1,200 m/3,937 ft): 5½ hours
We get up early in the morning with warm clothes and climb up Poon Hill (3210m). It is about 1½ Hrs uphill walking (stairs) to reach on top of the Poon Hill (3210m) and see an extraordinary view of sunrise on a group of mountains. These mountains include the Annapurna Ranges, as well as the Dhaulagiri Ranges; including other named and unnamed many more peaks. Their views are spectacular. After seeing a panoramic view of mountains, we reach Ghorepani in 30 minutes. After breakfast in Ghorepani, we starts hike with quite a steep uphill section to Deurali pass which is similar to Poon Hill and we will see all the mountains from here as well. After that, we hike to Tadapani the path is up and down. From Tadapani we can see the majestic view of the Annapurna South and many more other peaks. Stay overnight in a hotel (Bed and Meals).
Day 5 / Trekking – Sinuwa (2360 m) – Walking 6½Hrs
Today, after breakfast at Tadapani, we move down gradually along forests of rhododendrons to reach Chuile and continue the trek from Chuile to Sinuwa (2340m). From Chuile, again you will walk down to Komrong Khola and climb up to Chhomrong, Chhomring is another nice and big Gurung village from here you will trek down to the river and again will climb up to reach to Sinuwa. If the weather is nice, you will have nice Mountain View of Annapurna Range. Stay overnight in a lodge (Bed and Meals)
Day 6 / Trek to Deurali (3,230 m/10,597 ft): 6½ hours
After a short walk along the jungle, followed by an easy downhill, we reach Bamboo. Passing the damp bamboo forest, we take the steep descent to Dovan, the bottom of a gorge. The walk from Dovan to Himalaya is a silent one as big noises are not allowed in the jungle due to Deurali temple on the way and there are plenty of waterfalls as well. Upon reaching Himalaya, clearings appear and glacial rivers are visible along the trail as we ascend to Hinku cave. After a short walk, the trail first drops to the river and then ascends again to reach Deurali that offers exotic views of the valley below. Stay overnight in a lodge (Bed and Meals).
Day 7 / Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp - ABC (4,130 m/13,550 ft): 5-6 hours. Trek to Machhapuchhure Base Camp - MBC (3,720m/12,205 ft): 3 hours
Today, you will trek from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail is all the way uphill. When you arrive at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you will have again the nice view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gandharva Chuli, Glacier Dom, Annapurna III, Gangapurna etc. After lunch at MBC, we will continue to Annapurna Base Camp and the first part of trek from MBC is a pleasant uphill climb. We keep on following a small stream until we reach the large moraine of the Annapurna Base Camp. There is a breath-taking view of the Annapurna South, towering the sky. Then, we will head off to the west to see the spectacular view of the glacier. Stay overnight in a lodge (Bed and Meals).
Day 8 / Trekking – Bamboo (2310 m) – Walking 6½Hrs
You will wake up in the morning to see the nice view of Annapurna I, Barahi Shikhar, Tent Peak, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gandharva Chuli, and sunrise. After that, you will have breakfast and continue your journey walk down to Bamboo visiting Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan and Bamboo. Stay overnight in a lodge (Bed and Meals).
Day 9 / Trekking – Jhinu Danda (1780m) – Walking 5½Hrs
After breakfast, you will trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda visiting Sinuwa and Chhomrong Village. The trail is mostly up and downhill. The Jhinu Danda is famous for its natural Hot Spring where you can take a relaxing bath in the afternoon. The spring is a ½ hrs steep walk from the Jhinu Danda. Stay overnight in a lodge (Bed and Meals).
Day 10 / Trekking – Tolkha– Australian Camp (2055 m) – Walking 6½Hrs
After breakfast trek down the suspension bridge over Kyumrong Khola, from here it is a steep climb to New Bridge and continue trek steeply down to the Suspension bridge over Modi Khola. Continue trek to Australian Camp visiting Landruk, Tolkha and Pothana village through the dense mixed forest of Oak and rhododendron. Stay overnight in a lodge (Bed and Meals).
Day 11 / Trek End @ Kande (1½Hrs) then private drive – Pokhara (45 min) and leisure time
From here, you will see the closed view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchhre, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu range, etc. in a clear day. After your Breakfast, start trek to Kande which is the ending point of this trek. There is a nice walking trail from Australian Camp to Kande. 09.00 Upon arriving in Kande meet the waiting vehicle and drive to Pokhara which will take around forty minutes and after arrive in Pokhara you have free time to do your own activities. Stay overnight in a hotel (Bed and Breakfast). Option Tour in Pokhara There are many Sightseeing places to visit like Phewa Lake, Temple Barahi, Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, Bindhyabasini Temple, World Peace Stupa, Seti Nadi Gorge, Buddhist Monasteries, International Mountain Museum and Mahendra Cave etc.
Day 12 / Today after breakfast, scenic flight route from Pokhara to Kathmandu for your next destination or return flight.
Breakfast at hotel and explore Pokhara your own till to your departure from Pokhara. Transfer to the airport Pokhara airport to fly to Kathmandu and on arrival in Kathmandu domestic airport picks up and drops to the International airport. Be aware before to book about your return flight to home. Pokhara flights are delay due to air traffic in Kathmandu airport. Normally airport authority requested to report at counter before 3Hrs of your flight departure.
ITINERARY 3 (EXTENDED ABC): 13D/12N
DAY 1 / ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU (1,360 M/4,462 FT)
DAY 2 / KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING AND TREK PREPARATION. GUIDED TOUR OF 4 UNESCO HERITAGE SITES. BRIEFING.
DAY 3 / 08.00AM FLY TO POKHARA (950 M/3,117 FT AND THEN DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK FROM BIRETHANTI - TIKHEDUNGA (1,480 M/4,855 FT): 3 HOURS
DAY 4 / TIKHEDUNGA TO GHOREPANI (2,860 M/9,383 FT): 5-6 HOURS
DAY 5 / GHOREPANI - POON HILL (3,210 M): 2 HOURS UP, 1 HOUR DOWN) - TADAPANI (2,630 M): 6 HOURS
DAY 6 / TREK FROM TADAPANI VIA CHHOMRONG TO SINUWA (2,360M): 6 HOURS
DAY 7 / TREK FROM SINUWA TO DEURALI (3,230 M/10,597 FT): 6-7 HOURS
DAY 8 / TREK FROM DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP - ABC (4,130 M/13,550 FT): 5-6 HOURS. TREK TO MACHHAPUCHHURE BASE CAMP - MBC (3,720M/12,205 FT): 1½ HOURS
Based on your acclimatisation and time at hand this day can be broken down into two days with each day at ABC and MBC.
DAY 9 / TREK FROM THE MACHHAPUCHHURE BASE CAMP TO SINWADANDA (2,340 M/7,677 FT.): 6 HOURS
DAY 10 / TREK FROM SINWADANDA PASSING VIA LANDRUK WALKING FOR 5-6 HOURS TO TOKHA (1,700 M/5,577 FT): 6-7 HOURS
DAY 11 / THE LAST DAY OF TREK FROM TOKHA TO KANDE (1770M) VIA AUSTRALIAN CAMP: 4-5 HOURS AND THEN BACK TO POKHARA WITH PRIVATE COACH
DAY 12 / BUFFER DAY/STAY IN POKHARA
DAY 13 / TODAY AFTER BREAKFAST, TAKE A SCENIC FLIGHT ROUTE FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU FOR YOUR NEXT DESTINATION OR RETURN FLIGHT

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Airport pick up and drop - international and domestic.
  • Complete departure information, about trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service (if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting.
  • Accommodation 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Private transportation picks up and drops.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin-sharing) & full board meals throughout the trek.
  • Guide and porter service.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits).
  • Conservation trek permit fee. Annapurna base camp trail map.
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations.
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Exclusions

  • Meals not mentioned in the Inclusions in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International and domestic airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverages and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses.
  • Battery charge, hot showers & international phone calls.
  • Any item not mentioned in Inclusions.

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