Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also commonly known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This trekking route is one of the best among the trekking routes in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The Annapurna region lies in the north-central part of Nepal. And it covers an area of 7639 km2. This range consists of thirteen peaks above 8000 m and sixteen others above 7000 m. Besides, the 10th highest peak Annapurna I also lies in this region. Moreover, the Annapurna region is protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. As a result, the Annapurna region provides, the experience of dramatic change in terrain from lush green forests to the arid rocky landscape.
Also, the trail goes right across the Conservation Area. The trek presents you with a flourishing Himalayan ecosystem blended with a diverse landscape. The trails adorned with rhododendron canopies, past several ethnic Gurung and Magar settlements. Moreover, the trail passes through diverse landscapes, superb mountain vistas, terraced rice fields, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Thus, making this trek the most outstanding and lifetime experience. This trek is a good introductory route for close encounters with the Himalayas in a short time.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. From Nayapul, the trail follows the Modi Khola valley to Ulleri. From Ulleri, we continue to Ghorepani and explore the village. The following day we hike to Poon Hill and watch the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Further, we continue to Tadapani. Then to Chomrong, and finally the Annapurna Base camp. Annapurna Base Camp offers a breathtaking close-up view of mountain ranges. That includes Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. We return through Bamboo and Jhinu Danda and end our trek at Dhampus Phedi.
⇒Trek through the rich forest of pine and rhododendron.
⇒Witness the spectacular sunrise view over the Annapurna range from Poon Hill.
⇒360° views of the Himalayan ranges
⇒Experience the culture, tradition, living style of the Gurung people.
⇒Relax in the therapeutic natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara(208km/6hrs)
After breakfast, we shall drive to Pokhara via the Prithvi Rajmarga. The drive takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. Along the way, we will stop in scenic spots for lunch and to get fresh as well. In the evening, we shall have a boat ride in Phewa Lake for an hour. The rest of the evening is free to stroll around the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 3: Pokhara-Nayapul-Trek to Ulleri(1965/6hrs)
Drive for about an hour to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. Begin our journey from Nayapul to Ulleri across terraced fields past small villages like Birethanti (1065m) and Tikhedhunga (1577m). It takes about 6 hours of hike to reach Ulleri. Overnight in Ulleri.
Day 4: Ulleri-Ghorepani (2855m/4-5hrs
After breakfast, continue our trek towards Ghorepani (2855m ). From Ulleri, it is a gradual ascent through forests of rhododendron crossing several streams. As we climb higher, the views get more striking, Mt. Annapurna south, Nilgiri south, and some other peaks come into view. After crossing the Nangthati river, we arrive at Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 5: Ghorepani-Poon Hill (3210m)-Tadapani (2610m/5-6hrs)
Early in the morning, we shall make a 45 minutes hike up to Poon Hill (3210m). Poon hill offers the best sunrise view over the high mountains with panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Nilgiri south, Annapurna I, and other peaks. After enjoying the view, we then descend to Ghorepani and continue to Tadapani through forests of pine and rhododendron. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 6: Tadapani-Chhomrong(2170m/5-6hrs)
Today's trek is mostly downhill. The hike goes through the forests of rhododendron and finally, arrive at the Gurung village of Gurjung. From Gurjung, the trail is an easy downhill walk to the Chhomrong. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Day 7: Chhomrung-Dovan(2600m/5-6hrs)
Today we begin with a descend to Chhomrong Khola and then ascend to Khuldighar. From here, it is a gradual walk further to a clearing, and then we follow a steep downhill walk to the bottom of a Gorge and reach Dovan. Overnight in Dovan.
Day 8: Dovan-Deurali(3200m/4hrs)
Today it is a relatively short and easy day hike. Our day begins early in the morning with a climb through Bamboo glades and then through rhododendron forest and reach Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.
Day 9: Deurali-Machhapuchre Base camp(3700m)-Annapurna Base Camp(4130m)
From Deurali, our trail goes past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Being surrounded by high mountains, MBC is often referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary. From MBC, it takes another two hours or more to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. From Annapurna Base Camp we can observe some of the spectacular views of mountains. Overnight in ABC.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp -Bamboo(2345m/6hrs)
Today we retrace our trail back to Bamboo. In the beginning, the trail drops by 1700m to the banks of Modi Khola. And from here, it ascends and finally reaches Bamboo at 2345m. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 11: Bamboo-Jhinudada(1760m/5hrs)
We follow the same trail back from Bamboo until Chhomrong. Once we pass Khuldighar, we will continue our hike through rhododendron and bamboo fields. And then the trail descends very steeply from Chhomrong to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring. At Jhinu Danda, we can enjoy a hot bath in the natural hot springs. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Day 12: Jhinudada-Phedi(6-7hrs)-Pokhara
Today we shall descend to Phedi past village-like Landruk (1565m), Tolkha, and Dhampus (1650) and arrive at Dhampus Phedi (950m), and end our trek. From Phedi, it's only about an hour's drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 13: Pokhara-Kathmandu
After breakfast, we shall retrace our drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, and the rest of the afternoon is free.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome/farewell dinner, all meals during the trek including coffee/tea.
- English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation).
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
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