Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular routes in Nepal. This scenic trail in the southern foothills of the Annapurna Range reaches a height of 4000m, taking you through river gorges and mountain forests towards the Himalaya glacial basin. Highlights include close up views to some of the highest peaks in the world –Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 7041m, Machhapuchhare 6993m, Annapurna 1 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Himchuli 6441m- and a chance to meet the local ethnic communities.
- Outstanding cultural heritage sights of Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley
- Beautiful Lake valley of Pokhara
- Dramatic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchare, and Dhaulagiri massifs
- The highest 8 thousander mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri (8168m) and Mt. Annapurna I (8091m)
- Vast range of bio-diversity on the trail
- Mid hills’ cultural area inhabited by several ethnic groups like Gurung, Magar, Brahmin and Kshetri
- The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung
- Set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks
- Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda.
|Trip Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Duration||15 Nights/16 Days|
|Trip Start/Ends||Pokhara/Nayapul, Dhampus Phedi - Pokhara|
|Maximum Altitude||Annapurna Base Camp (4200m)|
|Trip Cost||Prices on request|
|Group Size||Minimum 2 upto 16 persons in one group|
|Accessibillity||7 hours drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu|
|The Route||Maximum altitude Annapurna Base Camp (4200m) 5-7-hrs steady walking per day, moderate to strenuous trail.|
|Season||Sept – Nov / March - April|
|Trip Facilities||3+ hotel in city on B/B and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain|
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Adventure Point who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or we may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swoyambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Nepal Adventure Point briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
Our Leader/guide pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive approximately 6/7 hours to Pokhara (200km) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O’clock and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explores the surrounding lakeside areas. From the Pokhara valley you can see one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes
After breakfast from Pokhara, we drive to Nayapul and start the trek. We walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon.
After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs. As we are ascending we admire the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view. We pass waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. The village has small shops that sell local products such as handbags and crafts.
We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and enjoy the sunrise from these majestic mountains. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of coffee, we trek back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here then walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani.
The trail starts off with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our destination for today, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive.
From Chhomrong the trail descends on a stone staircase crosses the Chomrong Khola and climbs on a rocky trail to Sinuwa. Then you climb for about an hour more through the rhododendron forest with orchids and ferns to pass through Kuldi (2470m). Descend on a steep, slippery stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to Bamboo. We will have lunch at Bamboo then trek to Himalayan Hotel (2840m). The trail climbs steeply through forests of bamboo and rhododendron and then crosses tributary streams and ascends continuously. The route proceeds to Dovan (2540m); beyond Dovan the trail crosses a stream and climbs through a dense forest with a small temple and further climbs to reach to Himalayan Hotel.
From Himalayan Hotel walking about an hour through the forest the trail reaches to Hinku (3100m) and crosses a ravine, then climbs through large smooth rocks to Deaurali (3140m). The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola and follows it to Bagar (3270m). From Bagar climbing through a sparse birch forest you will reach to Machhapuchare Base Camp from where you have views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machhapuchchhre.
The route proceeds following the stream, then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. Here you can see a large flock of sheep grazing. After a while you will get to Annapurna Base Camp. You have tremendous views of the South face of Annapurna. If you walk west passing the porters shelter and volleyball court you will have a spectacular view of the monument of the well-known climber Anatoli Boukreev. You have the panoramic view of several peaks-Tharpu Chuli (5663m), Singu Chuli (6501m), Hiunchuli, you can also observe a few birds, Thar, Himalayan weasels and pika.
From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult.
We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda, we can spend the rest of the afternoon taking a rest and relaxing.
We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Australian camp. from where you have beautiful views of Annapurna range.
This is the final day of our ABC trekking. We trek to Kande Bazar from Australian camp and end our trek therethen we drive to Pokhara and explore the beauty of it.
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon then you have free time for shopping.
After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport, check out from the hotel for your final departure.
- Fee: ACAP entrance permit & TIMS card
- Activities: Hiking, trekking as per the itinerary.
- Accommodation: 3 night hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara and 10 night’s teahouse lodge in mountain on twin share or multi – share bedroom.
- Food: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking period
- Staffs: Leader/Guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transfer, food and lodging
- Transportation: Kathmandu valley sightseeing by private transport, Kathmandu to Pokhara and return Kathmandu by tourist bus, Pokhara to Nayapul and Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by private transportation.
- Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment and road transportation
- All local flights
- Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
- Personal travel and trekking equipments
- Lunch and Dinner while in city
- Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
- Temple and monastery entrance fees
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
- Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
- Optional activities
- Unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point
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