Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 14 days
annapurna-base-camp-trek-318 The perfect first Himalayan trek through classic Nepali scenery into the very heart of the Annapurnas.Setting out from Pokhara through enchanting terraced villages, we eventually pass between the peaks of Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli, which guard the entrance to the Sanctuary. Annapurna Sanctuary is a huge snow and iceclad cirque of some of the highest mountains in the world, including the awesome South Face of Annapurna. We spend two days here exploring, with a visit to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft). The trek back to Pokhara is by a different route. This magnificent trek also includes a dawn hike up Poon Hill for sunrise over the Himalaya. We often recommend this as one of the best treks to do on your first visit to the Himalaya, as the trail gets spectacularly close to the mountains but does not go dramatically high. Altitude should not therefore be an issue.

Fact of the Trek

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Place Covers

Pokhara/ Ghorepani/ Poonhill/ Machharpurche base camp/ Annapurna base camp/ Jhinudanda/Pokhara

Group Size

Min.1, Max. 9

Min. altitude

910m

Max. altitude

4170 m.

Best Season

February to June & September to November

Transportation

Tourist Bus (Kathmandu/ Pokhara/ Kathmandu)

Trek Duration

14 Days

Age Limit

17 to 68

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.). You depart early for the 7 hours drive by tourist deluxe bus to Pokhara (915m.), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. This road is newly paved and is now one of the finest in Nepal! Immediately, you head up as you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, which you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyandi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti Gandiki River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city with pleasant weather. It is renowned for its tourist’s paradise. This city is full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. As you approach the city, there are wonderful views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon for a relaxing boat ride on Phewa Lake, shopping in the markets and shops, or just relaxing with a drink on the shores of the lake. Stay overnight at lake side hotel in Pokhara. Meals included: lunch and dinner.

Day 03: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car which takes 1 and half hours drive. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about 4 hours. After breakfast your driver will pick you up for the two-hour drive to Birethanti. On the way you will be able to see the high peaks of the Himalayas looming in the distance as the road winds its way up to the starting point of the trek. Packed with your camera, warm sweater and some water you head off, accompanied by your guide and local porters. The villagers wave goodbye as you slowly begin your ascent.

The path leads through a thick bamboo forest to lush green fields where cows with red plumes on their heads graze contentedly. There's plenty of opportunity to stop off for some pictures or a drink on the way. After about 4 hours you arrive in Tirkhedhunga, a small village with a couple of shops, a wobbly hanging bridge across the river and waving children that follow you with curiosity. You'll be sleeping in a basic lodge. There's running water but don't expect a hot shower... Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and it takes about 6 hours. After a hearty breakfast it's time to pack your things and head off on the trek. The first stretch is fairly easy as you walk downhill into the valley. As you cross the river Burungdi Khola make sure to stop and admire this spectacular mountain river which at times is a peacefully flowing stream but can fast become a wild churning rapid. The freezing cold meltwater flows down from high up on the mountain. Then it's the most strenuous part of the trek. Heading up some stony steps you slowly make your way to 2000m.

At the end of this strenuous climb you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the snow-capped mountains rising up above the surrounding hills. The last part of the trek is pretty level and leads through a colourful and aromatic rhododendron forest. On arrival in Ghorepani put your feet up, have a drink and relax. As you look around you see colourful prayer flags blowing in the wind at the many temples and snowy mountain peaks in the background. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Chhomrong (2040 m.) which takes approximately four and half hours. The day starts with steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chommrong at elevation of 2140 meters. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) and it takes about five hours. 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 in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. 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. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.). Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There are debris of avalanches except during winter season. After short trek, you reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230m.). Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) and it takes about four hours. Today the trail climbs on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4130 meters. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) which takes about five hours. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) and it takes about six hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Jhinudanda to Birethanti (1025m.) which takes about five hours. From Nayapul you drive back to Pokhara which takes approximately one and half hours. Stay overnight at hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali cultural heritage restaurant in Kathmandu
  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All necessary transportation
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
  • Rescue assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation at hotel in Pokhara with all meals
OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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