Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks because it provides so much from the beginning at scenic Phewa Lake, Pokhara and then on to ethnic villages, farms, brightly colored Rhododendron Forests and staying in local Tea Houses, combined with stunning views from famous Poon Hill of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare Mountain Ranges.
Because you can see so much natural beauty while on a moderate level trek is another reason people choose the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. From Pokhara we proceed along the Bhurundi River’s route and encounter a diverse mix of villages composed of Bhotiya, Magar, Tamang and Thakali among others. In the lush forest you many see Himalayan Tahr, Black Bear, Musk Deer, Pheasants and a large assortment of birds. The terraced farms are both impressive and lovely as they cascade down the hillsides. The incredible views are just one aspect of this amazing experience and something to revel in as we relax in the hot springs at Jhinu Danda. After an easier return through the valley of the Modi River we head back to the capital of Kathmandu.
Stunning views of scenic villages and the Annapurna mountain range
First-hand experience of local cultures
Spectacular wildlife of the Himalaya
What to Expect?
During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek you will encounter some of the world’s highest peaks, including Machapuchhre (6,993m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,939m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Hiuchuli (6441m) and Lamjung Himal (6,986m) among others.
As you travel to Annapurna Base Camp, you will meet the various ethnic groups that call these remote areas home. The Brahman, Chhetri, Magar and Gurung will share with you their culture and way of life, ensuring that you receive a truly authentic experience.
Our trek to Annapurna Base Camp is 13 days in duration and on Day 8 we will reach Base Camp, the elevation of which is 4130m. Another unique feature of the trek are the natural hot springs which can be found at some of villages which we will pass through on our trek home. This is always a favourite among weary trekkers.
Overall you stand to experience lush forests, imposing mountain ranges, a plethora of animals, undamaged remote villages, terraced rice paddies and much much more on your trek to Annapurna. You can plan to go on this trek in any season however, sometimes in winter, Base Camp is closed due to the high level of snow.
By choosing Kathmandu Adventures you are guaranteed an authentic experience that you will never forget!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Kathmandu Adventures. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Kathmandu Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. Included meals:B
DAY 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) (flight at extra cost): 30 minutes and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 5 – 6 hours
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara, or by tourist bus to the beautiful lake city and catch great views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane.
DAY 04: After breakfast we drive to Nayapul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek.
From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we also visit the Gurung museum today. Overnight in Ghandruk. Included meals:B
DAY 05: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours
At this juncture, we climb up for around an hour up to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong. Included meals:B
DAY 06: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours
The trail out of Chhomrong descends via 2500 stone steps and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge. It is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo. Included meals:B
DAY 07: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
We pass through the bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with fewer steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali. Included meals:B
DAY 08: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The trek from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation changes on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The Sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From Base Camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. Included meals:B
DAY 09: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
From Annapurna Base Camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo. Included meals:B
DAY 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night.Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda. Included meals:B
DAY 11: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
On our way to Nayapul from Jhinu Danda we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Nayapul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals:B
DAY 12: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast you will depart for Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Kathmandu Adventures. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals:B
DAY 13: Day 09: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A KathmanduAdventures representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:B
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Kathmandu Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required
• All accommodation in 3 star ( By Nepalese standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms
• All Ground transportation & domestic flights
• Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
• All accommodation w/breakfast during trek
• Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
• One cultural show and dinner
• National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
• International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
• Internal Flight to Pokhara if required
• Major meals in Cities
• All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
• Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
• Tips to guide and porter
• Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
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