Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Situated along the western foothills of the Himalayas, the Annapurna massif contains some of the highest mountains in the world. The gorge formed by the kali gadkari separates Annapurna from Mount Dhaulagiri.Annapurna is a Sanskrit word which means “goddess of the harvests”. The massif has sacred connotations to Hindus living in Nepal and the adjoining areas. The Annapurna base camp trek offers tourists the opportunity to experience both high mountains and low land villages. Moreover, the area is inhabited by people belonging to the various ethnic groups.

The region is home to people belonging to the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali groups. Tourists can get a sneak into their life and unique culture.Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, it is one of the most frequented treks in Nepal. The trek offers majestic views of the snow capped mountains and beautiful green fields. The path to the Annapurna base camp is lined with beautiful rhododendron forests. As the trek is not very strenuous, anyone who wishes to experience the beautiful Annapurna massif can go on the trek.

The first stop is Nayapool, a town located at an hour distance from Pokhara. From Nayapool, trekkers march ahead to Ghorepani. At Ghorepani views of the rising sun awaits tourists. The sun rising from the 7000m high mountains Next day begins with trekking to Tadapani. Over the course of the journey trekkers will cover Chhomrong, Dovan, Deurali, Annapurna Base Camp and Jhinu Danda.The best time to go on the trek is Sept - Nov and Mar – May. During summers, the whole trek gets covered with rhododendron flowers. Going on the trek during the monsoons i.e. the period between Junes to August is not advisable. Group sizes may vary between 1 and 12. The maximum elevation reached is 4,210m at Annapurna Base Camp. The trip length is 16 days.Many endangered animals such as the pika, blue sheep, snow leopards, tigers and Himalayan thar live in this region. In addition, different species of birds including multi colored Impheyan, koklas and blood pheasants reside in the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itineary:

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) 6 hrs
after breakfast at your hotel we will depart at 8am; take a scenic drive to Pokhara via the Prithivi Highway (approx 6 hours). While driving we will have many chances to observe rural people & various cultures along the highway. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 04: Drive Naya Pul (New bridge), to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m) 4 hrs
After breakfast at around 07:30am, we will drive to Naya Pul (42km) by car/taxi via the large village of Lumle and walk for about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Ramghai where you will have lunch. After lunch, the trail climbs gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) 6 hrs
From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tikhe Dhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a camp site for a rest and water stop one hour’s walk above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning "rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti we will climb to Ghorepani at 2850m, from here we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 06: Hiking -Poonhill (3180m), trek to Tadapani (2500m) 6 hrs
This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2020m) 5 hrs
The day starts with a steep downhill. Leaving Tadapani, we will descend steeply through forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurung which is the village of the Gurung people. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2600m) 5 hrs
Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola & again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380m, where there is an ACAP Check post; after, the trek is a continuous descent to Dovan. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 09: Trek to Deurali (3200m) 4 hrs
The day begins with the climb through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to Dovan, the Himalayan Hotel and on to Hinko at 3020m. The accommodation will be in Deurali, on the ridge above Hinko & is the stretch of trail that is most subject to avalanche. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m) 5 hrs
Today the trail climbs on past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. Since, it is totally surrounded by mountain. This area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. You can either end the day at Machhapuchhre Base Camp or trek two hours on to Annapurna Base Camp. There, you will view the mountain scenery which is even more spectacular. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 11: Explore the hidden valley and trek back to Bamboo. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (hot spring). Enjoy the evening at the hot spring. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 13: Trek to Pothana via Landruk. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 14: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast and lunch.

Day 16: Breakfast at hotel, and transfer to airport for home departure. “Farewell!”

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Activities: Trekking (walking)
Difficulty: Challenging
Max Elevation: 5545m
Trekking Style: Lodge to Lodge
Meal: All Meals Included during the Trekking
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge on trek
Transportation: Flight & Private Car
Trip Duration: 16 Days

Cost Includes

  • Airport/ hotel/airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Three nights’accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transports by private car
  • Pokhara – Nayapuland Nayapul – Kathmandu transports by private car/taxi
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes &office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter ( it is expected).

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