Annapurna base camp trek is a ‘must do’ trek at least once in a lifetime. It lies in the North central part of Nepal containing the massif Himalayan chain that comprises the world’s 10th highest peak i.e. Annapurna I (8091m) along with the 13 other peaks above 8000m ranges and 16 other peaks with 700m. Annapurna region is protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) within 7,639m km square range which is known as one of the largest conservation areas of Nepal
Annapurna base camp trek is an extra ordinary walk through diverse landscape and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m/13549ft height, is one of the most popular walks on earth. Moreover, the destination can be reached via Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail) which is revered by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. The journey introduces us to an exceptional ecosystem that’s well balanced and on this trip we experience the beauty of Mother Nature at its real best.
Annapurna base camp was first discovered by the British explorer Col. James O.M. ‘Jimmy’ Roberts in the year 1956 and shown to the world as the ‘Sanctuary of Gods’. The Sanctuary then became the “Annapurna Sanctuary”.
This wonderful trek explores diverse ethnic groups and their interesting cultures and is warmly welcomed by local tribes; blended with this is a glimpse of beautiful flora and fauna found in this area. The Annapurna Base Camp is a small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier. As you look up from the edge of the glacier, you come face to face with the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, III and South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare are all there to meet your gaze when your eyes rest upon them.
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|Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transfered to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Then after you can be familiarize with Kathmandu.
|Day 2 Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.|
|Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara – (910m.) 6 hrs Drive After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 7-8 hrs to reach Pokhara. We also have the option for a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. We will do a tour of some beautiful places in Pokhara that include Davids fall (if we reach early by road),and the Phewa Lake etc. we then do an overnight at our hotel by the lake in the lovely ‘city of lakes’ on BB Plan.|
|Day 4 : Pokhara to Ghandruk – (1990m) 5 hrs walk We will leave Pokhara early in the morning either by taxi or car to Nayapul. From here, it is an easy descent all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear chirping of various birds on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds’ lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.|
|Day 5 : Trek to Chhomrung – (2210m) 5 hrs walk At the beginning of the day, you ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m). Chomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by the Gurung ethnic tribe who inhabit this area the most. Stay overnight at lodge.|
|Day 6 : Trek to Bamboo – (2350m) 5 hrs walk Leaving Chomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chomrong Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m check post. You 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 lodge.|
|Day 7 : Trek to Deurali – (3140m) 5 hrs walk 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. It takes approximately twenty minutes to reach Deurali (3230m.) Stay overnight at lodge.|
|Day 8 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp – (4130m) 5 hrs walk This is one of the places where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine forest. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the panoramic views of several peaks which are all so clear. The views hereabouts will give you so clear pictures that will linger in your memories for as long as it takes. Stay overnight at lodge.|
|Day9 : Trek to Bamboo – (2335m) 6 hrs walk Early in the morning after a warm breakfast, we can see mesmerizing sunrise views and revert back to Bamboo from Annapurna Base Camp and do an overnight at our lodge.|
|Day10 : Trek to Jhinu Danda (Hot water springs) – (1780m) 4/5 hrs walk 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 we reach Sinuwa. We trek gradually descending to the Chomrong Khola and we go up a stone staircase which you think will never end for almost an hour till we reach Chomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can unwind yourself at the hot springs & pamper your body with a hot bath. Stay overnight at lodge.|
|Day11: Trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara city. – 7 hrs walk Today after breakfast, we will hike up to Nayapul and then take a bus ride to reach Pokhara. The trek to Nayapul is a lovely hike as you can enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes along the trail back. We will haul up for lunch on the way.
In about 4-5 hours, we reach Nayapul and stop for some rest before we get onto our vehicle up to Pokhara. Nayapul to Pokhara is about a one hour drive. Overnight at our hotel inclusive bed and breakfast.
|Day12 : Drive back to Kathmandu While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed and farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance program.|
|Day13: Departure Day After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home.|
Spring (March to May): Spring is another best time to do Annapurna Base Camp trek. Watch out for the avalanche though. Listen to the locals for the news about the avalanche ahead. In spring, the trail will be covered in red and white rhododendrons and many other exotic flowers found in this region, a good time to go for botanists.
Summer/Monsoon (June to August): Annapurna Base Camp can actually be done any time in the year. However, monsoon is not a good time. Rain mostly comes down during the evening or night but the dark clouds are ever present. It also means leeches, mosquitoes, possible landslides and slippery roads. But, this is the time when animals are most active. If you are a keen biologist, then maybe monsoon is for you.
Autumn (September to November): Autumn is the best time to do this trek. Autumn is a dry season that offers clear blue sky and moderate temperature. This is the best time do any trek in Nepal and is, therefore, very crowded.
Winter (December to February): Starting from January, you need to be careful about avalanche when travelling from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. This stretch is prone to avalanche. Trekkers should be careful no matter what time in year they are trekking when trekking from Deurali to MBC. You could go during December if you would like it to be quieter. ABC can be done in winter as well. Dry air and clear sky but, during winter, it will be very cold and will snow.
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