Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp trek, (also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary) is arguably the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. Make your adventure holidays also a great medium for Adventure. The trek for the Annapurna Base Camp starts from the lake city of Pokhara, one of the most beautiful places on earth and the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara.
The Name “Annapurna” came after the Mount. Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna is surrounded by many Himalayan ranges which include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The route provides an interesting contrast from lowland to the outstanding high mountains with breathtaking view of the Annapurna range. Though this trek is not a very difficult one, it involves several ascents and descents.The fantastic panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and other Himalayan range is unmatchable and unforgettable.
Each day the trek starts after the sunrise, at about 7.00 in the morning. The trail goes up then down a little bit, then again up and down while crossing the various ridges and rivers. In this way, the trail passes through different terrain, villages, forests, and fields. The major Himalayan peaks visible are the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal including the Fishtail or the Machhapuchhare. It gets more and more chilly as you go higher on the trail. The temperature at the base camp may be below the zero mark.
- Offers excellent views of Annapurna South Machhapuchchhre and Himalchuli
- Exploring the scenic and magnificent beauty of the rich nature
- Traditional Gurung Museum
- Unique hill cultures to explore.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Included: Dinner and Accomodation: Arrive in Kathmandu meet assist and transfer to hotel and brifing about the trek evening dinner greeting with Nepali culture programmes. O/n at Hotel.
Day 2: Free day. Kathmandu sightseeing. Included: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner an Accomodation After breakfast at Hotel start to visit Kathmandu Swayambhunath(monkey temple), and Boudhanath afternoon meeting with guide check the trekking gears. O/n Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara. Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation. Early in the morning breakfast at Hotel. Drive to Pokhara (about 6 hrs). One gets to view good scenery along the drive. Lunch will be served at the Local restaurant on the way to Pokhara. Finally arrive at the most beautiful city of Mountains and lakes. Pokhara is Nepal's most beautiful natural valley, which is also the most popular tourist destination. The Annapurna, Machhapuchere (Fishtail) and uncountable Mountains always stand high welcoming every visitor with a smile.
Day 4: Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka (1810 m). Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation After breakfast at the hotel we head for our 11 days/10 nights trekking of the Base camp. We start our trek by driving a short distance to Phedi. We climb steeply to the ridge at Dhampus at 1750 m. passing through a rhododendron forest we move forward to the village of Pothana, from here we reach to the small settlement of Deurali. Making a steep descent on forested slopes and then into a side canyon of the Modi Khola, passing through the settlement of Bheri Kharka, we then climb gently and emerge into the main Modi Khola valley, and finally reach to Tolka at 1810 m. O/n Tolka.
Day 5: Tolka - Chhromrong (2210 m). Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Accomodation To continue with our trek after breakfast we start moving ahead from Tolka. We from Tolka move to Landruk, a Gurung village. Ten minutes below the Landruk village, the trail to the sanctuary leads away to the right which shows the sign pointing the way north to Chhomrong. We cross the river at Shiuli at 1340m before climbing the Jhinu Danda at 1750 m. We reach Taglung at 2180 m. After a short distance from Taglung, the trail rounds a bend and enters the upper part of Chhomrong, a gurung village, where we spend the night. Chhromrong is a large village that is spread along a huge stone staircase, which drops to the Chhromrong Khola. O/n Chhoromrong.
Day 6: Chhromrong - Bamboo Lodge (2340 m). Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation leaving Chhomrong the trail descends to cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs high above the Modi Khola on it's west bank. The trail then ascends through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa and finally reaches Kuldi at 2350 m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forests and eventually we reach the small settlement of Bamboo Lodge at 2340 m. O/n Bamboo lodge.
Day 7: Bamboo Lodge - Himalayan Hotel (2900 m). Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation. The trail continues along the west bank of the Modi Khola valley through dense bamboo forest, occasionally dropping to cross tributary streams, but ascending continuously, and reaches the settlement of Doban at 2630 m where there are several good lodges. The trail then continues high above the river to our resting place for the night, the small settlement of tea-houses known as Himalayan Hotel at 2900 m. O/n Himalayan Hotel.
Day 8: Himalayan Hotel - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720 m). Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. From here it is an hour's walk to Hinko Cave at 3160 m, and a further half an hour to Deurali at 3230m. Above Deurali the valley widens and becomes less steep. Reaching Deurali brings a feeling to us that we are near to our destination. We can now see the 'gates' to the Sanctuary. The trail continues into the Sanctuary to meet the Modi Khola and follows the river to Bagar, a meadow at 3310 m. From Bagar we continue to trek upwards and reach the area known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3720 m. This is a collection of tea-houses spread over a large area. From here the mountain views are fantastic and include Annapurna (8091 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7454 m) and Machhapuchhre. O/n Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Day 9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp (4095 m). Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. After breakfast we start early and make the 2 hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp at 4095m, crossing four hotels on a knoll at 4130 m. The trail continues upwards, on a good path, to the south of the moraine This is the highlight of the trip and affords us marvelous close up views of the mountains that make up this incredible natural amphitheatre. On arrival at ABC we get a superb view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the Sanctuary to the north-west, which was climbed in 1970 by Don Whillans and Dougal Haston on an expedition led by Chris Bonington. We arrive at ABC mid-morning which allows ample time to explore the surrounding area and take some stunning photographs. O/n ABC.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp - Doban. Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. From the Sanctuary we initially retrace our steps, and descend to Deurali, through Himalayan Hotel, and eventually to Doban where we spend the night. We cover the ground a lot quicker on the way down taking advantage of our acclimatization and the reducing altitude. O/n Doban.
Day 11: Doban - Chhromrong. Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. From Doban we continue back down the trail, through Bamboo Lodge, and to Chhromrong where we spend the night. This is a short day and allows us to spend some time relaxing in this fascinating village which has some of the best mountain views in the world. O/n Chhromrong.
Day 12: Chhromrong - Ghandruk. Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. Today we stop retracing our steps and trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. We initially walk west on the trail that leads to Ghorapani, but then descend to the village of Khumnu. We cross the Khumnu Khola and then ascend steeply to a collection of tea-houses at Uri at 2220 m. From here we can see Ghandruk ahead, and it is a gentle walk to this amazing Gurung settlement at 1970m. Ghandruk is a maze of narrow alleyways but is an ideal place to spend an afternoon wandering the streets enjoying the local food or learning about the local handicrafts. O/n Ghandrung.
Day 13: Ghandruk - Birethanti. Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. From Ghandruk it is a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1140m, but we are now down to the Modi Khola and from here it is an easy and pleasant walk along the river bank to Birethanti at 1065 m, where we spend our final night on the trek. Birethanti is a beautiful village situated in a fantastic spot on the Modi Khola river. This is a busy village with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks here, and there are many tea-houses and shops. O/n Birethanti.
Day 14: Birethanti - Nayapul - Pokhara. Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. Drive back to Pokhara Our last day of the trail. We walk short distance to the road head at Nayapul, where we are picked up by our transport and driven back to Pokhara. The journey by road takes approx. 2 hours and we arrive back in Pokhara by early afternoon, on time to refresh ourselves in the hotel before spending a night in Pokhara. O/n Pokhara.
Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu. Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner an accommodation. After an early breakfast at Pokhara fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu. O/n Hotel. Day16: Departure to onward flight.
Best time for Annapurna Base camp Trek: Mid September through mid May is the best time to trek, although the trek can be done year round. The monsoon is from June through mid-September, and this is not an ideal time to go beacause the trails are very wet and the forest is full of leaches, plus it rains every day and clouds usually obscure mountain views. October, November, March, and April are the most popular months, and the trail and lodges can be very crowded.The December is the very best month. The weather is cooler than the most popular months, but it is less crowded and prices are a bit lower. December is also a very dry month.
Personal Equipment (for trekking) that you should bring with you:
- A pair of light hiking boots
- A pair of sandals
- Some pairs of woolen socks
- One light wool/fleece sweater
- One down sweater/jacket
- One light wind Gore-Tex jacket and one light wind Gore-Tex pant
- A pair of Gore-Tex glove shells with liner or ski gloves
- One sunscreen lotion
- A one - litter water bottle and purifier
- Two T - shirts and one long sleeve T - shirts
- Flashlight (extra batteries)
- Camera and photo films as per your interest
- Sun hat
- One trekking baggy pants
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet rolls, bath towel etc.) and more necessary personal clothes.
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin share bed/single and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee while on trek
- Accommodation in teahouse during the trek
- Welcome/fare - well dinner in Kathmandu
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
- Gears: sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip garbage plastic bag
- Professional local experienced Trek Leader/Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid
- Comprehensive first aid kit
- Respective region (Annapurna) trekking map, TIMS Card and trek permit
- Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
- Necessary porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
- Proper insurance of all staff including porters
- Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket and trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes/boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
- The trekking t-shirt
- Trekking map to each members.
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