Annapurna Base Camp route has become one of the most popular trekking trails among the solo and adventure trekkers. It is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek which has an extraordinary variety of ecosystems because of its unique combination of heights and depths. This oval-shaped high glacial basin is situated at an altitude of over 4000 meters surrounded by a ring of mountains-the Annapurna Himalayan range, most of which are above 7000 meters including two eight thousanders namely Annapurna (8,091m/26,546ft) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft). Annapurna Sanctuary is a natural amphitheater and has been sacred to the local people for centuries. The entire sanctuary was held as sacred to the Gurung tribe, one of the many native inhabitants of the area. Our Annapurna Base Camp trek starts at Nayapul, about an hour scenic drive from Pokhara. We continue our trek towards the west trail from Birethanti which follows to Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani.
The next early morning, our guide will wake you up to hike to Poonhill/Pun Hill, the popular view point where you can enjoy with the panoramic views of 32 snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The views at sunrise from Poonhill are simply stunning. We then trek towards Chhomrong and commence our journey into the Annapurna Sanctuary and further to Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a good introduction to higher altitude without being too strenuous so that we have categorized this trek as medium-hard trek.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu. Reception and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Guided City Tour of Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (884m/2,900ft).
Today we have a 200km (124 miles) drive (6-7 hours by bus) from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We take a tourist bus that leaves at 7am from Kantipath, near Thamel. This is a scenic drive along the bank of the Trishuli River with great country side. Alternatively one can also fly between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul then trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,052ft).
We take a drive for one hour from Pokhara to Nayapul. From the road at Nayapul (New Bridge) we go down the slope, cross a tributary by a suspension bridge and follow a broad track to the village of Birethanti (1,040m/3,412ft). This is a busy, attractive important bazaar with a number of shops, a post office, hotels and teahouses. The ACAP check post is located at the end of the suspension bridge where you must show your entry permit. Leaving Birethanti we keep to the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Passing through bamboo forest you go through three other villages, Matathanti, Sudame and Hille before reaching Tikhedhunga where some of the lodges are run by ex-Gurkha soldiers, the village is near the confluence of the Tirkhedhunga and Bhurungdi Khola (River). Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 5: Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m/9,383ft).
Out of Tikhedhunga or Tirkhedunga we start to tackle the long staircase of stone steps over 3,000 of them that lead to Ulleri (1,960m/6,430ft). This will take us around 2 hours. We continue to trek to Banthanti (2,210m/7,251ft) and then to Nayathanti or Nanggethanti (2,430m/7,972ft) where keen bird watchers should keep a look out for the grey Langur as it inhabit the rhododendron forests at either side of Ghorepani. We stay overnight at Ghorepani/Ghodepani. This is a bustling village with shops, lodges and camp grounds and because of the attraction of nearby Poonhill the route is the most heavily traversed in Nepal. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 6: Trek early morning Ghorepani to Poonhill (3,210m/10,532ft) then to Tadapani (2,650m/8,694ft).
We have an early morning start to catch the sunrise at the summit of Poonhill or Pun hill a unique trekking experience. We start out on a path from the centre of Ghorepani village and climb for about one hour before sunrise and climb through rhododendrons to the top. There is a lookout tower on the highest point and below it is a very welcome teahouse. We will take in the stunning view of the sun rising above the whole Annapurna range and the Dhaulagiri massif, a truly spectacular event. After taking many photo’s we then set off for Tadapani “far water” not to be confused with the village of Tatopani “hot water”. The “far water” title dates back to times before a piped supply came to this remote lodge settlement and water had to be carried here from afar by locals and porters. The seven fairly large lodges provide spectacular views across the Kimrong Khola (River) valley to Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
Day 7: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,119ft).
We start our trek from Tadapani and go through the village of Kimrong (1,880m/6,168ft), continuing onto Taulung (2,180m/7,152ft) and then we enter our overnight stop at Chhomrong. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 8: Trek Chomrong to Dobhan (2,600m/8,530ft).
Today we start off by navigating down the steep stairway which consists of over 2,000 stone steps to reach the valley bottom an altitude difference of more than 300 meters before a steep climb up the other side of the valley. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 9: Trek Dobhan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp/MBC (3,700m/12,139ft).
Our trek winds up through bamboo forest to Hinku where we descend to cross a ravine and climb over the other side. This is a classic avalanche trap and on occasions the gorge is virtually blocked here and is often necessary to climb over the debris. We continue to the village of Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) and continue up to Machhapuchhare Base Camp for the overnight halt. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Trek MBC to Annapurna Base Camp/ABC (4,130m/13,500ft) & return trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft).
Today we start the steady climb to ABC, never very steep yet the altitude is likely to make you feel tired. Take a slow pace and enjoy the expanding panorama before you. It will take us about 1-2 hours to reach the base camp where we can take a well earned rest and enjoy a cup of hot tea before we explore the surrounding area and view the glacier at the heart of the Sanctuary. We will then commence our descent back to Bamboo. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 11: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,840ft).
Return trek continues through the same trail until Chomrong. The trail goes through the rhododendron and bamboo fields. The trail then steeply descends to Jhinu Hot Spring. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 12: Trek Jhinu to Nayapul (1,070m/3,510ft) and drive to Pokhara.
Today we continue our trek along the side of Modi Khola River to Birethanti. We continue the trail to the road that ascends to a taxi stand at Nayapul. We catch a taxi or bus from Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We are more relaxed in Pokhara with the beautiful morning and later we drive back to Kathmandu. Regular tourist buses leave at 7am. Join for farewell dinner with live cultural show.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.
Day 14: Departure to home.
Supplemental Tour Information:
- A City Hotel in Kathmandu for three nights
- A City Hotel in Pokhara for two nights
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Park permits/TIMS
- Three meals (B/L/D) a day
- Accommodations at teahouse/lodge
- An English speaking Trekking Guide
- A porter shared between two trekkers
- Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
- Taxi transfers before/after the trek in Pokhara
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu overland transfers by Tourist Bus
- First aid kit box
- Emergency co-operation service.
- Arrival transfer from International Airport to Hotel
- A Company T-shirt
- A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program.
- Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
- Nature of personal expenses
- Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
- Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
- International Airfare and Taxes.
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