A wonderful outdoor adventure that cuts across rugged trails into the divine Sanctuary where the landscapes present you nature at its Natural best….
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a most famous trekking trail for trekkers in Nepal. The peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna1, Gangapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter within a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center.
Our trek starts from Nayapul, which is an hours scenic drive from Pokhara with some fabulous views of Annapurna (South) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) en route. From Nayapul, a half hour’s walk brings us to Birethanti; situated at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurung rivers, where here, the route divides.
We hike the West trail towards Ghorepani, a trading village situated at an elevation of 2750m., where there is a tremendous vantage point (Poon hill – 3210m.) to view both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal. The views at sunrise from Poon hill are simply stunning. From Ghorepani, the trail goes East to the hamlet of Tadapani and on towards Chhomrong, from where we commence our journey into the Annapurna Sanctuary and onwards to Annapurna Base Camp. The journey to base camp follows the valley in between the huge ramparts of Himchuli & Machhapuchhre, eventually emerging into an awesome Amphitheater, where a labyrinth of mountains and Annapurna I tower almost vertically above us. It’s a mesmerizing experience…that is worth the physical toil, to the hilt…
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Fly to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]
Day 04 Trek to Landrung [1550m]
Day 05 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
Day 06 Trek to Himalaya Hotel [2850m]
Day 07 Rest day
Day 08 Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp [3700m]
Day 09 Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp [4130m]
Day 10 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
Day 11 Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]
Day 12 Trek to Banthanti [2410m]
Day 13 Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]
Day 14 Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16 Depart Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
As you fly into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below you are almost breathtaking. This begins a memorable experience that stays with you for a long time. An escort from our office will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Your first overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city is an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two ancient neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and the well known Swoyambhunath.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]
We board a 25 minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During your flight, you will be sightseeing the most magnificent and sensational view of the Himalayan range. As your flight lands in Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Manaslu and the Annapurna mountain range. In Pokhara, a bus will take you to Phedi. From there onward starts your trek on the Annapurna Mountains. As you climb uphill, you will bask in the splendor of nature and your trails become more adventurous. Finally, after walking for 3 hours, you encounter several roadside teashops and your trail finally leads to the Gurung village of Dhampus. And here concludes your trip of the day.
Day 04: Trek to Landrung [1550m]
As you hike around a ridge snout, on proceeding further, the trail takes you through Pothana and you reach Deurali. From this vantage point, you find yourself high up on the East side of the Modi Khola cascading down the Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary surrounded by complete ambience of nature. You continue to trek for four hours until you reach the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more excitement into your adventure spirit.
Day 05: Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
From Landrung, you march along the mountain path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then you come across dense forest of bamboo. Finding yourself in complete isolation amidst the serenity of nature can be quite an experience. Your trek does not stop here. After trekking for a while, you approach teahouses at Jhinu where you can rest and enjoy a drink or snacks. Thereafter, you resume your trek to the north, descending Daaulu and after having walked for five hours you, will find yourself at Chomrong. From Chomrong you can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges and at Chomrong where you can get accommodation and food.
Day 06: Trek to Himalaya Hotel [2850m]
Crossing Chomrong Khola, you continue trekking along steep stone steps. On your trails, you bypass rhododendron-covered ridge path, mountainous terrains and forests of bamboo. As you savor awe-inspiring views of Annapurna mountain ranges and Machhapuchhare, you gather more energy and enthusiasm to explore further. During your five-hour walking, you cross Modi Khola, pass through Khuldigar, Bamboo and Dovan and finally reach Himalaya Hotel where you wrap up your trip for the day.
Day 07: Rest day
You spend your entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting accustomed to your trekking destinations.
Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp [3700m]
Your next destination is to reach Machhapuchhare base camp. You ascend and descend as your route opens up new trails. On climbing steeply for a while, you approach Hinku Cave. This course follows zigzag paths of stones. After walking for 3 to 4 hours, you enter the Annapurna circuit Sanctuary, a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, II, III and IV and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare. Several lodges and Annapurna inns are spotted at Deurali and Bagar. Finally, you will find yourself at Machhapuchhare Base Camp, a grassy moraine platform. You can rest at one of the lodges, and treat yourself with hygienic food.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp [4130m]
On hiking the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. Thereafter, you head back down to Himalaya Hotel.
Day 10: Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
As you continue climbing along the forested ridge residing in the vicinity of chains of cloud-snaring hills, a grass-covered slope opens up leading to a course descending across a rock-strewn area to the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest river gorge of great bio-geographical significance regarded as demarcating Eastern and Western avifauna. The trail up the Modi Khola passes through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo across Annapurna mountain range. After trekking for 5 hours, you reach Chomrong. From Chomrong you can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges at Chomrong which provide accommodation and food.
Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]
From Chomrong, we take an alternative route back to Pokhara, via Ghorepani. As you skirt through flatland, forests and terraced fields, a suspension bridge comes your way. On crossing this suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, you enter beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. You get to witness unique culture, tradition and custom of Gurung community. Ghandruk offers excellent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. It accommodates several hotels and teahouses. Camping in its terraced fields can be very exciting and adventurous.
Day 12: Trek to Banthanti [2410m]
Leaving the terraced fields of Ghandruk, we tread along the zigzag path on a steep slope. As you ascend steeply, you pass through dense rhododendron forest to Tadapani which is an ideal vantage point to glimpse heavenly sight of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. After having walked for 3 hours, you finally reach Banthanti.
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]
From Banthanti, you proceed further along steep trails. Nature exposes before you stunning sights of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before you. You climb through rhododendron forest to Deurali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. Continue walking for 3 hours and finally you will find yourself in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers.
Day 14: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of Poon Hill [3195m], you leave Ghorepani and hike ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. On your trails of stone steps, you pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section [with 3767 steps!] leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. [6 hrs walking]
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Our escorts will take you to the airport for your flight home. If you’d like, you can stay longer for short tours or go on a game drive to National parks, or go-wild rafting can be another option. Going overland to Tibet will also be a wise move if you have extra time. Feel free to contact us if you care to make a decision at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q. Is Annapurna Base Camp Trekking safe after the Earthquake 2015?
Ans: Yes, Annapurna Region trekking is completely safe even after the massive earthquake 2015. Most of the trekking routes are safe in Annapurna Routes including Annapurna Base Camp.