Annapurna base camp trek is moderate - difficult trek in Annapurna massif of the Himalayas. The trek is most popular after the Everest trek. The trekking could be planned for 8 – 10 days from Pokhara and back. It starts from the lush foothills of Annapurna, climbing up and down and finally ascends upstream Modi River to glacial moraine valley of Annapurna base camp surrounded by giant snow peaks. The trek is also valued for its rich cultural experience as it is dominated by Gurung ethnic groups of Nepal.
One of the most spectacular trek in the Himalayas with 360 degree view of snow peaks including the 10th highest in the world Mt Annapurna.
Easy access from the nearest city ie Pokhara.
Trekking through the World's largst Rhododendron forest.
Culturally rich trek passing through the border of two ethnic groups - the Magars and Gurungs with rich cultural heritage.
Trail passing through several view points like Poon hill that overlooks into over a dozen of snow peaks including 3 among the highest ten in the world. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna.
Relatively shorter base camp trek that could be customized within as less as 7 days from Pokhara and back.
Eco friendly trek that is regulated by ACAP (Annapurna conservation Area Project) for less environmental impact.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02:An easy day in Kathmandu
Day 03:Fly or drive to Pokhara
Day 04:Drive to Nayapul and trek to Thikedunga - 6 hrs / 1,600 m
Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani - 6 hrs / 2800 m
Day 06:Hike to Poon Hill (1 hr / 3,200 m) and trek to Tadapani - 5 hrs / 2,500 m
Day 07:Trek to Chhomrong - 5 hrs / 2,170 m
Day 08:Trek to Dovan - 6 hrs / 2,500 m
Day 09:Trek to Deurali - 5 hrs / 3,300 m
Day 10:Trek to Annapurna Base camp - 5 hrs / 4,200 m
Day 11:Trek down to Bamboo - 6 hrs / 2,100 m
Day 12:Trek to Jhinu Danda - 5 hrs / 1,600 m
Day 13:Trek back to Syauli Bazaar and drive back to Pokhara - 3 hrs walk and 3 hrs drive
Day 14:Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15:Drive to the airport for final departure.
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu Our represent will be at the airport as per your flight details. After formal meeting and greeting, drive to the hotel. Later your trek officer will meet you for briefing about the trek.
Day 02:An easy day in Kathmandu Enjoy the late morning breakfast allowing yourself to recover from the journey. Later our guide will meet you at the breakfast to take you around Kathmandu. This is best way to know the country's cultural aspect. An easy and relaxing day will help you to be prepared for the multi-days trekking.
Day 03:Fly or drive to Pokhara Pokhara is a base city for trekking and climbing in western Nepal. The 200 km drive through the mountainous road takes about 7 hrs. 25 mints flight is a panoramic thrill with view of snow peaks west of Kathmandu. An afternoon in the Lake city gives you ample opportunity to picture Annapurna Himalayan range either from a boat or short hike to World Peace Pagoda.
Day 04:Drive to Nayapul and trek to Thikedunga - 6 hrs / 1,600 m After breakfast, we will drive out of Pokhara valley in a private vehicle. The trekking starting point of 'Nayapul' is about 44 km / 1 and half hrs drive away. Starting walking upstream Modi River and then follow the Burungdi valley after half an hours walk. The landscape is beautiful with terraces glistening with crops, charming village houses and stream cascading down. Climb gradually upstream Burungdi River to the base of Ulleri village and spend the night in a teahouse at Thikedunga.
Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani - 6 hrs / 2800 m The day is quiet challenging with continuous climb for about 6 hrs. At first the climb is steep on the stone steeps that is well over 3,000. At the top we come to a village of Ulleri that offers first view of Annapurna South. The climbing becomes gradual and less intense as we walk into the Rhododendron forest. The entire walking from Ulleri to Ghorepani is under the canopy of tall trees. There are teahouses every half an hour. Ghorepani is a lodge settlement perched on the mountain pass at the altitude of 2,800 m. This is one of the most popular view point at the crossroad of routes from Kali Gandaki, Annapurna base camp and Birethanti. The place is overlooking at the sweeping Kali Gandaki valley wedged between two 8,000 m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Day 06:Hike to Poon Hill (1 hr / 3,200 m) and trek to Tadapani - 5 hrs / 2,500 m The day is one of the highlight of the trek. We climb to the Poon Hill before dawn and wait for sunrise over the snow peaks. The 400 m climb takes about 1 hour. The phenomenon of sunrise worth the effort. On a clear day, the snow peaks changes from pink to red, orange and yellow with dark blue background while the valley basin is still covered in darkness. Later hike back to the lodge and be ready for the day's hike. The hike to Tadapani is one of the beautiful through the Rhododendron forest coming to the view points as high as Poon Hill. At first trail climbs to the ridge top and then down through the forest groove finally climbing up to the Tadapani village which is looking into Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail.
Day 07:Trek to Chhomrong - 5 hrs / 2,170 m Tadapani is small lodge settlement in a clearing of the forest that en-frames the view of Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail. From here the trail climbs steeply down to the Ghurjung River and then climbs gradually along the mountain flank to Chhomrong village. This is a big village with close up view of Annapurna and Fishtail.
Day 08:Trek to Dovan - 6 hrs / 2,500 m From Chhomrong, we enter into the narrow and deep valley wedged between Annapurna and Fishtail. The trail first climbs down all the way to the river on the stone steps and then climb back on the other side to Sinwa village at the top. From Sinwa, the trail traverses along the steep buttress of Huinchuli and again climb down to the Modi River at Bamboo village. From Bamboo we follow the Modi River upstream to Dovan.
Day 09:Trek to Deurali - 5 hrs / 3,300 m We continue climbing steep at times and gradually otherwise following the Modi River upstream. The walking is mostly under the canopy of Rhododendron forest which starts to thin out at higher altitude. The trail climbs steeply after 'Himalaya' and comes out of the forest. Valley opens wide and the vegetation thins out at the elevation. Waterfalls sprays down from the steep and daunting rocky buttresses of the snow peaks on the either side. We will cross the rockery caused by avalanche before arriving Deurali on the other side.
Day 10:Trek to Annapurna Base camp - 5 hrs / 4,200 m The trail further winds along the Modi River. There are avalanche prone areas along the trail which may be more challenging to cross during winter and early Spring. Accordingly locals switch trail across Modi River and make plank bridges. Once we cross this section, we arrive to Machhapuchhre base camp (MBC) at 3,700 m. Annapurna base camp from here is about one and half hours' walking away. The trail climbs gradually along the glacier to the north of Annapurna South. Annapurna base camp is amazing place with snow peaks in all 360 degree.
Day 11:Trek down to Bamboo - 6 hrs / 2,100 m Enjoy the phantasmagoria of colors over the snow peaks in the morning. The valley is almost conical with base camp at its narrow end. This offers the view of snow peaks in all directions. Annapurna I (8,090 m / 10th highest) appears most spectacular from its base above the glacier. The peak also appears daunting with its steep rock-face which made it the most difficult 8,000 m mountain in Nepal. After breakfast, start trekking down the valley. Depending upon the snow and ice situation, it will take about 6 hrs to get down to Bamboo.
Day 12:Trek to Jhinu Danda - 5 hrs / 1,600 m We follow the trail back to Chhomrong village. At first the trail climbs to Sinwa and then down to the river and back again to the top at Chhomrong village where we will have lunch. After lunch, climb down to the Jhinu village on stone steps. Climbing down is not easy if you are not used to. Walking sticks are helpful. You can go down to natural hot spring down the river.
Day 13:Trek back to Syauli Bazaar and drive back to Pokhara - 3 hrs walk and 3 hrs drive We will follow the Modi River down stream to Syauli Bazaar. The trail passes through charming little villages, terraces glistening with crops and suspension bridges. The dirt road have been extended to Syauli bazaar and it is possible to drive back in a jeep or vehicle with high ground clearance.
Necessary trekking permits. ACAP (Annapurna conservation Area Project) and TIMS (Trekking information management system)
Private transportation to and back from the trekking trail head - Pokhara.
Trekking with licensed and experienced guide and necessary porters.
Teahouse accommodation with three meals a day during the trek.
Flight / Transportation to and back Kathmandu - Pokhara as per agreement.
5 nights accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast and taxes included as per agreement.
Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu and Pokhara as per agreement.
Airport pick up and drop as per agreement.
Any type of insurances. Rescue and evacaution will be done on your account.
Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon.
Meals beside beakfast while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Bottled drinks and beverages, toiletries and things of personal nature purchased by clients.
Tea breaks and snacks bought by clients beside three meals.
Tips for guide and porter.
Australia Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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United States Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Beautiful and safe experience !
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