Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Destinations: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 14 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Medium
  • Max Elevation: 4130m
  • Best Season: October to December, February to May
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs
  • Styles: Tea House
  • Starting point of trek: Naya Pul
  • Meals and Drinks: guest houses managed by local people

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  • Destination:Nepal

The Annapurna Base Camp is very popular trekking route in area of Annapurna region in the middle part of Nepal. It is about 2 week trek starts from Phedi 30 minute drive from Pokhara.

Medium style of the trek offers the best tea house with luxurious lodges and guesthouses in wonderful and charming prosperous villages where inhabitants are mixed of different tribal but dominated by Gurung community who are friendly people show respect in highly good culture. The village used an uneven path with stone paved steps leads meandering on through cultivated land terraces. Encountering some charming villages of Dhampus, Potana, Landruk, Jhinu, Chhomrong, Sinuwa and the other more to Annapurna Base camp. In Jhinu, there is a natural hot spring on the bank of the Modi River to enjoy a bath and dip in it.

We follow the Modi River from Newbridge skirting on high above the river alongside villages, forests of bamboo, dense rhododendron, maple, and alpine junipers. Annapurna Base camp (4230m) is situated at the bottom of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South on the part of Annapurna Glacier. Every trekker feels endeavors to be put their footsteps on the base camp, which is festooned with colorful prayer flags and numerous cairns.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek starts at 1100m sea level to the highest altitude at 4230m at Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking routes are wide and safe run on stone paved stairs, across bridges over rivers. The time of high trekking season lodges and routes are crowded with trekkers. The highlights of to do this trek offer various flora and fauna which differs according to a level of altitude. Deep, dark forest, huge green cliffs from the bed of Modi Khola towering to snowcapped peaks, sparkling waterfalls from the mountain down to the river, entice every trekker’s eye.

Two popular base camp Machhapuchhare (3700m) and Annapurna (4230m) include in the course of Sanctuary. Fascinating views of the mountains to watch very closely from MBC and ABC lined up in the triangle direction are Machhapuchhare (6997m) Gandharva Chuli (6248m) Annapurna III (7555m) Gangapurna (7454m) Tharpu Chuli (5695m) Singu Chuli (6501m) Annapurna I (8091m) Fang (7647m) and Hunchuli (6441m). Sunrise and sunset on mountains are delightful views above MBC if the weather is fine. This trek also presents an amazing landscape of Annapurna glacier.

Early in the morning, we view the stunning sunrise on the Annapurna range and other on mountains. As the sunrise view is over and then we take breakfast. At the time of scheduling, the helicopter will arrive to pick us to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Day Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)
  • Day 02 Day Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbarsquare
  • Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (860m) (6-7hrs)
  • Day04 Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga (3-4hrs) (1540m)
  • Day 05 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (6-7hrs) (2850m)
  • Day 06 Ghorepani to Tadapani (4-5hrs) (2680m)
  • Day 07 Tadapani to Chhomrong (5-6hrs) (2170m)
  • Day 08 Chhomrong to Bamboo (4-5hrs) (2310m)
  • Day 09 Bamboo to Deurali (5-6hrs) (3236m)
  • Day 10 Deurali to Machhapuchhare (2-3hrs) (3720m)
  • Day 11 Machhapuchhare to Annapurna Base Camp (2hrs) (4130m)
  • Day 12 Fly from ABC to Kathmandu.
  • Day 13 Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 14 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Day Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Day Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbarsquare

Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (860m) (6-7hrs)

Drive to Pokhara by car (max 6hrs) Kathmandu to Pokhara is by car. Rest at the hotel and visit the market. Pokhara is one of the busiest tourist centre and most beautiful city of Nepal. Mt Fishtail and some parts of Annapurna range is attractively seen from here. It is both trekking starting and ending point. There are trekking shops, banks, all kinds of standard hotel for tourists. Phewa Lake has joined to the Pokhara city. People enjoy boating, paragliding, golf and horse riding.

Day04 Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga (3-4hrs) (1540m)

A car or van leaves you at Naya Pul where trekking point starts. The road leading to Birethanti where a bridge over Modi Khola (river) just end of the bridge ACAP check post from the post left direction trail to Tikhedhunga means’ sharp stone’. A gravel road through Sudame to Hile Gurung village along the Burungdi Kola. The trail reaches Sudame then climbs up steadily to reach Hile (1430m). A paved stone path to Tikhedhunga. Where about half dozen lodges are alongside of the trail.

Day 05 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (6-7hrs) (2850m)

Five minutes walking down to Tikhedhunga Khola and Bhurungdi Khola suspension bridges to cross then the trail climbs very steeply on stone staircase to Ullery (2000m). Annapurna South is seen to the east north. The trail gently climbing starts from Ullery. After Banthanti you walk through magnificent oak, maple and rhododendron forests. Climbing gently up at 2480m a group of lodges appears is called Nangethanti mainly for lunch place. From here to Ghorepani is about 1hr. Lower Ghorepani and upper Ghorepani both together there are more than 2 dozen lodges and few shops. Most of people reach Poon Hill before sun rise. From Ghorepani it takes 1 hour climbing up Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a panorama view point to see Mt Dhaulagiri, (8172m) Tukuche,(6848 ) Nilgiris and to Annapurna 1, (8091m) Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhare (6997m). On top of Poon Hill stands Poon hill Tower just near by a tea shop serves you hot drinks for local business.

Day 06 Ghorepani to Tadapani (4-5hrs) (2680m)

From Ghorepani climbing up through rhododendron and grassy land the trail paved with stone reaches at 3200m Deaurali pass last view point. The trail heads through the ridge in pine, rhododendron and maple forests with small bamboo bushes. Walking about 2 hrs from Ghorepani you find nice tea shops at Deurali. The trail descends to Banthanti (2600m) a narrow path and slippery in rain alongside of a stream. After passing Banthanti the trail gently flat muddy and interlaced root with rhododendron forests. The muddy trail descends to a stream then climbing up stone staircase through forests to Tadapani means ‘far water’. Tadapani is surrounded by thick rhododendron forests where you can find more than a half dozen guesthouses. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare are spectacular from here.

Day 07 Tadapani to Chhomrong (5-6hrs) (2170m)

From Tadapani the trail goes left down inside rhododendron forests and meets Chule village (2290m) a peaceful location valley view. 40 minutes steep descend to Kirmrong Khola. A suspension bridge over the khola and gently steep route starts then reaches in village of Ghurjung. The route passes through the several field yards of homes and lodges. Climb steeply to the crest ridge and view of Machhapuchhare and a long widen south landslide at Taulung from this place 30 minute walk to Chhomrong is a big Village of Gurung. Lodges, cottages and shops scattered along the trail. Panorama view of Hiunchuli closely seen to the north side.

Day 08 Chhomrong to Bamboo (4-5hrs) (2310m)

The Bamboo trail is wide steep up and down through villages, forests and bamboo bush. The trail descends on a stone staircase from Chhomrong to Chhomrong Khola and then a suspension bridge is crossed. Descending route is well managed with stone staircase to the Chhomrong Khola. The trail climbs up to Sinuwa (2460m) where there are two lodes. Climb for an hour in a forests of rhododendrons festooned with orchids passes Kuldighar (2540m) from here descend a long steep stone staircase both side bamboo bush before arriving Bamboo. Local people are running five lodges.

Day 09 Bamboo to Deurali (5-6hrs) (3236m)

The trail climbs steep through bamboo bush and rhododendron forests. It is possible to see Langur big white hairy faced monkey jumping and hanging on trees. You reach Dobhan (2600m) means ‘confluence’ where 4 lodges are run by local people. Beyond Dobhan the trail leads through standing and lurching bamboo and forests. Dobhan to Himalaya (2920m) distance is about 1:30minutes. From Himalaya it’s about 1hour walk to Deurali. A rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine to Hinku Cave which is huge hanging rock. Snow time the tail is glacier causes difficult to walk. In Deurali 4 lodges are comfortable and common rooms busy with trekkers.

Day 10 Deurali to Machhapuchhare (2-3hrs) (3720m)

The trail between Deurali and Machhapuchhare is danger avalanche area. The trail diverts north east along Modi Khola.. A few minutes walking a head a flat grassy land meets Bagar. From Bagar climb across avalanche path through forests of birch and bamboo. A stone staircase leads you to MBC where cosy and comfortable 4 lodges run by Gurung people. The mountain views of Machhapuchhare, Gnagapurna (7454m), Annapurna iii(7555m), Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 11 Machhapuchhare to Annapurna Base Camp (2hrs) (4130m)

Two hours climb to ABC is a pleasant walk on grassy route if there is no snow. The trail follows up a stream. There are panorama views of Annapurna, Mapchhapuchhare, Annapurna South, Singu Chuli (6501m), Tent Peak (5695m) and Bhartha Chuli (fang) (7647m). The Base Camp is just left side of Annapurna South Glacier. Early morning excellent sun rise on Annapurna i.

Day 12 Fly from ABC to Kathmandu.

Day 13 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 14 Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Three-night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Transportation by all land and air
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Porters to carry goods
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) coffee & tea
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • City tour in Kathmandu (Durbar square, Swayambhu, Boudha stupa)

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Tips and gratuities for field staffs
  • Rescue travel insurance trips cancellation costs,
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage accident or health emergency

Equipments & Gears

trekking shoes, down jacket, trekking pant, gloves, hat, woolen cap, sun glasses, raincoat, headlamp, walking stick, water bottle, sleeping bag, trekking bag waterproof and changing clothes

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