Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 17 days
  • Trekking Duration: 11 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
  • Finishing point of trek: Naya Pul
  • Meals and Drinks: guest houses managed by local people

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  • Destination:Nepal

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is very popular trekking route in area of Annapurna region in the eastern part of Nepal. The walking elevation starts from Nayapul (1070m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m).

The duration of the trek is 17 days. To access the base Camp trek fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara then about one hour and a half driven by car to Nayapul which is a starting point and beginning point of the trek. 45 minutes further walking to Birethannti where is (ACAP) Annapurna Conservation Area Project and area permits (TIMS) is checked here. Nayapul is a trekking intersection for Poon Hill and direct short days to Annapurna Base Camp. The left side trail along the Bhurungdi River leads to Poon Hill. The path begins on the dusty gravel passes through forest and small sparkling waterfalls to beautiful ponds. During the trek, some pleasant ethnic villages of Gurung and Magar are Sudame, Hile, Tikhe Dhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani. Chhomrong, Sinuwa and Jhinu Danda which are included day to day trekking days.

In Jhinu is there is a natural hot spring on the bank of the Modi river to enjoy a bath and dip in it. These villages offer traditional and exotic houses of Gurung and Magar. These ethnic people are very popular in the British Gurkhas soldier. They are very friendly people who respect the good culture. The trails are easy and agreeable which run on farming terraces, paved stone steps, on suspension bridges, into the thick forest of rhododendron, ridges, Mountain Viewpoints, and mountain bamboo bush, and alpine junipers. Luxurious and tidy lodges include a continental nice menu with tidy rooms serve you along the trail in every camp place. The time of high trekking season lodges and routes are crowded with trekkers.

The up and down trails exhibit some beautiful landscape of agriculture fields, attractive valley views, barren hills, various flora, and faunas, sounding of waterfalls, crystalline streams, and glacier. The rattling of divergent insects, the soulful chirping of barbet and some grassbirds twitting make the trek enjoyable. In the spring above 2000m forest are bloomy with various colors of rhododendron and with magnolia. The area of Sudame and Syauli Bazaar attract you with bloomy of a cotton forest at the beginning of the spring season.

Two magnificent viewpoints Poon Hill and Deurali pass offer panorama views of Mt Dhaulagiri (8172m), Mt Annapurna I (8071m), Mt Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhare ( 6997m) and Nilgiris. Besides the south, from Poon Hill and Deurali to the triangle directions stand with Dhaulagiri Himalaya and Annapurna Himalaya ranges and to the horizontal Lamjung and Manaslu. Two popular base camp Machhapuchhare (3700m) and Annapurna (4130m) include in the courses of the base camp. Fascinating views of the mountains to watch very closely from MBC and ABC lined up surrounded by Annapurna I ( 8091m), Machhapuchhare (6997m), Gandharva Chuli, (6248m), Annapurna iii (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m), Tharpu Chuli (5695m), Singu Chuli (6501m), Fang (7647m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Sunrise and sunset on mountains are delightful views from Poon Hill and ABC if the weather is clear. This trek also presents an amazing landscape of Annapurna glacier.

Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha, and Durbar square
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (max 6hrs)
  • Day 04 Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga (1540m)(3-4hrs)
  • Day 05 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m)(6-7hrs)
  • Day 06 Ghorepani to Tadapani (2680m)(4-5hrs)
  • Day 07 Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m)(5-5hrs)
  • Day 08 Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m)(4-5hrs)
  • Day 09 Bamboo to Deurali (3236m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 10 Deurali to Machhapuchhare (3720m)(2-3hrs)
  • Day 11 Machhapuchhare to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)(2hrs)
  • Day 12 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (6hrs) (descent1820m)
  • Day 13 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (5- 6hrs) (1780m)
  • Day 14 Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul / Pokhara (5hrs) (Ascent710m)
  • Day 15 Day Rest day or Sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 17 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 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 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha, and Durbar square

Day 03 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 center and the most beautiful city of Nepal. Mt Fishtail and some parts of Annapurna range are attractively seen from here. It is both trekking starting and ending point. There are trekking shops, banks, all kinds of the standard hotel for tourists. Phewa Lake has joined to the Pokhara city. People enjoy boating, paragliding, golf and horse riding.

Day 04 Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga (1540m)(3-4hrs)

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 the trail.

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

Five minutes walking down to Tikhedhunga Khola and Bhurungdi Khola suspension bridges to cross then the trail climbs very steeply on a 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 people reach Poon Hill before sunrise. From Ghorepani it takes 1 hour climbing up Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a panorama viewpoint 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 nearby a tea shop serves you hot drinks for local business.

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

From Ghorepani climbing up through rhododendron and grassy land the trail paved with stone reaches at 3200m Deaurali pass the last viewpoint. 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 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 a 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 (2170m)(5-5hrs)

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 the gently steep route starts then reaches in the 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 minutes 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 (2310m)(4-5hrs)

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 a stone staircase to the Chhomrong Khola. The trail climbs up to Sinuwa (2460m) where there are two lodes. Climb for an hour in 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 (3236m)(5-6hrs)

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 a huge hanging rock. Snowtime 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 (3720m)(2-3hrs)

The trail between Deurali and Machhapuchhare is danger avalanche area. The trail diverts northeast along Modi Khola. A few minutes walking ahead 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 cozy 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 (4130m)(2hrs)

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 sunrise on Annapurna i.

Day 12 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (6hrs) (descent1820m)

You are heading back down to Bamboo. Reverse down is easier and exploring mountain, forests, and rocks on the way.

Day 13 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (5- 6hrs) (1780m)

A steep stone staircase up to Kuldhighar and back down to Chhomrong Khola then climb back to the top of Chhomrong village. Ten minutes ahead the Jhinu route on the left down to Jhinu Danda is a beautiful place with comfortable lodges. From Jhinu Danda 20 minutes walk down through forests you reach the bank of Modi Khola where there are two hot spring ponds with cement bathing pools. Hot water natural comes out from the ground.

Day 14 Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul / Pokhara (5hrs) (Ascent710m)

Naya Pul trail descends to Kumrong Khola. The Khola is crossed then climb up to Samrung a small village. Head to straight follow the route to New Bridge. From New Bridge, 2 hrs walk you reach Syauli Bazaar at the bank of Modi Khola. Here the lodges and cafes seem quite cosmopolitan. From Syauli Bazaar walking is flat along the road. The route continues river valley to Chirmrong and finally Birethanti. Its 30 minutes walk to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul a car or a van drive you to Pokhara.

Day 15 Day Rest day or Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 17 Departure from Kathmandu

You are assisted to reach at the airport by our staff. You have to reach at the airport 3 hours before your plane leave.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Two nights in Pokhara with B & B
  • 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 (Durbarsquare, Swayambhu, Boudha stupa.)

Cost Excludes

  • International air fare
  • International and airport departure tax
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than air lines 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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2nd October, 201919th October, 2019US$1300Guaranteed Book Now
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